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It has been a while since we did one of these links posts
   June 23, 2015 (1:16 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Some of these links might be a little old.  Some of these links might be only a couple days old.  And some of these links will be new.

Good talk.

While we had one DeAndre Yedlin loan rumor last week, all signs are pointing to him going out on loan next season.

As Grant Wahl first reported when the Gold Cup provisional roster was released, Stoke City wanted Geoff Cameron to take time off to rest up.

Speaking of the Gold Cup roster, the final 23-man roster should be released today or tomorrow.  And before it comes out, take a look at John D. Halloran’s guess at the final roster.  And Clint Dempsey will not be suspended for the tournament.

Staying with the Gold Cup theme, Costa Rica will be without the services of goalkeeper Keylor Navas due to injury.

Also in injury news, Josh Gatt’s knee injury is not serious after a second opinion.

In classic silly season form, it looks like we are still waiting to hear whether Bobby Wood will sign with Stuttgart or not.  According to Greg Seltzer, Kaiserslautern is also in the running.

Seltzer has been dropping a bunch of other nuggets over the last couple weeks.  Everyone’s favorite Armenian Premier League Golden Boot winner Cesar Romero is getting interest from Serbia and Russia.

Also courtesy of Mr. Seltzer, Cody Cropper turned down an offer from one MLS team and he is getting some interest from a couple teams in England.

Zak Whitbread has also had some early talks with teams in England and back here in the US.

Down in Mexico, Michael Orozco made a fiscal decision and signed with Club Tijuana.

Good ol’ sources have told Ives Galarcep that Herculez Gomez is in talks with the New York Cosmos and he is getting some interest from MLS.

Shawn Barry has been kicking it with LASK Linz in Austria the last few seasons and he has parlayed his recent success to a move to German 2. Bundesliga side FSV Frankfurt.

Hertha Berlin has offered John Brooks a contract extension through 2019.

Here is some more coal to throw into the Gedion Zelalem hype train fire.

Shaquell Moore signed with Huracan in Spain’s third division back in May and they are one game away from playing in the second division.

Bobby Warshaw wrote some words on Michael Bradley.

Björn Maars Johnsen scored three goals in a friendly last week.

The second round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying finished up earlier this month.  The third round draw will take place in late July.

And finally, O When The Yanks introduces us to teenager Ian Hoffmann who is doing well at FC Köln.

 
Categories: Björn Maars Johnsen, Bobby Wood, Cesar Romero, Clint Dempsey, Cody Cropper, DeAndre Yedlin, Gedion Zelalem, Geoff Cameron, Herculez Gomez, John Brooks, Josh Gatt, Michael Bradley, Michael Orozco Fiscal, Shaquell Moore, Shawn Barry, US Men's National Team, Zak Whitbread
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Seis de Mayo links
   May 6, 2015 (12:19 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Had one too many margaritas last night?  Nothing a few links can’t help.

As Howie posted yesterday, Birmingham City is letting Will Packwood go while offering Jonathan Spector a new contract.

I posted a couple tidbits on the USMNT, U-23 and U-17 teams earlier this week but I also forgot to include that the U-23 team will be holding a camp in England in September.  They will play friendlies against England and Qatar during the camp.

Jordan Morris made an appearance on the Men in Blazers podcast last and it was enjoyable.

The biggest smile you have ever seen on Michael Bradley?

Edgar Castillo made ESPN’s Liga MX Team of the Weekend.

The Guardian’s Jack Kerr interviewed Fabian Johnson.

According to Terrence Boyd’s Instagram, he is having minor surgery this week to remove a cyst from his calf and to clean out his knee.

It looks like Fulham (and Emerson Hyndman) will be wearing a 1975 FA Cup Final inspired shirt next year.  I believe this is the first collar on a Fulham shirt since 2007-08.

Amando Moreno really wants to make the U-20 World Cup roster as he scored two goals last Friday and followed that up with another goal yesterday with Tijuana’s U-20 team.

Marc Pelosi did not play with Liverpool’s U-21 team last week because he got to train with the senior team.

And it looks like Liverpool might have their eyes on another American youth player in Adolfo Trujillo.

