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Tuesday morning linkage
   October 28, 2014 (12:09 AM) by Matt Benson
 

FIFA announced its finalists for the FIFA Ballon d’Or and for the FIFA World Coach of the Year.  While no USMNT players made the Ballon d’Or list (how did Alan Gordon not get nominated?!), Jurgen Klinsmann is one of the 10 finalists for the Coach of the Year award.

FIFA also plans to show off its new logo for the 2018 World Cup later today.

It looks like the USMNT might play Switzerland in a friendly in Zurich in March.

Congrats to the US Women’s National Team for winning the CONCACAF Women’s Championship and clinching a spot in next summer’s World Cup.  Since 1990, the US is one of three countries to qualify for every men’s and women’s World Cup (also Germany and Brazil).

Michael Bradley is going to have surgery this week to correct a lingering nerve issue in his foot.  This is an injury that has been bugging him for most of the season.  Jeff Carlisle asked him if it was an issue prior to the World Cup, which he said no, but I guess it got worse as the season wore on.

I tweeted out a photo over the weekend of Terrence Boyd getting Randy Orton’s RKO (WWE wrestling move) preformed on him by a teammate and now we have video of the hilarity.

Jake Keegan went 90 minutes yesterday in Galway FC’s 2-1 win over UCD in the first leg of the Irish Premier Division promotion/relegation playoffs.  Galway FC scored two late goals to steal the road win and now host UCD on Friday for a chance at promotion.

Alejandro Bedoya missed Nantes’ 2-0 win this weekend due to a hamstring strain.

While there were some rumblings that Aron Johannsson might play this weekend for AZ Alkmaar, he did not as they want to give him a few more minutes with the reserve team.

Geoff Cameron returned to Stoke City’s starting lineup this past weekend as a holding midfielder, but the Potters fell to Southampton 1-0.  Here is a photo of Cameron in action.

Greg Garza had to leave Tijuana’s draw to Chivas on Sunday with a head injury.

After scoring 12 goals in 14 games with the U-23 team, Jann George finally saw some first team action with Greuther Furth’s senior team in their 5-2 loss to FSV Frankfurt.

We had some goals this weekend.  Matt Taylor scored twice in Saarbrücken’s 4-1 win over Pirmasens.  Christian King scored twice in Ararat’s 3-2 loss to Ulisses in Armenian Premier League action.  Jerome Kiesewetter scored his second goal of the season on Saturday in Stuttgart II’s 1-0 win over Unterhaching.  And over Tigres’ last two games, we have had goals by Jose Torres and Herculez Gomez.

We also had some assists/sort-of-assists.  Mix Diskerud had this pretty little chip assist in Rosenborg’s 3-1 win over Sandnes Ulf.  And in the sort-of-assist category, Tim Ream and Zak Whitbread each had one for their respective clubs.

Marc Pelosi was back in action with Liverpool’s U-21 team this past weekend.

It looks like the US U-20 team might be headed abroad for three friendlies in November.

Mia Hamm was nominated for Roma’s board of directors on Monday.

I saw a Clint Dempsey rumor (loan deal back to the Premier League) has been circulating the interwebs in the last 48 hours, but it all came from a short “story” from the Daily Mirror with no quotes (except for an out of context quote from Klinsmann).  Come on people, I thought we were better than that.

And finally, no matter what happens with the rest of his career, Stuart Holden is still awesome.

 
Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Aron Johannsson, Christian King, Clint Dempsey, Geoff Cameron, Greg Garza, Herculez Gomez, Jake Keegan, Jann George, Jerome Kiesewetter, Jose Francisco Torres, Marc Pelosi, Matt Taylor, Michael Bradley, Mix Diskerud, Stuart Holden, Terrence Boyd, Tim Ream, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team, Zak Whitbread
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Friday morning links
   October 24, 2014 (1:09 AM) by Matt Benson
 

A few links before the weekend.

The USMNT will have a second friendly next month in Europe as they will take on Colombia at Craven Cottage in London.

The latest FIFA rankings came out earlier this week and the US dropped six places to No. 23.  They are still the third-highest ranked team in CONCACAF as Costa Rica comes in at No. 16 and Mexico at No. 17.

Mix Diskerud had to be subbed out after 36 minutes in last weekend’s game due to an injury, but he just missed a couple practices this week and returned to training yesterday.  Sounds like a good chance he plays on Sunday.

Also in the injury department, Aron Johannsson is expected to dress with AZ Alkmaar this weekend.  Johannsson played with AZ’s reserves earlier this week and will get a chance to play in his first game with the senior team against Groningen on Saturday.

While those guys are coming back from injuries, Timothy Chandler will likely miss Eintracht Frankfurt’s game this weekend due to an abductor muscle issue.

After missing basically the entire season after tearing his achilles tendon, Zarek Valentin returned to full training this week in Norway.

Freddy Adu hasn’t done much at Jagodina in Serbia this season and could be making a move to Sweden come January.

Geoff Cameron is back from injury and is ready to fight for a position at center back or central midfield.

Ives Galarcep talked to Greg Garza earlier this week about the crazy three-year run Garza has been having.  I remember when he was sort of this mythical player stuck in Traffic Sports purgatory.

Franco Panizo caught up with Alfredo Morales to talk about the progress he is making at Ingolstadt and with the USMNT.

Jose Torres scored a pretty bitchin’ goal in Copa MX action earlier this week.

Gedion Zelalem went the full 90 minutes in Arsenal’s 4-3 loss to Anderlecht in the UEFA Youth League on Tuesday.  On Wednesday, Junior Flores got the start and played 77 minutes in Borussia Dortmund’s 3-2 loss to Galatasaray.

Marc Pelosi has been training some with Liverpool’s senior team this past week.

Brian Sciaretta talked to 16-year-old English-American defender Cameron Carter-Vickers about his trip with the US U-23 team down to Brazil and how US Soccer found him.

While we are learning about some new dual-national players, Tom Marshall introduces us to Leones Negros midfielder Jesus Vazquez.

Aleks Gogic signed with Reading last year, but it looks like the 18-year-old goalkeeper must be on loan with Southern League Premier Division (seventh tier!) side Slough Town F.C. as he played in a game with them last Saturday.

 
Categories: Aleks Gogic, Alfredo Morales, Aron Johannsson, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Freddy Adu, Gedion Zelalem, Geoff Cameron, Greg Garza, Jesus Vazquez, Jose Francisco Torres, Junior Flores, Marc Pelosi, Mix Diskerud, Timothy Chandler, US Men's National Team, Zarek Valentin
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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
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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
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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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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
 

Links!

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
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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
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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 Bundesliga.com.

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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