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Can Timothy Chandler make a late World Cup roster dash?


It still deserves viewing as a “longshot,” but perhaps Timothy Chandler could make a late dash at a U.S. World Cup roster spot, afterall.

It’s a longshot because U.S. coaches and staff long ago tired of Chandler’s lack of maturity and inability to become the kind of consummate professional the game’s highest level demands. Embracing that ultimate professionalism has been a cornerstone of Jurgen Klinsmann’s comprehensive national team advancement efforts.

But … Steve Cherundolo’s ongoing injury struggles, attached to the ongoing inability for any of the challengers to put a lock on the right back spot, means Chandler might still have a wedge into the conversation.

And he does seem to be doing well lately. Chandler was named to Kicker Online’s Bundesliga Team of the Week after scoring last week in Nuremberg’s 4-0 win over Hoffenheim. That was for Week 18; if you click on the “Spieltag” tab and go to Week 17, you’ll see that this is Chandler’s second week in a row to appear on Kicker’s team of the week.

VIDEO: Slovakian match interrupted by… a train

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It is one of those moments when you rub your eyes and say, “wait a minute, what!?”

During an amateur game in Slovakia, incredible footage showing an old-school steam train motoring past the main stand of TJ Tatran Cierny Balog’s home match has gone viral.

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Now, we know of stadiums being close to ports, airports and main highways but this is something else.

Watch the video above to see it all happen, as the game becomes secondary to a majestic steam train yards away from spectators and the pitch.

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Bonus: I enjoy that the players on the pitch have no interest whatsoever at the scenes playing out around them. Good focus, lads. Also, that one spectator at the front right of the stand is so happy to get his wish of the whistle being blown on the train, isn’t he?

Official Klopp merchandise you need to see

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 09:  Jurgen Klopp arrives to be unveiled as the new manager of Liverpool FC at a press conference at Anfield on October 9, 2015 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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Liverpool have gone all out with the Jurgen Klopp themed merchandise and you have to applaud the Anfield outfit for the speed at which it was available.

On the same day that Klopp was unveiled in the Centenary Stand at Anfield — check out my behind-the-scenes observations from a special day on Merseyside — the club shop was already offering mugs, t-shirts and mouse mats with Klopp’s cartoon image on them.

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The best was perhaps this shirt in the first picture below, as the slogan simply reads “The Normal One” as that was how Klopp announced himself in his first press conference as Liverpool boss when asked for a comparison to Jose Mourinho’s infamous “Special One” tag on his opening day as a Premier League manager.

Optimism levels around Klopp’s arrival at Anfield are going through the roof, and the 48-year-old former Borussia Dortmund coach certainly said all the right things during his unveiling.

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Take a peek at the merchandise below to see what’s on offer as the German coach tries to bring in a new era of success at Anfield. And hey, if it he doesn’t bring success on the pitch, surely income from merchandise sales will get a boost…