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Links and other nonsense for Thursday
   February 26, 2015 (2:18 AM) by Matt Benson

A bunch of stuff from the last couple of days.

The US U-17 begins its World Cup qualifying quest on Friday and here is the roster that Richie Williams has called in.  And here are the rosters for all the teams at the tournament.

Brian Sciaretta talked to Williams this week about the roster and qualification.

Will Parchman wrote a lot of words on US U-17 starlet Christian Pulisic.

Club Tijuana’s website has a story up on forward Brandon Vazquez, who I was told by Mr. Parchman was sort of a surprise inclusion to the US U-17 roster.

Herculez Gomez likes scoring goals for Puebla and scored two more in Copa MX action earlier this week (highlights).

Edgar Castillo went the full 90 minutes last night in Atlas’ big 1-0 win over Atletico Mineiro in Copa Libertadores.  How rare was the win?  It was Atletico Mineiro’s first loss at home in Copa Libertadores play since 1978, a run of 20 straight games.

Club America president Ricardo Pelaez would like to see Mexico call-up Ventura Alvarado, but El Tri manager Miguel Herrera recently told some press that other players are ahead of Alvarado in his pecking order.  You know what to do next, Klinsi.

The Toronto Sun’s Kurtis Larson had a nice lengthy interview with Jozy Altidore.

“There were a lot of options,” Altidore said. “People were saying I was forced to Toronto or something like that. I just thought at this point in my life it was something that I was ready to do.

“I was ready for the public opinion and backlash. The project they have here excited me the most.”

Even more than the plethora of opportunities he had on Europe’s mainland.

Altidore explained why he chose Toronto FC over four German clubs, two French sides, two Italian teams and a potential loan move within the Premier League.

But there are a lot of goodies in that interview so go read it.

While he is not playing much for Hamburg, Bayern Munich is at least making money off Julian Green.  According to one report out of Germany, Bayern Munich is getting paid each time Green doesn’t make Hamburg’s gameday roster.  And that has happened a lot this season.

As for some injury news, Aron Johannsson returned to training earlier this week after missing a couple games for AZ Alkmaar.

Tim Ream is also expected to return to training this week after being subbed off last weekend with a back injury.

Brian Sciaretta talked to Josh Gatt about coming back from his knee injuries over the last couple years.  And here is a short video of Gatt sprinting on his knee.

Despite some recent un-Tim Howard-like performances, Roberto Martinez still has Tim Howard’s back.

Jurgen Klinsmann is returning Robbie Rogers’ e-mails again.

After scoring some goals with both Tijuana’s senior team and U-20 team, Club Tijuana’s website has a little story up on Amando Moreno.

It looks like Philadelphia Union’s Austin Berry is being sent out on loan to South Korea’s FC Anyang.

Former DC United and Seattle Sounders forward David Estrada is on trial with Stabæk.

Speaking of the Fighting Bob Bradleys, here is a video interview with Stabæk midfielder Cole Grossman.

And finally, Sky Sports in England won the TV rights to MLS for the first time.

Categories: Amando Moreno, Aron Johannsson, Austin Berry, Brandon Vazquez, Christian Pulisic, Cole Grossman, Edgar Castillo, Herculez Gomez, Josh Gatt, Jozy Altidore, Julian Green, Robbie Rogers, Tim Howard, Tim Ream, US U-17 National Team, Ventura Alvarado
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Friday funday linkaganza
   January 16, 2015 (1:16 AM) by Matt Benson

Links and such before the weekend.

So Jozy Altidore is going to officially be with Toronto FC today (before heading to California to join the USMNT).  Here is some video of him arriving at Toronto’s Pearson Airport.  Toronto FC have already changed their Facebook page up a bit.  The official press conference to introduce him will be today at 11 AM Eastern.

Here is a little video of the USMNT training in California.  The team also made a trip to the Staples Center last night to watch the Lakers attempt to play basketball.

Speaking of the NBA, DeAndre Yedlin and Tim Howard both were in London to check out the Bucks-Knicks game at the O2 Arena.  Timmy has going full blown drifter with his look.

