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.
The USMNT Gold Cup squad started up training yesterday in San Diego. Josh Gatt left his game at Molde FK this weekend with a knee injury, but still no news to report on how bad (or good?) it is as they wait for the MRI results. Cory Ashe is also day-to-day with a thigh contusion.
Here is a Google-translated article about Jurgen Klinsmann wanting Bobby Wood for the Gold Cup, but 1860 Munich persuaded that it was in his best interest to stay in Europe for preseason training.
As for another Wood(s), USMNT goalkeeper coach Chris Woods was officially named the goalkeeper coach at Manchester United. Woods was the goalkeeper coach under David Moyes at Everton, and as for the good news, will get to continue coaching with the USMNT (although he won’t be with the team at the Gold Cup).
Jozy Altidore sat down with Grant Wahl recently for this video interview. Greg Seltzer has some Jozy transfer goodies here and here. He also has some more stuff on Alejandro Bedoya and Joe Gyau. And he lets us know that US youth forward Rubio Rubin will sign a deal with FC Utrecht next spring once he turns 18.
Will Packwood is jogging for the first time since his nasty leg injury (and surgeries). Good to hear.
As for some more preseason friendly stuff from the weekend, Alfredo Morales started for FC Ingolstadt in a friendly against Maccabi Tel Aviv. And Julian Green had a hat trick on Saturday in Pep Guardiola’s first game with Bayern Munich, a 15-1 win over some fan club. Then followed that up with a hat trick on Sunday in another friendly with Bayern Munich’s senior team against another amateur team. In my opinion, there is a good chance the 18-year-old could be playing with Bayern’s U-23 team this upcoming season. He scored 10 goals in 28 league games with their U-19 team last season.
Fabian Hurzeler is training with Hoffenheim’s senior team to start out the preseason.
It looks like Borussia Mönchengladbach could be interested in signing US U-20er Mario Rodriguez to their youth team.
Here is a video interview with Aubrey Perry and Charles Renken about their trial at Nyköpings BIS in Sweden.
And finally, OT reader/frequent commenter Daniil let us know that 15-year-old Elbert Green of the Pacific Soccer Academy is down in Honduras training with Olimpia. Green was born in San Jose, California.
Houston-born Fabian Hürzeler, who has played for the US U-20s, has moved from Bayern Munich’s U-23s to TSG Hoffenheim’s.
Born in Houston / Texas German-Americans played for the U23 FC Bayern Munich and wore the captain’s armband in the U19. In the last season, the 20-year-old for the U23 Bavaria made thirty appearances in the Regionalliga Bayern and scored three times. Hürzeler has signed a two-year contract.
I would guess that he has a more direct route to the first team with Hoffenheim (who narrowly escaped relegation) than he would with Bayern (who are champions of Europe and all). Danny Williams and Fabian Johnson, of course, play with Hoffenheim’s senior team, and Joe Gyau is sort of in U-23/loan purgatory (but at 21 could probably be a teammate to Hürzeler). Hoffenheim also has Russell Canouse and Zach Pfeffer playing with their U-19s, so he has plenty of guys around to help him get in touch with his inner ‘Merican.