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USMNT camp tidbits
   January 21, 2015 (1:37 AM) by Matt Benson

A bunch of media have been in Los Angeles this week between the USMNT camp and MLS media day.  Here are a bunch of tidbits to come from that.

Jozy Altidore finally sat down with various members of the press since arriving at camp after moving to Toronto (somehow Jon Arnold was allowed at the big boy table?!).  From that talk, Jon Arnold and Jeff Carlisle each have stories with quotes from Mr. Altidore.

Jermaine Jones “leaked” to the media that the USMNT has been trying out a 3-5-2 (or at least a three-man back line) with Jones being the middle of the back three.

Jones also said that he would be open to a move back to Europe after his contract expires in December.  I hope he finds a way to stay in the US and someone finally gives him (and his family) a reality show.

Jurgen Klinsmann told Rob Stone that CONCACAF Olympic qualifying has been moved up six months to this fall.  Probably a reason why this camp is already using some U-23 players.  And just another tournament on US Soccer’s landscape for an already busy 2015.

Bill Hamid is rehabbing a shoulder injury and trying to avoid a surgery which is why he was forced to withdraw from January’s USMNT camp.

Another injured player who is not in camp, Graham Zusi, is battling a grade 4 stress reaction in his foot which has been bugging him the last two months.

Maurice Edu hasn’t had any recent talks with Jurgen Klinsmann about the USMNT.

And finally, Charles Boehm has a nice interview up with DaMarcus Beasley.

Categories: Bill Hamid, DaMarcus Beasley, Graham Zusi, Jermaine Jones, Jozy Altidore, Maurice Edu, US Men's National Team, US U-23 National Team
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Links and such for Wednesday
   January 7, 2015 (1:58 AM) by Matt Benson

A bunch of little goodies from the last couple of days.

The latest and greatest Mix Diskerud rumor has him close to signing with NYCFC according to Ives Galarcep.

Goalkeeper Bill Hamid is drawing interest from Italian and English clubs according to Steven Goff.

Hamid along with DC United teammates Perry Kitchen and Steve Birnbaum apparently made the USMNT’s January camp preliminary roster.

Camp begins January 12 and we should see a roster in the next few days.  Jurgen Klinsmann/US Soccer released a video earlier this week to various members of the press where he explained that 2015 will focus a lot of attention on the youth teams, especially the U-23 Olympic team.

“The main task for 2015 is definitely the Olympic team, the U-23 team, to get that off the ground. To identify players, get camps on the agenda, get games on the agenda for that team, and help them to kind of build a core group towards the qualifiers. We want to make sure that what happened with London 2012 is not happening again. We put this on a higher priority level and I think that’s exciting.”

He also confirmed that Brek Shea will be in January’s camp.

Another player Klinsmann talked about was Bobby Wood, who continues to have a falling out with 1860 Munich and could be headed somewhere in January.

We know the US will be playing at the Netherlands in June and now we know they will likely being playing at Amsterdam ArenA.

Tab Ramos selected his 20-man roster for the 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship on Monday.  While Ben Spencer is on the roster, apparently CONCACAF’s website had Joel Sonora’s name on the roster at first.  It looks like Sonora originally made the team, but was pulled off due to an injury.

While the US U-20 team camped in Florida last week, they defeated a Florida select team 6-0 and beat Trinidad & Tobago 2-0.  Someone on the team also brought a selfie stick.  All five games of the group stage will be broadcasted on FS2, starting with Friday’s game against Guatemala at 5:30 PM Eastern.

Franco Panizo talked to Paul Arriola earlier this week about the U-20 team and we also learned that he might be headed to MLS on a loan deal to try and get more playing time.

It is looking more and more like we can cross Diego Fagundez off the potential US list. has a new interview up with DeAndre Yedlin.

Tom Marshall caught up with Omar Salgado to talk about his move to Tigres.

Jose Torres is going to miss Tigres’ opener against Atlas with a herniated disc.

