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Don Garber hangs out with a punk at USMNT game

By Kevin Koczwara

The U.S. Men’s National Team had no other option to beat Jamaica in front of a sold-out crowd in Columbus on Tuesday night. The USMNT blew its chance to lock up the top-spot in its CONCACAF World Cup group on Friday when it lost, 2-1, to Jamaica in Kingston on Friday, and put itself on the verge of not qualifying for the next round if the team didn’t pick up the pieces it left on the floor.

Good new: Jurgen Klinsmann’s men did it in front of a riled up and prideful crowd on the day we will always remember as that day tragedy struck, 9/11. Thanks to a Herculez Gomez goal, the USMNT took back the top-spot in the group with a 1-0 win over Jamaica.

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In due time Belgium

By Ryan Fleming

With arguably the most talented squad in the world, the Belgium national team has a lot of pressure on it. From a country about the size of Maryland, the depth and young, emerging talent that the Red Devils own is incredible. But even with all the talent, Belgium is still missing the key ingredient that makes Emeril exclaim “Bam!” over.

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Time for Feilhaber and Adu to step up

Benny Feilhaber 's time with the New England Revolution hasn't gotten off to the winning way he may hoped.

 By Kevin Koczwara

Freddy Adu and Benny Feilhaber both found themselves looking at a return to the United States after their careers in Europe stagnated. Adu was surplus to requirements at Benfica after failing to make an impression either on loan or in camp with the team. Feilhaber wanted out of Denmark and nobody worth his time seemed interested. So, to Major League Soccer they went with hopes and dreams of rekindling their careers in the country they represent. But, they found themselves looking at two very different prospects when they crossed the Atlantic.

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Where Bradley went wrong and how Klinsmann can fix it

 By Kevin Koczwara

Jurgen Klinsmann isn’t getting the best of press in his home country of Germany right now thanks to Philipp Lahm’s autobiography “The Subtle Difference.” The Germany captain called his former national team and Bayern Munich manager tactically inept and calls out Klinsmann’s approach to training, which according to Lahm, consisted of only fitness training and no tactical scheming whatsoever. Klinsmann shrugged off the diggers from Lahm and continued on his merry way, which looks likes like a good idea because Lahm apparently doesn’t have anything positive to say about just about any of his past coaches.

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The Dutch Job: Jozy Altidore’s Resurgence with AZ

By Kevin Koczwara

Jozy Altidore’s move from Major League Soccer to Europe looked like a bust a few months ago. The former New York Red Bulls forward moved to La Liga side Villareal on June 4, 2008 for $10 million, making him the most expensive American player ever bought from Major League Soccer, surpassing the $4 million Fulham paid for Clint Dempsey. He was just 18 years old then. The world looked like it was at his feet.

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Klinsmann has tough task ahead of him as USMNT coach

 

By Tony Bruce

Can U.S. Men’s National head coach Jurgen Klinsmann be the savior for American soccer? That’s a loaded question, but as the first U.S. coach to have actually won a World Cup, he knows what it takes. From a coaching stand point, the question is how will he attack the task at hand.

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Jozy scores in AZ debut

Jozy Altidore already scored as many goals for his latest club, AZ of the Eredivisie, as he scored for Hull City while on loan from Villareal in 2009/10 season (he played 28 games for Hull City that season).

It took one match for Altirdore to get himself on the score sheet for his new club. That’s a good sign for the U.S. Men’s National Team. The striker still has the potential that so many people saw in him while he was breaking through the ranks at the New York Red Bulls while still a teenager. And don’t forget that he’s still relatively young at 21-years-old.

Altidore’s goal comes at the 8 minute mark, or so, in the highlight below. It’s the least impressive of the four goals from the match between AZ and PSV. New USMNT coach Jürgen Klinsmann will hope that some of the skill displayed in the other goals will rub off onto the forward.

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Worth the wait: The amazing USWNT

The hero, Abby Wambach. Wambach saved the U.S. from elimination from the 2011 Women's World Cupwith an amazing goal in extra time. (Courtesy, kate rw Flickr)

By Ryan Fleming

Sitting in my living room in the same chair where I watched the United States Men’s National Team defeat Algeria in what I thought, at the time, was the best sporting event I’ve seen in my 24 years, my opinion has now changed.

Admittedly, I was late in watching the game, coming back from a weekend away. On my drive home I followed the game through the numerous sports outlets I follow on Twitter (God save Twitter). I got home with about 15 minutes left in the game and couldn’t remove my eyes from the TV.

Something about the passion of USWNT forward Abby Wambach yelling, encouraging her teammates forward. The knowledge already of the red card that really wasn’t — sending off Yank Rachel Buehler in the 65th minute on her invisible foul that saw her and five-time World Player of The Year, Marta, collapse inside the box. The save that wasn’t – all to be taken away for an encroachment penalty, that is certainly correct by the book, but often gets overlooked.

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USMNT head to Gold Cup Quarterfinals

By Ryan Fleming

Sure, there is something that can be said that the United States Men’s National Team did indeed defeat Guadeloupe, 1-0; a team that isn’t even a member of FIFA (this competition is essentially their World Cup). You could also point to what it really means, not too much.

With the win the Yanks advance to the elimination round of the Gold Cup, taking on a Jamaica team that could very well provide an upset and the way Bob Bradley’s team is playing, I wouldn’t look past that possibility.

Tuesday night’s game started rather ominously, with Guadeloupe pressing early, providing for a rather heart-stopping moment when a ball from a corner kick found its way through the seemingly-sleeping defense all the way to Tim Howard. The ball was eventually cleared, but what could have been absolutely devastating for Bradley, who seems to be on the hot seat after every game, served, at least immediately, as a wake-up call.

US forward, Jozy Altidore, who surely didn’t spend a dime at the bar (indeed if he did go to one afterwards), put the Yanks up 1-0 with a rocket from outside the box — an area where the USMNT doesn’t strike from usually. As one of the most under-performing players in the last couple years, Altidore’s goal awoke deep, long forgotten memories of the promise he once had. What Bradley could use most is Altidore playing at his full potential — something that really, still even today, isn’t fully known.

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USMNT v Spain

On June 4, 2011 the United States Men’s National Team faced off against Spain at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough for a friendly international match. The USMNT was using the game as a warm up to the team’s next big cup competition, The Gold Cup, taking place this summer.

Spain came into the game ranked Number 1 in the world and off winning the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. The side is the favorite to win the Euros in 2012.

The USMNT lost 4-0 to Spain. Photographer Alison Ciarleglio documented the match for The Soccer Guys. Check out her pictures below.

http://www.flickr.com/apps/slideshow/show.swf?v=104087

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