US Wins 2017 Gold Cup

US wins 2017 Gold Cup, and gives US soccer fans a sense of pride and excitement.

The US team are on a roll, undefeated in last 14 matches under Coach Bruce Arena.

Here is a little history over the last couple years in the world of USMNT soccer.

In 2015, CONCACAF Cup playoff determined the region’s entry to the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup. At the Rose Bowl, the U.S team were defeated 3-2 by Mexico. In 2016, summer, U.S. played as hosts of Copa America Centenario. They topped in Group A on a goal against Colombia. The USMNT beat the team Ecuador by 2-1 in the quarter-finals. Unfortunately, they fell to Colombia and Argentina 4-0 and again, 1-0 in the third place match. The team finished fourth at the Copa America, trying their best like in 1995.

They had successive losses to Costa Rica and Mexico in opening the games of final qualification for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Bruce Arena replaced the place of Klinsmann as the national team coach. He coached the first two game in 2017 against Serbia and Jamaica. World Cup qualification was resumed on March 24. Arena and the USMNT had a record of a 6-0 win over Honduras. After winning over Honduras, the team traveled to play in Panama City, had a result of a drawing score of 1-1 over Panama. Then, they beat Tobago and Trinidad by 2-0. U.S. got their third World Cup Qualification result. When they play against Mexico and drew a score of 1-1. July 2017, USMNT won their sixth CONCACAF Gold Cup by a 2-1 win over Jamaica in the finals.

The victory marks the Sixth CONCACAF Gold Cup for the United State of America, where Bruce Arena became the first coach to win the competitions on three Gold Cups. Before halftime, Michael Bradley the captain was fouled 30 yards from goal. To ensure a free kick, one of the members, Altidore, stepped up and curled. It is a brilliant effort to defeat the Jamaican team before squeezing past Miller and attained a 1-0 score on the lead until the United States won the game 2-1 over Jamaica with Jordan Morris finishing strike and another Tim Howard great performance.

As the winner, United States will play against the soon to be winners of the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup in the year 2019. It is one match playoff to know what team is qualified for the 2021 FIFA Confederations Cup. If ever the United States men’s national soccer team wins the 2019 Gold Cup, they automatically qualify for the Confederations Cup. US wins 2017 Gold Cup, on to now qualify for World Cup 2018.




US MNT That Much Closer To World Cup 2018

US MNT that much closer to World Cup 2018 qualifying, acouple more wins and the points will have USA into the WC 2018.  During the CONCACAF’s Final Round for 2018 FIFA, World Cup Qualifying secured a valuable score after the 1 – 1 draw against Mexico. The game happened at Estadio Azteca last June 11, 2017. Every moment of the game was stunning as Michael Bradley made an amazing six-minute chip to secure a defensive performance for USA’s 3rd all-time tie which created an MNT record to 1-8-3 all-time at Azteca.
During the game, the team made a best possible start as Bradley made an outstanding back pass at the mid-field from Javier Fernandez and swiftly drove towards the goal. Then, one of the highlights of the game is when the US soccer team continue to pick the moments to go further during the second half while Mexico together with Hector Herrera cut out his free kick from 30 yards off in the 71st minute.
2018 FIFA World Cup US qualifying against Trinidad & Tobago
on June 8, 2017, the US men’s soccer team continued its quest for them to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup held in Russia. Trinidad & Tobago at Dick’s Sporting Goods Parks, Commerce City, Colo., the US men’s soccer team move to its 3rd match during the hex and automatically qualified for the next game. Christian Pulisic really made a big difference during the match with two big goals, as the team captured the needed 3 points against T&T, now on to meet the Mexico soccer team at Azteca and pick up the one point tie.
2018 FIFA World Cup US against Ghana and Panama
On July 1, 2017, US men’s soccer team will be having a much-awaited friendly match against Ghana at Pratt & Whitney Stadium in East Hartford, Connecticut before beginning the 2017 Gold Cup against Panama on July 8, 2017, a hat will be held at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tenn. These next two matches will help the US men’s soccer team to earn great preparation for the World Cup 2018.
Ever since the US men’s soccer team has displayed their prowess in playing soccer as they represent the United States to different international soccer matches. The team is being controlled by United States Soccer Federation and is competing for Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF). The team have already hosted the 1994 FIFA World Cups edition and even achieved best results as they reached the prestigious semi-finals of 1930 World Cup.
US men’s soccer team qualified to all 5 World Cups since they had hosted the 1994 World Cup and reached quarter-finals of the 2002 soccer tournament. In 2009, the team became runner-up during the Confederations Cup where they eliminated the top-ranked Spain 2 – 0 during the semi-finals before losing to Brazil in the final round 3 – 2. Currently, Bruce Arena is the team’s head coach since November 2016 who previously managed the soccer team from 1998 to 2006. Two more wins will help the US MNT that much closer to World Cup 2018.

