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Thursday morning links
   September 11, 2014 (1:46 AM) by Matt Benson
 

One day closer to the weekend.

The big news of yesterday was that Geoff Cameron underwent hernia surgery on Wednesday and will be out for an unknown amount of time.  This has been a disaster of an opening 2014-15 season for Cameron.

As for his Stoke City teammate, Brek Shea looks to be headed to Birmingham City on a loan and will be available for selection this weekend as the Blues take on Leeds United.  Shea will join fellow Americans Will Packwood and Jonathan Spector at the club.

Julian Green’s chances of making his Hamburg debut this weekend are decent as the club is battling a few injuries to some attacking players.

Berti Vogts doesn’t like when Borussia Monchengladbach manager Lucien Favre plays Fabian Johnson at positions that are not named right back.

Greg Seltzer broke out his stat notebook and has a bunch of random numbers for your viewing pleasure.  Based on the old MLS scoring system (two points for a goal, one point for an assist), Jozy Altidore’s 2012-13 was the best by any American in a top-flight league in Europe.

The US U-20 team ended their Argentina adventure with a 1-1 draw to Argentina’s U-20 team.  Zach Pfeffer scored the lone goal for the US.

Jurgen Klinsmann did a Q&A on US Soccer’s website about the young guns and last week’s game.  Remember how we beat the Czech Republic on their home turf?  That same team just beat the Netherlands, 2-1,  in a Euro qualifier this week.

Brian Sciaretta decided to do a transfer report card on seven key Americans.  He likes Johnson’s move to Borussia Monchengladbach the most and I can’t really complain.

Some horrible news for Quentin Westberg and Luzenac as the club has been denied access to Ligue 2.  The club is not even allowed to go back to the National (third tier) so it will now play in the the amateur seventh division with all current players released of their contracts.

Christopher McCollum caught up with Brandon Scott to talk about his debut season with Leiknir Reykjavík as they have earned promotion to the Icelandic Úrvalsdeild with two games remaining.

Mike Woitalla introduces us to the latest American teenager being courted by both the US and Mexico.

And finally, we are sort of a big deal in Taiwan.

 
Categories: Brad Guzan, Brandon Scott, Brek Shea, Edwin Lara, Fabian Johnson, Geoff Cameron, Jozy Altidore, Julian Green, Quentin Westberg, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team, Zach Pfeffer
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Friday morning links
   July 18, 2014 (12:35 AM) by Matt Benson
 

A bunch of links for this Friday.

As Howie posted last night, Matt Besler is in talks with Sporting Kansas City on getting a new contract, although he hasn’t totally dismissed the possibility of playing overseas.  While Greg Seltzer told us earlier this week that Sunderland was one of the teams expressing interest in Besler, the Evening Chronicle is hearing that the Black Cats have not made a bid and don’t plan on making one either.  All this said, I think Besler will probably end up staying in Kansas City and I really don’t have a problem with that.  Nothing wrong for him to have a Eddie Pope-like career.

If you want more transfer talk, Greg Seltzer was on yesterday’s episode of Soccer Morning with Jason Davis.  He begins talking about the 11-minute mark and goes over some stuff on DeAndre Yedlin, Matt Besler (before last night’s news), Graham Zusi, Mix Diskerud, Brek Shea and a couple others.

Speaking of Brek Shea, he was named to Stoke City’s 23-man roster for the Potters’ preseason tour of Germany.

The latest FIFA world rankings came out yesterday with the US dropping two spots to #15.  Costa Rica was one of the big winners, moving up 12 spots to #16.  And this month is the first time that CONCACAF has had three teams in the Top 18 since March of 2004.

For those few people that missed it earlier this week, the Ecuadorian Football Federation claims that the US and Ecuador will play in a friendly against each other in October.

As I post this, about 40% of you think Jermaine Jones’ goal vs. Portugal was your favorite US goal from the World Cup, which leads the pack.  Go vote here.

