USMNT – The Next Phase

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If there is one thing that we can all agree on, it is that things change. What was, may not necessarily be what is now or what is to come. The things we have grown accustomed to change. People move in and out of our lives. Life is fluid. And we are getting our first real taste of that tomorrow with the USMNT game against the Czech Republic.

In recent times we have seen guys like Carlos Bocanegra, and even more surprisingly, Landon Donova, come to the end of their international career. Landon’s official last game for the USMNT is in just over a month. Timmy Howard is taking the next year off and then will return to fight for his place on the team. But things are definitely changing.

US Soccer sent out a press release about tomorrow’s game and about some of the players that are on the squad for tomorrow’s match. Below is some interesting info on players. Some of which we are very familiar with, and some not so much. This may just be a friendly and the first chance that some of these young cats get with the USMNT, but it’s clear that things are changing with the players involved in the team. This is the first game post World Cup and so the first chance to begin building for all that will take place in the next four year cycle.

Get to know these players. Start embracing them. The next phase has already began.

* Jozy Altidore makes his return to the U.S. MNT after seeing his 2014 FIFA World Cup cut short because of a hamstring injury in the opening 2-1 victory against Ghana on June 16. The Sunderland striker leads this U.S. roster with 71 appearances.

* Defender Geoff Cameron, who was originally named to this roster, will not be available after suffering a groin injury during Stoke City’s Aug. 27 match against Portsmouth.

* Nine players from the USA’s run to the Round of 16 at the 2014 FIFA World Cup are on the roster: Altidore, Alejandro Bedoya, John Brooks, Timmy Chandler, Mix Diskerud, Julian Green, Brad Guzan, Fabian Johnson and Nick Rimando.

* Johnson started all four matches in Brazil, while Bedoya appeared in every game and started three.

* Hertha Berlin defender Brooks scored the USA’s game-winning goal against Ghana on June 16.

* Green, 19, scored in the second extra time of the U.S. MNT’s 2-1 loss to Belgium in the Round of 16 game on July 1 in Salvador, Brazil.

* Chandler and Johnson started the season with new Bundesliga clubs, with Chandler moving from Nurnberg to Eintracht Frankfurt and Johnson moving from Hoffenheim to Borussia Monchengladbach.

* Joe Corona was on the USA’s 30-man preliminary roster for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

* Ingolstadt midfielder Alfredo Morales has helped his side to a solid start, appearing in the first XI in all three games and scoring the opening goal of the club’s campaign. Born in Germany to Peruvian parents, he has been deployed as a holding midfielder and also in defense.

* 1860 Munich striker Bobby Wood has started all three matches to open the 2. Bundesliga season. The 21-year-old native of Hawaii and former Irvine Strikers forward made his Senior National Team debut in the 4-3 win against Bosnia-Herzegovina in 2013.

* Jordan Morris, who scored the game-winner for the U-23 MNT against Bahamas last month, was named the 2012-13 Development Academy Player of the Year for the U-17/18 age group while playing for the Seattle Sounders FC Academy. He is the first active college player to be included on a roster under USA head coach Jurgen Klinsmann.

* Rubio Rubin signed with Utrecht in July. The U-17 Residency alum was voted the 2012 U.S. Soccer Youth Male Athlete of the Year.

* Joe Gyau spent three semesters in the U-17 Residency program. His father Philip earned six caps with the U.S. MNT from 1989-91.

* Southampton goalkeeper Cody Cropper started all three matches for the U.S. at the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Turkey. Cropper participated in the MNT training camp in Stanford ahead of the team’s departure for the World Cup in Brazil.

* Emerson Hyndman is the youngest player on the roster, the 18-year-old having begun the League Championship campaign as a starter for Fulham. The grandson of former FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman was a part of the U-17 Men’s National Team and signed his first contract with Fulham in 2013, scoring three goals in its run to the FA Youth Cup final.

Like I said, some of these players we are very familiar with. But there are some young kids coming up in the ranks who will no doubt be fighting to become fixtures within the USMNT. You can’t hold back the tides of change, and many of these players represent just that.

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Trailer :: Seventh Son starring Jeff Bridges & Julianne More

Filed under: Culture & Lifestyle, Trailers, Videos

~~ Hell. Yes.

