Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Tim Howard (Everton, English Premier League) – After a slow start to the Premier League season, Everton have picked things up significantly, and the Toffees are up to sixth in the table. Tim Howard has continued as his reliable self in the Everton goal, setting a unique record in November and keeping four clean sheets in a row during December.
Premier League – 20 apps (20 starts), 7 Clean Sheets
Carling Cup – 1 app (1 start)
UEFA Cup – 2 apps (2 starts)
Carlos Bocanegra (Rennes, Ligue 1) – In his first season on the continent, Bocanegra is adapting seamlessly to life in Ligue 1. After moving from Fulham in the summer, Bocanegra has slotted into the Rennes backline as a left back, and he’s appeared in all nineteen league games thus far. Rennes are up to third place in Ligue 1 and maintain a seventeen match unbeaten run heading into 2009.
Ligue 1 – 19 apps (19 starts)
Oguchi Onyewu (Standard Liege, Belgian Juplier League) – Onyewu continues to make an impression at Standard Liege in Belgium. You don’t have to dig to deep to hear his name being tossed around during this month’s transfer window frenzy. After taking the league title last year, Liege are playing catch-up this time around – they currently sit in third place. In the UEFA Cup, the team has confidently progressed to the next round, where they’ll take on S.C. Braga of Portugal in Februay.
Jupiler League – 16 apps (15 starts)
UEFA Cup – 6 apps (6 starts), 1 goal
Coupe de Belgigue – 1 app (1 start)
Clint Dempsey (Fulham, English Premier League) – After starting the season as a frequently used substitute, Dempsey worked his way into the starting lineup, where he has remained a constant fixture for the past two months. Fulham enjoyed an excellent holiday period, taking 5 points from three games, with Dempsey’s two goals against Chelsea the highlight for Cottagers fans.
Premier League - 16 apps (9 starts), 4 goals
Carling Cup – 1 app (1 start)
Brad Guzan (Aston Villa, English Premier League) – El Guzano has spent the majority of his first few months in England backing up Brad Friedel in the Aston Villa goal during Premier League games. Guzan has made four appearances in other competitions, including 3 starts in the UEFA Cup, where Villa have progressed to the knockout round to face CSKA Moscow in February.
UEFA Cup – 3 apps (3 starts), 1 Clean Sheet
Carling Cup – 1 app (1 start)
Freddy Adu (AS Monaco, Ligue 1)*
Ligue 1 – 9 apps (0 starts)
*On loan from SL Benfica
Michael Bradley (Borussia Mönchengladbach, German Bundesliga)
Bundesliga - 11 apps (9 starts), 1 goal
Steve Cherundolo (Hannover96, German Bundesliga)
Bundesliga 14 apps (13 starts), 1 assist
DFB Pokal Cup 1 app (1 start), 1 assist
Jozy Altidore (Villarreal, La Liga)
La Liga - 6 apps (2 starts), 1 goal
Copa del Rey - 2 apps (2 starts)
José Torres (Pachuca, Primera División de México)
Apertura 2008 – 13 apps (8 starts), 1 goal
FIFA World Club Cup – 3 apps (2 starts),
Michael Orozco (San Luis, Primera División de México)
Apertura 2008 – 8 apps (8 starts)
Danny Szetela (Brescia, Serie B)
Serie B – 9 apps (8 starts)
Coppa Italia – 1 app (1 start)
Jonathan Spector (West Ham Utd., English Premier League)
Premier League – 1 app
DaMarcus Beasley (Rangers, Scottish Premier League)
SPL - 8 apps (4 starts), 0 goals
CIS Cup - 1 app (1 start)
Maurice Edu (Rangers, Scottish Premier League)
SPL - 1 app (1 start)
CIS Cup - 1 app (1 start)
Eddie Johnson (Cardiff City, English Championship)*
English Championship – 15 apps (3 starts), 2 assists
Carling Cup – 2 apps (2 starts)
*on loan from Fulham
Jay DeMerit (Watford, English Championship)
English Championship – 18 apps (17 starts)
Carling Cup – 3 apps (3 starts)
Frank Simek (Sheffield Wednesday, English Championship)
English Championship – 3 apps (2 starts)
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Here's what the roster looks like:
GOALKEEPERS (4): Jon Busch (Chicago Fire), Will Hesmer (Columbus Crew), Troy Perkins (Valerenga IF), Matt Pickens (out of contract)
