The US has its last Gold Cup group stage game tomorrow against Costa Rica at 8 PM Eastern on Fox Soccer. The US can win Group C with a win or draw and would likely face Martinique in the quarterfinals. A loss would match them against Honduras in the quarterfinals.
Here are the official US Soccer game notes. The US is 12-12-6 all-time against Costa Rica, although hold a 5-0-1 mark against the Ticos in the Gold Cup. Landon Donovan is the only player on the current roster with a goal against Costa Rica. And the last player to score on Costa Rica was Clint Dempsey during the Snow Clasico in March. Costa Rica has gone 704 consecutive minutes without allowing a goal. Hopefully that ends today.
Grant Wahl was at today’s press conference and gave us some goodies. Jurgen Klinsmann plans on using his best squad instead of experimenting with lineups with a quarterfinal slot already in hand. He also thinks Chris Wondolowski will start since he usually brings a starter to the pre-game press conference and Wondo was there on Monday. And Klinsi decided to troll the Costa Rica fans.
US Soccer’s YouTube channel gives us the latest video on Tony Beltran. And equipment manager Jesse Bignami instagrammed this great photo from today’s training.
I did a bunch of numbers and facts on Sunday about the USMNT and Wondo’s great run of play as of late. Elias also added a couple things on Wondo.
Grant Wahl confirmed the game time for September’s World Cup qualifier against Costa Rica. It will be on September 6 at 8 PM Eastern on BeIN Sport.
The injury bug hit on Monday. First we heard that Fabian Johnson picked up an ankle injury. Hopefully he should return by the end of the week. Then the horrible news about Josh Gatt being out for the rest of the Norwegian season due to an upcoming knee surgery. Then late in the day, I found out that Jonathan Spector fractured his right cheekbone during a behind-closed-doors training match against MK Dons last week.
I did some cleaning up of our goal tracker last night. Found some more goals of guys in lower leagues that we missed. Plus I found a couple decent YouTube channels with Finnish league highlights, so I linked a few more goals that we were missing. If you ever find a highlight or know we are missing a goal, please let us know.
Terrence Boyd and Rapid Vienna were already knocked out of the Austrian Cup on Sunday in penalties to Shawn Barry and LASK Linz. Boyd came off the bench and made his penalty, while Barry went the full 120 minutes of Linz.
Also over the weekend, Bobby Wood continues his strong push for playing time/starting spot with an assist in 1860 Munich’s 2-1 win over Bayer Leverkusen. Here are some highlights, including Wood’s assist around the 1:40 mark.
While some reports came out last week that Tottenham transfer-listed Clint Dempsey, his agent says that he is not being shopped around. And I don’t know if I posted this last week or not, but Dempsey was second on Tottenham only to Gareth Bale in fewest minutes played across all competitions per goals+assists.
A few more links to add about Jozy Altidore’s move to Sunderland. I know there has been some discussion in our comments about how many goals would equal success in people’s eyes for Jozy, but Greg Seltzer is guessing 12 goals in league play for Altidore in 2013-14. If you can understand the accents, here are some Sunderland fans commenting on Sunderland’s moves, including Jozy. And here is short video interview with Altidore.
Everton have signed 23-year-old goalkeeper Joel Robles and Roberto Martinez has “warned” Tim Howard that he has to fight for his starting spot.
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A few more USMNT tidbits before moving onto more club-based links. The US-Panama game was the second-highest rated US qualifier ever on ESPN. While it was only a 0.8, it was also a 10 PM Eastern start time on a Tuesday night. Not bad.
It is starting to look like the US won’t be playing its road qualifier at the “lovely” concrete field at Saprissa when they travel to Costa Rica in September. The stadium is not good enough for FIFA, who recently inspected Costa Rica’s stadium since they are hosting the Women’s U-17 World Cup there in 2014, so the US could be playing at Costa Rica’s new national team stadium in San Jose.
Mexico announced its roster for the Gold Cup, and as expected due to the Confederations Cup, it is a pretty weak roster. It also features to Mexican-Americans in Miguel Ponce and the recently-found-out-be-an-American Isaac Brizuela.
The U-20 World Cup begins next Friday and Brian Sciaretta talked to Oscar Sorto while Ryan Bacic caught up with Danny Garcia.
Bob Bradley has Egypt one step closer to Brazil with a recent win over Zimbabwe. And here is an extended look at the documentary on Bob Bradley on Egypt.
As for Michael Bradley, he now knows who his manager will be next season. Rudi Garcia won the double (Ligue 1 and Coupe de France) in 2010-11 with Lille.
A couple new uniforms came out this week. Here is Brad Guzan showing off Aston Villa’s new goalkeeper kit for next season. And here is what Conor Doyle will hopefully wear a few more times on the field next season for Derby County.
If you are a regular of this site, you know that there was a little bit of chatter last week about Eric Lichaj and Nottingham Forest. Well, it is picking up steam.
Greg Seltzer is hearing that the Ukrainian team interested in Jozy Altidore is Dinamo Kyiv.
Tim Ream’s agent also shot down some rumors to Seltzer about a possible Middlesbrough transfer.
DaMarcus Beasley was not sent to another Mexican league team before last week’s Liga MX draft/transfer deadline. Puebla’s president recently tweeted that there is a 50 percent chance that they re-sign Beasley.
Another American who didn’t go anywhere in Mexico was Jonathan Bornstein. Honduras’ favorite US player is still playing the waiting game and looking over his options.
Goalkeeper Caleb Patterson-Sewell has made the move from Vitoria Setubal to fellow Portuguese Primeira Liga side Gil Vicente.
