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Swedish keeper updates and other links
   March 5, 2013 (12:02 AM) by Matt Benson

We have Swedish goalkeepers in the news.

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.

Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Brian Edwards, Edgar Castillo, Matt Pyzdrowski, US Men's National Team
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A bunch of links that have nothing to do with Clint Dempsey
   July 18, 2012 (10:07 PM) by Matt Benson

So I guess Liverpool said they made an inquiry about him, then Fulham said no bids have been made so far.  I am just waiting for someone to show Fulham the money.  And Paul Doyle thinks Dempsey is good.

OK, so I sort of lied.   Moving on.

Aston Villa started their US tour tonight with a 1-0 win over the Philadelphia Union.  Brad Guzan got the start and went the full 90 minutes, while Eric Lichaj was a second-half sub.

Another day, another article about Geoff Cameron’s deal to Stoke City getting closer to being done.

Josh Gatt and Molde FK won their first leg of Champions League earlier today and he also spoke to Brian Sciaretta earlier this week.

Sciaretta also gives us ten more dual citizens to keep an eye on.

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.

Franco Panizo got some quotes from Michael Bradley about his new team.

Devann Yao is looking forward to his second season with Royal Boussu Dour Borinage.

Greg Seltzer talked to Brian McBride about his “comeback” with Wembley FC.

Ricardo Clark and Eintracht Frankfurt have mutually agreed to part ways.  Clark had been on loan with Stabæk this season.

A report out of Sweden has Brian Edwards looking for a bigger club once the Swedish Superettan season comes to an end.

Joe Gyau scored another goal in Hoffenheim’s latest preseason friendly, a 10-1 victory over FV Wiesental.

And Will Packwood will been training with Birmingham City’s first team this preseason.

Categories: Brad Guzan, Brian Edwards, Clint Dempsey, Devann Yao, Eric Lichaj, Geoff Cameron, Joe Gyau, Josh Gatt, Michael Bradley, Michael Parkhurst, Ricardo Clark, Will Packwood

Degerfors IF vs. Falkenbergs FF Highlights
   June 4, 2012 (4:58 PM) by Matt Benson

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 ..

Categories: Brian Edwards, Highlights
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Some links before my internet craps out
   March 7, 2012 (10:06 PM) by Matt Benson

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.

Paolo Bandini of the Guardian has some nice things to say about Michael Bradley.

The Danish Superliga started back up last weekend and Greg Seltzer caught up with Clarence Goodson.

Will Packwood did not make his first team debut with Birmingham City on Tuesday, but Brian Sciaretta talked to Packwood this week about his experience at Birmingham City.

Alfredo Morales did an interview with Hertha Berlin’s website about his time with the club and with the US U-23s.

Billy Schuler came off the bench for Hammarby today in a friendly against Degerfors and scored twice against fellow American Brian Edwards.  Highlights from the game can be found here.

Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Alfredo Morales, Billy Schuler, Brian Edwards, Carlos Bocanegra, Clarence Goodson, Maurice Edu, Michael Bradley, Mike Banner, Will Packwood

Degerfors vs. Brommapojkarna Highlights
   June 18, 2011 (3:31 PM) by Matt Benson

Brian Edwards went the full 90 minutes and picked up a clean sheet in Degerfors’ 1-0 victory over Brommapojkarna.  Here are some highlights.

Categories: Brian Edwards, Highlights
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Degerfors IF vs. Assyriska Highlights
   May 2, 2011 (2:38 PM) by Matt Benson

Brian Edwards got the start between the sticks in Degerfors IF’s 3-2 loss to Assyriska.  Here are some highlights from the match.

Categories: Brian Edwards, Highlights
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Stuff on Andrew Wooten and Brian Edwards
   April 12, 2011 (10:42 PM) by Matt Benson

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.

Categories: Andrew Wooten, Brian Edwards
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Some final things for Friday
   March 11, 2011 (8:28 PM) by Matt Benson

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.

And finally, fresh off his signing with Degerfors IF, Brian Edwards will be blogging about his experience in Sweden right here.

Categories: Adrian Ruelas, Brian Edwards, Cody Cropper, Eric Lichaj, Steve Clark, Stuart Holden, US Men's National Team
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American goalkeepers are taking over Sweden
   March 8, 2011 (7:15 PM) by Matt Benson

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 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.

Categories: Brian Edwards