DEFENDERS (8): Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA), Danny Califf (FC Midtjylland), Sean Franklin (Los Angeles Galaxy), Cory Gibbs (Colorado Rapids), Clarence Goodson (IK Start), Chad Marshall (Columbus Crew), Chris Wingert (Real Salt Lake), Marvell Wynne (Toronto FC)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Geoff Cameron (Houston Dynamo), Brian Carroll (Columbus Crew), Ricardo Clark (Houston Dynamo), Eddie Gaven (Columbus Crew), Stuart Holden (Houston Dynamo), Jack Jewsbury (Kansas City Wizards), Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA), Robbie Rogers (Columbus Crew), John Thorrington (Chicago Fire)
FORWARDS (4): Brian Ching (Houston Dynamo), Kenny Cooper (FC Dallas), Charlie Davies (Hammarby IF), Chris Rolfe (Chicago Fire)
As you have probably heard, Clint Dempsey scored two goals this past weekend in Fulham's 2-2 draw with London rivals Chelsea. The Blog was vacationing in Mexico (though it did manage to catch the game alongside some goofy Chelsea fans) so now we'll get you caught up:
BBC match Report
Sky Sports match report and an article where Dempsey discusses Fulham going forward.
Fulhamfc.com's match report
Pictures from Fulhamfc.com
Stepping into the batter's box today is Oguchi Onyewu who, according to The Sun, is linked with four clubs. Fulham is set to do battle with Borussia Monchengladbach, Marseille and Paris St. Germain for Gooch's signature. Stay tuned.
Sunday, December 28, 2008
The London derby was a back-and-forth affair, with the home side taking the lead first. Dempsey was in the right position at the far-post for a Simon Davies freekick, and Clint shook his marker and cleverly flicked the ball home from close range.
Chelsea took awhile to respond, but eventually they did through Frank Lampard.The England midfielder scored twice in the second half, and second place Chelsea looked to be heading for all three points.
Fulham was having none of it, and Dempsey capped a late push by grabbing his second goal of the game in the 89th minute.The game finished 2-2 at Craven Cottage.
Friday, December 26, 2008
- Tim Howard and Everton overcame injury problems to snatch. 1-0 win over Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium. A goal from make-shift forward Tim Cahill was enough to outpace a sloppy 'Boro side that is slipping further down the table. Up next for Howard and Everton is a match with resurgent Sunderland on Sunday.
Monday, December 22, 2008
Freddy Adu came on as a sub for AS Monaco but the team conceded two late goals to fall 4-3 to Bordeaux.
The holiday schedule is notoriously busy in England and the Premier League is one of the few countries that loads up a full slate of game for the festive period. Everton took time out from the hectic period to visit a children's hospital in Liverpool, you can read about their visit here.
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Around here we've talked a lot about Rennes unbeaten run over in France but check out Clint Dempsey and Fulham putting together a little run of their own.
With today's 3-0 victory over hapless Middlesbrough, the Cottagers stretched their streak to seven games without a loss and moved up to a respectable 8th place in the Premier League table.
Clint Dempsey started for Fulham and grabbed his second Premier League goal of the season when he finished a move in the 59th minute to seal the game for his club.
Picture from Fulhamfc.com
Thursday, December 18, 2008
With last night's defeat against Hamburg, Brad Guzan and Aston Villa missed out on that bonus. They will now face a team coming in from the Champions League in the next round.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Hamburg and Villa are both assured of their spots in the final 32 of the tournament, with Ajax also booking their place from Group F. However, there is much on the line in terms of the upcoming draw. Here's why, according to UEFA:
"Group winners will be paired with third-placed sides from other UEFA Cup sections, while second-placed finishers will be drawn against one of the eight sides who finished third in the UEFA Champions League groups. The UEFA Cup group winners and runners-up will play the second leg at home."
So lots to play for still for Guzan and his team, we'll be back with highlights later.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
We spoke to Beas to get his thoughts on the upcoming game and his memories of qualifying in Columbus. Listen to the full podcast here.
