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Monday morning links
   October 7, 2013 (1:01 AM) by Matt Benson

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.

Categories: Bob Bradley, Bobby Warshaw, Dzenan Catic, Fabian Hurzeler, Jordan Seabrook, Paul Arriola, Tim Howard, US Men's National Team, Will Packwood

A bunch of random stuff from this weekend
   July 4, 2011 (7:37 AM) by Matt Benson

Here is a hodgepodge of news and other stuff that happened over this weekend.

Conor O’Brien signed a year and a half contract with Danish Superliga side SønderjyskE.  The 22-year-old midfielder scored three goals in 11 games with Blokhus FC in 2010-11 as they earned promotion from the Danish 2nd Division to the 1st Division.

Andrew Wooten will have some company at Kaiserslautern II this upcoming season as 2010 Michigan’s Mr. Soccer recipient Dzenan Catic has signed with the club.  The 18-year-old Croatian-American comes from the Michigan Development Academy club Derby County Wolves which has also been the home of fellow Americans Josh Gatt and Sean Cunningham.

While we commented on Bobby Wood and Matt Taylor playing in some German preseason games in this weekend’s The OT Report, I also wanted to mention Ricardo Clark.  He played a couple games last season at center back and it looks like Eintracht Frankfurt have been trying him out in the back in a few preseason games this summer as well.

Brian Sciaretta tweeted Hertha Berlin’s 2011-12 team picture this weekend and it looks like both Anthony Brooks and Alfredo Morales made the cut for the senior team picture.  Brooks is second from the left on the top row (the first player on the left) while Morales is third from the right on the third row (the row below Brooks).

While AZ Alkmaar technical director Earnie Stewart made some comments last week saying that AZ could only go after Jozy Altidore if one of their strikers left, it now looks like they will have some room for Mr. Altidore (if they decide to sign him) as Ajax are set to sign AZ forward Kolbeinn Sigþórsson.

With US Soccer expected to announce a friendly against Belgium for September 6, I decided to look at the series history between the two countries.  This would be only the fourth game between the two with the US going 1-2-0 in the previous three meetings.

July 30, 1930 – US won 3-0 in Montevideo, Uruguay (1930 World Cup)
April 22, 1995 – Belgium won 1-0 in Brussels, Belgium
February 25, 1998 – Belgium won 2-0 in Brussels, Belgium

And finally, Clint Dempsey’s Fulham side will be playing their second leg of the first round in Europa League against NSÍ Runavík on Thursday.  Dempsey is not going to play, but Fulham hold a 3-0 lead after winning the first leg at Craven Cottage.  They will now hit the road to the Faroe Islands for the second leg.  NSÍ Runavík normally play their home games at Runavík Stadium (capacity: 2,000), but since it doesn’t meet UEFA standards, they will play the game at the Faroe Islands national team’s home stadium Tórsvøllur (capacity: 6,000).  I guess that is what you get in the first round of Europa League.

Categories: Alfredo Morales, Clint Dempsey, Conor O'Brien, Dzenan Catic, John Brooks, Jozy Altidore, Ricardo Clark, US Men's National Team
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