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|Month||Avg. Players||Gain||% Gain||Peak Players|
|Last 30 Days||9486.51||-11.8||-0.12%||25917|
|November 2020||114344. 38||-62109.53||-35.20%||336108|
|March 2020||233. 43||13.30||+6.04%||711|
|July 2019||186. 18||111.33||+148.74%|
USMNT player ratings: Pulisic shines off the bench for USA vs. Mexico as Musah cements his spotGetty Images
The U. S. out-shot Mexico 18-8 in the end and had very little trouble in the second half, essentially cruising to the victory in the final moments.
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But how did each player perform? Here’s a look at our ratings:
(GK) Zack Steffen
|90||Made a really strong save on Edson Alvarez early on and an even better one on Chucky Lozano in the second half. Did everything he needed to do.|
(DEF) Antonee Robinson
|90||Passing was quite poor, especially centrally. Also committed some silly fouls. Had some decent moments going forward but was far from consistent.|
(DEF) Miles Robinson
|89||Very encouraging. Always confident and always went in strong. Was the heart of that backline and didn’t let anything past him. Picked up a red card late, but the game was over at 2-0.|
(DEF) Walker Zimmerman
|90||Incredibly determined and showed as much effort and heart as anybody. Did so well on Raul Jimenez one-on-one in the first half and was quick to react in every situation.||6.5|
(DEF) DeAndre Yedlin
|90||Delivered some solid balls in and got deep down the line to try and cause trouble. His passing was exceptional at 85.4 percent and really didn’t have much to worry about defensively in the second half.||6|
(MID) Tyler Adams
|90||Not great on the ball, but he was a lion defensively. Improved with the ball as the match went on and created a couple chances. The undisputed captain of this team.||7|
(MID) Weston McKennie
|90||Hardly got involved going forward early, but he was a leader, helped keep the team organized and gave everything. While his passing wasn’t great, he delivered the knockout blow with a fine goal.||6.5|
(MID) Yunus Musah
|82||Split defenders well with his passing, got forward into space and was one of the bright spots. Completed 87.5 percent of his passes and seems to have cemented his spot as a starter.||8|
(FWD) Brenden Aaronson
|69||Decent down the left but didn’t see as much of the ball as he would have liked. Was replaced in the second half for Christian Pulisic as the team needed to mix things up.||5|
(FWD) Ricardo Pepi
|82||The FC Dallas striker was not a threat to score in the first half at all, but he did everything else so well. In the second, he had a tremendous yet difficult chance early on and skied it.||5|
(FWD) Tim Weah
|89||Worked his tail off down the right and had his moments, but the space to fire on frame wasn’t there. It didn’t matter, because in the second half he delivered with a beautiful assist to Pulisic. He was electric and created a team-high three chances while completing 88.9 percent of his passes.||8|
|Aaronson (69′)||Got the winning goal with a fine header just five minutes after coming on. Was brought on to score and did just that. Couldn’t ask for more.||8.5|
|Kellyn Acosta||Musah (82′)||Late sub to add some possession and muscle to the middle.||6.5|
|Jesus Ferreira||Pepi (82′)||Played eight minutes and almost scored late with a decent look. His movement was sharp and was quick to find space.||6|
|Chris Richards||Weah (91′)||Time-wasting sub, but good to get him in as he could start in Jamaica on Tuesday.||N/A|
|Gregg Berhalter||4||His team pressed high, they outplayed Mexico in the second half and were deserved winners. That was an electric performance that showed they remain the kings of Concacaf. Bringing on Pulisic was an obvious need, and credit to him for not waiting too long.||8.5|
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The Best American Soccer Players Of All Time
Here are the top 18 United States Mens National Team Players Of All Time.
#18. Christian Pulisic
Sure, he’ never played in a Gold Cup or a World Cup, but there’s no denying the obvious talent of padawan Pulisic. With seven goals throughout the latest qualifying cycle, the Borussia Dortmund attacker did everything in his power to get the U.S. to Russia, but, unfortunately.. You know lets just not talk about that.
#17. Kasey Keller
A regular in the Premier League, La Liga and Bundesliga, Keller’s vast experience and 102 international caps tell you everything you need to know about his quality between the sticks. His 10 saves against Brazil in America’s shock 1-0 victory at the ’98 Gold Cup also ranks as one of the finest individual performances in national team history.
#16. John O’Brien
Hugely talented but often injured, the Los Angeles native signed with Ajax as a 17-year-old and progressed through the club’s famed academy before showcasing his talents at the ’02 World Cup. With O’Brien fit, the U.S. went toe to toe with the midfields of Portugal, Mexico and Germany while frequently dominating large periods of play.
#15. Cobi Jones
The all-time leader in caps for the U.S. with 164 and a veteran of three World Cups, Jones was a stable in the player pool for 12 years. In terms of consistency, longevity and professionalism, Jones is the standard-bearer for U. S. soccer.
#14. Tab Ramos (shout out montevideo, uruguay)
Ramos appeared in three World Cups for the United States between 1990 and 1998. He suffered a fractured skull at the 1994 tournament in the USA’s knockout round match against Brazil. And to come back from that is enough to be on this list
#13. John Harkes
A key player for the U.S. at the ’90 and ’94 World Cups before being controversially omitted from the ’98 squad, Harkes amassed 90 caps but is perhaps most famous for the role he played in America’s upset of Colombia on home soil — it was was his cross which led to Andres Escobar’s ill-fated own goal. RIP. His suspension for the Round of 16 encounter against Brazil for yellow card accumulation was a horrible blow to the team.
#12. Michael Bradley
Bradley’s reputation has taken a beating since a poor 2014 World Cup and a pretty horrendous 2018 World Cup qualifying cycle, but the midfield marshall is absolutely worthy of his 140 caps and 17 international goals.
He was a key performer in the U.S.’s run to the 2009 Confederations Cup Final and followed that up with some stellar play at the 2010 World Cup, including that massive game tying goal vs slovenia
#11. Tim Howard
The meme of the 2014 tournament – Howard’s legend is secure for all time after recording the record for most World Cup saves in a match, totaling 15 against Belgium during the 2014 Round of 16. The Secretary of Defense was also stellar during the 2010 tournament, turning in a Man of the Match performance against England to help the U.S. emerge from group play.
#10. Steve Cherundolo
With seven World Cup appearances, Steve Cherundolo was a key performer for the States at the 2006 and 2010 World Cups — only an injury prevented him from playing at the 2002 tournament. He played all 390 minutes at the 2010 Cup, and he famously assisted Landon Donovan on his last-minute winner against Algeria.
#9. Eric Wynalda
Wynalda played in three World Cups, and his 28-yard free kick against Switzerland at the 1994 tournament is perhaps the finest strike the USA has ever had at the World Cup finals. That’s enough to get you top 10 status.
#8. Marcelo Balboa
Marcelo Balboa appeared in eight FIFA World Cup matches for the United States while anchoring the defense at both the 1990 and 1994 World Cups. His performances for the U.S. at the 1994 World Cup cemented his reputation as one of the finest defenders in the history of the USMNT.
#7. Brad Friedel
Friedel was in goal when the USMNT advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2002 World Cup. He saved two, TWO penalties, TWO TIMES. during regular time, including one in an incredible performance against South Korea that salvaged a draw for the USA.
