The new year is still more than a week away, but we will learn quite a bit about the new year for American soccer after a pair of announcements later today.
The U.S. Men's national team will unveil its roster for next month's training camp in Carson, California, a roster of close to 30 players made up mainly of MLS players and Scandinavian-based players. Meanwhile, Major League Soccer will release the schedule of home openers for all 18 teams playing in 2011.
The U.S. camp roster will tell us which MLS players impressed head coach Bob Bradley enough to merit a lengthy look during a three-week training camp that will culminate in the team's Jan. 22nd friendly against Chile. I projected the squad two weeks ago and I can't say I see it being much different. One thing to note is that the upcoming roster may not be as large as the 30-man roster called into camp a year ago.
In MLS, the league will unveil home openers for all teams and it's a safe bet the long-rumored Seattle Sounders-Vancouver Whitecaps season opener in Vancouver (NOT Seattle-Portland in Portland) will be the marquee opener of the bunch. It will be interesting to see who Portland faces in its home opener and when that home opener takes place.
Here are some other notes to get your Monday going:
Beckham wants another loan move
Los Angeles Galaxy star David Beckham has spent the past two winters on loan to AC Milan and is now saying he would like another winter loan to help him stay fit and in the picture for the English national team.
Beckham won't be going back to Milan, and would only return to the Premier League to play for Manchester United, which will limit his options for a short loan.
Beckham's desire for a loan is a bit surprising considering his loan with Milan last spring ended in him suffering a torn Achilles that forced him to miss the 2010 World Cup and most of the MLS season. The Galaxy aren't exactly in position to deny Beckham's desire for a loan move given the fact Beckham is entering the final year of his MLS contract.
A Beckham loan for the remainder of the European season would also free up considerable salary cap space for the Galaxy, but the club is reportedly still wary of letting the 35-year-old Beckham go on loan again.
Wolverhampton reportedly eyes Findley
U.S. national team striker Robbie Findley is out of contract and seeking European club options and one English club has been identified as a possible destination.
The Daily Mail is reporting that Wolverhampton is eyeing a bid for Findley. The report doesn't offer much in the way of details so it's tough to tell the validity of it, but it would certainly be a surprising move for a striker who has struggled badly for the better part of the last year.
The Portland Timbers will be watching the situation closely after having acquired Findley's rights in last month's MLS Expansion Draft.
Who are you hoping gets called in for the USMNT camp? Who would you like your team to play its MLS home opener against? Think Beckham should go on loan again, or think he's crazy for still wanting to play for England?
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