Howie’s Pick – Andrew Wooten (FSV Frankfurt – German 2. Bundesliga)
After having a strong run during the mid-season break friendlies, Andrew Wooten picked it up in league matches, coming off the bench to score the winner in FSV Frankfurt’s 2-1 victory over Bochum (highlights).
Matt’s Pick – Marc Heider (Holstein Kiel – German 3. Liga)
Marc Heider scored two goals in Holstein Kiel’s 3-0 win over the weekend, giving him a team-leading eight goals on the season, which are also tied for the seventh most in the 3. Liga (highlights).
Andrew Wooten continues his tear with FSV Frankfurt since going out on loan and scored the game-winning goal shortly after coming onto the field as a second half sub yesterday. Here are a bunch of highlights with the Wooten Clan’s goal coming at 9:00 mark.
ussoccer.com : You have stated that the door is still open for players to make their case for the World Cup roster. There are several players in Europe who are experiencing new opportunities with their clubs and others coming back from injury. What do you need to see from them?
JK : “We just want them to be on the field and build their case. We communicate with them, players like Oguchi Onyewu, Tim Ream, and Danny Williams. You have Brek Shea, who went down into the Championship from Stoke to play games and is now playing 90 minutes almost every week. You have Timmy Chandler at Nurnberg, who for six months has been doing a very consistent, good job. Jermaine Jones goes to Besiktas and will pick up the rhythm of playing games again. We follow the players that have injury problems like Steve Cherundolo, who is still having issues, and John Anthony Brooks with Hertha Berlin who is hopefully back next week. Same with Fabian Johnson who broke his arm and is hopefully back next week as well. Being in February and a few months prior to the World Cup, you want to see them all play. You have to give them a clear message that only if you pick up a rhythm and play week-in, week-out, will you complete one of the big keys in order to make the World Cup roster. That’s why we are really happy some of them now are starting to get their rhythm. This all plays a vital role in evaluating them, and then we have to make the vital calls in May.”
Someone told Grant Wahl that US Soccer spent about $500,000 for January’s camp, including the trip down to Brazil.
Oguchi Onyewu had to leave Sheffield Wednesday’s game in the last few minutes of injury time on Sunday due to an injury. Now we know that it was a calf injury, but no updates on how serious of an injury.
Some reports started to come out of Mexico about a possible US/Mexico friendly in Phoenix for April. It looks like it has some legs as Steven Goff has also heard some things about this. This wouldn’t be a FIFA fixture date so expect a lot of MLS and Liga MX players for both squads if true. The last time the US played a game in the month of April was Jozy Altidore’s hat trick against Trinidad & Tobago in Nashville during a World Cup qualifier in 2009. The last time the US played a friendly in the month of April was a 1-1 draw to Jamaica in Cary, North Carolina in 2006.
Grant Wahl and Brian Straus are both in Carson for the USMNT training camp and discuss in this video about some possible World Cup candidates with a lot to gain this week. Grant is also a lot taller than Brian.
After what seemed like two months, Maurice Edu is officially headed to Philadelphia on a season-long loan. Goff is hearing that his base salary is somewhere between $480,000 and $600,000, while Ives heard that Edu passed up some offers from Turkey and the English League Championship.
As for another member of the “Stoke Americans Loaned Out” 3×3 team (Howie gets all the credit on that one), Brek Shea’s loan with Barnsley ends on Thursday, so it looks like Tuesday’s game against Blackburn Rovers will be his last with the Tykes unless they extend the loan. There is some speculation out of England that Burnley are also interested in Shea.
Juan Agudelo made his FC Utrecht debut over the weekend and I was able to find some highlights of the match. He gets into the game around the 3:00 mark of the video.
Fabian Johnson had to be subbed out of Hoffenheim’s game this past weekend after picking up a hand injury. Hoffenheim’s press officer told Brian Sciaretta that he will have surgery on his hand and he will be out a couple weeks, while Jurgen Klinsmann told Grant Wahl that he will have surgery, but he is expected to play this upcoming weekend. Hopefully it is the latter.
Klinsmann also told Wahl that Jermaine Jones is more likely to transfer to another European team than an MLS team in the next four days.
