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Gyau Looking to Make Difference at Dortmund
   August 1, 2014 (6:00 AM) by RJ DeMello
 

Over three years ago now, Joe Gyau packed up his belongings and moved to Germany to play for 1899 Hoffenheim. Now in just last month the American winger made a much smaller move distance wise, but one that is huge in the development of his career as he joined giants Borussia Dortmund.

Gyau credits the time at his first German club for getting him ready for the bright lights of Dortmund.

“It was a good time at Hoffenheim,” the 21 year-old told SoccerOverThere. “I was able to adjust to the style of play in Germany.”

The Tampa born and Maryland grown youngster spent much of his time playing for Hoffenheim’s second team in the German fourth division. He also spent a season in the 2.Bundesliga on loan to FC St Pauli where he made 15 appearances. Finally, at the very end of last season Gyau made his Bundesliga debut against Eintracht Frankfurt. He managed one more appearance, against his new club Dortmund, before the year was over.

Though his time in the southwest of Germany went well, Gyau felt that it was time to move on.

“At the end of the season I just decided that I just wanted to go to a new place, and what better place to go than to Dortmund,” he said while smiling ear to ear.

The decision was made a little easier by the fact that the famous club had expressed interest in the winger months earlier. With Dortmund interested, and Gyau looking for a new challenge, the timing was right to move to just over 200 miles to the north to BVB.

From there the transition started, and ended up being rather quick for the American.

“Everything actually happened pretty fast. I got my apartment within like the first two weeks,” he said. With a place to stay and a firm grasp on the language, Gyau was ready to go off the field. As it turns out, the change on the field was just about as easy.

When the former youth international first got to Germany his coach on Hoffenheim’s U-19 team was former US striker David Wagner. Wagner is now the coach of Dortmund’s reserve team, perhaps part of the reason why the club was interested in his services in the first place. Unsurprisingly Gyau quickly acclimated to his new squad.

“I integrated with the team pretty quick and then the last three, three and a half weeks I’ve been with the (first team),” he explained. According to Gyau, Wagner stated that, “Normally they don’t like to bring up (to the first team) players that are new signings. But the coach felt like I came in and had showed really well so he said why would he take the chance away from me to go try and show myself to Klopp.”

Jürgen Klopp is the head coach of Borussia Dortmund’s senior team and winner of Bundesliga coach of the year in 2011 and 2012. The man is widely respected across the soccer community and has been in charge of BVB since 2008.

Klopp and his staff have made it clear to Gyau just what it is they expect out of him on the pitch.

“They know that I’m a fast player so I’d be like a transition player, one that they can always try and find in behind,” he said.

The winger had the chance to showcase his speed to Klopp and Co in a three first team matches this preseason. Coming out on the other side, Gyau is happy with his showing.

“I think the games went really well… I didn’t have any cold feet or anything like that, I just went in and did my thing,” he explained calmly from his living room in Germany.

For the former Bethesda Roadrunner, scoring goals is part of doing his thing. Gyau got the start and scored the winner in a 4-3 friendly victory over 2.Bundesliga debutants 1.FC Heidenheim.

According to Gyau, Klopp’s reactions to his performances were very positive. Of course, as with any good coach, the Dortmund manager left the speedy American with some food for thought before sending him back to the reserves.

“He told me that I have a lot of potential, that he could see me being a guy that could be coming up and helping the team,” he said with his Dortmund jersey adorning the wall behind him. “I just got to work on some small things like using my speed a little bit more off the ball.”

With that though Gyau remains optimistic about his chances of being back up with the first team this season. It is clear that the winger is in good spirits about his new team and coaches, knowing that all he needs to worry about is letting his play do the talking

As he explains, “(With) Jürgen Klopp, its one of his things you know if a guy is playing well, it doesn’t go unnoticed.”

Gyau hopes that the same principle rings true when it comes to the US Men’s National Team and Jürgen Klinsmann. Over the years the third generation footballer has appeared throughout the US youth ranks at the U-17, U-20, and U-23 level. In 2012 he was called into a senior team camp before a friendly against Russia but didn’t make the game-day roster.

Unfortunately for Gyau, that is about when communication with US soccer just about ended.

Referring to Jürgen Klinsmann he said, “I haven’t really talked to him that much since the last time I got called up.”