"I need at least one more reserve game before I feel fit enough to be in with the first team but I will certainly be pushing myself to be back as soon as possible...I am certainly happy to be back after being out for such an extended period of time and we got the result as well with a 3-2 victory [last week over a visiting team comprised of MLS players]. It was nice to score. That doesn't happen too often either. It was great to get a goal but more importantly I am just happy to be back playing. I really enjoyed it"
Read the full article here.
Monday, December 15, 2008
Saturday, December 13, 2008
- Taken down by a late winner last week, it was Everton's turn to inflict injury time pain on another team this week, with Tim Cahill's headed goal giving the Toffees the 1-0 win at the City of Manchester Stadium. Tim Howard made three saves in the victory.
- Fulham drew again, fighting out a goaless snoozer with Stoke City. Clint Dempsey went the full 90 minutes for the Cottagers.
- Carlos Bocanegra and Rennes continued their unbeaten run, but missed a chance to go just one point behind Lyon. Their 0-0 draw with Nantes leaves them fifth in the table.
- Eddie Johnson came on as a first half sub as Cardiff City beat Ipswich Town 2-1.
- Steve Cherundolo and Hannover96 tied 1-1 with Arminia Bielefeld.
Watch 1st First Half Highlights
2nd Half Highlights
2nd Half/Extra Time Highlights
Friday, December 12, 2008
In the other quaterfinal match, Adelaide United takes on Asian champions Gamba Osaka for the right to meet Manchester United in the semfinals. The winner of Pachuca/Al Ahly will face LDU Quito in the other half of the draw.
As the video mentions, Howard was accepting the award for Everton Player of the Month for November. He also talked about Everton's ability to break into the top four in the Premier League, a feat that they achieved when they finished in fourth place in 2005:
"It [the top four dropping points] gives us hope, inspiration and motivation to keep plugging away and keep getting results. We said all along we want to be in the thick of it - sixth, seventh or eighth - so we can push on."
Next up for Everton is a visit to Manchester City on Saturday. You can see the game live on FSC starting at 10:00 a.m. ET.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Nevada Smiths, the December U.S. Soccer Bar of the Month, got a special guest for their Saturday morning screening of the Chelsea-Bolton match when Blues owner Roman Abramovich dropped in to catch the action.
In the city for a shopping excursion, the Chelsea boss heard that Nevada Smith’s was the bar affiliated with the New York based Chelsea supporters group, New York Blues. In fact, Nevada Smith’s is affiliated with over 25 supporters groups, and has spent the past 10 years developing a “bar for the fans.” All supporters groups are welcome at Nevada Smiths.
Abramovich isn't the only celeb who has come through the 'round ball' bar. Sir Alex Ferguson, Sting, and former Man-U striker Dwight Yorke are just some of the luminaries who have joined the fans to get their football fix.
Nevada Smiths is one of the bars nominated for the 2008 Best U.S. Soccer Bar award. The winner for that and all of the Best of U.S. Soccer awards will be announced next week.
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
MNT Defender Michael Parkhurst has signed a contract with FC Nordsjaelland in Denmark, and he'll join up with the team in January 2009 when his current deal with the Revolution expires at the end of this year.
FC Nordsjaelland is currently 8th out of 12 teams in the Danish top flight. The league is on a winter break until March, when play resumes for the second half of the season.
Picture from FC Nordsjaelland's official website.
Saturday, December 6, 2008
- Clint Dempsey and Fulham drew with Manchester City, extending their unbeaten run to five games in the Premier League.
- DaMarcus Beasley started for Rangers as they thrashed Hamilton Academical 7-1 at Ibrox.
- Michael Bradley came on as a second half sub in Borussia Mönchengladbach's 3-1 loss to Bayer Leverkusen.
- Frank Simek went 90 minutes for Sheffield Wednesday in their draw with Southampton.
- Carlos Bocanegra and Rennes came back from a goal down, tying Caen 1-1 to make it 15 games unbeaten in Ligue 1.
- Jozy Altidore started and played all 90 minutes as Villarreal came back from three goals down to draw 3-3 with Getafe.
- Oguchi Onyewu and Standard Liege lost 2-1 to Zulte-Waregem in the Belgian League.
