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Links and whatnot for Tuesday
   October 6, 2015 (12:00 AM) by Matt Benson

We are closing in on the CONCACAF Cup and the game is officially a sellout.

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.

Jurgen Klinsmann talked to US Soccer’s website about the roster.  He also talked to ESPN’s Doug McIntyre.

Jozy Altidore told ESPN’s Jeff Carlisle that the last two years have been rough.

This isn’t the first time the US and Mexico have met in a playoff.  They also played in a World Cup playoff in 1934.

As for Mexico, Andres Guardado was once thought to be out with an injury, but he is healthy now.  Although El Tri will be without the services of Giovani dos Santos due to an injury picked up this weekend.

Want some more info on Mexico?  Alicia Rodriguez has you covered.

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).

One player joining the US U-23 team this week is goalkeeper Ethan Horvath since he was still in Norway playing for Molde FK.  He has seen his stock rise in the last couple months as he was named to’s Europa League Team of the Week and Edwin van der Sar had some nice things to say about him.  And Brian Sciaretta talked to Horvath recently about his rapid rise.

Sticking with goalkeepers, the last time we heard from Aleks Gogic, he was talking to our Will Reno about playing with the Nike Academy.  Now the 19-year-old has a new home and it is with League One side Fleetwood Town until the end of the season.  And the Cod Army already have an American goalkeeper on the roster in Brendan Moore.

Bobby Wood is off to a good start in Germany and he talked to Greg Seltzer about the season so far.

American Joe Enochs is now the manager of German 3. Liga club VfL Osnabrück.

We had a bunch of goals this weekend and some highlights from Danny Williams, Andrew Stadler, Erik Hurtado, Kyle Curinga, Jon-Paul Pittman and Conor O’Brien.  Plus Andrew Wooten dished out two assists.

And finally, Club Tijuana’s website has a little story up on US U-17 World Cup forward Brandon Vazquez.

Categories: Aleks Gogic, Andrew Stadler, Andrew Wooten, Bobby Wood, Brandon Vazquez, Brendan Moore, Conor O'Brien, Danny Williams, Erik Hurtado, Ethan Horvath, Jon-Paul Pittman, Jozy Altidore, Kyle Curinga, US Men's National Team, US U-23 National Team

AC Horsens vs. Fredericia Highlights
   October 4, 2015 (4:15 PM) by Matt Benson

Conor O’Brien has scored his first goal since moving back to Denmark in AC Horsens’ 1-1 draw on Saturday.  Here are some highlights with O’Brien’s goal coming at the 0:55 mark.

Categories: Conor O'Brien, Highlights
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Tuesday morning links
   September 1, 2015 (12:06 AM) by Matt Benson

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.

You might have noticed that Timothy Chandler and DaMarcus Beasley were both absent from that roster and that is because they are both hurt and Chandler is going to be out for a while.

One player seeking his first cap is the Wooten Clan, Andrew Wooten.  Brian Sciaretta has some more on him.

While Clint Dempsey is not joining the team until the second game, Seattle Sounders manager Sigi Schmid thinks it is not a given that Dempsey will play with the US due to his hamstring injury.

Brian Straus has a piece up on on the current roster.

Some of the players went sightseeing yesterday.

Roughly 24,500 tickets have been sold for Friday’s friendly against Peru.

While CONCACAF has cut ties with Traffic Sports, it has partnered with SUM (Soccer United Marketing) to serve as commercial representative for the CONCACAF Cup, which is apparently the new name for the Confederations Cup playoff game.

The US is expected to have a friendly against Costa Rica after the CONCACAF Cup, although a venue hasn’t been selected yet.

Jordan Morris is getting back into form just in time for the CONCACAF Cup.

Darlington Nagbe is expected to become a US citizen in September (he is taking his naturalization test on September 10).

The US U-23 team is in England this week and you can check out that roster here.  US Soccer’s Twitter account has posted a couple photos from the camp (here and here).

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.

Bobby Warshaw has left Bærum in Norway for fellow OBOS-ligaen side Hønefoss.  He has already played in two games for Hønefoss over the last two weekends.

Conor O’Brien has a new home and it is with AC Horsens in the Danish 1st Division (second tier).

After six seasons with Helmond Sport, Charles Kazlauskas is now with De Treffers in the Dutch Topklasse (third tier).

The New York Times’ Sam Borden wrote some words on Ben Lederman’s situation at Barcelona.