Mix Diskerud came off the bench and was first credited with a goal, which was later changed to an own goal, in Rosenborg’s upset 2-1 loss to Sligo Rovers in Europa League action (highlights).  Also in Europa League action yesterday, Sean Reynolds came off the bench for 20 minutes in FH’s 1-1 draw to Neman.  And Pablo Punyed went 90 minutes in Stjarnan’s 2-2 draw to Motherwell.  The second legs will be next Thursday.

According to Earnie Stewart, Aron Johannsson’s ankle injury was actually a long-term injury that has been bugging him prior to the World Cup.

“He’s had this injury for a longer while than at the U.S. national team,” Stewart said in an telephone interview. “It was something that you could play with; it wasn’t a problem to. I’ve played with the same problem myself. Once it’s time to rest, it’s something that can aggravate you every time you step out on the field.”

Jozy Altidore told the Sunderland Echo that his injury in the World Cup was the low point of his career.  He is expected to be almost fully fit once he returns to Sunderland.

If you are reading this before 1 PM Eastern on Friday, turn on beIN Sports as they will be showing Terrence Boyd and RB Leipzig taking on PSG in a friendly (h/t Jon Arnold).

Bayern Munich have updated their website and Julian Green is listed under the first team players.  His online bio also tells us that he is a Gemini.  Bayern Munich have also launched an English version of their site dedicated to the US.

The US U-20 team defeated Bermuda, 4-0, in their second match of the NTC Invitational on Wednesday.  The goals were provided by Andrija Novakovich, Zach Pfeffer, Tommy Thompson and an own goal.  Here are some highlights (I see you, Tommy Thompson) and some post-game reactions.  The US’s final game is tonight against Australia at the StubHub Center at 7 PM and admission/parking are free.  If I didn’t have plans already, I would be headed down there.

Liga MX also starts up tonight and Tom Marshall fills you in on where all the Americans will be playing this fall.

According to Sky Sports, Gboly Ariyibi is on trial with Burnley.  Ariyibi ended last season on loan with Tranmere Rovers then became a free agent this summer once his contract with Leeds expired.

Bobby Wood got the start and played 72 minutes on the wing in a 4-3-3 in 1860 Munich’s 3-2 loss to Borussia Möchengladbach in a friendly earlier this week.  Here is a photo of Wood in action.

Sebastian Lletget actually played with West Ham’s first team on Wednesday in a 0-0 draw to Ipswich Town in a friendly, coming off the bench in the second half.

Southampton’s website has an interview up with goalkeeper Cody Cropper.

Brian Sciaretta caught up with Caleb Stanko as he tries to break into Freiburg’s first team this season.

And finally, I personally think the ESPYs are really stupid, but the USMNT won this year for “Best Moment” for its win over Ghana.  And it looks like the guys who could attend had a good time, so good for them.

Enjoy the weekend.

 
Categories: Andrija Novakovich, Aron Johannsson, Bobby Wood, Brek Shea, Caleb Stanko, Cody Cropper, DeAndre Yedlin, Gboly Ariyibi, Graham Zusi, Jermaine Jones, Jozy Altidore, Julian Green, Matt Besler, Mix Diskerud, Pablo Punyed, Sean Reynolds, Sebastian Lletget, Terrence Boyd, Tommy Thompson, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team, Zach Pfeffer
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Hump day links
   July 16, 2014 (1:12 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Just a couple things for Wednesday.

Greg Seltzer updates us on the latest on the Matt Besler front.  Looks like he is getting a lot of interest from England and we might know an answer about his friendly come Monday.

Mr. Seltzer also informs us that Olympiacos are no longer interested in Sacha Kljestan.

Omar Gonzalez was on Conan last night and here is a part of his interview.

Aron Johannsson had successful ankle surgery yesterday.  He is expected to miss 6-8 weeks according to AZ’s website.  ArJo appears to be in good spirits.

US Soccer put up a little video of highlights while Tab Ramos, Zach Pfeffer and Andrija Novakovich talk about the US U-20’s 2-1 win over Chile from Monday.

