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USMNT odds and ends
   March 2, 2014 (10:30 PM) by Matt
 

A couple quick things for Sunday evening.

While the US had three players withdraw from camp on Saturday and US Soccer said that no replacements would be called in, Jurgen Klinsmann has changed his mind and called in Jonathan Spector.

Julian Green looking good in some US gear (photo courtesy of Roger Bennett):

And Green looks pretty decent while actually playing as well.

 
Categories: Jonathan Spector, Julian Green, US Men's National Team
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A few links for Tuesday
   February 25, 2014 (12:02 AM) by Matt
 

Nothing new to report on the USMNT roster or whether the game will even be played, although it sounds like we should be hearing something in the near future.  That said, John Brooks should be one of the players heading to Ukraine friendly according to this German report.

While the new home World Cup shirt for the USMNT leaked last month, here is a new/slightly better view of the pretty basic polo-looking shirt.  There was also a lot of buzz on Twitter over the weekend over a possible crazy blue/red away shirt, but it looked pretty photoshopped and came from someone who posted some bogus jerseys back in September.  So we continue to play the waiting game.

ESPN released its full TV schedule for this summer’s World Cup yesterday.  Also on the World Cup front, just over 125,000 tickets for the World Cup were allocated to people in the United States, the most of any country outside Brazil.  Granted not all 125,000 tickets are for US games or for US fans, it is still nice to see the US up there.  I was luckily able to get tickets for the USMNT games against Ghana and Portugal in the latest lottery.  Any other OT readers score some tickets?

The National Soccer Hall of Fame announced its Class of 2014 yesterday and it is a good one.  The three-person class contains two players (Brian McBride and Kristine Lilly) and one coach (Bob Bradley).  Congrats to all three.

As Howie posted yesterday, Fabian Johnson has agreed to sign with Borussia Mönchengladbach this summer.

A few things from the weekend.  Jerome Kiesewetter scored a goal for Hertha Berlin II (highlights) and Justin Moose scored for SJK in the Finnish League Cup (still looking for highlights).

The English League Championship is doing a great job of posting quality highlights the day after games on Youtube so here is a roundup of all the games featuring Americans from the weekend.

USMNT assistant coach Andi Herzog was at the Birmingham City game checking out Jonathan Spector and Will Packwood.

Sporting KC continue to reject increased bids by Juventus for 16-yead-old defender Erik Palmer-Brown.  Speaking of Palmer-Brown, Howie was asking the hard-hitting questions on Twitter the other night.  I have to go with Mikey.

I don’t think anything has been said on FC Dallas’ side yet, but it looks like Bobby Warshaw is headed back to Sweden on loan, but this time with GAIS.

It appears that Michael Stephens is back at Stabæk training again after a couple training stints in Sweden.

Kevin Hoyos wants to stay at Estudiantes de La Plata according to this interview.  I know there was once talk about him joining Olimpia in Honduras, but I guess he wants to stay at Estudiantes.

Jon Arnold introduces us to goalkeeper Chris Sheridan, who recently went from the Houston Dutch Lions of the USL PDL to the Honduran club Platense.

A bunch of Adidas kits for 2014-15 are already leaking for whatever reason.  If these players stay at their current clubs then they will be wearing these next season.  So here is Nurnberg’s (Timothy Chandler) away shirt for next season and here is Rapid Vienna’s (Terrence Boyd) away shirt for next season.

 
Categories: Bob Bradley, Bobby Warshaw, Brian McBride, Chris Sheridan, Erik Palmer-Brown, Fabian Johnson, Jerome Kiesewetter, John Brooks, Jonathan Spector, Kevin Hoyos, Michael Stephens, Terrence Boyd, Timothy Chandler, US Men's National Team, Will Packwood
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Various English League Championship Highlights
   February 23, 2014 (2:18 PM) by Matt
 

I already posted highlights of Duane Holmes’ debut at Yeovil Town, but I thought I would do one post with a bunch of highlights of various Championship games featuring Americans since the league does a great job of posting official/quality highlights on Youtube the day after games.  So check out the highlights after the jump.

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Categories: Brek Shea, Daniel Williams, Highlights, Jonathan Spector, Oguchi Onyewu, Tim Ream, Will Packwood
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Catching up on life and links
   February 19, 2014 (12:01 AM) by Matt
 

A few links from the last few days.

