4
Jun

USA boss Klinsmann will not restrict players from sex during World Cup

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High fives all around for USA’s soccer heroes.

Why do you ask? If you must know, United States men’s national team manager Jurgen Klinsmann will not forbid his players from having sex during the 2014 World Cup this summer.

Whereas the national teams of Mexico and Brazil have already been handed strict guidelines on what they can and cannot do in the bedroom during the World Cup, the Yanks have been given the green light.

In an interview with Fusion TV, Klinsmann fielded a very diplomatically phrased question on “physicality and intimacy.”

Klinsmann added:

"We are very casual in the way we approach things. Their families can come pretty much any time, they will be at the games, they can come to the hotel and we can have barbecues together. I think every nation is different.

I played in different countries where you didn’t see your girlfriend or your wife for two months. That was more the Italian background when I played in Italy. Every team and every country handles that differently based on their culture. So I respect the Mexican approach because it is their culture.

"We have a group of guys together and an environment together that is very open, it’s very casual. But once we go on the field for training and for the games we are very serious and down to business."

The video can been seen below:

Freedom, you gotta love it!

H/T Guyism

Image provided by USA Today.

11
May

U.S. national teamers send Mother’s day greetings

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And from us here at FOX Soccer as well: Happy Mother’s Day!

Each one of you deserves one of these:

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27
Aug

Gerry Baker, first top-flight European player to represent the USA, passes away

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Gerry Baker (right) with his brother Joe in 1960. Image: Scotsman.com

Gerry Baker, the first player to suit up for the USA with top-flight experience in Europe, passed away this past weekend in Wishaw, Lanarkshire at the age of 75.

Though Baker, along with his younger brother Joe — also a footballer — called Scotland home, he played for the USA in the late 1960s due to a now-defunct FIFA rule that only let players suit up for the nation of their birth. Baker was born in New Rochelle, NY in 1938.

After the Bakers moved back overseas to Liverpool, the outbreak of World War II forced the two boys and their mother to move to their parents’ native Scotland. It is there in Motherwell that both sons begun their soccer careers.

At just age 15, Baker was spotted by a Chelsea scout and signed for the London club, though he played just one match for the senior team before returning north to play for Motherwell. Baker continued to struggle for playing time there, but did catch the eye of St. Mirren, for whom Baker played the next three seasons.

In his first match for the new club, Baker scored the winning goal over Motherwell, the team his brother was then playing with. In 1959, Baker won the Scottish Cup with St. Mirren, his first title as a professional. In the first round of the following year’s Scottish Cup, he scored a whopping ten goals in a 15-0 win over Glasgow University – a post-war record in the competition that has held up to this day. All in all, Baker amassed 66 goals in 81 appearances.

imageGerry (back row, third from left) in the 1959 St Mirren Scottish Cup-winning team. Courtesy Tom Maxwell.

Following a prolific three-year span with St. Mirren, Baker bounced around, playing for Manchester City (14 goals in 39 appearances) and Hibernian (43 goals in 83 appearances) before joining Ipswich Town. It is there where Baker finally stuck on an English first division squad, but despite scoring 18 goals in his first year with the Blues, Ipswish were relegated to Division 2.

Baker continued to flourish in the second tier, scoring 45 goals in the next three seasons. However, Ipswich didn’t regain top flight status until his fifth and final season with the club, by which time his role there had diminished. Baker moved on to Coventry City, where he played sparingly for three more years. It was while at Coventry that he won his seven caps for the United States, playing in World Cup qualifiers.

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Baker with the USA (front row, second from left). Courtesy Tom Maxwell.

After his playing career ended in 1971, Baker worked at the Jaguar car factory in Coventry, residing there with his wife Anne and children Karen and Lorraine for many happy years. Anne passed away last year after a long battle with cancer.

14
Aug

Jozy Altidore’s hat trick extends USA winning streak

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These international friendlies are supposed to be tune-ups for next year’s World Cup, but the United States probably wouldn’t mind if it started tomorrow.

The US is officially the hottest national team in the world, riding a team-record and current world-best 12-game winning streak after an impressive comeback over Bosnia and Herzegovina. Down 2-0 to the 13th-ranked team in FIFA, Jozy Altidore continued his national team revival with a sublime hat trick in the second half - adding an assist to boot - in leading the US to a 4-3 win.

For Altidore, it was the fifth straight national team match in which he’s scored, a first for any player in USMNT history. For the team, it was yet another confidence-booster in a win streak that dates back to June’s toppling of powerhouse Germany. The US is now just three wins shy of the world’s all-time record, held by Spain (that streak, oh by the way, was snapped by the US in 2009)

After setting up Eddie Johnson for the USA’s first strike, Altidore opened his account with this classy finish:

Full of confidence, Altidore next proved he can also master dead ball situations. Have the US found a new free kick specialist?

Up 3-2 now, Altidore’s third would prove to be decisive, as Bosnia and Herzegovina later added a third goal of their own:

Hey, Premier League, were you watching?