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Thursday morning links
   May 22, 2014 (1:28 AM) by Matt Benson
 

The USMNT camp is going strong up in Palo Alto, now with all 30 guys as Jermaine Jones and Aron Johannsson have showed up.

Jeff Carlisle has your daily notebook.  The quick notes from that include Jurgen Klinsmann thinks Tim Howard is a top five goalkeeper in the world, Aron Johannsson is nearly back to 100% from his ankle injury and they had a couple scrimmages against the LA Galaxy’s reserve team with Terrence Boyd scoring one goal during one of them.  Plus a couple other things, so go read it.

George Dohrmann spoke to Aron Johannsson about wanting to heat up on the scoring before the World Cup.

Brian Sciaretta talked to one of the few Liga MX players in camp:  Joe Corona.

Leander Schaerlaeckens takes a look at the USMNT fullback situation.  Under Jurgen Klinsmann, the US has used 17 different players at either right back or left back for a total of 24 different combinations.  One of the other tidbits from Carlisle’s notebook linked above is that Fabian Johnson played at right back during one of those scrimmages.  I have said it before on here, but I think my preferred back line at the moment would be Johnson-Cameron-Besler-Beasley.

If you are going to be in Chicago during the World Cup, US Soccer is holding viewing parties at Grant Park for each of the group stage games.  And from my own experience from the last World Cup, the Globe Pub was another awesome place to check out a game.  I was there during the Algeria game and I will always remember how crazy the back room got when Landon Donovan scored (just a refresher).

US Soccer held a Google Hangout with Kyle Beckerman and DeAndre Yedlin yesterday.  You can now check it out on Youtube.

And in the random department, US Soccer has named Lupe Fiasco as the Music Director for the USMNT and Futura Art Director for the USMNT’s World Cup campaign.  I really don’t know what that means, but I like this song.

Moving away from the USMNT camp.

Timothy Chandler has been linked to Eintracht Frankfurt in the past and here is another link about this.

You can add Atlas to the list of teams interested in Edgar Castillo’s services.

Fresh off his goal from the weekend, Caleb Stanko has signed a professional deal with Freiburg’s first team.

US Soccer has a video up on Rubio Rubin as he talks about playing in the Netherlands and the Dallas Cup.

And finally, Brad Friedel reads some “mean tweets”.  And I like how one of them came from Travis Clark.

 
Categories: Aron Johannsson, Brad Friedel, Caleb Stanko, DeAndre Yedlin, Edgar Castillo, Fabian Johnson, Jermaine Jones, Joe Corona, Kyle Beckerman, Rubio Rubin, Terrence Boyd, Tim Howard, Timothy Chandler, US Men's National Team
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A bunch of links for Tuesday
   April 15, 2014 (12:57 AM) by Matt Benson
 

A lot of things to check out.

US Soccer’s website has a bunch of goodies from the last couple of days.  They stopped by Toronto to do a little Q&A action with Michael Bradley.  They also have the latest Road to the Roster podcast up with Jurgen Klinsmann.  He talks about the Mexico friendly and Jozy Altidore among other things.  And they also have a Q&A up with World Cup hopeful DeAndre Yedlin.

The US U-20 team is down in Texas for the Dallas Cup and is already 2-0-0 after the first two games.  They kicked things off with a 3-2 win over River Plate.  Here is a photo of Ben Spencer celebrating after scoring one of the goals.  On Monday, the team defeated Eintracht Frankfurt 3-0.  Here is a photo of Tijuana and US U-20 teammates Paul Arriola and Amando Moreno celebrating the win.  The US leads Group C with six points and will play Tigres on Wednesday as they look to advance to the semifinals.

While we are on the topic of the U-20 team, Brian Sciaretta caught up with Rubio Rubin before the Dallas Cup to talk about the tournament and joining FC Utrecht.  Rubin turned 18 in March, allowing him to sign a professional contract, but Utrecht can’t register his contract until July 1.

We had some goals this past weekend in Europe.  Alfredo Morales scored his first of the season in a 2-1 loss.  Juan Agudelo scored what turned out to be the game-winning goal in Utrecht’s 2-1 win.  And Michael Farfan came off the bench and scored the game-tying goal in Cruz Azul’s 2-2 draw.  The goal earned Farfan a spot on Medio Tiempo’s Team of the Week as a sub.

