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18 August 2:08 pm

Fresh off selling Michael Bradley to Roma, it seems Chievo Verona are eyeing another talent who made a name for himself in MLS.

That would be Seattle Sounders forward Fredy Montero, who has scored 41 goals and dished out 30 assists during league play in three-plus seasons in the Pacific Northwest.

One of the brightest young talents in the league, Montero has never shied away from expressing a desire to test himself in Europe. In 22 games this season, Montero has scored seven goals to go along with four assists.

Would a move to Chievo make sense for the Colombian? Make your voice heard in the comment section below.

17 August 1:27 pm

En dehors de Seattle - Vancouver, toutes les équipes de la première moitié de classement affronteront des adversaires de la « colonne de droite » : toute perte de points est dès lors proscrite.

Le sommet de la journée est ainsi facile à déterminer. Sur les bords du Pacifique et en direct sur RDS et TSN2, on prévoit une nouvelle chaude lutte pour la bataille du Nord-Ouest, tellement serrée cette saison que seul… Portland a gagné une confrontation directe entre les trois rivaux de la région.

L’ancien gardien de Portland Troy Perkins et Montréal voudront continuer sur leur lancée contre le leader San José, où le meilleur buteur Chris Wondolowski ne prend pas la grosse tête. Ses 4 matchs sans marquer ne sont rien comparés à la disette de 10 rencontres de Fabian Espindola, qui compte y mettre fin lors de Salt Lake - Dallas.

Kansas City est heureux de retrouver un temps plus clément pour son déplacement à Toronto, mais devra se méfier d’Eric Hassli qui n’a pas tardé à y prendre ses marques. Contre New England, Chicago devra trouver comment remplacer Logan Pause, blessé pour plus d’un mois.

Dimanche s’ouvrira avec le choc des capitales sur RDS2, NBC Sports Network et TSN2 : les regards seront tournés vers Lionard Pajoy, qui vient de quitter Philadelphie pour DC United. Sur Galavision, New York partira largement favori face à Portland, alors que Ricardo Clark voudra réussir ses débuts à domicile pour Houston contre Columbus.

LE PROGRAMME COMPLET
Samedi 18 août
16h00 : Seattle - Vancouver
16h30 : Toronto - Kansas City
19h30 : Montréal - San José
20h30 : Chicago - New England
21h00 : Colorado - Chivas USA
21h00 : Salt Lake - Dallas
Dimanche 19 août
17h00 : DC United - Philadelphie
19h00 : New York - Portland
21h00 : Houston - Columbus

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17 August 10:53 am

Después de 75 años de no lograrlo, Estados Unidos finalmente puede decir que le ganaron a sus archirrivales de la CONCACAF en su casa. México cayó en el Estadio Azteca gracias a un gol de Michael Orozco (que irónicamente es mexico-estadounidense).  

Muchos en Estados Unidos piensan que una importante barrera ha caído, que ese triunfo demuestra lo cerca que los estadounidenses están de los reyes de la CONCACAF, algo que llega en un momento critico, ya que recientemente el Tri había superado a Estados Unido en todo sentido… Copa Oro, Olímpicos, Mundiales juveniles, etc, etc, etc.

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Sin embargo, es solo un partido, y no se jugaron puntos. Es solo un triunfo, en comparación de los muchos que ha tenido México ante los estadounidenses.

Pensando en eso nos preguntamos, ¿Cuántos partidos pasarán para que EE.UU. le vuelva a ganar al Tri en México? ¿Será que la brecha si se ha cerrado, o será que tendremos que esperar otros 75 años para ver esto?

Voten, comenten y escuchen el debate de Tiro Libre… la rivalidad continúa…

16 August 5:30 pm

You would think with last night’s loss at Estadio Azteca, Mexico would be much more upset than it seems they are.

The loss gave Mexico their second historic mark in less than one week, winning an Olympic gold in soccer and losing at home to the rival USA. But the country seems to be more upset that the loss stole their thunder and put a damper on their fiestas than by what it actually means to the historic rivalry.

San Luis Hoy, the local newspaper where American goalscorer Michael Orozco Fiscal plays with Club San Luis, titled their piece “Les Aguaron la Fiesta.” Translation? They rained on our parade. La Cancha, sports section of Mexico City based La Reforma, titled their piece “Arruinan la Fiesta." Translation: They ruined the party.

Fear not Mexico, the game was just an international friendly and counted for no points. So pass another round of tequila and let’s keep the party going.

But maybe you should rethink the ever growing gringo threat and what they will do in CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers coming up.

16 August 10:51 am

Difficile de dire si le Canada est prêt pour sa double échéance contre le Panama, puisque les seules images que nous avons de son match amical d’hier sont celles du résumé ci-dessous. Le résultat contre Trinité-et-Tobago, une victoire 2-0, est toutefois encourageant, tout comme le compte rendu de Gavin Day, un des rares journalistes sur place.

La deuxième mi-temps a particulièrement plu à Stephen Hart, qui espère que ses jeunes auront davantage de temps de jeu dans leur club. Parmi eux, Russel Teibert, qui a laissé une bonne impression tant à son entraîneur qu’à ses coéquipiers.

Du côté de l’équipe nationale américaine, les réjouissances sont moins timides, et pour cause : pour la première fois de leur histoire, les États-Unis ont battu le Mexique au stade Azteca ! Les héros se nomment Orozco Fiscal, auteur du seul but du match, et Tim Howard, qui a repoussé tous les assauts mexicains. Un succès encore plus savoureux pour Herculez Gomez, l’international américain qui défend les couleurs de Santos Laguna.

