Lets start off with the USMNT.
Reports came out yesterday (later confirmed by Steven Goff) that the USMNT will play at Ukraine on March 5. It is a FIFA international fixture date, so the USMNT should likely have a strong squad.
The US had a long trip down to Brazil earlier this week. US Soccer’s website has a diary on the long/delayed trip as well as a short video with Dax McCarty keeping us updated. While down in Brazil, Jurgen Klinsmann spoke to some press about facing Germany at the World Cup. Klinsmann also had some quotes regarding the USMNT migration to MLS.
Oh Juan Agudelo. This is what is (sort of) known. He is in England at Stoke City (with Brek Shea). Stoke City’s chairman is claiming that they haven’t signed him. But Greg Seltzer disagrees and gives us his rundown. To go along with the rumored teams Seltzer mentioned as possibly loan destinations, there appears to be some interest from Esbjerg in Denmark. I am sure more details will slowly come out over the next week.
As for Maurice Edu, nothing new to report on his front today, but he wants some money and MLS is apparently not a fan of it.
Some final numbers on Michael Bradley’s transfer. His $40 million contract over six years is the second largest in MLS history (Beckham is #1), while his $10 million transfer fee is the second largest in MLS history (Defoe is #1).
I posted yesterday that Andrew Wooten is headed out on loan to FSV Frankfurt. He was already in the lineup in a friendly against Mainz and he scored a goal.
Terrence Boyd scored two goals in Rapid Vienna’s 8-0 win over SVG Guntramsdorf in a friendly this week.
Junior Flores had an assist while playing with Borussia Dortmund’s U-23 team in a friendly against Rot-Weiss Essen this week.
Timothy Chandler is hoping Gertjan Verbeek can work his USMNT magic and get him back in the USMNT picture.
American Mark Geiger was named as one of the 25 referees for the 2014 World Cup.
Mike Banner has signed with NASL’s FC Edmonton. Banner had spent the last two seasons with FF Jaro in Finland.
Stabæk’s website has a new video interview up with Bob Bradley. It looks a little bit colder than Egypt.
An interesting stat about Tijuana’s fan base: “35% of fans inside Tijuana’s Estadio Caliente for any given Liga MX home game travel down from the United States”. I am actually looking into making my first trip down there to catch a game this spring.
Lets end on a couple notes about some youngsters. U-17 Danny Barbir played and scored a goal as a guest player for Manchester City at the ALKASS International Cup. As for 16-year-old Alonzo Clarke, it looks like he is headed to Manchester United for a second trial.
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Matt likes soccer. He likes sleeping in. He is also amused easily. That is pretty much it.