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.
Terrence Boyd recorded his first brace since November (giving him 16 goals on the season across all competitions) in Rapid Vienna’s 2-2 draw to Grödig on Sunday. Here are the highlights with Boyd’s goals coming at the 1:48 and 2:15 marks.
The US is 0-2-1 all-time against Ukraine with Ukraine winning the last meeting, 1-0, in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania on October 23, 1993. This is also the first meeting between these two teams outside the United States.
This will be the US’s first neutral site friendly since beating Australia, 3-1, in Roodepoort, South Africa prior to the 2010 World Cup.
With 52 career wins, Tim Howard is one win shy of tying Kasey Keller for the most in USMNT history by a goalkeeper.
As of right now, the US-Ukraine friendly is back on after it looked like it was going to be canceled. If you have been out of the loop, three players withdrew from the roster on Saturday due to injuries/personal reasons, while Jonathan Spector was called into camp.
Eric Lichaj also had to be subbed out early and limped off the field in Nottingham Forest’s game against Wigan over the weekend.
We did have some goals this weekend. Terrence Boyd scored in Rapid Vienna’s 6-3 loss to Salzburg (highlights). DaMarcus Beasley saw his daughter be born on Saturday then scored a goal on Sunday (highlights). Christian Eissele is back at it in Finland and recorded a hat trick for Kemi Kings. And Mario Rodriguez found the back of the net twice in Borussia Mönchengladbach II’s win on Friday. As always, you can follow along with our goal tracker.
Nothing new to report on the USMNT roster or whether the game will even be played, although it sounds like we should be hearing something in the near future. That said, John Brooks should be one of the players heading to Ukraine friendly according to this German report.
While the new home World Cup shirt for the USMNT leaked last month, here is a new/slightly better view of the pretty basic polo-looking shirt. There was also a lot of buzz on Twitter over the weekend over a possible crazy blue/red away shirt, but it looked pretty photoshopped and came from someone who posted some bogus jerseys back in September. So we continue to play the waiting game.
ESPN released its full TV schedule for this summer’s World Cup yesterday. Also on the World Cup front, just over 125,000 tickets for the World Cup were allocated to people in the United States, the most of any country outside Brazil. Granted not all 125,000 tickets are for US games or for US fans, it is still nice to see the US up there. I was luckily able to get tickets for the USMNT games against Ghana and Portugal in the latest lottery. Any other OT readers score some tickets?
The National Soccer Hall of Fame announced its Class of 2014 yesterday and it is a good one. The three-person class contains two players (Brian McBride and Kristine Lilly) and one coach (Bob Bradley). Congrats to all three.
As Howie posted yesterday, Fabian Johnson has agreed to sign with Borussia Mönchengladbach this summer.
A few things from the weekend. Jerome Kiesewetter scored a goal for Hertha Berlin II (highlights) and Justin Moose scored for SJK in the Finnish League Cup (still looking for highlights).
The English League Championship is doing a great job of posting quality highlights the day after games on Youtube so here is a roundup of all the games featuring Americans from the weekend.
Terrence Boyd came off the bench and scored Rapid Vienna’s lone goal in their 2-1 loss to Admira. The goal gives Boyd 13 across all competitions in 2013-14. Here are some highlights, including Boyd’s goal.
Reports came out yesterday (later confirmed by Steven Goff) that the USMNT will play at Ukraine on March 5. It is a FIFA international fixture date, so the USMNT should likely have a strong squad.
The US had a long trip down to Brazil earlier this week. US Soccer’s website has a diary on the long/delayed trip as well as a short video with Dax McCarty keeping us updated. While down in Brazil, Jurgen Klinsmann spoke to some press about facing Germany at the World Cup. Klinsmann also had some quotes regarding the USMNT migration to MLS.
Oh Juan Agudelo. This is what is (sort of) known. He is in England at Stoke City (with Brek Shea). Stoke City’s chairman is claiming that they haven’t signed him. But Greg Seltzer disagrees and gives us his rundown. To go along with the rumored teams Seltzer mentioned as possibly loan destinations, there appears to be some interest from Esbjerg in Denmark. I am sure more details will slowly come out over the next week.
Some final numbers on Michael Bradley’s transfer. His $40 million contract over six years is the second largest in MLS history (Beckham is #1), while his $10 million transfer fee is the second largest in MLS history (Defoe is #1).
An interesting stat about Tijuana’s fan base: “35% of fans inside Tijuana’s Estadio Caliente for any given Liga MX home game travel down from the United States”. I am actually looking into making my first trip down there to catch a game this spring.
Lets end on a couple notes about some youngsters. U-17 Danny Barbir played and scored a goal as a guest player for Manchester City at the ALKASS International Cup. As for 16-year-old Alonzo Clarke, it looks like he is headed to Manchester United for a second trial.
Josh Gatt is ahead of schedule on his road to recovery. We just don’t know exactly what that schedule is at the moment.
Zak Whitbread has missed eight games due to a calf injury, but Derby County manager Paul Simpson is hoping he can return to the field next week.
Bolton manager Dougie Freedman told the team’s website that he is happy that Stuart Holden is back in the UK, but that he still has a long way to go.
US Soccer finally put up the full match of the US U-17′s win over Brazil in the last game of the Nike International Friendlies. Will Parchman, who was in attendance, wrote about Brazil quitting on the match with about 5-10 minutes left.