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A few last links to close off the day
   March 31, 2011 (12:14 AM) by Matt Benson

Just some random links that I have missed over the last 24 hours.

Here are two more US-Paraguay post-game thoughts that I missed last night coming from Neil W. Blackmon and Jay Bell.

Ives was also tweeting today that Oguchi Onyewu told him that he picked up some kind of small injury during the Argentina game, but played through it.  And he is hopeful he can play for FC Twente this weekend.

I spotted this over at du Nord today, but IMSoccer News has this great/crazy two-part story on how US Soccer almost had to use USL players for the USMNT after the current players at the time had a little strike in 2005.  Bruce Arena and Co had one day of training with the no-namers before everything was resolved with the normal senior team.  The second part is on how DC United’s Clyde Simms was sort of found through this training and still got to train with the senior team while all the other USL players were sent home.  Check it out right here:  Part 1 and Part 2.

We mentioned last week how Lyle Martin was on a new team in China, Beijing Baxy FC to be exact, and Yanks Abroad’s Kenya Brown caught up with Martin to talk about his new club.

Arch Bell talked to Rhett Bernstein last week, so he decided to talk to the other American defender at Norwegian side Mjondalen in Kyle Helton.  Bell also spoke to goalkeeper Colin Burns about his loan deal to Sandefjord.

I tweeted this last night (you should follow us, we need two more people to reach 400 followers….shameless plug), but Jon-Paul Pittman scored twice for Wycombe Wanderers in their 4-1 victory over Chesham United in the semifinals of the Berks & Bucks Cup (it appears to be some local cup competition with mostly non-league teams).  But he also picked up a strained muscle in his back and is doubtful for this weekend’s match against Stockport County.

And I leave you with the Juan Agudelo Tweet of the Day™:

(The kid in me) but is it weird if one of my motivators this year is improving my fifa video game ratings?

Categories: Colin Burns, Jon-Paul Pittman, Juan Agudelo, Kyle Helton, Lyle Martin, Oguchi Onyewu, US Men's National Team
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Catching up on the last day of the silly season
   January 31, 2011 (2:48 PM) by Matt Benson

Of course I get sick on the last day of the transfer window, so I slept in and missed a lot of the fun.  Here is what has happened so far.

Michael Bradley’s loan deal to Aston Villa is now official.  Manager Gerard Houllier has some words on Mikey right here.  Aston Villa’s website also has a picture gallery of him holding the jersey right here.  He is going to wear #13 for those ready to purchase a jersey.

I haven’t seen anything on either team’s website yet, but sources have told Ives and Greg Seltzer that Fulham striker Eddie Johnson will be going out on loan to Championship club Preston North End for the rest of the season.  Mark Hughes has given Johnson a chance this season as he has appeared in 11 games in 2010-11, his most in a season since coming over to Fulham, but with Bobby Zamora and other forward options getting healthy, he probably wasn’t going to play much in the second half of the season.  ***UPDATE*** Preston North End’s website has something up on the loan deal now.

While Robbie Findley had his UK work permit approved a couple weeks ago, he headed back to the US to get his visa.  Two weeks passed and nothing else was ever said (he wasn’t listed on Nottingham Forest’s roster on their website the last two weeks), but he has reappeared today as he has secured his visa and his move to Forest has now been completed.

Jozy Altidore’s name has been thrown around a lot in the last 24 hours on twitter and other sources (Bursaspor and Levante getting the most play), but there hasn’t been any real news to report.  So there is nothing to report with him as of now.

Also in the being talked about, but nothing to report as of yet news, Ives is hearing that a Charlie Davies loan deal is being worked on right now.

Twenty-year-old forward Vincenzo Bernardo is now with Austrian third-division club FC Höchst on a short-term deal for the rest of the season.

According to Greg Seltzer, the word out of Sweden is that Djurgarden is trying to swing a deadline deal with Gale Agbossoumonde, who has been on trial with the club the last two weeks.

In that same blog post, he is also hearing that Mike Grella wants to head back to Carlisle United for another loan spell.  With his options limited, it would give him the best chance at playing time compared to staying at Leeds United for the rest of the season.