Seattle Sounders MLS Cup Champs 2016

Seattle Sounders MLS Cup Champs 2016, and what a battle it was.

Seattle Sounders have defeated Toronto FC with 5 goals over 4 in penalties after a scoreless play for 120 minutes in a frigid and extreme setting. Toronto fans would not believe how the group won the 2016 cup because they have given poor performances in the mid-part of August. When there was a coaching change until the playoffs, they have performed more eagerly and positively.

The group they have defeated in the Cup outplayed them for the most part of the soccer league. As a matter of fact, they have struggled a lot to make a perfect and amazing single shot. Nevertheless, they have given Toronto FC a challenging game because they have performed a resilient defence. With the help from Stefan Frei, the goal keeper, they have caused headaches to their opponents. Frei has given a fine work for a lunging and a one-handed save during overtime.

Even though they have performed behind their coaches’ expectations during the entire competition, they have prevailed against their strong opponents who only missed one penalty kick out of 6 chances. Unluckily, they missed two. That is why they have defeated Toronto FC with great resilience and determination. Though their performance appeared inferior, their fighting spirit and trust with each other are some of the reasons why they won.

The first part of the game became more physical. However, Toronto have dominated because they were also resolute to win their first MLS league championship. During the 15th minute of the game, Sebastian Giovinco, the star forward, effectively played the ball that has given Altidore the chance to assist Jonathan Osorio to make a shot. But, Stefan Frei made a great save. After 30 minutes of a competitive game, Justine Morrow crossed again to set up for Altidore but Frei performed an excellent defence.

Toronto FC was very conscientious to minimize Nicolas Lodeiro’s influence to his entire team, Seattle Sounders. At first, they were successful but the 2016 champions frustrated their opponent with an extraordinary defence with a spectacular performance from Roman Torres, the central defender. Since both weary teams did not have scores, they have settled a shootout. Seattle Sounders got 5 while Toronto FC got 4 to win their first MLS cup.

Because of the team’s success, Roman Torres and Stefan Frei were mobbed by their entire teammates. They were applauded and admired by many spectators who were present in the BMO Field. Colorado Rapids and Montreal Impact were also part of the MLS final four.But in the end, Seattle Sounders MLS Cup Champs 2016, and now we move on to EPL. See what MLS brings us in 2017,  Happy Holidays,  from Shooter
Plus, a funny goalie video to give you a holiday laugh below

USMNT Way Behind To Qualify For WC 2018

usa-vs-mexicoUSMNT way behind to qualify for wc 2018,
and any more ties or losses here forward looks like no Russia 2018 World Cup for US.
2-1 loss for the US vs Mexico in Columbus was not a good start.
The US Men’s National Team battled through an intense match, but succumbed to 4-0 defeat to Costa Rica right in the first qualifier of the Final Round of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying. Even in the first half the two teams carve out the chances, Johan Venegas, Costa Rica forward, has his header broke the deadlock right in the 44th minute of the game. The US Men’s National Team came out in the second frame of the game looking for the equalizer. On the other hand, as the team pushed forward, the other team was able to take advantage on the multiple occasions.
In the 68th minute of the game, Bolanos finished right before Joel Campbell, a substitute who grabbed a brace in the 74th as well as 78th to cement the victory for the home side right before the crowd at Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica.
The US Men’s National team’s defeat brings a very intense end to the 2016 for the US, which is 12-6-1 and was finished 4th at the Copa American Centenario. They finished over its Semifinal Round World Cup Qualifying group to move on to the Hex.
But how much trouble has the team suffered after losing the first two games?
It was very sad news for the US Men’s National Team that they did not get off to a good beginning in the Hex, losing to Mexico and Costa Rica.
There would be 8 different games in the Hex, which would be played for the next 11 months, with different countries in top three that would be automatically be qualified to the World Cup. The 4th place team will face the 5th place team out of Asia right in the playoff for another place in the quadrennial tournament.
Way back four years ago, US Men’s National Team travelled to Honduras for the very first match of the Hex, but they lost 2-1. The team was able to rebound a month after and a half later, thus beating the team Costa Rica with the score of 1-0 in the Snow Game. The team would finish the Hex with 22 points, which is the most of any team during 2014 cycle.

