The USMNT’s pre-World Cup 2014 agenda is eclectic. It begins with old foes Mexico a day after April Fool’s day and continues with a rather easy matchup against Azerbaijan in May.
Note that the Azeri national team lost 3-0 in Portugal before going down 2-0 in Baku during the UEFA World Cup qualifiers. The United States will want to emulate their Group G rivals by recording a straightforward win as well against Azerbaijan.
To prepare for their opening game against African giants Ghana in Brazil this summer, the Americans will host AFCON titleholders Nigeria in June.
This final friendly match ahead of the World Cup will be preceded by a showdown against Turkey the same month.
ESPN will air each of USA’s 2014 FIFA World Cup matches live on TV before the broadcast info for the Czech Republic vs USMNT friendly match in early September 2014 is announced.
Channels to pin down are:
USMNT Live Stream & TV schedule – ESPN and other channels
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Preview: Can Manchester United spring a surprise?
In 2010, the situation was reversed. United had won the “cup with the big ears” in 2008. They had reached the final in 2009, losing out to Pep’s Barcelona. Bayern had not been to the semifinal stage of Europe’s premier competition since 2001, suffering many quarterfinal defeats since. After winning the first leg in injury time, 2-1, thanks to Ivica Olic, Bayern came into Old Trafford looking to defend their lead. Not many said they would be able to do so.
Indeed, Bayern conceded three times within the first half but pulled one back through Ivica Olic. A red card to Rafael in the second half opened the game up more for Bayern. A wonderful strike from Arjen Robben, perhaps one of the best in the history of the UEFA Champions League, sent Bayern through to the semifinals on the away goals rule.
Preview: Spanish League rivals lock horns in Champions League
Atletico have defied all odds by rising to the top of the La Liga table and with just seven matches to play in the league, Atleti will be confident of their chances.
However the league leaders are closely tracked by their opponents on Tuesday who trail Diego Simeone’s men by just a single point. But both the teams will have to keep their league affairs at the side for now as they concentrate in clinching qualification to the last four of the Champions League.
Preview: Partenopei look to close gap on second-placed Roma against the runaway Serie A leaders
On Wednesday, a double from Carlos Tevez was enough to give the Bianconeri yet another three points and set a new Serie A record of 15 straight home wins in one season. The victory also ended Parma's 17-match unbeaten run and moved the Bianconeri to a comfortable14-point lead with eight matches remaining.
With Antonio Conte's men comfortably cruising towards a third successive Scudetto, the focus for the other teams is to secure second place and automatic Champions League football next season. Whilst Roma presently occupies that spot, with 67 points and a game in hand, Napoli will be keen on closing that six point difference.
Preview: Reds eyeing the top spot in the Premier League
Favorable results for Liverpool have provided them with a wonderful opportunity to end this week as the league toppers. Chelsea’s 1-0 defeat to Crystal Palace has left the door wide open for Brendan Rogers’ men who with a victory on Sunday can take their tally to 71 points and thereby occupy the top spot in the table.
The situation could not have come at a better time with the current season only six weeks away from conclusion. Liverpool have been rampant in recent weeks having won seven games in a row and are very close to clinching only their first league title in the Premier League era. The mood has definitely lifted at the Anfield but Brendan Rodgers has insisted that the kop faithful must stay calm and support the team in every circumstance.
Preview: Sad return to the Bernabeu for third-placed Real Madrid
The home crowd at the Santiago Bernabeu will be asked to multiply their voices and get behind the players. At such a tough period, the efforts of supporters are as much needed as the efforts of the players and the intelligence of the technical team. However, Marcelo who captained Los Blancos in the absence of red-carded defender Sergio Ramos against Sevilla believes that it is up to the players to make the first step and revive the spirits of Madridistas worldwide.
“We must apologise to Real Madrid's fans. We'll keep fighting,” he said following Real Madrid’s problematic 2-1 loss away to Sevilla on Wednesday.
Preview: Arsenal face final title chance against Manchester City
Manuel Pellegrini leads his side into the Emirates for an important title match, against an Arsenal side that has struggled of late. With just two victories in their last seven Premier League fixtures, Arsene Wenger’s side have one last shot at the title race on Saturday.
The Gunners suffered a heavy defeat at Stamford Bridge last weekend, leading many, if not all writing them off. Saturday’s meeting with City could keep their title hopes alive, if they come away with the victory.
Preview: More goals and another clean sheet for Chelsea?
Here is a chance for the Blues to make another step towards the 2013/14 English Premier League title. Jose Mourinho is aware of how tight the race is, given the fact that Manchester City could mathematically bypass them by three points by the time both teams would have played the same amount of games. For now, Chelsea occupy the top spot with a single point advantage over Brendan Rodger’s Liverpool and a three-point gap over the Citizens.
Crystal Palace are definitely not the scariest opponents, having last won a match on February 8 to fellow relegation fighters West Bromwich Albion. Since picking up that vital 3-1 win, Palace have failed to record a goal in four out of five matches. They have grabbed only two points in the process.
Preview: Barcelona can go top of La Liga, before their rivals take the pitch
Just a week ago, claiming the La Liga title looked very difficult for Gerardo Martino. After an important victory over Real Madrid, and three points mid-week against Celta Vigo, the Blaugrana are ahead of the Merengues, and just one point back of Atetico Madrid.
On Saturday, Barcelona will be without Victor Valdes. The Spanish goalkeeper was stretchered off against Celta Vigo, and was ruled out for the rest of the season with an ACL injury.
Preview: Will Bayern Go For the Jugular against Hoffenheim?
Bayern has already created history by becoming the first team in the history of the German top flight to win the title with seven games in hand. A great indicator, as many in the press have pointed out, about how impressive Bayern has been this season is simply the weather. The temperatures still remain low across the country; no team has secured the Bundesliga title when temperatures have been close to zero.
