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Written by Matthew Spitz | 16 May 2012

 

The exciting World Cup Qualifying spring/summer for the US Men's National Team began yesterday when coach Jurgen Klinsmann announced an initial squad of 16 players to join the upcoming US camp in Orlando. Klinsmann has only called in 16 players thus far but may make as many as 13 additions on Sunday, May 20th to round out camp.

This group of Yanks will train in Orlando until May 25th and then the US boss will cut down the roster to 23 for the upcoming 5 US matches.

"All the players coming now for this very special four-week period represent our core," said the man in charge of the US National Team, Jurgen Klinsmann.

One noticeable player has decided for now that he would not like to be a member of Klinsmann's "core" and instead would like to take a "break" from competition, which put the US soccer community into a frenzy yesterday. This infamous player would be Timothy Chandler. Chandler who was born in Germany to an American father has appeared in 8 matches for the US, but has yet to cap tie himself to the US by appearing in an official FIFA competition. This has left the door open for a possible switch to the German National Team.

Despite repeated declarations from Chandler to the media that he has chosen to emblazon the stars and stripes and has no interest in Germany, his actions have spoken louder than his words recently. Dating back to last summer when former US manager Bob Bradley failed to recruit Chandler to the all important Gold Cup many fans have questioned Chandler's loyalty. Compounded by this most recent decision to not join Klinsmann and company for the start of World Cup Qualifiers, which would tie him to the US for life, fan paranoia has officially transformed into a bleak reality that does not include Chandler.

However the US has more than enough fire power to qualify for the 2014 World Cup and Jurgen Klinsmann is ready for the real games to begin.

"It's a clear signal to other players that right now it's down to business. We're playing World Cup qualifiers. It's not about experimenting or seeing different players, it's about who we think are the best," Klinsmann added.

The announced 16-man US roster and the upcoming US schedule can be seen after the break...

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Written by Marc Serber (@SoccerSerber) | 30 April 2012

Direct or ‘route 1’ futbol is often derided in this day and age, especially in an era when the Barcelona tiki-tak (RIP Pep’s Barca 2008-2012) is the standard bearer of footballing beauty.

When played correctly, however, direct soccer can be just as exhilarating. Any purist can appreciate a goal created in three passes just as he or she can in 25.

On of my biggest pet-peeves of the MLS is that at times it can be too slow, but on Saturday most MLS games surpassed expectations. The LA Galaxy v. FC Dallas match was no exception with Bruce Arena’s and Schellas Hyndman’s sides clashing at break neck speed.

Brek Shea struck first for FC Dallas from the spot just past the hour mark, but Pat Noonan rolled back the years with a neatly placed finish in injury time to salvage a point for the home side.

The Galaxy will feel that it was more a case of two points dropped rather than a point gained after creating the better of the chances, but failing to put them away against an opponent playing its third game in eight days.

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Written by Andrew Arellano | 26 April 2012

Tab Ramos and the U-20 MNT closed camp in Portland, Ore. with a win against the University of Washington on a single goal from US midfielder, Victor Pineda, in the 89th minute. The three day camp from April 9-16, included a match against University of Portland and the US squad consisted of a mix of professional and collegiate players.

The evaluation process will continue for Ramos, as the U-20s look to begin a South American trip in May which will include three matches. The four camps under Ramos’ leadership have primarily acted as an opportunity for players and coaches to familiarize themselves with the new "Klinsmann" set up. But also, the camp allowed Ramos and his staff to evaluate the diverse talent pool available for selection.

Some notable names absent at the April camp were Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake), Villyan Bijev (Liverpool FC), William Packwood (Birmingham City), Anthony Brooks (Hertha Berlin) and Cody Cropper (Ipswich Town) due to club commitments.

Although the players missing from the April camp are most likely going to figure into Ramos’ plans for the future, an effort was made to begin the process to narrow down the talent pool toward 2013. Additionally, 8 players from the April camp play professionally and 10 players are in college, while 6 players are currently involved with an Academy club.

“We’ve had three camps this year and taken advantage of the opportunity to cast a wide net in evaluating the player pool,” said Ramos before this last camp.

“This is the last time we plan on calling in a large number of new players. From here on out, we’re really going to really focus in the players we have identified who we think will be competing for spots on this team moving forward,” Ramos added. 

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Written by Matthew Strachman | 21 April 2012

Our good friends over at Online Soccer Academy are hosting the 2nd annual OSA World Juggle-A-Thon on World Malaria Day, April 25th. Proceeds will benefit Nothing But Nets, a wonderful organization that provides life saving nets. Last year they raised $7,000, saving 700 lives!

"Every 45 seconds a child dies from Malaria - that is why we created the OSA World Juggle-a-thon. On World Malaria Day - April 25 at 6pm their standard time, soccer players, fans and coaches all over the world will juggle to get better, juggle to save lives and raise money for Nothing But Nets leading up to the event."

 

I'm participating in OSA World Juggle-a-thon to benefit Nothing but Nets to insure that all future soccer players are healthy and Malaria free. The Juggle-a-thon also helps me improve my juggling skills which hopefully means more playing time! I'm hoping I can beat my record of 16 this year. :)

- US Women's National Team player Lori Lindsey

I'm happy to be participating in the Juggle-a-Thon because it gives me the chance to help raise awareness and funding for Nothing But Nets, which directly helps children avoid contracting malaria. It's a fun way for kids to be a part of something important while giving themselves a challenge with the ball.

- Chris Rolfe of Aalborg BK in Denmark

I'm really excited to be participating in the OSA World JUGGLE-A-THON again this year. Juggling to raise money is a fun and perfect way to participate in such a special cause! It's even extra practice time for me to improve my juggling!

- Carli Lloyd of the US Women's National Team


Please visit the Online Soccer Academy for more details!!!

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Written by Matthew Strachman | 17 April 2012

Nike has released details of the new US Men's and Women's National Team jerseys, and will christen them in May. The American flag inspired jerseys may look a bit like Where's Waldo, but it also has hints of character as the jerseys resemble the ones the US wore when they beat England in the 1950 World Cup in Brazil. Nike describes these new uniforms as if they are a work of art, although I'm sure they are a bit more comfy than the old jerseys.

Personally, I dig the stripes and can't wait to see our boys and gals rocking these sexy threads next time they play in the states!

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