Thursday, October 30, 2008
Up next for Everton: A date with Clint Dempsey and Fulham. The two sides will meet at Goodison Park on Saturday afternoon.
Speaking of Fulham, their recent revival continued with a 2-0 victory over Wigan yesterday. Dempsey came off the bench in the second half of the win, as Fulham jumped up to 14th in the table.
Jozy Altidore and Villarreal lost 5-0 Club Polideportivo Ejido in the Copa del Rey. That one didn't go down too well. Villarreal will look to set things right on Saturday when they take on Athletic Bilbao in La Liga.
In Sweden, Charlie Davies came on as a second half sub in Hammarby's 2-1 victory over Halmstads.
In the Championship earlier this week, Jay DeMerit and Frankie Simek are making their way back from injuries. DeMerit went 90 minutes in Watford's 2-0 loss to Preston on Tuesday. Simek completed his long road to recovery by coming on as a second half sub in a 1-0 loss to Plymouth.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Maurice Edu played the full 90 minutes of Rangers' 2-0 win over Hamilton in the Scottish CIS Cup. The win puts Rangers into the quaterfinals of the competition, and they'll turn the focus back to the SPL this weekend as the Glasgow club takes on Inverness.
Now to Wednesday's action:
In England, Everton will look to build on their good result from this weekend when Tim Howard's team hosts Bolton at Goodison Park. Get the fact lowdown on the fixture from Everton's website.
Fulham host Wigan at Craven Cottage tonight, and Clint Dempsey will look to build on his goal from the weekend. In Roy Hodgson's preview, the Fulham manager tells the club's website how important it was to get a result on the road at Portsmouth. Follow the game with live text updates at Eurosport or at Soccernet.
In Ligue 1, Rennes travels to Valenciennes while Monaco hosts Nancy. Earlier this week Carlos Bocanegra of Rennes spoke to soccernet.com about adjusting to life in Ligue 1. You can read the full interview here.
Over in the Bundesliga, Steve Cherundolo and Hannover take on Hertha Berlin.
In Spain it's time for the Copa del Rey, and Villarreal is in action against lower league outfit Club Polideportivo Ejido in the 4th round.
Finally, Hammarby play host to Halmstad over in the Swedish Allsvenskanliga.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
Maurice Edu spoke to Rangers' website about settling in with his new club. Edu could feature in tomorrow's Scottish League Cup match against Hamilton, as Rangers continue their defense of the title they won last year.
There's action around Europe tomorrow night, with Michael Bradley and 'Gladbach taking on Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga. Heath Pearce and Hansa Rostock face SpVgg in the 2nd Bundesliga, while Danny Szetela and Brescia host Salernitana in Serie B.
There are games in England as well, with Reading visiting to Burnley and Watford traveling to Preston.
This awesome image courtesy or rangers.co.uk
Jose Torres and Pachuca tied Morelia, 1-1.
Check out the full standings of the 2008 Apertura here. With the win, San Luis extended their lead in Group 3 to five points, while Pachuca remain in third place in Group 1.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
We'll be back tomorrow with highlights and more news stories from the weekend!
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Michael Bradley and 'Gladbach get back on track with a 1-0 win over Karlsruhe.
Steve Cherundolo and Hannover draw, 1-1, with Werder Bremen.
DaMarcus Beasley and Rangers cruise to a 3-1 victory over Hamilton.
On Friday, Heath Pearce came on as a second half sub in Hansa Rostock's 0-0 draw with FSV Frankfurt.
Everton also include former United players Louis Saha and Phil Neville in their starting lineup, and how the Toffees could do with a result in this game. Everton have started this campaign slowly and a point against the champions at Ewood Park could be just the kickstart they need.
Meanwhile, the kick the global blog needs is on the table in the form of hot coffee. We've also ordered up some food, which we're awaiting eagerly.
In other games around Europe, Rangers travel to Hamilton in the SPL. Borussia M'gladbach host Karlsruhe, as new manager Hans Meyer looks to make an impact on Michael Bradley's team. In France, Rennes host surprise package Le Mans as Carlos Bocanegra's team looks to continue its five game unbeaten run.
