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Hump day links
   June 5, 2013 (12:09 AM) by Matt Benson     Email This Post Email This Post

It is Wednesday and here are some links.

Steven Goff gives us some notes on the USMNT, including that it looks like Brek Shea probably won’t join the team for the remaining games.  Mr. Soccer Insider also gives us a few good stories about his previous trips down to Jamaica to cover the US.

If you haven’t already, enter our guess the US-Jamaica score contest.  We are giving away one free Sacha Kljestan mustache shirt and who doesn’t want one of those?!

Fabian Johnson was taken out at halftime on Sunday for some hamstring tightness, but it looks like it was just a precaution and he should be ready come Friday.

The team headed down to Jamaica a couple days early and US Soccer gives us some quotes from Klinsmann on his reasoning.

Roger Bennett has a good interview with Gene Olaff, the oldest former United States international alive today.  The goalkeeper missed out on the 1950 World Cup because his police superiors denied his request for time off.

A lot of news to report about our Yanks down in Mexico.  Herculez Gomez is on the move again and is now headed to Club Tijuana.  How can any American fan not like this team?  That gives the Xolos eight different Mexican-Americans around the first team.  Also, Tijuana is basically everything that Chivas USA wanted to be when they first joined MLS.

DaMarcus Beasley has been placed on Puebla’s transfer list.  If he is going to another Mexican club, the deal has to be completed before the transfer deadline ends at midnight tonight.

And it appears that Edgar Castillo has caught the eye of some Brazilian teams after his play in Copa Libertadores.  I hope he stays at Tijuana as I like the fact that it has so many Americans and I don’t fully get all the various competitions in Brazil.  It makes it a lot easier to follow (I am looking at you, Freddy).

Tim Howard’s new manager at Everton next season will likely be Roberto Martinez.  It is pretty crazy that four of the top six teams from the Premier League will have new managers in 2013-14.

Congrats to Japan on becoming the first team to qualify for the World Cup.

Here is a post-game interview with Alejandro Bedoya from over the weekend.

The US U-20 team wraps up the Toulon Tournament with a game against South Korea today at 11 AM Eastern.  The game will be shown live on beIN SPORT.  US Soccer also gives us a video on defender Eric Miller.

Samuel Petrone hasn’t played with Mjällby this season due to a knee injury and a Mjällby blog is reporting that he has returned to the US to rehab.

Brian Sciaretta has learned that US U-17 players Shaquell Moore and Ahinga Seleman are currently in Germany on some trials with Hoffenheim and now Werder Bremen.

MLS youth academy product Arie Ammann has signed with Watford’s youth academy.  The goalkeeper’s father, Mike Ammann, is one of the first American goalies to play in England.

And finally, I was unwinding after a long day at work and flipped by TMZ on my TV only to see Jozy Altidore and Michael Bradley getting asked a question by some paparazzi.  And here is photographic proof of Michael Bradley smiling on TMZ.  My thoughts on that.  Seriously, the world might end.

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Categories: Ahinga Seleman, Alejandro Bedoya, Arie Ammann, Brek Shea, DaMarcus Beasley, Edgar Castillo, Eric Miller, Fabian Johnson, Herculez Gomez, Michael Bradley, Samuel Petrone, Shaquell Moore, Tim Howard, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team

10 Responses to “Hump day links”

  1. Trent Hill says:

    Having 7-8 Americans making the 18 of the Xolos is a fantastic accomplishment for US Soccer, considering Xolos’ recent championship and deep Libertadores run. If we can get a solid core of those players making the field for each game, say 4-5 of them, then it could serve as an important core for future USMNT games. Castillo, Corona, and Garza seem to be well on their way already, and I’m assuming Gomez will be a starter. That makes four. If nothing else, lets get a good working partnership going between Corona and Gomez.

  2. Trent Hill says:

    Also: I think it’s worth asking–why? Why are Club Tijuana targeting American players? 3-4 players who happen to be American, sure. But by my count there are 27 players on the official first team roster, of which 7 are Americans (not to mention at least 1-2 more young kids).

    So, why are they targeting American players? I believe they have an academy or two in the US (California), so that partially explains it. But it does seem to be a concerted effort at this point. Is it because they’re hoping to become the team for Mexican-American fans? Or because they want viewership in San Diego/California as well? Im interested to see how this team goes forward.

  3. daniil says:

    7-8 seems a bit exaggerated to me. this past two torneos (1 season) castillo and corona have been the only two players to get significant playing time, and corona hasnt been the most vital contributor.

    it is very unlikely that garza will be a starter in the near future. Gomez will certainly, but his signing will mean fewer minutes for corona.

    the targeting by tijuana is almost strictly financial, from what i can gather, just want american fans from SD. their academies in california arent very good.

  4. daniil says:

    Tijuana’s fanbase is working class, and the entire club seems built for a california chicano audience. They wear deep red like the sureños who outnumber other crews in california. They’ve gathered a rather bemused following for their nickname as well. Xolo is a homophone of cholo, which is how chicano gangsters identify themselves. Los cholos se aman los xolos.

  5. Gregory says:

    Castillo didn’t look dangerous around the box vs Germany, but he was able to keep possession near Germany’s box with his ability to dribble out of pressure.

  6. daniil says:

    I don’t think castillo was fully fit for that match after all the travelling/playing he had just done. That being said, there is a lot more space to exploit in the liga mx then in most international play. After watching mexico suffocate offensively in kingston last night; I don’t think castillo would be a good play on Friday.

  7. Trent Hill says:

    “7-8 seems a bit exaggerated to me. this past two torneos (1 season) castillo and corona have been the only two players to get significant playing time, and corona hasnt been the most vital contributor.”

    I didnt say 7-8 starters, I said 7-8 listed on the official first team roster. That’s true. Garza, Piceno, and the other youngsters arent seeing much gametime yet, but I imagine they will. Garza especially is a talent to watch.

    I just had the opportunity to read this: I’m sure it’s been posted before, but it’s very good.

  8. daniil says:

    Said 7-8 in 18. 4-5 in 18 id say. Garza is young, but I honestly am not sure he will develop into a usefull international player. Piceno I don’t think is actually interested in playing for us, rather he was trying to force a mexico call-up but who knows

  9. Trent Hill says:

    Yeah, the original tweet said “in or around the first team”–so my comment was in regards to that. But I see your point.

  10. Gregory says:

    You might want to give Jamaica some credit for playing World Class bunker ball. They did shutout Mexico in Azteca, and beat the USMNT last round in Kingston.

    I understand the low pressure played in MX League, but I doubt that makes sense to dismiss Castillo because Mexico only beat Jamaica by 1 point. Would much rather see EJ on the wing over Zusi and Castillo on the other wing.

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