Joe Gyau is expected to be back to full training with Borussia Dortmund in early February as he continues to recover from his knee injury.

Midfielder Cole Grossman is the latest American to head to Norway to join the Fighting Bob Bradleys of Stabæk.

Liverpool are trying to get a Home Office clearance/work permit for Brooks Lennon in order to sign the 17-year-old forward.

This is your monthly reminder that Jermaine Jones and his family are awesome.

With 2014 ending, we have closed off our 2014 goal tracker.  Jann George led the way with 20 goals across all competitions in the calendar year.  I have already setup the 2015 page as Jon-Paul Pittman scored a goal on January 1 while we were too busy watching the Big Ten beat up on the SEC West.

Two documentary recommendations for you guys.  If you haven’t seen it yet, Roger Bennett did a nice one on Southampton and their their pride in developing youth players.  And here is a fun one on the Crazy Gang, which is the Wimbledon teams of the late 1980s. (h/t Zack Goldman).

And finally, we can blame Alex Olshansky for bringing this to my attention, but here is the weird BBC intro for the US/Portugal match from last summer’s World Cup.  You can tell even Gary Lineker thought it was odd at the end of the video.

Categories: Ben Spencer, Bill Hamid, Bob Bradley, Bobby Wood, Brek Shea, Brooks Lennon, Cole Grossman, DeAndre Yedlin, Diego Fagundez, Jann George, Jermaine Jones, Joe Gyau, Joel Sonora, Jon-Paul Pittman, Jose Francisco Torres, Mix Diskerud, Omar Salgado, Paul Arriola, Perry Kitchen, Steve Birnbaum, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team, US U-23 National Team

Lots of links before the weekend
   September 26, 2014 (12:01 AM) by Matt Benson

Here are a bunch of things from the last couple of days.

Joe Gyau made his first team debut with Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday.  He came off the bench and played the last 16 minutes.  Here are some highlights and an every touch video of his performance.  As for that hugging photo with Jurgen Klopp, that came right after Dortmund scored their first goal right as Gyau was about to sub into the game.

According to NBC’s ProSoccerTalk, Geoff Cameron is expected to return to full training today at Stoke City.

Alejandro Bedoya didn’t play in Nantes’ game over the weekend due to the flu, but he came back and played 84 minutes in a draw to Bastia on Wednesday.  Bedoya also did an interview with this week.

Julian Green missed Hamburg’s mid-week game due to some injured ribs.

Clint Dempsey talked to the website Made Man about his goal against Ghana from the World Cup.

Freddy Adu still exists and finally played for Jagodina in a Serbian Cup win over BSK Borča (highlights).

Stabæk and the Fighting Bob Bradleys were knocked out of the semifinals of the Norwegian Cup by Molde FK this week.  Grant Wahl talked to Bob prior to the game.

While he has a caretaker manager at the moment, Emerson Hyndman went the full 90 minutes in Fulham’s 2-1 win over Doncaster Rovers in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday.

Both Paul Arriola and Alejandro Guido went the distance in Tijuana’s win over Chivas in Copa MX action on Wednesday.  Amando Moreno also came off the bench for the Xolos.

Herculez Gomez and Jose Torres also both went 90 in Tirges’ 1-0 win over Queretaro in Copa MX during the week.

Here are some Nottingham Forest fans singing a song about Eric Lichaj.

Robbie Keane thinks Robbie Rogers should get a look at left back for the USMNT (No Gregory, I am not posting this as a shot at Timmy Chandler.  Just wanted to get that out there in advance. 😉 ). posted their Top 24 players under 24 yesterday.  A few USMNT players (DeAndre Yedlin, Bill Hamid, Luis Gil) on there as well as some possible USMNT hopefuls in the near future (Gyasi Zardes, Wil Trapp).

It might be tough for some of the MLS players to play for the USMNT in the October 10 friendly due to the MLS schedule that week.

