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.
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.
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.
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.
In the final game of his loan deal, Bobby Warshaw scored a goal in Ängelholm’s 4-2 loss to Falkenberg. That gives Warshaw eight goals in nine league games in Sweden. Matt Pyzdrowski also started at goalkeeper for Ängelholm. Here are some highlights with Warshaw’s goal coming at the 2:32 mark.
Bobby Warshaw scored yet again this weekend, giving him seven goals in eight league games since going on loan to Ängelholm. Matt Pyzdrowski also started for Ängelholm in this 3-2 victory over Hammarby. Here are some highlights, including Warshaw’s goal at the 0:45 mark.
Bobby Warshaw scored his fourth goal of the season on Saturday in Ängelholm’s 2-0 win over Ljungskile. Matt Pyzdrowski also picked up the clean sheet. Here are the highlights, including Warshaw’s goal.
Bobby Warshaw has now scored goals on consecutive Fridays. Warshaw got the start and netted the game-tying goal in this 1-1 draw in Sweden. Matt Pyzdrowski also went 90 minutes between the sticks for Ängelholm. Here is Warshaw’s goal.
Bobby Warshaw found the back of the net in injury time to help secure a point in Ängelholm’s 1-1 draw to Örebro on Friday. Matt Pyzdrowski also went the full 90 minutes between the sticks for Ängelholm. Here are the highlights.
Brian Edwards announced his retirement over the weekend at the age of 28. Edwards had spent the last two seasons in Sweden with Degerfors IF, leading them to a fifth place finish in the Superettan in 2011.
While we lost one goalkeeper in Sweden, we were treated with the return of Matt Pyzdrowski to the field in Angelholms FF’s 1-1 draw to Mjällby in the Svenska Cupen. Pyzdrowski had his 2012 season cut short in July after being shut down due to concussions. Here is a story (with video) about his return from last month and it looks like he is wearing a Petr Cech-type rugby headgear.
Staying in Sweden, but not with a goalie, here is a video interview with Alejandro Bedoya about re-signing with Helsingborg.
Remember when I thought out loud that maybe the USMNT should give Edgar Castillo a look at left back while moving Fabian Johnson to midfield if Castillo continues to play well? Well, that idea can be put on hold as Castillo will miss the next 30 days after having surgery on some broken bones in his face.
Speaking of the USMNT, Steven Goff is hearing that rumored friendly against Germany for June 2 will be at RFK Stadium. And then he lists some memorable USMNT games held at RFK Stadium. You can also look at our USMNT All-Time Scores list (shameless plug!) to sort for all the games played in Washington, D.C.
And staying with the shameless plug theme, don’t forget that we are trying to track goals for 2013 with our goal tracker. Both things I just plugged can always be found by using the “goals” or “usmnt” links in the navigation bar above.
CONMEBOL came out yesterday claiming that the 2016 Copa America would be hosted in the US featuring teams from both CONMEBOL and CONCACAF. As of today, both CONCACAF and US Soccer have stated that nothing has been finalized.
Landon Donovan is always an open person when it comes to interviews, almost too open. Donovan gave another open interview to Roger Bennett earlier this week, where he thinks his chances of playing in the 2014 World Cup is “50-50″.
Ravi Ubha has a nice story up on Charlie Davies’ recent career path.
Grantland’s Graham Parker decided to do a write up on recent USMNTer Alan Gordon.
Greg Seltzer looks at some potential records that could be broken by some Americans playing overseas.
Grant Wahl recently talked to Brad Friedel about the goalkeeper situation at Tottenham. The quote that I found the most interesting.
I think the media over here wanted to make it that it was this big fight between Hugo and myself and the manager, and there was never a big fight. The fact is, Tottenham have been looking for the last year and a half for a long-term No. 1 goalkeeper. I don’t think they envisioned what my fitness levels would be at this age, and I sort of surprised myself.
Matt Pyzdrowski hasn’t played with Angelholm since late July (and has been shut down for the season) due to concussions, but the 26-year-old goalkeeper has signed a two-year extension with the Swedish club.
Staying with the goalkeeper theme, this Norwegian site rates Steve Clark as the eighth best player in the Tippeligaen this season. Josh Gatt is sitting at #18.
I am sure that post title will attract some fun Google search key words.
The big news of the day was BeIN Sport announcing that it bought the TV rights to all the US road World Cup qualifiers (minus the potential game against Mexico at Azteca in the Hex) for the rest of this cycle. BeIN Sport is the new Al-Jazeera backed TV station which has been buying up all of GolTV’s old rights (i.e. La Liga, Serie A, Ligue 1). This means no more PPV/closed circuit games for the US during qualification. BeIN Sport is already on DirecTV and Dish Network and hopefully should be picked up by cable providers in the future (I am looking at you Time Warner Cable). Steven Goff has all the details right here, plus some other information on the upcoming September camp.
A couple days after Rangers manager Ally McCoist claimed that Ipswich Town made a bid on Maurice Edu, Ipswich Town manager Paul Jewell denied the claim.
Greg Seltzer decided to make some bold predictions on some Americans in Europe for this season.
Tom Marshall is reporting that the USMNT might be looking at Mexican-American goalkeeper Cirilo Saucedo who currently plays at Club Tijuana.
Sticking with goalkeepers, Matt Pyzdrowski has been missing time with Swedish side Angelholms FF due to a concussion and now he has been ruled out for the rest of the season. His latest concussion was his third in the last six months. He made a statement, which you can read right here.