Where in the world is Landon Donovan?
No, really, he is instagramming photos of being in Europe (Donovan to Eintracht Frankfurt!?!?!?) which is making people think he is working on getting a potential winter loan deal worked out, although Bruce Arena told the Galaxy All-Access podcast that both Donovan and Omar Gonzalez won’t be heading to Europe on loan in January. So now we play the waiting game for more information to leak out.
In case you missed it yesterday, US Soccer announced a friendly against South Korea for February 1. It sounds like January’s camp will start in Los Angeles for a week. Head to Brazil for a week or two before returning to Los Angeles for a final week and the friendly at the StubHub Center (RIP Home Depot Center naming rights).
The US fell one spot in the latest FIFA world rankings from #13 to #14. Mexico moved up from #24 to #20.
Jozy Altidore was named US Soccer’s Male Athlete of the Year for 2013. Jozy finished 2013 tied with Landon Donovan with a team-leading eight goals, including a USMNT record with a goal in five consecutive games.
CONCACAF also has a bunch of awards that you can vote on right here. This will be the first edition of the soon-to-be annual CONCACAF awards. It says you have until mid-December to vote, whenever that is (CONCACAF gonna CONCACAF).
As for the latest on the Bob Bradley new job watch, he is now being tied to the Vancouver Whitecaps. And here is an updated trailer/sneak peek at the PBS hour-long documentary on Bradley, which will come out in 2014.
John Brooks has been having knee issues, although his MRI from last week showed nothing serious was wrong with it.
Jonathan Spector suffered a setback with his thigh injury and is now out until the end of January.
Southampton goalkeeper Artur Boruc will miss six weeks with a broken hand. Throw in an injury to Kelvin Davis and there is a chance that Cody Cropper could at least dress for a game or two in the near future for the Saints.
Birmingham City have denied Bristol Rovers’ request to play Will Packwood in their upcoming FA Cup match. If Packwood were to play, he would be ineligible to play for Birmingham City in the FA Cup for the rest of 2013-14.
Zach Pfeffer’s loan deal with Hoffenheim has officially come to an end. He got a lot of playing time with Hoffenheim’s U-19 team while he was over in Germany.
Benji Joya, Daniel Cuevas and Santos Laguna’s U-20 team won the U-20 Apertura this past weekend. And there is speculation that the two could be headed to other teams as they seek out playing time with first teams.
Speaking of that speculation and other possible transfers in Mexico (possibly DaMarcus Beasley), Tom Marshall has you covered.
Jeff Cunningham has been spotted in Vietnam trialing with Hai Phong FC.
And finally, go read Will’s latest goalkeeper interview with Washington Husky Spencer Richey. Hopefully you guys have been enjoying Will’s interviews as I think he has some more coming in the future.