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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
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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.

manaus

 
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
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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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Reading vs. Wolverhampton Wanderers Highlights
   February 7, 2015 (6:26 PM) by Matt Benson
 

Danny Williams got the start and scored the game-winning goal in Reading’s 2-1 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers.  It was Williams’ first goal since April of 2014.  Here is his goal.

 
Categories: Danny Williams, Highlights
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A bunch of links before the weekend
   November 7, 2014 (12:02 AM) by Matt Benson
 

It’s Friday and here are some links.

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.

Jurgen Klinsmann is not happy with the performances of many of the USMNTers since the World Cup.  Here are some short videos of Klinsmann talking about facing Colombia in London and the fan support at Craven Cottage.

Speaking of Craven Cottage, Kyle McCarthy looks at the connection between the USMNT and Craven Cottage.

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.

Two Americans saw the field in Europa League action on Thursday.  Tim Howard recorded the 150th shutout of his European club career in a 3-0 win over Lille.  He was pretty happy.  Fabian Johnson got the start at right back in Borussia Mönchengladbach’s 2-0 win.  Here is a photo of him in action.

I posted some highlights of Anderlecht’s dramatic three-goal comeback to draw with Arsenal earlier this week and now Greg Seltzer broke down Sacha Kljestan’s performance of the game.

Danny Williams came back from his injury last weekend while coming off the bench and now he made his first start since the injury, going 67 minutes in Reading’s mid-weeek 3-0 win over Rotherham.

Michael Orozco went the distance in Puebla’s loss on penalty kicks to Santos Laguna in the Copa MX final on Wednesday.

I missed this earlier in the week, but Geoff Cameron made WhoScored’s Team of the Week for his performance from last weekend.

Orlando City’s Tommy Redding is headed to Benfica in December for yet another MLS offseason training stint.

Brian Sciaretta has a pair of interviews worth checking out this week.  One with Fulham legend Brian McBride and one with Nepal national team manager Jack Stefanowski.

Grant Wahl talked to Mia Hamm this week about her new role with Roma and LAFC.

Travis Clark caught up with David Najem about life in the German Regionalliga.

Here is a look at what could happen if the World Cup is shifted to the winter in 2022.

Who doesn’t life tifos?

And finally, the USMNT roster for the next friendlies will likely be announced on Monday.  In the mean time, here are some names on John D. Halloran’s radar for next summer’s Gold Cup.

 
Categories: Brian McBride, Danny Williams, David Najem, Fabian Johnson, Geoff Cameron, Jack Stefanowski, Jozy Altidore, Michael Orozco Fiscal, Rubio Rubin, Sacha Kljestan, Tesho Akindele, Tim Howard, Tommy Redding, US Men's National Team
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Some links and whatnot for Tuesday
   November 4, 2014 (7:45 AM) by Matt Benson
 

If you haven’t already, you should check out John’s 23 Names for the 2015 Gold Cup Roster (November Edition).  He has 53 players on his radar for the 23 spots.

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.

We had some goals this weekend.  Marc Heider seems to score every other weekend in Germany.  Devann Yao has popped up in Germany and scored in the Regionalliga.  Bobby Warshaw scored a nice game-tying goal in Norway on Sunday.  And it wasn’t a goal, but Rubio Rubin picked up his fourth assist of the season on Saturday (I might have more on this tomorrow).

Also this past weekend, Aron Johannsson made his return to league play, going the full 90 minutes in a 3-3 draw.  Here is a photo of ArJo in action.

Danny Williams also made his return to the field this weekend, coming off the bench in Reading’s 3-1 loss to Blackburn Rovers.

And Terrence Boyd continues to get more playing time after coming back from his injury, playing the last 36 minutes of RB Leipzig’s 0-0 draw on Monday.  Here is a photo of him in action.

Jake Keegan and Galway FC won their promotion playoff series against UCD last Friday (5-1 on aggregate) and will be playing in the top flight league in Ireland next year.  Here is a photo of Keegan celebrating the win.  If you are out of the loop on Mr. Keegan, RJ talked to him last month about his long adventure from the US to Ireland.

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.

Jonathan Bornstein (remember him?!) will be out at least two months after having surgery on his foot.

This is a fun read on former CONCACAF General Secretary Chuck Blazer.  He was an FBI informant at one point and he had a Trump Tower apartment for his cats.  I am not making this up.

I am not sponsored by World Soccer Shop, but they have a great sale going on right now for the US’s home jersey (only $39.99).  Too good of a deal not to post.

Tim Howard has an autobiography coming out on December 9.  You should buy it just for the front cover photo of his beard.

I was watching Monday Night Football last night when I spotted an American Outlaws shirt on a commercial for ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown.  Soccer has finally made it in America!

