Friday, January 29, 2016

Miami FC signs Cuban defender, Strikers sign Julius James

Friday Futbol Notes...

Miami FC signed former Cuban national team defender Jorge Luis Corrales.

The 24-year-old joined Pinar del Rio in 2009 and spent six years with the team. He was team MVP in 2012, 2013, 2014. He played for Cuba's U17, U20, U23 teams and the national team.

"Corrales is one of the most driven players I've had the opportunity of working with,'' said Miami FC coach Alessandro Nesta. "He impressed me in the open and invitational tryouts, so it's a pleasure to bring him on board. He has such a passion for the sport, and it's always refreshing to see someone with so much dedication take their talents to the field.''

Miami FC, the city's new NASL team, opens its inaugural season in April.

Also this week, the Fort Lauderdale Strikers signed Trinidad and Tobago national team defender Julius James. The 31-yea-old impressed Strikers coaches during the recent Florida Cup. He started and played full matches at center back against FC Schalke 04 and Independiente Santa Fe. In 2014, he played for the San Antonio Scorpions. He played college at the University of Connecticut, and was picked by Toronto in the 2008 MLS Draft. He went on to play for Houston, D.C. and Columbus.

"We are delighted to sign an experienced defender like Julius,'' said coach Caio Zanardi. "He has made tremendous progress to overcome injury and is an example for many of the younger guys in the locker room.''

 

 

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

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...

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Thursday, May 07, 2015

Miami Fusion is back...sort of.

By Michelle Kaufman
mkaufman@MiamiHerald.com
 
A new incarnation of the Miami Fusion was announced on Thursday, but this team is not in Major League Soccer and will not play in Fort Lauderdale. The new team, to be based at Ted Hendricks Stadium in Hialeah,  is in the National Premier Soccer League, a fourth-tier developmental league that has 78 clubs nationwide.
 
The Miami team is owned by Venanzio Cipollitti, president of the Inteligensa Group, a credit card-chip company. It will be coached by Ferdinando (Ferdi) De Matthaeis, who played for New York Cosmos in the early 1980s and most recently coached at the IMG Academy in Bradenton.
 
The roster includes players from 11 nationalities who came from local colleges, the Miami United NPSL team, and other minor league teams. Two of the more experienced players are Colombian forward Carlos Salazar, who played for the Fort Lauderdale Strikers, and 36-year-old forward Emiliano Bonazzoli, who played for Sampdoria in the Italian Serie A.
 
"There are only so many MLS and NASL teams, and there is a lot of talent out there, so we hope to find talent that hasn't been discovered,'' said De Matthaeis.
 
The Fusion season opens Sunday at 6 p.m. against Miami United at Flamingo Park, and runs through July 10.
 
Here is the roster...
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