Sunday, May 31, 2009
Tomorrow morning - fingers crossed, considering the dreadful weather - Tim Howard, Benny Feilhaber and Jose Francisco Torres will meet the group before heading to the airport, while Danny Califf will find his own way to San Jose (feel free to roll your eyes - we just did...).
us: When did you first become aware the national team staff was keeping an eye on you?
Luis: “Back in December, there had been some communication about me possibly coming in for January. It didn’t work out, but I felt if I kept playing well I would get another opportunity. While Heath Pearce was in with the team in March, he was asking about my status - I had just torn ligaments in my right ankle. I was told by the goalkeeper coach that I might get a look in the summer. I thought there might be a chance, so I focused on recovery and finishing the season strong.”
us: What is the Heath Pearce connection?
Luis: “Heath and I knew each other through regional ODP, and then we played together at the University of Portland.”
us: Heath also made the jump from UP to across the pond. How did your journey start?
Luis: "I was drafted by D.C. United in 2007, but I still wanted to test the waters. I left the next day for Germany. I had a trial with a 2nd division team in East Germany, but since I arrived a few days early my agent set up a training session with reserve team at Kaiserslautern. As soon as the session was over, the first team coach invited me to stay a week, and then I got signed by the reserve team on a six month contract.”
us: And then it was back to job hunting?
Luis: “At that point, I didn’t know what FCK was going to do, so I had to look for a new team. Basically I was unemployed sitting in farm house in Germany wondering what was going to happen next. My neighbors were two horses and four sheep. On the day of the transfer deadline, they sold one of their ‘keepers and I signed again as the third string guy for the 2007-08 season.”
us: Clearly things have continued to progress…
Luis: "It’s been great. I started the year as the number two. When the starter got hurt, I came in and did well, and the team got on a good run. FCK is a very popular club. The team has been around since 1900, and has a much storied history. It’s closely linked to the success of the German national team, particularly early on. I really enjoy it there.”
us: So when did the message come from U.S. Soccer that you were being called into camp?
Luis: "A couple weeks ago I got an email from the general manager. I woke up in the morning and had an email that had the subject line national team invitation, and I kind of freaked out.”
us: Describe ‘freaked out’.
Luis: "I called my parents and my fiancé. The experience this year has been surreal, from making my pro debut, keeping the first team spot, and now getting married. The national team call up is the cherry on top.”
us: How has the experience been for you?
Luis: “These are the players I have been watching on television, and now I am training with them and introducing myself to someone who I already felt like I knew from seeing them play. All that said, as soon as training started it just felt normal. We just got down to playing football.”
us: What surprised you the most from the week?
Luis: “I didn’t know what to expect – whether there would be big egos or things like that, but everyone is very relaxed. It’s great to be back in an environment where everyone speaks the same language. I’ve had a lot of fun talking with guys at meals, and getting out a little bit. Trainings were intense, but not to the breaking point. The level is fantastic. One thing that concerned me was that the level might be too quick from the get go. I think I adapted well. I’m really impressed with how smart everyone is with the ball, and technically sound with decisions. With everything here, you can tell everyone is enjoying what they’re doing.”
Beas has made 10 appearances out of 11 total matches thus far, including nine starts. Coming off injury last year, he played in both games against Barbados in June, and was one of a handful of regulars who traveled to T&T after the U.S. had clinched their place in the final round.
Beasley is followed in minutes by Michael Bradley and Heath Pearce, both of whom have started nine games as well.
Saturday, May 30, 2009
Everton's afternoon started in the best possible way, with Louis Saha scoring after just 25 seconds. However, Chelsea clawed their way back into it, with Didier Drogba leveling the score in the 21st minute.
In the second half Chelsea asserted their dominance, and Frank Lampard's left-footed drive gave the London club an advantage they would not surrender.
Howard made three saves in the loss. You can see a few highlights here and we'll try to put some up later on.
- The team got their first taste of turf training in preparation for the artificial surface at Estadio Ricardo Saprissa. An hour-long session under intense heat this morning included Freddy Adu and new arrivals Jonathan Bornstein and Sacha Kljestan
- Players and coaches have gathered to watch the FA Cup final between Everton and Chelsea
- Frankie Hejduk (groin) will travel to Miami and be evaluated by the national team medical staff. Hejduk is not with the Crew for their match tonight in Seattle
Rangers won this competition last year, with DaMarcus Beasley contributing a goal in a 3-2 victory against Queen of the South.
