Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Your USMNT Line-Up

Gosh, just take a guess how I feel about all... this. Ratings will go up at MLSS after the match.

- Greg Seltzer

Monday, January 26, 2015

I. Am. So. Jealous.

While I stay green with envy, the US Under-20 national team (currently known around my flat as "those lucky-ducky little bastards!!") is all set for a trip to New Zealand. After appearing on the outs in CONCACAF qualifying, the Baby Nats ran the table to reach the final and clinch their place in the 2015 U-20 World Cup. Congrats, gents. And be sure try the lamb.

- Greg Seltzer

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Transfer topic that!

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Anderlecht midfielder Sacha Kljestan went a bit crazy on Wednesday night, bagging a pair of somewhat similar goals with his head to go with an assist in a 4-2 Belgian Cup quarterfinal capper against Zulte-Waregem. The 'stache maestro hit the first goal and the winner to double his total for the campaign. You can see both goals in the video box at the top right of this page. You want videos #11 (opener) and 9 (brace-maker).

- Greg Seltzer

Y'all ready for this?!? (updated)

Yeah, I think tonight is the night we get to see DeAndre Yedlin (pictured in yesterday's training with Christian Eriksen) make his Tottenham debut.

Spurs are still working Kyle Walker back from injury in the midst of a fixture crunch, they sold Kyle Naughton to Swansea yesterday and tonight's Capital One Cup semifinal opening leg visitor is League One Sheffield United. My brain says a start is not out of the question.

We shall see, but Yedlin is in the provisional squad of 24, with a dress squad of 18 to be named about an hour before kickoff.

UPDATE: Nope.No Yedlin tonight. Seems like a real missed opportunity by the Spurs manager to me.

- Greg Seltzer

[Photo - Tottenham]

Monday, January 19, 2015

The Case of Inspector Kljouseau

I will keep this relatively brief, lest I fall into a manhole in trench coat. The recently confirmed list of MLS suitors for Sacha Kljestan from (I believe, and forgive me If I am wrong somewhere) Ives Galarcep, Jeff Carlisle and Steven Goff was LA, Seattle, NYRB and Philly Union. I will now see those gentleman (as all four currently remain in the race) and raise them interested parties Chicago, two other MLS sides I will not discuss yet, longtime admirers Gent, an Eredivisie club (working on a confident hunch) and at least one other team from Europe. And while all this is going on, Anderlecht have asked the American to stay at least until the end of the season. It turns out manager Besnik Hasi - who put Kljestan up for sale for the second time last month - remembered that his squad will be light four African Cup of Nations participants for a while as they chase three crowns. Oof.

There will be a full MLSS report before long that contains as many ways to express the concept of "at least" as one could think of - reason being that I still may be underestimating the crowd by yet another a couple of teams. Stay tuned...

- Greg Seltzer

Kicking off the goodie parade...

I have learned that Colorado playmaker Dillon Powers - fresh off receiving an Italian passport - is also now receiving interest from Atalanta and Palermo, with a possible view to a summer offer. I also suspect he has at least one suitor in another European country, but let me get back to you later on that one.

And yep, the title means there is more goodie-liciousness to come very soon.

- Greg Seltzer