And with that, our food has arrived! We'll check back later!
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Early this week, the club made news by hiring Hans Meyer as manager. Meyer returns for his second stint at Gladbach - he previously coached the club from 1999 to 2003.
Also in Germany this weekend, Steve Cherundolo and Hannover went down, 5-2, to high-flying TSG Hoffenheim.
In England, Cardiff bounced back from this weekend's loss to earn a 2-2 draw at Watford. Eddie Johnson came off the bench in the second half for the visitors, who got two late goals from Jay Bothroyd to grab a point on the road. Jay DeMerit is still sidelined for Watford, who next face a big game with Wolves this coming weekend.
Reading got back on track with a 2-1 victory over Doncaster. Marcus Hahnemann spoke to Reading's website about grinding out the the win, which he said was an important result on the road for the club.
Over in Italy, Danny Szetela and Brescia fell to a 2-0 defeat. Brescia wil travel to Modena on Saturday as they try to improve on their 7th place position.
In Denmark, Danny Califf and FC Midtjylland defeated Jeremiah White and AGF Aarhus, 2-1.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Over the weekend, Jose Torres and Pachuca went down, 3-0, to Toluca. Torres came on as a second half sub in the losing effort.
Monday, October 20, 2008
The inconsistent start for Tim Howard and Everton continued this weekend, with the Toffees going down, 3-1, to Arsenal in London. Everton took the lead in the first half but couldn't maintain the advantage in the second period, and Arsenal stormed back to take all three points. It gets no easier for Everton, who are in 16th place in the Premier League: they take on Manchester United next weekend.
In other action, Eddie Johnson and Cardiff won 2-0 at Charlton while Marcus Hahnemann and Reading fell, 2-1, to Preston.
Also in France, Freddy Adu came off the bench to make a cameo appearance in Monaco's 2-1 loss to Nice. Monaco, in 15th place in Ligue 1, have endured a tough start to the season, and they'll look to turn things around with a game against Toulouse next Saturday.
It's a quick turnaround for Brescia, who will be in action midweek against Rimini on Tuesday.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
The island will be partying tonight, especially since rivals Guatemala succumbed to a 2-1 defeat to Cuba. That means T&T are now three points clear in the race to make the final round. Around CONCACAF, Jamaica rolled on, beating Honduras 1-0, while Mexico fought back twice to salvage a 2-2 draw with Canada in Edmonton. That sets up a big final day in Group 2, but we'll get to that next time around...
Thanks for reading everybody and be sure to keep the coments coming! We'll see you in just under a month...
7:08 pm - The band is absolutely killing it. They've launched into a version of Abba's "Dancing Queen."
7:06 pm - People are slowly filing in here, and the stadium is just about half full. Originally the blog tried to sit in the seat of T&T's Sports Minister. Oops! Needless to say we were booted from that area.
7:05 pm - Here's how the U.S. will lineup for tonight's game:
7:02 pm - As a live band brings us a calypso version of My Way, the blog checks in from Hasely Crawford Stadium. We're online here (for now) and we'll be heading towards the 8 pm kickoff...
For the perfect pregame primer, check out today's Studio 90. Start with a behind-the-scenes look at the USA's 6-1 victory against Cuba, then listen in on the sit-down with four-time World Cup qualifying veteran and the team's ever-present promoter of positive energy, Frankie Hejduk. S90 then switches gears with an eye towards the T&T game, exploring the opportunities the match presents for player's looking to make their mark before getting the last word from players and coaches from both sides prior to the contest.
Congratulation to DaMarcus. The only downside for Beas is that he's normally the last one out of the locker room!
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Tuesday, October 14, 2008
A little background: FIFA instituted a new rule for the 2010 qualifying campaign that states players may only wear numbers 1-18 during a qualifier. We suppose that wouldn't be a huge issue if you only had 18 players in a camp for every game (although sizes can be a challenge), but what happens when you have 19 players? 23 players? And what happens when the roster changes for games that are four days apart? What happens when a player gets hurt? And what happens if you are a team like the United States that puts the players' names on every jersey? Do we see human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together... mass hysteria? (Couldn't resist the old movie quote, folks. What can we say - it's a habit...)
