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Some links for Thursday
   October 30, 2014 (12:22 AM) by Matt Benson
 

First off, you haven’t read it already, you need to check out Will’s interview with Patrick McLain.  Some interesting stories of his time at Chivas USA, including this one:

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.

John Brooks also got his first start since September in Hertha Berlin’s loss (on PKs) to Arminia Bielefeld in the DFB Pokal.

Danny Williams returned to the field this week in Reading U-21s’ 2-0 win over Brighton on Monday.

Michael Orozco and Puebla are headed to the Copa MX final after beating Lobos BUAP on Tuesday.

Alejandro Bedoya could be leaving Nantes come January according to his agent.

Bobby Wood has been demoted to 1860 Munich’s U-23 team.

This is what Michael Bradley looks like post-surgery (with the rare smile!).  And in the latest in Jurgen Klinsmann vs. the (US Soccer) world, Bradley and Klinsi don’t see eye to eye on where he should be playing.

It is that time of year when MLS players head to Europe for training stints and first up is Sean Johnson to Hull City.

Here is a lengthy read on DeAndre Yedlin.

Phil Saunders has re-signed with BI / Bolungarvik in Iceland.

According to Reading’s website, Andrija Novakovich has been called up by the US U-20 team, who will play Russia, Ireland and Canada in Spain this month.

Greg Seltzer gives us some European-based names for the US U-23 team for the 2016 Olympics.

And finally, here is your 2018 World Cup logo.  It is actually not that bad.

 
Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Andrija Novakovich, Aron Johannsson, Bobby Wood, Bryan Gerzicich, Danny Williams, DeAndre Yedlin, John Brooks, Michael Bradley, Michael Orozco Fiscal, Patrick McLain, Phil Saunders, Sacha Kljestan, Sean Johnson, Terrence Boyd, US U-20 National Team, US U-23 National Team
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Tuesday morning linkage
   October 28, 2014 (12:09 AM) by Matt Benson
 

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.

I tweeted out a photo over the weekend of Terrence Boyd getting Randy Orton’s RKO (WWE wrestling move) preformed on him by a teammate and now we have video of the hilarity.

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.

Alejandro Bedoya missed Nantes’ 2-0 win this weekend due to a hamstring strain.

While there were some rumblings that Aron Johannsson might play this weekend for AZ Alkmaar, he did not as they want to give him a few more minutes with the reserve team.

Geoff Cameron returned to Stoke City’s starting lineup this past weekend as a holding midfielder, but the Potters fell to Southampton 1-0.  Here is a photo of Cameron in action.

Greg Garza had to leave Tijuana’s draw to Chivas on Sunday with a head injury.

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.

We also had some assists/sort-of-assists.  Mix Diskerud had this pretty little chip assist in Rosenborg’s 3-1 win over Sandnes Ulf.  And in the sort-of-assist category, Tim Ream and Zak Whitbread each had one for their respective clubs.

Marc Pelosi was back in action with Liverpool’s U-21 team this past weekend.

It looks like the US U-20 team might be headed abroad for three friendlies in November.

Mia Hamm was nominated for Roma’s board of directors on Monday.

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.

 
Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Aron Johannsson, Christian King, Clint Dempsey, Geoff Cameron, Greg Garza, Herculez Gomez, Jake Keegan, Jann George, Jerome Kiesewetter, Jose Francisco Torres, Marc Pelosi, Matt Taylor, Michael Bradley, Mix Diskerud, Stuart Holden, Terrence Boyd, Tim Ream, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team, Zak Whitbread
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Lots of links before the weekend
   September 26, 2014 (12:01 AM) by Matt Benson
 

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.

According to NBC’s ProSoccerTalk, Geoff Cameron is expected to return to full training today at Stoke City.

Alejandro Bedoya didn’t play in Nantes’ game over the weekend due to the flu, but he came back and played 84 minutes in a draw to Bastia on Wednesday.  Bedoya also did an interview with FIFA.com this week.

Julian Green missed Hamburg’s mid-week game due to some injured ribs.

