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Some news and notes for Monday
   November 21, 2011 (10:09 PM) by Howie Michaels     Email This Post Email This Post
 

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.

 
Categories: Bobby Wood, Chris Wondolowski, Teal Bunbury
 

5 Responses to “Some news and notes for Monday”

  1. Gregory says:

    This really needed to happen because Harkes is awful and boring. Taylor Twellman is the only analyst with passion, enthusiasm, and good sense of humor. Twellman actually looks like hes enjoying himself and having fun. The older commentators, Harkes and Alexi Lalas, come off as know-it-alls that seem bitter.

  2. Steve Trittschuh says:

    Agree with Gregory. Harkes offered no enthusiasm. Only boring comments mixed in with the occasional eye-rollers. For Nats games I can honestly say I enjoyed watching the game more on the Spanish channels than with Harkes doing color analysis.

  3. Ian says:

    Agree with both Gregory and Steve

  4. Trent Hill says:

    Twellman should be a fun commentator who will put some enthusiasm into it.

  5. William says:

    Agree with Gregory, Steve and Ian…And Trent

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