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May’s FIFA world rankings
   May 13, 2015 (5:56 AM) by Matt Benson

These came out last week but I forgot to post them.  The US dropped one spot from #27 to #28.  That said, Mexico dropped four spots after losing 2-0 to the United States (in case you forgot).  Here is the Top in the 10 world for this month:


And here are the Top 5 teams in CONCACAF:


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USMNT, U-23 & U-17 news updates
   May 5, 2015 (6:04 AM) by Matt Benson

US Soccer has a bunch of updates on various teams so let’s dive in.

It was speculated last week, but US Soccer officially announced the July 3 friendly against Guatemala to take place in Nashville.

‘We are thrilled to have the opportunity to play a team like Guatemala before the Gold Cup,” said U.S. MNT head coach Jurgen Klinsmann. “They are similar to our opponents in the group stage, so we couldn’t ask for better preparation. Our goal is to win the tournament, and this will be an important first step. Nashville has always been a great home to the National Team, and we look forward to having a fantastic crowd at LP Field.”

Moving on to the U-23 team, they will take part in the 2015 Toulon Tournament in France which runs from May 27 to June 7.

The tournament is comprised of two five-team groups. The U.S. is joined by Costa Rica, France, Netherlands and Qatar in Group A, while Group B consists of China PR, England, Ivory Coast, Mexico and Morocco. The top teams from each group will meet in the tournament final on June 7, and the second-place teams from each group will play in a third-place game also set to take place on June 7.

This will be the US’ first appearance at the tournament since going 1-3-0 in 2013.  The US’ all-time best finish was in 1989 when they finished third.  Wikipedia gives us the scheduling information for this year’s tournament for now.  Also, going through the Wikipedia history of the tournament, Josh Wolff finished tied for top goal scorer in 1997 (along with some guy named Thierry Henry and two others).

And finally, the U-17 team will be having a camp in New York this month and Richie Williams has selected 20 players for the camp.

GOALKEEPERS (2): William Pulisic (Richmond United; Mechanicsville, Va.), Kevin Silva (Players Development Academy; Bethlehem, Pa.)

DEFENDERS (7): Hugo Arellano (LA Galaxy Academy; Norwalk, Calif.), Matt Constant (Dallas Texans; Carrollton, Tex.), Tanner Dieterich (Real Salt Lake Academy; Nashville, Tenn.), John Nelson (Internationals; Medina, Ohio), Logan Panchot (St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri; St. Louis Mo.), Auston Trusty (Philadelphia Union Academy; Media, Pa.), Alexis Velela (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.)

MIDFIELDERS (6): Tyler Adams (New York Red Bulls II; Wappinger Falls, N.Y.), George Braima (Columbus Crew Academy; Columbus, Ohio), Eric Calvillo (Real So Cal; Palmdale, Calif.), Terrell Lowe (Portland Timbers Academy; Hillsboro, Ore.), Matthew Olosunde (New York Red Bulls Academy; Trenton, N.J.), Alejandro Zendejas (FC Dallas; El Paso, Tex.)

FORWARDS (5): Pierre da Silva (Orlando City SC Academy; Port Chester, N.Y.), Mckinze Gaines (Lonestar SC; Austin, Tex.), Josh Perez (Unattached; La Habra, Calif.), Brandon Vazquez (Club Tijuana; Chula Vista, Calif.), Haji Wright (New York Cosmos; Los Angeles, Calif.)

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According to FIFA, USMNT to face Guatemala in July friendly
   April 30, 2015 (11:32 AM) by Matt Benson

As we have learned over the years, nothing is official until US Soccer announces it or puts it on its website, but FIFA’s website has the US playing Guatemala on July 3 in Nashville in a pre-Gold Cup friendly.

This game would be pretty much be like the last time these two teams met in 2013 in San Diego a couple days before the Gold Cup started.

The US is 14-4-6 all-time against Guatemala, including wins in five of the last six meetings.  The US hasn’t lost to Guatemala since losing the first four meetings in the series between 1977-88.

Guatemala is currently ranked #90 by FIFA and #76 by Elo.

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USMNT Beats Mexico 2-0 in Front of Packed Alamodome
   April 24, 2015 (6:37 AM) by Matt Benson

The U.S. Men’s National Team defeated archrival Mexico by a score line of 2-0 behind goals from Jordan Morris and Juan Agudelo in front of a sell-out crowd of 64,369. The match was presented by AT&T. The win extended the USA’s unbeaten streak against Mexico to a record six games (3-0-3), pushed the U.S. MNT’s current unbeaten streak on home soil to 21 games (18-0-3) and marked the ninth USA victory against Mexico by that familiar score line and eighth since 2000.

