Let’s start with the Jermaine Jones late night craziness.
Orrin Schwarz first reported last night that Jones signed with MLS for 18 months at around $4 million and that MLS commissioner Don Garber gets to decide between the Chicago Fire and New England Revolution. Ives then reported that Jones was close to a deal but the deal hit a snag after MLS couldn’t promise which club he would end up at. They apparently agreed on a deal if he ended up with the Fire, but he wants more money if he ends up in New England, something MLS is not a fan of doing. Then Jones himself took time away from hanging out with Charlie Sheen or Chris Brown to tweet out that he had not signed with MLS.
While FIFA updated their rankings a week or so ago. Elo, who I personally like a little bit more, finally updated their numbers post-World Cup. The US dropped from #13 to #17. Costa Rica is now #15, while Mexico is now #11.
And finally, we are slowly adding more content to the site aside from highlights and links over the next couple months. I know one interview of someone who plays in Germany will hopefully be up on the site in the next couple of days. There is also going to be some other more opinionated-type stuff on the USMNT coming out soon as well. Plus, I will keep posting Jermaine Jones Instagram photos.
This summer has been a busy one and here are a bunch more links from the last couple of days.
The big news of yesterday was that DaMarcus Beasley signed a DP contract with the Houston Dynamo. He becomes the 10th current USMNT player on a designated player contract with MLS.
Danny Williams had surgery on his knee earlier this week. This is the second time in the last five months that Williams has had some form of surgery on his knee. No word on how serious or how long he will be out.
Do you like stats and numbers? I did a quick look at Tim Howard, Brad Guzan, Geoff Cameron and Alejandro Bedoya yesterday. I plan on doing another one next week on a couple guys from the Championship.
A few of the younger US players (and prospects) will be making the trek to the US with their European teams in the next week. Gedion Zelalem is on Arsenal’s roster which will take on the New York Red Bulls on Saturday. Emerson Hyndman made Fulham’s squad which is headed to Jacksonville to take on DC United this weekend. And we already know that Julian Green is with Bayern Munich as they take on the MLS All-Stars. Pep Guardiola spoke to the US press about Green and how he doesn’t want to loan him out this year.
Another youth player, Lynden Gooch, has been receiving some praise from Sunderland fans this week. Gooch came off the bench with Sunderland’s first team in a friendly against Carlisle United on Tuesday. Then he made another appearance with the first team on Wednesday in a friendly against Hartlepool United and assisted on one goal (GIF highlights).
Will Packwood played with Birmingham City’s U-21 team the other day in a private friendly. Sounds like he missed a little time recently “after suffering from illness”, but he is now back in action.
The US U-20 team now knows the format for January’s CONCACAF U-20 Championship. It will be two groups of six teams with the winners of each group clinching a spot in the U-20 World Cup, while the second and third place teams from each group doing a four-team playoff for the last two spots.
One player who might be on that U-20 team, Fernando Arce Jr., talked to Brian Sciaretta about selecting to play for the US over Mexico even though his dad played for Mexico.
Goalkeeper Phil Saunders has signed with Icelandic 1st Division side BÍ/Bolungarvik.
Former Bucknell product Conor O’Brien made the jump to Denmark out of college and now another Bison is headed to Denmark. This time it is Mayowa Alli and he is signing with Vensyssel in the Danish First Division (second tier).
With Roma in Boston this week, Keith Costigan talked to Roma president James Pallotta and Pallotta claims that we can expect “an announcement in the next few weeks” in regards to an American going to the club. Could the DeAndre Yedlin deal be back on or could it be another player? Or could it be nothing? I have no clue.
US Soccer and Sporting Kansas City are building a new National Training and Coaching Development Center in Kansas City. Sounds like this would be the main training hub for coaches and refs, while I think they will also get some USMNT/USWNT/youth team camps at the complex (along with the StubHub Center in Carson, California) once it is completed.
And finally, this site has been receiving a lot more traffic this month (likely due to the World Cup fever) along with a lot more Twitter and Facebook followers. If you are new to the site, thanks for checking us out. If you are not new to the site, thanks for continuing to check us out. It is nice to see this site grow with all of you.
