CONCACAF World Cup Qualifiers
So where do we start?
OK, let’s all take a deep breath as we sift through what was likely the busiest day of the year so far in US domestic soccer.
The No. 1 draft pick at the 2013 MLS SuperDraft went to defender Andrew Farrell, with New England trading up to grab their manearlier in the week.
And Farrell was understandably delighted to go first.
CARSON, Calif. – The United States and Mexico are expected to snag two of CONCACAF's three guaranteed berths at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil – failure would be disastrous for either country – but Jurgen Klinsmann can't afford to see things that way.
The US head coach, preparing a largely domestic squad for a Jan. 29 friendly against Canada and the Feb. 6 kickoff to CONCACAF's final-round qualifying Hexagonal, says it’s folly to overlook any nation in the competition.
San Jose's Marvin Chávez is one of the league's most devastating wingers. But only when he's healthy.
According to reports, the livewire Honduran picked up his first injury of 2013 while on duty with his national team, after suffering a knee-to-knee collision in practice with Bryan Beckeles.
CARSON, Calif. -- A looming showdown with Mexico at Estadio Azteca certainly had its say in US Soccer's decision to play its first home World Cup qualifier in CONCACAF's final-round Hexagonal in Colorado.
But it was not, head coach Jurgen Klinsmann says, the determining factor.
The US men's national team is heading to Colorado. The US Soccer Federation (USSF) announced Tuesday that Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo. – home of the Colorado Rapids – will host the team's first home World Cup qualifier of the hexagonal round on March 22 against Costa Rica.
TORRANCE, Calif. – These are heady times for Jeff Parke, who is coming off his finest season as a pro and is headed home to Philadelphia following a desired trade last month from the Seattle Sounders, a move that came one day after his wife, Jennifer, gave birth to their first child.
As usual, the Honduran national team will have a strong MLS influence when they take the pitch later this month.
Five MLS players were part of the squad Luis Fernando Suaáez called in for the Copa Centroamericana, which will be played in Costa Rica from Jan. 18-27. Those games – as many as four, should Honduras advance to the final – serve as both the qualifying process for this summer’s Gold Cup as well as a tune-up for World Cup qualifying, which begins with a huge home date vs. the US on Feb. 6.
TORRANCE, Calif. – All but two of the 25 players invited in for the US national team's first camp of 2013 were present for Tuesday's start of fitness work, the traditional kickoff to the annual January gathering in Southern California. But head coach Jurgen Klinsmann made it clear that this is nothing like past camps to start the year.