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Archive for the ‘US Men’s National Team’ Category


US vs. Guatemala Highlights
   July 3, 2015 (6:24 PM) by Matt Benson
 

The US is now unbeaten (19-0-3) in its last 22 home games, the longest such streak in US history, after this 4-0 victory.  Bring on the Gold Cup.

 
Categories: Highlights, US Men's National Team
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Here is your US-Guatemala pre-game primer
   July 3, 2015 (12:31 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Here is a quick rundown of things you might want to look at before today’s game.

» The game is at 6:30 PM Eastern on FOX Sports 1, UniMás and Univision Deportes Network.

» Guatemala is ranked #93 by FIFA and #81 by Elo, while the US is #27 by FIFA and #14 by Elo.

» Here are the official game notes by US Soccer.  As for some random stats/facts:

The US is 14-4-6 all-time against Guatemala, including a 20-game unbeaten run after losing the first four meetings.  The 20-game unbeaten streak is the US’s longest streak against any nation.

The US has held Guatemala scoreless in nine of the last 11 meetings.

The US is unbeaten (18-0-3) in its last 21 home games, the longest such streak in US history.

The US is looking for its first win in Nashville since defeating Trinidad & Tobago, 3-0, in a 2009 World Cup qualifier.

The US has scored at least one goal in 19 of its last 20 games, including 2+ goals in 12 of the 20 games.

» The US has received confirmation from CONCACAF and Greg Garza is now officially on the Gold Cup roster to replace the injured Brad Davis.

» Here is your game preview from The Yanks Are Coming.

» Roughly 36,000 tickets have been sold so far.  Michael Bradley is your new captain.

» And we are not quite there yet for the Gold Cup, but enjoy Medio Tiempo’s Top 10 US goals at the Gold Cup.

Prediction time:  The US wins 3-0.

 
Categories: US Men's National Team
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There is a new USMNT sheriff (captain) in town
   July 2, 2015 (5:32 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Jurgen Klinsmann has named Michael Bradley captain for the Gold Cup.

After Dempsey and Klinsmann discussed Dempsey’s actions in the Open Cup and the subsequent fallout from his conduct, Klinsmann decided to name Bradley as captain for this tournament to allow Dempsey to concentrate solely on his performances over the next few weeks.

Klinsmann revealed the decision to the entire squad in a team meeting held here in Nashville on Wednesday night. There has been no decision made regarding the status of the captaincy after the tournament.

Dempsey remains an integral figure in the squad. He is expected to play a prominent role for the Americans as they attempt to retain the Gold Cup and secure a place in the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup.

“I had a very, very good conversation with Clint about what happened during the Open Cup, but also about how we want to approach things,” Klinsmann told ussoccer.com. “For the time being we thought it’s the best thing to give the captaincy to Michael Bradley and let Clint focus on what he’s all about. Clint is about scoring goals. We need Clint Dempsey badly with the National Team. We need him in a good spirit.”

 
Categories: Clint Dempsey, Michael Bradley, US Men's National Team
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Two USMNT roster/injury updates
   July 1, 2015 (5:35 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Two things for you on Wednesday.

Brad Davis has a knee injury which is going to rule him out of the Gold Cup.  Since the tournament hasn’t started yet, the US can fill out paperwork in order to replace someone on the roster with someone who was on the 35-man provisional roster.  That lucky player who gets to “come on down” is left back Greg Garza.  He is headed to Nashville to join the team for Friday’s friendly against Guatemala.

And while a lot of fans wanted to see Jordan Morris on the Gold Cup roster, we might know why he wasn’t selected for the final 23-man roster as he had surgery yesterday for a stress fracture in one of his legs.

 
Categories: Brad Davis, Greg Garza, Jordan Morris, US Men's National Team
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A few links for Tuesday
   June 30, 2015 (12:33 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Want some links?  Well, here you go.

According to Steven Goff, the USMNT will be taking on Peru in a friendly at RFK Stadium in Washinton D.C. in September.  The US hasn’t faced Peru since a 1-0 win at the 2000 Gold Cup.

Want to impress your friends with knowledge of the US U-23 goalkeeper pool?  Thankfully we have Will to set us straight.

Brian Span went the full 90 minutes and scored his second league goal of the season in Mariehamn’s 1-1 draw to HIFK on Sunday.  Here are the highlights.  A couple other guys scored if you follow along with our goal tracker.

We also had some goals in friendlies over the last couple days.

Kenny Saief scored for Gent in a 2-2 draw to SK Deinze.  Nermin Crnkic scored a goal for Jablonec in a 2-1 win in something called the Minister Cup.  And Andrew Wooten scored a goal for Sandhausen in a 1-0 win over Würzburger Kickers.

Shaq Moore’s Huracán Valencia CF did not win promotion to Spain’s second division (lost 3-1 on aggregate), but you can learn more about his club here.

Desevio Payne looked pretty good for the US U-20 team earlier this month and he signed a professional deal with Groningen last Friday.

US youth player Brooks Lennon was able to get an Irish passport which is allowing him to sign with Liverpool.

The Seattle Times’ Matt Pentz talked to Jordan Morris about his possible future.

Aron Johannsson might be interested in playing in MLS at some point in the near future.

Steve Cherundolo has been named manager of Hannover’s U-17 team.

Joe Funicello’s career has taken a weird twist and he has been named to the coaching staff at BI/Bolungarvik in Iceland.

To go along with his Serbian/Russian interest, Cesar Romero is also getting looked at by some Mexican clubs according to Greg Seltzer.

And finally, today’s sketchy looking website silly season rumor of the day (so it must be true) has Swansea looking at Matt Miazga.

