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16 posts from October 2009

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Big girls tourney coming to Coral Springs

Some of the best young soccer talent in the country will be on display in South Florida next month, participating in the U.S. Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program Girls' Thanksgiving Interregional.

The event, which will feature local athletes Tina Shakes, Donish Cole and Sidney Parodie, runs Nov. 21-27 at the North Community Park, Cypress Park and Coral Glades High School.

The tournament will feature U-14 and U-16 players, and will draw scouts from the U.S. National Team and more than 125 collegiate coaches.

The matches will be streamed on usyouthsoccer.org.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

This and that on a Tuesday afternoon

Hey soccer fans.

Going through World Cup qualifying withdrawal yet? It would be expected after the sugar rush the last day of qualifying brought, with fortunes made and lost all over the globe.

Well good news -- Just two and a half weeks until the U.s. plays...Slovakia!

One thing is certain: Oguchi Onyewu won't be on the field, and might not be again before the World Cup -- if even then.

That, and a hodgepodge of other stuff, below.

U.S. to play Cup qualifiers Slovakia in November

10-man Spain edges U.S. at U-17 World Cup

Man U manager admits FA charge over ref comments

Onyewu Out Six Months

Hull fines Altidore for tweeting apology

Davie's Stefan Jerome a rising star for U.S.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Jermaine Jones cleared to play for USA

Jermaine Jones, the German-American defensive midfielder who plays for Schalke 04 in the Bundesliga, was cleared by FIFA to switch allegiances from Germany to the USA. Jones, 27, has dual citizenship because his father is an African-American soldier who was based in Germany and his mother is German. He grew up in Frankfurt, but spent time in Chicago and Mississippi, as well. He has played for Germany in the youth national team system, but not as a full member of the national team. Jones has been sidelined with fractured leg for several months, and likely wouldn't be available to play for the US until after the new year.

In other news, Landon Donovan was named 2009 Honda Player of the Year.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Les Bleus vs. Les Green!

European World Cup playoff draw was today:

France vs. Ireland, Portugal vs. Bosnia, Greece vs. Ukraine, Russia vs. Slovenia

Thursday, October 15, 2009

World Cup Qualifying recap

If anyone ever questions why you love soccer, point to just a few ticks before 10 p.m. Eastern on Wednesday, Oct. 14.

Costa Rica was up a goal and just minutes away from the World Cup. The United States had already clinched, and had little to play for but pride, and the honor of seriously injured teammate Charlie Davies.

Then in the final few seconds of stoppage time, something amazing happened. Robbie Rogers looped in a perfect corner kick. Jonathan Bornstein headed it home. The crowd at RFK Stadium, holding up '9' signs in support of Davies, went bonkers.

Aftermath: The United States wins CONCACAF. Honduras is in, thanks to a 1-0 victory over El Salvador. Costa Rica now must survive Uruguay in two-game playoff.

Also, how about Diego Maradona telling off the Argentine press after sending his home country to the World Cup?


Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Fans to salute Davies

Fans at RFK Stadium tonight for the USA-Costa Rica game are planning a 9-minute ovation in the 9th minute to salute forward Charlie Davies, who remains hospitalized in serious condition after a 1-car crash in DC that killed 1 of the passengers. Also, fans can send Davies get well wishes at charliedavies9@yahoo.com They will be printed out and given to him.

Nice guy. Sad story.


Charlie Davies update

It looks like the late-night wreck that cost one person her life will also cost Charlie Davies the World Cup.

From AP:

ARLINGTON, Va. -- U.S. national team forward Charlie Davies is recovering after suffering several broken bones and a lacerated bladder in a one-vehicle accident in which another person was killed.

Davies underwent several hours of surgery Tuesday at Washington Hospital Center Medstar, where he is listed in serious but stable condition.

Davis broke two bones in his right leg and also sustained facial fractures and a fracture in his left elbow. A U.S. Soccer team doctor says such injuries "usually require a recovery period of six to 12 months," making it unlikely Davis will be able to play in next summer's World Cup.

The accident took place at about 3:15 a.m. in the suburbs of the nation's capital.

The question must be asked: What was Davies doing out that late two days before a qualifier, and was the driver of the car drinking?

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Davies injured in fatal car wreck

U.S. men's national team striker Charlie Davies suffered unspecified injuries in a one-car wreck that killed another person in Northern Virginia early Tuesday, according to U.S. Soccer.

Davies needed emergency surgery, but was in stable condition at Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C.

Details are limited about the wreck, aside from that it occurred on the George Washington Parkway. Davies is in the nation's capital with the U.S. team, preparing for the squad's final World Cup qualifying match, Wednesday against Costa Rica. Team USA has already qualified for South Africa.

Davies is in Washington, D.C., with the U.S. National Team as the squad prepares for its final 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying match, taking place tomorrow against Costa Rica at RFK Stadium.

Davies has scored four goal in 17 matches for the United States. He started and played 78 minutes in the USA’s 3-2 victory over Honduras Saturday.

Just last week, we had the chance to chat with Davies, one of the bright young stars of American soccer. That report is available here.

Also in U.S. Soccer news, the Americans have agreed to play a friendly in Denmark, another World Cup team, on Nov. 18.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Hi from Estadio Olimpico!

Arrived at stadium EIGHT HOURS before game time in a van escorted by Honduran military -- machine guns and all! With three hours to go, stadium COMPLETELY FULL. Horns, loud music, dancing fans...amazing scene. These fans are so passionate. This game means everything to them. Local papers did 32-page special sections. Meanwhile, in US...no TV and no buzz. What a shame.

Hola de Honduras!

Hola de Honduras! Arrived in San Pedro Sula yesterday. Staying at US team hotel, which is lovely, but armed guards everywhere as a precaution. Funny moment: Walked by hotel bar last night and the band was playing "Sweet Home Alabama''! Never figured I'd hear Lynrd Skynrd in Honduras.

The city is absolutely abuzz over this game. It's all anybody's talking about. 42,000 tickets sold. Street vendors hawking jerseys and banners. Area around stadium blocked off to traffic. They advised media to arrive 6-8 hours early. For 24 hours, the political unrest is on the back burner. All anyone here cares about is Los Catrachos!

Should be a fun match. Shame it's not on US television. We published a list today of S.Fla spots where you can watch. Enjoy. Will check in again later from the stadium -- assuming the wifi works.