The party is here on the west side.
Did I just quote Montell Jordan? Yes. Deal with it.
A quick recap of Thursday’s Europa League action. Daniel Antunez went the full 90 minutes as Inter Turku got a nice 1-1 draw with FC Twente. Joe Funicello and Thor Akureyri (with Josh Wicks on the bench) lost 3-0 to Mlada Boleslav. And Etchu Tabe and KuPS won 2-1 over Leo Krupnik and Maccabi Netanya.
Geoff Cameron will be a Stoke City player pending completed personal terms and a work permit (he will have to win an appeal). He has two fewer USMNT caps than Tim Ream, who won an appeal last January, but it seems easier to get a UK permit these days.
The US U-20 team begins it quest for a Milk Cup title this weekend. They played Liverpool’s reserve team earlier this week and lost 4-2. Marc Pelosi scored a goal, but it was for Liverpool. You can see some highlights of the game right here.
One of those players on that US U-20 team who is looking for a home is goalkeeper Cody Cropper. He was on trial at Southampton and “hopes to receive a contract soon” according to this article.
I know there was some speculation that Bobby Wood could be on his way out at 1860 Munich at the end of last season after picking up more injuries, but he was in the starting lineup today for 1860 Munich II as they started their Regionalliga season. Wood played 70 minutes and scored two goals in a 3-0 victory.
Robbie Rogers, sporting a new black eye, scored a goal for Leeds United in their 5-2 win over Farlsey in a preseason friendly.
Tom Marshall introduces us to a Mexican-born goalkeeper, William Yarbrough, who holds a US passport.
And finally, Brian Sciaretta gives us six players poised for a breakout season in 2012-13.