Let’s do this.
The USMNT had a surprise addition at training today. Stuart Holden has been cleared to do some (not all) of the training. Stu told Grant Wahl that he is hoping to get back onto the field with Bolton’s reserves in late February. Good to hear.
Wahl also sat down with Benny Feilhaber and Kyle Beckerman for some video interviews.
US Soccer’s website has been updated with some goodies. They have a Q&A with Jurgen Klinsmann. A quote sheet with stuff from Graham Zusi, Michael Parkhurst and Mike Magee. And a video of some of the guys on the team participating in some graffiti with some youths in Brazil.
I posted on Tuesday about the US-Mexico friendly rumors and now there are some rumors of a game against Serbia in New York in May. I have no clue how good/bad this Twitter account is (we are now entering Rumorville), but it would add fuel to that fire: Tweet #1 & Tweet #2.
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As Howie posted yesterday, Barnsley have extended their loan for Brek Shea for another two months. Shea was one of seven Americans who saw the field on Tuesday.
Another one of those seven players, Tim Ream, had to be subbed off after five minutes after a clash with QPR’s Charlie Austin. The official diagnosis: a broken nose and three stitches.
I did a little Inside the Numbers thing on Aron Johnannsson’s 20 goals yesterday. So check out where his 20 goals stack up in Europe this season.
After having surgery on the fractured metacarpal in his right hand on Sunday, Fabian Johnson is expected to return to training on Wednesday.
Molde’s website is saying Josh Gatt should be ready to return once the Norwegian season starts in two months. Gatt is returning from a torn ACL.
Also at Molde, Ben Spencer is one of three Molde players training with Norwegian second tier side Kristiansund BK.
Staying in the Tippeligaen, the rumored player with MLS ties who will be trialing with Bob Bradley’s Stabæk appears to be former LA Galaxy midfielder Michael Stephens.
Sebastien Ibeagha is now on trial with AC Horsens in Denmark after playing in two friendlies during a trial with Aalborg BK.
Ljungskile SK in Sweden have two Americans currently on trial: goalkeeper Alex Horwath and defender Jamel Wallace. And it sounds like they are leaning towards signing Horwath.