Well, we'll tell you what happens with the U.S. team. Mr. Tim Cook, our team equipment manager, travels with a boatload of extra jerseys, numbers, letters, a 100-pound heat press, and an alarm clock (in case he falls asleep in the middle of the night while printing). Once the 18-man roster has been decided - usually the night before the game - Tim sets about applying names, numbers and the official World Cup qualifying patch to the uniforms. Now don't get us wrong - many uniforms can be printed in advance, but the possibility of changes requires that he prepared to do a lot of printing. And as you can see, he's got a long night ahead of him...
Did we mention each player needs two jerseys per game?
Fast forward to 2005, and you have memories of a different sort. Arriving in the midst of the craziness that is Carnivale, discovering U.S. Soccer superfan Drew Carey, and a pair of Eddie's scoring goals to set the tone for the rest of the final round qualifying campaign.
Fortunately, you can re-live all these memories and more in one place. Check out the folder marked 'Trinidad & Tobago' from the archived files of ussoccer.com's all_access
DaMarcus Beasley had a pair of goals in the 5-1 win against T&T on March 20, 2001 in Tunapuna, Trinidad, in the second group game of CONCACAF qualifying for the 2001 U-20 World Youth Championship. Beasley scored three goals and set up the game-tying goal that earned the U.S. a place in the finals en route to being named Tournament MVP.
On the T&T side, several players on the roster made stops in MLS during their career journey. Stern John had the most success in MLS, scoring 44 goals in 55 matches for the Columbus Crew. John was the 1998 MLS Scoring Champion (the previous incarnation of the Golden Boot award) and, with 26 goals, he was also a member of the MLS Best XI that year. Here's a look at the players and their time in MLS:
Cornell Glen - MetroStars,Columbus Crew, Colorado Rapids, LA Galaxy - 2004-06
Julius James - Toronto FC - 2008-
Avery John - New England Revolution - 2004-2007
Stern John - Columbus Crew - 1998-1999
Keyeno Thomas - Colorado Rapids - 2000-2001
Monday, October 13, 2008
- The stadium holds about 25,000 people. We were there well after nightfall, and the stadium lights looked much brighter than some of our other recent road venues (we really hope we didn't just jinx ourselves).
- The field played fairly smoothly, and definitely fast. The ground is firm, but not hard.
- There is a track around the field, which always lessens the impact of the crowd a bit.
Happened today at Hasely Crawford Stadium site of Wednesday's match . Some folks from ESPN were admiring a statue out front, when one commented that it might be Hasely Crawford. "Pretty sure it is," came the cheerful word from the man standing just behind. "I'm Hasely Crawford."
Mr. Crawford holds the distinction of being the first gold medalist in T&T history, winning the 100 meters at the 1976 Olympic Games. He was busy coaching future track athletes when we saw him, and still looking good.
Guess he probably doesn't need a ticket to get in Wednesday.
"U.S. is gonna get licks from us Wednesday night?" one worker asked us. It didn't really take much to figure out what he was implying.
"10 goals you're gonna give us in the game?" another one commented. Looks like the fans in Trinidad are ready for a big match on Wednesday...
Crew forward Robbie Rogers has also been sidelined, the Olympic alumnae [sorry, alumnus] experiencing a sore back after taking a hit in the 2-2 draw against Chicago. Fire forward Chris Rolfe has been added to the mix, and will arrive into Port of Spain on Tuesday afternoon prior to the team's official training in the stadium. Rolfe has played eight times for the full team, most recently in an appearance in the USA's 1-0 win in Barbados on June 22 in the second round of qualifying.
Got to wondering if the U.S. had ever played a match on Oct. 15, and sure enough there is one time since the Federation was founded in 1913 that the U.S. saw action on this date. Unfortunately, the result didn't go in our favor as we got blanked 3-0 by Saudi Arabia in the Kings Cup (which is now known as the Confederations Cup) in 1992 in Riyadh.
Come to think of it, next time we'll try to control our curiosity ...
