Philadelphia Union

News roundup: USMNT desperately seeking win against Panama

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Updated MLS salaries released, WCQ around the globe, and the rest of the day's news.

News roundup: NASL denied Division 2 status

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USMNT needs late equalizer in Honduras, WCQ around the world, and the rest of the day's news.


CONCACAF WCQ Preview: Honduras faces Costa Rica, Mexico visits Trinidad and Tobago

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With the top three teams set to take on the bottom three in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying, Tuesday's games could go a long way towards determining who makes it out of the Hex and into Russia.

While the U.S. Men's National Team battles it out with Panama in a third versus fourth clash, the top two teams go on the road to take on the bottom two as Mexico visits Trinidad and Tobago and Costa Rica visits Honduras.

CONCACAF WCQ Rewind: El Tri wins in Honduras, Jamaica and Costa Rica victorious also

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Juan Carlos Osorio needed only one try to end the Honduran spell on Mexico.

Behind second-half goals from substitutes Jesus Corona and Jurgen Damm,El Tripicked up its first victoryin Honduras in 50 years with a 2-0 triumph.

Corona broke the deadlock in the 67th minute with a nifty finish.

CONCACAF WCQ Preview: Mexico faces road test, Costa Rica deals with injuries, and more

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As the U.S. prepares for its FIFA World Cup qualifying game against Trinidad and Tobago tonight, 10 fellow CONCACAF members will square off against each other looking to leave this international break in a comfortable position before resuming qualifying action again in four months.

Mexico enjoyed a successful debut under new manager Juan Carlos Osorio last Friday, but it will face a tough challenge ahead when it visits Honduras.

September 2013 World Cup Qualifiers: A Global Preview

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September 2013 World Cup Qualifiers: A Global Preview - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

After the thrills of duel 1-0 derby victories for Arsenal and Liverpool, and the mayhem of transfer deadline day, a crucial international break awaits. With World Cup qualifying winding down, countries can punch their tickets to the World Cup, or fall out of the running as we move closer to Brazil 2014.

SWOL Exclusive: Omar Gonzalez talks USMNT and WCQ

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LA Galaxy defender Omar Gonzalez greets fans at AT&T fan day in Carson California (Photo Credit Michael Chavez Booth)

Friday evening I had the pleasure to speak with Omar Gonzalez of the United States Men's National Team and the Los Angeles Galaxy.

Gonzalez was about to come face to face with a group of fans at the Carson California AT&T retail store at an event co-hosted by Major League Soccer and major sponsor AT&T.

USMNT vs. Mexico: Superb defense, missing offense

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The United States Men's National Team did not score a single goal for 90 minutes but were very happy with how they played and their coach Jurgen Klinsmann had nothing but praise for them. The USMNT are not the best national team in the world (in fact, they rank 33rd and dropped one spot) so the excitement for the tie against No.

CONCACAF 2014 WCQ – Matchday Scenarios – 12 October 2012

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Below are the matchday scenarios for CONCACAF 2014 WCQ on October 12, 2012. The top two teams from each group will move into the final round of qualifying.

Group A
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
United States 4 2 1 1 6 4 +2 7
Guatemala 4 2 1 1 6 4 +2 7
Jamaica 4 2 1 1 4 3 +1 7
Antigua and Barbuda 4 0 1 3 2 7 −5 1

On the next matchday:(12 October)

  • Jamaicawill advance if they defeat Guatemala AND the United States do not defeat Antigua and Barbuda.

World Cup

Ultimate guide to the November international break: WCQ's, Euro 2016 KO round

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The Americas, Africa and Asia all hold 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, UEFA finish off Euro 2016 qualifying, and international friendlies abound in November's first international break.

The November international break includes loads and loads of games. Most of them are pretty obscure (St. Kitts and Nevis vs.

US Hits Florida For Friendlies and World Cup Qualifying

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US fans will flock Florida for World Cup qualifying and a friendly. (Getty Images)

The US Men's National Team will be heading back to Florida this year for a round of games, a couple that are critical to getting into the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

The U.S. will face Scotland on May 26 in Jacksonville, Fla.


CONMEBOL Qualifiers Roundup: Argentina Survive Bolivian Altitude, Venezuela and Chile Pull off Surprise Wins

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Argentine striker Lionel Messi (Google Creative Commons)

It has been said that World Cup qualifying in South America is more tightly-contested than in any other of the continental federations within FIFA. Pittingthe likes of Brazil, Uruguay, Colombia, Ecuador and Argentina, who have all graced the top 12 of the FIFA World Rankings in the past year, against each other for a spot at the world's biggest sporting tournament, it is no surprise that despite only 10 national teams CONMEBOL consistently provides some of the most memorable matches during the qualification phase.

Your New World Champions: The DPRK

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No one really takes the Unofficial Football World Championships seriously; it's merely a nice bit of fun. But even with its inherent flaws the best team ever (as in...ever) is Scotland no one probably expected the trophy to head to Pyongyang anytime soon. Or ever. But they beat former title holders Japan (Spain -> Argentina -> Japan) today 1-0 in a WCQ and thus.

