July 17, 2013 |
MEXICO CITY - North Korean officials on Wednesday called for Panama to release the crew members of a cargo ship being detained while authorities search it for Cuban missile components and other war materiel. North Korea's Foreign Ministry said the crew should be released because Panamanian authorities were looking for drugs, but had not found any, according to news reports. The Chong Chon Gang container ship remained docked on the Caribbean coast of Panama on Wednesday. Jose Raul Mulino, Panama's security minister, said in a TV interview that his country was awaiting the arrival of experts from the U.S. and Britain who could evaluate the “enormous quantity of armaments” involved.
July 16, 2013 |
MEXICO CITY - Cuba announced Tuesday that the missile parts the Panamanian government found hidden in a North Korean cargo ship heading home were part of a stash of aging military equipment in need of repair. Cuba's Exterior Relations Ministry said the North Korean ship contained 240 metric tons, or about 529,000 pounds, of "obsolete defensive armaments" that were being sent to North Korea to be repaired and returned to Cuba; it said it also carried about 10,000 tons of sugar. Among the armaments, the ministry statement said, were two antiaircraft missile systems, nine missiles "in parts and pieces," two MIG-21s and 15 engines for such planes.
July 16, 2013 |
MEXICO CITY - The Panamanian government has discovered what appears to be “sophisticated missile equipment” hidden in the hull of a North Korean container ship that had set sail from Cuba and was slated to head home via the Panama Canal, President Ricardo Martinelli said late Monday. Martinelli divulged the details of the discovery to Panamanian media and in a pair of brief posts on his Twitter account . The Panamanian newspaper La Prensa reported that Panamanian officials had initially suspected that the ship, the Chong Chon Gang, was carrying drugs, and detained it in the port of Cristobal, on the Caribbean coast, near the Panama Canal entrance.
July 7, 2013 |
Alfonso Lopez left Mexico 26 years ago. But he didn't leave behind his passion for the Mexican national soccer team. "It's my country. It's my team," he said Sunday, speaking in Spanish from his seat near midfield at the Rose Bowl, where Mexico met Panama on the opening day of the biennial Gold Cup. "This is a chance to feel close to home, close to my roots. " The game didn't provide much of a chance to celebrate though, with Mexico's young "B" team losing a sloppy and mistake-filled 2-1 decision.
June 17, 2013 |
SANDY, Utah - For Juergen Klinsmann, managing a soccer team is a little like building a puzzle. It's about "how to fit all the elements together," says Klinsmann, who is in charge of piecing together the U.S. national team. And when the puzzle doesn't come together properly? Well, that's when a coach mashes the pieces into place. Take the U.S. team. In their World Cup qualifier last week against Panama, the Americans started two natural defenders and a forward in the midfield and two regular midfielders on defense.
June 11, 2013 |
SEATTLE - Juergen Klinsmann has tried out more combinations than a safecracker is his two years as coach of the U.S. national team, starting 28 lineups in 29 games. Tuesday he found one that worked. With Jozy Altidore scoring late in the first half and Eddie Johnson early in the second, the U.S. beat Panama, 2-0, in a World Cup qualifier before a crowd of 40,847 at CenturyLink Field. With their third win in four games, the Americans took over sole possession of first place in the six-team CONCACAF qualifying table with 10 points, two points ahead of Costa Rica and Mexico halfway through the competition.
June 10, 2013 |
SEATTLE - Juergen Klinsmann went 23 months and 28 matches as coach of the U.S. national soccer team before starting the same lineup in consecutive games. The experiment didn't last long. Klinsmann, who lost midfielders Jermaine Jones and Graham Zusi in last week's win in Jamaica, will go back to the drawing board to find a starting 11 for Tuesday's World Cup qualifier against unbeaten Panama at CenturyLink Field (TV: Unimas, ESPN, 7 p.m.). Jones is out with a concussion, while Zusi is suspended a match after picking up two yellow cards.
June 9, 2013 |
U.S. midfielder Jermaine Jones, who sustained a concussion in a 2-1 victory over Jamaica on Friday in a World Cup qualifying game, says he will miss the next qualifier against Panama on Tuesday in Seattle. Jones is scheduled to see a neurologist Monday. The U.S. also will be without midfielder Graham Zusi, who drew his second yellow card against Jamaica. Questionable is forward Jozy Altidore, who has scored in his last two games. Altidore hobbled off the field late in the Jamaica game holding his left hamstring.
June 6, 2013 |
The last time the U.S. played a soccer match in Jamaica, it wilted in the heat and lost a 2-1 decision on a ragged field. That was nine months ago. So in an effort to keep that from happening again, U.S. Coach Juergen Klinsmann brought his team to Kingston three days ahead of Friday's World Cup qualifier to get it acclimated to the conditions. A bigger issue, however, is determining which team Klinsmann brought with him. Is it the one that conceded three second-half goals in a one-sided loss to Belgium in an international friendly 10 days ago?