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Tuesday morning links
   May 20, 2014 (1:27 AM) by Matt Benson

The USMNT camp is chugging along at Stanford this week.  Jeff Carlisle has a notebook of tidbits from the last couple of days.  We are now at 28 of 30 guys in camp with Aron Johannsson and Jermaine Jones being the last two stragglers since they had club commitments on Sunday.  Cody Cropper has also been in camp helping out at goalkeeper since Tim Howard and Brad Guzan were late arrivals (and it never hurts to give him some experience).

US Soccer has a short video recapping the first week of camp.  They also put up some photos from yesterday’s training session.

Grant Wahl talked to Michael Bradley about all three of the US’s opponents in Group G.  One of those opponents, Portugal, already whittled their 30-man roster down to 23 guys.

Slate has a story up on the history of the wonderful 1994 denim kits.  Shameless plug for our USMNT jersey history page.

Back to Cody Cropper for a second as he was offered a contract extension at Southampton.

Here is another Gus Poyet-has-faith-in-Jozy-Altidore story.  Poyet seems to like Jozy.

It looks like Danny Williams is going to have surgery on his knee that gave him issues for a lot of this past last season.

While Greg Seltzer told us that various Eredivisie teams were interested in Juan Agudelo last week, he has confirmed that FC Utrecht is one of those clubs.

I guess there was some talk that Edgar Castillo had signed with Monterrey, but Monterrey’s president is refuting those claims.

Due to some financial issues, Hapoel Tel Aviv had to release a few foreign players including Bryan Gerzicich.

According to this report, US U-20 forward Benji Lopez was on trial with Panathinaikos last week.

El Salvador fans want their national team to call-up Miguel Palafox, who is eligible to play for the US, Mexico and El Salvador.

And finally, a bunch of the ESPN 30 For 30 Soccer Stories have popped up on Youtube.

Categories: Aron Johannsson, Benji Lopez, Bryan Gerzicich, Cody Cropper, Danny Williams, Edgar Castillo, Jermaine Jones, Jozy Altidore, Juan Agudelo, Michael Bradley, Miguel Palafox, US Men's National Team

Hapoel Tel Aviv vs. Pandurii Târgu Jiu Highlights
   August 8, 2013 (11:24 PM) by Matt Benson

Bryan Gerzicich went the full 90 minutes as Hapoel Tel Aviv lost 2-1 (3-2 on aggregate) to Pandurii Târgu Jiu and are now knocked out of Europa League.  Here are some highlights.

Categories: Bryan Gerzicich, Highlights
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Hapoel Tel Aviv vs. Beroe Highlights
   July 25, 2013 (5:45 PM) by Matt Benson

Bryan Gerzicich went the full 90 minutes and picked up a yellow card in Hapoel Tel Aviv’s 2-2 draw to Beroe in Europa League.  Hapoel Tel Aviv advance to the third qualifying round by winning, 6-3, on aggregate.  Here are the highlights.

Also in Europa League action on Thursday, Tony Taylor (started and played 45 minutes) and Omonia were knocked out by losing 2-1 (3-2 on aggregate) to Astra Giurgiu.  And a Mix-less Rosenborg were knocked out, 2-1 on aggregate, to St. Johnstone.

Categories: Bryan Gerzicich, Highlights
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Hapoel Tel Aviv vs. Beroe Highlights
   July 18, 2013 (1:44 PM) by Matt Benson

Bryan Gerzicich went the full 90 minutes in Hapoel Tel Aviv’s 4-1 win over Beroe in the first leg of this second qualifying round match of Europa League.  Here are some highlights.

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Jozy Altidore is already scoring at Sunderland & other links
   July 11, 2013 (12:01 AM) by Matt Benson

Jozy Altidore officially became a member of Sunderland on Monday.  And on Tuesday, he was with the team in Italy and scoring a goal in a preseason friendly.  Here is a photo of Jozy from that game.  And here is a story from Sunderland’s website with some quotes from Altidore about signing with the team.

