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.
Ce mercredi est principalement consacré aux équipes nationales, avec le match entre le Canada et Trinité-et-Tobago ainsi que le déplacement des États-Unis au Mexique. Ces deux duels amicaux servent à préparer la suite des éliminatoires de la Coupe du monde 2014, qui reprendront début septembre.
Avec un noyau on ne peut plus allégé, les Canadiens affronteront un adversaire réputé dans la Concacaf mais déjà hors-course pour le prochain Mondial. Pour les jeunes, il s’agira de se tailler une place dans l’effectif lorsque tout le monde sera là. Des joueurs aguerris comme Terry Dunfield et Patrice Bernier tenteront de convaincre leur sélectionneur Stephen Hart de les titulariser à l’avenir. L’échéance importante sera le Panama, avec un double duel les 7 et 11 septembre : malgré l’absence de nombreux titulaires, Bernier nous a expliqué dans le dernier numéro de Coup Franc l’utilité de ce match amical.
Les Américains tenteront de remporter leur première victoire au stade Azteca. Jürgen Klinsmann est très confiant et Chris Wondolowski compte profiter de brèches dans la défense mexicaine, en compagnie de Landon Donovan, dont l’avenir est incertain.
On jouera aussi en championnat ce soir… ce qui n’arrange pas tout le monde. Privé de leurs internationaux, Vancouver et Toronto recevront respectivement Dallas et Portland. Même épine dans le pied du LA Galaxy en déplacement à Columbus, où l’émotion sera à son comble pour le premier match depuis le décès de Kirk Urso.
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22h00 : Vancouver - Dallas
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In just his second appearance, Kyle Miller scored quite the golazo for Sporting Kansas City against Stoke City Tuesday night. The kind of goal nobody is likely to see again anytime soon, if ever.
Stoke City opened up the scoring in the 84th minute in KC despite being put under pressure by the home team for much of th match. And while some thought the game was over, Miller, well, who knows what he was thinking? In stoppage time, he found himself in the right place at the right time, as Stoke goalkeeper Asmir Begovic's clearance made a beeline for his noggin and the resulting header looped into an empty net from 40-yards out.
Check out the highlight from KickTV above and let us know what you think. Luck? Skill? Likelihood of being repeated anytime soon?
Last week it was Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal that were rumored to have interest in D.C. midfielder Andy Najar, this week it's Wigan Athletic, Norwich City and West Bromwich Albion.
That list might grow even larger now that Honduras are into the quarterfinals with a date against Brazil and Neymar, a group that's sure to have a few interested eyes monitoring their progress in London.
Najar may not be having his best season in black and red in 2012 – contributing two assists in 13 games, 10 of which were starts – but he's still just 19 years old and one of the most promising prospects in Major League Soccer. And, of course, success on an international stage certainly can't hurt his stock.
Is he ready for an overseas move? If so, what would the best fit? Let us know in the comments section below.
This Pardo is a little faster and a lot younger.
Chicago Fire veteran Pável Pardo may be sharing his last name with a Colombian forward if reports from Colombia hold true.
This article states that soon-to-be 22-year-old forward Felipe Pardo has a standing offer from MLS after becoming surplus to requirements at Independiente Medellín in Colombia.
Remember that age-old mantra reminding you to be comfortable in your own skin? Well, a couple of US national teamers went a step further.
Men's captain Carlos Bocanegra and women's superstar Abby Wambach were not camera-shy when ESPN The Magazine's Body Issue came calling. Both Bocanegra and Wambach shed some skin – and some visual insight – into what the soccer bodies look like from two of America's best.
The body of a soccer player, like any athlete, is defined as much by its impressive and imposing physicality as it is its ability to withstand the daily beating it takes.
"When you play soccer, you are going to get cut, you are going to get bruised," explains Wambach. "If sitiches have to happen, if staples have to come, that's just part of the game – just take it."
Also included in the fourth annual publication are the NFL's Rob Gronkowski, the WNBA's Candace Parker and the NBA's Tyson Chandler, among others.
