According to Juan Agudelo, Juan Agudelo has signed with Stoke City again. He’ll go on a six-month loan until he can try another work permit appeal. Sources make it seem like the Netherlands or Belgium is most likely. I don’t think he’s ready for the Premier League yet, particularly on a Stokeish team that is in mid-season and isn’t safe from relegation, so a few months to acclimate himself into the European setting should be good for him, particularly in the Low Countries, which have traditionally been good places for Americans.
San Jose won the weighted lottery for Billy Schuler. The Earthquakes were one of only two teams to enter the lottery for the former Hammarby forward, with Real Salt Lake the other. Notably, Gregg Berhalter, his Hammarby manager, did not have Columbus enter. San Jose has a glut of forwards (Chris Wondolowski, Alan Gordon, Steven Lenhart, Adam Jahn, Mike Fucito) so I wonder if that winds up being his final destination.
Speaking of the Superettan, Marquette centerback Eric Pothast has signed with Ängelholms, assuming he doesn’t get MLS superdrafted on Thursday (Rounds 1-2) or next Tuesday (Rounds 3-4). If Ängelholms sounds familiar, it’s because Matt Pyzdrowski (another Marquette alumnus) is their goalkeeper and Bobby Warshaw was loaned there last year. Pothast trialed/trained there last summer so presumably Ängelholms, who was 6th in the Swedish 2nd tier, knows what they’re getting.
Nothing official, but Philadelphia and DC swapped allocation spots in a trade today, meaning it seems likely that Maurice Edu’s rumored move to Philadelphia will happen.
All 26 guys currently in camp for the USMNT this month are headed to Brazil as I type this. Pleased with the fitness of everyone, Jurgen Klinsmann decided to bring everyone down there for 12 days of training and two closed-door scrimmages. While back in LA last week, it looks like they decided to play around with a GoPro camera for this training shot.
Once they return back to LA, they will do a little more training before taking on South Korea on February 2 at the StubHub Center. According to Steven Goff, about 18,000 tickets have been sold so far. I am wondering if the leaked USMNT shirt will be worn as they are rumored to be coming out in February and South Korea’s red shirt for the World Cup was also leaked this week. Maybe both teams will be wearing some new gear?
Four Americans (Edgar Castillo, Herculez Gomez, Paul Arriola and Joe Corona) saw the field down in Tijuana on Friday as the Xolos notched their first ever home victory over América with Castillo helping setup the game-winning goal (highlights). Here is also a better look at their new home and road kits for this season. It looks like their white kits that they wore in the opener were a one off since Atlas wear both red and black. Too bad as I liked those.
It took 12 days, but we finally had our first goal by an American abroad over the weekend. Tony Taylor came off the bench and scored a consolation goal in injury time in Omonia Nicosia’s 4-2 loss to Apollon in Cyprus (highlights). It was Taylor’s third goal of the season. We had four total goals by this point last year (and I will start up a 2014 goal tracker page this week).
Back in Mexico, Michael Orozco assisted on the game-tying goal in Puebla’s draw to Monterrey (highlights).
And Clint Dempsey made his official Premier League return in a 4-1 loss to Jozy Altidore and Sunderland. He got the start and played 79 minutes, while Sky Sports gave him a “7” rating and said some decent things about his performance.
Making his first start since returning to Fulham and impressed, surging into Sunderland territory but often let down by teammates.
As for Jozy, he came off the bench and “won” a PK which led to Sunderland’s last goal. Sunderland had only five goals in 10 away games coming into this weekend, yet scored four on Fulham at the once fortress known as Craven Cottage. Fulham are such a mess this year.
We also had a couple transfers in the last couple days. Oguchi Onyewu will be joining the 10th team of his career with Sheffield Wednesday. While Billy Schuler is returning to MLS after two years in Sweden.
And it looks like Michael Parkhurst is also returning to MLS and will be headed to the Columbus Crew after a trade involving a draft pick and allocation money to the New England Revolution according to Ives.
German 3. Liga side Wacker Burghausen were interested in Bobby Wood for a loan deal, but 1860 Munich were not having it.
Despite making only three starts for Oldham Athletic this season, Paul Rachubka has signed a contract extension with the club.
Mix Diskerud told ESPN FC that he has pimped Bob Bradley to Stabæk’s management over the years.
Much like his former ACC rival (I think Virginia and North Carolina are still in the same conference these days) Brian Span, Billy Schuler skipped MLS in favor of a shot at Sweden following the 2011 college season. Joining Hammarby in the 2nd division, he found limited minutes, scoring two goals in 26 matches over two seasons.
Schuler is from New Jersey and played at UNC, so take guesses as to where he might prefer to land. His former Hammarby coach, Gregg Berhalter (who was fired in July), currently is the head boss for the Columbus Crew, so there might be interest there.
A few links for Wednesday. Some of these are newer while a couple of these are old and I meant to post before my vacation last week. Here we go.
Greg Seltzer has been dropping transfer goodies over the last two days. One post on Michael Bradley and Terrence Boyd. And another on Charlie Davies, Alejandro Bedoya and Maurice Edu. As for the possible French mystery team interested in Bedoya, it looks like it could be Nantes (and he could be signing a three-year contract).
Bosnia released its roster for the August 14 friendly. The US roster is not expected to be released to the public until Sunday or Monday. Some European reports have stated that Bobby Wood and Aron Johannsson are being called in by Jurgen Klinsmann. Not that it was likely that he would be called in, but Julian Green won’t be there since he was called in by Germany’s U-19 team.
Grant Wahl has some great details into Clint Dempsey’s move to Seattle. Also casually thrown in there is the fact that Omar Gonzalez is expected to be upgraded to a DP by the Galaxy with a contract extension.
Zak Whitbread had to leave last weekend’s game on a stretcher due to a concussion, but Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson has told the press that Whitbread is expected to return to training this week.
Billy Schuler’s contract with Hammarby doesn’t look like it will be extended when it ends in December. He has played in 10 of Hammarby’s 17 league games in 2013 with only one goal to his name.
Juan Ocegueda has decided to give up playing with the US so he can play for Chivas Guadalajara.
French-American youth player Maki Tall has signed a three-year contract with Lille. As for another youth signing, Arizona native Michael Haynes has signed with Reading’s youth academy.
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.”
Two Americans saw the field (Hammarby’s Billy Schuler and Ängelholms’ Matt Pyzdrowski) with an American coach (Gregg Berhalter) on the sideline in this 1-1 draw. I also love that Eric Prydz’s “Call On Me” is Ängelholms’ post-goal celebration song.