Bobby Wood left the USMNT camp so he could sign with FC Erzgebirge Aue. There seems to be some confusion among the American folk (thanks to trying to translate German reports) on whether he signed a permanent deal or if it is a loan deal (I think it is a permanent deal). I think the confusion comes from most articles talking about Erzgebirge Aue bringing in two players, Wood and Román Golobart, with Golobart coming on loan while Wood signed a contract through 2016-17.
We had some goals this weekend. Aron Johannsson scored his first goal of 2015 in AZ’s 3-1 win over Heracles (highlights). In Scottish League One action, Kevin Dzierzawski scored a goal in Peterhead’s 2-0 win over Stenhousemuir (highlights). And while it wasn’t a goal, Tim Ream was credited with an assist in Bolton’s 2-2 draw to Wolves on Saturday (highlights).
And we had a few goals in friendly action this weekend. Alfredo Morales scored a goal in Ingolstadt’s 2-0 win over Shawn Barry and LASK Linz. As for Shawn Barry, he scored a goal in LASK Linz’s 2-1 win over Trnava. Babajide Ogunbiyi scored a goal in Viborg’s 4-2 win over OB. And Paul Arriola scored a goal in Tijuana U-20’s 4-1 win over Morelia on Friday. Jon Arnold was there and got some quotes from Arriola.
Staying at Tijuana, Greg Garza had to be subbed out of Tijuana’s senior team’s win over Morelia after taking on a hard tackle. He tried to play through it, but it was bothering him too much.
Alex De John is now with IK Start in Norway’s Tippeligaen. De John has made a nice jump from Ekenäs IF (Finnish third division) to TPS (Finnish first division) to IK Start (Norway first division) in three seasons.
At the youth level, Gedion Zelalem went 90 minutes for Arsenal’s U-21 team in a 1-1 draw. Also at the U-21 level, Cody Cropper and Southampton defeated Sebastian Lletget and West Ham 2-1. Here are some highlights with Lletget getting an assist at the 3:22 mark. And Marc Pelosi has come back from his broken leg and started to play again with Liverpool’s U-21 team.
Shawn Barry went the full 90 minutes and scored his first goal of the season in LASK Linz’s 2-0 victory over Liefering in Austrian 1. Liga action on Friday. Here are some highlights with his goal coming at the 2:57 mark.
Five Americans played in Tijuana’s 3-2 win over Victoria in CONCACAF Champions League. Paul Arriola opened up the scoring in the 10th minute (highlights).
While Landon Donovan told us that he is starting to get offers from outside the US for once his contract expires with the Galaxy, Greg Seltzer is starting to hear that some of that interest is coming from Italy, possibly even AC Milan.
Shawn Barry went the full 90 minutes and scored a goal in LASK Linz’s 2-0 win over SV Wallern in Austria on Tuesday.
Brian Sciaretta thinks Fabian Johnson’s best position for the USMNT is at midfield rather than leftback, so he dives into that topic.
The US has its last Gold Cup group stage game tomorrow against Costa Rica at 8 PM Eastern on Fox Soccer. The US can win Group C with a win or draw and would likely face Martinique in the quarterfinals. A loss would match them against Honduras in the quarterfinals.
Here are the official US Soccer game notes. The US is 12-12-6 all-time against Costa Rica, although hold a 5-0-1 mark against the Ticos in the Gold Cup. Landon Donovan is the only player on the current roster with a goal against Costa Rica. And the last player to score on Costa Rica was Clint Dempsey during the Snow Clasico in March. Costa Rica has gone 704 consecutive minutes without allowing a goal. Hopefully that ends today.
Grant Wahl was at today’s press conference and gave us some goodies. Jurgen Klinsmann plans on using his best squad instead of experimenting with lineups with a quarterfinal slot already in hand. He also thinks Chris Wondolowski will start since he usually brings a starter to the pre-game press conference and Wondo was there on Monday. And Klinsi decided to troll the Costa Rica fans.
US Soccer’s YouTube channel gives us the latest video on Tony Beltran. And equipment manager Jesse Bignami instagrammed this great photo from today’s training.
I did a bunch of numbers and facts on Sunday about the USMNT and Wondo’s great run of play as of late. Elias also added a couple things on Wondo.
Grant Wahl confirmed the game time for September’s World Cup qualifier against Costa Rica. It will be on September 6 at 8 PM Eastern on BeIN Sport.
The injury bug hit on Monday. First we heard that Fabian Johnson picked up an ankle injury. Hopefully he should return by the end of the week. Then the horrible news about Josh Gatt being out for the rest of the Norwegian season due to an upcoming knee surgery. Then late in the day, I found out that Jonathan Spector fractured his right cheekbone during a behind-closed-doors training match against MK Dons last week.
I did some cleaning up of our goal tracker last night. Found some more goals of guys in lower leagues that we missed. Plus I found a couple decent YouTube channels with Finnish league highlights, so I linked a few more goals that we were missing. If you ever find a highlight or know we are missing a goal, please let us know.
Terrence Boyd and Rapid Vienna were already knocked out of the Austrian Cup on Sunday in penalties to Shawn Barry and LASK Linz. Boyd came off the bench and made his penalty, while Barry went the full 120 minutes of Linz.
Also over the weekend, Bobby Wood continues his strong push for playing time/starting spot with an assist in 1860 Munich’s 2-1 win over Bayer Leverkusen. Here are some highlights, including Wood’s assist around the 1:40 mark.
While some reports came out last week that Tottenham transfer-listed Clint Dempsey, his agent says that he is not being shopped around. And I don’t know if I posted this last week or not, but Dempsey was second on Tottenham only to Gareth Bale in fewest minutes played across all competitions per goals+assists.
A few more links to add about Jozy Altidore’s move to Sunderland. I know there has been some discussion in our comments about how many goals would equal success in people’s eyes for Jozy, but Greg Seltzer is guessing 12 goals in league play for Altidore in 2013-14. If you can understand the accents, here are some Sunderland fans commenting on Sunderland’s moves, including Jozy. And here is short video interview with Altidore.
Everton have signed 23-year-old goalkeeper Joel Robles and Roberto Martinez has “warned” Tim Howard that he has to fight for his starting spot.
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I was busy at work for most of the day, but are we done over-reacting over the USMNT roster?
That said, Matthew of The Shin Guardian fame does a good job breaking down some on-the-field stuff with regards to Bob’s selections. He knows a lot more technical aspects of the game than me, so go read that here.
I know there has been some online chatter that some teams in Germany might be interested in Jonathan Spector, but West Ham have offered him a new contract. If he takes it, he would have a good shot at a lot of playing time in the Championship.
Defender Shawn Barry made his debut with Austrian Bundesliga side LASK Linz this past weekend, playing 61 minutes as a midfielder. The 21-year-old had appeared in 15 games, scoring two goals, with LASK Juniors in the Austrian Regionalliga before getting the call-up to the senior team. Linz have one more game left on the schedule, but have already clinched relegation to the Austrian Football First League.
And finally, Charles Kazlauskas and Helmond Sport have one more two-legged playoff to determine whether they will be promoted to the Eredivisie or if they will stay in the Eerste Divisie next season. They will host the first game against Excelsior on Thursday and make the return trip to Rotterdam on Sunday.