Category: U-20 World Cup

USA Crashes Out of U-20 World Cup: Can the MLS-USL PRO Partnership Help Fix the Continued Decline of US Youth Development?

This was supposed to be a different type of United States U-20 team. Managed by US Soccer legend Tab Ramos, the team has more professional players than its predecessors and is in the process of integrating a universal style advocated by Jürgen Klinsmann. The US crashed out of the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup with an embarrassing 4-1 defeat to Ghana, a defeat that could have been much worse had it not been for the stellar play of Southampton’s American goalkeeper Cody Cropper. This United States team, filled with players who have come from Major League Soccer academies or turned ... Read more

Take Me Out to the Ballgame – Week 29

After week 29 the numbers look like this…   5 year comparison   WK 29 205 GP YTD   Avg +/- GP Avg +/- Avg +/- GP  2005   18,417     6   15,959     15,108     192   2006   20,277   10.10%   6   16,235   1.73%   15,402   1.94%   192   2007   20,575   1.47%   7   16,587   2.17%   16,812   9.16%   195   2008   16,234   -21.10%   7   16,416   -1.03%   16,894   0.49%   195   2009   22,165   36.53%   7   15,878   -3.28%   15,868   -6.07%   205  YTD – 205 Games   Average Median %<10K %>20k  2005    15,959     14,450    16.20%   22.83%   2006    16,235     14,806    12.67%   24.49%   2007  ... Read more

US 0-3 Germany World Cup Match: Live Analysis

PREGAME: US National Team starters for today game on ESPN Classic: Perk, Mayen, Opara, Gale, Davies; Powers, Jeffrey, Mix; Shea, Ownby, Taylor Kyle Davies of FC Dallas (formely of Southampton) captains the US side. Listen to our recent interview with Miami FC and US starter defender Gale here. As always, reader interaction is encouraged! I wonder why the U-20s which captured the imagination of the football fans in the US two years ago is going largely un-noticed by some this go round? Could it be in 2009, our fans are further in the clutches of the British press who ignores ... Read more

U-20 World Cup Coverage at MLS Talk

The U-20 World Cup kicked off yesterday with host nation Egypt beating Trinidad & Tobago 4-1. The US kicks off Group C play tomorrow at 10 am ET versus Germany. All games in the U-20 World Cup can be seen on the ESPN family of networks. We will have live analysis on this website during and after every USA game of the Group Stage. The US schedule is as follows: 9/26  Germany   10 am ET 9/29 Cameroon  12:45 pm ET 10/2 South Korea 12:45 pm ET The US squad is as follows: Professional players in BOLD GOALKEEPERS (3): Sean Johnson (Central ... Read more

Vincenzo Bernardo Is A Free Agent But Will Major League Soccer Let Another Italian Get Away?

This past week it was officially announced that Vincenzo Bernardo had opted out of his contract with Italian Serie A club Napoli and is now a free agent. For some weeks there has been speculation that the New Jersey native, who joined Napoli’s primavera squad in 2006, would be coming to Major League Soccer; however, no MLS side has publically expressed a strong interest in signing the small but talented Italian-American midfielder/striker. Despite having success in practice matches against Napoli’s first squad, Bernardo was not getting call-ups from Napoli Coach Roberto Donadoni, who spent time playing for the New York/New ... Read more

US World Cup Squad Announced

US U-20 National Team coach Thomas Rongen announced his squad ahead of the upcoming U-20 World Cup in Egypt. Here is the squad. GOALKEEPERS (3): Sean Johnson (Central Florida; Lilburn , Ga. ), Josh Lambo (FC Dallas; Middleton , Wis. ), Brian Perk (UCLA; Rancho Santa Margarita , Calif. ) DEFENDERS (6): Gale Agbossoumonde ( Miami FC; Syracuse , N.Y. ), Kyle Davies (FC Dallas; Danville , Calif. ), Aaron Maund (Notre Dame; Dorchester , Mass. ), Ike Opara ( Wake Forest ; Durham , N.C. ), Anthony Wallace (FC Dallas; St. Petersburg , Fla. ), Sheanon Williams (Unattached; Boston ... Read more

US U-20 Star Signs with Miami FC

Gale Agbossoumonde will not be going overseas just yet. Two days after USL-1 rival Puerto Rico Islanders advanced in the Champions League, Miami FC has upgraded its squad just before making the trip to face the Islanders. Miami FC today signed the US U-20 team Central Defender who should fill in a key role as a defender for Thomas Rongen’s side in the upcoming U-20 World Cup. 17 year old Gale, played a major role in the qualifying tournament this spring, even though the final was aborted thanks to the Mexican Swine Flu outbreak. Miami FC is in desperate need ... Read more

The Ballad of Freddy Adu

Freddy Adu & Pele On Saturday in Monaco, A.S. Monaco beat Stade Rennes, 3 to 1, giving Monaco 40 points on the season thus far and securing a spot in the middle of the French Ligue 1 table. Sitting on Monaco’s bench, was one Freddy Adu, watching his team take on a Rennes’ squad that included the captain of the US National Team, Carlos Bocanegra. Despite suiting up on Saturday, Adu did not see any playing time. The apparently star-crossed story of Freddy Adu is familiar to most American soccer fans. Born in Ghana, Adu moved to the United States ... Read more