Steven Goff has our updated ticket sales numbers for the two October friendlies.  Come on, Boca Raton.

Zarek Valentin is back on the field again as he recovers from his ankle injury.

Marc Heider scored his third goal of the season earlier this week and here are some highlights.

Brian Sciaretta gives us a “scouting report” on West Bromwich Albion’s Danny Barbir.

Don’t have FIFA 15 yet?  Here are some of the ratings for USMNT players on the game.

And finally, we are nearly out of our OT/Sacha Mustache t-shirts, but here is your last chance to get your hands on one.  Some of the ones listed in that post have already been claimed, waiting to hear back from some others, but send me an e-mail if you are interested.

Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Alejandro Guido, Amando Moreno, Bill Hamid, Bob Bradley, Clint Dempsey, Danny Barbir, DeAndre Yedlin, Emerson Hyndman, Eric Lichaj, Freddy Adu, Geoff Cameron, Gyasi Zardes, Herculez Gomez, Joe Gyau, Jose Francisco Torres, Julian Green, Luis Gil, Marc Heider, Paul Arriola, Robbie Rogers, US Men's National Team, Wil Trapp, Zarek Valentin

Some links and such for Tuesday
   August 26, 2014 (12:07 AM) by Matt Benson

Let’s get to it.

It is starting to become my super busy time of the year at work so I didn’t have time to do The OT Report.  That said, Steven Goff has you covered with some of the bigger name guys in Europe.

We did have some pretty nice goals this weekend between Conor O’Brien and Cesar Romero.  Shawn Barry also scored in Austria as did Ariel Lassiter in Sweden.  Brad Guzan became the first Aston Villa goalkeeper to record a clean sheet in each of the team’s first two games of a season since David James in 1999-00 with two saves against Newcastle United.  And Bob Bradley and Co took down the Norwegian defending champions Strømsgodset.

At the youth level, Gedion Zelalem went 90 minutes for Arsenal’s U-21 team in a 1-1 draw.  Also at the U-21 level, Cody Cropper and Southampton defeated Sebastian Lletget and West Ham 2-1.  Here are some highlights with Lletget getting an assist at the 3:22 mark.  And Marc Pelosi has come back from his broken leg and started to play again with Liverpool’s U-21 team.

US Soccer’s website put up a Q&A with Tim Howard after he announced his year-long break from the USMNT.  Tim Howard will publish a memoir in December.  And according to our poll from last week, most people think Bill Hamid is the current #3 goalkeeper for the USMNT with Howard sitting out the year.

According to this report out of Germany, Bobby Wood will be called into the USMNT friendly against the Czech Republic.

Jermaine Jones is now in New England.  Here is a photo of him hanging out it with Robert Kraft.

NBC Sports’ Joe Prince-Wright is hearing that Geoff Cameron is getting interest from Lazio and a pretty blah list of Premier League clubs.

Various teams across Europe are interested in a loan deal for Brek Shea according to this report.

The Baltimore Sun’s Ryan Bacic wrote some words on Joe Gyau and his family.

Rubio Rubin did not dress for FC Utrecht this past weekend, but here is a video interview about his debut from two weeks ago (including some highlights from the game).

Here is another story on Quentin Westberg and Luzenac’s current battle in France.

And finally, ESPN’s Doug McIntyre broke out his latest USMNT hot list.

Categories: Ariel Lassiter, Bill Hamid, Bob Bradley, Bobby Wood, Brad Guzan, Brek Shea, Cesar Romero, Cody Cropper, Conor O'Brien, Gedion Zelalem, Geoff Cameron, Jermaine Jones, Joe Gyau, Marc Pelosi, Quentin Westberg, Rubio Rubin, Sacha Kljestan, Sebastian Lletget, Shawn Barry, Tim Howard, US Men's National Team

A few links for Tuesday morning
   November 26, 2013 (12:08 AM) by Matt Benson

A quick recap of Monday before the links.

