By FRANCO PANIZO
Like the senior side last week, the U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team was unable to overcome Denmark in a friendly on Tuesday.
The U.S. U-23s saw its March camp end on a losing note after suffering a 1-0 defeat to Denmark at Lyngby Boldklub Stadion. The Americans were outdone by a second-half goal from Andreas Cornelius, forcing them to finish the camp with a 1-1 record that also included a 5-2 win over Bosnia & Herzegovina.
U.S. head coach Andi Herzog, who is looking to prepare his side for 2016 Olympic qualifying this fall, made only three changes to the lineup that took the field in that Sunday victory against Bosnia. New York City FC forward Khiry Shelton, San Jose Earthquakes midfielder Fatai Alashe and Monterrey striker Alonso Hernandez replaced Stanford’s Jordan Morris, LA Galaxy II forward Ariel Lassiter and striker Mario Rodriguez of Borussia Moenchengladbach.
The changes did not pay off in terms of a result, however, as the Americans were narrowly defeated nearly a week after the senior U.S. team suffered a 3-2 friendly loss to Denmark.
Here is the U.S. U-23s’ starting lineup against Denmark:
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By RYAN TOLMICH
In a week where many of the league’s teams were hampered by international call-ups, some teams took the opportunity to make a statement while some faltered due to some notable absences.
The league’s hottest team, FC Dallas, continued their unbeaten streak, but were forced to settle for a draw with the Seattle Sounders, while the reigning champion LA Galaxy weren’t so lucky in a late-game 1-0 loss to D.C. United.
Among the teams who marched to victory was the New York Red Bulls, who topped the Columbus Crew, 2-1, for a statement road victory. Meanwhile, the Fire also marched to victory, the team’s first, with a win over the Union.
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By FRANCO PANIZO
The U.S. Men’s National Team was on the way to an impressive victory, but a moment of frustration and indiscipline from one its most experienced players opened the door for some more second-half struggles.
A Jozy Altidore red card for dissent in the 68th minute left the Americans down a man, paving the way for a late Switzerland equalizer in an eventual 1-1 tie in Zurich. Brek Shea had opened the scoring for the Americans with a gorgeous free kick just before the end of the first half, but Altidore’s red card helped the Swiss pull level 10 minutes before the final whistle.
Valentin Stocker pushed home the equalizer at Stadion Letzigrund following a corner kick from the left, scoring the eighth goal the U.S. has surrendered in the final 10 minutes of their last eight games. The U.S. now has just one win in those matches.
By RYAN TOLMICH
Alejandro Bedoya played an unfamiliar role in last week’s U.S. Men’s National Team loss to Denmark. Though he held is own as a defensive midfielder, Bedoya showed on Tuesday against Switzerland why he’s more valuable for the U.S. in an attacking role.
Bedoya returned to his more familiar right wing role on Tuesday, and was the USMNT’s most polished player in Tuesday’s 1-1 draw with Switzerland. He contributed defensively, and helped create a handful of quality chances, which helped him earn SBI USMNT Man of the Match honors.
On the attacking end, Bedoya was among the team’s more creative options, combining well with right back Timmy Chandler to send in wave after wave of attack in the opening half. The best of Bedoya’s looks came in the 27th minute, when the midfielder centered a pass to Michael Bradley near the penalty spot for the USMNT’s best early look.
Bedoya’s attacking creativity, along with his work ethic on the defensive end, earned him recognition as SBI USMNT Man of the Match, beating out Brek Shea, Danny Williams and Timmy Chandler.
What did you think of Bedoya’s performance? Which player stood out to you in the USMNT’s draw with Switzerland?
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By ALAN CONDON
Liverpool will refuse to sell its most promising young talent Raheem Sterling this summer, despite contract negotiations dragging on since the start of October with no new deal in sight.
Liverpool head coach Brendan Rodgers has reaffirmed his intention to keep the youngster at Anfield, and will not consider a deal to sell him in the summer transfer window, with a number of clubs reported to be eyeing up a move.
Sterling’s current contract keeps him at Anfield until 2017 and talks to extend his stay until 2020 have been put on hold until the end of the season.
The 20-year-old was reportedly offered a contract of 100,000 pounds ($148,500) per week, a significant upgrade on his 35,000-pound wage. But Sterling reportedly wants 150,000 pounds per week which would put him among the top earners at the club.
Rodgers has repeatedly stated that he believes Liverpool can best develop Sterling, but the Reds feel no pressure to sell the winger and are determined not to pay him more than they feel he is worth.
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By RYAN TOLMICH
The U.S. Men’s National Team conceded a late lead once again last time out against Denmark, but Tuesday could be a time to make amends as the U.S. takes on a fierce European foe in the form of Switzerland (12 p.m., ESPN).
Jozy Altidore appeared as fierce as ever against the Danes, providing a goal and an assist, but the U.S. was undone by the work of forward Nicklas Bendtner.
Jurgen Klinsmann’s men face an even tougher test this time out in Switzerland, which will feature Inter Milan’s Xherdan Shaqiri, Napoli’s Gokhan Inler and Juventus’ Stephan Lichsteiner.
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