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Catching up on life and links
   February 19, 2014 (12:01 AM) by Matt Benson
 

A few links from the last few days.

Despite all the craziness going on in Ukraine, the US-Ukraine friendly is still on schedule for March 5 according to US Soccer, but they are monitoring the situation.

In the random USMNT stat department, Leander Schaerlaeckens crunched some numbers to see how much playing time MLS players have been getting for the US in each of the last four World Cups.  That number has dropped from 62.8% in France (1998) to 18.5% in South Africa (2010).  But that number should shoot up this summer with the return of about everyone over the past couple of months.

Jurgen Klinsmann did an interview with FIFA.com last week.

Inside World Foorball has an article about USMNT assistant coach Andi Herzog and his job of scouting/recruiting in Europe.

Here is the first ever The Brad Evans Show with guests (and fellow USMNT teammates) Matt Besler and Mike Magee.  It is not great, but it is not awful.  A lot of awkwardness.  But I am mainly linking it because it is really funny with how much Magee gets legitimately annoyed at Evans for comparing his hair to Landon Donovan.

After missing some time with a stomach virus, Brek Shea came off the bench and played 45 minutes for Barnsley in their 2-0 loss to Wigan Athletic on Tuesday.

Oguchi Onyewu is out of the training room and is running again.  He is not expected to return this weekend for Sheffield Wednesday, but he is getting closer to a full return after picking up a calf injury.

Jonathan Spector played with Birmingham City’s U-21 team on Monday.  Spector has been sidelined since October with a thigh injury.

After we were told that Eric Lichaj was about 7-10 days away from returning with Nottingham Forest, their website now has a story up saying that he is about 10-14 days away from returning after suffering a groin injury.

Kim Tate has a good interview up with Herculez Gomez and Paul Arriola.  We learn that Gomez used to coach a seven-year-old Arriola in San Diego once upon a time.

So the LA Galaxy sent Jose Villarreal on loan to Cruz Azul to likely get some playing time and now Cruz Azul is sending Villarreal to their second-division affiliate Cruz Azul Hidalgo.  Villarreal had appeared in two games with Cruz Azul’s U-20 team so far this season, scoring one goal.

Bob Bradley is working his MLS connections again as goalkeeper Matt Pickens is currently in Norway training with Stabæk.

US U-20 forward Lynden Gooch scored his 10th goal of the season for Sunderland’s U-18 team on Tuesday.

Goalkeeper Zac Lubin has signed with Swedish Division I (third tier) side IFK Luleå.  The Montana native last played with the Seattle Sounders’ U-23 team.

 
Categories: Bob Bradley, Brad Evans, Brek Shea, Eric Lichaj, Herculez Gomez, Jonathan Spector, Jose Villarreal, Lynden Gooch, Matt Besler, Matt Pickens, Mike Magee, Oguchi Onyewu, Paul Arriola, US Men's National Team, Zac Lubin
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A few things for Tuesday
   February 4, 2014 (12:02 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Aside from hearing Alexi Lalas tell a story about eating dog once, the next most exciting USMNT news to come out over the weekend was some more information about pre-World Cup friendlies.

ESPN FC’s Doug McIntyre is hearing that the three-game sendoff series will begin at Stanford Stadium in Stanford, California (opponent TBD).  The US will next head to Red Bull Arena for the next game (opponent TBD) before ending things at Everbank Field in Jacksonville against Nigeria.  The first two opponents are TBD, but US Soccer has apparently had discussions with Sweden, Serbia and Turkey, among others.  Serbia would go along with the New York rumor that has been floating out there the last couple months.

With the January camp coming to an end, Zach Goldman takes a look at the evolution of “Camp Cupcake”.

Michael Parkhurst told MLSsoccer.com’s Andrew King that he would have stayed in Germany instead of coming back to MLS if he wasn’t in the USMNT picture.  I am thinking more and more that Parkhurst might land one of the last spots with his versatility, much like Jonathan Spector in 2010, if he plays well with Columbus.

A leftover nugget from Deadline Day last Friday, but Sunderland made a late bid for Geoff Cameron, but Stoke City told them no dice.