We had some goals this past weekend.  Aron Johannsson opened up his account at Werder Bremen.  This is actually from last week, but Austin Berry scored his first goal in South Korea.  Christian Eissele now has four goals in four games since returning to Finland after scoring this past weekend.  Our updated goal tracker also has some info on other goals scored this past weekend, including three Americans all scoring for the same team in Malta.

We also had some assists this past weekend from some hype trains.  Gedion Zelalem looks like he is going to do well in Scotland and assisted on another goal.  Here is also a press conference from last week featuring him.  At the U19 level, Christian Pulisic assisted on a goal for Borussia Dortmund.

And no highlights of this one, but Maki Tall had a goal and an assist for FC Sion’s U21 team in a scrimmage.

And finally, Shaquell Moore made his first start for Huracán Valencia this past weekend, going 78 minutes and picking up a yellow card in a 1-1 draw to Valencia II.

Categories: Abuchi Obinwa, Andrew Wooten, Aron Johannsson, Austin Berry, Ben Lederman, Bobby Warshaw, Charles Kazlauskas, Christian Eissele, Christian Pulisic, Clint Dempsey, Conor O'Brien, DaMarcus Beasley, Darlington Nagbe, DeAndre Yedlin, Emerson Hyndman, Gedion Zelalem, Jordan Morris, Kyle Scott, Maki Tall, Shane O'Neill, Shaquell Moore, Timothy Chandler, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team, US U-23 National Team
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Links from the last couple weeks
   July 21, 2015 (12:02 AM) by Matt Benson

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.

While we know Brek Shea did not get called into the Gold Cup due to injury, he ended up having hernia surgery last week.

Brad Guzan lost his starting job at Aston Villa for the last few games of the 2014-15 season, but his chances to re-claim it look a lot better as Shay Given has moved on to Stoke City.  And Villa manager Tim Sherwood recently told the press that Guzan will start this season as the team’s No. 1 goalkeeper.

I enjoyed the latest Total Soccer Show podcast, which featured Matthew Doyle as he continues his #FreeBenny campaign.

Julian Green wants to stay at Bayern Munich this season rather than going out on loan, but he does have some loan options.  Green is with the team over in Asia and you can see him scoring a goal in some 2v2 thing in Beijing in this video.

Slowly coming back from his ACL surgery, Terrence Boyd is working with a ball again for the first time since December.

Huddersfield Town manager Chris Powell thinks Duane Holmes will likely be loaned out again this upcoming season.

Free agent Conor O’Brien is getting some looks from teams in Denmark, Belgium and Austria according to his agent.

Jon-Paul Pittman scored a goal for Grimsby Town in a friendly last week.

Paul Arriola also scored a goal in a friendly in the last week.  He also recently talked to Tijuana’s website.

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.

As for another goalkeeper, Leeds United’s site has a little story up on Charlie Horton.

Who wants some new kits for the upcoming season?  Here is what Tim Howard will be wearing this season, while Everton’s away kits are white.  Alejandro Bedoya and Nantes have pretty similar kits to what they wore last year.  Eric Lichaj and Nottingham Forest are going yellow for their 150th anniversary away kits.  And Jonathan Spector and Birmingham City have this nasty Belgium-looking away kit.

A few more player movement links for guys in lower leagues.

Royal-Dominique Fennell is staying within the German 3. Liga but switching up his Kickers, going from Stuttgarter Kickers to Würzburger Kickers.

After scoring 38 goals over the last two seasons with Greuther Fürth II in the German Regionalliga, Jann George has moved on to fellow Regionalliga side Jahn Regensburg.

After leaving Freiburg for Unterhaching last season, Eric Lickert has returned to Freiburg for this season.  He will likely play with Freiburg II in the Regionalliga.

Might have to bug Terrence Boyd for the lowdown, but dual national Ken Gipson is now with RB Leipzig.  Gipson is a 19-year-old German-American right back who had been with Stuttgart’s youth system.

Chukwudi Chijindu has made a move within Iceland, going from Thór to Keflavík ÍF.

And finally, Springfield College defender Ryan Malone has signed with Magdeburg in Germany.

Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Benny Feilhaber, Brad Guzan, Brek Shea, Charlie Horton, Chukwudi Chijindu, Clint Dempsey, Conor O'Brien, Duane Holmes, Eric Lichaj, Eric Lickert, Jann George, Jon-Paul Pittman, Jonathan Spector, Jozy Altidore, Julian Green, Ken Gipson, Paul Arriola, Royal-Dominique Fennell, Ryan Malone, Terrence Boyd, Tim Howard, US Men's National Team
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Hump day links
   March 11, 2015 (1:54 AM) by Matt Benson

A bunch of randomness for Wednesday.

