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A lot of linkage for Tuesday
   July 22, 2014 (12:01 AM) by Matt Benson     Email This Post Email This Post

Want some links?  Well, here you go.

The big news of the weekend was that Matt Besler and Graham Zusi signed DP contracts through 2018 with Kansas City.  Besler wrote a letter to Kansas City fans explaining why he decided to stay in KC.  There are now nine current USMNT players with DP contracts in MLS.

MLS Insider did a video on the MLS players on the USMNT returning from Brazil.

No team ran more in the field (per game) than the US at the World Cup.

The US U-20 team won the NTC Invitational last week.  You can watch the entire game against Australia right here.  US Soccer also has a video up with some post-game reactions from Tab Ramos and Paul Arriola.

According to Greg Seltzer, DeAndre Yedlin to Roma is dead.  There are still other teams interested in him.

And according to Steven Goff, free agent DaMarcus Beasley is close to signing with MLS.  And something could be finalized by the end of the week.

Not really a surprise, but Julian Green was named to Bayern Munich’s roster for their US tour.  They will take on the MLS All-Stars in Portland on August 6.

Brek Shea played 45 minutes in the second half of Stoke City’s 1-1 draw to Borussia Monchengladbach in a friendly over the weekend.  According to reviews that I have read, he played well and you can watch the entire second half right here.

Joe Gyau scored Borussia Dortmund’s winning goal in a 4-3 win over Heidenheim in a friendly on Saturday.  Here are a couple photos of Gyau in action.  Kicker also listed Gyau in their top 20 players in 3. Liga for this upcoming season (if he stays with Dortmund’s U-23 team).

Duane Holmes scored one goal and assisted on another in Huddersfield Town’s 4-1 win over Guiseley in a friendly on Monday.

Shawn Parker scored the game-tying goal in FC Augsburg’s 3-3 draw to Ulm in some more friendly action on Monday.

Shawn’s brother, Devante Parker, picked up an ankle injury in a friendly against Kaiserslautern.

Rubio Rubin had to leave a game early this weekend after having a nasty collision which required some kind of facial surgery yesterday.

Sebastian Lletget assisted on a goal in West Ham U-21’s 4-2 win over a Espanyol youth team.

Danny Barbir continues to score goals for West Brom’s U-18 team.

Edgar Castillo made his Atlas Liga MX debut over the weekend and he is wearing the rare #1 for a field player.

After his World Cup vacation, Timothy Chandler is now in training with Eintracht Frankfurt.

Clint Dempsey will be on the North America covers of FIFA 15.

Jon-Paul Pittman’s quest to find a new team now sees him trialing with Grimsby Town.

Brandon McDonald and Swedish side Ljungskile have parted ways.

The Lancashire Telegraph has a story up about Adam Henley trying to earn a starting spot with Blackburn Rovers this season.

Nicholas Gaitan has been promoted to OFI Crete’s first team for this season.

The New York Daily News is reporting that 14-year-old Noah Leeds was offered a place in Sevilla FC’s youth academy.

That is it for links.  I should be posting a little stats thing tomorrow.

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8 Responses to “A lot of linkage for Tuesday”

  1. daniil says:

    castillo played well, in stoppage time he went flying through the box and got taken down, but an erroneous non-call. also in that match, JF torres started and went 64 minutes as the RW/RAM of UANL’s 4-2-3-1, herculez gomez came off the bench for tigres and did nothing for 16 minutes.

    also in mexico, michael orozco played a pretty good 90 minutes for puebla at both RB/RCB, they won 1-0 over tijuana (84 minutes for greg garza)

  2. Trent Hill says:

    Suddenly, guys playing in Mexico arent guaranteed starters for the national team. More and more are staying in MLS or gravitating there. It’s a great thing to see.