Back to the USMNT, FC Dallas defender Matt Hedges has been added to the roster for this month.

Jurgen Klinsmann also recently said that Robbie Rogers would have likely been called into camp if he didn’t split it up between vets and U-23 players.

If you are planning on going to the Gold Cup final, it looks like you can start looking into plans to head to Philadelphia.

Diego Fagundez played with Uruguay’s U-20 team last night at South American U-20 Championship, so he is officially cap tied and can no longer play for the US since he is not a US citizen yet.

According to the Digital Communications Manager at Southampton, Cody Cropper just has a black eye and is fine after his collision on Monday that sent him to the hospital.

The LA Galaxy traded midfielder Marcelo Sarvas to Colorado for the third spot in the allocation order and allocation money, making some people think they are still trying to sign Sacha Kljestan.

US U-18 midfielder Kyle Scott scored a nice goal for Chelsea’s U-21 team earlier this week.

According to Ives Galarcep, Sebastian Lletget is in Spain training with a second division team as he could be headed out (on loan?) this month.

Here is a Google-translated story on Andrew Wooten and his coach Alois Schwartz.

Nermin Crnkic scored a goal earlier this week for Jablonec in a friendly against Atletico Victoria.

Former USMNTer Thomas Dooley has agreed to a two-year extension as manager of the Philippine national team.

And finally, a little poll before the weekend.  How many goals do you think Jozy Altidore will score in MLS regular season play in 2015?


Categories: Andrew Wooten, Cody Cropper, DeAndre Yedlin, Diego Fagundez, Jozy Altidore, Kyle Scott, Matt Hedges, Nermin Crnkic, Robbie Rogers, Sacha Kljestan, Sebastian Lletget, Thomas Dooley, Tim Howard, US Men's National Team

Lots of links before the weekend
   September 26, 2014 (12:01 AM) by Matt Benson

Here are a bunch of things from the last couple of days.

Joe Gyau made his first team debut with Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday.  He came off the bench and played the last 16 minutes.  Here are some highlights and an every touch video of his performance.  As for that hugging photo with Jurgen Klopp, that came right after Dortmund scored their first goal right as Gyau was about to sub into the game.

According to NBC’s ProSoccerTalk, Geoff Cameron is expected to return to full training today at Stoke City.

Alejandro Bedoya didn’t play in Nantes’ game over the weekend due to the flu, but he came back and played 84 minutes in a draw to Bastia on Wednesday.  Bedoya also did an interview with this week.

Julian Green missed Hamburg’s mid-week game due to some injured ribs.

Clint Dempsey talked to the website Made Man about his goal against Ghana from the World Cup.

Freddy Adu still exists and finally played for Jagodina in a Serbian Cup win over BSK Borča (highlights).

Stabæk and the Fighting Bob Bradleys were knocked out of the semifinals of the Norwegian Cup by Molde FK this week.  Grant Wahl talked to Bob prior to the game.

While he has a caretaker manager at the moment, Emerson Hyndman went the full 90 minutes in Fulham’s 2-1 win over Doncaster Rovers in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday.

Both Paul Arriola and Alejandro Guido went the distance in Tijuana’s win over Chivas in Copa MX action on Wednesday.  Amando Moreno also came off the bench for the Xolos.

Herculez Gomez and Jose Torres also both went 90 in Tirges’ 1-0 win over Queretaro in Copa MX during the week.

Here are some Nottingham Forest fans singing a song about Eric Lichaj.

Robbie Keane thinks Robbie Rogers should get a look at left back for the USMNT (No Gregory, I am not posting this as a shot at Timmy Chandler.  Just wanted to get that out there in advance. 😉 ). posted their Top 24 players under 24 yesterday.  A few USMNT players (DeAndre Yedlin, Bill Hamid, Luis Gil) on there as well as some possible USMNT hopefuls in the near future (Gyasi Zardes, Wil Trapp).

