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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11
Oct

USA supporters steal the show at Sporting Park

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Sporting Park began to fill up an hour before the match started. Just before kickoff, hundreds of American flags were held up, waving magnificently in the breeze as the supporters chanted their admiration for the USA.

The national anthem was a thing to behold. More than 18,000 fans in the stands belted it out at the top of their lungs, holding their scarves in the air, setting a stunning scene for their boys in red, white and blue.

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USA fans before the match. (Image courtesy of USA Today Sports Images)

While the United States had already qualified for the 2014 World Cup, and their final two qualifiers are essentially meaningless, it didn’t feel that way on Friday night at Sporting Park when they took on Jamaica.

The atmosphere was electric from the get-go. Even before the match began, the American Outlaws and many other fans filled the stadium, chanting and getting hyped.

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Despite a pretty dull game for the first 80 minutes or so, the fans kept bringing the noise despite a lack of any interesting action on the pitch.

When hometown hero Graham Zusi finally broke the deadlock, the crowd at Sporting Park went absolutely bonkers. Not long after, Jozy Altidore kept the party going to score the USA’s second. The USA would go on to win 2-0, clinching first place in the Hex.

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Fans at Sporting Park. (Image courtesy of USA Today Sports Images)

After the match, most of the crowd stuck around as Jurgen Klinsmann and the team thanked them for making them feel at home. His players gave Klinsmann a nice cold Gatorade bath, following by the German pumping his fists in the air to Macklemore. It was a moment of pure joy that these fans shared with their team.

The thunderous roars, the chants, jumping up and down, and the sea of stars and stripes in Kansas City won’t soon be forgotten.

30
Aug

Poster, scarf for USA vs. Mexico qualifer released

The latest pair in the U.S. Soccer series of game-specific posters and scarves for the final round of World Cup qualifying has been released.

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Image courtesy of U.S. Soccer.

The U.S. will face Mexico on September 9th in Columbus, where they could potentially qualify for next year’s World Cup in Brazil.

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Image courtesy of U.S. Soccer.

Of course, the U.S. could also qualify for Brazil against Costa Rica first, as the team will travel to San Jose to play there on September 6th. If they win, and the other qualifiers played that day end in their favor, early qualification is possible.

However, the U.S. has never won a World Cup qualifier in Costa Rica, so it’s a tough challenge that Jurgen Klinsmann says the team is up for.

“We want to get three points. We want to qualify as soon as possible for the World Cup in Brazil,” Klinsmann told ussoccer.com. “We have to be extremely disciplined with eight or nine players being on yellow cards to prepare also for the game against Mexico in Columbus, so going into Costa Rica we really need to be on top of our game.”

The U.S. sit atop the Hex standings heading into these qualifiers:

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The roster Klinsmann has called in for these two matches:

Goalkeepers Brad Guzan, Tim Howard, Nick Rimando

Defenders DaMarcus Beasley, Matt Besler, John Brooks, Geoff Cameron, Edgar Castillo, Brad Evans, Omar Gonzalez, Michael Orozco

Midfielders Kyle Beckerman, Alejandro Bedoya, Michael Bradley, Mix Diskerud, Fabian Johnson, Jermaine Jones, Graham Zusi

Forwards Jozy Altidore, Clint Dempsey, Landon Donovan, Aron Johannsson, Eddie Johnson

19
Aug

Landon Donovan on enjoying the game again, his future

Landon Donovan and his future in soccer has been a prominent topic of conversation among USA fans and media over the last year. When he took time off from the sport this year many thought he might never return. They were wrong.

Donovan is back and playing at his best. He shined during the Gold Cup this summer, and is expected to be part of the United States team at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil next summer.

The USA star has been quiet in recent months, but during the debut of FOX Soccer Daily, he spoke with host Julie Stewart-Binks about enjoying the game again, where he may end up when his LA Galaxy contract expires in December and more.

13
Aug

USA Roster Against Bosnia: The Unknowns

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Jurgen Klinsmann called up 23 players to the USMNT roster to face Bosnia-Herzegovina on Wednesday in Sarajevo. Among those players are four new faces: Aron Johannsson, John Anthony Brooks, Bobby Wood and Cody Cropper.

These youngsters have all been called in to the senior team camp for the first time, and are the only players on the roster that are un-capped and untested with the USMNT. Klinsmann will get a chance to see them in training, but will the rest of us get to see them on the pitch in the match on Wednesday?

Considering the lack of depth at center back on this roster, Brooks will likely see a good number of minutes – he may even start alongside Geoff Cameron. He’s a promising young center back for Hertha Berlin, where he was a starter last season, and also started (and scored) in his Bundesliga debut with the club on Saturday. Klinsmann’s other option at center back is Tim Ream, so even if Brooks doesn’t start, it wouldn’t be surprising to see him get 30-45 minutes in the second half.

It will be tougher for forwards Johannsson and Wood to get minutes on Wednesday, but it is still a definite possibility.

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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.

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.