Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Some Soccer News for Sep 7, 2016

It's Day 251 of 2016.

USMNT last World Cup qualifier in the Semifinal round:
-Tue Sep 6
USA 4-0 Trinidad + Tobago - USA goals by Sacha Kljestan, Jozy Altidore(2) + Paul Arriola.
  • Jozy Altidore now has 16 World Cup qualifying goals, the most by any American.
  • Tim Howard made three very good saves to show he is still the most confident and competent American goalkeeper.
  • Christian Pulisic became the youngest American player to start for the USA in a World Cup qualifier.

Five clear topics to come out of the 2 USA games over the past 6 days. By Tom Dart of the Guardian.

USA building momentum at just the right time. By Brian Straus of Sports Illustrated.

USMNT is unbeaten at home in World Cup qualifiers since a loss to Honduras in 2001.

USA has 2 friendlies coming up in October - 7th in Cuba, 11th in DC v New Zealand.


CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying Semifinal Round:
  • The top 2 teams from each group will advance to Final Round - the Hexagonal.
  • With 2 games remaining only 1 team has advanced (Mexico) and only 1 team has been eliminated (St Vincent.)

Group A
A16 Mexico (+12 GD)
A8 Honduras (0 GD)
E7 Canada (-3 GD)
E2 El Salvador (-9 GD)
Group B
A13 Costa Rica (+8 GD)
A10 Panama (+2 GD)
E4 Haiti (-2 GD)
E4 Jamaica (-8 GD)
Group C
A13 United States of America (+17 GD)
A11 Trinidad + Tobago (+4 GD)
E10 Guatemala (+7 GD)
E0 Saint Vincent + the Grenadines (-28 GD)

Match results:
-Tue Sep 6
Mex 0-0 Hon
Can 3-1 ElS
CR 3-1 Pan
Jam 0-2 Hai
USA 4-0 TnT
Gua 9-3 StV


Here are your 6 teams that qualified for the final round of World Cup qualifying in CONCACAF, aka The Hexagonal, aka The Hex:
  • Costa Rica
  • Honduras
  • Mexico
  • Panama
  • Trinidad + Tobago
  • United States of America


Other interesting tidbits from the semifinal round:
  • Again Canada did not advance to the Hex. If I remember correctly, they have not been past the semis since qualifying for the 86 World Cup.
  • St Vincent was the only team in the three groups without a point. They also had a -28 goal differential.
  • In its final game Guatemala scored 9 goals with Carlos Ruiz bagging 5 of those.


Mexico is up FIRST for the USA in the Hex. How are things going for them? By Tom Marshall of ESPNFC.


The USA schedule in the Hexagonal:
-Fri Nov 11
USA v Mexico
-Tue Nov 16
Costa Rica v USA
-Fri Mar 24
USA v Honduras
-Tue Mar 28
Panama v USA
*-Wed Jun 7 or Thu Jun 8
USA v Trinidad + Tobago
*-Sun Jun 11 or Mon Jun 12
Mexico v USA
-Fri Sep 1
USA v Costa Rica
-Tue Sep 5
Honduras v USA
-Fri Oct 6
USA v Panama
-Tue Oct 10
Trinidad + Tobago v USA
*Dates not set due to Mexico participation in Confederations Cup in Russia beginning on Jun 17. Draw for that event is No 27, so we will know about WCQ dates shortly after that.


The stage has been set on Tue Oct 10, 2017 for Trinidad + Tobago to attempt to enact their revenge on the USA for 1989.


How have the first few months on the job been for new CONCACAF president Victor Montagliani? By Matthew Hall of the Guardian.


NASL Week 21:
-Wed Sep 7
Puerto Rico v Ottawa


Minnesota has signed a loan deal for fullback Chris Klute from Portland Timbers.


Fort Lauderdale fire sale continues as they sell goalkeeper Diego Restrepo to Tampa Bay Rowdies.


I voted for Andres Flores of New York Cosmos for NASL Player of the Month for August. Winner will be announced shortly.


Kealia Ohai of Houston Dash named NWSL Player Of The Week

Daryl Fordyce of Edmonton named NASL Player Of The Week


Houston Dynamo has loaned Erick Cubo Torres to Cruz Azul for remainder of the season. He has shown so much promise.


Here is the 2016 Forbes valuation of the 20 MLS teams. Avg worth is $185M. By Chris Smith of Forbes.
  • High: Seattle Sounder - $285M
  • Low: Colorado Rapids - $110M


MLS Week 27:
-Wed Sep 7
Montreal Impact v Orlando City
Real Salt Lake v LA Galaxy


UEFA World Cup qualifying has begun: 10 talking points from the first set of games. (And 2 from CONMEBOL.) From the Guardian.


Big issues in the Netherlands with the decline in quality of the clubs and national team causing great worry. An interview with Ruud Gullit, a revered Dutch player, but a miserable coach. By Donald McRae of the Guardian.

The Bird Is The Word


Blogger Demko said...

Supposedly that was Ruiz's final game. Quite the farewell for El Pescadito.

6:47 PM  
Blogger Rich said...

I'm feeling more confident in Klinnsman than I have in the past 5 years. He seems to be making much better decisions with his squad, and doing what we had hoped. I love the consistency, trying out some new guys when he needs, due to injuries and cards, but I don't feel like game in and game out is an overhaul every time.

7:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Demko - I will be sad when Ruiz is gone for good. I hate him completely. And I love him resoundingly.

Rich - I am not about to go that far, but I will admit that everyone can learn and grow. Lets hope you are on to something here.


8:17 AM  

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