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Group C: England (Roster)

Squad No. Name Date of birth (age) Club Caps (goals) Debut
Goalkeepers
1 David James 1 August 1970 (1970-08-01) (age 39) England Portsmouth 50 (0) v Mexico, 29 March 1997
12 Robert Green 18 January 1980 (1980-01-18) (age 30) England West Ham United 10 (0) v Colombia, 31 May 2005
23 Joe Hart 19 April 1987 (1987-04-19) (age 23) England Manchester City 3 (0) v Trinidad & Tobago, 1 June 2008
Defenders
2 Glen Johnson 23 August 1984 (1984-08-23) (age 25) England Liverpool 22 (1) v Denmark, 18 November 2003
3 Ashley Cole 20 December 1980 (1980-12-20) (age 29) England Chelsea 78 (0) v Albania, 28 March 2001
5 Michael Dawson 18 November 1983 (1983-11-18) (age 26) England Tottenham Hotspur 0 (0) N/A
6 John Terry 7 December 1980 (1980-12-07) (age 29) England Chelsea 60 (6) v Serbia & Montenegro, 3 June 2003
13 Stephen Warnock 12 December 1981 (1981-12-12) (age 28) England Aston Villa 1 (0) v Trinidad & Tobago, 1 June 2008
15 Matthew Upson 18 April 1979 (1979-04-18) (age 31) England West Ham United 19 (1) v South Africa, 22 May 2003
18 Jamie Carragher 28 January 1978 (1978-01-28) (age 32) England Liverpool 36 (0) v Hungary, 28 April 1999
20 Ledley King 12 October 1980 (1980-10-12) (age 29) England Tottenham Hotspur 20 (2) v Italy, 27 March 2002
Midfielders
4 Steven Gerrard (captain) 30 May 1980 (1980-05-30) (age 30) England Liverpool 80 (16) v Ukraine, 31 May 2000
7 Aaron Lennon 16 April 1987 (1987-04-16) (age 23) England Tottenham Hotspur 17 (0) v Jamaica, 2 June 2006
8 Frank Lampard (vice-captain) 20 June 1978 (1978-06-20) (age 31) England Chelsea 78 (20) v Belgium, 10 October 1999
11 Joe Cole 8 November 1981 (1981-11-08) (age 28) England Chelsea 54 (10) v Mexico, 25 May 2001
14 Gareth Barry 23 February 1981 (1981-02-23) (age 29) England Manchester City 36 (2) v Ukraine, 31 May 2000
16 James Milner 4 January 1986 (1986-01-04) (age 24) England Aston Villa 8 (0) v Netherlands, 12 August 2009
17 Shaun Wright-Phillips 25 October 1981 (1981-10-25) (age 28) England Manchester City 31 (6) v Ukraine, 18 August 2004
22 Michael Carrick 28 July 1981 (1981-07-28) (age 28) England Manchester United 22 (0) v Mexico, 25 May 2001
Strikers
9 Peter Crouch 30 January 1981 (1981-01-30) (age 29) England Tottenham Hotspur 38 (21) v Colombia, 31 May 2005
10 Wayne Rooney 24 October 1985 (1985-10-24) (age 24) England Manchester United 60 (25) v Australia, 12 February 2003
19 Jermain Defoe 7 October 1982 (1982-10-07) (age 27) England Tottenham Hotspur 39 (11) v Sweden, 31 March 2004
21 Emile Heskey 11 January 1978 (1978-01-11) (age 32) England Aston Villa 58 (7) v Hungary, 28 April 1999

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Group C preview: England (About)

Nickname(s) The Three Lions
Association The Football Association
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Italy Fabio Capello
Asst coach Italy Italo Galbiati
Italy Franco Baldini
Captain Steven Gerrard
as cover for
Rio Ferdinand
Most caps Peter Shilton (125)
Top scorer Sir Bobby Charlton (49)
Home stadium Wembley Stadium
FIFA code ENG
FIFA ranking 8
Highest FIFA ranking 4 (December 1997, September 2006)
Lowest FIFA ranking 27 (February 1996)
Elo ranking 4

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Group C

The following three posts will be a breakdown of the USMNT opponents in the group stage of the World Cup: England, Algeria, and Slovenia.

