Wondolowski States US Will Not Hold Back In World Cup

July 2nd, 2014

San Jose Earthquakes striker Chris Wondolowski has stated that the US national team will not be holding back against Belgium and will be going out to attack the Europeans. The US suffered a defeat against the Germans in the final group match. However, this defeat did not affect their chances at the World Cup since they had already qualified for the last 16 by the time the match completed. Portugal and Ghana were unable to take advantage of the defeat. Now, it is time for the US to wake up and think about reaching the quarter-finals of the World Cup 2014.

They will be coming up against a Belgium team, which have been inconsistent in the group stages. Prior to the start of the tournament, Belgium were considered as potential dark horses for the title. However, lack of upfront from striker Romelu Lukaku has been a major reason towards the team not firing on all cylinders. They are expected to be pumped up for the last 16 match against United States. Unlike against the Germans, Wondolowski says that the US will be looking to attack from the first whistle.

A major problem for the US has been keeping clean sheets. They have kept none in the group matches. Wondolowski says that the US are concentrating on improving the defence.

“Going into that game, there were a lot of scenarios where, if we didn’t get a win, we could still advance. Sometimes that creeps into your mind. We know going in against Belgium, there is no other outcome that can happen. We have to win. Whether it takes 90 minutes, 120 or penalties, we have to win. And that’s all we’re concentrating on. It’s definitely tough for anyone to play 90 minutes, especially in this heat and humidity,” said the San Jose Earthquakes forward.

Silve Pivotal For DC United

June 23rd, 2014

DC United have been one of the top teams in the MLS season. They have been top of the Eastern conference table for some time now and this has largely been due to the performances of midfielder Luis Silva. The midfielder scored only three goals last season, but he has already doubled his tally this campaign. He scored a hat-trick in just 45 minutes to match the goal record in 2013. His opening goal came after just six minutes, while his second came in the 39th minute. His field of a wonderful hat-trick with a penalty just before the half-time break.

The match ended in a 4-2 win for DC United over Montréal Impact. Even though their opposition have been struggling down near the foot of the table in the Eastern conference, this was seen as a tough match for DC United, as they hoped to maintain their position at the top of the table. Silva came in for the injured Eddie Johnson. He said that it is good that the manager showed faith in him and picked him to do this vital job in the team. DC United went through a massive overhaul of the squad in the 2013 season. Silva was one of the players who survived that.

“I think I had my spot at the beginning of the season, and it was obviously unfortunate that I got hurt. For me, it was good to get this second start [after returning from injury] and it feels amazing to be able to score and help my teammates get to first place. We had high expectations coming into the season. To be in first place is a blessing, I think. Obviously, everybody is excited – especially after last year, when we were in last place,” said the DC United midfielder about his form.

Torres Lets Down Rapids

June 2nd, 2014

Colorado Rapids have been unable to get the best out of striker Gabriel Torres this campaign. They seem to have understood that the poor run of form has to do with the fitness of the player. A recent scan showed that the player could be on the verge of suffering a muscle damage, which will likely to force him out for several weeks. Hence, the club are looking to give him some time off and hopes that he recovers from the injury.

Colorado Rapids have confirmed that the striker will miss the next three matches against the likes of Houston Dynamo, Monreal impact, and Chicago Fire. However, club coach Pablo Mastroeni is not happy with the fact that the striker has been called up for international duty during this period. After the recent 2-1 defeat at the hands of Real Salt Lake, Pablo Mastroeni said that he was not happy with performances of the striker, Torres. However, later scans revealed that the player has suffered from extensive effort in the first few matches of the season.

Torres could be back in action for Colorado Rapids only against FC Dallas – in June. The coach has revealed that the club are considering providing a specific training regime for the player in order to help him recover.

“It’s the kind of thing that could easily lead to an injury, and rather than risk that, we’d like to take the time to build him back up to full strength. Gaby is an incredibly important part of this team, a player who is in our plans for this season and years to come. In some muscle screening, we found a lot of propensity for increased muscle damage. So we feel like it’s a good time before he heads off for Panama to get him on a program and integrate him back into the team slowly,” said Mastroeni.

PROMISING START

May 7th, 2014

The start of the season appeared to be very promising for San Jose Earthquakes after the arrival of Yannick Djaló. The striker has already shown glimpses for what he can do to the attack of the team, but the 28-year-old has also shown his negative aspect as well.

The player has already missed a lot of action for his team due to muscular injuries. He was recently taken off after just 14 minutes in the 3-2 defeat against Vancouver Whitecaps. After the match, San Jose Earthquakes manager Mark Watson claimed that the injury troubles faced by Djaló is proving to be frustrating for the club. Read the rest of this entry »

KANSAS STRENGTHEN

March 13th, 2014

Sporting Kansas City have strengthened their midfield by bringing in Spaniard Antonio Dovale just ahead of the new MLS season. A total of eight international sports are available for Kansas City and they have used five of them so far. He is one of the players to have come through at the Barcelona youth academy, which is well-known as one of the best in the world. He played along with the likes of Giovanni Dos Santos, Bojan Krkic, and Thiago Alcantara during his youth days. Hence, this is a major coup for the club ahead of the new season.

The club has already been in one match of this new season. However, it ended in a 1-0 defeat against Seattle Sounders. The club will be hoping to put behind this poor start by revelling in the signing of Dovale. He has been playing in the top division of Spanish football since the 2011-12 season when his Celta de Vigo team managed to get promoted into the la Liga. He joined the club when they were playing in the second division. Sporting manager Peter Vermes praised the signing of the Spaniard by saying that his versatility will be key to the success of the club this campaign.

Dovale can play at central midfield and left back.

“We are happy to be able to add a player of his quality to our roster. He can play multiple positions within our system, and we hope that we can help him to adapt to our team and to Major League Soccer as quickly as possible,” said the club manager. “I am very excited to be in Kansas City. Sporting KC is a very ambitious and successful club and I look forward to helping them achieve their goals. My motivation is high to come here and improve as a player and help this club any way possible,” said Dovale.

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