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The post-international window links
   November 21, 2013 (12:02 AM) by Matt

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.

Brian Sciaretta talked to Terrence Boyd after the game in Austria.

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.

Categories: Andrew Wooten, Clint Dempsey, Cory Miller, DeAndre Yedlin, Dilly Duka, Esteban Rodriguez, Jack McBean, Jonathan Spector, Juan Agudelo, Patrick Hopkins, Paul Tracy, Stuart Holden, Terrence Boyd, US Men's National Team, Victor Pineda

Tuesday morning links
   November 5, 2013 (12:02 AM) by Matt

Time to catch up on the last few days.

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.

Also in Sweden, Nykoping have let go of Ryan Garcia while Paul Torres is still left at the club.

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.

Brian Sciaretta caught up with Conor O’Brien to talk about his move to Odense.

Tim Howard made one of the Top 5 saves of the week this past weekend in Everton’s 0-0 draw to Tottenham.

An update on Stuart Holden:  He is expected to return to Bolton in late December to check in with the team with hopes of reintroducing him into training in the early parts of 2014.

John Brooks had his Range Rover stolen while rehabbing his injury.  It looks like other Hertha Berlin players have had their cars stolen recently, which is sort of a problem.

And finally, here is a video interview with Will Packwood on adpating to life at Bristol Rovers.

Categories: Andrew Wooten, Bobby Warshaw, Charles Kazlauskas, Conor O'Brien, John Brooks, Julian Green, Patrick Hopkins, Romain Gall, Ryan Gracia, Steve Cherundolo, Stuart Holden, Tim Howard, Will Packwood
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Ljungskile vs. Varberg Highlights
   September 23, 2013 (11:34 PM) by Matt

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.

Categories: Aaron Nichols, Highlights, Patrick Hopkins, Paul Tracy
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Ljungskile SK vs. Falkenberg Highlights
   April 15, 2013 (10:08 AM) by Matt

Patrick Hopkins got the start and scored Ljungskile SK’s goal via the penalty spot in a 2-1 loss to Falkenberg.  Here is Hopkins’ goal.

Categories: Highlights, Patrick Hopkins
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A whole of catching up on links
   May 23, 2012 (9:16 PM) by Matt

Here are a bunch of links from the last five or so days while my internet stopped working.  Lets start off with the USMNT.

The official USMNT blog has it usual posts and goodies while the team is in camp.  They also have a couple of photos from training up on the US Soccer Facebook Page.

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.

Steven Goff has an update on the tickets sales for the upcoming games.

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  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).

ESPN Insider ($) has updated their USMNT blog with an interview with Jurgen Klinsmann, while Brent Latham thinks this will be an important summer for Terrence Boyd as he potentially looks for a new home.

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 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).

A report out of Belgium has Gent passing on signing Mikkel Diskerud to a permanent move, but a club source told Brian Sciaretta that they haven’t made a decision yet.

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.

Categories: Eric Lichaj, Josh Gatt, Landon Donovan, Michael Parkhurst, Mikkel Diskerud, Patrick Hopkins, Steffen Vroom, Terrence Boyd, Tim Ream, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team
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