First training session at Houston Sports Park after MLS is Back Tournament

Jul 31, 2020

Dynamo DF Maynor Figueroa (translated from Spanish)

(on the team returning to training after competing in the MLS is Back Tournament) “This is a process, we are still disappointed with the outcome of the tournament. We did not plan to be home right now, we planned to continue in the tournament. Now, we just have to keep growing and move forward. The first training session went well, our focus shifts to being in the best condition for when we begin playing again. Hopefully that is soon.”

(on preparing for the remainder of the season) “Well, we can only focus on ourselves and doing our part to execute Tab’s (Ramos) game plan as a team. That’s the most important thing right now. From there, we just have to do our part to be ready. Obviously, we want to continue playing, we want to compete and build on the last three games we had in Florida. Until then, we will remain patient and focused, just preparing in the best way possible for whatever is next.”

Defensa del Houston Dynamo Maynor Figueroa

(sobre el regreso del equipo tras competir en el torneo MLS is Back) “Claramente que estamos golpeados, por así decirlo. Por haber regresado a casa en el tiempo que no lo teníamos estipulado. Pero, bueno, al final seguimos en una línea ascendente y el primer entrenamiento ha sido muy bueno. Y esperando pues, encontrarnos cada día en la mejor condición para poder estar listos para cuando el torneo se reanude lo más pronto posible”.

(sobre cómo se mantiene el equipo enfocado tras no tener fechas para jugar) “Bueno, nosotros únicamente nos estamos enfocando en cada día ir perfeccionando la idea que el profe quiere como equipo. Y creo que eso es lo más importante. De allí, por lo demás, pues tenemos que estar listos. Claro está que nosotros queremos seguir jugando, queremos seguir competiendo más allá de estos tres partidos que hemos jugado. Pero, hay que ser paciente. Tanto hay que seguir enfocados y preparándonos de la mejor manera”.

Dynamo DF Kiki Struna

(on returning to training after participating in the MLS is Back Tournament) “It’s nice to be back in Houston, to be back with our families. We were three weeks without our families, so, it is very nice to be back home. Today was the first training session and we are preparing for what’s next. Right now, we are not sure 100 percent what is next, but we are preparing, and we hope to play as soon as possible.”

(on preparing to play for the rest of the season) “It is difficult, this is like the third preseason. But we have done this before, a few months ago. So, I think we must just take it day-by-day, give it 100 percent every day and when it is time, we will be ready.

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Javier Hernández regresa a Los Ángeles, se perderá lo que resta del Torneo Especial MLS is Back

Jul 22, 2020

Javier Hernández regresa a Los Ángeles, se perderá lo que resta del Torneo Especial MLS is Back

LOS ANGELES (Lunes, 20 de julio, 2020) – El delantero del LA Galaxy Javier Hernández ha regresado a Los Ángeles y se perderá lo que resta del Torneo Especial MLS is Back debido a una lesión en la pantorrilla derecha sufrida durante un entrenamiento la semana pasada, anunció hoy el club.

En el último partido de la Fase de Grupos en Orlando, Florida, LA Galaxy enfrentará al Houston Dynamo el jueves, 23 de julio a las 5:00 p.m. PT en vivo por FS1 y TUDN.

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Dynamo Head Coach Tab Ramos

Jul 17, 2020

(on the state of the team two days prior to its next game) “It was nice to first of all get on the field and play, that was the most important part. I know that’s what the players wanted, you know that’s what they were dreaming about for the last few months. It was nice to get on the field, obviously we had a really difficult opponent to start with. It became more difficult on the field to try to limit them from creating opportunities, because they are so talented, but overall happy with the team. I know they are happy that we have confidence back, it was not easy living with a 4-0 loss for the last 3-4 months. So yeah, so I think we’re back for the next game and hoping like every team to get into the next round.”

(on how he navigates coaching the team during this time) “I’m just trying to coach the team like I would always coach the team. It’s really no different, you know I still have the personal conversations. We still talk about if they have any issues off the field, we talk about that. So really, it’s not a whole lot different. I think what’s different is how together we are and it’s important for us, all the things that we do, we do together, because obviously you know we all depend on each other. We are in an environment here which we feel like at this point is safe, but still – we have to be careful and the more we are together the better it is for everybody.”

(on if the last match was disheartening due to the outcome) “I think obviously there’s no question, we’re disappointed when you have a 3-1 lead and coming out with a 3-3 tie. I think you’re always going to be disappointed. At the end of the day, you know when I think about the fact that we gave up the third goal and it was still about 20 minutes to play in the game. I thought the team did quite well and try to win the game after that. You know LAFC is one of those teams that has so many weapons. Vela obviously wasn’t there, but I think you know Bradley Wright-Phillips coming in was also a great boost for them, in particular in the first half. So, you know they have a lot of good players, they got a lot of points last year, they were the leader in the league. You know that, probably the best team in the league. So, I think overall it was a really tough task for us to match up with this team in the situation we were coming in but I feel like we overcame that hurdle. Like I said before, I was happy that we were drawn into a really difficult group. I want to see where we stand and how we have to move forward, so having said that I think our first step was really positive.”

(on what he saw in training to move Memo Rodriguez more toward the center) “Yeah, I mean, that’s a great question and that’s something that Memo and I talked about in October when I first came on. I mentioned to him that I had seen him play a lot and that I felt that he was an interior player, not a winger. So it doesn’t mean that he couldn’t play some more games out on the wing coming inside, but I do feel like his best position is being that number eight or that number 10 in the middle of the field and not wide.”

(on his relationship with Portland Timbers head coach Gio Savarese) “That’s a great question, so Gio and I are very good friends. I respect him so much in the way he is, not just as a coach, but as a person. As a player, he was always a very hard worker, he certainly earned everything he got playing soccer and I think his team reflects that. They are a hard-working team and although they have good players they all get behind the ball. They all defend, they will all work very hard and I think that’s the reflection that they have of their coach.”

