Saturday, February 28, 2009
- Maurice Edu went 90 minutes for Rangers in their 1-0 win over Hamilton Academical.
- Michael Bradley scored from the penalty spot but it proved to be in vain as Borussia Mönchengladbach went down 2-1 to Hertha Berlin.
- Steve Cherundolo returned to the starting lineup for Hannover 96 who won 1-0 against Bayer Leverkusen.
- Tim Howard kept a clean sheet as Everton beat relegation-threatened West Brom 2-0 at Goodison Park.
- Clint Dempsey and Fulham fought hard for a 0-0 draw at the Emirates Stadium against Arsenal.
- Jay DeMerit and Watford beat Crystal palace 2-0 to climb up to 17th in the English League Championship table.
- José Francisco Torres and Pachuca lost 5-0 to Chivas.
Friday, February 27, 2009
7:40 a.m. - Everton vs. West Brom, Setanta - Tim Howard and Everton clash against bottom-of-the-table West Brom in the early match on Saturday morning. West Brom will be going for their first win at Goodison Park in 30 years.
10 a.m. - Arsenal vs. Fulham, FSC - Clint Dempsey and Fulham travel to the Emirates Stadium where Arsenal will be putting their unbeaten home record on the line in a London derby. Check out a video preview of the game here.
7:25 a.m. - West Ham vs. Manchester City, Setanta - Jonathan Spector will look to make his second consecutive Premier League start in a game where former Hammer Craig Bellamy's return to Upton Park with new team Manchester City is the main storyline.
11 a.m. - Werder Bremen vs. Bayern Munich, Gol TV - Bayern Munich and Landon Donovan travel to the Weserstadion to face Werder Bremen on Sunday. Bayern thrashed Sporting Lisbon mdiweek, and will look to carry that form into the Bundesliga where they've suffered a recent dip in form.
2:55 p.m. - Lyon vs. Rennes, Setanta - In a match that could have major title implications, Carlos Bocanegra and Rennes face league leaders Lyon at the Stade Gerland. Rennes, who beat Lyon earlier in the year, are 10 points away from Lyon, but a win for Rennes could pull themselves (and the rest of the chasing pack) closer to the seven-time league champions.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
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Monday, February 23, 2009
On another note, Everton received some bad news today when it was revealed that midfielder Mikel Arteta will be out for the remainder of the season.
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Tim Howard was hardly busy as Everton tied 0-0 with Newcastle United. Howard was required to make zero saves as Newcastle played most of the second half down a man.
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Bayern Munich failed to take the summit of the Bundesliga after going down 2-1 to FC Cologne. Donovan came off the bench to start the second half, but couldn't help his team come back from two goals down at the Allianz Arena.
In England, Jonathan Spector got the start for West Ham but two early goals condemned the Hammers to defeat against Bolton. West Ham fought back valiantly, with Spector getting the assist on Scott Parker's second half goal, but it proved to be a mere consoloation effort as Bolton held out for the 2-1 win.
Jay DeMerit and Watford claimed a vital away win in the English Championship, beating Blackpool 2-0 to boost their chances of avoiding the drop. DeMerit captained the side and played the full 90 minutes for the Hornets.
Check back later this weekend for highlights...
Friday, February 20, 2009
7:40 a.m. ET - Aston Villa v Chelsea, Setanta - After a midweek game that saw him play 90 minutes against CSKA Moscow, Brad Guzan will likely return to a reserve role for Villa's Premier League game against Chelsea on Saturday. The match pits England's third and fourth -place teams, with Villa holding a slim two-point lead over Chelsea. For added intrigue, this is Chelsea interim manager Guus Hiddink's first Premier League game in charge.
10 a.m. ET - Bolton v West Ham, FSC - Jonathan Spector will look for some time off the bench as the Hammers travel north to face Bolton.
11:30 a.m. ET - Bayern Munich vs. Cologne, Gol TV (replay) - Landon Donovan could make his first competitive start for Bayern Munich as Luca Toni has failed to shrug off an injury from last week. After slipping against Hertha Berlin last Saturday, Bayern will try to keep up their challenge for the Bundesliga title. Of course, Lukas Podolski could also feature, so tune in late Saturday morning to see if Donovan's in the starting eleven.
