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Some news and notes for Monday
   November 21, 2011 (10:09 PM) by Howie Michaels

1860 Munich forward Bobby Wood will undergo an operation and will be out for the remainder of 2011. He is hoping to be ready to go for the winter break training in early January.

According to Andrew Wiebe (formerly the beat writer for Sporting Kansas City at, Sporting forward Teal Bunbury will join the growing list of Americans training with European clubs this winter. The 21 year-old Minnesotan will reportedly train with Bolton Wanderers of the English Premier League after having spent last winter training with Stoke City.

It sort of straddles rumor-reporting, but Chris Wondolowski is publicly declaring his interest in playing in Europe. He is still under contract and has yet to line up off-season training (he is apparently not on Jürgen Klinsmann’s speed dial), but his public declaration suggests something may be amiss.’s Grant Wahl reports on some broadcasting changes for Nats broadcasts: former captain John Harkes, ESPN’s lead analyst for Yanks matches (and Major League Soccer broadcasts) since 2008 is apparently out, due to be replaced by ESPN current studio host Taylor Twellman, a former New England Revolution and 1860 Munich II striker who was a member of the last US squad to win a title. Meanwhile, at NBC/NBC Sports, who will have the rights to four US matches in each of the next three years, Seattle Sounders FC announcer Arlo White is apparently the preferred choice for play-by-play while Kyle Martino, who currently serves as MLS/USA analyst for Fox Soccer, is the frontrunner for color commentator.

Categories: Bobby Wood, Chris Wondolowski, Teal Bunbury

Some quick USMNT links for Wednesday
   November 9, 2011 (5:13 PM) by Matt Benson

These will be real quick.

* More training photos.

* France has shuffled its roster up a bit.  Samir Nasri is out, while Yohan Cabaye and Florent Malouda both have fitness concerns.

* Speaking of injuries, Oguchi Onyewu has a small groin issue.

* The Shin Guardian has a lengthy preview up of Friday’s game.

* Teal Bunbury withdrew from the U-23 camp due to an ankle injury.

* Also from the link above, we learn that the U-23/U-20 teams will actually play some friendlies while in Germany, playing a couple reserve/U-23/U-19 teams between this Friday and next Tuesday.

Categories: Oguchi Onyewu, Teal Bunbury, US Men's National Team, US U-23 National Team

Late night linking
   November 7, 2011 (11:38 PM) by Matt Benson

I already posted two USMNT tidbits earlier today, but here are a few more things.

Soccer America has a two-part Q & A with Jurgen Klinsmann:  Part 1 | Part 2

Speaking of Klinsi, Jon Levy over at The Yanks are Coming has a funny flow chart on how Jurgen makes his USMNT roster selections.

Moving on to the U-23 team, Brian “I know the family tree of any player in Germany” Sciaretta introduces us to defender Royal-Dominique Fennell.  He was probably one of the few guys on the U-23 camp roster that people know the least about.

Two more players from teams bounced from the MLS playoffs were added to that U-23 camp.  The lucky winners (or losers from the MLS playoffs):  Teal Bunbury and Luis Gil.

And finally, here is a local TV story on Josh Gatt.  That first highlight of him in high school, he just makes the opposing team look silly.

Categories: Josh Gatt, Luis Gil, Royal-Dominique Fennell, Teal Bunbury, US Men's National Team
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Some late night USMNT link action
   October 6, 2011 (1:03 AM) by Matt Benson

Today never wanted to end, but finally able to get around to some links.

As always when the USMNT is in camp, the MNT blog on US Soccer has some good stuff updated throughout the week.  They have also added some training photos from Tuesday and Wednesday up on Facebook.

As for some injury updates, Jozy Altidore (picked up a minor ankle tweak in training yesterday) and Jonathan Spector (picked up an injury this past weekend with Birmingham City) both participated in training on Wednesday and should be good to go this weekend.