Fox Sports is expected to land the TV rights to next year’s Copa América Centenario.

Danny Cruz might need to borrow Mike Conley’s mask at the current rate of getting cleats to the face this past week.

J.R. Eskilson spoke to Sam Strong about how an encounter with Jurgen Klinsmann in an airport helped him get his US U-23 call-up last month.

Steven Goff is hearing that Duke product Jeremy Ebobisse and Virginia’s Jake Rozhansky are headed to Europe for some trials.

I recently learned of another former US Soccer Development Academy player in Germany.  Faisal Almubaslat is a 17-year-old winger at Tennis Borussia Berlin playing with their U-17 team in the B-Junioren Bundesliga Nord/Nordost.  He had a few goals and assists in April as you can see in these highlights against RB Leipzig and Concordia Hamburg.

And finally, a little plug for our goal tracker.  There have been a lot of goals, especially in lower leagues, as of late and it will keep you up to date with who is scoring (and links to highlights when available).

 
Categories: Adolfo Trujillo, Amando Moreno, Danny Cruz, Edgar Castillo, Emerson Hyndman, Fabian Johnson, Faisal Almubaslat, Jake Rozhansky, Jeremy Ebobisse, Jonathan Spector, Jordan Morris, Marc Pelosi, Michael Bradley, Samuel Strong, Terrence Boyd, US U-23 National Team, Will Packwood
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Friday morning links
   March 27, 2015 (12:39 AM) by Matt Benson
 

It is an international week but we still have some links before the weekend.

We didn’t have a lot of midweek games this week but there was still action at some clubs and Roderick has all the details in The OT Report.

There was two goals this week and you can check them out from Duane Holmes and Morgan Langley.

In case you have been hiding under a rock this week, the US lost to Denmark, 3-2, on Wednesday.  Here are the highlights, while here are some photos.

Jurgen Klinsmann has appointed Berti Vogts as USMNT technical advisor.  Vogts helped out during the World Cup and with Andi Herzog focusing on the US U-23 team, it allows Klinsmann to bring in someone to help out with the USMNT.  And it allows me to post this photo of Vogts again.

Nicklas Bendtner’s hat trick on Wednesday was the first against the USMNT since Denmark’s Per Pederson scored four goals against the US in 1997.

Denmark’s manager Morten Olsen was impressed with Michael Bradley.

New York Red Bulls manager and former USMNT assistant under Bob Bradley, Jesse Marsch thinks the USMNT has a lack of an identity.

Jimmy Conrad was over in London last week and did some video interviews with DeAndre Yedlin at White Hart Lane for both KICKTV and Copa90.

Bayern Munich executive board chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge thinks Julian Green needs another season out on loan in 2015-16 to hopefully get first-team minutes.

Apparently most of Germany doesn’t like Terrence Boyd’s RB Leipzig because of the Red Bull ties.

Bobby Wood’s rehab is on schedule as Erzgebirge Aue’s website gives us a little update and video.

Lynden Gooch’s loan with Gateshead has officially ended.  Gooch scored one goal in seven league appearances with the Tynesiders.

Goalkeeper Matt Pyzdrowski is battling a foot injury and might have to miss Helsingborg’s season opener on April 4.

Kevin Garcia finally officially signed with Galway United FC and was thrown into the starting lineup earlier this week.

The US U-23 will take on Bosnia and Herzegovina later today and Andi Herzog called in two extra players (Boyd Okwuonu and Dan Metzger) earlier this week.

 
Categories: Bobby Wood, DeAndre Yedlin, Duane Holmes, Julian Green, Kevin Garcia, Lynden Gooch, Matt Pyzdrowski, Michael Bradley, Morgan Langley, Terrence Boyd, US Men's National Team, US U-23 National Team
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Tuesday morning links
   January 20, 2015 (12:02 AM) by Matt Benson
 

A bunch of random stuff for you on this Tuesday.

The US U-20 team picked up a 2-0 win over Jamaica on Sunday (highlights).  They just need a win or a tie on Wednesday against Trinidad & Tobago to advance to the playoff round.  It was announced during the broadcast that Kellyn Acosta will miss the rest of the tournament due to a knee injury, while Junior Flores came off the bench and played after missing a game with an ankle injury.

