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Tag Archives: CONCACAF
March 14, 2011Posted by on
The Philadelphia Union defender Sheannon Williams was one of the ten players that Sports Illustrated listed on their website today as the top 10 most likely player’s to have a breakout year in 2011. Williams came up through the American youth system along the same paths as Eric Lichaj although Lichaj ended up going to play in Europe while Sheannon ended up staying at home and bouncing around in lower divisions of US Soccer. Now that he has caught on wit the Union, he is expected to have a good chance of bringing out the potential we saw in him as a youth.
March 10, 2011Posted by on
Sunil Gulati talked to US Soccer about a few stereotypes of soccer, along with the “reasons the US will never get soccer” that you get to see on every internet forum. I hate posting these kinds of things because I purely think they’re absolutely moronic things to say. Is soccer a men’s game? Isn’t soccer an immigrants game? Also this might be a little old (it seems to be pre-world cup), but I feel almost obligated to put up anything I can from someone in Sunil Gulati’s position.
March 8, 2011Posted by on
The USMNT is going to new places. This summers Gold Cup team will play at least one match each in Here are the groups for this summers Gold Cup. Kansas City recently went on the offensive to bring a USMNT game to their city so it’s no huge surprise they got one. Detroit getting Canada puts the game farther up north allowing Canadian fans to also attend, but also brings Detroit a chance to see the team which they haven’t had in quite some time.
Here are the groups.
Mexico, Costa Rica, Cuba, El Salvador
Jamaica, Honduras, Grenada, Guatemala
USA, Canada, Panama, Guadeloupe
And the USA Schedule
June 7, Ford Field, Detroit, Mich. United States vs. Canada, 8 p.m.
June 11, Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Fla. United States vs. Panama, 8 p.m.
June 14, KC Soccer Stadium, Kansas City, Kan. Guadeloupe vs. United States, 9 p.m.
March 4, 2011Posted by on
An article on Grant Wahl
An Article on Bradenton
A bunch of Union notes, especially the Orozco Fiscal part at the bottom
Alfonso Mondelo on The Technical State of MLS
A player by player analysis of the Union, by the Union (so maybe a bit overly positive)
Why we need a technical director for the mens team (Marcelo Bielsa)
Another Union pre-season analysis
Whether or not its good for the US Chuck Blazer is angry
Apparently FIFA hasn’t settled on a goal-line technology, but they are still looking
Portugal could be suspended for failing to conform to FIFA rules, which would mean a few less times we have to hear about the wonderful Cristiano Ronaldo
March 3, 2011Posted by on
Although CONCACAF has been hoping to receive a full four places in the 2014 World Cup, FIFA voted to have the allocation of World Cup spots stay the same. There is only a slight change, although it is a key one as far as CONCACAF is concerned. 13 teams will automatically qualify from UEFA, 5 from CAF, 4 from CONMEBOL, 3 from CONCACAF and 4 from AFC. The first team to miss qualifying automatically from CONMEBOL, CONCACAF, and AFC will be placed into a pool with the winner of the Oceania. Rather than the team from CONCACAF automatically facing the team from CONMEBOL and the team from Oceania automatically facing the team from AFC the matchups will be selected randomly between the four. For the most recent World Cup, the four teams which would have been in this pool were Bahrain, New Zealand, Uruguay and Costa Rica. Instead of Costa Rica being forced to face Uruguay, their opponent will be selected at random from the other three teams. Obviously comparing the strength of CONMEBOL to AFC and Oceania this is still an improvement for CONCACAF and will likely make it easier for CONCACAF teams to qualify for future World Cups.
February 23, 2011Posted by on
The United States has moved on to the U-17 World Cup, the only nation to participate in each edition of the event.The United States broke open a 1-0 lead in the fifth minute as Alejandro Guido headed in a cross from Joe Amon. Four minutes later El Salvador equalized and the game stayed 1-1 throughout regulation. In what turned out to be a wild extra-time, the US struck first with second-half sub Mario Rodriguez scoring off of a cross from Marc Pelosi.
