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Could the Hoyos brothers be returning to the States?
   September 27, 2013 (3:10 PM) by Howie Michaels

Michael Hoyos, once a sort-of Rossi figure before a car accident basically robbed him of two years of his career, and his brother, Kevin, have popped up in the headlines recently. In July, Michael (22) was loaned to OFI Crete of Superleague Greece, where he has played some first-team minutes. And recently, Kevin (20) was loaned to Victoria in Honduras.

The brothers were born to Argentine parents and grew up in California’s Central Coast but moved to Argentina to join Estudiantes seven years ago. Michael, of course, rose to enough prominence to become a part of the Argentine youth setup (nine appearances with the U-20s) before that 2011 car accident derailed his career. Kevin has never really had the pedigree, but he’s been having success with Victoria’s first team. Recently, in two different interviews, Kevin suggested a return to the US (and MLS) interests the brothers:

Either way, however, Hoyos believes the opportunity at Victoria will open doors regardless of his status at Estudiantes.

“I was playing on the reserves at Estudiantes,” he said. “I wasn’t getting my chance. They told me there was an opportunity in Honduras and I wanted to play first team football. It was a tough decision to leave Argentina because I was used to it. I was there for seven years.”

“This was a good idea for me to get my career started,” he continued. “I still have lots of games here in Honduras. I know I can play at the first team at Estudiantes but I just haven’t been given the chance yet. Maybe when I get back I can play on the first team. If not, there are lots of possibilities—maybe in the United States or Europe.”

Perhaps even as teammates?

According to Kevin, both brothers have been in talks with an MLS club about a move back north.

“I can’t say the team’s name out of respect,” Kevin Hoyos told Honduran daily La Prensa. “I came to Honduras to play while something gets defined there [in MLS].”

Categories: Kevin Hoyos, Michael Hoyos
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Jozy Altidore is already scoring at Sunderland & other links
   July 11, 2013 (12:01 AM) by Matt Benson

Jozy Altidore officially became a member of Sunderland on Monday.  And on Tuesday, he was with the team in Italy and scoring a goal in a preseason friendly.  Here is a photo of Jozy from that game.  And here is a story from Sunderland’s website with some quotes from Altidore about signing with the team.

While Jozy has scored four goals in his last four games with the USMNT, Chris Wondow…..I mean Wondolowski has scored four in his last two games.  And in a cool story, Drew Carey donated some money to two charities in order to buy the “Wondowlowski” jersey.

Jurgen Klinsmann told the press after Tuesday’s game that he did not start Stuart Holden, Oguchi Onyewu or Herculez Gomez due to their prior knee injuries and the turf field at Jeld-Wen Field.

US Soccer has added two videos to their YouTube channel this week, field-level highlights from last Friday’s game against Guatemala and a video of Holden breaking down his first career USMNT goal from 2009.

While Jozy is no longer at AZ Alkmaar, here is what Aron Johannsson and AZ will be wearing next year.  Some interesting collars.

Tony Taylor scored another goal for AC Omonia in a preseason friendly against Xanthi Skoda on Tuesday.  Taylor scored last week against Hapoel Tel Aviv and here are highlights from that game (Taylor’s goal is around the 9:40 mark).

Bryan Gerzicich is now at Hapoel Tel Aviv and Brian Sciaretta got some quotes from him about the move.  Sciaretta also talked to Diego Chavarri about his loan move to Iran.

Here is a story from a local Reading paper on Danny Williams.  It also includes this photo of him from training.

The Daily Mail (yeah, I know) is saying Maurice Edu will be making a permanent move back to Bursaspor.  Edu played in only one league game for Stoke City in 2012-13 before going out on loan to Bursaspor and appearing in 11 league games before ending the season with an injury.

Seb Hines hasn’t been participating with Middlesbrough’s preseason as he continues to rehab from knee surgery.

While he likely won’t play much with Bayern Munich’s senior team during the season, Julian Green continues to see the field with the first team during the preseason.

Michael Hoyos is headed to Greece to play with OFI this upcoming season on a season-long loan.  He also wants to play for the US.

Tyler Ruthven is no longer with IK Brage in Sweden.

Want some news on some youth players?  Emerson Hyndman, FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman’s grandson, has signed an extension with Fulham.  And US U-18 midfielder Omar Thompson has signed a professional contract with Wigan Athletic.

Categories: Aron Johannsson, Bryan Gerzicich, Chris Wondolowski, Danny Williams, Diego Chavarri, Emerson Hyndman, Herculez Gomez, Jozy Altidore, Julian Green, Maurice Edu, Michael Hoyos, Oguchi Onyewu, Omar Thompson, Seb Hines, Stuart Holden, Tony Taylor, Tyler Ruthven, US Men's National Team

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

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