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Gent vs. Lokeren Highlights
   December 18, 2014 (1:46 PM) by Matt Benson     Email This Post Email This Post

Kenny Saief came off the bench and scored a goal yesterday in Gent’s 4-1 win over Lokeren in the Belgian Cup.  Here are some highlights with Saief’s goal coming at the 4:30 mark.

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A variety of links for Thursday
   December 18, 2014 (1:22 AM) by Matt Benson     Email This Post Email This Post

A bunch of stuff from this week and other stuff from last week that I meant to post but didn’t, so let’s get after it.

Yesterday was a good day for Americans in Europe.  John Brooks continued his recent strong play by scoring his first goal since THAT goal against Ghana (highlights from yesterday).  Over in Belgium, Sacha Kljestan came off the bench and scored a goal in Anderlecht’s 3-0 win in the Belgian Cup (highlights).  Also in the Belgian Cup, Kenny Saief scored for Gent in their 4-1 win (no highlights found yet).  And back in Germany, Alfredo Morales was credited with an assist in Ingolstadt’s 2-1 win, but his teammate did most of the dirty work (highlights).

Catching up on some other goals from the past few days while I was gone this weekend.  Junior Flores scored in Borussia Dormund’s 1-1 draw to Anderlecht in UEFA Youth League action, but he had to be subbed off after 30 minutes after picking up a concussion and will miss a little time.

Rubio Rubin also scored his second professional goal over the weekend in Utrecht’s 3-1 loss (highlights).

Jon-Paul Pittman scored a goal for Grimsby Town in FA Trophy First Round action.

And while it wasn’t a goal, Alejandro Bedoya had an assist over the weekend in Nantes’ 2-1 win (highlights).

US Soccer confirmed seven friendlies for 2015 at some point last week.  Plus we have reports of a possible friendly against Brazil for September.

And CONCACAF announced the venues and dates of next summer’s Gold Cup.

Catching up on in-house links, Will had a good goalkeeper discussion with four collegiate goalkeepers prior to last weekend’s College Cup.  And RJ caught back up with Jake Keegan to see how the Irish promotion playoffs went (spoiler alert: they went well).

Howie posted some links about Brek Shea heading back to the US and Orlando City, but Greg Seltzer is hearing that some other Championship teams might be still interested in his services.

Herculez Gomez is headed back to Puebla.  This will be his seventh different stint with a Liga MX team in the last five seasons, but he would be returning to his original stint/team where he won his scoring title in 2010.

Ventura Alvarado and Club America won the Apertura title this past fall so here are two interviews for you, one in English and one in Spanish.

The latest Jozy Altidore rumors have Werder Bremen wanting him on loan in January.

Will Packwood is back at Birmingham City and out for a few weeks after injuring his groin on loan with Colchester United.

Vice Sports caught up with Aron Johannsson to talk about finally getting over his various injuries of the past six months.

LA Galaxy forward Jack McBean is doing his annual MLS-offseason-training-stint-in-Europe with Charlton Athletic.

Steven Goff talked to Brad Friedel about a variety of topics right here.  Tim Howard has also retracted some of his comments about Friedel blocking his move to Manchester United.

Dom Dwyer signed a new contract with Sporting Kansas City which will keep him in the US for a while longer.  Since he received his green card in 2012, he would be eligible to apply for citizenship in 2017.

Tab Ramos and the US U-20 team is down in Honduras this week for some friendlies.  The initial roster had Zack Steffen and Santiago Castano as the goalkeepers and they were both in the news this past week.  Steffen signed with Freiburg in Germany, while Castano turned down the US for Colombia’s U-20 team.

Brian Sciaretta introduces us to the next potential German-American on the radar, Hamburg fullback Ashton Götz.  But Götz has a ways to go before playing for the US.

Like I mentioned towards the top of this post, John Brooks has been playing well for Hertha Berlin recently and received some good praise from manager Jos Luhukay.

