I’m a bit late to this show – and have been severely slacking on the posts anyway – but the men’s U20 team was recently announced and includes a significant number of players plying their trade overseas. Actually, 8 of the players play across the border in Mexico. It’s a welcome development. We have a significant opportunity to tap into the Latino community and build out an even better team. In doing so it will be an indication of how well we’re doing with building the infrastructure needed to find the best players and get them to compete with the best players. Check out the roster – it’s definitely a statement roster:
Edwards, Earl (UCLA
MacMath, Zac University of Maryland
Perez, Justin C.F. Monterrey
Flores, Cristian C.F. Monterrey
Garza, Greg Sporting Lisbon
Hot, Sacir Boston College
Jean-Baptiste, Andrew Albertson
Perry, Aubrey University of South Florida
Saavedra, Gerardo UW-Milwaukee
Valentin, Zarek University of Akron
White, Ethan Maryland
Batista, Kevyn Desportivo Brasil,
Birnbaum, Steven University of California
Garza, Victor Tigres
Nungaray, Ernest Monarcas Morelia
Orozco, Moises Real So Cal
Powers, Dillon University of Notre Dame
Romero, Roberto Cruz Azul;
Shanosky, Conor DC United
Castillo, Julio Cesar C.F. Monterrey
Jahn, Adam Stanford University
Mendrano Williams, Ronald L.D. Alajuelense
Ruelas, Adrian Santos Laguna
Salgado, Omar C.D. Guadalajara
Just read on Soccernet.com that two of the best prospects, Gyau and Renken, for the US Men’s National U-17 Team will be heading to Germany to continue their development. I’ve been hearing about these guys for awhile now and am definitely looking forward to their development. It’s good these guys are getting over their now and developing under a system (the German one, not necessarily Hoffenheim’s – takin’ what I can get here) that produces top-level talent. US Soccer video of the two playing against Brazil a few years ago:
Jozy came on at the 60 minute mark during this weekend’s game for Hull City and managed to get an assist with his first touch – balled. Too bad he missed a couple golden chances after that – saul good, we still love you. Take that Xerxes, ya Persian punk!
So I’m late. I didn’t get to watch the entirety of the game since I had too much work to do at…work. So I streamed it while at work. That didn’t exactly work out to well with everyone else online – made for a choppy showing. Anyway, the US went ahead and basically played for the tie after that. Bunkered in and played bend, but don’t break.
Why? If you score in the ninth minute, perhaps keep the pressure on or at the very least maintain some sort of possession. Mexico dominated possession. They usually win the possession game, say 51% to 49%, but this was ridiculous. Didn’t see the actual possession percentages, but I’m sure it was worse than that. And, if you’re going to bunker in, why in the hell did Ching get to play as much as he did? He needs service and people running off of him to be of any use. At least Jozy can create on his own, so the need to have guys running off of him decreases. Poor choice, Bob.
And well done to Charlie Davies. He played aggressively, took his chance well (didn’t on that header…), and was active. He still has a way to go, but he’s showing great promise.
Also, Spector should have started over Cherundolo. There is no reason to switch the Confed Cup lineup. None. Spector played extremely well against superior competition. Way to jack up the chemistry, Bob.
The defeat doesn’t do much to damage their chances of going to the World Cup, but it certainly makes things a bit tighter. And, it’s our rival. And with they way they played in the Confed Cup, it did seem their best chance to win thus far. We always have the Gyao, Renken, McInerny group on the way.
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Just came across this video on Soccer By Ives – what a goal. I was never one to hate on Landon Donovan. I never thought he was the second coming of Pele or that he’d somehow save US soccer. I’ve just thought he was a good player and one that could be great if he got his mind right, which he seems to have done as of late. Hopefully the Serie A deal gets done and he gets to play better competition. Well done Landy Pandy.
“He ended up initially on loan at Everton, some newspapers even cruelly suggested that as a sufferer of Tourette syndrome who refused to medicate himself against the neurological disease, he had lost Ferguson’s confidence….”
Good little article from Soccernet on Tim Howard. I found this tidbit of information particularly interesting – the non-medicating part. Considering how often we as a society medicate for every problem we have, I’d say that’ s quite commendable.
Altidore is off to the English Premier League, to Hull City to be exact. Hull City? Yes, Hull City. Not a glamorous team, but at this point it’s all about being able to get consistent minutes for the guy. He sat on the bench after Villareal loaned him out to some second division Spanish club (Xerez) whose name reminds me of the movie 300 and that Persian Xerxes. The EPL will suit him just fine. He plays physical and the refs allow much more tussling to go on unlike the in Spanish league. Freeeedom!