The big news of yesterday was Jurgen Klinsmann announcing his 24-man roster for the Ukraine friendly. As usual, Klinsi did his post-roster-release Q&A with US Soccer’s website. And we already knew the match got moved to Cyprus and now we know it will be played at Antonis Papadopoulos Stadium in Larnaca at 2 PM Eastern on ESPN2.
Klinsmann was able to get Julian Green into training (he won’t play in the game) and it looks like he is still recruiting Gedion Zelalem and Shawn Parker.
According to this BBC report, the US will play Nigeria in Jacksonville in the last of its three pre-World Cup friendlies.
Another photo of the new home US World Cup shirt is making the rounds on Facebook. The guys over at Todo Sobre Camisetas also had this to say about the away shirt when I asked them earlier this week:
Word on the USA away (no pics) is “mainly red w a large blue and smaller white stripe on the front with star embossed design inside it.”
Greg Seltzer talked to Aron Johannsson this week about what it will take to make the plane to Brazil this summer. ArJo went 75 minutes yesterday in AZ Alkmaar’s 1-1 draw (won 2-1 on aggregate) to Slovan Liberec, advancing to the Round of 16 in Europa League.
Not shocking, Blackpool did not offer a contract to Freddy Adu. I still have no clue how he would get the work permit even if they did.
I posted earlier this week that Michael Stephens was back training again with Stabæk. And now it looks like he is negotiating a deal with the Norwegian club.
The last time we heard from Jamel Johnson, not to be confused with Jemal Johnson, he was in Austria playing with four division side SV Gersthof. And now he is participating with the New England Revolution’s preseason camp.
ussoccer.com : You have stated that the door is still open for players to make their case for the World Cup roster. There are several players in Europe who are experiencing new opportunities with their clubs and others coming back from injury. What do you need to see from them?
JK : “We just want them to be on the field and build their case. We communicate with them, players like Oguchi Onyewu, Tim Ream, and Danny Williams. You have Brek Shea, who went down into the Championship from Stoke to play games and is now playing 90 minutes almost every week. You have Timmy Chandler at Nurnberg, who for six months has been doing a very consistent, good job. Jermaine Jones goes to Besiktas and will pick up the rhythm of playing games again. We follow the players that have injury problems like Steve Cherundolo, who is still having issues, and John Anthony Brooks with Hertha Berlin who is hopefully back next week. Same with Fabian Johnson who broke his arm and is hopefully back next week as well. Being in February and a few months prior to the World Cup, you want to see them all play. You have to give them a clear message that only if you pick up a rhythm and play week-in, week-out, will you complete one of the big keys in order to make the World Cup roster. That’s why we are really happy some of them now are starting to get their rhythm. This all plays a vital role in evaluating them, and then we have to make the vital calls in May.”
Someone told Grant Wahl that US Soccer spent about $500,000 for January’s camp, including the trip down to Brazil.
Oguchi Onyewu had to leave Sheffield Wednesday’s game in the last few minutes of injury time on Sunday due to an injury. Now we know that it was a calf injury, but no updates on how serious of an injury.
Saturday’s friendly at the StubHub Center has officially reached sold out status. It marks only the second time that the USMNT have sold out at the StubHub Center (also in 2007 in a Gold Cup match against Trinidad & Tobago).
It looks like one of the May/June pre-World Cup friendlies will be held at Red Bull Arena. If I had to guess based on the other rumors out there, I would guess this would be the game against Serbia (but there are so many different rumors out there right now on location and opponents).
Jeff Carlisle takes a look at the relationship of Brad Evans and DeAndre Yedlin as Evans helps mentor his club teammate while also competing against him for the right back spot.
As for some other USMNT tidbits, here is a video of the team having a BBQ at the U.S. Consulate in Sao Paulo during their trip last week. And Will Parchman decided to put together an all-time USMNT XI based on guys who wore #1-11 at a World Cup.
Roger Bennett decided to look into why Americans are not taken seriously in Europe. There are some good quotes from Herculez Gomez.
