ussoccer.com : You have stated that the door is still open for players to make their case for the World Cup roster. There are several players in Europe who are experiencing new opportunities with their clubs and others coming back from injury. What do you need to see from them?
JK : “We just want them to be on the field and build their case. We communicate with them, players like Oguchi Onyewu, Tim Ream, and Danny Williams. You have Brek Shea, who went down into the Championship from Stoke to play games and is now playing 90 minutes almost every week. You have Timmy Chandler at Nurnberg, who for six months has been doing a very consistent, good job. Jermaine Jones goes to Besiktas and will pick up the rhythm of playing games again. We follow the players that have injury problems like Steve Cherundolo, who is still having issues, and John Anthony Brooks with Hertha Berlin who is hopefully back next week. Same with Fabian Johnson who broke his arm and is hopefully back next week as well. Being in February and a few months prior to the World Cup, you want to see them all play. You have to give them a clear message that only if you pick up a rhythm and play week-in, week-out, will you complete one of the big keys in order to make the World Cup roster. That’s why we are really happy some of them now are starting to get their rhythm. This all plays a vital role in evaluating them, and then we have to make the vital calls in May.”
Someone told Grant Wahl that US Soccer spent about $500,000 for January’s camp, including the trip down to Brazil.
Oguchi Onyewu had to leave Sheffield Wednesday’s game in the last few minutes of injury time on Sunday due to an injury. Now we know that it was a calf injury, but no updates on how serious of an injury.
Some reports started to come out of Mexico about a possible US/Mexico friendly in Phoenix for April. It looks like it has some legs as Steven Goff has also heard some things about this. This wouldn’t be a FIFA fixture date so expect a lot of MLS and Liga MX players for both squads if true. The last time the US played a game in the month of April was Jozy Altidore’s hat trick against Trinidad & Tobago in Nashville during a World Cup qualifier in 2009. The last time the US played a friendly in the month of April was a 1-1 draw to Jamaica in Cary, North Carolina in 2006.
Grant Wahl and Brian Straus are both in Carson for the USMNT training camp and discuss in this video about some possible World Cup candidates with a lot to gain this week. Grant is also a lot taller than Brian.
After what seemed like two months, Maurice Edu is officially headed to Philadelphia on a season-long loan. Goff is hearing that his base salary is somewhere between $480,000 and $600,000, while Ives heard that Edu passed up some offers from Turkey and the English League Championship.
As for another member of the “Stoke Americans Loaned Out” 3×3 team (Howie gets all the credit on that one), Brek Shea’s loan with Barnsley ends on Thursday, so it looks like Tuesday’s game against Blackburn Rovers will be his last with the Tykes unless they extend the loan. There is some speculation out of England that Burnley are also interested in Shea.
Juan Agudelo made his FC Utrecht debut over the weekend and I was able to find some highlights of the match. He gets into the game around the 3:00 mark of the video.
Fabian Johnson had to be subbed out of Hoffenheim’s game this past weekend after picking up a hand injury. Hoffenheim’s press officer told Brian Sciaretta that he will have surgery on his hand and he will be out a couple weeks, while Jurgen Klinsmann told Grant Wahl that he will have surgery, but he is expected to play this upcoming weekend. Hopefully it is the latter.
Klinsmann also told Wahl that Jermaine Jones is more likely to transfer to another European team than an MLS team in the next four days.
Edgar Castillo also had a good weekend and was named to the MedioTiempo Team of the Week.
And Will Packwood was named Birmingham City’s Man of the Match by some match day sponsors for his performance for the Blues in the FA Cup over the weekend.
Speaking of the FA Cup, 16-year-old Gedion Zelalem made his Arsenal debut last Friday in the FA Cup. He became the first player to feature for Arsenal who was born after Arsene Wenger became manager. While he is likely a long shot to ever play for the US, here is refresher on his story.
No one might be hotter than Andrew Wooten right now. He scored another goal for FSV Frankfurt in a friendly on Monday. Granted these are only friendlies, but he has five goals in four games since his loan started a couple weeks ago.
The US U-17 team won the Aegean Cup Championship over the weekend. Here is a photo of the team celebrating with the trophy, while here are some highlights of their win over Turkey. Could we potentially see Haji Wright, one of the top players from this cycle, in Dortmund with Junior Flores in the future (let the speculation begin)? Yay internets!
Kevin Hoyos is close to joining the Honduran side Olimpia. The 20-year-old played with C.D. Victoria (also in Honduras) this past fall.
Brian Sciaretta is hearing that a player with MLS ties could be joining Bob Bradley and Stabæk on a trial in the near future.
