— U.S. Soccer (@ussoccer) March 20, 2013
Note the news in the tweet above (unrelated to the headline of this post) and then read this piece by Brian Straus of The Sporting News. It is a must read for U.S. men’s national team fans.
A quick synopsis: Several USMNT players are less-than-convinced coach Jurgen Klinsmann knows what he’s doing when it comes to tactics, players management and more. Issues addressed concern communication, the influx of German-Americans and training strategies.
Carlos Bocanegra, a central character in the piece, offered his thoughts on Facebook afterward.
In other USMNT news, it appears venues for the World Cup qualifying home games could finally be announced this week. Seattle, of course, is the favorite to host a June 11 game against Panama.
Let’s get to some links:
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— Sounds like Obafemi Martins had some issues during his travel to the Nigerian national team. Seattle’s new forward had a fun day of tweets recently that you might enjoy checking out, including this: I must say I was really humbled by the reception I got in Seattle… Just wow, the fans are the best… Can’t wait to be back..
— It doesn’t appear an old friend in Mike Fucito will be available this week for the Earthquakes, who host Seattle. The ex-Sounder has a gash on his foot from the New York game.
— Around MLS, New York’s Thierry Henry will be out this weekend with a knee injury, Montreal’s Alessandro Nesta (adductor) is also injured, here’s a Q&A with the man in charge at Sporting KC, and Daniel Hernandez is reportedly suing FC Dallas for wrongful termination.
— In some disciplinary news, an independent review panel overturned the red card given to Chivas USA’s Joaquin Velasquez. It also looks like the committee will be taking a hard stance on diving this year (something Vancouver’s coach will be happy about).
— Regarding some USMNT news, Brek Shea is still dealing with his foot injury, which likely led to Houston’s Brad Davis receiving a late call-up. And might Costa Rica’s star forward Alvaro Saborio be out for Friday’s big game?
— U.S. Soccer and the Women’s National Team Players Association have agreed to a new collective bargaining agreement through 2016. That means USWNT players can start to practice with their NWSL teams. The Equalizer has more.
— Reign FC earned a preseason win late Tuesday in Japan, beating Fukuoka J Anclas 3-1. Seattle’s goals were scored by Laura Heyboer, Marissa Mykines and Liz Bogus. The team’s final game in the trip is Saturday.
— Around the world, ex-MLS coach Gary Smith was fired in the lower leagues of England, a major newspaper had to admit error over a big story, and here’s more information on heading a soccer ball potentially being harmful.
— Lastly, here is the spring schedule for the UW men’s soccer team.