Soccer jersey supplier The midfielder came along at the moment America was ready for soccer and helped assure that a prominent place was established along the sporting landscape.

The midfielder came along at the moment America was ready for soccer and helped assure that a prominent place was established along the sporting landscape.

When he retired from international soccer, Miroslav Klose left with it all: a World Cup winner’s medal, the tournament goal-scoring record ahead of such legends as Ronaldo, Pele and Jurgen Klinsmann. But if you turn on BeIN Sports, at the very least through the end of May, you frequently will be able to watch Klose continue his club career in Italy’s Serie A at Lazio.

You’ll no longer see Frank Lampard in an England jersey, but he’s playing for Manchester City in the Premier League now and, at some point in 2015, will join Major League Soccer’s New York City FC. David Villa has finished his career with Spain, but he’s on his way to joining Lampard in the Big Apple.

When U.S. Soccer bids adieu to Landon Donovan in Connecticut against Ecuador on Oct. 10, however, it’ll be among the final soccer games he will play for anyone.

There will be an insistence among some who follow the game in this country that this is no particular occasion. They view Donovan merely as the player who, in their view, couldn’t cut it in Germany. Not once, not twice, but three times.

It is curious for many American soccer fans to be bothered that Donovan opted to spend more time among them than out of their sight, but their enmity has persisted for nearly a decade. Say Donovan’s name aloud, in the Soccer jersey supplier vicinity of any sort of praise, and one is signing up for a serious public reprimand.

The celebration of Donovan that will occur Oct. 10 in East Hartford, though, has nothing to do with the personal choices he has made during his club career. It is about what he has accomplished for the United States national team, what he has meant to soccer in this country. To minimize either is overtly foolish.

What was American soccer when we first glimpsed Donovan, his hair a tad thicker and bleached blonde, as a member of the United States team at the 2000 Olympic Games? In fact, the game barely existed here. It was a novelty.

There were ex-pats from Europe or Mexico who loved the game they grew up with, and a few natives who’d caught on because they’d played as kids, but almost no one had access to regular games on television. The senior national team had been to the previous three World Cups, but in two of the three it ranked among the very worst in the field.

Donovan’s promotion to the senior side did not in itself cause an escalation in performance, but neither did those two events coincide.

Donovan had enormous influence on the 2002 run to the World Cup quarterfinals, the best performance in this nation’s history. Once a consistent victim in World Cup qualifying, the U.S. finished first in CONCACAF in the past three cycles, with Donovan a key figure in each campaign. At the 2009 Confederations Cup, where the U.S. finished runner-up to world power Brazil, Donovan played every minute, scored twice and captained the side in the stunning 3-0 whitewash of African champion Egypt to advance the Americans to the knockout stages. The U.S. has won the CONCACAF Gold Cup five times in its history; Donovan played for four of those teams and scored a record 18 goals, 50 percent more than the nearest competitor.

Major League Soccer wasn't even five years old when he played his first game. It will be nearing age 20 when he plays his last, and his star power has sold more than a few tickets and led to plenty of victories, titles and individual honors.

Donovan holds U.S. soccer records for goals, assists and World Cup goals. He was chosen Honda player of the year on the national team seven times. He was honored as a member of the Major League Soccer Best XI six times, as league MVP once and three times has been a member of MLS Cup-winning sides. He was FIFA’s Golden Ball winner at the 1999 U-17 World Cup and its Best Young Player at the 2002 World Cup.

Look, soccer was invading the U.S. whether or not Donovan took up the sport as a child. The major steps included the successful bidding to host the 1994 World Cup, the skin-of-the-teeth qualification for the 1990 Cup on Paul Caliguiri’s goal, Turner Sports’ decision to put the entire 1990 World Cup on American television and the recognition by American parents that soccer was a healthy game for their children to play.

The game here would not be nearly what it is, though, without Donovan. He is not American soccer’s Babe Ruth; he’d have to be more widely popular and a good deal more accomplished. He is not its Joe Namath; he accelerated the game’s growth but his excellence was not as fleeting.

He might be best compared to Red Grange. Before Donovan, there was almost nothing. He came along at the moment America was ready for soccer and helped assure that a prominent place was established along the sporting landscape, just as Grange had done with pro football in the 1920s. And, like Donovan, Grange also made a controversial decision regarding his pro career; he was vilified merely for agreeing to play for pay. Look how nicely that all turned out.

