Yasiel Puig el Novato del Mes

Jul 4, 2013


LOS ANGELES – Major League Baseball announced today that Dodger rookie outfielder Yasiel Puig has been voted the Budweiser Presents National League Player of the Month for June as well as the National League Rookie of the Month. This is just the fifth time since the Rookie of the Month Award was introduced in 2001 that a Player or Pitcher of the Month Award winner has garnered Rookie honors in the same calendar month. Puig joins Dontrelle Willis (FLA, June 2003), Ryan Braun (MIL, July 2007), Jeremy Hellickson (TB, May 2011) and Mike Trout (LAA, July 2012) as the only players to accomplish the feat. Puig is the first to win a Player of the Month Award in his first month in the big leagues since the award was instituted in 1958.

The last Dodger to win Player of the Month honors was Matt Kemp (April 2012) and the last to win Rookie of the Month was Dee Gordon (Sept. 2011).

In 26 games last month, his first in the big leagues, Puig led the Majors with a .436 (44-for-101) batting average, 44 hits and a .713 slugging percentage. The Cuba native ranked among N.L. leaders with a .467 on-base percentage (1st), 72 total bases (2nd), 19 runs scored (T-3rd) and seven home runs (T-5th). Puig led all Major League rookies in home runs, RBI (16), runs scored, on-base percentage, slugging and total bases and placed second in stolen bases with four. His 44 hits ranked as the second-most all-time for a player in their debut calendar month, behind Hall of Famer Joe DiMaggio’s 48 hits in May 1936. Puig joined DiMaggio as the only players in Major League history to record at least 40 hits while hitting at least four home runs in their first month in the Majors.

On June 30, the 22-year-old capped his stellar month by notching a career-high four hits, going 4-for-5 with a double, his first career triple, a pair of stolen bases and two runs scored in a 6-1 win over the Philadelphia Philles at Dodger Stadium. The multi-hit effort was his 14th of the month and marked his seventh with three-or-more hits, a category in which he already holds the Major League rookie lead. With the four-hit day, Puig eclipsed Steve Sax’s Los Angeles Dodger rookie record of 43 hits in a single calendar month (August 1982). On June 24, the rookie phenom’s clutch hitting helped the Dodgers edge the N.L. West-rival San Francisco Giants in the opening game of a three-game set at Chavez Ravine. After clubbing a first-inning solo home run, Puig broke a 1-1 tie in the bottom of the eighth with an RBI single, leading to a 3-1 Dodger victory.

The right handed-hitting slugger, who signed with the Dodgers as an amateur free agent in 2012, won his first N.L. Player of the Week Award for the week ending June 9th after a torrid first seven games in the Majors in which he led baseball with 27 total bases and tied for the Major League lead with four home runs. Puig made his Major League debut on June 3 and had an immediate impact for the Dodgers, batting leadoff and collecting his first two Major League hits. Puig capped the debut performance with a game-ending double play, nabbing San Diego’s Chris Denorfia as he attempted to tag-up at first base on a flyout to deep right field. In his second career game on June 4th, Puig went 3-for-4 with a double, two homers and five RBI, joining Pittsburgh’s Dino Restelli (1949) as just second player in Major League history to post a two-homer, five-RBI performance within the first two games of his career (Elias Sports Bureau).

Other players receiving N.L. Player of the Month votes were Pittsburgh’s Pedro Alvarez (.309, 15 R, 30 H, 6 2B, 10 HR, 24 RBI, .680 SLG, .380 OBP); Washington’s Ian Desmond (.306, 16 R, 30 H, 5 2B, 9 HR, 28 RBI, .633 SLG, .355 OBP); Colorado’s Michael Cuddyer (.347, 17 R, 33 H, 4 2B, 6 HR, 16 RBI, .579 SLG, .376 OBP); and San Francisco’s Buster Posey (.374, 11 R, 37 H, 11 2B, 5 HR, 17 RBI, .636 SLG, .4265 OBP).

Other rookies receiving votes for the Rookie of the Month included Atlanta’s Julio Teheran (3-2, 1.95 ERA, 37 SO, 32.1 IP); Miami’s Jose Fernandez (2-1, 1.67 ERA, 32 SO, 32.1 IP); and Washington’s Anthony Rendon (.330, 12 R, 30 H, 10 2B, HR, 7 RBI, .358 OBP).

