USMNT, USWNT’s new secondary kit unveiled

0 Comments

Wednesday was a big day for the USMNT and USWNT, as the men not only released their schedule for 2022 World Cup qualifying, but also a new secondary/away kit for the 2020 Olympics in Japan (for the women) and beyond.

[ MORE: USMNT’s World Cup qualifying schedule revealed ]

The new kit will make its debut on Wednesday, when the USWNT faces Nigeria (9 pm ET) in a Summer Series friendly at the brand new (and stunningly gorgeous) Q2 Stadium in Austin, Texas, home of MLS expansion side Austin FC.

The new USMNT/USWNT secondary/away kit has a very distinct “Manchester United, 2020-21 third kit” vibe to it. Undoubtedly, such a design will not please everyone, but at least the detractors can’t say it’s boring — a common criticism from USMNT and USWNT fans in recent years.

It’s distinct, bold and very visibly American — as USMNT and USWNT kits designs go, those are three important boxes ticked.

[ VIDEO: PST unfiltered – EURO 2020 impressions; Sancho to Man United? ]

What do you think of the new USMNT and USWNT secondary/away kit? Will you be buying one with Pulisic or McKennie or Rapinoe or Dunn on the back, or is it simply not for you? Let us know in the comment section below…

Follow @AndyEdMLS

USMNT World Cup qualifying schedule revealed

0 Comments

The USMNT’s path to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar has been finalized, with the full schedule of CONCACAF’s hexagonal octagonal round of qualifying revealed on Wednesday.

[ MORE: USMNT, USWNT’s new secondary kit unveiled ]

Most notably, USMNT – Mexico is set for later this year, Nov. 12 (matchday 7), in a yet-to-be-determined location. We’re guessing that one will be played somewhere in the northern half of the United States, perhaps where snow is a possibility in mid-November.

[ VIDEO: PST unfiltered – EURO 2020 impressions; Sancho to Man United? ]

The USMNT’s return clash with El Tri comes a few months later (matchday 12), on March 24, presumably at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City.

[ VIDEO: Magnificent ‘keeper gaffe helps Canada in World Cup qualifying ]

Canada, El Salvador, and Panama were all victorious on Tuesday, as they advanced to round out the third (and final) round of World Cup qualifying in CONCACAF. As the “octagonal” name clearly indicates, eight teams will battle in the home-and-away, round-robin stage to determine which three nations qualify for the 2022 World Cup. The 4th-place finishers in CONCACAF will head to the inter-confederation playoffs where they will face a nation from either South America, Africa or Oceania (to be drawn at a later date).

USMNT – 2022 World Cup qualifying schedule

at El Salvador — Sept. 2
vs. Canada — Sept. 5
at Honduras — Sept. 8

vs. Jamaica — Oct. 7
at Panama — Oct. 10
vs. Costa Rica — Oct. 13

vs. Mexico — Nov. 12
at Jamaica — Nov. 16

vs. El Salvador — Jan. 27
at Canada — Jan. 30
vs. Honduras — Feb. 2

at Mexico — March 24
vs. Panama — March 27
at Costa Rica — March 30

Follow @AndyEdMLS

Who will USMNT face in third round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying?

0 Comments

Canada, El Salvador, and Panama have completed the field for the “Octagon,” CONCACAF’s expanded field for the third and final round of World Cup qualifying.

The trio will be longshots to advance to the 2022 World Cup tournament in Qatar, as only three teams from the eight-team field will automatically reach the tournament while a fourth will scrap with a non-CONCACAF team in the interconfederation playoffs.

The United States men’s national team is will join those three as well as powers Mexico, Costa Rica, Honduras, and Jamaica in matches that will begin in late August.

Gregg Berhalter’s men will begin with El Salvador and Hondurs away and Canada at home in September before October scraps with Costa Rica and Jamaica at home and Panama away.

Then comes Mexico at home in November with Jamaica away.

The Octagon will continue through March 2022.

Follow @NicholasMendola

Jamie Vardy becomes co-owner of Rochester Rhinos

0 Comments

Yeah, we had to read this headline a few times too, but Jamie Vardy is indeed the new co-owner of the Rochester Rhinos.

[ MORE: EURO 2020 hub ]

The historic lower-league side have been on a four-year hiatus as the 1999 U.S. Open Cup champions and four time USL champions have been planning for their relaunch since 2017.

Vardy will now be having a party in Western New York, as the Leicester City legend will help lead them into a new era as the team will rebrand and begin play in 2022.

[ MORE: Full highlights, analysis of PL season

The Premier League winner will not retire from playing and in a statement released by the Rhinos, they confirmed that they are looking forward to welcoming Vardy into their ownership group.

“The Rochester Rhinos are delighted to announce that Premier League star Jamie Vardy has become a co-owner of the club. The Leicester City striker has bought a minority stake and is excited by the prospect of being part of a journey that puts the Rhinos and Rochester back on the map after a four-year hiatus.

“This is a huge coup for Rochester and the Rhinos. Jamie is known throughout the soccer world and we are delighted that he has chosen to join us as a co-owner. Hopefully this fantastic news, will give everyone connected with the club the belief that there are good times ahead.”

Vardy to make Rochester dream again

David and Wendy Dworkin took over the Rhinos in 2016 (they are also co-owners of the NBA’s Sacramento Kings) and are delighted to get Vardy on board, as the Leicester City star thanked his current team for allowing him to buy the stake and start this new adventure while he is still playing in the Premier League.

