ORLANDO, Fla. – He’s the only member of the current US national team camp who doesn’t even play with the first team at his club. Yet Terrence Boyd has made the cut.
The 21-year-old Borussia Dortmund II striker was named on Friday to Jurgen Klinsmann’s final 23-man squad ahead of the USMNT’s debut in 2014 World Cup qualifying. And the young German-American is well aware he’s in rare air.
The real era – for lack of a better description – of Jurgen Klinsmann’s tenure begins in earnest on Saturday. The coach has made it clear that the last nine months have been about experimentation, not results, but that from here on out, scoreboard matters.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at the stock watch heading into what’s been billed as a “five-game tournament,” keeping in mind that it’s the last two matches that really count.
Stock Up: Common Sense
Here we go.
The US men’s national team plays the first game of a five-match stretch on Saturday against Scotland in Jacksonville, Fla. The match, to be broadcast nationally on NBC Sports and Galavision, is the first of three friendlies the US face before kicking off their World Cup qualifying campaign with a June 8 home game against Antigua and Barbuda and a June 12 match against Guatemala in Guatemala City.
PORTLAND, Ore. – When Portland Timbers head coach John Spencer was asked after his team’s 1-0 loss Wednesday against La Liga side Valencia CF if anything could be extrapolated from the performance, his answer was typically blunt.
“Nothing whatsoever,” he said. “It has no relevance to the game on Saturday.”
But he did say there was one thing that could be taken away, and that was a good lesson in what top-shelf soccer looks like.
HOUSTON – As expected, CONCACAF World Cup qualifying will have an orange tinge.
A week after Houston Dynamo Geoff Cameron left to join the USMNT, fellow defender Andre Hainault (above) and midfielder Je-Vaughn Watson have been called to join Canada and Jamaica, respectively, as they prepare to kick off their quest to qualify for Brazil 2014.
PORTLAND, Ore. – Aritz Aduriz christened Valencia CF’s first US trip with a goal in their 1-0 victory Wednesday night over the Portland Timbers at JELD-WEN Field.
The Spanish La Liga side, fresh off a third-place finish in the 2011-12 season, put on an impressive first-half performance with eight shots in fast-paced action. The Timbers, who fielded a lineup of a number of starters despite a Cascadia rivalry game with Vancouver looming Saturday, gamely competed against the top-level club with five shots of their own in the first 45.
MONTREAL – The NASL version of the Montreal Impact did quite well against international opposition in the past. Can the MLS version do the same?
The Impact will welcome a third French club in four years as Olympique Lyonnais (above) will make their way to Stade Saputo for a friendly on July 24, the MLS club announced on Wednesday. In 2009, Montreal hosted France’s Trophée des Champions between Girondins de Bordeaux and En Avant de Guingamp at the Olympic Stadium, and played the former in a friendly a few days later.
ORLANDO, Fla. – It would have been impossible to fathom a few years ago, but nowadays, US men's national team camp is a familiar place for Chris Wondolowski.
That's what happens when you emerge as arguably the best goalscorer in Major League Soccer, contending for the Golden Boot for a third season in a row. But despite the remarkable run that has led the San Jose Earthquakes star here, though, one important milestone is still missing from his ever-expanding list of achievements: He has yet to score a goal at the international level.
PORTLAND, Ore. – For Portland Timbers manager John Spencer, Wednesday’s friendly against La Liga’s Valencia CF at JELD-WEN Field (10:30 pm ET, LIVE CHAT on portlandtimbers.com) couldn’t come at a better time.
A number of Timbers starters and key reserves are just rounding back into full health, and they need minutes.
While it took a handful of games for Jurgen Klinsmann to claim his first victory as the new head coach of the US national team, it didn't take him quite as long to get acclimated. From the beginning, Klinsmann introduced very different styles of play in comparison to his predecessor, Bob Bradley. After all, it’s what he was hired to do.