A few links for the second day of 2014, but first a recap of yesterday’s games.
The big news of the day was Brek Shea’s rumored loan deal going through and he made the starting lineup on Wednesday. Shea went 75 minutes in a Barnsley’s 1-1 draw to Birmingham City. Here is a photo of Shea in action and here is a post-game interview. As for the loan, it is only for 28 days, but should give him a chance to get some games in.
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.
Grant Wahl has 14 predictions for 2014, including a couple on the USMNT and USMNT players.
Greg Seltzer has a Team of the Year for 2013 for Americans playing in Europe.
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.
Duane Holmes has been a hit for Huddersfield Town fans so far.
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.
And finally, a good sight to see: Josh Gatt training with a ball again.