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Monday Night Links
   December 12, 2011 (6:22 PM) by Matt Benson

Sort of like Monday Night Football, only it is not the Seahawks-Rams.  So technically, it is probably better.

Former USMNT defender Gregg Berhalter has been named the new manager of Swedish club Hammarby.  Also of note, Hammarby are partially owned by AEG (who own the LA Galaxy).  Still good to see Americans getting shots as managers over in Europe.  Here is a video interview with the new manager.

Super sub supreme Herculez Gomez has a new team as Estudiantes Tecos has sold the forward to Santos Laguna.  It will be his fourth different team in Mexico since heading down south in 2010 despite producing wherever he has been.  Herc summed things up to me on twitter.

@socceroverthere im an international sex symbol and sex sells

Well said, Herc.  Well said.

Speaking south of the border, I posted about the craziness going on in Colombia at the moment with two American goalkeepers on Friday.  As for an update, Kevin Piedrahita started in goal for the first leg of the relegation playoffs with Diego Restrepo out due to a red card in the previous game.  Piedrahita and America de Cali earned a 1-1 draw despite playing down a man due to another red card for majority of the game.  Brent Latham was telling me that most of the match reports had Piedrahita earning man of the match honors.

Latham also recently wrote about the player depth of the US youth programs for ESPN Insider.

One of those youth guys that has not been called in for any camps is midfielder Danny Barrera.  As some of you might have noticed from this weekend’s The OT Report, he made his professional debut for FK Spartak Subotica in the Serbian SuperLiga.  Eric Wynalda was gushing about Barrera on twitter last night.

Steven Goff must have been bored this weekend as he read most of the 600 pages which consist of US Soccer’s budget for the 2013 fiscal year.  He has all the details of his findings right here.  Not surprising, the USMNT loses money when it plays overseas, while it makes a lot of money when it hosts Mexico/Italy/Brazil type teams in huge football stadiums.

And finally, has more of the daily diary videos of the Generation Adidas tour.  Here is day four with Zarek Valentin, day five with Kevin Alston and day six with Omar Salgado.

Categories: Danny Barrera, Diego Restrepo, Herculez Gomez, Kevin Piedrahita, US Men's National Team

América de Cali vs. Once Caldas Highlights
   December 9, 2011 (4:51 PM) by Matt Benson

As I posted in the links a little bit ago, América de Cali were knocked out of the Colombian Clausura playoffs with a 2-0 loss to Once Caldas.  American keeper Diego Restrepo picked up two yellow cards and was sent off in the 70th minute.  American back-up keeper Kevin Piedrahita came into the game, but surrendered the two goals.  Here are the highlights.

Categories: Diego Restrepo, Highlights, Kevin Piedrahita

Friday Happy Hour Links
   December 9, 2011 (4:25 PM) by Matt Benson

It is Friday.  It is also happy hour time.  But here are some links first.

Aston Villa are holding contract talks with Brad Guzan about keeping him around a bit longer with his contract set to expire this upcoming summer.  Guzan is also set to start for Villa this weekend with Shay Given out due to injury.

Jurgen Klinsmann will earn $2.5 million a year in base salary for being the USMNT head coach.  A big of an increase over Bob Bradley’s $450,000 a year when he was in charge.

A report out of Germany has VfB Stuttgart eyeing Timothy Chandler, but it looks like Nurnberg are already looking to extend his contract.

Brent Latham has a little Q&A with Norwegian-American forward Kenneth Di Vita Jensen.

Day 3 of the MLS Generation Adidas tour video diaries is up with Kofi Sarkodie.

And an interesting situation is brewing down in Colombia with two Americans.  Diego Restrepo was thrusted into the starting goalkeeper spot at America de Cali with the team in both the Clausura playoffs and the relegation playoffs after the normal starter was suspended six months for drugs.  Then Restrepo picked up two yellow cards and was sent off with America de Cali getting knocked out of the Clausura playoffs meaning backup goalkeeper (and also an American) Kevin Piedrahita will start this weekend when they start the first leg of their relegation playoff home-and-away series with Patriotas.

Categories: Brad Guzan, Diego Restrepo, Kenneth Di Vita Jensen, Kevin Piedrahita, Timothy Chandler, US Men's National Team
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US U-20 December Camp Roster Announced
   December 9, 2010 (3:43 PM) by Matt Benson

Thomas Rongen has selected the 24 guys that will make up the US U-20 roster for next week’s camp, which includes two friendlies against Canada.

Those that play professionally outside the US are in bold.

GOALKEEPERS (2): Zac MacMath (Maryland; St. Petersburg, Fla.), Kevin Piedrahita (América de Cali; Queens, N.Y.)

DEFENDERS (8): Gale Agbossoumonde (G.D. Estoril Praia; Syracuse, N.Y.), Greg Garza (G.D. Estoril Praia; Grapevine, Texas), Sebastien Ibeagha (Duke; Missouri City, Texas), Perry Kitchen (Akron; Indianapolis, Ind.), Eric Schoenle (West Virginia; Yardley, Pa.), Ben Sweat (South Florida; Palm Harbor, Fla.), Zarek Valentin (Akron; Lancaster, Pa.), Korey Veeder (Unattached; St. Petersburg, Fla.)

MIDFIELDERS (8): Steven Evans (Portland; Troutdale, Ore.), Joshua Gatt (SC Rheindorf Altach; Plymouth, Mich.), Joe Gyau (TSG 1899 Hoffenheim; Silver Spring, Md.), Alex Molano (NK Dinamo Zagreb; Grapevine, Texas), Amobi Okugo (Philadelphia Union; Sacramento, Calif.), Dillon Powers (Notre Dame; Plano, Texas), Kelyn Rowe (UCLA; Newport Beach, Calif.), Conor Shanosky (D.C. United; Sterling, Va.)

FORWARDS (6): Conor Doyle (Derby County FC; McKinney, Texas), Dylan Mares (Louisville; Zionsville, Ind.), Jack McInerney (Philadelphia Union; Alpharetta, Ga.), Adrian Ruelas (Celtic F.C.; Fontana, Calif.), Soony Saad (Michigan; Dearborn, Mich.), Omar Salgado (Unattached; El Paso, Texas)

Categories: Adrian Ruelas, Alex Molano, Conor Doyle, Gale Agbossoumonde, Greg Garza, Joe Gyau, Josh Gatt, Kevin Piedrahita, US U-20 National Team