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A couple links for Thursday
   September 3, 2015 (1:36 AM) by Matt Benson     Email This Post Email This Post

A few things for Thursday.

ESPN’s Doug McIntyre has some nuggets from the USMNT camp this week.  Jozy Altidore is playing well, while it looks like the starting fullbacks will be Tim Ream (LB) and Geoff Cameron (RB).  Also, Jurgen Klinsmann reiterated that Brad Guzan is the #1 goalkeeper through at least the CONCACAF Cup.

US Soccer put up a little fun video on whether Gyasi Zardes scored a goal or not on Tim Howard in training.  Looks like a goal to me.

Ben Lederman has been in the news a lot recently and Ives Galarcep is hearing that Lederman is joining the U.S. U-17 residency program in Bradenton, Florida.

Fresh off his assist with Borussia Dortmund’s U-19 team this past weekend (highlights), Christian Pulisic got to train with the first team this week.

Bob Bradley has been doing work in Norway this season with Stabæk sitting in second place with eight games left and now the Fighting Bob Bradleys will have to finish the season strong without their top goal scorer who was sold to Hull City.

Staying in Norway, Kenya Brown spoke to Viking FK defender A.J. Soares.

On loan from Orlando City, Adam Bedell scored three goals in HB Køge’s 6-2 win over Frederikssund in the Danish Cup on Wednesday.  Here is a post-game photo of Bedell.  And here is an intro video courtesy of HB Køge’s Youtube channel.

A couple other transfers to mention with deadline day this week.  Fabrice Picault is now with St. Pauli in Germany.  It looks like Mayowa Alli is on loan with Thisted FC in Denmark.  And Hardin-Simmons product Matt Pitcock has signed with FC Bern in Switzerland.

Categories: A.J. Soares, Adam Bedell, Ben Lederman, Bob Bradley, Brad Guzan, Christian Pulisic, Fabrice Picault, Geoff Cameron, Gyasi Zardes, Jozy Altidore, Matt Pitcock, Mayowa Alli, Tim Howard, Tim Ream, US Men's National Team
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MP vs. JJK Highlights
   September 2, 2015 (8:47 AM) by Matt Benson     Email This Post Email This Post

Walter Kromholz scored his third goal of the season (and his first with MP) in MP’s 3-2 loss to JJK last Thursday.  Here are some highlights with Kromholz’s goal coming at the 1:03 mark.

Categories: Highlights, Walter Kromholz
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Jonathan Spector added to USMNT roster
   September 2, 2015 (12:02 AM) by Matt Benson     Email This Post Email This Post

Today was one of those really busy days at work so I never had time to get to this, but apparently Jurgen Klinsmann finally realized he didn’t have many fullbacks and has added Jonathan Spector to the roster for the upcoming friendlies.

CHICAGO (Sept. 1, 2015) – U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has called Birmingham City defender Jonathan Spector into training camp ahead of U.S. friendlies against Peru on Sept. 4 and Brazil on Sept. 8, Mass. The roster now includes 24 players, who will continue to train in Washington, D.C. in preparation for Friday’s match at RFK Stadium.

Spector’s last USMNT camp came during March of 2014 before the Ukraine friendly, but he hasn’t appeared in a game for the US since a 1-0 win over Italy on February 29, 2012.  It has been a while.

Categories: Jonathan Spector, US Men's National Team

DeAndre Yedlin to Sunderland on season-long loan
   September 1, 2015 (10:28 AM) by Matt Benson     Email This Post Email This Post

As expected, DeAndre Yedlin is headed out on loan for the season and he is staying within the Premier League.

Sunderland AFC have completed the signing of defender DeAndre Yedlin on a season-long loan deal from Tottenham Hotspur.

The 22-year-old USA international full-back becomes the Black Cats’ eighth signing this summer, following Fabio Borini, Jeremain Lens, Yann M’Vila, Ola Toivonen, Younes Kaboul, Seb Coates and Adam Matthews to the Stadium of Light.

Reacting to his move to Sunderland, Yedlin said: “I’m delighted to be given the opportunity to play for a club with such great history.

“I’ve heard fantastic things about Sunderland and the supporters from Claudio Reyna and Jozy Altidore. Claudio speaks very highly of Dick Advocaat from his time at Rangers.”

Thoughts on the move?

Categories: DeAndre Yedlin

Tuesday morning links
   September 1, 2015 (12:06 AM) by Matt Benson     Email This Post Email This Post

We have reached the international week and the US has its last two friendlies before the CONCACAF Cup (more on that later).  Here is the roster Jurgen Klinsmann has called in for the friendlies, which is heavy on center backs.

You might have noticed that Timothy Chandler and DaMarcus Beasley were both absent from that roster and that is because they are both hurt and Chandler is going to be out for a while.

One player seeking his first cap is the Wooten Clan, Andrew Wooten.  Brian Sciaretta has some more on him.

While Clint Dempsey is not joining the team until the second game, Seattle Sounders manager Sigi Schmid thinks it is not a given that Dempsey will play with the US due to his hamstring injury.

Brian Straus has a piece up on on the current roster.

Some of the players went sightseeing yesterday.

Roughly 24,500 tickets have been sold for Friday’s friendly against Peru.

While CONCACAF has cut ties with Traffic Sports, it has partnered with SUM (Soccer United Marketing) to serve as commercial representative for the CONCACAF Cup, which is apparently the new name for the Confederations Cup playoff game.

The US is expected to have a friendly against Costa Rica after the CONCACAF Cup, although a venue hasn’t been selected yet.

Jordan Morris is getting back into form just in time for the CONCACAF Cup.

Darlington Nagbe is expected to become a US citizen in September (he is taking his naturalization test on September 10).

