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A couple things for Tuesday
   April 1, 2014 (12:02 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Let’s start off with the USMNT since they only play Mexico on Wednesday.

In case you have been out of the loop in the last couple days, Brad Evans (calf injury) was replaced by Tony Beltran, while DaMarcus Beasley and Michael Orozco were denied their release by Puebla.  Jurgen Klinsmann is now angry.  And here is Mexico’s roster.

Klinsmann also made some managerial changes within US Soccer.  Tab Ramos has replaced Martin Vasquez on the coaching staff, while Vasquez looks to be headed into a scouting role.  Klinsi has also hired Berti Vogts to be a special advisor and Vogts was in Phoenix yesterday.  Klinsmann thinks the moves will only make the team better come June.  And there were mix reviews about Vasquez.

Now that we got all boring stuff out of the way, we can now focus on the important things.  The “bomb pop” jerseys are now on sale on US Soccer’s website!  It looks like they will be wearing those with red shorts and here is some more information on the fonts/numbers.  In case you don’t want to spend $150 for the real deal or $90 for a replica, you could always go the DIY method.  And I am guessing there are some people hoping that this jersey is some elaborate April Fools’ joke.

This was from last week, but Kristan Heneage takes a look at the recent recruiting of Julian Green and other players in Europe.  StatHunting.com also projects Green as a Top 100 player based on his small sample size of stats so far in his career.

On top of his work with ESPN, Kasey Keller is going to work with U-23 team in April.

Sticking with goalkeepers, everyone should check out Will’s lengthy interview with Will Hesmer.  There are some good stories in there, including the time he thought he was being pranked about being drafted by Toronto FC in the expansion draft.  Will also updated his Top 100 American goalkeepers list.

Stabæk’s fans had a great tifo for Bob Bradley in the season opener this past weekend, a 3-0 win over Sogndal.  Michael Stephens went 90 minutes in that game and Yanks Abroad’s Mathew Wagner caught up with Stephens last week.

Mario Rodriguez scored his fifth goal of the season over the weekend (shameless plug for our goal tracker!).  As Josh Deaver points out, he has been doing much better since the winter break.

After scoring eleventy billion goals for Kemi Kings, Christian Eissele is moving on to IK Brage in Sweden’s third tier.

The US U-18 team is having a camp next week in California and one player called into camp:  Jonathan Klinsmann.  Chelsea’s Kyle Scott also got called in.

Things I learned over the weekend:  Former LA Galaxy Bryan Jordan is in Germany with BSV Schwarz-Weiß Rehden in the German Regionalliga this season.

Brian Sciaretta talked to Boca Juniors prospect Joel Sonora with the Dallas Cup approaching.

Here is a recent interview with Borussia Dortmund’s Junior Flores.

 
Categories: Bob Bradley, Brad Evans, Bryan Jordan, Christian Eissele, DaMarcus Beasley, Joel Sonora, Jonathan Klinsmann, Julian Green, Junior Flores, Kyle Scott, Mario Rodriguez, Michael Orozco Fiscal, Michael Stephens, Tony Beltran, US Men's National Team, Will Hesmer
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Puebla denies release of DaMarcus Beasley & Michael Orozco
   March 31, 2014 (12:48 PM) by Matt Benson
 

This is what happens sometimes when you play a friendly during a non-FIFA international week, but Puebla have declined to release DaMarcus Beasley and Michael Orozco.  Jurgen Klinsmann doesn’t seem too happy.

And Klinsmann will not call in any replacements, leaving the roster at 20 players.

I am now guessing that Michael Parkhurst will start at left back while DeAndre Yedlin will start at right back.

 
Categories: DaMarcus Beasley, Michael Orozco Fiscal, US Men's National Team
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Monday morning links
   March 24, 2014 (8:15 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Haven’t done a links post in a while, so let’s dive in to start the week.

Geoff Cameron scored his second career Premier League goal on Sunday (highlights).  Cameron is the first US defender to score twice in a Premier League season since Carlos Bocanegra in 2006-07 and he has just as many career Premier League goals as Jozy Altidore.  His strong play in Sunday’s win over Aston Villa landed him on ESPN FC’s Team of the Week.  We also had a Brek Shea sighting this weekend!  Well, he at least dressed and made the gameday roster but did not see any game action.

