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Still catching on things links
   August 8, 2014 (1:13 AM) by Matt Benson
 

I am still catching up on life, but here are a few links from the last week or so while I was gone.

One of the most important players if not the best player in US Soccer history, Landon Donovan, announced his retirement yesterday.  He will play the rest of the 2014 MLS season before officially calling it quits.  The USMNT’s all-time leader in goals (57), assists (57) and games started (141), Donovan brought a lot of joy to US fans over the years.  He scored his first international goal against Mexico and he scored his last USMNT goal against Mexico (highlights of all 57 goals).  Never forget.

As I promised last week, we are starting to add new content to the site aside from links and RJ DeMello started us off last week with an interview with Joe Gyau.  There should also be something else USMNT-centric from another new contributor today.

Of course the weekend that I am gone has 12 goals scored by various Americans throughout Europe, so here are a bunch of GIFs of about half of those goals.  The goal tracker has also been updated with all the goals.

When I left town last week, it looked like Jermaine Jones was headed to Chicago and Sacha Kljestan was headed to the LA Galaxy.  Upon my return, Jones turned down a multi-million dollar deal and Kljestan was still in Belgium with Anderlecht.  Jones has also become friends with Charlie Sheen and Chuck Liddell.

Then Wednesday brought the Mix Diskerud-almost-going-to-Columbus madness.  While the Crew did not land Diskerud, they did sign French-American youth player Romain Gall.

In the never ending DeAndre Yedlin potential transfer saga, Tottenham are the new leaders according to Ives.

It looks like Brek Shea is likely to go out on loan again this season.  Staying at Stoke City, some teams have shown interest in Geoff Cameron, but he is staying with the Potters according to Greg Seltzer.

USMNT vets Clint Dempsey and DaMarcus Beasley both want to continue to play for the US.

Conor O’Brien signed with Austrian Bundesliga side Wiener Neustadt last week.

Aron Johannsson wants to lead the Eredivisie in goals this upcoming season.

Eric Lichaj is finally over his groin injury and returned to training with Nottingham Forest.

Death, taxes and Zak Whitbread injuries.  Whitbread has already injured his back in a friendly and Derby County are hoping he can return to training soon.

Jonathan Bornstein had to leave Queretaro’s Copa MX game earlier this week due to an injury.

ESPN’s Jeff Carlisle caught up with Stuart Holden as he continues to rehab his knee.

Hannover 96 is holding a Steve Cherundolo farewell match this weekend.

Also from last weekend, Bobby Wood assisted on a goal in 1860 Munich’s 3-2 loss to Kaiserslautern.

Sebastien Ibeagha is headed to FC Fredericia for the rest of the season on loan from AC Horsens.

The US U-23 and U-17 teams have been busy lately.  The U-23 team defeated the Bahamas national team 5-1 (highlights).  And the U-17 team are in the semifinals of a tournament in Mexico after winning their first four games (highlights).

In Europa League action yesterday, Pablo Punyed and Stjarnan are advancing to the playoff round, while Mix Diskerud/Rosenborg, Ethan Horvath/Molde and Sean Reynolds/FH have all been eliminated.

Here are some highlights of Ethan Horvath in action between the sticks for Molde II in a recent game.

Bobby Warshaw wrote some words about life as an American player in Europe.

Did you know that League of Ireland Premier Division side Cork City’s manager was born in the US?

 
Categories: Aron Johannsson, Bobby Warshaw, Bobby Wood, Brek Shea, Clint Dempsey, Conor O'Brien, DaMarcus Beasley, DeAndre Yedlin, Eric Lichaj, Ethan Horvath, Geoff Cameron, Jermaine Jones, Joe Gyau, Jonathan Bornstein, Landon Donovan, Mix Diskerud, Pablo Punyed, Romain Gall, Sacha Kljestan, Sean Reynolds, Sebastien Ibeagha, Steve Cherundolo, Stuart Holden, US U-23 National Team, Zak Whitbread
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Friday morning links
   July 4, 2014 (12:05 AM) by Matt Benson
 

A bunch of random stuff for you before the weekend.

RB Leipzig’s website officially announced the signing of Terrence Boyd yesterday.

As Howie posted yesterday, Matt Besler and DeAndre Yedlin are getting some interest from Europe after their play in the World Cup.

According to Brian Sciaretta, Aron Johannsson is set to have ankle surgery before the start of the Eredivisie season.  It is unclear when he picked up the injury or how long he will be out.

Cody Cropper signed a new one-year deal with Southampton.