The lack of communication from the national team hasn’t deterred Gyau in any way from wanting to pull back on the US shirt as soon as possible. He is keeping a positive attitude towards it and knows that much like with Jürgen Klopp, good play will be rewarded.

“If I keep doing the right things then I think that I will get a call-up,” he said.

With plenty of lofty goals in hand, for now Gyau remains grounded and focused on the immediate task ahead. A season, at least to start, on the Dortmund reserves to hone his skills and become that player both Jürgen Klopp and Jürgen Klinsmann can trust in their respective teams.

“I’m just trying to come in here improve my game, (and) work hard,” he said. Making sure to, “Use these games to become a better player.”

If he does just that, perhaps soon enough American fans will see Gyau back in Bundesliga action, this time in the classic BVB yellow and black.

When posed with the possibility of walking out onto the Signal Iduna Park pitch and taking on Phillip Lahm, Gyau cracks his trademark wide grin and says, “Hopefully, hopefully.”

Surely many US fans hope to see that exact scene sometime soon.

 
Categories: Joe Gyau, US Men's National Team
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Links from the weekend
   July 28, 2014 (7:00 AM) by Matt Benson
 

More than few things from the weekend.

As I posted earlier this morning, Terrence Boyd picked up a knee injury over the weekend according to one German report.  Hopefully it is nothing serious.

We had a couple goals this weekend in both real games and friendlies.  Royal-Dominique Fennell probably had the goal of the weekend in Stuttgarter Kickers’ 3. Liga opener.  Jake Keegan scored a pretty easy goal in Galway FC’s win in Ireland.  Matt Horth scored his fourth goal of the year in Leiknir Reykjavík’s win in Iceland.  His four league goals are tied for the third most in the Icelandic 1. Deild (second tier) by a foreign player.  Yay for Icelandic second division stats!

As for some goals in friendlies, Shawn Parker scored a goal on Friday in Augsburg’s 2-1 win over French side Rennes.  Bobby Wood scored a goal in 1860 Munich’s 2-0 win over Stoke City.  Brek Shea also played the entire second half for the Potters.  Here is a photo of Wood in action from the game.  And here is video of the entire first half, but of course Wood’s goal is in the second half (as well as all of Shea’s playing time).

Joe Gyau went the full 90 minutes in Borussia Dortmund II’s 2-1 win over Rot-Weiß Erfurt in their 3. Liga opener.  In the small chance he gets to play with the senior team in a Champions League game, Dortmund have some pretty basic third/Champions League shirts for this season, which is not like Dortmund.

As for Junior Flores, he is starting the season with Dortmund’s U-19 team.  He played with the U-19 team in a 0-0 draw against VfL Wolfsburg in the Ruhr-Cup (apparently Flores didn’t get the snapchat about not smiling).  There are some photos from that 0-0 draw right here.

Gedion Zelalem started and played 45 minutes for Arsenal this weekend in their 1-0 loss to the New York Red Bulls.  I already posted last Friday that he is good at basketball.  Someone already put together a “every touch” video of his 45 minutes.  It was also the US press’ first chance to really talk to him about potentially playing for the US, but he didn’t really give up the goods.

“No decisions have been made,” Zelalem said of his national team future, later adding, “They’re both great countries. U.S. is on the rise, Germany is already a great country, so whichever country I choose will be a good choice.”

Zelalem confirmed to Goal USA that he has yet to secure a U.S. passport, but did tell media at Red Bull Arena that his application for one is in the works. He also confirmed that he has spoken to U.S. national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann.

“We’ve talked on the phone a few times, but nothing advanced,” Zelalem said. “Just hello.”

Jeff Bradley also got to talk to Arsene Wenger and Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis about Zelalem.

Emerson Hyndman went 90 minutes in Fulham’s 3-0 win over D.C. United.  It sounded like both teams brought pretty weak squads to Jacksonville with the highlights coming from their new jumbotron, a pool and Carrie Underwood.

Sacha Kljestan came off the bench and played seven minutes in Anderlecht’s season-opening 3-1 win against Mouscron-Péruwelz.

John Brooks is back with Hertha Berlin and training after his World Cup vacation.

We saw the post-injury photo of Rubio Rubin last week and now we know more information on what happened.  He ended up breaking his nose and having a concussion.  He had the nose re-set and he will return to training this week without any contact.

For those of you wanting a Fabian Johnson/Borussia Mönchengladbach jersey, he will be wearing #19 this season.

