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A few links for Thursday
   July 10, 2014 (12:33 AM) by Matt Benson
 

A few things posted on this site over the last day before the links.

Will took a look at Tim Howard’s 16-save performance to see what we could learn both good and bad.

A lot more teams are releasing their new jerseys for this upcoming season and I posted a few more for teams with Americans.

Bobby Wood went 45 minutes and scored the lone goal of the game in 1860 Munich’s 1-0 win over Karlsruher SC in a friendly on Wednesday.

Freddy Adu went 45 minutes in AZ Alkmaar’s 4-1 win over fifth division side AFC ‘34.  Greg Seltzer also got some quotes from Earnie Stewart and Bob Bradley about Adu’s trials at both clubs.

It looks like Sheffield Wednesday have decided to move on from Oguchi Onyewu after failing to agree on personal terms.  Onyewu appeared in 18 league games for the Owls last season.

In the UK-tabloids-are-hardly-ever-right department, Celtic appear to be interested in Mix Diskerud.

I posted a tweet the other day claiming that David Chavez had signed with Tijuana, but it looks like there have been some mixed signals.  He is at the club, but it is nothing more than a training stint at the moment.

Brad Friedel has been doing some TV and radio for TalkSPORT and BT Sport recently and had some words on US Soccer, USMNT and MLS.

Kevin Hoyos’ latest stop appears to be with CSD Tristan Suarez in the Argentina 3rd division.

The US U-20 team is camping in Carson, California over the next week before some friendlies with Chile, Bermuda, and Australia.  Here is the roster, which includes Russell Canouse, Romain Gall, Lynden Gooch and Andrija Novakovich as well as a bunch of guys from Tijuana.  And for those of you living in Southern California, I am hearing that the friendly against Australia will be on Friday, July 18 at 7 PM at the StubHub Center and will be free to the public.  A full schedule of the games is right here.

And finally, it is shameless plug time for our social media as I haven’t done this in a while.  We are on Facebook, so go like us right now.  We are also on Twitter.  Here is my/the site’s main account.  You can also follow Howie, Will and RJ.

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Categories: Andrija Novakovich, Bobby Wood, Brad Friedel, David Chavez, Freddy Adu, Kevin Hoyos, Lynden Gooch, Mix Diskerud, Oguchi Onyewu, Romain Gall, Russell Canouse, Tim Howard, US U-20 National Team
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Some links for Tuesday
   June 10, 2014 (1:22 AM) by Matt Benson
 

We are getting closer and closer to the World Cup.

The USMNT landed in Brazil yesterday and began training at Sao Paulo FC’s training facilities.  Jurgen Klinsmann, Berti Vogts and Matthias Hamann stayed behind in Miami to watch Ghana defeat South Korea 4-0 at Sun Life Stadium (I think that is the current name, but it changes corporate sponsors every two months).

From my non-expertise of watching that game, Ghana look a little shaky in the back, so the US should get chances.  But they pounced on South Korea’s mistakes so the back line will need to be crisp with their passing out of the back.  Also while watching, I have determined that the key matchup will be DeAndre Yedlin’s hair vs. John Boye’s hair.

The US will face Belgium in a closed-door scrimmage on Thursday at Sao Paulo FC’s grounds.  We *might* get a score, but I highly doubt we will get lineups or any real details of what happened.  The other news to come out of training today is that Brad Davis is fully healthy after picking up a knock last week.

While I am sure it will feature on tonight’s episode of Inside: U.S. Soccer’s March to Brazil on ESPN (you can watch the first five episodes here), US Soccer put together a little video of players attempting to reach the green on the famous 17th island hole at TPC Sawgrass.  US Soccer also put together a great video series telling a quick story on each of the 23 players.  They are all pretty good, but Mix Diskerud is slowly winning me over with each little thing I find out about him.

If you are a soccer tactics nerd, you probably liked the tactical cam that ESPN has been using during these friendlies.  Will Parchman was able to use the screengrabs from it to break down Jozy Altidore’s goal going all the way back to when Tim Howard first touched the ball.

The US is one of six countries entering the World Cup on a 3+ game winning streak.  Brazil leads the way with nine in a row, Japan is next at five, Algeria is third with four and the US is tied with Spain and Belgium at three wins in a row.  Maybe that is why the Vegas odds for the US to win it all dropped from 200-1 to 125-1 recently.  Vegas is catching on that the US is going to win this easily. . .