One U-20 player not in Carson at the moment is Rubio Rubin as he was busy playing with FC Utrecht’s senior team in a friendly on Tuesday.  Here are a couple photos of Rubin.

Another young player getting some action with a senior team in a friendly on Tuesday was Joe Gyau with Borussia Dortmund.  Gyau got the start and went the full 90 minutes in Dortmund’s 4-1 win over Hessen Kassel.  That link also has a photo of Gyau in Dortmund’s new jersey for this season.

Speaking of Borussia Dortmund, it looks like US U-17 forward Christian Pulisic has also signed (or will be soon) with Borussia Dortmund.

And finally, Screamer/Deadspin have ranked all 171 goals from the World Cup.  Obviously I am biased, but I think Jermaine Jones’ goal was much better than #40.  Also, I personally think James Rodriguez’s goal against Uruguay was the best of the tournament, which they do not.

 
Categories: Andrija Novakovich, Aron Johannsson, Christian Pulisic, Jermaine Jones, Joe Gyau, Matt Besler, Omar Gonzalez, Rubio Rubin, Sacha Kljestan, US U-20 National Team, Zach Pfeffer
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Links, links & more links for Tuesday
   July 15, 2014 (12:02 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Let’s dive into this.

The US U-20 team opened up the 2014 NTC Invitational with a 2-1 win over Chile.  The goals were scored by Andrija Novakovich and Zach Pfeffer.  Here is who started and this is what they looked like.  Next up is Bermuda on Wednesday at 4 PM Pacific.

Not surprising, but Freddy Adu was not offered a contract by AZ Alkmaar.

Eric Lichaj was banged up with injuries for most of the second half of last season and it looks like he might be out until September with a groin injury.

You can add Lyon to the growing list of teams interested in DeAndre Yedlin.  Yedlin also became the fifth USMNT player 20 or younger to play at least 100 minutes at a World Cup.

Jozy Altidore and Jermaine Jones made the rounds at FOX on Sunday.  They were on Fox Sports Live and did this podcast (which randomly features a Iowa Hawkeye helmet!).  Jermaine also threw out the first pitch at the Dodgers game on Friday.

Remember the Matt Besler/Freiburg rumor from last week?  Greg Seltzer shot that one down.

Bayern Munich’s website has a new interview with Julian Green up on their site.

Jose Torres, Herculez Gomez and Tigres did not qualify for Copa Libertadores after losing to Morelia in the two-legged SuperCopa MX.

Sebastian Lletget had an assist in West Ham’s Development Squad’s 2-2 draw to AFC Hornchurch on Sunday.  Lletget is in an interesting spot.  He is probably getting too old for regular development squad minutes, but West Ham won’t play him with the first team or loan him out to get minutes.

We had tons of goals this weekend as you can see from all the highlight posts I made over the weekend.  You can also see the non-highlights goals on our goal tracker.  We also had some youth team/friendly goals this weekend with Danny Barbir scoring with West Brom’s U-18 team and Rubio Rubin scoring twice with Utrecht’s reserve team.

Remember when David Yelldell was a thing and looked like he might be the #3 goalkeeper for the USMNT?  Well, he has been hiding on Bayer Leverkusen’s bench the last couple seasons, but he made a nice double save off a penalty kick in a friendly over the weekend.

Greg Seltzer caught up with Terrence Boyd to talk about his move to RB Leipzig.

Tom Marshall talked to Greg Garza about potentially taking over Tijuana’s starting left back spot since Edgar Castillo left the club.

USMNT assistant coach Andy Herzog would like to be the US Olympic team head coach.

CONCACAF president Jeffrey Webb thinks CONCACAF should get more spots for the World Cup.  Based on most ranking metrics out there, CONCACAF outperformed most expectations of the region at the World Cup.

