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Friday morning links
   October 24, 2014 (1:09 AM) by Matt Benson
 

A few links before the weekend.

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 those guys are coming back from injuries, Timothy Chandler will likely miss Eintracht Frankfurt’s game this weekend due to an abductor muscle issue.

After missing basically the entire season after tearing his achilles tendon, Zarek Valentin returned to full training this week in Norway.

Freddy Adu hasn’t done much at Jagodina in Serbia this season and could be making a move to Sweden come January.

Geoff Cameron is back from injury and is ready to fight for a position at center back or central midfield.

Ives Galarcep talked to Greg Garza earlier this week about the crazy three-year run Garza has been having.  I remember when he was sort of this mythical player stuck in Traffic Sports purgatory.

Franco Panizo caught up with Alfredo Morales to talk about the progress he is making at Ingolstadt and with the USMNT.

Jose Torres scored a pretty bitchin’ goal in Copa MX action earlier this week.

Gedion Zelalem went the full 90 minutes in Arsenal’s 4-3 loss to Anderlecht in the UEFA Youth League on Tuesday.  On Wednesday, Junior Flores got the start and played 77 minutes in Borussia Dortmund’s 3-2 loss to Galatasaray.

Marc Pelosi has been training some with Liverpool’s senior team this past week.

Brian Sciaretta talked to 16-year-old English-American defender Cameron Carter-Vickers about his trip with the US U-23 team down to Brazil and how US Soccer found him.

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.

 
Categories: Aleks Gogic, Alfredo Morales, Aron Johannsson, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Freddy Adu, Gedion Zelalem, Geoff Cameron, Greg Garza, Jesus Vazquez, Jose Francisco Torres, Junior Flores, Marc Pelosi, Mix Diskerud, Timothy Chandler, US Men's National Team, Zarek Valentin
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Tuesday morning links roundup
   October 21, 2014 (12:24 AM) by Matt Benson
 

A bunch of links from the last couple of days.

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.

Joe Corona broke his foot in Tijuana’s 2-1 win on Friday and he will be out four weeks.

Mix Diskerud had to be subbed off after 36 minutes over the weekend due to a leg injury, but it doesn’t appear to be too serious.

Joe Gyau had successful knee surgery last Thursday.

Fresh off his goal with the US on Tuesday, Jozy Altidore didn’t even make Sunderland’s bench this weekend.  It was probably a good thing as Southampton trashed the Black Cats 8-0.

Brek Shea was sent on loan to Birmingham City to get playing time, just probably not with their U-21 team like he did on Monday.

Sticking with Birmingham City, Shea, Jonathan Spector and Will Packwood will have a new manager as Lee Clark has been fired.

If you missed Howie’s post yesterday, Juan Agudelo is still without a job as Wolverhampton decided to pass on him after his trial.

Also from the weekend, Will talked to Quentin Westberg about the weird situation at Luzenac and his possible future.

We had some goals over the weekend.  Cesar Romero has now scored in six straight games.  Andrew Stadler scored a game-tying goal in the 87th minute.  Devante Parker scored his first goal at the U-23 level for 2014-15.  And Christian Eissele scored his 17th goal of the 2014 calendar year.

Jake Keegan and Galway FC beat Shelbourne 2-0 in the first leg of the Irish Premier Division promotion playoffs.  The second leg will be on Friday.  For more on Keegan, take a look back at RJ’s interview with him from last week.

Staying in Ireland, Yanks Abroad’s Kenya Brown talked to Pat McCann.

Also over the weekend, Dembakwi Yomba scored a goal with Atlético Madrid’s Juvenil División de Honor team.  Here is also a Google-translated interview with Yomba.

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.

Alfredo Morales showed off some skills this weekend.

FC Utrecht manager Robby Alflen has been impressed with Rubio Rubin.

And finally, Stabæk’s fans had some fun signs for Bob Bradley this past weekend.

