Between international friendlies, World Cup qualifying, transfer activity, and general comings and goings, there is a lot of information surrounding the U.S. men’s national team. In this column, the hot button issues and news surrounding several players will be covered so that you never lose track of what’s happening.
Following the 5-1 win over Scotland, there are several key facts and observations to be made about the squad. Without further ado, here’s what we learned this past week:
Clint Dempsey: Fulham playmaker Moussa Dembele is likely headed out of Fulham this summer and is reportedly being courted by Arsenal, Spurs, and Manchester United. The 25-year-old Belgian could fetch a $12 million transfer fee and while Dembele doesn't jump off the page statistically (two goals and three assists in 2011-12) his presence was vital as he started 39 games for the Cottagers last season. The loss of Dembele would certainly impact Fulham's chances of competing for a Europa or Champions League spot next year, making Dempsey's departure even more inevitable. On the national team front, Dempsey missed the Scotland contest with a slight groin injury but should be good to go later this week.
Terrence Boyd: Rarely-used striker Boyd is likely leaving Borussia Dortmund according to recent reports. The reigning German champion has relegated the German-born Boyd to the reserve squad since acquiring him in 2011. Although the 21-year-old wants to remain with Dortmund, playing time is a factor and if coach Jurgen Klopp aims to keep nurturing Boyd, the club may very well lose him, either via a transfer or loan.
A late addition to the U.S. national team, Boyd started on Saturday and looked solid against Scotland. He did lose possession a few times but is certainly a quality player that should play behind Jozy Altidore in the near future.
Landon Donovan: The Galaxy star reportedly “misses” Everton and Goodison Park and would love to return and play for the Merseyside outfit. He reaffirmed that his focus is on World Cup qualifying and if his hat trick on Saturday is any indication of his form, all signs point to the 30-year-old making another run in England next season.
Brad Guzan: Guzan was released by Aston Villa early last week. The keeper had been relegated to a back-up role and cup duties since arriving at Villa Park in 2008. He excelled during his loan spell at Hull in 2011 and provide a few memorable performances while at Villa, notably in 2009 when he made two penalty saves against Juventus as Aston Villa won the Peace Cup in Spain.
Michael Bradley: New reports indicate that both Inter Milan and AS Roma are interested in Cheivo Verona’s “General.” The midfielder reportedly has a two-year deal so Verona may try and cash in on Bradley’s impressive campaign, especially with two giants ready to pounce. During Saturday’s victory Bradley exemplified the essence of his nickname, scoring the second goal of the match, a spectacular volley, as he outmatched the Scottish midfield.
With another friendly against Brazil on Wednesday, Coach Jurgen Klinsmann is projected to start a more traditional lineup which would likely feature both Dempsey and Altidore. He may rotate some other players in against Canada on Saturday before World Cup qualifiers begin on June 8 against Antigua and Barbuda.
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