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Monday morning links
   September 23, 2013 (12:04 AM) by Matt Benson

Some links to start off the week.

While I am working these 16-hour Saturdays this fall, probably won’t have time do weekend editions of The OT Report.  That said, Steven Goff always has a good rundown of Americans in the top leagues in Europe.

We did have 11 goals scored by nine different Americans over the weekend, which you can follow along with our goal tracker.  As for some highlights, Terrence Boyd has scored in three straight league games after this weekend’s goal.  Geoff Cameron scored his first career Premier League goal in a loss to Arsenal.  Matt Taylor continues to score for Preußen Münster in Germany.  FC Dallas’ Bobby Warshaw scored his second goal since being sent out on loan to Sweden.  And Brad Guzan was amazing, saving a penalty kick and made another diving save late to preserve a clean sheet.

Guzan’s strong play led him to be named to ESPN FC’s Premier League Team of the Weekend.

John Brooks had to be subbed out of Hertha Berlin’s 1-1 draw to Freiburg with a dislocated elbow.

DaMarcus Beasley did not play this weekend for Puebla due to a hamstring injury.

While some players picked up some injuries, Herculez Gomez is getting closer to seeing the field with Tijuana.  Herc played 45 minutes with Tijuana’s U-20 team on Friday.

Jozy Altidore will have a new manager soon as Sunderland have fired Paolo Di Canio.  Jozy also updated his ESPN FC blog about his disallowed goal from last weekend.

Also over the weekend, American-born forward Kevin Hoyos scored for CD Victoria in Honduras in a 2-1 loss.

US Soccer’s Youtube channel has been putting up random videos celebrating the centennial this year.  The latest is a look back at the US’s 3-0 win over Argentina at the 1995 Copa America.

And for a random read, here is an interview with 43-year-old English goalkeeper David James as he continues his career with IBV in Iceland (h/t Zac Lee Rigg).  This is the same league that Josh Wicks and Chukwudi Chijindu play in with Thor.

Categories: Bobby Warshaw, Brad Guzan, Chukwudi Chijindu, DaMarcus Beasley, Geoff Cameron, Herculez Gomez, Josh Wicks, Jozy Altidore, Kevin Hoyos, Matt Taylor, Terrence Boyd, US Men's National Team

A couple links for Tuesday
   August 20, 2013 (12:01 AM) by Matt Benson

If you missed it yesterday, both Terrence Boyd (three weeks) and Steve Cherundolo (indefinitely) both have injuries that will keep them out for varying lengths.

I was also able to find Julian Green’s goal from the weekend.  Green now has five goals in seven games with Bayern Munich’s U-23 team this season.

Chukwudi Chijindu scored his seventh goal of the season yesterday in Thór’s 2-2 draw to Fylkir in Iceland.  Josh Wicks also started for Thór at goalkeeper.  Chijindu’s seven goals are the fourth most in the Icelandic Úrvalsdeild in 2013.

Sebastian Lletget scored a late game-winning goal for West Ham’s U-21 team in a 2-1 win over Everton on Monday.  Here is a photo of him celebrating with his teammates and another random photo of him from the game.

From this weekend, DaMarcus Beasley “assisted” on an own goal in Puebla’s 4-2 win over Chivas.  His pass was knocked into the goal by a Chivas defender.  You can check it out here at the 1:13 mark.

Here are some field-level highlights from the US-Bosnia game.

Tony Taylor talked to the fine folks over at Yanks Abroad about starting the season at Cypriot side AC Omonia.  They begin their season August 30 at Anorthosis, who finished second last year, one spot above Omonia.

And finally, Landon Donovan did an interview with Julie Stewart-Binks that aired on today’s first episode of Fox Sport 1’s Fox Soccer Daily.  The biggest news to come out of is that Donovan has received multiple offers from teams outside the US for when his contracts ends after this MLS season and that he would be interested if the Galaxy don’t make a competitive offer.

But over a 24-hour period between Sunday and Monday, I was able to watch NBC’s Match of the Day, ESPN FC and Fox Soccer Daily.  It really is a good time to be a soccer fan in the US.

Categories: Chukwudi Chijindu, DaMarcus Beasley, Josh Wicks, Julian Green, Landon Donovan, Sebastian Lletget, Steve Cherundolo, Terrence Boyd, Tony Taylor, US Men's National Team
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Tuesday morning links
   June 25, 2013 (12:01 AM) by Matt Benson

The Champions League and Europa League draws for the first and second qualifying rounds were held yesterday and I broke down the five Americans who be starting action in those rounds.

One of those players mentioned is Tony Taylor.  We posted a link last week where it was rumored that he was headed to Cyprus side AC Omonia.  Greg Seltzer tells us that he is headed there this week for a physical then sign a two-year deal if everything goes well as expected.

