Sports Scene: June 3-10, 2014
Jozy Altidore (L) shoots against Onur Recep Kivrak of Turkey (R) during an international friendly match at Red Bull Arena on June 1, 2014 in Harrison, New Jersey.
Jozy Altidore scored two goals to lead the U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team to a 2-1 win Saturday against Nigeria in the final game of a three-game send-off series to the 2014 World Cup in Jacksonville, Florida. Altidore’s two goals were his first goals since December.
U.S. men’s soccer coach Jurgen Klinsmann was glad to see Altidore end his goalless streak as Team USA prepares for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil.
“I think it will give him a lot of confidence,” Klinsmann said. “It's always a tough period when you don't score for a striker. And everybody around you knows that [you haven't scored], you know that, and so you get more and more anxious about the situation and you work harder and harder. ... And then you just wish the moment comes and you put it in there and then you go and start to be yourself.”
The U.S. team landed in Sao Paulo Monday in preparation for the World Cup. Team USA will play its first World Cup game against Ghana June 16.
The U.S. women went 9-0 and defeated Russia, 15-8, in the gold-medal game to claim its second straight FIBA 3x3 World Championship title in Moscow.
In the men’s FIBA 3x3 World Championship, the United States was eliminated after falling in a tightly contested game against Serbia in the Round of 16.
Aaron Gwin and Jill Kintner finished fourth and fifth in the elite men’s and women’s races at the 2014 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup in Fort William, Great Britain.
Troy Dumais finished ninth in the men’s individual 3-meter competition and paired with Michael Hixon to place fifth in the men’s synchronized 3-meter event at the 2014 FINA Diving World Series in Monterrey, Mexico. The U.S. also posted two top-10 finishes in women’s synchronized diving competition.
The U.S. captured 18 medals (9 gold, 3 silver, 7 bronze), highlighted by a sweep of the men’s and women’s foil and saber team titles at the 2014 Pan American Championships in San Jose, Costa Rica.
Victoria Burch and Janessa Beaman went 1-2 in the women’s trap shooting event at the ISSF World Cup in Munich. In double trap, Glenn Eller earned a silver medal and Jeff Holguin earned a bronze medal.
The U.S. claimed eight top-10 finishes – highlighted by the bronze medal in the R3 prone team event – at the IPC World Cup in Fort Benning, Georgia.
The U.S. men’s national indoor team posted a three-set victory over Russia in the second stop of the 2014 FIVB World League tournament in Long Beach, California.
Also This Week:
Rebecca Hart claimed her sixth national title at the USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championships in Gladstone, New Jersey… The U.S. Women’s National Field Hockey Team posted a 4-1 victory over Germany to remain undefeated at the 2014 Rabobank Hockey World Cup in The Hague, Netherlands, where competition continues this week… The U.S. men’s water polo team lost four matches against Serbia last week. Up next for the U.S. men’s team is the FINA World League Super Final in Dubai.