U.S. Men’s Field Hockey Team falls 1-0 to Chile in Brazil

Despite a convincing performance, Chile defeated the U.S. 1-0 in the opening match of World League Round 2

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL, Feb 27, 2013 – The U.S. Men’s Field Hockey Team opened their World League Round 2 campaign against Chile this afternoon in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the host city of the 2016 Olympic Games. Despite a solid performance and numerous scoring opportunities, the U.S. fell 1-0 to the No. 25 world ranked team.

FIH Men's Hockey World League Round 2 Rio de Janeiro

“I thought we controlled the match very well, had a lot of possession and moved the ball up the field with ease,” said head coach Chris Clements. “We were very successful when we created pressure and forced the ball in to the circle, however, we were just a little tentative in our final attacking movements towards the goal. This will be an area we will look to improve on in the upcoming matches.” Continue reading →

England Hockey captain Middleton is looking forward to Champions Trophy on Road to Rio

Thursday, 29 November 2012:  England men’s hockey captain Barry Middleton says he has no plans to retire and is looking forward to helping develop the international stars of the future in the build up to the Olympic Games in Rio in 2016.

Great Britain v Argentina at London 2012 Olympic Games - Barry Middleton celebrates after scoring two goals at the Riverbank Arena (Photo Credit: Great Britain Hockey / Ady Kerry Photography)

File Photo: Barry Middleton (Photo Credit: Great Britain Hockey / Ady Kerry Photography)

Speaking to England Hockey TV ahead of the Champions Trophy in Melbourne, which starts on Saturday, the former Doncaster, Cannock and East Grinstead forward said “I’m looking to go to Rio. I want to play for four more years. Hockey’s my life; it’s what I’ve always done. I feel fit enough to carry on. As soon as I stop enjoying hockey or I feel I’m not helping the team then that’s when I’ll stop.”

“Four years is a long way to look,” admits Middleton, who is looking forward to competing in front of a home crowd again when England hosts the 2015 European Championships. “I’ll probably look a couple of years at a time but I want to help these young guys out and take England forward. We’ve got to fourth in the world but still want to go further and I think we can achieve that.”

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