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A bunch of links randomness for Tuesday
   March 3, 2015 (12:35 AM) by Matt Benson

A bunch of good stuff for you on this Tuesday.

This past weekend had some action on the field.  Fabian Johnson scored his first goal with Borussia Mönchengladbach. Aron Johannsson and Tim Ream both returned from their injuries.  Roderick has you covered with everyone in The OT Report.

Want to see some highlights of the goals scored this weekend?  Here you go:  Fabian Johnson, Junior Flores, Conor O’Brien and Marc Heider.

The US U-17 team began play at the 2015 CONCACAF U-17 Championship with a 5-0 win over Cuba on Friday (highlights) followed with a 2-0 win over Trinidad & Tobago yesterday (highlights).  Joe Gallardo (four goals) and Christian Pulisic have been the US’s two best players in my non-expert opinion so far.

While the US U-20 team gets ready for the World Cup, they will face England’s U-20 team and Tottenham’s U-21 team in some friendlies at the end of the month.

One US U-20 player, Lynden Gooch, is now with English Conference Premier side Gateshead FC on loan for 28 days to get some playing time.  He already made his debut over the weekend and here is a photo him in a Gateshead jersey.

According to one report out of Germany, Jurgen Klinsmann might call up Ashton Götz for the US friendlies and camp this month even though he doesn’t have his US passport yet (he wouldn’t be able to play in the games but he could train with the team).

There were some rumors that Sebastian Lletget signed with the LA Galaxy this weekend, but his agent shot down those rumors.

It looks like Freddy Adu could be headed to Sweden to sign with a real team according to Ives Galarcep.  If true, this would be his 11th different team in his eighth different country since becoming a pro in 2004.  Over that same time, I have lived in two different apartments and have had the same job.

Continuing with the rumors, this report claims Fabian Johnson has been scouted recently by Barcelona as he is one of a few players on their list of potential fullbacks since Dani Alves’ contract ends this summer.

Jose Mourinho might want an American goalkeeper on Chelsea and apparently he is looking at Old Man Friedel among some other [non-American] veteran keepers.

According to Bild, Bobby Wood’s knee injury might not be as bad as first thought (his meniscus is not damaged as initially suspected) and he might only be out five weeks.

Tim Howard (and Everton) is the only American left in Europa League and the Toffees will face Dynamo Kyiv in the Round of 16.

Here is a recent video interview with Bob Bradley.  Speaking of Coach Sweatpants, I guess there was a rumor that he interviewed with Danish club Aalborg for their manager opening, but Greg Seltzer is hearing from a couple sources that this is not true.

Goalkeeper Brendan Moore has signed with English League One side Fleetwood Town.

Georgian-American midfielder Zourab Tsiskaridze has signed with NASL’s San Antonio Scorpions.  He was last seen with Bangkok Glass in Thailand.

Barcelona youngster Ben Lederman is currently in playing purgatory as part of the team’s injunction that retroactively disqualified many academy players.  Some guys just got cleared to play again but not Lederman.

And also thanks to Josh Deaver, I am now aware of a second American at Barcelona.  Konrad de la Fuente is a U-14 forward and he scored a goal back in early February for Barca’s Infantil A.

Categories: Aron Johannsson, Ashton Götz, Ben Lederman, Bob Bradley, Bobby Wood, Brad Friedel, Brendan Moore, Christian Pulisic, Conor O'Brien, Fabian Johnson, Freddy Adu, Joe Gallardo, Junior Flores, Konrad de la Fuente, Lynden Gooch, Marc Heider, Sebastian Lletget, Tim Howard, Tim Ream, US U-17 National Team, US U-20 National Team, Zourab Tsiskaridze

A couple links for Tuesday
   November 12, 2013 (12:08 AM) by Matt Benson

I will keep this quick and short.

Jurgen Klinsmann selected his 23-man roster for this weekend’s games.

Sacha Kljestan did a Q&A with US Soccer’s website last week.

The Sunday Times did a story on former Rangers midfielder DaMarcus Beasley who returns to Scotland this week.  And here is another story on Beasley.

Remember last week when we said Danny Williams returned to training with Reading after missing some time with a foot bruise?  Well, he got hurt again.

Julian Green has been offered a professional deal by Bayern Munich which will run through 2017.

And finally, the New York Times has caught wind of Ben Lederman.

