ASN Morning Read: Brad to the Rescue, Maybe
May 24, 2017
- "What kind of goalkeeper is Atlanta getting? Guzan remains an ace shot-stopper (that is prone to a gaffe every so often), but his all-around game has expanded over the last nine years.Of particular note, Guzan's command of the area has improved. Upon leaving MLS, he was questioned as a 'keeper that would often stay too married to his line. Now, he's much more comfortable racing out to squelch opponent chances or deal with a cross."
- "Coming of a riveting 3-3 draw in their tournament opener against Ecuador, the U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team continues play at the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup on Thursday, May 25 as it meets Group F leaders Senegal, who defeated Saudi Arabia 2-0 in their first match, at Incheon Football Stadium in Incheon, Korea Republic. The middle match of group play will be televised live on FS1, FOX Sports Go and Telemundo En Vivo at 7 a.m. ET. Here are five things you should know about Senegal."
- Speaking of youth development:
- Bobby Wood is getting paid: "Reports suggested Leicester, West Ham and Borussia Dortmund were interested and Wood also switched agents to SportsTotal, which has Germany internationals Toni Kroos and Marco Reus on its books. But Hamburg Morgenpost said he was poised to sign a four-year deal with an annual salary of around €3 million and a higher release clause."
- Good shade:
Brian Schmetzer kicks off rivalry week with a jab at Timber Joey: "We don’t even know if he’s a real lumberman or if he’s just a guy.”— Matt Pentz (@mattpentz) May 23, 2017
- Christian Pulisic did something with Instagram that I don't really understand:
American athlete Christian Pulisic’s (@cmpulisic) first memories of soccer are with his father. “I remember my dad throwing a mini ball at me in the house and trying to score on him in the mini goal,” says the 18-year-old. Christian grew up in Pennsylvania, but moved to Dortmund, Germany, three years ago to pursue his dream of becoming a professional soccer player. Although adjusting to life in a foreign country is never easy — Christian’s biggest hurdles were “the language barrier and finding regular friends to spend time with” — he’s taken to life in his adopted hometown: he has his own apartment, a group of friends and speaks German fluently. Playing attacking midfielder for the Borussia Dortmund team in the German Bundesliga league eased the transition. “We have the best fans in the world,” says Christian. “They’re the most passionate in all of football. The game means everything to them.” And as for his young age relative to his teammates, Christian shrugs it off. “I was always the youngest on the team,” he says. “It’s normal for me.” Watch our Instagram story now to check out Christian’s adopted hometown.