Seattle Sounders get first win of the season in the Eastern Conference of the Major League Soccer [MLS]. The star player of the team, Clint Dempsey, scored the lone goal that separated the team and Montreal Impact in the fourth match of the MLS this season.
Sigi Schmid’s team would need more victories if they actually want to finish the season well as they are currently tenth on the log table. In the game against Montreal Impact, midfielder Andreas Ivanschitz and goal scorer Clint Dempsey switched roles. Dempsey dropped behind to strengthen the middle while Ivanschitz moved up into the left wing. Ivanschitz revealed that they have always switched positions before.
He said: “In the games before, we always switched positions. Sometimes, he was on the left wing and I was the second striker, so we just started different but in general it’s the same. I think step by step we are playing better together.”
Ahead of the game against Houston Dynamo, who are 8th on the table, the Sounders would need to dig deep to get their second win.
“Especially now this weekend it will be important how we defend as a team, how we organize ourselves, and be crucial when we have the ball and in the final third,” Ivanschitz added.
Striker Nelson Valdez was seen training aside the team. Coach Sigi Schmid said the striker picked up a knock during training earlier this week. He is still a doubt for the game against Houston Dynamo on Sunday. Continue reading →
The last time that Arsenal won the Premier League title was during the 2003-04 season and they managed to do this in a superb form as Arsene Wenger pushed his team to an undefeated season. Arsenal didn’t lose a single match of that season and after such an impressive accomplishment, the team was nicknamed as: ‘’The Invincibles’’.
There is no doubt whatsoever that this Arsenal team was the best one that the club has ever had in their history as it had superstar players including: Lehmann, Bergkamp, Henry, Pires, Viera, Gilberto and even the lesser known players managed to stand out in this season.
Arsenal enjoyed the time of their lives in this season but things began to fall apart after the 2003-04 was over and the Premier League club has failed to lift the league title or any other really big piece of silverware. It’s been over 10 years since Arsenal has won the Premier League title but Arsene Wenger believes that this drought will be reaching it’s end soon as the French manager is certain about having his best team since 2004.
Arsene Wenger voiced his confidence in the team that’s under his control as he said: “I believe we have the squad now to compete for the title. I am very happy with the squad I have, but we always look to strengthen. If that turns up, we will always look to strengthen. Chelsea won it by a margin last year, so they are the favorites. After that, let’s see how it goes. After the first 15 games, we will know more.”
The veteran manager is certain that he has a squad which is good enough to compete and make a genuine charge for the Premier League title but their start of the season has been a fairly underwhelming one as Arsenal lost their opening match of the season after losing against West Ham United. Continue reading →
The USA achieved some spectacular results during their recent trip to Europe and one of them came in the 2-1 win over Germany.
This came just days after beating Netherlands 4-3 in a highly thrilling encounter. Manager Jurgen Klinsmann says that these kind of results will give the national team a lot of confidence going into the big matches in big tournaments. The United States almost came close to reaching the quarter-finals of the World Cup 2014 before being knocked out by Belgium. It was seen as one of the finest performances from the team on a major stage.
Klinsmann has revolutionised the way the national team has been playing. They are now more capable of taking the big guns head on. Further, the former Bayern Munich star has also introduced a number of new names into the national team. They are seen as the future replacement for the likes of Tim Howard and Clint Dempsey. Both these players have been extremely influential at the international scene for USA, but they are fast approaching the end of their international careers. One name to make an impression in the recent friendlies was striker Bobby Wood. The 22-year-old scored the winner against Germany. Continue reading →
Bayern Munich executive board chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge says that US national team manager Jurgen Klinsmann could have remained in the Bayern Munich role for much longer had it not been for one little mistake by all parties involved.
The German has been attracting a lot of good press in the last six months for the excellent work that he has done with the US national team. Regarded as one of the minnows a few years ago, the US almost reached the quarter-finals of the World Cup after an excellent 2014 edition. This follows up with the success that the team has had in major international tournaments like the Confederations Cup.
Klinsmann still remains known for his excellent work with Germany in the 2006 World Cup. Even though the team did not win the title, it was seen as the resurgence of a once dominant force. Since then, Germany have never looked back and this culminated in the 2014 World Cup title.Rummenigge accepted that Klinsmann remains an excellent coach, but in hindsight he says that Bayern Munich should have appointed someone with experience about German football to guide the then-young Klinsmann at Bayern. Instead, Klinsmann opted for Mexican Martin Vasquez as his right-hand man. Continue reading →
If the United States national football team wants to make it further then then quarter-finals of a World Cup, a number of changes have to be made in order for the American side to have a genuine chance of lifting major trophies.
January camps can help in this process of figuring out which combination of players and which performer is ready to play in the big stage. JurgenKlinsmann has already established his training camp with 28 players who went to Carson, California and give a chance for fringe players to stand out and get their opportunity to impress the German coach who has a busy year ahead of him.
JurgenKlinsmann has to find the best team at his disposal that can play in the upcoming CONCACAF Gold Cup which kicks off in July and the fourth round of the World Cup qualifying which is expected to begin in November. Continue reading →