March 20, 2015 (6:26 AM) by Matt Benson
Work is busy with this little hoopyball tournament going on so these will be quick and to the point.
Roderick has your
rundown of the midweek games.
Tim Howard and Everton were knocked out of Europa League and
here are some highlights.
Some sites credited Eric Lichaj with an assist earlier this week, but as you can see from
these highlights, he just headed the ball out to the guy who ended running the full field and scoring. So a little tough to call it an assist.
confirmed his USMNT call-up in a Leon press conference yesterday.
also has some news on call-ups for Gedion Zelalem ( no longer listed on Germany’s site for their U-18 team), Desevio Payne and Adam Henley.
And it looks like NYCFC forward Khiry Shelton
might be called into the US U-23 camp.
also talked to Jerome Kiesewetter about his US U-23 call-up.
has a piece up on Mukwelle Akale over at the Northern Pitch.
Goalkeeper Zac Lubin
has left Sweden and IFK Lulea for the Tulsa Roughnecks.
Former New England Revolution defender Jossimar Sanchez
has signed with Nyköpings BIS in Sweden.
And finally, someone at Nike who creates the jerseys for the national teams apparently
learned how to use gradient on photoshop. And Norway (new to Nike) is getting the US’ third jersey leftovers from 2011.
Adam Henley, Desevio Payne, Gedion Zelalem, Jerome Kiesewetter, Jossimar Sanchez, Khiry Shelton, Mukwelle Akale, Tim Howard, William Yarbrough, Zac Lubin
March 19, 2015 (3:14 PM) by Matt Benson
Tim Howard and Everton blew a 2-1 first-leg lead as they lost 5-2 today and are knocked out of Europa League 6-4 on aggregate. This season
is the first time since 1992-93 that all English teams have been knocked out of UEFA competitions before the quarterfinals. Here are today’s highlights.
Highlights, Tim Howard
March 3, 2015 (12:35 AM) by Matt Benson
A bunch of good stuff for you on this Tuesday.
This past weekend had some action on the field. Fabian Johnson scored his first goal with Borussia Mönchengladbach. Aron Johannsson and Tim Ream both returned from their injuries. Roderick has you covered with everyone in
The OT Report.
Want to see some highlights of the goals scored this weekend? Here you go:
Fabian Johnson, Junior Flores, Conor O’Brien and Marc Heider.
The US U-17 team began play at the 2015 CONCACAF U-17 Championship with a 5-0 win over Cuba on Friday (
highlights) followed with a 2-0 win over Trinidad & Tobago yesterday ( highlights). Joe Gallardo (four goals) and Christian Pulisic have been the US’s two best players in my non-expert opinion so far.
While the US U-20 team gets ready for the World Cup, they
will face England’s U-20 team and Tottenham’s U-21 team in some friendlies at the end of the month.
One US U-20 player, Lynden Gooch, is now with English Conference Premier side Gateshead FC
on loan for 28 days to get some playing time. He already made his debut over the weekend and here is a photo him in a Gateshead jersey.
one report out of Germany, Jurgen Klinsmann might call up Ashton Götz for the US friendlies and camp this month even though he doesn’t have his US passport yet (he wouldn’t be able to play in the games but he could train with the team).
There were some rumors that Sebastian Lletget
signed with the LA Galaxy this weekend, but his agent shot down those rumors.
It looks like Freddy Adu
could be headed to Sweden to sign with a real team according to Ives Galarcep. If true, this would be his 11th different team in his eighth different country since becoming a pro in 2004. Over that same time, I have lived in two different apartments and have had the same job.
Continuing with the rumors,
this report claims Fabian Johnson has been scouted recently by Barcelona as he is one of a few players on their list of potential fullbacks since Dani Alves’ contract ends this summer.
Jose Mourinho might want an American goalkeeper on Chelsea and
apparently he is looking at Old Man Friedel among some other [non-American] veteran keepers.
According to Bild, Bobby Wood’s
knee injury might not be as bad as first thought (his meniscus is not damaged as initially suspected) and he might only be out five weeks.
Tim Howard (and Everton) is the only American left in Europa League and the Toffees
will face Dynamo Kyiv in the Round of 16.