Brendan Rodgers has high hopes for Liverpool – and he's wasting no time trying to reinforce his squad for that pursuit.
The newly appointed manager is eager to make his first signing since taking over the Reds on June 1, and one of his first targets happens to be US international Clint Dempsey.
According to a report by the English newspaper The Mirror, Rodgers and the Liverpool front office are set to bid £7.5 million in an attempt to pry the English Premier League's fourth-leading scorer in 2011-12 away from Fulham's Craven Cottage and north to Anfield.
A deal could be completed as early as Wednesday, if you believe the report, as Liverpool hope to lock up Deuce before their trip to the United States next week.
If the transfer goes down, what do you think of the move?
Andriy Shevchenko has apparently made up his mind on where his future lies.
According to reports, the former AC Milan and Chelsea star will be returning to the English club to work for his good friend Roman Abramovich. This article cites the president of his most recent club Dynamo Kiev, who spilled the beans.
However, Shevchenko himself hasn't pronounced himself just yet. He's just undergone knee surgery after starring for Ukraine in Euro 2012 and he plans to rehab before going public on his final decision.
Three major titles in a span of five years.
Everyone is focused on what Spain has accomplished. But on the day after La Roja outclassed Italy in Kiev in the Euro 2012 final, there is also a distinct feeling that Spain could have done more.
No, 4-0 was plenty when it comes to the scoreline. But at 2-0 up, with the match well in hand, Spain really had a chance to transcend.
Italy had raised the white flag with 30 minutes to go. When midfielder Thiago Motta hobbled off the pitch, so too did any real Italian hopes of vanquishing the world champs. He was Italy's last sub and he was done. Italy were down to 10 men the rest of the way.
At that point the mighty Spaniards could have made the ultimate fair play gesture and voluntarily removed a player to even the field at 10-vs.-10.
Whether it was the recently introduced Pedro or even Cesc Fabregas, it wouldn't have mattered with a smattering of minutes left. They would still have won the game and they would have transcended like no team has since the 1970s Brazil side for a simple act of fair play.
They didn't. Instead they chose to keep pouring it on, bringing on two fresh subs who rounded out the score. It was akin to kicking at the cast of a person with a broken leg who just lost a crutch.
But there was one player in red who did opt for Fair Play this weekend.
In the first half of Toronto FC's 1-1 tie with the New York Red Bulls, Reggie Lambe could have easily hit the deck after he was tugged by New York defender Wilman Conde — it would have meant a red card ejection for Conde. Instead, the Bermudan international chose to stay on his feet. And people took notice. (Watch it here).
“[Lambe] is a young player and a very honest player,” TFC manager Paul Mariner said afterward. “Some players in the world would go down. If you want to be candid then we would have been playing 10 men then. In our position that would have been nice, but my hat goes off to him.”
Too bad we couldn't say the same for Spain.
Can Crew legend Guillermo Barros Schelotto match his on-field success on the touchline? We're about to find out.
On Wednesday, it was confirmed that the 2008 MLS MVP was named head coach of Argentine Primera Division outfit Lanús (SPANISH). It will be Schelotto's first managerial position after retiring as a player with hometown club Gimnasia La Plata in 2011.
Befitting his nickname, el mellizo (the twin), he will reunited with his twin brother Gustavo, who will be his assistant, with the two of them having previously been teammates at Gimnasia and Boca Juniors. Gustavo also has a North American soccer connection, having played his final season as a pro with the Puerto Rico Islanders in 2006.
Lanús have been one of Argentina's stronger clubs in the past few years, having claimed the Apertura 2007 title and fallen just short of the Clausura 2011 crown. The granate currently hold the third-best average points per game over the past three seasons in Argentina. Furthermore, the club boasts 2006 World Cup winner and former Italian international Mauro Camoranesi and former Uruguay international Mario Regueiro in its ranks.
How will el mellizo fare as a coach? Will his teams show the kind of flair that he once wowed audiences with in Argentina and the United States? Would you like to see him coaching in MLS someday?