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In case you missed it yesterday, Kim Tate was nice enough to contribute to our Top 5 Lists series with five reasons why everyone should be following Liga MX.
Jozy Altidore came off the bench in Sunderland’s 2-1 win over Manchester United yesterday (highlights). He also went all Big Show/Kane/Undertaker and slammed down Rafael.
Jurgen Klinsmann spoke to the media on Tuesday and explained some of the Brazil portion of January’s camp. They will do all their training at Sao Paulo FC’s facilities and will have two closed-door scrimmages with Sao Paulo FC’s first team.
I think I have heard this story already 20 times in the last couple years, but a CONMEBOL source claims Copa America 2016 will take place in the US, while a CONCACAF source claims those reports are premature.
Michael Bradley will have some more competition in Roma’s midfield as they have signed Radja Nainggolan from Cagliari on loan. Greg Seltzer has some more info on this and Bradley. I know some people will want Bradley to leave, but he is good enough to stay and earn a starting spot. Seth Vertelney hit the nail on the head, in my opinion, while we were chit-chatting about this on Twitter.
Seltzer has also heard some transfer gossip about Maurice Edu. I am wondering if the mystery teams he hints at could be Bursaspor or one of the French teams that showed interest last summer.
Michael Parkhurst is not with Augsburg during their winter camp as he tries to find a new home. It has been 327 days since the last time he played for them in a real game.
Here is another story on Jermaine Jones likely leaving Schalke this month with some quotes from their manager Jens Keller.
Another American who will be leaving his current club this month: Oguchi Onyewu and QPR. Gooch hasn’t played a single minute with QPR since joining the team in October.
John Brooks will miss up to two weeks after picking up a knee injury. This is probably a huge five months for Brooks if he wants to make the World Cup roster, so this is not great start to 2014.
Julian Green is training with Bayern Munich’s first team in Qatar during their winter camp.
It looks like Andrew Wooten will likely be headed out on loan in the near future (although no teams are mentioned). Wooten has played in only four games for Kaiserslautern so far this season (another seven games with the U-23 team in the Regionalliga). He went out on loan last season with Sandhausen where he played in 28 games.
Fresh off his start with Tijuana in the season opener, Greg Garza is hoping the continued playing time will eventually lead to a call-up with the USMNT. While I wouldn’t put high odds of him even making the World Cup camp roster, he does play a position (left back) where the depth is traditionally lacking.
And finally, our friends over at The Yanks Are Coming did their annual awards which you can see in two parts: Part 1 & Part 2.