Okay, it's only Tuesday morning, but I'm already set to scrap the rest of this week and head straight to Lot 8 to wait out the snow thaw there. Who's with me? No? Nobody? Oh, fine, here are your morning links.
Eddie Johnson on D.C. & Seattle | The News Tribune Yesterday, touchline brought you one Seattle newspaper's interview with the Grown Ass Man.
This is Eric Beard's second piece for The Shin Guardian. Eric is
Wikipedia-like on global soccer. He founded and created the excellent A Football
Report and he also is a recent great pick-up for The NY Times.
FBM's Dan trying to play "journalist" with Keller.
During the 2013 Major League Soccer All-Star game in Kansas City we had a chance to sit down with Kasey Keller who's soccer resume over his 17 year career is most impressive (USMNT, Portland Timbers, Milwall, Leiscester City, Rayo Vallecano, Tottenham, Borussia Monchengladbach, Fulham, and retiring with the Seattle Sounders).
MLS player acquisition rules can be quirky. One of those is Allocation Ranking (sometimes called Allocation Order). Seattle used Allocation Ranking, or a trade directly after the use of Allocation, to acquire Kasey Keller (#1), Sammy Ochoa (traded for #3), Eddie Johnson (traded for after Montreal used #1) and Marcus Hahnemann (traded for after Toronto used #3).
SEATTLE - U.S. legend Tony Meola was in town to do some promotional work for Allstate, an MLS sponsor. While he was around, he obliged me with a lengthy interview on all things national team-, goalkeeping- and Seattle-related.
Read the bulk of the interview at American Soccer Now, but here are a couple of tidbits that make more sense for our audience.
Strange weekend for the middle of a Major League Soccer campaign.Â With World Cup qualifying
and the Euro 2012 taking center stage, there was only one MLS match over the last couple of days.
Perhaps the biggest soccer match in the United States over the weekend featured Argentina and
Brazil in a much hyped friendly between the two South American powers.
The first soccer operations move the Union made was the one that sold me on the team. When, in
2009, the Union announced the hiring of United States U-23 coach Peter Nowak as manager, it
signaled--at least to me--that the team was putting careful thought into how the team would be
constructed. Nowak, even before becoming the face of the Union--and due respect to, at different
times, Danny Califf, Sebastien Le Toux, and the Sons of Ben, he is--has been considered something
of a legend in Major League Soccer.
The U.S. Men's National Team played Scotland to a scoreless tie at Hampden Park to open its final set of international friendlies in 2013 before heading into the new year and the stretch run to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. It marked the second time in three matches on Scottish soil that the USA has played the hosts to a draw.
Tim Howard established himself as the United States number one right after World Cup 2006. While Kasey Keller was still in the US mix at the time, Howard was named the starter by Bob Bradley, then the interim Head Coach, a place he has retained since.
Howard has generally been good for the United States though he has come under some criticism through the years.
The initial reaction among U.S. Men's National Team fans to the news of Tim Howard's current injury was understandable. Shock and fear seemed a normal way to respond to the news that Howard would likely miss this month's World Cup qualifiers considering Howard has started virtually every important U.
First half hat trick from Wondo sets the stage for a commanding win in the opening of group play for the US. Klinsmann says McInerney "is on a good path." Video of brilliant tifo in Portland. Altidore returns to the Prem. Union bits and more.
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.
Estadio Azteca is one of the most historic stadiums in the world that presents a rare and imposing
opportunity for players. The Mexicans have only lost eight times in their history at this vaunted
Landon Donovan and former U.S. veterans Kasey Keller talk about the value and the experience of
Welcome to tonight's In-Game Blog for the match between the U.S. Men's National Team and Brazil.
We'll have all the information on this international friendly for the USA, including lineups,
pre-game facts and in-game notes from Landover.
After losing their first match of the final round of World Cup qualifying to Honduras, the US need a win against Costa Rica to improve moral and banish grumblings of discontent within the team. That task was complicated a bit by the weather conditions in Colorado though, as a snow storm hit before the match that covered the pitch in white powder.
Sounders FC in their early MLS history end home streaks. First up was Columbus and then
destroying the RioT of RSL. Next up is New York Red Bulls who are yet to lose in 2012 (5-0-2 +9)
and ended with a three match regular season streak last year. There's also the little issue of 3
time zone travel that Seattle sports fans know so well.
For what it's worth so early in the tournament, here are myÂ PowerÂ Rankings for all
sixteen countries up to and including the second round of games in Group A. I'm sure you'll
disagree but use the comments feature to pass your own opinions and give us your
The United States National Team squared off against Brazil on Wednesday night and the match was
televised on ESPN2.Â The game broadcast featured Ian Darke and Taylor Twellman, ESPN's primary
international team.Â The pairing of Darke and Twellman makes for an interesting contrast with
NBC's primary broadcast team of Arlo White and Kyle Martino.
