Jurgen Klinsmann has appointed Berti Vogts as USMNT technical advisor. Vogts helped out during the World Cup and with Andi Herzog focusing on the US U-23 team, it allows Klinsmann to bring in someone to help out with the USMNT. And it allows me to post this photo of Vogts again.
This past weekend had some action on the field. Fabian Johnson scored his first goal with Borussia Mönchengladbach. Aron Johannsson and Tim Ream both returned from their injuries. Roderick has you covered with everyone in The OT Report.
The US U-17 team began play at the 2015 CONCACAF U-17 Championship with a 5-0 win over Cuba on Friday (highlights) followed with a 2-0 win over Trinidad & Tobago yesterday (highlights). Joe Gallardo (four goals) and Christian Pulisic have been the US’s two best players in my non-expert opinion so far.
According to one report out of Germany, Jurgen Klinsmann might call up Ashton Götz for the US friendlies and camp this month even though he doesn’t have his US passport yet (he wouldn’t be able to play in the games but he could train with the team).
It looks like Freddy Adu could be headed to Sweden to sign with a real team according to Ives Galarcep. If true, this would be his 11th different team in his eighth different country since becoming a pro in 2004. Over that same time, I have lived in two different apartments and have had the same job.
Continuing with the rumors, this report claims Fabian Johnson has been scouted recently by Barcelona as he is one of a few players on their list of potential fullbacks since Dani Alves’ contract ends this summer.
Barcelona youngster Ben Lederman is currently in playing purgatory as part of the team’s injunction that retroactively disqualified many academy players. Some guys just got cleared to play again but not Lederman.
And also thanks to Josh Deaver, I am now aware of a second American at Barcelona. Konrad de la Fuente is a U-14 forward and he scored a goal back in early February for Barca’s Infantil A.
Bobby Wood looked good in his first two games with Erzgebirge Aue, but he had to be subbed out of Friday’s 1-0 loss to Darmstadt 98 due to a knee injury and it doesn’t sound good.
To the Google Translate machine!
The violets have to give an extended period striker Bobby Wood. The 22-year-old newcomer Winter was excreted injured last night in the game against Darmstadt 98 early in the second half. A still carried out in the early hours of Saturday at the HELIOS Klinikum Aue MRI scan revealed that Wood has suffered an internal ligament tear in his right knee. In addition, the suspicion of a torn meniscus exists.
“Bobby is foreseen for eight weeks out. This is obviously not good news for us. But we do not give up hope that Bobby Wood is in the final sprint again on hand to help us. Now we have to compensate for his loss. Our squad is broad and well staffed, “said Violet head coach Tommy Stipic.
If he does have a torn meniscus, he is likely out longer than two months and that could put a damper on Wood’s chances of making this summer’s Gold Cup squad.
Julian Green’s situation with Hamburg is odd. Bild reported last week that Green could possibly get fined for refusing to play with the U-23 team. And now it looks like Green is supposed to meet with the team today to discuss whether he will or will not play with the U-23 team.
The FA Cup quarterfinal draw was held yesterday and a couple Americans are still left in the competition. Brad Guzan and Aston Villa will be facing West Brom, while Danny Williams and Reading will take on Bradford City.
Fresh off his transfer from earlier in the week, Bobby Wood got the start and went 69 minutes in Erzgebirge Aue’s 2-0 win over RB Leipzig. Wood didn’t score in his debut, but he had some hold up play in the build up of the first goal (you can see #19 played the ball out wide in the second showing of the first goal). Here are the highlights.
Bobby Wood left the USMNT camp so he could sign with FC Erzgebirge Aue. There seems to be some confusion among the American folk (thanks to trying to translate German reports) on whether he signed a permanent deal or if it is a loan deal (I think it is a permanent deal). I think the confusion comes from most articles talking about Erzgebirge Aue bringing in two players, Wood and Román Golobart, with Golobart coming on loan while Wood signed a contract through 2016-17.