If you have been around this site from the beginning, you might remember the name Nate Weiss.  Weiss has played a little here and there (Lativa, Sweden and Germany to name a few countries) and now he is working on getting his UEFA coaching licenses.

The Fighting Bob Bradleys will be coming to the US in February to partake in the Portland Timbers’ preseason tournament.

Joe Gyau didn’t travel with Borussia Dortmund’s U-23 team this past weekend due to how his knee has reacted lately.  Probably in his best interest to take it slow and make sure everything is fine.

Bobby Wood doesn’t appear to in 1860 Munich’s plans going forward.

And finally, this photo of DaMarcus Beasley, Kyle Beckerman and Landon Donovan is awesome.

Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Alfredo Morales, Aron Johannsson, Ashton Götz, Bob Bradley, Bobby Wood, Brad Friedel, Brek Shea, DaMarcus Beasley, Dom Dwyer, Herculez Gomez, Jack McBean, Jake Keegan, Joe Gyau, John Brooks, Jon-Paul Pittman, Jozy Altidore, Junior Flores, Kenny Saief, Kyle Beckerman, Landon Donovan, Nate Weiss, Rubio Rubin, Sacha Kljestan, Santiago Castano, Tim Howard, US Men's National Team, Ventura Alvarado, Will Packwood, Zack Steffen
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Anderlecht vs. Zulte-Waregem Highlights
   December 17, 2014 (2:48 PM) by Matt Benson     Email This Post Email This Post

Sacha Kljestan came off the bench and scored a goal today in Anderlecht’s 3-0 win over Zulte-Waregem in Belgian Cup action.  Here is his goal.

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Hertha Berlin vs. Eintracht Frankfurt Highlights
   December 17, 2014 (2:40 PM) by Matt Benson     Email This Post Email This Post

John Brooks and Timothy Chandler each went the full 90 minutes for their teams while Brooks scored the opening goal of this crazy 4-4 draw.  Here is Brooks’ goal.

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Ingolstadt vs. St. Pauli Highlights
   December 17, 2014 (2:32 PM) by Matt Benson     Email This Post Email This Post

Alfredo Morales went the full 90 minutes in Ingolstadt’s 2-1 win on Wednesday.  Morales was also credited with an assist on Ingolstadt’s first goal (although his teammate did basically all the work on the goal).  Here are some highlights.

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CONCACAF announces Gold Cup venues and dates
   December 16, 2014 (12:09 PM) by Howie Michaels     Email This Post Email This Post

The reigning champions from the USA will anchor Group A and play group stage matches:

Tuesday, July 7 at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, TX
Friday, July 10 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA
Monday, July 13 at Sporting Park in Kansas City, KS

Philadelphia, Baltimore, Atlanta, and East Rutherford will combine to host the knockout rounds in some way.

The rest of the schedule:

Seeded Nations
Group A – United States
Group B – Costa Rica
Group C – Mexico

Group Round
July 7 (Group A) – Dallas – Toyota Stadium (Frisco, TX)
July 8 (Group B) – Los Angeles – StubHub Center (Carson, CA)
July 9 (Group C) – Chicago – Soldier Field (Chicago, IL)
July 10 (Group A) – Boston – Gillette Stadium (Foxborough, MA)
July 11 (Group B) – Houston – BBVA Compass Stadium (Houston, TX)
July 12 (Group C) – Phoenix – University of Phoenix Stadium (Phoenix, AZ)
July 13 (Group A) – Kansas City – Sporting Park (Kansas City, KS)
July 14 (Group B) – Toronto – BMO Field (Toronto, ON)
July 15 (Group C) – Charlotte – Bank of America Stadium (Charlotte, NC)

Of note: Toronto, probably North America’s finest city, hosts a doubleheader, marking the first time since 2003 that Gold Cup matches will be held outside the United States.

Categories: US Men's National Team

Report: A.J. Soares to join Serie A club Hellas Verona
   December 16, 2014 (6:14 AM) by Matt Benson     Email This Post Email This Post

A.J. Soares has never played for the USMNT, but that is not stopping him from heading to Italy to sign with Hellas Verona according to Jimmy Conrad.