It might be tough for some of the MLS players to play for the USMNT in the October 10 friendly due to the MLS schedule that week.

Steven Goff has our updated ticket sales numbers for the two October friendlies.  Come on, Boca Raton.

Zarek Valentin is back on the field again as he recovers from his ankle injury.

Marc Heider scored his third goal of the season earlier this week and here are some highlights.

Brian Sciaretta gives us a “scouting report” on West Bromwich Albion’s Danny Barbir.

Don’t have FIFA 15 yet?  Here are some of the ratings for USMNT players on the game.

And finally, we are nearly out of our OT/Sacha Mustache t-shirts, but here is your last chance to get your hands on one.  Some of the ones listed in that post have already been claimed, waiting to hear back from some others, but send me an e-mail if you are interested.

Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Alejandro Guido, Amando Moreno, Bill Hamid, Bob Bradley, Clint Dempsey, Danny Barbir, DeAndre Yedlin, Emerson Hyndman, Eric Lichaj, Freddy Adu, Geoff Cameron, Gyasi Zardes, Herculez Gomez, Joe Gyau, Jose Francisco Torres, Julian Green, Luis Gil, Marc Heider, Paul Arriola, Robbie Rogers, US Men's National Team, Wil Trapp, Zarek Valentin

Memorial Day links
   May 27, 2013 (1:31 AM) by Matt Benson

A couple links before enjoying the day.

The biggest news of the weekend revolved around Robbie Rogers.  The ex-Leeds/Stevenage player came out of retirement after being traded to the LA Galaxy (from the Chicago Fire).  Then he made his debut last night, coming off the bench in LA’s 4-0 win over Seattle.  Good for him.

While that game was going on, Club America had a dramatic comeback over Cruz Azul in the Liga MX final, scoring two goals in the last few moments, including this diving header by America’s goalkeeper.  The game went on to extra time before America pulling out the victory in penalty kicks.  Although he didn’t play in the game, America does have 20-year-old Mexican-American Ventura Alvarado on the squad.  Alvarado only appeared in three games, but he is a champion.  Last night’s game also produced this great GIF of America’s manager.

Michael Bradley ended his season this past weekend with a 1-0 loss to Lazio in the Coppa Italia final.  Before that game, Greg Seltzer reported that recently promoted Hellas Verona (not to be confused with his former club Chievo Verona) tried to talk to Roma about a loan deal for next season, but Roma wants none of it.

As for some other end-of-the-season roster housecleaning.  Bury has released a bunch of players including Euan Holden.  Holden appeared in only one game for Bury in 2012-13.

Joe Gyau is headed back to Hoffenheim after St. Pauli declined on their option to buy once his loan came to an end.  Hoffenheim have their second leg of the relegation playoffs today, so we will find out if they are staying in the Bundesliga or moving down (they hold a 3-1 lead).

Tony Taylor won’t be playing with Estoril next season as he didn’t pick up a contract extension, although his agent claims there is other interest in Portugal.  Taylor scored one goal in 15 league appearances last season as Estoril earned an Europe League spot for 2013-14.

A couple clubs are “cleaning up” their crests/badges and trying to make them more up to date.  Everton released this one, although their supporters are not huge fans of it.  And Roma did the same thing.

Brian Sciaretta recently talked to US U-20/Colorado Rapids defender Shane O’Neill.  O’Neill is on the US U-20 team that is in France for the 2013 Toulon Tournament.  The US U-20 team kicks off the tournament against France on Tuesday, although O’Neil won’t join the team until after Colorado’s June 1 league game against FC Dallas.

Staying with the U-20 theme, Tom Marshall talked to Monterrey’s Alonso Hernandez about trying to make the US U-20 World Cup roster.  Hernandez is also in France for the Toulon Tournament.

This has nothing to do with anything US Soccer related, but a documentary that I highly enjoyed is now on Youtube.  The Four Year Plan is an unbelievable behind-the-scenes look at QPR for a couple seasons as they attempt to earn promotion to the Premier League.  I believe it is on Netflix (if you want a high quality version of it), but for those without Netflix, you can check it out here.  It is amazing to see them earn promotion (spoiler alert!) while some of the people involved are batsh*t crazy.

