With two matches at home and one on the road against Panama, Berhalter had to bring in a bigger roster. A roster of stars valued at more than $155 million led by Hirving “Chucky” Lozano and Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez, household names to many U.S. 2010 was more than 308 million. 31.8 million checked “Mexican” — up 54.1 percent from 2000. The South and West regions house a combined 86.2 percent of that population, with California, Texas, Arizona, Illinois and Colorado, in that order, registering the largest groups of people who identified as Mexican. At the news conference announcing the launch of social media channels in English, federation general secretary Guillermo Cantu cited the need to communicate in English to serve the team’s 40 million fans in the U.S. The game took place on October 17 at Maksimir Stadium in Zagreb before 30,000 fans. Last January 29, the USMNT took on Serbia at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego before a crowd of nearly 21,000. The match ended scoreless as the Americans could only manage one shot on goal. The Americans, coached at the time by Steve Sampson, featured Kasey Keller in goal and Brian McBride (substituted in the 63rd minute by Roy Wegerle) upfront.
In a game the US won 4-3, Altidore recorded his second consecutive career hat-trick and became the first American player to score a goal in five straight matches. The 2010 World Cup in South Africa would help soccer reach new heights of popularity in this country as well as feature some epic matches. It reached the semifinals of the 1930 World Cup. If that was the case, they would be going to different places and much bigger arenas,” Lalas said. “There is a strategy behind these decisions, and having not made the men’s World Cup during the last cycle, the pressure and the targeting of getting the most conducive and advantageous environments is just ratcheted up… I’m not going to say it was my idea to hire Berhalter as the USMNT coach, but you’re free to give me the credit or blame. Indeed, the U.S. has played attractively at times under Berhalter.
USMNT player Landon Donovan, speaking to reporters after the game, said: “I don’t know how much English (the referee) speaks, but we asked him numerous times in a non-confrontational manner to explain his call but he just ignored us – or maybe he just didn’t understand. The decision by referee Koman Coulibaly of Mali didn’t make much sense. Spanish-language networks. That’s nothing new: Hefty attendance and ratings in friendlies this year spanning from California to Georgia are just the latest in a line of decades-old examples showing that El Tri long ago secured not only a major market of soccer hearts and minds in the home of its CONCACAF rival but with it, a sense of de facto American citizenship. American-born and bicultural fans speaking English, decked out in Mexico’s red, white and green gear, chanting songs and accompanied by Spanish-speaking relatives from home. El Tri has played six post-World Cup exhibitions as the home team in the U.S., with one more scheduled for September in San Antonio, compared to just two in Mexico last October that averaged 34,414 fans per game. The aging, 52-year-old home to Super Bowls, World Series and All-Star Games has seen better days. Divock Origi has played in 167 games for Liverpool across all competitions.
I got to wear this jersey during every match of the 2002 World Cup, with games at 2:30am, 5:30am, and 7:30am. For the match against Germany, the company I worked for at the time (again, a German auto supplier) said that the office would be open and that we couldn’t congregate in the break room to watch the game, but that it would be on a TV should we want to watch while making a cup of coffee. The friendly, in preparation for the 1998 World Cup finals in France, was supposed to get the Americans better acquainted with a team that was similar in style to Yugoslavia, fielding a National Team at the time made up primarily of Serbians. We are getting towards the end of Jersey Week here at SB Nation (don’t worry, we’re stretching into the weekend), and now it’s time to really get nostalgic. The NFL’s Chargers are long gone as tenants of the former Qualcomm Stadium, having moved 120 miles north up Interstate 5 to Los Angeles two seasons ago.