USMNT Stars: Crazy Week Abroad

January 6, 2012
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With the New Year less than a week old, it has been Americans dominating the soccer headlines. In a series of bizarre storylines that one wouldn’t expect to all happen in one calendar year, let alone one week, US Soccer stars have scored amazing goals, suffered horrible injuries, gotten shocking suspensions and been run around the hamster wheel of the transfer market.

Omar Gonzalez injures his ACL… in Turkey

On Wednesday, US Soccer announced that Omar Gonzalez and George John were being released from their duties with the national team for “club-related matters”.

Yesterday it was announced that Gonzalez had signed on for a loan stint with Nuremburg, the club of fellow USMNT player Timothy Chandler.

Gonzalez joined the team, which was training in Turkey during the Bundesliga’s winter break, for his first training session. Even more bizarrely, in that training session, Chandler and Gonzalez collided resulting in a torn ACL for Gonzalez.

Jermaine Jones gets an eight week suspension

Yesterday, the German football federation announced that Schalke and USMNT midfielder Jermaine Jones would be banned for eight weeks following a foot stomp on Borussia Moenchengladbach’s Marco Reus.

The stomp was deemed intentional and Schalke has announced they will not appeal the unusually long ban.

Tim Howard Scores a Goal from His Own Penalty Area

If you haven’t seen it yet, Tim Howard amazingly scored a goal off a clearance from his own area.

In heavy winds, the ball bounced just outside the Bolton penalty box and promptly over the head over Wanderers keeper Adam Bogdan.

Despite being mobbed by his teammates, Tim Howard showed his class and refused to celebrate the goal out of respect for his fellow keeper.

Landon Donovan returns to the English Premier League

Donovan, whose previous loan to Everton resulted in a strong winning streak for the club, saw his first action on Wednesday, getting the start against Bolton.

Despite some good attacking runs, including one in the box that easily could have been called a penalty, Donovan’s mojo was not enough and Everton couldn’t beat EPL cellar-dwellers Bolton.

Tim Ream likely headed to Bolton

Ream, who has enjoyed a roller coaster year going from MLS rookie of the year to sophomore slumper, looks set to depart for England.

ESPN is reporting that the deal will probably be finalized over the weekend.

George John finally headed to Europe?

Along with Omar Gonzalez leaving the January USMNT camp, George John was released for the same “club-related matters.”

Today, FC Dallas confirmed that John is out of the country pursuing a potential transfer opportunity.

On Tuesday, FC Dallas signed 6-foot Columbian center back Hernan Pertuz, an assumed replacement for a departing John.

John D. Halloran
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One Response to USMNT Stars: Crazy Week Abroad

  1. Acirmtatabiap on January 25, 2012 at 1:35 am

    Hello! Just want to say thank you for this interesting article! =) Peace, Joy.

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