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Terrence Boyd’s goal vs. PSG
   July 18, 2014 (12:08 PM) by Matt Benson
 

Terrence Boyd had himself a nice little day in a friendly against PSG.  Boyd got the start and pounced on a rebound to score a goal to tie things up at 1-1.  Boyd was taken off at halftime (and he swapped jerseys with Zlatan Ibrahimovic) as RB Leipzig ended up winning 4-2.

While it was only a friendly and the defense was lacking by both teams at times, RB Leipzig look pretty feisty.  Here is Boyd’s goal.

 
Categories: Highlights, Terrence Boyd
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Friday morning links
   July 18, 2014 (12:35 AM) by Matt Benson
 

A bunch of links for this Friday.

As Howie posted last night, Matt Besler is in talks with Sporting Kansas City on getting a new contract, although he hasn’t totally dismissed the possibility of playing overseas.  While Greg Seltzer told us earlier this week that Sunderland was one of the teams expressing interest in Besler, the Evening Chronicle is hearing that the Black Cats have not made a bid and don’t plan on making one either.  All this said, I think Besler will probably end up staying in Kansas City and I really don’t have a problem with that.  Nothing wrong for him to have a Eddie Pope-like career.

If you want more transfer talk, Greg Seltzer was on yesterday’s episode of Soccer Morning with Jason Davis.  He begins talking about the 11-minute mark and goes over some stuff on DeAndre Yedlin, Matt Besler (before last night’s news), Graham Zusi, Mix Diskerud, Brek Shea and a couple others.

Speaking of Brek Shea, he was named to Stoke City’s 23-man roster for the Potters’ preseason tour of Germany.

The latest FIFA world rankings came out yesterday with the US dropping two spots to #15.  Costa Rica was one of the big winners, moving up 12 spots to #16.  And this month is the first time that CONCACAF has had three teams in the Top 18 since March of 2004.

For those few people that missed it earlier this week, the Ecuadorian Football Federation claims that the US and Ecuador will play in a friendly against each other in October.

As I post this, about 40% of you think Jermaine Jones’ goal vs. Portugal was your favorite US goal from the World Cup, which leads the pack.  Go vote here.

Mix Diskerud came off the bench and was first credited with a goal, which was later changed to an own goal, in Rosenborg’s upset 2-1 loss to Sligo Rovers in Europa League action (highlights).  Also in Europa League action yesterday, Sean Reynolds came off the bench for 20 minutes in FH’s 1-1 draw to Neman.  And Pablo Punyed went 90 minutes in Stjarnan’s 2-2 draw to Motherwell.  The second legs will be next Thursday.

According to Earnie Stewart, Aron Johannsson’s ankle injury was actually a long-term injury that has been bugging him prior to the World Cup.

“He’s had this injury for a longer while than at the U.S. national team,” Stewart said in an telephone interview. “It was something that you could play with; it wasn’t a problem to. I’ve played with the same problem myself. Once it’s time to rest, it’s something that can aggravate you every time you step out on the field.”

Jozy Altidore told the Sunderland Echo that his injury in the World Cup was the low point of his career.  He is expected to be almost fully fit once he returns to Sunderland.

If you are reading this before 1 PM Eastern on Friday, turn on beIN Sports as they will be showing Terrence Boyd and RB Leipzig taking on PSG in a friendly (h/t Jon Arnold).

Bayern Munich have updated their website and Julian Green is listed under the first team players.  His online bio also tells us that he is a Gemini.  Bayern Munich have also launched an English version of their site dedicated to the US.

The US U-20 team defeated Bermuda, 4-0, in their second match of the NTC Invitational on Wednesday.  The goals were provided by Andrija Novakovich, Zach Pfeffer, Tommy Thompson and an own goal.  Here are some highlights (I see you, Tommy Thompson) and some post-game reactions.  The US’s final game is tonight against Australia at the StubHub Center at 7 PM and admission/parking are free.  If I didn’t have plans already, I would be headed down there.

Liga MX also starts up tonight and Tom Marshall fills you in on where all the Americans will be playing this fall.

