Recent Posts



Matt's Twitter Account

Howie's Twitter Account

Will's Twitter Account

John's Twitter Account

Roderick's Twitter Account

RJ's Twitter Account



Tijuana vs. Chivas Highlights
   April 17, 2015 (9:40 PM) by Matt Benson     Email This Post Email This Post

Joe Corona and Greg Garza both got the start with Corona assisting on Tijuana’s lone goal off a corner kick in this 1-1 draw.  Here is his assist.

Categories: Greg Garza, Highlights, Joe Corona
No Comments

Ingolstadt vs. Fortuna Düsseldorf Highlights
   April 17, 2015 (9:12 PM) by Matt Benson     Email This Post Email This Post

Alfredo Morales got the start, played 53 minutes and had his PK attempt saved by Fortuna Düsseldorf’s goalie in a Ingolstadt’s 3-2 win.  Here are some highlights with his PK attempt the first highlight.

Categories: Alfredo Morales, Highlights

Inside the Numbers: Jordan Morris’ goal against Mexico
   April 17, 2015 (8:23 AM) by Matt Benson     Email This Post Email This Post


I finally had some time to sit down and look up some random stuff on the significance on Jordan Morris’ goal from Wednesday night to go along with other stuff that came out Wednesday night.  Hopefully it is his first of many more to come.  Enjoy the numbers.

* Jordan Morris was the 50th USMNT player all-time to score against Mexico (Juan Agudelo later became the 51st).

* He is the first college player to score for the US against Mexico since Dante Washington in 1991 while he was still at Radford.

* He became the sixth US player since 2000 to score his first international goal against Mexico, joining Landon Donovan, Josh Wolff, Jimmy Conrad, Jozy Altidore and Michael Orozco (h/t Paul Carr).

* He is the first US player to score in his first career start which was also against Mexico since Jozy Altidore in 2008.

* At 20 years and 171 days old on Wednesday, he also became the youngest US player to score against Mexico since Jozy Altidore (18 years, 92 days) in 2008.  Here is a look at the youngest US players to score against Mexico since 1970 (Juan Agudelo also makes the Top 10 with his goal on Wednesday).


Categories: Inside the Numbers, Jordan Morris, US Men's National Team
No Comments

Friday morning links
   April 17, 2015 (6:24 AM) by Matt Benson     Email This Post Email This Post

Remember when the US beat Mexico on Wednesday?  That was fun.  Here are the highlights and some photos.

Will did a real cool interview with former USMNT goalkeeper Victor Gerley.  He played for the US in the 1960s.  He was also nice enough to scan some old newspapers from his playing days.  So go check it out.

As always, Roderick keeps you updated with games at the club level from the past week.

We have a couple goal highlights from the last week.  Luca de la Torre scored for Fulham’s U-18 team last Friday.  Edgar Castillo assisted in Atlas’ win in Copa Libertadores action on Wednesday.  And Brian Span scored a goal in Finnish Suomen Cup action on Thursday.

There were conflicting reports online whether Bobby Warshaw scored in his team’s season opener two weeks ago so I decided to go to the best source to figure this out and he told me that he did.

I meant to post this before the Mexico friendly, but Jeff Carlisle talked to various US players past and present about playing in this rivalry.  It is also your monthly reminder that Franke Hejduk is awesome.

Earlier this week, Canada manager Benito Floro claimed that Tesho Akindele is “99.9 percent” committed to Canada’s national team.  But Akindele pumped the brakes a little on that statement later in the week.

Kristan Heneage wrote some words for The Guardian on everyone’s favorite NASL/USMNT player Miguel Ibarra.  He didn’t do much on Wednesday, but he did have a nice little run on Juan Agudelo’s goal which freed up some space.

The New York Times decided to look at the current status of the goalkeeper position for the USMNT.

One of those goalkeepers, Brad Guzan, is back at it with The Players’ Tribune and gave his Top 5 soccer stadiums.

Want some more goalkeeper talk?  Will has your monthly roundup of news and whatnot for April.

Granted you can’t believe about anything he says, Sepp Blatter is now in favor of CONCACAF getting another automatic spot for the World Cup.  And not shocking, UEFA president Michel Platini doesn’t agree.

Freddy Adu was finally cleared to play for KuPS on Wednesday, but he was a DNP on the bench in the team’s 2-1 win in the Suomen Cup.  This is also what a Freddy Adu/KuPS jersey looks like.

Tom Marshall tells us why Liga MX is becoming an attractive playing option for Americans.

The US U-20 team will have a camp in Austria with games against Qatar and Croatia next week.  While they haven’t announced a roster yet to the public to my knowledge, Seattle’s Cristian Roldan is one of the players making the trip.

