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Friday morning links
   March 27, 2015 (12:39 AM) by Matt Benson

It is an international week but we still have some links before the weekend.

We didn’t have a lot of midweek games this week but there was still action at some clubs and Roderick has all the details in The OT Report.

There was two goals this week and you can check them out from Duane Holmes and Morgan Langley.

In case you have been hiding under a rock this week, the US lost to Denmark, 3-2, on Wednesday.  Here are the highlights, while here are some photos.

Jurgen Klinsmann has appointed Berti Vogts as USMNT technical advisor.  Vogts helped out during the World Cup and with Andi Herzog focusing on the US U-23 team, it allows Klinsmann to bring in someone to help out with the USMNT.  And it allows me to post this photo of Vogts again.

Nicklas Bendtner’s hat trick on Wednesday was the first against the USMNT since Denmark’s Per Pederson scored four goals against the US in 1997.

Denmark’s manager Morten Olsen was impressed with Michael Bradley.

New York Red Bulls manager and former USMNT assistant under Bob Bradley, Jesse Marsch thinks the USMNT has a lack of an identity.

Jimmy Conrad was over in London last week and did some video interviews with DeAndre Yedlin at White Hart Lane for both KICKTV and Copa90.

Bayern Munich executive board chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge thinks Julian Green needs another season out on loan in 2015-16 to hopefully get first-team minutes.

Apparently most of Germany doesn’t like Terrence Boyd’s RB Leipzig because of the Red Bull ties.

Bobby Wood’s rehab is on schedule as Erzgebirge Aue’s website gives us a little update and video.

Lynden Gooch’s loan with Gateshead has officially ended.  Gooch scored one goal in seven league appearances with the Tynesiders.

Goalkeeper Matt Pyzdrowski is battling a foot injury and might have to miss Helsingborg’s season opener on April 4.

Kevin Garcia finally officially signed with Galway United FC and was thrown into the starting lineup earlier this week.

The US U-23 will take on Bosnia and Herzegovina later today and Andi Herzog called in two extra players (Boyd Okwuonu and Dan Metzger) earlier this week.

Categories: Bobby Wood, DeAndre Yedlin, Duane Holmes, Julian Green, Kevin Garcia, Lynden Gooch, Matt Pyzdrowski, Michael Bradley, Morgan Langley, Terrence Boyd, US Men's National Team, US U-23 National Team
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Post green beer hangover links
   March 18, 2015 (1:12 AM) by Matt Benson

Work has been pretty busy for me over the last week so I haven’t done a links post in a while.  That said, a bunch of goodies for you while you wait that green beer hangover out.

Two US female goalkeepers squared off against each other in UEFA Women’s Champions League last October so Will decided to have a chat with both of them to find out more.

Missed out on the weekend’s games?  Roderick has you covered.

US Soccer is about to have a busy next couple of weeks with the USMNT, U-23 and U-20 teams all having camps and friendlies throughout Europe.  It looks like we should expect to see the various rosters over the weekend.

While we wait for the rosters, a bunch of names are kind of leaking out.  Thanks to Birmingham City’s site, we know that Will Packwood is going to be with the U-23 team.   Brian Sciaretta is also hearing that Jerome Kiesewetter will be with the U-23s, while Andrija Novakovich will be with the U-20s.  And while there has been speculation that Jurgen Klinsmann is going to call in Ventura Alvarado with the MNTers, there is at least one report of Leon goalkeeper William Yarbrough being called in as well.

We are still waiting for Gedion Zelalem’s waiver to go through with FIFA, but he has been called in by Germany’s U-18 team.  He has turned them down in the past and hopefully he does again.

Speaking of rosters, here is Denmark’s roster for the USMNT friendly.

If you hate yourself, here is another (and new) story on Jurgen Klinsmann and fitness.

Will Packwood scored his first professional goal yesterday in Cheltenham Town’s 2-2 draw to Portsmouth (highlights).  He had to be subbed out due to some kind of injury, but he tweeted after the game that he is “feeling groggy” but is OK.

DeAndre Yedlin is back on the field and played with Tottenham’s U-21 team on Monday.  Here is a photo of him in action.

Andrija Novakovich made his debut with Reading’s senior team over the weekend in Reading’s 4-1 loss at Watford.  Here is a photo of Novakovich about to come onto the field.

