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Tuesday morning links
   November 5, 2013 (12:02 AM) by Matt Benson
 

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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Wednesday morning links
   October 23, 2013 (12:53 AM) by Matt Benson
 

A few quick links.

Jurgen Klinsmann spoke to US Soccer’s website about finishing up the Hex.  He is not happy with the World Cup seeding process.  They also have a video with him.

Here are some field-level highlights of the US’s win over Panama.

Steven Goff is hearing that Jermaine Jones might be dipping his toe in to the MLS water this winter.

A day after playing Aston Villa this weekend, Tim Howard will be making his broadcasting debut and will be an analyst for NBCSN next to Arlo White for their coverage of Chelsea-Manchester City.

Conor O’Brien was named to the Danish Superliga Team of the Week.

Will Packwood put in another 90 minutes for Bristol Rovers in a 2-1 loss on Tuesday.

Timothy Chandler’s new manager at Nurnberg will be Gertjan Verbeek.  Can Verbeek work his magic like he did for Michael Bradley, Jozy Altidore and Aron Johnannsson?

Brian Span’s contract with Swedish side Djurgårdens has not been renewed.

The US U-20 team will hold a camp in Italy in November.  Get to know some of the players who will be involved in the 2015 U-20 World Cup cycle right here.

 
Categories: Brian Span, Conor O'Brien, Jermaine Jones, Tim Howard, Timothy Chandler, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team, Will Packwood
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Odense BK vs. Udfordringen Highlights
   September 12, 2013 (2:24 PM) by Matt Benson
 

Conor O’Brien scored in his Odense BK debut yesterday, a 9-1 win over Udfordringen in the DBU Pokalen.  Here are the goals with O’Brien’s coming at the 1:50 mark.

 
Categories: Conor O'Brien, Highlights
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Thursday morning links
   September 12, 2013 (1:19 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Sorry for the somewhat lack of updates and tweets recently (at least compared to normal).  September/October is my super busy time of year at work and the past two weeks have been crazy.  That said, lets get into some links from the last couple of days.

I posted last night some highlights of Julian Green’s hat trick from last week.  Our goal tracker has also been updated with a few goals from guys in smaller leagues.

Speaking of goals, Conor O’Brien scored a goal in his debut for OB in their 9-1 win over Udfordringen in the DBU Pokalen.

So the US won on Tuesday night and it was awesome.  The game also drew a 1.9 rating on ESPN, the highest ever rating for a non-World Cup/Confederations Cup US match.

Now that the US has clinched a spot in Brazil, Brian Sciaretta decided to pass out 23 tickets to the players he thinks will end up on the roster next summer.

Landon Donovan made an appearance on the Dan Patrick Show yesterday morning.

Here is a funny story about how FIFA might fine Costa Rica for its fans booing and whistling during the US national anthem last Friday, but we all know that is not going to happen.

This is from the weekend (and a report from the UK), but this story claims Michael Bradley will be out four weeks with his ankle injury.  Most everyone who was in Columbus said that he was walking around with no limp, so maybe he will come back sooner.

And it looks like Mikey might be underpaid, at least in my opinion, at Roma.

As for his dad, he did a Q&A with ESPN FC’s Roger Bennett over the weekend.  I believe Egypt is still the only team undefeated in World Cup qualification in the world.

We have had a Gooch sighting!  Apparently Mr. Oguchi Onyewu is training in France with his first professional club Metz.

American-English goalkeeper Paul Rachubka is now with League One side Oldham Athletic.  He played with Accrington Stanley last season.

US U-18 forward Patrick Tshiani has signed with the Belgian club Standard Liege.  He was last with Anderlecht’s youth academy.

The latest FIFA world rankings will come out today and Grant Wahl speculates that the US could jump as high as #13.

