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.
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.
Jordan Morris highlights a roster for a friendly I just learned about.
GOALKEEPERS (2): Cody Cropper (Southampton; Maple Grove, Minn.), Jon Kempin (San Antonio Scorpions; Leawood, Kan.)
DEFENDERS (8): Christian Dean (Vancouver Whitecaps; East Palo Alto, Calif.), Juan Pablo Ocegueda (Alebrijes de Oaxaca; Riverside, Calif.), Boyd Okwuonu (Real Salt Lake; Edmund, Okla.), Shane O’Neill (Colorado Rapids; Boulder, Colo.), Dillon Serna (Colorado Rapids; Brighton, Colo.), Oscar Sorto (LA Galaxy; Los Angeles, Calif), Sam Strong (UC Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, Calif.), Walker Zimmerman (FC Dallas; Lawrenceville, Ga.)
MIDFIELDERS (5): Fatai Alashe (San Jose Earthquakes; Northville, Mich.), Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake; Garden Grove, Calif.), Alejandro Guido (Club Tijuana; Chula Vista, Calif.), Benji Joya (Santos Laguna; San Jose, Calif.), Daniel Metzger (New York Red Bulls II; Holmdel, N.J.)
FORWARDS (5): Alonso Hernandez (C.F. Monterrey; El Paso, Texas), Alfred Koroma Shams (Unattached; Southlake Carol, Texas), Jordan Morris (Stanford; Mercer Island, Wash.), Mario Rodriguez (Borussia Mönchengladbach; North Hollywood, Calif.), Jose Villarreal (LA Galaxy; Inglewood, Calif.)
One of the “hot” stories from Wednesday was how Julian Green was demoted to Hamburg’s U-23 team. But according to the club, that is not fully true.
“He’s not moving to the Under-23 team,” HSV press officer Lars Wegener told MLSsoccer.com on Wednesday. “Our sport director said that maybe he could play for the U-23s a couple times when he is not in the first-team squad. The reason is to get him some matches and more practice. He is still with the first team in training.”
A.J. Soares started for Stabæk in a friendly against Strommen and scored a goal yesterday. But Bob Bradley confirmed to The Bent Musket that it is just a training stint and that Soares would be leaving the club this week for another trial elsewhere.
The US tends to be a more stat-driven country when it comes to soccer compared to England, but The Birmingham Mail used some stats to compare Jonathan Spector’s recent play at center back while filling in for injured Michael Morrison.
Jake Keegan officially signed a new contract with Galway United FC (that is their new name for this season after being called Galway FC the last few seasons after replacing the dissolved Galway United).
Also this weekend, Aron Johannsson almost scored a goal (highlights). While it looks like he flicked the ball with his head, Steven Berghuis was credited with the goals so I guess he missed. Speaking of ArJo and AZ Alkmaar, they drew Benfica for the quarterfinals of Europa League.
Fabian Johnson made another start at right back for Hoffenheim and picked up another assist (highlights). If he continues to get playing time at right back, I might be open to a US backline of Johnson-Cameron-Besler-Beasley. While Cameron doesn’t play center back, I still like him over Omar Gonzalez at CB right now (I miss 2011 Omar Gonzalez) and Fabian Johnson playing right back would open that opportunity up. No matter what, Fabian Johnson’s ability to play multiple positions gives Jurgen Klinsmann options.
Also scoring a goal this weekend, Will John netted his seventh of the season in Azerbaijani Premier League action (highlights). Over in Ireland, Pat McCann scored twice in Finn Harps’ 5-0 win over Cobh Ramblers. And Bobby Warshaw scored a goal in his second game with GAIS in Sweden, a 2-1 loss to Helsingborg in the Swedish Cup.
Down in Mexico, Friday saw four Americans see the field as Tijuana (Edgar Castillo and Herculez Gomez) defeated Puebla (DaMarcus Beasley and Michael Orozco). Edgar Castillo assisted on Tijuana’s second goal, while DaMarcus Beasley assisted on Puebla’s lone goal (highlights).
