First we’re going to look at why the US team is in a rut, and how that came to be. Then we’ll look at the numbers - be forewarned, they are grotesque - that the past 15 months have produced.
The main problem with the US team: There’s no center forward.
I’ve praised Jozy Altidore in this space before for his willingness to do the donkey-work of knocking-down headers, making unselfish passes and drawing fouls, all of which proved invaluable in the World Cup. His vision has improved by leaps and bounds, as has his strength on the ball.
GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala – It's not so much the words coming out of Joe Gyau's mouth, but more the look in his eye.
The 18-year-old attacker, who surged through Suriname's defense again and again on Tuesday, understands how dangerous he was during the United States U-20s' opening match of the CONCACAF Championship.
Gyau scored, earned multiple free kicks and was the best player on the field for much of the 4-0 victory. Can he continue to do what he wants with the ball?
"I'm not going to say I don't feel like I can," he said, “I'm pretty confident that I can.”
After an intense morning of training, midfielder Chris Pontius and goalkeeper Joe Willis joined D.C. United front office staff in volunteering at Food & Friends on Wednesday afternoon. The players and staff helped Food & Friends prepare hundreds of meals for their clients.
D.C. UNITED WINS THE CHALLENGE
Washington, D.C. (30 de marzo, 2011) – D.C. United anunció que el portero Bill Hamid ha firmado un nuevo contrato con el club capitalino. Por política del club y la Liga, los términos del nuevo pacto no fueron revelados. Hamid se convirtió en el portero más joven en la historia de la MLS en registrar su primera victoria el 5 de mayo del 2010 contra Sporting Kansas City. El anterior récord lo obstentaba Tim Howard de los MetroStars, y ahora titular del Everton de Inglaterra.
GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala — The left back problem persists for the US.
Carlos Bocanegra isn't the answer. Jonathan Bornstein – fresh off a shocker against Paraguay – can do no right in the eyes of the collected masses, even when he does (see: World Cup 2010). And Jonathan Spector, nope.
But down in Guatemala, the flank was solidified – for a night, at least.
Greg Garza, Thomas Rongen's embattled, frequently maligned, first-choice fullback, had himself a sublime performance against Suriname on Tuesday night during the U-20s' opening match of the CONCACAF Championship.
AMSTERDAM – AZ Alkmaar technical director Earnie Stewart says he was feeling as modest and grateful as ever after beng informed of his National Soccer Hall of Fame inclusion on Monday.
The longtime US national team star will be enshrined alongside former US coach Bob Gansler and former international teammates Cobi Jones, Bruce Murray and Eddie Pope. For the 42-year-old, it was a momentous bit of news with great timing.
Washington, D.C. (March 29, 2011) – D.C. United announced today the launch of D.C. United Women into the United Soccer Leagues (USL) W-League for the 2011 season. Under a partnership agreement with the Nothern Virginia Majestics, United Women will represent the Black-and-Red in the competitive Northeast Division of the league.
Yesterday, the National Soccer Hall of Fame announced its induction class
for 2011. Cobi Jones, Eddie Pope, and Earnie Stewart have all been elected
into the Hall, in many ways putting the final touch on three excellent
careers. The National Soccer Hall of Fame is a place for the greatest
players in American Soccer. In theory, the Hall should be a combination of
GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala – The United States U-20 squad ran all over Suriname in their opening match of the CONCACAF Championship on Tuesday night, but head coach Thomas Rongen still feels like his team can improve going forward.
Sebastian Lletget, for example, found himself too deep, which also brought Conor Doyle too far back. The team let up for stretches of 10 minutes at a time. And Rongen’s charges could play forward more, instead of sideways or backwards.