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A couple USMNT updates
   November 24, 2015 (12:24 AM) by Matt Benson

A couple things on the USMNT front.

* The US’s next home World Cup qualifier in March against Guatemala will take place at MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus.  ESPN’s Doug McIntyre is guessing Kansas City will get the last home qualifier of the semifinal round in September.  That sounds like a solid guess to me.

* The locations for next summer’s Copa America Centenario were announced.

The host metropolitan areas and respective stadiums are: Boston (Gillette Stadium), Chicago (Soldier Field), Houston (NRG Stadium), Los Angeles (Rose Bowl), New York (MetLife Stadium), Orlando (Orlando Citrus Bowl Stadium), Philadelphia (Lincoln Financial Field), Phoenix (University of Phoenix Stadium), San Francisco (Levi’s Stadium) and Seattle (CenturyLink Field). Similar to the FIFA World Cup, each venue will host matches on multiple days through the tournament. Most venues will host at least three games.

It looks like MetLife Stadium will host the final, while the Rose Bowl will get a semifinal.  Nothing has been finalized yet, but it is also sounding like Mexico will play in Los Angeles, Phoenix and Houston, while the US will start in Seattle.

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US vs. Trinidad & Tobago Highlights
   November 17, 2015 (8:48 PM) by Matt Benson

Yay for 0-0 draws?

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Here is your US-Trinidad & Tobago pre-game primer
   November 17, 2015 (7:50 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 6:25 PM Eastern on beIN Sports, NBC Universo and En Vivo Extra.

» Trinidad & Tobago is ranked #54 by FIFA and #54 by Elo, while the US is #33 by FIFA and #27 by Elo.

» Here are the official game notes by US Soccer.

The US is 16-2-3 all-time against Trinidad & Tobago, including an 11-1-2 mark in World Cup qualifiers.

The US’s 16 wins against Trinidad & Tobago are tied for its second most versus any opponent.  The US has also beaten El Salvador 16 times while its most wins have come against Mexico (18).

The US has played Trinidad & Tobago nine times in Port of Spain with all nine meetings being decided by a goal or less.

With six goals in its last game, the US has scored at least six goals 14 times in team history (and four times under Jurgen Klinsmann).

Jozy Altidore is the only player on the current roster to score against Trinidad & Tobago and he did so in hat trick fashion in the US’s 3-0 win in Nashville in 2009.

» US Soccer’s website has a bunch of goodies going into this game.  Jurgen Klinsmann did a two-part Q&A thingie (Part 1 | Part 2).  As mentioned above, the previous meetings at Port of Spain have been close contests.  Who doesn’t want to celebrate the 26-year anniversary of Paul Caliguri’s ‘Shot Heard Round the World’ (T&T’s goalkeeper from that game is an assistant coach now).  And a quick video on Matt Miazga and Darlington Nagbe making their first cap.

» As for some news from camp, the US will be wearing white today.  Here is a view from Hasely Stadium and the playing surface should be fine.  You are not going to believe this (/end sarcasm font) but T&T’s manager Stephen Hart is happy that Clint Dempsey won’t be playing.  Hart also believes Tim Howard playing is a boast for the US.  Jermaine Jones’ hamstring injury doesn’t look to be serious.

» The Yanks Are Coming have their usual game preview.

My guess is this will end in a 1-1 draw with the US goal coming from Fabian Johnson.

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US vs. St. Vincent and the Grenadines Highlights
   November 13, 2015 (7:05 PM) by Matt Benson

The US opened up World Cup qualifying with an easy 6-1 win over St. Vincent and the Grenadines.  SVG did score the first goal, but the US scored at least six goals for the 14th time in team history (and the fourth time under Jurgen Klinsmann).  The game also saw the US cap tie Darlington Nagbe and Matt Miazga.  Here are some highlights.

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Here is your US- St. Vincent & The Grenadines pre-game primer
   November 13, 2015 (7:50 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 ESPN2, WatchESPN, UniMás and UDN.