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.

In case you missed it from yesterday, we found out that Conor O’Brien is going to be out three weeks with a broken rib.

Jerome Kiesewetter made his Bundesliga debut this past weekend and here is a photo of him in action.

Joe Corona started at left back for Tijuana this past weekend in replace of the injured Greg Garza and played well enough to make ESPN’s Liga MX Team of the Week.

Cameron Carter-Vickers played up with Tottenham’s U-21 team yesterday against a Manchester United U-21 team which featured Radamel Falcao and Victor Valdes.  And it sounds like he did well.

However, Bongani Khumalo and Cameron Carter-Vickers kept Falcao quiet all night and Carter-Vickers came closest to a winner in the second half when his header came back off the crossbar.

If you haven’t already, time to buy a lot CCV stock.

The US U-23 team will have a camp in Europe later this month with friendlies against Bosnia and Denmark.

According to sources of Brian Sciaretta, the CONCACAF Olympic qualifying will hold the semifinals and final at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah.

This is from last week, but Tijuana’s website has a little story up on US U-17 forward Brandon Vazquez.

Emerson Hyndman was last seen breaking his collarbone with the US U-20 team, but it looks like he has returned to training in some capacity at Fulham.

Gboly Ariyibi has signed an extension with English League One side Chesterfield until 2017.

I posted back in February that it looked like Alfred Koroma had joined some team in Austria, but he actually just signed with USL’s Austin Aztex.

Categories: Alfred Koroma, Brandon Vazquez, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Conor O'Brien, Devann Yao, Emerson Hyndman, Gboly Ariyibi, Greg Garza, Herculez Gomez, Jake Keegan, Jerome Kiesewetter, Joe Corona, Kevin Garcia, Morgan Langley, US U-23 National Team

Conor O’Brien suffers a broken rib
   March 10, 2015 (11:35 AM) by Matt Benson

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 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.

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Wiener Neustadt vs. Grödig Highlights
   March 6, 2015 (11:03 AM) by Matt Benson

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.

Categories: Conor O'Brien, Highlights
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Links and such for Friday
   March 6, 2015 (12:46 AM) by Matt Benson

Some links from the last couple of days.

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.

The first leg of the FA Youth Cup semifinals were this week with Cameron Carter-Vickers’ Tottenham squad winning the first game, 2-0, over Kyle Scott and Chelsea.  By a lot of accounts, CCV was one of the best players on the field.  Carter-Vickers was also on the cover of the match program this week.  And here is a post-game video interview with CCV.

Sticking with Cameron Carter-Vickers for a second, here is an article from The Telegraph on Tottenham’s youth with Carter-Vickers getting some love.

Continuing with the hyphenated centerbacks, it looks like there is a good chance that Erik Palmer-Brown is headed to Juventus.

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.

Herbert Robinson trained with Santos Laguna’s first team this week.

FC Anyang officially announced the loan deal for Philadelphia Union defender Austin Berry.

There was some chatter this week that Bob Bradley was in the running for Aston Villa’s director of football position, but his agent squashed that thought.

New York Red Bulls second round (Super!) draft pick Stefano Bonomo looks to be in Italy on trial with SPAL.

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.

Brian Sciaretta talked to Desevio Payne this week about making his Eredivisie debut.

Here is an interview with SC Freiburg’s Ethan Sonis.

And finally, to end on a light note, here is a great video of Jermaine Jones struggling to name 1990s MLS logos.

Categories: Adam Henley, Alonso Hernandez, Amando Moreno, Austin Berry, Björn Maars Johnsen, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Conor O'Brien, Desevio Payne, Erik Palmer-Brown, Ethan Sonis, Gabriel Farfan, Herbert Robinson Garcia, Herculez Gomez, Jermaine Jones, Jonathan Bornstein, Kyle Scott, Lynden Gooch, Michael Orozco Fiscal, Stefano Bonomo, US U-17 National Team, Ventura Alvarado
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A bunch of links randomness for Tuesday
   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.

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).

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.

Categories: 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

Wiener Neustadt vs. Austria Wien Highlights
   March 1, 2015 (12:35 AM) by Matt Benson

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.


Categories: Conor O'Brien, Highlights
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