News in Brief: USMNT January Camp Announced, NASL/USL Decision Today, WNY Flash moving to NC, and More

by on 6 January 2017

USMNT January camp roster announced, #Rambarra left off

Here’s the list in full:

GOALKEEPERS: David Bingham (San Jose Earthquakes), Stefan Frei (Seattle Sounders FC), Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake), Luis Robles (New York Red Bulls)

DEFENDERS: DaMarcus Beasley (Unattached), Steve Birnbaum (D.C. United), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Greg Garza (Atlanta United FC), Matt Hedges (FC Dallas), Taylor Kemp (D.C. United), Chad Marshall (Seattle Sounders FC), Keegan Rosenberry (Philadelphia Union), Walker Zimmerman (FC Dallas), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)

MIDFIELDERS: Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas), Alejandro Bedoya (Philadelphia Union), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Benny Feilhaber (Sporting Kansas City), Jermaine Jones (Unattached), Sacha Kljestan (New York Red Bulls), Sebastian Lletget (LA Galaxy), Kekuta Manneh (Vancouver Whitecaps FC), Dax McCarty (New York Red Bulls), Darlington Nagbe (Portland Timbers), Chris Pontius (Philadelphia Union), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew SC)

FORWARDS: Juan Agudelo (New England Revolution), Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders FC), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy)

As you can see, there are no Minnesota United FC players on the roster. It’s not much of a surprise that Miguel Ibarra isn’t on the list, but Christian Ramirez is a bit more of a surprise. As editor Wes Burdine noted on Twitter, the American striker with the most goals over the past three years will be sitting at home during the January camp. Hopefully with Ramirez’ move to MLS with Minnesota United FC, he gets a look with the US Men’s national team.

SI reporting that today will be the day USL and NASL learn their fates

Brian Strauss does a great job explaining the current issues between the leagues and has some very intriguing quotes from USL President Jake Edwards. While Edwards seems convinced that his league should be given division two sanctioning, everything else seems to be pointing to USSF keeping the status quo for another year.

Rochester, New York lose their NWSL side WNY Flash to Raleigh, North Carolina

As someone who grew up in Rochester, NY, there’s not much to be proud of my hometown. Eastman Kodak has basically closed up shop and the city, it’s a minor league town, and most people I know from high school live somewhere else.

The one thing the city had was soccer. Sure, they got burned by MLS and attendances aren’t as high as they were at the end of the 90’s, but I could point to the fact that the Rochester Raging Rhinos and the WNY Flash were two excellent, championship winning teams as a point of pride for my former city.

Finding out that the WNY Flash, who have struggled with attendance issues, would be moving to North Carolina, really saddens me. I’m happy for the people down there to have a team to support, but there is no chance that Rochester will get a top level team in women’s soccer again, and that’s too bad.

Jamie Watson lets us know who the loon signal was really for

I really like the sound of the Watman signal.

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