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Tuesday morning linkage
   July 8, 2014 (12:01 AM) by Matt Benson
 

I finally sat down this past weekend and wrote a lengthy recap with photos/videos of my trip to Brazil.  You can read it here.

DeAndre Yedlin spoke to The News Tribune’s Don Ruiz about the Roma transfer talk.  He gives some very Crash Davis-coached answers.

Not surprising, but ESPN has been getting some monster ratings for the World Cup.  A mixture of growth of the sport in the US and the US TV-friendly time zones of Brazil.

I re-watched the US’s group stage games this weekend and while Michael Bradley might have been sloppy at times, no one covered the field like he did.  And he did better/just as well against Germany as France’s midfielders.

BBC Sport ran a poll on the best goalkeeper at the World Cup and Tim Howard took home the honors.  Here is also all 16 of Howard’s saves against Belgium in GIF form.

The DTAI Sports Analytics Lab did some analysis on the group stage and put out a PDF on their findings.  CONCACAF performed the best out of any region when compared to “expectations”.

I have posted Mark Yesilevskiy’s prints before but he has done some more of the World Cup, including a USMNT one with the bomb pop jerseys.  I can’t find the article now, but there was a story from one of the UK newspapers recently about the excitement of the World Cup in the US and some Nike spokesperson said that the bomb pop jerseys have been the best selling US jerseys in Nike’s history of making them.

Here is a write up on the various fonts Nike used for their World Cup jerseys.  I love that Dutch font.

Everton’s website did a quick story on the various Americans to play at the club, including Howie’s favorite duo of Cody Arnoux and Anton Peterlin.

Fabian Johnson’s injury that he picked up in the Belgium game doesn’t appear to be serious and he should be returning to full training in two weeks.

Joe Gyau is one of eight players on Borussia Dortmund’s U-23 team who have been invited to the first team’s training camp by Jurgen Klopp.

Sacha Kljestan spoke to Michael Adubato about the start of Anderlecht’s training camp while also being open about a transfer if anything does materialize.

Shawn Parker scored a goal for FC Augsburg in a 3-0 win over Memmingen in a preseason friendly.

NYCFC’s Jeb Brovsky is headed to Norway to go on loan with Strømsgodset.  Strømsgodset currently sit in second place of the Tippeligaen, six points behind Molde FK through 14 games.

It looks like Tijuana won’t be getting a Christmas card from UCLA as they have raided Southern California for yet another player, this time US U-18 defender David Chavez.  The Xolos also had four American-born players in their starting lineup on Saturday against Leones Negros.

Alonso Hernandez started for Monterrey in a friendly against SA Scorpions FC over the weekend.

After playing with Zweibrücken last season, Irvin Raul Parra is now with Kaiserslautern’s U-23 team for 2014-15.

Also making a move this summer, Joey Spivack is now with IBV in Iceland after spending the last two seasons with Kemi Kings in Finland.

Jon-Paul Pittman is on trial with English League Two side Dagenham & Redbridge.  Pittman appeared in 10 league games last season with Wycombe Wanderers while dealing with a knee issue.

Duane Holmes will have a new squad friendly number this season at Huddersfield Town (#19).

And finally, everyone should be a fan of this team in Finland.  Seriously, Sexy Pants.

 
Categories: Alonso Hernandez, David Chavez, DeAndre Yedlin, Duane Holmes, Fabian Johnson, Irvin Raul Parra, Jeb Brovsky, Joe Gyau, Joey Spivack, Jon-Paul Pittman, Michael Bradley, Sacha Kljestan, Shawn Parker, Tim Howard
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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.

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Categories: Fabian Johnson, Joe Gyau, Julian Green, Junior Flores, Sacha Kljestan, Shawn Parker, Stuart Holden, Tim Howard, Tim Ream
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Friday morning links
   June 6, 2014 (1:14 AM) by Matt Benson
 

What do you know?  I have some links on the World Cup.

The final FIFA rankings before the World Cup came out yesterday and the US moved up to #13.  Germany stayed at #2 while Portugal dropped one spot to #4 and Ghana moved up one spot to #37.

