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.
There has already been about eleventy billion words written about Bradley and his move to MLS so I will spare you with my thoughts nor will I link every little rant/story out there. That said, here are some quotes from Landon Donovan on the move.
Also from yesterday, Julian Green scored a goal with Bayern Munich’s first team in a friendly against the Sudanese club Al-Merrikh (highlights). And Matt Taylor scored two goals in a friendly against Heracles (photo).
As expected after his contract was terminated by Randers last week, Charlie Davies signed a permanent contract with the New England Revolution.
Brian Span is returning to the US/MLS after two seasons in Sweden.
I posted last month that I got word from an OT reader about the USMNT’s World Cup kits and some more information has been leaked which seems to match up with it. The change in crest (RIP centennial crest) matches all the new branding done by US Soccer’s website and Twitter account. There was also a “leaked shirt” photo circulating around yesterday, but it looked pretty photoshop to me (it looked like someone just tried to create what it should look like based on the description from the new leaked information).
Speaking of new shirts, Tijuana revealed their new red shirt for this season at some party/presentation. Kim Tate was also down there for the presentation and snagged a couple photos.
Sticking with Tijuana, Mexican international Fernando Arce has a son, Fernando Arce Jr., who is also on Tijuana (playing for their U-20 team) and he was born in the US.
Eric Lichaj picked up a “lower body” injury this past weekend, but it doesn’t appear to be anything serious.
With the US U-20 team currently camping down in Florida, Brian Sciaretta talked to Tab Ramos about how things are going.
Brooks Lennon scored a brace for Liverpool’s U-17 team this week (highlights). He is #7.
And finally, I really can’t wait for this full video. Klinsi being Klinsi. Like a boss.
Steven Goff has his usual weekly roundup of Americans abroad to catch you up one what you may have missed.
We had some goals this weekend. Aron Johannsson had himself a peach of a game, scoring twice and setting up the other goal in AZ’s 3-1 win (highlights). Alejandro Bedoya came off the bench and scored the game-winning goal in Nantes’ 1-0 win (highlights). Terrence Boyd came off the bench and scored the game-tying goal from the penalty spot in a 2-2 draw (highlights). Shawn Parker got the start and scored the opening goal of the game in Mainz’s 4-1 loss to Bayern Munich (highlights). And Matt Taylor got the start and scored his fourth league goal of the campaign in Preußen Münster’s 4-0 win (highlights).
We also had some goals from guys in lower leagues, which we don’t have highlights for, but you can follow along with our goal tracker.
One huge positive was the debut performance of on-loan centre-back Will Packwood, whose mature display belied his years and the fact that he is looking to bounce back from a career-threatening broken leg.
The Birmingham City player looked a born leader, unafraid to issue instructions to more senior colleagues, and won most of his battles in the air and one the ground.
Duane Holmes also made an impact this weekend while coming off the bench for Huddersfield Town in a loss to Leicester City.
Death, taxes and Zak Whitbread injuries. His latest is a calf injury which saw him get subbed out in the first half.
Michael Bradley returned from injury and made Roma’s bench, but did not get in the game on Friday, a 2-0 win over Napoli. With a couple other teams losing in Europe, Roma is the only perfect team in any of the top European leagues.
Brek Shea and Maurice Edu both started for Stoke City’s U-21 team on Friday with Shea scoring a goal and picking up a red card.
The Americans Outlaws are getting some love this week with Founder and President Korey Donahoo making an appearance on the Men in Blazers’ SiriusXM show last week. And Brian Straus takes a quick look at the various chapter logos.
Mexico hired Miguel Herrera this weekend meaning they have gone through four managers over the last month. The US have had four managers over the last 18 years.
While I am working these 16-hour Saturdays this fall, probably won’t have time do weekend editions of The OT Report. That said, Steven Goff always has a good rundown of Americans in the top leagues in Europe.
US Soccer’s Youtube channel has been putting up random videos celebrating the centennial this year. The latest is a look back at the US’s 3-0 win over Argentina at the 1995 Copa America.
And for a random read, here is an interview with 43-year-old English goalkeeper David James as he continues his career with IBV in Iceland (h/t Zac Lee Rigg). This is the same league that Josh Wicks and Chukwudi Chijindu play in with Thor.