I like numbers and so does Greg Seltzer so he unloads some numbers at us about some Americans in Europe. I wish he would give us a full list of the all-time single-season goals list for AZ Alkmaar now that Jozy Altidore is at 30 across all competitions in 2012-13. I might also be working on something about Herculez Gomez which could be up later today or tomorrow.
Michael Parkhurst has fallen down the depth chart at Augsburg due to missing time with soreness in his knee and having the flu.
I finally found highlights of a Bahia match from down in Brazil from the weekend, but Freddy Adu remained on the bench the whole game. But Adu has made the gameday roster for Wednesday. Hopefully he sees the field and I can find highlights again.
Brad Friedel thinks Gareth Bale is good at soccer and answers some other questions.
Brian Sciaretta introduces us to Desevio Payne. Payne is a 17-year-old right back currently playing with FC Groningen’s youth team in Holland.
Remember how fun and crazy the end of the Premier League was last year? The end of the League One was also pretty crazy this year. Doncaster (second place) played Brentford (third place) over the weekend and Brentford had a stoppage time PK to win the game and give them automatic promotion to the Championship. . . .then this happened.
I posted this earlier today, but the video was pulled so I took it down. But it looks like the video is back up. Anyways, here is Mike Grella’s goal from earlier this week in Scunthorpe United’s 2-1 loss. The play starts around the 1:16 mark.
Predict the following questions for various Americans in England in the unofficially official contest:
Brad Friedel, Totenham:
Totenham: Champions League, Europa League, or neither?
Yes/No: Does Fridel’s consecutive starts streak (a record 314 matches, meaning he could hit 350 this season) end?
Clint Dempsey, Fulham (?)
Who does Clint Dempsey wind up playing for?
Regardless of club, over/under on:
- 14.5 EPL goals (17 last year)
- 19.5 all competition goals (23 last year)
Geoff Cameron, Stoke City
- 15.5 starts (league only)
- 24.5 appearances (league only)
Does Cameron play more minutes at central defense or at defensive midfielder?
Brad Guzan, Aston Villa
Does Guzan make more appearances for Villa or for a hypothetical loan destination?
Which number will be greatest: Guzan cup appearances, Guzan league appearances, or Guzan national team callus?
Tim Howard, Everton
Yes/No: Everton: Europa League qualifiers?
Which Liverpool club finishes higher in 2012-13, Liverpool or Everton?
Eric Lichaj, Aston Villa
- 17.5 starts (league only)
- 26.5 appearances (league only)
Yes/No: Is Aston Villa safe from relegation entering Survival Sunday?
Tim Ream, Bolton Wanderers
National team caps through May 2013: over/under of 1.5?
Bolton: promoted, promotion playoffs, or outside promotion playoffs?
Stuart Holden, Bolton Wanderers
Over/under: September 15 for Stu’s first start (under is before [ie., if he starts August 25, say under])
- 22.5 starts
- 2.5 goals
- 5.5 matches missed due to injury
Jonathan Spector, Birmingham City
Birmingham: promoted, promotion playoffs, or outside promotion playoffs?
Most minutes: rightback, central midfield, or other?
Will Packwood, Birmingham City
- 5.5 league appearacnes
- 8.5 overall appearances
U-20s: U-20 World Cup knockout rounds, U-20 World Cup group stage, or another DNQ?
Robbie Findley, Notthingham Forest
Over/under: 3.5 goals (3 last year)
Nottingham Forest: promotion playoffs contender, mid-table, barely surviving, or relegated (19th last year)?
Zak Whitbread, Leicester City
Over/under: 20.5 league appearances
Over/under: 2.5 different reported injuries (must be separated by at least 2 games)
Robbie Rogers, Leeds United
Transfer result: Championship club, League One club, League Two club, or still with Leeds?
Does he score a goal this year wherever he lands?
Conor Doyle, Derby County
- 5.5 appearances (six last year)
- 0.5 goals (zero for career)
Doyle’s club after this year is __________.
Adam Henley, Blackburn Rovers
- 10.5 appearances league appearances (seven last year)
- 13.5 overall appearances (seven last year)
In May 2013, is Adam Henley American, Welsh, or still undecided?
Jon-Paul Pittman, Oxford United
- 2.5 goals (3 last year)
- 15.5 appearances (15 last year)
Mike Grella, Scunthorpe United
- 15.5 league appearances (13 last year between Brentford and Bury)
- 3.5 league goals (4 last year total)
Yes/No: Is Grella still with Scunthorpe at season’s end? In August 2013?
Do the following players find a club in England?
- Jemal Johnson
- Marcus Hahnemann
- Anton Peterlin
- Cody Cropper
Over/Under on 1.5 Americans winding up in England in January (transfers & MLS free agents)
Andrew Wooten scored a goal in a recent Kaiserslautern victory over some Brazilian team in a friendly. You can see footage of the goal here (14:30 mark).
