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.
This summer has been a busy one and here are a bunch more links from the last couple of days.
The big news of yesterday was that DaMarcus Beasley signed a DP contract with the Houston Dynamo. He becomes the 10th current USMNT player on a designated player contract with MLS.
Danny Williams had surgery on his knee earlier this week. This is the second time in the last five months that Williams has had some form of surgery on his knee. No word on how serious or how long he will be out.
Do you like stats and numbers? I did a quick look at Tim Howard, Brad Guzan, Geoff Cameron and Alejandro Bedoya yesterday. I plan on doing another one next week on a couple guys from the Championship.
A few of the younger US players (and prospects) will be making the trek to the US with their European teams in the next week. Gedion Zelalem is on Arsenal’s roster which will take on the New York Red Bulls on Saturday. Emerson Hyndman made Fulham’s squad which is headed to Jacksonville to take on DC United this weekend. And we already know that Julian Green is with Bayern Munich as they take on the MLS All-Stars. Pep Guardiola spoke to the US press about Green and how he doesn’t want to loan him out this year.
Another youth player, Lynden Gooch, has been receiving some praise from Sunderland fans this week. Gooch came off the bench with Sunderland’s first team in a friendly against Carlisle United on Tuesday. Then he made another appearance with the first team on Wednesday in a friendly against Hartlepool United and assisted on one goal (GIF highlights).
Will Packwood played with Birmingham City’s U-21 team the other day in a private friendly. Sounds like he missed a little time recently “after suffering from illness”, but he is now back in action.
The US U-20 team now knows the format for January’s CONCACAF U-20 Championship. It will be two groups of six teams with the winners of each group clinching a spot in the U-20 World Cup, while the second and third place teams from each group doing a four-team playoff for the last two spots.
One player who might be on that U-20 team, Fernando Arce Jr., talked to Brian Sciaretta about selecting to play for the US over Mexico even though his dad played for Mexico.
Goalkeeper Phil Saunders has signed with Icelandic 1st Division side BÍ/Bolungarvik.
Former Bucknell product Conor O’Brien made the jump to Denmark out of college and now another Bison is headed to Denmark. This time it is Mayowa Alli and he is signing with Vensyssel in the Danish First Division (second tier).
With Roma in Boston this week, Keith Costigan talked to Roma president James Pallotta and Pallotta claims that we can expect “an announcement in the next few weeks” in regards to an American going to the club. Could the DeAndre Yedlin deal be back on or could it be another player? Or could it be nothing? I have no clue.
US Soccer and Sporting Kansas City are building a new National Training and Coaching Development Center in Kansas City. Sounds like this would be the main training hub for coaches and refs, while I think they will also get some USMNT/USWNT/youth team camps at the complex (along with the StubHub Center in Carson, California) once it is completed.
And finally, this site has been receiving a lot more traffic this month (likely due to the World Cup fever) along with a lot more Twitter and Facebook followers. If you are new to the site, thanks for checking us out. If you are not new to the site, thanks for continuing to check us out. It is nice to see this site grow with all of you.