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Baltimore among top markets for USA/Portugal ESPN viewing

Posted on 23 June 2014 by WNST Staff

  • ESPN Telecast Averages 18,220,000 Viewers and Peaks with 22,961,000 viewers
  • Match Generates WatchESPN Viewership Records
  • Most-viewed Non-Football Telecast on ESPN Ever
  • Significant Viewership Growth Over 2010 and 2006, including in All Key Demos
  • Sets Rating Record in 18 markets; Washington, D.C.; New York and San Francisco Highest-Rated Thru 32 Games

ESPN’s telecast of the United States’ 2-2 tie against Portugal in the 2014 FIFA World Cup on Sunday, June 22, is the most-viewed soccer match in the United States ever, across all networks, averaging 18,220,000 viewers based on a 9.6 HH US rating. It surpassed the previous high of 17,975,000 viewers for the 1999 Women’s World Cup final (USA vs. China) on ABC. Additional television highlights:

  • The telecast peaked from 7:30 to 8 p.m. ET with an average of 22,961,000 viewers and an 11.9 HH US rating.
  • The match is ESPN’s most-viewed program excluding NFL and college football telecasts.
  • While Sunday’s 9.6 HH US rating is the highest-rated men’s soccer telecast ever (topping a 9.5 for Italy vs. Brazil in the 1994 final), it is the second highest-rated soccer match overall behind an 11.4 HH US rating for 1999 Women’s World Cup final (USA vs. China) on ABC.
  • The first 2014 FIFA World Cup match involving the United States (a 2-1 victory over Ghana) averaged 11,093,000 viewers and a 6.3 HH US rating, making it the highest-rated and most-viewed men’s soccer match on ESPN or ESPN2 on record at the time.

In addition to setting a television viewership record, Sunday’s match also set product records on WatchESPN with a 490,000 average minute audience, and total of 1,373,000 viewers and 61,691,000 minutes viewed.

Significant Television Viewership Increases Over 2010 and 2006
Overall, ESPN’s 2014 World Cup coverage is posting significant viewership increases over 2010 and 2006. ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC have combined to average 4,273,000 viewers and a 2.6 HH US rating through the first 32 matches, marking increases of 50 percent and 109 percent (vs. 2,857,000 in 2010 and 2,048,000 in 2006), and 44 percent and 86 percent (vs. 1.8 in 2010 and 1.4 in 2006), respectively.

In addition, ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC have posted significant audience increases in every key people and male demographic, highlighted by double-digit growth in the 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54 categories.

WatchESPN Growth Over 2010
WatchESPN has averaged 259,000 viewers in the average minute across 32 World Cup matches, which represents a six percent lift over the ESPN Networks’ English language TV audience for a total of 4,533,000 viewers across TV and WatchESPN.

In addition, WatchESPN has posted a 158 percent increase in viewers and 167 percent in minutes through the first 32 games, averaging 759,000 viewers and 33,319,000 minutes viewed per match.

Success beyond USA Matches
In addition to Sunday’s record telecast, ESPN tied the record for the highest-rated World Cup match not involving the United States on ESPN or ESPN2, averaging a 3.4 US HH rating and 5,735,000 viewers for Germany vs. Ghana on Saturday, June 21 (tied with the 2006 Italy vs. Germany semifinal). Overall, the 2014 World Cup coverage has delivered six of the highest-rated and most-viewed Group Play matches not involving a United States team on ESPN and ESPN2.

Metered Markets
Washington, D.C., led all markets for ESPN’s USA vs. Portugal telecast with a 13.3 rating, followed by Columbus (12.6), New York (12.5), Boston (11.5), Hartford/New Haven (11.3), Providence (11.2), Atlanta (11.1), Baltimore (11.0), Norfolk (10.5), Orlando (10.5) and Sacramento (10.5).

Eighteen markets recorded their highest overnight rating for a World Cup match on ESPN or ESPN2, including seven that were among the top 10 largest for the telecast: Columbus, Boston, Hartford/New Haven, Providence, Atlanta, Baltimore and Sacramento. The additional 11, ordered by highest rating: Kansas City (10.1), Dayton (8.9), St. Louis (8.7), Jacksonville (8.4), Tampa/St. Petersburg (8.3), Nashville (7.8), Greenville (7.6), Greensboro (7.5), Memphis (7.5), Pittsburgh (6.9) and Birmingham (5.8).

