A bunch of stuff from this week and other stuff from last week that I meant to post but didn’t, so let’s get after it.
Yesterday was a good day for Americans in Europe. John Brooks continued his recent strong play by scoring his first goal since THAT goal against Ghana (highlights from yesterday). Over in Belgium, Sacha Kljestan came off the bench and scored a goal in Anderlecht’s 3-0 win in the Belgian Cup (highlights). Also in the Belgian Cup, Kenny Saief scored for Gent in their 4-1 win (no highlights found yet). And back in Germany, Alfredo Morales was credited with an assist in Ingolstadt’s 2-1 win, but his teammate did most of the dirty work (highlights).
Howie posted some links about Brek Shea heading back to the US and Orlando City, but Greg Seltzer is hearing that some other Championship teams might be still interested in his services.
Herculez Gomez is headed back to Puebla. This will be his seventh different stint with a Liga MX team in the last five seasons, but he would be returning to his original stint/team where he won his scoring title in 2010.
Ventura Alvarado and Club America won the Apertura title this past fall so here are two interviews for you, one in English and one in Spanish.
Dom Dwyer signed a new contract with Sporting Kansas City which will keep him in the US for a while longer. Since he received his green card in 2012, he would be eligible to apply for citizenship in 2017.
Alejandro Bedoya played 90 minutes and had an assist in this 2-1 victory for Nantes. He also had two clearances off the line in the matter of seconds to preserve the lead late. Here are the highlights.
Happy Thanksgiving to all our readers. Sorry for the lack of updates the last two weeks but some stuff has gone down at work recently which has caused me to focus most, if not all, of my attention on it. Hopefully it should clear up after next week.
In the meantime, enjoy this video of Alejandro Bedoya, Brad Guzan, DaMarcus Beasley and Geoff Cameron attempting to make half court basketball shots. Who knew Geoff Cameron was a lefty shooter?
Unfortunately, the next coaching staff to come in midway through the 2013 season was very different. The coaching staff was unable to communicate in English and were not good about translating for those of us who didn’t speak Spanish. I was punished by this coaching staff towards the end of the season for not understanding something that was said to me in Spanish, because it was not translated for me, therefore I did not respond to it. I was called into the coach’s office and helplessly tried to plead my ignorance of my apparent disrespect. There was no interpreter present and my message was not received. As punishment, I was demoted from second on the depth chart to third.
Yay Chivas USA?
We have had a few goals over the last couple days. Terrence Boyd scored his first goal since May in RB Leipzig’s 3-1 win over Erzgebirge Aue in the DFB Pokal on Wednesday (highlights). And of course he broke out the cyclops. Sacha Kljestan made his first start of the season and scored his first goal of the season in Anderlecht’s 3-2 win over Kortrijk (highlights). Bryan Gerzicich scored his first goal of the season on Tuesday in Maccabi Petah Tikva’s 1-0 win over Hapoel Haifa (highlights).
Aron Johannsson returned to AZ Alkmaar’s first team yesterday, playing in the 5-0 win over GVVV in the KNVB Beker.
FIFA announced its finalists for the FIFA Ballon d’Or and for the FIFA World Coach of the Year. While no USMNT players made the Ballon d’Or list (how did Alan Gordon not get nominated?!), Jurgen Klinsmann is one of the 10 finalists for the Coach of the Year award.
FIFA also plans to show off its new logo for the 2018 World Cup later today.
It looks like the USMNT might play Switzerland in a friendly in Zurich in March.
Congrats to the US Women’s National Team for winning the CONCACAF Women’s Championship and clinching a spot in next summer’s World Cup. Since 1990, the US is one of three countries to qualify for every men’s and women’s World Cup (also Germany and Brazil).
Michael Bradley is going to have surgery this week to correct a lingering nerve issue in his foot. This is an injury that has been bugging him for most of the season. Jeff Carlisle asked him if it was an issue prior to the World Cup, which he said no, but I guess it got worse as the season wore on.
Jake Keegan went 90 minutes yesterday in Galway FC’s 2-1 win over UCD in the first leg of the Irish Premier Division promotion/relegation playoffs. Galway FC scored two late goals to steal the road win and now host UCD on Friday for a chance at promotion.
