U.S. WNT Closes 2014 with Four-Nations Tournament
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The U.S. WNT will close out 2014 competing in a four-nations tournament against Brazil, China PR and Argentina, held in Brazil at National Stadium Mane Garrincha Dec. 10-21.

This tournament should be good preparation for the U.S.. (Getty Images)

This tournament should be good preparation for the U.S.. (Getty Images)

“Historically, we’ve had a two-week December training camp to finish the year, but getting the opportunity to get four international matches, as well as some excellent training at facilities that hosted teams in the World Cup this past summer, was too good to pass up,” U.S. head coach Jill Ellis told USSoccer.

The U.S. ladies will kick things off against China PR on Dec 10, before taking on Brazil Dec. 14 and finishing up group play Dec. 17 against Argentina. The top two teams will clash on Dec. 21 in the final while the third and fourth place teams will battle for third.

Morgan has looked hungry and dangerous. (ISI Photos/Brad Smith)

Morgan has looked hungry and dangerous. (ISI Photos/Brad Smith)

This tournament will end the USA’s 2014 campaign with all eyes on the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Brazil and China PR have already secured spots in the upcoming World Cup while the U.S. will compete in qualifiers this month.

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MLS – Big 5
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1) Show Me the Money

In case you were wondering, here are the top salaries in the league. These numbers only count guaranteed money, so no bonuses etc. Also, no Frank Lampard, and somehow David Villa’s listed salary is $60,000. So, while these numbers are a bit suspect, they are still of interest.

Kaka is the listed top earner.(Getty Images)

Kaka (L) is the listed top earner.(Getty Images)

Kaka, Orlando City: $7.17 million
Clint Dempsey, Seattle Sounders: $6.7 million
Michael Bradley, Toronto FC: $6.5 million
Jermain Defoe, Toronto FC: $6.18 million
Landon Donovan, Los Angeles Galaxy: $4.58 million
Thierry Henry, New York Red Bulls: $4.35 million
Robbie Keane, Los Angeles Galaxy: $4.5 million
Tim Cahill, New York Red Bulls: $3.63 million
Jermaine Jones, New England Revolution: $3.25 million
Marco Di Vaio, Montreal Impact: $2.6 million
Obafemi Martins, Seattle Sounders: $1.75 million
Pedro Morales, Vancouver Whitecaps: $1.41 million
Omar Gonzalez, Los Angeles Galaxy: $1.25 million
Gilberto, Toronto FC: $1.21 million
Liam Ridgewell, Portland Timbers: $1.2 million

2) League Sets Sellout Record

And it’s a good thing too, hey someone has to pay those salaries.

Michael Bradley got the game winner. (ISI Photos/Brad Smith)

Michael Bradley got the game winner. (ISI Photos/Brad Smith)

Saturday night’s 3-2 Toronto victory over visiting Portland not only kept TFC in the playoff race while damaging Portland’s hopes, the full house allowed the league to set a new single-season sellout record.

The crowd of 22,591 at BMO Field was the 113th sellout of an MLS game this season, eclipsing the mark of 112 established in 2012, and equaled in 2013.

3) Timbers Lose Lead, Match, and Will Johnson

Saturday’s TFC win had big implications for both clubs, with Portland falling back behind Vancouver in the Western Conference, and out of playoff position, while TFC pulled within a single point of fifth place New York in the East.

Portland's (Getty Images)

Portland will definitely miss the presence of Will Johnson (R).(Getty Images)

Portland will regret coughing up a two goal lead in such an important match, but perhaps more crucial to the Timbers postseason push is the loss of Will Johnson.

The hard working midfielder went off in the opening seconds of the Toronto match, with what turned out to be a broken leg. Of course, Johnson will be out for the rest of the season, a loss Caleb Porter’s side can ill afford.

4) Sacramento Win USL PRO – Are They MLS Ready?

Sacramento Republic FC has been actively pushing for a place in Major League Soccer for the past year, and it did its cause no harm in setting USL PRO box office records in this, their inaugural season. Saturday night the club added the league championship to its MLS portfolio.

Sacramento will have to wait and see if they will make the MLS. (ISI PhotosCasey Valentine/)

Sacramento will have to wait and see if  or when they will make the MLS. (ISI PhotosCasey Valentine/)

In front of a sellout crowd of 8,000, Republic FC defeated The Harrisburg City Islanders 2-0 to bring the title to the California state capitol. Sacramento are coached by former U.S. international and ex- MLS coach Preki, partially owned by Kevin Nagle, an owner of the Sacramento Kings, the cities NBA franchise, and are stoutly backed by Mayor Kevin Johnson.

Will Sacramento land an MLS franchise? They have ticked all the right boxes so far, and it may turn out to be more a case of when, rather than if.

5) And What About Chivas USA?

Well, according to a report by Jeff Carlisle of ESPN, there may be an end in sight to what has been an awkward situation for the league.

According to the report, the league has found a buyer willing to pay approximately $100 million to take the team off of the league’s hands. MLS has been running the troubled franchise since buying out the previous owners last February.

Don Garber  .(ISI Photos/Brad Smith)

Don Garber is adamant that Chivas should stay in the Los Angeles area. .(ISI Photos/Brad Smith)

The club would be expected to stay in the Los Angeles area, a firm condition of Commissioner Don Garber’s from the start.

The ESPN piece also says that the franchise would take at least a two year hiatus while a new stadium is built. MLS has confirmed that the site of the L.A. Sports Arena is a potential target for a new stadium. The team would be renamed and rebranded during the break.

As Chivas temporarily steps aside, New York FC and Orlando SC are coming on board. MLS would play with 20 teams in 2015, and with the two East coast cities joining the league, realignment would be necessary. Houston and, or Kansas City, are the most likely franchises to be moved to the Western conference.

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U.S. U20 WNT Head to California for Training Camp
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A new cycle is on the horizon for the U.S. U20 WNT, starting with a training camp that will run Oct. 12-19 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, CA.

Mallory Pugh is the youngest member of the squad but has already got one U20 World Cup under her belt. (Getty Images)

Mallory Pugh is the youngest member of the squad but has already got one U20 World Cup under her belt. (Getty Images)

Thirty-two players have been called up by head coach Michelle French and the focus will be on qualifying for the 2016 FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup. Some of the stand out’s include midfielder Mallory Pugh, goalkeeper Rose Chandler, defender Kaleigh Riehl and midfielder Taylor Racioppi. All played a pivotal role on the U.S. team that competed in the recent 2014 FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup.