One of the more likeable USMNT players of the last few years, Jay DeMerit, announced his retirement last week.  DeMerit played in 25 games for the USMNT between 2007-2011, including starts in all four games during the 2010 World Cup.  I will always remember him throwing his body in front of every shot during the US’s 2-0 win over Spain in the 2009 Confederations Cup and his somersault over the dog pile after Landon Donovan’s goal against Algeria at the 2010 World Cup.

As for a current player that I have done a complete 180 on over the last year and enjoy the heck out of . . . here is your weekly reminder that Jermaine Jones is oddly awesome.

 
Categories: Bobby Wood, Brek Shea, Emerson Hyndman, Fabian Johnson, Gedion Zelalem, Jake Keegan, Jay DeMerit, Jermaine Jones, Joe Gyau, John Brooks, Junior Flores, Matt Horth, Royal-Dominique Fennell, Rubio Rubin, Sacha Kljestan, Shawn Parker, Terrence Boyd
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A lot of linkage for Tuesday
   July 22, 2014 (12:01 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Want some links?  Well, here you go.

The big news of the weekend was that Matt Besler and Graham Zusi signed DP contracts through 2018 with Kansas City.  Besler wrote a letter to Kansas City fans explaining why he decided to stay in KC.  There are now nine current USMNT players with DP contracts in MLS.

MLS Insider did a video on the MLS players on the USMNT returning from Brazil.

No team ran more in the field (per game) than the US at the World Cup.

The US U-20 team won the NTC Invitational last week.  You can watch the entire game against Australia right here.  US Soccer also has a video up with some post-game reactions from Tab Ramos and Paul Arriola.

According to Greg Seltzer, DeAndre Yedlin to Roma is dead.  There are still other teams interested in him.

And according to Steven Goff, free agent DaMarcus Beasley is close to signing with MLS.  And something could be finalized by the end of the week.

Not really a surprise, but Julian Green was named to Bayern Munich’s roster for their US tour.  They will take on the MLS All-Stars in Portland on August 6.

Brek Shea played 45 minutes in the second half of Stoke City’s 1-1 draw to Borussia Monchengladbach in a friendly over the weekend.  According to reviews that I have read, he played well and you can watch the entire second half right here.

Joe Gyau scored Borussia Dortmund’s winning goal in a 4-3 win over Heidenheim in a friendly on Saturday.  Here are a couple photos of Gyau in action.  Kicker also listed Gyau in their top 20 players in 3. Liga for this upcoming season (if he stays with Dortmund’s U-23 team).

Duane Holmes scored one goal and assisted on another in Huddersfield Town’s 4-1 win over Guiseley in a friendly on Monday.

Shawn Parker scored the game-tying goal in FC Augsburg’s 3-3 draw to Ulm in some more friendly action on Monday.

Shawn’s brother, Devante Parker, picked up an ankle injury in a friendly against Kaiserslautern.

Rubio Rubin had to leave a game early this weekend after having a nasty collision which required some kind of facial surgery yesterday.

Sebastian Lletget assisted on a goal in West Ham U-21′s 4-2 win over a Espanyol youth team.

Danny Barbir continues to score goals for West Brom’s U-18 team.

Edgar Castillo made his Atlas Liga MX debut over the weekend and he is wearing the rare #1 for a field player.

After his World Cup vacation, Timothy Chandler is now in training with Eintracht Frankfurt.

Clint Dempsey will be on the North America covers of FIFA 15.

Jon-Paul Pittman’s quest to find a new team now sees him trialing with Grimsby Town.

Brandon McDonald and Swedish side Ljungskile have parted ways.

The Lancashire Telegraph has a story up about Adam Henley trying to earn a starting spot with Blackburn Rovers this season.

Nicholas Gaitan has been promoted to OFI Crete’s first team for this season.

The New York Daily News is reporting that 14-year-old Noah Leeds was offered a place in Sevilla FC’s youth academy.

That is it for links.  I should be posting a little stats thing tomorrow.

 
Categories: Adam Henley, Brandon McDonald, Brek Shea, Clint Dempsey, DaMarcus Beasley, Danny Barbir, DeAndre Yedlin, Devante Parker, Duane Holmes, Edgar Castillo, Graham Zusi, Joe Gyau, Jon-Paul Pittman, Julian Green, Matt Besler, Nicholas Gaitan, Noah Leeds, Paul Arriola, Rubio Rubin, Sebastian Lletget, Shawn Parker, Timothy Chandler, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team
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Hump day links
   July 16, 2014 (1:12 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Just a couple things for Wednesday.

