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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.