Work was a busy one today then I got caught up watching the Sugar Bowl once I finally got home (I feel dirty for cheering for OSU, but luckily the Big Ten slump ended), but here are some news and links for Tuesday.
Only two Americans in action today as Fulham defeated West Brom, 3-0, and picked up some much needed three points. They jumped up from 18th place to 13th after the win. Clint Dempsey scored their second goal of the game with a header off a corner kick and Eddie Johnson came on for Dempsey in the last three minutes of the game. Highlights of all the goals can be found here. One last thing on the game, how can West Brom leave Brede Hangeland unmarked on a corner kick? He is like eight feet tall.
We don’t follow the Americans south of the border as closely as those in Europe, but wanted to give a little update on Jonathan Bornstein as the Mexican Clausura begins this weekend. It is being reported as not serious, but Bornstein will miss the opener with a thigh injury. Tigres manager Ricardo Ferretti expects him to be ready next week.
While Landon Donovan will not be headed to Everton (or anywhere) this spring, Donovan told MLSsoccer.com that he would be welcome to a loan deal to Everton come 2012.
The Shin Guardian’s guest columnist/contributor/blogger/friend Preston Petri takes a look at the “murky” goalkeeper situation at Aston Villa. It will be interesting to see who is the number one goalkeeper for Villa in 2011-12. Will it be Big Brad, Little Brad or someone else (Alan McGregor?)?
This next month could also be an interesting one for Jonathan Spector’s future. Spector started this season on the side of a milk carton before emerging as a two-goal nightmare for Manchester United. After dabbling a bit in the midfield, he has sort of disappeared again. And now, West Ham are closing in on midfielder Steve Sidwell. While it was rumored that Spector rejected a move to German side Cologne, I wonder if he will be heading out the door during the current transfer window or continuing to not appear on West Ham’s roster as they attempt to fight off relegation.
According to Steve Goff, the US-Argentina friendly that has been rumored to be taking place in March could be finalizing its location soon (next week?). And it now sounds like Seattle, the early front runner, is completely out of the picture. I wonder where this game will take place?
And finally, Yanks Abroad brings us three different interviews/stories.
1) Swedish Superettan club Hammarby, the former home of CD9, has offered youngster JC Banks a contract.
2) A quick update on Sacha Kljestan. He probably has my favorite USMNT mustache in case you haven’t noticed.
3) A little interview with Chicago Fire goalkeeper, Sean Johnson, as he gets ready for the USMNT January camp.
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Matt likes soccer. He likes sleeping in. He is also amused easily. That is pretty much it.