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A few links for Tuesday
   February 25, 2014 (12:02 AM) by Matt Benson     Email This Post Email This Post
 

Nothing new to report on the USMNT roster or whether the game will even be played, although it sounds like we should be hearing something in the near future.  That said, John Brooks should be one of the players heading to Ukraine friendly according to this German report.

While the new home World Cup shirt for the USMNT leaked last month, here is a new/slightly better view of the pretty basic polo-looking shirt.  There was also a lot of buzz on Twitter over the weekend over a possible crazy blue/red away shirt, but it looked pretty photoshopped and came from someone who posted some bogus jerseys back in September.  So we continue to play the waiting game.

ESPN released its full TV schedule for this summer’s World Cup yesterday.  Also on the World Cup front, just over 125,000 tickets for the World Cup were allocated to people in the United States, the most of any country outside Brazil.  Granted not all 125,000 tickets are for US games or for US fans, it is still nice to see the US up there.  I was luckily able to get tickets for the USMNT games against Ghana and Portugal in the latest lottery.  Any other OT readers score some tickets?

The National Soccer Hall of Fame announced its Class of 2014 yesterday and it is a good one.  The three-person class contains two players (Brian McBride and Kristine Lilly) and one coach (Bob Bradley).  Congrats to all three.

As Howie posted yesterday, Fabian Johnson has agreed to sign with Borussia Mönchengladbach this summer.

A few things from the weekend.  Jerome Kiesewetter scored a goal for Hertha Berlin II (highlights) and Justin Moose scored for SJK in the Finnish League Cup (still looking for highlights).

The English League Championship is doing a great job of posting quality highlights the day after games on Youtube so here is a roundup of all the games featuring Americans from the weekend.

USMNT assistant coach Andi Herzog was at the Birmingham City game checking out Jonathan Spector and Will Packwood.

Sporting KC continue to reject increased bids by Juventus for 16-yead-old defender Erik Palmer-Brown.  Speaking of Palmer-Brown, Howie was asking the hard-hitting questions on Twitter the other night.  I have to go with Mikey.

I don’t think anything has been said on FC Dallas’ side yet, but it looks like Bobby Warshaw is headed back to Sweden on loan, but this time with GAIS.

It appears that Michael Stephens is back at Stabæk training again after a couple training stints in Sweden.

Kevin Hoyos wants to stay at Estudiantes de La Plata according to this interview.  I know there was once talk about him joining Olimpia in Honduras, but I guess he wants to stay at Estudiantes.

Jon Arnold introduces us to goalkeeper Chris Sheridan, who recently went from the Houston Dutch Lions of the USL PDL to the Honduran club Platense.

A bunch of Adidas kits for 2014-15 are already leaking for whatever reason.  If these players stay at their current clubs then they will be wearing these next season.  So here is Nurnberg’s (Timothy Chandler) away shirt for next season and here is Rapid Vienna’s (Terrence Boyd) away shirt for next season.

 
Categories: Bob Bradley, Bobby Warshaw, Brian McBride, Chris Sheridan, Erik Palmer-Brown, Fabian Johnson, Jerome Kiesewetter, John Brooks, Jonathan Spector, Kevin Hoyos, Michael Stephens, Terrence Boyd, Timothy Chandler, US Men's National Team, Will Packwood
 

7 Responses to “A few links for Tuesday”

  1. CP says:

    Matt, I have tix to the 3 US group matches and the first knockout (if there is one). I also got Germany vs. Ghana the night before US vs. Portugal match. The flight to Manaus will be brutal…

    In 2010 I got to go to South Africa (and you guys actually helped make my Donovan goal video pretty famous :-) ). Hopefully, this year will be at least half as fun!

  2. Kyle #2 says:

    Hopefully Boyd will not be wearing that kit next season. He needs to step up to a higher league ASAP.

  3. Slinker says:

    Apparently tabloids in Italy are reporting that the Palmer Brown deal is already done and that he’ll join when he’s 18. Surely it’s just tabloids being tabloids, someone back me up?

  4. daniil says:

    Being on a professional contract actually makes it harder for him to leave the US, because he won’t be able to claim any sort of necessity for moving overseas. It is entirely plausible that he is set to join them in two years.
    Vermes’s rhetoric has been rather adamant, but it kind of has to be. If he wavers on transfer rumors, it unnerves the player in question and the whole squad (hard to play with a guy sometimes when you know he’s gone any day now) so nothing can be taken from that. Same thing with any word out of MLS, they have to seem confident to legitimize their brand.
    But if there’s one thing we know about MLS, it’s that they like money. Is a central defender worth enough to the league versus an injection of 2 million dollars (of which they will pocket a modest portion)? it becomes purely a business decision. There is a chance palmer-brown becomes an mls star of sorts, but there’s also a chance he tears his acl (or flops, or something), in which case you’ve flushed 2million dollars down the drain. For MLS and SKC, it comes down to risk management. What is palmer-brown’s expected gross value to the club? The league?

  5. Gregory says:

    I half believe the Palmer-Brown hype. Truth is teen prospects commonly shine in the MLS. Center back is different then other positions, but Bradley, Altidore, Najar, all looked amazing as teens in the MLS.

    If the kid is legit then he should start seeing first team action. I’m not trying to diss the kid and I hope the hype is true, but the MLS will never pull another joke hype job on me again.

    I know it’s hard for a 16 CB to start at KC over Bessler and Colin, but he should be on the bench or fighting for a spot on the field by age 18.

  6. Gregory says:

    I was trying to praise MLS teen prospects. MLS is a psychical league were highly-skilled players stand out. It has allowed teen prospects to stand out. Bradley, Altidore, Andy Najar, Diego Fagundez, Juan Agudelo.

    Always beware of more defensive hidden gems like Cameron and Stuart Holden. I had no idea Cameron and Holden would shine in the EPL.

    Dempsey showed a high skill level his rookie season at 21, who knows what age you could have started at?

    I hope Palmer-Brown can get some MLS starts but KC has a legit CB pairing. None of the players I listed above were CBs. Our best CB prospects Packwood and JAB were not making first team starts till 20.

    I’m starting the Shawn Parker call for the good of America. When I started the Eddie Johnson call-up Chant I looked like a moron. SHAWN PARKER is by far the best prospect option behind Iceman. Who else is there? Shea? Wondo? Eddie Johnson? Chris Pontius? Mike Magee?

    Parker turns 21 next week. Bring him to a camp, 21 year-old strikers should show something by that age.

    He could easily look better then Eddie Johnson and Boyd.

    Andy Najar(In my DC United Dream World)?

    Omar Salgado?
    I thought we had a 6″4 Chicarto.

    I’m glad USA has Diego Fagundez for 2018.

  7. Dirk says:

    The bar for strikers is pretty low once you get past Altidore and Aaron. And I for one would love to see the inventor of Napster be given a shot at the USMNT.

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