I haven’t done a links post in a while but the last few weeks have been crazy on my end so some of this might be outdated a bit. But some of this might still be new to you. Anyways, here is what I have bookmarked over the last couple weeks.
I did a numbers/stats thing on the USMNT and Clint Dempsey this past weekend since it is easy to do one of those things when you win 6-0.
ESPN’s Doug McIntyre sat down with Clint Dempsey to talk about a couple things, including losing the captain’s armband. It doesn’t seem like he minds that much.
Jozy Altidore told ESPN that he understands the Gold Cup roster swap that sent him home, but he thinks he could have still helped.
A report out of France says Quentin Westberg might be on the move to Tours FC in Ligue 2. Westberg has started only four of Sarpsborg’s 16 league games in Norway this year, but he has been the starting keeper in three of the last four league games.
Camp begins January 12 and we should see a roster in the next few days. Jurgen Klinsmann/US Soccer released a video earlier this week to various members of the press where he explained that 2015 will focus a lot of attention on the youth teams, especially the U-23 Olympic team.
“The main task for 2015 is definitely the Olympic team, the U-23 team, to get that off the ground. To identify players, get camps on the agenda, get games on the agenda for that team, and help them to kind of build a core group towards the qualifiers. We want to make sure that what happened with London 2012 is not happening again. We put this on a higher priority level and I think that’s exciting.”
He also confirmed that Brek Shea will be in January’s camp.
Tab Ramos selected his 20-man roster for the 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship on Monday. While Ben Spencer is on the roster, apparently CONCACAF’s website had Joel Sonora’s name on the roster at first. It looks like Sonora originally made the team, but was pulled off due to an injury.
With 2014 ending, we have closed off our 2014 goal tracker. Jann George led the way with 20 goals across all competitions in the calendar year. I have already setup the 2015 page as Jon-Paul Pittman scored a goal on January 1 while we were too busy watching the Big Ten beat up on the SEC West.
And finally, we can blame Alex Olshansky for bringing this to my attention, but here is the weird BBC intro for the US/Portugal match from last summer’s World Cup. You can tell even Gary Lineker thought it was odd at the end of the video.
FIFA announced its finalists for the FIFA Ballon d’Or and for the FIFA World Coach of the Year. While no USMNT players made the Ballon d’Or list (how did Alan Gordon not get nominated?!), Jurgen Klinsmann is one of the 10 finalists for the Coach of the Year award.
FIFA also plans to show off its new logo for the 2018 World Cup later today.
It looks like the USMNT might play Switzerland in a friendly in Zurich in March.
Congrats to the US Women’s National Team for winning the CONCACAF Women’s Championship and clinching a spot in next summer’s World Cup. Since 1990, the US is one of three countries to qualify for every men’s and women’s World Cup (also Germany and Brazil).
Michael Bradley is going to have surgery this week to correct a lingering nerve issue in his foot. This is an injury that has been bugging him for most of the season. Jeff Carlisle asked him if it was an issue prior to the World Cup, which he said no, but I guess it got worse as the season wore on.
Jake Keegan went 90 minutes yesterday in Galway FC’s 2-1 win over UCD in the first leg of the Irish Premier Division promotion/relegation playoffs. Galway FC scored two late goals to steal the road win and now host UCD on Friday for a chance at promotion.
After scoring 12 goals in 14 games with the U-23 team, Jann George finally saw some first team action with Greuther Furth’s senior team in their 5-2 loss to FSV Frankfurt.
We had some goals this weekend. Matt Taylor scored twice in Saarbrücken’s 4-1 win over Pirmasens. Christian King scored twice in Ararat’s 3-2 loss to Ulisses in Armenian Premier League action. Jerome Kiesewetter scored his second goal of the season on Saturday in Stuttgart II’s 1-0 win over Unterhaching. And over Tigres’ last two games, we have had goals by Jose Torres and Herculez Gomez.
I saw a Clint Dempsey rumor (loan deal back to the Premier League) has been circulating the interwebs in the last 48 hours, but it all came from a short “story” from the Daily Mirror with no quotes (except for an out of context quote from Klinsmann). Come on people, I thought we were better than that.
And finally, no matter what happens with the rest of his career, Stuart Holden is still awesome.
In case you missed it, US Soccer made a great Landon Donovan tribute video. Even without video of the actual goal, the goal against Algeria never gets old. ESPN’s Jeff Carlisle takes a look at the early Landon Donovan days.
Tim Ream will have a new manager at Bolton as Dougie Freedman stepped down last week. That is probably too bad for Stuart Holden, as even though he was wasn’t the manager who brought Holden over, Freedman seemed to like him. Hopefully the new manager will give Holden a chance once he returns from injury.
Tim Howard wants to see more American goalkeepers in the Premier League.
Speaking of the Premier League, some clubs are now open to talking about possibly playing some league games outside of England. If this were to happen, you would have to think a couple would be played in the US.
Jann George scored his 11th goal of the season over the weekend in Greuther Fürth II’s 1-1 draw to Schalding-Heining. Here are some highlights with his goal from the penalty spot coming at the 0:35 mark.
Jann George has been on fire over the last two weeks. He scored his 10th goal of the season on Saturday, also his eighth goal in his last four games, in Greuther Fürth II’s 2-1 loss to Bayreuth. Here are some highlights with his goal coming at the 0:52 mark.
Jann George is in the middle of an incredible run where he has scored seven goals over his last three games. Here is his brace from the weekend in Greuther Fürth II’s 6-1 win over Memmingen. His goals are at the 0:42 and 1:55 marks.