US Soccer – Middle States Soccer Camp http://middlestatessoccercamp.com/ Wed, 23 Nov 2022 13:43:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://middlestatessoccercamp.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-8.png US Soccer – Middle States Soccer Camp http://middlestatessoccercamp.com/ 32 32 USMNT and England face third World Cup duel https://middlestatessoccercamp.com/usmnt-and-england-face-third-world-cup-duel/ Wed, 23 Nov 2022 13:43:32 +0000 https://middlestatessoccercamp.com/usmnt-and-england-face-third-world-cup-duel/ Keough admired his teammate’s tenacity. “Charlie dived headfirst and hit him right in the back of the knee, a tackle anyone in the NFL would have been proud of,” he said. “The momentum they both went with was both at the penalty spot when they stopped. Charlie bulldozed him all the way. He [Mortensen] was […]]]>

Keough admired his teammate’s tenacity.

“Charlie dived headfirst and hit him right in the back of the knee, a tackle anyone in the NFL would have been proud of,” he said. “The momentum they both went with was both at the penalty spot when they stopped. Charlie bulldozed him all the way. He [Mortensen] was mad mad as anyone would have been… It would have gotten a yellow card, maybe a red in today’s game.

This tackle saved the day.

When Dattilo blew the final whistle, players from both sides were beside themselves for different reasons.

“It was like losing the Yankees to an amateur team from Massapequa [in suburban N.Y.]’ Maca said of his hometown outside of New York City.

“We were 70-1 underdogs. I should have bet $10 on the game,” Colombo said, laughing.

England striker Wilf Mannion and his team-mates weren’t laughing at the surprising and embarrassing result.

“We were about to go onto the field and it was all over and we could do whatever we wanted,” he said at the 1987 reunion. “We didn’t.”

The English press then complained about the pitch (“narrow, rutted and rocky,” one writer reported) and the three non-citizens who played for the Americans – Gaetjens, Maca and right-back Ed McIllveny [Scottish citizen]. They were residents of the country, which was enough for them to represent the United States at the time.

After that, the crowd climbed over a fence and ran around the field through a moat to lift the American players onto their shoulders.

“Gee whizz, all the people were screaming and getting us excited,” Pariani said. “It was as if a hurricane were raging across the field. Most went to goalkeeper Frank Borghi. He didn’t know what was going on.”

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US viewers accuse Fox Sports of being ‘shillings for Qatar’ amid torrid World Cup coverage | World Cup 2022 https://middlestatessoccercamp.com/us-viewers-accuse-fox-sports-of-being-shillings-for-qatar-amid-torrid-world-cup-coverage-world-cup-2022/ Mon, 21 Nov 2022 02:28:00 +0000 https://middlestatessoccercamp.com/us-viewers-accuse-fox-sports-of-being-shillings-for-qatar-amid-torrid-world-cup-coverage-world-cup-2022/ US viewers have criticized Fox Sports after its coverage of the opening day of the World Cup ignored the host country’s human rights record Qatar has been attacked for its treatment of migrant workers, allegations of corruption in the tournament bid process and its record on LGBTQ and women’s rights. Broadcasters such as the BBC […]]]>

US viewers have criticized Fox Sports after its coverage of the opening day of the World Cup ignored the host country’s human rights record

Qatar has been attacked for its treatment of migrant workers, allegations of corruption in the tournament bid process and its record on LGBTQ and women’s rights. Broadcasters such as the BBC and Telemundo chose to highlight these concerns in their coverage of the first day of the tournament, which saw the hosts lose to Ecuador after a lavish opening ceremony featuring contributions from BTS’ Morgan Freeman and Jungkook.

“It’s 64 Super Bowls in 29 days… This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for people to come out and celebrate football.” @JennyTaft speaks with Secretary General of the Supreme Committee Hassan Al-Thawadi ahead of the opening match of the 2022 FIFA World Cup pic.twitter.com/LHrtqcTGJQ

— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) November 20, 2022

In contrast, Fox praised everything from the air conditioning at Al Bayt Stadium to the food choices for fans and the “very welcoming” general secretary of the Qatar World Cup committee, Hassan Al-Thawadi. A Puff piece with Al-Thawadi followed in which he was allowed to speak glowingly about the World Cup, without questions from interviewer Jenny Taft about concerns from journalists and human rights groups.

This is how the BBC opened coverage of the 2022 World Cup. Strong contrast to Fox coverage in the United States. Please take a minute to watch. This is how this World Cup should be contextualized 🙌 pic.twitter.com/36HtKOX26w

— Roger Bennett (@rogbennett) November 20, 2022

Roger Bennett, the influential co-host of the Men In Blazers podcast, posted a clip of the BBC’s coverage and wrote: “This is how the BBC opened coverage of the 2022 World Cup. Stark contrast to Fox’s coverage in the United States. Please take a minute to watch. That’s how this World Cup should be contextualized.”

Also Grant Wahl, probably the most prominent football journalist in the USA tweeted a link on the BBC’s opening day coverage, writing: “Great contrast between coverage of Fox Sports in the United States joining the Qatar regime and coverage of the UK rights holder.”

Other viewers on Twitter asked Fox to do so “Calm down on the propaganda” and stop “Shillings for Qatar”.

Ahead of the World Cup, Fox executive producer David Neal said he didn’t think viewers would want to be distracted by off-field issues during the tournament.

“We really believe that because of the World Cup, viewers will come to Fox Sports to see the World Cup,” he said. Qatar Airways, the country’s flag carrier, is a major sponsor of Fox’s World Cup coverage.