(on how the defense can approach the through-ball) “First of all, I think every defense is having trouble with LAFC’s through balls. They did it all of last year, they did it all the year before that. That’s how they play, they’re able to do that because they have such great possession in the middle of the field and such great wingers who can create. So, they have a great team, in terms of how this game is going to be. It’s going to be different because Portland is not LAFC. They play different, they try to get you a little bit more on the counter. Whereas LAFC, they want to take charge of the game the whole time. So, it’ll be a completely different game. I wouldn’t take, you know, we always want to correct mistakes and we want to get better, but I wouldn’t necessarily take the through balls that we gave up against LAFC as something that’s automatically going to happen against Portland.”

(on the status of Marcelo Palomino and Adam Lundkvist) “Palomino was out, it wasn’t just before the match, Marcelo was out for the last almost three weeks. He’s back now in training. So, we’re happy to have him. He is ready to go for Saturday, obviously, he hasn’t played on a full field for a long time. So, we have to consider that, and Adam is recovering pretty well from the injury. I think he will be 100 percent for the game.”

(on giving Nico Lemoine his first MLS appearance last Monday) “I don’t look at it that way, I’m not sitting on the bench thinking ‘how can I make Nico Lemoine’s first start a good one for him.’ Nico is a good player, this is why I asked if we could sign him from our second team and bring him on board, because I think he can contribute. I’m very happy for Nico, because he earned that opportunity and the reason he came on the team at that moment wasn’t because he was a young player and we needed to bring a young player on. He came on because we thought that was the best player we could put on under the circumstances during the game. So, I’m very happy for him, I think he’s got a great career ahead of him. A lot of learning, but it’s a great career ahead of him. He’s got some qualities that most players don’t have and I’m looking forward to working with him into the future.”

(on Sam Junqua also making his MLS debut) “Yeah, Sam has been performing really well in practice. So, at the moment Adam (Lundkvist) went down it’s not like it came into our mind to switch someone else into that position. So, we could have potentially put Zarek (Valentin) at left back and then brought in a right back, which is Jose Bizama, who’s been out for a long time. So, we really didn’t want to mess with the team because we thought that Sam, although he’s a young player, he’s been doing really well in practice. We thought he’d be up to the task, he came in at a very difficult moment and did a great job. So, we’re happy with that.”

Director Tecnico del Houston Dynamo Tab Ramos

(sobre el partido del sábado contra Portland Timbers) “Si, vamos al sábado con bastante confianza que se recuperó con el partido contra Los Ángeles.  Porque sabíamos que iba a ser un partido sumamente difícil, pero en cuanto a lo que viene hacia Portland, los que nos preocupa, un poquito más primero que todo, crear más ocasiones por nuestra parte. Sé que convertimos tres goles contra LAFC. Pero creo que podíamos haber creado más ocasiones todavía. Sobre Portland y su equipo, nos preocupa el movimiento de (Sebastián) Blanco porque es un jugador que se mueve por todo el campo, en diferentes situaciones y también (Diego) Valeri.  Porque Valerie es un jugador que se ubica muy bien cuando nosotros tengamos la pelota y él se encarga de ubicarse en sitios donde puede empezar jugadas de transición. Entonces, esas son las dos cosas más importantes en el momento que nos preocupan de Portland”.

(sobre la adaptación a la burbuja en Orlando) “Si, bueno. Primero que todo, los primeros días había mucho nerviosismo porque, obviamente, vimos que los otros equipos habían tenido problemas, habías casos. Y había positivos y a medida que va pasando el tiempo y uno se empieza a sentir un poquito más cómodo. Creo que en este momento, creo que nos sentimos seguros en donde estamos, donde comemos donde tenemos reunión, donde vamos a entrenar. Todas esas cosas ya que el equipo en este momento se siente cómodo y creo que la MLS ha hecho un gran trabajo para mantenernos seguro”.

(sobre la nueva posición de Memo Rodriguez) “Si, bueno. Creo que primero, tenemos que tener paciencia con Memo. Recién está jugando en esa posición con nosotros. Aparte, es una es una posición que, si uno mira alrededor de la liga, es una posición que está cubierta normalmente por jugadores extranjeros que tienen un costo. Y Memo siendo un jugador nuestro, un jugador de Houston que tenga la posibilidad de jugar una posición tan importante dentro del equipo, creo que es importantísimo para para el club. Y bueno, creo que para la para los niños que vienen de abajo para verlo también. Pero en cuanto a su función en general, creo que no cabe duda, que como cualquier jugador joven, va a tener sus altibajos. Pero él tiene buena técnica para jugar esa posición. Aparte tiene buena capacidad física para ir de área a área. Y es lo que le estamos pidiendo, porque Memo aparte de tener buena técnica nosotros le exigimos que él tenga recuperación de balón. Entonces estamos trabajando con él acerca de eso y creo que él va a seguir mejorando a medida que pase la temporada”.

(sobre la mentalidad del equipo en buscar a proponer en la ofensiva) ““Creo que es una pregunta importante, si es verdad, todos los entrenadores vivimos de esos momentos. Lo que sí le voy a decir es que, veo el fútbol de una manera y quiero jugar al fútbol de una manera y de la manera que creo que es adecuada para mí para y para el tipo de jugador que quiero. Sea, hay que recordar que estoy en un equipo que fue formado por otras personas. No fue un equipo armado totalmente por mí. Habiendo dicho eso, tenemos jugadores importantes que a mí me gusta muchísimo y creo que con este equipo podemos hacer buen futbol. A veces se demora tiempo, si existen posibilidades que se pueda perder por supuesto, lo que sí le voy a decir es que en ningún momento Houston va a ser un equipo que va a salir a defenderse solamente. Porque fuimos a Kansas City a presionar a uno de los mejores equipos de liga y desafortunadamente perdimos cuatro a cero. Pero no perdimos 4-0 por querer defendernos, nosotros perdimos 4-0 por salir a ganar. Y así va a ser, así es lo que quiero del equipo. Quiero confianza con el equipo y a veces eso se demora un poquito de tiempo pero la idea que nunca va a ser de salir solo a defenderse y a jugar a no perder”.