The Budweiser Presents National League Player of the Month for June 2013, Yasiel Puig, will receive a specially designed trophy, suitably engraved, in recognition of his accomplishment.


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Chivas USA improves but still can’t win

Jun 30, 2013

Carson City, California- The StubHub Center, June 29, 2013 (Photos: Samuel Coronado, Victor Posadas)

Chivas USA hadn’t had the season they envisioned when they started the season with a 3-1-1 record. They thought they were going to have a breakout season but then their season began to unravel. They had a string of injuries that contributed in them beginning to lose. Not only were they losing players to injury, many players began to get traded and there wasn’t any cohesion in their line-up since it was changing week to week. Then Chivas USA fired their head coach, Jose Sanchez “EL Chelis” Solan. They knew that they needed to turn their season around and they had to do it fast.

They began the game looking to be aggressive and take advantage that they were at home. Not even a minute had passed when Gabriel Farfan took a long range shot. The shot sailed wide right but Chivas USA was looking for anything to boost their confidence on the offensive side. Their aggressive nature helped them to score the first goal of the game in the 18th minute. The play began when Josue Soto shot from the outside. The ball sailed straight to were New England Revolutions’ goalkeeper, Bobby Shuttleworth, was standing but he couldn’t keep hold of the ball. He blocked the ball with his fists but the ball landed on the top of the box. Tristan Bowen was able to pass the ball quickly to Laurent Courtois who kicked it with his left foot to the top right corner of the net. The goalkeeper jumped to block it but he reacted too late to save the shot.

With that goal, Chivas USA began to gain a lot of momentum. They began to have more possession of the ball and were creating more dangerous opportunities to score another goal. They also got the crowd into the game, which they hadn’t done so in many games. New England wasn’t playing a bad game though. When they had the ball, they would advance the ball till they reached the final third of the pitch. There, they would seem to loose creativity and a sense of what to do next. They had open shooting lanes but instead of shooting towards goal, they would try to make an extra pass, which would give Chivas USA ample time to regroup their defense and stop the attack.

The second half began differently for Chivas USA. They weren’t coming out as aggressive like they did in the first half. They seemed to be either trying to protect their lead or they had tired legs because they weren’t running or attacking like they did in the first half. New England was the aggressor in the second half. They had an early opportunity to even out the score but Dan Kennedy was there to save the shot. New England did score a goal but it was nullified because of an offsides call. As the half went on, New England was creating more chances to score but Kennedy was always ready to save the shots.

New England tied late in the game. Diego Fagundez had the ball on the right flank. He saw Chad Barrett making a run close to the far post. Fagundez crossed the ball to that area and Barrett redirected the ball towards the net. Kennedy didn’t dive to make sure the ball didn’t go in and as if by fate, the ball went in. The game ended in a one-one tie.

Even though Chivas USA tied the game, there was a sense that this was a whole new Chivas USA; one that was using quick passing to move the ball forward instead of long balls. This Chivas USA seemed more confident than the one who hadn’t won since March. Even though they couldn’t pull of the victory, there was a clear change for the positive in the team.

Their next game is July 4th against FC Dallas at Dallas.

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Galaxy wins the second edition of El Superclassico

Jun 23, 2013

Carson City, California- The StubHub Center, June 23, 2013, (Photos: Victor Posadas)

The second edition of El Superclassico had a different feel that the first one. This time, Chivas USA had a different coach replacing Jose Sanchez “El Chelis” Solan with Jose “EL Guero” Real. Chivas USA’s formation also change as well as their players. Galaxy also had some changes in their personal. They traded their leading scorer Mike Magee for Robbie Rodgers. They also have Landon Donovan this time around. Both teams were in need of a win. Chivas USA hadn’t won a game since March. Galaxy was also in the middle of a bad stretch but had finally gotten a favorable result on Wednesday tying 0-0 with Portland Timbers.

