A bunch of stuff from this week and other stuff from last week that I meant to post but didn’t, so let’s get after it.
Yesterday was a good day for Americans in Europe. John Brooks continued his recent strong play by scoring his first goal since THAT goal against Ghana (highlights from yesterday). Over in Belgium, Sacha Kljestan came off the bench and scored a goal in Anderlecht’s 3-0 win in the Belgian Cup (highlights). Also in the Belgian Cup, Kenny Saief scored for Gent in their 4-1 win (no highlights found yet). And back in Germany, Alfredo Morales was credited with an assist in Ingolstadt’s 2-1 win, but his teammate did most of the dirty work (highlights).
Howie posted some links about Brek Shea heading back to the US and Orlando City, but Greg Seltzer is hearing that some other Championship teams might be still interested in his services.
Herculez Gomez is headed back to Puebla. This will be his seventh different stint with a Liga MX team in the last five seasons, but he would be returning to his original stint/team where he won his scoring title in 2010.
Ventura Alvarado and Club America won the Apertura title this past fall so here are two interviews for you, one in English and one in Spanish.
Dom Dwyer signed a new contract with Sporting Kansas City which will keep him in the US for a while longer. Since he received his green card in 2012, he would be eligible to apply for citizenship in 2017.
Alfredo Morales went the full 90 minutes in Ingolstadt’s 2-1 win on Wednesday. Morales was also credited with an assist on Ingolstadt’s first goal (although his teammate did basically all the work on the goal). Here are some highlights.
The USMNT will have a second friendly next month in Europe as they will take on Colombia at Craven Cottage in London.
The latest FIFA rankings came out earlier this week and the US dropped six places to No. 23. They are still the third-highest ranked team in CONCACAF as Costa Rica comes in at No. 16 and Mexico at No. 17.
Mix Diskerud had to be subbed out after 36 minutes in last weekend’s game due to an injury, but he just missed a couple practices this week and returned to training yesterday. Sounds like a good chance he plays on Sunday.
Also in the injury department, Aron Johannsson is expected to dress with AZ Alkmaar this weekend. Johannsson played with AZ’s reserves earlier this week and will get a chance to play in his first game with the senior team against Groningen on Saturday.
While we are learning about some new dual-national players, Tom Marshall introduces us to Leones Negros midfielder Jesus Vazquez.
Aleks Gogic signed with Reading last year, but it looks like the 18-year-old goalkeeper must be on loan with Southern League Premier Division (seventh tier!) side Slough Town F.C. as he played in a game with them last Saturday.
The rumored USMNT friendly against Croatia at Craven Cottage for November (that their federation announced) looks to be no mas. That said, US Soccer looks to be talking to Colombia about filling that void and still playing at Craven Cottage. But if you remember, Colombia was the team that US Soccer tried to schedule for September for the second friendly and that fell through. Basically nothing is official until US Soccer announces something.
This was the weekend of players returning to the field. Geoff Cameron came off the bench and played 29 minutes (completing 15-of-15 passes) in Stoke City’s 2-1 win over Swansea City. Stoke City’s website got a couple post-game quotes from Cameron.
Terrence Boyd made his return this weekend, coming off the bench and playing 29 minutes in RB Leipzig’s 1-0 loss to Nurnberg. Here is a photo of Boyd in action.
Aron Johannsson played in his first game since the World Cup. It was with AZ Alkmaar’s reserve team on Monday, but he scored from the penalty spot (highlights).
While he didn’t come back from injury, John Brooks appears to be out of the dog house as he came off the bench for Hertha Berlin in a 2-0 loss to Schalke.
And while we had those players coming back, we did have a couple Americans pick up injuries this weekend.
In the battle of American goalkeepers, Tim Howard (photo) and Everton defeated Brad Guzan (photo) and Aston Villa. It was Howard’s 350th career Premier League appearance, trailing only Brad Friedel (450) for the most all-time by an American.
Steven Goff has your weekend roundup of the bigger-named players in Europe. Julian Green came off the bench for Hamburg and played 15 minutes against his parent club Bayern Munich. Brad Guzan, who had only given up one goal over the first four games of the season, gave up three goals to Arsenal over a four-minute stretch around the 30th minute.
Andrew Wooten scored the lone goal of the game in Sandhausen’s 1-0 victory at Aalen. And Alfredo Morales assisted on Ingolstadt’s only goal in a 1-1 draw to 1860 Munich. I really dislike the 2. Bundesliga as it is nearly impossible to find highlights from that league. I can find goals from the Swedish fourth division or the U-19 league in Germany, but not the second division in Germany.
