The US will host CONCACAF qualifying for the 2016 Olympics. It will take place October 1-13, although the host cities are unknown at this time. The top two teams qualify for the Olympics while the third place team will face Colombia in March of 2016 for a spot. The FIFA international window in October is between 5-13, so getting releases for some of the “better” players could happen for the second half of the tournament.
Brad Guzan wrote some words for The Players’ Tribune about life as a Premier League goalkeeper.
LA Galaxy midfielder Juninho would be interested in playing for the US, but he would have to wait a few more years to apply for citizenship since he just got his green card in July of 2013. So basically it would be a while.
The Irish Times has a story up about Ireland likely missing out on Shane O’Neill.
And finally, if you are a US Soccer twitter hipster, you are probably aware of @RobUsry. He makes a lot of fun videos of US players and his latest is on new Borussia Dortmund youngster Christian Pulisic.
American players moving to MLS has been increasingly trendy over the last 18 months, including with a few who are making moves to MLS for the first time. Orlando City, which has already brought in two of them (Eric Avila and Brek Shea) is set to continue that, with dual-national centerback Seb Hines set to join on loan from Middlesbrough.
The club is finalizing a loan deal for English-American defender Seb Hines, according to a source with direct knowledge of the deal. The 26-year-old would join the Lions from Middlesbrough on a six-month loan with an option to buy in July, when Hines is out of contract.
Hines has sort of a fringe-ish Championship defender in recent years. He played for England’s youth teams but is US-eligible, although he’d have to establish himself as a pretty strong MLS defender. Aurélien Collin, a proven MLS stalwart, figures to get one starting spot, so Hines will compete with Irish international Sean St Ledger (assuming he signs, as the linked article suggests) for a starting spot in the short-term.
Steven Goff has you covered with a weekend roundup of the bigger names in Europe. Good to see Rubio Rubin and Emerson Hyndman both made appearances again in their respective team’s starting lineups. Hyndmann is 18 years old and completing 91 percent of his passes this season, fourth highest in the Championship among players with 100+ attempted passes.
As for some goals, Matt Taylor bagged another two goals in Saarbrücken’s 2-1 win over Nöttingen (highlights). Taylor has put together a nice little career in the various lower leagues in Germany, scoring 55 goals in 162 league appearances since 2008-09.
Bobby Warshaw went the full 90 minutes and scored the opening goal of the game in Bærum’s 2-1 loss to Hønefoss (highlights). Over in Sweden, Andrew Stadler scored his 11th goal of the season in Landskrona’s 1-1 draw to Sirius (highlights). Down in the fourth tier in Sweden, Eddy Prugh and Andy Lorei both scored in Bodens BK’s 3-2 loss to Anundsjö (highlights). And we don’t have highlights of these goals, but Matt Eliason, Drew Jeskey, Anthony Avalos and Christian Eissele also scored this weekend and our goal tracker has some more details. Will Packwood also scored for Birmingham City’s U-21 team.
While we had some goals this weekend, the assists might have been even better this weekend. Bobby Wood used his head to assist on 1860 Munich’s goal in their 1-1 draw to Darmstadt 98 (highlights). Here is also a photo of Wood from that game. And Alfredo Morales assisted on two goals in Ingolstadt’s 3-0 win over Sandhausen (highlights). That second one was pretty slick.
The US U-20 team is headed to Argentina this week to play Racing Club Reserves, Defensa y Justicia Reserves and Argentina’s U-20 team. Here is the updated roster, which features John Requejo Jr., Fernando Arce, Russell Canouse, Junior Flores and Paul Arriola among others. Another interesting name on the list is Chivas de Guadalajara’s Luis Martir since Chivas normally has a Mexican international only policy.
We had a pretty quiet Deadline Day on the American front (aside from a dildo going into a reporter’s ear, seriously), but we had a couple moves over the last couple of days.
As we posted over the weekend, Julian Green is headed to Hamburg on a season-long loan. And for all those soccer jersey hipsters out there, Hamburg has a decent home shirt this year and Green looks to be wearing #37.
The bigger news on the American front were the moves that did not happen. Stoke City decided to keep Geoff Cameron despite bids from Sunderland and Southampton. Zulte-Waregem made a bid for Sacha Kljestan, but Anderlecht decided to hold onto him as well. And I guess there might have been some rumblings of Southampton sniffing around Brek Shea, but nothing happened (and it was likely silly season nonsense).
And before multiple more people ask me, Juan Agudelo is still without a club and myself (and many others) don’t know anything more on his situation.
Brian Sciaretta, writing for multiple outlets, has you covered with some interviews with Brad Guzan and Greg Garza. Jonny Rico also got some audio from Garza and Joe Corona about their recent call-ups to the USMNT.
And finally, Freddy Adu is still in Serbia, still hasn’t played for his new team and is suing his former Brazilian team Bahia over alleged unpaid wages.
Jozy Altidore officially became a member of Sunderland on Monday. And on Tuesday, he was with the team in Italy and scoring a goal in a preseason friendly. Here is a photo of Jozy from that game. And here is a story from Sunderland’s website with some quotes from Altidore about signing with the team.
While Jozy has scored four goals in his last four games with the USMNT, Chris Wondow…..I mean Wondolowski has scored four in his last two games. And in a cool story, Drew Carey donated some money to two charities in order to buy the “Wondowlowski” jersey.
Jurgen Klinsmann told the press after Tuesday’s game that he did not start Stuart Holden, Oguchi Onyewu or Herculez Gomez due to their prior knee injuries and the turf field at Jeld-Wen Field.
