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U.S. Soccer coach criticizes D.C. United goalie - and is wrong about it

U.S. Soccer coach criticizes D.C. United goalie - and is wrong about it

Since last summer’s disappointing showing at the Gold Cup, U.S. Men’s Soccer Head Coach Jurgen Klinsmann has drawn harsh criticism from many American soccer fans.

But with the U.S. set to open the 2016 Copa America Centenario tournament Friday against South American powerhouse Colombia, Klinsmann himself turned into a critic.

In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Klinsmann was asked about younger players developing in his program - and his response was not very flattering to U.S. Soccer’s next generation, or D.C. United goalie Bill Hamid.

“What is going on on the goalkeeper front?” Klinsmann asked rhetorically. “Tim Howard is 37. [Brad] Guzan is 31. Nick Rimando is 36. Where is our next wave? Holy moly. We lost that generation that didn’t qualify for [the] London [Olympics]. What happened to the Bill Hamids, the Sean Johnsons, the Breck Sheas, the Mix Diskeruds?”

While openly criticizing young players is never a good look, Klinsmann’s focus on Hamid is particularly curious as the 25-year-old’s career trajectory has been nothing but positive since 2012. In 2014, Hamid won MLS Goalie of the Year - and the Northern Virginia native followed that up with another stellar season in 2015 (25 stars, 8 shutouts, 11-9-5 record).  

Hamid was in U.S. Soccer’s January camp earlier this year before he was forced to withdraw due to a knee injury. Hamid underwent surgery in mid-January to repair the issue and had to wait until May 27 to make his season debut with D.C. United.

Though Klinsmann seems ready to bury Hamid, United’s goalie shouldn’t feel all that bad. Steven Goff of The Washington Post reported last year that teams in both Italy and England were interested in signing Hamid, a sure sign that plenty of folks overseas are paying attention to Major League Soccer - even if U.S. Soccer’s top decision maker isn’t.

MLS food for players in Orlando bubble might not be what you expect

MLS food for players in Orlando bubble might not be what you expect

With teams arriving in Orlando for the beginning of the MLS is Back Tournament that starts on July 8, players are excited for the opportunity to once again take the field and compete. However, there is one detail that doesn't have many too excited: the food.

On Tuesday, Toronto FC defender Omar Gonzalez, who played collegiately at the University of Maryland, shared a picture of the meal he was given in Orlando. Despite the description sounding appetizing, the sandwich looked anything but that, and it was accompanied by a rather unimpressive side of potatoes and a banana.

Gonzalez's teammate Eriq Zavaleta also shared a picture of his meal, which somehow looked even worse.

The photos are reminiscent of the infamous Fyre Fest disaster that promised fine-dining cuisine and instead provided guests with bread and a piece of cheese. The MLS meals don't look that bad, but it is surprising to see the athletes being given such unappetizing meals as they prepare for a month-plus of intense soccer games.

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The MLS is Back Tournament that begins on July 8 will mimic a FIFA World Cup with teams competing in group and knockout round stages with the chance to earn a spot 2021 Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League and win prize money. Hopefully, the events on the field go smoother than what is happening in the kitchen.

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DC United announce Group Stage schedule for MLS is Back tournament

DC United announce Group Stage schedule for MLS is Back tournament

Major League Soccer released Thursday the schedule for the Group Stage of its upcoming MLS is Back tournament, which will include three matches featuring D.C. United.

DCU, which was placed in Group C, will take on Toronto FC on July 10 at 8 p.m. ET in its first match back since the season was suspended due to coronavirus. The team will also play against the New England Revolution (July 16 at 8 p.m.) and Montreal Impact (July 21 at 10:30 p.m.) for the right to qualify for the knockout round that begins July 25.

Each of the three matches in the Group Stage will count toward the regular season standings. The top two teams from Group C will advance to the knockout round, which last four days before the quarterfinals (July 30-Aug. 1), semifinals (Aug. 5-6) and final (Aug. 11).

The San Jose Earthquakes were the first team to head to Orlando for the tournament, with other clubs heading to the Disney World complex throughout this week. All 26 teams will practice and compete at the ESPN complex a few miles away.

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DCU began practicing again at Audi Field on June 15, one day after a player tested positive for coronavirus.

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