Also this weekend, Aron Johannsson almost scored a goal (highlights).  While it looks like he flicked the ball with his head, Steven Berghuis was credited with the goals so I guess he missed.  Speaking of ArJo and AZ Alkmaar, they drew Benfica for the quarterfinals of Europa League.

Fabian Johnson made another start at right back for Hoffenheim and picked up another assist (highlights).  If he continues to get playing time at right back, I might be open to a US backline of Johnson-Cameron-Besler-Beasley.  While Cameron doesn’t play center back, I still like him over Omar Gonzalez at CB right now (I miss 2011 Omar Gonzalez) and Fabian Johnson playing right back would open that opportunity up.  No matter what, Fabian Johnson’s ability to play multiple positions gives Jurgen Klinsmann options.

Also scoring a goal this weekend, Will John netted his seventh of the season in Azerbaijani Premier League action (highlights).  Over in Ireland, Pat McCann scored twice in Finn Harps’ 5-0 win over Cobh Ramblers.  And Bobby Warshaw scored a goal in his second game with GAIS in Sweden, a 2-1 loss to Helsingborg in the Swedish Cup.

Down in Mexico, Friday saw four Americans see the field as Tijuana (Edgar Castillo and Herculez Gomez) defeated Puebla (DaMarcus Beasley and Michael Orozco).  Edgar Castillo assisted on Tijuana’s second goal, while DaMarcus Beasley assisted on Puebla’s lone goal (highlights).

Over the last week, Michael Stephens had scored twice for Stabæk in friendlies.  Once against Start and the other game against Mix Diskerud and Rosenborg.  Here is a Bob Bradley video interview following the win over Rosenborg.

Duane Holmes officially ended his loan with Yeovil Town last week.  He ended up starting five games for the Glovers and now returns to Huddersfield Town where he was an unused sub over the weekend.

Will Packwood was awarded with the Football League’s Young Player of the Month Award for February.

While Packwood has had a resurgence since returning from his horrific leg injury, Marc Pelosi is apparently close to returning to fitness after missing the last year with his injury.

Noah Davis, writing for Grantland, takes a look at the last few months of Clint Dempsey’s career.

Top Draw Soccer’s Travis Clark gives us five “long shots” to keep an eye on for a last minute spot on the World Cup roster.

It looks like US Soccer has decided to start up an U-21 team to help bridge the gap between the U-20 and U-23 teams.  With the U-23 team really only existing once every four years, this probably makes sense to keep youth players involved in the US system.  The first U-21 camp is rumored to take place in April.  Tigres already announced that Juan Ocegueda has been called in via their Twitter account.

It sounds like Erik Palmer-Brown could be playing with the U-20 team at the Dallas Cup.  He would be playing up a U-20 cycle.  The future looks bright with this one.

This is what Michael Bradley’s head looks like with a bunch of staples in it.

Nurnberg manager Gertjan Verbeek told the press last week that Chandler is likely done for the season with his knee injury.  But someone at Nurnberg told Greg Seltzer that Chandler will resume individual training in 2-3 weeks, so maybe not?

 
Categories: Aron Johannsson, Bob Bradley, Bobby Warshaw, Brek Shea, Clint Dempsey, DaMarcus Beasley, Duane Holmes, Edgar Castillo, Erik Palmer-Brown, Fabian Johnson, Geoff Cameron, Herculez Gomez, Juan Ocegueda, Marc Pelosi, Michael Bradley, Michael Orozco Fiscal, Michael Stephens, Pat McCann, Timothy Chandler, US Men's National Team, Will John, Will Packwood
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Tijuana vs. Puebla Highlights
   March 22, 2014 (12:59 PM) by Matt Benson
 

Edgar Castillo (90) and Herculez Gomez (15) played for Tijuana, while DaMarcus Beasley (90) and Michael Orozco (90) played for Puebla as Tijuana won 3-1.  Edgar Castillo assisted on Tijuana’s second goal, while DaMarcus Beasley assisted on Puebla’s lone goal.  Here are the highlights.

