USMNT vs Jamaica Game Thread

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The US returns to World Cup Qualification to take on their toughest Group A rivals Jamaica. It's the first of a doubleheader against the Reggae Boyz with the return leg in 4 days in Columbus. A win in Kingston would be the most important result in group play as it'd put the US in comfortable position to win the group.

Some Soccer News for Thu Feb 23, 2012

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Brilliant Move of the Day: The Tampa Bay Rowdies and Minnesota Stars have moved their game on May 26th to the 25th so it does not conflict with the USA game on that same date!

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USA Roster for Two Upcoming World Cup Qualifiers Against Jamaica

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Here is the USA Roster for the 2 upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Jamaica.

Matches + Scores:
-Fri Sep 7
Jamaica v USA
-Fri Sep 11
USA v Jamaica

Brad Guzan - Aston Villa
Tim Howard - Everton
Sean Johnson - Chicago Fire
Nick Rimando - Real Salt Lake
Carlos Bocanegra - Racing Santander
Geoff Cameron - Stoke City
Steve Cherundolo - Hannover
Maurice Edu - Stoke City
Clarence Goodson - Brondby
Fabian Johnson - Hoffenheim
Michael Orozco - San Luis
Michael Parkhurst - Nordsjaelland
Jonathan Spector - Birmingham
Kyle Beckerman - Real Salt Lake
Joe Corona - Tijuana
Joshua Gatt - Molde
Jermaine Jones - Schalke
Brek Shea - Dallas
Jose Torres - Pachuca
Danny Williams - Hoffenheim
Graham Zusi - Sporting Kansas City
Jozy Altidore - AZ
Terrence Boyd - Rapid Vienna
Clint Dempsey - Tottenham
Herculez Gomez - Santos Laguna

This is a great looking roster.

US v Antigua & Barbuda (3-1) v Guatemala (1-1)

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The Yanks make a solid start with four points from their first two World Cup Qualifying matches.
US v Antigua & Barbuda The USMNT began a two year road to Brazil 2014 with a Friday night affair against Antigua & Barbuda. The tiny island side was clearly over matched but had continuity with most of the side playing for the Antigua Barracudas who are coached by the national team manager.

Trivia Time on Twitter

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We asked a Trivia question on twitter (@ussoccer) earlier today, seeing if you knew how many members of the delegation have played for the USA against Guatemala?

The answer: 13.

Most of the delegate members played in the 2008 Home and Away matches with Guatemala in the semifinal round of the Last World Cup cycle.

United States v Antigua and Barbuda World Cup Qualifying Gamethread

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It's a day of non-Sounders soccer, but lots of it as high quality on ESPN's family of stations. Up next is a 4PM start on ESPN for the United States v Antigua and Barbuda. The USA are clear favorites as outlined in the SBN/Soccer storystream, the A&B team is made up primarily of players from a single USL Pro side.

Canada 0-0 United States – Player Ratings – Friendly – 3 June 2012

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Below are player ratings for the United States in their 0-0 draw against Canada on June 3, 2012.

Howard - 7.5 As usual he made all the necessary saves as well as a few great ones

Bocanegra - 6 Didn't have a ton of work to do but was solid in set pieces

Goodson 6 A solid performance that should earn him a start for the next match

Cherundolo 7 Probably the most consistent player for the USA in the last several years

Castillo 5.

Italy 0 – USMNT 1: Resilient Yanks Earn Unexpected Win

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The United States earned their first ever win over Italy in Genoa with an early second half goal from in-form Clint Dempsey.
USMNT's Setup
Jurgen Klinsmann selected to his seemingly favorite 4-2-3-1 formation. With the absences of Landon Donovan, Tim Chandler, Oguchi Onyewu, Jose Torres and Jermaine Jones, the Yank's squad depth was tested.

United States v Italy - Friendly Gamethread

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If you think of Italy as the overrated team that failed in the last World Cup you would be out of date. Sure, Italy is not as grand as it once was. But currently residing in a range with France, Russia, Bosnia and the Czech Republic, Italy is actually a team with offense. In their last 10 they have 7 wins, 2 losses and a draw with a +10 goal difference.

Some Soccer News for Mon Feb 27, 2012

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Jozy Altidore had 2 goals on Sunday for AZ - see them both - ONE - and - TWO - courtesy of 101 Great Goals.


A full slate of friendly International matches are on the card for Wednesday this week.

Who should the USMNT start vs. Italy?

