The long rumored Copa America Centenario appears to be coming to the US in 2016. The 16-team tournament will feature 10 CONMEBOL teams and six CONCACAF squads, including the US and Mexico.
The US has moved up one spot to #13 in the latest FIFA world rankings. As for the rest of the US’s group of fun, Germany is #2, Portugal is #3 and Ghana is #38.
Tab Ramos has named his 21-man roster for the Dallas Cup. The US will face River Plate, Eintracht Frankfurt and UANL Tigres in Group C of the Gordon Jago Super Group. Emerson Hyndman will also be in attendance at the tournament, but he will be playing with Fulham.
Jose Torres became the first American to win Mexico’s Copa MX earlier this week. Torres has now won trophies in Copa MX, Copa Sudamericana, Liga MX Clausura, Super Liga and CONCACAF Champions League (three times). Not too shabby.
For those few people still holding out hope that Steve Cherundolo would the right back for the USMNT in Brazil, you can put that dream to rest as Steve Cherundolo announced his retirement today at a press conference in Hannover after battling knee injuries over the past two years.
The 35-year-old defender ends a career which saw him play 370 league games, including a club-record 302 in the Bundesliga, for Hannover 96 and 87 career caps with the USMNT, including a spot on the 2002, 2006 and 2010 World Cup rosters.
At the press conference, it was announced that Cherundolo will become a co-trainer for Hannover’s U-23 team as he works towards getting his coaching license.
While it sucks to see his career end, congrats to one of the most underrated players in US Soccer history (in my opinion).
Aside from hearing Alexi Lalas tell a story about eating dog once, the next most exciting USMNT news to come out over the weekend was some more information about pre-World Cup friendlies.
ESPN FC’s Doug McIntyre is hearing that the three-game sendoff series will begin at Stanford Stadium in Stanford, California (opponent TBD). The US will next head to Red Bull Arena for the next game (opponent TBD) before ending things at Everbank Field in Jacksonville against Nigeria. The first two opponents are TBD, but US Soccer has apparently had discussions with Sweden, Serbia and Turkey, among others. Serbia would go along with the New York rumor that has been floating out there the last couple months.
With the January camp coming to an end, Zach Goldman takes a look at the evolution of “Camp Cupcake”.
Michael Parkhurst told MLSsoccer.com’s Andrew King that he would have stayed in Germany instead of coming back to MLS if he wasn’t in the USMNT picture. I am thinking more and more that Parkhurst might land one of the last spots with his versatility, much like Jonathan Spector in 2010, if he plays well with Columbus.
A leftover nugget from Deadline Day last Friday, but Sunderland made a late bid for Geoff Cameron, but Stoke City told them no dice.
Sunderland manager Gus Poyet told the UK press that he doesn’t need Jozy Altidore to score goals to be impressed by his play. Jozy also had some quotes on Sunderland’s website after their win over Newcastle United from the weekend.
Hannover 96 press officer Alex Jacob told Greg Seltzer that they are hopeful that Steve Cherundolo will return to full training this week. He has spent the last week and a half training on the side after having a setback with his left knee.
A week after breaking his nose, Tim Ream played for Bolton Wanderers over the weekend and looked like Zorro in the process.
Benji Joya looks like he could be signing with MLS in the near future.
Joya’s US U-20 teammate at the last U-20 World Cup, Jose Villarreal, scored his first goal with Cruz Azul’s U-20 team since going on loan from the LA Galaxy.
Herbert Robinson scored a goal with Santos Laguna’s U-20 team at a tournament in Italy on Monday. Robinson played with the US U-20 team during this past January’s camp, but it sounds like he has some hoops he needs to jump through before becoming eligible to play for the US.
US U-20 midfielder Lynden Gooch had an assist in his first game with Sunderland’s U-21 team on Monday.
And finally, for anyone who lives in LA or will be visiting LA over the next couple months, you should probably check out the new exhibit at LACMA called “Futbol – The Beautiful Game” (myself included). The Original Winger’s Ben Hooper got a chance to see it last week and took a couple photos.
