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Friday morning links
   September 19, 2014 (12:03 AM) by Matt Benson     Email This Post Email This Post
 

A bunch of stuff before the weekend.

The latest FIFA rankings came out yesterday with the US moving up one spot to #17.  The US is still the third-highest ranked team in CONCACAF with Costa Rica at #15 and Mexico at #16.

According to Steven Goff, the US has sold about 25,000 tickets for the October 10 friendly against Ecuador in Hartford.

Yesterday was Thursday and Thursday means Europa League.  Tim Howard was a beast as he tied a Europa League record with 12 saves in Everton’s 4-1 win over Wolfsburg (highlights).  And Fabian Johnson started on the left wing for Borussia Mönchengladbach in their 1-1 draw to Villarreal.

The UEFA Youth League also had some games this week with Gedion Zelalem going the distance in Arsenal’s 2-0 win over Junior Flores (71 minutes) and Borussia Dormund.  Here is a photo of them both in action.  Zelalem also had a pretty nice assist last week in an Arsenal youth game back in England.

Herculez Gomez scored a goal in Tigres’ 1-0 win over Queretaro in Copa MX action on Wednesday (highlights).  It was also Ronaldinho’s debut for Queretaro.

Emerson Hyndman will have a new manager at Fulham as Felix Magath has been sacked after the dumpster fire of a start by the Cottagers this season.

Sticking at Craven Cottage, remember when Clint Dempsey had his hand all wrapped up for a couple of weeks in 2010?  According to Danny Murphy, it was because Dempsey punched a window after finding out that he wouldn’t start in the Europa League semifinal.  Dempsey can still rap as well.

The English FA has proposed some changes about foreign players obtaining work permits in the UK.  And as Jeremiah Oshan points out, this could help Americans like DeAndre Yedlin if the US can continue to be a Top 30 team.  And here is your reminder that Yedlin is really fast.

Terrence Boyd has returned to some solo training this week.

Someone pointed out this tweet from August to me today, but it looks like Josh Gatt is hoping for a January return.

Greg Seltzer takes a look at some possible dual nationals for the USMNT as we begin the 2018 cycle.

Stoke City are setting up some academies in the US and Canada.

Jeffrey Donovan talked to Alfredo Morales about earning his second cap and some other things for ASN.

Right back Travis Brent signed with Heracles Almelo in the Netherlands last month.  He has played in at least one U-21 game over the last month.

Dembakwi Yomba assisted on a goal for one of Atletico Madrid’s youth teams this week.

Kenya Brown talked to Alex Rodier as he begins his second season in Poland with LKS Lomza.

And congrats to Jon Arnold for guest hosting Soccer Morning yesterday.  It seems like yesterday that he was writing about Christian Eissele for us.  He is all grown up.

 
Categories: Alex Rodier, Alfredo Morales, Clint Dempsey, DeAndre Yedlin, Dembakwi Yomba, Emerson Hyndman, Fabian Johnson, Gedion Zelalem, Herculez Gomez, Josh Gatt, Junior Flores, Terrence Boyd, Tim Howard, Travis Brent, US Men's National Team
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Everton vs. Wolfsburg Highlights
   September 18, 2014 (9:54 PM) by Matt Benson     Email This Post Email This Post
 

Tim Howard and Everton opened up their 2014-15 Europa League campaign with a 4-1 win over Wolfsburg on Thursday.  In case you forgot that Tim Howard is a beast, he tied a Europa League single-game record with 12 saves.  Here are some highlights.

 
Categories: Highlights, Tim Howard
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Tigres vs. Queretaro Highlights
   September 17, 2014 (9:27 PM) by Matt Benson     Email This Post Email This Post
 

Herculez Gomez and Jose Torres both went 90 minutes with Herc scoring the lone goal of the game in Tigres’ 1-0 win over Queretaro in Copa MX action on Wednesday night.  Here is Herc’s goal.

Plus, Ronaldinho had a nice miss on a PK.

 
Categories: Herculez Gomez, Highlights, Jose Francisco Torres
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OT Player of the Week
   September 17, 2014 (6:13 AM) by Matt Benson     Email This Post Email This Post
 

A couple days late on this.

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Matt’s Pick – Jann George (Greuther Fürth II – German Regionalliga)

Jann George is making rain goals right now.  Even before today’s brace (which goes towards next week), he scored five goals over two games last week.  Here is his brace from the weekend.

Howie’s Pick – Brek Shea (Stoke City – English Premier League)

Brek Shea’s latest edition of Brek Shea’s Last Chance began in a positive manner, as the winger went 67 minutes and assisted Birmingham City’s lone goal in a 1-1 draw with Leeds United (highlights).

