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The post-international window links
   November 21, 2013 (12:02 AM) by Matt Benson     Email This Post Email This Post

The international window has ended and now it is the return of some links.

The big news from Wednesday was that Juan Agudelo’s work permit appeal was denied.  It looks like Stoke City officials were stunned by the decision.  And Kenny Dalglish, Jurgen Klinsman and Mark Hughes were there to argue in his favor.

Brian Sciaretta talked to Terrence Boyd after the game in Austria.

On the injury front, Danny Williams could be available for Reading this weekend as they take on Blackburn Rovers.

It sounds like the earliest we could see Jonathan Spector return to the field after his thigh injury is at the end of the month.  Spector has started running again according manager Lee Clark.

Former Bolton Wanderers midfielder Fabrice Muamba thinks Stuart Holden is the best player that he has played with during his career.

Andrew Wooten and Kaiserslautern defeated Idar-Oberstein, 5-0, in a friendly during the international window this week.  Wooten was one of the goal scorers and you can see his goal at the 3:37 mark of this video.

Esteban Rodriguez played on the US U-17 team at the 2011 U-17 World Cup and is now with Tijuana’s U-20 team.  He scored a pretty sweet goal this week at the 1:45 mark of this video.

It is likely that Clint Dempsey will head back to England for a winter loan and one of the first rumors has West Ham United as the early leaders (which probably means he won’t end up there).

It is also that time of year when MLS players head to Europe for training stints.  LA Galaxy youngster Jack McBean is already in England doing stints with Wolverhampton and Blackburn Rovers.  Chicago Fire players Dilly Duka and Victor Pineda are headed to Spain to train with Atlético Madrid.  And DeAndre Yedlin could be headed to Germany to train with Steve Cherundolo and Hannover 96.

Ljungskile SK are overhauling their roster this offseason.  You can now add Paul Tracy to the list of Americans who are parting ways with the club (also Patrick Hopkins and Pat McMahon).  That leaves Charlie Campbell and Aaron Nichols as the only Americans still at the club.  And they have brought in Los Angeles Blues defender Cory Miller for a trial.  Ljungskile SK likes themselves some Americans.

Now that we know all 32 teams for the World Cup, here is that World Cup draw simulator again.  I just got the US in a group with Argentina, France and Portugal.  Ouch.

And courtesy of Brian Straus, here are all 32 badges from the teams who made the World Cup.  I probably like the Netherlands’ badge the most.

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12 Responses to “The post-international window links”

  1. Ian says:

    First and foremost, the USSF better change our crest to the centennial edition before the World Cup starts. Second, it’s good to hear that Klinsmann was working on getting a player he hasn’t called up in a while into a better situation to make the team. Third, Yedlin training and learning from Cherundolo can only be described as excellent. And lastly, I’ve been playing around with the simulator and keep getting manageable groups, but I’m not holding my breath.

  2. Ian says:

    I got Belgium, US, Ghana, Italy and when I simulated the results US was 2nd with 6 points.

  3. Nick says:

    Yedlin training with Dolo…yesss

  4. Carlos M. says:

    I got…

    Brazil, USA, Algeria, Greece.

    OMG USMNT opening the World CUP!?

  5. Gregory says:

    I don’t question Jurgen, but if he really wanted to help Juan’s work permit he called him up for the Gold Cup or other friendlies.

    All Shea or Wonodo’s call-ups have been a joke that could have been Juan.

    The Shea hype hopefully has ended. I’m sorry but he lacks basic dribbling skills. I posted 2 years ago he has no business with the A squad. Everyone jumped down my throat and basically said I was stupid.

    I want to think Jurgen has a master plan and knew Stoke would be tough for Juan to get playing time. It could be a blessing if Juan can immediate playing time somewhere in Belgium, Scottland, Holland ect

  6. Jerry says:

    Dear god I hate this simulator thing, first group I got was: Spain, Chile, USA and Portugal.

    Well, there will be no easy roads in 2014 that’s for sure. I see at a minimum 3 groups of death.

  7. Dirk says:

    Just got Switzerland, Cameron and Croatia. Yes please.

    That group sounds like a rock journalist with neutral opinions.

  8. CP says:

    While it would suck to draw Brazil, I’d be thrilled to be able to get to go to the opening match!

  9. daniil says:

    Even switzerland, camerron, and croatia… those are three teams who fancy themselves to advance past the group stage.

    This world cup is going to be incredibly competitive. Platini is a huge jerk, but it wouldn’t break my heart to see his 8 team expansion.

  10. Kyle says:

    I simulated 3 times and twice had Brazil and Greece within the group. The third time was with Switzerland as the seeded team. We can only hope that we are in Switzerlands group haha. I wouldn´t mind Colombia or Uruguay´s group either. 2 weeks until we know!!

  11. Trent Hill says:

    “Even switzerland, camerron, and croatia… those are three teams who fancy themselves to advance past the group stage.”

    Yeah, any group is going to be difficult. But, this group would definitely be a dream.

  12. William says:

    Best case scenario would be

    Switzerland, Ecuador, Greece.

    Even this group is a killer.

    Worst case scenario would be

    Brazil, Ghana, Portugal

    Something in the middle that is most likely are either of these groups

    Uruguay, Ivory Coast, Russia or Germany, Chile, Bosnia

    Anyway you look at it, it is going to be very tough. Like daniil said, I too would like to see 8 team expansion. More group stage games would be AWESOME!!!!

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