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Some links before the weekend
   July 11, 2014 (1:04 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Mix Diskerud and his majestic hair scored a goal yesterday in Europa League action.  You can check it out here.  Three other guys scored goals yesterday in Iceland and Finland.  As always, our goal tracker has all the information on those.

Mix Diskerud wasn’t the only player in Europa League action on Thursday.  Sean Reynolds (FH) and Pablo Punyed (Stjarnan) are also advancing to the second qualifying round with Mix (Rosenborg), while Jordan Seabrook and VPS lost their first leg lead and were knocked out.

Clint Dempsey was on Late Show with David Letterman on Wednesday and here is the whole interview for those of you who missed it.

Birmingham City’s website broke some news yesterday.  They posted that Will Packwood was invited to the US U-23′s August friendly.  While this might also be the new U-21 team which is supposed to bridge the gap between the U-20 team to the Olympic and/or senior team, some form of a “Above-20″ youth team is having a quick camp and playing the Bahamas senior team in Nassau, Bahamas on August 6.  Hopefully US Soccer puts out a release on this game in the near future.

Speaking of young players to keep an eye on, Screamer came out with a Top 10 list of young players we could see on the 2018 World Cup team.  If you follow this site, you should probably know all of those guys.  If not, here is a chance to learn some more.

While everything has gone quiet on the DeAndre Yedlin-to-Roma front, Ives is hearing that the Roma deal is not as close as people think and that teams from Spain, Italy (including Roma) and England have expressed interest in Yedlin.

There was some talk earlier this week that teams from Europe were interested in Matt Besler and it looks like SC Freiburg might be one of those teams.

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet thinks, barring any hitches, Jozy Altidore should be good to go once he returns to the team’s preseason camp.

AZ Alkmaar manager Marco van Basten doesn’t appear to be overly impressed with Freddy Adu.  But it sounds like Adu did set up one of the goals in AZ’s friendly from Wednesday.

US U-20 midfielder Emerson Hyndman put in another 45 minutes with Fulham’s first team in a 4-2 loss to Rangers yesterday.

Jon Paul-Pittman is joining Dagenham & Redbridge’s training camp in Spain.  That is probably another step closer to potentially making the team.

Gedion Zelalem is back in preseason training with Arsenal and their new Puma gear.

Here are some more photos of Junior Flores playing with Borussia Dortmund’s U-23 team.

Brian Sciaretta caught up with Jeb Brovsky to talk about Brovsky’s loan to Norwegian side Stromgodset.

Jose Torres came off the bench in Tigres’ 4-1 loss to Morelia in the first leg of the SuperCopa MX on Wednesday.  Herculez Gomez was an unused sub on the bench.

Howie’s new favorite random player might be Tigran Tiraturyan (take that Alex Nimo and Fuad Ibrahim!) as he passed along this link to me about the Armenian-American signing with FC Pyunik in Armenian Premier League.

Enjoy the weekend.

 
Categories: Clint Dempsey, DeAndre Yedlin, Emerson Hyndman, Gedion Zelalem, Herculez Gomez, Jeb Brovsky, Jon-Paul Pittman, Jordan Seabrook, Jose Francisco Torres, Jozy Altidore, Junior Flores, Matt Besler, Mix Diskerud, Pablo Punyed, Sean Reynolds, Tigran Tiraturyan, US U-21 National Team, US U-23 National Team, Will Packwood
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Gedion Zelalem nearing US eligibility?
   May 2, 2014 (8:44 PM) by Matt Benson
 

Some fun Gedion Zelalem news on Friday night courtesy of Steven Goff.

The Insider has learned Zelalem is close to becoming an American citizen, and by virtue, become eligible to represent the United States in international competition. Zelalem, who turned 17 in January, is believed to be in Washington with his father this weekend for naturalization purposes. By the time they return to London, both will likely be carrying U.S. passports.

Zelalem’s situation is always complicated to explain so go read the link above as Goff does a good job of breaking it down.

 
Categories: Gedion Zelalem
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Hump day links
   March 26, 2014 (12:01 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Some linkage for this Wednesday.

A bunch of guys saw the field yesterday, including one goal by Joe Gyau.  Hopefully I will have highlights of that goal in the next two days.  Tim Howard and Everton also moved into fifth place of the Premier League after defeating Newcastle United 3-0 (highlights).