I made a post about two things yesterday.  I have heard from one of our Brazil Bracket Challenge winners, but still waiting to hear back from dmlacey.  I also asked for help trying to find the video that they played in the stadiums before the World Cup games.  Brian Straus then tweeted it out later in the afternoon and it was on FIFA’s own Youtube channel.  Apparently I can find Icelandic third division highlights, but not something this simple on FIFA’s own channel.  That said, enjoy the video.  I like it.

 
Categories: Andrija Novakovich, Danny Barbir, David Yelldell, DeAndre Yedlin, Eric Lichaj, Freddy Adu, Greg Garza, Herculez Gomez, Jermaine Jones, Jose Francisco Torres, Jozy Altidore, Julian Green, Matt Besler, Rubio Rubin, Sebastian Lletget, Terrence Boyd, US U-20 National Team, Zach Pfeffer
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Thursday morning links
   December 12, 2013 (12:01 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Remember when we thought DaMarcus Beasley was headed to Queretaro?  But then his agent chimed in that it wasn’t 100% true?  It looks like the deal is not 100% official, but has been agreed upon.

In the good-to-hear department, there is a good chance that Steve Cherundolo could return to Hannover 96’s starting lineup this weekend.

In the not-as-good-to-hear department, Timothy Chandler hasn’t heard from Jurgen Klinsmann in the last couple months.  Looks like he could be on the outside right now.

Steven Goff caught up with Oguchi Onyewu to talk about his move to QPR among other things.

Julian Green has been added to Bayern Munich’s 23-man roster for the FIFA Club World Cup, which will be played in Morocco this month.  Bayern Munich’s first game will be on December 17 against the winner of Guangzhou Evergrande (China) vs. Al-Ahly (Egypt).

I guess there were some rumors that Sacha Kljestan picked up some skin cancer, but Grant Wahl found out that he only treatment for some pre-cancerous spots on his face.

Norwegian side Bodo/Glimt want to bring in Zarek Valentin permanently for next season.  Valentin appeared in 27 games for Bodo/Glimt last season while on loan from the Montreal Impact.

Greg Seltzer has some transfer goodies on Juan Agudelo, Fabian Johnson and Michael Parkhurst.

Seltzer also crunched some numbers on Americans who have played in Champions League, Europa League, UEFA Cup or Cup Winners Cup.

Brian Sciaretta talked to Will Packwood this week about his comeback from the last year.

To close out the Centennial, US Soccer is selecting its all-time USMNT XI.  Here are the eligible players.  Alexi Lalas also selected his roster.  If I had to pick a team, I would go with (4-2-3-1 since Dempsey is listed as a midfielder and not forward):  Keller; Cherundolo, Pope, Bocanegra, Agoos; Renya, Bradley; Donovan, Dempsey, Ramos; McBride

I posted the US U-17 highlights yesterday from their 2-1 loss to Portugal from earlier this week.  US Soccer has now put up the whole 90 minutes.  They also bounced back from that loss with a 5-1 win over England.  Monterrey FC’s Joe Gallardo had a hat trick, while LA Galaxy Academy’s Haji Wright scored the other two goals.  The team finishes up the 2013 Nike International Friendlies with a match against Brazil on Friday.

Fulham’s U-18 team advanced to the fourth round of the FA Youth Cup after beating QPR 4-1.  Emerson Hyndman scored one of the goals off a “Beckham-esque” free kick.

US U-18 midfielder Kyle Scott made his UEFA youth league debut earlier this week with Chelsea’s U-19 team.

The folks over at Soccer by Ives talked to Zach Pfeffer about his year spent with Hoffenheim.

And finally, this appears to be Mexico’s away shirt for the World Cup.  It looks very Charlie Brown to me.  There is nothing major to report on the US front regarding their World Cup jerseys (I know a couple images are out there floating around, but they look very fake/photoshopped to me).  One loyal OT reader told me he spoke to a soccer shop rep recently and the only description he got from them was one of them would be royal and white while the other would be red.  So all that means nothing really.

