GLENDALE, Ariz. The U.S. Men's National Team take on a familiar foe tonight when arch-rival Mexico comes to University of Phoenix Stadium for a friendly that is taking on a different sort of important than past USA-Mexico matches.
Jurgen Klinsmann will be trotting out an entirely MLS-based side, with stars Clint Dempsey, Landon Donovan and Michael Bradley leading the charge.
We are less than 12 weeks away from the 2014 World Cup, with the U.S. Men's National Team's opening match vs. Ghana fast approaching and plenty of questions still unanswered about the likely starters Jurgen Klinsmann will call on for that all-important match.
Going into this season, most analysts and supporters knew it was going to take time to attain team cohesion. This was the first time in their six seasons that the Sounders roster had to be overhauled. Gone were club originals Steve Zakuani and Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, along with fan favorite Mauro Rosales.
I feel in some small way that we're finally starting to 'cook with gas' on this new season. Six weeks in and we are getting to really know where most teams stand here. I had every intention of posting this yesterday but that didn't happen as you all could see.
Anyways, here are a few quick nuggets I took from this past week.
With Major League Soccer and the rest of American soccer kicking off in just over a week we've curated an impressive list of players, personalities, broadcasters, front office folk, and fans to have them tell us (and you) about their upcoming 2014 season.
And, of course, pair their hopes and dreams for this season with a tasty local brew.
After leading the Sounders to a jaw-dropping rally and draw last week in Portland on a hat trick, he returned for round two to wage a comeback win in Dallas this week.
Scoring two goals and forcing an own goal from a strategic shot into traffic, Dempsey pushed his side to erase a 2-1 deficit and grab a 3-2 victory against FC Dallas, a team that went into Week 6 unbeaten.
Is this still USMNT's top trio? (Photo: soccer.si.com)
June 16th, 2014: USMNT kicks off its 2014 World Cup against Ghana. Are Michael Bradley, Clint Dempsey and Landon Donovan in the starting lineup? The roundtable considers...
There have been injuries, there have been club shuffles, there have been impromptu backpacking tours of Southeast Asia: there have been many reasons why Michael Bradley, Clint Dempsey and Landon Donovan haven't started together for USMNT since June 2012.
At the end of the season, Sunday's match between Montreal and Seattle may be forgotten by many of us. For the Sounders, it will go down as three points against a team that may not be going anywhere this year. But what we saw was the Sounders identity becoming a little clearer.
This is a Sounders team that in its 6 year history has been known for making all the pretty passes, but sometimes lacked the grit that was needed to win on the road, and to win when your star was not there.
Jurgen Klinsmann isn't a fan of Clint Dempsey's two-game suspension for violent conduct.
Major League Soccer announced on Friday that Dempsey was suspended for two games for an incident with Toronto FC defender Marc Bloom last Saturday, keeping Dempsey out of the Sounders lineup until April 12.
Another week, another edition of our MLS Power Rankings. D.C. United's two game winning streak sees them eek every slightly upward, while Clint Dempsey is single-handedly pulling the Sounders towards the top of the heap. But who shall reign supreme this week?
For the second consecutive week, #USMNT is the scoring leader this round, with a total of 79 points. Clint Dempsey (SEA, $10.2) was the captain, and he scored two goals and assisted an own goal on the way to 28 points. Kyle Beckerman (RSL, $9.9) followed with a goal and 10 points, while Maurice Edu (PHI, $9.
A pesar de la derrota la mayorÃa de los jugadores Sounders jugÃ³ bien, sobretodo en la segunda parte, cuando echaron todo en busca de remontar una temprana desventaja de dos goles. Jermaine DEFOE habÃa metido un doblete en los minutos 17 y 24 para aniquilar a Seattle. Clint DEMPSEY hizo su primer anotaciÃ³n del aÃ±o [.
The Portland Timbers were hoping to show off an improved offense to take a lead in the annual Cascadia Cup competition against the Seattle Sounders FC, and they certainly put on a show with four goals, including a brace for Diego Chara. However, the Timbers defense wasn't able to contain the Sounders FC offense and conceded four goals over the match as the teams played to a dramatic, draining 4 all draw in front of a packed Providence Park stadium.
Cross-country. Cross-culture. America supports its team.
It's red, white and blue... and it's coming to the World Cup.To launch the new away kit, USMNT captain Clint Dempsey and the USWNT's Sydney Leroux were joined byDiplo, HAIM, Spike Lee,NFL players Andrew Luck and Ndamukong Suh, skateboarders Eric Koston and Sean Malto, Allyson Felix, and former U.
It all started from a missed penalty. On the night of September 10, 2013, Clint Dempsey pushed a spot kick wide of the right post. Was it intentional, or was it something otherworldly? I don't know, nor do I think anyone else does, but that was a defining moment for me. I made up my mind right then and there that I was going to witness a match in "The House of Dos a Cero"
Six months ago, the original idea of going to Columbus was just about going to see a match there, talk to some people who were probably at USA-Mexico, and enjoy a long-weekend road trip.