Hey guys, I am guessing you have probably noticed by now since I have barely touched the site, but I am officially going on “hiatus”. I think that is the word bands use when they break up but leave the door open slightly for a potential return.
I started this site on January 31, 2010 and it is now January 31, 2016. It was a fun ride and thank you very much for coming back all these years, but my life has changed a bit and it is not allowing me to run this site the way I would like to. I am still going to have the @socceroverthere account going with retweets of news and the usual horrible jokes during USMNT games.
Rhett Bernstein, one of those random Americans in Scandinavia that we’ve always enjoyed following, scored five goals in the Tippeligaen during Mjøndalen’s glorious one-year run after years of toiling in the second division. Alas, Mjøndalen was indeed relegated, and Bernstein opted to depart the club.
At the time, he indicated that he was interested in a first-division opportunity, but it appears that that didn’t materialize, as he has opted to sign with Miami FC of the second-tier North American Soccer League.
He’ll get to call Alessandro Nesta “Coach” and Paolo Maldini “boss”, as Miami FC randomly has some big names involved. They’ve also actually signed some decent players already, with old OT favorite Brad Rusin, longtime New York Red Bulls winger Dane Richards, and longtime EPL veteran/two-time Honduran World Cup-er Wilson Palacios.
It’s been a busy off-season for Americans moving to Liga MX. Already this month we saw Jorge Villafaña and Omar Gonzalez make moves to Santos Laguna and Pachuca, respectively; now, Luis Gil, out of contract with Real Salt Lake, has signed a deal with Querétaro.
The contract is for three years, although I wonder if that’s rounded since it would be expiring in the 2018-19 apertura/clasura break. He’ll join a Gallos Blancos squad that finished 11th this fall; they did reach the Liga MX final last spring. He’ll also got to fulfil every American’s dream of hanging out with Jonathan Bornstein in his downtime.
Gil is just 22 years old, which seems crazy because I swear he’s been around forever. After seemingly breaking out with a 5-goal, 3-assist season at 19 in 2013, he seemed to plateau. I’m inclined to think a change of scenery will be good for him, and his style (skinny and technical) might be a better fit south of the border.
So, the LA Galaxy were unable to persuade MLS to allow them limitless DPs, so they’ve sold centerback Omar Gonzalez to Pachuca. Gonzalez, a three-time MLS Cup champion and former Rookie of the Year and MLS Cup MVP, seemed to stagnate a bit, so it’s a logical enough move for the 27 year-old defender. Pachuca has had a ton of Americans over the years, although Gonzalez will be the only active one.
His introduction press conference was easily the greatest in the history of Mexican soccer, probably in the history of organized sports.
It’s the mid-season break in Mexico, and with the spring-to-fall leagues like MLS in the off-season, we’ll see some movement in the coming weeks. We’ve already seen a few transactions, but there have been a few more in recent days.
OT hero César “The Joker” Romero, who tore up Armenia before moving to FY Macedonia, has joined Deportivo Tepic. Romero was linked to Guadalajara, which was interesting as he had an unsuccessful run with their former MLS affiliate a few years ago, before settling with the club frequently known as Coras de Tepic. Tepic serves as an affiliate to Chivas. They finished 11th in Ascenso MX, missing the Apetura playoffs.
Meanwhile, it sounds like another Luis from Real Salt Lake may be heading to Mexico. Luis Gil, who never really put things together with RSL, may be joining Luis Silva south of the border (assuming that move still happens).
I've heard a Liga Mx club is stepping up their interest for Luis Gil. The US U-23 mid is traveling to Mexico for negotiations this week
Tijuana midfielder Joe Corona, who had been on loan to Veracruz during the Apetura, was picked up as a loanee during the weird Liga MX draft. He’ll join a Dorados team that is fighting relegation. After earning just 15 points in its first season in Liga MX, Dorados will need a surge to stay up.
Liga MX relegation is a little more complicated, but Sinaloa was four points behind the pace of Morelia (ie., they would have needed 19 points from 17 to be equal with Morelia’s current pace). They need Morelia or Guadlajara to have a bad apetura campaign or do very well (they’d need about 23 points at current paces).
Dorados is owned by the same group as Tijuana (Liga MX is weird) and has basically served as their reserve team at times.
The January camp roster should be coming soon, and we now know the opponents for the pair of friendlies. The Yanks will face Iceland at 3:45 PM ET on Sunday, January 31 before a 10:15 PM ET tilt with Canada on Friday, February 5. Both matches will be played at the StubHub Center in Carson, CA.
Iceland qualified for Euro 2016 although this isn’t likely to be a first-team roster. Canada is Canada but has some decent young MLS talent.
The US hasn’t lost to Canada in 35 years. They haven’t played Iceland in over 20 years; the two nations are 2-2-2 all-time head-to-head. They also famously played twice in ice hockey at the 1994 Junior Goodwill Games, with Iceland capturing a 12-1 group stage victory before the Americans frantically rallied in the third-period of the gold medal game in a wild 5-5 (4-3 penalties) win. Gordon Bombay’s gutsy goalie switch was later replicated by Louis van Gaal in the 2014 World Cup quarterfinals.
So you might have noticed that I have disappeared over the last two weeks. To get right to the point, the last couple months have been overwhelming between work, this site and other aspects of my life. I am a little burnt out on everything.
I don’t want to shut down the site for good as there is five years of hard work between myself and others on here, so my plan of action right now is to take off the rest of this month (while also stepping back at some other things in my life). Hopefully things can calm down then I can get back at it at some point in January with some recharged batteries.
I am sorry to those of you who have relied on this site for news/goals/highlights and want to thank the many dedicated fans who have kept coming back to the site over the years.
Been a quiet time and with Matt gone we missed this news last week— South Florida defender Brendan Hines-Ike has signed a deal in Sweden. It’s a four-year deal, although it doesn’t say how much (if any) is guaranteed.
A Denver native, Hines-Ike spent three years at Creighton before transferring to USF this year. He was named to the Missouri Valley Conference all-freshman team, was second-team All-Big East as a sophomore, and was unanimous first-team All-American Athletic as a senior. Örebro was 9th in the Allsvenskan last season; long-time readers might remember it as the one-time club of Alejandro Bedoya.
Real Salt Lake midfielder Luis Silva, who is out of contract after a midseason trade from D.C. United, apparently isn’t interested in sticking around MLS. According to multiple sources, Silva will be moving to Mexico and joining UANL (or Tigres, if you prefer).
The 27 year-old was the #4 overall pick in the 2012 SuperDraft by Toronto. He put up 5 goals and 5 assists as a rookie, 3 goals and 4 assists over two teams in 2013, and 11 goals and 4 assists with D.C. last year before struggling with injuries. (He actually put up those 2014 numbers in just 1500 minutes.)
He’ll join Jose Francisco Torres in the Tigres midfield.