Terrence Boyd went all gobble gobble gobble on Thursday and scored his 11th goal of the season across all competitions in Rapid Vienna’s 2-1 win over Thun in Europa League action. Here are some highlights.
The international window has ended and now it is the return of some links.
The big news from Wednesday was that Juan Agudelo’s work permit appeal was denied. It looks like Stoke City officials were stunned by the decision. And Kenny Dalglish, Jurgen Klinsman and Mark Hughes were there to argue in his favor.
On the injury front, Danny Williams could be available for Reading this weekend as they take on Blackburn Rovers.
It sounds like the earliest we could see Jonathan Spector return to the field after his thigh injury is at the end of the month. Spector has started running again according manager Lee Clark.
Former Bolton Wanderers midfielder Fabrice Muamba thinks Stuart Holden is the best player that he has played with during his career.
Andrew Wooten and Kaiserslautern defeated Idar-Oberstein, 5-0, in a friendly during the international window this week. Wooten was one of the goal scorers and you can see his goal at the 3:37 mark of this video.
Esteban Rodriguez played on the US U-17 team at the 2011 U-17 World Cup and is now with Tijuana’s U-20 team. He scored a pretty sweet goal this week at the 1:45 mark of this video.
It is likely that Clint Dempsey will head back to England for a winter loan and one of the first rumors has West Ham United as the early leaders (which probably means he won’t end up there).
It is also that time of year when MLS players head to Europe for training stints. LA Galaxy youngster Jack McBean is already in England doing stints with Wolverhampton and Blackburn Rovers. Chicago Fire players Dilly Duka and Victor Pineda are headed to Spain to train with Atlético Madrid. And DeAndre Yedlin could be headed to Germany to train with Steve Cherundolo and Hannover 96.
Ljungskile SK are overhauling their roster this offseason. You can now add Paul Tracy to the list of Americans who are parting ways with the club (also Patrick Hopkins and Pat McMahon). That leaves Charlie Campbell and Aaron Nichols as the only Americans still at the club. And they have brought in Los Angeles Blues defender Cory Miller for a trial. Ljungskile SK likes themselves some Americans.
Now that we know all 32 teams for the World Cup, here is that World Cup draw simulator again. I just got the US in a group with Argentina, France and Portugal. Ouch.
And courtesy of Brian Straus, here are all 32 badges from the teams who made the World Cup. I probably like the Netherlands’ badge the most.
Terrence Boyd scored two goals yesterday. You can check out the highlights here and here is a photo of Boyd celebrating after one of the goals. That gives him 10 goals across all competitions this season. Only Aron Johannsson (12 goals) has scored more among USMNT players in Europe in 2013-14.
As Howie posted yesterday, Bahia has decided to not renew Freddy Adu’s contract once it it ends in December. He has appeared in only seven games across all competitions since joining the club in April. Bahia is Adu’s seventh team since leaving Real Salt Lake in 2007.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has just been put on Over There’s hit list. He doesn’t like Sacha Kljestan’s mustache (outrage!) causing our favorite mustached player to tell him to check out his own nose.
We posted earlier this week that Steve Cherundolo was still training on his own since his knee had a little setback, but now it looks like he has returned to full training with the team.
Danny Williams has also returned to full training with Reading this week. He hasn’t played in a game since September due to a bone bruise on his foot.
I guess there was some British reports claiming Nottingham Forest interest in a loan for Brek Shea, but Greg Seltzer shoots down that report.
There was a story a couple weeks ago about MLS interest for Benji Joya and Daniel Cuevas. Tom Marshall is reporting that the teams interested seem to be the Chicago Fire, Philadelphia Union, San Jose Earthquakes and Chivas USA, while Mexican side Puebla are also interested in Joya. And you can add a “team from Denmark” and Mexican second division club Lobos BUAP as other suitors for Cuevas.
And finally, it appears that Swansea City’s U-21 player Kris Scott got invited to the US U-20 camp in Italy next week.
Sorry for the lack of updates this week, but life (damn you, life!) has been getting in the way. That said, here are a few links.
Jurgen Klinsmann has been doing a lot of Q&A’s with US Soccer’s website and I approve. Here is his latest. Reading between the lines a bit, it sounds like we will see Terrence Boyd, John Brooks and Fabian Johnson for the upcoming USMNT games. Brooks and Johnson are both coming back from injury.
Speaking of Johnson’s injury, it sounds like he is returning to training this week and could possibly play this weekend.
Still no highlights at the moment, but Jozy Altidore had an assist in Sunderland’s 2-1 win over Southampton in the Capital One Cup on Wednesday. Sunderland’s website called the pass “unselfish”. And they have some photos up from the game, including a couple of Altidore.
Number 35 on that list, San Jose’s David Bingham, is headed to FC Copenhagen for an extended training stint. With the MLS season coming to an end, it is that time of year where various MLS players head to Europe for training wither various clubs.
Terrence Boyd’s late header gave Rapid Vienna a 1-0 win over rivals Austria Vienna, endling a 10-match winless streak in the Vienna Derby (highlights).
Matt’s Pick - Bobby Warshaw (Angelholms FF – Swedish Superettan)
So many good people to pick from this week like Terrence Boyd or Michael Bradley, but I have to give Bobby Warshaw some love this week. He has now scored seven goals in eight league games, including at least one goal in four straight games (highlights).
Steven Goff has his usual weekly roundup of Americans abroad to catch you up one what you may have missed.
We had some goals this weekend. Aron Johannsson had himself a peach of a game, scoring twice and setting up the other goal in AZ’s 3-1 win (highlights). Alejandro Bedoya came off the bench and scored the game-winning goal in Nantes’ 1-0 win (highlights). Terrence Boyd came off the bench and scored the game-tying goal from the penalty spot in a 2-2 draw (highlights). Shawn Parker got the start and scored the opening goal of the game in Mainz’s 4-1 loss to Bayern Munich (highlights). And Matt Taylor got the start and scored his fourth league goal of the campaign in Preußen Münster’s 4-0 win (highlights).
We also had some goals from guys in lower leagues, which we don’t have highlights for, but you can follow along with our goal tracker.
One huge positive was the debut performance of on-loan centre-back Will Packwood, whose mature display belied his years and the fact that he is looking to bounce back from a career-threatening broken leg.
The Birmingham City player looked a born leader, unafraid to issue instructions to more senior colleagues, and won most of his battles in the air and one the ground.
Duane Holmes also made an impact this weekend while coming off the bench for Huddersfield Town in a loss to Leicester City.
Death, taxes and Zak Whitbread injuries. His latest is a calf injury which saw him get subbed out in the first half.
Michael Bradley returned from injury and made Roma’s bench, but did not get in the game on Friday, a 2-0 win over Napoli. With a couple other teams losing in Europe, Roma is the only perfect team in any of the top European leagues.
Brek Shea and Maurice Edu both started for Stoke City’s U-21 team on Friday with Shea scoring a goal and picking up a red card.
The Americans Outlaws are getting some love this week with Founder and President Korey Donahoo making an appearance on the Men in Blazers’ SiriusXM show last week. And Brian Straus takes a quick look at the various chapter logos.
Mexico hired Miguel Herrera this weekend meaning they have gone through four managers over the last month. The US have had four managers over the last 18 years.