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World Cup Mania: The US' Road to Brazil 2014 (and beyond)

Started on 16 June 2013 by shylax
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BREAKING: Jurgen Klinsmann Out
Due to a dispute between Jurgen Klinsmann and US Soccer President Sunil Gulati over prior results, Klinsmann has surprisingly resigned as the manager of the US men's national soccer team and has taken the first plane back to Germany. With the US team just beginning their preparation for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, this is a large wrench thrown into the works, and it is unknown at this time who will take over as manager.
U-S-A! U-S-A!
He looks sad
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JUR-GONE! Haha I'm just awful :D Good Luck

Dark Horse Limior Takes Over

In another shock announcement, the US Soccer Federation has announced that forty-year old assistant coach Nathan Limior has been promoted to the manager position of the US men's soccer team. He is a US national who played center midfielder professionally between 1992 and 2000, and played for the US national team in the 1994 and 1998 World Cups, as well as having a hand in the early history of MLS as a player, joining the league in its inception in 1996.
(OOC - Who am I?: Of course, Nathan Limior is a fictional character. I will be exploring many different timelines with him, this is just one of many. In most timelines, this will be his club history:
1992-1993: Barnsley
1994-1995: Numancia
1996-1999: New England Revolution
2000: D.C. United
I look forward to this


Since I was already with the club when I became manager, there wasn't really much of an orientation period of getting to know my staff. There was some resentment from the other coaches for getting the promotion over them, but that's to be expected. I don't have the great playing pedigree, as I won over 50 caps but that was during a nadir in the history of the US soccer team, but I feel like I have the brilliant mind necessary to bring a World Cup trophy to the US, and that's what I said to my staff. "I don't know if we can win it all this time, but I want to be known as the man who managed a World Cup victory for the US." I also went over tactics with the players. Klinsmann favored a 4-2-3-1, and I have plans for that but I also wanted to introduce a new formation or two to mix up our tactical capabilities.


CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying Third Phase

Here is the group:
El Salvador
United States

It looks like an easy group for us to win, but the US team is wont to underachieve and I need to curtail that. The top two teams from the group advance to the Hexagonal; the final qualification round for the World Cup in CONCACAF.
Good luck Eb! This should be interesting :D

Third Phase Qualifying - June

Friendly: Norway 3 - 3 United States

United States 0 - 1 Jamaica

Guatemala 0 - 1 United States


Some mixed results this month, I thought the great attacking in our friendly against Norway was going to portend good things against Jamaica and Guatemala, but our attack was poor. I had some tactical trouble against Jamaica, one of my players froze up, let himself get tackled, and that cost us the winning goal. I hope that freeing up the passing a little bit fixes that problem.
Most nations would struggle to score 3 goals past a stronger Norway team than people give them credit for will be following with intrigue :)
Most nations would struggle to score 3 goals past a stronger Norway team than people give them credit for will be following with intrigue :)

Third Phase Qualifying - August/September

Friendly: Chile 3 - 0 United States

El Salvador 0 - 2 United States

United States 0 - 0 Guatemala


Mexico has already punched their ticket into the Hexagonal, but we have our work cut out for us. We're currently in 2nd, but we need to keep getting points in order to stay there. Losing those two points in the unlucky game against Guatemala will loom large over us.
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Come on USA!

Third Phase Qualifying - October/November

Jamaica 1 - 0 United States

I'm pretty sure that either way, the US would have had to win the next match against El Salvador to qualify, although some results would make a tie good as well.

United States 5 - 2 El Salvador


It took us until the end but we qualified for the Hexagonal! The two biggest rivals I can see in the Hexagonal are Mexico and Jamaica, Mexico is incredibly scary, averaging 8 goals a game in the Third Phase, I'll need my players to be in the tip top of form if I am to create a breed of Mexicutioners. Jamaica is very pacy, and I'll have to find a way to counteract that.

Trinidad & Tobago
United States
Costa Rica

Home and away (10 games total)
Top 3 automatically qualify for World Cup
4th place gets an Intercontinental Playoff against Oceania winner for a World Cup spot
You made that a lot harder than it needed to be, but you can forget that now and win some games :P

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