In the first 15 minutes of the game, Galaxy had more possession of the ball which forced Chivas USA to drop back and defend with all their players. Even though Galaxy had more possession of the ball, they couldn’t do anything except pass the ball from left to right looking for spaces that the Chivas USA defense might have. They kept probing with short quick passes and long passes but they couldn’t find enough spacing to create and real attack. When Chivas USA had the ball, they would play on the flanks and tried to use speed to get behind Galaxy’s defense. They would also try crossing the ball looking to connect with Jose “Candi” Correa but none of their crosses had found their mark. The first shot came in the 20th minute courtesy of Jose Manuel Rivera. Chivas USA had the ball on the right flank and crossed the ball into the box. Omar Gonzalez was able to get to the ball first and tried heading it out but the ball just made it to the top of the box where Rivera was able to control it and shot a low shot towards goal. Carlos Cudicini had to dive low to block the shot. Even though Galaxy had controlled the ball more, Chivas USA was the first team to create a clear scoring opportunity.

Galaxy finally got a shot in the 25th minute of the game. Juninho had the ball in the middle of the field and gave a long pass to Robbie Keane who was running towards the box. Keane headed the ball back to Rodgers who was trailing the play on the flank. Rodgers received the pass and passed it to Zardes who was also trailing the play but he was on top of the box. He shot it towards goal but the ball sailed high over the crossbar. Galaxy seemed to gain confidence after that shot. They started pushing more men into their attack. In the 34th minute, Galaxy scored the first goal but the referee’s assistant ruled that it wa an offside. Donovan had the ball on the right flank. He cut into the box and centered the ball towards the back of the box. Rodgers was there and he shot the ball towards goal. As the ball made its way towards the net, Keane was about to get the ball and try to deflect it in but he didn’t because he was offside. This little movement by Keane was enough for Chivas USA’s goalkeeper, Dan Kennedy, to react late to the shot and he couldn’t get there in time to stop the ball. The referee’s assistance ruled that Keane’s movement was enough to warrant an offside call even though he didn’t touch the ball.

Galaxy kept pushing forward after that nullified goal and their aggressive play paid off in the 44th minute. Donovan was able to earn a free kick after Josue Soto dropped him in a very dangerous area. Donovan set up the ball and crossed it into the middle of the box where Zardes was the first one to reach the ball. He headed the ball into the far post and scored the first goal of the game. That was his second goal in his MLS career and the first goal at the StubHub Center.

Galaxy seemed to come out more aggressive in the second half but they weren’t committing the same amount of attackers like they did at the end of the first half. Just like in the first half, Chivas USA wasn’t giving up and free spacing defending with all of their players. The first dangerous play of the second half was on behalf of Chivas USA. Marcelo Sarvas had the ball on the right flank and he tried passing it back to one of his defenders. When he did that he didn’t see that Tristan Bowen was there and Bowen intercepted the pass. He turned and ran towards Galaxy’s goal. Bowen shot on goal but he shot hit the side of the net, but just like in the first half, Chivas USA was the first team to create something offensive in the second half. Chivas USA became the aggressor after Bowen had his opportunity at goal. They started pushing forward looking for the equalizer. Jorge Villafaña almost scored a goal but his shot sailed over the crossbar. Galaxy’s first shot in the second came in the 73rd minute. Zardes shot a hard shot on goal but Kennedy was able to block the ball.

Galaxy dominated the game and ended up winning 1-0. They secured their second straight shutout with another excellent defensive showing. Galaxy was able to only able to convert one goal but they were able to create multiple chances on the flanks as well as through the middle. This was the type of game Galaxy needed to get their season back on schedule. They dominated Chivas USA in a convincing manner having the majority of the possession and dangerous plays.

Chivas USA didn’t play the game they wanted to play. Even though they created some opportunities to score, most came because of mistakes that the Galaxy committed. They played better in the second half since they were able to hold the ball and pass it more precisely but they couldn’t create or convert a goal.

Galaxy goes up north to play against their hated rivals San Jose Earthquake in the California Classico on June 29.

Chivas USA has another home game against the New England Revolution on June 29.

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Two goals from Hernandez gives Mexico the win

Jun 22, 2013

When the Confederations Cup started, there were high hopes for the Mexican national team. Sadly for them, they didn’t have a good showing in the first two games of the tournament losing to Italy 2-1 and to Brazil 2-0. They were going to face Japan in their last game in the Confederations Cup and Mexico was not playing for pride and to get some confidence for future games.

