USA drop five places in latest FIFA world rankings; England on the up

Originally posted on ProSoccerTalk:

FIFA dropped their latest world rankings on Thursday and the U.S. national team has fallen five places.

Following two friendly defeats to Colombia and the Republic of Ireland in November, plus just one win in five friendlies since the World Cup, Jurgen Klinsmann and co. will have been expecting this.

[ RELATED: Klinsmann on US struggles ]

This drop is not too surprising as plenty of European teams have surged up the rankings as they continue qualification from the 2016 European Championships, plus African teams have also been completing qualification for the 2015 African Cup of Nations. Qualifying games are worth more points than friendlies, so the U.S. would be expecting a drop off in their ranking while they can only arrange friendlies at this stage of the season.

That said, Klinsmann will want to see an improvement from his side in 2015 which will in turn help them to move back into the top…

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Anoka, St. Cloud Apollo Win State Titles

Unseeded Anoka (15-6-1) strung together three-straight upsets in 10 days to capture the Class AA MSHSL Boys Soccer state title, their first since 2007. The Tornado stopped second-seeded Maple Grove 2-1 in the semifinal before defeating Wayzata 2-1 in the final.Apollo

In Class A second-seed St. Cloud Apollo (21-0-2) took advantage of the hometown site (St. Cloud State) defeating Mankato West 1-0 and top-seed De La Salle 1-0 to win their first-ever soccer championship. Apollo became just the second public school to win a Class A boys soccer championship. Mahtomedi (2009) is the only other public school to win a title in the 18-year history of the two-class format.

Class AA All-Tournament Team

SCHOOL, POSITION – NAME

Duluth East, Attacker – Darby Henderson

Rochester John Marshall, Midfielder – Ashton Naumann

Rosemount, Defender – Gabriel Thompson

Minnetonka, Forward – Suad Suljic

Minnetonka, Forward – Adam Reiskytl

Maple Grove, Midfielder – Kevin Hoof

Maple Grove, Midfielder – Garrett Maupin

Anoka, Goalkeeper – Jake Peterson

Anoka, Forward – Felipe Genchi

Anoka, Midfielder – Conner Hudalla

Wayzata, Midfielder – Clayton Smith

Wayzata, Midfielder – Mehrshad Hairani

Wayzata, Midfielder – Arthur Parens

Wayzata, Midfielder – Lewis O’Connor

East Ridge, Midfielder – Samuel Ruiz Plaza

East Ridge, Midfielder – Ashwin Kolla

MSHSL State Tourney Nearing Conclussion

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Tuesday, October 28

Class AA: Maple Grove (20-0) vs Anoka (13-6-1), 9 AM

Class AA: East Ridge (20-0) vs Wayzata (14-3-3), 11 AM

Wednesday, October 29

Class A: St. Cloud Apollo (19-0-2) vs Mankato West (19-1), 9 AM

Class A: De La Salle (18-1-1) vs Chaska (14-5), 11 AM

Thursday, October 30

Class A: semifinal winners, 9:30 AM

Class AA: semifinal winners, 2:30 PM

All games played at St. Cloud State University.

FINAL MSHSSCA Class AA Poll

1.
East Ridge
2.
Maple Grove
3.
Minnetonka
4.
Woodbury
5.
Wayzata
6.
Andover
7.
Mounds View
8.
Park
9.
Bloomington Jefferson
10.
Eagan

FINAL MSHSSCA Class A Poll

1.
Minneapolis Washburn
2.
St. Cloud Apollo
3.
Mankato West
4.
Breck
5.
DeLaSalle
6.
Holy Angels
7.
Orono
8.
Chisago Lakes
9.
Mahtomedi
10.
Southwest Christian

WATCH: Michael Bradley rips MLS, referees

Originally posted on ProSoccerTalk:

Michael Bradley is always one of the most vocal players on the field. Unfortunately for Bradley, his comments in the locker room are going to cost him.

The Major League Soccer Disciplinary Committee announced that Bradley was fined for his comments regarding referee David Gantar following Toronto’s 1-1 draw with Chicago.

