The new LA Galaxy jersey will be revealed later today, but first the U.S. National Team unveiled their new primary kit for the upcoming FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
The kit, which will be worn by both the USMNT and the U.S. women's team, features an all-white design with gray horizontal pinstripes throughout the body and the sleeves. Meanwhile, on the inside of the back collar is a blue pennant design that features the 13 stars from the original American flag.
The jersey will be available world-wide on Wednesday, but is already for sale at Nike stores and nike.com on preorder.
Check it out below.
The U.S. National Team's match with Ukraine is going forward, but will take place in the Mediterranean nation of Cyprus, U.S. Soccer announced on Tuesday.
Recent political upheaval in Ukrainian capital of Kiev led to major doubts about the status of the U.S. match with the Ukranian national team in Kharkiv on March 5
“After discussions with the Ukrainian Football Federation, we have decided not to play in Ukraine on March 5 and are planning to move the match to a city in Cyprus," U.S. Soccer said in statement. "We are in the final stages of discussions with Ukraine and the Cyprus Football Association to determine the location and kickoff time. We hope to have confirmation on all the match details by Wednesday.”
Last Saturday, Galaxy attacker Landon Donovan -- who may be called up for the match -- told reporters that the match had little importance due to the scale of the human tragedy.
“Forget about a soccer match,” Donovan said. “I come from more of a human-rights perspective, so I'm not worried about a soccer game when that stuff's going on. ... Hopefully, it all gets sorted out and people don't continue to lose lives. That's sad.”
The match against the Ukraine will be the Americans final friendly in Europe before this summer's World Cup in Brazil.
ESPN announced their broadcast schedule for the 64 matches in this summer's 2014 FIFA World Cup on Monday.
ESPN will broadcast 43 matches, ESPN2 will air 11 games while ABC will televise 10 matches during the month-long tournament which will run from June 12 to July 13. All of the matches will be broadcasted live, in high definition and all will be available on ESPN's online service WatchESPN. Prior to each match, ESPN will host a 30-minute pregme show, halftime show and a post-match segments for each fixture. ESPN will also air a review show "World Cup Tonight" to recap the evening's action from Brazil.
Each of the three group matches for the United States will be broadcast on ESPN while Mexico's opener against Cameroon will be aired on ESPN2 before they take on Brazil and Croatia on ESPN.
CARSON, Calif. – The U.S. National Team completed their tenth January camp in Carson on Saturday with a 2-0 victory over Korea Republic, but before next year’s 11th edition changes may be coming.
Following a Chris Wondolowski-fueled victory over Korea, U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann noted that he may hit the reset button on the camp in 2015. In particular, Klinsmann stated that while this particular camp was vital for his team with the 2014 FIFA World Cup on the horizon, future January camps may have a different a different makeup.
“Maybe in the future…it’ll be more likely used as a developmental camp. Maybe we cut it down to younger players and see how we can develop those younger players because it shouldn’t be our job to cut their season shorter and get them fit, that’s actually the job of MLS,” said Klinsmann in his press conference following the U.S. victory. “I always mention that I would like to see the MLS season getting lengthened now we’re going to get more teams in 2015, so hopefully that happens.
“We will kind of rethink the January camp in a non-World Cup year,” Klinsmann added. “Maybe we change some things with this camp because of the possibility of looking at the next generation of players coming through the ranks.”
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CARSON, Calif. – Jose Villarreal made his first appearance in a Cruz Azul kit on Saturday as he scored a goal for the team’s U-20 side in a 1-1 draw with the Chivas de Guadalajara U-20’s.
Villarreal’s goal came five minutes into the match and comes less than a week after he made his first appearance for the team as a whole in a friendly against a non-professional team from the Mexican Armed Forces.
The Galaxy attacker was joined in the lineup by San Diego-native Michael Farfan who also made his first showing for the Cruz Azul U-20 side.
CARSON, Calif. – The U.S. National Team got off to a winning start in 2014 with a 2-0 victory against Korea Republic in front of a capacity crowd of 27,000 at StubHub Center.
