Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Americans Gregg Berhalter and Josh Wolff will likely be suiting up for 1860 in a game that will be played at the Allianz Arena in front of around 70,000 fans. Lucky for us here in the states, the game will be televised on Setanta sports, with coverage beginning at 2:30 pm ET. You can read more about the storied rivalry between the two clubs here.
Monday, February 25, 2008
Heerenveen added another before halftime, and even had the majority of chances in the game, but eventually NEC's numerical advantage handed them the edge. Three second half goals, including an injury time winner, handed NEC the victory and condemned Heerenveen to their first defeat in 2008.
Michael Bradley played the full 90 minutes for Heerenveen, and hit the bar in the second half with a header (check out the red carded Brian Vandenbussche watching from the locker room too!)
In Portugal, Benfica tied Braga 1-1, and slipped further behind leaders Porto in the Portuguese table. Freddy Adu came on as a sub in the 83rd minute for the Eagles.
Hannover have endured a tough start to the second half of the Bundesliga season and are yet to win since the league recommenced earlier this month. This weekend was no different, as Hannover slipped into the bottom half of the table following a 2-1 loss away to VFL Bochum. Hannover's bad luck of late was epitomized by Steve Cherundolo's unlucky own goal in the game (reminiscient of Gooch's against Brazil) and hopefully the team will be able to turn their fortunes in this Saturday's home clash with Nurnberg. Sal Zizzo was on the subs bench but did not play for Hannover this weekend.
Speaking of Gooch, Standard Liege tied Gent 0-0 this weekend. The result leaves Onyewu's club in second place, two points behind Club Brugge after 23 games played.
Reading suffered a 2-1 loss to Aston Villa at the Madejeski Stadium on Saturday. Marcus Hahnemann was in goal for the Royals, who remain in the relegation zone (along with Fulham and Derby) at the bottom of the Premier League table.
In the Championship, Jay DeMerit returned from injury for Watford, coming on as a late second half sub in Saturday's tie against Preston North End. The Hornets, however, dropped out of the top two in the Championship as a result of the 0-0 draw.
Today, Tim Howard and Everton take on Manchester City in a game that will be televised live on Setanta Sports from 2 pm ET. Everton have fallen out of the top four on goal differential, but a win tonight will vault them over bitter rival Liverpool who currently occupy the final Champions League spot.
Sunday, February 17, 2008
In Germany, Steve Cherundolo and Hannover slipped to defeat at the hands of Bayern Munich, being on the wrong end of a Luca Toni hat trick.
Over in Portugal, Freddy Adu made a substitute appearance in the 72nd minute of Benfica's 2-0 win Naval 1˚ Maio.
Monday, February 11, 2008
Michael Bradley was on the scoresheet again as Heerenveen earned a hard fought away point at league leaders PSV Eindhoven. The goal was Bradley’s seventh in six games, and his club now sits in second place after
Everton maintained its fourth place position with a dour 1-0 win against
Jonathan Spector made a last minute substitute appearance for West Ham as the Hammer’s drew 1-1 with
In the Bundesliga, Steve Cherundolo was fit again for Hannover’s 2-2 draw with
Benfica drew 0-0 with CD Nacional de Madeira on Saturday, and now lie 10 points behind leaders
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
We delivered loads of content to you tonight that included return of Studio 90, live streaming of the pre-game warmups, and of course the first-ever ESPN360/ussoccer.com post-game show. We'd love to hear what you think, so chime in with your suggestions, comments, glowing praise ... you get the idea. Like McDonalds' says, we do it all for you!
Podcast: Oguchi Onyewu, Drew Moor, Michael Bradley and Clint Dempsey after training on Tuesday.
Podcast: Landon Donovan on USA/Mexico
Article: The Facts of a Rivalry: USA – MEX
This match marks the kick off of U.S. Soccer's Official Bar program which will provide fans with a listing of the top U.S. Soccer Bars in the country. To become an Official U.S. Soccer Bar, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
Exhibit #1: TV Ratings
Here's the headlines from Feb.9, 2007, on ussoccer.com:
Televised soccer hit new rating highs on Wednesday night for the broadcast of the U.S. National Team's 2-0 victory against Mexico on ESPN2 and Univision from University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. For U.S. Soccer, the victory on the field continued the team's dominance of Mexico, but also highlighted the incredible gains the sport is making elsewhere.
ESPN2's broadcast was the most-watched U.S. game in the team's history, outside of the World Cup and World Cup qualifiers. The network earned a 0.7 household rating, which translates to 1.1 million viewers and comes on the heels of the network’s impressive 2006 World Cup ratings. Even more impressively, the game averaged a 1.0 rating during the final 15 minutes as the USA iced the victory.
On Univision, the match also set records with more than 6 million total viewers. The U.S. victory was the No. 2 most-watched Spanish-language sports cast in history, beating every Super Bowl among Hispanic Adults 18-49, Men 18-49 and Total Viewers.
For the accouting types, there's plenty more numbers to analyze.
After yesterday's training session, Eddie Robinson, Ricardo Clark, and Bob Bradley spoke to the Houston media, who were pretty eager to get some of their questions in. Eddie and Ricardo talked about how exciting it was to be playing in their hometown, while Bob spoke about the rivalry with Mexico and the upcoming game.
Listen to the full podcast here.
Monday, February 4, 2008
Eddie Lewis: "I didn't. You're the 100th person who asked that question."
MNT Blogger: The reports from Derby indicate the surgery went well. What is the prognosis for the duration of your recovery?
Eddie Lewis: "What recovery?
MNT Blogger: Is it disappointing to travel all this way and have to sit out training and watch the team get ready for the big match against Mexico?
Eddie Lewis: "Yeah, I didn't sit out. The team had a great session today and we're looking forward to Wednesday.