As the USMNT camp portion in Brazil nears its end, US Soccer gives us a quote sheet with some players raving about the facilitates and their off day. And the latest diary talks about the day off from training. And here is a short video of Kyle Beckerman talking about a lot of the same stuff.
Steven Goff has the latest on US Soccer’s budget for the next fiscal year (April 1, 2014 to March 31, 2015). Sounds like they might see a surplus due to the Seattle qualifier being held in such a large venue compared to the normal ~20,000 seat venue. And there is a proposal for 10 friendlies between April and November, including an April friendly which would likely see a MLS-heavy roster due to it not falling on a FIFA fixture date.
Twitter news-breaker Taylor Twellman is hearing that Nick Sakiewicz of the Philadelphia Union is headed to England/Stoke City to to finalize details on Maurice Edu’s transfer to MLS/Philly. I want Mo in Philly solely for the ability to post this video every so often.
Jerome Kiesewetter is headed to Hertha Berlin II on loan for the rest of the 2013-14 season. Kiesewetter hasn’t appeared in any games for Stuttgart II in the German 3. Liga this season so he heads back to Hertha Berlin (he grew up in their youth academy) to get some playing time in the Regionalliga.
Grant Wahl is reporting that Sporting Kansas City recently rejected a $1 million bid by Juventus for 16-year-old defender Erik Palmer-Brown. Wow. Palmer-Brown was one of 24 players who just finished camp with the US U-18 team in Florida this month.
Sebastien Ibeagha talked to Neil Morris of Indy Week about his decision to head to Europe over playing in MLS.
Brian Sciaretta caught up with promising US U-20 midfielder Romain Gall who currently plays with FC Lorient’s U-19/U-21 teams.
And let’s end this links post with a trick shot video where Mix Diskerud got involved in the fun.
US Soccer officially announced the friendly against Ukraine for March. The US is 0-2-1 all-time against Ukraine and they are the highest rated FIFA team (#18) who did not qualify for the World Cup.
They had a scrimmage against Sao Paulo FC on Thursday with the Brazilians walking away the 2-1 winners, which also saw 24 different USMNT players seeing the field. Here are some photos from the “closed-door” scrimmage. [insert faux outrage over losing]
US Soccer also put up their second diary of the trip as well as some quotes from a couple different players. They also did a video on the one US player who was born in Brazil: Benny Feilhaber.
Finally on the US Soccer front, the National Soccer Hall of Fame Class of 2014 nominees were announced. Brian McBride has to be a first ballot HOFer, right?
In the world of Juan Agudelo, Stoke City finally admitted that they “tied” to Agudelo and that they are looking for a loan destination for him. Standard Liege seems to be the trendy rumored landing spot for him at the moment.
The MLS SuperDraft took place in Philadelphia on Thursday and some people pestered Don Garber about Maurice Edu. Nothing new to report other than that discussions are ongoing.
Steve Cherundolo went 90 minutes and picked up a yellow card for Hannover 96 in a friendly against Fenerbahçe on Thursday.
Fabian Johnson (58 minutes) and Jeremy Toljan (32 minutes) each played for Hoffenhim in a 3-0 win over Bobby Wood (45 minutes) and 1860 Munich in a friendly on Thursday. Here are some photos and some highlights.
And Timothy Chandler started and played 45 minutes in Nurnberg’s 2-1 win over FC Luzern in yet another friendly.
We have a new goal tracker up for 2014. The 2013 goal tracker is still up there and Christian Eissele led all American goal scorers in 2013 with 29 goals across all competitions in Finland. He also has a new highlight video up on Youtube.
Finally back in LA after some family time in Texas. A couple links from the last week or so.
Lets start off with some highlights from the English League Championship from over the last week. Both Duane Holmes and Tim Ream picked up assists, so check those out.
