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US National Team

13 February 12:07 pm

Kudos to Washington Post writer Steven Goff for digging into some tax records for the US Soccer Federation between April 2011 and March 2012, and discovering a few interesting financial nuggets.

Among them:

  • US men's national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann (above, left) collected $1,047,172 — a portion of his $2.5 million salary. He was hired late in the summer of 2011. Klinsmann’s contract runs through Aug. 31, 2014.
  • Former head coach Bob Bradley, meanwhile, received $872,658, despite being fired four months into the tax period.
  • US women's coach Pia Sundhage earned $299,190 while on the job during the entire tax period, which included a runner-up finish in the 2011 World Cup.

Check out Goff's article here, or dive into the tax records yourself here.

09 February 2:18 pm

Here's the least surprising news of the day: Columbus has reportedly been picked as the site for the all-important World Cup qualifying matchup between the US and Mexico on Sept. 10.

That report comes from ESPN's John Sutcliffe, who tweeted out the news on Saturday. Crew Stadium has always been the frontrunner to host the match, thanks in no small part to its history of crucial matches for the Americans, and a 6-0-3 record there all-time. The last time the US suited up there came last September, when they beat Jamaica in qualifying.

The stadium has hosted the US team's home qualifier against Mexico in the final round for the last three consecutive World Cup qualifying cycles, with the United States collecting identical 2-0 scorelines in 2001, 2005 and 2009.

09 February 2:07 pm

The folks at KICKTV are back with the second installment of their exclusive series "The Hex," which will examine the US national team's long and winding road to the World Cup in Brazil in 2014. In the latest episode, their cameras take you inside the passion of the US-Honduras match, with a look at the US fans who traveled to San Pedro Sula.

Missed the first episode? Check it out on KICKTV's You Tube page.

07 February 12:45 pm

Que de surprises lors de cette première journée du dernier tour des éliminatoires de la Coupe du monde dans la zone Concacaf ! Les États-Unis battus, le Mexique tenu en échec dans son antre et un troisième match spectaculaire.

Le déplacement au Honduras ne s’annonçait pas facile pour les Américains et avant le match, Michael Bradley parlait de l’expérience nécessaire lors d’un tel déplacement. Las, l’équipe de Jurgen Klinsmann en a clairement manqué et, malgré l’ouverture de la marque signée Dempsey, s’est inclinée 2-1 suite à des buts de Garcia et Bengston. « Trop d’erreurs dans trop de domaines », résumait laconiquement le sélectionneur de la formation à la bannière étoilée.

Autre ténor de la Concacaf qui panse ses plaies, le Mexique a concédé le nul 0-0 chez lui face à la Jamaïque. Deux points perdus qui font d’autant plus mal qu’ils l’ont été contre l’équipe négligée du groupe et mettent fin à une série de 24 victoires consécutives au stade Azteca en éliminatoires de la Coupe du monde. Le héros du jour ? Le gardien Donovan Ricketts, qui a reçu des éloges qui en surprendront certainement plus d’un à Montréal et à Portland.

Dans le dernier match, le Panama pensait avoir fait le plus difficile en prenant deux buts d’avance sur le Costa Rica. Mais le joueur désigné du Real Salt Lake Alvaro Saborio a réduit la marque avant que la vedette des Ticos, Bryan Ruiz, ne fixe les chiffres à 2-2 d’un superbe retourné acrobatique.

La route vers le Brésil est encore longue, puisqu’il y a un total de 10 journées à ce dernier tour. La prochaine aura lieu le 22 mars, avec au programme États-Unis - Costa Rica, Honduras - Mexique et Jamaïque - Panama.

06 February 1:06 pm

C’est aujourd’hui que commence le dernier tour des éliminatoires de la Coupe du monde 2014 dans la zone Concacaf. Sans le Canada, vous le savez, mais avec le Mexique, les États-Unis, le Costa Rica, le Honduras, le Panama et la Jamaïque. Trois d’entre eux seront qualifiés directement pour le Brésil, alors que le quatrième jouera un match de barrage contre un pays d’Océanie.

