Thanks to the nice road victory over a strong Bosnia squad, the US has moved up to #10 in the Elo rankings, one spot shy of the highest ranking ever by the US. The US’s highest ranking by Elo is #9, last done in 2009.
US Soccer gives us some post-game reactions from a few different players. Greg Seltzer also found some post-game video interviews with John Brooks (I will be changing his category on this site from Anthony Brooks to John Brooks soon) and Aron Johannsson. Got to like hearing “my future is the USA team” from Brooks.
Will Bruin spoke to John Kretlow about his time with the USMNT while at the Gold Cup.
Bob Bradley continues to keep Egypt trucking along as they defeated Uganda, 3-0, in a friendly on Wednesday.
I forgot to post this earlier in the week, but the German Cup had its second round draw last weekend, which will feature a couple American vs. American battles including Preußen Münster (Matt Taylor) vs. Augsburg (Michael Parkhurst) and Kaiserslautern (Andrew Wooten) vs. Hertha Berlin (John Brooks).
Conor O’Brien told bold.dk that Nordsjælland had him playing some right back during the preseason, although they still see him as a central midfielder. I guess there is some decent competition in the middle of the field, so they are looking at other ways to get him on the field.
And I don’t think this team is officially affiliated with US Soccer, but the US won gold for the first time ever at the World Maccabiah Games a.k.a. the “Jewish Olympics”. As Howie pointed out last night, the US somehow didn’t win gold in 2005 despite having Jonathan Bornstein and Benny Feilhaber on the roster.
In yesterday’s links, I posted about Alejandro Bedoya getting some interest from French side Nantes. Ives spoke to his agent, Lyle Yorks, who confirmed that Bedoya is in France to finalize the deal.
Jozy Altidore had an assist in Sunderland’s 1-0 win over FC Midtjylland in Denmark yesterday. Here is a photo of Altidore from the game.
Jonathan Bornstein went the full 90 minutes in Tigres’ 0-0 draw to Cruz Azul Hidalgo in Copa MX action last night. Tom Marshall broke down the other Americans in Copa MX action from last night, including a start by Monterrey’s Alonso Hernandez.
Christian Eissele scored his 22nd league goal (27 across all competitions) in Kemi Kings’ 1-0 win over Tervarit in Finland yesterday. We have had a bunch of goals lately, which you can always follow along with our goal tracker.
Michael Nanchoff finally made his Swedish debut yesterday, getting the start and playing 73 minutes in Jönköpings Södra’s 3-1 loss to Örebro
Germany’s U-21 head coach is trying to call in Anthony Brooks the day before the US game against Bosnia.
Brian Sciaretta caught up with Russell Canouse recently to talk about being named captain of Hoffenheim’s U-19 team among other things.
After Jurgen Klinsmann wins his second World Cup in 2018, it looks like he can pass the torch to Pep Guardiola. Dynasty!
One of Pep’s current players, Julian Green, gets the full Brian Sciaretta treatment this week (a.k.a. an informative interview).
The Gregg Berhalter era at Hammarby in Sweden ended on Wednesday as the former US international was “sacked”.
According to Greg Seltzer, Eugene Starikov is finalizing a transfer to Tom Tomsk. Starikov scored two goals in 30 league appearances for Tom Tomsk while being on loan from Zenit Saint Petersburg in 2010-11.
For those you waiting to order a Danny Williams/Reading jersey, you can go ahead now since he will wear #23 this season.
Stoke City are in the US on their preseason tour and lost, 2-0, to the Houston Dynamo last night. Geoff Cameron played 89 minutes for Stoke City in his return to Houston. Maurice Edu is also with the team during this tour as he slowly works his way back from a hernia.
We had a Jonathan Bornstein sighting earlier this week. Bornstein came off the bench for Tigres in their 1-0 loss to Cruz Azul Hidalgo in the Copa MX.
A Josh Gatt-less Molde FK advanced in Champions League with a 2-0 win (3-0 on aggregate) over Sligo Rovers earlier this week. Eighteen-year-old Ben Spencer made Molde’s bench, but did not play.
Seth Moses was last seen in Austria with Rheindorf Altach in 2011-12, but now he is back in the US playing with the Seattle Sounders’ reserve team.
Mario Rodriguez scored two goals earlier this week in Borussia Mönchengladbach II’s 18-0 win in a preseason friendly. I am guessing the opponent wasn’t that good.
Junior Flores played with Borussia Dortmund’s U-19 team against a China U-19 team at the Ruhr International Cup yesterday. Some US fans might not like this.
I am headed to Chicago on Sunday (going to miss out on the Gold Cup final, horrible planning on my part) for my yearly pilgrimage to see some family and friends for the week. Posting could be light by me next week or it could be normal. I have no clue on my internet situation (or how much free time I will have). That was your warning. Good talk.