Also over the weekend, Herculez Gomez scored his first goal for Puebla since returning to La Franja (highlights).

We posted the rumored 2015 USMNT away jersey back in December and now it looks like it could have some legs as Alex Morgan was recently seen in the shirt.

The USMNT’s friendly against Chile is listed on US Soccer’s website as being broadcasted on Fox Sports 2, but it looks like it might have switched to Fox Sports 1 along with a pre-game show.

Jon Arnold is in sunny SoCal for the USMNT camp and spoke to Tesho Akindele about his international options and to Bobby Wood about seeking an exit from 1860 Munich during this transfer window.

I don’t think I posted this last week but Brad Evans left the camp due to a knee injury.

The Guardian’s Tom Gottlieb takes a look at the USMNT defense and why it might be the weak link at the moment.

The Toronto Sun’s Kurtis Larson writes how Michael Bradley is a big reason why Jozy Altidore is now with Toronto FC.

As MLSE CEO Tim Leiweke explained to the Toronto Sun on Friday, sacrifice for the crest is certainly one of those principles.

The club’s head honcho told me Bradley restructured part of his deal with the Reds to help bring Altidore back to MLS. The prospects of playing alongside Altidore brought back memories that made it an easy decision.

“I think about what it has been like to play on so many big days with Jozy,” Bradley said. “We’d be standing in the tunnel and you’ll look over at him and he’ll give you a little wink.

“You know he’s ready and you know you’re ready.”

For those of you that watched ESPN’s Inside: U.S. Soccer’s March to Brazil, you might remember Michael Bradley was recruiting Jozy back then.

Now that numerous teams in MLS are interested in Sacha Kljestan, Anderlecht general manager Herman Van Holsbeeck wants Kljestan to stay for at least a couple months since Anderlecht has lost a couple players due to injury and the African Cup of Nations.  Greg Seltzer is also hearing that some European teams are interested in him along with various MLS clubs.

We did have some other goals this past weekend that came in some friendlies.  Fabian Johnson scored a goal in Borussia Mönchengladbach’s 1-0 win over Rot-Weiss Essen (photo).  And Andrew Wooten scored a goal in Sandhausen’s 4-2 win over Jahn Regensburg.

Alejandro Bedoya did a video interview with BeIN Sports recently.

Jose Torres had back surgery and is going to be out for 10-12 weeks according to Tigres.

Dillon Powers just picked up his Italian passport last week.  And according to Greg Seltzer, there are some teams in Italy interested in the Colorado Rapids midfielder (Plano Senior High School represent!).

And as Howie posted yesterday, Northwestern goalkeeper Tyler Miller is skipping MLS for the German fourth division.

 
Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Andrew Wooten, Bobby Wood, Brad Evans, Dillon Powers, Fabian Johnson, Herculez Gomez, Jose Francisco Torres, Jozy Altidore, Junior Flores, Kellyn Acosta, Michael Bradley, Sacha Kljestan, Tesho Akindele, Tyler Miller, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team
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A few links for Wednesday
   January 14, 2015 (12:33 AM) by Matt Benson
 

A couple things for Wednesday.

Mix Diskerud to NYCFC became a real thing on Tuesday.  Jozy Altidore to Toronto FC looks to be a real thing, but it sounds like Altidore still has to go through the allocation process (TFC is currently #6 and the other rumored teams interested in him are behind Toronto).

If/when Altidore joins MLS, seven of the 11 starting USMNT players from the World Cup opener against Ghana will now be in MLS.

With all this movement from Europe to MLS, Grant Wahl talked to Jurgen Klinsmann to see his thoughts on the moves of Diskerud, Altidore, Brek Shea and Jermaine Jones.

The USMNT continues training in Carson and Clint Dempsey apparently took over the homeless man beard look with Tim Howard not in camp.  And Mix Diskerud likes Brad Evans’ hair.  This is why you come to this site, for the hard-hitting journalism.

According to the San Antonio Business Journal, the US-Mexico friendly for April will take place at the Alamodome in San Antonio.  The US has only played one game before in San Antonio, a 1-0 win over Costa Rica on June 14, 1988.

