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A few links for Friday morning
   April 5, 2013 (12:08 AM) by Matt Benson     Email This Post Email This Post

Want a podcast to pass the time today?  Jurgen Klinsmann spoke to the Mens in Blazers this week.

CONCACAF has made some changes to the Gold Cup regarding the rosters and tiebreakers.

Jason Davis has some words on Herculez Gomez over at  It is pretty crazy that all nine of Gomez’s CCL goals have come against MLS teams.

Doug McIntyre wonders (ESPN Insider) if Steve Cherundolo’s USMNT future is murky.

The USMNT has had some width issues under Klinsmann so Matt Wagner writes about possibly moving Timothy Chandler and Fabian Johnson up to midfield.

Brian Sciaretta caught up with Juan Ocegueda this week to talk about the U-20 World Cup draw.

Continuing with the theme of English teams searching far and wide for American goalkeepers, Reading is signing US U-17 goalkeeper Aleks Gogic.

Enjoy the weekend.

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3 Responses to “A few links for Friday morning”

  1. Todd T says:

    Great podcast…classic Klinsi!!! Positive, motivational he is mesmerizing. Say what you will about his tactics Mr. Lahm(and to be fair just about everybody else) but I love this guy!!! The funny thing is that you have heard parts of this same plan of development from analysts and soccer sports writers for years but none of them actually had the credentials that Klinsi has. Who knows what happens at the next world cup. Anybody who thinks that we are going do any better then past world cups is deluding themselves. It is simple if we play well through 3 games(which we have never done in previous cups) and get a little lucky we will get out of what ever group we are in. Then it is a crap shoot.

    Question: “Would you rather win a knock out stage game playing ugly or lose the game playing the beautiful game?” Part 2: what is better for soccer development in this country.

    I can’t wait for the next 10 to 15 years to fly by so we can see how the infrastructure develops the first world class homegrown American field players through quality youth coaches at every level. It will happen it is just a matter of time and pressure.

    Until then we can just enjoy the show and root for our team USA USA USA !!!!!

  2. Gregory says:

    Todd I agree that coaches are the problem, but you can’t blame the coaches without blaming the whole system. Great athletes with overcome bad coaching, and USA just hasn’t had any great athletes emerge recently.

    Honestly America will be stuck until lower class kids play soccer. Most lower class kids don’t play soccer even if they want due to the traveling system and it’s expenses.

    Use Josh Gatt as an example, he is fast but his 100m time wouldn’t touch speedy college football players. Over 200 college football programs have at least 1 player as fast as Gatt.

    Until the American system allows poor kids to play it will have a tough time producing elite homegrown talent.

  3. Todd T says:

    True the pay to play has to go, Klinsi said as much in the pod…which mean we need more scouting to identify the talent when they are 11, 12, 13…etc. We need to include all classes(to soften the language but not dilute your meaning) and all nationalities that are present in our country.(Keep in mind I am thinking about home grown players for the future…until we get there we need all the help we can get to grow the program and attract the next generation of players…so give us your poor, your tired, your fleet of foot, your technically gifted and it could hurt to have a few more lefties!!!)

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