 
Categories: Bob Bradley, Conor O'Brien, Julian Green, Landon Donovan, Michael Bradley, Oguchi Onyewu, Patrick Tshiani, Paul Rachubka, US Men's National Team
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Tuesday morning links
   September 3, 2013 (12:01 AM) by Matt Benson
 

I did some USMNT housekeeping from the weekend in a post yesterday.  It looks like they checked out Jozy Altidore as Jurgen Klinsmann told the press in Miami that he should play on Friday.

The Miami Herald did a story on local boy Alejandro Bedoya.

The transfer window closed yesterday and Jozy Altidore’s move to Sunderland was the fourth most expensive transfer in the Eredivisie.

Conor O’Brien made the move to fellow Danish Superliga side Odense BK last week.  O’Brien spoke to Greg Seltzer about the move.

There were some rumors that sprung up on Sunday night that Oguchi Onyewu was close to a move to Club Brugge, but that didn’t happen.

There was also some late interest for Michael Parkhurst, but that might tabled until January.

Maurice Edu doesn’t want to go out on loan and wants to fight for a spot at Stoke City.

Stoke City also made some late attempts at buying Juan Agudelo from the New England Revolution, but Agudelo will have to wait until January to make the move to the Premier League.  And I missed this a couple weeks ago, but he is rumored to to be making around $600,000 once he gets there.

Finally found some highlights of Sacha Kljestan’s goal from the weekend in Anderlecht’s 4-3 loss.

Ben Spencer came off the bench and made his debut at Molde FK over the weekend.  The previous link also has some highlights with Spencer almost getting the assist around the 5:00 mark.

In some great to hear news, Will Packwood went 60 minutes with Birmingham City’s U-21 team over the weekend.

Despite being out with an injury, Tijuana’s manager Jorge Almirón fully expects Herculez Gomez to be a starter once he gets back.

Paul Torres signed an extension through 2014 with Nyköping.

Julian Green will be playing with Germany’s U-19 team in upcoming games against Greece and the Netherlands.

A couple guys in action on Monday.  Michael Nanchoff started and played 54 minutes in Jönköpings Södra’s 3-1 win over Örgryte.  Charles Kazlauskas went the full 90 minutes in Helmond Sport’s 5-2 win over Emmen.  And Andrew Wooten came off the bench and played three minutes in Kaiserslautern’s 2-2 draw to Energie Cottbus.

 
Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Andrew Wooten, Ben Spencer, Charles Kazlauskas, Conor O'Brien, Herculez Gomez, Juan Agudelo, Julian Green, Maurice Edu, Michael Nanchoff, Michael Parkhurst, Oguchi Onyewu, Paul Torres, Sacha Kljestan, US Men's National Team, Will Packwood
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Conor O’Brien signs with OB
   August 31, 2013 (12:01 PM) by Howie Michaels
 

After a brief stay with Nordsjaelland, Conor O’Brien will be joining his 4th different Danish club as he has signed with Odense.

OB finished 10th in the 12-team Superliga each of the last two years, but they have a stronger tradition that has included a UEFA Cup quarterfinal appearance and three straight 2nd-place appearances from 2009-11

 
Categories: Conor O'Brien
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Friday morning links
   August 30, 2013 (12:04 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Jurgen Klinsmann selected his 23-man roster for the upcoming qualifiers against Costa Rica and Mexico.  While some guys got “left off”, I don’t think there were any “snubs”, which sort of shows you the depth is going on beyond 23 spots.  US Soccer’s website has its usual post-roster Q&A with Klinsmann.  And they have a little video with Klinsmann.

Klinsmann is also aware of Eric Lichaj’s recent good play, but doesn’t want to experiment with the roster now.  If the US can clinch a spot in the next two games and Lichaj continues to play well with Nottingham Forest, I bet he gets called in during October.

A report out Germany says John Brooks is only available for the Costa Rica match and has to return back to Hertha Berlin before the qualifier against Mexico.  But Liviu Bird was told by a US Soccer spokesman that no agreement exists between US Soccer and Hertha Berlin.

Timothy Chandler told some German press that he plans on staying up late to watch the US games.

