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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.

 
Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Alfredo Morales, Alonso Hernandez, Bobby Wood, Brad Guzan, Brek Shea, DaMarcus Beasley, Danny Williams, DeAndre Yedlin, Edgar Castillo, Emerson Hyndman, Fernando Arce Jr., Freddy Adu, Gedion Zelalem, Geoff Cameron, Jozy Altidore, Juan Agudelo, Julian Green, Junior Flores, Lynden Gooch, Mayowa Alli, Phil Saunders, Sacha Kljestan, Tim Howard, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team, Will Packwood
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Even more new kits for 2014-15
   July 9, 2014 (9:45 AM) by Matt Benson
 

I have already done two posts before on this subject (here and here), but we have some even more new kits/jerseys/shirts/whatever you want to call them.

So check out after the jump to see new kits for many teams featuring Americans in 2014-15.

Read the rest of this entry »

 
Categories: Alfredo Morales, Aron Johannsson, Bobby Wood, Danny Williams, Eric Lichaj, Eugene Starikov, Fabian Hurzeler, Jonathan Spector, Jozy Altidore, Timothy Chandler, Zak Whitbread
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A bunch of links for Tuesday
   April 15, 2014 (12:57 AM) by Matt Benson
 

A lot of things to check out.

US Soccer’s website has a bunch of goodies from the last couple of days.  They stopped by Toronto to do a little Q&A action with Michael Bradley.  They also have the latest Road to the Roster podcast up with Jurgen Klinsmann.  He talks about the Mexico friendly and Jozy Altidore among other things.  And they also have a Q&A up with World Cup hopeful DeAndre Yedlin.

The US U-20 team is down in Texas for the Dallas Cup and is already 2-0-0 after the first two games.  They kicked things off with a 3-2 win over River Plate.  Here is a photo of Ben Spencer celebrating after scoring one of the goals.  On Monday, the team defeated Eintracht Frankfurt 3-0.  Here is a photo of Tijuana and US U-20 teammates Paul Arriola and Amando Moreno celebrating the win.  The US leads Group C with six points and will play Tigres on Wednesday as they look to advance to the semifinals.

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.

We had some goals this past weekend in Europe.  Alfredo Morales scored his first of the season in a 2-1 loss.  Juan Agudelo scored what turned out to be the game-winning goal in Utrecht’s 2-1 win.  And Michael Farfan came off the bench and scored the game-tying goal in Cruz Azul’s 2-2 draw.  The goal earned Farfan a spot on Medio Tiempo’s Team of the Week as a sub.

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.

Just in case people forgot, Jozy Altidore is one of the good guys.

ESPN FC’s Alex Labidou wrote some words (or typed them) after talking to FC Nantes’ Alejandro Bedoya.

Stuart Holden talked to the fine folks over at Fox Sports about trying to recover from yet another knee injury.  Stu’s sock game was on point.

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.

A few guys saw the field on Monday.  After battling some swelling in his knee, Danny Williams returned to Reading’s starting lineup and played 61 minutes in a 1-1 draw.  Bobby Wood came off the bench, played 24 minutes and picked up a yellow card in 1860 Munich’s 4-2 loss to Dynamo Dresden.

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.

 
Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Alex Horwath, Alfredo Morales, Amando Moreno, Andrew Stadler, Ben Spencer, Bobby Wood, Brandon McDonald, Chris Wondolowski, Clint Dempsey, Danny Williams, DeAndre Yedlin, Eric Pothast, Jozy Altidore, Juan Agudelo, Kyle Beckerman, Matt Pyzdrowski, Maurice Edu, Michael Bradley, Michael Farfan, Paul Arriola, Paul Torres, Rubio Rubin, Stuart Holden, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team
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Ingolstadt vs. Paderborn Highlights
   April 11, 2014 (1:15 PM) by Matt Benson
 

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.

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Categories: Alfredo Morales, Highlights
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Rumored USMNT players so far for Bosnia friendly
   August 9, 2013 (12:44 AM) by Matt Benson
 

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:

Anthony Brooks
Aron Johannsson
Bobby Wood
Danny Williams
Alfredo Morales
Jermaine Jones
Eddie Johnson
Brad Evans
Terrence Boyd

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.

 

 
Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Alfredo Morales, Aron Johannsson, Bobby Wood, Brad Evans, Clint Dempsey, Danny Williams, Eddie Johnson, Jermaine Jones, John Brooks, Terrence Boyd, US Men's National Team
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A plethora of links for Tuesday
   July 23, 2013 (12:33 AM) by Matt Benson
 

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.

