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Even more new kits for 2014-15
   July 9, 2014 (9:45 AM) by Matt Benson
 

I have already done two posts before on this subject (here and here), but we have some even more new kits/jerseys/shirts/whatever you want to call them.

So check out after the jump to see new kits for many teams featuring Americans in 2014-15.

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Categories: Alfredo Morales, Aron Johannsson, Bobby Wood, Danny Williams, Eric Lichaj, Eugene Starikov, Fabian Hurzeler, Jonathan Spector, Jozy Altidore, Timothy Chandler, Zak Whitbread
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2013-14 OT XI
   June 3, 2014 (9:55 PM) by Howie Michaels
 

It wasn’t exactly a banner 12 months for the OT Faithful. Clint Dempsey, a three-time OT MVP and four-time OT XI honoree, moved to Seattle. Michael Bradley, another OT XI stalwart, stayed abroad but became ineligible. Stuart Holden got hurt and then for good measure got hurt again. Jozy Altidore made a move to Sunderland so disastrous that by the end of the year we were celebrating brief sub appearances as progress. Even Matt Taylor, an old OT favorite, had a down year by his 3. Liga Legend standards.

There were dark times, there is no denying.

It was so dark, I got really lazy and took my time doing this. I was all set to drop this on May 22, but then Landon happened so we needed some space.

But, without further delay, here comes the 2013-14 OT XI. As always, these are the best performances by first-team players (sorry, Julian Green) relative to respective leagues.

Goalkeeper
Tim Howard, Everton (England) [2nd appearance]

It wasn’t that long ago that many were calling for Brad Guzan to supplant the long-time Everton stalwart in goal for the national team, a sentiment no doubt boosted by Guzan’s inclusion over Howard in last year’s OT XI. However, Timmy had a bit of a bounceback year as the Toffees surged into 5th place in the Premier League. While some late losses left Everton a bit short of Champions League qualification, Howard was stellar throughout the year, with Everton finishing 2nd in the EPL in goals allowed. Also, I will be deleting my various tweets and other commentaries suggesting Guzan should usurp Howard with the Nats.

Defenders
Fabian Johnson, TSG 1899 Hoffenheim (Germany) [2nd]
Will Packwood, Bristol Rovers/Birmingham City (England) [1st]
Tim Ream, Bolton Wanderers (England) [1st]
Geoff Cameron, Stoke City (England) [2nd]

Johnson returns to the OT XI for the 2nd time (previously in 2011-12), nominally at LB on paper. The dual-national wrapped up his tenure with Hoffenheim with another season of playing pretty much everywhere wide as Hoffenheim surged from the relegation playoff last year to mid-table this year. Johnson himself will be bouncing further up the table and joining Borussia Mönchengladbach. Packwood returned from a broken leg by initially going out on loan to League Two’s Bristol Rovers before returning to Birmingham and fighting his way into the starting lineup, earning the Football League Young Player of the Month for February. After a rough first full season in England, Ream rebounded to earn Bolton’s player of the year award while playing both centerback and leftback. Finally, with Dempsey gone and Jozy struggling, Geoff Cameron did a fine job carrying the flag of American field players in England, appearing in all but one Premier League match for the Potters.

Midfielders
Sacha Kljestan, Anderlecht (Belgium) [4th]
Alejandro Bedoya, Nantes (France) [3rd]
Danny Williams, Reading (England) [1st]

Despite missing out on the World Cup roster, long-time OT favorite Kljestan had a career-high eight goals while helping Anderlecht win its third consecutive Belgian title. Bedoya, a two-time OT XI honoree from his first stint in Sweden, made his return to the list following a successful move to Nantes that saw him score five goals, keep Nantes up after being promoted, and give himself a shot at starting in Brazil. While an injury with the national team caused him to miss several late matches (and helped cost Reading a shot at promotion), Danny Williams enjoyed an otherwise strong debut season in England and makes his first appearance on this squad.