While Jozy has scored four goals in his last four games with the USMNT, Chris Wondow…..I mean Wondolowski has scored four in his last two games.  And in a cool story, Drew Carey donated some money to two charities in order to buy the “Wondowlowski” jersey.

Jurgen Klinsmann told the press after Tuesday’s game that he did not start Stuart Holden, Oguchi Onyewu or Herculez Gomez due to their prior knee injuries and the turf field at Jeld-Wen Field.

US Soccer has added two videos to their YouTube channel this week, field-level highlights from last Friday’s game against Guatemala and a video of Holden breaking down his first career USMNT goal from 2009.

While Jozy is no longer at AZ Alkmaar, here is what Aron Johannsson and AZ will be wearing next year.  Some interesting collars.

Tony Taylor scored another goal for AC Omonia in a preseason friendly against Xanthi Skoda on Tuesday.  Taylor scored last week against Hapoel Tel Aviv and here are highlights from that game (Taylor’s goal is around the 9:40 mark).

Bryan Gerzicich is now at Hapoel Tel Aviv and Brian Sciaretta got some quotes from him about the move.  Sciaretta also talked to Diego Chavarri about his loan move to Iran.

Here is a story from a local Reading paper on Danny Williams.  It also includes this photo of him from training.

The Daily Mail (yeah, I know) is saying Maurice Edu will be making a permanent move back to Bursaspor.  Edu played in only one league game for Stoke City in 2012-13 before going out on loan to Bursaspor and appearing in 11 league games before ending the season with an injury.

Seb Hines hasn’t been participating with Middlesbrough’s preseason as he continues to rehab from knee surgery.

While he likely won’t play much with Bayern Munich’s senior team during the season, Julian Green continues to see the field with the first team during the preseason.

Michael Hoyos is headed to Greece to play with OFI this upcoming season on a season-long loan.  He also wants to play for the US.

Tyler Ruthven is no longer with IK Brage in Sweden.

Want some news on some youth players?  Emerson Hyndman, FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman’s grandson, has signed an extension with Fulham.  And US U-18 midfielder Omar Thompson has signed a professional contract with Wigan Athletic.

Categories: Aron Johannsson, Bryan Gerzicich, Chris Wondolowski, Danny Williams, Diego Chavarri, Emerson Hyndman, Herculez Gomez, Jozy Altidore, Julian Green, Maurice Edu, Michael Hoyos, Oguchi Onyewu, Omar Thompson, Seb Hines, Stuart Holden, Tony Taylor, Tyler Ruthven, US Men's National Team

2013-14 Champions League & Europa League draws
   June 24, 2013 (5:09 PM) by Matt Benson

UEFA held its draw for the first and second qualifying rounds of Champions League and Europa League for next season on Monday.  Here is a quick look at who some Americans will be facing in the early rounds (first and second qualifying rounds).  For a look at the full draws, check that out here and here.

Champions League

Danijal Brkovic – Željezničar
The Bosnian-American forward will enter Champions League in the second qualifying round (played over two legs on July 16-17 & July 23-24)  after winning last season’s Bosnian Premier League.  Brkovic played in 10 games last season, scoring once, and his team will face Czech Liga champions FC Viktoria Plzeň.  Željezničar are making their sixth appearance all-time in Champions League, but have moved past the second round only once (made it to the third qualifying round in 2002-03).

Wikipedia fun fact on their opponent: Goalkeeper Petr Cech was born in Plzeň and grew up in the FC Viktoria Plzeň youth system before signing with FK Chmel Blšany in 1999.

Josh Gatt – Molde FK
Josh Gatt and Molde have been struggling this season, but maybe they can spark something with an appearance in Champions League.  It will be interesting to see if Gatt will stay in Norway to play with Molde or will miss some Champions League games due to the Gold Cup in the US.  Molde drew League of Ireland Premier Division champions Sligo Rovers in the second qualifying round.  This will be Molde’s third all-time appearance in Champions League, losing in the third qualifying round last season and making it to the group stage in 1999-00.