Here is a recent
video interview with Bob Bradley. Speaking of Coach Sweatpants, I guess there was a rumor that he interviewed with Danish club Aalborg for their manager opening, but Greg Seltzer is hearing from a couple sources that this is not true.
Goalkeeper Brendan Moore
has signed with English League One side Fleetwood Town.
Georgian-American midfielder Zourab Tsiskaridze
has signed with NASL’s San Antonio Scorpions. He was last seen with Bangkok Glass in Thailand.
Barcelona youngster Ben Lederman
is currently in playing purgatory as part of the team’s injunction that retroactively disqualified many academy players. Some guys just got cleared to play again but not Lederman.
And also thanks to
Josh Deaver, I am now aware of a second American at Barcelona. Konrad de la Fuente is a U-14 forward and he scored a goal back in early February for Barca’s Infantil A.
Aron Johannsson, Ashton Götz, Ben Lederman, Bob Bradley, Bobby Wood, Brad Friedel, Brendan Moore, Christian Pulisic, Conor O'Brien, Fabian Johnson, Freddy Adu, Joe Gallardo, Junior Flores, Konrad de la Fuente, Lynden Gooch, Marc Heider, Sebastian Lletget, Tim Howard, Tim Ream, US U-17 National Team, US U-20 National Team, Zourab Tsiskaridze
February 26, 2015 (2:18 AM) by Matt Benson
A bunch of stuff from the last couple of days.
The US U-17 begins its World Cup qualifying quest on Friday and
here is the roster that Richie Williams has called in. And here are the rosters for all the teams at the tournament.
talked to Williams this week about the roster and qualification.
wrote a lot of words on US U-17 starlet Christian Pulisic.
Club Tijuana’s website
has a story up on forward Brandon Vazquez, who I was told by Mr. Parchman was sort of a surprise inclusion to the US U-17 roster.
Herculez Gomez likes scoring goals for Puebla and scored two more in Copa MX action earlier this week (
went the full 90 minutes last night in Atlas’ big 1-0 win over Atletico Mineiro in Copa Libertadores. How rare was the win? It was Atletico Mineiro’s first loss at home in Copa Libertadores play since 1978, a run of 20 straight games.
Club America president Ricardo Pelaez
would like to see Mexico call-up Ventura Alvarado, but El Tri manager Miguel Herrera recently told some press that other players are ahead of Alvarado in his pecking order. You know what to do next, Klinsi.
The Toronto Sun’s Kurtis Larson
had a nice lengthy interview with Jozy Altidore.
“There were a lot of options,” Altidore said. “People were saying I was forced to Toronto or something like that. I just thought at this point in my life it was something that I was ready to do.
“I was ready for the public opinion and backlash. The project they have here excited me the most.”
Even more than the plethora of opportunities he had on Europe’s mainland.
Altidore explained why he chose Toronto FC over four German clubs, two French sides, two Italian teams and a potential loan move within the Premier League.
But there are a lot of goodies in that interview so go read it.
While he is not playing much for Hamburg, Bayern Munich is at least making money off Julian Green.
According to one report out of Germany, Bayern Munich is getting paid each time Green doesn’t make Hamburg’s gameday roster. And that has happened a lot this season.
As for some injury news, Aron Johannsson
returned to training earlier this week after missing a couple games for AZ Alkmaar.
is also expected to return to training this week after being subbed off last weekend with a back injury.
talked to Josh Gatt about coming back from his knee injuries over the last couple years. And here is a short video of Gatt sprinting on his knee.
Despite some recent un-Tim Howard-like performances, Roberto Martinez
still has Tim Howard’s back.
is returning Robbie Rogers’ e-mails again.
After scoring some goals with both Tijuana’s senior team and U-20 team, Club Tijuana’s website
has a little story up on Amando Moreno.
It looks like Philadelphia Union’s Austin Berry
is being sent out on loan to South Korea’s FC Anyang.
Former DC United and Seattle Sounders forward David Estrada
is on trial with Stabæk.
Speaking of the Fighting Bob Bradleys,
here is a video interview with Stabæk midfielder Cole Grossman.