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Team for WC

No. Players Pos. Ht. Wt. Birthdate Hometown Club/College Caps/Goals
1 Howard, Tim GK 6-3 210 03/06/79 North Brunswick, N.J. Everton (England) 51/0
2 Spector, Jonathan D 6-0 180 03/01/86 Arlington Heights, Ill. West Ham United (England) 25/0
3 Bocanegra, Carlos D 6-0 170 05/25/79 Alta Loma, Calif. Rennes (France) 79/12
4 Bradley, Michael M 6-2 175 07/31/87 Manhattan Beach, Calif. Borussia Mönchengladbach (Germany) 43/7
5 Onyewu, Oguchi D 6-4 210 05/13/82 Olney, Md. AC Milan (Italy) 54/5
6 Cherundolo, Steve D 5-6 145 02/19/79 San Diego, Calif. Hannover 96 (Germany) 60/2
7 Beasley, DaMarcus M 5-8 145 05/24/82 Ft. Wayne, Ind. Rangers (Scotland) 92/17
8 Dempsey, Clint M 6-1 170 03/09/83 Nacogdoches, Texas Fulham (England) 62/18
9 Gomez, Herculez F 5-10 165 04/06/82 Las Vegas, Nev. Puebla F.C. (Mexico) 4/2
10 Donovan, Landon M 5-8 158 03/04/82 Redlands, Calif. Los Angeles Galaxy 123/42
11 Holden, Stuart M 5-10 160 08/01/85 Houston, Texas Bolton Wanderers (England) 14/2
12 Bornstein, Jonathan D 5-9 145 11/07/84 Los Alamitos, Calif. Chivas USA 32/2
13 Clark, Ricardo M 5-10 150 05/10/83 Jonesboro, Ga. Eintracht Frankfurt (Germany) 29/2
14 Buddle, Edson F 6-1 185 05/21/81 New Rochelle, N.Y. Los Angeles Galaxy 3/2
15 DeMerit, Jay D 6-0 185 12/04/79 Green Bay, Wis. Watford (England) 19/0
16 Torres, José M 5-7 135 10/29/87 Longview, Texas Pachuca (Mexico) 10/0
17 Altidore, Jozy F 6-1 175 11/06/89 Boca Raton, Fla. Villareal (Spain) 25/9
18 Guzan, Brad GK 6-4 210 09/09/84 Homer Glen, Ill. Aston Villa (England) 16/0
19 Edu, Maurice M 6-0 170 04/18/86 Fontana, Calif. Rangers (Scotland) 13/1
20 Findley, Robbie F 5-9 165 08/04/85 Phoenix, Ariz. Real Salt Lake 6/0
21 Goodson, Clarence D 6-4 170 05/17/82 Alexandria, Va. IK Start (Norway) 14/2
22 Feilhaber, Benny M 5-9 150 01/19/85 Irvine, Calif. AGF Aarhus (Denmark) 32/2
23 Hahnemann, Marcus GK 6-3 220 06/15/72 Seattle, Wash. Wolverhampton Wanderers (England) 16/0

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Stars and Strikes is Back

After some time away due to School I am back to relaunch Stars and Strikes just in time for the world cup. I am hoping to be able to bring back all of the old readers since we had some real good conversations going. Anyone who has requests or advice let me know and I will try and make this site as good as it was before if not better.

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ESPN Cofirmed!

Here's Hoping

Here's Hoping

Update: In a horrible twist in this never ending saga there will be no Jozy Altidore tomorrow. He has said via twitter:

“Still in the States trying to sort things out with my work permit,”

Its official! From EPLtalk.com:

It’s confirmed. ESPN2 will show the opening game of the 2009-2010 season between Chelsea and Hull City at 7:45am ET Saturday.

“Chelsea v Hull 7:45 AM on ESPN2 – and look for the EPL every or most Saturdays in that time slot,” reported ESPN Spanish-language announcer Roberto Abramowitz on the North American Soccer List. The news of the game being shown on ESPN2 has also been confirmed on ESPN News and ESPN Soccernet.

In the meantime, we’re working on getting confirmation from ESPN that the Disney-owned network will also carry the Monday 3pm ET kickoffs for the 2009-2010 season in addition to the 7:45am ET game each Saturday (and at 10am ET when there is no 7:45am ET game available).

This is truly a historic day in the rise of soccer in the United States.

Great news and I’m excited to see Jozy tomorrow!

