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A lot of linkage for Tuesday
   July 22, 2014 (12:01 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Want some links?  Well, here you go.

The big news of the weekend was that Matt Besler and Graham Zusi signed DP contracts through 2018 with Kansas City.  Besler wrote a letter to Kansas City fans explaining why he decided to stay in KC.  There are now nine current USMNT players with DP contracts in MLS.

MLS Insider did a video on the MLS players on the USMNT returning from Brazil.

No team ran more in the field (per game) than the US at the World Cup.

The US U-20 team won the NTC Invitational last week.  You can watch the entire game against Australia right here.  US Soccer also has a video up with some post-game reactions from Tab Ramos and Paul Arriola.

According to Greg Seltzer, DeAndre Yedlin to Roma is dead.  There are still other teams interested in him.

And according to Steven Goff, free agent DaMarcus Beasley is close to signing with MLS.  And something could be finalized by the end of the week.

Not really a surprise, but Julian Green was named to Bayern Munich’s roster for their US tour.  They will take on the MLS All-Stars in Portland on August 6.

Brek Shea played 45 minutes in the second half of Stoke City’s 1-1 draw to Borussia Monchengladbach in a friendly over the weekend.  According to reviews that I have read, he played well and you can watch the entire second half right here.

Joe Gyau scored Borussia Dortmund’s winning goal in a 4-3 win over Heidenheim in a friendly on Saturday.  Here are a couple photos of Gyau in action.  Kicker also listed Gyau in their top 20 players in 3. Liga for this upcoming season (if he stays with Dortmund’s U-23 team).

Duane Holmes scored one goal and assisted on another in Huddersfield Town’s 4-1 win over Guiseley in a friendly on Monday.

Shawn Parker scored the game-tying goal in FC Augsburg’s 3-3 draw to Ulm in some more friendly action on Monday.

Shawn’s brother, Devante Parker, picked up an ankle injury in a friendly against Kaiserslautern.

Rubio Rubin had to leave a game early this weekend after having a nasty collision which required some kind of facial surgery yesterday.

Sebastian Lletget assisted on a goal in West Ham U-21′s 4-2 win over a Espanyol youth team.

Danny Barbir continues to score goals for West Brom’s U-18 team.

Edgar Castillo made his Atlas Liga MX debut over the weekend and he is wearing the rare #1 for a field player.

After his World Cup vacation, Timothy Chandler is now in training with Eintracht Frankfurt.

Clint Dempsey will be on the North America covers of FIFA 15.

Jon-Paul Pittman’s quest to find a new team now sees him trialing with Grimsby Town.

Brandon McDonald and Swedish side Ljungskile have parted ways.

The Lancashire Telegraph has a story up about Adam Henley trying to earn a starting spot with Blackburn Rovers this season.

Nicholas Gaitan has been promoted to OFI Crete’s first team for this season.

The New York Daily News is reporting that 14-year-old Noah Leeds was offered a place in Sevilla FC’s youth academy.

That is it for links.  I should be posting a little stats thing tomorrow.

 
Categories: Adam Henley, Brandon McDonald, Brek Shea, Clint Dempsey, DaMarcus Beasley, Danny Barbir, DeAndre Yedlin, Devante Parker, Duane Holmes, Edgar Castillo, Graham Zusi, Joe Gyau, Jon-Paul Pittman, Julian Green, Matt Besler, Nicholas Gaitan, Noah Leeds, Paul Arriola, Rubio Rubin, Sebastian Lletget, Shawn Parker, Timothy Chandler, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team
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Even more new kits for 2014-15
   July 9, 2014 (9:45 AM) by Matt Benson
 

I have already done two posts before on this subject (here and here), but we have some even more new kits/jerseys/shirts/whatever you want to call them.

So check out after the jump to see new kits for many teams featuring Americans in 2014-15.

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Categories: Alfredo Morales, Aron Johannsson, Bobby Wood, Danny Williams, Eric Lichaj, Eugene Starikov, Fabian Hurzeler, Jonathan Spector, Jozy Altidore, Timothy Chandler, Zak Whitbread
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Thursday morning linkage
   June 12, 2014 (1:12 AM) by Matt Benson
 

The World Cup is finally here!

The USMNT is training away at Sao Paulo FC’s training grounds.  And there is a reason why they are staying so far away from their games (which I think is not that big of a deal), the place looks really nice.

