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Catching up with some links
   December 2, 2014 (12:06 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Haven’t done some links in a while, but here are a bunch of random stuff from recently or two weeks ago (or sometime in the last little bit).  Hopefully my workload will ease up after this week and I could do these more often again.

I posted a couple USMNT tidbits on Friday.

We had some goals this past weekend from Matt Taylor, Rubio Rubin and Cesar Romero.  Two of those three players earned OT’s Player of the Week honors.  And check out our goal tracker for more goals from the last couple of weeks.

Will Packwood picked up a red card in his Colchester United debut over the weekend.

Jose Torres, Herculez Gomez and Tigres knocked out Edgar Castillo in the Liga MX playoffs.

This was like from two weeks ago but John Brooks made Kicker’s Team of the Week, while Timothy Chandler made Bild’s Team of the Week.

According to Lyle Yorks, Jozy Altidore’s agent, there is interest throughout Europe for Altidore.

Juventus is being linked to Erik Palmer-Brown again.

Eric Lichaj apparently has the nickname of “The Rash”.

Rhett Bernstein and Mjøndalen won their promotion playoff and will be playing in Norway’s Tippeligaen next season.

Club America’s Ventura Alvarado has apparently turned down US youth team call-ups in recent years as he holds out hope to play for Mexico.  But another report claims he would be open for a call from the US.

Shane O’Neill is training with Sheffield Wednesday.

Swedish side IFK Göteborg was interested in hiring Bob Bradley, but he wouldn’t be able to bring along one of his assistants so they stopped talking.

Fabian Johnson didn’t travel to Borussia Mönchengladbach’s Europa League game last week due to injury.

While it was first thought that he would be out until January, Joe Gyau has been playing again with Borussia Dortmund’s U-23 team.

Jeff Carlisle did a USMNT report card for 2014.

Gedion Zelalem and Junior Flores squared off against each other in UEFA Youth League action last week with Zelalem’s Arsenal winning 1-0.

The US U-17 team has won its first two games at this year’s Nike International Friendlies.  They take on Brazil later today.

 
Categories: Bob Bradley, Cesar Romero, Edgar Castillo, Eric Lichaj, Erik Palmer-Brown, Gedion Zelalem, Herculez Gomez, Joe Gyau, Jose Francisco Torres, Jozy Altidore, Junior Flores, Matt Taylor, Rhett Bernstein, Rubio Rubin, Shane O'Neill, Timothy Chandler, US Men's National Team, Ventura Alvarado, Will Packwood
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Norway’s First Division Playoffs
   November 14, 2012 (1:52 AM) by David
 

Norway First Division Playoffs

With all the accolades for Norway Eliteserien Champions Molde, and USMNT/Molde forward Josh Gatt, lost in the noise is the promotional playoff situation for teams in Norway’s First Division.

While Eliteserien has one more week of the regular season left, the First Division is complete and now moves on to promotion/relegation playoffs. While the Eliteserien relegation picture will not be decided until this weekend, the First Division promotional playoffs start today.

How it Works

The Eliteserien will relegate three teams. Stabaek are relegated already, while three other teams are trying to stave off relegation (one will be automatically relegated). The team finishing above the bottom two will enter into the relegation playoff.

The First Division will promote three teams. Start and Sarpsborg 08 are promoted already. The four teams (places three through six) now enter the promotional playoff. Sandefjord #3, Mjondalen #4, Bodo/Glimt #5 and Ullensaker #6, will play the first round today followed by the final qualifier this weekend.

#4 Mjondalen  v  #5 Bodo/Glimt

#3 Sandefjord  v  #6 Ullensaker

The winner of the final qualifier will then play the Eliteserien team that qualified as relegation playoff.

US Player Involvement

Two of the four teams vying for the First Division promotion playoffs have US players:

#4 Mjondalen                    Rhett Bernstein and Kyle Helton

#6 Ullensaker                    Kenneth Di Vita Jensen

Fourth place Mjondalen gets to play at home and will be favorites to advance. Ullensaker, who went through a mini-collapse at the end of the regular season, will have to visit third place Sandefjord.

At the bottom

A number of US players leave First Division with their clubs due to relegation to Second Division.

