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ASN Morning Read: Jurgen Klinsmann Talks Gold Cup

Let's talk about love. Let's talk about us. Let's talk about life. Let's talk about trust. Let's talk about the Gold Cup roster. Also, Graham Zusi gets a new contract and the U-20s go home from Turkey. Sad face.
BY Jesse Yomtov Posted
June 28, 2013
8:20 AM
  • Jurgen Klinsmann announced his 23-man Gold Cup roster yesterday, with the headline being Landon Donovan’s return to the national team. You can find all sorts of quotes from Klinsmann here and here.

    On Brek Shea's omission, Klinsmann says that he’s been in touch with new Stoke City boss Mark Hughes, and that Shea will be with the national team in San Diego but leave to train with Stoke here in the U.S. a few days later. “It’s really, really important that he starts out well with Stoke and gets a starting spot there and breaks in in order for him to get a breakthrough in Europe,” Klinsmann said.

    Klinsmann said that Oguchi Onyewu was promised playing time by former Malaga coach Manuel Pellegrini, but "for whatever reason" wasn’t given the opportunity. He cites Onyewu's experience for his inclusion in the squad. "Having him in that camp as one of the leaders then because automatically with his experience, with Clarence Goodson there, we have two very, very experienced and strong centerbacks that can lead a whole back line and it’s big. He understands that moment for him is the opportunity for him to get back in our (picture)."

    Why didn’t Carlos Bocanegra make the team? "We simply agreed to leave him out of the roster in order for him to have all options open to join a new team right away from the start in preseason and not coming in kind of late into this new opportunity."

  • The U-20s lost 4-1 to Ghana—it's always Ghana—in the final group game at the World Cup in Turkey. To be fair, it was 2-1 in the 78th minute, but Ghana scored twice to make the scoreline look rather humiliating. Shane O’Neill scored for the U.S.

  • Steve Cherundolo is having another surgery on his left knee. If you’ll remember, this is the same knee he had operated on back in February. The 34-year-old says “the injury and the timing are frustrating," but he hopes he to be able to practice soon. So... How’s Timmy Chandler doing?

  • Brian Sciaretta is reporting Graham Zusi has come to a new multi-year deal with Sporting Kansas City. Zusi worked out with West Ham in January, but it appears he’ll be staying in the MLS for the foreseeable future.

  • In the Confederations Cup, Spain outlasted Italy 7-6 in penalty kicks after a scoreless 120 minutes to advance to the final. Nobody missed in the first 12 kicks, so if you want to see some crisp penalties, check them all out.

  • Fortunately, we’ll be spared the sight of Grant Wahl in a Speedo next summer

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