Getting caught up on life and this was from last weekend, but Devann Yao scored in his third straight game, a 1-0 win by Neustrelitz over Schönberg in the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Cup. Here are some highlights with Yao’s goal coming at the 4:30 mark.
I am guessing players like Aron Johannsson, Terrence Boyd and Danny Williams were left off due to just returning back from injury, while we did get confirmation last night that Clint Dempsey was left off to give him some rest during the MLS playoffs. Some other players still in the playoffs, like Jermaine Jones and Lee Nguyen, will be headed back to the US after the Colombia friendly.
Tesho Akindele was not on the roster despite various reports saying he had a good chance of making it last week, but it looks like he made the initial provisional roster. I am wondering if he might get called in for the Ireland friendly if some of those MLS players return to their clubs, especially with FC Dallas no longer in the MLS playoffs.
The US U-20 team is currently Spain for a mini-tournament against Russia’s U-21s, Ireland’s U-20s, and Canada’s U-20s. Here is that roster. And here are some photos from their training session yesterday. It looks like Tab Ramos is working with Brad Friedel to try and get Cameron Carter-Vickers’ release from Tottenham for the U-20 World Cup.
A couple dual nationals that the US can probably cross off their list: Columbus Crew’s Justin Meram and Stjarnan’s Pablo Punyed.
Still haven’t learned anything new, but one report out of the UK claims DeAndre Yedlin is close to getting his Latvian passport, which means he could join Tottenham in January.
We had some goals this past weekend. The Joker, Cesar Romero, notched a hat trick in Armenia (highlights). Andrew Wooten assisted on the game-tying goal and scored the winner in Sandhausen’s victory over Nurnberg (highlights). That performance by Wooten earned him OT’s Player of the Week honors by Howie and myself. Read this and you will see that Wooten’s goals have come up big for Sandhausen this season. Bobby Warshaw scored a goal (highlights) as Bærum advanced in the Norwegian promotion playoffs and will next play Rhett Bernstein and Mjøndalen. And finally, Devann Yao got another start and scored another goal in German Regionalliga action (highlights).
Heading back to Norway for a second. This past weekend was the last game of the season. The Fighting Bob Bradleys had a 2-0 win over Sogndal and finished ninth in the 16-team Tippeligaen. Not bad for a newly promoted team.
There is a chance that Mix Diskerud played his last game for Rosenborg, a 4-1 win over Strømsgodset, giving them a second place finish and a spot in next year’s Europa League in the event he stays at the club. It looks like Mix is also participating in Movember.
And down in the Adeccoligaen, it was good to see Zarek Valentin return to the field after missing most of the season with an ankle injury.
Tim Howard was trying to be sneaky sneaky in Everton’s 1-1 draw to Sunderland.
Let’s start off with some leftovers from last Friday. Oguchi Onyewu is showing off the importance of having an EU passport as he continues to find work in England as he signed with Charlton Athletic until January.
CONCACAF held the draw for the 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship last week and the US U-20 team has learned its fate.
Greg Seltzer takes a look at some possible January transfer scenarios for Jozy Altidore, Mix Diskerud and Brek Shea. One of the teams mentioned for Altidore is the French side Lille and there might be some more to this possible loan according to this tweet from a reporter who follows the French league. I think we are all in agreement that Jozy just needs to get out of Sunderland.
Jozy Altidore in 10 EPL games this season: 0 starts 6 appearances 81 minutes 2 shots 9/20 passing
Devann Yao got the start and scored Neustrelitz’s first goal in their 2-0 win over Budissa Bautzen in German Regionalliga action on Saturday. Here are some highlights with Yao’s goal coming at the 1:55 mark.
The roster for next week’s friendlies should probably be released this weekend and various people online are making guesses at that roster, including Jon Arnold and Matthew Doyle.