 
Categories: Alfredo Morales, Andrew Stadler, Aron Johannsson, Bob Bradley, Brad Friedel, Brad Guzan, Brek Shea, Cesar Romero, Christian Eissele, Dembakwi Yomba, Devante Parker, Geoff Cameron, Jake Keegan, Joe Corona, Joe Gyau, John Brooks, Jonathan Spector, Jozy Altidore, Juan Agudelo, Mix Diskerud, Pat McCann, Quentin Westberg, Rubio Rubin, Terrence Boyd, Tim Howard, US Men's National Team, Will Packwood
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A few links for Tuesday
   September 23, 2014 (12:33 AM) by Matt Benson
 

A few things for Tuesday.

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).

We did have some goals in some smaller leagues this weekend.  As always, our goal tracker has been updated with the information.  As for some highlights of the goals, Cesar Romero scored from the penalty spot in Pyunik’s 1-1 draw to FC Mika in Armenia.  Kyle Curinga scored his second goal of the season on Saturday in GBK’s 3-0 win over Kajaani in Finland.  Andy Lorei scored a goal on Saturday in Bodens BK’s 2-1 win over Söderhamn.  And Jake Keegan scored his 11th goal of the season on Saturday, tied for the third most in the League of Ireland First Division, in Galway’s 3-0 win over Finn Harps.

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.

Kyle Scott assisted on a goal for Chelsea’s U-18 team over the weekend.

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.

Jon Arnold thinks it might be time for the Gold Cup to branch out and play some of its games outside the US.

And finally, FIFA Executive Committee member Theo Zwanziger doesn’t think the 2022 World Cup will be played in Qatar.  But FIFA wants to remind you that his comments are just his personal opinion.

 
Categories: Alfredo Morales, Andrew Wooten, Andy Lorei, Björn Maars Johnsen, Brad Guzan, Brandon Scott, Cesar Romero, Fabian Johnson, Jake Keegan, Joe Gyau, Julian Green, Junior Flores, Kyle Curinga, Kyle Scott, Matt Horth, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team
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Friday morning links
   September 19, 2014 (12:03 AM) by Matt Benson
 

A bunch of stuff before the weekend.

The latest FIFA rankings came out yesterday with the US moving up one spot to #17.  The US is still the third-highest ranked team in CONCACAF with Costa Rica at #15 and Mexico at #16.

According to Steven Goff, the US has sold about 25,000 tickets for the October 10 friendly against Ecuador in Hartford.

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.

Sticking at Craven Cottage, remember when Clint Dempsey had his hand all wrapped up for a couple of weeks in 2010?  According to Danny Murphy, it was because Dempsey punched a window after finding out that he wouldn’t start in the Europa League semifinal.  Dempsey can still rap as well.

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.

Terrence Boyd has returned to some solo training this week.

Someone pointed out this tweet from August to me today, but it looks like Josh Gatt is hoping for a January return.

Greg Seltzer takes a look at some possible dual nationals for the USMNT as we begin the 2018 cycle.

Stoke City are setting up some academies in the US and Canada.

Jeffrey Donovan talked to Alfredo Morales about earning his second cap and some other things for ASN.

Right back Travis Brent signed with Heracles Almelo in the Netherlands last month.  He has played in at least one U-21 game over the last month.

Dembakwi Yomba assisted on a goal for one of Atletico Madrid’s youth teams this week.

Kenya Brown talked to Alex Rodier as he begins his second season in Poland with LKS Lomza.

And congrats to Jon Arnold for guest hosting Soccer Morning yesterday.  It seems like yesterday that he was writing about Christian Eissele for us.  He is all grown up.

 
Categories: Alex Rodier, Alfredo Morales, Clint Dempsey, DeAndre Yedlin, Dembakwi Yomba, Emerson Hyndman, Fabian Johnson, Gedion Zelalem, Herculez Gomez, Josh Gatt, Junior Flores, Terrence Boyd, Tim Howard, Travis Brent, US Men's National Team
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OT Player of the Week
   September 2, 2014 (1:08 PM) by Howie Michaels
 

It’s back for the 2014-15 season!

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Matt’s Pick – Alfredo Morales (FC Ingolstadt – German 2. Bundesliga)

His assists were pretty damn nice, especially that second one.

Howie’s Pick – Alfredo Morales (FC Ingolstadt – German 2. Bundesliga)

Morales celebrated his callup to the Nats by having two assists in Ingolstadt’s 3-0 victory over Sandhausen.