To put a bow tie (or maybe a bolo tie since they are making a comeback in 2014) on the Michael Bradley to Toronto transfer, here is a good read on how his and Defoe’s moves all went down.
Finally, Greg Selzter breaks out his stat notebook for a bunch of fun numbers. I am also going to post a quick Inside the Numbers thing on Aron Johannsson later today.
I was finally able to track down some highlights of Juan Agudelo’s debut with FC Utrecht. Agudelo came off the bench and played 32 minutes in this 1-0 loss to Roda JC. He makes his entrance into the game around the 3:00 mark.
As the USMNT camp portion in Brazil nears its end, US Soccer gives us a quote sheet with some players raving about the facilitates and their off day. And the latest diary talks about the day off from training. And here is a short video of Kyle Beckerman talking about a lot of the same stuff.
Steven Goff has the latest on US Soccer’s budget for the next fiscal year (April 1, 2014 to March 31, 2015). Sounds like they might see a surplus due to the Seattle qualifier being held in such a large venue compared to the normal ~20,000 seat venue. And there is a proposal for 10 friendlies between April and November, including an April friendly which would likely see a MLS-heavy roster due to it not falling on a FIFA fixture date.
Twitter news-breaker Taylor Twellman is hearing that Nick Sakiewicz of the Philadelphia Union is headed to England/Stoke City to to finalize details on Maurice Edu’s transfer to MLS/Philly. I want Mo in Philly solely for the ability to post this video every so often.
Jerome Kiesewetter is headed to Hertha Berlin II on loan for the rest of the 2013-14 season. Kiesewetter hasn’t appeared in any games for Stuttgart II in the German 3. Liga this season so he heads back to Hertha Berlin (he grew up in their youth academy) to get some playing time in the Regionalliga.
Grant Wahl is reporting that Sporting Kansas City recently rejected a $1 million bid by Juventus for 16-year-old defender Erik Palmer-Brown. Wow. Palmer-Brown was one of 24 players who just finished camp with the US U-18 team in Florida this month.
Sebastien Ibeagha talked to Neil Morris of Indy Week about his decision to head to Europe over playing in MLS.
Brian Sciaretta caught up with promising US U-20 midfielder Romain Gall who currently plays with FC Lorient’s U-19/U-21 teams.
And let’s end this links post with a trick shot video where Mix Diskerud got involved in the fun.
We had two goal scorers on Tuesday. Aron Johannsson scored his 20th goal of the season across all competitions in AZ Alkmaar’s 2-0 win over Roda JC in the Dutch Cup (highlights). Paul Arriola scored again for Dorados in their 3-1 win over Estudiantes Tecos in Copa MX action (highlights).
Stoke City’s website finally announced the Juan Agudelo loan deal yesterday. According to that link, he/Stoke City have to wait four months from the date of the original work permit appeal hearing (his hearing was in late November) before he can re-apply for a UK work permit. Grant Wahl also spoke to Agudelo about everything that has gone down this week. As it says in the Wahl interview, it doesn’t sound highly that he will be able to play this weekend due to paperwork.
Grant Wahl also did a video interview with MLS commissioner Don Garber last week where he talks about a bunch of MLS stuff, including topics like Michael Bradley’s return, Maurice Edu’s potential return and how they haven’t been able to make it work financially to get DaMarcus Beasley back in the league.
Still nothing really new on the Maurice Edu front, but it sounds like they (MLS and Edu) are still apart on a price.
This is from last week, but here is a video interview by Oguchi Onyewu after signing with Sheffield Wednesday. Grant Wahl also got some words from Gooch. And in case you missed it, he has a “hockey” assist in his Wednesday debut over the weekend.
Brek Shea continues to play for Barnsley on his loan and he had a nice back heel pass over the weekend.
Andrew Wooten scored two goals for FSV Frankfurt in a friendly over the weekend. He has done well in these winter camp friendlies since going out on his loan.
Steven Goff told us about Sebastien Ibeagha trialing in Denmark last week. Now Brian Sciaretta has found out some more details about his trial with Aalborg BK.
He probably won’t play in their KNVB Cup match against NEC on Wednesday as he hasn’t officially passed their medical or received his work permit just yet (UPDATE – Looks like he might have). The next game after that is this weekend against Roda JC.
Utrecht are currently in ninth place of the 18-team Dutch Eredivisie, two points shy of a Europa League playoff spot (#5-8 have a playoff for the league’s last Europa League spot).
As for a wikipedia fun fact on FC Utrecht: Utrecht is the only club outside the traditional top three (Ajax, Feyenoord and PSV) that has never been relegated from the Dutch Eredivisie.