(sobre la regla de utilizar cinco cambios) “Si, es un poquito raro porque, no cabe duda, que cinco cambios en un partido cambian el partido. Prácticamente uno está jugando con un equipo diferente cuando hace cinco cambios. Nosotros elegimos a ser cuatro en este partido, como todo el mundo sabe, tenemos tres ocasiones para sólo cinco cambios, aparte de medio tiempo. Y creo que para este partido se hicieron los cambios adecuados. No quiere decir que para el próximo partido no usemos los cinco para poner piernas frescas. Pero en realidad, lo que quiero hacer quiero que el equipo evoluciones. No se trata tanto de darle minutos a jugadores, sino a que el equipo vaya mejorando. Sí veo que lo podemos hacer con dos cambios el sábado nada más, a lo mejor se hacen dos cambios nada más. Sé que no estoy pensando necesariamente que tengo que usar los cinco cambios”.

(sobre cómo se puede utilizar las características de Alberth Elis) “Estoy totalmente de acuerdo con usted en este caso. Queremos idealmente que Alberth se le juegue balones al espacio. Ahí es donde él tiene su mejor posibilidad, porque sí, como usted dice – creo que es uno de los jugadores más rápidos de la liga y un jugador muy potente que entra en el área muy bien. No necesariamente nosotros estamos buscando Alberth al pie siempre, a veces sí. Obviamente, si lo podemos encontrar en extremo uno contra uno le vamos a dar el balón. Pero también es importante que al contragolpe se lo encuentre en espacio y es lo que están buscando frecuentemente”.

(sobre lo que aprendió de los cambios que hizo al medio tiempo) “Si, bueno. Obviamente, no estamos contentos de haber desaprovechado la ventaja de 3-1 que teníamos. Y bueno, el segundo tiempo no se dio de la manera que lo queríamos. Sabemos que defensivamente tenemos que seguir mejorando. Hemos en este momento nos hemos dado siete goles los últimos dos partidos y obviamente el partido de hace cuatro meses es casi otra liga, pero igual tenemos que juntarlos todos. Y defensivamente, tenemos que ser mejores y vamos a competir con un equipo de playoff. Estoy seguro de que vamos a seguir mejorando en ese aspecto y que el equipo va a ir cada vez a más”.

Dynamo DF Zarek Valentin

(on what the team took away from the first game of the tournament) “I think first and foremost, we have to be a little bit disappointed with how the result went. We never want to give up a lead, especially one that was two goals. I think there are definitely a lot of positives to take from it. Primarily that LAFC is one of the best teams in the league. So, taking a point from them can be viewed as a positive, but I think that we definitely want to build on what we saw and play a little bit more of a complete game. I think that there’s definitely room to improve going to Portland, win all three points and hopefully a situation where we can move to the top of the group.”

(on how the team can build on the last performance and carry over to the game on Saturday) “I think there’s a few points in which we can emphasize going to the next game against Portland. One of those is just communication, a lot of times when there’s moving parts on the field, it’s difficult to navigate situations, the easiest ways to communicate whether you’re passing on runners, you’re staying with the runner or whether there’s quick free kicks or set pieces and things like that, communication is massive. We can always improve on that and that is something that we can take from game-to-game. Obviously, there’s individual moments that will be a little bit more specific to LAFC. They pack a lot of number centrally, so we have to make sure we get to the ball and they get their heads down, obviously, if you get pressure on good players but don’t get close enough to potentially make them make a decision then it becomes easy. With guys like (Diego) Valeri and (Sebastian) Blanco, who I know well, we have to make sure that we close them down and not give them as much space, and time to make decisions, because they’re going to punish you.”

(on the play of the Houston Dash in the NWSL Challenge Cup) “First and foremost, I think the NWSL has put on an incredible tournament in Salt Lake City. It’s been great to see and I think the competition levels have been fantastic. I’m excited to continually watch the Dash more specifically, as they’ve been one of the more spoken about “fun teams” to watch. Obviously, down in Houston we have a little bit more access to that and where I would say, we are a little bit on the front foot in terms of recognizing skill and stuff like that. Obviously, Rachel (Daly) has had an incredible tournament and there’s been some players that have really been able to step up and make a name for themselves, which is exciting to see. I think that now the Dash have turned some heads and suddenly it’s one of the organizations that is being spoken about, which rightfully so, and I can’t stress enough that my teammates and I were talking about it and we’re excited to see them hopefully move on in the tournament.”

(on playing with Gio Savarese and Tab Ramos) ““There are some similarities and I think that there are definitely some differences. I think some of the similarities would be that they were both attacking players. So, they definitely want to enjoy the ball and also give the player the ability to express themselves, because that’s what they did. Gio was a goal scorer and Tab’s resume speaks for itself as well, but I think that both coaches want to give the players the space to create for themselves because and not give them too many barriers. Because as players they wanted to have that creativity, that freedom as well. I think one of the biggest differences would probably be personality. Tab is a little bit more, I would say less gif-able than Gio. Gio wears his heart on his sleeve and he’s there and he’s passionate and he wants to be on the field with you and cheering you on. You can see that he’s in the game, when he leaves, he’s sweating, and you know he’s been there with you. Obviously, Tab is a little bit more controlled and pensive about kind of the way he goes about things. Neither is right or wrong, I think that is definitely what you’ll see on the sidelines. I mean every game Gio is doing something where people are looking and saying ‘oh man, that’s a coach that definitely wants to be there with his players’ and then Tab is one of these guys that you know really is knowledgeable that will pull you aside and maybe not be as outwardly emotional but definitely has incredible knowledge in the way he goes about coaching.”

