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Friday morning links
   April 11, 2014 (1:01 AM) by Matt
 

Some links before the weekend.

The long rumored Copa America Centenario appears to be coming to the US in 2016.  The 16-team tournament will feature 10 CONMEBOL teams and six CONCACAF squads, including the US and Mexico.

The US has moved up one spot to #13 in the latest FIFA world rankings.  As for the rest of the US’s group of fun, Germany is #2, Portugal is #3 and Ghana is #38.

Tab Ramos has named his 21-man roster for the Dallas Cup.  The US will face River Plate, Eintracht Frankfurt and UANL Tigres in Group C of the Gordon Jago Super Group.  Emerson Hyndman will also be in attendance at the tournament, but he will be playing with Fulham.

Jose Torres became the first American to win Mexico’s Copa MX earlier this week.  Torres has now won trophies in Copa MX, Copa Sudamericana, Liga MX Clausura, Super Liga and CONCACAF Champions League (three times).  Not too shabby.

Timothy Chandler has begun running again for the first time since his latest injury.

While Steve Cherundolo’s playing career has come to an end, he is about to begin his coaching career.

Hey US Soccer, go talk to Ado Jahic.

Howie already told us about Tyler Ruthven and Jon Okafor returning to the US with Arizona United.  You can now add Charles Renken to the list.

A Swedish newspaper decided to do a story on the three Americans at Sandvikens IF: Seth Rudolph, Adam Kelemet and Yoni Berhanu.

And finally, we are just over 61 days away from the World Cup.  So enjoy this:

 
Categories: Adam Kelemet, Ado Jahic, Charles Renken, Emerson Hyndman, Jose Francisco Torres, Seth Rudolph, Steve Cherundolo, Timothy Chandler, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team, Yoni Berhanu
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Thursday morning linkage
   July 18, 2013 (12:02 AM) by Matt
 

Jurgen Klinsmann decided to use all four of his post-group stage roster swaps for the Gold Cup.  Looks like he wants to solidify that back with Matt Besler and Omar Gonzalez.  Ticket sales have increased to 43,000 for Sunday’s doubleheader according to Steven Goff.

Jon Arnold wrote another good interview for the site.  It was with Tony Taylor and talks about his move to Cyprus and playing in Europa League.  You should go read it so Jon will do more of these for the site.  Everyone wins!

The German Regionalliga has already started up and Julian Green scored two goals in a 4-2 win on Wednesday.  And someone decided to create a video of his preseason goals with Bayern Munich’s first team.

Diego Chavarri scored in his Iranian debut with Gostaresh Foolad on Wednesday.  And here is an interview that he did with Marca about being an American playing in Iran.

As I posted yesterday, Sebastian Lletget played well in West Ham’s friendly this week.  And here are some video highlights from the game.  He has one shot at the 4:40 mark and shows off some fancy footwork around the 5:50 mark.

I don’t think I posted this last week, but Danny Williams scored a goal in Reading’s friendly against Jon-Paul Pittman and Wycombe Wanderers.  Here is a photo of Williams from the game.

Tim Ream started at left back for Bolton in a preseason friendly against Rotherham United on Tuesday.

Who needs Jozy Altidore when you have Aron Johannsson?  Johannsson scored two goals and recorded an assist in AZ Alkmaar’s 3-0 win in a friendly against MVV.

Timothy Chandler is back from his knee injury and went 90 minutes in Nurnberg’s 3-0 loss to Borussia Monchengladbach in a friendly.

Here is a photo of Brad Friedel sporting Tottenham’s new goalkeeper kit from a recent friendly.

Geoff Cameron wants to impress new manager Mark Hughes.

Tyler Ruthven left the club recently and now goalkeeper Bryan Meredith has left Brage and is currently training with the Seattle Sounders.

Cody Cropper is starting the season with Southampton’s U-21 team.

The Charles Renken and Aubrey Perry traveling summer trial/training party is back at Nyköping.

Former US U-20er Victor Garza is on trial with Turkish club Samsunspor.

And Conor Doyle and Derby County have new away kits for this upcoming season.