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Swine Flu News Everywhere

looks sick to me

looks sick to me

So Landon Donovan has Swine Flu… You would think he got this in his time in Mexico but it turns out that he probably got it from his Galaxy Coaches during his trip to New England:

According to the Los Angeles Times, a pair of Galaxy team staffers (an administrator and chiropractor) who travel with the squad fell ill during the team’s trip to the Massachusetts to play the New England Revolution.
Soon after, Donovan began to feel poorly.

So he was sick during the game vs Mexico probability not a good combination with the altitude, pollution and heat…. so take that for whats its worth. However the USMNT is saying they had no idea that Donovan was sick:

“As part of the press release that announced the preventative measures U.S. Soccer expressed that they had no knowledge of Donovan being sick while he was in camp or during their trip to Mexico and it is presumed that he most likely came in contact with the virus while with his club team in L.A.
The most troubling issue is that Donovan never mentioned his illness to the U.S. team, opting to fight through it rather than alert the doctors ahead of the match against Mexico.
Donovan is quoted in the L.A. Times as saying that he began coughing on Monday and felt tired ahead of the match on Wednesday.
With the conditions is Azteca already hard enough to deal with, playing with an illness could have been a very costly mistake, both for Donovan and for the team. With the news not breaking until the team had split and was once again spread out all over the globe, the preventative measures could be hard to implement.
According to Galaxy manager Bruce Arena Donovan could be an option on Saturday for his club team but his availability will be determined by how he feels before the match.”

Because of this the US national team is taking measures to protect their players:

“U.S. Soccer is trying to take preventative measures against the further spread of the influenza A virus which star midfielder Landon Donovan tested positive for a day after the U.S. lost to Mexico.”
“We have prescribed the medication to players, coaches and staff members who may have come in close contact with Landon Donovan solely as a preventative measure,” said Dr. David Wallis, a member of the U.S. Soccer medical staff in a press release. “Based on CDC recommendations, individuals who did not experience close contact with the player, such as journalists, fans or opposing players, do not need to take any preventative measures. As of now, no other member of the U.S. team delegation has indicated any symptoms associated with the virus and at this time we do not believe additional steps are necessary. However, we will be continuing to monitor the situation and CDC recommendations very closely as we continue to learn more.”

And now club teams have begun to worry as Cherundolo has been quarantined:

“Unsure of whether U.S. Men’s National Team defender Steve Cherundolo is infected, Hannover have decided to quarantine the 30-year-old until it has become medically clear he doesn’t have the virus.
“Until we have clarity, it would be irresponsible not to isolate Stevie from the team,” Hannover director of sport Joerg Schmadtke said of the preventive measure to the club’s website.”

Hopefully this dose not affect any playing time for USMNT players, however it is speculated that Michale Bradley will be quarantined soon as well, with their clubs because its time for us to start using all of our new additions to top European Clubs as a way to improve our players and team as a whole.

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ESPN and EPL

17836_logoSo as I search everywhere for news about the EPL I found some good information from EPLtalk.com:

“We understand that ESPN and Fox Soccer Channel are still feverishly working on concluding the contract so that the early Saturday morning and Monday afternoon ET Premier League games will be available on ESPN2. However, no agreement has been completed as of writing, and we’re now less than 24 hours away from the kickoff of the 2009/2010 Premier League season.

We’re still very hopeful that an agreement can be made in time, so that ESPN2 can carry the game, but the closer it gets to the kickoff time without the paperwork signed, the more nervous soccer fans become. There is the possibility that Fox Soccer Channel would still show the game either on television or online at FoxSoccer.tv since they still technically own the rights (until the agreement for sub-licensing the broadcasting of the game to ESPN is concluded).”

Hopefully this gets resolved in time because I really want to see Jozy and because I feel this will be a huge stride in making soccer huge in the US. Just in case EPLtalk.com also offers alternatives to watch (illegally) or listen the game:

  • Sirius Satellite. The Chelsea against Hull City match will be available to all Sirius radio customers on channel 125. If you’re not a Sirius Satellite Radio customer, they do offer a free trial of their product online, but unfortunately channel 125 isn’t one of the stations available.
  • Hull City Player. You can subscribe to Hull City’s audio commentary of the gamefrom its website for as little as £3.99. ‘Player’ was formerly known as ‘World’ and now works on both a Mac and PC. Chelsea FC may have their own commentary available, but you’ll have to check back here. Right now, it still says ‘Coming Soon.’
  • BBC London 94.9. BBC’s local London radio station streams live on the Internetand often features live commentary from matches as well as match reports from around the grounds. There’s no guarantee they’ll be broadcasting the Chelsea match (they always broadcast from a match featuring a team from London; the times when I’ve listened, it’s been either Tottenham Hotspur or Crystal Palace). Plus, their sports program doesn’t begin until 9am ET, but at least you may be able to catch the second half of the game from its stream.
  • Justin.tv. We hate to recommend this one because any streaming video of the match online would be illegal, but unless Fox or ESPN show the game, this will be one of the few sources where football fans can watch the game online.
  • Ustream. Similar to Justin.tv, Ustream will carry streaming video of the match. Note however that Ustream videos are illegal. We hate to recommend illegal avenues, but if that’s the only way we can be able to watch the match live, what else are football supporters supposed to do?
  • I will try to update if any news on this matter breaks… How do you all plan to watch if it is not on TV?

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    Americans Abroad Weekend

    78112036BL003_U_S_MNT_V_MEXNow that our Americans have returned to their clubs its time for some real seasons to start! Ives Galarcep has a list of the players in action this weekend outside of the MLS:

    FRIDAY

    Matt Taylor and FSV Frankfurt face SpVgg Greuther Feurth.

    SATURDAY

    Jozy Altidore and Hull City faces Chelsea.

    Clint Dempsey, Eddie Johnson and Fulham face Portsmouth.

    Brad Friedel, Brad Guzan, Eric Lichaj and Aston Villa face Wigan Athletic.

    Jonathan Spector and West Ham United face Marcus Hahnemannand Wolves.

    Tim Howard and Everton face Arsenal.

    Charlie Davies and Sochaux face Bordeaux.

    Steve Cherundolo and Hannover face Borussia Dortmund.

    Kenny Cooper and 1860 Munich face Hansa Rostock

    Jay DeMerit and Watford face Sheffield United.

    Frank Simek and Sheffield Wednesday face Peterborough United.

    Jemal Johnson and MK Dons face Swindon Town.

    Mike Grella and Leeds face Jon-Paul Pittman Wycombe Wanderers

    Zak Whitbread and Millwall face Carlisle United.

    Ian Joyce and Southend face Walsall.

    Maurice Edu, DaMarcus Beasley and Rangers face Falkirk.

    Benny Feilhaber and Jeremiah White and AGF Aarhus face FC Copenhagen.

    Michael Parkhurst and FC Nordsjaelland face Koge.

    Marcus Tracy and AaB face Sonderjyske.

    Mikkel Diskerud and Stabaek face Tromso.

    Jose Francisco Torres and Pachuca face Michael Orozco and San Luis.

    Jesus Padilla and Chivas de Guadalajara face Queretaro.

    SUNDAY

    Michael Bradley and Borussia Moenchengladbach face Hertha Berlin.

    Carlos Bocanegra and Rennes face Nice.

    Luis Robles and Kaiserslautern face Ahlen.

    David Yelldell and TUS Koblenz face Arminia Bielefeld.

    Troy Perkins and Valarenga face Lillestrom.

    Marco Vidal and Indios face Morelia.

    Edgar Castillo and Tigres face UNAM Pumas.

    MONDAY

    Kamani Hill and Guimaraes face Vitoria Setubal.

    Dan Califf and FC Midtjylland face Odense BK.

    Alejandro Bedoya and Orebro SK face Djurgarden.

    Who are you most excited to see this weekend? Personally I can’t wait for Chelsea to play Hull City (hopefully on ESPN) tomorrow at 10am eastern.  His first game, hopefully lots of playing time, vs a favorite of many to win the EPL and possibly the Champions League as well.

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    Tim Howard says Ref’s Unfair

    Howard205Tim Howard has said that he doesn’t think the officiating was too fair in the loss vs Mexico yesterday.Says SI.com:

    “It seems like when we come to a place like this, the most intimidated person in the stadium is the referee,” said goalkeeper Tim Howard after the USA’s 2-1 loss to Mexico. “The bar was probably tilted in their favor, and that’s unfortunate because it was a hard-fought game. We went in hard, they went in hard, and for some reason, we keep coming out with the foul.”

    I don’t like to blame the Ref’s usually, just because its not the right thing to do and you can’t fix it or really prove anything, but the fact that we lost Onyewu for the next game is very frustrating. Also we have to deal with the fact that its everyone against the US in every aspect of our games.

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