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Inside the Numbers: A look at last year’s Championship
   July 30, 2014 (6:35 AM) by Matt Benson
 

I posted some numbers last Wednesday and I thought I would post some more this week with the English League Championship starting up a week from Friday.

As the same as last week, all these numbers are coming from the website Squawka, which gets its numbers from Opta.  I will state this from the beginning, some of these are just basic numbers that make the various guys look good without any help from me, while some other things were edited down until I was able to get someone on a list.  I was trying my best to make the various Americans look good (USA! USA! USA!).  That said, here we go.

Tim Ream is coming off his best season at Bolton, winning Player of the Year honors by both the team and the fans.  While he shifted between centerback and left back, he did his job well and without fouling opposing players.  Ream committed only eight fouls on the season in 3675 minutes played.  His 0.20 fouls per 90 minutes was the lowest rate in the Championship last season among defenders who played in at least 35 games.

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Danny Williams will miss the beginning of the season after having an operation performed on his knee.  Much like Alejandro Bedoya, Williams did a good job of putting his shots on frame.  Squawka has a stat called shot accuracy percentage, which is shots on target (minus blocked shots) divided by total shot attempts (minus blocked shots).  Williams put nearly 60 percent of his shot attempts on target and this is with 27 of his 40 total shot attempts coming from outside the penalty area.

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Duane Holmes is one young player who is looking for more playing time in 2014-15 and will likely get it at Huddersfield Town.  The 19-year-old midfielder appeared in 21 games last season between Huddersfield Town and a loan stint with Yeovil Town.  In fact, only four players under the age of 20 logged more minutes last season in the Championship than Holmes’ 776 minutes.

holmes

Another young promising player in the Championship is centerback Will Packwood.  While Packwood appeared in only 12 games in the Championship (he did play eight games in League Two on a loan stint with Bristol Rovers), he was very active when he did play.  Packwood averaged 16.17 interceptions/blocked shots/clearances per 90 minutes in 2013-14, easily the most among players under the age of 22.  Also, his 12.83 clearances per 90 minutes was also the most among players under the age of 22.

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We are one week away from the Championship starting up and hopefully those four players (and Jonathan Spector, Eric Lichaj and Zak Whitbread) continue to play well in 2014-15.

 
Categories: Danny Williams, Duane Holmes, Inside the Numbers, Tim Ream, Will Packwood
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A bunch of link goodies for Thursday
   July 24, 2014 (12:02 AM) by Matt Benson
 

This summer has been a busy one and here are a bunch more links from the last couple of days.

The big news of yesterday was that DaMarcus Beasley signed a DP contract with the Houston Dynamo.  He becomes the 10th current USMNT player on a designated player contract with MLS.

Danny Williams had surgery on his knee earlier this week.  This is the second time in the last five months that Williams has had some form of surgery on his knee.  No word on how serious or how long he will be out.

Freddy Adu appears to be in talks with FK Jagodina in Serbia.  And he is also getting some interest from a team in Cyprus.

Juan Agudelo has been in Florida training with Orlando City, but much like Brek Shea a couple months ago, this is just a training thing.  He won’t be signing with Orlando City.

Jozy Altidore’s summer vacation is finally ending as he is expected to be back with Sunderland today.

Much like Jermaine Jones throwing out the first pitch with the Dodgers a couple weeks ago, Geoff Cameron did the same with the Red Sox last week and Brad Guzan did it with the Cubs this week.

Do you like stats and numbers?  I did a quick look at Tim Howard, Brad Guzan, Geoff Cameron and Alejandro Bedoya yesterday.  I plan on doing another one next week on a couple guys from the Championship.

A few of the younger US players (and prospects) will be making the trek to the US with their European teams in the next week.  Gedion Zelalem is on Arsenal’s roster which will take on the New York Red Bulls on Saturday.  Emerson Hyndman made Fulham’s squad which is headed to Jacksonville to take on DC United this weekend.  And we already know that Julian Green is with Bayern Munich as they take on the MLS All-Stars.  Pep Guardiola spoke to the US press about Green and how he doesn’t want to loan him out this year.

Another youth player, Lynden Gooch, has been receiving some praise from Sunderland fans this week.  Gooch came off the bench with Sunderland’s first team in a friendly against Carlisle United on Tuesday.  Then he made another appearance with the first team on Wednesday in a friendly against Hartlepool United and assisted on one goal (GIF highlights).

