Nothing new to report on the USMNT roster or whether the game will even be played, although it sounds like we should be hearing something in the near future. That said, John Brooks should be one of the players heading to Ukraine friendly according to this German report.
While the new home World Cup shirt for the USMNT leaked last month, here is a new/slightly better view of the pretty basic polo-looking shirt. There was also a lot of buzz on Twitter over the weekend over a possible crazy blue/red away shirt, but it looked pretty photoshopped and came from someone who posted some bogus jerseys back in September. So we continue to play the waiting game.
ESPN released its full TV schedule for this summer’s World Cup yesterday. Also on the World Cup front, just over 125,000 tickets for the World Cup were allocated to people in the United States, the most of any country outside Brazil. Granted not all 125,000 tickets are for US games or for US fans, it is still nice to see the US up there. I was luckily able to get tickets for the USMNT games against Ghana and Portugal in the latest lottery. Any other OT readers score some tickets?
The National Soccer Hall of Fame announced its Class of 2014 yesterday and it is a good one. The three-person class contains two players (Brian McBride and Kristine Lilly) and one coach (Bob Bradley). Congrats to all three.
As Howie posted yesterday, Fabian Johnson has agreed to sign with Borussia Mönchengladbach this summer.
A few things from the weekend. Jerome Kiesewetter scored a goal for Hertha Berlin II (highlights) and Justin Moose scored for SJK in the Finnish League Cup (still looking for highlights).
The English League Championship is doing a great job of posting quality highlights the day after games on Youtube so here is a roundup of all the games featuring Americans from the weekend.
Jerome Kiesewetter got the start and scored the opening goal of the game in Hertha Berlin II’s 2-0 win over Zwickau in German Regionalliga action over the weekend. Here are some highlights, including Kiesewetter’s goal around the 1:35 mark.
As the USMNT camp portion in Brazil nears its end, US Soccer gives us a quote sheet with some players raving about the facilitates and their off day. And the latest diary talks about the day off from training. And here is a short video of Kyle Beckerman talking about a lot of the same stuff.
Steven Goff has the latest on US Soccer’s budget for the next fiscal year (April 1, 2014 to March 31, 2015). Sounds like they might see a surplus due to the Seattle qualifier being held in such a large venue compared to the normal ~20,000 seat venue. And there is a proposal for 10 friendlies between April and November, including an April friendly which would likely see a MLS-heavy roster due to it not falling on a FIFA fixture date.
Twitter news-breaker Taylor Twellman is hearing that Nick Sakiewicz of the Philadelphia Union is headed to England/Stoke City to to finalize details on Maurice Edu’s transfer to MLS/Philly. I want Mo in Philly solely for the ability to post this video every so often.
Jerome Kiesewetter is headed to Hertha Berlin II on loan for the rest of the 2013-14 season. Kiesewetter hasn’t appeared in any games for Stuttgart II in the German 3. Liga this season so he heads back to Hertha Berlin (he grew up in their youth academy) to get some playing time in the Regionalliga.
Grant Wahl is reporting that Sporting Kansas City recently rejected a $1 million bid by Juventus for 16-year-old defender Erik Palmer-Brown. Wow. Palmer-Brown was one of 24 players who just finished camp with the US U-18 team in Florida this month.
Sebastien Ibeagha talked to Neil Morris of Indy Week about his decision to head to Europe over playing in MLS.
Brian Sciaretta caught up with promising US U-20 midfielder Romain Gall who currently plays with FC Lorient’s U-19/U-21 teams.
And let’s end this links post with a trick shot video where Mix Diskerud got involved in the fun.
The US moved up five spots to #28 in the latest FIFA World Rankings after their win over Costa Rica and draw to Mexico last month. Since Brazil is not playing any qualifiers since they are the host nation, they are continuing to drop (to #19!) since qualifiers are weighed more than friendlies.
For those few people who don’t think Terrence Boyd is a “true” American, he got a new tattoo.
The English Premier League will have goal-line technology next season.
Despite being on loan with Sheffield Wednesday, Stuart Holden took over Bolton Wanderers’ twitter account for a couple hours. Check out the timeline to see the questions that he answered.
Dylan Fahy writes on Michael Bradley for the NY Times.
As for another Bradley, here is a trailer for a documentary on Egypt’s quest to qualify for the World Cup.
Preston Zimmerman scored his fourth goal of the season in Darmstadt 98’s 2-0 win over Stuttgart II. Jerome Kiesewetter also came off the bench for Stuttgart II. Here are the highlights (Zimmerman’s goal starts around the 1:07 mark).
