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By FRANCO PANIZO
CONCACAF has approved the change, and Greg Garza is now officially on the U.S. Men’s National Team’s Gold Cup roster.
U.S. Soccer announced on Thursday afternoon that Garza has replaced the injured Brad Davis on the 23-man American squad that is preparing for a Gold Cup title defense. Garza had been brought into camp earlier this week by head coach Jurgen Klinsmann, but the U.S. needed to file paperwork and have it approved by CONCACAF before being able to officially swap Garza for Davis.
The 23-year-old left back, who is currently on loan at Atlas from Club Tijuana, has started in two U.S. matches this year. He made his debut for the Americans and played in each of their five games that followed the 2014 World Cup.
Garza and the U.S. will play their final friendly before the start of the Gold Cup on Friday, as they take on Guatemala at LP Field in Nashville, Tennessee.
What do you think of Garza officially being added to the USMNT roster? Expecting him to start at the Gold Cup? Would you have preferred to see another player called in for Davis?
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By AARON CRANFORD
The deadline for a Minneapolis stadium plan has come and gone for Minnesota United FC, so it and MLS have turned its attention to constructing a new soccer-specific stadium in St. Paul.
In a release on the league website, MLS said that it was now turning its focus to the other half of the Twin Cities, after completing a deal in Minneapolis became untenable late in May. Dr. Bill McGuire, owner of Minnesota United, had proposed a soccer-specific stadium plan that called for private funding for stadium construction but public subsidies on infrastructure around the stadium as well as other tax exemptions.
The plan did not receive enough support from the city of Minneapolis or the Minnesota state legislature, leading to the project being stalled for the time being.
The deadline for the Minneapolis stadium plan ended July 1, and MLS president and deputy commissioner Mark Abbott said the NASL club would meet with St. Paul officials, including a possible meeting with St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman, in order to hopefully rectify the situation.
By FRANCO PANIZO
Five days and one game are all that separate the U.S. Men’s National Team from the start of its CONCACAF Gold Cup title defense, and head coach Jurgen Klinsmann is likely to make the most of that remaining time and fixture.
The U.S. will have its final tune-up before the start of the Gold Cup on Friday, as the Americans host Guatemala at LP Field in Nashville, Tennessee. The friendly will give Klinsmann one last opportunity to assess the state of the team before next Tuesday’s tournament opener, and also a chance to see which players might best comprise a starting lineup.
Ideally, Klinsmann would be able to toss out his preferred group from the onset on Friday so as to give it a game to fine-tune things. But the fact that his European- and Mexican-based players are coming off of vacations complicates things, and could lead to him going with a more in-form starting eleven that does not necessarily include all of the U.S.’s top talents.
One thing Klinsmann will certainly be looking closely at is how the Americans perform in the formation he trots out. The U.S. had success in June’s friendlies vs. the Netherlands and Germany, but did so by using two different tactical looks. Klinsmann could be inclined to go back to one of those formations, but may consider something else entirely given that key veterans Clint Dempsey, Jozy Altidore, and Alejandro Bedoya are all returning to the fold after missing those wins on European soil.
Who will start for the U.S.? Here is a lineup we could see starting against Guatemala:
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By RYAN TOLMICH
The U.S. Men’s National Team is less than a week away from kicking off the Gold Cup, but Friday night brings one last opportunity for the team to fine-tune ahead of the crucial summer tournament.
The U.S is set to take on Guatemala at LP Field on Friday night in Nashville, Tennessee, giving head coach Jurgen Klinsmann one last chance to eye his roster before deciding on starters for the Gold Cup opener against Honduras next Tuesday.
Klinsmann is planning to feature many of the regulars from the start of the game against the Guatemalans, but also intends to take full advantage of the six substitutions that are available in friendlies. That way, he can get a real sense of who is ready for the Gold Cup.
“I think the game against Guatemala will give us a really big hint toward the starting eleven a couple of days later in Dallas against Honduras,” said Klinsmann. “In the friendly with Guatemala we have the chance to use six subs. We will use all six subs most likely to give the players minutes and give them a chance to show us what they have.
