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A couple things for Friday
   June 26, 2015 (7:36 AM) by Matt Benson

A couple things before the weekend.

Brek Shea was not selected to the Gold Cup roster due to a groin injury.

Here is your post-roster release Q&A with Jurgen Klinsmann.

Will Packwood is now on trial with the New York Red Bulls.

Giuseppe Gentile is leaving Swiss side FC Chiasso to go out on loan with his former NASL team (San Antonio Scorpions).

Welcome back, Caleb Stanko.

Cole Grossman and the Fighting Bob Bradleys keep winning in the Norwegian Cup.

Go USWNT and enjoy the weekend.

Categories: Brek Shea, Caleb Stanko, Cole Grossman, Giuseppe Gentile, US Men's National Team, Will Packwood

US U-23 vs. Netherlands Highlights
   May 29, 2015 (2:40 PM) by Matt Benson

The US U-23 team bounced back from their opening game loss with a 3-1 win over Netherlands.  The US goals were scored by Jerome Kiesewetter, Alonso Hernandez and Will Packwood.  Here are some highlights.

Categories: Alonso Hernandez, Highlights, Jerome Kiesewetter, US U-23 National Team, Will Packwood
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A bunch of links for Thursday
   May 21, 2015 (1:38 AM) by Matt Benson

This has been a busy week for me, but here are a bunch of links from the last week or so.

In case you have been away this week, Jozy Altidore is going to be out 4-5 weeks with a hamstring injury.

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.

This is from last week, but Jonathan Spector is going to stay at Birmingham City.

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.

The US U-20 team finished up its training in Australia with a 2-1 win over Australia’s U-20 team (highlights).  They then flew to New Zealand yesterday after the last few guys made their arrival down south where the U-20 World Cup will begin a week from Saturday.

While Gedion Zelalem made his US debut in that 2-1 win over Australia, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger told NBC’s ProSoccerTalk that Zelalem might be sent out on loan next season to get playing time.

J.R. Eskilson talked to US U-20 goalkeeper Zack Steffen about being one of the more experienced players on the U-20 team.

Here is a Bundesliga video on Timothy Chandler.

According to a report out of Germany, Alfred Koroma is currently training with Eintracht Frankfurt.

Christian Eissele scored one of the more interesting goals you will see on Monday.

Take this quiz on Premier League Americans.  I was able to get 14 out of 15 correct.

It looks like Benji Joya and Juan Ocegueda will be participating in the next US U-23 camp.

Sebastien Ibeagha is no longer with Horsens in Denmark and is already with Fram Reykjavik in Iceland.

Will has updated his US Soccer highlight video bank thingie.

Tim Howard and Everton have some new and pretty blah blue jerseys for next year.  At least Howard’s goalkeeper kit is kind of fun.  While Terrence Boyd and RB Leipzig have a new white home kit for next season.

And finally, enjoy this pawn shop commercial featuring Joe Corona.

I am headed out of town this weekend on Friday for some fun so the site might be a little light on updates on my end.  Enjoy your Memorial Day weekend.

Categories: Alfred Koroma, Alfredo Morales, Aron Johannsson, Benji Joya, Christian Eissele, Gedion Zelalem, Joe Corona, Jonathan Spector, Jozy Altidore, Juan Ocegueda, Rubio Rubin, Sebastien Ibeagha, Terrence Boyd, Tim Howard, Timothy Chandler, US U-20 National Team, Will Packwood, Zack Steffen

Will Packwood leaves Birmingham City early, will train with New England
   May 6, 2015 (12:31 PM) by Howie Michaels

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.

Categories: Will Packwood
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Seis de Mayo links
   May 6, 2015 (12:19 AM) by Matt Benson

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.

Jordan Morris made an appearance on the Men in Blazers podcast last and it was enjoyable.

The biggest smile you have ever seen on Michael Bradley?

Edgar Castillo made ESPN’s Liga MX Team of the Weekend.

The Guardian’s Jack Kerr interviewed Fabian Johnson.

According to Terrence Boyd’s Instagram, he is having minor surgery this week to remove a cyst from his calf and to clean out his knee.

It looks like Fulham (and Emerson Hyndman) will be wearing a 1975 FA Cup Final inspired shirt next year.  I believe this is the first collar on a Fulham shirt since 2007-08.

Amando Moreno really wants to make the U-20 World Cup roster as he scored two goals last Friday and followed that up with another goal yesterday with Tijuana’s U-20 team.

Marc Pelosi did not play with Liverpool’s U-21 team last week because he got to train with the senior team.

And it looks like Liverpool might have their eyes on another American youth player in Adolfo Trujillo.

Fox Sports is expected to land the TV rights to next year’s Copa América Centenario.

Danny Cruz might need to borrow Mike Conley’s mask at the current rate of getting cleats to the face this past week.

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).