Alfredo Morales scored a goal for FC Ingolstadt in a friendly against Nurnberg earlier this week.  Here is a photo of Morales in action.

Sacha Kljestan is still with Anderlecht and went the full 90 minutes in a friendly earlier this week.

Brek Shea is receiving some praise for his play in Stoke City’s friendly against Borussia Monchengladbach.

Edgar Castillo (and his odd #1 jersey number) talked to Tom Marshall about still trying to keep the USMNT dream alive.

Bobby Wood came off the bench in 1860 Munich’s 3-0 win over SV Heimstetten in a friendly yesterday.  Here is a photo of him in action.

For those of you holding out to buy a Junior Flores/Borussia Dortmund jersey, you can go get those #22 jerseys now.  For those ultimate soccer jersey hipsters, Alonso Hernandez will wear #13 for Monterrey in Mexico.

Will Packwood played with Birmingham City’s U-21 team the other day in a private friendly.  Sounds like he missed a little time recently “after suffering from illness”, but he is now back in action.

The US U-20 team now knows the format for January’s CONCACAF U-20 Championship.  It will be two groups of six teams with the winners of each group clinching a spot in the U-20 World Cup, while the second and third place teams from each group doing a four-team playoff for the last two spots.

One player who might be on that U-20 team, Fernando Arce Jr., talked to Brian Sciaretta about selecting to play for the US over Mexico even though his dad played for Mexico.

Goalkeeper Phil Saunders has signed with Icelandic 1st Division side BÍ/Bolungarvik.

Former Bucknell product Conor O’Brien made the jump to Denmark out of college and now another Bison is headed to Denmark.  This time it is Mayowa Alli and he is signing with Vensyssel in the Danish First Division (second tier).

With Roma in Boston this week, Keith Costigan talked to Roma president James Pallotta and Pallotta claims that we can expect “an announcement in the next few weeks” in regards to an American going to the club.  Could the DeAndre Yedlin deal be back on or could it be another player?  Or could it be nothing?  I have no clue.

US Soccer and Sporting Kansas City are building a new National Training and Coaching Development Center in Kansas City.  Sounds like this would be the main training hub for coaches and refs, while I think they will also get some USMNT/USWNT/youth team camps at the complex (along with the StubHub Center in Carson, California) once it is completed.

In the random but awesome jersey department.  I want this jersey of a lower level Spanish team.  And if the Big Ten had pro-style jerseys with sponsors, here is what one person thinks they would look like.  Basically my Hawkeyes would be Borussia Dortmund.

And finally, this site has been receiving a lot more traffic this month (likely due to the World Cup fever) along with a lot more Twitter and Facebook followers.  If you are new to the site, thanks for checking us out.  If you are not new to the site, thanks for continuing to check us out.  It is nice to see this site grow with all of you.

 
Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Alfredo Morales, Alonso Hernandez, Bobby Wood, Brad Guzan, Brek Shea, DaMarcus Beasley, Danny Williams, DeAndre Yedlin, Edgar Castillo, Emerson Hyndman, Fernando Arce Jr., Freddy Adu, Gedion Zelalem, Geoff Cameron, Jozy Altidore, Juan Agudelo, Julian Green, Junior Flores, Lynden Gooch, Mayowa Alli, Phil Saunders, Sacha Kljestan, Tim Howard, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team, Will Packwood
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Some links before the weekend
   July 11, 2014 (1:04 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Mix Diskerud and his majestic hair scored a goal yesterday in Europa League action.  You can check it out here.  Three other guys scored goals yesterday in Iceland and Finland.  As always, our goal tracker has all the information on those.

Mix Diskerud wasn’t the only player in Europa League action on Thursday.  Sean Reynolds (FH) and Pablo Punyed (Stjarnan) are also advancing to the second qualifying round with Mix (Rosenborg), while Jordan Seabrook and VPS lost their first leg lead and were knocked out.

Clint Dempsey was on Late Show with David Letterman on Wednesday and here is the whole interview for those of you who missed it.

Birmingham City’s website broke some news yesterday.  They posted that Will Packwood was invited to the US U-23′s August friendly.  While this might also be the new U-21 team which is supposed to bridge the gap between the U-20 team to the Olympic and/or senior team, some form of a “Above-20″ youth team is having a quick camp and playing the Bahamas senior team in Nassau, Bahamas on August 6.  Hopefully US Soccer puts out a release on this game in the near future.

