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Links for Tuesday morning
   December 17, 2013 (1:19 AM) by Matt Benson     Email This Post Email This Post

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

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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8 Responses to “Links for Tuesday morning”

  1. CP says:

    Good news on Dempsey. During the WC draw, he made it sound like he would share any transfer news within the next week or so, but obviously, we are past now…

    Bad news on Donovan. Unless he has an amazing camp in January, I think he might just end up as a benchwarmer in Brazil…

  2. Trent Hill says:

    Donovan will play in Brazil. When he’s geared up for games, he’s the best we have.

    I dont see Dempsey playing in Brazil unless he lights it up with Fulham and then Seattle next season, though.

    Steve Clark is probably going to get some looks at GKer after this next WC, which should be good.

  3. milty says:

    Steve Clark doesn’t belong in the national team picture. Not the A team, anyway. Not with the caliber of keepers we produce.

  4. Dirk says:

    I have a hard time seeing Dempsey on the bench in Brazil even if his form doesn’t greatly improve with Seattle. He will be a key player regardless. We don’t have many players better than him. Is Aaron J supposed to suddenly step up in his role? Which American player is gonna put Dempsey on the bench?

  5. CP says:

    Barring injury, Dempsey is definitely starting in Brazil because he is doing what Klinsmann wants. That is the same reason Donovan may end up as a benchwarmer…

    Learn from Timmy Chandler…

  6. daniil says:

    donovan starting and dempsey on the bench? our captain? lol… as far as teams who qualified for the world cup, dempsey tied for 9th with most goals scored in qualification in the world. He’s been dealing with nagging injuries. No way.

  7. Gregory says:

    Dempsey is dangerous with the ball. He makes everyone better because defenders always have to worry about him.

    I like Lando on the field but I think Fabian and others are better at the attacking end.

  8. Trent Hill says:

    Gregory–I would have Donovan on the field as well as Fabian.

    I just do not trust Beasley defending against world class talent at leftback. I want F.J. there.

    I think Dempsey will see field time. I simply said that as of right now he’s on the outside looking in because of his form (or lack thereof) since his move to Seattle.

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