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


Andi Herzog calls in 28 players for College Identification training camp
   July 29, 2015 (8:27 AM) by Matt Benson
 

As we get closer to Olympic qualifying in October, Andi Herzog has called in 28 college players in effort to try and identify some more players for the pool.  The camp will run August 5-8 in Carson, California.

GOALKEEPERS (4): Wade Hamilton (Cal Poly; Murrieta, Calif.), Jonathan Klinsmann (Cal; Newport Beach, Calif.), Kendall McIntosh (Santa Clara; Santa Rosa, Calif.), Andrew Tarbell (Clemson; Mandeville, La.).

DEFENDERS (9): Jonathan Campbell (North Carolina; Greensboro, N.C.), Alex Crognale (Maryland; Gahanna, Ohio), Chase Gasper (UCLA; Alexandria, Va.), Tomas Hilliard-Arce (Stanford, Matthews, N.C.), Grant Lillard (Indiana; Hinsdale, Ill.), Jakob Nerwinski (Connecticut; Lawrenceville, N.J.), Chris Odoi-Atsem (Maryland; Mitchellville, Md.), Sam Strong (UCSB; Santa Barbara, Calif.), Brandon Vincent (Stanford; Valencia, Calif.).

MIDFIELDERS (10): Corey Baird (Stanford; Escondido, Calif.). Andrew Brody (Lousiville; Orlando, Fla.), Mael Corboz (Maryland; Green Brook, N.J.), Niko Hansen (New Mexico; Sacramento, Calif.), Ian Harkes (Wake Forest; Fairfax, Va.), Patrick Hodan (Notre Dame; Brookfield, Wisc.), James Moberg (Washington; Winsdor, Calif.), Adam Najem (Akron; Clifton, N.J.), Keegan Rosenberry (Georgetown; Ronks, Pa.), Jake Rozhansky (Virginia; Germantown, Md.).

FORWARDS (5): Michael Gamble (Wake Forest; Columbia, Md.), Connor Maloney (Penn State; Harrisburg, Pa.), Alex Muyl (Georgetown; New York, N.Y.), Paul Salcedo (Cal; Inglewood, Calif.), Mac Steeves (Providence; Needham, Mass.).

Slightly related, Will decided to put up a preseason Top 10 goalkeepers for each class in the NCAA.

Also in U-23 news, they will head to Preston North End to take on England’s U-21 team during the September international week.

For the Three Lions, it is their first game after this summer’s trip to the Euro Finals in Czech Republic ended with a group stage exit and a chance to re-focus on the forthcoming term.

“It will be a good test for us as this will be a USA team which is a little bit older and wiser and who will be making up their Olympic team for Rio next year,” revealed head coach Gareth Southgate.

“We played the States at U20 level last season and we’ve managed to have a few fixtures against them in other age groups which have all been really good fixtures.

“They’ve got a really good programme now and we’re trying to play teams from outside of Europe throughout our age groups, so we’re expecting a hard game and one which will help us prepare for the trip to Norway a few days later.”

 
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A few links for Tuesday
   June 30, 2015 (12:33 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Want some links?  Well, here you go.

According to Steven Goff, the USMNT will be taking on Peru in a friendly at RFK Stadium in Washinton D.C. in September.  The US hasn’t faced Peru since a 1-0 win at the 2000 Gold Cup.

Want to impress your friends with knowledge of the US U-23 goalkeeper pool?  Thankfully we have Will to set us straight.

Brian Span went the full 90 minutes and scored his second league goal of the season in Mariehamn’s 1-1 draw to HIFK on Sunday.  Here are the highlights.  A couple other guys scored if you follow along with our goal tracker.

We also had some goals in friendlies over the last couple days.

Kenny Saief scored for Gent in a 2-2 draw to SK Deinze.  Nermin Crnkic scored a goal for Jablonec in a 2-1 win in something called the Minister Cup.  And Andrew Wooten scored a goal for Sandhausen in a 1-0 win over Würzburger Kickers.

Shaq Moore’s Huracán Valencia CF did not win promotion to Spain’s second division (lost 3-1 on aggregate), but you can learn more about his club here.

Desevio Payne looked pretty good for the US U-20 team earlier this month and he signed a professional deal with Groningen last Friday.