 
Categories: DaMarcus Beasley, Emerson Hyndman, Fabian Johnson, Juan Agudelo, Julian Green, Kyle Scott, Michael Parkhurst, Oguchi Onyewu, Sacha Kljestan, Steve Cherundolo, Timothy Chandler, US Men's National Team, Will Packwood, Zach Pfeffer, Zarek Valentin
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Tuesday morning links
   December 3, 2013 (7:00 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Where in the world is Landon Donovan?

No, really, he is instagramming photos of being in Europe (Donovan to Eintracht Frankfurt!?!?!?) which is making people think he is working on getting a potential winter loan deal worked out, although Bruce Arena told the Galaxy All-Access podcast that both Donovan and Omar Gonzalez won’t be heading to Europe on loan in January.  So now we play the waiting game for more information to leak out.

In case you missed it yesterday, US Soccer announced a friendly against South Korea for February 1.  It sounds like January’s camp will start in Los Angeles for a week.  Head to Brazil for a week or two before returning to Los Angeles for a final week and the friendly at the StubHub Center (RIP Home Depot Center naming rights).

The US fell one spot in the latest FIFA world rankings from #13 to #14.  Mexico moved up from #24 to #20.

Jozy Altidore was named US Soccer’s Male Athlete of the Year for 2013.  Jozy finished 2013 tied with Landon Donovan with a team-leading eight goals, including a USMNT record with a goal in five consecutive games.

CONCACAF also has a bunch of awards that you can vote on right here.  This will be the first edition of the soon-to-be annual CONCACAF awards.  It says you have until mid-December to vote, whenever that is (CONCACAF gonna CONCACAF).

As for the latest on the Bob Bradley new job watch, he is now being tied to the Vancouver Whitecaps.  And here is an updated trailer/sneak peek at the PBS hour-long documentary on Bradley, which will come out in 2014.

John Brooks has been having knee issues, although his MRI from last week showed nothing serious was wrong with it.

Jonathan Spector suffered a setback with his thigh injury and is now out until the end of January.

Southampton goalkeeper Artur Boruc will miss six weeks with a broken hand.  Throw in an injury to Kelvin Davis and there is a chance that Cody Cropper could at least dress for a game or two in the near future for the Saints.

Birmingham City have denied Bristol Rovers’ request to play Will Packwood in their upcoming FA Cup match.  If Packwood were to play, he would be ineligible to play for Birmingham City in the FA Cup for the rest of 2013-14.

Zach Pfeffer’s loan deal with Hoffenheim has officially come to an end.  He got a lot of playing time with Hoffenheim’s U-19 team while he was over in Germany.

Benji Joya, Daniel Cuevas and Santos Laguna’s U-20 team won the U-20 Apertura this past weekend.  And there is speculation that the two could be headed to other teams as they seek out playing time with first teams.

Speaking of that speculation and other possible transfers in Mexico (possibly DaMarcus Beasley), Tom Marshall has you covered.

Jeff Cunningham has been spotted in Vietnam trialing with Hai Phong FC.

And finally, go read Will’s latest goalkeeper interview with Washington Husky Spencer Richey.  Hopefully you guys have been enjoying Will’s interviews as I think he has some more coming in the future.

 
Categories: Benji Joya, Bob Bradley, Cody Cropper, DaMarcus Beasley, Daniel Cuevas, Jeff Cunningham, John Brooks, Jonathan Spector, Jozy Altidore, Landon Donovan, Omar Gonzalez, US Men's National Team, Will Packwood, Zach Pfeffer
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Tab Ramos names 22-man roster for training camp in Italy
   November 8, 2013 (12:39 PM) by Howie Michaels
 

While more attention will be on the senior squad’s friendlies against Scotland and Austria, the U-20s will take on Iran’s U-20, Hellas Verona’s academy, and a to-be-named opponent (I’m leading towards Escalus FC, although I’d be fine with Mercutio).

In order to play a match, of course, you need players, and Tab Ramos will have 22 to pick from.