Clint Dempsey talked to the website Made Man about his goal against Ghana from the World Cup.

Freddy Adu still exists and finally played for Jagodina in a Serbian Cup win over BSK Borča (highlights).

Stabæk and the Fighting Bob Bradleys were knocked out of the semifinals of the Norwegian Cup by Molde FK this week.  Grant Wahl talked to Bob prior to the game.

While he has a caretaker manager at the moment, Emerson Hyndman went the full 90 minutes in Fulham’s 2-1 win over Doncaster Rovers in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday.

Both Paul Arriola and Alejandro Guido went the distance in Tijuana’s win over Chivas in Copa MX action on Wednesday.  Amando Moreno also came off the bench for the Xolos.

Herculez Gomez and Jose Torres also both went 90 in Tirges’ 1-0 win over Queretaro in Copa MX during the week.

Here are some Nottingham Forest fans singing a song about Eric Lichaj.

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.

Steven Goff has our updated ticket sales numbers for the two October friendlies.  Come on, Boca Raton.

Zarek Valentin is back on the field again as he recovers from his ankle injury.

Marc Heider scored his third goal of the season earlier this week and here are some highlights.

Brian Sciaretta gives us a “scouting report” on West Bromwich Albion’s Danny Barbir.

Don’t have FIFA 15 yet?  Here are some of the ratings for USMNT players on the game.

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.

 
Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Alejandro Guido, Amando Moreno, Bill Hamid, Bob Bradley, Clint Dempsey, Danny Barbir, DeAndre Yedlin, Emerson Hyndman, Eric Lichaj, Freddy Adu, Geoff Cameron, Gyasi Zardes, Herculez Gomez, Joe Gyau, Jose Francisco Torres, Julian Green, Luis Gil, Marc Heider, Paul Arriola, Robbie Rogers, US Men's National Team, Wil Trapp, Zarek Valentin
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Tuesday morning links
   August 12, 2014 (1:29 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Let’s start off with some USMNT news.

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 already made a post highlighting Emerson Hyndman’s pro debut from the weekend, but Fulham’s website has put up the whole game for your viewing pleasure.  And Hyndman spoke to Fulham’s website about the game against Ipswich Town.

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.

Some Norwegian press didn’t like Bob Bradley’s tactics, but Bob didn’t take kindly to the criticism.  Go get ‘em, Bob.

Nothing new to report on DeAndre Yedlin over the last two days, but here is the latest that we know as of Saturday from Sigi Schmid.

Jozy Altidore saw the field over the weekend in Sunderland’s 2-0 win over Udinese in a friendly, his first game action since the Ghana game.

Here are some very long highlights from Hannover 96’s testimonial match for Steve Cherundolo.

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.

Yanks Abroad has two new interviews up on their site, one with Bobby Wood and another with Jonathan Spector.

Terrence Boyd is not back yet from his knee injury, but RB Leipzig’s away shirts for this season are on fire.  I like them a lot.

And there was some other major transfer news this weekend.  The beloved Men in Blazers are moving from ESPN to NBC and will be getting a weekly Monday night show on NBC Sports.  Kung Fu Fighting.

 
Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Bob Bradley, Bobby Wood, Brad Guzan, DeAndre Yedlin, Emerson Hyndman, Freddy Adu, Jermaine Jones, Jonathan Spector, Jozy Altidore, Junior Flores, Michael Orozco Fiscal, Pablo Punyed, Sacha Kljestan, Steve Cherundolo, Terrence Boyd, US Men's National Team, Zak Whitbread
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A bunch of link goodies for Thursday
   July 24, 2014 (12:02 AM) by Matt Benson
 

This summer has been a busy one and here are a bunch more links from the last couple of days.

The big news of yesterday was that DaMarcus Beasley signed a DP contract with the Houston Dynamo.  He becomes the 10th current USMNT player on a designated player contract with MLS.

Danny Williams had surgery on his knee earlier this week.  This is the second time in the last five months that Williams has had some form of surgery on his knee.  No word on how serious or how long he will be out.

