Jurgen Klinsmann wants competition between Brad Guzan and Nick Rimando for the #1 goalkeeper spot. OT resident goalkeeper guru Will has a couple words on Guzan/Rimando (plus a lot other information on everything US goalkeepers).
Baltimore is in talks with CONCACAF to host some Gold Cup games next summer. We should know the final stadiums/locations in the fourth quarter of 2014.
The US U-20 team takes on the Argentina U-20 team later today. They are 2-0-0 on their trip so far with wins over Racing Club Reserves and Defensa y Justicia Reserves. Bradford Jamieson IV has the best name ever. I want him to make it to the USMNT so I can get his jersey someday.
Matt Taylor went the full 90 minutes and scored his team-leading sixth goal of the season in Saarbrücken’s 3-0 win over Koblenz on Friday. Taylor now has four goals in his last three games. Here are some highlights with Taylor’s goal coming at the 4:30 mark.
Steven Goff has you covered with a weekend roundup of the bigger names in Europe. Good to see Rubio Rubin and Emerson Hyndman both made appearances again in their respective team’s starting lineups. Hyndmann is 18 years old and completing 91 percent of his passes this season, fourth highest in the Championship among players with 100+ attempted passes.
As for some goals, Matt Taylor bagged another two goals in Saarbrücken’s 2-1 win over Nöttingen (highlights). Taylor has put together a nice little career in the various lower leagues in Germany, scoring 55 goals in 162 league appearances since 2008-09.
Bobby Warshaw went the full 90 minutes and scored the opening goal of the game in Bærum’s 2-1 loss to Hønefoss (highlights). Over in Sweden, Andrew Stadler scored his 11th goal of the season in Landskrona’s 1-1 draw to Sirius (highlights). Down in the fourth tier in Sweden, Eddy Prugh and Andy Lorei both scored in Bodens BK’s 3-2 loss to Anundsjö (highlights). And we don’t have highlights of these goals, but Matt Eliason, Drew Jeskey, Anthony Avalos and Christian Eissele also scored this weekend and our goal tracker has some more details. Will Packwood also scored for Birmingham City’s U-21 team.
While we had some goals this weekend, the assists might have been even better this weekend. Bobby Wood used his head to assist on 1860 Munich’s goal in their 1-1 draw to Darmstadt 98 (highlights). Here is also a photo of Wood from that game. And Alfredo Morales assisted on two goals in Ingolstadt’s 3-0 win over Sandhausen (highlights). That second one was pretty slick.
The US U-20 team is headed to Argentina this week to play Racing Club Reserves, Defensa y Justicia Reserves and Argentina’s U-20 team. Here is the updated roster, which features John Requejo Jr., Fernando Arce, Russell Canouse, Junior Flores and Paul Arriola among others. Another interesting name on the list is Chivas de Guadalajara’s Luis Martir since Chivas normally has a Mexican international only policy.
We had a pretty quiet Deadline Day on the American front (aside from a dildo going into a reporter’s ear, seriously), but we had a couple moves over the last couple of days.
As we posted over the weekend, Julian Green is headed to Hamburg on a season-long loan. And for all those soccer jersey hipsters out there, Hamburg has a decent home shirt this year and Green looks to be wearing #37.
The bigger news on the American front were the moves that did not happen. Stoke City decided to keep Geoff Cameron despite bids from Sunderland and Southampton. Zulte-Waregem made a bid for Sacha Kljestan, but Anderlecht decided to hold onto him as well. And I guess there might have been some rumblings of Southampton sniffing around Brek Shea, but nothing happened (and it was likely silly season nonsense).
And before multiple more people ask me, Juan Agudelo is still without a club and myself (and many others) don’t know anything more on his situation.
Brian Sciaretta, writing for multiple outlets, has you covered with some interviews with Brad Guzan and Greg Garza. Jonny Rico also got some audio from Garza and Joe Corona about their recent call-ups to the USMNT.
And finally, Freddy Adu is still in Serbia, still hasn’t played for his new team and is suing his former Brazilian team Bahia over alleged unpaid wages.
We have had a few goals over the last few days, including goals (with highlights) from Alonso Hernandez, Marc Heider and David Najem. Matt Taylor also scored yesterday, but the Regionalliga Sudwest highlight show usually takes a couple days to appear on the internet.
Jozy Altidore did not score, but he was involved in Sunderland’s second goal yesterday when his shot was saved and Adam Johnson scored on the rebound (highlights).
Yanks Abroad has you covered with a recap of all the Americans who played in the Capital One Cup this week.
