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Monday night links
   July 25, 2011 (8:00 PM) by Matt Benson

The US U-18ers kicked off the 2011 Milk Cup with a 2-0 victory over Israel.  Goals were scored by Omar Salgado and Jerome Kiesewetter.  I still can’t find any highlights, but here are some photos on the Milk Cup’s facebook page, including some from the US-Israel game (the US decided to break out the 2008 charcoal away jerseys).

The next game will be on Wednesday against Mexico, who lost 2-1 to Georgia today.  The other game in the Elite bracket saw Denmark and Northern Ireland end up in a 1-1 draw.  So a good start to the tournament for the US.  There was also some chatter on Twitter that Bob Bradley was there in attendance (getting a look at potential 2012 Olympic squad players?).

It looks like Anton Peterlin impressed enough during his trial at Walsall as he has accepted a one-year deal with the League One club, who are nicknamed the Saddlers.

While one American impressed during his trial, goalkeeper Chris Konopka did not do enough during his trial with Oxford United as they have decided to not keep him on a permanent basis.

Thanks to Armando for sending this one in, but here is a video interview with Jozy Altidore up on AZ’s official site.

There is a chance Quentin Westberg will be Evian TG’s starting goalkeeper come August 6 when they travel to Brest for the first game of the Ligue 1 season.  Just like the end of last year, starting goalkeeper Bertrand Laquait has picked up an injury and manager Bernard Casoni will have to decide between Westberg and Johann Durand if thigh injury is that bad.  Westberg got the call last year and Evian TG won its last three games with the French-born American between the sticks.

Categories: Anton Peterlin, Chris Konopka, Jozy Altidore, Quentin Westberg, US Men's National Team

All sorts of exciting news regarding Oxford United
   July 14, 2011 (8:28 PM) by Howie Michaels

Oklahoman Jon-Paul Pittman joined Oxford United of League Two, having not been retained by Wycombe Wanderers following their promotion to League One. Oxford United is actually “touring” the United States for their preseason, which means that they’re playing some National Premier Soccer League (somewhere between the 4th and 5th division of the American system) in the Boston area.

The Us played the Seacoast United to a 1-1 draw tonight. They’ll face Mass United on Saturday and then Seacoast United again on Monday before coming back to finish off preseason training in England ahead of an August 6 opener. They seem excited by Pittman’s signing and have actually been featuring him in video diaries for their site subscribers.

Meanwhile, Chris Konopka, who was formerly with Waterford United of the League of Ireland’s second level, is on trial with the Us and started in the net tonight.

Categories: Chris Konopka, Jon-Paul Pittman

Some transfer gossip and other news
   December 15, 2010 (10:41 PM) by Matt Benson

I always like to point this out before getting into the whole transfer rumors, but 95% of transfer rumors found online are usually wrong.  To quote Anchorman:  “They’ve done studies, you know. 60% of the time it works, every time.”

Now lets get into some fun before some other news.

Medio Tiempo via Soccer365 claim that Mexican side Cruz Azul is the “mystery” Mexican team that is interested in Benny Feilhaber.

Brian Lewis of the NY Post is reporting that Atletico Madrid is interested in Juan Agudelo and Brek Shea.

Some rumors have popped up in England this week that Fulham could be joining Everton in the Landon Donovan loan sweepstakes.

Gale Agbossoumonde told Franco Panizo over at Soccer by Ives that he should be going out on loan to Swedish side Djurgardens IF in the January transfer window.

Goalkeeper Chris Konopka claims he is still in the mix for a roster spot with Jagiellonia Bialystok of Poland.  The team is on its winter break, but he has been invited back in January for some more training and a couple of their friendlies before they start their season back up in February.

The Zygo Soccer Report has some news that youngster Jeff Attinella is on trial at União Desportiva de Leiria of Portugal’s Primeira Liga.

As for some news.

The US U-18 team opened up their four-team tournament in Tel Aviv with a 3-0 loss to France.

Stuart Holden talks to the Bolton News about his game-winning goal against Blackburn from this weekend.

Charlie Davies claims that he is fully healed from his horrible accident from over a year ago and ready for some action on the field.

