LONDON (AP):Arsenal needed a flawless finish to the English Premier League season to stand a realistic chance of reeling in surprise leaders Leicester City.Thanks to West Ham striker Andy Carroll, that won’t be happening.Carroll scored an eighth-minute hat-trick as West Ham came from two goals behind and drew 3-3 with Arsenal in a wild match at Upton Park that summed up the visitors’ season a strong start, a collapse and then a recovery that was too little, too late.Surely, only second-placed Tottenham can stop Leicester now.Arsenal are 10 points behind the leaders and three adrift of Spurs, with the top two in action today.Arsenal are not yet assured of securing a top-four place and Champions League football for next season, with Manchester City only two points back in fourth after rallying to a 2-1 victory over West Bromwich Albion, thanks to Samir Nasri’s second-half winner. City played a weakened team ahead of the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final against Paris Saint-Germain, which is tied 2-2 after the first leg on Wednesday.Manchester United are four points behind City, with their game in hand coming against Tottenham today.Confirmation of Aston Villa’s inevitable relegation was delayed at least another week, despite the last-place team losing 2-1 at home to Bournemouth for a 23rd defeat in 33 league matches this season. Fourth-to-last Norwich could have relegated Villa by picking up a point at Crystal Palace, but lost 1-0.It was Palace’s first win since December 19, virtually preserving their Premier League status for another season.Newcastle look likely to be joining Villa in the second tier after losing 3-1 at Southampton to stay six points behind Norwich, with only six matches left.”It’s important that everybody continues to believe,” said Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez, who is still to earn a victory in four matches since taking over. “The anxiety is killing us sometimes.”Swansea beat Chelsea 1-0 thanks to Gylfi Sigurdsson’s 25th-minute goal, while Watford and Everton drew 1-1 in a match between two FA Cup semi-finalists.Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez put Arsenal 2-0 ahead against West Ham, both scoring off passes from young Nigerian Alex Iwobi, before Carroll single-handedly brought the home side back into the game.POWERFUL HEADERStaking his claim for a place in England’s squad for the European Championship, the tall striker planted home a powerful header in the 44th, equalised with a deflected volley in first-half injury time, then rose above Arsenal’s defence to complete his hat-trick in the 52nd.Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny scored a 70th-minute equaliser, but a point isn’t enough at this stage in the title race.”We’ve made it far more difficult for ourselves to have a chance to win the championship,” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said. “We have to keep going and hope. You never know what can happen.”City trimmed the gap to Arsenal after recovering from going behind to Stephane Sessegnon’s goal in the sixth minute.Sessegnon then brought down Aleksandar Kolarov to allow Sergio Aguero to score from a penalty and Nasri scored the winner for City from close range in the 66th.
The European Union has mandated that greenhouse gas emissions over the next 38 years be cut by 80% from 1990 levels. That goal puts significant pressure on many sectors – transportation, utilities, urban planners, and builders, among others – to get their carbon-reduction act together soon. But the building industry, which is cited as a major source of emissions, will have to be especially agile in addressing energy efficiency if the EU is going to meet its target, a recent analysis points out.By 2050, greenhouse gas emissions of the EU’s building stock will have to be 88% to 91% below 1990s levels, according to a study by the Brussels-based Buildings Performance Institute Europe (BPIE), titled “Principles for Nearly Zero-Energy Buildings: Paving the Way for Effective Implementation of Policy Requirements.”The document driving these policy requirements is the EU’s Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD), which imposes what it calls a “nearly zero-energy building,” or nZEB, standard on all new public buildings beginning in 2019 and on all buildings (including homes) beginning in 2021. The EU is leaving it up to member states to draw up nZEB regulations suitable for their climate and other regional conditions, but the directive does define, in general terms, an nZEB as a “building that has a very high energy performance…. The nearly zero or very low amount of energy required should to a very significant extent be covered by energy from renewable sources, including renewable energy produced onsite or nearby.”Balancing efficiency and renewablesThe BPIE analysis is intended to highlight practical approaches states can take as the EU develops a more-specific definition for nZEBs. BPIE also looks at key features of existing nZEBs and offers technical solutions that stakeholders can apply as they try to shape their nZEB markets. Member states have until the end of next year to formalize their nZEB definitions, regulations, and carbon-reduction targets, which they’ll then submit to the European Commission.One issue that will come into play in designing and building each project: how to determine the optimal balance between energy efficiency and renewable energy – a balance that will be struck in part, BPIE notes, by weighing climate-influenced energy demand, financing options, and the performance of existing low-energy buildings. BPIE also notes that while EU members may now have different ways of calculating building performance, the EU will have to agree on a single calculation method.Given the EU’s management of its financial tribulations lately, it will be interesting to see how quickly member states can come up with a coherent and aggressive nZEB definition.