GOALKEEPERS (4): Rose Chandler (Penn State; Atlanta, Ga.), Samantha Leshnak (Ohio Elite; Liberty Township, Ohio), Sabrina Macias (Colorado Rush; Littleton, Colo.), Hunter Peifer (Colorado Soccer Club; Colorado Springs, Colo.)
DEFENDERS (9): Gabriella Carreiro (FC Stars of Mass; Upton, Mass.), Lucy Davidson (FC Portland; Warren, Ore.), Natalie Jacobs (Slammers FC; Coto de Caza, Calif.), Ellie Jean (Oakwood Soccer Club; Coventry, Conn.), Tegan McGrady (MVLA; San Jose, Calif.), Kaleigh Riehl (BRYC; Fairfax Station, Va.), Parker Roberts (KC Dynamos; Leawood, Kan.), Ally Watt (Pride Soccer Club; Colorado Springs, Colo.), Michelle Xiao (Gretna SC; Omaha, Neb.)
MIDFIELDERS (9):  Alyssa Baumbick (Internationals Soccer Club; Avon Lake, Ohio), Betsy Brandon (Colorado Rush; Littleton, Colo.), Marley Canales (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Katie Cousins (Richmond United; Forest, Va.), Julie James (Sting; Fairview, Texas), Courtney Petersen (Michigan Hawks; Canton, Mich.), Mallory Pugh (Real Colorado; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Taylor Racioppi (PDA; Ocean Township; N.J.), Marissa Viggiano (Michigan Hawks; Macomb Township, Mich.)
FORWARDS (10): Bridgette Andrzejewski (PSC Baltimore; Lutherville, Md.), Alissa Gorzak (Eclipse Select Soccer Club; Naperville, Ill.), Kelcie Hedge (Washington Premier FC; Post Falls, Idaho), Hana Kerner (Match Fit Academy FC; Upper Saddle, N.J.), Reilly Martin (Eclipse Select Soccer Club; Carmel, Ind.), Kayla McCoy (Sockers FC; Lincolnwood, Ill.), Leah Pruitt (West Coast FC; Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.), Zoe Redei (Eclipse Select Soccer Club; Highland Park, Ill.), Kelly Sweeney (Vardar; Bloomfield Hills, Mich.), Kaycie Tillman (Sting; Rowlett, Texas)

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U.S. U17 MNT Head to Panama
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Dynamic goal scoring duo Haji Wright and Christian Pulisic headline a 20 player United States squad that travel to Panama for the four team Panama U17 International Tournament that runs from October 1-5.

Head coach Richie Williams . (ISI Photos/John Dorton)

Head coach Richie Williams team will play in Panama City. (ISI Photos/John Dorton)

Richie Williams’ group will face Costa Rica, Canada and host Panama, with all games to be played at the Estadio Maracana in Panama City.

Most recently, the Young Yanks competed in the Nordic Cup and Copa Mexico. The two events overlapped, causing Williams to assemble a split squad, with most of his top players playing in Mexico. The U.S. team finished fourth in Mexico, and a poor sixth in Denmark.

Haji Wright was one of the outstanding performers. (ISI Photos/John Dorton)

Haji Wright was one of the outstanding performers in the U17 previous tournament. (ISI Photos/John Dorton)

Overall the U.S. U17’s have compiled a 13-5-5 record in 2014. Pulisic and Wright share the team lead in goals with 11 goals each this year.

The U.S. schedule.

Wednesday, October 1: U.S vs Costa Rica.
Friday, October 3: U.S. vs Canada
Sunday, October 5: U.S. vs Panama

GOALKEEPERS (2): William Pulisic (Richmond Strikers; Mechanicsville, Va.), Kevin Silva (PDA; Bethlehem, Pa.)

DEFENDERS (7): Tyler Adams (New York Red Bulls Academy; Wappingers Falls, N.Y.), Hugo Arellano (LA Galaxy Academy; Norwalk, Calif.), Daniel Barbir (West Bromwich Albion; Allentown, Pa.), Tanner Dieterich (Real Salt Lake AZ; Nashville, Tenn.), John Nelson (Internationals; Medina, Ohio), Matthew Olosunde (New York Red Bulls Academy; Trenton, N.J.), Alexis Velela (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.)

MIDFIELDERS (5): Eric Calvillo (Real So Cal; Palmdale, Calif.), Luca de la Torre (Fulham; San Diego, Calif.), Keegan Kelly (Baltimore Celtic; Baltimore, Md.), Thomas McCabe (Players Development Academy; South Orange, N.J.), Christian Pulisic (PA Classics; Hershey, Pa.)

FORWARDS (6): Pierre Da Silva (New York Soccer Club; Port Chester, N.Y.), McKinze Gaines (Lonestar SC; Austin, Texas), Josh Perez (Unattached; La Habra, Calif.), Elijah Rice (Chicago Magic PSG; Highland Park, Ill.), Haji Wright (Unattached; Los Angeles, Calif.), Alejandro Zendejas (FC Dallas Academy; El Paso, Texas)

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NJYS Young Olympians Tryouts
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The NJ Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (ODP) will hold tryouts for its Young Olympians Program at the dates, times and locations listed below:

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The Young Olympians Program, designed specifically for players born in 2003 and 2004, introduces these younger players to a NJ Youth Soccer ODP-focused training curriculum. It is led by certified US Youth Soccer trained coaches who specialize in player development of the U11 and U12 age group. Players will be selected for the multi-session program after the tryout.

Technically, the Young Olympians program will focus on improving the player’s technical ability and tactical awareness while exposing players and parents to a U.S. Youth Soccer and NJYS ODP environment. The program will include an 8v8 festival event for all players.

Pre-registration for tryouts is required (click here). To learn more, visit NJYouthSoccer.com, emailcommunications@njyouthsoccer.com or call (609) 490-0725.

 About NJ Youth Soccer Association:

New Jersey Youth Soccer, a 501(c) (3) organization affiliated with U.S. Youth Soccer and the U.S. Soccer Federation, is comprised of more than 150,000 players from 5 to 19-years-old; 40,000+ coaches; and thousands of volunteers. Members collectively support the sport of soccer through training, practice, competition and the spirit of good sportsmanship.

The association features recreational, travel soccer programs at multiple skill levels; Olympic Development Programs (ODP); tournaments including the National Championship series; coach and referee training and certification programs; and TOPSoccer, a program for children with special needs.

