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A bunch of links for Tuesday
   April 15, 2014 (12:57 AM) by Matt
 

A lot of things to check out.

US Soccer’s website has a bunch of goodies from the last couple of days.  They stopped by Toronto to do a little Q&A action with Michael Bradley.  They also have the latest Road to the Roster podcast up with Jurgen Klinsmann.  He talks about the Mexico friendly and Jozy Altidore among other things.  And they also have a Q&A up with World Cup hopeful DeAndre Yedlin.

The US U-20 team is down in Texas for the Dallas Cup and is already 2-0-0 after the first two games.  They kicked things off with a 3-2 win over River Plate.  Here is a photo of Ben Spencer celebrating after scoring one of the goals.  On Monday, the team defeated Eintracht Frankfurt 3-0.  Here is a photo of Tijuana and US U-20 teammates Paul Arriola and Amando Moreno celebrating the win.  The US leads Group C with six points and will play Tigres on Wednesday as they look to advance to the semifinals.

While we are on the topic of the U-20 team, Brian Sciaretta caught up with Rubio Rubin before the Dallas Cup to talk about the tournament and joining FC Utrecht.  Rubin turned 18 in March, allowing him to sign a professional contract, but Utrecht can’t register his contract until July 1.

We had some goals this past weekend in Europe.  Alfredo Morales scored his first of the season in a 2-1 loss.  Juan Agudelo scored what turned out to be the game-winning goal in Utrecht’s 2-1 win.  And Michael Farfan came off the bench and scored the game-tying goal in Cruz Azul’s 2-2 draw.  The goal earned Farfan a spot on Medio Tiempo’s Team of the Week as a sub.

Back to Agudelo for a second.  Word on the street is that Stoke City manager Mark Hughes flew to Holland to watch him play this past weekend.  And Stoke City will be looking to get a second appeal on his UK work permit at the end of this month or the beginning of May.

Just in case people forgot, Jozy Altidore is one of the good guys.

ESPN FC’s Alex Labidou wrote some words (or typed them) after talking to FC Nantes’ Alejandro Bedoya.

Stuart Holden talked to the fine folks over at Fox Sports about trying to recover from yet another knee injury.  Stu’s sock game was on point.

Here is a really short film on Clint Dempsey by Degree Men, which was apparently directed by Mad Men’s Jon Hamm.  Dempsey also scored two goals this past weekend, giving him six on the season in only 303 minutes in MLS play after scoring only once in 922 minutes last year with Seattle.

A few guys saw the field on Monday.  After battling some swelling in his knee, Danny Williams returned to Reading’s starting lineup and played 61 minutes in a 1-1 draw.  Bobby Wood came off the bench, played 24 minutes and picked up a yellow card in 1860 Munich’s 4-2 loss to Dynamo Dresden.

Over in Sweden, Matt Pyzdrowski went 90 minutes between the sticks while Eric Pothast played 45 minutes and picked up a yellow card in Ängelholm’s 3-2 win over Jönköpings Södra.  And Alex Horwath started at goalkeeper and Brandon McDonald came off the bench for the final two minutes in Ljungskile’s 0-0 draw to Landskrona, which had Andrew Stadler and Paul Torres each go 90 minutes.

So I have decided to learn how to make GIFs since sometimes they are easier to post/watch than some of these weird video players that some highlight sites use (plus GIFs are just awesome).  I practiced a bunch this weekend making a few of the goals scored in MLS play by some World Cup hopefuls, so here they are:  Clint Dempsey 1, Clint Dempsey 2, Chris Wondolowski, Maurice Edu and Kyle Beckerman.  It is a learning process as I try to figure out size and quality while not trying to make these 10 MB files, but it went better than I expected.

 
Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Alex Horwath, Alfredo Morales, Amando Moreno, Andrew Stadler, Ben Spencer, Bobby Wood, Brandon McDonald, Chris Wondolowski, Clint Dempsey, Daniel Williams, DeAndre Yedlin, Eric Pothast, Jozy Altidore, Juan Agudelo, Kyle Beckerman, Matt Pyzdrowski, Maurice Edu, Michael Bradley, Michael Farfan, Paul Arriola, Paul Torres, Rubio Rubin, Stuart Holden, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team
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Catching up on life links
   April 9, 2014 (12:21 AM) by Matt
 

I am still playing catch up on things, but here are a few links from the last couple of days.

