First, let’s pay respect to SoccerOverThere.com, which announced today that it is going on a – hopefully brief – hiatus.
In the age before Twitter became popular and Vines were non-existent, this site was often the only way for American soccer fans to stay connected to Americans playing abroad.
Today, the United States men’s national team will take on Iceland in the first of two January friendlies. It will be the 26th game in a row since the 2014 World Cup that head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has not started the same back four in consecutive matches.
This marks 26th game in a row Jurgen Klinsmann has not started the same back 4 in consecutive matches. Streak goes back to 2014 World Cup.
— John D. Halloran (@JohnDHalloran) January 31, 2016
In transfer news, there were several developments today. First, Brian Sciaretta reported via Twitter that 18-year-old Sporting Kansas City defender Erik Palmer-Brown is on his way to Portugal to meet with Porto about a possible move.
A source has told me Erik Palmer Brown has left SKC's camp and is en route to Portugal to negotiate a potential move (or loan) with FC Porto
— Brian Sciaretta (@BrianSciaretta) January 31, 2016
On the incoming side of things, the Los Angeles Times’ Kevin Baxter has reported that the Galaxy has signed Nigel de Jong.
There was also fresh speculation that John Terry may be headed stateside after it was announced today that he would not be returning to Chelsea FC at the end of this season.
— Taylor Twellman (@TaylorTwellman) January 31, 2016
And sometimes we embarrass ourselves.
Just got pre-game coffee. Barista commented on my Captain America pajamas. Yes, I have Captain America pajamas. No, I haven't changed yet.
— American Touchline (@AmerTouchline) January 31, 2016