One player who could see some more playing time with the US without Jozy in the upcoming friendlies is Aron Johannsson. He was named Eredivisie Player of the Week after his two goal/one assist performance over the weekend. Here is also a little video on ArJo.
Alfredo Morales helped Ingolstadt win promotion to the Bundesliga this past season. Kyle McCarthy wrote some words on Morales and his move to Ingolstadt. And according to Greg Seltzer, the club is currently working on a contract extension for Morales.
While Spector is staying at Birmingham City, Will Packwood is no longer with the club and was last seen training with the New England Revolution. But it doesn’t look like the Revs will be signing Packwood.
Grant Wahl is hearing that Rubio Rubin is drawing interest from other teams in Europe but he is staying at Utrecht.
After yesterday’s news that Will Packwood wasn’t going to receive a new contract from Birmingham City, we learned a bit today regarding his future plans. He’s going to train/trial with the New England Revolution after having been released early (instead of when his deal expired June 30), although it’s not clear if that will be his next destination:
“There are possibilities in England and America,” he told ESPN FC. “Lots of different possibilities are being looked at. I’m sure the right choice will be made eventually. It’s just a question of when.
“[For now], I’m just looking to train well and play well and looking to impress whoever I can.”
Packwood, as I noted yesterday, is a Massachusetts native. Jay Heaps and the Revs were MLS Cup runners-up last year and look to be among the contenders again this year, in part because of their recent history of helping adrift Yanks find solid footing (Lee Nguyen, Juan Agudelo, Teal Bunbury). If he wants to join any MLS team, he’ll need to hurry, as the primary MLS transfer window closes May 12.
Had one too many margaritas last night? Nothing a few links can’t help.
As Howie posted yesterday, Birmingham City is letting Will Packwood go while offering Jonathan Spector a new contract.
I posted a couple tidbits on the USMNT, U-23 and U-17 teams earlier this week but I also forgot to include that the U-23 team will be holding a camp in England in September. They will play friendlies against England and Qatar during the camp.
J.R. Eskilson spoke to Sam Strong about how an encounter with Jurgen Klinsmann in an airport helped him get his US U-23 call-up last month.
Steven Goff is hearing that Duke product Jeremy Ebobisse and Virginia’s Jake Rozhansky are headed to Europe for some trials.
I recently learned of another former US Soccer Development Academy player in Germany. Faisal Almubaslat is a 17-year-old winger at Tennis Borussia Berlin playing with their U-17 team in the B-Junioren Bundesliga Nord/Nordost. He had a few goals and assists in April as you can see in these highlights against RB Leipzig and Concordia Hamburg.
And finally, a little plug for our goal tracker. There have been a lot of goals, especially in lower leagues, as of late and it will keep you up to date with who is scoring (and links to highlights when available).
Will Packwood, who joined the Birmingham academy at 14, will not be offered a new contract. The Massachusetts native showed promise in central defense when he got minutes, but he suffered a broken leg that seemed to throw off his progression and spent considerable time on loan. He has an English parent, so I believe work permits elsewhere in England wouldn’t be an issue. I could see him taking a shot at a League One or Two club, while he’s not old (22 soon) he’s been around for a few years without a ton of traction that might limit his appeal.
Birmingham did offer a new contract to Jonathan Spector, who has somehow been there for four years since hopping on after leaving West Ham United. Spector has expressed an interest in re-signing, although he’s apparently also debating how long he wants to stay in England away from his family (he has spent 12 years there). Kick up the MLS speculation, where he apparently wouldn’t be subject to the allocation order (at least for now) so he could sign with Chicago (his hometown team) or whoever he wanted that had him on their discovery list.
US Soccer is about to have a busy next couple of weeks with the USMNT, U-23 and U-20 teams all having camps and friendlies throughout Europe. It looks like we should expect to see the various rosters over the weekend.
