A back injury kept Bobby Wood from United States men’s national team camp, but the Hamburg striker has been feeling good about the side’s World Cup fortunes since before the big win over Honduras. Speaking with Hamburg’s team magazine, Wood gave a sprawling interview on his career and time with the national team. Wood praised Arena for scouting in Germany, saying the USMNT boss is a quiet coach who has his own style of playing, one that will prod the Yanks into the World Cup. But the 24-year-old Hawaii-born striker saved his fondest words for ex-coach Jurgen Klinsmann, essentially calling him a career-saver. From HSV live (translated from German): He’s very important to me. I believe if Jürgen
ST. LOUIS • Major League Soccer’s commissioner said he’s “confident” St. Louis will get a team in the league’s four-team expansion, if voters approve financing for a stadium Tuesday. “I’m very confident that if we’re able to go forward here, all that energy behind bringing MLS to St. Louis for many many years will be fulfilled,” Garber said Monday at a news conference here. “But we still have work to do.” Garber was referring to the expansion process, which includes bids from St. Louis and 11 other communities around the country. Two of the four new franchises are expected to be announced later this year. Garber appeared in St. Louis a week before city voters will decide on Proposition 2, which
Perhaps the only thing worse than essentially meaningless international football is the conveniently timed surge in transfer speculation. Arguably the biggest story which fits into that category is of Isco contemplating a €20m offer from Barcelona to see out his contract at Real Madrid and join them on a free transfer in 2018. Isco once wore a Barcelona shirt and said Ronaldinho, Xavi and Iniesta were players he admired a lot growing up.