Freddy Adu appears to be in talks with FK Jagodina in Serbia.  And he is also getting some interest from a team in Cyprus.

Juan Agudelo has been in Florida training with Orlando City, but much like Brek Shea a couple months ago, this is just a training thing.  He won’t be signing with Orlando City.

Jozy Altidore’s summer vacation is finally ending as he is expected to be back with Sunderland today.

Much like Jermaine Jones throwing out the first pitch with the Dodgers a couple weeks ago, Geoff Cameron did the same with the Red Sox last week and Brad Guzan did it with the Cubs this week.

Do you like stats and numbers?  I did a quick look at Tim Howard, Brad Guzan, Geoff Cameron and Alejandro Bedoya yesterday.  I plan on doing another one next week on a couple guys from the Championship.

A few of the younger US players (and prospects) will be making the trek to the US with their European teams in the next week.  Gedion Zelalem is on Arsenal’s roster which will take on the New York Red Bulls on Saturday.  Emerson Hyndman made Fulham’s squad which is headed to Jacksonville to take on DC United this weekend.  And we already know that Julian Green is with Bayern Munich as they take on the MLS All-Stars.  Pep Guardiola spoke to the US press about Green and how he doesn’t want to loan him out this year.

Another youth player, Lynden Gooch, has been receiving some praise from Sunderland fans this week.  Gooch came off the bench with Sunderland’s first team in a friendly against Carlisle United on Tuesday.  Then he made another appearance with the first team on Wednesday in a friendly against Hartlepool United and assisted on one goal (GIF highlights).

Alfredo Morales scored a goal for FC Ingolstadt in a friendly against Nurnberg earlier this week.  Here is a photo of Morales in action.

Sacha Kljestan is still with Anderlecht and went the full 90 minutes in a friendly earlier this week.

Brek Shea is receiving some praise for his play in Stoke City’s friendly against Borussia Monchengladbach.

Edgar Castillo (and his odd #1 jersey number) talked to Tom Marshall about still trying to keep the USMNT dream alive.

Bobby Wood came off the bench in 1860 Munich’s 3-0 win over SV Heimstetten in a friendly yesterday.  Here is a photo of him in action.

For those of you holding out to buy a Junior Flores/Borussia Dortmund jersey, you can go get those #22 jerseys now.  For those ultimate soccer jersey hipsters, Alonso Hernandez will wear #13 for Monterrey in Mexico.

Will Packwood played with Birmingham City’s U-21 team the other day in a private friendly.  Sounds like he missed a little time recently “after suffering from illness”, but he is now back in action.

The US U-20 team now knows the format for January’s CONCACAF U-20 Championship.  It will be two groups of six teams with the winners of each group clinching a spot in the U-20 World Cup, while the second and third place teams from each group doing a four-team playoff for the last two spots.

One player who might be on that U-20 team, Fernando Arce Jr., talked to Brian Sciaretta about selecting to play for the US over Mexico even though his dad played for Mexico.

Goalkeeper Phil Saunders has signed with Icelandic 1st Division side BÍ/Bolungarvik.

Former Bucknell product Conor O’Brien made the jump to Denmark out of college and now another Bison is headed to Denmark.  This time it is Mayowa Alli and he is signing with Vensyssel in the Danish First Division (second tier).

With Roma in Boston this week, Keith Costigan talked to Roma president James Pallotta and Pallotta claims that we can expect “an announcement in the next few weeks” in regards to an American going to the club.  Could the DeAndre Yedlin deal be back on or could it be another player?  Or could it be nothing?  I have no clue.

US Soccer and Sporting Kansas City are building a new National Training and Coaching Development Center in Kansas City.  Sounds like this would be the main training hub for coaches and refs, while I think they will also get some USMNT/USWNT/youth team camps at the complex (along with the StubHub Center in Carson, California) once it is completed.

In the random but awesome jersey department.  I want this jersey of a lower level Spanish team.  And if the Big Ten had pro-style jerseys with sponsors, here is what one person thinks they would look like.  Basically my Hawkeyes would be Borussia Dortmund.

