While we are on the topic of the U-20 team, Brian Sciaretta caught up with Rubio Rubin before the Dallas Cup to talk about the tournament and joining FC Utrecht. Rubin turned 18 in March, allowing him to sign a professional contract, but Utrecht can’t register his contract until July 1.
Back to Agudelo for a second. Word on the street is that Stoke City manager Mark Hughes flew to Holland to watch him play this past weekend. And Stoke City will be looking to get a second appeal on his UK work permit at the end of this month or the beginning of May.
Here is a really short film on Clint Dempsey by Degree Men, which was apparently directed by Mad Men’s Jon Hamm. Dempsey also scored two goals this past weekend, giving him six on the season in only 303 minutes in MLS play after scoring only once in 922 minutes last year with Seattle.
Over in Sweden, Matt Pyzdrowski went 90 minutes between the sticks while Eric Pothast played 45 minutes and picked up a yellow card in Ängelholm’s 3-2 win over Jönköpings Södra. And Alex Horwath started at goalkeeper and Brandon McDonald came off the bench for the final two minutes in Ljungskile’s 0-0 draw to Landskrona, which had Andrew Stadler and Paul Torres each go 90 minutes.
So I have decided to learn how to make GIFs since sometimes they are easier to post/watch than some of these weird video players that some highlight sites use (plus GIFs are just awesome). I practiced a bunch this weekend making a few of the goals scored in MLS play by some World Cup hopefuls, so here they are: Clint Dempsey 1, Clint Dempsey 2, Chris Wondolowski, Maurice Edu and Kyle Beckerman. It is a learning process as I try to figure out size and quality while not trying to make these 10 MB files, but it went better than I expected.
We had two goal scorers on Tuesday. Aron Johannsson scored his 20th goal of the season across all competitions in AZ Alkmaar’s 2-0 win over Roda JC in the Dutch Cup (highlights). Paul Arriola scored again for Dorados in their 3-1 win over Estudiantes Tecos in Copa MX action (highlights).
Stoke City’s website finally announced the Juan Agudelo loan deal yesterday. According to that link, he/Stoke City have to wait four months from the date of the original work permit appeal hearing (his hearing was in late November) before he can re-apply for a UK work permit. Grant Wahl also spoke to Agudelo about everything that has gone down this week. As it says in the Wahl interview, it doesn’t sound highly that he will be able to play this weekend due to paperwork.
Grant Wahl also did a video interview with MLS commissioner Don Garber last week where he talks about a bunch of MLS stuff, including topics like Michael Bradley’s return, Maurice Edu’s potential return and how they haven’t been able to make it work financially to get DaMarcus Beasley back in the league.
A couple things for your Friday morning reading pleasure.
The US roster for January’s camp got delayed yesterday and should be announced later today. South Korea has released its roster for its friendly against Mexico on January 29, so this is probably what the US will face on February 1. I don’t follow them that much so I have no clue on the strength of this roster.
It looks like Jermaine Jones is having a falling out at Schalke and wants out of the club. He is not traveling with the team to Qatar as they prepare for the second half of the Bundesliga, so maybe we will see him at the US camp?
Junior Flores has declined to participate with the US U-20 team during its camp in January, but before everyone freaks out, it is because he is getting the chance to train with Borussia Dortmund’s reserves/U-23 team in Turkey. Not bad for a 17-year-old.
For those few crazy people still believing in a Michael Bradley-to-Fulham transfer, Greg Seltzer says no dice to that or any move for Mikey.
Juan Agudelo likes teasing everyone about a potential move to a new club.
As for Agudelo’s former teammate in New England, Charlie Davies, his contract with the Danish side Randers was terminated so he can sign a new contract with the Revolution. Everyone’s favorite Stanky Legg appeared in 23 games for Randers before going on loan to New England last August.
Andrew Stadler has switched teams within Sweden. After scoring seven goals for Sandvikens IF in the Division 1 Norra (third tier) last season, he has signed a two-year contract with Landskrona BoIS in the Superettan (second tier). I believe Stadler and fellow American Paul Torres trialed with Landskrona back in November.
About 20 minutes after I posted this, I realized that Stabæk were having their press conference for Bob Bradley so I stayed up for it.
Sounds like Stabæk were a little overwhelmed by how much Twitter blew up in the last 24 hours over this news. And Bob talked about how he knew of Stabæk through following/scouting Clarence Goodson, Hunter Freeman, Troy Perkins and Mix Diskerud in Norway.
Here are a couple screengrabs I took of the presser off my computer.
Stoke City also made some late attempts at buying Juan Agudelo from the New England Revolution, but Agudelo will have to wait until January to make the move to the Premier League. And I missed this a couple weeks ago, but he is rumored to to be making around $600,000 once he gets there.
Julian Green will be playing with Germany’s U-19 team in upcoming games against Greece and the Netherlands.
A couple guys in action on Monday. Michael Nanchoff started and played 54 minutes in Jönköpings Södra’s 3-1 win over Örgryte. Charles Kazlauskas went the full 90 minutes in Helmond Sport’s 5-2 win over Emmen. And Andrew Wooten came off the bench and played three minutes in Kaiserslautern’s 2-2 draw to Energie Cottbus.
We are headed down to the Swedish third tier for this one, but Ryan Gracia scored over the weekend in Nyköping’s 1-1 draw to Västerås SK. Paul Torres also started for Nyköping, but here is Gracia’s goal.
You may have noticed in The OT Report that Clarence Goodson came off the bench for Brøndby IF this weekend. Goodson has sort of fallen out of the lineup for the club and has voluntarily given up the captain’s armband as well.
I am still looking for highlights of Alejandro Bedoya’s goal from the weekend and this is the best I can do for now. Someone forgot to zoom in.
Staying in Sweden, Paul Torres and Ryan Gracia helped Nyköping (Swedish third tier) upset Kalmar FF (Allsvenskan) in the Swedish Cup. Torres assisted on the first goal of these highlights.
The New York Times has a story up on US U-20 head coach Tab Ramos playing in the 1983 FIFA World Youth Championship.
Dual-citizen Maki Tall has been called into the France U-18 camp/team that will be playing the US and Germany this month.
Devann Yao is continuing his trialing ways, now at English League Two side Chesterfield.
Have we cooled down after Monday’s U-23 meltdown? I took a couple days off from posting links to forgot about that (plus nothing overly exciting has happened this week except Herculez Gomez scoring goals blindfolded).
Speaking of Herc, he did an interview with The Best Soccer Show last week.
It looks like Jonathan Spector will be out for about another two weeks with his latest hamstring injury. Hopefully he can return to the field soon to help Birmingham City in their bid for promotion.
Bobby Wood has been hit by the injury bug again and will be out for the rest of the season after another knee surgery. It also comes at a bad time as his contract with 1860 Munich ends after this season.
Some of you might recognize the name Chris Wright from The OT Report with him scoring goals here and there for Magdeburg in the German Regionalliga. They recently had a bit of a scoring drought, 558 minutes without a goal, so the fans did some fun things to try and help the team out before Wright ended the dry spell with a goal.
Three younger Americans have recently popped up at Nyköpings BIS in Sweden’s fourth tier. Someone e-mailed me that Shaquille Phillips recently signed with the club. Phillips is a 19-year-old centerback who has spent some time with Energie Cottbus’ youth teams in Germany and with Swedish side Dalkurd FF last season. While reading up on him/the club, I also found out that Stefan Jerome and Paul Torres are also now at the club. Jerome spent last season at Sigma Olomouc in the Czech Republic, while Torres played in college at Maryland and spent some time with the DC United youth academy.