Jordan Morris highlights a roster for a friendly I just learned about.
GOALKEEPERS (2): Cody Cropper (Southampton; Maple Grove, Minn.), Jon Kempin (San Antonio Scorpions; Leawood, Kan.)
DEFENDERS (8): Christian Dean (Vancouver Whitecaps; East Palo Alto, Calif.), Juan Pablo Ocegueda (Alebrijes de Oaxaca; Riverside, Calif.), Boyd Okwuonu (Real Salt Lake; Edmund, Okla.), Shane O’Neill (Colorado Rapids; Boulder, Colo.), Dillon Serna (Colorado Rapids; Brighton, Colo.), Oscar Sorto (LA Galaxy; Los Angeles, Calif), Sam Strong (UC Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, Calif.), Walker Zimmerman (FC Dallas; Lawrenceville, Ga.)
MIDFIELDERS (5): Fatai Alashe (San Jose Earthquakes; Northville, Mich.), Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake; Garden Grove, Calif.), Alejandro Guido (Club Tijuana; Chula Vista, Calif.), Benji Joya (Santos Laguna; San Jose, Calif.), Daniel Metzger (New York Red Bulls II; Holmdel, N.J.)
FORWARDS (5): Alonso Hernandez (C.F. Monterrey; El Paso, Texas), Alfred Koroma Shams (Unattached; Southlake Carol, Texas), Jordan Morris (Stanford; Mercer Island, Wash.), Mario Rodriguez (Borussia Mönchengladbach; North Hollywood, Calif.), Jose Villarreal (LA Galaxy; Inglewood, Calif.)
The US U-23 team won its game against Bosnia U-23s, 5-2, on Friday. The US goals were scored by Jordan Morris, Mario Rodriguez, Benji Joya, Alonso Hernandez and Fatai Alashe. Here was the starting lineup.
The U-23ers will next play Denmark’s U-23 team on Tuesday at Lyngby Stadion in Copenhagen.
We have had a few goals over the last few days, including goals (with highlights) from Alonso Hernandez, Marc Heider and David Najem. Matt Taylor also scored yesterday, but the Regionalliga Sudwest highlight show usually takes a couple days to appear on the internet.
Jozy Altidore did not score, but he was involved in Sunderland’s second goal yesterday when his shot was saved and Adam Johnson scored on the rebound (highlights).
Yanks Abroad has you covered with a recap of all the Americans who played in the Capital One Cup this week.
Geoff Cameron had to leave Stoke City’s game yesterday due to injury. Greg Seltzer is also reporting that Cameron does have suitors, but Stoke City is hesitant to sell him.
Shifting to the USMNT, Landon Donovan’s final game with the US will be on October 10 against Ecuador.
The US roster for the Czech Republic friendly should be announced soon, possibly even later today. Sounds like it could be up to 22 names according to Steven Goff.
One player who will not be there, and it is not that surprising between him being a veteran and him joining a new team, is Jermaine Jones.
John Brooks should have a better shot at more playing time at Hertha Berlin with Sebastian Langkamp picking up an injury. Langkamp is expected to miss about a month.
Fresh off his goal from last week, Brian Sciaretta caught up with 22-year-old defender Ventura Alvarado.
Before he disappeared at Fulham over the last two weeks, Emerson Hyndman was doing well in the team’s first two games of the season. ASN’s Laura Greene gives you a rundown of what people are saying across the interwebs on the young American.
And finally, here is a photo of Americans Charlie Butte and Mario Rodriguez going after it in German Regionalliga action last weekend.
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.
Mario Rodriguez went the full 90 minutes and scored the game-tying goal in Borussia Mönchengladbach II’s 2-2 draw to Wattenscheid 09 last Sunday. The goal was his fifth of the season (and the fifth in his last seven games). Here are some highlights with Rodriguez’s goal coming at the 6:26 mark.
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.
As of right now, the US-Ukraine friendly is back on after it looked like it was going to be canceled. If you have been out of the loop, three players withdrew from the roster on Saturday due to injuries/personal reasons, while Jonathan Spector was called into camp.
Eric Lichaj also had to be subbed out early and limped off the field in Nottingham Forest’s game against Wigan over the weekend.
We did have some goals this weekend. Terrence Boyd scored in Rapid Vienna’s 6-3 loss to Salzburg (highlights). DaMarcus Beasley saw his daughter be born on Saturday then scored a goal on Sunday (highlights). Christian Eissele is back at it in Finland and recorded a hat trick for Kemi Kings. And Mario Rodriguez found the back of the net twice in Borussia Mönchengladbach II’s win on Friday. As always, you can follow along with our goal tracker.
Mario Rodriguez came off the bench and scored a goal for Borussia Mönchengladbach’s U-23 team on Thursday in a 2-2 draw to Viktoria Köln in German Regionalliga action. Here are some highlights with Rodriguez’s goal coming around the 1:20 mark.
After Jurgen Klinsmann wins his second World Cup in 2018, it looks like he can pass the torch to Pep Guardiola. Dynasty!
One of Pep’s current players, Julian Green, gets the full Brian Sciaretta treatment this week (a.k.a. an informative interview).
The Gregg Berhalter era at Hammarby in Sweden ended on Wednesday as the former US international was “sacked”.
According to Greg Seltzer, Eugene Starikov is finalizing a transfer to Tom Tomsk. Starikov scored two goals in 30 league appearances for Tom Tomsk while being on loan from Zenit Saint Petersburg in 2010-11.
For those you waiting to order a Danny Williams/Reading jersey, you can go ahead now since he will wear #23 this season.
Stoke City are in the US on their preseason tour and lost, 2-0, to the Houston Dynamo last night. Geoff Cameron played 89 minutes for Stoke City in his return to Houston. Maurice Edu is also with the team during this tour as he slowly works his way back from a hernia.
We had a Jonathan Bornstein sighting earlier this week. Bornstein came off the bench for Tigres in their 1-0 loss to Cruz Azul Hidalgo in the Copa MX.
A Josh Gatt-less Molde FK advanced in Champions League with a 2-0 win (3-0 on aggregate) over Sligo Rovers earlier this week. Eighteen-year-old Ben Spencer made Molde’s bench, but did not play.
Seth Moses was last seen in Austria with Rheindorf Altach in 2011-12, but now he is back in the US playing with the Seattle Sounders’ reserve team.
Mario Rodriguez scored two goals earlier this week in Borussia Mönchengladbach II’s 18-0 win in a preseason friendly. I am guessing the opponent wasn’t that good.
Junior Flores played with Borussia Dortmund’s U-19 team against a China U-19 team at the Ruhr International Cup yesterday. Some US fans might not like this.
I am headed to Chicago on Sunday (going to miss out on the Gold Cup final, horrible planning on my part) for my yearly pilgrimage to see some family and friends for the week. Posting could be light by me next week or it could be normal. I have no clue on my internet situation (or how much free time I will have). That was your warning. Good talk.