Football

McCarthy’s Musings: Directness and precision prompt U.S. dominance over Honduras

Klinsmann has shown the dexterity to alter his formation and use different players to extract the best performances out of his squad in this tournament. His decision to stick with the successful 4-4-2 setup – complete with the often criticized and quietly influentialKyle Beckerman in central midfield – and start Eddie Johnson up top reaped significant dividends against a Honduras outfit ill-equipped to cope with the problems presented by those selections.

Johnson made particular sense in this match because he offered the Americans a chance to stretch the field vertically. He offers decent hold up work as a nominal target player, but his true strength remains pushing behind the opposing line and relying on his pace to unsettle opposing defenses. His immediate contribution against El Salvador on Sunday mandated his inclusion tonight. And his work on the evening – combined with the willingness to play narrowly on the shoddy and tight temporary surface at Cowboys Stadium – ultimately exposed the weakness within the Honduras ranks.

Honduras coach Luis Fernando Suárez left out most of his regulars for this tournament and shunted a few of his remaining pieces into unfamiliar areas to form his 4-2-3-1 formation. The absences ofVictor Bernárdez, Roger Espinoza and Wilson Palacios proved particularly harmful on this night as the Hondurans prepared to deal with Johnson and the robust American approach. That particular trio adds the resolve and the steel necessary to deal with the combined threat of an in-form Landon Donovan buzzing around and Johnson trying to push through the defense.

In their stead, the Hondurans completely collapsed when confronted with direct play from back to front. Donovan dropped off at will to pull the rearguard apart. Johnson operated as a target man from time to time and surged through the line frequently against a back four ill-equipped to cope with the movement and the power presented by the Americans on the night.

Johnson registered the opener through a streamlined move through the middle of the park. Clarence Goodson played the ball into Donovan’s checking run back into midfield. Donovan flicked through to catch out the stagnant Honduran rearguard. Johnson then raced behind the line and slotted home to open the scoring after just 11 minutes.

At that point in the affair, Honduras should have adjusted to the threat created by the American willingness to bypass the midfield at times and pile pressure on the back four with vertical balls. Most of the fault lays with the center defenders – Osman Chávez endured a torrid night when his experience should have helped to guide him through – for failing to communicate properly and rectifying at least a portion of those concerns with better positioning.

The second goal reinforced the themes introduced by the first. Johnson flicked a direct ball out of the back toward the back line. Alejandro Bedoya – perhaps in his most influential match in a U.S. shirt – beat his marker to the pass and shuffled it toward Donovan in the middle. And Donovan produced a goal of sublime quality – a cushioned trap off the chest and an instinctual flick with the outside of his foot – to cap off the move.

Honduras somehow managed to survive the remainder of the half without conceding and then switched its personnel at halftime. Suarez sent Marvin Chávez and Jerry Palacios into the fray to give his side more menace going forward, but the American dominance in possession – keeping the ball when required and then using it effectively to create chance after chance – blunted their influence.

Chavez did impact the game from a set piece to arrange the last meaningful sequence of the match. The San Jose winger exploited the Americans’ continued weakness on set pieces with a teasing service from the right. The unmarked Nery Medina headed home to inject some modest doubt into the proceedings. It lasted for less than a minute as another Goodson longball over the top, another pass from Bedoya and another finish from Donovan restored the two-goal lead in short order and scuttled any lingering thoughts about a Honduras revival.

It never looked likely anyway, given the cohesiveness and the menace conjured by the Americans on the night. Klinsmann correctly identified the Honduran weakness with his team selection and watched his players feast on that soft core time and time again. The entire display oozed confidence and reinforced the now pervasive notion that the United States will enter the final as the favorite. Klinsmann will have one or two concerns to address – including his own availability for the match after his late dismissal – before the encounter, but he can take ample encouragement from this display as the preparations for Sunday’s final in Chicago commence.

