Thursday's soccer news starts with Christian Pulisic. The USMNT star is trying to help push his club Borussia Dortmund into contention in the Bundesliga. It hasn't been easy. Though Dortmund is currently 3rd in the table as they wait for the Bundesliga schedule to resume, they're tied on 28 points with the three teams behind them. Weston McKennie's Schalke is just ahead with 30 points and Bayern Munich is in the lead with 41 points from 17 games played.
Borussia Dortmund has already switched coaches this season. Former Ajax coach Peter Bosz was fired on December 10, replaced by experienced Bundesliga coach Peter Stoger. That decision still needs games to show that it was the right one. Borussia Dortmund's Bundesliga season resumes on Sunday at home to Wolfsburg.
Pulisic spoke to ESPN's Raphael Honigstein about club and country in a wide-ranging interview from Borussia Dortmund's training camp in Spain that also addressed the situation with the USMNT and American soccer in general.
"I've come into a bigger role with the national team in the US, but I think the environment I'm in here definitely helps," Pulisic said. "Just being a good team player with this team, just being a piece of a puzzle is really important for me. I think that has allowed me to have some success with the national team individually. But yeah: I'm still trying to figure it all out."
Also in the soccer news, US Soccer announced that Dom Dwyer will miss the January camp with a hamstring injury. Soccer America's Mike Woitalla talks to Brad Rothenberg, the co-founder of the Alianza de Futbol program that discovered Jonathan Gonzalez. SBI Soccer's Ryan Tolmich has Mexico director of national teams Dennis te Kloese predicting that the program will attract more dual nationals. FourFourTwo's Sam Stejskal asks a fundamental question about the New York Red Bulls. The Cincinnati Enquirer's Patrick Brennan doesn't expect a quick announcement about MLS expansion. The Indianapolis Star's Dakota Crawford reports on Indy Eleven moving leagues from the NASL to the USL.
Inside World Football's Andrew Warshaw reports on the Austrian judicial system looking into a FIFA payment from 2015. Pro Soccer Talk's Andy Edwards has Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger's mixed feelings over VAR. FourFourTwo's Michael Cox makes the case for five underappreciated Premier League managers. The NY Times' Rory Smith talks to former Disney CEO now Portsmouth FC chairman Michael Eisner. The Guardian's Stuart James asks about the lack of mid-table obscurity in the Premier League. Bundesliga Fanatic's Mathew Burt on Germany's left back selection issue.
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