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Archive for the ‘Brek Shea’ Category


Fulham vs. Birmingham City Highlights
   September 28, 2014 (1:21 PM) by Matt Benson
 

Fulham got their first league win of the season yesterday in a 2-1 win over Birmingham City.  Emerson Hyndman got the start and went 45 minutes for Fulham, while Jonathan Spector played 90 minutes and Brek Shea came off the bench and played 45 minutes for Birmingham City.  Here are some highlights.

 
Categories: Brek Shea, Emerson Hyndman, Highlights, Jonathan Spector
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OT Player of the Week
   September 17, 2014 (6:13 AM) by Matt Benson
 

A couple days late on this.

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Matt’s Pick – Jann George (Greuther Fürth II – German Regionalliga)

Jann George is making rain goals right now.  Even before today’s brace (which goes towards next week), he scored five goals over two games last week.  Here is his brace from the weekend.

Howie’s Pick – Brek Shea (Stoke City – English Premier League)

Brek Shea’s latest edition of Brek Shea’s Last Chance began in a positive manner, as the winger went 67 minutes and assisted Birmingham City’s lone goal in a 1-1 draw with Leeds United (highlights).

 
Categories: Brek Shea, Jann George, Player of the Week
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Tuesday morning links
   September 16, 2014 (12:02 AM) by Matt Benson
 

This past weekend was a busy one throughout Europe.

We had 12 different players score goals for a total of 15 goals.  So far, I have found highlights of Jordan Seabrook, Andrew Jacobson, Kenny Saief, Pablo Punyed and Cesar Romero.  For more information on the other goals, check out our updated goal tracker.

But some other non-goal scoring noteworthy stuff happened this past weekend as well.  Brad Guzan now leads all Premier League goalkeepers in clean sheets this season after posting a 1-0 win over Liverpool at Anfield (highlights).  He was happy about the win.

Brek Shea made his Birmingham City debut and assisted on the Blues’ lone goal in their 1-1 draw to Leeds United (highlights).  His performance was also worthy of Man of the Match honors by Birmingham City’s fans.

Julian Green also made his Hamburg debut, getting the start but getting subbed out at halftime of their 2-0 loss to Hannover 96.  By most accounts, he was pretty so-so.  Here is a photo of him in action (I really do like those white shirts).  And Hamburg’s manager Mirko Slomka was fired.

Joe Gyau made Borussia Dortmund’s bench for the first time this season in their 3-1 win over Freiburg, but he did not get into the game.

On the youth team sides, Andrija Novakovich scored a goal for Reading’s U-18 team in a 2-1 win over Brighton & Hove Albion.  And Kyle Scott scored a goal for Chelsea’s U-18 team in a 2-2 draw to West Ham United.

Aron Johannsson will never get to play a game for new manager Marco van Basten as he has stepped down due to health issues.

Forbes’ Mark J. Burns writes about how Clint Dempsey and Jozy Altidore have seen an uptick in endorsement money following the World Cup.

Andy Schreur talked to Tab Ramos about the US U-20’s trip to Argentina.

It looks like Chivas USA’s Eric Avila is headed to Santos Laguna following the MLS season.

I posted a link last week about how Mexico was going after U-17 defender Edwin Lara and now it looks like Mexico’s U-17 team is going after a couple other dual nationals.

And finally, in the event you haven’t seen AC Milan’s Jeremy Menez’s goal from this past weekend, you need to check it out.  Just dirty.

 
Categories: Andrew Jacobson, Andrija Novakovich, Aron Johannsson, Brad Guzan, Brek Shea, Cesar Romero, Clint Dempsey, Edwin Lara, Eric Avila, Joe Gyau, Jordan Seabrook, Jozy Altidore, Julian Green, Kenny Saief, Kyle Scott, Pablo Punyed, US U-20 National Team
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Birmingham City vs. Leeds United Highlights
   September 13, 2014 (7:58 PM) by Matt Benson
 

Brek Shea made his Birmingham City debut today, starting and playing 67 minutes in a 1-1 draw.  He also assisted on Birmingham City’s lone goal of the game.  Jonathan Spector also came off the bench and played 11 minutes for the Blues.  Here are some highlights with Shea’s assist at the 1:07 mark.

