The CONCACAF and CONMEBOL press conference is scheduled for later today with all signs pointing towards the announcement of Copa America Centenario taking place in the US. Brian Sciaretta typed some words on what this would mean for US Soccer.
It looks like Aron Johannsson will miss AZ Alkmaar’s final regular season game this weekend with a small ankle injury as he rests up for the playoffs.
I bet everyone has been waiting to see what Jermaine Jones’ new tattoo looks like in action, so here you go.
Some reports out of Germany have Stuttgart eying Timothy Chandler. I am guessing Chandler would probably look for a move if Nurnberg were relegated (currently sitting in an automatic relegation spot with two games left).
Instead of linking all the ones that I have found highlights of so far, just check out the goal tracker for all of that. That said, Miles Byass scored one of the better goals you will see this season over the weekend. Patrick Hopkins also scored a goal for Sirius in a 3-1 win on Monday, but I haven’t found any highlights of the goal yet.
Staying in Germany, Joe Gyau made his Bundesliga debut over the weekend, coming off the bench and playing 21 minutes in Hoffenheim’s 0-0 draw.
And Timothy Chandler finally returned to the field for Nurnberg, seeing his first action since February in Nurnberg’s 2-0 loss.
Julian Green hasn’t returned from his shoulder injury, but it looks like he did some interview with Julie Foudy this week.
Fresh off his contract extension, Tim Howard told ESPN that he plans on retiring once his contract ends after 2017-18.
Toronto FC didn’t have a game this past weekend so Michael Bradley had a minor procedure on his foot to fix a nerve issue.
Clint Dempsey continued his scoring tear over the weekend by scoring two goals (Goal 1 & Goal 2). From what I can find, Dempsey is the first MLS player with 8+ goals through a player’s first six games since Edson Buddle in 2010.
One other MLS tidbit (on a fellow USMNTer), Brad Evans played 45 minutes with Seattle’s reserve team and played at right back as Jurgen Klinsmann wants to see him play there more.
Fulham’s U-18 team defeated Chelsea 3-2 in the first leg of the FA Youth Cup Final with Emerson Hyndman scoring a goal. Here is a photo of Hyndman celebrating the goal and hopefully highlights will appear in the near future.
The US U-21 team finished up their camp last week with a 2-1 win over Tijuana’s reserve team. Benji Joya scored both goals for the US and US Soccer put up some highlights from the friendly. SI’s Liviu Bird talked to Jordan Morris following the camp.
We have had a few U-18 players sign with teams in Europe in the last couple months and now you can add Mukwelle Akale to the list. The 17-year-old attacking midfielder is headed to Spain to sign a pre-contract with Villarreal.
The international window has ended and now it is the return of some links.
The big news from Wednesday was that Juan Agudelo’s work permit appeal was denied. It looks like Stoke City officials were stunned by the decision. And Kenny Dalglish, Jurgen Klinsman and Mark Hughes were there to argue in his favor.
On the injury front, Danny Williams could be available for Reading this weekend as they take on Blackburn Rovers.
It sounds like the earliest we could see Jonathan Spector return to the field after his thigh injury is at the end of the month. Spector has started running again according manager Lee Clark.
Former Bolton Wanderers midfielder Fabrice Muamba thinks Stuart Holden is the best player that he has played with during his career.
Andrew Wooten and Kaiserslautern defeated Idar-Oberstein, 5-0, in a friendly during the international window this week. Wooten was one of the goal scorers and you can see his goal at the 3:37 mark of this video.
Esteban Rodriguez played on the US U-17 team at the 2011 U-17 World Cup and is now with Tijuana’s U-20 team. He scored a pretty sweet goal this week at the 1:45 mark of this video.
It is likely that Clint Dempsey will head back to England for a winter loan and one of the first rumors has West Ham United as the early leaders (which probably means he won’t end up there).
It is also that time of year when MLS players head to Europe for training stints. LA Galaxy youngster Jack McBean is already in England doing stints with Wolverhampton and Blackburn Rovers. Chicago Fire players Dilly Duka and Victor Pineda are headed to Spain to train with Atlético Madrid. And DeAndre Yedlin could be headed to Germany to train with Steve Cherundolo and Hannover 96.
