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Here is your US-Chile pre-game primer
   January 28, 2015 (12:48 AM) by Matt Benson     Email This Post Email This Post

Here is a quick rundown of things you might want to look at before today’s game.

» The game is at 6 PM Eastern on FOX Sports 1, UniMas and UDN.

» Chile is ranked #14 by FIFA and #7 by Elo, while the US is #27 by FIFA and #19 by Elo.

» Here are the official game notes by US Soccer.  As for some random stats/facts:

The US is 3-4-2 all-time against Chile with the US winning the lone previous meeting on Chilean soil, a 2-1 win in Coquimbo on January 29, 2000.

The US has scored exactly one goal in six straight games, the longest such streak in USMNT history.

The US is playing its first friendly in South America since the 2000 friendly against Chile mentioned above.

Nick Rimando has made 16 appearances for the USMNT, going 10-0-2 in his 12 decisions, including four shutouts.

Eight players are looking for their first USMNT cap:  Steve Birnbaum, Matt Hedges, Jon Kempin, Perry Kitchen, Shane O’Neill, Dillon Serna, Wil Trapp and Gyasi Zardes.

» Here is the latest photo gallery from training this week.

» The guys over at The Yanks Are Coming have you covered like usual with a game preview.  Matthew Doyle, who always makes you smarter every time you read his stuff, educates us all on the 3-5-2, which we might see today.

» Clint Dempsey can still rap.

» The US will be playing at Estadio El Teniente, which hosted seven matches during the 1962 World Cup.

» Kyle McCarthy is in Chile and spoke to Lee Nguyen this week.

» And finally, in other USMNT news, Gedion Zelalem is currently ineligible to play for the US for the next five years, but the US is trying to get a FIFA exception.  Read all about it here.

My prediction:  1-1 with Dempsey scoring the US’s lone goal.

Categories: US Men's National Team
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A look at the USYNT goalkeeper pool
   January 27, 2015 (7:23 AM) by Will Reno     Email This Post Email This Post

2015 is a big year for the US youth national teams. Of course we have the U20 and U17 World Cups on the horizon but we’re also approaching the Olympic U23 qualifying in the fall. We should start seeing more U23 camps and games like we saw against the Bahamas and Brazil in 2014. Because it’s the best position, here’s a quick run through of the state of the goalkeepers on each three USYNT teams.


Inside tracks: Cody Cropper, Jon Kempin, Alex Bono

Darkhorses: Paul Blanchette (Loyola Marymount), Devin Cook (Austin Aztex), Andrew Wolverton (LA Galaxy), Tyler Miller (SVN Zweibrücken)

Of course Bono is the hot item right now going from expecting to stay for his senior year to landing a Generation Adidas contract and getting a USMNT call-up all within a few weeks. But the Olympic squads only carry two goalkeepers into the final tournament. Qualifying will now take place this fall, the same time as Cropper’s club starts up, so while Bono may make the qualifying roster, he may not be able to jump Cropper or Kempin to make the final two. Kempin, who was named over Bono as one of the three final goalkeepers for the upcoming Chile game.

Cook passed on his senior year to play at Austin Aztex. Wolverton and Miller had rightful buzz this past MLS draft and Paul Blanchette, highlights here of the true dark horse of the bunch, has a playing style very similar to Bono. The four have this next year to really make a case as to why they should be considered for the U23s.



Inside tracks: Zack Steffen, Ethan Horvath

Darkhorses: Evan Louro (Michigan), Jeff Caldwell (Virginia), Paul Christensen (Portland), Josh Weiss (Sienna)

Completely out of the running: Santiago Castaño

Before the Red Bulls keeper switched to Colombia, Castaño was a shoo-in to backup Steffen through the winter qualification. So when he jumped to Colombia, not only did he give up a spot to Horvath, but he didn’t even make the final roster for Colombia. But even with the departure, the US is stacked at the position. The four dark horses all finished their freshman year at their respective schools and would be fine replacements if Steffen or Horvath couldn’t attend.

As for Steffen and Horvath, Steffen finished on a very high note as he saved a penalty in a, at the time, 1-0 game against El Salvador. Steffen not only covered a great deal of the goalmouth to make the save, doing his best Steve Clark impression, but it did it in such a nonchalant manner. It was a lot of fun to see him casually make the game-winning save. Even though he has some mechanics he could work on, he’s a worthy choice for New Zealand 2015.



Inside tracks: Kevin Silva, Will Pulisic

Darkhorses: Cameron Keys (La Salle), Charlie Furrer (Stanford), Austin Aviza (Syracuse), Tucker Schneider (SIUE)

The typically stalwart netminders had an uncharacteristically rough finish in the 2014 Nike Friendlies with a 4-1 loss to Brazil. Still, expect these two to be with the team at the end of February, the start of qualifying. The Silva/Pulisic combo has been a deathly duo for opposing offenses in the past and I expect them to roll zeros through qualification.