Chris Wondolowski scored two goals in the victory, tallying in the fourth and 60th minute for the Americans. Both LA Galaxy players Landon Donovan and Omar Gonzalez each went 90 minutes for the U.S. in the win.
The pro-American crowd at StubHub Center did not get a chance to see former Galaxy striker Mike Magee who did not make the game day roster due to food poisoning. There was one other local connection as Real Salt Lake midfielder Luis Gil of Garden Grove made his debut for the U.S. in the 75th minute of the victory.
The U.S. National Team return to action on March 5 when they take on Ukraine in Kharkiv.
The U.S. press conference is below...
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On Saturday, the Jurgen Klinsmann coached U.S. National Team will take on Hong Myung-Bo's Korea Republic at StubHub Center, but it is not the first meeting between the two international legends.
Klinsmann and Myung-Bo faced off was on June 24, 1994 when Klinsman's Germany defeated Korea Republic 3-2 at the group stage match at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas. In the match, Klinsmann tallied two goals -- beating the former Galaxy defender twice -- to lead Germany to an early three goal lead before Korea Republic roared back with two late goals, Myung-Bo tallying the final strike in the German victory.
Watch the video below.
CARSON, Calif. – Omar Gonzalez is growing into his own as a member of the U.S. National Team, but according to U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann, he’s still got plenty of work to do before this summer’s World Cup in Brazil.
Gonzalez was named to the U.S. squad earlier this month after solidifying his place on the national team with 14 appearances in 2013. During his formative year with the squad, Gonzalez formed a solid partnership with Sporting Kansas City defender Matt Besler that Klinsmann himself sees as a center back pairing for the future.
“From a coaches’ perspective, you want to see a development of players: over a season and across a number of years. With Matt and Omar, you’ve seen them mature,” said Klinsmann in his final press conference before the Americans’ match against Korea Republic on Saturday. “They’ve become calmer; they’ve become more responsible and have really grown into their own feet.”
But due to the duo’s relative inexperience, the job is hardly finished.
In particular, Klinsmann wants to see much better possession from his defenders and prevent the type of reliance on long balls up field that had been a staple of U.S. teams in years past.
“Their biggest challenge is to be ahead of things and to be alert while not allowing mistakes because mistakes at an international level will be punished, and the team will go home,” said Klinsmann. “This is something that we tell every position but especially on the back line because you can’t make mistakes at an international level. You have to be on top of your game for 90 minutes and not make passing mistakes in the defensive area because the transition is going to happen so quickly from those teams that we’ll be facing this year.
“We don’t want to see balls played long because [they] don’t know what to do and [they’re] getting closed down, we want them to stay calm and find the solution.”
The U.S. National Team held their first training session at StubHub Center on Monday after returning from a near two-week World Cup "dry run" at their base for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Sao Paulo.
U.S. boss Jurgen Klinsmann addressed the media ahead of the U.S. match against Korea Republic on Feb 1. Following the training session, U.S. Soccer revealed that more than 23 thousand tickets have been sold for the match.
Klinsmann's comments are below.
(On the U.S. National Team's training camp in Brazil....)
KLINSMANN: "I think that it was really helpful for the team, but also for everyone involved in U.S. Soccer to experience our team base hotel in Sao Paulo, to train at the Sao Paulo FC facility, to meet the people and get around the city. I personally went to Natal, Recife, and Manaus, and we have a better picture of what to expect and what will challenge us. It’s not going to be all perfect and we have to be patient and tolerant with things, but if we know that in advance and adjust it mentally then there is no problem at all.”
(On whether he has any concerns about the facilities in Manaus…)
KLINSMANN: “Before a draw you say if I can avoid playing there and playing under those conditions it would be nice, but once the draw was done there were no complaints from our end because both teams will have to play under the same circumstances. It’s going to be hotter than other places, but the [city] itself is absolutely gorgeous. To be in Manaus is an experience and therefore, I want the players to take it all because this is something unique. The people are excited to host World Cup games. [The city] offers a different face of Brazil and that is what the World Cup is about to see the different faces of a country, and Manaus is one of those different faces. I’m really looking forward to it. The stadium is gorgeous, they still have some issues with the training sights, hotels or whatever, but that’s where we have to adjust. Overall, it’s been very helpful that you go there to meet the people and talk to them.”
