Aug 14, 2012, 1:56 PM EDT
Others may talk about the daunting task before Jurgen Klinsmann’s U.S. national team. Facing a nation that’s soaring on high following Olympic gold medal achievement, one already equipped with such tremendous talent, one with plenty of momentum in the U.S. border series, a bunch of young and lesser experienced Americans could easily find themselves on the business end of a schoolyard beating.
So what does Tim Howard want to talk about? The opportunity factor of it all, of course.
The big prize, he says, is the chance to be the first United States team to win at smoggy, thinly aired, formidable Azteca Stadium.
Since 1980, the United States national team has traveled into Mexico City eight times. Once, in 1997, they managed to sneak away with a 0-0 draw. The other seven? All losses.
The KickTV crew is in Mexico and talked to a few of the U.S. players after training Monday. One was Howard; His interview in the video below is about two minutes into the clip. What the U.S main man in goal said:
“The cool thing, whenever you get a chance to play at Azteca, is the chance to be the first [U.S.] team. That always resonates with everyone. That, if we do things right, and we win, we make history.”
Here’s the video from KickTV. Former U.S. national team defender Jimmy Conrad is the man behind the microphone:
(Oh, one more thing, before you get to Conrad’s talks with U.S. players, you have to fight through the cheesy, cliche “Mexican” music. Really, guys? C’mon.)
May 19, 2013, 11:30 AM EDT
With David Beckham-esque tears streaming down my cheeks, we’re finally here: The final day of the 2012-13 Barclay’s Premier League.
May 19, 2013, 10:19 AM EDT
Newcastle have nothing to play for and have been a disaster at home of late, losing their last two matches at St. James’ Park by a combined 9-0.
May 19, 2013, 10:13 AM EDT
The timing on this thing in two words: pretty bad:
May 19, 2013, 9:32 AM EDT
Not to get too far ahead of ourselves on the 20-year-old goal-scoring sensation … :
May 19, 2013, 12:48 AM EDT
The Sounders exploit Dallas’ young back line in a meeting of two Western Conference teams in top form. Final score: 4-2 for the Sounders:
May 18, 2013, 11:41 PM EDT
Juan Agudelo makes his New England debut as Jay Heaps posts one of the best wins of his young coaching career:
May 18, 2013, 10:33 PM EDT
Highlights and context as “Jack Mac” scores his league-leading 8th goal:
May 18, 2013, 9:50 PM EDT
Cascadia Cup matches are always interesting, and Saturday’s 2-2 draw at BC Place was full of talking points:
May 18, 2013, 8:24 PM EDT
it was a big crowd pleaser on two fronts when the Whitecaps’ forward stroked an unstoppable free kick against Portland:
May 18, 2013, 8:05 PM EDT
The young Timbers’ attacker is having an outstanding season for the Jeld-Wen Field bunch:
May 18, 2013, 7:38 PM EDT
Higuain created the game’s only goal and was masterful in possession at BMO Field:
May 18, 2013, 6:44 PM EDT
An appearance next week in Paris Saint-Germain’s final match 2012-13 season doesn’t seem to be in the plans for the retiring superstar:
May 18, 2013, 5:32 PM EDT
Video: Reports out of England say today was the former England captain’s final match, rather than next week as expected:
May 18, 2013, 3:15 PM EDT
Depth at United will allow David Moyes to hut big game this offseason.
May 18, 2013, 2:40 PM EDT
David Beckham’s not dropping off your radar anytime soon.
May 18, 2013, 2:01 PM EDT
Before Monaco takes on Europe, they have to convince French soccer.
May 18, 2013, 1:17 PM EDT
Manchester City’s former boss reaches out to his supportive fan base – his first public comments since his Monday dismissal.
May 18, 2013, 12:28 PM EDT
Mercifully, the season’s come to an end for the 17 clubs who tried to keep pace with Bayern Munich.
May 18, 2013, 11:40 AM EDT
Manchester United’s outgoing boss was amazed but not surprised at his rival’s dismissal.
May 18, 2013, 10:22 AM EDT
Relegation’s decided. So’s the title and two of the league’s Europa League spots. All that’s left? The battle for top four.
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