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US Soccer Week In Review 5/30/16

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Here we go , here we go. We got updates from the USWNT wage disputes, USMNT friendlies, and action from the domestic leagues in this Memorial Day edition of the US Soccer Week in Review!

To get us started, let’s get hyped.

USWNT

Good news in the media/public image side of things for the Women’s team disputes on fair wage.  Twenty-two democrats in the US Senate introduced a resolution calling for the US Soccer Federation to “immediately end gender pay inequity”. This equal pay resolution passed with full support. So, what will this do? Nothing, as the resolution is non-binding and cannot force the USSF into any action. BUT, it raises public pressure on the Federation as the fight goes on. Reheat that popcorn.

Want some more politics mixed with Women soccer? No? Well, this is better.

Look out next weekend (June 5th) for the USWNT’s friendly against recent rivals Japan.

USMNT

The Men hosted two South American teams in Ecuador and Bolivia this week taking away (overall) positive results from both!

They took on Ecuador in a hot Frisco, Texas Wednesday evening in a somewhat clumsy and disappointing match, which ended in ecstasy for Nagbe and the USMNT. Many saw this as a sign to include Nagbe in the starting 11 for the Copa, thoughts?

The US then shifted their focus to their match against Bolivia, Saturday night. A much better performance all around gives hope for the Copa, seeing goals from Zardes, Brooks (all hail the king), and the young man himself, Christian Pulisic. Pulisic became the youngest player to score for the USMNT, surpassing Agudelo by less than 150 days.

 

 

 

The Copa starts next week, get ready for some big competition as the US opens the tournament against Columbia in Santa Clara, June 3rd at 9:30 PM.

MLS

Week 12 of the season already and Major League Soccer has blessed us with some hat-trick heroes. Let’s get into it.

DC United and Sporting KC opened our weekend up with their two and a half hour rain delayed start. Both sides have gone through struggles this year, with Kansas City on an awful run while DC haven’t lived up to last year’s hype. This one went scoreless until the 86th when Alhaji Kamara, on his MLS debut, knocked in the loose ball from a Taylor Kemp swinging cross, just 33 seconds after being subbed on. Kansas City with just one win in their last ten matches. Ouch.

Vancouver traveled to Houston on Saturday, looking to continue their solid form. Interim head coach Wade Barrett took over the Houston side after the club and former coach Owen Coyle parted ways this week. DaMarcus Beasley went on a great run after a superb ball from Alex, and 20 minutes in the Dynamo took the lead. Just before the half, Alex and Pedro Morales got into a headed altercation which resulted in red cards for both. Octavio Rivero leveled for Vancouver in the 52nd, and it’s history from there. David Ousted with a brilliant save late on to hold onto the tie for Vancouver.

The Red Bulls hosted Toronto, coming off of their 7-0 thrashing of NYC FC last week. Our first hat-trick hero is Bradley Wright-Phillips, scoring three goals in the first 27 minutes of the match, earning him the fastest hat-trick in MLS history. Take a bow. Not a great week for Giovinco as he wasn’t selected for the Euros and had to exit the game 22 minutes in with an adductor injury.

Our second hat-trick hero comes from Columbus as the Crew hosted RSL Saturday night. Ola Kamara scored three in the 4-3 win for the home side, something Kei Kamara never did for the Crew. Nick Romando came up with some clutch saves to prevent Kamara from having even more. On the other side, Steve Clark saved a penalty in the 45+1 to save the three points in the end. Where’s the defense?

Seattle traveled to New England in this one and started off well with a Aaron Kovar, youth product, goal in the 7th. A controversial hand ball call led to a Lee Nguyen penalty to even up the came in the 24th. A late winner by the superdraft selection Femi Hollinger-Janzen sealed the points for the Revs. The Seattle team continues their struggles.

LA traveled to Montreal for an exciting 3-2 thriller for the home side. Giovani dos Santos grabbed the first just 8 minutes in with Piatti leveling halfway through the first half. Lucas Ontivero took the next one with Mike Magee and his sublime touch leveling for the Galaxy in the 58th, just two minutes after Ontivero’s. Who else but Didier Drogba to grab the 94th minute winner after keeper Brian Rowe couldn’t handle the power behind the free kick.

Chicago hosted Portland in this not-so-thrilling draw. Diego Valeri with some nice footwork after a failed CHicago clearance to take the lead in the 18th for the Timbers, but 2 minutes later David Accam leveled for the home side. Good to see Accam scoring again.

Colorado hosted Philadelphia in a very similar result. Colorado grabbed a late goal from Sam Cronin in the 87th but the Union leveled two minutes into extra time with Brian Carroll’s goal. Both sides remaining strong at the top of their conferences.

San Jose vs. FC Dallas? Snooze fest, 0-0 draw. The Quakes unbeaten in 12 games at home.

Last but not least, Soccer Sunday gave us a 2-2 draw between NYC FC and Orlando. A solid game for New York in the first 2/3 of the game, with goals from Frederic Brillant and a superstar combination from Pirlo’s assist to David Villa’s finish in the 66th. Julio Baptista grabbed one back in the 72nd and 4 minutes into stoppage time Cyle Larin set up Kevin Molino for an equalizing header.

A solid week for the Eastern Conference as no teams lost. On the come up.

 

NASL

Spring Season Week 9 and we got the goals!

Ottawa hosted Ft. Lauderdale Strikers in this weeks first match which saw the home side defeated 1-2. The Fury drop to 9th as the Strikers move up to 7th. Maicon Santos opened up the scoring in this one after a fantastic run.

Jacksonville hosted Indy in a 1-1 draw on Saturday, which kept the Eleven in 2nd with Jacksonville sinking into last. Definitely a missed opportunity for Indy to gain points against a struggling side. Our goal from this one is Matt Bahner’s disgusting left footed strike from way out for Jacksonville.

The Cosmos looked to solidify their first place lead and did just that against Rayo OKC this weekend. Danny Szetela was the only difference in this one. Three red cards in this one for OKC, where’s the leadership? This club is sinking.

Struggling Miami hosted FC Edmonton and took away the win thanks to Ariel Martinez’s wonder goal! Miami jump out of last and Edmonton drop into third.

Joe Cole really shined in the Tampa Bay Rowdies win over hosting Minnesota United. He landed his first NASL goal and assisted the second of this match, might as well post both. Minnesota drop to 4th with the Rowdies in 6th.

 

USL

Week 10 and here are all of the results!

Our best goal this week definitely comes from FC Cincinnati’s Andrew Wiedeman with a stunner against Harrisburg City Islanders.

The USL and NASL teams face up in the US Open Cup this week! Keep an eye out for those.






Simon Stuard
Social Media enthusiast, US Soccer lover/supporter, and somewhat avid BPL/Bundesliga follower.




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