Overall, Washington, D.C., continues to lead all markets for matches on ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC through the first 32 games with a 5.0 average rating, followed by New York (4.3), San Francisco (4.1), Orlando (3.8), Los Angeles (3.7), Hartford/New Haven (3.7), Atlanta (3.6), San Diego (3.5), Boston (3.5), West Palm Beach (3.5) and Richmond (3.5).

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 17 June 2014 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: WNBA-Washington Mystics @ Atlanta Dream (Wednesday 12pm from Atlanta live on NBA TV), Washington Mystics @ Seattle Storm (Sunday 9pm from Seattle live on NBA TV); Boxing: Robert Guerrero vs. Yoshihiro Kamegai (Saturday 10pm from Carson, CA live on Showtime)

10. Chesapeake Crab & Beer Festival (Saturday Inner Harbor); Mike Epps (Friday 8pm Baltimore Arena); Bob Saget (Friday 8pm Warner Theatre); Hal Sparks (Thursday-Saturday Magooby’s Joke House); Mick Foley (Tuesday & Thursday DC Improv), Steve Rannazzisi (Friday & Saturday DC Improv); Jersey Boys” and “Think Like A Man Too” out in theaters (Friday); The Lego Movie” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday)

Yes. You DO know Steve Rannazzisi.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tLUaszCUPFo

Think Like A Man Too does not look like a film I’d enjoy viewing. This picture however does. Isn’t that odd?

9. Foreigner/Styx (Friday 7pm Jiffy Lube Live), Zac Brown Band (Sunday 7pm Jiffy Lube Live); John Butler Trio (Wednesday 7:30pm Wolf Trap), Daryl Hall & John Oates (Thursday 8pm Wolf Trap); Matisyahu (Friday 8pm Power Plant Live); Devo (Wednesday 8pm Rams Head Live), Hank 3 (Friday 9pm Rams Head Live); Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe (Saturday 9pm Baltimore Soundstage); Cara Kelly and the Tall Tale/The Herd of Main Street (Saturday 8pm 8×10 Club); Johnnyswim (Thursday 8pm Rams Head on Stage), Marc Broussard (Sunday 8pm Rams Head on Stage), Big Bad Voodoo Daddy (Monday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); Scott Stapp (Tuesday 8pm Howard Theatre); Kaiser Chiefs (Wednesday 7pm 9:30 Club); Bacon Brothers (Saturday-Monday 7:30pm Birchmere); Playing For Change (Tuesday 7:30pm The Hamilton); Robert Randolph & The Family Band (Saturday 5:45pm National Capital BBQ Battle); Steve Aoki (Saturday 9pm Echostage); Willie Nelson “Band of Brothers”, Linkin Park “The Hunting Party”, Sam Smith “In The Lonely Hour” and David Gray “Mutineers” available (Tuesday)

I enjoy the work of the Zac Brown Band.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y5ISTO6GiLk

The Herd of Main Street is a talented band from this area that you should REALLY BE LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VjqQ__Sb3uA

Hey look! It’s both Johnnyswim AND Daryl Hall!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fuq8A883nFQ

Marc Broussard is deliciously Broussardian.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4c5y_OTU78Q

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Hope you’ll join me for US/Ghana Monday night at Buffalo Wild Wings Bel Air!

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Hope you’ll join me for US/Ghana Monday night at Buffalo Wild Wings Bel Air!

Posted on 15 June 2014 by Glenn Clark

I swear to everything holy I mean this…I don’t know if I remember a better first four days to start a World Cup in my life.

There was Mario Balotelli’s splendor in Italy’s win over England, Switzerland’s stunning extra time goal to top Ecuador, The Netherlands’ improbable blowout win over defending champion Spain, Lionel Messi’s “Messi-ac” goal vs. Bosnia, Costa Rica’s amazing upset of Uruguay and even Brazil’s floptastic Cup-opening comeback win over Croatia.

It’s been an excellent four days of football to start things in Brazil.

Team USA finally gets into the action Monday night with the first Cup match of the Jurgen Klinsmann/post-Landon Donovan era. The German-born coach has practically declared the Yanks’ first group stage match against Ghana as “must win” due to the difficulty that lies ahead with Portugal and his home country in the next two group stage matches.

