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23 February 8:22 pm

Did you hear about the email that Celtic sent out to its fans today? In a nutshell they are encouraging their fans in the Seattle area to turn out to the Sounders' upcoming CONCACAF Champions League match and root against the home team and for Santos Laguna, their sister club. Sounds crazy, I know, but just to prove I'm not lying here's an excerpt from the email:

 

"Celtic's partner club, Santos Laguna, will face MLS outfit Seattle Sounders in the CONCACAF Champions League quarter-finals at the start of March.

And Celtic fans in the area are being urged to come out and support the Mexican side, who now also include former Bhoy, Marc Crosas, among their ranks, as they aim to advance to the last four of the competition.

The Seattle district, of course, is home to a sizable Celtic support which was in evidence when the Hoops took on the Sounders in recent pre-season tours of North America.

While it may not be the Hoops from Glasgow in action, the club is asking supporters to turn-up and give the Los Guerreros some green and white backing from the stands."

 

Now there may be MLS cities where this tactic might work to bring out a few more bodies for the opposition but, let's be honest here, Seattle probably isn't one of them. Asking Seattlites to come out and root against the Sounders is akin to...hell, I don't know. I'm not sure there is a scenario out there that is preposterous enough for me to draw comparison with it.

Seriously, what are Celtic playing at here? After all, this is club that has played in Jet City four times, including three matches in the last 9 years, so it's not like Seattle is a market for which they hold no ambition. If they've made any new friends among the Sounders' sizable fanbase in the last few years they may have just broken up with them with this move. Are the Bhoys burning a bridge in the Emerald City? Or are they fanning the flames of rivalry for their next visit?

23 February 11:57 am

This is a big year for Brek Shea and the rest of the young Olympic hopefuls. So it makes sense that they are fighting tooth and nail to show coach Caleb Porter that they belong in the squad.

Shea probably doesn't have to go so hard as to get a red card in a friendly against his own club team, though. At least he snagged a goal to make up for it. Check out the highlights:

22 February 7:50 pm

According to the website of FC Nordsjælland, Michael Parkhurst has been called in to the US national team for next week's friendly against Italy. At least, I think that's what it says - I don't speak Danish, and Google Translate is only so helpful.

Anyway, Parkhurst being tabbed by Jurgen Klinsmann isn't much of a surprise, seeing as the one-time Rev put in two fairly strong showings against Panama and Venezuela last month, and the US is now paper-thin in central defense thanks to the Oguchi Onyewu injury.

Who else will join him? Here's my best guess:

GK: Tim Howard (Everton), Brad Guzan (Aston Villa)

D: Parkhurst, Geoff Cameron (Houston Dynamo), Tim Ream (Bolton Wanderers), Carlos Bocanegra (Glasgow Rangers), Timothy Chandler (FC Nürnberg), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96), Heath Pearce (Chivas USA)

MF: Michael Bradley (Chievo Verona), Maurice Edu (Glasgow Rangers), Jermaine Jones (Schalke 04), Danny Williams (1899 Hoffenheim), Fabian Johnson (1899 Hoffenheim), Jose Francisco Torres (Pachuca), Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla)

F: Clint Dempsey (Fulham), Jozy Altidore (AZ Alkmaar), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)

Note that this isn't my roster, just the roster I think Klinsmann will call. Also bear in mind that injuries have plagued Kyle Beckerman (recently) and Zak Whitbread (forever), otherwise the first would be a lock and the second would get a look.

The two young American-born left backs in England - Danny Potts of West Ham and Adam Henley of Blackburn Rovers - are expected to be with the youth squads of England and Wales, respectively. And neither's really ready for a spot with any full national team, anyway. Pearce, meanwhile, was pretty solid last month, and needs another look at the spot.

Up top it was a coin flip between LA's Edson Buddle and Wondolowski for the third forward slot, so I ended up going with Wondo. Hush-hush reports out of camp say that Klinsmann's staff were very happy with the San Jose man's ability to create chances - though, like the rest of us, they're still waiting for him to finish a couple.

The big omissions for me are (and will be, unless things have changed) Sacha Kljestan and Benny Feilhaber. I've said all I have to say about that elsewhere, so we'll leave it at that.

10 February 3:49 pm

Welcome to the Depth Chart, a shallow look at the hot topics currently dominating the American soccer conversation. A story's RANK indicates its size, while its BUZZ (thumbs up, or down, or both) reflects its sentiment. Scroll beneath the image for links to the articles referenced within.

This week, familiar themes populate the Depth Chart: trades, the USMNT and yet another big LA acquistion.

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02 February 2:53 pm

 

En la “Twittermósfera” hemos recibido varios comentarios tildando a Gales y a Bosnia-Herzegovina – próximos rivales de México en su gira por Estados Unidos – como equipos no dignos de enfrentar al Tri. Lee la nota del anuncio AQUÍ

¿Dónde está Italia, Alemania y España? Bla bla bla…

La verdad del caso es que estos dos equipos ofrecen gran competencia para los del Chepo de la Torre, o pregúntenle a Gio Dos Santos, que semana tras semana tiene que ver desde la banca como el galés Gareth Bale deslumbra a la Liga Premier con el Tottenham. Además de Bale, considerado uno de los mejores laterales en el mundo actualmente, Gales cuenta con dos figuras de la EPL que cualquier selección en Norteamérica quisiera tener: Craig Bellamy (Liverpool) y Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal).

Por su parte, Bosnia-Herzegovina tiene su carta de gol en nada más ni nada menos que Edin Dzeko del Manchester City, un jugador que ha anotado cuatro goles más que Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernández esta temporada .

Contener a este tipo de jugadores va a ser todo un reto para la zaga mexicana. De la Torre no comete el error de mirar con desdén a nadie y por eso le va bien…

Los dejo con esta: Bale, un volante, también ha anotado más goles que el Chicharito en la EPL esta temporada.

Dzeko, 11 goles

Bale, 9 goles

Hernandez, 7 goles

Craig Bellamy, 6 goles