And finally, Sky Sports in England
won the TV rights to MLS for the first time.
Amando Moreno, Aron Johannsson, Austin Berry, Brandon Vazquez, Christian Pulisic, Cole Grossman, Edgar Castillo, Herculez Gomez, Josh Gatt, Jozy Altidore, Julian Green, Robbie Rogers, Tim Howard, Tim Ream, US U-17 National Team, Ventura Alvarado
February 20, 2015 (8:38 AM) by Matt Benson
Some last minute links before the weekend.
The US away jersey for 2015 came out earlier this week so a bunch of us got together and
selected our three favorite USMNT jerseys of all-time.
This past week had a bunch of games and Roderick
has you covered on all the goals in Copa MX and a couple Americans in Europa League.
Speaking of Copa MX, I missed this goal on Tuesday, but Sonny Guadarrama scored a goal in Atlante’s 1-1 draw to Toluca (
Tim Howard was one of those players in Europa League on Thursday and he earned his 21st career win in a UEFA cup competition (Champions League/Europa League), giving him on more than Brad Friedel
for the most by any American goalkeeeper.
some reports, Julian Green had his meeting with Hamburg manager Josef Zinnbauer and director Peter Knäbel. He apparently apologized for refusing to play with the U-23s and he is back with the first team. Group hug time.
Vice Sports also recently
wrote some words on Green.
Vice Sports also
has a story up on Borussia Dortmund II manager and former USMNT player David Wagner.
According to reports out of Germany, Jurgen Klinsmann
has been recruiting/talking to Hamburg fullback Ashton Götz.
Speaking of Götz, he is one of a few players on
Brian Sciaretta’s recent list of potential dual-nationals who are out there.
And finally, Tom Marshall
talked to Jonathan Bornstein about looking to rebound this season at Queretaro.
Ashton Götz, Brad Friedel, David Wagner, Jonathan Bornstein, Julian Green, Sonny Guadarrama, Tim Howard, US Men's National Team
February 11, 2015 (1:32 AM) by Matt Benson
A bunch of random stuff so let’s get into it.
Tim Howard has been out injured since December with a calf injury but
he is expected to start for Everton today in their game against Chelsea.
Jermaine Jones’ hernia surgery was a success and
he is expected to be out 4-6 weeks.
has been demoted to Hamburg’s U-23 team in the Regionalliga. Green has appeared in only five games since being sent out on loan in August.
is in Norway training with the Stabæk, but this is not a trial. Sounds like Bob Bradley is just helping him out before he heads out on other trials in Europe.
US U-17 international Christian Pulisic is now a member of Borussia Dortmund and
he got to train with the first team yesterday. And here is a photo of Pulisic talking to Jurgen Klopp.
The US U-20 team
found out its group for the U-20 World Cup earlier this week (SPOILER ALERT – It is a favorable one). Brian Sciaretta talked to Russell Canouse and Dembakwi Yomba to get their reaction. Tab Ramos also talked to Soccer by Ives to give his thoughts. Sounds like the U-20 team might have a friendly against England in March and friendlies against Greece and Qatar in April.
scored a goal this past weekend and now he wants to score a goal at home for Reading’s fans.
looks to be playing again with Birmingham City’s U-21 team for the first time since injuring his groin.
talked to Vice Sports about his crazy last year of signing with Dortmund and battling injuries.
Cody Cropper is slowly working his way back into training after suffering a head injury during a collision during a game last month. This is
what his eye looked like three weeks ago.
Michael Farfan is returning to MLS and
has signed with D.C. United. Farfan left the Philadelphia Union for Cruz Azul after the 2013 season but only appeared in one league game for La Maquina in 2014 ( although he did score).
Andrija Novakovich scored a late game-tying goal in Reading U-18’s 1-1 draw to Southampton last week. You can check out the goal at the
2:42 mark of this video.
Matt Horth is returning to the US and
has signed with NASL’s Atlanta Silverbacks. Horth played the 2014 season in Iceland with Leiknir Reykjavík, scoring six goals in 17 games.
