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2013-14 OT XI
   June 3, 2014 (9:55 PM) by Howie Michaels
 

It wasn’t exactly a banner 12 months for the OT Faithful. Clint Dempsey, a three-time OT MVP and four-time OT XI honoree, moved to Seattle. Michael Bradley, another OT XI stalwart, stayed abroad but became ineligible. Stuart Holden got hurt and then for good measure got hurt again. Jozy Altidore made a move to Sunderland so disastrous that by the end of the year we were celebrating brief sub appearances as progress. Even Matt Taylor, an old OT favorite, had a down year by his 3. Liga Legend standards.

There were dark times, there is no denying.

It was so dark, I got really lazy and took my time doing this. I was all set to drop this on May 22, but then Landon happened so we needed some space.

But, without further delay, here comes the 2013-14 OT XI. As always, these are the best performances by first-team players (sorry, Julian Green) relative to respective leagues.

Goalkeeper
Tim Howard, Everton (England) [2nd appearance]

It wasn’t that long ago that many were calling for Brad Guzan to supplant the long-time Everton stalwart in goal for the national team, a sentiment no doubt boosted by Guzan’s inclusion over Howard in last year’s OT XI. However, Timmy had a bit of a bounceback year as the Toffees surged into 5th place in the Premier League. While some late losses left Everton a bit short of Champions League qualification, Howard was stellar throughout the year, with Everton finishing 2nd in the EPL in goals allowed. Also, I will be deleting my various tweets and other commentaries suggesting Guzan should usurp Howard with the Nats.

Defenders
Fabian Johnson, TSG 1899 Hoffenheim (Germany) [2nd]
Will Packwood, Bristol Rovers/Birmingham City (England) [1st]
Tim Ream, Bolton Wanderers (England) [1st]
Geoff Cameron, Stoke City (England) [2nd]

Johnson returns to the OT XI for the 2nd time (previously in 2011-12), nominally at LB on paper. The dual-national wrapped up his tenure with Hoffenheim with another season of playing pretty much everywhere wide as Hoffenheim surged from the relegation playoff last year to mid-table this year. Johnson himself will be bouncing further up the table and joining Borussia Mönchengladbach. Packwood returned from a broken leg by initially going out on loan to League Two’s Bristol Rovers before returning to Birmingham and fighting his way into the starting lineup, earning the Football League Young Player of the Month for February. After a rough first full season in England, Ream rebounded to earn Bolton’s player of the year award while playing both centerback and leftback. Finally, with Dempsey gone and Jozy struggling, Geoff Cameron did a fine job carrying the flag of American field players in England, appearing in all but one Premier League match for the Potters.

Midfielders
Sacha Kljestan, Anderlecht (Belgium) [4th]
Alejandro Bedoya, Nantes (France) [3rd]
Danny Williams, Reading (England) [1st]

Despite missing out on the World Cup roster, long-time OT favorite Kljestan had a career-high eight goals while helping Anderlecht win its third consecutive Belgian title. Bedoya, a two-time OT XI honoree from his first stint in Sweden, made his return to the list following a successful move to Nantes that saw him score five goals, keep Nantes up after being promoted, and give himself a shot at starting in Brazil. While an injury with the national team caused him to miss several late matches (and helped cost Reading a shot at promotion), Danny Williams enjoyed an otherwise strong debut season in England and makes his first appearance on this squad.

Forwards
Terrence Boyd, Rapid Vienna (Austria) [1st]
Aron Johannsson, AZ (Netherlands) [1st]
Christian Eissele Kemi Kings/Brage (Norway/Sweden) [1st]

What we have here is a trio of forwards who all hit 20 goals across all competitions last year. Boyd improved upon his Austrian debut total with 15 in league play and another five in Europa League. He also got two more sweet tattoos, making his old flag tattoo seem tame. Johannsson mostly picked up the slack with former teammate Altidore gone from AZ, scoring 17 in league play and 20 overall. Eissele, the only one of this group without a cap, dropped in 24 goals last season for Kemi Kings in Finland (mostly after the 2012-13 voting was tabulated) before moving to Brage in Sweden this year.

2013-14 MVP
Geoff Cameron, D, Stoke City

While the Premier League continues to grow in popularity stateside, American outfield players have become increasingly rare. However, the best of them had himself a stellar year with the Potters. The jack-of-all-trades played primarily at right back as Stoke became less boring than historically regarded and surged into 9th place.

Goal of the Year
We’re going back to Finland here and the sweet goal by Miles Byass in a 1-0 win for JIPPO over Vikingit in April. Check it out in GIF and YouTube (1:08) below.

Performance of the Year
Tim Howard had six saves in a 1-0 win for Everton at Manchester United, the Toffee’s first win at Old Trafford since August 1992 and undoubtedly a sweet win over former manager David Moyes.

