John did not appear in any first-team action with West Ham United during his two-month loan spell, but did get some playing time with the reserve squad.
“It was unfortunate that I didn’t get to play, but it really was understandable given the circumstances,” said John, who scored a goal in his first Reserve game with the English side. “I hope West Ham continues its good form and gets back to the Premier League. That’s certainly where the club belongs.”
We get something of an update from the rather bizarre loan-to-buy of George John to West Ham United.
In six weeks in London, John has yet to make a senior squad appearance. Hyndman suggests that a resolution will hopefully present itself this week, as the Hammers seem content to take their time with a decision on the central defender. Dallas would seemingly like to know whether John will be back given that their season kicks off in eleven days.
It seems like John would like to stay (particularly given that West Ham is a strong bet to make the Premier League; they trail Southampton by just one point and stand four points clear of Reading for the automatic second place promotion), but is the feeling reciprocated? Since the transfer window is closed for England, at most a loan extension could be worked out at this time.
John’s contract is up at the end of the season so Dallas will likely try to sell him in the summer regardless of how this odd saga turns out.
Thanks to Tom for e-mailing this to me last night, but here is some sort of George John career highlight video which contains his goal from last week’s reserve game debut with West Ham United at the very beginning of the video.
Also of note, if any reader has some goodies like this, feel free to e-mail me by using the contact page or you can contact me via twitter. That way I can post it and we can all enjoy it.
George John played his first game in West Ham’s claret and blue today, granted it was with the reserve squad, but he scored West Ham’s only goal in a 1-1 draw to Gillingham.
“I pride myself on working hard – that’s how I’ve achieved what I’ve been able to do,” said the Seattle-born centre-back. “I think I’m a decent defender so I just do my job well and pass the ball to the guys who need it.
“I’m excited about the opportunity. England has the best football league in the world and I’m always up for a new challenge. The only way to get better is to play with better players.
“This opportunity presented itself and I said ‘Why not?’. I’d like to take my career as far as I can take it and I would like to continue that career with a fantastic club like West Ham United.”
Not a bad debut for John. His first chance for senior team action will be next Tuesday when the Hammers head to Ipswich Town.
Oh Klinsi, nonchalantly dropping that the US will be playing Mexico in Azteca this August after today’s USMNT v U-23 scrimmage down in Carson, California late on a Friday night. I know some people will say that this game serves no purpose, especially with the US about to start World Cup qualification and will get their shot at Azteca soon, but you could give me this game every year and I still will be giddy about it.
Speaking of that scrimmage, the USMNT won 4-0, scoring all goals in the first half. The goal scorers were Chris Wondolowski (x2), Teal Bunbury and Graham Zusi (although some people were tweeting that the second Wondo goal was by Benny Feilhaber). I guess the U-23s showed some good possession, but they had a 20-minute defensive lapse when all the goals came against them. I am hoping US Soccer will put up some highlights over the weekend. They will play one more time next week before the USMNT heads back to Phoenix.
There is basically two main things for day (aside from the MLS SuperDraft).
1) All reports out of England have George John finalizing a short-term loan deal to West Ham United with the Hammers having an option to buy at the end of it. There is nothing official on West Ham’s site, but manager Sam Allardyce has some words on John.
Allardyce said: “He’s a good defender, of the right stature and the right ability and the right ambition who sees his future in this country.
“He wants to be challenged, wants to improve and his dream is to come and play here. Hopefully we will give him the platform he needs to fulfil those dreams.”
Allardyce added: “When it does get clinched we’ll need to settle him in for a while.”
2) The USMNT will be hosting Brazil in May (either May 20 or 21) in a friendly according to the Brazilian federation rumored to be played in Foxborough or D.C. The friendly would fall during a FIFA international break meaning close to full rosters by both teams.
As always, Brazil provides a tough test for the US, and as we learned from Steven Goff in December, a home friendly against a Brazil or Mexico in a big stadium brings in a lot of money for US Soccer, which US Soccer needs to function.
Danny Williams, Fabian Johnson and Joe Gyau all played for Hoffenheim in some 5v5 indoor-type tournament recently, with Johnson and Gyau both scoring throughout the tournament. Read a fun Google translate article about it here, which includes some photos.