Michael Bradley and Chris Wondolowski talked about their goals from last week’s draw to Mexico.

It looks like Jozy Altidore has fallen out of favor at Sunderland at the moment as he didn’t dress on Monday with the senior team and actually suited up with the U-21 team.

A few guys played in the Championship yesterday, but Danny Williams missed Reading’s game with a knee injury, while Oguchi Onyewu picked up a rib injury and missed Sheffield Wednesday’s game on Tuesday.

Julian Green didn’t play with Bayern Munich II over the weekend due to the shoulder injury that he picked up in the US-Mexico friendly.  According to his dad, he will be out a couple weeks.

I guess there might be some interest by West Bromwich Albion for Tim Ream.  Yay UK tabloids!

Marc Pelosi has finally returned to action with Liverpool’s U-21 team after breaking his leg 14 months ago.

On the US U-18 front, forward Dembakwi Yomba has signed with Atletico Madrid, while forward Andrija Novakovich has signed with Reading.

The Fighting Bob Bradleys are in first place of the Tippeligaen after defeating Brann, 2-1, over the weekend.

And finally, there were seven goals scored over the weekend.  I was finally able to update the goal tracker with highlights of six of the seven goals.  Aron Johannsson also got grabbed in the junk.

 
Categories: Andrija Novakovich, Aron Johannsson, Bob Bradley, Chris Wondolowski, Daniel Williams, Dembakwi Yomba, Jozy Altidore, Julian Green, Marc Pelosi, Michael Bradley, Oguchi Onyewu, Tim Ream
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Monday morning links
   March 24, 2014 (8:15 AM) by Matt
 

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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Michael Bradley, Mix Diskerud & Tim Ream withdraw from Ukraine friendly
   March 1, 2014 (4:59 PM) by Matt
 

The US will have three fewer players for their upcoming friendly against Ukraine as Michael Bradley (injury), Mix Diskerud (injury) and Tim Ream (personal reasons) have withdrawn from the camp and friendly.  Also, no replacements will be added.

Bradley will stay in the US/Toronto due to a minor issue, while Diskerud will rest a hip injury that he picked up 10 days ago.  According to Diskerud, Rosenborg didn’t want to release him to the camp and US Soccer honored the objection.  With the US not pushing the issue on Rosenborg, I am wondering if Mix’s spot is somewhat safe among the “fringe” players (or US Soccer is agreeing since Rosenborg allowed Diskerud to spend all of January with the USMNT).

***UPDATE***

 

 
Categories: Michael Bradley, Mikkel Diskerud, Tim Ream, US Men's National Team
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A last few links for the week
   January 31, 2014 (7:15 AM) by Matt
 

A few links to end the work week.

Saturday’s friendly at the StubHub Center has officially reached sold out status.  It marks only the second time that the USMNT have sold out at the StubHub Center (also in 2007 in a Gold Cup match against Trinidad & Tobago).

It looks like one of the May/June pre-World Cup friendlies will be held at Red Bull Arena.  If I had to guess based on the other rumors out there, I would guess this would be the game against Serbia (but there are so many different rumors out there right now on location and opponents).

Grant Wahl has a video interview up with Graham Zusi about earning the nickname “San Zusi” among other things.  He also spoke to Michael Parkhurst this week.

Jeff Carlisle takes a look at the relationship of Brad Evans and DeAndre Yedlin as Evans helps mentor his club teammate while also competing against him for the right back spot.

As for some other USMNT tidbits, here is a video of the team having a BBQ at the U.S. Consulate in Sao Paulo during their trip last week.  And Will Parchman decided to put together an all-time USMNT XI based on guys who wore #1-11 at a World Cup.

Don’t forget to enter our Pick the US-South Korea score contest.  Who doesn’t like free prizes?

Roger Bennett decided to look into why Americans are not taken seriously in Europe.  There are some good quotes from Herculez Gomez.

I’m assuming most people know this by no, but Jermaine Jones is headed to Besiktas on loan for the rest of the season.  And they decided to post a video of Jones going through his medical because they are crazy in Turkey.