RD Bring U-23 Players to Fight Chelsea

National Team Agency (BTN) released the list of Indonesia’s squad for the exhibition match against Chelsea at the Bung Karno Main Stadium, Senayan, Jakarta, Thursday (25/7). A total of 22 players called up to face Frank Lampard et al.
Indonesian squad against Chelsea in contrast to the previous two games, each against Arsenal and Liverpool. In such a position coach, Rahmat Darmawan plotted to deal with the team name Indonesia BNI All-Stars.
Existence RD, greeting Rahmat Darmawan, not without cause. BTN is specializing match against Chelsea, to give opportunity to the U-23 national team players, who trained RD. A total of 11 U-23 national team players will be included, while the remaining 11 are senior national team players.
The players BNI Indonesia All-Stars lodged at Hotel JW Marriot. According to the plan, the players will be doing exercises on field Soetasoma 77, Halim Perdana Kusuma, Monday (22/7) evening. It became the first practice for penggawa Indonesia, before on 23 and 24 July, Rahmat Darmawan foster children in SUGBK practice. [Bnt]
The following 22 players BNI Indonesia All-Stars:
1. Kurnia Meiga Story – Arema
2. Hasim Kipuw – Arema
3. Sanjaya Pellu Ahmad Rizki – PBR
4. Bayu Sanggiawan Slot – Persisam
5. Egi Melgiansyah – Arema
6. Rashid Assahid Bakri – PSM
7. Andik Vermansyah – Persebaya 1927
8. Hendra Adi Bayauw – Semen Padang
9. Syamsir Alam – DC United
10. Agung Supriyanto – Persijap Jepara
11. Seftia Hadi – Mitra Kukar
12. Muhamad Roby – Persisam
13. Victor Chukwuekezie Igbonefo – Arema
14. Raphael Guillermo Eduardo Maitimo – Mitra Kukar
15. Ruben Karel Sanadi – Roma
16. Ahmad Bustomi – Mitra Kukar
17. Ferdinand Sinaga – Persisam
18. Titus Bonai – Semen Padang
19. Ajisaka – PSS
20. Purwaka Yudhi – Arema.
21. Hamka Hamsah – Mitra Kukar
22. Greg Nwokolo – Arema

Olympic athletes become ‘Victims Twitter’ again

London – Michel Morganella, sport of football athletes from Switzerland, will no longer appear in the 2012 Olympics. He crossed the booms due to a nuanced Swiss racism on Twitter.

After Switzerland defeated South Korea 1-2 in a match Sunday (07/29/2012) and then, Morganella were certainly disappointed over losing his singing on his Twitter account.

That became a problem, which is addressed to chirp contents stronghold South Korea is not only rude but also nuanced racism. Morganella then reportedly already deleted the tweet, but the investigation is still being done. Moreover, the Swiss media have also been busy preaching chirp 23-year-old athlete.

In the process, chairman Gian Gilli contingent Swiss Olympic team ensures that Morganella has lost his right to appear at the 2012 Olympics with Switzerland. He could no longer automatically defend Switzerland for the match against Mexico on Wednesday (1/8).

“He is discriminating, insulting, and degrading of the South Korean football team and the South Korean people,” said Gilli told Football Italia.

Morganella itself is the second athlete in the 2012 Olympics after the team returned catapult inappropriate chirp on Twitter. Previous Greek athlete Voula Papachristou also suffered a similar fate due to mocking African immigrants.

Honda refused Barca for Milan?

AC Milan CEO Ernesto Bronzetti confirmed that CSKA Moscow star Keisuke Honda to join the Rossoneri.
Men are also members of the club Milan was even claimed Japan 27-year-old star has rejected the proposal of Barcelona.
“Tonight after their League matches (Russian league) He will speak with CSKA president to tell him that she wanted to go,” said Ernesto on Sky Sport Italia.
“They want to keep him for the Champions League, but he only wants to join Milan,” he claims.
“He even turned down a move to Barcelona.”
Although constantly linked with Milan but about the value of the transfer is still an obstacle displacement Honda, Milan even mentioned going to wait until the January transfer window when the contract is completed the player which means Honda are going to Italy for free.

Official Fulham Purchased Entrepreneur USA

Majority shareholder of the Formula One Group, CVC, choose to “watch and wait” bribery-related cases being attacked President and CEO of F1, Bernie Ecclestone.

Previously, German prosecutors indict Ecclestone bribery. The charges relate to the payment of 44 million U.S. dollars to a German banker, Gerhard Gribkowsky, from Bayern Landesbank (BayernLB) related to the sale of shares of Formula 1. Ecclestone party has six weeks to respond, since the indictment was launched last week.

