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A few links for Tuesday
   June 30, 2015 (12:33 AM) by Matt Benson

Want some links?  Well, here you go.

According to Steven Goff, the USMNT will be taking on Peru in a friendly at RFK Stadium in Washinton D.C. in September.  The US hasn’t faced Peru since a 1-0 win at the 2000 Gold Cup.

Want to impress your friends with knowledge of the US U-23 goalkeeper pool?  Thankfully we have Will to set us straight.

Brian Span went the full 90 minutes and scored his second league goal of the season in Mariehamn’s 1-1 draw to HIFK on Sunday.  Here are the highlights.  A couple other guys scored if you follow along with our goal tracker.

We also had some goals in friendlies over the last couple days.

Kenny Saief scored for Gent in a 2-2 draw to SK Deinze.  Nermin Crnkic scored a goal for Jablonec in a 2-1 win in something called the Minister Cup.  And Andrew Wooten scored a goal for Sandhausen in a 1-0 win over Würzburger Kickers.

Shaq Moore’s Huracán Valencia CF did not win promotion to Spain’s second division (lost 3-1 on aggregate), but you can learn more about his club here.

Desevio Payne looked pretty good for the US U-20 team earlier this month and he signed a professional deal with Groningen last Friday.

US youth player Brooks Lennon was able to get an Irish passport which is allowing him to sign with Liverpool.

The Seattle Times’ Matt Pentz talked to Jordan Morris about his possible future.

Aron Johannsson might be interested in playing in MLS at some point in the near future.

Steve Cherundolo has been named manager of Hannover’s U-17 team.

Joe Funicello’s career has taken a weird twist and he has been named to the coaching staff at BI/Bolungarvik in Iceland.

To go along with his Serbian/Russian interest, Cesar Romero is also getting looked at by some Mexican clubs according to Greg Seltzer.

And finally, today’s sketchy looking website silly season rumor of the day (so it must be true) has Swansea looking at Matt Miazga.

Categories: Andrew Wooten, Aron Johannsson, Brian Span, Brooks Lennon, Cesar Romero, Desevio Payne, Joe Funicello, Jordan Morris, Kenny Saief, Matt Miazga, Nermin Crnkic, Shaquell Moore, Steve Cherundolo, US Men's National Team, US U-23 National Team

Jaro vs. Lahti Highlights
   September 28, 2013 (11:07 PM) by Matt Benson

Mike Banner came off the bench and scored two goals for Jaro before leaving the game after picking up a red card in Jaro’s 5-2 loss to Lahti on Friday.  Joe Funicello also went 90 minutes and picked up a yellow card for Jaro.  Here are some highlights.

Categories: Highlights, Joe Funicello, Mike Banner
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Jaro vs. KuPS Highlights
   August 21, 2013 (6:17 PM) by Matt Benson

Joe Funicello and Mike Banner both started for Jaro while Etchu Tabe started for KuPS in this 2-2 draw in Finland.  KuPS jumped out to a 2-0 lead, but Jaro came back with two goals, both assisted by Funicello, to get a point.  Here are the highlights with Funicello’s assists coming at the 5:20 and 6:35 marks.

Categories: Etchu Tabe, Highlights, Joe Funicello, Mike Banner
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Jaro vs. JJK Highlights
   August 11, 2013 (12:31 AM) by Matt Benson

Was looking through some Finnish league scores earlier today and saw that Giuseppe “Joe” Funicello has made the move from Thor in Iceland to Jaro in Finland.  Both Funicello and Mike Banner started for Jaro in this 0-0 draw.  It still amazes me how somewhat easy it is to find highlights of games in Finland compared to some other leagues in Europe (I’m looking at you German 2. Bundesliga).

Categories: Highlights, Joe Funicello, Mike Banner
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Tuesday morning links
   June 25, 2013 (12:01 AM) by Matt Benson

The Champions League and Europa League draws for the first and second qualifying rounds were held yesterday and I broke down the five Americans who be starting action in those rounds.

One of those players mentioned is Tony Taylor.  We posted a link last week where it was rumored that he was headed to Cyprus side AC Omonia.  Greg Seltzer tells us that he is headed there this week for a physical then sign a two-year deal if everything goes well as expected.

Seltzer also tells us that Jared Jeffrey, whose contract with Mainz ends this week, could be headed to MLS.  The 23-year-old midfielder has mainly played with their U-23 team in the Regionalliga the last few years and was once an unused sub for Mainz’s senior team in 2009-10.

The US U-20 team came back to secure a 1-1 draw with France on Monday.  You can check out the highlights here and some post-game reactions here.  They play their final group stage game against Ghana on Thursday at 1 PM Eastern on ESPNU.  They likely need to win to advance, although four of the top six third place teams from each group move on to the Round of 16.

One player many of us wished was in Turkey with the U-20 team, Anthony Brooks, has signed a two-year extension with Hertha Berlin.

Sacha Kljestan, his mustache and Anderlecht have some new white away kits for next season.  Speaking of his mustache, you should buy this shirt.  Still have some available.

Geoff Cameron wonders where he should be on the field for the USMNT.  I think I liked him at center midfield.

Eric Avila has decided to “resign” from the USMNT so he can play for Chivas Guadalajara.  That said, Avila hasn’t played for a US team (U-20) since 2007.

Brian Sciaretta talked to US U-18 forward Romain Gall about playing with the U-18 team and FC Lorient in France.

RJ DeMello also checks in with the three Americans (Joe Funicello, Chukwudi Chijindu and Josh Wicks) at Thor Akureyri in Iceland.