You know we like random numbers here at OT and FIFA has some random numbers on the World Cup for us.  FIFA also has an interview up with Tim Howard.

Speaking of Howard, I quickly just scanned the rosters listed on Wikipedia and only Spain’s Iker Casillas (153), Italy’s Gianluigi Buffon (140), Honduras’ Noel Valladares (122) and Croatia’s Stipe Pletikosa (111) have more caps than Howard among goalkeepers at this year’s World Cup.

If you are awake early on Thursday morning (6 AM Eastern to be exact), ESPN2 is re-airing US vs. Algeria from 2010.  Or just set your alarm clock for 7:55 AM.

HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver is a great show and Oliver attacked FIFA on Sunday night in his usual witty/charming way.

Now onto some club news.

Brad Friedel has signed a one-year extension with Tottenham.  He will be a back-up goalkeeper as well as a “club ambassador”.  I believe he is also still finishing up getting his coaching licenses.

Philadelphia Union’s Amobi Okugo is apparently getting some interest from some teams in Germany.

Oguchi Onyewu wants to stay in the UK as he ponders his next move, which could still be re-signing with Sheffield Wednesday.

Goalkeeper Paul Rachubka has signed a one-year extension with League One side Oldham Athletic.  Rachubka appeared in 13 games last season for the Latics

Here is an interivew up on Hoffenheim’s site with U-19 midfielder Russell Canouse.

FC Dallas midfielder Ethan Sonis signed with SC Freiburg earlier last week.

Finally, I have updated our goal tracker with some more goals from guys in lower leagues.  And you still have time to sign up for our Brazil Bracket Challenge league.

Also, I am flying down to Brazil on Friday/Saturday (I am on the American Outlaws trip.  If you are also going on that trip, let me know so we can meet up for a beer).  I have no clue of my internet situation, but I will try my best to keep things updated as normally (and post some photos from my trip).  Howie and possibly some new people will also be helping out while I am gone.

 
Categories: Amobi Okugo, Brad Davis, Brad Friedel, DeAndre Yedlin, Ethan Sonis, Mix Diskerud, Oguchi Onyewu, Paul Rachubka, Russell Canouse, Tim Howard, US Men's National Team
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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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Here is your US-Ukraine pre-game primer
   March 5, 2014 (12:01 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Here is a quick rundown of things you might want to look at before today’s game.

» The game is at 2 PM Eastern on ESPN2, WatchESPN and UniMas.

» Ukraine is ranked #18 by FIFA and #21 by Elo, while the US is #13 by FIFA and #13 by Elo.

» Here are the official game notes by US Soccer.  As for some random stats/facts:

The US is 0-2-1 all-time against Ukraine with Ukraine winning the last meeting, 1-0, in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania on October 23, 1993.  This is also the first meeting between these two teams outside the United States.

This will be the US’s first neutral site friendly since beating Australia, 3-1, in Roodepoort, South Africa prior to the 2010 World Cup.

With 52 career wins, Tim Howard is one win shy of tying Kasey Keller for the most in USMNT history by a goalkeeper.

» The usual suspects, The Shin Guardian and The Yanks Are Coming, have some game previews up for you.

» Here is a US Soccer video on Edgar Castillo and his family.

» Some other goodies from around the interwebs to read:

Apparently all the cool kids are doing oral histories of the 1994 team as here is another good one by Seth Vertelney.

ESPN’s Doug McIntyre takes a look at Landon Donovan’s legacy with Donovan turning 32 yesterday.

Brad Friedel thinks, and I think most would agree, that the weak link position-wise for the USMNT right now is the backline.

While Aron Johannsson is having himself a nice little season, some people might be forgetting how well Terrence Boy has been playing this year as well.

Stuart Holden will undergo a scan of his knee in the UK before heading back to the US to meet up with his surgeon to check out his knee.

And finally, as expected, Michael Stephens has signed with Bob Bradley’s Stabæk.

