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5 posts from July 2013

Monday, July 29, 2013

US wins Gold Cup!

Monday Musings...

It's a good day to be Jurgen Klinsmann. Not only did the U.S. team roll through the Gold Cup (outscoring opponents 20-4) and win the final 1-0 over Panama on Sunday, but clearly, there is finally some depth for him to work with. The big question now is who does he bring back from this Gold Cup team for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers in September? Remember, this was largely the U.S. "B'' team in the Gold Cup, although many players took advantage of the audition and made great cases for inclusion on the "A'' team.

Landon Donovan definitely will be back, and starting, come September. He had a brilliant tournament with five goals, seven assists and his energy and passing made a huge difference. He was voted Gold Cup MVP, and he and Klinsmann seem to have patched up whatever issues they had over Donovan's self-imposed sabbatical last winter.

Who else should be invited for the September games? Alejandro Bedoya, who grew up in Weston, stood out, particularly in the semifinal (2 assists) and final, where his cross led to Brek Shea's winning goal. Shea (what's with that hairdo?) also had big moments and scored some clutch goals. Eddie Johnson proved to be a dangerous target, though he's probably still kicking himself for not scoring from close range on a perfect Shea pass against Panama. And what about Mix Diskerud? The guy was all over the place, tons of energy, involved in plays all over the field. Goalkeeper Nick Rimando (formerly of the Miami Fusion) wasn't tested too much, but when he was, he came up big. Does he have a shot to go as a backup to Tim Howard?

What do YOU think? Who impressed you the past few weeks? Does the US team's 11-game win streak have you excited for the World Cup next summer? You happy with Klinsmann? We want to hear your thoughts...

Friday, July 26, 2013

Will US beat Panama?

The Gold Cup final is Sunday at 4 p.m.

The US is on a major roll -- 10 wins in a row, outscored Gold Cup opponents 19-4, Landon Donovan looking as good -- if not better -- than Landon of old. Can they keep it going and beat upstart Panama for the championship? Panama is on the rise, and knocked off Mexico in the semis. Vote here, and share your thoughts on the US team. Feeling good a year before the World Cup?


Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Poll: Who will win Gold Cup SF?

The US, led by resurgent Landon Donovan, is on a nine-game win streak and has outscored Gold Cup opponents 16-3. Honduras played the US close last month in a World Cup qualifier before losing 1-0. Should be a great game. Who's going to survive? Vote here..and share your comments on the US and Honduran teams.


Monday, July 08, 2013

Who will win Gold Cup?

Monday Musings...

Mexican fans are in deep depression after Mexico got beat 2-1 by Panama in Gold Cup opener...in Rose Bowl, no less! The place was packed with Mexican fans. Coach Chepo's in trouble...His seat just got a lot hotter.

Will be interested to see how Landon Donovan plays after scoring two goals in 6-0 win over Guatemala Friday night. Always liked the guy, and think he's best-ever for US, so hope it works out for him.

Word is Jozy Altidore will transfer from AZ Alkmaar to Sunderland of the Premier League. Good for Jozy!

Who do you think will win the Gold Cup? Vote now...



Monday, July 01, 2013

Brazil:We're baaaaack!

Monday Musings...

1. Brazil wanted to show the world that there is still soccer magic in those samba feet, and they surely did that with a 3-0 thumping of World Cup and European champion Spain. From Fred's second-minute oppourtunistic goal in the second minute until the end of the game, the Brazilians were in complete control and never allowed the Spaniards to get ticky or tacky. They just got frustrated. No, it isn't the World Cup. The true test will be next summer. But this Confederations Cup set up a nice storyline -- Brazil on the rise, Spain needs to play better.

2. Neymar. Barca must be feeling darn good about itself after signing the Brazilian 21-year-old from Santos a few weeks ago. He not only won the Golden Ball trophy at the Confederations Cup with four goals in five matches, but he displayed some phenomenal passing skills.

3. Play of the Final: David Luiz's incredible goal-line clearance to prevent Spain from tying it up 1-1. Amazing reflexes and quick thinking. Had Spain tied, the momentum of the game may have shifted. Instead, Brazil stayed pumped and Neymar's goal to make it 2-0 widened the gap.

4. Daryl Shore is out as coach of the Fort Lauderdale Strikers. Hate to see nice guys lose their jobs, but winning is key in sports and Strikers didn't do enough of it this Spring. Best wishes to Shore and the Strikers as they part ways.

5. The 12 teams playing in the upcoming Gold Cup released their rosters. Reminder that Sun Life Stadium hosting Gold Cup doubleheader July 12: Haiti vs. Trinidad & Tobago and Honduras vs. El Salvador. To see the complete 23-man rosters announced by each team, please follow this link.