Forwards
Terrence Boyd, Rapid Vienna (Austria) [1st]
Aron Johannsson, AZ (Netherlands) [1st]
Christian Eissele Kemi Kings/Brage (Norway/Sweden) [1st]

What we have here is a trio of forwards who all hit 20 goals across all competitions last year. Boyd improved upon his Austrian debut total with 15 in league play and another five in Europa League. He also got two more sweet tattoos, making his old flag tattoo seem tame. Johannsson mostly picked up the slack with former teammate Altidore gone from AZ, scoring 17 in league play and 20 overall. Eissele, the only one of this group without a cap, dropped in 24 goals last season for Kemi Kings in Finland (mostly after the 2012-13 voting was tabulated) before moving to Brage in Sweden this year.

2013-14 MVP
Geoff Cameron, D, Stoke City

While the Premier League continues to grow in popularity stateside, American outfield players have become increasingly rare. However, the best of them had himself a stellar year with the Potters. The jack-of-all-trades played primarily at right back as Stoke became less boring than historically regarded and surged into 9th place.

Goal of the Year
We’re going back to Finland here and the sweet goal by Miles Byass in a 1-0 win for JIPPO over Vikingit in April. Check it out in GIF and YouTube (1:08) below.

Performance of the Year
Tim Howard had six saves in a 1-0 win for Everton at Manchester United, the Toffee’s first win at Old Trafford since August 1992 and undoubtedly a sweet win over former manager David Moyes.

Thanks for waiting (both you the readers and Matt). Fire away in the comments on who we snubbed.

The OT XI Archives

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2010-11
2011-12
2012-13

 
Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Aron Johannsson, Christian Eissele, Danny Williams, Fabian Johnson, Geoff Cameron, Sacha Kljestan, Terrence Boyd, Tim Howard, Tim Ream, Will Packwood
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Tuesday morning links
   May 20, 2014 (1:27 AM) by Matt Benson
 

The USMNT camp is chugging along at Stanford this week.  Jeff Carlisle has a notebook of tidbits from the last couple of days.  We are now at 28 of 30 guys in camp with Aron Johannsson and Jermaine Jones being the last two stragglers since they had club commitments on Sunday.  Cody Cropper has also been in camp helping out at goalkeeper since Tim Howard and Brad Guzan were late arrivals (and it never hurts to give him some experience).

US Soccer has a short video recapping the first week of camp.  They also put up some photos from yesterday’s training session.

Grant Wahl talked to Michael Bradley about all three of the US’s opponents in Group G.  One of those opponents, Portugal, already whittled their 30-man roster down to 23 guys.

Slate has a story up on the history of the wonderful 1994 denim kits.  Shameless plug for our USMNT jersey history page.

Back to Cody Cropper for a second as he was offered a contract extension at Southampton.

Here is another Gus Poyet-has-faith-in-Jozy-Altidore story.  Poyet seems to like Jozy.

It looks like Danny Williams is going to have surgery on his knee that gave him issues for a lot of this past last season.

While Greg Seltzer told us that various Eredivisie teams were interested in Juan Agudelo last week, he has confirmed that FC Utrecht is one of those clubs.

I guess there was some talk that Edgar Castillo had signed with Monterrey, but Monterrey’s president is refuting those claims.

Due to some financial issues, Hapoel Tel Aviv had to release a few foreign players including Bryan Gerzicich.

According to this report, US U-20 forward Benji Lopez was on trial with Panathinaikos last week.

El Salvador fans want their national team to call-up Miguel Palafox, who is eligible to play for the US, Mexico and El Salvador.

And finally, a bunch of the ESPN 30 For 30 Soccer Stories have popped up on Youtube.

 
Categories: Aron Johannsson, Benji Lopez, Bryan Gerzicich, Cody Cropper, Danny Williams, Edgar Castillo, Jermaine Jones, Jozy Altidore, Juan Agudelo, Michael Bradley, Miguel Palafox, US Men's National Team
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Some more links for Friday
   May 9, 2014 (1:44 PM) by Matt Benson
 

I already did a links post this morning, but today has been so busy with little tidbits, here is another rather than save them for Monday.

It looks like the US-Belgium friendly/scrimmage that ESPN’s Doug McIntyre discovered yesterday has been confirmed by FIFA.  But it will be a closed-door scrimmage.