The game started with Mexico trying to be more offensive. Their head coach Jose Manuel de la Torre decided to play with another offensive player to play alongside Javier “El Chicharito” Hernandez. The first real opportunity to score in the game was for Japan in the fifth minute of the game. Kagawa received the pass and dragged the ball away from a defender. By doing this, the ball slowed down and Kagawa couldn’t shot it comfortably towards goal; he could only kick it with his toe. The ball shot out but Guillermo Ochoa was able to block the ball with his left foot. Even though Mexico was trying to be the aggressor, Japan was the team who seemed to be closer to scoring the first goal. Japan scored the first goal but was nullified by an offside. Japan shot from outside and Okazaki changed the direction of the ball into the net. Japan was about to start celebrating but the line judge had raised his flag ruling an offside.

As the minutes ticked on, Japan seemed to gain more confidence pushing forward in their attack while making Mexico defend themselves much more. When Japan had the ball, they would create spaces and look for a way to attack. When Mexico had the ball they would either turn the ball over quickly or they would just pass the ball around without finding any spaces to create any sort of attack. Mexico finally created something in the 40th minute of the game. Jorge Torres Nilo had the ball on the left flank and crossed the ball towards the box. Andres Guardado dove for the ball and hit it with his head on goal but the ball hit the left post and rattled out. Mexico had finally created something and this seemed to give Mexico some confidence because they started to move forward instead of just waiting for Japan to attack. The half came to a close with Mexico taking the last shot and finally showing some positive plays.

Mexico started a lot better in the second half. They had the ball a lot more in the beginning minutes than Japan and were threatening. They almost scored in the 52nd minute when Raul Jiminez headed the ball on goal but Japan’s goalkeeper, Kawashima, was able to block it. Mexico scored the first goal just two minutes after that play. Guardado crossed the ball towards the near post. “El Chicharito” ran towards the ball and hit the ball into the net scoring the first goal of the match. Mexico came out a lot more aggressive than Japan and justly scored the first goal of the second half.

Giovanni Dos Santos almost scored a goal in the 60th minute. He shot on goal but the ball hit the post again. Japan responded quickly with a shot on their own but the ball hit the outside of the net. Both teams began to find open spaces where they could exploit and find attacking lanes. Mexico scored their second goal in the 66th minute of the game. Dos Santos took the corner kick and crossed it to the near post where Hank Mier headed it back to the far post. “El Chicharito” was there to receive the pass and just head it into the net to score his second goal of the game.

Japan was able to score their first goal in the 86th minute of the game. Kagawa crossed the ball to Endo who was alone on the right side of the box. Endo then crossed it to Okazaki who tapped it over Ochoa and scored Japan’s first goal.

“El Chicharito” manufactured a penalty kick in the 91st minute of the game. He set up the ball and shot low and to the left but Kawashima dove and blocked the shot. He left the rebound and “El Chicharito” had the rebound but he shot it with too much force and it hit the crossbar and bounced out.

The game ended with Mexico winning the game 2-1 with a much better showing from the Mexican national team. The game was a tale of two halves. In the first half Japan dominated the game but couldn’t score. In the second half, Mexico dominated the game and scored two goals. Even though Mexico won this game, it wasn’t in a convincing manner and many questions are still asked for the Mexican national team.

Photo: (Samuel Coronado)

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Galaxy ties 0-0 with a great defensive showing

Jun 19, 2013

Carson City, California- The StubHub Center, June 19, 2013, (Photos: Victor Posadas)

The game between LA Galaxy and Portland Timbers didn’t seem like a special or an “important” game at the beginning of the season. Portland didn’t have a great season last year so much wasn’t expected of them this year, but as the saying goes, games aren’t played on paper. Portland Timbers have had a remarkable reason this season holding a 13 game unbeaten streak as they came into the StubHub Center. The Galaxy on the other hand was having a rough stretch in which they had lost their six out of their last seven matches. They knew they had to win at home against Portland.

The game started with both teams studying themselves. Neither team came out firing on all cylinders but came out to see how they were going to play each other. Most of the play in the first 30 minutes was held in the midfield where neither team could assert themselves and take control of that area. When Portland had the ball they’d drive till the final third were LA Galaxy defense was able to take the ball away. When the Galaxy had the ball, they’d drive to the final third were Portland’s defense would take the ball away. Neither team really had a dangerous play on goal. Galaxy had earned some corners but couldn’t capitalize on them. Portland would cross some balls into the box but Carlos Cudicini was able to get the ball before anyone.

