But they had little use for that freedom. The defense wasnt entirely coherent and failed to feed the midfield much. The lines were set up too far apart and lacked cohesion or connection with one another. Sloppy on the ball, the attack lacked punch. The Americans mostly looked insipid and uninspired, leaving no real positive imprint on anybodys memory. A game that was slow and static and stale, that was the impression that will linger in the mind. From the looks of it, the intensity Klinsmann had hoped to retain has long since faded. The urgency simply wasnt there. As it turns out, there is no replicating the pressure to qualify for the World Cup artificially, once its been secured. HEAR US OUT! FOX Soccer’s Blog offers unique coverage of the world game.
Conference USA, Sun Belt to be part of new Bahamas Bowl on rotational basis
Also included will be the Mountain West Conference, Mid-American Conference and American Athletic Conference. The inaugural Bahamas Bowl will kick off in December 2014 at the Thomas A. Robinson Stadium. Named for the Olympian track & field star, the stadium currently has a capacity of 15,000 people, but has the ability to be expanded to hold as many as 30,000. The agreement for the bowl is set for the next six seasons, beginning in 2014. “To be able to bring these five conferences together who have such strong commitments to academics and athletics is an honor,” Complete Sports Management president Lea Miller said . “To be able to create a new college football Bowl game with them with the support of the entire country of the Bahamas in a historic venue is a dream come true. As the college sporting world knows, this is yet another sporting event we’re bringing to the Bahamas after two highly successful years of the Battle 4 Atlantis, college basketball’s premier early season basketball tournament.” The conferences will be included in the bowl on a rotational basis. “As we have learned with our other bowls, student-athletes, coaches and fans get excited about a great destination. It’s hard to imagine a better destination than this wonderful country for a bowl game,” Conference USA commissioner Britton Banowsky said . “We are thankful for the support of The Bahamas Minister of Tourism and Lea Miller in providing not only a great venue, but a fantastic opportunity to showcase the hard work and dedication of our teams.” “The Sun Belt Conference is thrilled to be part of this new football bowl game,” said commissioner Karl Benson . “Our student-athletes and fans look forward to being able to enjoy the history and traditions of Nassau and the country of the Bahamas while at the same time being part of the history that will come with this event.” Last week, Conference USA was included in the rotation for the new Boca Raton Bowl. The Sun Belt has been connected with the new Camillia Bowl in Montgomery . According to USA Today , the conferences are expected to soon announce the creation of another game to be played at Marlins Park in Miami and anchored by the American Athletic Conference.