We tend to keep our coverage here to the U-20 and above ranks (because, you know, caring is creepy), but the U-17 Yanks laid waste to the Czech Republic by a 3-0 count in their opener of the U-17 World Cup down in Mexico. Take that Tomas Rosicky and Jan Koller, you will no longer haunt my dreams as you have for the past five years.
OT XI alumnus (2009-10) Ryan Guy made his debut with the New England Revolution on Saturday. He saved a shot off the line to help preserve a 1-1 draw.
Media in Mexico are rather certain that DaMarcus Beasley will sign with León, a club in the Liga de Ascenso. I have heard some suggestions that he was not heavily sought-after by MLS clubs due to his ability to still pull a decent salary abroad.
Udinese attacker Alexis Sanchez looks set to join FC Barcelona. Basically, this is relevant because now that Barcelona seems set to get Sanchez, it’s probably less likely that they sign Giuseppi Rossi. If Rossi stays with Villarreal, it’s much more likely than Jozy Altidore is with a new club next year. If Rossi leaves— to Villarreal or elsewhere— there exists a chance that the Yellow Submarines might keep Josmer around.
I lied about this being all non-Gold Cup. What can I say, it’s a byproduct of having gone through two elections for public office. If you like reading technical analyses, you should read the pieces by Zonal Marking and Matthew Doyle. You’ll be smarter (in a soccer sense, not a real-life sense, it’s soccer, not Hemmingway).
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Howie once received a death threat at a USA-Brazil friendly. He still believes in Fred Adu. He plays forward in coed rec, although not well.