I like numbers and so does Greg Seltzer so he unloads some numbers at us about some Americans in Europe. I wish he would give us a full list of the all-time single-season goals list for AZ Alkmaar now that Jozy Altidore is at 30 across all competitions in 2012-13. I might also be working on something about Herculez Gomez which could be up later today or tomorrow.
Michael Parkhurst has fallen down the depth chart at Augsburg due to missing time with soreness in his knee and having the flu.
I finally found highlights of a Bahia match from down in Brazil from the weekend, but Freddy Adu remained on the bench the whole game. But Adu has made the gameday roster for Wednesday. Hopefully he sees the field and I can find highlights again.
Brad Friedel thinks Gareth Bale is good at soccer and answers some other questions.
Brian Sciaretta introduces us to Desevio Payne. Payne is a 17-year-old right back currently playing with FC Groningen’s youth team in Holland.
Remember how fun and crazy the end of the Premier League was last year? The end of the League One was also pretty crazy this year. Doncaster (second place) played Brentford (third place) over the weekend and Brentford had a stoppage time PK to win the game and give them automatic promotion to the Championship. . . .then this happened.
DaMarcus Beasley came off the bench and scored the then tying goal, but Puebla lost 2-1 to Tigres today. Michael Orozco Fiscal started for Puebla, while Jose Torres started for Tigres. Here is Beasley’s goal.
Lets start off with some site-related issues. You may have noticed that the site has been loading really slowly over the last 24 hours and has its moments like this every so often. I am currently in talks with the hosting company on trying to fix these issues.
As for the next issue, I know some of you who check out the site on their cell phone will sometimes have some “pay day loans” ad scroll across the site making it tough to read. This site is not supposed to have ads so something is secretly embedding the ads and I am still working on getting this fixed as well.
As for a minor change that is sort of “fun”. The comments now give you some Spacer Invader-like icon next to your name instead of the silhouette of the head when you post if you don’t have your own gravatar.
And finally, we are looking for a graphic designer for help with a project that could be really cool if we can pull it off. What we need help with is outside my level of expertise with photoshop. Please use the contact page to e-mail us if you are interested.
Brian Sciaretta took a guess at the names that will appear on the US roster. While Neil Blackmon takes a look at the US midfield.
If you missed it yesterday, the Gold Cup groups and schedule were released. And this has sort of been rumored in the past already, but it looks like the June 18th qualifier against Honduras will be in Utah at Rio Tinto.
The always good for a couple of laughs Jimmy Conrad did a video interview with Jozy Altidore.
Brian Sciaretta caught up with Terrence Boyd to talk about his progress at Rapid Vienna and where he stands in the USMNT picture.
It now appears that Juan Ocegueda will not be able to play for Chivas Guadalajara and he can’t be sent to Chivas USA since he would have to enter a MLS lottery so he is in limbo land.
And finally, Anthony Brooks might miss this weekend’s game due to a cold (or thanks to Google Translate, he is just really cold). And Brooks was called into Germany’s U-20 camp, although some say the U-20 team is not that serious compared to the U-21 team (the U-21 Euros are this summer) in Germany, so this could be a good thing for his US hopes.
DaMarcus Beasley scored the opening goal of the game in Puebla’s Copa MX victory over Pachuca. Michael Orozco Fiscal was sent off for two yellow cards and the game was decided in penalty kicks. Here are the highlights.
Yesterday was a slightly crazy one with stuff happening all day long. We had the US U-20 team qualifying for the U-20 World Cup, Stuart Holden made his first league appearance since March 19, 2011 and Joe Corona/Edgar Castillo scored for Tijuana in Copa Libertadores action.
As for some links.
The US U-20 team is headed to Turkey this summer for the U-20 World Cup after beating Canada 4-2 yesterday. The U-20 World Cup starts up on June 21, while the draw will be held on March 25. While they did qualify yesterday, there are still potentially two more games left in the CONCACAF U-20 Championship. The US will play Cuba in the semifinals on Friday and will be without the services of Cody Cropper, Jerome Kiesewetter, Luis Gil and Caleb Stanko the rest of the way as they return to their club teams.
One player who could potentially be on that U-20 team come June is Anthony Brooks. And Every Touch Footy decided to do a video of Brooks’ performance against Kaiserslautern from this past weekend.
As I stated above, Stuart Holden made his first league appearance in 711 days yesterday. It sounds like he did alright and was “neat and tidy”.
Edgar Castillo and Joe Corona scored in Copa Libertadores action last night, becoming the first Americans to score in that competition since Nicky Torres in 2011. And here is a photo of them celebrating after Castillo’s goal.
Sebastian Lletget scored a goal yesterday in U-21 action as West Ham lost to Wolverhampton 2-1.
Kenneth Di Vita Jensen also scored a goal, but in a friendly for Hønefoss.
Stoke City’s Robert Huth could be missing some time in the future. Does this mean some playing time at centerback for Geoff Cameron?
Sacir Hot has a blog entry up over at Big Apple Soccer about his move to Germany.
It was first reported that Columbus Crew forward Aaron Horton was being loaned out to Bosnia’s FK Sarajevo, but now it looks like he just went there for some training and is now headed to Hammarby in Sweden for a week before returning to the US.
And finally, I was sad when Aaron Wheeler left Finland as I wasn’t going to be able to post about FC KooTeePee (Greatest. Name. Ever.). But we don’t have to worry anymore as American Kevin Sawchak has signed a one-year deal with an option for a second year with the team.
Jann George is looking for a new home. He was kicked off Nurnberg for talking back to his coach. I have heard some rumblings over the last year that he is a head case.
Apparently Jurgen Klinsmann has talked to Shawn Parker about playing for the USMNT. Parker is a 19-year-old forward who has scored four goals in nine games with Mainz II this year and has even made one appearance with Mainz’s senior team.