According to The Independent’s Ed Aarons, Crystal Palace put in a transfer bid for Fabian Johnson, but Johnson decided to stay at Hoffenheim.

There apparently has been a Freddy Adu sighting! at Blackpool.  So he is at least training in England.

I want to pretend that Who Scored read my Inside the Numbers scoreboard on Aron Johannsson and were inspired as they did their own numbers thing on Johannsson.

Mike Grella will be going on trial with Swedish side Falkenbergs FF according to this report.  Falkenbergs are new to the Allsvenskan in 2014 after winning the Superettan in 2013.

Pat McCann has re-signed with Finn Harps FC of the First Division of the League of Ireland.  The former Holy Cross product appeared in 12 games in 2013, scoring two goals.

Eric Lichaj went 90 minutes for Nottingham Forest on Thursday as they came back from a 2-0 deficit to win 4-2 against Watford.  While he has been playing left back lately, he played at right back in this game.

And finally, this random Youtube video of the day comes courtesy of Alex (@tempofreesoccer).  Here are highlights of the US U-20′s win over Uruguay in the 2007 U-20 World Cup.  The US has Michael Bradley, Freddy Adu and Jozy Altidore among others while Uruguay featured Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez.  And there is a shoving match/fight at the end of the game.  You don’t mess with a full head of hair Michael Bradley.  Good times.

 
Categories: Aron Johannsson, Brad Evans, DeAndre Yedlin, Eric Lichaj, Fabian Johnson, Freddy Adu, Graham Zusi, Herculez Gomez, Jermaine Jones, Jozy Altidore, Michael Bradley, Michael Parkhurst, Mike Grella, Pat McCann, US Men's National Team
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Catching up with some links
   January 28, 2014 (12:29 AM) by Matt
 

A bunch of stuff from the last couple of days.

Some reports started to come out of Mexico about a possible US/Mexico friendly in Phoenix for April.  It looks like it has some legs as Steven Goff has also heard some things about this.  This wouldn’t be a FIFA fixture date so expect a lot of MLS and Liga MX players for both squads if true.  The last time the US played a game in the month of April was Jozy Altidore’s hat trick against Trinidad & Tobago in Nashville during a World Cup qualifier in 2009.  The last time the US played a friendly in the month of April was a 1-1 draw to Jamaica in Cary, North Carolina in 2006.

Grant Wahl and Brian Straus are both in Carson for the USMNT training camp and discuss in this video about some possible World Cup candidates with a lot to gain this week.  Grant is also a lot taller than Brian.

After what seemed like two months, Maurice Edu is officially headed to Philadelphia on a season-long loan.  Goff is hearing that his base salary is somewhere between $480,000 and $600,000, while Ives heard that Edu passed up some offers from Turkey and the English League Championship.

As for another member of the “Stoke Americans Loaned Out” 3×3 team (Howie gets all the credit on that one), Brek Shea’s loan with Barnsley ends on Thursday, so it looks like Tuesday’s game against Blackburn Rovers will be his last with the Tykes unless they extend the loan.  There is some speculation out of England that Burnley are also interested in Shea.

Juan Agudelo made his FC Utrecht debut over the weekend and I was able to find some highlights of the match.  He gets into the game around the 3:00 mark of the video.

Fabian Johnson had to be subbed out of Hoffenheim’s game this past weekend after picking up a hand injury.  Hoffenheim’s press officer told Brian Sciaretta that he will have surgery on his hand and he will be out a couple weeks, while Jurgen Klinsmann told Grant Wahl that he will have surgery, but he is expected to play this upcoming weekend.  Hopefully it is the latter.

Klinsmann also told Wahl that Jermaine Jones is more likely to transfer to another European team than an MLS team in the next four days.

Timothy Chandler scored a goal over the weekend.  He was rewarded by being named to three Teams of the Week:  Bundesliga Fanatic, Kicker and Who Scored.

Edgar Castillo also had a good weekend and was named to the MedioTiempo Team of the Week.

And Will Packwood was named Birmingham City’s Man of the Match by some match day sponsors for his performance for the Blues in the FA Cup over the weekend.

