Joe Gyau scored a goal earlier this week in Hoffenheim II’s 1-0 victory over Eintracht Trier. The Regionalliga Südwest highlight show was finally put online this morning so check out Gyau’s goal around the 5:20 mark.
A bunch of guys saw the field yesterday, including one goal by Joe Gyau. Hopefully I will have highlights of that goal in the next two days. Tim Howard and Everton also moved into fifth place of the Premier League after defeating Newcastle United 3-0 (highlights).
Thanks to OT reader Ian for pointing this out, but Gedion Zelalem is no longer listed on Germany’s U-17 roster for their ongoing Euro qualifiers. Jeff Carlisle did some more diggingaround and got some confirmation from Arsenal that he declined the invitation. If he were to play with Germany in an official youth game, he would no longer be eligible to switch to the US at a later date since he is not a US citizen as of yet (and you can only file FIFA one-time switches to countries that you are eligible to play for when you played your first youth game, which would only be Ethiopia for him).
Now, if he were to get US citizenship, he would no longer be eligible to play for Germany, which would cause him to lose his European Union status and affect his ability to work in England with Arsenal. So I don’t see him rushing out the door to get his US citizenship at the moment. But there is still hope, although small, for him to possibly playing for the US in the future, especially with Nick Saban Jurgen Klinsmann as the US’s lead recruiter. (EDIT: Some of Zelalem’s situation noted above could be wrong, but that is how it was explained to me by others.)
“Julian would get very defensive when his brother would make fun of [his English],” his father said. “So Julian would say to his brother, ‘Yeah, well, I was born in America and you weren’t. I’m from Tampa and you’re not. You’re German. I’m an American.’”
Leeds United’s Gregory Ariyibi was sent out on loan to English League One side Tranmere Rovers for the rest of the season. Ariyibi came off the bench and played 48 minutes in a 2-1 loss to Swindon Town on Tuesday. I have also seen his first name as Gboly, but I reached out to him to see which one he wants to go by because that is how I roll.
Jose Torres was subbed out of a game due to injury this past weekend, but he was back in the starting lineup yesterday as Tigres defeated Veracruz in Copa MX action, so I guess it wasn’t serious.
Former Real Salt Lake defender Brandon McDonald has signed with Swedish Superettan side Ljungskile SK. He joins fellow Americans Aaron Nichols and Alex Horwath at the club. The Swedish second division now has nine Americans for this upcoming season, the most of any foreign country.
And finally, Brian Sciaretta caught up with Sebastien Ibeagha as he begins his career with AC Horsens in Denmark.
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.