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.
The international window has ended and now it is the return of some links.
The big news from Wednesday was that Juan Agudelo’s work permit appeal was denied. It looks like Stoke City officials were stunned by the decision. And Kenny Dalglish, Jurgen Klinsman and Mark Hughes were there to argue in his favor.
On the injury front, Danny Williams could be available for Reading this weekend as they take on Blackburn Rovers.
It sounds like the earliest we could see Jonathan Spector return to the field after his thigh injury is at the end of the month. Spector has started running again according manager Lee Clark.
Former Bolton Wanderers midfielder Fabrice Muamba thinks Stuart Holden is the best player that he has played with during his career.
Andrew Wooten and Kaiserslautern defeated Idar-Oberstein, 5-0, in a friendly during the international window this week. Wooten was one of the goal scorers and you can see his goal at the 3:37 mark of this video.
Esteban Rodriguez played on the US U-17 team at the 2011 U-17 World Cup and is now with Tijuana’s U-20 team. He scored a pretty sweet goal this week at the 1:45 mark of this video.
It is likely that Clint Dempsey will head back to England for a winter loan and one of the first rumors has West Ham United as the early leaders (which probably means he won’t end up there).
It is also that time of year when MLS players head to Europe for training stints. LA Galaxy youngster Jack McBean is already in England doing stints with Wolverhampton and Blackburn Rovers. Chicago Fire players Dilly Duka and Victor Pineda are headed to Spain to train with Atlético Madrid. And DeAndre Yedlin could be headed to Germany to train with Steve Cherundolo and Hannover 96.
Ljungskile SK are overhauling their roster this offseason. You can now add Paul Tracy to the list of Americans who are parting ways with the club (also Patrick Hopkins and Pat McMahon). That leaves Charlie Campbell and Aaron Nichols as the only Americans still at the club. And they have brought in Los Angeles Blues defender Cory Miller for a trial. Ljungskile SK likes themselves some Americans.
Now that we know all 32 teams for the World Cup, here is that World Cup draw simulator again. I just got the US in a group with Argentina, France and Portugal. Ouch.
And courtesy of Brian Straus, here are all 32 badges from the teams who made the World Cup. I probably like the Netherlands’ badge the most.
While Julian Green won’t be headed to the USMNT camp this month since he can’t play in the games (unless he decides 100% to make the switch), he is now headed to a Germany U-19 camp this month. I don’t think the door is shut on him quite yet, there is still a few years before he has to make a final decision.
That said, FC Lorient midfielder Romain Gall has been invited to the US U-20 camp in Italy for this month. Gall last played with the US U-18 team this past summer at the International Juniors Tournament in Lisbon, Portugal.
The goal tracker has you updated on all the goals from the weekend. As for yesterday, Charles Kazlauskas scored Helmond Sport’s opening goal as they came back from a 2-0 deficit to win 3-2 today over Jong Ajax. I am still looking for highlights of the goal.
No highlights of Andrew Wooten’s goal in Kaiserslautern II’s 3-2 loss to Eintracht Frankfurt II in Regionalliga action, but here is a photo of The Wooten Clan from the game.
Bobby Warshaw’s loan with Angelholms FF officially ended this weekend after playing in the season finale. He also scored (highlights), giving him eight goals in nine league appearances.
Patrick Hopkins has left Ljungskile SK for IK Sirius, who were just promoted to the Superettan (second tier in Sweden) after winning promotion in the Division 1 Norra (third tier). Here is a video of Hopkins giving a little interview. With Hopkins leaving, Ljungskile SK is still left with four Americans: Patrick McMahon, Paul Tracy, Aaron Nichols and Charlie Campbell.
Steve Cherundolo is having more knee issues and did not play with Hannover 96 this past weekend. He is only doing individual workouts at training and hasn’t been cleared to return to the full squad just yet.
Stoke City also made some late attempts at buying Juan Agudelo from the New England Revolution, but Agudelo will have to wait until January to make the move to the Premier League. And I missed this a couple weeks ago, but he is rumored to to be making around $600,000 once he gets there.
Julian Green will be playing with Germany’s U-19 team in upcoming games against Greece and the Netherlands.
A couple guys in action on Monday. Michael Nanchoff started and played 54 minutes in Jönköpings Södra’s 3-1 win over Örgryte. Charles Kazlauskas went the full 90 minutes in Helmond Sport’s 5-2 win over Emmen. And Andrew Wooten came off the bench and played three minutes in Kaiserslautern’s 2-2 draw to Energie Cottbus.