In contrast, Telemundo, which owns the Spanish-language broadcast rights to the US World Cup, said it intends to pursue a stronger line than Fox.

“I think we need to talk about the legacy we’re leaving behind. When the tournament is over, we [won’t have been] Ignoring the geopolitical issues that may arise,” said Ray Warren, President of Telemundo Deportes.

The US team made a conspicuous, if subtle, statement of their views at the World Cup. They prominently displayed a rainbow logo at the team’s training facility in a country where homosexuality is illegal.

“We want to draw attention to social issues not only in the United States, but also abroad,” US head coach Gregg Berhalter said this week. “We recognize that Qatar has made progress and there has been a lot of progress, but there is still work to be done.”

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Gophers Coach Appointed to US Soccer Safety Task Force https://middlestatessoccercamp.com/gophers-coach-appointed-to-us-soccer-safety-task-force/ Fri, 18 Nov 2022 02:13:16 +0000 https://middlestatessoccercamp.com/gophers-coach-appointed-to-us-soccer-safety-task-force/ UMN Head Women’s Soccer Coach Erin Chastain is serving on US Soccer’s new security task force to fix the league’s systemic failings in protecting its players. MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota — A damning report came out in early October that found systematic abuse and sexual misconduct in women’s professional soccer. The independent investigation into former US Attorney […]]]>

UMN Head Women’s Soccer Coach Erin Chastain is serving on US Soccer’s new security task force to fix the league’s systemic failings in protecting its players.

MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota — A damning report came out in early October that found systematic abuse and sexual misconduct in women’s professional soccer.

The independent investigation into former US Attorney General Sally Yates was commissioned by the US Football Association.

The Yates report said: “Our investigation has uncovered a league in which abuse and misconduct — verbal and emotional abuse and sexual misconduct — has become systemic, involving multiple teams, coaches and victims. Abuse in the NWSL is ingrained in a deeper culture of women’s football, starting in the youth leagues, which normalizes verbally abusive coaching and blurs the lines between coaches and players.”

In response to the report, US Soccer announced the federation’s new Participant Safety Taskforce in early November.

Mana Shim, a key figure in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) abuse investigation, is serving as the taskforce chair. Shim reached out to Erin Chastain, the University of Minnesota’s senior women’s soccer coach, and invited her to join the taskforce.

“I think I’ve obviously seen the turmoil that US soccer and professional soccer in particular have been going through and I’ve been at it for a very long time,” Chastain said. “I think if I’m going to be part of the systemic change that we need, I have to be willing to serve. So a huge responsibility, but also something that I think is worthwhile and really important.”

According to a US Soccer press release, “The taskforce is tasked with coordinating and collaborating on behavioral policies and procedures from the youth level through the professional leagues and senior national teams.”

“Obviously the Yates report was heavily focused on the professional ranks and that’s obviously something we’ll be targeting, but power struggles in youth football are the beginning. I think the culture of youth sports and how important scholarships are and how important they are in the elite team for youth, I think puts us in a position where some of these athletes are vulnerable and at the mercy of a coach who is theirs “Could abuse power,” Chastain said. “I think part of my role will be to offer advice on standards that we need from a young age so that we can provide a really healthy environment for these young people to be able to play in sport to grow up.”

Chastain mentioned that part of this will involve putting in place the proper standards for reporting potential abuse.

“So people don’t get recycled about youth football or professionally if they don’t do things right,” Chastain said.

But Chastain said there will be challenges in holding people and organizations accountable.

“I think this is going to be really, really challenging and I think that’s why this big group of 33 people is coming together on youth platforms, pro platforms, medical platforms and legal platforms so we can find the best way to take responsibility. I think that’s something we’ve been missing and that’s why we’re where we are,” Chastain said.

According to a press release, in the first quarter of 2023, the taskforce will work immediately to address the following priorities:

  • Developing an action plan to support the efforts of the Board’s Yates Implementation Committee to implement the Yates Recommendations in all US soccer affiliates, including but not limited to youth clubs, other professional leagues and grassroots organizations;
  • Gathering best practices and cross-sport expertise related to safety policies, officer positions, education and training;
  • Identifying top concerns about the risks related to relationships with significant power imbalances (e.g. player-coach); and
  • Development of educational resources focused on identifying inappropriate behavior and reporting concerns that can be disseminated throughout the football ecosystem.

The Participant Safety Taskforce is one of several steps US soccer is taking in response to the report.

“I feel a tremendous responsibility to the sport of football in particular, to be a part of the change and to feel like I can play a part in it with the experience that I’ve had in the sport,” Chastain said. “I also have two daughters who are involved in sports and so I think when I look at this I want to make sure they are in an environment that is meaningful and safe and that’s really important to me.”

The task force will meet for the first time on Friday.

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Ashlyn Harris, longtime goaltender for the US women’s national team, announces her retirement https://middlestatessoccercamp.com/ashlyn-harris-longtime-goaltender-for-the-us-womens-national-team-announces-her-retirement/ Tue, 15 Nov 2022 01:26:41 +0000 https://middlestatessoccercamp.com/ashlyn-harris-longtime-goaltender-for-the-us-womens-national-team-announces-her-retirement/ CHICAGO (November 14, 2022) – Ashlyn Harris, who won the World Cup in two teams for the USA women’s national team and was the first goalkeeper of the historic 2002 FIFA U19 Women’s World Cup winner, has announced her retirement from professional football. Harris, 37, has played in all 10 seasons of the National Women’s […]]]>

CHICAGO (November 14, 2022) – Ashlyn Harris, who won the World Cup in two teams for the USA women’s national team and was the first goalkeeper of the historic 2002 FIFA U19 Women’s World Cup winner, has announced her retirement from professional football.

