Hope everyone had a lovely holiday weekend, and welcome back to the usual grind (yaaaay). Today happens to be a USMNT game day—they face Brazil tonight at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN2/UniMas. Check back later for your how to watch + gamethread!
Also means it's a USMNT-heavy bunch o' links for you this morning. Onward!
Jurgen Klinsmann worried about development of USMNT strikers - ESPN FC
Things I'm worried about: Jurgen Klinsmann as USMNT coach.
Mix Diskerud still toeing the line of U.S. national team breakout - Goal.com
Sometimes it's hard for really beautiful people to fit in.
Galaxy's Gyasi Zardes on the rise with U.S. national soccer team | Washington Post
Today I learned that Cal State Bakersfield's mascot is the roadrunner, which is great.
USMNT: U.S. wants to have purposeful possession - Planet Futbol - SI.com
They want a lot of things and rarely seem to be achieving them these days. Or am I just feeling extra cynical today?
USMNT friendly vs. Brazil represents important step in learning curve for team's young players | MLSsoccer.com
I really want to beat Brazil, guys. I love beating Brazil. How do we feel about a nice 7-1?
Brazil's Finest Who Fade Away - Howler Magazine
Interesting. Not something I'd given any thought to, but interesting.
Germany hurt Scotland's Euro qualifying hopes as Ireland win - ESPN FC
Quick roundup of Euro things.
Hit the comments with your thoughts, worries, fears, etc.