According to Sky Sports, Gboly Ariyibi is on trial with Burnley.  Ariyibi ended last season on loan with Tranmere Rovers then became a free agent this summer once his contract with Leeds expired.

Bobby Wood got the start and played 72 minutes on the wing in a 4-3-3 in 1860 Munich’s 3-2 loss to Borussia Möchengladbach in a friendly earlier this week.  Here is a photo of Wood in action.

Sebastian Lletget actually played with West Ham’s first team on Wednesday in a 0-0 draw to Ipswich Town in a friendly, coming off the bench in the second half.

Southampton’s website has an interview up with goalkeeper Cody Cropper.

Brian Sciaretta caught up with Caleb Stanko as he tries to break into Freiburg’s first team this season.

And finally, I personally think the ESPYs are really stupid, but the USMNT won this year for “Best Moment” for its win over Ghana.  And it looks like the guys who could attend had a good time, so good for them.

Enjoy the weekend.

 
Categories: Andrija Novakovich, Aron Johannsson, Bobby Wood, Brek Shea, Caleb Stanko, Cody Cropper, DeAndre Yedlin, Gboly Ariyibi, Graham Zusi, Jermaine Jones, Jozy Altidore, Julian Green, Matt Besler, Mix Diskerud, Pablo Punyed, Sean Reynolds, Sebastian Lletget, Terrence Boyd, Tommy Thompson, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team, Zach Pfeffer
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Links, links & more links for Tuesday
   July 15, 2014 (12:02 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Let’s dive into this.

The US U-20 team opened up the 2014 NTC Invitational with a 2-1 win over Chile.  The goals were scored by Andrija Novakovich and Zach Pfeffer.  Here is who started and this is what they looked like.  Next up is Bermuda on Wednesday at 4 PM Pacific.

Not surprising, but Freddy Adu was not offered a contract by AZ Alkmaar.

Eric Lichaj was banged up with injuries for most of the second half of last season and it looks like he might be out until September with a groin injury.

You can add Lyon to the growing list of teams interested in DeAndre Yedlin.  Yedlin also became the fifth USMNT player 20 or younger to play at least 100 minutes at a World Cup.

Jozy Altidore and Jermaine Jones made the rounds at FOX on Sunday.  They were on Fox Sports Live and did this podcast (which randomly features a Iowa Hawkeye helmet!).  Jermaine also threw out the first pitch at the Dodgers game on Friday.

Remember the Matt Besler/Freiburg rumor from last week?  Greg Seltzer shot that one down.

Bayern Munich’s website has a new interview with Julian Green up on their site.

Jose Torres, Herculez Gomez and Tigres did not qualify for Copa Libertadores after losing to Morelia in the two-legged SuperCopa MX.

Sebastian Lletget had an assist in West Ham’s Development Squad’s 2-2 draw to AFC Hornchurch on Sunday.  Lletget is in an interesting spot.  He is probably getting too old for regular development squad minutes, but West Ham won’t play him with the first team or loan him out to get minutes.

We had tons of goals this weekend as you can see from all the highlight posts I made over the weekend.  You can also see the non-highlights goals on our goal tracker.  We also had some youth team/friendly goals this weekend with Danny Barbir scoring with West Brom’s U-18 team and Rubio Rubin scoring twice with Utrecht’s reserve team.

Remember when David Yelldell was a thing and looked like he might be the #3 goalkeeper for the USMNT?  Well, he has been hiding on Bayer Leverkusen’s bench the last couple seasons, but he made a nice double save off a penalty kick in a friendly over the weekend.

Greg Seltzer caught up with Terrence Boyd to talk about his move to RB Leipzig.

Tom Marshall talked to Greg Garza about potentially taking over Tijuana’s starting left back spot since Edgar Castillo left the club.

USMNT assistant coach Andy Herzog would like to be the US Olympic team head coach.

CONCACAF president Jeffrey Webb thinks CONCACAF should get more spots for the World Cup.  Based on most ranking metrics out there, CONCACAF outperformed most expectations of the region at the World Cup.

