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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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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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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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Tim Howard: Best in the World

Howard205Ken Lawrence has written a feature piece for ESPN about Tim Howard the USMNT goalie, and current Everton keeper.  In it he and multiple other people talk about how Horward either is, or has all the potential to be the best goalkeeper in the world:

Everton manager David Moyes already insists the American is as good as it gets in the Premier League. “Tim is now on the same level as Pepe Reina and Petr Cech,” Moyes said. “They are considered to be the two best in England. I would not swap either for my man.”

I personally was very happy when Howard was able to avenge himself and show Man U what they gave up, when he beat them in the Semi’s last year on PK’s by saving 2.  I think it was horrible how English media was blaming and insulting the fact that he has tourettes as a reason for his struggles.

“some newspapers even cruelly suggested that as a sufferer of Tourette syndrome who refused to medicate himself against the neurological disease, he had lost Ferguson’s confidence.”

Hopefully he keeps playing as well as he has been, and I give him a lot of credit for making the American defenders, especially Onyewu who seems to really work well with Howard, into better players even when hes not around.

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Badr to FC Porto?

Rumors are circulating that Samir Badr, the 17 year old keeper who plays for the US youth national team, has joined FC Porto for a supposed two month trial. From ESPN recently:

“Samir Badr, Robinson (Fairfax, Va.), GK, Junior

Badr is in the midst of a rare — if not never before accomplished — feat. As Robinson’s starting goalkeeper, Badr has scored more goals than he has allowed, a margin of 1-0. Badr, who reportedly has said he will sign with Portugese power FC Porto’s reserve team following the high school season, has 11 shutouts for the Rams this spring. In Saturday’s 3-0 regional final victory over Westfield, Badr scored a goal when his direct kick from near midfield was misjudged by the Westfield keeper and ended up in the net.”

Now a friend has said:

“I just hung out with him last week. he just left on Wednesday for a two month trial with Porto.”

No conformation from Badr or Porto yet but its nice to know that Americans are continuing to go to top European teams, and that our youth system is getting more respect.  Of course keeper is already our strogest postions as Tim Howard (Everton) is arguably our best player and his backup Brad Guzan (Aston Villa) is only 24 himself, and keeper is a position that you can play at an older age, see Kasey Keller at Seattle.  Still the more depth we can create the better.

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ESPN to show Jozy/EPL?

epl_logo_2EPL Talk is reporting that ESPN may have reached a deal with the EPL to show two games a week on ESPN here in the US.

“ESPN has acquired the TV rights to two of the weekly Premier League slots on US television for the 2009-2010 season. Beginning on August 15, 2009, each week ESPN will feature the 7:45am ET Saturday game and the 3pm ET Monday game.”

The first game to be shown by ESPN? Presumably Chelsea v Hull City on August 15th, Jozy Altidore’s first game in the EPL for Hull.  There will also be games featuring teams with American players including: Fulham (Clint Dempsey and Eddie Johnson), Aston Villa (Fridel, Guzan), Everton (Tim Howard) on the prospective schedule.

However ESPN’s Ives Galarcep says not to get too excited yet as the deal is in the works and not yet official.

“UPDATE-Sources tell me no deal is finalized yet, but that talks are underway. In other words, you might want to hold off on the celebration until something official is announced.”

Hopefully this works out becuase it would be great to see Americans suceeding with their European Club teams, especially as it seems that more and more players are entering the top European Leagues.

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