Let’s start with the USMNT.
We know the situation in Ukraine is not pretty right now, so US Soccer is “exploring alternatives” for the friendly on March 5 that is scheduled for Kharkiv. Kharkiv is about 300 miles away from Kiev, which is where most of the violence is taking place.
Steven Goff is also hearing that the three pre-World Cup friendlies should hopefully be announced by the end of next week. Still some last details being worked out.
Duane Holmes is headed to Championship side Yeovil Town on a loan until March 23. This was sort of expected as Huddersfield Town have returned a bunch of players from injury and their manager wanted him to continue to get playing time. Here is a video interview with Holmes about the move. Yeovil Town are currently in last place of the Championship.
SI.com has a blog/series up with Oguchi Onyewu talking about his emotions and thoughts with the World Cup coming this summer.
John Brooks returned to the field and played in a friendly for Hertha Berlin earlier this week. He even scored a goal and you can check out some highlights of that right here (0:51 mark).
Babajide Ogunbiyi returned to Viborg FF’s training on Monday after missing some time with a knee injury.
Michael Stephens is continuing his training/trialing across Sweden. His latest stop is with Falkenbergs FF.
New York Red Bulls homegrown product Amando Moreno is the latest American to sign with Club Tijuana.
Staying with the Tijuana theme, Bruno Piceno scored a goal for Tijuana’s second-division affiliate Dorados in Copa MX action earlier this week. Here is a cool behind-the-goal look at his goal.
Goalkeeper Samir Badr has signed with USL’s OKC Energy FC. Badr was last seen abroad with El Hodood in Egypt, but he never was able to play in a game due to the 2012 season being cut short because of the Al Masry-Al Ahly tragedy.
Kevin Hoyos scored another two goals for Estudiantes de La Plata’s youth team this week.
Former US U-17 forward Alfred Koroma is in Brazil trialing with Fluminense. He will also be part of a Fluminense U-23 team that will be/is already in Orlando taking on MLS teams during the preseason.
Brazilian-American midfielder Luis Felipe is being called back into the US U-20 team for a camp and games in April’s Dallas Cup. Felipe currently plays with defending Brazilian league champions Cruzeiro.
It looks like FC Dallas could be sending Bobby Warshaw out on loan again this year and Europe is one of the few spots mentioned over at Big D Soccer. Warshaw did have some success last season in Sweden with Ängelholm, scoring eight goals in nine league appearances.
And finally, Brian Sciaretta caught up with new Philippines national team manager Thomas Dooley.