Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Some Soccer News for Sep 5, 2017

It's Day 248 of 2017.

BIG: US Soccer has denied 2nd division status to NASL for the 2018 season. By Wes Burdine for Fifty Five One.
  • More info on the story. By Brian Straus for Sports Illustrated.
  • NASL responds to news:
  • Free snark included.


USMNT - World Cup Qualifying

The USA is currently the 3rd best team in CONCACAF. Its debatable who is #1 and #2 - Mexico or Costa Rica. But they are both ahead of the USA, make no mistake about that.

Jozy Altidore is suspended for the game in Honduras.

  • Players who had good games against Costa Rica: (1) Zusi
  • Players who had average games against Costa Rica: (11) Morris, Ream, Villafana, Dempsey, Pulisic, Arriola, Nagbe, Bradley, Johnson, Wood, Altidore
  • Players who had bad games against Costa Rica: (2) Howard, Cameron

Basically we sit here: USA, Honduras and Panama are all fighting for 1 remaining World Cup spot and 1 playoff spot against Asia. One of those 3 countries will lose out.
  • Michael Bradley: "It’s so clear and it’s all right there for us. It’s three games, a little three-team tournament to see who goes to the World Cup directly, who is going to play in the playoff and who is going to be out."

Heat, humidity and big time pressure on the USA in San Pedro Sula Honduras today. By Jeff Carlisle for ESPNFC.
  • Add to that that the Hondurans will want to enact revenge for a humiliating 6-0 loss to the USMNT on Mar 24.

When Bruce Arena speaks and someone transcribes the words, I read them. And thoroughly enjoy it. By Grant Wahl for Sports Illustrated.

Yeah, tonights a big game in Honduras for the USMNT. By Steven Goff of the Washington Post.

-Fri Sep 1
USA 0-2 Costa Rica - CR goals both by Marco Urena.
Red Bull Arena, Harrison NJ
-Tue Sep 5
Honduras v USA - 4:30pm CT on beIN
Estadio Olimpico Metropolitano, San Pedro Sula

USA Roster
  • G: Brad Guzan - Atlanta United, Tim Howard - Colorado Rapids, Nick Rimando - Real Salt Lake
  • D: DaMarcus Beasley - Houston Dynamo, Matt Besler - Sporting Kansas City, Geoff Cameron - Stoke City, Omar Gonzalez - Pachuca, Matt Hedges - Dallas, Eric Lichaj - Nottingham Forest, Tim Ream - Fulham, Jorge Villafana - Santos Laguna, Graham Zusi - Sporting Kansas City
  • M: Kellyn Acosta - Dallas, Paul Arriola - DC United, Alejandro Bedoya - Philadelphia Union, Michael Bradley - Toronto, Fabian Johnson - Borussia Monchengladbach, Dax McCarty - Chicago Fire, Darlington Nagbe - Portland Timbers, Christian Pulisic - Borussia Dortmund, Cristian Roldan - Seattle Sounders
  • F: Jozy Altidore - Toronto, Clint Dempsey - Seattle Sounders, Jordan Morris - Seattle Sounders, Chris Wondolowski - San Jose Earthquakes, Bobby Wood - Hamburger

Honduras roster:
  • G: Luis Lopez - Real Espana, Ricardo Canales - Vida, Donis Escober - Olimpia
  • D: Felix Crisanto - Motagua, Maynor Figueroa - Dallas, Henry Figueroa - Motagua, Emilio Izaguirre - Al-Fayha, Carlos Sanchez - Progreso, Johnny Leveron - Marathon, Johnny Palacios - Olimpia
  • M: Carlos Discua - Motagua, Alfredo Mejia - Xanthi, Alexander Lopez - Olimpia, Boniek Garcia - Houston Dynamo, Oliver Morazan - Olimpia, Jorge Claros - Real Espana, Sergio Pena - Real Sociedad, Carlos Lanza - Juticalpa, Anthony Lozano - Barcelona B, Eddie Hernandez - no club
  • F: Romell Quioto - Houston Dynamo, Carlo Costly - Olimpia, Alberth Elis - Houston Dynamo

It will not be a stunning turn of events if the USA loses tonight in Honduras. This is a very tough place to play, and they have a decent squad.


CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying:

Mexico has qualified for the World Cup. And Costa Rica is on the brink. USA, Honduras and Panama will duke it out for the 1 more automatic spot and 1 playoff spot.

Hexagonal Schedule/results:
Matchday 7
-Fri Sep 1
USA 0-2 Costa Rica
T+T 1-2 Honduras
Mexico 1-0 Panama
Matchday 8
-Tue Sep 5
Honduras v USA - 4:30pm CT on beIN
Panama v T+T - 7:00pm CT (No USA TV)
Costa Rica v Mexico - 9:00pm CT on beIN

Hexagonal Standings:
(7 of 10 games played)
17 Mexico (+8)
14 Costa Rica (+7)
8 USA (+1)
8 Honduras (-7)
7 Panama (-1)
3 Trinidad +Tobago (-8)



Long interview with Minn United owner Bill McGuire. Many questions are answered. [AUDIO] By Wes Burdine for Fifty Five One.

-Sat Sep 9
Minnesota v Philadelphia Union



My MLS Notes:
  • Kei Kamara Baby! His first hat trick in MLS, and the Revs rolled!
  • Orlando fell all the way to 10th in the East. 7 points out of a playoff spot. Does their coach Jason Kreis survive until next year if they don't make the playoffs?
  • Since Pablo Mastroeni was fired as head coach of Colorado Rapids they have lost all 4 games. And each loss is worse than the one before it. Colorado's last win, home or away, was on Jul 1.
  • Chicago broke their duck. It was a long time coming, and maybe losing to Minn last week was hitting bottom. Even when you are strong a road win is good in MLS. So this was big. And their leader Schweinsteiger got the only goal too.

Week 26 Results:
(4 games)
-Sat Sep 2
New England 4-0 Orlando
Montreal 0-1 Chicago
Dallas 2-2 New York RB
LA 3-0 Colorado
12 goals in 4 games = 3 goals per game.

MLS Leading Goal Scorers:
  • 19 David Villa
  • 16 Diego Valeri
  • 16 Nemanja Nikolic
  • 15 Sebastian Giovinco
  • 15 Ignacio Piatti

David Villa suffered a hip abductor injury while training with the Spanish national team. On boy.

Week 27 Schedule:
(12 games)
-Wed Sep 6
New York City v KC
-Sat Sep 9
Chicago v New York Red Bulls
Toronto v San Jose
New York City v Portland
DC v Orlando
New England v Montreal
Minnesota v Philadelphia
Houston v Colorado
Vancouver v Salt Lake
-Sun Sep 10
Columbus v KC
Atlanta v Dallas
Seattle v LA


  • Alex Morgan of Orlando Pride named NWSL Player Of The Month for August
  • Nemanja Vukovic of Indy Eleven named NASL Play Of The Month for August
  • Kei Kamara of New England Revolution named MLS Player Of The Week.
  • Enzo Martinez of Charlotte Independence named USL Player Of The Week
  • Shea Groom of Kansas City named NWSL Player Of The Week
  • Pablo Dyego of San Francisco Deltas named NASL Player Of The Week



Iran, S Korea, Japan and Saudi Arabia have qualified for the World Cup.
  • Syria and Australia will play off in October with the winner playing off against the 4th place team from CONCACAF in November for a spot in the World Cup.



Cameroon is the first team eliminated from the final round.



Matchday 16 Schedule:
-Tue Sep 5
Bolivia v Chile
Colombia v Brazil
Argentina v Venezuela
Ecuador v Peru
Paraguay v Uruguay

36 Brazil
25 Colombia (+3 GD)
24 Uruguay (+9 GD)
23 Chile (+2 GD)
23 Argentina (+1 GD)
21 Peru (0 GD)
21 Paraguay (-5 GD)
20 Ecuador (+1 GD)
10 Bolivia
7 Venezuela


All of my columns for 1500ESPN.

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