A few days after losing Fabian Johnson to an injury for the upcoming CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers against Honduras and Panama, the U.S. Men's National Team was forced to drop another German-based start from its roster.
U.S. Soccer announced on Sunday that Bobby Wood was removed from the roster due to a back injury.
Bobby Wood owned the first half then substitutes Sacha Kljestan and Christian Pulisic dominated the second frame as the USMNT crushed St. Vincent & the Grenadines in Kingstown, St. Vincent Friday afternoon.
Matt Besler has played in a World Cup. He is an MLS Cup champion, a Gold Cup winner and an MLS Defender of the Year. With all he has gone through, the 29-year-old defenderis as much of a veteran as it gets, but even Besler was a bit nervous to assume a role that would be make or break for the U.
Jurgen Klinsmann has named his 40-man provisional roster for Copa America. There's still Jorge Villafana for some bizarre reason, but hey, at least Eric Lichaj is listed. G - David Bingham (San Jose Earthquakes), Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), Ethan Horvath (Molde FK), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)D - Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas), Ventura Alvarado (Club America), Matt Besler (
Another set of stats, this time the most starts for Sporting KC in league play and in all competitions.
In league play one new player joined the list in 2016, Benny Feilhaber hit 100 starts in league play. Elsewhere on the list, Matt Besler moved into sixth place and should become the fifth player to hit 200 league starts for KC in 2017.
Continuing to update my stats, here is this year's update of players capped while playing with Sporting Kansas City throughout the club's history. There's a new player at the top of the list for Sporting KC, as Graham Zusi became the most capped international while playing with Sporting KC, passing Josh Wolff.
Matt Besler and Graham Zusi both moved past Peter Vermes and Mo Johnston and into 8th and 9th place for playoff minutes played for KC, Besler finished the game with 1,260 minutes played while Zusi finished with 1,259.
Besler and Zusi also made their 13th playoff appearance for KC, tying them with Peter Vermes for 10th all time on that list.
Bruce Arena and US Soccer today announced the roster for this year's January camp that will culminate with friendlies against Serbia and Jamaica. Two Sporting KC players were named to Arena's squad, with Benny Feilhaber finally making his return to the international stage after being frozen out by Jurgen Klinsmann, and Graham Zusi being brought back in a new position at the international level.
Clint Dempsey named man of the match after his goal and assist to lead the US into the semifinals
The United States came into Thursday's quarterfinal matchup with Ecuador hoping to continue the form they attained in the latter parts of the group stages, and Jurgen Klinsmann only made one change to the lineup he'd been using all tournament.
Two of Sporting Kansas City's designated players are heading out on national team duty after tonight's game against Salt Lake. Matt Besler and Graham Zusi were called up by the US Men's National team for this summer's Copa America Centenario.
With MLS taking a break for much of the tournament, Besler and Zusi will only miss two games during the group stage.
One last look back at 2016, here are my end of year awards for moment of the year in 2016.
Game of the year - Comets vs Mustangs 12/3/16 - Shutouts don't happen often in indoor soccer, since the Kansas City Comets rebirth back in 2010, the Comets had never had one. That changed in December of this year when the Comets defeated the previously unbeaten Chicago Mustangs 6-0 at the Silverstein Eye Centers Arena.
Sporting Kansas City punched their ticket to the MLS Cup playoffs with a convincing 2-0 win over the San Jose Earthquakes at Children's Mercy Park. With the way other results went today that slide them into the fifth seed and will now see them travel to Seattle on Thursday for a match up with the Seattle Sounders.
Sporting Kansas City shored up their defense in Salt Lake City on Sunday night, but was unable to clinch a playoff berth with two games left as the club played to a 0-0 draw at Rio Tinto Stadium. What that means is that heading into next week's final slate of games, there are four teams vying for three playoff berths as KC host San Jose, Portland travel to Vancouver, and Seattle host Salt Lake.