Categories: Ben Lederman, DaMarcus Beasley, Danny Williams, Julian Green, Sacha Kljestan, US Men's National Team
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Post Christmas Links
   December 25, 2012 (8:24 PM) by Matt Benson

I hope everyone had an enjoyable Christmas with their friends and family.  I am slowly waking up from a food/beer coma from the last couple of days.

Now for some links.

Andre Villas-Boas is a fan of Clint Dempsey.

We told you about Bryan Meredith signing with IK Brage last week, but here are some more quotes from Meredith about the move.

The US U-20 team finished up camp last week with a 4-0 win over Venezuela.  There have been a bunch of stories/interviews coming out from the camp, including stuff from Tab RamosBenji Joya, Cody Cropper, Marc Pelosi, Caleb Stanko and Brandon Allen.

As for another player part of the U-20 group who was not at the camp, Anthony Brooks did an interview with Hertha Berlin’s website.

Jozy Altidore spoke to Dave Martinez over at Ives.  Jozy also made one Dutch paper’s team of the midseason.

Speaking of midseason-type rankings, Aron Johannsson was ranked the sixth best player in Denmark so far in 2012-13.

In the caring is creepy part of the links, here is a Spanish report on Barcelona youth product Ben Lederman.

This is from last week, but Seattle is apparently in the mix for a possible game during the Hex.

ESPN Insider gives us their hot list among American players.

And finally, here is a video of Tim Ream and Stuart Holden having some Christmas fun.

Categories: Aron Johannsson, Ben Lederman, Benji Joya, Bryan Meredith, Caleb Stanko, Clint Dempsey, Cody Cropper, John Brooks, Jozy Altidore, Marc Pelosi, Stuart Holden, Tim Ream, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team

Ben Lederman scores for Barcelona’s youth team
   May 28, 2012 (10:18 AM) by Matt Benson

There is a joke on one of the college football sites that Howie and I read that when it comes to recruiting (and following the lives of 16-18 year old kids), “caring is creepy”.  That said, who doesn’t want to see video highlights of some 11-year-old American scoring a goal for one of Barcelona’s youth teams?!

Thanks to Dave for e-mailing this in, but Ben Lederman scored a goal for Barcelona’s Alevín A team as they participated in some U-12 tournament in Spain recently.

Cap him now!

Categories: Ben Lederman, Highlights

A few more links for Wednesday
   April 25, 2012 (11:42 PM) by Matt Benson

Since I am in a good mood (and actually have time), I am going to drop some more links on you guys.

Robbie Rogers recently had his surgery on his ankle (photographic proof!) and he recently did a Q&A with

Conor O’Brien and SønderjyskE were knocked out of the semifinals of the Danish Cup.  They beat FC Copenhagen, 4-3, today in the second leg, but the aggregate score was 4-4 and they lost out on the away goals rule.

Greg Seltzer talked to Sean Cunningham about his loan move to Stabæk.

While we have been complaining about the PFA Team of the Year, the folks over at The Shin Guardian came up with their own XI of the Year for the Premier League.

Speaking of teams of the year, Howie and I are slowly putting the final touches on this year’s OT XI.  It should hopefully be up in the next two weeks.  We have a base lineup, but want to see how the final weeks play out.

And finally, Top Drawer Soccer quickly updates us with a couple of really young Americans in youth academies in Europe, including Barcelona’s Ben Lederman.

Categories: Ben Lederman, Conor O'Brien, Robbie Rogers, Sean Cunningham

Hump Day Links
   April 4, 2012 (10:22 PM) by Matt Benson

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.

Gomez got that message by adding another two goals to his portfolio tonight.

Speaking of Gomez, Christopher McCollum has a two-part interview with the forward:  Part 1 | Part 2

Greg Seltzer recently talked to Jozy Altidore about learning the game in Holland.

What’s better than one article on Stuart Holden returning to Bolton to finish up his rehab?  How about a second article?

“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.

Did you know that there is a young American in Barcelona’s youth academy?  I sort of remember hearing about this in the past, but it got brought back to my attention today.

Brian Sciaretta has an interview up with Kenneth Di Vita Jensen.

Categories: Ben Lederman, Gregg Berhalter, Herculez Gomez, Jozy Altidore, Kenneth Di Vita Jensen, Stuart Holden, US Men's National Team