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.
The big news of yesterday was the release of the USMNT roster for Wednesday’s friendly. It was also announced later that afternoon that Michael Orozco Fiscal had to withdraw due to a hamstring injury. Here is also the usual quote sheet from Jurgen Klinsmann talking about the roster. And Klinsi talked to the Studio 90 people about Aron Johannsson and Anthony Brooks.
Random side tangent, you might notice that I always call him Anthony Brooks rather than John Anthony Brooks. I have always done that since that is how he was listed on US Soccer’s website and referred by the US U-20 coaches two years ago (sort of like how everyone called Danny Williams by Daniel Williams until he finally came into camp and then everyone started calling him Danny). But Klinsi calls him John in the video linked above, so I might be changing that in the near future. Like I said, random. Good talk.
Another player not making this trip is Herculez Gomez. His knee is still bothering him, causing him to get it cleaned out, which means he will be out the next 4-6 weeks and will likely miss September’s qualifiers.
Now onto some club news.
Anthony Brooks played so well for Hertha Berlin over the weekend that he made Whoscored.com’s statistical European Team of the Weekend. Not bad.
Sporting CP are trying to cancel their contract with Oguchi Onyewu, claiming he got his knee scoped in the US without telling them.
FC Dallas is sending Bobby Warshaw on loan to Swedish side Ängelholms FF for the rest of the season. Ängelholms FF already has one American on the roster in goalkeeper Matt Pyzdrowski.
A couple more goals to add to the weekend tally. I posted a photo of Julian Green from his game this weekend where he scored for Bayern Munich II in the German Regionalliga, but some highlights have popped up of his goal. And here are some highlights of Tony Taylor’s goal in Omonia’s preseason friendly win over Aris.
Sebastian Lletget also found the back of the net on Monday, scoring in West Ham U-21′s 3-0 win over Aston Villa. Here is a photo of Lletget celebrating one of the goals from the game with his teammates.
We had some more goals on Monday. Lester Dewee scored a goal in Bodens BK’s 4-2 win over Assi in Swedish Division 2 (fourth tier) action. Bodens BK also have a new American on the team, Matt Sanner, who also scored in the game. Here is an interview with Sanner shortly after joining the team. And Sanner scored another goal while Dewee scored two goals in a 4-1 win last week.
A couple more post-game interviews from the weekend. Here is one with Euan Holden after Bury lost, 2-1, to Oxford United. And one with Conor O’Brien after FC Nordsjælland’s 2-2 draw to Copenhagen. Also of note, O’Brien’s teammate, Morten Nordstrand, had one of the better goals you will ever see in the draw.
And finally, here is a story on James Pallotta, an American who is AS Roma’s majority owner and president.
The Gold Cup isn’t over yet, but I thought I would do a poll anyways. Since this roster was mainly USMNT back-ups or fringe players going into the tournament, who has improved their stock the most (excluding Landon Donovan)?
As for me, I think Joe Corona has gone from a fringe guy (someone battling for one of those #20-23 spots) to someone who could be a second or third sub with the “A” team.
The US is 11-1-8 all-time against the Reggae Boyz, but just 2-1-5 on Jamaican soil, including a 0-1-4 mark in World Cup qualifiers in Jamaica. The last time the US won on Jamaican soil was in a friendly in 2003, a 2-1 victory on February 12, 2003.
The US has scored 1+ goal in each of its last 10 games against Jamaica. In the 20 meetings all-time, the US has been held scoreless by Jamaica only three times, although all three took place in Kingston (1988, 1997, 2001), the site for Friday’s game.
Clint Dempsey has scored 10 goals in his last 11 games with the US. Since June 8, 2012 (the beginning of the 11-game stretch), Dempsey leads all US scorers with his 10 goals, while the next person(s) are Carlos Bocanegra, Eddie Johnson and Herculez Gomez tied with just two goals each.
» Thank you to the readers who have been giving me (and others) tips on stuff to do/places to go in Seattle. Speaking of Seattle, Simon Borg defends next Tuesday’s “attendance problems”. I will say that I was slightly caught off guard at first when I saw that the cheapest ticket was $50.
» US Soccer was nice enough to put up field-level highlights for both the Belgium and Germany games.
» Steven Goff chimes in from Jamaica with some more news and notes. It looks like Herculez Gomez’s sore knee will probably keep him out again.
» The following players are sitting on yellow cards and will miss Tuesday’s game if they pick one up tonight: DaMarcus Beasley, Michael Bradley, Matt Besler, Brad Davis, Clint Dempsey, Fabian Johnson and Graham Zusi.
» Yesterday was Jermaine Jones day in the press. Jeff Carlisle and Leander Schaerlaeckens both had some words about him. He has slowly looked much better in the middle with Michael Bradley these last few games. Hopefully that partnership continues to grow.