Maurice Edu is facing the proverbial "race against time" in order to be fit for the game. Edu sustained a slight thigh knock in last weeks game against Dundee United. According to BBC Sport's Live Text, Edu has been left out of the lineup. No word on official lineups at this moment.
Stay tuned as we'll provide a few updates on this game and the FA Cup final throughout the day...
Friday, May 29, 2009
You may have heard from your friends who are cool, but our Twitter feed is all the rage these days - check it out at http://www.twitter.com/ussoccer. Writing just one or two sentences at a time can be pretty tough though, so this afternoon the ussoccer twitter sprung a surprise on the twitter nation and handed the keyboard to Jay DeMerit, who held a spontaneous q&a with fans for about an hour. Here are some of the questions he got (and the answers he gave):
@ussoccer Hey Jay...what's your prediction for the Cup Final tomorrow?
@ericpz I'd love to see Timmy get the win, so hopefully Everton can score a few goals to help him out...
@ussoccer bigger accomplishment winning Confederations Cup or Quarterfinal appearance in the World Cup?
@tickel09 Hmmmmm...Can I have both?
@ussoccer How much bigger is Gooch than every other guy on the team? Is he as intimidating in person as looks on TV?
@FerrisOnline He's much bigger than everybody else and much scarier. Especially when he has a beard.
@ussoccer in your opinion, who's the best player you've ever played against personally?
@Brendanmeyer Probably Messi. In the Copa America from 2007.
@ussoccer Are they going to let you do another internship at Soccer House?
@hoover_dam Ha! Hopefully my soccer house lawnmowing days are over...
Join in the fun over at twitter.com/ussoccer and stay tuned to see if somebody else takes command of the controls in the next few days (or weeks...we are on the road for awhile after all).
In any case, the question for you today is at the top end of the playing time spectrum. Which man has gotten the most minutes in 2010 qualifying? If you're feeling frisky, you can throw in the total minutes played while you're at it ...
Jonathan Bornstein and Sacha Kljestan are now in Miami, bumping the group total to 14 players. Freddy Adu arrived last evening, and was excused from training this morning for personal reasons. The next gaggle of players will not arrive until Sunday afternoon.
Meantime, Bob Bradley previewed the upcoming matches on a media teleconference call earlier this afternoon. Check back shortly for the full audio podcast.
Update: Here's the podcast with Bob Bradley. Click here to listen.
Everton are going for their first trophy in fourteen years while Chelsea are trying to reclaim the competition they last won in 2007. The last meeting between the two came just days after both sides had booked their spots at the Wembley final.
Howard has had an excellent year minding the Everton net. Setting club records and notably saving two penalty kicks against former-club Manchester United in the FA Cup semifinal.
Last Sunday, Howard was the subject SportsCenter's Sunday Conversation. In case you missed it, watch it here.
Random cool photo gallery: Fixing the FA Cup trophy.
Photos from isiphotos.com
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Watch the game live here. Or tune in to Telemundo from 10 p.m. ET to catch what should be an exciting first leg.
Here in MNT camp, we'll be channel switching between Pachuca and the MLS Game. Chicago Fire take on Chivas USA on ESPN2 starting at 10:30 p.m. ET. Should be an exciting night of soccer...
It's raining again this afternoon. Surprised? We're not. We did manage to get in a full session though, with guys doing some small sided games (what else would you do with only 11 people?) and finishing exercises. Tomorrow's training corps will increase by one: Freddy Adu has arrived this afternoon from France. For the full gallery of pictures check out ussoccer.com.
Here's a fun look back at a much younger Clint Dempsey
Coincidentally, the U.S. had played England once before on May 28 - in 1959. That result wasn't quite as close ...
Here's how it works:
These 13 players are guaranteed to be on the Confederations Cup squad but will not play in the June 6 friendly.
Goalkeepers (2): Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Marco Amelia (Palermo)
Defenders (3): Fabio Cannavaro (Real Madrid, Spain), Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus), Gianluca Zambrotta (AC Milan)
Midfielders (4): Mauro Camoranesi (Juventus), Daniele De Rossi (AS Roma), Simone Pepe (Udinese), Andrea Pirlo (AC Milan)
Forwards (4): Alberto Gilardino (Fiorentina), Vincenzo Iaquinta (Juventus), Fabio Quagliarella (Udinese), Luca Toni (Bayern Munich, Germany)
The second squad consists of 21 players who will use the June 6 friendly against Northern Ireland to vie for the final 10 places on the Confederations Cup roster.