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Long day of travel from D.C. to Trinidad, but extremely smooth. The flight from Washington is just under five hours air time, which gave the lads plenty of opportunity to rest following last night's big win against Cuba. 'Twas the usual assortment of chess, card games, movies, and a lot of sleeping. Fifteen of the 18 players on the roster are now here, with Pablo Mastroeni, Jonathan Bornstein and Robbie Rogers set to arrive tomorrow.
The Trinidadians that we have met so far are pumped about the 0-0 draw in Guatemala last night that puts them right in the thick of advancing to the next round. They were very polite when they were welcoming us to the country and telling us that they hope we lose. And of course they did it with a smile! All signs are that is going to be a big night here Wednesday, and certainly a big test for many of the players seeking to make an impression on the coaching staff.
Last night's crowd was an excited and noisy one, with the Oguchi Onyewu Section providing a particular verve. We say "section" because there were around 100 of Gooch's family and friends in attendance. Undoubtedly they were pleased with Gooch getting on the scoresheet late in the game, and afterwards their favorite player came over and tossed his jersey up into the crowd.
This morning the guys underwent a regen session in the gym, getting on treadmills and moving around a bit before stretching and winding down. With another game in just a few days, preparations have already begun, and that includes wearing compression pants on the flight down.
We've just wrapped up a team lunch and are heading out in a few minutes. We'll be back after touching down in Trinidad tonight!
Saturday, October 11, 2008
4-2-3-1: Howard; Cherundolo, Onyewu, Bocanegra (capt.), Pearce; Bradley, Kljestan; Dempsey, Donovan, Beasley; Ching
The lineup remains unchanged from the group that defeated Trinidad & Tobago in a convincing 3-0 win on Sept. 10 in Bridgeview, Ill. Clint Dempsey leads the U.S. attack with four goals in qualifying so far, with Brian Ching right on his heels with three strikes of his own in the campaign. The group is seeking to extend its six-match shutout streak in World Cup qualifying that dates back to 2005.
MEXICO, HONDURAS POISED TO ADVANCE: In Group 2, Mexico and Honduras have jumped into the lead as favorites to advance to the Hexagonal. Sven Goran-Eriksson's Mexico squad has three wins, and will clinch advancement with a win at Jamaica on Oct. 11. Honduras can clinch advancement with a win at home against winless Canada along with a Jamaica loss or tie.
Canada 1, Jamaica 1
Mexico 2, Honduras 1
Mexico 3, Jamaica 1
Canada 1, Honduras 2
Honduras 2, Jamaica 0
Mexico 2, Canada 1
Jamaica vs. Mexico
Honduras vs. Canada
Jamaica vs. Honduras
Canada vs. Mexico
Honduras vs. Mexico
Jamaica vs. Canada
COSTA RICA, EL SAVADOR IN THE DRIVERS SEAT: Group 3 produced the most lopsided results of the Semifinal Round on the second match day, with Costa Rica cruising to a 7-0 pummeling of Surinam, and El Salvador running past Haiti in a 5-0 win. At the halfway point, Costa Rica sits atop the table with nine points, while El Salvador is primed to advance in the second spot. Costa Rican can clinch advancement with a win at Suriname on Oct. 11. El Salvador can clinch advancement with a win at Haiti along with a Surinam loss or tie.
Costa Rica 1, El Salvador 0
Haiti 2, Suriname 2
El Salvador 5, Haiti 0
Costa Rica 7, Suriname 0
Suriname 0, El Salvador 1
Haiti 1, Costa Rica 3
Suriname vs. Costa Rica
Haiti vs. El Salvador
Costa Rica vs. Haiti
El Salvador vs. Suriname
Suriname vs. Haiti
El Salvador vs. Costa Rica
Friday, October 10, 2008
Landon Donovan made his World Cup qualifying debut at RFK in the 3-2 loss to Honduras on Sept. 1, 2001. He went on to earn the penalty kick that Joe-Max Moore converted to give the U.S. a 2-1 victory against Jamaica on Oct. 7, 2001, catapulting the U.S. into the 2002 FIFA World Cup.