This was an interesting read from yesterday, but ESPN.com’s Leander Schaerlaeckens talks to former USMNT player and current AZ Alkmaar technical director Earnie Stewart about his “Moneyball” approach that has produced results in the Dutch Eredivisie.
As for some various things from US Soccer. Sean Johnson gives us a journal entry into Camp Cupcake. The USMNT will be having an open practice to the public. All the information about attending can be found here. The U-20 team had an intrasquad scrimmage at their camp, which ended in a 3-3 draw. And as I posted earlier today, Caleb Porter selected his guys for January’s U-23 camp.
Seriously, this goal was ridiculous. I have watched it about 40 times today. It is crazy how much speed it picked up and that bounce was crazy. For those few that haven’t read it yet, he is the fourth Premier League goalkeeper to score a goal (and it is amazing that three of them came in losses):
Peter Schmeichel (Aston Villa) vs. Everton – October 20, 2001
Brad Friedel (Blackburn Rovers) vs. Charlton Athletic – February 21, 2004
Paul Robinson (Tottenham Hotspur) vs. Watford – March 17, 2007
Tim Howard (Everton) vs. Bolton Wanderers – January 17, 2007
You can also see Howard’s post-game interview right here.
US Soccer announced that George John and Omar Gonzalez have both withdrawn from Camp Cupcake and will be replaced by Brad Evans and Jeff Parke. The reason why given by US Soccer was “in order to deal with club-related matters”, which makes me believe that both could be headed somewhere during this transfer window. Where that might be, we don’t know. According to Ives, John has left the country to pursue a transfer while Gonzalez has a couple loan possibilities lined up.
For those of you like myself that wondered why Robbie Findley was pulled out of Nottingham Forest’s game after six minutes this past weekend, it was due to a shoulder injury that probably will need surgery this summer.
A couple of things to report from the weekend this morning.
I’m guessing many of you already heard this by now, but if not, George John will not be headed to Blackburn Rovers afterall. The central defender was over in England to complete the deal, but it is sounding like Blackburn decided against the deal before it could be completed. John will now return to FC Dallas. No word on why the deal fell through.
Chivas USA’s Tristan Bowen is headed to Belgium to play for KSV Roselare of the Belgian Second Division on a year-long loan deal. The 21-year-old forward will join Devann Yao as another American in the Belgian Second Division. KSV Roselare’s website recently did an interview with Bowen which you can see right here. I like the quick dental ad at the very end.
Speaking of Devann Yao, he finally made his first appearance with Boussu Dour Borinage last week, getting the start and picking up a red card in the 71st minute of Boussu Dour Borinage’s 2-1 loss to KV Oostende last Wednesday.
While doing The OT Report yesterday and looking up Daniel Stevens at Kemi Kings in Finland, I came across a new American in Kyle Luetkehans. Luetkehans signed with the club last week and played his college soccer at Vermont. The deal is a one-year deal with an option for a second season.
Lets start off Wednesday’s links with the Lone Rangers (this is what I am calling the trio at Rangers, and yes, it is an Airheads movie reference).
First off, UEFA has rejected Maribor’s protest over Carlos Bocanegra’s eligibility in last week’s Europa League first leg. Bocanegra did not have his UK work visa, but since the game was in Slovenia, he could play since he met all the other UEFA regulations. Take that Slovenia!
Rangers’ website also has a short story up which reveals that all three members of the Lone Rangers have been selected to the USMNT roster for the upcoming friendlies against Costa Rica and Belgium. It also has a quote from Klinsmann that states that two-thirds of the roster will be players from Europe. The USMNT roster is rumored to be coming out later this week.
And finally, Jeff Carlisle has a nice article about American/Mexican/El Salvadoran Joe Corona. The most interesting part.
In one of his last acts as U.S. national team manager, Bob Bradley named Corona to the provisional roster for the friendly match against Mexico that took place on Aug. 10. Unfortunately for player and coach, Bradley was fired before the official roster was announced.
“I guess [the U.S. Soccer Federation] found out Bradley talked to me, so they fired him,” joked Corona before adding that had he been named to the official squad. “I think I would have accepted.”
Of course a couple hours after this was posted, it was announced that Corona has been called in by the Mexican U-22 team for some upcoming friendlies. Should be interesting to see which direction he takes since he is eligible to play for three different countries.