Clint Dempsey joined an impressive list last night. No, not a list of U.S. players who have lost in World Cup qualifiers in picturesque, tropical land of Costa Rica, although that list is chock-full of talented yanks, considering the United States still has never won a qualifier there.
Dempsey joined the relatively short list of United States men with 100 caps.
Cobi Jones owns the all-time mark with 164 appearances, although he is probably just holding the spot for Landon Donovan, who will apparently soon own every U.S. record that doesn’t involve a goalkeeper glove.
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Dempsey talked about the achievement in a Q&A with U.S. Soccer (that was posted just before Friday’s match). Among his thoughts: “Things that jump out to me when I look back are of course my first cap against Jamaica, my first goal with the National Team against England, my first goal in the World Cup, being able to get to the Confederations Cup Final and winning our group at the last World Cup. Hopefully there will be more, but those are the ones that immediately jump out to me.”
Here’s the list of U.S. men with 100 or more caps (with number of full U.S. national team appearances):
- Cobi Jones, 164
- Donovan, Landon, 152
- Jeff Agoos, 134
- Marcelo Balboa, 127
- Claudio Reyna, 112
- Carlos Bocanegra, 110
- Paul Caligiuri, 110
- DaMarcus Beasley, 110
- Eric Wynalda, 106
- Kasey Keller, 102
- Earnie Stewart, 101
- Clint Dempsey, 100
- Tony Meola, 100
- Joe-Max Moore, 100
Newcastle United’s horror start under Steve McClaren just got worse.
Magpies No. 1 goalkeeper Tim Krul is on duty with the Netherlands, and was forced from the Dutch’s 2-1 win at Kazakhstan in Euro qualifying action.
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Krul left the game after landing awkwardly on his knee, and left the stadium on crutches.
Newcastle’s back-up keepers are Karl Darlow, new from Nottingham Forest, and veteran Rob Elliot.
The Magpies are in 20th place, without a win through eight Premier League matches.
McClaren’s crew just finished a brutal run of matches that saw Newcastle face Chelsea, Manchester City, Arsenal and Manchester United.
Italy took a 1-0 lead over Azerbaijan through the in-form Eder in the 11th minute, but the true leg-work (see what I did there) came from bite-sized midfielder Marco Verratti.
The PSG playmaker pinged a beautiful long ball over the top of the Azerbaijan defense that fell right at the feet of Eder, who let the ball settle itself and touched home confidently past Kamran Arhayev for a 1-0 lead.
The goal is the second of Eder’s national career in just five caps, having scored on debut against Bulgaria back in March. He has six goals in seven matches for Sampdoria so far this Serie A season.
Italy needs three points in this match to ensure qualification to Euro 2016. A win would guarantee them a place in the field, while anything less would mean there is work to do in the final match on Tuesday against Norway.
Later in the match, Stephan El Shaarawy gave Italy a 2-1 lead just before halftime, his second career international goal and his first since September of 2012 which came in his third career start.