Archive for the 'Soccer' Category

15
Jun
10

Slovenia’s Komac Guarantees Win Over US

andrej komac

By Jesse Jones

Slovenia, the smallest nation in the 2010 FIFA World Cup, is coming off a 1-0 win over Algeria in group play Sunday. The win has propelled one player to talk.

Midfielder Andrej Komac has guaranteed a win Friday against the United States. After practice Tuesday, Komac talked to the media and claimed, “We are going to win this match.”

Should the US take these words lightly, or pay attention to them? Slovenia is leading Group C with 3 points, while the US is tied with England for second with 1 point, and Algeria sits in last with 0. Slovenia has also made more progress than they did in their last appearance, 2002, when they lost all three games. It’s safe to say that the team is playing with confidence.

But so is the United States. They tied England, who has been favored to make it to the final rounds, and upset Spain last summer, who was ranked as the best team in the world at the time. Tim Howard has been cleared to play Friday, after sustaining bruised ribs in the match against England. Other stars, Jozy Altidore and Uguchi Onyewu, also appear to be at full strength.

The two teams take the field Friday morning at 10:00 AM at Ellis Park.

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30
Mar
10

MLS Underway

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By Jesse Jones

The MLS season is underway and that means that the D.C. United are looking for their fifth MLS championship.

The club’s season began last Saturday, March 27th, in Kansas City.  This game, however, was not what any of the United faithful had in mind.  The Kansas City Wizards completely dominated the United, and won 4-0.

D.C. will look to turn things around this Saturday as they host the New England Revolution at RFK Stadium at 7:30 PM.

24
Oct
09

This Goalie Should Be Ashamed

By Jesse Jones

This is just crazy. If you’re the goalie that let this in, shame on you!!

This goal helped lift SMU over #16 Tusla 3-2.

12
Aug
09

Still Winless

USA Is Still Winless At Estadio Azteca

USA Is Still Winless At Estadio Azteca

By Jesse Jones

A quick goal to start the game by US forward Charlie Davies made it seem like the US was ready to get their first win in Estadio Azteca and basically solidify their spot in the 2010 World Cup.  But as history has shown, this would not happen.

Later in the first half Mexico would score off of an excellent shot by Israel Castro.  Then, in a tied game in the 81st minute, Mexico would put the game away.  Sabah got a shot off of a rebound and put it just over Tim Howard.  2-1 would be the final score, and that puts the US Men’s National Team at a record of 0-23-1 in Estadio Azteca.

Throughout the game, Mexico controlled the tempo and had the majority of the possession.  Both teams had great opportunities, but Mexico capitalized on one too many.  The US played somewhat tense most of the game and did not take a lot of shots.

Despite the loss, the US still remains in second place in the CONCACAF standings with 10 points, however Mexico is only one point behind now with 9.  The US has four more games left in World Cup Qualifying play, against teams they should beat.  To do this, the US will need to play more upbeat with better defense, more possession, and shoot more shots on goal.

Keep following the team on their quest to South Africa!

12
Aug
09

USA vs Mexico: The Preview

usa/mexico
Props to ESPN for the photo!

By Jesse Jones

Estadio Azteca seems to be another world for the US Soccer team.  The squad is 0-22-1 lifetime playing there.

But this time there is legitimate hope.  Unlike the last meeting against Mexico (5-0 loss), coach Bob Bradley and the US team will play the starters from the game where they knocked off then #1 ranked Spain.  In an earlier meeting this year (February) with some of these starters, the US beat Mexico 2-0.

This game is a FIFA World Cup Qualifier, which means the top three teams in the CONCACAF league (Americas) will qualify for the FIFA World Cup in 2010 held in South Africa.  The US is currently ranked second with 10 points, and Mexico is fourth with 6 points.  Even with a loss, the US will still be sitting somewhat comfortably, but since they are in fourth place, this game is essentially a “must-win” for Mexico.

However the US has revenge on their minds.  Even though the squad that lost 5-0 was an inexperienced group of back-ups, the world still looks at the result as a Mexico win over the US.  If the US feels that they are better than Mexico, which they undoubtedly should, they will use this to help them try to escape with the first win in team history from Estadio Azteca.

Coverage starts today at 3:30 PM on ESPN.

08
Aug
09

US Soccer To Have Full Lineup vs Mexico

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By Jesse Jones

US Soccer head coach Bob Bradley will not have a repeat of what happened last time his squad faced Mexico when they play August 12th.  The game is a FIFA World Cup Qualifier that will take place in Mexico City.  Last time the two teams played (5-0 win by Mexico), the US did not play any starters from the game when they upset then Number 1 Spain.  However, now the team will have players such as Landon Donovan, Jozy Altidore, Clint Dempsey, Oguchi Onyewu, and goalkeeper Tim Howard.  With a starting line-up that includes these players, don’t expect another 5-0 loss by the US.

Currently the United States is ranked 12th in the World Standings, and Mexico is ranked 30th.

27
Jul
09

Not A Wise Decision

Domination

Domination

By Ben Linton

It’s already embarassing that the United States’ Men’s Soccer team lost to Mexico in the Gold Cup final yesterday. But it’s the way that they lost that should truly be embarrasing. Mexico gave the U.S. a devastating beatdown by score of 5-0 in East Rutherford.

They did this by scoring four goals in 23 minutes to start the second half. Normally the United States dominates Mexico, because this was the first time this decade that Mexico beat the U.S. on American soil. Another factor that played into this shameful defeat was that the United States did not play any players from the Confederations Cup Final that lost to Brazil.

This just does not make sense. This is only giving Team Mexico more confidence that they can beat the U.S. heading into the World Cup. I understand that you’re trying to give experience to other players that may not play as much, but not playing anyone from the ConFed Cup team seems pretty rediculous. It is still a championship game, so treat it like one. This only hurts American Soccer’s image after it was just starting to get recoginition for beating Spain. So Sad.




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