HARRISON, N.J. The U.S. Men's National Team takes on Turkey at Red Bull Arena today (2pm, ESPN) in the second match of their World Cup send-off series, and the Americans know Turkey will provide a significantly tougher test than their last opponent.
Clint Dempsey is back in the starting lineup for today's match and Jurgen Klinsmann has made a pair of changes from the Azerbaijan match, with Brad Davis and Timmy Chandler in the lineup in place of Alejandro Bedoya and DaMarcus Beasley.
SAN FRANCISCO- It was by no means a pretty game, or one filled with highlights and reasons to get excite about the U.S. Men's National Team's chances at the World Cup.
That said, there were some bright spots, and some players who took advantage of the opportunity on a windy night at Candlestick Park to make their case for more playing time when the USMNT heads to Brazil.
With the U.S. struggling to break down a dogged and determined Azerbaijan side midway through the second half, head coach Jurgen Klinsmann turned to a player who always seems to create chances when he's on the field.
Just four minutes after coming on the pitch, Mix Diskerud provided the game-changing moment.
After calling it the "toughest coaching decision" in his career, U.S. Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann faced the press following his decision to leave Landon Donovan off his final 23-man roster for Brazil.
With bubble players such as DeAndre Yedlin, John Brooks, and Brad Davis all making the U.
Jurgen Klinsmann dropped a bombshell on Thursday when he announced his 23-man World Cup roster and Landon Donovan's name was not on it.
Youngsters Julian Green, DeAndre Yedlin and John Brooks joined Tim Chandler among the players to jump off the bubble and onto the U.S. World Cup roster. Veteran midfielder Brad Davis also made the cut.
Chris Wondolowski scored both U.S. goals in their 2-0 win over South Korea on Saturday.
Chris Wondolowski found the back of the net twice to lead the United States to a 2-0 victory over South Korea at the StubHub Center in Carson, CA. on Saturday afternoon in the team's first match of 2014.
Defender DaMarcus Beasley and midfielder Brad Davis of the Dynamo have been named to the 35-man provisional roster for the U.S. team in the upcoming Gold Cup. Beasley, who retired from international competition in December 2014 with 121 international caps, will be vying for a spot in his fifth Gold Cup.
In a largely forgettable game, the Revs beat the Dynamo 2-1.
Why was it so unremarkable? Mainly because it was a generally sloppy game, a game that raises the further question: Why was the level of play so subpar?
On the Revs' side, possibly because coach Jay Heaps made a calculated decision that, with his team already in the playoffs, he could afford to start four second-stringers (Patrick Mullins, Steve Neumann, Scott Caldwell, and Darrius Barnes), while resting starters (Jermaine Jones and Charlie Davies).
United defeat the Dynamo with both teams missing key players
There's something about a nice, commanding 2-0 win. Despite only having a one goal advantage for most of the match United felt mostly in-control. The midfield bossed it up, the back line held it down, and the forwards looked consistently dangerous.
Without Eddie Johnson, Brad Davis, and Boniek Garcia, who will step up and make their mark on D.C. United versus the Houston Dynamo?
Despite the fact that it is still Monday, we have to leave the Montreal Impact game behind us and turn our eyes to the Houston Dynamo. We are now reaching the point in the season where lineup predictions become difficult: mid-week games.
The Houston Dynamo are usually bad news for D.C. United, but they come into tomorrow night's game lacking several starters, including Brad Davis and Oscar Boniek Garcia. Some thoughts on how United can get the better of a team that usually torments them.
Normally, scouting the Houston Dynamo is not a particularly complicated endeavor.
The Portland Timbers were hoping to secure a victory on the road against another struggling MLS side, the Houston Dynamo, on April 27. While both sides earned goals in the first half differently - Dynamo forward Will Bruin tallied a header in the 16th minute off a Brad Davis cross while Gaston Fernandez collected an errant pass in the box in the 33rd minute - the teams played to a sluggish 1 all draw.
The Portland Timbers finish up April with a 2014 quest that very few expected after their 2013 success - trying to earn their first win. While they've played great in stretches and there have been signs of breaking out of their funk, there have been too many errors that have led to disappointing results.
GOALKEEPERS (3): Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (8): DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Clarence Goodson (San Jose Earthquakes), Michael Orozco (Puebla), Michael Parkhurst (Columbus Crew), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Maurice Edu (Philadelphia Union), Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
FORWARDS (4): Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Julian Green (Bayern Munich), Eddie Johnson (D.
The Houston Dynamo fell short in their bid to make it to three straight MLS Cup finals in 2013, but with a veteran group with plenty of talent, and Dom Kinnear at the reins, Houston could make another push at a final despite the fact the team had a largely uneventful offseason.
Akindele is coming classy as hell with hat tricks.
Despite having just 10 players in the starting lineup play, RayoVallecano led us all with 73 points this round. The fourth club in Madrid was led by Fabian Castillo's (DAL, $6.6) 2 goals, 1 assist, and 16 points. Robbie Keane (LA, $11.6) assisted on a goal and scored an armband-aided 14 points, while both Matt Hedges (DAL, $8.
While we were all out stocking up on two-game players this week, Javier Morales was making us all look silly. Before we get to that, we recognize this week's high scorer, Magic City FC, with 107 points. Brad Davis (HOU, $10.8) wore the armband and assisted two goals in two games on the way to 34 points.
Donovan's Omission Is The Beginning Of The End For The USA - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
We're going to look back and say this is the moment where it all fell apart.
No Landon Donovan.
Apparently, 156 games, 57 international goals, twelve World Cup games, five World Cup goals, an unassailable position as the best American player ever, a position of leadership and a whole lot of motivation to ride off into the sunset on a high doesn't get you a place on Jurgen Klinsmann's World Cup roster.
American soccer is really creeping into the mainstream now.
Funny Or Die, the comedy website co-founded by soccer fan Will Farrell, put out this hilarious bad music video with Major League Soccer All-Stars Kyle Beckerman, Graham Zusi, Jack McInernery, Omar Gonzalez, Brad Davis, Chris Wondolowski, and Mike McGee.