[RELATED: Latest MLS standings]

Gantar disallowed a Gilberto goal in the 90th minute which would have given Toronto the lead. Gantar called a foul on the striker, although the call is very questionable.

Bradley said Gantar was just “not good enough” and claimed some referees “are in over their head.” Check out the full rant below, via MLSsoccer.com.

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Commissioner’s Cup Winner Orlando City Top-Seed In USL PRO Playoffs

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Orlando City SC are competing in their final USL PRO season, trying to win a third league playoff title. The Lions (19-5-4), who won a third Commissioner’s Cup, open play this weekend as the top-seed hosting Harrisburg City Islanders. The winner will advance to face the Richmond Kickers-Charleston Battery winner in a semifinal.

2013 Commissioner’s Cup winner Richmond (13-12-3) lost just three times during the regular season, but are the four-seed finishing with 51 points. The Kickers outscored opponents 53-28, second only to Orlando City (56-24)

Expansion-side Sacramento Republic FC are seeded second and will play at home against seven-seed Wilmington Hammerheads.

Copa CentroAmericana 2014

Copa Centroamericana

  • The tournament will decide the four finalists for 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
  • The fifth will face a two-game playoff to the fifth place in the 2014 Caribbean Cup, and get a place in the Gold Cup.
  • The champion of the 2014 Copa Centroamericana also get a direct ticket to the recently announced 2016 Copa America Centenario, also played in the United States.

Fixtures

Wednesday, September 3

4:30 PM: Costa Rica (3) vs Nicaragua (0)

6:30 PM: Honduras (2) vs Belize (0)

8:30 PM: El Salvador (1) vs Guatemala (2)

Sunday, September 7

4:00 PM: Costa Rica (2) vs Panama (2)

6:00 PM: Guatemala (2) vs Belize (1)

8:00 PM: Honduras (0) vs El Salvador (1)

Wednesday, September 10

5:00 PM: Panama vs Nicaragua

7:00 PM: El Salvador vs Belize

9:00 PM: Hondura vs Guatemala

Saturday, September 13

5:00 PM: 5th Place Match

8:00 PM: 3rd Place Match

11:00 PM: Final

Note: All times listed as Central Time.

2014 College Soccer Preview

Originally posted on Milwaukee United Soccer Club:

The 2014 college soccer season kicks off in full force this weekend when most schools will be in action (NCAA Division II
teams will begin their schedules next week).  As you know from past years, our season preview focuses on players we’re
scouting, their teams, and other notable trends from our online research of rosters.  This year, 16 players from our 2014
Women’s Premier League team return to campus, eager to build upon their 2013 college campaigns and incorporate some of
their summer learning to their play.  We’ll start with them, then move onto freshmen of note and a set of new prospects
we’ll be watching in light of our planned 2015 expansion.

2014 Milwaukee United SC co-Most Valuable Player Maria Stephans (Hartford) returns to UW-Milwaukee for her sophomore
season having earned a starting spot at central midfield for the Panthers and being named one of the squad’s captains.
Further…

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NJCAA Division III Preseason Poll

Top 10 National Poll   |   August 20, 2014
RANK COLLEGE RECORD POINTS 1ST VOTES PREV.
1 Herkimer County Community College 0-0-0 100 1 NA
2 Suffolk County Community College 0-0-0 90 0 NA
3 Richland College 0-0-0 80 0 NA
4 Montgomery College 0-0-0 70 0 NA
5 Bunker Hill Community College 0-0-0 60 0 NA
6 Camden County College 0-0-0 50 0 NA
7 Tompkins Cortland Community College 0-0-0 40 0 NA
8 Century College 0-0-0 30 0 NA
9 Nassau Community College 0-0-0 20 0 NA
10 SUNY Adirondack 0-0-0 10 0 NA

- See more at: http://njcaa.org/sports_polls.cfm?category=Polls&sid=18&divid=3&slid=9#sthash.OEeutszv.dpuf