Friday, July 14, 2017

Some Soccer News for Jul 14, 2017

It's Day 195 of 2017.

My two-pronged plan for soccer on Saturday:
  1. 6:00pm at Town Hall Brewery in Seven Corners to watch USA v Nicaragua in Gold Cup on TV
  2. 8:00pm-ish head to Minnesota United v Atlas friendly at TCF Bank Stadium


The CONCACAF Gold Cup is basically more worthless than its ever been before. Most teams and players don't care. Its run half-assed. Less and less people are in the stands at every game. One minute the TV feed is interesting and well done, the next its off kilter and nonsensical - inconsistent is the word to use I guess. Hell, the Gold Cup patches on the uniforms won't even stay on.
(I know this isn't a revelation of any sort. I am just venting. And you know I am going to watch anyway.)



After 2 games its obvious the USA is playing waaaaaaaay to slow. They did not play slow against Ghana in the pre-tournament friendly. So why now? Why are these players not taking advantage of this huge chance to push their international career forward? Come on guys, lets get your shit together
Gold Cup Group Stage Schedule:
-Sat Jul 8
USA 1-1 Panama - USA goal by Dom Dywer. -Wed Jul 12
USA 3-2 Martinique - USA goals by Omar Gonzalez + Jordan Morris(2). -Sat Jul 15
USA v Nicaragua - 6:00pm CT on FXX
FristEnergy Stadium - Cleveland

USA Roster
  • G: Brad Guzan - Atlanta United, Bill Hamid - DC United, Sean Johnson - New York City
  • D: Matt Besler - Sporting Kansas City, Omar Gonzalez - Pachuca, Matt Hedges - Dallas, Eric Lichaj - Nottingham Forest, Matt Miazga - Chelsea, Justin Morrow - Toronto, Jorge Villafana - Santos Laguna, Graham Zusi - Sporting Kansas City
  • M: Kellyn Acosta - Dallas, Paul Arriola - Tijuana, Alejandro Bedoya - Philadelphia Union, Joe Corona - Tijuana, Dax McCarty - Chicago Fire, Chris Pontius - Philadelphia Union, Cristian Roldan - Seattle Sounders, Kelyn Rowe - New England Revolution, Kenny Saief - Gent, Gyasi Zardes - LA Galaxy
  • F: Juan Agudelo - New England Revolution, Dom Dwyer - Sporting Kansas City, Jordan Morris - Seattle Sounders

Important Note: The USA can select up to 6 players left over from the original 40 player Gold Cup roster (16 available to choose from) that could be added to the roster after the Group Stage:
  • G: Joe Bndik, Jesse Gonzalez, Tim Howard
  • D: Steve Birnbaum, Greg Garza, Matt Polster, Jonathan Spector
  • M: Michael Bradley, Tommy McNamara, Darlington Nagbe, Christian Pulisic, Wil Trapp
  • F: Jozy Altidore, Clint Dempsey, CJ Sapong, Chris Wondolowski

Nicaragua Roster
  • G: Justo Lorente - UNAN, Henry Maradiaga - Real Esteli, Diedrich Tellez - Diriangen
  • D: Luis Copete - Comerciantes Unidos, Cyril Errington - Real Esteli, Oscar Lopez - Managua, Henry Nino - Jaco Rays, Josue Quijano - Real Esteli, Manuel Rosas - Real Esteli, Erick Tellez - Diriangen, Bismarck Veliz - Chinandega
  • M: Daniel Cadena - Njarovikur, Elvis Figueroa - Real Esteli, Luis Galeano - Real Esteli, Bryan Garcia - Real Esteli, Marlon Lopez - Real Esteli, Maykel Montiel - UNAN, Bismarck Montiel - Managua, Luis Peralta - Walter Ferretti
  • F: Juan Barrera - Comunicaciones, Carlos Chavarria - Real Esteli, Jorge Hurtado - Walter Ferretti, Eulises Pavon - Suchitepequez

I'm watching the USMNT at Town Hall Brewery in the Seven Corners neighborhood of Minneapolis. Come find me in the back room.


Gold Cup

Mexico could only muster up a 0-0 tie with Jamaica. Made the USA 1-1 tie with Panama feel victorious in retrospect.

Group A
4 Can (+2 GD)
4 CR (+1 GD)
1 Hon (-1 GD)
1 FG (-2 GD)
-Fri Jul 14
Costa Rica v French Guiana
Canada v Honduras

Group B
4 USA (+1 GD) (4 GS)
4 Pan (+1 GD) (3 GS)
3 Mar (+1 GD)
0 Nic (-3 GD)
-Sat Jul 15
Panama v Martinique
USA v Nicaragua

Group C
4 Mex (+2 GD) (3 GS)
4 Jam (+2 GD) (2 GS)
3 El S (0 GD) (3 GS)
0 Cur (-4 GD) (0 GS)
-Sun Jul 16
Jamaica v El Salvador
Mexico v Curacao

QFinals Schedule:
-Wed Jul 19
1 A1 v B2
2 B1 v A/C3
-Thu Jul 20
3 C1 v A/B3
4 C2 v A2

SFinals Schedule:
-Sat Jul 22
5 Winner 1 v Winner 2
-Sun Jul 23
6 Winner 3 v Winner 4

Final Schedule:
-Wed Jul 26
Winner 5 v Winner 6

-Follow the entire Gold Cup here.



An article on MNUFC's goalkeeping coach Marius Rovde. Really good to learn more about him. By Jeff Reuter for Four Four Two.

The Loons play a friendly on Saturday night against Atlas. Game is at 7:30pm at TCF Bank Stadium. Season ticket holders already have a ticket for this game.



A list of 10 players who are surprising MLS this season with their play. Few saw them coming. By Greg Seltzer for MLS.

Stability: Toronto has given contract extension to head coach Greg Vanney and general manager Tim Bezbatchenko. Now don't go getting complacent.



Heavy, enlightening, and somehow uplifting. A Small-Town Police Officer’s War on Drugs. By Benhamin Rachlin for the New York Times.

If you focus solely on the 4 albums by Black Sabbath, made with Vertigo in 1970, 1971 & 1972, (untitled), Paranoid, Master Of Reality + Vol. 4, you are more than covered on the peak of their career. You can very safely skip the rest.

Letter of Recommendation: Detroit Techno By Shuja Haider for New York Times Magazine.


US Open Cup

The Mia v Cin game which was postponed due to weather will now be played on Wed Aug 2.

Quarterfinals schedule:
-Wed Aug 2
Miami v Cincinnati - original game postponed due to weather

Quarterfinals Results:
New England Revolution 0-1 New York Red Bulls
Sporting Kansas City 3-0 Dallas
San Jose Earthquakes 3-2 LA Galaxy

Semifinals Schedule:
-Aug 8-9
Sporting Kansas City v San Jose Earthquakes
Miami/Cincinnati winner v New York Red Bulls

Final Schedule:
-Sep 20
Winner 1 v Winner 2 - 8:00pm CT on ESPN2
-Priority order for hosting final:
Sporting Kansas City
New York Red Bulls
Miami/Cincinnati winner
San Jose Earthquakes


My previous columns for 1500ESPN.

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