The big news of yesterday was the release of the USMNT roster for Wednesday’s friendly. It was also announced later that afternoon that Michael Orozco Fiscal had to withdraw due to a hamstring injury. Here is also the usual quote sheet from Jurgen Klinsmann talking about the roster. And Klinsi talked to the Studio 90 people about Aron Johannsson and Anthony Brooks.
Random side tangent, you might notice that I always call him Anthony Brooks rather than John Anthony Brooks. I have always done that since that is how he was listed on US Soccer’s website and referred by the US U-20 coaches two years ago (sort of like how everyone called Danny Williams by Daniel Williams until he finally came into camp and then everyone started calling him Danny). But Klinsi calls him John in the video linked above, so I might be changing that in the near future. Like I said, random. Good talk.
Speaking of Aron Johannsson, here is a photo of him at camp all decked out in his US gear. And Greg Seltzer got some quotes from Johannsson.
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The team trained in front of some retired train engine.
With Clint Dempsey absent this trip, Klinsi picked Tim Howard to be the captain.
Another name absent is Timothy Chandler and ESPN’s Doug McIntyre tackles that story.
Brian Sciaretta caught up with Cody Cropper to talk about being called into his first senior team camp.
Graham Ruthven is in Sarajevo and talked to some foreign press to get the Bosnian perspective.
Here are some post-training interviews with Tim Howard and Michael Bradley.
Another player not making this trip is Herculez Gomez. His knee is still bothering him, causing him to get it cleaned out, which means he will be out the next 4-6 weeks and will likely miss September’s qualifiers.
Now onto some club news.
Anthony Brooks played so well for Hertha Berlin over the weekend that he made Whoscored.com’s statistical European Team of the Weekend. Not bad.
Sporting CP are trying to cancel their contract with Oguchi Onyewu, claiming he got his knee scoped in the US without telling them.
FC Dallas is sending Bobby Warshaw on loan to Swedish side Ängelholms FF for the rest of the season. Ängelholms FF already has one American on the roster in goalkeeper Matt Pyzdrowski.
A couple more goals to add to the weekend tally. I posted a photo of Julian Green from his game this weekend where he scored for Bayern Munich II in the German Regionalliga, but some highlights have popped up of his goal. And here are some highlights of Tony Taylor’s goal in Omonia’s preseason friendly win over Aris.
Sebastian Lletget also found the back of the net on Monday, scoring in West Ham U-21’s 3-0 win over Aston Villa. Here is a photo of Lletget celebrating one of the goals from the game with his teammates.
We had some more goals on Monday. Lester Dewee scored a goal in Bodens BK’s 4-2 win over Assi in Swedish Division 2 (fourth tier) action. Bodens BK also have a new American on the team, Matt Sanner, who also scored in the game. Here is an interview with Sanner shortly after joining the team. And Sanner scored another goal while Dewee scored two goals in a 4-1 win last week.
A couple more post-game interviews from the weekend. Here is one with Euan Holden after Bury lost, 2-1, to Oxford United. And one with Conor O’Brien after FC Nordsjælland’s 2-2 draw to Copenhagen. Also of note, O’Brien’s teammate, Morten Nordstrand, had one of the better goals you will ever see in the draw.
And finally, here is a story on James Pallotta, an American who is AS Roma’s majority owner and president.
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