Western Tigers, Santos canter into STAG Nations Cup semi-finals

first_imgGFA teams Western Tigers and Santos FC have cantered into the semi-finals of the STAG Nations Cup knock-out football championship after downing their opponents from the West Demerara, Pouderoyen and Uitvlugt Warriors, last Sunday at the Tucville ground in the city.The Tigers were in dismissive mood once again following their huge 8-0 whipping of Flamingo in their round-of-16 clash. This time around, Western Tigers hammered Pouderoyen 9-1 in the main match while Santos romped to a 3-1 triumph over Uitvlugt Warriors.Western wasted little time in assuming total control of their clash with Pouderoyen and by the half-way mark were already 6-0 up. Doubles each from Randolph Wagner and Dwain McLennon set the platform for the Tigers’ commanding display, as they have now blasted the net 17 times in two matches to put their hands up as the #1 contender for the top prize of $2M.Both losers ended the match with 10 players, Pouderoyen goalkeeper Sherwin Bernard who was miserable in his judgment during the match was red-carded in the 90+4 minute while Uitvlugt’s Ryan Andrews was given marching orders for his second bookable offence in the 56th minute after being booked in the 43rd minute.Western Tigers, who will play the winners of the Police/Grove Hi Tech quarter-final match tomorrow night at the Tucville ground in their semi-final on Sunday, mastered the slippery conditions in cantering to victory. Wagner hammered home in the 22nd and 36th minutes while McLennon accomplished his brace in the 70th minute following his first in the 38th.Joshua Britton opened proceedings in the 10th minute. Jorell Tyrell converted in the 20th, Jamal Pedro in the 34th, Darren Benjamin 74th, with the sealer in the 90+4 minute off the boot of Joshua from the penalty mark.Pouderoyen sneaked in a consolation strike via a Dwain St Kitts goal in the 87th minute.Santos dominated West Demerara’s #1 club Uitvlugt who showed signs of fight in spurts but faltered on the day. Job Caesar who mesmerised the West Demerara side with his nimble play hammered home a double in the 20th minute from the penalty spot and the 81st minute.His performance was punctuated by Keith Cains’ 39th minute strike as the City side established a 2-0 cushion by the end of the first half. Uitvlugt came out all guns blazing in the final 45 minutes and were duly rewarded for taking the fight to Santos when Keon Duke’s 52nd minute scorcher settled in the back of the net.While still holding the upper hand as they continued their steady trek in the Uitvlugt final third, Santos did show some signs of panic but were able to rally after the West side faded.It was during this period that the energetic Caesar sealed the deal and a date with the winners of the Riddim Squad/Den Amstel clash tomorrow night at Tucville ground, with his second goal in the 81st minute.last_img read more

John Legend urges education reform

first_imgProgram Board and EdMonth kicked off its second-annual monthlong initiative on the state of education Monday at Bovard Auditorium with a panel discussion on igniting the next generation of leaders.Shine bright · Grammy award-winning singer John Legend urges students to take charge of their education Monday at Bovard Auditorium. — Ricardo Galvez | Daily Trojan EdMonth aims to bring awareness of the education inequality to students both at USC and at other universities.Opening remarks were presented by David Dwyer, founder of USC Hybrid High School, who highlighted the university’s innovative approaches to education with the new school through the three pillars of personalization, time and connectedness.Grammy Award-winning artist and philanthropist John Legend spoke on education as the foundation that helps students succeed in their talents and career interests. He focused on the importance of education as a right for all students no matter what challenging environment they might come from.“If we think demography is destiny, we will allow our school system to confirm that belief,” Legend said.The event, moderated by Marshall School of Business Professor David Belasco, expressed teaching as an incomparable business.“Out of all of the problems in the world, education is the one thing that can solve others,” Belasco said.Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent John Deasy expressed the need for every student to pursue an education in current economic times. He put the state’s priorities into perspective, comparing the approximate cost of $8,800 spent on each student in California versus the an average of $86,000 spent on each prison inmates in our country.“The best form of economic stimulus is a diploma,” Deasy said.CEO of Camino Nuevo Charter Academy Ana Ponce touched upon the need for students to feel that they deserve an education without being restricted by an undocumented status.“I believe that every kid can have the right to education,” Ponce said. “I’m a Camino Nuevo girl, I grew up undocumented and if I did it then every single kid in that neighborhood can do it.”Kevin Sanchez, who runs Students for Educated Reform and is an EdMonth co-founder, said it was great to have a nonpolitical conversation about education reform in a “hands-on, gloves-off” approach, which he feels people don’t really have.“This is just great because it allows people that aren’t educated about what’s going on to become educated and come out to other events or get involved politically or directly with the kids,” Sanchez said.Students who also might have come to see John Legend were inspired by the event and the call to action for education reform in California.“I ended up learning more than I expected to. I think its an interesting prospective because I’m from New York, so I don’t really know that much about California education,” said Ashley Seruya, a freshman majoring in narrative studies.The panelists ended the discussion urging students to become leaders by simply helping younger students with their personal statements with college or showing them around their school campus. Hrag Hamalian, founder and head of Valor Academy, said that the best way for college students to get involved in education reform is to visit students and and be a role model that they can look up to.“Come and speak to our kids,” Hamalian said. “Students will relate to you more than anyone else.”last_img read more