 
Categories: Aron Johannsson, Aubrey Perry, Brad Friedel, Bryan Meredith, Charles Renken, Cody Cropper, Conor Doyle, Daniel Williams, Diego Chavarri, Geoff Cameron, Julian Green, Sebastian Lletget, Tim Ream, Timothy Chandler, Tony Taylor, Victor Garza
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Random Tuesday linkage
   July 2, 2013 (12:01 AM) by Matt
 

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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We’re talking Gold Cup roster (and other links)
   June 26, 2013 (12:02 AM) by Matt
 

It looks like the final Gold Cup roster will be released on Thursday.  That said, some players are already being leaked out, including Jose Francisco Torres, Landon Donovan and Jack McInerney.  I was also asked to pick my own 23-man roster for another site and that should be up on their site on Thursday (I will link it once it becomes available).

One player that could be on that roster on Thursday is Alejandro Bedoya.  I posted his goal from this weekend earlier this week.  With that goal, he now has five goals and four assists in league play, becoming one of three Allsvenskan players with five or more goals and four or more assists on the season (also Mattias Lindström of Helsingborg and Gunnar Heidar Thorvaldsson of Norrköping).

As for some other goals this past weekend, Charlie Davies scored a goal in a preseason friendly against Vejle.  In the Swedish Division 1 (3rd tier), Ryan Gracia scored for Nyköping while Andrew Stadler scored for Sandviken.  You can keep track of all the goals scored with our goal tracker.

Stadler and Sandviken also won their Round 1 game of the 2013-14 Svenska Cupen yesterday.  As for Ryan Gracia and Nyköping, they will be welcoming Americans Aubrey Perry and Charles Renken on a trial.

Tony Taylor passed his medical, so he is officially now with AC Omonia in Cyprus.  As I posted earlier this week, AC Omonia will be playing in Europa League this upcoming season.

Andrew Wooten is back with Kaiserslautern for the preseason.  In a fun game against fans, The Wooten Clan scored three times in a 12-0 victory.  Then in a friendly against an actual team (FK Pirmasens), Wooten scored once and had an assist in a 7-1 win.

We have some new kits to check out in Germany.  Here is Steve Cherundolo sporting Hannover 96′s new home kit.  You can also see their away jersey here.  And Michael Parkhurst will be wearing these at Augsburg in 2013-14.

Alex Labidou caught up with Brad Friedel recently.  Friedel claims he is going to play until his body says he can’t.

Going from one old goalkeeper to a really young goalkeeper, Steven Goff has a story up on Arie Ammann, who signed with Watford’s youth academy earlier this month.

Goff also talked to Oguchi Onyewu this past weekend.  Gooch is looking at other options as he doesn’t think he will end up back at Malaga.

And finally, Brian Sciaretta talked to Jose Villarreal before tomorrow’s U-20 game against Ghana.  The US likely needs to win to make it out of the group stage.

 
Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Andrew Stadler, Andrew Wooten, Arie Ammann, Aubrey Perry, Brad Friedel, Charles Renken, Charlie Davies, Jack McInerney, Jose Francisco Torres, Jose Villarreal, Landon Donovan, Michael Parkhurst, Oguchi Onyewu, Ryan Gracia, Steve Cherundolo, Tony Taylor, US Men's National Team
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Players returning to training links
   March 12, 2013 (12:01 AM) by Matt
 

Jurgen Klinsmann took over US Soccer’s twitter account yesterday and while he didn’t answer any of Howie’s questions, he did give us some good news on Clint Dempsey, Fabian Johnson and Steve Cherundolo.

And while it has been mentioned before, Bruce Arena gave an update on Landon Donovan and he should return to the Galaxy the last week in March.

Costa Rica released their roster for the qualifiers.  Good news for USMNT fans, and most Red Bulls fans can confirm this, Roy Miller made their roster.  Also, I just noticed tonight that the US is winless in its last five games (3L, 2D) against Costa Rica and haven’t won a game since a qualifier in 2005.

The US U-20 team will be playing in the Toulon Tournament in late May/early June.

One of those players, Juan Ocegueda, is still going to play for Chivas Guadalajara despite playing for the US.  Chivas have a policy of “Mexican only” players, but they are apparently going to look the other way with Ocegueda.

