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Studio 90 Extra Time: Ike Opara
   March 20, 2012 (12:02 PM) by Matt Benson

Ike Opara is the first guest on Studio 90 Extra Time from Nashville. The U-23 MNT defender looks forward to Olympic Qualifying, discusses where defense fits into the team’s attacking identity and talks about his trend-setting mohawk from 2009.


Here is part two.

Categories: Ike Opara, US U-23 National Team

A whole bunch of links for Tuesday
   February 28, 2012 (7:40 PM) by Matt Benson

Most of these are USMNT related, but before we dive in, a reminder to sign up for our Guess The Score contest for tomorrow’s friendly.  Three OT shirts will be up for grabs and we already have about 50 people signed up.

US Soccer has their official preview up on their site with all the random stats and factoids.  The MNT blog also has a few photos of the team taking a stroll around Genoa. has a preview on the friendly as well as our friends over at The Shin Guardian.  ESPN also has a statistical preview up.

According to Brian Sciaretta, only about 10,000 tickets have been sold for the friendly so far.

Sciaretta has been a busy man this week as he has an interview up over at Yanks Abroad with Danny Williams.  He also has a story on Fabian Johnson and a story on the lack of Dempsey/Donovan together over at the NY Times.

Grant Wahl did a Q&A with Clint Dempsey.  Wahl also has his own little preview up on the friendly.

As for some non-USMNT links.

Over at Top Drawer Soccer, Travis Clark takes a look at the U-20 camp, while J.R. Eskilson talks to Ike Opara at the U-23 camp.

Leander Schaerlaeckens spent the day with Stuart Holden as he continues his rehab.  Holden just seems like a good dude.  And yes, I said dude.

And who doesn’t like some Brad Friedel photoshops?

Categories: Brad Friedel, Clint Dempsey, Danny Williams, Fabian Johnson, Ike Opara, Landon Donovan, Stuart Holden, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team, US U-23 National Team