Is it time for Jurgen Klinsmann to go as boss of the USMNT? Read my take in this week’s 100 Percent Soccer column.
Hit the jump for a transcript of what Michael Bradley said:
Don’t look now, but if the U.S. doesn’t beat Mexico at home in Pasadena Saturday that should spell big trouble for a U.S. national team coach facing a big rebuilding job as an era comes to an end.
Read more in this week’s 100 Percent Soccer column (link is fixed).
The rosters were announced Saturday, and two Galaxy players were included, with Gyasi Zardes getting the call for the United States and Giovani dos Santos making the cut for Mexico.
Omar Gonzalez, a veteran with the U.S. men’s national team with World Cup experience, was left off the roster by Jurgen Klinsmann.
Hit the jump for full rosters for both teams:
Giovani dos Santos spoke to the media Friday, one day after being named to the Mexican national team for the CONCACAF Cup. The 26-year-old had been a constant fixture with the national team before September, when he was not called up for El Tri’s international friendlies.
“I’m happy to be called into the game for the national team,” dos Santos said. “It’s always a dream come true so I’m looking forward to being there with the national team.”
In less than a week, the United States and Mexico will trim down their provisional rosters for the Oct. 10 showdown between the two federations at the Rose Bowl. After he was left off the team for two international friendlies earlier in the month, dos Santos is hopeful he can make the cut when rosters are trimmed Oct. 1.
“For me, it’s always a dream come true going to the national team,” dos Santos said Thursday after training with the LA Galaxy. “It’s only a pre list so hopefully I can be on the final list.” Continue reading
If you weren’t lucky enough to win the ticket lottery for Oct. 10’s United States vs. Mexico CONCACAF Cup matchup in the Rose Bowl (or if you would rather not pony up several hundred dollars for tickets), 200 movie theaters across the nation have partnered with Fox Sports 1 to show the game live.
Two theaters in the South Bay, two in Long Beach and two in Los Angeles will be showing the game on Oct. 10 at 6:30 p.m.
Click here for a full list of theaters. Tickets went on sale Friday online, but it seems as if the online server is having some trouble displaying showtimes, so calling your local theater to confirm is probably the safest bet right now.
After provisional rosters were released earlier this month, both teams will cut their lineups down to 23 players on Oct. 1. The LA Galaxy have four players on the provisional rosters: Giovani dos Santos for Mexico and Gyasi Zardes, Omar Gonzalez and Alan Gordon for the United States.
Mexico will be missing its captain after Andres Guardado injured his ankle during the UEFA Champions League against Manchester United.
The highly anticipated matchup between Mexico and the United States is the biggest international soccer match on U.S. soil this year, and the race for tickets may be just as hotly contested as the game.
The first round of ticket lottery winners for the CONCACAF Cup match on Oct. 10 at the Rose Bowl was announced Wednesday. If you haven’t gotten the email yet, don’t worry: CONCACAF will announce lucky lotto winners Thursday and Friday in addition to those who received tickets Wednesday.
Those who win the lottery should be ready to dig deep in to their bank accounts, though. Official tickets purchased through Primesport.com run from $107.10 each to $600. On the secondary market, midfield seats at the Rose Bowl will run you up to $5,000 a pop with a parking pass alone costing $208.
(For the low, low price of $14,700, you and 19 of your best friends can get a catered suite at the game.)
Lottery winners will receive a one-time code to purchase their tickets through Ticketmaster. All codes are valid until 11:59 p.m. PDT on Friday, Sept. 18 and grant the lottery winner the opportunity to buy up to six tickets. Tickets are required for all children over the age of 2.
Both teams announced provisional rosters for the match yesterday, with four LA Galaxy players getting the call (Giovani dos Santos, Omar Gonzalez, Gyasi Zardes and Alan Gordon).
If Friday comes and goes, and you’re still without a lottery code, there will be a limited amount of tickets available on Sept. 29 at 10 a.m. PDT.
But on the first day of the lottery, there are plenty of happy fans with their tickets in hand already:
— Federico Avalos Jr. (@FedM80) September 16, 2015
— Miguel Serrano (@Mig_Serrano) September 16, 2015
Got my tickets!!!!!! MEXICO VS USA! #CONCACAFCup
— Andy Ramirez (@andyramz15) September 16, 2015
— Angie Rivera (@angg08) September 16, 2015