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Tuesday morning linkage
   September 30, 2014 (12:01 AM) by Matt Benson
 

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.

Speaking of rosters, here is Ecuador’s roster for the friendly.

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.

Tim Howard was named to ESPN’s Premier League Team of the Weekend after coming up with some big saves in the Merseyside derby.

Also this past weekend, we had goals from Edgar Castillo and Marc Heider (and our goal tracker has the other non-highlights goals).  We also had assists from Mix Diskerud and Michael Stephens, while Timothy Chandler basically had an assist.

At the youth level, Kyle Scott had another assist for Chelsea’s U-18 team.  And Luca de la Torre is getting some playing time with Fulham’s U-18 team.

If Cristiano Ronaldo leaves for Manchester United, who will be his heir apparent at Real Madrid?  ESPN asks this question then threw some names out there of some young players, including Julian Green.

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.

 
Categories: Aron Johannsson, DeAndre Yedlin, Edgar Castillo, John Brooks, Julian Green, Kyle Scott, Luca de la Torre, Marc Heider, Miguel Ibarra, Mix Diskerud, Sacha Kljestan, Stuart Holden, Tim Howard, US Men's National Team, US U-23 National Team
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Only a few links for Thursday
   August 28, 2014 (12:52 AM) by Matt Benson
 

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.

 
Categories: Alonso Hernandez, Charlie Butte, David Najem, Emerson Hyndman, Geoff Cameron, Jermaine Jones, John Brooks, Jozy Altidore, Landon Donovan, Marc Heider, Mario Rodriguez, Matt Taylor, US Men's National Team, Ventura Alvarado
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Links for Thursday
   July 31, 2014 (12:01 AM) by Matt Benson
 

A few link from the last couple days.

According to a report out of San Antonio, the USMNT will play Colombia in San Antonio in September.

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.

And it looks like Jermaine Jones is close to signing with the Chicago Fire.

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.

Clutch City Soccer has an interview up with Sebastien Ibeagha.

Emerson Hyndman will be sporting the squad-friendly #28 this season for Fulham.  I bet he will make his senior team debut this year.

US Soccer put up a little video up on US U-20/Hoffenheim midfiedler Russell Canouse.

According to this report out of Germany, assistant coach Andy Herzog has extended his contract with the USMNT through 2018.

Meet a new potential dual-national for the US.  Hey, USSF, get on that.

Both John Brooks and Tim Ream have new away shirts for their respective clubs.

And finally, I am making my annual trip to Chicago to see family and friends (and having fun at Lollapalooza this weekend), so updates might be a little light for me, especially over the weekend.

 
Categories: Andrew Jacobson, Conor O'Brien, Emerson Hyndman, Jermaine Jones, Joe Corona, John Brooks, Matt Besler, Panos Armenakas, Quentin Westberg, Rubio Rubin, Russell Canouse, Sacha Kljestan, Sebastien Ibeagha, Tim Howard, Tim Ream, US Men's National Team
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Links from the weekend
   July 28, 2014 (7:00 AM) by Matt Benson
 

More than few things from the weekend.

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).

Joe Gyau went the full 90 minutes in Borussia Dortmund II’s 2-1 win over Rot-Weiß Erfurt in their 3. Liga opener.  In the small chance he gets to play with the senior team in a Champions League game, Dortmund have some pretty basic third/Champions League shirts for this season, which is not like Dortmund.

As for Junior Flores, he is starting the season with Dortmund’s U-19 team.  He played with the U-19 team in a 0-0 draw against VfL Wolfsburg in the Ruhr-Cup (apparently Flores didn’t get the snapchat about not smiling).  There are some photos from that 0-0 draw right here.

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.

Emerson Hyndman went 90 minutes in Fulham’s 3-0 win over D.C. United.  It sounded like both teams brought pretty weak squads to Jacksonville with the highlights coming from their new jumbotron, a pool and Carrie Underwood.

Sacha Kljestan came off the bench and played seven minutes in Anderlecht’s season-opening 3-1 win against Mouscron-Péruwelz.

John Brooks is back with Hertha Berlin and training after his World Cup vacation.

We saw the post-injury photo of Rubio Rubin last week and now we know more information on what happened.  He ended up breaking his nose and having a concussion.  He had the nose re-set and he will return to training this week without any contact.

For those of you wanting a Fabian Johnson/Borussia Mönchengladbach jersey, he will be wearing #19 this season.

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.

 
Categories: Bobby Wood, Brek Shea, Emerson Hyndman, Fabian Johnson, Gedion Zelalem, Jake Keegan, Jay DeMerit, Jermaine Jones, Joe Gyau, John Brooks, Junior Flores, Matt Horth, Royal-Dominique Fennell, Rubio Rubin, Sacha Kljestan, Shawn Parker, Terrence Boyd
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Poll: Favorite US World Cup goal?
   July 17, 2014 (8:00 AM) by Matt Benson
 

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.

