Nike misspells Papiss Cisse’s name on pair of custom cleats


Concerns about Newcastle’s new sponsor set aside, forward Papiss Cisse is back with the club and ready to hit the ground running, right? Well, not exactly.

Continuing a trend that first became apparent with an extra ‘W’ stitched onto the jersey of the United States’ Chris Wondolowski, and which was followed by an Everton goof during an official jersey unveiling, Papiss Cisse became the most recent victim of a summer of spelling mistakes this week.

Setting out for one of his first training sessions since rejoining the club, Cisse reached for a pair of personalized cleats from Nike when he noticed a slight error: the company had misspelled his last name!

In a world where Wikipedia is always only a few seconds away, you think someone would have double checked.

(H/T 101GG)


DaMarcus Beasley, Stuart Holden and Chris Wondolowski hungry for success

With Mexico and the United States leaving some of their biggest stars off the Gold Cup roster, there is some question as to how crucial winning the tournament really is to the big nations.

However, there is no doubt over how important the Gold Cup is for the individual players who were called up — the Cup has shown in the past that it can serve as a springboard for fringe players to make the following year’s World Cup rosters.

This year on the United States’ side, three names have come in focus particularly: Chris Wondolowski, Stuart Holden and DaMarcus Beasley. The “late bloomer,” the “comeback kid,” and “the captain,” respectively.

FOX Soccer took all three on a relaxing boat ride in Baltimore ahead of the USA’s quarterfinal win against El Salvador, and each spoke about their goals, each other’s talents, and what makes suiting up for the red, white and blue so special.


Gold Cup: Five things learned from USA’s victory over El Salvador

By Kyle McCarthy, FOXSoccer.com

Baltimore, Maryland

Landon Donovan scored once and prompted three other goals to lead the United States to a 5-1 victory over El Salvador at a sold-out M&T Bank Stadium.

The final score reflects the Americans’ dominance on the day without telling the entire story. El Salvador reduced the deficit to 2-1 through a Rodolfo Zelaya penalty eight minutes before the interval and threatened to nick an equalizer early in the second half.

Eddie Johnson eventually removed most of the doubt by scoring seconds after his introduction. A pair of goals in the final quarter of an hour secured a semifinal date against Costa Rica or Honduras in Arlington, Tex. on Wednesday.

U.S. coach Jürgen Klinsmann will take plenty with him – including these five points – from this match ahead of the more difficult task ahead in midweek.

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Gold Cup: Five things learned from USA’s 1-0 win over Costa Rica

By Kyle McCarthy, FOXSoccer.com


United States winger Brek Shea struck eight minutes from time to give the Americans a 1-0 victory over Costa Rica on Tuesday night. Shea’s late goal ensured the Americans finished atop Group C and secured a quarterfinal date with El Salvador on Sunday in Baltimore.

The nature of the victory in this dour affair will give Jurgen Klinsmann plenty to ponder – including these five points – as he prepares for the knockout stages.

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Gold Cup: Five things learned from USA’s 4-1 victory over Cuba

By Kyle McCarthy, FOXSoccer.com


It took a bit longer than expected for the United States to hit its stride in their 4-1 victory against Cuba. The visitors even managed a stunning opening goal when Jose Ciprian completed a swashbuckling counter after 36 minutes. But the Americans equalized through Landon Donovan shortly before halftime to set the stage for a significant second-half improvement. Chris Wondolowski struck twice in the final half hour to ensure that the US will finish atop Group C with a victory (or a draw, most likely) over Costa Rica in East Hartford, Conn. on Tuesday.

 In the wake of a third straight heavy victory, here are a few points to ponder as the US approaches a decisive affair against the Ticos:

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Very superstitious: Wondolowski sews extra “W” under jersey, keeps scoring

Last time we checked in with Chris Wondolowski, he was busy scoring a hat trick while wearing a misspelled jersey. But after US super-fan Drew Carey ended up buying the shirt off Wondolowski with proceeds going to charity, the superstitious striker knew what to do next.

Rather than risking his run of form, Wondolowski made a special request regarding his kit before Saturday’s match vs. Cuba: ‘Wondo’ asked that an extra ‘W’ be sewed on the inside of his shirt.

Based on the brace that Wondo scored Saturday with the altered jersey, it seems likely he’ll be wearing that extra W for the rest of his career.

Here’s Chris after the match:


Drew Carey buys misspelled jersey off Wondolowski


(Picture courtesy: USSoccer.com)

Welp, looks like we won’t continue to see “Wondowlowski” in the Gold Cup after all.
Just one day after Chris Wondolowski scored a hat trick while wearing a misspelled jersey — and claiming that he would “rock that the whole tournament” — uber-fan Drew Carey bought the rare item from the US striker for $5,000. The money will go to two charities of Wondolowski’s choice.
Carey said of his purchase:
I was as amused as anyone to see Chris What’s-his-name name spelled incorrectly on the back of his jersey while he scored a hat trick for the National Team against Belize in the Gold Cup. Thought it would make a great souvenir.
"Wondo," ever the good sport, was a little sad to see his good-luck charm go, but happy to see the exchange with Carey benefit a good cause. He pledged to give $2,500 each to the Nike N7 and Soccer Streets USA foundations.
“I’m grateful to Drew for the generous donation,” said Wondolowski.” It was a very special night for me and the team. I really wanted to keep the jersey, but in the end it turns out the price is right.”
Aaaand scene.
(H/T USSoccer.com)

Hat-trick hero Chris Wondolowski’s jersey misspelled


Does the extra “W” stand for “win”?

Chris Wondolowski’s three first-half goals in the US’ 6-1 win over Belize were overshadowed by an unfortunate wardrobe mistake: his jersey read “Wondowlowski.”

The San Jose Earthquakes forward did receive a corrected jersey at halftime, but strangely, the goals stopped coming for him. Maybe his wife, Lindsey Wondolowski, was on to something:

After the match, Wondolowski admitted that he is very superstitious, saying “I’m rocking [the jersey] the whole tournament.”

It’s safe to say that all US fans are hoping he does, too.


Five things to watch: LA Galaxy vs. San Jose Earthquakes

By Kyle McCarthy

The California Clasico returns to the postseason stage for the first time since 2005 when San Jose visits Los Angeles tonight. Here are five points to watch ahead of the clash at the Home Depot Center:

1. Lingering hostilities: Galaxy defender Omar Gonzalez offered several critical comments about Steven Lenhart and the Earthquakes’ style of play after an ill-tempered 2-2 draw on Oct. 21. This match provides the perfect opportunity for the Earthquakes to issue their response on the field.

2. Ringing the changes: Bruce Arena promised a series of alterations to his starting XI after the 2-1 victory over Vancouver in the Knockout Round on Thursday night. He will hope to include A.J. DeLaGarza and Sean Franklin in the lineup after they missed out  against the Whitecaps because of injury. Arena could also turn to Marcelo Sarvas or Christian Wilhelmsson in midfield to allow Landon Donovan to slide up front to partner Robbie Keane.

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