English League Championship side Reading have signed 18-year-old midfielder Erik Opsahl.  He has been training with Reading the last couple weeks after playing at St John’s University this past season.

It looks like Jemal Johnson has reappeared in Bulgaria with Lokomotiv Sofia after leaving MK Dons last month.

Arch Bell of Yanks Abroad is reporting that goalkeeper Colin Burns will be going out on loan to Norwegian Adeccoligaen club Sandefjord for the 2011 season.  Burns was on Sarpsborg 08 last season, helping them get promoted from the Adeccoligaen to the Eliteserien, but the move should allow for him to get more playing time as he appeared in only three games for Sarpsborg 08 in 2010.

And finally, some non-transfer news, but the USMNT’s friendly against Egypt has been canceled.  It is not too surprising with all the issues going on in Egypt right now.  And it probably would be too hard to find a replacement game on such short notice for many different reasons.

That is it for now.  I will try to post more later if anything else happens.

Categories: Charlie Davies, Colin Burns, Eddie Johnson, Erik Opsahl, Gale Agbossoumonde, Jemal Johnson, Jozy Altidore, Michael Bradley, Mike Grella, Robbie Findley, US Men's National Team, Vincenzo Bernardo

Some weekend odds and ends
   November 8, 2010 (12:25 AM) by Matt Benson

Here are some random stories and tidbits I have come across this weekend.

The Carlisle News and Star has a story from last Thursday where Carlisle United boss Greg Abbott confirms that he is trying to extend Mike Grella’s loan deal.

Grella came over to Carlisle United from Leeds United on a month-long loan deal on October 12, but Abbott would like for Grella to stay around longer.

“There are goals in him and top performances in him, and he has got to set his standards way up in the sky because he is a terrific player.

“He loves it here. If we can agree something with Leeds that would be good for the team and for me.”

Grella has scored two goals in four games with the Cumbrians.  Carlisle United’s next game is against Crewe Alexandra on Tuesday in the third round of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.

Greg Seltzer had an interview up on on Friday with Colin Burns.  The back-up goalkeeper at Sarpsborg was hoping the team can get promoted into the top-flight league in Norway.  And he thinks there is a decent chance he will become the starter by next season.

Limited to three games of NM Cup action this term, the 28-year-old Delaware native has been told by management to be ready for 2011.

“[The club] have high expectations for me and fully expect me to take over as the first ‘keeper next year – hopefully, in the Tippeligaen,” said Burns. “With my experience of being in this exact same situation two years ago in the [Swedish] Allsvenskan with Ljungskile, I’m going to be an invaluable member of the team next year.”

Since that interview has been up, Sarpsborg defeated Alta this weekend, 4-0, securing their second place finish and a promotion into next year’s Norwegian Eliteserien.

And finally, YA Video Highlights posted some video interview where it looks like some fans and media members have been criticizing Clarence Goodson’s decision to sign with Brøndby IF in Denmark .  He looks pretty defensive of his decision in the interview.

Categories: Clarence Goodson, Colin Burns, Mike Grella
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Scandinavian League Roundup
   October 19, 2010 (6:21 AM) by Matt Benson

With a few of the Scandinavian leagues coming to a close in the next month, I thought I would give a quick run down on how a few Americans are sitting with the last couple games to be played.

Finnish Veikkausliiga

In Finland, there is one game left for each of the 14 teams.  Daniel Antunez and FC Inter Turku sit in sixth place with 36 points.  Unfortunately, they are four points behind fourth place and unable to get a Europa League First qualifying round spot.

Vaasan Palloseura (Greg Eckhardt and Brian Pope) are in 10th place with 30 points, three points ahead of 13th place and a spot in the relegation playoffs.  While there are teams in 11th and 12th place, their -11 goal differential is worse and could come into play if they lose and some teams below them get wins.

One of those teams slightly behind them is IFK Mariehamn and the American trio of Giuseppe Funicello, Lamar Neagle and Mason Trafford.  They sit in 11th place with 28 points, one point ahead of the relegation playoffs (13th place) and two points ahead of the automatic relegation (14th place).

