U.S. Soccer to Host Copa America Centenario

Federation Joins CONMEBOL and CONCACAF in Presenting 100-Year Anniversary Edition of South American Football Championship

CHICAGO (Oct. 23, 2015) – The U.S. Soccer Federation will partner with The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF), and the Confederacion Sudamericana de Futbol (CONMEBOL), to host the prestigious Copa America Centenario, a tournament that marks the 100-year anniversary of the South American Football Championship.

Featuring the top stars from both regions, including five-time World Cup champion Brazil and three-time World Player of the Year Lionel Messi of Argentina, the event will be held from June 3-26 in venues across the United States.

Serving as the Local Organizing Committee, U.S. Soccer will work with CONMEBOL, CONCACAF and the soccer community in the U.S. to organize and execute the event. U.S. Soccer will immediately begin securing venues for the tournament and planning the operational aspects of the event. Earlier this year, 24 metropolitan areas showed interest in hosting matches during the tournament and submitted a proposal to U.S. Soccer. A minimum seating capacity of 50,000 is required for tournament venues.

More than 40,000 fans have already signed up to receive ticketing information and U.S. Soccer will provide updates in the near future.

To ensure there is a transparent governance structure in place to oversee the management and execution of the tournament, all three parties agreed to create a new Executive Committee to govern the event. The Committee, which will be made up of two representatives from CONMEBOL, two representatives from CONCACAF, and one representative from U.S. Soccer, will oversee policy decisions for the tournament and facilitate greater financial transparency regarding funds collected for broadcasting and sponsorships.

As part of the tournament’s new governance structure, CONCACAF and CONMEBOL have reclaimed their respective broadcast and sponsorship rights for this event by ending their relationships with Datisa, S.A. The Confederations will issue a Request for Proposals (RFP) publicly to ensure transparency and accountability in the selection of new commercial partners.

The 2016 Copa America Centenario will feature six teams from CONCACAF, and all 10 teams from CONMEBOL: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela.

From CONCACAF, host USA and Mexico are automatic qualifiers, while Costa Rica (2014 Copa Centroamericana winner) and Jamaica (2014 Caribbean Cup winner) qualified this fall. The final two teams will be determined through a playoff in the near future.

Uruguay has won the most Copa America titles with 15 since the tournament began in 1916 as the South American Championship of Nations.

Pele Celebrates his 75th Birthday

Spanish newspaper Marca got in touch with World Cup and Brazilian legend ‘O Rei’ Pele, celebrating his 75th birthday in India, for a quick interview on modern football.

On La Liga: “We watch all of the La Liga games in Brazil and, as it stands, it’s one of the best leagues on the continent”.

On Brazil: “Brazil have the best players in the world. The problem is that most of them play overseas and that makes it difficult to build a national team capable of challenging for everything”.

Are Messi and Ronaldo on a par with Pelé? “In my honest opinion, I think that every player has his era and, right now, Leo and CR7 are the best”.

On Messi: “I think that Messi is an example of determination and perseverance. He didn’t have it easy when he was young”.

On Ronaldo: “He’s an outstanding goalscorer, he just never stops. I admire that in him”.

On Diego Costa choosing Spain over Brazil: “The modern game allows players to make a choice and I respect his decision”.

Has there ever been a better player than Pelé?“Please forgive my lack of modesty, but I’ve never seen a player as good as Pelé was in 1970”.

Bastian Schweinsteiger’s NAZI Action Figure

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German international Bastian Schweinsteiger is reported to be upset at Hong Kong doll manufacturer, Dragon in Dream, for making a Nazi Action Figure with a a striking resemblance to him.

The Manchester United midfielder told BILD magazine that he was specially upset at “the lack of a proper Kung Fu grip.” Schweinsteiger’s management company put the matter into the hands of their German-based lawyers earlier this week.

The dolls, named ‘World War II Army Supply Duty – Bastian’, are made in China by Dragon in Dream. The company told Bild any resemblance was “purely coincidental”.

“We don’t sell any figures which resemble footballers. It is a complete coincidence that the figure ‘Bastian’ looks like Schweinsteiger,” a spokesman added. “We thought that all Germans look like that. Bastian is also a very common name in Germany.”