#6. DaMarcus Beasley
Beasley participated in four World Cups for the USA, and could well have made it a fifth if the U. S. had qualified for Russia. The winger was a revelation at the 2002 tournament, and he assisted on Clint Dempsey’s goal at the 2006 tournament. He made only one appearance at the 2010 Cup, but he played in all four USA matches at Brazil 2014.
#5. Claudio Reyna
Claudio Reyna became the first American in the modern era to make the World Cup all-tournament team with his performances from the heart of the USMNT midfield. For both the 2002 and 2006 tournaments, all good things funneled through Reyna, a player whose technique and ability went unmatched in the American squad. He had an excellent match against Italy at the 2006 World Cup, but his international legacy ended on a sour note in the USMNT’s 2-1 defeat to Ghana. Reyna sprained his MCL when losing the ball to Haminu Draman, allowing Ghana to open the scoring while Reyna was substituted and later retired altogether.
#4. Brian McBride
A member of three different World Cup squads, Brian McBride was only the second American to ever score at multiple World Cups. His goal against Iran in 1998 was the only bright spot of an otherwise disastrous tournament for the Americans, but it was his goals against Portugal and Mexico at the 2002 World Cup that secured his legacy as one of the greatest American strikers of all-time. A lasting image of McBride was the gnarly gash he received after taking a bow from Daniele De Rossi at the 2006 World Cup — it was blatant and earned the Italian a four-game suspension.
#3. Eddie Pope
Eddie Pope played in nine World Cup matches for the USMNT, and he was instrumental in America’s run to the quarterfinals in 2002, shutting down a Mexican attack led by Jared Borgetti and Cuauhtemoc Blanco in the Round of 16. Pope’s final World Cup appearance for the U.S. ended in farce when he was sent off for two incredibly soft bookings against Italy in 2006.
#2. Clint Dempsey
The first American to score at three consecutive World Cups, Dempsey played a vital role in getting the United States beyond the group stage at both the 2010 and 2014 World Cups. With two strikes against Ghana (one in 2006, one in 2014) to go along with goals against England and Portugal, the USMNT has never seen a more consistent attacker on the world’s biggest stage. Dempsey also holds the record for the fifth fastest goal in World Cup history, he’s a dope rapper and also actually does tekkers on the pitch
#1. Landon Donovan
No American has ever lit up a World Cup like Landon Donovan did at the 2002 event in South Korea and Japan. Named the tournament’s Best Young Player, Donovan played a key role in the American’s victory over Portugal, and he scored goals against both Poland and Mexico. A superb save from Germany’s cat with silk gloves, Oliver Kahn, stopped him from writing his name into the history books in the quarterfinals. Following a disappointing 2006 World Cup, Donovan again outlined his importance to the USMNT with a heroic showing at the 2010 World Cup. His memorable goal against Slovenia was subsequently topped by a last-second winner against Algeria, and he drew the penalty against Ghana to give the States hope in the Round of 16. With five World Cup goals, Donovan is the all-time top scorer for the U.S.
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40 Greatest U.S. Men’s Soccer Players of All Time | Bleacher Report
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The US Men’s National Team—or USMNT if you prefer—has improved dramatically over the past decade as America slowly begins to embrace a sport that isn’t in the NFL, NBA, NHL or MLB.
The American public’s acceptance of the sport has finally allowed the nation to achieve better funding, coaching and airtime on major networks—all of which has improved the quality of their national team.
Here are 40 of the best players that have kicked a football and called themselves American.
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Freddy Adu is the youngest goalscorer in MLS history. Now that he’s 22 years old, people are expecting him to finally fulfill his potential as a footballer.
Adu has 17 caps and two international goals to his name thus far.
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William Looby only played for the USMNT eight times, but he notched six goals during that period back in the 1950s.
Looby is a St Louis legend.
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Whilst he might not have a world-renowned name just yet, Charlie Davies is fast becoming an excellent striker for the USMNT.
Davies has four goals in his 17 international appearances thus far, and currently plays for Sochaux.
A serious car accident may have hindered him achieving his full potential.
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Maurice Edu plays for Glasgow Rangers in the SPL as a central midfielder.
He also has 32 appearances for the USMNT.
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Bart McGhee is another USMNT player who didn’t win many caps, but certainly earned his place when he did feature.
McGhee scored the first ever goal for USA in the first ever World Cup.
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At 22 years of age, Jerzy Altidore is expected to improve significantly on his 46 caps and 13 international goals to date.
He currently plies his trade for AZ in the Dutch Eredivisie.
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Steve Cherundolo has played for only one club throughout his whole senior career—Hannover 96.
The American international has won 79 international caps and scored two goals in his career.
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DaMarcus Beasley has scored more Champions League goals than any other American player in history, and also has his own line of jewelry.
Beasley has 96 international caps with 17 goals.
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Jay DeMerit’s story is so intriguing that they made a movie about it called Rise and Shine: The Jay DeMerit Story.
DeMerit left America for England with no footballing offers on the table. He forced his way into a team, and ultimately found himself in the English Premier League and the 2010 World Cup.
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Oguchi Onyewu—or The Gooch as he is more commonly known—is a huge centre back that currently plays for Sporting CP.
The Gooch has 62 caps to his name with six goals to date.
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Adelino Gonsalves won the U.S. Open Cup eight times as a player, and played in two World Cups for the USMNT in 1930 and 1934.
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Aldo Donelli was the first American footballer to score four goals in one match for the senior national team, a feat he achieved in 1934.
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Thomas Florie was captain of the USMNT in the first ever World Cup of 1930.
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Michael Bradley is the son of former USMNT coach Bob Bradley, and currently plays for Chievo in Italy’s Serie A division.
Bradley has 64 caps and nine goals, not bad for a 24-year-old.
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Fernando Clavijo—despite being born in Uruguay—won 61 caps for the USMNT, and was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame.
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Rick Davis was considered to be the best American player amongst a sea of foreigners during his heydey at the New York Cosmos.
Davis captained the USMNT on multiple occasions throughout the 1980s.
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Ry Lassiter is a retired former forward who holds the record for most goals scored in an MLS season—27.
Lassiter won 30 caps for the USMNT and scored four goals.
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81 appearances and eight goals for the USMNT isn’t a bad return from Tab Ramos.
Ramos played midfield for the likes of Real Betis and MetroStars.
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Carlos Bocanegra is the vice-captain of SPL team Glasgow Rangers, and the current captain of the USMNT.
Bocanegra has 101 caps to his name thus far with 12 goals.
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John Harkes was the first American footballer to ever feature in the Premier League and occasionally captained the USMNT in the 1990’s.
Harkes won 90 caps and scored six goals.
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Robert Millar was more known for his domestic success than that of the international variety.
Millar coached the USMNT in the 1930 World Cup, and featured for nine different clubs during his playing career.
In the 1914-15 season, Millar scored 59 goals in 34 games for his team Bethlehem Steel.
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Alexi Lalas was the first modern-era American soccer player to play in Serie A, where he featured for Padova.
Lalas was inducted to the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 2006, and won 96 caps for the USMNT.
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Joe-Max Moore featured in three World Cups for the USMNT, winning 100 caps and scoring 24 goals.
MLS side New England Revolution and EPL side Everton probably saw the players best years.
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Leicester City in the Premier League is where Kasey Keller made his name before eventually playing for Seattle Sounders in the MLS.