Great (old) goals you might neverseen (part2)

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This is a part2 and last of these two posts where I am sharing some of the great old goals, mostly not that famous, or over consumed by media or clips. Don't expect to watch a typical Maradona or Pele goal, but something really rare that you might never seen. Non WC goals are here. All goals are historical, meaning they are at least 20 years old (1991 season or before).

Argentina Uruguay: a historical game.

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Copa America just started to get more exciting, with Argentina and Brazil scoring the numbers that they should be scoring. Still the team as a whole is not convincing and their defenses are full of holes. Argentina vs. Uruguay will be the highlight of the QF as both teams got so much interesting memories in the past.


FIFA World Cup Qualifiers Betting Odds and Predictions

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Brazilian International Neymar (Google Creative Commons)

FIFA World Cup Qualifiers Betting Odds and Predictions

Friday, March 22, 2013

Israel +575 vs. Portugal -205, Draw: +280; Total 2o -150 (8:45 a.m. ET/5:45 a.m. PT):Despite having one of the world's two best players in Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal has been tepid at best on the world stage in the last decade in international competitions.

New FIFA Rankings put USA at 36 below the likes of Slovenia and Algeria

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New FIFA Rankings put USA at 36 below the likes of Slovenia and Algeria

Take these rankings with a grain of salt as they don't mean much, but for those of you who are interested in following the world rankings, FIFA has just updated their list for post-Euro 2012.

One of the big reasons why the USMNT slid so much was due to the Euros, as recent, important matches count highly toward the overall grade.

Jurgen Klinsmann

Brief: Jurgen Klinsmann’s Twitter Commentary

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Whither the USMNT goes, this guy is driving the bus...

Jurgen Klinsmann took to Twitter today to answer questions from the US Twitteratti. Here were some of his answers.

› On Clint Dempsey: "Spoke with Clint. Back in training & hopes to play v Inter.

Johnson brace saves USA in last-minute WCQ win

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Photo by John Todd/ISIphotos.com


The U.S. Men's National Team were flirting with disaster and on the brink of settling for a shock draw against Antigua & Barbuda, but Eddie Johnson came through in the clutch to help lift the Americans to victory.

Cameron, Parkhurst Get Call for WCQ

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Former University of Rhode Island star Geoff Cameron was among 24 players called into U.S. Men's National Team camp on Monday (Photo: Chris Aduama/aduama.com)

New England natives Geoff Cameron (Attleboro, Mass.) and Michael Parkhust (Providence, R.I.) were among 24 players called up by U.

Midfield Crisis: US loss to France shows glaring issue

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Despite it being an international friendly, no one really expected the US to come out and beat France. Although the US put in a hardworking effort, the same lack of scoring and midfield play again doomed the US to a loss under new-ish boss Jurgen Klinsmann. I still stand by my view of not judging him until World Cup Qualifying begins and we get a look at a full, veteran, "A" side US team.


Arsenal star Santi Cazorla claims Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta’s style is his guide to success

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Santi Cazorla of Arsenal (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

He may have only made nine appearances for London club Arsenal since his move to the English Premier League from Spanish side Malaga this summer, but already midfield engineer, Santi Cazorla is a club favorite.

His nine matches have seen him produce three assists, two goals and countless key passes that have helped the Gunner's off to a strong and positive start to the 2012/13 season.

Thai Coach Blames Lack Of Fitness

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Thailand lost to a South Korea team yesterday in the King's Cup. I have no idea which South Korea, it certainly weren't the first team and they didn't even include the Arsenal striker Park, but anyone the Thais played them and got beat 3-1.
Coach Winnie Schaefer after the game said the Thai team weren't very fit.

Malaysia's EPL Menenge A Trois

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v Arsenal 0-4v Liverpool 3-6v Chelsea 0-1
The Chelsea game mostly featured younger players as the first choice XI had to prepare for the WCQ against Singapore.

New England Revolution

The Couch Captain: End of the Winless Streak Edition

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It's been a long, arduous ten match winless stretch, but at long last, it has come to an end. The New England Revolution got the gorilla off their back last Wednesday night and defeated Columbus 2-0.

The crazy part of it all? It was done with a few fresh faces, and some unsung heroes. With players injured, star players in limbo, and an upcoming FIFA International Break, Jay Heaps got creative, and it paid off in a big way.

Musket Rounds: More Nguyen, Tierney, Joey Barton, USMNT, Newcastle, & more!

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Is it Saturday yet? No? Ugh. Well, might as well read about soccer in the meantime. Here's some links for you to make it through your morning, or whenever it is that you've stumbled into the wonderful work of The Bent Musket today.

Revolution Links

Nguyen earns player of the week honors - RevolutionSoccer.

World Cup Qualifiers

Only Heaven Knows...

