Some links before the weekend.
Thanks to the nice road victory over a strong Bosnia squad, the US has moved up to #10 in the Elo rankings, one spot shy of the highest ranking ever by the US. The US’s highest ranking by Elo is #9, last done in 2009.
US Soccer gives us some post-game reactions from a few different players. Greg Seltzer also found some post-game video interviews with John Brooks (I will be changing his category on this site from Anthony Brooks to John Brooks soon) and Aron Johannsson. Got to like hearing “my future is the USA team” from Brooks.
While re-watching the game last night, I noticed that we apparently traded Tim Howard for Asmir Begovic.
It looks like Jozy Altidore will be doing a blog for ESPN FC from time to time and here is his first entry.
Will Bruin spoke to John Kretlow about his time with the USMNT while at the Gold Cup.
Bob Bradley continues to keep Egypt trucking along as they defeated Uganda, 3-0, in a friendly on Wednesday.
I forgot to post this earlier in the week, but the German Cup had its second round draw last weekend, which will feature a couple American vs. American battles including Preußen Münster (Matt Taylor) vs. Augsburg (Michael Parkhurst) and Kaiserslautern (Andrew Wooten) vs. Hertha Berlin (John Brooks).
Conor O’Brien told bold.dk that Nordsjælland had him playing some right back during the preseason, although they still see him as a central midfielder. I guess there is some decent competition in the middle of the field, so they are looking at other ways to get him on the field.
RJ Allen is no longer with Skive in Denmark and is currently on trial with DC United.
Devann Yao, who was last seen with Royal Boussu Dour Borinage in the Belgian Second Division last season, has signed a one-year deal with UR La Louvière Centre in the Belgian Third Division.
Greg Seltzer did a little English Premier League preview on all the Americans in the league.
And I don’t think this team is officially affiliated with US Soccer, but the US won gold for the first time ever at the World Maccabiah Games a.k.a. the “Jewish Olympics”. As Howie pointed out last night, the US somehow didn’t win gold in 2005 despite having Jonathan Bornstein and Benny Feilhaber on the roster.
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Matt likes soccer. He likes sleeping in. He is also amused easily. That is pretty much it.