So the Veikkausliiga is coming down to the last game of the season.

Norwegian Eliteserien

Next we head to Norway’s top-flight league, which has three games left in the season for the 16 teams.

IK Start (Clarence Goodson and the now injured Hunter Freeman) currently sit in eighth place with 38 points.  They are safe from relegation and probably mathematically eliminated from third place (Europa League First qualifying round spot).

Mikkel Diskerud and Erik Benjaminsen are in 11th place at Stabæk with 36 points.  They are safe from relegation.

Over at Hønefoss (Steve Clark and Kenneth Di Vita Jensen) are in 14th place (relegation playoffs), five points ahead of 15th place (automatic relegation), but six points behind 13th place and safety.  If they get stuck in the relegation playoffs, they will be in a four-team playoff with the teams that finished between third to fifth in the Adeccoligaen.

Norwegian Adeccoligaen

In Norway’s first division, there are four or five games left for the 15 teams.

Joseph Bendik and Sogndal are in first place with 52 points, seven points ahead of second place.  In the Adeccoligaen, the top two teams get promoted automatically, so they have a good shot at promotion with four games left to be played.

Colin Burns and Sarpsborg 08 are in third place with 41 points.  Like mentioned above, teams third through fifth are put in the promotion/relegation playoffs.  Fourth place is at 40 points, while fifth and sixth place are at 34 points.

Graham Dugoni and Mjøndalen are in 11th place with 28 points, only three points ahead of the relegation zone, so their last five games are very important.

Swedish Allsvenskan

Over in Sweden, there are three to four games left for the 16 teams in the top-flight league.

USMNTer Alejandro Bedoya has his Örebro SK side in third place with 45 points.  They are 13 points behind second place, but only two points ahead of fourth place.   If they can hold onto third place, they will get a Europa League First qualifying round spot for next season.

Ryan Miller and Halmstads BK are in 12th place with 32 points, but are only four points ahead of the relegation playoffs spot (14th place).  So they have some work to do in their last three games to stay safe this season.

Swedish Superettan

A pair of Americans play at Ljungskile BK  (Nick Noble and Michael Thomas).  They are in fifth place with 44 points, but with only one game left to be played, they are five points shy of making the promotion playoffs, so they will be in the Superettan in 2011.

League of Ireland Premier Division

Two games are left in Ireland and Ryan Guy has his St Patrick’s Athletic squad in fifth place, three points behind third place and a Europa League First qualifying round spot for next season.

League of Ireland First Division

Down in the first division, goalkeeper Chris Konopka and Waterford United are currently in third place (promotion playoffs), two points ahead of fourth place and nothing with two games left in the season.

Russian Premier League

Finally, we head over to Russia where Eugene Starikov (on loan from FC Zenit Saint Petersburg) and FC Tom Tomsk are in 10th place out of the 16 teams with 27 points.  There are still five to eight games left, depending on the team, so there is still a lot of soccer left to be played in Russia.

So there you have it.  Hopefully you are all caught up to speed on the leagues that are coming to a close in October and November.

Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Brian Pope, Chris Konopka, Clarence Goodson, Colin Burns, Daniel Antunez, Erik Benjaminsen, Eugene Starikov, Graham Dugoni, Greg Eckhardt, Hunter Freeman, Joe Funicello, Joseph Bendik, Kenneth Di Vita Jensen, Lamar Neagle, Mason Trafford, Michael Thomas, Mix Diskerud, Nick Noble, Ryan Guy, Ryan Miller, Steve Clark
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Late Night Links
   September 8, 2010 (12:00 AM) by Matt Benson

Some stuff to read.

» Doyle making strides at Derby []

» Happy birthday for Lletget [West Ham United’s Official Site]

» Beasley ready for fresh start [Yanks Abroad]

» Burns to stay at Sarpsborg [Yanks Abroad]

I read something online that sounds like bad planning, but I guess the US-Poland friendly in Chicago is the same weekend as the Chicago Marathon, so hotels are basically already sold out.  Hopefully people from out of town have friends in the area where you can crash.

Categories: Colin Burns, Conor Doyle, DaMarcus Beasley, Sebastian Lletget
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