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Thursday morning links
   September 12, 2013 (1:19 AM) by Matt Benson     Email This Post Email This Post

Sorry for the somewhat lack of updates and tweets recently (at least compared to normal).  September/October is my super busy time of year at work and the past two weeks have been crazy.  That said, lets get into some links from the last couple of days.

I posted last night some highlights of Julian Green’s hat trick from last week.  Our goal tracker has also been updated with a few goals from guys in smaller leagues.

Speaking of goals, Conor O’Brien scored a goal in his debut for OB in their 9-1 win over Udfordringen in the DBU Pokalen.

So the US won on Tuesday night and it was awesome.  The game also drew a 1.9 rating on ESPN, the highest ever rating for a non-World Cup/Confederations Cup US match.

Now that the US has clinched a spot in Brazil, Brian Sciaretta decided to pass out 23 tickets to the players he thinks will end up on the roster next summer.

Landon Donovan made an appearance on the Dan Patrick Show yesterday morning.

Here is a funny story about how FIFA might fine Costa Rica for its fans booing and whistling during the US national anthem last Friday, but we all know that is not going to happen.

This is from the weekend (and a report from the UK), but this story claims Michael Bradley will be out four weeks with his ankle injury.  Most everyone who was in Columbus said that he was walking around with no limp, so maybe he will come back sooner.

And it looks like Mikey might be underpaid, at least in my opinion, at Roma.

As for his dad, he did a Q&A with ESPN FC’s Roger Bennett over the weekend.  I believe Egypt is still the only team undefeated in World Cup qualification in the world.

We have had a Gooch sighting!  Apparently Mr. Oguchi Onyewu is training in France with his first professional club Metz.

American-English goalkeeper Paul Rachubka is now with League One side Oldham Athletic.  He played with Accrington Stanley last season.

US U-18 forward Patrick Tshiani has signed with the Belgian club Standard Liege.  He was last with Anderlecht’s youth academy.

The latest FIFA world rankings will come out today and Grant Wahl speculates that the US could jump as high as #13.

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Matt Benson

Matt likes soccer. He likes sleeping in. He is also amused easily. That is pretty much it.

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Categories: Bob Bradley, Conor O'Brien, Julian Green, Landon Donovan, Michael Bradley, Oguchi Onyewu, Patrick Tshiani, Paul Rachubka, US Men's National Team

3 Responses to “Thursday morning links”

  1. daniil says:

    Ivory coast, nigeria, senegal, belgium, italy, germany, netherlands, switzerland, england, spain, remain undefeated. 11 out of 200 or so competitors certainly isn’t shabby.

  2. Trent Hill says:

    Egypt is not just undefeated, I don’t think, but PERFECT in their qualifying record.

  3. Tim H. says:

    Brian Sciaretta’s choices of the 23 going to Brazil next summer is one of the better predicted depth charts I’ve seen. Only change I’d say would be at rightback, as I think Evans has earned consistent playing time at rightback even if he isn’t a natural one. I also would like to see Kljestan in the lineup, because his performance was superb against Bosnia. And bringing Cameron with the squad, his versatility on the backline could allow us to only bring three centerbacks and open up a spot for Kljestan. But I’d be more than fine the lineup Sciaretta suggests (except for Chadler over Evans).

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