Thanks for waiting (both you the readers and Matt). Fire away in the comments on who we snubbed.

The OT XI Archives

2009-10
2010-11
2011-12
2012-13

 
Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Aron Johannsson, Christian Eissele, Danny Williams, Fabian Johnson, Geoff Cameron, Sacha Kljestan, Terrence Boyd, Tim Howard, Tim Ream, Will Packwood
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Thursday morning links
   May 1, 2014 (12:06 AM) by Matt Benson
 

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.

Julian Green is slowly getting back to full training as he was doing some running and gymnastic drills this week.

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).

Hertha Berlin’s website has an interview up with John Brooks.

ESPN’s John Palmer talked to Geoff Cameron recently for a little Q&A action.  Cameron thinks his best position is either defensive midfielder or center back.

Danny Williams missed this past weekend’s game for Reading with his lingering knee issue, but the club is hopeful that he will return this upcoming weekend.

Jonathan Spector is another player who has missed some time due to injury recently, but he returned to action in Birmingham City’s 1-0 loss to Wigan on Tuesday.

I forget whether I posted this in the last week or not, but Yanks Abroad’s Brendan Wimberly talked to Patrick Hopkins as the Swedish Superettan is now underway for 2014.

And finally, resident goalkeeper guru Will decided to rank the Top 10 USMNT goalkeeper performances over on his site.

 
Categories: Aron Johannsson, Danny Williams, Geoff Cameron, Jermaine Jones, John Brooks, Jonathan Spector, Julian Green, Patrick Hopkins, Timothy Chandler, US Men's National Team
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Hump day links
   March 26, 2014 (12:01 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Some linkage for this Wednesday.

A bunch of guys saw the field yesterday, including one goal by Joe Gyau.  Hopefully I will have highlights of that goal in the next two days.  Tim Howard and Everton also moved into fifth place of the Premier League after defeating Newcastle United 3-0 (highlights).

Todo Sobre Camisetas has some more photos of the “bomb pop” away kits for the US.

Thanks to OT reader Ian for pointing this out, but Gedion Zelalem is no longer listed on Germany’s U-17 roster for their ongoing Euro qualifiers.  Jeff Carlisle did some more digging around and got some confirmation from Arsenal that he declined the invitation.  If he were to play with Germany in an official youth game, he would no longer be eligible to switch to the US at a later date since he is not a US citizen as of yet (and you can only file FIFA one-time switches to countries that you are eligible to play for when you played your first youth game, which would only be Ethiopia for him).

Now, if he were to get US citizenship, he would no longer be eligible to play for Germany, which would cause him to lose his European Union status and affect his ability to work in England with Arsenal.  So I don’t see him rushing out the door to get his US citizenship at the moment.  But there is still hope, although small, for him to possibly playing for the US in the future, especially with Nick Saban Jurgen Klinsmann as the US’s lead recruiter. (EDIT: Some of Zelalem’s situation noted above could be wrong, but that is how it was explained to me by others.)

As for the prized recruit that the US did land, Nate Scott talked to Julian Green’s dad about the move.

“Julian would get very defensive when his brother would make fun of [his English],” his father said. “So Julian would say to his brother, ‘Yeah, well, I was born in America and you weren’t. I’m from Tampa and you’re not. You’re German. I’m an American.’”

Here is a photo of Geoff Cameron scoring on Brad Guzan.  Cameron will have some bragging rights for a while.

Leeds United’s Gregory Ariyibi was sent out on loan to English League One side Tranmere Rovers for the rest of the season.  Ariyibi came off the bench and played 48 minutes in a 2-1 loss to Swindon Town on Tuesday.  I have also seen his first name as Gboly, but I reached out to him to see which one he wants to go by because that is how I roll.

Jose Torres was subbed out of a game due to injury this past weekend, but he was back in the starting lineup yesterday as Tigres defeated Veracruz in Copa MX action, so I guess it wasn’t serious.

It looks like Josh Gatt re-injured his knee last week and will be out indefinitely.

Former Real Salt Lake defender Brandon McDonald has signed with Swedish Superettan side Ljungskile SK.  He joins fellow Americans Aaron Nichols and Alex Horwath at the club.  The Swedish second division now has nine Americans for this upcoming season, the most of any foreign country.

And finally, Brian Sciaretta caught up with Sebastien Ibeagha as he begins his career with AC Horsens in Denmark.