We hit a milestone over the weekend.  The site is officially over the one millionth hit mark.  So thanks for reading the site the last couple years.

And finally, have your ordered your Sacha Kljestan mustache t-shirt yet?

Categories: Alonso Hernandez, Euan Holden, Joe Gyau, Michael Bradley, Robbie Rogers, Shane O'Neill, Tim Howard, Tony Taylor, US U-20 National Team, Ventura Alvarado

A few links for Friday afternoon
   March 29, 2013 (11:56 AM) by Matt Benson

A couple things to check out before the weekend.

Robbie Rogers is finally talking to the press since coming out as gay.  He spoke to Donald McRae of The Guardian and Sam Borden of The New York Times.

Chivas USA youth product Ben Spencer has signed with Molde FK.  He is now the fourth American at the club, along with Josh Gatt, Sean Cunningham and Ethan Horvath.

Apparently there were “Jermaine Jones to MLS” rumors, but his agent has hit the brakes on those rumors.

Tim Howard surprised a Everton fan with season tickets for next season.  That is pretty cool, but not as cool as Jonathan Bornstein and the Chivas goat coming to your door to give you Chivas USA tickets.

And if you need a podcast to pass the time at work today, the folks over at Total Soccer Show put up a bonus pod this week to talk about the US-Mexico match.

Categories: Ben Spencer, Jermaine Jones, Robbie Rogers, Tim Howard, US Men's National Team
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Robbie Rogers and Leeds are going their separate ways
   January 15, 2013 (8:46 AM) by Howie Michaels

Busy week for fringe Nats named Robbie:

The 25-year old, who joined the club 12 months ago after a successful trial period, was made available for transfer at the start of the season and he has signed contract cancellation papers.

Robbie started just one game for the club since arriving from Columbus Crew and made three further appearances as a substitute.

A head injury ruled him out for a period last season before an ankle injury curtailed his campaign early.

There hasn’t been any chatter regarding a domestic return that I’m aware of. Unlike Mr. Findley, his rights belong to his former club so no trade would necessarily be required. Rogers was somewhat unsettled in his latter years in Columbus (after having been Best XI in 2008) including requesting a trade in March 2011. So, even though he isn’t subject to the allocation process, Columbus and Rogers might prefer to engineer a trade of rights. (Unsourced speculation: his time training with the Galaxy suggests that they could be interested in him— perhaps a trade to replace Donovan? Let’s start that rumor.)

Rogers made 13 total appearances in 2012— four Championship appearances, six League One appearances (under former Colorado Rapids manager Gary Smith at Stevenage), one FA Cup  appearance, one League Cup appearance, and one Football League Trophy appearance.

Think he’ll return to America’s hardest working team? I doubt he returns to Columbus— that relationship was definitely broken, and Robert Warzycha is still there. A trade within MLS seems much more likely. He was making $140k in 2011. Beggars can’t be choosers, so he might have to take a pay cut. I’m half-joking with the Galaxy, although he is from California and Bruce Arena likes reclamation projects.

A return to the Netherlands seems unlikely (due to the international player minimum salary). I could see something in Scandinavia being an option.

Categories: Robbie Rogers

Not quite as cool as a one-point safety, but some links
   January 3, 2013 (9:01 PM) by Matt Benson

That is a Fiesta Bowl reference.

Brian Sciaretta caught up with Sacha Kljestan to talk about about his rise in status at both the club and country level.  And Daniel Renders gives Sciaretta a cool stat about Anderlecht’s record with/without Kljestan.  And this has prompted me to start up on an Inside the Numbers piece, which will hopefully be up in the morning.

Kljestian has 18 months left on his contract, but there are on-going talks over a new deal/extension.

Julian De Martinis of ESPN writes about Michael Bradley’s first six months at Roma.

Noah Davis gives us 20 wishes for the USMNT in 2013.