(on Memo Rodriguez’ performance against LAFC) “Memo and I spent a lot of time in the individual training session period of the Dynamo. We have obviously, we were split up into quadrants like most teams and memo was the player to my right or left, depending on the way you were. We were able to run and suffer and work together and I was able to see his work ethic from putting in work on fitness, we challenged each other and kind of have little bets. Then obviously, to see the work you put in whether we were shooting or dribbling, whatever it might be. So, to see him put in that work and to dedicate himself to his craft, was inspiring. It just proves that he belongs at this level and he can really excel and be one of the better midfielders in this league in my opinion. I am his biggest fan, hopefully he’ll tell you that, if not maybe his mom will go first, but I’m definitely a solid number two.  I think that he can sky is the limit for him as long as he continues to put in the work, put in the effort, which I know he does. He can become an incredible player and it’s great to see that he is reaping the benefits of that, but also he’s cognizant of the fact that it’s just one game. He scored two goals in one game and now he wants to do the same thing in the next game. He wants to continuously push himself and to enjoy the challenge that comes with that. Ultimately, as most people that cross the ball will tell you, a lot of times those guys make you look pretty good. So, his run was incredible, Mauro’s (Manotas) initial movement helps set everything up and those guys made my ball look pretty decent at the end. Don’t forget Alberth (Elis) doing all the hard work and all the running for me.”

(on how he feels about his experience in the bubble) “As a union member I was involved in a lot of these calls and the background and everything for the past few months. I’ve said that upon seeing a few of my friends and colleagues in the league I’ve thanked them for all the work they’ve been doing. They have been working 18, 19, 20-hour days for the past few months and it’s a lot of work that goes into this. Ultimately, outside of Nashville and Dallas there hasn’t been many positive tests. The players feel safe, this is safer than Houston at this moment in time. We don’t have to go to the grocery store, we don’t have to leave our house to do anything. We can stay in our bubble and focus on the game and focus on our opponents and focus on soccer. That’s the most important thing at this moment. The fact that we are able to give 110 percent and we don’t have to think about the outside world is a kudos to the league, obviously. There are some difficult protocols, we have to wake up early to do testing and things like that. If waking up at 7:15 a.m. to have access to testing, so that we can play the game we love, that’s no problem at all. Again there’s a lot of moving pieces but credit to the league for putting on this tournament in such quick fashion and being successful with it, knock on wood, until the end of it. Which will be early, mid-August.”

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Javier Hernández, Joe Corona, Sacha Kljestan y Guillermo Barros Schelotto atienden a los medios de comunicación vía videoconferenciaI

Jul 17, 2020

LOS ÁNGELES (Jueves, 16 de julio, 2020) – Ya está disponible el video de la videoconferencia de prensa que se llevó acabo hoy como parte de la previa al segundo partido del LA Galaxy en el Torneo Especial MLS is Back, con la participación del delantero del LA Galaxy Javier Hernández, el mediocampista Joe Corona, el mediocampista Sacha Kljestan y el director técnico Guillermo Barros Schelotto.

crédito al LA Galaxy

LA Galaxy enfrentará a LAFC el sábado, 18 de julio a las 7:30 p.m. PT en vivo por ESPN/ESPN Deportes. En el primer partido del equipo angelino en el Torneo Especial MLS is Back, LA Galaxy cayó 2-1 ante Portland Timbers el lunes por la noche en el complejo deportivo ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex en Orlando, Florida.

En el último partido de la Fase de Grupos, LA Galaxy se medirá ante Houston Dynamo el jueves, 23 de julio a las 5:00 p.m. PT en vivo por FS1 y TUDN.

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Confirmado el calendario del Mundial de 2022: Catar abrirá el torneo en el Estadio Al Bayt

Jul 17, 2020

  • La final se disputará a las 18:00 h del 18 de diciembre en el Estadio Lusail, con capacidad para 80 000 espectadores
  • Cuatro partidos por jornada durante la fase de grupos permitirán que los equipos dispongan de tiempo suficiente para la recuperación
  • La naturaleza compacta de Catar permitirá asignar más tarde los partidos de la fase de grupos, lo que redundará en beneficio de la afición

La imagen de Franciaalzando el título de campeones del mundo en el Estadio Luzhnikí sigue fresca en la memoria de los amantes del fútbol. Justamente dos años después de aquel 15 de julio de 2018, se presenta el calendario de la próxima edición de la Copa Mundial de la FIFA™; al conocerse las fechas y los estadios, el mundo del fútbol volverá de nuevo a soñar. 

A las 13:00 h (11:00 h CET) del 21 de noviembre de 2022, el Estadio Al Bayt, un coliseo con capacidad para 60 000 espectadores y que, por su construcción y nombre, recuerda a las típicas tiendas nómadas del Golfo Pérsico, será el escenario del partido inaugural, que tendrá a la selección anfitriona como una de sus protagonistas. Los horarios locales de los partidos de la fase de grupos se han fijado a las 13:00, las 16:00, las 19:00 y las 22:00 h, mientras que los de la última jornada de esta fase (disputados de forma simultánea) y las posteriores eliminatorias a partido único se jugarán a las 18:00 y a las 22:00 h. El Estadio Internacional Khalifa albergará el partido por el tercer lugar el 17 de diciembre, mientras que la final se disputará a las 18:00 h del día siguiente en el Estadio Lusail ante 80 000 espectadores. 

Con el fin de que todas las selecciones dispongan del tiempo suficiente para recuperarse, la fase de grupos tendrá una duración de doce días; se jugarán cuatro partidos al día, por lo que el calendario promete ser de lo más emocionante. La naturaleza compacta del torneo catarí —en el que no serán necesarios los desplazamientos aéreos— permitirá por primera vez a los organizadores optimizar los partidos en beneficio de la afición, las selecciones y los medios de comunicación.

