Ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, ESPN has provided a new U.S.-centric commercial for their coverage featuring the USMNT supporters group the American Outlaws entitled "I Believe."
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GLENDALE, Ariz. – Tendonitis in Landon Donovan’s knee led the LA Galaxy star to be a shock omission from the U.S. National Team starting lineup for their 2-2 draw against Mexico.
What Donovan jokingly described as “old man issues,” helped lead to contribute to a poor training session by the Galaxy midfielder according to head coach Jurgen Klinsmann leading the U.S. boss to leave him on the substitutes’ bench for the start of the match.
“He had no tempo in his training sessions, he had no kind of higher pace, higher rhythm, he didn’t take people on, so I sat him down [Wednesday] morning and we actually went through his training session yesterday,” said Klinsmann. “I told him based on what I saw the last three days, ‘I can’t leave [Chris Wondolowski] out there because Wondo deserves after two goals against South Korea. He’s working so hard.’
“[Donovan] understood it.” Klinsmann added, ‘[He said,] Yeah, I didn’t have good training sessions and I have a little bit of issues with my knee,’ and I told him, ‘You’re ready coming off the bench.’ He was ready; he came off the bench, so no problem at all.”
Once he came on in the 59th minute, Donovan did not look out of sorts as he made several dangerous runs up field as he attempted to kick start the U.S. offense amid a dominating second half showing by El Tri.
“I felt good tonight. It was nice to get some minutes on the field, obviously, I wanted to start the game, but circumstances didn’t allow that,” said Donovan. “It was fun to be a part of this game and another great game between these two teams.
“When I’m healthy and I train, I train well. This week, I had some tendinitis and I couldn’t play the way that I want to,” he said. “It was good to back off a little bit and still get some minutes tonight.”
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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Dos a cero.
Chris Wondolowski put the United States up 2-0 with his clinical finish off a Tony Beltran cross.
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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The matches between the United States and Mexico does not need attention, but Wednesday's match will get significant publicity as it may be the U.S. debut of Bayern Munich wunderkind Julian Green.
The addition of Green -- a former hockey star -- to the USMNT fold has been a hot button issue in the American soccer circles prompting considerable hype of a player that SB Nation's Ryan Rosenblatt labels "the best prospect that the USA has ever had." Prior to the match, Green did not speak to the media, but U.S. captain Clint Dempsey and head coach Jurgen Klinsmann each said that he has acclimated well to the team ahead of the Mexico match.
Ahead of the Mexico match, Green spoke to the federation's website about switching to the United States.
LAGalaxy.com has created a "By The Numbers" graphic ahead of the U.S. National Team's match against Mexico on Wednesday.
Myself and the rest of the LAGalaxy.com will be providing coverage throughout the match live from Arizona.
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One of my favorite parts of the lead up of a World Cup is the gradual unveil of each nations kits and on Tuesday, the U.S. National Team unveiled their away uniform for the upcoming 2014 FIFA World Cup.
The jersey features a blue, white and red pattern and will be used by both the U.S. Men's and Women's team. U.S. Soccer's announcement comes on heels of their reveal of the primary kit which is a white polo kit with understated blue stripes down the jersey.
Below is a photo produced by U.S. Soccer of Los Angeles-based musical act Haim in the kits.
Thoughts on the jersey? Will you be going through the Wire to make it your favorite "Forever?"
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.
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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.