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Thursday kickaround: Edu injury, USA roster, Under-20 guest coaches, MLS honor, TV listings

By Steve Goff

*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 Expect a mix of European-based players who aren't regulars for their clubs, secondary Euros, and MLS players no longer active this season.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,
Sudamericana, Avai-Goias 5 p.m. Fox Deportes
Sudamericana, Independiente-Tolica 7:30 p.m. Fox Deportes

By Steve Goff  | 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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Ahhhh Scottish soccer. If ye canna kick the man give the ball a try. I think that's a Robery Burns quote.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | November 11, 2010 9:29 AM | Report abuse


Any snippets on the search for a new DC United coach? It's been so quiet I find myself wondering if they are even looking.


Posted by: edmundburke247 | November 11, 2010 9:32 AM | Report abuse

Thank a Veteran today.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | November 11, 2010 9:43 AM | Report abuse

Great idea to expose our young guns to Esky and Jaime. Both of them possessed excellent striking technique, and could create their own opportunities. Hopefully, they can impart the knowledge early so we don't have to rely on brawn alone.

Posted by: UnitedDemon1 | November 11, 2010 9:55 AM | Report abuse

Hope Edu is alright. Otherwise he's going to have more time playing COD Black Ops than he bargained for...

Speaking of United, video games, and US under 20's... I've really enjoyed using Conor Shanosky in FIFA 11 these days. As much as I like Clyde Simms I'm looking forward to seeing Conor's progress in REAL life. :)

Posted by: DadRyan | November 11, 2010 10:20 AM | Report abuse

The only thing I've seen on the DCU coaching search is that they've interviewed Sonny Silooy. He's a former Ajax and Dutch international player. Coached Ajax youth for a couple of years, and was hired last year by FC Twente to coach a US PDL start-up they had in Dayton. For a guy with virtually no coaching resume, he seems to be well-regarded.

Posted by: fischy | November 11, 2010 10:38 AM | Report abuse

I know the fields the U20s will be training on at KSU, any chance those sessions might be open to the public?

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | November 11, 2010 10:41 AM | Report abuse


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