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Catching up on a few things
   December 29, 2011 (1:50 AM) by Matt Benson     Email This Post Email This Post

Still catching up on life right now, but a couple links from the last couple days.

Tony Taylor scored a goal from the penalty spot earlier today (technically yesterday) in Atletico CP’s 2-2 draw.  Still looking for some highlights.  Speaking of Taylor, Nick Leyden recently talked to Taylor.

Freddy Adu is currently on his way to Europe to train with La Liga club Rayo Vallecano.

While the Red Bulls have come out to the press in recent weeks about not wanting to sell Tim Ream, some British press is claiming that Bolton “are confident” on landing the center back.  The Shin Guardian gives some thoughts on the possible move.

Steven Goff tweeted the other day that Odense U-17 winger Sebastian Clark is going to trial at Fulham according to Clark’s dad.  Clark holds US and Denmark passports as he was born in Atlanta, but grew up in Denmark.   So he is one player to keep an eye on.

Speaking of Odense, Greg Seltzer has heard that the Danish club might put in a January offer for San Jose Earthquakes forward Chris Wondolowski.

One player who will not be playing in Europe in the near future is U-23 midfielder Kelyn Rowe. Rowe, who spent some time last year traveling Europe trialing/training with various clubs, has signed a Generation Adidas deal with MLS.

ESPN’s Jeff Carlisle gives us 12 things to watch for in 2012 regarding US Soccer.

And finally, I sort of think this is a non-story (or at least not a big deal), but still wanted to point it out as others have.  That said, Preston Zimmerman took to twitter to disagree with the current set-up/surroundings regarding the USMNT.

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13 Responses to “Catching up on a few things”

  1. William says:

    Zimmerman raises an interesting point, but he is WAAAAY off base. The last US roster had FOUR German-Americans, two of which were first called in by Bob Bradley.

    Furthermore, I’m sure Zimmerman knows more soccer people than I do but you have to be a complete idiot to think there are college kids better than Chandler, Jones, Williams and Johnson…I mean a HUGE dumb***.

    In other words, Zimmerman made himself look like an idiot…BIG TIME.

  2. Gregory says:

    Zimmerman was venting frustration, its a shame with tweeter there is no editor to prevent someone from looking foolish.

    If David Yelldell was starting over Tim Howard he might have a point.Zimmerman looks even more foolish because he fails to see that winning is the only goal, and if German Americans or any nationality can help win then they should.

  3. Steve Trittschuh says:

    I’m really interested to see if Ream goes to Bolton. They need help right now and this move could be the chance of a lifetime for him.

  4. William says:

    Absolutely Gregory. How many “Germans” on their national team are not full “German?”

    Klose, Podolski, Khedira, Gomez, and Boateng are not full blooded German. And it is MUCH more common for people of different decent to grow up in a different European country considering Europe is roughly the size of the contiguous US.

  5. Gregory says:

    I hate to defend Zimmerman’s comments but I feel like playing Devil’s Advocate. He annoyed that full blooded Americans aren’t only on the team, but that Players that have never been to the USA and lived in Germany all their life. I can see how that would leave some players bitter that someone that cannot speak English and knows nothing of the United States is all of sudden ahead of you on your country’s depth chart. You can understand the frustration a player might feel, but at the end of the day its about putting the best players on the field.

    @ William all the foreign German players you named were born or raised in Germany. Cacua would more fit the type. I wish the USMNT could sign a Brazilian to play in the MLS and for the USMNT.

  6. ussoccerdudes says:

    @Gregory Let me ask you something. How “American” are the so called fullblooded Americans in this country. 99% of the USMNT is dual nationality but most of the countries they can play for are not much better if not worse than the US, like Canada. And with guys like Spector who can play for a team like Germany, he is simply not good enough. Yet when an American is good enough, Rossi, Pott’s father, they leave. Essentially, every American who can play for a better country, has already left. So tell me, who are the “true” American? I bet that if Zimmerman was as good as Klose or Gomez, he would say crap like “I feel more German than American.” BTW, did you hear about the LA school that only teaches Spanish as the main language?

  7. ussoccerdudes says:

    @Gregory The US did get a Brazilian to play for the USMNT, he is called Feilhaber.

  8. William says:


    Klose was born in Poland

    I know the Germans I named were raised in Germany, I addressed that point. Europe is landlocked while the US is basically on an island far from the rest of the world.

    As I stated above, it is much more common for a non-German to be born and raised in Germany than it is for a non-American to be born and raised in the States (from Europe).

    “Requirements to get on US National team under Klinsmann: Be a fake American, be born outside the US, have one US distant relative”

    That quote above is just full of ingorance.

    #1 – It describes ONE player, Alfredo Morales, who hasn’t even played.

    #2 – Roy Wegerle, Earnie Stewart, Thomas Dooley, Tab Ramos, Benny Feilhaber, Juan Agudelo, Stuart Holden, Preki, and many others weren’t born in the states.

    #3 – Chandler, Jones and Williams all have American FATHERS and German mothers. How is that “one” distant relative? Since when is your dad “distant?”

    Basically he just pissed off 100s of US soccer players and coaches (current and former) because he is an idiot.

    This is why people get dumber…because one idiot says something false and then 100s of idiots believe him.

  9. Gregory says:

    The only point I was trying to make was their is a difference between people who were raised in the USA and those who were not. Race, religion, whatever doesn’t matter, if you are raised in the USA, you know the culture. Go abroad and try to joke with another nationality, it’s not the same as joking with an American or Canadian. (Try telling some not from America their sitting in a chair A.C. Slater style) I was not trying to state anything about race or nationality, but their is a culture difference which Zimmerman is frustrated with.

    Anyway you look at it hes tweet made him look foolish and selfish. I really do not think any will care about what Zimmerman wrote.

  10. William says:


    I know the point you were trying to make. My last comment was direct response to Zimmerman, not you buddy.

    Also my point is how inaccurate Zimmerman’s comments about USNT requirements was. It was just plain stupid.

  11. ussoccerdudes says:

    @William I think the jist of it is that while Zimmerman may be trying to make a valid point, his ignorant backup details make him look stupid and lessen his credibility.
    @Gregory Im American and I dont know what AC Slater Style is.

  12. William says:

    @ussoccerdude, exactly. He didn’t do a good job of making his point, which was weak in the first place.

    I guess Zimmerman and the people that have agreed with him (not here, on the site linked) don’t think Zak Whitbread should be called in…considering he lived the vast majority of his life in England.

  13. USDK says:

    Through a third source … U16 Fulham vs U18 Talent Team (not sure what a talent team is made of) … Fulham side won 5 – 3, with Clark scoring two goals.

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