The US U-20 team picked up a 2-0 win over Jamaica on Sunday (highlights). They just need a win or a tie on Wednesday against Trinidad & Tobago to advance to the playoff round. It was announced during the broadcast that Kellyn Acosta will miss the rest of the tournament due to a knee injury, while Junior Flores came off the bench and played after missing a game with an ankle injury.
Also over the weekend, Herculez Gomez scored his first goal for Puebla since returning to La Franja (highlights).
As MLSE CEO Tim Leiweke explained to the Toronto Sun on Friday, sacrifice for the crest is certainly one of those principles.
The club’s head honcho told me Bradley restructured part of his deal with the Reds to help bring Altidore back to MLS. The prospects of playing alongside Altidore brought back memories that made it an easy decision.
“I think about what it has been like to play on so many big days with Jozy,” Bradley said. “We’d be standing in the tunnel and you’ll look over at him and he’ll give you a little wink.
Now that numerous teams in MLS are interested in Sacha Kljestan, Anderlecht general manager Herman Van Holsbeeckwants Kljestan to stay for at least a couple months since Anderlecht has lost a couple players due to injury and the African Cup of Nations. Greg Seltzer is also hearing that some European teams are interested in him along with various MLS clubs.
We did have some other goals this past weekend that came in some friendlies. Fabian Johnson scored a goal in Borussia Mönchengladbach’s 1-0 win over Rot-Weiss Essen (photo). And Andrew Wooten scored a goal in Sandhausen’s 4-2 win over Jahn Regensburg.
I am guessing players like Aron Johannsson, Terrence Boyd and Danny Williams were left off due to just returning back from injury, while we did get confirmation last night that Clint Dempsey was left off to give him some rest during the MLS playoffs. Some other players still in the playoffs, like Jermaine Jones and Lee Nguyen, will be headed back to the US after the Colombia friendly.
Tesho Akindele was not on the roster despite various reports saying he had a good chance of making it last week, but it looks like he made the initial provisional roster. I am wondering if he might get called in for the Ireland friendly if some of those MLS players return to their clubs, especially with FC Dallas no longer in the MLS playoffs.
The US U-20 team is currently Spain for a mini-tournament against Russia’s U-21s, Ireland’s U-20s, and Canada’s U-20s. Here is that roster. And here are some photos from their training session yesterday. It looks like Tab Ramos is working with Brad Friedel to try and get Cameron Carter-Vickers’ release from Tottenham for the U-20 World Cup.
A couple dual nationals that the US can probably cross off their list: Columbus Crew’s Justin Meram and Stjarnan’s Pablo Punyed.
Still haven’t learned anything new, but one report out of the UK claims DeAndre Yedlin is close to getting his Latvian passport, which means he could join Tottenham in January.
We had some goals this past weekend. The Joker, Cesar Romero, notched a hat trick in Armenia (highlights). Andrew Wooten assisted on the game-tying goal and scored the winner in Sandhausen’s victory over Nurnberg (highlights). That performance by Wooten earned him OT’s Player of the Week honors by Howie and myself. Read this and you will see that Wooten’s goals have come up big for Sandhausen this season. Bobby Warshaw scored a goal (highlights) as Bærum advanced in the Norwegian promotion playoffs and will next play Rhett Bernstein and Mjøndalen. And finally, Devann Yao got another start and scored another goal in German Regionalliga action (highlights).
Heading back to Norway for a second. This past weekend was the last game of the season. The Fighting Bob Bradleys had a 2-0 win over Sogndal and finished ninth in the 16-team Tippeligaen. Not bad for a newly promoted team.
There is a chance that Mix Diskerud played his last game for Rosenborg, a 4-1 win over Strømsgodset, giving them a second place finish and a spot in next year’s Europa League in the event he stays at the club. It looks like Mix is also participating in Movember.
And down in the Adeccoligaen, it was good to see Zarek Valentin return to the field after missing most of the season with an ankle injury.
Tim Howard was trying to be sneaky sneaky in Everton’s 1-1 draw to Sunderland.
Andrew Wooten went the full 90 minutes on Friday while assisting on the game-tying goal and scoring the game-winning goal against Nurnberg. Here are some highlights with his assist coming at the 0:47 mark and his goal at the 1:35 mark.
Steven Goff has your weekend roundup of the bigger-named players in Europe. Julian Green came off the bench for Hamburg and played 15 minutes against his parent club Bayern Munich. Brad Guzan, who had only given up one goal over the first four games of the season, gave up three goals to Arsenal over a four-minute stretch around the 30th minute.
Andrew Wooten scored the lone goal of the game in Sandhausen’s 1-0 victory at Aalen. And Alfredo Morales assisted on Ingolstadt’s only goal in a 1-1 draw to 1860 Munich. I really dislike the 2. Bundesliga as it is nearly impossible to find highlights from that league. I can find goals from the Swedish fourth division or the U-19 league in Germany, but not the second division in Germany.
Speaking of the U-19 league in Germany, Junior Flores started for Borussia Dortmund’s U-19 team in a 3-2 win over Bayer Leverkusen. I saw some chatter on Twitter that he assisted on a goal, but it doesn’t look like he did as he only played 45 minutes (two of their goals came in the second half) and here are some highlights from the game (they start around the 2:35 mark).
Also, Brandon Scott, Matt Horth and Leiknir Reykjavík clinched the Icelandic 1. Deild (second division) title this past weekend with a 4-0 win over Tindastóll. And Horth contributed to the goals in the second half.
Here is an action shot of Fabian Johnson during Borussia Mönchengladbach’s 0-0 draw to FC Köln.
Joe Gyau made the bench for Borussia Dormund’s senior team yet again this past weekend, but he did not play again either. Here are some photos of Gyau with former USMNT player and current Dortmund U-23 manager David Wagner.
According to ESPN’s Doug McIntyre, Jurgen Klinsmann plans on calling in a lot of guys into next month’s international break, possibly up to as many as 30 players. Since it is a full international break, it will be both MLS/Liga MX and European-based players.
Since everyone and their mother does a “pick the USMNT roster for the 2018 World Cup” thing, Brian Sciaretta goes US Soccer hipster on us and picks his 21 players for next summer’s U-20 World Cup.
A new name to keep an eye on (courtesy of a Brian Sciaretta tweet from this weekend) is Björn Maars Johnsen. He was born in North Carolina, but it looks like he grew up in Norway. But he has nine goals in eight games for Atlético CP in the Portuguese Segunda Liga (second division) and two goals in three cup matches so far in 2014-15. And he sort of has a Kid ‘n Play hi-top fade thing going.
Alfredo Morales went the full 90 minutes while picking up a yellow card and assisting on two goals in Ingolstadt’s 3-0 win over Andrew Wooten (started and played 45 minutes) and Sandhausen. Here are 10 minutes worth of highlights with Morales’ really nice assists coming at the 0:20 and 8:12 marks.