It took Belgium 8.1 seconds from kickoff to score against Gibraltar in UEFA World Cup qualifying. Christian Benteke got the goal. Belgium won 0-6. dN
USA Mens National Team friendly: -Tue Oct 11 USA v New Zealand - RFK Stadium, Washington DC - 7:00pm CT on on ESPN + UniMas
Here is the Roster for the Cuba game:
G: David Bingham - San Jose Earthquakes, Bill Hamid - DC United, William Yarbrough - Leon
D: Kellyn Acosta - Dallas, Matt Besler - Sporting Kansas City, Steve Birnbaum - DC United, Omar Gonzalez - Pachuca, Michael Orozco - Tijuana, Tim Parker - Vancouver Whitecaps, DeAndre Yedlin - Newcastle
M: Paul Arriola - Tijuana, Michael Bradley - Toronto, Lynden Gooch - Sunderland, Perry Kitchen - Heart Of Midlothian, Sacha Kljestan - New York Red Bulls, Danny Williams - Reading
F: Juan Agudelo - New England Revolution, Jozy Altidore - Toronto, Terrence Boyd - RB Leipzig, Julian Green - Bayern Munich, Jordan Morris - Seattle Sounders
We have some changes to the USMNT squad ahead of Tuesday's friendly with New Zealand. The most notable addition? How does Terrence Boyd grab ya?The end result roster? Here ya go...G - David Bingham (San Jose Earthquakes), Bill Hamid (D.C. United), William Yarbrough (León)D - Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas), Matt Besler (Sporting KC), Steve Birnbaum (D.
I love World Cup qualifying! It's been out of my life for way too long.
USMNT with 2 World Cup qualifiers on the docket: -Fri Sep 2 St Vincent + The Grenadines v USA - Arnos Vale Stadium, St. Vincent - 2:30pm CT on beIN SPORTS -Tue Sep 6 USA v Trinidad + Tobago - EverBank Field, Jacksonville FL - 7:00pm CT on FS1 + Univision
Some things to know about the team referred to as the Vincy Heat.
In their first league game back from the Copa America Centenario, both Matt Besler and Graham Zusi made their presence felt for Kansas City as they picked up a 3-2 win over the Columbus Crew at Children's Mercy Park. It took both players until the second half to really take the game over, but when they did both players did well.
Jurgen Klinsmann hinted this week that he might be including Michael Orozco in his lineup for the suspended DeAndre Yedlin as the United States takes on Ecuador in their Copa America Centenario quarterfinal. That isn't the case, as Sporting KC center back Matt Besler gets the nod, likely slotting in at left-back -- this means that Fabian Johnson will move from left-back to right-back.
The MLS Players' Union today came out with their yearly release of player salaries. For Sporting Kansas City their salaries went up by about $1 million from the 2015 season. Included in the raises were the likes of Tim Melia getting a decent pay bump, Matt Besler, Graham Zusi, Roger Espinoza and Benny Feilhaber both getting $50,000.
Away trips in CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying can be unusually tough. Travel to the smaller nations in the Caribbean is atypical for athletes used to large jets or custom buses. The fields, in St. Vincent and the Grenadines case a cricket field without adequate lights for night play, have odd patches, or turf, or other quirks.
On Saturday the USMNT beat Paraguay to advance, then were given a gift when Costa Rica beat Colombia. Today we experience the Tico's gift with the USMNT playing a Copa America Quarterfinal in Seattle. This is your Sounder at Heart Gamethread, What to Watch For and How to Watch
USMNT (FIFA Rank 31) v Ecuador (13) What to Watch For:
Our overall leader also led the round, as !BL4CKnRED-2014Champ took advantage of the double game weeks to score 129 points. David Villa (NYC, $11.4) wore the armband and scored 42 points on two goals. Lee Nguyen (NE, $11.2) tallied two assists and 17 points, while Diego Valeri (POR, $10.