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Tab Ramos names 22-man roster for training camp in Italy
   November 8, 2013 (12:39 PM) by Howie

While more attention will be on the senior squad’s friendlies against Scotland and Austria, the U-20s will take on Iran’s U-20, Hellas Verona’s academy, and a to-be-named opponent (I’m leading towards Escalus FC, although I’d be fine with Mercutio).

In order to play a match, of course, you need players, and Tab Ramos will have 22 to pick from.

GOALKEEPERS (2): Santiago Castano (New York Red Bulls; Union City, N.J.), Ethan Horvath (Molde FK; Highlands Ranch, Colo.)

DEFENDERS (6):Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas; Plano, Texas), Conor Donovan (Capital Area RailHawks Academy; Fuquay Varina, N.C.), Matias Fracchia (NJSA 04; Roselle Park, N.J.), Matthew Miazga (New York Red Bulls; Clifton, N.J.), Shaquell Moore (IMG Academy; Powder Springs, Ga.), John Requejo Jr. (Real So Cal; Carpinteria, Calif.)

MIDFIELDERS (8):Russell Canouse (TSG 1899 Hoffenheim; Lancaster, Pa.), Marco Delgado (Chivas USA; Glendora, Calif.), Junior Flores (Borussia Dortmund; Manassas Park, Va.), Romain Gall (FC Lorient; Herndon, Va.), Lynden Gooch (Sunderland AFC; Santa Cruz, Calif.), Emerson Hyndman (Fulham FC; Plano, Texas), Kristian Scott (Swansea City AFC; Winterbourne, Bristol), Omar Thompson (Wigan Athletic; Miami, Fla.)

FORWARDS (6):Kainoa Bailey (Bayer 04 Leverkusen; Henderson, Nev.), Benji Lopez (Real Salt Lake; San Diego, Calif.), Amando Moreno (New York Red Bulls; Morganville, N.J.), Zach Pfeffer (TSG 1899 Hoffenheim; Dresher, Pa.), Rubio Rubin (Unattached; Beaverton, Ore.), Ben Spencer (Molde FK; Albuquerque, N.M.)

US Soccer also subtly breaks the news that Molde has been annexed by Sweden. Seems odd to add an exclave like that, but that’s European politics for you.

Eleven players are based with European teams from four different nations: England, France, Germany and Sweden. England and Germany are most prominently represented with four players each; Sweden has two from Molde FK and France one from FC Lorient.

To my knowledge, these matches will not be streamed or broad/narrowcasted in any manner, but if we learn otherwise, we will certainly share that information so that we can all overreact.


Categories: Emerson Hyndman, Ethan Horvath, Junior Flores, Kris Scott, Omar Thompson, Romain Gall, Rubio Rubin, Russell Canouse, US U-20 National Team, Zach Pfeffer

A few things for Thursday
   August 8, 2013 (1:17 AM) by Matt

Here are a few links.

In yesterday’s links, I posted about Alejandro Bedoya getting some interest from French side Nantes.  Ives spoke to his agent, Lyle Yorks, who confirmed that Bedoya is in France to finalize the deal.

Jozy Altidore had an assist in Sunderland’s 1-0 win over FC Midtjylland in Denmark yesterday.  Here is a photo of Altidore from the game.

Jonathan Bornstein went the full 90 minutes in Tigres’ 0-0 draw to Cruz Azul Hidalgo in Copa MX action last night.  Tom Marshall broke down the other Americans in Copa MX action from last night, including a start by Monterrey’s Alonso Hernandez.

Christian Eissele scored his 22nd league goal (27 across all competitions) in Kemi Kings’ 1-0 win over Tervarit in Finland yesterday.  We have had a bunch of goals lately, which you can always follow along with our goal tracker.

Michael Nanchoff finally made his Swedish debut yesterday, getting the start and playing 73 minutes in Jönköpings Södra’s 3-1 loss to Örebro

Germany’s U-21 head coach is trying to call in Anthony Brooks the day before the US game against Bosnia.

Brian Sciaretta caught up with Russell Canouse recently to talk about being named captain of Hoffenheim’s U-19 team among other things.

The New York Red Bulls decided to pass on Mike Grella.

Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Alonso Hernandez, John Brooks, Jonathan Bornstein, Jozy Altidore, Michael Nanchoff, Mike Grella, Russell Canouse

A few links for Friday morning
   July 11, 2013 (11:59 PM) by Matt

The buzz around the interwebs yesterday afternoon is that Tottenham have made Clint Dempsey available for transfer.  Tottenham’s midfield is already somewhat crowded and they acquired Brazilian midfielder Paulinho this summer.

The Birmingham Mail has an interview up with Brad Guzan.

New England Soccer Today also has a Q&A with Attleboro, Massachussets native Geoff Cameron.

Here is a US Soccer video on Joe Corona.

US U-18 midfielder Russell Canouse was just named captain for Hoffenheim’s U-19 team.

A couple more new kits for next season.  Roma are no longer with Kappa and don’t have a deal with Nike until 2014-15, so they will have an unbranded shirt this season.  And I really like it.