Wikipedia fun fact on their opponent:  Sligo Rivers are a co-operative venture, owned by the people of Sligo.

Europa League

Mikkel Diskerud – Rosenborg
Much like Josh Gatt, Mix Diskerud is another player who could either still be in Europe playing in these games or he will be missing them due to the Gold Cup.  Rosenborg enter this year’s Europa League in the first qualifying round (played over two legs on July 4 & July 11) after finishing third in last year’s Tippeligaen.  2013-14 marks Rosenborg’s 14th appearance in Europa League, playing at least one game in the tournament in seven of the previous eight seasons.  They will square of with IFA Premiership (Northern Ireland) runners-up Crusaders FC.

Wikipedia fun fact on their opponent:  Crusaders lost to Rosenborg, 4-0 on aggregate, in the first qualifying round of Europa League in 2012-13.

Bryan Gerzicich – Hapoel Tel Aviv
After making the move from Hapoel Ironi Kiryat Shmona to Hapoel Tel Aviv this summer, Bryan finds himself in the second qualifying round of Europa League (played over two legs on July 18 & July 25).  Hapoel Tel Aviv finished third in the Israeli Premier League and they will be facing the Bulgarian side PFC Beroe Stara Zagora.  This will be Hapoel Tel Aviv’s 13th all-time appearance in Europa League after making it to the group stage in 2012-13.

Wikipedia fun fact on their opponent:  PFC Beroe Stara Zagora won the now defunct Balkans Cup (an international competition for clubs from Albania, Bulgaria, Greece, Romania, Turkey and Yugoslavia from 1961 to 1994) a record four times (1967-68, 1969, 1981-83 & 1983-84).

Tony Taylor – AC Omonia
It looks like Tony Taylor is making a move to the Cyprus side pending a physical (more on this later).  AC Omonia enter the competition in the second qualifying round after finishing third in last year’s Cypriot First Division.  They will play the winner of Domžale (Slovenia) and Astra Giurgiu (Romania) from the first roundAC Omonia is one of the four biggest clubs in Cyprus, but has yet to ever qualify for a European group stage (Champions League or Europa League).

Wikipedia fun fact on their opponent (Domžale):  Domžale was formed in 1921 and is one of the oldest Slovenian clubs.

Wikipedia fun fact on their opponent (Astra Giurgiu):  Astra Giurgiu was known as Astra Ploiești until 2012 when it was moved from Ploieşti to Giurgiu by owner Ioan Niculae.

Categories: Bryan Gerzicich, Danijal Brkovic, Josh Gatt, Mix Diskerud, Tony Taylor

Finally getting back to some links
   June 14, 2013 (12:53 AM) by Matt Benson

A few more USMNT tidbits before moving onto more club-based links.  The US-Panama game was the second-highest rated US qualifier ever on ESPN.  While it was only a 0.8, it was also a 10 PM Eastern start time on a Tuesday night.  Not bad.

It is starting to look like the US won’t be playing its road qualifier at the “lovely” concrete field at Saprissa when they travel to Costa Rica in September.  The stadium is not good enough for FIFA, who recently inspected Costa Rica’s stadium since they are hosting the Women’s U-17 World Cup there in 2014, so the US could be playing at Costa Rica’s new national team stadium in San Jose.

Mexico announced its roster for the Gold Cup, and as expected due to the Confederations Cup, it is a pretty weak roster.  It also features to Mexican-Americans in Miguel Ponce and the recently-found-out-be-an-American Isaac Brizuela.

The U-20 World Cup begins next Friday and Brian Sciaretta talked to Oscar Sorto while Ryan Bacic caught up with Danny Garcia.

