As for the mid week so far, Gedion Zelalem help setup a goal for Arsenal’s U-21 team. Michael Orozco had an assist as Puebla won the Copa MX final over Chivas (Herculez Gomez watched from the bench). And Andrija Novakovich scored a goal for Reading’s U-21 team.
The US U-20 team is in Austria this week and here is their roster. They had a 2-2 draw against Qatar yesterday with the US goals coming from Amando Moreno and Conor Donovan.
The US U-23 team will take on Mexico later tonight at the StubHub Center. Here is their roster. Apparently manager Andi Herzog asked Hamburg permission for Julian Green to stay after last week’s friendly against Mexico for this game but they didn’t respond yes to him until Green was already on a plane back to Germany. Herzog also wants to create a pipeline to the USMNT with the U-23 team. And Liviu Bird’s random observation from training earlier this week, Jordan Morris has Type 1 diabetes and tests his blood sugar during training.
For those of you that miss watching grainy Youtube videos of Josh Gatt flying down the wings, we have some good news. He has been cleared to play again after a couple knee surgeries.
Hannover 96 did some shuffling around of their coaching staff and Steve Cherundolo has been promoted to an assistant.
» As expected, Jurgen Klinsmann sent home Jermaine Jones, Lee Nguyen and DeAndre Yedlin due to the MLS playoffs. He also sent home DaMarcus Beasley so he could deal with some personal matters in Mexico. And on Ireland’s side, Robbie Keane was sent back to the LA Galaxy due to the MLS playoffs.
The FA of Ireland officially announced the rumored November 18 friendly yesterday. Still no official word from US Soccer.
Some details of the 2015 Gold Cup came out over the weekend. It will feature 12 teams in 10 different US cities between July 7-26. The 10 cities will be selected in “4Q 2014″. And a third place match has been added this year.
Speaking of the Gold Cup, new contributor John D. Halloran took a look at some possibilities of the 2015 US roster last Friday.
We had a few guys in action on Monday. Pablo Punyed scored a game-winning goal from a free kick in the 90th minute to give Stjarnan the 2-1 victory in Iceland (highlights). And Zak Whitbread was able to get through a game without an injury and he assisted on a goal in Derby County’s 2-0 win in League Cup action (highlights).
I finally had some time this weekend so I was able to write up The OT Report. So check that out to see how some of your favorite players did this past weekend across Europe. Even though the big leagues haven’t started yet, there were a ton of guys in action over the weekend.
One player who saw the field this weekend in a reserve game was Freddy Adu. He started for FK Jagodina’s reserve team in a 1-0 loss in Serbia. And here is photographic proof that he still exists.
Michael Orozco scored a goal this weekend. But it was for the other team (highlights).
Junior Flores played this weekend for Borussia Dortmund’s U-19 team in a 4-0 win over Wuppertaler SV. I saw some online chatter that he assisted on three goals. I have no clue if that is true or not, but here are some highlights from the game, which has two of the goals. One came from a free kick and I can’t tell if he assisted on the other or not.
Here is a photo of Alejandro Bedoya from Nantes’ 1-0 win over Lens. And I think this is a photo of Bedoya leading the team in the “I Believe” chant, which I have seen him do before for Nantes after wins.
Brad Guzan and Aston Villa took on Parma over the weekend in a friendly and here is an action shot of Guzan making a save.
Jermaine Jones is still without a home and it looks like the New England Revolution are interested in working out a deal. And while Sacha Kljestan didn’t end up in Los Angeles, it looks like FC Dallas were trying to get the midfielder to Frisco as well.
As I promised last week, we are starting to add new content to the site aside from links and RJ DeMello started us off last week with an interview with Joe Gyau. There should also be something else USMNT-centric from another new contributor today.
Of course the weekend that I am gone has 12 goals scored by various Americans throughout Europe, so here are a bunch of GIFs of about half of those goals. The goal tracker has also been updated with all the goals.
The US U-23 and U-17 teams have been busy lately. The U-23 team defeated the Bahamas national team 5-1 (highlights). And the U-17 team are in the semifinals of a tournament in Mexico after winning their first four games (highlights).
In Europa League action yesterday, Pablo Punyed and Stjarnan are advancing to the playoff round, while Mix Diskerud/Rosenborg, Ethan Horvath/Molde and Sean Reynolds/FH have all been eliminated.
Here are some highlights of Ethan Horvath in action between the sticks for Molde II in a recent game.
Yesterday was the USMNT’s last day at Stanford as they flew to New York in the afternoon. US Soccer gives us a video about their experience on campus. Timothy Chandler apparently liked the golf carts.
ESPN’s Jeff Carlisle gives us his last camp notebook. He is passing over the torch to Doug McIntyre for the east coast coverage. If you are on Twitter and not following Jeff and Doug then you are doing life wrong. Jeff also reports that Clint Dempsey is expected to be back in the lineup for the next friendly against Turkey.
I hope everyone is watching ESPN’s Inside: US Soccer’s March to Brazil (another “you are doing life wrong” if you are not) as it gave us a moment like last night: Aron Johannsson doing his best southern accent to say he was born in Mobile, Alabama. Now I want to see footage of him saying “Roll Damn Tide.” It also looks like Johannsson has signed a new deal with AZ Alkmaar, which will keep him at the club until 2018.
I swear this is not one big plug for ESPN, but I forgot to post this last week. They did some pretty cool posters for each of the 32 teams.
This link is very bookmark-worthy as it has the full TV schedule for the whole World Cup.
And with his knee showing no real signs of improvement, Williams admits that his prospects of making it to Brazil look bleak.
“At the moment it doesn’t look good,” said Williams, who has pledged his long-term future to Reading .
When asked if he would require another operation to try and fix the problem, he added: “I don’t know yet, I have to see.”
Zak Whitbread has been released by Leicester City. Whitbread appeared in only three league games for Leicester City this season before heading out on loan to Derby County where he played in only four league games. While some fans will probably want him to head to MLS, I am guessing he stays in England since he basically grew up there his whole life.
The rumors on Twitter have Juan Agudelo failing at his second UK work permit appeal. If true, that means another loan is probably in his future for 2014-15.
Tim Ream was spotted at the New York Red Bulls’ practice today. He told some press that he hasn’t been in contact with Jurgen Klinsmann, but he knows USMNT coaches have been scouting him.
Steve Cherundolo has become the new U-15 manager at Hannover 96. Kicker also has a photo gallery up on Cherundolo’s career in Germany.
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.