A few links for your Friday morning reading pleasure.
We had a couple of goals on Thursday. Aron Johannsson scored in his fifth consecutive game for AZ, a 3-1 win in Europa League (highlights). And a pair of Americans, Seth Rudolph and Andrew Stadler, both scored in Sandviken’s 3-2 win in the Swedish Cup (highlights).
We also had a Freddy Adu sighting on Thursday. He came off the bench and played 25 minutes in Bahia’s 2-1 win over Portuguesa in Copa Sudamericana action.
A day after Landon Donovan told Fox Soccer Daily that he has received some interest from Europe, he tells TWC Sportsnet that he hopes to return to the Galaxy.
Jozy Altidore has his latest blog entry up over at ESPN FC.
Thanks to the nice road victory over a strong Bosnia squad, the US has moved up to #10 in the Elo rankings, one spot shy of the highest ranking ever by the US. The US’s highest ranking by Elo is #9, last done in 2009.
US Soccer gives us some post-game reactions from a few different players. Greg Seltzer also found some post-game video interviews with John Brooks (I will be changing his category on this site from Anthony Brooks to John Brooks soon) and Aron Johannsson. Got to like hearing “my future is the USA team” from Brooks.
Will Bruin spoke to John Kretlow about his time with the USMNT while at the Gold Cup.
Bob Bradley continues to keep Egypt trucking along as they defeated Uganda, 3-0, in a friendly on Wednesday.
I forgot to post this earlier in the week, but the German Cup had its second round draw last weekend, which will feature a couple American vs. American battles including Preußen Münster (Matt Taylor) vs. Augsburg (Michael Parkhurst) and Kaiserslautern (Andrew Wooten) vs. Hertha Berlin (John Brooks).
Conor O’Brien told bold.dk that Nordsjælland had him playing some right back during the preseason, although they still see him as a central midfielder. I guess there is some decent competition in the middle of the field, so they are looking at other ways to get him on the field.
And I don’t think this team is officially affiliated with US Soccer, but the US won gold for the first time ever at the World Maccabiah Games a.k.a. the “Jewish Olympics”. As Howie pointed out last night, the US somehow didn’t win gold in 2005 despite having Jonathan Bornstein and Benny Feilhaber on the roster.
This friendly is from last week when Andrew Wooten had a goal and an assist in a 7-1 win over FK Pirmasens. I think he was credited with the assist on the first goal (it is tough to tell if he heads it or his teammate does), while his goal is around the 1:37 mark.
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?
It looks like the final Gold Cup roster will be released on Thursday. That said, some players are already being leaked out, including Jose Francisco Torres, Landon Donovan and Jack McInerney. I was also asked to pick my own 23-man roster for another site and that should be up on their site on Thursday (I will link it once it becomes available).
One player that could be on that roster on Thursday is Alejandro Bedoya. I posted his goal from this weekend earlier this week. With that goal, he now has five goals and four assists in league play, becoming one of three Allsvenskan players with five or more goals and four or more assists on the season (also Mattias Lindström of Helsingborg and Gunnar Heidar Thorvaldsson of Norrköping).
As for some other goals this past weekend, Charlie Davies scored a goal in a preseason friendly against Vejle. In the Swedish Division 1 (3rd tier), Ryan Gracia scored for Nyköping while Andrew Stadler scored for Sandviken. You can keep track of all the goals scored with our goal tracker.
Stadler and Sandviken also won their Round 1 game of the 2013-14 Svenska Cupen yesterday. As for Ryan Gracia and Nyköping, they will be welcoming Americans Aubrey Perry and Charles Renken on a trial.
Tony Taylor passed his medical, so he is officially now with AC Omonia in Cyprus. As I posted earlier this week, AC Omonia will be playing in Europa League this upcoming season.
Andrew Wooten is back with Kaiserslautern for the preseason. In a fun game against fans, The Wooten Clan scored three times in a 12-0 victory. Then in a friendly against an actual team (FK Pirmasens), Wooten scored once and had an assist in a 7-1 win.
Howie’s Pick – Andrew Wooten (Sandhausen – German 2. Bundesliga)
Andrew Wooten had a pair of goals in Sandhausen’s 3-1 victory over Ingolstadt.
Matt’s Pick – Alejandro Bedoya (Helsingborgs IF – Swedish Allsvenskan)
Alejandro Bedoya continued his scoring tear, netting the game-winner in Helsingborg’s 1-0 win over Syrianska FC. The goal was Bedoya’s third over his last four games, which are also tied for the seventh most in the Allsvenskan in 2013.