The big news from yesterday was that Belgium canceled Thursday’s closed-door scrimmage against the US due to concerns over traveling in Sao Paulo.  Belgium is staying 40 miles away from the US and doesn’t want to risk sitting on a bus for five hours due to traffic and the possible subway strike.

Timothy Chandler was held out of training on Wednesday after picking up a knock on Tuesday, but it sounds minor and was only precautionary.

US Soccer’s website has a Q&A with Alejandro Bedoya.  Could Jermaine Jones and Michael Bradley be related?  (No.)

The big non-USMNT related news from yesterday is how bad the field looks in Manaus.  A bad field in hot weather conditions?  Sounds like a typical CONCACAF game to me.  Oh yeah, Natal is struggling to get ready for Friday’s opening game between Mexico and Cameroon.  There is a decent chance that I will be sitting in one of those temporary seats in the upper deck on Monday.  Good times await.

Getting back to the USMNT, the official World Cup patches went on the jerseys last night.

Want some tactical breakdowns of the USMNT?  Zonal Marking and SI’s Liviu Bird have you covered.  Go read those, you will feel smarter.

Bob Bradley was kind enough to give his scouting report of Ghana in this MLS video.  Speaking of Ghana, OT Twitter-friend Zack Goldman wrote about the US’s need to beat Ghana for the UK’s Metro.

ESPN has decided to go “all-in” on the “I Believe” chant with this latest tribute/commercial for the American Outlaws.

In case you haven’t seen any or all of ESPN’s Inside: U.S. Soccer’s March to Brazil, here are all six episodes in one place.  Also, I brought back our US World Cup history posts from the 2010 World Cup.

Landon Donovan still has a good sense of humor.

Moving onto other/club news.

Travis Clark is working on a feature on Clint Dempsey and got a great quote about his time at Furman.

Greg Seltzer has some possible transfer goodies/gossip on Benny Feilhaber and Alejandro Bedoya.

Our latest British newspaper transfer rumor of the day involves Terrence Boyd and Wigan Athletic.  Yay silly season!

Reading FC officially announced the signing of US U-20 prospect Andrija Novakovich.

Justin Moose scored his third goal of the season yesterday in Finland and you can check it out here.

Ryan Gracia was last seen in Sweden with Nyköping last season, but it looks like the 24-year-old midfielder has moved on to Balma SC in France.

And this could be my last post for the next 48 hours as I head to Brazil on Friday.  We will have a new addition to the site who will be starting a new series throughout the World Cup beginning with later today, so be on the lookout for that.

 
Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Andrija Novakovich, Benny Feilhaber, Bob Bradley, Clint Dempsey, Jermaine Jones, Justin Moose, Landon Donovan, Michael Bradley, Ryan Gracia, Terrence Boyd, Timothy Chandler, US Men's National Team
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Friday morning links
   June 6, 2014 (1:14 AM) by Matt Benson
 

What do you know?  I have some links on the World Cup.

The final FIFA rankings before the World Cup came out yesterday and the US moved up to #13.  Germany stayed at #2 while Portugal dropped one spot to #4 and Ghana moved up one spot to #37.

SB Nation decided to rank all 32 teams based on their World Cup kits.  I can’t really complain with #1 or #2 as France and Holland have some solid shirts.  I know Bosnia’s are pretty basic (they are ranked #28 on this list), but I like the “classy” look, especially their blue shirts.

Someone over at Yahoo thought it was wise to have Maxi Rodriguez write for them and talk about the World Cup stadiums.  I kid, I kid. Maxi is good people.

Noah Davis decided to rank the 10 US teams to appear in the World Cup.  I know it was a much different time and people nowadays don’t really know much about them, but the 1930 team never seems to get much respect.

The Guardian has a funny little video animation on the US’s World Cup history.

Apparently Alexi Lalas is writing a song for every day of the World Cup and here is his first song and it is about Landon Donovan.

This year’s This is SportsCenter commercial for the World Cup features Michael Bradley.  The Guardian is also doing player profiles of various players and here is one on Mikey.

Fabian Johnson and Michael Bradley talk about Fabian’s goal against Turkey in this video.

ESPN’s Jeff Carlisle enlightens us a little more on Timothy Chandler and what he was going through when he was away from the USMNT over the past two years.  It looks like Nurnberg were playing a little head games with him.