I made a post about two things yesterday.  I have heard from one of our Brazil Bracket Challenge winners, but still waiting to hear back from dmlacey.  I also asked for help trying to find the video that they played in the stadiums before the World Cup games.  Brian Straus then tweeted it out later in the afternoon and it was on FIFA’s own Youtube channel.  Apparently I can find Icelandic third division highlights, but not something this simple on FIFA’s own channel.  That said, enjoy the video.  I like it.

 
Categories: Andrija Novakovich, Danny Barbir, David Yelldell, DeAndre Yedlin, Eric Lichaj, Freddy Adu, Greg Garza, Herculez Gomez, Jermaine Jones, Jose Francisco Torres, Jozy Altidore, Julian Green, Matt Besler, Rubio Rubin, Sebastian Lletget, Terrence Boyd, US U-20 National Team, Zach Pfeffer
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RB Leipzig vs. Sonnenhof Großaspach Highlights
   July 13, 2014 (5:45 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Terrence Boyd scored a goal for RB Leipzig in a friendly yesterday, a 3-2 loss to Sonnenhof Großaspach.  Below is a GIF of his goal.

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Categories: Highlights, Terrence Boyd
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Friday morning links
   July 4, 2014 (12:05 AM) by Matt Benson
 

A bunch of random stuff for you before the weekend.

RB Leipzig’s website officially announced the signing of Terrence Boyd yesterday.

As Howie posted yesterday, Matt Besler and DeAndre Yedlin are getting some interest from Europe after their play in the World Cup.

According to Brian Sciaretta, Aron Johannsson is set to have ankle surgery before the start of the Eredivisie season.  It is unclear when he picked up the injury or how long he will be out.

Cody Cropper signed a new one-year deal with Southampton.

Puebla are trying to re-sign DaMarcus Beasley.  According to Eric Gomez, Puebla initially thought Beasley was asking for too much money but were impressed with his play in the World Cup.

Alejandro Bedoya gave all his USMNT teammates a nice gift after the World Cup.

Could Jermaine Jones be hinting at a move to MLS?

It sounds like Jurgen Klinsmann will be looking at a lot of younger players over the next year when it comes to the USMNT.

“A good thing about this next year is that we kind of have the opportunity to see a lot of young players coming to our platform, coming to the senior team,” said Klinsmann. “We can give them time to show where they are up to right now.

“The experienced players, or the older players, we can tell them for the next couple of months: ‘Go play in your club environment, we know you inside out anyway, we know what you bring to the table. But right now maybe there’s time for the next couple of friendlies that come up and over the next year that we want to see the young players grow and see how they can make it.’”

Greg Seltzer is hearing that at least one Eredivisie team and Genk are interested in Sacha Kljestan as well as Olympiacos.

Stuart Holden will continue to work out with Bolton despite not being under contract.  He will be allowed to play in any friendly, under-21 or development squad games but if he gets healthy again and Bolton want him back with the first team then he would have to sign a new deal.

A possible good sign on the Shawn Parker front?  He lists Germany and US for his nationality on Augsburg’s website.

Here are some photos of Junior Flores and Joe Gyau in action with Borussia Dortmund’s U-23 team.  Mario Rodriguez scored two goals for Borussia Mönchengladbach against Dortmund in this friendly.

Are you buying a Tijuana/Paul Arriola jersey this year?  Heads up that he switched numbers from #47 to a more squad-friendly #20.

Tyrone McCargo is no longer with Nurnberg’s U-23 team.  He is now with SK Austria Klagenfurt in the Austrian Regionalliga Mitte (third tier).

Adam Henley has returned to Blackburn Rovers early before training camp to finish rehabbing his ankle injury before the season starts.

Europa League started back up this week.  Pablo Punyed went 90 in Stjarnan’s 4-0 win over Bangor City.  A Mix Diskerud-less Rosenborg defeated Jelgava 4-0.  Jordan Seabrook came off the bench for 21 minutes in VPS’s 2-1 win over Brommapojkarna.

Alfred Koroma has had an impressive start with Fluminese’s reserve team.

I don’t know if this link will work for everyone, but for those of you that missed PBS’s documentary on Bob Bradley, here you go.

This will probably be the best World Cup analysis you read during the entire tournament.