Puebla are trying to re-sign DaMarcus Beasley.  According to Eric Gomez, Puebla initially thought Beasley was asking for too much money but were impressed with his play in the World Cup.

Alejandro Bedoya gave all his USMNT teammates a nice gift after the World Cup.

Could Jermaine Jones be hinting at a move to MLS?

It sounds like Jurgen Klinsmann will be looking at a lot of younger players over the next year when it comes to the USMNT.

“A good thing about this next year is that we kind of have the opportunity to see a lot of young players coming to our platform, coming to the senior team,” said Klinsmann. “We can give them time to show where they are up to right now.

“The experienced players, or the older players, we can tell them for the next couple of months: ‘Go play in your club environment, we know you inside out anyway, we know what you bring to the table. But right now maybe there’s time for the next couple of friendlies that come up and over the next year that we want to see the young players grow and see how they can make it.’”

Greg Seltzer is hearing that at least one Eredivisie team and Genk are interested in Sacha Kljestan as well as Olympiacos.

Stuart Holden will continue to work out with Bolton despite not being under contract.  He will be allowed to play in any friendly, under-21 or development squad games but if he gets healthy again and Bolton want him back with the first team then he would have to sign a new deal.

A possible good sign on the Shawn Parker front?  He lists Germany and US for his nationality on Augsburg’s website.

Here are some photos of Junior Flores and Joe Gyau in action with Borussia Dortmund’s U-23 team.  Mario Rodriguez scored two goals for Borussia Mönchengladbach against Dortmund in this friendly.

Are you buying a Tijuana/Paul Arriola jersey this year?  Heads up that he switched numbers from #47 to a more squad-friendly #20.

Tyrone McCargo is no longer with Nurnberg’s U-23 team.  He is now with SK Austria Klagenfurt in the Austrian Regionalliga Mitte (third tier).

Adam Henley has returned to Blackburn Rovers early before training camp to finish rehabbing his ankle injury before the season starts.

Europa League started back up this week.  Pablo Punyed went 90 in Stjarnan’s 4-0 win over Bangor City.  A Mix Diskerud-less Rosenborg defeated Jelgava 4-0.  Jordan Seabrook came off the bench for 21 minutes in VPS’s 2-1 win over Brommapojkarna.

Alfred Koroma has had an impressive start with Fluminese’s reserve team.

I don’t know if this link will work for everyone, but for those of you that missed PBS’s documentary on Bob Bradley, here you go.

This will probably be the best World Cup analysis you read during the entire tournament.

And finally, one of the guys I hung out with during the World Cup put together a compilation video of the trip down to Brazil.  Hopefully this weekend I can sit down and type up a post with a bunch of my photos and stories from the trip.  It really was a once in a lifetime trip.  If you are even on the fence about going to Russia in 2018, you need to go.

 
Categories: Adam Henley, Alejandro Bedoya, Alfred Koroma, Aron Johannsson, Bob Bradley, Cody Cropper, DaMarcus Beasley, DeAndre Yedlin, Jermaine Jones, Joe Gyau, Jordan Seabrook, Junior Flores, Mario Rodriguez, Mix Diskerud, Pablo Punyed, Paul Arriola, Sacha Kljestan, Shawn Parker, Stuart Holden, Terrence Boyd, Tyrone McCargo, US Men's National Team
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A few new kits for 2014-15
   July 3, 2014 (7:30 AM) by Matt Benson
 

It is that time of year when teams start releasing new kits for the upcoming season or they get leaked out to the internet.  If you are a long time reader of the site, you know that I am a fan of posting these new shirts and jerseys.  Look good, play good?

So check out after the jump to see new kits for seven teams featuring Americans in 2014-15.

Read the rest of this entry »

 
Categories: Fabian Johnson, Joe Gyau, Julian Green, Junior Flores, Sacha Kljestan, Shawn Parker, Stuart Holden, Tim Howard, Tim Ream
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Hump day links
   May 7, 2014 (12:42 AM) by Matt Benson
 

A couple things for Wednesday.

The USMNT will be featured on Showtime’s 60 Minutes Sports tonight and you can check out a trailer right here.

The guys over at ESPN FC decided to guess at which 23 guys will make the final World Cup roster.  We probably should do that on this site, so maybe I will put something together in the next week.

One of those ESPN writers, Doug McIntyre, spoke to Tim Howard last week after Howard signed his contract extension with Everton.

Stuart Holden’s contract with Bolton runs out this summer, but it looks like he and the club are talking about a new contract.  Here is a also a quick video of Holden working out and rehabbing.

Howie posted about Josh Gatt’s knee injury back in March and he is now set for his second ACL surgery next week.