A few more USMNT tidbits before moving onto more club-based links. The US-Panama game was the second-highest rated US qualifier ever on ESPN. While it was only a 0.8, it was also a 10 PM Eastern start time on a Tuesday night. Not bad.
It is starting to look like the US won’t be playing its road qualifier at the “lovely” concrete field at Saprissa when they travel to Costa Rica in September. The stadium is not good enough for FIFA, who recently inspected Costa Rica’s stadium since they are hosting the Women’s U-17 World Cup there in 2014, so the US could be playing at Costa Rica’s new national team stadium in San Jose.
Mexico announced its roster for the Gold Cup, and as expected due to the Confederations Cup, it is a pretty weak roster. It also features to Mexican-Americans in Miguel Ponce and the recently-found-out-be-an-American Isaac Brizuela.
The U-20 World Cup begins next Friday and Brian Sciaretta talked to Oscar Sorto while Ryan Bacic caught up with Danny Garcia.
Bob Bradley has Egypt one step closer to Brazil with a recent win over Zimbabwe. And here is an extended look at the documentary on Bob Bradley on Egypt.
As for Michael Bradley, he now knows who his manager will be next season. Rudi Garcia won the double (Ligue 1 and Coupe de France) in 2010-11 with Lille.
A couple new uniforms came out this week. Here is Brad Guzan showing off Aston Villa’s new goalkeeper kit for next season. And here is what Conor Doyle will hopefully wear a few more times on the field next season for Derby County.
If you are a regular of this site, you know that there was a little bit of chatter last week about Eric Lichaj and Nottingham Forest. Well, it is picking up steam.
Greg Seltzer is hearing that the Ukrainian team interested in Jozy Altidore is Dinamo Kyiv.
Tim Ream’s agent also shot down some rumors to Seltzer about a possible Middlesbrough transfer.
DaMarcus Beasley was not sent to another Mexican league team before last week’s Liga MX draft/transfer deadline. Puebla’s president recently tweeted that there is a 50 percent chance that they re-sign Beasley.
Another American who didn’t go anywhere in Mexico was Jonathan Bornstein. Honduras’ favorite US player is still playing the waiting game and looking over his options.
Goalkeeper Caleb Patterson-Sewell has made the move from Vitoria Setubal to fellow Portuguese Primeira Liga side Gil Vicente.
Another player who made a move within his league is Bryan Gerzicich. The defensive midfielder has switched from Hapoel Ironi Kiryat Shmona to Hapoel Tel Aviv in Israel.
The New York Cosmos have signed Jemal Johnson (not to be confused with Jamel Johnson). Jemal last played in Europe for Tamworth in England before ending last season with the Fort Lauderdale Strikers. I love looking as his wikipedia page. So many different teams. Octavio Dotel is impressed.
Greg Seltzer has some info on Tony Taylor as he is looking for a new home.
Goalkeeper Ethan Horvath, who has been training at Molde FK for a while, has signed a pre-contract with the Norwegian club and will sign a professional deal with the club once the window opens up in July.
While most of the bigger leagues are shut down at the moment, we still have seen goals in the last week from Christian Eissele, Chukwudi Chijindu and Jordan Seabrook. Keep track of the lower leagues this season with our goal tracker.
And finally, with one game still left to go in the Polish II Liga (third tier), David Paul and Puszcza Niepołomice have earned promotion and will be playing in the I Liga next season.
Some links to check out while enjoying that morning coffee.
The US U-20 team lost to Colombia, 2-1, on Thursday in their second game of the Toulon Tournament. Danny Garcia gave the US a lead in the seventh minute, but Colombia scored twice early in the second half to win. Here are some highlights from the game and some post-game quotes from Tab Ramos and Danny Garcia.
Also in action last night, Edgar Castillo went the full 90 minutes (Joe Corona was an unused sub) as Tijuana were knocked out of Copa Libertadores in the quarterfinals due to away goals. I also found this story pretty interesting on Tijuana’s travels since January. They just traveled to Belo Horizonte, Brazil (6,020 miles), while the distance between San Diego and London is 5,470 miles.
Jonathan Bornstein has been transfer-listed by Tigres with Liga MX draft next Wednesday. If Bornstein doesn’t sign with another Mexican club by Wednesday, he will either have to stay with Tigres or leave Mexico.
Bury released Euan Holden last week, but he is interested in returning since the club has some new owners who have turned around the club’s financial situation.
Some new faces, including Timothy Chandler, Zak Whitbread (yay!) and David Yelldell.
