LANDOVER, Md. – David Villa met the press at FedEx Field on Friday afternoon, the first time the prolific goalscorer had done so since being announced as the first player of MLS’ 21st franchise, New York City FC.
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USA vs. Nigeria
Saturday, June 7, 2014, 6 pm ET
EverBank Field, Jacksonville, Fla.
Watch on ESPN, Watch ESPN, Univision
Third time’s a charm, right?
At least that’s what Jurgen Klinsmann and the US national team are hoping when it comes to Saturday’s friendly against Nigeria – the Yanks’ final World Cup tune-up in the States before they head to Brazil.
We come down on the side of "too much" in this instance.
FRISCO, Texas – It was an exciting homecoming for one of Texas’ own as former FC Dallas midfielder Arturo Alvarez played for El Salvador against World Cup-bound Ivory Coast, and got his team on the scoreboard with a well-taken penalty kick in the 75th minute in a 2-1 loss in a Road to Brazil friendly.
FRISCO, Texas – With captain Didier Drogba leading the way, Ivory Coast shook off a poor performance against Bosnia-Herzegovina, and despite some sluggish moments, did what they needed to do to beat a young El Salvador side in front of an impassioned crowd of 18,578 at Toyota Stadium on Wednesday night.
Mexico’s World Cup preparations hit another bump in the road on Tuesday night, as they fell 1-0 to Bosnia and Herzegovina in a tepid performance at Chicago’s Soldier Field.
Mexico vs. Bosnia-Herzegovina
June 3 | 9:30 pm ET | Soldier Field, Chicago
Take a deep breath, count to five and repeat "It's only a friendly." All managers, good and bad, play these games to figure out what's right and what's wrong.