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.
And there it is. Jurgen Klinsmann going wide and expansive with his camp roster next week. The roster dominated by the return of golden boy Stu Holden and no place for Steve Cherundolo (or Carlos Bocanegra).
GOALKEEPERS (6) : Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tally Hall (Houston Dynamo), Bill Hamid (D.
The U.S. coaching staff will be deployed in four different countries this weekend scouting U.S. players as part of the constant evaluation process of the player pool. Here's how it's shaping up: U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann heads to Seattle on Saturday as the Sounders host New England.
Wonderful Wondo(w)lowski. The United States men's national team forward got his first goal for his country against Guatemala last Friday and decided he just wanted more. Three more in a 6-1 rout of Belize in front of 18,000+ at JELD-WEN Field in Portland, Oregon.
Matt Biggerstaff with a thorough technical analysis of last night's USA-Belize skirmish.
A critical Gold Cup World Cup Non Qualifier (GCWCNQ) was played this evening in Portland, as the US took on Belize. We learned a lot from this game, like the fact you can't spell WIN without Wondowlowski, and you can't spell Wondowloski with less than 4 W's.
And Stu Holden came through unscathed. For a fan base who has witnessed "delivers to the promised land" get cut down over the years Charlie Davies, John O'Brien Holden back on the pitch and with time to build his fitness, experience and resume in advance of World Cup 2014 is terrific.
Multiple reports in American soccer media and Italian dailies have U.S. Men's National Team
midfielder Michael Bradley leaving Germany for Italy's Chievo Verona.
The Borussia MÃ¶nchengladbach man is on the outs and a move to the Serie A was exactly what new
USMNT head coach Jurgen Klinsmann said was necessary for Bradley when he indicated that Bradley was
left off the upcoming international friendly rosters for Costa Rica and Belgium to sort out his
What more could you want? Stuart Holden and an ANTI-GRAVITY TREADMILL. How cool does that sound?
Very cool. Anyway, I've mentioned this contraption before as both Holden and Ricketts are using it
as a part of their recovery. It basically allows the players to rebuild their muscle memory (and
muscles themselves) with minimal stress on the joint.
Rumors abound that Wanderers have an interest in wayward striker Robbie Keane but it seems that
as soon as talk surfaced, fans and media alike said "absolutely not!" Keane hasn't enjoyed the form
that earned him a sale to Liverpool a few years back in the last couple of seasons so it is easy to
see where the fans are coming from and let's not forget the fact tat his wage demands are simply
We all must find ways to entertain ourselves in the offseason. Some turn to other sports, pick
up crochet, or run a footy academy in Iceland. Other's such as the ever entertaining Stuart Holden,
turn to American soccer to fill their time. While working on his rehab in America, Stu took
sometime to support his home league and attended the Philadelphia Union-Sporting Kansas City
Unsurprisingly, things are a bit slow at the moment. The season is not quite over, but the
transfer rumour mill has yet to fully start up. This means it's the perfect time for me to write
about the Junior Whites end of the season party, complete with awards as voted by our young
supporters. Every year the players attend to pick up any awards they may have won, then sign shirts
for the kids, and according to Super Kevin Davies, a jolly time is had by all.
I had the incredible opportunity to interview international superstar Tony Meola this morning.
Meola was one of the few American players to make it over to Europe in the 90s and had starting
roles for both the USMNT and MetroStars, among others.
Meola is participating in some events in advance of the Argentina game tomorrow (see details
below) and we had a chance to talk about the match.
Well this fixture should prove to be at least moderately more entertaining. This weekend, thanks
to a replay victory over Wigan, we're playing Fulham at Craven Cottage, hoping to advance to the
sixth round of the FA Cup. As Mark put it, we should "expect some hot American on American action"
from this match with both Clint Dempsey and Stu Holden playing.
This match is a bit of a frightening prospect. After a horrorshow start to the season, Everton
are pulling themselves together, and last weekend executed a 5-3 thrashing of Blackpool. Moyes' and
his blue boys will be sailing after that elating result. Bolton however still haven't righted the
ship after a mid-season dip in form.
It's an emotional time for Wanderers fans. We've been suffering a mid-season slump, we've had
five away losses in a row, getting only 4 points from the last 5 games. And then, last Saturday the
incredibly sad news of Nat Lofthouse's death reached us. The loss of a legend, the one man that
embodied Bolton Wanderers more than any other, has shaken the club from top to bottom.
Supporters of Stu Holden, the USMNT player and former Houston Dynamo star, have been singing the
midfielder's praise all season for his breakout role with Bolton. Now Holden, in his first English
Premier League season, is also getting recognized by the fans there as well.
Readers of "The Guardian," using their average player ratings for each EPL match, have chosen the
American international as their "best player so far this term".