Speaking of the U-19 league in Germany, Junior Flores started for Borussia Dortmund’s U-19 team in a 3-2 win over Bayer Leverkusen. I saw some chatter on Twitter that he assisted on a goal, but it doesn’t look like he did as he only played 45 minutes (two of their goals came in the second half) and here are some highlights from the game (they start around the 2:35 mark).
Also, Brandon Scott, Matt Horth and Leiknir Reykjavík clinched the Icelandic 1. Deild (second division) title this past weekend with a 4-0 win over Tindastóll. And Horth contributed to the goals in the second half.
Here is an action shot of Fabian Johnson during Borussia Mönchengladbach’s 0-0 draw to FC Köln.
Joe Gyau made the bench for Borussia Dormund’s senior team yet again this past weekend, but he did not play again either. Here are some photos of Gyau with former USMNT player and current Dortmund U-23 manager David Wagner.
According to ESPN’s Doug McIntyre, Jurgen Klinsmann plans on calling in a lot of guys into next month’s international break, possibly up to as many as 30 players. Since it is a full international break, it will be both MLS/Liga MX and European-based players.
Since everyone and their mother does a “pick the USMNT roster for the 2018 World Cup” thing, Brian Sciaretta goes US Soccer hipster on us and picks his 21 players for next summer’s U-20 World Cup.
A new name to keep an eye on (courtesy of a Brian Sciaretta tweet from this weekend) is Björn Maars Johnsen. He was born in North Carolina, but it looks like he grew up in Norway. But he has nine goals in eight games for Atlético CP in the Portuguese Segunda Liga (second division) and two goals in three cup matches so far in 2014-15. And he sort of has a Kid ‘n Play hi-top fade thing going.
Yesterday was Thursday and Thursday means Europa League. Tim Howard was a beast as he tied a Europa League record with 12 saves in Everton’s 4-1 win over Wolfsburg (highlights). And Fabian Johnson started on the left wing for Borussia Mönchengladbach in their 1-1 draw to Villarreal.
The UEFA Youth League also had some games this week with Gedion Zelalem going the distance in Arsenal’s 2-0 win over Junior Flores (71 minutes) and Borussia Dormund. Here is a photo of them both in action. Zelalem also had a pretty nice assist last week in an Arsenal youth game back in England.
Herculez Gomez scored a goal in Tigres’ 1-0 win over Queretaro in Copa MX action on Wednesday (highlights). It was also Ronaldinho’s debut for Queretaro.
Emerson Hyndman will have a new manager at Fulham as Felix Magath has been sacked after the dumpster fire of a start by the Cottagers this season.
The English FA has proposed some changes about foreign players obtaining work permits in the UK. And as Jeremiah Oshan points out, this could help Americans like DeAndre Yedlin if the US can continue to be a Top 30 team. And here is your reminder that Yedlin is really fast.
Steven Goff has you covered with a weekend roundup of the bigger names in Europe. Good to see Rubio Rubin and Emerson Hyndman both made appearances again in their respective team’s starting lineups. Hyndmann is 18 years old and completing 91 percent of his passes this season, fourth highest in the Championship among players with 100+ attempted passes.
As for some goals, Matt Taylor bagged another two goals in Saarbrücken’s 2-1 win over Nöttingen (highlights). Taylor has put together a nice little career in the various lower leagues in Germany, scoring 55 goals in 162 league appearances since 2008-09.
Bobby Warshaw went the full 90 minutes and scored the opening goal of the game in Bærum’s 2-1 loss to Hønefoss (highlights). Over in Sweden, Andrew Stadler scored his 11th goal of the season in Landskrona’s 1-1 draw to Sirius (highlights). Down in the fourth tier in Sweden, Eddy Prugh and Andy Lorei both scored in Bodens BK’s 3-2 loss to Anundsjö (highlights). And we don’t have highlights of these goals, but Matt Eliason, Drew Jeskey, Anthony Avalos and Christian Eissele also scored this weekend and our goal tracker has some more details. Will Packwood also scored for Birmingham City’s U-21 team.
While we had some goals this weekend, the assists might have been even better this weekend. Bobby Wood used his head to assist on 1860 Munich’s goal in their 1-1 draw to Darmstadt 98 (highlights). Here is also a photo of Wood from that game. And Alfredo Morales assisted on two goals in Ingolstadt’s 3-0 win over Sandhausen (highlights). That second one was pretty slick.