 

Just take a look at this chart and you will see how much trouble the team had.

Points thru 2 games # of teams # to finish 3rd or higher # to finish 4th
6 2 2 0
4 8 5 1
3 6 4 1
2 5 0 1
2 6 4 1
0 3 0 1

Upon seeing the numbers, it is easy to say that the team had zero points from the first two games. Only the team Trinidad & Tobago has successfully qualified for the World Cup right after losing their first two games in the Hex. Though the US Men’s National team has suffered much trouble, they still have the opportunity to prove themselves in the next FIFA World Cup Qualifying. Their loss serves as their motivation to make the most out of the next games. USMNT way behind to qualify for wc 2018, and it will be a miracle if they make it.
UPDATE NOV. 21st 2016 Jurgen Klinsmann FIRED US Coach Bye-Bye

USA Mens Soccer Team One Step Closer To WC Qualifying

christian-pulisic-usa-men-world-cup-qualifyUSA Mens Soccer Team One Step Closer To WC Qualifying,

with two big wins over Trinidad n Tobago and St. Vincent.

September 2, 2016, MNT vs. St. Vincent and the Grenadines were able to fight in FIFA World Cup Qualifying, Semi-final Round 2018 that was held in Arnos Vale Stadium, St. Vincent. With this game, they were able to show great performance.

In spite the fact that the USA has a good performance, this is far good than they expected. At the end of game, MNT took care of the game each department as well as the five minutes spells during the second half. However, home team never feels to bother. With the great performance that they have applied during the game, it is well paid off. They achieved the victory that they were aiming for.

Moreover, Fabina Johnson earned a goal in 29th minute, while Matt Besler in 32nd minute, Jozy Altidore during the 43rd minute, Christian Pulisic in 71ST minute, and Sacha Kljestan in 78the minutes.

SEPTEMBER 6, 2016

The USA men’s soccer team competition at Semifinal Round in 2018 world Cup made it to finishes first and able to become a qualifying team with a score 4-0 Vs. Trinidad & Tobago. USA men’s soccer team use the brace from one of their team member Jozy Altidore, while Sacha Kljestan served as a goalkeeper, and when it comes to earning a hard-fought, Paul Arriola. With the great performance that they have shown, they were able to get the triumph against Trinidad & Tobago last September 6, 2016, with a score of 4-0. The win impelled the MNT to top spot in the Group C in Semi-final Round World Cup Qualifying in CONCACAF and the berth in Final Round starting in November.

During the first half of the game, the leading player Christian Politic forces a diving to stop out the Trinidad &Tobago team’s goalkeeper Marvin Philip in 9 minutes before Christian Pulisic and Marvin Philip, they careened in a shot off on the same posts in 31st.

Moreover, the MNT go into a break empty-handed that has a great collaboration between, Kljestan, Pulisic, and Fabian Johnson lead to failing in T&T clearance before the Kljestan suppressed inside the right post in forty-four minutes.

With the goal in bank, floodgates released for MNT during the second half. Altidore has made two goals in 59 minutes and 62 minutes, while Clint Dempsey was able to become a leading scorer due to his fast moving in World Cup Qualifying. During the second half, Paul Arriola substitute and increased the lead and suppressing a close-range and rebound off with an effort of Pulisic in 71 minutes.

While on the defensive side, US Team has their back line that is kept on its 8th clean sheet of the year, and Tim Howard earned 5 saves in order to have his 37th profession shout out.

Overall, the victory shows that the US have finished the game with a score of 4-11 record as well as being top in Group C of Semi-final Round in  CONCACAF Qualifying for 2018 FIFA World Cup.

