Lets start off with the weekend games.
While the weekend edition of The OT Report is out of commission for the fall, Steven Goff gives us his roundup of the Americans abroad. As for some highlights. Jordan Seabrook and Bobby Warshaw scored goals. Paul Arriola was involved in the build up to Tijuana’s goal on Friday. Steve Clark made some nice saves against Mix Diskerud and Rosenborg. And earlier last week, Fabian Hurzeler had a brace in the German Regionalliga. And you can check out the other goal scorers from the weekend with our goal tracker.
With a bunch of guys injured, here are the 20 players that Jurgen Klinsmann called in to face against Jamaica and Panama. Klinsi did his usual post-roster Q&A with US Soccer’s website. ESPN’s Doug McIntyre was told that there could (likely) going to be a couple roster changes after Friday’s game. McIntyre also did a story on ESPN FC about the competition heating up for roster spots.
I know some people wanted a more experimental roster for these games since they are already qualified, but there are really not a lot of games left before next May’s camp with there being only one FIFA friendly fixture date in 2014. So I could see why Klinsmann is sticking to his core group, allowing them to continue to get playing time with each other.
In some other USMNT-related news, FIFA has decided on how it will seed the teams for the World Cup. It is the host nation plus the top seven teams from October’s FIFA rankings for Pot 1. While it is still possible mathematically, it is pretty unlikely that the US can move into one of those top spots.
FIFA has also decided to fine Costa Rica $12,000 for fans whistling the US anthem before the September qualifier. So take that, Costa Rica.
In the latest in rumorville, a report from Gazzetta has the US playing in a pre-World Cup friendly four-team tournament with Iran, a team from Europe and a team from South America somewhere in the US around May/June.
It looks like BeIN Sport has picked up the TV rights to the Egypt-Ghana World Cup qualifier for October 15. It will be your chance to see Bob Bradley and his sweatpants live on TV for the first time in a while.
Sean Ingle of The Guardian has a story up on how it is hard to statistically look at goalkeepers and it has a small Tim Howard mention towards the end. In in some obvious foreshadowing news, we might have a goalkeeper review in the near future. Dramatic hamster.
Fresh off his goal with Birmingham City’s U-21 team, Will Packwood talked to ESPN’s Jeff Carlisle.
US U-18er Kyle Scott scored a goal against one of Southampton’s youth teams over the weekend and is now headed to France to meet up with the US U-18 team for a tournament.
The last time we heard from Dzenan Catic, he was playing with Kaiserslautern’s U-23 team in 2011-12. But now it looks like he is playing at Davenport University in Michigan.
We should be adding some new content to the site over the next couple weeks, in case you haven’t noticed one addition already, so there should hopefully be some more information coming soon.