GOALKEEPERS (3): Marcus Hahnemann (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Tim Howard (Everton), David Yelldell (MSV Duisburg)
DEFENDERS (9): Carlos Bocanegra (Saint-Etienne), Jonathan Bornstein (UANL Tigres), Timothy Chandler (FC Nürnberg), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96), Jay DeMerit (Vancouver Whitecaps), Oguchi Onyewu (FC Twente), Tim Ream (New York Red Bulls), Jonathan Spector (West Ham United), Zak Whitbread (Norwich City)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Michael Bradley (Aston Villa), Clint Dempsey (Fulham), Mikkel Diskeruud (Stabaek), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy), Maurice Edu (Rangers), Benny Feilhaber (AGF Aarhus), Stuart Holden (Bolton Wanderers), Jermaine Jones (Blackburn Rovers), Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht)
FORWARDS (3): Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bulls), Jozy Altidore (Bursaspor), Edson Buddle (FC Ingolstadt)
I am also a little surprised to see Juan Agudelo’s name since the CONCACAF U-20 Championships basically overlap with these friendlies.
Argentina’s roster is out, notably missing Carlos Tevez and Sergio Aguero. Lionel Messi is on it for now, although that is also probably in doubt after he suffered an injury in Barcelona’s 1-1 draw with Sevilla yesterday. Of course, even if those three don’t play Argentina’s roster is still stacked.
But what about the home side? What players will Bob Bradley call in for these two matches. Both are FIFA dates, so anyone will be available, but who will he pull away from their clubs? It’s a particularly tough call in this case because Bradley has to juggle preparations for the Gold Cup— the next international date isn’t until June 1, at which point Gold Cup rosters might need to have been set— while trying to maintain good relationships with MLS clubs whose seasons have just begun. In that regard, I could see a somewhat staggered roster with some of the European veterans being released for the Paraguay match.
Goalkeepers: Tim Howard (Everton, England), Brad Guzan (Hull City, England-2), David Yelldell (MSV Duisburg, Germany-2)
Isn’t it weird to see Brad Guzan getting regular matches? He’s doing pretty well, too. Having previously been the number 2 keeper by default, he’s actually making a pretty good case for himself at the position again. Yelldell has been playing lights out at Duisburg. The Zebras probably aren’t going to get promoted— they’re in 7th, nine points behind VfL Bochum with just eight matches remaining— but they very well might be in Europa League next year, with a DFB-Pokal finale against Schalke 04 looming on May 21. I think Yelldell’s play, combined with Guzan’s potential issues this summer (as I understand it, he’s getting married) make him a strong candidate for the #2 spot in June, and this would be a great spot to start.
Defenders: Steve Cherundolo (Hanover 96, Germany), Carlos Bocanegra (St. Etteiene, France), Oguchi Onyweu (FC Twente, Netherlands), Michael Parkhurst (Nordsjælland, Denmark), Eric Lichaj (Leeds United, England-2), Timothy Chandler (FC Nurnberg- Germany), Tim Ream (New York- MLS), Zach Loyd (FC Dallas, MLS), Zak Whitbread (Norwich City, England-2)
With Clarence Goodson’s injury in Denmark, the door is opened to guys like Whitbread or Parkhurst. I think both make it, although I could see Jonathan Bornstein or the MLS flavor of the week getting a shot instead. Parkhurst has been playing well for some time in Denmark, and in terms of looking at a Gold Cup roster is useful because he can play right back in a pinch. Chandler may have some clearance issues, but I think that Bradley would be crazy to not call him if there weren’t any issues, and I don’t think Bob is crazy. The rest of the group is pretty predictable— Ream’s ball skills make him more useful than George John, Omar Gonzalez, etc. in the immediate; Zach Loyd seems to be the next great hope at LB.
Midfielders: Landon Donovan (Los Angeles, MLS), Michael Bradley (Aston Villa, England), Stuart Holden (Bolton Wanderers, England), Jermaine Jones (Blackburn Rovers, England), Maurice Edu (Rangers, Scotland), Mikkel Diskerud (Stabæk, Norway), Benny Feilhaber (AFG, Denmark-2), Alejandro Bedoya (Örebro, Sweden), Jonathan Spector (West Ham United, England)
The more interesting thing here will be how Bob plays the unit: if he goes with a 4-2-3-1, who is sitting in the AM spot? Does he try the inverted triangle 4-3-3 again (more likely against Paraguay)? Who are the 2 CM in a 4-4-2/4-2-2-2?
A position that isn’t exactly deep for the US goes back to being rather shallow with Teal Bunbury of Sporting Kansas City out with an elbow injury and Juan Agudelo likely with the U-20s for qualifying.
Finally able to sit down tonight and put up some links from today.
The US U-17 team kicked off the 2011 CONCACAF U-17 Championship with a 3-1 victory over Cuba in their opening group match earlier today. They next play Panama on Friday to finish off their three-team group play.
US Soccer also has a Q&A up on their site with Jonathan Bornstein. You can see that right here.
