Recent Posts
 

 

Links
 

Matt's Twitter Account
@socceroverthere

Howie's Twitter Account
@Howie_OT

Will's Twitter Account
@letsallsoccer

John's Twitter Account
@JohnDHalloran

RJ's Twitter Account
@R_J_D

 

Categories
 



 
Archive for the ‘Babajide Ogunbiyi’ Category


Friday morning linkage
   February 21, 2014 (12:02 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Let’s start with the USMNT.

We know the situation in Ukraine is not pretty right now, so US Soccer is “exploring alternatives” for the friendly on March 5 that is scheduled for Kharkiv.  Kharkiv is about 300 miles away from Kiev, which is where most of the violence is taking place.

Steven Goff is also hearing that the three pre-World Cup friendlies should hopefully be announced by the end of next week.  Still some last details being worked out.

Duane Holmes is headed to Championship side Yeovil Town on a loan until March 23.  This was sort of expected as Huddersfield Town have returned a bunch of players from injury and their manager wanted him to continue to get playing time.  Here is a video interview with Holmes about the move.  Yeovil Town are currently in last place of the Championship.

SI.com has a blog/series up with Oguchi Onyewu talking about his emotions and thoughts with the World Cup coming this summer.

John Brooks returned to the field and played in a friendly for Hertha Berlin earlier this week.  He even scored a goal and you can check out some highlights of that right here (0:51 mark).

Babajide Ogunbiyi returned to Viborg FF’s training on Monday after missing some time with a knee injury.

Michael Stephens is continuing his training/trialing across Sweden.  His latest stop is with Falkenbergs FF.

New York Red Bulls homegrown product Amando Moreno is the latest American to sign with Club Tijuana.

Staying with the Tijuana theme, Bruno Piceno scored a goal for Tijuana’s second-division affiliate Dorados in Copa MX action earlier this week.  Here is a cool behind-the-goal look at his goal.

Goalkeeper Samir Badr has signed with USL’s OKC Energy FC.  Badr was last seen abroad with El Hodood in Egypt, but he never was able to play in a game due to the 2012 season being cut short because of the Al Masry-Al Ahly tragedy.

Kevin Hoyos scored another two goals for Estudiantes de La Plata’s youth team this week.

Former US U-17 forward Alfred Koroma is in Brazil trialing with Fluminense.  He will also be part of a Fluminense U-23 team that will be/is already in Orlando taking on MLS teams during the preseason.

Brazilian-American midfielder Luis Felipe is being called back into the US U-20 team for a camp and games in April’s Dallas Cup.  Felipe currently plays with defending Brazilian league champions Cruzeiro.

It looks like FC Dallas could be sending Bobby Warshaw out on loan again this year and Europe is one of the few spots mentioned over at Big D Soccer.  Warshaw did have some success last season in Sweden with Ängelholm, scoring eight goals in nine league appearances.

And finally, Brian Sciaretta caught up with new Philippines national team manager Thomas Dooley.

 
Categories: Alfred Koroma, Amando Moreno, Babajide Ogunbiyi, Bobby Warshaw, Bruno Piceno, Duane Holmes, John Brooks, Kevin Hoyos, Luis Felipe, Michael Stephens, Samir Badr, Thomas Dooley, US Men's National Team
No Comments
 

A couple links for Tuesday
   December 10, 2013 (12:17 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Only a couple things for Tuesdays.

In case you missed it over the weekend, a report from The Guardian has the US and England playing a pre-World Cup friendly in the Miami area.

Steven Goff has your weekend recap for the various Americans playing abroad.  As for Monday, Babajide Ogunbiyi went the distance and scored an own goal in a 5-0 loss.

The US U-17 team kicked off the 2013 Nike International Friendlies with a 2-1 loss to Portugal.  They gave up the winning goal during extra time in the second half.  I am guessing highlights will become available in the near future.  You can also check out the US roster right here.

Geoff Cameron thinks Stoke City can finish in the top half of the Premier League table.

RIP to Tim Howard’s beard.

Here is another fun Google-translated article on John Brooks.

In the MLS European training stints department, Wil Trapp is headed to Holland to train with PEC Zwolle.

