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Some linkage for Thursday
   April 24, 2014 (12:29 AM) by Matt     Email This Post Email This Post
 

Let’s start off with some good news on the injury front.

DaMarcus Beasley left Puebla’s game last weekend with an injury and now it looks like it is only a right hamstring strain.  He could even return to the field as early as Sunday when Puebla hosts Morelia.

Jonathan Spector missed Birmingham City’s game on Monday after picking up a knock in the previous game, but there is a good chance that he will be fit for this upcoming weekend.

A week after being in the doghouse at Hertha Berlin, John Brooks is back in the starting lineup and general manager Michael Preetz is praising his play.

Jermaine Jones got a new tattoo and he is more patriotic than you.

I fully expect some USMNTers to be rumored with a move to NYCFC over the next year and we have our first rumor with Mix Diskerud.

Landon Donovan came out in support of now former Manchester United manager David Moyes.

If you want to go to the US-Turkey friendly at Red Bull Arena, you need to fill out a ticket application for that match.

Here is a nice write-up on the 1930 USMNT and their performance at the World Cup.  Once we get closer to this summer, I will re-post our little capsules of each World Cup that I did prior to the 2010 World Cup.

The US U-21 team played a Tijuana reserve team yesterday and TopDrawerSoccer.com was there for the friendly.  The US won 2-1 with Benji Joya scoring both goals for the US, while American Amando Moreno scored for Tijuana.  Here are the two lineups the US played with by half:  1st half & 2nd half.

Jurgen Klinsmann has been in Carson this week for the camp.  US Soccer’s website also did a Q&A with defender Shane O’Neill.

Brian Sciaretta caught up with Tab Ramos to talk about last week’s Dallas Cup with the U-20 team and this week’s camp with the U-21 team.  One good nugget of information from the interview, while Julian Green is now tied with the US, he can’t play with the US U-20 team since he played with Germany’s U-19 team, although he might still be eligible for the 2016 Olympics.

Borussia Dortmund’s Junior Flores will be sidelined for the next three weeks due to an ankle injury.

GAIS’s Bobby Warshaw writing for Deadspin tells us why tactics matter.

Here is what all 32 World Cup jerseys look like once they become pixelated.

 
Categories: Amando Moreno, Benji Joya, Bobby Warshaw, DaMarcus Beasley, Jermaine Jones, John Brooks, Jonathan Spector, Julian Green, Junior Flores, Landon Donovan, Mikkel Diskerud, Shane O'Neill, US Men's National Team, US U-21 National Team
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Greuther Fürth II vs. Heimstetten Highlights
   April 23, 2014 (7:30 AM) by Matt     Email This Post Email This Post
 

Jann George scored his 10th goal of the season from the penalty spot this past weekend in Greuther Fürth II’s 4-2 loss to Heimstetten.  Here are some highlights from the match, including George’s goal around the 1:38 mark.

 
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Tuesday morning links
   April 22, 2014 (12:02 AM) by Matt     Email This Post Email This Post
 

Lots of stuff going on with the site in the last 48 hours.

We had a bunch of goals this past weekend which led to a lot of highlights.  As always, you can follow along with our goal tracker.  Terrence Boyd’s first goal is probably my favorite of the bunch from the weekend.

We also had a bunch of guys see the field on Monday, including two goals in the lower leagues in Denmark and Norway.  One of those goal scorers, Anton Peterlin, popped up in the third tier in Denmark, while Christian Eissele made his Swedish debut with IK Brage.

Howie went all Robert Stack on Monday and solved some mysteries on some former US youth national team players like Alex Molano and Vincenzo Bernardo.  Basically they are re-emerging in the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL).

Josh Deaver got some words from Tab Ramos and a couple of players following the US U-20′s 2-0 loss to River Plate on Sunday.  Ramos was happy with the tournament as a whole despite the loss in the final.  Here are some GIF/highlights from the loss to River Plate.

Brian Sciaretta also talked to Paul Arriola and Emerson Hyndman last week during the Dallas Cup.  Arriola missed the final since he had to go back to Tijuana early.

Ramos is now headed to California to oversee the US U-21 camp this week.  The 21-man roster is now down to 19 as Luis Gil and Wil Trapp have been ruled out due to small injuries.  The U-21 team will also play a friendly against Club Tijuana (I’m assuming a youth team) on Wednesday.

Steven Goff gives us a few updates on the USMNT World Cup training camp.  The first provisional roster (30 players) is due to FIFA by May 12, while Jurgen Klinsmann is expecting to invite 26-28 players to the camp at Stanford University.  Players will report to Palo Alto by May 14.

Ticket sales for the US-Nigeria friendly in Jacksonville have surpassed 20,000.

While I prefer the Studio 90 videos (which they seem to do less of nowadays), the latest “Road to the Roster” podcast is up.  Klinsmann discusses strikers and the upcoming camp among other things.

Landon Donovan apparently did a bunch of interviews last week as here is one with Goal.com and one with Mashable.

John Brooks went through “back tattoo”-gate last week, but he appeared in the starting lineup this past weekend (and a good chance the rest of the season) due to a season-ending injury to Fabian Lustenberger.

Jimmy Conrad went to Germany and did some fun things, including speaking to Bobby Wood (around the 5:00 mark).  And Bayern Munich’s Mattias Sammer talks about Julian Green around the 10:25 mark of this video.

Junior Flores scored a goal with Borussia Dortmund’s U-19 team against Japan this past weekend at the U19 Champions Trophy.  It also sounds like he had a couple assists in other games in the tournament.

A new dual national youth player to keep an eye on, Australian A-League side Wellington Phoenix’s Tyler Boyd.