And finally, this site has been receiving a lot more traffic this month (likely due to the World Cup fever) along with a lot more Twitter and Facebook followers.  If you are new to the site, thanks for checking us out.  If you are not new to the site, thanks for continuing to check us out.  It is nice to see this site grow with all of you.

 
Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Alfredo Morales, Alonso Hernandez, Bobby Wood, Brad Guzan, Brek Shea, DaMarcus Beasley, Danny Williams, DeAndre Yedlin, Edgar Castillo, Emerson Hyndman, Fernando Arce Jr., Freddy Adu, Gedion Zelalem, Geoff Cameron, Jozy Altidore, Juan Agudelo, Julian Green, Junior Flores, Lynden Gooch, Mayowa Alli, Phil Saunders, Sacha Kljestan, Tim Howard, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team, Will Packwood
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Inside the Numbers: A look back at last season
   July 23, 2014 (8:00 AM) by Matt Benson
 

As a new season approaches, I thought I would take a quick look back at last season.  I know I wanted to do something with numbers when I came across the website Squawka during the World Cup.  It has a bunch of numbers pulled from Opta data and puts it in a nice little stat search engine.

From there, I decided to play around with it until I was able to find some Americans on some top lists.  I will state this from the beginning, some of these are just basic numbers that make the various guys look good without any help from me, while some other things were edited down until I was able to get someone on a list.  I was trying my best to make the various Americans look good (USA! USA! USA!).  That said, here we go.

Tim Howard is coming off one of the best seasons of his career as he recorded 15 shutouts during the 2013-14 Premier League season, his second most in a single season since coming to Everton.  And the 15 shutouts were the third most in the EPL in 2013-14.  After looking at the Top 5 European leagues (England, Spain, Germany, Italy and France), he was in the Top 15, but most of the guys ahead of him were on teams who were really good and didn’t face a lot of shots.  After narrowing down the search some more, I was able to find that Howard was one of two goalkeepers from a Top 5 European league who registered at least 15 shutouts over the 2013-14 season while also recording 90 or more saves.  As for the other goalkeeper, CONCACAF pride.

howard

Moving onto another American goalkeeper in the Premier League.  Resident goalkeeper guru Will has said in the past when comparing Tim Howard and Brad Guzan, Howard is more a reactive goalie while Guzan is a little bit more aggressive at coming out to get balls, especially on crosses.  After a simple search, no goalkeeper from a Top 5 European league came close to claiming as many crosses as Guzan last season.

Guzan

Most of the time when you look at interception lists (when a player cuts out an opposition pass), it is usually filled with defensive midfielders and centerbacks, but Geoff Cameron has taken these skills to the right back position at Stoke City.  His 91 interceptions were the sixth most in the Premier League, fourth most among defenders and second most among right backs.

Cameron

Heading over to France, Alejandro Bedoya had a decent debut season at Nantes.  Squawka has a stat called shot accuracy percentage, which is shots on target (minus blocked shots) divided by total shot attempts (minus blocked shots).  And Mr. Bedoya ranked fourth in this category among Ligue 1 midfielders with at least 40 total shot attempts last season.  Basically he was putting his shots on frame.

Bedoya

That is it for this week.  I will be back next week with a English League Championship edition as that league starts up on August 8.

 
Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Brad Guzan, Geoff Cameron, Inside the Numbers, Tim Howard
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Some more new kits for 2014-15
   July 4, 2014 (9:00 AM) by Matt Benson
 

I posted a few the other day and some more new kits have come out in the last week or so.

So check out after the jump to see new kits for many teams featuring Americans in 2014-15.

Read the rest of this entry »

 
Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Caleb Stanko, Duane Holmes, Emerson Hyndman, Eric Lichaj, Jann George, Jozy Altidore, Zak Whitbread
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Friday morning links
   July 4, 2014 (12:05 AM) by Matt Benson
 

A bunch of random stuff for you before the weekend.

RB Leipzig’s website officially announced the signing of Terrence Boyd yesterday.

