First off, not defending Klinsmann, but Fabian Johnson looked like a guy who wanted no part of that game after about 15 minutes. Could it be injuries? Could it be that he has played poorly in the heat before? Could it be that he was mad at the bus driver for not stopping at In-N-Out on the way to the Rose Bowl? Who knows the reason but he did not play well on Saturday and asked to be subbed out late in the game.
That said, Klinsmann could have sent him home and just told the media that he wanted to give him rest but instead he threw Johnson under the bus. 2015 has not been a good year for Mr. Klinsmann.
Also on “Black Saturday”, the US U-23 team lost to Honduras in the important semifinal match of Olympic qualifying (highlights). Andi Herzog was sent off so assistant John Hackworth will be coaching the team tomorrow. Since they lost on Saturday, they now have to beat Canada on Tuesday then beat Colombia in a one-game playoff in March in order to qualify for the Olympics.
The US U-20 team is in Germany for the Mercedes-Benz Cup and tied Mexico 3-3 in their last game. They also had a 2-2 draw with Scotland and an 8-1 loss to Germany during the week.
This week has been a crazy one for me and of course 2354356456 guys have scored goals this week. As always, our goal tracker has a bunch of information on who scored and links to those available highlights.
The US U-23ers held their College ID camp (the college version of Camp Cupcake?) this past week and ended it with a 3-1 win over Tijuana’s Segunda Premier team. The US goals came from Paul Salcedo (California) Mac Steeves (Providence) and Brandon Vincent (Stanford). US Soccer has some highlights of the match, while here is a write-up from Tijuana’s website.
A couple people have recently asked me to do a “23 Names” type article on the U-23 team, but ASN’s Josh Deaver just did something similar so go read that.
One U-20 player who could be part of the U-23 team, Lynden Gooch, scored a goal and notched an assist in Sunderland U21s’ 3-1 win over Norwich City over the weekend. You can check out both right here.
Another youth player, US U-17 midfielder Luca de la Torre, recorded an assist with Fulham’s U21 team over the weekend as well.
The German Cup had some interesting things happen this weekend to teams featuring Americans. First we had someone shoot a gun at Hertha Berlin’s bus. Luckily for John Brooks and his teammates, no one was on board when the shooting took place. And while he is still out, Terrence Boyd’s RB Leipzig match against Osnabruck was abandoned in the 72nd minute after someone injured the ref by throwing a lighter at him. Come on, Germany, you are better than that.
Geoff Cameron started at center back this past weekend in Stoke City’s loss to Liverpool. Here is a photo of him in action. He also spoke to Goal.com about why he missed the Gold Cup.
While his manager might not like it, Timothy Chandler told the press that he plans on accepting future USMNT call-ups.
Jann George scored a goal for Jahn Regensburg this past weekend. I can’t find highlights of it yet, but here is a photo of him celebrating the goal.
Staying with the Mexican-American theme, the Total Soccer Show had Tom Marshall on this week to talk about El Tri, Liga MX and Mexican-American dual nationals. No one covering Liga MX has a better British accent than Tom.
And finally, Will likes to rank goalies and has his updated Top 100 list for you as well as some bonus lists.
I haven’t done one of these posts in a while, but here is a bunch of 2015-16 kits for Bundesliga teams featuring Americans this season.
There has been some talk that Julian Green could be headed out on loan this season, but he will have plenty of options of jerseys if he sticks around Bayern Munich (order – home/road/third).
While David Yelldell hasn’t played a league game for Bayer Leverkusen’s senior team since joining the team in 2011-12, he is still on their roster. And Bayer Leverkusen have three options of kits for 2014-15 (order – home/road/third).
Borussia Dortmund has a few Americans throughout their system in Joe Gyau, Junior Flores and Christian Pulisic. They also have three different jerseys for 2015-16 (order – home/road/third).
Borussia Mönchengladbach and Kappa always have “interesting” kits and this year will be no different for Fabian Johnson and Mario Rodriguez (order – home/road).
Timothy Chandler is in his second season with Eintracht Frankfurt and they will have a pinstripe shirt much like the Frankfurt team from 1972-73 (order – home/road).
