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Reports – Bob Bradley agrees to coach Ligue 2 side Le Havre AC
   November 6, 2015 (6:28 AM) by Matt Benson

Bob Bradley will be stepping down as Stabæk’s manager after this weekend’s season finale and it looks like he already has a new job lined up.

According to reports out of Norway and France, Bradley has verbally agreed to become French Ligue 2 side Le Havre AC’s manager.

The French club does not have a current manager after firing Thierry Goudet in September.  They also have American ties with the club being bought by American businessman Vincent Volpe this past summer.

Le Havre currently sit in fourth place out of the 20-team French second division through 13 games.  And the top two teams from Ligue 2 will earn promotion to Ligue 1 at the season’s end.

As for some wikipedia fun on the club, their nicknames are Le club doyen (The Dean Club) and Les Ciel et Marine (The Sky-and-Navy).

They have some decent colors and a quality badge:


The club was founded in 1872 and has played 24 seasons in France’s top flight Ligue 1, last making an appearance in 2008-09.  The club has also won Coupe de France once in 1959.

And finally, Alejandro Bedoya tweeted out on the subject.

Here is said beautiful stadium:

Categories: Bob Bradley

Catching up with some links
   November 5, 2015 (12:03 AM) by Matt Benson

Haven’t done one of these in a while.

Aron Johannsson will be out for a while after having hip surgeryAccording to ArJo, the surgery was a success.

Bob Bradley has led Stabæk to a place in next year’s Europa League.  He spoke to Greg Seltzer about the season.  He is one of two American coaches to lead a team to next year’s Europa League.  One Norwegian publication also named him Tippeligaen Manager of the Year.

Sticking with American managers in Europe, it looks like David Wagner is going to be Huddersfield Town’s next manager.

Cameron Carter-Vickers has signed a new deal with Tottenham through 2018.

Brian Sciaretta talked to Danny Williams this week.

US U-20 right back Desevio Payne is starting to get playing time again with FC Groningen.

Eddie Johnson officially announced his retirement from soccer.  He made 63 appearances for the USMNT.

Will Reno made a video on goalkeeper Ethan Horvath.  Will also did an interview this week and shockingly it is not with a goalkeeper (it is with Mexican-American Josue Soto).

Fabian Johnson scored a goal in Champions League action earlier this week.

Jermaine Jones’ contract expires at the end of the season and he is getting some interest from abroad.

Luis Gil is another player who has an expiring contract and is getting some interest from outside the US.

Junior Flores said no to El Salvador and still want to play for the US.

Jurgen Klinsmann did a Q&A session with US Soccer’s website.

Lynden Gooch scored two goals with Sunderland’s U21 team earlier this week.  His U21 coach had some nice things to say about Gooch.  And Sunderland’s website has a little spotlight on Gooch.

The American contingent at Tijuana will now have Miguel Herrera as their manager come 2016.

Paul Arriola and Alejandro Guido both scored with Tijuana’s U20 team this past weekend.

The US U-23 team will play two friendlies in Brazil this month.

And finally, Pablo Punyed is staying in Iceland but will play for IBV next season.

Categories: Alejandro Guido, Aron Johannsson, Bob Bradley, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Danny Williams, David Wagner, Desevio Payne, Eddie Johnson, Ethan Horvath, Fabian Johnson, Jermaine Jones, Josue Soto, Junior Flores, Luis Gil, Lynden Gooch, Pablo Punyed, Paul Arriola, US Men's National Team, US U-23 National Team

Stabæk vs. Start Highlights
   November 2, 2015 (8:38 AM) by Matt Benson

Cole Grossman got the start and assisted on the first goal of the game off a corner kick as Stabæk defeated Start 3-2 and clinched a spot in next year’s Europa League.  Here are some highlights with Grossman’s assist coming at the 1:57 mark.

Categories: Bob Bradley, Cole Grossman, Highlights
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Links and whatnot for Tuesday
   October 27, 2015 (12:02 AM) by Matt Benson

In case you have been out of the loop the last couple of days, CONCACAF, CONMEBOL and US Soccer all officially announced that the United States will be the host of next summer’s Copa America Centenario.

