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Some linkage for the week
   October 25, 2012 (9:57 PM) by Matt Benson     Email This Post Email This Post

A few odds and ends from the week.

CONMEBOL came out yesterday claiming that the 2016 Copa America would be hosted in the US featuring teams from both CONMEBOL and CONCACAF.  As of today, both CONCACAF and US Soccer have stated that nothing has been finalized.

Landon Donovan is always an open person when it comes to interviews, almost too open.  Donovan gave another open interview to Roger Bennett earlier this week, where he thinks his chances of playing in the 2014 World Cup is “50-50”.

Ravi Ubha has a nice story up on Charlie Davies’ recent career path.

Grantland’s Graham Parker decided to do a write up on recent USMNTer Alan Gordon.

Greg Seltzer looks at some potential records that could be broken by some Americans playing overseas.

Grant Wahl recently talked to Brad Friedel about the goalkeeper situation at Tottenham.  The quote that I found the most interesting.

I think the media over here wanted to make it that it was this big fight between Hugo and myself and the manager, and there was never a big fight. The fact is, Tottenham have been looking for the last year and a half for a long-term No. 1 goalkeeper. I don’t think they envisioned what my fitness levels would be at this age, and I sort of surprised myself.

Matt Pyzdrowski hasn’t played with Angelholm since late July (and has been shut down for the season) due to concussions, but the 26-year-old goalkeeper has signed a two-year extension with the Swedish club.

Staying with the goalkeeper theme, this Norwegian site rates Steve Clark as the eighth best player in the Tippeligaen this season.  Josh Gatt is sitting at #18.

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7 Responses to “Some linkage for the week”

  1. Jerry says:

    Man is Friedel nothing but pure class. If I was the English FA I would hire Friedel when he retires to teach a class on professionalism to all players in their various leagues.

  2. Timo says:

    *Unrelated question* Is there any truth to the rumor that Junior Hoilett of QPR is eligible to play for the United States? If so how is this possible, through what part of his families lineage?

  3. chris says:

    I sure hope so timo, he would fit in our attack perfectly, imagine a front four of hoillet, dempsey, donovan and gomez/altidore. Thats a scary attack

  4. daniil says:

    The only way he would qualify is if one of his maternal grandparents were born in the US. Even if this is the case, I don’t think he would want to play for us, given that he has no real connection to the country. Even if he did want to play for a more relevant team, he wouldn’t be guarenteed a spot on the field for us.

  5. chris says:

    I disagree danill, hoillet is a darn good player with a huge upside. I think he would be more than likely a starter and if not a key sub, i would vertainly take him over shea

  6. Trent Hill says:

    Hoilett is, I believe, available for selection to FOUR teams, impressively. Jamaica, Canada, US, and England by virtue of long time residence. I expect he’ll turn out for England. If not, we’ve got a real good shot at nabbing him.

  7. Ian says:

    Let’s talk about Steve Clark! I don’t get to see too many highlights but the ones I do he always looks good.

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