As I promised last week, we are starting to add new content to the site aside from links and RJ DeMello started us off last week with an interview with Joe Gyau. There should also be something else USMNT-centric from another new contributor today.
Of course the weekend that I am gone has 12 goals scored by various Americans throughout Europe, so here are a bunch of GIFs of about half of those goals. The goal tracker has also been updated with all the goals.
The US U-23 and U-17 teams have been busy lately. The U-23 team defeated the Bahamas national team 5-1 (highlights). And the U-17 team are in the semifinals of a tournament in Mexico after winning their first four games (highlights).
In Europa League action yesterday, Pablo Punyed and Stjarnan are advancing to the playoff round, while Mix Diskerud/Rosenborg, Ethan Horvath/Molde and Sean Reynolds/FH have all been eliminated.
Here are some highlights of Ethan Horvath in action between the sticks for Molde II in a recent game.
I did a few numbers on players in the English League Championship, so go check that out.
Joe Corona scored his first goal for Tijuana since February of 2013 on Tuesday night. Check it out here.
Sources are telling Ives that Sacha Kljestan might be headed on loan to the LA Galaxy. The loan would last through the 2014 MLS season then the Galaxy would hopefully find a way to pay him DP money after that. Some people are wondering if MLS might create a fourth DP slot. But obviously this is all speculation at this point.
While Matt Besler just got that DP money in Kansas City, Besler told Goal.com “never say never” about any potential move to Europe in the future.
Impressed by his play so far this summer, FC Utrecht signed Rubio Rubin to a four-year deal yesterday.
Andrew Jacobson was traded from FC Dallas to NYCFC earlier this week then was sent out on loan to Bob Bradley and Stabæk until they actually have a team.
Brian Sciaretta is hearing that Conor O’Brien is set to transfer from OB in Denmark to Wiener Neustadt in Austria. O’Brien has appeared in only 16 league games for Odense since joining the club last August.
Tim Howard signed a multi-year deal with NBC to work in the booth and in the studio for NBC during its Premier League coverage when it doesn’t conflict with his Everton games.
Goalkeeper Quentin Westberg helped lead Luzenac to a second place finish in the French National (third tier) last season, earning them promotion to Ligue 2, but now their spot in Ligue 2 is in jeopardy since the town/club is so small.
A bunch of guys saw the field yesterday, including one goal by Joe Gyau. Hopefully I will have highlights of that goal in the next two days. Tim Howard and Everton also moved into fifth place of the Premier League after defeating Newcastle United 3-0 (highlights).
Thanks to OT reader Ian for pointing this out, but Gedion Zelalem is no longer listed on Germany’s U-17 roster for their ongoing Euro qualifiers. Jeff Carlisle did some more diggingaround and got some confirmation from Arsenal that he declined the invitation. If he were to play with Germany in an official youth game, he would no longer be eligible to switch to the US at a later date since he is not a US citizen as of yet (and you can only file FIFA one-time switches to countries that you are eligible to play for when you played your first youth game, which would only be Ethiopia for him).
Now, if he were to get US citizenship, he would no longer be eligible to play for Germany, which would cause him to lose his European Union status and affect his ability to work in England with Arsenal. So I don’t see him rushing out the door to get his US citizenship at the moment. But there is still hope, although small, for him to possibly playing for the US in the future, especially with Nick Saban Jurgen Klinsmann as the US’s lead recruiter. (EDIT: Some of Zelalem’s situation noted above could be wrong, but that is how it was explained to me by others.)
“Julian would get very defensive when his brother would make fun of [his English],” his father said. “So Julian would say to his brother, ‘Yeah, well, I was born in America and you weren’t. I’m from Tampa and you’re not. You’re German. I’m an American.’”
Leeds United’s Gregory Ariyibi was sent out on loan to English League One side Tranmere Rovers for the rest of the season. Ariyibi came off the bench and played 48 minutes in a 2-1 loss to Swindon Town on Tuesday. I have also seen his first name as Gboly, but I reached out to him to see which one he wants to go by because that is how I roll.
Jose Torres was subbed out of a game due to injury this past weekend, but he was back in the starting lineup yesterday as Tigres defeated Veracruz in Copa MX action, so I guess it wasn’t serious.
