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Sunday Funday: Some news on Tim Ream, DeAndre Yedlin & Freddy Adu
   July 6, 2014 (3:19 PM) by Matt Benson
 

Today was supposed to be a relaxing Sunday with no World Cup games, but a lot of news has come out today.

Starting off with an actual signing, Tim Ream signed a three-year contract extension with Bolton Wanderers on Sunday after having a successful UK work permit hearing.

“I’m really pleased to have extended my deal here,” Ream, 26, told bwfc.co.uk. “I certainly feel like I’ve developed as a player during my time over here and with my family we’re settled in the local area.”

Ream is coming off a successful third season at Bolton where he won Player of the Year honors by both the club and the fans.  He has made a total of 76 appearances for the club since signing in January of 2012.

Moving on to one of the players who probably raised their stock the most during the World Cup.  Reports out of Italy have Roma linked to DeAndre Yedlin.  While Greg Seltzer first squashed those rumors earlier this week, he is now hearing that this has some serious legs.

If true, it looks like Yedlin would sign with Roma but would remain on loan to Seattle for the rest of the MLS season.  Then he would possibly go on loan to another Italian team next year.

Also of note, Roma did play against Yedlin last summer in the MLS All-Star Game so they have seen him in person and Seattle native Brian Klein is on the board at Roma.

And finally, Freddy Adu has spent some time in Norway training with Bob Bradley and Stabæk over the last two weeks, but now he is headed to AZ Alkmaar to go on trial at the Dutch club.

Adu is somehow only 25 years old and a free agent after being released by Bahia in Brazil this past spring.

AZ’s technical director Earnie Stewart is no stranger to Adu as they were teammates at DC United in 2004.

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Thoughts on any of this Sunday madness?

 
Categories: DeAndre Yedlin, Freddy Adu, Tim Ream
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A few new kits for 2014-15
   July 3, 2014 (7:30 AM) by Matt Benson
 

It is that time of year when teams start releasing new kits for the upcoming season or they get leaked out to the internet.  If you are a long time reader of the site, you know that I am a fan of posting these new shirts and jerseys.  Look good, play good?

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

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Categories: Fabian Johnson, Joe Gyau, Julian Green, Junior Flores, Sacha Kljestan, Shawn Parker, Stuart Holden, Tim Howard, Tim Ream
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2013-14 OT XI
   June 3, 2014 (9:55 PM) by Howie Michaels
 

It wasn’t exactly a banner 12 months for the OT Faithful. Clint Dempsey, a three-time OT MVP and four-time OT XI honoree, moved to Seattle. Michael Bradley, another OT XI stalwart, stayed abroad but became ineligible. Stuart Holden got hurt and then for good measure got hurt again. Jozy Altidore made a move to Sunderland so disastrous that by the end of the year we were celebrating brief sub appearances as progress. Even Matt Taylor, an old OT favorite, had a down year by his 3. Liga Legend standards.

There were dark times, there is no denying.

It was so dark, I got really lazy and took my time doing this. I was all set to drop this on May 22, but then Landon happened so we needed some space.

But, without further delay, here comes the 2013-14 OT XI. As always, these are the best performances by first-team players (sorry, Julian Green) relative to respective leagues.

Goalkeeper
Tim Howard, Everton (England) [2nd appearance]

It wasn’t that long ago that many were calling for Brad Guzan to supplant the long-time Everton stalwart in goal for the national team, a sentiment no doubt boosted by Guzan’s inclusion over Howard in last year’s OT XI. However, Timmy had a bit of a bounceback year as the Toffees surged into 5th place in the Premier League. While some late losses left Everton a bit short of Champions League qualification, Howard was stellar throughout the year, with Everton finishing 2nd in the EPL in goals allowed. Also, I will be deleting my various tweets and other commentaries suggesting Guzan should usurp Howard with the Nats.

Defenders
Fabian Johnson, TSG 1899 Hoffenheim (Germany) [2nd]
Will Packwood, Bristol Rovers/Birmingham City (England) [1st]
Tim Ream, Bolton Wanderers (England) [1st]
Geoff Cameron, Stoke City (England) [2nd]

Johnson returns to the OT XI for the 2nd time (previously in 2011-12), nominally at LB on paper. The dual-national wrapped up his tenure with Hoffenheim with another season of playing pretty much everywhere wide as Hoffenheim surged from the relegation playoff last year to mid-table this year. Johnson himself will be bouncing further up the table and joining Borussia Mönchengladbach. Packwood returned from a broken leg by initially going out on loan to League Two’s Bristol Rovers before returning to Birmingham and fighting his way into the starting lineup, earning the Football League Young Player of the Month for February. After a rough first full season in England, Ream rebounded to earn Bolton’s player of the year award while playing both centerback and leftback. Finally, with Dempsey gone and Jozy struggling, Geoff Cameron did a fine job carrying the flag of American field players in England, appearing in all but one Premier League match for the Potters.

