A few links from the last few days.
Despite all the craziness going on in Ukraine, the US-Ukraine friendly is still on schedule for March 5 according to US Soccer, but they are monitoring the situation.
In the random USMNT stat department, Leander Schaerlaeckens crunched some numbers to see how much playing time MLS players have been getting for the US in each of the last four World Cups. That number has dropped from 62.8% in France (1998) to 18.5% in South Africa (2010). But that number should shoot up this summer with the return of about everyone over the past couple of months.
Jurgen Klinsmann did an interview with FIFA.com last week.
Inside World Foorball has an article about USMNT assistant coach Andi Herzog and his job of scouting/recruiting in Europe.
Here is the first ever The Brad Evans Show with guests (and fellow USMNT teammates) Matt Besler and Mike Magee. It is not great, but it is not awful. A lot of awkwardness. But I am mainly linking it because it is really funny with how much Magee gets legitimately annoyed at Evans for comparing his hair to Landon Donovan.
After missing some time with a stomach virus, Brek Shea came off the bench and played 45 minutes for Barnsley in their 2-0 loss to Wigan Athletic on Tuesday.
Oguchi Onyewu is out of the training room and is running again. He is not expected to return this weekend for Sheffield Wednesday, but he is getting closer to a full return after picking up a calf injury.
Jonathan Spector played with Birmingham City’s U-21 team on Monday. Spector has been sidelined since October with a thigh injury.
After we were told that Eric Lichaj was about 7-10 days away from returning with Nottingham Forest, their website now has a story up saying that he is about 10-14 days away from returning after suffering a groin injury.
Kim Tate has a good interview up with Herculez Gomez and Paul Arriola. We learn that Gomez used to coach a seven-year-old Arriola in San Diego once upon a time.
So the LA Galaxy sent Jose Villarreal on loan to Cruz Azul to likely get some playing time and now Cruz Azul is sending Villarreal to their second-division affiliate Cruz Azul Hidalgo. Villarreal had appeared in two games with Cruz Azul’s U-20 team so far this season, scoring one goal.
Bob Bradley is working his MLS connections again as goalkeeper Matt Pickens is currently in Norway training with Stabæk.
US U-20 forward Lynden Gooch scored his 10th goal of the season for Sunderland’s U-18 team on Tuesday.
Goalkeeper Zac Lubin has signed with Swedish Division I (third tier) side IFK Luleå. The Montana native last played with the Seattle Sounders’ U-23 team.
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Matt likes soccer. He likes sleeping in. He is also amused easily. That is pretty much it.