It sounds like Jurgen Klinsmann will be looking at a lot of younger players over the next year when it comes to the USMNT.
“A good thing about this next year is that we kind of have the opportunity to see a lot of young players coming to our platform, coming to the senior team,” said Klinsmann. “We can give them time to show where they are up to right now.
“The experienced players, or the older players, we can tell them for the next couple of months: ‘Go play in your club environment, we know you inside out anyway, we know what you bring to the table. But right now maybe there’s time for the next couple of friendlies that come up and over the next year that we want to see the young players grow and see how they can make it.’”
Greg Seltzer is hearing that at least one Eredivisie team and Genk are interested in Sacha Kljestan as well as Olympiacos.
Stuart Holden will continue to work out with Bolton despite not being under contract. He will be allowed to play in any friendly, under-21 or development squad games but if he gets healthy again and Bolton want him back with the first team then he would have to sign a new deal.
A possible good sign on the Shawn Parker front? He lists Germany and US for his nationality on Augsburg’s website.
Here are some photos of Junior Flores and Joe Gyau in action with Borussia Dortmund’s U-23 team. Mario Rodriguez scored two goals for Borussia Mönchengladbach against Dortmund in this friendly.
Are you buying a Tijuana/Paul Arriola jersey this year? Heads up that he switched numbers from #47 to a more squad-friendly #20.
Adam Henley has returned to Blackburn Rovers early before training camp to finish rehabbing his ankle injury before the season starts.
Europa League started back up this week. Pablo Punyed went 90 in Stjarnan’s 4-0 win over Bangor City. A Mix Diskerud-less Rosenborg defeated Jelgava 4-0. Jordan Seabrook came off the bench for 21 minutes in VPS’s 2-1 win over Brommapojkarna.
And finally, one of the guys I hung out with during the World Cup put together a compilation video of the trip down to Brazil. Hopefully this weekend I can sit down and type up a post with a bunch of my photos and stories from the trip. It really was a once in a lifetime trip. If you are even on the fence about going to Russia in 2018, you need to go.
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.
The big non-USMNT related news from yesterday is howbad 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.
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.
Hey everyone, check out our 2013-14 OT XI in the event that you haven’t yet.
And in the event that you have missed any of the first five episodes of ESPN’s Inside: U.S. Soccer’s March to Brazil, here are those episodes for your viewing pleasure. I will update that page with the remaining episodes as soon as I can find them online after they appear on TV.
According to Infostrada Live, the US’s average age is 27 years and 296 days old, the 14th oldest among the 32 teams. So pretty much middle of the pack. And Julian Green looks to be the third youngest of any of the player on a World Cup roster.
Moving away from the World Cup, Bob Bradley spoke to Slate’s Hang Up and Listen podcast about his time with Egypt’s national team. He also talked about his son’s career and thought Michael would have been a good fit at Arsenal. This is really the first time that I have seen him speak out loud about his son like this, so it was interesting.
In case you have been kidnapped Taken-style over the last 48 hours, the US kicked off the Send-Off Series with a 2-0 win over Azerbaijan on Tuesday. Here are some highlights and some photos from the game. Here is also a short video on the game and Chris Wondolowski from the San Jose Earthquakes Youtube channel. Clint Dempsey was a late scratch with a groin issue, but it is not serious and he will only miss one or two days.
This Landon Donovan shirt is awesome. And this song might be the only country song I like. Jimmy Conrad/KICKTV have their latest Group G video up and this time Jimmy is in Ghana. I want to have a beer with Jimmy at some point in my life.
As I posted yesterday, reports out of England have Tim Ream agreeing to a new three-year deal with Bolton.
The USMNT 30-man provisional roster is coming out on Monday afternoon. In case you are not tired of reading roster predictions, I was able to get Howie, Jon, Will and myself to make our guesses at the final 23-man roster, so go check that out. Based on the comments over the last two weeks, I am sure there will be people who disagree with us, but we all pretty much agreed on a core 15-18 guys.
This is a pretty good bookmark-worthy link, but SI is keeping track of all the World Cup rosters as they get announced.
I did not get to watch Showtime’s 60 Minutes Sports piece on the USMNT, but I heard it was alright. ESPN’s Dougie Mac (a.k.a. Doug McIntyre) was able to spot a potential USMNT friendly against Belgium on June 12 while down in Brazil on Jurgen Klinsmann’s whiteboard during the piece (screenshot).
This is also a reminder that ESPN’s Inside: U.S. Soccer’s March to Brazil starts up next Tuesday. Here is the full schedule for the six episodes as they are all on different nights, while here is a short trailer. As I have said before, Jonathan Hock and Roger Bennett are the producers so you know this is in good hands.
In case you missed it yesterday, Omar Gonzalez is going to be out a week or two with his knee injury, while Clarence Goodson picked up a shin contusion and is questionable for this weekend’s game. Doesn’t look like either will hurt their World Cup chances.
