Displaying his affinity for an off track, Chief Istan passed pace-setting Big Guy Ian in midstretch and turned back a late bid from Rockinn On Bye to capture the $75,000 Challedon on a rainy Saturday at Laurel Park.
Clint Dempsey took care of that, though saying singlehandedly might be an oxymoron in soccer. Singleheadedly or singlefootedly might be a more accurate description. The veteran striker, who was removed as the U.S. captain after a much-publicized red card in an MLS game, scored in the fourth minute and added two more goals in a 6-0 rout of undermanned Cuba in Saturday's Gold Cup quarterfinal at M&T Bank Stadium.
Two years after the El Salvador men's soccer team and its rabid soccer fans gave M&T Bank Stadium a taste of what games are like in their home country for a Gold Cup quarterfinal against the heavily favored U.S., the scene at the same venue for the same event should be quite different Saturday. The result between Team USA and Cuba should not.
Michael Kammarman, a product of the Laurel Boys and Girls Club soccer program, is getting a lot of stamps in his passport. The latest stop has been soccer-crazy Brazil, where the former Delaware soccer player is the press officer for the U.S. men's soccer team that is taking part in the 2014 World Cup.
Crofton native Kyle Beckerman and former Terps stars Omar Gonzalez, Clarence Goodson, Graham Zusi, and Maurice Edu were all named Monday to the United States¿ 30-man provisional roster ahead of next month¿s World Cup in Brazil.