(On whether there are more players who could make the World Cup roster after the January camp…)
KLINSMANN: “The good thing about this camp is that we have more guys who can widen the pool. I’ve told these guys that in soccer so many things happen in a short amount of time so it is a lot about timing and how you prepare yourself a couple of months before a big tournament happens, and how you show up on the field. Then God forbid, other things happen with injuries or whatever, so the door is always open until May when we cut it down to 23 guys.”
(On whether he feels like he's running out of time to prepare for the World Cup...)
KLINSMANN: “I never feel like I’m running out of time. You need timelines and deadlines are always good. The first game is in June and that’s a great deadline because it is what we’re looking for. Then you adjust everything that you do if things don’t work out or there is an injury or whatever, we’ll make an adjustment and make the best out of it. The excitement just gets a little bit bigger because we see the light at the end of the tunnel. We’ve been to Brazil, we feel prepared and now we’re going to follow the players in all their different club teams and see how they’re doing over the next couple of months.”
(On the injury status of Fabian Johnson…)
KLINSMANN: “The surgery is done. He has a couple of screws in there, but that’s all good. He wants to play on Saturday and I think that he’ll be allowed to play on Saturday.”
(On what he expects from Korea Republic....)
KLINSMANN: “I think that it is the game at the end of January camp that you want to see the players implement the things that we worked on over these three and a half weeks…In a World Cup year and against a World Cup opponent, it’s something that they can match themselves with. [Korea Republic is] a pretty good team, I think that Costa Rica already experienced that because they had absolutely no chance against them the other day. We get a nice bench mark for the group and then we will go forward from there.”
(On the status of Jermaine Jones, who is looking to move away from German club Schalke…)
KLINSMANN: “We've been in contact; he hasn't solved his situation yet. He obviously has a deadline 31st of January that his people are working on, and with his club, they have a clear understanding that he is looking for a new club. ... It's now the 27th. So he has four more days and then, hopefully, he presents a solution there… Every player that doesn't have a solution right now on the table is a concern, absolutely. So we want him to solve it, but he's kind of used to these kind of situations ... and every time he solves it. So he has to solve it, obviously, this time as well. He has to do that within the next four days. We're in touch and we're positive that he finds a good solution and then gets back on the field and play. Because that's what we need the players to do”
USMNT makes roster changes after returning from Brazil, Korea Republic defeats Costa Rica at LA Coliseum
The U.S. National Team returned to the StubHub Center from Brazil “dry run” with a few subtractions and a new face, U.S. Soccer announced on Friday.
Jurgen Klinsmann’s side will be without Colorado Rapids defenders Shane O’Neill and Chris Klute, Sporting Kansas City defenders Chance Myers and Seth Sinovic, and Houston Dynamo goalkeeper Tally Hall who were sent back to their respective clubs. However, Klinsmann added new Columbus Crew defender Michael Parkhurst to the roster. The U.S. will face Korea Republic on Feb. 1 at StubHub Center.
Prior to leaving Brazil, Galaxy forward Landon Donovan spoke to media about the Americans prospects at the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the opportunity to train at former training ground of his LA teammates Juninho and Leonardo.
“I play in Los Angeles with two players from Sao Paulo, Leonardo and Juninho. They spoke a lot about Sao Paulo before we got here. They said it’s beautiful here and that we would like it a lot. Everything they said has been correct,” Donovan told reporters. “We are staying in a beautiful part of the city. We walk around in the afternoon and the people are very friendly. We feel safe here, we feel accepted here, and it’s been very nice to have a couple weeks to adapt to what it’s going to be like this summer.”
While the U.S. returned from South America and made changes to their roster, Korea Republic defeated Costa Rica 1-0 on Saturday at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Kim Shin-wook scored the lone goal in a testy match between the two World Cup-bound nations that saw two Costa Ricans sent off.
Korea will now travel to San Antonio, Texas for their match with Mexico at the Alamo Dome on Wednesday before returning to face the U.S. on Saturday. Highlights of their victory over Costa Rica are below.