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An assortment of links for Tuesday
   January 13, 2015 (12:38 AM) by Matt Benson

A bunch of goodies to get into.

The USMNT has begun January’s camp this week in beautiful Southern California.  In case you missed it, Jurgen Klinsmann has called in 28 players for this camp, a mixture of vets and a bunch of youth as he looks towards the Olympic/U-23 team.

One player at this month’s camp that you probably don’t know that much about is Julio Morales.  Brian Sciaretta gets you caught up to date on Mr. Morales.  It looks like Morales might not be able to play in the friendlies just yet (although he can still participate in the camp) as he has to file a one-time switch with FIFA since he played with Mexico at the 2013 U-20 World Cup.

Much like Brad Friedel with the U-20 team, another former player, Carlos Bocanegra, is helping out as a coach this month.

Kyle McCarthy takes a look at the mixture of vets and youth as camp begins.

Daryl Grove came up with some humorous one-sentence descriptions for each of the players.  Brek Shea’s is easily the best.

Jurgen Klinsmann did not win FIFA Coach of the Year, but he did receive votes from 12 of the 544 voters, including five first-place votes.

In other USMNT news, CONCACAF has moved up the start of the final round of World Cup qualifying (a.k.a. The Hex) by three months to November of 2016 due to FIFA eliminating some international fixture dates in 2017.  The draw for the first round will take place on Thursday, but the US won’t enter qualification until the fourth round, beginning in November of 2015.  Yes, the whole cycle is about to start up again.

And we might know about two more friendlies for this year as Fox Sports ran this graphic during Friday’s U-20 game, which shows games against Australia and Ghana for later this year.

The US U-20 team is off to a rough start down in Jamaica, drawing to Guatemala (highlights) and losing to Panama (highlights).  Cameron Carter-Vickers has scored the only goal for the US so far and he spoke to Tottenham’s website about it.  Junior Flores had to leave the Panama game after getting his ankle stepped/rolled on and it sounds like he is in a boot and is on crutches.  That makes me think he will be out for a little while.  Want some goalie critique of the first two games?  Will has you covered.  And finally, Tony Meola spoke to Tab Ramos and Ramos claims Gedion Zelalem is “untouchable until March” when it comes to the U-20 team.

Speaking of Mr. Zelalem, the guys over at The Short Fuse have a little write- up on the savoir of American soccer Arsenal prospect.

Moving onto some club news.

All signs are pointing towards Mix Diskerud signing with NYCFC later today (or this week).

There was some more Jozy Altidore-to-MLS chatter over the weekend and Toronto FC appears to have the edge at the moment.  If this were to go down, I am just going to pretend that this was some mastermind of Klinsi to get Michael Bradley and Jozy practicing together everyday.

And both Steven Goff and Jeff Carlisle are hearing that a couple MLS teams are interested in signing Sacha Kljestan as well as an English League Championship side.

DeAndre Yedlin got the start and played 60 minutes with Tottenham’s U-21 team on Friday.  To go along with the video in the last link, here are some photos from the game.

Cody Cropper had to be taken to the hospital with a head injury on Monday after a collision in Southampton’s U-21 game.  Hopefully this doesn’t become anything serious.

Jonathan Spector is finally healthy again.  Although he didn’t play, he did make Birmingham City’s bench this past weekend in their 3-1 win over Wigan Athletic.

Heath Pearce didn’t come to terms with Orlando City after being taken in the expansion draft, so he might be looking to take his talents to Europe.  Pearce began his professional career in Denmark with FC Nordsjælland and also played with Hansa Rostock in Germany so he does have experience abroad.

Ventura Alvarado told Brian Sciaretta last week that he would be interested in a US call-up if Klinsmann called.

Since I get e-mailed one every other month by someone wanting to know Freddy Adu’s status, Steven Goff tells us that he is back training in the D.C. area since being let go from Serbia.

Justin Moose will no longer being playing in Finland with SJK as he signed with the Wilmington Hammerheads of USL Pro last week.

I can’t find much more on this, but Frank Simek’s wikipedia page has been updated that he is now with Sông Lam Nghệ An in Vietnam.  As one would expect, it is not easy to find solid information on this team or league.