Keller earned 101 caps during his career.
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Earnie Stewart was capped 101 times for the USMNT and scored 17 goals in the process.
Stewart spent time in the Dutch leagues with Willem II and NAC before moving to MLS side D.C. United, where he won the MLS Cup in his second season.
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Roy Wegerle was somewhat of a journeyman during his club playing days, and featured for a number of different teams, most notably Chelsea, Blackburn Rovers and Colorado Rapids.
Wegerle had 41 international caps with seven goals.
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There seems to be a consistent theme of players who have appeared for the Colorado Rapids, also featuring for the USMNT.
Marcelo Balboa won 128 international caps, and scored 13 goals during his tenure as a stalwart pony-tailed defender.
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Eddie Pope played for the American national side for almost 11 years, and became a mainstay of their defensive line-up during that time.
Pope won 82 caps and scored eight goals during that time, and ended his club career with Real Salt Lake in the MLS.
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Tim Howard is well on his way to being one of the best American players ever, but he has someway to go in being as consistent as players such as Brad Friedel.
Howard has 73 caps to date.
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Famed for his dreadlock hairstyle, Cobi Jones has more caps than any other player for the USMNT.
Jones’ 164 caps with 15 goals saw him play the main chunk of his career with Los Angeles Galaxy in the MLS.
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Tony Meola played in two World Cups for the USMNT, and has been inducted into the hall of fame.
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Brian McBride is another American player who found his feet in the Premier League, this time for London based team Fulham.
McBride has an excellent international record of 96 caps and 30 goals to his name.
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Brad Friedel is one of those goalkeepers who has gotten better and better with age.
Havinf failed to make the grade with Liverpool in the Premier League, Friedel found his feet with Blackburn Rovers and Aston Villa, and now finds himself the first choice for Tottenham Hotspur at the ripe old age of 40.
He has 82 caps for the USA.
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Paul Caligiuri is another Hall of Famer who has 110 caps and five goals for the USMNT.
Now retired, Caligiuli finished his career at Los Angeles Galaxy, and was famous for scoring the goal that put USA into the 1990 World Cup.
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You don’t play for Schalke, Kaisterslautern and Bayern Munich unless you’re a pretty good player, and Dooley is up there with the best that have ever played for the USA.
Dooley won 81 caps and scored seven goals during his international career.
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Eric Wynalda scored the first goal in Major League Soccer history in 1996, and was the all time leading goalscorer for USMNT until Landon Donovan came along.
Wynalda has 34 goals in 107 international appearances.
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Clint Dempsey is probably the best midfielder that has ever come out of America.
He is the current Premier League goalscoring record holder for Fulham, despite playing in midfield for most of his career.
Dempsey has scored 25 goals in just 83 international appearances for his country.
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Claudio Reyna is considered by some people to be the U.S.’ best player ever.
Having played for Rangers, Sunderland, Manchester City and New York Red Bulls, Reyna can boast a wealth of experience.
He has 111 international caps and eight goals.
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Landon Donovan is the USMNT all-time leader in goals and assists.
He has won 138 caps and scored 46 goals along a career which has seen him play for Bayer Leverkusen, Bayern Munich, Everton and Los Angeles Galaxy.
Dononvan is probably the best that the USMNT has ever had.
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You could argue that the USWNT has more notable players than the USMNT at present, but both teams are certainly improving their status.
This article wasn’t aimed at those who excelled at international level, but that measuring stick isn’t always a bad measure for a players real ability.
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Carli Lloyd was recently recognized for 300 career caps — international games — during a match between Nigeria and the U.S. women’s national team in Austin, Texas. Brad Smith/ISI Photos/Getty Images hide captiontoggle caption Brad Smith/ISI Photos/Getty Images
Carli Lloyd was recently recognized for 300 career caps — international games — during a match between Nigeria and the U.S. women’s national team in Austin, Texas.Brad Smith/ISI Photos/Getty Images
It’s very hard for a team to win either a World Cup, soccer’s crown jewel, or an Olympic gold medal. To win those championships back-to-back is “incredibly challenging,” says Carli Lloyd, who will nevertheless try to pull off that feat this summer, along with the U.S. Women’s national team.
Lloyd, the superstar who is now going to her fourth Olympics, is aiming to bring home the gold. When she embarks on that quest in Tokyo, she’ll be 39 — the oldest player the U.S. women’s national team has ever sent to the Olympics.
Only a select few teams have been able to hold both the World Cup and Olympic titles at once. Uruguay’s men’s team won the tournaments in 1928 and ’30, for instance. Italy has also pulled off the feat. And the U.S. women, led by Mia Hamm, won gold at the 1996 Olympics before winning the women’s World Cup in 1999.
Lloyd and her teammates who were just selected for the Summer Olympics hope to join that elite club, following their 2019 World Cup title with an Olympic gold. Experience is on their side — nearly the entire Olympic roster played in the Cup — but the other side of that edge is age.
“Obviously, we have a lot of experience on this roster, but we’re going to need all 18 players to play a huge role in this,” Lloyd says.
A third Olympic gold would put another exclamation point on Lloyd’s career. FIFA has twice honored her as the best women’s player in the world, and she has won two World Cup championships. Lloyd is also one of only three players, male or female, to appear in 300 or more international matches.
Lloyd says she’s never been in better shape, despite speculation that she might retire after Tokyo. In an interview with NPR, Lloyd also discusses how the team has changed over the years — and what hasn’t.
Note: This interview has been condensed and edited for clarity.
Congratulations on making the U.S. women’s national team again. Coach Vlatko Andonovski had to skim from a very deep roster, moving from 23 World Cup players down to 18 for the Olympics.
Getting official word just obviously makes you feel good. You just never know. I never want to take anything for granted, or be too overly confident about a situation. But it’s good to have the roster announced, and I think we’re all feeling at ease and just ready to start the process.
In the first half of Lloyd’s career, she played alongside Abby Wambach, one of the most prolific scorers the game has ever seen. Lloyd (left) and Wambach are seen here during a 2011 World Cup match in Germany. Alex Livesey/FIFA via Getty Images hide captiontoggle caption Alex Livesey/FIFA via Getty Images
In the first half of Lloyd’s career, she played alongside Abby Wambach, one of the most prolific scorers the game has ever seen. Lloyd (left) and Wambach are seen here during a 2011 World Cup match in Germany.Alex Livesey/FIFA via Getty Images
How do you deal with the pressure of essentially trying out for a tight roster for months — and also with the idea that you might be picked over one of your good friends?
I think that’s what’s very interesting about our team dynamics, because we have often been training for so many years together and having so many camps together. We’re a team, and need to come together as a team. But we’re also all competing every single day, and there are roster selections that have to happen.
After the 2015 World Cup, we had a lot of people retire and a lot of new players kind of come in. So, it was a bit of a change. Whereas from 2016 on, you’re not seeing much turnover from this team. And especially after 2019, there is not a lot of turnover. So it’s incredibly difficult to crack this roster of 18.
I think that it was probably a really tough decision from Vlatko. It basically just comes down to performance. Vlatko, takes everything into account, your training sessions, your performance in games, your performance in the NWSL, and bases his decision off of who are going to be the best 18 to go to Tokyo, and the four alternates.