Todo Sobre Camisetas has some more photos of the “bomb pop” away kits for the US.

Thanks to OT reader Ian for pointing this out, but Gedion Zelalem is no longer listed on Germany’s U-17 roster for their ongoing Euro qualifiers.  Jeff Carlisle did some more digging around and got some confirmation from Arsenal that he declined the invitation.  If he were to play with Germany in an official youth game, he would no longer be eligible to switch to the US at a later date since he is not a US citizen as of yet (and you can only file FIFA one-time switches to countries that you are eligible to play for when you played your first youth game, which would only be Ethiopia for him).

Now, if he were to get US citizenship, he would no longer be eligible to play for Germany, which would cause him to lose his European Union status and affect his ability to work in England with Arsenal.  So I don’t see him rushing out the door to get his US citizenship at the moment.  But there is still hope, although small, for him to possibly playing for the US in the future, especially with Nick Saban Jurgen Klinsmann as the US’s lead recruiter. (EDIT: Some of Zelalem’s situation noted above could be wrong, but that is how it was explained to me by others.)

As for the prized recruit that the US did land, Nate Scott talked to Julian Green’s dad about the move.

“Julian would get very defensive when his brother would make fun of [his English],” his father said. “So Julian would say to his brother, ‘Yeah, well, I was born in America and you weren’t. I’m from Tampa and you’re not. You’re German. I’m an American.’”

Here is a photo of Geoff Cameron scoring on Brad Guzan.  Cameron will have some bragging rights for a while.

Leeds United’s Gregory Ariyibi was sent out on loan to English League One side Tranmere Rovers for the rest of the season.  Ariyibi came off the bench and played 48 minutes in a 2-1 loss to Swindon Town on Tuesday.  I have also seen his first name as Gboly, but I reached out to him to see which one he wants to go by because that is how I roll.

Jose Torres was subbed out of a game due to injury this past weekend, but he was back in the starting lineup yesterday as Tigres defeated Veracruz in Copa MX action, so I guess it wasn’t serious.

It looks like Josh Gatt re-injured his knee last week and will be out indefinitely.

Former Real Salt Lake defender Brandon McDonald has signed with Swedish Superettan side Ljungskile SK.  He joins fellow Americans Aaron Nichols and Alex Horwath at the club.  The Swedish second division now has nine Americans for this upcoming season, the most of any foreign country.

And finally, Brian Sciaretta caught up with Sebastien Ibeagha as he begins his career with AC Horsens in Denmark.

 
Categories: Aaron Nichols, Alex Horwath, Brad Guzan, Brandon McDonald, Gboly Ariyibi, Gedion Zelalem, Geoff Cameron, Joe Gyau, Jose Francisco Torres, Josh Gatt, Julian Green, Sebastien Ibeagha, Tim Howard, US Men's National Team
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Friday morning links
   March 14, 2014 (1:17 AM) by Matt Benson
 

So Aron Johannsson is pretty good and scored his 25th goal of the season yesterday.  It wasn’t the prettiest of PKs, but it went in.  Speaking of ArJo, Yanks Abroad’s RJ DeMello wonders about his club future.

Some other stuff posted on the site over the last couple of days.  This appears to be the USMNT away kit for the World Cup.  Will interviewed US U-17 goalkeeper Kevin Silva.  And Molde FK’s Ben Spencer is headed to Indy Eleven on a one-year loan.

The US fell from #13 to #14 in the latest FIFA world rankings.

Brek Shea can’t be loaned out to another team for another three weeks since he returned to Stoke City early after his “finger incident” with some Barnsley fans, but he is aware that he probably needs to head out on another loan to get playing time if he wants to make the World Cup roster.

Danny Williams did not play in Reading’s mid-week game due to some swelling in his knee.

Eric Lichaj’s injury woes continue as he will have to undergo a double hernia operation.

The Bolton News got some quotes from Tim Ream about Stuart Holden’s injury.

DaMarcus Beasley and Michael Orozco (and the rest of Puebla) are not getting paid all their money at Puebla.

Jon Arnold “berated” me for not posting this the other day, but here is his article about Benji Joya and Daniel Cuevas going their separate ways.  You happy now, Jon?!  (For those three people that didn’t pick on up this, I am joking.  Jon is a nice guy.  Sometimes.)

Brian Sciaretta introduces us to Dennis Flores, who just made his Liga Mx debut for Club Leon last weekend.