Midfielders
Sacha Kljestan, Anderlecht (Belgium) [4th]
Alejandro Bedoya, Nantes (France) [3rd]
Danny Williams, Reading (England) [1st]

Despite missing out on the World Cup roster, long-time OT favorite Kljestan had a career-high eight goals while helping Anderlecht win its third consecutive Belgian title. Bedoya, a two-time OT XI honoree from his first stint in Sweden, made his return to the list following a successful move to Nantes that saw him score five goals, keep Nantes up after being promoted, and give himself a shot at starting in Brazil. While an injury with the national team caused him to miss several late matches (and helped cost Reading a shot at promotion), Danny Williams enjoyed an otherwise strong debut season in England and makes his first appearance on this squad.

Forwards
Terrence Boyd, Rapid Vienna (Austria) [1st]
Aron Johannsson, AZ (Netherlands) [1st]
Christian Eissele Kemi Kings/Brage (Norway/Sweden) [1st]

What we have here is a trio of forwards who all hit 20 goals across all competitions last year. Boyd improved upon his Austrian debut total with 15 in league play and another five in Europa League. He also got two more sweet tattoos, making his old flag tattoo seem tame. Johannsson mostly picked up the slack with former teammate Altidore gone from AZ, scoring 17 in league play and 20 overall. Eissele, the only one of this group without a cap, dropped in 24 goals last season for Kemi Kings in Finland (mostly after the 2012-13 voting was tabulated) before moving to Brage in Sweden this year.

2013-14 MVP
Geoff Cameron, D, Stoke City

While the Premier League continues to grow in popularity stateside, American outfield players have become increasingly rare. However, the best of them had himself a stellar year with the Potters. The jack-of-all-trades played primarily at right back as Stoke became less boring than historically regarded and surged into 9th place.

Goal of the Year
We’re going back to Finland here and the sweet goal by Miles Byass in a 1-0 win for JIPPO over Vikingit in April. Check it out in GIF and YouTube (1:08) below.

Performance of the Year
Tim Howard had six saves in a 1-0 win for Everton at Manchester United, the Toffee’s first win at Old Trafford since August 1992 and undoubtedly a sweet win over former manager David Moyes.

Thanks for waiting (both you the readers and Matt). Fire away in the comments on who we snubbed.

The OT XI Archives

2009-10
2010-11
2011-12
2012-13

 
Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Aron Johannsson, Christian Eissele, Danny Williams, Fabian Johnson, Geoff Cameron, Sacha Kljestan, Terrence Boyd, Tim Howard, Tim Ream, Will Packwood
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Thursday morning links
   May 29, 2014 (1:07 AM) by Matt Benson
 

In case you have been kidnapped Taken-style over the last 48 hours, the US kicked off the Send-Off Series with a 2-0 win over Azerbaijan on Tuesday.  Here are some highlights and some photos from the game. Here is also a short video on the game and Chris Wondolowski from the San Jose Earthquakes Youtube channel.  Clint Dempsey was a late scratch with a groin issue, but it is not serious and he will only miss one or two days.

This Landon Donovan shirt is awesome.  And this song might be the only country song I like.  Jimmy Conrad/KICKTV have their latest Group G video up and this time Jimmy is in Ghana.  I want to have a beer with Jimmy at some point in my life.

As I posted yesterday, reports out of England have Tim Ream agreeing to a new three-year deal with Bolton.

Edgar Castillo is leaving Tijuana for fellow Liga MX side Atlas.

We posted Brad Evans’ comments about being cut from the USMNT and now Clarence Goodson is speaking out about the process.  And he doesn’t seem like he is happy.

Greg Selzter is hearing that Timothy Chandler is drawing some interest from Eintracht Frankfurt and Stuttgart.

Stoke’s The Sentinel is reporting that Hannover 96 might be going after Juan Agudelo.

Michael Farfan appears not to be in Cruz Azul’s future plans after some recent changes at the club.

Zak Whitbread is in contract talks with Derby County.  Whitbread finished last season with the Rams after being sent on loan from Leicester City.

Former US U-20er Villyan Bijev was released by Liverpool last week.

The Fighting Bob Bradleys advanced to the fourth round of the Norwegian Cup this week after defeating Grorud 3-0.

