Morning Read: And the Americans Will Face...
Oguchi Onyewu and Jermaine Jones find out their Champions League opposition (hint: it's not too bad); a young American returns for a brief training trip; the best American player is...
The Champions League Round of 16 draw is in and the Americans have relatively weak competition, all things considered. Jermaine Jones and Schalke get Galatasaray, while Oguchi Onyewu's Malaga meet Porto. Real Madrid drew Manchester United in the round's most high-profile fixture. Shakhtar-Dortmund is the most exciting one. And, amazingly, the live draw turned out exactly the same as Wednesday's practice one did. Odds of that happening? About one in two million.
Your tactical trends of the year, courtesy of Jonathan Wilson: possession, passing, pressing, and no strikers. So basically just be Barcelona. Don't say we didn't tell you what to do.
Marc Pelosi continues to play well for Liverpool's youth academy. The 18-year-old talent is currently training with the United States U-20s but is a big part of the Red's undefeated U-21 team. There's no timetable on his call up to the big show, but don't hold your breathe. It will be awhile.
Geoff Cameron poured tea while visiting elderly residents in Stoke-on-Trent. It's worth clicking through for the picture alone.
ESPN thinks Michael Bradley is the best American soccer player. Which is what we've been saying all along.
December 20, 2012
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