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   February 6, 2014 (12:32 AM) by Matt Benson     Email This Post Email This Post

Yeah, I am running out of ideas for titles for these posts.

Jurgen Klinsmann did a Q&A on US Soccer’s website and the door is still open for Timothy Chandler and others in Europe. : You have stated that the door is still open for players to make their case for the World Cup roster. There are several players in Europe who are experiencing new opportunities with their clubs and others coming back from injury. What do you need to see from them?

JK : “We just want them to be on the field and build their case. We communicate with them, players like Oguchi Onyewu, Tim Ream, and Danny Williams. You have Brek Shea, who went down into the Championship from Stoke to play games and is now playing 90 minutes almost every week. You have Timmy Chandler at Nurnberg, who for six months has been doing a very consistent, good job. Jermaine Jones goes to Besiktas and will pick up the rhythm of playing games again. We follow the players that have injury problems like Steve Cherundolo, who is still having issues, and John Anthony Brooks with Hertha Berlin who is hopefully back next week. Same with Fabian Johnson who broke his arm and is hopefully back next week as well. Being in February and a few months prior to the World Cup, you want to see them all play. You have to give them a clear message that only if you pick up a rhythm and play week-in, week-out, will you complete one of the big keys in order to make the World Cup roster. That’s why we are really happy some of them now are starting to get their rhythm. This all plays a vital role in evaluating them, and then we have to make the vital calls in May.”

Someone told Grant Wahl that US Soccer spent about $500,000 for January’s camp, including the trip down to Brazil.

Oguchi Onyewu had to leave Sheffield Wednesday’s game in the last few minutes of injury time on Sunday due to an injury.  Now we know that it was a calf injury, but no updates on how serious of an injury.

With one centerback hurt, another has returned to full training.  John Brooks returned to Hertha Berlin’s training on Wednesday after tweaking his knee in early January.

Freddy Adu played 45 minutes in a behind-closed-doors scrimmage against Blackpool’s youth team this week and it looks like he is going to continue to train with the club for the rest of the week.

Benji Joya is headed to the Chicago Fire after winning a weighted lottery.  The US U-20 midfielder joins MLS on a one-year loan from Santos Laguna.

Jozy Altidore talked to the Sunderland Echo about his frustration over not scoring much for Sunderland this season.

Juan Agudelo talked to Greg Seltzer about his first start with FC Utrecht from last weekend.  FC Utrecht host PEC Zwolle today, so Agudelo should get a chance for some more playing time/starts.

Besiktas’ twitter account likes Jermaine Jones and they have posted a few photos of Jones in the last week, including this fun one.

Free agent Euan Holden has been spotted training with the Houston Dynamo.  No word if Houston will extend a contract to him.

Some highlights of one of Andrew Wooten’s goals from last week has popped up on Youtube and you can check out his goal around the 3:15 mark.

Herbert Robinson has scored another goal for Santos Laguna’s U-20 team that is participating at the Viareggio Cup in Italy.  This one in a 4-1 win over Stabaek.

I know there was some talk last week about Kevin Hoyos being close to joining Olimpia, but it looks like he is still with Estudiantes de La Plata and scored a goal with their reserve team last Friday.

I posted earlier this week about Lynden Gooch recording an assist with Sunderland’s U-21 team and now you can check it out in GIF form.

After missing the last 10 weeks with a knee injury, Jon-Paul Pittman has returned to full training with Wycombe Wanderers.

It looks like goalkeeper Josh Wicks is trialing/training with Swedish third tier side AFC United.

And finally, Chris Tsonis is trialing with Cork City in Ireland.

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8 Responses to “Links like you have never linked before”

  1. CP says:


    If we can get both Timmy and Geoff in the starting back line (either RB & CB or LB & RB respectively), I think our chances of advancing out of the group stage will double (from ~15% to ~30%???)…

  2. Gregory says:

    Jurgen states there will be a 4 week pre World cup camp where all the decisions will be made. No doubt if Timmy is healthy he’s invited to that camp.

    Jurgen mentions Championship players Gooch, Tim Ream, Brek Shea and Danny Williams. Sounds like the Ukraine friendly will be their turn.

  3. Trent Hill says:

    Chris Tsonis was previously in Iceland, I think. He’s trialed with two League of Ireland clubs in the last week and I’d bet he lands at one of the teams there.

  4. Trent Hill says:

    If Chandler plays RB, Cameron can play CB next to Besler, FJ can play LB and we’ve got a SERIOUS defense.

    Cameron, Besler, Gonzo, Beasley is…worrying, to say the least.

  5. Gregory says:

    Beasley is decent at LB. He gets back and pairs nice with Fabian Johnson at LM. Beasley provides cover and it is nice to have some speed protecting the back. I like to think of Beasley at Defensive Left Mid when he plays with Fabian.

    Beasley is old and might fall apart before or during the World Cup.

    I think Beasley deserves respect over Eddie Johnson and Brad Evans.

  6. CP says:

    Trent…absolutely…given what Klinsmann may be willing to consider (i.e. Altidore, Dempsey, Jones, Bradley, & Howard are locks to start), I think this is our best line-up (which I think gives us a +30% chance to advance out of the group stage)…

    Donovan – Dempsey – Zusi/Bedoya
    Jones – Bradley
    F.Johnson – Besler – Cameron – Chandler

  7. Trent Hill says:

    I think that’s our best line-up as well, CP.

    If Dempsey isn’t playing up to par, sub Aron Johannson in.

  8. daniil says:

    I think its highly unlikely that Fabian will play left-back, he is favored there right now. If zusi and bedoya both make a case for themselves, maybe he’ll be pushed back. Donovan is interesting, klinsmann seems to favor him in the hole (where dempsey starts), so he too would have to fight for a spot as a winger. Right now as it stands, its Fabian locked on the left, and Donovan/Zusi/Bedoya/shea crowding the other side, it would take two of those guys in great form to force fabian back.

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