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet told the UK press that he doesn’t need Jozy Altidore to score goals to be impressed by his play.  Jozy also had some quotes on Sunderland’s website after their win over Newcastle United from the weekend.

Hannover 96 press officer Alex Jacob told Greg Seltzer that they are hopeful that Steve Cherundolo will return to full training this week.  He has spent the last week and a half training on the side after having a setback with his left knee.

Staying with the right back theme, Timothy Chandler made Who Scored’s Bundesliga Team of the Week for the second straight week.

Also making a team of the week, Michael Orozco made Medio Tiempo’s Liga MX Team of the Week.

A week after breaking his nose, Tim Ream played for Bolton Wanderers over the weekend and looked like Zorro in the process.

Benji Joya looks like he could be signing with MLS in the near future.

Joya’s US U-20 teammate at the last U-20 World Cup, Jose Villarreal, scored his first goal with Cruz Azul’s U-20 team since going on loan from the LA Galaxy.

Herbert Robinson scored a goal with Santos Laguna’s U-20 team at a tournament in Italy on Monday.  Robinson played with the US U-20 team during this past January’s camp, but it sounds like he has some hoops he needs to jump through before becoming eligible to play for the US.

Michael Hoyos’ loan was ended by OFI Crete and his US agent has told ESPN’s Jeff Carlisle that he is interested in MLS.

US U-20 midfielder Lynden Gooch had an assist in his first game with Sunderland’s U-21 team on Monday.

And finally, for anyone who lives in LA or will be visiting LA over the next couple months, you should probably check out the new exhibit at LACMA called “Futbol – The Beautiful Game” (myself included).  The Original Winger’s Ben Hooper got a chance to see it last week and took a couple photos.

 
Categories: Benji Joya, Geoff Cameron, Herbert Robinson Garcia, Jose Villarreal, Jozy Altidore, Lynden Gooch, Michael Orozco Fiscal, Michael Parkhurst, Steve Cherundolo, Tim Ream, Timothy Chandler, US Men's National Team
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We’re talking Gold Cup roster (and other links)
   June 26, 2013 (12:02 AM) by Matt Benson
 

It looks like the final Gold Cup roster will be released on Thursday.  That said, some players are already being leaked out, including Jose Francisco Torres, Landon Donovan and Jack McInerney.  I was also asked to pick my own 23-man roster for another site and that should be up on their site on Thursday (I will link it once it becomes available).

One player that could be on that roster on Thursday is Alejandro Bedoya.  I posted his goal from this weekend earlier this week.  With that goal, he now has five goals and four assists in league play, becoming one of three Allsvenskan players with five or more goals and four or more assists on the season (also Mattias Lindström of Helsingborg and Gunnar Heidar Thorvaldsson of Norrköping).

As for some other goals this past weekend, Charlie Davies scored a goal in a preseason friendly against Vejle.  In the Swedish Division 1 (3rd tier), Ryan Gracia scored for Nyköping while Andrew Stadler scored for Sandviken.  You can keep track of all the goals scored with our goal tracker.

Stadler and Sandviken also won their Round 1 game of the 2013-14 Svenska Cupen yesterday.  As for Ryan Gracia and Nyköping, they will be welcoming Americans Aubrey Perry and Charles Renken on a trial.

Tony Taylor passed his medical, so he is officially now with AC Omonia in Cyprus.  As I posted earlier this week, AC Omonia will be playing in Europa League this upcoming season.

Andrew Wooten is back with Kaiserslautern for the preseason.  In a fun game against fans, The Wooten Clan scored three times in a 12-0 victory.  Then in a friendly against an actual team (FK Pirmasens), Wooten scored once and had an assist in a 7-1 win.

We have some new kits to check out in Germany.  Here is Steve Cherundolo sporting Hannover 96′s new home kit.  You can also see their away jersey here.  And Michael Parkhurst will be wearing these at Augsburg in 2013-14.

Alex Labidou caught up with Brad Friedel recently.  Friedel claims he is going to play until his body says he can’t.

