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Links and whatnot for Tuesday
   October 6, 2015 (12:00 AM) by Matt Benson

We are closing in on the CONCACAF Cup and the game is officially a sellout.

In case you missed it on Saturday, here is the US roster.  While a couple guys are injured (Aron Johannsson and John Brooks), I guess the biggest “snub” would be Omar Gonzalez considering he started one of the September friendlies so you would think he would be “on the depth chart” at centerback.

Jurgen Klinsmann talked to US Soccer’s website about the roster.  He also talked to ESPN’s Doug McIntyre.

Jozy Altidore told ESPN’s Jeff Carlisle that the last two years have been rough.

This isn’t the first time the US and Mexico have met in a playoff.  They also played in a World Cup playoff in 1934.

As for Mexico, Andres Guardado was once thought to be out with an injury, but he is healthy now.  Although El Tri will be without the services of Giovani dos Santos due to an injury picked up this weekend.

Want some more info on Mexico?  Alicia Rodriguez has you covered.

The US U-23ers have opened Olympic qualifying with wins against Canada (highlights) and Cuba (highlights).  They take on Panama in the last group stage match tonight and I believe they only need a draw to win the group (and could even win the group with a loss depending on goal differential).

Over in Group B, Mexico and Honduras play on Wednesday with the loser likely facing the US in the all important semifinal (a draw would mean Honduras would finish second and play the US if the US can clinch their group).

One player joining the US U-23 team this week is goalkeeper Ethan Horvath since he was still in Norway playing for Molde FK.  He has seen his stock rise in the last couple months as he was named to’s Europa League Team of the Week and Edwin van der Sar had some nice things to say about him.  And Brian Sciaretta talked to Horvath recently about his rapid rise.

Sticking with goalkeepers, the last time we heard from Aleks Gogic, he was talking to our Will Reno about playing with the Nike Academy.  Now the 19-year-old has a new home and it is with League One side Fleetwood Town until the end of the season.  And the Cod Army already have an American goalkeeper on the roster in Brendan Moore.

Bobby Wood is off to a good start in Germany and he talked to Greg Seltzer about the season so far.

American Joe Enochs is now the manager of German 3. Liga club VfL Osnabrück.

We had a bunch of goals this weekend and some highlights from Danny Williams, Andrew Stadler, Erik Hurtado, Kyle Curinga, Jon-Paul Pittman and Conor O’Brien.  Plus Andrew Wooten dished out two assists.

And finally, Club Tijuana’s website has a little story up on US U-17 World Cup forward Brandon Vazquez.

Categories: Aleks Gogic, Andrew Stadler, Andrew Wooten, Bobby Wood, Brandon Vazquez, Brendan Moore, Conor O'Brien, Danny Williams, Erik Hurtado, Ethan Horvath, Jon-Paul Pittman, Jozy Altidore, Kyle Curinga, US Men's National Team, US U-23 National Team
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Reading vs. Middlesbrough Highlights
   October 3, 2015 (8:50 PM) by Matt Benson

All it took was 15 seconds and Danny Williams scored the opening goal in Reading’s 2-0 win over Middlesbrough on Saturday.  Here is his goal.


Categories: Danny Williams, Highlights

Reading vs. Bristol City Highlights
   September 20, 2015 (1:43 PM) by Matt Benson

Danny Williams went the full 90 minutes and help set up Reading’s first goal in their 2-0 win over Bristol City on Saturday.  Here are some highlights.

Categories: Danny Williams, Highlights

Friday morning linkpalooza
   August 21, 2015 (12:02 AM) by Matt Benson

Links and whatnot for your reading pleasure.  A few USMNT nuggets to start off with.

Roughly 23,000 tickets have been sold so far for the friendly against Peru.

While we won’t know the full US roster for the September friendlies until the end of the month, Tim Howard and DaMarcus Beasley will be on the roster according to a release from US Soccer.  Howard will be making his first return since taking a year sabbatical, while Fabian Johnson’s injury (and Beasley’s veteran presence) probably opened things up for Beasley.  Klinsmann also says Brad Guzan will remain the US’s starting goalkeeper.

Toronto FC manager Greg Vanney has begun talking to US Soccer about not calling in Jozy Altidore and Michael Bradley for the Peru friendly (Toronto faces Seattle on September 5) then releasing them back to the USMNT for the game against Brazil.

Mexico has an interim manager for their next four games, including the Confederations Cup playoff, and it is Tigres’ Ricardo “Tuca” Ferretti.  Ferretti has managed El Tri once before in a friendly against Costa Rica in 1993.