Omar Gonzalez had to be subbed out of the LA Galaxy’s game this past weekend with a knee injury, but it does not appear to be serious.

Brian Sciaretta likes writing so here are some interviews with Joe Gyau and Jonathan Spector.

Kristan Heneage spoke to Duane Holmes being an American and the 2016 Olympics.

Fabian Johnson will be joining Borussia Mönchengladbach this summer after the World Cup and here is what his new home jersey for next season will look like.

And there have been a lot of goals from guys in lower leagues recently, so check out the goal tracker for updated numbers and highlights.

 
Categories: Duane Holmes, Fabian Johnson, Joe Gyau, Jonathan Spector, Josh Gatt, Omar Gonzalez, Stuart Holden, Tim Howard, US Men's National Team
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A bunch of links for Tuesday
   April 15, 2014 (12:57 AM) by Matt Benson
 

A lot of things to check out.

US Soccer’s website has a bunch of goodies from the last couple of days.  They stopped by Toronto to do a little Q&A action with Michael Bradley.  They also have the latest Road to the Roster podcast up with Jurgen Klinsmann.  He talks about the Mexico friendly and Jozy Altidore among other things.  And they also have a Q&A up with World Cup hopeful DeAndre Yedlin.

The US U-20 team is down in Texas for the Dallas Cup and is already 2-0-0 after the first two games.  They kicked things off with a 3-2 win over River Plate.  Here is a photo of Ben Spencer celebrating after scoring one of the goals.  On Monday, the team defeated Eintracht Frankfurt 3-0.  Here is a photo of Tijuana and US U-20 teammates Paul Arriola and Amando Moreno celebrating the win.  The US leads Group C with six points and will play Tigres on Wednesday as they look to advance to the semifinals.

While we are on the topic of the U-20 team, Brian Sciaretta caught up with Rubio Rubin before the Dallas Cup to talk about the tournament and joining FC Utrecht.  Rubin turned 18 in March, allowing him to sign a professional contract, but Utrecht can’t register his contract until July 1.

We had some goals this past weekend in Europe.  Alfredo Morales scored his first of the season in a 2-1 loss.  Juan Agudelo scored what turned out to be the game-winning goal in Utrecht’s 2-1 win.  And Michael Farfan came off the bench and scored the game-tying goal in Cruz Azul’s 2-2 draw.  The goal earned Farfan a spot on Medio Tiempo’s Team of the Week as a sub.

Back to Agudelo for a second.  Word on the street is that Stoke City manager Mark Hughes flew to Holland to watch him play this past weekend.  And Stoke City will be looking to get a second appeal on his UK work permit at the end of this month or the beginning of May.

Just in case people forgot, Jozy Altidore is one of the good guys.

ESPN FC’s Alex Labidou wrote some words (or typed them) after talking to FC Nantes’ Alejandro Bedoya.

Stuart Holden talked to the fine folks over at Fox Sports about trying to recover from yet another knee injury.  Stu’s sock game was on point.

Here is a really short film on Clint Dempsey by Degree Men, which was apparently directed by Mad Men’s Jon Hamm.  Dempsey also scored two goals this past weekend, giving him six on the season in only 303 minutes in MLS play after scoring only once in 922 minutes last year with Seattle.

A few guys saw the field on Monday.  After battling some swelling in his knee, Danny Williams returned to Reading’s starting lineup and played 61 minutes in a 1-1 draw.  Bobby Wood came off the bench, played 24 minutes and picked up a yellow card in 1860 Munich’s 4-2 loss to Dynamo Dresden.

Over in Sweden, Matt Pyzdrowski went 90 minutes between the sticks while Eric Pothast played 45 minutes and picked up a yellow card in Ängelholm’s 3-2 win over Jönköpings Södra.  And Alex Horwath started at goalkeeper and Brandon McDonald came off the bench for the final two minutes in Ljungskile’s 0-0 draw to Landskrona, which had Andrew Stadler and Paul Torres each go 90 minutes.

So I have decided to learn how to make GIFs since sometimes they are easier to post/watch than some of these weird video players that some highlight sites use (plus GIFs are just awesome).  I practiced a bunch this weekend making a few of the goals scored in MLS play by some World Cup hopefuls, so here they are:  Clint Dempsey 1, Clint Dempsey 2, Chris Wondolowski, Maurice Edu and Kyle Beckerman.  It is a learning process as I try to figure out size and quality while not trying to make these 10 MB files, but it went better than I expected.