Back to Agudelo for a second.  Word on the street is that Stoke City manager Mark Hughes flew to Holland to watch him play this past weekend.  And Stoke City will be looking to get a second appeal on his UK work permit at the end of this month or the beginning of May.

Just in case people forgot, Jozy Altidore is one of the good guys.

ESPN FC’s Alex Labidou wrote some words (or typed them) after talking to FC Nantes’ Alejandro Bedoya.

Stuart Holden talked to the fine folks over at Fox Sports about trying to recover from yet another knee injury.  Stu’s sock game was on point.

Here is a really short film on Clint Dempsey by Degree Men, which was apparently directed by Mad Men’s Jon Hamm.  Dempsey also scored two goals this past weekend, giving him six on the season in only 303 minutes in MLS play after scoring only once in 922 minutes last year with Seattle.

A few guys saw the field on Monday.  After battling some swelling in his knee, Danny Williams returned to Reading’s starting lineup and played 61 minutes in a 1-1 draw.  Bobby Wood came off the bench, played 24 minutes and picked up a yellow card in 1860 Munich’s 4-2 loss to Dynamo Dresden.

Over in Sweden, Matt Pyzdrowski went 90 minutes between the sticks while Eric Pothast played 45 minutes and picked up a yellow card in Ängelholm’s 3-2 win over Jönköpings Södra.  And Alex Horwath started at goalkeeper and Brandon McDonald came off the bench for the final two minutes in Ljungskile’s 0-0 draw to Landskrona, which had Andrew Stadler and Paul Torres each go 90 minutes.

So I have decided to learn how to make GIFs since sometimes they are easier to post/watch than some of these weird video players that some highlight sites use (plus GIFs are just awesome).  I practiced a bunch this weekend making a few of the goals scored in MLS play by some World Cup hopefuls, so here they are:  Clint Dempsey 1, Clint Dempsey 2, Chris Wondolowski, Maurice Edu and Kyle Beckerman.  It is a learning process as I try to figure out size and quality while not trying to make these 10 MB files, but it went better than I expected.

 
Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Alex Horwath, Alfredo Morales, Amando Moreno, Andrew Stadler, Ben Spencer, Bobby Wood, Brandon McDonald, Chris Wondolowski, Clint Dempsey, Danny Williams, DeAndre Yedlin, Eric Pothast, Jozy Altidore, Juan Agudelo, Kyle Beckerman, Matt Pyzdrowski, Maurice Edu, Michael Bradley, Michael Farfan, Paul Arriola, Paul Torres, Rubio Rubin, Stuart Holden, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team
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The middle of the week links
   January 29, 2014 (6:15 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Let’s do this.

The USMNT had a surprise addition at training today.  Stuart Holden has been cleared to do some (not all) of the training.  Stu told Grant Wahl that he is hoping to get back onto the field with Bolton’s reserves in late February.  Good to hear.

Wahl also sat down with Benny Feilhaber and Kyle Beckerman for some video interviews.

US Soccer’s website has been updated with some goodies.  They have a Q&A with Jurgen Klinsmann.  A quote sheet with stuff from Graham Zusi, Michael Parkhurst and Mike Magee.  And a video of some of the guys on the team participating in some graffiti with some youths in Brazil.

I posted on Tuesday about the US-Mexico friendly rumors and now there are some rumors of a game against Serbia in New York in May.  I have no clue how good/bad this Twitter account is (we are now entering Rumorville), but it would add fuel to that fire: Tweet #1 & Tweet #2.

Don’t forget to enter our Pick the US-South Korea score contest.  Free shirts on the line!

As Howie posted yesterday, Barnsley have extended their loan for Brek Shea for another two months.  Shea was one of seven Americans who saw the field on Tuesday.

Another one of those seven players, Tim Ream, had to be subbed off after five minutes after a clash with QPR’s Charlie Austin.  The official diagnosis:  a broken nose and three stitches.

I did a little Inside the Numbers thing on Aron Johnannsson’s 20 goals yesterday.  So check out where his 20 goals stack up in Europe this season.

After having surgery on the fractured metacarpal in his right hand on Sunday, Fabian Johnson is expected to return to training on Wednesday.

Molde’s website is saying Josh Gatt should be ready to return once the Norwegian season starts in two months.  Gatt is returning from a torn ACL.

