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The Daily Links- December 9, 2011 Edition

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The best case scenario is that Soony trains for Lebanon, gets some good playing time, and comes back to the US ready for a new season a leg up on everyone else. The worst case scenario is that this situation could end up being like the Teal Bunbury situation we saw in 2010 when Teal controversially chose to play for the US over Canada after previously playing for Canada's U-20 and U-17 teams.

The Front Men: Soony Saad to Train With Lebanon?

Sporting Kansas City forward Teal Bunbury was named to the United States Under-23 Men’s National Team roster for a training camp to be held from December 15-23 in Lakewood Ranch, Florida, U.S. Soccer announced on Thursday. Bunbury, 21, is one of six forwards invited to the 28-player training camp in preparation for the 2012 CONCACAF Men’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament, to be held from March 22nd through April 2nd.

Teal Bunbury invited to US U-23 training camp | Sporting Kansas City

CONCACAF unveiled the schedule for the 2012 Men's Olympic Qualifying Tournament on Thursday, revealing that the decisive semifinal round will kick off at 5:00 p.m. CT on Saturday, March 31st at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kansas between the winner of Group B and the runner-up in Group A. The second match of the doubleheader is scheduled to begin at 8:00 p.m. CT between the winner of Group A and the runner-up in Group B.

CONCACAF unveils Olympic Qualifying Tournament schedule | Sporting Kansas City

"You get a player like a Landon Donovan, who in my opinion chose to take the easy road and stay in the States," Friedel told the BBC's World Service on Wednesday. "It's much harder to ply your trade over here. (The English Premier League) is the best league in the world to play in, and this is where (Dempsey) got better, in my opinion. This is where he became one of the best the United States ever produced."

Soccer By Ives: Friedel takes shot at Donovan while praising Dempsey with latest remarks

Of course, so much of the overall curiosity is still about Klinsmann, this being our next window into his quirky thinking, our next chance to deconstruct just exactly which qualities he finds most desirous in players. It's also a relevant camp because Klinsmann's first four months in charge were spent mostly examining players already established in the program (even if some had been marginalized in the U.S. pool). For all the "new-day" talk over innovative approaches, only two players have earned their first caps under Klinsmann.

U.S. hopefuls get last chance to impress Jurgen Klinsmann - Steve Davis -

Neville admitted that everyone at the club loved Donovan during his 10-game loan with the Blues in 2010, but he believes that the only reason the Los Angeles Galaxy attacker went was to remain in playing shape prior to the World Cup. With no major international tournament looming for the American in 2012, Neville doesn't envision Donovan returning.

Soccer By Ives: Mid-Day Ticker: Neville doesn't see Donovan returning, no investigation by UEFA and more