Joey Spivack and Christian Eissele both went the full 90 minutes with Eissele scoring his 28th goal across all competitions in Kemi Kings’ 2-0 win over GBK. Here are the highlights, including Eissele’s goal at the 1:20 mark.
Christian Eissele and Joey Spivack both went 90 minutes with Eissele picking up a hat trick in Kemi Kings’ 7-1 win over KPV in Finland on Sunday. That gives Eissele 26 goals across all competitions in 2013. Here are the highlights.
Christian Eissele, Joey Spivack and Kemi Kings moved into first place of the Finnish Kakkonen Pohjoinen with a 2-0 win over YPA yesterday. Eissele netted both goals for Kemi Kings, which gives him 23 on the year across all competitions. Here is nine minutes worth of highlights, with Eissele’s goals coming at the 1:23 and 5:00 marks.
The USMNT headed to Dallas (technically Arlington) on Monday after beating El Salvador 5-1 on Sunday (highlights here). I did another fun stat thingie talking about their winning streak and all the goals they keep scoring. Yay for numbers! The US will be facing Honduras from Jerry World Cowboys Stadium at 7 PM Eastern on Fox Soccer.
Sunday’s game drew a 1.2 overnight rating, which is not bad for most soccer games shown in the US. The previous week’s game against Cuba only drew a 0.6, while the Champions League final drew a 1.0 overnight rating on FOX earlier this year. Baby steps.
While most of us were watching the US, we probably missed out that Freddy Adu came off the bench and played 13 minutes in Bahia’s 0-0 draw. It was his first action since May. Here are some highlights from the game, although Adu is not really in any of them (I think he is the smaller guy in the white jersey at the back post during the last free kick, but I can’t tell for sure).
Alfredo Morales made his debut with Ingolstadt as the German 2. Bundesliga season started up over the weekend, but he had a pretty nightmare debut. A bad back pass led to a goal and he left the game with a red card and will miss the next game. Ouch.
We had some goals in the lower leagues over the weekend. Christian Eissele scored the game-winning goal and his 21st across all competitions in Kemi Kings’ 4-3 win. And Chukwudi Chijindu scored his sixth goal of the season for Thor. His six goals are tied for the second most in the Icelandic Úrvalsdeild. As always, you can follow along with our goal tracker.
Also over the weekend, Aron Johannsson scored another goal for AZ Alkmaar in a preseason friendly against Getafe.
Defender Babajide Ogunbiyi is returning to Viborg FF in the Danish 1st Division (second tier). Ogunbiyi appeared in 12 league games for fellow Danish 1st Division side Vendsyssel in 2012-13 after playing for Viborg in the previous two and a half seasons.
And finally, the Milk Cup is always a favorite of ours and Javier Perez named his 18-man U-18 roster yesterday. It features some European-based players, including goalkeeper Ethan Horvath (Molde FK) and forward Lynden Gooch (Sunderland). They will face Mexico next Monday in the first game then play Northern Ireland on Wednesday and Denmark on Friday. The US has won the tournament twice before (2005 and 2010).
It is usually pretty tough to find highlights of games in Finland, but I was able to find highlights of Joey Spivack’s goal from this weekend (which you can find at the 2:07 mark). Spivack also had an assist (2:31 mark) as Kemi Kings won 4-0.
A few more USMNT tidbits before moving onto more club-based links. The US-Panama game was the second-highest rated US qualifier ever on ESPN. While it was only a 0.8, it was also a 10 PM Eastern start time on a Tuesday night. Not bad.
It is starting to look like the US won’t be playing its road qualifier at the “lovely” concrete field at Saprissa when they travel to Costa Rica in September. The stadium is not good enough for FIFA, who recently inspected Costa Rica’s stadium since they are hosting the Women’s U-17 World Cup there in 2014, so the US could be playing at Costa Rica’s new national team stadium in San Jose.
Mexico announced its roster for the Gold Cup, and as expected due to the Confederations Cup, it is a pretty weak roster. It also features to Mexican-Americans in Miguel Ponce and the recently-found-out-be-an-American Isaac Brizuela.
The U-20 World Cup begins next Friday and Brian Sciaretta talked to Oscar Sorto while Ryan Bacic caught up with Danny Garcia.
Bob Bradley has Egypt one step closer to Brazil with a recent win over Zimbabwe. And here is an extended look at the documentary on Bob Bradley on Egypt.
