USA late heroics put Honduras into World Cup

October 15, 2009

WASHINGTON (AP) — Jonathan Bornstein headed in a corner kick in the fifth minute of stoppage time, giving the United States a 2-2 tie against Costa Rica on Wednesday night that put Honduras in next year’s World Cup.Bryan Ruiz scored twice in a four minute-span midway through the first half, but Michael Bradley cut the U.S. deficit in the 72nd minute. With the United States playing a man short following an injury to Oguchi Onyewu and Costa Rica less just 20 seconds or so from qualifying, Bornstein headed in Robbie Rogers’ corner kick from about 7 yards.At the end, U.S. players held up a banner with the number “9” of teammate Charlie Davies, who was seriously injured in a car crash Tuesday and is unlikely to play in next year’s World Cup.While the United States topped North and Central America and the Caribbean for the second straight qualifying cycle and Honduras qualified for the World Cup for the first time since 1982, Costa Rica faces a two-game playoff next month against Uruguay.


USA to play Denmark

October 13, 2009

Well it looks like those friendlies for the World Cup are being planned.  The Danish Football Association has announced that they will be taking on the United States on November 18th in Aarhus, Denmark at NRGi Park.

The U.S. mens national team will likely schedule a friendly against another European side on November 14th.  Which is the other fixture date in November.  They have already scheduled a friendly to play Netherlands in Eindhoven on March 3, 2010.

USA World Cup Bid

September 24, 2009

In determining the host for the World Cup, FIFA looks at these criteria.

– stadiums
– finance
– health
– security
– government support
– enthusiasm for the tournament

The USA bid committee for the 2018/2022 World Cup has already narrowed the list of cities and stadiums down to 27 cities and 32 stadiums.  Eventually, the USA bid committee will have to narrow the list down to 12-15 stadiums.  FIFA’s main concern seems to passion of the fans.

Here is a list of the stadiums still in consideration to host a potential World Cup in the United States.

Metro Market / City Stadium Capacity
Atlanta Georgia Dome 71,250
Baltimore M & T Bank Stadium 71,008
Boston Gillette Stadium 71,693
Charlotte Bank of America Stadium 73,778
Chicago Soldier Field 61,000
Cleveland Cleveland Browns Stadium 72,000
Dallas Cotton Bowl 89,000
Cowboys Stadium 100,000
Denver INVESCO Field 76,125
Detroit Ford Field 67,188
Michigan Stadium 108,000
Houston Reliant Stadium 71,500
Indianapolis Lucas Oil Stadium 64,200
Jacksonville, Fla. Jacksonville Municipal Stadium 82,000
Kansas City Arrowhead Stadium 77,000
Los Angeles Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum 93,607
Rose Bowl 92,000+
Miami Land Shark Stadium 75,540
Nashville LP Field 69,143
New York / New Jersey New Meadowlands Stadium 82,000
Oakland Oakland-Alameda County Stadium 63,026
Orlando Florida Citrus Bowl 65,616
Philadelphia Lincoln Financial 67,594
Phoenix / Glendale University of Phoenix Stadium 71,000
San Diego Qualcomm Stadium 70,500
San Francisco Stanford Stadium 50,500
Seattle Husky Stadium 72,500
Qwest Field 67,000
St. Louis Edward Jones Dome 67,268
Tampa Raymond James Stadium 65,856
Washington, D.C. FedEx Field 91,704
RFK Stadium 56,692

I  created a mock World Cup bid for the U.S. I have game times at 1, 4, and 9p.m. est. Here’s why, the 1 and 4 game times would be essential for european markets. the 9 time slot would be great for the americas markets and well as east asian and australian markets because games would then actually be played when people are awake in those countries. No game is before noon local time. In my bid no venue is used in consecutive days. No team plays in the same venue more than once in group play. For round of 16 games every team would have to travel, but winners of the group would not have to travel outside it’s group stage region. There are two regions. The east and the west. Here’s what my mock world cup and schedule look like. I have selected 12 stadiums. I think it’s possible we may be able to convince FIFA into letting us use 15 venues as this would reduce travel and give more cities a chance to host games. My 3 alternate stadiums are: Charlotte, North Carolina (Bank of America Stadium) Nashville, Tennessee (LP Field) and Denver, Colorado (Invesco Field) For times I listed all times using eastern standard time.

E. Rutherford, New Jersey (New Meadowlands Stadium)
Landover, Maryland (FedEx Field)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Lincoln Financial Field)
Foxbourough, Massachusetts (Gillette Stadium)
Indianapolis, Indiana (Lincoln Financial Field)
Miami Gardens, Florida (Dolphins Stadium)

Chicago, Illinois (Soldier Field)
Pasadena, California (Rose Bowl)
Arlington, Texas (New Cowboys Stadium)
Houston, Texas (Reliant Stadium)
Glendale, Arizona (U. of Phoenix Stadium)
Seattle, Washington (Qwest Field)

Group A

USA v. Iran Friday 4p.m. @ Landover, Maryland
Greece v. Cameroon Friday 9p.m. @ Foxbourough, Massachusetts

USA v. Greece Wednesday 9p.m. @ E. Rutherford, New Jersey
Cameroon v. Iran Thursday 1p.m. @ Indianapolis, Indiana

