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A last few links for the week
   January 31, 2014 (7:15 AM) by Matt Benson     Email This Post Email This Post

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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10 Responses to “A last few links for the week”

  1. Todd T says:

    Nothing about the writing on the wall for Jozy….”Sunderland signs new striker”.

  2. Gregory says:

    I’m tired of the Americans are not taken seriously in Europe spill. Dempsey and all our great Keepers are taken serious. Brad Friedel at age 42 is still respected at Tottenham for example.

  3. Todd T says:

    Not by his coach. Lloris get a concussion and still plays…. He gets shell shocked by 4 or 5 goals in a couple of weeks span. Friedel can only sit and watch. Dempsey scores 23 goals and has to force a move to Tottenham…where he was told he was not needed.

  4. Gregory says:

    @Todd T your right about Friedel coach not respecting him, but he’ still on a Champs League team collecting a huge paycheck.

    I just think we need to rethink the concept that a player must push himself to a Champs League squad. Playing for any team in top level Italy, Spain, Germany, EPL, and even Holland is amazing.

    Michael Bradley was moved to Roma because an American owns the club. He would have been best to stay at Chievo and grind it out in a world class league. I’m happy for his bank account but SH%T, he should a team captain in Italy, France, or Holland.

    Jozy should still be at AZ scoring goals and being in amazing form. Jozy had to take the transfer with such a high fee. Dear god please let Iceman stay at AZ.

    Dempsey forced himself to Totteham’s bench. Wouldn’t have matter what country’s he from he wasn’t making it off Tottenham’s bench the way he was playing.

    I wish the article would at-least talk about how cheap the MLS is and how it conducts itself could be a major factor MLS players not getting transfers.

  5. daniil says:

    Dempsey was their third leading goal-scorer. I don’t think his play was limiting his minutes. I always go back to the transfermarkt estimate: their objective estimate of his market value at the time of the tottenham transfer was £15m, yet he went for 7.5. 7.5 million for 17 premier league goals. Don’t give me that age bs, that “big fish small pond” bs. If a spanish player had a season like that, no way he’d go for that little.

  6. daniil says:

    And I don’t think altidore was thinking “paydayyyy” when he signed onto sunderland. Altidore went to sunderland because he knows that if he wants to be the best, he has to play with the best. Altidore was not going to improve much more by beating the snot out of holland. Look at Landon Donovan’s career trajectory. He was content to beat the snot out of MLS, and never became the world class player that he could have.

  7. Mitch Malitz says:

    I realize this is out of place, but I must take this chance to educate. I apologize for the negativity to follow.

    Daniil is part of the epidemic of morons that is rapidly sweeping this country by storm. You are a detriment to the US soccer community. It’s one thing to be a self entitled idiot who posts his opinion with certainty, but it’s another thing to be wrong nearly every single time you have something to say.

    First- Dempsey played his way out of the Spurs squad, this is unequivocally true. Too tentative. Wasn’t himself. Obvious. He didn’t test defenses with the ball at his feet. He thrived only on his late arriving/smart runs into the box. His playing style while at Spurs is something no one has seen from him during his career. He stopped playing with flair. He stopped stepping over the ball. He stopped dribbling at defenders. He lost that touch of arrogance. He felt he had to play differently because he was in a squad of world class players that don’t want to watch an American hold the ball, dance with it at times, or fire low percentage long range blasts. He did these things at Fulham all the time and these are trademarks of his game. At spurs, he went backward with the ball, always played the simple/short pass, never tried to complicate things. It was obvious. He was the third leading scorer on a Spurs team that didn’t function properly with Villas Boas in charge and Bale on a one man mission. I don’t blame him, really.

    Second- Of course, you’re wrong about Landon’s career trajectory. That is to say, you’re a moron. In 2002, he was the best young player of the tournament. When will a young American garner that honor again?.. (I laugh as I type), I really don’t know. I don’t see it happening any time soon. Quality in every facet of the game, that’s Landon Donovan. Work rate on both sides of the ball. There is no USA team over the last 12 years without Landon Donovan, period, end of story. 90 yard run after 90+ minutes to push US into the next round against Algeria with the tap in, the blaster into the roof against Slovenia, the calm PK against Ghana. He is the leading World Cup Finals goal scorer in Concacaf history. What more do you want from him, Daniil? So he didn’t go crush it with a Champions League caliber team, so what? On the world stage with the entire world watching, he’s performed better than any player in USA or Concacaf history. That’s all there is to it. If you think playing in a Champions League team would have positively impacted his performances on the world stage, the pinnacle of the footballing universe, enough that he would have produced even more than he did, I ask you by how much? You’re an idiot. What has he become? The most dynamic player to ever don a USA jersey. When it matters MOST, Donovan has played better than any American ever and I truly believe he couldn’t have done much more.

  8. Slinker says:

    Yeah nothing about Sunderland’s new striker. Then again, they also offloaded Ji Dong-Won to Augsburg/Dortmund, so the number of strikers hasn’t changed. It remains to be seen what kind of confidence the gaffer has in this new signing. Di Canio clearly had very little interest in playing some of his new signings at the beginning of the season, so we’ll see what happens with Poyet.

    Also nothing about Holtby to Fulham, which means the former Tottenham teamates battling for time at CAM last season will be battling for playing time at CAM for Fulham for the next couple of weeks. Once again, there are caveats here, with Taraabt and Berbatov leaving that could potentially open up the wings or a pure striking role for Dempsey. A part of me feels though that they’ve been disappointed with Dempsey’s play and that’s why they went for Holtby. Oh and Mitroglou, he could take time from Dempsey too.

  9. daniil says:

    He scored goals against algeria and slovenia, and converted a penalty against ghana.
    Best young player is the result of an unscientific online vote, so right off the bat the award carries little weight. At any rate, the best young players since 1998 are Michael Owen, Landon Donovan, Lukas Podolski, and Thomas Muller. If you want to tell me that donovan is anything but the clear worst of that bunch, you are kidding yourself.
    The fact of the matter is that my soccer worldview is very much not american, and that can be said for every other teenager at my high school. To us, landon donovan is a joke. Is he the best concacaf player ever? Not imo, but I’ll buy it. Sure. Landon Donovan is the best concacaf player ever. And internationally, he is a decent player. Nothing more. They said it about dempsey, “big fish, small pond”.

    I grew up watching earthquakes games from 2000-2005. Landon Donovan was a great soccer player. But he could have really been the best. There shouldn’t be debate. But there is. People ask why the US has never birthed a soccer superstar. I argue we have, his name is Landon Donovan, and he never pushed himself to be the player he could have been.

    Indont mean to call him out or judge him. He managed his life, and I’m sure its been a good one. I defend bradley and dempsey for coming back because they got families and such. Same for donovan, he has a life off the pitch and decided that life was best lived in the US.

    And obviously I’m young, so I’m not all about the good ole days of 2002, but since I’ve had hair on my knuckless his defensive workrate has been rubbish.

  10. Dirk says:

    Landon is a better player in his 30’s than Owen is/was.

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