27
Jul

Suspended? Here’s a solution for Jurgen Klinsmann

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Jurgen Klinsmann makes a solid Uncle Sam. (Bruce Raksnys/FOX Sports)

After a sideline outburst in Wednesday’s semifinal, USA coach Jurgen Klinsmann is suspended for the Gold Cup final against Panama on Sunday.

While the team surely knows the game plan by now, Klinsmann has a knack for making timely substitutions. Like this one:

The USA will sorely miss Klinsmann’s in-game sideline tactics, but there is a way to communicate with the coaches on the bench: the American Outlaws.

This rowdy group of USA fans can be heard loud and clear across any stadium, and they’re willing to lend their pipes to Klinsmann to help him lead the team to Gold Cup glory.

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All Klinsmann needs to do is throw on some red, white and blue, hop on the capo stand and let the Outlaws do the rest.

21
Jul

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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21
Jul

Eddie Johnson: #DemolitionMan

The US men’s national soccer team put on an impressive show in a 5-1 win over El Salvador to secure a spot in the Gold Cup semifinals. Landon Donovan was the Man of the Match for his goal and three assists, but it was substitute Eddie Johnson who stole the show.

If you blinked, you might have missed it. It took Johnson a ridiculously fast 14 seconds after jogging onto the pitch to score on his very first touch of the game. His header off a perfectly executed short corner kick gave the US a 3-1 lead with 30 minutes to go.

The immediate impact led Gus Johnson to emphatically pronounce him the “Demolition Man!”

Not surprisingly, the twitterverse was abuzz following Gus’s call:

Even US Soccer’s account got in on it:

It’s safe to say that Johnson, whose goal was the quickest ever by a substitute in the history of the Gold Cup, now has a new nickname, courtesy of our own Johnson!