After Jurgen Klinsmann wins his second World Cup in 2018, it looks like he can pass the torch to Pep Guardiola. Dynasty!
One of Pep’s current players, Julian Green, gets the full Brian Sciaretta treatment this week (a.k.a. an informative interview).
The Gregg Berhalter era at Hammarby in Sweden ended on Wednesday as the former US international was “sacked”.
According to Greg Seltzer, Eugene Starikov is finalizing a transfer to Tom Tomsk. Starikov scored two goals in 30 league appearances for Tom Tomsk while being on loan from Zenit Saint Petersburg in 2010-11.
For those you waiting to order a Danny Williams/Reading jersey, you can go ahead now since he will wear #23 this season.
Stoke City are in the US on their preseason tour and lost, 2-0, to the Houston Dynamo last night. Geoff Cameron played 89 minutes for Stoke City in his return to Houston. Maurice Edu is also with the team during this tour as he slowly works his way back from a hernia.
We had a Jonathan Bornstein sighting earlier this week. Bornstein came off the bench for Tigres in their 1-0 loss to Cruz Azul Hidalgo in the Copa MX.
A Josh Gatt-less Molde FK advanced in Champions League with a 2-0 win (3-0 on aggregate) over Sligo Rovers earlier this week. Eighteen-year-old Ben Spencer made Molde’s bench, but did not play.
Seth Moses was last seen in Austria with Rheindorf Altach in 2011-12, but now he is back in the US playing with the Seattle Sounders’ reserve team.
Mario Rodriguez scored two goals earlier this week in Borussia Mönchengladbach II’s 18-0 win in a preseason friendly. I am guessing the opponent wasn’t that good.
Junior Flores played with Borussia Dortmund’s U-19 team against a China U-19 team at the Ruhr International Cup yesterday. Some US fans might not like this.
I am headed to Chicago on Sunday (going to miss out on the Gold Cup final, horrible planning on my part) for my yearly pilgrimage to see some family and friends for the week. Posting could be light by me next week or it could be normal. I have no clue on my internet situation (or how much free time I will have). That was your warning. Good talk.
Some reading and links for your Friday morning pleasure.
Juan Agudelo is headed to Celtic for a training stint starting on Friday. Jurgen Klinsmann has encouraged these training stints in Europe for MLS players in the past. And Agudelo trained with Liverpool and Stuttgart last winter after the MLS season.
According to AZ Alkmaar technical director Earnie Stewart, Jozy Altidore is being scouted by some bigger clubs. There was even a offer this past summer by an unnamed eastern European club.
Randy Kim recently spoke to Gregg Berhalter about his first season as manager at Hammarby in Sweden’s second division.
Clint Dempsey explains why he likes the number two.
Two Americans saw the field (Hammarby’s Billy Schuler and Ängelholms’ Matt Pyzdrowski) with an American coach (Gregg Berhalter) on the sideline in this 1-1 draw. I also love that Eric Prydz’s “Call On Me” is Ängelholms’ post-goal celebration song.
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Still not over Timothy Chandler? Brian Sciaretta and Ives Galarcep each give their thoughts on Chandler-gate. I can’t wait until someone named Gate/Gait gets in trouble so we can have Gate-gate.
US U-20 forward Jerome Kiesewetter has left Hertha Berlin and has signed a new four-year deal with VfB Stuttgart. Kiesewetter is a German-American who played with the US U-18 team at the 2011 Milk Cup and was part of the US U-23/U-20 camp in November. He leaves behind Alfredo Morales and Anthony Brooks at Hertha Berlin, who were just relegated to the 2. Bundesliga.
With Hapoel Tel Aviv winning the State Cup, Leo Krupnik and Maccabi Netanya will be in next year’s Euopra League.
Seltzer also did an interview with Evian TG goalie Quentin Westberg about his first season in Ligue 1 since 2006.
The Guardian released their team of the year based on the game-by-game player ratings given by the readers and even they are shocked that Clint Dempsey did not make it. He wasn’t even rated as the top player for Fulham this season.
Sticking with Dempsey, he will be participating in some All-Star game in Miami in June, which will also feature players like Didier Drogba, Lionel Messi and Luis Suárez among others. It also looks like Carlos Bocanegra and Jozy Altidore will be playing in the game. Here is the website for the game.
Brian Sciaretta has an interview up with Sacha Kljestan over at the NY Times soccer blog on Kljestan’s breakout season at Anderlecht. Based on his quotes in this interview and the fact that he is celebrating his bachelor party this week (according to him on twitter), I don’t think he will be named to the USMNT roster this upcoming Sunday unless some midfielders pick up some injuries.
It should be interesting to see what happens this summer to Stuart Holden and Tim Ream as Bolton announced a plan to slash their wage bill by 50 percent before next season.
And finally, here are some more rumored/leaked kits for next season.
It should be interesting to see what happens to Carlos Bocanegra, Maurice Edu and Alejandro Bedoya in the near future as the Scottish FA came out with their punishment for Rangers. The club was fined and put on a 12-month transfer embargo, while the old owner is banned for life in Scotland. It also looks like an American, named Bill Miller, could be in the lead for buying the team.
Apparently Jermaine Jones got into a practice scuffle with Klaas-Jan Huntelaar during a training session last week, but everything is “OK” now. Jones then went out this weekend and picked up his eighth yellow card over his last 10 league games. At this point, I am just pretending that he staples them to the wall like Willy Mays Hays did with his batting gloves after stolen bases.
Hopefully a healthy Zak Whitbread will be wearing this home shirt next season for Norwich City. New shirts/kits are slowly leaking for next year, so I will post the ones that involve the various Americans as they come.
Josh Gatt did not play again this week in Molde FK’s 3-2 victory over Lillestrøm today. This is the second straight game that Gatt has missed. I can’t figure out exactly what is wrong with him, but according to this poorly translated article (thanks Google!) from before today’s game, he claims that he is “much better” and that he “can be ready again for the next game”.
US U-20 goalkeeper Cody Cropper will be looking for a new team this offseason once his contract ends with Ipswich Town at the end of this season. He was close to breaking in with the team this past winter before his knee injury.
Finally, I swung by the Nike Town in LA today and they had a giant Clint Dempsey poster up in the soccer section. They had the new blue USMNT shirts, but not the new “Where’s Waldo?” ones. They also had a bunch of new training gear, gameday shorts and some practice-type shorts with this florescent orange/red piping with Clint Dempsey’sDanny Williams’ Whoever is playing central midfield’s #8 on them.
A bunch of little things to get to while I watch the end of this highly entertaining Lakers-Clippers game.
Jurgen Klinsmann had a teleconference today to talk about a bunch of different things like Caleb Porter, Olympic qualifying and Herculez Gomez among other things. You can listen to it here or read the transcript here.
Hopefully [Gomez] continues that goal scoring period, and the more he scores, the more he makes a positive notes out there, the bigger his chances to get the call. It’s as simple as that. That’s our message to all of the players all of the time – keep proving your point.
“A lot of people have asked when I’m going to be back playing and I don’t have a definitive answer. I’m not really worried about that because my focus is all about making sure I’m fully fit once I do get back on the pitch.”
Here is an interview with Hammarby’s manager Gregg Berhalter. Hammarby kick off the Superettan season next Monday against Halmstad.