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Will Packwood loaned to Colchester United
   November 24, 2014 (1:41 PM) by Matt Benson     Email This Post Email This Post

Will Packwood is headed to League One side Colchester United until January on a short-term loan.

Following the news that club captain Magnus Okuonghae is set for an extended spell on the sidelines after rupturing his Achilles in the game against Coventry at the weekend, the U’s have wasted no time in finding a replacement.

21-year-old American Will, a product of the Birmingham academy, has initially signed on loan until January 1st and will be available for the U’s weekend trip to MK Dons.

Having made his Blues first team debut in August 2012, he has gone on to play 21 times for City and also enjoyed a loan spell with Bristol Rovers this time last year, playing eight times.

Packwood hasn’t seen the field much for Birmingham City in 2014-15, only playing in one league match for 19 minutes, so Birmingham City is sending him out on loan for a second consecutive season.  Packwood appeared in eight league matches for Bristol Rovers last season before returning to the Blues and getting some playing time at the end of the season.

Colchester United currently sit in the relegation zone (21st place) in the 24-team League One and have allowed 28 goals (tied for third most in League One) so it looks like they need some help.

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Wiener Neustadt vs. Wolfsberger AC Highlights
   November 23, 2014 (5:00 PM) by Matt Benson     Email This Post Email This Post

Conor O’Brien went the full 90 minutes and scored from the penalty spot in Wiener Neustadt’s 2-0 win over Wolfsberger AC on Saturday.  Here are some highlights with O’Brien’s goal coming at the 3:00 mark.

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RB Leipzig vs. St. Pauli Highlights
   November 23, 2014 (11:49 AM) by Matt Benson     Email This Post Email This Post

Terrence Boyd got the start and scored two goals in RB Leipzig’s 4-1 win over St. Pauli on Sunday.  Here are some highlights with Boyd’s goals coming at the 0:25 and 1:35 marks.

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AZ Alkmaar vs. Vitesse Highlights
   November 23, 2014 (7:15 AM) by Matt Benson     Email This Post Email This Post

Aron Johannsson went the full 90 minutes and scored his first goal of the season on Saturday in AZ Alkmaar’s 1-0 win over Vitesse.  Here is his goal.

Categories: Aron Johannsson, Highlights

Tim Howard named 2014 U.S. Soccer Male Athlete of the Year
   November 21, 2014 (7:45 AM) by Matt Benson     Email This Post Email This Post

The various actual voters must have read our poll as Tim Howard was named 2014 U.S. Soccer Male Athlete of the Year yesterday.

CHICAGO (Nov. 20, 2014) – Goalkeeper Tim Howard has been voted the 2014 U.S. Soccer Male Athlete of the Year, with the announcement taking place earlier today live on ESPN’s SportsCenter. This is Howard’s second time winning AOTY, previously earning the honor in 2008.

The three-time FIFA World Cup veteran becomes the fifth player to win Male Athlete of the Year on multiple occasions, joining defender Marcelo Balboa (1992, 1994), goalkeeper Kasey Keller (1997, 1999 and 2005), forward Landon Donovan (2003, 2004, 2009 and 2010) and forward Clint Dempsey (2007, 2011 and 2012).

“It’s an honor. I know the winners on the list who have come before me, so it’s special to have my name up there,” Howard said on SportsCenter. “The whole ride with the team for about a month and a half, when we got together for training camp and we flew down to Brazil, we had a really good time and that made 2014 so special to me.”

A new voting process took place this year, with votes collected from Men’s National Team players earned a cap in 2014, Men’s National Team and Youth Men’s National Team coaches, Major League Soccer and North American Soccer League head coaches and select former players, administrators and media members.

Howard received 64 percent of the tabulated votes, followed by Jermaine Jones (19 percent) and Kyle Beckerman (11 percent).

