Lets start off Wednesday’s links with the Lone Rangers (this is what I am calling the trio at Rangers, and yes, it is an Airheads movie reference).
First off, UEFA has rejected Maribor’s protest over Carlos Bocanegra’s eligibility in last week’s Europa League first leg. Bocanegra did not have his UK work visa, but since the game was in Slovenia, he could play since he met all the other UEFA regulations. Take that Slovenia!
Rangers’ website also has a short story up which reveals that all three members of the Lone Rangers have been selected to the USMNT roster for the upcoming friendlies against Costa Rica and Belgium. It also has a quote from Klinsmann that states that two-thirds of the roster will be players from Europe. The USMNT roster is rumored to be coming out later this week.
Alexi Lalas writing for the Daily Mirror talks about why George John could do well at Blackburn Rovers.
Brian Sciaretta talked to 18-year-old midfielder Seth Moses about going the “Josh Gatt route” and signing with SCR Altach in Austria.
And finally, Jeff Carlisle has a nice article about American/Mexican/El Salvadoran Joe Corona. The most interesting part.
In one of his last acts as U.S. national team manager, Bob Bradley named Corona to the provisional roster for the friendly match against Mexico that took place on Aug. 10. Unfortunately for player and coach, Bradley was fired before the official roster was announced.
“I guess [the U.S. Soccer Federation] found out Bradley talked to me, so they fired him,” joked Corona before adding that had he been named to the official squad. “I think I would have accepted.”
Of course a couple hours after this was posted, it was announced that Corona has been called in by the Mexican U-22 team for some upcoming friendlies. Should be interesting to see which direction he takes since he is eligible to play for three different countries.
Oh yeah, here are the latest FIFA world rankings. The US moves up from 30 to 28. Mexico is still holding down 20.
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Matt likes soccer. He likes sleeping in. He is also amused easily. That is pretty much it.