The first real shot on goal came from Darlington Nagbe. He received the ball and was wide open to shot on goal. Cudicini was in perfect position to block the ball from going in. Even though Portland didn’t score, they seem to get some confidence in their game knowing full well they could penetrate the Galaxy defense if they played smartly with the ball. Galaxy responded with a counterattack led by Robbie Rodgers and Landon Donovan that resulted in a corner kick but nothing came from it. Portland seemed to have the upper hand as the half dwindled down. They had more possession of the ball and kept sending in cross after cross into Galaxy’s box, but Galaxy was able to defend them all. The half ended with neither team able to break through and score.

The second half started much differently for the LA Galaxy. They came out more aggressive looking to score early in the half. They almost scored a goal in the 55th minute of the game. Galaxy earned a corner but the Timbers were able to kick it out of the box. The ball went straight to Juninho who centered the ball again. Gyasi Zardes jumped and headed the ball towards the far post but it hit the post and didn’t go in. This was the first time the Galaxy was able to get a good shot on target in the entire game.

The game slowed down after the first 15 minutes of the second half. Both teams started committing more fouls and it stopped any rhythm that the game was developing. Galaxy kept pushing looking to break through and score. They had another chance in the 77th minute of the match. Juninho gave Colin Clark and long pass which he controlled with his chest. He evaded a Timbers defender and shot on goal but Donovan Ricketts was able to block the ball. The game all of a sudden picked up pace and Galaxy was attacking from all sides sending in crosses or shooting from outside but none found their way into the back of the net. The game ended in a 0-0 tie. Galaxy had finally earned a shutout after allowing ten goals in the last three games. The only problem was that they couldn’t score or even create a lot of dangerous plays.

Galaxy’s next game will be on June 23 against Chivas USA.

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Second straight loss for Mexico in the Confederations Cup

Jun 19, 2013

The game between Mexico and Brazil started the way most people thought it was going to begin; with Brazil looking to score early. Within the first 5 minutes, Brazil started playing very close to Mexico’s goal. In the fifth minute Brazil scored a goal but was nullified because of an offside call, but Brazil was just getting confident with their early success. Neymar was offside in the play but he showed his crossing ability finding a wide open Fred who just redirected the ball into the goal. The crowd was about to erupt in celebration but the line judge raised his flag signiling an offside.

Just four minutes after that play, Brazil was able to score a beautiful goal. Dani Alves had the ball on the right flank. He went escaped two defenders and centered it towards Fred. Before Fred was able to head it, Mexico’s central defender, Francisco “El Masa” Rodriguez, was able to reach the ball before Fred. “El Masa” headed the ball out. The ball went straight to where Neymar was waiting for the ball. He kicked it with his left foot without letting the ball bounce and it shot off like a rocket towards the goal. J.J. Corona dove to try to block the ball, but the shot was too fast and Neymar scored the first goal of the game in the ninth minute.

Mexico finally reached Brazil’s goal in the 16th minute. Frank Meir was able to shot towards goal after a scramble for the ball. The ball missed the post and went a tad bit left. For a few minutes after that, Mexico was able to stay close to Brazil’s but they couldn’t create any sort of dangerous play. The only thing Mexico was able to accomplish by that is it slowed down the pace. Brazil didn’t have the same pace it did in the first 15 minutes of the match. Mexico was able to even the gameplay out and stopped being outclassed by Brazil. They began to have more possession of the ball but they still couldn’t break Brazil’s defense.

The second half started the same way the first half started, with Brazil scoring a goal but it again was nullified because of an offside. Neymar crossed the ball into the box. A Brazilian player reached the ball first and he passed it towards his teammate who just redirected the ball in. The line judge ruled that the first Brazilian player who touched the ball was outside so it negated the goal. Even with this nullified goal, Brazil didn’t seem to attack as much as the first half. Mexico started playing more defensive and there was less space for Brazil to find. When they would find space, their passing and speed would allow them to leave their marks but they weren’t precise in the final touch to score their second goal. Mexico had their first chance of the second half when Geo Dos Santos was able to evade his mark and tried centering it to Javier “El Chicharito” Hernandez but David Luiz was able to deflect the ball before it reached “El Chicharito”.