Going from one old goalkeeper to a really young goalkeeper, Steven Goff has a story up on Arie Ammann, who signed with Watford’s youth academy earlier this month.

Goff also talked to Oguchi Onyewu this past weekend.  Gooch is looking at other options as he doesn’t think he will end up back at Malaga.

And finally, Brian Sciaretta talked to Jose Villarreal before tomorrow’s U-20 game against Ghana.  The US likely needs to win to make it out of the group stage.

 
Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Andrew Stadler, Andrew Wooten, Arie Ammann, Aubrey Perry, Brad Friedel, Charles Renken, Charlie Davies, Jack McInerney, Jose Francisco Torres, Jose Villarreal, Landon Donovan, Michael Parkhurst, Oguchi Onyewu, Ryan Gracia, Steve Cherundolo, Tony Taylor, US Men's National Team
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Here is the 2013 U-20 World Cup roster
   June 7, 2013 (8:17 AM) by Howie Michaels
 

GOALKEEPERS (3): 1-Cody Cropper (Southampton FC; Maple Grove, Minn.), 12-Kendall McIntosh (Santa Clara; Santa Rosa, Calif.), 21-Zach Steffen (FC DELCO; Downington, Pa.)

DEFENDERS (7): 13-Eric Miller (Creighton; Woodbury, Minn.), 3-Juan Pablo Ocegueda (Guadalajara; Riverside, Calif.), 5-Shane O’Neill (Colorado Rapids; Boulder, Colo.), 18-Oscar Sorto (LA Galaxy; Los Angeles, Calif.), 4-Caleb Stanko (SC Freiburg; Holly, Mich.), 14-Javan Torre (UCLA; Santa Monica, Calif.), 2-DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders; Seattle, Wash.)

MIDFIELDERS (5): 16-Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas; Plano, Texas), 10-Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake; Garden Grove, Calif.), 8-Benji Joya (Santos Laguna; San Jose, Calif.), 15-Mikey Lopez (Sporting Kansas City; Mission, Texas), 6-Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew; Gahanna, Ohio)

FORWARDS (6): 20-Daniel Cuevas (Santos Laguna; Sacramento, Calif.), 17-Danny Garcia (North Carolina; Dallas, Texas), 7-Victor Pineda (Chicago Fire; Bolingbrook, Ill.), 19-Alonso Hernandez (C.F. Monterrey; El Paso, Texas), 9-Mario Rodriguez (1. FC Kaiserslautern; North Hollywood, Calif.), 11-Jose Villarreal (LA Galaxy; Inglewood, Calif.)

It’s pretty similar to the Toulon roster, with Steffen, Villarrael, Gil, Rodriguez, and Yedlin added. Jordan Morris, Alfred Koroma, Marlon Hairston, Dillon Serna, Collin Martin, and Jeffrey Payeras have been dropped.

Here is an interesting piece from the NY Times on the various backgrounds of players on the roster.

 
Categories: Alonso Hernandez, Benji Joya, Caleb Stanko, Cody Cropper, Daniel Cuevas, Danny Garcia, DeAndre Yedlin, Jose Villarreal, Juan Ocegueda, Luis Gil, Mario Rodriguez, Mikey Lopez, Shane O'Neill, US U-20 National Team
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Coming back from vacation links
   May 21, 2013 (11:01 PM) by Matt Benson
 

In the last 24 hours of a mini-vacation, but here are some links from the last couple of days.

First off, a plug for our annual OT XI.  So go check that out.

Jurgen Klinsmann announced the USMNT roster for the upcoming games last week and Nick Firchau gives a notebook of goodies.  Also, since the roster has been announced, Brad Evans has been added to the squad.

The last of the five upcoming games is against Honduras and here is their roster.  I also posted Belgium’s and Germany’s rosters last week.

Leander Schaerlaeckens looks at why US goalkeepers are awesome.

It was starting to look like Aron Johannsson was a no-go for the USMNT last week.  But he might not be a lost cause as of this week.  Hmm.

