Who is Kenny Saief, and other USMNT Gold Cup personnel questions

June 29, 2017 Posted by admin

Kenny Saief is an 23-year-old American left-sided player with UEFA Champions League experience.

So why do we know so little about the Miami-born man?

The answer is pretty straight-forward: Saief’s entire career has been under-the-radar. After coming up through a series of Israeli teams, he moved to KAA Gent in Belgium. None of those matches, even adding in his representing the full Israel national team twice, got a ton of play on American soil.

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So when Saief filed his one-time switch to represent the United States, paving the way for a USMNT call-up for this summer’s Gold Cup, even those of us who’d followed his career from afar had put a limited amount of actual observation on match footage.

So here’s the long-and-short:

  • Saief turns 24 in December.
  • He moved to Gent from Israeli second tier side Ramat haSharon in 2014.
  • Played a total of 35 minutes in friendlies versus Serbia and Croatia.
  • Saief has 20 total appearances between the Europa and Champions Leagues.
  • Posted a UCL assist versus Wolfsburg in the 2015-16 Round of 16.
  • Had goal, 2 assists in UEL this season, played 180 mins vs. Spurs.
  • Has 15 goals, 9 assists in 107 apps for Gent.

Saief should get an opportunity to make an impact for Bruce Arena’s USMNT, perhaps as soon as Saturday’s friendly against Ghana in East Hartford.

Who else stands a chance to gain the most from this tournament?

Joe Corona — The 26-year-old made his thirst-inducing name in American soccer circles by scoring a pair of goals in the 2013 Gold Cup, but has just 17 caps to his name. His call-up over veterans like Benny Feilhaber and Sacha Kljestan either shows how high he’s risen or how far those veterans have fallen.

Cristian Roldan — Seattle’s hard-nosed midfielder was playing college ball at Washington just three years ago, and it’s not crazy to think strong performances could boost him onto the radar of bigger clubs abroad (let alone make him a mainstay along Kellyn Acosta with the USMNT).

Dom Dwyer — If Roldan’s rise is surprising, Dwyer’s really is astounding. It’s easy to forget that the Sporting KC star forward was playing junior college soccer in 2010 before spending one season of Division I soccer with South Florida. Now he has 57 MLS goals and a look at becoming the clinical finisher the American side has wanted for some time.

Justin Morrow and Eric Lichaj — The 29- and 28-year-old fullbacks would love to prove their mettle is as good if not better than Jorge Villafana, the current front-runner to start at left back should the Yanks complete their revitalized run to the World Cup. Lichaj, a Nottingham Forest veteran, is also adept at right back.

This isn’t to say that Juan Agudelo and Kelyn Rowe won’t benefit from strong tournaments, but the names above have either been rescued from soccer’s scrap heap or at least Jurgen Klinsmann’s prison.

Article source: https://sports.yahoo.com/kenny-saief-other-usmnt-gold-010416765.html

2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo will Blow. You. Away.

June 28, 2017 Posted by admin

Japan hasn’t hosted the Summer Olympics since 1964; three years from now marks their big chance to impress everyone on the world stage.

The number one goal behind hosting the Summer Olympics is to showcase a spectacle. Japan wants to impress the world and, if predictions are true, it definitely will.

These are the three coolest things Tokyo is doing to get ready for 2020.

1. The Stadium

At first, the Japanese government set aside around 3 billion dollars to fund the changes they wanted to make to their stadium and the various infrastructure construction they would need. Now the predicted budget is expected to soar past nearly six times that number. The expectations are that tourists and visitors will be able to swipe a pass, verify their identity with a facial scan, and then be led around the stadium by an app that can speak to them in ten different languages. They are also working on a new technology that will project a fake meteor shower in the skies all across Tokyo. It would be a mass series of micro-satellites that they would launch into the lower atmosphere above Tokyo. It could replace fireworks as outdoor entertainment.