The game had opened up in the second half. Both teams started to create spaces with their movement and passing. Both teams were reaching each other’s goal but neither team was able to get that final touch and score a goal. As the game came close to the end, Mexico began to play more desperate and aggressive looking for the game tying goal. They had more possession of the ball and kept sending in crossing looking for “El Chicharito” but none found their mark. Brazil defended themselves perfectly and when they would get the ball, they knew how to hide it and keep it away from Mexico. Neymar helped put the game away in the 93rd minute of the game. He had the ball on the left flank. As he moved closer to the touch line, two Mexican defenders came to defend them. Neymar went through the middle of both and crossed the ball to a wide open Jo who kicked the ball in giving Brazil a 2 goal lead.

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Perfect in three, USA wins 1-0

Jun 18, 2013

(Photo: Samuel Coronado)

The United States Men’s National Soccer team had finally found their step. After starting the hexagonal qualifiers with a loss to Honduras, an unconvincing win versus Costa Rica and a tie with Mexico; they had two games in a row. Their last game versus Panama was the United States best game in the Jurgen Klinsmann era.
The game started with Honduras being the aggressor. They had three early crosses but Omar Gonzalez and Matt Besler were there to hit the crosses away. The United States responded right away earning a corner kick. Graham Zusi centered the ball and the first to head the ball was Clint Dempsey. He jumped and headed the ball towards goal but the ball sailed a bit left. The game did not let up after these early chances. Both teams knew what was at stake with a win. For Honduras, it would be second place in the qualifiers. For the US, it would add to their lead and almost securing them a trip to Brazil. In the 17th minute the US had a clear shot at goal. Michael Bradley started the counter attack with a long pass to Zusi. He quickly passed to Dempsey. Dempsey saw Fabian Johnson running freely on the left side. Dempsey passed it to Johnson who quickly centered it to Eddie Johnson. He kicked on goal but Noel Valladares was there to block the ball.

As the game went on, the rhythm of the game went down. Both teams seemed to be affected by the weather. It was a hot day with low humidity. The US was trying to use long balls to break Honduras’ defense. From midfield back, Honduras had 11 players defending themselves when the US had the ball. In the 41st minute of the game Honduras finally had another shot on goal. They had earned a free kick after Jozy Altidore committed a foul. They passed it to one of their players and he shot on goal. The shot flew towards goal but it went wide right. In the 45th minute, Honduras had their clearest scoring opportunity. Besler tried to clear the ball out but he hit it straight to Andy Najar. Najar controlled the ball and ran straight towards Tim Howard. Najar shot hard and low but Howard was in the perfect position to save the shot.

The second half didn’t start like the first half. Both teams came out more cautious in the second half than they did in the first half. In the 55th minute, Zusi crossed the ball after earning a free kick. Besler was able to evade his mark and head the ball on goal. Valladares was able to follow the play and save the ball before it went it. With this play, it seemed to give the United States National team new life. In the 59th minute the US had another scoring chance coming out of a counter attack. Howard stopped a cross from coming in. He threw the ball to E. Johnson who passed the ball to Dempsey. He quickly passed the ball to Altidore and Altidore scored. The only problem was that he was offside.

After that play, the game picked up in intensity. Both teams began to play back in forth looking for the first goal. Honduras had a shot on goal from a free kick but the ball never dropped and went over the cross bar. Dempsey had a shot almost immediately after Honduras’ shot but his shot went wide right. Then the US had a shot after Zusi center the ball towards Dempsey who headed the ball on goal, but Valladares was there to block the shot again.

Jozy was finally able to get a good look at goal and was able to score the first goal of the game. Dempsey passed the ball to Zusi. Zusi had the ball and saw a cutting F. Johnson on the left side. He quickly passed it to F. Johnson with the back of his show. F. Johnson received the ball and ran towards the touch line. Altidore saw what F. Johnson and he backed off and his mark left him. F. Johnson passed it back to Altidore who shot it low and to the right and beat a diving Villadares. This gave the US the partial lead in the 73rd minute.
After the goal, the US began to become more defensive. They knew there was little time left in the game and they had to defend their lead. Honduras couldn’t find any more spaces even after subbing in more offensive minded players. The US defended themselves perfectly in the final minutes and was able to hold off Honduras and win their third straight qualifying game.

Jozy Altidore didn’t have the same type of game he had against Panama. Altidore wasn’t the only player who didn’t play like they played against Panama. The US team wasn’t as precise in their passing or as clinical in their finishing. Even with all this, Altidore was able to come through and give the US the win. It was his third goal in three games. The next game for the United States National team is until September.