As Howie posted yesterday, Matt Besler and DeAndre Yedlin are getting some interest from Europe after their play in the World Cup.

According to Brian Sciaretta, Aron Johannsson is set to have ankle surgery before the start of the Eredivisie season.  It is unclear when he picked up the injury or how long he will be out.

Cody Cropper signed a new one-year deal with Southampton.

Puebla are trying to re-sign DaMarcus Beasley.  According to Eric Gomez, Puebla initially thought Beasley was asking for too much money but were impressed with his play in the World Cup.

Alejandro Bedoya gave all his USMNT teammates a nice gift after the World Cup.

Could Jermaine Jones be hinting at a move to MLS?

It sounds like Jurgen Klinsmann will be looking at a lot of younger players over the next year when it comes to the USMNT.

“A good thing about this next year is that we kind of have the opportunity to see a lot of young players coming to our platform, coming to the senior team,” said Klinsmann. “We can give them time to show where they are up to right now.

“The experienced players, or the older players, we can tell them for the next couple of months: ‘Go play in your club environment, we know you inside out anyway, we know what you bring to the table. But right now maybe there’s time for the next couple of friendlies that come up and over the next year that we want to see the young players grow and see how they can make it.’”

Greg Seltzer is hearing that at least one Eredivisie team and Genk are interested in Sacha Kljestan as well as Olympiacos.

Stuart Holden will continue to work out with Bolton despite not being under contract.  He will be allowed to play in any friendly, under-21 or development squad games but if he gets healthy again and Bolton want him back with the first team then he would have to sign a new deal.

A possible good sign on the Shawn Parker front?  He lists Germany and US for his nationality on Augsburg’s website.

Here are some photos of Junior Flores and Joe Gyau in action with Borussia Dortmund’s U-23 team.  Mario Rodriguez scored two goals for Borussia Mönchengladbach against Dortmund in this friendly.

Are you buying a Tijuana/Paul Arriola jersey this year?  Heads up that he switched numbers from #47 to a more squad-friendly #20.

Tyrone McCargo is no longer with Nurnberg’s U-23 team.  He is now with SK Austria Klagenfurt in the Austrian Regionalliga Mitte (third tier).

Adam Henley has returned to Blackburn Rovers early before training camp to finish rehabbing his ankle injury before the season starts.

Europa League started back up this week.  Pablo Punyed went 90 in Stjarnan’s 4-0 win over Bangor City.  A Mix Diskerud-less Rosenborg defeated Jelgava 4-0.  Jordan Seabrook came off the bench for 21 minutes in VPS’s 2-1 win over Brommapojkarna.

Alfred Koroma has had an impressive start with Fluminese’s reserve team.

I don’t know if this link will work for everyone, but for those of you that missed PBS’s documentary on Bob Bradley, here you go.

This will probably be the best World Cup analysis you read during the entire tournament.

And finally, one of the guys I hung out with during the World Cup put together a compilation video of the trip down to Brazil.  Hopefully this weekend I can sit down and type up a post with a bunch of my photos and stories from the trip.  It really was a once in a lifetime trip.  If you are even on the fence about going to Russia in 2018, you need to go.

 
Categories: Adam Henley, Alejandro Bedoya, Alfred Koroma, Aron Johannsson, Bob Bradley, Cody Cropper, DaMarcus Beasley, DeAndre Yedlin, Jermaine Jones, Joe Gyau, Jordan Seabrook, Junior Flores, Mario Rodriguez, Mix Diskerud, Pablo Punyed, Paul Arriola, Sacha Kljestan, Shawn Parker, Stuart Holden, Terrence Boyd, Tyrone McCargo, US Men's National Team
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Thursday morning linkage
   June 12, 2014 (1:12 AM) by Matt Benson
 

The World Cup is finally here!

The USMNT is training away at Sao Paulo FC’s training grounds.  And there is a reason why they are staying so far away from their games (which I think is not that big of a deal), the place looks really nice.