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Up next for Aston Villa is a big matchup with Everton on Sunday in the Premier League.
Listen to the full podcast with Carlos here.
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Oguchi Onyewu scored the second goal in Standard Liege's 3-0 victory over Sampdoria in the UEFA Cup on Wednesday and the Belgian side qualified for the final 32 of the tournament with the win.
There's still one more matchday left, but Liege is safe atop the Group C standings, and they're joined in the last 32 by FC Metalist Kharkiv, FC Twente, Galatasaray AŞ, and Udinese Calcio.
Liege rounds out the UEFA Cup group stage with a match against Stuttgart on the 18th, but the Belgian champions already have their sites set on the knockout round, which begins in 2009.
Picture courtesy of UEFA.com
watford v spurs
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Next up for DeMerit and company, is a Carling Cup quarterfinal date with Tottenham. Harry Redknapp's team has been enjoying a rejuvenation of late, and they're the holders of the cup, having defeated Chelsea earlier this year. The game can be seen live in the U.S. on Setanta starting at 2:00 p.m. ET.
And speaking of Tottenham, The Mirror says the London club is lining up a bid for Reading goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann.
Monday, December 1, 2008
Tim Howard and Everton traveled to London to take on Tottenham on Sunday, and the Toffees came away with all three points.
Howard made three saves in the victory, and Stephen Pienaar's goal was enough to separate the sides on manager David Moyes' 300th game on the touchline for Everton. The win did not come without cost, however, and it has been learned that striker Yakubu will be out for the rest of the season after rupturing his achilles during the match.
Everton are up to 7th in the Premier League table, just three points behind 5th place Aston Villa. The two sides will meet next Sunday at Goodison Park in a battle of American goalies, when Howard takes on record-breaker Brad Friedel (with backup support from Brad Guzan).
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Today's highlights: KV Mechelen 0, Standard Liege 0
Thursday's highlights: Partizan Belgrade 0, Standard Liege 1
Adding to the intrigue is the fact that Rennes manager Guy Lacombe is the former gaffer for PSG. He left in January before coming to Rennes. Since then, PSG has turned around significantly, and they currently lie in 6th in the table, level with Rennes on 26 points.
You can tune in to see Bocanegra and Rennes in action, as the game kicks off at 3 p.m. ET live on Setanta.
Fulham stoically held on for another road draw on Saturday, digging in to earn a 0-0 draw with Aston Villa.
The tie marked Fulham's second consecutive away draw against tough opposition, after the Cottagers tied Liverpool last weekend.
Clint Dempsey went the full 90 minutes for Fulham, and earned a yellow card in the fourth minute. Goalkeeper Brad Guzan was in his customary position of backup for the hosts, though he could be back on the field in midweek when Aston Villa take on MSK Zilina in the UEFA Cup.
Another American goalkeeper, Brad Friedel, added another award to his already storied career thanks to his appearance in Saturday's game. Friedel broke the record for consecutive starts in the Premier League, when he took the field for the 167th consecutive time against Fulham.
For Nancy Armour's article on both Brads (Friedel and Guzan) at Aston Villa, click here.
Next up for Fulham is a return to Craven Cottage to take on Manchester City next Saturday.
Picture from soccernet.com
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Next, the San Luis will host Santos, and they will do it without head coach Raúl Arias on the sidelines. Arias as suspended for two matches for arguing with the referees. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. ET on Saturday, Nov. 29.
Monday, November 24, 2008
Clint Dempsey played 85 minutes in the match, as Fulham spoiled Fernando Torres' return to the starting lineup for Liverpool.
In other Fulham news, Eddie Johnson, on loan to Cardiff, played 90 minutes in Cardiff City's 2-1 loss to Plymouth in the English Championship.
Next up for Fulham is a trip to Villa Park to meet a tough Aston Villa side with Brad Guzan.
Picture courtesy of fulhamfc.com
Saturday, November 22, 2008
- Clint Dempsey and Fulham earned a 0-0 draw at Anfield against Liverpool. Dempsey started and played 85 minutes as Fulham earned a point against the side placed 2nd in the Premier League table.
