The USMNT headed to Dallas (technically Arlington) on Monday after beating El Salvador 5-1 on Sunday (highlights here). I did another fun stat thingie talking about their winning streak and all the goals they keep scoring. Yay for numbers! The US will be facing Honduras from
Jerry World Cowboys Stadium at 7 PM Eastern on Fox Soccer.
Sunday’s game drew a 1.2 overnight rating, which is not bad for most soccer games shown in the US. The previous week’s game against Cuba only drew a 0.6, while the Champions League final drew a 1.0 overnight rating on FOX earlier this year. Baby steps.
While most of us were watching the US, we probably missed out that Freddy Adu came off the bench and played 13 minutes in Bahia’s 0-0 draw. It was his first action since May. Here are some highlights from the game, although Adu is not really in any of them (I think he is the smaller guy in the white jersey at the back post during the last free kick, but I can’t tell for sure).
Alfredo Morales made his debut with Ingolstadt as the German 2. Bundesliga season started up over the weekend, but he had a pretty nightmare debut. A bad back pass led to a goal and he left the game with a red card and will miss the next game. Ouch.
We had some goals in the lower leagues over the weekend. Christian Eissele scored the game-winning goal and his 21st across all competitions in Kemi Kings’ 4-3 win. And Chukwudi Chijindu scored his sixth goal of the season for Thor. His six goals are tied for the second most in the Icelandic Úrvalsdeild. As always, you can follow along with our goal tracker.
Also over the weekend, Aron Johannsson scored another goal for AZ Alkmaar in a preseason friendly against Getafe.
Some good news on the injury front as Fabian Johnson returned to some light training with Hoffenheim.
And Herculez Gomez is still about 2-3 weeks away from making his debut with Tijuana after picking up a knee injury in the Gold Cup.
Good to see that Jurgen Klinsmann and the USMNT coaching staff are still going after German-American forward Shawn Parker.
Another German-American, Julian Green, scored twice for Bayern Munich’s U-23 last week and I can’t find highlights, but his dad was tweeting out photos from the game.
We told you last week that Tim Ream played at left back for Bolton in a preseason friendly and here is a video interview with Ream talking about it.
Brian Sciaretta recently talked to Matt Besler and here is that interview/story. I think Besler is probably our #1 centerback at the moment if I was doing my own depth chart.
Michael Bradley talked to MLS Insider about growing up in MLS.
Michael’s father, Bob Bradley, will be on The Daily Show on Comedy Central this Thursday, so set your DVRs (or watch it live).
Alejandro Bedoya was on Jason Davis’ The Best Soccer Show last week where he talked about his future and the Gold Cup.
Defender Babajide Ogunbiyi is returning to Viborg FF in the Danish 1st Division (second tier). Ogunbiyi appeared in 12 league games for fellow Danish 1st Division side Vendsyssel in 2012-13 after playing for Viborg in the previous two and a half seasons.
We are inching closer to Copa America taking place in the US in 2016.
And finally, the Milk Cup is always a favorite of ours and Javier Perez named his 18-man U-18 roster yesterday. It features some European-based players, including goalkeeper Ethan Horvath (Molde FK) and forward Lynden Gooch (Sunderland). They will face Mexico next Monday in the first game then play Northern Ireland on Wednesday and Denmark on Friday. The US has won the tournament twice before (2005 and 2010).
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