Makes sense to me. Now, if only Dragon in Dream can make a Pancho Villa doll that resembles Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez I’ll have my Christmas wishlist completed.

 

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I work on TV trucks for a living, so I can sympathize with this poor soul who let this one slip. It happens, it has happened to me, but not this bad.

The closest was years ago when I first started in TV. I worked on Super Show Deportivo, a weekly NFL show, and we did a year recap. Luckily I caught the error before it aired. We had a graphic that said este ano en la NFL. A Little line makes all the difference.

For the record, I beleive the number of putos on both teams to be a little high.

Juan Carlos Osorio’s European Adventure

He has gone a long way from being a Manchester City cone-setter to coaching Mexico’s national team.Newly minted coach, Juan Carlos Osorio, fresh off a weekend of seeing a handful of Liga MX games, has jetted of to the Old Country to have a chat with the players who will likely form the Tri’s base as they take the field in a game that really matters next month.  Mexico will open Russia 2018 qualification with a home game vs El Salvador before traveling to San Pedro Sula a few days later.

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Los Cachirules: A dos a zero podcast. Episode 3

This episode was a big one. Full of good info and discussion. Probably the most highlighted tidbit was the discussion on the huge trend that Europe is the place to be for Mexican players to improve and thrive. A point was given that this is not necessarily the case. What is your take? Is Porto an ideal destination, or should players instead stay in Mexico.

This discussion stemmed from the comments Juan Carlos Osorio made about Mexican coaches being comfortable at home and not coaching/learning abroad.

We also discuss LigaMX/CopaMX, and the U17 World Cup and Mexico’s participation.

We even were read from a book a few sentences talking about player athleticism. Very informative stuff for all you footbal junkies.

Have a listen below and on itunes!

Mexico’s U17 splits a point with Socceroos

Mexico can't capitalize on chances

Disappointing draw for Mexico against Joeys

Mexico’s encore performance much more sobering for squad, coach, and fans. With the draw Mexico has virtually guaranteed control of their own destiny, a possible rematch of the 2013 U17 looms large.

The Mexican coach Arteaga remarked “Australia knew our style of play and how to stop us.” Hoping to outflank them, he made 3 critical changes which appeared to deliver in the opening minutes. The first was swapping winger Magaña with central midfielder Lopez. The second was swapping the backline of 3, which hand seen off the Argentine strikers, to a backline of 4 where the Mexican backs seemed less comfortable. The third, and which allowed the squad down under to approximate Mexico’s possession of the ball advantage, final tally of 48% to Mexico’s 52%,  in allowing the Mexican squad to be stretched vertically.

Mario Arteaga might be questioning his adjustments to this game as having the Mexican defense sitting in their own half of the field while punting 50/50 balls to striker Aguirre against 3 defenders led to Australia enjoying more possession with plenty of time and space to pick out a pass. The success against Argentina was in part due to the advancing of lines allowing quick combinations and rotating of positions, Total Futbol with a jalapeño flavor.

With 20 goal attempts, and 0 goals to show for it, there is no question the Mexican strikers will be wondering if they’d be able to hit the side of el burro on this day. Their best chance coming in the first half as the striker Aguirre hit the goalpost. Arteaga commented, “we were unlucky in the first half, when we had good chances.”

Unlucky in the first half and superb keeping in the second half. The Australians might be wondering if the Mexicans had Superman or Abraham Coronero, LA Galaxy Academy Prospect, under the sticks. As he snuffed out their best chance of the night off a direct free kick. Earning himself a fan in Australian coach Vidmar, “the Mexican goalkeeper had a remarkable match.”

The Australian squad may still qualify and relished the opportunity to face an Argentine squad that is down and probably out, “We kept our options of qualifying open and now it’s in our hands.” Australia will be looking to keep the number of cards they draw to a minimum as FIFA has introduced a Fair Play Points system, which serves as a tiebreaker, for advancing into the knockout stages.

Noting that the light is not out, door has not closed, jello has not jiggled and the butter isn’t hard, Arteaga offered these final thoughts “in the end, it’s a fair result, and it’s not bad because we have one more point.” Not bad. Not good either, if they continue playing poorly.

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