Oguchi Onyewu cut his chops in qualifying in D.C. on Oct. 13, 2004, when he entered in the 86th minute of the USA's 6-0 drubbing of Panama. Gooch was involved in the game's final goal, directing a header on goal that was misplayed by a Panama defender and wound up in the back of the net. Gooch still counts that as his first international goal, but despite our best efforts we couldn't convince the referee otherwise.
Good guess about Frankie by the way. We did play Guatemala in D.C. in November of 1996; however, Frankie didn't make his first appearance until the return leg on Dec. 21. Interestingly, that match was played in El Salvador.
While it holds the dubious distinction of being the last place the U.S. Men lost a home qualifier, Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium hosts the U.S. for the 18 times and has been the site of 10 U.S. wins - more than any stadium in the world. Overall, the
For a comprehensive look at the history of this fantastic soccer cathedral, click here
Thursday, October 9, 2008
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You know the drill from here ...
(We know we've threatenedthis before, but if Amy posts the answer to this question in next 10 minutes again - it's 1:19 a.m. ET, after all - we really are retiring from trivia time ...)
The second season of the highly successful U.S. Soccer Development Academy is well underway. To keep track of the future stars of American soccer, click here.
The team got a welcome surprise today when former U.S. captain Claudio Reyna stopped by training this afternoon. There were plenty of hugs and handshakes between the four-time World Cup veteran and his former teammates. While enjoying his retirement - "I'm enjoying being a dad now, " he told us - Claudio is still clearly up on what is happening with the national team. Unfortunately he can't stay for the game - he's heading back to Jersey to be a fan at his son's soccer tournament this weekend.
The front page of fifa.com has an interview posted with Tim Howard, where he talks about the
Hat tricks from Jason Scotland and Cornell Glen paced T&T to the win, who welcomed back Dwight Yorke, Chris Burchall and Carlos Edwards into the lineup. The group travels to Guatemala City today in advance of their MatchDay 4 meeting with Guatemala, as both sides sit on four points in the battle for second place in Group 1. Here's the match report from Hasely Crawford Stadium.
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
us: How was your first day?
Jose: "The first day was good. I was really nervous because I didn't know what to expect. Everyone has treated me really well. I started to feel very comfortable, and after the first day of training I'm feeling better and better."
us: With all the anticipation, has camp been different than you expected?
Jose: "It's better than I expected. I thought my teammates might be different, because sometimes in Mexico your teammates can be difficult. But here everyone treated me well. I felt comfortable with everyone very quickly. The coach is really cool, and everyone on the staff has been great. I'm really excited."
us: You've said that this has been a lifelong dream. How does it feel to now actually be wearing the colors of the U.S. National Team?
Jose: "When I put on the shirt I get the chills, because it's a dream. I think it is everyone's dream as a kid to be on the national team. Right now I think I'm living it, and when I put the shirt on I'm very excited and motivated to start playing. My choice was always to come here and represent the country was where I was born."
us: What's it like being back in your old stomping grounds?
us: How did it feel walking out the tunnel underneath RFK and on to the stadium field?
Troy: "Neat. I have a lot of good memories on that field. We left on really great terms, and you never know in this game where you are going to wind up."
Troy: "I went to Starbucks coffee. And I was very disappointed. It wasn't as good as I thought in my head. I also went to some of the back country outfitters that you only find on the east coast, like REI and couple other place. I've been seeing some old friends and family. D.C. is an impressive city. Very neoclassical."
Troy: "The expenses! Norway has a lot of good things. The culture is centered around the family. We are about working and making money all the time. A full time job there is considered 35 hours a week, with five weeks guaranteed vacation. So in those terms, the lifestyle is quite nice."
Oguchi Onyewu - Some Italian Restaurant in Georgetown (We're pretty sure he meant Paparazzi). He recommends the stuffed crabcakes.
Brad Guzan (Michael Bradley and Sacha Kljestan) - BLT Steak. "It's the bomb-diggety!" (Feel free to send in your translations).
Troy Perkins - Legal Seafood. Let's just say his favorite part of the meal was the company.
Frankie Hejduk - Mate. "Solid sushi."
Jay DeMerit (Heath Pearce) - Chipotle. [Editor's Note - Holy cow ...]
