*Juergen Klinsmann has unveiled his support staff for the U.S. national team friendly against Mexico on Wednesday in Philadelphia. He plans to shuttle assistants in and out for several months before settling on a full-time crew. For this match, he invited:
Martin Vasquez, former Chivas USA head coach who assisted Klinsmann at Bayern Munich and now oversees Real Salt Lake’s development academy in Arizona.
Thomas Dooley, a German-American, former U.S. captain and Hall of Famer.
Tab Ramos, one of the most accomplished players in U.S. history, now working with U.S. junior teams.
Mike Curry, a goalkeepers coach with 37 years of experience.
Mark Verstegen, owner of Athletes’ Performance conditioning center who prepared Germany’s squad for the 2006 World Cup.
*Ticket sales for the USA-Mexico friendly continue at a slow pace: 22,000.
*Michigan native Josh Gatt, 19, wasn’t invited to this U.S. camp, but don’t be surprised to see him in an American uniform soon. Watch this goal for Molde vs. Start in Norway on Thursday:
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*Clint Dempsey played 81 minutes in Fulham’s 2-0 victory over RNK Split (2-0 aggregate), moving the English club a step closer to the Europa League group stage. The next playoff is against Ukraine’s Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, starting in two weeks.
*Clarence Goodson went 90 as Brondby yielded two goals in the final 20 minutes and was elminated from Europa League qualifying by visiting Ried. The Danish side won, 4-2, but the two goals against allowed the Austrians to pull even on aggregate and win on away goals.
*AZ Alkmaar newcomer Jozy Altidore wasn’t in the 18 for a 1-1 draw (3-1 aggregate victory) at Czech club Jablonec. In the next stage of Europa qualifying, AZ will face Aalesunds of Norway.
*On Friday, midfielder Sacha Kljestan and Anderlecht host Mechelen, forward Edson Buddle and Ingolstadt are at Duesseldorf, forward Matt Taylor and Paderborn are at Union Berlin, and midfielder Mikkel Diskerud and Staebek are at Fredrikstad.
*If the USA women had won the World Cup last month, the USSF would’ve been obligated to set up 10 celebration friendlies. By finishing second, the number isn’t set. The team will play Canada twice next month (Kansas City and Portland), but no matches will take place in October. Additional games are possible in November-December.
If you were wondering about Coach Pia Sundhage’s status, her contract runs through Nov. 30, 2012, so barring any issues or series of poor results, she will oversee the Olympic effort next year.