While FIFA updated their rankings a week or so ago. Elo, who I personally like a little bit more, finally updated their numbers post-World Cup. The US dropped from #13 to #17. Costa Rica is now #15, while Mexico is now #11.
And finally, we are slowly adding more content to the site aside from highlights and links over the next couple months. I know one interview of someone who plays in Germany will hopefully be up on the site in the next couple of days. There is also going to be some other more opinionated-type stuff on the USMNT coming out soon as well. Plus, I will keep posting Jermaine Jones Instagram photos.
This summer has been a busy one and here are a bunch more links from the last couple of days.
The big news of yesterday was that DaMarcus Beasley signed a DP contract with the Houston Dynamo. He becomes the 10th current USMNT player on a designated player contract with MLS.
Danny Williams had surgery on his knee earlier this week. This is the second time in the last five months that Williams has had some form of surgery on his knee. No word on how serious or how long he will be out.
Do you like stats and numbers? I did a quick look at Tim Howard, Brad Guzan, Geoff Cameron and Alejandro Bedoya yesterday. I plan on doing another one next week on a couple guys from the Championship.
A few of the younger US players (and prospects) will be making the trek to the US with their European teams in the next week. Gedion Zelalem is on Arsenal’s roster which will take on the New York Red Bulls on Saturday. Emerson Hyndman made Fulham’s squad which is headed to Jacksonville to take on DC United this weekend. And we already know that Julian Green is with Bayern Munich as they take on the MLS All-Stars. Pep Guardiola spoke to the US press about Green and how he doesn’t want to loan him out this year.
Another youth player, Lynden Gooch, has been receiving some praise from Sunderland fans this week. Gooch came off the bench with Sunderland’s first team in a friendly against Carlisle United on Tuesday. Then he made another appearance with the first team on Wednesday in a friendly against Hartlepool United and assisted on one goal (GIF highlights).
Will Packwood played with Birmingham City’s U-21 team the other day in a private friendly. Sounds like he missed a little time recently “after suffering from illness”, but he is now back in action.
The US U-20 team now knows the format for January’s CONCACAF U-20 Championship. It will be two groups of six teams with the winners of each group clinching a spot in the U-20 World Cup, while the second and third place teams from each group doing a four-team playoff for the last two spots.
One player who might be on that U-20 team, Fernando Arce Jr., talked to Brian Sciaretta about selecting to play for the US over Mexico even though his dad played for Mexico.
Goalkeeper Phil Saunders has signed with Icelandic 1st Division side BÍ/Bolungarvik.
Former Bucknell product Conor O’Brien made the jump to Denmark out of college and now another Bison is headed to Denmark. This time it is Mayowa Alli and he is signing with Vensyssel in the Danish First Division (second tier).
With Roma in Boston this week, Keith Costigan talked to Roma president James Pallotta and Pallotta claims that we can expect “an announcement in the next few weeks” in regards to an American going to the club. Could the DeAndre Yedlin deal be back on or could it be another player? Or could it be nothing? I have no clue.
US Soccer and Sporting Kansas City are building a new National Training and Coaching Development Center in Kansas City. Sounds like this would be the main training hub for coaches and refs, while I think they will also get some USMNT/USWNT/youth team camps at the complex (along with the StubHub Center in Carson, California) once it is completed.
And finally, this site has been receiving a lot more traffic this month (likely due to the World Cup fever) along with a lot more Twitter and Facebook followers. If you are new to the site, thanks for checking us out. If you are not new to the site, thanks for continuing to check us out. It is nice to see this site grow with all of you.
While we are on the topic of the U-20 team, Brian Sciaretta caught up with Rubio Rubin before the Dallas Cup to talk about the tournament and joining FC Utrecht. Rubin turned 18 in March, allowing him to sign a professional contract, but Utrecht can’t register his contract until July 1.
Back to Agudelo for a second. Word on the street is that Stoke City manager Mark Hughes flew to Holland to watch him play this past weekend. And Stoke City will be looking to get a second appeal on his UK work permit at the end of this month or the beginning of May.
Here is a really short film on Clint Dempsey by Degree Men, which was apparently directed by Mad Men’s Jon Hamm. Dempsey also scored two goals this past weekend, giving him six on the season in only 303 minutes in MLS play after scoring only once in 922 minutes last year with Seattle.
Over in Sweden, Matt Pyzdrowski went 90 minutes between the sticks while Eric Pothast played 45 minutes and picked up a yellow card in Ängelholm’s 3-2 win over Jönköpings Södra. And Alex Horwath started at goalkeeper and Brandon McDonald came off the bench for the final two minutes in Ljungskile’s 0-0 draw to Landskrona, which had Andrew Stadler and Paul Torres each go 90 minutes.
So I have decided to learn how to make GIFs since sometimes they are easier to post/watch than some of these weird video players that some highlight sites use (plus GIFs are just awesome). I practiced a bunch this weekend making a few of the goals scored in MLS play by some World Cup hopefuls, so here they are: Clint Dempsey 1, Clint Dempsey 2, Chris Wondolowski, Maurice Edu and Kyle Beckerman. It is a learning process as I try to figure out size and quality while not trying to make these 10 MB files, but it went better than I expected.
Alfredo Morales got the start, played 59 minutes and scored the opening goal of the game in Ingolstadt’s 2-1 loss to Paderborn today. The goal was Morales’ first goal of the 2013-14 season. Here it is.
