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Gulati quizzed on Klinsmann; Report claims Arena as fallback

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Don’t lose these three Tweets in the social media hurricane that is the aftermath of the United States men’s national team’s 4-0 loss to Costa Rica in World Cup qualifying.

While most expect Jurgen Klinsmann to hang onto his job despite the 0-2 start to the Hex, the final round of World Cup qualifying for CONCACAF, reports say US Soccer may have had a fallback plan if the Yanks lost tonight.

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The Washington Post’s Steven Goff says US Soccer lined up LA Galaxy coach Bruce Arena to help stop the bleeding should the Americans fall to Costa Rica, which they did in embarrassing fashion.

And Sports Illustrated’s Grant Wahl has a quote from Sunil Gulati which definitely leaves the future open for discussion, saying they’d talk with Klinsmann after thinking through the loss.

Finally, intrepid New York Times reporter Sam Borden said Gulati told him that the loss could’ve changed his feelings on the project, though the reporter still feels Klinsmann will stick around.

Report: USMNT’s Kitchen could be in Denmark or Germany within weeks

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Steven Goff has been all over the Perry Kitchen saga at DC United, and the Washington Post reporter spilled some more beans on Tuesday.

Kitchen, 23, has been unable to agree to a big-money contract with DC despite being offered a hefty raise and is being ticketed for a move to Europe.

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And now Goff is reporting that it’s a two-team race between a Danish power and a league that houses several USMNT hopefuls.

Kitchen would theoretically be behind Danish vice captain William Kvist at Copenhagen, and joining a 2.Bundesliga side with promotion hopes could be a quick route to the top-tier. Kvist, oddly enough, was rumored for Philadelphia last season.

Also in Germany’s second flight? Terrence Boyd is at RB Leipzig, Bobby Wood is at Union Berlin, Andrew Wooten is at Sandhausen, and ex-U.S. U-20 man Caleb Stanko is at Freiburg.

It’s fairly clear that Kitchen wants to ply his trade overseas, and we’d like to see more established players stick their feet in the water if it means a clear upgrade in competition level with legit hopes for playing time.

Arena tears into MLS hierarchy in must-read Washington Post interview

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Washington Post writer Steven Goff got blood and guts from Los Angeles Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena in an interview published Monday.

Those wondering how Arena felt about losing out on a deal to acquire Anderlecht playmaker Sacha Kljestan will have no doubts following his vitriol-laced reply to Goff’s questions.

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Enough from us, though, here’s Bruce.

From The Washington Post’s Soccer Insider blog:

What happened with the possible Kljestan deal from Anderlecht? You seemed all set to sign him.

“We had a trade in place. We had budget room and space to be able to do it. We had all of our ducks in a row. We were positioned to sign a player. I won’t go into detail and just say forces within the league worked real hard to make sure that didn’t happen.”

Why?

“Because they are children and there have to be adults in the process, and we didn’t have enough of them. I think we are back into the old days in the league when the rules are somewhat arbitrary. Hopefully we will get that straightened out in the offseason.”

You traded defender Kofi Opare to D.C. for a high position in the allocation order with the intent to sign Kljestan, right?

“We were going to add a player.”

And boom goes the dynamite.

Arena is angry, and it makes sense. The league’s rules have been a little, well, difficult to understand. Some would say they play loose with them. And if you want to read Arena’s thoughts on Jermaine Jones ending up in New England instead of his reportedly-preferred destination of Chicago, you should definitely head inside.

Sorting through the most recent DaMarcus Beasley-to-MLS reports

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Washington Post’s Steven Goff continues to beat the drum for the imminent return of DaMarcus Beasley to Major League Soccer, and now the reporter has more or less ruled out four clubs.

Meanwhile, Beasley spent the weekend attending an Indy Eleven game and celebrating “DaMarcus Beasley Day” in his hometown of Fort Wayne, Ind., where he was honored for becoming the first American to appear in four World Cups.

Beasley, 32, was put up for sale by Puebla in May after a frustrating season that saw him and his teammates protest a lack of paychecks. He then showed up for Jurgen Klinsmann’s USMNT squad with a World Cup performance that was solid, perhaps adequate at worst.

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And after Tweeting on Monday that Beasley’s return to MLS was coming, Goff has eliminated four teams from the sweepstakes. One of those teams is his last stop in MLS, Chicago, where he left for PSV Eindhoven in 2004.

Beasley would almost certainly be a Designated Player — even at his age, he’s coming off a well-paying Mexican gig — but his destination is less concrete. Remember: just because a team has a player you like at his position doesn’t mean they don’t consider Beasley an upgrade.

The winger/back told the Fort Wayne News Sentinel that he would “literally play almost anywhere.”

That said, in addition to Goff’s four teams, feel relatively safe in casting aside the teams with three DPs already: Portland, Seattle, Dallas, Toronto, Los Angeles, Chivas USA.

Goff said Beasley might not be slated for allocation, but if he did things would likely be spicy in the trade market. With Toronto holding the No. 1 spot in allocation and three DPs, it would seem likely GM Tim Bezbatchenko would trade his priority slot.

Columbus sits second, but has promising Waylon Francis at left back and Michael Parkhurst next to him. If Beasley, as he’s quipped, is going to make it hard on Klinsmann to deny him an ‘improbable’ 2018 World Cup slot, then it would make sense for DB to play, well, LB.

Montreal could see Beasley move into the lineup ahead of Krzystztof Krol and San Jose might see him as an upgrade over fellow 32-year-old Jordan Stewart. Chicago could use him but the Fire seem to think he’s too pricey.

Arsenal’s Zelalem becoming a U.S. citizen could be a good sign, right?

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As quietly as you can report a story that a Premier League starlet could be finding his way into the red, white and blue of the USMNT, The Washington Post reported that Gedion Zelalem was in the United States to become a naturalized citizen this weekend.

Zelalem, 17, surprisingly turned down a call-up to the Germany U-17 team in late March, and Stephen Goff reports that Zelalem was set to pick up his US passport.

From WaPo:

At the time, Arsenal said Zelalem withdrew in order to concentrate on his work with the club’s under-21s. That may well have been true, but international eligibility also seemed to have played into the decision.

Zelalem is eligible for a U.S. passport through the Child Citizenship Act of 2000, which “serves to facilitate the acquisition of U.S. citizenship of the foreign-born children of U.S. citizens – both biological and adopted – who did not acquire citizenship at birth.”

In other words, because he is under age 18, he would automatically become a citizen when his father becomes a citizen. His father, Zelalem Wolydes, was a medical technician in the Washington area, and despite joining his son in London, maintained U.S. permanent residency. At some point, he began pursuing citizenship. His application has apparently been approved, and both arrived in Washington in recent days to finalize the process.

He committed his future to Arsenal earlier this year with his first pro contract, and has had plenty of big name folks singing his praises.