“As we get closer to the opening game we’re going to zoom in and plan through hopefully a long tournament.” Continue reading
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By RYAN TOLMICH
The New York Cosmos were forced to settle for a frustrating loss to the New York Red Bulls on Wednesday night, but the ramifications may extend into the NASL fall season.
Midfielder Walter Restrepo was injured in Wednesday’s action, forcing a substitution in the 72nd minute of the 4-1 loss. Restrepo’s injury came in a game in which he was one of the Cosmos’ best players, as the midfielder repeatedly had his way on the right side against the Red Bulls’ defense.
Restrepo’s creativity may be missing this weekend, as he is now being listed as questionable heading into Sunday’s Fall Season opener against Indy Eleven.
“Walter felt his hamstring,” said Cosmos head coach Giovanni Savarese, “so we’ll evaluate now what he’s going to do and we’ll see if he’s available for Sunday.”
Restrepo was not the only Cosmos star to deal with hamstring issues, as forward Raul missed the first half of the game due to a similar issue. Raul came on at the start of the second half.
“At first we didn’t think he was going to be able to make it,” Savarese said. “Finally, we felt that it was about 75 percent, so with that we felt that he could step in the game, be smart, and he did.”
Here are some more of Thursday’s NASL news and notes: Continue reading
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By RYAN TOLMICH
After falling to their local rivals over the weekend, the LA Galaxy made sure to not repeat any of those mistakes in Wednesday night’s rematch.
Looking to avenge Saturday’s 3-1 defeat to the San Jose Earthquakes, the Galaxy used early finish from Jose Villarreal to pick up a 1-0 win to advance to the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open Cup.
Against an Earthquakes defense without several regulars, the Galaxy needed just six minutes for Villarreal to get on the board by scoring his first U.S. Open Cup goal. The Galaxy immediately went over the top on a ball from Kenny Walker, which Villarreal brought down before calmly slotting past goalkeeper Brian Meredith for the game’s lone goal.
The goal proved to be more than enough, as neither team started any of its Designated Players.
With the victory, the Galaxy earn a visit to Real Salt Lake in the U.S. Open Cup quarterfinals after RSL’s 2-0 defeat of the Portland Timbers. Continue reading
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By SKYLAR ROLSTAD
For the second time this season, Sporting Kansas City handily defeated FC Dallas and it was Dom Dwyer who led the way this time.
Dwyer stole the show in Wednesday’s U.S. Open Cup Round of 16 match by scoring four goals in a 6-2 win at Sporting Park. Dwyer’s hat trick was completed in the 41st minute with a converted penalty, and he added another goal on a free kick from 20 yards away in the 70th minute.
The forward’s first two goals were assisted by Benny Feilhaber, who now has three U.S. Open Cup assists on the year.
Krisztian Nemeth slotted a Jacob Peterson pass into the net just before halftime and chipped Chris Seitz from the touchline in the 59th minute for Sporting’s other two goals.
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By FRANCO PANIZO
HARRISON, N.J. — There was joy in the New York Red Bulls’ locker room after yet another win against a fellow club from the Big Apple, but there was also some concern and sadness after seeing a fallen comrade.
The Red Bulls routed the New York Cosmos in the U.S. Open Cup on Wednesday night, but a lot of the conversation after the 4-1 victory at Red Bull Arena centered around the health of Chris Duvall.
Duvall suffered a nasty-looking injury in the 83rd minute of the Round of 16 match after both he and Cosmos defender Hunter Gorskie each slid in hard for a 50-50 ball. Duvall came off worse for wear, requiring several minutes of attention before being taken out of the game on a stretcher while covering his face with his hands.
The play dampened the spirit of the Red Bulls, who should have been celebrating their second win over a fellow New York club in four days instead of worrying about the potential long-term loss of their starting right back.
“That’s what we’re all thinking about right now,” said Red Bulls head coach Jesse Marsch of the injury. “It’s good to get the win and move on, but we’re all kind of hopeful that Chris isn’t as bad as it looked. He’s been a very important guy, and hopefully it’s just a bad contusion.”