The game stayed that way for almost ten minutes before Pelosi got involved again scoring in the 111th minute to give the US a nearly insurmountable 3-1 lead with 9 minutes remaining. After that defener Kellyn Acosta was shown a second yellow and ejected; and after that goalkeeper Fernando Pina was injured on a play and shown a straight red for kicking a Salvadoran player while catching a pass. I haven’t seen any word on the extent of Pina’s injury, but he was reportedly being carried of on a stretcher when he was given the red-card. El Salvador received a PK for the play and converted it bringing the score to 3-2 where it stayed until the final whistle. The US survived and moved on to the semifinals of the CONCACAF championship which means they simultaneously qualify for the U-17 World Cup.
*I saw both Mark Pelosi and Marc Pelosi printed multiple times. I apologize for the mistake.
February 22, 2011Posted by on
The US U-17 team will play Group A runners-up El Salvador with a spot in the U-17 World Cup on the line. After defeating Panama in the previous round 1-0 off a goal from Andrew Oliver the team has secured first place in their group and moved on to the quarterfinals of the CONCACAF U-17 Championships. The US has competed in every edition of the U-17 World Cup and is the only team to do so. If they win today they will be able to keep that streak alive.
Also at the same Championships Haiti’s team was forced to leave because two of their players had contracted a fever. It was suspected that the fever was a result of a cholera epidemic in Haita although it turned out to be Malaria. The Haitian people and government are very upset about the treatment of their team by Jamaican officials and have been protesting their disqualification in the streets of Port au Prince
February 18, 2011Posted by on
I’ve taken a little time to really get used to how blogging works and the amount of time it takes up. After taking last weekend off, I’ve decided that things become a lot easier and a lot more interesting when I do so. From now on I will do pretty much the same thing I did last week. Monday through Thursday I will post regularly on any Union, Independence or National Team news. Friday I will post some of the most interesting soccer articles or stats charts or roster updates that I’ve found over the past week. It could be anything really; Friday will probably be the only day I don’t stick to US and Philadelphia soccer so tightly. Sunday night I may start doing a Yanks Abroad style round-up of who did what over the weekend although I haven’t fully decided. Also I plan to write up the results of any game that takes place as soon as possible, although that and maybe a few other big deals would draw me back to this site during the weekend. I’m still testing out what works best for me, I’m only one writer so I might end up making more changes but hopefully by the end of this season I have it down.
Team 20 in Vegas
A podcast and an article on why the USMNT should NOT try to play like Barcelona as Claudio Reyna has said they should. Claudio Reyna set up the USMNT’s nationwide youth training regiment to play more like Barcelona.
A news report, news conference, interview and article from DC after Charlie Davies loan went through, I can’t get enough of this story. As I’ve said many times I wish him nothing but success every time he’s not going against the blue and gold. I could have given you ten more links about Davies, this is me holding myself down. Everybody’s excited about Davies return and I’m not gonna hold back on it.
What the US-Egypt friendly could have been
US Soccer Hall Of Fame list includes Peter Nowak and Peter Vermes who is from Delran New Jersey
Why big name DP’s should be looking outside of LA and NY. Naturally one of Philadelphia’s biggest supporting reasons is how close it is to NY.
Despite all the people upset about the NASL not being allowed into the US Open Cup, apparently they weren’t too upset about it at all.
February 16, 2011Posted by on
Trinidad and Tobago Goalkeeper and former Adelphia University student, Thorne Holder signed with the Union yesterday. He was on trial with the team for the preseason, but his trial was set to run through Friday. Holder is officially part of the 2011 Philadelphia Union, making him the fifth player in MLS from Trinidad and Tobago. As Fayrd Mondragon will presumably start the season in net, and it seems that Zac MacMath is set up to follow behind him Holder is probably going to end up pretty deep down the bench. Although considering Mondragon’s age the Union could be looking at Holder as a long term back-up, or competition for MacMath.
February 16, 2011Posted by on
CONCACAF President and FIFA Vice President Jack Warner will face a FIFA ethics committee for again selling World Cup tickets on the black market. He did the same thing during the Germany World Cup in 2006 but kept his job and apparently his right to do it again. Warner was again caught in a ticket selling scandal during the 2010 World Cup. Warner planned to buy tickets from FIFA for the 2010 World Cup and to then sell them to different European agencies making much more than the tickets are worth. This man practically runs both of the organizations that are above the USSF, and he is still willing to make these blatant attempts to make money off of his job. As much as we harp against Sunil Gulati, he is definitively not in it for the money (Gulati does not get paid by USSF.) Jack Warner seems to be doing whatever he thinks he can to make extra money off of his position.