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Thursday linkage
   December 19, 2013 (1:01 AM) by Matt Benson     Email This Post Email This Post
 

A quick recap of yesterday’s games before the links.

Aron Johannsson scored twice (and converted on his PK) in AZ’s win over Heerenveen in the Dutch Cup (highlights).  The brace gives Johannsson 17 goals across all competitions in 2013-14.

In the Capital One Cup, Geoff Cameron plugged away another 90 minutes at right back in a 2-0 loss to Manchester United.

And in Austria, Terrence Boyd picked up a red card in Rapid Vienna’s 2-0 loss to Sturm Graz.

DaMarcus Beasley is staying at Puebla as the deal with Querétaro fell through.  And Puebla’s president Jesús López Chargoy claims it is because Puebla’s fans demanded that Beasley stay with the club.

Joe Corona and Herculez Gomez both scored for Tijuana in a friendly against Dorados.  Gomez apparently has had some interest from Club Atlas recently but he wants to stay at Tijuana.

After winning the Liga MX title this fall with Leon, it should come as no surprise that William Yarbrough is starting to get more attention, especially when it comes to national team talk.

Jurgen Klinsmann is still in contact with Julian Green, but Green has decided to play with Germany’s U-19 team for now.

Now for your injury updates.

Josh Gatt is ahead of schedule on his road to recovery.  We just don’t know exactly what that schedule is at the moment.

Zak Whitbread has missed eight games due to a calf injury, but Derby County manager Paul Simpson is hoping he can return to the field next week.

Bolton manager Dougie Freedman told the team’s website that he is happy that Stuart Holden is back in the UK, but that he still has a long way to go.

US Soccer finally put up the full match of the US U-17’s win over Brazil in the last game of the Nike International Friendlies.  Will Parchman, who was in attendance, wrote about Brazil quitting on the match with about 5-10 minutes left.

If you look at some WhoScored.com numbers, it would tell you that Tim Howard and Brad Guzan are among the top five goalkeepers in the Premier League this season.

Apparently Michael Bradley will be wearing these Nike shirts at Roma next season as they have already leaked.  Both are pretty solid.

And finally, it is never too early to preview the World Cup!  Yanks Abroad is looking at the Group G teams and has already done Germany and Portugal.

 
Categories: Aron Johannsson, Brad Guzan, DaMarcus Beasley, Geoff Cameron, Herculez Gomez, Joe Corona, Josh Gatt, Julian Green, Michael Bradley, Stuart Holden, Terrence Boyd, Tim Howard, US Men's National Team, William Yarbrough, Zak Whitbread
 

2 Responses to “Thursday linkage”

  1. CP says:

    The Yanks Abroad WC preview is okay, but I think it would be better if someone could directly compare the US’s projected starting line-up to Portugal/Ghana/Germany’s projected line-up. Specifically, what clubs do they play for, how good are they considered, athletism/skill level, etc., to see if we have any player advantages and where that might be…

  2. William says:

    CP, Germany has a better player than us at every position. GK is the only position we might be just as good, but not obviously better.

    Portugal is better than us at every position as well except GK IMO. There are a few spots however that I feel we have a player marginally less talented and maybe even equal to Portugal. Michael Bradley could certainly challenge for a holding mid position for Portugal and Altidore would fight for CF position.

    Ghana and the US are a little more even position by position. I’d take Howard/Guzan, a healthy Dolo, Bradley, Duece, Altidore over the like player from Ghana.

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