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Morning Read: Michael Parkhurst & the World Cup

The new captain of the Columbus Crew looks to make a strong final push for a spot in Brazil; praise for Dillon Powers; stitches for Michael Bradley; style from Steve Cherundolo.
BY Noah Davis Posted
March 24, 2014
7:24 AM
  • Can Michael Parkhurst make the United States World Cup roster? Perhaps, especially if he continues his strong form at Columbus. “When we brought [Parkhurst] on board, the idea was that he’s the guy we want to build the team around," coach Gregg Berhalter told SI.com. "We knew he’s had success in this league [with New England]. We know he’s an intelligent player. He’s the type of player I want in that position. He has high ambitions for himself and all the leadership and qualities we want out of that position.”

  • The best, briefest summary of the weekend that was in MLS comes from MLSSoccer.com's Matthew Doyle. In this installment, he highlights Michael Bradley and Dillon Powers, the latter man being "the closest thing to an old fashioned, Valderrama- or Etcheverry-style No. 10 that the U.S. has produced. Ever." How's that for some Monday morning hyperbole?

  • Speaking of Bradley:

  • Here's a great answer from Steve Cherundolo in a recent takeover of the U.S. Soccer Twitter feed:

  • Ian Darke on whether he might jump to Fox when his contract expires in 2016: ""That's too difficult and anything I say would be considered disloyal to ESPN. I don't even know that ESPN would offer me another deal beyond 2016. When we get to the end of the European Championships at the end of 2016, I am like every other commentator without a contract."

  • Yeah, that happened:

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