Goalkeepers (2): Morgan De Sanctis (Galatasaray, Turkey), Federico Marchetti (Cagliari)
Defenders (7): Mattia Cassani (Palermo), Andrea Dossena (Liverpool, England), Alessandro Gamberini (Fiorentina), Fabio Grosso (Lyon, France), Andrea Esposito (Lecce), Nicola Legrottaglie (Juventus), Davide Santon (Inter Milan)
Midfielders (8): Marco Biagianti (Catania), Matteo Brighi (AS Roma), Gaetano D'Agostino (Udinese), Daniele Galloppa (Siena), Gennaro Gattuso (AC Milan), Riccardo Montolivo (Fiorentina), Angelo Palombo (Sampdoria), Pasquale Foggia (Lazio)
Forwards (4): Giuseppe Mascara (Catania), Giampaolo Pazzini (Sampdoria), Sergio Pellissier (Chievo), Giuseppe Rossi (Villareal, Spain)
The U.S. opens the Confederations Cup against Italy on June 15th. You can see the game live on ESPN.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
ESPN also announced the full broadcast for the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup. ESPN and ESPN2 will combine to televise all matches of the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup from June 14-28 And to go one step better, all the matches will be available in High Definition.
ESPN will televise the the match between the United States and 2006 FIFA World Cup champion Italy (June 15, 2:25 p.m. ET), while ESPN2 will carry the match against Brazil (June 18, 9:55 a.m. ET) and Egypt (June 21, 2:25 p.m. ET).
For the complete listings, log on to espn.com
The Honduran team has assembled in what has become their preferred training camp venue for national team preparations - Sunrise, Fla. Head coach Reinaldo Rueda has enlisted 23 players to get ready for the June 6 match in Chicago, including Toronto FC midfielder Amado Guevara. The Hondurans are in third place in the group on four points, which includes a 3-1 win against Mexico. The Catrachos will train here until June 4, when they shift to Chicago. The Honduras roster:
Goalkeepers: Noel Valladares, Júnior Morales, Ricardo Canales
Defenders: Mario Beata, Víctor Bernárdez, Erick Norales, Osman Chávez, Maynor Figueroa, Oscar Bonieck, Emilio Izaguirre, Mauricio Sabillón.
Midfielders: Amado Guevara, Ramón Núñez, Roger Espinoza, Wilson Palacios, Hendry Thomas, Julio de León, Danilo Turcios,
Forwards: Georgie Welcome, Allan Lalín, Carlo Costly, Carlos Pavón, Walter Martínez.
If you needed any other reason to get excited for the game, check out this great Champions League Top Plays from ESPN:
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Monday, May 25, 2009
Sunday, May 24, 2009
U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (2): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa: 5/3 SO), Tim Howard (Everton: 9/7 SO)
DEFENDERS (9): Carlos Bocanegra (Rennes: 19/2), Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA: 1/0), Danny Califf (Midtjylland: 4/0), Jay DeMerit (Watford: 1/0), Frankie Hejduk (Columbus Crew: 17/2), Oguchi Onyewu (Standard de Liege: 14/1), Heath Pearce (Hansa Rostock: 9/0), Jonathan Spector (West Ham United: 2/0), Marvell Wynne (Toronto FC: 0/0)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Freddy Adu (Monaco: 5/1), DaMarcus Beasley (Rangers: 24/6), Michael Bradley (Borussia Mönchengladbach: 9/4), Maurice Edu (Rangers: 4/0), Benny Feilhaber (Aarhus: 0/0), Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA: 9/0), Pablo Mastroeni (Colorado Rapids: 13/0), José Francisco Torres (Pachuca: 4/0)
FORWARDS (5): Jozy Altidore (Xerez: 6/5), Brian Ching (Houston Dynamo: 15/6), Charlie Davies (Hammarby: 1/1), Clint Dempsey (Fulham: 15/4), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy: 28/9) *numbers indicate all-time World Cup Qualifying caps/goals
- Maurice Edu and Rangers try to sew up the SPL league title Dundee Utd. Here's a link - http://www.freedocast.com/forms/PopOut.aspx?sc=427231E3213910A1 - if you want to watch it live. A Rangers win will give them the crown.
- Oguchi Onyewu and Standard Liege face Anderlecht in the second leg of the playoffs in Belgium. The first leg finished 1-1.