Baerum                                Sebastion Troupe            Despite a late season run ended in 14th place

Alta IF                                  Brendan King                    Finished in last place, 16th

 
Categories: Brendan King, Kenneth Di Vita Jensen, Kyle Helton, Rhett Bernstein, Sebastian Troupe
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Norway Eliteserien – Season Ending Predictions
   November 6, 2012 (8:30 AM) by David
 

Norway Eliteserien

League Status

With two games remaining this year’s Eliteserien is almost decided. Three teams are clear at the top and are vying for a single place in next year’s Champions League, while the remaining two spots are headed to the Europa League. At the bottom of the table, Stabaek are relegated to the Adeccoligaen next season, while the three teams directly above them fight for survival. For our USA players, Josh Gatt at Molde and Mikkel “Mix” Diskerud at Rosenborg look set for European Competition next year.

At The Top

With two games left to play Rosenborg, who are sitting in the 3rd spot look to have least chance of a CL spot. With 52 points from their 28 games, they would need Molde (56 point from 28 games) to lose both of their remaining game just to pass them. Stromsgodset are sitting in 2nd place after their win over Rosenborg this last weekend and just one point behind Molde. Stromsgodset’s final two games are against the bottom two teams so they are likely to end the season with the full six points. Molde’s final games are not as easy, but they should still get the six points needed to wrap up the league. Still, they have to win both games.  A win and a draw would not do it if Stromsgodset perform as expected.

At The Bottom

Stabaek are relegated. The gap between Sandnes ULF and Sogndal, 13th through 15th places, is seven points. Sandnes ULF, on 26 points, has an extra game in hand over its two strugglers, Fredrikstad on 27 points and Sogndal on 31 points. Fredrikstad have the hardest schedule playing current league leaders Molde and third place Rosenborg. The other two teams certainly do not get an easy road to survival as Sogndal maybe having a slight edge away to Stabaek and home to Brann. While Sandnes ULF will start with two home games against Tromso and Stromsgodset (no easy task) and end the season with a visit to Aalesund. Realistically it’s unlikely that Fredrikstad will get the points they need and the final positions will probably be decided by only one point.

Predictions:
Stromsgodset – League Champions – Champions League spot
Molde – 2nd place – Europa League (Josh Gatt)
Rosenborg – 3rd place – Europa League (Mikkel “Mix” Diskerud)

Stabaek – relegated (Sean Cunningham and Erik Benjaminsen)
Fredrikstad – relegated

Note: The Norwegian Adeccoligaen is one game away from completion. Start has been promoted to the Eliteserien, so we will see Villyan Bijev in the Eliteserien next season (if he stays there on loan), along with Sarpsborg. The teams vying for a spot in the playoff picture for the final promotion spot, Mjondalen (Rhett Bernstein and Kyle Helton) and Ullensaker (Kenneth Di Vita Jensen), are currently in good position going into the leagues final day.

 
Categories: Erik Benjaminsen, Josh Gatt, Kenneth Di Vita Jensen, Kyle Helton, Mix Diskerud, Rhett Bernstein, Sean Cunningham, Villyan Bijev
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Some links for Friday afternoon
   May 13, 2011 (1:26 PM) by Matt Benson
 

With the US U-20 roster coming out earlier this week, Brian Sciaretta talked to Anthony Brooks to find out more about the left-footed central defender (a new candidate for First Great American Left Back!?). And a day later, he signed a new four-year deal with Hertha Berlin.

While doing The OT Report I had noticed that the American duo, Rhett Bernstein and Kyle Helton, at Mjondalen had not been playing much as of late.  And now we know why thanks to Jaime Hill.  Bernstein played the season opener, but has since torn his ACL and will be out for a while.  As for Helton, he picked up a thigh injury and will hopefully return to playing in game action in two weeks.

John Godfrey passes out grades for various Americans playing overseas right here and here.

I missed this last week, but US Soccer has a Q&A with Edson Buddle about his time in Germany.

And finally, US Soccer has announced the U-18 roster for the annual Lisbon International Tournament, which takes place at the end of this month.

 
Categories: Edson Buddle, John Brooks, Kyle Helton, Rhett Bernstein
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Some last few links before the weekend
   March 25, 2011 (5:09 PM) by Matt Benson
 

As posted earlier today, the USMNT will face Spain in a friendly before the Gold Cup in June.   I know some people dislike Bob Bradley, but you have to give the man credit for scheduling tough over the years.

