Work was crazy today (and will be tomorrow), so here are some quick links.
US Soccer officially announced the friendly against Belgium for May 29 in Cleveland. The US will be playing in Cleveland for only the second time ever for an official match. And the US is 1-3-0 all-time against Belgium.
While we are still waiting for an official announcement on the rumored friendly against Germany, now there are rumblings that there could be a third friendly during that May/June time. Add those three friendlies with three qualifiers in June and that might be a lot of games in a short period of time.
And the USMNT is ranked #33 in the latest FIFA world rankings, dropping one spot from last month.
Bruce Arena apparently doesn’t like dual-citizens on the national team.
According to this article (and this tweet), it looks like Germany’s U-21 coach wants him for the 2015 U-21 Euros (and he would be eligible). Basically I am not going to get myself worked up about Brooks.
Want to see Brek Shea in a Stoke City onesie? Why not.
According to Hoffenheim’s manager Marco Kurz, Fabian Johnson is unlikely to play this weekend. I think he will still get called in for the US.
Todd Marshall breaks down which Americans in Mexico have a good shot of being called in for the upcoming qualifiers.
Brian Sciaretta has a story/interview up with Mix Diskerud.
And finally, there will not be a Weekend Commentary Thread this weekend as the sites technical issues hopefully get resolved.