Speaking of the FA Cup, 16-year-old Gedion Zelalem made his Arsenal debut last Friday in the FA Cup.  He became the first player to feature for Arsenal who was born after Arsene Wenger became manager.  While he is likely a long shot to ever play for the US, here is refresher on his story.

No one might be hotter than Andrew Wooten right now.  He scored another goal for FSV Frankfurt in a friendly on Monday.  Granted these are only friendlies, but he has five goals in four games since his loan started a couple weeks ago.

The US U-17 team won the Aegean Cup Championship over the weekend.  Here is a photo of the team celebrating with the trophy, while here are some highlights of their win over Turkey.  Could we potentially see Haji Wright, one of the top players from this cycle, in Dortmund with Junior Flores in the future (let the speculation begin)?  Yay internets!

Kevin Hoyos is close to joining the Honduran side Olimpia.  The 20-year-old played with C.D. Victoria (also in Honduras) this past fall.

Brian Sciaretta is hearing that a player with MLS ties could be joining Bob Bradley and Stabæk on a trial in the near future.

To put a bow tie (or maybe a bolo tie since they are making a comeback in 2014) on the Michael Bradley to Toronto transfer, here is a good read on how his and Defoe’s moves all went down.

Finally, Greg Selzter breaks out his stat notebook for a bunch of fun numbers.  I am also going to post a quick Inside the Numbers thing on Aron Johannsson later today.

 
Categories: Andrew Wooten, Bob Bradley, Edgar Castillo, Fabian Johnson, Gedion Zelalem, Haji Wright, Jermaine Jones, Juan Agudelo, Kevin Hoyos, Maurice Edu, Michael Bradley, Timothy Chandler, US Men's National Team, Will Packwood
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A bit of this and that for Wednesday
   January 22, 2014 (12:02 AM) by Matt
 

We had two goal scorers on Tuesday.  Aron Johannsson scored his 20th goal of the season across all competitions in AZ Alkmaar’s 2-0 win over Roda JC in the Dutch Cup (highlights).  Paul Arriola scored again for Dorados in their 3-1 win over Estudiantes Tecos in Copa MX action (highlights).

Stoke City’s website finally announced the Juan Agudelo loan deal yesterday.  According to that link, he/Stoke City have to wait four months from the date of the original work permit appeal hearing (his hearing was in late November) before he can re-apply for a UK work permit.  Grant Wahl also spoke to Agudelo about everything that has gone down this week.  As it says in the Wahl interview, it doesn’t sound highly that he will be able to play this weekend due to paperwork.

Grant Wahl also did a video interview with MLS commissioner Don Garber last week where he talks about a bunch of MLS stuff, including topics like Michael Bradley’s return, Maurice Edu’s potential return and how they haven’t been able to make it work financially to get DaMarcus Beasley back in the league.

Only a couple things USMNT-related for today.  A Q&A with Benny Feilhaber and a video with Brad Davis.

Some injury updates.

Fabian Johnson had to be subbed out of a friendly due to a bruised thigh over the weekend.  Hopefully it was just a precaution.

John Brooks has returned to training individually off to the side with Hertha Berlin.  He picked up his latest knee injury earlier this month.

While it was speculated back in November/December that Jonathan Spector and his thigh injury wouldn’t be able to return until January, it now looks like he won’t be back until the end of February.

Anthony Wallace has been spotted in Sweden trialing with Landskrona BoIS.  Landskrona have already signed Americans Paul Torres and Andrew Stadler this offseason.

Daniel Stevens has signed with FC Viikingit in the Finnish Ykkönen (second tier).  Stevens scored 12 goals last season with BK-46 in the Kakkonen (third tier).

Fulham’s U-21 team has gone unbeaten in 12 games this season with Emerson Hyndman coming off the bench in their latest 1-0 win over West Ham United.

Finally, Tom Marshall introduces us to two Americans (Joel Soñora and Ryan Palmbaum) moving up the ranks with Boca Juniors’ youth system.