I’m assuming most people know this by no, but Jermaine Jones is headed to Besiktas on loan for the rest of the season. And they decided to post a video of Jones going through his medical because they are crazy in Turkey.
According to The Independent’s Ed Aarons, Crystal Palace put in a transfer bid for Fabian Johnson, but Johnson decided to stay at Hoffenheim.
Mike Grella will be going on trial with Swedish side Falkenbergs FF according to this report. Falkenbergs are new to the Allsvenskan in 2014 after winning the Superettan in 2013.
Pat McCann has re-signed with Finn Harps FC of the First Division of the League of Ireland. The former Holy Cross product appeared in 12 games in 2013, scoring two goals.
Eric Lichaj went 90 minutes for Nottingham Forest on Thursday as they came back from a 2-0 deficit to win 4-2 against Watford. While he has been playing left back lately, he played at right back in this game.
And finally, this random Youtube video of the day comes courtesy of Alex (@tempofreesoccer). Here are highlights of the US U-20′s win over Uruguay in the 2007 U-20 World Cup. The US has Michael Bradley, Freddy Adu and Jozy Altidore among others while Uruguay featured Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez. And there is a shoving match/fight at the end of the game. You don’t mess with a full head of hair Michael Bradley. Good times.
Terrence Boyd scored two goals yesterday. You can check out the highlights here and here is a photo of Boyd celebrating after one of the goals. That gives him 10 goals across all competitions this season. Only Aron Johannsson (12 goals) has scored more among USMNT players in Europe in 2013-14.
As Howie posted yesterday, Bahia has decided to not renew Freddy Adu’s contract once it it ends in December. He has appeared in only seven games across all competitions since joining the club in April. Bahia is Adu’s seventh team since leaving Real Salt Lake in 2007.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has just been put on Over There’s hit list. He doesn’t like Sacha Kljestan’s mustache (outrage!) causing our favorite mustached player to tell him to check out his own nose.
We posted earlier this week that Steve Cherundolo was still training on his own since his knee had a little setback, but now it looks like he has returned to full training with the team.
Danny Williams has also returned to full training with Reading this week. He hasn’t played in a game since September due to a bone bruise on his foot.
I guess there was some British reports claiming Nottingham Forest interest in a loan for Brek Shea, but Greg Seltzer shoots down that report.
There was a story a couple weeks ago about MLS interest for Benji Joya and Daniel Cuevas. Tom Marshall is reporting that the teams interested seem to be the Chicago Fire, Philadelphia Union, San Jose Earthquakes and Chivas USA, while Mexican side Puebla are also interested in Joya. And you can add a “team from Denmark” and Mexican second division club Lobos BUAP as other suitors for Cuevas.
And finally, it appears that Swansea City’s U-21 player Kris Scott got invited to the US U-20 camp in Italy next week.
Freddy Adu’s days are numbered in Bahia. The board does not intend to renew the tricolor bond with the American player, which ends in December, ending the most frustrating experience of the striker’s career, which has been called “the new Pele”.
Adu is 24 years old, was presented in April, hired by the Philadelphia Union as “payback” for the negotiation Kleberson wheel, and almost did not play this year. The American never charted with Joel Santana and Christopher Borges. The reason? Technical deficiency.
- He does not play because we understand that others are superior and then he had so many opportunities. Will end the contract and Adu will follow his life. Will be free to find another club – told LANCE! Net director football Bahia, Anderson Barros.
A few guys in action yesterday. Fresh off a 45-minute performance with Stoke City’s U-21 team on Monday, Brek Shea got the start and played another 45 minutes on Wednesday in Stoke City’s 3-1 win over Walsall in the Captial One Cup.
We had a Freddy Adu sighting on Wednesday. Adu got the start and played 71 minutes in Bahia’s 0-0 draw to Portuguesa in Copa Sudamericana action.
FC Dallas’ Bobby Warshaw made his debut with Ängelholm in Sweden on Wednesday and scored a goal in a 2-2 draw.
Tijuana defeated Firpo, 1-0, in CONCACAF Champions League action on Wednesday. Greg Garza, Joe Corona, Paul Arriola and Bruno Piceno all started for Tijuana, while Edgar Castillo was an unused sub.
