Terrence Boyd scored two goals yesterday. You can check out the highlights here and here is a photo of Boyd celebrating after one of the goals. That gives him 10 goals across all competitions this season. Only Aron Johannsson (12 goals) has scored more among USMNT players in Europe in 2013-14.
As Howie posted yesterday, Bahia has decided to not renew Freddy Adu’s contract once it it ends in December. He has appeared in only seven games across all competitions since joining the club in April. Bahia is Adu’s seventh team since leaving Real Salt Lake in 2007.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has just been put on Over There’s hit list. He doesn’t like Sacha Kljestan’s mustache (outrage!) causing our favorite mustached player to tell him to check out his own nose.
We posted earlier this week that Steve Cherundolo was still training on his own since his knee had a little setback, but now it looks like he has returned to full training with the team.
Danny Williams has also returned to full training with Reading this week. He hasn’t played in a game since September due to a bone bruise on his foot.
I guess there was some British reports claiming Nottingham Forest interest in a loan for Brek Shea, but Greg Seltzer shoots down that report.
There was a story a couple weeks ago about MLS interest for Benji Joya and Daniel Cuevas. Tom Marshall is reporting that the teams interested seem to be the Chicago Fire, Philadelphia Union, San Jose Earthquakes and Chivas USA, while Mexican side Puebla are also interested in Joya. And you can add a “team from Denmark” and Mexican second division club Lobos BUAP as other suitors for Cuevas.
And finally, it appears that Swansea City’s U-21 player Kris Scott got invited to the US U-20 camp in Italy next week.
While Julian Green won’t be headed to the USMNT camp this month since he can’t play in the games (unless he decides 100% to make the switch), he is now headed to a Germany U-19 camp this month. I don’t think the door is shut on him quite yet, there is still a few years before he has to make a final decision.
That said, FC Lorient midfielder Romain Gall has been invited to the US U-20 camp in Italy for this month. Gall last played with the US U-18 team this past summer at the International Juniors Tournament in Lisbon, Portugal.
The goal tracker has you updated on all the goals from the weekend. As for yesterday, Charles Kazlauskas scored Helmond Sport’s opening goal as they came back from a 2-0 deficit to win 3-2 today over Jong Ajax. I am still looking for highlights of the goal.
No highlights of Andrew Wooten’s goal in Kaiserslautern II’s 3-2 loss to Eintracht Frankfurt II in Regionalliga action, but here is a photo of The Wooten Clan from the game.
Bobby Warshaw’s loan with Angelholms FF officially ended this weekend after playing in the season finale. He also scored (highlights), giving him eight goals in nine league appearances.
Patrick Hopkins has left Ljungskile SK for IK Sirius, who were just promoted to the Superettan (second tier in Sweden) after winning promotion in the Division 1 Norra (third tier). Here is a video of Hopkins giving a little interview. With Hopkins leaving, Ljungskile SK is still left with four Americans: Patrick McMahon, Paul Tracy, Aaron Nichols and Charlie Campbell.
Steve Cherundolo is having more knee issues and did not play with Hannover 96 this past weekend. He is only doing individual workouts at training and hasn’t been cleared to return to the full squad just yet.
This past weekend was a fantastic one for the various Americans in Europe. We had 12 total goals by 10 different players. I have posted highlights of most of the goals over the last two days, but you can follow along with our goal tracker.
One of those goal scorers was Julian Green, who scored twice against Heimstetten (a photo of him celebrating with teammates from the game), giving him 15 goals in 15 games with Bayern Munich’s U-23 team this season. During last Friday’s morning links, there were some rumblings that Green would be going to the USMNT camp in Europe next month. There was finally confirmation by US Soccer later that afternoon that he would be at least attending the camp, but he hasn’t filled out a FIFA one-time switch so he can’t play in the friendlies. That said, Brian Sciaretta is hearing “optimistic” things about his US prospects.
Another player who scored a goal in the German Regionalliga this weekend was Jann George and here is a photo of him celebrating with a teammate.
Also in Mikey news, Roma apparently turned down a seven million euro bid by Cardiff City for his services this past summer.
Tim Howard won the battle of American goalkeepers over the weekend in Everton’s 2-0 win over Brad Guzan and Aston Villa. Based on his strong play, including a save on a penalty kick, he was named to BBC Sport’s Garth Crooks’ Premier League Team of the Week. That link also tells us that Howard has saved six penalty kicks in Premier League play since 2008-09, the most by any keeper over that time frame.
I was gone for most of yesterday so I missed out on all the Twitter-hoopla over the big news on Julian Green. There is a report out of Germany that Green has accepted a call-up to the USMNT friendlies in Europe next month. Green is currently provisionally cap-tied to Germany after playing in some UEFA U-19 qualifiers earlier this month, so he would have to file a FIFA one-time switch in order to play with the US (he could also just come into the camp and not play in the games without the one-time switch). His dad has also confirmed the news on Twitter. Green hasn’t played with Bayern Munich’s first team this season, but he has scored 13 goals in 14 games with the U-23 team in the Regionalliga so far in 2013-14.
