Posts Tagged ‘RENTSCHLER FIELD’

SHORT CORNERS: International Soccer News Notes and rumors

May 25, 2010

SHORT CORNERS: International Soccer News, Notes and Rumors

SLOPPY EXPERIMENTAL DEFENSE COSTS UNITED STATES AGAINST CZECH REPUBLIC

Bob Bradley was never looking for a result in Tuesday nights US National Team tussle with the Czech Republic in Hartford.

The match was always going to be about certain players fitness levels, and a last chance to impress for some others.  The result, a 4-2 loss, was secondary to evaluation.

The US starting defense did well for 45 minutes even though Oguchi Onyewu was playing his first match since October and Regular starters Jay DeMerit and Captain Carlos Bocanegra did not dress.

Clarence Goodson who started in the middle with Onyewu looked impressive. He not only had a sound match defensively, he played a part in both US Goals, possibly playing himself on to the flight to South Africa on Sunday.

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SOCCER ON THE BOX – Soccer on TV this Week

May 25, 2010

SOCCER ON THE BOX – Soccer on TV this Week

The big match of this mid-week is the US against the Czech Republic tonight. With Bob Bradley set to name his 23-man World Cup Roster tomorrow, this match will be the last chance for many of the bubble players in the United States 30-man camp. Previews for the US v Czech Republic match can be found here.

Mexico keeps up it’s intense World Cup preparations Wednesday as they take on the Netherlands in Germany. Mexico’s build up schedule has been packed with matches (this will be El Tri’s 6th match in May), and yet it still seems Javier Aguirre still seems unsure of the direction he wants this team to take. The Dutch, on the other hand haven’t played a match since the March encounter with the United States.

Amidst a few intriguing World Cup tune-up matches this week, don’t overlook the domestic game. Chicago Fire v FC Dallas should provide an intriguing encounter on the Major League Soccer schedule. the match, on ESPN2 Thursday Night, features two teams that face more questions than answers going into Week 10.

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IN OTHER WORDS – US v CZECH REPUBLIC PREVIEWS

May 25, 2010

UNITED STATES v CZECH REPUBLIC PREVIEWS

CZECH IS FINAL CHANCE FOR US FRINGE PLAYERS TO IMPRESS (GRANT WAHL-SI.COM)

US NATIONAL TEAM TO MEET CZECH REPUBLIC TONIGHT (RANDY CAPPS-MAJORLEAGUESOCCERTALK.COM)

TIME TO GET FRIENDLY (DREW EPPERLY-WVHOOLIGAN.COM)

SCOUTING REPORT: CZECH REPUBLIC (CLEMENTE LISI-USSOCCERPLAYERS.COM)

PREVIEW: US v CZECH REPUBLIC (BRIAN SCIARETTA-YANKS ABROAD)

DECISION TIME FOR BOB BRADLEY (JERÉ LONGMAN-NEW YORK TIMES)

US ROSTER PICTURE STILL GETS NO CLEARER AS CZECH REPUBLIC GAME NEARS (STEVE DAVIS-SI.COM)