The Timbers Army has asserted themselves as one of the best supporters group in MLS. Not surprisingly, that passion spreads towards the national team. Before Belize and the U.S kicked off at Jeld-Wen Field, the army unveiled this awesome Tifo. Well done. Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Devang Desai under Portland Timbers, USA on Jul 09, 2013
Posted by Devang Desai under Canada, Syndey Leroux, USA on Jun 02, 2013
The United States defeated Canada 3-0 at BMO field this afternoon. Two identical goals from superstar Alex Morgan were the difference. The first game between the North American rivals since that memorable affair at Old Trafford ended with controversy, depending on who you ask. Former Canadian-turned-American Sydney Leroux scored at the death–a meaningless goal–until she held up the badge and and shhhhed the crowd. While we should expect several columns from journalists who rarely cover the sport, if anything this might be the best thing to happen for this rivalry. It’s not like we need any added incentive to loathe our American friends, but hey, whatever works.
The Americans stunned Germany in Washington on Sunday, winning 4-3 in an entertaining affair that included an egregious own goal, a Jozy Altidore volley and a pair of goals from Clint Dempsey. The Tottenham man’s second goal was rather special.
Meanwhile, here’s the Marc-Andre ter Stegen howler.
Video via FGolsHDi
Posted by Richard Whittall under CONCACAF, CONMEBOL, Mexico, South America, The Story So Far, Uruguay, USA on Mar 27, 2013
European World Cup qualifiers are what put asses in the seats, but the football drama seems to be lingering squarely in the middle of the Western hemisphere. Last night, the United States made history with a 0-0 draw in the Azteca stadium. It was, as Jeff Carlisle wrote this morning, only the “second in its history” that the US managed to secure a point at the Azteca in qualifying.
There will be quibbles with the aesthetic of the US national team in their draw, particularly as Mexico managed 19 attempts to the USA’s 1. But that’s the nature of CONCACAF: it’s a dirty, mud and snow soaked horror show right until the dying stages. You watch these things with an upset stomach, not a stimulated mind—why else would DaMarcus Beasley be out there? The US clearly did what they needed to defensively to leave the Azteca hype for another day.
Meanwhile the Hex table speaks for itself, even at this relatively early-ish stage. Panama is first, followed by Costa Rica, the USA and Honduras, all tied on 4 points and separated by goal differential. Meanwhile Mexico is in fifth on three points. This is of course bound to change significantly as the campaign progresses, but is already far from your dad’s Hex.
As for the Brazil-less CONMEBOL, Uruguay’s struggle to compete continued yesterday with a 2-0 loss to Chile, a game that may lead to a lengthy suspension for Luis Suarez for punching Gonzalo Jara in the first half (he’s already out of the next game against Venezuela on yellows). If you don’t think that’s a bad thing, Suarez has been scoring a lot of goals this campaign with a total of 8, tied with Lionel Messi. Uruguay are struggling this time around, two points outside the playoff spot.
Finding all this compelling doesn’t make you a hipster. It makes you a conscious person who likes football.
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Posted by Devang Desai under CONCACAF, USA, World Cup 2014 on Mar 23, 2013
It wasn’t the Heat or the Lakers. It wasn’t Georgetown losing in the first round to the fifteenth seed in Philadelphia. The sporting event that captivated non-footy mad Americans around the country was a soccer game. That’s pretty damn special. The U.S.A moved to second place in the Hex, beating Costa Rica 1-0 thanks to a Clint Dempsey goal in the first half. The main story here, however, was the conditions in Denver.
Kudos to the Costa Ricans for playing on in less than ideal conditions. A brief stoppage in the second half ended after protests from both teams.
While those of us in Canada remain hamstrung by beIN Sport’s unavailability, viewers in the United States are enjoying unprecedented access to the biggest games from all over the world. This infographic, via Giltedge marketing (click here for full image) outlines the television numbers from last year. Liga MX’s huge television presence is not a surprise considering American demographics. Also note a lot of these channels are not available on basic cable packages.
PDF via r/soccer user FinalSay
Posted by Devang Desai under CONCACAF, Golazo!, Honduras, USA, World Cup 2014 on Feb 06, 2013
Yea. That’s pretty good. Juan Garcia’s ridiculous bicycle kick has leveled proceedings in San Pedro Sula. Clint Dempsey scored for the Americans. 1-1 at halftime.
Gif via BuzzFeed