Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Some Soccer News for Jun 6, 2017

It's Day 157 of 2017.

My new article for 1500ESPN: Former NASL players having big impact on MNUFC MLS roster.


Twin Cities viewing parties for the 2 USMNT World Cup qualifiers, Thurs & Sun, is at Town Hall Brewery in Seven Corners, Minneapolis.



John Brooks trained with the USA today. He suffered a bruised thigh against Venezuela.

Despite the truck loads of praise Christian Pulisic still has his head squarely on his shoulders and his feet of the ground. By Jeff Carlisle for ESPNFC.

Some chaos in the Trinidad team. By Shaka Hislop for ESPNFC. [VIDEO]
  • Hislop sees his former team T+T getting a tie in Denver.

World Cup qualifier schedule/results:
-Thu Jun 8
USA v T+T - 6:50pm CT on FS1
Denver CO
-Sun Jun 11
Mexico v USA - 7:30pm CT on FS1
Mexico City DF

USA Roster (26 players):
  • G: Brad Guzan - Atlanta United, Ethan Horvath - Club Brugge, Tim Howard - Colorado Rapids, Nick Rimando - Real Salt Lake
  • D: DaMarcus Beasley - Houston Dynamo, Matt Besler - Sporting Kansas City, John Brooks - Hertha Berlin, Geoff Cameron - Stoke City, Timothy Chandler - Eintracht Frankfurt, Omar Gonzalez - Pachuca, Matt Hedges - Dallas, Tim Ream - Fulham, Jorge Villafana - Santos Laguna, DeAndre Yedlin - Newcastle, Graham Zusi - Sporting Kansas City
  • M: Kellyn Acosta - Dallas, Paul Arriola - Tijuana, Alejandro Bedoya - Philadelphia Union, Michael Bradley - Toronto, Fabian Johnson - Borussia Moenchengladbach, Dax McCarty - Chicago Fire, Darlington Nagbe - Portland Timbers, Christian Pulisic - Borussia Dortmund
  • F: Jozy Altidore - Toronto, Clint Dempsey - Seattle Sounders, Jordan Morris - Seattle Sounders, Bobby Wood - Hamburg
  • C: Bruce Arena

The 23 player USA roster for the Gold Cup will be announced on Jun 27.

T+T Roster:
  • G: Jan Michael Williams - Juticalpa, Marvin Phillip - Morvant Caledonia United, Adrian Foncette - Police
  • D: Carlos Edwards - Ma Pau Stars, Daneil Cyrus - W Connection, Joevin Jones - Seattle Sounders, Aubrey David - PS Kemi, Radanfah Abu Bakr - Suduva Marijampole, Sheldon Bateau - Krylia Sovetov Samara, Curtis Gonzales - Defence Force, Mekeil Williams - Colorado Rapids, Alvin Jones - W Connection, Tristan Hodge - W Connection
  • M: Khaleem Hyland - Westerlo, Andre Boucaud - Dagenham & Redbridge, Hughtun Hector - W Connection, Kevin Molino - Minnesota United, Kevan George - Jacksonville Armada, Leston Paul - Central, Hashim Arcia - Defence Force, Nathan Lewis - San Juan Jabloteh
  • F: Kenwyne Jones - Atlanta United, Shahdon Winchester - Murcielagos, Jamille Boatswain - Defence Force
  • C: Dennis Lawrence

Mexico Roster:
  • G: Guillermo Ochoa - Granada, Alfredo Talavera - Toluca, Rodolfo Cota - Guadalajara
  • D: Rafael Marquez - Atlas, Hector Moreno - PSV, Miguel Layun - Porto, Diego Reyes - Espanyol, Nestor Araujo - Santos Laguna, Oswaldo Alanis - Guadalajara, Carlos Salcedo - Fiorentina, Ricardo Reyes - Atlas
  • M: Andres Guardado - PSV, Hector Herrera - Porto, Javier Aquino - Tigres, Marco Fabian - Eintracht Frankfurt, Jonathan dos Santos - Villarreal, Jesus Molina - Monterrey, Jesus DueƱas - Tigres, Jurgen Damm - Tigres, Jesus Gallardo - Pumas, Orbelin Pineda - Guadalajara, Jorge Hernandez - Pachuca
  • F: Giovani dos Santos - LA Galaxy, Javier Hernandez - Bayer Leverkusen, Oribe Peralta - America, Carlos Vela - Real Sociedad, Raul Jimenez - Benfica, Jesus Manuel Corona - Porto, Hirving Lozano - Pachuca
  • C: Juan Carlos Osorio


Incredible article on the battle with ISIS for Mosul - told from inside the Iraqi special forces. By Mike Giglio for Buzzfeed.


CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying:

Hexagonal Schedule/results:
Matchday 5
-Thu Jun 8
Costa Rica v Panama
Mexico v Honduras
Matchday 6
-Sun Jun 11
Mexico v USA
-Tue Jun 13
Panama v Honduras
Costa Rica v T+T

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



US Open Cup Schedule/Results:
-Wed Jun 14
Sporting Kansas City v Minnesota United - 7:30pm CT


US Open Cup

4th Round Schedule/Results - Jun 13 + 14.


  • Giuseppe Gentile of Puerto Rico named NASL Player Of The Week
  • Roland Lamah of Dallas named MLS Player Of The Week
  • Irvin Parra of Seattle Sounders 2 named USL Player Of The Week
  • Lindsey Horan of Portland Thorns named USL Player Of The Week



16 year old Jesus Ferriera of Dallas became the 2nd youngest goal scorer in league history last Saturday in their 6-2 win over Salt Lake. Jesus is the son of former Dallas star and MLS MVP David Ferriera.

All those games in May seems to have caught up with Toronto in New England last weekend as they got smoked. Don't expect it to last. By Kurt Larson for the Toronto Sun.

Week 15 schedule results:
(3 games)
-Sat Jun 10
Chicago v Atlanta
Kansas City v Montreal
Portland v Dallas



David Wagner has signed a new contract to remain head coach of Huddersfield who have been just promoted to the English Premier League.

Christian Pulisic has a new head coach at Dortmund - Peter Bosz. Dutch former pro player who brought Ajax back to respectability last season.


A tournament review of the USMNT U20 team at the World Cup. By Brian Sciaretta for American Soccer Now.
  • They were eliminated in the Quarterfinals by Venezuela on Sunday.


Men's U20 World Cup - South Korea

Semifinal Schedule:
-Thu Jun 8
Italy v England
Uruguay v Venezuela

-Sun Jun 11

The tournament.


Goztepe SK from Turkey's third largest city Izmir is back into the top flight after several years floundering. They have a fierce following that will bring another lively team to the very lively Super Lig. They will be the only team from Izmir in the top division. By for Daily Sabbah. Thanks to Justin for the link.


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