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A rash of injuries and illness have left U.S. men's national team manager Jurgen Klinsmann with a weakened roster ahead of Wednesday's match against Italy, making his decisions on a starting lineup that much tougher.

The loss of Landon Donovan, Timmy Chandler and Jose Torres, coming on the heels of losing Oguchi Onyewu has left Klinsmann with a group that won't quite look like the nearly full-strength side he looked like he would have available in Genoa on Wednesday.

USA Roster for France & Slovenia Friendlies

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Here is the roster for the 2 upcoming USA friendlies against France and Slovenia-
G:Bill Hamid - DC UnitedTim Howard - EvertonD:Carlos Bocanegra - RangersTimmy Chandler - NurnbergSteve Cherundolo - HannoverClarence Goodson - BrondbyAlfredo Morales - HerthaMichael Orozco Fiscal - San LuisOguchi Onyewu - Sporting CPM:Kyle Beckerman - Real Salt LakeMichael Bradley - ChievoClint Dempsey - FulhamMaurice Edu - RangersFabian Johnson - HoffenheimJermaine Jones - SchalkeRobbie Rogers - Columbus CrewBrek Shea - DallasDanny Williams - HoffenheimF:Jozy Altidore - AZDaMarcus Beasley - PueblaEdson Buddle - IngolstadtLandon Donovan - LA Galaxy

Who is not on this list that should be?

Costa Rica Vs USMNT - News, Notes, Line Up, TV Information And GameThread

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What: The United States Men's National Team (USMNT) is hosting the Costa Rican National Team at the Home Depot Center in Los Angeles, California tonight in an international friendly.

When/Where: 11 pm on ESPN 2. Andy Roddick and some guy with the last name of "Sock" are currently playing in the second set of their tennis match on ESPN 2.


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This is not a prediction of who Coach Klinsi will summon for the Jamaica doubleheader in just a couple hours, it's who I would call. G - Howard, GuzanD - Cherundolo, Parkhurst, Goodson, Bocanegra, Lichaj, Castillo D/M -Â Cameron, SpectorM - Edu, Jones, Diskerud, Kljestan, Feilhaber, Dempsey, DavisA - Altidore, Boyd, Wondolowski, Johnson, Shea, Gatt -- A few notes: - Starters in boldface.

The USA's starting XI v. Italy

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The USA' starting lineup against Italy:
2-Cherundolo 4-Goodson 5-Bocanegra (capt.) 3-Johnson

6-Bradley 8-Edu

7-Williams 10-Dempsey 11-Shea


Roster notes:
  • Brek Shea makes his 10th consecutive appearance, remaining the only U.

Tonight's USA lineup against Slovenia

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Here is tonight's lineup for the USA's final match of 2011:


2-Cherundolo 3-Goodson 5-Bocanegra (capt.) 3-Chandler


7-Bradley 8-Johnson


11-Buddle 9-Altidore

12-Bill Hamid
13-Michael Orozco
14-Danny Williams1
15-Maurice Edu
16-Jermaine Jones
17-Robbie Rogers
18-Brek Shea

Lineup notes:
  • Three changes to the lineup that faced France In are Bradley, Buddle and Johnson; out are Edu, Shea and Williams
  • Carlos Bocanegra earns his 100th cap for the United States
  • Fabian Johnson makes his first start for the United States

Thoughts: France Teaches US A Lesson

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Tough one.

Can't call them "snap judgments" because they took way too long. TSG's Tuesday will be along shortly with the official review.

Here are some thoughts that I want to spill out on the screen. We'll give it the "Good, Bad, Ugly" treatment because it works well here.


Jurgen Klinsmann

Thoughts on USA’s 3-1 win over Antigua & Barbuda – 8 June 2012

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The United States defeated Antigua & Barbuda 3-1 in World Cup Qualifying on June 8, 2012 but it hardly a convincing victory. Below are my thoughts on the match.

Important Thing Is The 3 Points

Some may complain about the USA not converting many chances or conceding a goal but they did win the match.

Musket Rounds: Revs Bye Week, Philly, Platini, Blackpool, USMNT, And More

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Top of the morning to you, and welcome to this Thursday edition of Musket Rounds. It's the eve of a USA match that actually means something, and I think we're all excited to see how Jurgen Klinsmann's Nats are going to perform in a competitive match. Keep in mind, by the way, that anything less than a 4-0 scoreline against Antigua & Barbuda is probably too close.

