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By FRANCO PANIZO
Jozy Altidore has carved out a good career for himself despite being just 25-years old. He has earned 80 caps for the U.S. Men’s National Team, scored 27 goals, played in two World Cups, and spent a number of years in leagues across Europe.
Altidore believes his best soccer is still to come, however.
Currently in his third cycle with the U.S., Altidore has already developed into one of the figureheads of the team. He is not only a leader on the field due to his abilities and wealth of experience, but also off of it for how he sets an example for the next generation of youngsters coming through the pipeline.
Altidore has spearheaded the Americans’ attack almost immediately from the moment he was introduced to the full U.S. side in 2008. He has found the back of the net in big games, like in the 2009 Confederations Cup upset over Spain, and honed his craft in Europe and MLS to become more than just a goal-scoring threat.
He’s matured a lot both as a person and a player since the start of his career, but the veteran striker still thinks there is plenty of more room to grow.
“I still feel like my best football is yet to come,” Altidore told FIFA.com. “I understand the game in a way that I didn’t before. I’m excited for the next five or six years. I’m getting better with every game and I want to see where that goes.”
BY MICHAEL PENG
Mexico’s 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup campaign took a bump before it even got started, as the federation announced defender Hector Moreno will miss the summer tournament due to a foot injury.
The 27-year-old, arguably the best player on Mexico’s back line, was taken out of El Tri’s friendly with Costa Rica at halftime on Saturday and is set to undergo surgery in Houston on Tuesday.
Moreno, who has been playing his club soccer at La Liga side Espanyol since 2011, has made 57 caps for the Mexican national team since 2007 and was a key component to Mexico’s run in last year’s World Cup until he suffered a broken tibia in the quarterfinal defeat to the Netherlands.
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By FRANCO PANIZO
One of the surprise inclusions on the U.S. Men’s National Team’s Gold Cup roster will not be participating in the tournament, and he is likely to be replaced by one of the more surprising exclusions.
Houston Dynamo left midfielder Brad Davis has been ruled out of the upcoming Gold Cup because of a knee injury. U.S. Soccer is planning to replace Davis on the 23-man squad, but CONCACAF must receive paperwork from the federation and approve any change before it becomes official.
Despite that, U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has already brought Atlas defender Greg Garza into camp. Garza will be available to play in Friday’s friendly against Guatemala in Nashville, Tennessee, and could be named as Davis’ replacement if CONCACAF gives the green light.
The Americans begin their Gold Cup title defense on July 7 vs. Honduras.
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By RYAN TOLMICH
For the first time in the 2015 Women’s World Cup, the U.S. Women’s National Team is set to enter a match as the underdogs.
After knocking off China in the tournament’s quarterfinals, the USWNT will face its toughest test yet on Tuesday night in a match-up with Germany that pits the world’s top two teams against one another .
Ranked as the world’s second best team, the USWNT heads into Olympic Stadium in Montreal not favored to beat Germany. However, the Americans believe that their tournament run has demonstrated that they have what it takes to win any game so long as they play to the best of their abilities.
“This is the No. 1-ranked team in Germany versus the No. 2-ranked team in the United States,” said goalkeeper Hope Solo. “It’s not what Germany can bring, because they’re going to bring it. They’re great in all aspects of the game. They’re organized in defense and hard to break down, and they know how to attack and possess the ball.
“I can talk all day about the strengths that they bring, but ultimately it’s about how we play. We learned that in the last game against China. If we play our game, it doesn’t matter who we play. We will come out on top. Right now, our team is in a great place in believing in ourselves and we know it’s about us, not about any other opponent.”
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By RYAN TOLMICH
After years of rumors linking him with a move to the league, Giovani Dos Santos has reportedly found himself a serious suitor in MLS.
Reports out of Spain state that the Mexican star is currently in discussions with the LA Galaxy. The reports state that the transfer fee for the Mexican playmaker, who plays for Villarreal, would be somewhere around $7.84 million.
Dos Santos is reportedly guaranteed to depart Villarreal after a frustrating season that saw him score just six goals and provide seven assists in 40 appearances. The 26-year-old attacker has also reportedly drawn interest from Liga MX’s Tigres, although Dos Santos prefers not to move to a Mexican club.
Should the Galaxy make a move for Dos Santos, it would need to find a way to him on its roster. He likely would require a Designated Player salary, but LA has all three of its current slots filled with Robbie Keane, Omar Gonzalez, and the incoming Steven Gerrard.
One possible solution could come via the introduction of the league’s long-rumored core player rule. Given the flexibility to add a fourth big-money player, the Galaxy could add Dos Santos to their roster. Continue reading