» St. Vincent & The Grenadines is ranked #129 by FIFA and #167 by Elo, while the US is #33 by FIFA and #25 by Elo.

» I am not seeing US Soccer’s official game notes yet, but here are some other random stats/facts.

The US is 5-1-2 all-time in St. Louis, including a 4-1-1 mark in World Cup qualifiers.

The US has lost each of its last three homes games and will be looking to avoid their first four-game home losing streak since 1988.

The US enters World Cup qualifying on a three-game losing streak for the first time since 1976.

The US has won each of its last three World Cup qualifying openers. The last time the US did not win its World Cup qualifying opener was in 2000 in a 1-1 draw to Guatemala.

» US Soccer’s website has a couple different things up this week.  Former MLS defender and current St. Vincent assistant Ezra Hendrickson talked about St. Vincent & The Grenadines’ national team.  Here are some WCQ semifinal round scares.  Here is a story on some of the younger players on the USMNT.  And who doesn’t want a story on Alan Gordon?

» As for some news from camp, only a few tickets remain.  Brad Guzan will start the first game, while Tim Howard will start next week.  Darlington Nagbe has apparently looked sharp in training this week.

» The Yanks Are Coming have their usual game preview.

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Latest US roster for World Cup Qualifiers
   November 6, 2015 (10:10 AM) by Matt Benson

The US is set to kickoff World Cup qualifying on November 13 and here are the guys Jurgen Klinsmann has called in for the first set of games.

Two new names in the mix with Darlington Nagbe and Matt Miazga.

GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Tim Howard (Everton)

DEFENDERS (8): Ventura Alvarado (Club America), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Matt Miazga (New York Red Bulls), Michael Orozco (Club Tijuana), Tim Ream (Fulham FC), Brek Shea (Orlando City SC)

MIDFIELDERS (7): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Mix Diskerud (New York City FC), Miguel Ibarra (Club Leon), Jermaine Jones (New England Revolution), Darlington Nagbe (Portland Timbers), DeAndre Yedlin (Sunderland)

FORWARDS (5): Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Alan Gordon (LA Galaxy), Jordan Morris (Stanford), Bobby Wood (Union Berlin), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy)


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November’s FIFA world rankings
   November 5, 2015 (2:13 PM) by Matt Benson

FIFA released their monthly world rankings and the US dropped four spots from #29 to #33.  Here is this month’s Top 10 for the world:


And here are the Top 5 teams in CONCACAF:


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Catching up with some links
   November 5, 2015 (12:03 AM) by Matt Benson

Haven’t done one of these in a while.

Aron Johannsson will be out for a while after having hip surgeryAccording to ArJo, the surgery was a success.

Bob Bradley has led Stabæk to a place in next year’s Europa League.  He spoke to Greg Seltzer about the season.  He is one of two American coaches to lead a team to next year’s Europa League.  One Norwegian publication also named him Tippeligaen Manager of the Year.

Sticking with American managers in Europe, it looks like David Wagner is going to be Huddersfield Town’s next manager.

Cameron Carter-Vickers has signed a new deal with Tottenham through 2018.

Brian Sciaretta talked to Danny Williams this week.

US U-20 right back Desevio Payne is starting to get playing time again with FC Groningen.

Eddie Johnson officially announced his retirement from soccer.  He made 63 appearances for the USMNT.

Will Reno made a video on goalkeeper Ethan Horvath.  Will also did an interview this week and shockingly it is not with a goalkeeper (it is with Mexican-American Josue Soto).

Fabian Johnson scored a goal in Champions League action earlier this week.

Jermaine Jones’ contract expires at the end of the season and he is getting some interest from abroad.

Luis Gil is another player who has an expiring contract and is getting some interest from outside the US.

Junior Flores said no to El Salvador and still want to play for the US.

Jurgen Klinsmann did a Q&A session with US Soccer’s website.

Lynden Gooch scored two goals with Sunderland’s U21 team earlier this week.  His U21 coach had some nice things to say about Gooch.  And Sunderland’s website has a little spotlight on Gooch.