 
Categories: Brek Shea, Jann George, Player of the Week
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Anderlecht vs. Galatasaray Highlights
   September 17, 2014 (5:15 AM) by Matt Benson     Email This Post Email This Post
 

Sacha Kljestan came off the bench and played 24 minutes in Anderlecht’s 1-1 draw to Galatasaray in Champions League action on Tuesday.  It looked like Anderlecht were going to snag three points in Istanbul, but Kljestan was beaten inside the penalty area which led to Galatasaray’s game-tying goal in the 91st minute.  Here are some highlights.

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Categories: Highlights, Sacha Kljestan
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Greuther Fürth II vs. Memmingen Highlights
   September 16, 2014 (10:17 PM) by Matt Benson     Email This Post Email This Post
 

Jann George is in the middle of an incredible run where he has scored seven goals over his last three games.  Here is his brace from the weekend in Greuther Fürth II’s 6-1 win over Memmingen.  His goals are at the 0:42 and 1:55 marks.

 
Categories: Highlights, Jann George
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Tuesday morning links
   September 16, 2014 (12:02 AM) by Matt Benson     Email This Post Email This Post
 

This past weekend was a busy one throughout Europe.

We had 12 different players score goals for a total of 15 goals.  So far, I have found highlights of Jordan Seabrook, Andrew Jacobson, Kenny Saief, Pablo Punyed and Cesar Romero.  For more information on the other goals, check out our updated goal tracker.

But some other non-goal scoring noteworthy stuff happened this past weekend as well.  Brad Guzan now leads all Premier League goalkeepers in clean sheets this season after posting a 1-0 win over Liverpool at Anfield (highlights).  He was happy about the win.

Brek Shea made his Birmingham City debut and assisted on the Blues’ lone goal in their 1-1 draw to Leeds United (highlights).  His performance was also worthy of Man of the Match honors by Birmingham City’s fans.

Julian Green also made his Hamburg debut, getting the start but getting subbed out at halftime of their 2-0 loss to Hannover 96.  By most accounts, he was pretty so-so.  Here is a photo of him in action (I really do like those white shirts).  And Hamburg’s manager Mirko Slomka was fired.

Joe Gyau made Borussia Dortmund’s bench for the first time this season in their 3-1 win over Freiburg, but he did not get into the game.

On the youth team sides, Andrija Novakovich scored a goal for Reading’s U-18 team in a 2-1 win over Brighton & Hove Albion.  And Kyle Scott scored a goal for Chelsea’s U-18 team in a 2-2 draw to West Ham United.

Aron Johannsson will never get to play a game for new manager Marco van Basten as he has stepped down due to health issues.

Forbes’ Mark J. Burns writes about how Clint Dempsey and Jozy Altidore have seen an uptick in endorsement money following the World Cup.

Andy Schreur talked to Tab Ramos about the US U-20’s trip to Argentina.

It looks like Chivas USA’s Eric Avila is headed to Santos Laguna following the MLS season.

I posted a link last week about how Mexico was going after U-17 defender Edwin Lara and now it looks like Mexico’s U-17 team is going after a couple other dual nationals.

And finally, in the event you haven’t seen AC Milan’s Jeremy Menez’s goal from this past weekend, you need to check it out.  Just dirty.

 
Categories: Andrew Jacobson, Andrija Novakovich, Aron Johannsson, Brad Guzan, Brek Shea, Cesar Romero, Clint Dempsey, Edwin Lara, Eric Avila, Joe Gyau, Jordan Seabrook, Jozy Altidore, Julian Green, Kenny Saief, Kyle Scott, Pablo Punyed, US U-20 National Team
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Pyunik vs. Ararat Highlights
   September 14, 2014 (3:21 PM) by Matt Benson     Email This Post Email This Post
 

The Joker strikes again.  Cesar Romero scored his third goal of the season in Armenia as his Pyunik defeated Jamel Wallace and Ararat 4-0 on Saturday.  Here is the full game with Romero’s goal coming at the 1:01:40 mark.  Got to love that random family pool in the background.

 
Categories: Cesar Romero, Highlights, Jamel Wallace
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VPS vs. Jaro Highlights
   September 14, 2014 (2:12 PM) by Matt Benson     Email This Post Email This Post
 

Jordan Seabrook came off the bench and scored his fifth goal of the season in VPS’s 3-3 draw to Jaro in Finland today.  Here are some highlights with his goal coming at the 1:34 mark.

 
Categories: Highlights, Jordan Seabrook
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Gent vs. Mouscron-Péruwelz Highlights
   September 14, 2014 (1:58 PM) by Matt Benson     Email This Post Email This Post
 

Brian Sciaretta introduced us to Israeli-American Kenny Saief this past week and the 20-year-old scored his first goal of the season today in Gent’s 1-0 win over Mouscron-Péruwelz.  Here is his goal.

 
Categories: Highlights, Kenny Saief
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