Aug 12, 2012, 1:51 PM EDT
Word of today’s U.S. national team roster announcement is trickling out. Sporting Kansas City CEO Robb Heineman scooped the national team announcement by congratulating Matt Besler and Graham Zusi this morning via Twitter.
I doubt anyone around the national team will take this less-than-ideal development out on the players, but they surely aren’t happy about this.
The U.S. roster will be officially announced at 4 p.m. ET today. Manager Jurgen Klinsmann is being made available to the media via teleconference at 5 p.m. to talk about it.
This is all ahead of Wednesday’s friendly against Mexico at Estadio Azteca in our southern neighbor’s capital city (8 p.m. ET, ESPN2, ESPN3 and Univision).
Here’s the significance of Besler elbowing his way into the fray: Klinsmann remains open to fresh faces.
He has more or less picked his guys at this point – or so we thought. There can be no doubt, at least, that the bulk of kicking tires and test driving the players is done for Klinsmann. He’s invested a lot of time and energy into driving home certain ideas and bigger picture concepts; He certainly doesn’t want to keep covering the same ground with fresh waves of new arrivals.
And yet, here’s Besler, apparently. (There’s really no reason to believe Heineman got this wrong.) Unlike Zusi, Besler wasn’t even in the MLS-heavy January camp. So Klinsmann suddenly looks a little more flexible in his selections.
That means guys on the fringes of the national team pool, a Dax McCarty or a George John, for instance, can still have hope of finding their way into the national team scene.
May 21, 2013, 8:02 PM EDT
Wait a minute … didn’t MLS commissioner Don Garber say there “is no Plan B …” beyond the Queens location?
May 21, 2013, 6:40 PM EDT
Well, phooey! Didn’t Dempsey just go through a summer of transfer instability?
May 21, 2013, 4:50 PM EDT
This and that as the U.S. contingent preps to gather in Cleveland ahead of five matches over the next few weeks:
May 21, 2013, 4:10 PM EDT
The updated ordering in ProSoccerTalk’s ranking of Major League Soccer teams following 12 rounds of play:
Officials from MLS, Yankees, Manchester City and NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg to speak tomorrow on expansion news
May 21, 2013, 3:15 PM EDT
How very convenient that Manchester City just happens to be in the States for a brief two-game tour.
May 21, 2013, 2:30 PM EDT
It’s really about two things, and not much else:
May 21, 2013, 2:05 PM EDT
By forming NYC FC, City and the Yankees have created a ‘sister-club’ relationship – an innovative bond between a Premiership and MLS club.
May 21, 2013, 1:23 PM EDT
Early thoughts on the facility and the ripples of today’s big announcement on the 20th MLS franchise:
May 21, 2013, 11:45 AM EDT
By swapping Dzeko for Cavani, City can hamstring Manchester United and Chelsea, as both are rumored to be seeking a world-class striker.
It’s official: Manchester City and the Yankees will own and operate Major League Soccer’s newest expansion team.
May 21, 2013, 11:16 AM EDT
The league’s 20th franchise will begin play in 2015:
May 21, 2013, 9:33 AM EDT
During his Premiership tenure Toure has proven himself a leader, captaining both the Gunners and the Citizens, as well as Cote d’Ivoire.
May 21, 2013, 8:37 AM EDT
Has Daniel Levy already forgotten about what happened when he tried to pin Luka Modric down with this ‘no sale’ line of bull?
May 20, 2013, 11:58 PM EDT
Expect this one to get worked out.
May 20, 2013, 11:23 PM EDT
If Real Madrid’s going to shake things up, Higuaín could do worse than land at The Emirates.
May 20, 2013, 9:45 PM EDT
Four players were on the original list. None of them may end up at Stamford Bridge.
May 20, 2013, 8:13 PM EDT
Our sympathy continues to grow for a man in a bad spot.
May 20, 2013, 7:21 PM EDT
MLS will not have arrived until it has a high-profile feces incident.
May 20, 2013, 6:40 PM EDT
It probably won’t happen this summer, and if it does … I’m sure we’ll run that into the ground, too.
May 20, 2013, 5:45 PM EDT
For a moment, it looked like Milan had fired their coaching staff … via an open letter from a television show.
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