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Tuesday morning link thing
   July 29, 2014 (12:21 AM) by Matt Benson     Email This Post Email This Post

Some more links for your Tuesday morning reading pleasure.

Let’s start off with a stupid but awesome USMNT shirt.

Julian Green doesn’t want a loan and wants to break into the Bayern Munich lineup.  Here is also an adorable photo of him as a young kid cheering on Bayern Munich with his dad.

According to Sunderland manager Gus Poyet, Jozy Altidore’s hamstring is now fine.

I posted last week about Danny Williams’ surgery.  It now looks like he was told by the club to have surgery over the summer while he tried to avoid having it.  But he is going to be out several weeks.

Brad Guzan is aware that he has to prove himself if he wants to take over the #1 job for the USMNT.

The player currently in front of him for that spot, Tim Howard, will be wearing purple in away games this season with Everton.

Geoff Cameron talked to the people over at New England Soccer Today about his World Cup experience.

We learned about Terrence Boyd’s ACL yesterday, but here is an interview he did in Germany last week prior to his injury.  And the headline/quote is funny. did a little write up on a few of the Americans who play among the various leagues in Germany.

US U-20 midfielder Eric Lickert was last seen with SC Freiburg’s U-19 team last year, but he signed a professional contract with German 3. Liga side SpVgg Unterhaching for this season.

With the European season starting up, Brian Sciaretta wrote about five prospects who could make their debuts this year.  Mr. Sciaretta also talked to Pablo Punyed last week about playing in Europa League.

Here is a cool photo of Bobby Wood and Brek Shea from this past weekend’s friendly between their respective clubs.

According to this report, Jonathan Spector has a “niggle in his groin.”  I’m assuming that is like a strain.

Jon-Paul Pittman’s trial with English Conference National side Grimsby Town wasn’t very long as they ended up signing him on a one-year deal.

Mukwelle Akale scored a goal for Villarreal’s U-18 team over the weekend and Top Drawer Soccer has the footage of the goal.

Cal Poly’s Ariel Lassiter signed a professional contract with Swedish Superttan side GAIS.  He will now become teammates with Bobby Warshaw.

While FIFA updated their rankings a week or so ago.  Elo, who I personally like a little bit more, finally updated their numbers post-World Cup.  The US dropped from #13 to #17.  Costa Rica is now #15, while Mexico is now #11.

And finally, we are slowly adding more content to the site aside from highlights and links over the next couple months.  I know one interview of someone who plays in Germany will hopefully be up on the site in the next couple of days.  There is also going to be some other more opinionated-type stuff on the USMNT coming out soon as well.  Plus, I will keep posting Jermaine Jones Instagram photos.

Categories: Alfredo Morales, Ariel Lassiter, Bobby Wood, Brad Guzan, Brek Shea, Caleb Stanko, Danny Williams, David Yelldell, Devante Parker, Emerson Hyndman, Eric Lickert, Fabian Johnson, Geoff Cameron, Jon-Paul Pittman, Jonathan Spector, Jozy Altidore, Julian Green, Mukwelle Akale, Nicholas Gaitan, Pablo Punyed, Rubio Rubin, Shawn Parker, Terrence Boyd, Tim Howard, US Men's National Team
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Terrence Boyd out 10 weeks with a partial ACL tear
   July 28, 2014 (9:13 AM) by Howie Michaels     Email This Post Email This Post

As Matt had noted earlier, Boyd was seeing a knee specialist after “overstretching” his knee in an exhibition against Queens Park Rangers. Now, according to Boyd himself, he’s going to be out for 10 weeks.

This point in the cycle isn’t a bad time to get injured for national team prospects, but it’s a tough break for a guy who just joined a newly promoted club to miss out on early chances to impress. Also, with Aron Johannsson out Boyd will miss a shot at playing in the September friendlies.

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Links from the weekend
   July 28, 2014 (7:00 AM) by Matt Benson     Email This Post Email This Post

More than few things from the weekend.

As I posted earlier this morning, Terrence Boyd picked up a knee injury over the weekend according to one German report.  Hopefully it is nothing serious.

We had a couple goals this weekend in both real games and friendlies.  Royal-Dominique Fennell probably had the goal of the weekend in Stuttgarter Kickers’ 3. Liga opener.  Jake Keegan scored a pretty easy goal in Galway FC’s win in Ireland.  Matt Horth scored his fourth goal of the year in Leiknir Reykjavík’s win in Iceland.  His four league goals are tied for the third most in the Icelandic 1. Deild (second tier) by a foreign player.  Yay for Icelandic second division stats!