SB Nation decided to rank all 32 teams based on their World Cup kits.  I can’t really complain with #1 or #2 as France and Holland have some solid shirts.  I know Bosnia’s are pretty basic (they are ranked #28 on this list), but I like the “classy” look, especially their blue shirts.

Someone over at Yahoo thought it was wise to have Maxi Rodriguez write for them and talk about the World Cup stadiums.  I kid, I kid. Maxi is good people.

Noah Davis decided to rank the 10 US teams to appear in the World Cup.  I know it was a much different time and people nowadays don’t really know much about them, but the 1930 team never seems to get much respect.

The Guardian has a funny little video animation on the US’s World Cup history.

Apparently Alexi Lalas is writing a song for every day of the World Cup and here is his first song and it is about Landon Donovan.

This year’s This is SportsCenter commercial for the World Cup features Michael Bradley.  The Guardian is also doing player profiles of various players and here is one on Mikey.

Fabian Johnson and Michael Bradley talk about Fabian’s goal against Turkey in this video.

ESPN’s Jeff Carlisle enlightens us a little more on Timothy Chandler and what he was going through when he was away from the USMNT over the past two years.  It looks like Nurnberg were playing a little head games with him.

In the it-totally-sounds-like-a-bad-British-newspaper-transfer-rumor department, The Metro are reporting that Tottenham are about to make a £5 million bid for Julian Green.  The silly season has begun.

Jonathan Bornstein (remember him?) is staying in Mexico after making a loan move to Queretaro.  He has played in a total of 10 league games since leaving Chivas USA in 2010.

We have yet another American to follow in the German Regionalliga after Iona product Charlie Butte signed with Regionalliga West club Sportfreunde Siegen.

And finally, apparently Beats by Dre took that new Apple money and made a commercial that is up there with the Nike one (Jozy Altidore sighting!)

 
Categories: Charlie Butte, Fabian Johnson, Jonathan Bornstein, Jozy Altidore, Julian Green, Landon Donovan, Michael Bradley, Timothy Chandler, US Men's National Team
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2013-14 OT XI
   June 3, 2014 (9:55 PM) by Howie Michaels
 

It wasn’t exactly a banner 12 months for the OT Faithful. Clint Dempsey, a three-time OT MVP and four-time OT XI honoree, moved to Seattle. Michael Bradley, another OT XI stalwart, stayed abroad but became ineligible. Stuart Holden got hurt and then for good measure got hurt again. Jozy Altidore made a move to Sunderland so disastrous that by the end of the year we were celebrating brief sub appearances as progress. Even Matt Taylor, an old OT favorite, had a down year by his 3. Liga Legend standards.

There were dark times, there is no denying.

It was so dark, I got really lazy and took my time doing this. I was all set to drop this on May 22, but then Landon happened so we needed some space.

But, without further delay, here comes the 2013-14 OT XI. As always, these are the best performances by first-team players (sorry, Julian Green) relative to respective leagues.

Goalkeeper
Tim Howard, Everton (England) [2nd appearance]

It wasn’t that long ago that many were calling for Brad Guzan to supplant the long-time Everton stalwart in goal for the national team, a sentiment no doubt boosted by Guzan’s inclusion over Howard in last year’s OT XI. However, Timmy had a bit of a bounceback year as the Toffees surged into 5th place in the Premier League. While some late losses left Everton a bit short of Champions League qualification, Howard was stellar throughout the year, with Everton finishing 2nd in the EPL in goals allowed. Also, I will be deleting my various tweets and other commentaries suggesting Guzan should usurp Howard with the Nats.