The US U-23 team is in England this week and you can check out that roster here.  US Soccer’s Twitter account has posted a couple photos from the camp (here and here).

The US U-20 team is also beginning a new cycle this month with a tournament in Serbia.  This current roster features two players who play abroad in Hannover 96’s Abuchi Obinwa and Chelsea’s Kyle Scott.

The end of the transfer window for most of Europe is upon us and a couple players have new teams while a couple others are still with their current teams when people thought they would be leaving.

DeAndre Yedlin is still with Tottenham at the moment despite loan interest from various teams across Europe, although signs point towards him ending up somewhere on loan.  My guess at this point would be a loan deal with some team in the English League Championship.

Fulham have decided to keep Emerson Hyndman despite several offers for the US U-23 midfielder.  While he has not featured for the Cottagers this season, he could also go out on loan to another English team.

Remember when the Colorado Rapids oddly sold Shane O’Neill to a team in Cyprus earlier this summer?  Well he has been oddly sold again this month to Belgian Jupiler Pro League side Royal Mouscron-Péruwelz after not appearing in any games for Apollon Limassol.

Bobby Warshaw has left Bærum in Norway for fellow OBOS-ligaen side Hønefoss.  He has already played in two games for Hønefoss over the last two weekends.

Conor O’Brien has a new home and it is with AC Horsens in the Danish 1st Division (second tier).

After six seasons with Helmond Sport, Charles Kazlauskas is now with De Treffers in the Dutch Topklasse (third tier).

The New York Times’ Sam Borden wrote some words on Ben Lederman’s situation at Barcelona.

We had some goals this past weekend.  Aron Johannsson opened up his account at Werder Bremen.  This is actually from last week, but Austin Berry scored his first goal in South Korea.  Christian Eissele now has four goals in four games since returning to Finland after scoring this past weekend.  Our updated goal tracker also has some info on other goals scored this past weekend, including three Americans all scoring for the same team in Malta.

We also had some assists this past weekend from some hype trains.  Gedion Zelalem looks like he is going to do well in Scotland and assisted on another goal.  Here is also a press conference from last week featuring him.  At the U19 level, Christian Pulisic assisted on a goal for Borussia Dortmund.

And no highlights of this one, but Maki Tall had a goal and an assist for FC Sion’s U21 team in a scrimmage.

And finally, Shaquell Moore made his first start for Huracán Valencia this past weekend, going 78 minutes and picking up a yellow card in a 1-1 draw to Valencia II.

Categories: Abuchi Obinwa, Andrew Wooten, Aron Johannsson, Austin Berry, Ben Lederman, Bobby Warshaw, Charles Kazlauskas, Christian Eissele, Christian Pulisic, Clint Dempsey, Conor O'Brien, DaMarcus Beasley, Darlington Nagbe, DeAndre Yedlin, Emerson Hyndman, Gedion Zelalem, Jordan Morris, Kyle Scott, Maki Tall, Shane O'Neill, Shaquell Moore, Timothy Chandler, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team, US U-23 National Team
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Borussia Dortmund U19 vs. Bayer Leverkusen U19 Highlights
   August 31, 2015 (2:52 PM) by Matt Benson     Email This Post Email This Post

Christian Pulisic got the start and recorded an assist in Borussia Dortmund U19’s 5-1 win over Bayer Leverkusen U19 on Saturday.  Here is the A-Junioren Bundesliga West highlight show with his assist coming at the 1:51 mark.

Categories: Christian Pulisic, Highlights
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Anyang vs. Chungju Highlights
   August 31, 2015 (1:14 PM) by Matt Benson     Email This Post Email This Post

We head to the South Korean K League Challenge for this goal.  Austin Berry scored his first goal last Wednesday since heading to South Korea on loan.  Here are some highlights with his goal coming at the 5:17 mark.

Categories: Austin Berry, Highlights
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Kemi Kings vs. Haka Highlights
   August 30, 2015 (11:35 PM) by Matt Benson     Email This Post Email This Post

Christian Eissele got the start and scored a goal in Kemi Kings’ 2-1 win over Haka on Sunday.  Eissele now has four goals in four games since moving back to Finland.  Here is his goal.

Categories: Christian Eissele, Highlights
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Klinsmann calls in 23 players for September friendlies
   August 30, 2015 (12:14 PM) by Matt Benson     Email This Post Email This Post

Here is your 23-man roster for September’s friendlies.  Michael Bradley and Clint Dempsey will be added to the roster after the Peru friendly, while William Yarbrough will return to Leon after the first game (and will be replaced by Sean Johnson).

GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), William Yarbrough (Club Leon)

DEFENDERS (8): Ventura Alvarado (Club America), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Greg Garza (Atlas), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Michael Orozco (Club Tijuana), Tim Ream (Fulham)

MIDFIELDERS (7): Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Joe Corona (Veracruz), Mix Diskerud (New York City FC), Jermaine Jones (New England Revolution), Alfredo Morales (FC Ingolstadt), Danny Williams (Reading), DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham Hotspur)

FORWARDS (5): Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Aron Johannsson (Werder Bremen), Bobby Wood (Union Berlin), Andrew Wooten (SV Sandhausen), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy)

We have a Wooten Clan sighting!  With all the injuries at fullback, I am guessing Geoff Cameron will play right back while Greg Garza or Tim Ream will play left back.


Categories: US Men's National Team

Werder Bremen vs. Borussia Moenchengladbach Highlights
   August 30, 2015 (11:22 AM) by Matt Benson     Email This Post Email This Post

Aron Johannsson got the start and scored from the penalty spot, his first goal with Werder Bremen, in Werder Bremen’s 2-1 win over Borussia Moenchengladbach on Sunday.  Here is his goal.

Categories: Aron Johannsson, Highlights

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