Despite all the craziness going on in Ukraine, the US-Ukraine friendly is still on schedule for March 5 according to US Soccer, but they are monitoring the situation.

In the random USMNT stat department, Leander Schaerlaeckens crunched some numbers to see how much playing time MLS players have been getting for the US in each of the last four World Cups.  That number has dropped from 62.8% in France (1998) to 18.5% in South Africa (2010).  But that number should shoot up this summer with the return of about everyone over the past couple of months.

Jurgen Klinsmann did an interview with FIFA.com last week.

Inside World Foorball has an article about USMNT assistant coach Andi Herzog and his job of scouting/recruiting in Europe.

Here is the first ever The Brad Evans Show with guests (and fellow USMNT teammates) Matt Besler and Mike Magee.  It is not great, but it is not awful.  A lot of awkwardness.  But I am mainly linking it because it is really funny with how much Magee gets legitimately annoyed at Evans for comparing his hair to Landon Donovan.

After missing some time with a stomach virus, Brek Shea came off the bench and played 45 minutes for Barnsley in their 2-0 loss to Wigan Athletic on Tuesday.

Oguchi Onyewu is out of the training room and is running again.  He is not expected to return this weekend for Sheffield Wednesday, but he is getting closer to a full return after picking up a calf injury.

Jonathan Spector played with Birmingham City’s U-21 team on Monday.  Spector has been sidelined since October with a thigh injury.

After we were told that Eric Lichaj was about 7-10 days away from returning with Nottingham Forest, their website now has a story up saying that he is about 10-14 days away from returning after suffering a groin injury.

Kim Tate has a good interview up with Herculez Gomez and Paul Arriola.  We learn that Gomez used to coach a seven-year-old Arriola in San Diego once upon a time.

So the LA Galaxy sent Jose Villarreal on loan to Cruz Azul to likely get some playing time and now Cruz Azul is sending Villarreal to their second-division affiliate Cruz Azul Hidalgo.  Villarreal had appeared in two games with Cruz Azul’s U-20 team so far this season, scoring one goal.

Bob Bradley is working his MLS connections again as goalkeeper Matt Pickens is currently in Norway training with Stabæk.

US U-20 forward Lynden Gooch scored his 10th goal of the season for Sunderland’s U-18 team on Tuesday.

Goalkeeper Zac Lubin has signed with Swedish Division I (third tier) side IFK Luleå.  The Montana native last played with the Seattle Sounders’ U-23 team.

 
Categories: Bob Bradley, Brad Evans, Brek Shea, Eric Lichaj, Herculez Gomez, Jonathan Spector, Jose Villarreal, Lynden Gooch, Matt Besler, Matt Pickens, Mike Magee, Oguchi Onyewu, Paul Arriola, US Men's National Team, Zac Lubin
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Timothy Chandler out 8-10 weeks & other injuries
   February 8, 2014 (5:45 PM) by Matt
 

Not a great week on the health front for a few USMNT hopefuls.

Timothy Chandler had to be removed after 10 minutes in today’s game.  The verdict:

That will knock him out of the Ukraine friendly and likely out of a good chance of making the World Cup squad.

Then we have this video of Nottingham Forrest manager Billy Davies saying Eric Lichaj will be out for “a number of weeks”.  With those two injuries, Michael Parkhurst and Brad Evans stock just went soaring on the USMNT stock market.

We know Oguchi Onyewu has a calf injury.  According to this report, he could out a while with a calf muscle tear.

It was not all doom and gloom today, Jonathan Spector is nearing a return to the field after returning to training with Birmingham City.  He has been out since October with a thigh injury.

 
Categories: Eric Lichaj, Jonathan Spector, Oguchi Onyewu, Timothy Chandler
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A bit of this and that for Wednesday
   January 22, 2014 (12:02 AM) by Matt
 

We had two goal scorers on Tuesday.  Aron Johannsson scored his 20th goal of the season across all competitions in AZ Alkmaar’s 2-0 win over Roda JC in the Dutch Cup (highlights).  Paul Arriola scored again for Dorados in their 3-1 win over Estudiantes Tecos in Copa MX action (highlights).

Stoke City’s website finally announced the Juan Agudelo loan deal yesterday.  According to that link, he/Stoke City have to wait four months from the date of the original work permit appeal hearing (his hearing was in late November) before he can re-apply for a UK work permit.  Grant Wahl also spoke to Agudelo about everything that has gone down this week.  As it says in the Wahl interview, it doesn’t sound highly that he will be able to play this weekend due to paperwork.