Last week also, CVC issued a formal statement will monitor this case. This week, the source of the CVC told the Daily Telegraph that they support the 82-year-old British entrepreneur is.

Shahid Khan, a U.S. businessman of Pakistani origin, has completed the purchase of Premier League club Fulham from Mohamed Al Fayed who has had it for 16 years.

This purchase makes Khan a U.S. businessman who has a sixth Premier League club. 62 years old man of Pakistani descent is a successful businessman auto parts in Uncle Sam who also have American football club Jacksonville Jaguars since 2011.

“Fulham is a great club and came at the right time for me,” Khan said via the club’s official website.

“I want to clarify, I do not see myself as the owner of Fulham, but rather as representing the club guard fans.”

“My priority is to make sure the club and Craven Cottage has a bright future in the Premier League by the fans to be proud of in the past as well as future generations.”

“We will deal with the club’s financial and operational careful and attentive, and looked at the development of young players as well as community programs as an important element for the future of Fulham.”

Milan Reject Samp For Niang

AC Milan reported to have rejected a proposal from another Italian club Sampdoria in an attempt to get M’Baye Niang this summer.
Previous word got out that the young French striker will join Bluerchiati in summer more often in order to get a chance to play in the first team.
But the latest news is mentioned M’Baye Niang will remain at San Siro this season going into the squad because of the need for a return to Milan in the Champions Champins through qualifying.

Train MU, Moyes Confessing Shadowed Concerns

Melbourne – David Moyes did not deny that there is a sense of fear of failure related to his position as manager of Manchester United. But at the same time he was also sure that the work at the Red Devils right for her.

The big challenge awaits Moyes after he was appointed as the new manager of Manchester United replace Sir Alex Ferguson. Scottish man was required to continue the winning tradition of the Red Devils who have won so much success with Fergie.

Worry about that arise, Moyes does not deny it. But the taste is actually used as motivation to strive for the best results.

“There is always an element of fear that comes along when you become a manager of a club like Manchester United. It makes you continue to work, it makes you focus and keeps you focused on them,” Moyes said in The Sun.

Even so, the 50-year-old coach believes that Manchester United is the right job for him. He was hoping to meet the expectations upon him.

“All the people who receive this work will have doubts. But in my own way I tell if this is the right job for me at the right time and hopefully I can run it.”

“I do not say that everything will go smoothly, but I feel comfortable with my position,” said Moyes.

Jose Mourinho Respect Contract In Chelsea

Jose Mourinho Hormati Kontrak Di Chelsea

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho insists he had no intention of leaving Stamford Bridge to return to FC Internazionale.

Previously, Inter president Massimo Moratti said that Mourinho will return to the Nerazzurri in the next three years. Despite loving the club given the treble in 2010, Mourinho was that it had no intention of returning the Giuseppe Meazza.

When asked by reporters who also attended Goal Indonesia about it on the sidelines of the team’s training at the Bung Karno Main Stadium in Jakarta, Mourinho replied: “Nothing.”

“I love Inter. I have a good relationship with the club, players, and Moratti. I have an emotional connection with every my former club. ”

“But return to Inter is not my intention. My attention is now fixed at Chelsea. I have a four-year contract with Chelsea. If Moratti said I would be back in three years, that’s not true. ”

“I want to honor my contract here [Chelsea]. I want to stay at Chelsea. If I can last longer, then it became my ambition. “

Spanish trio Possible First game Absent in Chelsea

Spanish-owned three Chelsea players, likely will miss their first game in the Premier League. Fernando Torres, Juan Mata, and Cesar Azpilicueta, its power will be used by the Spanish national team to face Ecuador on 14 August 2013.

All three will be flown to London 24 hours before the first match against Hull City Blues held on August 18, 2013. Highly unlikely if all three matches to play after passing an international level adjacent and fly in a relatively long journey time.

“For a list of players that will be deployed against Hull, I will specify in the two days before the opening match was held. Due to their list of players to rely on the defense of the national team,” said the Chelsea manager, Jose Mourinho as reported by the Guardian.

“I’m not going to let them play with the physical condition is not good. They will do the grueling trip from Ecuador for 15 hours,” he continued.

Currently they also are not included in Chelsea’s pre-season tour in Thailand and Indonesia. Three players are still going off after defending Spain in the 2013 Confederations Cup.