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Some pre-game reads for USA-Czech Republic
   September 2, 2014 (7:32 PM) by Howie Michaels
 

The roster for USA-Czech Republic, in addition to featuring some rising youngsters, features two old faces  Brek Shea and Tim Ream  who haven’t been around a US camp for a while.

Jeff Carlisle has a piece with Ream, who has (quietly?) resurrected a career that had stumbled a bit following some poor international outings and a rough start to his time at Bolton. It’s been nearly three years (!!!) since Ream made a US appearance – we were all so young and hopeful!

“It really depends on the person, whether you really want to stick your neck out there and try it and take your lumps along the way or develop at home in a comfortable situation,” he said.

“I think for me it was a case where I had kind of run into being comfortable at New York. Not that it wasn’t difficult, but I knew that for one reason or another I’d be playing week in and week out because there was nobody to step in and do the job. It was just a personal choice to make the move and see what it would be like.”

I’d argue that it wasn’t just the Bolton move turning sour early that derailed his US career (he was really bad for the Red Bulls and the Nats in the latter part of 2011), but he’s earned his way back.

Meanwhile, Brian Straus has a nice piece with Brek Shea on his time with Stoke. It’s not a hopeful read.

He’d come from a culture where camaraderie was celebrated and where playing in Europe was the stuff of dreams. But the Premier League’s slick packaging doesn’t reveal the challenges underneath the surface. Shea was slow to adjust and as he dealt with a broken foot and then an injured groin, the frustration mounted. Meanwhile, the coach who brought him to Stoke, Tony Pulis, left the club.

“It’s more like a 9-5 job over here. In America, you’re having fun and you’re with a group of friends. It’s still very serious – you want to win – but you have that camaraderie,” Shea said. “From what I’ve seen here, it’s just different. It’s a job. You go in and you go home and in MLS, you have a team barbecue once a week. You hang with people outside the facility. You don’t really do that here. Everyone has their family, their own friends.”

Jürgen Klinsmann is saying Jürgen Klinsmann things because he’s Jürgen Klinsmann. He declared that the US should have gone further at the World Cup and bemoans the players’ mentality, apparently forgetting about the really really conservative gameplans he put out. He also played MLS fantasy commissioner and took a (somewhat rightful) shot at the league for playing through international windows. He also says that Landon Donovan’s last appearance won’t be awkward (yeah, and it’s a complete coincidence that I avoid the place that an ex-girlfriend works).

The match (which is at 2:15 PM ET/11:15 AM PT) will see the US try once again to beat the Czechs. They throttled the US, 4-2, in East Hartford in the pre-World Cup tour in 2010 (RIP, Heath Pearce’s international career and the Maurice Edu at CB Experience). They also thrashed the US, 3-0, in the opening match of the 2006 World Cup. (Also, Czechoslovakia beat the ‘Mericans 5-1 back in Italy 1990.)

Remember the halcyon early days of the Klinsi regime when he was assigning numbers for friendlies based on position? US Soccer is now releasing those numbers ahead of time. Crazy times. You can see the team sheet below.

 
Categories: Brek Shea, Tim Ream, US Men's National Team
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Links for Thursday
   July 31, 2014 (12:01 AM) by Matt Benson
 

A few link from the last couple days.

According to a report out of San Antonio, the USMNT will play Colombia in San Antonio in September.

I did a few numbers on players in the English League Championship, so go check that out.

Joe Corona scored his first goal for Tijuana since February of 2013 on Tuesday night.  Check it out here.

Sources are telling Ives that Sacha Kljestan might be headed on loan to the LA Galaxy.  The loan would last through the 2014 MLS season then the Galaxy would hopefully find a way to pay him DP money after that.  Some people are wondering if MLS might create a fourth DP slot.  But obviously this is all speculation at this point.

And it looks like Jermaine Jones is close to signing with the Chicago Fire.

While Matt Besler just got that DP money in Kansas City, Besler told Goal.com “never say never” about any potential move to Europe in the future.

Impressed by his play so far this summer, FC Utrecht signed Rubio Rubin to a four-year deal yesterday.

