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ASN Morning Read: Xmas Presents for Mix Diskerud

The United States national team midfielder opens up about waiting for a call from Jurgen Klinsmann; Tim Howard does his stonewall thing; Are the Krafts the worst owners in Major League Soccer?
BY Noah Davis Posted
March 26, 2014
7:57 AM
  • You gotta like Mix Diskerud: "I celebrate like it is Christmas every time I get called up for a (national team) game or camp,” he said. It is the biggest honor there is," he tells Soccernewsday.com. "They tell you first that you are in contention and then weeks can go by before you get the final call, just days before camp actually. I wish that waiting period was shorter. Like my mom would never put the wrapped Christmas gifts under the tree in mid-November. That would have been torture."

  • Tim Howard and Everton defeated Newcastle to move into fifth place in the English Premier League:
  • In case you missed it, Boston Magazine eviscerated the Kraft family for their shoddy ownership of the New England Revolution. The piece is full of explosive rhetoric and then walking back from said explosive rhetoric for our tastes, but it's an important shot across the bow and mostly not untrue: "We know they can be fantastic owners when they apply themselves. That is what makes their indifference to the Revs so maddening. Why is it, exactly, that the Krafts, among the best owners in the NFL, are among the worst in MLS?"

  • FIFA, like maybe not even trying anymore: "FIFA's self-acclaimed transparent reform process headed by New York lawyer Michael Garcia came within hours of being sabotaged from within the organisation last week." But hey, they approved the Julian Green switch, so there's that.

  • Tom Sermanni named 24 players to join him before the Americans play two matches with China April 6 and 10. It's a strong squad. Alex Morgan remains on the mend.

    Goalkeepers:Jill Loyden (Sky Blue FC), Alyssa Naeher (Boston Breakers), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)
    Defenders: Stephanie Cox (Seattle Reign FC), Whitney Engen (Tyresö), Meghan Klingenberg (Tyresö), Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), Kristie Mewis (Boston Breakers), Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), Rachel Van Hollebeke (Portland Thorns FC)
    Midfielders: Morgan Brian (Virginia), Tobin Heath (Pairs Saint-Germain), Lauren Holiday (FC Kansas City), Carli Lloyd (WNY Flash), Samantha Mewis (UCLA), Heather O’Reilly (Boston Breakers), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC)
    Forwards: Sydney Leroux (Seattle Reign FC), Christen Press (Tyresö), Amy Rodriguez (FC Kansas City), Katie Stengel (LA Blues), Abby Wambach (WNY Flash)
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