 
Categories: Alfredo Morales, Player of the Week
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Tuesday’s linkapalooza
   September 2, 2014 (12:01 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Lots of action this past weekend.

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 USMNT did some training yesterday at the headquarters of the Czech Football Association.   In case you missed the young roster, John D. Halloran broke things down on Friday.  Terrence Boyd is also there in attendance despite his knee injury and Geoff Cameron has been officially ruled out of Wednesday’s game due to his injury.  I forgot to post this last week, but here is Jurgen Klinsmann’s usual post-roster release quote sheet.  Also from last Friday, US Soccer announced an October 14 friendly against Honduras.

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.

As for some other moves, Duane Holmes is now with League Two side Bury on a loan until January.  Seb Hines is now with Coventry City until January on a short-term loan.  Gboly Ariyibi signed with English League One side Chesterfield.  And US U-20 midfielder Kris Scott has made the move from Swansea City’s youth teams to Leicester City’s youth teams.

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.

 
Categories: Alfredo Morales, Andrew Stadler, Anthony Avalos, Bobby Warshaw, Bobby Wood, Brad Guzan, Brek Shea, Christian Eissele, Drew Jeskey, Duane Holmes, Emerson Hyndman, Fernando Arce, Freddy Adu, Gboly Ariyibi, Geoff Cameron, Greg Garza, Joe Corona, John Requejo Jr., Juan Agudelo, Julian Green, Junior Flores, Kris Scott, Matt Eliason, Matt Taylor, Paul Arriola, Rubio Rubin, Russell Canouse, Sacha Kljestan, Seb Hines, Terrence Boyd, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team, Will Packwood
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Ingolstadt vs. Sandhausen Highlights
   September 1, 2014 (2:18 PM) by Matt Benson
 

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.

 
Categories: Alfredo Morales, Andrew Wooten, Highlights
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A bit of this and that for Tuesday
   August 19, 2014 (12:42 AM) by Matt Benson
 

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 big news of the weekend was the professional debut of Rubio Rubin.  Greg Seltzer also recently talked to Rubin about signing with FC Utrecht.

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.

This weekend also saw Brad Guzan make his 75th straight Premier League start for Aston Villa, the second-longest active streak in the Premier League behind Liverpool’s Simon Mignolet (now at 79 straight starts).

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.

Will Packwood didn’t play with Birmingham City over the weekend, but he did score a goal with their U-21 team on Monday.

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.

ESPN’s Doug McIntyre spoke to Chicago Fire manager Frank Yallop last week and Yallop thinks the Fire are close to signing Jermaine Jones.  McIntyre’s ESPN compadre Jeff Carlisle spoke to a league source who told Carlisle that Jones would “likely” be subject to regular MLS allocation order.  I never understand MLS roster rules.  It is like they are the producers of Paradise Hotel and make up stuff as they go.

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.

Sticking with odd videos of goals from the weekend, here is Joey Spivack’s first goal of the season for Víkingur Ólafsvík.

Brian Straus with some words on Tim Howard and Tourette syndrome.

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.

Brooks Lennon made his Liverpool U-21 debut last Wednesday.

Jurgen Klinsmann’s son, Jonathan Klinsmann, did a training stint with VfB Stuttgart last week.

And finally, Timothy Weah, son of the great George Weah, joined Paris Saint-Germain’s academy.  Weah has trained with the US U-14 team recently.

 
Categories: Alfredo Morales, Amando Moreno, Aron Johannsson, Brooks Lennon, DeAndre Yedlin, Emerson Hyndman, Geoff Cameron, Greg Garza, Jermaine Jones, Joe Gyau, Joey Spivack, Jonathan Klinsmann, Juan Agudelo, Junior Flores, Rubio Rubin, Tim Howard, Timothy Weah, Tony Taylor, US Men's National Team, Will Packwood
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Tuesday morning link thing
   July 29, 2014 (12:21 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Some more links for your Tuesday morning reading pleasure.

Let’s start off with a stupid but awesome USMNT shirt.

Julian Green doesn’t want a loan and wants to break into the Bayern Munich lineup.  Here is also an adorable photo of him as a young kid cheering on Bayern Munich with his dad.