Para ello, el estadio y el horario de los partidos de la fase de grupos de cada una de las jornadas se decidirán tras la celebración del sorteo final, previsto para después de los clasificatorios de marzo de 2022. Una vez conocidos los emparejamientos, se valorará la posibilidad de asignar los mejores horarios dependiendo de las audiencias televisivas y también para los aficionados desplazados hasta Catar, en función del estadio idóneo.

Esta flexibilidad no afectará a los aspectos técnicos, puesto que todos los estadios se encuentran muy próximos los unos de los otros, y las condiciones climatológicas de Catar en esa época del año son perfectas, tanto si el partido comienza pronto como si lo hace más tarde. Además, de este modo los aficionados que visiten Catar tendrán la posibilidad de ver en directo un mismo día más de un partido de la fase de grupos.

Las primeras entradas con servicios preferentes asociados («hospitality tickets») se pondrán a la venta a finales de 2020, mientras que las entradas para el gran público únicamente podrán adquirirse a través de FIFA.com/tickets, donde próximamente se publicarán todos los detalles relativos a las fechas, las fases, las categorías y los precios de venta. 

Por el momento, encontrarán más información sobre los torneos clasificatorios de cada confederación en FIFA.com. En este enlace y en este otro encontrarán información actualizada sobre el calendario internacional tras la pandemia del coronavirus. 

*Los horarios indicados son siempre en hora local. La hora en Catar, denominada «hora estándar de Arabia» o AST por sus siglas en inglés, es UTC/GMT+3 o CET+2. El aforo definitivo de los estadios mundialistas durante el campeonato se confirmará poco antes del inicio del mismo

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Concluyen las reuniones con las ciudades candidatas a sede de la Copa Mundial de la FIFA 2026™

Jul 8, 2020

  • El entusiasmo aumenta mientras la primera Copa Mundial de la FIFA que incluirá 48 equipos toma forma
  • FIFA informa sobre el proceso de selección de sedes a 23 ciudades candidatas
  • Nombramiento de ciudades anfitrionas previsto para 2021

Tras poner punto y final a las tres reuniones informativas con las federaciones anfitrionas y sus ciudades candidatas, la FIFA ha dado hoy un paso decisivo de cara a la Copa Mundial de la FIFA 2026™ —el primero en el que 48 selecciones lucharán por el título a lo largo de 80 partidos—. La reunión interactiva de hoy, mantenida online con las 17 ciudades candidatas estadounidenses, estuvo precedida por otras dos realizadas con anterioridad en Ciudad de México y Toronto, en las que participaron las candidatas mexicanas y canadienses, respectivamente. La gran participación en estas reuniones es indicativa del alto interés que despierta la competición en los tres países anfitriones.

Las tres reuniones contaron con la participación de estas 23 ciudades candidatas a sede del Mundial:

  • Canadá: Edmonton, Montreal, Toronto
  • México: Guadalajara, Ciudad de México, Monterrey
  • EE. UU.: Atlanta, Bahía de San Francisco, Baltimore, Boston, Cincinnati, Dallas, Denver, Filadelfia, Houston, Kansas City, Los Ángeles, Miami, Nashville, Nueva York/Nueva Jersey, Orlando, Seattle y Washington D. C.

La FIFA aprovechó estas sesiones para informar sobre el proceso de selección de sedes, para lo cual explicó los puntos principales tenidos en cuenta al evaluar cada ciudad y la normativa y los procedimientos pertinentes.

La próxima etapa, que se desarrollará durante las próximas semanas, consistirá en la organización de reuniones individuales con cada ciudad candidata. Conforme a la política de la FIFA de seguir las recomendaciones de las autoridades sanitarias con respecto a la pandemia, las visitas tendrán lugar únicamente cuando sea seguro. Posteriormente, la administración remitirá una propuesta al Consejo de la FIFA, órgano que nombrará las ciudades anfitrionas del torneo en 2021.

«En nuestras conversaciones con las tres federaciones y las ciudades candidatas, hemos percibido un gran compromiso y entusiasmo para ofrecer al mundo entero una experiencia única dentro y fuera de los estadios. La Copa Mundial de la FIFA 2026 será una edición histórica, por ser la primera con 48 selecciones, y también por su contribución al objetivo de la FIFA de desarrollar el fútbol en todos los aspectos y hacer que sea realmente global —dijo Colin Smith, Director de la División de Torneos y Eventos de la FIFA—. Si bien los estadios siguen siendo la pieza clave para que el torneo se desarrolle con éxito, también es imprescindible garantizar las mejores condiciones en materia de infraestructuras, sustentabilidad, derechos humanos y legado. La selección de ciudades que tendrá lugar los próximos meses será una carrera muy competitiva».

Dan Flynn, exsecretario general de la Federación Estadounidense de Fútbol y responsable de supervisar la parte del proceso en ese país, se expresó así al respecto:

«Uno de los puntos fuertes de nuestra candidatura conjunta fue que la Copa Mundial de la FIFA 2026™ se disputaría en grandes urbes espectaculares y bien dotadas de recursos, un hecho que tiene especial vigencia aquí en los Estados Unidos: las 17 localidades propuestas disponen de todo lo necesario para acoger el primer Mundial de fútbol con 48 naciones. No será una elección fácil, pero nos hemos adentrado en el proceso este martes con muchísima ilusión. Estoy seguro de que todos están listos para la acción».

A su vez, estas fueron las declaraciones de Peter Montopoli, secretario general de la Federación Canadiense de Fútbol:

«Esperamos recibir al mundo en 2026 cuando Canadá, Estados Unidos y México sean los anfitriones del Mundial. Esta reunión informativa ha ofrecido a las ciudades candidatas de nuestro país la ocasión de conocer de primera mano y compartir la gran oportunidad que supone organizar la Copa Mundial, la mayor competición deportiva que se celebra en el mundo».