- Clint Dempsey and Tim Howard will do battle in England, as Fulham and Everton meet to close out the season in the Premier League. Jonathan Spector will also be in action for West Ham as they take on relegation-threatened Middlesbrough.
- José Francisco Torres and Pachuca try to reach the final in Mexico as they will attempt to close out their semifinal tie with Indios.
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Goalkeepers: Daniel Cambronero (Puntarenas), Ricardo Gonzalez (Herediano), Keilor Navas (Saprissa)
Defenders: Dario Delgado (Puntarenas), Junior Diaz (Wisla Krakow, Poland), Freddy Fernandez (Perez Zeledon), Dennis Marshall (Herediano), Gonzalo Segares (Chicago, Major League Soccer), Esteban Sirias (Liberia), Michael Umana (Ramonense), Harold Wallace (Liberia)
Midfielders: Armando Alonso (Saprissa), Cristian Bolanos (Start, Norway), Celso Borges (Fredrikstad, Norway), Pablo Brenes (Brujas), Walter Centeno (Saprissa), Esteban Granados (Cartagines), Warren Granados (Ramonense), Carlos Hernandez (Melbourne, Australia), Pablo Herrera (Alajuelense), Cristian Oviedo (Alajuelense)
Forwards: Andy Furtado (Herediano), Andy Herron (Herediano), Bryan Ruiz (Gent, Belgium), Alvaro Saborio (Sion, Switzerland)
Friday, May 22, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Goalkeepers: Julio Cesar (Inter Milan), Gomes (Tottenham Hotspur), Victor (Gremio)
Defenders: Maicon (Inter Milan), Daniel Alves (Barcelona), Alex (Chelsea), Juan (AS Roma), Lucio (Bayern Munich), Luisao (Benfica), Kleber (Internacional), Andre Santos (Corinthians).
Midfielders: Anderson (Manchester United), Gilberto Silva (Panathinaikos), Josue (VfL Wolfsburg), Ramires (Cruzeiro), Elano (Manchester City), Felipe Melo (Fiorentina), Julio Baptista (AS Roma), Kaka (AC Milan)
Forwards: Alexandre Pato (AC Milan), Luis Fabiano (Sevilla), Nilmar (Internacional), Robinho (Manchester City).
Monday, May 18, 2009
Not so much for Celtic, who failed to break down Hibernian's defense during a 0-0 draw. The results mean Rangers are top of the table going into the final game in the Scottish Premier League.
After winning the Old Firm derby game last weekend, Rangers sputtered in midweek, drawing 1-1 with Hibs. That draw gave Celtic a leg up over Rangers, but the Hoops' failure to win this weekend means they may have just blown their shot at a fourth consecutive title.
Of course, there's still one massive game to go and, if this week is any indication, there could just be one or two twists left. Here's how it looks going into the final day: Rangers are leading Celtic by two points, meaning any Rangers win will give them the title. If Celtic fail to win, then Rangers will also be crowned Champions. If Rangers draw and Celtic win, Celtic will take the title by virtue of goal difference.
Rangers face Dundee Utd away while Celtic hosts Hearts. Both games kickoff at 10 a.m. ET on Sunday.
Sunday, May 17, 2009
As you can see in the video, Gooch gave away a penalty in injury time of the second half with Liege leading 1-0. With the season on the line, goalkeeper Sinan Bolat came up huge for Liege to stop the spot kick. Bolat, on loan from Genk, dove to his left to parry away what turned out to be a pretty weak penalty from Bryan Ruiz. Side note: Ruiz, who has had an excellent season with Gent, could feature against the U.S. MNT next month. A minute later the final whistle sends fans, players and staff into raptures. Talk about a clutch save!
Full highlights of the game:
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Clint Dempsey played 90 minutes for Fulham on Saturday after picking up an award from the club earlier this week. Dempsey was named Fulham's Player of the Month for April, a month in which he scored two goals in a memorable Easter Sunday win against Manchester City.
Dempsey and Fulham will be in action one more time this year as they look to secure the final Europa League spot for next season. Manchester City and West Ham were knocked out of contention today, leaving only Fulham and Tottenham left to contest seventh place. Fulham hold the advantage over their London rivals, but nothing is sewn up yet. Here are the scenarios:
Fulham qualify for the Europa League if:
- they beat Everton next Sunday
- they tie and Tottenham beat Liverpool by less than five goals on Sunday
- they lose and Tottenham fail to win.