Greg Seltzer has some words from Michael Bradley right here, while Franco Panizo also got to talk to MB90.  Panizo has also chimed in with what he saw at training on Wednesday right here.

Brian Sciaretta talked to Teal Bunbury as training began earlier this week.

Michelle Kaufman of the Miami Herald has a story up on Brek Shea.

Matthew of The Shin Guardian fame does another good job breaking down the US-Honduras match right here.

And one player not in camp is Mikkel Diskerud.  Greg Seltzer also recently caught up with him to talk about Stabæk and playing for the US at next year’s Olympics.

Categories: Brek Shea, Jonathan Spector, Jozy Altidore, Michael Bradley, Mix Diskerud, Teal Bunbury, US Men's National Team
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Some linkage for Tuesday night
   July 26, 2011 (8:24 PM) by Matt Benson

A little bit of this and that for Tuesday.

Thanks to Tom for finding some footage of the US-Israel Milk Cup game from yesterday.  Both of the goals can be found in the last 45 seconds of this video.

Brent Latham talked to US U-18 head coach Mike Matkovich about the ongoing Milk Cup.

Latham also has a story up on ESPN Soccernet about Jose Torres’ attempt to get back into the USMNT picture.

While Alejandro Bedoya has agreed to a deal with Rangers to join the club after his contract ends this winter, Rangers really really want him now.

Danish side Brøndby apparently made some recent attempts to acquire Teal Bunbury from Sporting Kansas City, but had both offers rejected by MLS/Sporting KC.

Sebastian Lletget came off the bench and got some minutes with West Ham’s first team in a recent preseason friendly against Dagenham & Redbridge.

And finally, Jermaine Jones has returned to training with Schalke although the club would like to sell him, but there are not a lot of buyers out there interested in his services (likely due to his big contract).

Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Jermaine Jones, Jose Francisco Torres, Sebastian Lletget, Teal Bunbury, US Men's National Team

Who will Bob Bradley call in for the Argentina and Paraguay friendlies?
   March 15, 2011 (1:01 AM) by Howie Michaels

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?

Forwards: Clint Dempsey (Fulham, England), Jozy Altidore (Bursaspor, Turkey), Edson Buddle (FC Ingolstadt 04, Germany-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.

Thoughts? Constructive criticism? Have at it.

Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Benny Feilhaber, Brad Guzan, Carlos Bocanegra, Clarence Goodson, Clint Dempsey, David Yelldell, Edson Buddle, Eric Lichaj, Jay DeMerit, Jermaine Jones, Jonathan Bornstein, Juan Agudelo, Landon Donovan, Maurice Edu, Michael Bradley, Michael Parkhurst, Mix Diskerud, Oguchi Onyewu, Steve Cherundolo, Stuart Holden, Teal Bunbury, Tim Ream, Timothy Chandler, US Men's National Team

A few things for Tuesday
   February 15, 2011 (10:19 PM) by Matt Benson

Nothing too crazy happened today, but here are a few things of note.

Timothy Chandler started the season fighting for playing time on Nurnberg’s reserve squad.  A few months later and he has made a start with the senior team, scoring a goal and picking up a couple assists.  Apparently Nurnberg have been impressed enough that there are reports coming out of Germany that Chandler and Nurnberg are close to finalizing a new contract.

Teal Bunbury injured his elbow recently in a preseason friendly against the Houston Dynamo.  The first rumors were that he broke his elbow and could be out for a couple months, but Sporting Kansas City and USMNT fans can relax as it looks to be only a dislocation with no breaks or nerve damage (out only two to four weeks).  Hopefully he can return in time to be selected for the USMNT’s friendlies next month as Juan Agudelo probably will miss them due to the 2011 Regional U-20 Championship being bumped up a week.

Rhett Bernstein, a 24-year-old defender from San Diego who played in college at Brown University, has signed a one-year deal with Norwegian Adeccoligaen side Mjondalen.  Mjondalen was the home to fellow American Graham Dugoni last season, but Dugoni has left the club in hopes of playing in the MLS in 2011.

