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A bunch of link goodies for Thursday
   September 24, 2015 (12:12 AM) by Matt Benson

This week has been a crazy one for me and of course 2354356456 guys have scored goals this week.  As always, our goal tracker has a bunch of information on who scored and links to those available highlights.

As for some of the highlights of recent goals, we have had goals by Bobby Wood, Shawn Barry, Fabian Johnson, Björn Maars Johnsen (and again), Aron Johannsson, Mario Rodriguez, Christian Eissele, Eugene Starikov, Luca de la Torre, Nermin Crnkic, Jakeem Johnson and Russell Canouse.

Julian Green scored a goal yesterday with Bayern Munich II.  Haven’t found highlights yet, but here is a photo of him celebrating the goal.

To go with his goal from the weekend (linked above), Mario Rodriguez scored again yesterday.

Rubio Rubin came off the bench and scored a goal in the Dutch Cup earlier this week.

Cameron Carter-Vickers wore the captain’s armband and scored a goal for Tottenham’s U-21 team earlier this week.

As for Fabian Johnson’s goal linked above, it came in the fifth minute and according to Paul Carr, that would be the earliest Bundesliga goal by an American since Tony Sanneh in 1999.

DeAndre Yedlin made his Sunderland debut this week in a 4-1 loss to Manchester City in the League Cup.  He assisted on Sunderland’s lone goal.  Someone made a video of his performance.  Sunderland manager Dick Advocaat had some nice things to say about him.  Greg Seltzer also broke down his debut.

The Fighting Bob Bradleys were knocked out by Rosenborg in the semifinals of the Norwegian Cup yesterday in overtime.

Tim Howard’s shutout over the weekend was his 128th in the Premier League, tying him with Peter Schmeichel for ninth most all-time.

Speaking of goalkeepers, what if I told you Will Reno wrote some things on the US goalies?

With the CONCACAF Cup quickly approaching, Mexico looks to be without another player as Rafa Marquez is going to be out with a groin injury.  And there have been some rumors this week that Sao Paulo’s Juan Carlos Osorio will be El Tri’s next manager.

Brian Sciaretta talked to Tab Ramos about the US U-20 team and why US Soccer is creating U-16 and U-19 teams.

The US U-17 team is down in Mexico for its last camp before the U-17 World Cup.

If you have an ESPN Insider account, Doug McIntyre ranks his Top 21 US players under the age of 21.

Here is a two part (Part 1 | Part 2) interview with Terrence Boyd done in German (and Google Translate doesn’t want to work right now).

The Irish Times did a story on Jake Keegan last week.

According to one report, free agent Zak Whitbread turned down a deal with Blackpool.

San Diego-native Anthony Wright has joined Nottingham Forest’s youth academy.

And finally, Will Daniels finished the season in Iceland with Aegir with 12 goals in 17 games and took home some hardware.

Categories: Anthony Wright, Aron Johannsson, Björn Maars Johnsen, Bob Bradley, Bobby Wood, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Christian Eissele, DeAndre Yedlin, Eugene Starikov, Fabian Johnson, Jake Keegan, Jakeem Johnson, Julian Green, Luca de la Torre, Mario Rodriguez, Nermin Crnkic, Rubio Rubin, Russell Canouse, Shawn Barry, Terrence Boyd, Tim Howard, US Men's National Team, US U-17 National Team, US U-20 National Team, Will Daniels, Zak Whitbread
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Borussia Mönchengladbach vs. Augsburg Highlights
   September 23, 2015 (9:32 PM) by Matt Benson

Fabian Johnson returned to the lineup on Wednesday and scored a goal in Borussia Mönchengladbach’s 4-2 win over Augsburg.  Here is his goal.


Categories: Fabian Johnson, Highlights

Quick link action for Thursday
   September 17, 2015 (12:15 AM) by Matt Benson

Life is busy so I will keep this short and to the point.

Here is the USMNT 35-man provisional roster for the CONCACAF Cup.

It is looking more and more like Copa America won’t be taking place in the US next summer.

Fabian Johnson has returned to light training with Borussia Monchengladbach.

Tim Howard was named Everton’s Player of the Month for August.

Lynden Gooch was named U-21 Premier League Player of the Month for August.

Josh Gatt needs to repair his knee a third time now.  Ugh.

DeAndre Yedlin will wear #24 at Sunderland.  Here is a video interview with Yedlin on Sunderland’s website.  Sunderland manager Dick Advocaat says he doesn’t know much about Yedlin yet.

