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There really wasn't a shocker in the Fan XI for the 2014 MLS All-Star Game. Eight of the players announced were in Brazil for the World Cup this past month. These players and several more to follow will take on Bayern Munich in the annual MLS versus the World match.
U.S. men's national team captain Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC) features alongside World Cup teammates Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City), Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy) and Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake).
The US men's national team was about 30 seconds away from a historic win over Portugal that would have seen the Yanks advance to the round of 16. But a cross by Cristiano Ronaldo was headed in by Silvestre Varela in the 5th minute of stoppage leveled the score as each team settled for a point.
Unlike the game against Ghana, the US were the ones that had to fight from behind.
It was already technically Monday on the east coast when the Seattle Sounders were still reacting to their derby win over the Portland Timbers in front of more than 62,000 fans. With goals from Clint Dempsey and Marco Pappa, the Sounders found a second-half surge to continue the Timbers' struggles this season and win 2-0.
The Portland Timbers did battle with their fierce rivals from Washington for the second time in five days, although the stakes of the meeting were a little different. Meeting for the second time in three scheduled meetings, the Seattle Sounders used two goals in the final 20 minutes and an intensified offensive approach to defeat Portland 2 to 0.
SEATTLE Unfortunately for the Portland Timbers, the Seattle Sounders are just about unbeatable when they open up their entire stadium.
In the 86th installment of a rivalry spanning five decades and six leagues, Seattle received second-half goals from Clint Dempsey and Marco Pappa on Sunday night, earning a 2-0 win over the Timbers in front of 64,207 at CenturyLink Field.
The Portland Timbers jump back into MLS regular season play against their rivals from Washington, the Seattle Sounders FC for a July 13 affair. We also take a look at various news and notes surrounding the team over the past few weeks, including the same two sides battling on July 9 in the U.S. Open Cup quarterfinals.
USA World Cup team captain Clint Dempsey was a guest on The Late Show With David Letterman Wednesday night.
Dempsey made an appearance on the show with the veteran late show host. The Seattle Sounders and USMNT attacking midfielder/striker discussed several topics including how to tell the difference between a real injury and a fake injury, his experiences at Brazil 2014, his broken nose, etcetera.
The USMNT could not have had a better start to their World Cup when Seattle Sounders' talisman Clint Dempsey scored in the first minute of group play against Ghana in Natal. It wasn't all that easy though, as twenty-six minutes later the star striker, Jozy Altidore, went down holding his hamstring and he was replaced by Aron Johannson.
Two weeks later and the dust has settled on the group stage of the 2014 World Cup. It has been full of highs and lows, lots of goals and plenty of controversy. Let's take a look at the top 5 moments of the group stage.
1. Robin Van Persie's header
On their way to brutally dismantling Spain, Robin van Persie clearly showed his new club manager Louis Van Gaal that good things will come to wait once they both get settled back at Manchester United.
It's the beginning of the end of the group stage, which means some incredibly high tension is guaranteed. Groups A and B finish up this afternoon.
Now that you've had a night to feel all the feelings you might have about the United States scoring two good goals - specifically, arguably the best shot of the tournament from Jermaine Jones followed by a well-worked team goal eventually bundled over the line by Clint Dempsey - to come from 1-0 down, only to then concede with essentially the last touch of the game and go from "through to the round of 16" to "likely needing to get a result against Germany, who also needs to avoid defeat," and now that I've dragged this sentence out to Faulknerian length, let's think about today's games.
One chance, one goal. Clint Dempsey's life has been about seizing chances.
Less than a minute into their match on Monday, the United States had a 1-0 lead thanks to an adventurous run, matched by a masterful Dempsey finish. His first opportunity near goal was taken head down, full speed ahead.
USA World Cup review: Stars & Stripes do their nation proud... those that care anyway! - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
It's no great secret that Americans aren't the world's biggest football fans... well, technically that isboth a truth and a lie. The US are by far the world's biggest fans of what they refer to as football.
Belgium 2-1 USA: Belgians dump Klinsmann's Stars & Stripes out of the World Cup in extra-time - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Going into this game, the Round of 16 had seen all 7 group winners make it throughto the quarter-finals and this game completed the octuplet. The USA fought the good fight again, taking the Belgians to extra-time before allowing a crackin their armor.
USA 2-2 Portugal:Massive drama for USA just seconds away from the Round of 16 - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Coming into this World Cup, no-one would have knocked the USA for failing to make it through this 'Group of Death'. However, 2-1 up against one of the strongest teams in the world,they had the qualification dream stolen from them in the very dying embers of the game.
MANAUS, Portugal You would think that filling out a lineup would be fairly easy for Jurgen Klinsmann after his U.S. Men's National Team defeated Ghana in its World Cup group opener, but the absence of Jozy Altidore and some other lingering injury concerns, could lead Klinsmann to make some tough decisions about his first-choice ll.
USA 0-1Germany:Sharp-shooter Muller scores winner as both teams advance to knockouts - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Group G's top two teams fought it out in Recife, hammered bytorrential rain, with Germany ending victorious thanks to another Thomas Muller goal.The downpourscaused massive flooding in the area,but the game went ahead as planned, and the passion witnessed by both sideswill have silenced any doubters, who thought this would be played out as a conspired draw.
The USA fell just seconds away from qualification from the knockout stages of the 2014 World Cup after blowing a 2-1 lead over Portugal in Manaus with just seconds to spare. Before the last gasp heroics, Jermaine Jones and Clint Dempsey had answered Nani's early goal.