Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Game Day for USA in Ljubljana, Slovenia


SPECIAL NOTE: Soccer By Ives uncovered info from Panama that the USA will play a friendly in Panama City on Wed Jan 25.
-You can also expect to see another friendly match to be scheduled for Sat Jan 21 on USA soil.


Today is Slovenia and what on paper should be an easier game than last Friday in Paris. My wizened paternal grandmother always warned me to be careful of paper.


International Friendlies
Matches & Scores:
-Fri Nov 11
France 1-0 USA - Fra goal by Loic Remy.
-Tue Nov 15
Slovenia v USA - 11am CT on ESPN2


US Soccer gives us all the pregame notes you could ever want.

USA Captain Carlos Bocanegra will earn his 100th cap if he plays today. Most likely yes.
-Ron Blum of the AP tells us more.

"Are we developing into losers who can juggle the ball?"
Jack Bell of the NY Times talks to former USA star Eric Wynalda who sees Klinsmanns attitude that wins in friendlies don't matter as 100% wrong.
-Wynalda thinks this attitude leads to complacency and coasting.

Ives Galarcep of Fox Soccer declares - No more excuses.

Grant Wahl of Sports Illustrated previews the game.

Leander Schaerlaeckens OF ESPN previews.

US Soccer has a Q & A with Michael Bradley about his goal in the World Cup against Slovenia.

US Soccer with a video preview of the game.


USA Roster-
Bill Hamid - DC United
Tim Howard - Everton
Carlos Bocanegra - Rangers
Timmy Chandler - Nurnberg
Steve Cherundolo - Hannover
Clarence Goodson - Brondby
Alfredo Morales - Hertha
Michael Orozco Fiscal - San Luis
Oguchi Onyewu - Sporting CP
Kyle Beckerman - Real Salt Lake
Michael Bradley - Chievo
Clint Dempsey - Fulham
Maurice Edu - Rangers
Fabian Johnson - Hoffenheim
Jermaine Jones - Schalke
Robbie Rogers - Columbus Crew
Brek Shea - Dallas
Danny Williams - Hoffenheim
Jozy Altidore - AZ
DaMarcus Beasley - Puebla
Edson Buddle - Ingolstadt


Slovenia roster-
Vid Belec - Crotone
Jasmin Handanovic - Maribor
Samir Handanovic - Udinese
Miso Brecko - Cologne
Bostjan Cesar - Chievo
Branko Ilic - Lokomotiv Moscow
Bojan Jokic - Chievo
Matej Mavric Rozic - Kapfenberger
Miral Samardzic - Sheriff
Marko Suler - Gent
Armin Bacinovic - Palermo
Josip Ilicic - Palermo
Andraz Kirm - Wisla Krakow
Rene Krhin - Bologna
Dejan Lazarevic - Padova
Darijan Matic - Kryvbas Kryvyi Rih
Ales Mertelj - Maribor
Dare Vrsic - Olimpija Ljubljana
Valter Birsa - Genoa
Zlatko Dedic - Bochum
Zlatan Ljubijankic - Ghent
Tim Matavz - PSV
Nejc Pecnik - Krylya Sovetov


In conjunction with the international break US Soccer is holding a special U20/23 Training Camp in Duisburg Germany. They are playing 4 friendlies, with the team divided into 2 squads.

Matches & Scores:

-Fri Nov 11
USA U23 3-1 Bochum Reserves - USA goals by Terrance Boyd, Tony Taylor & Dilly Duka.
Liveup: Sean Johnson; Sheanon Williams, Ethan White, Royal Dominique Fennell, Zarek Valentin; Joe Benny Corona, Amobi Okugo, Mixx Diskerud, Greg Garza; Terrance Boyd, Juan Agudelo
USA U23 v Azerbaijan U21
Liveup: Cody Cropper; Perry Kitchen, Will Packwood, John Anthony Brooks, Sean Cunningham; Caleb Stanko, Sebastian Lletget, Luis Gil; Jerome Kieswetter, Omar Salgado, Bobby Wood

Tue Nov 15
USA U23 v Leverkusen U23
USA U23 v Leverkusen U19

US Soccer gives us lots of video from the U23/20 camp. Go to the page and just scroll down. There are as many as a half dozen to choose from on this team alone.

David Bingham - San Jose Earthquakes
Cody Cropper - Ipswich Town
Sean Johnson - Chicago Fire
Jon Kempin - Sporting Kansas City
Gale Agbossoumonde - Eintracht Frankfurt
Anthony Brooks - Hertha Berlin
Sean Cunningham - Molde
Royal-Dominique Fennell - Stuttgart Kickers
Greg Garza - No club
Perry Kitchen - DC United
Will Packwood - Birmingham
Zarek Valentin - Chivas USA
Sheanon Williams - Philadelphia Union
Ethan White - DC United
Joe Corona - Tijuana
Mixx Diskerud - Stabaek
Dilly Duka - Columbus Crew
Luis Gil - Real Salt Lake
Jared Jeffrey - Mainz
Sebastian Lletget - West Ham
Tyrone McCargo - Nurnberg
Amobi Okugo - Philadelphia Union
Charles Renken - Hoffenheim
Caleb Stanko - Freiburg
Jose Villarreal - LA Galaxy
Juan Agudelo - New York Red Bulls
Terrence Boyd - Hertha Berlin
Conor Doyle - Derby County
Josh Gatt - Molde
Joe Gyau - Hoffenheim
Jerome Kiesewetter - Hertha Berlin
Jack McInerney - Philadelphia Union
Omar Salgado - Vancouver Whitecaps
Tony Taylor - Atletico CP
Bobby Wood - 1860 Munich
Andrew Wooten - Kaiserslautern


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