Over the last week, Michael Stephens had scored twice for Stabæk in friendlies. Once against Start and the other game against Mix Diskerud and Rosenborg. Here is a Bob Bradley video interview following the win over Rosenborg.
Duane Holmes officially ended his loan with Yeovil Town last week. He ended up starting five games for the Glovers and now returns to Huddersfield Town where he was an unused sub over the weekend.
Will Packwood was awarded with the Football League’s Young Player of the Month Award for February.
While Packwood has had a resurgence since returning from his horrific leg injury, Marc Pelosi is apparently close to returning to fitness after missing the last year with his injury.
Noah Davis, writing for Grantland, takes a look at the last few months of Clint Dempsey’s career.
It looks like US Soccer has decided to start up an U-21 team to help bridge the gap between the U-20 and U-23 teams. With the U-23 team really only existing once every four years, this probably makes sense to keep youth players involved in the US system. The first U-21 camp is rumored to take place in April. Tigres already announced that Juan Ocegueda has been called in via their Twitter account.
It sounds like Erik Palmer-Brown could be playing with the U-20 team at the Dallas Cup. He would be playing up a U-20 cycle. The future looks bright with this one.
This is what Michael Bradley’s head looks like with a bunch of staples in it.
Nurnberg manager Gertjan Verbeek told the press last week that Chandler is likely done for the season with his knee injury. But someone at Nurnberg told Greg Seltzer that Chandler will resume individual training in 2-3 weeks, so maybe not?
Jozy Altidore came off the bench and played 27 minutes in Sunderland’s 1-0 loss to Brad Guzan and Aston Villa. Guzan now has six clean sheets on the season (tied for sixth most in the Premier League in 2013-14).
And in another battle of Americans, Geoff Cameron went 90 minutes (and picked up a yellow card) in Stoke City’s 1-1 draw to Tim Howard and Everton. With the draw (and a Liverpool win), Everton have fallen out of a Champions League spot in the Premier League table.
As for the Championship, Danny Williams (90 minutes) and Reading had a 1-1 draw with Eric Lichaj and Nottingham Forest. Tim Ream went 90 minutes as Bolton came back from a two-goal deficit to tie Middlesbrough, 2-2. Duane Holmes came off the bench and played 38 minutes in Huddersfield Town’s 3-2 loss to Burnley. And Gboly Ariyibi came off the bench again for Leeds, going 45 minutes in a 2-1 loss to Blackburn Rovers.
In case you missed it the other day, US Soccer put together a pretty cool video looking back at 2013.
The guys over at the Best Soccer Show (Jared) gave this site some love on their 2013 in Review show while talking about some of the top American soccer sites of 2013 (around the 45:00 mark). Thanks guys!
The always good Steven Goff has a nice 2014 calendar up on his blog to keep you up to date on the big things happening this year.
While he hasn’t played much since he has been hurt (shocker!), Zak Whitbread has extended his loan with Derby County for the rest of the season. He has appeared in three games for the Rams since beginning the loan in October.
Juan Ocegueda has rejoined Tigres after his weird stint with Chivas Guadalajara where he had to release a statement rejecting future US national team calls due to their policy of only using Mexican players. No word if he is back to being interested in playing with the US yet.
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.
GOALKEEPERS (3): 1-Cody Cropper (Southampton FC; Maple Grove, Minn.), 12-Kendall McIntosh (Santa Clara; Santa Rosa, Calif.), 21-Zach Steffen (FC DELCO; Downington, Pa.)
DEFENDERS (7): 13-Eric Miller (Creighton; Woodbury, Minn.), 3-Juan Pablo Ocegueda (Guadalajara; Riverside, Calif.), 5-Shane O’Neill (Colorado Rapids; Boulder, Colo.), 18-Oscar Sorto (LA Galaxy; Los Angeles, Calif.), 4-Caleb Stanko (SC Freiburg; Holly, Mich.), 14-Javan Torre (UCLA; Santa Monica, Calif.), 2-DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders; Seattle, Wash.)
