By Dario Camacho - MIAMI, FL (Dec 30, 2011) US Soccer Players --Ah, the off season. A magical time when bloggers, sports writers and columnists following and discussing the North American soccer scene start to maniacally pull out their hair while blankly at the screen to come up with a story worth reading. Unfortunately for us, there is no off season to speak of. We . . .
Archives for December 2011
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Dec 30, 2011) US Soccer Players – If 2010 was considered a great year for the National Team because of its performance at the World Cup, then 2011 will go down as the year where American players shined individually. Just ask Jozy Altidore. The 22-year-old striker turned things around this fall after signing with Dutch club AZ Alkmaar, proving that he . . .
On Thursday, US Youth Soccer announced that Dr. Thomas Fleck had died on December 24th. Dr. Fleck was well known to youth soccer coaches in the United States for his work with the National Youth license. He was a former National Staff coach and Youth Coordinator for the United States Soccer Federation, and spent over 40 years working to improve developmental methods and coaching . . .
By Tony Edwards - San Jose, CA (Dec 29, 2011) US Soccer Players -- In this edition, Tony joins the rest of the staff in wondering why we're working the week between holidays before asking about Rob Stone's move to Fox Soccer, FIFA's latest deadline, and remembers what Cate meant to New England. Does anyone who used to be on ESPN’s weekly MLS show MLS XtraTime still work for ESPN? To be . . .
By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Dec 29, 2011) US Soccer Players -- European soccer has spent another year living through interesting times. On the field, Barcelona continued their run as the dominant club against whom all others are judged. Off the field, Financial Fair Play looms on the horizon. Midway through the 2011-12 seasons in Europe, we've already seen indicators . . .
The Old Firm derby didn't go the way of the Americans on Wednesday, with Celtic taking the lead in the Scottish Premier League. Joe Ledley was the goal scorer, converting in the 52nd minute at Celtic Park. Frasier Foster got the shutout in a game where Rangers only put two shots on target. However, replays showed that a sixth minute header from Lee Wallace crossed the goal line . . .
By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Dec 28, 2011) US Soccer Players -- After a year where Major League Soccer added two more teams, lost several high profile players through retirement and other opportunities, and got a marquee winner in an MLS Cup final, here are a few things I would like to see from the League in 2012. Unlike my Holiday Wishes For MLS, these are items that would require . . .
The Royal Dutch Football Association (KNVB) has decided the cup game between Ajax and Jozy Altidore's AZ will be replayed on January 19th. The decision comes after the original game was suspended in the first-half when a fan ran onto the field and charged AZ's goalkeeper Esteban Alvarado. AZ refused to continue after the referee red carded the keeper for defending himself. . . .
The Premier League featured a meeting of the Americans on Tuesday, with Brad Friedel's Spurs getting the better of Zac Whitbread's Norwich City in a 2-0 win. Gareth Bale scored both of Tottenham's goals, with Friedel picking up the shutout. Whitbread started and played the full ninety. In the Jupiler League, Sacha Kljestan started for Anderlecht in a 1-1 draw with . . .
By Tony Edwards - San Jose, CA (Dec 27, 2011) US Soccer Players -- Tuesday's Questions, and Tony asks about Clint Dempsey's growing legacy with Fulham, an Old Firm derby date for the Americans at Rangers, and the Rapids' search for a new head coach. As always, let us know what you think or add some questions of your own. What does Portland General Manager apparently like most . . .