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.
Defending champions Nordsjaelland started their season this past weekend, but Michael Parkhurst missed the game with his broken toe from last season. But he is now back in training and should be game ready in a week or two.
This game was from yesterday, but Brian Edwards received a red card in the eighth minute in Degerfors IF’s 4-1 loss to Falkenbergs FF. The red card is the first thing on the highlights and it is moving pretty fast (with no slo-mo replay), but it might have been a bit harsh. Brian was kind enough to tweet to me yesterday what happened.
@socceroverthere 1v1 on the angle.. I slide out he takes a touch away from goal drags his feet and the ball runs out of bounds ..
My internet has been super wonky this week, so hopefully you are reading this right now.
Some of you might have seen a new name on today’s The OT Report. Mike Banner, a former Chicago Fire player, recently signed a two-year deal with Jaro in Finland and played in today’s 1-0 victory over JJK in the Finnish League Cup.
As for some more google translate fun, according to this article, Alejandro Bedoya’s former club Orebro SK are claiming that Rangers have still not paid their full transfer fee for Bedoya.
As for the latest on Rangers, administrators are trying to accelerate the sale of the club to a new owner(s) rather than implementing huge cost-cutting measures. I believe the current players turned down a giant wage reduction yesterday.
As mentioned earlier today in The OT Report, Andrew Wooten scored again for the Kaiserslautern’s reserves in their 1-1 draw to Wiedenbrück. The goal was his 12th of season, tied for the most in the Regionalliga West. If you also look at the Regionalliga Nord (North) and Sud (South), his 12 goals would be tied for the seventh most across the whole German fourth tier.
The 21-year-old forward was born in Germany, but it appears that he has ties to the United States much like Jermaine Jones and Timothy Chandler (his old profile on Wormatia Worms’ website lists him as German-American). An interesting player to keep an eye on. If he keeps scoring like this I wonder if he will get any chance to play with Kaiserslautern’s first team if they continue to stay above the relegation fracas towards the end of the season.
Moving over to Sweden, here a video interview with Degerfors IF’s goalkeeper Brian Edwards after their season-opening 1-0 victory over Qviding FIF this past weekend.
Degerfors IF’s next game will be this upcoming Saturday when they host Östers.
I just finished watching a guy named Jimmer score 52 points. Cool story. Anyways, here are a few more links to end the week.
Leeds United manager Simon Grayson wants to extend Eric Lichaj’s loan deal for the rest of the season. If he can’t convince Aston Villa to keep him, Lichaj will return to Villa Park after this weekend’s game. It is probably in Lichaj’s best interest to stay at Leeds as I don’t see him playing much the rest of the season if he returns to Aston Villa.
Bolton Wanderers’ website talked to Stuart Holden about Saturday’s FA Cup quarterfinal match against Birmingham City. Bolton and Birmingham City will be meeting up in the FA Cup for the first time since 1955 (Birmingham City won 2-1 in the fourth round).
Argentina released their roster for their two friendlies later this month, including their match against the USMNT. While US fans will get to see players like Lionel Messi and Javier Mascherano, we will not get to see talents like Carlos Tevez and Sergio Aguero. Boo.
I am guessing the US will release their roster some time next week (total guess on my part). In somewhat related news, Howie is working on a “guess the Gold Cup roster” piece and that should be up in the near future.
The guys at Yanks Abroad brought us a trio of stories on Friday. Arch Bell talked to Steve Clark after he was named the starting goalkeeper for Honefoss’ season opener. Brian Sciaretta caught up with Ipswich Town’s U-18 goalkeeper Cody Cropper to talk about his current season and the upcoming U-20 World Cup qualifying tournament. And Mr. Sciaretta talked to Adrian Ruelas about his recent promotion to Santos Laguna’s senior team.
Matt Pyzdrowski is not the only American goalkeeper to make the move to Sweden in the last week. Brian Edwards is set to sign with Swedish Superettan club Degerfors IF tomorrow.
The 26-year-old Wake Forest product received the contract offer after trialing with the club once an opening at goalkeeper became available. According to one BigSoccer.com member, there is a funny reason why there was a job opening at goalie.
The reason that Degerfors need a new goalkeeper is pretty amusing. They had a good keeper last season who suddenly at the start of this preseason mysteriously takes three weeks off. The press then finds out that the reason is that he is a contestant on the swedish version of “The Bachelorette” which he didn’t tell the club about. Degerfors then makes negative statements in the press about his participation and shortly thereafter the keeper announces his retirement from football due to lack of motivation.
I really hope that story is true because it is too funny.
Edwards was taken in the second round of the 2008 MLS SuperDraft by Toronto FC. He appeared in nine games for Toronto FC over two seasons before having short stints with the Charlotte Eagles (USL Second Division) and San Jose Earthquakes in 2010.
As for Degerfors IF, they finished in 10th place (out of 16 teams) in last year’s Superettan. They have been Allsvenskan (Swedish first division) runners-up twice (1940–41 and 1963) and have won the Svenska Cupen (Swedish Cup) once in 1991-92.
Sven-Göran Eriksson’s first career head coaching job was at Degerfors IF in 1977 and he helped them win promotion to Division 2 in 1978.