» Geoff Cameron, Eddie Johnson and Jermaine Jones might want to stick to soccer.
» As for some club news, Michael Parkhurst is happy at Augsburg. Michael Orozco Fiscal is staying at Puebla. As expected, Eric Lichaj was officially released by Aston Villa. This summer is becoming the summer of the changed crest. You can add Stuart Holden’s/Tim Ream’s Bolton Wanderers to the latest of the cool kids to do this. Also, here is their new home shirt next season.
» The US U-20 team lost their final game of the Toulon Tournament, 1-0, to South Korea. The 21-man roster for the U-20 World Cup is expected to come out soon, but there has been some online speculation on the final guys (speculation #1/speculation #2).
As for my prediction of tonight’s game, I am going with a 2-1 win by the US. Goals by Clint Dempsey and Fabian Johnson.
I like numbers and so does Greg Seltzer so he unloads some numbers at us about some Americans in Europe. I wish he would give us a full list of the all-time single-season goals list for AZ Alkmaar now that Jozy Altidore is at 30 across all competitions in 2012-13. I might also be working on something about Herculez Gomez which could be up later today or tomorrow.
As Howie posted on Monday, Carlisle United has released Frank Simek.
Mike Grella and Scunthorpe United were officially relegated to League Two this past weekend. Grella is one of six players under contract with the club for the 2013-14 season.
Michael Parkhurst has fallen down the depth chart at Augsburg due to missing time with soreness in his knee and having the flu.
I finally found highlights of a Bahia match from down in Brazil from the weekend, but Freddy Adu remained on the bench the whole game. But Adu has made the gameday roster for Wednesday. Hopefully he sees the field and I can find highlights again.
Brad Friedel thinks Gareth Bale is good at soccer and answers some other questions.
Brian Sciaretta introduces us to Desevio Payne. Payne is a 17-year-old right back currently playing with FC Groningen’s youth team in Holland.
Remember how fun and crazy the end of the Premier League was last year? The end of the League One was also pretty crazy this year. Doncaster (second place) played Brentford (third place) over the weekend and Brentford had a stoppage time PK to win the game and give them automatic promotion to the Championship. . . .then this happened.
DaMarcus Beasley came off the bench and scored the then tying goal, but Puebla lost 2-1 to Tigres today. Michael Orozco Fiscal started for Puebla, while Jose Torres started for Tigres. Here is Beasley’s goal.
Here is a quick rundown of things you might want to look at before today’s game.
» The game is at 10:30 PM Eastern on ESPN.
» Here are some fun facts and stats from myself and US Soccer’s game notes:
The US is 1-23-1 all-time against Mexico on Mexican soil, including a 1-19-1 mark in Mexico City.
The US is 0-13-1 all-time against Mexico on Mexican soil during World Cup Qualifying.
The US is 1-8-1 all-time against Mexico in Azteca, including a 0-5-1 record in World Cup Qualifying.
Only five Americans have ever scored against Mexico at Azteca: Willie Roy, (1974), Rick Davis (1980), Eddie Lewis (2005), Charlie Davies (2009) and Michael Orozco Fiscal (2012).
The US has led for a combined 20 minutes in the 10 games played against Mexico at Azteca all-time.
Mexico has only lost nine games all-time in 122 total games played at Azteca (80-9-33).
Mexico is 68-1-6 in home World Cup Qualifying games all-time, the only loss coming to Costa Rica in 2001.
The US has won a World Cup Qualifying match in Mexico City before, beating Cuba, 5-2, on September 21, 1949.
» The US’s lone point against El Tri on Mexican soil during World Cup Qualifying? A 0-0 draw in 1997 and here are some video highlights of that game.
» Could Jurgen Klinsmann be playing mind games with Mexico? He has called in Michael Orozco Fiscal last minute as an injury replacement for Jermaine Jones. Here is video of MOF’s goal from August since it never gets old.
» Want a tactical preview of the game? Head over to The Shin Guardian for their preview.
» Omar Gonzalez is pumped for the game and reveals that Club American has been interested in him over the last two years.
» As for some non-USMNT links. Tab Ramos has some quotes on the U-20 World Cup draw and confirms that the team will be playing in the Toulon tournament in France in May. Freddy Adu is officially headed to Brazil. And here is a video interview with Jozy Altidore from last week courtesy of AZ’s website.
As for tomorrow, I like to think I’m a pretty level-headed guy who sides on caution, but I’m having good feelings about tomorrow for some reason. Thinking 1-1 draw.
DaMarcus Beasley scored the opening goal of the game in Puebla’s Copa MX victory over Pachuca. Michael Orozco Fiscal was sent off for two yellow cards and the game was decided in penalty kicks. Here are the highlights.