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“No excuses” for rookie Carlos Alvarez as he weathers the storm at Chivas USA

"No excuses" for rookie Carlos Alvarez as he weathers the storm at Chivas USA

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Alvarez arrived as a highly touted talent out of UConn, famously hand picked by former coach Jose Luis El Chelis Sanchez Sola days before the MLS SuperDraft. He scored a dramatic, game-tying goal in his debut against the rival LA Galaxy in March, but has since endured a coaching change and numerous position switches. READ: Carlos Bocanegra calls loss to LA “embarrasing” At a technical level, hes very good, Chivas USA head coach Jose Luis Guero Real told MLSsoccer.com. He has great shot location. Weve had to utilize him at various positions, so in that regard weve made it problematic for him. Im sure if he played only one position, hed have better endurance. Based on the necessities of the team, weve had to use him on the right wing, higher up top or farther down in our formation. Hes helped us a lot and has been an important player, but if we didnt have a necessity to move him all over, hed be at a better level. A star in college, Alvarez scored seven goals and had nine assists as a senior on his way to being named the Big East Conference midfielder of the year. This season, he has two goals and three assists while starting 25 of the Goats 32 games. The Los Angeles native, though, has not played a full 90 minutes since Aug. 25 a string of seven matches. And he played only 32 minutes in last weeks SuperClasico against the Galaxy. He is also one of 17 players to make their MLS debut for last-place Chivas USA (6-18-8) this season, Get the latest Chivas USA news at cdchivasusa.com According to Real, the lack of lineup continuity has affected Alvarezs development in a sense. The 22-year-old, though, has not made excuses. I was fortunate enough that both coaches weve had gave me the opportunity and confidence to play, Alvarez told MLSsoccer.com.

(Photo: Reuters/Matt Sullivan) USA vs Jamaica takes place in the World Cup 2014 CONCACAF qualifiers on Friday night, in a game that should see the United States’ players relaxed and assured. Jurgen Klinsmann’s men have already qualified for Brazil 2014 with two games to spare, and they will now begin their preparations for next summer’s World Cup Finals. The game is scheduled to kick off at 6.30 p.m. ET and can be watched on TV on ESPN or online through free live stream (details below). The United States have had a fantastic CONCACAF qualifying campaign and have booked their place in the World Cup with two Hexagonal games to spare. However, if you ask USA manager Jurgen Klinsmann whether he is satisfied he is likely to tell you the real test is just getting started. It is unlikely that the former World Cup and European Championship winner will be satisfied with just making an appearance at the World Cup Finals next year as a player he was someone only satisfied with winning, and it is unlikely his stance will have changed in management. Winning the World Cup next year might be a goal too far for this United States team, but Klinsmann will be wanting to get out of the group stages and try and cause a few upsets, potentially making the quarterfinals or even semifinals. The United States manager will see every game between now and next summer as a chance to try out his squad and see who his best 11 are, and of most concern to many players, who will be getting on the plane to Brazil and who will be left behind. The current USA team is certainly an exciting one; in previous years the United States have been able to trouble some of the biggest teams around, but have always lacked depth in the talent they were able to put out. When it comes to major tournaments, having a depth of talent is vital, and it now appears as though Klinsmann is bringing together a squad that most teams will know could cause them serious trouble. Tonight’s game might now be the most important for the USA as they are already through but every single Team USA player will be tense now to ensure they show themselves as indispensible to the squad to book their spot on the plane. USA vs Jamaica will kick off at 6.30 p.m. ET and can be watched on TV on the ESPN network or online through free live stream by clicking here.

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Post to Facebook USA TODAY Sports’ Week 6 NFL predictions on USATODAY.com: http://usat.ly/1g2FdX0 Incorrect please try again A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Sent! A link has been sent to your friend’s email address. 1 To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs USA TODAY Sports’ Week 6 NFL predictions Staff report, USA TODAY Sports 4:44 p.m. EDT October 10, 2013 DeMarcus Ware (94) and the Cowboys hope to plant RG3’s Redskins on Sunday night. (Photo: Ronald Martinez, Getty Images) SHARE 7 CONNECT 5 TWEET 1 COMMENTEMAILMORE If the Dallas Cowboys had merely split with the Washington Redskins last season, America’s Team would have reached the playoffs. But Robert Griffin III and Co. swept their way to the NFC East crown by beating the Cowboys for the second time in Week 17. The division looks wide open again with Cowboys, ‘Skins and Eagles all saddled with three losses but still within a half-game of each other. The Redskins didn’t get their first W until Week 4 then went on bye. But winning in Dallas on Sunday night just might give them sole possession of first place by Monday morning.

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But while most of the contestants are only fighting for the crown, one Scottsdale woman is also fighting for her life. In July, 25-year-old Kristina Anderson was diagnosed with a rare, aggressive form of ovarian cancer and began chemotherapy treatments just three days later. As she continues to battle the disease, Anderson said preparing for the pageant has been an escape for her. Miss Arizona USA pageant is a little different than the county fair pageants Im used to, Anderson said. With her family living in Illinois, Anderson has found her support system in an unexpected place the doctors office. One of Andersons nurses, Sandy LeDuke, has been helping her focus on pageant details. Im just kind of along for the ride, LeDuke said. I went with her to pick out some dresses and things. If both cancer and the upcoming pageant werent enough to think about, Anderson is also struggling to pay for her treatments. Her insurance has denied her the specific coverage she has needed for the last six months. Fortunately, fundraisers have been set up in Scottsdale to help Anderson pay some of her medical bills. Though Anderson still has a long way to go, she hopes her journey to Miss Arizona will help inspire others to keep fighting too. Just be positive and be grateful for what you have, Anderson said.

Miss Arizona USA contestant battles rare ovarian cancer

Now, after two years of wide-ranging realignment at nearly every level of the sport, the C-USA looks nothing like its charter configuration. It has been decimated. Just two original members, Southern Miss and UAB, remain, while six teams — Memphis, Tulane, Houston, East Carolina, Central Florida, SMU and Tulsa — are joining the newly formed American either this year or next. In response to the exodus, the league again has had to replenish its ranks, only with slimmer pickings. Florida Atlantic, Florida International, Louisiana Tech, Middle Tennessee, North Texas, Old Dominion, UTSA, Western Kentucky. These are good schools, to be sure; there are some interesting additions in there. But let’s keep it 100 here: Conference USA is unrecognizable. It’s a shell. Even in recent years, when many devotees argued the league was overlooked during Bubble Watch season, it still had Memphis as a draw. But John Calipari’s success grew the Tigers out of Conference USA years ago; there simply wasn’t enough yearly competition. Now, the thought of Memphis playing a 16- or 18-game schedule in the C-USA looks laughable. You can scan high and low throughout the sport: Over the past 15 years, no conference has been more adversely affected by conference realignment than C-USA. Maybe, like Tony Soprano, it was just born too late. Maybe the middle ground between mid-major and power-six (or whatever) is unsustainable. There are probably lot of different reasons, and we could debate them for a while, but it doesn’t change what Conference USA is today, in 2013.