And for you few yearning to follow an American in Portugal.  It looks like Maryland product Matt Oduaran has been with Tirsense in Portugal’s Campeonato Nacional (third tier) since last summer.

Categories: Bobby Warshaw, Brad Guzan, Brian Span, Cristian Roldan, Edgar Castillo, Freddy Adu, Juan Agudelo, Luca de la Torre, Matt Oduaran, Miguel Ibarra, Tesho Akindele, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team
No Comments

The OT Report – Dos A Cero Edition
   April 17, 2015 (12:57 AM) by Roderick MacNeil     Email This Post Email This Post



While all eyes in the USMNT Universe were rightfully focused on the Alamodome Wednesday night, bearing witness to the eighth “Dos a Cero” since 2000, there were, in fact, other Americans in action this week. Let’s take a look around at those who weren’t in San Antonio:

Edgar Castillo continues to do work for Club Atlas. His prowess on the defensive side usually isn’t highlight reel material, but he made a huge contribution in the final third Wednesday night. His 40th minute assist set up the only goal of the night, which proved to be enough to beat Brazilian giants Atletico Mineiro, and kept Atlas alive in Copa Libertadores Group 1. The Zorros’ odds are long (will likely require a 4-0 win at Colombian club Santa Fe), but they’re not done yet, and Edgar keeps making his case for another USMNT call (highlights).

The only goal so far this week was found in Finland, where Brian Span’s 16th minute strike gave IFK Mariehamn the early lead Thursday, and held up as the eventual gamewinner in a 2-0 win over Ilves. It was Brian’s third goal of the season in all competitions, and Mariehamn advanced to the quarterfinals of the Suomen (Finnish) Cup (highlights).

The Suomen Cup also gave us the start of Freddy Adu’s next adventure. He was on the bench Wednesday (here’s proof) for KuPS in a 2-1 vs. Lahti, where his club advanced to the quarterfinals. According to his manager, the substitutions were defensive-oriented for tactical reasons, so we should expect Freddy to actually play at some point soon (link).

The midweek action in England gave us several players returning from injury:

Danny Williams was back on the field after missing Reading’s last three matches. He picked up a knock while with the USMNT in March. He played 31 minutes off the bench Tuesday in a 1-0 loss vs. first-place Bournemouth, and appears to be ready to go for Reading’s massive FA Cup semifinal vs. Arsenal on Saturday.

The only American still involved in The Championship’s heated promotion race is Zak Whitbread. He made his first start since October, going the distance in Derby County’s 4-0 shellacking of cellar dwellars Blackpool. The win kept the Rams in 5th place, but most importantly, four points ahead of 7th place Brentford with three games to play. DCFC could lock up a spot in the Promotion Playoffs as early as Saturday.

After making his first game day roster in many months last week, Mark Pelosi finally got some game action. He played 30 minutes off the bench for Liverpool’s U21 side, albeit in a 2-1 loss vs. Leicester City U21s.

And yet one more injury returnee this week: Conor O’Brien was back on the field for Wiener Neustadt. He’s fully recovered from a broken rib suffered on March 7. He got the start and went 90 Wednesday in a 3-1 loss at Altach. Neustadt still has a fierce relegation battle ahead in the Austrian Bundesliga. The club is just one point ahead of last-place Admira with eight still to play; only one team will drop.

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




Conor O’Brien (Weiner Neustadt) – Conor started and played the full 90 minutes Wednesday in Wiener Neustadt’s 3-1 loss at Altach.



SYNOT LIGA (First Division)

Nermin Crnkic (Jablonec) – Nermin started, played 74 minutes and drew a 44th minute yellow card Tuesday in Jablonec’s 2-0 win vs. Sparta Prague.



SUPERLIGA (First Division)

Ryan Laursen (Esbjerg) – Ryan started and played the full 90 minutes Thursday in Esbjerg’s 1-1 draw vs. FC Copenhagen in the first leg of the Danish Cup semifinals.



THE CHAMPIONSHIP (Second Division)

Emerson Hyndman (Fulham) – Emerson was not in the squad Wednesday for Fulham’s 1-1 draw vs. Rotherham United.

Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest) – Eric started and played the full 90 minutes Wednesday in Nottingham Forest’s 3-1 loss vs. Watford.

Oguchi Onyewu (Charlton Athletic) – Gooch was not in the squad Tuesday for Charlton Athletic’s 1-1 draw at Bolton Wanderers.

Tim Ream (Bolton Wanderers) – Tim started and played the full 90 minutes Tuesday in Bolton Wanderer’s 1-1 draw vs. Charlton Athletic.

Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City) – Jonathan was on the bench but did not play Tuesday in Birmingham City’s 2-2 draw vs. Blackburn Rovers.

Zak Whitbread (Derby County) – Zak started and played the full 90 minutes Tuesday in Derby County’s 4-0 win vs. Blackpool. It was his first start since October after a long injury layoff.

Danny Williams (Reading FC) – Danny came off the bench and played 31 minutes Tuesday in Reading’s 1-0 loss vs. Bournemouth. He returned after missing the previous three games with an injury picked up while with the USMNT in March.


LEAGUE ONE (Third Division)

Gboly Ariyibi (Chesterfield) – Gboly came off the bench and played 28 minutes Tuesday in Chesterfield’s 6-0 win vs. Colchester United.

Paul Rachubka (Crewe Alexandra) – Paul started in goal, played the full 90 minutes, and made 8 saves Tuesday in Crewe Alexandra’s 1-1 draw at Peterborough United.


U21 PREMIER LEAGUE – DIVISION 1 (Youth Division)

Lynden Gooch (Sunderland U21) – Lynden started and played the full 90 minutes Monday in Sunderland U21s’ 0-0 draw vs. Norwich City U21s.

Andrija Novakovich (Reading U21) – Andrija came off the bench and played 22 minutes Monday in Reading U21s’ 1-0 win at Arsenal U21s.

Marc Pelosi (Liverpool U21) – Mark came off the bench and played 30 minutes Monday in Liverpool U21s’ 3-1 loss vs. Leicester City U21s.

Gedion Zelalem (Arsenal U21) – Gedion was on the bench but did not play Monday in Arsenal U21s’ 1-0 loss vs. Reading U21s.



Duane Holmes (Huddersfield Town U21) – Duane started and played the full 90 minutes Monday in Huddersfield Town U21s’ 1-1 draw at Nottingham Forest U21s.



VEIKKAUSLIIGA (First Division)

Freddy Adu (KuPS) – Freddy was on the bench but did not play Wednesday in KuPS’ 2-1 win vs. Lahti in the Suomen (Finnish) Cup 6th Round.

Brian Span (IFK Mariehamn) – Brian started and scored a 16th minute GOAL Thursday in Mariehamn’s 2-0 win at Ilves in the Suomen (Finnish) Cup 6th Round.



REGIONALLIGA (Fourth Division)

Matt Taylor (Saarbrücken) – Matt started and played the full 90 minutes Monday in Saarbrücken’s 0-0 draw at FC Kaiserslautern II.



LIGA MX (First Division)

Edgar Castillo (Club Atlas) – Edgar started, played the full 90 minutes, and had a 39th minute ASSIST Wednesday in Club Atlas’ 1-0 vs. Atletico Mineiro (Brazil) in Copa Libertadores Group 1 play.


ASCENSO MX (Second Division)

Emanuel Guzman (Mérida) – Manny started, played the full 90 minutes, and drew a 25th minute yellow card Wednesday in Mérida’s 1-1 draw at Necaxa in the first leg of the Clausura Liguilla quarterfinals.

Stevie Rodriguez (Dorados de Sinaloa) – Stevie was not in the squad Thursday for Dorados’ 0-0 draw at Alebrijes in the first leg of the Clausura Liguilla quarterfinals.



K LEAGUE CHALLENGE (Second Division)

Austin Berry (FC Anyang) – Austin was not in the squad Wednesday for FC Anyang’s 2-2 draw at Daegu FC.


ON THE SHELF – The OT Injury Report

Terrence Boyd (RB Leipzig) – Terrence is recovering from surgery to repair a torn ACL, LCL and meniscus suffered on December 7. There is no timetable for his return, but is expected to miss the rest of the 2014-15 season. He has begun running again, but is still a long way from returning to action and his goal is to be back for the 2015-16 preseason (link).

Danny Cruz (Bodø/Glimt) – Danny suffered an undetermined muscle strain injury on March 22 in a friendly vs. Start. In his debut with Bodø/Glimt, he entered the match in the 64th minute, and pulled up lame just 2 minutes later, subbing out in the 69thminute. He was held out of the March 29 friendly at Tromsø and it is not known how soon he may return, though it appears to be short-term (link).

Josh Gatt (Molde) – Josh is rehabbing from an ACL-related setback suffered in May 2014, following an earlier surgery to repair a torn ACL & LCL. He is training with his club and hopes to back to playing early in the 2015 season (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. It is unlikely he returns before the end of the 2014-15 season.

