Monday, May 16, 2016

Klinsmann named 22-man roster for Miami camp, Puerto Rico friendly

By Michelle Kaufman

U.S. national coach Jurgen Klinsmann invited 22 players to Miami this week for a training camp as the team begins to prepare for the Copa America Centenario in June. The players chosen for this camp are based in Europe and Mexico, and just completed their club seasons. Major League Soccer players will join the group at a later date.

At the end of the week, the team will fly to Puerto Rico for a May 22 friendly in Bayamon, the first-ever between the two teams. The match will be at noon, and shown on FS1 and UniMas.

After Puerto Rico, the U.S. team plays Ecuador on May 25 in Frisco, Texas (7 p.m. CT; ESPN2 and UniMas) and Bolivia on May 28 in Kansas City, Kansas (7 p.m. CT; FS1 and Univision).

Fifteen of the players in camp -- including Weston's Alejandro Bedoya (FC Nantes) -- are eligible for the Copa America 23-man roster, as they were included in a 40-man provisional roster that was due at the end of April. The final roster for Copa America must be submitted by May 20. MLS players who make the final roster will be released by their clubs on May 23 and join the team that day in Dallas.

Among the players invited were veteran goalkeeper Tim Howard, who is headed to the Colorado Rapids after a 10-year career at Everton in England, and Bobby Wood, who just set a scoring record for American players in Germany with 17 goals for Union Berlin of the 2 Bundesliga. Wood was so impressive that on Sunday he was transferred to Hamburg of the Bundesliga.

The Mexican club most represented is Club Tijuana, with Michael Orozco and national-team rookies Paul Arriola and Amando Moreno.

"We are doing this week in Miami and finishing off the week with a game in Puerto Rico because it's really important in terms of transitioning our players coming in from Europe and some who are already done in Mexico to keep them in a flow, to keep them in a rhythm," said Klinsmann. "One of our lessons from last year's Gold Cup was because the tournament was pushed into July, we couldn't transition our European-based players and some of the Mexican players perfectly."

"We added some players coming from the younger side to look at them and to get a roster together, but the main purpose of this camp is to keep the rhythm, keep going and to transition perfectly into the preparation for the Copa America Centenario."

All the U.S. practices are closed to the public.

The Miami camp roster....

GOALKEEPERS (3) : Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Colorado Rapids), Zach Steffen (SC Freiburg)

DEFENDERS (7) : John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest), Matt Miazga (Chelsea), Michael Orozco (Club Tijuana), Tim Ream (Fulham), DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham)

MIDFIELDERS (7) : Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Emerson Hyndman (Fulham), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach), Perry Kitchen (Heart of Midlothian), Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt), Caleb Stanko (SC Freiburg), Danny Williams (Reading)

FORWARDS (5) : Paul Arriola (Club Tijuana), Julian Green (Bayern Munich), Fabrice Picault (FC St. Pauli), Amando Moreno (Club Tijuana), Bobby Wood (Hamburg)

Monday, May 02, 2016

Leicester City! EPL Champions! Fairy tales DO come true!

They did it. They really did it.

Leicester City, a team that a year ago languished in last place in the English Premier League, a team that faced 5,000-to-1 odds at the start of this season, a team whose payroll ranks 17th of the 20 EPL clubs, just clinched its first EPL title in the club's 132 year history.

From near-relegation to complete euphoria. Worst to First.

It is, arguably, the most improbable championship run in any team sport anywhere in the world.

And, it was a victory for underdogs everywhere. If Leicester can win the English Premier League, ANYTHING is truly possible.

They had to wait a day to clinch the title after settling for a 1-1 tie with Manchester United on Sunday. And they did it with the help of Chelsea, which rallied from a 2-0 deficit to tie Tottenham 2-2 on Monday afternoon. Fans all over the world (including my 16-year-old soccer-playing daughter and her friends) watched the end of that Chelsea-Tottenham game and then Tweeted about Leicester's miracle championship.

Famous athletes sent Tweets of congratulations, including Dirk Nowitzki and Rory McIlroy.

And fans the world over rejoiced, as Leicester had become -- at worst -- everyone's second-favorite team. The biggest celebrations, of course, were in the East Midlands, in Leicester, where fans spilled onto the streets, roared and popped open champagne and beer bottles. And nobody was happier than the Foxes themselves. Check out this video from defender Christian Fuchs' phone, shot the moment they realized their fairy tale had come true.


Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Friday, September 25, 2015

Lewandowski's 5 goals in 9 minutes!

Yes, you read that right!

Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski scored FIVE goals in NINE minutes to rally his team from a 1-0 halftime deficit to a 5-1 victory over Wolfsburg.

Here are the goals, in case you don't believe me....

 

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Tim Howard ready to return to US team

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...

http://www.evertonfc.com/news/2015/07/22/howard-set-for-us-return

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.

 

 

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

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.