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jozy altidore reaches 100 caps as his usmnt legend continues to grow


jozy altidore is already the united states' third greatest goalscorer of all-time. he's been the team's leading striker for nearly a decade now and he's done it all by 27 years of age. and now he's a member of the americans' hallowed 100-cap club.when the opening whistle blew for the americans' friendly against serbia on sunday, and altidore was out on the pitch to kick off the national team's 2017 paign, he had officially picked up his 100th cap. he's just the 17th american man to ever reach that mark and the second youngest.by almost any measure, altidore's u.s. career has been nothing short of extraordinary. whether it was his four goals at the 2007 u-20 world cup, scoring his first goal for the senior team against mexico at just 18 years old, setting a u.s. record as the youngest playe






jozy altidore makes 100th international appearance


san diego — jozy altidore has become the second-youngest american men’s player to make 100 international appearances.altidore started sunday’s exhibition against serbia, the first game for the u.s. since bruce arena replaced coach jurgen klinsmann in november and took over the national team for the first time since 2006.altidore has 37 goals for the u.s. he is the 17th american male to reach 100 appearances and at 27 years, 84 days, trailing only landon donovan at 26 years, 96 days.with europe-based players not available, nick rimando started in goal and arena used a 4-2-3-1 formation that had graham zusi at right back with steve birnbaum and chad marshall in the center and greg garza at left back.captain michael bradley and jermaine jones were in defensive midfield, with sacha kljestan in






jozy altidore reaches 100 caps as his usmnt legend continues to grow


jozy altidore is already the united states’ third greatest goalscorer of all-time. he’s been the team’s leading striker for nearly a decade now and he’s done it all by 27 years of age. and now he’s a member of the americans’ hallowed 100-cap club.when the opening whistle blew for the americans’ friendly against serbia on sunday, and altidore was out on the pitch to kick off the national team’s 2017 paign, he had officially picked up his 100th cap. he’s just the 17th american man to ever reach that mark and the second youngest.by almost any measure, altidore’s u.s. career has been nothing short of extraordinary. whether it was his four goals at the 2007 u-20 world cup, scoring his first goal for the senior team against mexico at just 18 years old, setting a u.s. record as the youngest playe






should bruce arena have the usmnt playing with one or two strikers?


the second bruce arena era of the united states national team opened on sunday, and it was difficult to take away too much from the game because of the limited player pool available. but one thing was obvious: arena likes idea of a lone-striker system.the a ntage of the system is clear – by having a single striker, the americans can have more numbers in the midfield to control possession. that includes having a dedicated no. 10 who can dictate the tempo of the game and provide the creativity arena has said the team needs, while having other midfield help to shore up defensive vulnerabilities.arena deployed the usmnt in a 4-2-3-1 or a 4-1-4-1 against serbia, depending how you look at it, and it’s a formation that in a lot of ways suits the usmnt’s personnel:• michael bradley gets to sit dee






should bruce arena have the usmnt playing with one or two strikers?


the second bruce arena era of the united states national team opened on sunday, and it was difficult to take away too much from the game because of the limited player pool available. but one thing was obvious: arena likes idea of a lone-striker system.the a ntage of the system is clear – by having a single striker, the americans can have more numbers in the midfield to control possession. that includes having a dedicated no. 10 who can dictate the tempo of the game and provide the creativity arena has said the team needs, while having other midfield help to shore up defensive vulnerabilities.arena deployed the usmnt in a 4-2-3-1 or a 4-1-4-1 against serbia, depending how you look at it, and it’s a formation that in a lot of ways suits the usmnt’s personnel:michael bradley gets to sit deepe






bruce arena's return brings a timeless element to u.s. national team


it’s been a while since bruce arena coached a game with the u.s. national team.“we’re on our third president now,” said arena, whose first stint with the national team ended when the 2006 world cup did.  “things have changed.”changed a lot. consider that twitter was launched the month arena was fired, while facebook was still a niche product. and the iphone hadn’t even been invented.but if the world around him has changed, those who know arena best insist the coach hasn’t.“same guy,” said forward jozy altidore, who played his first professional game for arena.  “he’s probably a better coach. [but] he’s still the same guy.”added defender damarcus beasley, the only holdover from arena’s last national team: “there’s nothing much different. … his personality’s the same.”arena will start his se