Greg Seltzer updates us on the latest on the Matt Besler front.  Looks like he is getting a lot of interest from England and we might know an answer about his friendly come Monday.

Mr. Seltzer also informs us that Olympiacos are no longer interested in Sacha Kljestan.

Omar Gonzalez was on Conan last night and here is a part of his interview.

Aron Johannsson had successful ankle surgery yesterday.  He is expected to miss 6-8 weeks according to AZ’s website.  ArJo appears to be in good spirits.

US Soccer put up a little video of highlights while Tab Ramos, Zach Pfeffer and Andrija Novakovich talk about the US U-20′s 2-1 win over Chile from Monday.

One U-20 player not in Carson at the moment is Rubio Rubin as he was busy playing with FC Utrecht’s senior team in a friendly on Tuesday.  Here are a couple photos of Rubin.

Another young player getting some action with a senior team in a friendly on Tuesday was Joe Gyau with Borussia Dortmund.  Gyau got the start and went the full 90 minutes in Dortmund’s 4-1 win over Hessen Kassel.  That link also has a photo of Gyau in Dortmund’s new jersey for this season.

Speaking of Borussia Dortmund, it looks like US U-17 forward Christian Pulisic has also signed (or will be soon) with Borussia Dortmund.

And finally, Screamer/Deadspin have ranked all 171 goals from the World Cup.  Obviously I am biased, but I think Jermaine Jones’ goal was much better than #40.  Also, I personally think James Rodriguez’s goal against Uruguay was the best of the tournament, which they do not.

 
Categories: Andrija Novakovich, Aron Johannsson, Christian Pulisic, Jermaine Jones, Joe Gyau, Matt Besler, Omar Gonzalez, Rubio Rubin, Sacha Kljestan, US U-20 National Team, Zach Pfeffer
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Tuesday morning linkage
   July 8, 2014 (12:01 AM) by Matt Benson
 

I finally sat down this past weekend and wrote a lengthy recap with photos/videos of my trip to Brazil.  You can read it here.

DeAndre Yedlin spoke to The News Tribune’s Don Ruiz about the Roma transfer talk.  He gives some very Crash Davis-coached answers.

Not surprising, but ESPN has been getting some monster ratings for the World Cup.  A mixture of growth of the sport in the US and the US TV-friendly time zones of Brazil.

I re-watched the US’s group stage games this weekend and while Michael Bradley might have been sloppy at times, no one covered the field like he did.  And he did better/just as well against Germany as France’s midfielders.

BBC Sport ran a poll on the best goalkeeper at the World Cup and Tim Howard took home the honors.  Here is also all 16 of Howard’s saves against Belgium in GIF form.

The DTAI Sports Analytics Lab did some analysis on the group stage and put out a PDF on their findings.  CONCACAF performed the best out of any region when compared to “expectations”.

I have posted Mark Yesilevskiy’s prints before but he has done some more of the World Cup, including a USMNT one with the bomb pop jerseys.  I can’t find the article now, but there was a story from one of the UK newspapers recently about the excitement of the World Cup in the US and some Nike spokesperson said that the bomb pop jerseys have been the best selling US jerseys in Nike’s history of making them.

Here is a write up on the various fonts Nike used for their World Cup jerseys.  I love that Dutch font.

Everton’s website did a quick story on the various Americans to play at the club, including Howie’s favorite duo of Cody Arnoux and Anton Peterlin.

Fabian Johnson’s injury that he picked up in the Belgium game doesn’t appear to be serious and he should be returning to full training in two weeks.

Joe Gyau is one of eight players on Borussia Dortmund’s U-23 team who have been invited to the first team’s training camp by Jurgen Klopp.

Sacha Kljestan spoke to Michael Adubato about the start of Anderlecht’s training camp while also being open about a transfer if anything does materialize.

Shawn Parker scored a goal for FC Augsburg in a 3-0 win over Memmingen in a preseason friendly.

NYCFC’s Jeb Brovsky is headed to Norway to go on loan with Strømsgodset.  Strømsgodset currently sit in second place of the Tippeligaen, six points behind Molde FK through 14 games.