US youth player Brooks Lennon was able to get an Irish passport which is allowing him to sign with Liverpool.

The Seattle Times’ Matt Pentz talked to Jordan Morris about his possible future.

Aron Johannsson might be interested in playing in MLS at some point in the near future.

Steve Cherundolo has been named manager of Hannover’s U-17 team.

Joe Funicello’s career has taken a weird twist and he has been named to the coaching staff at BI/Bolungarvik in Iceland.

To go along with his Serbian/Russian interest, Cesar Romero is also getting looked at by some Mexican clubs according to Greg Seltzer.

And finally, today’s sketchy looking website silly season rumor of the day (so it must be true) has Swansea looking at Matt Miazga.

 
Categories: Andrew Wooten, Aron Johannsson, Brian Span, Brooks Lennon, Cesar Romero, Desevio Payne, Joe Funicello, Jordan Morris, Kenny Saief, Matt Miazga, Nermin Crnkic, Shaquell Moore, Steve Cherundolo, US Men's National Team, US U-23 National Team
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US U-23 Goalkeeper Pool
   June 29, 2015 (7:34 AM) by Will Reno
 

Earlier in the year, I took a gander at the top Olympic-eligible goalkeepers. Now after a stunning performance at the U20 World Cup, where he only allowed four goals in five matches, Zack Steffen has propelled himself into conversation for the U23 team. Strengthened with his patriotic gloves, Steffen overcame a rough start to the tournament to almost single-handedly defeat eventual champion Serbia in penalty kicks. Additionally, his performance in the prior game against Colombia can be described as “heroic” and “generally awesome in just about every way.” Steffen has really excelled in saving penalty kicks and staying composed in tight situations, both unique for his age.

In October, the U23s will kick off CONCACAF qualifying to be one of the two teams that represent the region in the 2016 Olympics. Only two goalkeepers will be on the roster but since goalkeepers are the greatest position in all of sports, let’s look at the depth chart for the U23s’ goalkeeper position, as ranked by yours truly.

  1. 1. Jon Kempin (Sporting Kansas City) – Largely jumped to number one because of the previous favorite’s fall from grace. If Kempin can play to expectations, he should be the starter. If he plays above that, he could be in Europe soon.
  2. 2. Zack Steffen (SC Freiburg) – It was a great World Cup with multiple shining moments. However I am worried about Steffen’s game against aerial service, which we saw in the opening moment against Myanmar. In a few months, he could face opposition for players 3-4 years older and they won’t be any slower to punish a mistake.
  3. 3. Cody Cropper (Free Agent) – Mistake after mistake will cost him his practically guaranteed starting spot. His future is murky. So murky, one could write an entire post about his play and development. TLDR? Cropper has had a drop in confidence and the Toulon Tournament was another low point in his tenure with the USYNTs. The current free agent is rumored to be signing with another Championship club in England, where he could be playing instead of qualifying this fall.
  4. 4. Tyler Miller (SVN Zweibrücken) – The story of what a cold shoulder to MLS can do for your career. Since Miller has gone to Germany, even if it is the fourth division, he’s been invited to multiple Euro-based U23 camps. Had he gone with Seattle, he likely wouldn’t be anywhere close to making the roster.
  5. 5. Charlie Horton (Leeds United) – Like Miller, Horton has enjoyed the Europe tag to get USYNT call ups. Horton was released from Cardiff City then quickly picked up by Leeds United. If Horton can get a hot streak together he’ll jump up the list but from what he has already showed with the U23s, he is a step behind the competition.
  6. 6. Alex Bono (Toronto FC II) – Bono hasn’t flourished at USL Toronto as much as we were expecting but USYNT coaches really likes to give second chances. He may be a good option later down the road, but right now he’s not an ideal selection.
  7. 7. Devin Perales (Austin Aztex) – Foregoing his senior year at Coastal Carolina has given him eight starts in USL action, four of which were shutouts. He’s good enough for the U23 team, but he doesn’t have the glamor of not playing in America so it would be a shock to see him, or any of the following goalkeepers, make the cut.
  8. 8. Travis Worra (DC United) – Notched 32 minutes in MLS action for DC United but has otherwise been on the bench or with the USL affiliate Richmond Kickers. Surprisingly wasn’t even drafted in the 2015 SuperDraft.
  9. 9. Paul Blanchette (Loyola Marymount) – Got to have one collegiate player on the list. Blanchette has enjoyed his time with the Des Moines Menace. If you’re unfamiliar with Blanchette, think of a NFL tight end playing goalkeeper.
  10. 10. Andrew Wolverton (Los Angeles Galaxy) – Last but not least, Penn State product could hypothetically sneak onto the roster. Wolverton officially inked a contract with the Galaxy earlier this month but it’s unclear how they plan to use him as they are turning into the new Philadelphia Union with goalkeepers.

