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USMNT camp tidbits
   October 8, 2014 (5:32 AM) by Matt Benson
 

A few things of note as the USMNT started camp yesterday.

* Landon Donovan has been named captain.

* Donovan will also start and play about 30 minutes.

* Donovan also thinks this last game is happening because of Sunil Gulati.

* With Julian Green’s ribs still a little sore, Jurgen Klinsmann has called in Chris Wondolowski.

* Klinsmann doesn’t plan on managing minutes of the various MLS players.

* John Brooks is friends with Ted Lasso.

* Here are some photos from yesterday’s training session.

 
Categories: Chris Wondolowski, John Brooks, Julian Green, Landon Donovan, US Men's National Team
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Thursday morning links
   May 29, 2014 (1:07 AM) by Matt Benson
 

In case you have been kidnapped Taken-style over the last 48 hours, the US kicked off the Send-Off Series with a 2-0 win over Azerbaijan on Tuesday.  Here are some highlights and some photos from the game. Here is also a short video on the game and Chris Wondolowski from the San Jose Earthquakes Youtube channel.  Clint Dempsey was a late scratch with a groin issue, but it is not serious and he will only miss one or two days.

This Landon Donovan shirt is awesome.  And this song might be the only country song I like.  Jimmy Conrad/KICKTV have their latest Group G video up and this time Jimmy is in Ghana.  I want to have a beer with Jimmy at some point in my life.

As I posted yesterday, reports out of England have Tim Ream agreeing to a new three-year deal with Bolton.

Edgar Castillo is leaving Tijuana for fellow Liga MX side Atlas.

We posted Brad Evans’ comments about being cut from the USMNT and now Clarence Goodson is speaking out about the process.  And he doesn’t seem like he is happy.

Greg Selzter is hearing that Timothy Chandler is drawing some interest from Eintracht Frankfurt and Stuttgart.

Stoke’s The Sentinel is reporting that Hannover 96 might be going after Juan Agudelo.

Michael Farfan appears not to be in Cruz Azul’s future plans after some recent changes at the club.

Zak Whitbread is in contract talks with Derby County.  Whitbread finished last season with the Rams after being sent on loan from Leicester City.

Former US U-20er Villyan Bijev was released by Liverpool last week.

The Fighting Bob Bradleys advanced to the fourth round of the Norwegian Cup this week after defeating Grorud 3-0.

We have had a bunch of goals scored in the last two weeks in Iceland and Finland so go check out our goal tracker to stay up to date.

And finally, a reminder to sign up for MLS’s Brazil Bracket Challenge and join our league.

 
Categories: Bob Bradley, Chris Wondolowski, Clarence Goodson, Clint Dempsey, Edgar Castillo, Juan Agudelo, Landon Donovan, Michael Farfan, Tim Ream, Timothy Chandler, US Men's National Team, Villyan Bijev, Zak Whitbread
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A bunch of links for Tuesday
   April 15, 2014 (12:57 AM) by Matt Benson
 

A lot of things to check out.

US Soccer’s website has a bunch of goodies from the last couple of days.  They stopped by Toronto to do a little Q&A action with Michael Bradley.  They also have the latest Road to the Roster podcast up with Jurgen Klinsmann.  He talks about the Mexico friendly and Jozy Altidore among other things.  And they also have a Q&A up with World Cup hopeful DeAndre Yedlin.

The US U-20 team is down in Texas for the Dallas Cup and is already 2-0-0 after the first two games.  They kicked things off with a 3-2 win over River Plate.  Here is a photo of Ben Spencer celebrating after scoring one of the goals.  On Monday, the team defeated Eintracht Frankfurt 3-0.  Here is a photo of Tijuana and US U-20 teammates Paul Arriola and Amando Moreno celebrating the win.  The US leads Group C with six points and will play Tigres on Wednesday as they look to advance to the semifinals.

