October 12, 2012 |
Eddie Johnson's second goal of the game in the 90th minute bailed out a shaky U.S. national team Friday, lifting it to a crucial 2-1 win over Antigua & Barbuda in a World Cup qualifier at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Grounds in Antigua. The U.S. entered the match needing a win and a tie in its final two games in the semifinal round of regional qualifying to assure itself of a spot in next year's CONCACAF final. The U.S. meets Guatemala on Tuesday in Kansas City, Kan., in its final game.
October 11, 2012 |
The U.S. national soccer team didn't lose any players to injury or illness on its three-hour flight to Antigua on Thursday. And that passes for great news given that Team USA is already down four players heading into two crucial World Cup qualifiers, beginning Friday against Antigua and Barbuda. The U.S. needs at least a win and a draw in its next two games to assure itself of a place in the next round of regional qualifying for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. After playing in Antigua Friday, the U.S. team plays Tuesday against Guatemala in Kansas City, Kan. But the U.S. squad will have to accomplish that without Landon Donovan, the national team's all-time leading scorer, as well as midfielder Brek Shea and left backs Fabian Johnson and Edgar Castillo.
October 10, 2012 |
The U.S. soccer team, which found out Tuesday it would not have Landon Donovan in uniform for a pair of crucial World Cup qualifers, learned Wednesday that two other players would miss Friday's match with Antigua & Barbuda after Edgar Castillo was ruled out with a foot injury and Fabian Johnson was sidelined for at least a match with flu. With two matches left in this round of qualifying, the U.S., Jamaica and Guatemala each have seven points in group play. But only the top two finishers advance to the final round of regional qualifying for the 2014 World Cup, meaning the U.S. needs at least a win and a draw from its matches with Antigua and its Oct. 16 game with Guatemala to assure it won't miss the tournament for the first time since 1986.
October 7, 2012 |
Let's dispense with the myriad possibilities and mathematical permutations and cut directly to the chase: For the U.S. to be sure of advancing to the next round of World Cup qualifying, it needs at least a win and a draw in its remaining semifinal matches against Antigua and Barbuda and Guatemala. The U.S. will be favored in both matches — it plays Antigua on Friday in Antigua and Guatemala on Oct. 16 in Kansas City, Kan. — but that will mean nothing once the whistle blows. "You have to explain to people that even if you are, on paper, the big favorite, for your opponent the game against the United States is the game of the year — and maybe the game of the decade," U.S. Coach Juergen Klinsmann said.
June 7, 2012 |
So this is what Juergen Klinsmann meant when he talked about developing a U.S. style of soccer. "Maybe we don't want to hurt people, but that's what you've got to do," Klinsmann, coach of the United States national team, said last week after his team was routed, 4-1, by Brazil in an international friendly. "We've got to step on their toes more and get them more frustrated. " Why should the country that brought the world the Ultimate Fighting Championship, tackle football and talk radio be satisfied with gentlemanly soccer?
February 20, 2011
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