Seltzer also tells us that Jared Jeffrey, whose contract with Mainz ends this week, could be headed to MLS.  The 23-year-old midfielder has mainly played with their U-23 team in the Regionalliga the last few years and was once an unused sub for Mainz’s senior team in 2009-10.

The US U-20 team came back to secure a 1-1 draw with France on Monday.  You can check out the highlights here and some post-game reactions here.  They play their final group stage game against Ghana on Thursday at 1 PM Eastern on ESPNU.  They likely need to win to advance, although four of the top six third place teams from each group move on to the Round of 16.

One player many of us wished was in Turkey with the U-20 team, Anthony Brooks, has signed a two-year extension with Hertha Berlin.

Sacha Kljestan, his mustache and Anderlecht have some new white away kits for next season.  Speaking of his mustache, you should buy this shirt.  Still have some available.

Geoff Cameron wonders where he should be on the field for the USMNT.  I think I liked him at center midfield.

Eric Avila has decided to “resign” from the USMNT so he can play for Chivas Guadalajara.  That said, Avila hasn’t played for a US team (U-20) since 2007.

Brian Sciaretta talked to US U-18 forward Romain Gall about playing with the U-18 team and FC Lorient in France.

RJ DeMello also checks in with the three Americans (Joe Funicello, Chukwudi Chijindu and Josh Wicks) at Thor Akureyri in Iceland.

Categories: Chukwudi Chijindu, Eric Avila, Geoff Cameron, Jared Jeffrey, Joe Funicello, John Brooks, Josh Wicks, Romain Gall, Sacha Kljestan, Tony Taylor, US U-20 National Team
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A few links for Saturday
   July 14, 2012 (6:40 PM) by Matt Benson

In case you missed it earlier, both Josh Gatt and Conor O’Brien scored goals today.  Daniel Stevens also scored a goal in Kemi Kings’ 2-1 loss to GBK in Finland, but there are no highlights on that one.

While those guys scored in league action, a few Americans found the back of the net in preseason friendly action today.  Matt Taylor scored a goal in Preußen Münster’s 2-0 victory over Hannover 96.  Joe Gyau scored a goal in Hoffenheim’s 3-0 win over SV Stadelhofen.  And Marc Pelosi scored in Liverpool U-18’s 8-1 win over Exeter.

The annual Milk Cup tournament is a favorite on this site and Tab Ramos has named his 18-man roster for this year’s tournament.  The roster includes five players from last year’s team (Cody Cropper, Juan Pablo Ocegueda, Boyd Okwuonu, Walker Zimmerman and Victor Pineda), which finished in third place.  The roster also has forward Mario Rodriguez listed with Kaiserslautern in Germany.  The US’ first game will be next Saturday against Denmark.

We haven’t heard much on Josh Wicks since his departure from IFK Mariehamn in February, but it looks like he has ended up on Icelandic First Division side Thór Akureyri.  Fellow American and ex-teammate from Mariehamn, Joe Funicello, is also on the team.

Categories: Conor O'Brien, Daniel Stevens, Joe Funicello, Joe Gyau, Josh Gatt, Josh Wicks, Marc Pelosi, Mario Rodriguez, Matt Taylor, US U-20 National Team

Monday afternoon links
   March 5, 2012 (12:35 PM) by Matt Benson

Some random stuff from around the web.

After parting ways with IFK Mariehamn in Finland last week, Josh Wicks is now with Syrianska in Sweden according to Steven Goff.  Syrianska finished 14th out of the 16-team Allsvenskan last season, but avoided relegation by defeating Matt Pyzdrowski’s and Lester Dewee’s Ängelholm FF in the relegation playoffs.

Robbie Rogers tweeted some good news this morning.

Cleared by the Doc. Finally! Getting after it!

It is D-Day for Rangers today as eight players are expected to be released since the team can’t afford them anymore since going under administration.  Possible names include Alejandro Bedoya and Carlos Bocanegra.

It looks like US U-20 defender Will Packwood has a chance to make his first team debut with Birmingham City as they take on Chelsea in the FA Cup tomorrow.  He will likely start the game on the bench, but not a bad way to make your debut if he does end up playing.

Finally, US U-20 leftback Sean Cunningham is being sent out on loan to Norwegian club Stabaek.   Cunningham mainly played in reserve games for Molde FK last season, but with Stabaek having financial problems and forcing out a lot of players (Mix Diskerud being sent out on loan to Gent), there should be playing time to be had by Cunningham.  Cunningham will also join Ricardo Clark on the team.

Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Carlos Bocanegra, Josh Wicks, Robbie Rogers, Sean Cunningham, Will Packwood

A couple afternoon links
   March 1, 2012 (2:15 PM) by Matt Benson

So yesterday was pretty awesome?

The Guardian gives us their Top 5 wins in USMNT history.  While yesterday was great, I don’t know if I would necessarily put it in the Top 5 of all-time.  Debate away in the comments.

Brad Guzan has been offered a new contract by Aston Villa.  At least Alex McLeish understands Guzan’s dilemma of whether to stay at the club you are comfortable with, but likely be a back-up or move on to another team in seek of playing time.  Based on comments by Jurgen Klinsmann in the past, it is probably in Guzan’s best interest to find playing time if he wants to be part of the USMNT picture.  I found it interesting that Klinsmann dressed Nick Rimando over Guzan yesterday during the Italy friendly.

Josh Wicks and IFK Mariehamn have parted ways.  Wicks started in 26 of Mariehamn’s 33 league games last season, leading the Finnish club to a seventh place finish.

And the Wooten Clan is inching closer to first-team action with Kaiserslautern as forward Dorge Kouemaha picked up an injury, allowing Andrew Wooten to be called into the first team.  Wooten is second in the German Regionalliga West with 15 goals this season, while Kaiserslautern are currently in the relegation zone in the Bundesliga.

Categories: Andrew Wooten, Brad Guzan, Josh Wicks, US Men's National Team

A little bit of this and a little bit of that
   January 19, 2012 (12:04 AM) by Matt Benson

Still no USMNT/U-23 highlights from the second scrimmage, as I post this late at night, but there are some photos here and here.

I tweeted this last night, but Grant Wahl was on some radio show/podcast in the UK talking about Tim Ream and Edson Buddle.  You can listen to it here.

Speaking of Edson Buddle, Phil Neville had the tweet of the day regarding the American invasion of Everton.

We’ve got howard donavon hannaman buddle at training today thought I’d joined an MLS team for a minute #yankseverywere

According to Ives, Tim Ream’s work permit hearing should be next week.  With Alejandro Bedoya and now Robbie Rogers able to get one this year, you would think that Ream should be able to get his.

Also coming from Ives today is that Gale Agbossoumonde turned down a move to the MLS this week in order to see out his final year of his deal with Traffic Sports.  Since his loan deal with Eintracht Frankfurt is now over, he is expected to play with the Carolina Railhawks of the NASL this upcoming season with an eye to move to Europe once he becomes a free agent.

Staying with the Traffic Sports theme, I missed that Tony Taylor’s loan deal with Atletico CP is now over and he is already back with the Traffic Sports-affiliated Estoril, logging 30 minutes off the bench on January 8, although did not dress in their next game this past weekend due to the U-23 camp.

As for Taylor’s now former teammate at Atletico CP, goalkeeper Caleb Patterson-Sewell, it looks like the New York Red Bulls are wondering about his availability.

As for another goalkeeper, Josh Wicks, reports out of Finland have some mystery European team contacting IFK Mariehamn about his services.

Continuing with the Google translate fun, this article from Germany has Hoffenheim manager Holger Stanislawski saying some nice things about Joe Gyau.

Billy Schuler talked to the Independent Weekly about choosing to play in Sweden over the MLS.

And finally, some tweets from Brian Sciaretta with some interesting tidbits.  First off, UMass midfielder Jason Villagomez is on trial with LKS Lodz in Poland.   And U-20 players Juan Ocegueda and Uvaldo Luna will be participating in a camp with Mexico’s U-20 team one week after participating in the US U-20 camp this month.

Categories: Billy Schuler, Caleb Patterson-Sewell, Edson Buddle, Gale Agbossoumonde, Jason Villagomez, Joe Gyau, Josh Wicks, Juan Ocegueda, Tim Ream, Tony Taylor, US Men's National Team, US U-23 National Team, Uvaldo Luna

Late night link action
   September 28, 2011 (11:29 PM) by Matt Benson

Here are some non-Stuart Holden links for the day.  Still a huge bummer that he is out another six months.

Anyways . . .

Brian Sciaretta caught up with Robbie Findley to talk about his good start to the season at Nottingham Forest.

Also over at Yanks Abroad, Jamie Hill tells us that Fabian Hürzeler has been promoted from Bayern Munich’s U-19 team to their U-23 team that competes in the German Regionalliga.

Greg Seltzer recently did an interview with goalkeeper Josh Wicks.  Wicks was not in the lineup today as IFK Mariehamn lost to KuPS 2-1.  Canadian-American defender Mason Trafford also scored an own goal for the other team.