Tab Ramos named his roster for the upcoming Toulon Tournament earlier this week.  One name missing from that roster is Anthony Brooks.  He told some German press that he wants to pull a Timothy Chandler circa 2011 (rest over the summer since he is young and new to the Bundesliga) and sit out of national team competitions (but maybe he changes his mind if the USMNT come calling?).

Another name missing from the U-20 team is forward Villyan Bijev.  And now he has accepted a call by Bulgaria’s U-21 team for this summer’s Euros, which would provisionally cap-tie him.  Bijev’s last appearance with the US came with the U-18 team at the Lisbon International Tournament.

Speaking of the Lisbon International Tournament (I love easy transitions), the current U-18 team opened up the 2013 Lisbon International Tournament with a 3-0 win over the Czech Republic.

Going back to the U-20 team, Jose Villarreal’s name was missing from the Toulon Tournament roster because the Galaxy didn’t release him.

BBC Sport’s Garth Crooks selected Brad Guzan as his goalkeeper for his team of the season.

Stoke City and Tony Pulis have decided to part ways.  Geoff Cameron, Brek Shea and Maurice Edu will have a new manager to impress this summer.

Photo time!  Clarence Goodson and Brøndby avoided relegation over the weekend so they celebrated by taking a shirtless photo in the locker room (this is for the ladies).

Charlie Davies and Randers finished third in the Danish Superliga, so here is Davies showing off his bronze medal.

And congrats to Sacha Kljestan and Anderlecht on winning their second consecutive Belgian league title.  Here is a photo of Sacha and the cup.  Staying with Sacha, I should hopefully have the Sacha/mustache shirts up for sale later tonight/tomorrow.  It all depends on my travel schedule today.

Will Parchman thinks Terrence Boyd is the future of the American striker.

Following in the footsteps of Frank Simek, Mike Grella is currently on trial with D.C. United.

After a quick six months in Germany, it looks like Paolo DelPiccolo is probably headed back to the US/MLS.

 
Categories: Aron Johannsson, Brad Evans, Brad Guzan, Brek Shea, Charlie Davies, Clarence Goodson, Geoff Cameron, John Brooks, Jose Villarreal, Maurice Edu, Mike Grella, Paolo DelPiccolo, Sacha Kljestan, Terrence Boyd, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team, Villyan Bijev
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I should be sleeping, but here are some links
   April 17, 2013 (1:26 AM) by Matt Benson
 

My whole sleep pattern is beyond messed up from this past weekend and I am still playing catch up on life, but here are a few links.

Grant Wahl updates us on some USMNT tickets sold so far for some upcoming games.

Avi Creditor wisely pointed out today that with Bayern Munich making the DFB Pokal final on June 1, Germany should be missing some players for the USMNT friendly on June 2.

Costa Rica is still not happy about the Snow Clasico, so it appears that they will be moving their home qualifier against the US from their nice new stadium to Estadio Saprissa.  Boo crappy turf.

Freddy Adu was formally introduced at his new club in Brazil last week and spoke to their local press.  Steven Goff has some excerpts from that interview.

I don’t know the seriousness, but it looks like US U-20 forward Jose Villarreal hurt his shoulder in a recent LA Galaxy reserve match.

Brian Sciaretta has a couple new interviews up over at Yanks Abroad.  One with Jozy Altidore and one with Zarek Valentin.

 
Categories: Freddy Adu, Jose Villarreal, Jozy Altidore, US Men's National Team, Zarek Valentin
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Tab Ramos names roster for CONCACAF U-20 championship
   February 7, 2013 (2:22 PM) by Howie Michaels
 

The US looks to qualify for the U-20 World Cup for the first time since 2009 (and end a two-tournament elimination streak for all youth events) in Puebla, Mexico, February 18-March 3.

The US roster features its usual mix of full professionals, college players, and youth players:

GOALKEEPERS (3): Cody Cropper (Southampton FC; Maple Grove, Minn.), Kendall McIntosh (Santa Clara; Santa Rosa, Calif.), Zackary Steffen (FC DELCO Academy; Downington, Pa.)