It looks like Tijuana won’t be getting a Christmas card from UCLA as they have raided Southern California for yet another player, this time US U-18 defender David Chavez.  The Xolos also had four American-born players in their starting lineup on Saturday against Leones Negros.

Alonso Hernandez started for Monterrey in a friendly against SA Scorpions FC over the weekend.

After playing with Zweibrücken last season, Irvin Raul Parra is now with Kaiserslautern’s U-23 team for 2014-15.

Also making a move this summer, Joey Spivack is now with IBV in Iceland after spending the last two seasons with Kemi Kings in Finland.

Jon-Paul Pittman is on trial with English League Two side Dagenham & Redbridge.  Pittman appeared in 10 league games last season with Wycombe Wanderers while dealing with a knee issue.

Duane Holmes will have a new squad friendly number this season at Huddersfield Town (#19).

And finally, everyone should be a fan of this team in Finland.  Seriously, Sexy Pants.

 
Categories: Alonso Hernandez, David Chavez, DeAndre Yedlin, Duane Holmes, Fabian Johnson, Irvin Raul Parra, Jeb Brovsky, Joe Gyau, Joey Spivack, Jon-Paul Pittman, Michael Bradley, Sacha Kljestan, Shawn Parker, Tim Howard
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Friday morning links
   July 4, 2014 (12:05 AM) by Matt Benson
 

A bunch of random stuff for you before the weekend.

RB Leipzig’s website officially announced the signing of Terrence Boyd yesterday.

As Howie posted yesterday, Matt Besler and DeAndre Yedlin are getting some interest from Europe after their play in the World Cup.

According to Brian Sciaretta, Aron Johannsson is set to have ankle surgery before the start of the Eredivisie season.  It is unclear when he picked up the injury or how long he will be out.

Cody Cropper signed a new one-year deal with Southampton.

Puebla are trying to re-sign DaMarcus Beasley.  According to Eric Gomez, Puebla initially thought Beasley was asking for too much money but were impressed with his play in the World Cup.

Alejandro Bedoya gave all his USMNT teammates a nice gift after the World Cup.

Could Jermaine Jones be hinting at a move to MLS?

It sounds like Jurgen Klinsmann will be looking at a lot of younger players over the next year when it comes to the USMNT.

“A good thing about this next year is that we kind of have the opportunity to see a lot of young players coming to our platform, coming to the senior team,” said Klinsmann. “We can give them time to show where they are up to right now.

“The experienced players, or the older players, we can tell them for the next couple of months: ‘Go play in your club environment, we know you inside out anyway, we know what you bring to the table. But right now maybe there’s time for the next couple of friendlies that come up and over the next year that we want to see the young players grow and see how they can make it.’”

Greg Seltzer is hearing that at least one Eredivisie team and Genk are interested in Sacha Kljestan as well as Olympiacos.

Stuart Holden will continue to work out with Bolton despite not being under contract.  He will be allowed to play in any friendly, under-21 or development squad games but if he gets healthy again and Bolton want him back with the first team then he would have to sign a new deal.

A possible good sign on the Shawn Parker front?  He lists Germany and US for his nationality on Augsburg’s website.

Here are some photos of Junior Flores and Joe Gyau in action with Borussia Dortmund’s U-23 team.  Mario Rodriguez scored two goals for Borussia Mönchengladbach against Dortmund in this friendly.

Are you buying a Tijuana/Paul Arriola jersey this year?  Heads up that he switched numbers from #47 to a more squad-friendly #20.

Tyrone McCargo is no longer with Nurnberg’s U-23 team.  He is now with SK Austria Klagenfurt in the Austrian Regionalliga Mitte (third tier).

Adam Henley has returned to Blackburn Rovers early before training camp to finish rehabbing his ankle injury before the season starts.

Europa League started back up this week.  Pablo Punyed went 90 in Stjarnan’s 4-0 win over Bangor City.  A Mix Diskerud-less Rosenborg defeated Jelgava 4-0.  Jordan Seabrook came off the bench for 21 minutes in VPS’s 2-1 win over Brommapojkarna.

Alfred Koroma has had an impressive start with Fluminese’s reserve team.

I don’t know if this link will work for everyone, but for those of you that missed PBS’s documentary on Bob Bradley, here you go.

