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News in Brief – A New USMNT Coach, Update on Brovsky, Gophers’ Beal Named Academic All-American

by on 23 November 2016

Klinsmann out, Bruce in!

Answering the prayers of the US Soccer Twitterverse, Klinsmann was removed from his position as coach of the USMNT. In his place steps the Bruce.

Wait. Not Bruce Dunord (although he would have delivered us our first World Cup). Former USMNT and LA Galaxy coach Bruce Arena.

Not a bad choice and one of the most successful USMNT coaches of all time. He led the US to the quarterfinals in the 2002 World Cup, although they bombed out four years later at the bottom of their group.

His first true test of his leadership will come at the January camp with a roster of mostly MLS players.

For more commentary on the coaching change, let’s go to Klinsmann snub Benny Feilhaber.

Yep.

Jeb Brovsky continues his rehab in Colorado

By the sounds of it, it’s going better after his early setbacks. Would be great if he was able to get back on the field next season, preferably for Minnesota.

No news for Minnesota United FC

It’s been a quiet week on the Minnesota front, but look for a number of big announcements next week from the team. Pre-season will be starting in less than two months, so the team needs to get their ducks in a row. Soon.

Rashida Beal named to Academic All-American first team

Not only is Rashida Beal a great soccer player, winning the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, the psychology major and neuroscience minor was honored for her classwork with a first team Academic All-American nod.

Tommies in the Final Four in the NCAA Men’s DIII tournament

St. Thomas has been the surprise team of the DIII tournament, making it to the Final Four. The biggest surprise has been unheralded senior Tony Kuplic, who has scored five goals after barely playing all season.

Minnesota’s Jenna Roering (Shoreview, Minn.) — a former Ms. Minnesota Soccer and Gatorade Player of the year — is a senior forward for Santa Clara. Her team has turned some heads in the NCAA DI tournament, defeating Long Beach State, No. 1 seeded Stanford, and NC State. Yes, the same NC State that defeated the Gophers in their first round tournament game. Jenna and the Broncos will now face Georgetown on Nov. 26 in the Elite Eight.

The Deloitte Report on Pro/Rel

Our own Alex Schieferdecker had a strong opinion about the report, but Howler Magazine had probably the funniest. If you haven’t heard, Miami FC’s owner commissioned a report on promotion/relegation for the US market. While this report came out on the side of promotion/relegation, Howler imagined what might happen if MLS Commissioner Don Garber had commissioned his own report. The graphics that go with the article are pretty amusing.

Former Loon Calum Mallace spoke to YahooUK before the Montreal’s big semi-final match

Former Loon and still-dreamboat Calum Mallace told Yahoo Sport UK about his experience growing up Scottish and a soccer player. While he likely won’t start tonight against Toronto, he provides some background on Montreal and their approach to soccer. According to our writers, he could end up available during the expansion draft and, in this writer’s opinion, he would be a great get.

While he didn’t get into the game last night for Montreal, it was a great game that ended 3-2 in favor of the home side. But the big story was the fact that they had painted the lines wrong.

On a night when the two MLS playoff games had a combined attendance above 100,000, it’s unfortunate that this is a story.

NASL finally ends all ties with Traffic

Traffic, the company at the center of the major FIFA scandal that brought down Sepp Blatter last summer, finally is no longer financially tied to NASL. Since the league’s founding, Traffic Sports has held class B shares. Even after Traffic no longer held any interests in any of the teams, they still partially owned the league. It’s great news that this corporation is finally out of North American second division soccer.

St. Louis Getting an MLS team

According to KSDK, St. Louis is in line to get an MLS team. Long known as a hotbed for US soccer, it would provide Minnesota with another team within reasonable driving distance. Minnesota United FC had some memorable meetings against St. Louis in the US Open Cup the past two years, losing last year in St. Louis on PKs and then winning this year 2-0 in the rematch.

Detritus from around the Internet

The worst miss ever?

This one is great, if only for the flying kick on the goalkeeper: FIFA glitches in real life.

Finally, Zlatan is set to leave Manchester United. #Zlatan2MNUFC Confirmed!

According to the Mirror, Zlatan is looking to leave Manchester United. That can mean only one thing, he’s joining Minnesota United FC! You heard it here first, folks!

 

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  • Dave Laidig

    Cutting ties with Traffic may have come a year or two too late for the NASL.