arena's second stint as u.s. coach opens with 0-0 tie vs serbia


san diego — bruce arena's second stint as coach of the u.s. national team began the same result as his first, a 0-0 draw.the united states had few scoring chances in sunday's match against a young serbia roster, the first game for the americans since jurgen klinsmann was fired after a pair of losses in world cup qualifiers in november and replaced by arena.arena led the team to a 71-30-29 record from 1998-2006, becoming the winningest coach in american national team history and earning election to the national soccer hall of fame. he opened with a tie against australia and was fired following the team's first-round elimination at the 2006 world cup, returned to major league soccer and led the to three league titles.the u.s. plays jamaica on friday in an exhibition at chattanooga, tennessee






arena's 2nd stint as us coach opens with 0-0 tie vs serbia


san diego — bruce arena's second stint as coach of the u.s. national team began the same result as his first, a 0-0 draw.the united states had few scoring chances in sunday's match against a young serbia roster, the first game for the americans since jurgen klinsmann was fired after a pair of losses in world cup qualifiers in november and replaced by arena.arena led the team to a 71-30-29 record from 1998-2006, becoming the winningest coach in american national team history and earning election to the national soccer hall of fame. he opened with a tie against australia and was fired following the team's first-round elimination at the 2006 world cup, returned to major league soccer and led the to three league titles.the u.s. plays jamaica on friday in an exhibition at chattanooga, tennessee






arena's second stint as u.s. coach opens with 0-0 tie vs serbia


san diego — bruce arena's second stint as u.s. coach began with the same result as his first, a 0-0 exhibition draw.the united states had just one s of target against a young serbia team on sunday, the first game for the americans since jurgen klinsmann was fired after a pair of losses in world cup qualifiers in november and replaced by arena."clearly we would have liked to win the game today," arena said. "but for this time of the year i was encouraged by a number of performances by our team."arena led the u.s. to a 71-30-29 record in his first stint, becoming the winningest coach in american national team history and earning election to the national soccer hall of fame. he opened with a tie against australia in 1998 and was fired following the team's first-round elimination in a loss to






jermaine jones, sacha kljestan leave u.s. soccer p ahead of jamaica exhibition –


carson, calif. — midfielders jermaine jones and sacha kljestan left the u.s. training p and will miss friday’s exhibition against jamaica at chattanooga, tennessee.jones is reporting to the la galaxy and kljestan is awaiting the birth of his child, the u.s. soccer federation said monday thatboth started sunday’s 0-0 tie against serbia in san diego, the first game for the americans since bruce arena replaced jurgen klinsmann and started his second stint as coach.twenty-one players remain on the roster for friday’s game. europe-based players will miss the match but will return for world cup qualifiers against honduras on march 24 at san jose, california, and at panama four days later. the u.s. is trying to overcome a 0-2 start in the final round of world cup qualifying in north and central a






will the u.s. men’s national team qualify for world cup?


jan 29, 2017; san diego, ca, usa; united states head coach bruce arena (left) looks on before the game against the serbia at qualcomm stadium.  jake roth-usa today sports sandwiched in between a friendly match against serbia and an upcoming friendly against jamaica this friday, new usmnt manager bruce arena has said that he sees no reason why his squad shouldn’t qualify for world cup play.for context, we’ll take a look back to nov. 20, when the usmnt was embarr ed 4-0 in costa rica. in the days following the loss, former manager jurgen klinsmann publicly stated that he was 1,000 percent sure that the team would a nce to russia in 2018. the u.s. found itself 0-2 in group play after losing to mexico in a prior match, and klinsmann was shown the door.for national team managers, their career






u.s. soccer march world cup qualifiers roster projection


with his first training p and friendlies behind him, bruce arena will turn attention over the next six weeks to embling a u.s. national soccer team roster for two matches that could make or break the 2018 world cup qualifying paign.he will visit players engaged with clubs abroad and monitor mls candidates plunging into a new season. he’ll begin laying out strategy for the march 24 meeting against honduras at san jose’s avaya stadium and the visit to panama four days later.without the luxury of additional tune-ups for further experimentation, arena will fill most of the slots with players utilized by his predecessor, jurgen klinsmann. they are good enough, arena suggests; it’s a matter of tactics, organization and chemistry.the depth chart is sure to shift because of injuries, rises and dip