Well, we had to lose at some point I suppose. After an unbeaten November, the first game of
December brings us a lackluster loss. As losses go, there have definitely been worse. We didn't
deserve a win, but we didn't play hopelessly either, and despite having roughly 86 minutes to put
the game away, City never converted one of their myriad chances.
Look where we are, Wanderers. A third of the way through the season, 19 points, a positive goal
difference, in 5th place. Last season after 13 games, we were in 18th after conceding 15 goals and
only scoring 1 in our last 4 games. Despite what Gary Megson may have said, we are a massively
Bolton @ Arsenal 9/11/10 Stu Holden was understandably excitedÂ heading into the match with
Arsenal, however after the match I don't believe Stu would say it was an enjoyable afternoon.Â
Holden started and played all 90 minutes for the Trotters, however the 3 fouls he took were not
enough as they fell 4-1 at Emirates Stadium with nearly 60,000 in attendance.
Our second published contest entry comes from reader Mark Yesilevskiy, a longtime reader and bright
soccer fan and player from TYAC Pop Culture Guru Puck's neck of the woods, Rochester, New York.
When he's not cheering on the Philadelphia Union or the hometown Rochester Rhinos, Mark is a fan of
USMNT midfielder and Abercrombie hearththrob Stu Holden's EPL side, the Bolton Wanderers.
By Garrett McInnis Prior to the France match, I had completely unrealistic expectations. The same
can be said of my expectations for Jurgen Klinsmann's first few months as manager of the National
Team. I think it's safe to say that most American soccer fans got a little too excited by Klinsy's
hire. Having said all [.
By Garrett McInnis As we parse through the lineup selected by Jurgen Klinsmann for the November
friendlies, we at The Yanks are Coming think it's a perfect time to debut a new series of posts
titled "The Top 23."Â In essence, this will be a running tabulation of who we (the contributors at
TYAC) think [.
By Dr. Raf Crowley What I am about to write today may incense some â€“ for this I do not
apologize.Â If you are offended by what I write, open your mind and try to think independently.Â
For the self-proclaimed feminists that read and lament Puck's weekly Happy Hour (and are sure to
read this [...]
By Dru Boyer Not a very exciting week for the Yanks Abroad, although we did witness some hot Yank
on Yank action in the EPL.Â I'll give my player of the week honors to Steve Cherundolo for being
part of a 3-1 smack down of Bayern and having Hannover on pace for a Champions League [...]
By Neil W. Blackmon, writing from Atlanta A month ago, we began taking votes for the First Annual
Yanks Are Coming US Soccer Awards. The idea was to post the winners New Year's Day as a Happy New
Year's present to our readers who themselves played a crucial role in determining winners. Quite
obviously, we never informed any of you who won the awards.
PHILADELPHIA---Three thoughts from the October set of friendlies and then player ratings from last
night's nil-nil snoozer against Colombia. Keep in mind the thoughts are from both games, not just
last evening. First, Jermaine Jones is a nice player, and yes, he would have helped us this summer
in South Africa, but let's not get too excited about a 28 year-old, injury prone box-to-box
midfielder just yet.
The European club season is just a couple weeks old, but the predominant projection for the next
USMNT World Cup squad already looks to be taking hold. Two weeks does not make a season, let alone
a four year long body of work, but the theory that the strength of the 2014 Yanks will be the
in-its-prime midfield looks solid.
One win and one loss are the results tally for Bolton Wanderers as they are two-thirds of the
way through their tour of the United States. The 1-0 loss to an in-form FC Tampa Bay was quickly
avenged with a 3-1 victory over a tired Orlando City SC.
Yes, out of the 30 photos from training in Orlando, I chose this one.
It's no secret that this hasn't been exactly the most exciting summer for the Bolton Wanderers,
and any news is at least vaguely interesting. I mean, I read an interview with the kitman earlier
today. I know exactly how many ankle socks they brought to America.
Really, it had to be him. The Yank lit up the Reebok this season, putting in great performance
after great performance. He orchestrated our midfield, sending promising balls through to his
strikers and wingers. He worked hard, making tackles for every ball that he lost and then some. He
celebrated every goal his teammates scored, and got a few of his own back.
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The off-year Gold Cups are always, well, entertaining. Last cycle's off-year 2009 gave us the further emergence of Charlie Davies, the rightful gushing over the fair-haired guy from Houston (Stu Holden) and the folly of a flailing Luis Robles against Haiti.
By Neil W. Blackmon In the wake of a busy midweek featuring more MLS roster-shuffling, the return
of Charlie Davies and of course Champions League and Europa tilts, we have an FA Cup weekend in
England highlighting a less than full, but still juicy, slate of soccer action across the pond.
Everyone that comes to [.
Well, some things are happening, but they aren't very interesting. Actually, they're just mostly
angry-making. Then again, with my volatile temper, most things are angry-making (you can't tell
whether I'm being sarcastic or not. ha). It is at this point in News Round Up when I always wish it
had a theme song.