His low cross was deflected back into Zusis path for the hometown hero to slip past goalkeeper Duwayne Kerr. Some four minutes later, a Jamaican clearance rolled right into the feet of the streaking substitute left back Edgar Castillo, who calmly picked out the wide-open Altidore in front of goal, who doubled the score. That was really all the good news for the Americans on the night though. Bereft of several regulars like wide player Fabian Johnson, central defender Omar Gonzalez and forward Eddie Johnson, not to mention orchestrators Michael Bradley and Clint Dempsey, head coach Jurgen Klinsmann had hoped that the drop-off to their replacements would be small. Hed been hammering home the importance of depth and competition for positions for his two years and change in charge, after all. RED, WHITE AND BLUE USA supporters steal the show in win over Jamaica in Kansas City. But Mix Diskerud wasnt able to replicate Bradleys distribution, nor could he establish much of a partnership with Jermaine Jones in central midfield. Ahead of them, Johannsson didnt mesh with a mostly underwhelming Altidore either. With little traffic flowing through Landon Donovan or Bedoya on the wings, the attack lacked the necessary sting to push through an athletic Jamaican side and forge the requisite chances. They probably werent helped any by the flat 4-4-2 formation Klinsmann reintroduced after shelving it quite some time ago. And the high playmaker — typically Dempsey — in the customary 4-5-1 lineup was much missed. The backs hadnt the room to overlap with the wingers ahead of them staying wider, rather than coming underneath to support the lone striker.
And as reported by IBTimes-AU last month, critics claimed Cowell should get worried, following the low ratings. 2. X-Factor USA may see its last season in 2013 The reality show begins in fall and it usually ends around Christmas day. Judging by the early numbers and audience share in the first month of Season 2, it is feared that Santa will not be kind to SiCo and Fox officials are highly likely to make Season 3 its last one. The show still fails to get the audience watching despite the big promises made before it hits the tube in Sept. 2013. Critics noted surprise why the show even made it to Season 3. 3. Impact has yet to be seen from changes implemented on X-Factor USA Early on the season, the players on the X-Factor USA have made things happened with all the changes and twists introduced on the show. First is the four chair challenge which sees the creation of four categories – – boys, girls, over 25 and group – – each to be handled by four judges. Second is the wild card twist which allows second chance for those kicked out early on the show. The game isnt over for them as they will have a chance to be back in the competition if the audience decides they deserve another shot at million dollar prizes and record contract. 4. Gary Barlows exit from X-Factor UK Gary Barlow has announced over the weekend that this may well be his last season on X-Factor UK. After three years on the show, Barlow said that it is time for him to leave his seat on the panel.
The national soccer side used to be a unifying force beverage commercials even employed the slogan “Soccer unites us” but has since become a source of contention, Ms. Apreza says. With Mexico now suffering through an economic slowdown , continuing organized crime and violence, and facing difficulties in its attempts to achieve approval of structural reforms in areas such as energy and taxation, the national team, known as El Tri, is seen as another symptom of Mexico’s challenges given unhappiness with its overseer, the Mexican Football Federation instead of some sort of escape. Soccer is a reflection of the overall situation of the country, says Dr. Alejandro Herrera, a cardiologist. Its a reflection of the crisis that were in. De panzazo (scraping by) Mexico lost 2-1 to Costa Rica on Tuesday night in a sloppy match it needed to win in order to control its World Cup fate. But with Panama losing, Mexico will now play New Zealand next month in a last chance,two-game qualifying series. The prospect failed to enthuse some fans. Its like getting a D-minus in school, says coffee shop employee and student Marco Antonio Rodriguez. Its barely scraping by, he says, using the Mexican slang, “De Panzazo.” Social media lit up during the game, with acerbic tweets calling for celebrations at the US Embassy in Mexico City, instead of the usualAngel de la Independenciamonument. Many said, Thanks, in English, while US Soccer tweeted: #Yourewelcomemexico. El Deforma, Meixco’s version of the satirical news site The Onion, quipped in a headline: “[President Enrique] Pena Nieto to give all of Baja California to the USA,” in exchange for goals against Panama. Ex-President Felipe Calderon even weighed in, recalling that during his presidency he welcomed to the presidential residence of Los Pinos teams that won the U-17 World Cup and Pan American Games in 2011, and the 2012 Olympics. What happened? Mr. Calderon asked on Twitter.
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