Want an interview with Michael Bradley?  Here is one from the Toronto Sun.

Greg Garza did a TV interview with KUSI in San Diego on Tuesday.

Michael Farfan has left Cruz Azul and is now a free agent.  He told Tom Marshall that he is talking to MLS as well as looking at options in Scandinavia and Switzerland.

Sean Reynolds has left FH in Iceland and has signed with the new USL Pro team Louisville City FC.

And finally, at least one fan out there is worried about Juan Agudelo’s club situation.

 
Categories: Brad Guzan, Brek Shea, Clint Dempsey, Greg Garza, Jermaine Jones, Jozy Altidore, Juan Agudelo, Michael Bradley, Michael Farfan, Mix Diskerud, Sean Reynolds, US Men's National Team
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Some links for Thursday
   October 30, 2014 (12:22 AM) by Matt Benson
 

First off, you haven’t read it already, you need to check out Will’s interview with Patrick McLain.  Some interesting stories of his time at Chivas USA, including this one:

Unfortunately, the next coaching staff to come in midway through the 2013 season was very different. The coaching staff was unable to communicate in English and were not good about translating for those of us who didn’t speak Spanish. I was punished by this coaching staff towards the end of the season for not understanding something that was said to me in Spanish, because it was not translated for me, therefore I did not respond to it. I was called into the coach’s office and helplessly tried to plead my ignorance of my apparent disrespect. There was no interpreter present and my message was not received. As punishment, I was demoted from second on the depth chart to third.

Yay Chivas USA?

We have had a few goals over the last couple days.  Terrence Boyd scored his first goal since May in RB Leipzig’s 3-1 win over Erzgebirge Aue in the DFB Pokal on Wednesday (highlights).  And of course he broke out the cyclops.  Sacha Kljestan made his first start of the season and scored his first goal of the season in Anderlecht’s 3-2 win over Kortrijk (highlights).  Bryan Gerzicich scored his first goal of the season on Tuesday in Maccabi Petah Tikva’s 1-0 win over Hapoel Haifa (highlights).

Aron Johannsson returned to AZ Alkmaar’s first team yesterday, playing in the 5-0 win over GVVV in the KNVB Beker.

John Brooks also got his first start since September in Hertha Berlin’s loss (on PKs) to Arminia Bielefeld in the DFB Pokal.

Danny Williams returned to the field this week in Reading U-21s’ 2-0 win over Brighton on Monday.

Michael Orozco and Puebla are headed to the Copa MX final after beating Lobos BUAP on Tuesday.

Alejandro Bedoya could be leaving Nantes come January according to his agent.

Bobby Wood has been demoted to 1860 Munich’s U-23 team.

This is what Michael Bradley looks like post-surgery (with the rare smile!).  And in the latest in Jurgen Klinsmann vs. the (US Soccer) world, Bradley and Klinsi don’t see eye to eye on where he should be playing.

It is that time of year when MLS players head to Europe for training stints and first up is Sean Johnson to Hull City.

Here is a lengthy read on DeAndre Yedlin.

Phil Saunders has re-signed with BI / Bolungarvik in Iceland.

According to Reading’s website, Andrija Novakovich has been called up by the US U-20 team, who will play Russia, Ireland and Canada in Spain this month.

Greg Seltzer gives us some European-based names for the US U-23 team for the 2016 Olympics.

And finally, here is your 2018 World Cup logo.  It is actually not that bad.

 
Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Andrija Novakovich, Aron Johannsson, Bobby Wood, Bryan Gerzicich, Danny Williams, DeAndre Yedlin, John Brooks, Michael Bradley, Michael Orozco Fiscal, Patrick McLain, Phil Saunders, Sacha Kljestan, Sean Johnson, Terrence Boyd, US U-20 National Team, US U-23 National Team
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Tuesday morning linkage
   October 28, 2014 (12:09 AM) by Matt Benson
 

FIFA announced its finalists for the FIFA Ballon d’Or and for the FIFA World Coach of the Year.  While no USMNT players made the Ballon d’Or list (how did Alan Gordon not get nominated?!), Jurgen Klinsmann is one of the 10 finalists for the Coach of the Year award.