The US U-20 team won the NTC Invitational last week. You can watch the entire game against Australia right here. US Soccer also has a video up with some post-game reactions from Tab Ramos and Paul Arriola.
Not really a surprise, but Julian Green was named to Bayern Munich’s roster for their US tour. They will take on the MLS All-Stars in Portland on August 6.
Brek Shea played 45 minutes in the second half of Stoke City’s 1-1 draw to Borussia Monchengladbach in a friendly over the weekend. According to reviews that I have read, he played well and you can watch the entire second half right here.
As Howie posted last night, Matt Besler is in talks with Sporting Kansas City on getting a new contract, although he hasn’t totally dismissed the possibility of playing overseas. While Greg Seltzer told us earlier this week that Sunderland was one of the teams expressing interest in Besler, the Evening Chronicle is hearing that the Black Cats have not made a bid and don’t plan on making one either. All this said, I think Besler will probably end up staying in Kansas City and I really don’t have a problem with that. Nothing wrong for him to have a Eddie Pope-like career.
If you want more transfer talk, Greg Seltzer was on yesterday’s episode of Soccer Morning with Jason Davis. He begins talking about the 11-minute mark and goes over some stuff on DeAndre Yedlin, Matt Besler (before last night’s news), Graham Zusi, Mix Diskerud, Brek Shea and a couple others.
Speaking of Brek Shea, he was named to Stoke City’s 23-man roster for the Potters’ preseason tour of Germany.
The latest FIFA world rankings came out yesterday with the US dropping two spots to #15. Costa Rica was one of the big winners, moving up 12 spots to #16. And this month is the first time that CONCACAF has had three teams in the Top 18 since March of 2004.
For those few people that missed it earlier this week, the Ecuadorian Football Federation claims that the US and Ecuador will play in a friendly against each other in October.
As I post this, about 40% of you think Jermaine Jones’ goal vs. Portugal was your favorite US goal from the World Cup, which leads the pack. Go vote here.
Mix Diskerud came off the bench and was first credited with a goal, which was later changed to an own goal, in Rosenborg’s upset 2-1 loss to Sligo Rovers in Europa League action (highlights). Also in Europa League action yesterday, Sean Reynolds came off the bench for 20 minutes in FH’s 1-1 draw to Neman. And Pablo Punyed went 90 minutes in Stjarnan’s 2-2 draw to Motherwell. The second legs will be next Thursday.
“He’s had this injury for a longer while than at the U.S. national team,” Stewart said in an telephone interview. “It was something that you could play with; it wasn’t a problem to. I’ve played with the same problem myself. Once it’s time to rest, it’s something that can aggravate you every time you step out on the field.”
Jozy Altidore told the Sunderland Echo that his injury in the World Cup was the low point of his career. He is expected to be almost fully fit once he returns to Sunderland.
If you are reading this before 1 PM Eastern on Friday, turn on beIN Sports as they will be showing Terrence Boyd and RB Leipzig taking on PSG in a friendly (h/t Jon Arnold).
Bayern Munich have updated their website and Julian Green is listed under the first team players. His online bio also tells us that he is a Gemini. Bayern Munich have also launched an English version of their site dedicated to the US.
The US U-20 team defeated Bermuda, 4-0, in their second match of the NTC Invitational on Wednesday. The goals were provided by Andrija Novakovich, Zach Pfeffer, Tommy Thompson and an own goal. Here are some highlights (I see you, Tommy Thompson) and some post-game reactions. The US’s final game is tonight against Australia at the StubHub Center at 7 PM and admission/parking are free. If I didn’t have plans already, I would be headed down there.
Liga MX also starts up tonight and Tom Marshall fills you in on where all the Americans will be playing this fall.
According to Sky Sports, Gboly Ariyibi is on trial with Burnley. Ariyibi ended last season on loan with Tranmere Rovers then became a free agent this summer once his contract with Leeds expired.
Bobby Wood got the start and played 72 minutes on the wing in a 4-3-3 in 1860 Munich’s 3-2 loss to Borussia Möchengladbach in a friendly earlier this week. Here is a photo of Wood in action.