The big news from yesterday was that Belgium canceled Thursday’s closed-door scrimmage against the US due to concerns over traveling in Sao Paulo.  Belgium is staying 40 miles away from the US and doesn’t want to risk sitting on a bus for five hours due to traffic and the possible subway strike.

Timothy Chandler was held out of training on Wednesday after picking up a knock on Tuesday, but it sounds minor and was only precautionary.

US Soccer’s website has a Q&A with Alejandro Bedoya.  Could Jermaine Jones and Michael Bradley be related?  (No.)

The big non-USMNT related news from yesterday is how bad the field looks in Manaus.  A bad field in hot weather conditions?  Sounds like a typical CONCACAF game to me.  Oh yeah, Natal is struggling to get ready for Friday’s opening game between Mexico and Cameroon.  There is a decent chance that I will be sitting in one of those temporary seats in the upper deck on Monday.  Good times await.

Getting back to the USMNT, the official World Cup patches went on the jerseys last night.

Want some tactical breakdowns of the USMNT?  Zonal Marking and SI’s Liviu Bird have you covered.  Go read those, you will feel smarter.

Bob Bradley was kind enough to give his scouting report of Ghana in this MLS video.  Speaking of Ghana, OT Twitter-friend Zack Goldman wrote about the US’s need to beat Ghana for the UK’s Metro.

ESPN has decided to go “all-in” on the “I Believe” chant with this latest tribute/commercial for the American Outlaws.

In case you haven’t seen any or all of ESPN’s Inside: U.S. Soccer’s March to Brazil, here are all six episodes in one place.  Also, I brought back our US World Cup history posts from the 2010 World Cup.

Landon Donovan still has a good sense of humor.

Moving onto other/club news.

Travis Clark is working on a feature on Clint Dempsey and got a great quote about his time at Furman.

Greg Seltzer has some possible transfer goodies/gossip on Benny Feilhaber and Alejandro Bedoya.

Our latest British newspaper transfer rumor of the day involves Terrence Boyd and Wigan Athletic.  Yay silly season!

Reading FC officially announced the signing of US U-20 prospect Andrija Novakovich.

Justin Moose scored his third goal of the season yesterday in Finland and you can check it out here.

Ryan Gracia was last seen in Sweden with Nyköping last season, but it looks like the 24-year-old midfielder has moved on to Balma SC in France.

And this could be my last post for the next 48 hours as I head to Brazil on Friday.  We will have a new addition to the site who will be starting a new series throughout the World Cup beginning with later today, so be on the lookout for that.

 
Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Andrija Novakovich, Benny Feilhaber, Bob Bradley, Clint Dempsey, Jermaine Jones, Justin Moose, Landon Donovan, Michael Bradley, Ryan Gracia, Terrence Boyd, Timothy Chandler, US Men's National Team
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Which Americans could parlay this World Cup into big transfers?
   June 7, 2014 (10:25 AM) by Howie Michaels
 

Two guys are ineligible for this list. Fabian Johnson and Timmy Chandler have already signed new deals with teams in Germany, so they won’t be moving again this summer. There are also two guys who pretty much seem set to move— Jermaine Jones is done with Schalke and may or may not return to Beşiktaş. DaMarcus Beasley by most accounts will probably be moving to MLS this summer— so I’m not including them below.

While fans tend to overrate tournaments (small sample size) and owners/coaches can be irrational, scouts and coaches are pretty smart/watch a ton of games and probably aren’t going to rethink their thoughts on years of top-level games because of a handful of performances now . In that regard, playing a little off the beaten path could actually help a guy out here.

I tried to evaluate who might be set to make a big move, considering age, current league, current club, recent form with club, and likely playing time. League matters- it’s easier to make a jump from a lower league (like Mix Diskerud) than from a decent league already (like Alejandro Bedoya). I also assumed that any given player actually played well and to their ability.

We’ll begin after the jump.

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Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Aron Johannsson, DeAndre Yedlin, Graham Zusi, John Brooks, Jozy Altidore, Julian Green, Matt Besler, Mix Diskerud, Omar Gonzalez
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