Daily Archives: August 10, 2009

Update: Offical Change

The official for the Mexico game on Wednesday has been changed! ussoccer.com reports:

Posted by ussoccer at 8/10/2009 6:59 PM CDT
U.S. Soccer has been informed of a change in the referee crew that will officiate Wednesday’s match.  Roberto Moreno of Panama will now run the middle, replacing Joel Aguilar of El Salvador.  Fans who followed the Gold Cup will remember that Aguilar served as the referee in the 1-1 draw between Mexico and Panama from the group phase in which Mexico coach Javier Aguierre and Panama midfielder Ricardo Phillips were sent off, with the Mexican manager receiving a subsequent three-match ban from the sidelines.
You would think that this is a good change for the US, as Aguierre kicked the Panama player and there is now a ref from Panama.  Also the same things apply that Panama has a better chance to get in through the 4th spot than passing the US…

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Bradley Press Conference

bob-bradleyIf you want to listen to a conference call with USMNT Head Coach Bob Bradley from Miami you can check it out on the USSOCCER website.  Tim Howard was also on the call.

My notes from the call:

  • They are currently training in Miami.
  • They will not train in Mexico, they will get there late Tuesday and not go to Mexico City till the last second possible.
  • Bradley talks about altitude, consulted experts from the Olympic committee.
  • They believe its either get fully acclimated in about 10 days or spend as little time as possible in the altitude
  • 14 guys are currently in Miami. Guys yet to arrive are MB JA BF BC RC SH
  • Giovanni Di Santos is of concern.  Had a very good gold cup, but we know his tendencies now… prefers his left foot a lot. Tim Howard not scared.
  • Gold Cup was disappointing but most player were not involved and don’t think it is a problem.
  • Tim Howard has never been to Azteca but has played at much more intimidating venues and so have his teammates.
  • Win doesn’t guarantee top seed in WC
  • Tim doesn’t care about seeding, everyone in the WC will be a challenge.

The total call is very long this is only about half of it.

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Adu to Denmark

U-20 Captain Adu

U-20 Captain Adu

Freddy Adu is in negotiations to transfer to Denmark club Odense, who finished second in the Danish Superliga last year, on a one year loan.  Steven Goff from the Washington Post reports:

The Insider is getting word from contacts close to Danish and American soccer that Freddy Adu is in final negotiations with Odense on a one-year loan from Portuguese club Benfica. If all goes well, he would be formally introduced this week. Adu, 20, is in the third year of a five-year deal with Benfica and played sparingly while on loan at French club Monaco last season.

Odense finished second in the Danish Superliga last season and is coached by former Denmark national team defender Lars Olsen. The club will face Genoa in a Europa League playoff later this month.

Other Americans in Denmark include Danny Califf, Jeremiah White, Benny Feilhaber, Marcus Tracy and Michael Parkhurst.

Its not a big club or a big League, but its competitive, and probably can offer Adu lots of playing time.  The most important thing for Adu right now is to get playing time, becuase he needs to develope as a player and be in top form if he wants to compete in the World Cup in 2010 and be a key member for the USMNT for the future.

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American Recap

Ives Galarcep of ESPN has a really good review of how all the American players who played league matches (no preseason included):



  • Jay DeMerit started and played 90 minutes in Watford’s 1-1 draw vs. Doncaster on Saturday.
  • Frank Simek dressed but did not play in Sheffield Wednesday’s 2-2 draw vs. Burnsley on Saturday.


  • Ian Joyce dressed but did not play in Southend’s 2-2 draw vs. Huddersfield on Saturday.
  • Zak Whitbread did not dress in Millwall’s 1-1 draw vs. Southampton on Saturday.
  • Mike Grella dressed but did not play in Leeds United’s 2-1 win vs. Exeter City on Saturday.
  • Jemal Johnson started and played 90 minutes in Milton Keynes Dons’ 0-0 draw vs. Hartlepool United on Saturday.



  • Michael Bradley started, played 70 minutes and received a yellow card in Borussia Moenchengladbach’s 3-3 draw vs. VfL Bochum on Sunday.
  • Steve Cherundolo started, played 90 minutes and received a yellow card in Hannover 96’s 1-0 loss vs. Hertha Berlin on Saturday.


  • Kenny Cooper started, played 72 minutes and scored a GOAL in 1860 Munich’s 2-0 win vs. TUS Koblenz on Sunday.
  • Luis Robles dressed but did not play in Kaiserslautern’s 2-1 win vs. Furth on Saturday.
  • Matt Taylor came off the bench and played 19 minutes in FSV Frankfurt’s 2-1 loss vs. Duisburg on Sunday.
  • David Yeldell started and played 90 minutes in TUS Koblenz’s 2-0 loss vs. 1860 Munich on Sunday.


  • Carlos Bocanegra started and played 90 minutes in Rennes’ 3-0 win vs. Boulogne on Saturday.
  • Charlie Davies came off the bench and played 19 minutes in Sochaux’s 1-0 win vs. Auxerre on Saturday.


  • Benny Feilhaber started and played 90 minutes in AGF Aarhus’ 2-1 win vs. Koge on Sunday.
  • Jeremiah White came off the bench and played 19 minutes in AGF Aarhus’ 2-1 win vs. Koge on Sunday.
  • Dan Califf did not play in FC Midtjylland’s 4-1 loss vs. Randers FC on Sunday.
  • Michael Parkhurst started and played 90 minutes in FC Nordsjaelland’s 3-0 win vs. Silkeborg IF on Saturday.


