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.
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.
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:
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.