Grant Wahl also did a video interview with MLS commissioner Don Garber last week where he talks about a bunch of MLS stuff, including topics like Michael Bradley’s return, Maurice Edu’s potential return and how they haven’t been able to make it work financially to get DaMarcus Beasley back in the league.

Only a couple things USMNT-related for today.  A Q&A with Benny Feilhaber and a video with Brad Davis.

Some injury updates.

Fabian Johnson had to be subbed out of a friendly due to a bruised thigh over the weekend.  Hopefully it was just a precaution.

John Brooks has returned to training individually off to the side with Hertha Berlin.  He picked up his latest knee injury earlier this month.

While it was speculated back in November/December that Jonathan Spector and his thigh injury wouldn’t be able to return until January, it now looks like he won’t be back until the end of February.

Anthony Wallace has been spotted in Sweden trialing with Landskrona BoIS.  Landskrona have already signed Americans Paul Torres and Andrew Stadler this offseason.

Daniel Stevens has signed with FC Viikingit in the Finnish Ykkönen (second tier).  Stevens scored 12 goals last season with BK-46 in the Kakkonen (third tier).

Fulham’s U-21 team has gone unbeaten in 12 games this season with Emerson Hyndman coming off the bench in their latest 1-0 win over West Ham United.

Finally, Tom Marshall introduces us to two Americans (Joel Soñora and Ryan Palmbaum) moving up the ranks with Boca Juniors’ youth system.

 
Categories: Andrew Stadler, Anthony Wallace, Aron Johannsson, Benny Feilhaber, Brad Davis, DaMarcus Beasley, Daniel Stevens, Emerson Hyndman, Fabian Johnson, Joel Sonora, John Brooks, Jonathan Spector, Juan Agudelo, Maurice Edu, Michael Bradley, Paul Arriola, Paul Torres, Ryan Palmbaum
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Tuesday morning links
   December 3, 2013 (7:00 AM) by Matt
 

Where in the world is Landon Donovan?

No, really, he is instagramming photos of being in Europe (Donovan to Eintracht Frankfurt!?!?!?) which is making people think he is working on getting a potential winter loan deal worked out, although Bruce Arena told the Galaxy All-Access podcast that both Donovan and Omar Gonzalez won’t be heading to Europe on loan in January.  So now we play the waiting game for more information to leak out.

In case you missed it yesterday, US Soccer announced a friendly against South Korea for February 1.  It sounds like January’s camp will start in Los Angeles for a week.  Head to Brazil for a week or two before returning to Los Angeles for a final week and the friendly at the StubHub Center (RIP Home Depot Center naming rights).

The US fell one spot in the latest FIFA world rankings from #13 to #14.  Mexico moved up from #24 to #20.

Jozy Altidore was named US Soccer’s Male Athlete of the Year for 2013.  Jozy finished 2013 tied with Landon Donovan with a team-leading eight goals, including a USMNT record with a goal in five consecutive games.

CONCACAF also has a bunch of awards that you can vote on right here.  This will be the first edition of the soon-to-be annual CONCACAF awards.  It says you have until mid-December to vote, whenever that is (CONCACAF gonna CONCACAF).

As for the latest on the Bob Bradley new job watch, he is now being tied to the Vancouver Whitecaps.  And here is an updated trailer/sneak peek at the PBS hour-long documentary on Bradley, which will come out in 2014.

John Brooks has been having knee issues, although his MRI from last week showed nothing serious was wrong with it.

Jonathan Spector suffered a setback with his thigh injury and is now out until the end of January.

Southampton goalkeeper Artur Boruc will miss six weeks with a broken hand.  Throw in an injury to Kelvin Davis and there is a chance that Cody Cropper could at least dress for a game or two in the near future for the Saints.

Birmingham City have denied Bristol Rovers’ request to play Will Packwood in their upcoming FA Cup match.  If Packwood were to play, he would be ineligible to play for Birmingham City in the FA Cup for the rest of 2013-14.

Zach Pfeffer’s loan deal with Hoffenheim has officially come to an end.  He got a lot of playing time with Hoffenheim’s U-19 team while he was over in Germany.

Benji Joya, Daniel Cuevas and Santos Laguna’s U-20 team won the U-20 Apertura this past weekend.  And there is speculation that the two could be headed to other teams as they seek out playing time with first teams.