USA v. Cameroon Tuesday 9p.m. @ Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Iran v. Greece Tuesday 9p.m. @ Miami Gardens, Florida

Group B

Germany v. Ghana Saturday 4p.m. @ Arlington, Texas
Colombia v. Portugal Saturday 9p.m. @ Seattle, Washington

Germany v. Colombia Thursday 4p.m. @ Pasadena, California
Portugal v. Ghana Thursday 9p.m. @ Houston, Texas

Germany v. Portugal Tuesday 4p.m. @ Chicago, Illinois
Ghana v. Colombia Tuesday 4p.m. @ Glendale, Arizona

Group C
Saudi Arabia
Ivory Coast

England v. Russia Saturday 1p.m. @ E. Rutherford, New Jersey
Saudi Arabia v. Ivory Coast Sunday 1p.m. @ Indianapolis, Indiana

Ivory Coast v. Russia Friday 1p.m. @ Miami Gardens, Florida
England v. Saudi Arabia Friday 4p.m. @ Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

England v. Ivory Coast Wednesday 4p.m. @ Landover, Maryland
Russia v. Saudi Arabia Wednesday 4p.m. @ Foxbourough, Massachusetts

Group D

Croatia v. Mexico Sunday 4p.m. @ Houston, Texas
Argentina v. Japan Sunday 9p.m. @ Pasadena, California

Argentina v. Croatia Friday 9p.m. @ Chicago, Illinois
Mexico v. Japan Saturday 9p.m. @ Glendale, Arizona

Argentina v. Mexico Wednesday 9p.m. @ Dallas, Texas
Japan v. Croatia Wednesday 9p.m. @ Seattle, Washington

Group E
Czech Republic

Honduras v. Czech Republic Monday 1p.m. @ Miami Gardens, Florida
Italy v. Australia Monday 4p.m. @ Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Italy v. Honduras Saturday 1p.m. @ Landover, Maryland
Czech Republic v. Australia 4p.m. @ Foxbourough, Massachusetts

Italy v. Czech Republic Thursday 4p.m. @ E. Rutherford, New Jersey
Australia v. Honduras Thursday 4p.m. @ Indianapolis, Indiana

Group F
Korea Republic

Brazil v. Sweden Monday 9p.m. @ Chicago, Illinois
Nigeria v. Korea Republic Tuesday 9p.m. @ Glendale, Arizona

Korea Republic v. Sweden Sunday 9pm. @ Seattle, Washington
Brazil v. Nigeria Sunday 9p.m. @ Arlington, Texas

Brazil v. Korea Republic Thursday 9p.m. @ Pasadena, California
Sweden v. Nigeria Thursday 9p.m. @ Houston, Texas

Group G
Costa Rica

Netherlands v. Paraguay Tuesday 1p.m. @ Foxbourough, Massachusetts
Spain v. Costa Rica Tuesday 4p.m. @ Landover, Maryland

Spain v. Netherlands Sunday 1p.m. @ E. Rutherford, New Jersey
Paraguay v. Costa Rica Monday 9p.m. @ Indianapolis, Indiana

Spain v. Paraguay Friday 9p.m. @ Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Costa Rica v. Netherlands Friday 9p.m. @ Miami Gardens, Florida

Group H

France v. Turkey Wednesday 1p.m. @ Arlington, Texas
Uruguay v. Egypt Wednesday 4p.m. @ Seattle, Washington

Egypt v. Turkey Monday 1p.m. @ Houston, Texas
France v. Uruguay Monday 4p.m. @ Pasadena, California

France v. Egypt Friday 4p.m. @ Chicago, Illinois
Turkey v. Uruguay 4p.m. @ Glendale, Arizona

Round of 16

A1 v. B2 Saturday 1p.m. @ Foxbourough, Massachusetts
C1 v. D2 Saturday 4p.m. @ Indianapolis, Indiana
D1 v. C2 Sunday 1p.m @ Houston, Texas
B1 v. A2 Sunday 4p.m. @ Pasadena, California
C1 v. F2 Monday 4p.m. @ Landover, Maryland
G1 v. H2 Monday 9p.m. @ Miami Gardens, Florida
F1 v. E2 Tuesday 4p.m. @ Glendale, Arizona
H1 v. G2 Tuesday 9p.m. @ Seattle, Washington


* If this date fell on July 4th I would switch this game time to 1p.m. Giving European a greater viewership and since it’s a holiday in America it wouldn’t interfere with the normal American workweek. Thus the reason weekday knockout round games are at 4p.m. and 9p.m. instead of 1p.m. and 4p.m. like the weekend.

E1/F2 v. G1/H2 Friday 4p.m. @ E. Rutherford, New Jersey
A1/B2 v. C1/D2 Friday 9p.m. @ Philadelphia, Pennsylvania *
B1/A2 v. D1/C2 Saturday 1p.m. @ Chicago, Illinois
F1/E2 v. H1/G2 Saturday 4p.m. @ Arlington, Texas


Tuesday 9p.m. @ Landover, Maryland
Wednesday 9p.m. @ Pasadena, California

3rd place game

Saturday 9p.m. @ Chicago, Illinois

World Cup Final

Sunday 2:45p.m. @ E. Rutherford, New Jersey