While we wait for the rosters, a bunch of names are kind of leaking out. Thanks to Birmingham City’s site, we know that Will Packwood is going to be with the U-23 team. Brian Sciaretta is also hearing that Jerome Kiesewetter will be with the U-23s, while Andrija Novakovich will be with the U-20s. And while there has been speculation that Jurgen Klinsmann is going to call in Ventura Alvarado with the MNTers, there is at least one report of Leon goalkeeper William Yarbrough being called in as well.
Will Packwood scored his first professional goal yesterday in Cheltenham Town’s 2-2 draw to Portsmouth (highlights). He had to be subbed out due to some kind of injury, but he tweeted after the game that he is “feeling groggy” but is OK.
DeAndre Yedlin is back on the field and played with Tottenham’s U-21 team on Monday. Here is a photo of him in action.
Andrija Novakovich made his debut with Reading’s senior team over the weekend in Reading’s 4-1 loss at Watford. Here is a photo of Novakovich about to come onto the field.
Reading and Danny Williams (went the full 90) won their FA Cup 6th round replay over Bradford City on Monday. Reading is headed to the FA Cup semis for the first time since 1927.
And finally, FIFA announced the stadiums that will be used at the 2016 Olympics and somehow Arena da Amazônia in Manaus made the cut as one of the seven stadiums. I still remember drinking two full glasses of water while just walking to my seat in the upper deck. It was such a furnace. I did snap this nice photo.
Will Packwood got the start, scored his first professional goal at the senior level and was subbed out after picking up some kind of injury in Cheltenham Town’s 2-2 draw to Portsmouth. Here is his goal.
Packwood becomes boss Russell Milton’s fifth signing since taking over at the helm, following Pablo Mills, Matt Sparrow, Shaun Harrad and Danny Haynes.
“I have been looking at the games we have coming up, with three in eight days and I felt we needed cover in every position,” Milton said.
“There will be some rotation and Will fits nicely into that. I have had some very good reports about him and I’ve seen him play a few times myself.
“He is a quick, strong boy, who talks a lot for someone so young. He has played regularly for Birmingham and we now have four good centre halves with Pablo Mills, Troy Brown and Matt Taylor.”
Packwood has played in only two league games this season between Birmingham City and an earlier loan to Colchester United where he played one game before getting hurt.
Cheltenham Town are currently in 22nd place in the 24-team League Two standings, one point above the relegation zone. Wikipedia also tells me that they are nicknamed the Robins, Andy Gray ended his career at Cheltenham and they have won the Gloucestershire County Cup 32 times.
Speaking of the US U-20 team, in case you missed it, here are highlights of their 2-0 win over El Salvador to qualify for New Zealand. Romain Gall shared the Golden Boot with Mexico’s Hirving Lozano with each scoring five goals throughout the tournament.
A bunch of stuff from this week and other stuff from last week that I meant to post but didn’t, so let’s get after it.
Yesterday was a good day for Americans in Europe. John Brooks continued his recent strong play by scoring his first goal since THAT goal against Ghana (highlights from yesterday). Over in Belgium, Sacha Kljestan came off the bench and scored a goal in Anderlecht’s 3-0 win in the Belgian Cup (highlights). Also in the Belgian Cup, Kenny Saief scored for Gent in their 4-1 win (no highlights found yet). And back in Germany, Alfredo Morales was credited with an assist in Ingolstadt’s 2-1 win, but his teammate did most of the dirty work (highlights).
Howie posted some links about Brek Shea heading back to the US and Orlando City, but Greg Seltzer is hearing that some other Championship teams might be still interested in his services.
Herculez Gomez is headed back to Puebla. This will be his seventh different stint with a Liga MX team in the last five seasons, but he would be returning to his original stint/team where he won his scoring title in 2010.
Ventura Alvarado and Club America won the Apertura title this past fall so here are two interviews for you, one in English and one in Spanish.
Dom Dwyer signed a new contract with Sporting Kansas City which will keep him in the US for a while longer. Since he received his green card in 2012, he would be eligible to apply for citizenship in 2017.
Haven’t done some links in a while, but here are a bunch of random stuff from recently or two weeks ago (or sometime in the last little bit). Hopefully my workload will ease up after this week and I could do these more often again.