Brian Span looks to be in Finland
on trial with IFK Mariehamn after being waived by FC Dallas last week. Span has European experience with Swedish side Djurgården in 2012 and 2013. He returned to the US with FC Dallas in 2014, but spent most of his time in USL Pro with Orlando City on loan or with FC Dallas’ reserve team.
has signed a new contract with Bærum in Norway.
Will John was last seen with MAS Fez in Morocco and now he is Croatia trying to find a new home after a
near deal with Shamrock Rovers in Ireland hit a snag.
I posted last week with
a link about how Kevin Garcia was making the move to Ireland with Galway FC. Someone in Ireland e-mailed me that it is not true (“was news to the press officer”). Also, Jake Keegan isn’t with the club either at the moment as he is still waiting for a work permit. And former Yale and Portland Timbers U-23 defender Andy Hackbarth is on trial with the club.
Goalkeeper Zac Lubin was Kevin Garcia’s teammate at IFK Luleå last season and
now he is on trial with Cork City in Ireland.
And completing the IFK Luleå news roundup, goalkeeper
Alex Wimmer is on trial with IFK Luleå. If you are looking for a Swedish third division to cheer for, IFK Luleå has to be winner, right?
A.J. Soares, Alex Wimmer, Andrija Novakovich, Andy Hackbarth, Brian Span, Christian Pulisic, Cody Cropper, Dembakwi Yomba, Jake Keegan, Jermaine Jones, Joe Gyau, Julian Green, Kevin Garcia, Michael Farfan, Russell Canouse, Sebastian Troupe, Tim Howard, US U-20 National Team, Will John, Zac Lubin
February 6, 2015 (1:09 AM) by Matt Benson
It’s almost the weekend, but here are a few things to check out.
First off, welcome
Roderick MacNeil to the site. He is going to helping out now and bringing back The OT Report from the dead. He did a midweek edition last night. We are probably going to tweak the format around a little bit.
Tired of fitness-gate yet? If not, here are
more quotes from Jurgen Klinsmann on it and his response to Alexi Lalas’ comments.
Want some photo galleries of the USMNT training this week? You are in luck
here, here and here.
We posted the first rumored leak of the USMNT away jersey for 2015 back in December and another actual photo has leaked, so
I updated the original post.
It is likely going to be a sellout, but the US-Mexico friendly in San Antonio
has sold more than 50,000 tickets already with less than two months left.
Aron Johannsson scored the game’s lone goal in AZ Alkmaar’s 1-0 win over Ajax yesterday. Here is
his goal in highlight form. Here is also a photo of him celebrating the goal. He had to be subbed out due to injury later in the game, but it looks to be a minor ankle injury.
John Brooks is going to have a new manager as
Jos Luhukay was fired by Hertha Berlin. Brooks always seem to butt heads with Luhukay so maybe a new manager will be a nice change of pace.
Not surprising, but after
possibly being “screwed over” by Rafa Marquez, A.J. Soares and his agent are scrambling to find a new home.
The Daily Mail (your first sign that it likely wasn’t true) had a report in January that Tim Howard was looking into a possible MLS move. Everton’s manager Roberto Martinez
is expecting Howard to see out his contract at Everton and told the press that Howard is still his #1 keeper. Nothing to see here.
ESPN’s Jeff Carlisle
talked to Tim Ream as he continues to put in solid efforts for Bolton.
caught up with Heath Pearce to talk about his move to Sweden.
And finally, a rumor to keep you pondering over the weekend, Deporte Total USA (I have no clue how good/bad they are, so don’t kill me on this) is reporting that Junior Flores
is headed to D.C. United on loan for the 2015 season.
A.J. Soares, Aron Johannsson, Heath Pearce, John Brooks, Junior Flores, Tim Howard, Tim Ream, US Men's National Team
January 29, 2015 (12:59 AM) by Matt Benson
A few more USMNT things before moving on from yesterday’s loss.
In case you missed the game,
here are the goals. And Matthew Doyle took a quick look at the US’s attempt to play the 3-5-2.
As for some “fun” stats/facts courtesy of Paul Carr and Paul Kennedy:
* The US is now winless in five straight games for the
first time since 2007.
* The US has now allowed nine goals over a three-game span for the first time since 1993.
