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A bunch of youthful links for Thursday
   August 27, 2015 (12:03 AM) by Matt Benson
 

It has been a good week for US youth players.

Lynden Gooch scored in his third straight U21 game over the weekend (highlights), which led to him making his Sunderland senior team debut in their Capital One Cup win over Exeter City (photo).  And he spoke to Sunderland’s website following his debut.

Gedion Zelalem officially went on loan to Rangers this week.  Rangers’ website has a photo gallery of his first training session and an interview with him.  Then he went out to make his debut in yesterday’s Scottish Cup match against Airdrieonians and end up with two assists (and a hockey assist on a third goal) in the 5-0 win (highlights).

Andrija Novakovich scored a goal over the weekend in Reading U21s’ 2-1 win over Liverpool (highlights).

Andrija Novakovich’s former teammate at Reading, Aleks Gogic, spoke to Will about his time at Reading and his current stint with the Nike Academy.

Julian Green scored a goal in Bayern Munich II’s 2-1 win against Bayreuth on Tuesday.  Still no highlights available just yet, but here is a photo of Green in action.

Amando Moreno scored another goal with Tijuana’s U20 team over the weekend.  That gives him three goals on the season at the U20 level.

Cody Cropper got the start and made a couple saves in MK Dons’ 2-1 win over Cardiff City in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday (highlights).

A slight break from the youth train.  Geoff Cameron scored the clinching penalty kick (and it was nicely taken) in Stoke City’s 1-1 (8-7 on PKs) victory over Luton Town in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday (highlights).  And Matt Taylor has been on fire for Saarbrücken, scoring over the weekend against Pirmasens (highlights) and this week against Spielberg (highlights).

But you don’t care about these vets, you want more information on youth players.

The last time we heard about the US U-17 team, they lost their first game of the Vaclav Jezek Tournament.  They followed that up with draws against Slovenia and Slovakia.  Then finished the tournament with a win over Ukraine.

While he plays with Fulham’s U21 team, Emerson Hyndman has been called in to the US U-23s’ September camp.

US U-17 forward (and dual national) Kai Koreniuk has accepted a call-up with Netherlands’ U-18 team.

Josh Deaver has three different tweets about Ben Lederman’s current situation with Barcelona.

O When The Yanks gives us an update on Djair Parfitt-Williams’ citizenship.  He has become a regular with West Ham United’s U21 team.

Bayern Munich just spent €500,000 on 16-year-old midfielder Timothy Tillman.  He is a dual national of Germany and the United States.  He has featured for Germany’s U15 team, but he has told O When The Yanks that he would be interested in the US.

French-American forward Dylan Alexis Romney is now on loan with Savona from Inter Milan.

Former US international and youth coach Hugo Perez is now going to be an assistant coach for El Salvador.

Robbie Kristo spurned MLS for Italian Serie B side Spezia back in February and now he is headed out on loan to Fidelis Andria in Lega Pro (third tier).

Devann Yao finished last season with Neustrelitz and now he is still in Germany but with Kickers Offenbach.

Probably won’t know the USMNT roster for September’s friendlies until after this weekend, but here is Peru’s roster.

Copa America Centenario is taking place next summer.  We just don’t know whether CONCACAF will be involved or not.

DeAndre Yedlin is getting some loan interest from teams in England and Spain.

Tijuana’s website has a little story up on Paul Arriola.

San Diego State product Ata Ozbay has signed with Finn Harps in Ireland.

And finally, Kenya Brown caught up with Alex DeJohn about his season in Norway.

 
Categories: Aleks Gogic, Alex DeJohn, Amando Moreno, Andrija Novakovich, Ata Ozbay, Ben Lederman, Cody Cropper, DeAndre Yedlin, Devann Yao, Djair Parfitt-Williams, Emerson Hyndman, Gedion Zelalem, Geoff Cameron, Hugo Perez, Julian Green, Kai Koreniuk, Lynden Gooch, Matt Taylor, Paul Arriola, Robbie Kristo, Timothy Tillman, US Men's National Team, US U-17 National Team
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Saarbrücken vs. Spielberg Highlights
   August 26, 2015 (10:27 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Matt Taylor got the start and scored his third goal of the season on Tuesday in Saarbrücken’s 2-0 win.  Here are some highlights with Taylor’s goal coming at the 7:05 mark.

 
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Saarbrücken vs. Pirmasens Highlights
   August 23, 2015 (7:25 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Matt Taylor got the start and scored his second goal of the season yesterday in Saarbrücken’s 3-0 win over Pirmasens in German Regionalliga action.  Here are some highlights with Taylor’s goal coming at the 3:45 mark.