Here is the full schedule for the USMNT and their Send-Off Series.

Danny Williams is still having knee issues and his World Cup dreams are not looking great.

And with his knee showing no real signs of improvement, Williams admits that his prospects of making it to Brazil look bleak.

“At the moment it doesn’t look good,” said Williams, who has pledged his long-term future to Reading .

When asked if he would require another operation to try and fix the problem, he added: “I don’t know yet, I have to see.”

Zak Whitbread has been released by Leicester City.  Whitbread appeared in only three league games for Leicester City this season before heading out on loan to Derby County where he played in only four league games.  While some fans will probably want him to head to MLS, I am guessing he stays in England since he basically grew up there his whole life.

The rumors on Twitter have Juan Agudelo failing at his second UK work permit appeal.  If true, that means another loan is probably in his future for 2014-15.

Tim Ream was spotted at the New York Red Bulls’ practice today.  He told some press that he hasn’t been in contact with Jurgen Klinsmann, but he knows USMNT coaches have been scouting him.

Steve Cherundolo has become the new U-15 manager at Hannover 96.  Kicker also has a photo gallery up on Cherundolo’s career in Germany.

And finally, another plug for our official World Cup roster predictions since I am sure you are not tired of reading these across every other website this week.

 
Categories: Danny Williams, Juan Agudelo, Steve Cherundolo, Tim Ream, US Men's National Team, Zak Whitbread
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Thursday morning links
   May 1, 2014 (12:06 AM) by Matt Benson
 

The CONCACAF and CONMEBOL press conference is scheduled for later today with all signs pointing towards the announcement of Copa America Centenario taking place in the US.  Brian Sciaretta typed some words on what this would mean for US Soccer.

It looks like Aron Johannsson will miss AZ Alkmaar’s final regular season game this weekend with a small ankle injury as he rests up for the playoffs.

Julian Green is slowly getting back to full training as he was doing some running and gymnastic drills this week.

I bet everyone has been waiting to see what Jermaine Jones’ new tattoo looks like in action, so here you go.

Some reports out of Germany have Stuttgart eying Timothy Chandler.  I am guessing Chandler would probably look for a move if Nurnberg were relegated (currently sitting in an automatic relegation spot with two games left).

Hertha Berlin’s website has an interview up with John Brooks.

ESPN’s John Palmer talked to Geoff Cameron recently for a little Q&A action.  Cameron thinks his best position is either defensive midfielder or center back.

Danny Williams missed this past weekend’s game for Reading with his lingering knee issue, but the club is hopeful that he will return this upcoming weekend.

Jonathan Spector is another player who has missed some time due to injury recently, but he returned to action in Birmingham City’s 1-0 loss to Wigan on Tuesday.

I forget whether I posted this in the last week or not, but Yanks Abroad’s Brendan Wimberly talked to Patrick Hopkins as the Swedish Superettan is now underway for 2014.

And finally, resident goalkeeper guru Will decided to rank the Top 10 USMNT goalkeeper performances over on his site.

 
Categories: Aron Johannsson, Danny Williams, Geoff Cameron, Jermaine Jones, John Brooks, Jonathan Spector, Julian Green, Patrick Hopkins, Timothy Chandler, US Men's National Team
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Some links for Thursday
   April 17, 2014 (6:35 AM) by Matt Benson
 

A couple USMNT notes to get out of the way first.  The pre-World Cup camp will begin May 14 with a full squad expected to report, including all MLS players who make the initial roster.  ESPN FC’s Jeff Carlisle wrote some words about life on the World Cup roster bubble.

The US U-20 team continued their success at the Dallas Cup with a 1-0 win over Tigres yesterday.  Rubio Rubin scored the lone goal and hopefully some highlights of this will pop up in the near future.  Speaking of highlights, here are some of the US’s first win from Sunday against River Plate.  With yesterday’s win, the US took all nine points from their group and advance to the semifinals where they will play Fluminense on Friday at 7:30 PM.

US Soccer also put up a little video of Tab Ramos talking about identifying players for this current U-20 cycle.