If true, Jurgen Klinsmann has a message for Germany:
Jurgen Klinsmann did another Q&A with US Soccer’s website. The big talking point is that he wants some of the MLS players to go on winter loans during the offseason or they will be involved in the January camp. As it was reported before, the US will begin the January camp in Los Angeles and finish it up in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Steve Cherundolo (remember him?) also did a Q&A with US Soccer’s website. He has been training with Hannoer 96 for the last two weeks and hopes to get back into a game in the near future.
The US U-18 team finished second at the Limoges Tournament in France last week. Here are some highlights of their 1-0 win over the Czech Republic. And head coach Javier Perez did a Q&A about the second place finish. That team had three guys currently at youth academies in Europe, Fulham’s Emerson Hyndman, FC Utrecht’s Rubio Rubin and Chelsea’s Kyle Scott.
Another dual-national youth player could be headed to the USMNT, but not for a few years. New England Revolution’s Diego Fagundez secured permanent residency status in the US and plans to seek US citizenship. Now we play the waiting game for the next three to five years.
Mark Hughes made some comments last week that Brek Shea was wanting to go out on loan in search of playing time. And now Shea spoke to some local press in the UK about the same and revealed that he was close to getting loaned out to Derby County until Nigel Clough was fired. Imagine Shea being in this photo.
We already know about the US-Scotland friendly in November, but it looks like the second friendly will be against either Austria, Denmark or Northern Ireland according to Grant Wahl. And Steven Goff is hearing that it is likely Austria. It all depends on what happens with UEFA’s last couple games of qualification.
Jurgen Klinsmann plans on bringing a strong squad to the last two qualifiers despite already qualifying.
Bob Bradley and Egypt will face Ghana in a two-legged playoff in the last round of African qualification. I suspect that Bob’s reaction was something like this (replace Newman with Ghana).
Kick TV has a look back at the US’s win over Mexico in Columbus.
Jozy Altidore updated his blog over at ESPN FC about the US qualifying for Brazil.
Five Americans played in Tijuana’s 3-2 win over Victoria in CONCACAF Champions League. Paul Arriola opened up the scoring in the 10th minute (highlights).
While Landon Donovan told us that he is starting to get offers from outside the US for once his contract expires with the Galaxy, Greg Seltzer is starting to hear that some of that interest is coming from Italy, possibly even AC Milan.
Shawn Barry went the full 90 minutes and scored a goal in LASK Linz’s 2-0 win over SV Wallern in Austria on Tuesday.
Brian Sciaretta thinks Fabian Johnson’s best position for the USMNT is at midfield rather than leftback, so he dives into that topic.
If you missed it yesterday, both Terrence Boyd (three weeks) and Steve Cherundolo (indefinitely) both have injuries that will keep them out for varying lengths.
I was also able to find Julian Green’s goal from the weekend. Green now has five goals in seven games with Bayern Munich’s U-23 team this season.
Chukwudi Chijindu scored his seventh goal of the season yesterday in Thór’s 2-2 draw to Fylkir in Iceland. Josh Wicks also started for Thór at goalkeeper. Chijindu’s seven goals are the fourth most in the Icelandic Úrvalsdeild in 2013.
Tony Taylor talked to the fine folks over at Yanks Abroad about starting the season at Cypriot side AC Omonia. They begin their season August 30 at Anorthosis, who finished second last year, one spot above Omonia.
And finally, Landon Donovan did an interview with Julie Stewart-Binks that aired on today’s first episode of Fox Sport 1′s Fox Soccer Daily. The biggest news to come out of is that Donovan has received multiple offers from teams outside the US for when his contracts ends after this MLS season and that he would be interested if the Galaxy don’t make a competitive offer.
But over a 24-hour period between Sunday and Monday, I was able to watch NBC’s Match of the Day, ESPN FC and Fox Soccer Daily. It really is a good time to be a soccer fan in the US.
Reports out of Germany have Steve Cherundolo needing another knee surgery on his left knee, his second on the same knee in the last eight weeks. Per Google-translate:
While there were clear regarding infringement of Andre Hoffmann in Mönchengladbach, put it bitter news for Steven Cherundolo. The team captain of Hannover 96 will continue to wait for his comeback, he needs surgery for the second time within eight weeks of the knee. Due to the engagement of the 34-year-old veteran defender falls from up indefinitely. Consequently, the 96 on up to 31 have August, a trading act to close the short staffed right rear.
This is a major setback for Cherundolo, Hannover 96 and the USMNT. While the 34-year-old rightback hasn’t played with the US since last October, he is likely still #1 for the rightback spot on the current depth chart. With him missing September’s qualifiers (and probably October as well), Jurgen Klinsmann will likely look at Brad Evans (who has played alright, although is not a natural rightback) or Michael Parkhurst. Other options include Timothy Chandler (Is he healthy? Is he committed?) or the current people’s champion of the moment Eric Lichaj.