Steven Goff gives us some more information about the next two weeks regarding US Soccer. Sounds like all the names will be released at once, but guys might only go to one of the games due to MLS’s schedule next week. Some of the young guns (Emerson Hyndman, Cody Cropper and Rubio Rubin) could be headed to Brazil with the US U-23 team instead of the senior team friendlies. And US Soccer is trying to schedule another friendly next month in Europe during the international week when they play at Ireland.
One player who could potentially be on the US roster next week is Miguel Ibarra and Brian Sciaretta caught up with the Minnesota United midfielder about the rumors.
Gedion Zelalem scored a nice little goal for Arsenal’s U-19 team against Galatasaray yesterday in the UEFA Youth League. The guys over at The Short Fuse also looked into the curious case of his citizenship.
Brian McBride is one of five people selected by Fulham chairman Shahid Khan to help in Fulham’s search for a new manager.
And finally, we have a Devann Yao sighting! He was last seen parting ways with UR La Louvière Centre in Belgium’s third division and now he has popped up on Neustrelitz in the German Regionalliga. He has made one appearance for the club so far in 2014-15.
In case you missed it over the weekend, a report from The Guardian has the US and England playing a pre-World Cup friendly in the Miami area.
Steven Goff has your weekend recap for the various Americans playing abroad. As for Monday, Babajide Ogunbiyi went the distance and scored an own goal in a 5-0 loss.
The US U-17 team kicked off the 2013 Nike International Friendlies with a 2-1 loss to Portugal. They gave up the winning goal during extra time in the second half. I am guessing highlights will become available in the near future. You can also check out the US roster right here.
Thanks to the nice road victory over a strong Bosnia squad, the US has moved up to #10 in the Elo rankings, one spot shy of the highest ranking ever by the US. The US’s highest ranking by Elo is #9, last done in 2009.
US Soccer gives us some post-game reactions from a few different players. Greg Seltzer also found some post-game video interviews with John Brooks (I will be changing his category on this site from Anthony Brooks to John Brooks soon) and Aron Johannsson. Got to like hearing “my future is the USA team” from Brooks.
Will Bruin spoke to John Kretlow about his time with the USMNT while at the Gold Cup.
Bob Bradley continues to keep Egypt trucking along as they defeated Uganda, 3-0, in a friendly on Wednesday.
I forgot to post this earlier in the week, but the German Cup had its second round draw last weekend, which will feature a couple American vs. American battles including Preußen Münster (Matt Taylor) vs. Augsburg (Michael Parkhurst) and Kaiserslautern (Andrew Wooten) vs. Hertha Berlin (John Brooks).
Conor O’Brien told bold.dk that Nordsjælland had him playing some right back during the preseason, although they still see him as a central midfielder. I guess there is some decent competition in the middle of the field, so they are looking at other ways to get him on the field.
And I don’t think this team is officially affiliated with US Soccer, but the US won gold for the first time ever at the World Maccabiah Games a.k.a. the “Jewish Olympics”. As Howie pointed out last night, the US somehow didn’t win gold in 2005 despite having Jonathan Bornstein and Benny Feilhaber on the roster.
You may have noticed in The OT Report that Clarence Goodson came off the bench for Brøndby IF this weekend. Goodson has sort of fallen out of the lineup for the club and has voluntarily given up the captain’s armband as well.
I am still looking for highlights of Alejandro Bedoya’s goal from the weekend and this is the best I can do for now. Someone forgot to zoom in.
Staying in Sweden, Paul Torres and Ryan Gracia helped Nyköping (Swedish third tier) upset Kalmar FF (Allsvenskan) in the Swedish Cup. Torres assisted on the first goal of these highlights.
The New York Times has a story up on US U-20 head coach Tab Ramos playing in the 1983 FIFA World Youth Championship.
Dual-citizen Maki Tall has been called into the France U-18 camp/team that will be playing the US and Germany this month.
Devann Yao is continuing his trialing ways, now at English League Two side Chesterfield.