Just how important is this first match? Here’s how Klinsmann described it to ESPN.com before departing for South America.

We basically start with a World Cup final against Ghana. We need badly these three points. If we get three points against Ghana, I think then that the confidence will rise, the guys will be pumped up, and they will be ready for Portugal and give them a real fight.

So…big game, huh?

As a patriot myself, I’m taking my responsibility to support my country quite seriously. It’s with that in mind that myself and my pal Carl Delmont (our buddy from Freedmont Mortgage-the official sponsor of our World Cup coverage here at WNST.net) will be heading up to Harford County Monday night for the match.

We’ll be at Buffalo Wild Wings in Bel Air-one of our favorite area hangouts. I’ll be arriving between 5 and 6 to get ready for the match. If you’re looking for me, I’ll be the guy draped in an American flag and with Red, White and Blue hair.

My hair colors don’t run, folks.

If you’re a patriot yourself, you need to be there. If you believe, if you believe that, if you believe that we, if you believe that we will, if you believe that we will win, if you believe that we will win, if you believe that we will win-you need to be there.

Also, if you think I won’t be echoing said chant TIME AND TIME AGAIN tomorrow night, you’re wrong.

There are going to be great specials during tomorrow night’s match. Tall Buds are just $3.65 and Natty Bohs are only $2.75. I mean, what’s more American than cheap beer?

I’ll probably put down roughly five or six hundred boneless Asian Zing wings while I’m there. This is your reminder to purchase some of them for me. Thanks in advance. I’ll also grab a bunch of other giveaways to bring with me for anyone who shows me their own levels of patriotism during the course of the match.

Monday night. 6pm. Buffalo Wild Wings Bel Air (5 Bel Air South Parkway in the Festival at Bel Air). Tell Rob Thorpe the Yankees suck when you see him there. Duke too.

Cheap beer. Wings. Team USA. It’s like Lee Greenwood riding a bald eagle in a 4th of July parade.

See you at BWW.

-G

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This week’s #WNSTSweet16 will be performed “Cup-style”

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This week’s #WNSTSweet16 will be performed “Cup-style”

Posted on 15 June 2014 by Glenn Clark

We’re dancing right up to the halfway point of 2014 and the halfway point of our #WNSTSweet16 celebration. In fact, we’ve been celebrating our 16th birthday for so long that it almost feels like it’s time to have our first beer.

(We’re kidding. We’ve had plenty of beers. Just like when most of us were REALLY 16.)

(We don’t by any stretch of the imagination condone underage drinking. Or underage anything else for that matter. We good?)

You HAVE to be familiar with the format by now. We’re celebrating 16 years as Baltimore’s sports media leader and we’re celebrating by taking “water cooler” topics from the WNST era and defining them with lists of 16.

You get it, right? Please tell me you get it.

If you’ve missed any of our first 23 lists this year, here’s a quick reminder of what’s been happening. (The #WNSTSweet16 is brought to you by Jerry’s Automotive!)

Week 23: Glenn Clark-Sweet 16 greatest Baltimore/Washington Bullets/Wizards ever
Week 22: Nestor Aparicio-Sweet 16 all-time greatest local high athletes
Week 21: Glenn Clark-Sweet 16 greatest local lacrosse players of all time
Week 20: Drew Forrester-Sweet 16 most unsung Orioles
Week 19: Gary Quill-Sweet 16 all-time Maryland horse racing moments
Week 18: Luke Jones-Sweet 16 most important picks in Ravens draft history
Week 17: Glenn Clark-Sweet 16 worst draft picks in Baltimore Ravens history
Week 16: Drew Forrester-Sweet 16 greatest players in Washington Capitals history
Week 15: Nestor Aparicio-Sweet 16 games we’ve been treated to
Week 14: Drew Forrester-Sweet 16 Masters moments of the last 30 years
Week 13: Luke Jones-Sweet 16 greatest pro wrestling moments in Baltimore history
Week 12: Luke Jones-Sweet 16 local sports goofballs/personalities
Week 11: Glenn Clark-Sweet 16 local sports saints-athletes who gave back
Week 10: Nestor Aparicio-Sweet 16 events a Baltimore sports fan must attend
Week 9: Drew Forrester-Sweet 16 greatest Baltimore college basketball players
Week 8: Luke Jones-Sweet 16 Orioles who didn’t live up to the hype
Week 7: Glenn Clark-Sweet 16 most underappreciated Maryland basketball players
Week 6: Drew Forrester-Sweet 16 local sports “Heartbreakers”
Week 5: Luke Jones-Sweet 16 local Olympic sport athletes
Week 4: Drew Forrester-Sweet 16 local athletes who deserved to win a championship but didn’t
Week 3: Nestor Aparicio-Sweet 16 local sports people who “had a dream”
Week 2: Luke Jones-Sweet 16 local sports playoff moments
Week 1: Glenn Clark-Sweet 16 “debuts” in local sports history