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It is something that is bound to happen anytime amid the myriad of problems besieged the local football.

Never had the ground sentiment of the local fraternity sunk so low following an AGM that was held sometimes back with all cylinders fired from all corners angered and pissed off with the current stagnancy (based on observation of the various social media platforms).

Stadium Plan B

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With the SEA Games, an Under 23 event, taking precedence over everything, including World Cup Qualifiers, the PSSI are busy scampering round trying to fine a venue to host the WCQ between Indonesia and Iran.
The game is scheduled on 15 November, check the AFC website, but that date falls slap bang in the middle of the SEA Games with Indonesia's Under 23s playing Thailand on the same day.

Stadium Plan B

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With the SEA Games, an Under 23 event, taking precedence over everything, including World Cup Qualifiers, the PSSI are busy scampering round trying to fine a venue to host the WCQ between Indonesia and Iran.
The game is scheduled on 15 November, check the AFC website, but that date falls slap bang in the middle of the SEA Games with Indonesia's Under 23s playing Thailand on the same day.

second half

United States 1-4 Brazil – Player Ratings – Friendly – 30 May 2012

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Below are player ratings for the United States in their 4-1 loss against Brazil on May 30, 2012.


Howard 7 Made some key saves and was solid

Cherundolo 6 Had a decent match but didn't have many chances to get forward

Onyewu 4 Looked slow at times and was responsible for the handball on the first goal (questionable call)

Bocanegra 5 Not a great match as he looked a bit slow like Gooch

Johnson 7 He continues to impress and will probably be the starting LB for WCQ

Jones 5.

Malaysian Ultras

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Good to see a large number of Malaysian fans come down for the WCQ against Singapore. Some estimates suggest about 1,000.
As far as I can make out there were numbers of Negeri Sembilan and Selangor fans in that number and I also recall seeing a Johore state flag in the away enclosure.
Plenty written about incidents both during and after the game and as these pictures show one security official was pushed to the ground after he waded into the Malaysian fans during the second half.

Goals and Skills

Two brilliant Saudi goals

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Last week witnessed two amazing goals from Saudi clubs. The first was from Al-Ittifaq vs. Al-Ahli in what we can say as an Olympic league (under 23 years old)

The second goal was from Emad Al-Hosani from Al-Ahli vs. Al-Ansaar

Emad is Oman national team star, and he is famous by his bicycle kicks, watch these ones when he was playing at Al-Rayyan from Qatar:

and this one with Omani national team vs.


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Last week when Chivaz defeated Barcelona 4-1, Fabian got all the spotlights scoring two great goals especially the one with the great bicycle kick.

What is amazing now, and welcome to the world of the new internet media, here is the goal with non official cameras : )

and here is a one with even a better angle

one more camera :)

Then, here is another incredible (half) bicycle kick from one of the most under-rated Saudi players ever, Khalid Mosad.

The Rest

US-Mexico storylines, Union questions, Find Farnsworth!

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A huge clash between the US and Mexico is might keep your mind off the Union for a while. Check out all the big stories ahead of tonight's showdown.

WCQ: USA 3 - Guatemala 1

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world cup qualifier, usa, guatemala, group a, hexagonal

Thursday Morning Miscellaneous Ramblings

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Ok everyone, first I want to apologize for the quiet period here on HTIOT lately. With the extra off week things have been pretty slow for the Fire and MLS in general. For us international soccer fans, we have had USMNT WCQ games and Euro 2012 to keep us busy. The good news is that there is finally Fire action again this weekend vs.

LETTERS FROM CAMP: Getting shirty

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Easily in the Top 250 MLS English leftback specialty tees - order now!
So confident in the make-up of their first team for 2012, TFC management have taken the unusual step of pre-announcing oncoming cuts. For Reds supporters this is like being in some kind of training camp Twilight Zone.

Heavy Death Toll Mounting After Pitch Invasion In Egypt

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The death toll is currently mounting tragically in Egypt after a pitch invasion and fire hit Al Masri's stadium in Port Said on the back of a massive upset over Al Ahly less than one hour ago. One AP report has it at seven, while another less than 15 minutes later shows it at 35. And yet another moments later at 40.

The American Samoa Uprising Continues

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If you'd heard of the American Samoa national football team before this week, there's likely only one reason: Australia. A few years back, they took a beating that would leave even a ginger stepchild quaking in their boots at 31-0. They're also the joint-worst team in all the world. But in a successful effort to stave off symmetry, they won what was to be #31 earlier this week, then drew against the Cook Islands today in their WCQ, keeping them undefeated in two.

(You're) Welcome To North Korea

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Japan lost 1-0 to North Korea in their WCQ, their first defeat of the campaign, but it was the events off the field that will be remembered more than what happened on it.
Arriving in Pyongyang the Japanese team were kept waiting four hours while immigration and customs did their shit while ahead of the game their national anthem was roundly booed by the reported 50,000 crowd.