The big news of yesterday was Jurgen Klinsmann announcing his 24-man roster for the Ukraine friendly. As usual, Klinsi did his post-roster-release Q&A with US Soccer’s website. And we already knew the match got moved to Cyprus and now we know it will be played at Antonis Papadopoulos Stadium in Larnaca at 2 PM Eastern on ESPN2.
Klinsmann was able to get Julian Green into training (he won’t play in the game) and it looks like he is still recruiting Gedion Zelalem and Shawn Parker.
According to this BBC report, the US will play Nigeria in Jacksonville in the last of its three pre-World Cup friendlies.
Another photo of the new home US World Cup shirt is making the rounds on Facebook. The guys over at Todo Sobre Camisetas also had this to say about the away shirt when I asked them earlier this week:
Word on the USA away (no pics) is “mainly red w a large blue and smaller white stripe on the front with star embossed design inside it.”
Greg Seltzer talked to Aron Johannsson this week about what it will take to make the plane to Brazil this summer. ArJo went 75 minutes yesterday in AZ Alkmaar’s 1-1 draw (won 2-1 on aggregate) to Slovan Liberec, advancing to the Round of 16 in Europa League.
Not shocking, Blackpool did not offer a contract to Freddy Adu. I still have no clue how he would get the work permit even if they did.
I posted earlier this week that Michael Stephens was back training again with Stabæk. And now it looks like he is negotiating a deal with the Norwegian club.
This article is a couple weeks old, but Bolton manager Dougie Freedman had some nice things to say about Tim Ream.
In case you missed it, Alejandro Guido scored his first professional goal earlier this week for Tijuana second-division affiliate Dorados in Copa MX action.
The last time we heard from Jamel Johnson, not to be confused with Jemal Johnson, he was in Austria playing with four division side SV Gersthof. And now he is participating with the New England Revolution’s preseason camp.
Brian Sciaretta decided to do a “18 tickets” type story, but for the 2016 Olympic team.
US youth player Danny Barbir scored a goal and had an assist with a Manchester City youth team recently.