Darlington Nagbe is officially a US citizen. If he gets called up, I am guessing it won’t be until January. I think Brian Sciaretta has pointed out in the past that only one MLS player has received his first call-up under Klinsmann in a camp other than January and it was Alan Gordon.
Borussia Dortmund had a friendly against St. Pauli this week. While most of the world wanted to see Adnan Januzaj‘s debut, Christian Pulisic and Junior Flores both came off the bench for Dortmund, while Fabrice Picault scored for St. Pauli.
Lynden Gooch scored in his third straight U21 game over the weekend (highlights), which led to him making his Sunderland senior team debut in their Capital One Cup win over Exeter City (photo). And he spoke to Sunderland’s website following his debut.
Amando Moreno scored another goal with Tijuana’s U20 team over the weekend. That gives him three goals on the season at the U20 level.
Cody Cropper got the start and made a couple saves in MK Dons’ 2-1 win over Cardiff City in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday (highlights).
A slight break from the youth train. Geoff Cameron scored the clinching penalty kick (and it was nicely taken) in Stoke City’s 1-1 (8-7 on PKs) victory over Luton Town in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday (highlights). And Matt Taylor has been on fire for Saarbrücken, scoring over the weekend against Pirmasens (highlights) and this week against Spielberg (highlights).
But you don’t care about these vets, you want more information on youth players.
The last time we heard about the US U-17 team, they lost their first game of the Vaclav Jezek Tournament. They followed that up with draws against Slovenia and Slovakia. Then finished the tournament with a win over Ukraine.
Bayern Munich just spent €500,000 on 16-year-old midfielder Timothy Tillman. He is a dual national of Germany and the United States. He has featured for Germany’s U15 team, but he has told O When The Yanks that he would be interested in the US.
Links and whatnot for your reading pleasure. A few USMNT nuggets to start off with.
Roughly 23,000 tickets have been sold so far for the friendly against Peru.
While we won’t know the full US roster for the September friendlies until the end of the month, Tim Howard and DaMarcus Beasley will be on the roster according to a release from US Soccer. Howard will be making his first return since taking a year sabbatical, while Fabian Johnson’s injury (and Beasley’s veteran presence) probably opened things up for Beasley. Klinsmann also says Brad Guzan will remain the US’s starting goalkeeper.
Toronto FC manager Greg Vanney has begun talking to US Soccer about not calling in Jozy Altidore and Michael Bradley for the Peru friendly (Toronto faces Seattle on September 5) then releasing them back to the USMNT for the game against Brazil.
Cody Cropper made his senior team debut earlier this month in MK Dons’ 2-1 win over Leyton Orient in the Capital One Cup. As for the goal he allowed, it was awkward. He looks like a baby deer trying to walk on ice.
Greg Seltzer did another numbers thing and this one is on Ethan Horvath and rookie American goalkeepers in Europe. Horvath and Molde FK also defeated Standard Liège yesterday, 2-0, in the first leg of their Europa League matchup.
Brazil is bringing a pretty decent team to the US for September’s friendly.
While next summer’s Copa America Centenario is still up in the air, CONCACAF is proceeding like the tournament is still on as they have scheduled qualifiers for CONCACAF’s remaining two spots (US, Mexico, Costa Rica and Jamaica have already qualified).
Costa Rica will have a new manager as Paulo Wanchope has resigned after losing his mind at an U-23 match earlier this week. As Howie pointed out, between him and Miguel Herrera, the Hex might come down to fighting coaches so the US might as well appoint Peter Vermes as manager.
MK Dons finished 2nd in League One last year to earn promotion to the Championship. 29 year-old David Martin made 39 starts last year and has been the Dons’ starting keeper since 2010. Seems like it might be tough to unseat for a guy who has fallen to #3 in the U-23 pool.
MK Dons of course is infamous for being FC Wimbledon relocated. While common in American sports, it was basically a national scandal in England.
I am still playing catch up on the soccer world as work decided to kick me as soon as I got back into the office after the mini vacation. Enough babbling.
In case you missed what happened on the field over the past weekend, Roderick has you covered. I was finally able to go back to update the goal tracker from the few goals over the last week, including links to goals by Moises Orozco, Cesar Romero, Björn Maars Johnsen, Harrison Hanley and Jonathan Bornstein.
Also earlier this week, we unveiled the sixth edition of the legendary OT XI. Plus we picked our MVP of the season as well as goal and performance of the year. So go check that out.
The US U-23 team opened up the Toulon Tournament with a disappointing 3-1 loss to France yesterday. Here are some highlights. Sounds like Jordan Morris was the only player who did somewhat well for the US. Also, if you missed the roster of the team (since it came out while I was gone), here that is. Luis Gil was apparently on the initial roster, but Real Salt Lake was able to keep him after a little talk with US Soccer.
One player on that roster, Cody Cropper, is searching for a new club after parting ways with Southampton. While he is likely to stay in England, Ives Galarcep is hearing that Cropper is on the discovery list of at least three MLS teams.
With the Premier League wrapping up over the weekend, it was inevitable that we’d see a new set of out-of-contract players not returning to their clubs like we did with the lower divisions (see: Packwood, Will). Southampton’s list is out today, and Cody Cropper is on it.
The 22 year-old made the bench a few times with the Saints but never played in a match, even a cup match. The Minnesota native actually originally signed with Ipswich Town in 2010 (I had forgotten that) before joining Southampton in 2012. He has a bunch of youth national team appearances and a handful of uncapped senior camps.
His father is from England, so I believe he would still be able to get a work permit to bounce around England if he wanted to. I really have no gauge on how good he is, having never seen him play a club match. I could see him taking a shot with a lower division team in England where he’d have a better chance at starting. If he wanted to return to the US, he would be subject to whatever MLS team had a Discovery claim on him. He’s young enough for a goalkeeper that I think he needs minutes more than league/club prestige.
In case you missed it on Monday, Bobby Wood went all Hawaiian Messi on us and scored a really nice goal (highlights). And now there are reports out of Germany that 1860 Munich might want him back this summer.
Luca de la Torre had an assist with Fulham’s U-21 team yesterday in a 4-1 loss to Manchester United.
For the second straight week, Andrija Novakovich has scored a goal with Reading’s U-21 team.
Will Reno wrote some words on Cody Cropper’s performance against Mexico for the guys over at Northern Pitch. He also has his April update on US goalkeepers on his site.
And for the four others that care about these things like I do, I haven’t posted leaked kits for next season much like I have in the past. But here are a few of them so far for the Premier League (courtesy of Footy Headlines).
* While we wait for Gedion Zelalem to be cleared by FIFA, here are Arsenal’s home and third shirts for next season.
* Marc Pelosi is starting to play again for Liverpool’s U-21 team and here are their home, away and third kits.
* Cody Cropper won’t be wearing a Southampton non-goalkeeper jersey, but here are Southampton’s home and away shirts.
* And finally, here is what Geoff Cameron and Stoke City will be wearing at home, while the away jersey almost looks like Southampton’s but the sash is going the other way and an inverse in colors.