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Thursday morning links
   December 12, 2013 (12:01 AM) by Matt

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

Tuesday morning links
   December 3, 2013 (7:00 AM) by Matt

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

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

Some links for your Friday morning reading pleasure
   April 26, 2013 (12:02 AM) by Matt

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

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

Tuesday morning links
   February 12, 2013 (12:26 AM) by Matt

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, Mikkel Diskerud, Russell Canouse, Sacha Kljestan, Shawn Parker, Stuart Holden, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team, Zach Pfeffer

Links that are real and not a hoax
   January 16, 2013 (10:15 PM) by Matt

This whole Manti Te’o story has been sadly owning my life today.

In case you missed it earlier today, Sacha Kljestan and Anderlecht advanced to the semifinals of the Belgian Cup.  and Michael Bradley had a “hockey” assist in Roma’s win in Coppa Italia action.  Such great weight on that pass by Bradley.

Speaking of Kljestan, even the local press are joining in on the mustache fun.

The Shin Guardian breaks out their 23 tickets/boarding passes for the USMNT and the 2014 World Cup.

Mathew Wagner caught up with Michael Parkhurst to talk about his new club Augsburg.

Steve Cherundolo will miss this weekend’s game for Hannover 96 with some knee pain.

FA Cup highlights are hard to come by, but here is short post-game interview with Sturart Holden from yesterday.

He did not get into today’s FA Cup loss to Manchester United, but Sebastian Lletget did make the bench for West Ham United.  Getting closer to that first team debut.

Zach Pfeffer has continued his hot streak with Hoffenheim’s U-19 team, scoring four goals today.  And fellow American Russell Canouse had one goals and three assists.

Marc Pelosi and Liverpool’s U-21 team played Cody Cropper and Southampton recently.  Here is 10 minutes worth of highlights.

Bobby Wood came off the bench for 30 minutes in 1860 Munich’s 1-0 win over Dinamo Zagreb in a friendly.

Free agent Diego Chavarri decided to stay in Peru and signed with Union Comercio.

According to this report, Clarence Goodson is hesitate about signing with Turkish side Ordurspor.

Speaking of Turkey, Maurice Edu is being linked to a move to Bursaspor.  Some more on this.  Yay silly season!

While we see players like Edu stuck in no man’s land or the Robbie’s (Findley and Rogers) leaving their clubs, Steve Davis decides to point out the not as cool part of Americans fleeing to Europe to play.

Former NY Red Bull Sacir Hot has signed with Hessen Kassel of the German Regionalliga.

Justin Moose has re-signed with Finnish side SJK.  Moose appeared in 23 games last season, scoring one goal.

Here is video of Bryan Meredith being officially introduced at IK Brage.

And finally, I hope this is not true, but it looks like News Corp. might change Fox Soccer in the future to FX2 (or some entertainment-based network) since the station has lost so many league rights over the last couple years.  Once next year hits and they lose the Premier League, it won’t have much content on the weekends.

Categories: Bobby Wood, Bryan Meredith, Clarence Goodson, Cody Cropper, Diego Chavarri, Justin Moose, Marc Pelosi, Maurice Edu, Michael Bradley, Michael Parkhurst, Russell Canouse, Sacha Kljestan, Sacir Hot, Sebastian Lletget, Steve Cherundolo, Stuart Holden, US Men's National Team, Zach Pfeffer
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A bit of this and a bit of that
   January 10, 2013 (9:09 PM) by Matt

I just want to link again to the footage of Stuart Holden running around as it makes me happy to see.

Speaking of Holden, Bolton manager told BBC Radio Manchesterthat Holden could make his senior-team return next Tuesday in Bolton’s FA Cup replay at Sunderland.

Will Packwood is going to have a third round of surgery to insert a metal plate into his leg.

Zach Pfeffer scored again for Hoffenheim’s U-19 team in his second friendly with the club.

Michael Parkhurst got the start at right back in Augsburg’s 4-1 win over Hansa Rostock in a friendly on Wednesday.  Here is also a photo of Parkhurst in action.

Bob Bradley and Egypt lost to Ghana today, 3-0, in a friendly.

While most of Brøndby’s players are looking for new homes with the club’s financial issues, Clarence Goodson is not ready to return to the US/MLS.

US Soccer continues its “MNT in…..” series with Jose Torres in Mexico.

Will Parchman takes a look at everyone’s favorite Icelandic-American forward Aron Johannsson.

Travis Clark updates us on the latest US U-20 camp.  And Brian Sciaretta has an interview with US U-20 forward Daniel Cuevas.

And finally, Steven Goff has a story up on Joe Gyau.