U.S. goalkeeping legend Kasey Keller has traded in his boots for a microphone and will be part of
the ESPN broadcast team for tonight's match against Brazil. With the U.S. looking for only its
second ever win against Brazil, it's serendipidous to have the man who recorded a clean sheet in
the USA's first and only victory.
It only takes one goal. In a battle of two defensive-minded teams, just one shot has to make it's way into the back of the net. Such was the result on an historic Thursday night as the Seattle Sounders finally punched their ticket to the Western Conference Finals.
Oh, who am I kidding. I can't stay straight faced on this.
Last year the San Jose Earthquakes game managed a huge crowd powered by the retirement of Kasey Keller. This year it is rivalry that is the engine for Seattle's massive crowds. Most teams in MLS draw crowds of this size by facing teams like Manchester United or Barcelona or Real Madrid. Here, in the greater Puget Sound the team does that, but also draws for teams like the LA Galaxy, the Vancouver Whitecaps and the Portland Timbers.
Osvaldo Alonso's lasting memory of the 2012 U.S. Open Cup may not be a great one, but he can at
least take solace in being named the "Player of the Tournament" by theCup.US. Alonso was one of
three Seattle Sounders players not to convert his attempt in the decisive penalty shootout, but he
was undeniably a major reason they were even there to begin with.
Part of Gordon R. Dickson's Childe Cycle is the story Lost Dorsai. It involves
a young military musician from a warrior caste who has chosen not to kill. During the climax of the
story he is part of a small force besieged by a much larger army. The larger force comes from a
Three home games. Three very different opponents. Three wins.
On a superficial level this is an impressive statistic in its own right. Historically MLS squads
do not feature tactical flexibility. But reviewed in the context of the injury report, this result
takes on a different significance.
It's been 20 years since the U.S. has lost to Scotland, the team's first opponent in the "five-game
tournament" that begins May 26 at EverBank Field. In fact, it's 20 years to the day ...
On May 17, 1992 at Mile High Stadium in Denver, the U.S. fell 1-0 in front of 24,157 fans. A young
Kasey Keller minded the net that day in front of a back four that included recent National Soccer
Hall of Fame inductee Desmond Armstrong.
YEEHAA!!! In honour of Clint Dempsey's exemplary exertions this season; supersedingÂ Louis
Saha'sÂ previousÂ record (13) as Fulham's single-season Premier League goalscorer by knocking in
his 14th, 15th, and 16th league goals of the campaign over the Easter weekend and taking his
overall 2011/12 tally to 22 in the process we thought we'd offer an 'umble doff of our cloth caps
to the best rootin' tootin' Yankee Doodle American players to ply their trade this side of the
Just caught this on the US Soccer Facebook page:Pep Rally at Cinerama in Seattle TONIGHT. Jurgen Klinsmann, former #USMNT / Seattle Sounders FC goalkeeper Kasey Keller, select members of the team and The American Outlaws will be on hand to pump up the supporters. Doors open at 7:30 PM.Admittance is FREE for all fans.
Since coming over in a trade with Kansas City prior to the 2010 season, Kevin Hartman has been nothing short of a rock between the posts for FC Dallas. After claiming the starting spot for his own early in 2010 and never looking back, "El Gato" has been as dependable and hard-working as they come even now at age 38.
Someone once said that there are more important things than sports for the city government to be focused on accomplishing. Mike Gastineau's response was to prove that sports fans can celebrate sports and support their community. What is now the KJR Kares-A-Thon does just that. It raises money for local charities (this year's partners are the Northwest Literacy Foundation, Central Area Youth Association and the Lorenzo Romar Foundation) while also helping sports fans have unique experiences.
It seems like the M.O. for Sporting KC this year has been to employ the high pressure on their
opponents, create giveaways and create a number of chances in the game, while limiting the chances
that their opponents get. Last night though, Sporting KC reversed that role a little bit. KC still
employed some high pressure, but an early goal for Jacob Peterson allowed Sporting KC to sit back a
little bit and basically told the Crew "OK come and beat us.
At this time last year, the Portland Timbers were just eight games into their inaugural season,
and they were already creating a reputation for a dangerous ability to score goals off corner kicks
and free kicks.
By May 8 the Timbers had scored eleven goals, seven from set pieces. Portland's next game came
against Seattle, when Futty Danso famously got his head above Kasey Keller's outstretched mitts and
redirected Jack Jewsbury's long free kick for the score.
Without Kasey Keller, Sounders prefer leadership by committee | MLSsoccer.com
As you may have heard, I've became the Sounders beat writer for MLSsoccer.com. The good news is
that you'll still be getting plenty of me. The bad news is that I might not be writing quite as
much here. Do drop in and say hi.