* The US has allowed eight goals in the first 10 minutes of games since 2013 after allowing only seven such goals between 2007 and 2012.
* The US has been outscored 9-0 in the second half of its last five games.
* The US is winless in its last four games when leading at the half after going 19-0-2 in Klinsmann’s first 21 games when leading at the half.
* And finally, the US still only has one win in its last 18 games against South American teams.
One of the big non-USMNT news stories from yesterday was Sacha Kljestan
signing with the New York Red Bulls.
It looks like Alejandro Bedoya
is working on a new contract with Nantes. Marc Stein’s sources say that Bedoya also has been drawing some interest from Germany, England and MLS.
The New York Times
wrote some words on DeAndre Yedlin earlier this week. And new Tottenham teammate and fellow American Brad Friedel talked about Yedlin to some UK press.
We posted yesterday in the US-Chile pre-game primer about how Gedion Zelalem is currently ineligible to play for the US, but
Grant Wahl/Sunil Gulati are making it sound like the FIFA exception will go through and he will be eligible later this spring.
Also in the link above, Wahl is hearing that US U-20 center back Cameron Carter-Vickers could be training with Tottenham’s first team in the coming weeks.
Getting back to Zelalem for a second,
he went the full 90 in Arsenal’s 1-0 loss to Atletico Madrid in UEFA Youth League action earlier this week. Dembakwi Yomba did not dress for Atletico Madrid as it looks like he picked up some kind of knee injury.
Sticking with the youth theme, Jeff Carlisle put together his list of
Top 10 US players currently under the age of 21. His #1 is Emerson Hyndman.
Another player on that list, Julian Green,
is healthy again and thinks he can learn from his loan away Bayern Munich.
Speaking of health issues, Tim Howard
appears to be ahead of schedule with the rehabbing of his calf injury and could return to the field sooner than first believed.
As for another goalie, Zack Steffen
talked to Brian Sciaretta about the U-20 World Cup and Freiburg.
Steffen’s U-20 teammate, Matt Miazga, is in Qatar with RB Leipzig on a training stint/trial. He had to be
subbed out of a scrimmage the other day with an injury, but New York Red Bulls manager Jesse Marsch claims it is just a knock.
Steven Goff has your monthly
Freddy Adu update.
Alejandro Guido scored his first goal with Tijuana last week in Copa MX action and he followed that up with
another goal in Copa MX action on Tuesday.
It looks like Tim Ream
had a nice game earlier this week against Rotherham.
Remember Mike Grella? He is currently with the New York Red Bulls as a trialist.
Ryan Adeleye was last seen in Israel with Hapoel Ashkelon and now
he has signed with the Fort Lauderdale Strikers.
And finally, some might remember the US-Mexico rivalry movie that was being made a few years ago called Gringos at the Gate. Well,
it is finally on the internet for your viewing pleasure.
Alejandro Bedoya, Alejandro Guido, Brad Friedel, Cameron Carter-Vickers, DeAndre Yedlin, Dembakwi Yomba, Emerson Hyndman, Freddy Adu, Gedion Zelalem, Julian Green, Matt Miazga, Mike Grella, Ryan Adeleye, Sacha Kljestan, Tim Howard, Tim Ream, US Men's National Team, Zack Steffen
January 16, 2015 (1:16 AM) by Matt Benson
Links and such before the weekend.
So Jozy Altidore
is going to officially be with Toronto FC today (before heading to California to join the USMNT). Here is some video of him arriving at Toronto’s Pearson Airport. Toronto FC have already changed their Facebook page up a bit. The official press conference to introduce him will be today at 11 AM Eastern.
Here is a
little video of the USMNT training in California. The team also made a trip to the Staples Center last night to watch the Lakers attempt to play basketball.
Speaking of the NBA,
DeAndre Yedlin and Tim Howard both were in London to check out the Bucks-Knicks game at the O2 Arena. Timmy has going full blown drifter with his look.
Back to the USMNT, FC Dallas defender Matt Hedges
has been added to the roster for this month.
Jurgen Klinsmann also recently said that Robbie Rogers
would have likely been called into camp if he didn’t split it up between vets and U-23 players.