FIFA also plans to show off its new logo for the 2018 World Cup later today.

It looks like the USMNT might play Switzerland in a friendly in Zurich in March.

Congrats to the US Women’s National Team for winning the CONCACAF Women’s Championship and clinching a spot in next summer’s World Cup.  Since 1990, the US is one of three countries to qualify for every men’s and women’s World Cup (also Germany and Brazil).

Michael Bradley is going to have surgery this week to correct a lingering nerve issue in his foot.  This is an injury that has been bugging him for most of the season.  Jeff Carlisle asked him if it was an issue prior to the World Cup, which he said no, but I guess it got worse as the season wore on.

I tweeted out a photo over the weekend of Terrence Boyd getting Randy Orton’s RKO (WWE wrestling move) preformed on him by a teammate and now we have video of the hilarity.

Jake Keegan went 90 minutes yesterday in Galway FC’s 2-1 win over UCD in the first leg of the Irish Premier Division promotion/relegation playoffs.  Galway FC scored two late goals to steal the road win and now host UCD on Friday for a chance at promotion.

Alejandro Bedoya missed Nantes’ 2-0 win this weekend due to a hamstring strain.

While there were some rumblings that Aron Johannsson might play this weekend for AZ Alkmaar, he did not as they want to give him a few more minutes with the reserve team.

Geoff Cameron returned to Stoke City’s starting lineup this past weekend as a holding midfielder, but the Potters fell to Southampton 1-0.  Here is a photo of Cameron in action.

Greg Garza had to leave Tijuana’s draw to Chivas on Sunday with a head injury.

After scoring 12 goals in 14 games with the U-23 team, Jann George finally saw some first team action with Greuther Furth’s senior team in their 5-2 loss to FSV Frankfurt.

We had some goals this weekend.  Matt Taylor scored twice in Saarbrücken’s 4-1 win over Pirmasens.  Christian King scored twice in Ararat’s 3-2 loss to Ulisses in Armenian Premier League action.  Jerome Kiesewetter scored his second goal of the season on Saturday in Stuttgart II’s 1-0 win over Unterhaching.  And over Tigres’ last two games, we have had goals by Jose Torres and Herculez Gomez.

We also had some assists/sort-of-assists.  Mix Diskerud had this pretty little chip assist in Rosenborg’s 3-1 win over Sandnes Ulf.  And in the sort-of-assist category, Tim Ream and Zak Whitbread each had one for their respective clubs.

Marc Pelosi was back in action with Liverpool’s U-21 team this past weekend.

It looks like the US U-20 team might be headed abroad for three friendlies in November.

Mia Hamm was nominated for Roma’s board of directors on Monday.

I saw a Clint Dempsey rumor (loan deal back to the Premier League) has been circulating the interwebs in the last 48 hours, but it all came from a short “story” from the Daily Mirror with no quotes (except for an out of context quote from Klinsmann).  Come on people, I thought we were better than that.

And finally, no matter what happens with the rest of his career, Stuart Holden is still awesome.

 
Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Aron Johannsson, Christian King, Clint Dempsey, Geoff Cameron, Greg Garza, Herculez Gomez, Jake Keegan, Jann George, Jerome Kiesewetter, Jose Francisco Torres, Marc Pelosi, Matt Taylor, Michael Bradley, Mix Diskerud, Stuart Holden, Terrence Boyd, Tim Ream, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team, Zak Whitbread
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A few links for Thursday
   October 16, 2014 (12:13 AM) by Matt Benson
 

The US is now unbeaten in its last 19 home games after Tuesday’s draw to Honduras.  Here are the highlights and here are some photos.  And I found this stat to be interesting from Matthew Doyle about Michael Bradley playing behind two true forwards.

While Brad Guzan and Nick Rimando seem to have the #1/#2 spots locked up over the next year, Will took a look at the depth behind them and gave some other options aside from Bill Hamid and Sean Johnson.  He also went USMNT hipster on us and gave us some other options at the U-23 level.

While Joe Gyau is out until January with his meniscus injury, Schwatzgelb.com takes a look closer at Gyau’s career.