Honorable mentions: Eric Klenofsky (Monmouth), Zach Bennett (Michigan State), Jeff Gal (Lidköpings FK), David Silva (Chivas de Guadalajara), Keegan Rogers (Tucson FC)

Well looks like America is safe on goalkeeping for a while. The larger point is that if a goalkeeper hasn’t been with the team this late into the cycle, there’s almost zero chance he will get the call. Not to mention, the final Olympics roster could see an overaged goalkeeper player as the team gets three overage players in total. Still, these are fifteen goalkeepers that are all very good in their own right. The battle will come down to the top five and possibly an older goalkeeper, although the elder goalkeepers won’t be available for participation until after qualifying has finished.

 
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US U-23s vs. Qatar Highlights
   June 2, 2015 (11:14 AM) by Matt Benson
 

The US U-23s won their final game of the group stage, 1-0, against Qatar behind a goal from Julian Green.  Despite the win, the US is unlikely going to advance out of the group unless they receive some help from the Netherlands and Costa Rica.  Here are the highlights.

 
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US U-23 vs. Netherlands Highlights
   May 29, 2015 (2:40 PM) by Matt Benson
 

The US U-23 team bounced back from their opening game loss with a 3-1 win over Netherlands.  The US goals were scored by Jerome Kiesewetter, Alonso Hernandez and Will Packwood.  Here are some highlights.

 
Categories: Alonso Hernandez, Highlights, Jerome Kiesewetter, US U-23 National Team, Will Packwood
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Catching up on links
   May 28, 2015 (1:24 AM) by Matt Benson
 

I am still playing catch up on the soccer world as work decided to kick me as soon as I got back into the office after the mini vacation.  Enough babbling.

In case you missed what happened on the field over the past weekend, Roderick has you covered.  I was finally able to go back to update the goal tracker from the few goals over the last week, including links to goals by Moises Orozco, Cesar Romero, Björn Maars Johnsen, Harrison Hanley and Jonathan Bornstein.

Also earlier this week, we unveiled the sixth edition of the legendary OT XI.  Plus we picked our MVP of the season as well as goal and performance of the year.  So go check that out.

The USMNT will face Germany on June 10 and will face a pretty tough roster (shocker!) although it is missing Manuel Neuer, Toni Kroos and Thomas Muller.

Also while glancing at rosters, Mexico’s provisional Gold Cup roster features 11 players who play abroad.

The US U-23 team opened up the Toulon Tournament with a disappointing 3-1 loss to France yesterday.  Here are some highlights.  Sounds like Jordan Morris was the only player who did somewhat well for the US.  Also, if you missed the roster of the team (since it came out while I was gone), here that is.  Luis Gil was apparently on the initial roster, but Real Salt Lake was able to keep him after a little talk with US Soccer.

One player on that roster, Cody Cropper, is searching for a new club after parting ways with Southampton.  While he is likely to stay in England, Ives Galarcep is hearing that Cropper is on the discovery list of at least three MLS teams.

The US U-20 team is getting ready for the U-20 World Cup in New Zealand and Tab Ramos had to make one roster change since Russell Canouse picked up an injury.  He was replaced by Orlando City’s Conor Donovan.  Landon Donovan also made an appearance at training this week.

Junior Flores is not on the U-20 roster and is now giving El Salvador a look as of last week.

A few players picked up new contracts in Europe over the last week.  Alfredo Morales will be playing in the Bundesliga next season as he signed an extension with Ingolstadt.  Geoff Cameron is sticking with Stoke City through 2018.  And Jon-Paul Pittman re-signed with Grimsby Town.