 
Categories: Aaron Nichols, Alex Horwath, Brad Guzan, Brandon McDonald, Gboly Ariyibi, Gedion Zelalem, Geoff Cameron, Joe Gyau, Jose Francisco Torres, Josh Gatt, Julian Green, Sebastien Ibeagha, Tim Howard, US Men's National Team
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Stoke City’s home & away kits for 2014-15
   March 25, 2014 (10:30 AM) by Matt Benson
 

We are still in March and kits for next season are already being announced.  Stoke City is making the switch from Adidas to Warrior next season.  While Warrior, the company that mostly dabbles in lacrosse and hockey gear, made some horrible kits for Liverpool this season, both of these jerseys for Stoke City look decent.

The home look is keeping their traditional red and white stripes.

While the away kit is going back to Stoke City’s past (they rocked a sash in the 1970s).

 
Categories: Brek Shea, Geoff Cameron
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Monday morning links
   March 24, 2014 (8:15 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Haven’t done a links post in a while, so let’s dive in to start the week.

Geoff Cameron scored his second career Premier League goal on Sunday (highlights).  Cameron is the first US defender to score twice in a Premier League season since Carlos Bocanegra in 2006-07 and he has just as many career Premier League goals as Jozy Altidore.  His strong play in Sunday’s win over Aston Villa landed him on ESPN FC’s Team of the Week.  We also had a Brek Shea sighting this weekend!  Well, he at least dressed and made the gameday roster but did not see any game action.

Also this weekend, Aron Johannsson almost scored a goal (highlights).  While it looks like he flicked the ball with his head, Steven Berghuis was credited with the goals so I guess he missed.  Speaking of ArJo and AZ Alkmaar, they drew Benfica for the quarterfinals of Europa League.

Fabian Johnson made another start at right back for Hoffenheim and picked up another assist (highlights).  If he continues to get playing time at right back, I might be open to a US backline of Johnson-Cameron-Besler-Beasley.  While Cameron doesn’t play center back, I still like him over Omar Gonzalez at CB right now (I miss 2011 Omar Gonzalez) and Fabian Johnson playing right back would open that opportunity up.  No matter what, Fabian Johnson’s ability to play multiple positions gives Jurgen Klinsmann options.

Also scoring a goal this weekend, Will John netted his seventh of the season in Azerbaijani Premier League action (highlights).  Over in Ireland, Pat McCann scored twice in Finn Harps’ 5-0 win over Cobh Ramblers.  And Bobby Warshaw scored a goal in his second game with GAIS in Sweden, a 2-1 loss to Helsingborg in the Swedish Cup.

Down in Mexico, Friday saw four Americans see the field as Tijuana (Edgar Castillo and Herculez Gomez) defeated Puebla (DaMarcus Beasley and Michael Orozco).  Edgar Castillo assisted on Tijuana’s second goal, while DaMarcus Beasley assisted on Puebla’s lone goal (highlights).

Over the last week, Michael Stephens had scored twice for Stabæk in friendlies.  Once against Start and the other game against Mix Diskerud and Rosenborg.  Here is a Bob Bradley video interview following the win over Rosenborg.

Duane Holmes officially ended his loan with Yeovil Town last week.  He ended up starting five games for the Glovers and now returns to Huddersfield Town where he was an unused sub over the weekend.

Will Packwood was awarded with the Football League’s Young Player of the Month Award for February.

While Packwood has had a resurgence since returning from his horrific leg injury, Marc Pelosi is apparently close to returning to fitness after missing the last year with his injury.

Noah Davis, writing for Grantland, takes a look at the last few months of Clint Dempsey’s career.

Top Draw Soccer’s Travis Clark gives us five “long shots” to keep an eye on for a last minute spot on the World Cup roster.

It looks like US Soccer has decided to start up an U-21 team to help bridge the gap between the U-20 and U-23 teams.  With the U-23 team really only existing once every four years, this probably makes sense to keep youth players involved in the US system.  The first U-21 camp is rumored to take place in April.  Tigres already announced that Juan Ocegueda has been called in via their Twitter account.

It sounds like Erik Palmer-Brown could be playing with the U-20 team at the Dallas Cup.  He would be playing up a U-20 cycle.  The future looks bright with this one.

This is what Michael Bradley’s head looks like with a bunch of staples in it.

Nurnberg manager Gertjan Verbeek told the press last week that Chandler is likely done for the season with his knee injury.  But someone at Nurnberg told Greg Seltzer that Chandler will resume individual training in 2-3 weeks, so maybe not?

 
Categories: Aron Johannsson, Bob Bradley, Bobby Warshaw, Brek Shea, Clint Dempsey, DaMarcus Beasley, Duane Holmes, Edgar Castillo, Erik Palmer-Brown, Fabian Johnson, Geoff Cameron, Herculez Gomez, Juan Ocegueda, Marc Pelosi, Michael Bradley, Michael Orozco Fiscal, Michael Stephens, Pat McCann, Timothy Chandler, US Men's National Team, Will John, Will Packwood
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Stoke City vs. Aston Villa Highlights
   March 23, 2014 (11:32 AM) by Matt Benson
 

We had American-on-American crime in the Premier League on Sunday as Geoff Cameron scored his second goal of the season on Brad Guzan in Stoke City’s 4-1 win over Aston Villa.  Brek Shea also dressed and made Stoke’s bench.  Here is Cameron’s goal.