The 26-year-old defender has played the last four seasons with the New England Revolution before becoming a free agent after this past season (and providing one of the best moments of this past year’s MLS Cup).  The San Diego-native does own an Italian passport which would make obtaining a work permit a lot easier considering he doesn’t have any USMNT caps to his name.

If this deal does go through, he would become teammates with USMNT fan “favorite” and former New York Red Bull Rafa Marquez.  And he would join the small list of Americans to play in Serie A, joining Michael Bradley, Alexi Lalas and Oguchi Onyewu (also technically Giuseppe Rossi, Armando Frigo and Alfonso Negro).

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DaMarcus Beasley retires from USMNT
   December 15, 2014 (11:18 PM) by Matt Benson     Email This Post Email This Post

I am finally back from a mini-vacation over the weekend, so I am still playing catch up, but DaMarcus Beasley retired from international soccer on Monday.

Where do I start? Honestly I never thought this day would come, representing my country has been the greatest thing I’ve done in my career. Everytime I’ve pulled on OUR colors I tried to represent myself, my family and my country with the utmost respect.(and obviously tried to win) With that being said, I have officially retired from the U.S. Nat’l team. I’ve been blessed to be apart of the ussf family for 17yrs. I have so many memories from when I started with the U-15 nat’l team all the way to the men’s team. I’ve met so many great ppl along the way I wouldn’t know where to start. To all my coaches and teammates, I just want to say thank you, thank you for making me the player I am and the man I will be in the future. I will never forget all the games, friendships, memories we all shared. One thing I hope you all will say about me is that I was a good teammate and ALWAYS left everything on the field when I played. And lastly I want to thank ALL the fans that have supported me and the U.S. Team, without you guys we wouldn’t be where we are today! Thank you all!!!

A photo posted by DaMarcus Beasley (@trickybeas) on

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CHICAGO (Dec. 15, 2014) – U.S. Men’s National Team defender DaMarcus Beasley has announced his retirement from international soccer. Beasley caps off a stellar career that spanned 14 years and included 121 appearances.

This past summer, Beasley became the first U.S. player to make an appearance in four FIFA World Cups (2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014). He joined Kasey Keller (1990, 1998, 2002, 2006) and Claudio Reyna (1994, 1998, 2002, 2006) as the only USA players to be a part of four World Cup teams.

Beasley’s 11 caps in the World Cup tie for second-most in U.S. MNT history, and his 121 appearances rank fifth on the all-time list since debuting in 2001.

In 2014, Beasley started in six of seven games while logging 530 minutes. He was one of seven MNT players to start in all four games during the 2014 FIFA World Cup, and Beasley was one of only four players to play in every minute during the tournament.

Beasley tallied 17 international goals, which ties for ninth on the all-time list with Earnie Stewart. Beasley’s 13-career assists tie for eighth on the all-time list with Clint Dempsey.

During his tenure, Beasley won four CONCACAF Gold Cup titles (2002, 2005, 2007 and 2013), the latter serving as the team captain. His 2013 campaign included a career-high 17 appearances and 1,469 minutes.

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America vs. Tigres Highlights
   December 14, 2014 (8:30 PM) by Howie Michaels     Email This Post Email This Post

Ventura Alvarado is a champion as America beat Tigres, 3-0, to win Liga MX on aggregate, 3-1. Alvarado started and went 84 minutes. Jose Francisco Torres went 62 minutes in a losing effort for Tigres while Herculez Gomez was an unused substitute.

Here are the highlights.

and since I didn’t post them Thursday/Friday, here is the goal for Tigres in its 1-0 first-leg victory

Categories: Herculez Gomez, Jose Francisco Torres, Ventura Alvarado

Utrecht vs. Ajax Highlights
   December 14, 2014 (6:43 PM) by Howie Michaels     Email This Post Email This Post

Rubio Rubin scored his second career goal, but it wasn’t enough for Utrecht in this 3-1 defeat.

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