The rumored USMNT friendly against Croatia at Craven Cottage for November (that their federation announced) looks to be no mas. That said, US Soccer looks to be talking to Colombia about filling that void and still playing at Craven Cottage. But if you remember, Colombia was the team that US Soccer tried to schedule for September for the second friendly and that fell through. Basically nothing is official until US Soccer announces something.
This was the weekend of players returning to the field. Geoff Cameron came off the bench and played 29 minutes (completing 15-of-15 passes) in Stoke City’s 2-1 win over Swansea City. Stoke City’s website got a couple post-game quotes from Cameron.
Terrence Boyd made his return this weekend, coming off the bench and playing 29 minutes in RB Leipzig’s 1-0 loss to Nurnberg. Here is a photo of Boyd in action.
Aron Johannsson played in his first game since the World Cup. It was with AZ Alkmaar’s reserve team on Monday, but he scored from the penalty spot (highlights).
While he didn’t come back from injury, John Brooks appears to be out of the dog house as he came off the bench for Hertha Berlin in a 2-0 loss to Schalke.
And while we had those players coming back, we did have a couple Americans pick up injuries this weekend.
In the battle of American goalkeepers, Tim Howard (photo) and Everton defeated Brad Guzan (photo) and Aston Villa. It was Howard’s 350th career Premier League appearance, trailing only Brad Friedel (450) for the most all-time by an American.
A bunch of news goodies came out in the last 24 hours. So let’s dive into the links.
The USMNT roster for the next friendlies will likely come out this weekend/next Monday if I were a betting man, but ESPN’s Doug McIntyre is reporting that Minnesota United’s Miguel Ibarra will receive a call-up. If true, Ibarra will become the first US player from a US second-tier league since Clyde Simms in 2005. As for Ibarra, he is a 24-year-old midfielder who has scored eight goals in 21 league games for Minnesota this season. Here are some highlights of Ibarra.
The other big news of the weekend is that John Brooks has been demoted to Hertha Berlin’s U-23 team. There has been some confusion over the translation as some people think the articles have said that he will be cut or waived, but he is not in good standing with Hertha manager Jos Luhukay. But he has at least been demoted for now.
Aron Johannsson and AZ Alkmaar have a new manager in John van den Brom. His last coaching stint was at Anderlecht with Sacha Kljestan the last couple of seasons. It always seems like American players in Europe end up playing for a coach who just recently managed another US player.
FIFA has added 2016 Copa America to the international calendar, which means we should expect to see the best players at the tournament as clubs will have to release players for the tournament.
The US U-23 team is headed to Brazil to take on the Brazilian U-23 team during October’s international break. No roster has been announced yet, but this will be the second camp for the U-23 team in the last three months after beating Bahamas 5-1 back in August.
DeAndre Yedlin was on ExtraTime Radio last week and said he is working on getting his Latvian passport. If he can get it soon, he could join Tottenham in January otherwise he will have to go through the UK work permit process and likely won’t be able to join the club until next summer.
Bolton manager Dougie Freedman hopes to manage Stuart Holden again in the future. Holden is out of contract, but he is being allowed to rehab at his own pace (and hopefully correctly) then they will see where he stands with the club once he is ready to go again.
We have had a few goals over the last few days, including goals (with highlights) from Alonso Hernandez, Marc Heider and David Najem. Matt Taylor also scored yesterday, but the Regionalliga Sudwest highlight show usually takes a couple days to appear on the internet.
Jozy Altidore did not score, but he was involved in Sunderland’s second goal yesterday when his shot was saved and Adam Johnson scored on the rebound (highlights).
Yanks Abroad has you covered with a recap of all the Americans who played in the Capital One Cup this week.
Geoff Cameron had to leave Stoke City’s game yesterday due to injury. Greg Seltzer is also reporting that Cameron does have suitors, but Stoke City is hesitant to sell him.
Shifting to the USMNT, Landon Donovan’s final game with the US will be on October 10 against Ecuador.
The US roster for the Czech Republic friendly should be announced soon, possibly even later today. Sounds like it could be up to 22 names according to Steven Goff.
One player who will not be there, and it is not that surprising between him being a veteran and him joining a new team, is Jermaine Jones.
John Brooks should have a better shot at more playing time at Hertha Berlin with Sebastian Langkamp picking up an injury. Langkamp is expected to miss about a month.
Fresh off his goal from last week, Brian Sciaretta caught up with 22-year-old defender Ventura Alvarado.
Before he disappeared at Fulham over the last two weeks, Emerson Hyndman was doing well in the team’s first two games of the season. ASN’s Laura Greene gives you a rundown of what people are saying across the interwebs on the young American.
And finally, here is a photo of Americans Charlie Butte and Mario Rodriguez going after it in German Regionalliga action last weekend.
I did a few numbers on players in the English League Championship, so go check that out.
Joe Corona scored his first goal for Tijuana since February of 2013 on Tuesday night. Check it out here.
Sources are telling Ives that Sacha Kljestan might be headed on loan to the LA Galaxy. The loan would last through the 2014 MLS season then the Galaxy would hopefully find a way to pay him DP money after that. Some people are wondering if MLS might create a fourth DP slot. But obviously this is all speculation at this point.
While Matt Besler just got that DP money in Kansas City, Besler told Goal.com “never say never” about any potential move to Europe in the future.