Brian Span didn’t play for Djurgården in their game earlier this week, but he did play with their U-21 team and scored a goal (highlights here).
Zak Whitbread did the whole “hold a jersey and smile” photos after signing his new deal with Leicester City, although he looks like he is trapped in this goal and wants to offer the jersey for his freedom.
Geoff Cameron signed his new deal with Stoke City and met up with the team in Orlando for training. I believe the only hurdle left is a UK work permit and he should have his hearing for that in early August.
Chad Barrett returned to the LA Galaxy after going out on trial with Vålerenga in Norway, although no decision has been made on his fate.
Brian Sciaretta has an interview up with Omid Namazi, an American who is an assistant coach with Iranian national team.
Chris Wright has made the move from Magdeburg to fellow German Regionalliga side Berliner AK 07.
And Matt Taylor has left Paderborn for German 3. Liga club Preußen Münster. They have already started their preseason and he has scored a few goals already. He will be looking to regain his 3. Liga form from 2010-11 when he scored 17 goals for Rot Weiss Ahlen (tied for the third most in the 3. Liga).
Andrew Wooten and Kaiserslautern have also started up their preseason with a few games, including a 2-0 win over SVN Zweibrücken. Wooten has been getting some starts up top in a 4-4-2.
Tyrone McCargo has been promoted from Nurnberg’s U-19 team to their U-23 team, meaning he will be playing in the Regionalliga this upcoming season (which means we can follow him a little bit better).
A few guys in Finland played on Thursday. Daniel Antunez went the full 90 minutes in Inter Turku’s 4-0 loss to MYPA. Etchu Tabe went the full 90 minutes in KuPS’ 3-0 loss to TPS. And Mason Trafford went the full 90 minutes in IFK Mariehamn’s 1-0 win over Haka.
In case you missed it on Wednesday, Josh Gatt assisted on Molde’s first goal in their 4-3 win over Rosenborg in the NM Cupen. You can check out some highlights here.
And finally, some more new kits for the 2012-13 season. I know he is the goalkeeper, but Neal Kitson’s Northampton Town have some new home and away kits. And in the event Villyan Bijev goes back out on loan to Fortuna Düsseldorf next season, they also have some new home and away kits. I like the red/home shirt.
I haven’t been doing The OT Report the last couple weekends as only a couple guys are playing (although I am tweeting most of the results, so follow me), but it was a great weekend for Americans in Finland. Daniel Stevens and Joey Spivack both scored in Kemi Kings’ 5-2 victory over AC Kajaani. Aaron Wheeler scored his second goal of the season in KooTeePee’s 2-1 loss to PK-35 Vantaa. And Mike Banner scored his first of the season in Jaro’s 3-2 victory over TPS. It is pretty tough to find any footage of the goals mentioned above, but I did find the game-winning goal from that Jaro-TPS game, which is a pretty nice goal.
Jurgen Klinsmann doesn’t want to be Tottenham’s manager according to this report. I don’t see it happening either.
It appears that Amaechi Igwe might be on his way out at Babelsberg. Igwe appeared in 18 games, starting in 12, last year for the 3. Liga club.
Still no word on where Mike Grella will end up, but his wikipedia page claims it is Notts County, although there is nothing else on the interwebs about this (and anyone can change his wikipedia page).
Nurnberg forward Jann George has been loaned out to Slovakian Super Liga club FK Senica for the upcoming 2012-13 season. FK Senica finished fourth in last year’s Super Liga and will be in next season’s Europa League, entering in the first qualifying round.
I haven’t been fully paying attention to the messy situation at Rangers, but it looks like the clubs is getting pushed towards liquidation. The new possible owner Charles Green might just end up buying the team’s assets and form a new company (Rangers v2.0?). If that were to happen then there is a whole mess about whether the club should be allowed to be in the Scottish Premier League or start all over in the a lower division. Doesn’t look so hot for the “Lone Rangers” (a.k.a. Bedoya/Bocanegra/Edu).
Mike Grella apparently met up with Scunthrope United manager Alan Knill in New York recently to talk. Grella turned down a deal with Bury last week.
Our old friend Mike Grella, after scoring four goals in ten in league matches with Bury in League One, will not be resigning with the Shakers despite having an offer to extend his short-term deal:
Bury boss Richie Barker said: “Unfortunately we couldn’t match some of the offers that Mike has received.
“It was always going to be a gamble from both parties on such a short-term contract, but throughout April I am sure his form alerted a number of clubs.
Officially, he’s still bound for a mystery club (of Italian descent, he’ll soon be linked to Roma), although some reports have him joining Preston North End. It would actually be a drop in league position (Bury was 14th in League One; Preston was 15th) although Preston has spent time in higher leagues.
Preston North End, of course, was the club of two-time World Cup veteran Eddie Lewis.