With one exception, the USMNT eleven I prescribed are starting tonight's key World Cup qualifier. Of course, we'll need to wait to identify the shape and where Lletget/Nagbe are fielded... Meanwhile, stars from all across the sports spectrum are showing mad love and support for the team tonight. Sending my best to @ussoccer as they face Honduras tonight.
Well, we've had so much in 'n' out with the USMNT squad ahead of Saturday's crucial World Cup qualifier against Honduras I now want a cheeseburger animal-style. Obviously, the team will sorely miss Fabian Johnson and Bobby Wood (not to mention Eric Lichaj and DeAndre Yedlin), but the show must go on.
Hertha Berlin center back John Anthony Brooks certainly struggled defensively at FC Cologne today, but he also buried a wicked late header - as you can see below. It was his first club goal since December of 2015. - Greg Seltzer
Yup, he's just broken the ice to put Rangers up on Hamilton near the half hour. Clip to come... 26' GOAL: Tavernier on the ball on the right inside the box, low ball across and Hyndman there with the finish to make it 1:0. pic.twitter.com/Eeg9BCkEr8 — Rangers FC (@RangersFC) March 18, 2017 - Greg Seltzer
Bruce Arena has called up 24 players for this month's key World Cup qualifiers against Honduras and Panama. As is often the case with USMNT selections, there are both relief sighs and worry wrinkles.Of course, my prayer to see Villafaña's name on the list was answered. On the other hand, I'm disappointed not to see Yedlin (or at least Lichaj) - seeing as how FabJO is listed in attack, I suppose
Best. MLS. Meme. Ever.My hat's off to Galaxy social media ace Jenny Jeffries. are we doing this right? ☄️ #shootingstars #memes pic.twitter.com/8wds3Wnop8 — LA Galaxy (@LAGalaxy) March 13, 2017 By the way, it seems the league office is ticked off about this. Seriously? This one tweet has gotten MLS more attention than pretty much anything that will happen on the field this season.
Borussia Dortmund whiz kid Christian Pulisic was at it again on Tuesday, bagging the opener/winner in a 3-0 DfB Pokal win over 3.Liga underdogs Sportfreunde Lotte. He now has three goals and two assists in the last 11 days. - Greg Seltzer
Hamburg forward Bobby Wood quickly followed being dumped on his butt with the "get back up" winner against Fabian Johnson's 'Gladbach. It was his first league goal since before Christmas and his ninth across all competitions this term. - Greg Seltzer
Midseason arrival Rubio Rubin has just opened his Silkeborg account, albeit with an 83rd minute consolation strike in what should momentarily wrap up as a 5-1 loss at FC Nordsjælland. The second half sub, working just his second contest for the new employers, did the deed with a close-range finish on the well-trounced visitors' lone shot of the night.
In all the Christian Pulisic excitement, it took me a while to notice that Paul Arriola fired Tijuana past Club América and into the Copa MX quarterfinals last night. - Greg Seltzer
To put it mildly, that is. After setting up the early tie leveler with a corner kick leveler, Christian Pulisic has just given Borussia Dortmund their first aggregate lead against Champions League round-of-16 foe Benfica with a terrific curled run-and-finish near the hour. - Greg Seltzer
Let's talk silver and prizes...MLS Cup Toronto FC def. PortlandGolden Boot1 - Fanendo Adi, Portland2 - David Villa3 - Jozy AltidoreDefender of the Year1 - Matt Hedges, FC Dallas2 - Jelle Van Damme3 - Roman TorresRookie of the Year1 - Ian Harkes, D.C. United2 - Jackson Yueill3 - Nick LimaNewcomer of the Year1 - David Guzman, Portland2 - Jonathan Mensah3 - (tie) Nemanja Nikolic & Alberth
This new US Soccer "stand for the anthem or else" policy is silly, as is the fact that punishment for disobeying the edict will not be uniform. Not only is this policy decidedly un-American, it's all set up to be unevenly judged. And I hate to break it to Soccer House, but (whether or not it is intended to be) it also reeks of being one more way to exert control over the ladies.
Not to be outdone by his young US teammate, 'Gladbach's Fabian Johnson twice put his team ahead in a 4-2 victory against nearby rivals Schalke. On the first one, he apparently turns Invisible Man for a run to the near post. On the winner... well, I'm still hunting for a clip. Check back in a bit for that one.
On Saturday, Borussia Dortmund wunderkind Christian Pulisic banged home his side's fourth (and then later notched his Americans abroad-best eighth assist of the campaign) in a 6-2 triumph over Bayer Leverkusen. Christrian Pulisic Goal HD Borussia Dortmund 4... door jason-pitt1 - Greg Seltzer