As for some other scores from today.  Jonathan Borrajo went the full 90 minutes in Ham-Kam’s 2-0 victory over Alta in Norway.  And Brad Rusin came off the bench in HB Køge’s 3-1 victory over Esbjerg in the Danish Cup.

US U-18 midfielder Jose Villarreal will be going out on trial at Belgian club KVC Westerlo next week.

And finally, it looks like Alfredo Morales has decided to play for Peru over the United States.  I will still keep tabs on him on the site until things become more official.

Categories: Alfredo Morales, Brad Rusin, Fabian Hurzeler, Jose Villarreal, Josh Wicks, Mason Trafford, Robbie Findley
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Hey, some non-Bob Bradley news
   July 28, 2011 (3:22 PM) by Matt Benson

Still trying to catch up on some news over the last 24 hours then, BAM, US Soccer drops that Bob Bradley bomb on us.  That said, here are some links/news for stuff that has nothing to do with Bob Bradley, US Soccer, Jürgen Klinsmann or Steve Sampson.

David Yelldell has been named starting goalkeeper for Bayer Leverkusen with Rene Adler still recovering from his knee surgery.  There was some debate whether Yelldell or 21-year-old Fabian Giefer would get the nod, but Yelldell’s experience looks to have won out.

Staying with the goalkeeper theme, Brian Sciaretta recently talked to Josh Wicks about his first year in Finland with IFK Mariehamn.  The former DC United keeper has Mariehamn currently sitting in fifth place of the Finnish Veikkausliiga table.

Greg Seltzer has an interview up with Aalborg forward Chris Rolfe over at  Rolfe talks about playing with confidence after finally being injury-free.

The third qualifying round of Europa League kicked off this week and a few teams with Americans on them played today.  A Clint Dempsey-less Fulham drew its first leg against RNK Split, 0-0.  Jozy Altidore is still recovering from his hamstring strain, but AZ defeated Jablonec, 2-0, without his services.  And Clarence Goodson went the full 90 minutes in a 2-0 loss to Austrian side Ried.  Each team will have next week’s second leg to hopefully move onto the playoff round.

The UK’s Time and Star has a nice little feature on Frank Simek.

Conor Doyle received another start for Derby County in yesterday’s preseason friendly against Crewe Alexandra.  It should be interesting to see if Doyle gets more playing time this season.

And we have a Mike Grella sighting!  Grella made his first appearance of the summer for Leeds United in a preseason friendly against Bradford Park Avenue.

Categories: Chris Rolfe, Clarence Goodson, Clint Dempsey, Conor Doyle, David Yelldell, Frank Simek, Josh Wicks, Jozy Altidore, Mike Grella

Inside the Numbers: Clean Sheets
   May 4, 2011 (6:54 AM) by Matt Benson

I checked out the top American goal scorers in Europe back in January (top flight leagues here and lower level guys here), so I thought I would give the goalkeepers some love this week.  For the goalies, I am doing all guys (top flight and lower level) in one post and these numbers include all competitions (League/Cup/Champions League/Europa League/etc).

But here are the goalies with the most clean sheets in Europe (through games of Tuesday, May 3).  I am just going to list down to guys with at least four.

David Yelldell (MSV Duisburg) – 13
Tim Howard (Everton) – 8
Brad Friedel (Aston Villa) – 6
Nick Noble (Ljungskile SK) – 6
Brad Guzan (Aston Villa/Hull City) – 5
Luis Robles (Karlsruher) – 4
Josh Wicks (IFK Mariehamn) – 4

From what I can find, David Yelldell’s 10 clean sheets during league play are the sixth most in the German 2. Bundesliga.  Add in his three during cup competitions and his 13 look to be the second most among 2. Bundesliga goalkeepers (Simon Jentzsch of FC Augsburg leads the way with 14 across all competitions).

Looking at the Premier League, Tim Howard’s eight clean sheets are tied with Asmir Begovic (Stoke City) and Paul Robinson (Blackburn Rovers) for the seventh most, while Brad Friedel’s six are tied with Ali Al-Habsi (Wigan Athletic) and Wojciech Szczesny (Arsenal) for the 12th most.

Back to Yelldell for a minute, but he has put together a nice little season with Duisburg and could possibly be in the Gold Cup picture if Bob Bradley wants to put him on the roster over Marcus Hahnemann (getting older) or Brad Guzan (getting married during some of the Gold Cup).  And he has a chance at some hardware on May 21 when Duisburg takes on Schalke in the DFB Pokal Final.  It will be Duisburg’s fourth German Cup finals appearance (1966, 1975, 1998), but they have never walked away with the trophy.

Categories: Brad Friedel, Brad Guzan, David Yelldell, Josh Wicks, Luis Robles, Nick Noble, Tim Howard
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