You want some US-Argentina previews?  Howie broke down how the upcoming friendlies will affect the Gold Cup roster.  Part I is right here.  Part 2 is on the way.  Steve Davis of SI has his preview right here.  The Shin Guardian has two previews up.  One where Matthew plays Jose Mourinho, while the official TSG preview is right here.

Brent Latham thinks Josh Gatt’s ceiling should rise under former Manchester United legend Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Molde FK.

Brian Sciaretta caught up with Jozy Altidore during training this week to talk to the 21-year-old forward about tomorrow’s game.

Arch Bell talked to one of the two Americans, Rhett Bernstein, at Norwegian side Mjondalen with the Adeccoligaen starting up next weekend.

Last year, Lyle Martin became the first American to play in the Chinese Super League.  After being released by Shaanxi Chan-Ba, he has bounced around and has now found himself with Beijing Baxy FC in the Chinese League One (the second tier in China).

Stuart James of the Guardian talked to Marcus Hahnemann earlier this week about being the only Premier League player that is also a pilot.  Yes, he can fly planes.

Finally, the Bolton News’  Tony Kelly is sad that Stuart Holden’s great season has come to an end due to injury.

Enjoy the weekend and the USMNT games.  I should hopefully posts some highlights and links after the game.

 
Categories: Josh Gatt, Jozy Altidore, Lyle Martin, Marcus Hahnemann, Rhett Bernstein, Stuart Holden, US Men's National Team
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A few things for Tuesday
   February 15, 2011 (10:19 PM) by Matt Benson
 

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.

 
Categories: Charlie Davies, Graham Dugoni, Rhett Bernstein, Stefan Jerome, Teal Bunbury, Timothy Chandler
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Some links and news for Friday
   January 21, 2011 (5:12 PM) by Matt Benson
 

Before diving into the links from across the interwebs, this site has actually produced some stuff worth checking out (shocking, I know).

* Howie’s preview for tomorrow’s friendly
* What’s your starting XI for Saturday?
* Over There Book/Sticker Contest: Pick the US-Chile score
* Edson Buddle’s goal for FC Ingolstadt

Now for some news.

FIFA has stopped Mike Grella’s loan deal to Motherwell.  FIFA doesn’t allow for a player to play for three or more clubs in a single season (he has played with both Leeds United and Carlisle United in 2010-11).  Both clubs thought the loan deal would be able to go through since his loan deal to Carlisle United was considered an “emergency loan” outside the transfer window.  But it doesn’t look like FIFA is going to overturn anything since they are not Liverpool (I am looking at you, Javier Mascherano in 2006-07).

Not surprising, but Brad Guzan enjoys playing in real games and wants to extend his loan at Hull City.  It looks like Hull City manager Nigel Pearson is going to ask Aston Villa to extend Guzan’s loan deal until the end of February.

While it was first thought that Jon-Paul Pittman would not return to playing with the reserve squad until February, Mr. Pittman came back this week to play 60 minutes and score twice in Wycombe Wanderers’ 4-0 victory over Burnham in a local cup (Berks & Bucks Cup).  And now it looks like he could be on the bench this weekend when Wycombe hosts Rotherham United.

A couple of young Americans, Rhett Bernstein and Mike Zaher, are on trial at Norwegian Adeccoligaen side Mjøndalen (a second division club who also has American Graham Dugoni on their roster).

It looks like Jermaine Jones could be featured in Blackburn Rovers’ starting lineup this weekend as they host West Brom.

And finally, some last minute previews and stories on the USMNT as they take on Chile tomorrow:

* ‘Wondo’ rides whirlwind to U.S. national team [SoccerAmerica]
* DeLaGarza ready to step up for USMNT [Yanks Abroad]
* Opportunity knocks for young players [ESPN Soccernet]
* Young US side faces Chile at HDC [MLSsoccer.com]
* Fresh start for Bradley’s new boys [FIFA.com]

I am headed to the game tomorrow, so I will share my thought late tomorrow night once I get home.  I am also going to take a few photos from around the stadium as well.  Hopefully get those up sometime over the weekend.  And don’t forget to sign up for our contest.

 
Categories: Brad Guzan, Jermaine Jones, Jon-Paul Pittman, Mike Grella, Mike Zaher, Rhett Bernstein, US Men's National Team
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