Andrija Novakovich had an assist with Reading’s U-21 team earlier this week.

Mukwelle Akale scored a bitchin’ goal for Villarreal’s U-19 team recently.

Jordan Morris is scoring goals with Stanford.

Someone made an every touch video of Gedion Zelalem’s latest game with Rangers.

Desevio Payne has returned to playing after being hurt.

And finally, Carolina Rapids Academy goalkeeper Gabe Rosario looks to be headed to Reading.

Categories: Andrija Novakovich, DeAndre Yedlin, Desevio Payne, Fabian Johnson, Gabe Rosario, Gedion Zelalem, Jordan Morris, Josh Gatt, Lynden Gooch, Mukwelle Akale, Tim Howard, US Men's National Team
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A few links for Tuesday
   August 18, 2015 (12:03 AM) by Matt Benson

Rapid fire links!

Our goal tracker has been updated with all the goals from this weekend.

Jake Keegan also scored a goal on Monday.

Gedion Zelalem scored a nice little goal for Arsenal’s U21 team last Friday.  Zelalem also talked to Arsenal’s website about the game.

Howie posted some German news yesterday.  Fabian Johnson is going to be out for a while with an injury, Andrew Wooten could be called in for the USMNT’s September friendlies and Joe Gyau gives us an injury update.

Genk are interested in acquiring LA Galaxy forward Gyasi Zardes.

Tim Howard recorded his 127th career Premier League shutout this past weekend, third most among current Premier League goalkeepers.

It looks like William Yarbrough has lost the starting goalkeeper job at Leon.

Brandon Vazquez scored two goals with Tijuana’s U17 team last week.  He also spoke to Tijuana’s website/social media team about the goals.

Vazquez is part of the US U-17 team currently in Pardubice, Czech Republic for a tournament.  They begin play later today.

Lynden Gooch scored a goal yesterday with Sunderland’s U21 team.’s Thomas Floyd also belongs to the #FreeBenny cause.

And what seems like the longest “wrapping up” of a transfer ever, all signs point to Tim Ream finally joining up with Fulham.  Hopefully I can post something official later today.

Categories: Andrew Wooten, Benny Feilhaber, Brandon Vazquez, Fabian Johnson, Gedion Zelalem, Gyasi Zardes, Jake Keegan, Joe Gyau, Luca de la Torre, Lynden Gooch, Tim Howard, Tim Ream, US U-17 National Team, William Yarbrough

Assorted Monday news out of the Bundesligas
   August 17, 2015 (3:28 PM) by Howie Michaels

Three news items of varying importance popped up today, all regarding Americans in Germany.

– In Mönchengladbach, Fabian Johnson suffered a hamstring tear in their season-opening loss to Dortmund. He is expected to miss “several weeks”, which leaves him questionable for the start of Gladbach’s Champions League campaign next month. It’d also leave him out for upcoming US friendlies, although I doubt it affects his status for World Cup qualifying in November

– German-American striker Andrew Wooten has been bringing the noise and ruckus early this year, scoring five times in three matches to start the season. German media is reporting that Wooten will be called up to said upcoming US friendlies, which would be his debut with any US national team (he made some U-23 camps but has never played in actual game)

– Finally, DMVSoccer has an interview up with injured Borussia Dortmund (II) winger Joe Gyau. Gyau had just debuted for Dortmund’s senior team when he tore his lateral meniscus playing for the US. While reports have suggested setbacks could leave Gyau out for all of this season as well (American soccer knees are cursed), Gyau provides a more optimistic assessment:

Yes, it is true that I had some cartilage damage, so the surgeon had to do a transplant procedure. They extracted some of my existing cartilage, grew it in the lab, and then 3 weeks later put it back in the damaged spot. I’ve been doing work each and every day, which is tough sometimes, but it’s what has to be done for me to come back stronger. The facilities, physios, and doctors at Dortmund have been with me every step of the way. As for me being out for the whole season, that’s not true. I’m definitely going to be back much sooner than that.

Categories: Andrew Wooten, Fabian Johnson, Joe Gyau

Links and other nonsense for Friday
   August 14, 2015 (12:04 AM) by Matt Benson

The Bundesliga starts up this weekend and Bundesglia Fanatic has done a player profile on Aron Johannsson.  ESPN FC also did a phone interview with ArJo.  His new club, Werder Bremen, hosts Schalke on Saturday.