Another player who made a move within his league is Bryan Gerzicich. The defensive midfielder has switched from Hapoel Ironi Kiryat Shmona to Hapoel Tel Aviv in Israel.
The New York Cosmos have signed Jemal Johnson (not to be confused with Jamel Johnson). Jemal last played in Europe for Tamworth in England before ending last season with the Fort Lauderdale Strikers. I love looking as his wikipedia page. So many different teams. Octavio Dotel is impressed.
Greg Seltzer has some info on Tony Taylor as he is looking for a new home.
Goalkeeper Ethan Horvath, who has been training at Molde FK for a while, has signed a pre-contract with the Norwegian club and will sign a professional deal with the club once the window opens up in July.
While most of the bigger leagues are shut down at the moment, we still have seen goals in the last week from Christian Eissele, Chukwudi Chijindu and Jordan Seabrook. Keep track of the lower leagues this season with our goal tracker.
And finally, with one game still left to go in the Polish II Liga (third tier), David Paul and Puszcza Niepołomice have earned promotion and will be playing in the I Liga next season.
American-Australian goalkeeper Caleb Patterson-Sewell has signed a deal with Portuguese side Vitoria Setubal this week. Patterson-Sewell is coming off a season where he started 29 games for Atletico CP (notching 12 clean sheets) as he helped them survive relegation from the Liga de Honra (Portugual’s second division).
Vitoria Setubal finished in 11th place out of 16 teams in this past season’s Primeira Liga and was the home to Alex Zahavi in 2011-12 (on loan from Maccabi Haifa).
With the signing, there will be three Americans in Portugal’s top-flight division in 2012-13 with Oguchi Onyewu at Sporting CP, Tony Taylor at newly promoted Estoril and now Patterson-Sewell at Vitoria Setubal.
Still no USMNT/U-23 highlights from the second scrimmage, as I post this late at night, but there are some photos here and here.
I tweeted this last night, but Grant Wahl was on some radio show/podcast in the UK talking about Tim Ream and Edson Buddle. You can listen to it here.
Speaking of Edson Buddle, Phil Neville had the tweet of the day regarding the American invasion of Everton.
We’ve got howard donavon hannaman buddle at training today thought I’d joined an MLS team for a minute #yankseverywere
According to Ives, Tim Ream’s work permit hearing should be next week. With Alejandro Bedoya and now Robbie Rogers able to get one this year, you would think that Ream should be able to get his.
Also coming from Ives today is that Gale Agbossoumonde turned down a move to the MLS this week in order to see out his final year of his deal with Traffic Sports. Since his loan deal with Eintracht Frankfurt is now over, he is expected to play with the Carolina Railhawks of the NASL this upcoming season with an eye to move to Europe once he becomes a free agent.
Staying with the Traffic Sports theme, I missed that Tony Taylor’s loan deal with Atletico CP is now over and he is already back with the Traffic Sports-affiliated Estoril, logging 30 minutes off the bench on January 8, although did not dress in their next game this past weekend due to the U-23 camp.
And finally, some tweets from Brian Sciaretta with some interesting tidbits. First off, UMass midfielder Jason Villagomez is on trial with LKS Lodz in Poland. And U-20 players Juan Ocegueda and Uvaldo Luna will be participating in a camp with Mexico’s U-20 team one week after participating in the US U-20 camp this month.
Finally made it to my parents after a day at the airport. Now they are asleep and I am stuck on West Coast time, although it allowed me to catch up on all the news and notes from the day.
Howie just posted about Brian Span heading to Sweden. With the MLS SuperDraft coming up, it is that time of year where a bunch of newer guys will start to pop up in smaller leagues across Europe.
A few guys saw the field on Tuesday. Zak Whitbread went the full 90 minutes in Norwich City’s 2-2 draw to Wolves. It is nice to see him logging these minutes again. In the DFB Pokal, Timothy Chandler went the full 90 minutes in Nurnberg’s 1-0 loss to Greuther Fürth. And Fabian Johnson (90 minutes) and Danny Williams (seven minutes) both played in Hoffenheim’s 2-1 victory over Augsburg.
Amobi Okugo recently told Brent Latham that his training stint at Freiburg could turn out to be something more than just a training stint.
One of those players following that plan is Landon Donovan. Mark Lawrenson of the Liverpool Daily Post gives his thoughts on the move. And Everton manager David Moyes spoke to MLSsoccer.com about Donovan.
* While it was reported earlier this week that Stuart Holden played another game with Bolton’s reserve squad, here are some more quotes by Holden in the Bolton News.
* On-loan defender Gale Agbossoumonde came off the bench and played 13 minutes in a recent test match for Eintracht Frankfurt.
* It looks like Bob Bradley is Egypt’s top choice for their head coaching job as they wait for an answer from him.
* According to an interview with Ridge Mahoney, Carlos Bocanegra was named captain by Saint-Etienne before his transfer to Rangers, which surprised the French club.
* Nick Leyden has an interview up at Yanks Abroad with American-Australian goalkeeper Caleb Patterson-Sewell. The 24-year-old keeper made the move this summer to Atlético CP, the same club that Tony Taylor is currently on loan with.
* Terrence Boyd has scored six goals so far for Borussia Dortmund II this season. For those scoring at home, that is tied for the most in the Regionalliga West with Schalke II’s Andreas Wiegel.
* Brian Sciaretta gives us his progress report of the USMNT so far in the Jurgern Klinsmann era. I do agree with him that we, as fans, shouldn’t care as much about results at this point as Klinsmann is still feeling his way through the player pool. Now, if the US starts losing/drawing a bunch during the beginning of next summer’s qualifying, then maybe we should start to worry.