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News and notes from the weekend
   June 17, 2012 (8:33 PM) by Matt Benson

A few things from the weekend.

Terrence Boyd did an interview with Rapid Vienna’s website (Google Translate to the rescue!).  He also did a welcome to their fans message via Youtube.  And Boyd did Marc Stein’s/Steve Davis’ ESPN podcast this weekend.

I haven’t been doing The OT Report the last couple weekends as only a couple guys are playing (although I am tweeting most of the results, so follow me), but it was a great weekend for Americans in Finland.  Daniel Stevens and Joey Spivack both scored in Kemi Kings’ 5-2 victory over AC Kajaani.  Aaron Wheeler scored his second goal of the season in KooTeePee’s 2-1 loss to PK-35 Vantaa.  And Mike Banner scored his first of the season in Jaro’s 3-2 victory over TPS.  It is pretty tough to find any footage of the goals mentioned above, but I did find the game-winning goal from that Jaro-TPS game, which is a pretty nice goal.

Jurgen Klinsmann doesn’t want to be Tottenham’s manager according to this report.  I don’t see it happening either.

It appears that Amaechi Igwe might be on his way out at Babelsberg.  Igwe appeared in 18 games, starting in 12, last year for the 3. Liga club.

Still no word on where Mike Grella will end up, but his wikipedia page claims it is Notts County, although there is nothing else on the interwebs about this (and anyone can change his wikipedia page).

Categories: Aaron Wheeler, Amaechi Igwe, Daniel Stevens, Joey Spivack, Mike Banner, Mike Grella, Terrence Boyd
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A couple links before the weekend
   September 16, 2011 (4:16 PM) by Matt Benson

Links, get your links here.

The guys over at Soccer Banter have a new interview up with SV Babelsberg 03’s Amaechi Igwe.

According to Greg Seltzer, Bob Bradley is supposed to finalize his deal with Egypt this weekend.  Fun fact from the linked article:

In taking the Egypt job, Bradley becomes the third American-born coach to lead a foreign national team, following Ian Mork (Belize, 2008) and Steve Sampson (Costa Rica, 2002-04).

Nick Leyden of Yanks Abroad caught up with Tony Taylor to talk about his move to Atlético CP.

A hat tip to du Nord on this one, but here is this week’s English Premier League preview for all those stat-heads out there like myself.

Raphael Honigstein of points out what I was trying to say yesterday, it is all unsubstantiated rumors when it comes to Timothy Chandler switching to Germany.  Matthew from The Shin Guardian had two tweets which summed up things best, in my opinion, earlier today.

Categories: Amaechi Igwe, Timothy Chandler, Tony Taylor
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Tuesday links and news
   August 2, 2011 (11:31 AM) by Matt Benson

At least one guy in action today as Amaechi Igwe went the full 90 minutes and picked up a yellow card in Babelsberg’s 3-0 victory over Rot-Weiß Erfurt in German 3. Liga action.

Another name to probably cross off the USMNT-Mexico roster list:  Eric Lichaj.  He picked up a hip injury during Aston Villa’s preseason trip to Hong Kong and is doubtful for the game according to sources close to Soccer by Ives.

The guys over at Yanks Abroad have a few new links to check out.  First off, 18-year-old midfielder Lester Dewee has signed a deal with Swedish Superettan club Angelholm FF.  Angelholm FF is also the home of American goalkeeper Matt Pyzdrowski.  Left back Greg Garza is currently on trial with Norwegian side Valerenga.  Garza spent last week on trial with Finnish club FC Honka.  And finally, David Smith caught up with midfielder Conor O’Brien to talk about his new season with SønderjyskE.


Categories: Amaechi Igwe, Conor O'Brien, Eric Lichaj, Greg Garza, Lester Dewee
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A look at Americans in the 3rd Liga
   July 23, 2011 (1:33 PM) by Howie Michaels

There are two Americans playing in the 3rd division of German soccer this year. Interestingly, they were teammates at the 2007 U-20 World Cup and both are new signings. One, of course, has come from a 4th division club (and joining a newly promoted club) while the other has had a personal relegation.

Preston Zimmerman has joined newly-promoted SV Darmstadt 98 after having spent the previous 1.5 seasons with FSV Mainz II. Zimmerman had seven goals for Mainz II last year (and seemingly some welcome stability after an ugly turn of events for him in Austria). The Mainz second side finished 13th in the Regionalliga West; Zimmerman was second on the team in goals. He was rewarded for his efforts with a contract with the deal to join Darmstadt. The Lillies won Regionalliga Süd to reach the 3rd division, although they will need to improve their attack if they wish to stay up (their 50 goals last season ranked just 7th of 16 Regionalliga Süd clubs). Zimmerman started their opener today, a 1-0 loss to VfL Osnabrück, a club that spent the 2010-11 season in the 2nd Bundesliga after being crowned 3rd Liga champions in 2009-10 (so, on the surface, a respectable result).