We had some goals this weekend. Aron Johannsson scored his first goal of 2015 in AZ’s 3-1 win over Heracles (highlights). In Scottish League One action, Kevin Dzierzawski scored a goal in Peterhead’s 2-0 win over Stenhousemuir (highlights). And while it wasn’t a goal, Tim Ream was credited with an assist in Bolton’s 2-2 draw to Wolves on Saturday (highlights).
And we had a few goals in friendly action this weekend. Alfredo Morales scored a goal in Ingolstadt’s 2-0 win over Shawn Barry and LASK Linz. As for Shawn Barry, he scored a goal in LASK Linz’s 2-1 win over Trnava. Babajide Ogunbiyi scored a goal in Viborg’s 4-2 win over OB. And Paul Arriola scored a goal in Tijuana U-20’s 4-1 win over Morelia on Friday. Jon Arnold was there and got some quotes from Arriola.
Staying at Tijuana, Greg Garza had to be subbed out of Tijuana’s senior team’s win over Morelia after taking on a hard tackle. He tried to play through it, but it was bothering him too much.
Alex De John is now with IK Start in Norway’s Tippeligaen. De John has made a nice jump from Ekenäs IF (Finnish third division) to TPS (Finnish first division) to IK Start (Norway first division) in three seasons.
1860 Munich forward Bobby Wood, who has clashed with management in Munich to the point that he was appearing more in underwhelming national team appearances than with his club, has finally found a new home. The 22 year-old Hawaiian will move across the 2nd Bundesliga to FC Erzgebirge Aue.
“Our goal was to strengthen our team before the resumption of matches of targeted high and be ready for the fight against relegation. Now it’s up to our entire team to take on this fight and work together to achieve our goal, piece by piece” explains FCE President, Helge Leonhardt.
Wood had been with 1860 since he was 14. Erzgebirge Aue is currently last in the 2nd Bundesliga, although they are only three points away from safety (the last safe spot is held by 1860).
Aue, at 18,000 people, is one of the smallest cities to ever host a 2nd Bundesliga club. The club was a three-time winner of the DDR-Oberliga (East German league) back in the 1950s and spent a spell known as SC Wismut Karl-Marx-Stadt.
Speaking of the US U-20 team, in case you missed it, here are highlights of their 2-0 win over El Salvador to qualify for New Zealand. Romain Gall shared the Golden Boot with Mexico’s Hirving Lozano with each scoring five goals throughout the tournament.
The US U-20 team picked up a 2-0 win over Jamaica on Sunday (highlights). They just need a win or a tie on Wednesday against Trinidad & Tobago to advance to the playoff round. It was announced during the broadcast that Kellyn Acosta will miss the rest of the tournament due to a knee injury, while Junior Flores came off the bench and played after missing a game with an ankle injury.
Also over the weekend, Herculez Gomez scored his first goal for Puebla since returning to La Franja (highlights).
As MLSE CEO Tim Leiweke explained to the Toronto Sun on Friday, sacrifice for the crest is certainly one of those principles.
The club’s head honcho told me Bradley restructured part of his deal with the Reds to help bring Altidore back to MLS. The prospects of playing alongside Altidore brought back memories that made it an easy decision.
“I think about what it has been like to play on so many big days with Jozy,” Bradley said. “We’d be standing in the tunnel and you’ll look over at him and he’ll give you a little wink.
Now that numerous teams in MLS are interested in Sacha Kljestan, Anderlecht general manager Herman Van Holsbeeckwants Kljestan to stay for at least a couple months since Anderlecht has lost a couple players due to injury and the African Cup of Nations. Greg Seltzer is also hearing that some European teams are interested in him along with various MLS clubs.
We did have some other goals this past weekend that came in some friendlies. Fabian Johnson scored a goal in Borussia Mönchengladbach’s 1-0 win over Rot-Weiss Essen (photo). And Andrew Wooten scored a goal in Sandhausen’s 4-2 win over Jahn Regensburg.