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— LA Galaxy (@LAGalaxy) June 29, 2015
Like it or not, athletes are role models. It’s why they get the big bucks on the field and often big bucks off it, as sponsors seek famous pitchmen to hawk their products.
But when sports stars go off the rails — the substance abuse issues of George Best and Paul Gascoigne come to mind — the results can be tragic if no one is willing to tell prodigiously talented stars with egos to match to straighten up fast for the good of their careers and lives.
This week one notable sports site suggested that the recent actions of Neymar, for example, at Copa America were merely about boys being boys.
That’s a dumb, small-minded attitude that portends trouble ahead.
Accountability has sadly been missing of late in the corrupt world of soccer off and on the field.
By coincidence, U.S. Soccer issued a ruling on the Dempsey red card this morning:
The U.S. Open Cup Adjudication and Discipline Panel has suspended Seattle Sounders FC forward Clint Dempsey a total of six U.S. Open Cup matches or the next two years of U.S. Open Cup competition, whichever is greater. The suspension is due to his actions during the U.S. Open Cup match between Seattle Sounders FC and Portland Timbers on June 16, 2015.
In addition, Dempsey has been fined an undisclosed amount.
The panel convened Tuesday, June 23, 2015 to review the evidence gathered in regards to the incident. Mr. Dempsey waived his right to an appeal.
Due to the suspension, Dempsey cannot play in any U.S. Open Cup matches in 2016 or 2017, and possibly longer depending on the number of tournament games in which Dempsey’s team participates in those years.
Galaxy Striker Gyasi Zardes, just named MLS Player of the Week, and defender Omar Gonzalez will report next Monday to the U.S. camp in Nashville ahead of the Gold Cup that begins July 3 with a game against Guatemala in Tennessee before a crowd opf more than 25,000. The pair will leave after Sunday’s game in San Jose against the Earthquakes.
Said coach Jurgen Klinsmann:
“Our approach for putting together the roster for this summer’s Gold Cup, which is very, very important to us, is obviously to do everything possible to win this competition,” he said. “Winning it would qualify us for the 2017 Confederations Cup in Russia, so putting the pieces together is very crucial. That’s why we came out with a roster full of quality, but also a lot of experience; players that are used to playing in the CONCACAF region and also younger players that came through the ranks over the last year that made a stamp on the senior National Team program.”
The roster includes 17 players from last year’s World Cup squad.
The complete roster:
Goalkeepers — Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake), William Yarbrough (Club Leon)
Defenders — Ventura Alvarado (Club America), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC/), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Tim Ream (Bolton Wanderers)
Midfielders — Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Mix Diskerud (New York City FC), Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt), DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham Hotspur), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
Forwards — Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes).
The 35-player provisional squads for the 12 participating nations will be whittled to 23 players on June 23.
The tournament begins July 7.
GK (4) – Luis Michel (Chivas de Guadalajara/Mexico); Moises Muñoz (Club America/Mexico); Guillermo Ochoa (Malaga/Spain); Jonathan Orozco (Monterrey/Mexico)
DF (10) – Paul Aguilar (Club America/Mexico); Oswaldo Alanis (Santos/Mexico); Yasser Corona (Queretaro/Mexico); Miguel Herrera (Pachuca/Mexico); Miguel Layun (Watford/England); Hiram Mier (Monterrey/Mexico); Hector Moreno (Espanyol/Spain); Fernando Navarro (Leon/Mexico); Diego Reyes (Porto/Portugal); Francisco Javier Rodriguez (Cruz Azul/Mexico)
MF (13) – Nestor Calderon (Santos/Mexico); Jonathan Dos Santos (Villarreal/Spain); Jesús Dueñas (Tigres/Mexico); Andres Guardado (PSV Eindhoven/Netherlands); Erick Gutierrez (Pachuca/Mexico); Hector Herrera (Porto/Portugal); Hirving Lozano (Pachuca/Mexico); Jesus Molina (Santos/Mexico); Orbelin Pineda (Queretaro/Mexico); Miguel Ponce (Chivas de Guadalajara/MEX); Antonio Rios (Toluca/Mexico); Jorge Torres Nilo (Tigres/Mexico); Jose Juan Vazquez (Leon/Mexico)
FW (8) – Jesus Corona (FC Twente/Netherlands); Aldo De Nigris (Chivas de Guadalajara/Mexico); Giovani Dos Santos (Villarreal/Spain); Carlos Esquivel (Toluca/Mexico); Javier Hernandez (Real Madrid/Spain); Javier Orozco (Santos/Mexico); Oribe Peralta (Club America/Mexico); Carlos Vela (Real Sociedad/Spain)