Going back to last weekend, Lester Dewee scored his sixth goal of the season in Bodens BK’s 2-0 win over Robertsfors.
After some talk that he was getting some European interest, Landon Donovan has reached an agreement with the LA Galaxy on a new multi-year contract. The deal is rumored to be about $5 million a year, doubling his current contract. And Donovan is not interested in going out on loan during MLS’s offseason.
Donovan’s Galaxy teammate, A.J. DeLaGarza, is committing his international future to Guam. I remember this was talked about earlier this summer.
FC Nantes manager Michel Der Zakarian had some nice things to say about Alejandro Bedoya earlier this week.
A lot can still change, but it doesn’t appear as of right now that Eric Lichaj will be called into the USMNT’s upcoming qualifiers as he wasn’t mentioned on Nottingham Forest’s website as going on international duty.
A few links for your Friday morning reading pleasure.
We had a couple of goals on Thursday. Aron Johannsson scored in his fifth consecutive game for AZ, a 3-1 win in Europa League (highlights). And a pair of Americans, Seth Rudolph and Andrew Stadler, both scored in Sandviken’s 3-2 win in the Swedish Cup (highlights).
We also had a Freddy Adu sighting on Thursday. He came off the bench and played 25 minutes in Bahia’s 2-1 win over Portuguesa in Copa Sudamericana action.
A day after Landon Donovan told Fox Soccer Daily that he has received some interest from Europe, he tells TWC Sportsnet that he hopes to return to the Galaxy.
Jozy Altidore has his latest blog entry up over at ESPN FC.
Freddy Adu has played in some regional competitions for Bahia since making the move to Brazil, but he came off the bench and played seven minutes in his Brazilian Serie A debut, a 3-1 loss to Criciuma. Here are some highlights from the match.
One player who is rumored to be missing from this roster is Landon Donovan. If Landon does not get called in, you would have to think he would be called in with the guys for the Gold Cup.
Speaking of that Gold Cup roster, it looks like they will have their own friendly against Guatemala down in San Diego before the tournament begins on July 9. But US Soccer has not officially announced anything yet.
We told you about the Gold Cup getting a new trophy last week. Well, here it is and it sort of looks like the old trophy.
With all these different USMNT rosters, Brian Sciaretta takes a guess at both rosters.
Jozy Altidore was named to the De Telegraaf Eredivisie Team of the Season. And here are two photos of Jozy holding the Dutch Cup after last week’s victory: Photo 1 & Photo 2.
There was a Sky Sports story that we posted last week about Bursaspor trying to obtain Maurice Edu from Stoke City on a permanent basis and multiple people are telling Greg Seltzer the same.
If Edu does return to Stoke City next season, he along with Brek Shea and Geoff Cameron will look like they play for the Columbus Crew in away games in their new black-and-yellow kits for 2013-14.
Remember when Freddy Adu’s manager at Bahia was fired a week after he joined the club and there was some crazy stat about the club going through 20-25+ managerial changes over the previous 10 years? Well, Bahia fired another manager.
As expected, Steve Cherundolo will be getting a new one-year extension at Hannover 96.
After being released by Carlisle United, Frank Simek is currently on trial with D.C. United even though he would still need to go through the allocation rankings since he has played for the USMNT before. Yay weird MLS rules!
Even with the broken leg, Will Packwood has agreed to a one-year extension with Birmingham City.
Mix Diskerud talked to Goal.com this week about his future with the USMNT and his failed move to Portland.
Tijuana defeated Palmeiras 2-1 last night meaning they will advance to the quarterfinals of Copa Libertadores. Edgar Castillo and Joe Corona both got the start in the win and they will now take on Brazilian side Atlético Mineiro.
Alex Kurial of Yanks Abroad has a story up on how Americans Shane Recklet and Jacob Wilson are trying to help Vasas SC back to the top level of soccer in Hungary.
And go take a look at our cool new Sacha/Over There shirt. They will go up for sale next week.