Keys, Furrer, Aviza, and Schneider are all looking to start their freshman year around the same time the U17 World Cup kicks off. Of the four, Keys and Aviza have a decent shot at starting for their schools but I don’t think any of them would mind missing their collegiate season to play at the U17 World Cup. Pulisic is actually the youngest of the six listed. In a tournament where age is incredibly important, let that speak as strong testimony for Pulisic’s ability, surpassing his peers that are 16 months older than him.

Categories: US U-17 National Team, US U-20 National Team, US U-23 National Team
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Quick link action for Tuesday
   January 27, 2015 (12:45 AM) by Matt Benson     Email This Post Email This Post

Let’s get right to the point with these.

The USMNT are in Chile ahead of their friendly on Wednesday.  Here is a photo gallery from Chile.

US Soccer talked to Jurgen Klinsmann and DeAndre Yedlin about calling Yedlin into camp.

Looking for Chile’s roster?  You can find it at the bottom of this link.

USMNT assistant coach Andreas Herzog was named head coach of the US U-23/Olympic team.

Scott French talked to Marc Pelosi about coming back from his broken leg to making his first USMNT camp.

The latest Juan Agudelo rumor has him talking to the New England Revolution.  If the deal is true, that already fun team just got another fun piece.

It looks like Jurgen Klinsmann is trying to help Bobby Wood find a new club.

Fresh off qualifying for the U-20 World Cup, Matt Miazga flew to Qatar and could be trialing/transferring to RB Leipzig.

Speaking of the US U-20 team, in case you missed it, here are highlights of their 2-0 win over El Salvador to qualify for New Zealand.  Romain Gall shared the Golden Boot with Mexico’s Hirving Lozano with each scoring five goals throughout the tournament.

Greg Garza was named to Medio Tiempo’s Liga MX Team of the Week.

We had a few goals this weekend.  Kenny Saief scored for Gent while Jon-Paul Pittman scored for Grimsby Town.  Alfredo Morales scored a goal for Ingolstadt in a friendly.  And Sebastian Lletget scored a goal for West Ham’s U-21 team.

After injuring his groin while out on loan in December, Will Packwood is back in training with Birmingham City.

And finally, Tab Ramos’ son, Alex, has signed a professional contract with Pachuca.  Also of note, he was born in Mexico while Tab was playing with Tigres.

Categories: Alex Ramos, Alfredo Morales, Bobby Wood, DeAndre Yedlin, Greg Garza, Jon-Paul Pittman, Juan Agudelo, Kenny Saief, Marc Pelosi, Matt Miazga, Romain Gall, Sebastian Lletget, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team, US U-23 National Team, Will Packwood
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Gent vs. KV Oostende Highlights
   January 25, 2015 (1:36 PM) by Matt Benson     Email This Post Email This Post

Kenny Saief got the start and scored his third goal of the season across all competitions in Gent’s 3-1 win over KV Oostende on Sunday.  Here is his goal.

Categories: Highlights, Kenny Saief
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US U-20 vs. El Salvador Highlights
   January 24, 2015 (4:35 PM) by Matt Benson     Email This Post Email This Post

The US U-20 team is headed to New Zealand for the U-20 World Cup after beating El Salvador 2-0 today.  Goals came from Ben Spencer and Paul Arriola, while Zack Steffen made a huge save on a PK with the score only 1-0 in the second half.  Here are the highlights.


Categories: Ben Spencer, Highlights, Paul Arriola, US U-20 National Team, Zack Steffen
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Jurgen Klinsmann trims roster to 23 players for upcoming friendlies
   January 24, 2015 (10:32 AM) by Matt Benson     Email This Post Email This Post

With the USMNT flying to Chile this weekend for Wednesday’s game, Jurgen Klinsmann has trimmed the USMNT camp roster down to 23 players while also adding DeAndre Yedlin into the mix.

Six players have been released back to their clubs:  Tesho Akindele, Alex Bono, Christian Dean, Dennis Flores, Julio Morales and Oscar Sorto.  Marc Pelosi did not make the trip to Chile, but will rejoin the group when it returns to Los Angeles.

GOALKEEPERS (3): Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Jon Kempin (Sporting Kansas City), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)

DEFENDERS (7): Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Steve Birnbaum (D.C. United), Matt Hedges (FC Dallas), Jermaine Jones (New England Revolution), Perry Kitchen (D.C. United), Shane O’Neill (Colorado Rapids), DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham Hotspur)

MIDFIELDERS (8): Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Mix Diskerud (New York City FC), Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake), Miguel Ibarra (Minnesota United FC), Lee Nguyen (New England Revolution), Dillon Serna (Colorado Rapids), Brek Shea (Orlando City), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew SC)

FORWARDS (5): Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes), Bobby Wood (1860 Munich), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy)

Surprised by the Yedlin addition?  Any other thoughts/complaints?

Categories: US Men's National Team

Some links before the weekend
   January 23, 2015 (12:36 AM) by Matt Benson     Email This Post Email This Post

Some reading material as you countdown until the weekend.

