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25 posts from July 2011

Friday, July 29, 2011

Klinsmann is new US coach

Jurgen Klinsmann, the former German star and German national team coach, was hired today as the new U.S. men's coach. Here's the press release...

CHICAGO (July 29, 2011) — U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati named Jürgen Klinsmann as head coach of the U.S. Men’s National Team today, making him the 35th coach in the history of the program.

“We are excited to have Jürgen as the head coach of our Men’s National Team,” said Gulati. “He is a highly accomplished player and coach with the experience and knowledge to advance the program. Jürgen has had success in many different areas of the game and we look forward to the leadership he will provide on and off the field.”   

U.S. Soccer will hold a press conference in New York on Monday, Aug. 1, to formally introduce Klinsmann. Further details regarding the press conference will be released later today.

Klinsmann’s first match in charge of the U.S. National Team will be against Mexico on Aug. 10 in Philadelphia

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Who should coach USA?

Bob Bradley fired.

This just in from US Soccer...Bob Bradley fired.


CHICAGO (July 28, 2011) — U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati announced today that Bob Bradley has been relieved of his duties as the head coach of the U.S. Men’s National Team.

“We want to thank Bob Bradley for his service and dedication to U.S. Soccer during the past five years,” said Gulati. “During his time as the head coach of our Men’s National Team he led the team to a number of accomplishments, but we felt now was the right time for us to make a change. It is always hard to make these decisions, especially when it involves someone we respect as much as Bob. We wish him the best in his future endeavors.”

This announcement comes after a meeting at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., between Gulati, Bradley and U.S. Soccer CEO Dan Flynn.

Bradley was named the head coach of the U.S. MNT in January of 2007 and during his five-year tenure compiled a 43-25-12 record. He led the team to a number of accomplishments, including winning the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup, finishing second in the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup, winning their World Cup qualifying group and advancing to the Round of 16 of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.

U.S. Soccer will have a further announcement on Friday.

Record crowd for MagicJack

An overflow, sellout crowd of 3,286 showed up at FAU in Boca Raton Wednesday night for MagicJack's first home game since the Women's World Cup. Six members of the US team -- including Abby Wambach, Hope Solo and Megan Rapinoe -- play for MagicJack (though Solo sat out Wednesday's game with an injury). Wambach is the player-coach. MagicJack lost 2-0 to SkyBlue, but won over fans by staying to sign autographs for more than an hour after the match. They play again Saturday night.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

See US Women's team players tonight in Boca

I am on vacation, but for those of you in town, Abby Wambach, Megan Rapinoe and five other members of the U.S. Women's World Cup team are back in town, playing for the Women's Professional Soccer league's MagicJack tonight. Game is at FAU in Boca Raton. There were 600 tickets left, as of Tuesday. Read about it here.

Wambach signed autographs at Macy's in Boca yesterday, and hundreds of fans showed up (including my nephew, who got a photo and autograph). She will also be at the Miami Soccer Festival on Sunday July 31 at Kendall Soccer Park. Information in post below.

Monday, July 25, 2011

No Messi on Barca's Miami roster...

This just in from Barcelona. Messi not on the roster. Not sure if this means he definitely isn't playing, or if he can be added later:

The reigning UEFA Champions League champion FC Barcelona today announced its travel roster for its three-game participation in the Herbalife World Football Challenge this summer in the United States, which includes a matchup vs. CD Guadalajara at Sun Life Stadium in Miami on Wednesday, August 3, 8 pm ET.

Led by manager Josep Guardiola, the list of international standouts includes Spanish National Team 2010 FIFA World Cup champions Xavi, Andres Iniesta, Carles Puyol, Gerard Pique, Pedro, Victor Valdez, Sergio Busquets and David Villa.

 Tickets for the Herballife World Football Challenge 2011 games are still available by visiting WorldFootballChallenge.com.


GOALKEEPERS:  Masip, Jose Manuel Pinto, Victor Valdez

DEFENDERS: Eric Abidal, Balliu, Andreu Fontas, Maxwell, Muniesta, Gerard Pique, Carles Puyol, Rosell

MIDFIELDERS: Sergio Busquets, Carmona, Jonathan dos Santos, Andres Iniesta, Seydou Keita, Riverola, Thiago, Xavi

FORWARDS: Ibrahim Afellay, Cuenca, Pedro, Jonathan Soriano, Jeffren Suarez, David Villa

MANAGER: Josep Guardiola


Uruguay wins!

Diego Forlan, the 2010 Uruguayan World Cup star, scored twice as Uruguay beat Paraguay 3-0 to win the Copa America title in Argentina. With a World Cup semifinal berth and the Copa America title, Uruguay proved it is, indeed, a world power in soccer.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Who will win Copa America?

Meet Abby Wambach!

Women's World Cup star Abby Wambach will be at the Miami Soccer Festival Sunday July 31 at Kendall Soccer Park. If you register a team for the 5v5 tournament (ages 9-adult) you get a photo with Wambach.

For more information

Deadline for registration is July 28.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Messi to Miami?

Argentina's early exit from Copa America may be good news for South Florida soccer fans.

Reports out of Argentina suggest that Argentine star Lionel Messi is planning to join his Barcelona teammates in Miami Aug. 3 for the exhibition match against Chivas Guadalajara at Sun Life Stadium (tickets available at TicketMaster and local soccer stores) and then go on to Dallas for the Aug. 6 match against Club America. Messi's Argentine/Barca teammates Javier Mascherano and Gabriel Milito may also play. Argentina and Brazil were expected to go deeper in Copa America, and the star players would have taken vacation afterward, but both teams lost in the quarterfinals. Brazil players Dani Alves and Adriano may also play in Miami.

There are also reports that Messi and a few Barca teammates will make a visit to the White House to meet with President Obama, a soccer fan. When the MLS Cup champion Colorado Rapids visited the White house, they presented Obama with a No. 10 jersey, and he made a comment about Messi. 

Stay tuned!