We are now one day away from the first of five upcoming USMNT games which means most of these links will be about the USMNT.
If you missed this yesterday, Maurice Edu and Corey Ashe have withdrawn from camp due to injuries, while Brek Shea is currently rehabbing an injury in Dallas and will hopefully re-join the team in the near future. That link also has an updated roster for Wednesday’s game as some other players have joined the squad and won’t be available for Wednesday (i.e. Fabian Johnson, Edgar Castillo, Michael Bradley).
With Ashe no longer in camp and Johnson/Castillo currently not with the team, I fully expect DaMarcus Beasley to get the start at left back. If/when he plays, he will become the 13th player in USMNT history to reach 100 caps (here is the list of 12 from back when Carlos Bocanegra was closing in on it). Beasley spoke to Daniel Karell and Franco Panizo about the benchmark.
While we are talking about the back line, I would have guessed that Geoff Cameron would be at right back, but Cameron is telling people that they brought him in to play center back. If true, I am guessing Michael Parkhurst or Brad Evans will get the start at right back on Wednesday.
With the team back together, US Soccer is back to updating its MNT Blog. And I am sure the Studio 90 videos will pick up.
We have some updated ticket numbers for some of the upcoming games. About 22,000 for Wednesday’s game. Just over the 40,000 mark for Sunday’s game against Germany. And just short of 33,000 so far for the Panama qualifier in Seattle (I did my part and bought three). I would have guessed more, but there is still time.
Another popular player in today’s meeting of the players and the press was Stuart Holden. He spoke about returning to the team.
US goalkeeper coach Chris Woods will be following David Moyes to Old Trafford. I have no clue whether this will change his side gig with the USMNT or not. Also, I wonder if some younger US goalkeepers will be making the trip to Manchester to work out with United like some have done at Everton under Woods.
Brad Friedel thinks Brad Guzan could be Aston Villa’s number one goalkeeper for the next decade.
Ever wanted to follow Herculez Gomez around Mexico for a day? Here is part one of a MLS video that is doing that.
Michael Parkhurst wants more playing time so he might look into leaving Augsburg. He appeared in only two league games for Augsburg after moving to the German club in December.
Staying in Germany, here is an interview with Timothy Chandler from last week (I may have already linked this last week, but that was a long time ago).
Fabian Johnson and Hoffenheim were pretty excited to avoid relegation yesterday.
Start up the internet speculation machine as Leeds United might be interested in newly free agent Eric Lichaj.
This is from a week and a half ago, but since Finnish league highlights are not usually on the front page of Youtube, you are getting this now. But Jonathan Okafor had an assist (3:20 mark) in MYPA’s 2-0 win over Lahti on May 17.
We gave you an Alonso Hernandez interview yesterday in the links post and here is another one with Brian Sciaretta.
Club Tijuana must really want everyone in the US to love them as Tom Marshall tells us that youngster Bruno Piceno was actually born in the US, not in Mexico like it says on the Liga MX website.
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Matt likes soccer. He likes sleeping in. He is also amused easily. That is pretty much it.