This will probably be the best World Cup analysis you read during the entire tournament.

And finally, one of the guys I hung out with during the World Cup put together a compilation video of the trip down to Brazil.  Hopefully this weekend I can sit down and type up a post with a bunch of my photos and stories from the trip.  It really was a once in a lifetime trip.  If you are even on the fence about going to Russia in 2018, you need to go.

 
Categories: Adam Henley, Alejandro Bedoya, Alfred Koroma, Aron Johannsson, Bob Bradley, Cody Cropper, DaMarcus Beasley, DeAndre Yedlin, Jermaine Jones, Joe Gyau, Jordan Seabrook, Junior Flores, Mario Rodriguez, Mix Diskerud, Pablo Punyed, Paul Arriola, Sacha Kljestan, Shawn Parker, Stuart Holden, Terrence Boyd, Tyrone McCargo, US Men's National Team
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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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The return of links
   June 29, 2014 (11:17 PM) by Matt Benson
 

Finally back inside my OT mansion (apartment) in the humidity-free Los Angeles and was able to catch up on the internet and find some links for you guys from the last two weeks.

Thanks once again to RJ for keeping the site going while I was gone.  Feel free to join him in those World Cup prediction posts.

And thanks to David for keeping me up to date on the goals from guys in Sweden, Finland and Iceland while I was gone.  Because of him, I was able to update the goal tracker last night.  Andrew Stadler has been going off in Sweden lately, including five goals in his last four games.

ESPN decided to do a seventh episode of Inside: U.S. Soccer’s March to Brazil before the Portugal game.  I was finally able to find a version online and updated the post with all the episodes in one convenient spot.

Algeria’s Djamel Haimoudi will be the ref on Tuesday in the US-Belgium game.  This will be his third game as the main ref in this year’s World Cup.

Yahoo Sports’ Martin Rogers wrote some words on how the USMNT is becoming a fan favorite in Brazil.  From my experience of being down there, the locals did enjoy the US fans and were getting into the “I Believe” chant.

Terrence Boyd is getting interest from Red Bull Leipzig, Sporting CP and Wigan Athletic according to Greg Seltzer.  While Boyd waits on his future, he scored twice in a 20-0 win in a friendly for Rapid Vienna over the weekend.

It also looks like Matt Besler has been linked to various teams across Europe, but I could see him staying in MLS.

Joe Gyau is moving from Hoffenheim and will be joining Junior Flores at Borussia Dortmund according to Steven Goff (and Gyau was basically tweeting out all the thanks on Twitter last night).  That is a pretty big move for the speedy 21-year-old.

Andrew Wooten signed a three-year deal with German 2. Bundesliga side Sandhausen.  Wooten played with Sandhausen in 2012-13 while on loan from Kaiserslautern.

Zak Whitbread has signed with Derby County on a one-year deal.  Whitbread appeared in four league games for the Rams last season after being sent out on loan by Leicester City.

There has been a Freddy Adu sighting while I was gone!  He is in Norway doing a trial with Bob Bradley and Stabæk.  And according to Greg Seltzer, there could be some interest in Switzerland for Adu as well.

Herculez Gomez scored a goal in a preseason game for Tigres last week.

The last we heard from Oguchi Onyewu, he was looking at a couple teams in England.  As for last week, he was back in Washington training with DC United.  No clue if this is a trial or just him training for a couple days with his hometown team.

Sacha Kljestan could be getting some interest from Greek side Olympiacos.

Russell Canouse and Hoffenhim’s U-19 team won the U-19 Bundesliga this season.

I will be back tomorrow with a pre-game primer post for the Belgium game.

 
Categories: Andrew Stadler, Andrew Wooten, Freddy Adu, Herculez Gomez, Joe Gyau, Matt Besler, Oguchi Onyewu, Russell Canouse, Sacha Kljestan, Terrence Boyd, US Men's National Team, Zak Whitbread
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Hump day links
   May 7, 2014 (12:42 AM) by Matt Benson
 

A couple things for Wednesday.

The USMNT will be featured on Showtime’s 60 Minutes Sports tonight and you can check out a trailer right here.

The guys over at ESPN FC decided to guess at which 23 guys will make the final World Cup roster.  We probably should do that on this site, so maybe I will put something together in the next week.

One of those ESPN writers, Doug McIntyre, spoke to Tim Howard last week after Howard signed his contract extension with Everton.

