A Trip to Canada in the Cards?


ASN Morning Read: A Trip to Canada in the Cards?

We are getting closer and closer to a star striker signing his name to a Major League Soccer contract; a young goalkeeper gets the call of a lifetime; Messi, Ronaldo, or Neuer?


Noah Davis


January 12, 2015

8:21 AM

  • The United States U-20 squad fell 1-0 to Panama in its second match of the CONCACAF Championship: “Looking like the best competition for the Americans in Group A, Panama’s athletic and determined side was able to effectively overrun the American midfield, neutering the contributions of the talented, attack-minded lineup rolled out by head coach Tab Ramos. The scoring sequence came in the 78th minute. Off a midfield turnover—and with four attacking players in the box for Panama—midfielder Edson Samms chipped a delicate ball into the path of substitute Carlos Small, who slid his effort through the legs of an out-of-position John Requejo and Zack Steffen for the game’s decisive goal. After Friday’s unfortunate draw, this result spells real trouble for Ramos’ squad as it attempts to secure passage to New Zealand for this summer’s World Cup.” Here are some “highlights”:

  • The Jozy Altidore to MLS train continues to rumble along the tracks, with Toronto FC reportedly having the best shot right now.

    The Portland Timbers are also in the race. Meanwhile, at least three teams want Sacha Kljestan’s services, including the New York Red Bulls, the Philadelphia Union, and the L.A. Galaxy.

  • Mix Diskerud might land at New York City FC. Or he might not.
  • So this is great: His first thought was that one of his buddies was playing an elaborate prank. Alex Bono was in transit when his phone rang and showed an unfamiliar number: “I had just gotten off the airplane in St. Louis and was headed to the Missouri Athletic Club shuttle and I was like, ‘Who the hell do I know in Orange County, California?’ I answered the phone and he says ‘Alex, it’s Jurgen Klinsmann.’” And that’s when Bono, who signed a Generation Adidas deal with Major League Soccer after three outstanding seasons as the goalkeeper at Syracuse, started looking for the hidden cameras.
  • Ballon d’Or today. Who ya got?