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Friday Happy Hour Links
   January 7, 2011 (5:10 PM) by Matt Benson     Email This Post Email This Post

I wish I was at happy hour right now, but since I love you guys I am here posting links and news (plus I still can’t really look at alcohol right now after NYE…..rough night).  As for the news.

While Greg Garza made his first appearance with Estoril last weekend, Tony Taylor missed the game due to a concussion and a small fracture on his face.  But he was cleared by doctors to return to training yesterday and has a good shot to play this weekend.

As we posted the other day, Mike Grella’s loan deal with Carlisle United expired on Monday night and he has returned to Leeds United.  While the club would like to work out another deal with Leeds for Grella, it doesn’t look too promising as Leeds have not returned any of Carlisle United’s recent calls.

Yesterday brought rumors of Freddy Adu training with German side Ingolstadt, which have now been confirmed by the club.  As for today’s rumor, courtesy of ESPN Soccernet’s transfer talk blog:

14.59: Perennial young hope Freddy Adu has moved on to the seventh club of his career, signing for German Second Division side Ingolstadt. The club’s coach Benno Mohlmann said: “We know his history, we know he has not confirmed in recent years the potential he showed when he was 15-16 years old.” American teenage prodigy Adu, who is now 21 – I know, it brought gasps of shock from ESPNsoccernet HQ too – has already played in the USA, Portugal, France and Greece.

But there hasn’t been confirmation of the signing by anyone else yet (and I don’t think he has signed yet in my opinion).

Kicker magazine out of Germany claims the Kenny Cooper-to-Portland Timbers rumors are true.  Cooper has done well with the MLS in the past and just never seemed to have things go his way over in Europe.

To go along with Wednesday’s tweet by Andres Cantor about the USMNT-Argentina March friendly moving to New York, someone close to the AP is saying the same thing.

Lets now move onto the USMNT camp.  Today’s biggest news, a slight shocker, is Bob Bradley inviting an extra player to camp.  That player you ask?  Russian Premier League-based striker Eugene Starikov.  If you read this blog on a regular basis, you know we are a fan of Eugene Starikov and have been following him for a while now.  Good to see the US continuing to reach out to these dual-nationality guys.

The USMNT blog on has a ton of goodies posted, including:

* Sitting Down With The New Seven: A.J. DeLaGarza
* Day Two – Training Rewind
* Dax’s Diary
* Photo Gallery – Day Two
* Photo Gallery – Day Three

And the start of camp means the return of Studio 90 (I always enjoy these).

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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: Eugene Starikov, Freddy Adu, Kenny Cooper, Mike Grella, Tony Taylor, US Men's National Team

4 Responses to “Friday Happy Hour Links”

  1. Chas says:

    Knickname for Starikov: THE WHITE RUSSIAN.

  2. adub says:

    hell yes for starikov, hes promising

  3. Chas says:


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