While we are on the topic of the U-20 team, Brian Sciaretta caught up with Rubio Rubin before the Dallas Cup to talk about the tournament and joining FC Utrecht.  Rubin turned 18 in March, allowing him to sign a professional contract, but Utrecht can’t register his contract until July 1.

We had some goals this past weekend in Europe.  Alfredo Morales scored his first of the season in a 2-1 loss.  Juan Agudelo scored what turned out to be the game-winning goal in Utrecht’s 2-1 win.  And Michael Farfan came off the bench and scored the game-tying goal in Cruz Azul’s 2-2 draw.  The goal earned Farfan a spot on Medio Tiempo’s Team of the Week as a sub.

Back to Agudelo for a second.  Word on the street is that Stoke City manager Mark Hughes flew to Holland to watch him play this past weekend.  And Stoke City will be looking to get a second appeal on his UK work permit at the end of this month or the beginning of May.

Just in case people forgot, Jozy Altidore is one of the good guys.

ESPN FC’s Alex Labidou wrote some words (or typed them) after talking to FC Nantes’ Alejandro Bedoya.

Stuart Holden talked to the fine folks over at Fox Sports about trying to recover from yet another knee injury.  Stu’s sock game was on point.

Here is a really short film on Clint Dempsey by Degree Men, which was apparently directed by Mad Men’s Jon Hamm.  Dempsey also scored two goals this past weekend, giving him six on the season in only 303 minutes in MLS play after scoring only once in 922 minutes last year with Seattle.

A few guys saw the field on Monday.  After battling some swelling in his knee, Danny Williams returned to Reading’s starting lineup and played 61 minutes in a 1-1 draw.  Bobby Wood came off the bench, played 24 minutes and picked up a yellow card in 1860 Munich’s 4-2 loss to Dynamo Dresden.

Over in Sweden, Matt Pyzdrowski went 90 minutes between the sticks while Eric Pothast played 45 minutes and picked up a yellow card in Ängelholm’s 3-2 win over Jönköpings Södra.  And Alex Horwath started at goalkeeper and Brandon McDonald came off the bench for the final two minutes in Ljungskile’s 0-0 draw to Landskrona, which had Andrew Stadler and Paul Torres each go 90 minutes.

So I have decided to learn how to make GIFs since sometimes they are easier to post/watch than some of these weird video players that some highlight sites use (plus GIFs are just awesome).  I practiced a bunch this weekend making a few of the goals scored in MLS play by some World Cup hopefuls, so here they are:  Clint Dempsey 1, Clint Dempsey 2, Chris Wondolowski, Maurice Edu and Kyle Beckerman.  It is a learning process as I try to figure out size and quality while not trying to make these 10 MB files, but it went better than I expected.

 
Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Alex Horwath, Alfredo Morales, Amando Moreno, Andrew Stadler, Ben Spencer, Bobby Wood, Brandon McDonald, Chris Wondolowski, Clint Dempsey, Danny Williams, DeAndre Yedlin, Eric Pothast, Jozy Altidore, Juan Agudelo, Kyle Beckerman, Matt Pyzdrowski, Maurice Edu, Michael Bradley, Michael Farfan, Paul Arriola, Paul Torres, Rubio Rubin, Stuart Holden, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team
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Catching up on life links
   April 9, 2014 (12:21 AM) by Matt Benson
 

I am still playing catch up on things, but here are a few links from the last couple of days.

Michael Bradley and Chris Wondolowski talked about their goals from last week’s draw to Mexico.

It looks like Jozy Altidore has fallen out of favor at Sunderland at the moment as he didn’t dress on Monday with the senior team and actually suited up with the U-21 team.

A few guys played in the Championship yesterday, but Danny Williams missed Reading’s game with a knee injury, while Oguchi Onyewu picked up a rib injury and missed Sheffield Wednesday’s game on Tuesday.

Julian Green didn’t play with Bayern Munich II over the weekend due to the shoulder injury that he picked up in the US-Mexico friendly.  According to his dad, he will be out a couple weeks.

