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US U-23 vs. Brazil Highlights
   November 16, 2015 (3:47 PM) by Matt Benson

The US U-23 team struggled again in their second friendly down in Brazil over the weekend, losing this one 5-1.  Here are some highlights.

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US U-23 vs. Brazil Highlights
   November 11, 2015 (9:09 PM) by Matt Benson

The US U-23 team is down in Brazil this week for two friendlies as they continue to prepare for March’s Olympic playoff against Colombia.  The first game was today in Recife with Brazil winning 2-1.  Here are the goals.

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Andi Herzog has called in 19 players for U-23 friendlies
   November 10, 2015 (7:36 AM) by Matt Benson

The US U-23 team is headed to Brazil this week for two friendlies and Andi Herzog has called in 19 players for the games, including John Brooks, Julian Green and Gedion Zelalem.

GOALKEEPERS (3): Cody Cropper (MK Dons; Maple Grove, Minn.), Charlie Horton (Leeds United; Cleveland, Ohio), Jon Kempin (Sporting Kansas City; Leawood, Kan.)

DEFENDERS (7): John Brooks (Hertha BSC; Berlin, Germany), Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur; Westcliff on Sea, England), Eric Miller (Montreal Impact; Woodbury, Minn.), Shane O’Neill (Royal Mouscron; Boulder, Colo.), Boyd Okwuonu (Real Salt Lake; Edmund, Okla.), Dave Romney (LA Galaxy; Irvine, Calif.), Oscar Sorto (LA Galaxy; Los Angeles, Calif.)

MIDFIELDERS (6): Fatai Alashe (San Jose Earthquakes; Northville, Mich.), Julian Green (Bayern Munich; Tampa, Fla.), Alejandro Guido (Club Tijuana; Chula Vista, Calif.), Matt Polster (Chicago Fire; Milwaukee, Wisc.), Dillon Serna (Colorado Rapids; Brighton, Colo.), Gedion Zelalem (Rangers; Bethesda, Md.)

FORWARDS (3): Jerome Kiesewetter (VfB Stuttgart; Berlin, Germany), Khiry Shelton (New York City FC; Leander, Tex.), Maki Tall (FC Sion; Washington, D.C.)

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Catching up with some links
   November 5, 2015 (12:03 AM) by Matt Benson

Haven’t done one of these in a while.

Aron Johannsson will be out for a while after having hip surgeryAccording to ArJo, the surgery was a success.

Bob Bradley has led Stabæk to a place in next year’s Europa League.  He spoke to Greg Seltzer about the season.  He is one of two American coaches to lead a team to next year’s Europa League.  One Norwegian publication also named him Tippeligaen Manager of the Year.

Sticking with American managers in Europe, it looks like David Wagner is going to be Huddersfield Town’s next manager.

Cameron Carter-Vickers has signed a new deal with Tottenham through 2018.

Brian Sciaretta talked to Danny Williams this week.

US U-20 right back Desevio Payne is starting to get playing time again with FC Groningen.

Eddie Johnson officially announced his retirement from soccer.  He made 63 appearances for the USMNT.

Will Reno made a video on goalkeeper Ethan Horvath.  Will also did an interview this week and shockingly it is not with a goalkeeper (it is with Mexican-American Josue Soto).

Fabian Johnson scored a goal in Champions League action earlier this week.

Jermaine Jones’ contract expires at the end of the season and he is getting some interest from abroad.

Luis Gil is another player who has an expiring contract and is getting some interest from outside the US.

Junior Flores said no to El Salvador and still want to play for the US.

Jurgen Klinsmann did a Q&A session with US Soccer’s website.

Lynden Gooch scored two goals with Sunderland’s U21 team earlier this week.  His U21 coach had some nice things to say about Gooch.  And Sunderland’s website has a little spotlight on Gooch.

The American contingent at Tijuana will now have Miguel Herrera as their manager come 2016.

Paul Arriola and Alejandro Guido both scored with Tijuana’s U20 team this past weekend.

The US U-23 team will play two friendlies in Brazil this month.

And finally, Pablo Punyed is staying in Iceland but will play for IBV next season.