The US U-17 team was knocked out of the U-17 World Cup.

Julian Green had a hat trick over the weekend.  Ryan Malone scored his first goal in his first start since heading to Germany.  And Kenny Saief had an assist over the weekend.

US Soccer has parted ways with head trainer Sue Falsone.

We might not see another American at AZ Alkmaar as Director of Football Earnie Stewart has left the club to join the Philadelphia Union as their sporting director.

I think Bob Bradley has been “linked” to Aston Villa couple different times but he denied the latest rumors with them firing manager Tim Sherwood recently.

Dom Dwyer will get his US passport in 2017 and he might be interested in playing for the US.

ESPN’s Doug McIntyre has his latest USMNT hot list.


Gedion Zelalem’s loan with Rangers ends in January but the club wants to extend it until the end of the season.

Tim Howard is getting some crap in England about the goals he gave up to Arsenal this past weekend.

Geoff Cameron picked up a thigh injury over the weekend and looks to be out for a week.

Andrija Novakovich scored a goal with Reading’s U-21 team yesterday.

Jordan Morris continues to do Jordan Morris things at Stanford (goal and assist).

And finally, Zarek Valentin wrote some words on five things he has learned as a professional.

Categories: Andrija Novakovich, Benny Feilhaber, Bob Bradley, Dom Dwyer, Earnie Stewart, Gedion Zelalem, Geoff Cameron, Jordan Morris, Julian Green, Kenny Saief, Ryan Malone, Tim Howard, US Men's National Team, US U-17 National Team, Zarek Valentin
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A day late links
   October 23, 2015 (8:14 AM) by Matt Benson

I was going to post these yesterday but I have been a little under the weather and thought my head was going to explode yesterday.  So here we are now.

John D. Halloran did some depth charting with the USMNT earlier this week.

Bob Bradley is being linked to French Ligue 2 side Le Havre.

It looks like Jurgen Klinsmann is not really the US technical director anymore despite the title.  Yay power struggles.

So I guess Fabian Johnson is not hurt as he plugged away another 90 minutes in Champions League action this week.

Darlington Nagbe is finally on Jurgen Klinsmann’s radar.

Rubio Rubin needs surgery for a stress fracture in his foot.

The US U-23 team will face Colombia in a two-game playoff in March for a spot in the Olympics.  We don’t know the exact dates/venues yet, but the first game will be in Colombia.

Jordan Morris continues to do Jordan Morris things at Stanford.

Adam Bedell scored a goal in Denmark earlier this week.

Learn more on Jordan Siebatcheu courtesy of Brian Sciaretta.

Zak Whitbread signed a short-term deal with Shrewsbury Town last week.

Fernando Arce Jr. scored a goal with Tijuana’s U-20 team last week.

Here is a video of Christian Eissele and Kemi Kings celebrating their league title.

And finally, New York Red Bulls Academy graduate Kyle Duncan has signed with French Ligue 2 club Valenciennes FC.

Categories: Adam Bedell, Bob Bradley, Christian Eissele, Darlington Nagbe, Fabian Johnson, Fernando Arce Jr., Jordan Morris, Jordan Siebatcheu, Kyle Duncan, Rubio Rubin, US Men's National Team, US U-23 National Team, Zak Whitbread

This is why we can’t have nice things links
   October 13, 2015 (5:43 AM) by Matt Benson

So Saturday sucked.

In case you want to throw up some more, here are the highlights of the 3-2 loss.  The ratings were pretty good for the game.

Moving on from that game, Jurgen Klinsmann has called in five players and sent home eight players on Sunday.  Then Klinsi got all pissy at Fabian Johnson and sent him home.

First off, not defending Klinsmann, but Fabian Johnson looked like a guy who wanted no part of that game after about 15 minutes.  Could it be injuries?  Could it be that he has played poorly in the heat before?  Could it be that he was mad at the bus driver for not stopping at In-N-Out on the way to the Rose Bowl?  Who knows the reason but he did not play well on Saturday and asked to be subbed out late in the game.

That said, Klinsmann could have sent him home and just told the media that he wanted to give him rest but instead he threw Johnson under the bus.  2015 has not been a good year for Mr. Klinsmann.