In the it-totally-sounds-like-a-bad-British-newspaper-transfer-rumor department, The Metro are reporting that Tottenham are about to make a £5 million bid for Julian Green.  The silly season has begun.

Jonathan Bornstein (remember him?) is staying in Mexico after making a loan move to Queretaro.  He has played in a total of 10 league games since leaving Chivas USA in 2010.

We have yet another American to follow in the German Regionalliga after Iona product Charlie Butte signed with Regionalliga West club Sportfreunde Siegen.

And finally, apparently Beats by Dre took that new Apple money and made a commercial that is up there with the Nike one (Jozy Altidore sighting!)

 
Categories: Charlie Butte, Fabian Johnson, Jonathan Bornstein, Jozy Altidore, Julian Green, Landon Donovan, Michael Bradley, Timothy Chandler, US Men's National Team
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Timothy Chandler signs three-year deal with Eintracht Frankfurt
   June 3, 2014 (10:36 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Timothy Chandler was born in Frankfurt, he grew up in Eintracht Frankfurt’s youth system, he began his pro career with Eintracht Frankfurt II in the German Regionalliga and now he is headed back to Eintracht Frankfurt after signing a three-year deal.

This has been rumored over the last week, but it is now official and Chandler will be with the club through the 2016-17 season.

Chandler has spent the last four seasons with Nurnberg (four goals in 95 league appearances), but he was looking for a move after they were relegated from the Bundesliga.

Eintracht Frankfurt finished in 13th place out of the 18-team Bundesliga in 2013-14.  The Eagles are also one of the original 16 teams of the Bundesliga during its inaugural season in 1963-64 (wikipedia fun fact!).

 
Categories: Timothy Chandler
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Some quick links for Tuesday
   June 3, 2014 (12:02 AM) by Matt Benson
 

I will keep these short and to the point.

Here are highlights and photos from Sunday’s 2-1 win by the USMNT.

Don’t forget to join our league on MLS’s Brazil Bracket Challenge.

Germany made their final cuts, so here is their 23-man roster.

Michael Bradley did a photo shoot with GQ magazine.

Aron Johannsson wants to lead the Dutch Eredivisie in goals next season.

Herculez Gomez is leaving Tijuana for Tigres.

It doesn’t look like Jermaine Jones will be returning to Besiktas.

It appears that Juan Agudelo is nearing a move to Hannover 96.

Timothy Chandler should be signing with Eintracht Frankfurt in the next week or so.

Greg Seltzer is hearing that Red Bull Salzburg are possibly interested in Terrence Boyd.  If Boyd stays at Rapid Vienna, here is his away kit for next season.

Speaking of new uniforms, Aston Villa have a new home kit video, which has Brad Guzan in his new green goalkeeper kit.

In case you missed the pre-game show on Sunday, here is Julie Foudy’s interview/story on Julian Green.  FIFA also has a short video on Green up on their Youtube channel.

And finally, SI finished their Top 10 Most Significant Goals in US Soccer History yesterday with Paul Caligiuri’s “The Shot Heard ‘Round The World” as No. 1.

 
Categories: Aron Johannsson, Brad Guzan, Herculez Gomez, Jermaine Jones, Juan Agudelo, Julian Green, Michael Bradley, Terrence Boyd, Timothy Chandler, US Men's National Team
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Thursday morning links
   May 29, 2014 (1:07 AM) by Matt Benson
 

In case you have been kidnapped Taken-style over the last 48 hours, the US kicked off the Send-Off Series with a 2-0 win over Azerbaijan on Tuesday.  Here are some highlights and some photos from the game. Here is also a short video on the game and Chris Wondolowski from the San Jose Earthquakes Youtube channel.  Clint Dempsey was a late scratch with a groin issue, but it is not serious and he will only miss one or two days.

This Landon Donovan shirt is awesome.  And this song might be the only country song I like.  Jimmy Conrad/KICKTV have their latest Group G video up and this time Jimmy is in Ghana.  I want to have a beer with Jimmy at some point in my life.

As I posted yesterday, reports out of England have Tim Ream agreeing to a new three-year deal with Bolton.

Edgar Castillo is leaving Tijuana for fellow Liga MX side Atlas.

We posted Brad Evans’ comments about being cut from the USMNT and now Clarence Goodson is speaking out about the process.  And he doesn’t seem like he is happy.

Greg Selzter is hearing that Timothy Chandler is drawing some interest from Eintracht Frankfurt and Stuttgart.