Coming off a 1-0 win over Trinidad & Tobago on Wednesday (highlights), the US U-20 team found out that it will be playing El Salvador on Saturday in the win-or-go-home playoff match to determine who will go to this summer’s U-20 World Cup in New Zealand.  The game will be on Fox Sports 2 at 5:00 PM Eastern.  The US will have a chance to get some revenge on El Salvador as they knocked out the 2012 U-23 team from qualifying for the 2012 Olympics. (UPDATE – Looks like the game is now on Fox Soccer Plus).

US Soccer also put up a video on Tommy Thompson yesterday.

Speaking of the U-23 team, Ives Galarcep decided to guess at a possible Olympic qualifying team of MLS players since some of the European-based played might not get released for qualification.

Joe Corona returned from his broken foot to score in Tijuana’s Copa MX match on Wednesday (highlights).  Jon Arnold (who has been everywhere this week) was at Estadio Caliente on Wednesday and got some post-game quotes from Corona.  Tijuana’s website also got some words from Corona following the game.

Jon Arnold also spoke to Mix Diskerud this week at the USMNT camp.

In case you missed it on Wednesday, Sacha Kljestan scored two nearly identical goals in Anderlecht’s Belgian Cup win (highlights).  And Eric Lichaj was subbed off after only 32 minutes in Nottingham Forest’s 3-2 loss to Fulham.

Still unemployed, but apparently Juan Agudelo is mulling over some offers.

For those of you with a Darlington Nagbe-to-USMNT countdown clock, you can probably move the time up a bit.  Most people thought he would become a US citizen at the end of 2015 but it now looks like it could be September according to Portland Timbers owner Merritt Paulson.

Brad Guzan did a little Q&A action with ESPN FC this week.

With the Bundesliga on winter break, Greg Seltzer decided to do a midseason report card on John Brooks, Timothy Chandler, Julian Green, Joe Gyau, Fabian Johnson and Caleb Stanko.

Mukwelle Akale turned 18 recently so he officially joined Villarreal this week.

Giuseppe Gentile, who bounced around USL Pro/NASL last season, has signed with Swiss Challenge League club FC Chiasso.

And finally, Kevin Dzierzawski is headed on loan to Scottish League One side Peterhead.  Dzierzawski has been with Queen of the South in Scotland since 2013-14.

Enjoy the weekend.

Categories: Brad Guzan, Caleb Stanko, Darlington Nagbe, Eric Lichaj, Fabian Johnson, Giuseppe Gentile, Joe Corona, Joe Gyau, John Brooks, Juan Agudelo, Julian Green, Mix Diskerud, Mukwelle Akale, Sacha Kljestan, Timothy Chandler, Tommy Thompson, US U-20 National Team, US U-23 National Team
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Report – Juan Agudelo considering 1860 Munich offer
   January 22, 2015 (6:03 AM) by Matt Benson     Email This Post Email This Post

Juan Agudelo hasn’t played in a competitive soccer match since playing (and scoring) in Utrecht’s 2-1 win over Vitesse on May 3, 2014.  A lot of things have happened since then.

Ives Galarcep is hearing from sources that Agudelo could have some new employment as he considers an offer from 1860 Munich.

Sources have confirmed to Goal USA that Agudelo is considering an offer to join Bundesliga 2 side 1860 Munich. The 21-year-old free agent was first approached by the club last summer, but passed up the opportunity as he sought to complete a move to Stoke City. That move fell through after Agudelo’s work permit appeal rejected, his second failed attempt.

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Despite his inactivity, sources tell Goal USA that Agudelo is weighing several offers and could finalize a new club destination by the end of the month, though as a free agent he is free to sign with European clubs outside the January transfer window.

Agudelo has been in free agent limbo since failing to secure a work permit while trying to move to Stoke City.  He has reportedly turned down prior offers from Werder Bremen and 1860 Munich while waiting for his work permit fiasco to end.

If this offer is legit, one would think he should take it instead of sitting in soccer purgatory.

1860 Munich currently sit in 15th place in the 18-team 2. Bundesliga, barely out of the relegation zone due to having a better goal differential than VfR Aalen at the moment.  They are also the employers of fellow American Bobby Wood, but that looks to be ending soon.

Categories: Juan Agudelo

Tijuana vs. Necaxa Highlights
   January 21, 2015 (9:42 PM) by Matt Benson     Email This Post Email This Post

Joe Corona (started and went 90) and Alejandro Guido (came off the bench and played 20) both scored for Tijuana on Wednesday in their 3-1 win over Necaxa in Copa MX action.  Here are the highlights.

Categories: Alejandro Guido, Highlights, Joe Corona
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US U-20 vs. Trinidad & Tobago Highlights
   January 21, 2015 (5:11 PM) by Matt Benson     Email This Post Email This Post

All the US U-20 team needed was a point to advance to the playoff round and they got the full three points in this 1-0 win.  It was another slightly boring/sloppy game until Bradford Jamieson IV scored the lone goal of the game in the 78th minute on some good ol’ classic US Soccer 4-4-2 counter ball.  The US now has a win or go home playoff game on Saturday in order to qualify for the U-20 World Cup, but they have to wait until tomorrow to find out their opponent once Group B finishes its games.

Here are the highlights.

Categories: Bradford Jamieson IV, Highlights, US U-20 National Team
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