usmnt face serbia in bruce arena’s comeback as manager


sunday’s u.s. vs. serbia friendly will present a welcome sight for many u.s. men’s national team fans, a manager other than jurgen klinsmann patrolling the american touchline. bruce arena will manage his first game as usmnt coach since he was fired in 2006. klinsmann was axed after bombing two crucial november world cup qualifiers and following years of m ive failures. bruce arena now steps in to try and figure out how to get this team to the world cup.arena used his january training p to evaluate potential mls roster call-ups for march world cup qualifiers and the upcoming 2017 gold cup. he originally placed 32 mls players on his roster (they are the only players available) but has since cut it down to 23, adding mexican-based left back jorge villafaña. here’s what the roster will look li






usmnt face serbia in bruce arena’s comeback as manager


arena oversees the americans for the first time in over a decade in his return on sunday. victor decolongon/getty images sunday’s u.s. vs. serbia friendly will present a welcome sight for many u.s. men’s national team fans, a manager other than jurgen klinsmann patrolling the american touchline. bruce arena will manage his first game as usmnt coach since he was fired in 2006. klinsmann was axed after bombing two crucial november world cup qualifiers and following years of m ive failures. bruce arena now steps in to try and figure out how to get this team to the world cup.arena used his january training p to evaluate potential mls roster call-ups for march world cup qualifiers and the upcoming 2017 gold cup. he originally placed 32 mls players on his roster (they are the only players avai






what have we learned from the usmnt this winter?


jordan morris (left) scored the lone goal for the states in the first two games of the second arena era.  christopher hanewinckel-usa today sports bruce arena’s first two matches as manager of the united states national team have concluded, and there are decidedly mixed opinions on his and the team’s performance. for some, 0-0 and 1-0 results against c and b level serbia and jamaica is simply not enough, while for others, the incremental progress seen throughout the mls-filled january roster makes up for any underwhelming results.it is certainly true that failing to score a single goal over 140 minutes against the second and third squads of lower-tier uefa and concacaf opponents is not ideal. considering the personnel arena was putting out — not the first team, but there were plenty of s






former washington husky cheng-tsung pan ties for 2nd in pga tour event won by jo


jon rahm won the farmers insurance open at torrey pines in san diego by three strokes. ex-uw standout cheng-tsung pan, 25, earned $589,600 for a second-place tie, his best performance on the pga tour.golfrahm wins; pan ties for 2nd placejon rahm of spain added his name to the list of young stars sunday with his big game and a big finish at torrey pines in san diego.rahm made two eagles over the final six holes, the last a 61-foot putt from the back fringe on the par-5 18th, for a 5-under-par 67 to win the farmers insurance open by three s s. it was his first pga tour victory.former washington huskies standout cheng-tsung pan (70) and charles howell iii (68) tied for second place. it was the 25-year-old pan’s best finish in his 13 starts on the pga tour, surp ing a tie for sixth at the rsm






shallow mls player pool continues to hamper national team


when the united states won the right to play host to the 1994 world cup, one condition was the country had to form a competitive, first-tier professional soccer league.twenty-one years after its founding, major league soccer has delivered on only part of its promise. yes, the league has grown to 22 teams from 10 and announced plans to add six more franchises in the near future. last season, mls claimed an average attendance of 21,692, better than first-division leagues in france, brazil, argentina, portugal and the netherlands. and its games were available on tv in more than 140 countries and territories.but the league has not been nearly as successful on the field, where its mission to construct a pipeline sending world-cl domestic players to the u.s. national team has faltered. the lates






an evolved, in-need u.s. men's national team returns to bruce's unchanged arena


this story appears in the feb. 13, 2017 issue of sports illustrated. to subscribe, click here.in mid-january, a few days before he led the u.s. men’s soccer team into practice for the first time in 11 years, coach bruce arena settled in for a long dinner at mangiamo, his favorite italian haunt near his home in manhattan beach, calif. one of arena’s companions ordered a cabernet from chateau montelena and told the story of the s py napa valley winery: how in 1976 it competed in a blind-tasting challenge—the so-called judgment of paris—against leading french vintners and won, to the shock and consternation of old world connoisseurs.arena, 65, nodded, knowing full well that this was a conver ion about soccer, too. if the history of a football culture were all that mattered for world cup succe