Every time Drew Forrester is assigned a particular #WNSTSweet16 topic, I can confidently expect to hear the following from him.

“I think I’m going to do something a little bit different.”

We imagined doing a bunch of local lists this year, and with Drew’s experience as the former General Manager of the Baltimore Blast-I thought he’d want to look over the all-time greatest local soccer players during the World Cup.

I was wrong. Drew was thinking bigger than that. With the World Cup underway, Brazilians flopping and Italians coming up clutch (Cats and dogs living together?), Drew wanted to do something a bit more in tune with the Cup.

We’re very much in a golden age of American soccer currently. Despite the fact that FIFA delivered the USA into the “Group of Death” in Brazil, there’s hope Jurgen Klinsmann’s team can reach the knockout round again when they get underway Monday against Ghana. (Shameless plug-I’ll be watching the match at Buffalo Wild Wings Bel Air with our friends from Freedmont Mortgage. You should be there.)

Our topic this week is the Sweet 16 “Greatest American Born Soccer Players of All-Time”. And quicker than you can say “Landon Donovan”, remember that goalkeepers count too.

It would be hard to imagine Donovan and current American keeper Tim Howard won’t find themselves in the top three or five players on this list. But who else? What about Brian McBride? Current captain Clint Dempsey? Brad Friedel or Kasey Keller?

How do these all-time great Americans match up against each other? Who deserves to make the list that you might otherwise not think about? Remember: the list is for American BORN players, not players who simply played in Los Estados Unitos.

Drew wants your suggestions. You can leave them here in the comments on this blog post or email him (drew@wnst.net). We will be discussing the list throughout the day Monday on AM1570 WNST.net. We’d love to have you Tweet with us or discuss the topic via Facebook by using the hashtag #WNSTSweet16.

On Tuesday morning, Drew will unveil the “official” list here at WNST.net and then discuss it with Luke on “The D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction” at 8am. He will then re-visit the list at 4pm Tuesday with Nestor on “The Happy Hours”.

Who are the greatest soccer players in the history of the Red, White and Blue? Make your voice heard!

-G

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Klinsmann needs a lesson in culture

Posted on 12 June 2014 by Tony Wisniewski

Someone let the fat lady know that  US Soccer Coach Jurgen Klinsmann is in line to buy a non-refundable ticket to her inevitable serenade to his team.

This is America, a culture that gets sports and competition, but is still somewhat figuring out this whole mainstream soccer/futbol deal.  It’s also a land filled with lofty expectations, crazy dreams and a fine line between those harboring unrelenting pessimism and those high on unrealistic optimism.

Americans love underdogs, comebacks and the belief that anything is possible. This is what Klinsmann either doesn’t get or refuses to accept.

Surely you’ve heard the story by now. It goes something like Klinsmann saying in December that the US “couldn’t win” the World Cup, only to be followed-up now, in June, that it’s “unrealistic.”

Maybe it is.  But, come on, coach, you don’t tell everyone.

That’s the other beauty about America–we sugarcoat everything; and what we don’t sugarcoat, we lie about in order to keep things copacetic.  Our professional sports coaches could double as senators in terms of glossing over the facts and bending the truth.

Think about the recent products that come from Americans: Facebook–lies about popularity.  LinkedIn–embellishments that complement over-boasted resumes.  Twitter–the great equalizer that takes away the ability for the educated souls to know the difference between their well-read counterparts and “them who ain’t know how to spell rite.”

