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.
Two Americans saw the field (Hammarby’s Billy Schuler and Ängelholms’ Matt Pyzdrowski) with an American coach (Gregg Berhalter) on the sideline in this 1-1 draw. I also love that Eric Prydz’s “Call On Me” is Ängelholms’ post-goal celebration song.
Wanted to get these in before the weekend (and tonight’s baseball game).
Bill Hamid is headed to England to train with West Bromwich Albion. Some of you might remember Jurgen Klinsmann saying that he wants players in MLS to be playing more year round since the competition is not as tough as in Europe and training stints like this might be one way to fill the void.
Charles Kazlauskas scored his fifth goal of the season in Helmond Sport’s 3-0 victory over Telstar today. You can check out highlights here (1:15 mark). It also looks like he set up the first goal of the game.
I mentioned yesterday how Matt Pyzdrowski and Angelholms FF defeated Syrianska FC in the first leg of the Allsvenskan promotion playoffs. You can find highlights from that match here.
According to Stuttgarter Kickers’ website, German-American fullback Royal-Dominique Fennell has been called into the US’ U-23 camp next month. And Brian Sciaretta told me on twitter that he is hearing that Terrence Boyd, Jared Jeffrey and Cody Cropper have also been called into the U-23/U-20 camp.
And finally, 30-year-old goalkeeper Kellan Wilson is headed back to the US after playing with Finnish side HIFK this past season.
Howie and I have decided to start the Player of the Week back up with most of the leagues starting back up this month. That said, we decided to each pick one player for the past 2-3 months since we put it on hold back in May.
Howie’s Pick – Josh Gatt (Molde FK – Norwegian Eliteserien)
Player of the Interlude Season: Josh Gatt. With the Gold Cup over, major European leagues still in the off-season, and MLS teams distracting themselves with exhibitions against traveling European teams, it became somewhat of the Summer of Gatt in American soccer. The 19 year-old Michigan native, who passed on a scholarship at Indiana to play in the Austrian 2nd division before moving to Norway in January, scored twice while splitting time between rightback and right midfield as Molde, just 11th place last season, has made a run at winning the Tippeligaen, holding a 5-point lead with 11 matches to play.
Matt’s Pick – Matt Pyzdrowski (Angelholms FF – Swedish Superettan)
I always have a soft spot for goalkeepers and Matt Pyzdrowski currently has Angelholms FF in first place of the Swedish Superettan with 36 points. Pyzdrowski has posted four clean sheets this summer and hasn’t allowed two or more goals in each of his last 13 games, while Angelholms have allowed only 21 goals (tied for the fourth fewest in the Superettan) on the season.
If you are a young American soccer player and want to break into the European scene, it looks like Sweden is your best bet. Yet another American has signed in Sweden this week, this time it was goalkeeper Matt Pyzdrowski.
The former Marquette Golden Eagle signed with Swedish Superettan club Angelholms FF earlier this week. Google translate to the rescue!
There remain some small details, it is nevertheless a move away from America is about, but I expect that it will dissolve, “says [AFF director] Stavros Papadopoulos. And so, we have been clear with a really good goalkeeper, there is no doubt.
I always like to read up on the smaller clubs on wikipedia, but Angelholms doesn’t really have an in-depth entry (hasn’t been updated in a while). They finished 12th (out of 16 teams), one spot above the relegation playoffs, in 2010. They were promoted from Division 1 (third tier of Swedish soccer) to the Superettan in 2007, but that is the extent of their history that I can find.
Here is a photo of their home stadium, Anglavallen, which holds 5,000 people and has the always intimidating track around the field.