Goalkeeper Alex Horwath (not to be confused with U-20 goalkeeper Ethan Horvath) is leaving Sweden and Ljungskile SK and signed with Norwegian second division side SK Brann.  Now Horwath and Horvath will both be in Norway.

Remember when David Yelldell had a hot minute with the USMNT?  He talked about it to Bayer Leverkusen’s website.

Former US U-20 player Fabrice Picault has signed with Sparta Prague in the Czech Republic.

And finally, American-born Ghanaian Koby Osei-Wusu is playing with Ghana’s U-20 team.  And this website doesn’t think highly of US Soccer.

He is one of the young talents recruited and being groomed for the various US national soccer teams through their United States Soccer Development Association (USSDA).

The inclusion of Koby will be a major boost for US soccer which is regarded as a low competitive standard.

Hey Ghana, remember thisOr this?  I do.

Categories: Alex Horwath, Brek Shea, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Carlos Bocanegra, Cody Cropper, David Yelldell, DeAndre Yedlin, Fabrice Picault, Frank Simek, Freddy Adu, Gedion Zelalem, Heath Pearce, Jonathan Spector, Jozy Altidore, Julio Morales, Junior Flores, Justin Moose, Koby Osei-Wusu, Mix Diskerud, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team, US U-23 National Team, Ventura Alvarado

Carlos Bocanegra to retire after the 2014 MLS season
   September 5, 2014 (4:54 PM) by Matt Benson

While he hasn’t played with the USMNT since 2012, Carlos Bocanegra announced his retirement from soccer following the 2014 MLS season.

Bocanegra played in 110 games for the USMNT over 12 years, playing in two World Cups and captaining the US in 64 games.  His 14 goals are the most among defenders while his 9222 minutes played are the fifth most among all players.  Bocanegra also appeared in four Gold Cups, collecting two titles while captaining the team to the 2007 title.

He also had a successful career abroad, playing a combined 271 league games for Fulham, Rennes, Saint-Étienne, Rangers and Racing Santander between 2004-13.

While it is cool that Landon Donovan is getting a nice send-off in October, it would have been nice to see Bocanegra get something similar.

Categories: Carlos Bocanegra
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Carlos Bocanegra is headed to Chivas USA
   July 1, 2013 (1:16 PM) by Matt Benson

After officially becoming a free agent last week (and after being rumored by a few people on his return to MLS), Carlos Bocanegra is returning to the US to play for Chivas USA.

Ives is reporting that Chivas USA traded a 2015 first-round pick and international roster spot to Toronto FC for the top allocation spot in order to grab Bocanegra.

The 34-year-old defender is from Southern California and will get to finish out his career with the Goats.  Bocanegra began his professional career with MLS and the Chicago Fire in 2000 before heading to Fulham in 2004.  After stops in France (Rennes and Saint-Étienne), Scotland (Rangers) and Spain (Racing Santander), Captain America returns to the US.

As Brian Sciaretta points out, Bocanegra should be somewhat ready for the craziness that is Chivas USA.

Categories: Carlos Bocanegra
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Carlos Bocanegra is a free agent
   June 29, 2013 (9:30 AM) by Howie Michaels

In news that surprise absolutely no one, Carlos Bocanegra and 3rd-tier Rangers have agreed to part ways.

Both players had a year left on their contracts but have agreed to terminate their deals.

Bocanegra spent last season on loan at Racing Santander while Goian was loaned to Spezia.

Rangers say Romanian Goian wants to find a new club in England while American Bocanegra is keen to play in his homeland.

The former US captain (it’s weird to type that) moved to Rangers in 2011 from Saint Etienne. Many expressed disappointment in the move at the time, although it struck me as an effort by Bocanegra to get one more decent-sized payday before his European career was played out. Of course, few realized at the time that Rangers was about to go Bear Stearns. Bocanegra’s loan to Santander in the Spanish 2nd division was entirely about trying to get his relatively large contract off the books as Rangers prepared for the brave new world of trips to Albion Rovers and Peterhead.