US Soccer has added two videos to their YouTube channel this week, field-level highlights from last Friday’s game against Guatemala and a video of Holden breaking down his first career USMNT goal from 2009.
While Jozy is no longer at AZ Alkmaar, here is what Aron Johannsson and AZ will be wearing next year. Some interesting collars.
Tony Taylor scored another goal for AC Omonia in a preseason friendly against Xanthi Skoda on Tuesday. Taylor scored last week against Hapoel Tel Aviv and here are highlights from that game (Taylor’s goal is around the 9:40 mark).
Bryan Gerzicich is now at Hapoel Tel Aviv and Brian Sciaretta got some quotes from him about the move. Sciaretta also talked to Diego Chavarri about his loan move to Iran.
Here is a story from a local Reading paper on Danny Williams. It also includes this photo of him from training.
The Daily Mail (yeah, I know) is saying Maurice Edu will be making a permanent move back to Bursaspor. Edu played in only one league game for Stoke City in 2012-13 before going out on loan to Bursaspor and appearing in 11 league games before ending the season with an injury.
Want some news on some youth players? Emerson Hyndman, FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman’s grandson, has signed an extension with Fulham. And US U-18 midfielder Omar Thompson has signed a professional contract with Wigan Athletic.
So yesterday was a fun one. I know it was only a friendly and a “weaker” squad, but it is still nice to beat Germany.
If you missed out on the phone, here are the highlights. I am hoping going to do another stat dump either later tonight or tomorrow looking at this game and Friday’s game against Jamaica. I am also going to setup our first “Guess the Score” contest in a while either Tuesday or Wednesday for the Jamaica game.
Greg Seltzer has a couple nuggets up on Michael Parkhurst and Maurice Edu.
Kyle Scott, a U-16 British-American midfielder at Chelsea, is being targeted by some big teams in Europe. He has been playing with England’s youth teams, so who knows if the US is in the picture or not.
It looks like most people like Mix Diskerud’s middle name the best out of all the players on the provisional Gold Cup roster.
While US-Germany was the main attraction on Sunday, we did have some players score some goals at the club level. Justin Moose scored for SJK against KooTeePee (still my favorite team name). Marc Heider scored for Holstein Kiel against Hessen Kassel in the German Regionalliga. And back in Finland, Christian Eissele scored three goals in Kemi Kings’ win over ORPa. That gives Eissele 12 goals across all competitions since January 1. You can keep up-to-date with all these goals with our goal tracker.
A few in-house things. As I posted in yesterday’s The OT Report, here is a link to Sacha Kljestan’s goal from yesterday. Still can’t find a video that I can embed on this site. Also, a shameless plug for the latest Inside the Numbers where I update where Jozy Altidore’s 28 goals stack up in Europe.
Stuart Holden has one more game left with Sheffield Wednesday until his loan deal ends, although it looks like there is some chatter about extending the deal until the end of the season.
Michael Bradley and Roma are headed to the Coppa Italia final on May 26, which means he is likely going to miss the first week of the USMNT camp. Bradley also completed 96.7% of his passes in yesterday’s match against Inter Milan.
Speaking of those USMNT upcoming games, Steven Goff gives us even more updated numbers on ticket sales.
Want a random youtube video of various Brad Guzan saves from this season? Alright.
Doug McIntyre of ESPN Insider looks at Freddy Adu’s uncertain USMNT future.
It looks like Sebastian Lletget had missed some time with an injury, but is back and playing with West Ham’s U-21 team again. Doesn’t appear to be anything serious.
It doesn’t look like we will see Seb Hines in many of Middlesbrough’s remaining games this season.
And finally, US Soccer youth player Joshua Perez is headed to Italy to join Fiorentina’s youth academy.
Bayern Munich U-19 German-American Julian Green had an assist on Nikola Jelsic’s bicycle kick goal this weekend and you can check that out right here.
I know some Carlos Bocangera/transfer rumors are slowing beginning, but Rangers might be on the only team in the Scottish Third Division with a third kit.
We posted about Max Morice’s move to Rennes last week, but Greg Seltzer got some quotes from Morice.
We haven’t posted much about Middlesbrough center back Seb Hines since he would need to make a one-time FIFA switch to the US, but we are aware of him. That said, he scored this weekend and you can see highlights of his goal right here.
And I missed this over the summer, but it looks like Mjällby AIF forward Samuel Petrone is currently on loan with Leiknir Reykjavík in Iceland. Petrone only appeared in four games with Mjällby last season, but has played in five games with Leiknir Reykjavík since late July. His loan is for the rest of the 2012 season.
I’m still playing catch up from the past couple days, but here are some links for Monday.
The US U-23’s defeated the Atlanta Silverbacks, 3-0, on Sunday. The goals scorers were Brek Shea (x2) and Michael Stephens. I posted the Studio 90 video earlier today, which has a couple quick highlights (one of Shea’s goal looks real nice) and some post-game interviews. Here is a post-game recap from the Silverbacks, which has their starting XI, but I can’t find anything anywhere on what the US lineup looked like. If you have any clue, fill us in in the comments. Also, it looks like Freddy Adu has been voted by the players as the captain of the team.
I also posted this with The OT Report, but in case you missed it, Josh Gatt has been called back to Molde FK and won’t be with the U-23s due to various injuries at Molde and them starting their season this upcoming weekend.
Mr. Sciaretta also introduces us to Seb Hines, a 23-year-old centerback who currently plays at Middlesbrough. Hines has played with England in the past at the youth level, but would be willing to play for the US if he got the call. Since he would need to file a one-time switch with FIFA, we will keep our eye on him, but don’t expect us to post about him in future The OT Reports until he commits to the US (if he ever does). Sort of like Adam Henley.