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2010 WORLD CUP: ENGLAND v UNITED STATES – WHAT TO WATCH FOR

June 11, 2010

2010 WORLD CUP: ENGLAND v UNITED STATES – WHAT TO WATCH FOR

BEST FINISH

England – Champions (1966)

United States – 3rd (1950)

UNITED STATES

The United States, like South Korea, Japan and Mexico are teams that are better than most in the World except maybe the top 15. The States have a solid starting XI and good subs, and even have a bit of a style and tactical acumen. None of these attributes, as any longtime fan of the United States will tell you, were present 20 years ago.

The States even have gifted individual talent in the wonderful vision of Landon Donovan, the grit of Clint Dempsey, the sheer power and finesse of Jozy Altidore and the raw speed that is present amongst so many of the forwards in the US side.

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UNITED STATES NAMES 23-MAN ROSTER FOR WORLD CUP

May 26, 2010

UNITED STATES NAMES 23-MAN ROSTER FOR 2010 WORLD CUP

Bob Bradley named his 23-man roster for the US National Team Wednesday, and there were surprises for many fans.

UNITED STATES 23-MAN ROSTER FOR THE WORLD CUP

Goalkeepers

Brad Guzan – Aston Villa

Marcus Hahnemann – Wolverhampton Wanderers

Tim Howard – Everton

Defenders

Carlos Bocanegra – Rennes

Jonathan Bornstein – Chivas USA

Steve Cherundolo – Hannover 96

Jay DeMerit – Watford

Clarence Goodson – IK Start

Oguchi Onyewu – AC Milan

Jonathan Spector – West Ham United

Midfielders

DaMarcus Beasley – Out of Contract

Michael Bradley – Borussia Monchengladbach

Ricardo Clark – Eintract Frankfurt

Landon Donovan – Los Angeles Galaxy

Maurice Edu – Glasgow Rangers

Benny Feilhaber – AGF Aarhus

Stuart Holden – Bolton Wanderers

Jose Francisco Torres- CF Pachuca

Forwards

Jozy Altidore – Villarreal

Edson Buddle – Los Angeles Galaxy

Clint Dempsey – Fulham FC

Robbie Findley – Real Salt Lake

Herculez Gomez – CF Pachuca

The most glaring was the omission of Brian Ching. An established, experience striker, Ching was healthy and performing well in camp, but the decision was to go with Findley who is neither established nor experienced at this level. Though recovering from hamstring problems, Ching looked a bright spot in the Tuesday night match against the Czech Republic.

Findley is a quality player and can olnly get experience at the top level by playing at the top level. He has, no doubt, been brought in to replace some of the speed the team lost when it lost Charlie Davies

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SHORT CORNERS – SOCCER NEWS AND RUMORS

April 27, 2010

SHORT CORNERS

SHALRIE JOSEPH LEAVES REVOLUTION

Shalrie Joseph has left the New England Revolution on an indefinite leave of absence to attend to family matters, according to the team website.  The leave of absence was granted by the team and apparently has to do with matters having nothing to do with soccer.

“It’s a completely personal matter, non soccer-related,’’ said Mike Burns, Vice President of Player Personnel for the Revolution “He asked for some time on a personal matter and it was granted, and it would be speculation to say how long he will be gone.’’

HERCULES GOMEZ CLAIMS MEXICAN SCORING TITLE

For the first time in history, and American can say he is the golden Boot winner in a foreign league. More exciting is that the foreign league is the Mexican First Division.

Hercules Gomez of Puebla ended the Mexican campaign with ten goals which gives him a share of the three way tie for leading goal scorer in Mexico’s top league.  Gomez, who many are clamoring for inclusion in the United States 23-man roster ahead of this summer’s World Cup, is also being courted by many teams as his contract with Puebla is up at the end of the Mexican Playoffs.

What MLS team couldn’t use a guaranteed goal scorer that has a history and familiarity with the league? Especially a Spanish speaker of Mexican lineage. Wake up Chivas USA!

CHARLIE DAVIES RETURNS TO FULL TRAINING AT SOCHAUX

US National Team striker Charlie Davies has returned to full training at his Ligue 1 side Sochaux. The club commented last week that Davies would not see action in the remaining weeks of the French season, but Davies return to full fitness after the horrific accident he was involved in mere months ago, suggests that he will get at the least a full two weeks of first team training before the end of the season.  Best case scenario, however, is that the 23 year old will see some top flight minutes before Bob Bradley needs to make a decision regarding Davies inclusion in the 23-man squad headed for South Africa.

HOUSTON INJURY WOES CONTINUE; CAMERON OUT FOR SEASON

The Houston Dynamo  injury situation went from bad to worse on Monday, when it was reported that midfielder Geoff Cameron is out for the season after tearing his PCL on Saturday against the Chicago Fire.

BECKHAM TO MISS OUT ON 2010 SEASON

David Beckham, Major League Soccer’s first and biggest Designated Player signing will miss out on the 2010 season completely. The England super star told Good Morning America on Monday that he is aiming for a November return to fitness.

YURA SCORING IN DENMARK

Former Major League Soccer standout Yura Movsisyan continues to score for his Danish club Randers.  The Armenian forward scored both his teams goals in 12 minutes this weekend giving him 5 goals in 9 appearances for Randers who sit in 9th position in the Danish Superliga.

RUMORS…

With ‘Every Player for Sale’ at West Ham United, could Jonathon Spector be heading to Major League Soccer?

Steve Cherundolo will be in Major League Soccer come the close of the summer transfer window, according to a prediction from the valuable du Nord.  The 31 year-old has played his entire senior career at German Bundesliga side Hannover 96, making 284 appearances in over ten years.

Olof Mellburg currently of Greek powerhouse Olympiakos is the latest in the post World Cup to Red Bull rumors.

FURTHER READING (NORTH AMERICA)

MLS: A PEEK BEHIND THE CURTAIN (BEN BURGER-FOOTIEBUSINESS)

IMPACT’S STAR RISES UNDER SAPUTO (RANDY PHILLIPS-THE GAZETTE)

BECKHAM, CANUCKS AND THE SOUTH BAY (NICK GREEN-100 PERCENT SOCCER)

DC UNITED GETTING CROWDS, BUT…(STEVE GOFF-WASHINGTON POST)

WHERE WAS EVERYONE? (BIG APPLE SOCCER)

FURTHER READING (WORLD)

IRELAND: TRAPATTONI CALLS IN EIGHT UNCAPPED PLAYERS FOR SUMMER CAMP (DANNY HART GOAL.COM)

HOW BARCELONA SPAWNED MOURINHO AS IT’S NEMESIS (SIMON KUPER-FINANCIAL TIMES)

FIVE THINGS WE LEARNED FROM THE PREMIER LEAGUE THIS WEEKEND (GUARDIAN)

FRENCH STARS+PROSTITUTES=BIG MESS (JAMIE TRECKER-FOX SPORTS)

HULL ATTEMPT TO ADDRESS COST OF THE DROP (SOCCERNET)