The article mentions Bocanegra’s desire to return to the US which has been floating around for a while and seems to be on the verge of happening. If the additional rumor of Bocanegra’s preference for playing in California is true, then the only questions left are which LA team it winds up being and what they give up for the top spot in the allocation order.

Categories: Carlos Bocanegra

Friday AM links
   June 28, 2013 (12:01 AM) by Matt Benson

The big news of Thursday was the announcement of the Gold Cup roster.  Jurgen Klinsmann also did his usual post-roster release Q&A with US Soccer’s website.  The guys over at American Soccer Now also invited me to select my own roster, so I did that for them.

Steve Cherundolo declined to be on the USMNT roster this summer to get some rest and now it looks like he is having some surgery on his left knee, the same knee that he had surgery done on back in February.

Some guys in lower leagues are returning to old clubs.  Howie posted about Jon-Paul Pittman going back to Wycombe Wanderers yesterday (and about Mike Grella likely returning to Scunthorpe United earlier this week).  You can also add Euan Holden to the mix as Holden has signed another non-contract basis with Bury.  And Jonathan Spector officially re-signed with Birmingham City.

With Alejandro Bedoya’s contract ending soon, he is likely looking for a new home.  And FC Twente seem to be interested according to this report out of Sweden.

Here is a video of Tony Taylor at AC Omonia.

Brad Friedel did an interview this week for the guys over at Soccer America.

Bobby Wood must have been mad about not making the Gold Cup roster as he scored twice in a 5-1 win over FC Zürich in a preseason friendly.

Want a silly season rumor?  How about Dan Kennedy to Maccabi Tel Aviv?

Grant Wahl tells us about Nick Pugliese, an American playing professionally in Afghanistan.

And to end with today’s fashion column, here are some more new jerseys for next season.  Tim Howards’ new goalkeeper kit can be found here (along with Everton’s new home shirt).  No word if the smoke is optional or not.  If Carlos Bocanegra stays at Rangers, here are their home/away/third kits for next season.  And finally, Jermaine Jones and Schalke have a new international/third kit for next season.

Enjoy the weekend.

Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Bobby Wood, Brad Friedel, Carlos Bocanegra, Dan Kennedy, Euan Holden, Jermaine Jones, Jon-Paul Pittman, Jonathan Spector, Mike Grella, Nick Pugliese, Steve Cherundolo, Tim Howard, Tony Taylor, US Men's National Team
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Silly season Sunday
   June 23, 2013 (2:57 PM) by Matt Benson

July 1 is approaching which means we are about to begin the summer silly season.  And what comes with the silly season?  Fun rumors!  Here are a few rumors from the last couple days.

Reports out of England (which are always 100% true!) have Sunderland wanting Jozy Altidore for a reasonable fee (possibly five million pounds?).  Paolo Di Canio’s possible reaction on landing Altidore:

This one might have a few more legs to it since I don’t see Taylor Twellman as a rumormonger (he was one of the first people to mention the Brek Shea-to-Stoke City rumors), but Twellman said during Friday’s US U-20 game that a little birdie told him that Carlos Bocanegra may be headed back to MLS (may being the key word).

Bocanegra’s loan deal with Racing Santander has ended so he would technically be back with Rangers now.  If he was coming back to MLS, he would have to go through the allocation process, which has Toronto, Portland and Seattle in the top three spots.

Tim Ream has been linked with Middlesbrough over the last week or so, but Tony Mowbray has decided to move on.

In the 100% official news, Herculez Gomez is officially a member of Club Tijuana.

Herc also hopped on the new video-on-instagram bandwagon and posted a little video of the day.  I need to get down there for a game.

Categories: Carlos Bocanegra, Herculez Gomez, Jozy Altidore, Tim Ream
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Catching up on some links
   May 14, 2013 (11:04 PM) by Matt Benson

Jurgen Klinsmann will announce his roster for the upcoming camp/friendlies/qualifiers on Thursday.  He is going to name about 27 players, which is slightly more than usual, due to seven players sitting on yellow cards and late arrivals into camp.

One player who is rumored to be missing from this roster is Landon Donovan.  If Landon does not get called in, you would have to think he would be called in with the guys for the Gold Cup.

