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A bunch of links for Thursday
   May 21, 2015 (1:38 AM) by Matt Benson
 

This has been a busy week for me, but here are a bunch of links from the last week or so.

In case you have been away this week, Jozy Altidore is going to be out 4-5 weeks with a hamstring injury.

One player who could see some more playing time with the US without Jozy in the upcoming friendlies is Aron Johannsson.  He was named Eredivisie Player of the Week after his two goal/one assist performance over the weekend.  Here is also a little video on ArJo.

Alfredo Morales helped Ingolstadt win promotion to the Bundesliga this past season.  Kyle McCarthy wrote some words on Morales and his move to Ingolstadt.  And according to Greg Seltzer, the club is currently working on a contract extension for Morales.

This is from last week, but Jonathan Spector is going to stay at Birmingham City.

While Spector is staying at Birmingham City, Will Packwood is no longer with the club and was last seen training with the New England Revolution.  But it doesn’t look like the Revs will be signing Packwood.

Grant Wahl is hearing that Rubio Rubin is drawing interest from other teams in Europe but he is staying at Utrecht.

The US U-20 team finished up its training in Australia with a 2-1 win over Australia’s U-20 team (highlights).  They then flew to New Zealand yesterday after the last few guys made their arrival down south where the U-20 World Cup will begin a week from Saturday.

While Gedion Zelalem made his US debut in that 2-1 win over Australia, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger told NBC’s ProSoccerTalk that Zelalem might be sent out on loan next season to get playing time.

J.R. Eskilson talked to US U-20 goalkeeper Zack Steffen about being one of the more experienced players on the U-20 team.

Here is a Bundesliga video on Timothy Chandler.

According to a report out of Germany, Alfred Koroma is currently training with Eintracht Frankfurt.

Christian Eissele scored one of the more interesting goals you will see on Monday.

Take this quiz on Premier League Americans.  I was able to get 14 out of 15 correct.

It looks like Benji Joya and Juan Ocegueda will be participating in the next US U-23 camp.

Sebastien Ibeagha is no longer with Horsens in Denmark and is already with Fram Reykjavik in Iceland.

Will has updated his US Soccer highlight video bank thingie.

Tim Howard and Everton have some new and pretty blah blue jerseys for next year.  At least Howard’s goalkeeper kit is kind of fun.  While Terrence Boyd and RB Leipzig have a new white home kit for next season.

And finally, enjoy this pawn shop commercial featuring Joe Corona.

I am headed out of town this weekend on Friday for some fun so the site might be a little light on updates on my end.  Enjoy your Memorial Day weekend.

 
Categories: Alfred Koroma, Alfredo Morales, Aron Johannsson, Benji Joya, Christian Eissele, Gedion Zelalem, Joe Corona, Jonathan Spector, Jozy Altidore, Juan Ocegueda, Rubio Rubin, Sebastien Ibeagha, Terrence Boyd, Tim Howard, Timothy Chandler, US U-20 National Team, Will Packwood, Zack Steffen
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Friday morning links
   May 15, 2015 (12:25 AM) by Matt Benson
 

A bunch of stuff to get to so let’s dive in.

Brad Friedel announced his retirement yesterday.  The stat guys over at ESPN put together a few numbers looking back at his career.  Jeff Bradley also wrote some words on Friedel and his respect level in England.

With Friedel retiring, that means DaMarcus Beasley is the only player left from the 2002 US World Cup roster still playing.  And his Houston Dynamo did a nice prank this week.

The US U-20 team is headed to Australia to train before the U-20 World Cup in New Zealand.  In case you were living under a rock this week, Gedion Zelalem was cleared by FIFA to play for the US.

If you follow the U-20ers on a regular basis, you have probably noticed that Shaquell Moore has been listed as “unattached” for a while.  Tab Ramos said in a chat last week that the defender had been training with Huracan in Spain’s third division followed by Moore signing a professional deal with the club.

Another player on the roster, Desevio Payne, also signed a professional deal with FC Groningen.  And since Brian Sciaretta interviews everyone, of course he had an interview with Payne earlier this week.

CONCACAF announced some Olympic qualifying details yesterday.  The US will have two games in Kansas City and one in Commerce City, Colorado.  If they advance out of the group, they would be playing in Sandy, Utah at Rio Tinto.

Three Americans (Oguchi Onyewu, Zak Whitbread and Jay Denny) were released by their clubs in England in the last week.

Sebastian Lletget left England last week and his agent decided to fill us in on how complicated it was to get Lletget to LA.  Yay MLS roster rules!

