A look at Bahr's legacy and credible reports surface for Americans on the move
June 19, 2018
Walter Bahr (1927-2018)
Tributes are rolling in across the American soccer landscape for former United States national team midfielder Walter Bahr who died on Monday at the age of 91. A native of Pennsylvania, he was the last survivor of 1950 U.S. World Cup team that defeated England 1-0 in Brazil. It was his shot that was headed in by Joe Gaetjens which gave the U.S. its historic win.
Bahr leaves an incredible legacy behind that goes well beyond the upset of England or any of his 19 caps. He later coached in high school as well as at Temple University and Penn State University which he coached to 12 NCAA tournament appearances. In 1979 he was named the NCAA coach of the year when he coached Penn State to the NCAA semifinals.
He had three sons who were heavily involved in the sport. Casey, Chris, and Matt Bahr all played in the original NASL with Casey and Chris also playing for the U.S. Olympic team in 1976. Matt and Chris would then move on to becoming NFL placekickers where each would win a Super Bowl ring.
Bahr was always a friendly person to the media and open to media requests to recall the 1950 upset. He was a great ambassador to the sport in a country with very little history before the mid 1980’s.
Carter-Vickers linked to Leeds
Tottenham Hotspur and U.S. national team central defender Cameron Carter-Vickers is being linked to a potential loan to Leeds United for the upcoming season according to the Yorkshire Post.
Carter-Vickers, 20, enjoyed relatively successful season in 2017/18 on loan from Spurs at Sheffield United through January and then at Ipswich Town for the remainder of the season. While he struggled at the end of his time with Sheffield United, he was successful throughout his time at Ipswich. Among all competitions, he surpassed the 3000 minute mark for the season.
At Leeds he would play under Argentine manager Marcelo Bielsa who was recently hired by the English team as part of a promotional push to return to the Premier League.
The @yorkshirepost is linking #USMNT & Spurs central defender Cameron Carter-Vickers to a potential loan this season at Leeds United - which is coming off a 13th place in the Championship but has recently hired Marcelo Bielsa as manager https://t.co/3PJDXOIBxi— Brian Sciaretta (@BrianSciaretta) June 19, 2018
Wood rumors continue
The 2017/18 season might have been a tough one for Bobby Wood who scored just twice for a Hamburg team that was relegated. But you would never know that based on the clubs he has been linked to this offseason.
Last week it was Hannover that was interested in the U.S. international. This week, reports out of Germany suggest that Borussia Monchengladbach is also interested in the Hawaiian forward.
Falling upward is better than falling downward but wherever Wood goes, he needs to play. Sitting on the bench at a Bundesliga club is not as good as starting and scoring in the 2.Bundesliga.
NAC Breda after Palmer-Brown
It is pretty much assured that Erik Palmer-Brown is going to be on the move this summer. Even if Manchester City didn’t want to loan him out, he couldn’t play there due to his lack of an E.U. passport. He’s also wants to aim higher than Kortrijk. With many of the other top leagues having tough restrictions on non-E.U. players, Palmer-Brown has essentially four options that make sense: higher up in Belgium than Kortrijk, the Eredivisie, the Bundesliga, and the 2.Bundesliga.
With that in mind, the report from Dutch publication VI today makes sense. The report suggests that NAC Breda
Breda, of course, has an affiliation agreement with Manchester City and the club is expressing an interest to bring Palmer-Brown in on loan for the upcoming season. The club recently hired Mitchell van der Gaag as the new manager and he has a history of both playing and coaching in Holland. Like Palmer-Brown, van der Gaag is a central defender by trade.
While this is not complete, this is a deal that makes sense and seems like it has a good chance to happen.