USA Mens Soccer Team one step closer to WC qualifying,  now finish it boys……

Euro 2016 France Vs Portugal

portugal euro 2016 ronaldoEuro 2016 France Vs Portugal the final is in place.

The Euro Tournament is now taking over the playoff world. For the upcoming finals, the fight will be between the team from Portugal and the other is coming from the hosting country France.

The team of France fights against Iceland for the quarter finals with the final score of 5-2 in favor of team from the hosting country. The fight between the tow was also a spectacular game. Iceland gave off an incredible fight in this tournament as well. Many were even disappointed for they were cheering for this team. After this, France was able to qualify the tournament’s finals after beating in the semi-finals match the defending champion which is the Germany. It was one of the most intense battle for this year’s tournament. The final score was 2-0 of course in favor of France.

As for the Portugal, they were the first team to come through in the quarter-finals beating the representatives from Poland via shoot-out win. They have battled with Wales in the semi-finals. The score in favor of Portugal was 2-0. The team was lead to victory by non-other than Cristiano Ronaldo. He and Nani were able to score in quite a quick succession on the second half of the game.

Though Wales were not able to make it, their performance was very commendable. They have given a very satisfying fight against the Portugal as well as in the previous games.

Portugal and Wales were among the teams who have given fights that satisfy the audience.

While there are great teams and good performances, however there are also those who have played poorly. The Teams from Russia and England were really off their game. No wonder they have not make it to the semi rounds. England was easily outclassed by Iceland in their game as to getting to the final 8 in the tournament. As of Russia, they were not even able to fight for the spot to be fighting for the top 8. Maybe next year they can manage turn the table.

Now that the two contending teams are known, the fight between them is now the most awaited event in the world of football. Bets are now being made and draw. It seems that the favorite to win is the team of France.

The fight is now fast approaching and the fans are already set for one incredible fight between the two. Everyone is ready for the UEFA European Championship finals game 2016. Who will be this year’s champion? Would it be Portugal? Will Cristiano Ronaldo lead his team to victory? Or France will be the one to make it? With just these 2 teams standing after knocking about 22 other teams, who will it be this time? France maybe the crowds favorite but the supporters of Portugal are still believing in their team’s capability. The fight is on. Only one will be the victor in every game. The fans are excited as to how the EURO Tournament 2016 will come to an end.

Euro 2016 France Vs Portugal the final is in place, who will win?

Portugal wins 1-0 in Overtime….. Championship Portugal

USA Copa America 2016 Final Set

argentina 2016 copa americaUSA Copa America 2016 final set Chile will play Argentina for the cup

Sunday June 26th at 7pm CST in East Rutherford. The USA made a good run

challenging all teams they played in the Copa and making it to the final four teams left.

Only to lose to number one world ranked Argentina. But the USA improvement was on

display in the first 4 matches.

The home advantage did nothing against Argentine Lionel Messi’s brilliance as the Argentina advances serenely to finals of Copa America Centenario, 4 – 0, in a match Argentina skillfully controlled from the start to finish.

Argentina will meet Chile in Copa Final and will seek to win their first major title since they claimed the 1993 Copa finals. Lionel Messi’s goal from his stunning free-kick made him the country’s top goal scorer. His 55th goal took him to the spot and cleared of Gabriel Baustuta’s total goal, and he also added 2 assists in game for a very good measure.

But how did Argentina had a clear win over the US? It is because they had Lionel Messi on their side, and US does not. Messi led his team to victory in Copa America semi-final match in NRG Stadium in Houston and basically ended the contest in first half with a goal and an assist. The game wasn’t even as close as indicated four-goal deficit as US didn’t register even a single shot. In addition, the game with ended greatly in favor with Argentina as they have 68% of the possession, and was in complete control from the starting or opening minute.

It was not all Messi who worked for the win of Argentina, but they also have Gonzalo Higuain who scored twice and Ezequiel Lavezi who scored the first goal of the game, as well as the player number 10 who assisted on those goals to make his teammates score. Because of their combined efforts, Argentina reached the championship match with Chile, with a chance to break their extended drought on championship title.

