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Tuesday morning linkage
   October 29, 2013 (12:01 AM) by Matt Benson     Email This Post Email This Post

This past weekend was a fantastic one for the various Americans in Europe.  We had 12 total goals by 10 different players.  I have posted highlights of most of the goals over the last two days, but you can follow along with our goal tracker.

One of those goal scorers was Julian Green, who scored twice against Heimstetten (a photo of him celebrating with teammates from the game), giving him 15 goals in 15 games with Bayern Munich’s U-23 team this season.  During last Friday’s morning links, there were some rumblings that Green would be going to the USMNT camp in Europe next month.  There was finally confirmation by US Soccer later that afternoon that he would be at least attending the camp, but he hasn’t filled out a FIFA one-time switch so he can’t play in the friendlies.  That said, Brian Sciaretta is hearing “optimistic” things about his US prospects.

Another player who scored a goal in the German Regionalliga this weekend was Jann George and here is a photo of him celebrating with a teammate.

Michael Bradley came off the bench and scored the winning goal for Roma over the weekend, giving them the longest winning streak to start a season in Serie A history.  Here is a fantastic call by an Italian broadcaster who looses his stuff and calls him Lex Luthor.  Seriously, listen to that.

Also in Mikey news, Roma apparently turned down a seven million euro bid by Cardiff City for his services this past summer.

Tim Howard won the battle of American goalkeepers over the weekend in Everton’s 2-0 win over Brad Guzan and Aston Villa.  Based on his strong play, including a save on a penalty kick, he was named to BBC Sport’s Garth Crooks’ Premier League Team of the Week.  That link also tells us that Howard has saved six penalty kicks in Premier League play since 2008-09, the most by any keeper over that time frame.

Will Packwood put in another Man of the Match honors for Bristol Rovers in a 0-0 draw to Chesterfield.

Steve Cherundolo was supposed to make Hannover 96’s 18-man roster this past weekend, but some medical paperwork wasn’t turned in properly (or something like that).

Huddersfield Town manager Mark Robbins likes Duane Holmes.

Here is a sweet 360-degree photo of Fabian Borini, Jozy Altidore and Sunderland celebrating the game-winning goal from Sunday.

We know Jurgen Klinsmann wants the MLS-based USMNT players to go out on winter loans and now we have our first rumor:  Clint Dempsey back to Fulham?

And finally, Michel Platini wants the World Cup to expand to 40 teams.  Shockingly, he only wants UEFA to get one of those eight new spots.

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12 Responses to “Tuesday morning linkage”

  1. Trent Hill says:

    Um, anyone else think UEFA definitely deserves at least 2 of those 8 spots?

  2. daniil says:

    Its not about who deserves spots, its about who is fattening fifa’s wallet. Fifa would much rather have teams like China and Egypt than the likes of Iceland and Slovenia.

    On a related but less cynical note, world cup berths help a country expand its soccer infrastructure. European countries almost all have exquisite soccer infrastructure, which is why the Icelands of the world are better than the Chinas. Put the chinas in the world cup, they get better infrrastructure to develop their superior player pool. This improves the quality of the game on a worldwide scale.

  3. 2tone says:

    Uefa doesn’t deserve 13 spots as it is.

  4. Gregory says:

    Imagine they do it like the NCAA and eventually have 66 teams. haha

  5. Todd T says:

    I think you take CONCACAF and join it with South America as a new region. Sprinkle in a few more spots so we still have a chance to qualify. This way we get to play quality teams…BTW that’s how a team improves…yes you need infrastructure but we are not going to get better by playing the minnows.

  6. Bird says:

    Good goal for Bedoya! A redemption goal! He missed 2 wide open shots early in the match and finally puts away a deflected cross at the back post. Very similar to his other goal for Nantes. He looks confident on the pitch today.

  7. daniil says:

    I don’t think there will ever be a concacaf/conmebol merge for political reasons. With every federation getting a vote in the assembly, if someone wants to win an election they have to cater to the whyms of small carribean and central american countries. These countries are down to keep concacaf in tact.

  8. William says:

    Lex Luthor!?!? I like it…

    40 teams would be awesome!!!!

    CONCACAF is not disbanding…no way.

  9. Jaime says:

    How significant is Julian Green switching to the US if he does? I think he has a chance to make it to the World Cup if joins us… What do you think ?

  10. daniil says:

    I don’t think he is ready for world cup unless he starts getting first team football somewhere.

  11. CP says:

    Maybe 2014 for Green, but regardless, 2018 would be an awesome line-up for sure, with Klinsmann probably getting his dream of an all Euro players line-up…

  12. Jaime says:

    CP but do you think he will stick around for us until 2018 ? I think we bring him to Brazil, is the only way we captied him..

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