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Hump Day Linkage
   August 24, 2011 (3:50 PM) by Matt Benson     Email This Post Email This Post
 

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.

 
Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Carlos Bocanegra, George John, Joe Corona, Maurice Edu, Seth Moses, US Men's National Team
 

9 Responses to “Hump Day Linkage”

  1. Badwolfdc says:

    + 1 Like “Lone Rangers” – good one Matt

  2. Steve Trittschuh says:

    I’d really like to see Corona suit up for the Nats. There are not many other good young forwards in the pool and he definitely has a lot of potential.

  3. Ian says:

    Agreed Steve. I haven’t been able to see him play this year except for some highlights but I saw the two-legged promotion playoff last Mexican season (not sure what it’s called) and he was outstanding. And I think we can all agree we want a USNT jersey with Corona on the back.

  4. Biguglyjim says:

    There was a tweet from another soccer blog that Joe Corona said that “El Salvador and the United States was never an option, it has always been Mexico.” Dont know how true it is but of it is, USMNT loses another player that could have helped.

  5. ussoccerdudes says:

    @Biguglyjim Whatever, we gain guys and we lose guys, I care more about Diskerud and Chandler because they actually decided to play for the US

  6. Trent Hill says:

    Joe Corona is quite young. Calling him into the USMNT camp early could seal the deal for him.

  7. Trent Hill says:

    Hopefully Mexico never sees fit to call him in. If they don’t, he’ll go US over El Salvador.

  8. Thursby says:

    How much playing time could he get with the Mexican team? They are pretty deep in the attacking positions.

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