Hot or Not?
Steve Cherundolo's World Cup Prospects Grow Dim
In this week's Hot or Not?, Josh Deaver is pleased to report good news from the Netherlands and Mexico. But a worrisome item from Germany may signal the beginning of the end for a U.S. stalwart.
BY Josh Deaver Posted
January 24, 2014
January 24, 2014
They're HotThe Ice Man remains en fuego to begin 2014. In a 2-0 win over Roda JC in midweek Dutch Cup action, Aron Johannsson netted his fifth goal in four games, helping to book AZ Alkmaar a place in the semifinal round. Now, with 20 goals scored in all competitions, Johannsson is currently on pace with Jozy Altidore’s record-setting campaign from last season. With 18 matches remaining, he needs just 11 to match the mark of his former teammate for most goals scored in a European clubs season by an American international. ASN Editor-in-Chief John Godfrey recently penned an editorial predicting Johannsson to start in the World Cup opener against Ghana. Considering his current form, you will get no arguments from me.
Roda AZ Aron Johannsson by goalsandmore Pulling double duty for Club Tijuana affiliate Dorados in Copa MX action Wednesday, Paul Arriola found the scoresheet once again in the club’s second consecutive 3-1 win over Estudiantes Tecos. Putting in a full 90-minute shift, the 18-year-old Californian found the back of the net late in the first half, putting home a simple back-post tap-in for the eventual game winner. His two goals lead the tournament so far and have Dorados sitting atop Group 6 with four matches remaining. Former under-20 talent Alejandro Guido also saw the field, playing 24 minutes in the win. Arriola and the rest of the American Xolos face Morelia on Friday. Staying in Mexico: Congratulations are in order for former under-20 forward Daniel Cuevas, who made his professional debut with Liga Ascenso side BUAP Lobos during midweek Copa MX action, playing 23 minutes in a scoreless draw with Veracruz. He has yet to feature during league play but if his inclusion in the cup squad is any indication, a first-team appearance could be fast approaching.