 
Categories: Brek Shea, Highlights, Jonathan Spector
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The weekend is finally here links
   September 12, 2014 (6:19 AM) by Matt Benson
 

A few things to get in before the weekend starts up.

Brek Shea’s loan to Birmingham City became official yesterday.  He will be with the club for three months.  Birmingham City’s manager Lee Clark also said he even tried to buy Shea permanently before the season, so it looks like Clark will give him a chance to play.  Here is also a short video interview with Brekken.

As for some bad news, Freiburg midfielder Caleb Stanko tore his ACL.  Stanko has been mainly playing with Freiburg II this season and was hoping to make his senior team debut this year.

US Soccer put up some highlights of the U-20’s trip to Argentina.  Here is the game against Racing FC’s reserves and here is the game against Argentina’s U-20 team.

Here are some fun photos of the US’s game against the Czech Republic from last week.

Noah Davis gives a basic rundown of the new youngsters on the USMNT.

Danny Williams is hoping to return to the field in November.

Brian Sciaretta introduces us to Israeli-American Kenny Saief, who is currently at Gent in Belgium.

Mike L. Goodman dives into the development of soccer statistics.

Have fun this weekend.

 
Categories: Brek Shea, Caleb Stanko, Danny Williams, Kenny Saief, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team
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Thursday morning links
   September 11, 2014 (1:46 AM) by Matt Benson
 

One day closer to the weekend.

The big news of yesterday was that Geoff Cameron underwent hernia surgery on Wednesday and will be out for an unknown amount of time.  This has been a disaster of an opening 2014-15 season for Cameron.

As for his Stoke City teammate, Brek Shea looks to be headed to Birmingham City on a loan and will be available for selection this weekend as the Blues take on Leeds United.  Shea will join fellow Americans Will Packwood and Jonathan Spector at the club.

Julian Green’s chances of making his Hamburg debut this weekend are decent as the club is battling a few injuries to some attacking players.

Berti Vogts doesn’t like when Borussia Monchengladbach manager Lucien Favre plays Fabian Johnson at positions that are not named right back.

Greg Seltzer broke out his stat notebook and has a bunch of random numbers for your viewing pleasure.  Based on the old MLS scoring system (two points for a goal, one point for an assist), Jozy Altidore’s 2012-13 was the best by any American in a top-flight league in Europe.

The US U-20 team ended their Argentina adventure with a 1-1 draw to Argentina’s U-20 team.  Zach Pfeffer scored the lone goal for the US.

Jurgen Klinsmann did a Q&A on US Soccer’s website about the young guns and last week’s game.  Remember how we beat the Czech Republic on their home turf?  That same team just beat the Netherlands, 2-1,  in a Euro qualifier this week.

Brian Sciaretta decided to do a transfer report card on seven key Americans.  He likes Johnson’s move to Borussia Monchengladbach the most and I can’t really complain.

Some horrible news for Quentin Westberg and Luzenac as the club has been denied access to Ligue 2.  The club is not even allowed to go back to the National (third tier) so it will now play in the the amateur seventh division with all current players released of their contracts.

Christopher McCollum caught up with Brandon Scott to talk about his debut season with Leiknir Reykjavík as they have earned promotion to the Icelandic Úrvalsdeild with two games remaining.

Mike Woitalla introduces us to the latest American teenager being courted by both the US and Mexico.

And finally, we are sort of a big deal in Taiwan.

 
Categories: Brad Guzan, Brandon Scott, Brek Shea, Edwin Lara, Fabian Johnson, Geoff Cameron, Jozy Altidore, Julian Green, Quentin Westberg, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team, Zach Pfeffer
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Some pre-game reads for USA-Czech Republic
   September 2, 2014 (7:32 PM) by Howie Michaels
 

The roster for USA-Czech Republic, in addition to featuring some rising youngsters, features two old faces  Brek Shea and Tim Ream  who haven’t been around a US camp for a while.

Jeff Carlisle has a piece with Ream, who has (quietly?) resurrected a career that had stumbled a bit following some poor international outings and a rough start to his time at Bolton. It’s been nearly three years (!!!) since Ream made a US appearance – we were all so young and hopeful!

“It really depends on the person, whether you really want to stick your neck out there and try it and take your lumps along the way or develop at home in a comfortable situation,” he said.

“I think for me it was a case where I had kind of run into being comfortable at New York. Not that it wasn’t difficult, but I knew that for one reason or another I’d be playing week in and week out because there was nobody to step in and do the job. It was just a personal choice to make the move and see what it would be like.”

I’d argue that it wasn’t just the Bolton move turning sour early that derailed his US career (he was really bad for the Red Bulls and the Nats in the latter part of 2011), but he’s earned his way back.

Meanwhile, Brian Straus has a nice piece with Brek Shea on his time with Stoke. It’s not a hopeful read.

He’d come from a culture where camaraderie was celebrated and where playing in Europe was the stuff of dreams. But the Premier League’s slick packaging doesn’t reveal the challenges underneath the surface. Shea was slow to adjust and as he dealt with a broken foot and then an injured groin, the frustration mounted. Meanwhile, the coach who brought him to Stoke, Tony Pulis, left the club.

“It’s more like a 9-5 job over here. In America, you’re having fun and you’re with a group of friends. It’s still very serious – you want to win – but you have that camaraderie,” Shea said. “From what I’ve seen here, it’s just different. It’s a job. You go in and you go home and in MLS, you have a team barbecue once a week. You hang with people outside the facility. You don’t really do that here. Everyone has their family, their own friends.”

Jürgen Klinsmann is saying Jürgen Klinsmann things because he’s Jürgen Klinsmann. He declared that the US should have gone further at the World Cup and bemoans the players’ mentality, apparently forgetting about the really really conservative gameplans he put out. He also played MLS fantasy commissioner and took a (somewhat rightful) shot at the league for playing through international windows. He also says that Landon Donovan’s last appearance won’t be awkward (yeah, and it’s a complete coincidence that I avoid the place that an ex-girlfriend works).

The match (which is at 2:15 PM ET/11:15 AM PT) will see the US try once again to beat the Czechs. They throttled the US, 4-2, in East Hartford in the pre-World Cup tour in 2010 (RIP, Heath Pearce’s international career and the Maurice Edu at CB Experience). They also thrashed the US, 3-0, in the opening match of the 2006 World Cup. (Also, Czechoslovakia beat the ‘Mericans 5-1 back in Italy 1990.)

Remember the halcyon early days of the Klinsi regime when he was assigning numbers for friendlies based on position? US Soccer is now releasing those numbers ahead of time. Crazy times. You can see the team sheet below.

 
Categories: Brek Shea, Tim Ream, US Men's National Team
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Tuesday’s linkapalooza
   September 2, 2014 (12:01 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Lots of action this past weekend.

Steven Goff has you covered with a weekend roundup of the bigger names in Europe.  Good to see Rubio Rubin and Emerson Hyndman both made appearances again in their respective team’s starting lineups.  Hyndmann is 18 years old and completing 91 percent of his passes this season, fourth highest in the Championship among players with 100+ attempted passes.

As for some goals, Matt Taylor bagged another two goals in Saarbrücken’s 2-1 win over Nöttingen (highlights).  Taylor has put together a nice little career in the various lower leagues in Germany, scoring 55 goals in 162 league appearances since 2008-09.

Bobby Warshaw went the full 90 minutes and scored the opening goal of the game in Bærum’s 2-1 loss to Hønefoss (highlights).  Over in Sweden, Andrew Stadler scored his 11th goal of the season in Landskrona’s 1-1 draw to Sirius (highlights).  Down in the fourth tier in Sweden, Eddy Prugh and Andy Lorei both scored in Bodens BK’s 3-2 loss to Anundsjö (highlights).  And we don’t have highlights of these goals, but Matt Eliason, Drew Jeskey, Anthony Avalos and Christian Eissele also scored this weekend and our goal tracker has some more details.  Will Packwood also scored for Birmingham City’s U-21 team.

While we had some goals this weekend, the assists might have been even better this weekend.  Bobby Wood used his head to assist on 1860 Munich’s goal in their 1-1 draw to Darmstadt 98 (highlights).  Here is also a photo of Wood from that game.  And Alfredo Morales assisted on two goals in Ingolstadt’s 3-0 win over Sandhausen (highlights).  That second one was pretty slick.

