Steve Cherundolo out indefinitely, who is USMNT first-choice right back?

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News broke from the Bundesliga this morning, and it wasn’t good if you’re a US national team fan.

Long-term right back Steve Cherundolo faces more knee surgery and will now be out for a long period of time.

The man from Hannover hasn’t had any luck in the past few years, and this surgery will be his third knee operation.

Cherundolo, 34, is a USMNT legend and has was the mainstay in that spot for over 14 years. However, the captain of Hannover could well see his international career slip away from him, as he currently stands on 87 appearances for his country.

Given that Cherundolo won’t be suiting up for Jurgen Klinsmann’s side anytime soon, what are the other options? The following guys have all been used recently. Any others we missed?

Brad Evans

Evans seems to be the man Klinsmann prefers right now. The versatile Seattle Sounders star shone against Jamaica by scoring the game-winner in the World Cup qualifier in Kingston in June. Being able to play across defense and midfield helps the 28-year-old’s chances of making the World Cup, but is he really the USA’s best option at RB? He did okay Bosnia but I’m a little unsure.

Michael Parkhurst

A proper full back, what you see is what you get from Parkhurst. The Augsburg defender was solid yet unspectacular in the Gold Cup success and at the age of 29, he brings bag of experience with over 244 club appearances in MLS, Denmark and Germany. The safe option going forward, for sure.

Geoff Cameron

A great option to use at right back, and for me, the first-choice guy as it stands. Yes, he plays for Stoke in midfield and pretty much anywhere they want him. But Cameron has come on leaps and bounds in the right back slot. After his impressive displays against Costa Rica and Mexico in the March World Cup qualifier. I would prefer him at RB than CB, the USA are pretty set for options there an din holding midfield.

Timmy Chandler

The forgotten man amongst USMNT right backs. 23-year-old Chandler has played in the Bundesliga for three straight season at FC Nuremberg and there was a huge scramble to make sure he pledged his international allegiance to Klisnmann and the Nats. He’s only played 10 times for the US, but still a great option.

Rapids add longtime Bundesliga winger Aigner from 1860 Munich (highlights)

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The Colorado Rapids are hoping for an injection of offense from veteran Bundesliga right winger Stefan Aigner.

The soon-to-be 30-year-old has played 274 games between the first and second tiers of German soccer, with 25 goals and 25 assists in Bundesliga play and a further 31 and 25 in the second tier.

Most recently with 2.Bundesliga side 1860 Munich for a third time, he’s played most of his career between Munich and Eintracht Frankfurt.

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Aigner has the resume to succeed and perhaps star in MLS, especially if he wasn’t slowed too much by a knee injury last season (He returned and produced at the 2.Bundesliga level).

Here’s what Rapids interim general manager Padraig Smith said:

“We’re excited to add a player of Stefan’s caliber to our roster for the next three-and-a-half years,” said Smith. “As an organization we are committed to fielding a forward-thinking side and bringing in Stefan – a technical and versatile player who can excel in multiple attacking roles – will help us achieve that vision.”

UEFA Champions League wrap: Celtic held; U.S. GK Horvath busy

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It was a busy night in the UEFA Champions League, with clubs battling for berths in the playoff round where they could draw big names Liverpool, Napoli, Sevilla, Sporting CP or Hoffenheim.

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Club Brugge 3-3 Istanbul Basaksehir

American backstop Ethan Horvath was under siege at home, but his Club Brugge side overcame throwing away a 2-0 deficit to claim a 3-3 draw with İstanbul Başakşehir. The three road goals will give the Turkish visitors every reason to feel good about the Aug. 2 second leg.

Celtic 0-0 Rosenborg

Brendan Rodgers‘ Scottish champions outshot the visitors 12-8, but couldn’t find a way into the goal. Now the Bhoys will have to score in Norway to advance to the next round.

Nice 1-1 Ajax

Mario Balotelli‘s 32nd minute staked Nice to a halftime lead, but the UEFA Europa League finalists snared an away goal through Donny van de Beek to send Ajax back to Holland with a slim advantage.

UCL first legs

Tuesday
Qarabag 0-0 Sheriff
Slavia Prague 1-0 BATE Borisov
AEK Athens 0-2 CSKA Moscow
Steaua Bucharest 2-2 Plzen
Vardar 1-0 Copenhagen
Partizan Belgrade 1-3 Olympiacos

Wednesday
Astana 3-1 Legia Warsaw
Dynamo Kyiv 3-1 Young Boys
RB Salzburg 1-1 Rijeka
Hapoel Be’er Sheva 2-0 Ludogorets Razgrad
Viitorul 1-0 APOEL Nicosia
Maribor 1-0 FH

Terim steps down as Turkey manager after restaurant fight

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ANKARA, Turkey (AP) Turkey’s soccer federation says it has parted ways with national team manager Fatih Terim.

The announcement on Wednesday came weeks after Terim and his two sons-in-law were involved in a fight with a restaurant owner.

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The Turkish Football Federation statement said Terim, 63, and the federation agreed that “it would be healthier for both sides to part ways,” saying non-football related issues were harming both Terim and the federation.

It also thanked Terim, who has headed the national team since 2013, for his services.

Terim previously managed Galatasaray, Milan and Fiorentina. There was no word on who would replace him.

BVB mid Merino reportedly undergoing Newcastle medical

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It’s been a wild year for Mikel Merino, and now the Spaniard is close to playing for a legend from his home country.

Merino joined Borussia Dortmund from Osasuna last summer, and the 21-year-old had a hard time getting playing time under Thomas Tuchel.

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A defensive midfielder who also plays center back and a bit further up the pitch, Merino is set to join Rafa Benitez on loan at Newcastle United for the club’s return to the Premier League next month.

Merino was photographed in Newcastle on Wednesday, and would join a central midfield with Jonjo Shelvey and Isaac Hayden. Both players thrived in the Championship last season.

The Magpies turned Christian Atsu‘s loan permanent to start the summer, and then purchased Florian Lejeune, Jacob Murphy, and Javier Manquillo.