Reading and Danny Williams (went the full 90) won their FA Cup 6th round replay over Bradford City on Monday.  Reading is headed to the FA Cup semis for the first time since 1927.

Klinsi was impressed with Jozy Altidore’s Toronto FC debut.

I see you, Greg Garza.

A.J. Soares is going to be out 6-8 weeks after picking up a knee injury in training.

According to this report out of Philadelphia, Union midfielder Danny Cruz is headed to Norway to go on a season-long loan with Bodø/Glimt.  If true, he will become teammates with Zarek Valentin.

Greg Seltzer caught up with Helsingborgs IF goalkeeper Matt Pyzdrowski.

Galway United forward Jake Keegan was on Goal’s League of Ireland GoalMouth podcast last week.  He also spoke to Brian Sciaretta.

AZ Alkmaar have brought on Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane as an advisor.  I think I read the word “moneyball” in every tweet yesterday mentioning this news.

Here is a story from last week on Marc Pelosi and his return to the field over the last year.

Andrew Sousa and Ryan Maduro were both in Iceland last season with Fylkir and now both are returning to the US with the Rhode Island Oceaneers.

According to Will Parchman, US U-17 winger McKinzie Gaines is headed to Germany to trial with Wolfsburg.

And finally, FIFA announced the stadiums that will be used at the 2016 Olympics and somehow Arena da Amazônia in Manaus made the cut as one of the seven stadiums.  I still remember drinking two full glasses of water while just walking to my seat in the upper deck.  It was such a furnace.  I did snap this nice photo.


Categories: A.J. Soares, Andrew Sousa, Andrija Novakovich, Danny Cruz, Danny Williams, DeAndre Yedlin, Gedion Zelalem, Greg Garza, Jake Keegan, Jerome Kiesewetter, Jozy Altidore, Marc Pelosi, Matt Pyzdrowski, McKinzie Gaines, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team, US U-23 National Team, Ventura Alvarado, Will Packwood, William Yarbrough, Zarek Valentin

Your Thursday morning link extravaganza
   February 5, 2015 (1:03 AM) by Matt Benson

Let’s start off with some USMNT stuff.

I am already over Fitness-gate, but Jurgen Klinsman talked some more to Fox Sports 1 about the lack of fitness of the team.  Alexi Lalas disagrees with him.

The team had a special guest at training yesterday.

In the not a total shock department, Jermaine Jones (a midfielder playing centerback) was a little uncomfortable playing a 3-5-2 (a formation new to this group of players).

Kyle McCarthy takes a look at the behind the scenes stuff that happens in order for the USMNT to fly down to Chile for a friendly.

Hankering for a US-Panama preview already?  The Total Soccer Show podcast just uploaded theirs to the interwebs.

Former USMNT goalkeeper Frank Borghi passed away this week.  He will probably be remembered most for his performance against England in the US’s upset at the 1950 World Cup.  Resident goalkeeper historian Will did a good job of collecting news/links/information on Borghi over the last week.

We have had a couple goals so far this week.  Herculez Gomez scored yet another goal for Puebla in Copa MX action on Tuesday (highlights).  Dating back to his first stint with Puebla, it was his 13th goal in 22 career games across all competitions with Puebla

Nermin Crnkic scored a goal yesterday in Jablonec’s 2-0 win over FC Copenhagen in something called the Atlantic Cup (highlights).  It appears to be a friendly/winter break tournament that no one attends.

Heading back to Mexico last night, 20-year-old Jesus Vazquez scored a goal in Leones Negros’ 2-0 win over Necaxa.  Looking at our goal tracker, that is already the fourth goal scored by an American against Necaxa since January 21.

Sticking with Copa MX, Joe Corona wore the arm band for Tijuana last night in their 3-2 win over Coras de Tepic.  Fellow Americans Alejandro Guido, John Requejo Jr. and Paul Arriola also saw the field for the Xolos.  Jon Arnold got some quotes from Arriola following the match.

Also in action on Wednesday, Rubio Rubin went the full 90 minutes in Utrecht’s 1-0 loss to Willem II.  While Tim Ream went 90 minutes in Bolton’s 2-1 loss to Liverpool in their FA Cup fourth-round replay.

After leaving MLS for Mexico and Santos Laguna, Eric Avila is returning to MLS/Orlando City on loan for the 2015 season.

Because projecting is fun, here is Bayern Munich’s starting lineup for 2025, which includes Julian Green!

