Happy Birthday, Landon!
Happy Birthday, Landon!
USA World Cup kit is… a golf shirt?
Anybody who ventures out to the driving range must attempt at least one “Happy Gilmore” swing. That’s just common knowledge. But while Adam Sandler makes it look all too easy in the cult classic, some of us know the struggle is real. Take United States women’s national team star Sydney Leroux for example:
It’s a good thing Leroux is wearing Richard Sherman’s “Don’t you ever talk about me” shirt, or else we might be tempted to give her some abuse for this.
She did get the hang of it, though (on her 29th try):
.@sydneyleroux You ever want some golf tips, just let Happy know. It’s all in the hips.— Happy Gilmore (@_Happy_Gilmore)February 27, 2014
2013 was good to the United States women’s national team.
In their first year with coach Tom Sermanni, the squad was undefeated, posting an impressive 13-0-3 record last year. Not too shabby.
Individuals on the team had incredible years as well. Abby Wambach surpassed Mia Hamm’s all-time scoring record. Sydney Leroux sealed her spot as the next USWNT star.
And on Tuesday, beloved striker Alex Morgan and fierce goalkeeper Hope Solo got some recognition their own: they were nominated by AskMen.com voters as two of the Top 99 Women of 2014.
Here’s to another amazing year that leads up to a very important one: 2015, and the Women’s World Cup.
Becks is back!
Did you know United States men’s national team manager Jurgen Klinsmann has a pilot’s license?
In the video above posted by US Soccer, Klinsmann takes to the skies in a helicopter and shares that flying was actually his childhood dream before he “unfortunately became a soccer player.” (Yeah, a real shame he did).
Klinsmann is famous for his incredible playing career and passion on the sidelines, but little did we know his true calling had nothing to do with the sport at all!
USA vs Canada Pregame
Inside USWNT camp: Downtime (sort of)
LAUDERHILL, Fla. – Life on the periphery at FC Augsburg left Michael Parkhurst little choice. He needed to take action in the January transfer window to bolster his hopes of earning a place in Jurgen Klinsmann’s squad for the World Cup this summer.
Monday, Parkhurst opted to cut short his Bundesliga stint and return to MLS in search of regular playing time. His desire to return to the States played a critical role in Columbus’ decision to acquire his rights from New England on Monday morning.
Crew coach and sporting director Gregg Berhalter shipped the number four overall pick in Thursday’s SuperDraft and an undisclosed amount of allocation money to the Revolution in exchange for the rights to the returning U.S. international. Parkhurst has agreed to terms with MLS and will join the Crew pending the receipt of his international transfer certificate.
Berhalter moved quickly to address the vacancy created by Chad Marshall’s departure to Seattle last month. Parkhurst, 29, fits more into the revised Crew ethos: he builds well out of the back given his shift to the right side during his European tenure and supplies a calm, steady intelligence with his diligent work in central defense.
Parkhurst never broke through with Augsburg, but he will expect to play every match for the Crew heading into this season given his compensation (in the ballpark of the maximum salary for a non-Designated Player) and the package required to obtain him. It is a much needed shift for Parkhurst with the US right back berth still available over the next few months. A return to form and match fitness could provide Parkhurst with the platform required to press his claims for inclusion, particularly if Berhalter employs his services at right back from time to time.
Klinsmann relied upon Parkhurst at right back during last summer’s CONCACAF Gold Cup triumph. While Parkhurst isn’t a prototypical fullback, his savvy displays and his versatility could make him a valuable component for Klinsmann if he can work his way into what is a crowded mix.
Parkhurst’s primary value to the Revolution came in the bounty for his rights. New England retained those rights after Parkhurst signed for FC Nordsjælland on a free transfer after the 2008 campaign. His return at this juncture was a bonus for the Revs as they have reigning MLS Defender of the Year José Gonçalves in the fold on a permanent contract.
The salary budget simply isn’t large enough to accommodate two starting central defenders on considerable wages. By flipping Parkhurst’s rights to the Crew, the Revolution moved into position to draft a top prospect with the first of their three first-round selections and strengthened their financial position in their search for foreign-based reinforcements in the middle of the field or up front.
If the search yields a potential contributor in a more pressing area, then the Revs can watch Parkhurst take the field at Crew Stadium with the knowledge that his departure paved the way for a stronger side on the whole. Until that stage arrives, they will have to take solace in the fact that their former player is now in a better position to further his international ambitions over the next few months.
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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)
Thank you for all the messages on being voted to the all time USA XI. Very humbled.— bradley h friedel (@friedel_b)