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Molde FK vs. Sarpsborg 08 Highlights
   July 4, 2015 (5:36 PM) by Matt Benson     Email This Post Email This Post
 

In a battle of American goalkeepers in Norway, Ethan Horvath and Molde FK got the 4-1 win over Quentin Westberg and Sarpsborg 08 on Friday.  And Horvath is even being credited with an assist on the last goal.  Here are the highlights.

 
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The OT Report – Midweek Edition
   July 4, 2015 (11:27 AM) by Roderick MacNeil     Email This Post Email This Post
 

Romero

 

A little housekeeping on this Independence Day. While we’ve all been engrossed in the triumphs of the USWNT and USMNT, there were other Americans in action in Europe this week.

The early Qualification Rounds for the 2015-16 UEFA Champions League and Europa League got underway.

Last season’s Armenian Golden Boot winner, Cesar Romero, may have played his last game this week for defending champions FC Pyunik. Transfer rumors continue to suggest he’s on the move. If that’s the case, he went out in style. Cesar subbed on at halftime vs. San Marino Champions S.S. Folgore and scored less than three minutes later. It held up as the game-winner, and Pyunik takes a 2-1 lead heading into the away leg of the UCL First Qualification Round (highlights).

Jordan Seabrook scored on Thursday to give Finnish club VPS a 2-0 lead over Sweden’s AIK in a Europa League First Qualification Round matchup. After scoring in the 65th minute, Jordan was subbed off three minutes later. Within two minutes, AIK was on the board and a later equalizer ended the 1st leg at 2-2. Coincidence? Hmm (highlights).

In Bosnia-Herzegovina, Daniel Brkovic had an assist Thursday to give Olimpic Sarajevo the early lead vs. Slovakian club Trnava. The match would end in a 1-1 draw. The return leg looms ahead in this UEL First Qualification Round battle.

Andrew Wooten scored for the second straight match as SV Sandhausen continued its preseason prep. His goal came in the 15th minute of a 5-0 rout over German fifth division side TSG Pfeddersheim.

And back in Finland, way down in the depths of the fourth division, Freddy Adu scored a goal for KuFu-98, the reserve side of KuPS. Freddy hit a nice free kick just outside the top of the 18, curling it over the wall and into the upper right corner. It was his first goal since September 2012, when he played for the Philadelphia Union (highlights).

Nothing new on the injury front to report, so we’ll forgo “On The Shelf” for this edition.

Here’s the full rundown how everyone did over there so far this week (Tuesday thru Thursday):

 

ARMENIA

ARMENIAN PREMIER LEAGUE (First Division)

Cesar Romero (FC Pyunik) – Cesar came off the bench, played 45 minutes, and scored a 48th minute game-winning GOAL Tuesday in Pyunik’s 2-1 win vs. Folgore (San Marino) in the 1st leg of the 2015-16 UEFA Champions League First Qualification Round.

 

BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA

PREMIJER LIGA (First Division)

Danijal Brkovic (FK Olimpic Sarajevo) – Daniel started, played the full 90 minutes, and contributed a 14th minute ASSIST Thursday in Olimpic’s 1-1 draw vs. Tranava (Slovakia) in the 1st leg of the 2015-16 UEFA Europa League First Qualification Round.

 

BULGARIA

A FOOTBALL GROUP (First Division)

Bjørn Maars Johnsen (Litex Lovech) – Bjørn started and played the full 90 minutes Thursday in Litex Lovech’s 1-1 draw at Jelgava (Latvia) in the 1st leg of the 2015-16 UEFA Europa League First Qualification Round.

 

FINLAND

VEIKKAUSLIIGA (First Division)

Jordan Seabrook (VPS) – Jordan started, played 68 minutes, and scored a 65th minute GOAL Thursday in VPS’ 2-2 draw vs. AIK in the 1st leg of the 2015-16 UEFA Europa League First Qualification Round.

 

KAKKONEN (Third Division)

Craig Hill (Kultsu) – Craig started in goal and played in the full 90 minutes Tuesday in Kultsu’s 4-4 draw at Kiffen.