Speaking of young players to keep an eye on, Screamer came out with a Top 10 list of young players we could see on the 2018 World Cup team.  If you follow this site, you should probably know all of those guys.  If not, here is a chance to learn some more.

While everything has gone quiet on the DeAndre Yedlin-to-Roma front, Ives is hearing that the Roma deal is not as close as people think and that teams from Spain, Italy (including Roma) and England have expressed interest in Yedlin.

There was some talk earlier this week that teams from Europe were interested in Matt Besler and it looks like SC Freiburg might be one of those teams.

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet thinks, barring any hitches, Jozy Altidore should be good to go once he returns to the team’s preseason camp.

AZ Alkmaar manager Marco van Basten doesn’t appear to be overly impressed with Freddy Adu.  But it sounds like Adu did set up one of the goals in AZ’s friendly from Wednesday.

US U-20 midfielder Emerson Hyndman put in another 45 minutes with Fulham’s first team in a 4-2 loss to Rangers yesterday.

Jon Paul-Pittman is joining Dagenham & Redbridge’s training camp in Spain.  That is probably another step closer to potentially making the team.

Gedion Zelalem is back in preseason training with Arsenal and their new Puma gear.

Here are some more photos of Junior Flores playing with Borussia Dortmund’s U-23 team.

Brian Sciaretta caught up with Jeb Brovsky to talk about Brovsky’s loan to Norwegian side Stromgodset.

Jose Torres came off the bench in Tigres’ 4-1 loss to Morelia in the first leg of the SuperCopa MX on Wednesday.  Herculez Gomez was an unused sub on the bench.

Howie’s new favorite random player might be Tigran Tiraturyan (take that Alex Nimo and Fuad Ibrahim!) as he passed along this link to me about the Armenian-American signing with FC Pyunik in Armenian Premier League.

Enjoy the weekend.

 
Categories: Clint Dempsey, DeAndre Yedlin, Emerson Hyndman, Gedion Zelalem, Herculez Gomez, Jeb Brovsky, Jon-Paul Pittman, Jordan Seabrook, Jose Francisco Torres, Jozy Altidore, Junior Flores, Matt Besler, Mix Diskerud, Pablo Punyed, Sean Reynolds, Tigran Tiraturyan, US U-21 National Team, US U-23 National Team, Will Packwood
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2013-14 OT XI
   June 3, 2014 (9:55 PM) by Howie Michaels
 

It wasn’t exactly a banner 12 months for the OT Faithful. Clint Dempsey, a three-time OT MVP and four-time OT XI honoree, moved to Seattle. Michael Bradley, another OT XI stalwart, stayed abroad but became ineligible. Stuart Holden got hurt and then for good measure got hurt again. Jozy Altidore made a move to Sunderland so disastrous that by the end of the year we were celebrating brief sub appearances as progress. Even Matt Taylor, an old OT favorite, had a down year by his 3. Liga Legend standards.

There were dark times, there is no denying.

It was so dark, I got really lazy and took my time doing this. I was all set to drop this on May 22, but then Landon happened so we needed some space.

But, without further delay, here comes the 2013-14 OT XI. As always, these are the best performances by first-team players (sorry, Julian Green) relative to respective leagues.

Goalkeeper
Tim Howard, Everton (England) [2nd appearance]

It wasn’t that long ago that many were calling for Brad Guzan to supplant the long-time Everton stalwart in goal for the national team, a sentiment no doubt boosted by Guzan’s inclusion over Howard in last year’s OT XI. However, Timmy had a bit of a bounceback year as the Toffees surged into 5th place in the Premier League. While some late losses left Everton a bit short of Champions League qualification, Howard was stellar throughout the year, with Everton finishing 2nd in the EPL in goals allowed. Also, I will be deleting my various tweets and other commentaries suggesting Guzan should usurp Howard with the Nats.

