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