Apprentices on show today at Caymanas

first_imgThey include Odean Edwards, who has secured as many as five rides on the 10-race programme.Edwards, who is apprenticed to trainer Richard Azan, joins Linton Steadman, Hakeem Pottinger, Dane Dawkins, Amoy Gray, Oneil Beckford, Jerome Innis, Anthony Thomas, and two of the three female apprentices – Natalie Berger and Mellissa Ward – as the ones down to ride today.Edwards, who is popularly called ‘Dino’, will ride BABY P for Azan in the third race, the Keeling Memorial Cup over 1100 meres for two-year-olds; highly fancied FIFTYONESTORM for trainer Edward Walker in the fifth race over the straight five course; LUCKYBEGOOD for trainer Bernard Vincent in the sixth over 1300 metres; as well as recent winner TARANIS for Azan in the seventh over a mile; and KING NEBARUE for trainer Linton Calder in the eighth race, again over a mile.Edwards, who rode a winner as exercise rider in 2014, has a glorious chance of opening his official account aboard FIFTYONESTORM, who not only has good speed, but looked in good condition at exercise recently and will relish the straight.STEADMANTOMAKEEARLYIMPACTSteadman, on the other hand, is apprenticed to 14-time champion trainer Wayne DaCosta, and the buzz on the backstretch is that he will make an early impact, having ridden two of the three winners in the JRC Training School races aboard GRAND TRAIN and SEAL THE DEAL, not to mention two winners in MADEBA and GRANDE MARQUE as an exercise rider as well.He is down to ride the two-year-old VISION for Wayne DaCosta in the third race and the highly-fancied SIR D for trainer Ryan Darby in the closing race over the straight for conditional $180,000 claimers. Steadman could well win with SIR D, who is favourably drawn on the stands’ side in a 15-horse field.Meanwhile, the 2013 derby and St Leger winner PERFECT NEIGHBOUR looks the pick of the weights in today’s grade one feature, the $1.2 million Governor General’ Stakes over 2000 metres at Caymanas Park, a major prep for the November 14 Superstakes.Significantly, the race has been brought forward by three weeks due to the activity leading up to the inaugural running of the Diamond Mile on December 5, with a record purse of JA $13.5 million.The DaCosta-trained PERFECT NEIGHBOUR, with in-form Robert Halledeen again in the saddle, is one of six horses declared for the GG Stakes, and with the scales decisively in his favour (112.0kg), should lead home two-time Superstakes winner TYPEWRITER and COMMANDING CHIEF.Other firm fancies on the card are DIAMOND in the opening race for maidens over a mile ST BERNARD in the second; the unbeaten DREAMLINER for DaCosta in the Keeling Memorial Cup; stable-companion DRIPPING IN GOLD in the seventh; and COLD GROUND to go one better in the eighth race over a mile.last_img read more