Edgar Castillo also had a good weekend and was named to the MedioTiempo Team of the Week.
And Will Packwood was named Birmingham City’s Man of the Match by some match day sponsors for his performance for the Blues in the FA Cup over the weekend.
Speaking of the FA Cup, 16-year-old Gedion Zelalem made his Arsenal debut last Friday in the FA Cup. He became the first player to feature for Arsenal who was born after Arsene Wenger became manager. While he is likely a long shot to ever play for the US, here is refresher on his story.
No one might be hotter than Andrew Wooten right now. He scored another goal for FSV Frankfurt in a friendly on Monday. Granted these are only friendlies, but he has five goals in four games since his loan started a couple weeks ago.
The US U-17 team won the Aegean Cup Championship over the weekend. Here is a photo of the team celebrating with the trophy, while here are some highlights of their win over Turkey. Could we potentially see Haji Wright, one of the top players from this cycle, in Dortmund with Junior Flores in the future (let the speculation begin)? Yay internets!
Kevin Hoyos is close to joining the Honduran side Olimpia. The 20-year-old played with C.D. Victoria (also in Honduras) this past fall.
Brian Sciaretta is hearing that a player with MLS ties could be joining Bob Bradley and Stabæk on a trial in the near future.
To put a bow tie (or maybe a bolo tie since they are making a comeback in 2014) on the Michael Bradley to Toronto transfer, here is a good read on how his and Defoe’s moves all went down.
Finally, Greg Selzter breaks out his stat notebook for a bunch of fun numbers. I am also going to post a quick Inside the Numbers thing on Aron Johannsson later today.
Still nothing really new on the Maurice Edu front, but it sounds like they (MLS and Edu) are still apart on a price.
This is from last week, but here is a video interview by Oguchi Onyewu after signing with Sheffield Wednesday. Grant Wahl also got some words from Gooch. And in case you missed it, he has a “hockey” assist in his Wednesday debut over the weekend.
Brek Shea continues to play for Barnsley on his loan and he had a nice back heel pass over the weekend.
Andrew Wooten scored two goals for FSV Frankfurt in a friendly over the weekend. He has done well in these winter camp friendlies since going out on his loan.
Steven Goff told us about Sebastien Ibeagha trialing in Denmark last week. Now Brian Sciaretta has found out some more details about his trial with Aalborg BK.
Reports came out yesterday (later confirmed by Steven Goff) that the USMNT will play at Ukraine on March 5. It is a FIFA international fixture date, so the USMNT should likely have a strong squad.
The US had a long trip down to Brazil earlier this week. US Soccer’s website has a diary on the long/delayed trip as well as a short video with Dax McCarty keeping us updated. While down in Brazil, Jurgen Klinsmann spoke to some press about facing Germany at the World Cup. Klinsmann also had some quotes regarding the USMNT migration to MLS.
Oh Juan Agudelo. This is what is (sort of) known. He is in England at Stoke City (with Brek Shea). Stoke City’s chairman is claiming that they haven’t signed him. But Greg Seltzer disagrees and gives us his rundown. To go along with the rumored teams Seltzer mentioned as possibly loan destinations, there appears to be some interest from Esbjerg in Denmark. I am sure more details will slowly come out over the next week.
Some final numbers on Michael Bradley’s transfer. His $40 million contract over six years is the second largest in MLS history (Beckham is #1), while his $10 million transfer fee is the second largest in MLS history (Defoe is #1).
An interesting stat about Tijuana’s fan base: “35% of fans inside Tijuana’s Estadio Caliente for any given Liga MX home game travel down from the United States”. I am actually looking into making my first trip down there to catch a game this spring.
Lets end on a couple notes about some youngsters. U-17 Danny Barbir played and scored a goal as a guest player for Manchester City at the ALKASS International Cup. As for 16-year-old Alonzo Clarke, it looks like he is headed to Manchester United for a second trial.
The Wooten Clan is on the move within Germany via loan. Andrew Wooten is headed to FSV Frankfurt on a loan until the end of the season after appearing in only four games with Kaiserslautern’s first team so far in 2013-14. He has also played in seven games with Kaiserslautern’s U-23 team (scoring two goals) in the Regionalliga, but has found playing time with the first team hard to come by.