Nothing super new to report on Josh Gatt’s latest injury, but he is waiting on a second opinion to discover how good/bad the knee is.

DeAndre Yedlin went the full 90 minutes yesterday in Tottenham’s 2-1 win over the Malaysia XI All-Stars.  Here is a photo gallery from the game.

Oguchi Onyewu is training/trailing with NYCFC.

The man, the myth, the legend, Jonathan Bornstein was on MLS’ ExtraTime Radio this week.

Antonee Robinson was named Everton’s Academy Players’ Player of the Year.

Will recently interviewed Iranian-American goalkeeper Ashkan Khosravi.  He also updated his May goalkeeper post with a bunch of goodies.

Oh yeah, something happened with FIFA this week.

 
Categories: Alfredo Morales, Antonee Robinson, Ashkan Khosravi, Björn Maars Johnsen, Cesar Romero, Cody Cropper, Conor Donovan, DeAndre Yedlin, Geoff Cameron, Harrison Hanley, Jon-Paul Pittman, Jonathan Bornstein, Josh Gatt, Junior Flores, Luis Gil, Moises Orozco, Oguchi Onyewu, Russell Canouse, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team, US U-23 National Team
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US U-23 vs. France Highlights
   May 27, 2015 (5:27 PM) by Matt Benson
 

The US U-23 team opened up the Toulon Tournament with a disappointing 3-1 loss to France.  The US’s lone goal came from Jordan Morris.  Here are some highlights.

 
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Friday morning links
   May 15, 2015 (12:25 AM) by Matt Benson
 

A bunch of stuff to get to so let’s dive in.

Brad Friedel announced his retirement yesterday.  The stat guys over at ESPN put together a few numbers looking back at his career.  Jeff Bradley also wrote some words on Friedel and his respect level in England.

With Friedel retiring, that means DaMarcus Beasley is the only player left from the 2002 US World Cup roster still playing.  And his Houston Dynamo did a nice prank this week.

The US U-20 team is headed to Australia to train before the U-20 World Cup in New Zealand.  In case you were living under a rock this week, Gedion Zelalem was cleared by FIFA to play for the US.

If you follow the U-20ers on a regular basis, you have probably noticed that Shaquell Moore has been listed as “unattached” for a while.  Tab Ramos said in a chat last week that the defender had been training with Huracan in Spain’s third division followed by Moore signing a professional deal with the club.

Another player on the roster, Desevio Payne, also signed a professional deal with FC Groningen.  And since Brian Sciaretta interviews everyone, of course he had an interview with Payne earlier this week.

CONCACAF announced some Olympic qualifying details yesterday.  The US will have two games in Kansas City and one in Commerce City, Colorado.  If they advance out of the group, they would be playing in Sandy, Utah at Rio Tinto.

Three Americans (Oguchi Onyewu, Zak Whitbread and Jay Denny) were released by their clubs in England in the last week.

Sebastian Lletget left England last week and his agent decided to fill us in on how complicated it was to get Lletget to LA.  Yay MLS roster rules!

Jurgen Klinsmann spoke to FIFA.com this past week.

According to Grant Wahl, Alejandro Bedoya could have some suitors in Germany and England, while Perry Kitchen is being looked at by teams in Germany, Belgium and Denmark.

Wahl is also hearing that Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood could be looking into getting a new goalkeeper, which wouldn’t be great news for Brad Guzan.

A lot of American greatness going on in Norway.  Bob Bradley has led Stabæk to a tie for first on points in Norway’s Tippeligaen.  The Fighting Bob Bradleys have won eight straight games across all competitions, including six straight shutout victories in league play, which is apparently a league record.  Also, ESPN FC took a look this week at the various players who have become coaches after playing for Bob.

That is not the only greatness in Norway.  Rhett Bernstein has had consecutive games with scoring the game-tying and game-winning goals.  His four goals are tied for the eighth most in Norway and the most among defenders.  Why the sudden outburst in scoring?  Having his dad in town to watch him play this week probably helped.

Apparently Bobby Wood was not a huge fan of his former manager at 1860 Munich.

John Brooks is questionable for this weekend’s game against Eintracht Frankfurt with a bruised hip.