 
Categories: Andrew Wooten, Aron Johannsson, Brian Span, Brooks Lennon, Cesar Romero, Desevio Payne, Joe Funicello, Jordan Morris, Kenny Saief, Matt Miazga, Nermin Crnkic, Shaquell Moore, Steve Cherundolo, US Men's National Team, US U-23 National Team
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A couple things for Friday
   June 26, 2015 (7:36 AM) by Matt Benson
 

A couple things before the weekend.

Brek Shea was not selected to the Gold Cup roster due to a groin injury.

Here is your post-roster release Q&A with Jurgen Klinsmann.

Will Packwood is now on trial with the New York Red Bulls.

Giuseppe Gentile is leaving Swiss side FC Chiasso to go out on loan with his former NASL team (San Antonio Scorpions).

Welcome back, Caleb Stanko.

Cole Grossman and the Fighting Bob Bradleys keep winning in the Norwegian Cup.

Go USWNT and enjoy the weekend.

 
Categories: Brek Shea, Caleb Stanko, Cole Grossman, Giuseppe Gentile, US Men's National Team, Will Packwood
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Here is your USMNT 2015 Gold Cup roster
   June 23, 2015 (12:34 PM) by Matt Benson
 

There can still be changes after the group stage with anyone who was on the provisional roster, but here are your 23 guys.

GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa/2007), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake/2011, 2013), William Yarbrough (Club Leon)

DEFENDERS (7): Ventura Alvarado (Club America), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC/2009), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy/2013), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Tim Ream (Bolton Wanderers/2011)

MIDFIELDERS (9): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake/2009, 2013), Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes/2011, 2013), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC/2007, 2011), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo/2005), Mix Diskerud (New York City FC/2013), Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt), DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham Hotspur), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)

FORWARDS (4): Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC/2011), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC/2005, 2007, 2011), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes/2011, 2013)

Thoughts/Complaints/Surprises?

 
Categories: US Men's National Team
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It has been a while since we did one of these links posts
   June 23, 2015 (1:16 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Some of these links might be a little old.  Some of these links might be only a couple days old.  And some of these links will be new.

Good talk.

While we had one DeAndre Yedlin loan rumor last week, all signs are pointing to him going out on loan next season.

As Grant Wahl first reported when the Gold Cup provisional roster was released, Stoke City wanted Geoff Cameron to take time off to rest up.

Speaking of the Gold Cup roster, the final 23-man roster should be released today or tomorrow.  And before it comes out, take a look at John D. Halloran’s guess at the final roster.  And Clint Dempsey will not be suspended for the tournament.

Staying with the Gold Cup theme, Costa Rica will be without the services of goalkeeper Keylor Navas due to injury.

Also in injury news, Josh Gatt’s knee injury is not serious after a second opinion.

In classic silly season form, it looks like we are still waiting to hear whether Bobby Wood will sign with Stuttgart or not.  According to Greg Seltzer, Kaiserslautern is also in the running.

Seltzer has been dropping a bunch of other nuggets over the last couple weeks.  Everyone’s favorite Armenian Premier League Golden Boot winner Cesar Romero is getting interest from Serbia and Russia.

Also courtesy of Mr. Seltzer, Cody Cropper turned down an offer from one MLS team and he is getting some interest from a couple teams in England.

Zak Whitbread has also had some early talks with teams in England and back here in the US.

Down in Mexico, Michael Orozco made a fiscal decision and signed with Club Tijuana.

Good ol’ sources have told Ives Galarcep that Herculez Gomez is in talks with the New York Cosmos and he is getting some interest from MLS.

Shawn Barry has been kicking it with LASK Linz in Austria the last few seasons and he has parlayed his recent success to a move to German 2. Bundesliga side FSV Frankfurt.

Hertha Berlin has offered John Brooks a contract extension through 2019.

Here is some more coal to throw into the Gedion Zelalem hype train fire.

Shaquell Moore signed with Huracan in Spain’s third division back in May and they are one game away from playing in the second division.

Bobby Warshaw wrote some words on Michael Bradley.

Björn Maars Johnsen scored three goals in a friendly last week.

The second round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying finished up earlier this month.  The third round draw will take place in late July.

And finally, O When The Yanks introduces us to teenager Ian Hoffmann who is doing well at FC Köln.

 
Categories: Björn Maars Johnsen, Bobby Wood, Cesar Romero, Clint Dempsey, Cody Cropper, DeAndre Yedlin, Gedion Zelalem, Geoff Cameron, Herculez Gomez, John Brooks, Josh Gatt, Michael Bradley, Michael Orozco Fiscal, Shaquell Moore, Shawn Barry, US Men's National Team, Zak Whitbread
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Video – MNT Earns Famous Victory Over Reigning World Cup Champs
   June 20, 2015 (8:24 AM) by Matt Benson
 

For the second time in five days, the U.S. Men’s National Team successfully converted in the last three minutes of a game, this time to defeat No.1-ranked and 2014 FIFA World Cup champion Germany, 2-1 at RheinEnergieSTADION in Cologne.

 
Categories: US Men's National Team
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Clint Dempsey will not be missing any Gold Cup games
   June 19, 2015 (12:20 PM) by Matt Benson
 

Clint Dempsey will be eligible for the Gold Cup as MLS has suspended Dempsey for only three games for his conduct during the US Open Cup match against Portland where he ripped up a ref’s notebook.  He will be able to sit out those three games with Seattle prior to the Gold Cup.

Here is the official statement by MLS.

 
Categories: Clint Dempsey, US Men's National Team
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