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MLS Preview: Chivas USA – Portland Timbers

Meanwhile, Australian member of NZ Glenn Ashby’s family frolicked in the sun, relaxed and happy while the press conference continued in front of them on the huge screen in the center of the pavillion. Kiwis lounged in the oversized bean bag chairs and waved flags. A stuffed Kiwi toy peeked his or her beak out of a backpack at the Puma Bar. The little girls in black Emirates t-shirts scampered and played with their Barbie dolls. Ashby’s Dad John, who lives in Australia, camped out under the Puma Bar stairs in the shade and helped keep an eye on the rambunctious family. The girls played ate watermelon, peaches and green grapes and sipped canned lemonade. Just another at the office for Dad. Holly the tiny one, with a head of blond curls and pink cheeks, liked to show off her New Zealand pretend tattoo. She even took a picture using my camera by pressing the big silver button. Her grandfather helped her press down but he said she knows how to use an iPhone to select movies and watch them. “I don’t even have an iPhone” he said. Holly the tiniest also has quite a voice on her though she doesn’t quite talk yet. It’s all about volume. Check out her work in the slideshow of this article.

Deuce is the captain of our ship! they sang as he frenetically hopped about and pulled his shirt off. The relief was palpable. It had been a treacherously winding road. The Americans had been utterly unconvincing in the semifinal round of World Cup qualifying, trying to execute and adjust to newish head coach Jurgen Klinsmanns tactics, methods and wishes. The final round began with a disheveling 2-1 loss at Honduras. POLL Who was the best USA player vs. Mexico? Tim Howard Landon Donovan Other Ahead of their next two games, a minor mutiny seemed to break out, as a dozen or so players anonymously griped to Sporting News about all the changes Klinsmann had brought. But they rallied. An impressive home win over Costa Rica while getting buried in snow and a rare away tie against Mexico put them back on a track. Then they reeled off three consecutive wins over Jamaica, Panama and Honduras, setting them up to clinch on Friday. They lost to Costa Rica 3-1 and so clinched on Tuesday instead. Klinsmann no longer looks lost. Instead, he looks like what the United States Soccer Federation had hoped for when they hired him — the guy to take them to the next level. This is a huge, huge evening for all of us and were all extremely proud of this team, said Klinsmann following the game, his wisps of blond hair flattened from whatever had flowed over them.

NZ wins 6th pt against USA in America’s Cup as Skipper and Ashby in fine trim (Video)

By Ives Galarcep Comments George Frey The Portland Timbers are in the thick of the Western Conference playoff race, and they know a win can make the difference between jumping as high as third in the West, and falling out of playoff position altogether. That makes their visit to Chivas USA on Saturday night such a tricky proposition. On paper, the Timbers should have no problem dealing with the last-place team in the West, but Chivas USA has shown considerable improvement of late, and a big part of the resurgence has been the red-hot Erick Torres. The Mexican striker has scored an impressive seven goals in nine matches since joining on loan from Chivas Guadalajara, and his presence in the Chivas USA attack has helped the club go from pushover to tough challenger. Throw in the outstanding form of goalkeeper Dan Kennedy and you can understand how the Goats have suffered just one loss in their past four matches. The Timbers will be looking to ride the momentum created by last week’s 4-0 thrashing of Toronto FC, a victory that signaled the return of captain Will Johnson from injury. The win also came without the services of Jamaican national team players Donovan Ricketts, Ryan Johnson and Alvas Powell, who are all back to face Chivas USA. The key to posting a win at the StubHub Center on Saturday will be the play of Timbers center back Pa Modou Kah. He will have the task of trying to shut down the elusive and crafty Torres, who has shown a solid ability to find the gaps in opposing defenses. Offensively, Portland will look to get Diego Valeri and Rodney Wallace going against a vulnerable Chivas USA defense that has shown some signs of improvement in recent weeks. Chivas USA 1-0 Portland Timbers 50 % Chivas USA 0-2 Portland Timbers 50 %

USA to face Scotland in November friendly

The win propelled the Americans to the top of the qualifying table with 16 points, one ahead of Costa Rica. Honduras is third with 11 points while Panama sits fourth ahead of Mexico based on their better goals scored differential. They both have eight points while Jamaica is sixth with four points. Johnson broke the deadlock in the 49th minute with a header before Donovan doubled the lead in the 78th from close range in front of a crowd of 24,584 at Columbus Crew Stadium. “It was a tense game and a lot was at stake but everybody was so hungry for this win,” said American coach Jurgen Klinsmann. USA goalkeeper Tim Howard made a pair of key saves in the first half to keep the match scoreless before Johnson headed home a Donovan corner just four minutes into the second half. “In the second half we were fantastic,” Howard said. “We knew we were going to create chances and we did.” The Americans were missing four key players, including midfielder Michael Bradley who sat out with an ankle injury. Three others were serving suspensions after picking up cautions in last Friday’s defeat to Costa Rica. Clint Dempsey missed a kick in the dying seconds which could have made it 3-0. The result stretches the Americans’ unbeaten streak at home in World Cup qualifiers to 26 games, while Mexico has lost two straight in qualification. The top three CONCACAF nations qualify for next year’s 32-nation event in Brazil. The fourth place finisher will end up in a playoff with New Zealand.

USA, Costa Rica clinch World Cup spots

Hiram Mier (L) of Mexico tries to get past Landon Donovan of USA in Columbus, Ohio, September 10, 2013

Following the conclusion of World Cup qualifying, the U.S. national team will be heading to Europe to close out what has been a fruitful year of international fixtures. Jurgen Klinsmann’s side will play Scotland at Hampden Park on Nov. 15, the first of two FIFA international fixture dates in the month. A second match slated for Nov. 19 is expected to be announced in the near future. Since the games fall on official fixture dates, Klinsmann will have a full complement of players available to him as he looks to further examine his player pool with an eye on Brazil 2014. The game against Scotland is crucial for us, because we have so few games between now and when we name the roster for the FIFA World Cup, Klinsmann said in a U.S. Soccer release. Its a huge opportunity for the players, and we are excited to play against a team and in a venue that has so much tradition and history in football. The USA holds a 2-3-2 record all-time against Scotland. In their most recent encounter last May, which kicked off a stretch of five games, the Americans rolled to a 5-1 victory in Jacksonville, Fla., on the strength of a Landon Donovan hat trick. Michael Bradley scored on a vicious volley, and Jermaine Jones had a goal and two assists in the rout. The two games in November will cap off a year that has seen the USA already qualify for next summer’s World Cup with two qualifying matches remaining in October, while also capturing the CONCACAF Gold Cup and winning 14 games, a team record for a single year.