Speaking of that Gold Cup roster, it looks like they will have their own friendly against Guatemala down in San Diego before the tournament begins on July 9.  But US Soccer has not officially announced anything yet.

We told you about the Gold Cup getting a new trophy last week.  Well, here it is and it sort of looks like the old trophy.

With all these different USMNT rosters, Brian Sciaretta takes a guess at both rosters.

Jozy Altidore was named to the De Telegraaf Eredivisie Team of the Season.  And here are two photos of Jozy holding the Dutch Cup after last week’s victory:  Photo 1 & Photo 2.

Carlos Bocanegra is looking forward to returning to Rangers next season, although Bocanegra’s agent tells Greg Seltzer that there is some MLS interest.

There was a Sky Sports story that we posted last week about Bursaspor trying to obtain Maurice Edu from Stoke City on a permanent basis and multiple people are telling Greg Seltzer the same.

If Edu does return to Stoke City next season, he along with Brek Shea and Geoff Cameron will look like they play for the Columbus Crew in away games in their new black-and-yellow kits for 2013-14.

Remember when Freddy Adu’s manager at Bahia was fired a week after he joined the club and there was some crazy stat about the club going through 20-25+ managerial changes over the previous 10 years?  Well, Bahia fired another manager.

As expected, Steve Cherundolo will be getting a new one-year extension at Hannover 96.

After being released by Carlisle United, Frank Simek is currently on trial with D.C. United even though he would still need to go through the allocation rankings since he has played for the USMNT before.  Yay weird MLS rules!

Even with the broken leg, Will Packwood has agreed to a one-year extension with Birmingham City.

The LA Times has a new story up about Bob Bradley.

Brian Sciaretta talked to Alejandro Bedoya recently about his good start to the season and his big summer ahead.

Mix Diskerud talked to this week about his future with the USMNT and his failed move to Portland.

Tijuana defeated Palmeiras 2-1 last night meaning they will advance to the quarterfinals of Copa Libertadores.  Edgar Castillo and Joe Corona both got the start in the win and they will now take on Brazilian side Atlético Mineiro.

Alex Kurial of Yanks Abroad has a story up on how Americans Shane Recklet and Jacob Wilson are trying to help Vasas SC back to the top level of soccer in Hungary.

And go take a look at our cool new Sacha/Over There shirt.  They will go up for sale next week.

Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Bob Bradley, Brek Shea, Carlos Bocanegra, Edgar Castillo, Frank Simek, Freddy Adu, Geoff Cameron, Jacob Wilson, Joe Corona, Jozy Altidore, Landon Donovan, Maurice Edu, Mix Diskerud, Shane Recklet, Steve Cherundolo, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team, Will Packwood

Some links for your Friday morning reading pleasure
   April 26, 2013 (12:02 AM) by Matt Benson

The title says it all.

Jurgen Klinsmann spoke to some reporters on Wednesday and touched on a few different topics, including Stuart Holden and some ideas on how he is going to build this summer’s Gold Cup roster.

“We save most of [the top-flight European-based players] clearly for the World Cup qualifiers and then give them a well-deserved break. And then we have to build a very competitive roster for the Gold Cup.

“It’s tricky. Who is in a rhythm? The Scandinavians are in a rhythm. The MLS players are. Mexico is in a similar break like Europe, so it makes it difficult. Whoever from Mexico you leave out of the May-June camp, most likely we will leave them out of the Gold Cup as well because they would come from vacation and they can’t catch up. It’s a challenge for us.”

Klinsi also doesn’t want to see Carlos Bocanegra returning to Rangers next season.

Klinsmann also addressed Landon Donovan in the quotes above and Landon agrees that he has some work to do before returning to the USMNT.

Going back to Holden for a second, here is another article from England about him returning to Bolton after his loan to Sheffield Wednesday.

US Soccer put up a video this week with John O’Brien talking about his first cap with the USMNT.

It looks like Brek Shea and Geoff Cameron will be headed to FC Dallas this summer. . . . .in a scrimmage as Stoke City are headed back to the States this summer for some friendlies.

J.R. Eskilson decided to brave the 405 this week and went to the Home Depot Center to watch the US U-20 team partake in an intrasquad scrimmage.