The USMNT January/Camp Cupcake will now begin on January 7, not January 14.  And expect the roster to be announced on Sunday, with the possibility of one small surprise.

Euan Holden has parted ways with Stockport County.  Holden appeared in only one league game in 2012-13 after playing in 33 games last season.

Tim Ream and Bolton are trying to find out why they can’t win two games in a row.

I hope Brian Sciaretta has PennyTalk as after he was talking to Sacha Kljestan, he got an interview with Eugene Starikov in Russia.  Maybe Sciaretta can teach me how to take a penalty kick…..

The always seemingly injured Zak Whitbread is out with a calf injury.

Robbie Rogers hasn’t played much as of late with Stevenage, but his loan ends on January 15.

Julian Green was nominated for some type of Sportsman of the Year award.

Categories: Euan Holden, Eugene Starikov, Julian Green, Michael Bradley, Robbie Rogers, Sacha Kljestan, Tim Ream, US Men's National Team, Zak Whitbread

A long lost links post
   September 20, 2012 (12:37 AM) by Matt Benson

Finally had some time tonight to catch up with some links from the past couple of days.

Howie posted about Marcus Hahnemann returning to the US last week, but here is a story from the Seattle Times with some quotes from Hahnemann.

Brian Sciaretta introduces us to Aron Johannsson over at the NY Times blog.  Johannsson is a 21-year-old Icelandic-American who currently plays for AGF Aarhus in the Danish Superliga (and leads the Superliga with nine goals).

Speaking of leading leagues in goals.  With his hat trick over the weekend, Jozy Altidore has now scored seven of AZ’s 10 goals in league play and leads the Eredivisie in goals so far this year.

I have slowly become a bigger and bigger fan of the Men in Blazers podcast over the last couple months and they had Geoff Cameron on this week for an interview.  Go listen to it just so you can hear “quarterback style” and giggle like a little girl like myself.

Yanks Abroad has a couple interviews up.  One with Cody Cropper and one with Max Morice.

Terrence Boyd decided to get a bald eagle tattoo.

It appears that Nottingham Forest are trying to send Robbie Findley out on loan.

Marc Pelosi started for Liverpool’s youth team in their 3-2 loss to Inter Milan in the NextGen Series yesterday.

Greg Seltzer gives us his top five American players based in Europe under the age of 24.

Robbie Rogers has missed the last couple games for Stevenage with a strained hamstring.

I have heard from a few of you about helping out with the site.  I am going to get back to you guys over the next day or two.  I am also thinking of starting a “weekend commentary” type thread each week so you guys can comment away while watching the games, healthy discussions of course, while also linking highlights and other news.  A good idea?

Categories: Aron Johannsson, Cody Cropper, Geoff Cameron, Jozy Altidore, Marc Pelosi, Marcus Hahnemann, Max Morice, Robbie Rogers, Terrence Boyd

A few links on some loan deals
   August 24, 2012 (12:38 AM) by Matt Benson

Thursday was apparently the day of the loan deal.

Andrew Wooten was loaned out to fellow German 2. Bundesliga side Sandhausen.  While Kaiserslautern were relegated last season and he saw some first-team playing time at the end of last year, Wooten has only appeared in reserve squad matches in the Regionalliga so far in 2012-13 (three goals in three games with Kaiserslautern II).  His first chance at playing time is on Friday against Union Berlin.

Over in England, Robbie Rogers was put on Leeds United’s transfer list earlier this month, but they have now sent him to League One club Stevenage on loan until January.  Stevenage are currently managed by former Colorado Rapids manager Gary Smith.

Geoff Cameron finally got his visa and is headed back to England.  Stoke City’s website has an interview up with Cameron right here.  His first chance at playing time will be on Sunday when Stoke City host Arsenal.

Stuart Holden is still in the US rehabbing his knee, but Bolton Wanderers manager Owen Coyle recently sent him a care package to make him feel a part of this year’s team.

