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Friday morning links
   May 15, 2015 (12:25 AM) by Matt Benson     Email This Post Email This Post
 

A bunch of stuff to get to so let’s dive in.

Brad Friedel announced his retirement yesterday.  The stat guys over at ESPN put together a few numbers looking back at his career.  Jeff Bradley also wrote some words on Friedel and his respect level in England.

With Friedel retiring, that means DaMarcus Beasley is the only player left from the 2002 US World Cup roster still playing.  And his Houston Dynamo did a nice prank this week.

The US U-20 team is headed to Australia to train before the U-20 World Cup in New Zealand.  In case you were living under a rock this week, Gedion Zelalem was cleared by FIFA to play for the US.

If you follow the U-20ers on a regular basis, you have probably noticed that Shaquell Moore has been listed as “unattached” for a while.  Tab Ramos said in a chat last week that the defender had been training with Huracan in Spain’s third division followed by Moore signing a professional deal with the club.

Another player on the roster, Desevio Payne, also signed a professional deal with FC Groningen.  And since Brian Sciaretta interviews everyone, of course he had an interview with Payne earlier this week.

CONCACAF announced some Olympic qualifying details yesterday.  The US will have two games in Kansas City and one in Commerce City, Colorado.  If they advance out of the group, they would be playing in Sandy, Utah at Rio Tinto.

Three Americans (Oguchi Onyewu, Zak Whitbread and Jay Denny) were released by their clubs in England in the last week.

Sebastian Lletget left England last week and his agent decided to fill us in on how complicated it was to get Lletget to LA.  Yay MLS roster rules!

Jurgen Klinsmann spoke to FIFA.com this past week.

According to Grant Wahl, Alejandro Bedoya could have some suitors in Germany and England, while Perry Kitchen is being looked at by teams in Germany, Belgium and Denmark.

Wahl is also hearing that Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood could be looking into getting a new goalkeeper, which wouldn’t be great news for Brad Guzan.

A lot of American greatness going on in Norway.  Bob Bradley has led Stabæk to a tie for first on points in Norway’s Tippeligaen.  The Fighting Bob Bradleys have won eight straight games across all competitions, including six straight shutout victories in league play, which is apparently a league record.  Also, ESPN FC took a look this week at the various players who have become coaches after playing for Bob.

That is not the only greatness in Norway.  Rhett Bernstein has had consecutive games with scoring the game-tying and game-winning goals.  His four goals are tied for the eighth most in Norway and the most among defenders.  Why the sudden outburst in scoring?  Having his dad in town to watch him play this week probably helped.

Apparently Bobby Wood was not a huge fan of his former manager at 1860 Munich.

John Brooks is questionable for this weekend’s game against Eintracht Frankfurt with a bruised hip.

Eric Lichaj was voted Nottingham Forest Player of the Month for April by NFFC’s supporters.

It looks like Tottneham’s home jersey was leaked earlier this week so this is what DeAndre Yedlin will be wearing next season.  Sort of looks like the LA Galaxy’s home jersey.

And finally, also in the jersey department, Stoke City’s jersey for 2015-16 is already out there, but here is a photo of Geoff Cameron sporting the new duds.

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9 Responses to “Friday morning links”

  1. Gregory says:

    Beasley is the last of the Mohicans.

    I should confess I never watched an entire USA soccer game till 2006 USA vs Czech. I immediately became a USA soccer junkie after watching 6’8 Jan Koller thrash us. The 2002 World Cup made me believe watching the USA wasn’t a waste of time.

  2. Jeffrey says:

    I hope Guzan actually ends up with a better team then Aston Villa, he’s kept the rubbish team in so many games the last couple of seasons. He really is a very good keeper, any team would be lucky to have, Sherwood could be doing Guzan and US fans a favorer.

  3. Chris says:

    I’m confused about Bobby Wood’s situation. I was under the impression that his February move was permanent, but the article kind of made it sound like a loan.

  4. Ian says:

    It wasn’t a loan. 1860 has said because of his solid play they’d be interested in re-acquiring him if Aue is relegated.

  5. Nader says:

    Bobby Wood’s situation is that it is a loan and if Aue were to stay up they would buy him for a designated fee with a contract until 2017. If Aue get relegated, Bobby Wood will go back to 1860 to his original contract that runs out in 2016.

  6. doctor phil says:

    What’s your source on that contract?

  7. Ian says:

    Perhaps I stand corrected, but I’ve never seen anything like that before. It would explain the extra motivation he’s been displaying for Aue.

  8. Jeffrey says:

    Just want to point out that Villa lost 6-1 today with Guzan on the bench. Guess he’s NOT the their problem.

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