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Archive for the ‘US U-23 National Team’ Category


US U-23s vs. Bosnia U-23s Highlights
   March 29, 2015 (10:47 AM) by Matt Benson
 

The US U-23 team won its game against Bosnia U-23s, 5-2, on Friday.  The US goals were scored by Jordan Morris, Mario Rodriguez, Benji Joya, Alonso Hernandez and Fatai Alashe.  Here are the highlights.

 
Categories: Highlights, US U-23 National Team
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International break housekeeping
   March 28, 2015 (5:50 AM) by Matt Benson
 

A couple things on the USMNT, U-23 and U-20 teams.

Jurgen Klinsmann initially said earlier this week that no players with the USMNT would play with the U-23 or U-20 teams after the Denmark friendly.  Syke!

Klinsmann also did a Q&A with US Soccer’s website about the Switzerland friendly and the player pool.

Ventura Alvarado, who made his US debut last week but is not cap-tied, claims he is committed to the United States over Mexico.

Poor Miguel Ibarra.

The injured Terrence Boyd is hanging out with the team this week.

The US U-23 team won its game against Bosnia U-23s, 5-2, on Friday.  The US goals were scored by Jordan Morris, Mario Rodriguez, Benji Joya, Alonso Hernandez and Fatai Alashe.  Here was the starting lineup.

The U-23ers will next play Denmark’s U-23 team on Tuesday at Lyngby Stadion in Copenhagen.

The U-20 team will take on England’s U-21 team at Home Park in Plymouth, England on Sunday.

 
Categories: Alonso Hernandez, Benji Joya, Fatai Alashe, Jordan Morris, Mario Rodriguez, Miguel Ibarra, Rubio Rubin, Terrence Boyd, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team, US U-23 National Team, Ventura Alvarado
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Friday morning links
   March 27, 2015 (12:39 AM) by Matt Benson
 

It is an international week but we still have some links before the weekend.

We didn’t have a lot of midweek games this week but there was still action at some clubs and Roderick has all the details in The OT Report.

There was two goals this week and you can check them out from Duane Holmes and Morgan Langley.

In case you have been hiding under a rock this week, the US lost to Denmark, 3-2, on Wednesday.  Here are the highlights, while here are some photos.

Jurgen Klinsmann has appointed Berti Vogts as USMNT technical advisor.  Vogts helped out during the World Cup and with Andi Herzog focusing on the US U-23 team, it allows Klinsmann to bring in someone to help out with the USMNT.  And it allows me to post this photo of Vogts again.

Nicklas Bendtner’s hat trick on Wednesday was the first against the USMNT since Denmark’s Per Pederson scored four goals against the US in 1997.

Denmark’s manager Morten Olsen was impressed with Michael Bradley.

New York Red Bulls manager and former USMNT assistant under Bob Bradley, Jesse Marsch thinks the USMNT has a lack of an identity.

Jimmy Conrad was over in London last week and did some video interviews with DeAndre Yedlin at White Hart Lane for both KICKTV and Copa90.

Bayern Munich executive board chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge thinks Julian Green needs another season out on loan in 2015-16 to hopefully get first-team minutes.

Apparently most of Germany doesn’t like Terrence Boyd’s RB Leipzig because of the Red Bull ties.

Bobby Wood’s rehab is on schedule as Erzgebirge Aue’s website gives us a little update and video.

Lynden Gooch’s loan with Gateshead has officially ended.  Gooch scored one goal in seven league appearances with the Tynesiders.

Goalkeeper Matt Pyzdrowski is battling a foot injury and might have to miss Helsingborg’s season opener on April 4.

Kevin Garcia finally officially signed with Galway United FC and was thrown into the starting lineup earlier this week.

The US U-23 will take on Bosnia and Herzegovina later today and Andi Herzog called in two extra players (Boyd Okwuonu and Dan Metzger) earlier this week.

 
Categories: Bobby Wood, DeAndre Yedlin, Duane Holmes, Julian Green, Kevin Garcia, Lynden Gooch, Matt Pyzdrowski, Michael Bradley, Morgan Langley, Terrence Boyd, US Men's National Team, US U-23 National Team
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Rosterpalooza: senior, U-23s, and U-20s
   March 22, 2015 (11:53 AM) by Howie Michaels
 

The US Soccer PR department was hard at work today, releasing three different camp rosters for three different levels as the senior team, U-23s, and U-20s prepare for upcoming camps.

