Will We See An Alternate World Cup In The USA Next Summer?

There are reports that US Soccer is planning an alternative to next summer’ World Cup, featuring teams that failed to qualify for Russia 2018.

The list of nations missing from next summer’s tournament includes the Americans, Holland, Chile, Ivory Coast, Cameroon and Ghana as well as the Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

There are always big names always that miss out on qualifying for the World Cup, but this year’s qualification campaign has been especially brutal.

Bruce Arena Quits After USA World Cup Fiasco

Bruce Arena has resigned as the U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team head coach following the disastrous 2-1 defeat at the hands of 99th-ranked Trinidad & Tobago. A result, along with Panama’s victory over Costa Rica, meant that the Americans will not nbe playing in next summer’s World Cup in Russia.

This ends Arena’s second stint as head coach of the USMNT, which began in November when Jurgen Klinsmann was fired in November.

He confirmed the news in a statement released by US Soccer on Friday.

USA and Mexico Name Preliminary Roster Ahead of CONCACAF Playoff

Ahead of the massive USA v Mexico showdown on October 10 at the Rose Bowl, both coaches have announced their 35 and 32-man rosters

For the United States, there’s nothing too out of the ordinary in Klinsmann’s selections. Familiar faces such as Michael Bradley, Clint Dempsey, and Jozy Altidore are present as is the New England Revolution’s Lee Nguyen, who is one of MLS’s hottest players at the moment.

In addition to Dempsey, who missed this month’s friendlies versus Peru and Brazil as he recovered from a hamstring injury, Fabian Johnson and DeMarcus Beasley have also been recalled after missing the two friendlies also.

Different Venue Same Score: USA 2 Mexico 0

Dos-A-CeroThe USA continued their mastery of their biggest rivals with another 2-0 win over Mexico, the ninth USA victory over Mexico by that score line since 2000.

With Jozy Altidore suspended, Jurgen Klinsmann had the opportunity to look at some new attacking options, and youth was well served as youngsters Jordan Morris and scored both goals.

Morris provided some moments of encouragement in an otherwise dull first half between two teams below full strength. Mexico had the best opportunity of the first half, when five minutes before the break Gerardo Flores’s cross to the near post was sent wide by Eduardo Herrera.

Berti Vogts Handed USA Role – Why?

Berti-VogtsBerti Vogts has been appointed as a technical advisor to the USA national team, a decision that is totally baffling to me.

Vogts had a storied playing career as he helped then West Germany win the 1974 World Cup. Then as a a coach he guided Germany t0 the UEFA EURO 96 title. But since then it has been all downhill, wirth failed coaching stops in Kuwait, Scotland, Nigeria and Azerbaijan.

The reason for Voghts being hired is his close relationship with tone deaf US coach Jurgen Klinsmann, who was captain of the Germany side which won the European Championship under Vogts 19 years ago. Klinsmann is quoted as saying about the Vogts hiring:

Is The USA Progressing Under Klinsmann?

Jurgen KlinsmannNicklas (Lord) Bendtner scored his first international hat trick, as the USA once again could not hold onto a lead late in the game, as Denmark rallied to beat the Americans 3-2 in a friendly game at Aarhus, Denmark on Wednesday night.

Jozy Altidore scored in the first half and set up former club teammate Aron Johannsson’s goal in the second. But Bendtner tied the score in the 83rd minute and got the winner in the first minute of stoppage time. Christian Eriksen looped a ball over the defense and Bendtner ran onto it, took a touch and beat goalkeeper Nick Rimando from 15 yards for his 29th goal in 65 international appearances.

Controversy As Cristiano Ronaldo Wins Ballon d’Or

Ronaldo-Ballon-DoRCristiano Ronaldo has won the 2013 FIFA Ballon d’Or award, which is given each year to the top-performing soccer player in the world, after a stunning year that saw him score an astonishing 69 goals in 59 games.

Ronaldo claimed the award with a total of 1,365 points, ahead of Lionel Messi (1,205) and Franck Ribery (1,127), with the votes cast by 184 coaches, 184 national captains and 173 members of the global media.

Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane To Take The Republic Of Ireland

MON and Roy KeaneTwo of the most passionate Irishmen in world football have agreed to take over the reigns for the Republic of Ireland, a move that will either inspire a nation or lead to a lot of spilled Guinness.

The Football Association of Ireland (FAI) have confirmed that Martin O’Neill will become the new manager of the Republic of Ireland, replacing the departed Giovanni Trapattoni while former Ireland captain Roy Keane will be his assistant.

Galatasaray Hire Roberto Mancini

Mancini-GalaAnother sign of the intent that Galatasaray have on becoming one of Europe’s elite teams, on Monday they announced the hiring of Roberto Mancini to replace the sacked Fatih Terim.

Mancini has signed a three-year deal with the Turkish giants worth a reported €3.5m for this season plus an additional €4.5m for each of the next two seasons. The former Man City boss will reportedly earn a €300,000 bonus if the club win the Turkish title and reach the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals.

Defending Turkish champions Galatasaray spent big 18 months ago on the likes of Didier Drogba, Wesley Sneijder, Felipe Melo and Hamit Altintop and that investment paid off with a championship.

Spurs, Man City and Chelsea Win In Capital One Action

capitalonecupThere were no big surprises Tuesday night as the big guns in the Premier League entered the Capital One Cup.

Spurs thumped Barclays Premier League rivals Aston Villa 4-0 with Jermain Defoe scoring twice and Paulinho and Nacer Chadli also hitting the target.

Manchester City continued where they left off in Sunday’s 4-1 drubbing of Manchester United by putting five past FA Cup holders Wigan. Stevan Jovetic was on target twice, scoring his first goals for the club, while Edin Dzeko, Yaya Toure and Jesus Navas also struck in the 5-0 rout at the Etihad Stadium.