Stuart Holden’s contract with Bolton runs out this summer, but it looks like he and the club are talking about a new contract.  Here is a also a quick video of Holden working out and rehabbing.

Howie posted about Josh Gatt’s knee injury back in March and he is now set for his second ACL surgery next week.

Omar Gonzalez had to be subbed out of the LA Galaxy’s game this past weekend with a knee injury, but it does not appear to be serious.

Brian Sciaretta likes writing so here are some interviews with Joe Gyau and Jonathan Spector.

Kristan Heneage spoke to Duane Holmes being an American and the 2016 Olympics.

Fabian Johnson will be joining Borussia Mönchengladbach this summer after the World Cup and here is what his new home jersey for next season will look like.

And there have been a lot of goals from guys in lower leagues recently, so check out the goal tracker for updated numbers and highlights.

 
Categories: Duane Holmes, Fabian Johnson, Joe Gyau, Jonathan Spector, Josh Gatt, Omar Gonzalez, Stuart Holden, Tim Howard, US Men's National Team
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A little bit over everything for Tuesday
   April 29, 2014 (12:01 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Another weekend with a bunch of goals scored.

Instead of linking all the ones that I have found highlights of so far, just check out the goal tracker for all of that.  That said, Miles Byass scored one of the better goals you will see this season over the weekend.  Patrick Hopkins also scored a goal for Sirius in a 3-1 win on Monday, but I haven’t found any highlights of the goal yet.

Not a goal, but Jose Torres assisted on Tigres’ game-winning goal this weekend.

John Brooks’ goal and strong play earned him a spot on Kicker’s Bundesliga Team of the Week.

Staying in Germany, Joe Gyau made his Bundesliga debut over the weekend, coming off the bench and playing 21 minutes in Hoffenheim’s 0-0 draw.

And Timothy Chandler finally returned to the field for Nurnberg, seeing his first action since February in Nurnberg’s 2-0 loss.

Julian Green hasn’t returned from his shoulder injury, but it looks like he did some interview with Julie Foudy this week.

Fresh off his contract extension, Tim Howard told ESPN that he plans on retiring once his contract ends after 2017-18.

Toronto FC didn’t have a game this past weekend so Michael Bradley had a minor procedure on his foot to fix a nerve issue.

Clint Dempsey continued his scoring tear over the weekend by scoring two goals (Goal 1 & Goal 2). From what I can find, Dempsey is the first MLS player with 8+ goals through a player’s first six games since Edson Buddle in 2010.

One other MLS tidbit (on a fellow USMNTer), Brad Evans played 45 minutes with Seattle’s reserve team and played at right back as Jurgen Klinsmann wants to see him play there more.

The Daily Mail did a worst XI for the Premier League season and while Jozy Altidore is not on it, he did get some consideration.

Selecting the worst forwards of this season was particularly tough, with the likes of Roberto Soldado, Kostas Mitroglou, Jozy Altidore, and Dani Osvaldo all making credible cases for inclusion.

CONCACAF and CONMEBOL have scheduled a press conference for Thursday and all signs point towards the long-rumored 2016 Copa America taking place in the US.

Fulham’s U-18 team defeated Chelsea 3-2 in the first leg of the FA Youth Cup Final with Emerson Hyndman scoring a goal.  Here is a photo of Hyndman celebrating the goal and hopefully highlights will appear in the near future.

The US U-21 team finished up their camp last week with a 2-1 win over Tijuana’s reserve team.  Benji Joya scored both goals for the US and US Soccer put up some highlights from the friendly.  SI’s Liviu Bird talked to Jordan Morris following the camp.

We have had a few U-18 players sign with teams in Europe in the last couple months and now you can add Mukwelle Akale to the list.  The 17-year-old attacking midfielder is headed to Spain to sign a pre-contract with Villarreal.

Howie posted this on Friday, but Mike Grella is returning to the US after signing with the Carolina RailHawks.

 
Categories: Benji Joya, Brad Evans, Clint Dempsey, Emerson Hyndman, Eugene Starikov, Joe Gyau, John Brooks, Jordan Morris, Jose Francisco Torres, Jozy Altidore, Julian Green, Michael Bradley, Mike Grella, Miles Byass, Mukwelle Akale, Patrick Hopkins, Tim Howard, Timothy Chandler, US U-21 National Team
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