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Odds and ends for Wednesday
   April 6, 2011 (11:23 PM) by Matt Benson

Here are a bunch of quick links for Wednesday.  First off, Howie has some rational thoughts on tonight’s US U-20 loss right here, while some highlights can be found here.

Not too surprising, but Andy Najar selected Honduras over the US earlier this week.  He can play right away for Honduras, while he still had a couple of years before he could become a US citizen.

Fulham manager Mark Hughes had some nice things to say about Clint Dempsey on the team’s website.

Michael Parkhurst left FC Nordsjælland’s game early this past weekend due to a hamstring injury and it looks like he will be out until early May.

Greg Seltzer talked to Brad Guzan this week about his uncertain future as his loan deal with Hull City ends after this weekend’s game with Watford.

Yanks Abroad has a season preview for all the Americans in Sweden up on their site this week.

Spotted this on No Short Corners today, but Jay Z’s web magazine hung out with TSG Hoffenheim’s midfielder Charles Renken.  You can check it out here.

And finally, I mentioned this in the comments the other today, but Eddie Johnson almost scored his first goal for Preston North End on Tuesday.  His header went off the post then off the back of the goalie before going into the goal and was ruled an own goal.  Here is a highlight of his “goal”.

Categories: Andy Najar, Brad Guzan, Charles Renken, Clint Dempsey, Eddie Johnson, Michael Parkhurst, US U-20 National Team
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Monday Night Links
   February 15, 2011 (12:08 AM) by Matt Benson

Finally able to sit down tonight and put up some links from today.

The US U-17 team kicked off the 2011 CONCACAF U-17 Championship with a 3-1 victory over Cuba in their opening group match earlier today.  They next play Panama on Friday to finish off their three-team group play.

US Soccer also has a Q&A up on their site with Jonathan Bornstein.  You can see that right here.

Steven Goff has all the goods on his blog about the various salaries among those in US Soccer for last year (technically March 31, 2009 through April 1, 2010).  Bob Bradley pulled in $818,244 ($600,000 base salary) after some incentives.  I am sure there are some people out there that think that is $818,243 too much.

Brent Latham caught up with Thomas Rongen a few days after the CONCACAF U-20 World Cup Qualifying tournament draw to talk about the team.  Two major points to take away from it:  1) He thinks this is the deepest team ever.  2) Fabian Hurzeler might not be on the team in Guatemala due to school conflicts.

Neil W. Blackmon takes a look at the tough choice ahead (selecting between the US and Honduras) of Andy Najar over at The Yanks Are Coming.

It appears that Northampton Town striker/defender Seb Harris is doing his second loan stint of the season.  The 23-year-old spent some time with English Conference North side Stafford Rangers and now he is with English Conference North club Nuneaton Town.  He got the start and went the full 90 minutes this past weekend in Nuneaton Town’s 1-0 loss to Droylsden.

Brian Sciaretta keeps us updated on the play of Adrian Ruelas since returning to Santos after training with Celtic this past fall.  Ruelas has scored an amazing six goals through four games with Santos’ U-20 team.

And finally, another American could headed to Sweden.  Seton Hall product Samuel Petrone has been offered a contract for the 2011 season with Mjallby after impressing on a week-long trial.

Categories: Adrian Ruelas, Andy Najar, Jonathan Bornstein, Samuel Petrone, Sebastian Harris, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team
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A slow news day, but here are some links
   February 3, 2011 (4:49 PM) by Matt Benson

Charlie Davies arrived in Florida last night for DC United’s training camp.  A few tidbits can be found here, including a photo of him in a DC United jersey/training gear.  DC United head coach Ben Olsen did a little Q&A on Davies right here.

Staying with the DC United, Steven Goff has a small update on Andy Najar’s possible decision between the USMNT and Honduras.

A Honduran report indicated that United’s Andy Najar was preparing to commit to Honduras rather than wait for U.S. citizenship. However, Najar’s agent, Chris Megaloudis, told the Insider: “Andy was not quoted correctly. He is closer to making a decision but has not decided 100 percent to which country he will choose to represent.”

FIFA’s latest World Rankings came out earlier this week.  The US are still holding down the fort in the 18th spot.  One of the biggest movers from last month:  Japan.  They moved up 12 spots to 17th after winning the 2011 AFC Asian Cup this past month.

Although he has played in the last two USMNT friendlies, Teal Bunbury officially turned in his paperwork to make his one-time FIFA switch from Canada to the US.

Finally, Kabir Chibber of the NY Times has a nice article up on Stuart Holden and his success this season in the Premier League.

Categories: Andy Najar, Charlie Davies, Stuart Holden, Teal Bunbury, US Men's National Team
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