Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: USMNT to send youth to Portugal friendly

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As anticipated, the USMNT will send a roster full of young players to face Portugal in their friendly next Tuesday. Indeed, many of the names won't look too familiar to the casual fan. Alejandro Bedoya is the elder statesman of the group with 65 caps. He is one of only nine players with more than 10 caps overall. Five will be looking for their first appearance with the senior team, including U-17 standout Josh Sargent. Here's the full roster, complete with each players international caps and goals:

Goalkeepers: Jesse Gonzalez (FC Dallas; 0/0), Bill Hamid (Midtjylland; 3/0), Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge; 1/0)

Defenders: John Brooks (Wolfsburg; 32/3), Cameron Carter-Vickers (Sheffield United; 0/0), Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest; 13/1), Matt Miazga (Vitesse; 3/1), Tim Ream (Fulham; 26/1), Jorge Villafana (Santos Laguna; 14/0), DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United; 48/0)

Midfielders: Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas; 16/1), Tyler Adams (New York Red Bulls; 0/0), Alejandro Bedoya (Philadelphia Union; 65/2), Lynden Gooch (Sunderland; 2/0), Weston McKennie (Schalke; 0/0), Kelyn Rowe (New England Revolution; 3/1), Danny Williams (Huddersfield Town; 22/2)

Forwards: Juan Agudelo (New England Revolution; 26/3), Dom Dwyer (Orlando City; 3/2), C.J. Sapong (Philadelphia Union; 2/0), Josh Sargent (Werder Bremen; 0/0)

Toronto FC will appeal Jozy Altidore's red card from Sunday's second leg fracas with New York Red Bulls. Altidore and NYRB's Sacha Kljestan were sent off following a fight in the tunnel after the first half. They say the Red Bulls were disgraceful and never should have been near Toronto's locker room at the break. As it stands Altidore will miss the first leg of the upcoming Eastern Conference Final against Columbus.

New England Revolution have their new coach. They have lured former USMNT goalkeeper Brad Friedel down from the broadcast booth to guide their team into 2018. This will be his first head coaching job after spending a playing career with Columbus Crew, Tottenham, Blackburn Rovers, and Aston Villa. He was the keeper during the USA's run to the quarterfinals of the 2002 World Cup as well.

Finally, LA Galaxy left back Robbie Rogers announced his retirement yesterday. Rogers was a fairly average soccer player, but he will always be known as the first openly gay male athlete in American sports. Rogers came out in 2013 after he left Leeds United and announced a brief retirement. He would return to the game with the Galaxy three months later. He came on as a substitute on May 26, 2013, becoming the first openly gay player to appear in a major American sport.

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