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Friday morning links
   June 6, 2014 (1:14 AM) by Matt Benson     Email This Post Email This Post

What do you know?  I have some links on the World Cup.

The final FIFA rankings before the World Cup came out yesterday and the US moved up to #13.  Germany stayed at #2 while Portugal dropped one spot to #4 and Ghana moved up one spot to #37.

SB Nation decided to rank all 32 teams based on their World Cup kits.  I can’t really complain with #1 or #2 as France and Holland have some solid shirts.  I know Bosnia’s are pretty basic (they are ranked #28 on this list), but I like the “classy” look, especially their blue shirts.

Someone over at Yahoo thought it was wise to have Maxi Rodriguez write for them and talk about the World Cup stadiums.  I kid, I kid. Maxi is good people.

Noah Davis decided to rank the 10 US teams to appear in the World Cup.  I know it was a much different time and people nowadays don’t really know much about them, but the 1930 team never seems to get much respect.

The Guardian has a funny little video animation on the US’s World Cup history.

Apparently Alexi Lalas is writing a song for every day of the World Cup and here is his first song and it is about Landon Donovan.

This year’s This is SportsCenter commercial for the World Cup features Michael Bradley.  The Guardian is also doing player profiles of various players and here is one on Mikey.

Fabian Johnson and Michael Bradley talk about Fabian’s goal against Turkey in this video.

ESPN’s Jeff Carlisle enlightens us a little more on Timothy Chandler and what he was going through when he was away from the USMNT over the past two years.  It looks like Nurnberg were playing a little head games with him.

In the it-totally-sounds-like-a-bad-British-newspaper-transfer-rumor department, The Metro are reporting that Tottenham are about to make a £5 million bid for Julian Green.  The silly season has begun.

Jonathan Bornstein (remember him?) is staying in Mexico after making a loan move to Queretaro.  He has played in a total of 10 league games since leaving Chivas USA in 2010.

We have yet another American to follow in the German Regionalliga after Iona product Charlie Butte signed with Regionalliga West club Sportfreunde Siegen.

And finally, apparently Beats by Dre took that new Apple money and made a commercial that is up there with the Nike one (Jozy Altidore sighting!)

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Matt Benson

Matt likes soccer. He likes sleeping in. He is also amused easily. That is pretty much it.

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Categories: Charlie Butte, Fabian Johnson, Jonathan Bornstein, Jozy Altidore, Julian Green, Landon Donovan, Michael Bradley, Timothy Chandler, US Men's National Team

2 Responses to “Friday morning links”

  1. Gregory says:

    ESPN is garbage. They trash Chandler for 2 straight years and now they realize they better hype one of their best players. It’s a joke.

  2. Gregory says:

    ESPNs Alex Labidou wrote a positive Timmy Chandler story. Funny how it’s not ESPN.

    “Chandler’s aversion to flying might open him up for more criticism. But looking at his club career, he isn’t used to traveling much. He admits that he doesn’t go too far for vacations and neither of his two career club teams, Eintracht Frankfurt and Nürnberg, have played in either the Europa League or Champions League. The city of Nürnberg is just south of the center of Germany, meaning the longest his team has to go for a match on the road is five to six hours.

    Compare that to the Americans’ upcoming match schedule – a trip to Cleveland, followed by a flight to D.C., then another flight to Jamaica, then at least a 10-hour flight Seattle. The travel is not easy for players who have never experienced that before.

    “Yeah, that’s why it was hard. You fly all the time for 12 hours. I’m a guy that I can’t sleep on the airplanes. It’s a big problem for me,” Chandler stated. ”

    When Alex does ESPN scouting articles he ranks Shea and Gil overall better. He ranked all 3 as low Level EPL caliber. Other then for hype sake how? ESPN is dirty. ESPN producers write scripts they want to play out. All they care about is selling commercials and ads.

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