Lets dive right into it.
Landon Donovan spoke at a Galaxy town-hall meeting on Sunday and shot down any rumors linking him to Mexico and any winter loans to Europe. Sounds like he wants to rest up before diving back into the MLS/World Cup grind.
As for Clint Dempsey and his rumored loan move to Europe, the latest and the most believable of the moment has him headed back to West London with Fulham for two months. But nothing official has come out yet (The Guardian cites US sources yet everything in the US is citing The Guardian/various European sites. Yay transfer rumors!).
CONCACAF announced the winners of the inaugural CONCACAF awards this past weekend. Tim Howard won Goalkeeper of the Year, while Jurgen Klinsmann won Coach of the Year.
UEFA held its draw for the knockout stages of Champions League and Europa League. In Champions League, Jermaine Jones and Schalke landed Real Madrid. As for Europa League, Brad Friedel and Tottenham will play FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, while Aron Johannsson and AZ Alkmaar got FC Slovan Liberec.
Bob Bradley has turned down an offer with the Vancouver Whitecaps to seek opportunities overseas. Bob also admits the interest from Norwegian side Stabaek which we posted about a couple weeks ago. Bradley also did an interview recently with KingFut.com.
John Brooks was subbed out of Hertha Berlin’s game in the first half this weekend after being at fault for one of the goals. His manager, Jos Luhukay, also told him (via the press) that he needs to grow up and become an adult.
Who knows if they will continue to scout him or not with the recent firing of Steve Clarke, but it looks like West Brom scouts have been paying attention to Timmy Chandler.
Brian Sciaretta spoke to German-American fullback Jeremy Toljan last week. But from the sounds of it, it doesn’t look like he has a huge connection with the US. Who knows though.
USMNT forward Eddie Johnson sounds like he is close to making a move to D.C. United.
Stuart Holden is back in the UK to finish up his rehabbing and poked his head into the Bolton locker room this past weekend.
For those of you that don’t follow Liga MX in Mexico, Leon just won the title this fall with Mexican-American goalkeeper William Yarbrough.
Staying in Mexico, Jonathan Bornstein could finally be on the way out at Tigres according to a couple different reports in Mexico.
And finally, in case you missed it yesterday, Steve Clark is returning to the US to play for the Columbus Crew.
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