USA-Iran football friendly under discussion
But while most of the contestants are only fighting for the crown, one Scottsdale woman is also fighting for her life. In July, 25-year-old Kristina Anderson was diagnosed with a rare, aggressive form of ovarian cancer and began chemotherapy treatments just three days later. As she continues to battle the disease, Anderson said preparing for the pageant has been an escape for her. Miss Arizona USA pageant is a little different than the county fair pageants Im used to, Anderson said. With her family living in Illinois, Anderson has found her support system in an unexpected place the doctors office. One of Andersons nurses, Sandy LeDuke, has been helping her focus on pageant details. Im just kind of along for the ride, LeDuke said. I went with her to pick out some dresses and things. If both cancer and the upcoming pageant werent enough to think about, Anderson is also struggling to pay for her treatments. Her insurance has denied her the specific coverage she has needed for the last six months. Fortunately, fundraisers have been set up in Scottsdale to help Anderson pay some of her medical bills. Though Anderson still has a long way to go, she hopes her journey to Miss Arizona will help inspire others to keep fighting too. Just be positive and be grateful for what you have, Anderson said.
It was all part of the process. The U.S. team hit its stride this summer, eventually taking control of the qualifying group while Mexicos struggles continued. The capper for Howard and the USA was the latest 2-0 victory over El Tri, which came last month. Fridays win versus Jamaica didn’t just help the USA clinch first place in the group on a night Mexico needed a dream bicycle kick from Raul Jimenez just to take fourth place, and have a chance to qualify for the World Cup via a playoff. The U.S. win also marked the Americans’ fifth qualifying shutout in a row for a perfect 5-0 Hex at home. For me, and for Brad (Guzan) and the rest of the boys in the back, that stat means more than anything, Howard said. Without that foundation you cant move forward, and weve set the bar real high. I dont know if its done before, but it feels real good and its tough to do. The U.S. teams outstanding run through the final round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying, coupled with its dominant run to win the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup, has left little doubt which is the best team in CONCACAF. After having to hear for a while how Mexico was king, you can’t really blame Howard and the USA if they want it made clear just which team is on top now. WHAT ROSTER CHANGES WILL MEAN TO LINEUP With Tim Howard, Landon Donovan, Jermaine Jones and Matt Besler sent home after Fridays win versus Jamaica, Jurgen Klinsmann will have several changes to make to the lineup that takes on Panama on Tuesday. Some of the changes have already been laid out, with Klinsmann making it clear he wants Brad Guzan and Clarence Goodson to get games against Panama. That leaves two other spots up for grabs.
Los Angeles (AFP) – The United States and Iran, political foes whose football teams have qualified for the 2014 World Cup, could play a friendly prior to the finals in Brazil, according to Fox Sports. The US news outlet cited reports circulating in the Iranian media, although US Soccer spokesman Neil Beuthe declined to confirm that the US federation had been in contact with its Iranian counterpart. “We have been actively talking to numerous federations that have qualified for the World Cup about playing in the US in late May and early June,” Beuthe said. “All of these discussions are preliminary and we do not have any matches set at this point.” Dan Gaspar, a US citizen who serves as goalkeeper coach for Iran, said in an e-mail to Fox that there was “genuine interest” on both sides for a US-Iran friendly, but that such a fixture likely wouldn’t be set until after the World Cup draw on December 6. Wednesday’s report comes a fortnight after a landmark telephone call between US President Barack Obama and Iranian President Hasan Rouhani, the first contact between leaders of the two countries since the rupture of diplomatic relations in the aftermath of the 1979 Islamic revolution. Despite the strained relations between the two nations, their sports officials have been able to work together at times, including in recent efforts to keep the ancient sport of wrestling in the Olympic Games. On the football pitch, the United States and Iran have met twice. Iran upset the United States 2-1 in the 1998 World Cup in France and played the Americans to a 1-1 draw in a football friendly in January of 2000 at Pasadena, California. Soccer FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Thousands of fans had given up on Tom Brady and the Patriots. The Associated Press