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6 posts from October 2012

Friday, October 26, 2012

2016 Copa America in US? Not so fast...

Don't mark your July 2016 calendars just yet...

A day after CONMEBOL, the South American soccer governing body, announced that a special 2016 Copa America would be held in the US with 10 South American teams, USA, Mexico and 4 other CONCACAF teams, word out of US Soccer Federation and CONMEBOL offices is that the deal is still in discussion stages.

''Even though playing the 2016 Copa America in the CONCACAF
region with our teams and those from CONMEBOL would be a wonderful experience
for all fans, we are still in the midst of talks and negotiations between all
parties involved in this decision,'' said Enrique Sanz, CONCACAF's general
secretary. ''This is an idea we are hoping to materialize,
but we are still evaluating and discussing before it becomes official, but the
intention is definitely there.''

Here's hoping the work out a deal because surely Miami's Sun Life Stadium would be in the mix and it would be fun to see so many great players and teams on American soil.


Thursday, October 25, 2012

Three BIG Thursday headlines

1. 2016 Copa America comes to the United States!

CONMEBOL announced Wednesday that it will hold a special Copa America in 2016, and the tournament will be held in the United States (SURELY, Miami's Sun Life Stadium will be a site). The event, to commemorate CONMEBOL's 100th anniversary, will include the 10 South American teams, plus the US, Mexico and 4 more CONCACAF teams based on rankings. The tournament will be held in July 2016. The regular 2015 and 2019 Copa Americas will still go on as scheduled.

2. Big teams go down in Champions League

Manchester City lost 3-1 to Ajax. Real Madrid lost 2-1 to Dortmund. Arsenal lost 2-0 to Schalke.

3. Wondo goes for record

Chris Wondolowski of the San Jose Earthquakes is one goal shy of tying the MLS record, which was set in 1996 by Roy Lassiter of the now-defunct Tampa Bay Mutiny. Lassiter scored 27 goals that season. Wondo has 26. He plays his final regular season game Saturday against Portland.


Monday, October 15, 2012

Will the US beat Guatemala?

The US barely squeaked by Antigua 2-1 in a World Cup qualifier Friday night, a country whose entire population fits into Sun Life Stadium. Eddie Johnson saved the day with two headers, more than justifying Jurgen Klinsmann's decision to bring him into camp after a 2-year absence. Next up: Guatemala Tuesday night in Kansas City. The US needs a win or a tie to advance for sure. They can still move on with a loss, but would need help from Jamaica.

What do you think will happen?


Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Injured Donovan, Shea sent home

Landon Donovan and Brek Shea were sent home from the U.S. training camp in Miami after team doctors determined their injuries were more serious than anticipated. They were both ruled out of the upcoming World Cup qualifiers at Antigua on Friday and against Guatemala in Kansas City on Tuesday.

U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann said no immediate replacements will be added to the roster.

Donovan suffered a knee injury in the LA Galaxy's 2-1 loss on Saturday night. He will return to Los Angeles tonight and be seen by team doctors. He felt much better on Monday and Klinsmann said Tuesday morning he expected Donovan to play, but Dr. Dan Kalbac, the team's Miami-based physician, examined him and suggested he be kept out. 

Shea entered camp with an abdominal strain and will be treated in Dallas. 

"It's unfortunate for Landon and Brek that they won't be able to play," said Klinsmann. "Landon was very optimistic over the weekend when his knee was feeling much better, but now he needs time to recover. We knew Brek was a question mark coming in, and now we have a clear picture of where he stands. We feel confident that the group we have will get the job done."

Notes from US practice...

Just back from US national team practice at FIU. Half the team was on the field under the sweltering sun, the other half worked out in the gym. Among those missing was Landon Donovan, who was having his injured left knee examined by Miami-based team doctor, Dr. Dan Kalbac. Coach Jurgen Klinsmann said he doesn't think it's serious and fitness-wise feels Donovan could go "two 90 minutes'' against Antigua and Guatemala in the upcoming World Cup qualifiers.

Michael Bradley was back on the field after missing the past two games with injuries. Klinsmann said he is happy to have "team leaders'' Donovan and Bradley back because they help everyone around them.

One of the happiest players in camp was forward Eddie Johnson, who has resurrected his career with the Seattle Sounders after struggles in Europe. He hadn't been with the national team since before the 2010 World Cup, and is thrilled to get a second chance.

With Jozy Altidore left off the roster for the first time in 17 World Cup qualifiers, Johnson will get a chance to prove himself.

The U.S. team will have a closed training session in Miami on Wednesday and fly to Antigua on Thursday. The game is Friday at 7 p.m.

Do you think Klinsmann made the right choice leaving Altidore off the roster? Share your views.

Monday, October 08, 2012

US team heading to Miami

The US men's national team is making its way to Miami to train this week for Friday World Cup qualifier at Antigua.

Coach Jurgen Klinsmann just released the roster of 24. Here it is. Share your thoughts. Who would you start if you were US coach???

GOALKEEPERS (3) : Brad Guzan
(Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (8) : Carlos Bocanegra
(Racing Santander), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Edgar Castillo (Club Tijuana),
Steve Cherundolo (Hannover), Maurice Edu (Stoke City), Clarence Goodson
(Brondby), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim), Michael Parkhurst
(8) : Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Michael Bradley (Roma), Joe Corona
(Club Tijuana), Jermaine Jones (Schalke 04), Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht), Brek
Shea (FC Dallas), Danny Williams (Hoffenheim), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas
FORWARDS (5): Clint
Dempsey (Tottenham Hotspur), Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Herculez Gomez
(Santos), Alan Gordon (San Jose Earthquakes), Eddie Johnson (Seattle Sounders)