Categories: Aron Johannsson, Bob Bradley, Clarence Goodson, Daniel Cuevas, Joe Gyau, Jose Francisco Torres, Michael Parkhurst, Stuart Holden, US U-20 National Team, Will Packwood, Zach Pfeffer
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Tuesday night linkage
   January 8, 2013 (10:11 PM) by Matt

A bunch of links for Tuesday evening.

In case you don’t follow us on Twitter or Facebook, but we have a new addition to the site.  We are going to try and track every goal scored this calendar year.  You can find our goal tracker by clicking the goals link above in the navigation bar.

I posted on Monday about Graham Zusi and Juan Agudelo training at West Ham this week, but it looks like at least Zusi’s trip is an actual trial.

Sticking with the MLS-to-Europe training stints, DC United goalkeepers Joe Willis and Andrew Dykstra are both headed to England to train with different clubs (Sunderland for Willis and Hartlepool United for Dykstra).

Matt over at The Shin Guardian did a detailed depth chart of the USMNT as we enter 2013.  And Brian Sciaretta gives us his breakdown of the January camp.

Not too of a shock, but Grant Wahl is hearing that ESPN won/bought the rights to the US-Mexico qualifier at Azteca.  So ESPN should have that game plus all the home qualifiers, while beIN Sport should have all the rest of the road qualifiers if I am remembering this correctly.

A week after playing in an indoor reserve match, Stuart Holden took the field outside in Bolton’s reserves’ 3-0 win over Oldham Athletic’s reserves.  Holden got the start and played 65 minutes, which got some good reviews of his performance.

While he is coming back from injury, Will Packwood is scheduled to have a second surgery on his broken leg.

US U-18 midfielder Zach Pfeffer scored a goal in his first friendly since going out on loan at Hoffenheim.

Marc Pelosi got the start and went the full 90 minutes in Liverpool’s 4-1 win over Inter Milan in the NextGen Series (U-19 tournament).  With the win, Liverpool advance to the next round.

Parker Walsh could be headed back to Karlsruher SC.

Not a surprise, but Stoke City are open to loaning out Maurice Edu.  Edu has only appeared in one game with the Potters since making the move from Rangers to Stoke City.

Clarence Goodson’s Brøndby are having some money issues and the players might have to take a pay cut or the club might go bankrupt.

Alejandro Bedoya apparently has some suitors in Spain, German, Denmark and Sweden.  Bedoya is expected to stay with the USMNT until a deal is finalized.

Conor O’Brien also has a few different teams looking at him according to Greg Seltzer.

American Jack Stefanowski has been named the head coach of Nepal’s national team.

Alecko Eskandarian tells us a cool story about Clint Dempsey from 2005′s Camp Cupcake.

And finally, Sciaretta has another interview with Sacha Kljestan.

Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Andrew Dykstra, Clarence Goodson, Clint Dempsey, Conor O'Brien, Graham Zusi, Jack Stefanowski, Joe Willis, Juan Agudelo, Marc Pelosi, Maurice Edu, Parker Walsh, Sacha Kljestan, Stuart Holden, US Men's National Team, Will Packwood, Zach Pfeffer

Friday morning links
   December 6, 2012 (11:42 PM) by Matt

I’m going to be out of town this weekend so there might be a delay on highlights going up.  That said, here are some links.

Bolton manager Dougie Freedman confirmed that Stuart Holden has returned to first-team training, although they are still taking things slow.

Carlos Bocanegra is close to returning to the field after his hamstring injury.

Brad Friedel started for Tottenham in yesterday’s Europa League game and AVB wants to keep Friedel despite some recent Friedel-to-Blackburn rumors.

Chicago Fire and USMNT goalkeeper Sean Johnson is headed to England to train with Stoke City and Everton this offseason.  USMNT goalkeeper coach Chris Woods is also the goalkeeper coach at Everton, but Jurgen Klinsmann must have some decent connections at Stoke City between this and Geoff Cameron/Maurice Edu’s transfers.

Bruce Arena told the press this week that the Galaxy will not be letting Omar Gonzalez go on any offseason loans or training stints.  Gonzalez tore his ACL in his first day at training with Nurnberg last year.

According to Brian Sciaretta, Bobby Wood is on a second team contract with 1860 Munich, but talks of a first team contract have begun.

Sticking with Sciaretta, he spoke to Zach Pfeffer about his loan to Hoffenheim.

Chivas USA youth academy product Ben Spencer is going on some trials in Europe at the moment.

And finally, Greg Seltzer takes a look at some potential MLS targets of the Americans playing in Europe.

Categories: Ben Spencer, Bobby Wood, Brad Friedel, Carlos Bocanegra, Omar Gonzalez, Sean Johnson, Stuart Holden, Zach Pfeffer
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