Seattle Sounders manager Brian Schmetzer was a delighted man after watching his team get a point against New England Revolution in the latest league match. The game may have finished as a goalless draw, but it marks a positive run to the recent away form. Seattle Sounders were in a difficult situation coming into this game, as they had gone through a poor run of three games without a win prior to starting a three-game sequence of just away matches.
Away form is certainly not one of the strong elements for Seattle Sounders, but they have picked up a win over Colorado Rapids and a draw with New England Revolution. As a result, Seattle will be extremely confident about picking up something from the upcoming game against Atlanta United, who are one of the strongest opponent in the MLS 2018 campaign. Halfway into the campaign, Seattle Sounders have picked up only 16 points from the 17 games. It does not bode well for the club’s push for a Championship title but it has to be recalled that Seattle Sounders barring a similar position for much of the 2017 season before coming in with a late flurry.
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Borussia Dortmund attacker Christian Pulisic is due to link up with the United States national team for the first time since their failure to qualify for the World Cup. The North American nation suffered a surprise lose to Trinidad & Tobago in their final qualifier game and this eventually cost them a place in the global tournament for the first time in eight editions.
Since then, Pulisic has been offered an extended break from the national side and he was excluded out of the recent international friendly against Paraguay in March. Speaking in a press conference, interim coach Dave Sarachan confirmed that Pulisic will rejoin his compatriots in training in May following Borussia Dortmund’s post-season friendly in the United States. Read more “Christian Pulisic To Rejoin USMNT Squad For The First Time Since November”
Schalke 04 midfielder Weston McKennie is hoping to prove his worth on the international stage with the USA national team after making himself a first-team regular in the Bundesliga this term. The 19-year-old, who recently recovered from a knee problem, played the entire 90 minutes during his club’s 1-0 triumph over Mainz, which ensured that the Royal Blues remained second behind run-away leaders Bayern Munich.
Speaking after the game, the Texas native was asked about his hopes of another a recall to the USA squad, to which he replied: “You never know because we have good people in the preliminary roster. We also have young people that are coming up that are always making an impact, making a statement whenever they do come in. It’ll be exciting if I do get the call-up. I hope I do, and if I do then I’ll prove I belong there.”
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Former Chelsea defender Ashley Cole has revealed his desire to extend his stay with LA Galaxy for an additional year. The ex-England international has been with the California-based club since his release from Italian side AS Roma in the winter of 2016.
In a report covered by The Mirror, Cole revealed his ambition to prolong his professional career with Galaxy despite approaching his 37th birthday. The ex-England international saw Galaxy finish rock-bottom of the Western Conference during the previous campaign but he is hoping that he can play a role in reversing their fortunes.
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Sam Allardyce has revealed that he would be interested in becoming the next head coach of the United States national side. The former England boss is out of work since his resignation from Crystal Palace last summer, and he has since held discussions with Everton over the vacant managerial post.
In a report covered by TalkSPORT, Allardyce admitted that he would consider succeeding Bruce Arena as United States’ new manager, although any potential deal will have to wait until the presidential election for the Soccer Federation is concluded in February, he said: “Yes, I would go I think, but I think there’s a president-elect in January [sic] which has stalled the process, so if I got the opportunity to speak to the U.S. then I would look forward to that.”
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Bruce Arena has claimed that he is expecting a difficult match against Panama when the United States travel to the away ground in order to get a victory that would place them in the World Cup 2018.
The United States come into the game after having failed to win the last two qualifiers. It was a major disappointment from the national team, as even the presence of manager Bruce Arena was unable to inspire the club towards success over weaker opponents like Costa Rica and Honduras. As a result, the national team have been made to wait with regard to reaching the World Cup 2018.
The top three teams from the CONCACAF region will be reaching the World Cup automatically while the fourth place team will have to enter into an intercontinental play-off and potentially risk the possibility of missing out on the tournament. Read more “Bruce Arena Expects Tough Match against Panama”
Paul Arriola has revealed that he had no issues about choosing DC United as his next club once he heard the advice of US national team manager Bruce Arena.
The former Tijuana Xolos midfielder is one of the latest signings for DC United, as the club hope to make their way up the table in the MLS. The 22-year-old is at the stage of his career where his next move could make or break his future. After having been with the Mexican club is up until now,Paul Arriola made the high profile switch to DC United. He is valued at around € 3 million following his latest move. The right-sided midfielder is a US international and has represented the national team in 11 matches – scoring two goals in the process.
Arriola says that he did not have to go for multiple names in order to seek an advice about a move to the MLS, as Bruce Arena was more than capable of providing the best possible solution. Read more “Bruce Arena HelpsPaul Arriola chose DC United”
Bruce Arena said that the United States Men National Soccer Team perform reasonably well in the draw against Venezuela but that there is room for improvement.
He said that the game was only a friendly match and this could be seen in the intensity of the game.
However, he admitted that the players would have to do better on set pieces as they did not appear to be confident on these type of actions.
Indeed the USA team conceded when they fail to defend a corner properly, and the ball was headed into the area. The defenders failed to defend properly, and it fell for Velazquez who managed to open the scoreline for Venezuela.
The opposition managed to get other opportunities on set pieces, and it is only the talent of Tim Howard that managed to keep them into the match.
Bruce Arena said that it was a difficult game as Venezuela defended well. They waited for the USA team to come to them, and they defended in numbers. He said that it was not an easy game and that they should be expecting the same thing in their World Cup qualifiers. Read more “USA team should improve”
Borussia Dortmund Christian Pulisic has expressed his admiration for the Premier League, but insisted that he is content to ply his trade in the German Bundesliga.
The USA international has made a huge leap over the past year or so, and he is now an integral part on the BvB setup.
Pulisic earned 43 outings for the Dortmund giants across all competitions last season while netting five goals in the process. He also helped the German outfit clinch their first silverware in nearly five seasons after they beat Eintracht Frankfurt by a 2-1 scoreline in the DFB-Pokal Cup final.
Speaking to NBC, Pulisic admitted that the Premier League had a huge influence on his style of play as it helped to nurture his interest in the beautiful game, he said: “It was the biggest league I followed as a kid and watched. The league has a lot of players, and teams, I liked in the Premier League. Right now, it is not something I am looking to get into immediately or anything like that. I am happy at Dortmund and I am excited for the rest of my career.” Read more “Christian Pulisic keen on Borussia Dortmund Stay”