One year is all that stands between athletes around the world and their bid to attain the top prize at the pinnacle of sport – the London Olympics.With International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge set to get the official ‘One Year to Go’ countdown underway in London on Wednesday, the focus of athletes will shift to honing their skills and getting ready for the mega event, which begins on July 27 at the new Olympic Stadium.Boxing and shooting offer India its brightest chances of bettering its tally of one gold and two bronze at the previous Games in Beijing. On Tuesday, the two sports came together in the form of five-time world champion MC Mary Kom and rifle ace Gagan Narang.The duo was here at the launch of a new website for Olympic Gold Quest (OGQ), a non-profit organisation founded by legendary sportsmen Prakash Padukone and Geet Sethi and that supports the training and other needs of the athletes. The website was launched by film star Deepika Padukone, Prakash’s daughter and a director of the OGQ. Speaking to Mail Today, Mary Kom outlined her plans in the build- up to the Games, at which women’s boxing makes its debut.”I hope I can bring the kind of performance I have had at the World Championships to the Olympics next year. I am preparing hard to get a qualifying spot at the World Championships next year and, hopefully, a medal at the Olympics too,” said Mary, who will be competing in the 51kg category.advertisement”I am working on some stronger punching and also my speed, in order to adjust to the category. The technique doesn’t need much change, but it does make a bit of difference, which is what I need to fine- tune at the camp in Patiala,” she said.Narang admitted to being jittery before the Games. It is very exciting that there is just one year to go and our final preparations will now be on the way. Earlier, we used to wait for the final qualifying tournaments but this time eight shooters have already qualified for the Olympics,” he said.Deepika, meanwhile, said she keenly follows sports and that was pleased to be supporting athletes. “Even if I don’t get time to watch sports, I definitely keep myself updated, either through my dad or through Twitter. It made sense to me to come on board with OGQ and actively take part and support our athletes,” she said.Viren Rasquinha, chief executive of OGQ and former India hockey captain, announced special plans to help athletes. The chief among these is the help of a video analyst for badminton ace Saina Nehwal, which will be provided by Sports Mechanics, a sports technology organisation headed by the Indian cricket team’s former video analyst S Ramakrishna.Mental strengthening coach Abha Banerjee has also been brought into the fold. She has worked with rifle shooter Sanjeev Rajput and it helped him win a World Cup gold medal and an Olympic quota spot this year.In addition, for the nine shooters part of OGQ, a Kazakh masseur recommended by national rifle coach Stanislav Lapidus, is being brought in.Support For AshwiniAsked about OGQ’s support to dope- tainted athlete Ashwini Akkunji, Rasquinha said: ” In our official capacity, we have stopped funding to her, pending the result of the inquiry. Performance- wise, she had the potential and her doping history was clean. In a personal capacity, we are giving her support to ensure that she gets through this difficult phase.”Even if she has made a mistake, we will support her emotionally, and we will make sure that every supplement, every medicine that our athletes take is approved by an expert doctor first.”
Zlatan Ibrahimovic set a record for league goals in a single season by a Paris Saint-Germain player, saying farewell on Saturday with a brace in a 4-0 win over Nantes in the French league.Playing his last game at PSG’s home ground in the final round, Ibrahimovic moved to 38 league goals, ahead of Carlos Bianchi, who managed 37 in 1977-78. Josip Skoblar holds the all-time record of 44 league goals in 1970-71 for Marseille.Sweden striker Ibrahimovic, who announced earlier this week that he would be leaving the French champions at the end of the season, entered the pitch alone and received a guard of honor from his teammates.The match was stopped briefly in the 10th minute as fans gave Ibrahimovic whose PSG shirt is No. 10 a standing ovation.Ibrahimovic opened the scoring eight minutes later after using his chest to connect with a cross from Angel Di Maria at the far post and sealed PSG’s win with a header in the 90th minute.After scoring his double, Ibrahimovic was joined on the pitch by his two children, who wore PSG jerseys with the words “king” and “legend.” The shirts echoed Ibrahimovic’s statement that he arrived at PSG “like a king” and “left like a legend.”Lucas Moura and Marquinhos were also on the score sheet for PSG.”You’re a PSG legend, you’re PSG’s best scorer. We will never forget what you did for the club,” PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi said after the game during the title celebrations.Ibrahimovic, who has yet to announce his plans for the future, has one more match to play with PSG the French Cup final against bitter rival Marseille on May 21 at the Stade de France.advertisementAt 34, Ibrahimovic played one of the best seasons of his career. Although he failed again in his task of delivering the Champions League to the Qatari-owned club, he was named last week the French league’s best player for the third time in four seasons.Playing tremendous soccer for most of the season, the imposing striker became PSG’s all-time leading scorer as the Parisian club won a fourth consecutive French league title and the League Cup.”I’m filled with emotion, these four years will remain in my heart,” said Ibrahimovic, who joined PSG in the summer of 2012.His impact was immediate and PSG clinched its first championship for 19 years in the 2012-13 season.”Hopefully the team will continue to win a lot,” Ibrahimovic said, before adding “without Ibra, it’s difficult but it’s possible.”PSG finished the season with a league points record of 96, 31 more than second-placed Lyon, which lost 4-1 to Reims on Saturday. PSG scored 102 goals in 38 league matches, conceding only 19, two below Marseille’s previous defensive record of conceding 21 goals in the 1991-92 season.Third-placed Monaco qualified for the playoff rounds of the Champions League with a 2-0 win over Montpellier that ensured the Principality side kept its two-point lead over Nice intact.Nice finished fourth and will play in the Europa League alongside Lille, which leapfrogged Saint-Etienne with a 1-0 win at Geoffroy Guichard stadium.Toulouse salvaged its spot in the top flight with a dramatic 3-2 win at Angers while Ajaccio and Reims were demoted alongside last-placed Troyes.
“Against NorthEast United, we played a very “Against NorthEast United, we played a very low-intensity game. I didnt like the first part and the teams reaction after conceding two goals. We have to work together and play with a lot more intensity. We must have a good attitude for this game and also semi-finals. We should play like we know,” said Zambrotta. The Delhi coach said the team wanted to finish on top. “We want to win and try to be first in the league but its the same thinking that our opponents will have. We have done a good job until now and we are focused to finish the first part of the tournament in the best way. After that, we will prepare for the semi-finals and continue in the same manner,” said Zambrotta. PTI SSR DK PM PM
While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Yards per play: 6.6Points per drive (offense): 3.14Points per drive (defense): 1.43Points off turnovers: 17Average starting field position: Own 42You should be averaging over seven yards per play against KU. The PPD numbers are fine, but OSU’s offense was greatly aided turnovers that it got in great position (three times inside KU’s 30 in the second half).Kansas Drive ChartKansas actually started off nicely with scores on three of its first five possessions. But then it was held to seven points on its next nine drives. That’s not going to get it done (obviously). A few other numbers …Yards per play: 6.2Points per drive (offense): 1.43Points per drive (defense): 3.14Points off turnovers: 7Average starting field position: Own 19That average starting field position is something else. Nobody is going to win many games starting on their own 19 on average, much less Kansas.Also a note on that yards-per-play number: OSU is now No. 118 in the country in plays allowed of 30+ yards. Texas Tech and OU are both top five in the country in plays of 30+ yards on offense. Gulp. Drive charts and points scored per drive might just bore you right to tears, but I find this stuff fascinating. It matters because you can look at drive charts and PPD and determine “could that team score when it needed to, and could it get stops when it needed to.”So let’s look at the two drive charts from Saturday’s game against Kansas and a few other deep statistics that mattered.OSU Drive ChartThis started off pretty poorly. OSU went punt, fumble, TD and punt in its first four drives against one of the worst teams in FBS. The Pokes closed strong though with scores on five of their last six real drives. Other key numbers to know.