Categories: Adolfo Trujillo, Amando Moreno, Danny Cruz, Edgar Castillo, Emerson Hyndman, Fabian Johnson, Faisal Almubaslat, Jake Rozhansky, Jeremy Ebobisse, Jonathan Spector, Jordan Morris, Marc Pelosi, Michael Bradley, Samuel Strong, Terrence Boyd, US U-23 National Team, Will Packwood
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Will Packwood is out, Jonathan Spector is possibly still in at Birmingham City
   May 5, 2015 (11:26 AM) by Howie Michaels

With the English season winding down, we’re starting to learn of which players won’t be retained by their respective clubs. Birmingham City announced one departure and one possible returnee today.

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.

Categories: Jonathan Spector, Will Packwood
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Post green beer hangover links
   March 18, 2015 (1:12 AM) by Matt Benson

Work has been pretty busy for me over the last week so I haven’t done a links post in a while.  That said, a bunch of goodies for you while you wait that green beer hangover out.

Two US female goalkeepers squared off against each other in UEFA Women’s Champions League last October so Will decided to have a chat with both of them to find out more.

Missed out on the weekend’s games?  Roderick has you covered.

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.

We are still waiting for Gedion Zelalem’s waiver to go through with FIFA, but he has been called in by Germany’s U-18 team.  He has turned them down in the past and hopefully he does again.

Speaking of rosters, here is Denmark’s roster for the USMNT friendly.

If you hate yourself, here is another (and new) story on Jurgen Klinsmann and fitness.

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.

Klinsi was impressed with Jozy Altidore’s Toronto FC debut.

I see you, Greg Garza.

A.J. Soares is going to be out 6-8 weeks after picking up a knee injury in training.

According to this report out of Philadelphia, Union midfielder Danny Cruz is headed to Norway to go on a season-long loan with Bodø/Glimt.  If true, he will become teammates with Zarek Valentin.

Greg Seltzer caught up with Helsingborgs IF goalkeeper Matt Pyzdrowski.

Galway United forward Jake Keegan was on Goal’s League of Ireland GoalMouth podcast last week.  He also spoke to Brian Sciaretta.

AZ Alkmaar have brought on Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane as an advisor.  I think I read the word “moneyball” in every tweet yesterday mentioning this news.

Here is a story from last week on Marc Pelosi and his return to the field over the last year.

Andrew Sousa and Ryan Maduro were both in Iceland last season with Fylkir and now both are returning to the US with the Rhode Island Oceaneers.

According to Will Parchman, US U-17 winger McKinzie Gaines is headed to Germany to trial with Wolfsburg.

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.


Categories: A.J. Soares, Andrew Sousa, Andrija Novakovich, Danny Cruz, Danny Williams, DeAndre Yedlin, Gedion Zelalem, Greg Garza, Jake Keegan, Jerome Kiesewetter, Jozy Altidore, Marc Pelosi, Matt Pyzdrowski, McKinzie Gaines, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team, US U-23 National Team, Ventura Alvarado, Will Packwood, William Yarbrough, Zarek Valentin

Cheltenham Town vs. Portsmouth Highlights
   March 17, 2015 (2:49 PM) by Matt Benson

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.

Categories: Highlights, Will Packwood
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Will Packwood loaned out to Cheltenham Town
   March 13, 2015 (7:34 AM) by Matt Benson

Will Packwood will have a new team for the next few months.  The 21-year-old defender is headed to League Two side Cheltenham Town on loan for the rest of the season.

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.

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Quick link action for Tuesday
   January 27, 2015 (12:45 AM) by Matt Benson

Let’s get right to the point with these.

The USMNT are in Chile ahead of their friendly on Wednesday.  Here is a photo gallery from Chile.

US Soccer talked to Jurgen Klinsmann and DeAndre Yedlin about calling Yedlin into camp.

Looking for Chile’s roster?  You can find it at the bottom of this link.

USMNT assistant coach Andreas Herzog was named head coach of the US U-23/Olympic team.

Scott French talked to Marc Pelosi about coming back from his broken leg to making his first USMNT camp.

The latest Juan Agudelo rumor has him talking to the New England Revolution.  If the deal is true, that already fun team just got another fun piece.

It looks like Jurgen Klinsmann is trying to help Bobby Wood find a new club.

Fresh off qualifying for the U-20 World Cup, Matt Miazga flew to Qatar and could be trialing/transferring to RB Leipzig.

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.

Greg Garza was named to Medio Tiempo’s Liga MX Team of the Week.

We had a few goals this weekend.  Kenny Saief scored for Gent while Jon-Paul Pittman scored for Grimsby Town.  Alfredo Morales scored a goal for Ingolstadt in a friendly.  And Sebastian Lletget scored a goal for West Ham’s U-21 team.

After injuring his groin while out on loan in December, Will Packwood is back in training with Birmingham City.

And finally, Tab Ramos’ son, Alex, has signed a professional contract with Pachuca.  Also of note, he was born in Mexico while Tab was playing with Tigres.

Categories: Alex Ramos, Alfredo Morales, Bobby Wood, DeAndre Yedlin, Greg Garza, Jon-Paul Pittman, Juan Agudelo, Kenny Saief, Marc Pelosi, Matt Miazga, Romain Gall, Sebastian Lletget, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team, US U-23 National Team, Will Packwood
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