Julian Green and Fabian Johnson are both back at their respective German clubs and training again despite their recent injuries.

It looks like Sunderland will listen to offers for Jozy Alitdore come January.  And I guess there was a Burnley rumor this week, but Jozy said it was news to him.

Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Kenny Jackett has confirmed that Juan Agudelo is at the club on trial for another week.

MLS commissioner Don Garber doesn’t agree with Jurgen Klinsmann on some things.

Joe Prince-Wright has a longform piece on Bob Bradley that is worth checking out.

According to this report, Reading decided to pass on signing Oguchi Onyewu.

Bolton and Tim Ream have a new manager and it is Neil Lennon.  He has spent the last five seasons at Celtic.

After his latest injury, Jon-Paul Pittman is back in training with Grimsby Town.

Jonathan Spector did a video for Birmingham City’s Youtube channel on his international career.

I posted some US U-23 highlights earlier this week of their 3-0 loss to Brazil, but here is a video from before the game where we learn that Emerson Hyndman is slowly becoming Brad Friedel.

Laura Greene wonders if maybe Zak Whitbread will get a look by Jurgen Klinsmann during next month’s friendlies in Europe.

And finally, don’t forget to check out RJ’s interview with Galway FC’s Jake Keegan.

 
Categories: Bob Bradley, Emerson Hyndman, Fabian Johnson, Jake Keegan, Joe Gyau, Jon-Paul Pittman, Jonathan Spector, Jozy Altidore, Juan Agudelo, Julian Green, Michael Bradley, Oguchi Onyewu, Tim Ream, US Men's National Team, US U-23 National Team, Zak Whitbread
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Tuesday morning linkage
   July 8, 2014 (12:01 AM) by Matt Benson
 

I finally sat down this past weekend and wrote a lengthy recap with photos/videos of my trip to Brazil.  You can read it here.

DeAndre Yedlin spoke to The News Tribune’s Don Ruiz about the Roma transfer talk.  He gives some very Crash Davis-coached answers.

Not surprising, but ESPN has been getting some monster ratings for the World Cup.  A mixture of growth of the sport in the US and the US TV-friendly time zones of Brazil.

I re-watched the US’s group stage games this weekend and while Michael Bradley might have been sloppy at times, no one covered the field like he did.  And he did better/just as well against Germany as France’s midfielders.

BBC Sport ran a poll on the best goalkeeper at the World Cup and Tim Howard took home the honors.  Here is also all 16 of Howard’s saves against Belgium in GIF form.

The DTAI Sports Analytics Lab did some analysis on the group stage and put out a PDF on their findings.  CONCACAF performed the best out of any region when compared to “expectations”.

I have posted Mark Yesilevskiy’s prints before but he has done some more of the World Cup, including a USMNT one with the bomb pop jerseys.  I can’t find the article now, but there was a story from one of the UK newspapers recently about the excitement of the World Cup in the US and some Nike spokesperson said that the bomb pop jerseys have been the best selling US jerseys in Nike’s history of making them.

Here is a write up on the various fonts Nike used for their World Cup jerseys.  I love that Dutch font.

Everton’s website did a quick story on the various Americans to play at the club, including Howie’s favorite duo of Cody Arnoux and Anton Peterlin.

Fabian Johnson’s injury that he picked up in the Belgium game doesn’t appear to be serious and he should be returning to full training in two weeks.

Joe Gyau is one of eight players on Borussia Dortmund’s U-23 team who have been invited to the first team’s training camp by Jurgen Klopp.

Sacha Kljestan spoke to Michael Adubato about the start of Anderlecht’s training camp while also being open about a transfer if anything does materialize.

Shawn Parker scored a goal for FC Augsburg in a 3-0 win over Memmingen in a preseason friendly.

NYCFC’s Jeb Brovsky is headed to Norway to go on loan with Strømsgodset.  Strømsgodset currently sit in second place of the Tippeligaen, six points behind Molde FK through 14 games.

It looks like Tijuana won’t be getting a Christmas card from UCLA as they have raided Southern California for yet another player, this time US U-18 defender David Chavez.  The Xolos also had four American-born players in their starting lineup on Saturday against Leones Negros.

