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Monday night links
   July 25, 2011 (8:00 PM) by Matt Benson     Email This Post Email This Post

The US U-18ers kicked off the 2011 Milk Cup with a 2-0 victory over Israel.  Goals were scored by Omar Salgado and Jerome Kiesewetter.  I still can’t find any highlights, but here are some photos on the Milk Cup’s facebook page, including some from the US-Israel game (the US decided to break out the 2008 charcoal away jerseys).

The next game will be on Wednesday against Mexico, who lost 2-1 to Georgia today.  The other game in the Elite bracket saw Denmark and Northern Ireland end up in a 1-1 draw.  So a good start to the tournament for the US.  There was also some chatter on Twitter that Bob Bradley was there in attendance (getting a look at potential 2012 Olympic squad players?).

It looks like Anton Peterlin impressed enough during his trial at Walsall as he has accepted a one-year deal with the League One club, who are nicknamed the Saddlers.

While one American impressed during his trial, goalkeeper Chris Konopka did not do enough during his trial with Oxford United as they have decided to not keep him on a permanent basis.

Thanks to Armando for sending this one in, but here is a video interview with Jozy Altidore up on AZ’s official site.

There is a chance Quentin Westberg will be Evian TG’s starting goalkeeper come August 6 when they travel to Brest for the first game of the Ligue 1 season.  Just like the end of last year, starting goalkeeper Bertrand Laquait has picked up an injury and manager Bernard Casoni will have to decide between Westberg and Johann Durand if thigh injury is that bad.  Westberg got the call last year and Evian TG won its last three games with the French-born American between the sticks.

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7 Responses to “Monday night links”

  1. Kyle says:

    Kiesewetter looks promising. From that photo where he(#15) is standing next to Salgado it looks like he’s got to be 6’4″. Not many strikers with that size for U.S. I can’t wait to see what they are both doing when the Olympics come around.

  2. Kyle says:

    or the camera angle could be tricking me.

  3. Matt says:

    His US Soccer bio from last year lists him at 6’0″ ->

    And his bio on Hertha Berlin’s website says 182 cm, which is about 72 inches (6’0″) – >

    I also like how he lists Jozy Altidore as one of his favorite players.

  4. Ufficio says:

    Wow, it only took Jozy a week in Holland to pick up a really weird accent.

  5. Ian says:

    Maybe a stupid question but does Bob Bradley coach the Olympic team?

  6. Matt says:

    The MNT coach doesn’t always coach the Olympic team (Piotr Nowak coached the 2008 team). I don’t think they have officially said who will coach the team, but it has been hinted at that Bob was going to this time around.

  7. Howie says:

    I believe that they had a qualifier at Guatemala during the last Olympics. Plus, Nowak was a bit more established as a coach compared to current assistants Sorber and Marsch.

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