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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I posted yesterday the news that Tesho Akindele turned down an invite with the Canadian national team to keep things open with the US. And now Ives Galarcep is hearing that Akindele will be called in by the USMNT next week.
Jozy Altidore’s agent, Lyle Yorks, is headed to Sunderland to talk to the club about his future. HITC’s Andrew Gibney takes a look at why a loan to France would be a good move for multiple parties. Jozy also turned 25 yesterday. According to the always good Paul Carr, his 24 international goals are the second most in USMNT history before turning 25. Some guy named Landon Donovan leads the way with 27.
Speaking of numbers, go check out where Rubio Rubin’s four assists rank in Europe among players 20 or younger.
Let’s start off with some leftovers from last Friday. Oguchi Onyewu is showing off the importance of having an EU passport as he continues to find work in England as he signed with Charlton Athletic until January.
CONCACAF held the draw for the 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship last week and the US U-20 team has learned its fate.
Greg Seltzer takes a look at some possible January transfer scenarios for Jozy Altidore, Mix Diskerud and Brek Shea. One of the teams mentioned for Altidore is the French side Lille and there might be some more to this possible loan according to this tweet from a reporter who follows the French league. I think we are all in agreement that Jozy just needs to get out of Sunderland.
Jozy Altidore in 10 EPL games this season: 0 starts 6 appearances 81 minutes 2 shots 9/20 passing
Unfortunately, the next coaching staff to come in midway through the 2013 season was very different. The coaching staff was unable to communicate in English and were not good about translating for those of us who didn’t speak Spanish. I was punished by this coaching staff towards the end of the season for not understanding something that was said to me in Spanish, because it was not translated for me, therefore I did not respond to it. I was called into the coach’s office and helplessly tried to plead my ignorance of my apparent disrespect. There was no interpreter present and my message was not received. As punishment, I was demoted from second on the depth chart to third.
Yay Chivas USA?
We have had a few goals over the last couple days. Terrence Boyd scored his first goal since May in RB Leipzig’s 3-1 win over Erzgebirge Aue in the DFB Pokal on Wednesday (highlights). And of course he broke out the cyclops. Sacha Kljestan made his first start of the season and scored his first goal of the season in Anderlecht’s 3-2 win over Kortrijk (highlights). Bryan Gerzicich scored his first goal of the season on Tuesday in Maccabi Petah Tikva’s 1-0 win over Hapoel Haifa (highlights).
Aron Johannsson returned to AZ Alkmaar’s first team yesterday, playing in the 5-0 win over GVVV in the KNVB Beker.
The roster for next week’s friendlies should probably be released this weekend and various people online are making guesses at that roster, including Jon Arnold and Matthew Doyle.
Steven Goff gives us some more information about the next two weeks regarding US Soccer. Sounds like all the names will be released at once, but guys might only go to one of the games due to MLS’s schedule next week. Some of the young guns (Emerson Hyndman, Cody Cropper and Rubio Rubin) could be headed to Brazil with the US U-23 team instead of the senior team friendlies. And US Soccer is trying to schedule another friendly next month in Europe during the international week when they play at Ireland.
One player who could potentially be on the US roster next week is Miguel Ibarra and Brian Sciaretta caught up with the Minnesota United midfielder about the rumors.
Gedion Zelalem scored a nice little goal for Arsenal’s U-19 team against Galatasaray yesterday in the UEFA Youth League. The guys over at The Short Fuse also looked into the curious case of his citizenship.
Brian McBride is one of five people selected by Fulham chairman Shahid Khan to help in Fulham’s search for a new manager.
And finally, we have a Devann Yao sighting! He was last seen parting ways with UR La Louvière Centre in Belgium’s third division and now he has popped up on Neustrelitz in the German Regionalliga. He has made one appearance for the club so far in 2014-15.
A few things to get in before the weekend starts up.
Brek Shea’s loan to Birmingham City became official yesterday. He will be with the club for three months. Birmingham City’s manager Lee Clark also said he even tried to buy Shea permanently before the season, so it looks like Clark will give him a chance to play. Here is also a short video interview with Brekken.
As for some bad news, Freiburg midfielder Caleb Stanko tore his ACL. Stanko has been mainly playing with Freiburg II this season and was hoping to make his senior team debut this year.
I posted some numbers last Wednesday and I thought I would post some more this week with the English League Championship starting up a week from Friday.
As the same as last week, all these numbers are coming from the website Squawka, which gets its numbers from Opta. I will state this from the beginning, some of these are just basic numbers that make the various guys look good without any help from me, while some other things were edited down until I was able to get someone on a list. I was trying my best to make the various Americans look good (USA! USA! USA!). That said, here we go.
Tim Ream is coming off his best season at Bolton, winning Player of the Year honors by both the team and the fans. While he shifted between centerback and left back, he did his job well and without fouling opposing players. Ream committed only eight fouls on the season in 3675 minutes played. His 0.20 fouls per 90 minutes was the lowest rate in the Championship last season among defenders who played in at least 35 games.
Danny Williams will miss the beginning of the season after having an operation performed on his knee. Much like Alejandro Bedoya, Williams did a good job of putting his shots on frame. Squawka has a stat called shot accuracy percentage, which is shots on target (minus blocked shots) divided by total shot attempts (minus blocked shots). Williams put nearly 60 percent of his shot attempts on target and this is with 27 of his 40 total shot attempts coming from outside the penalty area.
Duane Holmes is one young player who is looking for more playing time in 2014-15 and will likely get it at Huddersfield Town. The 19-year-old midfielder appeared in 21 games last season between Huddersfield Town and a loan stint with Yeovil Town. In fact, only four players under the age of 20 logged more minutes last season in the Championship than Holmes’ 776 minutes.
Another young promising player in the Championship is centerback Will Packwood. While Packwood appeared in only 12 games in the Championship (he did play eight games in League Two on a loan stint with Bristol Rovers), he was very active when he did play. Packwood averaged 16.17 interceptions/blocked shots/clearances per 90 minutes in 2013-14, easily the most among players under the age of 22. Also, his 12.83 clearances per 90 minutes was also the most among players under the age of 22.
We are one week away from the Championship starting up and hopefully those four players (and Jonathan Spector, Eric Lichaj and Zak Whitbread) continue to play well in 2014-15.
While FIFA updated their rankings a week or so ago. Elo, who I personally like a little bit more, finally updated their numbers post-World Cup. The US dropped from #13 to #17. Costa Rica is now #15, while Mexico is now #11.
And finally, we are slowly adding more content to the site aside from highlights and links over the next couple months. I know one interview of someone who plays in Germany will hopefully be up on the site in the next couple of days. There is also going to be some other more opinionated-type stuff on the USMNT coming out soon as well. Plus, I will keep posting Jermaine Jones Instagram photos.