Tuesday’s Links

The potential friendly between the US and Iran is not as newsworthy as some that are new to the game may think. The US and Iran played a friendly in 2000 and also had no incidents around the World Cup matchup in 1998. It’s not like England and Ireland are looking to play a friendly.: now that would be news!

The US women crushed Canada last night at BMO Field behind a solid performance especially from the American midfield. Amy Rodriguez continues to shoot blanks from her forward position as she had done in WPS this year, but it didn’t really matter.

The US U-20s beat Costa Rica in Sarasota, FL 2-1 to close out the fourth day of the US Development Academy’s Soccer Showcase.

I am still not sure how exactly any of us lived or covered USL before Brian Quarstad began doing his USL-1 week in review. Here is this week’s information packed edition.

MLS Daily reports that Colombia may call up Freddy Montero. Until recently Colombia has been reluctant to even consider calling up a player from MLS. In the early days of the league several regular national team members played in MLS but since about 2000, the Colombian Federation has written off any player who signed in MLS regardless of age. The latest example was Juan Toja who had featured for Colombia’s youth national teams but was quickly written off after signing with FC Dallas.

Mad About Futbol our sister site has a thought provoking piece about the US Soccer media.

The actual draw is later today but US Open Cup. com tries to predict the Open Cup draw. Inside Minnesota Soccer talks about the new draw format.

Former CSRN show, the Third Half returns this week.

Forza Futbol has a pool on whether former Metrostars midfielder Roberto Donadoni should be retained as the manager of Napoli.

The Michigan Bucks who were featured on MLS Talk a few weeks ago won over the weekend.

Speaking of MLS Talk, our latest podcast, #82 has been released. Phil Schoen, Jeff Rusnak and Brian Zygo are the guests and we here audio clips from Frank Yallop, Brian Ching and Stuart Holden.

Costa Rica fields perhaps their weakest team in qualifying since the US lost in Torrance to the Ticos in 1985. Gonzalo Segaras is part of the squad, but otherwise the team looks substantially weaker on paper than Honduras or Mexico.

Johnny Torres who was the am early pick the 1998 MLS Draft with New England and also a hero for the Miami Fusion with an amazing bicycle kick goal in the 2001 MLS Playoffs scored a hat trick to lead his current amateur side into the 2009 US Open Cup.

Roger Espinoza has been once again called into the Honduran National Team.

The US Open Cup draw and more national team news late this morning ET.