The New Jersey U.S. Youth Soccer ODP provides training and competitive programs for players of the highest caliber for the purpose of increasing the success of the U.S. National Teams.

 

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EPL Week 6 – Previews and Predictions
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It’s Friday folks and that means it is EPL time once again! Last week saw a string of shock results in the EPL with Manchester United, Liverpool, Tottenham and Everton all losing games they were expected to win, but that is why we all love the EPL, it is so competitive and you never know which way a game will go.

Louis van Gaal has found his appointment much more challenging than he anticipated.(Getty Images)

Louis van Gaal has found his appointment much more challenging than he anticipated.(Getty Images)

This week should prove just as compelling, as we have the small matters of the Merseyside and north London derbies to settle. So sit back and enjoy as GotSoccer takes you through some of the news, predictions and previews for week 6 of the EPL.

 

FIFA to ban third party ownership

FIFA is make an announcement on “third party ownership” (TPO) this Friday, with a ban on companies taking a stake in the economic rights of soccer players believed to be under consideration.

TPO is currently banned in the EPL, but is still commonplace in other leagues in both Europe and South America, with investors seeking to make profits on their stakes.

Tevez was a player who played in the EPL owned by a third party. (Getty Images)

Tevez was a player who played in the EPL owned by a third party. (Getty Images)

English clubs who wish to purchase a player co-owned by third parties are required to buy out the contact rights of all such parties.

FIFA is believed to have discussed the issue on Thursday, the first day of its autumn executive committee meeting in Zurich, Switzerland, and is believed to be in favor of banning TPO.

The move by FIFA appears to have followed pressure made by UEFA, who plan to introduce new rules to clamp down on TPO next season.

While any new ruling will not directly EPL clubs, it will have consequences for many leagues and clubs around the world who depend on TPO to assist them in purchasing players.

 

No talks to extend Lampard’s Man City stay

Frank Lampard says there have been no discussions to extend his loan spell with Manchester City.

The former Chelsea midfielder left the Blues earlier this after his contract expired joining Major League Soccer side New York City. He then promptly joined Man City on a loan deal—a move that Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger questioned as a ploy by City to evade the Financial Fair Play rules—however, after scoring three goals in his last two games, including one against his former club Chelsea, City boss Manuel Pellegrini said that he could stay longer.

Lampard has made a huge impact at Man CIty. (Getty Images)

Lampard has made a huge impact at Man CIty. (Getty Images)

Lampard’s current loan deal is set to expire in January, but with the MLS not due to start until March, it has been suggested he may extend his stay as he will not need a pre-season in the States.

But the midfielder insists there have been no discussion. “That argument’s come up since I scored at the weekend,” said Lampard

“The important thing for me is to play well if I can, train well and then we’ll see what happens.

“I wouldn’t want to get too ahead of myself; it’s not my place to do that. That will obviously be a club decision first and foremost.

“I was in very much of a comfort zone at Chelsea. It’s good to test yourself in life. All I can say is I am enjoying it.”

 

PREDICTIONS

Week 5

Result

My Predictions

SATURDAY
QPR v Stoke 2-2 1-0
Aston Villa v Arsenal 0-3 1-2
Burnley v Sunderland 0-0 1-1
Newcastle v Hull 2-2 2-1
Swansea v Southampton 0-1 2-2
West Ham v Liverpool 3-1 1-2
SUNDAY
Leicester v Man Utd 5-3 1-3
Tottenham v West Brom 0-1 2-0
Everton v Crystal Palace 2-3 3-0
Man City v Chelsea 1-1 1-2

A correct result (picking a win, draw or defeat) is worth ONE point. Getting the exact score correct earns THREE points.

Last week I got TWO correct results, with ZERO perfect scores to give me a meager total of just TWO-points—an all-time record low score!

Week 6

My Predictions

SATURDAY
Liverpool v Everton 2-1
Chelsea v Aston Villa 3-0
Crystal Palace v Leicester 2-1
Hull v Man City 1-2
Man Utd v West Ham 4-2
Southampton v QPR 3-0
Sunderland v Swansea 1-1
Arsenal v Tottenham 3-1
SUNDAY
West Brom v Burnley 0-0
MONDAY
Stoke v Newcastle 1-0

SATURDAY

Liverpool v Everton

Both these sides suffered shock defeats last weekend and are not playing particularly well, but derby game rarely follow the formbook so who knows how this match will go.

Balotelli will find it hard to fill Suarez's shoes.(Getty Images)

Balotelli will find it hard to fill Suarez’s shoes.(Getty Images)

Liverpool were remarkably poor in their defeat away to West Ham, leading manager Brendan Rogers to describe his team as “a little bit broken”. The Reds just cannot seem to create any chances at the moment, and are really struggling to fill the void left by Luis Suarez. The absence of Daniel Sturridge has not helped their cause either, as his movement and runs off the ball help to stretch the opposing defense, which isn’t happening at the moment.

Everton have also been hit and miss so far this season, looking good in spells and poor in others. The Toffees lost 2-3 at home to Crystal Palace and were then taken apart by Swansea midweek in the cup losing 3-0. The Toffees are really struggling defensively at the moment and currently have the worst defense in the EPL with 13 goals conceded in just 5 games.

Liverpool will assess the fitness of Jordan Henderson and Philippe Coutinho who are both struggling with respective hip and groin problems. The Reds’ poor form means they may also put Daniel Sturridge on the bench despite lacking fitness after a thigh injury, but Joe Allen, Emre Can, Glen Johnson and Jon Flanagan remain out.

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Barkley’s absence will be felt.(Getty Images)

Everton’s injury problems continue with right-back Seamus Coleman doubtful with a head injury, while Steven Pienaar’s has a hamstring problem. Arouna Kone and Ross Barkley have returned from injury to training but lack fitness.

Midfielder Darron Gibson and fullback Bryan Oviedo could return to the starting line up having proved their fitness midweek at Swansea.

Liverpool have an excellent record against Everton—The Reds have lost just one of their last 15 Premier League games against Everton (home and away)—so Everton will have to up their game if they want to get a result on Saturday.

But derby games rarely follow logic and are usually frenetic and passionate affairs. Indeed, passions seem to run higher at the Merseyside derby—this derby has produced 20 red cards in the Premier League, five more than any other fixture in the division. However, the last six derbies in league and cup have not featured a sending off.

