Members of the U.S. national team coaching staff will spread themselves over five countries in three continents this weekend, watching over players under consideration for the busy summer ahead.
The travels for Jurgen Klinsmann and his assistants will stretch from Brazil in South America to Mexico in North American and over to Spain, Germany and Italy in Europe. And none of that includes monitoring the dozens of candidates here in the United States (Major League Soccer) and in England.
Some of the matches will involve seriously white knuckle stuff for the clubs that employ our boys abroad. For instance, European-based assistant Andi Herzog will be in Germany as relegation-threatened Honnenheim, with Americans Fabian Johnson and Danny Williams, face Hamburg in a huge match. (The Bundesliga standings are here.)
Herzog will also watch Michael Parkhurst’s club Augsburg, also hoping to dodge the relegation knife, do uphill battle with Bundesliga champion Bayern Munich. (Bayern has long since clinched the Germany title.)
In Italy, Michael Bradley (pictured) and Roma are still targeting a fifth-place finish and a Europa League spot. This weekend’s toughie is against third-place AC Milan.
More details are here from U.S. Soccer.
After scoring five goals against Newcastle United, Sergio Aguero may have to wait a bit of time to get back to scoring in the Premier League.
The Manchester City striker lasted just 25 minutes in Argentina’s World Cup qualifier on Thursday, as he was stretchered off with a hamstring injury.
Aguero underwent testing in Argentina, and told the local media “I think I’m going to be out for a month.”
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Manchester City and Argentina teammate Nicolas Otamendi said Aguero was in tears in the dressing room, and some reports have penned the injury as a torn hamstring.
If Aguero were to be ruled out for a month, he would miss City’s Champions League clash vs. Sevilla, as well as the massive Manchester derby away at United on October 25.
To make matters worse for City supporters, David Silva was forced off after just ten minutes while playing for Spain today. Silva took a harsh challenge from behind, and hobbled off with what looked to be an ankle injury. If Silva’s injury ends up being more than just a knock, City could be without their two most important players in the attack.
Mario Gotze could be out of action until 2016 after picking up a groin injury on international duty.
The Bayern Munich midfielder suffered a tendon tear in his abductor muscle while stretching for a ball in Germany’s 1-0 loss to Ireland in EURO qualifiers on Thursday. He was taken off in the 35th minute.
Ruled out for 10-12 weeks, Gotze is likely to miss the rest of the first half of the season for Bayern. Their last league match of 2015 is on December 19, which is 11 weeks away. The Bundesliga then goes on winter break, with Bayern’s next match not until January 23.
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Gotze will miss both of Bayern’s upcoming Champions League matches against Arsenal, which is good news for the Gunners as they are in desperate need of a result.
However, Arjen Robben is back in training and will make his return to action within the coming weeks. After starting the Bundesliga seasons with eight wins out of eight, Robben’s return would add just another weapon to Pep Guardiola’s dominant attack.
Robben has not played since being injured in early September while playing for the Netherlands, and could feature for Bayern against Werder Bremen next week.