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Galaxy travel to Utah to face Real Salt Lake

Jun 6, 2013

Galaxy travel to Utah to face Real Salt Lake on Saturday night
at 6:30 p.m. (PT) on TWC SportsNet and TWC Deportes

CARSON, Calif. (Tuesday, June 4, 2013) – Following Sunday’s 5-0 loss to the New England Revolution, the LA Galaxy will look to bounce back this Saturday when they travel to Utah to take on Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium. The game is a matchup of two of the top four teams in the MLS Western Conference standings, with Salt Lake in second place with a 7-5-3 record for 24 points and the Galaxy four points back in fourth place with a 6-5-2 record for 20 points.

The game, which kicks off at 6:30 p.m., will be carried live in English by Time Warner Cable SportsNet and in Spanish on Time Warner Cable Deportes. It will be the club’s first game on the networks since their 4-1 road win over the Philadelphia Union May 15. Coverage for the game starts at 6 p.m. on Time Warner Cable SportsNet, with a half-hour “Access SportsNet: Galaxy” pregame show hosted by Chris McGee and studio analyst Clint Mathis, and at 5:30 p.m. on Time Warner Cable Deportes, with an hour-long edition of “Galaxy en Vivo” pregame show hosted by Enrique Gutierrez along with studio analysts Steve Sampson and Francisco Rivera.

The Galaxy have won each of their last two visits to Rio Tinto Stadium, including a 2-0 win over RSL on April 27 when Mike Magee and Charlie Rugg scored inside the opening 15 minutes and Brian Rowe made eight saves to earn the win. The two sides will meet for the third and final time of the regular season on Saturday, August 17 at the soon-to-be-renamed StubHub Center.

Ahead of Saturday night’s game, the Galaxy will hold three training sessions at The Home Depot Center. All training sessions will be held on University Field #1, with Wednesday and Thursday’s sessions starting at 10 a.m. while Friday’s training session will start at 12 p.m., after which the team will fly to Salt Lake City.

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Bryant Jennings vs Andrey Fedosov

Jun 6, 2013

NBC Sports Network Fight Night
Friday, June 14 – Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem
Bryant Jennings vs. Andrey Fedosov
Sergey Kovalev vs. Cornelius White
Ronald Cruz vs. Ray Narh

Bryant “By By” Jennings Media Workout – NBCSN FIGHT NIGHT June 14th

Bryant Jennings (16-0, 8 KO’s) held a media workout today in preparation for his June 14th NBC Sports Network Fight Night clash against Andrey Fedosov (24-2, 19 KO’s). The fight is part of a triple header on a 7-bout card that will be held at Sands Casino Resort Bethlem.

Also part of the triple header is a 12-round IBF light heavyweight eliminator showcasing Segey Kovalev (20-0-1, 18 KO’s) vs. Cornelius White (21-1, 16 KO’s) and a 10-round welterweight battle featuring Ronald Cruz (17-1, 12 KO’s) vs. Raymond Narh (25-2, 21 KO’s). The NBC Sports Network telecast begins at 8PM EDT.

Here’s what Jennings shared during the workout today at ABC Gym in Philadelphia:

Why take this fight with Fedosov? Boxing is a business. You have to build yourself, your marketability. This is our business we hit, we get hit, it’s what we do. I’m not gonna just wait around. A lot of it is patience. Patience is very much needed in this sport. As I always say, ‘welcome to the fight game.’

Photo credits to: phillyboxinghistory.com
What do you know about this guy you are going to fight (Fedosov)? I don’t know nothing about him. I very seldom know anything about any of my opponents. That’s my trainer’s job.

Were you trying to add new moves during sparring? No that’s just me. I was trying not to open up against him (sparring partner). Just trying to let him get comfortable punching, just get through the work and conditioning of it. I work on my techniques. We did train early this morning: we did 5 miles, my fastest mile this morning was 6:04; 20 minutes on the pads; then I went in the house and did push-ups, sit ups; drank a smoothie; and then tried to lay down so I could rest up to come back here.

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In sparring are you going for the knockout? No, it’s the push. This way I’ll be able to operate in the later rounds at a high pace, at a fast pace and still be conditioned. And then you go back to the corner, recover for those 30 seconds and come back out and do it all over again. I can do it for 20 rounds.

