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.
Sacir Hot has a blog entry up over at Big Apple Soccer about his move to Germany.
It was first reported that Columbus Crew forward Aaron Horton was being loaned out to Bosnia’s FK Sarajevo, but now it looks like he just went there for some training and is now headed to Hammarby in Sweden for a week before returning to the US.
And finally, I was sad when Aaron Wheeler left Finland as I wasn’t going to be able to post about FC KooTeePee (Greatest. Name. Ever.). But we don’t have to worry anymore as American Kevin Sawchak has signed a one-year deal with an option for a second year with the team.
Speaking of the USMNT January camp. Both Graham Zusi and Juan Agudelo are going to be a week late as they are headed to West Ham United this week for one of these MLS week-long-summer-camp-training sessions.
Doug McIntyre (ESPN Insider) gives us his surprises of the 25-man roster.
The other chatter from yesterday regarding the USMNT was locations of the various hexagonal qualifiers. We are nearing the home opener against Costa Rica in March and we still don’t know the location. Grant Wahl is hearing that the final three possibilities are Kansas City, Salt Lake and Denver. I am guessing it will be Salt Lake or Denver as the US plays Mexico at Azteca a few days later and those two sites give the US players some training/game action with altitude.
Steven Goff is hearing that the June qualifiers could finally be headed to the Pacific Northwest in Portland and Seattle. While that is all fun and games, Portland Timbers owner Merritt Paulson was tweeting a bunch about how there probably won’t be a qualifier in Portland since they don’t want to put sod on their turf for a couple different reasons. But he thinks there is a decent shot that Portland hosts a Gold Cup game. You can check out his feed for all his reasons/ranting.
I already linked above Clint Dempsey’s goals from the weekend, but here is a video interview from after the game.
Birmingham City’s website gives us a quick update on Will Packwood. It looks like he will be out “for at least nine months.” Teammate Jonathan Spector missed out on the FA Cup match with some kind of back injury.
I missed this story last week, but this should make Bob Bradley’s job a little easier.
ESPN FC gives us three young Bayern Munich players to keep an eye on including Tampa-born Julian Green.
Shawn Parker scored the game-winning goal this weekend for Mainz in a friendly against Club Brugge.
Andrew Wooten and Sandhausen made it to the finals of the Harder Cup before losing to Karlsruher SC. Wooten was one of Sandhausen’s top scorers of the tournament. And it looks like I was able to find video of the whole final. That looks like it would be fun to attend.
Andrew Wooten scored a brace today in Sandhausen’s 3-1 win over Energie Cottbus. His first goal came off a penalty kick, while his second goal was also from a penalty kick, but it was him tapping in a rebound after the goalkeeper saved his second penalty kick attempt. Here are the highlights.
Andrew Wooten got his first start with Sandhausen this weekend and assisted on the lone goal of the game. It looks like Wooten played more out on the wing than as a forward up top. Here are 12 minutes worth of highlights, including Wooten’s assist at the 1:54 mark.
Andrew Wooten was loaned out to fellow German 2. Bundesliga side Sandhausen. While Kaiserslautern were relegated last season and he saw some first-team playing time at the end of last year, Wooten has only appeared in reserve squad matches in the Regionalliga so far in 2012-13 (three goals in three games with Kaiserslautern II). His first chance at playing time is on Friday against Union Berlin.
Over in England, Robbie Rogers was put on Leeds United’s transfer list earlier this month, but they have now sent him to League One club Stevenage on loan until January. Stevenage are currently managed by former Colorado Rapids manager Gary Smith.
Geoff Cameron finally got his visa and is headed back to England. Stoke City’s website has an interview up with Cameron right here. His first chance at playing time will be on Sunday when Stoke City host Arsenal.
Stuart Holden is still in the US rehabbing his knee, but Bolton Wanderers manager Owen Coyle recently sent him a care package to make him feel a part of this year’s team.