Brian Sciaretta caught up with 18-year-old forward Stefane Jerome to talk about his loan deal to the Czech Republic club Sigma Olomouc for the rest of the 2010-11 season.  Jerome’s rights are owned by Traffic Sports and he was playing with Traffic Sports-owned Miami FC (shocker!) before taking part in a tryout with Sigma Olomouc and landing the loan deal.

And finally, DC United and Sochaux are still negotiating Charlie Davies’ potential loan deal, but Steven Goff’s “hunch” is that both sides will reach a deal soon.

Categories: Charlie Davies, Graham Dugoni, Rhett Bernstein, Stefan Jerome, Teal Bunbury, Timothy Chandler

A slow news day, but here are some links
   February 3, 2011 (4:49 PM) by Matt Benson

Charlie Davies arrived in Florida last night for DC United’s training camp.  A few tidbits can be found here, including a photo of him in a DC United jersey/training gear.  DC United head coach Ben Olsen did a little Q&A on Davies right here.

Staying with the DC United, Steven Goff has a small update on Andy Najar’s possible decision between the USMNT and Honduras.

A Honduran report indicated that United’s Andy Najar was preparing to commit to Honduras rather than wait for U.S. citizenship. However, Najar’s agent, Chris Megaloudis, told the Insider: “Andy was not quoted correctly. He is closer to making a decision but has not decided 100 percent to which country he will choose to represent.”

FIFA’s latest World Rankings came out earlier this week.  The US are still holding down the fort in the 18th spot.  One of the biggest movers from last month:  Japan.  They moved up 12 spots to 17th after winning the 2011 AFC Asian Cup this past month.

Although he has played in the last two USMNT friendlies, Teal Bunbury officially turned in his paperwork to make his one-time FIFA switch from Canada to the US.

Finally, Kabir Chibber of the NY Times has a nice article up on Stuart Holden and his success this season in the Premier League.

Categories: Andy Najar, Charlie Davies, Stuart Holden, Teal Bunbury, US Men's National Team
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Some late night link action
   February 3, 2011 (12:39 AM) by Matt Benson

I would have posted these earlier, but I had a “date” with this guy tonight.  He is an athletic freak.

Some bad news for Robbie Findley fans.  After finally securing his UK work permit and a visa, he injured his thigh in one of his first training sessions and could be out up to 12 weeks.  Ouch.

We have had a Ryan Guy sighting!  Howie posted a couple weeks ago that Guy was leaving Ireland and looking to return to the US and join a MLS squad.  The 25-year-old winger was spotted in the Portland Timbers’ training camp this past week.  Hopefully he does enough to impress and gets a contract.

As for some post-transfer window stuff.  Jamie Hill caught up with Erik Opsahl to talk about his move to Reading.  Jon Levy gives his USMNT transfer deadline ratings.  And Greg Seltzer analyzes all the loan deals made this past month.

Who likes that Boon-Boo-Ree?  Sporting Kansas City wisely jumped on the Boon-Boo-Ree bandwagon and had a t-shirt contest with the winners being made and sold right here.

And finally, those wanting to see where each team will be playing during the Gold Cup this summer will have to wait until March as the draw was postponed roughly a month.  Boo CONCACAF.  Boo.

Categories: Erik Opsahl, Robbie Findley, Ryan Guy, Teal Bunbury, US Men's National Team
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Poll Time: Who from January’s camp do you want to see in Egypt?
   January 28, 2011 (7:56 AM) by Matt Benson

You are Bob Bradley.  You are slaving away in your office watching video in your sweatpants.  You start to put together your roster for the friendly against Egypt when you are told you are allowed to take only one guy from last month’s camp in California.  Who do you select and why?

Let us know who you selected in the comments.

Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Juan Agudelo, Mix Diskerud, Omar Gonzalez, Teal Bunbury, Tim Ream, US Men's National Team

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