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A couple links for Tuesday
   December 10, 2013 (12:17 AM) by Matt Benson

Only a couple things for Tuesdays.

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.

Geoff Cameron thinks Stoke City can finish in the top half of the Premier League table.

RIP to Tim Howard’s beard.

Here is another fun Google-translated article on John Brooks.

In the MLS European training stints department, Wil Trapp is headed to Holland to train with PEC Zwolle.

Blackburn Rovers’ Adam Henley saw the field this weekend, his first first team action since last March.

Josh Deaver recently talked to Caleb Stanko about his development in Germany and his goals.

And finally, Devann Yao has parted ways with Belgian Third Division side UR La Louvière Centre.  He had appeared in 12 games (no goals) since joining the team in August.

Categories: Adam Henley, Babajide Ogunbiyi, Caleb Stanko, Devann Yao, Geoff Cameron, John Brooks, Tim Howard, US Men's National Team, Wil Trapp
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Friday morning linkage
   August 16, 2013 (12:02 AM) by Matt Benson

Some links before the weekend.

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.

While re-watching the game last night, I noticed that we apparently traded Tim Howard for Asmir Begovic.

It looks like Jozy Altidore will be doing a blog for ESPN FC from time to time and here is his first entry.

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 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.

RJ Allen is no longer with Skive in Denmark and is currently on trial with DC United.

Devann Yao, who was last seen with Royal Boussu Dour Borinage in the Belgian Second Division last season, has signed a one-year deal with UR La Louvière Centre in the Belgian Third Division.

Greg Seltzer did a little English Premier League preview on all the Americans in the league.

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.

Categories: Andrew Wooten, Aron Johannsson, Benny Feilhaber, Bob Bradley, Conor O'Brien, Devann Yao, John Brooks, Jonathan Bornstein, Jozy Altidore, Matt Taylor, Michael Parkhurst, RJ Allen, Tim Howard, US Men's National Team, Will Bruin

Monday morning links
   March 4, 2013 (2:26 AM) by Matt Benson

A few things to start your week.

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.

Bundesliga Fanatic has an interview up with Michael Parkhurst.

And finally, Bolton manager Dougie Freedman hopes Stuart Holden re-signs with Bolton when his contract ends this summer.

Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Clarence Goodson, Devann Yao, Maki Tall, Michael Parkhurst, Paul Torres, Ryan Gracia, Stuart Holden
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Links more exciting than a 0-0 draw
   January 29, 2013 (11:18 PM) by Matt Benson

There was really nothing to take away from the US-Canada game, but here are the “highlights” for those that missed it.  I would suggest just checking those out over watching the whole game if you DVR’d it.

As for some other games of note from Tuesday.  Maurice Edu and Bursaspor also played to a 0-0 draw in the Turkish Cup (highlights here).  Jozy Altidore scored his 20th goal of the season in AZ’s 5-0 victory over Den Bosch in the KNVB Cup (highlights here).  I would check out those highlights for his goal and his post-game interview where he addresses the racial cheers by the opposing fans.  Altidore’s 20 goals across all competitions is a new career high after netting 19 last year.  He is also the second American to reach 20 in a top-flight European league, only trailing Clint Dempsey’s 23 goals from last season.

There was also two games in the Premier League on Tuesday.  Brad Guzan and Aston Villa continue their struggling ways in a 2-1 loss to the French National Team Newcastle United (highlights here).  And Geoff Cameron returned from injury to go 90 minutes in a 2-2 draw to Wigan (highlights here).

I made note the other day about how the expected starters on the USMNT backline have all missed some time this month.  As for the latest update, Cameron is playing again.  Carlos Bocanegra is playing again.  The announcers on the USMNT telecast mentioned that Steve Cherundolo is probably out for next week’s game according to Jurgen Klinsmann.  And it looks like Fabian Johnson is expected back to training with Hoffenheim on Wednesday.

As for replacing Cherundolo, Brian Sciaretta was told by some sources that Timothy Chandler will be with the US for the Honduras qualifier.  Then he can get cap-tied to the US and we can worry about something else for the next couple of months.

Tony Pulis has confirmed that Stoke City are planning on signing Brek Shea pending his physical and him getting a work permit.

Alejandro Bedoya is still without a team, but it is likely that he will re-sign with Helsingborg on another six-month deal.

Aron Johannsson did make the move to AZ Alkmaar and here is a photo of him with Earnie Stewart.

Marc Pelosi scored a goal for Liverpool’s U-21 team in their win over Wolverhampton earlier this week.  You can see the highlights here.  He is #3 and his goal is around the 1:13 mark.

I haven’t seen Devann Yao’s name with Boussu Dour Borinage recently, then he popped up on trial with Birmingham City’s U-21 team.

And finally, American-born Canadian Daniel Stanese has signed with Nurnberg.  While he was born in New York, he has mainly played with Canada’s youth national teams.

Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Aron Johannsson, Brad Guzan, Brek Shea, Daniel Stanese, Devann Yao, Fabian Johnson, Geoff Cameron, Jozy Altidore, Marc Pelosi, Maurice Edu, Steve Cherundolo, Timothy Chandler

A bunch of links that have nothing to do with Clint Dempsey
   July 18, 2012 (10:07 PM) by Matt Benson

So I guess Liverpool said they made an inquiry about him, then Fulham said no bids have been made so far.  I am just waiting for someone to show Fulham the money.  And Paul Doyle thinks Dempsey is good.

OK, so I sort of lied.   Moving on.

Aston Villa started their US tour tonight with a 1-0 win over the Philadelphia Union.  Brad Guzan got the start and went the full 90 minutes, while Eric Lichaj was a second-half sub.

Another day, another article about Geoff Cameron’s deal to Stoke City getting closer to being done.

Josh Gatt and Molde FK won their first leg of Champions League earlier today and he also spoke to Brian Sciaretta earlier this week.

Sciaretta also gives us ten more dual citizens to keep an eye on.

Defending champions Nordsjaelland started their season this past weekend, but Michael Parkhurst missed the game with his broken toe from last season.  But he is now back in training and should be game ready in a week or two.

Franco Panizo got some quotes from Michael Bradley about his new team.

Devann Yao is looking forward to his second season with Royal Boussu Dour Borinage.

Greg Seltzer talked to Brian McBride about his “comeback” with Wembley FC.

Ricardo Clark and Eintracht Frankfurt have mutually agreed to part ways.  Clark had been on loan with Stabæk this season.

A report out of Sweden has Brian Edwards looking for a bigger club once the Swedish Superettan season comes to an end.

Joe Gyau scored another goal in Hoffenheim’s latest preseason friendly, a 10-1 victory over FV Wiesental.

And Will Packwood will been training with Birmingham City’s first team this preseason.

Categories: Brad Guzan, Brian Edwards, Clint Dempsey, Devann Yao, Eric Lichaj, Geoff Cameron, Joe Gyau, Josh Gatt, Michael Bradley, Michael Parkhurst, Ricardo Clark, Will Packwood

Late night linking
   March 13, 2012 (11:06 PM) by Matt Benson

Some links from today.

Tony Taylor has been added to the U-23 roster for the Olympic qualifying tournament camp.  Caleb Porter also has some quotes on the roster and camp right here.

Brian Sciaretta also breaks down the roster right here.  And the team will play the Atlanta Silverbacks in a closed-door scrimmage on Sunday.

I missed this last week, but here is a US Soccer Inside the Lines video of a USMNT training session before their win over Italy.

Devann Yao signed a contract extension with Boussu Dour Borinage.  Yao has scored four goals for Boussu Dour Borinage this year.

Robbie Rogers is working his way back to Leeds United’s first team after his concussion and he scored a goal in a reserve match on Tuesday.

Categories: Devann Yao, Robbie Rogers, Tony Taylor, US Men's National Team, US U-23 National Team
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Monday late night links
   February 27, 2012 (10:49 PM) by Matt Benson

A few links from the last few days, starting with the USMNT.

US Soccer MNT’s blog has had some goodies over the last couple days including a look at the US-Italy all-time series.  Plus they did some Q&A with Brad Guzan.  And they snapped a couple photos from Monday’s training session.  It looks like they are wearing new Nike training gear, which makes me wonder if they will be wearing the new rumored away shirt.

Both Grant Wahl and Brian Sciaretta are live in Italy to give us some Klinsmann quotes on whether the coaching staff are watching Sacha Kljestan and why Terrence Boyd got the call up among other things.  Sciaretta also has a story up on Boyd over at the NY Times soccer blog.

Jozy Altidore recently did some Q&A action with  And Daniella Matar of the AP has a story on Michael Bradley.

Shifting to the youth teams.  The US Soccer Youth blog has a Q&A up with Joe Corona.  And Studio 90 has a video about the start of the second week of the U-23 camp.  And finally, the U-20s played FC Dallas reserves the other day, with the game ending in a 2-2 draw.  The U-20 goal scorers were Daniel Cuevas and Villyan Bijev.

As for two things non national team related, Michael Adubato recently caught up with Devann Yao to talk about his season in the Belgian Second Division.  And Steven Goff talked to Samir Badr about the craziness going on Egypt.

Categories: Brad Guzan, Devann Yao, Joe Corona, Jozy Altidore, Michael Bradley, Samir Badr, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team, US U-23 National Team

Monday morning musings
   August 29, 2011 (6:15 AM) by Matt Benson

A couple of things to report from the weekend this morning.

I’m guessing many of you already heard this by now, but if not, George John will not be headed to Blackburn Rovers afterall.  The central defender was over in England to complete the deal, but it is sounding like Blackburn decided against the deal before it could be completed.  John will now return to FC Dallas.  No word on why the deal fell through.

