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Friday morning links
   April 17, 2015 (6:24 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Remember when the US beat Mexico on Wednesday?  That was fun.  Here are the highlights and some photos.

Will did a real cool interview with former USMNT goalkeeper Victor Gerley.  He played for the US in the 1960s.  He was also nice enough to scan some old newspapers from his playing days.  So go check it out.

As always, Roderick keeps you updated with games at the club level from the past week.

We have a couple goal highlights from the last week.  Luca de la Torre scored for Fulham’s U-18 team last Friday.  Edgar Castillo assisted in Atlas’ win in Copa Libertadores action on Wednesday.  And Brian Span scored a goal in Finnish Suomen Cup action on Thursday.

There were conflicting reports online whether Bobby Warshaw scored in his team’s season opener two weeks ago so I decided to go to the best source to figure this out and he told me that he did.

I meant to post this before the Mexico friendly, but Jeff Carlisle talked to various US players past and present about playing in this rivalry.  It is also your monthly reminder that Franke Hejduk is awesome.

Earlier this week, Canada manager Benito Floro claimed that Tesho Akindele is “99.9 percent” committed to Canada’s national team.  But Akindele pumped the brakes a little on that statement later in the week.

Kristan Heneage wrote some words for The Guardian on everyone’s favorite NASL/USMNT player Miguel Ibarra.  He didn’t do much on Wednesday, but he did have a nice little run on Juan Agudelo’s goal which freed up some space.

The New York Times decided to look at the current status of the goalkeeper position for the USMNT.

One of those goalkeepers, Brad Guzan, is back at it with The Players’ Tribune and gave his Top 5 soccer stadiums.

Want some more goalkeeper talk?  Will has your monthly roundup of news and whatnot for April.

Granted you can’t believe about anything he says, Sepp Blatter is now in favor of CONCACAF getting another automatic spot for the World Cup.  And not shocking, UEFA president Michel Platini doesn’t agree.

Freddy Adu was finally cleared to play for KuPS on Wednesday, but he was a DNP on the bench in the team’s 2-1 win in the Suomen Cup.  This is also what a Freddy Adu/KuPS jersey looks like.

Tom Marshall tells us why Liga MX is becoming an attractive playing option for Americans.

The US U-20 team will have a camp in Austria with games against Qatar and Croatia next week.  While they haven’t announced a roster yet to the public to my knowledge, Seattle’s Cristian Roldan is one of the players making the trip.

And for you few yearning to follow an American in Portugal.  It looks like Maryland product Matt Oduaran has been with Tirsense in Portugal’s Campeonato Nacional (third tier) since last summer.

 
Categories: Bobby Warshaw, Brad Guzan, Brian Span, Cristian Roldan, Edgar Castillo, Freddy Adu, Juan Agudelo, Luca de la Torre, Matt Oduaran, Miguel Ibarra, Tesho Akindele, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team
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Mariehamn vs. Ilves Highlights
   April 16, 2015 (1:47 PM) by Matt Benson
 

Brian Span scored his third goal across all competitions in 2015 in Mariehamn’s 2-0 win over Ilves in Finnish Suomen Cup action on Thursday.  Here are some highlights with his goal coming at the 0:45 mark.

 
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Mariehamn vs. TamU-K Highlights
   March 20, 2015 (8:34 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Brian Span got the start and scored a goal in Mariehamn’s 12-0 win over TamU-K in Finnish Suomen Cup action on Thursday.  Here is the whole game with Span’s goal coming around the 9:40 mark.

 
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Tuesday morning links
   February 17, 2015 (6:23 AM) by Matt Benson
 

A bunch of randomness for Tuesday.

I went to Tijuana this past weekend to check out Tijuana-Pumas and wrote some words about the trip.

Want to know how your favorite Americans did abroad this past weekend?  Roderick has you covered.

Want some highlights of some goals?  Bobby Wood scored twice and so did Andrew Wooten.  Brian Span scored in Finland while Junior Flores scored for Borussia Dortmund’s U-19 team.  It wasn’t a goal, but Timothy Chandler had a “deflected assist”.  And when in doubt, check out our goal tracker.

Those braces earned Bobby Wood and Andrew Wooten a spot on Kicker’s 2. Bundesliga Team of the Week.  And Wood was named Kicker’s 2. Bundesliga Player of the Week.

Not a shocker, but the rumored 2015 USMNT away jersey was officially announced by Nike and US Soccer yesterday.  And I officially added it to our USMNT jersey history page.

Julian Green’s situation with Hamburg is odd.  Bild reported last week that Green could possibly get fined for refusing to play with the U-23 team.  And now it looks like Green is supposed to meet with the team today to discuss whether he will or will not play with the U-23 team.

Are you one of the three people not tired hearing about the USMNT and fitness?  Matt Besler talked to the Kansas City Star about Klinsmann’s quotes and now Klinsi is tweeting with fitness talk.  Klinsmann also thinks the new jerseys are cool.

As expected, the US-Mexico friendly for April is now sold out.

