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Some links for Thursday
   January 16, 2014 (12:33 AM) by Matt Benson

Lets start off with the USMNT.

Reports came out yesterday (later confirmed by Steven Goff) that the USMNT will play at Ukraine on March 5.  It is a FIFA international fixture date, so the USMNT should likely have a strong squad.

The US had a long trip down to Brazil earlier this week.  US Soccer’s website has a diary on the long/delayed trip as well as a short video with Dax McCarty keeping us updated.  While down in Brazil, Jurgen Klinsmann spoke to some press about facing Germany at the World Cup.  Klinsmann also had some quotes regarding the USMNT migration to MLS.

Oh Juan Agudelo.  This is what is (sort of) known.  He is in England at Stoke City (with Brek Shea).  Stoke City’s chairman is claiming that they haven’t signed him.  But Greg Seltzer disagrees and gives us his rundown.  To go along with the rumored teams Seltzer mentioned as possibly loan destinations, there appears to be some interest from Esbjerg in Denmark.  I am sure more details will slowly come out over the next week.

As for Maurice Edu, nothing new to report on his front today, but he wants some money and MLS is apparently not a fan of it.

Some final numbers on Michael Bradley’s transfer.  His $40 million contract over six years is the second largest in MLS history (Beckham is #1), while his $10 million transfer fee is the second largest in MLS history (Defoe is #1).

I posted yesterday that Andrew Wooten is headed out on loan to FSV Frankfurt.  He was already in the lineup in a friendly against Mainz and he scored a goal.

Terrence Boyd scored two goals in Rapid Vienna’s 8-0 win over SVG Guntramsdorf in a friendly this week.

Junior Flores had an assist while playing with Borussia Dortmund’s U-23 team in a friendly against Rot-Weiss Essen this week.

Timothy Chandler is hoping Gertjan Verbeek can work his USMNT magic and get him back in the USMNT picture.

American Mark Geiger was named as one of the 25 referees for the 2014 World Cup.

Mike Banner has signed with NASL’s FC Edmonton.  Banner had spent the last two seasons with FF Jaro in Finland.

Stabæk’s website has a new video interview up with Bob Bradley.  It looks a little bit colder than Egypt.

An interesting stat about Tijuana’s fan base:  “35% of fans inside Tijuana’s Estadio Caliente for any given Liga MX home game travel down from the United States”.  I am actually looking into making my first trip down there to catch a game this spring.

Lets end on a couple notes about some youngsters.  U-17 Danny Barbir played and scored a goal as a guest player for Manchester City at the ALKASS International Cup.  As for 16-year-old Alonzo Clarke, it looks like he is headed to Manchester United for a second trial.

Categories: Alonzo Clarke, Andrew Wooten, Bob Bradley, Danny Barbir, Juan Agudelo, Junior Flores, Mark Geiger, Maurice Edu, Michael Bradley, Mike Banner, Terrence Boyd, Timothy Chandler, US Men's National Team

Jaro vs. Lahti Highlights
   September 28, 2013 (11:07 PM) by Matt Benson

Mike Banner came off the bench and scored two goals for Jaro before leaving the game after picking up a red card in Jaro’s 5-2 loss to Lahti on Friday.  Joe Funicello also went 90 minutes and picked up a yellow card for Jaro.  Here are some highlights.

Categories: Highlights, Joe Funicello, Mike Banner
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Jaro vs. KuPS Highlights
   August 21, 2013 (6:17 PM) by Matt Benson

Joe Funicello and Mike Banner both started for Jaro while Etchu Tabe started for KuPS in this 2-2 draw in Finland.  KuPS jumped out to a 2-0 lead, but Jaro came back with two goals, both assisted by Funicello, to get a point.  Here are the highlights with Funicello’s assists coming at the 5:20 and 6:35 marks.