Don’t expect the USMNT roster to be officially announced until Monday, but thanks to the internet sleuthing of Grant Wahl, Josh Deaver and others, the following players look to be headed to Sarajevo:
One player not headed to Bosnia is Clint Dempsey according to Wahl. This is not surprising since he just made a move to Seattle and everyone knows where he stands within the USMNT picture. Paul Carr also tells us that Bosnia will be the 23rd straight US game that Dempsey and Donovan haven’t played together. I also doubt Alejandro Bedoya gets called in after just making his move.
The USMNT headed to Dallas (technically Arlington) on Monday after beating El Salvador 5-1 on Sunday (highlights here). I did another fun stat thingie talking about their winning streak and all the goals they keep scoring. Yay for numbers! The US will be facing Honduras from Jerry World Cowboys Stadium at 7 PM Eastern on Fox Soccer.
Sunday’s game drew a 1.2 overnight rating, which is not bad for most soccer games shown in the US. The previous week’s game against Cuba only drew a 0.6, while the Champions League final drew a 1.0 overnight rating on FOX earlier this year. Baby steps.
While most of us were watching the US, we probably missed out that Freddy Adu came off the bench and played 13 minutes in Bahia’s 0-0 draw. It was his first action since May. Here are some highlights from the game, although Adu is not really in any of them (I think he is the smaller guy in the white jersey at the back post during the last free kick, but I can’t tell for sure).
Alfredo Morales made his debut with Ingolstadt as the German 2. Bundesliga season started up over the weekend, but he had a pretty nightmare debut. A bad back pass led to a goal and he left the game with a red card and will miss the next game. Ouch.
We had some goals in the lower leagues over the weekend. Christian Eissele scored the game-winning goal and his 21st across all competitions in Kemi Kings’ 4-3 win. And Chukwudi Chijindu scored his sixth goal of the season for Thor. His six goals are tied for the second most in the Icelandic Úrvalsdeild. As always, you can follow along with our goal tracker.
Also over the weekend, Aron Johannsson scored another goal for AZ Alkmaar in a preseason friendly against Getafe.
Defender Babajide Ogunbiyi is returning to Viborg FF in the Danish 1st Division (second tier). Ogunbiyi appeared in 12 league games for fellow Danish 1st Division side Vendsyssel in 2012-13 after playing for Viborg in the previous two and a half seasons.
And finally, the Milk Cup is always a favorite of ours and Javier Perez named his 18-man U-18 roster yesterday. It features some European-based players, including goalkeeper Ethan Horvath (Molde FK) and forward Lynden Gooch (Sunderland). They will face Mexico next Monday in the first game then play Northern Ireland on Wednesday and Denmark on Friday. The US has won the tournament twice before (2005 and 2010).
The USMNT Gold Cup squad started up training yesterday in San Diego. Josh Gatt left his game at Molde FK this weekend with a knee injury, but still no news to report on how bad (or good?) it is as they wait for the MRI results. Cory Ashe is also day-to-day with a thigh contusion.
Here is a Google-translated article about Jurgen Klinsmann wanting Bobby Wood for the Gold Cup, but 1860 Munich persuaded that it was in his best interest to stay in Europe for preseason training.
As for another Wood(s), USMNT goalkeeper coach Chris Woods was officially named the goalkeeper coach at Manchester United. Woods was the goalkeeper coach under David Moyes at Everton, and as for the good news, will get to continue coaching with the USMNT (although he won’t be with the team at the Gold Cup).
Jozy Altidore sat down with Grant Wahl recently for this video interview. Greg Seltzer has some Jozy transfer goodies here and here. He also has some more stuff on Alejandro Bedoya and Joe Gyau. And he lets us know that US youth forward Rubio Rubin will sign a deal with FC Utrecht next spring once he turns 18.
Will Packwood is jogging for the first time since his nasty leg injury (and surgeries). Good to hear.
As for some more preseason friendly stuff from the weekend, Alfredo Morales started for FC Ingolstadt in a friendly against Maccabi Tel Aviv. And Julian Green had a hat trick on Saturday in Pep Guardiola’s first game with Bayern Munich, a 15-1 win over some fan club. Then followed that up with a hat trick on Sunday in another friendly with Bayern Munich’s senior team against another amateur team. In my opinion, there is a good chance the 18-year-old could be playing with Bayern’s U-23 team this upcoming season. He scored 10 goals in 28 league games with their U-19 team last season.
Fabian Hurzeler is training with Hoffenheim’s senior team to start out the preseason.
It looks like Borussia Mönchengladbach could be interested in signing US U-20er Mario Rodriguez to their youth team.
Here is a video interview with Aubrey Perry and Charles Renken about their trial at Nyköpings BIS in Sweden.
And finally, OT reader/frequent commenter Daniil let us know that 15-year-old Elbert Green of the Pacific Soccer Academy is down in Honduras training with Olimpia. Green was born in San Jose, California.
Hertha Berlin will be playing in the Bundesliga next season after winning promotion this year, but Alfredo Morales will not be with the club. Morales signed a two-year deal with FC Ingolstadt today.
“Ingolstadt is a young, up-and-coming club with great potential,” Morales, who joined Hertha at age 10, told the club website after the deal was announced on Friday. “It was time for me to make a new step, I felt it in my gut. I want to do my part to help FCI continue moving forward.”
The move to Ingolstadt means the 23-year-old will stay in the 2. Bundesliga and will likely get a shot at more playing time. Morales appeared in 23 first-team matches with Hertha Berlin across all competitions over the last three seasons, including 10 games in 2012-13.
Ingolstadt currently sit in 11th place in the 18-team 2. Bundesliga this season with one game remaining. Fellow Americans Edson Buddle and Amaechi Igwe have played at the club in prior seasons.
Wikipedia fun fact: The club nickname Die Schanzer has a military background, meaning trenchmen or rampartmen.