United States Men’s National Team Need Not Panic After Loss to Costa Rica
The G-20 agreement on HFCs reads as follows: We also support complementary initiatives, through multilateral approaches that include using the expertise and the institutions of the Montreal Protocol to phase down the production and consumption of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), based on the examination of economically viable and technically feasible alternatives. We will continue to include HFCs within the scope of UNFCCC and its Kyoto Protocol for accounting and reporting of emissions. Second, building on their June 8 accord on HFCs in Sunnylands, President Obama and President Xi agreed at their bilateral meeting as a next step on HFCs to establish a contact group under the Montreal Protocol to consider issues related to cost-effectiveness, financial and technology support, safety, environmental benefits, and an amendment to the Montreal Protocol. The agreement between President Obama and President Xi on HFCs reads as follows: We reaffirm our announcement on June 8, 2013 that the United States and China agreed to work together and with other countries through multilateral approaches that include using the expertise and institutions of the Montreal Protocol to phase down the production and consumption of HFCs, while continuing to include HFCs within the scope of UNFCCC and its Kyoto Protocol provisions for accounting and reporting of emissions. We emphasize the importance of the Montreal Protocol, including as a next step through the establishment of an open-ended contact group to consider all relevant issues, including financial and technology support to Article 5 developing countries, cost effectiveness, safety of substitutes, environmental benefits and an amendment. We reiterate our firm commitment to work together and with other countries to agree on a multilateral solution. Background: HFCs are potent greenhouse gases used in refrigerators, air conditioners, and industrial applications. While they do not deplete the ozone layer, many are highly potent greenhouse gases whose use is growing rapidly as replacements for ozone-depleting substances being phased out under the Montreal Protocol. Left unabated, HFC emissions could grow to nearly 20 percent of carbon dioxide emissions by 2050, a serious climate mitigation concern. The Montreal Protocol was established in 1987 to protect the ozone layer. Every country in the world is a party to the Protocol, and it has successfully phased out or is in the process of phasing out several key classes of chemicals, including chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs), and halons. The transitions out of CFCs and HCFCs provide major ozone layer protection benefits, but the unintended consequence is the rapid current and projected future growth of climate-damaging HFCs. For the past four years, the United States, Canada, and Mexico have proposed an amendment to the Montreal Protocol to phase down the production and consumption of HFCs. The amendment would reduce consumption and production and control byproduct emissions of HFCs in all countries, and includes a financial assistance component for countries that can already access the Protocols Multilateral Fund. The proposal leaves unchanged the reporting and accounting provisions of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and Kyoto Protocol on HFC emissions.
The odds were stacked against them, even more so when Michael Bradley was a late scratch due to an ankle injury. Michael Bradley walking on crutches with his left ankle wrapped. Not looking good for Tuesday vs. Mexico Ives Galarcep (@SoccerByIves) September 7, 2013 Now that the defeat is over and done with, it is time to look at the positives. Yes, there actually are some that manager Jurgen Klinsmann can take into the match on Tuesday against Mexico at Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. The first thing to remember about Friday’s defeat is that the Yanks had zero time to prepare for the Bradley injury. Yes, Geoff Cameron is a decent option to replace Bradley in the defensive midfield, but he and his midfield partner Jermaine Jones were clearly thrown off in the first 10 minutes when Costa Rica delivered an expected onslaught of pressure that resulted in the first two goals of the match. With Bradley’s status unknown and Cameron out due to a yellow-card suspension on Tuesday, Klinsmann will be forced to rely on Kyle Beckerman, a player who gets a ton of flack from the American supporters. Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images In all honesty, Beckerman is a solid replacement in the defensive midfield of the 4-2-3-1 formation. The Real Salt Lake veteran has been one of the best players in Major League Soccer over the last few seasons and was a stabilizing force during the Gold Cup matches. When will the United States clinch their World Cup berth? Tuesday vs. Mexico 7.8% Total votes: 881 Utilizing his depth in the midfield and inserting Beckerman into the fold will not be the main lineup issue the United States manager has to deal with on Tuesday thanks to Jozy Altidore, who will be on a yellow-card suspension as well because of a late yellow against the Ticos. As for Bradley himself, everyone needs to calm down a bit; it is not like he suffered a Stuart Holden-like injury that will keep him out for an entire year. He should be back in the fold by the Jamaica match on Oct. 11 at the latest. Having depth at other positions will also help Klinsmann make decisions for the Mexico match since he will have to replace Altidore and center-back Matt Besler because of suspension. Klinsmann could call in Clarence Goodson to the squad,and he should deliver another impressive performance for the Yanks, just like he did all summer. My guess is that Clarence Goodson will almost surely have to be added to the #usmnt roster Brian Sciaretta (@BrianSciaretta) September 7, 2013 For those of you calling for John Brooks to be officially cap-tied to the United States, keep dreaming. Goodson is a much more reliable option at this stage in qualifying. Up front, there are a plethora of options that the U.S. manager can choose from.