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Thursday linkage
   December 1, 2011 (3:51 PM) by Matt Benson

All the rumors can now end regarding the USMNT Camp Cupcake friendlies for January as US Soccer officially announced both games.  The US will take on Venezuela on January 21 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona before heading down to Panama City to play Panama on January 25.

It seems like I am making changes to our MLS players training in Europe list each day and we have two new changes for today.  It was first being reported that goalkeeper Sean Johnson would be heading to Manchester United to train, but things did not work out so now he is headed to Everton.

And fresh off his training stint at Stuttgart, Juan Agudelo is now headed to England to train with Liverpool.  As always, if you spot a link about someone else headed over to Europe, please let us know.

Charlie Davies’ loan deal with DC United has officially ended and they will not be pursuing a permanent transfer.  Should be interesting to see whether he returns to FC Sochaux or if he ends up elsewhere.  They could still re-negotiate a new deal, so the door is not completely shut with DC.

And finally, goalkeeper Joseph Bendik is looking to return to the US with his contract expiring after this season with Norwegian side Sogndal.

Categories: Charlie Davies, Joseph Bendik, Juan Agudelo, Sean Johnson, US Men's National Team

International break hump day links
   March 24, 2011 (11:41 AM) by Matt Benson

Here are some links for Wednesday.

While all the attention on this site this week has been on the USMNT, here is a look at Argentina’s team for this weekend.  Also, it looks like Lionel Messi will start against the US despite picking up a little knock recently.

The guys at Yanks Abroad got a few interviews with guys currently in the USMNT camp, including Timothy Chandler and Michael Bradley.

Arch Bell also recently caught up with goalkeeper Joseph Bendik as he starts up his season in Norway.  Bendik will be trying to keep Sogndal in Norway’s Eliteserien after earning promotion from last year’s Adeccoligaen (second division).  He was the starting goalkeeper last weekend in their 2-1 season-opening loss to Strømsgodset.

Going back to the USMNT, Greg Seltzer talked to Benny Feilhaber about his current club situation.  There were a lot of rumors during the winter transfer window about him leaving AGF Aarhus, but he is staying with the club until the end of the season.  It looks like Aarhus will be promoted back to the Danish Superliga (currently seven points ahead of second place and 10 points ahead of third place), so there is still a chance he stays in Denmark.

Anthony Mannino thinks the USMNT will need Charlie Davies at this summer’s Gold Cup.  There is also a cool tribute video to Davies at the bottom of that page.

Slightly off topic, but the movie Pelada is now on Netflix.  So stop reading this site for a second and go put that movie in your queue.  It is highly approved by myself and Howie.  But the more people put this in their queue, the more it will become available to others as they see the demand is high for the movie.

Finally, here are two Inside the Lines from US Soccer.  The first is of the US U-20 team training in Dallas for the upcoming CONCACAF U-20 Championship in Guatemala.  And the second is the USMNT’s training from Cary.

Categories: Benny Feilhaber, Charlie Davies, Joseph Bendik, Michael Bradley, Timothy Chandler, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team
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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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