As for some goals in friendlies, Shawn Parker scored a goal on Friday in Augsburg’s 2-1 win over French side Rennes.  Bobby Wood scored a goal in 1860 Munich’s 2-0 win over Stoke City.  Brek Shea also played the entire second half for the Potters.  Here is a photo of Wood in action from the game.  And here is video of the entire first half, but of course Wood’s goal is in the second half (as well as all of Shea’s playing time).

Joe Gyau went the full 90 minutes in Borussia Dortmund II’s 2-1 win over Rot-Weiß Erfurt in their 3. Liga opener.  In the small chance he gets to play with the senior team in a Champions League game, Dortmund have some pretty basic third/Champions League shirts for this season, which is not like Dortmund.

As for Junior Flores, he is starting the season with Dortmund’s U-19 team.  He played with the U-19 team in a 0-0 draw against VfL Wolfsburg in the Ruhr-Cup (apparently Flores didn’t get the snapchat about not smiling).  There are some photos from that 0-0 draw right here.

Gedion Zelalem started and played 45 minutes for Arsenal this weekend in their 1-0 loss to the New York Red Bulls.  I already posted last Friday that he is good at basketball.  Someone already put together a “every touch” video of his 45 minutes.  It was also the US press’ first chance to really talk to him about potentially playing for the US, but he didn’t really give up the goods.

“No decisions have been made,” Zelalem said of his national team future, later adding, “They’re both great countries. U.S. is on the rise, Germany is already a great country, so whichever country I choose will be a good choice.”

Zelalem confirmed to Goal USA that he has yet to secure a U.S. passport, but did tell media at Red Bull Arena that his application for one is in the works. He also confirmed that he has spoken to U.S. national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann.

“We’ve talked on the phone a few times, but nothing advanced,” Zelalem said. “Just hello.”

Jeff Bradley also got to talk to Arsene Wenger and Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis about Zelalem.

Emerson Hyndman went 90 minutes in Fulham’s 3-0 win over D.C. United.  It sounded like both teams brought pretty weak squads to Jacksonville with the highlights coming from their new jumbotron, a pool and Carrie Underwood.

Sacha Kljestan came off the bench and played seven minutes in Anderlecht’s season-opening 3-1 win against Mouscron-Péruwelz.

John Brooks is back with Hertha Berlin and training after his World Cup vacation.

We saw the post-injury photo of Rubio Rubin last week and now we know more information on what happened.  He ended up breaking his nose and having a concussion.  He had the nose re-set and he will return to training this week without any contact.

For those of you wanting a Fabian Johnson/Borussia Mönchengladbach jersey, he will be wearing #19 this season.

One of the more likeable USMNT players of the last few years, Jay DeMerit, announced his retirement last week.  DeMerit played in 25 games for the USMNT between 2007-2011, including starts in all four games during the 2010 World Cup.  I will always remember him throwing his body in front of every shot during the US’s 2-0 win over Spain in the 2009 Confederations Cup and his somersault over the dog pile after Landon Donovan’s goal against Algeria at the 2010 World Cup.

As for a current player that I have done a complete 180 on over the last year and enjoy the heck out of . . . here is your weekly reminder that Jermaine Jones is oddly awesome.

Categories: Bobby Wood, Brek Shea, Emerson Hyndman, Fabian Johnson, Gedion Zelalem, Jake Keegan, Jay DeMerit, Jermaine Jones, Joe Gyau, John Brooks, Junior Flores, Matt Horth, Royal-Dominique Fennell, Rubio Rubin, Sacha Kljestan, Shawn Parker, Terrence Boyd
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Terrence Boyd picks up knee injury in friendly
   July 28, 2014 (4:30 AM) by Matt Benson     Email This Post Email This Post

Terrence Boyd came off the bench and played 45 minutes in RB Leipzig’s 2-0 win over Queens Park Rangers in a friendly this past weekend.  And according to this report, Boyd “overstretched” his knee and will see a knee specialist in Augsburg on Monday.  To the Google-translate machine!

The list of casualties is at RB Leipzig getting longer. Now a week before the start of the 2nd Bundesliga it has taken even newcomer Terrence Boyd. Does it happen on Saturday when (QPR) in Gera. In his last action of the striker fired the ball on goal and overstretched while his knee.

After LVZ information Boyd could be longer. One of the first diagnosis, according to Boyd could have touched the cruciate ligament. Just to the knee specialist Ulrich Boenisch find out on Monday in Augsburg. He had already studied Fabio Coltorti last Tuesday. Boenisch is considered a world in his field.