- Maurice Edu and Rangers beat Aberdeen 2-1 to go top of the Scottish Premier League. Celtic plays tomorrow, but until then Rangers remain three points clear.
- Michael Bradley and Borussia Mönchengladbach went down 5-0 to Bayer Leverkusen. Gladbach dropped to 15th place, three points clear of the relegation zone.
- Clint Dempsey and Fulham heaped the pressure on Newcastle United by winning 1-0 at St. James' Park.
- Tim Howard and Everton got past West Ham with a 3-1 victory.
- Oguchi Onyewu and Standard Liege did their part, beating Gent 1-0. Anderlecht also one their final game so the two rivals are headed to a playoff in Belgium.
Friday, May 15, 2009
- Maurice Edu and Rangers look for three points (and a Celtic slip up) on Saturday morning against Aberdeen
- In the Premier League, Everton and Tim Howard host West Ham United (tape delayed on FSC) while Clint Dempsey and Fulham travel to Newcastle United (live on Setanta from 9:40 a.m. ET)
- Everything to play for in the Bundesliga, on both ends of the table. Michael Bradley and Borussia Mönchengladbach travel to Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday.
- Oguchi Onyewu will try to help Standard Liege past KAA Gent on the final day of the season in Belgium. For a full preview of the final day, listen to our podcast with Gooch from earlier this week.
- On Sunday, Rennes will try to keep their Europa League hopes alive with a trip to Nantes.
- Also on Sunday, José Francisco Torres and Pachuca will try to wrap up their series with Jaguares. Torres scored in the 3-1 victory in the first leg.
Along with Coppell, whom the goalkeeper praised for his influence on the club, Hahnemann helped the club to a record setting promotion campaign in 2006 and a memorable first season in the Premier League. Reading exceeded all expecations by finishing in eighth place in 2006-07, while Hahnemann made the most saves of any goalkeeper in the Premier League.
Club chairman Sir John Madejski shared a few thoughts on Hahnemann's departure. "Marcus has been a key player for us for a number of years now, and like Graeme [Murty, a former club captain who was also released] he has been a great ambassador for our club and very popular with supporters. They will forever be well remembered."
Pictures courtesy of isiphotos.com
Torres took the kick, playing a short ball to Damian Álvarez, who in turn crossed it in to Paul Aguilar. Aguilar out-jumped the ‘keeper and finished off the header for Pachuca’s first goal in the third minute.
In the 21st minute, Torres got a goal of his own, receiving the ball just outside the 18-yard-box and blasting a shot that went into the lower left corner of the net, past the diving Hernández. Pachuca’s last goal came off an own goal from Gilberto Mora. The two teams face off again at 7 p.m. ET on Sunday, May 17, at Estadio Hidalgo in Pachuca, live on Telefutura.
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
- The title race gets closer again in Scotland, just when you thought Rangers would pull ahead after this past weekend. Today Rangers fought back from a goal down, salvaging a point against Hibernian. Maurice Edu again played the full 90 minutes for Rangers, who are ahead of Celtic at the top of SPL on goal differential (EDIT: Celtic are ahead of Rangers on goal difference).
- Late drama in Germany as Borussia Mönchengladbach grabbed a vital win against Energie Cottbus. Gladbach's Dante stole the 90th minute winner, as Michael Bradley's team moved three points clear of the Bundesliga trap door. Bochum and Bielefeld also lost, which mean 'Gladbach moved up to 14th place, three clear of the relegation zone.
We caught up today with MNT defender Oguchi Onyewu, who is preparing for a title showdown in the Belgian top flight. With one game remaining Gooch's Standard Liege is tied on points with Anderlecht. If the two teams finisht the season tied, then there will be a 2 legged playoff to determine a winner. We talked with Gooch about the chase for a second consecutive title in Belgium, his recent goalscoring form, and his five years in Belgium.
Listen to the full podcast here.
- In Scotland, Maurice Edu and Rangers will look to leapfrog Celtic in the top spot. Celtic won yesterday, but Rangers can go back to the summit of the table with a win against Hibs today.
- Borussia Mönchengladbach escaped the relegation zone on Saturday with a win against Schalke. Now Michael Bradley's team will look to put some daylight between themselves and the other clubs near the bottom: 'Gladbach travels to Energie Cottbus in tonight's Bundesliga six pointer.
