Wow. Winger/forward Bobby Wood, who was being forced off one team fighting relegation from the 2. Bundesliga into a loan with a team that lost the fight to relegation just a few months ago, has seemingly resurrected his career after scoring back-to-back late winners against World Cup semifinalists and is apparently signing with Stuttgart. Looks like ole Klinsi busted out the Rolodex.
Stuttgart battled relegation themselves last year, alas from the 1st Bundesliga. However, they’ve been a regular presence in the Bundesliga forever. They have been relegated just once, in 1975, and have played in the top flight continuously since 1977. They won the Bundesliga in 2007 and were 3rd in 2009. So they’re a much bigger deal than Erzgebirge Aue.
He’ll join US U-23 winger Jerome Kieswetter, who recently made his first-team debut. Stuttgart also has two other guys with US ties – Gōtoku Sakai, a Japan international, was actually born in New York City, and Vedad Ibišević, while not an American citizen, lived in the US as a teen, went to Saint Louis University, and has a bunch of family here.
With Friedel retiring, that means DaMarcus Beasley is the only player left from the 2002 US World Cup roster still playing. And his Houston Dynamo did a nice prank this week.
The US U-20 team is headed to Australia to train before the U-20 World Cup in New Zealand. In case you were living under a rock this week, Gedion Zelalem was cleared by FIFA to play for the US.
If you follow the U-20ers on a regular basis, you have probably noticed that Shaquell Moore has been listed as “unattached” for a while. Tab Ramos said in a chat last week that the defender had been training with Huracan in Spain’s third division followed by Moore signing a professional deal with the club.
CONCACAF announced some Olympic qualifying details yesterday. The US will have two games in Kansas City and one in Commerce City, Colorado. If they advance out of the group, they would be playing in Sandy, Utah at Rio Tinto.
Three Americans (Oguchi Onyewu, Zak Whitbread and Jay Denny) were released by their clubs in England in the last week.
Sebastian Lletget left England last week and his agent decided to fill us in on how complicated it was to get Lletget to LA. Yay MLS roster rules!
According to Grant Wahl, Alejandro Bedoya could have some suitors in Germany and England, while Perry Kitchen is being looked at by teams in Germany, Belgium and Denmark.
Wahl is also hearing that Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood could be looking into getting a new goalkeeper, which wouldn’t be great news for Brad Guzan.
A lot of American greatness going on in Norway. Bob Bradley has led Stabæk to a tie for first on points in Norway’s Tippeligaen. The Fighting Bob Bradleys have won eight straight games across all competitions, including six straight shutout victories in league play, which is apparently a league record. Also, ESPN FC took a look this week at the various players who have become coaches after playing for Bob.
That is not the only greatness in Norway. Rhett Bernstein has had consecutive games with scoring the game-tying and game-winning goals. His four goals are tied for the eighth most in Norway and the most among defenders. Why the sudden outburst in scoring? Having his dad in town to watch him play this week probably helped.
In case you missed it on Monday, Bobby Wood went all Hawaiian Messi on us and scored a really nice goal (highlights). And now there are reports out of Germany that 1860 Munich might want him back this summer.
Luca de la Torre had an assist with Fulham’s U-21 team yesterday in a 4-1 loss to Manchester United.
For the second straight week, Andrija Novakovich has scored a goal with Reading’s U-21 team.
Will Reno wrote some words on Cody Cropper’s performance against Mexico for the guys over at Northern Pitch. He also has his April update on US goalkeepers on his site.
And for the four others that care about these things like I do, I haven’t posted leaked kits for next season much like I have in the past. But here are a few of them so far for the Premier League (courtesy of Footy Headlines).
* While we wait for Gedion Zelalem to be cleared by FIFA, here are Arsenal’s home and third shirts for next season.
* Marc Pelosi is starting to play again for Liverpool’s U-21 team and here are their home, away and third kits.
* Cody Cropper won’t be wearing a Southampton non-goalkeeper jersey, but here are Southampton’s home and away shirts.
* And finally, here is what Geoff Cameron and Stoke City will be wearing at home, while the away jersey almost looks like Southampton’s but the sash is going the other way and an inverse in colors.
As for the mid week so far, Gedion Zelalem help setup a goal for Arsenal’s U-21 team. Michael Orozco had an assist as Puebla won the Copa MX final over Chivas (Herculez Gomez watched from the bench). And Andrija Novakovich scored a goal for Reading’s U-21 team.
The US U-20 team is in Austria this week and here is their roster. They had a 2-2 draw against Qatar yesterday with the US goals coming from Amando Moreno and Conor Donovan.
The US U-23 team will take on Mexico later tonight at the StubHub Center. Here is their roster. Apparently manager Andi Herzog asked Hamburg permission for Julian Green to stay after last week’s friendly against Mexico for this game but they didn’t respond yes to him until Green was already on a plane back to Germany. Herzog also wants to create a pipeline to the USMNT with the U-23 team. And Liviu Bird’s random observation from training earlier this week, Jordan Morris has Type 1 diabetes and tests his blood sugar during training.
For those of you that miss watching grainy Youtube videos of Josh Gatt flying down the wings, we have some good news. He has been cleared to play again after a couple knee surgeries.
Hannover 96 did some shuffling around of their coaching staff and Steve Cherundolo has been promoted to an assistant.
One thing that has been overlooked by many, myself included, until the guys over at Total Soccer Show (I’m guessing Daryl?) pointed out that Jozy Altidore will have to miss the Mexico friendly due to his red card against Switzerland. I’m guessing most forgot about this since we haven’t had a red card in a friendly since January of 2012. While I thought it was stupid on Jozy’s part and also pretty harsh by the ref, Alejandro Bedoya told Doug McIntyre after the game that the ref had warned Jozy at halftime about the language.
Who wants some Freddy Adu hot links? He was introduced to the press yesterday and you can watch it here. One of the interesting tidbits to come from it (and not that shocking with some of the lower leagues), he hasn’t been paid his salary by FK Jagodina in Serbia. And I am doing my best from buying his jersey, but think about all the soccer hipster points you would get for it.
Roderick covered these in The OT Report, but a couple injury updates. Zak Whitbread is one of a few injured Derby County players the team is hoping to get back on the field following the international break. He has been out for a while with back and hamstring issues.
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.