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Morning Read 10.5.12: Jozy, Junior, and USWNT in Action
Your morning glance at the comings and goings of the ASN 100 on the world stage. If you should know about it, we'll tell you, along with other stuff you didn't know you needed to know.
Jozy Atlidore is becoming an impressively well-spoken young man. And an excellent soccer player to boot. A quote from Leander Schaerlaeckens' profile of Jozy in the Netherlands: "I’ve become more of a target man. It’s a lot of tactical things I’m learning. The more I learn the more I find out I don’t know. You have to learn to move off the ball. I had no clue about that. Soccer today is played in a 50-yard radius. It’s not like one team is at one end line and the other is at the other end line. You have to move from side to side and create space for others." The question is will it translate to the Stars and Stripes (and will he get a chance to show his new knowledge can).
Geoff Cameron is from Massachusetts, but his home state won't figure when he suits up against Liverpool, who are owned by the owners of the Red Sox. "Being from Boston, I have some affiliation with them, but I don't care about that. My focus is here," he said. As far as his experience playing on the right side of the backline: "I'm not used to playing right-back, but over the last couple of weeks I have been watching videos and trying to learn."
Sixteen-year-old Junior Flores signs with Borussia Dortmund. MLS also recruited the attacking central midfielder who has developed into a star in Bradenton, but the Generation adidas contract "was way less money than Dortmund was offering," according to his father. Flores will continue to train in Florida until he turns 18. Then, Germany.
The United States women's national team will play two matches against Ireland, on Nov. 28 in Portland and Dec. 1 in Glendale, Ariz. First up is a pair of games with Germany, one on October 20th and another on the 23rd.
MLS retained SHoP, the architect firm that designed the Brooklyn Nets new home, to design the proposed site in Queens.
Your Americans in the Europa League roundup:
Steve Cherundolo: 90 minutes in a 2-1 loss
Alejandro Bedoya: 90 minutes in a 2-2 draw, picking up some bruised ribs in the process.
Bryan Gerzicich: 90 minutes in 4-3 loss
Clint Dempsey: 65 minutes in a 1-1 draw
Josh Gatt: 9 minutes in 2-0 victory
Terrence Boyd: Unused substitute in 2-0 loss
MIkkel Diskerud: DNP (thigh)
October 05, 2012
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