And finally, the USMNT ended 2010 ranked number 18 in the latest FIFA World Rankings, moving up six spots from last month.

Categories: Benny Feilhaber, Brek Shea, Charlie Davies, Chris Konopka, Gale Agbossoumonde, Jeff Attinella, Juan Agudelo, Landon Donovan, Stuart Holden, US Men's National Team

Wednesday Night Stuff
   December 1, 2010 (10:51 PM) by Matt Benson

I missed this in today’s The OT Report, but Carlos Bocanegra went the distance in Saint-Etienne’s 1-1 draw to Valenciennes.

The US U-17s are in Phoenix playing some friendlies this week.  They defeated South Korea, 2-1, tonight behind goals from Matt Dunn and Mario Rodriguez.

Goalkeeper Chris Konopka is currently on trial in Poland at Jagiellonia Bialystok.  You can read about it here and here.

Greg Seltzer over at caught up with Eugene Starikov.  And Seltzer talks to a little birdie over at US Soccer that confirms that Bob Bradley is aware of Starikov.

And while that article points out that Starikov will be returning to Zenit St. Petersburg, this tweet by some sportswriter in London that follows the Russian Premier League claims that Starikov has made his move to Tom Tomsk permanent (thanks to Over There twitter follower @fisk42 for the tip).  Hopefully more on his actual status will come out soon.

And finally, by the time many of you read this, we should know whether the US will host the 2022 World Cup or not.  Hopefully one of the world’s greatest events will be coming back to the US.  The 1994 World Cup was one thing that really drew me to soccer as a fan at a young age.

Categories: Carlos Bocanegra, Chris Konopka, Eugene Starikov

Jozy Altidore’s goal & a Devann Yao sighting
   October 28, 2010 (12:05 AM) by Matt Benson

Highlights from Villarreal’s 1-1 draw to Polideportivo Ejido in the Copa del Rey can be found here, including Jozy Altidore’s goal in the 44th minute.  While it is going to be tough for him to beat out Nilmar and Giuseppe Rossi for a regular spot in the starting lineup, it is nice to see him taking advantage of the little playing time he is getting.

We have had a Devann Yao sighting!

The 20-year-old winger was last seen on trial at West Ham United in July after signing a short-term contract with Ipswich Town last February.  His new location, you ask?  He is currently on trial at Brighton & Hove Albion and played 10 minutes with the reserve squad on Tuesday.

With Grant Hall on loan at Whitehawk, scholars James Strong and Callum Sheriff both played in defence; while Albion also gave former Ipswich man Devann Yao a brief run out.

The 20-year-old left-winger, who came on with ten minutes remaining, was born in New York to Ivorian and Italian parents and is currently on trial with Albion after his release from Portman Road this summer.

And finally, Greg Seltzer caught up with former Kansas City Wizards goalkeeper, Chris Konopka, as his second-division Waterford United fight for promotion.  Konopka is with his third different Irish team since 2008 and has appeared in 12 games for Waterford United this season, but has played the role of back-up in more recent games.

Also, there is going to be an Over There Sticker Giveaway in the near future.  Yes, we said giveaway, not contest.  The only hint for right now:  Trick or Treat.

Categories: Chris Konopka, Devann Yao, Jozy Altidore, Site News
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Scandinavian League Roundup
   October 19, 2010 (6:21 AM) by Matt Benson

With a few of the Scandinavian leagues coming to a close in the next month, I thought I would give a quick run down on how a few Americans are sitting with the last couple games to be played.

Finnish Veikkausliiga

In Finland, there is one game left for each of the 14 teams.  Daniel Antunez and FC Inter Turku sit in sixth place with 36 points.  Unfortunately, they are four points behind fourth place and unable to get a Europa League First qualifying round spot.

Vaasan Palloseura (Greg Eckhardt and Brian Pope) are in 10th place with 30 points, three points ahead of 13th place and a spot in the relegation playoffs.  While there are teams in 11th and 12th place, their -11 goal differential is worse and could come into play if they lose and some teams below them get wins.