 
Categories: Andrew Stadler, Anthony Wallace, Aron Johannsson, Benny Feilhaber, Brad Davis, DaMarcus Beasley, Daniel Stevens, Emerson Hyndman, Fabian Johnson, Joel Sonora, John Brooks, Jonathan Spector, Juan Agudelo, Maurice Edu, Michael Bradley, Paul Arriola, Paul Torres, Ryan Palmbaum
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Some links for Thursday
   January 16, 2014 (12:33 AM) by Matt
 

Lets start off with the USMNT.

Reports came out yesterday (later confirmed by Steven Goff) that the USMNT will play at Ukraine on March 5.  It is a FIFA international fixture date, so the USMNT should likely have a strong squad.

The US had a long trip down to Brazil earlier this week.  US Soccer’s website has a diary on the long/delayed trip as well as a short video with Dax McCarty keeping us updated.  While down in Brazil, Jurgen Klinsmann spoke to some press about facing Germany at the World Cup.  Klinsmann also had some quotes regarding the USMNT migration to MLS.

Oh Juan Agudelo.  This is what is (sort of) known.  He is in England at Stoke City (with Brek Shea).  Stoke City’s chairman is claiming that they haven’t signed him.  But Greg Seltzer disagrees and gives us his rundown.  To go along with the rumored teams Seltzer mentioned as possibly loan destinations, there appears to be some interest from Esbjerg in Denmark.  I am sure more details will slowly come out over the next week.

As for Maurice Edu, nothing new to report on his front today, but he wants some money and MLS is apparently not a fan of it.

Some final numbers on Michael Bradley’s transfer.  His $40 million contract over six years is the second largest in MLS history (Beckham is #1), while his $10 million transfer fee is the second largest in MLS history (Defoe is #1).

I posted yesterday that Andrew Wooten is headed out on loan to FSV Frankfurt.  He was already in the lineup in a friendly against Mainz and he scored a goal.

Terrence Boyd scored two goals in Rapid Vienna’s 8-0 win over SVG Guntramsdorf in a friendly this week.

Junior Flores had an assist while playing with Borussia Dortmund’s U-23 team in a friendly against Rot-Weiss Essen this week.

Timothy Chandler is hoping Gertjan Verbeek can work his USMNT magic and get him back in the USMNT picture.

American Mark Geiger was named as one of the 25 referees for the 2014 World Cup.

Mike Banner has signed with NASL’s FC Edmonton.  Banner had spent the last two seasons with FF Jaro in Finland.

Stabæk’s website has a new video interview up with Bob Bradley.  It looks a little bit colder than Egypt.

An interesting stat about Tijuana’s fan base:  “35% of fans inside Tijuana’s Estadio Caliente for any given Liga MX home game travel down from the United States”.  I am actually looking into making my first trip down there to catch a game this spring.

Lets end on a couple notes about some youngsters.  U-17 Danny Barbir played and scored a goal as a guest player for Manchester City at the ALKASS International Cup.  As for 16-year-old Alonzo Clarke, it looks like he is headed to Manchester United for a second trial.

 
Categories: Alonzo Clarke, Andrew Wooten, Bob Bradley, Danny Barbir, Juan Agudelo, Junior Flores, Mark Geiger, Maurice Edu, Michael Bradley, Mike Banner, Terrence Boyd, Timothy Chandler, US Men's National Team
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A bit of this and that for Tuesday
   January 14, 2014 (12:05 AM) by Matt
 

Some link goodies for your little noggins.

Michael Bradley was officially introduced by Toronto FC on Monday.  Bradley and new teammate Jermain Defoe even took in a Raptors-Bucks game last night (Mikey with the rare smile!).  Bradley also did the interview rounds with Grant Wahl and Roger Bennett.  Sounds like he could join up with the USMNT once they return to LA after their 12 days in Brazil.

After some delays and what not, the USMNT finally made it down to Brazil.  Apparently Brad Evans has “taken over” US Soccer’s Instagram account for a while.

The always good Steven Goff dropped a bunch of nuggets for us.  The US is likely to play three friendlies on US soil between May 26 and June 7.  The venue and opponents are to be determined.  There was a rumor once upon a time about a US-England friendly down in England, but that looks like a no go now.  After about 10 different people told me that (I apparently missed that story last week), some told me (including Jon Arnold and Josh Deaver and they are good peeps) that the latest rumor is a friendly against Serbia.  We shall see.

