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Friday morning linkage
   July 26, 2013 (12:01 AM) by Matt Benson     Email This Post Email This Post

A few links before the weekend.

After Jurgen Klinsmann wins his second World Cup in 2018, it looks like he can pass the torch to Pep Guardiola.  Dynasty!

One of Pep’s current players, Julian Green, gets the full Brian Sciaretta treatment this week (a.k.a. an informative interview).

The Gregg Berhalter era at Hammarby in Sweden ended on Wednesday as the former US international was “sacked”.

According to Greg Seltzer, Eugene Starikov is finalizing a transfer to Tom Tomsk.  Starikov scored two goals in 30 league appearances for Tom Tomsk while being on loan from Zenit Saint Petersburg in 2010-11.

For those you waiting to order a Danny Williams/Reading jersey, you can go ahead now since he will wear #23 this season.

Stoke City are in the US on their preseason tour and lost, 2-0, to the Houston Dynamo last night.  Geoff Cameron played 89 minutes for Stoke City in his return to Houston.  Maurice Edu is also with the team during this tour as he slowly works his way back from a hernia.

We had a Jonathan Bornstein sighting earlier this week.  Bornstein came off the bench for Tigres in their 1-0 loss to Cruz Azul Hidalgo in the Copa MX.

A Josh Gatt-less Molde FK advanced in Champions League with a 2-0 win (3-0 on aggregate) over Sligo Rovers earlier this week.  Eighteen-year-old Ben Spencer made Molde’s bench, but did not play.

Seth Moses was last seen in Austria with Rheindorf Altach in 2011-12, but now he is back in the US playing with the Seattle Sounders’ reserve team.

Mario Rodriguez scored two goals earlier this week in Borussia Mönchengladbach II’s 18-0 win in a preseason friendly.  I am guessing the opponent wasn’t that good.

Junior Flores played with Borussia Dortmund’s U-19 team against a China U-19 team at the Ruhr International Cup yesterday.  Some US fans might not like this.

I am headed to Chicago on Sunday (going to miss out on the Gold Cup final, horrible planning on my part) for my yearly pilgrimage to see some family and friends for the week.  Posting could be light by me next week or it could be normal.  I have no clue on my internet situation (or how much free time I will have).  That was your warning.  Good talk.

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6 Responses to “Friday morning linkage”

  1. daniil says:

    oy vay tigres have had a rough time the past few months. Hopefully torres can help right them.

    Starikov’s numbers for tom tomsk were playing on an outclassed team in the russian premier league (tom are now in the 2nd tier). Good move for him, though I’ll miss the few zenit tidbits 🙁

    When pep decides he wants the job, klinsmann will be fired after the us wins the 2015 gold cup in a manor that is not convincing enough.

  2. Jason says:

    Aw…where is the link to the 1st story about Pep? I wanted to read that rather than see Grant’s tweet realted to the article.

  3. Trent Hill says:

    Starikov is still pretty young. It will be interesting to see if he can get some minutes for Tomsk and make a move somewhere else. Ukraine would probably suit him, as would Austria.

  4. Ufficio says:

    Nooooo! Subotic is going to talk Flores into spurning the US for El Salvador.

  5. daniil says:

    In russia 24 is considered the front part of a player’s prime. That being said strikers tend to develop a little late. The big question here is where Tomsk will play him because previous loan spells have seen him deployed on the wing, while he really is a striker by nature. When Roman Pavlyuchenko was 24 he was playing for a club of similar standing to Tom Tomsk and 6 years later he was scoring for Spurs in the champions league.

    Plus his manager at Tomsk will be Anatoliy Davidov who was a Zenit reserve coach the whole time that Starikov was there. These guys have met, and the fact that Davidov would bring him in shows what he thinks of Starikov. This is also good because Starikov played mostly striker with the Zenit reserves, so presumably Davidov will play him as a striker with Tomsk.

    Btw I mispoke previously, Tom Tomsk earned promotion last year and are back in the RPL :p

  6. Trent Hill says:

    Thank goodness you mispoke, Daniil–I didnt really think playing in Russia’s second division was a very good move. It’ll be tough for him, but hopefully he sees minutes as striker and scores some goals. Im rooting for him.

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