UEFA narrowed the list to 3...who do you think should win?
UEFA narrowed the list to 3...who do you think should win?
Was the US loss to Jamaica Wednesday night the team's worst loss ever? It was their second loss to Jamaica in 23 meetings, and first loss to a Caribbean team on US soil since 1969.
Big news out of England tonight...news that may take some of the sting off US Gold Cup loss to Jamaica for US fans...
Veteran goalkeeper Tim Howard says he has enjoyed his hiatus, but is ready to re-join the US team.
Read about it here...
Meanwhile, some stats following the stunning US 2-1 loss to Jamaica in the Gold Cup semifinal...
The loss ended a 26-match home win streak for Team USA
Jamaica, 78th in the FIFA world rankings, is the first Caribbean team to reach the Gold Cup final in tournament history
The loss is believed to be the first home loss for the U.S. to a Caribbean team since 1969.
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...
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.
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
By Michelle Kaufman
David Beckham does not plan to make any announcements during his visit to Miami this week, but according to a source close to his camp, the soccer icon hopes to have “significant’’ news to share “before summer’’ regarding the finalizing of his team ownership group, a name for his Miami Major League Soccer club and the proposed debut season -- maybe 2017, but more likely 2018.
Beckham’s group has narrowed down four or five stadium sites “he quite likes,’’ but the more immediate issue, said the source, is trying to secure additional financing to be able to impress the soccer-savvy South Florida market with a state-of-the-art stadium, international marquee players the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi, and a world-class soccer academy that would attract top young talent from all over the Americas.
“The narrative has centered around the stadium site, and that is a priority, but it is a bit of a red herring,’’ said the source. “The group has very big ambitions and big-picture decisions to make; so the reason this is taking so long is that they decided to take a step back from the stadium site issue and focus on what kind of football club we can be, how deep are our pockets, how much money can we spend?
“Will we be a rich stable club or a very rich club that attracts a Ronaldo or a Messi, the caliber of player that would really excite fans in Miami. Will we build a 20,000-seat stadium or can we afford 60,000? Public land or private? Will our academy be the envy of MLS or the envy of all of Latin America? We have to compete with NYCFC and the L.A. Galaxy, and the new Orlando team, and that requires deep pockets.’’
MLS commissioner Don Garber has remained in close contact with Beckham’s group, and plans to re-visit Miami soon.
“David and his partners are continuing to work hard to finalize plans for a new stadium, and we are supporting them in their efforts,” said Garber, who was headed to Minneapolis for a Wednesday announcement of a 23rd MLS franchise in that city. “As we have said previously, we believe that with the right stadium and David’s passion, leadership and business acumen, Miami will be a great MLS market. We plan to visit Miami in the coming months and will meet with David and local officials.’’
Beckham and his manager/business partner Simon Fuller have spent the past several months talking to potential investors all over the world.
“Just because (Beckham) hasn’t been seen in Miami doesn’t mean he has lost interest,’’ said the source. “That is not true at all. He has been talking to investors in Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East, who are very interested in Miami and attaching themselves to the team. He is narrowing down the right partners, trying to find partners who share his vision and integrity. Once he knows how much money he has to spend, then he can start planning all the rest of it. That really has to come first.’’