The American contingent at Tijuana will now have Miguel Herrera as their manager come 2016.

Paul Arriola and Alejandro Guido both scored with Tijuana’s U20 team this past weekend.

The US U-23 team will play two friendlies in Brazil this month.

And finally, Pablo Punyed is staying in Iceland but will play for IBV next season.

Categories: Alejandro Guido, Aron Johannsson, Bob Bradley, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Danny Williams, David Wagner, Desevio Payne, Eddie Johnson, Ethan Horvath, Fabian Johnson, Jermaine Jones, Josue Soto, Junior Flores, Luis Gil, Lynden Gooch, Pablo Punyed, Paul Arriola, US Men's National Team, US U-23 National Team

Links and whatnot for Tuesday
   October 27, 2015 (12:02 AM) by Matt Benson

In case you have been out of the loop the last couple of days, CONCACAF, CONMEBOL and US Soccer all officially announced that the United States will be the host of next summer’s Copa America Centenario.

The US U-17 team was knocked out of the U-17 World Cup.

Julian Green had a hat trick over the weekend.  Ryan Malone scored his first goal in his first start since heading to Germany.  And Kenny Saief had an assist over the weekend.

US Soccer has parted ways with head trainer Sue Falsone.

We might not see another American at AZ Alkmaar as Director of Football Earnie Stewart has left the club to join the Philadelphia Union as their sporting director.

I think Bob Bradley has been “linked” to Aston Villa couple different times but he denied the latest rumors with them firing manager Tim Sherwood recently.

Dom Dwyer will get his US passport in 2017 and he might be interested in playing for the US.

ESPN’s Doug McIntyre has his latest USMNT hot list.


Gedion Zelalem’s loan with Rangers ends in January but the club wants to extend it until the end of the season.

Tim Howard is getting some crap in England about the goals he gave up to Arsenal this past weekend.

Geoff Cameron picked up a thigh injury over the weekend and looks to be out for a week.

Andrija Novakovich scored a goal with Reading’s U-21 team yesterday.

Jordan Morris continues to do Jordan Morris things at Stanford (goal and assist).

And finally, Zarek Valentin wrote some words on five things he has learned as a professional.

Categories: Andrija Novakovich, Benny Feilhaber, Bob Bradley, Dom Dwyer, Earnie Stewart, Gedion Zelalem, Geoff Cameron, Jordan Morris, Julian Green, Kenny Saief, Ryan Malone, Tim Howard, US Men's National Team, US U-17 National Team, Zarek Valentin
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US officially named host for Copa America Centenario
   October 24, 2015 (8:52 AM) by Matt Benson

CONCACAF, CONMEBOL and US Soccer all officially announced that the United States will be the host of next summer’s Copa America Centenario.

Miami (Friday, October 23, 2015) – The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF), the Confederacion Sudamericana de Futbol (CONMEBOL), and the United States Soccer Federation (U.S. Soccer) today announced their agreement to proceed with plans to stage the Copa America Centenario in the United States during the summer of 2016. The agreement was reached as a result of extensive work between the Confederations, U.S. Soccer, and the tournament’s broadcast partners to implement a strengthened and transparent governance structure for managing and executing the historic football event.

In a joint statement, CONCACAF and CONMEBOL said: “We are extremely happy for our fans, our teams and our partners, that we were able to find a way to host the Copa America Centenario celebration in the United States under an entirely new structure for managing the tournament’s operations and finances. The improved governance structure will bring greater accountability and transparency to the event so it can serve its two intended purposes – to celebrate the 100 years of history of Copa America, and provide a once in a lifetime spectacle for fans in the CONCACAF and CONMEBOL regions.”

Next summer’s tournament will take place June 3-26, which does overlap with Euro 2016, but they will be at different times.

Somewhere between 8 to 13 cities will host the tournament and here is a refresher of the final 24 cities in the running.

There will be 16 teams with 10 coming from CONMEBOL (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela) and six from CONCACAF (US, Mexico, Jamaica, Costa Rica and two TBD teams from a playoff).

Game on.

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