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News in Brief: USMNT Fallout, Loons in Brief, and More

by on 19 October 2017

National team news roundup

Conversation continues to spin regarding the future after the United State’s disappointing loss in Trinidad & Tobago last week. From across the pond, coaches from the European game such as Sam Allardyce and Laurent Blanc indicated they might be keen on a move stateside to coach the USMNT. Rumors also surfaced today that Landon Donovan may run for President of the US Soccer Federation in the election cycle starting this year. Former captain Claudio Reyna joined the conversation this week, voicing his belief of a culture of arrogance within American soccer at all levels.

We may well see the beginning of the national team’s future makeup next month when the US travel to Portugal for a friendly match on November 14. Analysts are predicting a mix of both new and familiar faces. Might we see Minnesota United’s Christian Ramirez perhaps receive an opportunity to don the stars and stripes? MLSsoccer.com’s Matthew Doyle and ESPNFC.com’s Jeff Carlisle both seem to think this might be the time.

Loons in brief

MNUFC head coach Adrian Heath has been nominated for MLS Coach of the Year. The award is voted on by players, technical staff members, and select media members. Three finalists will be announced later this month on October 31.

Forward Abu Danladi has put together an impressive résumé for his Rookie of the Year candidacy, leading all rookies with eight goals this season including four match-winners.

While the Loons were in California this week training at Westmont College, forward Christian Ramirez hung out after training with a few players on the local university men’s team.

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