Defenders
Fabian Johnson, TSG 1899 Hoffenheim (Germany) [2nd]
Will Packwood, Bristol Rovers/Birmingham City (England) [1st]
Tim Ream, Bolton Wanderers (England) [1st]
Geoff Cameron, Stoke City (England) [2nd]

Johnson returns to the OT XI for the 2nd time (previously in 2011-12), nominally at LB on paper. The dual-national wrapped up his tenure with Hoffenheim with another season of playing pretty much everywhere wide as Hoffenheim surged from the relegation playoff last year to mid-table this year. Johnson himself will be bouncing further up the table and joining Borussia Mönchengladbach. Packwood returned from a broken leg by initially going out on loan to League Two’s Bristol Rovers before returning to Birmingham and fighting his way into the starting lineup, earning the Football League Young Player of the Month for February. After a rough first full season in England, Ream rebounded to earn Bolton’s player of the year award while playing both centerback and leftback. Finally, with Dempsey gone and Jozy struggling, Geoff Cameron did a fine job carrying the flag of American field players in England, appearing in all but one Premier League match for the Potters.

Midfielders
Sacha Kljestan, Anderlecht (Belgium) [4th]
Alejandro Bedoya, Nantes (France) [3rd]
Danny Williams, Reading (England) [1st]

Despite missing out on the World Cup roster, long-time OT favorite Kljestan had a career-high eight goals while helping Anderlecht win its third consecutive Belgian title. Bedoya, a two-time OT XI honoree from his first stint in Sweden, made his return to the list following a successful move to Nantes that saw him score five goals, keep Nantes up after being promoted, and give himself a shot at starting in Brazil. While an injury with the national team caused him to miss several late matches (and helped cost Reading a shot at promotion), Danny Williams enjoyed an otherwise strong debut season in England and makes his first appearance on this squad.

Forwards
Terrence Boyd, Rapid Vienna (Austria) [1st]
Aron Johannsson, AZ (Netherlands) [1st]
Christian Eissele Kemi Kings/Brage (Norway/Sweden) [1st]

What we have here is a trio of forwards who all hit 20 goals across all competitions last year. Boyd improved upon his Austrian debut total with 15 in league play and another five in Europa League. He also got two more sweet tattoos, making his old flag tattoo seem tame. Johannsson mostly picked up the slack with former teammate Altidore gone from AZ, scoring 17 in league play and 20 overall. Eissele, the only one of this group without a cap, dropped in 24 goals last season for Kemi Kings in Finland (mostly after the 2012-13 voting was tabulated) before moving to Brage in Sweden this year.

2013-14 MVP
Geoff Cameron, D, Stoke City

While the Premier League continues to grow in popularity stateside, American outfield players have become increasingly rare. However, the best of them had himself a stellar year with the Potters. The jack-of-all-trades played primarily at right back as Stoke became less boring than historically regarded and surged into 9th place.

Goal of the Year
We’re going back to Finland here and the sweet goal by Miles Byass in a 1-0 win for JIPPO over Vikingit in April. Check it out in GIF and YouTube (1:08) below.

Performance of the Year
Tim Howard had six saves in a 1-0 win for Everton at Manchester United, the Toffee’s first win at Old Trafford since August 1992 and undoubtedly a sweet win over former manager David Moyes.

Thanks for waiting (both you the readers and Matt). Fire away in the comments on who we snubbed.

The OT XI Archives

2009-10
2010-11
2011-12
2012-13

 
Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Aron Johannsson, Christian Eissele, Danny Williams, Fabian Johnson, Geoff Cameron, Sacha Kljestan, Terrence Boyd, Tim Howard, Tim Ream, Will Packwood
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Monday morning links
   March 24, 2014 (8:15 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Haven’t done a links post in a while, so let’s dive in to start the week.

Geoff Cameron scored his second career Premier League goal on Sunday (highlights).  Cameron is the first US defender to score twice in a Premier League season since Carlos Bocanegra in 2006-07 and he has just as many career Premier League goals as Jozy Altidore.  His strong play in Sunday’s win over Aston Villa landed him on ESPN FC’s Team of the Week.  We also had a Brek Shea sighting this weekend!  Well, he at least dressed and made the gameday roster but did not see any game action.

Also this weekend, Aron Johannsson almost scored a goal (highlights).  While it looks like he flicked the ball with his head, Steven Berghuis was credited with the goals so I guess he missed.  Speaking of ArJo and AZ Alkmaar, they drew Benfica for the quarterfinals of Europa League.