Walter Kromholz (Kultsu) – Walter started and played the full 90 minutes Tuesday in Kultsu’s 4-4 draw at Kiffen.

 

KOLMONEN (Fourth Division)

Freddy Adu (KuFu) – Freddy started and scored a free kick GOAL Thursday in KuFu’s 3-0 win vs. Kings 98.

 

GERMANY

2.BUNDESLIGA (Second Division)

Andrew Wooten (SV Sandhausen) – Andrew started, played 45 minutes, and scored a 15th minute GOAL Wednesday in Sandhausen’s 5-0 friendly win at TSG Pfeddersheim.

 

SOUTH KOREA

K LEAGUE CHALLENGE (Second Division)

Austin Berry (FC Anyang) – Austin was on the bench but did not play Wednesday in Anyang’s 2-2 draw vs. Gangwon.

 
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US vs. Guatemala Highlights
   July 3, 2015 (6:24 PM) by Matt Benson     Email This Post Email This Post
 

The US is now unbeaten (19-0-3) in its last 22 home games, the longest such streak in US history, after this 4-0 victory.  Bring on the Gold Cup.

 
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Here is your US-Guatemala pre-game primer
   July 3, 2015 (12:31 AM) by Matt Benson     Email This Post Email This Post
 

Here is a quick rundown of things you might want to look at before today’s game.

» The game is at 6:30 PM Eastern on FOX Sports 1, UniMás and Univision Deportes Network.

» Guatemala is ranked #93 by FIFA and #81 by Elo, while the US is #27 by FIFA and #14 by Elo.

» Here are the official game notes by US Soccer.  As for some random stats/facts:

The US is 14-4-6 all-time against Guatemala, including a 20-game unbeaten run after losing the first four meetings.  The 20-game unbeaten streak is the US’s longest streak against any nation.

The US has held Guatemala scoreless in nine of the last 11 meetings.

The US is unbeaten (18-0-3) in its last 21 home games, the longest such streak in US history.

The US is looking for its first win in Nashville since defeating Trinidad & Tobago, 3-0, in a 2009 World Cup qualifier.

The US has scored at least one goal in 19 of its last 20 games, including 2+ goals in 12 of the 20 games.

» The US has received confirmation from CONCACAF and Greg Garza is now officially on the Gold Cup roster to replace the injured Brad Davis.

» Here is your game preview from The Yanks Are Coming.

» Roughly 36,000 tickets have been sold so far.  Michael Bradley is your new captain.

» And we are not quite there yet for the Gold Cup, but enjoy Medio Tiempo’s Top 10 US goals at the Gold Cup.

Prediction time:  The US wins 3-0.

 
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KuFu vs. Kings SC Highlights
   July 2, 2015 (7:44 PM) by Matt Benson     Email This Post Email This Post
 

A Freddy Adu sighting!  Freddy scored a goal on Thursday for KuPS’s reserve team, KuFu, who play in the Finnish fourth division.  Here is his goal.

 
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VPS vs. AIK Highlights
   July 2, 2015 (2:37 PM) by Matt Benson     Email This Post Email This Post
 

Jordan Seabrook got the start and scored a goal in VPS’s 2-2 draw to AIK in Europa League action on Thursday.  Here are some highlights with his goal coming at the 0:49 mark.

 
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There is a new USMNT sheriff (captain) in town
   July 2, 2015 (5:32 AM) by Matt Benson     Email This Post Email This Post
 

Jurgen Klinsmann has named Michael Bradley captain for the Gold Cup.

After Dempsey and Klinsmann discussed Dempsey’s actions in the Open Cup and the subsequent fallout from his conduct, Klinsmann decided to name Bradley as captain for this tournament to allow Dempsey to concentrate solely on his performances over the next few weeks.

Klinsmann revealed the decision to the entire squad in a team meeting held here in Nashville on Wednesday night. There has been no decision made regarding the status of the captaincy after the tournament.

