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FUEL Soccer Talk: USMNT tops Panama; Donovan heading indoors; Boyd to Toronto FC?

Kicking off the week by catching up on some news! 

USMNT begin Berhalter era with 3-0 win over Panama

Gregg Berhalter’s debut is in the books and it’s firmly placed in the win column.
The U.S. Men’s National Team defeated Panama 3-0 on Sunday, Jan. 27 in Berhalter’s first game as coach. The U.S. scored the win during a friendly at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Ariz.
Berhalter’s first National Team lineup featured mostly players from Major League Soccer, which opens the season March 2. Missing from the U.S. roster were several European-based players including Christian Pulisic, Weston McKinnie, Tim Weah and Tyler Adams.
The USMNT out-shot Panama 17-10 and owned a 66 to 34 percent time of possession advantage.
Opening the scoring in the first half was Djordje Mihailovic, who scored in the 40th minute of his USMNT debut. Later, in the second half, Walker Zimmerman scored on a header. Zimmerman’s LAFC teammate Christian Ramirez tapped in the game’s final goal.
Berhalter’s first starting lineup featured five players making their national team debuts: defenders Nick Lima and Daniel Lovitz, along with midfielders Corey Baird, Jeremy Ebobisse and Mihailovic.

Watch Berhalter’s press conference

What does this win do for USMNT and Coach Berhalter? 

Landon Donovan signs with MASL club San Diego Sockers

Landon Donovan, who made 157 appearances with the US Men’s National Team and is the highest scoring male soccer player in US World Cup History, is taking his game indoors. Donovan, 36, signed with Southern California based club the San Diego Sockers of Major Arena Soccer League (MASL) on a one-year contract to finish the season, effective immediately.
Donovan joins the Sockers after a brief stint with Mexico’s Club León. Prior to that he played 14 seasons in the MLS with both LA Galaxy and San Jose Earthquakes, during which time he won 6 MLS cups and became the league’s all-time top scorer.
Donovan will make his debut with the San Diego Sockers at home against the Tacoma Stars at 7:35 p.m. on Feb. 15.
Ussoccer.com did an excellent recap on the U.S. Men’s National Team history of Landon Donovan, tracing his rise as a U-17 MNT forward through the heights at the 2002 and 2010 FIFA World Cups. Along the way, Landon remembers some of the other big moments in his legendary career for the USA.

How do you think Landon Donovan will be remembered as an American soccer player?

ESPN Report: Terrence Boyd to join Toronto FC of MLS

US international Terrence Boyd is reportedly considering a move to North America, and could land in Toronto. ESPN’s Jeff Carlisle reported on Friday that Boyd is in negotiations with MLS to move to the league, with Toronto FC said to be showing interest in the forward.
Boyd, 27, has spent his career to date in Germany and Austria, including stints in the ranks at Hertha Berlin, Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig. He’s found the most success in Austria with Rapid Wien and German second-division club Darmstadt, where he’s been since 2017.
The forward has 14 caps for the US national team, but injuries, including a torn ACL, have limited his prospects in recent years.
Toronto FC will begin Concacaf Champions League play on Feb. 19 against Club Atletico Independiente.

Here is some old video but a reminder of what Boyd can do on the pitch when healthy.

What are you looking forward to seeing in this upcoming MLS season?

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