Monday, March 31, 2014

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)

 

 

Thursday, March 27, 2014

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 09, 2014

World Cup countdown: 95 Days to go!

Major League Soccer opened its 19th season this weekend and two former Miami Fusion players made headlines.

Former FIU/Miami Fusion goalkeeper Jeff Cassar won his first game as head coach of Real Salt Lake, as they beat the LA Galaxy 1-0. And former Fusion midfielder Pablo Mastroeni, who retired from the Colorado Rapids after 11 seasons this year, was named head coach of the team. Both Cassar and Mastroeni were fan (and media) favorites with the Fusion, and it's nice to see both of them still around contributing to the game.

Among the MLS scores this weekend: Seattle beat Kansas City 1-0 in stoppage time. Houston beat New England 4-0. Philadelphia and Portland tied 1-1. Vancouver beat New York 4-1. And Columbus beat DC 3-0, extending DC's winless streak to 13 games.

 

Friday, March 07, 2014

98 Days to Go to World Cup! MLS=MLB with teens

98 Days to go...

Soccer headlines today: A recent survey found that Major League Soccer is tied with Major League Baseball and way ahead of the NHL among U.S. sports fans aged 12-17. Luker on Trends, which follows fan trends, found the most popular sport among teens is the NFL with 38.8 percent of those surveyed considering themselves an "avid fan'' of the sport. Here's the list:

1. NFL 39 percent

2. NBA 30 percent

3. NCAA football 28 percent

4. NCAA basketball 24 percent

5. (tie) MLS and MLB 18 percent

6. NHL 9 percent

Are you surprised? Let us know your thoughts.

In other news, word is Barcelona center back Carles Puyol may be considering a move to MLS' New York Red Bulls. The 35-year old Spanish star has been bothered by knee issues and said he likely won't be playing at Barca next season and would consider playing elsewhere. Rumors have him headed for the Big Apple.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

MLS Commish: Beckham-Miami announcement in "early Feb''

Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber told reporters today at the league draft in Philadelphia that an announcement on David Beckham's Miami expansion MLS team will be in "early February.''

Garber said he was in Miami last week, working out finances and a viable stadium plan.

Check the Miami Herald for more details.

In other news, England's World Cup team will play tuneup games in Miami at Sun Life Stadium June 4 vs. Ecuador (3 p.m.) and June 7 vs. Honduras (4:45 p.m.).

The US women's national team plays Russia in Boca Raton's FAU Stadium on Feb. 8.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Beckham back in town!!!

BREAKING NEWS!

A very reliable source confirms that David Beckham is in Miami today, having dinner tonight with Marcelo Claure and Mayor Carlos Gimenez, and they will be scouting potential MLS stadium sites tomorrow. The Brazil national team is also in town, training for Saturday's game vs. Honduras at Sun Life Stadium.

Beckham AND Neymar in Miami tonight. Epicenter of the soccer universe!!

Stay tuned!

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Friday Night Lights, Strikers Style!

The Fort Lauderdale Strikers (2-0-2, 6 points) are on a 2-game win streak and hope to make it three at home Friday night against the NASL leading Carolina Railhawks (3-1-0, 10 points)
The game is at 7:30 p.m. at Lockhart Stadium.

“It's going to be a tough game for us,” said Strikers head coach Günter Kronsteiner.
“I wish we had more time to prepare before we face the best team in the league.
 But our guys have been working hard and with the two wins we had on the road,
their confidence has been increasing.”

The Strikers won on the road against the San Antonio Scorpions 2-1 in San Antonio on August 17th, followed by a win in Atlanta against the 2013 Spring Champions Silverbacks 1-0 last
Saturday, August 24.

A pair of FC Dallas players on loan have had a huge impact on the Strikers. Goalkeeper Richard Sanchez got the shutout against Atlanta, earning him NASL Player of the
Week honors. Sanchez is on loan from FC Dallas of MLS has been solid
for the Strikers on goal this season.  His Dallas teammate, Bradlee
Baladez, scored on a header off a cross from Ivan Guerrero.

There will be a special fan promotion Friday: $1 beers and live entertainment with local reggae band RYTHMadix from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are available online at www.strikers.com or by
calling 954-606-0400. Call or visit Strikers.com for more information.