ASN Morning Read: Copa (Almost) Out Of The Bag
CONCACAF and CONMEBOL are set to "make a historic announcement" Thursday, presumably the 2016 Copa America; Emerson Hyndman dominates the first leg of the FA Youth Cup Final.
It seems the Western Hemisphere’s worst-kept secret - the 2016 Copa America in the United States - will be revealed Thursday. CONCACAF and CONMEBOL are holding a joint press conference in Miami "to make a historic announcement.”
April 29, 2014
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Jeff Carlisle had a long chat with Landon Donovan, who touched on a number of things. The media and public always make a big deal of the U.S. team's bond, but Donovan says it's is absolutely vital to success:
"The camp is fun because you build real team camaraderie. That’s as fun as the World Cup for me. Most of the time you come in for a few days and you see some of the guys, you hang out. But then you’re gone. This gives you a chance to know guys and hangout.
"Brazil, when we went in January, was terrific. We weren’t perfect against South Korea, but you could tell the guys cared about each other and fought for each other. That was fun. If you can build that same thing going into the World Cup, which historically has been one of our best attributes, it gives you a much better chance to win.
"You can see it when we play. When I watch other sports, like an NBA game, I can tell, “That team is just closer than the other team.” They care about each other, they’re closer."
Emerson Hyndman starred for Fulham in the first leg of the FA Youth Cup Final, scoring a goal and assisting on another. His goal gave Fulham a 2-1 lead, and the Cottagers wound up winning 3-2 at home. Fulham's match report on the 18-year-old’s goal: “Hyndman picked up the ball in the middle of the park and with no tackle forthcoming moved forward and let fly. His effort took a deflection ... to totally wrong-foot Collins and go in off the post.” The return leg is next Monday at Stamford Bridge.
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