Chivas USA’s Tristan Bowen is headed to Belgium to play for KSV Roselare of the Belgian Second Division on a year-long loan deal.  The 21-year-old forward will join Devann Yao as another American in the Belgian Second Division.  KSV Roselare’s website recently did an interview with Bowen which you can see right here.  I like the quick dental ad at the very end.

Speaking of Devann Yao, he finally made his first appearance with Boussu Dour Borinage last week, getting the start and picking up a red card in the 71st minute of Boussu Dour Borinage’s 2-1 loss to KV Oostende last Wednesday.

While doing The OT Report yesterday and looking up Daniel Stevens at Kemi Kings in Finland, I came across a new American in Kyle Luetkehans.  Luetkehans signed with the club last week and played his college soccer at Vermont.  The deal is a one-year deal with an option for a second season.

Categories: Devann Yao, George John, Kyle Luetkehans, Tristan Bowen
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Links and news for Wednesday
   April 27, 2011 (5:19 PM) by Matt Benson

Got to give it up for Clint Dempsey and his two goals for Fulham today (highlights here).  BBC Sport has a game report up that also contains some post-game audio from Deuce.

There is a report out of Birmingham, England this morning that Aston Villa are still interested in making Michael Bradley’s loan deal a permanent move despite the lack of playing time.  I find that interesting since if they really liked him, why isn’t he making the gameday roster/bench?

David Smith caught up with Timothy Chandler to talk about his time with the USMNT in March.  Who was one player that Chandler was impressed with?  Clint Dempsey.

Greg Seltzer talked to Oguchi Onyewu this week about the chance to win some trophies with FC Twente.  They also talked about the upcoming Gold Cup and deciding on his future.

I know Zak Whitbread was pulled out of Norwich City’s game this past weekend due to injury, but didn’t know what he injured exactly.  It looks to be a hip injury, but I can’t find anything on the seriousness of the injury.

CONCACAF finally re-submitted its new (technically old) World Cup qualification process to FIFA to get approved.  Under this process, CONCACAF would return back to the Hexagonal in the final round (welcome back Columbus/Azteca vs. Mexico), plus the US wouldn’t enter the qualification process until the semifinal round (goodbye home-and-home series against some island countries that we crush 7-1).

I posted last week that Devann Yao signed a deal with a team in Belgian second division and it looks like his contract will go through the 2013 season.  So congrats to him for finally finding a home and landing a deal that lasts longer than one season.

Brian Sciaretta’s twitter has been chatting about Diego Chavarri a lot recently.  The 22-year-old winger/left back (Candidate #818279 in “First Great American Leftback!”?) was born New York and currently plays with Sporting Cristal in Peru.  Rumors on the interwebs over the last couple of days have him linked to Vitesse in Holland.

Categories: Clint Dempsey, Devann Yao, Diego Chavarri, Michael Bradley, Oguchi Onyewu, Timothy Chandler, US Men's National Team, Zak Whitbread

Hump day links & a couple site updates
   April 20, 2011 (5:50 PM) by Matt Benson

As Howie pointed out last week, US U-20 midfielder Kelyn Rowe is trying his luck in Europe right now as he pays his own way (to stay eligible at UCLA) to trial for a few clubs.  First up, Stade Rennes in France.

“My first two days at Stade Rennes have been great,” Rowe told YA from France. “The club and players have been nothing but welcoming. I had a good training the first day [Tuesday] with a fitness test after, and a scrimmage today [Wednesday] that I showed myself fairly well.”

It also looks like he is headed to Germany after his stay in France.

Greg Seltzer got confirmation from Nottingham Forest officials that Robbie Findley is back in training with the first team.  He is not in game shape, but they are hopeful that he can see the field before the promotion playoffs.

Derby County are winners of the 2010-11 Derbyshire Senior Cup (a local cup competition for teams based in the county of Derbyshire) after defeating Buxton 5-0 in the final earlier today.  One of those goal scorers, U-20 forward Conor Doyle.

After trialing with numerous teams across England over the last two seasons, Devann Yao has finally found a home and it is with Royal Boussu Dour Borinage in the Belgian second division.  RBDB are currently in 15th place out of 18 teams in the second division with two games left to be played, one spot ahead of a relegation playoff spot (they are tied with K.V.K. Tienen on points, but have a much better goal differential).

As for a couple website updates.  I am going on vacation tomorrow morning to Panama until Monday evening and will not be around a computer during my stay (a much needed vacation), so don’t expect a lot of highlights or the OT Report this weekend.  With that said, Howie will be in charge of things if anything major happens.  Also, Howie has finally decided to join the twitter world (or at least an account tied to this site), so you can follow him here:  @howardthedrake.

Enjoy the rest of the week and weekend.

Categories: Conor Doyle, Devann Yao, Kelyn Rowe, Robbie Findley, Site News
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