And finally, one of the guys I hung out with during the World Cup put together a compilation video of the trip down to Brazil.  Hopefully this weekend I can sit down and type up a post with a bunch of my photos and stories from the trip.  It really was a once in a lifetime trip.  If you are even on the fence about going to Russia in 2018, you need to go.

 
Categories: Adam Henley, Alejandro Bedoya, Alfred Koroma, Aron Johannsson, Bob Bradley, Cody Cropper, DaMarcus Beasley, DeAndre Yedlin, Jermaine Jones, Joe Gyau, Jordan Seabrook, Junior Flores, Mario Rodriguez, Mix Diskerud, Pablo Punyed, Paul Arriola, Sacha Kljestan, Shawn Parker, Stuart Holden, Terrence Boyd, Tyrone McCargo, US Men's National Team
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Terrence Boyd, Shawn Parker & Matt Taylor are all on the move
   July 2, 2014 (8:00 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Now with the World Cup over for the US, it is time to slowly transfer our attention to the silly season and we have already had a couple moves in the last couple of weeks.

While his new club hasn’t officially announced anything, Rapid Vienna have confirmed that Terrence Boyd is headed to German 2. Bundesliga side RB Leipzig.  Boyd scored 28 league goals in 59 games for Rapid Vienna over the last two seasons and now returns to his country of birth.

RB Leipzig are an interesting team.  Energy drink maker Red Bull bought the fifth division team SSV Markranstädt in 2009 and formed Red Bull Leipzig.  Since Germany won’t allow sponsors to be part of team names, they renamed the team to RasenBallsport Leipzig (“Leipzig lawn ball sports”) or just RB Leipzig.

With Red Bull’s funding, the team earned promotion to the Regionalliga (fourth division) in 2009-10 then promotion to the 3. Liga in 2012-13 and then promotion to the 2. Bundesliga last season after finishing second in the 3. Liga.  They also play in Germany’s Red Bull Arena, which is largest football stadium in the former East Germany and was built for the 2006 World Cup.  They are a young team, but have some ambitious owners.

Staying in Germany, German-American Shawn Parker is leaving Mainz after signing a new four-year contract with FC Augsburg.  The 21-year-old forward appeared in 27 league games with Mainz’s first team over the last two seasons after growing up within Mainz’s youth system.

Parker is leaving a club that finished seventh last season for a team that finished eighth and one point behind Mainz in the Bundesliga table.  Most fans will remember FC Augsburg as the club that Michael Parkhurst sat on the bench with for most of last season.

And finally, Matt Taylor left Preußen Münster earlier this month for another German team in FC Saarbrücken.  Taylor scored 22 league goals in 69 games for Preußen Münster in the 3. Liga over the last two seasons.  FC Saarbrücken were in the 3. Liga last year but have been relegated to the Regionalliga Südwest.  Saarbrücken will also be Taylor’s sixth different team in Germany since leaving the US in 2008.

 
Categories: Matt Taylor, Shawn Parker, Terrence Boyd
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The return of links
   June 29, 2014 (11:17 PM) by Matt Benson
 

Finally back inside my OT mansion (apartment) in the humidity-free Los Angeles and was able to catch up on the internet and find some links for you guys from the last two weeks.

Thanks once again to RJ for keeping the site going while I was gone.  Feel free to join him in those World Cup prediction posts.

And thanks to David for keeping me up to date on the goals from guys in Sweden, Finland and Iceland while I was gone.  Because of him, I was able to update the goal tracker last night.  Andrew Stadler has been going off in Sweden lately, including five goals in his last four games.

ESPN decided to do a seventh episode of Inside: U.S. Soccer’s March to Brazil before the Portugal game.  I was finally able to find a version online and updated the post with all the episodes in one convenient spot.

Algeria’s Djamel Haimoudi will be the ref on Tuesday in the US-Belgium game.  This will be his third game as the main ref in this year’s World Cup.

Yahoo Sports’ Martin Rogers wrote some words on how the USMNT is becoming a fan favorite in Brazil.  From my experience of being down there, the locals did enjoy the US fans and were getting into the “I Believe” chant.

Terrence Boyd is getting interest from Red Bull Leipzig, Sporting CP and Wigan Athletic according to Greg Seltzer.  While Boyd waits on his future, he scored twice in a 20-0 win in a friendly for Rapid Vienna over the weekend.

