A few more USMNT tidbits before moving onto more club-based links. The US-Panama game was the second-highest rated US qualifier ever on ESPN. While it was only a 0.8, it was also a 10 PM Eastern start time on a Tuesday night. Not bad.
It is starting to look like the US won’t be playing its road qualifier at the “lovely” concrete field at Saprissa when they travel to Costa Rica in September. The stadium is not good enough for FIFA, who recently inspected Costa Rica’s stadium since they are hosting the Women’s U-17 World Cup there in 2014, so the US could be playing at Costa Rica’s new national team stadium in San Jose.
Mexico announced its roster for the Gold Cup, and as expected due to the Confederations Cup, it is a pretty weak roster. It also features to Mexican-Americans in Miguel Ponce and the recently-found-out-be-an-American Isaac Brizuela.
The U-20 World Cup begins next Friday and Brian Sciaretta talked to Oscar Sorto while Ryan Bacic caught up with Danny Garcia.
Bob Bradley has Egypt one step closer to Brazil with a recent win over Zimbabwe. And here is an extended look at the documentary on Bob Bradley on Egypt.
As for Michael Bradley, he now knows who his manager will be next season. Rudi Garcia won the double (Ligue 1 and Coupe de France) in 2010-11 with Lille.
A couple new uniforms came out this week. Here is Brad Guzan showing off Aston Villa’s new goalkeeper kit for next season. And here is what Conor Doyle will hopefully wear a few more times on the field next season for Derby County.
If you are a regular of this site, you know that there was a little bit of chatter last week about Eric Lichaj and Nottingham Forest. Well, it is picking up steam.
Greg Seltzer is hearing that the Ukrainian team interested in Jozy Altidore is Dinamo Kyiv.
Tim Ream’s agent also shot down some rumors to Seltzer about a possible Middlesbrough transfer.
DaMarcus Beasley was not sent to another Mexican league team before last week’s Liga MX draft/transfer deadline. Puebla’s president recently tweeted that there is a 50 percent chance that they re-sign Beasley.
Another American who didn’t go anywhere in Mexico was Jonathan Bornstein. Honduras’ favorite US player is still playing the waiting game and looking over his options.
Goalkeeper Caleb Patterson-Sewell has made the move from Vitoria Setubal to fellow Portuguese Primeira Liga side Gil Vicente.
Another player who made a move within his league is Bryan Gerzicich. The defensive midfielder has switched from Hapoel Ironi Kiryat Shmona to Hapoel Tel Aviv in Israel.
The New York Cosmos have signed Jemal Johnson (not to be confused with Jamel Johnson). Jemal last played in Europe for Tamworth in England before ending last season with the Fort Lauderdale Strikers. I love looking as his wikipedia page. So many different teams. Octavio Dotel is impressed.
Greg Seltzer has some info on Tony Taylor as he is looking for a new home.
Goalkeeper Ethan Horvath, who has been training at Molde FK for a while, has signed a pre-contract with the Norwegian club and will sign a professional deal with the club once the window opens up in July.
While most of the bigger leagues are shut down at the moment, we still have seen goals in the last week from Christian Eissele, Chukwudi Chijindu and Jordan Seabrook. Keep track of the lower leagues this season with our goal tracker.
And finally, with one game still left to go in the Polish II Liga (third tier), David Paul and Puszcza Niepołomice have earned promotion and will be playing in the I Liga next season.
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