Blackburn Rovers’ Adam Henley saw the field this weekend, his first first team action since last March.

Josh Deaver recently talked to Caleb Stanko about his development in Germany and his goals.

And finally, Devann Yao has parted ways with Belgian Third Division side UR La Louvière Centre.  He had appeared in 12 games (no goals) since joining the team in August.

 
Categories: Adam Henley, Babajide Ogunbiyi, Caleb Stanko, Devann Yao, Geoff Cameron, John Brooks, Tim Howard, US Men's National Team, Wil Trapp
1 Comment
 

Viborg vs. AaB Highlights
   December 9, 2013 (2:49 PM) by Matt Benson
 

Babajide Ogunbiyi went the full 90 minutes in Viborg’s 5-0 loss to AaB in Danish Superliga action on Monday.  Ogunbiyi was credited with an own goal while trying to clear the ball with his head.  Here are the highlights.

 
Categories: Babajide Ogunbiyi, Highlights
No Comments
 

Thursday morning linkage
   September 19, 2013 (12:40 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Some housekeeping from the last couple of days.

Tim Ream continues to play central/defensive midfield for Bolton and has an assist on Tuesday in a 2-2 draw (highlights).  Mark Yesilevskiy talked about his recent good play over at Lion Of Vienna Suite.

Eric Lichaj also had an assist on Tuesday in Nottingham Forest’s 2-2 draw (highlights).

Also in the Championship, Danny Williams assisted on Reading’s injury time game winner on Wednesday.  Seeing how more and more Championship teams are embracing Youtube (like the links above), hopefully there will be highlights of this tomorrow.

Alonso Hernandez help create Monterrey’s game-winning goal in their 1-0 win over Puebla Copa MX action on Tuesday (highlights).

Chukwudi Chijindu scored his eighth goal of the season in Thór’s 2-2 draw to Keflavík in Iceland on Wednesday.  His eight goals are tied for the sixth most in the Icelandic Úrvalsdeild.  As always, our goal tracker is updated with his goal and others from the last week.

Apparently Mexico are going after Luis Gil.  Oh hell no.

If you score a couple of goals in Europe, there is a good chance Brian Sciaretta will talk to you.  This happened to Babajide Ogunbiyi this week.

British-American youth player Kris Scott (not to be confused with his brother Kyle Scott who broke his leg in February) signed a two-year deal with Swansea City after being with Stoke City.

Mr. Sciaretta also spoke to Omar Thompson this week who recently signed a pro deal with Wigan.

Top Draw Soccer tells us about youth goalkeeper’s Al Simpson’s training stints with various teams in England in the last couple months.

 
Categories: Al Simpson, Alonso Hernandez, Babajide Ogunbiyi, Chukwudi Chijindu, Danny Williams, Eric Lichaj, Kris Scott, Luis Gil, Omar Thompson, Tim Ream
5 Comments
 

OT Player of the Week
   September 16, 2013 (9:06 PM) by Matt Benson
 

potw

Howie’s Pick – Babajide Ogunbiyi (Viborg – Danish Superliga)

Babajide Ogunbiyi scored the lone goal in Viborg’s 1-0 win over AGF in the Danish Superliga (highlights).

Matt’s Pick – Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht – Belgian First Division)

Our favorite mustache scored his fourth league goal of the season in only his seventh game of the year, matching his season-best four goals scored in 36 games in 2011-12 (highlights).

 

 
Categories: Babajide Ogunbiyi, Player of the Week, Sacha Kljestan
1 Comment
 

Viborg vs. AGF Highlights
   September 15, 2013 (9:01 PM) by Matt Benson
 

Babajide Ogunbiyi used his head off a corner kick to score the winning goal in Viborg’s 1-0 win over AGF in Danish Superliga action on Sunday.  Here is his goal.

 
Categories: Babajide Ogunbiyi, Highlights
No Comments
 

A plethora of links for Tuesday
   July 23, 2013 (12:33 AM) by Matt Benson
 

The USMNT headed to Dallas (technically Arlington) on Monday after beating El Salvador 5-1 on Sunday (highlights here).  I did another fun stat thingie talking about their winning streak and all the goals they keep scoring.  Yay for numbers!  The US will be facing Honduras from Jerry World Cowboys Stadium at 7 PM Eastern on Fox Soccer.

