The World Cup is finally here!
The USMNT is training away at Sao Paulo FC’s training grounds. And there is a reason why they are staying so far away from their games (which I think is not that big of a deal), the place looks really nice.
The big news from yesterday was that Belgium canceled Thursday’s closed-door scrimmage against the US due to concerns over traveling in Sao Paulo. Belgium is staying 40 miles away from the US and doesn’t want to risk sitting on a bus for five hours due to traffic and the possible subway strike.
Timothy Chandler was held out of training on Wednesday after picking up a knock on Tuesday, but it sounds minor and was only precautionary.
US Soccer’s website has a Q&A with Alejandro Bedoya. Could Jermaine Jones and Michael Bradley be related? (No.)
The big non-USMNT related news from yesterday is how bad the field looks in Manaus. A bad field in hot weather conditions? Sounds like a typical CONCACAF game to me. Oh yeah, Natal is struggling to get ready for Friday’s opening game between Mexico and Cameroon. There is a decent chance that I will be sitting in one of those temporary seats in the upper deck on Monday. Good times await.
Getting back to the USMNT, the official World Cup patches went on the jerseys last night.
Want some tactical breakdowns of the USMNT? Zonal Marking and SI’s Liviu Bird have you covered. Go read those, you will feel smarter.
Bob Bradley was kind enough to give his scouting report of Ghana in this MLS video. Speaking of Ghana, OT Twitter-friend Zack Goldman wrote about the US’s need to beat Ghana for the UK’s Metro.
ESPN has decided to go “all-in” on the “I Believe” chant with this latest tribute/commercial for the American Outlaws.
In case you haven’t seen any or all of ESPN’s Inside: U.S. Soccer’s March to Brazil, here are all six episodes in one place. Also, I brought back our US World Cup history posts from the 2010 World Cup.
Landon Donovan still has a good sense of humor.
Moving onto other/club news.
Travis Clark is working on a feature on Clint Dempsey and got a great quote about his time at Furman.
Greg Seltzer has some possible transfer goodies/gossip on Benny Feilhaber and Alejandro Bedoya.
Our latest British newspaper transfer rumor of the day involves Terrence Boyd and Wigan Athletic. Yay silly season!
Reading FC officially announced the signing of US U-20 prospect Andrija Novakovich.
Justin Moose scored his third goal of the season yesterday in Finland and you can check it out here.
Ryan Gracia was last seen in Sweden with Nyköping last season, but it looks like the 24-year-old midfielder has moved on to Balma SC in France.
And this could be my last post for the next 48 hours as I head to Brazil on Friday. We will have a new addition to the site who will be starting a new series throughout the World Cup beginning with later today, so be on the lookout for that.