Harris, 37, has played in all 10 seasons of the National Women’s Soccer League, the last with NJ/NY Gotham FC, and was a part of the USA Women’s National Soccer Team programs for 20 years.

She burst onto the international scene in 2002 at the age of 16 when she became the youngest starter to help USA win the first-ever FIFA Women’s World Cup for young women. Harris played an excellent game in the championship game as the USA defeated Canada 1-0 in Edmonton thanks to a Lindsay Tarpley “golden goal” in front of a crowd of 47,784.

She was also the starting goalkeeper and captain of the USA team that finished third at the 2004 FIFA U-19 Women’s World Cup in Thailand. In 12 games she played every minute in goal for these two World Cup teams.

Harris, who ended her U-19 career with 39 caps, among the most at this level, is the last member of the FIFA U-19 Women’s World Cup 2002 team to retire.

A native of Satellite Beach, Florida, she also enjoyed some extensive action with the US U23/21 and played with the US U16 and U17 national teams during her youth career. Her first national team activity was in 1999 at an under-14 national team ID camp.

“It has been my honor to represent this country on and off the field,” Harris said. “I started this journey with US Soccer at the age of 13 and it has shaped every part of my life. I’m proud of the woman I’ve become and I can only thank the people who have supported and encouraged me through all this time. Thank you to all my youth national team coaches, full national team coaches, goalkeeping coaches, coaches and everyone in between.

“To all my teammates, you have been the driving force behind my long life. This journey has always been about the people for me, so thank you for all the incredible memories and lifelong friendships. To the fans, thank you from the bottom of my heart. I hope I’ve impacted your life in some way as you’ve all impacted mine.”

After suffering numerous serious injuries during her collegiate career at the University of North Carolina, where she eventually won two NCAA titles, she only worked her way into the senior team image in 2010, after winning the second US women’s pro league WPS, where she helped the Western New York Flash win the 2011 championship.

During her long and distinguished professional career she played for Saint Louis Athletica (WPS), Washington Freedom (WPS), Western New York Flash (WPS), FCR 2001 Duisburg (Deutsche Erstliga), Washington Spirit (NWSL), Tyresö FF (Sweden First Division). ), Orlando Pride (NWSL) and NY/NJ Gotham FC (NWSL).

In 2013, she made her full international debut in a 1-1 draw with Sweden at the Algarve Cup in Portugal, capturing 25 caps for the USA, including 21 in the starting XI. She played against 21 different countries during her international career, had nine career shutouts and a 17-2-2 record for USA.

Most notably, she was a member of the winning squad for the 2015 and 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cups. She was the reserve goalkeeper for the 2016 Olympic team.

Their last game for the USWNT came on January 31, 2020 in an 8-0 win over Panama in Olympic Qualifying in Houston, Texas.

Harris has also made an impact off the field, which she will continue to do into her sporting retirement. Along with her wife and fellow World Champion Ali Krieger, she is a role model and outspoken advocate for equality and inclusivity, using their platform to raise awareness and support for LGBTQ+ rights and mental health awareness.

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The New Lansdowne Road by Shamir Mullings https://middlestatessoccercamp.com/the-new-lansdowne-road-by-shamir-mullings/ Sat, 12 Nov 2022 19:02:12 +0000 https://middlestatessoccercamp.com/the-new-lansdowne-road-by-shamir-mullings/ “You have to consider work, life and training – and maybe a midweek game in Morristown, New Jersey – it never stops from early in the morning until late at night,” said Kelly, who reached the Open Cup alongside assistant coach Craig Purcell and won a National Amateur Cup with the club as a player. […]]]>

“You have to consider work, life and training – and maybe a midweek game in Morristown, New Jersey – it never stops from early in the morning until late at night,” said Kelly, who reached the Open Cup alongside assistant coach Craig Purcell and won a National Amateur Cup with the club as a player.

“You have to find the time to train and play and train and travel with all of that [academy] Kids everywhere,” added Mullings, happy for the opportunity when he‘s exhausted from the demands. “New York doesn’t sleep – you have to be hectic here.”

Open Cup dreams

Two-time amateur national champions, these men from Yonkers are on track to claim their second straight Open Cup. They’ve scored eight goals and not conceded a single goal in a Northeast qualifying road that’s never easy.

“You can never make too much noise,” said Mullings, who plans to bring out a few hundred youth team kids to cheer for him and his first team members at home against Oyster Bay United in Tibbetts on November 19. “We want to win everything we can and we want to make a splash on the pitch.

Mullings is no stranger to cup competitions. He played 15 times in the English flagship FA Cup. Playing for Havant and Waterlooville in 2015, he played his first televised game against a Preston North End side who were at the top of League One at the time – a game he says he ” will never be forgotten”.

“Things happen as they happen,” Mullings said, while his young daughter cooed for his attention through the phone line in the background. “But doors close and doors open. If it wasn’t for what happened in Hartford [the tryout with Athletic]I wouldn’t have found that.”

“I’m happy where I am now,” said Mullings, who knows a shot at the same Hartford Athletic in the Open Cup proper could be possible if his side catch the right wind. “This is a platform with a lot of attention. We want to push ourselves and even play against an MLS team.”

