Soto and Mihailovic headline USA U-23 squad

first_imgSebastian Soto and Djordje Mihailovic headline the United States U-23 side selected for the team’s September training camp and friendly against Japan.Head coach Jason Kreis has selected a 24-player squad, which will take part in a camp from September 1-10 during the upcoming FIFA international break.The squad is slated to play one friendly during the break – September 9 against Japan in Chula Vista, California as they continue their preparations for Olympic qualifying this spring. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Mihailovic represents one of the more experienced players in the side, having played for the United States senior national team during the 2019 Gold Cup. The Chicago Fire midfielder made a pair of appearances, and made one start for the tournament runner-up.Soto was among the stars for the United States at the U-20 World Cup in Poland earlier this year. The Hannover youngster scored four times in the competition, including a brace against tournament favorite France to help the Americans pull a surprise comeback victory in the last 16.The forward is joined by multiple teammates from that U-20 squad, including Alex Mendez, Chris Gloster, Mark McKenzie, Edwin Cerrillo and Brandon Servania.One player included on the list, Niko Hamalainen, has previously represented Finland at both the youth and senior team levels. The Miami-born defender, who featured in three games on loan at Los Angeles FC this season before returning to parent club Queens Park Rangers, started a friendly against Estonia in January 2019.Due to Hamalainen playing for Finland in recognized youth tournaments – he featured during the European U21 Championships – he would require a one-time switch of allegiance to play for the United States in a FIFA-recognized match.The USA are hoping to end a recent string of Olympic qualification failures, having not made the tournament since 2008.Qualification for the 2020 games takes place at the Concacaf Olympic Qualification Championship from March 20-April 1 in Guadalajara, Mexico, which will see the top two teams automatically make the Tokyo Games.U-23 Roster in full:GOALKEEPERS (3): Matt Freese (Philadelphia Union), JT Marcinkowski (San Jose Earthquakes.), Andrew Thomas (Stanford)DEFENDERS (8): Kyle Duncan (New York Red Bulls), Justen Glad (Real Salt Lake), Chris Gloster (PSV Eindhoven), Niko Hamalainen (Kilmarnock FC), Aaron Herrera (Real Salt Lake), Mark McKenzie (Philadelphia Union), Donovan Pines (D.C. United.), Auston Trusty (Philadelphia Union)MIDFIELDERS (6): Brenden Aaronson (Philadelphia Union), Edwin Cerrillo (FC Dallas), Hassani Dotson (Minnesota United FC), Alex Mendez (Ajax), Djordje Mihailovic (Chicago Fire), Brandon Servania (FC Dallas)FORWARDS (7): Omir Fernandez (New York Red Bulls), Jesus Ferreira (FC Dallas), Brooks Lennon (Real Salt Lake), Sebastian Saucedo (Real Salt Lake), Sebastian Soto (Hannover), Mason Toye (Minnesota United.), Haji Wright (VVV-Venlo)last_img read more

ESPN Ranks College Football’s 10 Hardest Remaining Schedules

first_img 10. Arkansas9. Arizona8. West Virginia7. Oregon State6. Colorado5. Kansas4. Ole Miss3. Michigan2. LSU1. Florida[Related Article: ESPN Releases College Football Week 7 Power Rankings]Florida’s presence on the list should come as no surprise. The Gators’ final six games consists of No. 5 LSU, South Carolina, No. 3 Georgia, Vanderbilt, Missouri, and Florida State.Despite how well they played against Auburn last week, ESPN’s computers don’t think they’ll even be in contention to winning the SEC title, let alone winning out. ESPN’s FPI gives the Gators only a 0.5% chance of winning out and a 4.5% chance of winning the SEC.LSU, which came in second, was given substantially higher odds in both regards. The Tigers have a 4.8% chance of winning out and a 12.1% chance of winning the SEC.Michigan’s odds of winning out of winning the Big Ten are slim, but not outside the realm of possibility.Teams 4-10 were given no chance at all of winning out. Only Colorado and Arizona were given a slight chance of winning their respective conferences.What do you think? Can any of the teams on this list overcome the odds and win their respective title? A general view of florida's ben hill griffin stadiumGAINESVILLE, FLORIDA – NOVEMBER 17: A general view of first half action as the Idaho Vandals and Florida Gators play at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on November 17, 2018 in Gainesville, Florida. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)With six weeks of college football in the books, we’re almost at the halfway point of the 2019 season. In the Power Five conferences, 12 teams remain undefeated while several more are well-positioned for a run at the College Football Playoff.As we head into the second half of the college football season, ESPN has updated its Football Power Index and which teams have the toughest stretch of games.Ten teams ultimately stood out as having the toughest schedule in college football. But the teams with the absolute toughest schedules also happen to be among the top contenders for a national title.Here are the 10 teams with the toughest schedules in college football based on strength of schedule:last_img read more

Hurricane Michael: The Traveler’s Guide to What’s Covered by Travel Insurance

first_imgST. PETERSBURG, Fla. October 9, 2018 — In less than 48 hours, Hurricane Michael has intensified from a tropical storm to a category 2 hurricane, threatening Gulf Coast residents and travelers alike. The storm’s rapid development caught some travelers off-guard, with the end of hurricane season only a month away. While it’s too late to get coverage for travel insurance losses related to the storm, travelers who purchased coverage prior to October 7 may be covered in the following situations, according to travel insurance comparison site, Squaremouth: Your Flight is CancelledThose whose flights are delayed for an extended period of time, typically between 12-48 hours, or whose flights are cancelled altogether due to the storm, may be covered under the Trip Cancellation benefit to cancel their trip outright and be reimbursed for all prepaid and nonrefundable trip expenses. Your Travels are DelayedIf a hurricane delays your travel by 3-12 hours, policies with Travel Delay coverage can refund you for meals and hotel costs incurred during the delay. You Missed Your ConnectionIf you miss a flight connection due to storm-related conditions, Missed Connection coverage may provide reimbursement for transportation costs to catch up to a trip departure point. In order to qualify, travelers must experience a travel delay for the specified amount of time listed on the policy, typically 3-12 hours. Your Hotel is UninhabitableMost policies will refund travelers who are forced to cancel their trip due to a mandatory evacuation at their destination, or if their hotel or rental is rendered uninhabitable due to weather or flooding. Your Home is Badly DamagedPreparing your home for a hurricane is not covered under standard Trip Cancellation benefits, but storm-related damage can be covered by travel insurance. Most policies include coverage if a traveler’s home is rendered uninhabitable by a storm and will reimburse their unused travel expenses if they need to cut a trip short, or cancel a future trip. You Upgraded Your PolicySome travelers who don’t meet any of the above reasons may still have coverage related to the storm if they purchased a Cancel For Any Reason policy. This upgrade allows them to cancel their trip for reasons not otherwise covered by the standard Trip Cancellation benefit, and will reimburse a majority of their expenses. Squaremouth created the Hurricane Michael Travel Insurance Information Centerto answer travelers’ questions with up-to-date coverage information as events unfold.  About SquaremouthSquaremouth compares travel insurance products from every major travel insurance provider in the United States. Using Squaremouth’s comparison engine and third-party customer reviews, travelers can research and compare insurance products side-by-side. More information can be found at www.squaremouth.com.last_img read more