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Some more links for Friday
   May 9, 2014 (1:44 PM) by Matt Benson     Email This Post Email This Post
 

I already did a links post this morning, but today has been so busy with little tidbits, here is another rather than save them for Monday.

It looks like the US-Belgium friendly/scrimmage that ESPN’s Doug McIntyre discovered yesterday has been confirmed by FIFA.  But it will be a closed-door scrimmage.

Here is the full schedule for the USMNT and their Send-Off Series.

Danny Williams is still having knee issues and his World Cup dreams are not looking great.

And with his knee showing no real signs of improvement, Williams admits that his prospects of making it to Brazil look bleak.

“At the moment it doesn’t look good,” said Williams, who has pledged his long-term future to Reading .

When asked if he would require another operation to try and fix the problem, he added: “I don’t know yet, I have to see.”

Zak Whitbread has been released by Leicester City.  Whitbread appeared in only three league games for Leicester City this season before heading out on loan to Derby County where he played in only four league games.  While some fans will probably want him to head to MLS, I am guessing he stays in England since he basically grew up there his whole life.

The rumors on Twitter have Juan Agudelo failing at his second UK work permit appeal.  If true, that means another loan is probably in his future for 2014-15.

Tim Ream was spotted at the New York Red Bulls’ practice today.  He told some press that he hasn’t been in contact with Jurgen Klinsmann, but he knows USMNT coaches have been scouting him.

Steve Cherundolo has become the new U-15 manager at Hannover 96.  Kicker also has a photo gallery up on Cherundolo’s career in Germany.

And finally, another plug for our official World Cup roster predictions since I am sure you are not tired of reading these across every other website this week.

 
Categories: Danny Williams, Juan Agudelo, Steve Cherundolo, Tim Ream, US Men's National Team, Zak Whitbread
 

5 Responses to “Some more links for Friday”

  1. Soemthin, something, something Darkside says:

    Not necessarily a loan. That pre-contract is basically worthless now. I remember that Stoke City said that failing to get the work permit in this window would likely mean that Agudelo won’t be a Stoke City player. It is highly unlikely he would get the work permit for at least another year.

    Stoke City and Agudelo could very well just null and void that pre-contract, and he would be a free transfer in the summer for a number of teams in Europe.

    Should be interesting to see what happens this summer with him. I would like to see him head back to Utrecht, either on loan if Stoke are hell bent on sticking out this process with him or on a free. Rubio Rubin and Agudelo in Utrecht’s attack could be formidable next season.

  2. Rey says:

    I think not staying at Stoke would be best, mid-table EPL teams make it really tough on their forwards. Mark Hughes has a history, and that team is a few poor management decisions away from being Sunderland.

    I would like to see Juan sign for Utrecht on a free, and in about 2 years transfer to a bigger side in the Netherlands or France. Maybe Italy?

  3. Ian says:

    Unless there was a specific date they had to apply for the work permit, it seems like a strange decision to have the appeal days before he might be named to the World Cup provisional roster. That seems very relevant to his case.

  4. CP says:

    Good news is Nurnberg lost, so Chandler can come directly into camp :-)

  5. Gregory says:

    @CP

    Would have liked to see Timmy get some minutes. It’s going to let the Timmy haters say he’s hurt and out of form.

    He still has time to get into better shape, he went 90 minutes last week and has played in over 20 league Bundesliga matches this season.

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