Mauricio Culebro, director general de Operaciones de la Federación Mexicana, manifestó lo siguiente:

“Celebramos este primer seminario hacia el Mundial 2026. Para México es un orgullo ofrecer a la afición esta gran experiencia que sabemos será motivo de inspiración y transformación social. Ser sede de la Copa Mundial es, además de una enorme satisfacción, un gran compromiso. Por ello estamos trabajando desde ahora. Recibiremos al resto del mundo y en conjunto con Canadá y Estados Unidos trabajaremos para organizar la mejor Copa Mundial de fútbol de la historia”.

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Top coaches and experts to discuss evolution of women’s football in FIFA Women’s World Cup webinar

Jul 7, 2020

•Webinar to take place on Thursday 9 July at 4pm CET
•Media can follow live and submit questions via FIFA.com and YouTube
•Panel to include April Heinrichs, Pia Sundhage, Dawn Scott and Dr. Paul Bradley

To mark the one year anniversary of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 this week, FIFA will host a special webinar with some of the world’s top international coaches and experts to discuss the evolution and development of women’s football, as well as the key findings from the recently published Physical Analysis Report from the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™.

According to the report, France 2019 was a landmark tournament for the technical, tactical and physical development aspect of women’s football with more distance covered at a higher intensity by more players compared to previous editions of the tournament.

As part of the webinar, leading coaches and experts will join the authors of the report to discuss what the tournament meant for the evolution of football and what it means for the future tactical and technical development of the women’s game.

Date: Thursday 9 July 2020

Time: 4pm CET onwards

Panel (to be moderated by Sarai Bareman, FIFA Chief Women’s Football Officer):

  • Dr Paul Bradley – BASES-accredited sports scientist, Reader in Sports Performance at Liverpool John Moores University and a Consultant for FC Barcelona
  • Dawn Scott – Senior Women’s Physical Performance Manager for the English Women’s National Team and former High Performance Coach for the U.S. Women’s National Team (2010-2019)
  • April Heinrichs – FIFA Women’s World Cup winner and Head of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019™ Technical Study Group (TSG)
  • Pia Sundhage – Head Coach, Brazil Women’s National Team and FIFA Women’s Coach of the Year (2012)
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Bareman: Women’s football can come back bigger, stronger and even more popular

Jul 7, 2020

•    France 2019 was a game-changer for women’s football
•    Sarai Bareman reflects on the tournament and challenges since
•    Discusses COVID-19 relief plan and 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup

This time last year, Sarai Bareman was excitedly preparing for the Final of the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™.

Even then, on the eve of the showpiece match, FIFA’s Chief Women’s Football Officer knew that the tournament had smashed records, laying the foundation for a bright and exciting new era in the women’s game.

No-one at that stage, of course, reckoned on COVID-19 and its unprecedented impact on football and the wider world. But Bareman, while certainly not downplaying the challenges the pandemic poses, struck an optimistic note as she looked to the future for women’s football.

Before focusing on FIFA’s relief plan and the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, however, she began by reflecting on a golden French summer and a tournament never to be forgotten.

FIFA.com: From a technical, tactical and physical point of view, France 2019 was the best FIFA Women’s World Cup ever. Why was it the best for you?

Sarai Bareman: Well for me it was the best because it represented the culmination of so many hours, days, weeks and months of hard work. For everybody involved, so much effort had gone into making this World Cup the success that it was. What we achieved in France was definitely one of the proudest moments of my career.

It was such a success in terms of the spectators and broadcast views. That made it all the sweeter. In the women’s football world, the FIFA Women’s World Cup is like a beacon; the very top of the pyramid. It is the biggest event we have every four years to showcase our sport and our athletes. It did it in the best possible way, and really opened the eyes of the world to what women’s football is all about.

A total of 1.12 billion viewers watched France 2019 – a record. Did you expect such success?

We targeted one billion as our objective for broadcast viewership and were able to exceed that, which was obviously amazing. I think it is what separated France from many of the previous editions of the tournament. More than one billion people from all around the world having access to our sport, tuning in to watch it. This was a game-changing moment for women’s football.

How will women’s football develop in the future with the help of FIFA?

I think FIFA’s prioritisation towards women’s football is bigger than ever, particularly off the back of France. We are planning to invest USD $1 billion over the next four years. We have tailor-made dedicated development programs for the 211 member associations. We have a very specific women’s football strategy that we are implementing and there is targeted research we are carrying out currently, to accelerate the professionalisation of women’s football.

We are working with partner agencies and organisations outside of the football family to support us and amplify the positive social impacts of our sport. Not only with those that are on the pitch – the players and coaches – but also for women in football. We are putting a lot of effort into education and increasing capacity and seeking to increase the number of women in football administration, and into decision-making bodies. I am very happy to have that level of momentum, which is being met with enthusiasm by our stakeholders too.

What was your personal ‘magic moment’ of France 2019?

That one is very easy for me. It was the opening match in Paris. I can remember it very clearly. Sitting in the stands with my colleagues; watching the opening ceremony; seeing the jets fly over; hearing the roar of the crowd when the two teams marched on to the field; seeing the flags and banners of France and Korea Republic waving throughout the stadium; every seat full.

I was crying. So much had built up to that moment. Then to see it come to fruition in such a big way, in a sold-out stadium, in such a beautiful setting, was incredibly emotional. It was a very powerful moment for me.

Who surprised or impressed you the most?

You are probably looking for an answer that is related to what happened on the field but I’m going to give you a different answer. The biggest surprise for me were the fans. I obviously expected a lot of fans to come. But what surprised me was just how incredible the fans were. Their level of engagement; how they showed up for the teams, as well as how diverse the crowds were at every match we went to.

It was beautiful to see so many families. Generations of families: grandparents, parents, children. I was blown away by the passion. I felt the fans knew they were part of something bigger than just this World Cup. They were part of a movement; something so much more than just what was happening on the field in front of them. You could really feel that energy.

You said the number of women in football should be increased. Gender equality is an important issue, and not only in football. How should the status quo be improved?

Firstly, what I loved about France is that it provided this incredible platform for those conversations to take place. That is the power of football – the power of women’s football. It provides a place where people can come together and actually have these open discussions. The athletes can also use that platform to voice their opinions.