In honor of his win, US Soccer has put up this photo gallery and this video:

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US U-20 vs. Canada Highlights
   November 21, 2014 (6:30 AM) by Matt Benson     Email This Post Email This Post

The US U-20 team ended the 2014 Marbella Tournament with a 1-0 loss to Canada on Tuesday.  Here are some highlights.

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Neustrelitz vs. Schönberg Highlights
   November 19, 2014 (9:27 PM) by Matt Benson     Email This Post Email This Post

Getting caught up on life and this was from last weekend, but Devann Yao scored in his third straight game, a 1-0 win by Neustrelitz over Schönberg in the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Cup.  Here are some highlights with Yao’s goal coming at  the 4:30 mark.

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US vs. Ireland Highlights
   November 18, 2014 (11:03 PM) by Matt Benson     Email This Post Email This Post

Sounds like I didn’t miss much, but the US lost 4-1.  Here are the “highlights”.

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Here is your US-Ireland pre-game primer
   November 18, 2014 (12:51 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 2:45 PM Eastern on ESPN2.

» Ireland is ranked #61 by FIFA and #36 by Elo, while the US is #23 by FIFA and #17 by Elo.

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

The US is 2-4-2 all-time against Ireland, including a 0-4-0 mark in Dublin.

The US has scored exactly one goal in five straight games, the longest such streak in USMNT history.

Ireland is hosting a team from CONCACAF for the first time since beating Jamaica, 1-0, on June 2, 2004.

Nick Rimando has made 16 appearances for the USMNT, going 10-0-1 in his 11 decisions, including four shutouts.

The Colombia match was the first time that the US has lost when Jozy Altidore has scored (15-1-4).  Hat tip to Grant Wahl on that one.

» As expected, Jurgen Klinsmann sent home Jermaine Jones, Lee Nguyen and DeAndre Yedlin due to the MLS playoffs.  He also sent home DaMarcus Beasley so he could deal with some personal matters in Mexico.  And on Ireland’s side, Robbie Keane was sent back to the LA Galaxy due to the MLS playoffs.

» US Soccer’s website has a bunch of photo galleries up from the last couple of days:  Being tourists in London, the game against Colombia and traveling/training in Dublin.  They also have a small interview up with Rubio Rubin.

» Speaking of Rubin, he missed Monday’s training due to illness.  Steve Cherundolo is in Ireland helping out/observing from the coaching side.  The Mayor of Hannover is close to completing his UEFA A license.  Klinsi suggested that Jordan Morris could make his debut.  It also sounds like Nick Rimando will get the start between the sticks.  Klinsi also talked about possibly playing in South America in the future.

» Some other USMNT tidbits from across the interwebs.  DeAndre Yedlin’s passport Latvian situation is still up in the air.  Mexico manager Miguel Herrera recently made some comments that a US-Mexico friendly could be taking place in April.  The Guardian recently ranked the US-Mexico rivalry as the #8 greatest in international soccer.  It looks like Graham Zusi is not taking part of this camp due to a foot injury.  Based on your voting, Tim Howard would win 2014 U.S. Soccer Male Athlete of the Year.  And here is an interesting read on what goes into scheduling friendlies with the USMNT.

» The Shin Guardian has a “mini-preview” for you.

» As for my prediction, I am saying a 2-1 win by the US.  Goals by Jozy Altidore and Alejandro Bedoya.

Categories: DaMarcus Beasley, DeAndre Yedlin, Graham Zusi, Jermaine Jones, Jordan Morris, Jozy Altidore, Lee Nguyen, Nick Rimando, Rubio Rubin, Steve Cherundolo, US Men's National Team

US U-20 vs. Ireland Highlights
   November 17, 2014 (2:29 PM) by Matt Benson     Email This Post Email This Post

The US won their second game of the 2014 Marbella U-21 International National Teams Football Tournament in Spain on Saturday against Ireland.  Dembakwi Yomba scored the lone goal of the game for the US.  Here are some highlights of the 1-0 victory.

Categories: Dembakwi Yomba, Highlights, US U-20 National Team

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