Also in the Championship, 18-year-old Gregory (Gboly) Ariyibi made his debut for Leeds over the weekend, coming off the bench in a loss to Eric Lichaj and Nottingham Forest. Here is a photo of Ariyibi and Lichaj going after a ball against each other. Ariyibi was born in the US, but I believe he is also eligible to play for Nigeria.
Juan Agudelo hinted at a new move to Europe (although he took the tweet down), but no one appears to have any clue on what team.
Also, can we just pretend that these Michael Bradley to Fulham rumors never existed? It makes no sense (at least to me) and just smells of the lazy reporting overseas where they just lump an American at one of the same 3-4 clubs where previous Americans played. Yay silly season!
Borussia Mönchengladbach are keeping an eye on Fabian Johnson as he will be allowed to leave on a free transfer this upcoming summer.
Also in Germany, Steve Cherundolo’s Hannover 96 have parted ways with manager Mirko Slomka.
I remember seeing a tweet at one point about Shane O’Neill training with Fulham (which he deleted), but finally some confirmation that he is in West London while his Colorado Rapid teammates Clint Irwin, Dillon Serna and Chris Klute were sent to Everton for some training.
Scott French caught up with Herculez Gomez as he gears up for the Liga MX’s 2014 Clausura, which starts the first weekend in January.
And with 2013 officially coming to an end, Brian Sciaretta gives us his best goals by Americans in 2013. And while you are at it, take a look at our goal tracker for 2013. I will start a 2014 one as soon as someone scores a goal on January 1 or later.
Remember when we thought DaMarcus Beasley was headed to Queretaro? But then his agent chimed in that it wasn’t 100% true? It looks like the deal is not 100% official, but has been agreed upon.
In the good-to-hear department, there is a good chance that Steve Cherundolo could return to Hannover 96′s starting lineup this weekend.
In the not-as-good-to-hear department, Timothy Chandler hasn’t heard from Jurgen Klinsmann in the last couple months. Looks like he could be on the outside right now.
Steven Goff caught up with Oguchi Onyewu to talk about his move to QPR among other things.
Julian Green has been added to Bayern Munich’s 23-man roster for the FIFA Club World Cup, which will be played in Morocco this month. Bayern Munich’s first game will be on December 17 against the winner of Guangzhou Evergrande (China) vs. Al-Ahly (Egypt).
I guess there were some rumors that Sacha Kljestan picked up some skin cancer, but Grant Wahl found out that he only treatment for some pre-cancerous spots on his face.
Norwegian side Bodo/Glimt want to bring in Zarek Valentin permanently for next season. Valentin appeared in 27 games for Bodo/Glimt last season while on loan from the Montreal Impact.
To close out the Centennial, US Soccer is selecting its all-time USMNT XI. Here are the eligible players. Alexi Lalas also selected his roster. If I had to pick a team, I would go with (4-2-3-1 since Dempsey is listed as a midfielder and not forward): Keller; Cherundolo, Pope, Bocanegra, Agoos; Renya, Bradley; Donovan, Dempsey, Ramos; McBride
I posted the US U-17 highlights yesterday from their 2-1 loss to Portugal from earlier this week. US Soccer has now put up the whole 90 minutes. They also bounced back from that loss with a 5-1 win over England. Monterrey FC’s Joe Gallardo had a hat trick, while LA Galaxy Academy’s Haji Wright scored the other two goals. The team finishes up the 2013 Nike International Friendlies with a match against Brazil on Friday.
Fulham’s U-18 team advanced to the fourth round of the FA Youth Cup after beating QPR 4-1. Emerson Hyndman scored one of the goals off a “Beckham-esque” free kick.
And finally, this appears to be Mexico’s away shirt for the World Cup. It looks very Charlie Brown to me. There is nothing major to report on the US front regarding their World Cup jerseys (I know a couple images are out there floating around, but they look very fake/photoshopped to me). One loyal OT reader told me he spoke to a soccer shop rep recently and the only description he got from them was one of them would be royal and white while the other would be red. So all that means nothing really.
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.