We have had a bunch of goals scored in the last two weeks in Iceland and Finland so go check out our goal tracker to stay up to date.

And finally, a reminder to sign up for MLS’s Brazil Bracket Challenge and join our league.

 
Categories: Bob Bradley, Chris Wondolowski, Clarence Goodson, Clint Dempsey, Edgar Castillo, Juan Agudelo, Landon Donovan, Michael Farfan, Tim Ream, Timothy Chandler, US Men's National Team, Villyan Bijev, Zak Whitbread
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Report – Tim Ream agrees to new three-year deal at Bolton
   May 28, 2014 (12:19 PM) by Matt Benson
 

Fresh of being named Player of the Year by both the Club and Supporters for this past season, a report out of England has Tim Ream agreeing to a new three-year deal which will see him at the club through 2016-17.

Sources in Ream’s native US have revealed the 26-year-old defender has verbally agreed and shook hands on the new terms after the offer from the club to replace his current contract which still has one year left to run.

It is a timely boost for boss Dougie Freedman after Ream’s outstanding displays last season had reportedly alerted top-flight clubs with West Brom linked with a potential summer bid.

Ream appeared in 42 league games for the Trotters this past season, switching between left back and center back, while also playing four games at midfielder.  After a rocky start to his career in England, Ream has settled in and was one of Bolton’s best players for most of the season.

 
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Some more links for Friday
   May 9, 2014 (1:44 PM) by Matt Benson
 

I already did a links post this morning, but today has been so busy with little tidbits, here is another rather than save them for Monday.

It looks like the US-Belgium friendly/scrimmage that ESPN’s Doug McIntyre discovered yesterday has been confirmed by FIFA.  But it will be a closed-door scrimmage.

Here is the full schedule for the USMNT and their Send-Off Series.

Danny Williams is still having knee issues and his World Cup dreams are not looking great.

And with his knee showing no real signs of improvement, Williams admits that his prospects of making it to Brazil look bleak.

“At the moment it doesn’t look good,” said Williams, who has pledged his long-term future to Reading .

When asked if he would require another operation to try and fix the problem, he added: “I don’t know yet, I have to see.”

Zak Whitbread has been released by Leicester City.  Whitbread appeared in only three league games for Leicester City this season before heading out on loan to Derby County where he played in only four league games.  While some fans will probably want him to head to MLS, I am guessing he stays in England since he basically grew up there his whole life.

The rumors on Twitter have Juan Agudelo failing at his second UK work permit appeal.  If true, that means another loan is probably in his future for 2014-15.

Tim Ream was spotted at the New York Red Bulls’ practice today.  He told some press that he hasn’t been in contact with Jurgen Klinsmann, but he knows USMNT coaches have been scouting him.

Steve Cherundolo has become the new U-15 manager at Hannover 96.  Kicker also has a photo gallery up on Cherundolo’s career in Germany.

And finally, another plug for our official World Cup roster predictions since I am sure you are not tired of reading these across every other website this week.

 
Categories: Danny Williams, Juan Agudelo, Steve Cherundolo, Tim Ream, US Men's National Team, Zak Whitbread
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Tim Ream picks up the “double”
   May 2, 2014 (7:39 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Fresh off his Bolton Wanderers Supporters Association Player of the Year honors earlier this week, Tim Ream was named the club’s official Player of the Year on Thursday.

“It’s a really cool feeling to be recognized again by the club’s supporters,” Ream told bwfc.co.uk. “As I said before, it’s nice and humbling knowing that people think you’ve done a good job, but at the end of the day it’s about the squad.

“Personally, the past two years have definitely been a real eye opener. When I was involved last season I was a little unnerved purely by how different the style was to the other leagues I’ve played in.

“There are so many demands in this league and to begin with I probably wasn’t prepared for that, but it definitely gave me motivation coming into this season.

“I feel settled off the field, and that’s also a big factor whether people believe it or not. I feel happy and am working in a structure and programme that really helps us, as players.”

Ream is the second American in the last four seasons to win this award at Bolton after Stuart Holden earned the honors in 2010-11 (that seems so long ago).

 
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Tim Ream is named Bolton Wanderers Supporters Association Player of the Year
   April 30, 2014 (6:19 AM) by Matt Benson
 

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The Bolton Wanderers Supporters Association held a end-of-the-year social event on Tuesday and Tim Ream was named Player of the Year by the BWSA.

“It’s nice obviously to be recognized by the club’s official supporters association,” Ream said after collecting the award.

“It’s a great feeling knowing that they feel I’ve done a good job this season over the 40 or so games that I’ve played.

