USSoccerPlayers - Dec 14th, 2011

Wednesday's TV

FIFA Club World Cup on Fox Soccer: Monterrey - Esperance at 2:30am and Santos - Kashiwa at 5:30am. Europa League on GolTV: PSG - Atletico Bilbao at 1pm and Fulham - Odense BK at 3pm.  All Times Eastern

Their Words

I think Maurice's form in the last three or four games has been really, really encouraging and he has certainly been one of the better players in the team.... We've been very pleased with him. The one thing Maurice does do is work extremely hard - he's a real grafter and a workaholic. That's a massive part of his game. Rangers manager Ally McCoist on working to extend Maurice Edu's contract.

5 Questions: Bravo, Berhalter, Draft, Toronto, Gomez

By Tony Edwards -- In today’s edition, Tony asks about the Galaxy’s strategy in the Re-Entry Draft, an American getting a chance to coach aboard, and a big move for Herculez Gomez.

Where’s Omar Bravo playing next season?

Not Kansas City. He’s headed back to Mexico to play for Cruz Azul next season. Compared with how Bravo, Nery Castillo, and Rafa Marquez have fared in MLS, maybe Luis Hernandez wasn’t so bad?

What’s Gregg Berhalter doing next season?

Coaching Hammarby in Sweden’s Superettan (second division). Congratulations to Berhalter, who signed a two-year deal. Hammarby won the first division title a decade ago, but was relegated after the 2009 season.  They're 49% owned by Anschutz Entertainment Group.

Which team was busiest at yesterday’s MLS Re-entry Draft?

The Galaxy, taking six players overall (including two of their own). Potentially adding Andrew Boyens, Chris Leitch, Jon Conway, and Pat Noonan give Bruce Arena’s squad a few more options going into a very hectic year. Again, the Galaxy showed they are willing to be prepared for multiple competitions and national team call-ups. Continue reading "5 Questions: Bravo, Berhalter, Draft, Toronto, Gomez" »

Dynamo center back Cameron works for spot on U.S. team - from The Houston Chronicle's Jose De Jesus Ortiz: He's also returning to help raise funds for the Curing Children's Cancer Fund.

U.S. Soccer Federation budget revealed - from The Washington Post's Steven Goff: The budget, which was obtained by the Insider last week, must be ratified at the USSF’s annual general meeting in March in Miami.

Sporting Kansas City loses Bravo - from The Kansas City Star's Terez A. Paylor: “and this was a way to work things out.”

Women's Professional Soccer anxiously awaits stamp of approval, survival - from The Newark Star-Ledger's Frank Giase: "They have professional standards and we appreciate them."

The Question: Is the 3-1-4-2 formation on the rise? - from The Guardian's Jonathan Wilson: but still, there tends to be one moment, one game in which everything snaps into focus....

Thursday's TV: World And Europa

FIFA Club World Cup on Fox Soccer: Barcelona - Al Saad at 5:30am. Europa League on GolTV: Hannover 96 - Vorskla Potlava at 1pm and Atletico Madrid - Rennes at 3pm.  All Times Eastern

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