Former Real Salt Lake defender Brandon McDonald has signed with Swedish Superettan side Ljungskile SK. He joins fellow Americans Aaron Nichols and Alex Horwath at the club. The Swedish second division now has nine Americans for this upcoming season, the most of any foreign country.
And finally, Brian Sciaretta caught up with Sebastien Ibeagha as he begins his career with AC Horsens in Denmark.
After spurning MLS and deciding to trial around Denmark, Sebastien Ibeagha has signed with AC Horsens of the Danish 1st Division (second tier). His contract will run until the summer of 2015.
Ibeagha was born in Nigeria, but he played with the US U-20 team during the 2011 cycle.
The Duke product joins a AC Horsens squad that is looking for promotion as they currently sit in second place of the 12-team 1st Division (top two teams are promoted). AC Horsens are currently in their winter break camp as the season doesn’t resume until March, but Ibeagha has already scored a goal for the team in a friendly against Sonderjyske on Friday.
AC Horsens wikipedia fun fact: The Rolling Stones were the first band to play a concert at their stadium, CASA Arena Horsens, while Madonna’s 2006 concert had 85,232 fans in attendance.
The USMNT had a surprise addition at training today. Stuart Holden has been cleared to do some (not all) of the training. Stu told Grant Wahl that he is hoping to get back onto the field with Bolton’s reserves in late February. Good to hear.
US Soccer’s website has been updated with some goodies. They have a Q&A with Jurgen Klinsmann. A quote sheet with stuff from Graham Zusi, Michael Parkhurst and Mike Magee. And a video of some of the guys on the team participating in some graffiti with some youths in Brazil.
I posted on Tuesday about the US-Mexico friendly rumors and now there are some rumors of a game against Serbia in New York in May. I have no clue how good/bad this Twitter account is (we are now entering Rumorville), but it would add fuel to that fire: Tweet #1 & Tweet #2.
As the USMNT camp portion in Brazil nears its end, US Soccer gives us a quote sheet with some players raving about the facilitates and their off day. And the latest diary talks about the day off from training. And here is a short video of Kyle Beckerman talking about a lot of the same stuff.
Steven Goff has the latest on US Soccer’s budget for the next fiscal year (April 1, 2014 to March 31, 2015). Sounds like they might see a surplus due to the Seattle qualifier being held in such a large venue compared to the normal ~20,000 seat venue. And there is a proposal for 10 friendlies between April and November, including an April friendly which would likely see a MLS-heavy roster due to it not falling on a FIFA fixture date.
Twitter news-breaker Taylor Twellman is hearing that Nick Sakiewicz of the Philadelphia Union is headed to England/Stoke City to to finalize details on Maurice Edu’s transfer to MLS/Philly. I want Mo in Philly solely for the ability to post this video every so often.
Jerome Kiesewetter is headed to Hertha Berlin II on loan for the rest of the 2013-14 season. Kiesewetter hasn’t appeared in any games for Stuttgart II in the German 3. Liga this season so he heads back to Hertha Berlin (he grew up in their youth academy) to get some playing time in the Regionalliga.
Grant Wahl is reporting that Sporting Kansas City recently rejected a $1 million bid by Juventus for 16-year-old defender Erik Palmer-Brown. Wow. Palmer-Brown was one of 24 players who just finished camp with the US U-18 team in Florida this month.
Sebastien Ibeagha talked to Neil Morris of Indy Week about his decision to head to Europe over playing in MLS.
Brian Sciaretta caught up with promising US U-20 midfielder Romain Gall who currently plays with FC Lorient’s U-19/U-21 teams.
And let’s end this links post with a trick shot video where Mix Diskerud got involved in the fun.
Still nothing really new on the Maurice Edu front, but it sounds like they (MLS and Edu) are still apart on a price.
This is from last week, but here is a video interview by Oguchi Onyewu after signing with Sheffield Wednesday. Grant Wahl also got some words from Gooch. And in case you missed it, he has a “hockey” assist in his Wednesday debut over the weekend.
Brek Shea continues to play for Barnsley on his loan and he had a nice back heel pass over the weekend.
Andrew Wooten scored two goals for FSV Frankfurt in a friendly over the weekend. He has done well in these winter camp friendlies since going out on his loan.
