Stock up, stock down: Who moved the needle for the USMNT


Stock market metaphors, people. Even during times when buying shares seems like acquiescing to a scheme, a Stock Up-Stock Down post is the only tool we have to describe how players fared. For those who think the world is starting its wane from the stock market era, you better come up with some other mechanism for lazy bloggers like me. How else could I possibly explain Geoff Cameron had a good week?

But now that  the drama of the U.S.’s World Cup apocalypse is starting to get some perspective, it’s a good time to take a look at which players made the most of the last two games. When the team reconvenes in October, which players will be on stronger ground? And which players have slid into less favorable spots?

Stock up

Geoff Cameron – Particularly after Columbus, Cameron might be the States’ best option at center half. In addition to near-faultless play over 180 minutes, Cameron’s has a skill set Klinsmann’s other options can’t provide: Some foot speed, athleticism, and a midfielder’s comfort with the ball at his feet.

Michael Parkhurst – Before this week, he was a borderline call-in. After Friday, it would be strange to see a squad without his name in it. He’s not starter material, but he can step up in a pinch. With versatility to play all along the back line, he’s an ideal option to have on the bench.

Danny Williams – Williams was the one person who benefited from Michael Bradley’s injury. The U.S. loosing a central midfielder gave Williams a prolonged spell in his natural position. He performed well enough to make you wonder whether a Bradley, Jermaine Jones, Williams midfield is Klinsmann’s most-likely combination for Oct. 12.

Graham Zusi – Like Parkhurst and Williams, Zusi showed he’s a viable option when somebody goes down. In his case, it was Landon Donovan. Zusi provided a similar on-the-ball presence to Donovan, and while he won’t displace the U.S.’s all-time goal scorer anytime soon, Klinsmann no longer needs to shake things up if Donovan’s out.

Bradley and Donovan – Before the Jamaica games, there was little doubt as to their value, but absence truly made the U.S.-supporter’s heart grow fonder. The team scored one goal in each game without them.

Holding steady

Terrence Boyd, Steve Cherundolo, Clint Dempsey, Herculez Gomez, Clarence Goodson, Tim Howard, Fabian Johnson, Jermaine Jones, Brek Shea

Cherundolo, Gomez, Howard, and Johnson all played well, but their spots in the team were pretty set. Their stock didn’t go up, mostly because they would need exceptional performances to increase their standings. Although Gomez is new to this group, he now seems as certain a starter as Howard and his fullbacks.

Neither Dempsey nor Jones were convincing, but they’re still part of Klinsmann’s core, while Boyd and Shea had little chance to change their profiles.

Stock down

Jozy Altidore, Kyle Beckerman, Carlos Bocanegra, Maurice Edu, José Torres

Jozy Altidore – Altidore, so valuable under Bob Bradley, is still struggling to find his place under Jurgen Klinsmann. Right now, the mesh between Altidore’s skills and Klinsmann’s approach couldn’t be less comfortable. After Friday, he looks more like a bench option than starter.

Kyle Beckerman – Beckerman’s never as bad as his detractors depict, but on Friday, it was too easy for Jamaica to force him into a negative ball. Beckerman needs to adapt, because the Reggae Boyz aren’t the only team in CONCACAF that can exert that kind of pressure. He has to find a solution.

Carlos Bocanegra – Not getting the start Friday was telling. It was surprising. We’re so used to Bocanegra being an automatic starter. Attempts to explain the decision against Rangers’ status don’t jive with Klinsmann’s use of Dempsey, Cameron, and Maurice Edu. The captain is now in a three-way fight for two spots.

Maurice Edu – You can’t make mistakes like the one which led to Jamaica’s Friday winner. The challenge was too rash in that situation (and place on the field). You have to be smarter than that. Edu may have opened the door for Williams to take some of his playing time. He may also see himself back in the picture at central defense.

José Torres – At least Klinsmann knows what he has. With the exception of one shot from distance, there wasn’t much ambition from Torres on Tuesday. He’s made himself into a safe, situational option to bring  off the bench. He has been given plenty of chances to show he’s more.

Cameroon vs Serbia, live! Score, updates, how to watch, stream, videos


Cameroon and Serbia clash in Group G as both aim to get off and running at the World Cup after losing their opening game.


Cameroon were dangerous for large spells against Switzerland but lost 1-0 and Rigobert Song’s side need to be better in the final third. On the counter attack they were excellent against the Swiss but they have to take their chances.

As for Serbia, they were beaten by Brazil and although they hung in there until 30 minutes from time, they never had control of the game. That’s okay. Brazil are one of the favorites to win it all. Let’s now see if this golden generation of Serbian stars can get a big win to set up a showdown with Switzerland in their final group game.

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Here is everything you need for Cameroon vs Serbia.

How to watch Cameroon vs Serbia live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 5am ET – Monday, November 28
Stadium: Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah
TV channels en Español: Telemundo
Streaming en Español: Peacock (all 64 matches)

Key storylines, players to watch closely

Cameroon will be dangerous on the counter and their gameplan was pretty spot on against Switzerland and it will be the same against Serbia. Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting and Bryan Mbuemo will cause all kinds of problems on the break. However, Andre Onana is out as the star goalkeeper for the Indomitable Lions has reportedly had a falling out with manager Rigobert Song.

Serbia won’t be too disheartened to lose to Brazil in their World Cup opener but they now know this is basically must-win after Switzerland beat Cameroon in their opening game. Dusan Tadic, Aleksandar Mitrovic and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic hold the key for Serbia who will have to be patient as they will see plenty of the ball.