Steven Goff has all the goods on his blog about the various salaries among those in US Soccer for last year (technically March 31, 2009 through April 1, 2010). Bob Bradley pulled in $818,244 ($600,000 base salary) after some incentives. I am sure there are some people out there that think that is $818,243 too much.
Brent Latham caught up with Thomas Rongen a few days after the CONCACAF U-20 World Cup Qualifying tournament draw to talk about the team. Two major points to take away from it: 1) He thinks this is the deepest team ever. 2) Fabian Hurzeler might not be on the team in Guatemala due to school conflicts.
Neil W. Blackmon takes a look at the tough choice ahead (selecting between the US and Honduras) of Andy Najar over at The Yanks Are Coming.
It appears that Northampton Town striker/defender Seb Harris is doing his second loan stint of the season. The 23-year-old spent some time with English Conference North side Stafford Rangers and now he is with English Conference North club Nuneaton Town. He got the start and went the full 90 minutes this past weekend in Nuneaton Town’s 1-0 loss to Droylsden.
Brian Sciaretta keeps us updated on the play of Adrian Ruelas since returning to Santos after training with Celtic this past fall. Ruelas has scored an amazing six goals through four games with Santos’ U-20 team.
And finally, another American could headed to Sweden. Seton Hall product Samuel Petrone has been offered a contract for the 2011 season with Mjallby after impressing on a week-long trial.
I hope many of you are enjoying your day off from work if you were granted one. Here are some links worth checking out.
Kenny Cooper officially signed with the Portland Timbers today. Portland is building a nice little attack.
Jonathan Bornstein made his debut in Mexico this past weekend. From the sounds of it, he played a holding/defensive midfielder type role rather than his normal left back position.
There are some reports that Sunderland are trying to get Michael Bradley, but it doesn’t make a lot of sense to me on Borussia Moenchengladbach’s end. They would be semi-conceding relegation in my eyes. It makes a lot more sense to keep him, try to stay up and sell him this summer. But what do I know?
Yanks Abroad has a story on a couple of youngsters that will be going on trial together at Czech Republic club Sigma Olomouc. Stefan Jerome is 18 and last played with Miami FC (NASL), while Drew Yates is 22 and played last season with FC Tampa Bay (NASL).
Former US U-20 forward Gabriel Ferrari has been released by Swiss club FC Wohlen. Ferrari scored one goal in four appearances with the Swiss side in the Swiss Challenge League (second division) this season.
The United States was granted the rights to host the CONCACAF qualifying tournament for the 2012 Olympics in London this past weekend. The US hosted this tournament in 2000 and 2008 with Mexico hosting the 2004 tournament. This year’s version will take place in March with the locations to be determined.
According to Steven Goff, ticket sales for this Saturday’s friendly look pretty slow. I will also finally set up the guess the score contest later tonight.
And finally, US Soccer put up another version of Inside the Lines yesterday. You can check out that video below.
Work was a busy one today then I got caught up watching the Sugar Bowl once I finally got home (I feel dirty for cheering for OSU, but luckily the Big Ten slump ended), but here are some news and links for Tuesday.
Only two Americans in action today as Fulham defeated West Brom, 3-0, and picked up some much needed three points. They jumped up from 18th place to 13th after the win. Clint Dempsey scored their second goal of the game with a header off a corner kick and Eddie Johnson came on for Dempsey in the last three minutes of the game. Highlights of all the goals can be found here. One last thing on the game, how can West Brom leave Brede Hangeland unmarked on a corner kick? He is like eight feet tall.
We don’t follow the Americans south of the border as closely as those in Europe, but wanted to give a little update on Jonathan Bornstein as the Mexican Clausura begins this weekend. It is being reported as not serious, but Bornstein will miss the opener with a thigh injury. Tigres manager Ricardo Ferretti expects him to be ready next week.
The Shin Guardian’s guest columnist/contributor/blogger/friend Preston Petri takes a look at the “murky” goalkeeper situation at Aston Villa. It will be interesting to see who is the number one goalkeeper for Villa in 2011-12. Will it be Big Brad, Little Brad or someone else (Alan McGregor?)?
This next month could also be an interesting one for Jonathan Spector’s future. Spector started this season on the side of a milk carton before emerging as a two-goal nightmare for Manchester United. After dabbling a bit in the midfield, he has sort of disappeared again. And now, West Ham are closing in on midfielder Steve Sidwell. While it was rumored that Spector rejected a move to German side Cologne, I wonder if he will be heading out the door during the current transfer window or continuing to not appear on West Ham’s roster as they attempt to fight off relegation.
According to Steve Goff, the US-Argentina friendly that has been rumored to be taking place in March could be finalizing its location soon (next week?). And it now sounds like Seattle, the early front runner, is completely out of the picture. I wonder where this game will take place?
And finally, Yanks Abroad brings us three different interviews/stories.