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Thursday afternoon links
   March 28, 2013 (2:44 PM) by Matt Benson     Email This Post Email This Post

A few random things for you.

Charlie Davies got the start and went the full 90 minutes in Randers’ 0-0 draw to OB today.  It was his first start in a top-flight European league since before his car crash with Sochaux in 2009-10.  As Howie pointed out to me, Costa Rica has played two WC Hex qualifiers on American soil since his last start.  Let that sink in for a second.

After playing some games with the U-23 team in the Regionalliga, Bobby Wood came off the bench and played 31 minutes in 1860 Munich’s 1-0 win over Erzgebirge Aue today.

Landon Donovan is back with the LA Galaxy and spoke to the press today.  He is hoping to get back with the USMNT in time for the three qualifiers in June.

The Birmingham Mail has a story on Will Packwood and his road to recovery.

Here is a likely poorly Google-translated interview with Alfredo Morales from Hertha Berlin’s site.

The US-Mexico game drew the highest World Cup qualifier match ratings in ESPN history.  And here are the field-level highlights of last Friday’s game against Costa Rica.  A friend of the site also sent in some photos from the game that I should hopefully have up tomorrow.

Swedish Superettan side IK Brage have signed central defender Tyler Ruthven.  Ruthven last played with the New York Red Bulls in 2012.

Bob Bradley has Egypt on the right track so far in their quest to qualify for the World Cup.

And good luck to soccer journalist Brian Straus. Staus was let go by the Sporting News along with some other writers this week.  Whether you enjoyed his now famous article from last week or not, we need more people like him following MLS/US Soccer.  Hopefully someone smart picks him up.  Maybe I can convince him to come to this site and pay him in high fives.

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Matt Benson

Matt likes soccer. He likes sleeping in. He is also amused easily. That is pretty much it.

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Categories: Alfredo Morales, Bob Bradley, Bobby Wood, Charlie Davies, Landon Donovan, Tyler Ruthven, US Men's National Team, Will Packwood

2 Responses to “Thursday afternoon links”

  1. William says:

    Surely Straus wasn’t let go because of the news article…?

    Bradley has two tough qualifiers coming up on the road. Hopefully he can get at least 2 points out of them…that would send Egypt to the playoff round.

    Donovan will make a HUGE difference as the RW in the 4-2-3-1. I hope he gets back to form quickly.

  2. Ian says:

    Sterile five! I love the field level highlights.

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