We’ve got news from the USMNT ahead of tomorrow’s friendly, as well as a sneak peak at USWNT goalkeeper Hope Solo’s new memoir. We’ll also take a trip to Europe to scope out the best players in UEFA, and finish up back in MLS with another possible signing for the New York Red Bulls. It’s all in today’s Daily Kick Around!
Tales of intrigue and espionage from inside the US men’s national team? Not quite, but Jurgen Klinsmann is relying heavily on players who ply their trade in Mexico when the U.S. men take on El Tri at Estadio Azteca Wednesday night. No doubt they’ll be able to provide some inside information on what to expect from some of their club teammates and opponents.
Speaking of which, how does everyone feel about this FIFA date? We’ve already heard from the likes of Landon Donovan, who was pretty clear that he wasn’t a fan. All in all, it seems that everyone agrees that playing international friendlies immediately before the season starts or, in the case of MLS, right in the middle of the season, does not make sense.
Hope Solo, Hope Solo! You may not always agree with how she handles herself, but at least you always know where she is coming from! Her book, “SOLO: A Memoir of Hope,” went on presale today. Everyone knows about her infamous 2007 benching and subsequent interview. Read her side of it in this excerpt from her book.
Surprise surprise, guess who is on the short list for the 2011/2012 best player in Europe award! If you said Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo, you are correct. Also in the top 5 are Andres Iniesta, Andrea Pirlo, and Xavi. The winner will be decided by a vote during the Champions League draw Aug. 30.
So you thought the New York Red Bulls were finally done wheeling and dealing? No way! Manager Hans Backe confirmed today that his team will try to sign former England U-20 winger Lloyd Sam who has been on trial with them during the past week.
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