MIDFIELDERS (5): 16-Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas; Plano, Texas), 10-Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake; Garden Grove, Calif.), 8-Benji Joya (Santos Laguna; San Jose, Calif.), 15-Mikey Lopez (Sporting Kansas City; Mission, Texas), 6-Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew; Gahanna, Ohio)
FORWARDS (6): 20-Daniel Cuevas (Santos Laguna; Sacramento, Calif.), 17-Danny Garcia (North Carolina; Dallas, Texas), 7-Victor Pineda (Chicago Fire; Bolingbrook, Ill.), 19-Alonso Hernandez (C.F. Monterrey; El Paso, Texas), 9-Mario Rodriguez (1. FC Kaiserslautern; North Hollywood, Calif.), 11-Jose Villarreal (LA Galaxy; Inglewood, Calif.)
It’s pretty similar to the Toulon roster, with Steffen, Villarrael, Gil, Rodriguez, and Yedlin added. Jordan Morris, Alfred Koroma, Marlon Hairston, Dillon Serna, Collin Martin, and Jeffrey Payeras have been dropped.
Lets start off with some site-related issues. You may have noticed that the site has been loading really slowly over the last 24 hours and has its moments like this every so often. I am currently in talks with the hosting company on trying to fix these issues.
As for the next issue, I know some of you who check out the site on their cell phone will sometimes have some “pay day loans” ad scroll across the site making it tough to read. This site is not supposed to have ads so something is secretly embedding the ads and I am still working on getting this fixed as well.
As for a minor change that is sort of “fun”. The comments now give you some Spacer Invader-like icon next to your name instead of the silhouette of the head when you post if you don’t have your own gravatar.
And finally, we are looking for a graphic designer for help with a project that could be really cool if we can pull it off. What we need help with is outside my level of expertise with photoshop. Please use the contact page to e-mail us if you are interested.
Brian Sciaretta took a guess at the names that will appear on the US roster. While Neil Blackmon takes a look at the US midfield.
If you missed it yesterday, the Gold Cup groups and schedule were released. And this has sort of been rumored in the past already, but it looks like the June 18th qualifier against Honduras will be in Utah at Rio Tinto.
The always good for a couple of laughs Jimmy Conrad did a video interview with Jozy Altidore.
Brian Sciaretta caught up with Terrence Boyd to talk about his progress at Rapid Vienna and where he stands in the USMNT picture.
It now appears that Juan Ocegueda will not be able to play for Chivas Guadalajara and he can’t be sent to Chivas USA since he would have to enter a MLS lottery so he is in limbo land.
And finally, Anthony Brooks might miss this weekend’s game due to a cold (or thanks to Google Translate, he is just really cold). And Brooks was called into Germany’s U-20 camp, although some say the U-20 team is not that serious compared to the U-21 team (the U-21 Euros are this summer) in Germany, so this could be a good thing for his US hopes.
Jurgen Klinsmann took over US Soccer’s twitter account yesterday and while he didn’t answer any of Howie’squestions, he did give us some good news on Clint Dempsey, Fabian Johnson and Steve Cherundolo.
Spoke with Clint. Back in training & hopes to play v Inter. All good for WCQs RT: @mrhoffman02 When will we know if Dempsey is able to play
And while it has been mentioned before, Bruce Arena gave an update on Landon Donovan and he should return to the Galaxy the last week in March.
Costa Rica released their roster for the qualifiers. Good news for USMNT fans, and most Red Bulls fans can confirm this, Roy Miller made their roster. Also, I just noticed tonight that the US is winless in its last five games (3L, 2D) against Costa Rica and haven’t won a game since a qualifier in 2005.
The US U-20 team will be playing in the Toulon Tournament in late May/early June.
One of those players, Juan Ocegueda, is still going to play for Chivas Guadalajara despite playing for the US. Chivas have a policy of “Mexican only” players, but they are apparently going to look the other way with Ocegueda.