GOALKEEPERS (2): Santiago Castano (New York Red Bulls; Union City, N.J.), Ethan Horvath (Molde FK; Highlands Ranch, Colo.)

DEFENDERS (6):Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas; Plano, Texas), Conor Donovan (Capital Area RailHawks Academy; Fuquay Varina, N.C.), Matias Fracchia (NJSA 04; Roselle Park, N.J.), Matthew Miazga (New York Red Bulls; Clifton, N.J.), Shaquell Moore (IMG Academy; Powder Springs, Ga.), John Requejo Jr. (Real So Cal; Carpinteria, Calif.)

MIDFIELDERS (8):Russell Canouse (TSG 1899 Hoffenheim; Lancaster, Pa.), Marco Delgado (Chivas USA; Glendora, Calif.), Junior Flores (Borussia Dortmund; Manassas Park, Va.), Romain Gall (FC Lorient; Herndon, Va.), Lynden Gooch (Sunderland AFC; Santa Cruz, Calif.), Emerson Hyndman (Fulham FC; Plano, Texas), Kristian Scott (Swansea City AFC; Winterbourne, Bristol), Omar Thompson (Wigan Athletic; Miami, Fla.)

FORWARDS (6):Kainoa Bailey (Bayer 04 Leverkusen; Henderson, Nev.), Benji Lopez (Real Salt Lake; San Diego, Calif.), Amando Moreno (New York Red Bulls; Morganville, N.J.), Zach Pfeffer (TSG 1899 Hoffenheim; Dresher, Pa.), Rubio Rubin (Unattached; Beaverton, Ore.), Ben Spencer (Molde FK; Albuquerque, N.M.)

US Soccer also subtly breaks the news that Molde has been annexed by Sweden. Seems odd to add an exclave like that, but that’s European politics for you.

Eleven players are based with European teams from four different nations: England, France, Germany and Sweden. England and Germany are most prominently represented with four players each; Sweden has two from Molde FK and France one from FC Lorient.

To my knowledge, these matches will not be streamed or broad/narrowcasted in any manner, but if we learn otherwise, we will certainly share that information so that we can all overreact.

 

 
Categories: Emerson Hyndman, Ethan Horvath, Junior Flores, Kris Scott, Omar Thompson, Romain Gall, Rubio Rubin, Russell Canouse, US U-20 National Team, Zach Pfeffer
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Some links for your Friday morning reading pleasure
   April 26, 2013 (12:02 AM) by Matt Benson
 

The title says it all.

Jurgen Klinsmann spoke to some reporters on Wednesday and touched on a few different topics, including Stuart Holden and some ideas on how he is going to build this summer’s Gold Cup roster.

“We save most of [the top-flight European-based players] clearly for the World Cup qualifiers and then give them a well-deserved break. And then we have to build a very competitive roster for the Gold Cup.

“It’s tricky. Who is in a rhythm? The Scandinavians are in a rhythm. The MLS players are. Mexico is in a similar break like Europe, so it makes it difficult. Whoever from Mexico you leave out of the May-June camp, most likely we will leave them out of the Gold Cup as well because they would come from vacation and they can’t catch up. It’s a challenge for us.”

Klinsi also doesn’t want to see Carlos Bocanegra returning to Rangers next season.

Klinsmann also addressed Landon Donovan in the quotes above and Landon agrees that he has some work to do before returning to the USMNT.

Going back to Holden for a second, here is another article from England about him returning to Bolton after his loan to Sheffield Wednesday.

US Soccer put up a video this week with John O’Brien talking about his first cap with the USMNT.

It looks like Brek Shea and Geoff Cameron will be headed to FC Dallas this summer. . . . .in a scrimmage as Stoke City are headed back to the States this summer for some friendlies.

J.R. Eskilson decided to brave the 405 this week and went to the Home Depot Center to watch the US U-20 team partake in an intrasquad scrimmage.

Billy Schuler got the start and played 45 minutes in Hammarby’s 1-0 loss to Falkenberg on Thursday.