Billy Schuler got the start and played 45 minutes in Hammarby’s 1-0 loss to Falkenberg on Thursday.

Zach Pfeffer scored a goal for Hoffenheim’s U-19 team in some youth cup match on Wednesday.

Brian Span scored a goal for Djurgården’s U-21 team earlier this week and here is a highlight of it.

After making his debut over the weekend, Freddy Adu came off the bench again and played eight minutes for Bahia in a 0-0 draw to Bahia de Feira on Wednesday.

Still recovering from his broken leg, Will Packwood was offered a new contract by Birmingham City this week.

And finally, here is an awesome interactive site that features the historical English football league tables from 1889 to 2012.  Click on a team and it highlights their position for every season.

Categories: Billy Schuler, Brek Shea, Brian Span, Carlos Bocanegra, Freddy Adu, Geoff Cameron, Landon Donovan, Stuart Holden, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team, Will Packwood, Zach Pfeffer
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Thursday morning links
   April 3, 2013 (11:29 PM) by Matt Benson

Alejandro Bedoya and Helsingborgs IF were knocked out of the Svenska Cupen with a 1-0 loss to IFK Göteborg.  I guess Bedoya didn’t like how Göteborg played “anti-football”.

Club Tijuana have advanced to the Round of 16 in Copa Libertadores.  Some quality competition ahead for Edgar Castillo, Joe Corona and Greg Garza.

It appears that Rangers manager Ally McCoist wants Carlos Bocanegra back in Scotland next season.

Maurice Edu, who missed last weekend’s game for Bursaspor is expected to return to training this week after picking up a groin injury.

Brian Sciaretta caught up with Tyler Ruthven to talk about signing with IK Brage.

Huddersfield Town midfielder Duane Holmes has been offered a professional contract with the club.

And US U-17 head coach Richie Williams has named 20 players for the U-17’s roster for the 2013 CONCACAF U-17 Championship in Panama.

Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Carlos Bocanegra, Duane Holmes, Edgar Castillo, Greg Garza, Joe Corona, Maurice Edu, Tyler Ruthven
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Thursday link action
   March 7, 2013 (12:03 AM) by Matt Benson

Still have the U-20s on the mind and Brian Sciaretta gives us his 21 tickets for Turkey.

Sciaretta also talked to Daniel Cuevas this week about qualifying for the U-20 World Cup.

Another U-20er, Juan Ocegueda, took to twitter to tell fans why he picked the US over Mexico.  Just scroll down his timeline to his tweets from March 6.

Carlos Bocanegra is struggling to see the field at Racing Santander and apparently has lost his starting spot.

And if you want to be semi-depressed, John Godfrey breaks down the struggles along the back line for the USMNT.

Roma midfielder Miralem Pjanic will be out a month with an ankle injury, which probably means Michael Bradley will return to the starting lineup.  Bradley has come off the bench in two of his last three games.

I forget whether I posted this last week or not (and I am currently too lazy to look and see), but here is a NY Times story/interview with Brad Guzan.  Can’t hurt to post to it twice.

Tijuana continues their hot streak in Copa Libertadores with a 1-0 win over defending champions and 2012 FIFA Club World Cup champions Corinthians.  Joe Corona got the start while Greg Garza came off the bench.

We posted about Daniel Antunez playing with Chivas USA during training camp.  Well, he officially signed with the club this week.  Antunez last played for Inter Turku in Finland in 2012.  Also, we might pass around a hat to take up a collection so OT can sponsor at tarp at a Chivas USA game at the Home Depot Center.  Just joking (or am I?).

Sticking with the Chivas USA theme, Franco Panizo talked to Juan Agudelo about playing for Chivas and his training stints in Europe this offseason.

Here is a post-game interview with Conor O’Brien after FC Nordsjælland’s win from the weekend.

And this has nothing to do with Americans in Europe, but this might be the worst conditions ever for a corner kick.

Categories: Brad Guzan, Carlos Bocanegra, Conor O'Brien, Daniel Antunez, Daniel Cuevas, Greg Garza, Joe Corona, Juan Agudelo, Juan Ocegueda, Michael Bradley, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team

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