“I’m not here to strive for individual glory. It’s very humbling, but at the end of the day it’s a squad game and all of the boys on the roster do a job for the team.”

Ream has started in 41 league games for the Trotters this season (20 at left back, 17 at center back and four at midfielder) while recording four assists.  Ream’s 41 starts and 3,587 minutes played are both the second most on the team this season, while his four assists are the fourth most on Bolton’s roster and tied for the fifth most in the Championship among defenders.

Plus, and likely the most important deciding factor, he has worn a pretty awesome Lone Ranger mask for the last few months.

 
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Catching up on life links
   April 9, 2014 (12:21 AM) by Matt Benson
 

I am still playing catch up on things, but here are a few links from the last couple of days.

Michael Bradley and Chris Wondolowski talked about their goals from last week’s draw to Mexico.

It looks like Jozy Altidore has fallen out of favor at Sunderland at the moment as he didn’t dress on Monday with the senior team and actually suited up with the U-21 team.

A few guys played in the Championship yesterday, but Danny Williams missed Reading’s game with a knee injury, while Oguchi Onyewu picked up a rib injury and missed Sheffield Wednesday’s game on Tuesday.

Julian Green didn’t play with Bayern Munich II over the weekend due to the shoulder injury that he picked up in the US-Mexico friendly.  According to his dad, he will be out a couple weeks.

I guess there might be some interest by West Bromwich Albion for Tim Ream.  Yay UK tabloids!

Marc Pelosi has finally returned to action with Liverpool’s U-21 team after breaking his leg 14 months ago.

On the US U-18 front, forward Dembakwi Yomba has signed with Atletico Madrid, while forward Andrija Novakovich has signed with Reading.

The Fighting Bob Bradleys are in first place of the Tippeligaen after defeating Brann, 2-1, over the weekend.

And finally, there were seven goals scored over the weekend.  I was finally able to update the goal tracker with highlights of six of the seven goals.  Aron Johannsson also got grabbed in the junk.

 
Categories: Andrija Novakovich, Aron Johannsson, Bob Bradley, Chris Wondolowski, Danny Williams, Dembakwi Yomba, Jozy Altidore, Julian Green, Marc Pelosi, Michael Bradley, Oguchi Onyewu, Tim Ream
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Friday morning links
   March 14, 2014 (1:17 AM) by Matt Benson
 

So Aron Johannsson is pretty good and scored his 25th goal of the season yesterday.  It wasn’t the prettiest of PKs, but it went in.  Speaking of ArJo, Yanks Abroad’s RJ DeMello wonders about his club future.

Some other stuff posted on the site over the last couple of days.  This appears to be the USMNT away kit for the World Cup.  Will interviewed US U-17 goalkeeper Kevin Silva.  And Molde FK’s Ben Spencer is headed to Indy Eleven on a one-year loan.

The US fell from #13 to #14 in the latest FIFA world rankings.

Brek Shea can’t be loaned out to another team for another three weeks since he returned to Stoke City early after his “finger incident” with some Barnsley fans, but he is aware that he probably needs to head out on another loan to get playing time if he wants to make the World Cup roster.

Danny Williams did not play in Reading’s mid-week game due to some swelling in his knee.

Eric Lichaj’s injury woes continue as he will have to undergo a double hernia operation.

The Bolton News got some quotes from Tim Ream about Stuart Holden’s injury.

DaMarcus Beasley and Michael Orozco (and the rest of Puebla) are not getting paid all their money at Puebla.

Jon Arnold “berated” me for not posting this the other day, but here is his article about Benji Joya and Daniel Cuevas going their separate ways.  You happy now, Jon?!  (For those three people that didn’t pick on up this, I am joking.  Jon is a nice guy.  Sometimes.)

Brian Sciaretta introduces us to Dennis Flores, who just made his Liga Mx debut for Club Leon last weekend.

Gedion Zelalem was called into Germany’s U-17 team for a Euro qualifier.  If he plays, he will never be eligible to play for the US since you can only use your FIFA one-time switch on countries you are eligible for when you play your first official youth game (he is still not a US citizen yet).  Boo.

Speaking of young players, Greg Seltzer takes a look at some first-team prospects of a few younger Americans playing abroad.

 
Categories: Aron Johannsson, Ben Spencer, Benji Joya, Brek Shea, DaMarcus Beasley, Daniel Cuevas, Danny Williams, Dennis Flores, Eric Lichaj, Gedion Zelalem, Kevin Silva, Michael Orozco Fiscal, Stuart Holden, Tim Ream, US Men's National Team
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