In a time of enchantments when legends and magic collide, the sole remaining warrior of a mystical order (Jeff Bridges) travels to find a prophesized hero born with incredible powers, the last Seventh Son (Ben Barnes). Torn from his quiet life as a farmhand, the unlikely young hero embarks on a daring adventure with his battle-hardened mentor to vanquish a dark queen (Julianne Moore) and the army of supernatural assassins she has dispatched against their kingdom. Based on the book “The Spook’s Apprentice” by Joseph Delaney.

Release :: February 6th, 2015

Trailer - Seventh Son

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AC Milan Unveils Fernando Torres At Press Conference

Filed under: EPL News, Highlights, Videos, and Scores | English Premier League Highlights, Soccer News, Videos

~~ I’ve never understood the hate… I understand the frustration if you’re a Chelsea fan with the lack of production after an incredible run at Liverpool, but  I for one am hoping that Fernando Torres can get back to his best and scoring goals at a consistent rate.

His desire, work rate and understanding of the game has never lacked ad I couldn’t even begin to understand how difficult the last 2 1/2 years had been for him and his family.

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Soccer in America – A Photographic Journey

Filed under: American Outlaws, Culture & Lifestyle, Fans, Friendlies, Friends, Photography, Soccer in America, US National Team, us soccer

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No matter where the US National Team is playing, there is one thing that we can always count on now. And that is the the American Outlaws will be out supporting, showing love and doing all of American soccer proud. I’m inspired by these cats every time I go see a US National Team game. They are responsible for the growth of the game in the US as much as anyone and I commend them for that. As always, mad respect to #AO.

Candlestick Park

San Francisco, CA

May 2014

~beans

To submit your photos for inclusion in this series, email them to dunny [at] bumpypitch.com.

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Nike SB Lunar Gato Sail/Black-Gum Medium Brown-White

Filed under: Culture & Lifestyle, Nike, Sneakers

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We have seen a continued blend of skateboarding borrowing from soccer shoes. Nike SB has been on this for a minute with the the Nike SB Lunar Gatos that we saw released ahead of this year’s World Cup. This continues as Nike SB releases it’s latest iteration of their take on the Lunar Gato with the release of the Nike SB Lunar Gato Sail/Black-Gum Medium Brown-White. These feature on off white suede upper, contrasting black swoosh and a gum rubber outsole. And these are fire! These are about as clean as it gets. Keeping them clean may be another story, but dayum. These are fresh!

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Video :: Inspired By :: Chris Schuler

Filed under: Coaches, Culture & Lifestyle, Family, Friends, MLS News, Highlights, Videos, and Scores | Major League Soccer Highlights, Real Salt Lake, Videos

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I’ll tell you a quick story. Dunny and I played against Johnny Torres when he was at Creighton and we were at Fullerton. It was an NCAA playoff game. We go to penalties and end up losing. Side note – my penalty hit the post and I missed. I’m pretty sure Johnny scored his penalty. The dude could play. A couple years later, Johnny and Dunny end up playing for the New England Revolution. Besides being a really talented player, Johnny was a really good dude. The kind of cat that always had a smile on his face and was quick to laugh.

Anyway, cut to years later. We had arranged a pickup game with some friends from Nike ahead of a party we did with them here in LA. One of the guys that ends up playing on our team was Chris Schuler. This was before Chris had broken into RSL and became a fixture of the team. It was the first time I met Chris and I immediately liked him. He’s got one of those infectious personalities that you can’t help but like.

One more time, cut to a few more years later. And we have Chris talking about the influence that Johnny Torres, the coach, had on Chris when he played for him at Creighton. This story makes me smile. One of the really good people in the world influencing and inspiring another one of the very good people in the world.

I can’t say enough how important coaches play in the development of players on and off the field. Knowing that Johnny was that influential coach for Chris, made the world just a little better for me.

Make sure to get out to a theater around you the weekend of September 12th to check out the movie Believe which touches on the importance of the roles that players and coaches play in each others lives.

Support those that support soccer.

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Alvaro Negredo Goodbye Letter To Man City Fans

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~~  An INCREDIBLE amount of class shown by The Beast…. Thoughtful and showing an amazing amount of respect for the club, his teammates and the supporters.

Negredo

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Micah Richards Completes Move From Manchester City To Fiorentina

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~~  It was only a matter before Micah Richards realized that he had to move on from Manchester City to further along his career…. Credit to Ashley Cole for paving the way for Richards to be comfortable enough to make the move to Italy and join a club like Fiorentina… Great opportunity for him and another door opens for English defenders in Italy.

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