Some Monday morning hitters for you as we are now just a mere 185 day from World Cup 2010!
• Turkey fans, USMNT fans and other nattie team fans can now focus somewhere else: Supercoach Guus Hiddink (who has coached Lee Nguyen and DaMarcus Beasley among other Americans) is staying put with Russia, according to reports, and will be in South Africa next June as a spectator only.
• The US looks to be angling for a Northern Ireland friendly on the frontend or backend of their Netherlands jaunt. Why perhaps? Back in April of this year, the North Irelanders clamped down on Slovenia 1-0 at home. Share some info, gauge your team. Good work, if it materializes, U.S. Soccer.
• And lest we don’t find room to mention it later, a hearty backslap to USMNT 2010 hopeful Jay DeMerit who made the 18 for Watford Saturday. Atta’boy Jay!