Showing posts with label Friendlies. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Friendlies. Show all posts

26 March, 2014

USA hosts Mexico April 2

Credit: Tony Quinn -
The final warmup for the US team before the World Cup Roster is set will be a week from today, April 2, against Mexico in Phoenix, AZ. The match will be broadcast live on ESPN at 11:00 pm Eastern / 8:00 pm Pacific. This is the last chance for most of these players on the "bubble" to try to make the World Cup squad.

All of the players on the Roster for Wednesday's Friendly are based in North America, either in MLS or Mexico. Nick Rimando looks to solidify his position as the #3 goalkeeper on the World Cup roster after EPL starters Tim Howard (Everton) and Brad Guzan (Aston Villa). Will DaMarcus Beasley be the starting left back in the World Cup? Matt Besler, Omar Gonzalez, and Brad Evans should round out the starting back four. Michael Orozco and Clarence Goodson have certainly earned a roster spot, too. So, it looks like Geoff Cameron and Edgar Castillo are out, or at best, deep on the bench.

In the midfield, most of the starters are here: Michael Bradley, Landon Donovan, and Graham Zusi or Eddie Johnson on the right wing. This might be the last chance for Brad Davis, Kyle Beckerman, or Maurice Edu to prove they are good enough for the World Cup roster. The guy I want to see in a tryout, Brek Shea, is not available, nor the probable starting left wing, Fabian Johnson.

Finally, Clint Dempsey and Jozy Altidore have already nailed down starting spots on the World Cup roster, and I'm sure Aron Johannsson will be on the bench. That leaves only one more forward spot on the World Cup roster. Will Chris Wondolowski earn it?

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.C. United), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)

13 November, 2013

Haggis Anyone?

107,765...  That was the attendance in the first meeting at Hampden, Scotland's stadium in Glasgow, between the US and Scotland back on April 30, 1952.

At that time, that was nearly 30,000 more than the previous attendance record for Scotland and definitely, by far, the largest the US had ever seen.

Now maybe it was the fact that the US had previously upset England at the 1950 WC and let's be honest, the Scots love anyone who beats the Brits.  Either way, the US only fielded 6 of the 11 players that were on the squad that beat England.

By the 30' mark, the US was down 4-0 to Scotland, en route to a 6-0 loss, but the US has come a long way since then.  They weren't to face each other again until 1992, but since then they have faced off 5 times, and the US has gone 2-2-1 with a  +4gd, the most recent match being 5-1 in the US favor in 2012.

The US is using this as a tune up for the World Cup in Brazil, and we'll see quite a few possible USMNT starters, what with the following player pool:

GOALKEEPERS (3) : Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Tim Howard (Everton), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire)
DEFENDERS (7) : DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest), Michael Orozco (Puebla)
MIDFIELDERS (7) : Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Michael Bradley (Roma), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim), Jermaine Jones (Schalke), Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht), Brek Shea (Stoke City)
FORWARDS (6) : Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Terrence Boyd (Rapid Vienna), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar), Eddie Johnson (Seattle Sounders FC), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)  Sounders FC), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)

Scotland will be just happy to play a game, after yet again getting a tough qualifying group and failing to qualify for Brazil.

We expect a 3-1 win for the US, as the USMNT takes on Scotland at 2pm CST on ESPN2 and Univision.

Photo: USSoccer

01 June, 2012

12 January, 2012

USMNT Has A Busy Spring

While the USMNT has not officially announced it yet, Brazil Linkis saying they are traveling to the US to face the USMNT either May 30th or 31st.

This is good news for the US as this now tallies our friendlies up to 4 and all against pretty good competition before we enter the WC qualifying cycle.

USMNT Schedule:
Jan 21 USMNT v Venezuela Univ. of Phoenix Stadium Glendale, AZ (tickets)
Jan 25 USMNT v Panama Estadio Rommel Fernandez Panama City, Panama
Feb 29 USMNT v Italy Stadio Luigi Ferraris Genoa, Italy
May 30/31 USMNT v Brazil Foxborough (or DC) Boston, PA/DC (tbd)

The US roster announced for the January matches:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (7): Geoff Cameron (Houston Dynamo), A.J. DeLaGarza (LA Galaxy), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), George John (FC Dallas), Zach Loyd (FC Dallas), Michael Parkhurst (FC Nordsjaelland), Heath Pearce (Chivas USA)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Ricardo Clark (Eintracht Frankfurt), Benny Feilhaber (New England Revolution), Jeff Larentowicz (Colorado Rapids), Brek Shea (FC Dallas), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
FORWARDS (4): Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bulls), Teal Bunbury (Sporting Kansas City), C.J. Sapong (Sporting Kansas City), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)

There is also the outside possibility that we may match up with Argentina or Mexico in May/June as Brazil will be playing both in the US during their trip. So what do you think? Good stuff?

Photo: USSoccer

03 November, 2011

US Roster v France and Slovenia

Looks like we are going to see a lot of euro based players for this one as only 5 MLS players are called up (they need a little break for now) including Bill Hamid who is currently on trial with West Brom in the EPL.

GOALKEEPERS (2): Bill Hamid (D.C.United), Tim Howard (Everton)
DEFENDERS (7): Carlos Bocanegra (Rangers), Timmy Chandler (Nürnberg), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96), Clarence Goodson (Brondby), Alfredo Morales (Hertha Berlin), Michael Orozco Fiscal (San Luis), Oguchi Onyewu (Sporting Lisbon)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Michael Bradley (Chievo Verona), Clint Dempsey (Fulham), Maurice Edu (Rangers), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim), Jermaine Jones (Schalke 04), Robbie Rogers (Columbus Crew), Brek Shea (FC Dallas), Danny Williams (Hoffenheim)
FORWARDS (4): Jozy Altidore (AZ Alkmaar), DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Edson Buddle (Ingolstadt), Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy)

This could be the last chance for Robbie Rogers to impress and it's looking rather thin at mid... interesting.

14 October, 2011

France v US Friendly Scheduled

Looks like the USMNT is stepping up the competition. While we may not win, it is pitting us against better opposition in an effort to improve. It's also an international friendly day, post MLS and thus the USMNT should be able to bring in a full starting lineup.

That said, November 11th. Stade de Paris, 2pm CST on ESPN 2.

And as a side note, this is actually, a double friendly weekend, which means the US is working on picking up another Euro friendly days later on November 15th (yes I understand the irony of saying weekend when in fact it's 4 days apart).

Those teams available in Europe at the moment for a Nov. 15th match?

Iceland (now with new coach Laagerback)
and Switzerland

all being likely opponents...

Photo: USSoccer

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