It’s difficult. There’s obviously going to be some players who are disappointed. But like anything, you’ve just got to keep grinding. And I know those players will be back in the mix in no time.
You’re going to your fourth Olympics, and you will be 39 when you arrive in Japan. How do you keep yourself fit to compete at the international level? I understand that you’re a big fan of ice baths, but not weights.
You know, I did weights in college, I think everybody did. I feel that when I came into college, I was this little scrawny, skinny player — you know, agile and all that. And then you start to kind of do all this heavy lifting and feel bulky. And I just felt a bit sluggish. Then getting on to the national team, some of our weight sessions were that as well.
I just never felt great about that. So, I just strictly kept my training to hill sprints, some plyometrics, some jumping — all soccer-specific stuff. Bodyweight exercises, push-ups, sit-ups, TRX [workouts], things like that.
“I train an insane amount, but not to the point of doing too much and pushing myself to burnout phase,” says Lloyd. Laurence Griffiths – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images hide captiontoggle caption Laurence Griffiths – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images
“I train an insane amount, but not to the point of doing too much and pushing myself to burnout phase,” says Lloyd.Laurence Griffiths – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images
I do have to say, I really believe that because of that, my body has been able to have this longevity throughout my career. I train an insane amount, but not to the point of doing too much and pushing myself to burnout phase. I’m really in tune with my body, and I know when I need to day off, and I know when I need to push myself.
Daily ice baths, routine massages, sleep, hydration, nutrition — I’ve been saying it all along, it’s a consistent lifestyle for 17 years. And that’s why I’m still playing. It’s no real secret. But I think the discipline to want to do it day in and day out. Some people just can’t do that. But that’s the choice that I’ve made.
Both you and Tobin Heath are going to your fourth Olympics. Have you talked with her about it?
I have not, no. I will probably see her shortly, but I’m super thrilled for her. I know it’s been a tough year with her injuries. She’s someone I would never, ever count out. She’ll always be ready. She could be out for a year and [then] be the fittest one and never breathing heavy. So, yeah, I’m excited for her. It’s been great to be able to play with Tobin all these years. She’s great.
No women’s national team has followed a World Cup championship with an Olympic title. What makes that so hard to pull off?
A World Cup is a grueling four-year process to get to that point. We’ve obviously won the last two. You’re on top of the world, everything’s great. And then, just to go back up again, you know, it’s difficult for teams to do.
It’s a tough challenge because you focus all your attention on [the World Cup] and then it’s like you have to then get going again and try to go back up that mountain again.
So it’s incredibly challenging. If we do it this time around, I don’t know if there’ll be an asterisk because we kind of had a buffer year [because of the postponed Games]. But, you know, we’re going there to win it.
We are still in a pandemic. Have the restrictions given you more time and space to recover from the World Cup and train for the Olympics?
I don’t know. I think that I would have been fine. I think that what it gave me was time to just pause everything.
The training bit for me is the easy bit, that’s the fun bit. I’m grateful for opportunities and appearances. But flying here, flying there, going to speak here, doing an appearance there, doing media there — that wears on you.
Lloyd has helped the U.S. women continue a dominant run on the world stage. She’s seen here trying to spring the ball away from Brazil’s Marta in the gold medal match of the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Hoang Dinh Nam/AFP via Getty Images hide captiontoggle caption Hoang Dinh Nam/AFP via Getty Images
Lloyd has helped the U.S. women continue a dominant run on the world stage. She’s seen here trying to spring the ball away from Brazil’s Marta in the gold medal match of the 2008 Beijing Olympics.Hoang Dinh Nam/AFP via Getty Images
From 2015 on, after the World Cup, my life completely changed and I was incredibly busy, having to take every opportunity [that came up].
Also, with a knee injury, the time to just take off definitely rejuvenated me. I think that it kind of hit the reset button. I had a lot of changes throughout. And yes, [the break has] kind of given me a fresh new start.
You’re known for stepping up in big moments. But you’ve also had to adapt to very different expectations from your coaches, including playing in different positions. How have you been able to adjust to the roles you’ve been asked to play, and still be so successful?
I think the biggest thing for me is just continuing to be the best version of myself. It shouldn’t matter who’s coaching. It’s like, ‘Be so good, they can’t ignore you,’ and almost force them to play you — whether they like you or not, or if you’re old, or whatever.
That’s just kind of been my mindset all throughout my career. If you’re doing well, if you’re performing, coach has to play you.
As long as I’ve given it everything I have in training sessions and games, and been the best version of myself, that’s really all I can ask for. The rest is sort of out of my control. That’s been my mindset throughout my entire career.
You first played for the national team in the 2005. What are the big differences you see, looking at the team now compared to back then?
I think the culture has remained the same. We are going in as the No.1 team, and we have a target on our back like always. But the culture has always been to win, no matter what, to give it everything we have.
Some games are going to be pretty, some games are not going to be pretty. But as long as we find a way to come together and to win games, that’s what we want.
I think now you’re seeing more talent, more skill, more finesse, more flair than you were in previous championships. And it was just a little bit of a different era, different time. We’ve had a lot of younger players come in and really just push the envelope. I think it’s been exciting, it’s been fun to watch.
We’ve obviously had to continue to evolve our game, with teams now being very tactically sophisticated. You know, they oftentimes bunker in. They play a five back. They crowd the middle. They make it very difficult and very challenging for us. And that’s what we want. We have to find other ways to break down teams, and this tournament is going to be no different.
What about the fight for equal pay? I know there’s more equal treatment now of the women’s and men’s teams, in terms of travel arrangements and things like that. But did you think equal pay would be something that would remain unresolved in 2021?
I think we knew that this was going to take time. I mean, anything takes time when you have courts and lawyers involved. And obviously, you throw COVID into it. I think that we’ve all wished that it could have been over now, but there’s a process to it. I think that we all realize that it does take time, and it takes a lot of effort.
But we’re continuing to try to make this a much better environment than when we first came into it.
The U.S. women’s national team is bringing a veteran roster to the Tokyo Olympics, including Crystal Dunn (left), Tobin Heath and Lloyd. Harry How/Getty Images hide captiontoggle caption Harry How/Getty Images
The U.S. women’s national team is bringing a veteran roster to the Tokyo Olympics, including Crystal Dunn (left), Tobin Heath and Lloyd.Harry How/Getty Images
In less than a month, the U.S. national team will kick off the Olympics against Sweden — which eliminated the U.S. from the Games in Brazil. What do you think it’s going to be like when those two squads step onto the pitch?
I think it’s going to be a battle. We just played them recently, tied them in Sweden. Any time we play Sweden, it’s always a battle, it’s always tough, challenging. I mean, I remember just my entire career playing Sweden. It’s always been sort of a rival — a rival you wouldn’t really expect. So it’s something that we’re going to have to gear up for and prepare for. And I think that it was good that we played them recently.
But, yeah, I think you can expect a battle. And those of us that were part of 2016 we’re obviously very fired up, because we got the short end of the stick and unfortunately were knocked out from them in Rio.
I have to ask: If all goes well in Tokyo, do you see yourself maybe — maybe — being ready to retire after the Olympics?
I’m just enjoying the process right now, enjoying the moment, savoring it, cherishing it. You know, I’m always calculated with decisions that I’m going to have to make at some point. So, I’m not here to make any decision right now. I simply want to put all my focus on this Olympics, finish out my season with Gotham, the rest of the year with the national team and then just probably take some time to reflect and figure things out.