 
Categories: DaMarcus Beasley, Edgar Castillo, Herculez Gomez, Highlights, Michael Orozco Fiscal
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Friday morning links
   March 14, 2014 (1:17 AM) by Matt Benson
 

So Aron Johannsson is pretty good and scored his 25th goal of the season yesterday.  It wasn’t the prettiest of PKs, but it went in.  Speaking of ArJo, Yanks Abroad’s RJ DeMello wonders about his club future.

Some other stuff posted on the site over the last couple of days.  This appears to be the USMNT away kit for the World Cup.  Will interviewed US U-17 goalkeeper Kevin Silva.  And Molde FK’s Ben Spencer is headed to Indy Eleven on a one-year loan.

The US fell from #13 to #14 in the latest FIFA world rankings.

Brek Shea can’t be loaned out to another team for another three weeks since he returned to Stoke City early after his “finger incident” with some Barnsley fans, but he is aware that he probably needs to head out on another loan to get playing time if he wants to make the World Cup roster.

Danny Williams did not play in Reading’s mid-week game due to some swelling in his knee.

Eric Lichaj’s injury woes continue as he will have to undergo a double hernia operation.

The Bolton News got some quotes from Tim Ream about Stuart Holden’s injury.

DaMarcus Beasley and Michael Orozco (and the rest of Puebla) are not getting paid all their money at Puebla.

Jon Arnold “berated” me for not posting this the other day, but here is his article about Benji Joya and Daniel Cuevas going their separate ways.  You happy now, Jon?!  (For those three people that didn’t pick on up this, I am joking.  Jon is a nice guy.  Sometimes.)

Brian Sciaretta introduces us to Dennis Flores, who just made his Liga Mx debut for Club Leon last weekend.

Gedion Zelalem was called into Germany’s U-17 team for a Euro qualifier.  If he plays, he will never be eligible to play for the US since you can only use your FIFA one-time switch on countries you are eligible for when you play your first official youth game (he is still not a US citizen yet).  Boo.

Speaking of young players, Greg Seltzer takes a look at some first-team prospects of a few younger Americans playing abroad.

 
Categories: Aron Johannsson, Ben Spencer, Benji Joya, Brek Shea, DaMarcus Beasley, Daniel Cuevas, Danny Williams, Dennis Flores, Eric Lichaj, Gedion Zelalem, Kevin Silva, Michael Orozco Fiscal, Stuart Holden, Tim Ream, US Men's National Team
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Puebla vs. Querétaro Highlights
   March 2, 2014 (3:16 PM) by Matt Benson
 

Michael Orozco started while DaMarcus Beasley came off the bench and scored the lone goal of the game in Puebla’s 1-0 win over Querétaro.  Here is Beasley’s goal.

 
Categories: DaMarcus Beasley, Highlights, Michael Orozco Fiscal
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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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Monday morning links
   January 13, 2014 (1:12 AM) by Matt Benson
 

All 26 guys currently in camp for the USMNT this month are headed to Brazil as I type this.  Pleased with the fitness of everyone, Jurgen Klinsmann decided to bring everyone down there for 12 days of training and two closed-door scrimmages.  While back in LA last week, it looks like they decided to play around with a GoPro camera for this training shot.

Once they return back to LA, they will do a little more training before taking on South Korea on February 2 at the StubHub Center.  According to Steven Goff, about 18,000 tickets have been sold so far.  I am wondering if the leaked USMNT shirt will be worn as they are rumored to be coming out in February and South Korea’s red shirt for the World Cup was also leaked this week.  Maybe both teams will be wearing some new gear?

Here is a video talking to a couple of the U-20 players from the last cycle who are in camp right now (Luis Gil, DeAndre Yedlin and Shane O’Neill).

A little recap of the weekend.

Four Americans (Edgar Castillo, Herculez Gomez, Paul Arriola and Joe Corona) saw the field down in Tijuana on Friday as the Xolos notched their first ever home victory over América with Castillo helping setup the game-winning goal (highlights).  Here is also a better look at their new home and road kits for this season.  It looks like their white kits that they wore in the opener were a one off since Atlas wear both red and black.  Too bad as I liked those.

