A bunch of news goodies came out in the last 24 hours. So let’s dive into the links.
The USMNT roster for the next friendlies will likely come out this weekend/next Monday if I were a betting man, but ESPN’s Doug McIntyre is reporting that Minnesota United’s Miguel Ibarra will receive a call-up. If true, Ibarra will become the first US player from a US second-tier league since Clyde Simms in 2005. As for Ibarra, he is a 24-year-old midfielder who has scored eight goals in 21 league games for Minnesota this season. Here are some highlights of Ibarra.
The other big news of the weekend is that John Brooks has been demoted to Hertha Berlin’s U-23 team. There has been some confusion over the translation as some people think the articles have said that he will be cut or waived, but he is not in good standing with Hertha manager Jos Luhukay. But he has at least been demoted for now.
Aron Johannsson and AZ Alkmaar have a new manager in John van den Brom. His last coaching stint was at Anderlecht with Sacha Kljestan the last couple of seasons. It always seems like American players in Europe end up playing for a coach who just recently managed another US player.
FIFA has added 2016 Copa America to the international calendar, which means we should expect to see the best players at the tournament as clubs will have to release players for the tournament.
The US U-23 team is headed to Brazil to take on the Brazilian U-23 team during October’s international break. No roster has been announced yet, but this will be the second camp for the U-23 team in the last three months after beating Bahamas 5-1 back in August.
DeAndre Yedlin was on ExtraTime Radio last week and said he is working on getting his Latvian passport. If he can get it soon, he could join Tottenham in January otherwise he will have to go through the UK work permit process and likely won’t be able to join the club until next summer.
Bolton manager Dougie Freedman hopes to manage Stuart Holden again in the future. Holden is out of contract, but he is being allowed to rehab at his own pace (and hopefully correctly) then they will see where he stands with the club once he is ready to go again.
Yesterday was Thursday and Thursday means Europa League. Tim Howard was a beast as he tied a Europa League record with 12 saves in Everton’s 4-1 win over Wolfsburg (highlights). And Fabian Johnson started on the left wing for Borussia Mönchengladbach in their 1-1 draw to Villarreal.
The UEFA Youth League also had some games this week with Gedion Zelalem going the distance in Arsenal’s 2-0 win over Junior Flores (71 minutes) and Borussia Dormund. Here is a photo of them both in action. Zelalem also had a pretty nice assist last week in an Arsenal youth game back in England.
Herculez Gomez scored a goal in Tigres’ 1-0 win over Queretaro in Copa MX action on Wednesday (highlights). It was also Ronaldinho’s debut for Queretaro.
Emerson Hyndman will have a new manager at Fulham as Felix Magath has been sacked after the dumpster fire of a start by the Cottagers this season.
The English FA has proposed some changes about foreign players obtaining work permits in the UK. And as Jeremiah Oshan points out, this could help Americans like DeAndre Yedlin if the US can continue to be a Top 30 team. And here is your reminder that Yedlin is really fast.
Tim Howard and Everton opened up their 2014-15 Europa League campaign with a 4-1 win over Wolfsburg on Thursday. In case you forgot that Tim Howard is a beast, he tied a Europa League single-game record with 12 saves. Here are some highlights.
At the youth level, Gedion Zelalem went 90 minutes for Arsenal’s U-21 team in a 1-1 draw. Also at the U-21 level, Cody Cropper and Southampton defeated Sebastian Lletget and West Ham 2-1. Here are some highlights with Lletget getting an assist at the 3:22 mark. And Marc Pelosi has come back from his broken leg and started to play again with Liverpool’s U-21 team.
CHICAGO (Aug. 21, 2014) – Three-time FIFA World Cup veteran Tim Howard has asked to take a break from duties with the U.S. Men’s National Team until next fall, and after discussions with U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann the Everton goalkeeper will not be considered for selection to the U.S. roster until September of 2015.
