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Who says you can’t go home: Mike Grella signs with the New York Red Bulls
   February 17, 2015 (3:13 PM) by Howie Michaels

Okay, so technically Mike Grella ceased to be OT last April when he signed with the Carolina RailHawks last April, but he was sort of a regular feature in the earlier days of this site as a frequent sub for Leeds United before falling out of favor with roughly half of the clubs in League One/Two, so we’re going to provide an update on this NASL player moving to MLS. Grella, who has been on trial with his hometown Red Bulls for a few weeks, is now an MLS player six years after passing on the league in favor of England, as he signed with the Red Bulls today.

For those of you scoring at home, Grella’s career since then:

– Leeds United, League One/Championship
– Carlisle United, League One (loan)
– Swindon Town, League One (loan)
– Brentford, League One
– Bury, League One
– Scunthorpe United, League Two
– Viborg, Danish Superliga
– Carolina, NASL

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A bunch of links for Thursday
   January 29, 2015 (12:59 AM) by Matt Benson

A few more USMNT things before moving on from yesterday’s loss.

In case you missed the game, here are the goals.  And Matthew Doyle took a quick look at the US’s attempt to play the 3-5-2.

As for some “fun” stats/facts courtesy of Paul Carr and Paul Kennedy:

* The US is now winless in five straight games for the first time since 2007.
* The US has now allowed nine goals over a three-game span for the first time since 1993.
* The US has allowed eight goals in the first 10 minutes of games since 2013 after allowing only seven such goals between 2007 and 2012.
* The US has been outscored 9-0 in the second half of its last five games.
* The US is winless in its last four games when leading at the half after going 19-0-2 in Klinsmann’s first 21 games when leading at the half.
* And finally, the US still only has one win in its last 18 games against South American teams.

One of the big non-USMNT news stories from yesterday was Sacha Kljestan signing with the New York Red Bulls.

It looks like Alejandro Bedoya is working on a new contract with Nantes.  Marc Stein’s sources say that Bedoya also has been drawing some interest from Germany, England and MLS.

The New York Times wrote some words on DeAndre Yedlin earlier this week.  And new Tottenham teammate and fellow American Brad Friedel talked about Yedlin to some UK press.

We posted yesterday in the US-Chile pre-game primer about how Gedion Zelalem is currently ineligible to play for the US, but Grant Wahl/Sunil Gulati are making it sound like the FIFA exception will go through and he will be eligible later this spring.

Also in the link above, Wahl is hearing that US U-20 center back Cameron Carter-Vickers could be training with Tottenham’s first team in the coming weeks.

Getting back to Zelalem for a second, he went the full 90 in Arsenal’s 1-0 loss to Atletico Madrid in UEFA Youth League action earlier this week.  Dembakwi Yomba did not dress for Atletico Madrid as it looks like he picked up some kind of knee injury.

Sticking with the youth theme, Jeff Carlisle put together his list of Top 10 US players currently under the age of 21.  His #1 is Emerson Hyndman.

Another player on that list, Julian Green, is healthy again and thinks he can learn from his loan away Bayern Munich.

Speaking of health issues, Tim Howard appears to be ahead of schedule with the rehabbing of his calf injury and could return to the field sooner than first believed.

As for another goalie, Zack Steffen talked to Brian Sciaretta about the U-20 World Cup and Freiburg.

Steffen’s U-20 teammate, Matt Miazga, is in Qatar with RB Leipzig on a training stint/trial.  He had to be subbed out of a scrimmage the other day with an injury, but New York Red Bulls manager Jesse Marsch claims it is just a knock.

Steven Goff has your monthly Freddy Adu update.

Alejandro Guido scored his first goal with Tijuana last week in Copa MX action and he followed that up with another goal in Copa MX action on Tuesday.

It looks like Tim Ream had a nice game earlier this week against Rotherham.

Remember Mike Grella?  He is currently with the New York Red Bulls as a trialist.

Ryan Adeleye was last seen in Israel with Hapoel Ashkelon and now he has signed with the Fort Lauderdale Strikers.

And finally, some might remember the US-Mexico rivalry movie that was being made a few years ago called Gringos at the Gate.  Well, it is finally on the internet for your viewing pleasure.

Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Alejandro Guido, Brad Friedel, Cameron Carter-Vickers, DeAndre Yedlin, Dembakwi Yomba, Emerson Hyndman, Freddy Adu, Gedion Zelalem, Julian Green, Matt Miazga, Mike Grella, Ryan Adeleye, Sacha Kljestan, Tim Howard, Tim Ream, US Men's National Team, Zack Steffen
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A little bit over everything for Tuesday
   April 29, 2014 (12:01 AM) by Matt Benson

Another weekend with a bunch of goals scored.

