« January 2014 | Main | April 2014 »

19 posts from March 2014

Monday, March 31, 2014

Klinsmann adds Vogts, Ramos to US staff

73 Days to Go to the World Cup!

News from US team: Klinsmann adds Berti Vogts, Tab Ramos to staff.

U.S. Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has appointed former World Cup winner Berti Vogts to be a Special Advisor to the U.S. Men's National Team from now through the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

A part of the Germany team that won the 1974 FIFA World Cup, Vogts brings a tremendous track record of success to the National Team. Having coached the squad to the 1996 European Championship - on which Klinsmann was a player - he is the last head coach to lead Germany to a trophy.

"We are absolutely thrilled to have Berti join us as an advisor," said Klinsmann. "He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience, both as a player and a coach, and he knows what it takes to succeed at the highest level. He was my coach for Germany in the 1990s and we have a great relationship. Through his time as the head coach of Scotland, Nigeria and Azerbaijan, he is obviously very familiar with our opponents in the group stage of the World Cup, and for us this is a huge bonus."

In his role as Special Advisor, Vogts will aid in the development of training plans, help prepare scouting reports, and travel to observe matches of the USA's opponents in the lead-up to the tournament and in Brazil.

Along with the announcement of Vogts, Klinsmann has added U.S. Soccer Youth Technical Director and Under-20 Men's National Team head coach Tab Ramos to the coaching staff and is transitioning Martin Vasquez to other responsibilities within U.S. Soccer.

"As we move toward the World Cup, we are shifting some responsibilities within the technical staff that we believe will put individuals in areas of strength and provide us with the best opportunity to be successful," said Klinsmann.

Vogts earned 96 caps for Germany, playing a total of 19 matches spanning three World Cups. Nicknamed "Der Terrier," he famously marked Dutch legend Johan Cruyff in the 1974 World Cup final that Germany won 2-1 in Munich. He served as team captain from 1977-79, taking over for Franz Beckenbauer.

During a 14-year professional career in which he was twice named Germany Footballer of the Year, Vogts was an integral part of the Borussia Moenchengladbach squad that won five Bundesliga titles (1969-70, 1970-71, 1974-75, 1975-76, 1976-77) and two UEFA Cups (1974-75, 1978-79).

Vogts coached Germany from 1990-98, compiling a record of 66-12-24. In addition to the title in 1996, he had a second-place finish in the 1992 European Championship and led Germany to the quarterfinals in consecutive World Cups in 1994 and 1998.

Having coached the national teams of Scotland (2002-04) and Nigeria (2007-08), he has served as the manager for Azerbaijan since April of 2008 and will continue in that role.

Puebla won't release Beasley, Orozco

73 Days to Go til the World Cup!

In today's news...

According to a release from the US Soccer Federation, Puebla has refused the request to release U.S. Men's National Team defenders DaMarcus Beasley and Michael Orozco for the match between the USA and Mexico on April 2. U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann will not add any replacements, reducing the roster to 20 players available for selection.

"We are very disappointed in the decision by Puebla," said Klinsmann. "When the match was scheduled, it was with the spirit that both teams would have access to their domestic-based players for what is a very important game for those competing for spots in the World Cup. Both MLS and most clubs in Liga MX honored that idea. While we understand their position, it's a huge opportunity lost for DaMarcus and Michael and doesn't contribute to the continuation of this respected rivalry."

The U.S. squad began gathering Sunday in advance of USA-Mexico on April 2 at University of Phoenix Stadium. The match kicks off at 8 p.m. Arizona Time (11 p.m. ET) and will be broadcast live on ESPN, WatchESPN, UniMas and ESPN Deportes Radio. Fans can also follow the match live on Twitter @ussoccer.

More than 50,000 tickets have been sold for the USA's final match before the start of the 2014 FIFA World Cup preparation camp.

US Roster...

GOALKEEPERS (3): Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (6): Tony Beltran (Real Salt Lake), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Clarence Goodson (San Jose Earthquakes), Michael Parkhurst (Columbus Crew), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Maurice Edu (Philadelphia Union), Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
FORWARDS (4): Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Julian Green (Bayern Munich), Eddie Johnson (D.C. United), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)

Sunday, March 30, 2014

US roster for Wed. Mexico match

74 Days to Go til World Cup! Latest from USSF:

The U.S. squad began gathering Sunday in advance of USA-Mexico on Wednesday, April 2, at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. The game is set for 8 p.m. Arizona Time (11 p.m. ET), and will be broadcast live on ESPN, WatchESPN, UniMas and the ESPN Deportes Radio Network. Fans can also follow the match live on Twitter @ussoccer.