Categories: Andrew Wooten, Geoff Cameron, Robbie Rogers, Stuart Holden

Unofficial Official OT’ers in England Prediction Time
   August 17, 2012 (3:34 PM) by Howie Michaels

Predict the following questions for various Americans in England in the unofficially official contest:

Brad Friedel, Totenham:
Totenham: Champions League, Europa League, or neither?
Yes/No: Does Fridel’s consecutive starts streak (a record 314 matches, meaning he could hit 350 this season) end?

Clint Dempsey, Fulham (?)
Who does Clint Dempsey wind up playing for?
Regardless of club, over/under on:
– 14.5 EPL goals (17 last year)
– 19.5 all competition goals (23 last year)

Geoff Cameron, Stoke City
–          15.5 starts (league only)
–          24.5 appearances (league only)
Does Cameron play more minutes at central defense or at defensive midfielder?

Brad Guzan, Aston Villa
Does Guzan make more appearances for Villa or for a hypothetical loan destination?
Which number will be greatest: Guzan cup appearances, Guzan league appearances, or Guzan national team callus?

Tim Howard, Everton
Yes/No: Everton: Europa League qualifiers?
Which Liverpool club finishes higher in 2012-13, Liverpool or Everton?

Eric Lichaj, Aston Villa
–          17.5 starts (league only)
–          26.5 appearances (league only)
Yes/No: Is Aston Villa safe from relegation entering Survival Sunday?

Tim Ream, Bolton Wanderers
National team caps through May 2013: over/under of 1.5?
Bolton: promoted, promotion playoffs, or outside promotion playoffs?

Stuart Holden, Bolton Wanderers
Over/under: September 15 for Stu’s first start (under is before [ie., if he starts August 25, say under])
–          22.5 starts
–          2.5 goals
–          5.5 matches missed due to injury

Jonathan Spector, Birmingham City
Birmingham: promoted, promotion playoffs, or outside promotion playoffs?
Most minutes: rightback, central midfield, or other?

Will Packwood, Birmingham City
–          5.5 league appearacnes
–          8.5 overall appearances
U-20s:  U-20 World Cup knockout rounds, U-20 World Cup group stage, or another DNQ?

Robbie Findley, Notthingham Forest
Over/under: 3.5 goals (3 last year)
Nottingham Forest: promotion playoffs contender, mid-table, barely surviving, or relegated (19th last year)?

Zak Whitbread, Leicester City
Over/under: 20.5 league appearances
Over/under: 2.5 different reported injuries (must be separated by at least 2 games)

Robbie Rogers, Leeds United
Transfer result: Championship club, League One club, League Two club, or still with Leeds?
Does he score a goal this year wherever he lands?

Conor Doyle, Derby County
–          5.5 appearances (six last year)
–          0.5 goals (zero for career)
Doyle’s club after this year is __________.

Adam Henley, Blackburn Rovers
–          10.5 appearances league appearances (seven last year)
–          13.5 overall appearances (seven last year)
In May 2013, is Adam Henley American, Welsh, or still undecided?

Jon-Paul Pittman, Oxford United
–          2.5 goals (3 last year)
–          15.5 appearances (15 last year)

Mike Grella, Scunthorpe United
–          15.5 league appearances (13 last year between Brentford and Bury)
–          3.5 league goals (4 last year total)
Yes/No: Is Grella still with Scunthorpe at season’s end? In August 2013?

Do the following players find a club in England?
–          Jemal Johnson
–          Marcus Hahnemann
–          Anton Peterlin
–          Cody Cropper
Over/Under on 1.5 Americans winding up in England in January (transfers & MLS free agents)

Categories: Adam Henley, Anton Peterlin, Brad Friedel, Brad Guzan, Clint Dempsey, Cody Cropper, Geoff Cameron, Jemal Johnson, Jon-Paul Pittman, Jonathan Spector, Marcus Hahnemann, Mike Grella, Robbie Findley, Robbie Rogers, Stuart Holden, Tim Howard, Tim Ream, Will Packwood, Zak Whitbread

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