Jurgen Klinsmann spoke to FIFA.com this past week.

According to Grant Wahl, Alejandro Bedoya could have some suitors in Germany and England, while Perry Kitchen is being looked at by teams in Germany, Belgium and Denmark.

Wahl is also hearing that Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood could be looking into getting a new goalkeeper, which wouldn’t be great news for Brad Guzan.

A lot of American greatness going on in Norway.  Bob Bradley has led Stabæk to a tie for first on points in Norway’s Tippeligaen.  The Fighting Bob Bradleys have won eight straight games across all competitions, including six straight shutout victories in league play, which is apparently a league record.  Also, ESPN FC took a look this week at the various players who have become coaches after playing for Bob.

That is not the only greatness in Norway.  Rhett Bernstein has had consecutive games with scoring the game-tying and game-winning goals.  His four goals are tied for the eighth most in Norway and the most among defenders.  Why the sudden outburst in scoring?  Having his dad in town to watch him play this week probably helped.

Apparently Bobby Wood was not a huge fan of his former manager at 1860 Munich.

John Brooks is questionable for this weekend’s game against Eintracht Frankfurt with a bruised hip.

Eric Lichaj was voted Nottingham Forest Player of the Month for April by NFFC’s supporters.

It looks like Tottneham’s home jersey was leaked earlier this week so this is what DeAndre Yedlin will be wearing next season.  Sort of looks like the LA Galaxy’s home jersey.

And finally, also in the jersey department, Stoke City’s jersey for 2015-16 is already out there, but here is a photo of Geoff Cameron sporting the new duds.

 
Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Bob Bradley, Bobby Wood, Brad Friedel, Brad Guzan, DaMarcus Beasley, DeAndre Yedlin, Desevio Payne, Eric Lichaj, Gedion Zelalem, Jay Denny, John Brooks, Oguchi Onyewu, Perry Kitchen, Rhett Bernstein, Sebastian Lletget, Shaquell Moore, US U-20 National Team, US U-23 National Team, Zak Whitbread
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Tab Ramos finalizes US U-20 roster/Gedion Zelalem has been cleared by FIFA
   May 13, 2015 (3:21 PM) by Matt Benson
 

I honestly didn’t think this was going to happen since we haven’t heard a peep in the last couple months, but FIFA finally cleared Gedion Zelalem to play for the US.

With this news, Tab Ramos finalized his roster for the FIFA U-20 World Cup with Zelalem making the cut.  Also, it doesn’t look like Ethan Horvath was released by Molde FK as he has been replaced by University of San Diego’s Thomas Olsen.

Here is the full roster:

GOALKEEPERS (3): Jeff Caldwell (University of Virginia; Todd, N.C.), Thomas Olsen (University of San Diego; Las Vegas, Nev.), Zack Steffen (Freiburg; Downingtown, Pa.)

DEFENDERS (6): Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur; Westcliff on Sea, England), Matthew Miazga (New York Red Bulls; Clifton, N.J.), Shaquell Moore (Valencia Huracan; Powder Springs, Ga.), Erik Palmer-Brown (Sporting Kansas City; Lee’s Summit, Mo.), Desevio Payne (FC Groningen; Greenwood, S.C.), John Requejo (Club Tijuana; Carpinteria, Calif.)

MIDFIELDERS (7): Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas; Plano, Texas), Paul Arriola (Club Tijuana; Chula Vista, Calif.), Russell Canouse (Hoffenheim; Lancaster, Pa.), Marco Delgado (Toronto FC; Glendora, Calif.), Emerson Hyndman (Fulham; Dallas, Texas), Joel Soñora (Boca Juniors; Buenos Aires, Argentina), Gedion Zelalem (Arsenal; Montgomery County, Md.)

FORWARDS (5): Jordan Allen (Real Salt Lake; Rochester, N.Y.), Bradford Jamieson IV (LA Galaxy; Los Angeles, Calif.), Rubio Rubin (Utrecht; Beaverton, Ore.), Maki Tall (Red Star; Washington, D.C.), Tommy Thompson (San Jose Earthquakes; Loomis, Calif.)

 
Categories: Ethan Horvath, Gedion Zelalem, US U-20 National Team
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Wednesday morning link action
   April 29, 2015 (1:23 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Just a few links for Wednesday.

In case you missed it on Monday, Bobby Wood went all Hawaiian Messi on us and scored a really nice goal (highlights).  And now there are reports out of Germany that 1860 Munich might want him back this summer.

