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ASN Morning Read: More Work for Klinsmann

The boss man needs more time to do his job, so he'll get another four years; researchers talk about the Brazuca and why it's not the Jabulani; Bob Bradley and John Brooks are in the news, too.
BY Noah Davis Posted
December 16, 2013
8:31 AM
  • NBC goes deep into the World Cup ball, finding some fun facts: "Any knuckleballs at the 2014 World Cup should be mostly intentional, according to new independent wind tunnel results by Japanese university researchers. The researcher’s data shows the new Adidas-designed Brazuca matchball for the 2014 World Cup is less likely to swerve at goal strike speeds, meaning there shouldn’t be a repeat of the maddeningly erratic balls at the 2010 World Cup."

  • Sunil Gulati on Jurgen Klinsmann's extension: "This is a way of making a long-term commitment to each other, one that we’re pleased with. Traditionally we’ve waited until after the World Cup, but we decided not to do that here. Jurgen is a unique coach with a unique opportunity. We like what’s been happening with the program over the last couple of years. All of this doesn’t come down to one game or one missed shot or one save [at a World Cup]. Clearly, the World Cup is extremely important and it’s a measure of where we are, but it’s not the only way we measure ourselves."

  • Bob Bradley to West Brom? That's the word on the street. The former Egypt manager interviewed with the club in the past and may get another opportunity.

  • Clint Dempsey is going back to CaliFulham. Maybe. The rumors report that he'll join the West London club on January 1 and stay with them until late February.

  • John Brooks is in the doghouse with manager Jos Luhukay, who told his young center back to grow up.

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