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Talking Shawn Parker: Would you be okay with USMNT nabbing the German?


Quick: name the young German-American hotshot who scored in a Bayern Munich match this season and is eligible to represent the United States.

No, not Julian Green. The other one.

His name is Shawn Parker, and the 21-year-old Mainz forward has had his name mentioned in this space a couple times before, but never at-length. And maybe every other time Green or Gedion Zelalem’s name is raised, you’ll see Parker’s name.

His name’s been one on my mind for a while now, even if it turns out the October goal against Bayern wasn’t all that special, more of a combination of Munich mistakes.

(Though he can also toe-poke nutmeg a keeper).

This isn’t a case for the 2014 World Cup, at least not from me (it’s a month away). As we pointed out the other day, there are more than a few in-form options for Klinsmann in Brazil.

Parker, unlike Green, has been capped at every single level below the full German national team. We’re talking U15-U21, 25 goals in 46 matches for Germany. He’s also played for Mainz (4 goals in 25 matches) and Mainz II (8 goals in 37 matches).

His father was born in the United States, but Parker only lived in the States for less than a year when he was 12. And get this: Parker is the second-oldest of four gifted Parker kids, with his younger brothers representing Germany at the U-17 and U-13 levels. reported that Jurgen Klinsmann has continued to pursue Parker’s allegiance, but it raises an interesting question for American fans. International soccer is a cutthroat game, but would you be 100 percent on board with Parker jumping ship from Germany after spending a decade of development in their ranks?

The easy answer is, “Yes,” but when you flip the script — imagine Amando Moreno skipped US camp to commit for Mexico or El Salvador, or Paul Arriola headed south to where his club ball is played in Mexico? Sure, these guys have spent the majority of their developmental time in the US system, but the choice would be theirs.

Jurgen Klopp announced as new Liverpool manager

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Enough with the speculation and reports already, because it’s finally officially official: Jurgen Klopp has been appointed the newest manager of Liverpool Football Club, the Merseyside club announced on Thursday.

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Klopp will be unveiled to the world at an introductory press conference at Anfield on Friday.

According to early reports, Klopp’s three-year contract could pay him as much as $10 million per season.

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The 48-year-old German has been out of work since stepping down at Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund following a seventh-place finish to the 2014-15 season. Klopp’s seven seasons in charge of Dortmund weren’t without success and silverware, though, as he led Der BVB to back-to-back league titles in 2011 and 2012, a German Cup triumph in 2012 and a UEFA Champions League final appearance in 2013.

PST’s Joe Prince-Wright will be at Anfield on Friday for Klopp’s unveiling, so be sure to follow JPW on Twitter and check back to PST for wall-to-wall coverage of Klopp’s first press conference as Liverpool manager.

Mourinho “working like never before” to turn Chelsea around

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Jose Mourinho got the dreaded much-needed vote of confidence from Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich last weekend, seemingly giving the Portuguese manager a temporary stay of execution despite the Blues’ worst start to a season in 37 years.

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Speaking this week, Mourinho has revealed that while he’s thankful to have been kept on at the club for which he regularly professes his love, he still thinks it was no-brainer for Abramovich. In other words, Mourinho’s not backing down from his incredible, seven-minute rant to one question following Saturday’s defeat to Southampton.

Mourinho, on what he’s doing to turn Chelsea around — quotes from the Guardian:

“It shows the confidence of Abramovich in the manager who has won three Premier League titles with this club. I thank him and I keep working.

“What’s going on? I do not know. The results with Chelsea at the moment have been really bad. I cannot hide that reality, and I don’t want to. And I struggle to find an explanation. But I assure you: I’m working like never before and we will come out of this. And there is also the Champions League that we will not neglect, for certain.”

What did you expect from Mourinho? Well, you know, I should probably be fired, but thanks to Mr. Abramovich for not realizing this and keeping me employed? It’s simultaneously interesting and the least surprising thing ever, though, that Mourinho claims to not know what’s wrong with Chelsea at the moment. Of course he has a theory (or five), and of course he’s “working like never before” to correct it.

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The most fascinating thing about Chelsea’s sluggish start to the season is to see, hear and read Mourinho speaking from a position of powerlessness. Always the clever one, the one dictating where the discussion goes, the one in charge of every press interaction, Saturday’s rant felt like watching a desperate Mourinho grasping for anything by which to pull himself back up.