Team USA, as always, enters Germany as the favorites to win its 23rd Motocross of Nations title, but many have been curious as to how the team will respond to last years somewhat humbling experience that ended a seven-year streak of dominance. Saturdays qualifying efforts would be a good indicator of that. Team USA drew the 18th gate selection for qualifying, landing them right in the middle of the selection process. The premier MX1 class was first out of the gate and Dungey got Team USA off to a strong start by posting a runner-up finish behind Team Australias Brett Metcalfe , a familiar foe of Dungeys on U.S. soil. Other notables like reigning World Motocross Champion Antonio Cairoli of Italy, finished fourth, while Max Nagle, Team Captain for reigning MXoN Champions Germany, posted a sixth-place finish. MX1 Qualifying Podium Ryan Dungey USA Tommy Searle Great Britain The MX2 class of 250cc machines followed with its qualifying race. To no ones surprise, German native Ken Roczen took the win on a track hes very familiar with. Tomac was unable to even be a threat to his stateside rival from this past summer, but still grabbed a solid fourth-place finish in his first ride for Team USA. MX2 Qualifying Podium Dean Ferris Australia Jeremy van Horebeek Belgium In the final qualifying moto of the day, the MX3/Open division, featuring primarily 450cc bikes, completed the overall qualifying efforts for each of the 41 teams. Barcia did what he needed to do, securing a second-place finish behind Team Belgiums Clement Desalle, the World Motocross Championship runner-up. MX3/Open Qualifying Podium Justin Barcia USA Tanel Leok Estonia The Motocross of Nations rules eliminate the lowest score of the three qualifying finishes for each team, resulting in a surprise winner on Saturday afternoon in Team Australia. With Dungey and Barcias 2-2 scores, it was Metcalfes triumphant effort in MX1 that proved to be the difference maker as he and Dean Ferris combined to edge out their American rivals 3 to 4.

Chivas USA’s Carlos Bocanegra takes in stride being left off U.S. team

Yet even after Bocanegra established himself at Chivas and proved his fitness with the Major League Soccer club, that wasn’t good enough to earn a spot in camp ahead of September’s two World Cup qualifiers. “Me and Juergen actually had a good dialogue from January leading into the summertime,” says Bocanegra, who should make his 10th start of the season for Chivas on Sunday night when the team plays host to San Jose at the StubHub Center. “We spoke quite often. We were honest with each other. And it’s fine.” With the U.S. having already qualified for next year’s World Cup, Klinsmann could revisit that dialogue and invite Bocanegra in for October’s two games or for a November friendly in Scotland to build depth at a position that now seems to belong to the Galaxy’s Omar Gonzalez and Matt Besler of Sporting Kansas City . But there is already plenty of talent behind those two with Clarence Goodson , John Anthony Brooks, Geoff Cameron and Michael Orozco all having started in central defense since Bocanegra last played for the national team. That leaves Bocanegra to confront the obvious: Captain America will have to give up his shield half a year shy of a third consecutive World Cup appearance. “It’s a tough time,” says Cobi Jones, who played a record 164 matches for the U.S. before being dropped from the national team during qualifying for the 2006 World Cup. “[But] you can read the writing on the wall. “It takes about a minute to realize you’re not there. It’s tough in the beginning, but you can’t bemoan the situation.

smart USA Unveils Three New Free EV Chargers In Long Beach to Celebrate National Plug In Day

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