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Hump day links
   February 1, 2012 (5:55 PM) by Matt Benson     Email This Post Email This Post

Here are some links and news now that we have paid the bills on time.

Clint Dempsey scored his 10th league goal of the season.  You can see highlights of the goal here.  He now has 16 goals across all competitions in 2011-12.  Only Robin van Persie (25), Wayne Rooney (18) and Sergio Aguero (17) have scored more goals across all competitions among English Premier League players.

There was some chatter earlier this week about the US playing Scotland and Brazil in May in some friendlies with US Soccer looking for one more opponent before World Cup qualification begins.  It is starting to look like that third opponent will be Canada.

As speculated yesterday, Edson Buddle will be returning to the LA Galaxy.  He will be sporting his old #14, which means there probably will be some angry Robbie Keane fans who will have to get new jerseys.

Gale Agbossoumonde is set to finalize a loan deal to the NASL’s Carolina RailHawks according to Ives.  Traffic Sports/Estoril still own his rights until his contract runs out in the summer of 2013.

Borussia Dortmund’s manager Jurgen Klopp told the team’s website that Terrence Boyd is one of two players from the reserve squad that is closer to first team action.  It is not every day that the US has a forward getting first team minutes with the defending Bundesliga champions.

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13 Responses to “Hump day links”

  1. Ian says:

    I wish Canada would get it’s act together.

  2. Badwolfdc says:

    Matt,(or anybody) do you have some background on Boyd?

    Hey we have built up a pretty good rivalry South of the Border, why not do the same el norte?

  3. William says:

    Traffic Sports sucks…

  4. Cam says:

    Any chance Boyd will switch back to Germany?

  5. Matt says:


    Here are two interviews by Brian Sciaretta of Boyd over the last year:

  6. Kyle says:

    Anyone think Whitbread gets called in for the Italy match?

  7. Kyle says:

    heres the english translation straight from dortmunds website: he is actually on the first team now according to this translation into actual sentences.

  8. Matt says:


    I know Klinsi recently said that Whitbread is on his radar, but I really hope him and Kljestan get called in. They both have been playing well for their clubs.

  9. Kyle says:

    “Peru’s soccer federation has been public about their interest in getting Morales to suit up for them and Boyd remembers speaking with Morales about the issue a few weeks ago. Boyd urged his friend to join him and play for the US team and is happy both are with the Stars and Stripes.

    “I was talking to Alfredo [two] weeks ago and I was like, ‘Dude, you can’t do that!'” Boyd recalled of his conversation with Morales about playing for Peru. “I was hoping that he was going to play for the States over Peru. He was invited, and I am happy he is on the team.””

    -I think Boyd has made his first and final choice of country

  10. Badwolfdc says:

    Seems that Boyd is definitely worth watching, through the rest of the season. All clubs and countries load up on forwards, and reading Matt’s links and Kyle’s translated piece it seems that he is moving into a strong position (if not Olympics then maybe 2014) lets hope he develops with first team play.

  11. Badwolfdc says:

    Hey Matt couldn’t agree more on Kljestan, but I am less sure of Whitbread. I am so happy that he is getting his due’s and good press in the UK, I just feel that he is a little slow for international duty. He reminds me of Jay DeMerit, game, strong and a huge work rate – but slow. Still in a friendly it would be good to see him (maybe I am wrong)

  12. Award says:

    Hmm, not big on Kljestan. Seen him many times and really he doesn’t bring much to the international level. But it’s good to have depth and that is what Kljestan is a depth player. I think Whitbread will definitely be called in for the Italy. Until I see Whitbread at the International level I can’t make a fair assessment about him unlike I did with Kljestan.
    Boyd has said that right now the U.S. is his top choice, but he has also said that if Germany were to call him up he would have to also consider them.

  13. Trent Hill says:

    Kljestan is a great player–wide range of passing and very creative.

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