Eric Lichaj was voted Nottingham Forest Player of the Month for April by NFFC’s supporters.

It looks like Tottneham’s home jersey was leaked earlier this week so this is what DeAndre Yedlin will be wearing next season.  Sort of looks like the LA Galaxy’s home jersey.

And finally, also in the jersey department, Stoke City’s jersey for 2015-16 is already out there, but here is a photo of Geoff Cameron sporting the new duds.

 
Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Bob Bradley, Bobby Wood, Brad Friedel, Brad Guzan, DaMarcus Beasley, DeAndre Yedlin, Desevio Payne, Eric Lichaj, Gedion Zelalem, Jay Denny, John Brooks, Oguchi Onyewu, Perry Kitchen, Rhett Bernstein, Sebastian Lletget, Shaquell Moore, US U-20 National Team, US U-23 National Team, Zak Whitbread
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CONCACAF Olympic qualifying details announced
   May 14, 2015 (1:23 PM) by Howie Michaels
 

The United States’ path to Rio* will first go through Kansas, Colorado, and Utah. The American U-23s will be in Group A that will play two group stage games in Kansas City (October 1 and October 3) and one in Commerce City, Colorado (October 6) before finishing in Sandy, Utah.

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Hopefully it goes better than 2012’s horrow show in Nashville (but Fred Adu droppin’ dimes!).

*- sort of, there’s a pretty good chance that the US doesn’t actually play any games in Rio.

 
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Seis de Mayo links
   May 6, 2015 (12:19 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Had one too many margaritas last night?  Nothing a few links can’t help.

As Howie posted yesterday, Birmingham City is letting Will Packwood go while offering Jonathan Spector a new contract.

I posted a couple tidbits on the USMNT, U-23 and U-17 teams earlier this week but I also forgot to include that the U-23 team will be holding a camp in England in September.  They will play friendlies against England and Qatar during the camp.

Jordan Morris made an appearance on the Men in Blazers podcast last and it was enjoyable.

The biggest smile you have ever seen on Michael Bradley?

Edgar Castillo made ESPN’s Liga MX Team of the Weekend.

The Guardian’s Jack Kerr interviewed Fabian Johnson.

According to Terrence Boyd’s Instagram, he is having minor surgery this week to remove a cyst from his calf and to clean out his knee.

It looks like Fulham (and Emerson Hyndman) will be wearing a 1975 FA Cup Final inspired shirt next year.  I believe this is the first collar on a Fulham shirt since 2007-08.

Amando Moreno really wants to make the U-20 World Cup roster as he scored two goals last Friday and followed that up with another goal yesterday with Tijuana’s U-20 team.

Marc Pelosi did not play with Liverpool’s U-21 team last week because he got to train with the senior team.

And it looks like Liverpool might have their eyes on another American youth player in Adolfo Trujillo.

Fox Sports is expected to land the TV rights to next year’s Copa América Centenario.

Danny Cruz might need to borrow Mike Conley’s mask at the current rate of getting cleats to the face this past week.

J.R. Eskilson spoke to Sam Strong about how an encounter with Jurgen Klinsmann in an airport helped him get his US U-23 call-up last month.

Steven Goff is hearing that Duke product Jeremy Ebobisse and Virginia’s Jake Rozhansky are headed to Europe for some trials.

I recently learned of another former US Soccer Development Academy player in Germany.  Faisal Almubaslat is a 17-year-old winger at Tennis Borussia Berlin playing with their U-17 team in the B-Junioren Bundesliga Nord/Nordost.  He had a few goals and assists in April as you can see in these highlights against RB Leipzig and Concordia Hamburg.

And finally, a little plug for our goal tracker.  There have been a lot of goals, especially in lower leagues, as of late and it will keep you up to date with who is scoring (and links to highlights when available).

 
Categories: Adolfo Trujillo, Amando Moreno, Danny Cruz, Edgar Castillo, Emerson Hyndman, Fabian Johnson, Faisal Almubaslat, Jake Rozhansky, Jeremy Ebobisse, Jonathan Spector, Jordan Morris, Marc Pelosi, Michael Bradley, Samuel Strong, Terrence Boyd, US U-23 National Team, Will Packwood
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