Fabian Johnson made another start at right back for Hoffenheim and picked up another assist (highlights).  If he continues to get playing time at right back, I might be open to a US backline of Johnson-Cameron-Besler-Beasley.  While Cameron doesn’t play center back, I still like him over Omar Gonzalez at CB right now (I miss 2011 Omar Gonzalez) and Fabian Johnson playing right back would open that opportunity up.  No matter what, Fabian Johnson’s ability to play multiple positions gives Jurgen Klinsmann options.

Also scoring a goal this weekend, Will John netted his seventh of the season in Azerbaijani Premier League action (highlights).  Over in Ireland, Pat McCann scored twice in Finn Harps’ 5-0 win over Cobh Ramblers.  And Bobby Warshaw scored a goal in his second game with GAIS in Sweden, a 2-1 loss to Helsingborg in the Swedish Cup.

Down in Mexico, Friday saw four Americans see the field as Tijuana (Edgar Castillo and Herculez Gomez) defeated Puebla (DaMarcus Beasley and Michael Orozco).  Edgar Castillo assisted on Tijuana’s second goal, while DaMarcus Beasley assisted on Puebla’s lone goal (highlights).

Over the last week, Michael Stephens had scored twice for Stabæk in friendlies.  Once against Start and the other game against Mix Diskerud and Rosenborg.  Here is a Bob Bradley video interview following the win over Rosenborg.

Duane Holmes officially ended his loan with Yeovil Town last week.  He ended up starting five games for the Glovers and now returns to Huddersfield Town where he was an unused sub over the weekend.

Will Packwood was awarded with the Football League’s Young Player of the Month Award for February.

While Packwood has had a resurgence since returning from his horrific leg injury, Marc Pelosi is apparently close to returning to fitness after missing the last year with his injury.

Noah Davis, writing for Grantland, takes a look at the last few months of Clint Dempsey’s career.

Top Draw Soccer’s Travis Clark gives us five “long shots” to keep an eye on for a last minute spot on the World Cup roster.

It looks like US Soccer has decided to start up an U-21 team to help bridge the gap between the U-20 and U-23 teams.  With the U-23 team really only existing once every four years, this probably makes sense to keep youth players involved in the US system.  The first U-21 camp is rumored to take place in April.  Tigres already announced that Juan Ocegueda has been called in via their Twitter account.

It sounds like Erik Palmer-Brown could be playing with the U-20 team at the Dallas Cup.  He would be playing up a U-20 cycle.  The future looks bright with this one.

This is what Michael Bradley’s head looks like with a bunch of staples in it.

Nurnberg manager Gertjan Verbeek told the press last week that Chandler is likely done for the season with his knee injury.  But someone at Nurnberg told Greg Seltzer that Chandler will resume individual training in 2-3 weeks, so maybe not?

 
Categories: Aron Johannsson, Bob Bradley, Bobby Warshaw, Brek Shea, Clint Dempsey, DaMarcus Beasley, Duane Holmes, Edgar Castillo, Erik Palmer-Brown, Fabian Johnson, Geoff Cameron, Herculez Gomez, Juan Ocegueda, Marc Pelosi, Michael Bradley, Michael Orozco Fiscal, Michael Stephens, Pat McCann, Timothy Chandler, US Men's National Team, Will John, Will Packwood
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Tuesday morning links
   March 4, 2014 (12:03 AM) by Matt Benson
 

As of right now, the US-Ukraine friendly is back on after it looked like it was going to be canceled.  If you have been out of the loop, three players withdrew from the roster on Saturday due to injuries/personal reasons, while Jonathan Spector was called into camp.

US Soccer officially unveiled their new golf polos home World Cup shirts on Monday.  Also, here is a closer look at the font that will be used for the names and numbers.

Sunil Gulati was unanimously re-elected as President of US Soccer.

Roger Bennett is doing a four-part series on the 1994 USMNT and here is part one.

With a lot of US players leaving Europe over the last couple months, Brian Sciaretta takes a look at one player, Geoff Cameron, who is becoming one of the best US players left in Europe.

ESPN’s Jeff Carlisle talked to Will Packwood about his past year which has seen him go from a broken leg to possibly getting his first cap with the USMNT.

There were some rumblings on Twitter over the weekend and now Brek Shea is under investigation over allegedly flipping off some Barnsley fans.

Stuart Holden made his return to the field on Monday with Bolton’s U-21 team only to fall to the ground clutching his knee about 22 minutes into the game.  He was able run off the field after being subbed off so fingers crossed that it is not anything serious.  Here is a whole photo gallery from the game courtesy of Lion of Vienna Suite’s Facebook page.

