Credit Everton manager Roberto Martinez for candor. He has no hesitation in citing the loan market as a benefit for his club. That might sound odd for a team that finished 5th in the Premier League in 2013-14, but that’s one of the differences between having a real budget and the luxury of spending freely on players.
In Friday’s work week ending edition of the soccer news, we also get a variety of perspectives on the USMNT as they head into Saturday’s final World Cup warm-up friendly against Nigeria (6pm ET – ESPN).
“The loan market will be important again. I have always felt loans are a real need in our squad, and we welcome that. You look back at the last experience we had with loans was very, very significant in what they brought into the squad.” Everton manager Roberto Martinez.
- USMNT – Nigeria in the final World Cup Send-Off Series friendly.
- Jurgen Klinsmann making the media rounds.
- France’s Frank Ribery will miss the World Cup.
- Cristiano Ronaldo out against Mexico on Friday night.
- The last weekend of the regular MLS schedule before the World Cup break.
Jurgen Klinsmann: USA football team needs more accountability to fans – from The Guardian’s Graham Parker: Klinsmann does this a lot – grin.
After controversy, Chandler focuses on the U.S. – from ESPN FC’s “I only wanted to play for the USA,” he said.
Toronto FC thrilled to add speedy, versatile winger Dominic Oduro to arsenal of weapons – from MLSsoccer.com’s Armen Bedakian: “Pace always helps, doesn’t it,” Nelsen said.
Like Bayern or Dortmund? Germany’s dilemma – from BBC Sport’s Patrick Strasser: But they are separated by the style of play they know from their clubs.
Magical Lionel Messi can gatecrash Brazil’s party for Argentina – from The Telegraph’s Henry Winter: Argentina have a straightforward group stage….
Ivan Gazidis claims club ARE ‘deep in conversations’ to bring in new players this summer – from The Independent’s Jack de Menezes: with moves for both defenders and striker likely as well as a second-choice goalkeeper.
The World Cup: Continental Divide – from The Wall Street Journal’s Matthew Futterman: “Everyone in our country wants to see Brazil win.”
Where History is a Penalty – from Open Magazine’s Simon Kuper: a football World Cup is probably the most difficult sports tournament to predict.
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