A few links to end the work week.
Saturday’s friendly at the StubHub Center has officially reached sold out status. It marks only the second time that the USMNT have sold out at the StubHub Center (also in 2007 in a Gold Cup match against Trinidad & Tobago).
It looks like one of the May/June pre-World Cup friendlies will be held at Red Bull Arena. If I had to guess based on the other rumors out there, I would guess this would be the game against Serbia (but there are so many different rumors out there right now on location and opponents).
Grant Wahl has a video interview up with Graham Zusi about earning the nickname “San Zusi” among other things. He also spoke to Michael Parkhurst this week.
Jeff Carlisle takes a look at the relationship of Brad Evans and DeAndre Yedlin as Evans helps mentor his club teammate while also competing against him for the right back spot.
As for some other USMNT tidbits, here is a video of the team having a BBQ at the U.S. Consulate in Sao Paulo during their trip last week. And Will Parchman decided to put together an all-time USMNT XI based on guys who wore #1-11 at a World Cup.
Don’t forget to enter our Pick the US-South Korea score contest. Who doesn’t like free prizes?
Roger Bennett decided to look into why Americans are not taken seriously in Europe. There are some good quotes from Herculez Gomez.
I’m assuming most people know this by no, but Jermaine Jones is headed to Besiktas on loan for the rest of the season. And they decided to post a video of Jones going through his medical because they are crazy in Turkey.
According to The Independent’s Ed Aarons, Crystal Palace put in a transfer bid for Fabian Johnson, but Johnson decided to stay at Hoffenheim.
There apparently has been a Freddy Adu sighting! at Blackpool. So he is at least training in England.
I want to pretend that Who Scored read my Inside the Numbers scoreboard on Aron Johannsson and were inspired as they did their own numbers thing on Johannsson.
Mike Grella will be going on trial with Swedish side Falkenbergs FF according to this report. Falkenbergs are new to the Allsvenskan in 2014 after winning the Superettan in 2013.
Pat McCann has re-signed with Finn Harps FC of the First Division of the League of Ireland. The former Holy Cross product appeared in 12 games in 2013, scoring two goals.
Eric Lichaj went 90 minutes for Nottingham Forest on Thursday as they came back from a 2-0 deficit to win 4-2 against Watford. While he has been playing left back lately, he played at right back in this game.
And finally, this random Youtube video of the day comes courtesy of Alex (@tempofreesoccer). Here are highlights of the US U-20’s win over Uruguay in the 2007 U-20 World Cup. The US has Michael Bradley, Freddy Adu and Jozy Altidore among others while Uruguay featured Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez. And there is a shoving match/fight at the end of the game. You don’t mess with a full head of hair Michael Bradley. Good times.
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Matt likes soccer. He likes sleeping in. He is also amused easily. That is pretty much it.