The only MLS game being played tonight is Dallas v Houston at 10:30 ET. National Team Member and Gold Cup captain Brian Ching will be leading number 1 Houston with likely National Team members Stuart Holden and Ricardo Clark. Holden had a great Gold Cup that probably will result in a call up for the game vs Mexico on Aug. 12. No one from Dallas seems to factor into the National Team’s upcoming games except possibly Kenny Cooper who scored twice in the Gold Cup.
Daily Archives: August 6, 2009
Fulham cruised to an easy win vs FK Vetra today to more onto the next round of the Europa League. American Midfielder Clint Dempsey started and played the entire 90 min and assisted on the second goal of the game by Andrew Johnson. 5 min later recent sub Eddie Johnson, an American foward, assisted on a second Andrew Johnson goal. Fulham has advanced to the next round on a aggregate score of 6-0.
There will be a feature on Oguchi Onyewu in the upcoming Aug. 10 Issue of Sports Illistrated called “Gooch’s Time“. The article profiles the 6’4” 210lb American Central Defender who has recently signed with prestigious AC Milan.
The article goes over Onyewu’s amazing summer, and previews next weeks USA v Mexico showdown.
So US Soccer has made a new updated website that looks pretty cool. Good news for us fans becuase:
“ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker has received a major facelift, vastly improving the experience for fans that follow U.S. National Team matches live online. With the ability to provide real-time score updates, new sound elements, and a more in-depth information platform, MatchTracker will provide a comprehensive breakdown of all the game action and critical facts for the viewers.”
They also promise :
“Easier access to multiple programs on the front page, expanded player profiles, team news and statistics, and various multimedia features.”
Check it out at ussoccer.com
Mexico’s Captain, defender Rafael Marquez, injured his left calf in training for last nights Barcalona v Seattle game and will most likely miss the game agianst the US on August 12. Marquez currently plays for Barcalona. This could be good news for the American team as they travel Aztecha where they are 0-18-1…
Jozy Altidore has officially been introduced to the media as a member of Hull City for the 2009-2010 season. It appears he will wear the #9 Jersey this season which could be the first sign that he is going to get significant playing time, as #9 is traditionally worn by the teams primary first striker.
US Men’s National team captain Carlos Bocanegra will be on EPSN SportsNation today at 3 PM eastern time answering questions about the team and the lead-up to the 2010 World Cup. You can submit your questions to http://espn.go.com/sportsnation/chat/_/id/27759/usa-carlos-bocanegra.
Bocanegra has been the captain for the US team for the last two years. He now plays for Stade Rennais F.C. of France’s Ligue 1.
The newest Fifa rankings have been released and the US Mens National Team remains in the 12th spot. Fifa reports that “USA (12th, unchanged) missed out on a place in the top ten following their resounding 5-0 loss to Mexico in the CONCACAF Gold Cup final in New Jersey.”
Of course the US team that was playing in the Meadowlands is not the real US Team that will be representing us in more important matches but more of a B/C team playing agianst an almost full strenth Mexican team.
Many people, including Alexi Lalas who is ESPN’s main soccer reporter who is quite vocal about this, find the Fifa Rankings to be worthless. I myself have many issues with the system including the facts that: it dosent factor in 1. strenth of opponent, margin of victory, strenth of own team, or signifcance of the game. It also gives you no credit for a loss, weather it be a 2-3 loss to number 1 Brazil in the Gold Cup Final, or a 20-0 loss to Canada… Of course this does not mean that we do not want to do well in these rankings, as they are a sorce of pride and respect from the soccer world.
Jozy Altidore, the 19 year old striker from New Jersey, is officially going on loan from Villareal in Spain’s La Liga to Hull City in the EPL for the 2009-2010 season. On his twitter page Jozy said “First match is against Chelsea, subject to a work permit *wink* *wink*,”.
Last year Altidore joined Villareal with the largest transfer fee for an American ever of about $10 million but saw little playing time before he was transferred to a second division team Xeres where he continued to sit on the bench. The hope for this year is that Hull City a recently promoted Premier Division team in the English system will be able to offer Jozy with strong competition, coaching, and much playing time so he can improve his skills for both Villareal when he returns next year, and the US national team.
Jozy is next expect to play for the US National team an August 12 at Mexico.
This is the first post for Stars and Strikes, my new blog about all things US Mens National Soccer Team. In the future I will have all the news and recaps of both the National team and the American players actions with their club teams, including coverage of the MLS. I hope to have this as a fourm to discuss and report all the news about players and the team with contribution from people from all over the US and even the world who care about US soccer.