Brazil is bringing a pretty decent team to the US for September’s friendly.

While next summer’s Copa America Centenario is still up in the air, CONCACAF is proceeding like the tournament is still on as they have scheduled qualifiers for CONCACAF’s remaining two spots (US, Mexico, Costa Rica and Jamaica have already qualified).

Costa Rica will have a new manager as Paulo Wanchope has resigned after losing his mind at an U-23 match earlier this week.  As Howie pointed out, between him and Miguel Herrera, the Hex might come down to fighting coaches so the US might as well appoint Peter Vermes as manager.

US Soccer is trying to trademark “Dos a Cero”.

Greg Seltzer put together a random stat thingie on players in their second seasons in Europe in honor of Rubio Rubin.

While all signs point to Tim Ream going to QPR, nothing official has been announced yet and ESPN’s Peter O’Rourke is hearing that Fulham could still be in the hunt.

Bob Bradley has begun working on a contract extension with Stabæk.

Cody Cropper made his pro debut earlier this week in MK Dons’ 2-1 win over Leyton Orient in the Capital One Cup.  Cropper talked to Brian Sciaretta about the experience.

Brian Sciaretta also talked to Nermin Crnkic this week about FK Jablonec and Europa League.

Now for the Tijuana section of the links.  John Requejo Jr. scored a goal with their U-20 team this week, while Brandon Vazquez had two goals and an assist with their U-17 team.  Michael Orozco talked to Tijuana’s website about this weekend’s game against Cruz Azul.  Orozco is also on a cool poster outside the stadium.

Some more players are popping up on lower level teams in Europe.  Will John is now with RoPS in Finland.  Kevin Sawchak is back in Finland, but this time with Honka.  And Charlie Butte has left SF Siegen in Germany for SV Oberwart in Austria.

And finally, some youth players are making the move to Europe.  U-18 defender Sam Golan has signed with Brighton & Hove Albion.  U-14 right back John Hilton is getting close to a move to Ajax.  And why not have a 10-year-old (Troy McKee) sign with Aston Villa.

Enjoy the weekend.

Categories: Aron Johannsson, Bob Bradley, Brandon Vazquez, Charlie Butte, Cody Cropper, Fabian Johnson, John Hilton, John Requejo Jr., Kevin Sawchak, Michael Orozco Fiscal, Nermin Crnkic, Rubio Rubin, Sam Golan, Tim Ream, Troy McKee, US Men's National Team, Will John

Various Bundesliga kits for 2015-16
   July 29, 2015 (6:12 AM) by Matt Benson

I haven’t done one of these posts in a while, but here is a bunch of 2015-16 kits for Bundesliga teams featuring Americans this season.

There has been some talk that Julian Green could be headed out on loan this season, but he will have plenty of options of jerseys if he sticks around Bayern Munich (order – home/road/third).


While David Yelldell hasn’t played a league game for Bayer Leverkusen’s senior team since joining the team in 2011-12, he is still on their roster.  And Bayer Leverkusen have three options of kits for 2014-15 (order – home/road/third).


Borussia Dortmund has a few Americans throughout their system in Joe Gyau, Junior Flores and Christian Pulisic.  They also have three different jerseys for 2015-16 (order – home/road/third).


Borussia Mönchengladbach and Kappa always have “interesting” kits and this year will be no different for Fabian Johnson and Mario Rodriguez (order – home/road).


Timothy Chandler is in his second season with Eintracht Frankfurt and they will have a pinstripe shirt much like the Frankfurt team from 1972-73 (order – home/road).


John Brooks and Hertha Berlin will have pretty standard Hertha-like jerseys for this season (order – home/road/third).


Alfredo Morales’ Ingolstadt will be playing in the Bundesliga for the first time in club history and they only have a home jersey out right now.


While Hoffenheim no longer have Fabian Johnson or Danny Williams, Russell Canouse is still with the club and Lotto went a little crazy with their three kits (order -home/road/third).


While Bobby Wood never made it to Stuttgart, Jerome Kiesewetter is still with the club and Puma has three options for them in 2015-16 (order – home/road/third).


Terrence Boyd is slowly working his way back from ACL surgery and RB Leipzig have some pretty basic jerseys waiting for him upon his return this season (order – home/road).


Bobby Wood’s new home for 2015-16 is with Union Berlin.  Union Berlin switched things up this year going with Macron over kit supplier Uhlsport (order – home/road).