Neither of these sides is playing well and would probably settle for a solid performance and draw from this game. But I feel the Anfield crowd will spur their side on and help Liverpool just edge this one.

Prediction: 2-1

 

Chelsea v Aston Villa

Chelsea lost their 100% record drawing 1-1 away to champions Manchester City, but remain unbeaten in the EPL.

The Blues put on a tactical master class, frustrating their opponents and hitting them on the counter, and with a bit more luck would have left Manchester with all three-points.

Aston Villa struggled against Arsenal. (Getty Images)

Aston Villa struggled against Arsenal. (Getty Images)

Aston Villa lost 0-3 at home to Arsenal last week, as they struggled with a virus that hit their squad and led to the closure of their training ground. However, they probably would have lost anyway, as the gunners were on top form.

Chelsea look set to be without midfielder Ramires who picked up a groin injury against Man City, with Oscar or Andre Shurrle the most likely candidates to replace him.

Aston Villa captain Ron Vlaar and Christian Benteke remain unavailable as they continue their rehabilitation after injuries, but Ashley Westwood, Nathan Baker, Darren Bent and Andreas Weimann all return after shaking off a bug that afflicted them last week.

Chelsea have looked like the team to beat this season. (Getty Images)

Chelsea have looked like the team to beat this season. (Getty Images)

Chelsea has a good record against Villa losing only one of their last 12 home games against the Villains (W8, D3, L1). Their 8-0 victory in December 2012 is Villa’s record defeat. However, Villa has been playing well this season and did win their last encounter with the blues with a 1-0 victory at Villa park in March.

Nevertheless, I expect this to be a comfortable win for Chelsea.

Prediction: 3-0

 

Hull v Man City

Hull drew 2-2 with Newcastle last week and were then knocked out of the League Cup midweek, going down 3-2 to West Brom to leave them without a win in their last four games in all competitions. The Tigers made a few good signings on transfer deadline day and will take time to gel as a team.

Yaya Toure and Co have struggled to make their mark thus far on the league. (Getty Images)

Yaya Toure and Co have struggled to make their mark thus far on the league. (Getty Images)

Champions Man City drew 1-1 last week to EPL leaders Chelsea to leave them in 6th place and five-points behind top spot. The EPL champions still look like they are suffering a hangover from last season’s title triumph and many of their players have yet to hit form, with Yaya Toure in particular looking a shadow of his former self.

Hull are waiting on results from a scan of midfielder David Meyler’s to see if he is able to face City on Saturday, while forward Gaston Ramirez looks likely to miss out with a groin problem.

Manchester City can recall fullback Pablo Zabaleta after he served a one-match suspension midweek, while Sergio Aguero and David Silva have both shaken off the knocks picked up against Chelsea. However, Stevan Jovetic, Fernando, and Samir Nasri are all sidelined with injuries.

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Hull lost this fixture last year with Man City in the EPL(Getty Images)

Hull lost this fixture 2-0 last season, which was their first loss to City at home since 1909. However, that has more to do with the fact that the clubs had not played each other too many time during the intervening years, and in fact Hull have only beaten City once in the EPL (D2 L3).

City are without a win in their last three games—their worst run in 19-months—and not playing too well at the moment. However, they have a lot of class players and I expect them to edge this one.

Prediction: 1-2

 

Manchester United v West Ham

Manchester United suffered a shocking 5-3 loss away to Leicester City last weekend and desperately need a big performance and result to get their season going.

Di Maria has looked good for Man Utd. (Getty Images)

Di Maria has looked good for Man Utd. (Getty Images)

A loss to Leicester City would have been a shock on its own, but the manner in which United capitulated after leading the game 3-1 was amazing to see. Their defensive frailties were laid bare for all to see, as Leicester carved them open with simple soccer. However, there were some positives for the Red Devils to take away and those were the performances of Radamel Falcao and Angel Di Maria, who both look like they will cause headaches for defenses in the EPL.

West Ham got a fine 3-1 win over Liverpool last week and seem to have changed their style a play. West Ham fans were calling for manager Sam Allardyce to be fired last season, complaining he favored negative and long ball soccer. However, this season the Hammers have been more adventurous and it seems to have paid off, with West Ham scoring five goals in their last two games.

Manchester United’s defensive problems look set to continue with Marcos Rojo their only available senior center back—Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Jonny Evans are all injured, while Tyler Blackett is suspended. That could mean a debut for youth team players Tom Thorpe or Paddy McNair, along with summer signing Luke Shaw making his EPL debut at left-back.

West Ham outclassed and stunned Liverpool. (Getty Imags)

West Ham outclassed and stunned Liverpool. (Getty Imags)

West Ham are without midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate, who has a groin injury. While Saturday’s game has come a bit too early for fellow midfielders Kevin Nolan and Matt Jarvis, who are not quite ready to return.

Manchester United have made their worst start to an EPL season, picking up just five points from five games. A defeat to West Ham on Saturday would make it their worst start to a season since 1986-87, when they had four points after six games.

However, United have an excellent record against West Ham—the Red Devils have taken 31 points from their last 11 Premier League games against West Ham. In fact, the Hammers have won just two matches in their last 21 visits to Old Trafford in the top flight – the other 19 were defeats.

But Old Trafford is not the fortress it once was and West Ham will fancy their chances of getting a goal or two against the inexperienced United backline. Nevertheless, the Red Devils need a result badly and I expect them to get it.

Prediction: 4-2

 

Arsenal v Tottenham

Saturday comes to a close with a blockbuster of a game, as North London neighbors Arsenal and Tottenham battle it out for bragging rights.

Ozil was outstanding against Villa as he played in his favored position.(Getty Images)

Ozil was outstanding against Villa as he played in his favored position.(Getty Images)

What a difference a result can make in soccer. Just over a week ago everyone was questioning the quality and form of Arsenal players Mesut Ozil and Danny Welbeck, but their performance last week against Aston Villa has got everyone purring all of a sudden.

The Gunners easily dispatched of Villa winning 3-0, with all three of their goals scored in blistering four-minute period in the first-half. Mesut Ozil looked back to his best playing in his favored No. 10 position, while Danny Welbeck looked lively getting his first goal for Arsenal.

Tottenham are struggling a bit at the moment and are without a win in their last three EPL games. Spurs started the season well with two wins, but they then lost at home to Liverpool and do not seem to have recovered. The north Londoners play some neat and tidy stuff, but still look a bit short up front.

Arsenal are expected to welcome back midfielder Mathieu Flamini and defenders Kieran Gibbs and Per Mertesacker, who have all shaken off injuries.

