I am still catching up on life, but here are a few links from the last week or so while I was gone.
One of the most important players if not the best player in US Soccer history, Landon Donovan, announced his retirement yesterday. He will play the rest of the 2014 MLS season before officially calling it quits. The USMNT’s all-time leader in goals (57), assists (57) and games started (141), Donovan brought a lot of joy to US fans over the years. He scored his first international goal against Mexico and he scored his last USMNT goal against Mexico (highlights of all 57 goals). Never forget.
As I promised last week, we are starting to add new content to the site aside from links and RJ DeMello started us off last week with an interview with Joe Gyau. There should also be something else USMNT-centric from another new contributor today.
Of course the weekend that I am gone has 12 goals scored by various Americans throughout Europe, so here are a bunch of GIFs of about half of those goals. The goal tracker has also been updated with all the goals.
When I left town last week, it looked like Jermaine Jones was headed to Chicago and Sacha Kljestan was headed to the LA Galaxy. Upon my return, Jones turned down a multi-million dollar deal and Kljestan was still in Belgium with Anderlecht. Jones has also become friends with Charlie Sheen and Chuck Liddell.
Then Wednesday brought the Mix Diskerud-almost-going-to-Columbus madness. While the Crew did not land Diskerud, they did sign French-American youth player Romain Gall.
In the never ending DeAndre Yedlin potential transfer saga, Tottenham are the new leaders according to Ives.
It looks like Brek Shea is likely to go out on loan again this season. Staying at Stoke City, some teams have shown interest in Geoff Cameron, but he is staying with the Potters according to Greg Seltzer.
USMNT vets Clint Dempsey and DaMarcus Beasley both want to continue to play for the US.
Conor O’Brien signed with Austrian Bundesliga side Wiener Neustadt last week.
Aron Johannsson wants to lead the Eredivisie in goals this upcoming season.
Eric Lichaj is finally over his groin injury and returned to training with Nottingham Forest.
Death, taxes and Zak Whitbread injuries. Whitbread has already injured his back in a friendly and Derby County are hoping he can return to training soon.
Jonathan Bornstein had to leave Queretaro’s Copa MX game earlier this week due to an injury.
ESPN’s Jeff Carlisle caught up with Stuart Holden as he continues to rehab his knee.
Hannover 96 is holding a Steve Cherundolo farewell match this weekend.
Also from last weekend, Bobby Wood assisted on a goal in 1860 Munich’s 3-2 loss to Kaiserslautern.
Sebastien Ibeagha is headed to FC Fredericia for the rest of the season on loan from AC Horsens.
The US U-23 and U-17 teams have been busy lately. The U-23 team defeated the Bahamas national team 5-1 (highlights). And the U-17 team are in the semifinals of a tournament in Mexico after winning their first four games (highlights).
In Europa League action yesterday, Pablo Punyed and Stjarnan are advancing to the playoff round, while Mix Diskerud/Rosenborg, Ethan Horvath/Molde and Sean Reynolds/FH have all been eliminated.
Here are some highlights of Ethan Horvath in action between the sticks for Molde II in a recent game.
Bobby Warshaw wrote some words about life as an American player in Europe.
Did you know that League of Ireland Premier Division side Cork City’s manager was born in the US?