Sunday’s game drew a 1.2 overnight rating, which is not bad for most soccer games shown in the US.  The previous week’s game against Cuba only drew a 0.6, while the Champions League final drew a 1.0 overnight rating on FOX earlier this year.  Baby steps.

While most of us were watching the US, we probably missed out that Freddy Adu came off the bench and played 13 minutes in Bahia’s 0-0 draw.  It was his first action since May.  Here are some highlights from the game, although Adu is not really in any of them (I think he is the smaller guy in the white jersey at the back post during the last free kick, but I can’t tell for sure).

Alfredo Morales made his debut with Ingolstadt as the German 2. Bundesliga season started up over the weekend, but he had a pretty nightmare debut.  A bad back pass led to a goal and he left the game with a red card and will miss the next game.  Ouch.

We had some goals in the lower leagues over the weekend.  Christian Eissele scored the game-winning goal and his 21st across all competitions in Kemi Kings’ 4-3 win.  And Chukwudi Chijindu scored his sixth goal of the season for Thor.  His six goals are tied for the second most in the Icelandic Úrvalsdeild.  As always, you can follow along with our goal tracker.

Also over the weekend, Aron Johannsson scored another goal for AZ Alkmaar in a preseason friendly against Getafe.

Some good news on the injury front as Fabian Johnson returned to some light training with Hoffenheim.

And Herculez Gomez is still about 2-3 weeks away from making his debut with Tijuana after picking up a knee injury in the Gold Cup.

Good to see that Jurgen Klinsmann and the USMNT coaching staff are still going after German-American forward Shawn Parker.

Another German-American, Julian Green, scored twice for Bayern Munich’s U-23 last week and I can’t find highlights, but his dad was tweeting out photos from the game.

We told you last week that Tim Ream played at left back for Bolton in a preseason friendly and here is a video interview with Ream talking about it.

Brian Sciaretta recently talked to Matt Besler and here is that interview/story.  I think Besler is probably our #1 centerback at the moment if I was doing my own depth chart.

Michael Bradley talked to MLS Insider about growing up in MLS.

Michael’s father, Bob Bradley, will be on The Daily Show on Comedy Central this Thursday, so set your DVRs (or watch it live).

Alejandro Bedoya was on Jason Davis’ The Best Soccer Show last week where he talked about his future and the Gold Cup.

Defender Babajide Ogunbiyi is returning to Viborg FF in the Danish 1st Division (second tier).  Ogunbiyi appeared in 12 league games for fellow Danish 1st Division side Vendsyssel in 2012-13 after playing for Viborg in the previous two and a half seasons.

We are inching closer to Copa America taking place in the US in 2016.

And finally, the Milk Cup is always a favorite of ours and Javier Perez named his 18-man U-18 roster yesterday.  It features some European-based players, including goalkeeper Ethan Horvath (Molde FK) and forward Lynden Gooch (Sunderland).  They will face Mexico next Monday in the first game then play Northern Ireland on Wednesday and Denmark on Friday.  The US has won the tournament twice before (2005 and 2010).

 
Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Alfredo Morales, Aron Johannsson, Babajide Ogunbiyi, Bob Bradley, Christian Eissele, Fabian Johnson, Herculez Gomez, Julian Green, Matt Besler, Michael Bradley, Shawn Parker, Tim Ream, US Men's National Team
6 Comments
 

Babajide Ogunbiyi signs with FC Hjørring
   December 31, 2012 (5:46 PM) by Matt Benson
 

Babajide Ogunbiyi is headed back to Denmark.  The 26-year-old defender has signed with Danish 1st Division side FC Hjørring and will be replacing fellow American Mike Jones (Who?!) on the roster.

“The contract is for one year,” Hjørring Sports Director Jacob Krüger confirmed to YA.

…….

“He is expected to be a [contributor] for us in the starting lineup,” Krüger confirmed, further adding that they are not at all concerned by his recent lack of league games.

“We start [training] January 8 and play [our next] match in March so we have no worries about his form.”