Danny Califf (Tim Howard) - We went the non-traditional route and had different things at different places. We started at Capital Grille, moved on to J Pauls (joined by Carlos Bocanegra and Steve Cherundolo), and finished at Clyde's. We were just enjoying the Georgetown scene.
(For the record, the MNT bloggers went to the District Chophouse. Great steaks).
The first nearly-full training session for the national team in D.C. was a lively one. Minus Tim Howard (dentist appointment) and Charlie Davies (somewhere over the Atlantic), the rest of the group engaged in an intense and focused 90-minute training that had a great buzz about it. After a 25-minute warmup, they went straight into a possession game of 7 v. 7 plus two. It's fair to say the ball was pinging all over the place, with crisp passing and fine spacing off the ball. Next was 8 v. 8 to big goals, where both teams were able to create good scoring opportunities and finish several off as well. The day ended with a crossing and finishing exercise.
"It was a good day. From start to finish, there was a good mentality, sharpness and competitiveness, said U.S. coach Bob Bradley. We believe that the camps add up and eventually you get to the point where, when you come in, you don't start over; you start from where you left off. More and more, that is the case."
Stay tuned for video of the action ...
Listen to Bob Bradley's quotes
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Jay: "The goal that never was! It was against Reading [a 2-2 draw on Sept. 20, 2008]. They had a corner kick that gets played into the box. Our guy heads it down, then it hits another player's knee and is heading out of bounds about three yards wide of the goal. Just before the ball is across the endline, a Reading player slides to keep it in and crosses it back across the goal. The linesman's flag goes up, the referee blows the whistle, and everyone sets up for a goal kick. All of a sudden, the referee runs over to the linesman and then points towards the center circle as if it's a goal. Naturally we go ballistic, the ref is handing out yellow cards left and right, and he is adamant that they scored a goal. The ball was three yards wide! Our manager compared that goal call to a UFO landing in the middle of the pitch. Neither ever happened."
us: That certainly qualifies as interesting. Your take on the Brett Favre move to New York?
Jay: "I thought it was dealt with badly by both parties. As a huge Favre fan, you never wanted to see him go. At the end of the season he said he was done, and the team had to be prepared for the future, and it's hard to take that back. Then again, he's proved with the Jets that he can still get it done. The Packers had a decision to make, and fair enough to Brett that he wanted to be the number one. It's weird seeing him in another jersey. But then again, Rogers has come in and done a good job, so everyone's been proved right."
us: So clearly you are still conflicted ...
us: What's the last thing you read?
Jay: "I'm reading Richard Branson's book. He's the owner of Virgin Atlantic Airlines. Being the budding entrepreneur that I am, it's a fascinating read for me."
us: What's next?
Jay: "Pool workout, more stretching and getting ready for training. The life of the footballer..."
And just in case you were going to give the youngsters extra credit for being up early, several of the veteran players have already been in and out of breakfast...
Monday, October 6, 2008
And don't forget the highlights from on the field, including Clint Dempsey's game-winning goal that delivered the U.S. a 1-0 win and is part of his team-leading four goals in 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying.
Christian Ziege becomes the caretaker manager for 'Gladbach, who have the international break to try to steady the ship.
In other Bundesliga action over the weekend, Steve Cherundolo helped Hannover to a 1-1 draw against Borussia Dortmund.
Carlos Bocanegra and Rennes dispatched Lyon, 3-0, with a well-earned victory at the Stade de le Route-de-Lorient. The win, which marked the Ligue-1 Champions' first loss of the season, will be a helpful tonic for Rennes, who were eliminated from the UEFA Cup by Twente on Thursday.
The three points bump Bocanegra and Co. up to 7th in the LIgue 1 table.
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There's plenty of storylines to follow, from the team's six-match shutout streak to their storied history in D.C. And as always, ussoccer.com will be there to provide the inside scoop. For the moment, Bob Bradley's men continue to trickle into Washington, with several members of the 23-man squad having been completing club commitments earlier today. The team begins training Monday, so get ready for a plethora of sights and sounds as the World Cup qualifying campaign continues ...