Geoff Cameron had to leave Stoke City’s game yesterday due to injury. Greg Seltzer is also reporting that Cameron does have suitors, but Stoke City is hesitant to sell him.
Shifting to the USMNT, Landon Donovan’s final game with the US will be on October 10 against Ecuador.
The US roster for the Czech Republic friendly should be announced soon, possibly even later today. Sounds like it could be up to 22 names according to Steven Goff.
One player who will not be there, and it is not that surprising between him being a veteran and him joining a new team, is Jermaine Jones.
John Brooks should have a better shot at more playing time at Hertha Berlin with Sebastian Langkamp picking up an injury. Langkamp is expected to miss about a month.
Fresh off his goal from last week, Brian Sciaretta caught up with 22-year-old defender Ventura Alvarado.
Before he disappeared at Fulham over the last two weeks, Emerson Hyndman was doing well in the team’s first two games of the season. ASN’s Laura Greene gives you a rundown of what people are saying across the interwebs on the young American.
And finally, here is a photo of Americans Charlie Butte and Mario Rodriguez going after it in German Regionalliga action last weekend.
Of course the weekend that I am gone has 12 goals scored by various Americans throughout Europe. Here are some GIFs of the ones that have video evidence of the goal. For the full list of goals, check out our goal tracker.
Matt Taylor opened up the 2014-15 season with a fun goal in Saarbrücken’s 2-2 draw to Homburg in German Regionalliga action on Friday. He also scored a goal in the team’s second game, a 2-1 win over Freiburg II on Tuesday, but there are no highlights of that game just yet.
Coming off a 10-goal season in 2013-14, Marc Heider scored his first goal this season in Holstein Kiel’s 2-2 draw to Joe Gyau and Borussia Dortmund II over the weekend in German 3. Liga action.
Fabian Hurzeler is another player who has scored two goals in the last week. The GIF below comes from Saturday’s 3-1 win by Hoffenhim II over Hessen Kassel. He also scored in a 4-1 win over on Zweibrücken on Tuesday but the Sudwest highlight show hasn’t come online for the mid-week games yet.
Over in Sweden, Andrew Stadler scored his 10th goal of the season on Saturday in Landskrona’s 3-2 loss to Alex Horwath and Ljungskile.
On Sunday and over in Finland, Lawrence Smith scored his fifth goal of the season in GBK’s 3-0 win over OLS.
And also on Sunday, Jordan Seabrook scored his fourth goal of the season in VPS’s 3-1 loss to Lahti.
Now with the World Cup over for the US, it is time to slowly transfer our attention to the silly season and we have already had a couple moves in the last couple of weeks.
While his new club hasn’t officially announced anything, Rapid Vienna have confirmed that Terrence Boyd is headed to German 2. Bundesliga side RB Leipzig. Boyd scored 28 league goals in 59 games for Rapid Vienna over the last two seasons and now returns to his country of birth.
RB Leipzig are an interesting team. Energy drink maker Red Bull bought the fifth division team SSV Markranstädt in 2009 and formed Red Bull Leipzig. Since Germany won’t allow sponsors to be part of team names, they renamed the team to RasenBallsport Leipzig (“Leipzig lawn ball sports”) or just RB Leipzig.
With Red Bull’s funding, the team earned promotion to the Regionalliga (fourth division) in 2009-10 then promotion to the 3. Liga in 2012-13 and then promotion to the 2. Bundesliga last season after finishing second in the 3. Liga. They also play in Germany’s Red Bull Arena, which is largest football stadium in the former East Germany and was built for the 2006 World Cup. They are a young team, but have some ambitious owners.
Staying in Germany, German-American Shawn Parker is leaving Mainz after signing a new four-year contract with FC Augsburg. The 21-year-old forward appeared in 27 league games with Mainz’s first team over the last two seasons after growing up within Mainz’s youth system.
Parker is leaving a club that finished seventh last season for a team that finished eighth and one point behind Mainz in the Bundesliga table. Most fans will remember FC Augsburg as the club that Michael Parkhurst sat on the bench with for most of last season.
And finally, Matt Taylor left Preußen Münster earlier this month for another German team in FC Saarbrücken. Taylor scored 22 league goals in 69 games for Preußen Münster in the 3. Liga over the last two seasons. FC Saarbrücken were in the 3. Liga last year but have been relegated to the Regionalliga Südwest. Saarbrücken will also be Taylor’s sixth different team in Germany since leaving the US in 2008.