Still catching up on life right now, but a couple links from the last couple days.
Tony Taylor scored a goal from the penalty spot earlier today (technically yesterday) in Atletico CP’s 2-2 draw. Still looking for some highlights. Speaking of Taylor, Nick Leyden recently talked to Taylor.
While the Red Bulls have come out to the press in recent weeks about not wanting to sell Tim Ream, some British press is claiming that Bolton “are confident” on landing the center back. The Shin Guardian gives some thoughts on the possible move.
Steven Goff tweeted the other day that Odense U-17 winger Sebastian Clark is going to trial at Fulham according to Clark’s dad. Clark holds US and Denmark passports as he was born in Atlanta, but grew up in Denmark. So he is one player to keep an eye on.
Speaking of Odense, Greg Seltzer has heard that the Danish club might put in a January offer for San Jose Earthquakes forward Chris Wondolowski.
One player who will not be playing in Europe in the near future is U-23 midfielder Kelyn Rowe. Rowe, who spent some time last year traveling Europe trialing/training with various clubs, has signed a Generation Adidas deal with MLS.
And finally, I sort of think this is a non-story (or at least not a big deal), but still wanted to point it out as others have. That said, Preston Zimmerman took to twitter to disagree with the current set-up/surroundings regarding the USMNT.
Andrew Vorce caught up with goalkeeper Dominic Cervi to talk about his loan move to Greenock Morton.
I know there has some been some internet chatter about Tim Ream possibly going out on loan to West Brom the last couple days, but Red Bulls GM Erik Soler denies all those rumors.
“Tim is going to play for us next year,” Soler said. “I met with him, as I did with every single player after the season, and my message was very clear, that we would like him to go on those two training sessions to gain experience, and also to have a personal benchmark on what the mid or lower Premier League would feel like. Apart from that, we have absolutely no other plans than him returning here and gaining some experience that will be good for us.”
The guys over at The Yanks Are Coming have their latest USMNT 23 for 2014 power rankings up. It is always interesting to look at these now. Then laugh at them once 2014 hits and players like Herculez Gomez burst onto the scene in the last six months.
The MLS Generation Adidas team claimed a victory on Tuesday, defeating second-division club FC Volendam 3-2. Here are the highlights. The goals came by Dilly Duka, Will Bruin and Omar Salgado. Also, here is day seven of the video diaries with Dilly Duka.
Agudelo is the first U.S. player to appear in a CONCACAF Gold Cup match prior to his 19th birthday, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Agudelo (18 years, 196 days) broke the mark held by DaMarcus Beasley in 2002 (19 years, 240 days).
As for my “expert opinion”. I see another US 2-0 victory with goals by Juan Agudelo and Clint Dempsey.
Now for some non-Gold Cup news.
Greg Seltzer is hearing that Belgian side Club Brugge have begun talks with Örebro SK over a fee to obtain Alejandro Bedoya.
The Kelyn Rowe traveling trial show in France and Germany has come to an end with Rowe returning to UCLA to start his sophomore year next fall rather than a team over there (hey, that is our site name!) picking him up.
I believe these quotes came from one of the Studio 90 videos or something else I read over the last two weeks, but Jonathan Spector is at least looking at options in the Bundesliga to go along with his offer to re-sign with West Ham.
Here is an interview with everyone’s favorite Norwegian-born American attacking midfielder Mikkel Diskerud.
And finally, for those with ESPN Insider ($), they have an article up about Gale Agbossoumonde. You are not missing a whole lot, but they generally talk about how he is very athletic, but needs to work on the mental side of the game.
“My first two days at Stade Rennes have been great,” Rowe told YA from France. “The club and players have been nothing but welcoming. I had a good training the first day [Tuesday] with a fitness test after, and a scrimmage today [Wednesday] that I showed myself fairly well.”
It also looks like he is headed to Germany after his stay in France.
Greg Seltzer got confirmation from Nottingham Forest officials that Robbie Findley is back in training with the first team. He is not in game shape, but they are hopeful that he can see the field before the promotion playoffs.
Derby County are winners of the 2010-11 Derbyshire Senior Cup (a local cup competition for teams based in the county of Derbyshire) after defeating Buxton 5-0 in the final earlier today. One of those goal scorers, U-20 forward Conor Doyle.
After trialing with numerous teams across England over the last two seasons, Devann Yao has finally found a home and it is with Royal Boussu Dour Borinage in the Belgian second division. RBDB are currently in 15th place out of 18 teams in the second division with two games left to be played, one spot ahead of a relegation playoff spot (they are tied with K.V.K. Tienen on points, but have a much better goal differential).
As for a couple website updates. I am going on vacation tomorrow morning to Panama until Monday evening and will not be around a computer during my stay (a much needed vacation), so don’t expect a lot of highlights or the OT Report this weekend. With that said, Howie will be in charge of things if anything major happens. Also, Howie has finally decided to join the twitter world (or at least an account tied to this site), so you can follow him here: @howardthedrake.
While the CONCACAF U-20 Championships ended in a stunning upset for the US, there is life after Guatemala for the members of that team. While most of the team has returned to their respective club teams, some of the college players have begun to consider their own professional opportunities.
After a freshman season at UCLA where he scored 10 goals and added 7 assists, Kelyn Rowe was one of a handful of college players to make the qualifying roster. He scored two goals in three matches in Guatemala, including a brace against Panama. Now, he is training with his hometown Seattle Sounders and preparing to explore some opportunities in Europe:
I just needed some extra training. Sigi was nice enough to let me come out for a little bit. The U-20s was great, a lot of fun. Unfortunately there were goals we couldn’t stop in the loss against Guatemala, but that’s fine. Now I’m looking to go to France and Germany to go on some trials there.
Rowe would be a strong candidate to be the top draft pick in next year’s MLS SuperDraft if he chooses to stay in the U.S. I like seeing young players in our domestic league, but I can hardly blame someone for pursuing opportunities in Europe. Some guys have made similar trips and landed in great positions (Josh Gatt comes to mind, tearing up the 2nd division of Austria before landing in Norway).
It will be interesting to see how this goes for him. I would hope he finds a place where he can at least be in the mix for the first team (which means that the 2nd division might not be a bad place). In terms of development, I’m not sure that the Antonin Peterlin/Cody Arnoux experience (wasting a year on the bench of a mid-table club) or winding up with a team’s U-23s would be better than another season of college and jumping to MLS would be.
Starting in England, Wycombe Wanderers manager Gary Waddock says Jon-Paul Pittman is not fully ready to return to first-team action. Sounds like Wycombe’s reserve match on February 8 against Crawley Town is the new target date for his return to the field for some actual game action.
Mike Grella has returned from his loan spell at Carlisle United and is now playing with Leeds United’s reserve squad. Grella scored a goal in Leeds’ 3-0 victory over Scunthorpe United’s reserve team on Tuesday.
Forward-turned-defender Sebastian Harris is at the end of his loan deal to Stafford Rangers and should be returning to Northampton Town, although it sounds like he could be going out on loan again, but to another English Conference North team Nuneaton Town.
It seems like a million years ago since Clarence Goodson signed with Brøndby IF, but he finally trained with the team for the first time this week. Here is a quick recap of that with some comments made by his new coach Henrik Jensen.
And it seems like a trillion years ago since we last talked about Lee Nguyen. The Vietnamese V-League starts up soon and here is a little story on Nguyen’s current team Binh Duong.