Canada Beats Usa In Olympic Warmup

Also included will be the Mountain West Conference, Mid-American Conference and American Athletic Conference. The inaugural Bahamas Bowl will kick off in December 2014 at the Thomas A. Robinson Stadium. Named for the Olympian track & field star, the stadium currently has a capacity of 15,000 people, but has the ability to be expanded to hold as many as 30,000. The agreement for the bowl is set for the next six seasons, beginning in 2014. “To be able to bring these five conferences together who have such strong commitments to academics and athletics is an honor,” Complete Sports Management president Lea Miller said . “To be able to create a new college football Bowl game with them with the support of the entire country of the Bahamas in a historic venue is a dream come true. As the college sporting world knows, this is yet another sporting event we’re bringing to the Bahamas after two highly successful years of the Battle 4 Atlantis, college basketball’s premier early season basketball tournament.” The conferences will be included in the bowl on a rotational basis. “As we have learned with our other bowls, student-athletes, coaches and fans get excited about a great destination. It’s hard to imagine a better destination than this wonderful country for a bowl game,” Conference USA commissioner Britton Banowsky said . “We are thankful for the support of The Bahamas Minister of Tourism and Lea Miller in providing not only a great venue, but a fantastic opportunity to showcase the hard work and dedication of our teams.” “The Sun Belt Conference is thrilled to be part of this new football bowl game,” said commissioner Karl Benson . “Our student-athletes and fans look forward to being able to enjoy the history and traditions of Nassau and the country of the Bahamas while at the same time being part of the history that will come with this event.” Last week, Conference USA was included in the rotation for the new Boca Raton Bowl. The Sun Belt has been connected with the new Camillia Bowl in Montgomery . According to USA Today , the conferences are expected to soon announce the creation of another game to be played at Marlins Park in Miami and anchored by the American Athletic Conference.

Do you want Team USA to lose?

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Perhaps when it hurts your biggest rivals. This is the situation facing fans of USA soccer, which plays its final World Cup qualifier Tuesday in Panama with a spot in Brazil already locked up and neighbor Mexico in danger of missing out. Mexico is currently fourth, three points ahead of Panama, and if both hold their positions, Mexico will be in playoff against New Zealand for a spot at the 2014 World Cup. But if Panama tops the U.S. and Mexico loses at Costa Rica (and there’s a big enough goal-difference swing), El Tri would stay home next summer. What’s a USA fan to root for? In It to Lose It? Wins are always good for confidence, while a loss doesn’t guarantee Mexico misses out on the World Cup. But if El Tri is gone … Would you want the U.S. to lose to Panama if it means Mexico gets eliminated? (Totalvotes:1,474) Heating or cooling?

World Cup Qualifying Preview: Panama – USA

“We kind of floundered a little bit early on but we’ll get there,” Stone said. “The good news is we came on as the game went on. We scored two goals, we put a ton of pressure on them at the end We need to start faster.” Canada had the edge in offensive zone time in a scoreless first period, netted two goals in the second and pushed the lead to 3-0 early in the third. The USA broke through with a two-player advantage power play goal at mid-third, cut the deficit to one with 5:31 remaining and drove hard to the finish. Those final minutes included not only several good USA chances but a skirmish that earned two players on each team five-minute roughing majors and game misconducts after USA forward Jocelyne Lamoureux collided with Canada goalie Shannon Szabados at 16:53. Szabados sprawled on the ice and her teammates came to her defense, setting off a lengthy tussle in the corner. “It happens from time to time,” said longtime Canadian team member Hayley Wickenheiser of the scuffle, recalling a 2010 incident. In the first period, Canada had a 5-4 edge in shots that failed to reflect its territorial control. The USA’s game was disjointed but the Americans’ speed still led to a couple of quality chances that Szabados (15 saves) rejected. Ouellette sent Canada into a 1-0 lead at 4:16 of the second, converting Jayna Hefford’s cross-slot power play pass. Only 1:21 later, Bailey Bram knocked in Canada’s second goal during a goal-mouth scrum. MORE: Men’s Olympic hockey tracker Meanwhile, the Canadian team defense ramped up its play, effectively blunting any USA attack by hindering breakouts, smothering rushes and blocking shots.

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The young tandem of Mix Diskerud and Aron Johannsson should both earn starts after showing some good signs in Fridays 1-0 win versus Jamaica. One new face in the lineup will be goalkeeper Brad Guzan, who will start for the U.S. for the first time since posting consecutive shutouts in March against Costa Rica and Mexico. “For me, every game I get is important, Guzan said. It’s a huge chance to not only play but to prove to my teammates and to the coaches that i can be counted on and step in and hopefully do a job for the team. “It will be a difficult game. Anytime you come to these away games, they’re always difficult. The intensity of the crowd, the pride that they have for their country, their supporters will get right behind them and will make it a hostile environment for us. Saying that, they’re a good team they’ve got good players, and it’s going to be a challenge, but it’s a challenge that I think we’re going to welcome and hopefully be up for.” Panama has no margin for error on Tuesday. The Canaleros need a win just to have a chance of catching Mexico, which faces a stiff test with a trip to take on Costa Rica. Though Costa Rica has already qualified, the Ticos are bringing a strong lineup to their Hex finale, and it is clear they have every intention of trying to knock the Mexicans off. Panama will have a very good chance of securing a win on Tuesday. They will be taking on a makeshift U.S.