2:55 p.m. ET - Nice v Rennes, Setanta - Faltering Rennes look to right the ship as Carlos Bocanegra's team travels to face Nice on Saturday. Rennes have fallen off the pace in Ligue 1, but a victory here could reignite their claims to a UEFA Champions League spot for next season.
8 p.m. ET - Pachuca v Indios, Telefutura - José Francisco Torres and Pachuca will try to keep their unbeaten start going when they host Group 1 rivals Indios on Saturday night.
8:25 a.m. ET - Fulham v West Brom, Setanta - After a midweek loss away from home, Fulham host West Brom at Craven Cottage, a ground where they have enjoyed great success so far this year. Clint Dempsey and Fulham are out in front of the pack in the bottom half of the Premier League table, but they'll need some points to put further distance between themselves and the strugglers in the relegation fight.
3 p.m. ET - Newcastle vs. Everton (replay), FSC - Try to stay away from the internet on Sunday before tuning in at the end of the weekend to catch Tim Howard traveling to Tyneside to visit Newcastle United.
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Elswhere in the UEFA Cup, Oguchi Onyewu and Standard Liege crashed to a disappointing 3-0 loss away to Braga. The Belgian champs will have to overturn that large deficit in next week's return leg if they want to have a hope of advancing to the next round.
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
After its midseason break the UEFA Cup is back, this time in the knockout stage with the Round of 32. Brad Guzan and Aston Villa host CSKA Moscow at Villa Park while Oguchi Onyewu and Standard Liege travel to Portugal to face Braga at this really great stadium.
You can follow both these games with live text updates on uefa.com
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Next up for Everton is a trip to Newcastle Utd. on Saturday.
Monday, February 16, 2009
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Landon Donovan came on as a first half sub for the injured Luca Toni, but he couldn't help Bayern get the win against high-flying Hertha Berlin. Bayern fought back from a goal down, but a late goal from Adreiy Voronin sent Hertha to the top of the table.
Highlights to follow...
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
We'll have plenty of stories, quotes, and video, but for now we want your contributions. Send us your best photos and anecdotes from inside the stadium or wherever in the world you watched tonight's thrilling performance by the United States.
Si se puede!
Stay tuned for updates as well as the announcement of the starting lineups...
Clint Dempsey will be sporting a special pair of the Nike Mercurial Vapor SL for tonight's match against Mexico. Designed specifically for this game, only three pairs of the boots were made. Clint's kicks feature the “DTOM” snake logo on the lace cover and “Dempsey” stitched on the outside of the shoe. Let's hope the snake bites ...
Take a look at Anatomy of a 2-0, Part IV
Yesterday's press conference was standing room only, with Landon predictably getting the most attention. Look for clips in today's Studio 90. We can also report that the field at the stadium is in very good shape. Hopefully the rain isn't too much of a burden on the surface before kickoff.
The team met for about 45 minutes last night after dinner, and were greeted in the lobby by a few friends and family. Always nice to see Mr. and Mrs. Beasley!
The team now settles into the game-day rhythm of meals and relaxation, as the anticipation for the match reaches a crescendo at 7:14 p.m ET tonight.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
José Francisco Torres loves a good passport check...
Landon Donovan has done this before...
Jozy Altidore is focused for the crucial moment...
Landon Donovan (9 games, 4 goals) Scored in 2-0 World Cup victory in 2002
Frankie Hejduk (8 games, two goals) First game was Jan. 19, 1997
Carlos Bocanegra (5 games) 2-1-2 in four games, including 2007 Gold Cup
DaMarcus Beasley (5 games, 1 goal) Scored second goal in 2005 WCQ clincher on 9/3/05
Tim Howard (4 games, 2 shutouts) Two shutouts and no losses vs. Mexico
Oguchi Onyewu (4 games, 1 goal) Dominated in 2005 WCQ clincher on 9/3/05
Ricardo Clark (3 games) 3 0 Set up Donovan’s goal in 2-0 win in 2007
Clint Dempsey (3 games) Started in the 2-1 win in the 2007 Gold Cup
Jonathan Bornstein (2 games) Started in the 2-1 win in the 2007 Gold Cup
Jozy Altidore (one game, one goal) Youngest player to score for MNT, 2/6/08
Michael Bradley (1 game) Started in 2-2 draw on Feb. 6, 2008 in Houston
Danny Califf (1 game) Started in 0-0 draw on May 8, 2003 in Houston
Brian Ching (1 game) Earned PK for first goal in the 2-1 win in the 2007 Gold Cup final
Your humble MNT bloggers will be on hand with cameras at the ready - so don't forget to Wear Your Red!!!
