I am still pretty bummed about Stuart Holden’s knee.
Howie put together a fun poll: Favorite Jürgen Klinsmann outfit of the summer. The pocket henley and rugby polo look to be the leaders.
The current 11-game winning streak by the USMNT is tied for the longest in CONCACAF history according to Mr. Chip. I found a Mexico 11-game streak between 1935 and 1938, but you can also add an 11-game streak by Costa Rica between 1960 and 1961. The longest winning streak by any country is 15 by Spain in 2008 and 2009, which the US snapped at the 2009 Confederations Cup.
Will Parchman did one of his funny retro diaries on the Gold Cup final. And Matt from The Shin Guardian did a post-game look at the final.
As Howie pointed out yesterday, Aron Johannsson has decided to play for the US. He will need to file a one-time switch with FIFA. Whether it clears in time or not, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him still called into Bosnia game to meet the guys/see a camp. Here is a list of players that have done this switch to the US according to Brian Sciaretta.
The US U-18 team opened up the Milk Cup with a 1-1 draw to Mexico. The New York Red Bulls’ Amando Moreno scored the goal for the US. They next play Northern Ireland (who beat Denmark 2-1 on Monday) on Wednesday.
Sacha Kljestan had to leave Anderlecht’s league season opener after taking an elbow to the ear, causing his ear to rip open. For those that don’t mind blood and what not, he tweeted out a photo.
Hannover 96 officials think Steve Cherundolo will return to training by mid-August, although nothing is set in stone.
As for right now, Mexico is keeping Jose Manuel “Chepo” de la Torre as their manager. No need for US fans to create a Kickstarter to keep him.
The weather is incredible in Chicago right now for the summer, so I am going to go back on vacation. Good talk.
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Matt likes soccer. He likes sleeping in. He is also amused easily. That is pretty much it.