Monday, July 29, 2013

Team USA celebrates Gold Cup title

The United States Soccer team defeated Panama 1-0 to win their fifth CONCACAF Gold Cup title, it gives them their first trophy under manager Jurgen Klinsmann. Even though he was forced to watch from the executive suite as he served a touchline ban during the final. With usual rivals Mexico getting knocked out in the semifinals, the USA rolled through the tournament without much trouble extending a team record 11-match winning streak in the process.

Brek Shea scored the only goal that win it for the USA.

Monday, July 22, 2013

United States soccer team routed El Salvador 5-1

United States soccer team, El Salvador

BALTIMORE -  United States soccer team showed a very tough defense, sharp passes, and a lot of goals as they crushed El Salvador 5-1 Sunday to advance to the semifinals of the CONCACAF Gold Cup tournament.

Clarence Goodson and Joe Corona scored during an eight-minute span of the first half. Eddie Johnson of Sounders FC, Landon Donovan and Mix Diskerud added second-half goals for the United States, which will play Honduras in Arlington, Texas, on Wednesday.

Honduras beat Costa Rica 1-0 as part of a doubleheader before a crowd of 70,540 at M&T Bank Stadium, home of the NFL Baltimore Ravens.

The United States has won nine straight full international matches which is a record for the national team. The U.S. squad also has prevailed in seven of its last eight Gold Cup matches, the exception being a 4-2 loss to Mexico in 2011 final.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Camilo lead Whitecaps with 2 goals to beat Fire 3-1


VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Camilo scored two goals that is six minutes apart to help the Vancouver Whitecaps to a 3-1 victory against the Chicago Fire on Sunday. Camilo is leading the MLS with 12 goals this season.

substitute Kekuta Manneh also scored 1 goal for the Whitecaps (8-7-6), they have extended their unbeaten streak to a club record 6 games.

Vancouver has now overtaken the Los Angeles Galaxy in third place in the Western Conference. Chicago (6-9-3) has lost two straight.

Camilo scored in the 66th and 72nd minutes and Manneh tallied in the 84th. Vancouver goalkeeper Brad Knighton was denied a second consecutive shutout as Patrick Nyarko scored a few seconds before the game ended.

The Whitecaps offense erupted early in the second half after struggling to get going in the first 45 minutes.
Kenny Miller had an excellent chance in the 53rd minute, but he could not get a shot away after taking a Camilo pass from right flank, instead misfiring as the crowd roared in anticipation of a goal.

In the 60th minute, Chicago's Mike Magee, who entered the game tied for the league scoring lead, thought he had scored and started to put his arms up in celebration, but the ball curled wide of the net.

Then Camilo fielded a long punt from Knighton between Rolfe and Fire teammate Shaun Francis. Then the Brazilian deked Francis, twisting him inside-out, and put in a low shot. Knighton earned an assist for the second straight game.

In the 72nd minute, Camilo got a breakaway only to see Tornaghi dive and poke the ball away from him. But Camilo quickly retrieved the ball and, with Chicago players standing around and watching, rolled a shot past Tornaghi, who evidently was screened.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Honduras beats Haiti 2-0 in Gold Cup

CONCACAF Gold Cup, soccer, football, Rony Martinez
HARRISON, N.J. - Both Rony Martinez and Marvin Chavez scored one-a-piece gave Honduras a 2-0 win over Haiti in the first round of the CONCACAF Gold Cup on Monday.

Mario Martinez made a pass to Rony Martinez, with Haitian goalkeeper Frandy Montrevil in front of him and then he took a powerful high shot to open the scoring in the third minute. Honduras made it 2-0 on a goal by Marvin Chavez.

Haiti and Honduras are in Group B with Trinidad and Tobago and El Salvador. Trinidad and Tobago will play Haiti in its next match and Honduras will face El Salvador. Both matches will be Friday in Miami.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Hassoun Camara amazing goal while sitting down

Montreal Impact defender Hassoun Camara scored a goal while sitting. After tumbling over an opponent in a failed attempt to head a corner kick, Camara falls down and was sitting in the box.

The ball made its way to Camara's feet, allowing him to flick it up to himself and get a shot off while sitting with his back to the net.

However, even with that maneuver wasn't enough as the Montreal Impact went on to lose the game against Colorado 4-3.

Brazil beats Spain 3-0 in Confederations Cup final Highlights

The top two team of the world met in the Confederations Cup final at the historic Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro and the host Brazil snag the victory with 3-0.

The Confederations Cup is intended as a dry run for the World Cup host, to road test the stadiums, the infrastructure and the internal organization with an eight-team tournament a year before the 32-team main event. But it also serves as a trial for the teams involved, placing their squads under the stress of tournament conditions in a way the usual qualifying series cannot.