Monday, October 19, 2009

Robbie Rogers: Tips from Juergen Klinsmann

Robbie Rogers talks about the game against Costa Rica and how he developed into the player he is today, which is a potential World Cup roster winning player, a European club landing player, and just a general rising star. Rogers is unique because he can got at defenders and create goals.

FANHOUSE: You spent time with Juergen Klinsmann while growing up in California. What impact did that have on your development?

ROGERS: In Huntington Beach I played some PDL and some men's league with him. He played under a fake name. He didn't want media and other people coming out. He just would teach me little things on the field, talk to me off the field, talk to my family about what he thought maybe would be a good way for me to develop as a young player, as a young professional. Just gave me different ideas about soccer.

I remember him always telling me that the only time that you're really going to be playing well is when you're happy. I went to Holland and I wasn't happy and I wasn't playing the way I want to be playing. That for sure, happened. Just when I watched him play. He was always moving and always running. He was never stagnant, always playing quickly. I definitely learned from him just playing beach soccer and pick-up games. He was definitely someone I watched when I didn't know him, and then when I got to know him he was a great person as well, a great role model. He really helped me.

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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Charlie Davies

More on Charlie Davies over at SI by Grant Wahl:

"I remember when I was 7 years old," Charlie recalled recently, "I was dribbling from 4:00 in the afternoon until about 8:00 doing the same exact drill for four hours and crying in between doing the drills, and him just saying, 'Keep doing it until you get it right.' Finally, it got to be 8:30 and it was pitch-black, and I finally was doing it right. And we were able to go home. He took me to Taco Bell. That was his thing when I was a kid. If you score today and do well, I'll take you to Taco Bell afterward."

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Saturday, October 10, 2009

Game On: U.S. Arrives in Honduras

The team lands in Honduras.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Pablo Aimar Recalled to the Argentina National Team

Is Pablo Aimar the savior for Argentina? Diego thinks and hopes so, as he's been recalled for their last two qualifier games:

The Benfica play maker affirmed that Argentina don't have a saviour, but that is what he referred to Maradona as during his playing days.

"Since Diego stopped playing for the national team we haven't had a saviour," said Aimar.

When he arrived in Ezeiza on Monday, Aimar also thanked the praise he received from Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi, who said that he would like to play with him.

"For him to have said that fills me with pride. There's no other word to define my gratefulness."

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Thursday, October 8, 2009

US National Team Gets Ready In Miami

Team training in the heat of Miami to get ready for Honduras. Looks like a pretty serious training session.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Landon Donovan Interview

Excellent interview with Donovan. The one thing I'd say is he has to go play in the EPL or La Liga. He's just too good not to play in the top leagues and experience the atmosphere week in and week out. I'm sure Jozy is telling him it's amazing playing against Liverpool:

It was time to check in with Landon Donovan, to get some quality one-on-one time with the Los Angeles Galaxy and U.S. national team standout.

He agreed to an interview in the middle of last week, after practice and after his now-regular hour-plus deep-tissue massage session with Galaxy trainers. He met me at the outdoor dining area behind the south goal at the Home Depot Center, in Carson, Calif. When we finished, he left the facility in his black Maserati, planning to get a haircut.

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Sunday, October 4, 2009

Clive Owen: Liverpool Fan

The Children of Men and Duplicity star is a Liverpool fanatic and wouldn't mind running a soccer team at some stage in his life:

Owen does not dream of being a soccer player, or a sportswriter (“A guy who writes the games up—it’s just one guy’s take”); but a manager, that’s tempting. “To be involved in the high end of footballing in any capacity, and spend your life going to amazing games, would be incredible,” he said. In Namibia, while shooting “Beyond Borders,” Owen caught a Liverpool game on a TV in the middle of the desert (“They managed to get a wire out to my tent, so we had cable”); in Milan, for “Duplicity,” he squeezed in an Inter Milan Champions League game, and afterward, in the locker room, met Zlatan Ibrahimović, who gave him his jersey. In Thailand (for “Beyond Borders” again), Owen’s driver turned out to be a Man U supporter. “He couldn’t afford cable,” Owen said. “In Thailand, soccer games air at 3 or 4 A.M., but I let him come to my place and watch the games. I said, ‘You can watch it, but don’t wake me up.’”

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Saturday, October 3, 2009

Video: Barcelona Training Tips

Barcelona and Nike have teamed up for some very cool videos showing you how to train and get better as a soccer player. First off is a solo training drill.