FUEL Soccer Talk: Believing in the USWNT; Acosta stars; Gloster moves up

Some big soccer news to kick around! 

US women need help to capture 2019 SheBelieves Cup

The USA Women’s National team doesn’t just need to win its final game – they need some help if they want to win the 2019 SheBelieves Cup. A couple of ties has thrown the tournament up for grabs heading into the final games on Tuesday, March 5. The US opened with a 2-2 draw with Japan on Feb. 27 in Chester, Pa. followed by a 2-2 draw with England on March 2 in Nashville, Tenn. The red, white and blue will need a victory against Brazil on Tuesday, March 5 in Tampa, Fla. (8 p.m. ET on FS1) combined with a draw between England and Japan in the first game of the night (5:15 p.m. ET on in order to win the tournament.

USA vs. Brazil
The USA and Brazil have a long history dating to 1986 when the teams met in just the eighth match played by the U.S. Women, a 2-1 U.S victory in Italy. The USA has played Brazil eight times since the start of 2012 and has a record of 5-1-2 over that span.
The most recent meeting was at last summer’s Tournament of Nations where the USA needed a two-goal win to take the tournament title but fell behind 1-0. The USA roared back to score four unanswered goals in front of a packed house in Bridgeview, Ill., with Rose Lavelle getting the equalizer and Julie Ertz putting the USA ahead. Tobin Heath then got the goal that would eventually win the tournament and Alex Morgan bagged a clincher.

For more on the Shebelieves Cup:

What does the US have to do to come out on top against Brazil?

Luciano Acosta shows his play and heart are still in D.C.

Photo courtesy of MLS Soccer

It appeared – at least for a few minutes – that Luciano Acosta was headed to Paris Saint-Germain. But the deal never happened and the talented Argentina midfielder returned to the D.C. United. But how would he respond with what many would perceive as missing out on a great opportunity with PSG?
He answered that question on Sunday night.
Acosta was Man of the Match and the best player on the pitch in Sunday’s season-opening win over Atlanta United. It was the debut you would expect from an MLS Best XI in 2018 with career highs in goals (10) and assists (17, second in the league). Was he disappointed he didn’t get the PSG deal? Only he can answer that. Did he play like he didn’t want to be with D.C. United? We can all answer that.
Acosta had a goal, assist and a number of fantastic passes. He received a standing ovation when he was replaced late in the game.
His future is still uncertain. His contract expires following the 2019 season but the two sides are reportedly in negotiations for an extension.
“When the Paris offer appeared and I went, I was still a player of this club,” Acosta said following Sunday’s performance. “I was always a player of the club. When it didn’t go through, I came back and I tried to be as mature as possible, as responsible as possible to give everything for this club they deserve. And I think I’ve done that.”
He certainly did on Sunday.

What did you like from Luciano Acosta’s performance on Sunday?

Gloster moves up to German club Hannover First Team

Photo by Roy K. Miller

From New Jersey to Germany to the starting left back for the U.S. Men’s National Team? Well, not so fast on the last part but Chris Gloster appears to be on the path to something big. That path took the Montclair, New Jersey native to Germany last year where he signed with German club Hannover after having trials at clubs in Germany.
He was recently called up to the First Team because of injuries.
In April 2017, he was named in the United States team for the 2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championship. He played for the USA at the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup in India.
Playing for the Red Bulls, Gloster made his debut against Orlando City B on Aug. 13, 2016 in the 2016 USL season. His appearance as a starter against Orlando City B made him the youngest American to start in a USL game at 16 years and 16 days.
From Ives Galarcep on “Currently featuring in the Under-23 team for Bundesliga side Hannover 96, Gloster is an under-the-radar prospect to casual U.S. soccer fans, but fans that were able to watch him star for the U.S. Under-20 national team on its run to the Concacaf championship last November saw the kind of left back they’ve been dreaming off for the USMNT. Tall, fast, tough defensively, skilled offensively, and some swagger thrown in for good measure.”

What other young players do you see as possibilities down the road for USMNT?

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