Aston Villa had their end-of-the-season awards dinner tonight/last night and Brad Guzan walked away with both Players’ Player of the Year and Supporters’ Player of the Year awards. Congrats to Mr. Guzan. He joins Stuart Holden (2010-11) and Clint Dempsey (2010-11 & 2011-12) among the list of Americans to win player of the year honors at a Premier League side.
With the end of the season, we now slowly turn to the silly season. The Sun is reporting that West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce wants Guzan for next season. Like most soccer transfer rumors on the internet, there is about a 5% chance it is true (if that).
RIP Gold Cup trophy. It might have been weird looking, but as Howie put it earlier today, it was a part of CONCACAF’s strange charm.
There has been a little online chatter that Mikkel Diskerud might look back to Norway since he hasn’t been called into Klinsmann’s camps that much aside from January, but Mix turned down an offer to play with Norway’s U-21 team at this summer’s U-21 European Championship. And I guess there is some speculation that Mix will play for the US this summer (my guess would be at the Gold Cup).
The US U-20 team will be at the U-20 World Cup this summer, but will be first playing at the Toulon Tournament in France at the end of this month. Tab Ramos gave some quotes to US Soccer’s website about the tournament.
In the potentially really good news department, Anthony Brooks told Ramos recently that he is leaning towards playing with the US U-20 team at the Toulon Tournament in France. My reaction: good, good.
The fine folks at Top Drawer Soccer have some video interviews with U-20ers Benji Joya, Danny Garcia and DeAndre Yedlin.
And Ryan Bacic talked to potential U-20 forward Jordan Morris. According to Brian Sciaretta, Morris had a really good camp last month and fits the current system well.
As for some things with this site, Howie, Jon and I are breaking down film (not really) and starting our process to select our annual OT XI for 2012-13. Who do you think will deserves to be on the squad? Let us know in the comments in case we are overlooking someone (if we are, I am blaming Howie).
And if you follow us on Twitter or Facebook (or have just looked to the left side of the side in the last 24 hours), you may have noticed a sneak peek of Super Secret Project X. It is something that I am pretty excited about, does involve a player that is over there and should hopefully be revealed this weekend or next week.
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Matt likes soccer. He likes sleeping in. He is also amused easily. That is pretty much it.