The big news from yesterday was that Belgium canceled Thursday’s closed-door scrimmage against the US due to concerns over traveling in Sao Paulo. Belgium is staying 40 miles away from the US and doesn’t want to risk sitting on a bus for five hours due to traffic and the possible subway strike.
Timothy Chandler was held out of training on Wednesday after picking up a knock on Tuesday, but it sounds minor and was only precautionary.
The big non-USMNT related news from yesterday is howbad the field looks in Manaus. A bad field in hot weather conditions? Sounds like a typical CONCACAF game to me. Oh yeah, Natal is struggling to get ready for Friday’s opening game between Mexico and Cameroon. There is a decent chance that I will be sitting in one of those temporary seats in the upper deck on Monday. Good times await.
Justin Moose scored his third goal of the season yesterday in Finland and you can check it out here.
Ryan Gracia was last seen in Sweden with Nyköping last season, but it looks like the 24-year-old midfielder has moved on to Balma SC in France.
And this could be my last post for the next 48 hours as I head to Brazil on Friday. We will have a new addition to the site who will be starting a new series throughout the World Cup beginning with later today, so be on the lookout for that.
Justin Moose got the start and scored his third goal of the season across all competitions in SJK’s 3-1 win over MYPA in Finland on Wednesday. Here are the highlights with Moose’s goal coming at the 1:10 mark.
Former San Diego State forward Miles Byass is now with FF Jaro in Finland and scored a goal against SJK in the Finnish League Cup last Wednesday. Justin Moose also came off the bench for SJK in this one. Here are some highlights, including Byass’ goal at the very beginning.
So yesterday was a fun one. I know it was only a friendly and a “weaker” squad, but it is still nice to beat Germany.
If you missed out on the phone, here are the highlights. I am hoping going to do another stat dump either later tonight or tomorrow looking at this game and Friday’s game against Jamaica. I am also going to setup our first “Guess the Score” contest in a while either Tuesday or Wednesday for the Jamaica game.
Greg Seltzer has a couple nuggets up on Michael Parkhurst and Maurice Edu.
Kyle Scott, a U-16 British-American midfielder at Chelsea, is being targeted by some big teams in Europe. He has been playing with England’s youth teams, so who knows if the US is in the picture or not.
It looks like most people like Mix Diskerud’s middle name the best out of all the players on the provisional Gold Cup roster.
While US-Germany was the main attraction on Sunday, we did have some players score some goals at the club level. Justin Moose scored for SJK against KooTeePee (still my favorite team name). Marc Heider scored for Holstein Kiel against Hessen Kassel in the German Regionalliga. And back in Finland, Christian Eissele scored three goals in Kemi Kings’ win over ORPa. That gives Eissele 12 goals across all competitions since January 1. You can keep up-to-date with all these goals with our goal tracker.
A leftover from yesterday’s Valentine’s Day fun, but here is a flow chart to pick your USMNT sweetheart. Looks like I ended up with Clint Dempsey. The US also dropped four spots to #32 in the latest FIFA world rankings.
Looks like Stuart Holden will make Bolton’s squad this weekend in their match against Nottingham Forest.
I posted yesterday about Justin Moose scoring a goal for SJK in their latest friendly and here it is in highlight form (1:25 mark).
Sticking with the goals in friendlies theme, Brian Span scored a goal for Djurgårdens IF in their 3-2 win over FC Lahti.
We knew that goalkeeper Samir Badr was coming back to the US to head to training camp with an unnamed MLS team after his training stint with Manchester United. It looks like that team is the Columbus Crew.
And finally, teenager Nick Ledesma has signed a six-month deal with Alemannia Aachen’s U-19 team.
Lets start off with some Europa League-oriented links as the Round of 32 begins today.
Brad Friedel is getting the start for Tottenham as they take on Lyon in Europa League. Friedel has started only three matches (1 Europa League and 2 FA Cup) since the beginning of December.
Left off the US U-20 roster, Marc Pelosi did not make Liverpool’s Europa League travel squad for today’s game against Zenit St. Petersburg.
While US fans were holding out hope for Pelosi to get the 20th spot on the US U-20 team, Tab Ramos announced yesterday that Colorado Rapids’ Dillon Serna will get that spot. The US U-20 team kicks off the CONCACAF U-20 Championship on Monday against Haiti at 5:30 PM Central on Fox Soccer.
Steven Goff does his yearly look over US Soccer’s tax records. This time for the time period between April 2011 through March 2012. The US had a shortfall of $3.1 million over that time frame.