And finally, Freiburg boast Caleb Stanko, Eric Lickert, Ethan Sonis and now Zack Steffen among their various teams.  And they have three Nike kits for this season (order – home/road/third).


Have a favorite of the bunch?  Think one is really, really ugly?  As for my own taste, I like Bayern Munich Road, Dortmund Third, Eintracht Frankfurt Home and Freiburg Home.  I dislike basically all the Hoffenheim ones and Borussia Mönchengladbach Road.

Categories: Alfredo Morales, Bobby Wood, Caleb Stanko, Christian Pulisic, Eric Lickert, Ethan Sonis, Fabian Johnson, Jerome Kiesewetter, Joe Gyau, John Brooks, Julian Green, Junior Flores, Mario Rodriguez, Russell Canouse, Terrence Boyd, Zack Steffen

2014–15 OT XI
   May 25, 2015 (5:58 PM) by Howie Michaels

Holy smokes. Can you believe that this is the sixth edition of the legendary OT XI? When we started this thing there were actually a ton of American players in Europe. Of the original OT XI, only two (Alejandro Bedoya and Jonathan Spector) are still playing abroad, and five (Ryan Guy, Landon Donovan, Brad Friedel, Eddie Johnson, and Carlos Bocanegra) are retired. Crazy times.

Here are the past teams:


Brad Guzan, Aston Villa (England) [2nd appearance]

If you want to talk about the decline of American players abroad, look no further than goalkeeper (and talk to our friend Will, who wrote this pick.) Even though he didn’t have the greatest of finishes, it was Brad Guzan who carried Aston Villa through the first half of the season, when they couldn’t buy a goal. Guzan carried his team out of the relegation zone so that when it came to the meaningless games in the season, his poor performance didn’t matter. Admittedly, it’s a weak pick without glamour but of all the overseas goalkeepers, Guzan helped his team the most.

Greg Garza, Tijuana (Mexico) [1st]
Tim Ream, Bolton Wanderers (England) [2nd]
Ventura Alvarado, Club America (Mexico) [1st]
Eric Lichaj, Nottingham Forest (England) [2nd]

Two from Liga MX and two from the Football League Championship make up the backline. Garza basically made Edgar Castillo, the 2013 honoree at leftback, expendable at Tijuana as he also established himself as the likely national team heir apparent to the internationally-retired Edgar Castillo. Ream played a little of everywhere defensively for Bolton and earned his second consecutive team MVP. After time on loan, Alvarado blossomed with the CONCACAF Champions League winners and broke into the national team. Meanwhile, back in England, Lichaj had his healthiest season and made 42 appearances, more than the previous two seasons combined (since they play like 800 games in the lower divisions of England).

Fabian Johnson, Borussia Mönchengladbach (Germany) [3rd]
Danny Williams, Reading (England) [2nd]
Alfredo Morales, Ingolstadt (Germany) [1st]
Alejandro Bedoya, Nantes (France) [4th]

Guys, guys! We had a guy qualify to the Champions League out of a top five league! Johnson stepped up his team quality and managed to break in and do his usual thing of being a solid contributor at multiple spots on the flank. His former teammate at Hoffenheim, Williams, makes his second consecutive appearance as he continues to play well for Reading. Morales, who looked somewhat out of his element in early caps with the Nats, has blossomed into an legit prospect and helped Ingolstadt earn promotion, meaning he’ll join Johnson in the Bundesliga next year. Bedoya, meanwhile, continued his strong form in Nantes. With Bedoya’s 4th OT XI appearance, he ties Sacha Kljestan and Clint Dempsey for the all-time lead and is a solid favorite to hold the title by his lonesome sooner rather than later.

Matt Taylor, 1. FC Saarbrücken (Germany) [3rd]
Cesar Romero, FC Pyunik (Armenia) [2nd]

Taylor is basically one of our favorite OT players ever. He is a mortal lock to bang in double digit goals in any season that ends in an odd-numbered year (2011- 17; 2013- 16; 2015- 13) and takes advantage of the lengthy injury absences to Terrence Boyd and Aron Jóhannsson, two of last year’s forward honorees. Meanwhile, another OT favorite completely dominated Armenia, scoring 20 goals as Pyunik won their first league title since 2010. He also inspired us to make a ton of The Joker references, although we probably should have made more, because that’s an awesome nickname.