After scoring 12 goals in 14 games with the U-23 team, Jann George finally saw some first team action with Greuther Furth’s senior team in their 5-2 loss to FSV Frankfurt.
We had some goals this weekend. Matt Taylor scored twice in Saarbrücken’s 4-1 win over Pirmasens. Christian King scored twice in Ararat’s 3-2 loss to Ulisses in Armenian Premier League action. Jerome Kiesewetter scored his second goal of the season on Saturday in Stuttgart II’s 1-0 win over Unterhaching. And over Tigres’ last two games, we have had goals by Jose Torres and Herculez Gomez.
I saw a Clint Dempsey rumor (loan deal back to the Premier League) has been circulating the interwebs in the last 48 hours, but it all came from a short “story” from the Daily Mirror with no quotes (except for an out of context quote from Klinsmann). Come on people, I thought we were better than that.
And finally, no matter what happens with the rest of his career, Stuart Holden is still awesome.
Here are a bunch of things from the last couple of days.
Joe Gyau made his first team debut with Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday. He came off the bench and played the last 16 minutes. Here are some highlights and an every touch video of his performance. As for that hugging photo with Jurgen Klopp, that came right after Dortmund scored their first goal right as Gyau was about to sub into the game.
Robbie Keane thinks Robbie Rogers should get a look at left back for the USMNT (No Gregory, I am not posting this as a shot at Timmy Chandler. Just wanted to get that out there in advance. ).
MLSsoccer.com posted their Top 24 players under 24 yesterday. A few USMNT players (DeAndre Yedlin, Bill Hamid, Luis Gil) on there as well as some possible USMNT hopefuls in the near future (Gyasi Zardes, Wil Trapp).
It might be tough for some of the MLS players to play for the USMNT in the October 10 friendly due to the MLS schedule that week.
And finally, we are nearly out of our OT/Sacha Mustache t-shirts, but here is your last chance to get your hands on one. Some of the ones listed in that post have already been claimed, waiting to hear back from some others, but send me an e-mail if you are interested.
The FA of Ireland officially announced the rumored November 18 friendly yesterday. Still no official word from US Soccer.
Some details of the 2015 Gold Cup came out over the weekend. It will feature 12 teams in 10 different US cities between July 7-26. The 10 cities will be selected in “4Q 2014″. And a third place match has been added this year.
Speaking of the Gold Cup, new contributor John D. Halloran took a look at some possibilities of the 2015 US roster last Friday.
We had a few guys in action on Monday. Pablo Punyed scored a game-winning goal from a free kick in the 90th minute to give Stjarnan the 2-1 victory in Iceland (highlights). And Zak Whitbread was able to get through a game without an injury and he assisted on a goal in Derby County’s 2-0 win in League Cup action (highlights).
I finally had some time this weekend so I was able to write up The OT Report. So check that out to see how some of your favorite players did this past weekend across Europe. Even though the big leagues haven’t started yet, there were a ton of guys in action over the weekend.
One player who saw the field this weekend in a reserve game was Freddy Adu. He started for FK Jagodina’s reserve team in a 1-0 loss in Serbia. And here is photographic proof that he still exists.
Michael Orozco scored a goal this weekend. But it was for the other team (highlights).
Junior Flores played this weekend for Borussia Dortmund’s U-19 team in a 4-0 win over Wuppertaler SV. I saw some online chatter that he assisted on three goals. I have no clue if that is true or not, but here are some highlights from the game, which has two of the goals. One came from a free kick and I can’t tell if he assisted on the other or not.
Here is a photo of Alejandro Bedoya from Nantes’ 1-0 win over Lens. And I think this is a photo of Bedoya leading the team in the “I Believe” chant, which I have seen him do before for Nantes after wins.
Brad Guzan and Aston Villa took on Parma over the weekend in a friendly and here is an action shot of Guzan making a save.
Jermaine Jones is still without a home and it looks like the New England Revolution are interested in working out a deal. And while Sacha Kljestan didn’t end up in Los Angeles, it looks like FC Dallas were trying to get the midfielder to Frisco as well.