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Some links and such for Tuesday
   August 26, 2014 (12:07 AM) by Matt Benson

Let’s get to it.

It is starting to become my super busy time of the year at work so I didn’t have time to do The OT Report.  That said, Steven Goff has you covered with some of the bigger name guys in Europe.

We did have some pretty nice goals this weekend between Conor O’Brien and Cesar Romero.  Shawn Barry also scored in Austria as did Ariel Lassiter in Sweden.  Brad Guzan became the first Aston Villa goalkeeper to record a clean sheet in each of the team’s first two games of a season since David James in 1999-00 with two saves against Newcastle United.  And Bob Bradley and Co took down the Norwegian defending champions Strømsgodset.

At the youth level, Gedion Zelalem went 90 minutes for Arsenal’s U-21 team in a 1-1 draw.  Also at the U-21 level, Cody Cropper and Southampton defeated Sebastian Lletget and West Ham 2-1.  Here are some highlights with Lletget getting an assist at the 3:22 mark.  And Marc Pelosi has come back from his broken leg and started to play again with Liverpool’s U-21 team.

US Soccer’s website put up a Q&A with Tim Howard after he announced his year-long break from the USMNT.  Tim Howard will publish a memoir in December.  And according to our poll from last week, most people think Bill Hamid is the current #3 goalkeeper for the USMNT with Howard sitting out the year.

According to this report out of Germany, Bobby Wood will be called into the USMNT friendly against the Czech Republic.

Jermaine Jones is now in New England.  Here is a photo of him hanging out it with Robert Kraft.

NBC Sports’ Joe Prince-Wright is hearing that Geoff Cameron is getting interest from Lazio and a pretty blah list of Premier League clubs.

Various teams across Europe are interested in a loan deal for Brek Shea according to this report.

The Baltimore Sun’s Ryan Bacic wrote some words on Joe Gyau and his family.

Rubio Rubin did not dress for FC Utrecht this past weekend, but here is a video interview about his debut from two weeks ago (including some highlights from the game).

Here is another story on Quentin Westberg and Luzenac’s current battle in France.

And finally, ESPN’s Doug McIntyre broke out his latest USMNT hot list.

Categories: Ariel Lassiter, Bill Hamid, Bob Bradley, Bobby Wood, Brad Guzan, Brek Shea, Cesar Romero, Cody Cropper, Conor O'Brien, Gedion Zelalem, Geoff Cameron, Jermaine Jones, Joe Gyau, Marc Pelosi, Quentin Westberg, Rubio Rubin, Sacha Kljestan, Sebastian Lletget, Shawn Barry, Tim Howard, US Men's National Team

Catching up on life links
   April 9, 2014 (12:21 AM) by Matt Benson

I am still playing catch up on things, but here are a few links from the last couple of days.

Michael Bradley and Chris Wondolowski talked about their goals from last week’s draw to Mexico.

It looks like Jozy Altidore has fallen out of favor at Sunderland at the moment as he didn’t dress on Monday with the senior team and actually suited up with the U-21 team.

A few guys played in the Championship yesterday, but Danny Williams missed Reading’s game with a knee injury, while Oguchi Onyewu picked up a rib injury and missed Sheffield Wednesday’s game on Tuesday.

Julian Green didn’t play with Bayern Munich II over the weekend due to the shoulder injury that he picked up in the US-Mexico friendly.  According to his dad, he will be out a couple weeks.

I guess there might be some interest by West Bromwich Albion for Tim Ream.  Yay UK tabloids!

Marc Pelosi has finally returned to action with Liverpool’s U-21 team after breaking his leg 14 months ago.

On the US U-18 front, forward Dembakwi Yomba has signed with Atletico Madrid, while forward Andrija Novakovich has signed with Reading.

The Fighting Bob Bradleys are in first place of the Tippeligaen after defeating Brann, 2-1, over the weekend.

And finally, there were seven goals scored over the weekend.  I was finally able to update the goal tracker with highlights of six of the seven goals.  Aron Johannsson also got grabbed in the junk.

Categories: Andrija Novakovich, Aron Johannsson, Bob Bradley, Chris Wondolowski, Danny Williams, Dembakwi Yomba, Jozy Altidore, Julian Green, Marc Pelosi, Michael Bradley, Oguchi Onyewu, Tim Ream

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

Power outage links
   February 21, 2013 (1:00 AM) by Matt Benson

The power is out in my neighborhood so here are a few links before the battery dies on my computer.

Landon Donovan spoke to a class at USC tonight and said a bunch of goodies.  Check out @Xman818’s timeline for all the goods.

What everyone wanted to hear: “Yes, I do have an interest in playing for the USMNT again, if given the opportunity, I would”

Costa Rica defeated Haiti in U-20 action last night meaning the US advances to the quarterfinals no matter the outcome on Friday.  And the US only needs a draw to win the group.  US Soccer has posted a short little video to show some of the personalities of the guys on the U-20 team.

Not all the games have been announced yet, but Mexico will open up this summer’s Gold Cup at the Rose Bowl.  And it sounds like Chicago is the frontrunner for the final.  I might have to adjust my annual Chicago summer trip around this and Lollapalooza.

And it looks like CONCACAF is still looking into doing a 16-team Copa America in 2016.

Sacha Kljestan will miss Anderlecht’s second leg of the Belgian Cup against Genk after being suspended one game for elbowing Standard Liege’s Yoni Buyens.

I posted highlights of Edgar Castillo’s assist from the other night, but Every Touch Footy decided to put up a video of every touch by Castillo and Joe Corona from the match.

While Alejandro Bedoya re-signed with Helsingborg last week, he informed Greg Seltzer that he did have some interest from both Mexico and MLS.

Liverpool’s website gives us a quick update on Marc Pelosi.

Duane Holmes has been nominated for Championship Apprentice of the Year by the Football League.

Noah Davis has a story up on Anthony Hudson.  Hudson is an American coach in Bahrain who is coaching the country’s U-23 team.

Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Anthony Hudson, Duane Holmes, Edgar Castillo, Joe Corona, Landon Donovan, Marc Pelosi, Sacha Kljestan, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team
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A little bit of this and a little bit of that
   February 20, 2013 (12:01 AM) by Matt Benson


Brek Shea played well in a recent closed-door scrimmage for Stoke City against Scunthorpe United and could possibly make the gameday roster this weekend when the Potters travel to London to play Fulham.

The US-Costa Rica qualifier in Denver is officially a sellout.

Peter Hirdt gives us our Landon Donovan/Jozy Altidore stat of the day:

Yep, Altidore has scored 11 of his 13 international goals w/ Donovan on the field (2 goals in 1300+ min w/out LD)

Some guys in action on Tuesday.  Jonathan Spector went the full 90 minutes in Birmingham City’s 0-0 draw to Sheffield Wednesday.  Stuart Holden was an unused sub in Bolton’s 1-1 draw to Derby County.

As for last night, Ventura Alvarado, a 20-year-old Mexican-American, scored his first professional goal in Club America’s 3-1 win over Necaxa (highlights here).  If you don’t know much on Alvarado, Brian Sciaretta interviewed him back in August.  And Joe Corona and Edgar Castillo both started with Castillo help setting up the lone goal of the game as Tijuana defeated Colombian champions Millonarios in Tijuana’s Copa Libertadores debut (highlights here).

There is some internet speculation (so it must be true!) that Jurgen Klinsmann contacted Rogelio Funes Mori and Michael Hoyos about a possible USMNT call-up.  That said, some people don’t think Funes Mori is a US citizen, while Hoyos has not been the same since a car accident in 2011.

Staying with the car accident theme, Ravi Ubha of ESPN FC has an interview up with Charlie Davies.

Marc Pelosi had successful surgery on his broke leg on Monday.  If you want to see the harsh tackle that caused it, here you go (around the 9:25 mark).

There is still no word on whether Juan Ocegueda will play for Chivas Guadalajara or Chivas USA once he returns from U-20 duty.

U-20 midfielder Matthew Dunn is currently on trial with the Colorado Rapids.  Dunn has been with OFK Beograde in Serbia.

And finally, Ben Spencer started for Molde FK yesterday in a friendly against Kristiansund.

Categories: Ben Spencer, Brek Shea, Charlie Davies, Edgar Castillo, Joe Corona, Jonathan Spector, Jozy Altidore, Juan Ocegueda, Landon Donovan, Marc Pelosi, Matthew Dunn, Michael Hoyos, Rogelio Funes Mori, Stuart Holden, US Men's National Team, Ventura Alvarado

Monday morning links
   February 18, 2013 (12:06 AM) by Matt Benson

You might have seen me post a bunch of the videos already this weekend, but you should probably follow @EveryTouchFooty on Twitter.  He/she/it has been posting some great videos of various American players and their every touch in games from this past weekend.  If they continue to make these videos, you can expect me to post a lot of them as they give you a decent idea of how someone played aside from the normal 2-3 minute videos with only the goals from the game.

The US U-20 team kicks off its World Cup qualifying today at 5:30 PM Central on Fox Soccer.  US Soccer gives us two videos.  One with Tab Ramos talking about the roster and another about the team returning to Puebla to train.

Staying with the U-20 theme, Marc Pelosi had to leave his Liverpool U-21s game this weekend with an injury.  And it looks like he broke his leg.  That probably knocks him out of this summer’s U-20 World Cup if the US are able to qualify.

Landon Donovan is set to return to the LA Galaxy in late March.  No word if/when he plans to return with the USMNT.  I’m guessing we won’t see him in a US jersey until May or June.

Alfredo Morales made his 2012-13 senior team debut with Hertha Berlin this weekend.  And here is a photo of him and Anthony Brooks celebrating the occasion.  Hopefully he is talking in Brooks’ ear about how great it is to play for the USMNT.

I posted some goals from some friendlies last week and it looks like Brian Span has scored again in another one.  Hopefully Span can convert this good form into playing time with Djurgården as he appeared in only nine games last season.

Lester Dewee has continued to play/train/trial with Bodens BK and has scored some goals.  You can see some photos of some recent friendlies here and a video interview with Dewee right here.

And finally, Robbie Earle thinks Brek Shea can have some success at Stoke City.

Categories: Alfredo Morales, Brek Shea, Brian Span, John Brooks, Landon Donovan, Lester Dewee, Marc Pelosi, US U-20 National Team

Europa League Thursday links
   February 14, 2013 (12:02 AM) by Matt Benson

Lets start off with some Europa League-oriented links as the Round of 32 begins today.

Brad Friedel is getting the start for Tottenham as they take on Lyon in Europa League.  Friedel has started only three matches (1 Europa League and 2 FA Cup) since the beginning of December.

Left off the US U-20 roster, Marc Pelosi did not make Liverpool’s Europa League travel squad for today’s game against Zenit St. Petersburg.

While US fans were holding out hope for Pelosi to get the 20th spot on the US U-20 team, Tab Ramos announced yesterday that Colorado Rapids’ Dillon Serna will get that spot.  The US U-20 team kicks off the CONCACAF U-20 Championship on Monday against Haiti at 5:30 PM Central on Fox Soccer.

Steven Goff does his yearly look over US Soccer’s tax records.  This time for the time period between April 2011 through March 2012.  The US had a shortfall of $3.1 million over that time frame.

Brian Sciaretta caught up with Matt Besler to talk about his first callup with the USMNT.

Greg Seltzer clears his notebook with various stats and notes.

Sean Cunningham is currently training with Norwegian Adeccoligaen side Hødd.

A couple guys were saw the field yesterday.  Preston Zimmerman got the start and played 48 minutes in Darmstadt 98’s 0-0 draw to Babelsberg 03 in German 3. Liga action.  Justin Moose scored a goal in SJK’s 4-2 win in some tournament called IV KOMIA.  And Kenneth Di Vita Jensen scored a goal for Hønefoss and Steve Clark played the first half in a 3-2 win over HJK Helsinki in a friendly.  Here are highlights from the match with his goal coming around the 4:50 mark.

Categories: Brad Friedel, Justin Moose, Kenneth Di Vita Jensen, Marc Pelosi, Matt Besler, Preston Zimmerman, Sean Cunningham, Steve Clark, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team
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Enjoy the weekend links
   February 8, 2013 (12:00 AM) by Matt Benson

A few links before I head out of town.

The US U-20 roster came out yesterday and you might have noticed Marc Pelosi’s name missing.  Well, Pelosi has been named to Liverpool’s Europa League roster for the knockout stages.  I doubt he gets much playing time, but his versatility (he has been playing left back, left midfield and central midfield for their U-21 team) was probably wanted as a back-up option.

If you want to rehash the game from Wednesday, the Total Soccer Show has their latest podcast reviewing the game up.  If you hate life and don’t want to, at least listen to their fun intro.

Brek Shea is back from getting his visa and is eligible to play in Stoke City’s game against Reading this weekend.

Timothy Chandler was cap tied on Wednesday and Greg Seltzer lists five other guys he would like to see cap tied.

Here is a nice little story on Jermaine Jones courtesy of

Swedish fourth tier side Bodens BK currently has two Americans, Lester Dewee and Gerry Madden, on trial.

Have fun, stay young and I will see you on the other side.

Categories: Brek Shea, Gerry Madden, Jermaine Jones, Lester Dewee, Marc Pelosi, Timothy Chandler, US Men's National Team
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Links more exciting than a 0-0 draw
   January 29, 2013 (11:18 PM) by Matt Benson

There was really nothing to take away from the US-Canada game, but here are the “highlights” for those that missed it.  I would suggest just checking those out over watching the whole game if you DVR’d it.

As for some other games of note from Tuesday.  Maurice Edu and Bursaspor also played to a 0-0 draw in the Turkish Cup (highlights here).  Jozy Altidore scored his 20th goal of the season in AZ’s 5-0 victory over Den Bosch in the KNVB Cup (highlights here).  I would check out those highlights for his goal and his post-game interview where he addresses the racial cheers by the opposing fans.  Altidore’s 20 goals across all competitions is a new career high after netting 19 last year.  He is also the second American to reach 20 in a top-flight European league, only trailing Clint Dempsey’s 23 goals from last season.

There was also two games in the Premier League on Tuesday.  Brad Guzan and Aston Villa continue their struggling ways in a 2-1 loss to the French National Team Newcastle United (highlights here).  And Geoff Cameron returned from injury to go 90 minutes in a 2-2 draw to Wigan (highlights here).

I made note the other day about how the expected starters on the USMNT backline have all missed some time this month.  As for the latest update, Cameron is playing again.  Carlos Bocanegra is playing again.  The announcers on the USMNT telecast mentioned that Steve Cherundolo is probably out for next week’s game according to Jurgen Klinsmann.  And it looks like Fabian Johnson is expected back to training with Hoffenheim on Wednesday.

As for replacing Cherundolo, Brian Sciaretta was told by some sources that Timothy Chandler will be with the US for the Honduras qualifier.  Then he can get cap-tied to the US and we can worry about something else for the next couple of months.

Tony Pulis has confirmed that Stoke City are planning on signing Brek Shea pending his physical and him getting a work permit.

Alejandro Bedoya is still without a team, but it is likely that he will re-sign with Helsingborg on another six-month deal.

Aron Johannsson did make the move to AZ Alkmaar and here is a photo of him with Earnie Stewart.

Marc Pelosi scored a goal for Liverpool’s U-21 team in their win over Wolverhampton earlier this week.  You can see the highlights here.  He is #3 and his goal is around the 1:13 mark.

I haven’t seen Devann Yao’s name with Boussu Dour Borinage recently, then he popped up on trial with Birmingham City’s U-21 team.

And finally, American-born Canadian Daniel Stanese has signed with Nurnberg.  While he was born in New York, he has mainly played with Canada’s youth national teams.

Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Aron Johannsson, Brad Guzan, Brek Shea, Daniel Stanese, Devann Yao, Fabian Johnson, Geoff Cameron, Jozy Altidore, Marc Pelosi, Maurice Edu, Steve Cherundolo, Timothy Chandler

A couple links for Thursday
   January 24, 2013 (8:42 PM) by Matt Benson

Looks like a few things came out today after I posted the Jonathan Borrajo signs with Mjøndalen post.

Looks like we can call off the dogs on the Brek Shea to Stoke City stuff.  While some people think it is because MLS denied the transfer, BBC is saying because of his injury.

Brian Sciaretta got some quotes about Ben Spencer’s trial at Molde FK.

Leander Schaerlaeckens has an interesting story on Brad Friedel.  Friedel stayed at Tottenham to help facilitate his UEFA coaching license.

According to some papers in Scotland, Celtic hope to hear whether Chivas USA like their offer for Juan Agudelo or not in the near future.

Remember when I posted about the rumor USMNT centennial jerseys?  Sounds like they are coming in March.

Greg Seltzer decided to clear his notebook on various Yanks abroad and even gave us a little shout out for our Inside the Numbers story on Clint Dempsey and Jozy Altidore.

Who wants to see a photo of Marc Pelosi and Villyan Bijev having fun in the snow?  Here you go.

Kenneth Di Vita Jensen ended last season on loan to Ullensaker / Kisa and it looks like Hønefoss are trying to send him out on loan again.

Categories: Ben Spencer, Brad Friedel, Brek Shea, Juan Agudelo, Kenneth Di Vita Jensen, Marc Pelosi, US Men's National Team, Villyan Bijev
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