Deepened cooperation among South American states needed – Granger

first_imgPresident David Granger told members of the diplomatic community and Guyanese in Brasilia, Brazil, that he is committed to ensuring that Guyana realises its continental destiny, urging the continued strengthening of relations and cooperation among South American states. The Head of State, who was at the time attending a reception hosted in honour of his State visit to Brazil by Ambassador George Talbot, Guyana’s diplomatic representative in that country, also described his meeting with President Michel Temer as a reaffirmation of the warmth, which characterises the relationship between the two countries.“This is a visit of friendship; this is a visit of cordiality; this is a visit of partnership. So my visit today has been very significant not only in terms of the signing of agreements but also with renewing the cooperation with Brazil, looking at our borders, looking at education and also looking at the role that the Brazilian Army has been playing in Guyana, a peaceful role and not an aggressive role,” Granger is quoted by the Ministry of the Presidency as saying.The Guyanese Head of State noted that the prosperity of the states on the continent is dependent on it remaining a zone of peace, adding that continued cooperation and good relations will have a positive economic impact in the region. “We should not sit on our hands. We should not allow other regions of the world, other continents to simply dominate the world’s economy. Brazil, which occupies 50 per cent of the land space of this continent is already a member of the BRIC [Brazil, Russia, India and China, which are described as being in a state of newly advanced economic development] community but there is no reason why the other 11 states in this continent should not share the bonanza. We do not need to be poor, but I do believe that with better cooperation, prosperity can be shared more evenly throughout this continent,” he said.The President also told those gathered that Brazil has been a reliable partner in the defence of its territorial integrity. The country has always maintained its support for Guyana in the Guyana/Venezuela border controversy. “I’ve referred rather extravagantly, but rather correctly to Brazil as being the guarantor of Guyana’s territorial integrity. Brazil has borders with every country in this continent except two and Brazil from the outset has stated that it has no interest in upsetting or revising any border, which has been determined by international law and that has been the bedrock of our relationship with the Federative Republic of Brazil for nearly half of a century. I’m very confident given the consistency and the continuity that we’ve always seen in Itamaraty that we’ll always be able to rely on Brazil as a friend and a neighbour,” he said.Brazil’s Secretary General of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Marcos Galvão, in brief remarks said that in 2018, the two countries will be celebrating 50 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations. The anniversary, he said, will come with an unprecedented increase in bilateral relations between the two countries. Guyana and Brazil established formal diplomatic ties on December 18, 1968.last_img read more

Is this Man United’s next title challenging team?

first_img1 Man United manager Louis van Gaal is likely to be busy in the summer 1 Man United could once again look completely different next season.Funds for manager Louis van Gaal to turn the club into title challengers again are reportedly being gathered, so here are two possible starting line-ups for the 2015/16 campaign. Dani Alves has been linked with a move to Old Trafford in the summer, but it is thought any club wishing to have the full-back in their ranks will have to hand the 31-year-old a three-year contract. Real Madrid centre-back Raphael Varane has also been linked with a stunning £35m move, while up front it is being reported that Man United scouts have been sent to Portugal to watch Porto striker Jackson Martinez.News of Martinez’s possible arrival follows the increasing pressure on Radamel Falcao, who continues to struggle in front of goal. As you can see below, it is not just in attack where the club are rumoured to be keen to reinforce.Juventus midfielder and former Old Trafford academy star Paul Pogba continues to be linked with a move away from Turin in a record-breaking transfer.If a deal for Alves does not happen, then Southampton right-back Nathaniel Clyne has also been identified as a possible arrival, while Mats Hummels remains a firm target of Van Gaal.Despite playing in midfield recently, Wayne Rooney could be utilised up top again. “I would not say he will always be a midfielder from now on because it depends on the formation we use and the form of the strikers,” Van Gaal said. Given that the Dutchman’s forwards are not firing on all cylinders, then Rooney may be asked to do what he does best: score goals. 1 What area do you hope Louis van Gaal strengthens in the summer?last_img read more

