If you are like me, you are probably being lazy on the couch and watching 2343254 different bowl games after a nice morning of soccer. Here are a few links from the last couple days.
We already know the Camp Cupcake roster, but Tab Ramos has called in 36 guys for the U-20′s January camp. Some of the “bigger” names consist of Sean Cunningham, Luis Gil, Tyrone McCargo, Caleb Stanko, Villyan Bijev and Omar Salgado.
Steven Goff has has a couple goodies over the last week. He has one post with a bunch of stuff that has been covered here already, but also has a bunch of new information like Diego Restrepo moving to Venezuela plus some little tidbits on Charlie Davies. He also introduces us to Gedion Zelalem. Zelalem is a 14-year-old who is a German citizen of Ethiopian descent who has lived in the States for more than five years. Just someone to keep an eye on as he gets older and gets closer to US citizenship.
Landon Donovan recently did an interview with Colin Murray of the BBC. You can listen to it right here. Here are some photos of Donovan back in training with Everton. I am eager to see him playing again on Wednesday.
Not that we needed it, but here is video proof that Freddy Adu is training in Spain with Rayo Vallecano.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A pretty clever title. . . I know, right? [/sarcasm]
The biggest news of the day was US Soccer announcing two USMNT friendlies for the month of March. Here is the USMNT 2011 schedule for the next three months as of today:
1/22/2011 vs. Chile – Carson, California (Home Depot Center)
2/9/2011 vs. Egypt – Cairo, Egypt (Cairo International Stadium)
3/26/2011 vs. Argentina – E. Rutherford, New Jersey (New Meadowlands Stadium)
3/29/2011 vs. Paraguay – Nashville, Tennessee (LP Field)
Those four games will be against the #15, #10, #5 and #24 teams in the country. A pretty tough schedule to start the year and get the team ready for the Gold Cup.
Nick Green caught up with Eugene Starikov and A.J. DeLaGarza for a few words. I knew Starikov went to Stetson in Florida, but was unaware that he was from Huntington Beach, California (and he likes surfing…..in Soviet Russia, surfboard surfs you).
Kenny Cooper is officially leaving 1860 Munich in Germany to return to the MLS (Portland Timbers) as you can tell from this “long winded” AP release. I think this is a good move for Cooper.
Nottingham Forest will find out the fate of Robbie Findley’s work permit tomorrow at a hearing. Manager Billy Davies and Chief Executive Mark Arthur will represent Forest at the panel hearing.
While many of the top college players in the US were selected in today’s MLS SuperDraft (it is not only a Draft, but a SuperDraft), Virginia’s goalkeeper Diego Restrepo has agreed to terms with Colombian side America de Cali.
Arch Bell caught up with Evian TG goalkeeper Quentin Westberg after knocking out Olympique Marseille in the Coupe de France this past weekend.
And finally, Brian Sciaretta over at Yanks Abroad takes a stab at the “21 tickets” for the US U-20′s roster for the 2011 U-20 World Cup that will take place in August in Colombia.
I should be able to post highlights on Saturday, but I might be a little late on The OT Report since Sunday is my travel day and airports are “easy” during the holidays. So it should be up late Sunday evening or possibly sometime on Monday.