USA Opens 2014 WC Qualifying with Strong, but Puzzling Roster

Dempsey headlines the roster that will open 2014 WC qualification

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Clint Dempsey’s Fulham Falls Just Short of European Glory

The Europa League final required extra time to find a resolution, an outcome that ended up extinguishing a dream run by Fulham and Clint Dempsey. The London-based club exceeded expectations by making the final, notably using a Dempsey wonder goal to upset European giants Juventus along the way. The final, pitting Fulham against Atletico Madrid, [...]

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Using Prior Lineups to Predict USA’s World Cup Roster

On June 1st, Bob Bradley will send FIFA his 23-man roster for South Africa (injured players can then be replaced up to a day before the squad’s first match). A training camp starting May 15th will help him pare down his selections. This will be Bradley’s 5th tournament as manager, and he’s shown remarkable predictability [...]

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Clint Dempsey Still in a Title Hunt

Tomorrow, Clint Dempsey’s Fulham will play the second-leg of their Europa League semifinal.  The first match, at Hamburg, was a remarkably exciting 0-0 tie. The German club, desperately seeking a goal, threw players forward for most of the game.  Fulham were content to sit in a defensive shell, but unlike many teams employing that tactic, [...]

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Stuart Holden Close to Full-Fitness

In an interview with mlssoccer.com, Stuart Holden, out since March with a broken leg, has revealed that he could play for his club, Bolton Wanderers, as soon as this weekend.  The Scottish-born midfielder sustained his injury in a US friendly against the Netherlands. Holden’s versatility – he can play center or right midfield – and [...]

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Jozy Altidore and Jonathan Spector’s Bad Day

Altidore Seein’ Red Jozy Altidore’s day went from bad to worse.  Needing a win to progress in their fight to avoid relegation, Altidore’s Hull City saw midfield stalwart Jimmy Bullard miss a tying penalty.  Four minutes later Altidore was given a justifiable red card: The Sunderland defender made the most of the contact (and it [...]

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Charlie Davies Rehab Holdup

Charlie Davies‘ World Cup hopes appear to have been given quite the blow: the president of Sochaux, Davies’ club, stated Charlie will not play with the club this season. The striker, who was seriously injured in an October 2009 car accident, had targeted the last two games of the season for his return. Sports Illustrated’s [...]

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Gringo Abroad (Retrospective): Clint Dempsey

Fulham 4 – Juventus 1 Europa League Mar-18-2010 In March, Clint Dempsey returned from an almost two-month injury layoff.  The Texan, in only his third game since returning, announced his fitness quite memorably. Match Summary Needing multiple goals following a first-leg 3-1 Europa League defeat in Italy, London-side Fulham could not have had a worse [...]

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Herculez Gomez Signs Off in Style

Herculez Gomez, who has been scoring in bunches as a substitute, didn’t waste much time making his mark as a starter in Puebla’s 4-1 victory over Cruz Azul.  He started his account in the 3rd minute and added a second goal in the 37th. Unfortunately, Gomez picked up a 2nd yellow card and subsequent red [...]

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