Howard is not retiring from international play. The decision is driven mainly by the desire to spend more time with his family.
“Having played overseas for the last 12 years and missing out on spending time with my family, making this commitment to my family is very important at this time,” said Howard. “I am grateful for the willingness of both Jurgen Klinsmann and Everton manager Roberto Martinez to afford me the opportunity to spend time with my kids. It’s the right decision at the right time. Jurgen has always been up front with all the players in saying you have to earn your place, which is something I agree with, so I look forward to coming back next fall and competing for a spot.”
Howard will miss a few friendlies (up to about eight?) and the 2015 Gold Cup during his break. And Jurgen Klinsmann gives us some coach speech as he opens things up to both Brad Guzan and Nick Rimando to be the starter.
“This gives us a huge opportunity to see Brad Guzan and Nick Rimando going forward and fighting for the No. 1 spot,” said Klinsmann. “We have young talented goalkeepers with Sean Johnson and Bill Hamid, who have been brought along the last couple years, so this may give them a chance here and there to get some game time. Always when somebody steps aside for a moment, it gives an opportunity for the next ones in line.”
That said, I am pretty sure Guzan will be the #1 goalkeeper for the USMNT over the next year.
This weekend was a busy one with tons of players seeing the field throughout Europe. Here is a quick rundown of how guys did over the weekend. And as always, our goal tacker is updated with the goals from the weekend with some links to highlights to a few of them.
The other odd news of the weekend was the lack of Geoff Cameron in Stoke City’s gameday roster. While there was first speculation that Mark Hughes was giving extra rest to Cameron and Peter Odemwingie due to the World Cup, it now looks like Cameron is wanting a transfer away from Stoke City.
Through two games, Emerson Hyndman has completed 125 passes this season, the fourth most in the English League Championship. And among Championship players who have attempted at least 100 passes, his 91% completion percentage is the second highest in the Championship. And there has been a total of 1065 minutes played so far in the Championship by players under the age of 20 with Fulham accounting for 607 of those minutes (57 percent).
Aron Johannsson is going to be out another six weeks after having groin surgery to go along with his ankle surgery from last month. It will be interesting to see who Jurgen Klinsmann calls into next month’s friendly at forward if he sticks with a European-based roster with Johannsson and Boyd both out with injuries. Is it finally time to cap Matt Taylor?! (I am joking.)
Seattle Sounders general manager Adrian Hanauer spoke about DeAndre Yedlin’s transfer last Wednesday. The deal is done, but he won’t be transferred until a later date (since the MLS transfer window is closed and he can’t be loaned back to Seattle?). Tottenham will “evaluate the situation” at the end of the MLS season once the MLS transfer window opens back up (and see if he can get his UK work permit), although there is a chance he stays in Seattle through the summer of 2015.
People have been asking me a lot recently about anything on Juan Agudelo. There is nothing new to report that I know of other than he continues to train with Orlando City off and on.
Alfredo Morales and FC Ingolstadt were knocked out of the DFB Pokal by Kickers Offenbach yesterday in a penalty shootout. Morales went the full 120 minutes and made his penalty attempt.
Tony Taylor became a free agent this summer after his contract expired with Omonia Nikosia in Cyprus. And now the former US youth international is headed to the New England Revolution after the Revolution acquired the forward through a lottery.
Greg Garza did not play with Tijuana last Friday after suffering a nose injury in training which required surgery. On the Tijuana U-20 front, tilt your computer sideways to see this goal by Amando Moreno from a U-20 game from Friday.
US Soccer confirmed the friendly against Ecuador for October 10 last week. Brian Sciaretta is hearing that US Soccer will add a second game during that international week and it will also take place in the US.
While Germany had the DFB Pokal this past weekend, Borussia Dortmund II had the off week from official games, but both Junior Flores and Joe Gyau (Gyau also scored) played with the U-23 team in a friendly against Wattenscheid last Thursday.