A few links before the weekend.
Yesterday was the USMNT’s last day at Stanford as they flew to New York in the afternoon. US Soccer gives us a video about their experience on campus. Timothy Chandler apparently liked the golf carts.
ESPN’s Jeff Carlisle gives us his last camp notebook. He is passing over the torch to Doug McIntyre for the east coast coverage. If you are on Twitter and not following Jeff and Doug then you are doing life wrong. Jeff also reports that Clint Dempsey is expected to be back in the lineup for the next friendly against Turkey.
I hope everyone is watching ESPN’s Inside: US Soccer’s March to Brazil (another “you are doing life wrong” if you are not) as it gave us a moment like last night: Aron Johannsson doing his best southern accent to say he was born in Mobile, Alabama. Now I want to see footage of him saying “Roll Damn Tide.” It also looks like Johannsson has signed a new deal with AZ Alkmaar, which will keep him at the club until 2018.
I swear this is not one big plug for ESPN, but I forgot to post this last week. They did some pretty cool posters for each of the 32 teams.
This link is very bookmark-worthy as it has the full TV schedule for the whole World Cup.
OT reader Ian sent this to me, so here is Goldman Sachs’ World Cup preview. According to their numbers, the US has a 40% chance to advance past the group stage and a 0.5% chance to win the whole damn thing. o.5% you say?
The Men in Blazers have been knocking their World Cup previews out of the park and yesterday was their Group G preview.
Top Drawer Soccer’s Will Parchman (another great Twitter follow) decided to ask some questions about Ghana, Portugal and Germany to people who follow the team a lot closer than most.
SI has been counting down the most significant goals in US Soccer history and #2 is Landon Donovan’s greatness against Algeria. And I will link this video any chance that I can get.
Steve Cherundolo was on the ExtraTime Radio podcast and I guess he hinted that an American is close to signing with Hannover. And Juan Agudelo was just linked to them earlier this week. Hmm. . .
In case you missed it from yesterday, Brek Shea is reportedly in Orlando training with Orlando City. Only a training stint at the moment, but something to keep an eye on.
Tijuana continues to raid southern California for talent and their latest signing is defender John Requejo Jr., who originally was headed to UCLA next fall.
Go join our Brazil Bracket Challenge league.
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Matt likes soccer. He likes sleeping in. He is also amused easily. That is pretty much it.