Also at Molde, Ben Spencer is one of three Molde players training with Norwegian second tier side Kristiansund BK.

Staying in the Tippeligaen, the rumored player with MLS ties who will be trialing with Bob Bradley’s Stabæk appears to be former LA Galaxy midfielder Michael Stephens.

Sebastien Ibeagha is now on trial with AC Horsens in Denmark after playing in two friendlies during a trial with Aalborg BK.

Ljungskile SK in Sweden have two Americans currently on trial:  goalkeeper Alex Horwath and defender Jamel Wallace.  And it sounds like they are leaning towards signing Horwath.

 
Categories: Alex Horwath, Aron Johannsson, Ben Spencer, Benny Feilhaber, Brek Shea, Fabian Johnson, Graham Zusi, Jamel Wallace, Josh Gatt, Kyle Beckerman, Michael Parkhurst, Michael Stephens, Mike Magee, Sebastien Ibeagha, Stuart Holden, Tim Ream
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A few nuggets of information for Friday
   January 24, 2014 (12:17 AM) by Matt Benson
 

As the USMNT camp portion in Brazil nears its end, US Soccer gives us a quote sheet with some players raving about the facilitates and their off day.  And the latest diary talks about the day off from training.  And here is a short video of Kyle Beckerman talking about a lot of the same stuff.

Steven Goff has the latest on US Soccer’s budget for the next fiscal year (April 1, 2014 to March 31, 2015).  Sounds like they might see a surplus due to the Seattle qualifier being held in such a large venue compared to the normal ~20,000 seat venue.  And there is a proposal for 10 friendlies between April and November, including an April friendly which would likely see a MLS-heavy roster due to it not falling on a FIFA fixture date.

Twitter news-breaker Taylor Twellman is hearing that Nick Sakiewicz of the Philadelphia Union is headed to England/Stoke City to to finalize details on Maurice Edu’s transfer to MLS/Philly.  I want Mo in Philly solely for the ability to post this video every so often.

Stoke City’s website also has a new story up with some quotes from Juan Agudelo.

Jerome Kiesewetter is headed to Hertha Berlin II on loan for the rest of the 2013-14 season.  Kiesewetter hasn’t appeared in any games for Stuttgart II in the German 3. Liga this season so he heads back to Hertha Berlin (he grew up in their youth academy) to get some playing time in the Regionalliga.

Grant Wahl is reporting that Sporting Kansas City recently rejected a $1 million bid by Juventus for 16-year-old defender Erik Palmer-Brown.  Wow.  Palmer-Brown was one of 24 players who just finished camp with the US U-18 team in Florida this month.

Sebastien Ibeagha talked to Neil Morris of Indy Week about his decision to head to Europe over playing in MLS.

Brian Sciaretta caught up with promising US U-20 midfielder Romain Gall who currently plays with FC Lorient’s U-19/U-21 teams.

And let’s end this links post with a trick shot video where Mix Diskerud got involved in the fun.

 
Categories: Erik Palmer-Brown, Jerome Kiesewetter, Juan Agudelo, Kyle Beckerman, Maurice Edu, Mix Diskerud, Romain Gall, Sebastien Ibeagha, Steve Cherundolo, US Men's National Team
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Kyle Beckerman added to USMNT roster
   June 14, 2013 (2:21 PM) by Matt Benson
 

Apparently Jurgen Klinsmann felt the need for some more depth at the central midfield spot (or just wanted to reward the Real Salt Lake player since the game is in Utah?) as he has added Kyle Beckerman to the roster.

Granted Jermaine Jones could still be out, but the US already has Michael Bradley, Geoff Cameron, Stuart Holden and Sacha Kljestan among others who can play in the center.

Yay for press releases at 5 PM Eastern on a Friday!

 
Categories: Kyle Beckerman, US Men's National Team
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Opportunity Knocks for Kyle Beckerman
   January 28, 2013 (12:37 PM) by Matt Benson
 

ussoccer.com speaks to MNT midfielder Kyle Beckerman about his role with the USA in this episode of Opportunity Knocks. The Real Salt Lake captain discusses his goals for 2013 as he looks to be a valuable part of Jurgen Klinsmann’s squad trying to qualify for the World Cup in Brazil.