 
Categories: Aron Johannsson, Brad Friedel, Edgar Castillo, Landon Donovan, Michael Stephens, Stuart Holden, Terrence Boyd, US Men's National Team
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Tottenham Hotspur vs. Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk Highlights
   February 20, 2014 (1:06 PM) by Matt Benson
 

Brad Friedel got the start between the sticks in Tottenham’s 1-0 loss to Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk in Europa League on Thursday.  Here is the lone goal of the game.

 
Categories: Brad Friedel, Highlights
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Links for Tuesday morning
   December 17, 2013 (1:19 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Lets dive right into it.

Landon Donovan spoke at a Galaxy town-hall meeting on Sunday and shot down any rumors linking him to Mexico and any winter loans to Europe.  Sounds like he wants to rest up before diving back into the MLS/World Cup grind.

As for Clint Dempsey and his rumored loan move to Europe, the latest and the most believable of the moment has him headed back to West London with Fulham for two months.  But nothing official has come out yet (The Guardian cites US sources yet everything in the US is citing The Guardian/various European sites.  Yay transfer rumors!).

CONCACAF announced the winners of the inaugural CONCACAF awards this past weekend.  Tim Howard won Goalkeeper of the Year, while Jurgen Klinsmann won Coach of the Year.

UEFA held its draw for the knockout stages of Champions League and Europa League.  In Champions League, Jermaine Jones and Schalke landed Real Madrid.  As for Europa League, Brad Friedel and Tottenham will play FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, while Aron Johannsson and AZ Alkmaar got FC Slovan Liberec.

Bob Bradley has turned down an offer with the Vancouver Whitecaps to seek opportunities overseas.  Bob also admits the interest from Norwegian side Stabaek which we posted about a couple weeks ago.  Bradley also did an interview recently with KingFut.com.

John Brooks was subbed out of Hertha Berlin’s game in the first half this weekend after being at fault for one of the goals.  His manager, Jos Luhukay, also told him (via the press) that he needs to grow up and become an adult.

Who knows if they will continue to scout him or not with the recent firing of Steve Clarke, but it looks like West Brom scouts have been paying attention to Timmy Chandler.

Brian Sciaretta spoke to German-American fullback Jeremy Toljan last week.  But from the sounds of it, it doesn’t look like he has a huge connection with the US.  Who knows though.

USMNT forward Eddie Johnson sounds like he is close to making a move to D.C. United.

Stuart Holden is back in the UK to finish up his rehabbing and poked his head into the Bolton locker room this past weekend.

For those of you that don’t follow Liga MX in Mexico, Leon just won the title this fall with Mexican-American goalkeeper William Yarbrough.

Staying in Mexico, Jonathan Bornstein could finally be on the way out at Tigres according to a couple different reports in Mexico.

And finally, in case you missed it yesterday, Steve Clark is returning to the US to play for the Columbus Crew.

 
Categories: Aron Johannsson, Bob Bradley, Brad Friedel, Clint Dempsey, Eddie Johnson, Jeremy Toljan, Jermaine Jones, John Brooks, Jonathan Bornstein, Landon Donovan, Steve Clark, Stuart Holden, Tim Howard, Timothy Chandler, William Yarbrough
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Friday morning linkage
   November 8, 2013 (12:01 AM) by Matt Benson
 

A few more links before the weekend.

Terrence Boyd scored two goals yesterday.  You can check out the highlights here and here is a photo of Boyd celebrating after one of the goals.  That gives him 10 goals across all competitions this season.  Only Aron Johannsson (12 goals) has scored more among USMNT players in Europe in 2013-14.

Also in Europa League action on Thursday, Brad Friedel got the start for Tottenham at 42-years-old, becoming the oldest player ever to start a Europa League match as the Spurs won 2-1.  Here are some photos from the game.

As Howie posted yesterday, Bahia has decided to not renew Freddy Adu’s contract once it it ends in December.  He has appeared in only seven games across all competitions since joining the club in April.  Bahia is Adu’s seventh team since leaving Real Salt Lake in 2007.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has just been put on Over There’s hit list.  He doesn’t like Sacha Kljestan’s mustache (outrage!) causing our favorite mustached player to tell him to check out his own nose.

We posted earlier this week that Steve Cherundolo was still training on his own since his knee had a little setback, but now it looks like he has returned to full training with the team.

Danny Williams has also returned to full training with Reading this week.  He hasn’t played in a game since September due to a bone bruise on his foot.

