Our series on the US and the World Cup continues with the 1990 World Cup, After nearly being eliminated in the preliminary qualification round, the US would need to win its final qualification game before making its first World Cup appearance in 40 years.
The US hosts Costa Rica in a FIFA World Cup Qualifier tonight at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colorado, tonight (ESPN, WatchESPN and UniMas from 7 p.m. CT.). Inpreparation for the matchUS Soccer has posted some classic video's of the two sides. So I'm putting them up here for your enjoyment.
One of the enduring traditions around Academy events is the staff game played by the Technical
Advisors and Scouts. Always organized by Manny Schellsheidt, these kickarounds are a nice way for
the staff to get a run after an exhausting schedule throughout the week. It's also a good reminder
for those who get to watch how much talent and experience is being contributed to the scouting
How many U.S. World Cup veterans can you fit in one weekend showcase? So far, we've spotted
seven: Former captain Claudio Reyna is here after recently being named the U.S. Soccer youth
technical director, getting his first close look at an Academy Showcase.
Assisting with scouting are Thomas Dooley, Brian Maisonneuve, and former U.
Giuseppe Rossi is a soccer player of (seemingly) quite exceptional ability. His
two goals led Italy to a 3-1 win over the US in the first group match of the FIFA Confederations
Cup on Monday and have led to the 22-year-old from Teaneck, New Jersey being branded a "traitor" by
many US fans.
Head over to ESPN Soccernet and read a nice piece about one-time Rowdies midfielder, Hugo Perez.
The article is by Jeff Carlisle and details the career of one of the better US national team
players of the late 1980s and early 1990s. Before Claudio Reyna and Landon Donovan, there was
He played just two seasons with Tampa Bay and unfortunately his career coincided with the dark
years after the collapse of the NASL.
Jonathan Spector and Jay DeMerit have stepped in to start and play 90 minutes in three straight
games for a total of 270 minutes each. For Spector, that's more minutes than he played for the U.S.
from June 13, 2007, until the start of the Confederations Cup, and for DeMerit that's more minutes
than he played from June 29, 2007, until facing Italy on June 15.
D.C. United Academy defender Trey Vinson chosen by U.S. under-14 boys national team head coach Hugo
Perez as one of 36 players for the training camp July 29-Aug. 5 at The Home Depot Center in Carson,
Calif. The squad includes 15 players from California and four each from New Jersey and
Under-14 Boys' National Team Meets for Training Camp at The Home Depot Center
Wind Lake's Luka Prpa is headed back to the Home Depot Center.
The North Shore United defender is one of 36 players chosen to participate in a U.S. Under-14
boys national team training camp under the direction of coach Hugo Perez from July
29 to Aug. 5 in Carson, Calif.
The Development Academy Playoffs week isn't only about the games on the field â€“ it's part of a
broader objective to connect every level of play on the U.S. Soccer pyramid from the Development
Academy to the senior U.S. Men's National Team.
Earlier in the week in Frisco, Texas, members of the technical staffs from all 78 Academy teams
attended a workshop that focused on coaching education and a technical overview of the directives
and new initiatives that the U.
The first video from Sarasota is up as today's episode of Studio 90 News. Check out an interview
with DA Select coach Hugo Perez, listen to some of the planned weekend events, and even get a look
at our crack grounds crew getting the fields ready after a few days of fowl, err...foul
I learned a lot this week from the show, at which you may point your ears here.
Most obviously, it was informational listening to Andrew Bell of the Charleston Battery talk USL. I
don't see MLS ever expanding there, so I think the Bats' future is pretty bright. Even if MLS
expands to 36 teams or something, the USL can make hay off markets 37 and down.
While players are now reporting to their European clubs' preseason training camps, we're all still
following the movement of American players between various clubs. This got me thinking that after
20 years of following the fortunes of US players in Europe (9 of them as a reporter), its hard not
to notice the evolution of the American presence in the European game.
Here's how the voting has gone for the National Soccer Hall of Fame for the last seven years
(all I have are the top tens - my man Jack Huckel, late of the Hall, may have the
complete lists, but whether he'll ever share them, I don't know). Those players who were elected
are in bold.
Thanks to FIFA's rules and the poaching of players nations such as France and Mexico have
engaged in lately, more focus and emphasis than ever has been placed on players eligible to play
for more than one nation recently. Obviously the United States has previously depended on
naturalized players like Earnie Stewart, Tom Dooley, Hugo Perez and even the forgotten Brian Quinn
and David Regis, but recently the US has become more defensive in stopping other nations from
poaching players developed here at home.