As one would expect, there is not a lot of buzz for Tuesday’s friendly against Costa Rica and ticket sales do not look good.  It looks like Tim Howard will start at goalie.

Also on “Black Saturday”, the US U-23 team lost to Honduras in the important semifinal match of Olympic qualifying (highlights).  Andi Herzog was sent off so assistant John Hackworth will be coaching the team tomorrow.  Since they lost on Saturday, they now have to beat Canada on Tuesday then beat Colombia in a one-game playoff in March in order to qualify for the Olympics.

The US U-20 team is in Germany for the Mercedes-Benz Cup and tied Mexico 3-3 in their last game.  They also had a 2-2 draw with Scotland and an 8-1 loss to Germany during the week.

Terrence Boyd has had a setback and needs another surgery.  Ugh.

US Soccer officials finally attended a meeting last week for Copa America Centenario.

Sam Allardyce was recently named Sunderland’s new manager, but Bob Bradley was sort of being linked as a possibility last week.

Jordan Siebatcheu is a 19-year-old forward currently playing at French Ligue 1 side Reims (three goals in eight games this season).  Apparently he was born in Washington D.C. and would be interested in possibly playing for the US.

Over in Rumorville, according to Footy Headlines, the next US home jersey which will come out in 2016 will be black (blah!) and will have the new crest that was rumored a couple months ago.

Hopefully things go a little better this week.

Categories: Bob Bradley, Fabian Johnson, Jordan Siebatcheu, Terrence Boyd, Tim Howard, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team, US U-23 National Team

A couple links for Wednesday
   September 30, 2015 (12:53 AM) by Matt Benson

Getting caught up on the last couple days.

Michael Bradley made his Instagram account public and he is ready for the CONCACAF Cup.  More importantly, only eight photos exist of Bradley smiling throughout the world and six can be found on this account.

Roughly 30-35% of the Rose Bowl will be US supporters come October 10.  This is an improvement over the 2011 Gold Cup Final.

According to one report out of El Salvador, Joel Aguilar will be the ref for the game.  Aguilar was the ref for the SnowClasico in 2013.

Need to get pumped up from the game?  Here is a video for you.

Nothing overly new to report on Copa America Centenario, but leaked photos of the ball have USA on them as part of the logo.

Brad Guzan made’s Premier League Team of the Weekend after recording nine saves against Liverpool.

Aron Johannsson missed Werder Bremen’s game over the weekend due to an adductor strain.

John Brooks has been missing time with Hertha Berlin due to a thigh injury and he wants to sign a contract extension with Hertha Berlin.

Tim Howard and Everton came back from a two-goal deficit to beat West Brom on Monday.  It was only the second time Everton has some back to win after trailing by 2+ goals in the Premier League era.  The other time was in 1994 against Wimbledon.

Tim Ream was featured in Fulham’s match day program for last week’s game against QPR.

Bob Bradley is doing work in Norway as Stabæk sit in second place (Europa League) with five games remaining.  And now some reports out Norway having Molde FK (league champions in three of the previous four seasons) expressing some interest in Bradley’s services.

Here is a podcast interview with Joe Gyau.

The US U-17 team won one of their games down in Mexico, 1-0, with Joe Gallardo scoring the lone goal.

And finally, Kyle Scott scored a goal with Chelsea’s U-19 team yesterday.

Categories: Aron Johannsson, Bob Bradley, Brad Guzan, Joe Gallardo, Joe Gyau, John Brooks, Kris Scott, Michael Bradley, Tim Howard, Tim Ream, US Men's National Team, US U-17 National Team
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A bunch of link goodies for Thursday
   September 24, 2015 (12:12 AM) by Matt Benson

This week has been a crazy one for me and of course 2354356456 guys have scored goals this week.  As always, our goal tracker has a bunch of information on who scored and links to those available highlights.

As for some of the highlights of recent goals, we have had goals by Bobby Wood, Shawn Barry, Fabian Johnson, Björn Maars Johnsen (and again), Aron Johannsson, Mario Rodriguez, Christian Eissele, Eugene Starikov, Luca de la Torre, Nermin Crnkic, Jakeem Johnson and Russell Canouse.

