Bruce Arena bites his fingernails religiously, a habit he has had since age 10. Arena walks across midfield soaking in the California sun and surveying the scene as his players take a lap and begin stretches ahead of training on a practice field adjacent to Avaya Stadium, home of the San Jose Earthquakes. "I'm thinking about my investments and retirement and things like that," Arena cracked, then added: "I'm observing the players and looking at their habits, trying to learn as much as I can about players on a daily basis. With his quick wit off the field and demanding nature on it, Arena has instilled a calm and a swagger the U.S. squad needed, and that has bred success again after fans reached panic mode.
Jordan Morris has the biggest moment in his young career. The Seattle Sounders striker scored the winning goal for the U.S. on Wednesday night in the Gold Cup, a 2-1 triumph over Jamaica. The former Stanford star had the ball fall to him in the box in the 88th minute, and he made no mistake, putting it past Jamaica to seal it. Take a look: That's a great hit, but also fine build-up. Michael Bradley plays to Gyasi Zardes down the right, and it wasn't the greatest ball in, but you want to put it in a dangerous spot and, at that point in the match, hope something comes of it. It falls to Morris, and he does the rest. What a night for Morris, and what a night for the U.S. men's national team.
Orlando City fans long loved Dom Dwyer, and they showed just how much on Tuesday night. Hundreds of fans went to greet the Lions’ newest player at Orlando International Airport, forming a massive crowd that held signs chanted and threw scarves around his neck as he walked out of Terminal A just around 9:30 p.m., seven hours after news broke of his blockbuster trade from Sporting Kansas City. “I knew I wanted to come back here and last night really assured it for me,” Dwyer said at a press conference Wednesday morning. “Arriving to the airport to that was amazing. I really, really felt special and like a star, welcomed by an amazing supporter group. It’s something I got a taste of a few years