Monday, July 20, 2015

Blatter showered in cash

I normally hate idiotic publicity-seeking intruders, but in this case, have to admit I chuckled. Sepp Blatter was about to start a FIFA press conference when British prankster Simon Brodkin showed up and threw money at beleaguered Blatter. Watch the video here...


Poll: Did Mexico deserve PK?

Mexican soccer fans, who felt their team got robbed by a controversial Dutch penalty kick in the 2014 World Cup, now know what it feels like to be on the other side.

On Sunday, Mexico advanced to the Gold Cup semifinals with a 1-0 win over Costa Rica after an extremely questionable call in the 124th minute. Mexican forward Oribe Peralta went up for a cross and the referee ruled he was fouled by Costa Rican player Roy Miller. Replays indicate it was a bad call, and within minutes of the call, "NoEraPenal'' (it was not a penalty) was trending on Twitter.

US midfielder Alejandro Bedoya didn't hide his feelings about the call. He tweeted: "Unbelievable. Disgraceful. All you can do is laugh. What. A. Joke.''

Mexico plays Panama Wednesday at 9 p.m., and the USA plays Jamaica at 6.

What did YOU think of the referee's call? Vote in this poll now.


Friday, July 17, 2015

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Gold Cup QFs a Caribbean Party!

The Gold Cup may as well be re-named the Caribbean Cup. Half of the eight quarterfinalists are from the Caribbean -- Jamaica, Cuba, Haiti and Trinidad and Tobago.

Typically-stronger Central American teams Honduras and El Salvador were eliminated, as were Guatemala and Canada.

Trinidad and Tobago was a surprise group winner over Mexico after rallying from down 0-2 in the 55th minute to tying the Mexicans 4-4 to advance as group leader. The Soca Warriors scored three goals between the 55th and 67th minutes, and then an equalizer in stoppage time.

Here's the quarterfinal lineup:

SATURDAY in Baltimore...

USA (2-0-1) vs. Cuba (1-2-0), 5 p.m. FOX, Univision

Jamaica (2-0-1) vs. Haiti (1-1-1), 8 p.m. Fox Sports 2, Univision

SUNDAY in East Rutherford, NJ

Trinidad and Tobago (2-0-1) vs. Panama (0-0-3), 4:30 p.m., Fox Sports 1

Mexico (1-0-2) vs. Costa Rica (0-0-3), 7:30 p.m., Fox Sports 1, Univision

Semifinals: Wed in Atlanta

Final: July 26 in Philadelphia



Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The Scene in Montreal...

Bonjour from Montreal!

An hour and a half 'til game time. USA vs. Germany for a spot in Sunday's final!

Lots of USA fans arriving at Olympic Stadium. A crowd of 50,000 expected.

Here are some early-arriving fans from Wisconsin, New Jersey and Maine...





Monday, November 10, 2014

Bedoya on US roster for Colombia match

Jurgen Klinsmann announced his roster for upcoming friendlies against Colombia and Ireland. The match will be extra-special for Colombian-American Alejandro Bedoya of Weston, whose father and grandfather played professionally in Colombia. 

Here are the details from US Soccer...

CHICAGO (Nov. 10, 2014) - U.S. Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has called 25 players into camp for the final matches of the 2014 campaign. The U.S. will first meet No. 3-ranked Colombia on Friday, Nov. 14, in London. More than 20,000 tickets have been sold for the USA's first match at Craven Cottage, the home of Fulham FC (TICKETS). Kickoff is set for 2:45 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN and UniMas.

Four days later, the United States will play on the Republic of Ireland's soil for the first since 2002 when it faces the home side at Aviva Stadium in Dublin. ESPN2 and Univision begin coverage at 2:45 p.m. ET. Fans can follow both matches on Twitter @ussoccer.

U.S. MNT ROSTER BY POSITION - DETAILED ROSTER GOALKEEPERS (4): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake) DEFENDERS (9): DaMarcus Beasley (Houston Dynamo), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Greg Garza (Club Tijuana), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Jermaine Jones (New England Revolution), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC) MIDFIELDERS (6): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Julian Green (Hamburg), Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt), Lee Nguyen (New England Revolution) FORWARDS (6): Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Miguel Ibarra (Minnesota United FC), Jordan Morris (Stanford), Rubio Rubin (Utrecht), Bobby Wood (1860 Munich), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)

"We want to finish 2014 on a high note and continue to try to meet the top teams eye to eye," said Klinsmann. "In these last two games we want our veterans to really become mentors both on and off the field, and we want to see our youngsters take advantage of the opportunity to make their case and grow from the experience. These performances will set the tone for 2015."

Klinsmann has once again chosen to blend youth and experience. A total of 16 players were part the squad that reached the Round of 16 in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, led by four-time tournament veteran DaMarcus Beasley. At the other end of the spectrum, there are 12 players with 10 caps or less and an equal number that is 24 years old or younger.


