The US will end its January training camp with a Jan. 23 friendly against fellow World Cup-bound CONCACAF rivals, Honduras. The match is at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., and will be nationally televised in English and Spanish
The US will end its January training camp with a Jan. 23 friendly against fellow World Cup-bound CONCACAF rivals, Honduras. The match is at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., and will be nationally televised in English and Spanish.
If the Americans get bounced in group play next summer, they'll have no one to blame but themselves.
Grouped with England, Algeria and Slovenia, Team USA has a great shot at advancing.
The Americans (No. 14 in FIFA rankings) will open with their mother country, England, which was seeded and is ranked ninth in the world.
Donovan vs. Beckham. Love it.
Then, it gets much, much easier.
Algeria, a North African nation, is ranked 28th. Slovenia -- which used to be part of Yugoslavia -- is 33rd.
Is it June yet?
Great news for the Americans. Terrible luck for Brazil. And France, which shouldn't even be in the World Cup, has a pass to the knockout round. Unreal. Much more to come.
South Africa, Mexico, Uruguay, France
Argentia, Nigeria, South Korea, Greece
England, United States, Algeria, Slovenia
Germany, Australia, Serbia, Ghana
Netherlands, Denmark, Japan, Cameroon
Italy, Paraguay, New zealand, Slovakia
Brazil, North Korea, Ivory Coast, Portugal
Spain, Switzerland, Honduras, Chile
We know this: The United States will likely won't have a perfect draw, the nature of not being a seeded team.
But will it be a relegated to yet another Group of Death?
We'll find out soon.
The draw's on ESPN2, but if you're not near a television, you can follow along at FIFA.com.
Good news, South Florida!
Miami has moved from No. 22 (2,200 votes) to No. 7 (8,600 votes) among the 27 US cities vying for a chance to host World Cup matches in 2018, should the US be awarded the bid. Miami is currently 100 votes behind Kansas City. Local organizers are hoping to get up to No. 1, and show the national soccer muckety-mucks that this market can, indeed, unite for the love of soccer.
To vote, go to www.gousabid.com/miami
Reminder: This Friday is the World Cup draw from Cape Town, South Africa. Noon. ESPN2. Big ceremony planned with Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu, David Beckham and actress Charlize Theron. Who will the US face in the first round? Who gets stuck in the Group of Death? Stay tuned!!
in other news, Former Fusion player Jay Heaps announcing his retirement from MLS. Good guy. Wish him the best.
In a strange convergence that's only possible in South Florida, Chad Ochocinco has become Miami FC's most famous fan.
The Miami-Dade resident -- when he's not catching touchdowns for the Bengals -- has become a one-man viral marketing campaign for the Blues (whom we hear could become known as the Strikers quite soon).
He's also an unofficial spokesman for Miami's World Cup bid, as this TwitPic shows.
According to Miami FC flack Ignacio Rodriguez-Argote, Ochocinco tweeted something along the lines of "Having lunch at Davids café, Just say Chad at the door and lunch is on me."
Sure enough, the Artist Formerly Known as Chad Johnson was there, and mugged for a picture in sopport of Miami's 2018/2022 bid.
Speaking of which, there's still time to sign the petition. As of Tuesday afternoon, 8,765 people had.
From the "We Knew This Was Coming File," FIFA settled the Ireland-France handball fiasco once and for all: The Irish will not be the 33rd team in South Africa.
After Thierry Henry's Handball Heard 'Round the World sent France to the World Cup, erroneously as many in Ireland have argued, there has been a groundswell to right the wrong.
FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke wants none of it. Valcke said Tuesday that it was "impossible" to change the structure of the tournament.
Really? Like it would have been that hard to have Ireland and France have a play-in game to open the event? Like that wouldn't have been one of the most-anticipated and watched matches of the entire summer? Suuuuuuure.
So Ireland's out, but at least we still get Charlize Theron. The Oscar winner will be on-hand for Friday's draw, as will Nobel Peace laureates Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Frederik W. de Klerk.
Complete coverage of the draw to come.