A bunch of USMNT to end the week.
US Soccer officially announced the friendly against Ukraine for March. The US is 0-2-1 all-time against Ukraine and they are the highest rated FIFA team (#18) who did not qualify for the World Cup.
They had a scrimmage against Sao Paulo FC on Thursday with the Brazilians walking away the 2-1 winners, which also saw 24 different USMNT players seeing the field. Here are some photos from the “closed-door” scrimmage. [insert faux outrage over losing]
US Soccer also put up their second diary of the trip as well as some quotes from a couple different players. They also did a video on the one US player who was born in Brazil: Benny Feilhaber.
Finally on the US Soccer front, the National Soccer Hall of Fame Class of 2014 nominees were announced. Brian McBride has to be a first ballot HOFer, right?
In the world of Juan Agudelo, Stoke City finally admitted that they “tied” to Agudelo and that they are looking for a loan destination for him. Standard Liege seems to be the trendy rumored landing spot for him at the moment.
The MLS SuperDraft took place in Philadelphia on Thursday and some people pestered Don Garber about Maurice Edu. Nothing new to report other than that discussions are ongoing.
Steve Cherundolo went 90 minutes and picked up a yellow card for Hannover 96 in a friendly against Fenerbahçe on Thursday.
Fabian Johnson (58 minutes) and Jeremy Toljan (32 minutes) each played for Hoffenhim in a 3-0 win over Bobby Wood (45 minutes) and 1860 Munich in a friendly on Thursday. Here are some photos and some highlights.
And Timothy Chandler started and played 45 minutes in Nurnberg’s 2-1 win over FC Luzern in yet another friendly.
Euan Holden was one of five players released by Bury on Thursday. Holden appeared in only two league games for the Shakers in 2013-14.
We have a new goal tracker up for 2014. The 2013 goal tracker is still up there and Christian Eissele led all American goal scorers in 2013 with 29 goals across all competitions in Finland. He also has a new highlight video up on Youtube.
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Matt likes soccer. He likes sleeping in. He is also amused easily. That is pretty much it.