Donovan was not the export to the world that some American soccer fans are searching for as validation the game in this nation is progressing. He stayed home and got that done. He has belonged to all of us for almost as wholesale soccer jersey long as he has played. Italy has had that with Pirlo, Spain with Xavi, England with Gerrard. America’s best remained in America. What a privilege it has been to watch.

Soccer jersey supplier The United manager claims he is arrogant because of his past success.

The United manager claims he is arrogant because of his past success.

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal insisted his team can catch Premier League leader Chelsea, despite trailing by 10 points.

Van Gaal has battled a reputation Soccer jersey supplier for arrogance throughout his career but did not shy away from that label on Monday after watching United come from behind twice to claim a 2-2 draw at West Brom.

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The Dutch manager argued he has bridged a 10-point gap "a lot of times" in his coaching career, but while Van Gaal is confident his team is still a contender for the title, former United fullback Gary Neville disagrees.

United will host Chelsea on Sunday, before a Manchester derby against the reigning Premier League champion and a trip to Arsenal before the end of November.

"At this moment in time this Man United team isn't good enough to win the league," Neville said on Sky Sports. "Louis Van Gaal asked for three months when he came in and he's reassessed that. It's a tougher job than he imagined and in the next eight games they've got tough opponents.

"At the start of the season after eight games you would have said they would have been on 16 or 17 points. There's been a lot of upheaval. It's been tough for him."

United has 12 points from eight games to sit sixth in the Premier League table, while upcoming opponent Chelsea has amassed 22 with seven wins and a draw to lead the English top tier.

But Van Gaal has not given up.

"That's possible [catching Chelsea] but it is difficult to say," he said at his post-match media conference. "But I am arrogant because I have done it replica soccer Jersey a lot of times."

However, Neville argued the 63-year-old manager probably was not as arrogant as he has been previously after a tough start to his stint at Old Trafford.

"Coming out of the World Cup he was drunk with praise, but I think it's sobered him up slightly," the pundit said. "There's a big belief, I think he will get it right. A lot of good players have been signed but there's been so many injuries, particularly in defense. 

"There's something there but it's going to take him longer."

Thailand Soccer Jersey The Swedish striker has taken a thinly veiled dig at Pep Guardiola, implying his tactics cost Barcelona the Champions League in the forward’s sole season at Camp Nou.

The Swedish striker has taken a thinly veiled dig at Pep Guardiola, implying his tactics cost Barcelona the Champions League in the forward’s sole season at Camp Nou.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has hinted that he feels Pep Guardiola’s tactical approach kept Barcelona from winning the Champions League in 2009-10.

The Catalans were the holders of the world’s top club competition and had added the Swedish striker to their ranks in a big-money move from Inter, which saw Samuel Eto’o move to San Siro.

Though they retained their Liga crown, they fell at the semifinal stage in Europe – to the San Siro club – and Ibrahimovic, now at Paris Saint-Germain, believes his old side failed to reach its potential.

“We had the best team in the world, for sure. But we failed to win the Champions League because of bad decisions from someone,” he told Canal +, perhaps hinting that Guardiola was to blame. “But it’s like that. It’s nothing to complain about today. You have to forget it because I had great moments at Barcelona.”

Ibrahimovic Thailand Soccer Jersey also has represented the likes of AC Milan, Juventus and Ajax during his career but is yet to lift the trophy himself. However, he doesn’t feel it would be a failure if he doesn’t lift it.

“I’d be very happy if I could win it, of course,” he said. “After your career, you look at how many trophies you have. If I win, it’d be great, if not, it wouldn’t be a failure.”

Now at Paris Saint-Germain, the 32-year-old believes that the Ligue 1 champion has been building a team capable of performing well on the European stage.

“We’re still learning. The club are new in the Champions League and we gain experience,” he wholesale soccer jersey said. “This team has been constructed in the last two years and we’ve been in the Champions League quarter-finals twice. We want to go further this year.

“But it’s the little details which make the difference. We hope that these details will be in our favor this time.”

Ibrahimovic will face Barcelona on Tuesday at the Parc des Princes as Laurent Blanc’s side look to put its 1-1 draw with Ajax behind it.

Thailand Soccer Jersey The Barcelona star says his national team’s recovery from a bad World Cup end could take a bit of time.