Instead of linking all the ones that I have found highlights of so far, just check out the goal tracker for all of that.  That said, Miles Byass scored one of the better goals you will see this season over the weekend.  Patrick Hopkins also scored a goal for Sirius in a 3-1 win on Monday, but I haven’t found any highlights of the goal yet.

Not a goal, but Jose Torres assisted on Tigres’ game-winning goal this weekend.

John Brooks’ goal and strong play earned him a spot on Kicker’s Bundesliga Team of the Week.

Staying in Germany, Joe Gyau made his Bundesliga debut over the weekend, coming off the bench and playing 21 minutes in Hoffenheim’s 0-0 draw.

And Timothy Chandler finally returned to the field for Nurnberg, seeing his first action since February in Nurnberg’s 2-0 loss.

Julian Green hasn’t returned from his shoulder injury, but it looks like he did some interview with Julie Foudy this week.

Fresh off his contract extension, Tim Howard told ESPN that he plans on retiring once his contract ends after 2017-18.

Toronto FC didn’t have a game this past weekend so Michael Bradley had a minor procedure on his foot to fix a nerve issue.

Clint Dempsey continued his scoring tear over the weekend by scoring two goals (Goal 1 & Goal 2). From what I can find, Dempsey is the first MLS player with 8+ goals through a player’s first six games since Edson Buddle in 2010.

One other MLS tidbit (on a fellow USMNTer), Brad Evans played 45 minutes with Seattle’s reserve team and played at right back as Jurgen Klinsmann wants to see him play there more.

The Daily Mail did a worst XI for the Premier League season and while Jozy Altidore is not on it, he did get some consideration.

Selecting the worst forwards of this season was particularly tough, with the likes of Roberto Soldado, Kostas Mitroglou, Jozy Altidore, and Dani Osvaldo all making credible cases for inclusion.

CONCACAF and CONMEBOL have scheduled a press conference for Thursday and all signs point towards the long-rumored 2016 Copa America taking place in the US.

Fulham’s U-18 team defeated Chelsea 3-2 in the first leg of the FA Youth Cup Final with Emerson Hyndman scoring a goal.  Here is a photo of Hyndman celebrating the goal and hopefully highlights will appear in the near future.

The US U-21 team finished up their camp last week with a 2-1 win over Tijuana’s reserve team.  Benji Joya scored both goals for the US and US Soccer put up some highlights from the friendly.  SI’s Liviu Bird talked to Jordan Morris following the camp.

We have had a few U-18 players sign with teams in Europe in the last couple months and now you can add Mukwelle Akale to the list.  The 17-year-old attacking midfielder is headed to Spain to sign a pre-contract with Villarreal.

Howie posted this on Friday, but Mike Grella is returning to the US after signing with the Carolina RailHawks.

Categories: Benji Joya, Brad Evans, Clint Dempsey, Emerson Hyndman, Eugene Starikov, Joe Gyau, John Brooks, Jordan Morris, Jose Francisco Torres, Jozy Altidore, Julian Green, Michael Bradley, Mike Grella, Miles Byass, Mukwelle Akale, Patrick Hopkins, Tim Howard, Timothy Chandler, US U-21 National Team

Mike Grella signs with the Carolina RailHawks
   April 25, 2014 (1:41 PM) by Howie Michaels

Mike Grella, once upon a time a frequent sub for a Leeds United team earning promotion to the Championship, has bounced around Europe for a while, mostly in League One and League Two of England. Most recently, he had a very brief stint in the 2nd tier of Denmark.

Now, he’s trying his luck stateside and going home (in a way) as he links up with the Carolina RailHawks of the 2nd-tier North American Soccer League. While Grella is a New York native, he played collegiately for Duke and played for the RailHawks’ PDL affiliate in 2008, so it’s an organization he has some familarity with.

So, sorry to those who looked forward to our biannual updates on who Grella had mutually agreed to part ways with next.

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A last few links for the week
   January 31, 2014 (7:15 AM) by Matt Benson

A few links to end the work week.

Saturday’s friendly at the StubHub Center has officially reached sold out status.  It marks only the second time that the USMNT have sold out at the StubHub Center (also in 2007 in a Gold Cup match against Trinidad & Tobago).

It looks like one of the May/June pre-World Cup friendlies will be held at Red Bull Arena.  If I had to guess based on the other rumors out there, I would guess this would be the game against Serbia (but there are so many different rumors out there right now on location and opponents).

