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ASN Morning Read: Pains Before Battling Belgium

Three players leave the United States national team camp with injuries, but an oft-hurt man returns in fine form; the U-20s get their game on in Toulon; an American goalkeeping coach moves to Manchester United.
BY Jesse Yomtov Posted
May 28, 2013
8:15 AM
  • Maurice Edu and Corey Ashe were both forced to withdraw from the roster with injuries. Edu was diagnosed with sports hernia when he returned to Stoke City from Bursaspor, while Ashe suffered a groin strain on Saturday. Meanwhile, Brek Shea is hampered by a calf strain “incurred at Stoke City” (bench sores?) and will go to Dallas for treatment. He’ll return whenever he’s ready.

  • Stuart Holden in the building! The oft-injured midfielder last played for the U.S. in Oct. 2010, and he’s very excited to be back in the mix. “It kind of felt like the first day in school,” Holden said. Jurgen Klinsmann seems to say Holden is playing with house money right now. “There’s no pressure. He can only win coming back in. He’s highly accepted within the entire group. He’s one of the guys that really built special chemistry. He’s a pure giver. He’s always looking for other people.”

  • The U-20s start the Toulon Tournament in France today with a match against the host. It’s on beIN SPORT at 1:30 p.m. ET if you’re into that kind of thing (and you should be).

  • U.S. goalkeeping coach Chris Woods following David Moyes to Old Trafford. No word on whether this will affect his gig with the United States. It will also be interesting to see if young American goalkeepers do some training with United like a few did at Everton.

  • In Germany, Hoffenheim escaped relegation with a 5-2 aggregate victory over Kaiserslautern. Good news for Fabian Johnson, Danny Williams, and on-loan Joe Gyau. Wouldn’t have been a good look for their international careers.

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