Some Soccer News for Fri Feb 24, 2012

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NBC Sports Network gives us their first live blast of MLS talk last night with Russ Thaler talking preseason with the voice of MLS on NBC Arlo White. (Video)


Chivas de Guadalajara has hired Dutch master Johan Cruyff to try and help turn around their miserable season.

P2010 Index: November depth chart

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The P2010 Index tracks every performance of every player who suits up for the National Team during the 2014 World Cup cycle, using match ratings from the country's top soccer writers. The Index factors in recent form, strength of opponent, match type, and location, making it something like Power Rankings for the USMNT.

USA vs Belgium: Dempseyfication

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This is a guest post by Jacques Pelham.

Predictably, there are still many outstanding questions regarding Juergen Klinsmann and the US national team after Klinsmann's second and third games as US coach. On Tuesday, the US demonstrated sustained effort for 90 minutes and crafted occasional quality sequences against a Belgium team that effectively pressed the US without the ball and featured dangerous attacking talents.

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Independence Add Depth with Great Draft

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cover image courtesy of Philadelphia Independence

Paul Riley and the Philadelphia Independence seemingly got everything they wanted in Friday's WPS Draft. When I spoke to the coach on Wednesday, he said they would be looking for a striker, some defensive depth and a goalkeeper, and in their six picks, the Independence added three strikers, two defenders, and a goalkeeper.

The Independence Focus on Attack, Pick Up Three Forwards in the 2012 WPS Draft

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The Philadelphia Independence coaching staff went into the 2012 WPS Draft with an offensive mentality, picking up three attackers. They rounded out their league high six draft picks by picking up two defenders and a goalkeeper. In a draft that focused heavily on midfield pickups, Paul Riley and his staff were able to capitalize on picks made by other teams.


Independence pick 6, more news

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The Philadelphia Independence drafted six players in Friday's WPS draft, with University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee forward Sarah Hagen being the top pick. The big question is whether they'll get her to move over from Bayern Munich, where she's under contract.

The Independence then took UC-Irvine defender CoCo Goodson and Florida State defender Toni Pressley in the second round, Santa Clara goalkeeper Bianca Henninger and Portland forward Danielle Foxhoven in the third, and Maryland forward Jasmyne Spencer in the fourth round.

Game Day for USA in Ljubljana, Slovenia

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SPECIAL NOTE: Soccer By Ives uncovered info from Panama that the USA will play a friendly in Panama City on Wed Jan 25.
-You can also expect to see another friendly match to be scheduled for Sat Jan 21 on USA soil.


Today is Slovenia and what on paper should be an easier game than last Friday in Paris.

US vs. France – Indisputably Oblective Player Ratings Ratings

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Grades. Is there anything more cruel? An entire semester of work, and a little symbol reflects your homework, your exams, your term papers, and maybe your participation. Naturally, I can understand why some people in the soccersphere have objected to the application of "grades" to soccer player performances.


Quick Thoughts on USA v. Ecuador

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Good first half. Familiar lack of finishing. Weak second and predictably punished. The defense did look better organized (at least until Bocanegra left) though uncomfortable against the quick counter, something that should have Mexico salivating. Anyway, just a few thoughts...

* Chandler looked really impressive at the problem left back spot.

Player Ratings: U.S. Men’s National Team at Belgium

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After each match the contributors to New England Soccer Today will rate the performances of the United States National Team players who made an appearance on a 1 to 10 scale (1 horrendous, 5 average, 10 perfection). This week Julian Cardillo and Sean Donahue contributed ratings for the USA's 1-0 friendly loss to Belgium.

The Rest

Camp Update From Columbus

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  • Clarence Goodson is suspended for one match after picking up his second caution of the 2014 World Cup cycle during Friday's night game in Jamaica. Goodson departed camp this morning.
  • Steve Cherundolo participated in today's training session, having sat out in Jamaica to rest a calf strain
  • Tim Howard worked with the trainers this morning after suffering a contusion in his right leg Friday night.

The Tuesday 10: Small Screen Edition

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By "The Other 87 Minutes" / Senior Unemployed English Major Correspondents

With Clarence...sorry, Clay Goodson appearing on House Hunters International late last year and Kyle Martino doing a stint this past Sunday on Cupcake Wars, soccer would seem to be having its moment in the sun.

France 1-0 U.S.A

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French substitute Loïc Rémy was the lone goal scorer in the 72nd minute when Marvin Martin chipped the ball over the U.S. back four. Rémy latched on to the ball knocking Clarance Goodson down in his wake and finished cleanly past goalkeeper Tim Howard. The Everton keeper had done well to keep France off the scoreboard [.