Luca de la Torre had an assist with Fulham’s U-21 team yesterday in a 4-1 loss to Manchester United.

For the second straight week, Andrija Novakovich has scored a goal with Reading’s U-21 team.

Will Reno wrote some words on Cody Cropper’s performance against Mexico for the guys over at Northern Pitch.  He also has his April update on US goalkeepers on his site.

I have no clue what the Soccer United Fan Council is, but you should go vote for us (write-in vote that is).

Nepal was hit with a monster earthquake on Saturday and Brian Sciaretta was able to talk to New York native and Nepal’s national team coach Jack Stefanowski.

Greg Seltzer broke out his abacus and crunched some numbers of various Americans in Europe.

Brian Sciaretta also has some numbers on the good things that have come to Borussia Mönchengladbach when starting Fabian Johnson this season.

Been looking for a team to cheer for in El Salvador’s second division?  Jon Arnold might have found you one.

And for the four others that care about these things like I do, I haven’t posted leaked kits for next season much like I have in the past.  But here are a few of them so far for the Premier League (courtesy of Footy Headlines).

* While we wait for Gedion Zelalem to be cleared by FIFA, here are Arsenal’s home and third shirts for next season.
* Marc Pelosi is starting to play again for Liverpool’s U-21 team and here are their home, away and third kits.
* Cody Cropper won’t be wearing a Southampton non-goalkeeper jersey, but here are Southampton’s home and away shirts.
* And finally, here is what Geoff Cameron and Stoke City will be wearing at home, while the away jersey almost looks like Southampton’s but the sash is going the other way and an inverse in colors.

 
Categories: Andrija Novakovich, Bobby Wood, Cody Cropper, Fabian Johnson, Gedion Zelalem, Geoff Cameron, Jack Stefanowski, Luca de la Torre, Marc Pelosi
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Hump day link randomness
   April 22, 2015 (12:46 AM) by Matt Benson
 

A bunch of links that are all over the place.

Roderick is over in Europe on vacation so no The OT Report for this past weekend.  As for some highlights, we had goals by Cole Grossman, Evin Nadaner, Cesar Romero, Björn Maars Johnsen, Jay Denny and a brace by Christian Pulisic.  We also had assists by Joe Corona and Aron JohannssonFreddy Adu made his debut in Finland.  Bobby Wood returned from injury and started for Erzgebirge Aue.

As for the mid week so far, Gedion Zelalem help setup a goal for Arsenal’s U-21 team.  Michael Orozco had an assist as Puebla won the Copa MX final over Chivas (Herculez Gomez watched from the bench).  And Andrija Novakovich scored a goal for Reading’s U-21 team.

The US U-20 team is in Austria this week and here is their roster.  They had a 2-2 draw against Qatar yesterday with the US goals coming from Amando Moreno and Conor Donovan.

The US U-23 team will take on Mexico later tonight at the StubHub Center.  Here is their roster.  Apparently manager Andi Herzog asked Hamburg permission for Julian Green to stay after last week’s friendly against Mexico for this game but they didn’t respond yes to him until Green was already on a plane back to Germany.  Herzog also wants to create a pipeline to the USMNT with the U-23 team.  And  Liviu Bird’s random observation from training earlier this week, Jordan Morris has Type 1 diabetes and tests his blood sugar during training.

For those of you that miss watching grainy Youtube videos of Josh Gatt flying down the wings, we have some good news.  He has been cleared to play again after a couple knee surgeries.

Hannover 96 did some shuffling around of their coaching staff and Steve Cherundolo has been promoted to an assistant.

Greg Seltzer took a look at Danny Williams’ performance in the FA Cup semifinals from the weekend.

The USMNT’s 2-0 victory over Mexico last week did well ratings-wise for Fox Sports 1.

Pele thinks the US should host the 2026 World Cup.

Cameron Carter-Vickers and Gedion Zelalem made The Telegraph’s Top 35 hottest prospects in who play in England list.

Mukwelle Akale and Villarreal won the División de Honor Juvenil de Fútbol Group 7 title.

And finally, Tim Ream is better than Jordan Spieth at golf.