ESPN Classic is showing the USA-Mexico qualifier from Sept. 3, 2005, tomorrow at 11 a.m. ET. A Ralston goal, the Beas' finish, and the Gooch 'stare down' are all classic moments from the 2-0 victory that sent the U.S. to the 2006 FIFA World Cup.
And to get ready for the broadcast, here's Anatomy of 2-0 Part III
In case you can't catch it, here's the highlights...
This is third straight year that the border classic will be shown during Rivalry Week. This year's edition has the added benefit of being broadcast on ESPN2 HD, as well as ESPN2 and Univision.
We've got a big photo gallery for you over at ussoccer.com. You can see the whole thing by clicking here. While you're over at the website, you can also check out this podcast from training, featuring Carlos, Michael, Frankie and Tim...Listen to the podcast here.
Monday, February 9, 2009
We're guessing he won't be so lucky at the airport ...
Instead, Jeonju will forever be remembered as the place where the U.S. made their greatest stride in World Cup competition in more than 70 years, and did so against their greatest rival to boot...
Here's Anatomy of a 2-0 Part II
Sunday, February 8, 2009
Stay tuned for highlights of training and interviews following the team's first full day in Columbus...
For U.S. Soccer fans, the number speaks for itself. We've even seen the t-shirt!
During the next four days, ussoccer.com will break down four previous USA-Mexico games that bear the now famous scoreline. We fittingly begin the series with a look back at the first meeting here in Columbus.
Take a look at Anatomy of a 2-0, Part I
- The Columbus Dispatch kicks off their coverage of the USA-Mexico showdown with a story on the front page of the Sports section this morning. Rob Oller talks with former U.S. midfielder Chris Armas about the special nature of the rivalry
- ussoccer.com kicks in a look back at the first World Cup qualifier against Mexico in Columbus through the eyes of Cobi Jones, Tony Sanneh and former assistant coach Dave Sarachan
- Ives Galarcep pegs five U.S. players to watch on Wednesday
(Unless you're a really fast reader, in which case you'll have to do something else until 1 p.m. ET ...)
Saturday, February 7, 2009
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So far it appears that our players have gotten today's games through healthy, if not victorious.
Stay tuned ...
Friday, February 6, 2009
The players and staff are extremely grateful for the efforts of countless physical trainers, security guards, hotel employees, and all of the U.S. Soccer staff based at The Home Depot Center led by Jen Atler for making this a fluid and productive month for the national team. 99% of the people only see what happens for 90 minutes in between the lines, but it cannot and does not happen without the tireless work of so many. And we're sorry that we left you with rain on our last day!
We'd just like to say that Eriksson has always been a class act and treated the U.S. team with respect as manager of both England and Mexico. Hopefully he found a quiet place to spend the day...
Thursday, February 5, 2009
■ June 18, 1995
@ Washington, D.C.: 4-0
• Reyna-1 (Ramos)
•Wegerle-1 (C. Jones)
■ June 16, 1996
@ Pasadena, Calif.: 2-2
• Burns (Sorber)
• C. Jones
■ January 19, 1997
@ Pasadena, Calif.: 0-2
• Vasquez (Radosavljevic)
• Kreis (Hejduk)
• J. M. Moore
• C. Jones
• McBride (Lassiter)
• Kirovski (Calichman)
For the complete list, click here
The MNT bloggers got their workout by helping the football players carry their weights. Those are some big dudes ...
Yes, for all you fans who keep lovingly e-mailing, blogging, and leaving extensive messages on our voicemail, Landon and several other foreign-based players will be joining the team in Columbus. The coaching staff did not forget about them. As per FIFA rules, clubs are not required to release players for this fixture date until 48 hours prior to match time, so they will head over following their club games on the weekend.
For the gentleman who left the 28-minute message yesterday, the 'big guy from Belgium' will probably be in Columbus, too. And thanks for your support ...
