Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Some Soccer News for Jan 31, 2017

It's Day 31 of 2017.

Minnesota United Preseason

The first preseason game was today in Casa Grande AZ:
-Tue Jan 31
Minnesota United 1-1 New England Revolution - MU goal by Eugene Starikov (39) - NER goal by Kei Kamara (78).
  • The highlight of the game came in the 13th minute when new goalkeeper John Alvbage saved a well taken Penalty Kick by Teal Bunbury.
  • I had hoped to be able to show you some video highlights by now, but they haven't been posted yet.

How did it go?

Next preseason game:
-Fri Feb 3
Nogometni Klub Istra 1961 (Croatia)

Training camp roster:
  • G: John Alvbage, Alec Ferrell, Marco Carducci (trialist), Sammy Ndjock (preseason invitee), Charlie Lyon (trialist)
  • D: Francisco Calvo, Tiago Calvano (preseason invitee), Justin Davis, Vadim Demidov, Thomas de Villardi, Joe Greenspan, Ismaila Jome, Brent Kallman, Lance Laing (preseason invitee), Jermaine Taylor, Kevin Venegas, Andrew Tinari (trialist)
  • M: Bernardo Anor, Raul Gonzalez (trialist), Ibson, Miguel Ibarra, Duke LaCroix (trialist), Collin Martin, Mohammed Saeid, Rasmus Schüller, Eugene Starikov (trialist), Tanner Thompson, Johan Venegas, Collen Warner
  • F: Abu Danladi, David Goldsmith (trialist), Femi Hollinger-Janzen, Christian Ramirez

Photographs posted by the team show that Rasmus Schuller has now arrived in AZ too.


The MLS All-Star Game will be played on Wed Aug 2 in Chicago at Soldier Field. No opponent has been named.


Word from New York is that ownership groups from 12 cities have made bids to MLS for a one of 4 new franchises (potentially 5 if Miami doesn't come together):
  • Charlotte
  • Cincinnati
  • Detroit
  • Indianapolis
  • Nashville
  • Phoenix
  • Raleigh
  • Sacramento
  • Saint Louis
  • San Antonio
  • San Diego
  • Tampa


So how did Sebastian LeToux end up signing for DC United? Love. By Steven Goff of the Washington Post.
  • Le Toux is fluent in French, Spanish and, head coach Ben Olsen added, “some type of English.”


American forward Fafa Picault and St Pauli have officially parted ways - tearing up his contract. Word from Hamburg is that he is signing with Philadelphia Union. Reported by both Jeff Carlisle and Brian Sciaretta.

Another American Rubio Rubin has been shipped out by Utrecht in Netherlands to Silkeborg in Denmark. Via Sciaretta.


Looking ahead to that USMNT World Cup qualifier v Honduras on March 24 I have created this probable lineup:
  • G: ???
  • RFB: Yedlin
  • RCB: Cameron
  • LCB: Brooks
  • LFB: ???
  • RM: Pulisic
  • DM: Bradley
  • AM: ???
  • LM: Johnson
  • F: Wood
  • F: Altidore
(can you help me fill in those empty spots?)


USMNT January Camp - Final Friendly:
-Fri Feb 3
USA v Jamaica - 6:00pm CT on FS1
Chattanooga, Finley Stadium

Jozy Altidore earned his 100th USA international cap against Serbia on Sunday.
  • Sebastian Lletget, Chris Pontius and Jorge Villafana all got their first USA cap on Sunday.

Here is the 21 player roster for the Jamaica game:
  • G: David Bingham, Nick Rimando, Luis Robles
  • D: DaMarcus Beasley, Steve Birnbaum, Brad Evans, Greg Garza, Chad Marshall, Jorge Villafana, Walker Zimmerman, Graham Zusi
  • M: Alejandro Bedoya, Michael Bradley, Benny Feilhaber, Sebastian Lletget, Dax McCarty, Darlington Nagbe, Chris Pontius
  • F: Juan Agudelo, Jozy Altidore, Jordan Morris


Africa Cup of Nations
-Wed Feb 1
Burkina Faso v Cameroon - 1pm CT on beIN
-Thu Feb 2
Ghana v Egypt - 1pm CT on beIN

-Sun Feb 5 - 1pm CT on beIN


After a several year drought Inter Milan has again climbed up to the top group in Serie A. 8-1-1 in their last 10 games. by Paolo Bandini of the Guardian.
  • On Sunday Juventus hosts Inter in the countries biggest derby.


Biggest European matches this week:
-Tue Jan 31
Liverpool 1-1 Chelsea - #4 v #1
-Sat Feb 4
Chelsea v Arsenal #1 v #2
Bayern v Schalke - very old rivals
Dortmund v Leipzig - 34 v #2
Monaco v Nice - #1 v #2
-Sun Feb 5
Juventus v Internazionale - Derby d'Italia

The Bird Is The Word


Blogger Rich said...

G: *Howard
RFB: Yedlin
RCB: Cameron
LCB: Brooks
LFB: Roll a D20
RM: Pulisic
DM: Bradley
AM: *Klejstan
LM: Johnson
F: Wood
F: Altidore

I think Howard would stay in at GK, and Klejstan could have a shot at AM, unless Arena hops on the Jones bandwagon, which is the equivalent of floating the wagon across the river in Oregon Trail (maybe you make it, maybe you lose some of your party).

LB is so up in the air. I'd almost guess Beasley, just until he has time to really see who he wants, but who knows...

7:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Rich

Two things from me on the USA lineup:
1. Howard is out with the surgery he had at the end of last season. I doubt he will be ready by Mar 24.
2. Jones is suspended for the Mar 24 game due to Yellow card accumulation.


9:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would not be surprised if Romando starts at goal.

I doubt Garza gets the call at left back. If Villafana gets a start vs Jamaica and does well, he may go.

Unless Feilhaber really impresses in the next game Klejstan will likely go.


10:15 AM  

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