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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
Let’s start off with some good news on the injury front.
DaMarcus Beasley left Puebla’s game last weekend with an injury and now it looks like it is only a right hamstring strain. He could even return to the field as early as Sunday when Puebla hosts Morelia.
Here is a nice write-up on the 1930 USMNT and their performance at the World Cup. Once we get closer to this summer, I will re-post our little capsules of each World Cup that I did prior to the 2010 World Cup.
Brian Sciaretta caught up with Tab Ramos to talk about last week’s Dallas Cup with the U-20 team and this week’s camp with the U-21 team. One good nugget of information from the interview, while Julian Green is now tied with the US, he can’t play with the US U-20 team since he played with Germany’s U-19 team, although he might still be eligible for the 2016 Olympics.
We also had a bunch of guys see the field on Monday, including two goals in the lower leagues in Denmark and Norway. One of those goal scorers, Anton Peterlin, popped up in the third tier in Denmark, while Christian Eissele made his Swedish debut with IK Brage.
Howie went all Robert Stack on Monday and solved some mysteries on some former US youth national team players like Alex Molano and Vincenzo Bernardo. Basically they are re-emerging in the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL).
Josh Deaver got some words from Tab Ramos and a couple of players following the US U-20′s 2-0 loss to River Plate on Sunday. Ramos was happy with the tournament as a whole despite the loss in the final. Here are some GIF/highlights from the loss to River Plate.
Brian Sciaretta also talked to Paul Arriola and Emerson Hyndman last week during the Dallas Cup. Arriola missed the final since he had to go back to Tijuana early.
Ramos is now headed to California to oversee the US U-21 camp this week. The 21-man roster is now down to 19 as Luis Gil and Wil Trapp have been ruled out due to small injuries. The U-21 team will also play a friendly against Club Tijuana (I’m assuming a youth team) on Wednesday.
Steven Goff gives us a few updates on the USMNT World Cup training camp. The first provisional roster (30 players) is due to FIFA by May 12, while Jurgen Klinsmann is expecting to invite 26-28 players to the camp at Stanford University. Players will report to Palo Alto by May 14.
While I prefer the Studio 90 videos (which they seem to do less of nowadays), the latest “Road to the Roster” podcast is up. Klinsmann discusses strikers and the upcoming camp among other things.
Landon Donovan apparently did a bunch of interviews last week as here is one with Goal.com and one with Mashable.
John Brooks went through “back tattoo”-gate last week, but he appeared in the starting lineup this past weekend (and a good chance the rest of the season) due to a season-ending injury to Fabian Lustenberger.
Jimmy Conrad went to Germany and did some fun things, including speaking to Bobby Wood (around the 5:00 mark). And Bayern Munich’s Mattias Sammer talks about Julian Green around the 10:25 mark of this video.
Junior Flores scored a goal with Borussia Dortmund’s U-19 team against Japan this past weekend at the U19 Champions Trophy. It also sounds like he had a couple assists in other games in the tournament.
A new dual national youth player to keep an eye on, Australian A-League side Wellington Phoenix’s Tyler Boyd.