As Landon Donovan moves closer to playing in his fourth World Cup, the U.S. Men's National Team star has done plenty of reflecting on how much has changed since he first took the field in the 2002 World Cup.
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.
GLENDALE, Ariz. Landon Donovan has a proven track record against Mexico, so it came as a bit of a surprise when it was revealed that he was not in the U.S. Men's National Team's starting lineup for their Wednesday friendly vs.
The United States grabbed a 2-0 first half lead behind goals from Michael Bradley and Chris Wondoloski, but fell apart in the second half as Mexico's Rafael Marquez and Alan Pulido scored to assure the match would end 2-2 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. on Wednesday night.
The match was the third friendly of the year for the U.
USMNT, Donovan and the quest for Brazil 2014 - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Less than 100 days out from Brazil 2014, the US national team has a lot going for it. Yes, they're in a tough group but they've also improved considerably from the last World Cup, building a strong base and a cohesive team under coach Jurgen Klinsmann.
It couldn't really end any other way. Dos a cero. The year was different and so were the goal scorers, but the venue was a similar as the scoreline was as the United States men's national team waxed Mexico, 2-0 at Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.
A smashing Eddie Johnson header just past halftime and a backpost goal from Landon Donovan mid-way through the second half and the U.
Whelp. That one stung. The United States men's national team, looking for their first win ever in Costa Rica walked away empty handed, temporarily setting back the finalization of their World Cup qualifying. The Nats dropped an ugly one, 3-1, in San Jose.
Michael Bradley went off injured in pre-game training and the USMNT looked listless the entire match giving up two goals in the opening ten minutes.
For the second time this year, we have been treated to some insight from Jurgen Klinsmann as to the problems facing US players who hope to move to a prestigious European league. According to Klinsmann, there was apparently no demand to bring US players on loan in the January transfer window, and American players lack some level of belief in themselves.
Chris Wondolowski scored both U.S. goals in their 2-0 win over South Korea on Saturday.
Chris Wondolowski found the back of the net twice to lead the United States to a 2-0 victory over South Korea at the StubHub Center in Carson, CA. on Saturday afternoon in the team's first match of 2014.
Easy as one, two, three. Three goals from the United States men's national team and they're on their way to the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup Final. A thoroughly dominating performance by the Nats, 3-1 over Honduras, means a date with surprise finalists Panama.
Eddie Johnson, freed by a great ball from Landon Donovan, broke away from the Panamanian defense to open the scoring in the 11th minute.
Dempsey As USA Captain? A Failure. - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Jurgen Klinsmann outsmarted himself.
Looking to take a good player â€“ Clint Dempsey â€“ and make him the face of his team, Klinsmann bargained away the captain's armband, and bet on that piece of cloth making Dempsey come out of his skin and lead.
American soccer is surely an effort on the rise! As attendance figures continue to increase and new expansion teams get discussed, it seems as though the MLS is generally on a strong course of improvement each and every year!
But yet there is still that nagging feeling of doubt that it will never truly be able to compete against the likes of the English Premier League or La Liga in Spain.
2014 is the year for Clint Dempsey and Michael Bradley to make their biggest marks on the U.S. soccer world. It is hard to argue against this point. The two soccer stars have their chance to enhance the profile of MLS and lead the U.S. National Team to success at the World Cup.
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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.
In case you hadn't heard, Andre Blake was drafted number one by the Philadelphia Union in MLS SuperDraft on Thursday.
Who is Andre Blake? He is a Jamaican-born goalkeeper with three years of college soccer experience at the University of Connecticut. While at UCONN, he played in 36 shutouts (clean sheets) and received all-american honors.
To most fans of US soccer, Ian Darke wasn't a familiar name when he was hired in 2010 to commentate for ESPN at the World Cup in South Africa. After a debacle in 2006 with ESPN's embarrassing commentator Dave O'Brien, ESPN was stockpiling Brits for the record-breaking coverage from South Africa.