From what I can find online, it looks like Ulrich Boenisch is a doctor that deals with ACL injuries, including handling Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes’ surgery back in March.

We likely won’t know the extent of the injury right away, but hopefully it is only a strain and not a tear, if it is something with his ACL.

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Stuttgarter Kickers vs. Wehen Wiesbaden Highlights
   July 27, 2014 (12:25 PM) by Matt Benson     Email This Post Email This Post

Royal-Dominique Fennell opened up the 2014-15 season with a pretty nice goal in Stuttgarter Kickers’ 2-1 loss to Wehen Wiesbaden.  Here are the highlights with Fennell’s goal coming at the 1:03 mark.

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Galway FC vs. Cobh Ramblers Highlights
   July 26, 2014 (2:04 PM) by Matt Benson     Email This Post Email This Post

Jake Keegan came off the bench and scored a goal in Galway FC’s 4-1 win over Cobh Ramblers in Ireland on Friday.  Craig Burns also went the full 90 minutes for Cobh Ramblers.  Here are the highlights from the game, including Keegan’s goal at the 2:57 mark.

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Shawn Parker’s goal vs. Rennes
   July 26, 2014 (1:50 PM) by Matt Benson     Email This Post Email This Post

Shawn Parker got the start, played 70 minutes and scored a goal against Rennes in a friendly on Friday, a 2-1 win by Augsburg.  Here are some highlights with Parker’s goal coming at the 1:25 mark.

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Report: DeAndre Yedlin to Roma is back on?
   July 25, 2014 (5:00 AM) by Matt Benson     Email This Post Email This Post

The general rule when it comes to following transfer rumors online is don’t believe anything until you see a photo of the player holding the team’s jersey on the team’s website.

I hate to do rumors in stand alone posts as there is so much that could be not true.  It is better to not fully speculate on anything until it becomes official, but this one seems to have some legs to it.

Greg Seltzer was told that the deal was dead last Friday, but things appear to have opened up again this week.

First there was Roma president James Pallotta’s comment to Keith Costigan on Wednesday that we can expect “an announcement in the next few weeks” in regards to an American joining the club .

Then yesterday, Seltzer was told some new information about DeAndre Yedlin having a change of heart about the deal with Roma.

And also on Thursday, Sky Sports in Italy’s Gianluca Di Marzio was reporting that Yedlin is headed to Roma for $5 million.  He will then go back on loan to Seattle for the rest of the MLS season before joining the Italian club in January of 2015 and likely go out on loan to another Italian team for the rest of the 2014-15 season.  Sounds a lot like the rumor from a couple weeks ago.

I generally have a good grasp of which rumors in England are believable, but I have no clue on the Italian press.  Most of the people I talked to on Twitter yesterday said Gianluca Di Marzio is a legit guy, while SB Nation’s Roma blog, Chiesa Di Totti, claim he has been in front of Roma’s transfers of Davide Astori and Juan Iturbe.

So nothing is official, but we might see Yedlin wearing the maroon/red and gold in the future.  Or maybe not.  I hate the silly season (but secretly love it).

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Another sign that Gedion Zelalem is really an American
   July 25, 2014 (1:18 AM) by Matt Benson     Email This Post Email This Post

He is good at basketball.  Love the USA chants.

h/t – 101greatgoals

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Freddy Adu expected to sign with FK Jagodina
   July 24, 2014 (3:52 PM) by Matt Benson     Email This Post Email This Post

Freddy Adu looks to have a new home and it is in Serbia.  FK Jagodina posted on its website today that Adu arrived in Serbia to check out the club, start training tomorrow and hopefully finalize the deal on Friday or Saturday.

FK Jagodina also bragged about his popularity (Google-translated).

He is one of the most popular player ever on the famous computer game Football Manager.

Adu attended Jagodina’s Europa League game with the club losing 1-0 to CFR Cluj, knocking them out of the competition.

FK Jagodina finished third in last year’s Serbian SuperLiga, 23 points behind second place.  The club has finished in the top four in each of the last three seasons and has had some recent Serbian Cup success (won it all in 2013 and were runners-up in 2014).

Once he signs, FK Jagodina will mark Adu’s 10th different club since making his professional debut with D.C. United in 2004.  The 25-year-old (!) will be looking for playing time after appearing in only five games with Bahia in Brazil in 2013 and unsuccessful trials with Stabæk and AZ Alkmaar this summer.

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