In today's news, we have the best story you'll read about a young Clint Dempsey, a possible jump across the pond for another attacker, and USMNTers respond to a certain QB's girlfriend.
January 08, 2013
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Alecko Eskandarian takes a trip down memory lane to 2005’s January camp, where 21-year-old Clint Dempsey showed he was the real deal. Watching Dempsey dominating one drill, then-coach Bruce Arena yelled at the youngster to “keep it simple.” Deuce’s response? “Why? They can't take the ball away from me." He's the best.
Greg Seltzer reports Graham Zusi is at West Ham "on a full trial and not just as a training visitor." Juan Agudelo is also over there, but it's unclear if he's trialing or training, although it's all sort of the same.
Soccer Night in Newton went off well and Dynamo president Chris Canetti says the goal is to have another. At the function, a kid asked Landon Donovan if he would ever play for Manchester United. Responded Donovan: “I would love to but I don't think that's in the cards. Can you talk to Sir Alex for me and tell him I'm interested?"
The best part of the Ballon d’Or is getting to take a look at how every national team captain and coach voted. Carlos Bocanegra picked Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Falcao as his top three, while Jurgen Klinsmann went with Messi, Andrea Pirlo, and Ronaldo. Bob Bradley went Messi, Ronaldo, Pirlo.
In non-U.S. national team news, the Wall Street Journal wonders about the value of Pep Guardiola. The sort of conclusion, according to Soccernomics writer Stefan Szymanski: "Guardiola, he's just the risky bet, isn't he? He might be a good bet. But whatever he is, he's definitely going to be riskier than Mourinho as an alternative."
Greek kids, man. Greek kids:
And finally, USMNTers weigh in on Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron’s girlfriend, who set Twitter ablaze last night: