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.
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.
Yesterday was a slightly crazy one with stuff happening all day long. We had the US U-20 team qualifying for the U-20 World Cup, Stuart Holden made his first league appearance since March 19, 2011 and Joe Corona/Edgar Castillo scored for Tijuana in Copa Libertadores action.
As for some links.
The US U-20 team is headed to Turkey this summer for the U-20 World Cup after beating Canada 4-2 yesterday. The U-20 World Cup starts up on June 21, while the draw will be held on March 25. While they did qualify yesterday, there are still potentially two more games left in the CONCACAF U-20 Championship. The US will play Cuba in the semifinals on Friday and will be without the services of Cody Cropper, Jerome Kiesewetter, Luis Gil and Caleb Stanko the rest of the way as they return to their club teams.
One player who could potentially be on that U-20 team come June is Anthony Brooks. And Every Touch Footy decided to do a video of Brooks’ performance against Kaiserslautern from this past weekend.
As I stated above, Stuart Holden made his first league appearance in 711 days yesterday. It sounds like he did alright and was “neat and tidy”.
Edgar Castillo and Joe Corona scored in Copa Libertadores action last night, becoming the first Americans to score in that competition since Nicky Torres in 2011. And here is a photo of them celebrating after Castillo’s goal.
Sebastian Lletget scored a goal yesterday in U-21 action as West Ham lost to Wolverhampton 2-1.
Kenneth Di Vita Jensen also scored a goal, but in a friendly for Hønefoss.
Stoke City’s Robert Huth could be missing some time in the future. Does this mean some playing time at centerback for Geoff Cameron?
We got links. Click on them and read them. Or not.
The Colorado Rapids have a few players currently training at Derby County with all four of them starting for Derby County in a scrimmage against Notts County on Tuesday. Midfielder Tony Cascio even scored the first goal of the game.
I also posted some highlights of Anthony Brooks and Alfredo Morales in a friendly against Juventus. It is looking like the U-20 center back, Brooks, could be in the starting lineup for Hertha Berlin in their season opener against Paderborn on Friday.
Also of note from the weekend, Charlie Davies came off the bench in Randers’ 2-1 win and Bobby Wood scored twice for 1860 Munich II in the Regionalliga. And in Finland, Christian Eissele scored four goals, while Daniel Stevens and Joey Spivack each scored once in Kemi Kings’ 8-0 win over Warkaus. Once the bigger leagues start up in the next couple weeks, I will bring back the full The OT Report for the weekends.
Rangers manager Ally McCoist said this weekend that Alejandro Bedoya was talking to Swedish side Helsingborgs about a transfer, but Bedoya’s agent denied the report to Yanks Abroad.
Geoff Cameron’s UK work permit appeal hearing has been set for August 8. Here is a random photo of Cameron in Stoke City training gear.
Chad Barrett will be headed to Norwegian club Vålerenga on loan through the rest of the 2012 season. Vålerenga also holds the option to buy at the end of the loan.
The US U-20 team finished fourth in last week’s Milk Cup after losing to Chile in the third place game.
Brian Sciaretta gives us 23 guys he thinks is Jurgen Klinsmann’s favored USMNT sqaud as of today.
I also want to point out that I might be light on posting and tweeting for the rest of this week as I make my annual summer pilgrimage to Chicago starting tomorrow to visit some family and friends (as well as check out Lollapalooza again).
Michael Orozco Fiscal scored tonight in San Luis’ 2-1 loss to Cruz Azul. It was his first professional goal since scoring for the Philadelphia Union against the New York Red Bulls on October 16, 2010. Here is his goal.