Aside from hearing Alexi Lalas tell a story about eating dog once, the next most exciting USMNT news to come out over the weekend was some more information about pre-World Cup friendlies.
ESPN FC’s Doug McIntyre is hearing that the three-game sendoff series will begin at Stanford Stadium in Stanford, California (opponent TBD). The US will next head to Red Bull Arena for the next game (opponent TBD) before ending things at Everbank Field in Jacksonville against Nigeria. The first two opponents are TBD, but US Soccer has apparently had discussions with Sweden, Serbia and Turkey, among others. Serbia would go along with the New York rumor that has been floating out there the last couple months.
With the January camp coming to an end, Zach Goldman takes a look at the evolution of “Camp Cupcake”.
Michael Parkhurst told MLSsoccer.com’s Andrew King that he would have stayed in Germany instead of coming back to MLS if he wasn’t in the USMNT picture. I am thinking more and more that Parkhurst might land one of the last spots with his versatility, much like Jonathan Spector in 2010, if he plays well with Columbus.
A leftover nugget from Deadline Day last Friday, but Sunderland made a late bid for Geoff Cameron, but Stoke City told them no dice.
Sunderland manager Gus Poyet told the UK press that he doesn’t need Jozy Altidore to score goals to be impressed by his play. Jozy also had some quotes on Sunderland’s website after their win over Newcastle United from the weekend.
Hannover 96 press officer Alex Jacob told Greg Seltzer that they are hopeful that Steve Cherundolo will return to full training this week. He has spent the last week and a half training on the side after having a setback with his left knee.
Staying with the right back theme, Timothy Chandler made Who Scored’s Bundesliga Team of the Week for the second straight week.
Also making a team of the week, Michael Orozco made Medio Tiempo’s Liga MX Team of the Week.
A week after breaking his nose, Tim Ream played for Bolton Wanderers over the weekend and looked like Zorro in the process.
Benji Joya looks like he could be signing with MLS in the near future.
Joya’s US U-20 teammate at the last U-20 World Cup, Jose Villarreal, scored his first goal with Cruz Azul’s U-20 team since going on loan from the LA Galaxy.
Herbert Robinson scored a goal with Santos Laguna’s U-20 team at a tournament in Italy on Monday. Robinson played with the US U-20 team during this past January’s camp, but it sounds like he has some hoops he needs to jump through before becoming eligible to play for the US.
Michael Hoyos’ loan was ended by OFI Crete and his US agent has told ESPN’s Jeff Carlisle that he is interested in MLS.
US U-20 midfielder Lynden Gooch had an assist in his first game with Sunderland’s U-21 team on Monday.
And finally, for anyone who lives in LA or will be visiting LA over the next couple months, you should probably check out the new exhibit at LACMA called “Futbol – The Beautiful Game” (myself included). The Original Winger’s Ben Hooper got a chance to see it last week and took a couple photos.
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