Who's the biggest injury concern for the US heading into the pre-Copa training camp?
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Tuesday October 15, 2013 3:05pm

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nationals, I would think it would have a significant impact on the US.

You can see below in a Soccer by Ives article (http://www.soccerbyives.net/) that Spain could be able to claim a Brazilian striker almost strictly by virtue of having excellent academies that can draw youth talent. Imagine if Emerson Hyndman could all of the sudden be English. This looks like a bad loophole. Surprised it hasn't happened more.

La Liga's top scorer Diego Costa is now the subject of an international tug-of-war over his future national team services.

After declaring earlier this month that Costa preferred to throw his lot in with the Spanish National Team, the Brazilian Football Federation (CBF) stated in an official letter to the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) that Brazil and head coach Luiz Felipe Scolari plan on calling up the Atletico Madrid star for the November FIFA dates.

The 25-year-old moved to Portugal when he was 17-years old and has lived in Spain since 2007, making him eligible to represent La Roja, despite having played for Brazil in two friendly matches last March. If both Spain and Brazil call up Diego Costa in November, the nations will leave the conflict to FIFA, though with the amount of time that could take in terms of legal proceedings could force Costa to miss the World Cup for both countries.

In eight league matches so far for Atletico, Costa has scored ten goals, including seven in the last five games.

American defender Ryan Malone is currently training with Stuttgart Kickers in hopes of finding a new team.
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