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ASN Morning Read: A Good Start to the New Year

We're back from our New Year break and ready to get into what should be a massive year for soccer in the United States. Up first: a look back, a peek forward, and hanging with Brek Shea.
BY Noah Davis Posted
January 02, 2014
8:57 AM
  • Before we begin with 2014, let's take a look at 2013. Courtesy of U.S. Soccer:
  • Grant Wahl has the United States defeating Ghana and going to the Round of 16 in Brazil.

  • Zak Whitbread will extend his loan with Derby. Due to injury, he made just three appearances during the first three-month spell.

  • What do Tim Ream, Brad Guzan, and Sacha Kljestan have in common? They made the Americans Abroad Best XI list.

  • Stuart Holden hopes to be a leader when he returns to the field. He also has World Cup aspirations, this summer and in 2018: “In the back of my mind of course I have thought ‘if you don’t get to Brazil it’s not the end of the world’—it doesn’t mean it’s any less of a goal. At the end of the day, this is more important. Playing for my club, that I’m with all year round, is more important. I’m only 28—I can still make the next one—so first and foremost my focus is on finishing what I have started. I don’t want to mess anything up. If that means not coming back a few weeks or months early, then okay, but I firmly believe I can do both.”

  • Here you will find a picture of Brek Shea on a soccer field.

  • ESPN dropped its first World Cup commercial. It's going to be a hell of a year, kids:
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