So stuff happened yesterday.
I was gone for most of yesterday so I missed out on all the Twitter-hoopla over the big news on Julian Green. There is a report out of Germany that Green has accepted a call-up to the USMNT friendlies in Europe next month. Green is currently provisionally cap-tied to Germany after playing in some UEFA U-19 qualifiers earlier this month, so he would have to file a FIFA one-time switch in order to play with the US (he could also just come into the camp and not play in the games without the one-time switch). His dad has also confirmed the news on Twitter. Green hasn’t played with Bayern Munich’s first team this season, but he has scored 13 goals in 14 games with the U-23 team in the Regionalliga so far in 2013-14.
If true, Jurgen Klinsmann has a message for Germany:
Jurgen Klinsmann did another Q&A with US Soccer’s website. The big talking point is that he wants some of the MLS players to go on winter loans during the offseason or they will be involved in the January camp. As it was reported before, the US will begin the January camp in Los Angeles and finish it up in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Steve Cherundolo (remember him?) also did a Q&A with US Soccer’s website. He has been training with Hannoer 96 for the last two weeks and hopes to get back into a game in the near future.
The US U-18 team finished second at the Limoges Tournament in France last week. Here are some highlights of their 1-0 win over the Czech Republic. And head coach Javier Perez did a Q&A about the second place finish. That team had three guys currently at youth academies in Europe, Fulham’s Emerson Hyndman, FC Utrecht’s Rubio Rubin and Chelsea’s Kyle Scott.
Another dual-national youth player could be headed to the USMNT, but not for a few years. New England Revolution’s Diego Fagundez secured permanent residency status in the US and plans to seek US citizenship. Now we play the waiting game for the next three to five years.
Mark Hughes made some comments last week that Brek Shea was wanting to go out on loan in search of playing time. And now Shea spoke to some local press in the UK about the same and revealed that he was close to getting loaned out to Derby County until Nigel Clough was fired. Imagine Shea being in this photo.
Brian Sciaretta talked to Edgar Castillo this week about his recent playing time with the USMNT.
Here is a story on Timothy Chandler’s new manager Gertjan Verbeek.
Here is a photo of Oguchi Onyewu with his new QPR jersey.
And finally, Greg Seltzer emptied his statistical notebook on American players in Europe.
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Matt likes soccer. He likes sleeping in. He is also amused easily. That is pretty much it.