Valdes agent disappointed defender won't be playing in Copa Libertadores. Conor Casey, Ray Gaddis, and Zac MacMath get Team of the Week nods. Reading United postseason campaign begins tonight. More news.
In which Derek Stowers talks to us about DaMarcus Beasley, the Houston defense, and Dom Kinnear
D.C. United takes on the Houston Dynamo on Sunday at BBVA Compass Stadium. To preview the game, we got in touch with Derek Stowers from Dynamo Theory to get the lowdown on all things Orange (but not Oranje).
The Houston Dynamo's trade to acquire the top spot in the MLS Allocation Order figured to mean the arrival of a U.S. Men's National Team player, and it didn't take long to find out that the player in question was none other than veteran DaMarcus Beasley.
The Dynamo announced the signing of Beasley on Tuesday afternoon, just a few hours after completing the deal that sent midfielder Warren Creavalle to Toronto FC in exchange for the top spot in the MLS Allocation Order, which gave Houston the opportunity to sign Beasley.
DaMarcus Beasley's role for the U.S. Men's National team is quite clear. Entering the pre-World Cup camp, the 31-year-old Beasley is a veteran whose presence in defense is looked at to be a calming influence amongst a generally inexperienced back-line.
However, his role on the club level is now anything but certain, as Beasley confirmed Wednesday that he is looking to move away from his current club, Puebla.
Four friendlies to go and counting, and we have reached the one for World Cup hopefuls based in North America, with one rather notable exception. Gosh, see if you can pick that particular specimen for our microscope out of the bunch. G - Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)D - DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Matt Besler (Sporting KC), Brad Evans (
A Washington Post report earlier in the day regarding DaMarcus Beasley negotiating a return to MLS via a DP contract set off the social media speculation merry-go-round with some fans hoping to see the former Fire star back in Chicago. Beasley enjoyed an excellent run with the USMNT at the World Cup as a left back but other reports suggest he also has offers to continue playing in LigaMX, where he last was seen with Puebla.
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.
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.
SAN FRANCISCO The U.S. Men's National Team is ready to play the first game of the pre-World Cup send-off series on Tuesday night and there is still some question as to just what starting lineup Jurgen Klinsmann will deploy at the World Cup.
Plenty can change between now and the opening match against Ghana on June 16, but the team's open training session on Monday evening seemed to shed some light on the starting lineup would could see on Tuesday.
Like so much microwave popcorn, Jurgen Klinsmann has named his final 23 for World Cup in a virtual flash. G - Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)D - DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Timmy Chandler (FC Nürnberg), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Fabian Johnson (Borussia
Notes from the weekly press conference. Berry on his fight to get back into the starting XI. MLS and NWSL midweek results. World Cup news from the USMNT training camp and Brazil. No sex for Mexico at WC. More.
Reaction to the huge Union win in Kansas City. Sakiewicz backs Hackworth, says team is "scouring the marketplace" for attacking talent. Local US Open Cup results as Reading and Harrisburg advance, Ocean City falls. More news.
Jurgen Klinsmann named the 30 man preliminary roster for the upcoming World Cup. The final roster will be pared down to 23 by June 2. As expected Nick Rimando beat out Sean Johnson for the third 'keeper spot. Players begin reporting to camp in Palo Alto, California on Wednesday. Here's the complete roster: GOALKEEPERS (3):Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake) DEFENDERS (11): DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Timmy Chandler (Nürnberg), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Clarence Goodson (San Jose Earthquakes), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim), Michael Parkhurst (Columbus Crew), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC) MIDFIELDERS (10): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Maurice Edu (Philadelphia Union), Julian Green (Bayern Munich), Jermaine Jones (Besiktas), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City) FORWARDS (6): Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Terrence Boyd (Rapid Vienna), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes) MLS and USSF ink new tv deal with ESPN, Fox, & Univision It's been talked about for months but the deal is finally official.
The U.S. Men's National Team will play the last friendly before Jurgen Klinsmann names his preliminary World Cup roster in May, and the match will offer a final chance for fringe players to impress, either as starters or substitutes.
Just which players Klinsmann will call on to start against Mexico on Wednesday seems pretty straightforward.
Following the USMNT's 2-1 victory over Ghana we look at the playmakers and rank their performances on the evening.
Tim Howard, 9: The US goalkeeper was at the top of his game all night long, and while he was forced into just two big saves, Howard's presence was immense. No one on the entire squad inspires more confidence.
U.S. Soccer released 23 videos featuring each man on the USMNT's final squad heading to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. While the videos are short, they're powerful and help give insight into the players we see on the pitch representing the United States. Here are the 23 listed below in alphabetical order.
With the shock of the Landon Donovan omission starting to die down, it is time to turn our focus to the team as a whole as they took on Azerbaijan in the first match of their sendoff series. One thing that the Donovan saga accomplished was that it overshadowed one of the glaring holes in this team, an inexperienced defense, that hasn't played together much.
Jurgen Klinnsmann has named his 23 man squad for next months World Cup Final's in Brazil and has all but divided the Nation following the exclusion of record goalscorer Landon Donovan who has been the poster boy of Soccer in America for over a decade!
It's a major gamble from the former World Cup winner given his home Country Germany, Portugal and Ghana make up Group G with both European sides Favourites to advance from the Group!
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.
Yep. I'm pretty sure Mr. John Anthony Brooks celebrated the same way we all were feeling after that goal. Basically DID THAT ACTUALLY HAPPEN OMG I'M IN A GLASS CASE OF EMOTION THIS IS UNREAL SOMEONE HOLD ME AND VERIFY THAT THIS IS ACTUALLY REAL LIFE AHHHHHHHHH essentially.