After having named 18 players for the CONCACAF U-20 Championship, Tab Ramos had two open spots to fill. One of them will go to Stuttgart II’s Jerome Kiesewtter.
The U-20 roster now stands at 19 players and the USA will add a 20th player in the coming days for the tournament. Ramos announced an initial18-player roster on Feb. 7 as the team traveled to Toluca, Mexico, to begin training for the tournament.
Kiesewetter, who just turned 20 on Saturday and holds dual citizenship in the U.S. and Germany, last year signed with VfB Stuttgart in Germany’s third division, 3. Fußball-Liga, making his debut in September. For the U.S. U-20s, Kiesewetter played in two matches in 2012 and has seven career caps in this age group.
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Still not over Timothy Chandler? Brian Sciaretta and Ives Galarcep each give their thoughts on Chandler-gate. I can’t wait until someone named Gate/Gait gets in trouble so we can have Gate-gate.
US U-20 forward Jerome Kiesewetter has left Hertha Berlin and has signed a new four-year deal with VfB Stuttgart. Kiesewetter is a German-American who played with the US U-18 team at the 2011 Milk Cup and was part of the US U-23/U-20 camp in November. He leaves behind Alfredo Morales and Anthony Brooks at Hertha Berlin, who were just relegated to the 2. Bundesliga.
With Hapoel Tel Aviv winning the State Cup, Leo Krupnik and Maccabi Netanya will be in next year’s Euopra League.
Seltzer also did an interview with Evian TG goalie Quentin Westberg about his first season in Ligue 1 since 2006.
The Guardian released their team of the year based on the game-by-game player ratings given by the readers and even they are shocked that Clint Dempsey did not make it. He wasn’t even rated as the top player for Fulham this season.
Sticking with Dempsey, he will be participating in some All-Star game in Miami in June, which will also feature players like Didier Drogba, Lionel Messi and Luis Suárez among others. It also looks like Carlos Bocanegra and Jozy Altidore will be playing in the game. Here is the website for the game.
Brian Sciaretta has an interview up with Sacha Kljestan over at the NY Times soccer blog on Kljestan’s breakout season at Anderlecht. Based on his quotes in this interview and the fact that he is celebrating his bachelor party this week (according to him on twitter), I don’t think he will be named to the USMNT roster this upcoming Sunday unless some midfielders pick up some injuries.
It should be interesting to see what happens this summer to Stuart Holden and Tim Ream as Bolton announced a plan to slash their wage bill by 50 percent before next season.
And finally, here are some more rumored/leaked kits for next season.
The German Bundesliga doesn’t resume play after its winter break until this upcoming weekend, but it hasn’t stopped teams from playing friendlies over the last two weeks. And some of the younger (German-)American players have had a chance to play with their respective first teams.
Starting with Hertha Berlin, they defeated Swiss Super League club FC Thun 4-2 on Friday. US U-20 defender Anthony Brooks got the start along the back, while Alfredo Morales started in the midfield (and picked up an assist during the game). In the second half, U-20 forward Jerome Kiesewetter came off the bench and got to play 45 minutes. All three players are trying to impress new manager Michael Skibbe and earn playing time with the first team in the second half of the season.
Over at Hoffenheim, they beat St. Pauli 2-1 this past weekend. Both Danny Williams and Fabian Johnson started for Hoffenheim while Joe Gyau came off the bench in the second half. Some might remember that Gyau played a bit with the first team at the Harder Cup earlier during the break, so Gyau appears to be inching closer to playing time with the first team.
It is always nice to see these young players progressing and getting closer to first team action.
After a couple speed bumps, Gale Agbossoumonde was finally cleared to play with Eintracht Frankfurt’s U-23 team. He also made his debut this past weekend, playing the final 10 minutes in a 2-1 victory over SGS Großaspach.
Sebastian Lletget has returned to the field with West Ham’s developmental team after starting the season with some muscle issues. He is hoping he can do enough on the field to make the Olympic team.
Fresh off his 22-minute debut on Monday, Oguchi Onyewu will be part of Sporting CP’s 25-man roster when they take on Juventus in Toronto on Saturday.
A report out of Germany has Schalke looking to get rid of Jermaine Jones and apparently a team in Russia is interested.
Back to some friendly results. Sebastian Lletget played 74 minutes for West Ham United’s developmental team in a 2-0 victory over Gillingham. And Jon-Paul Pittman scored a goal in Oxford United’s 3-1 victory over Seacoast United on Monday. They ended their US preseason tour winning two games and drawing one match.