Just got my tickets for the game at RFK. Hope to see a good open competitive match with Jamaica in form and the US limping.
Wow, you live in the DC area?
I thought the KKKs were farther south. ;D Sorry, can't help the dig.
I've been in the DC area on vacation but I'm heading back home just in time for our home leg. When I mean in home, those in the KKK as well being dressed in all white, are totally different animals for a more sensible cause haha
Here is some news in Concacaf that might affect the AFC, notably the investigation into Bin Hamman's bribery scandal:
Jack Warner Resigns Posted Today at 11:21 AM by Bill Archer Updated Today at 11:43 AM by Bill Archer
After persistent rumors all weekend long, FIFA announced this morning that Vice President Jack Warner has resigned.
In a negotiated deal, FIFA is dropping the investigation of Warners' activities in connection with the Port-of-Spain Bribe-o-Rama on May 10 & 11.
I think it's probably more accurate to say - although I haven't seen this particular verbiage - that, since obviously the affair cannot possibly be investigated without looking into Warners' role, FIFA has agreed not to publish a finding in his case.
Warner has agreed to quit all of his positions in International soccer, including Vice President of FIFA, President of CONCACAF, President of the Caribbean Football Union, member of the FIFA Executive Committee and, of course, Special Advisor to the Trinidad & Tobago Football Federation.
Here's the entire statement from FIFA:
Jack A. Warner has informed FIFA about his resignation from his posts in international football.
FIFA regrets the turn of events that have led to Mr Warner’s decision.
His resignation has been accepted by world football’s governing body, and his contribution to international football and to Caribbean football in particular and the CONCACAF confederation are appreciated and acknowledged.
Mr Warner is leaving FIFA by his own volition after nearly 30 years of service, having chosen to focus on his important work on behalf of the people and government of Trinidad and Tobago as a Cabinet Minister and as the Chairman of the United National Congress, the major party in his country’s coalition government.
The FIFA Executive Committee, the FIFA President and the FIFA management thank Mr Warner for his services to Caribbean, CONCACAF and international football over his many years devoted to football at both regional and international level, and wish him well for the future.
As a consequence of Mr Warner’s self-determined resignation, all Ethics Committee procedures against him have been closed and the presumption of innocence is maintained.
That sound you just heard was the starters' pistol beginning the mad scramble for the posts and the power he's leaving behind.
The suspicion here is that Warner knows perfectly well that Freeh & Co. have the goods on him. It's even possible if not likely that FIFA has shown him what they have and he knows the game is up.
His more immediate problem is that the T&T police, after dragging their feet, have opened an investigation of their own.
And that's just the bribery stuff. Reportedly there's a seperate issue of having been involved with the smuggling into the country and undeclared one million dollars in US currency.
As a cabinet minister - some would say the de facto Prime Minister of T&T - it's looking increasingly possible that he'll lose his government jobs as well and if it comes to that, he could do time in jail.
The deal with FIFA will keep the information and testimony that the Ethics Committee investigators dig up hidden in a file in Zurich, and it's info that the T&T police aren't likely to be able to replicate.
For his part, Warner pledged to help FIFA’s wider corruption investigation, which includes the conduct of former FIFA presidential candidate Mohamed Bin Hammam.
“I reaffirm my offer of cooperation with the FIFA ethics committee in the resolution of the ongoing investigations into alleged irregularities pertaining to the recent visit of Mohamed Bin Hammam to Port of Spain to meet with CFU delegates.
"I have arrived at this decision in order to spare FIFA, Concacaf and, in particular, the CFU and its membership, further acrimony and divisiveness arising from this and related issues.”
It sounds like he has agreed to cooperate in the investigaion into the attempted bribery trial of AFC President Bin Hamman of Caribbean Football Union members.
www.goldcup.org/page/GoldCup/NewsDetail/0,,12802~2378704,00.html Jones, Dempsey put U.S. past Jamaica, into semis WASHINGTON -- Midfielder Jermaine Jones scored his first international goal and Clint Dempsey added the insurance to boost the United States to a 2-0 victory over Jamaica in the Gold Cup quarterfinals at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium on Sunday.
