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Ending the week with some links
   January 10, 2014 (12:41 AM) by Matt Benson

For the four people who don’t know, Roma officially announced the sale of Michael Bradley to MLS on their website yesterday.  The $10 million transfer fee is tied for the second largest ever paid for an American.  And Roma made out with a nice little profit on Bradley.

There has already been about eleventy billion words written about Bradley and his move to MLS so I will spare you with my thoughts nor will I link every little rant/story out there.  That said, here are some quotes from Landon Donovan on the move.

Also from yesterday, Julian Green scored a goal with Bayern Munich’s first team in a friendly against the Sudanese club Al-Merrikh (highlights).  And Matt Taylor scored two goals in a friendly against Heracles (photo).

As expected after his contract was terminated by Randers last week, Charlie Davies signed a permanent contract with the New England Revolution.

Brian Span is returning to the US/MLS after two seasons in Sweden.

I posted last month that I got word from an OT reader about the USMNT’s World Cup kits and some more information has been leaked which seems to match up with it.  The change in crest (RIP centennial crest) matches all the new branding done by US Soccer’s website and Twitter account.  There was also a “leaked shirt” photo circulating around yesterday, but it looked pretty photoshop to me (it looked like someone just tried to create what it should look like based on the description from the new leaked information).

Speaking of new shirts, Tijuana revealed their new red shirt for this season at some party/presentation.  Kim Tate was also down there for the presentation and snagged a couple photos.

Sticking with Tijuana, Mexican international Fernando Arce has a son, Fernando Arce Jr., who is also on Tijuana (playing for their U-20 team) and he was born in the US.

Eric Lichaj picked up a “lower body” injury this past weekend, but it doesn’t appear to be anything serious.

With the US U-20 team currently camping down in Florida, Brian Sciaretta talked to Tab Ramos about how things are going.

Brooks Lennon scored a brace for Liverpool’s U-17 team this week (highlights).  He is #7.

And finally, I really can’t wait for this full video.  Klinsi being Klinsi.  Like a boss.


Categories: Brian Span, Brooks Lennon, Charlie Davies, Eric Lichaj, Fernando Arce, Julian Green, Landon Donovan, Matt Taylor, Michael Bradley, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team

Brian Span is headed to FC Dallas
   January 9, 2014 (1:32 PM) by Matt Benson

The last time we heard about Brian Span, his contract was not renewed by Djurgårdens IF in Sweden back in October.

Span then decided to head back to the US and MLS where he had to go through a weighted lottery today (I am not going to pretend that I know all the MLS roster rules) with FC Dallas coming out the winner.

Span scored one goal in 19 appearances with Djurgårdens across all competitions over the last two seasons.  Span originally headed to Sweden in 2012 after MLS did not offer him a Generation Adidas contract after coming out of the University of Virginia after only two seasons.

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Wednesday morning links
   October 23, 2013 (12:53 AM) by Matt Benson

A few quick links.

Jurgen Klinsmann spoke to US Soccer’s website about finishing up the Hex.  He is not happy with the World Cup seeding process.  They also have a video with him.

Here are some field-level highlights of the US’s win over Panama.

Steven Goff is hearing that Jermaine Jones might be dipping his toe in to the MLS water this winter.

A day after playing Aston Villa this weekend, Tim Howard will be making his broadcasting debut and will be an analyst for NBCSN next to Arlo White for their coverage of Chelsea-Manchester City.

Conor O’Brien was named to the Danish Superliga Team of the Week.

Will Packwood put in another 90 minutes for Bristol Rovers in a 2-1 loss on Tuesday.

Timothy Chandler’s new manager at Nurnberg will be Gertjan Verbeek.  Can Verbeek work his magic like he did for Michael Bradley, Jozy Altidore and Aron Johnannsson?

Brian Span’s contract with Swedish side Djurgårdens has not been renewed.

The US U-20 team will hold a camp in Italy in November.  Get to know some of the players who will be involved in the 2015 U-20 World Cup cycle right here.

Categories: Brian Span, Conor O'Brien, Jermaine Jones, Tim Howard, Timothy Chandler, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team, Will Packwood

Djurgården vs. Örgryte Highlights
   May 1, 2013 (10:01 PM) by Matt Benson

Brian Span came off the bench and played 32 minutes in Djurgården’s 1-0 win over Örgryte in the Swedish Cup semifinals.  Djurgården will play IFK Göteborg on May 25 in the final.  Span joins Jozy Altidore (Holland), Michael Bradley (Italy) and Bryan Gerzicich (Israel) as Americans in cup finals this month.  Here is the lone goal of the game.

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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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A bit of this and a bit of that
   April 8, 2013 (11:57 PM) by Matt Benson

It looks like Jurgen Klinsmann would be open to staying on as USMNT manager beyond 2014.

Anthony Brooks recently did an interview with Berliner Kurier where he claims that he will make a decision on US vs. Germany in the coming weeks.

Mr. Soccer Insider Steven Goff is being told that Bryan Gerzicich might be making a move to MLS this summer.  Greg Seltzer is also hearing the same thing and adds that he has an offer from a team in Belgium.

In the “sounds about right for his crazy career” department, Freddy Adu has been at the club for about a week now and his manager at Brazilian side Bahia has already been fired.

Brian Span and Djurgården’s game against Mjällby on Monday was suspended due to Djurgården’s fans throwing beer bottles onto the field.

