Today is always one of the great days of the year. Here are a few links to read between some beers and fireworks.
Jurgen Klinsmann has selected DaMarcus Beasley as the captain for the US for the Gold Cup. A nice honor for Beasley.
US Soccer has not made any official announcements, but Ives is hearing that Josh Gatt’s knee injury is significant enough that he will miss the Gold Cup. As for the other injured player, Corey Ashe, he returned to full training today.
The USMNT will hold a training session open to the public today at 5 PM Pacific at Qualcomm Stadium. Admission is free.
The official US Soccer youtube page has uploaded some highlights from past games against Guatemala. So here is a game from 2000 and one from 2005.
I don’t know if I will do a pre-game primer or not, but here are the game notes. The US is 13-4-6 all-time against Guatemala (11-0-1 on American soil) and the game will be on at 8 PM Pacific on NBC Sports Network.
The latest run of wins by the US has moved them up to #22 in the latest FIFA world rankings, up six spots from last month and now only two spots behind Mexico who dropped from #17 to #20.
Leander Schaerlaeckens writes about US Soccer’s slowly building scouting network.
If you haven’t read this site in a while, Howie has been bringing the thunder this week with a bunch of posts. He has posted about Jared Jeffrey joining DC United. Mario Rodriguez’s move to Borussia Mönchengladbach U-23 team. Derby County want to send Conor Doyle to MLS on a loan. Mike Grella is not returning to Scunthorpe United. And I threw up a post about our latest Jann George sighting. So this site has been pretty busy this week during a normally slow period.
In some fun site news, I got confirmation that our first international order for a Sacha Kljestan mustache shirt successfully crossed the pond and landed in Beglium. The buyer is hopefully going to get a photo with Sacha and the shirt at one of Anderlecht’s preseason sessions in the next few weeks. You can buy your own shirt right here.
While things in Egypt seem to be acting up again, it is good to hear that Bob Bradley and his wife are currently safe and back in the US for the moment.
Greg Seltzer has the latest transfer gossip about Jozy Altidore right here and here. Thoughts on Jozy at Sunderland?
The Wooten Clan, Andrew Wooten, continues to put the ball in the back of the net in preseason friendlies for Kaiserslautern, scoring another two goals in a 7-0 win over Slovenian champs Maribor.
Chukwudi Chijindu scored his fifth goal of the season in Thór’s 2-1 win over ÍA Akranes on Wednesday. His five goals this season are tied for the second most in the Icelandic Úrvalsdeild.
And here is what Bobby Wood will be wearing next season at 1860 Munich. 1860 Munich always seem to have some shirts that I like.
Enjoy the day.