The new United States national team coach Bruce Arena believes that the team can still qualify for the World Cup despite recording two defeats in their opening matches.
He said that he has the necessary experience of top level football and knows that his team has what it takes to qualify for the World Cup.
The only negative thing he said is that he does not have a clear picture of the team quality at the moment and that it will take time for him to assess the different players. He admitted that he does not have enough time to prepare the team before their friendlies and that he will need to make changes slowly.
He said that changes would be done gradually probably later during the year as he wants to assess his current players. Bruce Arena said that he knows all the different players as he had played against most of them when he was the coach at LA Galaxy. Continue reading “Arena believes in qualification”
The United States national team coach Bruce Arena said that he is desperate to get Clint Dempsey back in the team for the camp that will be held next month.
The player who is currently under treatment for an irregular heartbeat has been ruled out for the remainder of the season.
However, Clint Dempsey has been back training with the team earlier this month, and there are signs that he is recovering well.
Bruce Arena said that he would be happy if Clint Dempsey could be back in the national team and at least participate in the January camp. He is aware that the player should be rushed and that he would only want him to be around the team.
He agrees that Clint Dempsey will not be able to participate in heavy training in January, but he believes that he will be fully fit by March where the United States national team will be back into competitive matches. Continue reading “Dempsey back in the national team”
There have been numerous reports linking Wayne Rooney with a move to the Major League Soccer in the United States.
Since losing his starting spot under Jose Mourinho, the rumours of a switch to the MLs have intensified. The 31-year old England international has denied reports that he was interested in a move away from Old Trafford to the MLS, China or his boyhood club, Everton.
According to a report by The Independent, there have been no such talks. The report also says that Rooney’s high wages – around £300,000-a-week – would deter clubs in the MLS from signing the player. Sources close to Rooney swear that there has not been any communication between the player, his representatives and any MLS side. There have been numerous ex-Premier League stars in the MLS like Ashley Cole, Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard and others. Continue reading “ROONEY DOESN’T WANT MLS SWITCH”
Bruce Arena became only the second man in MLS history to claim 200 wins as a manager.
The record was achieved after the 2-1 success over Columbus Crew. The victory was also a huge relief for the manager since it ended a run of seven matches without a victory. The run started at the start of August and many have been questioning the tactics ofArena in the last few weeks. It has been an extremely tough period for the 65-year-old coach, who has been in charge of the team since August 2008.Arena is not only one of the longest serving managers in the MLS but across the world.
The run of seven games without a victory may have witnessed the team suffered only two defeats, but it also exposed their inability to hold on to an advantage. Against Columbus Crew, though, Galaxy made the game safe much earlier than expected and the goal fromJahn in injury time was merely a consolation.Husidic broken the deadlock at 78 minutes and it was a major sigh of relief for Arena. Giovanni Dos Santos then doubled the advantage of the home team to give them a lot of confidence about three points in a very long time.
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Sebastian Giovinco is arguably the greatest player in the history of the Major League Soccer going by his goals, titles and unmatched level of consistency over the years.
So much has been written and said about the very talented player who has been achieving so much as such top levels year in year out. Within the past month, Giovinco has scored seven goals in four games – getting two hat-tricks and a strike. Surprisingly, thesame player went eight games without scoring in May, June and July. His hiatus almost sent Toronto FC in trouble.
Despite the efforts of Greg Vanney in adding a few players to the squad this season, the team is still heavily reliant on Giovinco. The former Parma and Juventus striker is also set to be in action when the squad takes a trip to Texas to play Houston Dynamo. Toronto FC have won their last four encounters playing at BMO Field. After the Dynamo game, they play Philadelphia Union at PPL Park before a trip to Florida to face Orlando. All through the journey, the team would be depending still on the 29-year old Italian.
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