If you are planning on going to the Gold Cup final, it looks like you can start looking into plans
to head to Philadelphia.
played with Uruguay’s U-20 team last night at South American U-20 Championship, so he is officially cap tied and can no longer play for the US since he is not a US citizen yet.
According to the Digital Communications Manager at Southampton, Cody Cropper
just has a black eye and is fine after his collision on Monday that sent him to the hospital.
The LA Galaxy traded midfielder Marcelo Sarvas to Colorado for the third spot in the allocation order and allocation money,
making some people think they are still trying to sign Sacha Kljestan.
US U-18 midfielder Kyle Scott
scored a nice goal for Chelsea’s U-21 team earlier this week.
According to Ives Galarcep, Sebastian Lletget
is in Spain training with a second division team as he could be headed out (on loan?) this month.
Here is a
Google-translated story on Andrew Wooten and his coach Alois Schwartz.
scored a goal earlier this week for Jablonec in a friendly against Atletico Victoria.
Former USMNTer Thomas Dooley
has agreed to a two-year extension as manager of the Philippine national team.
And finally, a little poll before the weekend. How many goals do you think Jozy Altidore will score in MLS regular season play in 2015?
Take Our Poll
Andrew Wooten, Cody Cropper, DeAndre Yedlin, Diego Fagundez, Jozy Altidore, Kyle Scott, Matt Hedges, Nermin Crnkic, Robbie Rogers, Sacha Kljestan, Sebastian Lletget, Thomas Dooley, Tim Howard, US Men's National Team
December 31, 2014 (1:08 AM) by Matt Benson
This will be the last ever links post of 2014. Get excited.
The big news of the week is Gedion Zelalem
getting his US citizenship. While not everyone who reads this site is a US soccer fan boy like some of us, Steven Goff does a good job of breaking down who he is and his situation.
Fresh off his
loan extension with Charlton Athletic, Oguchi Onyewu got injured while warming up and did not play yesterday while it was announced that he was going to start in Charlton’s 3-0 loss to Ipswich Town.
Speaking of injuries, Tim Howard
will be out 5-6 weeks with a calf injury.
Mix Diskerud’s current situation is sort of confusing, but this is what we know right now. Rosenborg announced that the club and Diskerud
were unable to come up with a new deal. But his dad is saying that Rosenborg is one of four clubs who have emerged as the frontrunners to sign the free agent. Tijuana was once rumored to be close to signing him, but Ives Galarcep is hearing that those talks are dead. And the latest rumor of the day is that Celtic is interested in his services. So basically we know nothing.
The US U-20 team begins its U-20 World Cup qualifying a week from Friday and
here is a look at the provisional roster. Top Drawer Soccer’s Will Parchman did a little breakdown of the roster right here. Brad Friedel was cleared by Tottenham to come and help coach for two of the games.
In case you missed it last week, here is what the
rumored 2015 USMNT away shirt will look like. And here is a cool story on how the USMNT photo shoot with SI went for last summer’s World Cup edition.
It looks like Wil Trapp
will be at January’s USMNT camp.
did an interview with FIFA.com recently.
has signed a contract extension with Nottingham Forest.
Here is a video of Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino
talking about DeAndre Yedlin.
talked to SI Kids about rapping.
officially announced the signing of Omar Salgado on Monday.
is already scoring goals for Puebla in a preseason game against Mexico’s U-20 team.
Jon-Paul Pittman had an assist over the weekend in Grimsby Town’s
3-1 loss to Lincoln City.
Hibernian manager Alan Stubbs wants to use Landon Donovan
as an adviser on Jack McBean and other potential American players.
US youth player Kyle Scott
signed a professional contract with Chelsea last week.
Here is a
Google-translated interview with Quentin Westberg about where he stands today.
Brad Friedel, Clint Dempsey, DeAndre Yedlin, Eric Lichaj, Gedion Zelalem, Herculez Gomez, Jack McBean, Jon-Paul Pittman, Kyle Scott, Landon Donovan, Mix Diskerud, Oguchi Onyewu, Omar Salgado, Quentin Westberg, Tim Howard, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team, Wil Trapp