Staying with the U-20 theme, Brian Sciaretta has an article up on Lynden Gooch and his highlight-reel goals.

Continuing down the youth national team totem pole, the U-18 team lost to Mexico, 4-3, in a friendly at the StubHub Center last weekend and US Soccer has some highlights from the match.

Last we heard from Timothy Chandler, he was running on the side for Nurnberg and now we know that he has resumed training with a ball.  Chandler and Nurnberg are hoping that he can return to the field before the end of the Bundesliga season.  Here is also a video of Chandler rehabbing from February.

While Danny Williams returned to the field with Reading earlier this week, he is still managing his knee injury and the team is not sure how his knee will react to him playing 60 minutes.

John Brooks did not dress for Hertha Berlina’s game last weekend and it looks like he might be in the doghouse with manager Jos Luhukay.  According to this Google-translated article, Luhukay is annoyed by Brooks’ “lack of professionalism”, including getting an extensive back tattoo which is affecting his training.

I forgot to post this earlier this week, but due to some injuries at Southampton, Cody Cropper dressed as the back-up goalkeeper in the Saints’ 1-0 loss to Cardiff City last weekend.

A new name to keep an eye on down in Mexico, 19-year-old centerback Miguel Palafox made his professional debut with Club Leon last weekend.

Bodens BK in Sweden seems to have a pipeline to America as yet another American, Eddy Prugh, is now at the club and Prugh earned Man of the Match honors last weekend.

 
Categories: Cody Cropper, Danny Williams, Eddy Prugh, John Brooks, Lynden Gooch, Miguel Palafox, Timothy Chandler, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team
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A bunch of links for Tuesday
   April 15, 2014 (12:57 AM) by Matt Benson
 

A lot of things to check out.

US Soccer’s website has a bunch of goodies from the last couple of days.  They stopped by Toronto to do a little Q&A action with Michael Bradley.  They also have the latest Road to the Roster podcast up with Jurgen Klinsmann.  He talks about the Mexico friendly and Jozy Altidore among other things.  And they also have a Q&A up with World Cup hopeful DeAndre Yedlin.

The US U-20 team is down in Texas for the Dallas Cup and is already 2-0-0 after the first two games.  They kicked things off with a 3-2 win over River Plate.  Here is a photo of Ben Spencer celebrating after scoring one of the goals.  On Monday, the team defeated Eintracht Frankfurt 3-0.  Here is a photo of Tijuana and US U-20 teammates Paul Arriola and Amando Moreno celebrating the win.  The US leads Group C with six points and will play Tigres on Wednesday as they look to advance to the semifinals.

While we are on the topic of the U-20 team, Brian Sciaretta caught up with Rubio Rubin before the Dallas Cup to talk about the tournament and joining FC Utrecht.  Rubin turned 18 in March, allowing him to sign a professional contract, but Utrecht can’t register his contract until July 1.

We had some goals this past weekend in Europe.  Alfredo Morales scored his first of the season in a 2-1 loss.  Juan Agudelo scored what turned out to be the game-winning goal in Utrecht’s 2-1 win.  And Michael Farfan came off the bench and scored the game-tying goal in Cruz Azul’s 2-2 draw.  The goal earned Farfan a spot on Medio Tiempo’s Team of the Week as a sub.

Back to Agudelo for a second.  Word on the street is that Stoke City manager Mark Hughes flew to Holland to watch him play this past weekend.  And Stoke City will be looking to get a second appeal on his UK work permit at the end of this month or the beginning of May.

Just in case people forgot, Jozy Altidore is one of the good guys.

ESPN FC’s Alex Labidou wrote some words (or typed them) after talking to FC Nantes’ Alejandro Bedoya.

Stuart Holden talked to the fine folks over at Fox Sports about trying to recover from yet another knee injury.  Stu’s sock game was on point.

Here is a really short film on Clint Dempsey by Degree Men, which was apparently directed by Mad Men’s Jon Hamm.  Dempsey also scored two goals this past weekend, giving him six on the season in only 303 minutes in MLS play after scoring only once in 922 minutes last year with Seattle.