Want some Landon Donovan videos?  US Soccer has a nice video recap of his last game with the USMNT.  And Grantland has their second episode of their mini-series following Donovan at the end of his career.

Will has you covered with your monthly update of American goalkeepers all across the world.

And let’s end this with Howie giving you your monthly reminder.

 
Categories: Aron Johannsson, Bobby Warshaw, Brek Shea, Danny Williams, Devann Yao, Jake Keegan, Jonathan Bornstein, Jozy Altidore, Juan Agudelo, Landon Donovan, Marc Heider, Mix Diskerud, Oguchi Onyewu, Rubio Rubin, Terrence Boyd, Tim Howard, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team
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Some links for Thursday
   October 30, 2014 (12:22 AM) by Matt Benson
 

First off, you haven’t read it already, you need to check out Will’s interview with Patrick McLain.  Some interesting stories of his time at Chivas USA, including this one:

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.

John Brooks also got his first start since September in Hertha Berlin’s loss (on PKs) to Arminia Bielefeld in the DFB Pokal.

Danny Williams returned to the field this week in Reading U-21s’ 2-0 win over Brighton on Monday.

Michael Orozco and Puebla are headed to the Copa MX final after beating Lobos BUAP on Tuesday.

Alejandro Bedoya could be leaving Nantes come January according to his agent.

Bobby Wood has been demoted to 1860 Munich’s U-23 team.

This is what Michael Bradley looks like post-surgery (with the rare smile!).  And in the latest in Jurgen Klinsmann vs. the (US Soccer) world, Bradley and Klinsi don’t see eye to eye on where he should be playing.

It is that time of year when MLS players head to Europe for training stints and first up is Sean Johnson to Hull City.

Here is a lengthy read on DeAndre Yedlin.

Phil Saunders has re-signed with BI / Bolungarvik in Iceland.

According to Reading’s website, Andrija Novakovich has been called up by the US U-20 team, who will play Russia, Ireland and Canada in Spain this month.

Greg Seltzer gives us some European-based names for the US U-23 team for the 2016 Olympics.

And finally, here is your 2018 World Cup logo.  It is actually not that bad.

 
Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Andrija Novakovich, Aron Johannsson, Bobby Wood, Bryan Gerzicich, Danny Williams, DeAndre Yedlin, John Brooks, Michael Bradley, Michael Orozco Fiscal, Patrick McLain, Phil Saunders, Sacha Kljestan, Sean Johnson, Terrence Boyd, US U-20 National Team, US U-23 National Team
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A few links for Thursday
   October 2, 2014 (12:00 AM) by Matt Benson
 

A few links for your Thursday morning reading pleasure.

As we begin October, John gives us his current outlook at next summer’s Gold Cup roster.

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.

Aron Johannsson has returned to full training at AZ Alkmaar.  And here is a vine of him running around.

Julian Green has also returned to full training this week after picking up a rib injury which caused him to miss some games.

Danny Williams is slowly getting back from his knee injury and it looks like he is running around on grass now.

Adam Henley has finally returned from his ankle injury and logged some playing time for Blackburn Rovers earlier this week.

While those guys have returned from injury, Jonathan Spector is expected to miss some time with a thigh injury.

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.

Here is a photo of Bobby Wood and teammates enjoying Oktoberfest.

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.

 
Categories: Aron Johannsson, Bobby Wood, Brian McBride, Cody Cropper, Danny Williams, Devann Yao, Emerson Hyndman, Gedion Zelalem, Jonathan Spector, Julian Green, Miguel Ibarra, Rubio Rubin, US Men's National Team, US U-23 National Team
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The weekend is finally here links
   September 12, 2014 (6:19 AM) by Matt Benson
 

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.

US Soccer put up some highlights of the U-20’s trip to Argentina.  Here is the game against Racing FC’s reserves and here is the game against Argentina’s U-20 team.

Here are some fun photos of the US’s game against the Czech Republic from last week.

Noah Davis gives a basic rundown of the new youngsters on the USMNT.

Danny Williams is hoping to return to the field in November.

Brian Sciaretta introduces us to Israeli-American Kenny Saief, who is currently at Gent in Belgium.

Mike L. Goodman dives into the development of soccer statistics.

Have fun this weekend.

 
Categories: Brek Shea, Caleb Stanko, Danny Williams, Kenny Saief, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team
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Inside the Numbers: A look at last year’s Championship
   July 30, 2014 (6:35 AM) by Matt Benson
 

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.

ream

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.

williams

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.

holmes

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.

packwood

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.

 
Categories: Danny Williams, Duane Holmes, Inside the Numbers, Tim Ream, Will Packwood
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