A slow news month for most members of the United Abroad crew but I managed to dig up a few things for the community.
Also, in case you've been living under a rock for the past month, former DCU forward Charlie Davies is back in the states after completing a transfer to the New England Revolution. Check out the post on Davies' transfer here:
Now, to the folks no longer in the states...
Facundo Erpen had some pretty strong words this past Tuesday when he spoke to the media about his struggling team:
"We have to win, took six games without victory, there is something we expected, especially as we are based in the tournament, it is important that we win on Saturday. The team should be higher, against Atlante was our game against Morelia We had a good first half, but the reality is that we have three points. "
In an attempt to put some confidence in his fellow teammates it seems that Erpen is making this Saturday's game versus UNAM Pumas. His club (Atlas) hasn't won a game this season, coming away with three ties and three losses.
The Freddy Adu saga continues with his Brazilian club Bahia. Adu hasn't dressed for Bahia's past three games and took to Twitter to let out his frustration:
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Eu vou continuar lutando para minha oportunidade</p>— Freddy Adu (@FreddyAdu) <a href="https://twitter.com/FreddyAdu/statuses/369264718222872577">August 19, 2013</a></blockquote>
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According to Google Translate, (translating from Portuguese to English) this means "I'll keep fighting for my chance". After that, Adu tweeted about watching "Blade Runner". Maybe Harrison Ford can help him find a spot in Bahia's 18.
Branko Boskovic's Montenegro squad came to a 1-1 draw after an international friendly with Belarus.
This video popped up on the web in late July, so it didn't appear in my July edition of United Abroad. In MLSSoccer.com's series "Anatomy of a Goal", Greg Lalas breaks down a Christian Gomez score from the 2008 MLS All Star game featuring David Beckham and Cuauhtemoc Blanco. This video is well worth your time.
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In a card-heavy match between the Carolina Redhawks and the New York Cosmos, former United Alecko Eskandarian and now Cosmos assistant coach received a red card of his own. It came after Alecko protested the ref red-carding a Cosmos player. For his protest, Alecko was sent to the locker-room early as well. For an idea of how this match was officiated, there were 43 fouls, 12 bookings, and 3 players sent off in addition to Alecko's red.
Jaime Moreno (yes, that Jaime Moreno) played 87 minutes in a Bolivian Pro Football league match. His squad (Sport Boys) defeated Blooming 2-0. Moreno got his first start in Bolivia way back in 1991. (Hat tip to @benuskisc for this one.)
That does it for this month. Vamos United!