In between there are many more early mornings, long drives and late nights. But Mullings, back in Yonkers, isn’t worried. “The passion is there,” he says. “We do it because we love it.”

Fontela is Editor-in-Chief of usopencup.com. Follow him at @jonahfontela on Twitter.

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Former FIFA president says the 2022 World Cup should have gone to the US https://middlestatessoccercamp.com/former-fifa-president-says-the-2022-world-cup-should-have-gone-to-the-us/ Tue, 08 Nov 2022 23:24:57 +0000 https://middlestatessoccercamp.com/former-fifa-president-says-the-2022-world-cup-should-have-gone-to-the-us/ The 2022 World Cup in Qatar is less than two weeks away, with the first game on November 20. But former FIFA President Sepp Blatter now says it should be in a very different country. According to Reuters, Blatter recently told a Swiss newspaper that “Qatar is a mistake”. He also said that “the election […]]]>

The 2022 World Cup in Qatar is less than two weeks away, with the first game on November 20. But former FIFA President Sepp Blatter now says it should be in a very different country.

According to Reuters, Blatter recently told a Swiss newspaper that “Qatar is a mistake”.

He also said that “the election was bad” and accepted the responsibility as FIFA President.

At such an important and widespread event, Blatter’s concerns centered on Qatar’s size.

“It’s too small a country. Football and the World Cup are too big for that,” he said.

Blatter revealed in an interview that a different location was initially chosen for 2022.

“At the time, we actually agreed in the (FIFA) Executive Committee that Russia should win the 2018 World Cup and the USA should win the 2022 World Cup.”

He continued: “It would have been a gesture of peace if the two long-time political opponents had hosted the World Cup back-to-back.”

Former FIFA President Sepp Blatter watches an interview. (Photo by FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP via Getty Images)

Blatter’s long history of corruption is well documented. However, potential bribery issues were not raised during the interview.

The United States, along with Mexico and Canada, received hosting rights from FIFA in 2026. But expectations for this year’s USA men’s national team would be very different if the event were hosted locally, even with the team’s extremely poor performance in recent games.

READ: THE US MEN’S NATIONAL TEAM HAS A DISASTER SETTING FOR THE WORLD CUP

World Cup criticism probably self-preservation

By speaking out now, Blatter is clearly trying to protect his own legacy.

He was banned from FIFA until 2028 due to a long history of corruption. He has also been accused of defrauding the organization, although he was recently acquitted of those charges.

Blatter’s tenure at the helm of FIFA has consistently met the lowest possible expectations of football officials.

Confidence in FIFA as a governing body continued to crumble during his tenure, and the 2022 World Cup is one of many reasons for that.

Blatter has apparently not explained why the Executive Committee’s plan was changed, but it doesn’t take a keen imagination to speculate.

The 2022 event should still be a hugely entertaining competition on the pitch. With a wide open field and any number of competing teams, it will undoubtedly be an intriguing tournament.

But the biggest question for US fans will be how their extremely young squad will fare on the biggest stage. A stage that apparently should have been at home.

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The US women’s national team will hold a BioSteel training camp in New Zealand in January and will twice face the co-hosts of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 https://middlestatessoccercamp.com/the-us-womens-national-team-will-hold-a-biosteel-training-camp-in-new-zealand-in-january-and-will-twice-face-the-co-hosts-of-the-fifa-womens-world-cup-2023/ Wed, 02 Nov 2022 22:05:51 +0000 https://middlestatessoccercamp.com/the-us-womens-national-team-will-hold-a-biosteel-training-camp-in-new-zealand-in-january-and-will-twice-face-the-co-hosts-of-the-fifa-womens-world-cup-2023/ CHICAGO (November 2, 2022) – US Women’s National Team head coach Vlatko Andonovski will host the USA’s BioSteel training camp in New Zealand in January and it will be crowned by two games against the Football Ferns, co-hosts of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023. These are the first-ever games in New Zealand for the […]]]>

CHICAGO (November 2, 2022) – US Women’s National Team head coach Vlatko Andonovski will host the USA’s BioSteel training camp in New Zealand in January and it will be crowned by two games against the Football Ferns, co-hosts of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023.

These are the first-ever games in New Zealand for the US women’s national team.

The USWNT will train in New Zealand for six days before taking on the Ferns at Sky Stadium in Wellington/Te Whanganui-a-Tara on January 18. The game will kick off at 4:00 p.m. local time, which will be 10:00 p.m. ET on January 17 in the United States. The teams will meet again at Eden Park in Auckland / Tāmaki Makaurau on January 21st, also on site at 4pm, which will be 10pm ET on January 20th in the US. With a new broadcast partner coming on board with US Soccer in 2023, Warner Bros. Discovery Sports will exclusively present these games, with specific distribution plans to be announced at a later date.

The trip gives the US players a rare opportunity to play full international matches at the venues that will host all three USWNT group matches at the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 just six months later.

On October 22, the USA were placed in Group E in the Women’s World Cup final draw in Auckland/Tāmaki Makaurau, meaning they would play Vietnam on July 22 at Eden Park, with the Netherlands on July 27 on Sky Stadium and Group A playoff winners back at Eden Park on August 1st.

“Everything about this trip is positive for our team ahead of the World Cup,” said Andonovski. “We will get

some nice practice times together and two tough games against a great opponent hosting the World Cup. Also, we experience the long journey and get to know the host cities, the stadiums, the training grounds and the culture and hopefully we will play in front of a big crowd and support the home team. This will be a great start to the new year.”