The senior team, which faces Denmark on Wednesday (3 PM ET, ESPN2/UniMás) and Switzerland on the following Tuesday (12 PM ET, FS1/UniMás), sees 23 players called up. William Yarbrough of León (Mexico) and Ventura Alvarado of América (Mexico) get their first camp callups; Reading’s Danny Williams will be looking for his first cap in over a year. Cody Cropper will also be seeking his elusive first cap.

The U-23s, who face Bosnia and Herzegovina on Friday and Denmark on Tuesday, include a fair number of guys from the 2013 U-20s.

The U-20s will have a camp in England ahead of a Friday match with Tottenham Hotspur’s U-21s and a Sunday match with England’s U-21s. With the U-20 World Cup about two months away, Tab Ramos is bringing back about half of the squad that slipped through CONCACAF but bringing in some entirely fresh faces, including Desevio Payne of Groningen.

 
Categories: US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team, US U-23 National Team
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Post green beer hangover links
   March 18, 2015 (1:12 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Work has been pretty busy for me over the last week so I haven’t done a links post in a while.  That said, a bunch of goodies for you while you wait that green beer hangover out.

Two US female goalkeepers squared off against each other in UEFA Women’s Champions League last October so Will decided to have a chat with both of them to find out more.

Missed out on the weekend’s games?  Roderick has you covered.

US Soccer is about to have a busy next couple of weeks with the USMNT, U-23 and U-20 teams all having camps and friendlies throughout Europe.  It looks like we should expect to see the various rosters over the weekend.

While we wait for the rosters, a bunch of names are kind of leaking out.  Thanks to Birmingham City’s site, we know that Will Packwood is going to be with the U-23 team.   Brian Sciaretta is also hearing that Jerome Kiesewetter will be with the U-23s, while Andrija Novakovich will be with the U-20s.  And while there has been speculation that Jurgen Klinsmann is going to call in Ventura Alvarado with the MNTers, there is at least one report of Leon goalkeeper William Yarbrough being called in as well.

We are still waiting for Gedion Zelalem’s waiver to go through with FIFA, but he has been called in by Germany’s U-18 team.  He has turned them down in the past and hopefully he does again.

Speaking of rosters, here is Denmark’s roster for the USMNT friendly.

If you hate yourself, here is another (and new) story on Jurgen Klinsmann and fitness.

Will Packwood scored his first professional goal yesterday in Cheltenham Town’s 2-2 draw to Portsmouth (highlights).  He had to be subbed out due to some kind of injury, but he tweeted after the game that he is “feeling groggy” but is OK.

DeAndre Yedlin is back on the field and played with Tottenham’s U-21 team on Monday.  Here is a photo of him in action.

Andrija Novakovich made his debut with Reading’s senior team over the weekend in Reading’s 4-1 loss at Watford.  Here is a photo of Novakovich about to come onto the field.

Reading and Danny Williams (went the full 90) won their FA Cup 6th round replay over Bradford City on Monday.  Reading is headed to the FA Cup semis for the first time since 1927.

Klinsi was impressed with Jozy Altidore’s Toronto FC debut.

I see you, Greg Garza.

A.J. Soares is going to be out 6-8 weeks after picking up a knee injury in training.

According to this report out of Philadelphia, Union midfielder Danny Cruz is headed to Norway to go on a season-long loan with Bodø/Glimt.  If true, he will become teammates with Zarek Valentin.

Greg Seltzer caught up with Helsingborgs IF goalkeeper Matt Pyzdrowski.

Galway United forward Jake Keegan was on Goal’s League of Ireland GoalMouth podcast last week.  He also spoke to Brian Sciaretta.

AZ Alkmaar have brought on Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane as an advisor.  I think I read the word “moneyball” in every tweet yesterday mentioning this news.

Here is a story from last week on Marc Pelosi and his return to the field over the last year.

Andrew Sousa and Ryan Maduro were both in Iceland last season with Fylkir and now both are returning to the US with the Rhode Island Oceaneers.

According to Will Parchman, US U-17 winger McKinzie Gaines is headed to Germany to trial with Wolfsburg.