Some good news on the injury front as Fabian Johnson returned to some light training with Hoffenheim.

And Herculez Gomez is still about 2-3 weeks away from making his debut with Tijuana after picking up a knee injury in the Gold Cup.

Good to see that Jurgen Klinsmann and the USMNT coaching staff are still going after German-American forward Shawn Parker.

Another German-American, Julian Green, scored twice for Bayern Munich’s U-23 last week and I can’t find highlights, but his dad was tweeting out photos from the game.

We told you last week that Tim Ream played at left back for Bolton in a preseason friendly and here is a video interview with Ream talking about it.

Brian Sciaretta recently talked to Matt Besler and here is that interview/story.  I think Besler is probably our #1 centerback at the moment if I was doing my own depth chart.

Michael Bradley talked to MLS Insider about growing up in MLS.

Michael’s father, Bob Bradley, will be on The Daily Show on Comedy Central this Thursday, so set your DVRs (or watch it live).

Alejandro Bedoya was on Jason Davis’ The Best Soccer Show last week where he talked about his future and the Gold Cup.

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.

We are inching closer to Copa America taking place in the US in 2016.

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).

 
Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Alfredo Morales, Aron Johannsson, Babajide Ogunbiyi, Bob Bradley, Christian Eissele, Fabian Johnson, Herculez Gomez, Julian Green, Matt Besler, Michael Bradley, Shawn Parker, Tim Ream, US Men's National Team
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Random Tuesday linkage
   July 2, 2013 (12:01 AM) by Matt Benson
 

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.

Timothy Chandler has returned from his knee injury and started a preseason friendly for Nurnberg over the weekend.

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.

 
Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Alfredo Morales, Aubrey Perry, Charles Renken, Cory Ashe, Elbert Green, Fabian Hurzeler, Joe Gyau, Josh Gatt, Jozy Altidore, Julian Green, Mario Rodriguez, Rubio Rubin, Timothy Chandler, US Men's National Team, Will Packwood
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Alfredo Morales signs with FC Ingolstadt
   May 17, 2013 (4:54 PM) by Matt Benson
 

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.

While we are talking about Americans signing in Germany, Steve Cherundolo signed a one-year extension with Hannover 96 as expected.

 
Categories: Alfredo Morales, Steve Cherundolo
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Hertha Berlin vs. St. Pauli Highlights
   April 28, 2013 (7:19 PM) by Matt Benson
 

Anthony Brooks and Alfredo Morales both went 90 minutes for Hertha Berlin, while Joe Gyau came off the bench for St. Pauli as Hertha Berlin won 3-2.  Here is six minutes worth of highlights.

 
Categories: Alfredo Morales, Highlights, Joe Gyau, John Brooks
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Thursday afternoon links
   March 28, 2013 (2:44 PM) by Matt Benson
 

A few random things for you.

Charlie Davies got the start and went the full 90 minutes in Randers’ 0-0 draw to OB today.  It was his first start in a top-flight European league since before his car crash with Sochaux in 2009-10.  As Howie pointed out to me, Costa Rica has played two WC Hex qualifiers on American soil since his last start.  Let that sink in for a second.

After playing some games with the U-23 team in the Regionalliga, Bobby Wood came off the bench and played 31 minutes in 1860 Munich’s 1-0 win over Erzgebirge Aue today.

Landon Donovan is back with the LA Galaxy and spoke to the press today.  He is hoping to get back with the USMNT in time for the three qualifiers in June.

The Birmingham Mail has a story on Will Packwood and his road to recovery.

Here is a likely poorly Google-translated interview with Alfredo Morales from Hertha Berlin’s site.

The US-Mexico game drew the highest World Cup qualifier match ratings in ESPN history.  And here are the field-level highlights of last Friday’s game against Costa Rica.  A friend of the site also sent in some photos from the game that I should hopefully have up tomorrow.

Swedish Superettan side IK Brage have signed central defender Tyler Ruthven.  Ruthven last played with the New York Red Bulls in 2012.

Bob Bradley has Egypt on the right track so far in their quest to qualify for the World Cup.

And good luck to soccer journalist Brian Straus. Staus was let go by the Sporting News along with some other writers this week.  Whether you enjoyed his now famous article from last week or not, we need more people like him following MLS/US Soccer.  Hopefully someone smart picks him up.  Maybe I can convince him to come to this site and pay him in high fives.

 
Categories: Alfredo Morales, Bob Bradley, Bobby Wood, Charlie Davies, Landon Donovan, Tyler Ruthven, US Men's National Team, Will Packwood
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