Have we cooled down after Monday’s U-23 meltdown? I took a couple days off from posting links to forgot about that (plus nothing overly exciting has happened this week except Herculez Gomez scoring goals blindfolded).
Speaking of Herc, he did an interview with The Best Soccer Show last week.
It looks like Jonathan Spector will be out for about another two weeks with his latest hamstring injury. Hopefully he can return to the field soon to help Birmingham City in their bid for promotion.
Bobby Wood has been hit by the injury bug again and will be out for the rest of the season after another knee surgery. It also comes at a bad time as his contract with 1860 Munich ends after this season.
Some of you might recognize the name Chris Wright from The OT Report with him scoring goals here and there for Magdeburg in the German Regionalliga. They recently had a bit of a scoring drought, 558 minutes without a goal, so the fans did some fun things to try and help the team out before Wright ended the dry spell with a goal.
Three younger Americans have recently popped up at Nyköpings BIS in Sweden’s fourth tier. Someone e-mailed me that Shaquille Phillips recently signed with the club. Phillips is a 19-year-old centerback who has spent some time with Energie Cottbus’ youth teams in Germany and with Swedish side Dalkurd FF last season. While reading up on him/the club, I also found out that Stefan Jerome and Paul Torres are also now at the club. Jerome spent last season at Sigma Olomouc in the Czech Republic, while Torres played in college at Maryland and spent some time with the DC United youth academy.
Here are some links to check out between the two “big” games today.
US Soccer gives us a preview on today’s friendly with their usual dose of stats and facts. Here is also a quick Studio 90 preview from the stadium. Fun fact that no one cares about: I also visited the Panama Canal Miraflores Locks last April when visiting a friend down there. It was pretty interesting/cool to see the boats go through.
The U-23 team finished their camp with a 1-0 win against Alajuelense down in Costa Rica yesterday. Tony Taylor scored the lone goal and here is a match report.
Rumors started brewing this morning that Blackburn Rovers put in a transfer bid for FC Dallas’ George John. The 24-year-old center back is a promising USMNT candidate, but wouldn’t have to worry about his lack of playing with the USMNT for a UK work permit since he holds a Greek passport (he was also invited by Greece’s national team to a camp in May……cap him now, Jurgen?).
He is also Howie’s and I’s winner for the 2011 “Stuart Holden MLS Cheap Contract of the Year” award since he is only making $42K this year yet is one of the better players in the league (Stuart Holden was only making about $34K a year with Houston a year or two before he left for Bolton).
There is also this report by the Lancashire Telegraph claiming that he should be on his way to Blackburn for a medical soon.
FC Dallas’ 6ft 3ins defender played for his club in Mexico on Wednesday night but is expected to arrive in England imminently, with boss Steve Kean saying he expected a defender to have a medical at Brockhall today.
With Carlos Bocanegra making his debut with Rangers today and Alejandro Bedoya having a good shot of making the roster this weekend, Rangers’ website has a nice little interview with Maurice Edu to talk about the new Americans.
For those of you not paying attention since the US did not qualify, the final of the U-20 World Cup is this weekend and will be between Brazil and Portugal. Brent Latham takes a quick look back at what could have been and selects a starting lineup/roster if the US were in the tournament. It is too bad that the US did not qualify as the talent at the U-20 is pretty good.
And in the “rut roh” department, Stefan Jerome’s Sigma Olomouc has been fined and stripped of points for match-fixing.
Brian Sciaretta recently talked to Stefan Jerome. Jerome got the start and played 63 minutes in Sigma Olomouc’s 3-2 victory over Spytihnev in the Czech Cup on Wednesday.
Remember Villyan Bijev? The 18-year-old striker from California that sort of came out of nowhere to sign with Liverpool. Well, he did finally sign with the club and did go out on loan to Racing Genk in Belgium. And he played with their reserve team the other day and scored a goal.
Supporters of Bob Bradley’s U.S. team don’t have to worry about a possible Chandler defection — a spokesman of the German Football Association told SI.com that Chandler, who has dual-citizenship, is no longer under consideration for a call-up. (FIFA regulations allow players to switch sides before their first competitive match). “He was being looked at,” the spokesman said, “but after his debut for the U.S .and his statements about identifying with America we don’t see him playing for Germany in the future.”