DEFENDERS (5): Eric Miller (Creighton; Woodbury, Minn.), Juan Pablo Ocegueda (C.D. Guadalajara; Riverside, Calif.), Boyd Okwuonu (North Carolina; Edmund, Okla.), Shane O’Neill (Colorado Rapids; Boulder, Colo.), Javan Torre (UCLA; Santa Monica, Calif.)

MIDFIELDERS (5): Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake; Garden Grove, Calif.), Benji Joya (Santos Laguna; San Jose, Calif.), Mikey Lopez (Sporting Kansas City; Mission, Texas), Caleb Stanko (SC Freiburg; Holly, Mich.), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew; Gahanna, Ohio)

FORWARDS (5): Brandon Allen (Georgetown; Old Bridge, N.J.), Daniel Cuevas (Santos Laguna; Sacramento, Calif.), Daniel Garcia (North Carolina; Dallas, Texas), Mario Rodriguez (1. FC Kaiserslautern; North Hollywood, Calif.) Jose Villarreal (LA Galaxy; Inglewood, Calif.)

It is interesting to see Juan Ocegueda in the squad. He has publicly stated his committment to the US program, but he is on the books for Guadalajara right now.

 
Categories: Benji Joya, Caleb Stanko, Cody Cropper, Daniel Cuevas, Jose Villarreal, Juan Ocegueda, Mario Rodriguez
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Some links before I go to bed
   October 27, 2011 (12:19 AM) by Matt Benson
 

I am tired and need sleep, but here are some links worth checking out.

According to this article, Alfredo Morales has been contacted by US Soccer for the U-23/Olympic team, but he hasn’t made up his mind over which country he wants to play for between the US, Peru and Germany.

Speaking of the Olympic team, Brent Latham recently talked to another Olympic team hopeful in Terrence Boyd.

Sticking with the German theme, Greg Seltzer interviewed Danny Williams about his whirlwind past couple of months.

Brian Sciaretta chatted with U-18 midfielder Jose Villarreal recently.  Villarreal is trying to land a professional contract in Europe and has had trials with Borussia Dortmund (Germany), Westerlo (Belgium) and Brondby (Denmark) so far.

And finally, you can find out more about Stuart Holden’s knee injury that has set him back another six months right here.

The US international suffered a serious knee injury in March that shelved him for nearly six months. He returned to the field on Sept. 20 and logged 90 minutes in a Carling Cup match against Aston Villa, but his knee swelled for seven days following the match and continued to cause him pain.

It was not until a routine surgery to remove a pin in his knee, however, that he found out what was the real issue. That same pin had come loose and done more damage to his cartilage, and putting him back on the shelf for an expected six more months.

And on that note, I sleep.

 
Categories: Alfredo Morales, Danny Williams, Jose Villarreal, Stuart Holden, Terrence Boyd
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Late night link action
   September 28, 2011 (11:29 PM) by Matt Benson
 

Here are some non-Stuart Holden links for the day.  Still a huge bummer that he is out another six months.

Anyways . . .

Brian Sciaretta caught up with Robbie Findley to talk about his good start to the season at Nottingham Forest.

Also over at Yanks Abroad, Jamie Hill tells us that Fabian Hürzeler has been promoted from Bayern Munich’s U-19 team to their U-23 team that competes in the German Regionalliga.

Greg Seltzer recently did an interview with goalkeeper Josh Wicks.  Wicks was not in the lineup today as IFK Mariehamn lost to KuPS 2-1.  Canadian-American defender Mason Trafford also scored an own goal for the other team.

As for some other scores from today.  Jonathan Borrajo went the full 90 minutes in Ham-Kam’s 2-0 victory over Alta in Norway.  And Brad Rusin came off the bench in HB Køge’s 3-1 victory over Esbjerg in the Danish Cup.

US U-18 midfielder Jose Villarreal will be going out on trial at Belgian club KVC Westerlo next week.

And finally, it looks like Alfredo Morales has decided to play for Peru over the United States.  I will still keep tabs on him on the site until things become more official.

 
Categories: Alfredo Morales, Brad Rusin, Fabian Hurzeler, Jose Villarreal, Josh Wicks, Mason Trafford, Robbie Findley
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