My normal, crazy, mixed-up country

first_img As a South African, I get the strangest questions from Americans. Their impression of Africa ranges from the lions-snakes-loincloths version, all the way to the guns-Aids-ghettos version. Often they are wildly off the mark, although, since we hosted the World Cup soccer tournament, they do know that we have stadiums, TV and vuvuzelas. What they don’t know is that we have it all! Wild animals and guns, Aids and ghettos are here, but we also have highways, high schools, high-tech, high-life and high hopes. We’re on Twitter and Facebook and all the other social networks. Charlize Theron is one of us. So is Elon Musk, the PayPal founder and Dave Matthews of the band. We invented super-glue, open-heart surgery and short-range tactical nuclear weapons and we were also the first to ever give up the latter voluntarily.Slowly, we’re getting it right Our country is hauntingly beautiful – beaches, mountains, deserts, forests, cities, jungles. It’s the size of California and Texas combined and 50-million of us live here, of all colours, speaking 11 different languages. Since Nelson Mandela led us out of our painful past, we’re all working hard to get along and make our country a success. And slowly, we’re getting it right. Most of us even have rhythm now. Take Beyonce, Denzel, Obama and Oprah. Throw in LeBron and Tiger. Sprinkle with Bill Gates, Al Sharpton, Pat Buchanan, Spike Lee and Paris Hilton. Make most of them poor, but some rich. Given them each a different language. Now tell them to sort out the US, quickly and peacefully. Get the idea? Ask anyone who visited us for the World Cup. We live in a crazy, mixed-up, fun loving, rich-and-poor, up-and-down place, and we are immensely proud of it. The point I’m trying to make is that South Africa is fast becoming just a normal, crazy mixed-up country. So we – that’s my two partners, Kenneth Nkosi and Rapulana Seiphemo and me – want to tell stories that are fun, real, and normal.Road trip with goat So White Wedding came about from a road trip the three of us took across the country about seven years ago – two black dudes and white girl and all the bizarre, funny, typically South African things that we encountered. It was on that long drive that we made up the story about Kenneth (Elvis, the groom) and Rapulana (Tumi, the best man) trying to get from Johannesburg to Cape Town to Elvis’s wedding. Things go wrong – but not in the way you might expect. George (the goat), played by Bella (the goat) isn’t a guest at the wedding – he’s the lunch – a gift from Grandma. Befriended by Rose (the heartbroken British hitch-hiker), George sits in the back seat of the car with Elvis, while Tumi and Rose flirt in the front. Tony, the ex-boyfriend of Ayanda (the bride), pays for her wedding dress. Elvis hasn’t made the transfer from the bank, because he’s lost in mountains, and there’s no phone signal. It’s not really George’s fault that they crash, but in the end, poor George ends up getting cooked and eaten. Or does he? We ended up with a funny, romantic, feel-good road-movie, reminiscent of Sideways and Little Miss Sunshine. We shot the film in 18 days, for a budget of less than U$1-million (R7-million). And South Africans loved it. When did you last see a film in which you laugh at different scenes to the person next to you – and you don’t understand the jokes you are missing? Or when, at the climax, people stand and dance to the soundtrack, shouting in excitement? We heard many stories of black and white strangers hugging each other as the credits rolled, or of employers and their housekeepers sitting side-by-side, shedding simultaneous tears when the story gets weepy.Poking a bit of fun at … everyone We sent Nelson Mandela a copy for his 91st birthday and he loved it. Mandela is a Xhosa, like Grandma and the beautiful Ayanda, but he wouldn’t mind the gentle fun that is poked at their laid-back, stubborn stereotype. The film gives everyone a bit of a rev. But you don’t need to be South African to appreciate it. At heart, it’s a universal story about love and prejudice. It’s warm, charming, and reminds us that our similarities are greater than our differences. President Obama, you should see it! So … I’m not black. I live in the suburbs, and the lions I hear at night are in the Joburg zoo. But I am South African, and I think Americans are going to like our movie. If you do see it, don’t be afraid to laugh aloud, whistle, dance, cry and applaud during the show. And tell your friends. That’s how we do it. This article was first published in South Africa Now, a six-page supplement to the Washington Post produced on behalf of Brand South Africa. Download South Africa Now (PDF, 2.12 MB). 18 October 2010 South African hit movie White Wedding is currently showing in the US to rave reviews. Jann Turner, who directed and jointly wrote and produced the film, writes about the place that inspired it – South Africa. Are there lions in the streets? Do you live in a mud hut? How come you ain’t … ?last_img read more

