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.
When U.S. Soccer announced the U.S. Men's National Team roster for the January camp, it was as much about seeing old faces as it was identifying new talent.
Head coach Jurgen Klinsmann selected a heavily Major League Soccer-based roster, which sees USMNT regulars such as Graham Zusi, Landon Donovan, and Omar Gonzalez return while also giving opportunities to players like Mike Magee and youngsters like Luis Gil, Shane O'Neill, and DeAndre Yedlin.
From the opening match against Canada to their finale against Austria 22 matches later, the 2013 calendar year was certainly a memorable one for the U.S. Men's National Team.
After an up-and-down 2012, the USMNT rebounded with a year that included historic victories against Germany and Bosnia and Herzegovina, a Gold Cup title, and a victory over Mexico that helped earn the USMNT a trip to Brazil next year.
With a nod to the past and present, U.S. Soccer released its All-Time USMNT Best XI to round up the Centennial year celebrations.
Six players on the list have earned more than 100 caps in their USMNT careers, including leading vote-receiver Landon Donovan (52 votes), Marcelo Balboa, Carlos Bocanegra, Clint Dempsey, Eric Wynalda, and Claudio Reyna.
This is something that has not occurred since the third time I voted for Landon Donovan to win nearly a decade ago. The official release...--Jozy Altidore, a forward for the US National Team, has won the "2013 Player of the Year Award", presented by Fútbol de Primera for the last 23 years and chosen by journalists from across the nation from all platforms.
Dempsey As USA Captain? A Failure. - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Jurgen Klinsmann outsmarted himself.
Looking to take a good player – Clint Dempsey – 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.
Expansion is coming back to MLS in 2015. As New York City FC and Orlando City SC get ready to enter MLS, what will they become known for? Because, fair or not, every MLS team becomes known for something.
Well, the 2013 Major League Soccer season is over, and it was a memorable one for the league.
Were you wondering what that camera was doing strapped to Brad Davis' chest during Brian Ching's testimonial match last Friday?
Well wonder no more. The folks with the Houston Dynamo posted a video with highlights from the Davis GoPro cam, giving fans an inside look not only at the match but what a player sees and hears during a game.
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.
Photo: Courtesy of the Philadelphia Union Philadelphia Union I got nothing. Local Former Union Academy goalkeeper Zack Steffen was huge between the posts in University of Maryland's 1-0 win over UC Irvine to advance to the NCAA tournament quarterfinals. Ranked No. 5, the Terrapins travel to face No. 4 ranked [.