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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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Catching up on Tuesday
   December 20, 2011 (11:24 PM) by Matt Benson

Finally made it to my parents after a day at the airport.  Now they are asleep and I am stuck on West Coast time, although it allowed me to catch up on all the news and notes from the day.

Howie just posted about Brian Span heading to Sweden.  With the MLS SuperDraft coming up, it is that time of year where a bunch of newer guys will start to pop up in smaller leagues across Europe.

A few guys saw the field on Tuesday.  Zak Whitbread went the full 90 minutes in Norwich City’s 2-2 draw to Wolves.  It is nice to see him logging these minutes again.  In the DFB Pokal, Timothy Chandler went the full 90 minutes in Nurnberg’s 1-0 loss to Greuther Fürth.  And Fabian Johnson (90 minutes) and Danny Williams (seven minutes) both played in Hoffenheim’s 2-1 victory over Augsburg.

Amobi Okugo recently told Brent Latham that his training stint at Freiburg could turn out to be something more than just a training stint.

The US Soccer YNT blog has a bunch a little things up on the U-23 camp.

SI’s Steve Davis spoke to Jurgen Klinsmann about Klinsi’s desire for the US players to train year round.

One of those players following that plan is Landon Donovan.  Mark Lawrenson of the Liverpool Daily Post gives his thoughts on the move.  And Everton manager David Moyes spoke to about Donovan.

Some of you might have already saw Tony Taylor’s goal from this past weekend.  Now here is your chance to meet his teammate and Atletico CP’s starting goalkeeper Caleb Patterson-Sewell.

Now for some fun rumorville time with the January transfer window quickly approaching us.  First up is Robbie Rogers to Leeds, while the second name of the day is Eddie Johnson to Puebla.

Categories: Amobi Okugo, Brian Span, Caleb Patterson-Sewell, Danny Williams, Eddie Johnson, Fabian Johnson, Landon Donovan, Robbie Rogers, Timothy Chandler, US Men's National Team, US U-23 National Team, Zak Whitbread

Some post-Turkey weekend links
   November 28, 2011 (7:30 PM) by Matt Benson

I hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving weekend with family and friends.

A new name for our MLS players training in Europe list has emerged today as Amobi Okugo is headed to Germany to train with SC Freiburg.  Freiburg has already opened its arms to fellow MLS-er Perry Kitchen.

I posted this earlier today, but Steven Goff found out the roster for the upcoming MLS Generation Adidas tour to Europe.  This year they are headed to the Netherlands to train and play some friendlies.

US U-23 defender Greg Garza is on trial with Mexican side Club Tijuana.  Garza has been in Traffic Sports limboland since leaving Portuguese second division club Estoril earlier this year.  According to the Ives link, he was recommended to Club Tijuana by midfielder and fellow U-23/U-20 camp teammate from earlier this month Joe Corona.

Sticking with the youth theme, Michael Hoyos recently told is still open to playing for the US.  Hoyos was born in California, but moved to Argentina when he was 15-years-old.  The 20-year-old forward currently plays for Estudiantes de La Plata in Argentina and recently played for Argentina’s youth team at the Pan American Games.

Some of you might have noticed that Carlos Bocanegra did not play this weekend for Rangers.  Captain America picked up a slight hamstring tear in a recent practice and is expected to miss at least two weeks.

And finally, thanks to Todd for sending this in, but here is a video interview with Robbie Findley as he talks about missing Thanksgiving and his time so far with Nottingham Forest.

Categories: Amobi Okugo, Carlos Bocanegra, Greg Garza, Michael Hoyos, Robbie Findley

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