Eden Park, which seats almost 50,000 fans, is New Zealand’s national stadium and has hosted many important sporting events throughout the country’s history. The original sports field on the site opened 122 years ago in 1900. Eden Park will also host the opening match of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 when New Zealand take on Norway on July 20.

This match against USA at Eden Park will be the first-ever at this venue for the New Zealand women’s national team, who historically have had players around the world and have been able to play at home at times. The game at Sky Stadium, which will seat 34,500 fans for the World Cup when it becomes known as the Wellington Regional Stadium due to sponsorship regulations, will be the Ferns’ first at the venue since 2018. Tickets for both games will go on sale 11/16.

New Zealand’s hosting of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 will cap a remarkable and inspiring trifecta in women’s sport over 17 months, as the country hosted the Women’s Cricket World Cup in Spring 2022 and is currently hosting the Women’s Rugby World Cup. Both tournaments featured matches at Eden Park.

Additional Comments:

  • The USA have played New Zealand 19 times, but never once have the teams met in New Zealand. Thirteen of the Games were played in the United States, with one each in Chinese Taipei, Australia, China PR (during the 2008 Olympics), England (during the 2012 Olympics), Brazil (during the 2016 Olympics) and Japan ( during the 2020 Olympic Games).
  • The USA are 17-1-1 all-time against the Ferns, with the only loss coming in the teams’ first-ever clash in 1987, a 1-0 win for NZL in Chinese Taipei. The draw was a 1–1 draw in Columbus, Ohio in 2013.
  • The teams last met at the 2022 SheBelieves Cup, a 5-0 USA win at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California.
  • Although it will be midsummer when the US visits New Zealand in January, the World Cup will take place in the southern hemisphere during winter and the games could be played in cool temperatures.
  • New Zealand are coached by former US U20 women’s national team head coach Jitka Klimkova, who hails from the Czech Republic.
  • New Zealand’s captain is Angel City FC defender Ali Riley, who hails from Los Angeles and played college soccer at Stanford.
  • The New Zealand games mean that the USWNT will have played two games against both co-hosts of the 2023 Women’s World Cup in their home countries within 13 months of their visit to Australia in late November 2021.
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Dictatorship, USA 94, and the greatest excitement 10/31/2022 https://middlestatessoccercamp.com/dictatorship-usa-94-and-the-greatest-excitement-10-31-2022/ Mon, 31 Oct 2022 21:15:52 +0000 https://middlestatessoccercamp.com/dictatorship-usa-94-and-the-greatest-excitement-10-31-2022/ In the coming weeks, Ian Plenderleith will be reviewing a selection of the more interesting books published ahead of the 2022 World Cup. * * * * * * * * * * • Blood on the bar: The world championship of dictatorship Through Rhys Richards (pitch) • USA 94: The World Cup that changed […]]]>

In the coming weeks, Ian Plenderleith will be reviewing a selection of the more interesting books published ahead of the 2022 World Cup.

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Blood on the bar: The world championship of dictatorship Through Rhys Richards (pitch)
USA 94: The World Cup that changed the game Through Matthew Evans (pitch)
Against all odds: The biggest surprises at the World Cupedited by Adam Bushby and Rob McDonald (halcyon)

“You don’t mix politics and sport. Otherwise you can’t play a match. There’s shit all over the world. If you boycott Argentina [1978]They must boycott Soviet Russia and Bulgaria.” These are the words of the Dutch midfielder Johann Neeskens, twice runners-up in the 1970s, and reflects very clearly the defensive stance of any player or football association asked about the ethics of playing at the 1978 World Cup. It was a tournament of magical but sometimes dirty football, also hosted by an unmagical military dictatorship responsible for the torture and deaths of around 30,000 political dissidents.

Despite his government’s brutality, Argentina’s triumph briefly brought the country together. Even in Navy School of Mechanics (ESMA) Torture Center in Buenos Aires, less than a mile from the Estadio Monumental, where the hosts defeated the Netherlands 3-1 in the final. “When Argentina scored, everyone – the oppressors, the oppressed, the prisoners and the torturers – greeted each other and looked at each other happily,” the former prisoner testified Adolfo Perez Ezquivel in Rhys Richards‘ Book blood on the crossbar, named after the campaign launched by Neerlands Hoop, a Dutch cabaret artist, who toured the Netherlands to get her country to boycott the tournament. However, the Argentine left-wing guerrilla Los Montoneros not only declared a ceasefire during the tournament, but also opposed a boycott, “knowing that in doing so they are fighting against the patriotic current in Argentina”. When the games started, the whole country supported the team, paradoxically coached by a socialist – the gruff chainsmoker Cesar Luis Menotti.

This is just a small selection of the quotes that form the background of what is probably the most controversial World Cup of all time (1934 in fascist Italy and 2022 in the authoritarian monarchy of Qatar are close). Richards does an excellent job of tackling the politics of that tournament that Neeskens was so keen to swear off, and describing the ambivalence of a football-obsessed nation at the heels of an unscrupulous, murderous government, but who at the same time wanted escape and facilitation of the sport to give him comfort and bring fame in the end. It would have been a classic of football literature if – ironically – it had stuck to politics and stayed away from what was happening on the pitch.

