Soccer-wise, most Europe ports of call remain ahead of the United States when it comes to high-level know-how. In some places, it’s not even close.
But in media trust-worthiness, the United States gets the big check mark. Most of the time, it’s not even close.
(Jurgen Klinsmann always laughs when someone asks about media criticism in the United States, about whether it bothers him. He generally says something like, “I played and coached in Europe, where they just make things up about you!”)
So take it with heaping helpings of the proverbial salt, but this report in a Spanish daily says Mexican star Giovani dos Santos has rejected a $2.5 million annual salary and a $10 million transfer price to play for the Galaxy.
The salary does not sound wildly out of line. At that price the young attacker would be well behind the Thierry Henry, Robbie Keane and Tim Cahill in the ranking of highest paid MLS men. Heck, he wouldn’t even be the second highest paid kicker around the LA Galaxy; Landon Donovan makes roughly the same each year.
But that $10 million transfer price seems a little fishy given Major League Soccer’s aversion to such splashy deals. Transfer fees are happening more and more around MLS. (For incoming players, that is; fairly significant deals for outgoing MLS men have been common for years.)
Still, that’s a lot to AEG scratch for a young guy who spent a lot of time being unsettled in his club situation before finally finding some stability last year at Spain’s Mallorca.
The Galaxy still have David Beckham’s Designated Player slot to fill and would love to have a showpiece name added to this year’s roster by summer transfer season’s conclusion.
Despite sitting at the top of the table in the Premier League, things are not going well for Manchester City.
Star striker and leading goalscorer Sergio Aguero suffered a torn hamstring while playing for Argentina, and now he is joined by David Silva on the injured list.
Silva lasted nine minutes in Spain’s EURO qualifying match against Luxembourg, forced off after taking a bad challenge from behind. Silva went down in pain and tried to play on, but asked for a substitution just minutes later.
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Spanish news outlet AS is reporting that Silva has suffered “lateral internal ligament damage in his right ankle,” and could face 2-3 weeks on the sidelines.
With Aguero set to miss at least a month, Silva’s injury could leave Manchester City without two of their top players in the coming weeks.
Silva has arguably been the best player in the Premier League this season, the quarterback of the City attack, which has scored a league-leading 19 goals through eight matches.
City travels to Old Trafford for the Manchester derby on October 25, which falls into that 2-3 week range for Silva’s recovery. In a match that could decide who sits top of the table, Manuel Pellegrini would be very shorthanded without Silva and Aguero.
Alejandro Bedoya will not feature for the United States in the CONCACAF playoff against Mexico on Saturday, and has been replaced on the roster by Bobby Wood.
Bedoya traveled to Los Angeles from his club team Nantes in France, but Jurgen Klinsmann has announced he will be unable to play after falling ill.
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Without Bedoya, Union Berlin midfielder Bobby Wood has been added to the USMNT side. Wood scored the first two goals of his international career this summer in wins over the Netherlands and Germany, and has scored four goals in ten matches for Union Berlin this season. Wood has been training with the U.S. camp throughout the week for the upcoming friendly against Costa Rica.
Bedoya has played well for the USMNT, discounting his short performance against Brazil in September. In that match, Klinsmann played Bedoya out of position against a potent Brazil attack, and he was substituted before halftime. However, playing in his more natural role as a winger or attacking midfielder, many believed Bedoya could be in line for a start against Mexico.