2014–15 MVP
Tim Ream, D, Bolton Wanderers

Ream has gone from MLS breakout prospect to national team disaster to Premier League overmatched to extremely useful Championship player. He has really excelled the last two years with Bolton, and he’s mostly a classic example of how a players can take a while to adjust to a new country.

Goal of the Year
Aron Jóhannsson really wanted to make this post despite missing so much time injured, so he won this late-season match against NAC Breda in the waning moments with this ridiculous strike from distance.

Performance of the Year
Seriously, Jóhannsson got healthy and just wanted OT honors. Plus he has a desire to spend his Thursdays traveling across Eastern Europe in Europa League. So Gunner Stahl (time to resurrect that nickname) decided to dump two goals and an assist on Excelsior (fantastic club name, I’m glad they managed to stay in the Eredivisie) in a match to clinch Europa League for AZ. Highlights!

Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Alfredo Morales, Aron Johannsson, Brad Guzan, Cesar Romero, Danny Williams, Eric Lichaj, Fabian Johnson, Greg Garza, Matt Taylor, Tim Ream, Ventura Alvarado

Borussia Mönchengladbach vs. Bayer Leverkusen Highlights
   May 9, 2015 (9:24 AM) by Matt Benson

Fabian Johnson got the start and was involved in the build up of the last goal (he had the last pass before Traoré’s goal) in Borussia Mönchengladbach’s 3-0 win over Bayer Leverkusen.  With the win, Mönchengladbach has won nine straight home games in league play for the first time since 1984 and inch closer to earning an automatic Champions League place.  Here is Johnson’s assist in GIF form since the video has already been pulled since I first started typing up this post.

Categories: Fabian Johnson, Highlights
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Seis de Mayo links
   May 6, 2015 (12:19 AM) by Matt Benson

Had one too many margaritas last night?  Nothing a few links can’t help.

As Howie posted yesterday, Birmingham City is letting Will Packwood go while offering Jonathan Spector a new contract.

I posted a couple tidbits on the USMNT, U-23 and U-17 teams earlier this week but I also forgot to include that the U-23 team will be holding a camp in England in September.  They will play friendlies against England and Qatar during the camp.

Jordan Morris made an appearance on the Men in Blazers podcast last and it was enjoyable.

The biggest smile you have ever seen on Michael Bradley?

Edgar Castillo made ESPN’s Liga MX Team of the Weekend.

The Guardian’s Jack Kerr interviewed Fabian Johnson.

According to Terrence Boyd’s Instagram, he is having minor surgery this week to remove a cyst from his calf and to clean out his knee.

It looks like Fulham (and Emerson Hyndman) will be wearing a 1975 FA Cup Final inspired shirt next year.  I believe this is the first collar on a Fulham shirt since 2007-08.

Amando Moreno really wants to make the U-20 World Cup roster as he scored two goals last Friday and followed that up with another goal yesterday with Tijuana’s U-20 team.

Marc Pelosi did not play with Liverpool’s U-21 team last week because he got to train with the senior team.

And it looks like Liverpool might have their eyes on another American youth player in Adolfo Trujillo.

Fox Sports is expected to land the TV rights to next year’s Copa América Centenario.

Danny Cruz might need to borrow Mike Conley’s mask at the current rate of getting cleats to the face this past week.

J.R. Eskilson spoke to Sam Strong about how an encounter with Jurgen Klinsmann in an airport helped him get his US U-23 call-up last month.

Steven Goff is hearing that Duke product Jeremy Ebobisse and Virginia’s Jake Rozhansky are headed to Europe for some trials.

I recently learned of another former US Soccer Development Academy player in Germany.  Faisal Almubaslat is a 17-year-old winger at Tennis Borussia Berlin playing with their U-17 team in the B-Junioren Bundesliga Nord/Nordost.  He had a few goals and assists in April as you can see in these highlights against RB Leipzig and Concordia Hamburg.

And finally, a little plug for our goal tracker.  There have been a lot of goals, especially in lower leagues, as of late and it will keep you up to date with who is scoring (and links to highlights when available).

Categories: Adolfo Trujillo, Amando Moreno, Danny Cruz, Edgar Castillo, Emerson Hyndman, Fabian Johnson, Faisal Almubaslat, Jake Rozhansky, Jeremy Ebobisse, Jonathan Spector, Jordan Morris, Marc Pelosi, Michael Bradley, Samuel Strong, Terrence Boyd, US U-23 National Team, Will Packwood
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