It’s not that the games, teams and players aren’t worth writing about. Of course they are an integral part of this story, but they must be treated as history, not as they happened this afternoon. So often books on tournaments feel compelled to describe every goal in detail, as if they hadn’t already been broadcast live millions of times, instantly transcribed by multiple media for recording, and weren’t now available at the click of a link. The writing shifts from clear analysis to the style of a tabloid hack working toward a midnight deadline, describing goals that are “finished with aplomb” and “happily dispatched” while stadiums “kettles,” “pressure cookers,” and “bear pits” feature a are “powder keg atmosphere.” The book also contains one of my favorite typos, as the Netherlands Dirk Nanninga succumbs to a “sick disciple moment” against Germany while demonstrating the dangers of using a spell checker instead of a professional proofreader.

However, if you’re a quick read of the match sections (or watch the online highlights instead), here’s half a brilliant book that not only takes the sport’s political allure head-on, but should also make us think about Let’s see Qatar 2022: Which country is fit to host a major sporting event and who is fit to rule world football (spoiler: it’s not FIFA)? 7/10

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Another book that focuses on a single tournament is Matthew EvansUnited States 94th, who begins by outlining what has changed between the Dire Italia 90 and its successor tournament, which has seen revenue increase across the board, as well as more attacking play on the field. “By offering three points for a win, it was hoped that teams would avoid playing it safe, while an adjustment to the offside law gave the attacker the advantage,” he writes. “The negative play that marred the 1990 World Cup brought the biggest change with the back pass rule, which is now commonplace but made its World Cup debut back then.”

There were player names on jerseys, flashy uniforms even for the referees, and of course it all took place in the USA, which was snobbishly viewed around the world as “not really a footballing nation”. Then the games started and most of us found that the modern, well-equipped stadiums were mostly full of fans who were more than invested in the outcome of the games and that it doesn’t really matter where you play the tournament – the markings, the goals and the rules are still the same. Spectators and visitors alike may have noticed that the USA has its own soccer culture and that the North American Soccer League was not just a novelty.

I loved the opening chapters which provided the context of the 1994 US bid to host after failing to win the tournament in 1986 (after Colombia withdrew and a savvy, well-connected Mexico tackling the messy US bid with muscles overtook). and the enthusiasm and huge crowds for football at the 1984 Olympics. The packed stadiums in LA and other football venues prompted a rethink at FIFA headquarters, where suddenly the thought of bulging coffers undermined the United States’ fitness for the Football showed even though they don’t have a consistent professional league. So much potential. So much cash.

Even after winning the bid to host the tournament, the USA suffered setbacks due to financial difficulties and the strained relationship between FIFA and the President of the US Football Association Werner Fricker. Germany was waiting in the wings to take over. then Alan Rothenberg defeated Fricker in the USSF presidential election, and his outspoken and innovative management put the tournament back on track.

Did USA 94 “change the game,” as the book’s subtitle suggests? Up to a point, no doubt, but the game evolves financially and tactically after each major tournament and after each adjustment to the “rules of the game”. The formation of the Premier League, the reform of the Champions League, the expansion of the MLS, the introduction of VAR – all this has changed and continues to change ‘the game’. While this book is highly recommended for US readers in particular, it would have been better to wait a few years to compare USA 94 to the upcoming 2026 tournament and refrain from detailed descriptions of games open to the public at the moment they are took place (see above). 6/10.

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“Expectations in the US were so low they might have crawled under the covers,” he writes Harry Pearson in his essay on the USA-England game at the 1950 World Cup. You all know the score of that game, but that’s not what this book is about Against all odds, which focuses on the biggest upsets in World Cup history (declaration of interest – the book’s editor, Halcyon, also published my latest book). A pool of high-quality football authors – among them Tim Vickery, David winner, Rob Bagchi, James Montagu and Raphael Honigstein – focuses on games that have seriously shaken expectations and explores their broader context. Everyone is fascinated by the background to Argentina 78 in blood on the crossbarfor example will also enjoy Adam Bushby‘s comprehensive and entertaining breakdown of the only time West Germany played East Germany in the 1974 tournament. There’s little about the game itself, but plenty of insight into the Cold War and its impact on the lives of players who couldn’t ignore the political situation or traffic while attempting to cross a busy street.

It’s gratifying to read about games that you can remember seeing back then, but are shown here in a comprehensive new light – a bit like buying the deluxe box set version of an album that you have always loved. A conflicted, stubborn team from Northern Ireland defeated hosts Spain in 1982, Scotland’s late (too late) flourishing against the mighty Netherlands in Argentina, Cameroon’s nine-man narrow and very dirty win Diego Maradonareigning world champions to open Italia 90 and Senegal’s more stylish conquest of fading, fussy world champions France, who opened the Japan/Korea World Cup a dozen years later. Senegal’s striker El-Hadji Diouf was playing for French club Lens when the draw was made. “As soon as we saw France play Senegal,” he says in Philip Auclair‘s chapter “They [his teammates at Lens] Everyone got up and started making fun of me. That was it, they had already made up their minds – Senegal didn’t stand a chance.” If you love a bit of hubris (and who doesn’t?), this is the book for you.

Each game has its own story, but some are worth revisiting, as it just doesn’t seem believable that, for example, the people of Middlesbrough in England’s industrial north-east would have taken the burgeoning state of communist North Korea to their hearts in 1966 as it cheered on the misfits to beat Italy. What on earth was that? This book provides the answer and much more. 9/10.

