This weekend was sort of a fun one with Dempsey and Herc scoring goals, plus the USMNT roster announcement. Good times. Now or some links from the weekend.
Speaking of the USMNT January camp. Both Graham Zusi and Juan Agudelo are going to be a week late as they are headed to West Ham United this week for one of these MLS week-long-summer-camp-training sessions.
Doug McIntyre (ESPN Insider) gives us his surprises of the 25-man roster.
The other chatter from yesterday regarding the USMNT was locations of the various hexagonal qualifiers. We are nearing the home opener against Costa Rica in March and we still don’t know the location. Grant Wahl is hearing that the final three possibilities are Kansas City, Salt Lake and Denver. I am guessing it will be Salt Lake or Denver as the US plays Mexico at Azteca a few days later and those two sites give the US players some training/game action with altitude.
Steven Goff is hearing that the June qualifiers could finally be headed to the Pacific Northwest in Portland and Seattle. While that is all fun and games, Portland Timbers owner Merritt Paulson was tweeting a bunch about how there probably won’t be a qualifier in Portland since they don’t want to put sod on their turf for a couple different reasons. But he thinks there is a decent shot that Portland hosts a Gold Cup game. You can check out his feed for all his reasons/ranting.
I already linked above Clint Dempsey’s goals from the weekend, but here is a video interview from after the game.
Birmingham City’s website gives us a quick update on Will Packwood. It looks like he will be out “for at least nine months.” Teammate Jonathan Spector missed out on the FA Cup match with some kind of back injury.
I missed this story last week, but this should make Bob Bradley’s job a little easier.
ESPN FC gives us three young Bayern Munich players to keep an eye on including Tampa-born Julian Green.
Shawn Parker scored the game-winning goal this weekend for Mainz in a friendly against Club Brugge.
Andrew Wooten and Sandhausen made it to the finals of the Harder Cup before losing to Karlsruher SC. Wooten was one of Sandhausen’s top scorers of the tournament. And it looks like I was able to find video of the whole final. That looks like it would be fun to attend.
I haven’t heard Jann George’s name mentioned since he was kicked off Nurnberg in early November, but apparently I missed that he signed with 1860 Munich II late in November and has been training with the first team as they start their winter break training camp.
And finally, much to Howie’s chagrin, former US U-17er Fuad Ibrahim has been named to Ethiopia’s team for the 2013 African Cup of Nations.