 
Categories: Anton Peterlin, Bobby Wood, Christian Eissele, Emerson Hyndman, John Brooks, Julian Green, Junior Flores, Landon Donovan, Luis Gil, Paul Arriola, Terrence Boyd, Tyler Boyd, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team, US U-21 National Team, Wil Trapp
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The OT Report – Monday Edition
   April 21, 2014 (4:11 PM) by Matt     Email This Post Email This Post
 

Quite a few guys in action on Monday, including two goals in the lower leagues in Denmark and Norway.

Anthony Avalos (Vard – Norwegian 2. Division) – Anthony scored a goal in Vard’s 2-1 victory over Stord.

Mikkel Diskerud (Rosenborg – Norwegian Tippeligaen) – Mikkel got the start and went the full 90 minutes in Rosenborg’s 2-2 draw to Bodø / Glimt.

Christian Eissele (IK Brage – Swedish Division 1) – Christian got the start and played 90 minutes in IK Brage’s 2-1 victory over AFC United.

Patrick Hopkins (Sirius – Swedish Superettan) – Patrick got the start and went the full 90 minutes in Sirius’ 3-2 loss to Varberg.

Babajide Ogunbiyi (Viborg – Danish Superliga) – Babajide got the start and went the full 90 minutes in Viborg’s 5-2 loss to Midtjylland.

Zachary Olow (Ulm – German Regionalliga) – Zachary got the start and played 45 minutes in Ulm’s 4-1 loss to Kaiserslautern II.

Oguchi Onyewu (Sheffield Wednesday – English League Championship) – Oguchi got the start and went the full 90 minutes in Sheffield Wednesday’s 3-2 loss to  Charlton Athletic.

Will Packwood (Birmingham City – English League Championship) – Will got the start and went the full 90 minutes in Birmingham City’s 4-2 loss to Blackburn Rovers.

Anton Peterlin (HIK – Danish 2nd Division) – Anton scored a goal in HIK’s 5-3 loss to Skive.

Eric Pothast (Angelholms FF – Swedish Superettan) – Eric got the start and went the full 90 minutes in Angelholms FF’s 2-1 victory over Hammarby.

Matt Pyzdrowski (Angelholms FF – Swedish Superettan) – Matt got the start, went the full 90 minutes and received a yellow card in Angelholms FF’s 2-1 victory over Hammarby.

Michael Stephens (Stabæk – Norwegian Tippeligaen) – Michael got the start and went the full 90 minutes in Stabæk’s 2-1 loss to Odd.

 
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Former YNTers signing in the NPSL roundup
   April 21, 2014 (1:10 PM) by Howie     Email This Post Email This Post
 

As avid readers of this site, I’m sure many of you have been vexed by such questions as “Whatever happened to Alex Molano?” and “Where did Vincenzo Bernardo wind up, anyways?” If you’ve lost sleep trying to figure out the answers to these types of questions, I have good news: we’ve solved some mysteries.

Vincenzo Bernardo, who came up with Napoli’s youth system before Napoli’s brief run as the cool team for American fans to root for, was last seen playing in the 2nd tier of Guatemala after having also played in the lower levels of Switzerland and the US. He has resurfaced in the US again, signing with Miami United FC of the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) (semi-pro quasi-4th tier).

Meanwhile, in Texas, Dallas City FC has stacked their roster with players you’ve heard of from their days with the U-20s and U-17s:

- Victor Garza (Tigres academy)

- Moises Orozco (Tigres academy)

- Alex Molano (Dinamo Zagreb)

- Marlon Duran (FC Dallas)

They also have Bryan Levya, a former FC Dallas guy who I don’t believe was ever US-eligible.

 
Categories: Alex Molano, Marlon Duran, Moises Orozco, Victor Garza, Vincenzo Bernardo
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Birmingham City vs. Nottingham Forest Highlights
   April 21, 2014 (1:00 PM) by Matt     Email This Post Email This Post
 

Jonathan Spector went the full 90 minutes at right back, but his errant pass led to the lone goal of the game in Birmingham City’s 1-0 loss to Nottingham Forest.  Here are the highlights.

 
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AZAL vs. Khazar Lankaran Highlights
   April 21, 2014 (11:00 AM) by Matt     Email This Post Email This Post
 

Will John scored his seventh goal of the season in AZAL’s 1-1 draw to Khazar Lankaran in Azerbaijani Premier League action over the weekend.  Here are some highlights with John’s goal coming at the 2:30 mark.

 
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Zweibrücken vs. FC Homburg Highlights
   April 20, 2014 (8:50 PM) by Matt     Email This Post Email This Post
 

Mexican-American Irvin Raul Parra scored his fourth goal of the season this weekend in Zweibrücken’s 1-0 win over Homburg in German Regionalliga action.  It wasn’t the prettiest of goals, but it went in the goal.  Here are some highlights from the game with Parra’s goal coming around the 2:40 mark.

 
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US U-20 vs. River Plate Highlights
   April 20, 2014 (7:03 PM) by Matt     Email This Post Email This Post
 

In a game that was delayed two times by rain and lightning, the US U-20 team ran out of gas in the Dallas Cup Final and lost 2-0 to River Plate.  Both of River Plate’s goals were scored by Lucas Boye while Ben Spencer scored a goal which was disallowed after Rubio Rubin was whistled offside.  Here are the two goals and Spencer’s almost-goal.

 
Categories: Highlights, US U-20 National Team
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Rapid Vienna vs. Grödig Highlights
   April 20, 2014 (3:57 PM) by Matt     Email This Post Email This Post
 

Terrence Boyd recorded his first brace since November (giving him 16 goals on the season across all competitions) in Rapid Vienna’s 2-2 draw to Grödig on Sunday.  Here are the highlights with Boyd’s goals coming at the 1:48 and 2:15 marks.

 
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