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PSG vs Troyes: Time, TV channel and live stream for highlights, line-ups and latest Ligue 1 score https://middlestatessoccercamp.com/psg-vs-troyes-time-tv-channel-and-live-stream-for-highlights-line-ups-and-latest-ligue-1-score/ Fri, 28 Oct 2022 22:47:14 +0000 https://middlestatessoccercamp.com/psg-vs-troyes-time-tv-channel-and-live-stream-for-highlights-line-ups-and-latest-ligue-1-score/ PSG will put their unbeaten record at stake on Saturday when they host ESTAC Troyes at the Parc des Princes on Matchday 13 of the Ligue 1 season. Unbeaten in all 18 games since the start of the 2022/23 season under new coach Christophe Galtier, the Parisian club sit first but just two points clear […]]]>

PSG will put their unbeaten record at stake on Saturday when they host ESTAC Troyes at the Parc des Princes on Matchday 13 of the Ligue 1 season.

Unbeaten in all 18 games since the start of the 2022/23 season under new coach Christophe Galtier, the Parisian club sit first but just two points clear of RC Lens.

PSG are currently in the middle of a busy period of the season with the World Cup coming up, but they haven’t let up so far. They beat Maccabi Haifa 7-2 in the Champions League. Unlike recent seasons, Galtier lets the club play with intensity and dynamism and Troyes has caught the eye thanks to his coach’s pre-match comments.

Although ESTAC Troyes are not one of the big names in Ligue 1, after beating AS Monaco 4-2 away earlier this season as well as drawing 1-1 at Stade Rennais, they will be anything but weak despite sinking 10 Men.

After three straight losses early in the 2022/23 season, Troyes has bounced back in eleventh place and lost just two of their next nine games, scoring in each of their last five. Galtier has already warned his own that they need a strong start to set the tone against a young opponent who is only gaining confidence.

MORE: Why PSG need to win at Juventus on Wednesday

PSG vs Troyes Live Stream, TV Channels

The game will take place at 17:00 local time at the Parc des Princes in Paris. It is the 100th consecutive sellout for the home side since the 2017/18 season.

date time TV channel stream
Australia Sun 30 Oct 02:00 AEDT beIN Connect
Canada Sat 29 Oct 11:00 a.m. ET be in sports fuboTV, beIN Connect
Hong Kong Sat 29 Oct 23:00 CET be in sports Now Player, M Plus Site/App, beIN Connect
India Sat 29 Oct 20:30 IST sports18 Voot Select, Sport18
Malaysia Sat 29 Oct 23:00 CET
New Zealand Sun 30 Oct 04:00 NZDT Sky Sport 7 beIN Sports beIN Connect
Singapore Sat 29 Oct 23:00 CEST beIN Xtra StarHub Sports+
United Kingdom Sat 29 Oct 16:00 CET
United States of America Sat 29 Oct 11:00 a.m. ET be in sports fuboTV, beIN Connect

UNITED KINGDOM: The game will not be televised in the UK.

United States of America: PSG-Troyes will be broadcast on beIN Sports and beIN Sports en Espanol, both of which can be streamed on fuboTV available to new users with a free trial.

Canada: beIN Sports will broadcast the game in Canada and fuboTV will stream the channel.

Australia: Fans in Australia can stream the game live on beIN Sports Connect.

MORE: When Champions League round of 16 draw takes place

PSG vs Troyes line-ups

Marco Verratti is back in the line-up after being sidelined through suspension mid-week. Although Danilo is still not fully fit from his injury, centre-back Presnel Kimpembe (hamstrings) will return after missing five Ligue 1 games. He could see Marquinhos.

Despite a crucial Champions League group stage final on Wednesday, Galtier is unlikely to give some of his veteran starters a breather unless they can end the game early.

Expect PSG to continue in the 4-3-3 formation they have been using for the last couple of games and Galtier celebrates as he believes this brings out the best in right-back Achraf Hakimi.

Expected PSG starting line-up (4-3-3, right to left): 99 – Gigi Donnarumma (TG) – 2 – Achraf Hakimi, 4 – Sergio Ramos, 3 – Presnel Kimpembe, 25 – Nuno Mendes – 18 – Renato Sanches, 6 – Marco Verratti, 17 – Vitinha – 30 – Lionel Messi, 10 – Neymar , 7-Kylian Mbappe

PSG substitutions (11): 1-Keylor Navas (TG), 16-Sergio Rico (TG), 14-Juan Bernat, 26-Nordi Mukiele, 31-El Chadaille Bitshiabu, 5-Marquinhos, 28-Carlos Soler, 33-Warren Zaire-Emery, 8- Fabian Ruiz, 19-Pablo Sarabia, 44-Hugo Ekitike

Troyes coach Bruno Irles, who once played for PSG, is without No.10 Florian Tardieu (foot), Lucien Agoume (thigh) and Jessy Moulin (shoulder). Ex-Manchester City player Marlos Moreno is not part of the squad but veteran centre-back Adil Rami is back and should fit in at the back.

Two former PSG youth products are likely to feature in the starting XI as 17-year-old winger Wilson Odobert and 20-year-old right-back Thierno Balde should be included.

Estimated starting line-up for ESTAC Troyes (5-4-1, right to left): 1-Mateusz Lis (GK) — 18-Thierno Balde, 2-Jackson Porozo, 23-Adil Rami, 4-Erik Palmer-Brown, 39-Yasser Larouci — 11-Rony Lopes, 6-Rominigue Kouame, 24-Xavier Chavalerin, 29-Wilson Odobert — 7-Mama Balde

ESTAC Troyes Substitutes (9): 30-Gauthier Gallon (GK), 17-Yoann Salmier, 12-Abdu Conte, 19-Andreas Bruus, 15-Ante Palaversa, 5-Tristan Dingome, 26-Papa Ndiaga Yade, 20-Renaud Ripart, 9-Ike Ugbo

MORE: How much prize money will Champions League teams take home?

