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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.