Brad Guzan and Aston Villa had to come back from a 2-0 deficit to get a point in a 2-2 draw to West Brom.  Brad was happy.

Michael Bradley came off the bench and played nine minutes in Roma’s 0-0 draw to Cagliari.

Bobby Wood also came off the bench in 1860 Munich’s 1-0 win over Greuther Fürth.

Here are some field-level highlights of the US’s 1-0 loss to Austria.

The US U-20 team finished their November camp with a 4-1 win over Atalanta Primavera last week.  Josh Deaver takes a look at a couple of players from the camp as Tab Ramos’ first roster takes shape.

Geoff Cameron made ESPN FC’s Premier League Team of the Week.

Maurice Edu put in a 59 minute shift with Stoke City’s reserve team as they lost, 6-2, to Bolton’s reserves on Monday.

Greg Seltzer decided to put together his top five uncapped players currently playing overseas.  I think Zak Whitbread got injured just for being mentioned on this list.

Robbie Keane wants Ireland to call in Mike Magee.  I still thought he should have been called in for the Gold Cup.  He is not flashy by any means (nor do I see him as a long term USMNT player), but he always finds ways to put himself in great positions.  If Alan Gordon can get a call in, so should Magee.

A couple more MLS goalkeepers are already over in England training.  Bill Hamid is with West Bromwich Albion for a week, while Ryan Meara began training with Charlton Athletic on Monday.

A report out of Norway links Bob Bradley as a possibility for the manager job at Stabæk.

Two current USMNT players are working on their broadcasting chops this week.  Tim Howard will return to the booth for NBCSN to call this weekend’s Tottenham-Manchester United match.  And Landon Donovan will be bouncing around the Fox Lot this week to work on Fox Soccer Daily, Fox’s Champions League coverage and Fox Sports Live.

If you missed Will’s interview with Alan Mayer, go read it now.  It is sort of long, but has tons of fun goodies about an American trying to play professional soccer in the 1970s.

And since I love GIFs, here is Sad Timbers fan being sad.

Categories: Bill Hamid, Bob Bradley, Bobby Wood, Brad Guzan, Geoff Cameron, Landon Donovan, Maurice Edu, Michael Bradley, Mike Magee, Ryan Meara, Tim Howard, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team, Zak Whitbread

Somebody’s got a case of the Mondays (links)
   January 23, 2012 (2:27 PM) by Matt Benson

It is Monday, but I am actually in a great mood.  But none of you care about that.  Here are a bunch of links from the weekend and stuff that has come out this morning.

As I posted about an hour ago, Tim Ream was able to get his UK permit, which has also been confirmed by Grant Wahl and Ives.  Ream’s transfer to Bolton is being reported at roughly $3 million, which would be the highest transfer ever by a MLS defender.

The Bolton News had a story this weekend where Owen Coyle talks about targeting American talent.  One part I agree about when it comes to Ream is that he might be 24-years-old, but that is the equivalent of being 21-years-old in soccer development for an American.  But Coyle has a lot of nice things to say about Americans, so check that out.

ESPN Soccernet has their Team of the Week up.  It should come as no surprise that Clint Dempsey is among the 11 players, but Zak Whitbread also made the squad.  Whitbread helped Norwich City hold Chelsea to zero goals, Norwich’s first clean sheet of the season.

Steven Goff is hearing that Edson Buddle is being linked to Belgium club Westerlo after his trial at Everton.

Staying with the twitterverse rumors, UK writer Duncan Castles is expecting Eric Lichaj to go out on loan to Leeds United again.

And Brian Sciaretta is reporting that Jason Villagomez may sign with Polish side LKS Lodz tomorrow.

Staying with Sciaretta and his great work over at Yanks Abroad, he is also reporting that former U-20 goalkeeper Samir Badr has signed a deal with Haras El Hodood of the Egyptian Premier League.  And Jamie Hill has an interview up with Hammarby signee Billy Schuler.