- Carlos Bocanegra and Rennes will try to recover from a shock cup final defeat this past weekend with a game against Caen. Rennes still have a shot at qualifying for the Europa League, but they'll need to pick up some major points heading into the final stretch.
- Speaking of the Coupe de France, here are some highlights from the game:
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
While you wait for the game to kickoff, here's some footage from the first game:
Still 0-0, but 15 minutes in Reading have had the best chance. They worked the ball to Tabb who tests Burnley goalkeeper Brian Jensen. Hahnemann hasn't had much to do so far as Reading are dominating possession.
30 minutes and it's still scoreless. Reading have most of the ball but Burnley are defending resolutely.
0-0 at halftime...everything to play for still.
Five minutes into the second half and things look bleak for Reading. Martin Paterson with a stunning strike from distance to give Burnley a 1-0 lead on the night and a 2-0 aggregate advantage. Hahnemann could do nothing there - that ball was beautifully curled into the back of the net from about 25 yards.
Things have gone from bad to worse for Reading. Steven Thompson with an awesome half-volley from just outside the area has given Burnley a 3-0 lead on aggregate. Again no chance for Hahnemann with that one - the ball was dipping all the way and just caromed off the crossbar before bouncing down over the line.
And it's all over. Reading are out of the playoffs, losing 3-0 on aggregate to Burnley.
Monday, May 11, 2009
Tim Howard etched his name into Everton's record books earlier this season and this weekend the MNT number one surpassed another mark. Howard earned his 16th clean sheet of the season in Everton's 0-0 draw with Tottenham, passing Neville Southall's previous high of 15 shutouts in one campaign.
Howard was quick to give praise to the defenders in front of him. "I'm very pleased. Pleased for the guys who battle in front of me. They are the ones that deserve the credit," said the goalkeeper to evertonTV on evertonfc.com. "I didn't have much to do at all against Tottenham and that's a testament to how those guys play. The guys have been doing it all season."
Everton manager David Moyes also had a few words to say on the record. Everton are chasing fifth place (and automatic qualificaiton for the group stage of next year's Europa League). The Toffees face West Ham Utd. next Saturday.
Saturday, May 9, 2009
Now, Standard Liege is tied with Anderlecht on top of the table in Belgium. Tie-breakers around the world are different, but here's what we can find about the system in Belgium: "If teams have the same amount of points and wins, a test-match can be played in two legs to determine the final order in the standings." We're not sure if this is exactly the case or not (unrecognized academic source!) but we'll do a bit more research to figure it out. Or we'll ask you guys out there: do you know how they settle a tie in the Belgian league?
- Fulham and Clint Dempsey keep their Europa League dreams alive with a 3-1 victory over Aston Villa.
- Tim Howard kept another clean sheet for Everton in a 0-0 draw with Tottenham. Perhaps not the desired result for David Moyes' side, but they did gain a point in their quest for fifth place (see above).
- Marcus Hahnemann and Reading lost 1-0 to Burnely. Hahnemann and co. take a one goal disadvantage into the second leg of their promotion playoff semifinal
Friday, May 8, 2009
The United States, Australia, England, Indonesia, Japan, Mexico and Russia have formally declared their desire to host to the FIFA World Cup in 2018 or 2022. Netherlands-Belgium and Portugal-Spain have each submitted joint bids for the 2018 and 2022 tournaments, while Qatar and South Korea have applied as candidates to play host only to the tournament in 2022.
U.S. Soccer is able to offer fans a unique opportunity to watch this video courtesy of The Univision Network.
Also, we have some extended highlights of Rangers' victory over Hearts from this past weekend. Edu played the full 90 minutes:
Thursday, May 7, 2009
New Zealand has released its squad for the Confederations Cup and there are a few familiar faces. Four players are currently playing in MLS: Andrew Boyens with New York, Simon Elliott with San Jose Earthquakes, Duncan Oughton with Columbus Crew and Jarrod Smith with Seattle Sounders. Ryan Nelsen, the All Whites captain, used to play for D.C. United before making the move to Blackburn Rovers in the Premier League.
