Thursday kickaround: Edu injury, USA roster, Under-20 guest coaches, MLS honor, TV listings
*American midfielder Maurice Edu will soon learn the extent of damage to his left knee, an injury suffered late in the first half of Rangers' loss to Hibernian on Wednesday. "Fingers crossed," he wrote on his Twitter page.
*Even if he hadn't gotten hurt, Edu probably wasn't going to be selected to the USA roster for next Wednesday's friendly at South Africa because of his demanding club calendar. Bob Bradley's selections will be unveiled at 1 p.m. ET today. Expect a mix of European-based players who aren't regulars for their clubs, secondary Euros, and MLS players no longer active this season.
*The USA under-20 squad will open training camp in the Atlanta area next week with two guest assistant coaches: D.C. United legend Jaime Moreno and former MLS striker Alecko Eskandarian. Esky, sidelined by head injuries, is a full-time student and volunteer assistant at the University of Virginia. Moreno has yet to decide whether to continue playing, accept a youth academy position with United or pursue other opportunities. "Hopefully in the next couple of weeks I will have an idea what the future holds," he told the Insider.
*MLS will name the coach of the year this morning. The finalists are New York's Hans Backe, Dallas' Schellas Hyndman and Real Salt Lake's Jason Kreis. My choice: Hyndman.
For today's TV listings.....
*Soccer on TV:
Italy, Parma-Sampdoria 2:30 p.m. Fox Soccer Channel, ESPN3.com
Sudamericana, Avai-Goias 5 p.m. Fox Deportes
Sudamericana, Independiente-Tolica 7:30 p.m. Fox Deportes
| November 11, 2010; 8:16 AM ET
Categories: Americans Abroad, College Soccer, D.C. United, MLS, Scotland, TV, U.S. men's national team | Tags: MLS, Maurice Edu
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