Want to see Michael Bradley in an Italian Volkswagen ad?  Why not.

US U-20 forward Daniel Cuevas has returned to full training after tearing his meniscus at the CONCACAF U-20 Championship.

Joe Gyau did a Google Hangout with SWOL yesterday where he talked about life in Germany and the USMNT among other things.

Jason Davis is doing a new morning daily show and had Terrence Boyd on as one of his first guests.

It was only a friendly, but Christian Eissele scored a goal this weekend in Kemi Kings’ 3-1 win over Alex Molano, Lester Dewee and Bodens BK.

The US U-17 team opened up the CONCACAF U-17 Championship with a 3-0 win over Haiti.  They play Guatemala next on Thursday.

Categories: Alex Molano, Brian Span, Bryan Gerzicich, Christian Eissele, Daniel Cuevas, Freddy Adu, Joe Gyau, John Brooks, Lester Dewee, Michael Bradley, Terrence Boyd, US Men's National Team

Djurgården vs. Norrköping Highlights
   April 4, 2013 (10:14 PM) by Matt Benson

Brian Span got the start and played 45 minutes in Djurgården’s win over Norrköping in the quarterfinals of the Svenska Cupen.  The game was 0-0 after 120 minutes, but Djurgården won 5-4 in penalty kicks.  Here are all the PKs.

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Monday morning links
   February 18, 2013 (12:06 AM) by Matt Benson

You might have seen me post a bunch of the videos already this weekend, but you should probably follow @EveryTouchFooty on Twitter.  He/she/it has been posting some great videos of various American players and their every touch in games from this past weekend.  If they continue to make these videos, you can expect me to post a lot of them as they give you a decent idea of how someone played aside from the normal 2-3 minute videos with only the goals from the game.

The US U-20 team kicks off its World Cup qualifying today at 5:30 PM Central on Fox Soccer.  US Soccer gives us two videos.  One with Tab Ramos talking about the roster and another about the team returning to Puebla to train.

Staying with the U-20 theme, Marc Pelosi had to leave his Liverpool U-21s game this weekend with an injury.  And it looks like he broke his leg.  That probably knocks him out of this summer’s U-20 World Cup if the US are able to qualify.

Landon Donovan is set to return to the LA Galaxy in late March.  No word if/when he plans to return with the USMNT.  I’m guessing we won’t see him in a US jersey until May or June.

Alfredo Morales made his 2012-13 senior team debut with Hertha Berlin this weekend.  And here is a photo of him and Anthony Brooks celebrating the occasion.  Hopefully he is talking in Brooks’ ear about how great it is to play for the USMNT.

I posted some goals from some friendlies last week and it looks like Brian Span has scored again in another one.  Hopefully Span can convert this good form into playing time with Djurgården as he appeared in only nine games last season.

Lester Dewee has continued to play/train/trial with Bodens BK and has scored some goals.  You can see some photos of some recent friendlies here and a video interview with Dewee right here.

And finally, Robbie Earle thinks Brek Shea can have some success at Stoke City.

Categories: Alfredo Morales, Brek Shea, Brian Span, John Brooks, Landon Donovan, Lester Dewee, Marc Pelosi, US U-20 National Team

Friendly goal madness
   February 15, 2013 (5:16 PM) by Matt Benson

I have posted these in the various links posts the last couple days, but I thought I would embed all three in one post since three guys scored goals this week.

Brian Span scored a goal for Djurgårdens IF in their 3-2 win over FC Lahti on Thursday.

Justin Moose scored a goal for SJK in a preseason tournament in Finland (1:25 mark).

And Kenneth Di Vita Jensen scored for Hønefoss in a 3-2 win over HJK Helsinki on Wednesday (4:50 mark).

Categories: Brian Span, Highlights, Justin Moose, Kenneth Di Vita Jensen
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Friday morning links
   February 14, 2013 (11:44 PM) by Matt Benson

A leftover from yesterday’s Valentine’s Day fun, but here is a flow chart to pick your USMNT sweetheart.  Looks like I ended up with Clint Dempsey.  The US also dropped four spots to #32 in the latest FIFA world rankings.

Looks like Stuart Holden will make Bolton’s squad this weekend in their match against Nottingham Forest.

I posted yesterday about Justin Moose scoring a goal for SJK in their latest friendly and here it is in highlight form (1:25 mark).

Sticking with the goals in friendlies theme, Brian Span scored a goal for Djurgårdens IF in their 3-2 win over FC Lahti.

As expected, Alejandro Bedoya re-signed a short-term deal with Helsingborgs IF and joined up with the team in Portugal.

We posted about Jonathan Borrajo signing with Mjøndalen in Norway last month and here is a little video feature on him on Mjøndalen’s site.  If anything else, jam out to the Black Keys in the background.

Conor O’Brien was in the starting lineup for Nordsjælland in a 2-1 loss to Norwegian side IK Start in a friendly.

Brad Guzan talks to the local press about having a week off from Premier League action.

We knew that goalkeeper Samir Badr was coming back to the US to head to training camp with an unnamed MLS team after his training stint with Manchester United.  It looks like that team is the Columbus Crew.

And finally, teenager Nick Ledesma has signed a six-month deal with Alemannia Aachen’s U-19 team.

Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Brad Guzan, Brian Span, Conor O'Brien, Jonathan Borrajo, Justin Moose, Nick Ledesma, Samir Badr, Stuart Holden, US Men's National Team

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