The title says it all.
Jurgen Klinsmann spoke to some reporters on Wednesday and touched on a few different topics, including Stuart Holden and some ideas on how he is going to build this summer’s Gold Cup roster.
“We save most of [the top-flight European-based players] clearly for the World Cup qualifiers and then give them a well-deserved break. And then we have to build a very competitive roster for the Gold Cup.
“It’s tricky. Who is in a rhythm? The Scandinavians are in a rhythm. The MLS players are. Mexico is in a similar break like Europe, so it makes it difficult. Whoever from Mexico you leave out of the May-June camp, most likely we will leave them out of the Gold Cup as well because they would come from vacation and they can’t catch up. It’s a challenge for us.”
Klinsi also doesn’t want to see Carlos Bocanegra returning to Rangers next season.
Klinsmann also addressed Landon Donovan in the quotes above and Landon agrees that he has some work to do before returning to the USMNT.
Going back to Holden for a second, here is another article from England about him returning to Bolton after his loan to Sheffield Wednesday.
US Soccer put up a video this week with John O’Brien talking about his first cap with the USMNT.
It looks like Brek Shea and Geoff Cameron will be headed to FC Dallas this summer. . . . .in a scrimmage as Stoke City are headed back to the States this summer for some friendlies.
J.R. Eskilson decided to brave the 405 this week and went to the Home Depot Center to watch the US U-20 team partake in an intrasquad scrimmage.
Billy Schuler got the start and played 45 minutes in Hammarby’s 1-0 loss to Falkenberg on Thursday.
Zach Pfeffer scored a goal for Hoffenheim’s U-19 team in some youth cup match on Wednesday.
Brian Span scored a goal for Djurgården’s U-21 team earlier this week and here is a highlight of it.
After making his debut over the weekend, Freddy Adu came off the bench again and played eight minutes for Bahia in a 0-0 draw to Bahia de Feira on Wednesday.
Still recovering from his broken leg, Will Packwood was offered a new contract by Birmingham City this week.
And finally, here is an awesome interactive site that features the historical English football league tables from 1889 to 2012. Click on a team and it highlights their position for every season.