And finally, FIFA announced the stadiums that will be used at the 2016 Olympics and somehow Arena da Amazônia in Manaus made the cut as one of the seven stadiums.  I still remember drinking two full glasses of water while just walking to my seat in the upper deck.  It was such a furnace.  I did snap this nice photo.

manaus

 
Categories: A.J. Soares, Andrew Sousa, Andrija Novakovich, Danny Cruz, Danny Williams, DeAndre Yedlin, Gedion Zelalem, Greg Garza, Jake Keegan, Jerome Kiesewetter, Jozy Altidore, Marc Pelosi, Matt Pyzdrowski, McKinzie Gaines, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team, US U-23 National Team, Ventura Alvarado, Will Packwood, William Yarbrough, Zarek Valentin
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Hump day links
   March 11, 2015 (1:54 AM) by Matt Benson
 

A bunch of randomness for Wednesday.

Herculez Gomez likes scoring goals for Puebla and he scored another one last night in a 2-1 win in Copa MX action (highlights).  I was also able to find some highlights of Devann Yao’s goal from the weekend (highlights).

Also scoring earlier this week was Jake Keegan in Galway United’s win in Irish League Cup action (highlights).  Here is the post-game press conference with Keegan and his manager.  Around the 2:50 mark, his manager talks about Kevin Garcia joining the team soon.  I am guessing he is waiting for a work permit as I believe it took Keegan a while to get a new one for this season.

Staying in Ireland, St Patrick’s Athletic has signed midfielder Morgan Langley.  Langley played in one game for the Philadelphia Union in 2011, but has mainly played his professional soccer with the Harrisburg City Islanders.

In case you missed it from yesterday, we found out that Conor O’Brien is going to be out three weeks with a broken rib.

Jerome Kiesewetter made his Bundesliga debut this past weekend and here is a photo of him in action.

Joe Corona started at left back for Tijuana this past weekend in replace of the injured Greg Garza and played well enough to make ESPN’s Liga MX Team of the Week.

Cameron Carter-Vickers played up with Tottenham’s U-21 team yesterday against a Manchester United U-21 team which featured Radamel Falcao and Victor Valdes.  And it sounds like he did well.

However, Bongani Khumalo and Cameron Carter-Vickers kept Falcao quiet all night and Carter-Vickers came closest to a winner in the second half when his header came back off the crossbar.

If you haven’t already, time to buy a lot CCV stock.

The US U-23 team will have a camp in Europe later this month with friendlies against Bosnia and Denmark.

According to sources of Brian Sciaretta, the CONCACAF Olympic qualifying will hold the semifinals and final at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah.

This is from last week, but Tijuana’s website has a little story up on US U-17 forward Brandon Vazquez.

Emerson Hyndman was last seen breaking his collarbone with the US U-20 team, but it looks like he has returned to training in some capacity at Fulham.

Gboly Ariyibi has signed an extension with English League One side Chesterfield until 2017.

I posted back in February that it looked like Alfred Koroma had joined some team in Austria, but he actually just signed with USL’s Austin Aztex.

 
Categories: Alfred Koroma, Brandon Vazquez, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Conor O'Brien, Devann Yao, Emerson Hyndman, Gboly Ariyibi, Greg Garza, Herculez Gomez, Jake Keegan, Jerome Kiesewetter, Joe Corona, Kevin Garcia, Morgan Langley, US U-23 National Team
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A couple links before the weekend
   February 13, 2015 (1:10 AM) by Matt Benson
 

A little bit of this and that before the weekend.

Roderick has you covered with the midweek edition of The OT Report.

Howie made a funny about Freddy Adu.

The USMNT fell four spots to #31 in the latest FIFA rankings.

The US will host CONCACAF qualifying for the 2016 Olympics.  It will take place October 1-13, although the host cities are unknown at this time.  The top two teams qualify for the Olympics while the third place team will face Colombia in March of 2016 for a spot.  The FIFA international window in October is between 5-13, so getting releases for some of the “better” players could happen for the second half of the tournament.

Wil Trapp talked to Andrew King about his experience at this past month’s USMNT camp.

It looks like Seb Hines is headed to Orlando City on loan.

Brad Guzan wrote some words for The Players’ Tribune about life as a Premier League goalkeeper.

LA Galaxy midfielder Juninho would be interested in playing for the US, but he would have to wait a few more years to apply for citizenship since he just got his green card in July of 2013.  So basically it would be a while.

The Irish Times has a story up about Ireland likely missing out on Shane O’Neill.

Continuing to come back from his ankle injury from last season, Zarek Valentin went 90 minutes in a preseason friendly this week.

Brian Sciaretta spoke to Nermin Crnkic, Danijal Brkovic, Cesar Romero and Jemal Johnson about playing in various leagues throughout Eastern Europe.