According to Sunderland manager Gus Poyet, Jozy Altidore’s hamstring is now fine.

I posted last week about Danny Williams’ surgery.  It now looks like he was told by the club to have surgery over the summer while he tried to avoid having it.  But he is going to be out several weeks.

Brad Guzan is aware that he has to prove himself if he wants to take over the #1 job for the USMNT.

The player currently in front of him for that spot, Tim Howard, will be wearing purple in away games this season with Everton.

Geoff Cameron talked to the people over at New England Soccer Today about his World Cup experience.

We learned about Terrence Boyd’s ACL yesterday, but here is an interview he did in Germany last week prior to his injury.  And the headline/quote is funny.

Bundesliga.com did a little write up on a few of the Americans who play among the various leagues in Germany.

US U-20 midfielder Eric Lickert was last seen with SC Freiburg’s U-19 team last year, but he signed a professional contract with German 3. Liga side SpVgg Unterhaching for this season.

With the European season starting up, Brian Sciaretta wrote about five prospects who could make their debuts this year.  Mr. Sciaretta also talked to Pablo Punyed last week about playing in Europa League.

Here is a cool photo of Bobby Wood and Brek Shea from this past weekend’s friendly between their respective clubs.

According to this report, Jonathan Spector has a “niggle in his groin.”  I’m assuming that is like a strain.

Jon-Paul Pittman’s trial with English Conference National side Grimsby Town wasn’t very long as they ended up signing him on a one-year deal.

Mukwelle Akale scored a goal for Villarreal’s U-18 team over the weekend and Top Drawer Soccer has the footage of the goal.

Cal Poly’s Ariel Lassiter signed a professional contract with Swedish Superttan side GAIS.  He will now become teammates with Bobby Warshaw.

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.

 
Categories: Alfredo Morales, Ariel Lassiter, Bobby Wood, Brad Guzan, Brek Shea, Caleb Stanko, Danny Williams, David Yelldell, Devante Parker, Emerson Hyndman, Eric Lickert, Fabian Johnson, Geoff Cameron, Jon-Paul Pittman, Jonathan Spector, Jozy Altidore, Julian Green, Mukwelle Akale, Nicholas Gaitan, Pablo Punyed, Rubio Rubin, Shawn Parker, Terrence Boyd, Tim Howard, US Men's National Team
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A bunch of link goodies for Thursday
   July 24, 2014 (12:02 AM) by Matt Benson
 

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.

Freddy Adu appears to be in talks with FK Jagodina in Serbia.  And he is also getting some interest from a team in Cyprus.

Juan Agudelo has been in Florida training with Orlando City, but much like Brek Shea a couple months ago, this is just a training thing.  He won’t be signing with Orlando City.

Jozy Altidore’s summer vacation is finally ending as he is expected to be back with Sunderland today.

Much like Jermaine Jones throwing out the first pitch with the Dodgers a couple weeks ago, Geoff Cameron did the same with the Red Sox last week and Brad Guzan did it with the Cubs this week.

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).

Alfredo Morales scored a goal for FC Ingolstadt in a friendly against Nurnberg earlier this week.  Here is a photo of Morales in action.

Sacha Kljestan is still with Anderlecht and went the full 90 minutes in a friendly earlier this week.

Brek Shea is receiving some praise for his play in Stoke City’s friendly against Borussia Monchengladbach.

Edgar Castillo (and his odd #1 jersey number) talked to Tom Marshall about still trying to keep the USMNT dream alive.

Bobby Wood came off the bench in 1860 Munich’s 3-0 win over SV Heimstetten in a friendly yesterday.  Here is a photo of him in action.

For those of you holding out to buy a Junior Flores/Borussia Dortmund jersey, you can go get those #22 jerseys now.  For those ultimate soccer jersey hipsters, Alonso Hernandez will wear #13 for Monterrey in Mexico.

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.

In the random but awesome jersey department.  I want this jersey of a lower level Spanish team.  And if the Big Ten had pro-style jerseys with sponsors, here is what one person thinks they would look like.  Basically my Hawkeyes would be Borussia Dortmund.

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.

 
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