Categories: Alejandro Guido, Aron Johannsson, Bob Bradley, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Danny Williams, David Wagner, Desevio Payne, Eddie Johnson, Ethan Horvath, Fabian Johnson, Jermaine Jones, Josue Soto, Junior Flores, Luis Gil, Lynden Gooch, Pablo Punyed, Paul Arriola, US Men's National Team, US U-23 National Team

A day late links
   October 23, 2015 (8:14 AM) by Matt Benson

I was going to post these yesterday but I have been a little under the weather and thought my head was going to explode yesterday.  So here we are now.

John D. Halloran did some depth charting with the USMNT earlier this week.

Bob Bradley is being linked to French Ligue 2 side Le Havre.

It looks like Jurgen Klinsmann is not really the US technical director anymore despite the title.  Yay power struggles.

So I guess Fabian Johnson is not hurt as he plugged away another 90 minutes in Champions League action this week.

Darlington Nagbe is finally on Jurgen Klinsmann’s radar.

Rubio Rubin needs surgery for a stress fracture in his foot.

The US U-23 team will face Colombia in a two-game playoff in March for a spot in the Olympics.  We don’t know the exact dates/venues yet, but the first game will be in Colombia.

Jordan Morris continues to do Jordan Morris things at Stanford.

Adam Bedell scored a goal in Denmark earlier this week.

Learn more on Jordan Siebatcheu courtesy of Brian Sciaretta.

Zak Whitbread signed a short-term deal with Shrewsbury Town last week.

Fernando Arce Jr. scored a goal with Tijuana’s U-20 team last week.

Here is a video of Christian Eissele and Kemi Kings celebrating their league title.

And finally, New York Red Bulls Academy graduate Kyle Duncan has signed with French Ligue 2 club Valenciennes FC.

Categories: Adam Bedell, Bob Bradley, Christian Eissele, Darlington Nagbe, Fabian Johnson, Fernando Arce Jr., Jordan Morris, Jordan Siebatcheu, Kyle Duncan, Rubio Rubin, US Men's National Team, US U-23 National Team, Zak Whitbread

US U-23 vs. Canada Highlights
   October 13, 2015 (9:13 PM) by Matt Benson

The US U-23 team kept their Olympic hopes alive with a 2-0 win over Canada.  The goals came courtesy of Marc Pelosi and Jerome Kiesewetter.

They will now have a two-game playoff against Colombia in March to determine one of the last spots in the Olympics.  Two-game playoff, you say?  I, and others, thought it was only a one-game playoff, but *shockingly* there was some confusion among CONCACAF.  Here are the goals and some tweets explaining the two-game playoff.

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This is why we can’t have nice things links
   October 13, 2015 (5:43 AM) by Matt Benson

So Saturday sucked.

In case you want to throw up some more, here are the highlights of the 3-2 loss.  The ratings were pretty good for the game.

Moving on from that game, Jurgen Klinsmann has called in five players and sent home eight players on Sunday.  Then Klinsi got all pissy at Fabian Johnson and sent him home.

First off, not defending Klinsmann, but Fabian Johnson looked like a guy who wanted no part of that game after about 15 minutes.  Could it be injuries?  Could it be that he has played poorly in the heat before?  Could it be that he was mad at the bus driver for not stopping at In-N-Out on the way to the Rose Bowl?  Who knows the reason but he did not play well on Saturday and asked to be subbed out late in the game.

That said, Klinsmann could have sent him home and just told the media that he wanted to give him rest but instead he threw Johnson under the bus.  2015 has not been a good year for Mr. Klinsmann.

As one would expect, there is not a lot of buzz for Tuesday’s friendly against Costa Rica and ticket sales do not look good.  It looks like Tim Howard will start at goalie.

Also on “Black Saturday”, the US U-23 team lost to Honduras in the important semifinal match of Olympic qualifying (highlights).  Andi Herzog was sent off so assistant John Hackworth will be coaching the team tomorrow.  Since they lost on Saturday, they now have to beat Canada on Tuesday then beat Colombia in a one-game playoff in March in order to qualify for the Olympics.

The US U-20 team is in Germany for the Mercedes-Benz Cup and tied Mexico 3-3 in their last game.  They also had a 2-2 draw with Scotland and an 8-1 loss to Germany during the week.

Terrence Boyd has had a setback and needs another surgery.  Ugh.

US Soccer officials finally attended a meeting last week for Copa America Centenario.

Sam Allardyce was recently named Sunderland’s new manager, but Bob Bradley was sort of being linked as a possibility last week.

