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Hump day links
   February 27, 2013 (12:02 AM) by Matt Benson     Email This Post Email This Post

Yesterday was a slightly crazy one with stuff happening all day long.  We had the US U-20 team qualifying for the U-20 World Cup, Stuart Holden made his first league appearance since March 19, 2011 and Joe Corona/Edgar Castillo scored for Tijuana in Copa Libertadores action.

As for some links.

The US U-20 team is headed to Turkey this summer for the U-20 World Cup after beating Canada 4-2 yesterday.  The U-20 World Cup starts up on June 21, while the draw will be held on March 25.  While they did qualify yesterday, there are still potentially two more games left in the CONCACAF U-20 Championship.  The US will play Cuba in the semifinals on Friday and will be without the services of Cody Cropper, Jerome Kiesewetter, Luis Gil and Caleb Stanko the rest of the way as they return to their club teams.

One player who could potentially be on that U-20 team come June is Anthony Brooks.  And Every Touch Footy decided to do a video of Brooks’ performance against Kaiserslautern from this past weekend.

As I stated above, Stuart Holden made his first league appearance in 711 days yesterday.  It sounds like he did alright and was “neat and tidy”.

Edgar Castillo and Joe Corona scored in Copa Libertadores action last night, becoming the first Americans to score in that competition since Nicky Torres in 2011.  And here is a photo of them celebrating after Castillo’s goal.

Sebastian Lletget scored a goal yesterday in U-21 action as West Ham lost to Wolverhampton 2-1.

Kenneth Di Vita Jensen also scored a goal, but in a friendly for Hønefoss.

Stoke City’s Robert Huth could be missing some time in the future.  Does this mean some playing time at centerback for Geoff Cameron?

Clint Dempsey is expected to miss one to two weeks with a calf strain.

Jermaine Jones did an interview with after his good performances last week.

USMNT assistant coach Martin Vasquez has been in Mexico checking in on DaMarcus Beasley and Michael Orozco Fiscal.

Will Parchman tries to answer some questions about Jozy Altidore.

The US U-17 team is down in Panama and tied them 1-1 yesterday with Junior Flores scoring the lone goal for the US.

Greg Seltzer recently talked to Conor O’Brien about his move to FC Nordsjælland.

And finally, Jamel Johnson (not to be confused with Arlesey Town’s Jemal Johnson) is now in Austria at SV Gersthof.  Gersthof play in the Austrian Landesliga (fourth tier).

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Categories: Clint Dempsey, Conor O'Brien, DaMarcus Beasley, Edgar Castillo, Geoff Cameron, Jamel Johnson, Jermaine Jones, Joe Corona, John Brooks, Jozy Altidore, Junior Flores, Kenneth Di Vita Jensen, Michael Orozco Fiscal, Sebastian Lletget, Stuart Holden, US U-20 National Team

3 Responses to “Hump day links”

  1. Kyle says:

    Hertha looks like like a lock for automatic promotion. If JAB is starting in the Bundesliga next season, he could easily jump ahead of Omar and Besler on the CB depth chart.

  2. Ian says:

    Castillo scoring helps me pick out my formation (I was already leaning towards him). Hopefully when I post the formation it won’t get messed up!


    Cameron Gonzalez Bocanegra Castillo


    Chandler Johnson


    Goalkeeper-Howard, I have to keep him until he shows he can’t do the job (Guzan)
    RB- Cameron would be playing the position he plays in the EPL (Parkhurst)
    CB- Gonzalez is the future at CB (although I think Beisler was better in the Canadian game) and Bocanegra can help him learn
    LB-Castillo has been playing well with Tijuana (Lichaj)
    DM-Jones, I’d love to see him playing the role Beckerman played in the Canadian game, pure defensive cover (Edu, Williams)
    RM-Chandler, this is were I start to get a different than what we’ve been doing. I think Chandler and Johnson are GREAT at getting forward and getting crosses into dangerous areas. They should be moved forward in the formation to take advantage of this. Their defensive skills would also help stop the other team in the midfield and start counters. (Gatt)
    LM-Johnson, see above (Shea)
    CM-Bradley, play him in front of Jones with Dempsey, he’ll help cover defensively for Dempsey and link well with the defenders and forwards/wingers (Kljestan)
    AM-Dempsey, let him create from midfield, he can link up with Chandler, Johnson and Altidore (all players who are used to playing quick passes in top leagues)
    F-Altidore, best forward option right now, replace him in the 65′-70′ min if we need a spark (Gomez, Johnson)

    What do you guys think? I might repost this during the weekend commentary.

  3. Gregory says:

    I hope Edgar Castillo can get a look at LM/left winger with Fabian Johnson.

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