2. Self-Driving Mass Transit

They are currently working on new legislation and regulations that will govern the use of self-driving cars. Back in the 1964 Summer Olympics, Japan debuted a bullet train that was above and beyond any sort of mass transit the rest of the world had seen. It set them apart as a rising technological power in the world. These self-driving cars are supposedly going to make the same sort of gesture to the world that Japan is still an enterprising and forward thinking tech giant. They’re currently working on 3-D mapping the entire country’s roadways and refitting already existing automobiles to become driverless. That is supposed to keep the costs down. If they can pull it off, it will mean that Tokyo will become the first major city to establish its own self-driving fleet.

3. The Tokyo 2020 Medal Project

Japan is planning something else that is unprecedented. They plan to build the Olympic medals out of recycled materials, which has been done before, but now Japan is asking its citizens to get involved in collecting all the necessary scrap gold and parts. They are aiming at a 100% recyclable rate of content. This might seem like a small thing, but really it is a big step in a direction towards a better future of environmental conservation. Many Asian countries are somewhat notorious for their lax stance on environmental concerns or global warming. Today China is moving towards expanding solar power faster than the U.S. is and Tokyo is pushing for a cigarette ban. Using the Summer Olympics as a stage to speak for sustainable practices when it comes to the production of goods and services could make a big wave for Japan in 2020.

Featured image: Tokyo 2020 

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Article source: http://en.rocketnews24.com/2017/06/28/2020-summer-olympics-in-tokyo-will-blow-you-away/

2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo will Blow. You. Away.

June 28, 2017 Posted by admin

Japan hasn’t hosted the Summer Olympics since 1964; three years from now marks their big chance to impress everyone on the world stage.

The number one goal behind hosting the Summer Olympics is to showcase a spectacle. Japan wants to impress the world and, if predictions are true, it definitely will.

These are the three coolest things Tokyo is doing to get ready for 2020.

1. The Stadium

At first, the Japanese government set aside around 3 billion dollars to fund the changes they wanted to make to their stadium and the various infrastructure construction they would need. Now the predicted budget is expected to soar past nearly six times that number. The expectations are that tourists and visitors will be able to swipe a pass, verify their identity with a facial scan, and then be led around the stadium by an app that can speak to them in ten different languages. They are also working on a new technology that will project a fake meteor shower in the skies all across Tokyo. It would be a mass series of micro-satellites that they would launch into the lower atmosphere above Tokyo. It could replace fireworks as outdoor entertainment.

2. Self-Driving Mass Transit

They are currently working on new legislation and regulations that will govern the use of self-driving cars. Back in the 1964 Summer Olympics, Japan debuted a bullet train that was above and beyond any sort of mass transit the rest of the world had seen. It set them apart as a rising technological power in the world. These self-driving cars are supposedly going to make the same sort of gesture to the world that Japan is still an enterprising and forward thinking tech giant. They’re currently working on 3-D mapping the entire country’s roadways and refitting already existing automobiles to become driverless. That is supposed to keep the costs down. If they can pull it off, it will mean that Tokyo will become the first major city to establish its own self-driving fleet.

3. The Tokyo 2020 Medal Project

Japan is planning something else that is unprecedented. They plan to build the Olympic medals out of recycled materials, which has been done before, but now Japan is asking its citizens to get involved in collecting all the necessary scrap gold and parts. They are aiming at a 100% recyclable rate of content. This might seem like a small thing, but really it is a big step in a direction towards a better future of environmental conservation. Many Asian countries are somewhat notorious for their lax stance on environmental concerns or global warming. Today China is moving towards expanding solar power faster than the U.S. is and Tokyo is pushing for a cigarette ban. Using the Summer Olympics as a stage to speak for sustainable practices when it comes to the production of goods and services could make a big wave for Japan in 2020.

Featured image: Tokyo 2020 

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Article source: http://en.rocketnews24.com/2017/06/28/2020-summer-olympics-in-tokyo-will-blow-you-away/