MLS All Stars Win Helps US Forget About Gold Cup

MLS All Star Game 2015  MLS All Stars win helps US forget about Gold Cup and the disaster

of the US men’s team trying to find their stride.

On July 29th in Commerce City Colorado, before a packed crowd of over 19,000,

to watch the 2015 MLS All Stars take on an

 

English Premier League favorite Tottenham Hotspur. Spurs have been playing some preseason

matches here in the states and were a good match for our MLS band of rag tags. The MLS held

their own in the first half, with many good chances and Kaka making things happen for the MLS.

David Villa was magical with a great corner kick that ended in a PK for the MLS, then taking on a

well struck cross from Kaka, Villa redirected it into the back of the net for a 2 – 0 lead for MLS only 30

minutes into the match. Nick Rimando was the real man of the match this night, I know people

love giving it to offensive style of players, but Rimando stood on his head to use a hockey term.

Three huge saves from Rimando and many more he made look easy, but Rimando kept Harry Kane

and a well-balanced Spurs team out of the net til 37th minute, when Matt Besler fell down and Harry

Kane unleashed a rocket that most keepers won’t have even touched. Second half was mostly Spurs

controlling the field, but MLS gave acouple of runs at goal only to have the 45 minutes fall away with

all defense being the story of that half. Solid showing by the MLS, 22 layers say the pitch for the MLS,

two completely different teams per half of play, was very interesting to watch. Spurs controlled most

the match but couldn’t finish, and the MLS capitalized on their chances. Now Gold Cup, the US squad

needs help. Very inconstant play, the defense looks very confused under pressure, not like the back five

of our US women’s team. The offense just could not finish when needed, we look close to putting it

together, then falls apart. Are we going to press full field or half field, do we support the ball or run all

over the pitch. Just looked confusing the last 2 matches the US men’s team had in the Gold Cup.

TheSoccerInfo believes they will put it together soon, you can see the pieces, and the puzzle will be

solved soon. Come on boys, red, white, n blue blood all the way. Watch some video of the MLS

All Stars win helps US forget about Gold Cup and let’s get ready for World Cup 2018.


Goal Scoring Lessons And Striker Skills For All Forwards

wondolowski usa goal scorer

 

 

 

 

 

 

Goal scoring lessons and striker skills for all forwards can be seen as watching Chris Wondolowski of

US Men’s team. Wondo is putting on a striker clinic as he plays in the Gold Cup 2013 and now has

racked up 5 goals of many angles. Already Wondo has knocked in a hat trick with in 41 minutes in one

half, and two goals vs Cuba, to show his striker skills as his spacing around the 6 yard line shows his

awareness to stay open in tight spaces. Be on your toes strikers/forwards, you just never know when

the ball will come bouncing your way. Quick pokes at the ball and touching it away one-time are the

drills every striker should work on with in a 15 yard half circle from the goal mouth. On longer shots

like 18yards out, watch Joe Corona one time strike vs Cuba, that comes from many years of one time

shots from all angles at distance. Corona, Donovan, and Wondolowski all show you how not to over

power the ball, but just strike it clean and let the angle make the finishing touch. In a MLS match,

Soony Saad from Sporting KC had an example of a nice side volley inside the 6 yard line area as he

took what the defense was not clearing out, and had to make up a shot was just a reaction. Another

great striker who takes the touch with out over powering the ball would be Chris Rolfe of Chicago Fire,

watch as he touches the clip just past the keeper instead of looking for hard shot at goal. All these

examples are goal scoring lessons and striker skills for all forwards to master, watch below. [Read more…]