If Mark Zuckerberg walked into Facebook’s headquarters seven years ago and said “there’s no way we can beat MySpace,” he’d have robbed our culture and the world of the greatest electronic-stalking mechanism known to humankind.  If Joe Namath said the NFL is superior and “we can’t hang,” football might not be where it is today.  And, if Mikey wouldn’t have reiterated to Data, Chunk and Mouth that “Goonies never die,” they might have, well, died–at least in the movie.

These are things that Klinsmann, a former German player and coach, just can’t understand.

From Eminem’s “Lose Yourself,” to Jimmy Valvano’s famous “Never Give Up” speech, this isn’t a culture that takes kindly to big ideas aimed at suggesting that great and uncommon things can’t and won’t happen.

Speaking of “uncommon,” anyone remember The Miracle on Ice?  USA Hockey head coach, Herb Brooks, told his young, underdog team, that they have to be “uncommon.”  And they were, upsetting Russia and eventually taking Gold in the 1980 Olympics.  Brooks, a guy who probably had seen Rocky movies and most likely listened to Queen’s “We are the Champions,” probably would have never said–at least out loud– “we can’t win.”

Some articles and commentaries have said that Klinsmann might be trying to fire up the troops.  Others pointed to the fact that he’s being straight and honest and preparing for the future. And while that’s probably somewhat accurate, it still doesn’t sit well with America.  Even the non-soccer-but-all-sports-buffs like yours truly.

America is like the old-school defiant kid at the dinner table who’ll refuse to eat his peas even if he has to sit at the table until it’s time to go to school the following morning. Certainly, this type of hardheadedness won”t accept the fat lady doing her “mi-mi-mi-mis” before it’s her appropriate time to do so.  And now, several days before even taking the field in the 2014 World Cup, isn’t the time.

This is America, a culture where Leonard landed Penny, Rudy made the team, and Keith Richards is still somehow breathing.  And while the big-girl gets warmed up to inevitably belt out her chorus for the US Soccer team, Klinsmann should hold off on asking for that ticket–at least so loudly.

 

Don’t agree with me?  That’s cool.  Here’s a counterpoint from @ethantheintern

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 09 June 2014 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Charm City Roller Girls (Saturday 6:30pm Gardens Ice House); WNBA: Phoenix Mercury @ Washington Mystics (Tuesday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet), Chicago Sky @ Washington Mystics (Friday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet), Atlanta Dream @ Washington Mystics (Sunday 4pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet); MLL: Boston Cannons @ Chesapeake Bayhawks (Saturday 7:30pm from Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium live on CBS Sports Network); Boxing: Ruslan Provodnikov vs. Chris Algieri (Saturday 10pm from Brooklyn live on HBO)

10. Frank Caliendo (Friday & Saturday Baltimore Comedy Factory); Pablo Francisco (Thursday-Saturday Magooby’s); Nick Offerman (Friday 8pm D.A.R. Constitution Hall); Honfest (Saturday & Sunday Hampden); Ray’s Summer Days (Friday & Saturday various locations); 22 Jump Street” and “How To Train Your Dragon 2” out in theaters (Friday); Non-Stop” and “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday)

Caliendo will never stop being funny. Ever.

You know what? Just some more of this.

9. Rebelution (Sunday 6:30pm Pier Six Pavilion); Brad Paisley (Thursday 5pm Merriweather Post Pavilion), Willie Nelson/Alison Krauss & Union Station (Saturday 5pm Merriweather Post Pavilion); Tim McGraw (Saturday 7pm Jiffy Lube Live); Ringo Starr (Thursday 8pm Wolf Trap); Damon Albarn (Tuesday 8pm Rams Head Live); Playing For Change (Wednesday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); Rick Springfield (Thursday 6:30pm & 9:30pm Rams Head Center Stage); Lalah Hathaway/Ruben Studdard (Thursday 8pm Howard Theatre); MS MR (Tuesday 7pm 9:30 Club), Kelis (Sunday 7pm 9:30 Club); Bacon Brothers (Saturday-Monday 7:30pm Birchmere); Buddy Guy (Tuesday 7pm State Theatre), Leon Russell (Thursday 8:30pm State Theatre); Morrissey (Tuesday 8pm Meyerhoff Symphony Hall); Jeff Tweedy (Tuesday 6:30pm Lincoln Theatre); John Prine (Friday 8pm Strathmore); O.A.R. “The Rockville EP”, Jack White “Lazaretto” and Chrissie Hynde “Stockholm” available (Tuesday)

I would pay the same price of admission to see Willie Nelson OR Alison Krauss & Union Station.

