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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 round. AC 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.
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.
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.
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.