Marc Usa Taps Jerry Thompson To Expand Pr Practice


We’ve seen him do this for the Miami Heat, and he’ll continue to do so for Team USA in order to maximize the amount of talent in the starting five. Starting Center: Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans Joe Toth-USA TODAY Sports Anthony Davis is going to be a stud. Although his rookie season was a little bit disappointing thanks to a never-ending stream of nagging injuries and an inability to play elite defense, he still showed flashes of greatness. There were highlight-reel dunks, sensational rejections and moments in which he looked capable of developing into the next great stretch-four. Remember, this kid is only 20 years old. He still is, well, a kid. By the time Rio rolls around, Davis will have one hell of a unibrow developed into a bona fide starting center capable of impacting a game on both ends of the court. He’ll have honed his defensive instincts and ability to crash the boards. He’ll be hitting mid-range jumpers with his eyes closed. Quite frankly, he could be best American center in basketball. Dwight Howard will still be right in the thick of things, but he’ll be on the verge of hitting 30 and won’t want to waste any of his healthy games on international competition when he could be resting himself for a title pursuit. There are a couple other young options as well, but Davis also has one more leg up: He’s been a part of Team USA before. He cut his teeth during the 2012 Olympic Games, and he didn’t look even remotely out of place, despite the fact that he’d never played a single NBA game before joining LeBron and Co. That experience will serve him well in the toughest competition for a starting gig. There’s a razor-thin margin between starting at center and failing to make the roster at all. Just ask DeMarcus Cousins in this hypothetical scenario. Ethan Miller/Getty Images Kyrie Irving, PG, Cleveland Cavaliers This young gun is the future of the point guard position, even if he won’t have surpassed Derrick Rose within the next three years. Actually, he may very well do that, but he’s still more suited for a role as the team’s sixth man given his lack of defensive excellence. Irving is only 21 years old, and he’s displayed massive potential with a deadly jumper, a knack for finishing in traffic and a set of handles that would even make Jamal Crawford jealous. He might as well be a lock for the roster. John Wall , PG, Washington Wizards Speaking of young point guards, expect big things from John Wall throughout the 2013-14 season, then look for him to continue improving as he gets more and more experience playing with quality teammates. Twenty points and 10 assists per game aren’t out of the question this year, and those may be disappointing numbers for him by the time 2016 gets here. Wall is a dynamic floor general with great vision and a terrific ability to get past any defender when he wants some quality time with the rim. If he can develop a potent jumper, he’ll be yet another lock.

Hed been hammering home the importance of depth and competition for positions for his two years and change in charge, after all. RED, WHITE AND BLUE USA supporters steal the show in win over Jamaica in Kansas City. But Mix Diskerud wasnt able to replicate Bradleys distribution, nor could he establish much of a partnership with Jermaine Jones in central midfield. Ahead of them, Johannsson didnt mesh with a mostly underwhelming Altidore either. With little traffic flowing through Landon Donovan or Bedoya on the wings, the attack lacked the necessary sting to push through an athletic Jamaican side and forge the requisite chances. They probably werent helped any by the flat 4-4-2 formation Klinsmann reintroduced after shelving it quite some time ago. And the high playmaker — typically Dempsey — in the customary 4-5-1 lineup was much missed. The backs hadnt the room to overlap with the wingers ahead of them staying wider, rather than coming underneath to support the lone striker. It was, simply put, a failure. After initially being pinned back by the Reggae Boyz, whose speed far exceeded their skill, the Americans found room to play higher upfield. But they had little use for that freedom. The defense wasnt entirely coherent and failed to feed the midfield much. The lines were set up too far apart and lacked cohesion or connection with one another. Sloppy on the ball, the attack lacked punch.

USA understudies fail to make case

Thompson is joining the ad agency in the newly-created position of executive vice president, director of public relations. Thompson most recently was at Ketchum Public Relations, where he led Ketchum Energy, the agency’s global energy industry consulting group. Thompson’s background in the energy and tech sectors was a factor in Marc USA’s decision to bring him on board. Marc USA CEO Michele Fabrizi said Thompson’s “deep experience” in these areas would help the ad agency expand in those categories. Thompson said his decision to move to Marc USA was based, at least in part, on the agency having “fully broken down the marketing discipline silos to provide clients with seamless solutions across all channels,” Added Thompson: “Clients want and need to take advantage of the full range of earned, owned, shared and paid media.” Over the course of his career, Thompson has counseled a range of clients, including FedEx, Delta Air Lines, Georgia-Pacific, Alcoa and Heinz. Thompson hold a B.S. in communication and journalism from Indiana State University. Marc USA has offices in Chicago, Pittsburgh and Miami, and employs more than 200 people. The agency’s annual billings are in excess of $320 million. Related links:

USA ends successful qualifying run

From there, it wound slowly through Denver, where the United States mens national team won three points in the snow storm over Costa Rica. In Mexico City, it ground out a point at the Azteca. Then there were wins in Kingston against Jamaica and Seattle over Panama and Salt Lake City over Honduras . A fetid loss followed in San Jose, Costa Rica. Heartfelt was the win over Mexico in Columbus and easy the victory over Jamaica in Kansas City. And on Tuesday, at length, the weary USA concluded its meandering World Cup qualifying travels with a bizarre 3-2 win injury-time in Panama City that saved its archrivals. When Panamas Luis Tejada snuck in front of Kyle Beckerman in the 83rd minute to poke home the low Roberto Chen cross that US goalkeeper Brad Guzan had pushed into his path, it seemed for all the world like Panama would win 2-1. Combined with Mexicos 2-1 loss down in Costa Rica , that would mean that Mexico would fail to qualify for the World Cup and Panama would be into the playoffs with New Zealand. Panama had never been to a World Cup; Mexico hadnt failed to qualify (without being excluded) since 1982. Yet an injury-time Graham Zusi header and a subsequent Aron Johannsson rip overturned that result, freeing Mexico of ignominy, leaving the home team inconsolable and its crowd stunned. It was, perhaps, the most fitting of endings to this strange and twisted World Cup qualifying campaign for the USA. Since February, there were reports of faith suspended and restored in head coach Jurgen Klinsmann as the Americans careened from crisis to recovery, to dominance, to a slip-up, to competence, and finally, to Tuesdays, well, weirdness. Video: What’s your favorite stadium for USA World Cup qualifiers? But for their part, in the end, securing a spot in their seventh consecutive World Cup was fairly straightforward for the Americans, in spite of the inherent trickiness of qualifying from the grueling hexagonal round in CONCACAF. The win over the Canaleros improved the USAs record in the double round-robin, six-team final stage to seven wins, a tie and two losses, easily clinching their third straight hexagonal title — if there were such a thing. The Yanks won six of their last seven games and earned their place at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil with two games to spare.

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