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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Categories: Mike Grella
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Friday AM links
   June 28, 2013 (12:01 AM) by Matt

The big news of Thursday was the announcement of the Gold Cup roster.  Jurgen Klinsmann also did his usual post-roster release Q&A with US Soccer’s website.  The guys over at American Soccer Now also invited me to select my own roster, so I did that for them.

Steve Cherundolo declined to be on the USMNT roster this summer to get some rest and now it looks like he is having some surgery on his left knee, the same knee that he had surgery done on back in February.

Some guys in lower leagues are returning to old clubs.  Howie posted about Jon-Paul Pittman going back to Wycombe Wanderers yesterday (and about Mike Grella likely returning to Scunthorpe United earlier this week).  You can also add Euan Holden to the mix as Holden has signed another non-contract basis with Bury.  And Jonathan Spector officially re-signed with Birmingham City.

With Alejandro Bedoya’s contract ending soon, he is likely looking for a new home.  And FC Twente seem to be interested according to this report out of Sweden.

Here is a video of Tony Taylor at AC Omonia.

Brad Friedel did an interview this week for the guys over at Soccer America.

Bobby Wood must have been mad about not making the Gold Cup roster as he scored twice in a 5-1 win over FC Zürich in a preseason friendly.

Want a silly season rumor?  How about Dan Kennedy to Maccabi Tel Aviv?

Grant Wahl tells us about Nick Pugliese, an American playing professionally in Afghanistan.

And to end with today’s fashion column, here are some more new jerseys for next season.  Tim Howards’ new goalkeeper kit can be found here (along with Everton’s new home shirt).  No word if the smoke is optional or not.  If Carlos Bocanegra stays at Rangers, here are their home/away/third kits for next season.  And finally, Jermaine Jones and Schalke have a new international/third kit for next season.

Enjoy the weekend.

Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Bobby Wood, Brad Friedel, Carlos Bocanegra, Dan Kennedy, Euan Holden, Jermaine Jones, Jon-Paul Pittman, Jonathan Spector, Mike Grella, Nick Pugliese, Steve Cherundolo, Tim Howard, Tony Taylor, US Men's National Team
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Friday morning links
   May 31, 2013 (12:01 AM) by Matt

Some links to check out while enjoying that morning coffee.

The US U-20 team lost to Colombia, 2-1, on Thursday in their second game of the Toulon Tournament.  Danny Garcia gave the US a lead in the seventh minute, but Colombia scored twice early in the second half to win.  Here are some highlights from the game and some post-game quotes from Tab Ramos and Danny Garcia.

Also in action last night, Edgar Castillo went the full 90 minutes (Joe Corona was an unused sub) as Tijuana were knocked out of Copa Libertadores in the quarterfinals due to away goals.  I also found this story pretty interesting on Tijuana’s travels since January.  They just traveled to Belo Horizonte, Brazil (6,020 miles), while the distance between San Diego and London is 5,470 miles.

Michael Bradley and Roma will be headed to Kansas City this summer to partake in the MLS All-Star Game.  Here is a video of Bradley talking about the game.

We are slowly entering the silly season and Greg Seltzer give us some goodies on Jozy Altidore and Clint Dempsey.

Jonathan Bornstein has been transfer-listed by Tigres with Liga MX draft next Wednesday.  If Bornstein doesn’t sign with another Mexican club by Wednesday, he will either have to stay with Tigres or leave Mexico.

Bury released Euan Holden last week, but he is interested in returning since the club has some new owners who have turned around the club’s financial situation.

Nottingham Forest might be interested in Eric Lichaj.

Geoff Cameron, Brek Shea and Maurice Edu will have a new manager to impress at Stoke City as the club has appointed Mark Hughes.  This will be Hughes’ fifth different club since 2008.

It looks like DC United have passed on Mike Grella after his trial.

I can’t remember if I posted this last week or not, but Kenya Brown spoke to Conor O’Brien about playing in Champions League next season.

And in some news that makes me happy.  Sky Sports News (likely on in the background when I am doing these posts late at night) will stick around on Fox Sports 1 once Fox Soccer shuts down.