  • Troy Perkins started in Valerenga’s 4-3 win vs. Tromso IL (Norwegian Cup).
  • Mikkel Diskerud started in Stabaek’s 3-1 loss to Aalesund (Norwegian Cup).


  • Alejandro Bedoya started and played 90 minutes in Orebro SK’s 1-0 win vs. Helsingborg on Sunday.


  • Jose Francisco Torres came off the bench and played 37 minutes in Pachuca’s 2-0 win vs. Atlante on Saturday.
  • Michael Orozco started and played 90 minutes in San Luis’ 2-1 loss vs. Morelia on Sunday.
  • Edgar Castillo started, played 90 minutes and received a yellow card in UANL’s 1-0 loss vs. Chiapas on Saturday.
  • Marco Vidal started and played 90 minutes in Indios de Ciudad Juarez’s 1-0 loss vs. America on Saturday.

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Bye Bye Becks…

beckham1rex_468x592So in what is already a very tumultuous relationship with David Beckham, the LA Galaxy and MLS, England National Team Coach is now saying he will not include Beckham on the World Cup squad unless he leaves the MLS.  Per ESPN:

“Beckham knows well that if he doesn’t return to a big European championship in December he’ll have no chance for the World Cup,” Capello was quoted as saying by Monday’s La Gazzetta dello Sport.”

This is blatant disrespect for the MLS and it actually offends me.  I’m not going to argue that the MLS is better than playing for AC Milan… its not, but that he makes its seem like because Beckham is in the US hes not even playing soccer is just wrong.  I know he was leaving as soon as he could no matter what, but I really want Beckham’s leaving of the MLS to be a good one, to help grow the league and get other big name players over here, but this really doesn’t help. At least he has an excuse now.  I’ve never had much respect for the England National team, for all the supposed superstars they never do anything, but now I’m very much against them and their blatant anti-American bias.  Its almost like they fear the US becoming a real soccer threat and don’t want us to beat them at another thing after that Revolutionary War…


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La Fiorentina su Spector del West Ham

USA vs El SalvadorAs American soccer fans, especially those who are trying to follow our American players abroad, language barriers are very annoying.  Just in the past two days I’ve had to translate an article from French and Spanish and now I’m adding Italian to the list.  For this I apologize, if I could find the report in English I would but I want the news as soon as it happens so:

www.calciomercato.com is reporting that Serie A Fiorentina has asked West Ham about USMNT Jonathan Spector:

La Fiorentina ha chiesto informazioni al West Ham riguardo al possibile ingaggio del difensore americano, Jonathan Spector. La conferma arriva a calciomercato.com da una fonte molto vicina al calciatore: “Sì, è vero, la società viola ha chiesto informazioni sul ragazzo – ha detto – ma la richiesta del West Ham ha spaventato il club”.

Even if you can’t read Italian, I can’t, all you really need to know is that they are interested in Spector and this would be a great move for him.  To go from West Ham which is a very good English team already, to Fiorentina which is a great and prestigious Italian team would be a great oppertunity for Spector.  Especially since Italy and Serie A are knmow for there defensive styles, which when u think about it is similar to what the US play, this could really make Spector into a eliete player.  Plus pairing him with Onyewu in Seire A will help them play together and make our Defense that much stronger.  I personally hope this move goes down…


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Jozy Work Permit Confirmed

jozy-altidore-1As expected Jozy Altidore’s work permit has been confirmed and he will be able to Join Hull City and hopefully play Chelsea this weekend on ESPN. USASoccernews is reporting via twitter:

“USsoccerNewsUSA forward Jozy Altidore had his UK work permit approved today. His loan to Hull City is now complete”

Also Hull is now reporting:

“The Club can confirm that striker Jozy Altidore’s application for a UK Work Permit has been successful.Altidore has now reported for international duty with the USA ahead of their World Cup Qualifier against Mexico on Wednesday night. We wish him well for the game in Mexico City and look forward to his return as a Hull City player at the end of the week.”

This is expecteed so not huge news just good to know nothing messed up.  He has already been practicing with the team, and from what we saw this weekend with their inabilty to score, I see big playing time agianst one of the best, and most popular teams in the world.  Jozy is on the big stage and he is going to shine!

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Mexico City Stinks

So I have been reading some reports on how Mexico City is going to affect the team and its is pretty annoying.  I almost want our players to forfiet so they dont have to go get sick and hurt playing a game that will be unfairly difficult for them.  But they can take it and I still expect great things.  From what I found:

Mexico City’s air has gone from among the world’s cleanest to among the dirtiest in the span of a generation. Novelist Carlos Fuentes first novel took place here in 1959 and was entitled “Where the air is clear” – a title he has said is ironic considering the city’s now –soupy environment.
The average visibility of some 100 km in 1940s is down to about 1.5 km. Snow-capped volcanoes (Popocatepetl, Ixtacihuatl, and Paricutin) that were once parts of the landscape are now visible only rarely (fig.1.2). And levels of almost any pollutant like nitrogen dioxide (NO2) now regularly break international standards by two to three times. Levels of ozone (O3), a pollutant that protects us from solar radiation in the upper atmosphere but is dangerous to breathe, are twice as high here as the maximum allowed limit for one hour a year and this occurs several hours per day every day (fig.1.1).


It is also stated that the reason that Mexico moved the game from a night start to the now 3pm start is that, at 3pm Mexico city is the hottest, expected around 100 F, and will most likely give the advantage to Mexico who has been training and obviously lives there.  Also the 3 pm start means we have to get there the night before, while it has been stated that to combat the smog it is best to get there the same morning and spend the least time possible affected.  Whatever happens though we just have to play our game and hope for rain…


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