40 min - Cabral takes a shot on the volley that's saved by Bebe and goes out for a corner.
37 min - Cardinal finishes off Pedro Cary's cross.
37 min - Shocking giveaway by Portugal and Naumoski buries it in the top corner. Good finish there.
37 min - Hammes tries to test him but the ball goes wide.
36 min - Portugal sub in their backup goalie who looks like he's 12. Conveniently, that's his number.
35 min - Beasley with more good work to win a corner...he tries to find Myers at the far post but nothing doing.
34 min - Beasley and Wiesner play a good one-two but the return pass is just too far.
33 min - Vorberg with a good sliding stop to deny Leitao.
32 min - U.S. just can't get much going here. It's been the story of the tournament, really...
29 min - Israel sets up Bibi for the tap in finish.
27 min - Jardel makes it six with a left footed drive.
26 min - Silky stuff from Ricardinho as he beats two men then threads the needle for Leitao to pick up his hat trick.
25 min - Portugal pick up a giveaway and break quickly! Vorberg with a sliding stop outside the area though.
24 min - Leitao turns provider now, squaring for the captain Arnaldo to make it 4-0.
23 min - Portugal with a counter and Arnaldo looks for Bibi at the far post. His flick doesn't come off and the ball goes wide.
21 min - Goncalo picks up a bad U.S. clearance and makes it 3-0.
21 min - And we're underway!
20 min - Under a minute left and Portugal are content to run out the clock, they keep the ball and ease themselves into halftime...
18 min - Good save by Vorberg and Stewart leads the counter. Wieser's pass can't get through and Portugal clears.
17 min - U.S. looking to get something before halftime, and Hammes with a good move. Bendito take it off his feet though.
16 min - Portugal with a corner kick, as Cabral slies over to block Goncalo's effort. From the corner, Portugal loses it out of play.
15 min - Out of a Portugal timeout, Bibi tires a shot but Beasley bocks it out of play.
14 min - Apple lifts the ball to Wieser on the overlap, and Wiesner volleys. Good save by Benedito. Now up the other end where Portugal have a good chance, a failed cross pops loose at the top of the box and Goncalo whacks it. Vorberg with a save though.
13 min - Leitao goes for his hat-trick. If the safety net wasn't behind the goal that ball probably wouldn't have landed yet.
12 min - Since those early goals it has been even between the two teams...
10 min - Fancy footwork by Jardel who eludes Hammes by the sideline. He drags his shot wide of the goal though.
9 min - Portugal are content to be patient, but they've also shown their ability to attack at any moment. Goncalo loses his man and cracks a shot at Vorberg bu it goes wide...
7 min - The U.S. is controlling the ball better now. They're had more possession in the last few minutes.
6 min - Beasley with some good running, he side stepshis man and megs Ricardinho. He's brought down for a foul and a good free kick chance for the U.S. Cabral takes it but it's wide.
5 min - Now Wiesner just flashes a shot wide.
4 min - Great chance for the U.S. - Stewart with some good running up the line, and he squares it for Beasley with a good ball. Beasley's shot is saved by J. Bendito though.
3 min - A cutting through ball finds Arnaldo but Vorberg is out well to make the stop at his feet. From the corner, Goncalo lifts the ball to the top very Leitao volleys it home.
2 min - Giveaway by the U.S. and Arnaldo takes it. He squares it to Leitao who finishes easily past Vorberg.
1 min - Naumoski steals the ball and leads the U.S. on the counter, he tries to find Stewart but Portugal is back well.
1 min - And we're underway!
The National Anthems now: first Portugal and here's the U.S. Andy Rosenband and Chile Farias are suspended for this game. And The U.S. will start with Vorberg (GK), Beasley, Cabral, Naumoski, and Stewart. Joe Hammes is the captain for the U.S. today.
We're now in week two of the Futsal World Cup. Portugal needs the points here, they're still harboring a realistic chance of qualification for the next round.
Well, we're going to take one more detour from MNT happenings to bring you the U.S.' last game from the FIFA Futsal World Cup in Brazil. Today the U.S. is facing Portugal, hoping to come away with something to show from their trip to South America.