Tottenham have struggled to make an impact this season. (Getty Images)

Tottenham have struggled to make an impact this season. (Getty Images)

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has almost a whole squad to choose from, with defender Kyle Walker the only injured player.

They say you can never predict which way a derby match will go, but in this case I think most people would predict an Arsenal win—Spurs have only won once at Arsenal in 25 matches in all competitions since May 1993, a 3-2 comeback win in November 2010 (D8, L16).

Prediction: 3-1

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Copa America Centenary Comes to the U.S. in 2016
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The eyes of the soccer world will be on the United States in the summer of 2016 when the centennial edition of the Copa America, the South American continental championship, will be contested in the U.S. from June 3-26.

The U.S. MNT will be hoping they can conclude their send off serious with a win and a good performance. (ISI Photos/John Todd)

The U.S. MNT will be hoping they can take advantage of hosting this tournament. (ISI Photos/John Todd)

Six CONCACAF nations, including the U.S., will contest the Cup, competing against the 10 CONMEBOL countries that normally battle for the South American championship. After months of rumors, the event has been added to the official FIFA calendar, assuring that the top players will be made available to represent their countries at the tournament by their club teams.

The host and 2013 Gold Cup winning U.S. MNT, will be joined by fellow CONCACAF nations Mexico and Costa Rica, the 2014 Central American Cup winners.

The 2014 Caribbean Cup winner will also earn an invitation to the Copa, as will two more CONCACAF countries, based on results at the 2014 Gold Cup. The Caribbean Cup will be held in Jamaica this November.

Klinsmann will be looking forward to the opportunity to play some of the best teams in the world. (Getty Images)

Klinsmann will be looking forward to the opportunity to play some of the best teams in the world. (Getty Images)

With Russia 2018 coming just two years after the Copa, U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann and his fellow CONCACAF coaches will have a chance to test their players against some of the best teams in the world, in Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, and company.

CONCACAF President Jeffrey Webb called the Centennial COPA, “the most important full national team tournament hosted in the Americas since this year’s FIFA World Cup.”

Added CONMEBOL President Juan Angel Napout, “knowing that Copa America is the oldest national team tournament in the history of football, it is an honor for us to have the event officially included in the international calendar and be able to celebrate the 100th anniversary of this event and the foundation of CONMEBOL.”

Argentina hosted the most recent Copa America in 2011, as Uruguay claimed a record fifteenth title. The Copa will next be played in Chile in 2015.

Here are the teams that will contest the Copa America Centenario in the United States in the summer of 2016.

CONMEBOL

1. Argentina
2. Bolivia
3. Brazil
4. Chile
5. Colombia
6. Ecuador
7. Paraguay
8. Peru
9. Uruguay
10. Venezuela

CONCACAF

1. United States (host)
2. Mexico (seeded)
3. Costa Rica (2014 Central American Cup champion)
4. TBD (2014 CFU Caribbean Cup champion)
5. TBD (winner of 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup – if not one of the already qualified teams, or 2015
Gold Cup Playoff 1 winner)
6. TBD (2015 Gold Cup Playoff winner)

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MYSA Passback Program
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Courtesy of MYSA

Courtesy of MYSA

Missouri Youth Soccer is rolling out their MYSA Passback Program for the 2014/2015 cycle, created to provide programming support to member organizations throughout Missouri for the sport of soccer.

The Passback program allows member organizations to apply for grants that can be used for community projects. These include club-based community outreach, coaching education, equipment, facility improvements, field improvements and soccer camps.

Grants for 2014/2015 are due by October 31 and grant recipients will be announced on January 24, 2015 at the MYSA Annual General Meeting in Columbia, MO.

“The creation of this program is an important step for Missouri Youth Soccer to continue working to support the development of soccer in our state. We are very excited to offer this type of a resource to the state and our member organizations,” said MYSA Executive Director, Jake Griesenauer.

For more information, please visit the MYSA website.

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Kreis Denies Extended Manchester Stay for Lampard While Orlando Wins 1st Pick
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In a setting that seemed like a low budget game show, MLS expansion team coaches Jason Kreis of New York FC, and Adrian Heath of Orlando FC were joined by host Jimmy Conrad Wednesday afternoon, to decide which of the teams will pick first in eight player acquisition methods.

Orland's coach Adrian Heath (Getty Images)

Orland’s coach Adrian Heath happily elected to pick ahead of New York. (Getty Images)

When an Orlando fan plucked her club’s logo out of a raffle drum, the first choice of Player Acquisition methods went to the Florida side, and coach Adrian Heath happily elected to pick ahead of New York in the December 10 expansion draft.

With Conrad, the former MLS and U.S. Men’s National Team player turned entertainer/ journalist, acting as m.c., the game show comparisons became unavoidable when Kreis mistakenly elected to pick before Orlando in the Discovery Ranking category.

Realizing his error, a sheepish Kreis admitted that he had intended to choose the USL PRO/NASL Priority Player Ranking. Channeling his inner Alex Trebek, Conrad asked an MLS official for a ruling. Amid guffaws, the verdict was handed down, Kreis would have to live with his choice.

Kreis’s faux paus is unlikely to have a significant detrimental effect on New York FC’s long term success, but the detail oriented former Real Salt Lake coach is unlikely to feel good about his slip up.

Kreis was left red faced with his error. (ISI Photos/Michael Janosz)

Kreis was left red faced with his error. (ISI Photos/Michael Janosz)

When the dust cleared, Orlando emerged with the higher pick in the College SuperDraft, the USL PRO/NASL Draft and the Lottery Ranking, in addition to the expansion draft. Afterwards via a conference call with the press, both coaches seemed happy enough with the results. Orlando’s Heath was pleased that the Lions will have the chance to add some experience, while Kreis contended that he and NYC got what they wanted, to pick first in the allocation process.

What Kreis did not want to discuss was recent speculation that NYC FC Designated Player Frank Lampard might consider extending his loan with parent club Manchester City. Kreis shut down that line of inquiry, saying that the conference was not the forum to answer that question, before adding, “there is no truth to that rumor at all.”

Kreis’s refusal to discuss the topic further left unasked, and therefore unanswered, the question of exactly who is in charge of Lampard’s contract. Lampard has been slated all along to report to the fledgling New York club for January training camp, where the veteran’s presence would be a boon to Kreis and his staff as the club take their first steps toward the 2015 MLS season.

