Happy Wednesday folks, and Happy Turkey Day Eve! I write this while resting at the home of my parental units in Texas. Yesterday had a ton of news, didn’t it? Let’s recap it all.
The big story was reported by Grant Wahl just after the match: Julen Lopetegui, the recent Real Madrid and Spain coach, approached U.S. Soccer with interest in the USMNT head coaching job. U.S. Soccer said nah.
Speaking of coaches, the USMNT officially need one, as interim head coach Dave Sarachan confirmed he was done as the caretaker. His final record: 3 wins, 5 defeats, 4 draws.
Paris Saint-Germain may be in trouble after Neymar and Kylian Mbappe were injured during international friendlies today. They play Liverpool in Champions League next week and are hoping they will have both stars back in time.
U.S. Soccer announced its Player of the Year Award nominees. On the men’s side, it’s Tyler Adams, Weston McKennie, Matt Miazga, Zack Steffen, and Wil Trapp. For the women, it’s Julie Ertz, Tobin Heath, Lindsey Horan, Alex Morgan, and Megan Rapinoe. Who should get it?
The USMNT was just wild with news yesterday. They announced the 2nd of 2 January Camp matches, where they will play Costa Rica in San Jose in early February. The first January Camp match has yet to be announced.
The FA doesn’t care about England and Brexit, and still want to implement a plan that would reduce the number of overseas players allowed on EPL rosters.
There’s a plan to bring in additional host countries to help Qatar host a 48-team World Cup in 2022, but would that require a new bidding process? Some seem to think so.
Paul Arriola and Russell Canouse are the D.C. United players represented on this list, and well deserved. Hopefully, both will be on the USMNT in January.
Germany is in the 2nd pot of Euro 2020 qualifying for the first time ever after Poland drew against Portugal. They could be drawn against teams like England or Croatia when the draw happens on December 2nd.
Has Zlatan Ibrahimovic agreed a deal to move from the LA Galaxy to AC Milan? The Galaxy say no, but reports are swirling.
That’s all. For all those traveling today for the Thanksgiving holiday, may you all have safe journeys to your final destination. Breathe and hit the comments to discuss all this madness.