As for Michael Bradley, he now knows who his manager will be next season. Rudi Garcia won the double (Ligue 1 and Coupe de France) in 2010-11 with Lille.
A couple new uniforms came out this week. Here is Brad Guzan showing off Aston Villa’s new goalkeeper kit for next season. And here is what Conor Doyle will hopefully wear a few more times on the field next season for Derby County.
If you are a regular of this site, you know that there was a little bit of chatter last week about Eric Lichaj and Nottingham Forest. Well, it is picking up steam.
Greg Seltzer is hearing that the Ukrainian team interested in Jozy Altidore is Dinamo Kyiv.
Tim Ream’s agent also shot down some rumors to Seltzer about a possible Middlesbrough transfer.
DaMarcus Beasley was not sent to another Mexican league team before last week’s Liga MX draft/transfer deadline. Puebla’s president recently tweeted that there is a 50 percent chance that they re-sign Beasley.
Another American who didn’t go anywhere in Mexico was Jonathan Bornstein. Honduras’ favorite US player is still playing the waiting game and looking over his options.
Goalkeeper Caleb Patterson-Sewell has made the move from Vitoria Setubal to fellow Portuguese Primeira Liga side Gil Vicente.
Another player who made a move within his league is Bryan Gerzicich. The defensive midfielder has switched from Hapoel Ironi Kiryat Shmona to Hapoel Tel Aviv in Israel.
The New York Cosmos have signed Jemal Johnson (not to be confused with Jamel Johnson). Jemal last played in Europe for Tamworth in England before ending last season with the Fort Lauderdale Strikers. I love looking as his wikipedia page. So many different teams. Octavio Dotel is impressed.
Greg Seltzer has some info on Tony Taylor as he is looking for a new home.
Goalkeeper Ethan Horvath, who has been training at Molde FK for a while, has signed a pre-contract with the Norwegian club and will sign a professional deal with the club once the window opens up in July.
While most of the bigger leagues are shut down at the moment, we still have seen goals in the last week from Christian Eissele, Chukwudi Chijindu and Jordan Seabrook. Keep track of the lower leagues this season with our goal tracker.
And finally, with one game still left to go in the Polish II Liga (third tier), David Paul and Puszcza Niepołomice have earned promotion and will be playing in the I Liga next season.
So yesterday was a fun one. I know it was only a friendly and a “weaker” squad, but it is still nice to beat Germany.
If you missed out on the phone, here are the highlights. I am hoping going to do another stat dump either later tonight or tomorrow looking at this game and Friday’s game against Jamaica. I am also going to setup our first “Guess the Score” contest in a while either Tuesday or Wednesday for the Jamaica game.
Greg Seltzer has a couple nuggets up on Michael Parkhurst and Maurice Edu.
Kyle Scott, a U-16 British-American midfielder at Chelsea, is being targeted by some big teams in Europe. He has been playing with England’s youth teams, so who knows if the US is in the picture or not.
It looks like most people like Mix Diskerud’s middle name the best out of all the players on the provisional Gold Cup roster.
While US-Germany was the main attraction on Sunday, we did have some players score some goals at the club level. Justin Moose scored for SJK against KooTeePee (still my favorite team name). Marc Heider scored for Holstein Kiel against Hessen Kassel in the German Regionalliga. And back in Finland, Christian Eissele scored three goals in Kemi Kings’ win over ORPa. That gives Eissele 12 goals across all competitions since January 1. You can keep up-to-date with all these goals with our goal tracker.
It looks like Jurgen Klinsmann would be open to staying on as USMNT manager beyond 2014.
Anthony Brooks recently did an interview with Berliner Kurier where he claims that he will make a decision on US vs. Germany in the coming weeks.
Mr. Soccer Insider Steven Goff is being told that Bryan Gerzicich might be making a move to MLS this summer. Greg Seltzer is also hearing the same thing and adds that he has an offer from a team in Belgium.
In the “sounds about right for his crazy career” department, Freddy Adu has been at the club for about a week now and his manager at Brazilian side Bahia has already been fired.
Brian Span and Djurgården’s game against Mjällby on Monday was suspended due to Djurgården’s fans throwing beer bottles onto the field.
Want to see Michael Bradley in an Italian Volkswagen ad? Why not.
US U-20 forward Daniel Cuevas has returned to full training after tearing his meniscus at the CONCACAF U-20 Championship.
Joe Gyau did a Google Hangout with SWOL yesterday where he talked about life in Germany and the USMNT among other things.