Howdy folks! Well the game against Chivas USA didn't turn out as we had all hoped and the Hoops dropped what should have been an easy 3 points on the road.
[Chivas USA's] Minda found himself alone inside the box following a turnover in the 76th minute and buried the go-ahead goal with a right-footed shot that zipped past FC Dallas goalkeeper Raúl Fernandez. The opportunity surfaced when defender George John couldn’t control a pass deep in his own zone, and Minda cleaned it up as new manager José Luis Sánchez Solá pumped his right fist in excitement.
I'm not really sure how our back line (especially the CB's) went from looking like All-stars in the Colorado game to looking like (at times) young rookies who were intimidated against Chivas USA.
FCDallas.com's Mark Norris has a write up about what Schellas Hyndman had to say about the defensive lapses and the game over all in the post game press conference.
"[There’s] a lot of things going on in the field that we are going to have to get better at, like the spacing," Hyndman said, adding that FCD did have opportunities in front of the goal early on that the squad failed to convert.
"I think we are a better team than what we showed today," Hyndman said.
I have to agree with the Skipper here. Finishing has been an issue these first two games for Dallas but I think that will all change with the Houston game as Blas Perez comes back to join Kenny Cooper (who I'm guessing will be the 2nd striker) up top and will add some much needed firepower. I would be shocked to see John and Hedges, who are both high quality CB's, both have another game like that again, especially against Houston. If nothing else this game should be a wake up call to the team that nothing is guaranteed in this sport.
Speaking of our next game, the hated Houston Dynamo make a St. Patty's Day trip to Frisco on Sunday and the team has put up a hilarious new video on the website advertising the new FC Dallas 442 Orange Obliteration System. Take a minute to go check out the video here. All I have to say is that I'll take two please.
If you haven't gotten your tickets yet the team is still running their St. Patty's Day ticket special! Get yours today and get out to support the team.
While your checking out the Orange Obliteration System also check out the video about the FC Dallas Foundation groundbreaking ceremony for a new field the team is building in Dallas. My hat's off to the team for re-investing in the community.
If you missed the Supporters Cup this past Saturday at FC Dallas Stadium then you missed a really good time. The "Front Office" (read military, firefighters, and police officers, with a few FO personnel...) defeated North End United 3-2 on PK's after an exciting 4-4 tie. The Front Office led 4-0 but allowed North End Untied to score 4 goals in 15 minutes (with the tying goal coming in 90+) to force a PK shoot out. You can check out all the pictures from the game on Facebook here.
U.S. National Team News
USMNT coach Jurgen Klinsmann did a Q&A session on U.S. Soccer's Twitter account yesterday and had some good news for fans of the Yanks.
Spoke with Clint. Back in training & hopes to play v Inter. All good for WCQs RT: @mrhoffman02 When will we know if Dempsey is able to play— U.S. Soccer (@ussoccer) March 11, 2013
Mathew Doyle has the full article for MLSSoccer.com about more answers that Klinsmann gave during the Q&A. The news that Clint is coming back in time for the next round of qualifiers is fantastic considering that he scored the only goal in the lose to Honduras last month.
The bad news for the USMNT came down a few days ago that GK Tim Howard has 2 broken vertebrae and has been ruled out for at least the next several weeks. The buzz immediately went to the question of who will fill the vacant spot in goal. Former U.S. and current Tottenham keeper Brad Friedel offered up his support for who he thought should replace Howard and said that he would come out of international retirement should his services be needed.
GK situation US:YOU ARE IN GREAT HANDS WITH GUZAN!!!! If he was also hurt of course I would consider helping until Tim and Brad were fit!!— bradley h friedel (@friedel_b) March 9, 2013
Even though Friedel specifically says he would come back only if Guzan were also injured, many people have been calling for Friedel to be the #1 regardless of injury to other keepers. Alex Labidou at Goal.com writes that this would be a bad idea for Jurgen Klinsmann to skip over Brad Guzan and makes a solid argument why Guzan should wear the #1 jersey.
Guzan has faced the third-highest amount of shot attempts (152) in the league [EPL].
Despite those circumstances, the former Chivas USA star has never lost confidence and is third in saves (an astonishing 105) and ninth in save percentage (saving 69 percent of all shots) among players who have at least 20 starts. Guzan's save percentage is better than Howard, England's No. 1 goalkeeper Joe Hart and Liverpool's Pepe Reina to name a few. Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert said he wouldn't trade Guzan for any keeper in the Premiership after his team's 2-1 victory over Reading on Saturday.
"He’s been colossal," Lambert told reporters in his postgame conference. "Brad’s made some massive saves for us at big moments. Would I swap him? Not at all. He’s a good guy. A top character."
While Friedel is a great keeper, especially considering his age, I think the only place where people seriously think Guzan isn't going to be the starter for the next round of WC Qualifying is on Twitter and in the blogosphere. He's by far better than Hamid, Johnson, and even Rimando.
The USWNT on Monday drew 1-1 with Sweden in their first game against former US coach Pia Sundhage to advance to the final of the Algarve Cup against Germany on Wednesday. The players talked about what it was like to play against their old coach. Story from ESPNW via AP.
For defender Kelley O'Hara, playing against Sundhage's team took a bit of an adjustment.
"I am so used to hearing her voice. It was like, `Are you talking to me?" O'Hara recalled thinking. "Oh, you're talking Swedish. I'm not on your team anymore!' So it was a bit weird."
Good luck to the ladies against Germany on Wednesday. The game isn't being broadcast on US television but I'm sure you can find a feed somewhere.
The Rest Of The World
If you haven't seen it yet go check out Goal.com's The Goal Rich 50 List. Some of the players on the list might shock you. Chris Evans writes about why, regardless of fame (Beckham, Ronaldo, Messi, etc...), soccer players aren't really near the top end earners in sports in general.
It could be argued that the length and intensity of the football season for a top player does not allow the time for sponsorship deals to be fully-taken care of, with advertising work and attending events a key requirement of many agreements.
There is an entire series of articles about the finances of soccer at Goal.com that really give a great view into the ins and outs of making money in the sport.
FIFA's new head investigator (shockingly an American by the way) has announced that he will fully investigate claims of corruption in the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to Russia and Qatar. Andrew Scott's story for ESPNFC.com can be found here.
American Michael Garcia has been charged with the task of helping clean up world football's governing body as the head of the investigatory arm of FIFA's ethics committee. The former US Attorney has the full backing of FIFA president Sepp Blatter, who needs to be seen to be making the organization as transparent as possible.
.....where do I start.... I truly don't believe that Blatter or anyone in the upper echelon's of FIFA have any desire for their dirty laundry to aired publicly so I don't have much faith in this process. That said I certainly hope that Garcia can make a dent in the culture of silence that is FIFA. We shall see.
The furry creature, a marten, dashed onto the field a few minutes into the top division match between Thun and FC Zurich on Sunday and evaded efforts by players and match officials to catch it. Play briefly resumed when the animal ran into the stands, but the marten reappeared shortly afterward.
Is there any better video than one where "Yakety Sax" is the perfect choice of song to accompany it? I think not.
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