And finally, Freiburg boast Caleb Stanko, Eric Lickert, Ethan Sonis and now Zack Steffen among their various teams. And they have three Nike kits for this season (order – home/road/third).
Have a favorite of the bunch? Think one is really, really ugly? As for my own taste, I like Bayern Munich Road, Dortmund Third, Eintracht Frankfurt Home and Freiburg Home. I dislike basically all the Hoffenheim ones and Borussia Mönchengladbach Road.
I haven’t done a links post in a while but the last few weeks have been crazy on my end so some of this might be outdated a bit. But some of this might still be new to you. Anyways, here is what I have bookmarked over the last couple weeks.
I did a numbers/stats thing on the USMNT and Clint Dempsey this past weekend since it is easy to do one of those things when you win 6-0.
ESPN’s Doug McIntyre sat down with Clint Dempsey to talk about a couple things, including losing the captain’s armband. It doesn’t seem like he minds that much.
Jozy Altidore told ESPN that he understands the Gold Cup roster swap that sent him home, but he thinks he could have still helped.
A report out of France says Quentin Westberg might be on the move to Tours FC in Ligue 2. Westberg has started only four of Sarpsborg’s 16 league games in Norway this year, but he has been the starting keeper in three of the last four league games.
One player who could see some more playing time with the US without Jozy in the upcoming friendlies is Aron Johannsson. He was named Eredivisie Player of the Week after his two goal/one assist performance over the weekend. Here is also a little video on ArJo.
Alfredo Morales helped Ingolstadt win promotion to the Bundesliga this past season. Kyle McCarthy wrote some words on Morales and his move to Ingolstadt. And according to Greg Seltzer, the club is currently working on a contract extension for Morales.
While Spector is staying at Birmingham City, Will Packwood is no longer with the club and was last seen training with the New England Revolution. But it doesn’t look like the Revs will be signing Packwood.
Grant Wahl is hearing that Rubio Rubin is drawing interest from other teams in Europe but he is staying at Utrecht.
Had one too many margaritas last night? Nothing a few links can’t help.
As Howie posted yesterday, Birmingham City is letting Will Packwood go while offering Jonathan Spector a new contract.
I posted a couple tidbits on the USMNT, U-23 and U-17 teams earlier this week but I also forgot to include that the U-23 team will be holding a camp in England in September. They will play friendlies against England and Qatar during the camp.
J.R. Eskilson spoke to Sam Strong about how an encounter with Jurgen Klinsmann in an airport helped him get his US U-23 call-up last month.
Steven Goff is hearing that Duke product Jeremy Ebobisse and Virginia’s Jake Rozhansky are headed to Europe for some trials.
I recently learned of another former US Soccer Development Academy player in Germany. Faisal Almubaslat is a 17-year-old winger at Tennis Borussia Berlin playing with their U-17 team in the B-Junioren Bundesliga Nord/Nordost. He had a few goals and assists in April as you can see in these highlights against RB Leipzig and Concordia Hamburg.
And finally, a little plug for our goal tracker. There have been a lot of goals, especially in lower leagues, as of late and it will keep you up to date with who is scoring (and links to highlights when available).
There is nothing really new with Gedion Zelalem, but Steven Goff reminds us where we all stand at the moment.
RB Leipzig announced yesterday that Terrence Boyd has resumed to jogging as he rehabs from his ACL surgery. ESPN’s Doug McIntyre also saw Boyd jogging and riding the exercise bike while he was with the USMNT earlier this month.
It looks like Danny Williams picked up an injury while with the USMNT and his doubtful for this weekend’s game against Blackpool.
Cameron Carter-Vickers and DeAndre Yedlin both played with Tottenham’s U-21 yesterday with CCV wearing the captain’s armband. Here is also a photo gallery from the game.
Another week and another goal by Duane Holmes with Huddersfield Town’s U-21 team. I believe that is the third straight week with a goal. Highlights of their U-21 team usually emerge a few days after the game.
The US U-23 team won its game against Bosnia U-23s, 5-2, on Friday. The US goals were scored by Jordan Morris, Mario Rodriguez, Benji Joya, Alonso Hernandez and Fatai Alashe. Here was the starting lineup.
The U-23ers will next play Denmark’s U-23 team on Tuesday at Lyngby Stadion in Copenhagen.