Eric Lichaj also had to be subbed out early and limped off the field in Nottingham Forest’s game against Wigan over the weekend.

We did have some goals this weekend.  Terrence Boyd scored in Rapid Vienna’s 6-3 loss to Salzburg (highlights).  DaMarcus Beasley saw his daughter be born on Saturday then scored a goal on Sunday (highlights).  Christian Eissele is back at it in Finland and recorded a hat trick for Kemi Kings.  And Mario Rodriguez found the back of the net twice in Borussia Mönchengladbach II’s win on Friday.  As always, you can follow along with our goal tracker.

We also had some goals scored with youth teams.  Paul Arriola scored for Tijuana’s U-20 team in a 3-3 draw on Saturday.  And Emerson Hyndman scored from the penalty spot for Fulham’s U-18 team over the weekend.

Ethan Horvath got the start between the sticks for Molde FK in a friendly against FC Lokomotiv Moscow and here are some highlights.

UMBC goalkeeper Phil Saunders is headed to English League One side Crewe Alexandra for a trial this week.

Speaking of goalkeepers, OT goalkeeper guru Will spoke with some other goalies on a variety of topics, including Howard vs. Guzan.  It is a decent read, so go check it out.

 
Categories: Brek Shea, Christian Eissele, DaMarcus Beasley, Emerson Hyndman, Eric Lichaj, Ethan Horvath, Mario Rodriguez, Paul Arriola, Phil Saunders, Stuart Holden, Terrence Boyd, US Men's National Team, Will Packwood
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A few links for Tuesday
   February 25, 2014 (12:02 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Nothing new to report on the USMNT roster or whether the game will even be played, although it sounds like we should be hearing something in the near future.  That said, John Brooks should be one of the players heading to Ukraine friendly according to this German report.

While the new home World Cup shirt for the USMNT leaked last month, here is a new/slightly better view of the pretty basic polo-looking shirt.  There was also a lot of buzz on Twitter over the weekend over a possible crazy blue/red away shirt, but it looked pretty photoshopped and came from someone who posted some bogus jerseys back in September.  So we continue to play the waiting game.

ESPN released its full TV schedule for this summer’s World Cup yesterday.  Also on the World Cup front, just over 125,000 tickets for the World Cup were allocated to people in the United States, the most of any country outside Brazil.  Granted not all 125,000 tickets are for US games or for US fans, it is still nice to see the US up there.  I was luckily able to get tickets for the USMNT games against Ghana and Portugal in the latest lottery.  Any other OT readers score some tickets?

The National Soccer Hall of Fame announced its Class of 2014 yesterday and it is a good one.  The three-person class contains two players (Brian McBride and Kristine Lilly) and one coach (Bob Bradley).  Congrats to all three.

As Howie posted yesterday, Fabian Johnson has agreed to sign with Borussia Mönchengladbach this summer.

A few things from the weekend.  Jerome Kiesewetter scored a goal for Hertha Berlin II (highlights) and Justin Moose scored for SJK in the Finnish League Cup (still looking for highlights).

The English League Championship is doing a great job of posting quality highlights the day after games on Youtube so here is a roundup of all the games featuring Americans from the weekend.

USMNT assistant coach Andi Herzog was at the Birmingham City game checking out Jonathan Spector and Will Packwood.

Sporting KC continue to reject increased bids by Juventus for 16-yead-old defender Erik Palmer-Brown.  Speaking of Palmer-Brown, Howie was asking the hard-hitting questions on Twitter the other night.  I have to go with Mikey.

I don’t think anything has been said on FC Dallas’ side yet, but it looks like Bobby Warshaw is headed back to Sweden on loan, but this time with GAIS.

It appears that Michael Stephens is back at Stabæk training again after a couple training stints in Sweden.

Kevin Hoyos wants to stay at Estudiantes de La Plata according to this interview.  I know there was once talk about him joining Olimpia in Honduras, but I guess he wants to stay at Estudiantes.

Jon Arnold introduces us to goalkeeper Chris Sheridan, who recently went from the Houston Dutch Lions of the USL PDL to the Honduran club Platense.