Will Packwood (Cheltenham Town) – Will suffered a hamstring injury and left the match after 53 minutes on April 6 vs. Stevenage. He has been ruled out of Cheltenham Town’s next 3 matches. His earliest possible return is April 25 (link).

A.J. Soares (Viking FK) – A.J. suffered a knee injury in training on March 8, causing ligament damage that will keep him out 6-8 weeks (link).

Caleb Stanko (SC Freiburg) – Caleb is recovering from a torn ACL suffered in training in early September 2014. He resumed training recently but is hopeful he can resume playing by early May (link).

Jose Torres (Tigres UANL) – Jose is recovering from surgery to repair a herniated disk. The procedure took place on January 19 and recuperation is expected to take 10 to 12 weeks. He has increased his physical work in rehab and is expected to resume soccer activities in late April, and could return for the Liguilla (if Tigres qualify) or Copa Libertadores knockout rounds (link).

Categories: The OT Report
No Comments

Mariehamn vs. Ilves Highlights
   April 16, 2015 (1:47 PM) by Matt Benson     Email This Post Email This Post

Brian Span scored his third goal across all competitions in 2015 in Mariehamn’s 2-0 win over Ilves in Finnish Suomen Cup action on Thursday.  Here are some highlights with his goal coming at the 0:45 mark.

Categories: Brian Span, Highlights
No Comments

Victor Gerley Interview
   April 16, 2015 (9:23 AM) by Will Reno     Email This Post Email This Post

Victor Gerley played goalkeeper for the United States National Team from 1965-1966, gaining six caps in total. Without much available information about Gerley, I spoke to him hoping to learn more about his time as a soccer player. Gerley opened up about his club career, his with the national team, and the 1966 World Cup Qualifying.


How did you end up playing goalkeeper? Was it something you always did or it did just fall in your lap?

No, no, no, I was always a goalkeeper. I could have gotten a scholarship to go to Princeton to kick the football, to kick! Kick field goals, kickoffs, all that. But I chose soccer because of my background. Soccer was in my blood. My brother was also a very good player. He’s a doctor. He was not available for any of these Unites States games because he was always studying or in a hospital working. He would have been a wonderful addition to the time. He is very, very talented. Very talented player.


What teams did you play for?

I started playing in New York for the Junior Hungarian Team as a goalkeeper. Then I went into the reserve team and played there. I started playing when I was 18 years old. And by age 19, I was goalkeeper for the New York Hungarians, a first division team. In 1962, we won the US Open Cup. We beat San Francisco 2-0. I didn’t play. I was a reserve but anyway I got a trophy.

So the whole selection process, we had a western group and we had an eastern group. And then we went and played in New York [for the US Open Cup final], the east versus the west. And based on the performance, that’s how the [National Team] selection was based on the players.


When did you play for the US Men’s National Team?

I played for the national team in 1965. We played in Los Angeles Coliseum and we tied Mexico 2-2. We went down to Mexico City and played in front of 90,000 people and we lost 2-0 but I saved a penalty. Then we went to Honduras and we played to a 1-1 tie and then we beat them 1-0. We planned to qualify and go to London in 1966 World Cup. That was the objective. We lost and we didn’t make it. Mexico made it. Then we tried later on. I also was a backup goalkeeper in 1970.

I played in friendly games against Bermuda and Haiti. Let’s see, we played in Haiti and we lost there 5-2. And then Bermuda, we lost in Bermuda 1-0. And again these are all out of country games. And not many American spectators. So we were the underdogs, you know? Some of the names I can recall, Willie Roy was one of the players. And Walter Schmotolocha was a Ukrainian fellow.


What was the game like in Los Angeles?

At Los Angeles, we had 25,000 spectators in the Coliseum. And of the 25,000, I can guarantee that 20,000 were Mexicans. They were rooting for Mexico and not the US. At one point, I made a foul in the 18. One guy was harassing me and I hit him with my elbow, very lightly. He fell down to the ground and the referee, a Canadian referee, gave a penalty, which I didn’t save, you know. And we were leading at that time 2-1. So basically it was my fault but the referee overreacted. This guy was playing like an actor, you know? I hardly ever touched him and he fell to the ground, throwing the penalty.



What do you mean by “harassing”?

Well he was trying to get the ball out of my hand. He was chasing me all around. I’m turning, he follows me. I’m turning, he follows me. Like, harassing me to not release the ball. The ball has to be released normally within ten seconds. If you don’t release the ball, it’s not a penalty but it’s a free kick. So as I said, I was pissed off and all I did was hold the ball in my hand and in my chest. And I moved with my shoulder left and right. I tried to shake him off. So I just brushed him, barely touched him. And he fell to the ground, faking it. Faking it! And the referee gave a penalty kick which I didn’t save. I should have saved but I didn’t. It would have been wonderful to make it to England.