The USMNT did some training yesterday at the headquarters of the Czech Football Association.   In case you missed the young roster, John D. Halloran broke things down on Friday.  Terrence Boyd is also there in attendance despite his knee injury and Geoff Cameron has been officially ruled out of Wednesday’s game due to his injury.  I forgot to post this last week, but here is Jurgen Klinsmann’s usual post-roster release quote sheet.  Also from last Friday, US Soccer announced an October 14 friendly against Honduras.

The US U-20 team is headed to Argentina this week to play Racing Club Reserves, Defensa y Justicia Reserves and Argentina’s U-20 team.  Here is the updated roster, which features John Requejo Jr., Fernando Arce, Russell Canouse, Junior Flores and Paul Arriola among others.  Another interesting name on the list is Chivas de Guadalajara’s Luis Martir since Chivas normally has a Mexican international only policy.

We had a pretty quiet Deadline Day on the American front (aside from a dildo going into a reporter’s ear, seriously), but we had a couple moves over the last couple of days.

As we posted over the weekend, Julian Green is headed to Hamburg on a season-long loan.  And for all those soccer jersey hipsters out there, Hamburg has a decent home shirt this year and Green looks to be wearing #37.

As for some other moves, Duane Holmes is now with League Two side Bury on a loan until January.  Seb Hines is now with Coventry City until January on a short-term loan.  Gboly Ariyibi signed with English League One side Chesterfield.  And US U-20 midfielder Kris Scott has made the move from Swansea City’s youth teams to Leicester City’s youth teams.

The bigger news on the American front were the moves that did not happen.  Stoke City decided to keep Geoff Cameron despite bids from Sunderland and Southampton.  Zulte-Waregem made a bid for Sacha Kljestan, but Anderlecht decided to hold onto him as well.  And I guess there might have been some rumblings of Southampton sniffing around Brek Shea, but nothing happened (and it was likely silly season nonsense).

And before multiple more people ask me, Juan Agudelo is still without a club and myself (and many others) don’t know anything more on his situation.

Brian Sciaretta, writing for multiple outlets, has you covered with some interviews with Brad Guzan and Greg Garza.  Jonny Rico also got some audio from Garza and Joe Corona about their recent call-ups to the USMNT.

And finally, Freddy Adu is still in Serbia, still hasn’t played for his new team and is suing his former Brazilian team Bahia over alleged unpaid wages.

 
Categories: Alfredo Morales, Andrew Stadler, Anthony Avalos, Bobby Warshaw, Bobby Wood, Brad Guzan, Brek Shea, Christian Eissele, Drew Jeskey, Duane Holmes, Emerson Hyndman, Fernando Arce, Freddy Adu, Gboly Ariyibi, Geoff Cameron, Greg Garza, Joe Corona, John Requejo Jr., Juan Agudelo, Julian Green, Junior Flores, Kris Scott, Matt Eliason, Matt Taylor, Paul Arriola, Rubio Rubin, Russell Canouse, Sacha Kljestan, Seb Hines, Terrence Boyd, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team, Will Packwood
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Some links and such for Tuesday
   August 26, 2014 (12:07 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Let’s get to it.

It is starting to become my super busy time of the year at work so I didn’t have time to do The OT Report.  That said, Steven Goff has you covered with some of the bigger name guys in Europe.

We did have some pretty nice goals this weekend between Conor O’Brien and Cesar Romero.  Shawn Barry also scored in Austria as did Ariel Lassiter in Sweden.  Brad Guzan became the first Aston Villa goalkeeper to record a clean sheet in each of the team’s first two games of a season since David James in 1999-00 with two saves against Newcastle United.  And Bob Bradley and Co took down the Norwegian defending champions Strømsgodset.

At the youth level, Gedion Zelalem went 90 minutes for Arsenal’s U-21 team in a 1-1 draw.  Also at the U-21 level, Cody Cropper and Southampton defeated Sebastian Lletget and West Ham 2-1.  Here are some highlights with Lletget getting an assist at the 3:22 mark.  And Marc Pelosi has come back from his broken leg and started to play again with Liverpool’s U-21 team.

