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.
I like numbers and so does Greg Seltzer so he unloads some numbers at us about some Americans in Europe. I wish he would give us a full list of the all-time single-season goals list for AZ Alkmaar now that Jozy Altidore is at 30 across all competitions in 2012-13. I might also be working on something about Herculez Gomez which could be up later today or tomorrow.
As Howie posted on Monday, Carlisle United has released Frank Simek.
Mike Grella and Scunthorpe United were officially relegated to League Two this past weekend. Grella is one of six players under contract with the club for the 2013-14 season.
Michael Parkhurst has fallen down the depth chart at Augsburg due to missing time with soreness in his knee and having the flu.
I finally found highlights of a Bahia match from down in Brazil from the weekend, but Freddy Adu remained on the bench the whole game. But Adu has made the gameday roster for Wednesday. Hopefully he sees the field and I can find highlights again.
Brad Friedel thinks Gareth Bale is good at soccer and answers some other questions.
Brian Sciaretta introduces us to Desevio Payne. Payne is a 17-year-old right back currently playing with FC Groningen’s youth team in Holland.
Remember how fun and crazy the end of the Premier League was last year? The end of the League One was also pretty crazy this year. Doncaster (second place) played Brentford (third place) over the weekend and Brentford had a stoppage time PK to win the game and give them automatic promotion to the Championship. . . .then this happened.
Jurgen Klinsmann spoke to some reporters on Wednesday and touched on a few different topics, including Stuart Holden and some ideas on how he is going to build this summer’s Gold Cup roster.
“We save most of [the top-flight European-based players] clearly for the World Cup qualifiers and then give them a well-deserved break. And then we have to build a very competitive roster for the Gold Cup.
“It’s tricky. Who is in a rhythm? The Scandinavians are in a rhythm. The MLS players are. Mexico is in a similar break like Europe, so it makes it difficult. Whoever from Mexico you leave out of the May-June camp, most likely we will leave them out of the Gold Cup as well because they would come from vacation and they can’t catch up. It’s a challenge for us.”
A few in-house things. As I posted in yesterday’s The OT Report, here is a link to Sacha Kljestan’s goal from yesterday. Still can’t find a video that I can embed on this site. Also, a shameless plug for the latest Inside the Numbers where I update where Jozy Altidore’s 28 goals stack up in Europe.
Stuart Holden has one more game left with Sheffield Wednesday until his loan deal ends, although it looks like there is some chatter about extending the deal until the end of the season.
Michael Bradley and Roma are headed to the Coppa Italia final on May 26, which means he is likely going to miss the first week of the USMNT camp. Bradley also completed 96.7% of his passes in yesterday’s match against Inter Milan.
Speaking of those USMNT upcoming games, Steven Goff gives us even more updated numbers on ticket sales.
Want a random youtube video of various Brad Guzan saves from this season? Alright.
Doug McIntyre of ESPN Insider looks at Freddy Adu’s uncertain USMNT future.
It looks like Sebastian Lletget had missed some time with an injury, but is back and playing with West Ham’s U-21 team again. Doesn’t appear to be anything serious.
It doesn’t look like we will see Seb Hines in many of Middlesbrough’s remaining games this season.
And finally, US Soccer youth player Joshua Perez is headed to Italy to join Fiorentina’s youth academy.