  • DaMarcus Beasley is the leading capwinner on the roster with 120 appearances. Jozy Altidore is second with 74 caps.
  • Altidore has worn the captain's armband twice in the past three matches, beginning with the 1-0 win on Sept. 3 against the Czech Republic.
  • Colombian-American midfielder Alejandro Bedoya has played in 10 of 13 matches for the MNT in 2014 and is on pace to tie a career best for most in a single year (12). Both his father and grandfather played professionally in Colombia.
  • World Cup goalkeepers Brad Guzan and Nick Rimando are headed to London, each sporting impressive records in a National Team uniform. Guzan has recorded nine shutouts in 19 career starts, with six of those clean sheets earned in World Cup qualifiers. Rimando has never lost a game for the National Team, posting a near-perfect 10-0-2 record.
  • Jermaine Jones, who scored a mesmerizing goal against Portugal in the World Cup in June, is again listed as a defender after having made a debut appearance at center back for the MNT in the 1-1 draw on Oct. 14 against Honduras.
  • Ingolstadt midfielder Alfredo Morales has helped his side to the top of the 2. Bundesliga table, appearing in all 13 matches and scoring the opening goal of the campaign. Born in Germany to Peruvian parents, Morales has been deployed as a holding midfielder and also in defense by his club.
  • Greg Garza earned his first start against Ecuador in his third consecutive appearance for the MNT, having made his debut in the 1-0 win against Czech Republic. The Club Tijuana left back has now competed for the United States at every age level, beginning with the U.S. Under-14 Boys' National Team.
  • Mix Diskerud has reached double-digit starts for the National Team. After scoring his fourth-career goal against Ecuador, the U.S. team holds a remarkable 17-1-5 record when Diskerud steps on the field.
  • A total of eight players join from MLS squads: Beasley, Kyle Beckerman, Matt Besler, Bill Hamid, Sean Johnson, Jones, Lee Nguyen, Rimando, Chris Wondolowski and DeAndre Yedlin. New England Revolution teammates Jones and Nguyen advanced to the Eastern Conference Championship for the first time since 2007, and Yedlin's Seattle Sounders FC faces FC Dallas in the second leg of its series Monday night with the hope of advancing to the Western Conference Championship.
  • Nguyen can earn his first cap for the U.S. MNT since 2007, when he made three international appearances. After entering as a substitute for Beasley in the 80th minute of the 4-1 win against China PR on June 2 in San Jose, he played two matches at Copa America in Venezuela. Nguyen (pronounced WIN) has 18 goals and five assists this season, making him a contender for the 2014 MLS MVP award.
  • Yedlin signed a contract to join north-London club Tottenham Hotspur, and could join the club as early as January.
  • Wondolowski spent the past week training at Fulham in advance of this camp.
  • Johnson earned both the MVP award and the Defender of the Year award for the Chicago Fire this season. He is coming off a training spell at Hull City.
  • Hamid backstopped D.C. United to a historic turnaround as the club was the first in the Eastern Conference to clinch an MLS playoff berth this season. A year ago, United finished the campaign with the worst record in MLS.
  • Minnesota United FC forward Miguel Ibarra and Stanford University striker Jordan Morris both return to the fold after debut appearances on an MNT roster this year. Ibarra became the first player from the modern NASL to be called into the National Team. The 24-year-old NASL Player of the Month for September got his first cap when entered as a 90th-minute sub in the 1-1 draw against Honduras.
  • Morris, who scored the game-winner for the U.S. U-23 MNT against the Bahamas in August, was named the 2012-13 Development Academy Player of the Year for the U-18 age group while playing for the Seattle Sounders FC Academy. He is the first active college player to be included on a roster under Jurgen Klinsmann.
  • Rubio Rubin also returns to the fold. He signed with Utrecht in July. The U.S. U-17 Residency alum was voted the 2012 U.S. Soccer Youth Male Athlete of the Year.

Saturday, September 06, 2014

Scenes from Brazil-Colombia

A state of Florida record crowd of 73,429 showed up at Sun Life Stadium last night for a spicy showdown between Brazil and Colombia! It was a rematch of their contentious World Cup quarterfinal. Brazil won on Friday, 1-0, on a free kick by Neymar.

Here is the story...

And here are some photos...





Friday, August 22, 2014

Neymar, Hulk in Miami!

In case you haven't heard, Brazil and Colombia are playing a friendly Sept. 5 at Sun Life Stadium, and the game will feature many World Cup stars.

The Brazil roster announced by new coach Dunga features 10 of the 23 World Cup players, including Neymar, Hulk, Oscar and David Luiz. It will be their first match since their humiliating 7-1 loss to Germany in the World Cup semifinals.

Tickets for the match are available at or by calling the stadium box office at 305-943-6311.

 Brazilian National Team Roster

 Goalkeepers -Jefferson (Botafogo), Rafael Cabral (Napoli)

 Defenders - David Luiz (Paris Saint-Germain), Marquinhos (Paris Saint-Germain), Gil (Corinthians), Miranda (Atletico Madrid), Maicon (Roma), Filipe Luis (Chelsea), Alex Sandro (FC Porto), Danilo (FC Porto)

 Midfielders - Luiz Gustavo (Wolfsburg), Elias (Corinthians), Fernandinho (Manchester City), Ramires (Chelsea), Willian (Chelsea), Everton Ribeiro (Cruzeiro), Oscar (Chelsea), Phillipe Coutinho (Liverpool)

 Forwards - Ricardo Goulart (Cruzeiro), Hulk (Zenit), Neymar (Barcelona), Diego Tardelli (Atletico MG)