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ASN Morning Read: The Michael Parkhurst Problem

Parkhurst's club position(s) may not be in his best interests when it comes to the national team; Timmy Chandler's World Cup chances are all but finished; Maurice Edu talked to ASN about his MLS return.
BY Jesse Yomtov Posted
February 10, 2014
7:16 AM
  • Juggling the best interests of Michael Parkhurst with the best interests of the team is going to be tricky for new Columbus Crew coach Gregg Berhalter. After going the full 90 at left back for the national team against South Korea, Parkhurst played in the center of the defense in a friendly for the Crew on Wednesday. Berhalter has ruled out Parkhurst playing out left for the club.

  • Timothy Chandler tore his meniscus Saturday and will be out for at least two months. Really couldn’t have come at a worse time for the man who was pushing to get back into the national team picture.

  • Brian Sciaretta talked with Maurice Edu about his return to MLS and his rough spell in England after leaving Rangers during the summer of 2012. “It forces you to mature and grow as a player. You have to be very mentally strong and mentally tough and have a lot of self-belief to survive over there. Every day is a fight,” Edu said. The 27-year-old has a precious few months to make an impression with the Union if he hopes to make the World Cup roster, but he’s not worried. “I definitely don’t think time is running out. I had surgery in the summer. If not for the injury, I would have been involved in the qualifiers and maybe even the Gold Cup.”

  • WIll this be the year that Los Angeles Galaxy forward Gyasi Zardes breaks out? The 22-year-old scored in a friendly Saturday, and looks to improve on his rookie season that saw him make 25 starts, scoring four times. Zardes struggled when presented chances in 2013, but Bruce Arena sees a change in the youngster. “I don't think he would have finished that play last year,” the coach said after his Saturday goal.

  • David Beckham has reportedly asked the wealthy Qatari owners of Paris Saint-Germain to help fund his new MLS franchise in Miami.

  • Jurgen Klinsmann recapped January camp:

  • Robbie Rogers showed his support for NFL draft prospect Michael Sam, who came out on Sunday:

  • With the Ukraine game a few weeks away, use the world-famous ASN Starting XI tool to create your starting lineup.
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