NEWS AND NOTES FOR THE DAY
Fulham's Clint Dempsey looks like he'll be playing against Northern Ireland in the spring
RICH FIDLER - Thursday, December 10, 2009
Did any of you ask Landon Donovan about his transfer abroad in the Facebook chat on Friday? Anyone? Bueller?

Well, Andy Hunter over at London's The Guardian is putting out the rumor that Donovan is a potential loan target for Everton in January. David Moyes won't have much money to spend, making any permanent moves unlikely, but a loan move would be ideal for both parties.

Everton are in woeful need of some speed injected to their lineup, and it just so happens that Donovan would bring that in spades.

With the World Cup looming, we can only hope that Landon heads over to Europe to keep himself in great game shape.

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The new-look US U-17s have finished their first round of games in disappointing fashion.

The team went 0-1-2 in three games, getting outscored 6-2 against the likes of Portugal, Brazil, and the Netherlands.

Look for an extended look at the games in an upcoming blog post.

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The MLS Generation Adidas team has finished its tour of South Africa.

The team went out on a high note, beating Ajax Cape Town 2-0 off goals from Patrick Nyarko and Roger Espinoza.

The potential future Yanks-Abroaders and US National Teamers - Chris Pontius, Danny Cruz, Josh Lambo, Peri Marosevic, and Alex Nimo - all had good showings on the tour, with Pontius finishing with 2 goals.

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Two more games have popped up on the US National Team's radar for 2010.

The United States team looks set to take on Honduras - in Carson, CA - in January. Per Bob Bradley's modus operandi, expect a lot of Scandinavian and MLS based players for that game.

The US will also take on Northern Ireland in March or May. This is not the same Ireland that got famously dismissed from World Cup contention by France last month - that's the Republic of Ireland.

This Northern Ireland team is pretty strong, with the likes of Manchester United defender Johnny Evans, Rangers midfielder Steven Davis, and Sunderland forward David Healy among others. It would be an interesting matchup for the US, if only because Northern Ireland has recently beaten Slovenia, one of our opponents in World Cup 2010, 1-0 in World Cup qualification.