And hopefully Sebastian Lletget will be seeing some first team action at West Ham United in this away shirt in 2013-14.  I do like the sky blue shorts.

Categories: Brad Guzan, Clint Dempsey, Geoff Cameron, Joe Corona, Michael Bradley, Russell Canouse, Sebastian Lletget
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Links from the last couple days
   May 7, 2013 (12:02 AM) by Matt

Lets get right to it.

Much like last year, it looks like AZ Alkmaar probably won’t release Jozy Altidore for the beginning of the upcoming USMNT camp.

It appears that Michael Bradley does know how to smile between this photo and this video.

Staying in the Bradley family, here is a trailer for the upcoming Bob Bradley/Egypt documentary.

Brek Shea made the travel roster, but did not dress in Stoke City’s 1-1 draw yesterday.  I guess Ian Darke talked about it more at halftime, but he also tweeted that they are working on getting him 100% match fit as he finally got over his foot injury.  Here is also a story from England where it mentions that Tony Pulis brought Shea to the club with next year in mind.

It is not quite the silly season just yet, but we have our first rumor on a possible Jonathan Spector move to newly promoted Cardiff City.

Jermaine Jones talked to about Schalke’s last couple of games.

Honefoss goalkeeper Steve Clark was fined for taunting opponents during the club’s Norwegian Cup match from last week.  He was fined 20,000 Norwegian crowns, which the internet tells me is about $3,500 or 1,000 Schrute bucks.

Jon-Paul Pittman was one of 12 players released by Oxford United this week.  Pittman scored two goals in 15 appearances in 2012-13.

I posted about Paul Arriola’s move to Tijuana last week and he recently talked to Tom Marshall about making the move.

Here is a photo of Junior Flores in his new Borussia Dortmund gear.

Finally, both Julian Green and Russell Canouse scored for their teams in German U-19 action and you can view the goals in this U-19 video recap of the weekend (their games are the first two games highlighted in the video).  Hell of a strike by Canouse.

Categories: Bob Bradley, Brek Shea, Jermaine Jones, Jon-Paul Pittman, Jonathan Spector, Jozy Altidore, Julian Green, Junior Flores, Michael Bradley, Paul Arriola, Russell Canouse, Steve Clark

Only a few links for the morning
   February 28, 2013 (12:04 AM) by Matt

So Jozy Altidore had himself a nice little game yesterday.  Here is a post-game interview with Altidore.  AZ Alkmaar is now headed to the final of the KNVB Cup on May 9 against PSV Eindhoven.  Jozy has scored seven goals in five KNVB Cup matches this year, including at least one in each of the five games, becoming the first AZ player to do that since Barry van Galen in 2000-01.

Jozy wasn’t the only American who scored yesterday.  Zach Pfeffer scored for Hoffenheim’s U-19 team in a 3-0 win over SC Freiburg.  Russell Canouse also went the full 90 minutes for Hoffenheim.

Sticking with Hoffenheim, the team’s website has an interview up with Fabian Johnson.  On a slight Johnson tangent, what if Edgar Castillo continues to play well?  Maybe start Castillo at left back for the USMNT and bump Johnson up to midfield on the left side to create some width?  Just spitballing here.

Sacha Kljestan and Anderlecht lost in league play yesterday, the team’s first since October 27.  The team was 13-0-2 in league play over that stretch before yesterday’s loss.  And Kljestan talked to Greg Seltzer about a few things as well as the possibility of becoming a captain at Anderlecht in the future.

Thanks to Armando for e-mailing this in, but here is a video on Jermaine Jones.  It looks to be from last September, but I had not seen it before.

Our goal tracker has been a lot busier this month, especially in the last week.  So check that out.

Categories: Fabian Johnson, Jermaine Jones, Jozy Altidore, Russell Canouse, Sacha Kljestan, Zach Pfeffer

Tuesday morning links
   February 12, 2013 (12:26 AM) by Matt

Just got home and starting to play some catch up from the last couple of days.  Here are some goods.

As Howie pointed out yesterday, the CONCACAF U-20 Championship will air on Fox Soccer.

Sacha Kljestan has signed an extension with Anderlecht for another three years.

Stuart Holden put in another 90 minutes for Bolton’s reserve team over the weekend.

Maurice Edu made this Turkish league team of the week.

I can’t find highlights yet, but I guess Andrew Wooten had two assists/help set up two goals in Sandhausen’s 4-1 win over St. Pauli on Sunday.

Shawn Parker welcomed Michael Parkhurst to the Bundesliga over the weekend.

Here is a video interview with Brad Guzan.

Mix Diskerud is expected to sign with a clubs this week according to Brian Sciaretta.

Brian Blickenstaff spoke to Russell Canouse and Zach Pfeffer about Hoffenheim’s youth academy.

I posted Part 1 last week, but Part 2 of Will Parchman’s look at the USMNT’s failed attempt at qualifying for the 1986 World Cup is now up.