Dempsey remains an integral figure in the squad. He is expected to play a prominent role for the Americans as they attempt to retain the Gold Cup and secure a place in the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup.

“I had a very, very good conversation with Clint about what happened during the Open Cup, but also about how we want to approach things,” Klinsmann told ussoccer.com. “For the time being we thought it’s the best thing to give the captaincy to Michael Bradley and let Clint focus on what he’s all about. Clint is about scoring goals. We need Clint Dempsey badly with the National Team. We need him in a good spirit.”

 
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Two USMNT roster/injury updates
   July 1, 2015 (5:35 AM) by Matt Benson     Email This Post Email This Post
 

Two things for you on Wednesday.

Brad Davis has a knee injury which is going to rule him out of the Gold Cup.  Since the tournament hasn’t started yet, the US can fill out paperwork in order to replace someone on the roster with someone who was on the 35-man provisional roster.  That lucky player who gets to “come on down” is left back Greg Garza.  He is headed to Nashville to join the team for Friday’s friendly against Guatemala.

And while a lot of fans wanted to see Jordan Morris on the Gold Cup roster, we might know why he wasn’t selected for the final 23-man roster as he had surgery yesterday for a stress fracture in one of his legs.

 
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Pyunik vs. Folgore / Falciano Highlights
   June 30, 2015 (10:28 PM) by Matt Benson     Email This Post Email This Post
 

While Cesar Romero is getting interest from various teams around the world, he also had Champions League action to play in this week.  Romero came off the bench and scored what turned out to be the game-winning goal in Pyunik’s 2-1 win over Folgore / Falciano on Tuesday.  Here are some highlights with Romero’s goal being the second one that you can barely see since the video gets all choppy during the middle of it.

 
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The OT Report – Weekend Edition
   June 30, 2015 (9:22 AM) by Roderick MacNeil     Email This Post Email This Post
 

Eissele

 

Hey, we’ve got goals to report!

Christian Eissele got back in the groove in Sweden with a brace over the weekend. He found the back of the net late in the first half and again in the 90th minute on Sunday to propel IK Brage to a 3-1 win over Nykopings. Christian now has four goals on the season. Meanwhile Brage has climbed into the top half of the 14-team Division 1 Norra table.

A couple of other usual suspects in Scandinavia got on the board:

Andrew Stadler continued his run of great form with his seventh of the season across all competitions for Landskrona. He hit paydirt in the 24th minute of a 4-2 win vs. Hollvikens. Andrew has now scored in five of the last seven games.

Anthony Allison also got back in the scoring act with another goal for Sandvikens IF. His late first half strike helped earn a 2-2 draw at Gamla Upsala SK. Anthony’s team-leading 10th goal of the season puts him second overall in Division 2 Norra Svealand, while his club sits second on the league table, just four points back.

In Finland’s top flight, Brian Span scored his sixth of the season for IFK Mariehamn. He broke free in the box and received a short through-ball in the 81st minute and put home the game-tying goal. Mariehamn came away with an important road point in a 1-1 draw at HIFK, keeping pace in the race for a Europa League position (highlights).

Finally a few goals in early preseason friendlies: Andrew Wooten in Germany, Nermin Crnkic in the Czech Republic, and Kenny Saief in Belgium. Matt has you covered with links on those goals here.

Here’s the full rundown how everyone did over there this weekend (Friday thru Monday):

 

BELGIUM

JUPILER PRO LEAGUE (First Division)

Kenny Saief (K.A.A. Gent) – Kenny started, played 66 minutes, and scored an 18th minute GOAL Saturday in Gent’s 2-2 friendly draw at SK Deinze.

 

CZECH REPUBLIC

SYNOT LIGA (First Division)

Nermin Crnkic (Jablonec) – Nermin started and scored a 35th minute GOAL Saturday in Jablonec’s 1-1 (3-2 PEN) friendly win at Brno.

 

FINLAND

VEIKKAUSLIIGA (First Division)

Brian Span (IFK Mariehamn) – Brian started, played the full 90 minutes, and scored an 81st minute game-tying GOAL Sunday in Mariehamn’s 1-1 draw at HIFK.