 
Categories: Amando Moreno, Andrija Novakovich, Aron Johannsson, Björn Maars Johnsen, Bobby Wood, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Cesar Romero, Christian Pulisic, Cole Grossman, Conor Donovan, Danny Williams, Evin Nadaner, Freddy Adu, Gedion Zelalem, Jay Denny, Joe Corona, Jordan Morris, Josh Gatt, Julian Green, Michael Orozco Fiscal, Mukwelle Akale, Steve Cherundolo, Tim Ream, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team, US U-23 National Team
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Arsenal U21 vs. Middlesbrough U21 Highlights
   April 21, 2015 (2:24 PM) by Matt Benson
 

Gedion Zelalem started for Arsenal U21 earlier this week in their 3-2 loss to Middlesbrough U21.  According to Arsenal’s match report, it sounds like he played well and was involved in the game.  And he was involved in Alex Iwobi’s goal as seen in the GIF below.

 
Categories: Gedion Zelalem, Highlights
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A few links for Wednesday
   April 8, 2015 (1:36 AM) by Matt Benson
 

A little of everything for Wednesday.

Missed out on this past weekend’s games?  Roderick has you covered with The OT Report.

A bunch of players changed teams/leagues in the smaller leagues in Europe the last couple months and I did my best to update you on some of the player movement.

Sounds like the USMNT roster for the Mexico friendly will come out on Sunday.

Jurgen Klinsmann told US Soccer’s website that he is using this time (between the World Cup and Gold Cup) to experiment with things, but the focus this summer will be the Gold Cup.

Berti Vogts thinks it is time for DeAndre Yedlin and Julian Green to step up.

There is nothing really new with Gedion Zelalem, but Steven Goff reminds us where we all stand at the moment.

RB Leipzig announced yesterday that Terrence Boyd has resumed to jogging as he rehabs from his ACL surgery.  ESPN’s Doug McIntyre also saw Boyd jogging and riding the exercise bike while he was with the USMNT earlier this month.

It looks like Danny Williams picked up an injury while with the USMNT and his doubtful for this weekend’s game against Blackpool.

Jose Torres is not going to rush back from his herniated disc surgery and will be reevaluated at the end of the month.

Josh Gatt posted a little injury update on his Instagram account last week (along with a video of him doing squats).

Cameron Carter-Vickers and DeAndre Yedlin both played with Tottenham’s U-21 yesterday with CCV wearing the captain’s armband.  Here is also a photo gallery from the game.

Another week and another goal by Duane Holmes with Huddersfield Town’s U-21 team.  I believe that is the third straight week with a goal.  Highlights of their U-21 team usually emerge a few days after the game.

Everyone’s favorite CONCACAF hipster Jon Arnold caught up with Herculez Gomez last week for a few words.

Could Club Tijuana be poaching some more Galaxy academy players?  Possibly.

As for another former Galaxy academy player, US U-17 forward Haji Wright signed with the New York Cosmos AND talked to Will Parchman last week.  A pretty big week.

And finally, Brian Sciaretta has an interview up with Fulham midfielder Emerson Hyndman.

 
Categories: Cameron Carter-Vickers, Danny Williams, DeAndre Yedlin, Duane Holmes, Emerson Hyndman, Gedion Zelalem, Haji Wright, Herculez Gomez, Jose Francisco Torres, Josh Gatt, Julian Green, Terrence Boyd, US Men's National Team
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March madness links
   March 20, 2015 (6:26 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Work is busy with this little hoopyball tournament going on so these will be quick and to the point.

Roderick has your rundown of the midweek games.

Tim Howard and Everton were knocked out of Europa League and here are some highlights.

Some sites credited Eric Lichaj with an assist earlier this week, but as you can see from these highlights, he just headed the ball out to the guy who ended running the full field and scoring.  So a little tough to call it an assist.

William Yarbrough confirmed his USMNT call-up in a Leon press conference yesterday.

Brian Sciaretta also has some news on call-ups for Gedion Zelalem (no longer listed on Germany’s site for their U-18 team), Desevio Payne and Adam Henley.

And it looks like NYCFC forward Khiry Shelton might be called into the US U-23 camp.

Brian Sciaretta also talked to Jerome Kiesewetter about his US U-23 call-up.

Brian Quarstad has a piece up on Mukwelle Akale over at the Northern Pitch.

Goalkeeper Zac Lubin has left Sweden and IFK Lulea for the Tulsa Roughnecks.

Former New England Revolution defender Jossimar Sanchez has signed with Nyköpings BIS in Sweden.

And finally, someone at Nike who creates the jerseys for the national teams apparently learned how to use gradient on photoshop.  And Norway (new to Nike) is getting the US’ third jersey leftovers from 2011.