For me, it’s not a physical thing. I think that’s what’s hard. I think a lot of athletes, when they get a little bit older, they start to have injuries, their body breaks down, they’re may be a step or two behind. I have never felt better. I keep saying that, but it’s the truth. I feel good, you know? I’m coming down my stairs better than I was two years ago, and it’s great.
But at some point, all good things come to an end. It’s not going to be a physical thing for me. It’s more so going to be a life decision, of wanting to start a family with my husband and spend time with my family and friends.
I’ve missed out on so many things. You know, my family just now coming out to my 300th cap [international game] and just being able to spend that time together. They had such a good time.
I have no regrets, but I want to start to live my life at some point and just do things that I haven’t been able to do. So we’ll see what happens.
Will any of your family be able to go to Japan?
There are no foreign spectators allowed to go, so nobody’s families will be going.
People loved seeing you nail a 55-yard field goal on an NFL practice field. Is that something you plan on doing again? I will remind you that kicker Adam Vinatieri recently retired at age 48. So, there may be an opening.
I haven’t thought about kicking field goals; I’ve been a little busy. But yeah, that was fun. I didn’t know that that was going to blow up the way that it did. I’ve been able to always pick up something and be pretty good at it. I’ve always been athletic and that was a fun day, just being able to hit field goals. We’ll see — I’m not ruling anything out.
But right now, I’m focusing on that gold medal and just doing my best in Tokyo.
DVIDS – News – Taking Aim: Former MLS player Justin Schmidt swaps soccer for U.S. Army
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – It was March 11, 2017, a cold Chicago afternoon beckoning for fans and players alike.
The pressure was building for Justin Schmidt. He was just moments from taking the field against the Chicago Fire in his Major League Soccer debut for Real Salt Lake, the first rookie to start for the side in 11 years.
Before he knew it he was living his dream, playing soccer professionally and being paid for it. The game ended in a 2-0 loss, but he was there, having reached the top tier of U.S. soccer at just 23 years of age.
Almost five years later Schmidt will be making another debut in Feb. 2022, this time for the U.S. Army, when he departs for Basic Combat Training in an infantry role.
It’s a major lifestyle change for the four-year soccer professional, who in that time has also played for the United Soccer League’s Sacramento Republic and most recently New Mexico United.
For Schmidt, a native of Everett, Wash., it’s the opportunity to start a new career, one that involves the lure of service, challenge and adventure, all Army traits.
The journey to this point in Schmidt’s life has been extensive, starting from his time as a child, where he grew up with parents who firmly grasped the military lifestyle.
“There was no direct military influence in that my mother and father didn’t serve, but they were both military brats,” Schmidt said. “Several of my uncles served in the Marines and Army. Both my grandfathers served in the Air Force also.”
At an early age Schmidt’s parents sought to dissuade their son from a career in the military, he said.
“We didn’t talk about it much, it wasn’t highly looked upon by my parents. As military brats they had to move around a lot so they weren’t too keen on the idea of me serving. But it was always something I wanted to do,” Schmidt said.
Instead Schmidt turned to sport as his passion, settling on soccer as the game he would soon excel at.
“Soccer was the sport I loved most as a kid. I started playing when I was five. It let me be as active as I wanted, it was fun and I just happened to succeed at it,” Schmidt explained. “As I got older I took it as far as I could. I figured at some point in time I could come back to the military, but getting a chance to play professional soccer was an opportunity I’d never get again.”
Schmidt recalled one of his earliest influences being Brazilian soccer legend Ronaldinho, who he watched in awe during the 2002 World Cup.
“The 2002 World Cup was a major influence on me, especially Ronaldinho. He was incredible to watch and gave me the love for the game I have today. As a central defender I wouldn’t say my playing style emulated his of course,” Schmidt laughed.
Schmidt said he became a defender due to his size, which allowed him to physically impose his opponents. Eventually Schmidt’s ability allowed him to play for the Washington Huskies college soccer team from 2012-16.
“I had a lot of full ride offers, but I ended up choosing the University of Washington. They were the right fit for me and had a program I wanted to be part of. I was very well taken care of,” he said.
His performances in college led to him being selected number 35 in the 2017 MLS Super Draft by Real Salt Lake, introducing him to the demanding world of professional sports.
“There’s sacrifices with any job and it was definitely very difficult. The diet, the fitness and the overall lifestyle you had to choose to take on,” Schmidt explained. “That meant sacrificing time with friends and families. The weekends were my most important time, which was when my job was.”
“When it comes to difficulty in relation to the level of skill, it wasn’t just that, it was adapting to the lifestyle. In many ways it was a dream lifestyle. You really are playing a game for a living,” he added.
None of this detracted from Schmidt’s enjoyment of the grind however.
“Sure you get tired near the end of the season as the fatigue starts to set in and the overall competitiveness you have to keep 24/7 wears on you. But it was nothing I didn’t enjoy,” Schmidt admitted.
One of the highlights of Schmidt’s career was playing in a friendly for Real Salt Like against Manchester United in 2017.
“I got the chance to play against the likes of Marcus Rashford, Paul Pogba and (Romelo) Luakaku. It was surreal … these are guys you watch every week and admire,” he explained. “There were moments during the game when I was in awe of how much higher their level of play was. Whether it was Pogba’s cleanliness on the ball or Rashford’s pure speed, that game was an incredible experience for me.”
Schmidt’s career following his time in the MLS saw him move to Sacramento and New Mexico, the latter side he had been playing for right until his decision to enlist.
For Schmidt the time was simply right to join.
“I would never think of it as giving up soccer a career, instead following a calling. I’ve always wanted three things from a career – a life of service, a challenge and adventure,” Schmidt said. “The only thing I’ve found without compromising any of those three things was the military life. I knew I wanted it and it was just a matter of when I was going to be able to.”
Making the final decision to sign up was a huge relief for Schmidt, as he finally made the commitment he’d waited so long for.
“When I made the decision it felt like a massive weight was lifted, as if I was finally going in the right direction. No longer was I being met with resistance and it continued to flow from there,” he said.
Schmidt was the perfect Future Solider and one of the best applicants possible, said Staff Sgt. Geoffrey Box, station commander, Four Hills Recruiting Station, Albuquerque Recruiting Company.
“Justin’s one of the best people we’ve ever put in the Army in this station. He was very committed, even though he was still actively playing soccer for New Mexico United,” said Box. “He always coordinated with us and made time to assist in the process. If we needed anything from him he went above and beyond to ensure we got exactly what we needed from him. There was no slowdown in the process.”
Schmidt’s decision to become infantry qualified comes from his desire to push himself as far as possible, which he acknowledges is likely to occur during the demanding training process.
“Deciding to try out for the infantry is part of the challenge aspect I look for in a career. One of the things I’m looking forward to is finding my breaking point,” he said. “I don’t think I’ve found it yet in everything I’ve done, but I want to find the point where I have absolutely nothing left and what I’m going to rely on to get through it.”
Schmidt’s parents have been supportive of his decision to enlist, a far cry from his days as a youngster.
“They’ve been nothing but supportive since I told them I was going to do this. I’m sure many people understand it takes a while for parents to get on board with the decision,” Schmidt admitted.
