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US-Mexico aftermath links and other news
   August 10, 2011 (11:26 PM) by Matt Benson     Email This Post Email This Post

Let get some US-Mexico links out of the way first.  Here are some highlights from the game as well.

» Grant Wahl: Three thoughts on U.S.-Mexico []
» Steve Davis player ratings []
» Leander Schaerlaeckens player ratings [ESPN Soccernet]
» Steven Goff player ratings [Soccer Insider]
» Stock is Rising or Falling with USMNT [The USA 10 Kit]
» Klinsmann’s Debut – A Few Quick Thoughts [The USA 10 Kit]
» Some flash post-Mexico thoughts [No Short Corners]

Also, it sounds like Klinsmann might call in the same roster for the Costa Rica friendly in Los Angeles as well as the friendly in Belgium a few days later.  Interesting.

Now for some news that has nothing to do with last night’s game.

Chivas USA are lining up a deal to sign Freddy Adu as a Designated Player.  I think I like this move for him.

Fresh off a season where he played in 50+ games, Frank Simek will miss the next eight weeks with a tear in his hip muscle.

Maurice Edu is being looked at by a few teams who seem to be interested in his services, including the French club Auxerre.

Steven Goff recently did an interview with Michael Bradley right here.

After trailing with Norwegian side Vålerenga last week, Greg Garza is now in Sweden on trial with Örebro SK.

Brian Sciaretta recently talked to Stefan Jerome.  Jerome got the start and played 63 minutes in Sigma Olomouc’s 3-2 victory over Spytihnev in the Czech Cup on Wednesday.

Remember Villyan Bijev?  The 18-year-old striker from California that sort of came out of nowhere to sign with Liverpool.  Well, he did finally sign with the club and did go out on loan to Racing Genk in Belgium.  And he played with their reserve team the other day and scored a goal.

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12 Responses to “US-Mexico aftermath links and other news”

  1. Thursby says:

    I agree. This is a good move for Adu. It will give him desperately needed playing time. And give hive a platform to showcase his talents. So maybe a European team who will actually play him, will become interested in him.

  2. Cam says:

    A little random, but after watching Brek Shea recently with FC Dallas and last night with the national team… have you read anything about potential Brek Shea suitors in Europe?

  3. Thursby says:

    It looks like Adu is going to Philly.

  4. Steve Trittschuh says:

    @ Cam: I don’t see Brek Shea moving to Europe anytime soon. He just signed a contract extension with FC Dallas. MLS is becoming more like the Mexican league every day in that they’re becoming very steadfast in not allowing their players to be sold to European clubs (Landon Donovan).

  5. ussoccerdudes says:

    @Steve I dont think treating players like poster boys will help their careers. The fact that they still cant let Donovan go is pitiful, if the league is confident about itself, they should let him go, he has earned it. If Mexico does not allow players to leave, why are guys like Chicharito, Juarez, Marquez, Dos Santos, Moreno, Salcido, and Rodriguez all sold to Euro teams? Shea will not learn much by running circles around a guy like Alston all day, even Shea admitted that MLS is not that fast compared to the national game. Donovan actually had euro experience before, so we cant really compare those two. We also have to stop comparing everyone to Donovan.

  6. Steve Trittschuh says:

    Dudes, I agree with you. Brek Shea is about as poster-boyish as they come in the MLS. Fans at FC Dallas games wear blonde wigs emulating him. But it would be good for his career to go to Europe. I don’t think he ever should have signed a contract extension.

    The comparisons with Donovan here have to be made. Shea, like Donovan, is becoming one of the best players in the MLS at a young age and is becoming a poster-boy for the league. I tend to think a Euro club would have to make a very, very high offer for MLS to let him go.

  7. ussoccerdudes says:

    @Steve Donovan has struggled on the international scene before though, especially during 2006, I’m just worried Brek Shea might go through the same.

  8. Steve Trittschuh says:

    Its a huge risk, no doubt about it, but then again there’s a risk Shea might plateau playing in the MLS and never become a solid international player that the USMNT needs him to be. Donovan did struggle, but one could make the argument Leverkusen never really gave him a fair chance at the senior level.

    And speaking of struggling, some of the Mexican Nats you named earlier are having struggles of their own. Dos Santos, Rodriguez and Barrera all went through embarassing relegation campaigns after their respective clubs paid big bucks to get them. Juarez can’t start for a Celtic side which paid 3 million euros to get him and that can’t beat Rangers. Its a risk, no doubt.

  9. ussoccerdudes says:

    @Steve However, what intrigues me is how much we talk about playing time, and the fact that neither Juarez or Barrera has played since January makes me wonder how they can be so good in the GC. Dos Santos was best player in 2009, but had 5 appearances for Tottenham. Exactly how important is playing time? Because it seems like that theory doesnt effect Mexico.

  10. Steve Trittschuh says:

    I agree that the lack of playing time theory doesn’t seem to affect many of Mexico’s top players. Here’s my theory. First, its coaching. de la Torre seems to understand his players abilities and puts them in positions where they are best able to succeed. I mean, the guy made Pablo Barerra (who couldn’t get on the field at West Ham all last season) look like a star in the Gold Cup final.

    Second, its depth. Mexico, in my opinion, has three indispensable players: Chicharito, Guardado and Dos Santos. The rest could be replaced in a heartbeat and the starting players on El Tri know that. Many of them play like its their last game for their country. Wish I could say the same for the US under Bob Bradley. We all saw what happened when Cherundolo went down.

  11. ussoccerdudes says:

    @Steve There was always Spector, people complain about our talent pool, while Spector was there, he mave played in a different position but that was better than the 9 apps he had before the Confed Cup. Not to mention that I honestly believe that we have te best talent pool ever in USMNT history, the things we dont have that we had then are coach consistency and player maturity.

  12. Trent Hill says:

    “Juarez can’t start for a Celtic side which paid 3 million euros to get him and that can’t beat Rangers”

    Whoa whoa whoa. Celtic beat Rangers last season more than vice versa.

    In the league, however, Rangers won.

    Sorry…avid Celtic fan.

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