- Tough day in the Bundesliga for our guys: Michael Bradley and Borussia Möchengladbach fell 3-1 to Schalke 04, while Steve Cherundolo and Hannover lost 4-0 to Eintracht Frankfurt.
- In Scotland, DaMarcus Beasley came off the bench as Rangers beat Aberdeen 2-0. Beas spoke to SkySports.com before the match.
Wednesday 11 February
El Salvador-Trinidad and Tobago
Saturday 28 March
Trinidad and Tobago-Honduras
Wednesday 1 April
Costa Rica-El Salvador
USA-Trinidad and Tobago
Wednesday 3 June
Saturday 6 June
Trinidad and Tobago-Costa Rica
Wednesday 10 June
Mexico-Trinidad and Tobago
Wednesday 12 August
Trinidad and Tobago-El Salvador
Saturday 5 September
Honduras-Trinidad and Tobago
Wednesday 9 September
El Salvador-Costa Rica
Trinidad and Tobago-USA
Saturday 10 October (*)
Costa Rica-Trinidad and Tobago
Wednesday 14 October (*)
Trinidad and Tobago-Mexico
(*) simultaneous kick-off
The top three finishers from the final 'hexagonal' round will qualify automatically for South Africa 2010 as the region's representatives, while the fourth-place team will contest an intercontinental play-off with the fifth-place finisher from the South American Zone over two legs. The winner will also go to South Africa.
Friday, November 21, 2008
On Saturday, Nov. 22, at 5 p.m. CT, Michael Orozco and San Luis will travel to Torreón, Coahuila, to face off against Santos Laguna in the first leg of the 2008 Apertura quarterfinals. San Luis heads into the quarterfinals, not only at the head of Group 3, but also at the top of the overall Primera División table, with 29 points at the end of the regular season. San Luis and Santos have met only once in Apertura 2008, resulting in a 2-2 draw in the second to last regular season game.
As a defender, Orozco may face off against a new face in the Santos attack, as Chicago Fire midfielder Cuauhtémoc Blanco has been loaned out to Santos for the Liguilla. San Luis will host the return leg at 7 p.m. CT on Saturday, Nov. 29.
If you haven't noticed yet, Orozco is nominated for U.S. Soccer's Young Male Athlete of the Year Award, along with Robbie Rogers, Maurice Edu, Stu Holden, Marvell Wynne, and Sacha Kljestan. Head over the 2008 Best Of Blog to cast your ballot.
Picture courtesy of isiphotos.com
The international break is over, which means the Global Blog is back in operation! Here's what's going on this weekend:
- Bayern Munich are reportedly set to bring Landon Donovan to the Allianz Arena in a loan deal similar to David Beckham's at AC Milan. According to Soccernet, Donovan will join Bayern on Jan. 2 and stay at the club until mid march. Here's a photo gallery from this week's training at Munich and also a short article from Bayern's website about Landon. (picture courtesy of fcbayern.t-com)
- Clint Dempsey and Fulham head to Anfield to take on Liverpool on Saturday. Fulham will be fighting history when they take the field this weekend; they've never won in any competition at Anfield. However, Fulham's recent form has been good, and they'll look to get at least something from the tough game. If you remember, Clint Dempsey scored his first Fulham goal against Liverpool back in May of 2007.
- Borussia Mönchengladbach and Michael Bradley fought back for a 2-2 draw with Bayern Munich last week, and they'll look to transition some of that momentum into this weekend's game with Schalke 04. Shalke have lost two games in a row, while 'Gladbach are attempting to claw their way up the Bundesliga table. They're now just two points behind Steve Cherundolo and Hannover 96, who take on Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday.
- Carlos Bocanegra and Rennes take on Bordeaux in a high profile matchup between two clubs separated by one point in the Ligue 1 table. Rennes are the in-form team in the French top flight, but manager Guy Lacombe has warned his side not to get carried away with their recent run of good results.
- The absence of Joseba Llorente means there could be a bit of time for Jozy Altidore when Villarreal take on Valladolid on Saturday.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
The U.S. closed out 2008 with a 2-0 win over Guatemala. Goals from Kenny Cooper and Freddy Adu gave the U.S. a good win to end the semifinal round. Now the U.S. looks towards 2009, where they will meet Honduras, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Trinidad & Tobago, and Mexico in the final round of CONCACAF qualifying, aka 'the hexagonal.'