A few guys saw the field on Monday.  After battling some swelling in his knee, Danny Williams returned to Reading’s starting lineup and played 61 minutes in a 1-1 draw.  Bobby Wood came off the bench, played 24 minutes and picked up a yellow card in 1860 Munich’s 4-2 loss to Dynamo Dresden.

Over in Sweden, Matt Pyzdrowski went 90 minutes between the sticks while Eric Pothast played 45 minutes and picked up a yellow card in Ängelholm’s 3-2 win over Jönköpings Södra.  And Alex Horwath started at goalkeeper and Brandon McDonald came off the bench for the final two minutes in Ljungskile’s 0-0 draw to Landskrona, which had Andrew Stadler and Paul Torres each go 90 minutes.

So I have decided to learn how to make GIFs since sometimes they are easier to post/watch than some of these weird video players that some highlight sites use (plus GIFs are just awesome).  I practiced a bunch this weekend making a few of the goals scored in MLS play by some World Cup hopefuls, so here they are:  Clint Dempsey 1, Clint Dempsey 2, Chris Wondolowski, Maurice Edu and Kyle Beckerman.  It is a learning process as I try to figure out size and quality while not trying to make these 10 MB files, but it went better than I expected.

 
Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Alex Horwath, Alfredo Morales, Amando Moreno, Andrew Stadler, Ben Spencer, Bobby Wood, Brandon McDonald, Chris Wondolowski, Clint Dempsey, Danny Williams, DeAndre Yedlin, Eric Pothast, Jozy Altidore, Juan Agudelo, Kyle Beckerman, Matt Pyzdrowski, Maurice Edu, Michael Bradley, Michael Farfan, Paul Arriola, Paul Torres, Rubio Rubin, Stuart Holden, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team
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Reading vs. Leicester City Highlights
   April 14, 2014 (5:43 PM) by Matt Benson
 

Danny Williams returned to the starting lineup for Reading and went 61 minutes in a 1-1 draw to Leicester City on Monday.  Here are the goals.

 
Categories: Danny Williams, Highlights
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Catching up on life links
   April 9, 2014 (12:21 AM) by Matt Benson
 

I am still playing catch up on things, but here are a few links from the last couple of days.

Michael Bradley and Chris Wondolowski talked about their goals from last week’s draw to Mexico.

It looks like Jozy Altidore has fallen out of favor at Sunderland at the moment as he didn’t dress on Monday with the senior team and actually suited up with the U-21 team.

A few guys played in the Championship yesterday, but Danny Williams missed Reading’s game with a knee injury, while Oguchi Onyewu picked up a rib injury and missed Sheffield Wednesday’s game on Tuesday.

Julian Green didn’t play with Bayern Munich II over the weekend due to the shoulder injury that he picked up in the US-Mexico friendly.  According to his dad, he will be out a couple weeks.

I guess there might be some interest by West Bromwich Albion for Tim Ream.  Yay UK tabloids!

Marc Pelosi has finally returned to action with Liverpool’s U-21 team after breaking his leg 14 months ago.

On the US U-18 front, forward Dembakwi Yomba has signed with Atletico Madrid, while forward Andrija Novakovich has signed with Reading.

The Fighting Bob Bradleys are in first place of the Tippeligaen after defeating Brann, 2-1, over the weekend.

And finally, there were seven goals scored over the weekend.  I was finally able to update the goal tracker with highlights of six of the seven goals.  Aron Johannsson also got grabbed in the junk.

 
Categories: Andrija Novakovich, Aron Johannsson, Bob Bradley, Chris Wondolowski, Danny Williams, Dembakwi Yomba, Jozy Altidore, Julian Green, Marc Pelosi, Michael Bradley, Oguchi Onyewu, Tim Ream
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Reading vs. Charlton Athletic Highlights
   April 6, 2014 (8:44 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Danny Williams went the full 90 minutes and scored the lone goal of the game in Reading’s 1-0 win over Charlton Athletic yesterday.  Here are some highlights.

 
Categories: Danny Williams, Highlights
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