The U-23’s are down in Costa Rica for two friendlies and played to a 0-0 draw against Saprissa’s reserve squad this weekend.  Here was the lineup for the match.

USA: 1-Zac MacMath; 4-Kofi Sarkodie (17-Sheanon Williams, 77), 3-Zarek Valentin (capt.) (19-Royal-Dominique Fennell, 77), 2-Sebastien Ibeagha (Andrew Wenger, 46), 5-Jorge Villafana; 6-Amobi Okugo (15-Mix Diskerud, 46), 8-Jared Jeffrey (13-Michael Stephens, 61), 10-Dilly Duka (12-Isaac Acuna, 67); 7-Freddy Adu, 9-Tony Taylor (11-Jack McInerney, 70), 11-Jack McInerney (14-Joe Corona, 46)

They have one more match in Costa Rica before camp ends.  Studio 90 also has two new videos with the U-23s.  The first one is of Jurgen Klinsmann talking to the team before their second scrimmage against the USMNT last week.  And the second one is of the team preparing for their scrimmages down in Costa Rica.

And if you missed it earlier this morning, I did an Inside the Numbers piece on Bill Hamid’s debut for the USMNT.

Categories: Bill Hamid, Billy Schuler, Clint Dempsey, Edson Buddle, Eric Lichaj, Jason Villagomez, Samir Badr, Tim Ream, US U-23 National Team, Zak Whitbread
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Inside the Numbers: Bill Hamid’s USMNT debut
   January 23, 2012 (7:30 AM) by Matt Benson

While Tim Howard is the starting goalkeeper for the USMNT, the back-up spot has shifted from Brad Guzan to Bill Hamid since Jurgen Klinsmann became the man in the charge despite Hamid’s lack of caps with the USMNT.  That all changed on Saturday as Klinsi decided to start the 21-year-old between the sticks.

Hamid didn’t have much action throughout the 90-plus minutes, saving the only shot on goal by Venezuela, but he did enough to earn a clean sheet in his first appearance, something that has happened only eight other times in USMNT history.

You have to go back to 2006 with Matt Reis for the last time someone was able to pull off the feat before Hamid on Saturday.  USMNT mainstays, Tim Howard and Brad Friedel, are also among the nine guys.  And of the eight previous guys, only Jeff Duback earned a clean sheet in his second appearance (0-0 draw to Ecuador on June 12, 1988).

For those few people curious for the debuts of other “main” goalkeepers over the recent years.

You might see that the US won 4-0 in Guzan’s debut, but he was subbed out with 11 minutes left to play for Zach Wells, so he did not earn the clean sheet.  That sort of sucks, although Bruce Arena was also giving Wells his first cap ever as well.

At 21 years and roughly two months old, Hamid was the second-youngest goalkeeper to post a clean sheet for the US according to Ives.  Tony Meola recorded a shutout when he was 20 years and three months old in 1989.

And according to Peter Hirdt, Klinsmann was only the second USMNT head coach to start the same keeper (Tim Howard) in each of his first seven games before Hamid broke that streak with his start.  The other duo was Bora Milutinovic/Tony Meola as Bora started Meola in each of his first ten games as head coach.

Categories: Bill Hamid, Inside the Numbers, US Men's National Team

MLS players training in Europe list
   November 16, 2011 (9:44 PM) by Matt Benson

Someone on twitter suggested keeping track of all these MLS players who are training in Europe this offseason, so I decided to keep this list, which I will update whenever a new name pops up.  So if you know of anyone I am missing, please leave the player and some kind of link to a news story on them training in Europe in the comments.