5:48 p.m. - Just a reminder: Guatemala needs to win tonight. Los Chapines are three points behind Trinidad & Tobago, so they'll need a win and a T&T loss to have any chance of advancing to the Hexagonal. In Group 2, Mexico, Honduras, and Jamaica are still fighting over two spots. There's still much to play for in these last games of the semifinal round.
5:46 p.m. - More highlights from today, with England beating Germany 2-1:
5:45 p.m. - Brad Guzan has had enough, and he's marched back to the locker room. The team should follow pretty soon.
5:43 p.m. - Looks like we're wearing our whites tonight, with blue shorts and white socks. That may sound fairly straightforward but actually it wasn't - there was a bit of a snafu with some of Guatemala's gear getting here, so we were not quite sure what colors the teams would be wearing. Anyhow, looks like it's going to be the U.S. in white, and Guatemala in blue
5:41 p.m. - The stadium soundtrack has reverted back to its traditional form: The Boss' "Born to Run" is playing now.
5:37 p.m. - Sean Franklin and Matt Pickens are inactive tonight.
5:35 p.m. - Tonight's referee crew is from Mexico, with Benito Archundia taking the whistle as the center ref.
5:33 p.m. - Apparently the Snake Pit was goin' off! Here are some pictures from the pre-game festivities out in the parking lot.
5:26 p.m. - Out come the U.S. and Guatemala for warmups...
5:20 p.m. - Some Guatemala fans have arrived and they're making their home behind the near goal. They've got their blue and white streamers out already...
5:16 p.m. - Here come Brad Guzan and Troy Perkins, they're the first players out on the field as they walk across the pitch to the far goal box.
5:14 p.m. - The players should be out any minute now...There was a full slate of international games around the world today. Perhaps most notable was Diego Maradona's debut as head coach of Argentina in Scotland. Argentina grabbed the 1-0 win for their new coach.
5:10 p.m. - Here's how the U.S. will start tonight's game against Guatemala:
Guzan; Thorrington, Goodson, Parkhurst, Bornstein; Mastroeni (c), Clark, Adu, Kljestan; Cooper, Altidore
That's a 4-4-2, though expect Clark and Mastroeni to operate a bit behind Adu and Kljestan, who will use the wings to get forward and support the strikers.
Six players make their first ever starts in World Cup Qualifying: Thorrington, Goodson, Parkhurst, Bornstein, Clark and Cooper.
Four players retain their places from the previous game against T&T: Guzan, Adu, Kljestan and Altidore.
5:08 p.m. - In case you haven't seen it yet, here's today's pre-game video:
5:05 p.m. - Currently The Killers' new single, Human, is playing over the loudspeaker. Um...Where is "R.O.C.K. in the USA?" Where is James Brown's "Living in America?"
5:03 p.m. - Our U-20's got off to a great start in the World Cup today, defeating France 3-0. Alex Morgan opened the scoring before substitute Sydney Leroux added a brace to nab all 3 points.
5:00 p.m. - We've put out the lineup over on the U.S. Soccer Twitter. Go check it out! Or just wait here if you want, we'll have it in a few minutes.
4:58 p.m. - Pre game sprinklers are watering the field. At this time of year, usually the grounds crew wouldn't water the field - since the ground would freeze. It's unseasonably warm here, almost 60 degrees! That'll cool off more into the tonight but it shouldn't be nearly as cold as we (or probably Guatemala) expected.
4:55 p.m. - The team arrived a few minutes ago, but nobody is on the field yet. A few coaches and players walked out onto the pitch to check it out. Jozy Altidore, Ricardo Clark and Freddy Adu trotted out to the center circle, along with assistant coach Mike Sorber.
4:50 p.m. - Hello from Commerce City, Colo! We've settled ourselves in the press box and we'll be here live blogging up until kickoff.
Three players are in the squad from the Colorado Rapids. In addition to team captain Mastroeni, Conor Casey and Cory Gibbs return to the U.S. fold. Casey looks to get his first international action since 2005, while Gibbs comes back after a knee injury knocked him off the 2006 FIFA World Cup roster.