Defenders
Fabian Johnson, TSG 1899 Hoffenheim (Germany) [2nd]
Will Packwood, Bristol Rovers/Birmingham City (England) [1st]
Tim Ream, Bolton Wanderers (England) [1st]
Geoff Cameron, Stoke City (England) [2nd]

Johnson returns to the OT XI for the 2nd time (previously in 2011-12), nominally at LB on paper. The dual-national wrapped up his tenure with Hoffenheim with another season of playing pretty much everywhere wide as Hoffenheim surged from the relegation playoff last year to mid-table this year. Johnson himself will be bouncing further up the table and joining Borussia Mönchengladbach. Packwood returned from a broken leg by initially going out on loan to League Two’s Bristol Rovers before returning to Birmingham and fighting his way into the starting lineup, earning the Football League Young Player of the Month for February. After a rough first full season in England, Ream rebounded to earn Bolton’s player of the year award while playing both centerback and leftback. Finally, with Dempsey gone and Jozy struggling, Geoff Cameron did a fine job carrying the flag of American field players in England, appearing in all but one Premier League match for the Potters.

Midfielders
Sacha Kljestan, Anderlecht (Belgium) [4th]
Alejandro Bedoya, Nantes (France) [3rd]
Danny Williams, Reading (England) [1st]

Despite missing out on the World Cup roster, long-time OT favorite Kljestan had a career-high eight goals while helping Anderlecht win its third consecutive Belgian title. Bedoya, a two-time OT XI honoree from his first stint in Sweden, made his return to the list following a successful move to Nantes that saw him score five goals, keep Nantes up after being promoted, and give himself a shot at starting in Brazil. While an injury with the national team caused him to miss several late matches (and helped cost Reading a shot at promotion), Danny Williams enjoyed an otherwise strong debut season in England and makes his first appearance on this squad.

Forwards
Terrence Boyd, Rapid Vienna (Austria) [1st]
Aron Johannsson, AZ (Netherlands) [1st]
Christian Eissele Kemi Kings/Brage (Norway/Sweden) [1st]

What we have here is a trio of forwards who all hit 20 goals across all competitions last year. Boyd improved upon his Austrian debut total with 15 in league play and another five in Europa League. He also got two more sweet tattoos, making his old flag tattoo seem tame. Johannsson mostly picked up the slack with former teammate Altidore gone from AZ, scoring 17 in league play and 20 overall. Eissele, the only one of this group without a cap, dropped in 24 goals last season for Kemi Kings in Finland (mostly after the 2012-13 voting was tabulated) before moving to Brage in Sweden this year.

2013-14 MVP
Geoff Cameron, D, Stoke City

While the Premier League continues to grow in popularity stateside, American outfield players have become increasingly rare. However, the best of them had himself a stellar year with the Potters. The jack-of-all-trades played primarily at right back as Stoke became less boring than historically regarded and surged into 9th place.

Goal of the Year
We’re going back to Finland here and the sweet goal by Miles Byass in a 1-0 win for JIPPO over Vikingit in April. Check it out in GIF and YouTube (1:08) below.

Performance of the Year
Tim Howard had six saves in a 1-0 win for Everton at Manchester United, the Toffee’s first win at Old Trafford since August 1992 and undoubtedly a sweet win over former manager David Moyes.

Thanks for waiting (both you the readers and Matt). Fire away in the comments on who we snubbed.

The OT XI Archives

2009-10
2010-11
2011-12
2012-13

 
Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Aron Johannsson, Christian Eissele, Danny Williams, Fabian Johnson, Geoff Cameron, Sacha Kljestan, Terrence Boyd, Tim Howard, Tim Ream, Will Packwood
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Thursday morning links
   May 22, 2014 (1:28 AM) by Matt Benson
 

The USMNT camp is going strong up in Palo Alto, now with all 30 guys as Jermaine Jones and Aron Johannsson have showed up.

Jeff Carlisle has your daily notebook.  The quick notes from that include Jurgen Klinsmann thinks Tim Howard is a top five goalkeeper in the world, Aron Johannsson is nearly back to 100% from his ankle injury and they had a couple scrimmages against the LA Galaxy’s reserve team with Terrence Boyd scoring one goal during one of them.  Plus a couple other things, so go read it.

George Dohrmann spoke to Aron Johannsson about wanting to heat up on the scoring before the World Cup.

Brian Sciaretta talked to one of the few Liga MX players in camp:  Joe Corona.

Leander Schaerlaeckens takes a look at the USMNT fullback situation.  Under Jurgen Klinsmann, the US has used 17 different players at either right back or left back for a total of 24 different combinations.  One of the other tidbits from Carlisle’s notebook linked above is that Fabian Johnson played at right back during one of those scrimmages.  I have said it before on here, but I think my preferred back line at the moment would be Johnson-Cameron-Besler-Beasley.

