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Monday Night Links
   December 12, 2011 (6:22 PM) by Matt Benson     Email This Post Email This Post

Sort of like Monday Night Football, only it is not the Seahawks-Rams.  So technically, it is probably better.

Former USMNT defender Gregg Berhalter has been named the new manager of Swedish club Hammarby.  Also of note, Hammarby are partially owned by AEG (who own the LA Galaxy).  Still good to see Americans getting shots as managers over in Europe.  Here is a video interview with the new manager.

Super sub supreme Herculez Gomez has a new team as Estudiantes Tecos has sold the forward to Santos Laguna.  It will be his fourth different team in Mexico since heading down south in 2010 despite producing wherever he has been.  Herc summed things up to me on twitter.

@socceroverthere im an international sex symbol and sex sells

Well said, Herc.  Well said.

Speaking south of the border, I posted about the craziness going on in Colombia at the moment with two American goalkeepers on Friday.  As for an update, Kevin Piedrahita started in goal for the first leg of the relegation playoffs with Diego Restrepo out due to a red card in the previous game.  Piedrahita and America de Cali earned a 1-1 draw despite playing down a man due to another red card for majority of the game.  Brent Latham was telling me that most of the match reports had Piedrahita earning man of the match honors.

Latham also recently wrote about the player depth of the US youth programs for ESPN Insider.

One of those youth guys that has not been called in for any camps is midfielder Danny Barrera.  As some of you might have noticed from this weekend’s The OT Report, he made his professional debut for FK Spartak Subotica in the Serbian SuperLiga.  Eric Wynalda was gushing about Barrera on twitter last night.

Steven Goff must have been bored this weekend as he read most of the 600 pages which consist of US Soccer’s budget for the 2013 fiscal year.  He has all the details of his findings right here.  Not surprising, the USMNT loses money when it plays overseas, while it makes a lot of money when it hosts Mexico/Italy/Brazil type teams in huge football stadiums.

And finally, has more of the daily diary videos of the Generation Adidas tour.  Here is day four with Zarek Valentin, day five with Kevin Alston and day six with Omar Salgado.

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Matt Benson

Matt likes soccer. He likes sleeping in. He is also amused easily. That is pretty much it.

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7 Responses to “Monday Night Links”

  1. Steve Trittschuh says:

    I wonder if Berhalter brings American players into Hammarby??? Its the Swedish second division, one has to believe that some young Americans could contribute.

  2. Ian says:

    You would think he would, especially after getting to see a lot of MLS the last couple of years. You’d think he would have identified a few players who could help his team and help themselves by getting a raise.

  3. William says:

    I’m sure an Anthony Wallace, Andrew Wooten, Bryan Arguez, Tony Taylor, Dom Cervi, Gale Agbossoumonde, Ethan White, or Lee Nguyen type player might be on his list. Heck maybe even a Freddy Adu or Kenny Cooper.

  4. William says:

    Hammarby is where Davies got his Euro start after all…

  5. Howie says:

    The Superettan is a cut below MLS. A lot of US college players/MLS’ers have had some success there. Even though Hammarby is a bigger club by Swedish standards, I’d be surprised to see too many MLS guys go there. Maybe some of the younger guys just waived/not taken in the re-entry draft.

  6. Matt says:

    If I remember correctly, Kamani Hill and a couple other Americans trained/trialed at Hammarby this past fall.

  7. Trent Hill says:

    Howie–I’d imagine lots of college players would still be willing to play for Hammarby over MLS. Why? It’s a better shop window.

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