It looks like Villyan Bijev finally got his work permit and made Liverpool’s U-21 bench this past weekend.

Conor O’Brien got the start and went he full 90 minutes in Nordsjaelland’s 1-1 draw to FC Midtjylland yesterday.

I haven’t heard Charles Renken’s name since he returned to the US last year, but he and fellow American Aubrey Perry are in Sweden on trial at Umeå FC at the moment.

And finally, Etchu Tabe has returned to Finland with KuPS again.

 
Categories: Aubrey Perry, Charles Renken, Clint Dempsey, Conor O'Brien, Etchu Tabe, Fabian Johnson, Juan Ocegueda, Landon Donovan, Steve Cherundolo, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team, Villyan Bijev
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Two Americans are coming home?
   January 31, 2012 (5:10 PM) by Matt
 

While the transfer window has been pretty calm this year (damn you teams for being fiscally responsible for once!), today was pretty hectic.  And that brought us two moves with guys likely coming back to the US.

The first move is 100% bringing an American back to the US as the Portland Timbers have acquired US youth international Charles Renken.  Renken has been in Germany with TSG Hoffenheim’s youth teams since 2009, but has experienced multiple ACL injuries over the years.  Due to complex MLS rules that seem to change by the day, the Timbers were able to “claim him off waivers”.

The other news of the day was FC Ingolstadt terminating Edson Buddle’s contract.  Buddle has been on the outs with the club since early December, despite leading the team with six league goals, as he was allowed to leave the team early before winter break, which included unsuccessful trials with Everton and Westerlo (although it sounded like Buddle passed on the Westerlo deal).  Now there has been some twitter speculation of Buddle returning to the US and the LA Galaxy.

 
Categories: Charles Renken, Edson Buddle
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Odds and ends for Wednesday
   April 6, 2011 (11:23 PM) by Matt
 

Here are a bunch of quick links for Wednesday.  First off, Howie has some rational thoughts on tonight’s US U-20 loss right here, while some highlights can be found here.

Not too surprising, but Andy Najar selected Honduras over the US earlier this week.  He can play right away for Honduras, while he still had a couple of years before he could become a US citizen.

Fulham manager Mark Hughes had some nice things to say about Clint Dempsey on the team’s website.

Michael Parkhurst left FC Nordsjælland’s game early this past weekend due to a hamstring injury and it looks like he will be out until early May.

Greg Seltzer talked to Brad Guzan this week about his uncertain future as his loan deal with Hull City ends after this weekend’s game with Watford.

Yanks Abroad has a season preview for all the Americans in Sweden up on their site this week.

Spotted this on No Short Corners today, but Jay Z’s web magazine hung out with TSG Hoffenheim’s midfielder Charles Renken.  You can check it out here.

And finally, I mentioned this in the comments the other today, but Eddie Johnson almost scored his first goal for Preston North End on Tuesday.  His header went off the post then off the back of the goalie before going into the goal and was ruled an own goal.  Here is a highlight of his “goal”.

 
Categories: Andy Najar, Brad Guzan, Charles Renken, Clint Dempsey, Eddie Johnson, Michael Parkhurst, US U-20 National Team
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Eric Lichaj headed to Leeds United on loan
   February 9, 2011 (12:26 PM) by Matt
 

After disappearing to the bench after Aston Villa manager Gerard Houllier singled him out after a bad performance against Manchester City in December, Eric Lichaj has finally re-appeared.  But the next time he sees the field, it will be with Leeds United.

The 22-year-old right back is headed to Leeds United on a month-long loan as they look for cover for their normal starter, Paul Connolly, as he battles a hamstring injury.

This will be Lichaj’s third loan stint over the last 1.5 seasons, playing with Lincoln City and Leyton Orient in 2009-10.

But Lichaj will have a chance to see the field again, which is a good thing, with Leeds United having six games during his stay at Elland Road.

As for some other little links:  Jeremy Vuolo is the latest American headed to Finland.  Gale Agbossoumonde’s loan deal is still not completed, but getting closer.  Charles Renken is finally fit again and is looking to play with TSG Hoffenheim’s U-19/reserve teams.

 
Categories: Charles Renken, Eric Lichaj, Gale Agbossoumonde, Jeremy Vuolo
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