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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.