Grant Wahl has a video interview up with Graham Zusi about earning the nickname “San Zusi” among other things.  He also spoke to Michael Parkhurst this week.

Jeff Carlisle takes a look at the relationship of Brad Evans and DeAndre Yedlin as Evans helps mentor his club teammate while also competing against him for the right back spot.

As for some other USMNT tidbits, here is a video of the team having a BBQ at the U.S. Consulate in Sao Paulo during their trip last week.  And Will Parchman decided to put together an all-time USMNT XI based on guys who wore #1-11 at a World Cup.

Don’t forget to enter our Pick the US-South Korea score contest.  Who doesn’t like free prizes?

Roger Bennett decided to look into why Americans are not taken seriously in Europe.  There are some good quotes from Herculez Gomez.

I’m assuming most people know this by no, but Jermaine Jones is headed to Besiktas on loan for the rest of the season.  And they decided to post a video of Jones going through his medical because they are crazy in Turkey.

According to The Independent’s Ed Aarons, Crystal Palace put in a transfer bid for Fabian Johnson, but Johnson decided to stay at Hoffenheim.

There apparently has been a Freddy Adu sighting! at Blackpool.  So he is at least training in England.

I want to pretend that Who Scored read my Inside the Numbers scoreboard on Aron Johannsson and were inspired as they did their own numbers thing on Johannsson.

Mike Grella will be going on trial with Swedish side Falkenbergs FF according to this report.  Falkenbergs are new to the Allsvenskan in 2014 after winning the Superettan in 2013.

Pat McCann has re-signed with Finn Harps FC of the First Division of the League of Ireland.  The former Holy Cross product appeared in 12 games in 2013, scoring two goals.

Eric Lichaj went 90 minutes for Nottingham Forest on Thursday as they came back from a 2-0 deficit to win 4-2 against Watford.  While he has been playing left back lately, he played at right back in this game.

And finally, this random Youtube video of the day comes courtesy of Alex (@tempofreesoccer).  Here are highlights of the US U-20’s win over Uruguay in the 2007 U-20 World Cup.  The US has Michael Bradley, Freddy Adu and Jozy Altidore among others while Uruguay featured Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez.  And there is a shoving match/fight at the end of the game.  You don’t mess with a full head of hair Michael Bradley.  Good times.

Categories: Aron Johannsson, Brad Evans, DeAndre Yedlin, Eric Lichaj, Fabian Johnson, Freddy Adu, Graham Zusi, Herculez Gomez, Jermaine Jones, Jozy Altidore, Michael Bradley, Michael Parkhurst, Mike Grella, Pat McCann, US Men's National Team

Here is your US-Panama pre-game primer
   October 15, 2013 (12:01 AM) by Matt Benson

Here is a quick rundown of things you might want to look at before today’s game.

» The game is at 9:30 PM Eastern on beIN SPORT.

» Panama is ranked #35 by FIFA and #32 by Elo, while the US is #13 by FIFA and #15 by Elo.

» Here are the official game notes by US Soccer.  As for some other random stats/facts:

A win on Tuesday would give the US 22 points in the Hex, tying the most ever by the US (also done during the 2005 cycle).

The US is 10-1-2 all-time against Panama, including a 2-0-1 record on Panamanian soil.

The US has scored 1+ goal in 16 straight games, the second-longest streak in team history.  The longest is a 23-game streak between 2004-05.

With his goal on Friday, Jozy Altidore has scored nine career goals in the Hex, tied for the third most in CONCACAF history (Carlos Pavon – 12, Paulo Wanchope – 10, Stern John – 9).

» In case you missed it, Jurgen Klinsmann made a couple more roster changes over the weekend.

» The US will be wearing their white centennial jerseys along with white shorts and white socks.  If you are into USMNT jerseys, check out our new USMNT jersey history page.

» No pre-game previews, but check out some of Matt Mathai’s photos from last Friday’s game over at The Shin Guardian.

» Then laugh at Maxi’s Top 5 US Soccer-related GIFs.

» As for some final random links:

Clint Dempsey picked up a shoulder injury during Seattle’s loss to Portland this weekend.

Joe Corona scored a goal against Santos Laguna in a friendly in San Antonio over the weekend.  Jon Arnold used some technology to get a view of it.

Mike Grella has signed with Viborg FF in Denmark.

Junior Flores has been training with Borussia Dortmund’s first team this week.  And it sounds like he might start with them during a friendly today.

And here is a cool video on some new stuff Hoffenheim is doing to track its players during training.