It also looks like Matt Besler has been linked to various teams across Europe, but I could see him staying in MLS.

Joe Gyau is moving from Hoffenheim and will be joining Junior Flores at Borussia Dortmund according to Steven Goff (and Gyau was basically tweeting out all the thanks on Twitter last night).  That is a pretty big move for the speedy 21-year-old.

Andrew Wooten signed a three-year deal with German 2. Bundesliga side Sandhausen.  Wooten played with Sandhausen in 2012-13 while on loan from Kaiserslautern.

Zak Whitbread has signed with Derby County on a one-year deal.  Whitbread appeared in four league games for the Rams last season after being sent out on loan by Leicester City.

There has been a Freddy Adu sighting while I was gone!  He is in Norway doing a trial with Bob Bradley and Stabæk.  And according to Greg Seltzer, there could be some interest in Switzerland for Adu as well.

Herculez Gomez scored a goal in a preseason game for Tigres last week.

The last we heard from Oguchi Onyewu, he was looking at a couple teams in England.  As for last week, he was back in Washington training with DC United.  No clue if this is a trial or just him training for a couple days with his hometown team.

Sacha Kljestan could be getting some interest from Greek side Olympiacos.

Russell Canouse and Hoffenhim’s U-19 team won the U-19 Bundesliga this season.

I will be back tomorrow with a pre-game primer post for the Belgium game.

 
Categories: Andrew Stadler, Andrew Wooten, Freddy Adu, Herculez Gomez, Joe Gyau, Matt Besler, Oguchi Onyewu, Russell Canouse, Sacha Kljestan, Terrence Boyd, US Men's National Team, Zak Whitbread
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Thursday morning linkage
   June 12, 2014 (1:12 AM) by Matt Benson
 

The World Cup is finally here!

The USMNT is training away at Sao Paulo FC’s training grounds.  And there is a reason why they are staying so far away from their games (which I think is not that big of a deal), the place looks really nice.

The big news from yesterday was that Belgium canceled Thursday’s closed-door scrimmage against the US due to concerns over traveling in Sao Paulo.  Belgium is staying 40 miles away from the US and doesn’t want to risk sitting on a bus for five hours due to traffic and the possible subway strike.

Timothy Chandler was held out of training on Wednesday after picking up a knock on Tuesday, but it sounds minor and was only precautionary.

US Soccer’s website has a Q&A with Alejandro Bedoya.  Could Jermaine Jones and Michael Bradley be related?  (No.)

The big non-USMNT related news from yesterday is how bad the field looks in Manaus.  A bad field in hot weather conditions?  Sounds like a typical CONCACAF game to me.  Oh yeah, Natal is struggling to get ready for Friday’s opening game between Mexico and Cameroon.  There is a decent chance that I will be sitting in one of those temporary seats in the upper deck on Monday.  Good times await.

Getting back to the USMNT, the official World Cup patches went on the jerseys last night.

Want some tactical breakdowns of the USMNT?  Zonal Marking and SI’s Liviu Bird have you covered.  Go read those, you will feel smarter.

Bob Bradley was kind enough to give his scouting report of Ghana in this MLS video.  Speaking of Ghana, OT Twitter-friend Zack Goldman wrote about the US’s need to beat Ghana for the UK’s Metro.

ESPN has decided to go “all-in” on the “I Believe” chant with this latest tribute/commercial for the American Outlaws.

In case you haven’t seen any or all of ESPN’s Inside: U.S. Soccer’s March to Brazil, here are all six episodes in one place.  Also, I brought back our US World Cup history posts from the 2010 World Cup.

Landon Donovan still has a good sense of humor.

Moving onto other/club news.

Travis Clark is working on a feature on Clint Dempsey and got a great quote about his time at Furman.

Greg Seltzer has some possible transfer goodies/gossip on Benny Feilhaber and Alejandro Bedoya.

Our latest British newspaper transfer rumor of the day involves Terrence Boyd and Wigan Athletic.  Yay silly season!

Reading FC officially announced the signing of US U-20 prospect Andrija Novakovich.