Jurgen Klinsmann talked to US Soccer’s website about various players making moves this transfer window like Aron Johannsson, Bobby Wood and Tim Ream.

Speaking of Ream, he has officially signed with Fulham after a couple days delay.  He will become the ninth American to play for Fulham’s senior team once he makes his Cottagers debut.  Ream also told NBC’s Joe Prince-Wright that Fulham’s history with Americans was a factor in his decision to select Fulham.

Also at Fulham, Will Parchman wrote some words on Emerson Hyndman and his situation with the Cottagers.

According to this report out of Germany, Julian Green has been sent down to Bayern Munich II in the German Regionalliga.

We found out that Genk was interested in Gyasi Zardes earlier this week and it looks like you can add Reading and Brigthon to the picture.

There were some goals this week from Danny Williams, Miguel Ibarra and Lynden Gooch.  Gooch also spoke to Sunderland’s website about the goal.

Cody Cropper made his senior team debut earlier this month in MK Dons’ 2-1 win over Leyton Orient in the Capital One Cup.  As for the goal he allowed, it was awkward.  He looks like a baby deer trying to walk on ice.

Greg Seltzer did another numbers thing and this one is on Ethan Horvath and rookie American goalkeepers in Europe.  Horvath and Molde FK also defeated Standard Liège yesterday, 2-0, in the first leg of their Europa League matchup.

Eight by Eight magazine has an interview up with Bob Bradley.

The US U-17 team lost their opening game of the Vaclav Jezek Tournament, 4-2, to Russia.  The US goals were scored by Joshua Perez and Hugo Arellano.

Chelsea youth player Kyle Scott appears to be headed to a US U-20 camp in the near future.

And finally, Jay Denny’s career will continue in the lower leagues of England with AFC Telford being his latest stop.

Categories: Aron Johannsson, Bob Bradley, Bobby Wood, Brad Guzan, Cody Cropper, DaMarcus Beasley, Danny Williams, Emerson Hyndman, Ethan Horvath, Gyasi Zardes, Jay Denny, Jozy Altidore, Julian Green, Kyle Scott, Lynden Gooch, Michael Bradley, Miguel Ibarra, Tim Howard, Tim Ream, US Men's National Team, US U-17 National Team

Reading vs. Sheffield Wednesday Highlights
   August 19, 2015 (2:03 PM) by Matt Benson

Danny Williams went the full 90 minutes and scored his first goal of the season in Reading’s 1-1 draw today.  Here is his goal.

Categories: Danny Williams, Highlights
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2014–15 OT XI
   May 25, 2015 (5:58 PM) by Howie Michaels

Holy smokes. Can you believe that this is the sixth edition of the legendary OT XI? When we started this thing there were actually a ton of American players in Europe. Of the original OT XI, only two (Alejandro Bedoya and Jonathan Spector) are still playing abroad, and five (Ryan Guy, Landon Donovan, Brad Friedel, Eddie Johnson, and Carlos Bocanegra) are retired. Crazy times.

Here are the past teams:


Brad Guzan, Aston Villa (England) [2nd appearance]

If you want to talk about the decline of American players abroad, look no further than goalkeeper (and talk to our friend Will, who wrote this pick.) Even though he didn’t have the greatest of finishes, it was Brad Guzan who carried Aston Villa through the first half of the season, when they couldn’t buy a goal. Guzan carried his team out of the relegation zone so that when it came to the meaningless games in the season, his poor performance didn’t matter. Admittedly, it’s a weak pick without glamour but of all the overseas goalkeepers, Guzan helped his team the most.

Greg Garza, Tijuana (Mexico) [1st]
Tim Ream, Bolton Wanderers (England) [2nd]
Ventura Alvarado, Club America (Mexico) [1st]
Eric Lichaj, Nottingham Forest (England) [2nd]

Two from Liga MX and two from the Football League Championship make up the backline. Garza basically made Edgar Castillo, the 2013 honoree at leftback, expendable at Tijuana as he also established himself as the likely national team heir apparent to the internationally-retired Edgar Castillo. Ream played a little of everywhere defensively for Bolton and earned his second consecutive team MVP. After time on loan, Alvarado blossomed with the CONCACAF Champions League winners and broke into the national team. Meanwhile, back in England, Lichaj had his healthiest season and made 42 appearances, more than the previous two seasons combined (since they play like 800 games in the lower divisions of England).