A bunch of Adidas kits for 2014-15 are already leaking for whatever reason.  If these players stay at their current clubs then they will be wearing these next season.  So here is Nurnberg’s (Timothy Chandler) away shirt for next season and here is Rapid Vienna’s (Terrence Boyd) away shirt for next season.

 
Categories: Bob Bradley, Bobby Warshaw, Brian McBride, Chris Sheridan, Erik Palmer-Brown, Fabian Johnson, Jerome Kiesewetter, John Brooks, Jonathan Spector, Kevin Hoyos, Michael Stephens, Terrence Boyd, Timothy Chandler, US Men's National Team, Will Packwood
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Various English League Championship Highlights
   February 23, 2014 (2:18 PM) by Matt Benson
 

I already posted highlights of Duane Holmes’ debut at Yeovil Town, but I thought I would do one post with a bunch of highlights of various Championship games featuring Americans since the league does a great job of posting official/quality highlights on Youtube the day after games.  So check out the highlights after the jump.

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Categories: Brek Shea, Danny Williams, Highlights, Jonathan Spector, Oguchi Onyewu, Tim Ream, Will Packwood
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Catching up with some links
   January 28, 2014 (12:29 AM) by Matt Benson
 

A bunch of stuff from the last couple of days.

Some reports started to come out of Mexico about a possible US/Mexico friendly in Phoenix for April.  It looks like it has some legs as Steven Goff has also heard some things about this.  This wouldn’t be a FIFA fixture date so expect a lot of MLS and Liga MX players for both squads if true.  The last time the US played a game in the month of April was Jozy Altidore’s hat trick against Trinidad & Tobago in Nashville during a World Cup qualifier in 2009.  The last time the US played a friendly in the month of April was a 1-1 draw to Jamaica in Cary, North Carolina in 2006.

Grant Wahl and Brian Straus are both in Carson for the USMNT training camp and discuss in this video about some possible World Cup candidates with a lot to gain this week.  Grant is also a lot taller than Brian.

After what seemed like two months, Maurice Edu is officially headed to Philadelphia on a season-long loan.  Goff is hearing that his base salary is somewhere between $480,000 and $600,000, while Ives heard that Edu passed up some offers from Turkey and the English League Championship.

As for another member of the “Stoke Americans Loaned Out” 3×3 team (Howie gets all the credit on that one), Brek Shea’s loan with Barnsley ends on Thursday, so it looks like Tuesday’s game against Blackburn Rovers will be his last with the Tykes unless they extend the loan.  There is some speculation out of England that Burnley are also interested in Shea.

Juan Agudelo made his FC Utrecht debut over the weekend and I was able to find some highlights of the match.  He gets into the game around the 3:00 mark of the video.

Fabian Johnson had to be subbed out of Hoffenheim’s game this past weekend after picking up a hand injury.  Hoffenheim’s press officer told Brian Sciaretta that he will have surgery on his hand and he will be out a couple weeks, while Jurgen Klinsmann told Grant Wahl that he will have surgery, but he is expected to play this upcoming weekend.  Hopefully it is the latter.

Klinsmann also told Wahl that Jermaine Jones is more likely to transfer to another European team than an MLS team in the next four days.

Timothy Chandler scored a goal over the weekend.  He was rewarded by being named to three Teams of the Week:  Bundesliga Fanatic, Kicker and Who Scored.

Edgar Castillo also had a good weekend and was named to the MedioTiempo Team of the Week.

And Will Packwood was named Birmingham City’s Man of the Match by some match day sponsors for his performance for the Blues in the FA Cup over the weekend.

Speaking of the FA Cup, 16-year-old Gedion Zelalem made his Arsenal debut last Friday in the FA Cup.  He became the first player to feature for Arsenal who was born after Arsene Wenger became manager.  While he is likely a long shot to ever play for the US, here is refresher on his story.

No one might be hotter than Andrew Wooten right now.  He scored another goal for FSV Frankfurt in a friendly on Monday.  Granted these are only friendlies, but he has five goals in four games since his loan started a couple weeks ago.

The US U-17 team won the Aegean Cup Championship over the weekend.  Here is a photo of the team celebrating with the trophy, while here are some highlights of their win over Turkey.  Could we potentially see Haji Wright, one of the top players from this cycle, in Dortmund with Junior Flores in the future (let the speculation begin)?  Yay internets!

Kevin Hoyos is close to joining the Honduran side Olimpia.  The 20-year-old played with C.D. Victoria (also in Honduras) this past fall.