On a aussi joué en championnat. Vancouver en veut particulièrement à l’arbitre suite à sa défaite 0-2 contre Dallas. Les cancres Toronto et Portland n’ont pas réussi à se départager (2-2). Pas de vainqueur non plus à Columbus - LA Galaxy (1-1), où toutes les pensées étaient dirigées vers Kirk Urso.

15 August 9:14 pm

Well ... that was cathartic. Jurgen Klinsmann didn't do everything I'd have done, but he definitely got the formation and shape right. That's a big step in the right direction. Here are three things we learned from the US national team's first victory in Mexico in 75 years.

1. This is now Geoff Cameron's backline

We at MLSsoccer.com have been talking all week about how a generational shift in the center of defense has been needed.

Carlos Bocanegra has been a great captain and, at times, a great defender, but he's well past his prime. Oguchi Onyewu, meanwhile, simply hasn't ever recovered from that 2009 knee injury. We saw that much against Antigua and Barbuda. The other option recently has been Clarence Goodson, who is tissue-paper soft.

So that left first Bob Bradley, then Jurgen Klinsmann with the task of developing the next generation of central defenders, and to be honest, it didn't go as quickly as I'd have liked. I ripped Klinsmann in my column last Friday for sticking with the old guard for too long, and did the same to Bradley last summer after the Gold Cup disappointment.

The Antigua game, and the disappointing 1-1 draw with Guatemala that followed it, drove the point home, apparently. Klinsmann kicked "tried and true" to the curb in favor of Cameron and Maurice Edu, and was rewarded with one of the best defensive performances in years (this was miles better than the Italy game, in which the US were bailed out repeatedly by a flag-happy linesman).

Cameron was flawless for 80 minutes on the night, both in his distribution (expected) and positioning (a happy surprise). He'd struggled at times with Houston this year, playing more loosely than he should have. That was nowhere to be found against Mexico.

Edu was nearly as good, bar a couple of miscommunications in distribution. They both flagged down the final 10 minutes, but that's to be expected at the Azteca.

But man, was that a big step in the right direction.

The one concern now is that they both land with clubs that are only interested in playing them at midfield. Hopefully Stoke City and Valencia, or Ipswich Town, or whoever is going to sign Edu, watched this game and realized that these guys are defenders, not midfielders.

2. There may be no place to play Jose Torres against good competition

Look, he's gotten plenty of chances. On Wednesday he played 45 minutes with three defensive midfielders behind him, two pure attackers in front of him and a pair of fullbacks who could and would overlap if there was space. It was exactly what I asked for — a chance to see the guy playing his natural spot with plenty of support around him.

And Torres did nothing on either side of the ball. There is absolutely no reason to trust him against top competition at this point, especially if they're physical.

Would you want him out there against Jamaica next month when the games count?

Neither would I.

3. These aren't new tactics

When Klinsmann came aboard, he talked about playing a new, proactive style that would impose the game upon the opposition.

Those were his words. But his deeds have been the total opposite. His team stays deep, defends in numbers and punishes mistakes. They never hog the ball unless it happens to be against Scotland or the like.

That's been the recipe against top teams for 25 years (with a few exceptions). I recently rewatched the 0-0 draw from 1998 World Cup qualifying, and defensively it was pretty much a mirror image of this game.

So full credit to Klinsmann for realizing that, if he wants to write a new manual, he should at least master the old one first.

15 August 12:23 pm

Michael Bradley wasn't called up to the US national team for Wednesday's match against Mexico because he's busy settling in at Italian Serie A club AS Roma.

Here's how it's going for him so far:

15 August 11:57 am

If you believe the reports, Clint Dempsey may very well land on Merseyside in England.

Just perhaps not in Liverpool FC colors.

The Daily Mail says that "Everton are considering rivaling Liverpool in the race to sign Clint Dempsey from Fulham."

David Moyes and Everton, big fans of American players over the years, have landed a windfall of cash after the transfer of Jack Rodwell to Manchester City and apparently are looking at potentially throwing some Clint's way as a replacement for Tim Cahill, who recently joined the New York Red Bulls.

It's probably not what the 29-year-old US national team star had in mind with one year remaining on his Fulham contract after making it abundantly clear he wanted to play in the UEFA Champions League.

The news out of England point to a disparity in Fulham's valuation on a transfer (reportedly $14 million) and what the likes of Liverpool and others are willing to offer (circa $7 million).

Dempsey was not called up by Jurgen Klinsmann for Wednesday night's US friendly in Mexico and he continues to train with Fulham's youth squad, apart from the first team.

According to the latest reports, the ex-New England Revolution player won't be there when Fulham opens the English Premier League season at home against Norwich City on Saturday.

15 August 11:35 am

It's always been pretty evident that Real Salt Lake's Jamison Olave is an incredible athlete. But have you ever fixated on his quads or anyone's quads for that matter?

Turns out Olave's are freaks of nature and ESPN The Magazine decided to highlight them in all their glory in their latest issue.

"My teammates tease me, asking if I got silicone implants in my quads," Olave tells ESPN.

Forget the quads. Real Salt Lake fans only care about one Olave muscle these days - the left hamstring. It's what has him listed as doubtful on the injury report and RSL, on a three-game losing skid in all competitions, need him back in the worst way.