Former USMNT striker Eric Wynalda claims the United States wasn’t attacking enough in its World Cup, and actually had to be cautioned to calm down after dropping an S-bomb during an appearance on “The Dan Patrick Show”.
“This is a boxing match that was fifteen rounds and we went the first 10 rounds with one arm tied behind our backs,” Wynalda said.
Wynalda also referenced his being benched against Brazil in the 1994 World Cup in a “Glory Days” moment that is incomparable and very regrettable. The U.S. lost that game 1-0, by the way.
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When asked about Klinsmann moving forward, Wynalda called him “almost un-American.”
“The whole country is singing this song, ‘I Believe’, and the only guy who didn’t believe was Jurgen,” Wynalda said. “That’s hard on the players, all the people in this country who are really ready to get behind this sport… That’s just almost un-American.”
As an analyst, he liked the move of Geoff Cameron to midfield, but said the No. 1 problem was Michael Bradley playing out of position.
Personal opinion: the take was clown shoes. Wynalda sounded like a sour grapes guy who was looking for another reason to rip on Jurgen Klinsmann and not the players or mismatches.
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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.