  3. daniil says:

    for the tl;dr crowd, USA is richer and more stable than mexico, so they are slowly getting better at soccer than mexico.

    part of it is MLS getting stronger, part of it is Liga MX getting inevitably weaker. Mexican football is a minor miracle; people talk about cartels controlling the favelas in brazil, but mexico’s cartel’s are a different level. Several times in the past 10 years cartels have completely shut down the highways in Guadalajara (supposedly the country’s most advanced city) for at least 24 hours.

    What you get from this is mass economic stagnation that cripples soccer in the country. Unlike my ancestral home, Belarus, where the mafia builds stadiums, mexican cartels are not exactly investing in their local football club. With the economy stagnant and no public funds for stadiums/facilities, the sporting infrastructure in Mexico is rather terrible.

    To add insult to injury, the government, which is largely corrupt (unlike all those not-corrupt governments out there) does not invest in football because it is a case of heavy short-term investment (stadiums, gyms, training fields) vs slow, long-term gain (old politicians will either be retired or dead before the deficit is made up).

    There are a few exceptions. Chivas and América (ventura alvarado was not in the 18 this weekend) obviously have world class facilities, they are super-rich clubs. Tijuana has pretty good stuff because they are funded mostly by a sports betting company (0% chance of corruption there…). Ultimately, however, you see the stuff that DMB and MOF had to/has to endure at Puebla and its slightly ridiculous.

    Ultimately, despite all the shenanigans, the US is an incredibly rich and stable country. Just as Thomas Paine postulated that the US, purely by geographic situation, would become the world’s premier ship-building nation, it seems rather inevitable that MLS will become, eventually, a world-class league. The facilities in MLS today are phenomenal and get better every day. Coaches and players in Liga MX are still much better than that of MLS, but that will change over time. Part of the “players in mexico arent guaranteed starters” bit is you also have to realize the disparity in the mexican league. the gap between Manchester CIty and Norwich, between Real Madrid and Mallorca, this is the same disproportion we see between teams like América (alvarado), Leon, and Monterrey (alonso hernandez was on the bench this weekend) and teams like puebla, chiapas, and atlas. Castillo and Orozco, starters for atlas and puebla, did not even make our world cup team. Between Leon and América there are 5 or 6 players who, on paper, would have been starters for us. If Ventura Alvarado gets a sniff at the Amé XI (which it now looks like he won’t this year), it will be a big deal. These teams haven’t won 9 straight CCL’s on accident.

  4. daniil says:

    but yeah, trent youre right lol. just wanted to clarify that everything i said is backing you up

  5. Gregory says:


    Please tell me Zusi outplay Corona last summer at the Gold Cup. I’m not saying Corona got robbed and is hands down better then Zusi. But MLS players are given more chances and breaks then MX players.

    Come on Corona didn’t earn a spot over Davis? MLS players are cut a little slack.

  6. mitch says:

    Gregory, he saw in Davis and Zusi two players that could contribute in concise ways, players he could count on the fact that he knew exactly what he was getting. He brought Davis for the service and his left foot. Zusi is more readily able to contribute in the ways that we need him to, I think he’s proved that, as opposed to Corona who has given us less evidence against serious opposition. They both have low ceilings and Corona certainly has the potential to eclipse them.

  7. daniil says:

    joe corona played great at the gold cup, but that next season he really struggled getting games in for Tijuana. It’s hard for me to argue against the decision, then, because you do want guys who are playing consistently for their club. At the same time, though, Tijuana have a lot of class in their squad, and I can’t help but think he would have been in Brazil if he had played for a smaller team and got consistent playing time, because i do think he is better than brad davis and probably better than Graham Zusi as a winger

  8. Gregory says:


    To me Davis was included so he could leave Lando off the team with the lefty excuse. I would rather have Lando start on the left wing all day over Davis. I know Lando is not an attacking threat but he covers 5 times as much ground and make the same easy passes.

    Unless it’s a free kick using your left foot I think Lando is better anywhere on the pitch then Davis.

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