According to Grant Wahl and his sources, here are the venues for the remaining USMNT home qualifiers.  If true, I might have to make a trip to Seattle in June.


Categories: Andrew Wooten, Brad Guzan, Maurice Edu, Michael Parkhurst, Mikkel Diskerud, Russell Canouse, Sacha Kljestan, Shawn Parker, Stuart Holden, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team, Zach Pfeffer

Links that are real and not a hoax
   January 16, 2013 (10:15 PM) by Matt

This whole Manti Te’o story has been sadly owning my life today.

In case you missed it earlier today, Sacha Kljestan and Anderlecht advanced to the semifinals of the Belgian Cup.  and Michael Bradley had a “hockey” assist in Roma’s win in Coppa Italia action.  Such great weight on that pass by Bradley.

Speaking of Kljestan, even the local press are joining in on the mustache fun.

The Shin Guardian breaks out their 23 tickets/boarding passes for the USMNT and the 2014 World Cup.

Mathew Wagner caught up with Michael Parkhurst to talk about his new club Augsburg.

Steve Cherundolo will miss this weekend’s game for Hannover 96 with some knee pain.

FA Cup highlights are hard to come by, but here is short post-game interview with Sturart Holden from yesterday.

He did not get into today’s FA Cup loss to Manchester United, but Sebastian Lletget did make the bench for West Ham United.  Getting closer to that first team debut.

Zach Pfeffer has continued his hot streak with Hoffenheim’s U-19 team, scoring four goals today.  And fellow American Russell Canouse had one goals and three assists.

Marc Pelosi and Liverpool’s U-21 team played Cody Cropper and Southampton recently.  Here is 10 minutes worth of highlights.

Bobby Wood came off the bench for 30 minutes in 1860 Munich’s 1-0 win over Dinamo Zagreb in a friendly.

Free agent Diego Chavarri decided to stay in Peru and signed with Union Comercio.

According to this report, Clarence Goodson is hesitate about signing with Turkish side Ordurspor.

Speaking of Turkey, Maurice Edu is being linked to a move to Bursaspor.  Some more on this.  Yay silly season!

While we see players like Edu stuck in no man’s land or the Robbie’s (Findley and Rogers) leaving their clubs, Steve Davis decides to point out the not as cool part of Americans fleeing to Europe to play.

Former NY Red Bull Sacir Hot has signed with Hessen Kassel of the German Regionalliga.

Justin Moose has re-signed with Finnish side SJK.  Moose appeared in 23 games last season, scoring one goal.

Here is video of Bryan Meredith being officially introduced at IK Brage.

And finally, I hope this is not true, but it looks like News Corp. might change Fox Soccer in the future to FX2 (or some entertainment-based network) since the station has lost so many league rights over the last couple years.  Once next year hits and they lose the Premier League, it won’t have much content on the weekends.

Categories: Bobby Wood, Bryan Meredith, Clarence Goodson, Cody Cropper, Diego Chavarri, Justin Moose, Marc Pelosi, Maurice Edu, Michael Bradley, Michael Parkhurst, Russell Canouse, Sacha Kljestan, Sacir Hot, Sebastian Lletget, Steve Cherundolo, Stuart Holden, US Men's National Team, Zach Pfeffer
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I should be sleeping, but here are some links
   June 6, 2012 (1:46 AM) by Matt

We have been mainly talking the USMNT around here lately, but here are some more club-oriented links (with some USMNT/U-20s stuff at the end).

Chievo Verona’s sporting director Luigi Sartori has told the media that they fully expect Michael Bradley to be on another team next season.  He claims that the club is hearing from top teams in Italy (Inter? Roma? Palermo?) as well as teams from Germany and England.

DaMarcus Beasley is staying at Puebla despite some interest from some other teams.

American midfielder Russell Canouse has signed a professional deal with TSG Hoffenheim this week.  The soon-to-be 17-year-old was Hoffenheim’s youth academy player of the year this past season and will join their U-19 team next season.

Staying in Germany, Parker Walsh, who played with Karlsruher SC II in the Regionallia this year, is a soon-to-be free agent and Greg Seltzer tells us that he has some suitors.

As for some U-20s news.

Luis Gil picked up an injury in camp last week, so Omar Salgado has been called in.  Before the team headed to South America this week, they played Houston Dynamo’s academy team in a scrimmage over the weekend with the U-20s winning 2-0.  Both goals were scored by Liverpool’s Villyan Bijev.

And for some USMNT stuff.

Here are some field level highlights of the Canada 0-0 draw.  And here are a few photos from the game.

Travis Clark talked to Terrence Boyd recently about his stint so far with the USMNT.

I will honestly admit that I know nothing about Antigua & Barbuda (we are playing two countries, right?), but luckily the guys over at The Shin Guardian know some stuff on the twin-island nation.

Categories: DaMarcus Beasley, Luis Gil, Michael Bradley, Omar Salgado, Parker Walsh, Russell Canouse, Terrence Boyd, Villyan Bijev
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