I guess there might be some interest by West Bromwich Albion for Tim Ream.  Yay UK tabloids!

Marc Pelosi has finally returned to action with Liverpool’s U-21 team after breaking his leg 14 months ago.

On the US U-18 front, forward Dembakwi Yomba has signed with Atletico Madrid, while forward Andrija Novakovich has signed with Reading.

The Fighting Bob Bradleys are in first place of the Tippeligaen after defeating Brann, 2-1, over the weekend.

And finally, there were seven goals scored over the weekend.  I was finally able to update the goal tracker with highlights of six of the seven goals.  Aron Johannsson also got grabbed in the junk.

 
Categories: Andrija Novakovich, Aron Johannsson, Bob Bradley, Chris Wondolowski, Danny Williams, Dembakwi Yomba, Jozy Altidore, Julian Green, Marc Pelosi, Michael Bradley, Oguchi Onyewu, Tim Ream
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A few more USMNT roster changes
   October 10, 2013 (11:18 AM) by Matt Benson
 

There were some tweets that Eddie Johnson was hobbling off the field last night and now he has been officially ruled out for the upcoming games with a groin strain.

Chris Wondolowski has been called in to replace him, while Jurgen Klinsmann has decided to also call in Brad Davis and Clarence Goodson.  There was some speculation that Klinsmann was going to make some more roster additions since he only originally called in 20 players and he probably was making sure Davis and Goodson didn’t get hurt since they had MLS games last night and are idle this this weekend.

 
Categories: Brad Davis, Chris Wondolowski, Clarence Goodson, Eddie Johnson
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Inside the Numbers: Don’t call it a comeback
   August 15, 2013 (12:01 AM) by Matt Benson
 

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Once again, the US keeps winning and putting up ridiculous numbers which leads to me and others (Paul Carr and Mr. Chip) to find interesting things.  Here are some of them.

* The US’s 12-game winning streak is the longest active streak in the world and the longest in CONCACAF history.  The all-time record for any country is 15 by Spain, which the US snapped at the 2009 Confederations Cup.  The US is also the seventh country all-time to reach 12 consecutive victories.  The win also snapped Bosnia’s team-record nine-game unbeaten streak.

* Yesterday was the first win by the US ever on European soil after trailing in the match.  The US came back from a 2-0 deficit for the first time since beating Saudi Arabia (won 4-3 after trailing 3-0) in 1995.  And Wednesday was only the second time that the US has trailed during its current 12-game winning streak.  They also trailed against Cuba in the Gold Cup before coming back to win 4-1.

* The US has now scored 4+ goals in six games during the 12-game winning streak.  The US has also now scored 4+ goals on European soil for the third time ever.  The US won, 4-1, at Liechtenstein in 1990 and beat Mexico, 4-2, in Rome in 1934.

* With 13 wins in 2013, the US has now won 13 games in a calendar year for the third time ever (also 2005 and 2009), tying its single calendar year record.

* The US is now 5-3-1 against European (UEFA) teams under Jurgen Klinsmann, including a 3-2-1 mark on European soil.

* Like it has been mentioned by more than a few people by now, Jozy Altidore is the first US player to score 1+ goal in five straight games.  Jozy’s hat trick was the 16th all-time in USMNT history and the fourth recorded outside the US.  Bert Patenaude scored three goals against Paraguay at the 1930 World Cup in Montevideo, Uruguay.  Aldo “Buff” Donelli had four goals against Mexico in a 1934 World Cup qualifier in Rome, Italy and Peter Millar scored three goals against Haiti in Port-au-Prince, Haiti in 1968.

* With Landon Donovan (7 goals), Jozy Altidore (7) and Chris Wondolowski (6), the US has three players with 6+ goals in a calendar year for the first time since 2002 (Clint Mathis 7, Landon Donovan 6 & Brian McBride 6).  And between Donovan and Altidore, the US has two players with 7+ goals in a calendar year for the first time since 1993 (Joe-Max Moore 8 & Dominic Kinnear 7).

