20
Dec

Landon Donovan, Brian McBride headline USMNT’s All-Time Best XI

On Thursday, the United States Soccer released the all-time Best XI for the women’s national team. On Friday, the men’s all-time Best XI were recognized. Just like for the women, the Best XI were voted on by a committee of 56 soccer historians, former players, coaches, media members and administrators at the national team level.

Among the all-timers is Landon Donovan, who received the most votes, as well as current captain Clint Dempsey and goalkeeper Brad Friedel, who edged out Kasey Keller and Tim Howard in what was the tightest race of all the positions. A big congratulations also to FOX Soccer’s very own Brian McBride and Eric Wynalda on forming the top line!

Here’s the full list from the United States Soccer Federation:

Goalkeeper: Brad Friedel 1992-2004 (25 votes)

Defenders

  • Marcelo Balboa 1988-2000 (35)
  • Carlos Bocanegra 2001-2012 (25)
  • Steve Cherundolo 1999-2012 (25)
  • Eddie Pope 1996-2006 (33)

Midfielders

  • Clint Dempsey 2004-present (25)
  • Landon Donovan 2000-present (52)
  • Tab Ramos 1988-2000 (42)
  • Claudio Reyna 1994-2006 (45)

Forwards

  • Brian McBride 1993-2006 (45)
  • Eric Wynalda 1990-2000 (43)

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28
Sep

USMNT’s Aron Johansson scores superb match-winner vs PSV

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Photo: Getty Images

Aron Johansson was a relatively unknown commodity to most Americans when he declared his intention to play for the US men’s national team this summer. But now, Johansson is starting to raise more than a few eyebrows after getting off to a hot start to the season with Dutch side AZ Alkmaar (Jozy Altidore’s former club).

The Icelandic-American striker has already amassed eight goals in all competitions this season, the latest of which was this stunning, match-winning golazo against Eredivisie leaders PSV Eindhoven:

Bet that’ll put a smile on Jurgen Klinsmann’s face.

H/T Big Lead

10
Sep

USA qualifies to 2014 World Cup with win over Mexico

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Image: Jamie Sabau/Getty Images

The chants started even before kickoff. Dos a cero, dos a cero!

Two-nil. Such has been the end result, in favor of the United States, in the past four World Cup qualifiers against Mexico on American soil, Columbus Crew Stadium to be exact. Tuesday’s classic was also played in Columbus. It also ended 2-0.

Landon Donovan provided the preordained second goal after Eddie Johnson’s header made it 1-0 not long after halftime. As fate would have it — or was it just a cruel joke played on El Tri? — not even a late stoppage time penalty to the US could change the outcome. Clint Dempsey missed wide right. Way right. Dos a cero. Par for the course.

That’s when the chants began anew from the cheering sections of the American Outlaws, drowning out the final whistle. The US had triumphed over Mexico again — 7-0-3 all-time at Columbus Crew Stadium — and the real celebration was only just beginning.

The Americans still had to wait another 40 minutes or so before the tickets to Brazil for next summer’s World Cup could officially be booked. Honduras first needed to win or draw over Panama in the late match. A large fraction of the Outlaws — who made up most of the record 9,000 supporters’ group members in attendance — stayed in their seats and watched the match on the big screen.

Panama equalized twice to keep the fans — and the players in the dressing room — glued to the TV until the final whistle, but at last it ended in a 2-2 draw, clinching the Americans’ World Cup berth. Seconds later, the entire squad ran back out to their supporters, donning “Qualified” tees and leading the crowd into a new, even sweeter chant.

We are going, we are going, we are going to Brazil!

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Image: Jamie Sabau / Getty Images

28
Aug

USMNT’s Jay DeMerit gets DeMarried

A big congratulations goes out to Jay DeMerit for marrying former Olympic gold medalist Ashleigh McIvor this weekend!

The former USA regular and Vancouver Whitecaps captain tied the knot with McIvor Sunday in Whistler, B.C. — not far from where McIvor won the first ever gold medal in women’s ski cross for Canada in the 2010 Olympics.

DeMerit recorded the event with the instagram picture above, which was captioned with the phenomenal #DeMarried hashtag.

After rupturing his Achilles tendon on opening day of the MLS season, DeMerit is on the verge of making his comeback, just in time for the Whitecaps’ playoff push. Hopefully, though, he’s still just a couple days away so that he can enjoy a short honeymoon!

18
Jun

United States defeat Hondruas, inch closer to 2014 World Cup

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With the 1-0 victory over Honduras, the United States now sits atop the qualifying group with 13 points. After scoring his 4th goal in the last 4 games, Jozy Altidore is the hero once again:

With 4 games remaining, the team is in prime position to book a trip to Brazil and qualify for the 2014 World Cup.

Costa Rica have put themselves in a good position as well; with their 2-0 defeat of Panama they trail the United States by just 1 point.

These top two teams square off Sept. 6 and will aim to give themselves a chance to take control of their qualifying destiny.