A bunch of stuff from this week and other stuff from last week that I meant to post but didn’t, so let’s get after it.
Yesterday was a good day for Americans in Europe. John Brooks continued his recent strong play by scoring his first goal since THAT goal against Ghana (highlights from yesterday). Over in Belgium, Sacha Kljestan came off the bench and scored a goal in Anderlecht’s 3-0 win in the Belgian Cup (highlights). Also in the Belgian Cup, Kenny Saief scored for Gent in their 4-1 win (no highlights found yet). And back in Germany, Alfredo Morales was credited with an assist in Ingolstadt’s 2-1 win, but his teammate did most of the dirty work (highlights).
Catching up on some other goals from the past few days while I was gone this weekend. Junior Flores scored in Borussia Dormund’s 1-1 draw to Anderlecht in UEFA Youth League action, but he had to be subbed off after 30 minutes after picking up a concussion and will miss a little time.
Rubio Rubin also scored his second professional goal over the weekend in Utrecht’s 3-1 loss (highlights).
Jon-Paul Pittman scored a goal for Grimsby Town in FA Trophy First Round action.
And while it wasn’t a goal, Alejandro Bedoya had an assist over the weekend in Nantes’ 2-1 win (highlights).
US Soccer confirmed seven friendlies for 2015 at some point last week. Plus we have reports of a possible friendly against Brazil for September.
And CONCACAF announced the venues and dates of next summer’s Gold Cup.
Catching up on in-house links, Will had a good goalkeeper discussion with four collegiate goalkeepers prior to last weekend’s College Cup. And RJ caught back up with Jake Keegan to see how the Irish promotion playoffs went (spoiler alert: they went well).
Howie posted some links about Brek Shea heading back to the US and Orlando City, but Greg Seltzer is hearing that some other Championship teams might be still interested in his services.
Herculez Gomez is headed back to Puebla. This will be his seventh different stint with a Liga MX team in the last five seasons, but he would be returning to his original stint/team where he won his scoring title in 2010.
Ventura Alvarado and Club America won the Apertura title this past fall so here are two interviews for you, one in English and one in Spanish.
The latest Jozy Altidore rumors have Werder Bremen wanting him on loan in January.
Will Packwood is back at Birmingham City and out for a few weeks after injuring his groin on loan with Colchester United.
Vice Sports caught up with Aron Johannsson to talk about finally getting over his various injuries of the past six months.
LA Galaxy forward Jack McBean is doing his annual MLS-offseason-training-stint-in-Europe with Charlton Athletic.
Steven Goff talked to Brad Friedel about a variety of topics right here. Tim Howard has also retracted some of his comments about Friedel blocking his move to Manchester United.
Dom Dwyer signed a new contract with Sporting Kansas City which will keep him in the US for a while longer. Since he received his green card in 2012, he would be eligible to apply for citizenship in 2017.
Tab Ramos and the US U-20 team is down in Honduras this week for some friendlies. The initial roster had Zack Steffen and Santiago Castano as the goalkeepers and they were both in the news this past week. Steffen signed with Freiburg in Germany, while Castano turned down the US for Colombia’s U-20 team.
Brian Sciaretta introduces us to the next potential German-American on the radar, Hamburg fullback Ashton Götz. But Götz has a ways to go before playing for the US.
Like I mentioned towards the top of this post, John Brooks has been playing well for Hertha Berlin recently and received some good praise from manager Jos Luhukay.
If you have been around this site from the beginning, you might remember the name Nate Weiss. Weiss has played a little here and there (Lativa, Sweden and Germany to name a few countries) and now he is working on getting his UEFA coaching licenses.
The Fighting Bob Bradleys will be coming to the US in February to partake in the Portland Timbers’ preseason tournament.
Joe Gyau didn’t travel with Borussia Dortmund’s U-23 team this past weekend due to how his knee has reacted lately. Probably in his best interest to take it slow and make sure everything is fine.
Bobby Wood doesn’t appear to in 1860 Munich’s plans going forward.
And finally, this photo of DaMarcus Beasley, Kyle Beckerman and Landon Donovan is awesome.