 
Categories: Kyle Beckerman, US Men's National Team
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Some links for Thursday
   December 8, 2011 (5:50 PM) by Matt Benson
 

A couple links worth checking out today on this otherwise non-newsworthy day.

I posted the MLS Generation Adidas tour highlights earlier today of their 4-2 loss to Ajax’s reserves, but here is a match report of the game.  And they brought back the daily video diaries, which I enjoyed so much last year.  The first one is by Zarek Valentin, while the second one is by Amobi Okugo.

Much like the Q&A with Juan Agudelo about his training stint at VfB Stuttgart from earlier this week, US Soccer’s website now has one up with Kyle Beckerman.  Interesting to see that Beckerman was “placed” at Kaiserslautern by Jurgen Klinsmann.

Speaking of these MLS training stints in Europe, former USMNT head coach and current Galaxy head boss Bruce Arena does some questioning of these stints.

Greg Seltzer caught up with Tottenham goalkeeper Brad Friedel to talk about the Spurs’ start to the season.

Clint Dempsey did a video interview with BBC’s Football Focus last week, before scoring his 37th goal on Monday.  And The Shin Guardian looks at Dempsey’s career in the Premier League and wonders if there is any real comparison to another player in the league.

 
Categories: Brad Friedel, Clint Dempsey, Kyle Beckerman
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MLS players training in Europe list
   November 16, 2011 (9:44 PM) by Matt Benson
 

Someone on twitter suggested keeping track of all these MLS players who are training in Europe this offseason, so I decided to keep this list, which I will update whenever a new name pops up.  So if you know of anyone I am missing, please leave the player and some kind of link to a news story on them training in Europe in the comments.

Here is who I can think of off the top of my head:

Juan Agudelo – VfB Stuttgart & Liverpool
Kyle Beckerman – Kaiserslautern
Bill Hamid – West Bromwich Albion
Sean Johnson – Everton
Perry Kitchen – SC Freiburg
Jeff Larentowicz – Bolton Wanderers
Zac MacMath – Everton
Amobi Okugo – SC Freiburg
Zach Pfeffer – TSG Hoffenheim
Tim Ream – West Bromwich Albion & Bolton Wanderers
Robbie Rogers – Kaiserslautern
Omar Salgado – Fulham
Brek Shea – Arsenal

 
Categories: Amobi Okugo, Bill Hamid, Brek Shea, Jeff Larentowicz, Juan Agudelo, Kyle Beckerman, Omar Salgado, Perry Kitchen, Robbie Rogers, Sean Johnson, Tim Ream, Zac MacMath, Zach Pfeffer
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Wednesday link action
   November 16, 2011 (5:20 PM) by Matt Benson
 

A bunch of different things to check out today.

Apparently all the cool kids are going out on training stints with various teams across Europe.  Omar Salgado will be at Fulham for two weeks.  According to his agent, Juan Agudelo will be in Germany with VfB Stuttgart.  Kyle Berckerman and Robbie Rogers will also be in Germany, but with Kaiserslautern.  And also according to that last link, U-23er Perry Kitchen will be at SC Freiburg.

Jurgen Klinsmann speaks and the players listen.

Staying with the USMNT….I tweeted this on Monday, but there are some rumors that the Camp Cupcake could be headed down to Panama for a game in January.  I also just read that a Galavision announcer said during the US-Slovenia game that the US will play Guatemala in Seattle as well as another unknown opponent at an unknown stadium during that same time period (possibly the Panama match?).  But these are just internet rumors at this point.

Some last few reads with the U-23 team.  Claudio Reyna talks about the youth program, Anthony Brooks gives us a recap of the recent camp in Germany and Conor Doyle also talks about some camp stuff.

Some other odds and ends.

Michael Parkhurst has signed a year extension with FC Nordsjælland.

Jose Torres is close to returning to the field after missing some time with an operation to his left foot.

And finally, CONCACAF has released the 2014 World Cup qualifying schedule.  The US starts things off on Friday, June 8, 2012 against Antigua & Barbuda (that is one team, not two teams, as that would be tough playing 11 vs. 22).

 
Categories: Conor Doyle, John Brooks, Jose Francisco Torres, Juan Agudelo, Kyle Beckerman, Michael Parkhurst, Omar Salgado, Robbie Rogers, US Men's National Team, US U-23 National Team
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