Justin Moose scored his third goal of the season yesterday in Finland and you can check it out here.

Ryan Gracia was last seen in Sweden with Nyköping last season, but it looks like the 24-year-old midfielder has moved on to Balma SC in France.

And this could be my last post for the next 48 hours as I head to Brazil on Friday.  We will have a new addition to the site who will be starting a new series throughout the World Cup beginning with later today, so be on the lookout for that.

 
Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Andrija Novakovich, Benny Feilhaber, Bob Bradley, Clint Dempsey, Jermaine Jones, Justin Moose, Landon Donovan, Michael Bradley, Ryan Gracia, Terrence Boyd, Timothy Chandler, US Men's National Team
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More than a few links for Thursday
   June 5, 2014 (12:47 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Hey everyone, check out our 2013-14 OT XI in the event that you haven’t yet.

And in the event that you have missed any of the first five episodes of ESPN’s Inside: U.S. Soccer’s March to Brazil, here are those episodes for your viewing pleasure.  I will update that page with the remaining episodes as soon as I can find them online after they appear on TV.

Don’t forget to join our league on MLS’s Brazil Bracket Challenge.

Jurgen Klinsmann was a popular man on the internet yesterday.  He was featured by The New York Times, The New Yorker and The Wall Street Journal.

US Soccer put up some field-level highlights from the Azerbaijan game.

SI has a cool little profile page for each of the 23 players on the US roster.

The US team looks like they got some cool luggage before heading down to Brazil.

According to Infostrada Live, the US’s average age is 27 years and 296 days old, the 14th oldest among the 32 teams.  So pretty much middle of the pack.  And Julian Green looks to be the third youngest of any of the player on a World Cup roster.

Think you can create a better World Cup jersey than Nike or Adidas, well here is the 92-page FIFA regulations on the jerseys.  Good luck with that.

Here are the projected points for Group G using the various ranking systems out there on the interwebs courtesy of Alex/@tempofreesoccer.

Cristiano Ronaldo returned to training on Tuesday although he is still having tendinosis issues.

Moving away from the World Cup, Bob Bradley spoke to Slate’s Hang Up and Listen podcast about his time with Egypt’s national team.  He also talked about his son’s career and thought Michael would have been a good fit at Arsenal.  This is really the first time that I have seen him speak out loud about his son like this, so it was interesting.

I posted earlier this week about Herculez Gomez moving on to Tigres and it looks to be a loan deal.

Greg Seltzer told us earlier this week that Red Bull Salzburg are interested in Terrence Boyd.  You can now add “top two flights in England and Germany” into the mix.

Tijuana continue their raid of Southern California, this time signing Anthony Rodriguez.  Pete Carroll and Ed Orgeron are impressed with this domination of SoCal recruiting.

Brian Sciaretta caught up with Andrija Novakovich to talk about skipping college for a deal with Reading in England.

In case you missed ESPN’s E:60 piece on Qatar, you should probably check it out.

And ending on a lighter note, this Allstate commercial is pretty funny.

 
Categories: Andrija Novakovich, Anthony Rodriguez, Bob Bradley, Herculez Gomez, Julian Green, Michael Bradley, Terrence Boyd, US Men's National Team
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2013-14 OT XI
   June 3, 2014 (9:55 PM) by Howie Michaels
 

It wasn’t exactly a banner 12 months for the OT Faithful. Clint Dempsey, a three-time OT MVP and four-time OT XI honoree, moved to Seattle. Michael Bradley, another OT XI stalwart, stayed abroad but became ineligible. Stuart Holden got hurt and then for good measure got hurt again. Jozy Altidore made a move to Sunderland so disastrous that by the end of the year we were celebrating brief sub appearances as progress. Even Matt Taylor, an old OT favorite, had a down year by his 3. Liga Legend standards.

There were dark times, there is no denying.

It was so dark, I got really lazy and took my time doing this. I was all set to drop this on May 22, but then Landon happened so we needed some space.

But, without further delay, here comes the 2013-14 OT XI. As always, these are the best performances by first-team players (sorry, Julian Green) relative to respective leagues.