Julian Green scored a goal yesterday with Bayern Munich II.  Haven’t found highlights yet, but here is a photo of him celebrating the goal.

To go with his goal from the weekend (linked above), Mario Rodriguez scored again yesterday.

Rubio Rubin came off the bench and scored a goal in the Dutch Cup earlier this week.

Cameron Carter-Vickers wore the captain’s armband and scored a goal for Tottenham’s U-21 team earlier this week.

As for Fabian Johnson’s goal linked above, it came in the fifth minute and according to Paul Carr, that would be the earliest Bundesliga goal by an American since Tony Sanneh in 1999.

DeAndre Yedlin made his Sunderland debut this week in a 4-1 loss to Manchester City in the League Cup.  He assisted on Sunderland’s lone goal.  Someone made a video of his performance.  Sunderland manager Dick Advocaat had some nice things to say about him.  Greg Seltzer also broke down his debut.

The Fighting Bob Bradleys were knocked out by Rosenborg in the semifinals of the Norwegian Cup yesterday in overtime.

Tim Howard’s shutout over the weekend was his 128th in the Premier League, tying him with Peter Schmeichel for ninth most all-time.

Speaking of goalkeepers, what if I told you Will Reno wrote some things on the US goalies?

With the CONCACAF Cup quickly approaching, Mexico looks to be without another player as Rafa Marquez is going to be out with a groin injury.  And there have been some rumors this week that Sao Paulo’s Juan Carlos Osorio will be El Tri’s next manager.

Brian Sciaretta talked to Tab Ramos about the US U-20 team and why US Soccer is creating U-16 and U-19 teams.

The US U-17 team is down in Mexico for its last camp before the U-17 World Cup.

If you have an ESPN Insider account, Doug McIntyre ranks his Top 21 US players under the age of 21.

Here is a two part (Part 1 | Part 2) interview with Terrence Boyd done in German (and Google Translate doesn’t want to work right now).

The Irish Times did a story on Jake Keegan last week.

According to one report, free agent Zak Whitbread turned down a deal with Blackpool.

San Diego-native Anthony Wright has joined Nottingham Forest’s youth academy.

And finally, Will Daniels finished the season in Iceland with Aegir with 12 goals in 17 games and took home some hardware.

Categories: Anthony Wright, Aron Johannsson, Björn Maars Johnsen, Bob Bradley, Bobby Wood, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Christian Eissele, DeAndre Yedlin, Eugene Starikov, Fabian Johnson, Jake Keegan, Jakeem Johnson, Julian Green, Luca de la Torre, Mario Rodriguez, Nermin Crnkic, Rubio Rubin, Russell Canouse, Shawn Barry, Terrence Boyd, Tim Howard, US Men's National Team, US U-17 National Team, US U-20 National Team, Will Daniels, Zak Whitbread
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A couple links for Thursday
   September 3, 2015 (1:36 AM) by Matt Benson

A few things for Thursday.

ESPN’s Doug McIntyre has some nuggets from the USMNT camp this week.  Jozy Altidore is playing well, while it looks like the starting fullbacks will be Tim Ream (LB) and Geoff Cameron (RB).  Also, Jurgen Klinsmann reiterated that Brad Guzan is the #1 goalkeeper through at least the CONCACAF Cup.

US Soccer put up a little fun video on whether Gyasi Zardes scored a goal or not on Tim Howard in training.  Looks like a goal to me.

Ben Lederman has been in the news a lot recently and Ives Galarcep is hearing that Lederman is joining the U.S. U-17 residency program in Bradenton, Florida.

Fresh off his assist with Borussia Dortmund’s U-19 team this past weekend (highlights), Christian Pulisic got to train with the first team this week.

Bob Bradley has been doing work in Norway this season with Stabæk sitting in second place with eight games left and now the Fighting Bob Bradleys will have to finish the season strong without their top goal scorer who was sold to Hull City.

Staying in Norway, Kenya Brown spoke to Viking FK defender A.J. Soares.