Stoke’s The Sentinel is reporting that Hannover 96 might be going after Juan Agudelo.

Michael Farfan appears not to be in Cruz Azul’s future plans after some recent changes at the club.

Zak Whitbread is in contract talks with Derby County.  Whitbread finished last season with the Rams after being sent on loan from Leicester City.

Former US U-20er Villyan Bijev was released by Liverpool last week.

The Fighting Bob Bradleys advanced to the fourth round of the Norwegian Cup this week after defeating Grorud 3-0.

We have had a bunch of goals scored in the last two weeks in Iceland and Finland so go check out our goal tracker to stay up to date.

And finally, a reminder to sign up for MLS’s Brazil Bracket Challenge and join our league.

 
Categories: Bob Bradley, Chris Wondolowski, Clarence Goodson, Clint Dempsey, Edgar Castillo, Juan Agudelo, Landon Donovan, Michael Farfan, Tim Ream, Timothy Chandler, US Men's National Team, Villyan Bijev, Zak Whitbread
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Thursday morning links
   May 22, 2014 (1:28 AM) by Matt Benson
 

The USMNT camp is going strong up in Palo Alto, now with all 30 guys as Jermaine Jones and Aron Johannsson have showed up.

Jeff Carlisle has your daily notebook.  The quick notes from that include Jurgen Klinsmann thinks Tim Howard is a top five goalkeeper in the world, Aron Johannsson is nearly back to 100% from his ankle injury and they had a couple scrimmages against the LA Galaxy’s reserve team with Terrence Boyd scoring one goal during one of them.  Plus a couple other things, so go read it.

George Dohrmann spoke to Aron Johannsson about wanting to heat up on the scoring before the World Cup.

Brian Sciaretta talked to one of the few Liga MX players in camp:  Joe Corona.

Leander Schaerlaeckens takes a look at the USMNT fullback situation.  Under Jurgen Klinsmann, the US has used 17 different players at either right back or left back for a total of 24 different combinations.  One of the other tidbits from Carlisle’s notebook linked above is that Fabian Johnson played at right back during one of those scrimmages.  I have said it before on here, but I think my preferred back line at the moment would be Johnson-Cameron-Besler-Beasley.

If you are going to be in Chicago during the World Cup, US Soccer is holding viewing parties at Grant Park for each of the group stage games.  And from my own experience from the last World Cup, the Globe Pub was another awesome place to check out a game.  I was there during the Algeria game and I will always remember how crazy the back room got when Landon Donovan scored (just a refresher).

US Soccer held a Google Hangout with Kyle Beckerman and DeAndre Yedlin yesterday.  You can now check it out on Youtube.

And in the random department, US Soccer has named Lupe Fiasco as the Music Director for the USMNT and Futura Art Director for the USMNT’s World Cup campaign.  I really don’t know what that means, but I like this song.

Moving away from the USMNT camp.

Timothy Chandler has been linked to Eintracht Frankfurt in the past and here is another link about this.

You can add Atlas to the list of teams interested in Edgar Castillo’s services.

Fresh off his goal from the weekend, Caleb Stanko has signed a professional deal with Freiburg’s first team.

US Soccer has a video up on Rubio Rubin as he talks about playing in the Netherlands and the Dallas Cup.

And finally, Brad Friedel reads some “mean tweets”.  And I like how one of them came from Travis Clark.

 
Categories: Aron Johannsson, Brad Friedel, Caleb Stanko, DeAndre Yedlin, Edgar Castillo, Fabian Johnson, Jermaine Jones, Joe Corona, Kyle Beckerman, Rubio Rubin, Terrence Boyd, Tim Howard, Timothy Chandler, US Men's National Team
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Friday morning links
   May 9, 2014 (6:15 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Some links before the weekend.

The USMNT 30-man provisional roster is coming out on Monday afternoon.  In case you are not tired of reading roster predictions, I was able to get Howie, Jon, Will and myself to make our guesses at the final 23-man roster, so go check that out.  Based on the comments over the last two weeks, I am sure there will be people who disagree with us, but we all pretty much agreed on a core 15-18 guys.

This is a pretty good bookmark-worthy link, but SI is keeping track of all the World Cup rosters as they get announced.