The US U-20 team is headed to Argentina this week to play Racing Club Reserves, Defensa y Justicia Reserves and Argentina’s U-20 team. Here is the updated roster, which features John Requejo Jr., Fernando Arce, Russell Canouse, Junior Flores and Paul Arriola among others. Another interesting name on the list is Chivas de Guadalajara’s Luis Martir since Chivas normally has a Mexican international only policy.
We had a pretty quiet Deadline Day on the American front (aside from a dildo going into a reporter’s ear, seriously), but we had a couple moves over the last couple of days.
As we posted over the weekend, Julian Green is headed to Hamburg on a season-long loan. And for all those soccer jersey hipsters out there, Hamburg has a decent home shirt this year and Green looks to be wearing #37.
The bigger news on the American front were the moves that did not happen. Stoke City decided to keep Geoff Cameron despite bids from Sunderland and Southampton. Zulte-Waregem made a bid for Sacha Kljestan, but Anderlecht decided to hold onto him as well. And I guess there might have been some rumblings of Southampton sniffing around Brek Shea, but nothing happened (and it was likely silly season nonsense).
And before multiple more people ask me, Juan Agudelo is still without a club and myself (and many others) don’t know anything more on his situation.
Brian Sciaretta, writing for multiple outlets, has you covered with some interviews with Brad Guzan and Greg Garza. Jonny Rico also got some audio from Garza and Joe Corona about their recent call-ups to the USMNT.
And finally, Freddy Adu is still in Serbia, still hasn’t played for his new team and is suing his former Brazilian team Bahia over alleged unpaid wages.
Alfredo Morales went the full 90 minutes while picking up a yellow card and assisting on two goals in Ingolstadt’s 3-0 win over Andrew Wooten (started and played 45 minutes) and Sandhausen. Here are 10 minutes worth of highlights with Morales’ really nice assists coming at the 0:20 and 8:12 marks.
This weekend was a busy one with tons of players seeing the field throughout Europe. Here is a quick rundown of how guys did over the weekend. And as always, our goal tacker is updated with the goals from the weekend with some links to highlights to a few of them.
The other odd news of the weekend was the lack of Geoff Cameron in Stoke City’s gameday roster. While there was first speculation that Mark Hughes was giving extra rest to Cameron and Peter Odemwingie due to the World Cup, it now looks like Cameron is wanting a transfer away from Stoke City.
Through two games, Emerson Hyndman has completed 125 passes this season, the fourth most in the English League Championship. And among Championship players who have attempted at least 100 passes, his 91% completion percentage is the second highest in the Championship. And there has been a total of 1065 minutes played so far in the Championship by players under the age of 20 with Fulham accounting for 607 of those minutes (57 percent).
Aron Johannsson is going to be out another six weeks after having groin surgery to go along with his ankle surgery from last month. It will be interesting to see who Jurgen Klinsmann calls into next month’s friendly at forward if he sticks with a European-based roster with Johannsson and Boyd both out with injuries. Is it finally time to cap Matt Taylor?! (I am joking.)
Seattle Sounders general manager Adrian Hanauer spoke about DeAndre Yedlin’s transfer last Wednesday. The deal is done, but he won’t be transferred until a later date (since the MLS transfer window is closed and he can’t be loaned back to Seattle?). Tottenham will “evaluate the situation” at the end of the MLS season once the MLS transfer window opens back up (and see if he can get his UK work permit), although there is a chance he stays in Seattle through the summer of 2015.
People have been asking me a lot recently about anything on Juan Agudelo. There is nothing new to report that I know of other than he continues to train with Orlando City off and on.
Alfredo Morales and FC Ingolstadt were knocked out of the DFB Pokal by Kickers Offenbach yesterday in a penalty shootout. Morales went the full 120 minutes and made his penalty attempt.
Tony Taylor became a free agent this summer after his contract expired with Omonia Nikosia in Cyprus. And now the former US youth international is headed to the New England Revolution after the Revolution acquired the forward through a lottery.
Greg Garza did not play with Tijuana last Friday after suffering a nose injury in training which required surgery. On the Tijuana U-20 front, tilt your computer sideways to see this goal by Amando Moreno from a U-20 game from Friday.
US Soccer confirmed the friendly against Ecuador for October 10 last week. Brian Sciaretta is hearing that US Soccer will add a second game during that international week and it will also take place in the US.
While Germany had the DFB Pokal this past weekend, Borussia Dortmund II had the off week from official games, but both Junior Flores and Joe Gyau (Gyau also scored) played with the U-23 team in a friendly against Wattenscheid last Thursday.