In case you missed it on Saturday, here is the US roster. While a couple guys are injured (Aron Johannsson and John Brooks), I guess the biggest “snub” would be Omar Gonzalez considering he started one of the September friendlies so you would think he would be “on the depth chart” at centerback.
The US U-23ers have opened Olympic qualifying with wins against Canada (highlights) and Cuba (highlights). They take on Panama in the last group stage match tonight and I believe they only need a draw to win the group (and could even win the group with a loss depending on goal differential).
Over in Group B, Mexico and Honduras play on Wednesday with the loser likely facing the US in the all important semifinal (a draw would mean Honduras would finish second and play the US if the US can clinch their group).
We have reached the international week and the US has its last two friendlies before the CONCACAF Cup (more on that later). Here is the roster Jurgen Klinsmann has called in for the friendlies, which is heavy on center backs.
The US U-20 team is also beginning a new cycle this month with a tournament in Serbia. This current roster features two players who play abroad in Hannover 96’s Abuchi Obinwa and Chelsea’s Kyle Scott.
The end of the transfer window for most of Europe is upon us and a couple players have new teams while a couple others are still with their current teams when people thought they would be leaving.
DeAndre Yedlin is still with Tottenham at the moment despite loan interest from various teams across Europe, although signs point towards him ending up somewhere on loan. My guess at this point would be a loan deal with some team in the English League Championship.
Fulham have decided to keep Emerson Hyndman despite several offers for the US U-23 midfielder. While he has not featured for the Cottagers this season, he could also go out on loan to another English team.
Remember when the Colorado Rapids oddly sold Shane O’Neill to a team in Cyprus earlier this summer? Well he has been oddly sold again this month to Belgian Jupiler Pro League side Royal Mouscron-Péruwelz after not appearing in any games for Apollon Limassol.
I haven’t done a links post in a while but the last few weeks have been crazy on my end so some of this might be outdated a bit. But some of this might still be new to you. Anyways, here is what I have bookmarked over the last couple weeks.
I did a numbers/stats thing on the USMNT and Clint Dempsey this past weekend since it is easy to do one of those things when you win 6-0.
ESPN’s Doug McIntyre sat down with Clint Dempsey to talk about a couple things, including losing the captain’s armband. It doesn’t seem like he minds that much.
Jozy Altidore told ESPN that he understands the Gold Cup roster swap that sent him home, but he thinks he could have still helped.
A report out of France says Quentin Westberg might be on the move to Tours FC in Ligue 2. Westberg has started only four of Sarpsborg’s 16 league games in Norway this year, but he has been the starting keeper in three of the last four league games.
Herculez Gomez likes scoring goals for Puebla and he scored another one last night in a 2-1 win in Copa MX action (highlights). I was also able to find some highlights of Devann Yao’s goal from the weekend (highlights).
Also scoring earlier this week was Jake Keegan in Galway United’s win in Irish League Cup action (highlights). Here is the post-game press conference with Keegan and his manager. Around the 2:50 mark, his manager talks about Kevin Garcia joining the team soon. I am guessing he is waiting for a work permit as I believe it took Keegan a while to get a new one for this season.
Staying in Ireland, St Patrick’s Athletic has signed midfielder Morgan Langley. Langley played in one game for the Philadelphia Union in 2011, but has mainly played his professional soccer with the Harrisburg City Islanders.
Conor O’Brien has had a nice run of games lately in the Austrian Bundesliga, scoring against Austria Wien (highlights) and recording an assist against Grödig (highlights). But now the 26-year-old midfielder will miss a few weeks with a broken rib that he picked up over the weekend against Admira.
The 26-year-old was injured in a corner-kick collision with Südstädters netminder Manuel Kuttin six minutes after intermission but soldiered on until being removed in the 72nd minute.
“He has a broken rib,” SCWN team manger Thomas Raser told MLSsoccer.com on Monday. “We hope he is able to play again in three weeks.”
O’Brien has been an important player for Wiener Neustadt this season, appearing in 19 of the team’s 24 games, while his four league goals are the third most on the team. He will miss a few important games as the team currently sits in second to last place, two points above the relegation zone.
Conor O’Brien went the full 90 minutes and was credited with an assist on Wednesday before a “near sellout crowd”. He was able to get his head on a ball which was then scored by teammate Mattias Sereinig in Wiener Neustadt’s 3-1 win. Here are some highlights with his “assist” coming at the 4:00 mark.
The US U-17 team won their third straight game of the CONCACAF U-17 Championship over Guatemala yesterday. Here are some highlights while here are some photos. With nine points through three games, the US can clinch the group and a spot at the FIFA U-17 World Cup with a win over Honduras on Sunday even though they have one more group stage game after that.
We didn’t have any injuries this week, but we had a few goals from some not-so-usual suspects during the midweek games. As always, Roderick has you covered on what happened with The OT Report.
As for some highlights from the past week. Adam Henley scored his first professional goal (highlights). Amando Moreno scored another goal in Copa MX action (highlights). And fresh off his USMNT call-up in January, Julio Morales scored in Copa MX action (highlights).
Conor O’Brien was also credited with an assist this week, but the site that I have been able to get Austrian highlights in the past changed their settings and won’t allow the video player to start for people outside Austria. We also had some other goals this week that don’t have highlights yet, but you can always follow along with our goal tracker.
Speaking of Copa MX, the group stage finished up this past week and the quarterfinals have been figured out. The Tijuana contingent earned the #1 seed and will take on Gabriel Farfan and Chiapas. Everyone’s favorite left back Jonathan Bornstein and Queretaro are the #4 seed and will take on Chivas. Herculez Gomez, Michael Orozco and Puebla are the #2 seed and take on Merida. And Alonso Hernandez and Monterrey (#3 seed) will face UAT.
In his second game since going out on loan, Lynden Gooch scored a goal and was named Man of the Match in Gateshead’s 3-1 win over Wrexham earlier this week.
Friend of the site Jon Arnold was in Mexico City this week for Club America’s CONCACAF Champions League win over Saprissa. After seeing Ventura Alvarado in the flesh, he wrote some words on the centerback.
Björn Maars Johnsen had scored 14 goals in 27 games for Atlético CP in Portugal this season, but he appears to be with Lovech in Bulgaria now. For those out of the loop, he was born in North Carolina but grew up in Norway.
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.
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.
According to 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).
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.
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.
Conor O’Brien went the full 90 minutes and scored from the penalty spot in Wiener Neustadt’s 1-0 win over Austria Wien on Saturday. I am still waiting for the league site to post some highlights (that I can embed), but here is a GIF of the goal for now.