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Mesut Ozil is confident of winning trophies at Arsenal

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Mesut Ozil has revealed that he chose Arsenal for their style of play and is confident the club will win trophies.

Speaking with Arsenal’s official website in his first interview as a Gunner, Ozil addressed why he chose to sign with the North London side. “I chose Arsenal because they are one of the top clubs in England,” Ozil said. “The coach is a world-class manager – he’s demonstrated that for years. A lot of players have developed under his guidance in the past and that’s why I decided to join Arsenal.”

Ozil also noted his admiration for Arsenal’s slick passing, free flowing style of football. “I want to improve myself further and I’m looking forward to the style of play. Arsenal are well known for the strength of their technical game and their desire to play attacking football. I think I will fit perfectly into that.”

The general consensus is that Ozil will play as the central attacking midfielder in Arsenal’s 4-2-3-1 scheme. That means Tomas Rosicky, who has performed admirably in that role during the opening of the season, will likely be dropped to the bench. Flanking Ozil on the left will be Santi Cazorla and on the right, Theo Walcott, with Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey playmaking from the rear.

Mesut Ozil’s vision, skill and affinity for the short passing game should fit right in with Arsenal’s style of play.

It’s that combination of skill, creativity and pace that Ozil claims drew him to Arsenal. “Arsenal are one of the technically strongest teams in the world,” Ozil explained. “The manager always wants to play attractive and attacking football. I think I fit into that because I enjoy playing quickly – that ’one-touch football’.”

The 24 year old is well aware of Arsenal’s eight year trophy drought and has his sites set on extinguishing that blemish. “In the last few years, Arsenal haven’t been so successful but we want to become more successful. We want to win trophies. I think the fans are looking forward to that too. We have a very strong and a very young team that can improve a lot under the manager. I think we will win trophies because we have the potential [to do so].”

The presence of countrymen Per Mertersacker and Lukas Podolski should go a long way to helping reduce Ozil’s adjustment period. Podolski told the London Evening Standard on Thursday that he is relishing playing alongside his Ozil.

“Mesut will help us in any situation,” Podolski said. “Our system and game at Arsenal will fit very well to him. Definitely Mesut and I will rock Arsenal. It is our great goal to have success in London.”

For Ozil, it comes down to wanting to prove himself. After being told he no longer figured in the plans of Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti following the signing of Gareth Bale, Ozil decided to reinvent himself in the Premier League.

“I’m happy to be playing in the Premier League because everyone knows it’s the strongest league in the world,” Ozil said. “There are simply a lot of top teams. I want to prove myself there. It’s a new challenge for me, a new task. I’m looking forward to that. I want to improve further under the boss and in the team. I’m really excited about it.”

Ozil’s first match with Arsenal kicks off Saturday September 14th at Sunderland.

Klinsmann blames Costa Rica loss on Mexico hangover

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The United States lost their third straight match on home soil tonight, the first such losing streak since 1997.

Following an extra-time loss to Mexico on Saturday, the U.S. failed to compete in a friendly against Costa Rica, putting in another poor performance as the side continues to struggle.

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In his post match press conference, Jurgen Klinsmann said his team was still shaking off the loss against Mexico, and couldn’t recover in time for tonight’s game.

Yes, the United States’ match against Mexico went 120 minutes. Yes, it was a very tough game both physically and mentally. However, it’s time for Klinsmann to stop making excuses.

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Of the starting XI against Costa Rica, only four started against Mexico. Of the six substitutes Klinsmann brought in today, only Bobby Wood played in the Mexico match, and for less than 25 minutes.

The problem isn’t that the U.S. lost tonight; it’s that they didn’t even show up. What Klinsmann needed to do was walk into his press conference and say, “We didn’t come to play tonight. We stunk. That can’t happen and we need to be better. It starts with me.”

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Top teams don’t dwell on past results. Top teams rebound quickly and back up poor performances with strong performances. When a top team would have bounced back, the United States fell flat.

Clearly the argument is, well, the United States isn’t a top team. But isn’t that what Klinsmann was brought in to do? To help develop the USMNT into a top team? The least they could do is act like one, and that starts with the manager.

College Soccer Update: Tragedy strikes USC Upstate with horrible car accident

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No interviews today. No star players and programs. Just mourning.

USC Upstate lost four students earlier this week, two of them men’s soccer players, in an early morning car accident this weekend. A fifth was injured when the car they were driving in ran off the road, hit a tree, and caught fire.

James Campbell and Mills Sproul are the soccer players who’ve left the pitch for the final time.

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USC Upstate’s athletic department held a candelight vigil on Monday, and honored both players with online memorials.

From Campbell’s, entitled “James Campbell Was an Intense Player Whose Competitiveness Made Those Around Him Play Harder”:

While Kyle Juell and James attended different high schools, they played club soccer together. “James was intense and passionate on the field,” Juell said. “He was the kind of aggressive player you wanted as a teammate. He was fun and warm and full of life and he cared so much about his teammates.”

From Sproul’s, entitled “Mills Sproul Put the Needs of Others Before His Own and Was Accepting of All”:

Mills’ teammate Deon Rose said that Mills was like the brother he never had.

“The first time I met him, I knew that he was special,” Rose said. “Not because he asked me if we had beaches in Canada or how Canadians survived without Chick-fil-A, but because he had an unconditional love for everyone and everything.”

Our thoughts are with the USC Upstate team, and entire community. Rest in peace.

Three stars of the week

1. University of California Santa Barbara — The Gauchos leapt from “receiving votes” to No. 14 in the nation. The Gauchos have won five-straight, all in-state, by a combined score of 13-3.

2. Joey Piatczyc, West Virginia — The midfielder leads the nation in assists with 12, one coming in Tuesday’s upset of Penn State, a match in which he also scored his first of the year. The Mountaineers shocked PSU with a 3-0 home win in Morgantown.

3. Francis Atuahene and Colin McAtee, Michigan — The Ghanaian freshman is a lightning bolt, and keeps producing goals along with the redshirt senior McAtee, who hails from San Diego. The Wolverines beat Duquesne 3-0 on Tuesday.

Other notes

— Creighton dropped two of its 24 first place votes, one each to North Carolina and Stanford, but remains the No.1 men’s team in the nation.

— Wake Forest hasn’t allowed a goal in three matches, against quality competition in NC State, South Carolina and Boston College. There were stretches in the 2-0 win over South Carolina where they looked unbeatable.

— Speaking of the Demon Deacons, they’ll face dangerous UNC on Saturday in what will be a cracker.

— Also No. 1:Florida State (Women’s D-1), Gannon (Women’s D-2), Trinity of Texas (Women’s D-3), Pfeiffer (Men’s D-2), Franklin & Marshall (Men’s D-3).