The Americans next will play Panama on Wednesday in the semifinals, a rematch of their group encounter won by "Los Canaleros" 2-1.
The victory extended the United States' unbeaten history over Jamaica to 18 matches with its 10th victory, including 11 games on U.S. soil with eight wins.
The United States played most of the game without midfield linchpin Landon Donovan, who started on the bench.
Donovan and Dempsey were given permission by coach Bob Bradley to miss three days of training prior to the match to attend their sisters' weddings in California and Texas, respectively. Both players returned via charter flights financed by U.S. Soccer. Dempsey flew into the U.S. capital at 2 a.m. Sunday, while Donovan arrived at 7:30 a.m. - 7 1/2 hours before kickoff.
Donovan couldn't go the full 90 and replaced Alejandro Bedoya in the 65th minute.
"It's been a busy stretch for Landon and we thought [with an] afternoon game, [it] made sense using him as a reserve today knowing that we could bring him on and he could give us a lot," Bradley said.
Dempsey was raring to go.
"I just wanted to pay back the U.S. team for letting me go to my sisters' wedding and come out with a good performance and not let the travel be an excuse, rather it be motivation to come out and to fight harder," he said. "I was able to chip in today and help the team win."
The Americans dominated the match, imposing themselves on the Reggae Boyz early on. They never let up.
"We just played good football," said Dempsey. "We were patient. We were confident. We moved the ball around well. We made it difficult for them to play out of the back. We were able to find players in-between their lines. We were able to create chances for ourselves. The mentality of keep going, keep pressing them, keep taking the game to them. I think eventually we wore them down."
Jones, who was making his ninth appearance for the United States, scored in the 49th minute. Jamaica defender Jermaine Taylor headed out a corner kick that went toward Jones, who volleyed it from 22 yards. The shot deflected off Taylor and past goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts. It was the first goal allowed by Jamaica in the tournament, breaking a 319-minute shutout streak.
"The first goal you score with the national team is always special and even more so that it was a very important goal for us tonight," Jones said through a translator, teammate and defender Steve Cherundolo. "So I am very proud of that."
Jones, named man of the match, celebrated his goal by saluting his father, who served in the U.S. military.
"I'm very proud to give my father on Father's Day a nice little gift," he said. "He was a soldier and so it was a nice sign of respect for my father."
Dempsey, who missed several chances in the 1-0 win over Guadeloupe on Tuesday and a few more Sunday, finally ended his scoring frustration.
Juan Agudelo, who replaced the injured Jozy Altidore (left hamstring strain) in the 12th minute, drew two defenders on the right side of the penalty area and rolled a simple ball into the middle of the box. With Ricketts raced off his line and slid to block Dempsey, who took a touch around him and tapped the ball in from three yards in the 80th minute for his 21st international goal.
Dempsey, who had missed five chances in the 1-0 win over Guadeloupe in the Group C finale, was happy to have scored.
"Just getting that off your back after the last game," he said. "Just the fact I missed so many chances. I had to keep picking myself up after a bad situation that happened. I rise above it and was able to chip in with a goal. That's the most important thing."
The Jamaicans had their best chance in the fourth minute as midfielder Michael Bradley lost the ball. Dane Richards worked his way in to send a right-cross to Ryan Johnson, who fired from point-blank range. Goalkeeper Tim Howard blocked the shot and forward Luton Shelton put the rebound over the crossbar.
"It seems such a clear offside, but it wasn't," Howard said. "I think we shut off a little bit. We didn't pay the price for it, but it woke us up. We didn't give them any more opportunities like that."
The Jamaicans were forced to play the final 23 minutes a man down after Taylor was awarded a red card by Mexican referee Marco Rodriguez after he took down an onrushing Jones from behind.