Categories: Etchu Tabe, Highlights, Joe Funicello, Mike Banner
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Jaro vs. JJK Highlights
   August 11, 2013 (12:31 AM) by Matt Benson

Was looking through some Finnish league scores earlier today and saw that Giuseppe “Joe” Funicello has made the move from Thor in Iceland to Jaro in Finland.  Both Funicello and Mike Banner started for Jaro in this 0-0 draw.  It still amazes me how somewhat easy it is to find highlights of games in Finland compared to some other leagues in Europe (I’m looking at you German 2. Bundesliga).

Categories: Highlights, Joe Funicello, Mike Banner
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Jaro vs. TPS Highlights
   June 18, 2012 (2:36 PM) by Matt Benson

A day after I posted that it was hard to find highlights of Finnish games, someone from Finland tweets me these highlights.  But here are full highlights of Jaro’s 3-2 victory over TPS, including Mike Banner’s goal (0:12 mark), which was a nice free kick.

Categories: Highlights, Mike Banner
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News and notes from the weekend
   June 17, 2012 (8:33 PM) by Matt Benson

A few things from the weekend.

Terrence Boyd did an interview with Rapid Vienna’s website (Google Translate to the rescue!).  He also did a welcome to their fans message via Youtube.  And Boyd did Marc Stein’s/Steve Davis’ ESPN podcast this weekend.

I haven’t been doing The OT Report the last couple weekends as only a couple guys are playing (although I am tweeting most of the results, so follow me), but it was a great weekend for Americans in Finland.  Daniel Stevens and Joey Spivack both scored in Kemi Kings’ 5-2 victory over AC Kajaani.  Aaron Wheeler scored his second goal of the season in KooTeePee’s 2-1 loss to PK-35 Vantaa.  And Mike Banner scored his first of the season in Jaro’s 3-2 victory over TPS.  It is pretty tough to find any footage of the goals mentioned above, but I did find the game-winning goal from that Jaro-TPS game, which is a pretty nice goal.

Jurgen Klinsmann doesn’t want to be Tottenham’s manager according to this report.  I don’t see it happening either.

It appears that Amaechi Igwe might be on his way out at Babelsberg.  Igwe appeared in 18 games, starting in 12, last year for the 3. Liga club.

Still no word on where Mike Grella will end up, but his wikipedia page claims it is Notts County, although there is nothing else on the interwebs about this (and anyone can change his wikipedia page).

Categories: Aaron Wheeler, Amaechi Igwe, Daniel Stevens, Joey Spivack, Mike Banner, Mike Grella, Terrence Boyd
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Some links before my internet craps out
   March 7, 2012 (10:06 PM) by Matt Benson

My internet has been super wonky this week, so hopefully you are reading this right now.

Some of you might have seen a new name on today’s The OT Report.  Mike Banner, a former Chicago Fire player, recently signed a two-year deal with Jaro in Finland and played in today’s 1-0 victory over JJK in the Finnish League Cup.

As for some more google translate fun, according to this article, Alejandro Bedoya’s former club Orebro SK are claiming that Rangers have still not paid their full transfer fee for Bedoya.

As for the latest on Rangers, administrators are trying to accelerate the sale of the club to a new owner(s) rather than implementing huge cost-cutting measures.  I believe the current players turned down a giant wage reduction yesterday.

Paolo Bandini of the Guardian has some nice things to say about Michael Bradley.

The Danish Superliga started back up last weekend and Greg Seltzer caught up with Clarence Goodson.

Will Packwood did not make his first team debut with Birmingham City on Tuesday, but Brian Sciaretta talked to Packwood this week about his experience at Birmingham City.

Alfredo Morales did an interview with Hertha Berlin’s website about his time with the club and with the US U-23s.

Billy Schuler came off the bench for Hammarby today in a friendly against Degerfors and scored twice against fellow American Brian Edwards.  Highlights from the game can be found here.

Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Alfredo Morales, Billy Schuler, Brian Edwards, Carlos Bocanegra, Clarence Goodson, Maurice Edu, Michael Bradley, Mike Banner, Will Packwood