 
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Saarbrücken vs. Steinbach Highlights
   August 8, 2015 (2:07 PM) by Matt Benson
 

Matt Taylor got the start and scored the lone goal of the game in Saarbrücken’s 1-0 win over Steinbach in German Regionalliga action on Saturday.  Here are some highlights with Taylor’s goal coming at the 0:40 mark.

 
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2014–15 OT XI
   May 25, 2015 (5:58 PM) by Howie Michaels
 

Holy smokes. Can you believe that this is the sixth edition of the legendary OT XI? When we started this thing there were actually a ton of American players in Europe. Of the original OT XI, only two (Alejandro Bedoya and Jonathan Spector) are still playing abroad, and five (Ryan Guy, Landon Donovan, Brad Friedel, Eddie Johnson, and Carlos Bocanegra) are retired. Crazy times.

Here are the past teams:
2009–10
2010–11
2011–12
2012–13
2013–14

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Goalkeeper
Brad Guzan, Aston Villa (England) [2nd appearance]

If you want to talk about the decline of American players abroad, look no further than goalkeeper (and talk to our friend Will, who wrote this pick.) Even though he didn’t have the greatest of finishes, it was Brad Guzan who carried Aston Villa through the first half of the season, when they couldn’t buy a goal. Guzan carried his team out of the relegation zone so that when it came to the meaningless games in the season, his poor performance didn’t matter. Admittedly, it’s a weak pick without glamour but of all the overseas goalkeepers, Guzan helped his team the most.

Defender
Greg Garza, Tijuana (Mexico) [1st]
Tim Ream, Bolton Wanderers (England) [2nd]
Ventura Alvarado, Club America (Mexico) [1st]
Eric Lichaj, Nottingham Forest (England) [2nd]

Two from Liga MX and two from the Football League Championship make up the backline. Garza basically made Edgar Castillo, the 2013 honoree at leftback, expendable at Tijuana as he also established himself as the likely national team heir apparent to the internationally-retired Edgar Castillo. Ream played a little of everywhere defensively for Bolton and earned his second consecutive team MVP. After time on loan, Alvarado blossomed with the CONCACAF Champions League winners and broke into the national team. Meanwhile, back in England, Lichaj had his healthiest season and made 42 appearances, more than the previous two seasons combined (since they play like 800 games in the lower divisions of England).

Defender
Fabian Johnson, Borussia Mönchengladbach (Germany) [3rd]
Danny Williams, Reading (England) [2nd]
Alfredo Morales, Ingolstadt (Germany) [1st]
Alejandro Bedoya, Nantes (France) [4th]

Guys, guys! We had a guy qualify to the Champions League out of a top five league! Johnson stepped up his team quality and managed to break in and do his usual thing of being a solid contributor at multiple spots on the flank. His former teammate at Hoffenheim, Williams, makes his second consecutive appearance as he continues to play well for Reading. Morales, who looked somewhat out of his element in early caps with the Nats, has blossomed into an legit prospect and helped Ingolstadt earn promotion, meaning he’ll join Johnson in the Bundesliga next year. Bedoya, meanwhile, continued his strong form in Nantes. With Bedoya’s 4th OT XI appearance, he ties Sacha Kljestan and Clint Dempsey for the all-time lead and is a solid favorite to hold the title by his lonesome sooner rather than later.

Forward
Matt Taylor, 1. FC Saarbrücken (Germany) [3rd]
Cesar Romero, FC Pyunik (Armenia) [2nd]

Taylor is basically one of our favorite OT players ever. He is a mortal lock to bang in double digit goals in any season that ends in an odd-numbered year (2011- 17; 2013- 16; 2015- 13) and takes advantage of the lengthy injury absences to Terrence Boyd and Aron Jóhannsson, two of last year’s forward honorees. Meanwhile, another OT favorite completely dominated Armenia, scoring 20 goals as Pyunik won their first league title since 2010. He also inspired us to make a ton of The Joker references, although we probably should have made more, because that’s an awesome nickname.

2014–15 MVP
Tim Ream, D, Bolton Wanderers

Ream has gone from MLS breakout prospect to national team disaster to Premier League overmatched to extremely useful Championship player. He has really excelled the last two years with Bolton, and he’s mostly a classic example of how a players can take a while to adjust to a new country.

Goal of the Year
Aron Jóhannsson really wanted to make this post despite missing so much time injured, so he won this late-season match against NAC Breda in the waning moments with this ridiculous strike from distance.