Gedion Zelalem was called into Germany’s U-17 team for a Euro qualifier.  If he plays, he will never be eligible to play for the US since you can only use your FIFA one-time switch on countries you are eligible for when you play your first official youth game (he is still not a US citizen yet).  Boo.

Speaking of young players, Greg Seltzer takes a look at some first-team prospects of a few younger Americans playing abroad.

 
Categories: Aron Johannsson, Ben Spencer, Benji Joya, Brek Shea, DaMarcus Beasley, Daniel Cuevas, Danny Williams, Dennis Flores, Eric Lichaj, Gedion Zelalem, Kevin Silva, Michael Orozco Fiscal, Stuart Holden, Tim Ream, US Men's National Team
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Friday funday links
   February 28, 2014 (12:03 AM) by Matt Benson
 

The big news of yesterday was Jurgen Klinsmann announcing his 24-man roster for the Ukraine friendly.  As usual, Klinsi did his post-roster-release Q&A with US Soccer’s website.  And we already knew the match got moved to Cyprus and now we know it will be played at Antonis Papadopoulos Stadium in Larnaca at 2 PM Eastern on ESPN2.

Klinsmann was able to get Julian Green into training (he won’t play in the game) and it looks like he is still recruiting Gedion Zelalem and Shawn Parker.

According to this BBC report, the US will play Nigeria in Jacksonville in the last of its three pre-World Cup friendlies.

Another photo of the new home US World Cup shirt is making the rounds on Facebook.  The guys over at Todo Sobre Camisetas also had this to say about the away shirt when I asked them earlier this week:

Word on the USA away (no pics) is “mainly red w a large blue and smaller white stripe on the front with star embossed design inside it.”

Greg Seltzer talked to Aron Johannsson this week about what it will take to make the plane to Brazil this summer.  ArJo went 75 minutes yesterday in AZ Alkmaar’s 1-1 draw (won 2-1 on aggregate) to Slovan Liberec, advancing to the Round of 16 in Europa League.

Not shocking, Blackpool did not offer a contract to Freddy Adu.  I still have no clue how he would get the work permit even if they did.

I posted earlier this week that Michael Stephens was back training again with Stabæk.  And now it looks like he is negotiating a deal with the Norwegian club.

This article is a couple weeks old, but Bolton manager Dougie Freedman had some nice things to say about Tim Ream.

In case you missed it, Alejandro Guido scored his first professional goal earlier this week for Tijuana second-division affiliate Dorados in Copa MX action.

The last time we heard from Jamel Johnson, not to be confused with Jemal Johnson, he was in Austria playing with four division side SV Gersthof.  And now he is participating with the New England Revolution’s preseason camp.

Brian Sciaretta decided to do a “18 tickets” type story, but for the 2016 Olympic team.

US youth player Danny Barbir scored a goal and had an assist with a Manchester City youth team recently.

 
Categories: Alejandro Guido, Aron Johannsson, Danny Barbir, Freddy Adu, Gedion Zelalem, Jamel Johnson, Julian Green, Michael Stephens, Shawn Parker, Tim Ream, US Men's National Team
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Catching up with some links
   January 28, 2014 (12:29 AM) by Matt Benson
 

A bunch of stuff from the last couple of days.

Some reports started to come out of Mexico about a possible US/Mexico friendly in Phoenix for April.  It looks like it has some legs as Steven Goff has also heard some things about this.  This wouldn’t be a FIFA fixture date so expect a lot of MLS and Liga MX players for both squads if true.  The last time the US played a game in the month of April was Jozy Altidore’s hat trick against Trinidad & Tobago in Nashville during a World Cup qualifier in 2009.  The last time the US played a friendly in the month of April was a 1-1 draw to Jamaica in Cary, North Carolina in 2006.

Grant Wahl and Brian Straus are both in Carson for the USMNT training camp and discuss in this video about some possible World Cup candidates with a lot to gain this week.  Grant is also a lot taller than Brian.

After what seemed like two months, Maurice Edu is officially headed to Philadelphia on a season-long loan.  Goff is hearing that his base salary is somewhere between $480,000 and $600,000, while Ives heard that Edu passed up some offers from Turkey and the English League Championship.

