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Aug
23
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Bosnia-Herzegovina is ranked No. 13 in the world, its best-ever ranking in its history, which is borne from their impressive performance in European qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup and an undundefeated run of nine matches. Here's some more of the skinny:

  • Bosnia-Herzegovina are tops in Group G of UEFA Qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup with 16 points from six games, three ahead of Greece. The 5-1-1 record includes 23 goals scored and only three surrendered.
  • The Zmajevi (Dragons) have never qualified for the World Cup, having reached the qualifying playoffs in each of the last two cycles and losing out to Portugal in both.
  • The squad is led by an aggressive attacking force with Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko at the helm, who is the top scorer in European qualifying with eight goals. Dzeko is the country’s all-time leading scorer with 27 goals. His strike partner is Vedad Ibisevic, formerly of Hoffenheim and now plying his trade with Stuttgart, who is the second leading scorer in the campaign alongside Tomer Hemed of Israel.
  • Roma midfielder - and teammate of Michael Bradley - Miralem Pjanic is joined by Stoke City goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, and Hoffenheim teammate of Fabian Johnson midfielder Sejad Salihovic.
  • Team captain and Bayern Leverkusen defender Emir Spahić is the second all-time leading capwinner with 65 appearances.
  • Bosnia head coach Safet "Pape" Susic is a former international who took over in 2009. In 2012, he was...
Aug
23
by SDSoccer at 1:42 PM
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Back in November of 2011, the U.S. held a joint U-23/U-20 camp in Duisburg, Germany. Coached by Tab Ramos, the experience was designed to get a look at the many of the European-based players in the pool as Olympic qualifying stood on the horizon. U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann made a day trip in between the friendlies against France and Slovenia to check out the charges.

As it turns out, six players on this current roster participated in that camp: Terrence Boyd, John Brooks, Joe Corona, Cody Cropper, Mix Diskerud, and Bobby Wood. For some, they hadn't seen each other since.

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Aug
23
by ChulaVista at 1:42 PM
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After a thrilling, but somewhat disappointing 3-3 tie with Germany in front of a fantastic crowd in Offenbach, Germany on April 5, the U.S. team traveled to the Netherlands on Saturday, taking what turned out to be an almost six-hour bus ride (there's traffic everywhere in the world) northwest to The Hague.
The Hague is the capital city of the province of South Holland and is third-largest city of the Netherlands, after Amsterdam and Rotterdam. While Amsterdam is the Dutch capital, The Hague is the seat of the Dutch government and parliament, the Supreme Court and the Council of State.
The USA will face the Dutch on April 9 at 7 p.m. local / 1 p.m. ET in a match broadcast live on ESPNW.com and ESPN3.com and presented by ESPNW.
The match against the Netherlands will be just the sixth meeting between the two countries, the first since 2006 and the first in Holland since 1991, which was the USA’s only loss of the series, a 4-3 setback in Vianen. The match in 2006 took place at the Peace Queen Cup in South Korea, a 2-0 U.S. victory.
The USA is 4-1-0 all-time against the Netherlands with four consecutive shutouts by a combined 16 goals after losing the first match in the series...