Ljungskile SK are overhauling their roster this offseason. You can now add Paul Tracy to the list of Americans who are parting ways with the club (also Patrick Hopkins and Pat McMahon). That leaves Charlie Campbell and Aaron Nichols as the only Americans still at the club. And they have brought in Los Angeles Blues defender Cory Miller for a trial. Ljungskile SK likes themselves some Americans.
Now that we know all 32 teams for the World Cup, here is that World Cup draw simulator again. I just got the US in a group with Argentina, France and Portugal. Ouch.
And courtesy of Brian Straus, here are all 32 badges from the teams who made the World Cup. I probably like the Netherlands’ badge the most.
While Julian Green won’t be headed to the USMNT camp this month since he can’t play in the games (unless he decides 100% to make the switch), he is now headed to a Germany U-19 camp this month. I don’t think the door is shut on him quite yet, there is still a few years before he has to make a final decision.
That said, FC Lorient midfielder Romain Gall has been invited to the US U-20 camp in Italy for this month. Gall last played with the US U-18 team this past summer at the International Juniors Tournament in Lisbon, Portugal.
The goal tracker has you updated on all the goals from the weekend. As for yesterday, Charles Kazlauskas scored Helmond Sport’s opening goal as they came back from a 2-0 deficit to win 3-2 today over Jong Ajax. I am still looking for highlights of the goal.
No highlights of Andrew Wooten’s goal in Kaiserslautern II’s 3-2 loss to Eintracht Frankfurt II in Regionalliga action, but here is a photo of The Wooten Clan from the game.
Bobby Warshaw’s loan with Angelholms FF officially ended this weekend after playing in the season finale. He also scored (highlights), giving him eight goals in nine league appearances.
Patrick Hopkins has left Ljungskile SK for IK Sirius, who were just promoted to the Superettan (second tier in Sweden) after winning promotion in the Division 1 Norra (third tier). Here is a video of Hopkins giving a little interview. With Hopkins leaving, Ljungskile SK is still left with four Americans: Patrick McMahon, Paul Tracy, Aaron Nichols and Charlie Campbell.
Steve Cherundolo is having more knee issues and did not play with Hannover 96 this past weekend. He is only doing individual workouts at training and hasn’t been cleared to return to the full squad just yet.
Three Americans saw the field in Sweden on Monday, while two of them scored goals in Ljungskile’s 4-0 win over Varberg. Patrick Hopkins got the start and scored a goal, while Aaron Nichols came off the bench and scored a goal. Paul Tracy also got the start and played 73 minutes for Ljungskile. Here are Hopkins’ and Nichols’ goals.
I am sure of a lot of you already know this, but the US-Guatemala World Cup qualifier will only be on PPV in the US, but US Soccer has a nice F.A.Q. up on what is going on exactly. Of course Traffic Sports is involved.
Brian Sciaretta gives us some storylines with the team after the roster announcement, while the folks at The Shin Guardian have their US-Scotland preview up. I also didn’t get a chance to really promote this, but Howie did an Inside the Numbers piece looking at the USMNT rosters before each of the previous two qualification processes and compares it to now.
Now looking at some of the players in the camp.
Landon Donovan did a two-part interview with FIFA.com: Part 1 | Part 2. He also did an interview with Grant Wahl this week. I thought he said some interesting things in the interview with Wahl (i.e. He lacks the fire that makes Dempsey special and the fact that he is aware of it).
As for some quick U-20 news. The US U-20 team (as well as Mexico) will be participating in the 2012 Milk Cup in July. That tournament is always fun to follow along with.
Now for some more club-based news.
Tim Ream recently did a blog for Goal.com about relegation and the USMNT team. Speaking of Bolton, their 2012-13 kit has not been released/leaked, but it looks like they are switching from Reebok to Adidas. Why do I find this interesting? They play at the Reebok Stadium (the stadium will still be called Reebok Stadium).
Molde FK’s manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has withdrawn his name from the Aston Villa manager hat. He could have left Josh Gatt for Eric Lichaj. I am sure the “Gatt to Villa” rumors would have been spinning if he would have ended up with the job.
Mathew Wagner of Yanks Abroad has a story up on Patrick Hopkins and Steffen Vroom. The current teammates at Ljungskile in Sweden both played collegiately at DePaul.
US Soccer Daily takes a look at Michael Parkhurst’s trophy run with FC Norsjaelland after their league title today.