US National Team
The U.S. men's national team played a closed-door scrimmage yesterday afternoon against Club Tijuana's reserves at the Home Depot Center. We don't expect any highlights to surface, but reports have said that Dynamo forward Will Bruin scored two goals in his side's win. Wasserman Media Group agent Aaron Maines appears to have had a front-row seat for the scrimmage (as evidenced by his Twitpic) and sent the following update:
— Aaron Maines (@Amaines) January 23, 2013
This is definitely good news for Bruin, who is in his first camp with the USMNT. It's too early to say if this type of showing might earn Bruin a spot on a World Cup qualifying squad, but if he continues to show well in training, there is a good chance to see Bruin line up against Canada for the January 29 match at BBVA Compass Stadium.
Sports Illustrated and FOX Soccer's Grant Wahl joined Rob Stone on Goals on Sunday to talk a variety of topics including the possibility of Brad Davis sticking with the USMNT for the upcoming qualifiers.
Elsewhere around the internet, Ives Galarcep, of the blog Soccer by Ives, spoke with Davis about his time in camp and the differences between playing with the national team and the Dynamo. It's an interesting read as Davis discusses the differences in tactics between Dynamo head coach Dominic Kinnear and U.S. men's national team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann.
Dynamo midfielder Brad Davis and goalkeeper Tally Hall are currently in training camp with the U.S. men's national team. US Soccer caught up with our Dynamo men to get their impressions of the camp so far.
Hall spoke about getting to know the other members of the team during his first time in camp, the goals of the camp, the opportunity provided by being called into camp, the honor of being called into camp and representing the U.S., and what possibility of playing in Houston in the upcoming friendly means as a Dynamo player.
Davis spoke about getting into camp and meshing with the other players, taking camp day by day and the excitement of camp.
On Wednesday, the U.S. women’s national team will continue their gold-medal celebration victory tour with a match against China at BBVA Compass Stadium. This will be the penultimate match of the Fan Tribute Tour, as the USWNT celebrates its gold medal from the 2012 London Olympics. The match will kick off at 7:30 p.m. CT and tickets can be purchased by clicking here.
Wednesday's match will be the second of three for the USWNT against China. The USWNT defeated China 2-0 Friday night in front of 17,371 fans at Ford Field in Detroit.
The USWNT is currently 6-0-2 on its victory tour. 2012 U.S. Soccer Female Athlete of the Year Alex Morgan has scored eights goals on the tour, while the team's all-time leading scorer Abby Wambach has added five. The women have outscored their opponents 28-6 in the past eight matches.
The USWNT have attracted more than 18,000 fans per match during their Fan Tribute Tour and Wednesday's match is expected to sell out.
For fans who want to get an early look at the squad, there will be an open training session on Tuesday at BBVA Compass Stadium at 5 p.m. Fans may enter through the Statoil gate only (northeast side of stadium) beginning at 4:30 p.m. There will be parking available on a first come, first serve basis in lot C.
U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (2): 1-Hope Solo, 18-Nicole Barnhart
DEFENDERS (6): 2-Heather Mitts, 3-Christie Rampone, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 5-Kelley O'Hara, 6-Amy LePeilbet, 16-Rachel Buehler
MIDFIELDERS (5): 7-Shannon Boxx, 9-Heather O'Reilly, 10-Carli Lloyd, 15-Megan Rapinoe, 17-Tobin Heath
FORWARDS (5): 8-Amy Rodriguez, 11-Sydney Leroux, 12-Lauren Cheney, 13-Alex Morgan, 14-Abby Wambach
See full highlights from the United States' 3-1 win over Guatemala Tuesday night in Kansas City. With the win, the U.S. took first place in Group A and punched their ticket to the final round of World Cup qualifying, which begins in February 2013.
I haven't been able to find a box score, but it looks like Kofi Sarkodie did see time in Sunday's scrimmage win over the Atlanta Silverbacks. Following the match, Kofi and Montreal's Zarek Valentin spoke with USSoccer.com's Heather Soltis. The U-23s begin Olympic qualifying on Thursday when they take on Cuba at 8 p.m. CT. The match can be seen on Universal Sports Network and Telemundo.