Let’s get to it and start with the USMNT.
As expected, CONCACAF announced that the Confederations Cup playoff will be held on October 9 at the Rose Bowl. The US will also play a second game, this one being a friendly, during that same international week and it could be against Costa Rica.
One player who could be eligible to play for the US in that playoff is Darlington Nagbe as he is on course to become a US citizen this fall.
FIFA also held the preliminary draw for 2018 World Cup qualification over the weekend. And US Soccer confirmed that the first home qualifier will be November 13 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis against the winner of St. Vincent & the Grenadines/Aruba from the third round. Also in that link from US Soccer is the full fourth round qualification schedule although the rest of the game sites haven’t been determined yet.
I know I said we should never talk about the 2015 Gold Cup ever again, but Clint Dempsey won the Golden Boot while Brad Guzan won the Golden Glove. And Michael Bradley led all players in assists for the tournament.
Chris Wondolowski is a freak. He started and went 70 minutes for San Jose a day after starting for the US in a city nearly 3000 miles away.
Tim Howard is ready to return to the USMNT.
According to Mr. Chip, the US is projected to be No. 29 in August’s FIFA rankings, while Mexico will be No. 26.
Bobby Warshaw wrote some words on whether the US might have some players who are better suited to play CONCACAF opponents while others might be better against European teams.
In the “if it is on the internet then it MUST be true” department, some website claims Landon Donovan is going to sign with Atletico de Kolkata in India. Sure. . .
I forgot to post this last week, but US U-20 forward Maki Tall signed with Swiss side FC Sion.
Howie posted about Quentin Westberg’s move to Tours in France last week and Greg Seltzer got some quotes from Westberg on the move.
Kenny Saief scored a goal this past weekend and Gent’s website had a mini-interview with him before the game.
Davis VanOpdorp of some website called Bavarian Football Works took a look at Julian Green’s situation at Bayern Munich. I am mainly posting this for the chart at the bottom comparing Green to other players who came up through their youth system.
Mauricio Pochettino and Tottenham are in Denver to take on the MLS All-Stars. Here is a video of Pochettino talking about DeAndre Yedlin.
We already know that Stuart Holden is awesome, but he wrote some words about rehabbing for The Players’ Tribune. I would also check out the video on that page (as he “calls out” Michael Bradley!).
According to Greg Seltzer, Cesar Romero is no longer with FC Pyunik and is now in Russia training/trialing with Amkar Perm.
Kevin Dzierzawski played with Peterhead in Scotland on loan from Queen of the South last season. Now it looks like he has permanently moved to Peterhead.
According to Will Parchman, German-American left back Koray Easterling is training with Manchester City. And here is another tweet with some more information.
Western Washington goalkeeper Keegan Rogers has signed with IFK Lammhult in Sweden.
And finally, one of the early players we followed when we started this site in 2010 was Jeremiah White. While he is no longer playing, it is fun when a name pops up that you haven’t heard in a while and he is now into coaching.