Clint Dempsey vs. Ghana

John Brooks vs. Ghana

Jermaine Jones vs. Portugal

Clint Dempsey vs. Portugal

Julian Green vs. Belgium

 
Categories: Clint Dempsey, Jermaine Jones, John Brooks, Julian Green, US Men's National Team
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USA 2, Ghana 1
   June 16, 2014 (6:41 PM) by Howie Michaels
 

 

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.

In lieu of full embedded highlights, here are goal gifs/vines

Brook’s reaction was one of the best you’ll see.

More highlights via ESPNFC.

Random factoids:

– this is the 5th consecutive US World Cup opener with a goal by one team or the other in the first 8 minutes

– this was the first time the US had a shutout at the half of a World Cup opener since 1950

– Clint Dempsey became the first American to score in three World Cups

– John Brooks is the youngest American to score a World Cup goal since Landon Donovan in 2002 and was the first US substitute to ever score at a World Cup

 
Categories: John Brooks, US Men's National Team
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Which Americans could parlay this World Cup into big transfers?
   June 7, 2014 (10:25 AM) by Howie Michaels
 

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.

We’ll begin after the jump.

Read the rest of this entry »

 
Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Aron Johannsson, DeAndre Yedlin, Graham Zusi, John Brooks, Jozy Altidore, Julian Green, Matt Besler, Mix Diskerud, Omar Gonzalez
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Thursday morning links
   May 15, 2014 (12:01 AM) by Matt Benson
 

I was going to post these yesterday, but my cloud-based bookmarks type site was not working so I couldn’t access the links that I had saved up over the last few days.  So here they are.

In case you have been living under a rock, here is the US’s 30-man provisional roster for the World Cup.  Jurgen Klinsmann did his usual post-roster release Q&A on US Soccer’s website.  The final 23-man roster will be named after the friendly against Turkey at Red Bull Arena.

Most of the team met up in Stanford yesterday, 21 of the 30 to be exact.  Maurice Edu is being limited right now due to some concussion-like symptoms while Omar Gonzalez might be ready to return from his knee injury in a few days.  And Terrence Boyd wants to be a tank up front at forward.

SI.com is counting down the 10 most significant goals in US Soccer history and the first few are already up.

MLSsoccer.com’s Devin Pleuler takes a look at the last 25 years of the USMNT and its history with the defensive midfielder.

The witty Men in Blazers guys are starting World Cup previews on the Grantland Youtube channel, starting off with the USMNT.

I am going to start doing “Youtube Flashbacks” from time to time and here is a great hour-long documentary of the US at the 2002 World Cup.

This has to be a “must buy” for all the serious US Soccer fans.

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet was on The Football Show on SiriusXM FC 94 to talk about Sunderland’s season and Jozy Altidore.

Brian Sciaretta caught up with Alejandro Bedoya before he joined up with the USMNT camp.  And here is a great video of Bedoya leading the Nantes’ fans in the “I Believe” chant.

Now we know why Clint Dempsey always looks pissed off on the field . . . he has to listen to Stephen A. Smith all day.

Here are some quick numbers showing you that Tim Howard is awesome.

Since his second UK work permit appeal was denied, Stoke City and Juan Agudelo have mutually terminated his current deal.  With that said, Agudelo does have “considerable interest” around the Dutch league after his performances with FC Utrecht over the last couple of months.

Jon-Paul Pittman was one of eight players released by Wycombe Wanderers earlier this week.  Pittman missed a lot of this season due to a knee injury.

Here is what John Brooks and Hertha Berlin will wear in home games next season.  And here are Julian Green and Bayern Munich’s home shirts for next season.

Junior Flores will play with Borussia Dortmund II in the German 3. Liga next season.

US U-17 defender Danny Barbir has signed with West Bromwich Albion.

In more youth news, Alonzo Clarke has been in England with Manchester United the last couple weeks.  And he has some interest from Blackpool as well.

 
Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Alonzo Clarke, Clint Dempsey, Danny Barbir, John Brooks, Jon-Paul Pittman, Jozy Altidore, Juan Agudelo, Julian Green, Junior Flores, Maurice Edu, Omar Gonzalez, Terrence Boyd, Tim Howard, US Men's National Team
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Thursday morning links
   May 1, 2014 (12:06 AM) by Matt Benson
 

The CONCACAF and CONMEBOL press conference is scheduled for later today with all signs pointing towards the announcement of Copa America Centenario taking place in the US.  Brian Sciaretta typed some words on what this would mean for US Soccer.