Ogunbiyi is no stranger to the Danish 1st Division.  He appeared in 53 games over two seasons with Viborg FF before leaving the club this summer.  He signed with the New York Red Bulls in late July, but was released a couple days later due to a health concern.  He also had a training stint with Gregg Berhalter’s Hammarby in Sweden this past fall, but did not get a contract offer.

FC Hjørring and the rest of the Danish 1st Division are currently on winter break and don’t resume action until late March.  FC Hjørring are sitting in ninth place (out of 12 teams) with 20 points, three points above the relegation zone.

 
Categories: Babajide Ogunbiyi, Mike Jones
No Comments
 

A whole bunch of links
   October 17, 2012 (9:54 PM) by Matt Benson
 

Some of these are a couple days old, but between life and the USMNT, I was saving them up for one big link drop.

Speaking of the USMNT, Greg Seltzer gives us a pre-Hex to-do list for Jurgen Klinsmann.

These were written before Tuesday’s game, but here are some interviews by Brian Sciaretta with Joe Corona and Geoff Cameron.

Sciaretta also informs us that Bolivian-American center back Alejandro Melean became cap tied to Bolivia this week.

Back to the US’ 3-1 win over Guatemala.  Jon Arnold got some post-game quotes from various USMNT players.  And if you missed this, ESPN/Julie Foudy did a great video piece on Herculez Gomez.

And Grant Wahl talks about Eddie Johnson’s comeback.  I will admit that I was skeptical about Johnson’s call-up, but he looked very good in both games and looks to be playing with a lot of confidence right now.

I got e-mailed this over the weekend, but here are two radio interviews with Stoke City’s Geoff Cameron and Maurice Edu.

Some good news on the Stuart Holden front.  He will be returning to training with Bolton this week.

ESPN’s Ravi Ubha has a story up on Oguchi Onyewu about his move to Malaga.

We already told you about Christian Eissele scoring 20 goals for Kemi Kings in Finland this season, but it looks like he won the Golden Boot for the season.

St. Pauli played some friendlies during the international break and it looks like Joe Gyau scored a goal in 6-1 win over SC Wiener Viktoria on Saturday.  Here are highlights of the goals, including Gyau’s goal.

It looks like Kenneth Di Vita Jensen has moved on to Ullensaker / Kisa in the Norwegian First Division (second tier) and scored a goal this past weekend.

We told you last week about Babajide Ogunbiyi training at Hammarby.  It doesn’t look like Hammarby is going to sign him and he apparently failed his medical with the New York Red Bulls because of some heart condition.

 
Categories: Alejandro Melean, Babajide Ogunbiyi, Christian Eissele, Eddie Johnson, Geoff Cameron, Herculez Gomez, Joe Corona, Joe Gyau, Kenneth Di Vita Jensen, Maurice Edu, Oguchi Onyewu, Stuart Holden, US Men's National Team
4 Comments
 

Tuesday morning links
   October 9, 2012 (12:14 AM) by Matt Benson
 

So apparently there were some interesting additions/omissions from the latest USMNT roster, who knew (he said sarcastically)?  Jurgen Klinsmann explains some of his decisions in his post-roster teleconference.

One player I think we can all agree on about being on the roster is Danny Williams, especially after his performance in Columbus once he was allowed to play his natural position.  Mr. Williams spoke to Mathew Wagner recently about the US team.

Brian Sciaretta is reporting that Anthony Brooks is no longer headed to Spain to play with the US U-20 team over the international break, but will rather stay with Hertha Berlin.

Who wants to see a video of Stuart Holden running and cutting?  Here you go.  I also enjoyed the article on him in the first edition of Howler (I am still making my way through it, but it has been pretty good so far).

West Ham United’s website has a story up on Sebastian Lletget.

Remember Babajide Ogunbiyi?  The 25-year-old central defender was last seen failing a physical with the Red Bulls has now popped up in Sweden with Hammarby to train for a week.  Gregg Berhalter seems to be working his MLS connections.

 
Categories: Babajide Ogunbiyi, Danny Williams, John Brooks, Sebastian Lletget, Stuart Holden, US Men's National Team
No Comments
 

 
« Older Entries