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A little news roundup for Tuesday
   June 28, 2011 (10:00 PM) by Matt Benson

So there looks to be something with Jozy Altidore’s tweet from yesterday as Greg Seltzer talked to AZ Alkmaar technical director (and former USMNT player) Earnie Stewart, who confirmed talks between the Dutch club and the 21-year-old forward.

“We are in talks with Jozy,” Stewart told “He’s a good player and we have interest in him, but we’ll have to see if it can work out. That can only happen if one of our strikers leave.”

Seltzer also got some quotes from Babajide Ogunbiyi’s people about his possible move to German side Karlsruher SC.  It sounds like it depends on how much money Viborg FF is going to ask for regarding the transfer fee.

Tom Davis of Fort Wayne’s The News-Sentinel talked to hometown boy DaMarcus Beasley about his move to Mexico.

American-born (and dual citizen) defender Miguel Angel Ponce is inching closer to selecting Mexico as his national team as he was selected to Mexico’s roster for this summer’s Copa America.  For those following his career, this is not a total shock since he would lose his spot at Chivas de Guadalajara since the club only fields Mexican nationals.  But there goes another left back. . .

2010 Hermann Award finalist Colin Rolfe is getting some interest from Norwegian side Fredrikstad after impressing during a week-long training stint with the club.  No contract has been offered as of yet, but it sounds like he turned some heads while over there.

The New York Times e-mailed Sunil Gulati about Bob Bradley’s future and got the following response.

His answer (in an email response) was, “We’ll have something to say later this week.” U.S. Soccer officials later said that Gulati’s one sentence response was not intended to imply that he was planning to make a coaching change.

While most people are not a fan of Bob right now, I still think Sunil will stick with him.  That said, if there was ever a time to make a change, right now is probably the best chance before World Cup qualification begins next summer.

Brian Sciaretta talked to Sebastien Ibeagha about the chance to play in the 2012 Olympics in London.

There is a report out of England this week that former Manchester United legend and current Molde FK manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has recommended to Sir Alex Ferguson to take a look at Josh Gatt and Sean Cunningham.  I know the story says “trial”, but I am guessing it would be more of a “training” session.  Everything is a “trial” these days.

Howie posted some news on Preston Zimmerman and Johann Smith last week.  As for a little update on them.  Preston played and assisted on a goal against his former club Mainz II in a preseason friendly today.  And trialist Johann Smith scored Offenbach Kickers’ third goal in a 16-0 (yes, 16-0) victory in their preseason friendly earlier today.

Categories: Babajide Ogunbiyi, Colin Rolfe, DaMarcus Beasley, Johann Smith, Josh Gatt, Jozy Altidore, Miguel Angel Ponce, Preston Zimmerman, Sean Cunningham, Sebastien Ibeagha, US Men's National Team
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General news post for Wednesday
   June 8, 2011 (7:40 PM) by Howie Michaels

It’s not a particularly news-heavy day as the Americans travel to take on Panama, it’s an off-day for the Gold Cup, the transfer window is not yet open, and most clubs are still in the off-season.

There is a short video interview with Louisville’s Colin Rolfe (no relation to Chris) where he is on trial with Gale Agbossoumonde’s struggling Djurgården.

Two things on Clint Dempsey: a video highlighting his 2010-11 and Leander Schaerlaeckens of ESPN has a feature.

Some breaking and shocking news here, Brad Friedel wants to start for Tottenham Hotspour.

Finally, Grant Wahl has a piece in the new Sports Illustrated about the rise of dual-national players in the US player pool.

Until next time, Vamos Cuba.

Categories: Brad Friedel, Clint Dempsey, Colin Rolfe, US Men's National Team
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Friday Links
   June 3, 2011 (4:17 PM) by Matt Benson

I am not going to do my normal sentence or two describing each link as I am tired and on about three hours of sleep, but here are some links worth checking out.

* Dempsey’s career dotted by close calls, fortune [Fox Soccer]

* U.S. national team coach Bob Bradley shouldn’t experiment much in Gold Cup [Sporting News]

* U.S. vs. Spain preview [ESPN Soccernet]

* Transition time for U.S. back line [ESPN Soccernet]

* Chat with Jeff Carlisle [ESPN]

* News & notes for U.S. friendly vs. Spain [Soccer Insider]

* USA vs. Mexico Roster Analysis: Getting Defensive [The Yanks Are Coming]

* Hahnemann: It’s a totally different ballgame [Yanks Abroad]

* Spector hails US squad depth [Yanks Abroad]

* Rogers excited to return to USMNT [Yanks Abroad]

* Versatile Wondolowski ready for next step [Yanks Abroad]

* USA vs. Spain: Three things to watch [The USA 10 Kit]

* So Why Play Spain Again? [The USA 10 Kit]

* US prep for Gold Cup with big-time foe in Spain []

* Yanks lacking style ahead of Gold Cup []

* College star Rolfe to trial in Sweden []

* Nguyen deals with delays, decisions []

* Albrighton: Lichaj has what it takes to star for Villa [Aston Villa’s official site]

Categories: Chris Wondolowski, Clint Dempsey, Colin Rolfe, Eric Lichaj, Jonathan Spector, Lee Nguyen, Marcus Hahnemann, Robbie Rogers, US Men's National Team
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