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Hump day link randomness
   April 22, 2015 (12:46 AM) by Matt Benson

A bunch of links that are all over the place.

Roderick is over in Europe on vacation so no The OT Report for this past weekend.  As for some highlights, we had goals by Cole Grossman, Evin Nadaner, Cesar Romero, Björn Maars Johnsen, Jay Denny and a brace by Christian Pulisic.  We also had assists by Joe Corona and Aron JohannssonFreddy Adu made his debut in Finland.  Bobby Wood returned from injury and started for Erzgebirge Aue.

As for the mid week so far, Gedion Zelalem help setup a goal for Arsenal’s U-21 team.  Michael Orozco had an assist as Puebla won the Copa MX final over Chivas (Herculez Gomez watched from the bench).  And Andrija Novakovich scored a goal for Reading’s U-21 team.

The US U-20 team is in Austria this week and here is their roster.  They had a 2-2 draw against Qatar yesterday with the US goals coming from Amando Moreno and Conor Donovan.

The US U-23 team will take on Mexico later tonight at the StubHub Center.  Here is their roster.  Apparently manager Andi Herzog asked Hamburg permission for Julian Green to stay after last week’s friendly against Mexico for this game but they didn’t respond yes to him until Green was already on a plane back to Germany.  Herzog also wants to create a pipeline to the USMNT with the U-23 team.  And  Liviu Bird’s random observation from training earlier this week, Jordan Morris has Type 1 diabetes and tests his blood sugar during training.

For those of you that miss watching grainy Youtube videos of Josh Gatt flying down the wings, we have some good news.  He has been cleared to play again after a couple knee surgeries.

Hannover 96 did some shuffling around of their coaching staff and Steve Cherundolo has been promoted to an assistant.

Greg Seltzer took a look at Danny Williams’ performance in the FA Cup semifinals from the weekend.

The USMNT’s 2-0 victory over Mexico last week did well ratings-wise for Fox Sports 1.

Pele thinks the US should host the 2026 World Cup.

Cameron Carter-Vickers and Gedion Zelalem made The Telegraph’s Top 35 hottest prospects in who play in England list.

Mukwelle Akale and Villarreal won the División de Honor Juvenil de Fútbol Group 7 title.

And finally, Tim Ream is better than Jordan Spieth at golf.

Categories: Amando Moreno, Andrija Novakovich, Aron Johannsson, Björn Maars Johnsen, Bobby Wood, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Cesar Romero, Christian Pulisic, Cole Grossman, Conor Donovan, Danny Williams, Evin Nadaner, Freddy Adu, Gedion Zelalem, Jay Denny, Joe Corona, Jordan Morris, Josh Gatt, Julian Green, Michael Orozco Fiscal, Mukwelle Akale, Steve Cherundolo, Tim Ream, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team, US U-23 National Team

Inside the Numbers: Jordan Morris’ goal against Mexico
   April 17, 2015 (8:23 AM) by Matt Benson


I finally had some time to sit down and look up some random stuff on the significance on Jordan Morris’ goal from Wednesday night to go along with other stuff that came out Wednesday night.  Hopefully it is his first of many more to come.  Enjoy the numbers.

* Jordan Morris was the 50th USMNT player all-time to score against Mexico (Juan Agudelo later became the 51st).

* He is the first college player to score for the US against Mexico since Dante Washington in 1991 while he was still at Radford.

* He became the sixth US player since 2000 to score his first international goal against Mexico, joining Landon Donovan, Josh Wolff, Jimmy Conrad, Jozy Altidore and Michael Orozco (h/t Paul Carr).

* He is the first US player to score in his first career start which was also against Mexico since Jozy Altidore in 2008.

* At 20 years and 171 days old on Wednesday, he also became the youngest US player to score against Mexico since Jozy Altidore (18 years, 92 days) in 2008.  Here is a look at the youngest US players to score against Mexico since 1970 (Juan Agudelo also makes the Top 10 with his goal on Wednesday).


Categories: Inside the Numbers, Jordan Morris, US Men's National Team

Friday morning links
   April 17, 2015 (6:24 AM) by Matt Benson

Remember when the US beat Mexico on Wednesday?  That was fun.  Here are the highlights and some photos.

Will did a real cool interview with former USMNT goalkeeper Victor Gerley.  He played for the US in the 1960s.  He was also nice enough to scan some old newspapers from his playing days.  So go check it out.

As always, Roderick keeps you updated with games at the club level from the past week.