And finally, if you are a US Soccer twitter hipster, you are probably aware of @RobUsry.  He makes a lot of fun videos of US players and his latest is on new Borussia Dortmund youngster Christian Pulisic.

 
Categories: Brad Guzan, Cesar Romero, Christian Pulisic, Danijal Brkovic, Freddy Adu, Juninho, Nermin Crnkic, Seb Hines, Shane O'Neill, US Men's National Team, US U-23 National Team, Wil Trapp, Zarek Valentin
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A look at the USYNT goalkeeper pool
   January 27, 2015 (7:23 AM) by Will Reno
 

2015 is a big year for the US youth national teams. Of course we have the U20 and U17 World Cups on the horizon but we’re also approaching the Olympic U23 qualifying in the fall. We should start seeing more U23 camps and games like we saw against the Bahamas and Brazil in 2014. Because it’s the best position, here’s a quick run through of the state of the goalkeepers on each three USYNT teams.

U23s

Inside tracks: Cody Cropper, Jon Kempin, Alex Bono

Darkhorses: Paul Blanchette (Loyola Marymount), Devin Cook (Austin Aztex), Andrew Wolverton (LA Galaxy), Tyler Miller (SVN Zweibrücken)

Of course Bono is the hot item right now going from expecting to stay for his senior year to landing a Generation Adidas contract and getting a USMNT call-up all within a few weeks. But the Olympic squads only carry two goalkeepers into the final tournament. Qualifying will now take place this fall, the same time as Cropper’s club starts up, so while Bono may make the qualifying roster, he may not be able to jump Cropper or Kempin to make the final two. Kempin, who was named over Bono as one of the three final goalkeepers for the upcoming Chile game.

Cook passed on his senior year to play at Austin Aztex. Wolverton and Miller had rightful buzz this past MLS draft and Paul Blanchette, highlights here of the true dark horse of the bunch, has a playing style very similar to Bono. The four have this next year to really make a case as to why they should be considered for the U23s.

 

U20s

Inside tracks: Zack Steffen, Ethan Horvath

Darkhorses: Evan Louro (Michigan), Jeff Caldwell (Virginia), Paul Christensen (Portland), Josh Weiss (Sienna)

Completely out of the running: Santiago Castaño

Before the Red Bulls keeper switched to Colombia, Castaño was a shoo-in to backup Steffen through the winter qualification. So when he jumped to Colombia, not only did he give up a spot to Horvath, but he didn’t even make the final roster for Colombia. But even with the departure, the US is stacked at the position. The four dark horses all finished their freshman year at their respective schools and would be fine replacements if Steffen or Horvath couldn’t attend.

As for Steffen and Horvath, Steffen finished on a very high note as he saved a penalty in a, at the time, 1-0 game against El Salvador. Steffen not only covered a great deal of the goalmouth to make the save, doing his best Steve Clark impression, but it did it in such a nonchalant manner. It was a lot of fun to see him casually make the game-winning save. Even though he has some mechanics he could work on, he’s a worthy choice for New Zealand 2015.

 

U17s

Inside tracks: Kevin Silva, Will Pulisic

Darkhorses: Cameron Keys (La Salle), Charlie Furrer (Stanford), Austin Aviza (Syracuse), Tucker Schneider (SIUE)

The typically stalwart netminders had an uncharacteristically rough finish in the 2014 Nike Friendlies with a 4-1 loss to Brazil. Still, expect these two to be with the team at the end of February, the start of qualifying. The Silva/Pulisic combo has been a deathly duo for opposing offenses in the past and I expect them to roll zeros through qualification.

Keys, Furrer, Aviza, and Schneider are all looking to start their freshman year around the same time the U17 World Cup kicks off. Of the four, Keys and Aviza have a decent shot at starting for their schools but I don’t think any of them would mind missing their collegiate season to play at the U17 World Cup. Pulisic is actually the youngest of the six listed. In a tournament where age is incredibly important, let that speak as strong testimony for Pulisic’s ability, surpassing his peers that are 16 months older than him.

 
Categories: US U-17 National Team, US U-20 National Team, US U-23 National Team
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Quick link action for Tuesday
   January 27, 2015 (12:45 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Let’s get right to the point with these.

The USMNT are in Chile ahead of their friendly on Wednesday.  Here is a photo gallery from Chile.

US Soccer talked to Jurgen Klinsmann and DeAndre Yedlin about calling Yedlin into camp.

Looking for Chile’s roster?  You can find it at the bottom of this link.

USMNT assistant coach Andreas Herzog was named head coach of the US U-23/Olympic team.