Brian Sciaretta caught up with Matt Besler to talk about his first callup with the USMNT.
A couple guys were saw the field yesterday. Preston Zimmerman got the start and played 48 minutes in Darmstadt 98’s 0-0 draw to Babelsberg 03 in German 3. Liga action. Justin Moose scored a goal in SJK’s 4-2 win in some tournament called IV KOMIA. And Kenneth Di Vita Jensen scored a goal for Hønefoss and Steve Clark played the first half in a 3-2 win over HJK Helsinki in a friendly. Here are highlights from the match with his goal coming around the 4:50 mark.
This whole Manti Te’o story has been sadly owning my life today.
In case you missed it earlier today, Sacha Kljestan and Anderlecht advanced to the semifinals of the Belgian Cup. and Michael Bradley had a “hockey” assist in Roma’s win in Coppa Italia action. Such great weight on that pass by Bradley.
Speaking of Kljestan, even the local press are joining in on the mustache fun.
The Shin Guardian breaks out their 23 tickets/boarding passes for the USMNT and the 2014 World Cup.
Mathew Wagner caught up with Michael Parkhurst to talk about his new club Augsburg.
Steve Cherundolo will miss this weekend’s game for Hannover 96 with some knee pain.
FA Cup highlights are hard to come by, but here is short post-game interview with Sturart Holden from yesterday.
He did not get into today’s FA Cup loss to Manchester United, but Sebastian Lletget did make the bench for West Ham United. Getting closer to that first team debut.
While we see players like Edu stuck in no man’s land or the Robbie’s (Findley and Rogers) leaving their clubs, Steve Davis decides to point out the not as cool part of Americans fleeing to Europe to play.
Former NY Red Bull Sacir Hot has signed with Hessen Kassel of the German Regionalliga.
Justin Moose has re-signed with Finnish side SJK. Moose appeared in 23 games last season, scoring one goal.
Here is video of Bryan Meredith being officially introduced at IK Brage.
And finally, I hope this is not true, but it looks like News Corp. might change Fox Soccer in the future to FX2 (or some entertainment-based network) since the station has lost so many league rights over the last couple years. Once next year hits and they lose the Premier League, it won’t have much content on the weekends.
Two Scandinavian Leagues are finished for the season. Champions League and Europa League places have been decided as well as promotions and relegations. Finland ended its season a while ago, while Sweden finished its season this past weekend.
Finland was one of the first countries whose leagues finished early. Their Champions League and Europa League places are already set. The league was won by HJK (Helsingin Jalkapalloklubi), they finished six points clear of Inter Turku and 10 points ahead of TPS. HJK claim the sole Finnish Champions League place and will enter the competition in the second qualifying round. Inter Turku, with USA’s Daniel Antunez, and TPS will play in next year’s Europa League.
At the bottom of Veikkausliiga, Haka is the team that lost the battle to stay in the country’s top league. Next season USA’s Jordan Seabrook will start his campaign with Haka in the Ykkonen, where he will play against Aaron Wheeler at KooTeePee, Justin Moose and Pat Phelan at SJK. Kyle Luetkehans and HIFK were relegated from Ykkonen and will now play in the Kakkonen league, Finland’s 3rd division.
HJK – Won League – Champions League
Inter Turk – 2nd place Europa League – Daniel Antunez
TPS – 3rd place – Europa League
Haka – Relegated to Ykkonen – Jordan Seabrook
RoPS – Won League – Promoted to Veikkausliiga
Sweden finished its regular season this past weekend. The league representatives from Sweden to the European Competitions are set. This year no USA players will appear for Swedish teams, based on league standings, in Champions League or the Europa League (Cup Winners still to be decided)
IF Elfsborg will represent Sweden in the Champions League and begin play in the second qualifying round. Hacken and Malmo FF will represent Sweden in the Europa League.
At the bottom of Allsvenskan two teams were relegated (Orebro and GAIS). GIF Sundsvall will play in a playoff series (Home/Away) against the Superttan (2nd Division) 3rd place finisher, Halmstad, with the USA’s Ryan Miller. The winner will appear in Allsvenskan next season.
IF Elfsborg – Won League – Champions League
Hacken – 2nd place – Europa League
Malmo FF – 3rd place – Europa League
Orebro – Relegated to Superttan
GAIS – Relegated to Superttan
GIF Sundsvall – Relegation Playoff
Halmstad – Promotion Playoff – Ryan Miller
GIF Sundsvall will play Halmstad to decide who will play in Allsvenskan next season (games 10/11 & 15/11)