Good morning! We’ve gathered all the latest news and links from around the world to bring you a one-stop-shop for updates on the United States’ Men’s & Women’s National Teams. Let’s get to it:
Dortmund refuse to allow Reyna to travel Northern Ireland
Borussia Dortmund have refused to release multiple players, taking advantage of FIFA’s ruling stating that clubs are not compelled to do so because of the pandemic. This includes Gio Reyna who will miss the USMNT friendly vs Northern Ireland on March 28th.
It appears Josh Sargent will also miss that match, but will play vs Jamaica
Werder Bremen taking a stance on releasing players. Only where a direct flight is possible, no stopovers. Also #USMNT striker Josh Sargent can play against Jamaica in Austria. But Northern Ireland (listed as a German government “Mutationsgebiet”) is no go. https://t.co/b1R0BTYMA7— Derek Rae (@RaeComm) March 16, 2021
Grant Wahl reports Ajax & PSV have joined the race for Matthew Hoppe
Hearing Ajax & PSV have entered the race for a summer signing of Schalke's US forward Matthew Hoppe, who's also drawing interest from several top clubs in England & Germany as well.— Grant Wahl (@GrantWahl) March 16, 2021
Hoppe’s mom shared her thoughts about it, before deleting the tweet.
ICYMI: Efrain Alvarez will play with Mexico this month, but has not made a decision about his future yet.
Reports surfaced recently that Efrain Alvarez is being called for national team's March friendlies. Some folks assumed it means he's committing to— Ives Galarcep (@SoccerByIves) March 15, 2021
I'm told Alvarez has NOT made a final MNT decision, so #USMNT still has a shot.
Green “doing very well” after being out with COVID-19
Julian Green was out with a positive test for COVID-19, but on Monday his manager said he may be ready to go.
Pulisic will start vs. Atletico ‘if Thomas Tuchel is smart’
Hercules Gomez weighs in on Christian Pulisic’s playing time ahead of Chelsea FC’s Uefa Champions League match on Wednesday.
U.S. Soccer has opportunity to be a world leader in equal pay
Megan Rapino on why the US Soccer Federation could, and should, lead the world in the right direction by agreeing to equal pay.
Marsch: Celtic links are ‘an honor’
RB Salzburg’s Jesse Marsch is being linked to Celtic as a possible replacement at head coach. The American is happy to hear his name mentioned and said the job is, of course, “interesting”.
Top 5 new homegrowns to watch in 2021
The best of all the fresh new faces of homegrown talent in Major League Soccer to keep an eye on this season. Including Sporting KC’s Grayson Barber, who scored this weird goal.
U-23’s focused on not repeating mistakes of past
The United States’ U-23 squad is well aware of the troubles the team has had with Olympic qualifying. The Americans have missed three of the last four Olympics, but are determined to avoid repeating the same mistakes.
The Greatest USWNT Players of All Time
This is a fun list to run through. Scurry, Hamm, Akers, and all the greats are there. Plus some current faces like Rapinoe & Becky Sauerbrunn.
MLS Players with the most to prove in Olympic qualifying
Djordje Mihailovic, Benji Michel, & Sam Vines all have a lot to prove in the coming months, but for different reasons.