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ASN Morning Read: Howard Not Coming Home

While the United States national team keeper has some positive thoughts about the domestic league, he's not about to join any time soon; Freddy Adu finds some friends in strange places.
BY Noah Davis Posted
July 25, 2014
7:59 AM
  • Let's talk about next year. Would you like to know about five youngsters destined for their first team debuts? Let's play a guessing game: "[Blank] is perhaps the best teenage American prospect right now, and his decision to sign with Utrecht is looking better and better. There he will learn the game in a league full of good coaches and at a level where he can see first-team minutes at a very young age. Also, the Eredivisie is an offensive-oriented league—perfect place for a young forward like [blank]." Don't say we're above clickbait games.

  • Tim Howard luvs Major League Soccer, but he does not expect to play in the domestic joint at the end of his career. There's something comforting about that, actually.

  • But what does Matt Besler and Graham Zusi staying in Major League Soccer all mean? Well: "One way to help that dream become a reality is for players like Besler and Zusi to stay in MLS, be well compensated for their talents, and have them help develop the next wave of American talent. That’s exactly what Besler can do at Sporting. The club has 17-year-old center back Erik Palmer-Brown, a Homegrown Player who is considered one of the best prospects in America — so good that Juventus tried to buy him in January. The impact that Besler could have on Palmer-Brown — a hometown kid like himself — shows that Besler might be able to do more for himself in Europe, but he can do more for American soccer in Kansas City." I suppose?

  • Your host cities for CONCACAF Women's World Cup qualifying are Kansas City, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C.

  • Freddy Adu, accompanied by some large man with a murse, signed a contract with Jagodina.
  • DaMarcus Beasley is in Houston, but what position will he play? “Do I see myself as a left back? Yes.” Beasley said Thursday afternoon in his introductory press conference. “Jurgen [Klinsmann] had the confidence in me to play left back in the World Cup against some of the best players in the world so I’ve got to have confidence in myself I can play that position. I see myself as a defender. Wherever Dom [Kinnear]'s going to put me is where I fit best into the team I’ll play it. Do I still have the midfield mentality sometimes? Of course. Do I still want to score goals? Of course. I never have that out of mind when I play. But I do have a job to do being a defender and that’s to defend and that’s my first job." Basically, somewhere on the field is the answer.

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