Of course the weekend that I am gone has 12 goals scored by various Americans throughout Europe. Here are some GIFs of the ones that have video evidence of the goal. For the full list of goals, check out our goal tracker.
Matt Taylor opened up the 2014-15 season with a fun goal in Saarbrücken’s 2-2 draw to Homburg in German Regionalliga action on Friday. He also scored a goal in the team’s second game, a 2-1 win over Freiburg II on Tuesday, but there are no highlights of that game just yet.
Coming off a 10-goal season in 2013-14, Marc Heider scored his first goal this season in Holstein Kiel’s 2-2 draw to Joe Gyau and Borussia Dortmund II over the weekend in German 3. Liga action.
Fabian Hurzeler is another player who has scored two goals in the last week. The GIF below comes from Saturday’s 3-1 win by Hoffenhim II over Hessen Kassel. He also scored in a 4-1 win over on Zweibrücken on Tuesday but the Sudwest highlight show hasn’t come online for the mid-week games yet.
Over in Sweden, Andrew Stadler scored his 10th goal of the season on Saturday in Landskrona’s 3-2 loss to Alex Horwath and Ljungskile.
On Sunday and over in Finland, Lawrence Smith scored his fifth goal of the season in GBK’s 3-0 win over OLS.
And also on Sunday, Jordan Seabrook scored his fourth goal of the season in VPS’s 3-1 loss to Lahti.
Sebastian Lletget scored a goal for West Ham United’s U-21 team in a 2-1 loss to Manchester United on Monday. The goal is Lletget’s fourth of the year with West Ham’s U-21 team.
Stuart Holden is starting to train again with Bolton Wanderers and he received some good news from manager Dougie Freedman last week. It looks like Freedman and Bolton are going to give him a new contract this summer once his current contract expires.
Kicker is reporting that Fabian Johnson will sign with Borussia Moenchengladbach this summer once his current contract with Hoffenheim expires.
With a bunch of Huddersfield Town’s players returning from injury, manager Mark Robins told the UK press that they might send Duane Holmes out on loan so he can get some playing time.
Another “Jozy Altidore does more than score goals” type story out of Sunderland. Teammate Adam Johnson had some nice things to say about Altidore’s performance against Newcastle from two weeks ago.
“There is a lot more to him than goals. Against Newcastle he must have been a nightmare to play against. Genuinely, I thought he was awesome.
Even though he scored two goals in a friendly for Bob Bradley’s Stabæk last week, Michael Stephens, as well as fellow American Christian Eissele, are trialing with Swedish side GAIS.
Goalkeeper Alex Horwath has been trialing with Ljungskile SK in Sweden over the last two weeks and he was rewarded with a contract with the club.
And finally, some new jerseys got released this week. Josh Gatt, Ben Spencer, Ethan Horvath and Molde FK have some new home and away kits for the 2014 season. While Eric Lichaj and Nottingham Forest have a new third jersey for this year.
Fabian Hurzeler and Joe Gyau both started on Sunday with Gyau scoring his fifth league goal of the season in Hoffenheim II’s 3-0 win over Ulm in German Regionalliga action. Here is a Regionalliga review show with Gyau’s goal coming at the 4:10 mark.
Fabian Hurzeler and Joe Gyau both started for Hoffenheim’s U-23 team on Sunday with Gyau finding the back of the net in this 3-0 win over Baunatal. Here is some Regionalliga Südwest highlight show, but Gyau’s goal can be found at the 9:03 mark.
With a bunch of guys injured, here are the 20 players that Jurgen Klinsmann called in to face against Jamaica and Panama. Klinsi did his usual post-roster Q&A with US Soccer’s website. ESPN’s Doug McIntyre was told that there could (likely) going to be a couple roster changes after Friday’s game. McIntyre also did a story on ESPN FC about the competition heating up for roster spots.
I know some people wanted a more experimental roster for these games since they are already qualified, but there are really not a lot of games left before next May’s camp with there being only one FIFA friendly fixture date in 2014. So I could see why Klinsmann is sticking to his core group, allowing them to continue to get playing time with each other.
In some other USMNT-related news, FIFA has decided on how it will seed the teams for the World Cup. It is the host nation plus the top seven teams from October’s FIFA rankings for Pot 1. While it is still possible mathematically, it is pretty unlikely that the US can move into one of those top spots.
FIFA has also decided to fine Costa Rica $12,000 for fans whistling the US anthem before the September qualifier. So take that, Costa Rica.
In the latest in rumorville, a report from Gazzetta has the US playing in a pre-World Cup friendly four-team tournament with Iran, a team from Europe and a team from South America somewhere in the US around May/June.
It looks like BeIN Sport has picked up the TV rights to the Egypt-Ghana World Cup qualifier for October 15. It will be your chance to see Bob Bradley and his sweatpants live on TV for the first time in a while.
Sean Ingle of The Guardian has a story up on how it is hard to statistically look at goalkeepers and it has a small Tim Howard mention towards the end. In in some obvious foreshadowing news, we might have a goalkeeper review in the near future. Dramatic hamster.
This was from Wednesday, but Fabian Hurzeler had a brace against Hessen Kassel, scoring the first and third goals in a 4-0 win. Joe Gyau also started for Hoffenheim II. Here are the highlights with Hurzeler’s goals coming at the 1:08 and 2:45 marks.
Jurgen Klinsmann was supposed to release the roster for the upcoming qualifiers later today, but it now looks like he won’t until this weekend due to injuries. One thing we do know, Michael Bradley has been officially ruled out due to his ankle injury. Klinsi also dropped some hints while speaking to the media before Tuesday’s US Open Cup final.
Greg Seltzer thinks outside the box for two possible left back candidates for the USMNT. Don’t know if I totally agree, but worth a look.
Sacha Kljestan and Anderlecht were beaten 3-0 by Olympiacos in Champions League action on Tuesday. I am no expert, but it is tough to win Champions League games when the average age of your starting lineup is 22.2 years old.
Herculez Gomez appeared in his first league game since coming back from injury on Tuesday. He got the start and played 72 minutes in Tijuana’s 2-0 loss to Club América.
Joe Gyau and Fabian Hurzeler both started for Hoffenheim’s U-23 team on Wednesday with Hurzeler scoring two goals in a 4-0 win over Hessen Kassel in the German Regionalliga. As you can see from our goal tracker, it was Hurzeler’s first goals since May 5.
Former Hoffenheim midfielder Danny Williams spoke to Brian Sciaretta earlier this week about finding his stride at Reading.
Duane Holmes is impressing Huddersfield Town’s fans with his play since making his debut over the last two games.
RJ DeMello caught up with Chukwudi Chijindu to talk about his big goal that saved Thor’s season.
Brian Sciaretta also talked to Nermin Crnkic recently. Crnkic made some noise with the Michigan Bucks in last year’s US Open Cup and now he is in the Czech Liga.
I know I mentioned it last week, but a new USMNT project for the site should be going up on Sunday night/Monday morning. Also, we might be relaunching a series that Howie and I did like three years ago that we quit doing for whatever reason. There might also be some guest writers who participate. So be on the lookout for that starting next week as well. Just trying to add some newer stuff to the site.