This is perhaps the most significant song/video I’ve EVER HEARD/SEEN.

John Prine is better at making songs than Manny Machado is at throwing baseball bats.

Purchase O.A.R.’s new record with your cash or I.WILL.FIND.YOU.

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Former Terps Zusi, Gonzalez make Team USA World Cup roster

Posted on 22 May 2014 by WNST Staff

CHICAGO (May 22, 2014) – U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has named the USA’s 23-player roster for the 2014 FIFA World Cup this summer in Brazil. The roster will be officially submitted to FIFA on June 2.

Klinsmann will be available at a press conference tomorrow on the campus of Stanford University in Palo Alto, California. Details on location and time will be provided shortly.

“It’s an exciting moment when you have narrowed the roster down as a coaching staff, and these 23 players that you’ve chosen can focus now purely on Brazil,” Klinsmann said. “We can go into more specific things about technical approaches, and about the opponents. For the players, it’s very important to know that they are now part of it and they can relax and know they are on the list going to Brazil and taking it from there. After almost 10 days of work right now, we thought the point has come to make the decision.”

2014 FIFA WORLD CUP – U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION | DETAILED ROSTER
GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (8): DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Timmy Chandler (Nürnberg), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Julian Green (Bayern Munich), Jermaine Jones (Besiktas), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
FORWARDS (4): Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)

After naming the 30-man preliminary roster on May 12, the following seven players have been released from the U.S. MNT’s training camp: forwards Terrence Boyd and Landon Donovan, midfielders Joe Corona and Maurice Edu, and defenders Brad Evans, Clarence Goodson and Michael Parkhurst.

The seven remaining players have been placed on a standby list and are returning to their respective club teams.

The U.S. MNT will play three matches in its Send-Off Series from May 27-June 7 in San Francisco, New York and Jacksonville, Florida. The Send-Off Series kicks off with USA vs. Azerbaijan, powered by Yingli Solar, at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 27, at Candlestick Park in San Francisco [ TICKETS]. The USA then hosts Turkey at 2 p.m. ET on Sunday, June 1, at Red Bull Arena [TICKETS] in Harrison, New Jersey, before traveling to Jacksonville, Florida, to face Nigeria on June 7 at 6 p.m. ET at EverBank Field [TICKETS]. All three Send-Off Series matches will be broadcast live on ESPN2, WatchESPN, UniMas and ESPN Deportes Radio. Fans can also follow the games live on Twitter @ussoccer.

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Former Terps Zusi, Edu, Goodson, Gonzalez make preliminary World Cup roster

Posted on 13 May 2014 by WNST Staff

CHICAGO (May 12, 2014) – U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has selected the 30-man preliminary roster for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. From this list, a squad of 23 players must be chosen by June 2 for the final roster that will travel to Brazil. A date to announce the USA’s 23-player FIFA World Cup roster has not been set.

The 30 players on the preliminary roster will begin reporting to Palo Alto, California, on May 14 for the start of training camp at Stanford University.

“First of all, we want to thank all of the players who have been a part of the process these last three years,” said Klinsmann. “It’s been an incredible journey, and everyone has worked tremendously hard. We had some difficult decisions to make, and we are very excited about the 30 players coming into camp. There is competition in every position, and these next couple of weeks will allow us to make the final determinations on the best 23-man unit to represent the United States in the World Cup.”

Under the banner of “One Nation. One Team.” the U.S. will play three matches in the Send-Off Series from May 27-June 7 in San Francisco, New York and Jacksonville, Florida. The Send-Off Series kicks off with USA vs. Azerbaijan, powered by Yingli Solar, at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 27, at Candlestick Park in San Francisco. The USA then hosts Turkey at 2 p.m. ET on Sunday, June 1, at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey, before traveling to Jacksonville, Florida, to face Nigeria on June 7 at 6 p.m. ET at EverBank Field. All three Send-Off Series matches will be broadcast live on ESPN2, WatchESPN, UniMas and ESPN Deportes Radio. Fans can also follow the games live on Twitter @ussoccer.