Steven Goff told us about Sebastien Ibeagha trialing in Denmark last week. Now Brian Sciaretta has found out some more details about his trial with Aalborg BK.
After some delays and what not, the USMNT finally made it down to Brazil. Apparently Brad Evans has “taken over” US Soccer’s Instagram account for a while.
The always good Steven Goff dropped a bunch of nuggets for us. The US is likely to play three friendlies on US soil between May 26 and June 7. The venue and opponents are to be determined. There was a rumor once upon a time about a US-England friendly down in England, but that looks like a no go now. After about 10 different people told me that (I apparently missed that story last week), some told me (including Jon Arnold and Josh Deaver and they are good peeps) that the latest rumor is a friendly against Serbia. We shall see.
Goff was also your source for all things Sebastian-related on Monday. Sebastian Lletget might go on loan this spring. He hasn’t been getting any playing time at West Ham this season. And Duke defender Sebastien Ibeagha is expected to go on trial in Denmark. Ives also mentioned that Ibeagha turned down a homegrown with the Houston Dynamo to head to Europe over the weekend.
Like the rumor from Sunday night, Michael Parkhurst is returning to MLS and his rights were traded to the Columbus Crew.
Since all the cool kids are returning to MLS (and there will soon be no one left for us to cover on this site), Maurice Edu is apparently in negotiations with MLS for his return to the league. Also, Taylor Twellman is becoming the man when it comes to breaking these USMNT-related transfer rumors/stories.
Nothing really new to report on Juan Agudelo. There is speculation that Stoke City might sign him, but send him out on loan until the work permit thing gets figured out. I guess one of the rumored teams, Anderlecht, shot down that rumor over the weekend. Yay silly season!
Julian Green continues to score goals for Bayern Munich’s first team during their winter friendlies. He bagged another in a a 8-0 victory over Kuwait SC (highlights).
DC United’s Michael Seaton is headed to Italy to train with Inter Milan. Another one of these MLS-to-Europe offseason training stints.
According to this Swedish report, Seattle Sounders’ Corey Hertzog is on trial with Falkenbergs FF.
Christopher McCollum tells us the story of Sean Reynolds. Reynolds went from working at Home Depot this past year to now playing with Icelandic Premier League team FH, who will be playing in Europa League in 2014-15.
And finally, be on the lookout for a small Inside the Numbers thing on Matt Besler later today.
So there looks to be something with Jozy Altidore’s tweet from yesterday as Greg Seltzer talked to AZ Alkmaar technical director (and former USMNT player) Earnie Stewart, who confirmed talks between the Dutch club and the 21-year-old forward.
“We are in talks with Jozy,” Stewart told MLSsoccer.com. “He’s a good player and we have interest in him, but we’ll have to see if it can work out. That can only happen if one of our strikers leave.”
Seltzer also got some quotes from Babajide Ogunbiyi’s people about his possible move to German side Karlsruher SC. It sounds like it depends on how much money Viborg FF is going to ask for regarding the transfer fee.
American-born (and dual citizen) defender Miguel Angel Ponce is inching closer to selecting Mexico as his national team as he was selected to Mexico’s roster for this summer’s Copa America. For those following his career, this is not a total shock since he would lose his spot at Chivas de Guadalajara since the club only fields Mexican nationals. But there goes another left back. . .
2010 Hermann Award finalist Colin Rolfe is getting some interest from Norwegian side Fredrikstad after impressing during a week-long training stint with the club. No contract has been offered as of yet, but it sounds like he turned some heads while over there.
His answer (in an email response) was, “We’ll have something to say later this week.” U.S. Soccer officials later said that Gulati’s one sentence response was not intended to imply that he was planning to make a coaching change.
While most people are not a fan of Bob right now, I still think Sunil will stick with him. That said, if there was ever a time to make a change, right now is probably the best chance before World Cup qualification begins next summer.
There is a report out of England this week that former Manchester United legend and current Molde FK manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has recommended to Sir Alex Ferguson to take a look at Josh Gatt and Sean Cunningham. I know the story says “trial”, but I am guessing it would be more of a “training” session. Everything is a “trial” these days.
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.