MNT Blogger: You've been a part of some of the great moments in U.S.-Mexico history, particularly the cross to Donovan for the goal in the 2002 World Cup. Is it hard sitting here knowing that you won't be able to suit up Wednesday night?
Eddie Lewis: "It's hard listening to these questions. You really ought to spend less time on the computer."
MNT Blogger: Well, good luck then Eddie. Here's to a speedy recovery!
The preceding dramatization has been published to demonstrate once and for all that Eddie IS NOT HURT!!! How many times do we have to tell you not to believe everything you read?
Except our stuff, of course ...
It was a surprising scene at Houston's Bush Intercontinental Airport this afternoon. While awaiting the arrival of Clint Dempsey and Carlos Bocanegra, we crossed paths with a strong contingent of Mexico fans. We can only guess that they were awaiting the arrival of their own European-based players to emerge from Customs. In the meantime, the boys' flight from London's Gatwick Airport had arrived a few minutes late, but we were hoping that our U.S. players would breeze right through the checkpoints. Suddenly, people started pouring out of the "restricted area". Would this be their flight from London or Mexico City?
A few subtle hints later, we knew we wouldn't be waiting much longer. First, we saw a man who might have made a good living as a Paul McCartney look-a-like. Then two businessmen came through the portals and ran straight for the currency exchange. Next, two guys started yelling into their cellphones with British accents so thick we couldn't even comprehend what they were saying. Sure enough, Carlos and Clint strolled out shortly thereafter. They didn't get spotted (thankfully), and while the Mexican fans continued their vigil we headed back to the hotel to meet the team for dinner.
Next up was a playlist of some classic YouTube videos including Camp Referee, Thriller Wedding Dance and Robot Dance.
Unfortunately our internet connection was in appalling form, and we had to wait a good 10-15 minutes between videos. The time was passed by passing around the new 2008 U.S. Men's National Team Media Guide, as yet unseen by many of the European guys. Of particular note, as pointed out by Carlos and Tim, was Benny’s facial hair, which he claimed was drawn on him in the editing room.
Finally, we wound down the night with some Mythbusters in which the hosts tried to figure out how a person could survive a fall off a sixty-foot building. Perhaps next week they’ll debunk the mystery of the media guide goatee.
Also on the schedule is a live talkback with Clint Dempsey on the ESPNews HotList on Tuesday afternoon between 5 and 5:30 p.m ET ('talkback' is an industry term for an interview where the guest isn't in-studio with the host. See, the blog is both fun and educational!) Of course we will have the cameras and podcasters recording throughout to bring you the highlights.
Sunday, February 3, 2008
Much like for last year's match in Glendale, Ariz., Hugo Sanchez has called on a nearly full-strength side for the friendly against the United States. Causing a stir amongst the Mexican press is the inclusion of Antonio Naelson Zinha, a naturalized Mexican citizen. Sanchez was harshly critical of his predecessor for choosing to use non-native born players to represent Mexico. The Mexican players will be arriving into Houston during the next two days.
GOALKEEPERS: Luís Ernesto Michel (Chivas de Guadalajara), Moisés Muñoz (Morelia), Guillermo Ochoa (Club América)
DEFENDERS: Israel Castro (Pumas UNAM), Rafael Márquez (FC Barcelona), Johnny Magallón (Chivas de Guadalajara), Fausto Pinto (Pachuca), Oscar Rojas (Club América), Carlos Salcido (PSV Eindhoven)
MIDFIELDERS: Francisco Arce (Santos Laguna), Pavel Pardo (VFB Stuttgart), Gerardo Torrado (Cruz Azul), Antonio Naelson Zinha (Toluca), Cesar Villaluz (Cruz Azul)
FORWARDS: Adolfo Bautista (Jaguares Chiapas), Juan Carlos Cacho (Pachuca), Giovani Dos Santos (FC Barcelona), Antonio de Nigris (Ankaraspor), Carlos Vela (Osasuna)
There are two pairs of players on the roster who earned their first cap in the same game together. If that wasn't clear - as it wasn't to several of the players we questioned - that means two guys in one game, two in another. Names and games, please ...
Saturday, February 2, 2008
In England, Tim Howard kept a clean sheet, but Everton were controversially denied a late winner, after an offside flag disallowed Andy Johnson’s goal. Howard made four saves for the Toffees, who still sit in fourth place, one point ahead of rivals Liverpool.
Finally in Holland, Heerenveen continued its fantastic form, smashing seven goals past Vitesse Arnhem. Michael Bradley grabbed his 16th goal in all competitions (his 12th in the Eredivisie) and also added two assists.
Heerenveen’s win vaults them into second place, nine points behind leaders PSV, who also won today. The two clubs meet next Saturday in what could be a vital match in the title race…
The players from the camp in Carson who are not going to Houston began departing last night, which made today's training session a fun-filled competition of soccer tennis and 5 v. 2. We'll try to get some clips up once we're done packing for the trip.
But enough of the little details. We now know who is going to be facing off against Mexico. What do you think?
To get things started, Steve Cherundolo had been scheduled to come to Houston until he suffered a groin injury in Hannover's 1-1 draw away to Hamburg earlier today.
Tune in to ussoccer.com later this afternoon to find out who has been selected by U.S. head coach Bob Bradley to gather in Houston.
(any last-minute predictions?)
Friday, February 1, 2008
Meantime back in the hotel, the MNT Blog has set about putting up some podcasts on the website:
The first one is with Landon Donovan, who spoke to media earlier this week about the upcoming game against Mexico and the winding down of this January camp. Podcast can be heard here.
The second podcast is with Bob Bradley, who also talked with reporters about next week’s big game. Listen to that whole podcast here.