If you are going to be in Chicago during the World Cup, US Soccer is holding viewing parties at Grant Park for each of the group stage games.  And from my own experience from the last World Cup, the Globe Pub was another awesome place to check out a game.  I was there during the Algeria game and I will always remember how crazy the back room got when Landon Donovan scored (just a refresher).

US Soccer held a Google Hangout with Kyle Beckerman and DeAndre Yedlin yesterday.  You can now check it out on Youtube.

And in the random department, US Soccer has named Lupe Fiasco as the Music Director for the USMNT and Futura Art Director for the USMNT’s World Cup campaign.  I really don’t know what that means, but I like this song.

Moving away from the USMNT camp.

Timothy Chandler has been linked to Eintracht Frankfurt in the past and here is another link about this.

You can add Atlas to the list of teams interested in Edgar Castillo’s services.

Fresh off his goal from the weekend, Caleb Stanko has signed a professional deal with Freiburg’s first team.

US Soccer has a video up on Rubio Rubin as he talks about playing in the Netherlands and the Dallas Cup.

And finally, Brad Friedel reads some “mean tweets”.  And I like how one of them came from Travis Clark.

 
Categories: Aron Johannsson, Brad Friedel, Caleb Stanko, DeAndre Yedlin, Edgar Castillo, Fabian Johnson, Jermaine Jones, Joe Corona, Kyle Beckerman, Rubio Rubin, Terrence Boyd, Tim Howard, Timothy Chandler, US Men's National Team
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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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Monday morning links
   March 24, 2014 (8:15 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Haven’t done a links post in a while, so let’s dive in to start the week.

Geoff Cameron scored his second career Premier League goal on Sunday (highlights).  Cameron is the first US defender to score twice in a Premier League season since Carlos Bocanegra in 2006-07 and he has just as many career Premier League goals as Jozy Altidore.  His strong play in Sunday’s win over Aston Villa landed him on ESPN FC’s Team of the Week.  We also had a Brek Shea sighting this weekend!  Well, he at least dressed and made the gameday roster but did not see any game action.

Also this weekend, Aron Johannsson almost scored a goal (highlights).  While it looks like he flicked the ball with his head, Steven Berghuis was credited with the goals so I guess he missed.  Speaking of ArJo and AZ Alkmaar, they drew Benfica for the quarterfinals of Europa League.

Fabian Johnson made another start at right back for Hoffenheim and picked up another assist (highlights).  If he continues to get playing time at right back, I might be open to a US backline of Johnson-Cameron-Besler-Beasley.  While Cameron doesn’t play center back, I still like him over Omar Gonzalez at CB right now (I miss 2011 Omar Gonzalez) and Fabian Johnson playing right back would open that opportunity up.  No matter what, Fabian Johnson’s ability to play multiple positions gives Jurgen Klinsmann options.

Also scoring a goal this weekend, Will John netted his seventh of the season in Azerbaijani Premier League action (highlights).  Over in Ireland, Pat McCann scored twice in Finn Harps’ 5-0 win over Cobh Ramblers.  And Bobby Warshaw scored a goal in his second game with GAIS in Sweden, a 2-1 loss to Helsingborg in the Swedish Cup.

Down in Mexico, Friday saw four Americans see the field as Tijuana (Edgar Castillo and Herculez Gomez) defeated Puebla (DaMarcus Beasley and Michael Orozco).  Edgar Castillo assisted on Tijuana’s second goal, while DaMarcus Beasley assisted on Puebla’s lone goal (highlights).

Over the last week, Michael Stephens had scored twice for Stabæk in friendlies.  Once against Start and the other game against Mix Diskerud and Rosenborg.  Here is a Bob Bradley video interview following the win over Rosenborg.

Duane Holmes officially ended his loan with Yeovil Town last week.  He ended up starting five games for the Glovers and now returns to Huddersfield Town where he was an unused sub over the weekend.