Self-Professed Air Flow Expert Gets Hosed

first_imgUnfortunately, regardless of the method used, the amount of flow coming out of the registers never quite matched what was coming through the fan. After over an hour of testing and retesting, Bruce opined on the problem, suggesting that the Duct Blaster fan could be incorrectly calibrated. One of the attendees pointed out that whenever he has trouble with flow measurements he uses a different hose. Although the session leaders were skeptical, they agreed to give it a try. Success!In a matter of seconds the hose was changed, and like magic, the flow measurements started matching up and making sense. Although a little embarrassed by the episode, Bruce and Paul rallied and continued with their workshop.Disregarding the hosing and resulting problems, one of the main takeaways from the session was that it is pretty hard to accurately measure airflow in duct systems and exhaust fans, something that reinforces my admittedly limited experience. Devices available to measure airflow include the previously mentioned anemometers, flow hoods, a pressure pan, a True-Flow air handler flow meter, and garbage bags.Wide-vane anemometers can be moved around over grilles to obtain an average airflow or attached to a hood that fully covers a register, a method that appears to provide better accuracy. Hot-wire anemometers are used most often to measure pressure inside a duct through a hole drilled in the side, moved back and forth to obtain an average pressure throughout a duct.Flow hoods appear to have varying degrees of accuracy, and can be difficult to hold in place. Pressure pans, used to measure exhaust flow only, are fairly simple, but it is critical to open the small door on them to the correct location for the airflow, and to match the manometer setting to obtain an accurate reading. Among the multitude of sessions at the ACI conference in Denver recently (a total of at least 180 sessions by my count), there was a very interesting half-day workshop on airflow testing hosted by Bruce Manclark and Paul Francisco. Their setup included simulated HVAC ducts of various shapes and sizes, and they used a Minneapolis Duct Blaster to provide air flow to test various measurement tools.They demonstrated various methods of air flow measurement, including the use of flow hoods, large-vane and hot-wire anemometers, pito tubes, and, probably most interesting, the surprisingly accurate garbage bag method.Before we get to the various measurement methods, a note on the “hosing” mentioned in the title of this post. In order to provide a specific amount of airflow to be measured, Bruce and Paul used the aforementioned Duct Blaster, connected to a manometer with a hose to provide air flow at a specific CFM to the ducts to be measured. While one attendee watched the flow rate on the manometer, several methods of measurement were demonstrated on rectangular and round supply registers. RELATED ARTICLES Simple Methods for Measuring Air FlowResidential CommissioningDuct Leakage TestingCool Tool for Duct Testingcenter_img Simple and cheap = AccurateWhich leaves us with the garbage bag. By simply calculating the volume in a standard plastic garbage bag, and timing how long it takes to fill up or empty completely, you can fairly simply calculate the CFM of almost any supply or return register or exhaust fan. This method works best with two people – one to hold the bag and one to time it – but man, it sure is cheap and simple, and apparently, pretty accurate.My takeaway from this session is that flow measurement is a difficult and somewhat inexact science. In my experience on building certifications, I have done a minor amount of flow testing, primarily of exhaust fans, and I have reviewed third-party test and balance reports provided to me by clients. In almost all cases, air flows are not close to the design and, since most residential ductwork is inaccessible, air flows are difficult if not impossible to adjust to meet designs.I know that there are people out there meeting Energy Star 3.0 certification that requires HVAC systems and exhaust fans meet designed air flows. I would be very interested to find out if in fact they are really meeting the requirements, and how they are doing it.I both look forward to and slightly fear the opportunity to test and verify these conditions myself on upcoming projects.last_img read more

PH’s Dumaan treks rough road to gold in pencak silat

first_imgWATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games Almohaidib Abad and Cherry May Regalado were still in contention for golds in the men’s and women’s artistic divisions late Tuesday. Dumaan, 21, needed to run off his excess weight for the tanding Class A 45-50 kilogram division but still had enough strength to defeat Indonesia’s Firman, 4-1, in the Southeast Asian Games final held at Bukit Kiara here.READ: Lesser-known sport gives life to struggling PH SEA Games bidFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutA newcomer in the SEA Games, the Roxas City-native was overweight by 4.4 pounds prior to the start of competition Sunday, according to pencak silat chief Princess Jacel Kiram.“He’s a very hardworking athlete with a lot of promise,” said Kiram of Dumaan, who won a bronze during the Asian Beach Games last year. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Sports science boosts pencak silat team LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Read Next Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Dumaan was discovered from the national games, according to Kiram.“But he worked his way up the national team after impressive sparring with national team members,” she added.Mastafa Fitri Masjuri of Malaysia and Muhammad Ridhwan Selamat of Singapore took the bronze medals in the division.It was the first pencak silat gold medal scored by the Philippines in the SEA Games since 2005.Before Dumaan hit paydirt, Princesslyn Enopia, Rickrod Ortega and Jefferson Rhey Loon copped the bronzes in the women’s tanking Class A, men’s tanding Class C and Class D, respectively.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Dines Dumaan of the Philippines after winning the gold medal in the men’s tanding putra class A 45-50 kg division of the 29th Southeast Asian Games pencak silat competition Tuesday at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center in Kuala Lumpur. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES POOLKUALA LUMPUR —Dines Dumaan went through the wringer to give the Philippines a coveted gold in pencak silat Tuesday.And while it wasn’t enough to avert yet another failed bid by the country in the biennial meet, the gold was worth a celebration.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Bradley U.S. Soccer’s Marathon Man