GK (4) – Brad Guzan (Aston Villa/England); Bill Hamid (D.C. United/USA); Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake/USA); William Yarbrough (Leon/Mexico)
DF (12) – Ventura Alvarado (Club America/Mexico); DaMarcus Beasley (Houston Dynamo/USA); Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City/USA); John Brooks (Hertha Berlin/Germany); Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt/Germany); Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders/USA); Greg Garza (Club Tijuana/Mexico); Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy/USA); Michael Orozco (Puebla/Mexico); Tim Ream (Bolton Wanderers/England); Brek Shea (Orlando City SC/USA); DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham Hotspur/England)
MF (12) – Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake/USA); Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes/France); Michael Bradley (Toronto FC/Canada); Joe Corona (Club Tijuana/Mexico); Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo/USA); Mix Diskerud (New York City FC/USA); Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach/Germany); Perry Kitchen (D.C. United/USA); Alfredo Morales (Inglostadt 04/Germany); Lee Nguyen (New England Revolution/USA); Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy/USA); Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City/USA)
FW (7) – Juan Agudelo (New England Revolution/USA); Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC/Canada); Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders/USA); Alan Gordon (LA Galaxy/USA); Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar/Netherlands); Jordan Morris (Stanford University/USA); Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes/USA)
Your strikers hit woodwork hard, our Wood works hard to strike! And Win. Again! #USMNT
— ScreamingEagles (@ScreamingEagles) June 10, 2015
Klinsmann gets clapped off the stage by German media. #USMNT
— Kyle McCarthy (@kylejmccarthy) June 10, 2015
I'm jealous of American soccer. They get a proper team, moments of genuine euphoria, likeable plyrs. Why can't England have that?
— James Montague (@JamesPiotr) June 10, 2015
— Simon Borg (@SimonBorg) June 10, 2015
— Alejandro Bedoya (@AleBedoya17) June 10, 2015
Morris has featured in THREE straight game-winning goals for the #USMNT. Remarkable for a college kid. Remarkable even for a Prem veteran!
— Kartik Krishnaiyer (@kkfla737) June 10, 2015
#USMNT has 6 wins in 14 European road games under Klinsmann. U.S. had 6 wins in 28 Euro road games from 1991-2010.
— Paul Carr (@PCarrESPN) June 10, 2015
2nd #USMNT game winning goal in 5 days, on the road, versus a Top 6 team, for Bobby Wood.
— Rob Stone (@RobStoneONFOX) June 10, 2015
The real excitement came at the end of the game as the U.S. came from behind with two goals in as many minutes to overhaul a classy opponent, but Gyasi Zardes will be well pleased with scoring the (first) equalizer with about 30 minutes gone.
Zardes’ first U.S. goal came in his seventh international appearance.
A+ ball by Fabian Johnson. A+ run and finish by Gyasi Zardes. A+ goal by the #USMNT.
— Jimmy Conrad (@JimmyConrad) June 5, 2015
Zardes w/a nice finish, but has also had handful of plays that simply needed to be better. A work in progress, but goal = confidence booster
— Ives Galarcep (@SoccerByIves) June 5, 2015
— Baggio Husidic (@Ba66io) June 5, 2015
Seeing @gyasinho play for USMNT is so amazing! We grew up in the same hood, went to the same school! I'm so proud his accomplishments!
— [G]uppy (@BellaChrista121) June 5, 2015
— LA Galaxy (@LAGalaxy) June 1, 2015
Missing plenty of first-choice players as has become the norm this season, the LA Galaxy (5-4-6) squandered a lead in difficult windy and wet conditions on the fake turf so many players hate (Robbie Keane, who despises artificial turf sat this one out) in New England Sunday to draw 2-2 with the New England Revolution in a rematch of last year’s MLS Cup.
The result saw the Galaxy extend their road winless streak to 14 games in what was their record seventh MLS game in a month.
The highlight of the game was a cheeky back heel from the steadily improving Jose Villarreal in the 27th minute to set up the second Galaxy goal for Hawthorne’s Gyasi Zardes, who retained his place on the USMNT roster for the upcoming games against the Netherlands Friday and Germany on June 10 in Europe.
“Jose is a phenomenal player,” Zardes said. “He’s so classy and cheeky. Just to play a through ball like that is nice.”
The Galaxy have not started the same XI in consecutive weeks this season and on Sunday were without Robbie Rogers, Todd Dunivant, Robbie Keane, A.J. DeLaGarza and Brian Perk due to injury.
Next for the Galaxy: Against the Vancouver Whitecaps 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Carson.