So anyway, the president and the big honchos of United States Soccer Football Federation went down to the referee after the match and told him that “You will never ref in this country ever again!” Yeah, they were very upset. I was upset too, obviously. What they tried to do was get a neutral referee [for the game]. You don’t want an American referee. You don’t want a Mexican referee. You want a neutral referee. Well this neutral referee looks like he sided with the Mexicans.


Why did the US schedule a game in LA if there was going to be a large Mexican crowd?

I don’t know! That’s ironic, isn’t it? I think we would have been better off playing in New York somewhere. But again the atmosphere was very pro Mexican. Very pro-Mexican. So it was very disappointing for us players. Here we are, home team, home grounds and we’re rooted against.


Where else did you play?

I played for the Hungarian team from 1962 to, about, 1970. We went down to Mexico to play against [Club Deportivo] Oro, which is in Guadalajara, because we were the United States champions and Oro was the Mexican champions and we were doing this playoff. Like a Central America versus North America playoff. We beat Oro 3-2 and then about a month later they came up to New York and we tied them 2-2. Then I got sick and someone took over for goal. We played against Guadalajara and we tied them 0-0 and then we lost the other game 1-0. But I didn’t play in those games, I was sick.

I also played for the German-American League all-star team in New York. I was a goalkeeper. I played against many, many international teams. We toured in Guatemala. We played against German teams, Greek teams. So I was considered the number one goalkeeper back in those days, 1964-1970, so a long career. Meanwhile I was going to college. I became an engineer, a structural engineer. And then I graduated a half year late because of all my soccer adventures. So, anyway, very happy memories.



What were some of your strengths as a goalkeeper?

I had tremendous reflexes! Very quick reflexes. Not only did I play soccer, but I also played Team Handball for the United States. I was a goalkeeper. Team Handball is six players on a small court like basketball court and a goal the size of maybe three meters by two metres and then you use a ball, a little bit bigger than a softball. And you dribble, you pass, you dribble, you throw the ball at the net.

So I played for the United States National Team and I went in 1970 to Paris for the World Championship of Handball. It’s a big, big sport in Europe, you know? We didn’t win but I played a tremendous game against Yugoslavia who was a World Champion at that time. Then we lost, like, 26-21. But then during all the playing there I hurt my back. I was jumping around too much and falling on the hard floor. So we had two other backup goalkeepers who played the next two games and I was just a spectator. So I had a wonderful career.

Have you tried googling me? You can find more information on Google, I’m sure.


Well I have but honestly there’s not too much information on the US team from before 1990. I can’t even find your birthday. Can I ask that?

June 17th, 1943.


And do you have any memorabilia left from your playing days?

I do, I do. I have my shoes, my soccer shoes. I have my jersey that i played goalkeeper in. It has the US emblem on the front and the number one on the back. I think I have the gloves I used.


Victor was kind enough to send some old newspaper photos of him action, so check them out below.


« 1 of 12 »


Categories: Victor Gerley
1 Comment

Atlas vs. Atlético Mineiro Highlights
   April 16, 2015 (8:24 AM) by Matt Benson     Email This Post Email This Post

Edgar Castillo went the full 90 minutes and assisted on the lone goal of the game in Atlas’ 1-0 win over Atlético Mineiro in Copa Libertadores action on Wednesday.  Here is the assist.

Categories: Edgar Castillo, Highlights
No Comments

US vs. Mexico Photos
   April 16, 2015 (7:23 AM) by Matt Benson     Email This Post Email This Post

Here are a few photos from yesterday’s game courtesy of Chris Covatta/Getty Images North America.  Slideshow fun time!

« 1 of 15 »


Categories: US Men's National Team
No Comments

US vs. Mexico Highlights
   April 15, 2015 (8:02 PM) by Matt Benson     Email This Post Email This Post

Dos a Cero never gets old.

The US is now unbeaten in six straight games against Mexico, all under Klinsmann, the longest such streak by the US in series history.  The US is also now unbeaten in its last 18 games in the state of Texas.

Kyle Beckerman appears to be OK.  Jordan Morris is the first college player to score for the US against Mexico since Dante Washington in 1991.  Morris (20 years, 171 days) is the youngest US player to score against Mexico since Jozy Altidore (18 years, 92 days) in 2008.  And he was too young to win Budweiser Man of the Match since he is 20.

Here are some highlights.

Categories: Highlights, US Men's National Team

« Older Entries