I guess there was some British reports claiming Nottingham Forest interest in a loan for Brek Shea, but Greg Seltzer shoots down that report.

There was a story a couple weeks ago about MLS interest for Benji Joya and Daniel Cuevas.  Tom Marshall is reporting that the teams interested seem to be the Chicago Fire, Philadelphia Union, San Jose Earthquakes and Chivas USA, while Mexican side Puebla are also interested in Joya.  And you can add a “team from Denmark” and Mexican second division club Lobos BUAP as other suitors for Cuevas.

And finally, it appears that Swansea City’s U-21 player Kris Scott got invited to the US U-20 camp in Italy next week.

 
Categories: Benji Joya, Brad Friedel, Brek Shea, Daniel Cuevas, Danny Williams, Freddy Adu, Kris Scott, Sacha Kljestan, Steve Cherundolo, Terrence Boyd
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Tottenham vs. Hull City Highlights
   October 30, 2013 (9:20 PM) by Matt Benson
 

We had a Brad Friedel sighting today.  Friedel got the start between the sticks today in Tottenham’s 2-2 (8-7 PKs) win over Hull City in the Capital One Cup.  Here are all the goals as well as all the penalty kicks.

 
Categories: Brad Friedel, Highlights
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Hump day links
   September 25, 2013 (12:02 AM) by Matt Benson
 

It’s a Wednesday and here are some links.

Yesterday saw a few guys play in some domestic cup competitions, including 18-year-old Duane Holmes making his professional debut in the Capital One Cup.  And it sounds like he played well.

Huddersfield’s best player on the night was 18-year-old substitute Duane Holmes, who terrified Hull with his direct running in the second half.

The Capital One Cup also gave us a Brad Friedel sighting in Tottenham’s 4-0 win over Aston Villa.  Going back to last season, Friedel has a shutout streak of 357 minutes.  And that game also brought us this:

Will Packwood played and scored in a developmental squad match for Birmingham City this week.  Good to see him recovering from his brutal leg injury.

On top of being named to ESPN FC’s Team of the Week (and OT’s Player of the Week!), Brad Guzan was named to BBC’s Garth Crooks’s Team of the Week.  Guzan also did a Q&A with US Scccer’s website.

Geoff Cameron told some local press in the UK that he has been encouraged by Mark Hughes to push up the field more at Stoke City.

It doesn’t look like DaMarcus Beasley’s hamstring injury is that serious and he should play this weekend.

John Brooks’ dislocated elbow will keep him out for 2-3 weeks, which means he could miss the October qualifiers.

Luis Gil spoke to Brian Sciaretta about his recent interest from Mexico.  As for now, his heart is with the US.

Joshua Perez, 15-year-old youth player, has been training with Fiorentina’s reserve team the last three weeks.

And finally, a new USMNT project should be up on the site soon. This is something that I have been wanting to to do for the last two years, but I finally sat down and knocked a bunch of it out last night and should finalize things over the next week.  And Howie and I need to bring back the Top 5 Lists.  I might try to bring in some guest writers for that as well.

 
Categories: Brad Friedel, Brad Guzan, DaMarcus Beasley, Duane Holmes, Geoff Cameron, John Brooks, Joshua Perez, Luis Gil, Will Packwood
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Europa League draw has been completed
   August 30, 2013 (8:53 AM) by Howie Michaels
 

UEFA has conducted the draw for the Europa League. Three Americans will compete in this year’s edition:

Terrence Boyd and Rapid Vienna are in Group G with Dynamo Kiev (Ukraine), Genk (Belgium), and Thun (Switzerland).

Brad Friedel and Tottenham Hotspur will be in Group K with Anzhi Makhachkala (Russia), Sheriff Tiraspol (Moldova), and  Tromsø (Norway). While many are familiar with the (now-declining) oddities of Anzhi, Sheriff Tiraspol is the more interesting opponent, as the club is located in Transnistria, a breakaway republic of Moldova that still embraces aspects of the Soviet ideology.

Aron Johannsson and AZ are in Group L with PAOK (Greece), Maccabi Haifa (Israel), and Shakhter Karagandy (Kazakhstan). So, while we’ll say that Johannson is playing in a European competition, he’s actually making two trips to Asia.

 

 

 
Categories: Aron Johannsson, Brad Friedel, Terrence Boyd
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