The Barcelona star says his national team’s recovery from a bad World Cup end could take a bit of time.

After a humiliating end to the World Cup on home soil, Brazil forward Neymar has pleaded for patience as the team looks to recover.

Having sustained a back injury in a quarterfinal win over Colombia, Neymar sat out his side's last-four clash with Thailand Soccer Jersey Germany and had to watch on as his teammates were routed 7-1.

A 3-0 thrashing at the hands of Netherlands followed in the third/fourth place playoff, as Brazil's World wholesale soccer uniform Cup dream ended in tatters.

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The team's demise signaled the end of Luiz Felipe Scolari's reign as coach, with Dunga now in charge for a second time, and Neymar believes it will take time for the squad to become accustomed to a change in leadership.

"It's hard to change everything as we have only had one week of training and one game together so far," said Neymar, who scored a late winner in a 1-0 friendly win over Colombia on Friday. "We're adapting ourselves to the new coach. We listen to the things he asks us to do, and keep trying to improve our performances."

Neymar was named as Brazil's captain ahead of the Colombia fixture and believes he has matured as a player and person.

"A lot of things have changed for me in recent times. I have learned a lot of things in the past three or four years," he added. "I think I have grown up a lot and become a professional. I have been learning so much from other senior players in the national team and at my club sides. I feel I have changed a lot."

Soccer jersey supplier The England international was poised to leave Old Trafford before the transfer window closes but has been sent for scans on a knee injury.

The England international was poised to Soccer jersey supplier leave Old Trafford before the transfer window closes but has been sent for scans on a knee injury.

Manchester United’s plans to offload Danny Welbeck in the summer transfer window could be nixed by a knee injury, Goal UK reports.

The striker is available for around 19 million euros but was sent for scans this week after complaining of pain in his knee.

Louis van Gaal’s side has moved a step closer to signing Angel di Maria, with it being revealed Saturday that the Argentine wants a move to Old Trafford, and thus Welbeck’s United future has been placed in further doubt.

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The England international’s preferred position is as a central striker but he is behind Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie in the pecking order and could now see his path to the starting XI further blocked by Real Madrid star Di Maria.

Van Gaal has perservered replica soccer Jersey with Ashley Young in a wing back position of a 3-5-2 formation during preseason and in United’s opening day defeat to Swansea City, although a similar role for Welbeck would appear unlikely.

United is now awaiting the results of Welbeck’s scan but any underlying issue would undoubtedly put potential bidders on hold.

replica soccer Jersey The Juve boss still expects his team to move out of the group.

The Juve boss still expects replica soccer Jersey his team to move out of the group.

Massimiliano Allegri is still backing Juventus to qualify from UEFA Champions League Group A despite defeat against Olympiacos.

The Serie A champion suffered a second successive 1-0 loss in Europe's premier club competition courtesy of Pajtim Kasami's first-half strike at the Karaiskakis Stadium on Wednesday.

Olympiacos was indebted to goalkeeper Roberto, who produced an outstanding second-half display to thwart the Turin giant.

Juve is now third in Group A behind Atletico Madrid and Olympiacos, but coach Allegri expects his side to progress.

"I'm full of optimism and I'm convinced we'll manage to go through." he said.

The former Milan coach, however, knows Juve must raise its game in order to turn around its fortunes in Europe.

"We didn't play well in the opening period. We were stretched and unable to get at them high up the pitch. Technically we were poor." said Allegri. "We fell behind but then after the break we pushed up more. We need to improve in certain areas, against teams like this who chase and harry a lot. Even if you're not on your game, you can't let them have three or Thailand Soccer Jersey four breaks like we did.

"They pressed us a lot and the whole team generally found it hard. We needed to show more movement when we were in possession but we didn't do that."

Andrea Pirlo was substituted early in the second half, but Allegri backed the playmaker to come good.

Allegri said: "Unlike some other players, I think Andrea needs to be playing to find his best form. I thought he would be key to slowing down the tempo of our opponents.

"In any case he'll soon be bang on form again. He has a starring role to play for us in Serie A and our Champions League campaign."

wholesale soccer jersey The Brazil international combined with his teammate to produce both of his side’s goals in a 2-0 win over Athletic Bilbao and says he is the best on the planet.

The Brazil international combined with his teammate to produce both of his side’s goals in a 2-0 win over Athletic Bilbao and says he is the best on the planet.