Fabian Johnson, Borussia Mönchengladbach (Germany) [3rd]
Danny Williams, Reading (England) [2nd]
Alfredo Morales, Ingolstadt (Germany) [1st]
Alejandro Bedoya, Nantes (France) [4th]

Guys, guys! We had a guy qualify to the Champions League out of a top five league! Johnson stepped up his team quality and managed to break in and do his usual thing of being a solid contributor at multiple spots on the flank. His former teammate at Hoffenheim, Williams, makes his second consecutive appearance as he continues to play well for Reading. Morales, who looked somewhat out of his element in early caps with the Nats, has blossomed into an legit prospect and helped Ingolstadt earn promotion, meaning he’ll join Johnson in the Bundesliga next year. Bedoya, meanwhile, continued his strong form in Nantes. With Bedoya’s 4th OT XI appearance, he ties Sacha Kljestan and Clint Dempsey for the all-time lead and is a solid favorite to hold the title by his lonesome sooner rather than later.

Matt Taylor, 1. FC Saarbrücken (Germany) [3rd]
Cesar Romero, FC Pyunik (Armenia) [2nd]

Taylor is basically one of our favorite OT players ever. He is a mortal lock to bang in double digit goals in any season that ends in an odd-numbered year (2011- 17; 2013- 16; 2015- 13) and takes advantage of the lengthy injury absences to Terrence Boyd and Aron Jóhannsson, two of last year’s forward honorees. Meanwhile, another OT favorite completely dominated Armenia, scoring 20 goals as Pyunik won their first league title since 2010. He also inspired us to make a ton of The Joker references, although we probably should have made more, because that’s an awesome nickname.

2014–15 MVP
Tim Ream, D, Bolton Wanderers

Ream has gone from MLS breakout prospect to national team disaster to Premier League overmatched to extremely useful Championship player. He has really excelled the last two years with Bolton, and he’s mostly a classic example of how a players can take a while to adjust to a new country.

Goal of the Year
Aron Jóhannsson really wanted to make this post despite missing so much time injured, so he won this late-season match against NAC Breda in the waning moments with this ridiculous strike from distance.

Performance of the Year
Seriously, Jóhannsson got healthy and just wanted OT honors. Plus he has a desire to spend his Thursdays traveling across Eastern Europe in Europa League. So Gunner Stahl (time to resurrect that nickname) decided to dump two goals and an assist on Excelsior (fantastic club name, I’m glad they managed to stay in the Eredivisie) in a match to clinch Europa League for AZ. Highlights!

Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Alfredo Morales, Aron Johannsson, Brad Guzan, Cesar Romero, Danny Williams, Eric Lichaj, Fabian Johnson, Greg Garza, Matt Taylor, Tim Ream, Ventura Alvarado

Hump day link randomness
   April 22, 2015 (12:46 AM) by Matt Benson

A bunch of links that are all over the place.

Roderick is over in Europe on vacation so no The OT Report for this past weekend.  As for some highlights, we had goals by Cole Grossman, Evin Nadaner, Cesar Romero, Björn Maars Johnsen, Jay Denny and a brace by Christian Pulisic.  We also had assists by Joe Corona and Aron JohannssonFreddy Adu made his debut in Finland.  Bobby Wood returned from injury and started for Erzgebirge Aue.

As for the mid week so far, Gedion Zelalem help setup a goal for Arsenal’s U-21 team.  Michael Orozco had an assist as Puebla won the Copa MX final over Chivas (Herculez Gomez watched from the bench).  And Andrija Novakovich scored a goal for Reading’s U-21 team.

The US U-20 team is in Austria this week and here is their roster.  They had a 2-2 draw against Qatar yesterday with the US goals coming from Amando Moreno and Conor Donovan.

The US U-23 team will take on Mexico later tonight at the StubHub Center.  Here is their roster.  Apparently manager Andi Herzog asked Hamburg permission for Julian Green to stay after last week’s friendly against Mexico for this game but they didn’t respond yes to him until Green was already on a plane back to Germany.  Herzog also wants to create a pipeline to the USMNT with the U-23 team.  And  Liviu Bird’s random observation from training earlier this week, Jordan Morris has Type 1 diabetes and tests his blood sugar during training.

For those of you that miss watching grainy Youtube videos of Josh Gatt flying down the wings, we have some good news.  He has been cleared to play again after a couple knee surgeries.

Hannover 96 did some shuffling around of their coaching staff and Steve Cherundolo has been promoted to an assistant.

Greg Seltzer took a look at Danny Williams’ performance in the FA Cup semifinals from the weekend.

The USMNT’s 2-0 victory over Mexico last week did well ratings-wise for Fox Sports 1.

Pele thinks the US should host the 2026 World Cup.

Cameron Carter-Vickers and Gedion Zelalem made The Telegraph’s Top 35 hottest prospects in who play in England list.

Mukwelle Akale and Villarreal won the División de Honor Juvenil de Fútbol Group 7 title.