 
Categories: Adam Henley, Desevio Payne, Gedion Zelalem, Jerome Kiesewetter, Jossimar Sanchez, Khiry Shelton, Mukwelle Akale, Tim Howard, William Yarbrough, Zac Lubin
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Post green beer hangover links
   March 18, 2015 (1:12 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Work has been pretty busy for me over the last week so I haven’t done a links post in a while.  That said, a bunch of goodies for you while you wait that green beer hangover out.

Two US female goalkeepers squared off against each other in UEFA Women’s Champions League last October so Will decided to have a chat with both of them to find out more.

Missed out on the weekend’s games?  Roderick has you covered.

US Soccer is about to have a busy next couple of weeks with the USMNT, U-23 and U-20 teams all having camps and friendlies throughout Europe.  It looks like we should expect to see the various rosters over the weekend.

While we wait for the rosters, a bunch of names are kind of leaking out.  Thanks to Birmingham City’s site, we know that Will Packwood is going to be with the U-23 team.   Brian Sciaretta is also hearing that Jerome Kiesewetter will be with the U-23s, while Andrija Novakovich will be with the U-20s.  And while there has been speculation that Jurgen Klinsmann is going to call in Ventura Alvarado with the MNTers, there is at least one report of Leon goalkeeper William Yarbrough being called in as well.

We are still waiting for Gedion Zelalem’s waiver to go through with FIFA, but he has been called in by Germany’s U-18 team.  He has turned them down in the past and hopefully he does again.

Speaking of rosters, here is Denmark’s roster for the USMNT friendly.

If you hate yourself, here is another (and new) story on Jurgen Klinsmann and fitness.

Will Packwood scored his first professional goal yesterday in Cheltenham Town’s 2-2 draw to Portsmouth (highlights).  He had to be subbed out due to some kind of injury, but he tweeted after the game that he is “feeling groggy” but is OK.

DeAndre Yedlin is back on the field and played with Tottenham’s U-21 team on Monday.  Here is a photo of him in action.

Andrija Novakovich made his debut with Reading’s senior team over the weekend in Reading’s 4-1 loss at Watford.  Here is a photo of Novakovich about to come onto the field.

Reading and Danny Williams (went the full 90) won their FA Cup 6th round replay over Bradford City on Monday.  Reading is headed to the FA Cup semis for the first time since 1927.

Klinsi was impressed with Jozy Altidore’s Toronto FC debut.

I see you, Greg Garza.

A.J. Soares is going to be out 6-8 weeks after picking up a knee injury in training.

According to this report out of Philadelphia, Union midfielder Danny Cruz is headed to Norway to go on a season-long loan with Bodø/Glimt.  If true, he will become teammates with Zarek Valentin.

Greg Seltzer caught up with Helsingborgs IF goalkeeper Matt Pyzdrowski.

Galway United forward Jake Keegan was on Goal’s League of Ireland GoalMouth podcast last week.  He also spoke to Brian Sciaretta.

AZ Alkmaar have brought on Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane as an advisor.  I think I read the word “moneyball” in every tweet yesterday mentioning this news.

Here is a story from last week on Marc Pelosi and his return to the field over the last year.

Andrew Sousa and Ryan Maduro were both in Iceland last season with Fylkir and now both are returning to the US with the Rhode Island Oceaneers.

According to Will Parchman, US U-17 winger McKinzie Gaines is headed to Germany to trial with Wolfsburg.

And finally, FIFA announced the stadiums that will be used at the 2016 Olympics and somehow Arena da Amazônia in Manaus made the cut as one of the seven stadiums.  I still remember drinking two full glasses of water while just walking to my seat in the upper deck.  It was such a furnace.  I did snap this nice photo.

manaus

 
Categories: A.J. Soares, Andrew Sousa, Andrija Novakovich, Danny Cruz, Danny Williams, DeAndre Yedlin, Gedion Zelalem, Greg Garza, Jake Keegan, Jerome Kiesewetter, Jozy Altidore, Marc Pelosi, Matt Pyzdrowski, McKinzie Gaines, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team, US U-23 National Team, Ventura Alvarado, Will Packwood, William Yarbrough, Zarek Valentin
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Arsenal U-18s vs. Leicester City Highlights
   March 6, 2015 (7:32 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Gedion Zelalem went the full 90 minutes and scored a goal in Arsenal U-18’s 5-3 win over Leicester City on Wednesday.  You can see full highlights of the match on Arsenal’s site, but it requires you to sign up for their site (it is free).  Or you can just check out the GIF below.

 
Categories: Gedion Zelalem, Highlights
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