All 26 guys currently in camp for the USMNT this month are headed to Brazil as I type this. Pleased with the fitness of everyone, Jurgen Klinsmann decided to bring everyone down there for 12 days of training and two closed-door scrimmages. While back in LA last week, it looks like they decided to play around with a GoPro camera for this training shot.
Once they return back to LA, they will do a little more training before taking on South Korea on February 2 at the StubHub Center. According to Steven Goff, about 18,000 tickets have been sold so far. I am wondering if the leaked USMNT shirt will be worn as they are rumored to be coming out in February and South Korea’s red shirt for the World Cup was also leaked this week. Maybe both teams will be wearing some new gear?
Here is a video talking to a couple of the U-20 players from the last cycle who are in camp right now (Luis Gil, DeAndre Yedlin and Shane O’Neill).
A little recap of the weekend.
Four Americans (Edgar Castillo, Herculez Gomez, Paul Arriola and Joe Corona) saw the field down in Tijuana on Friday as the Xolos notched their first ever home victory over América with Castillo helping setup the game-winning goal (highlights). Here is also a better look at their new home and road kits for this season. It looks like their white kits that they wore in the opener were a one off since Atlas wear both red and black. Too bad as I liked those.
It took 12 days, but we finally had our first goal by an American abroad over the weekend. Tony Taylor came off the bench and scored a consolation goal in injury time in Omonia Nicosia’s 4-2 loss to Apollon in Cyprus (highlights). It was Taylor’s third goal of the season. We had four total goals by this point last year (and I will start up a 2014 goal tracker page this week).
Back in Mexico, Michael Orozco assisted on the game-tying goal in Puebla’s draw to Monterrey (highlights).
In England, we learned that Geoff Cameron shaves his legs. Cameron and Stoke City lost 5-3 to Liverpool and their horrendous looking shirts.
And Clint Dempsey made his official Premier League return in a 4-1 loss to Jozy Altidore and Sunderland. He got the start and played 79 minutes, while Sky Sports gave him a “7” rating and said some decent things about his performance.
Making his first start since returning to Fulham and impressed, surging into Sunderland territory but often let down by teammates.
As for Jozy, he came off the bench and “won” a PK which led to Sunderland’s last goal. Sunderland had only five goals in 10 away games coming into this weekend, yet scored four on Fulham at the once fortress known as Craven Cottage. Fulham are such a mess this year.
We also had a couple transfers in the last couple days. Oguchi Onyewu will be joining the 10th team of his career with Sheffield Wednesday. While Billy Schuler is returning to MLS after two years in Sweden.
And it looks like Michael Parkhurst is also returning to MLS and will be headed to the Columbus Crew after a trade involving a draft pick and allocation money to the New England Revolution according to Ives.
German 3. Liga side Wacker Burghausen were interested in Bobby Wood for a loan deal, but 1860 Munich were not having it.
Despite making only three starts for Oldham Athletic this season, Paul Rachubka has signed a contract extension with the club.
Mix Diskerud told ESPN FC that he has pimped Bob Bradley to Stabæk’s management over the years.
Sticking in Norway, Brian Sciaretta talked to Zarek Valentin about earning promotion last season among other things.
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Matt likes soccer. He likes sleeping in. He is also amused easily. That is pretty much it.