Some link goodies for your little noggins.
Michael Bradley was officially introduced by Toronto FC on Monday. Bradley and new teammate Jermain Defoe even took in a Raptors-Bucks game last night (Mikey with the rare smile!). Bradley also did the interview rounds with Grant Wahl and Roger Bennett. Sounds like he could join up with the USMNT once they return to LA after their 12 days in Brazil.
After some delays and what not, the USMNT finally made it down to Brazil. Apparently Brad Evans has “taken over” US Soccer’s Instagram account for a while.
The always good Steven Goff dropped a bunch of nuggets for us. The US is likely to play three friendlies on US soil between May 26 and June 7. The venue and opponents are to be determined. There was a rumor once upon a time about a US-England friendly down in England, but that looks like a no go now. After about 10 different people told me that (I apparently missed that story last week), some told me (including Jon Arnold and Josh Deaver and they are good peeps) that the latest rumor is a friendly against Serbia. We shall see.
Goff was also your source for all things Sebastian-related on Monday. Sebastian Lletget might go on loan this spring. He hasn’t been getting any playing time at West Ham this season. And Duke defender Sebastien Ibeagha is expected to go on trial in Denmark. Ives also mentioned that Ibeagha turned down a homegrown with the Houston Dynamo to head to Europe over the weekend.
Like the rumor from Sunday night, Michael Parkhurst is returning to MLS and his rights were traded to the Columbus Crew.
Since all the cool kids are returning to MLS (and there will soon be no one left for us to cover on this site), Maurice Edu is apparently in negotiations with MLS for his return to the league. Also, Taylor Twellman is becoming the man when it comes to breaking these USMNT-related transfer rumors/stories.
Nothing really new to report on Juan Agudelo. There is speculation that Stoke City might sign him, but send him out on loan until the work permit thing gets figured out. I guess one of the rumored teams, Anderlecht, shot down that rumor over the weekend. Yay silly season!
Julian Green continues to score goals for Bayern Munich’s first team during their winter friendlies. He bagged another in a a 8-0 victory over Kuwait SC (highlights).
DC United’s Michael Seaton is headed to Italy to train with Inter Milan. Another one of these MLS-to-Europe offseason training stints.
According to this Swedish report, Seattle Sounders’ Corey Hertzog is on trial with Falkenbergs FF.
Christopher McCollum tells us the story of Sean Reynolds. Reynolds went from working at Home Depot this past year to now playing with Icelandic Premier League team FH, who will be playing in Europa League in 2014-15.
And finally, be on the lookout for a small Inside the Numbers thing on Matt Besler later today.
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