Scott French talked to Marc Pelosi about coming back from his broken leg to making his first USMNT camp.

The latest Juan Agudelo rumor has him talking to the New England Revolution.  If the deal is true, that already fun team just got another fun piece.

It looks like Jurgen Klinsmann is trying to help Bobby Wood find a new club.

Fresh off qualifying for the U-20 World Cup, Matt Miazga flew to Qatar and could be trialing/transferring to RB Leipzig.

Speaking of the US U-20 team, in case you missed it, here are highlights of their 2-0 win over El Salvador to qualify for New Zealand.  Romain Gall shared the Golden Boot with Mexico’s Hirving Lozano with each scoring five goals throughout the tournament.

Greg Garza was named to Medio Tiempo’s Liga MX Team of the Week.

We had a few goals this weekend.  Kenny Saief scored for Gent while Jon-Paul Pittman scored for Grimsby Town.  Alfredo Morales scored a goal for Ingolstadt in a friendly.  And Sebastian Lletget scored a goal for West Ham’s U-21 team.

After injuring his groin while out on loan in December, Will Packwood is back in training with Birmingham City.

And finally, Tab Ramos’ son, Alex, has signed a professional contract with Pachuca.  Also of note, he was born in Mexico while Tab was playing with Tigres.

 
Categories: Alex Ramos, Alfredo Morales, Bobby Wood, DeAndre Yedlin, Greg Garza, Jon-Paul Pittman, Juan Agudelo, Kenny Saief, Marc Pelosi, Matt Miazga, Romain Gall, Sebastian Lletget, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team, US U-23 National Team, Will Packwood
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Some links before the weekend
   January 23, 2015 (12:36 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Some reading material as you countdown until the weekend.

Coming off a 1-0 win over Trinidad & Tobago on Wednesday (highlights), the US U-20 team found out that it will be playing El Salvador on Saturday in the win-or-go-home playoff match to determine who will go to this summer’s U-20 World Cup in New Zealand.  The game will be on Fox Sports 2 at 5:00 PM Eastern.  The US will have a chance to get some revenge on El Salvador as they knocked out the 2012 U-23 team from qualifying for the 2012 Olympics. (UPDATE – Looks like the game is now on Fox Soccer Plus).

US Soccer also put up a video on Tommy Thompson yesterday.

Speaking of the U-23 team, Ives Galarcep decided to guess at a possible Olympic qualifying team of MLS players since some of the European-based played might not get released for qualification.

Joe Corona returned from his broken foot to score in Tijuana’s Copa MX match on Wednesday (highlights).  Jon Arnold (who has been everywhere this week) was at Estadio Caliente on Wednesday and got some post-game quotes from Corona.  Tijuana’s website also got some words from Corona following the game.

Jon Arnold also spoke to Mix Diskerud this week at the USMNT camp.

In case you missed it on Wednesday, Sacha Kljestan scored two nearly identical goals in Anderlecht’s Belgian Cup win (highlights).  And Eric Lichaj was subbed off after only 32 minutes in Nottingham Forest’s 3-2 loss to Fulham.

Still unemployed, but apparently Juan Agudelo is mulling over some offers.

For those of you with a Darlington Nagbe-to-USMNT countdown clock, you can probably move the time up a bit.  Most people thought he would become a US citizen at the end of 2015 but it now looks like it could be September according to Portland Timbers owner Merritt Paulson.

Brad Guzan did a little Q&A action with ESPN FC this week.

With the Bundesliga on winter break, Greg Seltzer decided to do a midseason report card on John Brooks, Timothy Chandler, Julian Green, Joe Gyau, Fabian Johnson and Caleb Stanko.

Mukwelle Akale turned 18 recently so he officially joined Villarreal this week.

Giuseppe Gentile, who bounced around USL Pro/NASL last season, has signed with Swiss Challenge League club FC Chiasso.

And finally, Kevin Dzierzawski is headed on loan to Scottish League One side Peterhead.  Dzierzawski has been with Queen of the South in Scotland since 2013-14.

Enjoy the weekend.

 
Categories: Brad Guzan, Caleb Stanko, Darlington Nagbe, Eric Lichaj, Fabian Johnson, Giuseppe Gentile, Joe Corona, Joe Gyau, John Brooks, Juan Agudelo, Julian Green, Mix Diskerud, Mukwelle Akale, Sacha Kljestan, Timothy Chandler, Tommy Thompson, US U-20 National Team, US U-23 National Team
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