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ASN Morning Read: We Are Making Progress

A new coach took the job three years ago and his boss think he's doing a good job, which is always nice; an American is in the top 50 players in the world and you'll never guess who.
BY Noah Davis Posted
July 30, 2014
9:08 AM
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  • Landon Donovan not reporting for duty. "I felt like I haven't played well lately, and that's bothered me," he said after the Galaxy's 3-0 win over Seattle. "I got myself to the point in early May where I was playing very well and I was at the top of my game. The last month has been difficult for a lot of reasons, and I think my performance dropped off. I wanted to get back to getting to the top of my game, and I felt that way tonight."

  • Is Matt Besler the 46th best player in the world? Goal.com seems to think so, making him the highest American on its yearly 50 top players ranking. (We know a few ASN 100 panelists who would have a thing or two to say about that decision.) "Besler’s pace, quality on the ball and ability to dominate in the air earned him a starting spot in all four of his side's matches at the 2014 World Cup, where he was arguably USA's best defender as they advanced out of a very tough Group G. He is the highest ranking American in the Goal 50 since Landon Donovan finished 39th in 2009." Good for him.

  • Joe Corona scored a goal as Tijuana defeated Zacatepec 3-1 in some sort of cup competition. We can't keep all these things straight.

  • Tim Howard's next career begins now as he signs a multi-year deal as a broadcaster with NBC Sports. He'll comment on English Premier League games, which he did last season as well and which will be just as weird because he's still, you know, playing. But he's really good at it, so there's that.

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