Let’s start off with some USMNT stuff.
I am already over Fitness-gate, but Jurgen Klinsman talked some more to Fox Sports 1 about the lack of fitness of the team. Alexi Lalas disagrees with him.
The team had a special guest at training yesterday.
In the not a total shock department, Jermaine Jones (a midfielder playing centerback) was a little uncomfortable playing a 3-5-2 (a formation new to this group of players).
Kyle McCarthy takes a look at the behind the scenes stuff that happens in order for the USMNT to fly down to Chile for a friendly.
Hankering for a US-Panama preview already? The Total Soccer Show podcast just uploaded theirs to the interwebs.
Former USMNT goalkeeper Frank Borghi passed away this week. He will probably be remembered most for his performance against England in the US’s upset at the 1950 World Cup. Resident goalkeeper historian Will did a good job of collecting news/links/information on Borghi over the last week.
We have had a couple goals so far this week. Herculez Gomez scored yet another goal for Puebla in Copa MX action on Tuesday (highlights). Dating back to his first stint with Puebla, it was his 13th goal in 22 career games across all competitions with Puebla
Nermin Crnkic scored a goal yesterday in Jablonec’s 2-0 win over FC Copenhagen in something called the Atlantic Cup (highlights). It appears to be a friendly/winter break tournament that no one attends.
Heading back to Mexico last night, 20-year-old Jesus Vazquez scored a goal in Leones Negros’ 2-0 win over Necaxa. Looking at our goal tracker, that is already the fourth goal scored by an American against Necaxa since January 21.
Sticking with Copa MX, Joe Corona wore the arm band for Tijuana last night in their 3-2 win over Coras de Tepic. Fellow Americans Alejandro Guido, John Requejo Jr. and Paul Arriola also saw the field for the Xolos. Jon Arnold got some quotes from Arriola following the match.
Also in action on Wednesday, Rubio Rubin went the full 90 minutes in Utrecht’s 1-0 loss to Willem II. While Tim Ream went 90 minutes in Bolton’s 2-1 loss to Liverpool in their FA Cup fourth-round replay.
After leaving MLS for Mexico and Santos Laguna, Eric Avila is returning to MLS/Orlando City on loan for the 2015 season.
Because projecting is fun, here is Bayern Munich’s starting lineup for 2025, which includes Julian Green!
Kyle Scott got to train with Chelsea’s first team this week.
It looks like Galway FC will have a second American at the club this season as Kevin Garcia made the move from Swedish side IFK Luleå to Ireland.
Will talked to goalkeeper Matt Pyzdrowski about his move to Helsingborgs IF and how he started his career.
Brian Sciaretta caught up with Tab Ramos this week to talk about the US U-20 team.
And finally, Greg Seltzer updates us on which clubs aborad have featured the most Americans over the years.