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USA ends successful qualifying run

Some four minutes later, a Jamaican clearance rolled right into the feet of the streaking substitute left back Edgar Castillo, who calmly picked out the wide-open Altidore in front of goal, who doubled the score. That was really all the good news for the Americans on the night though. Bereft of several regulars like wide player Fabian Johnson, central defender Omar Gonzalez and forward Eddie Johnson, not to mention orchestrators Michael Bradley and Clint Dempsey, head coach Jurgen Klinsmann had hoped that the drop-off to their replacements would be small. 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.

“It would be an honor. But at the same time it’ll take me trying out for the team and Coach K and this coaching staff along with Thibs would pick the players and allow me to play for them. So, if I have the opportunity to play for them, I will, but it’s just going to take me trying out for the team.” With Thibodeau on the coaching staff, it might be something Rose will have to get used to. “It’s going to be a little bit weird, but at the same time it should be cool and we should grow our relationship should grow with us being two other leaders driving this team.” via Rose: I’d love to play on the Olympic team | CSN Chicago . Rose has made similar comments before. Here’s what he said during a promotional tour of the Philippines: I mean, if they pick me, yeah, Rose said Monday in Manila when asked if he wants to join Team USA. If they select me on the team, it will be an honor. According to USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo, Rose can still be a part of Team USA, as he qualifies in a lot of ways for the national squad. He knows our system. He’s been part of USA Basketball. He’s a terrific guy. He’s a great competitor, Colangelo told USA Today back in July. We have to wait and see what he looks like.

USA Confirm Two Teams For Coral Coast Sevens

And though Kentucky’s recruiting class wins in quantity, perennial top 10 teams Kansas and Duke bring in the top overall freshmen in Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker, respectively. FLORIDA: Gators enter 2013-14 under cloud of uncertainty Michigan State returns arguably the most talent of any team in the country, with Gary Harris and Adreian Payne skipping the early NBA exit route to make Tom Izzo’s Spartans arguably the best preseason team in the country. Additionally, top returning players Marcus Smart (Oklahoma State), C.J. Fair (Syracuse) and Aaron Craft (Ohio State) all give their teams top 10 potential. USA TODAY Sports will be the destination for college hoops fans Thursday. You can find extensive coverage of the poll on the college basketball page of the website or interact via Twitter . Here’s a look at some more background on the top 25 rankings: The first-regular season poll will be released early on the afternoon of Nov. 11, shortly after the regular season begins on Nov. 8. The poll will be released every Monday thereafter through the season until Selection Sunday, March 16, when the final regular-season poll will be released that evening around the time the NCAA tournament selections are announced. A final overall poll will be conducted following the national championship game April 7 and released the following day.

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In a major boost for the tournament, both the shadow mens and womens USA teams have been confirmed for Lawaqa Park on14-16 November. Having experienced last years tournament as a player (for Serevi Selects) I had no hesitation in recommending the Coral Coast as part of our development program, said Hawkins. It is a great opportunity to trial players from the college and Olympic Development Academy systems as there is no better place to learn the game than in Fiji. The three tiers of our program are the USA Eagles, Falcons and All-Americans, so the team to the Coral Coast will feature a few college players, and with rugby sevens really starting to gain some traction in the USA ahead of Rio 2016 we hope to make this an annual visit. The team, to be known as the Shangri-La USA Falcons, will be one of the 24 mens teams in the tournament. Defending champion Red Rock, Pakuranga (winner of New Zealands Middlesex Sevens) and Laulii Pago (American Samoa) are others confirmed for the Pacific Rims champion of champions. The USA All-Americans had won the Serevi Rugbytown Sevens in August, while the winner of next weekends Fitness First Central Coast Sevens in NSW is to be added. Vaiala from Samoa has withdrawn. We are very grateful to the Shangri-La Fijian Resort and Spa for hosting us and equally excited that our womens team will also be playing in Fiji, Hawkins continued. The USA Stars and Stripes in their first visit to Sigatoka take on 11 other teams for the Crest Na Iri Trophy. Our girls are really looking forward to heading to Fiji next month and we expect it to be a real learning experience which will be a benefit for us ahead of the womens world series opener in Dubai, said coach Ric Suggitt. USA Rugby has 16 womens players in its residency program at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, near San Diego, and the bulk of the team to Fiji are expected to be from this group. The full USA Eagles womens team finished third in the RWC Sevens in June and is a core team on the IRB Womens Sevens World Series which features six tournaments in 2013-14.

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Derrick Rose hopes to feel this joy in international play again.  (USATSI)

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.