Got us thinking about which player has had the longest interval between national team appearances. One player in the running may very well be starting tonight! Anyway, you know the drill. Starting the stopwatch ... now.
7 - 10:30 a.m. - Breakfast available
8:30 - 10:30 a.m. - Pick up Game Day Attire
2 p.m. - Pre-Game Meal
2:45 p.m . - Team Meeting
4:10 p.m. - Depart for Stadium
6:11 p.m. - Kickoff
9 p.m. - Post-Game Meal
(Somewhere around 8 p.m., we're hoping to pencil in 'defeated Guatemala')
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Best Assist - Drew Moor vs. MEX, Feb. 6: "I wasn't at this game, so I was watching it on TV. Drew hit a pinpoint cross and Jozy finished well. It looked like a great crowd at the game, it's just too bad we couldn't get the win."
Best Goal: MNT - Michael Bradley vs. TRI, Sept. 10: "This was a good finish on a set piece that we had worked on. It's pretty difficult to score with a touch like that and the goal started out the game really well for us. It set us on pace for the 3-0 win and took us closer to qualifying for the next round."
Best Goal: WNT - Carli Lloyd vs. BRA, Aug. 22: "This was an important goal, not just for the Women's team but for U.S. Soccer. It gave the U.S. another gold medal and marked a big win over one of the toughest teams."
Fan Photo - Jeff York: "I picked this photo because it shows the spirit of the home fans we had in D.C. It was a good atmosphere at the game that night, and it really helped us get a 6-1 victory that put is in the next round of qualifying."
Best Performance: Player - Tim Howard vs. ARG, June 8: "This was a great individual performance and Timmy came up with a ton of saves, especially early to keep us in the match against Argentina. The atmosphere at giants stadium, with the cheering fans and the heavy rain at the end. For Tim, it must have felt great to put in such a good performance in the stadium he used to play in for the MetroStars."
Best Performance: Team - U.S. MNT vs. Guatemala, Aug. 20: "In a hostile environment our team did really well to handle the pressure; we needed to start out semifinal round with points. Maybe it wasn't our best soccer at times, but we got a good result because of a great collective team effort and I think that's what made it such a good performance."
Best Photo - Triple Celebration: "I remember when this photo was taken; it was a good moment for our team. Getting the second goal in that game solidified our lead and help us qualify [for the Olympics]. It was early in the half and Freddy stepped up and just buried the free kick (Ed. See Best Goal - MNT) , and the keeper didn't move. We were so happy and ready to celebrate."
Best Video: All_Access - It Starts Here: "It's an inspiring video about preparing for World Cup Qualifying and I think it really captures a lot of the feelings you have getting ready for these big games. I've been lucky enough to be a part of these squads, and the team has done really well and we hope to continue getting better throughout the rest of qualifying."
Sacha didn't get a chance to vote for his favorite blog before heading to dinner, so we just cast his vote for the MNT Blog. We think it's what he would have wanted. Remember to cast your votes at the Best Of Blog!
Today's training took place inside of Dick's Sporting Good Park. We had the customary one hour on the field, and because the guys were split up into groups of starters and non-starters, we can't show you too many pictures! Muuahahahaha! Instead, you can get by with a few shots of what was a beautiful sunset tonight.
Be sure to check out the full gallery at ussoccer.com.
It may be getting close to winter time, but The Official U.S. Soccer Bars are continuing to heat up across the nation as fans gather to support the U.S. national teams. There are 27 locations ready to turn on the tube live for kickoff when the U.S. takes on Guatemala on Nov. 19 at 6 p.m. MT, including the November 2008 Bar of the Month, Summers Grill and Sports Bar. Click here to find the Official U.S. Soccer Bar near you.
The election is over but you voters out there still have a bit more work to do. The finalists have just been announced for the 2008 Best of U.S. Soccer Awards and we need your help deciding winners in 12 different categories. Make your way over to the Best Of blog, to cast your ballot...
Monday, November 17, 2008
Bob Bradley and Mike Sorber also took timeout to address coaches of various teams in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy. Visitors from the Development Academy have become a common occurrence in the past year, as coaches from around the country come out to watch training whenever we're nearby.
Edit: The full gallery is now up on ussoccer.com. There you go, Kim!