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32 posts from May 2009

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Inside US team practice...

Just home from US practice at FIU...they trained on turf to prepare for Saprissa Stadium in Costa Rica. Was really hot! 14 guys trained, seven flying in from all over the world after weekend matches including Tim Howard from England, Carlos Bocanegra from France, DaMarcus Beasley from Scotland, Landon Donovan from LA, Danny Califf from Denmark...Freddy Adu was insightful about his tough season on loan with Monaco, saying, among other things: "People forget I'm only 19 because I've been around so long.'' He also said he has put on "8 pounds of muscle'' in the past 2 months -- from 142 lbs to 150 lbs and his goal is 155-160. "I need to get stronger on the ball. Those are big guys out there.'' 

Friday, May 29, 2009

M. Bradley emerging as own man

Feel free to ask men's national team midfielder Michael Bradley about most anything -- anything but playing for his own father. It's far from the first time he has heard the question.

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Thursday, May 28, 2009

Nowak to Philly...

US national team assistant coach Peter Nowak resigned today, and word is he will be named head coach of the MLS expansion Philadelphia Union tomorrow. Nowak was the Under-23 team coach for the Beijing Olympics.

Thursday's Need To Know

What's the expression? A moment can change everything? Then think about what a day can do. With its throttling of Manchester United in the Champions League final Wednesday, FC Barcelona immediately became recognized as the best team in the world. Want reaction? We've got your reaction right here...

The headlines:

A Dazzling Barcelona Wins With Style

For Barcelona, It’s Control, Concentration and Conquest

English Soccer's Morning After

Is Messi the first 'New Maradona' worthy of the name?

Ronaldo: Barca defeat a big disappointment

Milan CEO Adriano Galliani & Kaka Rubbish Real Madrid Rumors

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

U.S. soccer team practices without several key players

A grueling two-month stretch for the U.S. men's national soccer team began in Miami on Wednesday with a skeleton crew of a team.

Just 11 players were at coach Bob Bradley's disposal on the team's first day of preparation for World Cup qualifying matches against Costa Rica and Honduras next Wednesday and Saturday, respectively.

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Blues home for U.S. Open Cup opener

Miami FC will host a first-round U.S. Open Cup match against a Jacksonville-based amateur team at Tropical Park, tournament organizers announced Wednesday.

The game is scheduled for 8 p.m. June 9.

The Blues will face Lynch's Irish Pub Football Club, champions of the United States Adult Soccer Association's Region III tournament.

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Barca Champions of Europe

From AP:

Barcelona beat Manchester United 2-0 to win the Champions League title on Wednesday with goals by Samuel Eto'o and Lionel Messi.

Eto'o put the Spanish champions ahead in the 10th-minute at the Stadio Olimpico and Messi's 70th-minute header -- his ninth Champions League goal of the season -- sealed the victory as Barcelona won Europe's most prestigious club championship for the third time.

Erich Lichaj..remember the name

The US national team is in town training for the Costa Rica match...among the invitees is Aston Villa defender Erich Lichaj, a 20-year-old Illinois native who went to University of North Carolina, but left after his sophomore year to join Aston Villa reserves. Remember the name. The guy could be special.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

U.S. men's soccer team returns to Miami

The U.S. men's national team returns to its second home -- Miami -- this week in preparation for its latest spate of World Cup qualifying matches.

Team USA will train in South Florida Wednesday through Sunday for upcoming contests against Costa Rica and Honduras.

The sessions are closed to the public.

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Champions League watch parties!

It's no fun watching soccer alone, right? If you're looking to sneak away from work on Wednesday at 2:30 to watch CL final between ManU and Barcelona, here are some spots you will find other soccer junkies...

Churchill’s English Pub

5501 NE 2nd Ave


North Miami

. ManU fans will be out in full force, and the fish and chips are yummy.

Mike’s at Venetia, 555 NE 15


, 9th Floor. Downtown


. Half-priced appetizers from 4-7 p.m.

Irish Times Pub & Eatery, 5850 Sunset Dr.,

South Miami

. Free halftime buffet and Happy Hour drink prices from 2-7 p.m.

On the Rock’s Sportsbar, 217 71 St.,

Miami Beach

. Seven big-screen TVs.

Fritz and Franz Bierhaus,

60 Merrick Way


Coral Gables

. Food and drink specials, and contests for jerseys and other prizes.

George’s in the Grove, 3145



, Coconut Grove. Owner George-Eric Farge is a soccer fanatic and always throws a fun party for big matches.

Waxy O’Connors Irish Bar and Restaurant, 1248 Washington Ave.,

Miami Beach

. 8 flat screen TVs, 2-for-1 beer specials, menu all day.