Everything You Missed in the Last 24 Hours of American Soccer: January 29, 2016

January 29, 2016

Former United States international and new Philadelphia Union Sporting Director Earnie Stewart criticized MLS’ policy of mandatory “off” days, causing a minor stir.

Stewart’s comments sounded an awful lot like those made by U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann in the past. Interestingly enough, they echoed the increased commitment seen overseas by Seattle Reign FC forward Beverly Yanez during her time in Japan, something she reflected on several weeks ago at the NSCAA convention.

U.S. defender Matt Miazga is close to finalizing his deal with Chelsea FC. Manager Guus Hiddink told reporters today that his new signing will not immediately be loaned out, but that Miazga will become a “squad player” instead.

Apparently, some of Miazga’s former teammates don’t think he’s quite ready for the move to the English Premier League.

American midfielder Jermaine Jones was also in the news, claiming he is “frustrated” that his six-game suspension is hurting his prospects of signing a new deal in Germany.

In case you forgot, this is the incident that got Jones in trouble in the first place.

Glenn Crooks reported last night that U.S. Soccer’s plan to launch a development academy on the girl’s side of the game will include a similar provision to the boy’s academy where players will not be allowed to play on their high school teams.

One has to question the wisdom of the decision considering the fact that the ECNL already largely fills this role and that the U.S. women’s national team seems to be doing just fine without the academy program. Regardless, it’s sure to fire the club vs. high school soccer debate up to another level.

Overseas, things seem to be getting worse for Brad Guzan. The Telegraph reported today that Guzan, who has been dropped from Aston Villa’s starting rotation for several weeks, may be loaned out soon.

The U.S. men take on Iceland on Sunday. Ahead of the match, Michael Orozco was added to the U.S. roster.

The match will be Klinsmann’s 80th game in charge. At this point, he has 43 wins – the same number Bob Bradley had through 80 games as head coach.

And finally, on the women’s side, U.S. midfielder Carli Lloyd is looking to add another gold medal to her already impressive collection of hardware.

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