In the last 24 hours of a mini-vacation, but here are some links from the last couple of days.
First off, a plug for our annual OT XI. So go check that out.
Jurgen Klinsmann announced the USMNT roster for the upcoming games last week and Nick Firchau gives a notebook of goodies. Also, since the roster has been announced, Brad Evans has been added to the squad.
The last of the five upcoming games is against Honduras and here is their roster. I also posted Belgium’s and Germany’s rosters last week.
Leander Schaerlaeckens looks at why US goalkeepers are awesome.
It was starting to look like Aron Johannsson was a no-go for the USMNT last week. But he might not be a lost cause as of this week. Hmm.
Tab Ramos named his roster for the upcoming Toulon Tournament earlier this week. One name missing from that roster is Anthony Brooks. He told some German press that he wants to pull a Timothy Chandler circa 2011 (rest over the summer since he is young and new to the Bundesliga) and sit out of national team competitions (but maybe he changes his mind if the USMNT come calling?).
Another name missing from the U-20 team is forward Villyan Bijev. And now he has accepted a call by Bulgaria’s U-21 team for this summer’s Euros, which would provisionally cap-tie him. Bijev’s last appearance with the US came with the U-18 team at the Lisbon International Tournament.
Speaking of the Lisbon International Tournament (I love easy transitions), the current U-18 team opened up the 2013 Lisbon International Tournament with a 3-0 win over the Czech Republic.
Going back to the U-20 team, Jose Villarreal’s name was missing from the Toulon Tournament roster because the Galaxy didn’t release him.
BBC Sport’s Garth Crooks selected Brad Guzan as his goalkeeper for his team of the season.
Stoke City and Tony Pulis have decided to part ways. Geoff Cameron, Brek Shea and Maurice Edu will have a new manager to impress this summer.
Photo time! Clarence Goodson and Brøndby avoided relegation over the weekend so they celebrated by taking a shirtless photo in the locker room (this is for the ladies).
Charlie Davies and Randers finished third in the Danish Superliga, so here is Davies showing off his bronze medal.
And congrats to Sacha Kljestan and Anderlecht on winning their second consecutive Belgian league title. Here is a photo of Sacha and the cup. Staying with Sacha, I should hopefully have the Sacha/mustache shirts up for sale later tonight/tomorrow. It all depends on my travel schedule today.
Will Parchman thinks Terrence Boyd is the future of the American striker.
Following in the footsteps of Frank Simek, Mike Grella is currently on trial with D.C. United.
After a quick six months in Germany, it looks like Paolo DelPiccolo is probably headed back to the US/MLS.
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Matt likes soccer. He likes sleeping in. He is also amused easily. That is pretty much it.