And finally, Tim Ream is better than Jordan Spieth at golf.

Categories: Amando Moreno, Andrija Novakovich, Aron Johannsson, Björn Maars Johnsen, Bobby Wood, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Cesar Romero, Christian Pulisic, Cole Grossman, Conor Donovan, Danny Williams, Evin Nadaner, Freddy Adu, Gedion Zelalem, Jay Denny, Joe Corona, Jordan Morris, Josh Gatt, Julian Green, Michael Orozco Fiscal, Mukwelle Akale, Steve Cherundolo, Tim Ream, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team, US U-23 National Team

A few links for Wednesday
   April 8, 2015 (1:36 AM) by Matt Benson

A little of everything for Wednesday.

Missed out on this past weekend’s games?  Roderick has you covered with The OT Report.

A bunch of players changed teams/leagues in the smaller leagues in Europe the last couple months and I did my best to update you on some of the player movement.

Sounds like the USMNT roster for the Mexico friendly will come out on Sunday.

Jurgen Klinsmann told US Soccer’s website that he is using this time (between the World Cup and Gold Cup) to experiment with things, but the focus this summer will be the Gold Cup.

Berti Vogts thinks it is time for DeAndre Yedlin and Julian Green to step up.

There is nothing really new with Gedion Zelalem, but Steven Goff reminds us where we all stand at the moment.

RB Leipzig announced yesterday that Terrence Boyd has resumed to jogging as he rehabs from his ACL surgery.  ESPN’s Doug McIntyre also saw Boyd jogging and riding the exercise bike while he was with the USMNT earlier this month.

It looks like Danny Williams picked up an injury while with the USMNT and his doubtful for this weekend’s game against Blackpool.

Jose Torres is not going to rush back from his herniated disc surgery and will be reevaluated at the end of the month.

Josh Gatt posted a little injury update on his Instagram account last week (along with a video of him doing squats).

Cameron Carter-Vickers and DeAndre Yedlin both played with Tottenham’s U-21 yesterday with CCV wearing the captain’s armband.  Here is also a photo gallery from the game.

Another week and another goal by Duane Holmes with Huddersfield Town’s U-21 team.  I believe that is the third straight week with a goal.  Highlights of their U-21 team usually emerge a few days after the game.

Everyone’s favorite CONCACAF hipster Jon Arnold caught up with Herculez Gomez last week for a few words.

Could Club Tijuana be poaching some more Galaxy academy players?  Possibly.

As for another former Galaxy academy player, US U-17 forward Haji Wright signed with the New York Cosmos AND talked to Will Parchman last week.  A pretty big week.

And finally, Brian Sciaretta has an interview up with Fulham midfielder Emerson Hyndman.

Categories: Cameron Carter-Vickers, Danny Williams, DeAndre Yedlin, Duane Holmes, Emerson Hyndman, Gedion Zelalem, Haji Wright, Herculez Gomez, Jose Francisco Torres, Josh Gatt, Julian Green, Terrence Boyd, US Men's National Team

Post green beer hangover links
   March 18, 2015 (1:12 AM) by Matt Benson

Work has been pretty busy for me over the last week so I haven’t done a links post in a while.  That said, a bunch of goodies for you while you wait that green beer hangover out.

Two US female goalkeepers squared off against each other in UEFA Women’s Champions League last October so Will decided to have a chat with both of them to find out more.

Missed out on the weekend’s games?  Roderick has you covered.

US Soccer is about to have a busy next couple of weeks with the USMNT, U-23 and U-20 teams all having camps and friendlies throughout Europe.  It looks like we should expect to see the various rosters over the weekend.

While we wait for the rosters, a bunch of names are kind of leaking out.  Thanks to Birmingham City’s site, we know that Will Packwood is going to be with the U-23 team.   Brian Sciaretta is also hearing that Jerome Kiesewetter will be with the U-23s, while Andrija Novakovich will be with the U-20s.  And while there has been speculation that Jurgen Klinsmann is going to call in Ventura Alvarado with the MNTers, there is at least one report of Leon goalkeeper William Yarbrough being called in as well.

We are still waiting for Gedion Zelalem’s waiver to go through with FIFA, but he has been called in by Germany’s U-18 team.  He has turned them down in the past and hopefully he does again.

Speaking of rosters, here is Denmark’s roster for the USMNT friendly.

If you hate yourself, here is another (and new) story on Jurgen Klinsmann and fitness.

Will Packwood scored his first professional goal yesterday in Cheltenham Town’s 2-2 draw to Portsmouth (highlights).  He had to be subbed out due to some kind of injury, but he tweeted after the game that he is “feeling groggy” but is OK.