It took 12 days, but we finally had our first goal by an American abroad over the weekend.  Tony Taylor came off the bench and scored a consolation goal in injury time in Omonia Nicosia’s 4-2 loss to Apollon in Cyprus (highlights).  It was Taylor’s third goal of the season.  We had four total goals by this point last year (and I will start up a 2014 goal tracker page this week).

Back in Mexico, Michael Orozco assisted on the game-tying goal in Puebla’s draw to Monterrey (highlights).

In England, we learned that Geoff Cameron shaves his legs.  Cameron and Stoke City lost 5-3 to Liverpool and their horrendous looking shirts.

And Clint Dempsey made his official Premier League return in a 4-1 loss to Jozy Altidore and Sunderland.  He got the start and played 79 minutes, while Sky Sports gave him a “7″ rating and said some decent things about his performance.

Making his first start since returning to Fulham and impressed, surging into Sunderland territory but often let down by teammates.

As for Jozy, he came off the bench and “won” a PK which led to Sunderland’s last goal.  Sunderland had only five goals in 10 away games coming into this weekend, yet scored four on Fulham at the once fortress known as Craven Cottage.  Fulham are such a mess this year.

We also had a couple transfers in the last couple days.  Oguchi Onyewu will be joining the 10th team of his career with Sheffield Wednesday.  While Billy Schuler is returning to MLS after two years in Sweden.

And it looks like Michael Parkhurst is also returning to MLS and will be headed to the Columbus Crew after a trade involving a draft pick and allocation money to the New England Revolution according to Ives.

German 3. Liga side Wacker Burghausen were interested in Bobby Wood for a loan deal, but 1860 Munich were not having it.

Despite making only three starts for Oldham Athletic this season, Paul Rachubka has signed a contract extension with the club.

Mix Diskerud told ESPN FC that he has pimped Bob Bradley to Stabæk’s management over the years.

Sticking in Norway, Brian Sciaretta talked to Zarek Valentin about earning promotion last season among other things.

 
Categories: Billy Schuler, Bob Bradley, Bobby Wood, DeAndre Yedlin, Edgar Castillo, Geoff Cameron, Herculez Gomez, Joe Corona, Jozy Altidore, Luis Gil, Michael Orozco Fiscal, Michael Parkhurst, Mix Diskerud, Oguchi Onyewu, Paul Arriola, Paul Rachubka, Shane O'Neill, Tony Taylor, Zarek Valentin
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Puebla vs. Monterrey Highlights
   January 12, 2014 (2:33 PM) by Matt Benson
 

DaMarcus Beasley and Michael Orozco both started for Puebla today with Orozco assisting on the game-tying goal in this 1-1 draw.  Here are the highlights (Orozco’s assist is at the 1:25 mark).

 
Categories: DaMarcus Beasley, Highlights, Michael Orozco Fiscal
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A couple things for Wednesday
   October 9, 2013 (6:00 AM) by Matt Benson
 

First off, we are bringing back our Top 5 Lists series and Howie decided to annoy US Soccer fans.  And if you haven’t already, check out our new USMNT jersey history page.

The big news of yesterday was Michael Orozco replacing Omar Gonzalez on the USMNT roster as Gonzalez picked up a hip strain.  Yet another injury.  And this probably means that Matt Besler and Geoff Cameron will get the start at centerback.

Here is what Jamaica’s 23-man roster looks like.

US Soccer put up a video of the team doing a bunch of fitness tests.

Greg Seltzer has some nuggets on various USMNT players, including that Arsenal have been scouting Brad Guzan.  Nothing more than that, but they are at least watching him.

Fresh off his clean sheet against Rosenborg, Steve Clark did interviews with Mathew Wagner and Greg Seltzer.

Jose Torres denied allegations of going out and partying the night after picking up a red card over the weekend.

Brian Sciaretta spoke to Duane Holmes about his dreams to play for the US.

Ghana want to play Bob Bradley and Egypt at a neutral venue for Egypt’s home leg due to security concerns.

 
Categories: Bob Bradley, Brad Guzan, Duane Holmes, Jose Francisco Torres, Michael Orozco Fiscal, Omar Gonzalez, Steve Clark, US Men's National Team
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