I should be in bed as this week has sucked with work but here are some quick links before the weekend.
The US now knows the final two teams in its group for World Cup qualifying and those teams are Vincent & The Grenadines and Guatemala. They will join the US and Trinidad & Tobago in Group C.
Well done, FUT Azteca.
The US U-23 team won their second friendly this week, a 2-0 victory over Qatar. The goals were scored by Benji Joya and Gboly Ariyibi. Here is also a video of their first half of the week in England.
Cody Cropper is going to miss up to six weeks after having some kind of knee surgery this week. Looks like the U-23s will be going with Zack Steffen or Ethan Horvath next month.
Benji Joya’s ex-partner in crime, Daniel Cuevas, has a new home and it is with Indy Eleven.
Darlington Nagbe is officially a US citizen. If he gets called up, I am guessing it won’t be until January. I think Brian Sciaretta has pointed out in the past that only one MLS player has received his first call-up under Klinsmann in a camp other than January and it was Alan Gordon.
COMNEBOL is meeting up with CONCACAF on September 17 to figure out next summer’s Copa America. As Jeff Carlisle points out, that date is conveniently a couple days after Loretta Lynch has a press conference in Zurich. And some reports out of Mexico have the FMF supporting a Copa America in the US. Basically everything comes down to money.
Could we potentially see a MLS vs. Premier League tournament in the future? Maybe.
English-American goalkeeper Paul Rachubka has signed with Bolton.
Borussia Dortmund had a friendly against St. Pauli this week. While most of the world wanted to see Adnan Januzaj‘s debut, Christian Pulisic and Junior Flores both came off the bench for Dortmund, while Fabrice Picault scored for St. Pauli.
Also in weird friendlies during the international week, Jann George scored for Jahn Regensburg in their win over Bayern Munich.
We also had a goal in a game that really counted this week. Joe Broekhuizen came off the bench and scored the lone goal of the game in VPS’ 1-0 win over Ilves in Finland on Thursday.
And finally, here is a behind the scenes look at Christian Eissele’s club in Finland, Kemi Kings.