This will be Wooten’s second consecutive season going out on loan and also within the 2. Bundesliga. He played in 28 games last season while on loan with SV Sandhausen.
While Kaiserslautern currently sit in third place of the 2. Bundesliga (promotion playoff spot), FSV Frankfurt are sitting in 13th place of the 18-team 2. Bundesliga.
At least one American has played with FSV Frankfurt before. Matt Taylor played with the club in 2009-10.
Jozy Altidore came off the bench in Sunderland’s 2-1 win over Manchester United yesterday (highlights). He also went all Big Show/Kane/Undertaker and slammed down Rafael.
Jurgen Klinsmann spoke to the media on Tuesday and explained some of the Brazil portion of January’s camp. They will do all their training at Sao Paulo FC’s facilities and will have two closed-door scrimmages with Sao Paulo FC’s first team.
Michael Bradley will have some more competition in Roma’s midfield as they have signed Radja Nainggolan from Cagliari on loan. Greg Seltzer has some more info on this and Bradley. I know some people will want Bradley to leave, but he is good enough to stay and earn a starting spot. Seth Vertelney hit the nail on the head, in my opinion, while we were chit-chatting about this on Twitter.
Seltzer has also heard some transfer gossip about Maurice Edu. I am wondering if the mystery teams he hints at could be Bursaspor or one of the French teams that showed interest last summer.
Michael Parkhurst is not with Augsburg during their winter camp as he tries to find a new home. It has been 327 days since the last time he played for them in a real game.
Here is another story on Jermaine Jones likely leaving Schalke this month with some quotes from their manager Jens Keller.
Another American who will be leaving his current club this month: Oguchi Onyewu and QPR. Gooch hasn’t played a single minute with QPR since joining the team in October.
John Brooks will miss up to two weeks after picking up a knee injury. This is probably a huge five months for Brooks if he wants to make the World Cup roster, so this is not great start to 2014.
It looks like Andrew Wooten will likely be headed out on loan in the near future (although no teams are mentioned). Wooten has played in only four games for Kaiserslautern so far this season (another seven games with the U-23 team in the Regionalliga). He went out on loan last season with Sandhausen where he played in 28 games.
Fresh off his start with Tijuana in the season opener, Greg Garza is hoping the continued playing time will eventually lead to a call-up with the USMNT. While I wouldn’t put high odds of him even making the World Cup camp roster, he does play a position (left back) where the depth is traditionally lacking.
And finally, our friends over at The Yanks Are Coming did their annual awards which you can see in two parts: Part 1 & Part 2.
More and more signs that Clint Dempsey is headed to Fulham on a loan, although nothing official. Fulham defender Sascha Riether posted a photo of him and Dempsey on instagram with the caption “Welcome back Clint Dempsey” which was deleted shortly after being posted.
Zarek Valentin has signed to Bodø/Glimt on permanent basis until 2015. Valentin played in 27 games last season for Bodø/Glimt, helping them to promotion into Norway’s first division.
Kaiserslautern are bringing in some new players this winter break and Andrew Wooten appears to be one of four players leaving the club.
I missed this a couple weeks ago but Daniel Cuevas has left Santos Laguna (mainly their U-20 team) for Lobos Buap in the Ascenso MX (Mexico’s second division).
Jonathan Bornstein is headed to Club Atlante on loan.
Brian Sciaretta caught up with Josh Gatt to talk about his recovery from his ACL tear. I know he had a knee injury, but I think this is the first time that it has been mentioned it was an ACL tear. That said, sounds like he is close to returning to the field.
Leeds United has signed Gboly Ariyibi to a short-term deal. Ariyibi is eligible to play for the US and was brought up through the Southampton youth acaedmy before being released this summer.
The USMNT have ended 2013 ranked No. 14 in the FIFA world rankings, up 14 spots from this time last year. And for comparison sake, the US is also rated No. 13 in the Elo ratings (they were No. 25 after their last friendly in 2012).
Andrew Wooten got the start and scored his second goal of the season in Kaiserslautern II’s 6-0 win over Hessen Kassel in German Regionalliga action. Here is the Regionalliga Südwest highlight show with Wooten’s goal coming at the 6:30 mark.