Here is a look at Mexico’s roster.  Pretty crazy how one of their best forwards at the moment (Carlos Vela) and one of their top goalkeepers (Guillermo Ochoa) don’t want to play under Chepo.

Aron Johannsson spoke to Brian Sciaretta this week about his decision to play with the USMNT.

Johannsson and AZ Alkmaar’s Europe League match with Greek side Atromitos was suspended yesterday due to a fire inside the stadium.  101 Great Goals has some video from the stadium.

Also in Europa League action on Thursday, Terrence Boyd made the bench, but did not play in Rapid Vienna’s 3-0 win over Dila.  A Josh Gatt-less Molde FK were knocked out of Europa League by Rubin Kazan’.  And Conor O’Brien (who didn’t play) and Nordsjælland were also knocked out on Thursday.

And finally, Jermaine Jones and Sacha Kljestan learned their groups for Champions League on Thursday.

 
Categories: Aron Johannsson, Conor O'Brien, Eric Lichaj, Jermaine Jones, John Brooks, Josh Gatt, Sacha Kljestan, Terrence Boyd, Timothy Chandler, US Men's National Team
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Nordsjælland vs. AaB Highlights
   August 17, 2013 (3:42 PM) by Matt Benson
 

Conor O’Brien got the start and went the full 90 minutes in Nordsjælland’s 2-1 win over AaB, giving Nordsjælland their first win of the season.  Here is 10 minutes worth of highlights.

 
Categories: Conor O'Brien, Highlights
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Friday morning linkage
   August 16, 2013 (12:02 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Some links before the weekend.

Thanks to the nice road victory over a strong Bosnia squad, the US has moved up to #10 in the Elo rankings, one spot shy of the highest ranking ever by the US.  The US’s highest ranking by Elo is #9, last done in 2009.

US Soccer gives us some post-game reactions from a few different players.  Greg Seltzer also found some post-game video interviews with John Brooks (I will be changing his category on this site from Anthony Brooks to John Brooks soon) and Aron Johannsson.  Got to like hearing “my future is the USA team” from Brooks.

While re-watching the game last night, I noticed that we apparently traded Tim Howard for Asmir Begovic.

It looks like Jozy Altidore will be doing a blog for ESPN FC from time to time and here is his first entry.

Will Bruin spoke to John Kretlow about his time with the USMNT while at the Gold Cup.

Bob Bradley continues to keep Egypt trucking along as they defeated Uganda, 3-0, in a friendly on Wednesday.

I forgot to post this earlier in the week, but the German Cup had its second round draw last weekend, which will feature a couple American vs. American battles including Preußen Münster (Matt Taylor) vs. Augsburg (Michael Parkhurst) and Kaiserslautern (Andrew Wooten) vs. Hertha Berlin (John Brooks).

Conor O’Brien told bold.dk that Nordsjælland had him playing some right back during the preseason, although they still see him as a central midfielder.  I guess there is some decent competition in the middle of the field, so they are looking at other ways to get him on the field.

RJ Allen is no longer with Skive in Denmark and is currently on trial with DC United.

Devann Yao, who was last seen with Royal Boussu Dour Borinage in the Belgian Second Division last season, has signed a one-year deal with UR La Louvière Centre in the Belgian Third Division.

Greg Seltzer did a little English Premier League preview on all the Americans in the league.

And I don’t think this team is officially affiliated with US Soccer, but the US won gold for the first time ever at the World Maccabiah Games a.k.a. the “Jewish Olympics”.  As Howie pointed out last night, the US somehow didn’t win gold in 2005 despite having Jonathan Bornstein and Benny Feilhaber on the roster.

 
Categories: Andrew Wooten, Aron Johannsson, Benny Feilhaber, Bob Bradley, Conor O'Brien, Devann Yao, John Brooks, Jonathan Bornstein, Jozy Altidore, Matt Taylor, Michael Parkhurst, RJ Allen, Tim Howard, US Men's National Team, Will Bruin
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Tuesday morning links
   August 13, 2013 (1:14 AM) by Matt Benson
 

The big news of yesterday was the release of the USMNT roster for Wednesday’s friendly.  It was also announced later that afternoon that Michael Orozco Fiscal had to withdraw due to a hamstring injury.  Here is also the usual quote sheet from Jurgen Klinsmann talking about the roster.  And Klinsi talked to the Studio 90 people about Aron Johannsson and Anthony Brooks.