As for another member of the “Stoke Americans Loaned Out” 3×3 team (Howie gets all the credit on that one), Brek Shea’s loan with Barnsley ends on Thursday, so it looks like Tuesday’s game against Blackburn Rovers will be his last with the Tykes unless they extend the loan.  There is some speculation out of England that Burnley are also interested in Shea.

Juan Agudelo made his FC Utrecht debut over the weekend and I was able to find some highlights of the match.  He gets into the game around the 3:00 mark of the video.

Fabian Johnson had to be subbed out of Hoffenheim’s game this past weekend after picking up a hand injury.  Hoffenheim’s press officer told Brian Sciaretta that he will have surgery on his hand and he will be out a couple weeks, while Jurgen Klinsmann told Grant Wahl that he will have surgery, but he is expected to play this upcoming weekend.  Hopefully it is the latter.

Klinsmann also told Wahl that Jermaine Jones is more likely to transfer to another European team than an MLS team in the next four days.

Timothy Chandler scored a goal over the weekend.  He was rewarded by being named to three Teams of the Week:  Bundesliga Fanatic, Kicker and Who Scored.

Edgar Castillo also had a good weekend and was named to the MedioTiempo Team of the Week.

And Will Packwood was named Birmingham City’s Man of the Match by some match day sponsors for his performance for the Blues in the FA Cup over the weekend.

Speaking of the FA Cup, 16-year-old Gedion Zelalem made his Arsenal debut last Friday in the FA Cup.  He became the first player to feature for Arsenal who was born after Arsene Wenger became manager.  While he is likely a long shot to ever play for the US, here is refresher on his story.

No one might be hotter than Andrew Wooten right now.  He scored another goal for FSV Frankfurt in a friendly on Monday.  Granted these are only friendlies, but he has five goals in four games since his loan started a couple weeks ago.

The US U-17 team won the Aegean Cup Championship over the weekend.  Here is a photo of the team celebrating with the trophy, while here are some highlights of their win over Turkey.  Could we potentially see Haji Wright, one of the top players from this cycle, in Dortmund with Junior Flores in the future (let the speculation begin)?  Yay internets!

Kevin Hoyos is close to joining the Honduran side Olimpia.  The 20-year-old played with C.D. Victoria (also in Honduras) this past fall.

Brian Sciaretta is hearing that a player with MLS ties could be joining Bob Bradley and Stabæk on a trial in the near future.

To put a bow tie (or maybe a bolo tie since they are making a comeback in 2014) on the Michael Bradley to Toronto transfer, here is a good read on how his and Defoe’s moves all went down.

Finally, Greg Selzter breaks out his stat notebook for a bunch of fun numbers.  I am also going to post a quick Inside the Numbers thing on Aron Johannsson later today.

 
Categories: Andrew Wooten, Bob Bradley, Edgar Castillo, Fabian Johnson, Gedion Zelalem, Haji Wright, Jermaine Jones, Juan Agudelo, Kevin Hoyos, Maurice Edu, Michael Bradley, Timothy Chandler, US Men's National Team, Will Packwood
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Costa Rica is up to some shenanigans links
   September 5, 2013 (12:01 AM) by Matt Benson
 

The big story of Wednesday is all the shenanigans that Costa Rica is up to with the US.  Deadspin has a nice rundown of tweets of all the nonsense.  Grant Wahl also touches on the subject.  The US should warm-up in Bumpy Pitch’s Sno Fro shirts as a reminder.

Not surprising, tickets are going for large prices in Costa Rica.

While Jurgen Klinsmann told the press that Jozy Altidore is expected to play on Friday, Jozy was seen in sneakers, not cleats, and running on the side during training yesterday.

Mexican ref Marco Antonio Rodriguez was given the honors for Friday’s game.  An interesting stat courtesy of @DatoFutbol:

Jeff Carlisle talked to Michael Parkhurst down in Costa Rica and found out that Parkhurst had a possibility to go out on loan to Brondby, but turned it down due to their financial struggles.  The same sturggles that caused Clarence Goodson to leave the club.

FIFA.com has an interview up with Jermaine Jones.

Brian Sciaretta spoke to the newly confident Alejandro Bedoya about his surge with the USMNT this summer.

It looks like New England/MLS rejected a large bid from Stoke City for Juan Agudelo.  He is still headed there in January once his contract runs out.

Kyle Schnitzer caught up with Will Packwood to talk about his comeback to the field from his horrible fractured tibia and fibula.

