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Tuesday morning links
   May 20, 2014 (1:27 AM) by Matt Benson     Email This Post Email This Post

The USMNT camp is chugging along at Stanford this week.  Jeff Carlisle has a notebook of tidbits from the last couple of days.  We are now at 28 of 30 guys in camp with Aron Johannsson and Jermaine Jones being the last two stragglers since they had club commitments on Sunday.  Cody Cropper has also been in camp helping out at goalkeeper since Tim Howard and Brad Guzan were late arrivals (and it never hurts to give him some experience).

US Soccer has a short video recapping the first week of camp.  They also put up some photos from yesterday’s training session.

Grant Wahl talked to Michael Bradley about all three of the US’s opponents in Group G.  One of those opponents, Portugal, already whittled their 30-man roster down to 23 guys.

Slate has a story up on the history of the wonderful 1994 denim kits.  Shameless plug for our USMNT jersey history page.

Back to Cody Cropper for a second as he was offered a contract extension at Southampton.

Here is another Gus Poyet-has-faith-in-Jozy-Altidore story.  Poyet seems to like Jozy.

It looks like Danny Williams is going to have surgery on his knee that gave him issues for a lot of this past last season.

While Greg Seltzer told us that various Eredivisie teams were interested in Juan Agudelo last week, he has confirmed that FC Utrecht is one of those clubs.

I guess there was some talk that Edgar Castillo had signed with Monterrey, but Monterrey’s president is refuting those claims.

Due to some financial issues, Hapoel Tel Aviv had to release a few foreign players including Bryan Gerzicich.

According to this report, US U-20 forward Benji Lopez was on trial with Panathinaikos last week.

El Salvador fans want their national team to call-up Miguel Palafox, who is eligible to play for the US, Mexico and El Salvador.

And finally, a bunch of the ESPN 30 For 30 Soccer Stories have popped up on Youtube.

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Categories: Aron Johannsson, Benji Lopez, Bryan Gerzicich, Cody Cropper, Danny Williams, Edgar Castillo, Jermaine Jones, Jozy Altidore, Juan Agudelo, Michael Bradley, Miguel Palafox, US Men's National Team

5 Responses to “Tuesday morning links”

  1. Gregory says:

    I’m shocked I cant find anything Ream not making the camp. I don’t expect much from American soccer writers but Ream earned his spot. How can Parkhurst get the call over him? Being over 31 is generally a death sentence to a soccer players career. Parkhurst could not handle Eddie Johnson 3 weeks ago on the wing.

  2. Trent Hill says:

    Parkhurst has never put a foot wrong for the national team. He excelled in Denmark and is excelling in MLS.

    Ream has had a good season in the championship and was good in MLS, but he’s never really had a good showing for the USMNT.

    More importantly: Parkhurst has been in the national team picture, Ream hasn’t but made a late push–that’s what it boils down to. Parkhurst probably also made it based on the fact that he can play anywhere in the backline, while Ream is a leftback or d-mid.

  3. Trent Hill says:

    Also: Agudelo should definitely stay in the Netherlands, maybe with Utrecht who obviously value him.

    Bryan Gerzicich will likely end up at another team in Israel, but I would love to see him come to MLS, just to see how it compares.

    Miguel Palafox has only made one professional appearance, so I get why El Salvador wants to jump on that train early–but I expect him to pick the US, if we want him.

  4. Gregory says:

    I don’t think Parkhurst has embarrassed himself for the USMNT, but he is not an A squad caliber. I don’t mind when on the team, just think Ream deserves the utility spot on the bench.

    I have watched Beckerman embarrassed himself many times, France and Jamaica losses come to mind. He is noticeably slow on the pitch. I will give warning Beckerman on the field in Brazil will be worse then Eddie Lewis. Beckerman was clearly embarrassing himself in the 2nd half vs Mexico.

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