Categories: Chukwudi Chijindu, Eric Avila, Geoff Cameron, Jared Jeffrey, Joe Funicello, John Brooks, Josh Wicks, Romain Gall, Sacha Kljestan, Tony Taylor, US U-20 National Team
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It’s Friday night and I feel all right links
   July 20, 2012 (6:47 PM) by Matt Benson

The party is here on the west side.

Did I just quote Montell Jordan?  Yes.  Deal with it.

A quick recap of Thursday’s Europa League action.  Daniel Antunez went the full 90 minutes as Inter Turku got a nice 1-1 draw with FC Twente.  Joe Funicello and Thor Akureyri (with Josh Wicks on the bench) lost 3-0 to Mlada Boleslav.  And Etchu Tabe and KuPS won 2-1 over Leo Krupnik and Maccabi Netanya.

Geoff Cameron will be a Stoke City player pending completed personal terms and a work permit (he will have to win an appeal).  He has two fewer USMNT caps than Tim Ream, who won an appeal last January, but it seems easier to get a UK permit these days.

The US U-20 team begins it quest for a Milk Cup title this weekend.  They played Liverpool’s reserve team earlier this week and lost 4-2.  Marc Pelosi scored a goal, but it was for Liverpool.  You can see some highlights of the game right here.

One of those players on that US U-20 team who is looking for a home is goalkeeper Cody Cropper.  He was on trial at Southampton and “hopes to receive a contract soon” according to this article.

I know there was some speculation that Bobby Wood could be on his way out at 1860 Munich at the end of last season after picking up more injuries, but he was in the starting lineup today for 1860 Munich II as they started their Regionalliga season.  Wood played 70 minutes and scored two goals in a 3-0 victory.

Robbie Rogers, sporting a new black eye, scored a goal for Leeds United in their 5-2 win over Farlsey in a preseason friendly.

Tom Marshall introduces us to a Mexican-born goalkeeper, William Yarbrough, who holds a  US passport.

And finally, Brian Sciaretta gives us six players poised for a breakout season in 2012-13.

Categories: Bobby Wood, Cody Cropper, Daniel Antunez, Etchu Tabe, Geoff Cameron, Joe Funicello, Leo Krupnik, Marc Pelosi, Robbie Rogers, US U-20 National Team, William Yarbrough
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A few links for Saturday
   July 14, 2012 (6:40 PM) by Matt Benson

In case you missed it earlier, both Josh Gatt and Conor O’Brien scored goals today.  Daniel Stevens also scored a goal in Kemi Kings’ 2-1 loss to GBK in Finland, but there are no highlights on that one.

While those guys scored in league action, a few Americans found the back of the net in preseason friendly action today.  Matt Taylor scored a goal in Preußen Münster’s 2-0 victory over Hannover 96.  Joe Gyau scored a goal in Hoffenheim’s 3-0 win over SV Stadelhofen.  And Marc Pelosi scored in Liverpool U-18’s 8-1 win over Exeter.

The annual Milk Cup tournament is a favorite on this site and Tab Ramos has named his 18-man roster for this year’s tournament.  The roster includes five players from last year’s team (Cody Cropper, Juan Pablo Ocegueda, Boyd Okwuonu, Walker Zimmerman and Victor Pineda), which finished in third place.  The roster also has forward Mario Rodriguez listed with Kaiserslautern in Germany.  The US’ first game will be next Saturday against Denmark.

We haven’t heard much on Josh Wicks since his departure from IFK Mariehamn in February, but it looks like he has ended up on Icelandic First Division side Thór Akureyri.  Fellow American and ex-teammate from Mariehamn, Joe Funicello, is also on the team.

Categories: Conor O'Brien, Daniel Stevens, Joe Funicello, Joe Gyau, Josh Gatt, Josh Wicks, Marc Pelosi, Mario Rodriguez, Matt Taylor, US U-20 National Team

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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Three Americans land with IFK Mariehamn in Finland
   September 8, 2010 (8:49 PM) by Howie Michaels

Two former UNLV Rebels have made their way from USL-2 to the Finnish Veikkausliiga, joining another recently acquired American with IFK Mariehamn.

Defender Giuseppe Funicello joined the Green White/Islanders at the end of last month from Thor Akureyri in Iceland’s second division. Being in Division 2 it seems doubtful that Giuseppe (an Italian native who grew up in Connecticut) got to personally witness Internet sensations Stjarnan in the Úrvalsdeild (1st division). Giuseppe has also spent time with the New York Red Bulls of MLS, the Real Maryland Monarchs of USL-2, the Brooklyn Knights of the PDL, and a pair of 8th-division clubs in England.

Another ex-Real Maryland Monarch will be joining him as American-Canadian defender Mason Trafford has made his way to Finland to join IFK Mariehamn as well. Mason made 60 appearances with the Vancouver Whitecaps of the 2nd division (after playing for Vancouver’s PDL side while in college) before joining the Monarchs of the third division this past season.

Finally, forward Lamar Neagle, fresh off winning the USL-2 title with the Charleston Battery, joins IFK Mariehamn as well. Neagle was named MVP of the third division of American soccer after scoring 12 goals in 19 matches. He spent 2009 with the Seattle Sounders of MLS (his hometown club). While he did get to play in some friendlies, including one against Chelsea. I’m also somewhat excited to see this as he played for the PDL’s Des Moines Menace (my local club) in 2007-08 so I have seen Lamar play live a bit.

Categories: Joe Funicello, Lamar Neagle, Mason Trafford
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