Speaking of that speculation and other possible transfers in Mexico (possibly DaMarcus Beasley), Tom Marshall has you covered.

Jeff Cunningham has been spotted in Vietnam trialing with Hai Phong FC.

And finally, go read Will’s latest goalkeeper interview with Washington Husky Spencer Richey.  Hopefully you guys have been enjoying Will’s interviews as I think he has some more coming in the future.

 
Categories: Benji Joya, Bob Bradley, Cody Cropper, DaMarcus Beasley, Daniel Cuevas, Jeff Cunningham, John Brooks, Jonathan Spector, Jozy Altidore, Landon Donovan, Omar Gonzalez, US Men's National Team, Will Packwood, Zach Pfeffer
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The post-international window links
   November 21, 2013 (12:02 AM) by Matt
 

The international window has ended and now it is the return of some links.

The big news from Wednesday was that Juan Agudelo’s work permit appeal was denied.  It looks like Stoke City officials were stunned by the decision.  And Kenny Dalglish, Jurgen Klinsman and Mark Hughes were there to argue in his favor.

Brian Sciaretta talked to Terrence Boyd after the game in Austria.

On the injury front, Danny Williams could be available for Reading this weekend as they take on Blackburn Rovers.

It sounds like the earliest we could see Jonathan Spector return to the field after his thigh injury is at the end of the month.  Spector has started running again according manager Lee Clark.

Former Bolton Wanderers midfielder Fabrice Muamba thinks Stuart Holden is the best player that he has played with during his career.

Andrew Wooten and Kaiserslautern defeated Idar-Oberstein, 5-0, in a friendly during the international window this week.  Wooten was one of the goal scorers and you can see his goal at the 3:37 mark of this video.

Esteban Rodriguez played on the US U-17 team at the 2011 U-17 World Cup and is now with Tijuana’s U-20 team.  He scored a pretty sweet goal this week at the 1:45 mark of this video.

It is likely that Clint Dempsey will head back to England for a winter loan and one of the first rumors has West Ham United as the early leaders (which probably means he won’t end up there).

It is also that time of year when MLS players head to Europe for training stints.  LA Galaxy youngster Jack McBean is already in England doing stints with Wolverhampton and Blackburn Rovers.  Chicago Fire players Dilly Duka and Victor Pineda are headed to Spain to train with Atlético Madrid.  And DeAndre Yedlin could be headed to Germany to train with Steve Cherundolo and Hannover 96.

Ljungskile SK are overhauling their roster this offseason.  You can now add Paul Tracy to the list of Americans who are parting ways with the club (also Patrick Hopkins and Pat McMahon).  That leaves Charlie Campbell and Aaron Nichols as the only Americans still at the club.  And they have brought in Los Angeles Blues defender Cory Miller for a trial.  Ljungskile SK likes themselves some Americans.

Now that we know all 32 teams for the World Cup, here is that World Cup draw simulator again.  I just got the US in a group with Argentina, France and Portugal.  Ouch.

And courtesy of Brian Straus, here are all 32 badges from the teams who made the World Cup.  I probably like the Netherlands’ badge the most.

 
Categories: Andrew Wooten, Clint Dempsey, Cory Miller, DeAndre Yedlin, Dilly Duka, Esteban Rodriguez, Jack McBean, Jonathan Spector, Juan Agudelo, Patrick Hopkins, Paul Tracy, Stuart Holden, Terrence Boyd, US Men's National Team, Victor Pineda
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A couple more new kits for 2013-14
   July 24, 2013 (10:00 AM) by Matt
 

Birmingham City released a new kit for 2013-14 earlier this week.  Jonathan Spector (and hopefully Will Packwood one day) will wear this in away games this season.

While he probably won’t see action in any Champions League games, Julian Green’s Bayern Munich released their third/Champions League shirts for 2013-14 on Tuesday.

While we are at it, here is a look at their home shirt for this season.

And finally, Eugene Starikov (remember him?) is back at Zenit St. Petersburg (actually Zenit St. Petersburg II in the Russian Second Division [third tier] according to Transfermarkt) after being out on loan with Rostov last season.  They released their new home and away shirts for next season recently.