Brian Sciaretta is hearing that a player with MLS ties could be joining Bob Bradley and Stabæk on a trial in the near future.

To put a bow tie (or maybe a bolo tie since they are making a comeback in 2014) on the Michael Bradley to Toronto transfer, here is a good read on how his and Defoe’s moves all went down.

Finally, Greg Selzter breaks out his stat notebook for a bunch of fun numbers.  I am also going to post a quick Inside the Numbers thing on Aron Johannsson later today.

 
Categories: Andrew Wooten, Bob Bradley, Edgar Castillo, Fabian Johnson, Gedion Zelalem, Haji Wright, Jermaine Jones, Juan Agudelo, Kevin Hoyos, Maurice Edu, Michael Bradley, Timothy Chandler, US Men's National Team, Will Packwood
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Thursday morning links
   December 12, 2013 (12:01 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Remember when we thought DaMarcus Beasley was headed to Queretaro?  But then his agent chimed in that it wasn’t 100% true?  It looks like the deal is not 100% official, but has been agreed upon.

In the good-to-hear department, there is a good chance that Steve Cherundolo could return to Hannover 96′s starting lineup this weekend.

In the not-as-good-to-hear department, Timothy Chandler hasn’t heard from Jurgen Klinsmann in the last couple months.  Looks like he could be on the outside right now.

Steven Goff caught up with Oguchi Onyewu to talk about his move to QPR among other things.

Julian Green has been added to Bayern Munich’s 23-man roster for the FIFA Club World Cup, which will be played in Morocco this month.  Bayern Munich’s first game will be on December 17 against the winner of Guangzhou Evergrande (China) vs. Al-Ahly (Egypt).

I guess there were some rumors that Sacha Kljestan picked up some skin cancer, but Grant Wahl found out that he only treatment for some pre-cancerous spots on his face.

Norwegian side Bodo/Glimt want to bring in Zarek Valentin permanently for next season.  Valentin appeared in 27 games for Bodo/Glimt last season while on loan from the Montreal Impact.

Greg Seltzer has some transfer goodies on Juan Agudelo, Fabian Johnson and Michael Parkhurst.

Seltzer also crunched some numbers on Americans who have played in Champions League, Europa League, UEFA Cup or Cup Winners Cup.

Brian Sciaretta talked to Will Packwood this week about his comeback from the last year.

To close out the Centennial, US Soccer is selecting its all-time USMNT XI.  Here are the eligible players.  Alexi Lalas also selected his roster.  If I had to pick a team, I would go with (4-2-3-1 since Dempsey is listed as a midfielder and not forward):  Keller; Cherundolo, Pope, Bocanegra, Agoos; Renya, Bradley; Donovan, Dempsey, Ramos; McBride

I posted the US U-17 highlights yesterday from their 2-1 loss to Portugal from earlier this week.  US Soccer has now put up the whole 90 minutes.  They also bounced back from that loss with a 5-1 win over England.  Monterrey FC’s Joe Gallardo had a hat trick, while LA Galaxy Academy’s Haji Wright scored the other two goals.  The team finishes up the 2013 Nike International Friendlies with a match against Brazil on Friday.

Fulham’s U-18 team advanced to the fourth round of the FA Youth Cup after beating QPR 4-1.  Emerson Hyndman scored one of the goals off a “Beckham-esque” free kick.

US U-18 midfielder Kyle Scott made his UEFA youth league debut earlier this week with Chelsea’s U-19 team.

The folks over at Soccer by Ives talked to Zach Pfeffer about his year spent with Hoffenheim.

And finally, this appears to be Mexico’s away shirt for the World Cup.  It looks very Charlie Brown to me.  There is nothing major to report on the US front regarding their World Cup jerseys (I know a couple images are out there floating around, but they look very fake/photoshopped to me).  One loyal OT reader told me he spoke to a soccer shop rep recently and the only description he got from them was one of them would be royal and white while the other would be red.  So all that means nothing really.

 
Categories: DaMarcus Beasley, Emerson Hyndman, Fabian Johnson, Juan Agudelo, Julian Green, Kyle Scott, Michael Parkhurst, Oguchi Onyewu, Sacha Kljestan, Steve Cherundolo, Timothy Chandler, US Men's National Team, Will Packwood, Zach Pfeffer, Zarek Valentin
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