A couple links before enjoying the day.
The biggest news of the weekend revolved around Robbie Rogers. The ex-Leeds/Stevenage player came out of retirement after being traded to the LA Galaxy (from the Chicago Fire). Then he made his debut last night, coming off the bench in LA’s 4-0 win over Seattle. Good for him.
While that game was going on, Club America had a dramatic comeback over Cruz Azul in the Liga MX final, scoring two goals in the last few moments, including this diving header by America’s goalkeeper. The game went on to extra time before America pulling out the victory in penalty kicks. Although he didn’t play in the game, America does have 20-year-old Mexican-American Ventura Alvarado on the squad. Alvarado only appeared in three games, but he is a champion. Last night’s game also produced this great GIF of America’s manager.
Michael Bradley ended his season this past weekend with a 1-0 loss to Lazio in the Coppa Italia final. Before that game, Greg Seltzer reported that recently promoted Hellas Verona (not to be confused with his former club Chievo Verona) tried to talk to Roma about a loan deal for next season, but Roma wants none of it.
As for some other end-of-the-season roster housecleaning. Bury has released a bunch of players including Euan Holden. Holden appeared in only one game for Bury in 2012-13.
Joe Gyau is headed back to Hoffenheim after St. Pauli declined on their option to buy once his loan came to an end. Hoffenheim have their second leg of the relegation playoffs today, so we will find out if they are staying in the Bundesliga or moving down (they hold a 3-1 lead).
Tony Taylor won’t be playing with Estoril next season as he didn’t pick up a contract extension, although his agent claims there is other interest in Portugal. Taylor scored one goal in 15 league appearances last season as Estoril earned an Europe League spot for 2013-14.
A couple clubs are “cleaning up” their crests/badges and trying to make them more up to date. Everton released this one, although their supporters are not huge fans of it. And Roma did the same thing.
Brian Sciaretta recently talked to US U-20/Colorado Rapids defender Shane O’Neill. O’Neill is on the US U-20 team that is in France for the 2013 Toulon Tournament. The US U-20 team kicks off the tournament against France on Tuesday, although O’Neil won’t join the team until after Colorado’s June 1 league game against FC Dallas.
Staying with the U-20 theme, Tom Marshall talked to Monterrey’s Alonso Hernandez about trying to make the US U-20 World Cup roster. Hernandez is also in France for the Toulon Tournament.
This has nothing to do with anything US Soccer related, but a documentary that I highly enjoyed is now on Youtube. The Four Year Plan is an unbelievable behind-the-scenes look at QPR for a couple seasons as they attempt to earn promotion to the Premier League. I believe it is on Netflix (if you want a high quality version of it), but for those without Netflix, you can check it out here. It is amazing to see them earn promotion (spoiler alert!) while some of the people involved are batsh*t crazy.
We hit a milestone over the weekend. The site is officially over the one millionth hit mark. So thanks for reading the site the last couple years.
And finally, have your ordered your Sacha Kljestan mustache t-shirt yet?