From a very simplistic point of view – both personal, but also from the view of FIFA – everybody should be treated equally. That’s how simple it is for me. Our job in FIFA with respect to women’s football is to get it to the same level. We need it to be mainstream, so there is no longer a discussion about men’s and women’s football in the future. We will just simply talk about football. Until we see everyone who is responsible for delivering football, treating the men’s and women’s game in an equal way, we will continue to work towards that.

When you think about the legacy of 2019, women’s football was heading in the right direction. Now many fear its development has suffered a setback because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Are they right and how can this be counteracted?

I think the entire world of football has been impacted and we have to be very clear about that. Society as a whole, but football too. This is something that became very clear to us very early on, as we started to speak with our stakeholders – clubs, confederations, member associations, the leagues and players – to really try to gauge the feeling on the ground. How were people being impacted physically, as well as financially? That gave us a really good overview and ultimately resulted in the relief plan that FIFA has rolled out for the football family.

I am particularly proud of the way FIFA reacted in respect to women’s football. From the beginning, there has been a very clear message from the top, starting with the President: women’s football is important and must remain a priority. It has been an integral part in the process of creating a relief plan. The level of investment that we make as an organisation is increasing now because of what has happened. Dedicated money will be made available to all the member associations, specifically for the women’s game, and over and above what they were already receiving.

I know there is a lot of fear and to be honest I shared those fears at the very beginning. I think, though, we have to approach things in a positive way. It has always been my experience – particularly in the world of football – that moments of adversity lead to the biggest opportunities. Women’s football needs to catch a light on this and I think we can come back bigger, stronger and even more popular.

Australia and New Zealand will host the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023™. What does this mean for women’s football in those countries and the Asia-Pacific region?

It is hugely important. It is the first time a Women’s World Cup has been hosted in that region. It is the first time that two confederations will jointly host a Women’s World Cup. It will have a massive impact.

We have already seen off the back of France 2019 the increase in participation in the women’s game – especially in Europe. I saw figures for example in England. More than 800,000 women and young girls are joining grassroots programs after France. I know this will be the same in Asia and the Pacific. It excites me that it will result in many more opportunities for young girls in that region.

I was very fortunate to grow up in New Zealand where I had access to a club and infrastructure. I was able to play and I was very well supported. I think this Women’s World Cup will act as a catalyst and is going to open up so many eyes to how big women’s football is, and what a huge opportunity exists for the women’s game.

Twelve teams participated at the first Women’s World Cup in 1991; in 2019, it was 24. In 2023, it will be 32. It is safe to say that a lot has changed in the last 28 years. In your opinion, what should be the next step to lift the Women’s World Cup to the next level and to further increase the tournament’s value?

From a commercial perspective, there is a lot that we can do around activating the partnerships we have. Getting more people involved and ensuring that every fan that comes to a stadium to watch games or tuning in from home to watch on television has an enhanced experience —that’s something that we’ll put a lot of effort into over the next three years, particularly around technology and digital innovation. We’ve been able to gather a variety of data, tracking players and what’s happening on the field with the physical aspects of the game. With that alone, if we make the best use of it, we can hugely enhance the fan experience.

From a technical women’s football perspective, it is also about enhancing the experience for the players. We’ve got the best players in the world. It’s the biggest opportunity we have to showcase their skills and what they are capable of. It’s important that we continue to work to improve the conditions for those players so that they can continue to perform at their best and put on an incredible show for all those fans coming to watch them in 2023.

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El mediocampista Juninho anuncia su retiro del fútbol profesional

Jul 1, 2020

El mediocampista Juninho anuncia su retiro del fútbol profesional

El tres veces campeón de la Copa MLS y dos veces ganador del MLS Supporters’ Shield con LA Galaxy se retira después de disputar 210 partidos en Major League Soccer

LOS ANGELES (Martes, 30 de junio, 2020) – El exmediocampista del LA Galaxy Juninho anunció hoy su retiro del fútbol profesional. El brasileño de 31 años de edad termina su carrera profesional como uno de los mediocampistas más destacados en la historia del club, ayudando al club a conseguir dos títulos del MLS Supporters’ Shield y tres Copas MLS. Sus 189 partidos jugados para el Galaxy son la segunda mayor suma de cualquier mediocampista del equipo, detrás del salvadoreño Mauricio Cienfuegos (206).

“Estoy extremadamente orgulloso de mi carrera y de todo lo que he logrado, pero es hora de que deje de jugar y pase al siguiente capítulo”, dijo Juninho. “He tenido la suerte de jugar este deporte profesionalmente durante más de 10 años y estoy agradecido con todos mis entrenadores, compañeros de equipo y aficionados que he conocido en el camino. Cada uno de ustedes han jugado un papel fundamental en mi vida y he formado amistades que durarán para siempre. Gracias a São Paolo, Chicago Fire, Club Tijuana y especialmente al LA Galaxy, donde tuve los mejores recuerdos de mi carrera, por todo su apoyo. Me siento honrado de representar a Los Ángeles con este club y haber sido parte de tres títulos de la Copa MLS”.

Durante su carrera profesional en la MLS con LA Galaxy y Chicago Fire, Juninho disputó 210 partidos en total, 197 como titular, al marcar 19 goles y registrar 25 asistencias durante más de 17,000 minutos jugados. En partidos de postemporada, el mediocampista central registró 21 partidos jugados adicionales, 20 como titular, un gol y cuatro asistencias.

Como miembro del LA Galaxy, el All-Star de la MLS 2015 ayudó al club a conseguir los títulos del MLS Supporters’ Shields en el 2010 y 2011 y a capturar la Copa MLS en el 2011, 2012 y 2014. Su gol decisivo ante Seattle Sounders FC en el partido de vuelta de la Final de la Conferencia del Oeste 2014 de la MLS le dio el pase a la Final de la Copa MLS 2014 al Galaxy, donde el club se convirtió en el primer equipo en la historia de la MLS en conseguir cinco victorias de la Copa MLS.