I know nothing is final until he is officially capped, but most the quotes from Chandler, Bob Bradley and now the German Football Association point to him staying with the US.
Staying in Germany, Amaechi Igwe does not appear to be in FC Ingolstadt’s future plans as he has been told that he can leave the club, among a few other players.
Nick Leyden caught up with Tony Taylor after his season with Estoril in Portugal. Taylor finished the season with an injury and will be rehabbing in the US this summer.
As for another Traffic Sports-owned player, Stefan Jerome will return to Sigma Olomouc of the Czech Liga next season until December on loan. Jerome played a bunch with the club’s U-18 and reserve team, but did not play with the senior team during his past six-month loan stint with the club.
And finally, Greg Seltzer recently talked to Sean Cunningham about his time so far in Norway with Molde FK. The 18-year-old left back hasn’t played in any league games yet, but has started three games in NM Cupen action.
Nothing too crazy happened today, but here are a few things of note.
Timothy Chandler started the season fighting for playing time on Nurnberg’s reserve squad. A few months later and he has made a start with the senior team, scoring a goal and picking up a couple assists. Apparently Nurnberg have been impressed enough that there are reports coming out of Germany that Chandler and Nurnberg are close to finalizing a new contract.
Teal Bunbury injured his elbow recently in a preseason friendly against the Houston Dynamo. The first rumors were that he broke his elbow and could be out for a couple months, but Sporting Kansas City and USMNT fans can relax as it looks to be only a dislocation with no breaks or nerve damage (out only two to four weeks). Hopefully he can return in time to be selected for the USMNT’s friendlies next month as Juan Agudelo probably will miss them due to the 2011 Regional U-20 Championship being bumped up a week.
Rhett Bernstein, a 24-year-old defender from San Diego who played in college at Brown University, has signed a one-year deal with Norwegian Adeccoligaen side Mjondalen. Mjondalen was the home to fellow American Graham Dugoni last season, but Dugoni has left the club in hopes of playing in the MLS in 2011.
Brian Sciaretta caught up with 18-year-old forward Stefane Jerome to talk about his loan deal to the Czech Republic club Sigma Olomouc for the rest of the 2010-11 season. Jerome’s rights are owned by Traffic Sports and he was playing with Traffic Sports-owned Miami FC (shocker!) before taking part in a tryout with Sigma Olomouc and landing the loan deal.
And finally, DC United and Sochaux are still negotiating Charlie Davies’ potential loan deal, but Steven Goff’s “hunch” is that both sides will reach a deal soon.
I hope many of you are enjoying your day off from work if you were granted one. Here are some links worth checking out.
Kenny Cooper officially signed with the Portland Timbers today. Portland is building a nice little attack.
Jonathan Bornstein made his debut in Mexico this past weekend. From the sounds of it, he played a holding/defensive midfielder type role rather than his normal left back position.
There are some reports that Sunderland are trying to get Michael Bradley, but it doesn’t make a lot of sense to me on Borussia Moenchengladbach’s end. They would be semi-conceding relegation in my eyes. It makes a lot more sense to keep him, try to stay up and sell him this summer. But what do I know?
Yanks Abroad has a story on a couple of youngsters that will be going on trial together at Czech Republic club Sigma Olomouc. Stefan Jerome is 18 and last played with Miami FC (NASL), while Drew Yates is 22 and played last season with FC Tampa Bay (NASL).
Former US U-20 forward Gabriel Ferrari has been released by Swiss club FC Wohlen. Ferrari scored one goal in four appearances with the Swiss side in the Swiss Challenge League (second division) this season.
The United States was granted the rights to host the CONCACAF qualifying tournament for the 2012 Olympics in London this past weekend. The US hosted this tournament in 2000 and 2008 with Mexico hosting the 2004 tournament. This year’s version will take place in March with the locations to be determined.
According to Steven Goff, ticket sales for this Saturday’s friendly look pretty slow. I will also finally set up the guess the score contest later tonight.
And finally, US Soccer put up another version of Inside the Lines yesterday. You can check out that video below.