Goalkeeper
Tim Howard, Everton (England) [2nd appearance]

It wasn’t that long ago that many were calling for Brad Guzan to supplant the long-time Everton stalwart in goal for the national team, a sentiment no doubt boosted by Guzan’s inclusion over Howard in last year’s OT XI. However, Timmy had a bit of a bounceback year as the Toffees surged into 5th place in the Premier League. While some late losses left Everton a bit short of Champions League qualification, Howard was stellar throughout the year, with Everton finishing 2nd in the EPL in goals allowed. Also, I will be deleting my various tweets and other commentaries suggesting Guzan should usurp Howard with the Nats.

Defenders
Fabian Johnson, TSG 1899 Hoffenheim (Germany) [2nd]
Will Packwood, Bristol Rovers/Birmingham City (England) [1st]
Tim Ream, Bolton Wanderers (England) [1st]
Geoff Cameron, Stoke City (England) [2nd]

Johnson returns to the OT XI for the 2nd time (previously in 2011-12), nominally at LB on paper. The dual-national wrapped up his tenure with Hoffenheim with another season of playing pretty much everywhere wide as Hoffenheim surged from the relegation playoff last year to mid-table this year. Johnson himself will be bouncing further up the table and joining Borussia Mönchengladbach. Packwood returned from a broken leg by initially going out on loan to League Two’s Bristol Rovers before returning to Birmingham and fighting his way into the starting lineup, earning the Football League Young Player of the Month for February. After a rough first full season in England, Ream rebounded to earn Bolton’s player of the year award while playing both centerback and leftback. Finally, with Dempsey gone and Jozy struggling, Geoff Cameron did a fine job carrying the flag of American field players in England, appearing in all but one Premier League match for the Potters.

Midfielders
Sacha Kljestan, Anderlecht (Belgium) [4th]
Alejandro Bedoya, Nantes (France) [3rd]
Danny Williams, Reading (England) [1st]

Despite missing out on the World Cup roster, long-time OT favorite Kljestan had a career-high eight goals while helping Anderlecht win its third consecutive Belgian title. Bedoya, a two-time OT XI honoree from his first stint in Sweden, made his return to the list following a successful move to Nantes that saw him score five goals, keep Nantes up after being promoted, and give himself a shot at starting in Brazil. While an injury with the national team caused him to miss several late matches (and helped cost Reading a shot at promotion), Danny Williams enjoyed an otherwise strong debut season in England and makes his first appearance on this squad.

Forwards
Terrence Boyd, Rapid Vienna (Austria) [1st]
Aron Johannsson, AZ (Netherlands) [1st]
Christian Eissele Kemi Kings/Brage (Norway/Sweden) [1st]

What we have here is a trio of forwards who all hit 20 goals across all competitions last year. Boyd improved upon his Austrian debut total with 15 in league play and another five in Europa League. He also got two more sweet tattoos, making his old flag tattoo seem tame. Johannsson mostly picked up the slack with former teammate Altidore gone from AZ, scoring 17 in league play and 20 overall. Eissele, the only one of this group without a cap, dropped in 24 goals last season for Kemi Kings in Finland (mostly after the 2012-13 voting was tabulated) before moving to Brage in Sweden this year.

2013-14 MVP
Geoff Cameron, D, Stoke City

While the Premier League continues to grow in popularity stateside, American outfield players have become increasingly rare. However, the best of them had himself a stellar year with the Potters. The jack-of-all-trades played primarily at right back as Stoke became less boring than historically regarded and surged into 9th place.

Goal of the Year
We’re going back to Finland here and the sweet goal by Miles Byass in a 1-0 win for JIPPO over Vikingit in April. Check it out in GIF and YouTube (1:08) below.

Performance of the Year
Tim Howard had six saves in a 1-0 win for Everton at Manchester United, the Toffee’s first win at Old Trafford since August 1992 and undoubtedly a sweet win over former manager David Moyes.

Thanks for waiting (both you the readers and Matt). Fire away in the comments on who we snubbed.

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2010-11
2011-12
2012-13

 
Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Aron Johannsson, Christian Eissele, Danny Williams, Fabian Johnson, Geoff Cameron, Sacha Kljestan, Terrence Boyd, Tim Howard, Tim Ream, Will Packwood
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