June 1, 2007

Friday's Dust

- Luis over at Sideline Views has found out that Chivas USA's Brad Guzan and Jonathan Bornstein will be two of the 8-12 players that Bob Bradley is planning on taking to both the Gold Cup and Copa America. Add that to the probably absence of Sacha Kljestan during this summer's U-20 World Cup in Canada, and it could be a long summer for the goats.

- Houston has loaned out former U-20 international Patrick Ianni to the California Victory of USL-1. Ianni played the full 90 on Wednesday in California's 1-1 draw against Charleston.

- We'll get a chance to see some young guys get their shot when the USA takes on China on Saturday night. With only 3 forwards (Kamani Hill of Wolfsburg, Charlie Davies of Hammarby and Ante Razov of Chivas USA), I'd expect Razov to start either up front by himself or with one of the other two strikers. Let's just hope Razov doesn't have a stellar game to put himself back in the NT discussion.

- All of the action in the USL First Division this weekend is taking place east of the Rockies, meaning no late night games for us on the East Coast. The highlight of the action is the Canadian derby between Vancouver and Montreal, on FSC tonight.


Longshoe said...

Great move by Houston to loan Ianni out to the Victory. I liked Ianni at the last U20 World Cup, but then he was injured as he came to the Dynamo. He's not able to force his way into the Houston squad, so loaning him out to get valuable experience makes complete sense.

More MLS teams should do this with young talent that isn't quite ready for prime time. It's pretty common in other leagues, and the level of play in the USL is good enough to stretch these guys.

Even if it's just a short term loan, it's something that should be pursued more often.

joemybro said...

Got to agree with Shoe. Why DC doesn't lend more guys to Richmond and, oops, I was going to say VA Beach, I don't know. It's not like getting them back on short notice would be an issue.