The World Cup draw is on Friday (ESPN2′s coverage begins at 11:30 AM Eastern) and US Soccer has a quick little guide on how the process will work. I have a feeling the US will be put in a tough group. Ric Flair, your thoughts on this.
Fabian Hurzeler and Joe Gyau both started on Sunday with Gyau scoring his fifth league goal of the season in Hoffenheim II’s 3-0 win over Ulm in German Regionalliga action. Here is a Regionalliga review show with Gyau’s goal coming at the 4:10 mark.
Fabian Hurzeler and Joe Gyau both started for Hoffenheim’s U-23 team on Sunday with Gyau finding the back of the net in this 3-0 win over Baunatal. Here is some Regionalliga Südwest highlight show, but Gyau’s goal can be found at the 9:03 mark.
This was from Wednesday, but Fabian Hurzeler had a brace against Hessen Kassel, scoring the first and third goals in a 4-0 win. Joe Gyau also started for Hoffenheim II. Here are the highlights with Hurzeler’s goals coming at the 1:08 and 2:45 marks.
Jurgen Klinsmann was supposed to release the roster for the upcoming qualifiers later today, but it now looks like he won’t until this weekend due to injuries. One thing we do know, Michael Bradley has been officially ruled out due to his ankle injury. Klinsi also dropped some hints while speaking to the media before Tuesday’s US Open Cup final.
Greg Seltzer thinks outside the box for two possible left back candidates for the USMNT. Don’t know if I totally agree, but worth a look.
Sacha Kljestan and Anderlecht were beaten 3-0 by Olympiacos in Champions League action on Tuesday. I am no expert, but it is tough to win Champions League games when the average age of your starting lineup is 22.2 years old.
Herculez Gomez appeared in his first league game since coming back from injury on Tuesday. He got the start and played 72 minutes in Tijuana’s 2-0 loss to Club América.
Joe Gyau and Fabian Hurzeler both started for Hoffenheim’s U-23 team on Wednesday with Hurzeler scoring two goals in a 4-0 win over Hessen Kassel in the German Regionalliga. As you can see from our goal tracker, it was Hurzeler’s first goals since May 5.
Former Hoffenheim midfielder Danny Williams spoke to Brian Sciaretta earlier this week about finding his stride at Reading.
Duane Holmes is impressing Huddersfield Town’s fans with his play since making his debut over the last two games.
RJ DeMello caught up with Chukwudi Chijindu to talk about his big goal that saved Thor’s season.
Brian Sciaretta also talked to Nermin Crnkic recently. Crnkic made some noise with the Michigan Bucks in last year’s US Open Cup and now he is in the Czech Liga.
I know I mentioned it last week, but a new USMNT project for the site should be going up on Sunday night/Monday morning. Also, we might be relaunching a series that Howie and I did like three years ago that we quit doing for whatever reason. There might also be some guest writers who participate. So be on the lookout for that starting next week as well. Just trying to add some newer stuff to the site.
The USMNT Gold Cup squad started up training yesterday in San Diego. Josh Gatt left his game at Molde FK this weekend with a knee injury, but still no news to report on how bad (or good?) it is as they wait for the MRI results. Cory Ashe is also day-to-day with a thigh contusion.
Here is a Google-translated article about Jurgen Klinsmann wanting Bobby Wood for the Gold Cup, but 1860 Munich persuaded that it was in his best interest to stay in Europe for preseason training.
As for another Wood(s), USMNT goalkeeper coach Chris Woods was officially named the goalkeeper coach at Manchester United. Woods was the goalkeeper coach under David Moyes at Everton, and as for the good news, will get to continue coaching with the USMNT (although he won’t be with the team at the Gold Cup).
Jozy Altidore sat down with Grant Wahl recently for this video interview. Greg Seltzer has some Jozy transfer goodies here and here. He also has some more stuff on Alejandro Bedoya and Joe Gyau. And he lets us know that US youth forward Rubio Rubin will sign a deal with FC Utrecht next spring once he turns 18.
Will Packwood is jogging for the first time since his nasty leg injury (and surgeries). Good to hear.
As for some more preseason friendly stuff from the weekend, Alfredo Morales started for FC Ingolstadt in a friendly against Maccabi Tel Aviv. And Julian Green had a hat trick on Saturday in Pep Guardiola’s first game with Bayern Munich, a 15-1 win over some fan club. Then followed that up with a hat trick on Sunday in another friendly with Bayern Munich’s senior team against another amateur team. In my opinion, there is a good chance the 18-year-old could be playing with Bayern’s U-23 team this upcoming season. He scored 10 goals in 28 league games with their U-19 team last season.
