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Monday morning links
   March 24, 2014 (8:15 AM) by Matt
 

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
 

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
 

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
 

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.

Read the rest of this entry »

 
Categories: Brek Shea, Daniel 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
 

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
 

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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Tuesday morning links
   December 3, 2013 (7:00 AM) by Matt
 

Where in the world is Landon Donovan?

No, really, he is instagramming photos of being in Europe (Donovan to Eintracht Frankfurt!?!?!?) which is making people think he is working on getting a potential winter loan deal worked out, although Bruce Arena told the Galaxy All-Access podcast that both Donovan and Omar Gonzalez won’t be heading to Europe on loan in January.  So now we play the waiting game for more information to leak out.

In case you missed it yesterday, US Soccer announced a friendly against South Korea for February 1.  It sounds like January’s camp will start in Los Angeles for a week.  Head to Brazil for a week or two before returning to Los Angeles for a final week and the friendly at the StubHub Center (RIP Home Depot Center naming rights).

The US fell one spot in the latest FIFA world rankings from #13 to #14.  Mexico moved up from #24 to #20.

Jozy Altidore was named US Soccer’s Male Athlete of the Year for 2013.  Jozy finished 2013 tied with Landon Donovan with a team-leading eight goals, including a USMNT record with a goal in five consecutive games.

CONCACAF also has a bunch of awards that you can vote on right here.  This will be the first edition of the soon-to-be annual CONCACAF awards.  It says you have until mid-December to vote, whenever that is (CONCACAF gonna CONCACAF).

As for the latest on the Bob Bradley new job watch, he is now being tied to the Vancouver Whitecaps.  And here is an updated trailer/sneak peek at the PBS hour-long documentary on Bradley, which will come out in 2014.

John Brooks has been having knee issues, although his MRI from last week showed nothing serious was wrong with it.

Jonathan Spector suffered a setback with his thigh injury and is now out until the end of January.

Southampton goalkeeper Artur Boruc will miss six weeks with a broken hand.  Throw in an injury to Kelvin Davis and there is a chance that Cody Cropper could at least dress for a game or two in the near future for the Saints.

Birmingham City have denied Bristol Rovers’ request to play Will Packwood in their upcoming FA Cup match.  If Packwood were to play, he would be ineligible to play for Birmingham City in the FA Cup for the rest of 2013-14.

Zach Pfeffer’s loan deal with Hoffenheim has officially come to an end.  He got a lot of playing time with Hoffenheim’s U-19 team while he was over in Germany.

Benji Joya, Daniel Cuevas and Santos Laguna’s U-20 team won the U-20 Apertura this past weekend.  And there is speculation that the two could be headed to other teams as they seek out playing time with first teams.

Speaking of that speculation and other possible transfers in Mexico (possibly DaMarcus Beasley), Tom Marshall has you covered.

Jeff Cunningham has been spotted in Vietnam trialing with Hai Phong FC.

And finally, go read Will’s latest goalkeeper interview with Washington Husky Spencer Richey.  Hopefully you guys have been enjoying Will’s interviews as I think he has some more coming in the future.

 
Categories: Benji Joya, Bob Bradley, Cody Cropper, DaMarcus Beasley, Daniel Cuevas, Jeff Cunningham, John Brooks, Jonathan Spector, Jozy Altidore, Landon Donovan, Omar Gonzalez, US Men's National Team, Will Packwood, Zach Pfeffer
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Thursday linkage
   November 14, 2013 (12:39 AM) by Matt
 

The USMNT are kicking it in Scotland in preparation for Friday’s game.  One of the storylines this week has been DaMarcus Beasley’s and Alejandro Bedoya’s return to their old Rangers stomping grounds.  US Soccer has one video about it as well as something on the website.

The other big story of yesterday was that Clint Dempsey (calf strain) and Fabian Johnson (ankle) were dropped from the roster due to their injuries.  No replacements have been added.

Speaking of Dempsey, Grant Wahl thinks he is the likeliest to go on loan to Europe this winter, while it sounds like Landon Donovan and Graham Zusi might not.  But that could always change.

Here is the latest Q&A from Jurgen Klinsmann.

Tab Ramos has been named as US Soccer’s second youth technical director (on top of his U-20 duties).

Sticking with Ramos, he and the US U-20 team lost their first friendly in Italy yesterday, 4-1, to the Hellas Verona academy.

One player not with the US team in Scotland is Tim Ream.  Ream talked to Mr. Interview Brian Sciaretta recently.

And finally, Will Packwood’s loan with Bristol Rovers has been extended until January.  Packwood has played in four league games with the League Two side, including a couple man of the match performances.

 
Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Clint Dempsey, DaMarcus Beasley, Fabian Johnson, Graham Zusi, Landon Donovan, Tim Ream, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team, Will Packwood
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Tuesday morning links
   November 5, 2013 (12:02 AM) by Matt
 

Time to catch up on the last few days.

While Julian Green won’t be headed to the USMNT camp this month since he can’t play in the games (unless he decides 100% to make the switch), he is now headed to a Germany U-19 camp this month.  I don’t think the door is shut on him quite yet, there is still a few years before he has to make a final decision.