“I’m really excited to be part of the Rhinos,” Vardy said. “I’ve been looking at opportunities in the United States for a while, but there was something about Rochester and the Rhinos that just felt right. I love the story of the U.S. Open Cup win, and although the club has been through some difficult years since, in a way that makes this more appealing to me.

“Once I started speaking to David and Wendy – and we’ve had so many conversations via video calls – I could see how enthusiastic they are about the Rhinos, and I knew that I wanted to get involved and try to play a part in helping to turn things around. It won’t be easy, but I never do anything the easy way in life!”

There is no doubting the rich soccer heritage in the Rochester area and for decades the Rhinos have been seen as one of the top teams outside of MLS, and have come close to joining Major League Soccer on several occasions.

Their stadium (also used by the Western New York Flash) was one of the best in the lower leagues and this is a great opportunity to relaunch the team, with a potential new home and fresh start.

In what division they will play remains to be seen, as they’d likely want to restart back in the USL Championship but there are plenty of options for them in the lower leagues and the situation remains fluid.

Overall, this is one of those partnerships that makes sense.

Vardy gets to become an owner and plan his next steps after playing and the Rhinos get a huge boost in terms of exposure. Vardy’s connections should also see a high caliber of players heading to New York state — including from his V9 academy which gives opportunities to young non-league players in England — in the coming months and years.

If Vardy’s incredible journey as a player is anything to go by, the Rhinos fanbase can expect one heck of a ride in the next few years.

Copa America: How to watch, schedule, odds, predictions

0 Comments

The 2021 Copa America will be held in Brazil after it was delayed from last summer, and then moved from former co-hosts Colombia and Argentina.

[ LIVE: Updates from Copa America ]

It was moved from the former due to ongoing political unrest, while the latter has seen a surge in COVID-19 cases in recent weeks.

That saw Brazil step in at the last minute to host the tournament, but that doesn’t mean players and staff are particularly happy about the tournament taking place.

Five stadiums in four Brazilian cities will host the tournament, with the Maracana and Estadio Nilson Santos in Rio, plus the Estadio Nacional Mane Garrincha in Brasilia, Arena Pantanal in Cuiaba and the Estadio Olimpico in Goiania.

The Selecao are favorites for the tournament, while Lionel Messi aims to win his first-ever major trophy for the Albiceleste as time is ticking on his career. So many Premier League stars will be on show for Brazil and Argentina, so this is always a tournament to keep a close eye on.

[ MORE: Full highlights, analysis of PL season

Elsewhere, the likes of Uruguay, Colombia, and Chile all look dangerous, but the traditional powers will fancy their chances of being crowned champions of South America. These 10 teams know each other extremely well as they are currently doing battle in 2022 World Cup qualifying too. This should be epic.

Below is everything you need to know for Copa America with the schedule, groups, betting odds, predictions, how to watch info and more.


How to watch, stream

When: June 13 to July 10
TV Channel/Stream: Fox Sports and Univision
Live updates, stats: Online via NBCSports.com


Copa America betting odds – full odds provided by our partner, PointsBet

Outright winners

Brazil: +110
Argentina: +270
Colombia: +600
Uruguay: +800
Chile: +1200
Peru: +3300
Ecuador: +3300
Paraguay: +4000
Venezuela: +4000
Bolivia: +12500

PointsBet is our Official Sports Betting Partner and we may receive compensation if you place a bet on PointsBet for the first time after clicking our links


Copa America – Group stage schedule (all kick off times ET)

Sunday, June 13

5pm: Brazil v. Venezuela
8pm: Colombia v. Ecuador

Monday, June 14

5pm: Argentina v. Chile
8pm: Paraguay v. Bolivia

Thursday, June 17

5pm: Colombia v. Venezuela
8pm: Brazil v. Peru

Friday, June 18

5pm: Chile v. Bolivia
8pm: Argentina v. Uruguay

Sunday, June 20

5pm: Venezuela v. Ecuador
8pm: Colombia v. Peru

Monday, June 21

5pm: Uruguay v. Chile
8pm: Argentina v. Paraguay

Wednesday, June 23

5pm: Ecuador v. Peru
8pm: Brazil v. Colombia

Thursday, June 24

5pm: Bolivia v. Uruguay
8pm: Chile v. Paraguay

Sunday, June 27

5pm: Brazil v. Ecuador
5pm: Venezuela v. Peru

Monday, June 28

8pm: Uruguay v. Paraguay
8pm: Bolivia v. Argentina


Knockout round schedule

Quarterfinals

Friday, July 2

Match 21: Runner up Group B v 3rd place Group A – 5pm ET
Match 22: Winner Group B v 4th Group A – 6pm ET

Saturday, July 3

Match 23: Runner up Group A v 3rd Group B – 6pm ET
Match 24: Winner Group A v 4th Group B – 9pm ET


Semifinals

Monday, July 5

Match 25: Winner Match 22 v Winner Match 21 – 7pm ET

Tuesday, July 6

Match 26: Winner Match 24 v Winner Match 23 – 9pm ET


Third-place match

Friday, July 9

Match 27: Loser Match 26 v Loser Match 25 – 8pm ET


Final

Saturday, July 10

Match 28: Winner Match 26 v Loser Match 25 – 8pm ET


Copa America predictions – JPW’s group stage predictions

Group A

1. Argentina
2. Uruguay
3. Chile
4. Paraguay
5. Bolivia

Group B

1. Brazil
2. Colombia
3. Peru
4. Ecuador
5. Venezuela