Categories: Clint Dempsey, Joe Corona, Junior Flores, Mike Grella, US Men's National Team
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Tuesday morning links
   October 1, 2013 (12:02 AM) by Matt Benson

Some links for Tuesday.

Grant Wahl gives us some USMNT goodies.  It has been rumored, but it is looking like the US will face Austria in its second friendly in November to go along with the friendly against Scotland.  Austria is ranked #47 by FIFA and #51 by Elo.  And during January’s camp, the US will split time between Los Angeles and Brazil.  They won’t have any games in Brazil, but they want to check out infrastructure before the World Cup.

The injuries are starting to pile up for the USMNT even if they aren’t serious.  Clint Dempsey missed another game for Seattle with a hamstring strain.  Fabian Johnson was subbed out of Hoffenheim’s weekend game with an ankle injuryA report out of Germany claimed that Jermaine Jones needed a surgery on his knee, but Jones/US Soccer went all Lee Corso on that report, claiming that he is fit for selection.  And Clarence Goodson missed San Jose’s game on Sunday with a knee injury.

That all said, Michael Bradley is slowly getting back at it, training on a side field during a recent Roma practice.

ESPN’s Doug McIntyre spoke to Geoff Cameron about his struggles to see the field with the USMNT.  Some good quotes in that story.  Doug also informs us that some USMNT coaches were at Nottingham Forest’s weekend game against Derby County checking out Eric Lichaj.

Steve Goff gives us his American abroad roundup for the weekend.  As for Monday, Tim Howard picked up an assist in Everton’s 3-2 win over Newcastle United.  So there have been a total of two assists by goalkeepers in the Premier League this season and they were both by Americans (Howard and Brad Guzan) and both took place this weekend.

Also on Monday, Zarek Valentin and Bodø / Glimt earned promotion to Norway’s top-flight league with a win over Vard.

Zak Whitbread is headed to Derby County on an emergency loan.  Whitbread had played in only four games for Leicester City across all competitions so far in 2013-14, so there will be a chance for more playing time.

Aron Johannsson will have a new manager at AZ Alkmaar as the club has fired Gertjan Verbeek.

MLS Insider has the story of how Bob Bradley became coach of the Egyptian men’s national team.

Brek Shea and Maurice Edu both played with Stoke City’s U-21 team in a recent game against Sebastian Lletget and West Ham United’s U-21 team.

According to this report out of Denmark, Mike Grella is trialing with Superliga side Viborg FF.

Kris Lindsey tells us more about the somewhat-forgotten Mexican-American at Tijuana:  Bruno Piceno.

Julian Green has been invited to play with Germany’s U-19 team for their upcoming first round of the U-19 Euro qualification.  These would be official games, which means he would be provisionally cap tied to Germany.

And we told you last week about Will Packwood scoring a goal for Birmingham City’s U-21 team and here is some video of the goal:

Categories: Aron Johannsson, Brad Guzan, Brek Shea, Bruno Piceno, Clarence Goodson, Clint Dempsey, Eric Lichaj, Fabian Johnson, Geoff Cameron, Jermaine Jones, Julian Green, Maurice Edu, Michael Bradley, Mike Grella, Sebastian Lletget, Tim Howard, US Men's National Team, Will Packwood, Zak Whitbread, Zarek Valentin

A few things for Thursday
   August 8, 2013 (1:17 AM) by Matt Benson

Here are a few links.

In yesterday’s links, I posted about Alejandro Bedoya getting some interest from French side Nantes.  Ives spoke to his agent, Lyle Yorks, who confirmed that Bedoya is in France to finalize the deal.

Jozy Altidore had an assist in Sunderland’s 1-0 win over FC Midtjylland in Denmark yesterday.  Here is a photo of Altidore from the game.

Jonathan Bornstein went the full 90 minutes in Tigres’ 0-0 draw to Cruz Azul Hidalgo in Copa MX action last night.  Tom Marshall broke down the other Americans in Copa MX action from last night, including a start by Monterrey’s Alonso Hernandez.

Christian Eissele scored his 22nd league goal (27 across all competitions) in Kemi Kings’ 1-0 win over Tervarit in Finland yesterday.  We have had a bunch of goals lately, which you can always follow along with our goal tracker.

Michael Nanchoff finally made his Swedish debut yesterday, getting the start and playing 73 minutes in Jönköpings Södra’s 3-1 loss to Örebro

Germany’s U-21 head coach is trying to call in Anthony Brooks the day before the US game against Bosnia.

Brian Sciaretta caught up with Russell Canouse recently to talk about being named captain of Hoffenheim’s U-19 team among other things.

