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US under-23 manager Caleb Porter speaks on Terrence Boyd

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The domestic soccer world got a quick peak two weeks ago at Terrence Boyd, the latest German-American to wash conveniently down the U.S. Soccer pipeline.  Jermaine Jones, Danny Williams, Fabian Johnson, Tim Chandler and David Yeldell, others who have recently earned their first U.S. caps, Boyd is the son of a German mother and American father. He plays for the reserves of Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund.

What did everyone see from Boyd on that afternoon? He got in late as Jurgen Klinsmann’s team nursed home a 1-0 win in Genoa. So he dashed about, won a tackle or two and tried to be a mayhem maker, that sort of thing. All things considered, not a bad debut run-out. He looked like a big, strong, athletic young man, very determined and probably someone who can be lethal around the goal. But don’t take my word for it. Here’s what U.S. under-23 manager Caleb Porter says:

“He’s a big, strong, athletic kid, very determined and lethal around the goal,” Porter said.

See. Told you.

Actually, here’s everything that Porter said two days ago about Boyd, originally summoned into last month’s 10-day under-23 camp in Dallas, but was redirected at the 11th hour for Klinsmann’s personnel inspection as part of the full national team’s efforts in Italy:

“Obviously he was also in the Germany camp [last year] with Claudio [Reyna] and Tab [Ramos]. They really liked him there. He’s a guy that fits in that No. 9 spot. … He’s been great with his club, Borussia Dortmund 2, the reserve team. He’s really been doing well and scoring goals.

“For me, he can hold the ball, he can stretch [defenses], he’s great around the box and he can score goals. … He’s a great kid, as well. He made a great impression on us in that Florida camp. He hasn’t been able to get into any of the other camps with us, but we’ve been monitoring his progress. Again, I think he fits the system we’re playing and brings some things to the table that we feel are important.”

The full transcript of Porter’s news conference on Tuesday is here at U.S. Soccer.

Some really good details on Boyd from the New York Times’ Goal Blog are here.

Jurgen Klopp coy over links with Liverpool

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 25:  Jurgen Klopp manager of Borussia Dortmund speaks during a Borussia Dortmund press conference, ahead of the UEFA Champions League Group D match against Arsenal, at Emirates Stadium on November 25, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
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Based on all the reports, it seems like a matter of when, not if, Jurgen Klopp will be named the next manager at Liverpool.

The former Borussia Dortmund boss had been heavily linked with the Liverpool job even before Brendan Rodgers was fired, and now that Rodgers is out, Klopp’s name is once again grabbing all the headlines.

While some reports state he could be appointed manager by the end of the week, nothing is official yet as Klopp is still in Germany, unemployed as of today.

[ REPORTS: Nigel Pearson approached by Sunderland ]

Klopp was approached by a reporter from German news outlet Bild in Leverkusen, and was asked about the vacant Liverpool job. While he did not confirm he was in talks with the club, he didn’t deny the links either.

There’s nothing to say. Neither a definite yes nor a definite no. I’m going home now.

It is believed that a deal between the club and the manager is in the works, with a few details still needed to be worked out before anything is made official.

[ MORE: JPW’s Premier League Playback: Rodgers gone, but not forgotten ]

One of the biggest roadblocks in the deal is Liverpool’s use of a transfer committee when buying new players, while Klopp is supposedly keen on having full control over the team’s signings. The club has said no moves are made without the manager’s approval, although it is reported that Rodgers was limited on what players he could bring in, having multiple moves shot down by the committee.

Former Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti is still in the running for the vacant position, but at this time, Klopp is the out-and-out favorite to take over.

Reports: Sunderland reaches out to Nigel Pearson

WEST BROMWICH, ENGLAND - APRIL 11:  Nigel Pearson, manager of Leicester City during the Barclays Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Leicester City at The Hawthorns on April 11, 2015 in West Bromwich, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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Sunderland is without a win and without a manager, as the Black Cats are in desperate need of some help.

After manager Dick Advocaat resigned following Sunderland’s 2-2 draw against West Ham, the club has been searching for a replacement to help lead the club off the bottom of the table.

Reports out of England state the North East club has approached former Leicester City boss Nigel Pearson, who has been out of work after being fired over the summer.

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Pearson knows what it takes to win with a team in a relegation battle, as he led Leicester to a 14th place finish last season after sitting bottom of the table at Christmas. Still in last place in March, the Foxes won seven of their final nine matches to stay up in the Premier League.

However, Pearson was sacked over the summer after having a fall-out with the Leicester board, and it was well-documented that he had a tumultuous relationship with the club’s owners.

It is being reported that Sunderland’s technical director Lee Congerton approached Pearson about the job, but that club owner Ellis Short would rather bring former West Ham manager Sam Allardyce on board.

[ REPORTS: Liverpool could appoint Jurgen Klopp manager by end of the week ]

When you look at Nigel Pearson, he is a polar opposite of Dick Advocaat. Advocaat came to Sunderland towards the end of his managerial career, with experience winning titles with major clubs throughout Europe. However, he had never managed in the Premier League, and had no experience with a club fighting for survival.

Pearson, on the other hand, is fresh off a relegation battle and his fiery attitude may be what’s needed to turn Sunderland around. While Pearson may not always see eye-to-eye with the media or the board, he is fiercely loyal to his players and is a no-nonsense type-manager.

With the Premier League on an international break, Sunderland has a bit of time to figure things out, but expect Pearson’s name to continue to be linked with the job.