Some links for Tuesday.
Grant Wahl gives us some USMNT goodies. It has been rumored, but it is looking like the US will face Austria in its second friendly in November to go along with the friendly against Scotland. Austria is ranked #47 by FIFA and #51 by Elo. And during January’s camp, the US will split time between Los Angeles and Brazil. They won’t have any games in Brazil, but they want to check out infrastructure before the World Cup.
The injuries are starting to pile up for the USMNT even if they aren’t serious. Clint Dempsey missed another game for Seattle with a hamstring strain. Fabian Johnson was subbed out of Hoffenheim’s weekend game with an ankle injury. A report out of Germany claimed that Jermaine Jones needed a surgery on his knee, but Jones/US Soccer went all Lee Corso on that report, claiming that he is fit for selection. And Clarence Goodson missed San Jose’s game on Sunday with a knee injury.
That all said, Michael Bradley is slowly getting back at it, training on a side field during a recent Roma practice.
ESPN’s Doug McIntyre spoke to Geoff Cameron about his struggles to see the field with the USMNT. Some good quotes in that story. Doug also informs us that some USMNT coaches were at Nottingham Forest’s weekend game against Derby County checking out Eric Lichaj.
Steve Goff gives us his American abroad roundup for the weekend. As for Monday, Tim Howard picked up an assist in Everton’s 3-2 win over Newcastle United. So there have been a total of two assists by goalkeepers in the Premier League this season and they were both by Americans (Howard and Brad Guzan) and both took place this weekend.
Also on Monday, Zarek Valentin and Bodø / Glimt earned promotion to Norway’s top-flight league with a win over Vard.
Zak Whitbread is headed to Derby County on an emergency loan. Whitbread had played in only four games for Leicester City across all competitions so far in 2013-14, so there will be a chance for more playing time.
Aron Johannsson will have a new manager at AZ Alkmaar as the club has fired Gertjan Verbeek.
MLS Insider has the story of how Bob Bradley became coach of the Egyptian men’s national team.
Brek Shea and Maurice Edu both played with Stoke City’s U-21 team in a recent game against Sebastian Lletget and West Ham United’s U-21 team.
According to this report out of Denmark, Mike Grella is trialing with Superliga side Viborg FF.
Kris Lindsey tells us more about the somewhat-forgotten Mexican-American at Tijuana: Bruno Piceno.
Julian Green has been invited to play with Germany’s U-19 team for their upcoming first round of the U-19 Euro qualification. These would be official games, which means he would be provisionally cap tied to Germany.
And we told you last week about Will Packwood scoring a goal for Birmingham City’s U-21 team and here is some video of the goal:
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