They steady screamin out my failures and whisperin my accomplishments #GloryUp pic.twitter.com/tnURMOegJU— Ramon Richards (@chief_vii) October 29, 2016 Congrats coach! Well deserved! https://t.co/C2YBsEO94M— Emmanuel Ogbah (@EmanOgbah) October 30, 2016 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Man that was a hell of a win blessed to be here at OSU ??— Lenzy Pipkins (@Pippy_LONGsock) October 29, 2016 How about them Cowboys ??— SUPERMAN (@OfficialTylan2) October 29, 2016 After downing No. 10 West Virginia at home on Saturday, players and recruits shared their excitement on social media. Here’s what they had to say on Saturday:Thank God ??— Chris Lacy II (@Gifted_CLacy) October 29, 2016 Shoutout to our fans! ??#greatteamwin!— Vincent Taylor (@BallOut_96) October 29, 2016 Love my team life’s good ??— LDee Brown ☝? (@L7eebrown) October 29, 2016 #GoPokes— Grayson Boomer (@BoomerGrayson) October 29, 2016 Annnnnddddd… #GoPokes— Mason Rudolph (@Rudolph2Mason) October 30, 2016 Today was fun. Thank you Pokes for coming out !!!— Chad Whitener (@MountChad) October 29, 2016 The Cowboys showing that we should be in the top 10 and not WVU ????? #Gopokes— Chuba Hubbard (@Hubbard_RMN) October 29, 2016 #GoPokes ?— Brendan Vaughn? (@run_like_bv) October 29, 2016 How bout them Cowboys ?? Great game today #OkStateHC— BATMAN?? (@TracinWallace) October 29, 2016 #AGTG— ⚜ (@kevinhenryy_) October 29, 2016
While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Winner: Mason Rudolph –He had another (almost) 400-yard game and two touchdowns on an efficient 20/28. He puts these numbers up so often we get complacent about how good he’s been. He is now 20-5 as a starter (.800). With the off chance that he does to take his talents to Sundays, hopefully Cowboy fans will pay attention these last couple games. He may wow you.Loser: Kliff Kingsbury — Kliff’s “on-the-nose” cool is once again beat out by a middle-aged man who tucks his mullet, sweater, etc. He probably tucks his socks in. Loser: Run defense depth — With Chad Whitener sidelined due to an apparent injury. Justin Phillips had a big game, but overall the Cowboy run defense was not as good as it could have been with Whitener. It had a lot to do with scheming as well. Glenn Spencer used West Virginia’s three-three stack model for good chunks. But you’ve gotta think Whitener could have helped. Hopefully he’ll be ready for the Ft. Worth trip.Caleb DeckWinner: Patrick Mahomes II — He may not have won the ballgame this week, but he had about as good of a day as you can have without getting a “W.” Killed it on the stats side once again with 344 yards, 3 TDs, no picks and a QB rating of 142.7 while his receivers couldn’t seem to catch a thing. Not too shabby.But the most amazing and important thing that happened for ol’ Pat this week was getting the Mullet Seal of Approval. Gundy told him that he could arrange for an agent if Mahomes needed one, sufficiently solidifying his place in the Gundy network of QBs which includes Brandon Weeden, Zac Robinson, himself, and I’m assuming probably John Elway, Peyton Manning, and Kurt Warner. Heck of a week for the QB who came up a bit short.Loser: Jeff Carr — This is not by any fault of his own and I truly like Jeff Carr and am so glad he is on the team. Unfortunately the success on the ground this week did not help his efforts to see the field more. Justice Hill is the best freshman in the history of the world, Chris Carson is back with a vengeance and well-defined role as a linebacker-crusher and knee-taker, and now we have Rennie Childs going 25 yards on two carries in the middle of games?Poor Jeff has fallen down the pecking order once again with this renewed running game. Hopefully he continues to work hard and stick with it as his attitude seems to be top notch and he’s a classy guy, but I’m not foreseeing next year as being any easier to get in the lineup with Chubba Hubbard and JD King incoming.This is a great problem to have because it means the team has found somewhat of a successful scheme for running the ball, but I feel for Jeff as a player. I hope the coaching staff finds ways to get him in the mix, possibly in some draw or screen situations, but sadly for now we may not see much of the hard-working Mr. Carr.Kyle BooneWinner: Chris Carson — I think Carson was the winner from Saturday. Justice Hill has proven he should be the primary ball carrier for the Pokes, but Carson, who had 10 carries and averaged more than 7 yards a pop, is proving to be the explosive, powerful runner everyone expected him to be out of junior college.Loser: Special teams — Oklahoma State allowed a critical fourth-down conversion on a fake punt for the second time this season. It was a good fake, but the lack of preparation is concerning. If Tech had gone for two after their final score late in the game, it wouldn’t have surprised me a bit. They need to sharpen up both in special teams returns and defending potential fakes. Oklahoma State squeezed past Texas Tech 45-44 on Saturday in the 2016 finale in Boone Pickens Stadium. This helped the Big 12 (we think?) position itself well for the CFB Playoff as three of the top four teams fell later in the day. Here is a look at who else won and lost this week as OSU moved to 8-2*.Kyle PorterWinner: Greg Adkins (I almost called him Joe) — Oklahoma State’s offensive line has obviously not been very good over the last two years, but they have showed out in the last few weeks. OSU is cruising around on the ground right now and the OL is creating space for Justice Hill to roam. They are also doing a much better job protecting Mason Rudolph (four sacks in the last three games) and as a result the Pokes have had two straight games averaging 9.0 