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George John is returning to FC Dallas
   March 2, 2012 (10:44 AM) by Matt Benson

Howie posted a sort-of-update on George John’s situation the other day, but it now appears that George John will be returning to the US/MLS/FC Dallas.

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.”

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FC Dallas coach Schellas Hyndman updates us on George John’s status
   February 28, 2012 (11:28 PM) by Howie Michaels

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.

Categories: George John

George John’s goal from last week’s reserve game
   February 2, 2012 (6:45 AM) by Matt Benson

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.

Categories: George John, Highlights
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George John scores a goal with West Ham’s reserves
   January 24, 2012 (3:29 PM) by Matt Benson

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.

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Road trip to Azteca links
   January 13, 2012 (7:54 PM) by Matt Benson

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.

As for that friendly against Venezuela in Phoenix, it looks like ticket sales are a bit slow, but that is not surprising for a “B” team type friendly in January.  Steven Goff also thinks the likely friendly against Brazil in May will be held at FedEx Field.

Three last USMNT camp tidbits.  Heath Pearce brings his humor to the USMNT blog to break down a typical day in camp.  Jermaine Jones has been added to the camp since he is suspended for the next eight games with nothing to do.  And here are some photos of the team doing some interesting workouts from earlier this week.

Moving to the club scene.

George John’s loan deal to West Ham has become official.  He will be there until March 1 and the Hammers have an option to buy at the end.  Manager Sam Allardyce has some words on John.

The only centerback left in the MLS trifecta after John and Omar Gonzalez is Tim Ream, but all signs point to him heading to Bolton, possibly as early as next week.  Speaking of Gonzalez, he had his surgery today and is expected to miss the next 7-9 months.

Greg Seltzer was a on roll today, giving us goodies on Maurice Edu, Edson Buddle and Kevin Burns, letting us know that Charlie Davies might play with Sochaux’s reserves this weekend and produced a bunch of numbers on goalkeepers.

So much for Brad Guzan playing more for Aston Villa as Shay Given is expected to start for Villa this weekend.

And finally, Adrian Ruelas is still hoping that he can make the Olympic squad this year.

Categories: Adrian Ruelas, Brad Guzan, Charlie Davies, Edson Buddle, George John, Jermaine Jones, Kevin Burns, Maurice Edu, Omar Gonzalez, Tim Ream, US Men's National Team, US U-23 National Team

Two things for Thursday
   January 12, 2012 (5:21 PM) by Matt Benson

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.

Categories: George John, US Men's National Team

Friday Night Links (Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can’t Lose)
   January 6, 2012 (8:16 PM) by Matt Benson

Sorry for the beyond cheesy post title, but today made me lose my mind.  But here are some links for those of you still mourning Omar Gonzalez’s ACL.

Speaking of MLS centerbacks, the interwebs seem to indicate that Tim Ream is close to making a move to Bolton, while George John is in talks with West Ham United.

French side Sochaux keep going after Maurice Edu, but Rangers rejected their latest offer.

It looks like Frank Simek’s latest ankle injury is nothing serious as he is expected to be back this weekend when Carlisle United hosts Leyton Orient.

Brian Sciaretta is at it again and introduces us to Brian “Cobi” Span.

Former Columbus Crew midfielder Kevin Burns is headed to Europe to trial with Danish club FC Hjorring.

Anthony Brooks played the second half of a friendly with Hertha Berlin’s first team in a 3-2 win over Osnabruck yesterday.

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’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.

Categories: Brian Span, Danny Williams, Fabian Johnson, Frank Simek, George John, Joe Gyau, John Brooks, Kevin Burns, Maurice Edu, Sean Johnson, Tim Ream, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team, US U-23 National Team

Tim Howard kicked a long goal links
   January 4, 2012 (10:23 PM) by Matt Benson

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.

Brian Sciaretta takes a quick look at the U-20 team, while Connor Walsh of The Yanks are Coming continues their look at the U-23 player pool for the Olympics, this time with the back line.

Columbus Crew technical director Brian Bliss will join the US U-20 coaching staff as an assistant.

It didn’t take long for new manager Gregg Berhalter to find some Americans for Swedish side Hammarby as they have been linked to UNC forward Billy Schuler pending a physical.

According to a report out of Denmark, AGF Aarhus are interested in Charlie Davies and Chris Wondolowski.

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.

I know three things in life: Death, taxes and Herculez Gomez scoring goals while coming off the bench.

I missed this the other day, but the New York Times did a story on Clint Dempsey.   And Deuce joined the twitterverse today.  Speaking of Twitter, why aren’t you following me or Howie (shameless plug time!)?

Speaking of Twitter (Part 2), I tweeted this the other day as some people have been e-mailing me about Blackburn Rovers left back Adam Henley, but his mom chimed in on his Wales/US history over on Big Soccer.  And some more here.

Want to watch all the USMNT goals from 2011?  Sure, why not.

Frank Simek is hurt again, this time it is an ankle.

And Eric Lichaj has returned to training with Aston Villa after missing many months with a hip injury.

Categories: Adam Henley, Billy Schuler, Charlie Davies, Chris Wondolowski, Clint Dempsey, Eric Lichaj, Frank Simek, George John, Herculez Gomez, Omar Gonzalez, Robbie Findley, Tim Howard, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team, US U-23 National Team
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Monday morning musings
   August 29, 2011 (6:15 AM) by Matt Benson

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.

Categories: Devann Yao, George John, Kyle Luetkehans, Tristan Bowen
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Hump Day Linkage
   August 24, 2011 (3:50 PM) by Matt Benson

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.

Alexi Lalas writing for the Daily Mirror talks about why George John could do well at Blackburn Rovers.

Brian Sciaretta talked to 18-year-old midfielder Seth Moses about going the “Josh Gatt route” and signing with SCR Altach in Austria.

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.

Oh yeah, here are the latest FIFA world rankings.  The US moves up from 30 to 28.  Mexico is still holding down 20.

Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Carlos Bocanegra, George John, Joe Corona, Maurice Edu, Seth Moses, US Men's National Team

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