Prison Mike’s USMNT Pop Quiz: The Answers

Thanks for playing, everyone. Judging by the results, you’re a very honest group who stuck to the no-Googling rule: the average score clocked in at below 50%. But more on the results later; here are the answers:

1. Who has more caps, DaMarcus Beasley or Brian McBride?

Beasley. He’s 10 years younger than McBride, but has 97 caps (and counting?) to the Fulham legend’s 95.

2. Who has more caps, Jeff Agoos or Alexi Lalas?

Goose. With 134 U.S. appearances, he’s third on the alltime list. Lalas has 96.

3. Who has the most caps by a goalkeeper?

Kasey Keller, with 102. Many of  you guessed Tony Meola, who has 100. (Brad Friedel has 82, Tim Howard 81.)

4. Who has the  most caps, period?

Cobi Jones. Most people guessed Landon Donovan (he’s second with 144). How soon we forget the speedy, dreadlocked and underrated former LA Galaxy winger, who had 164 appearances for the Stars and Stripes.

5. Who is the youngest player ever to earn a cap?

Freddy Adu. Almost everyone guessed correctly on this one. He was 16 years, 234 days old when he was called up for a friendly against Canada in 2006.

The two runners-up here are Mike Slivinski and Mark Jones, both of whom were called up for a 1991 friendly against Jamaica, at 16 years, 318 days, and 16 years, 332 days, respectively. Someone needs to do a “Where are they now?” on that duo. Behind them on the list are current MLSers Bobby Convey (Kansas City) and Eddie Gaven (Columbus), who were both 17 and change when they debuted for the U.S.

6. Of the following, who has the most points (goals and assists) for the USMNT—Tab Ramos, Earnie Stewart, Carlos Bocanegra, DaMarcus Beasley, or Clint Mathis?

Mr. Beasley again. The guy is as underrated as Cobi Jones. He has 47 points (7th alltime) in 97 appearances. Stewart—the most popular guess—is next with 44 points (in 101 caps).

7. Who has more goals, Claudio Reyna or Alexi Lalas?

Some of you correctly guessed that this was something of a trick question, as the defender Lalas has more goals (9) than the playmaking midfielder Reyna (8).

8. Who got called up first, Cobi Jones or Kasey Keller?

Keller. Got his first cap in 1990; Jones debuted in ’92.

9. I scored three goals against Paraguay in the 1930 World Cup, a performance officially credited by FIFA as the first hat-trick in World Cup history. I was born, raised, and died in Fall River, Mass. Who am I?

Bert Patenaude, who scored 114 goals in 158 games from 1928 to ’31 in the original American Soccer League, which was at the time an international-caliber circuit.

Read about him here, here, and here. It might inspire you to pick up one of these.

10. What is the highest FIFA world ranking the team has ever achieved?

Fourth, in April 2006. Of course the current FIFA rankings have England third, so … consider the source.

And the winner is … Mike G, who hails from a leafy village on Long Island and bears a resemblance to former USMNT winger Steve Ralston:

Mike got six of 10 right, including the team’s highest ranking. Thanks for playing, and thanks to Prison Mike for organizing.

Prison Mike’s USMNT Pop Quiz

Loyal Backpost reader and father of seven or eight Prison Mike started randomly emailing us U.S. national team trivia earlier today, so we thought we’d collect some of his questions and run a quiz here on the site.

Googling strictly prohibited. First prize is a Cadillac Eldorado, second prize is a set of steak knives….

Here we go:

1. Who has more caps, DaMarcus Beasley or Brian McBride?

2. Who has more caps, Jeff Agoos or Alexi Lalas?

3. Who has the most caps by a goalkeeper?

4. Who has the  most caps, period?

5. Who is the youngest player ever to earn a cap?

6. Of the following, who has the most points (goals and assists) for the USMNT—Tab Ramos, Earnie Stewart, Carlos Bocanegra, DaMarcus Beasley, or Clint Mathis?

7. Who has more goals, Claudio Reyna or Alexi Lalas?

8. Who got called up first, Cobi Jones or Kasey Keller?

9. I scored three goals against Paraguay in the 1930 World Cup, a performance officially credited by FIFA as the first hat-trick in World Cup history. I was born, raised, and died in Fall River, Mass. Who am I?

10. What is the highest FIFA world ranking the team has ever achieved?

Good luck. Lodge your guesses in the comments. We’ll weigh in with the answers tomorrow.

Yanks-in-England Quiz Answers and Weekend Preview

Multiple emails flew into the BP headquarters during the past two days as readers hazarded their best guesses at Wednesday’s Yanks-in-England Quiz.

Today, we’re pleased to announce our winner, Chicago-based reader Abes Army. He nailed six of the 10 questions, and wins a copy of Brilliant OrangeDavid Winner’s entertaining portrait of Dutch soccer and how it got that way—for his efforts. Strong work, Abes Army.

Here are the questions again, followed by the correct answers:

1.     How many Americans have played in the Premier League this season? (Ninety-nine point-nine-percent sure it’s a record, too.)

