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Links for Friday morning
   June 28, 2012 (10:40 PM) by Matt Benson

A bunch of things that will hopefully pass some time while you are at work on Friday.

Franco Panizo recently talked to Stuart Holden about his recovery process.  Holden is also switching numbers from #8 to #22 next year.

Another injured Yank, Robbie Rogers, is closer to full recovery as well and is headed back to Leeds for preseason.

It looks like Carlos Bocanegra is going to reject having his contract transfer over to the new Rangers 2.0 company.

Scunthorpe United manager Alan Knill has confirmed that the club has made an offer to Mike Grella.

According to Greg Seltzer, Stoke City have begun talks with the Houston Dynamo over a fee for Geoff Cameron.

Mathew Wagner recently talked to Steve Clark about his work permit fiasco and Hønefoss’ season so far in 2012.

Brian Sciaretta has an interview up with Omid Namazi, an American who is an assistant coach with Iranian national team.

Chris Wright has made the move from Magdeburg to fellow German Regionalliga side Berliner AK 07.

And Matt Taylor has left Paderborn for German 3. Liga club Preußen Münster.  They have already started their preseason and he has scored a few goals already.  He will be looking to regain his 3. Liga form from 2010-11 when he scored 17 goals for Rot Weiss Ahlen (tied for the third most in the 3. Liga).

Andrew Wooten and Kaiserslautern have also started up their preseason with a few games, including a 2-0 win over SVN Zweibrücken.  Wooten has been getting some starts up top in a 4-4-2.

Tyrone McCargo has been promoted from Nurnberg’s U-19 team to their U-23 team, meaning he will be playing in the Regionalliga this upcoming season (which means we can follow him a little bit better).

A few guys in Finland played on Thursday.  Daniel Antunez went the full 90 minutes in Inter Turku’s 4-0 loss to MYPA.  Etchu Tabe went the full 90 minutes in KuPS’ 3-0 loss to TPS.  And Mason Trafford went the full 90 minutes in IFK Mariehamn’s 1-0 win over Haka.

In case you missed it on Wednesday, Josh Gatt assisted on Molde’s first goal in their 4-3 win over Rosenborg in the NM Cupen.  You can check out some highlights here.

And finally, some more new kits for the 2012-13 season.  I know he is the goalkeeper, but Neal Kitson’s Northampton Town have some new home and away kits.  And in the event Villyan Bijev goes back out on loan to Fortuna Düsseldorf next season, they also have some new home and away kits.  I like the red/home shirt.

Categories: Andrew Wooten, Carlos Bocanegra, Chris Wright, Daniel Antunez, Etchu Tabe, Geoff Cameron, Josh Gatt, Mason Trafford, Matt Taylor, Mike Grella, Robbie Rogers, Steve Clark, Stuart Holden, Tyrone McCargo, Villyan Bijev

Late night link action
   September 28, 2011 (11:29 PM) by Matt Benson

Here are some non-Stuart Holden links for the day.  Still a huge bummer that he is out another six months.

Anyways . . .

Brian Sciaretta caught up with Robbie Findley to talk about his good start to the season at Nottingham Forest.

Also over at Yanks Abroad, Jamie Hill tells us that Fabian Hürzeler has been promoted from Bayern Munich’s U-19 team to their U-23 team that competes in the German Regionalliga.

Greg Seltzer recently did an interview with goalkeeper Josh Wicks.  Wicks was not in the lineup today as IFK Mariehamn lost to KuPS 2-1.  Canadian-American defender Mason Trafford also scored an own goal for the other team.

As for some other scores from today.  Jonathan Borrajo went the full 90 minutes in Ham-Kam’s 2-0 victory over Alta in Norway.  And Brad Rusin came off the bench in HB Køge’s 3-1 victory over Esbjerg in the Danish Cup.

US U-18 midfielder Jose Villarreal will be going out on trial at Belgian club KVC Westerlo next week.

And finally, it looks like Alfredo Morales has decided to play for Peru over the United States.  I will still keep tabs on him on the site until things become more official.

Categories: Alfredo Morales, Brad Rusin, Fabian Hurzeler, Jose Villarreal, Josh Wicks, Mason Trafford, Robbie Findley
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Tuesday Night Links
   November 30, 2010 (8:45 PM) by Matt Benson

Congrats to Jonathan Spector on his two-goal performance today.  Amazing considering:

1) It was against Manchester United
2) He has been on the bench for most of this season
3) He was playing at a new position

Here are some links on his brace and other things.

» Hammers heroes on a high [West Ham United’s official site]

» West Ham United 4 Manchester United 0: match report [Telegraph]

» Spector thrilled with double [Sky Sports]

» Rangers monitoring Oguchi Onyewu? [Daily Mail]

» Trafford earns new Mariehamn deal [Yanks Abroad]

» Tabe returns to top flight [Yanks Abroad]

» Injury could force Holden out of Man. City clash []

» Feilhaber’s services in hot demand []

» Loan offers enticing Onyewu []

Categories: Benny Feilhaber, Etchu Tabe, Jonathan Spector, Mason Trafford, Oguchi Onyewu, Stuart Holden
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Post-Turkey Day Links
   November 26, 2010 (11:44 AM) by Matt Benson

As we posted earlier this month, there was some twitter talk that former DC United goalkeeper Josh Wicks was headed to Finland to join America’s favorite Finnish team IFK Mariehamn.  He would be joining fellow Americans Lamar Neagle, Giuseppe Funicello and Mason Trafford at the club.  Nothing was ever officially announced until this week on the team’s website.

As a replacement for Willis Ochieng has IFK contracted Josh Wicks, a 27-year-old goalkeeper from the United States, which measures 191 cm.  Wicks has been the past two years represented the Los Angeles Galaxy and DC United in the U.S. First Division.  As previously speculated to have IFK negotiated with Wicks and now the contract is signed.

Also in the same article, it mentions that defender Mason Trafford has signed a two-year extension to stay with the club.

And there have been rumors of a USMNT-Argentina friendly for late March in Seattle, but nothing has been officially announced by US Soccer on the match.  ESPN Deportes has an article up where they are quoting an organizer of Argentine national team that confirms the match for March 26.

Categories: Josh Wicks, Mason Trafford, US Men's National Team
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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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Some late night news reading
   September 23, 2010 (12:39 AM) by Matt Benson

I guess I missed this, but I have noticed that Jon-Paul Pittman hasn’t been dressing for Wycombe Wanderers lately and there is a good reason why.  Apparently he ruptured a knee tendon earlier this month and had a successful surgery on Tuesday.  He is expected to miss a minimum of four months.

Greg Seltzer gets his chance to chat with Jeremiah White about his move to Poland over at  White is slowly breaking his way into the lineup and he hopes to be a regular in the starting lineup in the near future.  Based on the two stories on him in the last week, he really sounds excited and rejuvenated.

The North Shore News in Canada has a story on American/Canadian center back Mason Trafford on his recent move to IFK Mariehamn in Finland.

And finally, Conor Doyle scored a goal for Derby’s reserve squad on Wednesday afternoon.  Apparently he has scored three goals in his last three games with the reserve team.

Categories: Conor Doyle, Jeremiah White, Jon-Paul Pittman, Mason Trafford
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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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