Cameroon quick facts

Current FIFA world ranking: 43
World Cup titles: 0
World Cup appearances: 8
How they qualified: Qualified from CAF playoffs
Coach: Rigobert Song
Key players: Andre Onana, Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa, Vincent Aboubakar, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting

Serbia quick facts

Current FIFA world ranking: 21
World Cup titles: 0
World Cup appearances: 12
How they qualified: Qualified from UEFA via playoffs
Coach: Dragan Stojkovic
Key players: Aleksandar Mitrovic, Dusan Vlahovic, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Dusan Tadic

Offsides rules at 2022 World Cup: Explaining how VAR technology impacts referee calls


The 2022 World Cup is underway from the Middle Eastern nation of Qatar and as the group stage continues, we’ve seen unexpected upsets and some new contenders emerge – but there’s still a long way to go until the tournament champions are crowned in late December.

Along the way, spectators have already seen most matches impacted in at least some capacity by VAR technology when it comes to determining penalties, possession and, frequently, offsides decisions. After introducing semi-automated offside technology at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, FIFA announced this summer that the tool would return for this year’s tournament. Read on to learn how offsides works and how VAR technology is utilized to make decisions at the 2022 World Cup.

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What is the offsides rule?

A player is in an offsides position when they are in the opponent’s half of the field and any part of their head, body or feet is “nearer to the opponents’ goal line than both the ball and the second-last opponent.” Simply put, a player needs to be entirely in front of the last defender when their teammate passes them the ball. The offsides rule exists to keep players from lingering near their opponent’s goal to try and scoop up scoring opportunities.

The offsides rule does not apply when the player receives the ball directly from a corner kick, throw in or goal kick.

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What is VAR?

By now a familiar acronym to any fans of year-round leagues like the Premier League, VAR stands for “Video Assistant Referee.” It refers to officials off the pitch who are watching the match with access to multiple cameras, angles and data points, as well as slow-motion replay, who can weigh in on decisions including goals and penalties, with the objective of making officiating more accurate.

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How does technology impact offsides calls at 2022 World Cup?

In Qatar, FIFA is using multiple forms of VAR technology to support officials in determining offsides. This includes 12 tracking cameras constantly collecting data on the limb position of each player, as well as “connected ball technology,” a sensor within the official match ball sending kick-point detection data to the video operations room. Per FIFA, “by combining the limb- and ball-tracking data and applying artificial intelligence, the new technology provides an automated offside alert to the video match officials inside the video operation room whenever the ball is received by an attacker who was in an offside position at the moment the ball was played by a teammate.”

After the video referee and the officials on the pitch have confirmed a decision, a 3D visualization of the offsides penalty is available to clearly communicate the infraction.

Germany v Japan: Group E - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022

World Cup 2022 schedule, start time, dates, how to watch live

  • When: November 20, 2022 to December 18, 2022
  • Group stage game kick-off times: 5am, 8am, 10am, 11am, 2pm (all ET)
  • Location: Qatar
  • TV channels en Español: Telemundo, Universo, Peacock
  • Streaming en Español: Peacock (all 64 matches)

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World Cup Today – Latest news, analysis, reaction on 2022 World Cup in Qatar


During the 2022 World Cup we are breaking down all the action and will be discussing all of the key storylines from Qatar.

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From upsets to powerhouses flexing their muscles, from the USMNT to new stars emerging and everything in-between, we have you covered.

Joe Prince-Wright, Andy Edwards and Nick Mendola will provide updates, analysis and reaction across our platforms here at NBC Sports.

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Below you can find every episode of their World Cup shows and above is the latest edition to make sure you’re up to date with everything you need.

World Cup Today – Day 8 (November 27)

World Cup Today – Day 7 (November 26)

World Cup Today – Day 6 (November 25)

World Cup Today – Day 4 (November 23)

World Cup Today – Day 3 (November 22)

World Cup Today – Day 2 (November 21)

World Cup preview show (November 17)

Saudi Arabia vs Mexico: How to watch live, stream link, team news


Mexico needs a win to have hope of reaching the World Cup knockout rounds, while Saudi Arabia’s hopes of the final 16 may require the same at Stadium 974 in Doha on Wednesday.

The Saudis stunned Argentina 2-1 In Lusail to open the tournament but could not repeat the feat against Poland at Education City in Al Rayyan on Saturday to leave themselves with three points through two matches.


Mexico remains without a win after their scoreless draw versus Poland led to a Lionel Messi-inspired loss to Argentina In Lusail.

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Here is everything you need for Saudi Arabia vs Mexico.

How to watch Saudi Arabia vs Mexico live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 2pm ET, Wednesday Nov. 30
Stadium: Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail
TV channels en Español: Telemundo
Streaming en Español: Peacock (all 64 matches)

Key storylines, players to watch closely

The Saudis have arguably been the most fun team at the tournament amongst non-powers, always running and getting exceptional goalkeeping. Salem Al-Dawsari was very good in both games but his missed penalty before halftime against Poland looms large of a match that could’ve been 1-1 going to the break and instead ended 2-0.

Mexico has not scored at the tournament so far, and Raul Jimenez has only been used as a super sub. Hirving Lozano and Alexis Vega combined for just three shot attempts before being subbed out of the Poland loss, while Lozano and Henry Martin combined for two versus Poland (Vega attempted five). They need better up top to keep up their streak of making Round of 16 appearances at the World Cup.

Saudi Arabia quick facts

Current FIFA world ranking: 51
World Cup titles: 0
World Cup appearances: 5
How they qualified: Qualified automatically from AFC (Won Group B)
Coach: Herve Renard
Key players: Salem Al-Dawsari, Fahad Al-Muwallad, Mohammed Al-Owais

Mexico quick facts

Current FIFA world ranking: 13
World Cup titles: 0
World Cup appearances: 16
How they qualified: Qualified automatically from CONCACAF (2nd place)
Coach: Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino
Key players: Guillermo Ochoa, Hector Herrera, Raul Jimenez