I did not get to watch Showtime’s 60 Minutes Sports piece on the USMNT, but I heard it was alright.  ESPN’s Dougie Mac (a.k.a. Doug McIntyre) was able to spot a potential USMNT friendly against Belgium on June 12 while down in Brazil on Jurgen Klinsmann’s whiteboard during the piece (screenshot).

This is also a reminder that ESPN’s Inside: U.S. Soccer’s March to Brazil starts up next Tuesday.  Here is the full schedule for the six episodes as they are all on different nights, while here is a short trailer.  As I have said before, Jonathan Hock and Roger Bennett are the producers so you know this is in good hands.

The USMNT fell one spot to #14 in the latest FIFA world rankings.  Not a lot of moves in this month’s rankings.

In case you missed it yesterday, Omar Gonzalez is going to be out a week or two with his knee injury, while Clarence Goodson picked up a shin contusion and is questionable for this weekend’s game.  Doesn’t look like either will hurt their World Cup chances.

Two other players who could be arriving late to camp are Aron Johannsson and Timothy Chandler.  Johannsson and AZ Alkmaar could still have Eredivisie Europa League playoffs to deal with.  They are up 3-0 after the first leg of the semifinals with the second leg this weekend.  If they advance to the final, that would overlap with the beginning of camp.  As for Chandler, Nurnberg could have the Bundesliga relegation playoffs to deal with if they can finish above Hamburger SV and Eintracht Braunschweig this weekend.

Here is part two of Arch Rivals/ASN’s video series on Maurice Edu’s quest to make the World Cup roster.

Sacha Kljestan hasn’t played much in Anderlecht’s last third of the season and now a report out of Belgium has him not happy and that he wants to return to the US.  It even throws out the LA Galaxy’s name, but I don’t see that happening since they already have three designated players.

Continuing with the same theme, a report out of Mexico claims that DaMarcus Beasley wants to leave Puebla for a return to MLS.

It looks like Oguchi Onyewu is one of the few players that is newly out of contract at Sheffield Wednesday that the club wants to re-sign.

The English FA chairman Greg Dyke wants to make it tougher for non-EU players to play in England.  This obviously would hurt Americans if something like this were to come true.

Hey Seattle people, the documentary on Bob Bradley, We Must Go, is making its premiere in your fine city on May 26.  Go buy tickets here.

And finally, 8-bit Landon Donovan says “Deal With It”.

 
Categories: Aron Johannsson, Bob Bradley, Clarence Goodson, DaMarcus Beasley, Landon Donovan, Maurice Edu, Oguchi Onyewu, Omar Gonzalez, Sacha Kljestan, Timothy Chandler, US Men's National Team
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Thursday morning links
   May 1, 2014 (12:06 AM) by Matt Benson
 

The CONCACAF and CONMEBOL press conference is scheduled for later today with all signs pointing towards the announcement of Copa America Centenario taking place in the US.  Brian Sciaretta typed some words on what this would mean for US Soccer.

It looks like Aron Johannsson will miss AZ Alkmaar’s final regular season game this weekend with a small ankle injury as he rests up for the playoffs.

Julian Green is slowly getting back to full training as he was doing some running and gymnastic drills this week.

I bet everyone has been waiting to see what Jermaine Jones’ new tattoo looks like in action, so here you go.

Some reports out of Germany have Stuttgart eying Timothy Chandler.  I am guessing Chandler would probably look for a move if Nurnberg were relegated (currently sitting in an automatic relegation spot with two games left).

Hertha Berlin’s website has an interview up with John Brooks.

ESPN’s John Palmer talked to Geoff Cameron recently for a little Q&A action.  Cameron thinks his best position is either defensive midfielder or center back.

Danny Williams missed this past weekend’s game for Reading with his lingering knee issue, but the club is hopeful that he will return this upcoming weekend.

Jonathan Spector is another player who has missed some time due to injury recently, but he returned to action in Birmingham City’s 1-0 loss to Wigan on Tuesday.

I forget whether I posted this in the last week or not, but Yanks Abroad’s Brendan Wimberly talked to Patrick Hopkins as the Swedish Superettan is now underway for 2014.

And finally, resident goalkeeper guru Will decided to rank the Top 10 USMNT goalkeeper performances over on his site.

 
Categories: Aron Johannsson, Danny Williams, Geoff Cameron, Jermaine Jones, John Brooks, Jonathan Spector, Julian Green, Patrick Hopkins, Timothy Chandler, US Men's National Team
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