With his ship date to basic training just months away, Schmidt said he isn’t nervous – just eager to begin training.
“I’m not nervous, but definitely eager to begin training, eager to see where I lie and what I can do,” he said. “There’s going to be a lot of things I’m not good at and don’t understand, but I’m excited to learn what those are and do the best I can.”
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The Las Vegas Raiders of the National Football League (American football) terminated the contract with the player Henry Ruggs III, according to the team’s website.The 22-year-old athlete was the culprit in an accident that resulted in the death of one of the victims, namely a 23-year-old girl who was driving another car.
According to the police, the player was intoxicated at the time of driving. Ruggs III could receive a prison sentence of up to 20 years, Athletic reports.
He was also charged with reckless driving, which led to the death of a person. For this crime, the punishment can be up to 6 years in prison.
The player himself, like his girlfriend, who was in the passenger seat, avoided serious injuries.
Henry Ruggs III has been playing for Las Vegas since 2020. At the student level, he played for the University of Alabama team and is the winner of the 2017 national championship.
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Sergey Ivanov is the first player from Russia in the NFL. | American Football | RookiesPages of the history of Russian American football.
Sergei Ivanov has advanced the farthest of all Russians as a professional American football player.Today Sergey is the most titled Russian in this sport. Included in the symbolic composition of the Dreem Team Russia 2000-2010.
Born on January 3, 1985 in Moscow. Master of Sports in American Football. Multiple champion of Russia. 2002 European champion among juniors. Youngest player in NFL-Europe history. The first Russian to enter the NFL system. In the 2008 season he played for the Tampa Buccaneers.Silver medalist of the world championship among professionals as part of the Berlin Thunder.
Cologne. Four players of the Russian national team – Evgeny Chekhov, Maxim Tregubov, Evgeny Sigaev and Sergei Ivanov – took part in the first stage of the NFL Combine qualifying camp, which results in the formation of the European American Football League teams.
The results of the first stage (a total of 60 young players from Europe were viewed in it) will be announced shortly, however, according to the head coach of the Russian national team Vasily Dobryakov, who was also present in Cologne, all four of our footballers were the best in their positions and have good chances go further.The second stage of the NFL-Harvester camp will be held in November again in Cologne, and the third and final – at the end of February next year in the American Tampa Bay, where leading players from Mexico and Japan will join the best European athletes. According to the results of these tests, 48 players who will form the national parts of the six professional clubs of the NFL-Europe league will become known, reports Elena IVANOVA, press attaché of the Moscow Federation of American Football, especially for “SE”.
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Return of the Pirate: How Russian Ivanov conquered America
The first Russian who spent a season in the NFL professional American football team Tampa Buccaneers Sergei Ivanov faced a difficult choice: to leave the dream of a professional career or wait for the end of the global crisis. Due to economic problems, the Americans curtailed the program for the development of their national species in Europe and the attraction of “Varangians” to their professional teams.I had to pack my bags. Upon returning to his homeland, he told the correspondent of “M-SPORT” about a short romance with the NFL.
– I have come a hard way, which began at the end of 2004 after the European Championship in Moscow, – says Sergey.
The Americans, through their representatives in London, organized a kind of survival school. Six or seven grueling camps in Germany, Spain, England. Endless tests for speed, strength, endurance.
The quota for non-US players this season was 16.For the whole league. The camp brought together guys from Japan, Mexico, Germany, Sweden, Finland. Top 100 Grenadier Fighters. We haven’t come from Russia yet. It took four years in the European league and 6 qualifying camps to be one of those lucky ones. By the end of the last camp, out of a hundred, only a few dozen remained.
American training camp is like the army. 5-6 days (this is how long the collection lasts) last like a month. Wake up at 6 am, hang up at 10 pm. Daily grueling 4-hour workout: endless contacts, games, injuries.
By the way, there is no training routine during the season itself. Two-hour classes on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday. On the weekend – a game. Then a couple of days of rest. During this period, you are on your own. A lot of guys are in business.
– “Tampa” (in their language – “pirates”) needed a fast, physically strong fighter in the position of the last line of defense. In America, she is considered the main one and therefore the most responsible. Behind you is the open path to the touchdown. Therefore, the main function is to play to intercept the opponent’s pass, hard pressure of the quarterback (giving the pass) and those who catch the balls.I fit these requirements perfectly.
Honestly, I expected to be greeted cool. How many cases have I heard when a foreigner did not have time to arrive, as he was already sent home. For incompetence. Regarding myself, I saw no arrogance. Even though I am white, the local African American guys were warmly welcomed. True, they wanted to shave – such is their rite of passage for beginners. Sent them to go about their business. Good knowledge of the language and slang helped.
“Our dude,” they said later.But they did not understand: how is it that a Russian does not drink vodka.
– The very first pre-season game against Miami yielded results: I became the first Russian who succeeded in capturing an opposing player with the ball. For this reception, our coach Joe Gruden presented a commemorative ball.
Played four preseason games under contract. Then the season began, in which he no longer had the right to perform. He spent all sixteen weeks of the season with the team: training, studying game theory, participating in various charity ceremonies.But he didn’t play. The fact is that the laws in the NFL are completely on the side of the local footballers. There is even such a clause: a foreigner in the regular season can only be registered for the game if there is a similar stranger in the camp of the opposing team.
– Our core team has 53 people. Eight more, including myself, were part of the “training squad”. A player from this clip is activated only in case of some emergency. For the match to “charge” the foreigner, the heavens must open up.Americans do not invest a lot of money in foreign football players, but they successfully spread their game around the world. The interest in their football is huge everywhere, but they practically do not let foreign “bodies” into their league.
The NFL is the most conservative league in relation to foreigners. They always give preference to their own. Those who have gone through the local college system. All of the league’s “stars” came from universities. They didn’t study there – they played. They were monitored and evaluated over the years. Therefore, we are confident in them. Foreigners for the NFL are “pigs in a poke”.It’s a mystery, but there is a huge amount of ballast in the American league that would be rejected in Russia. But they play there, we don’t. The chances of playing in the league for people without an American passport are scanty.
– In the NFL, players have absolutely no rights – he made such an amazing discovery for himself. Today they break off a contract with a person, sign it again tomorrow, kick them out again the day after tomorrow, and a week later they give him two million to play. The signature on the contract does not mean anything.Each contract has a clause: if you do not meet the requirements, goodbye. And no compensation for early termination.
There is a union of players in the league, but it only deals with money for the guys. The average contribution is 10-20 thousand dollars per year from each. But if the club’s contract with the player breaks, no one lifts a finger to defend the player’s rights. Until you are a star, you are nobody and there is no way to call you.
– I confess that in this whole American campaign, theory was the most difficult.The language is all right. It was just that the theoretical basis of the game, which was laid in college, was deprived. The same combination has several names depending on the opponent. I still did not understand: maybe they are encrypted? It was pretty confusing.
And so every time. A huge stream of information is poured onto you. A two-hour session in the morning before training and the same after. It used to be so boring that I fell asleep well under such lectures. Nobody, of course, checks how a person has learned the material.It’s just that when someone starts to “blunt” in the game, they immediately change him.
– What is the American Football Phenomenon? It is played there everywhere: in kindergarten, at school, in college. This is the most popular national sport. Football is my hobby that has grown into a profession. Thanks to DLAF (Children’s League of American Football) and its president, my namesake Viktor Pavlovich Ivanov. I know that the League is still doing a lot for the development of American football in Moscow.