yards per play or better. The same number they had in … 2011.Loser: Patrick Mahomes — Why was Patrick Mahomes a loser? Well, he lost because it was clear that he does not have the receivers Mason Rudolph has. Drops and bobbled passes were prominent all over the field on Saturday as the best passer in the country labored to just under 350 yards. Mahomes is great (obviously), but his partners on Saturday were not, and it might have cost them the game against a top 15 OSU team.Winner: Chris Lacy — We cannot possibly say enough good things. I want winners! And he’s a winner. The best WR4 (or WR5) in the league.Kyle CoxWinner: Mike Gundy — He owns the Red Raiders to the tune of eight straight. He also wins the ironically cool haircut/overall style. He told he had created a monster in Stillwater but it wasn’t what we all thought. His tucked in bowl game pullover is going to have to be custom made to tuck that thing in. #BowlSeasonFlowGundy looks incredible right now. The full mullet flow. The old throwback sweatshirt. Big 12 title on the line. pic.twitter.com/pHfMDE5Pde— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) November 12, 2016
I thought this was a brilliant question which I’m allowed to say because I didn’t actually come up with it. Robert Whetsell did. Send your ire and angst his way.The hypothetical I presented (which I think the hypothetical part of that actually confused some people): Which would you rather happen out of these two scenarios? OSU wins on Saturday and Rudolph jets or OSU loses on Saturday and Rudolph stays? Nearly two-thirds of you voted that you could swallow Rudolph leaving in exchange for a Big 12 title.Poll question today: Which scenario would you prefer for this weekend?— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) November 29, 2016I’m in the minority here. I’d take the L on Saturday for Rudolph to return. This is the slow play. Not immediately satisfying but could result in OSU’s first College Football Playoff appearance PLUS a Big 12 title next year. If Rudolph leaves, you get the Big 12 title, but you don’t get anything else (Keondre Wudtee is not winning the conference next season … I don’t think).I totally understand why the majority voted for a win this Saturday — I actually came close to this for the reasons Nate mentioned in the comments below. This sums up the reasoning behind what the majority picked (and it is not poor reasoning):”a conference championship in the hand is worth a CFP in the bush,” or something.— Zach McCoy (@ZachMcCoy371) November 29, 2016 Tough one, but conference championships don’t come around very often. Gotta get ‘em while you can.— RyanHartwig (@jryanhartwig) November 29, 2016But that offense next year with all those receivers, an established RB1 and an offensive line that has seemingly figured out its problems? Whoooooo boy. OSU would probably be the Big 12 favorite and frontrunner in the conference to get in the playoff (even if it has to go 12-0 and win every game by 65 to do so).On to the comments …Big O: Rudolph is great, but this doesn’t seem like a very compelling question. How could someone choose other than to win a conference championship and play in the Sugarbowl? It would pay long-lasting dividends in terms of recruiting. We’ve also got a very intriguing QB in Woods coming up behind Rudolph.Nate: As much as I love Mason and want him back, wins over OU, especially in Norman, are sacred. Give me the W this weekend.JG: Who in their right mind would want to lose to OU this year to keep Rudolph? Nothing is guaranteed next year, give me the win this year and the sugar bowl.This one might have made me laugh the hardest.What is the point of having a good player if we lose?— joe turk (@joeturk182) November 29, 2016 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.
Jonathan Klinsmann Naive and still too American – Klinsmann struggles explained by Hertha coach Goal 20:28 7/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Tobias Schwarz Hertha BSC Bundesliga The 20-year-old has been forced to settle for a place on the bench at the German side but his goalkeeping coach feels it will be tough for him It has been three months since he made his debut for Hertha Berlin, but Jonathan Klinsmann will have to wait a long time for his second appearance for the German club, going by his coach’s latest comments.The goalkeeper and son of Germany legend and former United States coach Jurgen Klinsmann has not had an easy first season since making the move from UC Berkeley last summer.The 20-year-old was ruled out at the start of the season through injury before and was forced to settle on a bench before making his maiden first team appearance in a 1-1 draw with Ostersund in the Europa League. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Since then, however, he has enjoyed a place on the bench on occasion while the capital club languish in the middle of the German top flight.And the team’s goalkeeping coach Zsolt Petry has revealed that the shot stopper is struggling to prove himself, with even his attitude being called into question as “too American”.”When it comes to the basics, he’s definitely got it and athletically he has developed well, too,” Petry told Kicker. “He has the skills, but he is not able to execute them on the pitch on a day-to-day basis.”The reliable, serious and focused German way of working has not completely reached him. He still is way too American. The development of his personality has stopped.”If he manages to improve, he could become an option. If not, it is going to be difficult.”While Klinsmann continues to struggle with his club, he has already featured 21 times for the United States Under 21s, where he enjoys a regular starting spot.