Zach Pfeffer scored a goal for Hoffenheim’s U-19 team in some youth cup match on Wednesday.

Brian Span scored a goal for Djurgården’s U-21 team earlier this week and here is a highlight of it.

After making his debut over the weekend, Freddy Adu came off the bench again and played eight minutes for Bahia in a 0-0 draw to Bahia de Feira on Wednesday.

Still recovering from his broken leg, Will Packwood was offered a new contract by Birmingham City this week.

And finally, here is an awesome interactive site that features the historical English football league tables from 1889 to 2012.  Click on a team and it highlights their position for every season.

 
Categories: Billy Schuler, Brek Shea, Brian Span, Carlos Bocanegra, Freddy Adu, Geoff Cameron, Landon Donovan, Stuart Holden, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team, Will Packwood, Zach Pfeffer
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Only a few links for the morning
   February 28, 2013 (12:04 AM) by Matt Benson
 

So Jozy Altidore had himself a nice little game yesterday.  Here is a post-game interview with Altidore.  AZ Alkmaar is now headed to the final of the KNVB Cup on May 9 against PSV Eindhoven.  Jozy has scored seven goals in five KNVB Cup matches this year, including at least one in each of the five games, becoming the first AZ player to do that since Barry van Galen in 2000-01.

Jozy wasn’t the only American who scored yesterday.  Zach Pfeffer scored for Hoffenheim’s U-19 team in a 3-0 win over SC Freiburg.  Russell Canouse also went the full 90 minutes for Hoffenheim.

Sticking with Hoffenheim, the team’s website has an interview up with Fabian Johnson.  On a slight Johnson tangent, what if Edgar Castillo continues to play well?  Maybe start Castillo at left back for the USMNT and bump Johnson up to midfield on the left side to create some width?  Just spitballing here.

Sacha Kljestan and Anderlecht lost in league play yesterday, the team’s first since October 27.  The team was 13-0-2 in league play over that stretch before yesterday’s loss.  And Kljestan talked to Greg Seltzer about a few things as well as the possibility of becoming a captain at Anderlecht in the future.

Thanks to Armando for e-mailing this in, but here is a video on Jermaine Jones.  It looks to be from last September, but I had not seen it before.

Our goal tracker has been a lot busier this month, especially in the last week.  So check that out.

 
Categories: Fabian Johnson, Jermaine Jones, Jozy Altidore, Russell Canouse, Sacha Kljestan, Zach Pfeffer
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Tuesday morning links
   February 12, 2013 (12:26 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Just got home and starting to play some catch up from the last couple of days.  Here are some goods.

As Howie pointed out yesterday, the CONCACAF U-20 Championship will air on Fox Soccer.

Sacha Kljestan has signed an extension with Anderlecht for another three years.

Stuart Holden put in another 90 minutes for Bolton’s reserve team over the weekend.

Maurice Edu made this Turkish league team of the week.

I can’t find highlights yet, but I guess Andrew Wooten had two assists/help set up two goals in Sandhausen’s 4-1 win over St. Pauli on Sunday.

Shawn Parker welcomed Michael Parkhurst to the Bundesliga over the weekend.

Here is a video interview with Brad Guzan.

Mix Diskerud is expected to sign with a clubs this week according to Brian Sciaretta.

Brian Blickenstaff spoke to Russell Canouse and Zach Pfeffer about Hoffenheim’s youth academy.

I posted Part 1 last week, but Part 2 of Will Parchman’s look at the USMNT’s failed attempt at qualifying for the 1986 World Cup is now up.

According to Grant Wahl and his sources, here are the venues for the remaining USMNT home qualifiers.  If true, I might have to make a trip to Seattle in June.

 

 
Categories: Andrew Wooten, Brad Guzan, Maurice Edu, Michael Parkhurst, Mix Diskerud, Russell Canouse, Sacha Kljestan, Shawn Parker, Stuart Holden, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team, Zach Pfeffer
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