One player we could be seeing in the upcoming USMNT friendlies?  Club America defender Ventura Alvarado.

The FA Cup quarterfinal draw was held yesterday and a couple Americans are still left in the competition.  Brad Guzan and Aston Villa will be facing West Brom, while Danny Williams and Reading will take on Bradford City.

After training with the Fighting Bob Bradleys, A.J. Soares looks to be on trial with Viking.

And finally, Christian Pulisic got to train with Borussia Dortmund’s senior team last week and manager Jurgen Klopp thought he showed signs of good quality.

 
Categories: A.J. Soares, Andrew Wooten, Bobby Wood, Brad Guzan, Brian Span, Christian Pulisic, Danny Williams, Julian Green, Junior Flores, Matt Besler, Timothy Chandler, US Men's National Team, Ventura Alvarado
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Mariehamn vs. Inter Turku Highlights
   February 15, 2015 (8:50 PM) by Matt Benson
 

Brian Span has popped up in Finland since being let go by FC Dallas and he scored a goal in Mariehamn’s 3-3 draw to Inter Turku in Finnish League Cup action.  Here is the whole game with his goal coming at the 20:35 mark.

 
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Hump day links
   February 11, 2015 (1:32 AM) by Matt Benson
 

A bunch of random stuff so let’s get into it.

Tim Howard has been out injured since December with a calf injury but he is expected to start for Everton today in their game against Chelsea.

Jermaine Jones’ hernia surgery was a success and he is expected to be out 4-6 weeks.

Julian Green has been demoted to Hamburg’s U-23 team in the Regionalliga.  Green has appeared in only five games since being sent out on loan in August.

A.J. Soares is in Norway training with the Stabæk, but this is not a trial.  Sounds like Bob Bradley is just helping him out before he heads out on other trials in Europe.

US U-17 international Christian Pulisic is now a member of Borussia Dortmund and he got to train with the first team yesterday.  And here is a photo of Pulisic talking to Jurgen Klopp.

The US U-20 team found out its group for the U-20 World Cup earlier this week (SPOILER ALERT – It is a favorable one).  Brian Sciaretta talked to Russell Canouse and Dembakwi Yomba to get their reaction.  Tab Ramos also talked to Soccer by Ives to give his thoughts.  Sounds like the U-20 team might have a friendly against England in March and friendlies against Greece and Qatar in April.

Danny Williams scored a goal this past weekend and now he wants to score a goal at home for Reading’s fans.

Will Packwood looks to be playing again with Birmingham City’s U-21 team for the first time since injuring his groin.

Joe Gyau talked to Vice Sports about his crazy last year of signing with Dortmund and battling injuries.

Cody Cropper is slowly working his way back into training after suffering a head injury during a collision during a game last month.  This is what his eye looked like three weeks ago.

Michael Farfan is returning to MLS and has signed with D.C. United.  Farfan left the Philadelphia Union for Cruz Azul after the 2013 season but only appeared in one league game for La Maquina in 2014 (although he did score).

Andrija Novakovich scored a late game-tying goal in Reading U-18’s 1-1 draw to Southampton last week.  You can check out the goal at the 2:42 mark of this video.

Matt Horth is returning to the US and has signed with NASL’s Atlanta Silverbacks.  Horth played the 2014 season in Iceland with Leiknir Reykjavík, scoring six goals in 17 games.

Brian Span looks to be in Finland on trial with IFK Mariehamn after being waived by FC Dallas last week.  Span has European experience with Swedish side Djurgården in 2012 and 2013.  He returned to the US with FC Dallas in 2014, but spent most of his time in USL Pro with Orlando City on loan or with FC Dallas’ reserve team.

Sebastian Troupe has signed a new contract with Bærum in Norway.

Will John was last seen with MAS Fez in Morocco and now he is Croatia trying to find a new home after a near deal with Shamrock Rovers in Ireland hit a snag.

I posted last week with a link about how Kevin Garcia was making the move to Ireland with Galway FC.  Someone in Ireland e-mailed me that it is not true (“was news to the press officer”).  Also, Jake Keegan isn’t with the club either at the moment as he is still waiting for a work permit.  And former Yale and Portland Timbers U-23 defender Andy Hackbarth is on trial with the club.

Goalkeeper Zac Lubin was Kevin Garcia’s teammate at IFK Luleå last season and now he is on trial with Cork City in Ireland.

And completing the IFK Luleå news roundup, goalkeeper Alex Wimmer is on trial with IFK Luleå.  If you are looking for a Swedish third division to cheer for, IFK Luleå has to be winner, right?

 
Categories: A.J. Soares, Alex Wimmer, Andrija Novakovich, Andy Hackbarth, Brian Span, Christian Pulisic, Cody Cropper, Dembakwi Yomba, Jake Keegan, Jermaine Jones, Joe Gyau, Julian Green, Kevin Garcia, Michael Farfan, Russell Canouse, Sebastian Troupe, Tim Howard, US U-20 National Team, Will John, Zac Lubin
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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
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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
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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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