 
Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Alex Horwath, Alfredo Morales, Amando Moreno, Andrew Stadler, Ben Spencer, Bobby Wood, Brandon McDonald, Chris Wondolowski, Clint Dempsey, Danny Williams, DeAndre Yedlin, Eric Pothast, Jozy Altidore, Juan Agudelo, Kyle Beckerman, Matt Pyzdrowski, Maurice Edu, Michael Bradley, Michael Farfan, Paul Arriola, Paul Torres, Rubio Rubin, Stuart Holden, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team
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Friday morning links
   March 14, 2014 (1:17 AM) by Matt Benson
 

So Aron Johannsson is pretty good and scored his 25th goal of the season yesterday.  It wasn’t the prettiest of PKs, but it went in.  Speaking of ArJo, Yanks Abroad’s RJ DeMello wonders about his club future.

Some other stuff posted on the site over the last couple of days.  This appears to be the USMNT away kit for the World Cup.  Will interviewed US U-17 goalkeeper Kevin Silva.  And Molde FK’s Ben Spencer is headed to Indy Eleven on a one-year loan.

The US fell from #13 to #14 in the latest FIFA world rankings.

Brek Shea can’t be loaned out to another team for another three weeks since he returned to Stoke City early after his “finger incident” with some Barnsley fans, but he is aware that he probably needs to head out on another loan to get playing time if he wants to make the World Cup roster.

Danny Williams did not play in Reading’s mid-week game due to some swelling in his knee.

Eric Lichaj’s injury woes continue as he will have to undergo a double hernia operation.

The Bolton News got some quotes from Tim Ream about Stuart Holden’s injury.

DaMarcus Beasley and Michael Orozco (and the rest of Puebla) are not getting paid all their money at Puebla.

Jon Arnold “berated” me for not posting this the other day, but here is his article about Benji Joya and Daniel Cuevas going their separate ways.  You happy now, Jon?!  (For those three people that didn’t pick on up this, I am joking.  Jon is a nice guy.  Sometimes.)

Brian Sciaretta introduces us to Dennis Flores, who just made his Liga Mx debut for Club Leon last weekend.

Gedion Zelalem was called into Germany’s U-17 team for a Euro qualifier.  If he plays, he will never be eligible to play for the US since you can only use your FIFA one-time switch on countries you are eligible for when you play your first official youth game (he is still not a US citizen yet).  Boo.

Speaking of young players, Greg Seltzer takes a look at some first-team prospects of a few younger Americans playing abroad.

 
Categories: Aron Johannsson, Ben Spencer, Benji Joya, Brek Shea, DaMarcus Beasley, Daniel Cuevas, Danny Williams, Dennis Flores, Eric Lichaj, Gedion Zelalem, Kevin Silva, Michael Orozco Fiscal, Stuart Holden, Tim Ream, US Men's National Team
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Stuart Holden out 6-9 months
   March 11, 2014 (3:21 PM) by Matt Benson
 

Boo.

 

In some better news for Holden.

 
Categories: Stuart Holden
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Some injury updates on Stuart Holden & Eric Lichaj
   March 7, 2014 (6:15 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Bolton manager Dougie Freedman gave a small update on Stuart Holden yesterday.

“It’s disappointing news for us all,” he said. “We don’t know the exact results at the moment, but we feel that it’s the same injury. He’s since had his scans and he’s going to fly back to America to see his specialist on Monday.

“Hopefully he can read his scans and tell us good news, but if not he will need to go into the knee and have a look at it.

“I did go and meet Stuart the following night to have a long chat with him – he’s very positive and no matter what the outcome of this is, he will carry on and keep on going.

“I want to be very clear to everybody that Stuart Holden will be here in some capacity at this football club – he is such a fantastic lad and is a great ambassador for this football club.”

Freedman continued to gush about Holden throughout that update on Bolton’s site.

We also knew that Eric Lichaj limped off the field early for Nottingham Forest last weekend and now we know that he will be out at least a month with a pelvic problem.

Lichaj had been struggling with a pelvic problem in recent weeks and suffered a recurrence of the injury on his return to the team against Wigan last weekend.

The USA international initially sustained the injury against Watford on January 30 and Forest had hoped a month of rest had resolved the issue, but Lichaj had to come off just before half-time during Saturday’s 4-1 defeat at the City Ground.

The Sky Bet Championship club now fear the 25-year-old may require hernia surgery to remedy the problem – similar to that which Andy Reid underwent last week.

 
Categories: Eric Lichaj, Stuart Holden
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Here is your US-Ukraine pre-game primer
   March 5, 2014 (12:01 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Here is a quick rundown of things you might want to look at before today’s game.

