Lets dive right into it.
The USMNT roster came out yesterday. Franco Panizo got some quotes from Jurgen Klinsmann as he discusses the roster.
Speaking of Klinsmann, Roger Bennett looks at the various manager who have influenced Klinsmann throughout his career.
You want some previews for Wednesday’s game? The Total Soccer Show breaks down the Canada friendly, while also previewing Wednesday’s game. Leander Schaerlaeckens previews the final phase of qualifying. And Jon Levy gives us his preview of Wednesday’s game.
I posted the US Soccer tour video of Estadio Olimpico from 2009 yesterday, but I was just reminded tonight that the US Soccer/Gatorade commercial from 2006 features the ceiling tiles shaking from that stadium. Good times.
Will Parchman is doing a three-part feature on the US’ failed qualification run for the 1986 World Cup and here is Part 1.
Brian Sciaretta has an article up on Timothy Chandler. And here is photo of a U-16 Chandler from the 2006 Dallas Cup.
David Keyes did a really interesting interview recently with Pachuca’s head of scouting Marco Garcés. They talk about how Pachuca scouts the various Mexican-American players currently living in the US.
Stuart Holden’s younger brother, Euan, has signed a “non contract terms” deal with English League One side Bury. Euan last played for Stockport County in the Conference National.
And finally, remember when Roma played Orlando City over the winter break? I guess I missed his name in the match report, but Christian Eissele played in that game. Here is Jon Arnold’s interview with Eissele from back in November.
Jon just let me know that he talked to Christian last month about that friendly and this is what he had to say.
“The opportunity was great and it was awesome to be able to see that kind of level first-hand. That will definitely benefit me in the future.”
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Matt likes soccer. He likes sleeping in. He is also amused easily. That is pretty much it.