Bob Bradley has Egypt one step closer to Brazil with a recent win over Zimbabwe.  And here is an extended look at the documentary on Bob Bradley on Egypt.

As for Michael Bradley, he now knows who his manager will be next season.  Rudi Garcia won the double (Ligue 1 and Coupe de France) in 2010-11 with Lille.

A couple new uniforms came out this week.  Here is Brad Guzan showing off Aston Villa’s new goalkeeper kit for next season.  And here is what Conor Doyle will hopefully wear a few more times on the field next season for Derby County.

If you are a regular of this site, you know that there was a little bit of chatter last week about Eric Lichaj and Nottingham Forest.  Well, it is picking up steam.

Greg Seltzer is hearing that the Ukrainian team interested in Jozy Altidore is Dinamo Kyiv.

Tim Ream’s agent also shot down some rumors to Seltzer about a possible Middlesbrough transfer.

DaMarcus Beasley was not sent to another Mexican league team before last week’s Liga MX draft/transfer deadline.  Puebla’s president recently tweeted that there is a 50 percent chance that they re-sign Beasley.

Another American who didn’t go anywhere in Mexico was Jonathan Bornstein.  Honduras’ favorite US player is still playing the waiting game and looking over his options.

Goalkeeper Caleb Patterson-Sewell has made the move from Vitoria Setubal to fellow Portuguese Primeira Liga side Gil Vicente.

Another player who made a move within his league is Bryan Gerzicich.  The defensive midfielder has switched from Hapoel Ironi Kiryat Shmona to Hapoel Tel Aviv in Israel.

The New York Cosmos have signed Jemal Johnson (not to be confused with Jamel Johnson).  Jemal last played in Europe for Tamworth in England before ending last season with the Fort Lauderdale Strikers.  I love looking as his wikipedia page.  So many different teams.  Octavio Dotel is impressed.

Greg Seltzer has some info on Tony Taylor as he is looking for a new home.

Goalkeeper Ethan Horvath, who has been training at Molde FK for a while, has signed a pre-contract with the Norwegian club and will sign a professional deal with the club once the window opens up in July.

While most of the bigger leagues are shut down at the moment, we still have seen goals in the last week from Christian Eissele, Chukwudi Chijindu and Jordan Seabrook.  Keep track of the lower leagues this season with our goal tracker.

And finally, with one game still left to go in the Polish II Liga (third tier), David Paul and Puszcza Niepołomice have earned promotion and will be playing in the I Liga next season.

Categories: Bob Bradley, Brad Guzan, Bryan Gerzicich, Caleb Patterson-Sewell, Christian Eissele, Chukwudi Chijindu, Conor Doyle, DaMarcus Beasley, Danny Garcia, David Paul, Eric Lichaj, Ethan Horvath, Isaac Brizuela, Jemal Johnson, Jonathan Bornstein, Jordan Seabrook, Jozy Altidore, Michael Bradley, Miguel Angel Ponce, Oscar Sorto, Tim Ream, Tony Taylor, US Men's National Team

A bit of this and a bit of that
   April 8, 2013 (11:57 PM) by Matt Benson

It looks like Jurgen Klinsmann would be open to staying on as USMNT manager beyond 2014.

Anthony Brooks recently did an interview with Berliner Kurier where he claims that he will make a decision on US vs. Germany in the coming weeks.

Mr. Soccer Insider Steven Goff is being told that Bryan Gerzicich might be making a move to MLS this summer.  Greg Seltzer is also hearing the same thing and adds that he has an offer from a team in Belgium.

In the “sounds about right for his crazy career” department, Freddy Adu has been at the club for about a week now and his manager at Brazilian side Bahia has already been fired.

Brian Span and Djurgården’s game against Mjällby on Monday was suspended due to Djurgården’s fans throwing beer bottles onto the field.

Want to see Michael Bradley in an Italian Volkswagen ad?  Why not.

US U-20 forward Daniel Cuevas has returned to full training after tearing his meniscus at the CONCACAF U-20 Championship.

Joe Gyau did a Google Hangout with SWOL yesterday where he talked about life in Germany and the USMNT among other things.

Jason Davis is doing a new morning daily show and had Terrence Boyd on as one of his first guests.

It was only a friendly, but Christian Eissele scored a goal this weekend in Kemi Kings’ 3-1 win over Alex Molano, Lester Dewee and Bodens BK.

The US U-17 team opened up the CONCACAF U-17 Championship with a 3-0 win over Haiti.  They play Guatemala next on Thursday.

Categories: Alex Molano, Brian Span, Bryan Gerzicich, Christian Eissele, Daniel Cuevas, Freddy Adu, Joe Gyau, John Brooks, Lester Dewee, Michael Bradley, Terrence Boyd, US Men's National Team

Ironi Kiryat Shmona vs. Maccabi Netanya Highlights
   December 30, 2012 (3:44 PM) by Matt Benson

We don’t post Israeli Premier League highlights that often, but I saw there were some available for Saturday’s game with Bryan Gerzicich.  Gerzicich got the start and went the full 90 minutes in Ironi Kiryat Shmona’s 4-3 win.  Here are the highlights.

Categories: Bryan Gerzicich, Highlights
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More than a few days worth of links
   December 12, 2012 (11:15 PM) by Matt Benson

A bunch of goodies from the last week.

Clint Dempsey was named Fútbol de Primera’s US Soccer 2012 Player of the Year for the second straight year.  It was Dempsey’s third time winning the award (also in 2006), but Michael Bradley probably would have won my vote.

Speaking of Dempsey, Fulham have accepted Liverpool’s apology over their recruitment of Dempsey over the summer and have withdrawn their complaint.

Tim Howard will be making his 200th consecutive Premier League appearance on Saturday.  Timmy!

Steve Davis had breakfast with Jurgen Klinsmann recently and they talked about Carlos Bocanegra’s current role with the USMNT.

Bobby Wood has played his way into a new contract with 1860 Munich through the 2014-15 season.

Brian Sciaretta caught up with Sebastian Lletget to talk about breaking through with West Ham United.

Bryan Gerzicich has been cleared to play again for Ironi Kiryat Shmona after picking up a calf injury.

Benny Feilhaber signed with Sporting KC this week, but he apparently had some European suitors according to Greg Seltzer.

Seltzer also tells us that Alejandro Bedoya has been offered an extension by Helsingborg, while Swedish champions Elfsborg are also interested in his services.

A bunch of clubs are interested in Michael Parkhurst, who is now a free agent.

Jamie Hill ponders what a 2013 Olympic team would look like if there was one this year.

According to this report, Klinsmann has contacted Aron Johannsson about playing for the US and he “is now in doubt” over his decision.

Conor O’Brien has turned down a couple offers already and is meeting up with some more new teams according to his agent.

Rapid Vienna might be interested in Mix Diskerud.  Much like with Boyd’s move, USMNT assistant Andreas Herzog was the reference.  Speaking of Boyd, here is a Google-translated interview he recently did.

Adam Henley was invited to the upcoming US U-20 camp, but Blackburn nixed that idea.

San Antonio Scorpions defender Karsten Smith is currently on trial at Finnish side VPS.

Marc Pelosi is with Liverpool’s youth team in Singapore at the NexLions Cup.  And they were “mobbed” at the airport.

Conor Doyle made Derby County’s bench this past weekend for the first time since he had his appendix removed.

Categories: Adam Henley, Alejandro Bedoya, Aron Johannsson, Benny Feilhaber, Bobby Wood, Bryan Gerzicich, Carlos Bocanegra, Clint Dempsey, Conor Doyle, Conor O'Brien, Karsten Smith, Marc Pelosi, Michael Parkhurst, Mix Diskerud, Sebastian Lletget, Terrence Boyd, Tim Howard, US Men's National Team

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