On loan from Orlando City, Adam Bedell scored three goals in HB Køge’s 6-2 win over Frederikssund in the Danish Cup on Wednesday.  Here is a post-game photo of Bedell.  And here is an intro video courtesy of HB Køge’s Youtube channel.

A couple other transfers to mention with deadline day this week.  Fabrice Picault is now with St. Pauli in Germany.  It looks like Mayowa Alli is on loan with Thisted FC in Denmark.  And Hardin-Simmons product Matt Pitcock has signed with FC Bern in Switzerland.

Categories: A.J. Soares, Adam Bedell, Ben Lederman, Bob Bradley, Brad Guzan, Christian Pulisic, Fabrice Picault, Geoff Cameron, Gyasi Zardes, Jozy Altidore, Matt Pitcock, Mayowa Alli, Tim Howard, Tim Ream, US Men's National Team
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Friday morning linkpalooza
   August 21, 2015 (12:02 AM) by Matt Benson

Links and whatnot for your reading pleasure.  A few USMNT nuggets to start off with.

Roughly 23,000 tickets have been sold so far for the friendly against Peru.

While we won’t know the full US roster for the September friendlies until the end of the month, Tim Howard and DaMarcus Beasley will be on the roster according to a release from US Soccer.  Howard will be making his first return since taking a year sabbatical, while Fabian Johnson’s injury (and Beasley’s veteran presence) probably opened things up for Beasley.  Klinsmann also says Brad Guzan will remain the US’s starting goalkeeper.

Toronto FC manager Greg Vanney has begun talking to US Soccer about not calling in Jozy Altidore and Michael Bradley for the Peru friendly (Toronto faces Seattle on September 5) then releasing them back to the USMNT for the game against Brazil.

Mexico has an interim manager for their next four games, including the Confederations Cup playoff, and it is Tigres’ Ricardo “Tuca” Ferretti.  Ferretti has managed El Tri once before in a friendly against Costa Rica in 1993.

Jurgen Klinsmann talked to US Soccer’s website about various players making moves this transfer window like Aron Johannsson, Bobby Wood and Tim Ream.

Speaking of Ream, he has officially signed with Fulham after a couple days delay.  He will become the ninth American to play for Fulham’s senior team once he makes his Cottagers debut.  Ream also told NBC’s Joe Prince-Wright that Fulham’s history with Americans was a factor in his decision to select Fulham.

Also at Fulham, Will Parchman wrote some words on Emerson Hyndman and his situation with the Cottagers.

According to this report out of Germany, Julian Green has been sent down to Bayern Munich II in the German Regionalliga.

We found out that Genk was interested in Gyasi Zardes earlier this week and it looks like you can add Reading and Brigthon to the picture.

There were some goals this week from Danny Williams, Miguel Ibarra and Lynden Gooch.  Gooch also spoke to Sunderland’s website about the goal.

Cody Cropper made his senior team debut earlier this month in MK Dons’ 2-1 win over Leyton Orient in the Capital One Cup.  As for the goal he allowed, it was awkward.  He looks like a baby deer trying to walk on ice.

Greg Seltzer did another numbers thing and this one is on Ethan Horvath and rookie American goalkeepers in Europe.  Horvath and Molde FK also defeated Standard Liège yesterday, 2-0, in the first leg of their Europa League matchup.

Eight by Eight magazine has an interview up with Bob Bradley.

The US U-17 team lost their opening game of the Vaclav Jezek Tournament, 4-2, to Russia.  The US goals were scored by Joshua Perez and Hugo Arellano.

Chelsea youth player Kyle Scott appears to be headed to a US U-20 camp in the near future.

And finally, Jay Denny’s career will continue in the lower leagues of England with AFC Telford being his latest stop.

Categories: Aron Johannsson, Bob Bradley, Bobby Wood, Brad Guzan, Cody Cropper, DaMarcus Beasley, Danny Williams, Emerson Hyndman, Ethan Horvath, Gyasi Zardes, Jay Denny, Jozy Altidore, Julian Green, Kyle Scott, Lynden Gooch, Michael Bradley, Miguel Ibarra, Tim Howard, Tim Ream, US Men's National Team, US U-17 National Team

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