United States camp roster to drop on Sunday, plus other news bits on Jurgen Klinsmann’s national team

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Developments are coming apace now after a relatively slow period for the U.S. national team, last heard from substantially during that November draw in Russia.

Just the other day, U.S. Soccer announced the next public training session, set for Jan. 28 in Houston, a day before the United States meets Canada at BBVA Compass Stadium in South Texas.

Today comes news that Klinsmann (pictured) will unveil his next training camp roster Sunday, a day before the annual January U.S. national team camp begins at the Home Depot Center outside Los Angeles.  The camp roster (mostly MLS men and talent from the Scandinavian leagues now on break) will be announced during Fox Soccer Channel’s Goals on Sunday show, around 1 p.m. ET.

One apparent difference in this camp, compared to past January camps, will be its revealing nature into Klinsmann’s thinking.  Word is that Klinsmann’s selections will fairly accurately reflect the next men in line along the staff’s depth chart (after the obvious choices playing in England, Germany, Spain and Italy, who are busy with clubs in those lands and will not be part of the camp).

That’s different than most January camps, which are frequently used to introduce younger athletes to a higher, international level. So, the men reporting for this one (with a week of fitness before the bulk of the “soccer” work commences) arrive with a certain standing in the eyes of the staff, already.

Finally, there is no encouraging word to offer on the TV situation for U.S. vs. Honduras, coming up in a month.

The national team’s quest to qualify for World Cup 2014 begins Feb. 6 in Honduras. The team will be in Florida in less than a month, prepping for departure into Central America.

Remember, the rights to road games for the United States now belong to beIN Sport, which continues to be a rumor in many parts of the country. If your cable provider does not carry the beIN Sport … good luck!

2-year doping ban upheld for Finland, CSKA Moscow player

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LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) The Court of Arbitration for Sport has upheld a two-year ban for CSKA Moscow midfielder Roman Eremenko for a positive test for cocaine.

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CAS says the ban imposed by UEFA was “appropriate” and dismissed the Finland international’s appeal.

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The ban will expire on Oct. 5, 2018, when Eremenko will be 31.

Eremenko tested positive after playing in a Champions League game for CSKA Moscow against Bayer Leverkusen last September. The 2-2 result was not affected despite Eremenko scoring CSKA’s second goal.

Born in Moscow, Eremenko grew up in Finland and has represented its national team 73 times.

Webb says De Jong would have been sent off with video review

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NEW YORK (AP) Howard Webb says he would have given Dutch midfielder Nigel De Jong a red card in the 2010 World Cup final if a video assistant referee had been in place.

The retired English referee showed De Jong a yellow card in the 28th minute for his karate kick into the chest of Spain’s Xabi Alonso. Hired in March to oversee video technology for professional soccer in the U.S. and Canada, Webb held a media seminar Friday ahead of its Aug. 5 launch in Major League Soccer.

Webb says: “Yes, it was a clear red card. It was a clear and obvious error on my part not to send the player off, and VAR would have been able to recommend a review to me, and I would have been able to make the right call.”

Now 46, Webb was a Premier League referee from 2003-14. He worked the Champions League and World Cup finals in 2010, became director of referees at the Saudi Arabian Football Federation, and started in March as manager of video assistant referee operations for the Professional Referee Organization.

MLS Snapshot: Orlando City 0-1 Atlanta United (video)

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The game in 100 words (or less): Friday night’s effort at Orlando City Stadium wasn’t the prettiest for either side but Atlanta United will gladly take three points from the fixture as the Central Florida venue proved to be a fortress once more. The Lions were far superior in their attacking threats throughout the match, testing USMNT and Atlanta goalkeeper Brad Guzan on multiple occasions. However, it was Hector Villalba that proved to be the difference when he blasted a long-distance effort to beat Joe Bendik in the 86th minute. Atlanta extends its unbeaten streak to four matches with Friday’s decision, keeping Tata Martino’s side in fourth place in the Eastern Conference, while Orlando City moves into fifth.

Three moments that mattered

36′ — Guzan stands tall, denies Rivas — Carlos Rivas thought he scorched this one (and he did…), but Brad Guzan acted like it was nothing as he held his ground to make the stop.

39′ — Spector gets ripped off by Guzan — The U.S. goalkeeper is at it again… What a save!

86′ — Villalba unleashes stunner to propel Atlanta — Sometimes it just takes one good hit as a striker.

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Man of the match: Brad Guzan

Goalscorers: Hector Villalba (86′)

Report: Man City adding Mendy to continue backline restoration

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Fresh off of completing a record deal to help bolster the club’s back line this summer, Manchester City is back at it with the Premier League season looming.

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The Citizens are reportedly on the brink of signing Monaco left back Benjamin Mendy to yet another world-record fee — which will total over $67 million.

Confirmation of the deal has yet to be announced by either team, but L’Equipe is reporting that the Citizens are hot on the 23-year-old’s trail in adding to their pricy back four.

Manager Pep Guardiola and Man City have not been shy readjusting their defensive unit over the past year, adding expensive first-team choices John Stones and Kyle Walker.