It looks like Aron Johannsson will miss AZ Alkmaar’s final regular season game this weekend with a small ankle injury as he rests up for the playoffs.

Julian Green is slowly getting back to full training as he was doing some running and gymnastic drills this week.

I bet everyone has been waiting to see what Jermaine Jones’ new tattoo looks like in action, so here you go.

Some reports out of Germany have Stuttgart eying Timothy Chandler.  I am guessing Chandler would probably look for a move if Nurnberg were relegated (currently sitting in an automatic relegation spot with two games left).

Hertha Berlin’s website has an interview up with John Brooks.

ESPN’s John Palmer talked to Geoff Cameron recently for a little Q&A action.  Cameron thinks his best position is either defensive midfielder or center back.

Danny Williams missed this past weekend’s game for Reading with his lingering knee issue, but the club is hopeful that he will return this upcoming weekend.

Jonathan Spector is another player who has missed some time due to injury recently, but he returned to action in Birmingham City’s 1-0 loss to Wigan on Tuesday.

I forget whether I posted this in the last week or not, but Yanks Abroad’s Brendan Wimberly talked to Patrick Hopkins as the Swedish Superettan is now underway for 2014.

And finally, resident goalkeeper guru Will decided to rank the Top 10 USMNT goalkeeper performances over on his site.

 
Categories: Aron Johannsson, Danny Williams, Geoff Cameron, Jermaine Jones, John Brooks, Jonathan Spector, Julian Green, Patrick Hopkins, Timothy Chandler, US Men's National Team
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A little bit over everything for Tuesday
   April 29, 2014 (12:01 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Another weekend with a bunch of goals scored.

Instead of linking all the ones that I have found highlights of so far, just check out the goal tracker for all of that.  That said, Miles Byass scored one of the better goals you will see this season over the weekend.  Patrick Hopkins also scored a goal for Sirius in a 3-1 win on Monday, but I haven’t found any highlights of the goal yet.

Not a goal, but Jose Torres assisted on Tigres’ game-winning goal this weekend.

John Brooks’ goal and strong play earned him a spot on Kicker’s Bundesliga Team of the Week.

Staying in Germany, Joe Gyau made his Bundesliga debut over the weekend, coming off the bench and playing 21 minutes in Hoffenheim’s 0-0 draw.

And Timothy Chandler finally returned to the field for Nurnberg, seeing his first action since February in Nurnberg’s 2-0 loss.

Julian Green hasn’t returned from his shoulder injury, but it looks like he did some interview with Julie Foudy this week.

Fresh off his contract extension, Tim Howard told ESPN that he plans on retiring once his contract ends after 2017-18.

Toronto FC didn’t have a game this past weekend so Michael Bradley had a minor procedure on his foot to fix a nerve issue.

Clint Dempsey continued his scoring tear over the weekend by scoring two goals (Goal 1 & Goal 2). From what I can find, Dempsey is the first MLS player with 8+ goals through a player’s first six games since Edson Buddle in 2010.

One other MLS tidbit (on a fellow USMNTer), Brad Evans played 45 minutes with Seattle’s reserve team and played at right back as Jurgen Klinsmann wants to see him play there more.

The Daily Mail did a worst XI for the Premier League season and while Jozy Altidore is not on it, he did get some consideration.

Selecting the worst forwards of this season was particularly tough, with the likes of Roberto Soldado, Kostas Mitroglou, Jozy Altidore, and Dani Osvaldo all making credible cases for inclusion.

CONCACAF and CONMEBOL have scheduled a press conference for Thursday and all signs point towards the long-rumored 2016 Copa America taking place in the US.

Fulham’s U-18 team defeated Chelsea 3-2 in the first leg of the FA Youth Cup Final with Emerson Hyndman scoring a goal.  Here is a photo of Hyndman celebrating the goal and hopefully highlights will appear in the near future.

The US U-21 team finished up their camp last week with a 2-1 win over Tijuana’s reserve team.  Benji Joya scored both goals for the US and US Soccer put up some highlights from the friendly.  SI’s Liviu Bird talked to Jordan Morris following the camp.

We have had a few U-18 players sign with teams in Europe in the last couple months and now you can add Mukwelle Akale to the list.  The 17-year-old attacking midfielder is headed to Spain to sign a pre-contract with Villarreal.

Howie posted this on Friday, but Mike Grella is returning to the US after signing with the Carolina RailHawks.

 
Categories: Benji Joya, Brad Evans, Clint Dempsey, Emerson Hyndman, Eugene Starikov, Joe Gyau, John Brooks, Jordan Morris, Jose Francisco Torres, Jozy Altidore, Julian Green, Michael Bradley, Mike Grella, Miles Byass, Mukwelle Akale, Patrick Hopkins, Tim Howard, Timothy Chandler, US U-21 National Team
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