USA to play Australia on June 5

from Soccer Insider

“A week before the Americans’ World Cup opener against England, the United States will play Australia on June 5 at a venue near Johannesburg. Negotiations were completed in recent days. Live TV coverage in both countries is expected.”

…and there’s the third pre-cup friendly I was hoping for.

Jermaine Jones sets World Cup goal

Soccer By Ives is reporting that Jermaine Jones has set a goal of playing in the World Cup with the United States. Jones is still experiencing pain in his leg, but believes he can return in time for the cup. “The World Cup is my goal. I want to jump on this train.”

Read more at Soccer By Ives and Frankfurter Rundschau.

Sebastian Lletget making progress at West Ham

Soccernet has a good article about 17-year-old American Sebastian Lletget, who currently plies his trade at West Ham. Sounds like he’s doing well and could make his debut this year.

According to scout Mike Leigh, West Ham super scout Jimmy Hampson once told him that Lletget is the best 14-year-old to ever play for the famed club. Keep in mind, West Ham has developed, among others, Frank Lampard and Joe Cole.

Read the article here.

Stuart Holden suffers broken leg

Turns out Nigel De Jong’s studs-up challenge was as bad as it looked on TV.

Read more…

Landon Donovan #50 on ESPN list

ESPN placed Soccernet’s list of the top 50 players in the World Cup on their front page this morning.  Landon Donovan came in at #50.

Read more…

Nike officially unveils new USA World Cup kit

I know we’ve been posting a lot about the USA jerseys…but seeing as it has been a popular topic here, I thought I should note that the uniforms have been officially unveiled now.

For more images, see our earlier post.
via Football Shirt Culture.

Ricardo Clark returns to training

Ricardo Clark returned to training for Eintracht Frankfurt on Tuesday. Hopefully, we’ll see him in a match in a couple of weeks. Does this mean he’ll make the roster for the friendly with the Netherlands?