Will Packwood was awarded with the Football League’s Young Player of the Month Award for February.

While Packwood has had a resurgence since returning from his horrific leg injury, Marc Pelosi is apparently close to returning to fitness after missing the last year with his injury.

Noah Davis, writing for Grantland, takes a look at the last few months of Clint Dempsey’s career.

Top Draw Soccer’s Travis Clark gives us five “long shots” to keep an eye on for a last minute spot on the World Cup roster.

It looks like US Soccer has decided to start up an U-21 team to help bridge the gap between the U-20 and U-23 teams.  With the U-23 team really only existing once every four years, this probably makes sense to keep youth players involved in the US system.  The first U-21 camp is rumored to take place in April.  Tigres already announced that Juan Ocegueda has been called in via their Twitter account.

It sounds like Erik Palmer-Brown could be playing with the U-20 team at the Dallas Cup.  He would be playing up a U-20 cycle.  The future looks bright with this one.

This is what Michael Bradley’s head looks like with a bunch of staples in it.

Nurnberg manager Gertjan Verbeek told the press last week that Chandler is likely done for the season with his knee injury.  But someone at Nurnberg told Greg Seltzer that Chandler will resume individual training in 2-3 weeks, so maybe not?

 
Categories: Aron Johannsson, Bob Bradley, Bobby Warshaw, Brek Shea, Clint Dempsey, DaMarcus Beasley, Duane Holmes, Edgar Castillo, Erik Palmer-Brown, Fabian Johnson, Geoff Cameron, Herculez Gomez, Juan Ocegueda, Marc Pelosi, Michael Bradley, Michael Orozco Fiscal, Michael Stephens, Pat McCann, Timothy Chandler, US Men's National Team, Will John, Will Packwood
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Hoffenheim vs. Bayer Leverkusen Highlights
   March 23, 2014 (12:02 PM) by Matt Benson
 

Another start at right back and another assist for Fabian Johnson, this one happening on Hoffenheim’s game-winning goal as they defeated Bayer Leverkusen 3-2.  Here are some highlights from the match.

 
Categories: Fabian Johnson, Highlights
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Hoffenheim vs. Mainz Highlights
   March 17, 2014 (1:49 PM) by Matt Benson
 

Still getting caught up from the weekend but Fabian Johnson assisted on a goal from the right back position over the weekend, although Hoffenheim blew a 2-0 lead and lost 4-2.  Here is his assist.

 
Categories: Fabian Johnson, Highlights
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A few links for Tuesday
   February 25, 2014 (12:02 AM) by Matt Benson
 

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.

USMNT assistant coach Andi Herzog was at the Birmingham City game checking out Jonathan Spector and Will Packwood.

Sporting KC continue to reject increased bids by Juventus for 16-yead-old defender Erik Palmer-Brown.  Speaking of Palmer-Brown, Howie was asking the hard-hitting questions on Twitter the other night.  I have to go with Mikey.

I don’t think anything has been said on FC Dallas’ side yet, but it looks like Bobby Warshaw is headed back to Sweden on loan, but this time with GAIS.

It appears that Michael Stephens is back at Stabæk training again after a couple training stints in Sweden.

Kevin Hoyos wants to stay at Estudiantes de La Plata according to this interview.  I know there was once talk about him joining Olimpia in Honduras, but I guess he wants to stay at Estudiantes.

Jon Arnold introduces us to goalkeeper Chris Sheridan, who recently went from the Houston Dutch Lions of the USL PDL to the Honduran club Platense.

A bunch of Adidas kits for 2014-15 are already leaking for whatever reason.  If these players stay at their current clubs then they will be wearing these next season.  So here is Nurnberg’s (Timothy Chandler) away shirt for next season and here is Rapid Vienna’s (Terrence Boyd) away shirt for next season.

 
Categories: Bob Bradley, Bobby Warshaw, Brian McBride, Chris Sheridan, Erik Palmer-Brown, Fabian Johnson, Jerome Kiesewetter, John Brooks, Jonathan Spector, Kevin Hoyos, Michael Stephens, Terrence Boyd, Timothy Chandler, US Men's National Team, Will Packwood
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