 
Categories: Brad Guzan, Geoff Cameron, Highlights
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Stoke City vs. Arsenal Highlights
   March 1, 2014 (9:30 PM) by Matt Benson
 

Geoff Cameron went 90 minutes and nearly scored his second goal of the season against Arsenal in the Potters’ 1-0 win over the Gunners.  Here are the highlights with Cameron’s near miss around the 0:25 mark.

 
Categories: Geoff Cameron, Highlights
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Stoke City vs. Swansea City Highlights
   February 12, 2014 (5:22 PM) by Matt Benson
 

Geoff Cameron plugged in his usual 90 minutes at right back today in Stoke City’s 1-1 draw to Swansea City.  Here are the goals.

 
Categories: Geoff Cameron, Highlights
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A few things for Tuesday
   February 4, 2014 (12:02 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Aside from hearing Alexi Lalas tell a story about eating dog once, the next most exciting USMNT news to come out over the weekend was some more information about pre-World Cup friendlies.

ESPN FC’s Doug McIntyre is hearing that the three-game sendoff series will begin at Stanford Stadium in Stanford, California (opponent TBD).  The US will next head to Red Bull Arena for the next game (opponent TBD) before ending things at Everbank Field in Jacksonville against Nigeria.  The first two opponents are TBD, but US Soccer has apparently had discussions with Sweden, Serbia and Turkey, among others.  Serbia would go along with the New York rumor that has been floating out there the last couple months.

With the January camp coming to an end, Zach Goldman takes a look at the evolution of “Camp Cupcake”.

Michael Parkhurst told MLSsoccer.com’s Andrew King that he would have stayed in Germany instead of coming back to MLS if he wasn’t in the USMNT picture.  I am thinking more and more that Parkhurst might land one of the last spots with his versatility, much like Jonathan Spector in 2010, if he plays well with Columbus.

A leftover nugget from Deadline Day last Friday, but Sunderland made a late bid for Geoff Cameron, but Stoke City told them no dice.

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet told the UK press that he doesn’t need Jozy Altidore to score goals to be impressed by his play.  Jozy also had some quotes on Sunderland’s website after their win over Newcastle United from the weekend.

Hannover 96 press officer Alex Jacob told Greg Seltzer that they are hopeful that Steve Cherundolo will return to full training this week.  He has spent the last week and a half training on the side after having a setback with his left knee.

Staying with the right back theme, Timothy Chandler made Who Scored’s Bundesliga Team of the Week for the second straight week.

Also making a team of the week, Michael Orozco made Medio Tiempo’s Liga MX Team of the Week.

A week after breaking his nose, Tim Ream played for Bolton Wanderers over the weekend and looked like Zorro in the process.

Benji Joya looks like he could be signing with MLS in the near future.

Joya’s US U-20 teammate at the last U-20 World Cup, Jose Villarreal, scored his first goal with Cruz Azul’s U-20 team since going on loan from the LA Galaxy.

Herbert Robinson scored a goal with Santos Laguna’s U-20 team at a tournament in Italy on Monday.  Robinson played with the US U-20 team during this past January’s camp, but it sounds like he has some hoops he needs to jump through before becoming eligible to play for the US.

Michael Hoyos’ loan was ended by OFI Crete and his US agent has told ESPN’s Jeff Carlisle that he is interested in MLS.

US U-20 midfielder Lynden Gooch had an assist in his first game with Sunderland’s U-21 team on Monday.

And finally, for anyone who lives in LA or will be visiting LA over the next couple months, you should probably check out the new exhibit at LACMA called “Futbol – The Beautiful Game” (myself included).  The Original Winger’s Ben Hooper got a chance to see it last week and took a couple photos.

 
Categories: Benji Joya, Geoff Cameron, Herbert Robinson Garcia, Jose Villarreal, Jozy Altidore, Lynden Gooch, Michael Orozco Fiscal, Michael Parkhurst, Steve Cherundolo, Tim Ream, Timothy Chandler, US Men's National Team
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Stoke City vs. Manchester United Highlights
   February 1, 2014 (11:44 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Geoff Cameron went the full 90 minutes and picked up a yellow card as Stoke City notched their first league win over Manchester United since the 1984-85 season.  Here are some highlights.

 
Categories: Geoff Cameron, Highlights
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