Alonso Hernandez started for Monterrey in a friendly against SA Scorpions FC over the weekend.

After playing with Zweibrücken last season, Irvin Raul Parra is now with Kaiserslautern’s U-23 team for 2014-15.

Also making a move this summer, Joey Spivack is now with IBV in Iceland after spending the last two seasons with Kemi Kings in Finland.

Jon-Paul Pittman is on trial with English League Two side Dagenham & Redbridge.  Pittman appeared in 10 league games last season with Wycombe Wanderers while dealing with a knee issue.

Duane Holmes will have a new squad friendly number this season at Huddersfield Town (#19).

And finally, everyone should be a fan of this team in Finland.  Seriously, Sexy Pants.

 
Categories: Alonso Hernandez, David Chavez, DeAndre Yedlin, Duane Holmes, Fabian Johnson, Irvin Raul Parra, Jeb Brovsky, Joe Gyau, Joey Spivack, Jon-Paul Pittman, Michael Bradley, Sacha Kljestan, Shawn Parker, Tim Howard
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Thursday morning linkage
   June 12, 2014 (1:12 AM) by Matt Benson
 

The World Cup is finally here!

The USMNT is training away at Sao Paulo FC’s training grounds.  And there is a reason why they are staying so far away from their games (which I think is not that big of a deal), the place looks really nice.

The big news from yesterday was that Belgium canceled Thursday’s closed-door scrimmage against the US due to concerns over traveling in Sao Paulo.  Belgium is staying 40 miles away from the US and doesn’t want to risk sitting on a bus for five hours due to traffic and the possible subway strike.

Timothy Chandler was held out of training on Wednesday after picking up a knock on Tuesday, but it sounds minor and was only precautionary.

US Soccer’s website has a Q&A with Alejandro Bedoya.  Could Jermaine Jones and Michael Bradley be related?  (No.)

The big non-USMNT related news from yesterday is how bad the field looks in Manaus.  A bad field in hot weather conditions?  Sounds like a typical CONCACAF game to me.  Oh yeah, Natal is struggling to get ready for Friday’s opening game between Mexico and Cameroon.  There is a decent chance that I will be sitting in one of those temporary seats in the upper deck on Monday.  Good times await.

Getting back to the USMNT, the official World Cup patches went on the jerseys last night.

Want some tactical breakdowns of the USMNT?  Zonal Marking and SI’s Liviu Bird have you covered.  Go read those, you will feel smarter.

Bob Bradley was kind enough to give his scouting report of Ghana in this MLS video.  Speaking of Ghana, OT Twitter-friend Zack Goldman wrote about the US’s need to beat Ghana for the UK’s Metro.

ESPN has decided to go “all-in” on the “I Believe” chant with this latest tribute/commercial for the American Outlaws.

In case you haven’t seen any or all of ESPN’s Inside: U.S. Soccer’s March to Brazil, here are all six episodes in one place.  Also, I brought back our US World Cup history posts from the 2010 World Cup.

Landon Donovan still has a good sense of humor.

Moving onto other/club news.

Travis Clark is working on a feature on Clint Dempsey and got a great quote about his time at Furman.

Greg Seltzer has some possible transfer goodies/gossip on Benny Feilhaber and Alejandro Bedoya.

Our latest British newspaper transfer rumor of the day involves Terrence Boyd and Wigan Athletic.  Yay silly season!

Reading FC officially announced the signing of US U-20 prospect Andrija Novakovich.

Justin Moose scored his third goal of the season yesterday in Finland and you can check it out here.

Ryan Gracia was last seen in Sweden with Nyköping last season, but it looks like the 24-year-old midfielder has moved on to Balma SC in France.

And this could be my last post for the next 48 hours as I head to Brazil on Friday.  We will have a new addition to the site who will be starting a new series throughout the World Cup beginning with later today, so be on the lookout for that.

 
Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Andrija Novakovich, Benny Feilhaber, Bob Bradley, Clint Dempsey, Jermaine Jones, Justin Moose, Landon Donovan, Michael Bradley, Ryan Gracia, Terrence Boyd, Timothy Chandler, US Men's National Team
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