Goff was also your source for all things Sebastian-related on Monday.  Sebastian Lletget might go on loan this spring.  He hasn’t been getting any playing time at West Ham this season.  And Duke defender Sebastien Ibeagha is expected to go on trial in Denmark.  Ives also mentioned that Ibeagha turned down a homegrown with the Houston Dynamo to head to Europe over the weekend.

Like the rumor from Sunday night, Michael Parkhurst is returning to MLS and his rights were traded to the Columbus Crew.

Since all the cool kids are returning to MLS (and there will soon be no one left for us to cover on this site), Maurice Edu is apparently in negotiations with MLS for his return to the league.  Also, Taylor Twellman is becoming the man when it comes to breaking these USMNT-related transfer rumors/stories.

Nothing really new to report on Juan Agudelo.  There is speculation that Stoke City might sign him, but send him out on loan until the work permit thing gets figured out.  I guess one of the rumored teams, Anderlecht, shot down that rumor over the weekend.  Yay silly season!

Julian Green continues to score goals for Bayern Munich’s first team during their winter friendlies.  He bagged another in a a 8-0 victory over Kuwait SC (highlights).

DC United’s Michael Seaton is headed to Italy to train with Inter Milan.  Another one of these MLS-to-Europe offseason training stints.

According to this Swedish report, Seattle Sounders’ Corey Hertzog is on trial with Falkenbergs FF.

Christopher McCollum tells us the story of Sean Reynolds.  Reynolds went from working at Home Depot this past year to now playing with Icelandic Premier League team FH, who will be playing in Europa League in 2014-15.

And finally, be on the lookout for a small Inside the Numbers thing on Matt Besler later today.

 
Categories: Corey Hertzog, Juan Agudelo, Julian Green, Maurice Edu, Michael Bradley, Michael Parkhurst, Michael Seaton, Sean Reynolds, Sebastian Lletget, Sebastien Ibeagha, US Men's National Team
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Ending the week with some links
   January 10, 2014 (12:41 AM) by Matt
 

For the four people who don’t know, Roma officially announced the sale of Michael Bradley to MLS on their website yesterday.  The $10 million transfer fee is tied for the second largest ever paid for an American.  And Roma made out with a nice little profit on Bradley.

There has already been about eleventy billion words written about Bradley and his move to MLS so I will spare you with my thoughts nor will I link every little rant/story out there.  That said, here are some quotes from Landon Donovan on the move.

Also from yesterday, Julian Green scored a goal with Bayern Munich’s first team in a friendly against the Sudanese club Al-Merrikh (highlights).  And Matt Taylor scored two goals in a friendly against Heracles (photo).

As expected after his contract was terminated by Randers last week, Charlie Davies signed a permanent contract with the New England Revolution.

Brian Span is returning to the US/MLS after two seasons in Sweden.

I posted last month that I got word from an OT reader about the USMNT’s World Cup kits and some more information has been leaked which seems to match up with it.  The change in crest (RIP centennial crest) matches all the new branding done by US Soccer’s website and Twitter account.  There was also a “leaked shirt” photo circulating around yesterday, but it looked pretty photoshop to me (it looked like someone just tried to create what it should look like based on the description from the new leaked information).

Speaking of new shirts, Tijuana revealed their new red shirt for this season at some party/presentation.  Kim Tate was also down there for the presentation and snagged a couple photos.

Sticking with Tijuana, Mexican international Fernando Arce has a son, Fernando Arce Jr., who is also on Tijuana (playing for their U-20 team) and he was born in the US.

Eric Lichaj picked up a “lower body” injury this past weekend, but it doesn’t appear to be anything serious.

With the US U-20 team currently camping down in Florida, Brian Sciaretta talked to Tab Ramos about how things are going.

Brooks Lennon scored a brace for Liverpool’s U-17 team this week (highlights).  He is #7.

And finally, I really can’t wait for this full video.  Klinsi being Klinsi.  Like a boss.

 

 
Categories: Brian Span, Brooks Lennon, Charlie Davies, Eric Lichaj, Fernando Arce, Julian Green, Landon Donovan, Matt Taylor, Michael Bradley, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team
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