One of those teams slightly behind them is IFK Mariehamn and the American trio of Giuseppe Funicello, Lamar Neagle and Mason Trafford.  They sit in 11th place with 28 points, one point ahead of the relegation playoffs (13th place) and two points ahead of the automatic relegation (14th place).

So the Veikkausliiga is coming down to the last game of the season.

Norwegian Eliteserien

Next we head to Norway’s top-flight league, which has three games left in the season for the 16 teams.

IK Start (Clarence Goodson and the now injured Hunter Freeman) currently sit in eighth place with 38 points.  They are safe from relegation and probably mathematically eliminated from third place (Europa League First qualifying round spot).

Mikkel Diskerud and Erik Benjaminsen are in 11th place at Stabæk with 36 points.  They are safe from relegation.

Over at Hønefoss (Steve Clark and Kenneth Di Vita Jensen) are in 14th place (relegation playoffs), five points ahead of 15th place (automatic relegation), but six points behind 13th place and safety.  If they get stuck in the relegation playoffs, they will be in a four-team playoff with the teams that finished between third to fifth in the Adeccoligaen.

Norwegian Adeccoligaen

In Norway’s first division, there are four or five games left for the 15 teams.

Joseph Bendik and Sogndal are in first place with 52 points, seven points ahead of second place.  In the Adeccoligaen, the top two teams get promoted automatically, so they have a good shot at promotion with four games left to be played.

Colin Burns and Sarpsborg 08 are in third place with 41 points.  Like mentioned above, teams third through fifth are put in the promotion/relegation playoffs.  Fourth place is at 40 points, while fifth and sixth place are at 34 points.

Graham Dugoni and Mjøndalen are in 11th place with 28 points, only three points ahead of the relegation zone, so their last five games are very important.

Swedish Allsvenskan

Over in Sweden, there are three to four games left for the 16 teams in the top-flight league.

USMNTer Alejandro Bedoya has his Örebro SK side in third place with 45 points.  They are 13 points behind second place, but only two points ahead of fourth place.   If they can hold onto third place, they will get a Europa League First qualifying round spot for next season.

Ryan Miller and Halmstads BK are in 12th place with 32 points, but are only four points ahead of the relegation playoffs spot (14th place).  So they have some work to do in their last three games to stay safe this season.

Swedish Superettan

A pair of Americans play at Ljungskile BK  (Nick Noble and Michael Thomas).  They are in fifth place with 44 points, but with only one game left to be played, they are five points shy of making the promotion playoffs, so they will be in the Superettan in 2011.

League of Ireland Premier Division

Two games are left in Ireland and Ryan Guy has his St Patrick’s Athletic squad in fifth place, three points behind third place and a Europa League First qualifying round spot for next season.

League of Ireland First Division

Down in the first division, goalkeeper Chris Konopka and Waterford United are currently in third place (promotion playoffs), two points ahead of fourth place and nothing with two games left in the season.

Russian Premier League

Finally, we head over to Russia where Eugene Starikov (on loan from FC Zenit Saint Petersburg) and FC Tom Tomsk are in 10th place out of the 16 teams with 27 points.  There are still five to eight games left, depending on the team, so there is still a lot of soccer left to be played in Russia.

So there you have it.  Hopefully you are all caught up to speed on the leagues that are coming to a close in October and November.

Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Brian Pope, Chris Konopka, Clarence Goodson, Colin Burns, Daniel Antunez, Erik Benjaminsen, Eugene Starikov, Graham Dugoni, Greg Eckhardt, Hunter Freeman, Joe Funicello, Joseph Bendik, Kenneth Di Vita Jensen, Lamar Neagle, Mason Trafford, Michael Thomas, Mix Diskerud, Nick Noble, Ryan Guy, Ryan Miller, Steve Clark
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Friday Links
   September 24, 2010 (5:55 PM) by Matt Benson

Matt Taylor did start for Rot Weiss Ahlen today in his fourth game with the club.  Now for some links.

» 10 Questions With… Alejandro Bedoya [US Soccer Players]

» Davies an important reminder []

» Konopka upbeat despite bench status [Yanks Abroad]

» Dugoni impressing at Mjøndalen [Yanks Abroad]

Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Charlie Davies, Chris Konopka, Graham Dugoni
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