Two other players who could be arriving late to camp are Aron Johannsson and Timothy Chandler. Johannsson and AZ Alkmaar could still have Eredivisie Europa League playoffs to deal with. They are up 3-0 after the first leg of the semifinals with the second leg this weekend. If they advance to the final, that would overlap with the beginning of camp. As for Chandler, Nurnberg could have the Bundesliga relegation playoffs to deal with if they can finish above Hamburger SV and Eintracht Braunschweig this weekend.
Here is part two of Arch Rivals/ASN’s video series on Maurice Edu’s quest to make the World Cup roster.
Sacha Kljestan hasn’t played much in Anderlecht’s last third of the season and now a report out of Belgium has him not happy and that he wants to return to the US. It even throws out the LA Galaxy’s name, but I don’t see that happening since they already have three designated players.
Continuing with the same theme, a report out of Mexico claims that DaMarcus Beasley wants to leave Puebla for a return to MLS.
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.
Let’s start off with the USMNT since they only play Mexico on Wednesday.
In case you have been out of the loop in the last couple days, Brad Evans (calf injury) was replaced by Tony Beltran, while DaMarcus Beasley and Michael Orozco were denied their release by Puebla. Jurgen Klinsmann is now angry. And here is Mexico’s roster.
Klinsmann also made some managerial changes within US Soccer. Tab Ramos has replaced Martin Vasquez on the coaching staff, while Vasquez looks to be headed into a scouting role. Klinsi has also hired Berti Vogts to be a special advisor and Vogts was in Phoenix yesterday. Klinsmann thinks the moves will only make the team better come June. And there were mix reviews about Vasquez.
Now that we got all boring stuff out of the way, we can now focus on the important things. The “bomb pop” jerseys are now on sale on US Soccer’s website! It looks like they will be wearing those with red shorts and here is some more information on the fonts/numbers. In case you don’t want to spend $150 for the real deal or $90 for a replica, you could always go the DIY method. And I am guessing there are some people hoping that this jersey is some elaborate April Fools’ joke.
This was from last week, but Kristan Heneage takes a look at the recent recruiting of Julian Green and other players in Europe. StatHunting.com also projects Green as a Top 100 player based on his small sample size of stats so far in his career.
On top of his work with ESPN, Kasey Keller is going to work with U-23 team in April.
Sticking with goalkeepers, everyone should check out Will’s lengthy interview with Will Hesmer. There are some good stories in there, including the time he thought he was being pranked about being drafted by Toronto FC in the expansion draft. Will also updated his Top 100 American goalkeepers list.
Stabæk’s fans had a great tifo for Bob Bradley in the season opener this past weekend, a 3-0 win over Sogndal. Michael Stephens went 90 minutes in that game and Yanks Abroad’s Mathew Wagner caught up with Stephens last week.
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.
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?
We had a few goals this past weekend. Aron Johannsson showed off some fancy footwork while scoring a brace in AZ’s 4-0 win (highlights). Jose Torres found the back of the net for Tigres in their 3-0 win over Cruz Azul (highlights). Mario Rodriguez, Jann George and Seth Rudolph also scored this weekend and you can always follow along with our goal tracker.
Howie posted this yesterday, but Brek Shea’s loan with Barnsley was cut short a few weeks early after an incident with a Barnsley fan where Shea gave the fan “the finger” after the fan was apparently yelling some things at a teammate.
Jozy Altidore did not travel with Sunderland’s team this past weekend and it sounds like it was some illness according to Grant Wahl.
Alejandro Bedoya’s FC Nantes were just hit with a 16-month transfer ban. While they will be able to sell and release players, they will not be able to sign any new players until the summer of 2015.
Josh Gatt is getting closer to fully returning to the field. While he thinks it would be possible to return in time for Molde’s season opener on March 28, they might wait a week or two more to make sure everything with his knee is good.
Staying in Norway, Stabæk’s website has a new video interview up with Bob Bradley.
The Men in Blazers’ website has a cool little write-up on two of John Brooks’ tattoos. Showing some love to both the US and Germany.
As of last Friday, about 35,000 tickets have been sold so far for the US-Mexico friendly in Phoenix.
Jurgen Klinsmann was down in Austin this past weekend getting his hipster on at SXSW. Also announced at SXSW this weekend is a “Hard Knocks”-type show by ESPN with the USMNT leading up to the World Cup. One of the co-producers is Jonathan Hock, who did two of my favorite 30 For 30s: “The Best That Never Was” (Marcus Dupree) and “Survive and Advance” (1983 NC State Basketball Team). Basically, this should be in good hands.
I know I linked Part 1 of Roger Bennett’s oral history of the 1994 USMNT last week, but here are Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4.
While Footy Headlines is not Todo Sobre Camisetas when it comes to leaked jerseys, it does have a better batting average than some sites out there and they are saying this is the road jersey for the US for the World Cup. If this is the real deal Holyfield (we are currently in Rumorville at the moment), I think I like it although it does look like a bomb pop.
Here is small interview with Jake Keegan, who is now with Galway FC in Ireland.
And finally, Yannick Smith is now back in the US with USL Pro’s Dayton Dutch Lions FC after playing in Finland with Narpes Kraft last season.