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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.