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Hump Day News
   January 12, 2011 (4:47 PM) by Matt Benson     Email This Post Email This Post

As we reported earlier today, US U-20 midfielder Josh Gatt is headed to Norway to play for Molde FK after a deal between Molde and his former club, SC Rheindorf Altach, became official.  Greg Seltzer gets a couple quotes from one of Molde’s sports director right here.

Seltzer also talks to Stuart Holden about Bolton’s current season over at

Justin Braun and Ugo Ihemelu have been released from the USMNT camp due to injuries.

As for stories on a couple players in camp, Brian Sciaretta (Yanks Abroad) has one on Sean Franklin and Jack Bell (New York Times) has one on Teal Bunbury.

The US U-20 team ended its January camp with a 3-1 victory over Miami FC.  Gale Agbossoumonde, Kelyn Rowe and Omar Salgado supplied the goals for the U-20 team.

The latest FIFA World Rankings came out today, but there are hardly any changes since December since there were hardly any games over the last month.  The US are still sitting in 18th while their next opponent, Chile, are in 15th.

Matthew over at The Shin Guardian has some fun interviews with Eric Lichaj and Herculez Gomez.  Lichaj seems like a “lunch pail” type of guy (very Bob Bradley-like).

Sky Sports has learned that Jonathan Spector is now open to a possible transfer away from West Ham United.  His contract with West Ham is up after this season and it doesn’t look like West Ham is interested in extending his contract.

As for the latest in the Mike Grella playing time “saga”, Leeds manager Simon Grayson claims that Grella is in the team’s long term plans, but is currently their fifth choice in the striker pecking order.  And it looks like Leeds is looking for another possible loan deal for Grella for the time being.

And finally, we have Lee Nguyen news in back-to-back days after not talking about him for many months.  It appears that he is applying for Vietnamese citizenship in order to be eligible to play with the Vietnamese national team.  Nguyen has made three appearances with the USMNT team (two at the 2007 Copa America and one in a friendly against China in 2007).  So if he does make the switch, we might be done talking about him on the site (we try to focus only on American players eligible for the USMNT).

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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: Eric Lichaj, Herculez Gomez, Jonathan Spector, Josh Gatt, Justin Braun, Lee Nguyen, Mike Grella, Sean Franklin, Stuart Holden, Teal Bunbury, Ugo Ihemelu, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team

5 Responses to “Hump Day News”

  1. Chas says:

    How can one be fifth on the depth chart for a forward spot yet be in a team’s long-term plans???? Grella may be young but he’s not that young. They should have let him stay at Carlisle.

  2. Matt says:

    Sounds like Leeds thinks they can get a better loan deal for Grella than what Carlisle is offering. It is all about the $$$ (technically £££).

  3. adub says:

    grella has shown how deadly he can be around the goal… he deserves higher than 5th and should be a starter in the championship. not only that but he probably holds the greatest OT goal of all time am i wrong???

  4. adub says:

    im talkin about the Mike Grella 2 goal fa cup rd 2 game for leeds vs kettering town…. the double cross over to bending shot in the upper corner… thats gotta be the best ive ever seen an american play over seas recently

  5. Howie says:

    That was a good one adub, although I think I’d go with Dempsey’s goal vs. Juventus in the Europa League Round of 16 last year. It’s possible he meant to cross it to the opposite corner of the six, but it was still a fantastic goal.

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