Here is who I can think of off the top of my head:

Juan Agudelo – VfB Stuttgart & Liverpool
Kyle Beckerman – Kaiserslautern
Bill Hamid – West Bromwich Albion
Sean Johnson – Everton
Perry Kitchen – SC Freiburg
Jeff Larentowicz – Bolton Wanderers
Zac MacMath – Everton
Amobi Okugo – SC Freiburg
Zach Pfeffer – TSG Hoffenheim
Tim Ream – West Bromwich Albion & Bolton Wanderers
Robbie Rogers – Kaiserslautern
Omar Salgado – Fulham
Brek Shea – Arsenal

Categories: Amobi Okugo, Bill Hamid, Brek Shea, Jeff Larentowicz, Juan Agudelo, Kyle Beckerman, Omar Salgado, Perry Kitchen, Robbie Rogers, Sean Johnson, Tim Ream, Zac MacMath, Zach Pfeffer

Some assorted reads for Monday
   October 31, 2011 (10:30 PM) by Howie Michaels

It was noted last week that Bill Hamid, one of two goalkeepers likely to be on the Olympic squad, was going to spend some of his winter training with West Bromwich Albion. Now, it appears that Sean Johnson, his rival to start for Caleb Porter’s U-23 team, may also be training in England with Manchester United. The value of these training stints is certainly debatable (Teal Bunbury trained with Stoke City last offseason and wound up on Sporting Kansas City’s bench for half the season), but I don’t think it hurts.

KCKRS reports on a historic moment: someone in the United Kingdom realizes that Carlos Bocanegra, not Landon Donovan, has been Captain America for the last four years.

It’s been discussed here before, but Rise and Shine: The Jay Demerit Story will have an official theater release on Thursday. You can find a screening here.

Many Americans are excited to see Josh Gatt, Sean Cunningham, and Molde FK win their first-ever Eliteserien title in its one hundred years of play. Elsewhere in Norway, Olympic prospect Mikkel Diskerud and Stabæk are hoping to make a late run out of the middle of the table. In other words, there’s some young America talent in Norway. That’s why you should find this piece on the struggles of Norwegian club football from In Bed With Maradona interesting. The issue? A love affair with England. (Does that sound familiar?)

Finally, domestically, the MLS playoffs are at the mid-point of the quarterfinal round. Much attention has gone to the post-match fracas between New York and Los Angeles (which saw Mexico captain Rafa Marquez throw a ball at Landon Donovan). Other notables from the opening legs: Juan Agudelo was an unused substitute for the second consecutive playoff match, Bunbury had a brace, Jason Kreis showed why he’s a future Nats coach, and Brad Davis solidified his MVP candidacy despite a Nigel de Jong impression from Gabriel Farfan.

Categories: Bill Hamid, Carlos Bocanegra, Jay DeMerit, Josh Gatt, Sean Cunningham, Sean Johnson, US Men's National Team, US U-23 National Team
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Some links for Friday
   October 28, 2011 (4:59 PM) by Matt Benson

Wanted to get these in before the weekend (and tonight’s baseball game).

Bill Hamid is headed to England to train with West Bromwich Albion.  Some of you might remember Jurgen Klinsmann saying that he wants players in MLS to be playing more year round since the competition is not as tough as in Europe and training stints like this might be one way to fill the void.

Charles Kazlauskas scored his fifth goal of the season in Helmond Sport’s 3-0 victory over Telstar today.  You can check out highlights here (1:15 mark).  It also looks like he set up the first goal of the game.

I mentioned yesterday how Matt Pyzdrowski and Angelholms FF defeated Syrianska FC in the first leg of the Allsvenskan promotion playoffs.  You can find highlights from that match here.

According to Stuttgarter Kickers’ website, German-American fullback Royal-Dominique Fennell has been called into the US’ U-23 camp next month.  And Brian Sciaretta told me on twitter that he is hearing that Terrence Boyd, Jared Jeffrey and Cody Cropper have also been called into the U-23/U-20 camp.

And finally, 30-year-old goalkeeper Kellan Wilson is headed back to the US after playing with Finnish side HIFK this past season.

Categories: Bill Hamid, Charles Kazlauskas, Cody Cropper, Jared Jeffrey, Kellan Wilson, Matt Pyzdrowski, Royal-Dominique Fennell, Terrence Boyd
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