After recording three wins in the Group Stage and outscoring their foes, 7-0, Jamaica left the tournament with its first loss.
"We knew [the game] wasn't going to be easy," coach Theodore Whitmore said. "In the first 25 minutes we didn't get in our rhythm in terms of composure and ball position. It's hard to play that game against a U.S. team that plays like that."
Quarterfinals June 18 Costa Rica 1 - 1 Pen 2 - 4 Honduras Mexico 2 - 1 Guatemala June 19 Jamaica 0 - 2 United States Panama 1 - 1 Pen 5 - 3 El Salvador
Semifinals June 22 United States 7:00 PM Panama Honduras 10:00 PM Mexico
HOUSTON (AP)—Clint Dempsey struck again to give the United States a 1-0 win over Panama on Wednesday and a berth in its fourth straight Gold Cup final.
Fulham forward Dempsey scored in the 77th minute, set up by Landon Donovan, as the Americans avenged a shock loss to Panama in the group stage, and set up a final against either Honduras or old rival Mexico, who were playing in Wednesday’s other semifinal.
The United States has not conceded a goal in the three games since the surprise group loss to to Panama, which was its first ever win over the Americans and inflicted the United States’ first ever loss in the group stage of a Gold Cup.
Dempsey, who also scored in the Americans’ 2-0 win over Jamaica in the quarterfinals, said the team proved its resolve in the hard-fought rematch.
“We showed our quality in being able to grind out a result even though it wasn’t our best game,” Dempsey said.
Freddy Adu made a long-awaited return to the American team in the second half, and set up the winning goal with a long, slanting pass to Donovan, who threaded a pass through the Panama defense to Dempsey who slid in to knock the ball into the corner of the net.
“It was a great ball from Freddy to open up Landon,” Dempsey said. “All I had to do was put my foot on it.”
Donovan began on the bench for the second straight game, and joined the action in the second half to play his 27th straight Gold Cup match, extending the record he already held.
Panama lost to the Americans in the knockout stage for the fourth straight time. Coach Julio Dely Valdes said his team surprised the Americans in their match 11 days ago, and the U.S. was more focused this time.
“It was a very intense game, very few chances for both teams,” Dely Valdes said. “I’m pleased with my team’s performance, they fought until the very end.”
Both teams were missing top players in the semifinal. Panama forward Blas Perez was sent off in the quarterfinal win over El Salvador, and U.S. forward Jozy Altidore was ruled out for the rest of the tournament with a strained hamstring. Altidore had scored two of the Americans’ six goals in the tournament.
Adu, the one-time teenage phenomenon who turned 22 last month, drew cheers when he trotted onto the field in the 66th minute. His career has never taken off as anticipated, and he has bounced around a few clubs on loan deals from Portugese giants Benfica. He was playing with Caykur Rizespor in the Turkish second tier when he got the call to join the American squad.
Adu struggled early in training for the tournament, but coach Bob Bradley said he steadily regained his form.
“From the start of this camp, Freddy’s made progress,” Bradley said. “The opportunity (Wednesday) was earned on his part. You could see him getting sharper, his confidence coming back. He was a nice part of the play that led to the goal. It’s important for him, he earned this opportunity and everybody on this team feels good about that.”
Dely Valdes was encouraged that his team pushed the Americans throughout.
“The gap between the great teams and the up-and-comers has shrunk significantly,” he said. “Panama showed a very competitive level.”
Just wanted to add that even though the match will be held in the US, this is essentially an away match with majority of the spectators will be rooting for Mexico, esp. since it will be held in California where there are plenty of Mexican fans.
Yeah, Bob Bradley did a good job, no question. But if the US wants to move forward (and past their finals-choking routine) a change may be considered. Furthermore, Mexico's got so much talent. The right team won the cup, for sure.
But an upset would have been nice. I'm glad Freddy Adu's back and doing well.
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