That said, FC Lorient midfielder Romain Gall has been invited to the US U-20 camp in Italy for this month.  Gall last played with the US U-18 team this past summer at the International Juniors Tournament in Lisbon, Portugal.

The goal tracker has you updated on all the goals from the weekend.  As for yesterday, Charles Kazlauskas scored Helmond Sport’s opening goal as they came back from a 2-0 deficit to win 3-2 today over Jong Ajax.  I am still looking for highlights of the goal.

No highlights of Andrew Wooten’s goal in Kaiserslautern II’s 3-2 loss to Eintracht Frankfurt II in Regionalliga action, but here is a photo of The Wooten Clan from the game.

Bobby Warshaw’s loan with Angelholms FF officially ended this weekend after playing in the season finale.  He also scored (highlights), giving him eight goals in nine league appearances.

Patrick Hopkins has left Ljungskile SK for IK Sirius, who were just promoted to the Superettan (second tier in Sweden) after winning promotion in the Division 1 Norra (third tier).  Here is a video of Hopkins giving a little interview.  With Hopkins leaving, Ljungskile SK is still left with four Americans:  Patrick McMahon, Paul Tracy, Aaron Nichols and Charlie Campbell.

Also in Sweden, Nykoping have let go of Ryan Garcia while Paul Torres is still left at the club.

Steve Cherundolo is having more knee issues and did not play with Hannover 96 this past weekend.  He is only doing individual workouts at training and hasn’t been cleared to return to the full squad just yet.

Brian Sciaretta caught up with Conor O’Brien to talk about his move to Odense.

Tim Howard made one of the Top 5 saves of the week this past weekend in Everton’s 0-0 draw to Tottenham.

An update on Stuart Holden:  He is expected to return to Bolton in late December to check in with the team with hopes of reintroducing him into training in the early parts of 2014.

John Brooks had his Range Rover stolen while rehabbing his injury.  It looks like other Hertha Berlin players have had their cars stolen recently, which is sort of a problem.

And finally, here is a video interview with Will Packwood on adpating to life at Bristol Rovers.

 
Categories: Andrew Wooten, Bobby Warshaw, Charles Kazlauskas, Conor O'Brien, John Brooks, Julian Green, Patrick Hopkins, Romain Gall, Ryan Gracia, Steve Cherundolo, Stuart Holden, Tim Howard, Will Packwood
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Tuesday morning linkage
   October 29, 2013 (12:01 AM) by Matt
 

This past weekend was a fantastic one for the various Americans in Europe.  We had 12 total goals by 10 different players.  I have posted highlights of most of the goals over the last two days, but you can follow along with our goal tracker.

One of those goal scorers was Julian Green, who scored twice against Heimstetten (a photo of him celebrating with teammates from the game), giving him 15 goals in 15 games with Bayern Munich’s U-23 team this season.  During last Friday’s morning links, there were some rumblings that Green would be going to the USMNT camp in Europe next month.  There was finally confirmation by US Soccer later that afternoon that he would be at least attending the camp, but he hasn’t filled out a FIFA one-time switch so he can’t play in the friendlies.  That said, Brian Sciaretta is hearing “optimistic” things about his US prospects.

Another player who scored a goal in the German Regionalliga this weekend was Jann George and here is a photo of him celebrating with a teammate.

Michael Bradley came off the bench and scored the winning goal for Roma over the weekend, giving them the longest winning streak to start a season in Serie A history.  Here is a fantastic call by an Italian broadcaster who looses his stuff and calls him Lex Luthor.  Seriously, listen to that.

Also in Mikey news, Roma apparently turned down a seven million euro bid by Cardiff City for his services this past summer.

Tim Howard won the battle of American goalkeepers over the weekend in Everton’s 2-0 win over Brad Guzan and Aston Villa.  Based on his strong play, including a save on a penalty kick, he was named to BBC Sport’s Garth Crooks’ Premier League Team of the Week.  That link also tells us that Howard has saved six penalty kicks in Premier League play since 2008-09, the most by any keeper over that time frame.

Will Packwood put in another Man of the Match honors for Bristol Rovers in a 0-0 draw to Chesterfield.

Steve Cherundolo was supposed to make Hannover 96′s 18-man roster this past weekend, but some medical paperwork wasn’t turned in properly (or something like that).

Huddersfield Town manager Mark Robbins likes Duane Holmes.

Here is a sweet 360-degree photo of Fabian Borini, Jozy Altidore and Sunderland celebrating the game-winning goal from Sunday.

We know Jurgen Klinsmann wants the MLS-based USMNT players to go out on winter loans and now we have our first rumor:  Clint Dempsey back to Fulham?

And finally, Michel Platini wants the World Cup to expand to 40 teams.  Shockingly, he only wants UEFA to get one of those eight new spots.

 
Categories: Clint Dempsey, Duane Holmes, Jann George, Jozy Altidore, Julian Green, Michael Bradley, Steve Cherundolo, Tim Howard, Will Packwood
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