Sebastian Lletget actually played with West Ham’s first team on Wednesday in a 0-0 draw to Ipswich Town in a friendly, coming off the bench in the second half.
I posted this list yesterday, but Deadspin/Screamer ranked all 171 World Cup goals. Now it is time to pick your favorite goal scored by the US. You can go by any voting standard that you want.
Maybe you think John Brooks’ goal is the best since it won the game. Maybe you like Julian Green’s goal since it came on his first touch. Maybe you like Clint Dempsey’s goal against Portugal since you like pelvic thrusts. Just pick your favorite below.
The US U-20 team opened up the 2014 NTC Invitational with a 2-1 win over Chile. The goals were scored by Andrija Novakovich and Zach Pfeffer. Here is who started and this is what they looked like. Next up is Bermuda on Wednesday at 4 PM Pacific.
Jozy Altidore and Jermaine Jones made the rounds at FOX on Sunday. They were on Fox Sports Live and did this podcast (which randomly features a Iowa Hawkeye helmet!). Jermaine also threw out the first pitch at the Dodgers game on Friday.
Jose Torres, Herculez Gomez and Tigres did not qualify for Copa Libertadores after losing to Morelia in the two-legged SuperCopa MX.
Sebastian Lletget had an assist in West Ham’s Development Squad’s 2-2 draw to AFC Hornchurch on Sunday. Lletget is in an interesting spot. He is probably getting too old for regular development squad minutes, but West Ham won’t play him with the first team or loan him out to get minutes.
We had tons of goals this weekend as you can see from all the highlight posts I made over the weekend. You can also see the non-highlights goals on our goal tracker. We also had some youth team/friendly goals this weekend with Danny Barbir scoring with West Brom’s U-18 team and Rubio Rubin scoring twice with Utrecht’s reserve team.
Remember when David Yelldell was a thing and looked like he might be the #3 goalkeeper for the USMNT? Well, he has been hiding on Bayer Leverkusen’s bench the last couple seasons, but he made a nice double save off a penalty kick in a friendly over the weekend.
I made a post about two things yesterday. I have heard from one of our Brazil Bracket Challenge winners, but still waiting to hear back from dmlacey. I also asked for help trying to find the video that they played in the stadiums before the World Cup games. Brian Straus then tweeted it out later in the afternoon and it was on FIFA’s own Youtube channel. Apparently I can find Icelandic third division highlights, but not something this simple on FIFA’s own channel. That said, enjoy the video. I like it.
It is that time of year when teams start releasing new kits for the upcoming season or they get leaked out to the internet. If you are a long time reader of the site, you know that I am a fan of posting these new shirts and jerseys. Look good, play good?
So check out after the jump to see new kits for seven teams featuring Americans in 2014-15.
I was able to piece this list together between MisterChip and other online sources, but Julian Green became the 11th youngest player in World Cup history to score goal with his goal against Belgium last night. When taking out duplicate names, he is the eighth youngest individual player to score a goal in World Cup history.
When I was 19 years old, I was a freshman in college trying to figure out how to smuggle cheap beer into my dorm room, not scoring goals at the World Cup. But the future appears to be bright with Julian Green.
Two guys are ineligible for this list. Fabian Johnson and Timmy Chandler have already signed new deals with teams in Germany, so they won’t be moving again this summer. There are also two guys who pretty much seem set to move— Jermaine Jones is done with Schalke and may or may not return to Beşiktaş. DaMarcus Beasley by most accounts will probably be moving to MLS this summer— so I’m not including them below.
While fans tend to overrate tournaments (small sample size) and owners/coaches can be irrational, scouts and coaches are pretty smart/watch a ton of games and probably aren’t going to rethink their thoughts on years of top-level games because of a handful of performances now . In that regard, playing a little off the beaten path could actually help a guy out here.
I tried to evaluate who might be set to make a big move, considering age, current league, current club, recent form with club, and likely playing time. League matters- it’s easier to make a jump from a lower league (like Mix Diskerud) than from a decent league already (like Alejandro Bedoya). I also assumed that any given player actually played well and to their ability.