New Zealand Roster by Position
Goalkeepers (3): James Bannatyne (Petone/Team Wellington), Glen Moss (Melbourne Victory), Mark Paston (Wellington Phoenix)
Defenders (7): Andrew Boyens (New York Red Bulls), Tony Lochhead (Wellington Phoenix), David Mulligan (Wellington Phoenix), Ryan Nelsen (Blackburn Rovers), Steven Old (Kilmarnock), Aaron Scott (Melville United/Waitakere United), Ben Sigmund (Wellington Phoenix)
Midfielders (7): Andy Barron (Petone/Team Wellington), Leo Bertos (Wellington Phoenix), Tim Brown (Wellington Phoenix), Jeremy Christie (Wellington Phoenix), Simon Elliott (San Jose Earthquakes), Chris James (Tampere United), Duncan Oughton (Columbus Crew)
Forwards (6): Kris Bright (Panserraikas FC), Jeremy Brockie (North Queensland Fury), Chris Killen (Celtic FC), Shane Smeltz (Gold Coast United), Jarrod Smith (Seattle Sounders FC),Chris Wood (West Bromwich Albion)
South Africa head coach Joel Santana has announced a provisional squad for the hosts. This roster, with 30 players, will be trimmed to 23 before the start of the tournament. The main absence is Benni McCarthy, the Blackburn Rovers striker has been left off the team. MNT fans will notice Steven Pienaar on the squad. A teammate of Tim Howard's at Everton, Pienaar has had an excellent season the Premier League and scored during Everton's victory this weekend.
South Africa Roster by Position
Goalkeepers (4): Brian Baloyi (Mamelodi Sundowns), Rowen Fernandez (Arminia Bielefeld), Moeneeb Josephs (Orlando Pirates), Itumeleng Khune (Kaizer Chiefs)
Defenders (10): Matthew Booth (Mamelodi Sundowns), Siboniso Gaxa (Mamelodi Sundowns), Morgan Gould (SuperSport United), Bongani Khumalo (SuperSport United), Tsepo Masilela (Maccabi Haifa), Innocent Mdledle (Orlando Pirates), Aaron Mokoena (Blackburn Rovers), Bryce Moon (Panathinaikos), Nasief Morris (Recreativo Huelva), Lucas Thwala (Orlando Pirates)
Midfielders (12): Lance Davids (SuperSport United), Kagisho Dikgacoi (Lamontville Golden Arrows), Benson Mhlongo (Orlando Pirates), Teko Modise (Orlando Pirates), Masilo Modubi (Westerlo), Surprise Moriri (Mamelodi Sundowns), Siyabonga Nkosi (Maccabi Netanya), Steven Pienaar (Everton), MacBeth Sibaya (Rubin Kazan), Siphiwe Tshabalala (Kaizer Chiefs), Elrio van Heerden (Club Brugge), Bernard Parker (Red Star Belgrade)
Strikers (4): Thembinkosi Fanteni (Maccabi Haifa), Mabhuti Khenyeza (Ajax Cape Town), Katlego Mashego (Orlando Pirates), Katlego Mphela (Mamelodi Sundowns)
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Here's how the top 20 looks:
10. France 11. Portugal
12. Czech Republic
15. United States
The world rankings of teams in the Hexagonal: 15. United States, 25. Mexico, 39. Honduras, 41. Costa Rica, 74. Trinidad & Tobago, 102. El Salvador
A random stat: The MNT will be playing in Group B of the Confederations Cup, featuring Brazil, Italy and Egypt, which has an average world ranking of 15. The average ranking of Group A, with Spain, South Africa, Iraq and New Zealand, is 61.
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Monday, May 4, 2009
Sunday, May 3, 2009
Saturday, May 2, 2009
- Fulham fell 3-1 to Chelsea in a London derby. Clint Dempsey played the full 90 minutes for Fulham at Stamford Bridge.
- Michael Bradley and Borussia Mönchengladbach lost 2-1 to Bayern Munich. Bradley played the full 90 minutes, but 'Gladbach could not get a point in their relegation battle.
- Standard Liege's title defense took a hit on Saturday. Oguchi Onyewu's team could only muster a 0-0 draw with Zulte-Waregem. Liege went top of the table with the point, but rivals Anderlecht have a game in hand.
- Marcus Hahnemann and Reading are headed for the promotion playoffs in the Championship, after a 2-1 home defeat to Birmingham.
- Eddie Johnson and Cardiff City were robbed of the playoffs after losing 1-0 to Sheffield Wednesday.
- Maurice Edu continued his extended run in the Rangers team, playing 90 minutes in a 2-0 win against Hearts.
- In Denmark, Danny Califf's FC Midtjylland beat Michael Parkhurst's FC Nordsjaelland 2-0.
- Pachuca hammered Chiapas 5-1 to add to their league-best points total. José Francisco Torres came on in the 60th minute.