Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Some Soccer News for Mar 29, 2017

It's Day 88 of 2017.


4 points from 2 games. You happy? I'm happy. I was fearing the worst and getting 1 point. So this is waaaaaaay better.

World Cup qualifying schedule/results:
-Tue Mar 28
Panama 1-1 USA - Pan goal by Gabriel Gomez. USA goal by Clint Dempsey.
Estadio Rommel Fernandez, Panama City

My USA Notes:
  • Game highlights [VIDEO]
  • A typically brutal CONCACAF Central America road game for the USA. Hot and humid, bumpy field, physical opponent, lenient ref - all leading to a pretty ugly game.
  • Another statement from Dempsey with a goal to put the USA in front.
  • Pulisic did a masterful job to set up Dempsey - wow! That kid is something. Never ceases to amaze. Chased down Felipe Baloy, took the ball from him, then ran at goal drawing Roman Torres who he avoided, and finally slid a pass perfectly to Dempsey who swept the ball into the net. Magnificent.
  • A real mess in front of goal let Panama back into the game - there is no excuse for that poor defense - bust out the Iron Skillets - Villafana, Ream, Bradley and Jones all went after the ball, none of them got to it, then they turned their back on the play and let Panama pounce.
  • For all the players the USA was missing I thought they held their own quite well - and the defense, besides that set piece goal, bent but did not break, even providing some great play at times.
  • Gonzalez in particular had a strong game for the USA for the first time in a long time. I really hope that bumps his confidence up.
  • The USA attack was very weak. Altidore hardly even touched the ball.
  • Bradley sat deep, but Jermaine Jones in front of him did not connect into the attacking third much at all. Poor game from Jones.
  • Pulisic got the crap kicked out of him by Panama, but he, and his teammates, never retaliated. Great job by them for not losing their cool.
  • I was excited to see Acosta get a few minutes out there. He needs to start in place of Jones in the next game at home v T+T.
  • 2 huge saves by Howard, one in each half. Yes one was shot straight at him but it was a rocket, the other he got down low and smothered. The man.
  • Villafana has mostly held his ground for 2 games in a row. Great for him.
  • Good: Gonzalez, Howard, Pulisic, Dempsey
  • So-so: Bradley, Villafana, Nagbe
  • Bad: Zusi, Jones, Ream, Altidore
  • Overall I would say that Panama was the better team on the night. But a tie was about right.

Line Up Of The Missing. Consider this team picked from players that were injured or unavailable:
  • Guzan
  • Lichaj, Brooks, Orozco, Yedlin
  • Johnson, Lletget, Cameron, Zardes
  • Wood, Morris

Post-game Media:

In other USMNT news - the final team for their group stage in the Gold Cup was established last night as Nicaragua beat Haiti 4-3 on aggregate.




Tempting: du Nord Music Mix Vol 117 (download + extract)



Mike Petke is the new head coach of this weekend's opponent Real Salt Lake. For a very short time he was head coach of RSL's USL team Real Monarchs.
  • Will this be a boost to a team off to a poor start? Some people think RSL has the talent.

Patrick McLain who had been out due to a concussion is back training with the team. This puts them at near full strength. (Anor still out.)

Match Schedule/Results:
-Sat Apr 1
Minnesota v Sale Lake - 7pm CT on My29.

A recap of the players away on international duty:
  • Molino - started and went the full 90 earning a yellow as they lost at home 0-1 to Mexico in World Cup qualifying.
  • JVenegas - had returned to the Twin Cities for the birth of a child.
  • Calvo - on the bench as they went to Honduruas and came from behind to tie 1-1 in World Cup qualifying.
  • Schuller - again an unused sub as Finland tied 1-1 at Austria in a friendly.



RBNY has signed Bradley Wright Phillips to a contract extension.

Week 5 Schedule/Results:
-Fri Mar 31
Toronto v Kansas City
Seattle v Atlanta
-Sat Apr 1
New York City v San Jose
Chicago v Montreal
Columbus v Orlando
DC v Philadelphia
Minnesota v Salt Lake
Houston v New York Red Bulls
Vancouver v LA
-Sun Apr 2
Portland v New England


THE HEX - CONCACAF World Cup qualifying

Standings: (4 of 10 games played)
10 Mexico (+4)
7 Costa Rica (+4)
5 Panama (0)
4 USA (+1)
4 Honduras (-5)
3 T+T (-4)

Matchday 4 Schedule/Results:
-Tue Mar 28
Honduras 1-1 Costa Rica - Hon goal by Anthony Lozano. CR goal by Kendall Waston
T+T 0-1 Mexico - Mex goal by Diego Reyes
Panama 1-1 USA

Matchday 5 + 6 will be played on Thu Jun 8 + Fri Jun 9, and Sun Jun 11 + Mon Jun 12.



(14 of 18 games played)
33 Brazil (+25)
24 Colombia (+3)
23 Uruguay (+9)
23 Chile (+5)
22 Argentina (+1)
20 Ecuador (+3)
18 Peru (-1)
18 Paraguay (-8)
10 Bolivia (-20)
6 Venezuela (-17)

Matchday 14 Schedule/Results:
-Tue Mar 28
Ecuador 0-2 Colombia
Brazil 3-0 Paraguay
Bolivia 2-0 Argentina
Peru 2-1 Uruguay
Chile 3-1 Venezuela

Matchday 15 + 16 will be played on Wed Aug 30, and Mon Sep 4.


International football: 10 talking points from this weeks World Cup qualifying matches. From the Guardian.

The Bird Is The Word


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