Random side tangent, you might notice that I always call him Anthony Brooks rather than John Anthony Brooks.  I have always done that since that is how he was listed on US Soccer’s website and referred by the US U-20 coaches two years ago (sort of like how everyone called Danny Williams by Daniel Williams until he finally came into camp and then everyone started calling him Danny).  But Klinsi calls him John in the video linked above, so I might be changing that in the near future.  Like I said, random.  Good talk.

Speaking of Aron Johannsson, here is a photo of him at camp all decked out in his US gear.  And Greg Seltzer got some quotes from Johannsson.

We are doing a guess the score contest for Wednesday’s game.  Anyone who guesses the correct score will have a chance to win one of our Sacha Kljestan mustache shirtsSo go enter.

The team trained in front of some retired train engine.

With Clint Dempsey absent this trip, Klinsi picked Tim Howard to be the captain.

Another name absent is Timothy Chandler and ESPN’s Doug McIntyre tackles that story.

Brian Sciaretta caught up with Cody Cropper to talk about being called into his first senior team camp.

Graham Ruthven is in Sarajevo and talked to some foreign press to get the Bosnian perspective.

Here are some post-training interviews with Tim Howard and Michael Bradley.

Another player not making this trip is Herculez Gomez.  His knee is still bothering him, causing him to get it cleaned out, which means he will be out the next 4-6 weeks and will likely miss September’s qualifiers.

Now onto some club news.

Anthony Brooks played so well for Hertha Berlin over the weekend that he made Whoscored.com’s statistical European Team of the Weekend.  Not bad.

Sporting CP are trying to cancel their contract with Oguchi Onyewu, claiming he got his knee scoped in the US without telling them.

FC Dallas is sending Bobby Warshaw on loan to Swedish side Ängelholms FF for the rest of the season.  Ängelholms FF already has one American on the roster in goalkeeper Matt Pyzdrowski.

A couple more goals to add to the weekend tally.  I posted a photo of Julian Green from his game this weekend where he scored for Bayern Munich II in the German Regionalliga, but some highlights have popped up of his goal.  And here are some highlights of Tony Taylor’s goal in Omonia’s preseason friendly win over Aris.

Sebastian Lletget also found the back of the net on Monday, scoring in West Ham U-21′s 3-0 win over Aston Villa.  Here is a photo of Lletget celebrating one of the goals from the game with his teammates.

We had some more goals on Monday.  Lester Dewee scored a goal in Bodens BK’s 4-2 win over Assi in Swedish Division 2 (fourth tier) action.  Bodens BK also have a new American on the team, Matt Sanner, who also scored in the game.  Here is an interview with Sanner shortly after joining the team.  And Sanner scored another goal while Dewee scored two goals in a 4-1 win last week.

A couple more post-game interviews from the weekend.  Here is one with Euan Holden after Bury lost, 2-1, to Oxford United.  And one with Conor O’Brien after FC Nordsjælland’s 2-2 draw to Copenhagen.  Also of note, O’Brien’s teammate, Morten Nordstrand, had one of the better goals you will ever see in the draw.

And finally, here is a story on James Pallotta, an American who is AS Roma’s majority owner and president.

But don’t forget to enter our contest.

 
Categories: Aron Johannsson, Bobby Warshaw, Cody Cropper, Conor O'Brien, Euan Holden, Herculez Gomez, John Brooks, Julian Green, Lester Dewee, Matt Sanner, Michael Bradley, Michael Orozco Fiscal, Oguchi Onyewu, Sebastian Lletget, Tim Howard, Timothy Chandler, Tony Taylor, US Men's National Team
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