1860 Munich forward Bobby Wood will undergo an operation and will be out for the remainder of 2011. He is hoping to be ready to go for the winter break training in early January.
According to Andrew Wiebe (formerly the beat writer for Sporting Kansas City at MLSSoccer.com), Sporting forward Teal Bunbury will join the growing list of Americans training with European clubs this winter. The 21 year-old Minnesotan will reportedly train with Bolton Wanderers of the English Premier League after having spent last winter training with Stoke City.
It sort of straddles rumor-reporting, but Chris Wondolowski is publicly declaring his interest in playing in Europe. He is still under contract and has yet to line up off-season training (he is apparently not on Jürgen Klinsmann’s speed dial), but his public declaration suggests something may be amiss.
SI.com’s Grant Wahl reports on some broadcasting changes for Nats broadcasts: former captain John Harkes, ESPN’s lead analyst for Yanks matches (and Major League Soccer broadcasts) since 2008 is apparently out, due to be replaced by ESPN current studio host Taylor Twellman, a former New England Revolution and 1860 Munich II striker who was a member of the last US squad to win a title. Meanwhile, at NBC/NBC Sports, who will have the rights to four US matches in each of the next three years, Seattle Sounders FC announcer Arlo White is apparently the preferred choice for play-by-play while Kyle Martino, who currently serves as MLS/USA analyst for Fox Soccer, is the frontrunner for color commentator.