Happy Wednesday, Mane Landers! We’re only three more days away from the international break ending and Orlando City getting back on the pitch in Sacha Kljestan’s first match against his old side in 2018.
We’ve got plenty of USA-driven news with some updates for this weekend on some notable players, so let’s do this!
USMNT Nips Paraguay in Friendly, 1-0
A young U.S. squad took the pitch in Cary, NC, but looked like a veteran bunch against a young Paraguayan team. The U.S. bossed the midfield and owned possession but fashioned very few clear scoring chances, settling for Bobby Wood’s penalty to win, 1-0. The pass from Marky Delgado that set up the foul against Tyler Adams in the box was worthy of a goal and Wood calmly delivered near the end of a first half in which he sometimes struggled. Adams, Wil Trapp, and Darlington Nagbe all had strong games in the U.S. midfield.
Both Rosell and Spector Out for Saturday
My assumptions on Uri Rosell proved to be true as Orlando City Head Coach Jason Kreis finally admitted the defensive midfielder came into camp with an injury. That is why he’s been out for nearly two months training on his own.
Speaking with Orlando City coach Jason Kreis. Spector is definitely out for Saturday’s match. He also revealed Uri Rosell picked up a knee injury before arriving to training and has been rehabbing that. Suffered a setback last week, he’ll miss Saturday.— Jordan Culver (@JordanCulver) March 27, 2018
As for Jonathan Spector, he has been announced as out for Saturday too as he’s still going through concussion protocol from the match at New York City FC.
World Cup 2026 Bid Books Officially Released
If you are a giant soccer business geek like me, then you’ll be excited to read through the USA/Mexico/Canada bid book just as I am. You can also read through Morocco’s — the only other challenger — as well.
The process will now continue with site visits and bid reviews over the next few months before the decision is made just before the 2018 World Cup. Here's a Guide to the Bidding Process for the 2026 FIFA World Cup™ in case you want to freshen up.
But the date you need to know is June 13, 2018. That’ll be the date when the vote happens to announce who will get to the host the first-ever 48-team event. Fingers crossed!
- If you’re all in for the college soccer discussion, and its relevance, this is a great piece.
- Justin Meram got the start for Iraq in a 1-1 draw vs. Syria and showed off some skill while he was at it:
- Former Orlando City draft pick Sidney Rivera has started a podcast.
- The Pride were involved in the NWSL Goal of the Week. Just not in the way you wanted. But kudos to Utah Royals for a fantastic strike:
- Champions League looks to change the transfer rules to allow players who have previously played for another side in the tournament to play for their current club.
That's it for me today! Hope to see many of you out this Saturday at 1 p.m. as we get back to seeing the team in action. Cheers!