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Tim Howard and Everton sent Liverpool packing in the FA Cup, squeaking out a 1-0 victory over their bitter rivals after 120 minutes of soccer. A first leg failed to find a winner and it looked like the second leg was heading for the dreaded penalty shootout until 19-year old Dab Gosling popped up in the 118th minute to be the hero. Everton will now face Brad Guzan and Aston Villa in the fifth round of the FA Cup, after Villa also earned a win in today's replays.
We're one week out from the U.S.-Mexico game in Columbus and we're trying desperately to soak up as much sun as possible out here in Carson. The guys had two sessions today, one in the morning and another one late in the afternoon. Check out the full gallery here.
To refresh, the question 'twas this:
Since 1996 (yes, the year of the inception of MLS, but not a clue), which club has contributed the most goals to the USA's cause against Mexico? You may be surprised at the number of teams that have made multiple contributions. Remember, the player had to be playing for the club at the time he scored.
Many of you caught on the fact that some players were on loan at the time they scored, and how others had changed teams, but only one of you put it all together.
Congrats to Andrew W., who made this correct post:
It seems like a 2-way tie between Chicago Fire who had Ante Razov and Josh Wolff (twice) score, and Bayer Leverkusen who had Frankie Hejduk score twice and Landon Donovan once before he was loaned out to the San Jose Earthquakes. However the Metrostars/Red Bulls franchise also has 3 goals. One by Eddie Pope. One by Clint Mathis and one by Jozy Altidore. So depending on what you count it's either 2 or 3 teams tied with 3 goals apiece.
We count the New York franchise as one big happy family - what's in a name? - so the correct is answer is in fact three teams. Thanks to everyone for playing ...
- Honduras has announced their roster for the Feb. 11 qualifier against Costa Rica. They've called in the big guns, led by Benfica-based striker David Suazo.
Defenders: Mario Beata, Emilio Izaguirre, Víctor Bernárdez, Osman Chávez, Bonieck García, Maynor Figueroa, Iván Guerrero
Midfielders: Ramón Núñez, Hendry Thomas, Emil Martínez, Róger Espinoza, Amado Guevara, Mariano Acevedo, Marvin Chávez, Mario César Rodríguez
Forwards: David Suazo, Carlos Will Mejía, Saúl Martínez, Walter Martínez
- Trinidad & Tobago have arrived into El Salvador today to continue getting ready for their final round opener at the Estadio Cuscatlan. The Soca Warriors have been training in Argentina for the past couple weeks and got in several tuneup games. Here's a story on their roster
- El Salvador will play a friendly against Peru on Feb. 6 at the LA Coliseum before heading back to San Salvador.
- Costa Rica announced a 26-man training camp roster that began workouts on Feb. 3 in San Jose. The Ticos have 19 domestic-based players in training, with the remaining seven joining the group throughout the weekend.
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Frankie joined in the celebration to take in the U.S.' 3-2 win against Sweden, and was excited to spend time with the fans in Columbus, which of course is the sight of the team's next game. You may have heard about it?
“There were fans decked out in Columbus Crew and U.S. gear, and the place went nuts every time we scored or a Crew player got into the game,” said Frankie, who headed out to So Cal early last week to meet up with the team for its preparations for the Mexico game.
“It's moments like that when you realize that soccer has made it in this country, especially in Columbus. It was rockin' there. I had an awesome time.”
In other U.S. Soccer Offical Bar action, The Globe Pub received its prize for taking the honor of Best Bar in the 2008 “Best Of” Awards. Held by Globe regulars Andy Maitland and Joe Thomlinson, the framed jersey already adorns the wall of the back-to-back Best Bar winner.
From Left: The Globe owner Stuart Johnston, U.S. Soccer Fans Andy Maitland and Joe Thomlinson
So the question for you, fair readers, is this: Since 1996 (yes, the year of the inception of MLS, but not a clue), which club has contributed the most goals to the USA's cause against Mexico? You may be surprised at the number of teams that have made multiple contributions. Remember, the player had to be playing for the club at the time he scored.
Stopwatch starts .... now.
This afternoon, however, a couple guys are on a special mission - to get measured for ring sizes. And no, not the matrimonial kind. Columbus Crew midfielder Brian Carroll and goalkeeper Will Hesmer are getting sized up for the championship rings they earned when the Crew captured a 3-1 victory in the 2008 MLS Cup final.
Not a bad way to spend any day...
