With the U.S. national team making some noise in both friendlies and World Cup qualifying, Goal takes a look at some of the rumbling surrounding America's finest this offseason.
- Championship side Nottingham Forest has shown interest in defender Eric Lichaj. The former Aston Villa man, who was released following this past season, has been absent from the U.S. national team as of late. He played in just 23 games during the 2012-13 campaign but could be a real asset to Forest as it looks to gain promotion to the Premier League.
- Paris Saint-Germain has expressed an interest in luring Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas away from White Hart Lane. The French champion anticipates losing current manager Carlos Ancelotti to Real Madrid in the coming days and has targeted the Spurs man as a replacement. A move like this would shake up the London club’s foundation and with Clint Dempsey and Brad Friedel’s roles already somewhat cloudy, this situation will be one that’s monitored quite closely in the U.S. camp.
- Everton was recently handed a cash windfall over the next 40 years as the Liverpool city council bought the Finch Farm training complex and, in the process, reduced the rent the club currently pays. The Merseyside outfit normally paid $3.1 million per year for the use of the facility but will now pay just over $750,000. The extra funds can certainly be used to bolster an Everton team that normally finishes just outside the top four. For Tim Howard, he can only hope that some additional finances can keep top defender Leighton Baines around. The standout performer is currently garnering interest from Manchester United.
- Aston Villa completed the signing of Denmark international Jores Okre on Thursday. The 20-year-old defender will be a huge boost to the Villa defense and a welcome relief for keeper Brad Guzan, who often found himself bombarded last year due to some shaky defending. Okre has spent the last three years playing for FC Nordsjaelland and was quite successful. He played in the Champion’s League, and won a Superliga title and the Danish Cup.
- AS Roma hired Rudi Garcia as its manager heading into the 2013-14 campaign. Garcia replaces intern boss Aurelio Andreazzoli and will be the fourth manager for Roma over the last two years. Garcia comes from French club Lille where he spent five seasons, notably winning the French league and cup double in 2010-11. Roma struggled a lot last season and finished just outside the top five, missing out on European qualification. Michael Bradley will look to impress his new coach later this summer once his international duties die down.