If Lampard is still in Manchester come January, it reintroduces the possibility that NYC FC is meant to serve as a junior club for the English Premier League Champions, a scenario that all concerned were eager to dismiss when the franchise was awarded to the Manchester City/New York Yankee group last May.

The clubs differing approaches, and pedigrees were evident in the teams selection’s, as well as in the comments of the managers. In addition to DP Kaka, Orlando has six players from this season’s USL PRO squad under contract for its MLS debut season, with three more expected to sign on in the coming weeks. Heath, who will be making the jump up from the second tier USL PRO League to Major League Soccer along with his team, stressed the need for Orlando to add players with MLS experience to his young squad.

Lampard when he signed for NYC FC(Courtesy of NYCFC)

Lampard when he signed for NYC FC(Courtesy of NYCFC)

“For us,” Kreis said, “allocation was number one.” And with the financial backing of Manchester City and the New York Yankees behind him, it is little surprise that Kreis came into yesterday with a different agenda than his counterpart in Orlando. NYC’s selection of the allocation ranking immediately gave rise to speculation that the club had its eye on a particular player, with one reporter throwing U.S. international Jozy Altidore’s name into the mix.

Of course, the New York supremo would not comment on individual players, but following yesterday’s festivities, the countdown is on as the MLS teams 20 and 21 continue to assemble their rosters for a March 2015 kickoff.

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Meet Colorado Rapids Forward Vicente Sanchez
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Courtesy of CSA

Courtesy of CSA

Come on out tomorrow and meet Colorado Rapids forward Vicente Sanchez with the chance to receive a free Colorado Rapids ticket package!

The first 100 attendees will win the package, which includes 4 tickets to a 2014 game and 4 $15.00 food and beverage vouchers.

Please visit the Colorado Soccer Association website for more information

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MLS – Big 5
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This week’s MLS Big – 5 leads off with expansion news.

1) New York and Orlando Stock Up.

As the 2014 season winds down, Major League Soccer newboys, New York City FC and Orlando City SC, will face off Wednesday in the Expansion Priority Draft. Wednesday’s draft is just one of eight of what the league has labeled, player acquisition mechanisms, that the two organizations will use to stock up on players for their March 2015 debuts.

MLS draft  (Getty images)

MLS drafts should be interesting. (Getty images)

Here is the complete list

1. MLS Expansion Draft (Picks 1 or 2)
2. MLS SuperDraft (Picks 1 or 2)
3. USL PRO/NASL Player Priority Ranking (Picks 1 or 2)
4. Designated Player Ranking (Picks 1 or 2)
5. Allocation Ranking (Picks 1 or 2)
6. Discovery Ranking (Picks 20 or 21)
7. Waiver/Re-Entry Draft Ranking (Picks 20 or 21)
8. Lottery Ranking (Picks 20 or 21)

Die hard fans of the two expansion sides can keep track of the draft Wednesday at 2 pm ET at MLSsoccer.com. Although it all seems a bit confusing, this is the same method used to provide players when Montreal entered the league in 2012, and when Vancouver and Portland joined the previous year.

A draw will be conducted by supporters of the two teams to decide which club selects first, then head coaches Jason Kreis, New York City and Adrian Heath, Orlando City, will alternate picks among those eight player acquisition mechanisms.

The expansion clubs will pick first and second in five of the eight player selection methods. They will pick last, 20 and 21, in the other three; Discovery ranking, Waiver/Re-Entry Draft ranking and the Lottery ranking.

2) Emotional Lampard Stuns Chelsea

And speaking of NYC FC players, what about Frank Lampard? The Chelsea legend finally saw some playing time for NYC parent club Manchester City, and he made the most of it, scoring a late equaliser to earn City a draw against his old club.

Man City celebrating Lampard's goal. (Getty Images)

Man City celebrating Lampard’s goal. (Getty Images)

Super Frank left Chelsea as the London club’s all time leading goal scorer with 211, so it couldn’t have been much of a shock to his old fans and teammates when Lampard found the target in the 85th minute on Sunday.

An emotional Lampard refused to celebrate, NYC fans will be hoping he has plenty of chances to make up for it beginning in March.

3) Seattle Suffer US Open Cup Hangover

Just four nights after topping Philadelphia 3-1 in extra time to claim their fourth US Open Cup title, the Sounders fell 4-1 to the New York Red Bulls in Harrison, New Jersey.

(Howard C. Smith)

Bradley Wright-Phillips is the league leader in goals scored.(ISI Photos/Howard C. Smith)

Bradley Wright-Phillips led the way with a hat trick to raise his league league leading total to 24, just three shy of the MLS record of 27.

Seattle left several regulars on the bench for this match, including stars Clint Dempsey, Obafemi Martins, and DeAndre Yedlin.

Dempsey came on to score Seattle’s goal, and Martins and another top Sounder Gonzalo Pineda, also saw time, but New York took advantage of Seattle’s congested schedule to pick up some valuable points in the race to the playoffs.

4) Portland Move past Vancouver With 3-0 Win

League MVP candidate Diego Valeri opened the scoring with a brilliant goal, before sending Fanedo Adi in alone for the Timbers second.

Diego Valeri has had an outstanding season for Portland. (ISI Photos/Michael Janosz)

Diego Valeri has had an outstanding season for Portland. (ISI Photos/Michael Janosz)

Valeri’s goal came on a brilliant left footed volley, giving the 28 year old Argentine nine goals on the season, to go with his 14 assists.

With five games remaining, Portland lead the Whitecaps by two points in the race for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

5) Sporting KC to Visit the White House

This season has had some ups and downs for 2013 MLS Champion Sporting Kansas City, but the defenders will have a chance to enjoy one of the spoils of being an American sports champ with an October visit to the White House.

(ISI Photos/Bill Barrett)

Graham Zusi and Co will have the honor of visiting the White House.(ISI Photos/Bill Barrett)

It took a September 12 trip to the StubHub Center to play reeling Chivas USA, for SKC to snap a four game losing streak, but Sporting is still in second place in the East.

The team’s Presidential visit will precede an October 3 showdown with surprise Eastern Conference front runners DC United, who lead KC by three points in the standings.

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EPL Week 5 – Big Guns Fight it Out
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Wembley to host Euro 2020 Final

UEFA has announced that Wembley has been chosen to host the semi-final and final Euro 2020.

England’s national stadium won unanimously after the German FA (DFB) withdrew from the bid just before the UEFA vote to focus instead on bidding for the 2024 Euro competition.

The U.K. did a great job at hosting Olympic Soccer - having record breaking crowds watching the women's games (Getty Images)

The U.K. did a great job at hosting Olympic Soccer – having record breaking crowds watching the women’s games (Getty Images)

England’s FA chairman Greg Dyke, 67, said: “This bidding process was open to more than 50 Uefa countries so for Wembley to be recognised in this way is testament to a lot of hard work behind the scenes.”

England manager Roy Hodgson said the opportunity to play a final at Wembley would be excellent motivation for his players.

“For the young team that is emerging, many of those players will be at their best football years in 2020,” the 67-year-old said.

“If the young players of today don’t use this to spur them on then they are making a mistake.

“By 2020 some of them will be playing their fifth tournament and that is the type of experience you can’t buy.”

The multi-country format was the idea of UEFA president Michele Platini who thought it would be a fitting way to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the confederation.

Platini said: “This is a historic moment because we’ll be able to bring this competition to all the countries of Europe and especially to countries that would never otherwise have the chance to host such a competition.”

The 13 cities that will host matches for the competition are London (England), Glasgow (Scotland), Dublin (Ireland), Copenhagen (Denmark), Bucharest (Romania), Amsterdam (Netherlands), Bilbao (Spain), Budapest (Hungary), Brussels (Belgium), Munich (Germany), Baku (Azerbaijan), Rome (Italy) and St Petersburg (Russia).

 

PREDICTIONS

Week 5

Predictions

SATURDAY
QPR v Stoke 1-0
Aston Villa v Arsenal 1-2
Burnley v Sunderland 1-1
Newcastle v Hull 2-1
Swansea v Southampton 2-2
West Ham v Liverpool 1-2
SUNDAY
Leicester v Man Utd 1-3
Tottenham v West Brom 2-0
Everton v Crystal Palace 3-0
Man City v Chelsea 1-2

SATURDAY

Aston Villa v Arsenal

Aston Villa continued their tremendous start to the season with a fine 0-1 victory away to Liverpool.

Villa have got off to a great start with a victory over Liverpool. (Getty Images)

Villa have got off to a great start with a victory over Liverpool. (Getty Images)

The Villains actually have a better away record under manager Paul Lambert—They have lost 18 out of 38 home league games under Lambert. That being said, they are still unbeaten at home this season and will be full of confidence after last weeks win.

Visitors Arsenal drew 2-2 at home to Man City last week, but will be a tad disappointed as City scored late on. However, they were brushed aside by Dortmund midweek in the Champions League and will want to bounce back with a good performance against Villa.

Aston Villa captain Ron Vlaar looks like he will continue to watch from the sidelines with a calf problem, though Joe Cole has recovered from a similar problem and could be involved.

Danny Welbeck has been unlucky with his chances. (Getty Images)

Danny Welbeck has been unlucky with his chances. (Getty Images)

Arsenal duo Mathieu Flamini and Calum Chambers are expected to return after missing out in midweek with a groin injury and tonsillitis respectively. While Jack Wilshere seems to have recovered from an ankle problem picked up midweek, though Nancho Monreal remains out.

Villa has been playing well and might fancy their chances against an Arsenal side recovering from their midweek beating. However, the Villains haven’t beaten Arsenal at home in 15 attempts since coming from two goals down to win 3-2 on 13 December 1998 (D7, L8), and I think they will just come up short on Saturday too.

Prediction: 1-2

West Ham v Liverpool

West Ham battled back twice last week to earn a good 2-2 draw away to Hull City. The draw marked an improvement on their previous performance, which saw them lose 3-1 to Southhampton. The Hammers took the game to the Tigers and their attacking intent will have pleased their fans, who have bemoaned manager Sam Allardyce’s defensive tactic since he took charge, However, the change in style resulted in West Ham looking leaky at the back and they will have to find a balance.

Liverpool have high hopes for Sterling. (Getty Images)

Liverpool have high hopes for Sterling. (Getty Images)

Liverpool lost 0-1 at home to Aston Villa last week and will want to bounce back with a win. The Reds passed the ball well enough, but struggled to create any clear-cut chances against a well-organized Villa team. They also struggled midweek in the champions league, scraping a 2-1 win courtesy to a last minute penalty and really look like they are missing the magic of Luis Suarez.

The Hammers are without Matt Jarvis, Andy Carroll, Kevin Nolan and Joey O’Brien because of injury, so will name the same side that drew to Hull last week.

Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel returns from a knee injury, striker Daniel Sturridge is still out with an ankle problem.

Neither of these teams are playing particularly well at present, but West Ham has only won two of their previous 22 league matches against Liverpool (W2, D4, L16), so I think I’ll go with history and back Liverpool.

Prediction: 1-2

SUNDAY

Leicester City v Man Utd

Leicester City picked up their first win of the season with a 0-1 win away to Stoke City.

The Foxes already look like they have settled into life in the EPL and have now picked up 5-points from four tough games—They have drawn against Everton and Arsenal, beaten Stoke, and have only lost to EPL leaders Chelsea.

Striker Leonardo Ulloa has now scored three goals in the EPL and his goals could be the difference between the foxes staying up or going down from EPL.

Falcao will be hoping to get on the scoresheet soon. (Getty Images)

Falcao (L) will be hoping to get on the scoresheet soon. (Getty Images)

Manchester United also got their first win of the season with a 4-0 thrashing of QPR. The Red Devils put in a fine attacking performance, though QPR were also woeful. Angel Di Maria was the game’s top performer and seems to have added the speed and directness down the wings that United haven’t had since the departure of Ronaldo.

Leicester City keeper Kasper Schmeichel and midfielder Matty James should be fit to face Manchester United after overcoming respective knee and shin injuries.

Former United player Tom Lawrence could make his debut against his former club, but Nick Powell is ineligible under the terms of his loan from Old Trafford.

Luke Shaw is fit again and could make his EPL debut for United, while Radamel Falcao could also make his first start for the Red Devils.

There is a feeling Manchester United might have finally arisen from their slumber and many would expect them to beat newly promoted Leicester, but the foxes have started the season well and look like they will give every team in the EPL a tough game.

United have a good record against Leicester—the Red Devils have won the last nine successive Premier League meetings and are unbeaten in 10 since Tony Cottee’s goal gave Leicester a 1-0 victory at Old Trafford in January 1998—and I expect them to continue that record on Sunday.