Met golf star Tiger Woods. No pathos, a simple person, easy to get in touch with. Funny. He is a friend of our coach Joe Gruden and a devoted Tampa supporter. In his free time, he often came to communicate with us, told all sorts of stories. In America, Woods is a real celebrity: he is considered one of the best athletes in the world. There is nothing to say: a professional, a standard of success, the strongest in his field.
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At the end of October, a new season of the NFL Combine Project began – the selection of players for the NFL Europe clubs. And although it has long been rumored that the league is going to expand and increase the number of its teams to eight, while there are still six:
“Amsterdam Admirals” – Netherlands
“Frankfurt Galaxy” – Germany
“Berlin Thunder” – Germany
“Rhein Fire” – Germany
“Hamburg Sea Devils” – Germany
“Cologne Centurions” – Germany
NFL Harvester is an annual multi-stage qualifying camp to which the most promising players, mainly from Europe, are invited in order to replenish and update the above clubs, or rather their national part, which accounts for 20 percent of the entire NFL Europe roster.The remaining 80 percent are professional athletes in the United States. The struggle to get into the cherished twenty is the intrigue for which the NFL Combine has existed for many years.
Young Russian athletes, among other candidates, take part in this project every year. In the current season, such an honor was awarded to those invited to the first stage – Khotsinsky Yuri, Khotsinsky Dmitry and Khoroshilov Pavel. Other Russian athletes – Ivanov Sergey, Kachalov Valery, Barisenko Evgeny and Chekhov Kirill were immediately invited to the second qualifying camp – “NPD-Camp”, which will be held from 6 to 10 November in St.Cologne.
It is symbolic that the elder brother of Kirill Chekhov, Evgeny Chekhov, being one of the best players of the Russian National Team, took part in the NFL Combine twice and, having gone through all his trials, was enrolled in the league, but, unfortunately, an injury ruled out his further participation in the project. Now Evgeny is making an administrative career in American football and takes part in the NFL Combine as the leader and mentor of the Russian delegation in Cologne.
Among the newcomers to the NFL Combine, there are also players who are already part of any league team.They are usually invited directly to the second or third stage of the project. One of these participants is the Russian athlete Sergei Ivanov, and although he was only 21 years old, he has already played two seasons for the “Berlin Thunder” team. We hope that this season will be successful for Sergey too.
I must say that the very fact of being invited to participate in the NFL Harvester project is a sign of high appreciation of the players and does honor to any of them. As legendary coach Vincent of Lombardy used to say: “It doesn’t matter what you win or maybe lose.It is already important that you are Here. “And although” Here “the athletes will have to go through several more stages, and perhaps not every one of them will be mastered, we can congratulate them at the start on their choice of candidates for the NFL-Europe squad.
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NBA player salaries have skyrocketed in recent years. Nonetheless, outside the basketball court, NBA stars still make much more money. LeBron James took the first place in the ranking of the highest paid NBA players of the 2019/2020 season.In 16 years of his professional career in the NBA, the Lakers forward has made $ 270 million, but advertising contracts have brought him twice as much money. In 12 seasons in the NBA, Kevin Durant earned $ 187 million, which is no match for his $ 275 million in a ten-year sponsorship with Nike.
The most expensive sponsorship deals in the NBA. Forbes Rating
LeBron James becomes the highest paid player in the NBA for the sixth year in a row.His combined Lakers and advertising revenues are estimated at $ 92 million. This is a record for a basketball player who has not yet completed his professional career. The athlete’s main sponsor is Nike, which has named a new research lab at its Beaverton headquarters in Oregon after the NBA star. James’ 17th collaboration with Nike was released last month – the signature LeBron XVII sneaker.
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In 2019, James, four times voted the most valuable player in the NBA regular season, signed several more advertising contracts.His new sponsors are suitcase maker Rimowa and supermarket chain Walmart. The basketball player’s partner portfolio also includes Coca-Cola, Beats By Dre headphones, Blaze Pizza and NBA 2K video games. In addition, the NBA star owns the small media company Uninterrupted and the production company SpringHill Entertainment, which in 2021, together with the Warner Bros. will release the sequel to the 1996 comedy about the adventures of basketball player Michael Jordan “Space Jam” (Space Jam).Forbes estimates that LeBron James has earned $ 55 million from advertising and other projects this season.
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Not long ago, Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey tweeted in support of the Hong Kong protests, causing a barrage of criticism from Chinese fans. LeBron James’ comments on the scandal also show that all of the league’s managers and players are still in a vulnerable position as political unrest in Hong Kong has not yet subsided.NBA Commissioner Adam Silver supported Mori’s right to free speech, but some players disagreed with him. Among them was the Los Angeles Lakers forward, who called Mori “misinformed” about the situation and “not very educated.” Houston Rockets point guard James Harden said: “We love China.”
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It was a real blunder for both of the media favorites with close ties to China.Sports company Adidas, the main sponsor of James Harden, made more profit in China last year than in North America. And the Houston Rockets are the most popular team in China, as it was this basketball club that chose Chinese Yao Ming as the first number in the 2002 Rookie Draft. Nike’s revenues in China exceeded $ 6 billion in the last fiscal year. The Chinese market is now considered the most promising for the company’s growth. At the same time, LeBron James has already traveled to China 15 times with Nike representatives, since the sports giant pays James more than $ 30 million annually just to advertise Nike products around the world.
The threat of losing such an important market could have a negative impact on NBA clubs.
In America, however, league performance remains stable, which has a positive effect on player salaries. Wages in the NBA are skyrocketing, thanks in large part to nine-year contracts with ESPN and TNT for $ 24 billion in 2014. As stated in the collective agreement between basketball players and league officials, NBA players are entitled to receive up to 51% of the NBA’s “basketball income”.According to Spotrac, thanks to lucrative NBA contracts with TV channels and new international projects this season, 46 players will earn at least $ 25 million. No NBA player could boast such a salary before. Also, unlike NFL players, basketball players always get their money.
The 10 highest paid players in the NBA 2019. Forbes ranking
Stephen Curry is the second in the ranking. He is expected to earn $ 85 million this season, of which $ 45 million will come from revenues from his sponsorships and other projects.The basketball player’s main sponsor is the sports company Under Armor.
Stephen Curry at the Golden State Warriors makes $ 40.2 million, the highest salary in NBA history. In 2017, the player signed a five-year contract with the club for $ 201 million. He is now playing for the Warriors in his third season. Point guard also owns the production company Unanimous Media, which has a partnership with Sony Pictures. The company’s first film was Breakthrough, which was released in April this year.Stephen Curry played a prominent role in the advertising campaign for this American Christian drama. With a budget of $ 14 million, the film grossed $ 50 million.
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The second largest annual sponsorship deal in the NBA belongs to Kevin Durant. He is expected to bring the Brooklyn Nets forward $ 26 million. Forbes estimates Kevin Durant’s total income of $ 73 million. According to his business partner Rich Kleiman, Nike sells more KD branded sneakers in China than in North America.
Kevin Durant also has his own production company. She is working on a new drama series to be streamed on AppleTV +. The series is largely dedicated to the basketball player’s childhood and his career path.