 

YKKONEN (Second Division)

Harrison Hanley (Mikkelin Palloilijat) – Harrison started and played 62 minutes Sunday in Mikkelin’s 3-0 loss at JJK Jyväskylä.

Etchu Tabe (Ekenäs) – Etchu started, played the full 90 minutes, and scored a 71st minute game-tying goal Sunday in Ekenäs’ 3-2 win at FC Jazz.

 

KAKKONEN (Third Division)

J.C. Mack (Ekenäs Sport Club) – J.C. started and played the full 90 minutes Saturday in ESC’s 1-0 loss at MuSa.

Tim Murray (Ekenäs Sport Club) – Tim started and played the full 90 minutes Saturday in ESC’s 1-0 loss at MuSa.

Lawrence Smith (GBK Kokkola) – Lawrence started and played the full 90 minutes Saturday in GBK’s 1-1 draw vs. OPS.

 

GERMANY

2. BUNDESLIGA (Second Division)

Andrew Wooten (SV Sandhausen) – Andrew came off the bench, played 45 minutes, and scored an 80th minute game-winning GOAL Saturday in Sandhausen’s 1-0 friendly win vs. Würzburger Kickers.

 

ICELAND

1. DEILD KARLA (Second Division)

Joey Spivack (BÍ/Bolungarvík) – Joey started, played the full 90 minutes, and drew a 65th minute yellow card Saturday in Bolungarvík’s 2-1 loss vs. Fram Reykjavik.

 

MEXICO

LIGA MX (First Division)

Miguel Ibarra (Club León) – Miguel started Sunday in León’s 0-0 (7-6 PEN) friendly loss vs. Deportivo Saprissa (CRC).

 

NORWAY

TIPPELIGAEN (First Division)

Danny Cruz (FK Bodø/Glimt) – Danny was not in the squad Sunday for Bodø/Glimt’s 2-1 win at Vålerenga.

Alex DeJohn (IK Start) – Alex came off the bench and played 45 minutes Saturday in Start’s 3-1 win vs. Ålesund.

Cole Grossman (Stabæk) – Cole started and played the full 90 minutes Saturday in Stabæk’s 3-2 win vs. Strømsgodset IF.

Ethan Horvath (Molde FK) – Ethan was on the bench but did not play Saturday in Molde’s 1-1 draw at Rosenborg.

A.J. Soares (Viking FK) – A.J. started and played the full 90 minutes Sunday in Viking’s 3-1 win vs. Sarpsborg 08.

Zarek Valentin (FK Bodø/Glimt) – Zarek started and played the full 90 minutes Sunday in Bodø/Glimt’s 2-1 win at Vålerenga.

Quentin Westberg (Sarpsborg 08 FF) – Quentin was on the bench but did not play Sunday in Sarpsborg’s 3-1 loss at Viking FK.

 

OBOS-LIGAEN (Second Division)

Alex Horwath (SK Brann) – Alex started in goal and played the full 90 minutes Monday in Brann’s 1-1 draw at Bærum.

Paul Torres (Sandnes Ulf) – Paul came off the bench and played 5 minutes Sunday in Sandnes Ulf’s 3-1 win vs. Strømmen.

Bobby Warshaw (Bærum) – Bobby started and played the full 90 minutes Monday in Bærum’s 1-1 draw vs. SK Brann.

 

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND

LEAGUE OF IRELAND PREMIER DIVISION (First Division)

Kevin Garcia (Galway United) – Kevin came off the bench and played 45 minutes Friday in Galway United’s 2-1 loss vs. Shamrock Rovers.

Jake Keegan (Galway United) – Jake started and played the full 90 minutes Friday in Galway United’s 2-1 loss vs. Shamrock Rovers.

Morgan Langley (St. Patrick’s Athletic) – Morgan came off the bench and played 20 minutes Friday in St. Patrick’s Ahtletic’s 3-0 win vs. Longford Town.