Como jugador del LA Galaxy, los 189 partidos jugados de Juninho son la octava mayor suma en la historia del club y la segunda suma más grande de cualquier mediocampista que ha representado al Galaxy, detrás de Cobi Jones (306), Landon Donovan (253), Kevin Hartman (243), Mauricio Cienfuegos (206), A.J. DeLaGarza (204), Todd Dunivant (193) and Greg Vanney (193). Sus 180 partidos jugados como titular son la octava suma más grande en la historia del LA Galaxy, y sus 23 asistencias son la novena mayor marca en la historia del club.

Juninho originalmente se unió al Galaxy a condición de préstamo del São Paolo a comienzos de la temporada 2010. Permaneció con el club durante la racha más exitosa en la historia del club antes de unirse al Club Tijuana en el 2016. Regresó al club para terminar su carrera como miembro del LA Galaxy en la temporada 2019.

Oriundo de São José dos Campos, Brasil, Juninho jugó para varios equipos juveniles de São Paulo empezando en el 2004, consiguiendo el título del Campeonato Sub-17 en el 2006. Después de fichar con el primer equipo de São Paulo en el 2008, pasó la temporada 2009 a préstamo con el Toledo de Brasil. En el 2010, se unió al LA Galaxy a préstamo antes de firmar un contrato permanente con el club en el 2013. Después de la temporada 2015, Juninho se unió al Club Tijuana de la Liga MX, donde jugó 20 partidos del 2016-2019. Su paso por Club Tijuana incluyó un préstamo al Chicago Fire FC en el 2017.

Récords con LA Galaxy

PARTIDOS COMO TITULAR

JUGADOR/PARTIDOS COMO TITULAR

Cobi Jones – 281

Kevin Hartman – 238

Landon Donovan – 237

Mauricio Cienfuegos – 198

A.J. DeLaGarza – 196

Todd Dunivant – 188

Greg Vanney – 182

Juninho – 180

Omar Gonzalez – 178

Peter Vagenas – 164

MINUTOS JUGADOS

JUGADOR/MIN

Cobi Jones – 25157

Kevin Hartman – 21735

Landon Donovan – 21652

Mauricio Cienfuegos – 17710

A.J. DeLaGarza – 17249

Todd Dunivant – 16643

Greg Vanney – 16273

Omar Gonzalez – 15785

Juninho – 15621

Peter Vagenas – 14511

ASISTENCIAS

JUGADOR/PARTIDOS JUGADOS/ASISTENCIAS

Landon Donovan (253) – 107

Cobi Jones (306) – 91

Mauricio Cienfuegos (206) – 80

Robbie Keane (125) – 45

David Beckham (98) – 40

Simon Elliott (122) – 33

Ezra Hendrickson (139) – 26

Peter Vagenas (183) – 25

Juninho (189) – 23

Romain Alessandrini (61) – 22

Giovani dos Santos (77) – 22

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LA Galaxy adquiere al mediocampista panameño Carlos Harvey en condición de préstamo del LA Galaxy II

Jun 29, 2020

LA Galaxy adquiere al mediocampista panameño Carlos Harvey en condición de préstamo del LA Galaxy II

El mediocampista del LA Galaxy II hizo su debut con la selección mayor de Panamá el año pasado

LOS ANGELES (Viernes, 26 de junio, 2020) – LA Galaxy anunció hoy que el club ha adquirido al mediocampista Panameño de 20 años de edad, Carlos Harvey, en condición de préstamo del LA Galaxy II. Harvey, quién fue nombrado a la lista de los mejores 20 jugadores menores de 20 años de la USL en el 2019, actualmente se encuentra a préstamo del Tauro F.C. de Panamá. Harvey será agregado al plantel del Galaxy después de recibir su Visa P-1. 

“Carlos es un jugador joven y prometedor que nos ha impresionado durante su tiempo a préstamo con el club”, dijo el Gerente General del LA Galaxy, Dennis te Kloese. “Creemos que puede contribuir en nuestras próximas competiciones mientras continúa desarrollándose como jugador. Nos complace agregarlo a nuestro equipo”.

RECURSOS VISUALES

*Favor dar crédito al LA Galaxy.

Oriundo de la Ciudad de Panamá, Harvey hizo su debut profesional con el Tauro F.C. de la Liga Panameña de Fútbol en julio del 2018. Se unió al LA Galaxy II a préstamo la temporada pasada, registrando 19 partidos jugados – todos como titular – y convirtiéndose en jugador clave para Los Dos en la media cancha.

A nivel internacional, Harvey fue convocado por primera vez a la mayor de la Selección Nacional de Panamá para un partido amistoso ante la Selección de EE.UU. el 27 de enero del 2019 en el State Farm Stadium en Glendale, Ariz. Antes de su debut con la selección mayor, Harvey jugó seis partidos, cinco como titular y registró una asistencia para la Sub-20 de Panamá durante el Campeonato Sub-20 de Concacaf del 2018.

LA Galaxy competirá en el Grupo F del Torneo Especial MLS is Back en Orlando, Florida, el cual comenzará el 8 de julio 8. Galaxy jugará partidos de Fase de Grupos ante Portland Timbers, LAFC y Houston Dynamo, quienes también forman parte del Grupo F.

Transacción: LA Galaxy adquiere al mediocampista internacional panameño Carlos Harvey a préstamo del LA Galaxy II.

Nombre: Carlos Harvey
Posición: Mediocampista 
Estatura: 5’10”
Peso: 165 lbs.

Fecha de Nacimiento: 3 de febrero, 2000

Edad: 20
Ultimo Club: Tauro F.C.
Lugar de Nacimiento: Ciudad de Panamá, Panamá
Ciudad Natal: Ciudad de Panamá, Panamá
Nacionalidad: Panamá

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