Fabian Hurzeler is training with Hoffenheim’s senior team to start out the preseason.
It looks like Borussia Mönchengladbach could be interested in signing US U-20er Mario Rodriguez to their youth team.
Here is a video interview with Aubrey Perry and Charles Renken about their trial at Nyköpings BIS in Sweden.
And finally, OT reader/frequent commenter Daniil let us know that 15-year-old Elbert Green of the Pacific Soccer Academy is down in Honduras training with Olimpia. Green was born in San Jose, California.
The biggest news of the weekend revolved around Robbie Rogers. The ex-Leeds/Stevenage player came out of retirement after being traded to the LA Galaxy (from the Chicago Fire). Then he made his debut last night, coming off the bench in LA’s 4-0 win over Seattle. Good for him.
While that game was going on, Club America had a dramatic comeback over Cruz Azul in the Liga MX final, scoring two goals in the last few moments, including this diving header by America’s goalkeeper. The game went on to extra time before America pulling out the victory in penalty kicks. Although he didn’t play in the game, America does have 20-year-old Mexican-American Ventura Alvarado on the squad. Alvarado only appeared in three games, but he is a champion. Last night’s game also produced this great GIF of America’s manager.
Michael Bradley ended his season this past weekend with a 1-0 loss to Lazio in the Coppa Italia final. Before that game, Greg Seltzer reported that recently promoted Hellas Verona (not to be confused with his former club Chievo Verona) tried to talk to Roma about a loan deal for next season, but Roma wants none of it.
As for some other end-of-the-season roster housecleaning. Bury has released a bunch of players including Euan Holden. Holden appeared in only one game for Bury in 2012-13.
Joe Gyau is headed back to Hoffenheim after St. Pauli declined on their option to buy once his loan came to an end. Hoffenheim have their second leg of the relegation playoffs today, so we will find out if they are staying in the Bundesliga or moving down (they hold a 3-1 lead).
Tony Taylor won’t be playing with Estoril next season as he didn’t pick up a contract extension, although his agent claims there is other interest in Portugal. Taylor scored one goal in 15 league appearances last season as Estoril earned an Europe League spot for 2013-14.
A couple clubs are “cleaning up” their crests/badges and trying to make them more up to date. Everton released this one, although their supporters are not huge fans of it. And Roma did the same thing.
Brian Sciaretta recently talked to US U-20/Colorado Rapids defender Shane O’Neill. O’Neill is on the US U-20 team that is in France for the 2013 Toulon Tournament. The US U-20 team kicks off the tournament against France on Tuesday, although O’Neil won’t join the team until after Colorado’s June 1 league game against FC Dallas.
Staying with the U-20 theme, Tom Marshall talked to Monterrey’s Alonso Hernandez about trying to make the US U-20 World Cup roster. Hernandez is also in France for the Toulon Tournament.
This has nothing to do with anything US Soccer related, but a documentary that I highly enjoyed is now on Youtube. The Four Year Plan is an unbelievable behind-the-scenes look at QPR for a couple seasons as they attempt to earn promotion to the Premier League. I believe it is on Netflix (if you want a high quality version of it), but for those without Netflix, you can check it out here. It is amazing to see them earn promotion (spoiler alert!) while some of the people involved are batsh*t crazy.
We hit a milestone over the weekend. The site is officially over the one millionth hit mark. So thanks for reading the site the last couple years.
It looks like Jurgen Klinsmann would be open to staying on as USMNT manager beyond 2014.
Anthony Brooks recently did an interview with Berliner Kurier where he claims that he will make a decision on US vs. Germany in the coming weeks.
Mr. Soccer Insider Steven Goff is being told that Bryan Gerzicich might be making a move to MLS this summer. Greg Seltzer is also hearing the same thing and adds that he has an offer from a team in Belgium.
In the “sounds about right for his crazy career” department, Freddy Adu has been at the club for about a week now and his manager at Brazilian side Bahia has already been fired.
Brian Span and Djurgården’s game against Mjällby on Monday was suspended due to Djurgården’s fans throwing beer bottles onto the field.
Want to see Michael Bradley in an Italian Volkswagen ad? Why not.
US U-20 forward Daniel Cuevas has returned to full training after tearing his meniscus at the CONCACAF U-20 Championship.
Joe Gyau did a Google Hangout with SWOL yesterday where he talked about life in Germany and the USMNT among other things.