» The game is at 2 PM Eastern on ESPN2, WatchESPN and UniMas.

» Ukraine is ranked #18 by FIFA and #21 by Elo, while the US is #13 by FIFA and #13 by Elo.

» Here are the official game notes by US Soccer.  As for some random stats/facts:

The US is 0-2-1 all-time against Ukraine with Ukraine winning the last meeting, 1-0, in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania on October 23, 1993.  This is also the first meeting between these two teams outside the United States.

This will be the US’s first neutral site friendly since beating Australia, 3-1, in Roodepoort, South Africa prior to the 2010 World Cup.

With 52 career wins, Tim Howard is one win shy of tying Kasey Keller for the most in USMNT history by a goalkeeper.

» The usual suspects, The Shin Guardian and The Yanks Are Coming, have some game previews up for you.

» Here is a US Soccer video on Edgar Castillo and his family.

» Some other goodies from around the interwebs to read:

Apparently all the cool kids are doing oral histories of the 1994 team as here is another good one by Seth Vertelney.

ESPN’s Doug McIntyre takes a look at Landon Donovan’s legacy with Donovan turning 32 yesterday.

Brad Friedel thinks, and I think most would agree, that the weak link position-wise for the USMNT right now is the backline.

While Aron Johannsson is having himself a nice little season, some people might be forgetting how well Terrence Boy has been playing this year as well.

Stuart Holden will undergo a scan of his knee in the UK before heading back to the US to meet up with his surgeon to check out his knee.

And finally, as expected, Michael Stephens has signed with Bob Bradley’s Stabæk.

 
Categories: Aron Johannsson, Brad Friedel, Edgar Castillo, Landon Donovan, Michael Stephens, Stuart Holden, Terrence Boyd, US Men's National Team
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Tuesday morning links
   March 4, 2014 (12:03 AM) by Matt Benson
 

As of right now, the US-Ukraine friendly is back on after it looked like it was going to be canceled.  If you have been out of the loop, three players withdrew from the roster on Saturday due to injuries/personal reasons, while Jonathan Spector was called into camp.

US Soccer officially unveiled their new golf polos home World Cup shirts on Monday.  Also, here is a closer look at the font that will be used for the names and numbers.

Sunil Gulati was unanimously re-elected as President of US Soccer.

Roger Bennett is doing a four-part series on the 1994 USMNT and here is part one.

With a lot of US players leaving Europe over the last couple months, Brian Sciaretta takes a look at one player, Geoff Cameron, who is becoming one of the best US players left in Europe.

ESPN’s Jeff Carlisle talked to Will Packwood about his past year which has seen him go from a broken leg to possibly getting his first cap with the USMNT.

There were some rumblings on Twitter over the weekend and now Brek Shea is under investigation over allegedly flipping off some Barnsley fans.

Stuart Holden made his return to the field on Monday with Bolton’s U-21 team only to fall to the ground clutching his knee about 22 minutes into the game.  He was able run off the field after being subbed off so fingers crossed that it is not anything serious.  Here is a whole photo gallery from the game courtesy of Lion of Vienna Suite’s Facebook page.

Eric Lichaj also had to be subbed out early and limped off the field in Nottingham Forest’s game against Wigan over the weekend.

We did have some goals this weekend.  Terrence Boyd scored in Rapid Vienna’s 6-3 loss to Salzburg (highlights).  DaMarcus Beasley saw his daughter be born on Saturday then scored a goal on Sunday (highlights).  Christian Eissele is back at it in Finland and recorded a hat trick for Kemi Kings.  And Mario Rodriguez found the back of the net twice in Borussia Mönchengladbach II’s win on Friday.  As always, you can follow along with our goal tracker.

We also had some goals scored with youth teams.  Paul Arriola scored for Tijuana’s U-20 team in a 3-3 draw on Saturday.  And Emerson Hyndman scored from the penalty spot for Fulham’s U-18 team over the weekend.

Ethan Horvath got the start between the sticks for Molde FK in a friendly against FC Lokomotiv Moscow and here are some highlights.

UMBC goalkeeper Phil Saunders is headed to English League One side Crewe Alexandra for a trial this week.

Speaking of goalkeepers, OT goalkeeper guru Will spoke with some other goalies on a variety of topics, including Howard vs. Guzan.  It is a decent read, so go check it out.

 
Categories: Brek Shea, Christian Eissele, DaMarcus Beasley, Emerson Hyndman, Eric Lichaj, Ethan Horvath, Mario Rodriguez, Paul Arriola, Phil Saunders, Stuart Holden, Terrence Boyd, US Men's National Team, Will Packwood
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