Translated by Polina Shenoeva
Threats and lack of a manager – American Dota 2 player spoke about the worst team in his life
Jimmy “DeMoN” Ho
American player Jimmy “DeMoN” Ho wrote a big text on Reddit.He spoke about the organization Team Admiral, which was disgusting towards the players and did not help them in any way.
Jimmy “DeMoN” Ho is one of the oldies in the professional Dota 2 scene. He has been playing since 2011 and has been with over 20 teams. During his career, he visited tournaments from the The International series 4 times and earned about $ 200 thousand.
Team Admiral is a young organization based in the Philippines. After qualifying for The International 2018, its Dota 2 roster was disbanded.
About attitude towards players
I believe that simply asking for a bottle of water when the team picks heroes (important moment before the match – ed.) From the manager / owner / anyone is violence against the team. This is enough to show the unprofessional attitude in Team Admiral. Frankly, this shouldn’t be the case at all. Point.
About Team AdmiralManager
The Team Admiral manager thought his job was to plan our games.Perhaps this was the case in 2005. But in 2018, at least not at Team Admiral, they are doing everything they can to keep their players focused on training and results, ensuring the best possible conditions for the team’s success.
Nevertheless, even if the manager’s job was to plan the games, he could not even cope with that – we were 30-40 minutes late.
In addition to not always knowing when match times were scheduled, the manager thought it was his job to play Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds.Once our team got hungry while picking heroes before the game. The players chose what they wanted to eat, but they needed a person to order it all.
I asked the manager to order food for us. Instead, he told one of my teammates, who was involved in picking heroes, to order everything for us, since the manager was playing PUBG.
The managers on other teams where I played always brought us water, ordered food, and did any errands (including doing laundry) so we could focus.It might have been too much for Admiral to expect the same level of professionalism.
Perhaps these expectations made me feel toxic, but I didn’t think I was asking too much, and I don’t think anyone who has played in most other regions thinks so either.
About quarrels and threats
During the entire time I played for Admiral, the owner of the organization and the manager constantly scolded the team. They scolded us, criticized us for every defeat and taught us how to play.Or they were just saying what a terrible choice of heroes we have. Sometimes the owner even went to the players’ personal Facebook pages and publicly insulted them. This is very demoralizing and does not lead to productivity – it was always emotion, not constructive criticism, to help us become better.
Team Admiral manager teaches how to play Dota 2. He himself has never played on the professional stage
The worst of all this for me was when the owner wrote to the whole team something like this: “If you ask the manager or someone else to bring you water even once, then I will beat you with fucking chairs.”Some players thought it was just a cultural misunderstanding. I believe that no cultural difference can justify the threat of physical harm for the request to bring water.
About the contract
Team Admiral Contract – there are no player-specific details.
When I started talking about the problems of the contract, the manager told me that it was so short that the Filipino players would not miss anything important – otherwise they would read it for a long time and lazily. I signed other contracts as well, but this was not the most important detail.What we were forced to sign only works for the benefit of the organization.
We could have been fired with 3 days notice for some nonsense like bad results. No expenses were covered, there was no word about equipment, and 30% of all prize money was taken by the organization – this is the largest share I have ever seen.
I asked to change the contract, because earlier I was deceived because of such pieces of paper. I was told that they would do everything, but that did not happen.
I never signed this contract, but I didn’t see it in amended form, although they promised. But I stayed in the team after negotiations – we signed an oral contract. In the end, I was owed $ 1,800. Even if it was a verbal agreement, I fulfilled my part of the deal.
About a possible transfer to Echo International
Park “March” Tae Won, a longtime friend of mine who played for Echo, wrote to me to ask if I was interested in playing for the new organization Echo International.At first I took it as a joke, since March often jokes at me – he offers to move to his team, even if it is fully staffed and plays stable. I wrote that I would be happy to move with Kim “Gabbi” Santos (at that moment he was playing in Team Admiral with DeMoN – ed.). I never tried to poach Gabbi, but I said that he is one of the most gifted players in Southeast Asia.
Even though the Echo paid good money, I turned down March’s offer.It was not about the money, I was just sure that Team Admiral would get to The International, despite all the difficulties.
While I was at the gym, Team Admiral’s manager climbed into my computer and saw the correspondence with March. His reaction was inadequate and intimidating – he was going to kick me out of the team house. Please note that he did not give me the 3 days contractual deadline.
After his threats, I ran to the team’s house and thought how I would be in a completely unfamiliar country and without money.
I contacted March again and told him what was going on. He said that his team contacted Gabbi, but he did not even know that this happened after the correspondence with me.
I have agreed with the organization about two breaks: one in March and one in June. At the time when I announced the dates, The International 2018 had not yet been announced, and I needed June vacation so that I could be best man at a friend’s wedding. It was right after the Super Major and was supposed to last 3 days.
I got kicked out in March and they just used the March vacation flight to get me home. At first I asked for a refund for the flight, but in the end I paid for it myself, and since it was scheduled, I did it without question.
At the end of April and the beginning of May, the team and management started trying to get me back into the team, but I refused. Some time after that, the TI qualifiers were announced, and at that point, if I were still with the team, my June vacation would overlap with The International 2018 qualifier.
I wanted to bring my experience from other teams to Team Admiral – to make it more professional, so that the team plays at a high level and shows a good level at The International 2018.
I wanted this team to be the last in my career and gave it everything to make it work. The conditions for the players, the toxicity, the lack of a real manager and threats to kick the foreigner out of the house – it was difficult, but I have encountered similar in the past and thought that I could make Team Admiral work.But this is unreal.
Earlier, DeMoN recorded a video blog, where he spoke sharply about the organization of Team Admiral. Later, the manager of Team Admiral called all of DeMoN’s accusations false.
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I used to have a hard time distinguishing worthwhile work from checkpoints. And I missed graceful solutions because I didn’t know where to look. For a year and a half in the laboratory I learned to see the important. In 2017, I will analyze examples and talk about their pros and cons. I outline the format as free and entertaining as possible.
Today – Noah Veltman’s paper on the height and weight of US NFL players:
Here is a graph with two axes:
- X – Weight in lbs (approximately 73 to 154 kg), Game
- – Height in feet and inches (approximately 1.6 to 2 m).
At the intersection – the proportion of footballers with this ratio of the total number of footballers as a percentage. For clarity, the shares were color-coded – the more intense, the greater the percentage. This is a great technique, it is not even always noticed due to its naturalness.
If the visualization ended there, it would be boring. Interesting things happen in time.
If you take the extreme 1920s and 2014, you can see that the players in general have grown up and got heavier. It can be seen that the distribution has become “smeared” – there are more players with different parameters.Groups have also appeared, most likely this is a specialization (defense, attack, etc.).
But how this happened in two frames is not visible. Animation shows the speed of change. From 1935 to 1945 – no big changes, I will assume that the war interfered. The grouping begins around 75. And since 1990, “smearing” begins.
Outwardly, the schedule is simple. And this is a plus: fewer details speed up the dive. It is easier for an untrained viewer to understand the essence, and then there is a chance that he will be interested in the details.
The graphic component of the project is weak, so I reworked it to my taste. Removed the noisy grid, added information content to the timeline.
And I improved the interactive: when I hover over a cell, I show all its values in order to free it from color matching and projection on the axis. The timeline added arrows to view year after year without aiming the slider..