Though nothing becomes official without FIFA consent, UEFA and the European Club Association have reached an understanding on reducing the number of friendlies on the international calendar. Currently, there are 12 international release dates. The UEFA and ECA agreement calls for nine international release dates, all of which would have room for two games. They are also . . .
Archives for February 2012
What's the point of a late winter friendly? You don't need to be a manager of a European club to imagine their response to that question. Releasing players for friendlies at any time during the season normally gets a backlash from the club side, but FIFA putting a February 29th date on the international calendar probably feels like rubbing it in. Even MLS is measuring . . .
By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Feb 27, 2012) US Soccer Players -- Before attempting to turn another bit of accepted soccer wisdom on its head, let's make one thing clear. It's tough to grandstand on a League Cup, especially when it took penalties to beat a team playing a league down. Yet that's where the once mighty Liverpool found themselves on Sunday, using the occasion of a trophy to . . .
With Timmy Chandler, Jose Torres, and Landon Donovan ruled out for Wednesday's friendly against Italy (2:30pm ET - ESPN2), United States National Team coach Jurgen Klinsmann has called in Sacha Kljestan and Brek Shea. Chandler and Torres were injured over the weekend with their clubs, and Donovan has bronchitis. Jermaine Jones is also unavailable due to injury, with the US Soccer . . .
AZ's Jozy Altidore grabbed the attention of USA fans over the weekend, scoring twice during Sunday's 3-3 draw with Heerenveen. Altidore opened the scoring in the 26th minute and scored again in the 58th with Brett Holman setting up both goals. Heerenveen equalized in the 55th and again in the 76th, going ahead in the 81st. Erik Falkenburg equalized for AZ two minutes later. . . .
Italy has announced its roster to face the United States in Genoa on Wednesday (2:30pm ET - ESPN2). GK: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Morgan De Sanctis (Napoli), Salvatore Sirigu (Paris Saint Germain), Emiliano Viviano (Palermo) DEF: Ignazio Abate (AC Milan), Davide Astori (Cagliari), Federico Balzaretti (Palermo), Andrea Barzagli (Juventus), Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus), Giorgio Chiellini . . .
Schalke 04 midfielder Jermaine Jones won't be available for the United States due to a right calf injury, the US Soccer Federation announced on Wednesday. Jones played in the January friendlies for the USA. Jones's absence reduces the US roster to 20 players available for Wednesday's game against Italy (2:30pm ET - ESPN2). . . .
CONCACAF announced on Friday that they will hold a presidential election to fill the remainder of the term vacated by Jack Warner when he retired from soccer last summer. The election will be held on May 23rd in Budapest, Hungary the day before the start of the 2012 FIFA Congress. Candidates have to be nominated by a member association by March 25th. . . .
Highlights from Wednesday's game between the United States Under-23 National Team and San Antonio, courtesy of US Soccer Communications. Brek Shea, Dilly Duka and Jack McInerney scored for the United States. . . .
By Dario Camacho - MIAMI, FL (Feb 24, 2012) US Soccer Players -- For most clubs, the designated player rule doesn't work. Here's how to fix it. At the 2011 MLS Cup, a Designated Player wish was fulfilled. A team that spent well past the salary cap was rewarded with the MLS Cup. A monumental occasion to say the least, tangible proof that spending can mean winning . . .