Jordan Siebatcheu is a 19-year-old forward currently playing at French Ligue 1 side Reims (three goals in eight games this season).  Apparently he was born in Washington D.C. and would be interested in possibly playing for the US.

Over in Rumorville, according to Footy Headlines, the next US home jersey which will come out in 2016 will be black (blah!) and will have the new crest that was rumored a couple months ago.

Hopefully things go a little better this week.

Categories: Bob Bradley, Fabian Johnson, Jordan Siebatcheu, Terrence Boyd, Tim Howard, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team, US U-23 National Team

US U-23 vs. Honduras Highlights
   October 12, 2015 (7:16 AM) by Matt Benson

Also taking place on US Soccer’s “Black Saturday” was the US U-23 team losing 2-0 to Honduras in the important semifinal match of Olympic qualifying.  Since they lost, they now have to beat Canada on Tuesday then beat Colombia in a one-game playoff in March in order to qualify for the Olympics.

Here are the highlights of Saturday’s loss.

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US U-23 vs. Panama Highlights
   October 6, 2015 (9:26 PM) by Matt Benson

The US U-23ers finished off group stage play with a 4-0 win over Panama.  The all important semifinal game will be on Saturday against either Mexico or Honduras.  If Mexico wins or draws tomorrow, the US would face Honduras.  A Honduras win tomorrow would mean a second US-Mexico game on Saturday.

Here are the highlights from tonight’s win.

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Links and whatnot for Tuesday
   October 6, 2015 (12:00 AM) by Matt Benson

We are closing in on the CONCACAF Cup and the game is officially a sellout.

In case you missed it on Saturday, here is the US roster.  While a couple guys are injured (Aron Johannsson and John Brooks), I guess the biggest “snub” would be Omar Gonzalez considering he started one of the September friendlies so you would think he would be “on the depth chart” at centerback.

Jurgen Klinsmann talked to US Soccer’s website about the roster.  He also talked to ESPN’s Doug McIntyre.

Jozy Altidore told ESPN’s Jeff Carlisle that the last two years have been rough.

This isn’t the first time the US and Mexico have met in a playoff.  They also played in a World Cup playoff in 1934.

As for Mexico, Andres Guardado was once thought to be out with an injury, but he is healthy now.  Although El Tri will be without the services of Giovani dos Santos due to an injury picked up this weekend.

Want some more info on Mexico?  Alicia Rodriguez has you covered.

The US U-23ers have opened Olympic qualifying with wins against Canada (highlights) and Cuba (highlights).  They take on Panama in the last group stage match tonight and I believe they only need a draw to win the group (and could even win the group with a loss depending on goal differential).

Over in Group B, Mexico and Honduras play on Wednesday with the loser likely facing the US in the all important semifinal (a draw would mean Honduras would finish second and play the US if the US can clinch their group).

One player joining the US U-23 team this week is goalkeeper Ethan Horvath since he was still in Norway playing for Molde FK.  He has seen his stock rise in the last couple months as he was named to’s Europa League Team of the Week and Edwin van der Sar had some nice things to say about him.  And Brian Sciaretta talked to Horvath recently about his rapid rise.

Sticking with goalkeepers, the last time we heard from Aleks Gogic, he was talking to our Will Reno about playing with the Nike Academy.  Now the 19-year-old has a new home and it is with League One side Fleetwood Town until the end of the season.  And the Cod Army already have an American goalkeeper on the roster in Brendan Moore.

Bobby Wood is off to a good start in Germany and he talked to Greg Seltzer about the season so far.

American Joe Enochs is now the manager of German 3. Liga club VfL Osnabrück.

We had a bunch of goals this weekend and some highlights from Danny Williams, Andrew Stadler, Erik Hurtado, Kyle Curinga, Jon-Paul Pittman and Conor O’Brien.  Plus Andrew Wooten dished out two assists.

And finally, Club Tijuana’s website has a little story up on US U-17 World Cup forward Brandon Vazquez.

Categories: Aleks Gogic, Andrew Stadler, Andrew Wooten, Bobby Wood, Brandon Vazquez, Brendan Moore, Conor O'Brien, Danny Williams, Erik Hurtado, Ethan Horvath, Jon-Paul Pittman, Jozy Altidore, Kyle Curinga, US Men's National Team, US U-23 National Team

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