first_imgSAO PAULO, Brazil — Michael Bradley is just shy of a marathon in this World Cup.He has run more than any other player in Brazil and might be right up there with Luis Suarez among the most scrutinized.The U.S. midfielder is taking the heat from fans and soccer pundits for his lack of offensive production through the three Group G matches.Yet the Americans reached the knockout rounds in consecutive World Cups for the first time with the help of his defense. And Bradley has coach Jurgen Klinsmann’s utmost respect.The American Outlaws even chanted “Michael Bradley! Michael Bradley!” after he was admonished by the referee for a studs-up tackle on Thomas Mueller in the 45th minute of a June 26 1-0 loss to Germany in Recife.“I am very, very satisfied with Michael in this tournament so far,” Klinsmann said. “I know that he has another gear in him.”Bradley has covered a World Cup-leading 23.6 miles, or 38 kilometers. Chilean midfielder Marcelo Diaz is the only other player to go more than 36 kilometers, with three others having covered slightly more than 35.Klinsmann challenged all his players on June 27 once the team returned to its training base and held a session under sunny skies at Sao Paulo Futebol Clube in preparation for the July 1 knockout game against Belgium.“I believe that in our team so far nobody can claim that he reached his 100 percent yet, so this is a very important message to the players that now prove it,” he said. “This is what you worked for so long, so hard for it. Now take it one game at a time with total focus just to this one game, and after that game is done to the next game and make it happen. Is it doable? Absolutely.”The 26-year-old Bradley, who plays for Toronto FC in Major League Soccer, is starved for a goal this year on soccer’s biggest stage. Some of his touches have been heavy.His most memorable moment so far might be when he gave up the ball to Eder late in stoppage time, starting the sequence that led to Portugal’s equalizer in a 2-2 draw on June 22 in Manaus.Not that it seems to have Klinsmann concerned. The Americans know they must find ways to generate more shots to put themselves in position to keep this special Brazilian run going beyond Tuesday in Salvador. Bradley is expected to connect better with captain Clint Dempsey, who in the last two matches has been the Americans’ lone forward.“If he already plays on this level right now, we came through this group because of his influence on the field,” Klinsmann said, “then if he steps it up another notch, it gives us with other players as well … a big hope now getting ready for the knockout stage. Because we know that players have not reached their highest spot yet. He is one of them, but overall I am very, very happy with him. The leadership is, I mean he has covered so much ground, he is all over the place. The defensive work that Michael puts in is absolutely outstanding.”And Klinsmann credits Bradley’s efforts in the back as a big reason Germany was unable to get many opportunities.Bradley is his own toughest critic.“I’m certainly honest enough and hard enough with myself to know that it wasn’t my sharpest night, but unfortunately they’re not all going to be,” he said after the Ghana game, a 2-1 victory. “And on those days it’s still about finding every possible way to help your team.”Klinsmann has called on players at all positions to consciously think about moving upfield. The Americans realize full well it’s going to take everybody, not just Bradley behind Dempsey, pushing the attack to give them the best opportunity to reach the quarterfinals for the first time in 12 years.“We needed to do a better job at the beginning of the game of not letting them have the ‘German effect.’ A lot of times teams will just sit back and allow them to come at you,” midfielder Graham Zusi said. “We didn’t really want them to do that. It took about 15-20 minutes for us to realize that we can knock the ball around as well.“The first minutes of the game, impose yourself, step on their toes a bit, get in their face. I think that once we realized that we could play, we saw it turn around. We know that we can now. It’s just a matter of doing it early on.”(JANIE McCAULEY) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

10 months agoNewcastle targeting Eintracht Frankfurt defender Jetro Willems

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Newcastle targeting Eintracht Frankfurt defender Jetro Willemsby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United are targeting Eintracht Frankfurt defender Jetro Willems.The Daily Mail says Rafa Benitez is keen to bolster his defensive options in January and in particular the left-back position. Holland international Willems has been identified as a transfer target and the club are planning to make a move for him in next month’s window.However, the Magpies are facing competition for the full back with Roma also interested in the 24-year-old. The Italian club are also interested in Crystal Palace star Patrick van Aanholt as they search for a new left back. last_img