Performance of the Year
Seriously, Jóhannsson got healthy and just wanted OT honors. Plus he has a desire to spend his Thursdays traveling across Eastern Europe in Europa League. So Gunner Stahl (time to resurrect that nickname) decided to dump two goals and an assist on Excelsior (fantastic club name, I’m glad they managed to stay in the Eredivisie) in a match to clinch Europa League for AZ. Highlights!

 
Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Alfredo Morales, Aron Johannsson, Brad Guzan, Cesar Romero, Danny Williams, Eric Lichaj, Fabian Johnson, Greg Garza, Matt Taylor, Tim Ream, Ventura Alvarado
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Saarbrücken vs. Pirmasens Highlights
   May 7, 2015 (11:11 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Matt Taylor scored his team-leading 13th goal yesterday in Saarbrücken’s 4-2 win over Pirmasens.  Here are a bunch of highlights with Taylor’s goal coming at the 8:10 mark (with the announcers losing their crap and singing after his goal).

 
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Saarbrücken vs. Hessen Kassel Highlights
   May 2, 2015 (3:23 PM) by Matt Benson
 

Matt Taylor scored his 12th goal of the season today in Saarbrücken’s 2-0 win over Hessen Kassel in German Regionalliga action.  Here are some highlights with Taylor’s goal coming at the 0:25 mark.

 
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Saarbrücken vs. Zweibrücken Highlights
   March 15, 2015 (11:27 PM) by Matt Benson
 

Matt Taylor scored his team-leading 11th goal of the season on Sunday in Saarbrücken’s 1-0 win over Zweibrücken.  Here is the Regionalliga Südwest highlight show with his goal coming at the 4:06 mark.

 
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Saarbrücken vs. Astoria Walldorf Highlights
   December 6, 2014 (7:12 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Matt Taylor scored his 10th goal of the season on Friday in Saarbrücken’s 1-0 win over Astoria Walldorf.  Here are some highlights with Taylor’s goal coming at the 1:20 mark.

 
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Catching up with some links
   December 2, 2014 (12:06 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Haven’t done some links in a while, but here are a bunch of random stuff from recently or two weeks ago (or sometime in the last little bit).  Hopefully my workload will ease up after this week and I could do these more often again.

I posted a couple USMNT tidbits on Friday.

We had some goals this past weekend from Matt Taylor, Rubio Rubin and Cesar Romero.  Two of those three players earned OT’s Player of the Week honors.  And check out our goal tracker for more goals from the last couple of weeks.

Will Packwood picked up a red card in his Colchester United debut over the weekend.

Jose Torres, Herculez Gomez and Tigres knocked out Edgar Castillo in the Liga MX playoffs.

This was like from two weeks ago but John Brooks made Kicker’s Team of the Week, while Timothy Chandler made Bild’s Team of the Week.

According to Lyle Yorks, Jozy Altidore’s agent, there is interest throughout Europe for Altidore.

Juventus is being linked to Erik Palmer-Brown again.

Eric Lichaj apparently has the nickname of “The Rash”.

Rhett Bernstein and Mjøndalen won their promotion playoff and will be playing in Norway’s Tippeligaen next season.

Club America’s Ventura Alvarado has apparently turned down US youth team call-ups in recent years as he holds out hope to play for Mexico.  But another report claims he would be open for a call from the US.

Shane O’Neill is training with Sheffield Wednesday.

Swedish side IFK Göteborg was interested in hiring Bob Bradley, but he wouldn’t be able to bring along one of his assistants so they stopped talking.

Fabian Johnson didn’t travel to Borussia Mönchengladbach’s Europa League game last week due to injury.

While it was first thought that he would be out until January, Joe Gyau has been playing again with Borussia Dortmund’s U-23 team.

Jeff Carlisle did a USMNT report card for 2014.

Gedion Zelalem and Junior Flores squared off against each other in UEFA Youth League action last week with Zelalem’s Arsenal winning 1-0.

The US U-17 team has won its first two games at this year’s Nike International Friendlies.  They take on Brazil later today.

 
Categories: Bob Bradley, Cesar Romero, Edgar Castillo, Eric Lichaj, Erik Palmer-Brown, Gedion Zelalem, Herculez Gomez, Joe Gyau, Jose Francisco Torres, Jozy Altidore, Junior Flores, Matt Taylor, Rhett Bernstein, Rubio Rubin, Shane O'Neill, Timothy Chandler, US Men's National Team, Ventura Alvarado, Will Packwood
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