A host of interactive events and social media programs will provide U.S. Soccer fans across the nation with unprecedented opportunities to connect with the U.S. Men’s National Team on its journey from training camp through the build-up toward the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (3) : Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (11) : DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Timmy Chandler (Nürnberg), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Clarence Goodson (San Jose Earthquakes), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim), Michael Parkhurst (Columbus Crew), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC)
MIDFIELDERS (10) : Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Maurice Edu (Philadelphia Union), Julian Green (Bayern Munich), Jermaine Jones (Besiktas), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
FORWARDS (6) : Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Terrence Boyd (Rapid Vienna), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)

The U.S. Men’s National Team was drawn into Group G of the 2014 FIFA World Cup along with Ghana, Portugal and Germany. The U.S. opens the tournament on June 16 against Ghana, with kickoff at 6 p.m. ET (7 p.m. local) at Estadio Das Dunas in Natal, located on the northeast coast of the country in the state of Rio Grande do Norte.

The USA will then face Portugal on June 22 at 6 p.m. ET (6 p.m. local) at Arena Amazonia in Manaus, in the state of Amazonas, and will finish group play against three-time World Cup champion Germany at Arena Pernambuco in Recife, which is the capital of the state of Pernambuco and is also located on the northeast coast of the country. Kickoff for the match against Germany is at 12 p.m. ET (1 p.m. local).

ROSTER NOTES

  • Nine top-flight leagues are represented on the preliminary roster: USA’s MLS (15), England’s Premier League (4), Germany’s Bundesliga (4), Mexico’s Liga MX (2), Austria’s Bundesliga (1), France’s Ligue 1 (1), Netherlands’ Eredivisie (1), Norway’s Tippeligaen (1) and Turkey’s Super Lig (1).
  • A total of 24 clubs contribute players to the camp. The Seattle Sounders send three players to Stanford, while the LA Galaxy, Real Salt Lake, San Jose Earthquakes and Sporting Kansas City have two apiece.
  • A total of 10 players were also on the preliminary roster for the 2010 FIFA World Cup: Jozy Altidore, DaMarcus Beasley, Alejandro Bedoya, Michael Bradley, Clint Dempsey, Landon Donovan, Maurice Edu, Clarence Goodson, Brad Guzan and Tim Howard. Bedoya is the only player who did not make the trip to South Africa.
  • Beasley and Donovan have each appeared on three World Cup rosters. Dempsey and Howard have two each, while Altidore, Bradley, Edu, Goodson and Guzan all made their debut in 2010 in South Africa.
  • Three players on the roster (Beasley, Dempsey and Donovan), have more than 100 caps, while Tim Howard is set to become the 15th player in MNT history to play in 100 games.
  • At the other end of the spectrum, five players have 10 caps or less: John Brooks, Timmy Chandler, Julian Green, Aron Johannsson and DeAndre Yedlin.
  • A total of 25 players on the preliminary roster appeared in at least one FIFA World Cup qualifier in the 2014 cycle. The five who did not are Brooks, Green, Nick Rimando, Chris Wondolowski and Yedlin.

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Loyola defender Fletcher only collegiate player selected to Team USA pool

Posted on 03 September 2013 by WNST Staff

Loyola’s Fletcher Lone Collegiate Player Selected To Team USA Pool

 

BALTIMORE – On the first day of his senior year at Loyola University Maryland, men’s lacrosse defender Joe Fletcher was the only current college player selected as one of 52 who will form the United States Men’s National Team training roster for next summer’s World Cup.

 

Fletcher, who was named a First Team All-American last year by the United State Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association, was one of 94 players to compete last weekend at the training camp that led to the initial roster cut. He was one of seven collegiate players invited to that stage and the only one remaining on the roster.

 

The roster of 52 will train at a series of fall and winter events, culminating with Champion Challenge, a US Lacrosse event, where players will vie for 23 spots on the final world championships roster. The annual event will once again be hosted Jan. 24-26 at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

 

The reigning world champion U.S. Men’s National Team will compete for a record 10th world title at the 2014 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Championships, hosted by US Lacrosse, on July 10-19, 2014, in Denver, Colo.