Categories: Brek Shea, Clint Dempsey, Conor O'Brien, Edgar Castillo, Eric Lichaj, Euan Holden, Geoff Cameron, Jonathan Bornstein, Jozy Altidore, Maurice Edu, Michael Bradley, Mike Grella, US U-20 National Team

Coming back from vacation links
   May 21, 2013 (11:01 PM) by Matt

In the last 24 hours of a mini-vacation, but here are some links from the last couple of days.

First off, a plug for our annual OT XI.  So go check that out.

Jurgen Klinsmann announced the USMNT roster for the upcoming games last week and Nick Firchau gives a notebook of goodies.  Also, since the roster has been announced, Brad Evans has been added to the squad.

The last of the five upcoming games is against Honduras and here is their roster.  I also posted Belgium’s and Germany’s rosters last week.

Leander Schaerlaeckens looks at why US goalkeepers are awesome.

It was starting to look like Aron Johannsson was a no-go for the USMNT last week.  But he might not be a lost cause as of this week.  Hmm.

Tab Ramos named his roster for the upcoming Toulon Tournament earlier this week.  One name missing from that roster is Anthony Brooks.  He told some German press that he wants to pull a Timothy Chandler circa 2011 (rest over the summer since he is young and new to the Bundesliga) and sit out of national team competitions (but maybe he changes his mind if the USMNT come calling?).

Another name missing from the U-20 team is forward Villyan Bijev.  And now he has accepted a call by Bulgaria’s U-21 team for this summer’s Euros, which would provisionally cap-tie him.  Bijev’s last appearance with the US came with the U-18 team at the Lisbon International Tournament.

Speaking of the Lisbon International Tournament (I love easy transitions), the current U-18 team opened up the 2013 Lisbon International Tournament with a 3-0 win over the Czech Republic.

Going back to the U-20 team, Jose Villarreal’s name was missing from the Toulon Tournament roster because the Galaxy didn’t release him.

BBC Sport’s Garth Crooks selected Brad Guzan as his goalkeeper for his team of the season.

Stoke City and Tony Pulis have decided to part ways.  Geoff Cameron, Brek Shea and Maurice Edu will have a new manager to impress this summer.

Photo time!  Clarence Goodson and Brøndby avoided relegation over the weekend so they celebrated by taking a shirtless photo in the locker room (this is for the ladies).

Charlie Davies and Randers finished third in the Danish Superliga, so here is Davies showing off his bronze medal.

And congrats to Sacha Kljestan and Anderlecht on winning their second consecutive Belgian league title.  Here is a photo of Sacha and the cup.  Staying with Sacha, I should hopefully have the Sacha/mustache shirts up for sale later tonight/tomorrow.  It all depends on my travel schedule today.

Will Parchman thinks Terrence Boyd is the future of the American striker.

Following in the footsteps of Frank Simek, Mike Grella is currently on trial with D.C. United.

After a quick six months in Germany, it looks like Paolo DelPiccolo is probably headed back to the US/MLS.

Categories: Aron Johannsson, Brad Evans, Brad Guzan, Brek Shea, Charlie Davies, Clarence Goodson, Geoff Cameron, John Brooks, Jose Villarreal, Maurice Edu, Mike Grella, Paolo DelPiccolo, Sacha Kljestan, Terrence Boyd, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team, Villyan Bijev

Tuesday morning linkage
   April 30, 2013 (12:14 AM) by Matt

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.

As Howie posted on Monday, Carlisle United has released Frank Simek.

Mike Grella and Scunthorpe United were officially relegated to League Two this past weekend.  Grella is one of six players under contract with the club for the 2013-14 season.

While one player was relegated, DaMarcus Beasley, Michael Orozco Fiscal and Puebla are officially clear of relegation in Mexico.

Rapid Vienna’s fans are not happy about being in third place and let the team and management know about it.

Harris King has some kind words about Steve Cherundolo.

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.

Bruce Arena thinks Mike Magee should at least be considered for the USMNT.  Possibly a Gold Cup spot if he continues to lead MLS in goals?

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.

Categories: Brad Friedel, DaMarcus Beasley, Desevio Payne, Frank Simek, Freddy Adu, Jozy Altidore, Michael Orozco Fiscal, Michael Parkhurst, Mike Grella, Mike Magee, Steve Cherundolo, Terrence Boyd
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