Eric Lichaj went golfing with some Nottingham Forest players and I bet you can’t figure out which one is Eric from this photo.

Greg Seltzer gives us the latest info on Oguchi Onyewu and his quest to find a new home.

And Jason Davis wrote about Gedion Zelalem from an American soccer perspective yesterday.  Zelalem was officially promoted to Arsenal’s first team and will wear the “classic” #58.

 
Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Eric Lichaj, Gedion Zelalem, Jermaine Jones, Jozy Altidore, Juan Agudelo, Michael Parkhurst, Oguchi Onyewu, US Men's National Team, Will Packwood
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Get your links on
   April 10, 2013 (10:32 PM) by Matt Benson
 

Want some links?  Why not.

Stuart Holden is close to signing a new deal with Bolton Wanderers.  That article references an interview with ESPN and you can find that here.  And you may have noticed that Holden sat out of the mid-week game for Sheffield Wednesday after playing over the weekend, but there is some speculation that part of the loan deal was for him not play multiple games over a week.  Probably would be a smart thing.

Mikkel Diskerud took on some grand master in chess.  And lost.

On the USMNT friendly front, nearly 30,000 tickets have already been sold for the friendly against Germany in DC.  And the US are looking to play in Europe during the August international window.

Remember when I told you earlier this week that Freddy Adu went to a team who just fired their manager?  I guess Bahia have made 25 (!) managerial changes over the last 10 years.  Yikes.

Here is what Jozy Altidore will wear in home games next year if he ends up staying at AZ Alkmaar.  I like the Alkmaar flag in the V-neck.

J.R. Eskilson got some quotes on 17-year-old goalkeeper Aleks Gogic signing with Reading.  I know a couple people were wondering about the work permit, but it appears that his parents are Polish, which makes things easier.

US U-20 forward Danny Garcia is headed to Mexico to train with Club America.

Another youth product to keep an eye on in Mexico:  Herbert Robinson Garcia.  He is a 17-year-old Mexican-American at Santos Laguna who dressed for the senior team last weekend and is the captain of their U-17 team.

And another youth player who still has a ways to go to before ever playing for the US (a.k.a. he is not a US citizen but did live in the US briefly), but we can dream is Gedion Zelalem.  Zelalem made his debut with Arsenal’s U-21 team over the weekend.

 
Categories: Aleks Gogic, Danny Garcia, Freddy Adu, Gedion Zelalem, Herbert Robinson Garcia, Jozy Altidore, Mix Diskerud, Stuart Holden, US Men's National Team
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Some links to read between bowl games
   January 2, 2012 (12:54 PM) by Matt Benson
 

If you are like me, you are probably being lazy on the couch and watching 2343254 different bowl games after a nice morning of soccer.  Here are a few links from the last couple days.

We already know the Camp Cupcake roster, but Tab Ramos has called in 36 guys for the U-20′s January camp.  Some of the “bigger” names consist of Sean Cunningham, Luis Gil, Tyrone McCargo, Caleb Stanko, Villyan Bijev and Omar Salgado.

Just when we thought Eddie Johnson had found a home, he has already been let go at Puebla.  The club is claiming that he is out of shape/lacking pace.

Steven Goff has has a couple goodies over the last week.  He has one post with a bunch of stuff that has been covered here already, but also has a bunch of new information like Diego Restrepo moving to Venezuela plus some little tidbits on Charlie Davies.  He also introduces us to Gedion Zelalem.  Zelalem is a 14-year-old who is a German citizen of Ethiopian descent who has lived in the States for more than five years.  Just someone to keep an eye on as he gets older and gets closer to US citizenship.

Yanks Abroad’s David Smith recently caught up with Benny Feilhaber about returning to the USMNT picture with January’s camp.

Landon Donovan recently did an interview with Colin Murray of the BBC.  You can listen to it right hereHere are some photos of Donovan back in training with Everton.  I am eager to see him playing again on Wednesday.

Not that we needed it, but here is video proof that Freddy Adu is training in Spain with Rayo Vallecano.

And finally, nothing is official, but it looks like the USMNT will be headed to Genoa in February to take on Italy in a friendly.

 
Categories: Benny Feilhaber, Charlie Davies, Diego Restrepo, Eddie Johnson, Freddy Adu, Gedion Zelalem, Landon Donovan, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team
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