 

Fletcher is one of 10 defenders listed on the roster of 52 players. The 2013 ECAC Lacrosse League Defensive Player of the Year has started all 35 games Loyola has played the last two years, and he has seen action in all 48 games of his collegiate career.

 

Last season, Fletcher led all ECAC defenders in ground balls with 64 while also causing 17 turnovers in 16 games. He has been recognized as one of the top lock-down defenders in the college game over the last two seasons and also was a key member of Loyola’s clearing unit that set a collegiate record with a 95.5-percent success rate.

 

As a sophomore in 2012, Fletcher was named to the NCAA All-Tournament Team and was a starter on the Greyhounds’ defense that yielded a record-low eight goals on championship weekend to Notre Dame and Maryland. He was also an USILA All-America Honorable Mention recipient, finishing the year with 41 ground balls and 26 caused turnovers.

 

Fletcher has been a standout off the lacrosse field, as well, at Loyola. He is a member of Loyola’s Green & Grey Society, a group of 14 student leaders who serve as a liaison between the student body, Loyola’s president, administration and board of trustees. He is also Co-President of Loyola’s Student-Athlete Advisory Council and is a six-time Dean’s List honoree.

 

In addition to the Champion Challenge in January, the roster will gather for two training weekends, one in October and another in December. They are also slated to play in two other events: Play for Parkinson’s in October and at the U.S. Lacrosse Convention in January.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 02 September 2013 by Glenn Clark

(We’re off Monday, so T10BD comes a day early. Enjoy. Celebrate. Don’t labor. Cheers. For week of Tuesday, 9/3 to Monday, 9/9.)

Honorable Mention: Golf-Champions Tour Montreal Championship (Friday-Sunday 6:30pm from Sainte-Julie, Canada on Golf Channel); Boxing: Chris Arreola vs. Seth Mitchell (Saturday 10:30pm from Indio, CA live on Showtime); WNBA: Chicago Sky @ Washington Mystics (Sunday 4pm from Verizon Center live on Monumental Network)

10. Keith Urban (Thursday 7:30pm Inner Harbor); Anthony Hamilton/Marsha Ambrosius (Saturday 8pm Pier Six Pavilion); Alan Jackson (Friday 6pm Merriweather Post Pavilion); Maroon 5 (Friday 7pm Jiffy Lube Live); Old Man Brown (Friday 8pm 8×10 Club); Eddie Monday (Friday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); The Romantics (Saturday 8pm Rams Head Center Stage); Blondie/X (Monday 7pm 9:30 Club); Carolina Chocolate Drops (Tuesday 7:30pm The Hamilton), Dangermuffin (Thursday 7:30pm The Hamilton); Marc Roberge/Richard On (Friday 7pm National Zoo); Butch Walker (Monday 7pm U Street Music Hall); Bastille “Bad Blood”, John Legend “Love In The Future” and Nine Inch Nails “Hesitation Marks” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

I really don’t want you to know that I’m WAY into Keith Urban. Honestly. Please don’t tell anyone.

Hopefully my affection for Old Man Brown will help to make you forget my previous statement…

How much do you think it will cost me to have Carolina Chocolate Drops play my wedding?

I’ve been using “Pompeii” by Bastille as a rejoiner recently. Are you in?

9. Glenn Clark’s 30th Birthday (Friday 2pm-6pm Noble’s Federal Hill); Kevin Pollak (Sunday 6pm & 9pm Rams Head Center Stage); York Fair (Friday-Monday York Fairgrounds); Baltimore Comic-Con (Saturday & Sunday Baltimore Convention Center); Drew Carey (Friday & Saturday Baltimore Comedy Factory); Godfrey (Thursday-Saturday DC Improv); Maryland Renaissance Festival (Saturday & Sunday RennFest Fairgrounds); Maryland Seafood Festival (Saturday & Sunday Sandy Point State Park); Bikemore: Music to Your Gears (Saturday 3pm Druid Hill Park); Riddick” out in theaters (Friday); Now You See Me” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday)

I’ve said publicly that there are two options for birthday gifts for me-which I’m sure you’ve been thinking about for awhile now. One is the hat my friend Tara is holding in this picture…

The other can be found on eBay…

Like I said, either is fine.

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