 
Categories: Eugene Starikov, Jonathan Spector, Julian Green, Will Packwood
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Sort of a pre-game primer & links thing
   July 16, 2013 (12:01 AM) by Matt
 

The US has its last Gold Cup group stage game tomorrow against Costa Rica at 8 PM Eastern on Fox Soccer.  The US can win Group C with a win or draw and would likely face Martinique in the quarterfinals.  A loss would match them against Honduras in the quarterfinals.

Here are the official US Soccer game notes.  The US is 12-12-6 all-time against Costa Rica, although hold a 5-0-1 mark against the Ticos in the Gold Cup.  Landon Donovan is the only player on the current roster with a goal against Costa Rica.  And the last player to score on Costa Rica was Clint Dempsey during the Snow Clasico in March.  Costa Rica has gone 704 consecutive minutes without allowing a goal.  Hopefully that ends today.

Grant Wahl was at today’s press conference and gave us some goodies.  Jurgen Klinsmann plans on using his best squad instead of experimenting with lineups with a quarterfinal slot already in hand.  He also thinks Chris Wondolowski will start since he usually brings a starter to the pre-game press conference and Wondo was there on Monday.  And Klinsi decided to troll the Costa Rica fans.

US Soccer’s YouTube channel gives us the latest video on Tony Beltran.  And equipment manager Jesse Bignami instagrammed this great photo from today’s training.

I did a bunch of numbers and facts on Sunday about the USMNT and Wondo’s great run of play as of late.  Elias also added a couple things on Wondo.

Grant Wahl confirmed the game time for September’s World Cup qualifier against Costa Rica.  It will be on September 6 at 8 PM Eastern on BeIN Sport.

The injury bug hit on Monday.  First we heard that Fabian Johnson picked up an ankle injury.  Hopefully he should return by the end of the week.  Then the horrible news about Josh Gatt being out for the rest of the Norwegian season due to an upcoming knee surgery.  Then late in the day, I found out that Jonathan Spector fractured his right cheekbone during a behind-closed-doors training match against MK Dons last week.

I did some cleaning up of our goal tracker last night.  Found some more goals of guys in lower leagues that we missed.  Plus I found a couple decent YouTube channels with Finnish league highlights, so I linked a few more goals that we were missing.  If you ever find a highlight or know we are missing a goal, please let us know.

Terrence Boyd and Rapid Vienna were already knocked out of the Austrian Cup on Sunday in penalties to Shawn Barry and LASK Linz.  Boyd came off the bench and made his penalty, while Barry went the full 120 minutes of Linz.

Also over the weekend, Bobby Wood continues his strong push for playing time/starting spot with an assist in 1860 Munich’s 2-1 win over Bayer Leverkusen.  Here are some highlights, including Wood’s assist around the 1:40 mark.

While some reports came out last week that Tottenham transfer-listed Clint Dempsey, his agent says that he is not being shopped around.  And I don’t know if I posted this last week or not, but Dempsey was second on Tottenham only to Gareth Bale in fewest minutes played across all competitions per goals+assists.

A few more links to add about Jozy Altidore’s move to Sunderland.  I know there has been some discussion in our comments about how many goals would equal success in people’s eyes for Jozy, but Greg Seltzer is guessing 12 goals in league play for Altidore in 2013-14.  If you can understand the accents, here are some Sunderland fans commenting on Sunderland’s moves, including Jozy.  And here is short video interview with Altidore.

Everton have signed 23-year-old goalkeeper Joel Robles and Roberto Martinez has “warned” Tim Howard that he has to fight for his starting spot.

And staying with goalkeepers, Caleb Patterson-Sewell talked to Andy Schreur about his move to Gil Vicente.

I haven’t done a shameless plug roundup in a while so here I go.  Are you following me on Twitter?  How about Howie or Jon?  Did you also know that we are on Facebook and you can “like” us?  So do that now.  And you should probably also buy one of our Sacha Kljestan mustache shirts.  They are great and only $20 (That is including shipping too!  So you can just tell yourself that the shirt is only really $15).

Speaking of Twitter, I asked for some new music suggestions and a bunch of people told me some things to check out.  Some of the ones that I have listened to so far and liked include Bonbo and Chvrches.  Yay for social media!

 
Categories: Caleb Patterson-Sewell, Chris Wondolowski, Clint Dempsey, Fabian Johnson, Jonathan Spector, Josh Gatt, Jozy Altidore, Shawn Barry, Terrence Boyd, Tim Howard, Tony Beltran, US Men's National Team
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