In case you have been out of the loop the last couple of days, CONCACAF, CONMEBOL and US Soccer all officially announced that the United States will be the host of next summer’s Copa America Centenario.
The US U-17 team was knocked out of the U-17 World Cup.
We have reached the international week and the US has its last two friendlies before the CONCACAF Cup (more on that later). Here is the roster Jurgen Klinsmann has called in for the friendlies, which is heavy on center backs.
The US U-20 team is also beginning a new cycle this month with a tournament in Serbia. This current roster features two players who play abroad in Hannover 96’s Abuchi Obinwa and Chelsea’s Kyle Scott.
The end of the transfer window for most of Europe is upon us and a couple players have new teams while a couple others are still with their current teams when people thought they would be leaving.
DeAndre Yedlin is still with Tottenham at the moment despite loan interest from various teams across Europe, although signs point towards him ending up somewhere on loan. My guess at this point would be a loan deal with some team in the English League Championship.
Fulham have decided to keep Emerson Hyndman despite several offers for the US U-23 midfielder. While he has not featured for the Cottagers this season, he could also go out on loan to another English team.
Remember when the Colorado Rapids oddly sold Shane O’Neill to a team in Cyprus earlier this summer? Well he has been oddly sold again this month to Belgian Jupiler Pro League side Royal Mouscron-Péruwelz after not appearing in any games for Apollon Limassol.
Lynden Gooch scored in his third straight U21 game over the weekend (highlights), which led to him making his Sunderland senior team debut in their Capital One Cup win over Exeter City (photo). And he spoke to Sunderland’s website following his debut.
Amando Moreno scored another goal with Tijuana’s U20 team over the weekend. That gives him three goals on the season at the U20 level.
Cody Cropper got the start and made a couple saves in MK Dons’ 2-1 win over Cardiff City in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday (highlights).
A slight break from the youth train. Geoff Cameron scored the clinching penalty kick (and it was nicely taken) in Stoke City’s 1-1 (8-7 on PKs) victory over Luton Town in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday (highlights). And Matt Taylor has been on fire for Saarbrücken, scoring over the weekend against Pirmasens (highlights) and this week against Spielberg (highlights).
But you don’t care about these vets, you want more information on youth players.
The last time we heard about the US U-17 team, they lost their first game of the Vaclav Jezek Tournament. They followed that up with draws against Slovenia and Slovakia. Then finished the tournament with a win over Ukraine.
Bayern Munich just spent €500,000 on 16-year-old midfielder Timothy Tillman. He is a dual national of Germany and the United States. He has featured for Germany’s U15 team, but he has told O When The Yanks that he would be interested in the US.
Gedion Zelalem got the start in his Rangers debut (sporting the number #8) and is being credited with two assists (although his teammate did all the work on the second one) in Rangers’ 5-0 win over Airdrieonians in the Scottish Cup. Here are his assists.
Described as ‘imaginative in possession and blessed with clever movement’ on Arsenal’s official website, Zelalem will bolster Mark Warburton’s attacking options and the manager is delighted to welcome him into his squad.
He said: “It’s nice to have him on board and a lot of work has been done. I’m thankful to some really good people at Arsenal and the work done by people here at Rangers.
“There is no doubt he is a very talented young player and I’m sure he’ll have an impact for us.”
The loan agreement will be reviewed in January.
As I posted last week, Rangers have been slowing making their way back to the Scottish Premier League after being sent down to the Third Division (fourth tier) in 2012-13 following financial issues. After winning promotion in back-to-back seasons, they finished third last year in the Championship, lost out to Motherwell in the final of the promotion playoffs and are currently in the Championship for the second consecutive season.
Their new manager, Mark Warburton, also seems like a guy who likes youth players. He is one of the founders of NextGen Series (a now defunct youth tournament in Europe) and has already brought in two other youth players on loan from Tottenham (Dominic Ball and Nathan Oduwa).
Arsenal midfielder Gedion Zelalem is in Glasgow as he considers an offer to join Rangers on loan.
The 18-year-old, who has dual American and Germany nationality, is expected to hold talks later this week.
A loan move for Zelalem is probably a good thing and shows that Arsenal still have interest in the 18-year-old if they want him to get more playing time aside from playing with their U21 team (and playing in a league known for its physicality).
One of the two most famous clubs in Scotland, Rangers have been slowing making their way back to the Scottish Premier League after being sent down to the Third Division (fourth tier) in 2012-13 following financial issues. After winning promotion in back-to-back seasons, they finished third last year in the Championship, lost out to Motherwell in the final of the promotion playoffs and are currently in the Championship for the second consecutive season.
Rangers is also a club that is no stranger to Americans with DaMarcus Beasley, Carlos Bocanegra, Maurice Edu, Alejandro Bedoya and Claudio Reyna having all played for the club.
Howie posted some German news yesterday. Fabian Johnson is going to be out for a while with an injury, Andrew Wooten could be called in for the USMNT’s September friendlies and Joe Gyau gives us an injury update.