* Eddie Johnson now has four international goals in 2013, his most in a calendar year since he scored five in 2004.  Yesterday’s goal was his 18th career goal for the US, but only his second against a non-CONCACAF opponent (and his first on European soil).

* With the win yesterday, Tim Howard has now become the second US goalkeeper with 50+ career wins and only trails Kasey Keller’s 53 career wins for the most in USMNT history.

 
Categories: Chris Wondolowski, Eddie Johnson, Jozy Altidore, Landon Donovan, Tim Howard, US Men's National Team
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Poll Time: Who has improved their stock the most?
   July 23, 2013 (11:30 AM) by Matt Benson
 

The Gold Cup isn’t over yet, but I thought I would do a poll anyways.  Since this roster was mainly USMNT back-ups or fringe players going into the tournament, who has improved their stock the most (excluding Landon Donovan)?

As for me, I think Joe Corona has gone from a fringe guy (someone battling for one of those #20-23 spots) to someone who could be a second or third sub with the “A” team.

 
Categories: Chris Wondolowski, Joe Corona, Jose Francisco Torres, Michael Orozco Fiscal, Mix Diskerud, US Men's National Team
7 Comments
 

Sort of a pre-game primer & links thing
   July 16, 2013 (12:01 AM) by Matt Benson
 

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.

And staying with goalkeepers, Caleb Patterson-Sewell talked to Andy Schreur about his move to Gil Vicente.

I haven’t done a shameless plug roundup in a while so here I go.  Are you following me on Twitter?  How about Howie or Jon?  Did you also know that we are on Facebook and you can “like” us?  So do that now.  And you should probably also buy one of our Sacha Kljestan mustache shirts.  They are great and only $20 (That is including shipping too!  So you can just tell yourself that the shirt is only really $15).

Speaking of Twitter, I asked for some new music suggestions and a bunch of people told me some things to check out.  Some of the ones that I have listened to so far and liked include Bonbo and Chvrches.  Yay for social media!

 
Categories: Caleb Patterson-Sewell, Chris Wondolowski, Clint Dempsey, Fabian Johnson, Jonathan Spector, Josh Gatt, Jozy Altidore, Shawn Barry, Terrence Boyd, Tim Howard, Tony Beltran, US Men's National Team
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Inside the Numbers: Some more USMNT numbers
   July 14, 2013 (6:00 PM) by Matt Benson
 

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A lot more numbers to throw your way after the US’s 4-1 win over Cuba on Saturday.

* With the win, the US has now won seven in a row, tying the longest winning streak in the USMNT history.  The US also won seven in a row in 2007, which overlapped with them winning the 2007 Gold Cup.  The teams they beat during the streak in 2007:  China, Guatemala, Trinidad & Tobago, El Salvador, Panama, Canada and Mexico.

* The seven-game winning streak is also the longest active streak in the world among teams ranked in the FIFA Top 25.

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* The US has now scored 4+ goals in three straight games for the first time ever.  The US has also scored 16 goals over its last three games, tying the record for most goals scored over a three-game span (also done in 1993).

* With the win, the US is now 27-1-2 all-time in the Gold Cup group phase.

* The US came back from a 1-0 deficit to beat Cuba on Saturday. It was only the third time in 10 all-time meetings that the US has trailed against Cuba.  The US fell behind 1-0 to Cuba in a 2005 Gold Cup match before coming back to win by the score of 4-1 as well.  And the US also trailed and lost to Cuba, 5-2, in 1947.

* Chris Wondolowski has been the MVP for the US through two games of the tournament.  In fact, his five goals through two games is already the most goals scored by an American in a single Gold Cup.

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* Wondo has now scored six goals over his last three games after failing to score goal in his first nine career games with the USMNT.