Monday, February 2, 2009
Well now you have a chance to take a different approach. We have linked below video of three different goals from U.S. home games against Mexico, and we're asking for you to submit your own commentary for these memorable moments.
Not happy with the way the announcer called it? Think it needed a bit more passion? A bit more analysis? A bit more of anything? Here's your chance to remake history.
We'll take the best submissions for each goal and compile them into a video that will be posted the day before the game.
Ready to make the call? Here's what you need to do:
1. Procure some audio editing software. We recommend Audacity, which works with most operating systems. You can download it here.
2. Select your favorite goal -or goals (you can submit more than one if you choose!) and cue it up. Make sure to put the video on mute, turn on your microphone, and let 'er rip.
It goes without saying that we won't accept any commentary submissions which include questionable material in them.
Other than that, there are no guidelines! Be as silly or as serious as you want. Need some inspiration? Well there's always these from Sky Sports' Fanzone
3. Export your file as a .mp3 or .wav file. Please no files over 3 MB. This shouldn't be an issue, but if your file size is too big, just downgrade the quality a tiny bit. If your commentary is good enough, then no passion will be lost with some minor file-size tweaking.
4. Send your submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org with "Call It" in the subject line. Make sure to leave us your name (or preferred pseudonym) and where you're from, too. You'll only be sending us your audio files. We'll take care of adding them to the video highlight.
That's all there is to it, so prepare your best Al Michaels moment and send it our way! The goals to choose from are below:
Landon Donovan - Feb. 7, 2007
DaMarcus Beasley - Sept. 3, 2005
Josh Wolff - Feb. 28, 2001
Back on the field today after yesterday's Super Bowl excitement. With that one out of the way, there's only one more Big Game on the horizon now. You probably know which one we're speaking of... Anyhow, the team was at the HDC today for a session which consisted of some 11 v 11 and crossing and finishing exercises.For the full photo gallery, click here...
Also on the agenda were interviews with the legendary host of República Deportiva, Fernando Fiore, who traveled to get the USA's take on the upcoming showdown with Mexico. You can see Fernando's talks with the players and coaches this coming Sunday on Univision.
And of course the big news for everyone involved in soccer in the United States, today's confirmation by USSF President Sunil Gulati that the U.S. will submit simultaneous bids for the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups.
While the team takes a break tomorrow, we want to hear your thoughts/hopes/dreams for the World Cup coming back to the United States?
Sunday, February 1, 2009
Articles in: USA Today - The Guardian - IHT
GOALKEEPERS (3): Oswaldo Sanchez (Santos), Guillermo Ochoa (America), Jose de Jesus Corona (Tecos)
Defenders (7): Juan Carlos Valenzuela (America), Julio Cesar Dominguez (Cruz Azul), Carlos Salcido (PSV Eindhoven, Netherlands), Ricardo Osorio (Stuttgart, Germany), Rafael Marquez (Barcelona, Spain), Aaron Galindo (Guadalajara), Leobardo Lopez (Pachuca)
Midfielders (6): Fausto Pinto (Cruz Azul), Pavel Pardo (America), Leandro Augusto (Pumas), Luis Perez (Monterrey), Israel Martinez (San Luis), Antonio Naelson (Toluca)
Forwards (8): Alberto Medina (Guadalajara), Cesar Villaluz (Cruz Azul), Giovani Dos Santos (Tottenham, England), Matias Vuoso (Santos), Carlos Ochoa (Guadalajara), Nery Castillo (Shakhtar Donetsk, Ukraine), Guillermo Franco (Villarreal, Spain), Omar Bravo (Deportivo La Coruna, Spain)
Unfortunate news for Stuart Holden as the Dynamo midfielder has been forced out of camp with a strained right hip flexor. Holden suffered the injury in training on the day prior to the USA's match against Sweden on Jan. 24 at the Home Depot Center, and despite rest and rehab, the hip flexor has not improved. Holden will join up with the Dynamo tomorrow to continue to receive treatment and begin preparations for the 2009 MLS season.
As a side note, you may remember Villarreal manager Manuel Pelligrini stating that nobody would be going out on loan during the winter period. Well, things always change.
Villarreal's club website also confirmed the move, which will last until the end of this season.
He's also the subject of numerous tribute videos on YouTube. Including this one.