Zimmerman will be joined in the 3rd Liga by central Amaechi Igwe, who has joined SV Babelsberg 03 after having spent the previous season failing to make any league appearances for Edson Buddle’s FC Ingolstadt 04. Babelsberg was decidedly mid-table in 2010-11, which most would rate as a successful season after having earned promotion as Regionalliga Nord champions in 2009-10. Igwe is apparently having some work permit issues at the moment which prevented him from being eligible for their 1-1 draw with Jahn Regensburg today.

Categories: Amaechi Igwe, Preston Zimmerman

Assorted German Fußball news from outside the 1st Bundesliga
   June 24, 2011 (9:53 PM) by Howie Michaels

Babajide Ogunbiyi, formerly of Viborg FF (where he had a generally strong season), is on trial with Karlsruher SC of the 2nd Bundesliga. You might recognize Karlsruher, 15th in the Bundesliga last year (two points clear of the relegation playoffs and four points behind Edson Buddle’s Ingolstadt 04), as the home of once-a-Nat goalkeeper Luis Robles. If the trial is successful, Ogunbiyi would join fellow Yanks David Yelldell, Buddle, Matt Taylor, Robles, and Ricardo Clark in the 2nd Bundesliga.

One American who is no longer in that 2nd Bundesliga is Amaechi Igwe. The former New England Revolution defender was released by Ingolstadt after failing to make any league appearances last year. He has joined 3. Liga club SV Babelsberg 03, who finished 12th of 20 clubs last year after being promoted from Regionalliga Nord in 2010-11. Americans in 3. Liga (off the top of my head) include Preston Zimmerman and potentially Johann Smith who, having failed to earn a contract in his trial with SV Wacker Burghausen a few months back, is on trial with 3. Liga’s Kickers Offenbach.

Categories: Amaechi Igwe, Babajide Ogunbiyi, Johann Smith

Some Wednesday non-Gold Cup news
   June 15, 2011 (3:37 PM) by Matt Benson

Some news and tidbits from across the interwebs that have nothing to do with the Gold Cup.

Raphael Honigstein of writes about the rise of Timothy Chandler, plus has some nice quotes for those still worried that Germany is going to swoop in to take him from the US.

Supporters of Bob Bradley’s U.S. team don’t have to worry about a possible Chandler defection — a spokesman of the German Football Association told that Chandler, who has dual-citizenship, is no longer under consideration for a call-up. (FIFA regulations allow players to switch sides before their first competitive match). “He was being looked at,” the spokesman said, “but after his debut for the U.S .and his statements about identifying with America we don’t see him playing for Germany in the future.”

I know nothing is final until he is officially capped, but most the quotes from Chandler, Bob Bradley and now the German Football Association point to him staying with the US.

Staying in Germany, Amaechi Igwe does not appear to be in FC Ingolstadt’s future plans as he has been told that he can leave the club, among a few other players.

Nick Leyden caught up with Tony Taylor after his season with Estoril in Portugal.  Taylor finished the season with an injury and will be rehabbing in the US this summer.

As for another Traffic Sports-owned player, Stefan Jerome will return to Sigma Olomouc of the Czech Liga next season until December on loan.  Jerome played a bunch with the club’s U-18 and reserve team, but did not play with the senior team during his past six-month loan stint with the club.

And finally, Greg Seltzer recently talked to Sean Cunningham about his time so far in Norway with Molde FK.  The 18-year-old left back hasn’t played in any league games yet, but has started three games in NM Cupen action.

Categories: Amaechi Igwe, Sean Cunningham, Stefan Jerome, Timothy Chandler, Tony Taylor
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Some links before the weekend
   February 25, 2011 (4:57 PM) by Matt Benson

Today was a frustrating one, but I won’t go into details as you don’t care about my life.   Anyways, here are some things to check out.

The Shin Guardian talked to Alexi Lalas this week to chat about his time in Italy and why we don’t see more Americans in Serie A.  What USMNTer do you see fitting well in Italy?

While there has been talk of Alejandro Bedoya trialing at Birmingham City this week, Brian Sciaretta talked to a Birmingham spokesman who said Bedoya did spend time with the Blues, but he didn’t get official confirmation that it was a trial.  Whether it was an official trial or just training with the team (which are basically the same thing really), he headed back to Sweden today.

Mr. Sciaretta also caught up with forward Sam Petrone to talk about his move to Mjallby.

Defender Amaechi Igwe is slowly coming back from his knee injury and could see time with FC Ingolstadt’s first team in the near future.  Igwe played in a half in a reserve squad match earlier this week.

Charlie Davies admitted to that Bob Bradley was a major influence in his decision to go out on loan at D.C. United.  Basically, Bob told him that he needs playing time if he wants a future with the USMNT.

And finally, the US U-17 team is currently playing Jamaica in the semifinals of the CONCACAF U-17 Championship as I type this.  I believe they are winning 1-0 right now after they scored in the 10th minute.  They have already clinched a spot in the FIFA U-17 World Cup with a win earlier this week, but a CONCACAF Championship would still be nice.

Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Amaechi Igwe, Charlie Davies, Samuel Petrone
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