After the loss of USA team, you will clearly see why Argentina is the top team in the world today. While Argentina showed their superiority on Tuesday, the USA team played against them without Jermaine Jones, Alejandro Bedoya and Bobby Wood, who were all suspended from red and yellow cards. Despite their missing personnel, when losing in 4-0 match, you are not talking about anyone not on the field. It is plain and simple: they are really outmatched.

On the other hand, Messi discussed the team’s overall effort in 2016 Copa tournament, per ESPN FC. According to him, it was their goal when they participated in the tournament, to play the finals, and fortunately, they made it. Argentina showed spectacular performance since day one, and they really deserve the finals. Now, Argentina is a step away from the championship title.

Argentina is the top team in official FIFA rankings, and it did not take long to prove why. Lavezzi concealed a header in 3rd minute off a great placed chip pass from Lionel Messi after the Argentina corner to place the US behind 1-0. According to experts, this was the fastest goal the US ever allowed in Copa America. While the US defense didn’t allow a second goal throughout the middle part of first half, they still have trouble in keeping up with the overwhelming skill level of Argentina.

U.S. to face Colombia for Third Place Saturday June 25th 7pm CST U of Phoenix Stadium

USA Copa America 2016 final set, 2-1 Argentina takes the cup



Leicester City Wins EPL 2015-2016 Season

leicester city epl 2016 champs

 

Leicester City Wins EPL 2015-2016 Season

Leicester Outfoxes The Competition And Wins It All

You’ve got slightly better odds at being killed in a car crash. Slightly better than what? Slightly better than Leicester City’s chances of winning the Premier League at the beginning of this football season. Yet, the club fought against the five thousand to one odds and won the league. It was the first time since 1978 that a recently promoted second tier team has accomplished this feat – the last was Nottingham Forest. Nobody saw he East Midlands team coming, least of all Chelsea, Manchester City, and Manchester United who couldn’t snag a win from the Foxes during their 22 and 36 season (they only lost three times all year, a feat in and of itself). This victory is made all the more poignant by the fact that Leicester is a small market team. The city itself isn’t that big and the team came in fourth in terms of player salaries by spending 48.2 million pounds. Manchester United spent 203 million pounds this year, for those of you counting that’s over four times as much. This goes to show that brilliant coaching (handled beautifully by Claudio Ranieri) and a drive to win can count for more than pounds in terms of winning the league. What this says to English Football is that it’s really not about who can spend more money or attract the biggest sponsors. It truly is still about heart, and millions of kids worldwide take to the pitch every day for just that reason. That’s not to say that money isn’t still heavily involved, but it’s good to know that it’s not always the predominant factor in football – A message that’s sorely needed after the FIFA fiasco of last year. And it’s telling that Gianni Infantino said of the Foxes win “It’s the magic of football.” Because hard work, mental fortitude, fair play, and talent couldn’t possibly have had anything to do with it, and talent clearly wasn’t a problem for Leicester City this year. Jamie Vardy was awarded the Guinness World Record for most goals scored in a Premier League season. Number 9 scored twenty-two goals. That’s right, folks, 22 goals this season. This isn’t meant to take anything away from the efforts of his mates like Captain Wes Morgan or the acrobatic Kasper Schmeichel, but it truly is a phenomenal feat. So rejoice Leicester. There definitely will not be any relegation next year, at least not for your club. Yet, with every sunny day there is always the threat of a dark cloud – one must wonder how Leicester will handle being top dogs . . . er, foxes next season. The buck with the biggest rack always has the largest price on his head and the top contenders of the Premier League will be furiously tracking the foxes scent.

Cheers for Leicester City Wins EPL 2015-2016 Season


2015 NCAA Div 1 Soccer Champs

espn 4-0 stanford win ncaa soccer champs 2015  2015 NCAA Div 1 soccer champs are the Stanford Cardinals.