US Soccer’s website put up a Q&A with Tim Howard after he announced his year-long break from the USMNT.  Tim Howard will publish a memoir in December.  And according to our poll from last week, most people think Bill Hamid is the current #3 goalkeeper for the USMNT with Howard sitting out the year.

According to this report out of Germany, Bobby Wood will be called into the USMNT friendly against the Czech Republic.

Jermaine Jones is now in New England.  Here is a photo of him hanging out it with Robert Kraft.

NBC Sports’ Joe Prince-Wright is hearing that Geoff Cameron is getting interest from Lazio and a pretty blah list of Premier League clubs.

Various teams across Europe are interested in a loan deal for Brek Shea according to this report.

The Baltimore Sun’s Ryan Bacic wrote some words on Joe Gyau and his family.

Rubio Rubin did not dress for FC Utrecht this past weekend, but here is a video interview about his debut from two weeks ago (including some highlights from the game).

Here is another story on Quentin Westberg and Luzenac’s current battle in France.

And finally, ESPN’s Doug McIntyre broke out his latest USMNT hot list.

 
Categories: Ariel Lassiter, Bill Hamid, Bob Bradley, Bobby Wood, Brad Guzan, Brek Shea, Cesar Romero, Cody Cropper, Conor O'Brien, Gedion Zelalem, Geoff Cameron, Jermaine Jones, Joe Gyau, Marc Pelosi, Quentin Westberg, Rubio Rubin, Sacha Kljestan, Sebastian Lletget, Shawn Barry, Tim Howard, US Men's National Team
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Your Thursday morning link drop
   August 21, 2014 (12:00 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Let’s start with the Jermaine Jones late night craziness.

Orrin Schwarz first reported last night that Jones signed with MLS for 18 months at around $4 million and that MLS commissioner Don Garber gets to decide between the Chicago Fire and New England Revolution.  Ives then reported that Jones was close to a deal but the deal hit a snag after MLS couldn’t promise which club he would end up at.  They apparently agreed on a deal if he ended up with the Fire, but he wants more money if he ends up in New England, something MLS is not a fan of doing.  Then Jones himself took time away from hanging out with Charlie Sheen or Chris Brown to tweet out that he had not signed with MLS.

It was a fun time on Twitter late last night.

A report out of Germany earlier this week has 1860 Munich showing interest in Juan Agudelo.  I also like how the report brags about how many views one of his goals has on Youtube.

Also in the “showing interest” department, Greg Seltzer confirmed that FC Utrecht have contacted Stoke City about Brek Shea.

ESPN’s Jeff Carlisle did a little transfer roundup on Jermaine Jones, Geoff Cameron, Brek Shea and Juan Agudelo, some of which is already linked above.

Likely due to the increase in traffic from the US, FC Utrecht’s website has an interview up with Rubio Rubin done in English.

According to Gus Poyet, Jozy Altidore is the happiest he has ever seen him.  Yay for happiness.

Bundesliga.com has Julian Green has one of the Top 20 players in the league under the age of 20.

Jeffrey Donovan talked to Bobby Wood about his increased role at 1860 Munich.

As of last week, Gboly Ariyibi was still on trial at Burnley.

US U-20 defender John Requejo Jr. made his pro debut with Tijuana this week, playing in Copa MX with the senior team.

Kainoa Bailey has returned to the US to sign with LA Galaxy II (USL Pro).  Bailey had been in Germany with Bayer Leverkusen’s youth teams.

Roker Report is starting a “21 Under 21″ series on Sunderland’s U-21 team and here is a write up on Lynden Gooch.

Haven’t had a reason to start following the Guatemalan first division?  Now you do with Herbert Cojulun.

And finally, Brian Sciaretta gives us his 10 best uncapped potential USMNT players.

 
Categories: Bobby Wood, Brek Shea, Gboly Ariyibi, Geoff Cameron, Herbert Cojulun, Jermaine Jones, John Requejo Jr., Jozy Altidore, Juan Agudelo, Julian Green, Lynden Gooch, Rubio Rubin, US Men's National Team
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