* Including his goal against Guatemala, Wondo has scored six goals in 2013.  Since 1991, scoring 6+ goals in a calendar year has happened only 15 times (including Wondo in 2013) and he has done it in only four games.

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* Landon Donovan has also done well in recent games.  Besides becoming the first player in USMNT history with 50+ goals or 50+ assists, he scored his 15th career goal at the Gold Cup on Saturday, extending his own record.

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* And this one comes from Paul Carr of ESPN, if you just take his 15 career penalty goals, those would be tied for the 10th most in USMNT history.

* Donovan has scored four goals in 2013, his most in a calendar year since he scored five in 2009.  And he has scored a goal in three straight games for the first time since the 2010 World Cup.

* Should Donovan or Wondo score again in the next game, they would tie the US record for goals in consecutive games at four straight, something Jozy Altidore matched (and his streak is still active until he plays again) earlier this year.  Donovan has scored in four straight games twice before, once in 2005 and another streak in 2007.

 
Categories: Chris Wondolowski, Inside the Numbers, Landon Donovan, US Men's National Team
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Jozy Altidore is already scoring at Sunderland & other links
   July 11, 2013 (12:01 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Jozy Altidore officially became a member of Sunderland on Monday.  And on Tuesday, he was with the team in Italy and scoring a goal in a preseason friendly.  Here is a photo of Jozy from that game.  And here is a story from Sunderland’s website with some quotes from Altidore about signing with the team.

While Jozy has scored four goals in his last four games with the USMNT, Chris Wondow…..I mean Wondolowski has scored four in his last two games.  And in a cool story, Drew Carey donated some money to two charities in order to buy the “Wondowlowski” jersey.

Jurgen Klinsmann told the press after Tuesday’s game that he did not start Stuart Holden, Oguchi Onyewu or Herculez Gomez due to their prior knee injuries and the turf field at Jeld-Wen Field.

US Soccer has added two videos to their YouTube channel this week, field-level highlights from last Friday’s game against Guatemala and a video of Holden breaking down his first career USMNT goal from 2009.

While Jozy is no longer at AZ Alkmaar, here is what Aron Johannsson and AZ will be wearing next year.  Some interesting collars.

Tony Taylor scored another goal for AC Omonia in a preseason friendly against Xanthi Skoda on Tuesday.  Taylor scored last week against Hapoel Tel Aviv and here are highlights from that game (Taylor’s goal is around the 9:40 mark).

Bryan Gerzicich is now at Hapoel Tel Aviv and Brian Sciaretta got some quotes from him about the move.  Sciaretta also talked to Diego Chavarri about his loan move to Iran.

Here is a story from a local Reading paper on Danny Williams.  It also includes this photo of him from training.

The Daily Mail (yeah, I know) is saying Maurice Edu will be making a permanent move back to Bursaspor.  Edu played in only one league game for Stoke City in 2012-13 before going out on loan to Bursaspor and appearing in 11 league games before ending the season with an injury.

Seb Hines hasn’t been participating with Middlesbrough’s preseason as he continues to rehab from knee surgery.

While he likely won’t play much with Bayern Munich’s senior team during the season, Julian Green continues to see the field with the first team during the preseason.

Michael Hoyos is headed to Greece to play with OFI this upcoming season on a season-long loan.  He also wants to play for the US.

Tyler Ruthven is no longer with IK Brage in Sweden.

Want some news on some youth players?  Emerson Hyndman, FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman’s grandson, has signed an extension with Fulham.  And US U-18 midfielder Omar Thompson has signed a professional contract with Wigan Athletic.

 
Categories: Aron Johannsson, Bryan Gerzicich, Chris Wondolowski, Danny Williams, Diego Chavarri, Emerson Hyndman, Herculez Gomez, Jozy Altidore, Julian Green, Maurice Edu, Michael Hoyos, Oguchi Onyewu, Omar Thompson, Seb Hines, Stuart Holden, Tony Taylor, Tyler Ruthven, US Men's National Team
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