Kyle Scott got to train with Chelsea’s first team this week.

It looks like Galway FC will have a second American at the club this season as Kevin Garcia made the move from Swedish side IFK Luleå to Ireland.

Will talked to goalkeeper Matt Pyzdrowski about his move to Helsingborgs IF and how he started his career.

Brian Sciaretta caught up with Tab Ramos this week to talk about the US U-20 team.

And finally, Greg Seltzer updates us on which clubs aborad have featured the most Americans over the years.

Categories: Alejandro Guido, Eric Avila, Herculez Gomez, Jermaine Jones, Jesus Vazquez, Joe Corona, John Requejo Jr., Julian Green, Kevin Garcia, Kyle Scott, Matt Pyzdrowski, Nermin Crnkic, Paul Arriola, Rubio Rubin, Tim Ream, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team
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A few things for Thursday
   January 8, 2015 (1:26 AM) by Matt Benson

New York appears to be the place to be at the moment.

A day after we had Mix Diskerud-to-NYCFC rumors, Taylor Twellman tells us that Jozy Altidore is talking to a few MLS teams, including New York Red Bulls.  Less than an hour later, Ives Galarcep told the world that the Red Bulls are also closing in on Sacha Kljestan.

Those of you waiting to buy a DeAndre Yedlin/Tottenham jersey can now go ahead with that purchase as he is wearing #12.  Here is also a quick video of him scoring in his first training with Spurs.

Speaking of new jerseys, the American contingent at Club Tijuana will be wearing Adidas this season after wearing Nike the last few seasons.  The previous link has the red jerseys while here is the white jerseys.  And here is Joe Corona in the red jersey.

Tijuana’s website also has an interview up with Tab Ramos since the US U-20 team features Paul Arriola, John Requejo, Amando Moreno and Fernando Arce Jr.

Here is a photo of the US U-20 team training in Jamaica from yesterday.

We know the US group stage games will be broadcasted on FS2, but here is a whole PDF with all the broadcast information of the entire tournament from Fox.

The USMNT friendly against Chile on January 28 will be played at Estadio El Teniente in Rancagua.  The game will start at 5 PM Eastern and will be broadcasted on FS1.

Danny Karbassiyoon talked to ONE World Sports about scouting Gedion Zelalem.  I found this part sort of funny.

“I was all over CONCACAF looking for guys,’’ Karbassiyoon said Monday. “And every single trip I went on was a plane ride, and if it was a drive, it was several hours away in another market. But with Gedion, maybe two or three months after I originally met him, his dad had me over. I knew I was close but that area is confusing, and I’m navigationally challenged, so I looked up the house and it said estimated time three minutes. I said that really is close. It was pretty hilarious.”

Cesar Romero (a.k.a. The Joker) got some love from this week.

Goalkeeper Matt Pyzdrowski has moved from Ängelholms FF to Helsingborgs IF in the Allsvenskan (first division).  Some might remember that Alejandro Bedoya played two seasons with Helsingborgs IF.

Speaking of goalkeepers, resident goalkeeper fanatic Will Reno has your monthly recap in American goalkeepers right here.

Categories: Amando Moreno, Cesar Romero, DeAndre Yedlin, Fernando Arce Jr., Gedion Zelalem, Joe Corona, John Requejo Jr., Jozy Altidore, Matt Pyzdrowski, Paul Arriola, Sacha Kljestan, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team

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

Ängelholm vs. Falkenberg Highlights
   November 2, 2013 (7:30 PM) by Matt Benson

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.

Categories: Bobby Warshaw, Highlights, Matt Pyzdrowski
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Ängelholm vs. Hammarby Highlights
   October 27, 2013 (10:40 PM) by Matt Benson

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.

Categories: Bobby Warshaw, Highlights, Matt Pyzdrowski
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Ängelholm vs. Ljungskile Highlights
   October 6, 2013 (2:16 PM) by Matt Benson

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.

Categories: Bobby Warshaw, Highlights, Matt Pyzdrowski
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Ängelholm vs. Örgryte Highlights
   September 27, 2013 (4:07 PM) by Matt Benson

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.

Categories: Bobby Warshaw, Highlights, Matt Pyzdrowski
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Ängelholm vs. Örebro Highlights
   September 20, 2013 (3:35 PM) by Matt Benson

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.

Categories: Bobby Warshaw, Highlights, Matt Pyzdrowski
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