Prediction: 1-3

Man City v Chelsea

Week 5 draws to a close with perhaps the biggest game of the season thus far as last season top two teams battle it out for 3-points.

Man City drew away last week to Arsenal and were a bit upset they didn’t leave with more, after they were denied and penalty and missed a couple of glorious chances late on.

Yaya Toure (L) has looked a shadow of himself. (Getty Images)

Yaya Toure (L) has looked a shadow of himself. (Getty Images)

They lost midweek 1-0 to Bayern Munich courtesy to a late goal by former player Jerome Boateng, but could easily have lost by three or four goals if not for the performances of goalkeeper Joe Hart. Yaya Toure has been criticized for his performances this season and wasn’t at his best again midweek.

Chelsea continued their 100% record in the EPL with a 4-2 win over Swansea. Diego Costa scored his first hat-trick for the blues to give him 7 goals in his first four games, while Cesc Fabregas has now notched up 6 assists.

Former Chelsea player Frank Lampard is set to face the club for whom he made 648 appearances. City pair Stevan Jovetic and Fernando remain out with respective hamstring and groin injuries, but Pablo Zabaleta is available after serving a European ban in midweek.

Chelsea striker Diego Costa returns to the starting line-up after dropping to the bench midweek in the Champions League. The Blues have no other injury concerns meaning they could name the same side that faced Swansea last week.

Chelsea have got off to a good start. (Getty Images)

Chelsea have got off to a good start. (Getty Images)

Chelsea did the double over City last season and have a good record in Manchester—Chelsea have won 11 Premier League matches away at Manchester City, more than any other team. City have yet to set the EPL on light this season and still look like they are suffering a hangover from last year’s celebrations. Nevetheless, the will give Chelsea a serve test on Sunday and could easily win this game. However, I’m backing Jose Mourinho to continue his record against City boss Manuel Pellegrini who has yet to register a win over the Portuguese coach.

Prediction: 1-2

 

 

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MYSA Renews Partnership with Ambush
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Courtesy of MYSA

Courtesy of MYSA

Missouri Youth Soccer Association and the St. Louis Ambush announced last week that they will renew their partnership for the 2014/2015 Major Arena Soccer League (MASL) season.

This is a great opportunity for families in the community to come together and enjoy local professional indoor soccer. The Ambush kick off their season against the Milwaukee Wave on Saturday, Nov. 8 at the Family Arena in St. Charles, MO.

Ambush owner Andrew Haines stated in a press release, “We are excited to continue our partnership with MYSA, and look forward to working with youth soccer throughout the region. With the help of MYSA we are able to reach many of the youth soccer families and help grow the sport of soccer in the region.”

For the full story please visit the MYSA website.

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U.S. WNT Bag Second Win Against Mexico
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The U.S. WNT pulled off a second consecutive victory against Mexico tonight, defeating them 4-0 in Rochester. N.Y. before the 2015 Women’s World Cup qualifiers next month.

Amy Rodriguez got the game's opener and the winning goal. (ISI Photos/Brad Smith)

Amy Rodriguez got the game’s opener and the winning goal. (ISI Photos/Brad Smith)

The first half wasn’t much different from last week’s performance in Utah. The U.S. immediately took possession and kept firm control over the ball. The shots came strong and it didn’t take long for Amy Rodriguez to open scoring in the 9th minute. Megan Rapinoe attacked the opposition, forcing the ball loose and Rodriguez was there to power it home.

Mexico picked up the slack and was able to defend for most of the half, but they would let their composure down in the 36th minute. A sharp long ball was sent into the box and headed by a Mexican defender before falling to Rapinoe. She sprang into action and one-timed a perfect shot straight passed the goalkeeper and into the net.

To finish off the American takeover, Tobin Heath snuck one last goal in the 44th minute. A cross was sent into the box and she jumped on it before they could catch it, firing confidently to put the U.S. up 3-0 at the half.

Morgan caused Mexico trouble all night. (ISI Photos/Brad Smith)

Morgan caused Mexico trouble all night. (ISI Photos/Brad Smith)

The Mexicans came back with determination and did a great job keeping up the defensive momentum in the second half. Though the Americans applied that overwhelming pressure, they held off some deadly shots. But it was only a matter of time, as Alex Morgan was the one causing trouble throughout.

In the 79th minute a scramble in the box found Morgan wrestling with the goalkeeper for the ball. It came loose to Heather O’Reilly, she lobbed it over to Morgan, and she headed in a beautiful shot to cement the score 4-0.

Scoring Summary:       1      2      F
USA                                 3      1      4
MEX                                0      0      0

USA – Amy Rodriguez (Megan Rapinoe)                          9th minute
USA – Megan Rapinoe                                                        37
USA – Tobin Heath (Amy Rodriguez)                                44
USA – Alex Morgan (Heather O’Reilly)                            79

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo (capt.); 5-Kelley O’Hara, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 3-Christie Rampone, 25-Meghan Klingenberg (19-Crystal Dunn, 61), 12-Lauren Holiday (16-Julie Johnston, 46), 10-Carli Lloyd, 15-Megan Rapinoe (20-Abby Wambach, 46); 2-Sydney Leroux (23-Christen Press, 67), 8-Amy Rodriguez (13-Alex Morgan, 46), 17-Tobin Heath (9-Heather O’Reilly, 46)
Substitutions Not Used: 24-Ashlyn Harris
Head Coach: Jill Ellis

MEX: 1-Cecilia Santiago; 2-Arianna Romero, 3-Monica Alvarado, 5-Paulina Solis, 13-Bianca Sierra; 6-Liliana Mercado (11-Kenti Robles, 57), 7-Nayeli Rangel, 10-Stephany Mayor, 17-Veronica Perez (capt.) (14-Christina Murillo, 90+2); 9-Tanya Samarzich (8-Teresa Noyola, 67), 20-Charlyn Corral (19-Luz Duarte, 87)
Substitutions Not Used: 12-Brissa Rangel, 15-Guadalupe Cruzaley, 16-Jazmine Ponce, 18-Jackie Acevedo, 21-Lizbeth Angeles
Head coach: Leonardo Cuellar

Stats Summary: USA / MEX
Shots:  16 / 4
Shots on Goal: 7 / 1
Saves: 1 / 3
Corner Kicks: 8 / 1
Fouls: 16 / 14
Offside: 3 / 2

Misconduct Summary:
MEX – Stephany Mayor (caution)                     72nd minute

 

 

 

 

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