Jürgen Klinsmann

From Prague, with love: Klinsmann previews USA’s friendly vs. Czech Republic


On Wednesday the U.S. national team will take to the field for the first time since the World Cup.

Jurgen Klinsmann’s young squad face the Czech Republic at the Generali Arena in Prague, as the cycle for the 2018 World Cup begins.

[WATCH: USA vs. Czech Rep. – Live on NBCSN]  

Speaking to reporters assembled in the Czech capital, Klinsmann spoke about a variety of topics regarding the USA. Below are a few of the key points Klinsmann made.

Don’t forget, you can watch USA vs. Czech Republic live on NBCSN from 2 p.m. ET on Wednesday and stream it online right here. 

Notes from Klinsmann’s pre-match press conference

  • Confirmed Jozy Altidore will captain the side on Wednesday in absence of Clint Dempsey
  • Bemoaned lacked of transfer deal for Brek Shea, said him staying at Stoke is an ‘absolute bummer’
  • Said Landon Donovan sendoff game in October is “not awkward at all” for him
  • Brad Guzan and Nick Rimando will each play 45 minutes for the USA vs. Czech Republic
  • Believes midfielder Mix Diskerud is ‘ready to take the next step’ and will get his chance to do so
  • Fabian Johnson will become more of a leader for the USMNT
  • Revealed he is still in contact with German-Americans Shawn Parker and Devante Parker

Here is the official confirmation that Altidore will skipper the U.S. on Wednesday.

“Super computer” predicts final Premier League standings

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With eight games gone and 30 to go in the Premier League, now is the time that those preseason predictions start to get revised and new knee-jerk picks are made.

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Stats.com have run the numbers through their “super computer” — how big is this thing? To me, it’s the size of several rooms… — and the intriguing table will surprise many.

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Manchester City will win the title, pipping Arsenal to the crown, while Manchester United will finish in third and Chelsea will recover to finish fourth. At the bottom, only Bournemouth will be relegated out of the newly promoted teams, while it is looking bleak for Sunderland and Aston Villa.

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Do you agree with the findings of Stats.com?

Click on this link via talkSPORT to see the points tally for each team, as it promises to be a tight race for the title and against relegation.

Predicted final Premier League table

1- Manchester City
2- Arsenal
3 – Manchester United
4- Chelsea
5- Liverpool
6- Tottenham Hotspur
7- Everton
8- Southampton
9- Crystal Palace
10- West Ham United
11- Swansea City
12- Stoke City
13- Leicester City
14 – West Bromwich Albion
15- Newcastle United
16- Norwich City
17- Watford
18- Bournemouth
19- Aston Villa
20- Sunderland

After defying quit calls, Blatter mediates between FAs

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ZURICH (AP) After defying pleas from FIFA sponsors to quit immediately, President Sepp Blatter is continuing regular business at soccer’s governing body, presiding over a dispute between football federations on Tuesday.

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Palestinian Football Union president Jibril Rajoub told The Associated Press: “Blatter is functioning well and in a good mood with common sense, a sense of humor.”

According to Rajoub, Blatter ruled at Tuesday’s meeting with Saudi Arabia’s federation that a decision to force the Palestinians to play a World Cup qualifier at a neutral venue was “invalid.”

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FIFA’s World Cup committee initially ordered the Oct. 13 game to be relocated from the West Bank to neighboring Jordan after the first leg was played in Riyadh.

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Rajoub says FIFA has now agreed to postpone the fixture until a resolution is found.