The New York Red Bulls decided to pass on Mike Grella.

Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Alonso Hernandez, John Brooks, Jonathan Bornstein, Jozy Altidore, Michael Nanchoff, Mike Grella, Russell Canouse

Fourth of July links
   July 4, 2013 (12:15 AM) by Matt Benson

Today is always one of the great days of the year.  Here are a few links to read between some beers and fireworks.

Jurgen Klinsmann has selected DaMarcus Beasley as the captain for the US for the Gold Cup.  A nice honor for Beasley.

US Soccer has not made any official announcements, but Ives is hearing that Josh Gatt’s knee injury is significant enough that he will miss the Gold Cup.  As for the other injured player, Corey Ashe, he returned to full training today.

The USMNT will hold a training session open to the public today at 5 PM Pacific at Qualcomm Stadium.  Admission is free.

The official US Soccer youtube page has uploaded some highlights from past games against Guatemala.  So here is a game from 2000 and one from 2005.

I don’t know if I will do a pre-game primer or not, but here are the game notes.  The US is 13-4-6 all-time against Guatemala (11-0-1 on American soil) and the game will be on at 8 PM Pacific on NBC Sports Network.

The latest run of wins by the US has moved them up to #22 in the latest FIFA world rankings, up six spots from last month and now only two spots behind Mexico who dropped from #17 to #20.

Leander Schaerlaeckens writes about US Soccer’s slowly building scouting network.

If you haven’t read this site in a while, Howie has been bringing the thunder this week with a bunch of posts.  He has posted about Jared Jeffrey joining DC United.  Mario Rodriguez’s move to Borussia Mönchengladbach U-23 team.  Derby County want to send Conor Doyle to MLS on a loan.  Mike Grella is not returning to Scunthorpe United.  And I threw up a post about our latest Jann George sighting.  So this site has been pretty busy this week during a normally slow period.

In some fun site news, I got confirmation that our first international order for a Sacha Kljestan mustache shirt successfully crossed the pond and landed in Beglium.  The buyer is hopefully going to get a photo with Sacha and the shirt at one of Anderlecht’s preseason sessions in the next few weeks.  You can buy your own shirt right here.

While things in Egypt seem to be acting up again, it is good to hear that Bob Bradley and his wife are currently safe and back in the US for the moment.

Greg Seltzer has the latest transfer gossip about Jozy Altidore right here and here.  Thoughts on Jozy at Sunderland?

The Wooten Clan, Andrew Wooten, continues to put the ball in the back of the net in preseason friendlies for Kaiserslautern, scoring another two goals in a 7-0 win over Slovenian champs Maribor.

Chukwudi Chijindu scored his fifth goal of the season in Thór’s 2-1 win over ÍA Akranes on Wednesday.  His five goals this season are tied for the second most in the Icelandic Úrvalsdeild.

And here is what Bobby Wood will be wearing next season at 1860 Munich.  1860 Munich always seem to have some shirts that I like.

Enjoy the day.

Categories: Andrew Wooten, Bob Bradley, Bobby Wood, Chukwudi Chijindu, Conor Doyle, Cory Ashe, DaMarcus Beasley, Jann George, Jared Jeffrey, Josh Gatt, Jozy Altidore, Mario Rodriguez, Mike Grella, Sacha Kljestan, US Men's National Team
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Mike Grella will not return to Scunthorpe
   July 1, 2013 (1:04 PM) by Howie Michaels

Previously, it had been reported that Mike Grella would return to Scunthorpe United. However, news broke today that the 26 year-old striker and the club had terminated his contract by mutual consent. A little surprising given that they had previously been fine with him going on trial but seemed to want him to return.

My Cosmos prediction stands true.


After an unsuccessful attempt at a trial with MLS SuperDraft #1 pick leaders D.C. United, Mike Grella appeared set to return to Scunthorpe.

Laws told the 26-year-old former Leeds forward that he was free to leave Glanford Park, but Grella has failed to win a contract with DC United after training with the Major League Soccer club.

“It (the move) has hit a brick wall, so to speak, and he’s had opportunities to train (with other clubs) out there over the last few weeks, but nothing has come forward,” Laws told the Iron’s official website.

“At this moment in time we expect him to come back into the fold this week and, like everyone else, to fight for an opportunity.”

So it seemed that the League Two club (having been relegated last year) is content to be the backup girlfriend for the 26 year-old striker. Grella scored one goal in 25 appearances last season, primarily as a substitute. He has had middling success generally in various spells in League One, so perhaps the step down to League Two would help him.

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