The NCAA Division 1 of Men’s soccer season of 2015, is known as the 56th season of the NCAA championship in college soccer of men’s division 1. Its regular season started last August 28 and lasted until November 2015. This season will be culminating with the Division 1 of Men’s Soccer Championship for December 2015. There are 206 identified teams in the category of Men’s division 1 in this competition. The defending champion were Virginia who were defeated by UCLA, and kept UVA from their 7th title.  The season ended when Stanford defeated Clemson 4-0 , making them the champs for the first time.
The first up to the third quarterfinal rounds were held in the college campus sites found across the U.S during the months of November as well as December for the previous year having the host sites as determined by record and seeding. The four-team college cup finals were played at Children’s Mercy Park found in Kansas City.
The defending champion Virginia Cavaliers were eliminated in this tournament during the second round. This leads to the eventual winning of Stanford as their first ever national title in this competition. The final four teams who are fighting for the national title that includes Syracuse, Akron, Clemson, and Stanford as the champion for this 2015 tournament.
After this tournament, Jordan Morris, the star of Stanford is now part of the official team of Seattle Sounders. Inspite of his age, he is considered to be the most hyped prospects of United States. He is undeniably a good player, which is highly proven by his 7 U.S national team caps after his name. The exploits were enough in landing the trial from Werder Bremen of Bundesliga wherein Morris had been training while on a juggle of deciding between returning to Seattle and even trying his skills overseas.
Sounders will now have the youthful addition of skilled unite as veteran attackers upon bringing Morris to the MLS field. Sigi Schmid, the head coach of Sounders said that Morris has the qualities that he thinks as unteachable qualities. This can be a great asset of this team that will probably lead to their championship while obtaining their national title. Sounders Seattle team is highly impressed with the athleticism of Jordan together with his finishing and rate ability.
Jordan Morris is expected to join in the pre-season of MLS Sounders after the conclusion of USMNT camp. As he becomes a part of Sounders, there will surely be a higher possibility of obtaining a MLS title easier like never before.  Morris can be considered as the team asset that will surely create a hard time to all their opposing teams, so MLS teams will really need to double their training to keep up with the skills Morris already has.

Congratulations 2015 NCAA Div 1 soccer champs are the Stanford Cardinals.



Portland Timbers 2015 MLS Cup Winners

Timbers VS The Crew MLS Cup  Portland Timbers 2015 MLS Cup Winners,

after beating the Columbus Crew 2-1

in an exciting end to end battle for the cup.

The Timbers almost didn’t make the playoffs

this year, but an end of year push put their

15-11-8 record into the top 6 of the West

 

and into a head on collision course with the Columbus Crew who also finished 15-11-8. Only difference,

goal differential, Crew had a plus 5 and the Timbers only had a plus 2. The Crew have second highest

MLS goal scorer in Kei Kamara, but the Timbers have Diego Valeri, who put in the fastest MLS cup

goal at only 27 seconds into the match. Stage set, Timber dominate the first 15 minutes. At the 6:30

minute mark Lucas Melano picks out Rodney Wallace for a diving header to put Timbers up 2-0 with

less than 7 minutes gone by. Crew shell shocked, gather themselves by the 17th minute, when

pressure on the Timbers Goalie Adam Kwarasey puts the defense into a bad spot and the top

goal scorer for the Crew steps up and pulls one back with a turn around goal putting the match

at 2-1 now. From 18th minute till the 95th minute it was back and forth defensive battle with

Nat Borchers, Adam Ridgewell, Alvas Powell, and Jorge Villafana holding the Crew scoreless

in front of Kwarasey. Coach Caleb Porter had them all playing at top notch championship level

for the last 11 matches, hats off to da coach.

The Timbers pressed all game, 60th minute, corner kick to Wallace, almost goal, 70th minute,

Adi header, almost goal, 80th minute Borchers header, almost goal within inches. The 3D midfielders

Darlington, and the two Diego’s (Chara and Valeri) for the Timbers moved the ball from box to box

setting up the consent pressure on the Crew. What a great year for Will Johnson, Jack Jewsbury,

Fanendo Adi, Max Urruti, and the whole Timbers players and staff for a huge first time MLS Cup win.

The Crew had a great year knocking off the Supporter Sheild winners NY Red Bulls to advance to the

final, so heads high great footballers Ethan Finlay, Federico Higuain, Jack McInerney, Will Trapp,

Tony Tchani, Justin Meram and the whole Crew team, next year can be your year.

Catch Kei Kamara and Nat Borchers phone interview on Men in Blazers podcast Dec 3rd by Roger Bennett 3 days before the Final

Portland Timbers 2015 MLS Cup Winners