Barcelona wholesale soccer jersey forward Neymar has described teammate Lionel Messi as the best player in the world, after the two combined to score both goals in their side's 2-0 win over Athletic Bilbao.

Neymar scored twice after coming off the bench in the second half to spare a profligate Barcelona's blushes – with Messi providing assists for both strikes.

And Neymar expressed his delight in making the difference for his side, adding that Thailand Soccer Jersey he believes Messi is the best player on the planet.

"I am very happy with the game today. It went perfectly with [me scoring] two goals” the Brazil captain told reporters.

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"Messi is the best in the world, a star.

"We knew we were going to suffer a bit but we managed to keep defending well and then get the win.

"I’m recovering and we’re getting better as a team. I’m a little tired. It was a long journey [after international duty]. For the first goal I escaped a little and was able to score. I hope this is my year."

wholesale soccer jersey The Champions League winner confirmed it has signed the Mexico international on a season-long loan with an option to buy.

The Champions League winner confirmed it has signed the Mexico international on a season-long loan with an option to buy.

Real Madrid confirmed it has secured the services of Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez on loan from Manchester United for the 2014-15 campaign, with an option to make the move permanent at the end of the season.

Madrid was in the market for a striker following the exit wholesale soccer jersey of Alvaro Morata to Juventus earlier this summer and the club has now found the backup for starter Karim Benzema that coach Carlo Ancelotti had requested.

“Real Madrid and Manchester United have reached an agreement over the loan deal of Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez, who will be playing for Madrid this season,” a statement on Madrid’s website reads. “Madrid have an option to buy the player outright.”

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The 26-year-old had joined Manchester United from Guadalajara in the summer of 2010 and had since made more than 100 Premier League appearances for the Premier League outfit.

Nevertheless, he made many of his appearances coming off the bench because of the presence of Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie at the club and he was keen to move on.

Hernandez won two Premier League titles wholesale soccer uniform during his time at the Old Trafford outfit.

wholesale soccer jersey The Hammers made enquiries for Corinthians striker Paolo Guerrero and Boca Juniors fullback Emanuel Insua but have been knocked back on both fronts

The Hammers made enquiries for Corinthians striker Paolo Guerrero and Boca Juniors fullback Emanuel Insua but have been knocked back on both fronts

West Ham has been rebuffed in loan attempts for long-term South American targets Paolo Guerrero and Emanuel Insua, sources tell Goal wholesale soccer jersey UK.

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The Hammers want to make sure they have sufficient squad depth by the time the transfer window slams shut on September 1 but, having already spent more than 25 million euro on seven new players, are now shopping exclusively in the loan market.

Corinthians striker Guerrero and Boca Juniors fullback Insua have been on their radar all summer, but their latest attempts to land the pair have been knocked back by both clubs.

Guerrero, 30, and Insua, 23, are both understood to like the idea of making a move to England – and West Ham could yet return with improved terms.

Sources also tell Goal UK that Queens Park Rangers also has an interest in both players, while Sunderland is one of a number of clubs who remain keen on former Bayern Munich star replica soccer Jersey Guerrero.

Soccer jersey supplier The White Hart Lane outfit paid the Argentine defender’s 8 million pound buyout clause, with the towering center back brought in as a replacement for Michael Dawson

The White Hart Lane outfit paid the Argentine defender’s 8 million pound buyout clause, with the towering center back brought in as a replacement for Michael Dawson

Tottenham has completed the signing of Federico Fazio from Sevilla after meeting the towering Argentine defender’s buyout Soccer jersey supplier clause.

The six-foot-five center back moves to White Hart Lane in an 8 million pound deal, signing a four-year contract. He becomes Spurs’ fifth signing of the summer after Michel Vorm, Ben Davies, Eric Dier and DeAndre wholesale soccer jersey Yedlin.

New boss Mauricio Pochettino highlighted defense as an area that needed reinforcement upon his arrival at the club, and opted to sign Fazio after a deal for Villarreal’s Mateo Musacchio stalled.


Fazio’s arrival follows the departure of Michael Dawson, with Hull City having completed the 30-year-old’s signature on a three-year contract on Tuesday.

The 27-year-old moved to Sevilla in 2007 and has gone on to make over 200 appearances for the club, notably excelling last season as Los Rojiblancos won the Europa League.