Le sommet de la journée opposera deux nations présentes lors du dernier Mondial, le Honduras et les États-Unis. Le premier objectif des Catrachos est de gagner tous leurs matchs à domicile, explique Victor Bernardez, l’un des nombreux internationaux honduriens à évoluer en MLS. Le déplacement ne s’annonce pas aisé pour les Américains qui, selon Michael Bradley, ne devront pas gaspiller leur énergie à maudire les circonstances hostiles.

L’autre bourreau du Canada, le Panama de Blas Perez (FC Dallas) comptera sur sa solidarité et pense que son heure est venue. Il devra le confirmer chez lui contre un des candidats sérieux à la qualification, le Costa Rica qui a soif de revanche après son échec d’il y a 4 ans. Le dernier affrontement mettra aux prises le Mexique de Giovanni Dos Santos à une équipe de Jamaïque renouvelée mais qui compte encore en ses rangs plusieurs joueurs de MLS.

06 February 11:27 am

The US national team is in Honduras for their first Hexagonal World Cup qualifier on Wednesday. It's sure to be a tough match.

But for all the talk about the difficulty of getting a result in Honduras, the last time the Yanks played a World Cup qualifier there, they got all three points.

On October 10, 2009, Bob Bradley's US squad headed to San Pedro Sula in need of a good result to secure their qualification to the 2010 World Cup. Mission accomplished, as the US held on for a 3-2 win.

The Americans fell behind early, after Julio Cesar de Leon, but then came back to take a 3-1 lead with two goals from Conor Casey and one from Landon Donovan. De Leon struck a late one to pull los Catrachos within one, and Carlos Pavon, the Honduran legend, skyed a late penalty over the bar, giving the US a vital victory.

Check out the highlights:

 

 

05 February 8:22 pm

If we're to believe the images leaked on TodoSobreCamisetas.com, this is what the USMNT's Centennial jersey will look like in 2013.

The primary feature? It has to be the old-school badge, which replaces the US Soccer Federation logo on today's jerseys.

Do you like this retro jersey better than the sash look? Think they should go with old-fashioned number design on the back? Want to see this crest become the new USSF logo?

Share your thoughts below.

05 February 4:26 pm

If you've got your finger on the pulse of the American soccer scene, you know the name Shawn Francis – former MLS Insider and curator of the fantastic blog The Offside Rules.

Once again, SF's shed some light on a clip that's got viral written all over it, and I just can't resist sharing since Alex Morgan + Katy Perry = the Internet breaking.

What are you waiting for? Hit play and enjoy US soccer's biggest star doing her best KP impression.

Oh yeah, let us know what you think in the comment section below. Just keep it civilized.

UPDATE: The final product can be seen here.

04 February 3:11 pm

Bob Bradley never could completely win over American fans or journalists during his time at the helm of the US national team, sentiments that look increasingly misguided as his accomplishments benefit from time and perspective.

But nobody can dispute the fact that Bradley has been the epitome of grace since arriving in Egypt to lead the country's national team. In the wake of the Port Said tragedy, Bradley took to the streets to mourn. And he never left when others would have been tempted to take the first flight out of Cairo, staying put as Egypt's political structure and domestic league descended into chaos. In the process, the stoic tactician earned the respect and admiration of a soccer-mad nation desperate to see their team succeed against all odds.

Now, the Pharaohs are doggedly trying to qualify for the 2014 World Cup, currently sitting atop Group G with six points after two matches.

Can they make it to Brazil? That remains to be seen, but they've certainly overcome staggering odds to get this far during arguably the most turbulent period in Egypt's modern history.

Watch Bradley's recent interview with CNN above and let us know what you think in the comment section below. Has your opinion of him changed in the past year?

02 February 6:03 pm

We won't know Jurgen Klinsmann's full roster for the US national team's World Cup qualifier against Honduras until Monday, but a celebrity sighting appears to have revealed at least one name on the list.

That would be Sporting KC's Matt Besler, who scored a picture with Kim Kardashian on a flight to Miami (destination revealed thanks to Ms. Kardashian's personal account) and tweeted it to his followers with this message: "Yes, of course you can sit next to me on my flight this morning. Nothing to worry about, Kayne."

Smooth, Matt. Real smooth.

Just spell Kanye's name right next time, OK?