Impressed by his play so far this summer, FC Utrecht signed Rubio Rubin to a four-year deal yesterday.
Andrew Jacobson was traded from FC Dallas to NYCFC earlier this week then was sent out on loan to Bob Bradley and Stabæk until they actually have a team.
Brian Sciaretta is hearing that Conor O’Brien is set to transfer from OB in Denmark to Wiener Neustadt in Austria. O’Brien has appeared in only 16 league games for Odense since joining the club last August.
Tim Howard signed a multi-year deal with NBC to work in the booth and in the studio for NBC during its Premier League coverage when it doesn’t conflict with his Everton games.
Goalkeeper Quentin Westberg helped lead Luzenac to a second place finish in the French National (third tier) last season, earning them promotion to Ligue 2, but now their spot in Ligue 2 is in jeopardy since the town/club is so small.
As I posted earlier this morning, Terrence Boyd picked up a knee injury over the weekend according to one German report. Hopefully it is nothing serious.
We had a couple goals this weekend in both real games and friendlies. Royal-Dominique Fennell probably had the goal of the weekend in Stuttgarter Kickers’ 3. Liga opener. Jake Keegan scored a pretty easy goal in Galway FC’s win in Ireland. Matt Horth scored his fourth goal of the year in Leiknir Reykjavík’s win in Iceland. His four league goals are tied for the third most in the Icelandic 1. Deild (second tier) by a foreign player. Yay for Icelandic second division stats!
As for some goals in friendlies, Shawn Parker scored a goal on Friday in Augsburg’s 2-1 win over French side Rennes. Bobby Wood scored a goal in 1860 Munich’s 2-0 win over Stoke City. Brek Shea also played the entire second half for the Potters. Here is a photo of Wood in action from the game. And here is video of the entire first half, but of course Wood’s goal is in the second half (as well as all of Shea’s playing time).
Gedion Zelalem started and played 45 minutes for Arsenal this weekend in their 1-0 loss to the New York Red Bulls. I already posted last Friday that he is good at basketball. Someone already put together a “every touch” video of his 45 minutes. It was also the US press’ first chance to really talk to him about potentially playing for the US, but he didn’t really give up the goods.
“No decisions have been made,” Zelalem said of his national team future, later adding, “They’re both great countries. U.S. is on the rise, Germany is already a great country, so whichever country I choose will be a good choice.”
Zelalem confirmed to Goal USA that he has yet to secure a U.S. passport, but did tell media at Red Bull Arena that his application for one is in the works. He also confirmed that he has spoken to U.S. national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann.
“We’ve talked on the phone a few times, but nothing advanced,” Zelalem said. “Just hello.”
Jeff Bradley also got to talk to Arsene Wenger and Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis about Zelalem.
One of the more likeable USMNT players of the last few years, Jay DeMerit, announced his retirement last week. DeMerit played in 25 games for the USMNT between 2007-2011, including starts in all four games during the 2010 World Cup. I will always remember him throwing his body in front of every shot during the US’s 2-0 win over Spain in the 2009 Confederations Cup and his somersault over the dog pile after Landon Donovan’s goal against Algeria at the 2010 World Cup.
As for a current player that I have done a complete 180 on over the last year and enjoy the heck out of . . . here is your weekly reminder that Jermaine Jones is oddly awesome.
I posted this list yesterday, but Deadspin/Screamer ranked all 171 World Cup goals. Now it is time to pick your favorite goal scored by the US. You can go by any voting standard that you want.
Maybe you think John Brooks’ goal is the best since it won the game. Maybe you like Julian Green’s goal since it came on his first touch. Maybe you like Clint Dempsey’s goal against Portugal since you like pelvic thrusts. Just pick your favorite below.
John Brooks, a halftime sub for an injured Matt Besler, headed home Graham Zusi’s corner kick in the 86th minute as the USA overcame a generally poor and rocky performance to defeat rival/nemesis/archenemy Ghana, 2-1, in their opening match of the World Cup.
Just got home from the bar (multiple bars were packed here in Des Moines). After a 1st-minute Clint Dempsey goal, the US struggled mightily, unable to maintain possession, especially once Jozy Altidore was hurt in the 22nd minute. Ghana finally equalized in the 82nd minute before the US got its second touch within 20 yards of goal post-Altidore injury.
After Altidore's injury the US had two touches within 20 yards of Ghana's goal the rest of the match. One was a goal. pic.twitter.com/39XFjyBLx2
Two guys are ineligible for this list. Fabian Johnson and Timmy Chandler have already signed new deals with teams in Germany, so they won’t be moving again this summer. There are also two guys who pretty much seem set to move— Jermaine Jones is done with Schalke and may or may not return to Beşiktaş. DaMarcus Beasley by most accounts will probably be moving to MLS this summer— so I’m not including them below.
While fans tend to overrate tournaments (small sample size) and owners/coaches can be irrational, scouts and coaches are pretty smart/watch a ton of games and probably aren’t going to rethink their thoughts on years of top-level games because of a handful of performances now . In that regard, playing a little off the beaten path could actually help a guy out here.
I tried to evaluate who might be set to make a big move, considering age, current league, current club, recent form with club, and likely playing time. League matters- it’s easier to make a jump from a lower league (like Mix Diskerud) than from a decent league already (like Alejandro Bedoya). I also assumed that any given player actually played well and to their ability.