More than 50,000 tickets have been sold for the USA's final match before the start of the 2014 FIFA World Cup preparation camp.

U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION - GOALKEEPERS (3): Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake) DEFENDERS (8): DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Tony Beltran (Real Salt Lake), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Clarence Goodson (San Jose Earthquakes), Michael Orozco (Puebla), Michael Parkhurst (Columbus Crew), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC) MIDFIELDERS (7): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Maurice Edu (Philadelphia Union), Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City) FORWARDS (4): Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Julian Green (Bayern Munich), Eddie Johnson (D.C. United), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)

 

 

74 Days to Go!

World Cup Countdown: 74 Days to Go!

Here's the latest World Cup music news...

FIFA and Sony Music Entertainment have announced today that the official anthem of the 2014 FIFA World Cup™ in Brazil, which is entitled “Dar um Jeito (We Will Find A Way)”, will be performed at the tournament’s closing ceremony in Rio de Janeiro by Carlos Santana, Wyclef, Avicii and Alexandre Pires.

As the fourth piece to be added to the tournament’s official music programme, “Dar um Jeito (We Will Find A Way)” will form part of the official 2014 FIFA World Cup™ Album alongside the Official Song by Pitbull, Jennifer Lopez and Claudia Leitte as well as the SuperSong winning track to be recorded by Ricky Martin and the Official Mascot Song which was released in 2012 by Brazilian singer Arlindo Cruz.

 

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Poll: Who would you sign for 2017 Miami MLS team?

Exclusive: Beckham interview

Sorry I haven't posted in a few days. Been swamped covering the Sony Open tennis tournament on Key Biscayne (tennis is one of my other beats)..but I took time out yesterday to meet up with Mr. David Beckham Himself. Wanted to ask him what makes him think Miami's international soccer fans will become passionate for MLS.

Here's what he had to say -- and a video clip, too!

Thoughts? Does reading this and seeing the clip make you feel better about the plans?

Sunday, March 23, 2014

El Clasico! NOW! 2-2

I am out at Sony Open tennis, where the talk all week among Rafa Nadal and the other Spaniards has been today's El Clasico match between Real Madrid and Barcelona. Nadal is a Real Madrid man.

Score was tied 2-2 halftime. Messi scored the tying goal! Benzema scored both for Real Madrid, and Iniesta had the first goal for Barca.

You watching? Where? Thoughts?

Share with the group.

Who do you think will win?

 

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Eto'o vs. Drogba! Today!

86 Days to Go until the World Cup, and soccer fans across the globe today will get to watch a battle between two of the best African players in recent history -- Samuel Eto'o of Cameroon and Didier Drogba of the Ivory Coast. They go head-to-head in the Champions league as Chelsea (Eto'o) and Galatasaray (Drogba) go for a spot in the quarterfinals. They tied 1-1 in the first leg, so today's match should be intense. The match is at 3:45 p.m Eastern, on Fox Sports 1.

Read more about the matchup here:

http://www.fifa.com/world-match-centre/uefachampionsleague/news/newsid/229/881/8/index.html?intcmp=newsreader_news_box_1

http://www.fifa.com/world-match-centre/uefachampionsleague/news/newsid/229/881/8/index.html?intcmp=newsreader_news_box_1

Sunday, March 16, 2014

World Cup Countdown: 89 Days to Go!

89 Days to Go til the World Cup...

Wondering where the World Cup teams will set up their training camps? Here you go...

USA: Sao Paulo

Italy: Mangaratiba

South Korea: Flamengo Sport Club

Netherlands: Rio de Janeiro

England: Rio de Janeiro

Argentina: Belo Horizonte

Russia: Ity

Japan: Ity

Colombia: Cotia

Ecuador: Rio de Janeiro.

 

Friday, March 14, 2014

World Cup Countdown: 91 Days to Go!

Good news for Colombia fans...

The surgeon who performed Radamel Falcao's knee operation believes there is no reason why the Monaco striker cannot play at this summer's World Cup.

The Colombia international damaged his cruciate knee ligament in his club's Coupe de France win over minnows Monts d'Or Azergues in January and is recovering at his former home in Madrid.

A likely six-month recovery period would put his hopes of featuring in Brazil in serious doubt but surgeon Jose Carlos Noronha is hopeful the 28-year-old can recover ahead of schedule.

"Each case is different but he is on the right track," Noronha told L'Equipe.

"He has recovered very well. I still believe he could play at the World Cup, there is no reason why it could not work."