DeAndre Yedlin is back on the field and played with Tottenham’s U-21 team on Monday.  Here is a photo of him in action.

Andrija Novakovich made his debut with Reading’s senior team over the weekend in Reading’s 4-1 loss at Watford.  Here is a photo of Novakovich about to come onto the field.

Reading and Danny Williams (went the full 90) won their FA Cup 6th round replay over Bradford City on Monday.  Reading is headed to the FA Cup semis for the first time since 1927.

Klinsi was impressed with Jozy Altidore’s Toronto FC debut.

I see you, Greg Garza.

A.J. Soares is going to be out 6-8 weeks after picking up a knee injury in training.

According to this report out of Philadelphia, Union midfielder Danny Cruz is headed to Norway to go on a season-long loan with Bodø/Glimt.  If true, he will become teammates with Zarek Valentin.

Greg Seltzer caught up with Helsingborgs IF goalkeeper Matt Pyzdrowski.

Galway United forward Jake Keegan was on Goal’s League of Ireland GoalMouth podcast last week.  He also spoke to Brian Sciaretta.

AZ Alkmaar have brought on Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane as an advisor.  I think I read the word “moneyball” in every tweet yesterday mentioning this news.

Here is a story from last week on Marc Pelosi and his return to the field over the last year.

Andrew Sousa and Ryan Maduro were both in Iceland last season with Fylkir and now both are returning to the US with the Rhode Island Oceaneers.

According to Will Parchman, US U-17 winger McKinzie Gaines is headed to Germany to trial with Wolfsburg.

And finally, FIFA announced the stadiums that will be used at the 2016 Olympics and somehow Arena da Amazônia in Manaus made the cut as one of the seven stadiums.  I still remember drinking two full glasses of water while just walking to my seat in the upper deck.  It was such a furnace.  I did snap this nice photo.


Categories: A.J. Soares, Andrew Sousa, Andrija Novakovich, Danny Cruz, Danny Williams, DeAndre Yedlin, Gedion Zelalem, Greg Garza, Jake Keegan, Jerome Kiesewetter, Jozy Altidore, Marc Pelosi, Matt Pyzdrowski, McKinzie Gaines, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team, US U-23 National Team, Ventura Alvarado, Will Packwood, William Yarbrough, Zarek Valentin

Tuesday morning links
   February 17, 2015 (6:23 AM) by Matt Benson

A bunch of randomness for Tuesday.

I went to Tijuana this past weekend to check out Tijuana-Pumas and wrote some words about the trip.

Want to know how your favorite Americans did abroad this past weekend?  Roderick has you covered.

Want some highlights of some goals?  Bobby Wood scored twice and so did Andrew Wooten.  Brian Span scored in Finland while Junior Flores scored for Borussia Dortmund’s U-19 team.  It wasn’t a goal, but Timothy Chandler had a “deflected assist”.  And when in doubt, check out our goal tracker.

Those braces earned Bobby Wood and Andrew Wooten a spot on Kicker’s 2. Bundesliga Team of the Week.  And Wood was named Kicker’s 2. Bundesliga Player of the Week.

Not a shocker, but the rumored 2015 USMNT away jersey was officially announced by Nike and US Soccer yesterday.  And I officially added it to our USMNT jersey history page.

Julian Green’s situation with Hamburg is odd.  Bild reported last week that Green could possibly get fined for refusing to play with the U-23 team.  And now it looks like Green is supposed to meet with the team today to discuss whether he will or will not play with the U-23 team.

Are you one of the three people not tired hearing about the USMNT and fitness?  Matt Besler talked to the Kansas City Star about Klinsmann’s quotes and now Klinsi is tweeting with fitness talk.  Klinsmann also thinks the new jerseys are cool.

As expected, the US-Mexico friendly for April is now sold out.

One player we could be seeing in the upcoming USMNT friendlies?  Club America defender Ventura Alvarado.

The FA Cup quarterfinal draw was held yesterday and a couple Americans are still left in the competition.  Brad Guzan and Aston Villa will be facing West Brom, while Danny Williams and Reading will take on Bradford City.

After training with the Fighting Bob Bradleys, A.J. Soares looks to be on trial with Viking.

And finally, Christian Pulisic got to train with Borussia Dortmund’s senior team last week and manager Jurgen Klopp thought he showed signs of good quality.

Categories: A.J. Soares, Andrew Wooten, Bobby Wood, Brad Guzan, Brian Span, Christian Pulisic, Danny Williams, Julian Green, Junior Flores, Matt Besler, Timothy Chandler, US Men's National Team, Ventura Alvarado
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