Andrew Jacobson was traded from FC Dallas to NYCFC earlier this week then was sent out on loan to Bob Bradley and Stabæk until they actually have a team.

Brian Sciaretta is hearing that Conor O’Brien is set to transfer from OB in Denmark to Wiener Neustadt in Austria.  O’Brien has appeared in only 16 league games for Odense since joining the club last August.

Tim Howard signed a multi-year deal with NBC to work in the booth and in the studio for NBC during its Premier League coverage when it doesn’t conflict with his Everton games.

Goalkeeper Quentin Westberg helped lead Luzenac to a second place finish in the French National (third tier) last season, earning them promotion to Ligue 2, but now their spot in Ligue 2 is in jeopardy since the town/club is so small.

Clutch City Soccer has an interview up with Sebastien Ibeagha.

Emerson Hyndman will be sporting the squad-friendly #28 this season for Fulham.  I bet he will make his senior team debut this year.

US Soccer put up a little video up on US U-20/Hoffenheim midfiedler Russell Canouse.

According to this report out of Germany, assistant coach Andy Herzog has extended his contract with the USMNT through 2018.

Meet a new potential dual-national for the US.  Hey, USSF, get on that.

Both John Brooks and Tim Ream have new away shirts for their respective clubs.

And finally, I am making my annual trip to Chicago to see family and friends (and having fun at Lollapalooza this weekend), so updates might be a little light for me, especially over the weekend.

 
Categories: Andrew Jacobson, Conor O'Brien, Emerson Hyndman, Jermaine Jones, Joe Corona, John Brooks, Matt Besler, Panos Armenakas, Quentin Westberg, Rubio Rubin, Russell Canouse, Sacha Kljestan, Sebastien Ibeagha, Tim Howard, Tim Ream, US Men's National Team
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Inside the Numbers: A look at last year’s Championship
   July 30, 2014 (6:35 AM) by Matt Benson
 

I posted some numbers last Wednesday and I thought I would post some more this week with the English League Championship starting up a week from Friday.

As the same as last week, all these numbers are coming from the website Squawka, which gets its numbers from Opta.  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 Ream is coming off his best season at Bolton, winning Player of the Year honors by both the team and the fans.  While he shifted between centerback and left back, he did his job well and without fouling opposing players.  Ream committed only eight fouls on the season in 3675 minutes played.  His 0.20 fouls per 90 minutes was the lowest rate in the Championship last season among defenders who played in at least 35 games.

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Danny Williams will miss the beginning of the season after having an operation performed on his knee.  Much like Alejandro Bedoya, Williams did a good job of putting his shots on frame.  Squawka has a stat called shot accuracy percentage, which is shots on target (minus blocked shots) divided by total shot attempts (minus blocked shots).  Williams put nearly 60 percent of his shot attempts on target and this is with 27 of his 40 total shot attempts coming from outside the penalty area.

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Duane Holmes is one young player who is looking for more playing time in 2014-15 and will likely get it at Huddersfield Town.  The 19-year-old midfielder appeared in 21 games last season between Huddersfield Town and a loan stint with Yeovil Town.  In fact, only four players under the age of 20 logged more minutes last season in the Championship than Holmes’ 776 minutes.

holmes

Another young promising player in the Championship is centerback Will Packwood.  While Packwood appeared in only 12 games in the Championship (he did play eight games in League Two on a loan stint with Bristol Rovers), he was very active when he did play.  Packwood averaged 16.17 interceptions/blocked shots/clearances per 90 minutes in 2013-14, easily the most among players under the age of 22.  Also, his 12.83 clearances per 90 minutes was also the most among players under the age of 22.

packwood

We are one week away from the Championship starting up and hopefully those four players (and Jonathan Spector, Eric Lichaj and Zak Whitbread) continue to play well in 2014-15.

 
Categories: Danny Williams, Duane Holmes, Inside the Numbers, Tim Ream, Will Packwood
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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.

Read the rest of this entry »

 
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).

 
Categories: Tim Ream
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