Skip to comments.U.S. grinds out 2-0 win over Azerbaijan in first World Cup tune-up
Posted on 05/28/2014 4:04:44 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
Second-half substitutes Mix Diskerud and Aron Johannsson scored to lift a heavy legged United States over Azerbaijan 2-0 on Tuesday night in the first of three World Cup warmups for the Americans.
On a night when captain Clint Dempsey was scratched just before kickoff because of a sore left groin, the 14th-ranked Americans had trouble breaking down No. 85 Azerbaijan.
Diskerud, a Norweigen-American wearing the No. 10 jersey that freed up when Landon Donovan was cut from the roster last week, entered in the 71st and scored four minutes later off Brad Davis' free kick.
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Brooks holds both German and American citizenship. Brooks was named to the United States's final 23 man roster for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
This was hardly a performance to inspire confidence ahead of their Group of Death matches against Spain, Holland and Chile next month as the Socceroos could manage only a 1-1 draw in front of 50,459 at ANZ Stadium.
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"If we think it's going to be our last World Cup, we're going to try and finish it the best way we can," he told a media conference.
"It's in the back of our minds that it could be our last. We're all going to try and make it our best."
I’m happier about the 0 than the 2. If the US has any chance of advancing out of group play, the defense has to step up and play better than they have over the last year or so.
As do the world rankings, which place Australia last of the World Cup qualifiers in 59th spot (between Mali and Burkina Faso).
And judging by the social media response to the Socceroos stuttering 1-1 draw against a less-than-fearsome South Africa on Monday night, large numbers of the Australian public share that pessimistic view.
14th ranked? That sounds pretty good to me. Can’t wait for the games to begin.
I am concerned about 0 for 75 minutes. So tired of teams turning on the play late in the game.
Yeah, but that’s kind of the mentality at this level - play defensive, don’t make mistakes, and try to eventually wear out lesser opponents. Yes, the offense could be better and more consistent, but if the defense is showing signs of solidifying, that’s a big step in the right direction.
I bet Obama will attend the World Cup.
That would be the only time I rooted for Ronaldo....to rocket a free kick off his head!!
Reminds me of a quote by comedienne Rita Rudner.
“I got kicked out of ballet class because I pulled a groin muscle. It wasn’t mine.”
4 or 5 dual German/American citizens on the team. All from fathers in the service.
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The 28-year-old has said he will seek out the help of renowned sports psychiatrist Dr Steve Peters to try and end his barren run in South America, and acknowledges he needs a big tournament for his country.
"I'm in the best condition," said the Manchester United striker.
"I want to show the world what I can do. There will be no excuses if I don't."
South Korea apology as Tunisia tune-up falls flat
South Koreas coach apologized to fans Wednesday after a 1-0 defeat to Tunisia tempered World Cup hopes in their final home friendly before the tournament in Brazil.
Hong Myung-Bo, a hero of South Koreas run to the 2002 semifinals, said his team would struggle in Brazil if they cannot fix their problems.
The former Real Madrid player was injured in training at the Dutch team camp, currently being held in Portugal. Medical tests have determined that he will not be able to recover in time for the tournament in Brazil, which kicks off on 13th June.
Wearing traditional clothing including feather headdresses and face paint, about 500 chiefs mainly from the Amazon basin joined another 500 protesters rallying for various social causes in Brasilia's government square and began marching toward the capital's World Cup stadium. As mounted police moved to block the march, some of the indigenous demonstrators rushed their horses and fired arrows in their direction.
I'd like to see some tradition, bringing back navy blue (not royal) and the 1950-type sash each World Cup in some version, like the 2003, 2004, and 2006 Thirds kit.
The sash distinctly says "USA" World Cup.
But without the 3/4 sleeve.
And, of course, the 1950 World Cup jersey that started the USA/Sash jersey:
Not all pressures are created equal, of course, and not all have equal effects. But if we assume for the moment that some situations are naturally more pressurised than others that a penalty shoot-out in a World Cup semi-final is, for example, generally more pressurised than one in training then it's perhaps fair to suggest the following.
Leaving aside those cold places in history where fascism, sport and war have coincided, when people have played football in the fear that the wrong result could cost them their lives, this Brazil side that will compete for the 2014 World Cup are about to embark on the most pressurised footballing campaign of all time.
After all, Brazil start with a pretty high bar: they're Brazil.
When it comes to tradition, however, how long did it take you to pick out the Netherlands home and Argentina home? Spain home? Brazil? Our away kit looks French this year, to me. Our national colors have never been red, white, and royal blue.
I demand the sash!
After 33 minutes of the second half, with the score at 1-1, the Uruguayan winger Alcides Ghiggia darted into box and from a wide position shot to the left of Moacir Barbosa, the Brazilian keeper.
"I have never forgotten that moment," says Joao Luiz, who is now 75. "It is still with me. I was right behind the goalposts. It happened in my face!"
The Maracana -- crammed with 200,000 people, the largest crowd ever present at a soccer game -- fell silent. The Brazilian players were unable to respond and, when the whistle blew a dozen minutes later, Uruguay were unexpectedly world champions.
To fans in the stadium like Joao Luiz, the shock was a personal trauma. "Every time I hear mention of Uruguay I still get anxious," he says. "It is like a person who was once bitten by a dog and gets twitchy each time he hears a bark."
If Luis Suarez plays up to form, Uruguay could do it again.
Assuming Suarez heels from his knee injury in time.
Love that 1950 uniform.
Honduras’ uniform is such a give up with the “H”. Come on guys, at least try to come up with a badge, for crying out loud.
Suarez was the Premier League's leading scorer with 31 goals this season, despite missing the opening five matches through suspension.
It could have been worse. The jerseys were originally supposed to be tie-dyed in 1994, two years before the Lithuanian Olympic basketball team broke out the (Grateful Dead-sponsored) tie-dyed warmups and uniforms.
My favorite unis are:
Normally, I would include Germany, but it’s hard to tell which one they are...I only identified them in the pic because of the three stars.
Exactly. Don't bash the sash! A variation on that should be our home kit every World Cup. Has keeping a traditional uniform hurt Argentina or Brazil? What is this? 125 years of Dutch football with an orange jersey? The crest on this year's Dutch home jersey is the same crest worn from 1907 until the 1970s. Tradition.
Take some liberty with the away kit or the thirds, but wear home kit that always says "that's the USA."
I’d always expect those five (including Germany) to be at the top. England’s home whites are classic. England’s away is a red on red pinstripe with the three lions. Also classy.
If Luis Suarez plays up to form, Uruguay could do it again.The facepalm!
my mouse battery is empty :(
Of course, many and maybe most teams have fine kits.
Australia, the Navy Blue of Japan's uniforms is nice. Ireland, not there, etc. I recognize the Columbian shirt if it is the 3rd row yellow one, that's pretty nice.