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Links for your Friday morning reading pleasure
   January 17, 2014 (12:19 AM) by Matt Benson     Email This Post Email This Post

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 Benson

Matt likes soccer. He likes sleeping in. He is also amused easily. That is pretty much it.

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Categories: Benny Feilhaber, Bobby Wood, Brian McBride, Christian Eissele, Euan Holden, Fabian Johnson, Jeremy Toljan, Juan Agudelo, Maurice Edu, Steve Cherundolo, Timothy Chandler, US Men's National Team

6 Responses to “Links for your Friday morning reading pleasure”

  1. Trent Hill says:

    Armas, Kreis, Mathis, McBride, Olsen, O’Brien, Ralston, Sanneh, Twellman…so many names there and I want all of them recognized amongst the males. The females have a few that are easy to pick out too.

    Kinnear and Klopas too.

  2. Gregory says:

    Great news for Juan. Dutch League is legit and no reason he couldn’t earn a spot to Brazil.

  3. daniil says:

    Standard are in belgium. Given the fact that sacha klejstan is one of the 5 best players on the best team in belgium, I would say that juan agudelo is not really a threat to make the world cup roster.

  4. Dirk says:

    You’ll have to excuse Gregory for getting something wrong, he still thinks Shawn Parker is going to play for the U.S. in Brazil and that MLS players are incapable of completing more than two passes in a row.

  5. Gregory says:

    Dirk I don’t like that the MLS is awful and that Eddie Jonhson is its best American Striker, but making up fake game reports and pretending Bundeiga players aren’t on another level hurts the USA. Look what making up fake game reports did to Shea’s career.

  6. Dirk says:

    Shea is playing fairly well for Championship side Barnsley at the moment. If he continues to do well he can be back in the Premiership. Shea, like Altidore, lacks confidence.

    Shea made his bones in MLS and at the very least is a Championship level player. If the MLS sucks like you suggest, Brek Shea will strike out with Barnsley, but I’m betting he won’t. He’s been solid so far. Shea is still young, there is room for growth, I think he will have a hell of a career, your alleged fake game reports be damned.

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