Pep Guardiola, as we have come to learn in his days at Bayern, is quite the perfectionist. He is not prepared to let his team simply move casually through the remaining seven matches. However, he will know more than anybody, that his side can now focus on the two other competitions, the DFB Pokal and the UEFA Champions League. Bayern is trying to defend their crowns on those two fronts.
Preview: Moyes hoping to relieve pressure with a win
Pressure seems to be mounting on United’s Scottish manager David Moyes who has guided the Red Devils to their worst campaign in the Premier League era. The defending champions are currently 18 points behind league leaders Chelsea and are 12 points shy of a place in the top four. Moreover United’s 3-0 loss to arch rivals Manchester City was their 10th defeat of the season, another first for a club which has won the league title a record 20 times.
Man United are now on the verge of ending the season with their lowest points total since the inception of the competition back in 1992. Their previous worst 75 points was enough to win them the title in 1997 and third place in 2004. However a place in the top four now seems a very distant dream.
Preview: Real Madrid’s spirit to be tested
Having failed to win any of their clashes against their closes rivals, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, Los Blancos find themselves in an extremely insecure situation. At the end of Matchday 29, they conceded the top spot to the Rojiblancos on a head-to-head basis, with both teams counting 70 points. The Catalans, meanwhile, are only one point behind.
The three-horse race remains tight for Real Madrid. With nine matches to go and only, they must overcome pressure to remain ahead of Barca and hope that Diego Simeone’s men drop a few points. Managing anxiety for Carlo Ancelotti and his men would begin with bouncing back from last Sunday’s controversial home defeat in El Clasico.
Preview: Rivalry renewed, in a vital cup match
Benfica and Porto have gone down two separate paths this season. The Lisbon side got off to a slow start, but have since sorted things out. They are top of the Portuguese League, they are still in the Taça de Portugal and the Taça da Liga, and they are in the quarter-finals of the Europa League.
As for the Dragões, they have had to deal with a lot of obstacles this season. After claiming the Portuguese League title last season, their newly appointed manager was dismissed just a few weeks ago.
Preview: Reds hoping to narrow gap on top of the table
A win on Wednesday could allow Liverpool to reduce the difference between them and Chelsea to just one point and with the two sides yet to play at Anfield this season Liverpool will definitely be confident of clinching their first league title in over 20 years.
The Reds were involved in yet another goal frenzy as their last outing against Cardiff resulted in nine goals scored with Liverpool scoring six of these. The Reds went down 2-1 to the Bluebirds courtesy of goals from Jordon Mutch and Fraizer Campbell in the first half but Liverpool responded strongly and put any hopes of a comeback to rest.
Preview: Barcelona will want to avoid a let down after their important El Clasico victory
An emotional rollercoaster at the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday ended well for Barcelona. Three goals from Messi helped lift the Catalans over Real Madrid, and they will now have a chance to go top of the league, given Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid's late kick-off.
Luis Enrique, a former Barcelona captain, will prepare his side for a very difficult match at the Camp Nou. Enrique has been linked with the managerial position at Barcelona, but the Catalans opted to go with Gerardo Martino. And despite all the doubt involving the Argentine's future at the club, Barcelona's president as well as Martino have stated publicly that his contract will be honored.
Preview: Champions League hopefuls Fiorentina welcome a floundering Milan to the Stadio Artemio Franchi
The last time Milan won a match was on 23 February, a 2-0 victory on the road against Sampdoria that saw them move into the top half of the table. Since then, they have been dumped out of the Champions League and have just picked up one point from their last four league games--and have slipped into 12th place as a result.
Fiorentina, on the other hand, are riding high thanks to their 1-0 victory over Napoli on Sunday that saw the gap between the two teams closed to just seven points. And, as a result, coach Vincenzo Montella is still hopeful that his side will be able to continue moving up the table.
Ronaldo penalty vs Barca brings up Messi penalty vs Man City debate
Fans from both the sides were furious at some of the decisions the referee made during the course of the match and one of these decisions which still continues to divide opinions was Undiano Mallenco awarding Real Madrid a penalty for a foul Dani Alves had seemingly committed outside the box.
Ronaldo scored from the resulting penalty and the Blaugrana faithful were left fuming.
Preview: Arsenal fans are expecting a very positive performance
Things did not go according to plan in Arsene Wenger’s 1,000th match in charge of Arsenal Football Club. An embarrassing 6-0 defeat at the hands of Chelsea was a cause for concern internally, with fans also showing their discontent.
Returning home, the Gunners will get a chance to give their fans a chance to regroup and smile about something, even if just temporarily.
A poor performance all around contributed to yet another heavy defeat against a title contender. 17 goals conceded away from home against Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City, from their 34 conceded all season. That is half their goals against in just three matches. What is the reason behind this?
Preview: An important game for Man United, Man City… and Chelsea!
Manchester United (51) could temporarily break into the European zone this Tuesday by replacing Everton (54) on goal difference. The Red Devils are not giving up on qualifying for the UEFA Europa League or even the Champions League although they are currently 11 points adrift the Top Four.
The home crowd will be roaring in support of David Moyes and the squad. Of late, the Red Devils seem to have found the route back to their glorious days. They followed up on their miraculous comeback against Olympiakos in Europe with a vital win against West Ham United in the EPL last weekend.
A season in which nothing has worked out for David Moyes and Manchester United, a victory over arch rivals Manchester City could be their saving grace. Both the sides have different ambitions this season, whereas City have their sights on the Premier League crown, United continue to chase an unlikely top four place.
Man City will enter the field as clear favorites for the match but the Citizens have suffered five defeats already this season and there is no reason why the Red Devils cannot subject them to their sixth. Here are five things Moyes and United must do to get a positive result: