Brad Guzan has been a hero for Aston Villa on many, many occasions for Villa over the years but today he had probably his worst performance in a Villian shirt which was typified by this awful attempt to keep out Santi Cazorla's spot kick which made it 4-0 to the Gunners!
DaMarcus Beasley, Jermaine Jones, Lee Nguyen and DeAndre Yedlin have been returned to their MLS clubs, the last three appropriately for playoff duty. No supplements to the squad at this time, leaving us with... G - Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)D - Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), John Anthony Brooks (Hertha
What did you get right and wrong in your August-September progress report?
In my last progress report I gave the defense massive praise and they've let me down in every game since. It's been painful to watch at times, due to injuries and loss of form the back four is a shadow of the one we saw in the opening weeks.
I thought this was supposed to be a crowded camp. Maybe the MLS playoff race took a hearty bite there. Also, the USMNT site has Ibarra as a forward, but Green as a midfielder. Dungetit. Then there's the obvious that call-ups no longer must be playing (apparently). Of course, you all already know what my final bug-eyed look is about, and his name is Eric.
Tim Howard and Everton have conceded three goals in back-to-back games, and things are not about to get any easier for them.
Looking to return to winning ways after dropping their last two games across all competitions by a combined scored of 6-2, the Toffees will be hoping that their defense puts forth an improved outing when they go on the road to face rivals Liverpool on Saturday.
Team strengths:Prior to their 3-0 defeat at home to Arsenal, Aston Villa had only conceded one goal for the season. At the beginning of the term nobody would have thought that the centre-back partnership of Ron Vlaar and Philippe Senderos would be as successful as it has been. Senderos' career failed to really take off in the way he would have liked and the way many had expected, always struggling to nail down a place in the Arsenal team for a prolonged period of time, some loan spells and transfers later he still hadn't lived up to his potential.
Brad Guzan and Aston Villa are enjoying a dream start to their English Premier League season, and the Villans sit in second place in the league through four matches. Led by Guzan's play in goal, and an improved defense that has allowed just one goal so far this season, Aston Villa are riding high after beating Liverpool last week.
Jurgen has gone with the youth movement for the USMNT's friendly against the Czech Republic on Sept. 3 in Prague. Some big opportunities for guys like Garza, Hyndman, Gyau, and Rubin to make moves on a Gold Cup spot next summer.
The full roster:
GOALKEEPERS (3) : Cody Cropper (Southampton), Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake) DEFENDERS (7) : John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Greg Garza (Club Tijuana), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Michael Orozco (Puebla), Tim Ream (Bolton) MIDFIELDERS (7) : Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Julian Green (Bayern Munich), Emerson Hyndman (Fulham), Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt), Brek Shea (Stoke City) FORWARDS (5) : Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Joe Gyau (Borussia Dortmund II), Jordan Morris (Stanford), Rubio Rubin (Utrecht), Bobby Wood (1860 Munich)
The back line is particularly of interest with Cameron likely out with an injury.
Continuing his recent streak, Bill Hamid has been called up to the USMNT for their last matches of 2014.
In news that will surprise no D.C. United fans, Bill Hamid has been called up by Juergen Klinsmann for their last friendlies of 2014. On Friday, November 14, the USMNT will take on Colombia in at Craven Cottage, the home of Fulham FC in London.
The 1-0 victory against the Czech Republic was the first match played by the USMNT after Tim Howard announced his hiatus from international soccer having gained 104 caps for his country. There's no doubt that Howard leaves behind giant gloves to fill as he saved USMNT time and time again in his thirteen years with Team USA.
The first friendly after a World Cup is usually a particularly mind-numbing affair, but there were certainly positives for the United States to take out of another win on European soil at the Czech Republic, and one big sound-bite from Jurgen Klinsmann on his 2018 expectations. Here are the player ratings.
Some people were ready to hand the U.S. Men's National Team goalkeeping job to Brad Guzan after Tim Howard recently announced announced his one-year national team hiatus but not so fast.
As planned, Jurgen Klinsmann inserted Nick Rimando at halftime of Wednesday's 1-0 win in a friendly against the Czech Republic and the Real Salt Lake veteran came up big time after time, making four saves to hold off a Czech side that came out reenergized in the second half.
Due to a variety of factors, United States men's national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann has had to dig deep into the ranks of Europe-based US national team players or potential players. Major League Soccer's odd and controversial schedule meant that they don't honor FIFA international breaks for friendly matches, and therefore are unlikely to release key players during such a crucial point in the season.
Landon Donovan came within inches of scoring in his final cap as the U.S. Men's National Team settled fora 1-1 draw against Ecuador at Rentschler Field in Hartford, Ct.
Donovan, whowas left off thesquad that represented the U.S. at the 2014 World Cup,wore the captain's armband and grabbed a backheel from Jozy Altidore inside the box before he fired a shot that that smacked off the far post in the 25th minute.
Boston College alum Alejandro Bedoya scored thegame-winner in the United States' first action since the World Cup to secure a 1-0victory over the Czech Republic in an international friendly at Generali Arena in Prague.
Bedoya tallied in the 39th minute after Mix Diskerud pounced on a poor touch from Validimir Dirida in his own end, and raced at goal.