ANSWER: 10. Friedel, Howard, Hahnemann, Lichaj, Spector Holden, Jones, Dempsey, Bradley, Johnson. (Guzan is on the books at Aston Villa but made no Prem appearances this season before going on loan to Hull.)

2.     How many Americans have played in the Premier League since it began in 1992?

ANSWER: 33. See complete list here.

3.     Which American has the most Premier League appearances?

ANSWER: Brad Friedel, 389 and counting.

4.     Which Yank has the most Premier League goals?

ANSWER: Brian McBride, 36 (Premier League competition only. Clint Dempsey is second with 30, and counting.]

5.     I’ve played for four Premier League teams, more than any other Yank. Who am I?

ANSWER: Kasey Keller (Leicester, Tottenham, Southampton, Fulham)

6.     I had a brief stint at Coventry. It did not go well. Who am I?

ANSWER: Cobi Jones

7.     I’m probably the most obscure player on the list. I made one appearance for Bolton, as an 85th-minute sub, in 2006. Later made 14 appearances for Toronto FC. Still only 23, but currently unattached, I am….?

ANSWER: Johann Smith. He was signed to the Bolton academy as a Connecticut high-schooler.

8.     Which outfield American player has the most Premier League appearances?

ANSWER: McBride, 148

9.     Who has more Premier League appearances, Landon Donvoan or Benny Feilhaber?

ANSWER: Trick question—they each have 10.

10. I am about to overtake Eddie Lewis (25 appearances for Fulham and Derby County) for 18 th place on the appearances list for Americans in the Prem. Who am I?

ANSWER: Stuart Holden.

*Bonus trivia: McBride and Dempsey are currently co-holders of the record for the most goals scored by an American (nine) in a Premier League season. Deuce has 11 games left to break the record. (And yes, that means his missed penalty against Chelsea would have given him the record.)

Some of the guys involved in our quiz will be in action this weekend, when the FA Cup returns to the fore in England.

On Saturday, American netminder Tim Howard and Everton travel to Stamford Bridge for a fourth-round meeting with Chelsea (Fox Soccer Channel, 7:30 a.m. EST).

The following day, U.S. national teamers Stuart Holden and Clint Dempsey could square off as Bolton visits Fulham in a fifth-round FA Cup tilt (Fox Soccer Plus, 11:00 a.m. [delay]).

On President’s Day, U.S. defender-turned-West Ham midfielder Jonathan Spector should be involved as the Hammers host second-tier Burnley in the fifth-round of the FA Cup.

Backpost Quiz! Yanks-in-England Edition

He’s not an answer to one of our questions, but J.M.M. gets some love anyway, because he deserves it, and because his name is Joe-Max.

Test your knowledge of Amerks in the big league across the pond. Tip o’ the hat to Soccer America for generating a list of all Yanks ever to play in the Premier League—a list quiz-takers are forbidden from consulting, of course.

(Questions followed by degree of difficulty, on a 10-point scale)

1.     How many Americans have played in the Premier League this season? (Ninety-nine point-nine-percent sure it’s a record, too.) [D.o.d: 5]

2.     How many Americans have played in the Premier League since it began in 1992? [10]

3.     Which American has the most Premier League appearances? [6]

4.     Which Yank has the most Premier League goals? [5]

5.     I’ve played for four Premier League teams, more than any other Yank. Who am I? [7]

6.     I had a brief stint at Coventry. It did not go well. Who am I? [6]

7.     I’m probably the most obscure player on the list. I made one appearance for Bolton, as an 85th-minute sub, in 2006. Later made 14 appearances for Toronto FC. Still only 23, but currently unattached, I am….? [9]

8.     Which outfield American player has the most Premier League appearances (notice hint to earlier question here)? [5]

9.     Who has more Premier League appearances, Landon Donvoan or Benny Feilhaber?

10.  I am about to overtake Eddie Lewis (25 appearances for Fulham and Derby County) for 18th place on the appearances list for Americans in the Prem. Who am I? [5]

Give it your best shots, people. Answers to follow tomorrow.

KC Rebrand: Sporting Kansas City

Poised to move into a brand-new $180-million soccer-specific stadium for the 2011 season, the Kansas City MLS franchise officially changed its team name, logo, and colors yesterday.

The new name is … drumroll, please … Sporting Kansas City.

The new colors are slightly different shades of blue from the previous royal blue kits the Wizards wore (which were actually pretty tasteful). The new home shirts are a sky blue the club is calling “Sporting” blue, and the aways are indigo.

The new logo can be seen above. Some KC fans have already pointed out that it bears a strong resemblance to the MLS Eastern Conference logo, right here:

We have mixed feelings about the changes. We’re not sorry to see the Wizards moniker go (though it changes the answer to one of our favorite sports-trivia questions, see below*) but we liked the team’s colors and shirts.

We’re also skeptical of the new “Sporting” designation—especially of CEO Robb Heineman’s statement that it’s not an inspired-by-Europe choice of a team name:

“This, to us, is not European whatsoever. This is all about our connection to the community and us trying to be innovative in what we’re trying to do.”

Really Rob? You didn’t have Sporting Lisbon, or, to a lesser extent, Spanish club Sporting Gijon, in mind when you picked this name? And what connection does the term have to the Kansas City community?