 

SOUTH KOREA

K LEAGUE CHALLENGE (Second Division)

Austin Berry (FC Anyang) – Austin started and played the full 90 minutes Saturday in Anyang’s 2-1 loss at Goyang Hi.

 

SPAIN

SEGUNDA DIVISIÓN B (Third Division)

Shaquell Moore (Huracán Valencia CF) – Shaq was not in the squad Sunday for Huracán’s 2-0 loss at Huesca in the 2nd leg of the Segunda B Promotion Playoffs. Huesca won 3-1 aggregate.

 

SWEDEN

DIVISION 1 NORRA (Third Division)

David Abidor (Dalkurd FF) – David was on the bench but did not play Saturday in Dalkurd’s 3-1 win vs. Huddinge.

Christian Eissele (Brage) – Christian started, played the full 90 minutes, and scored TWO GOALS (45+2’, 90’) Sunday in Brage’s 3-1 win at Nykopings.

Jochen Graf (Carlstad United BK) – Jochen came off the bench and played 45 minutes Saturday in Carlstad United’s 2-1 win vs. Vasteras SK.

 

DIVISION 1 SÖDRA (Third Division)

Andrew Stadler (Landskrona) – Andrew started, played 90+ minutes, and scored a 24th minute GOAL Monday in Landskrona’s 4-2 win vs. Hollvikens.

 

DIVISION 2 (Fourth Division)

Anthony Allison (Sandvikens) – Anthony started, played the full 90 minutes, scored a 43rd minute GOAL, and drew an 84th minute yellow card Saturday in Sandviken’s 2-2 draw at Gamla Upsala SK.

Lewis Ellis (Bodens BK) – Lewis started and played the full 90 minutes Saturday in Bodens’ 2-0 win at Anundsjö IF.

Eddy Prugh (Bodens BK) – Eddy started, played the full 90 minutes, and drew a 65th minute yellow card Saturday in Bodens’ 2-0 win at Anundsjö IF.

 

ON THE SHELF – The OT Injury Report

Freddy Adu (KuPS) – Freddy tweeted on June 16 that he had picked up an unspecified minor injury “hoped to be back in full training soon”. He was not in the 18 for KuPS’ June 18 match at IFK Mariehamn (link).

Rhett Bernstein (Mjøndalen IF) – Rhett exited Mjøndalen’s June 24 match vs. IL Hødd with an unspecified injury just 12 minutes after entering as a substitute. He is expected to miss up to two weeks (link).

Terrence Boyd (RB Leipzig) – Terrence is recovering from surgery to repair a torn ACL, LCL and meniscus suffered on December 7, 2014 and will miss the rest of the 2014-15 season. He underwent additional surgery on May 6 to remove a cyst on his calf along with a routine procedure to flush out his knee. There is still no timetable for his return (link).

Joshua Gatt (Molde FK) – Josh exited Molde’s May 22 match at Mjøndalen with a non-contact injury, and was described by witnesses as “holding his knee.” He had just entered the match 4 minutes earlier, making his first appearance after two years spent recovering from ACL/LCL injuries. Gatt tweeted an update on June 18, indicating he’d be back soon, and the club website provided further details (link).

Joe Gyau (Borussia Dortmund) – Joe is recovering from a second knee surgery following his initial injury suffered on October 10 playing for the USMNT vs. Ecuador. He missed the remainder of the 2014-15 season. He’s expected to remain out of action well into the 2015-16 season, but is nearing an extension deal with Borussia Dortmund (link).

Caleb Stanko (SC Freiburg) – Caleb is recovering from a torn ACL suffered in training in early September 2014. He returned to training but still missed the remainder of the 2014-15 season (link).

Jose Torres (Tigres UANL) – Jose is recovering from surgery to repair a herniated disk. The procedure took place on January 19 and recuperation was expected to take 10 to 12 weeks. He is back in training with the club for the 2015 Apertura preseason and spoke to the media on June 15 and is still aiming to return for the Copa Libertadores semifinals in July (link).

 
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