PSG vs Troyes best bets, odds

The odds for this game are challenging given the strong tendency towards a one-sided PSG win. And with Troyes having one of the most leaky defenses in the league – they’ve conceded a goal in every game and are averaging two goals a game – another goal fest is quite possible.

More than 3.5 total goals is not attractive at -145, but an angle that could be playable: half with most goals. PSG will be motivated to start strong and quickly get the game out of reach as Wednesday’s Champions League clash is a must-win.

Given that Troyes tended to concede early goals against some of the better opponents they faced, a first-half lightning strike is likely. Picking the first half as the half with the most goals is a risky game, but if you think PSG will start strong and then roll out the rest of the way, it’s a bet that would pay well if it comes in .

  • Choose: Highest scoring half (first half)
  • Forecast: +180 (Caesars)
United States of America
(Caesars)
Canada
(sports interaction)
Australia
(ladbrokes)
United Kingdom
(SkyBet)
PSG wins -1250 1.09 1.09 1/16
To draw +900 10.00 11.00 12/1
Troy win +2600 21.00 34.00 28/1
Over/under 3.5 goals -145/+115 1.64/2.22 1.62/2.20 4/7, 5/4
Both teams to score (Y/N) +115/-145 2.01/1.63 2.10/1.67 10.11., 6.4
PSG-2.5
(spread/handicap)
-130 1.74 N / A N / A
Troyes +2.5
(spread/handicap)
+100 2.06 N / A N / A
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Ajax vs. Liverpool: time, TV channel, stream, betting odds for the Champions League showdown https://middlestatessoccercamp.com/ajax-vs-liverpool-time-tv-channel-stream-betting-odds-for-the-champions-league-showdown/ Wed, 26 Oct 2022 06:00:02 +0000 https://middlestatessoccercamp.com/ajax-vs-liverpool-time-tv-channel-stream-betting-odds-for-the-champions-league-showdown/ Liverpool’s run to the Champions League round of 16 requires a point at Ajax to complete the job with one game remaining. That seems like an easier challenge if last season’s finalists hadn’t shown such poor form away from Anfield this season, losing four games and drawing twice for both sides after their 7-1 win […]]]>

Liverpool’s run to the Champions League round of 16 requires a point at Ajax to complete the job with one game remaining.

That seems like an easier challenge if last season’s finalists hadn’t shown such poor form away from Anfield this season, losing four games and drawing twice for both sides after their 7-1 win over Rangers at Ibrox .

Four points clear at the top of the Dutch Eredivisie after Ajax won their last two games by an aggregate score of 11-2, Ajax need to win and hope Liverpool lose at home to Napoli on the final day of the Champions League to secure a A chance to finish The top two of Group A.

Here’s how to watch the last game of this season’s group stage at Johan Cruyff Arena, as well as the latest team news and betting odds.

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How to watch Ajax vs Liverpool

United Kingdom United States of America Canada Australia
date October 26th October 26th October 26th October 27th
time 20:00 CET 15:00 CET 15:00 CET 06:00 CET
TV channel BT sport 2
stream BT sport Paramount+, Vix+ DAZN Stan sports

UNITED KINGDOM: The game will be broadcast on BT Sport 2 and streamed on BT Sport platforms.

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: Paramount+ will provide the English language stream for subscribers and ViX+ for Spanish listeners.

Canada: Every Champions League game is streamed live on DAZN.

Australia: Every Champions League game is streamed live on Stan Sport.

Ajax vs Liverpool predicted lineups

Turkish youth centre-back Ahmetcan Kaplan is out for Ajax with a knee injury while he‘s at full-back Devyne Rensch and midfielder Kenneth Taylor are also doubts.

if they exist Edson Alvarez and Jurrien wood must avoid bookings to ensure they are not suspended for Ajax’s final group stage game at Rangers on November 1.

Expected line-up of Ajax (4-3-3): Pasveer – Sanchez, Timber, Bassey, Blind – Berghuis, Alvarez, Klaassen – Tadic, Brobbey, Bergwijn

attacker Diogo Jota (Calf), Luis Diaz (knee) and midfielder Arthur Melo (Thighs) has been absent for a long time for Liverpool. defender Joel Matip dropped out with a calf injury.

Naby Keita has returned to training and is a midfield colleague Thiago Alcantara is doubtful with an ear infection, as is defender Ibrahima Konat and further Darwin Nunezwho both have muscle injuries.

Liverpool’s predicted line-up (4-2-3-1): Alisson (GK) – Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson – Fabinho, Henderson – Elliott, Firmino, Carvalho – Salah

MORE: Which Liverpool players have won the Ballon d’Or?

Ajax vs Liverpool betting odds

Just as there was talk of Liverpool turning the corner thanks to back-to-back home wins, Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at Premier League contenders Nottingham Forest showed the Reds remain an unreliable bet on their travels.

Liverpool needed a Matip winner in the 89th minute to beat Ajax 2-1 in these teams’ first meeting of the season. Ajax have since shown more of their mistakes and suffered a 4-2 defeat in Napoli after a surprisingly disastrous 6-1 home win over Napoli.

United Kingdom
(sky bet)
United States of America
(Caesars)
Canada
(sports interaction)
Australia (Ladbrokes)
Ajax win 14/5 +280 3.63 3.75
To draw 29/10 +295 4.03 3.90
Liverpool wins 17/20 -120 1.82 1.85
Over 2.5 goals 4/9 1.46 1.44
Both teams score 2/5 200 1.42 1.44

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