Let’s see, the primary tenants of your previous venue, Community America Ballpark, are a baseball team called the T-Bones. Your NFL franchise is called the Chiefs; your baseball team (across the border in Missouri) is called the Royals and … you have a roller derby team called the Roller Warriors…. That’s about it for KC sports, and not a “Sporting” in the bunch—or anything that suggests or connects to the term.

Maybe you should have echoed the legacy of George Brett, Frank White, and Bret Saberhagen of the 1985 Kansas City Royals championship team and gone with Real Kansas City. (Hey, Spain has several teams with ‘Real’ in their names; Salt Lake would get over it.)

Or better yet, you could have summoned the old Kansas City NASL team, the Spurs (which led the league in attendance in 1968) and bagged both local relevance and a European reference in one shot.

But Sporting? Please tell us how that connects to the Kansas City community.

In any case, the as-yet-unnamed stadium in Wyandotte County is on track to open in time for the team’s first game in 2011, and will put 12 of the league’s 18 franchises in their own soccer-specific stadiums (expansion Portland will begin play in their own venue, PGE Park, next spring).

*Name the five pairs of teams that share nicknames across different pro sports. (It used to be six, but the Wizards’ name change drops one pair of teams, as the Houston Oilers and Winnipeg Jets did when they went extinct years ago. Answers in the comments.)

Morning Grab-Bag: Quiz Answers, Quote of the Day, and the Bloody Bloody Galaxy-Union Highlights

We’ve got a three-part post to start off this morning.

First up, the answers to Tuesday’s NASL quiz. Thanks for playing. A few readers came up with several correct answers, and Prison Mike came verrrry close on one, but no one was able to ace all five.

Here they are:

1. Name the two players who played in both the NASL and Major League Soccer.

Hint: One is South African by birth who played for the USMNT, and the other is a recent coach of the Mexican national team.

A: Roy Wegerle, Hugo Sanchez.

2. Who was MVP of the final (1984) NASL season?

Hint: He went on to a legendary indoor-soccer career—as much as such thing is possible—with the New York Arrows, among other clubs. Also earned 14 caps for Yugoslavia.

A: Steve Zungul, who went on to score 372 goals in 145 games for the Arrows. Check him out here, and here.

3. Which team won the league in ’84?

Hint: They had a German striker with a wicked left foot, and were located in the Midwest, like the Columbus Crew, which has the same black-and-yellow color schem as this team did.

A: Chicago Sting. Their lethal striker was KarlHeinz Granitza.

4. Who is the NASL’s alltime leading scorer?

Hint: This one’s easy.

A: Giorgio Chinaglia, with an astonishing 193 goals in 213 appearances. He also scored 50 in 43 playoff games. The man’s play was as immense as his ego.

5. Which team suited up George Best, Teofilo Cubillas, and Gerd Muller, yet never won an NASL title?

Hint: They also featured former MLS coach and current Gol TV commentator Ray Hudson—and they might be coming back.

A: Ft. Lauderdale Strikers

QUOTE OF THE DAY (POSSIBLY THE YEAR):

From Reuters:

Michel D’Hooghe, Senior FIFA executive committee member and chairman of FIFA’s medical committee, on the rash of brutal tackling the game has seen in the past few years:

“I have made myself a compilation of hard tackles with dramatic consequences over the last two or three years in the most important competitions in the world. I do not dare to present it—it would take away your appetite. It is terrible. This must go out [of the game]. … This is my wish, that all that brutality that sometimes goes close to criminality on the field is thrown out in the interest of our players and of a nice soccer game.”

Los Angeles 1, Philadelphia 0

Beckham follows last week’s game-winning goal with a game-winning assist; Edson Buddle bags his league-leading 16 goal of the season; and Fred gets his melon split open by fellow Brazillian Juninho (not intentionally, we don’t think).

Also: A terrific backheel by MVP-worthy Sebastien Le Toux produces a save-of-the-week candidate from Donovan Ricketts.

Good game last night. Check it out:

It’s Friday: the next four days hold a full slate of MLS action, Euro 2012 qualifiers, and international friendlies—including two U.S. games. Buckle in.

Yanks in the Champions League–The (Brief) History

You can count the Amerks involved on two hands....

The 2009-10 Champions League group stages wrap up today, and—well, we’re not gonna say we made it happen with our previous post, but there is an American in action, and it’s DaMarcus Beasley.

Unfortunately, the game is meaningless as Rangers are toast, bringing up the rear in Group G (with two points from five games), and facing group leaders Sevilla. (They’re also down, 1-0, as we write this).

But it’s something … and it’s the second Champions League for Beasley. In 2005, he helped PSV Eindhoven to the semifinals of the fabled competition, leading the team in scoring with four goals in 12 games.

In all, there have been nine Americans, counting Beasley, who’ve kicked a ball in Champions League play—can you name them all?

We’re not including New Jersey-born-and-raised Giuseppe Rossi, who’s played in the Champions League with Villareal, since he competes internationally for Italy.

Here’s an interesting hint—all nine guys have also played in Major League Soccer.

Answers in the comments.