We have a couple goal highlights from the last week.  Luca de la Torre scored for Fulham’s U-18 team last Friday.  Edgar Castillo assisted in Atlas’ win in Copa Libertadores action on Wednesday.  And Brian Span scored a goal in Finnish Suomen Cup action on Thursday.

There were conflicting reports online whether Bobby Warshaw scored in his team’s season opener two weeks ago so I decided to go to the best source to figure this out and he told me that he did.

I meant to post this before the Mexico friendly, but Jeff Carlisle talked to various US players past and present about playing in this rivalry.  It is also your monthly reminder that Franke Hejduk is awesome.

Earlier this week, Canada manager Benito Floro claimed that Tesho Akindele is “99.9 percent” committed to Canada’s national team.  But Akindele pumped the brakes a little on that statement later in the week.

Kristan Heneage wrote some words for The Guardian on everyone’s favorite NASL/USMNT player Miguel Ibarra.  He didn’t do much on Wednesday, but he did have a nice little run on Juan Agudelo’s goal which freed up some space.

The New York Times decided to look at the current status of the goalkeeper position for the USMNT.

One of those goalkeepers, Brad Guzan, is back at it with The Players’ Tribune and gave his Top 5 soccer stadiums.

Want some more goalkeeper talk?  Will has your monthly roundup of news and whatnot for April.

Granted you can’t believe about anything he says, Sepp Blatter is now in favor of CONCACAF getting another automatic spot for the World Cup.  And not shocking, UEFA president Michel Platini doesn’t agree.

Freddy Adu was finally cleared to play for KuPS on Wednesday, but he was a DNP on the bench in the team’s 2-1 win in the Suomen Cup.  This is also what a Freddy Adu/KuPS jersey looks like.

Tom Marshall tells us why Liga MX is becoming an attractive playing option for Americans.

The US U-20 team will have a camp in Austria with games against Qatar and Croatia next week.  While they haven’t announced a roster yet to the public to my knowledge, Seattle’s Cristian Roldan is one of the players making the trip.

And for you few yearning to follow an American in Portugal.  It looks like Maryland product Matt Oduaran has been with Tirsense in Portugal’s Campeonato Nacional (third tier) since last summer.

Categories: Bobby Warshaw, Brad Guzan, Brian Span, Cristian Roldan, Edgar Castillo, Freddy Adu, Juan Agudelo, Luca de la Torre, Matt Oduaran, Miguel Ibarra, Tesho Akindele, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team
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US vs. Mexico Photos
   April 16, 2015 (7:23 AM) by Matt Benson

Here are a few photos from yesterday’s game courtesy of Chris Covatta/Getty Images North America.  Slideshow fun time!

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US vs. Mexico Highlights
   April 15, 2015 (8:02 PM) by Matt Benson

Dos a Cero never gets old.

The US is now unbeaten in six straight games against Mexico, all under Klinsmann, the longest such streak by the US in series history.  The US is also now unbeaten in its last 18 games in the state of Texas.

Kyle Beckerman appears to be OK.  Jordan Morris is the first college player to score for the US against Mexico since Dante Washington in 1991.  Morris (20 years, 171 days) is the youngest US player to score against Mexico since Jozy Altidore (18 years, 92 days) in 2008.  And he was too young to win Budweiser Man of the Match since he is 20.

Here are some highlights.

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Here is your US-Mexico pre-game primer
   April 15, 2015 (2:15 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 8:30 PM Eastern on FOX Sports 1, UniMás and UDN.

» Mexico is ranked #18 by FIFA and #11 by Elo, while the US is #27 by FIFA and #18 by Elo.

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

The US is 1-1-2 all-time against Mexico in the state of Texas, tying the last meeting in Texas, a 2-2 draw at Reliant Stadium in Houston in 2008.

The US is unbeaten in its last 17 games overall in the state of Texas (9-0-8).  The last loss in the Lone Star State was a 2-0 loss to Honduras at Delmar Stadium in Houston in 1988.

The US is unbeaten in its last five games against Mexico (2-0-3), its longest such streak in series history.

The US has scored 2+ goals in eight of its last 13 games against Mexico.

The US has scored at least one goal in 16 of its last 17 overall games, including 2+ goals in nine of the 17 games.

» If you want some more stats on US goals against Mexico, I did something yesterday.

» Want to kill time before tonight’s game?  Watch the entire 2001 Dos a Cero.

» The guys over at The Yanks Are Coming have your game preview.

» Apparently the field is not in the greatest shape, but Mexico agreed to play on it despite some early concerns.  Michael Bradley will be your captain again with Clint Dempsey out.  Mexico already announced its starting lineup.

I am calling another 2-2 draw with US goals by Michael Bradley and Juan Agudelo.

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