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When you train you seem to go twice as hard than other opponents – you train all day, put in 6 miles a day instead of 3. Was it that way for this camp and why? It’s that way for every camp. Running is easy for me. You have to remember I started later and didn’t have a big amateur career. I thought I have work twice as hard to get to this point, because I came in the game late. I had to fast track. It’s just my way.

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When you are fighting one of these guys (non American) does it give you any extra incentive to win for America? Yes, in fact sometimes it gives me the extra push. I know how it is for America to have a heavyweight champion, because it hasn’t been here in a long time. I’m a good role model, I have a son and I wouldn’t mind if my son lived the same exact life that I lived, because I don’t do nothing in front of my son or behind closed doors that I wouldn’t have my son do himself when he gets to my age. I just try to be an example for the youth, for the future, just to be that person to look up to. So all in all, being that next heavyweight champion of the world as an American is bigger than anything right now. That’s the goal.

Bryant Jennings and trainer Fred Jenkins
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Obviously being on NBC Sports Network is not as much money as being on HBO, but it’s important to you. Why? You get to be able to showcase on national television. To be able to fight on the national screen is a blessing. People look up to me and NBC Sports like an HBO or Showtime and I feel proud that I can make it appear to be so. Hopefully one day me, my fellow boxers and Main Events can push for that to be as big or even bigger then HBO or Showtime.

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The “new” new era begins with a loss… again

Jun 1, 2013

Carson City, California- Home Depot Center, June 1, 2013, (Photos: Victor Posadas)

This week started off very good for Chivas USA. They had beaten the L.A. Blues two to one in their first game of the U.S. Open Cup. It seemed that Chivas USA had taken a positive step forward in getting a good result even though it was against a non-MLS team, but almost immediately, they took many steps back. Chivas USA fired their head coach, Jose Luis “Chelis” Sanchez Sola after 12 games. According to Chivas USA, Chelis was not getting positive results even though he had a good enough team to do so. Sacha van der Most was going to be the interim head coach for the game against Seattle Sounders. Chivas USA announced that Jose Luis Real “El Guero Real” was going to be the new head coach but he was going to arrive in Los Angeles later on this upcoming week.
The game started off flat. Both teams lacked sharpness in their passing which impeded them from generating any real attack. Chivas USA created the first opportunity at goal when Jose Correa received a through ball and won the ball between two defenders. When he turned to shot on goal, he didn’t get any real power and the ball rolled safely towards Michael Gspurning, the Seattle goalkeeper.

Seattle Sounders drew first blood in the 22nd minute of the match. Seattle had the ball on the left flank. They passed it to Lamar Neagle who quickly passed it to Obafemi Martins. Martins received the ball and outran Bobby Burling towards goal. Dan Kennedy came out of his line to try to cut off Martins’ run and try to take away any shooting angle, but Martins was too smart for that and he chipped the ball of Kennedy’s head and scored the first goal of the game.

Chivas USA was not playing well at all. It seemed like there was no real clarity in what they were trying to do. They were not creating any space to attack even though they had more possession of the ball. To make matters worse, they helped Seattle increase their lead. In the 33rd minute, Mauro Rosales had the ball and ran down the right flank. He was about to reach the end line but he crossed the ball hoping to find someone in the middle of the box. There was no one there for Seattle. The only two people close to the ball was Kennedy and Chivas USA defender Mario de Luna. Kennedy didn’t go for the ball but de Luna did. It seemed like was wanted to header the ball outside but instead he hit it into his own net. All Kennedy could do was dive to try to block the ball but he was too far. Chivas USA scored Seattle’s second goal giving them a two-nil lead. Chivas USA couldn’t do anything in the first half.

The second half wasn’t any different for Chivas USA. They could create anything. Even after adding more offensive players through their substitutions, they couldn’t find spaces to create open opportunities. If they did get behind Seattle’s defensive line and send crosses into the box, Gspurning was there to catch any crosses. In the 71st minute of the match, Seattle’s Martins received a red card but even after being one man up, Chivas couldn’t do anything. Towards the end of the second half, Chivas started to finally get in some dangerous crosses but none resulted with the ball being in the back of the net. Seattle won the game two-nil.

Chivas USA travels to Canada to face Vancouver Whitecaps F.C. on June 19.

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