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Friday morning links
   July 4, 2014 (12:05 AM) by Matt Benson
 

A bunch of random stuff for you before the weekend.

RB Leipzig’s website officially announced the signing of Terrence Boyd yesterday.

As Howie posted yesterday, Matt Besler and DeAndre Yedlin are getting some interest from Europe after their play in the World Cup.

According to Brian Sciaretta, Aron Johannsson is set to have ankle surgery before the start of the Eredivisie season.  It is unclear when he picked up the injury or how long he will be out.

Cody Cropper signed a new one-year deal with Southampton.

Puebla are trying to re-sign DaMarcus Beasley.  According to Eric Gomez, Puebla initially thought Beasley was asking for too much money but were impressed with his play in the World Cup.

Alejandro Bedoya gave all his USMNT teammates a nice gift after the World Cup.

Could Jermaine Jones be hinting at a move to MLS?

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.

Tyrone McCargo is no longer with Nurnberg’s U-23 team.  He is now with SK Austria Klagenfurt in the Austrian Regionalliga Mitte (third tier).

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.

Alfred Koroma has had an impressive start with Fluminese’s reserve team.

I don’t know if this link will work for everyone, but for those of you that missed PBS’s documentary on Bob Bradley, here you go.

This will probably be the best World Cup analysis you read during the entire tournament.

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.

 
Categories: Adam Henley, Alejandro Bedoya, Alfred Koroma, Aron Johannsson, Bob Bradley, Cody Cropper, DaMarcus Beasley, DeAndre Yedlin, Jermaine Jones, Joe Gyau, Jordan Seabrook, Junior Flores, Mario Rodriguez, Mix Diskerud, Pablo Punyed, Paul Arriola, Sacha Kljestan, Shawn Parker, Stuart Holden, Terrence Boyd, Tyrone McCargo, US Men's National Team
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Borussia Mönchengladbach II vs. Wattenscheid 09 Highlights
   April 3, 2014 (10:30 AM) by Matt Benson
 

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.

 
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A couple things for Tuesday
   April 1, 2014 (12:02 AM) by Matt Benson
 

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.

Mario Rodriguez scored his fifth goal of the season over the weekend (shameless plug for our goal tracker!).  As Josh Deaver points out, he has been doing much better since the winter break.

After scoring eleventy billion goals for Kemi Kings, Christian Eissele is moving on to IK Brage in Sweden’s third tier.

The US U-18 team is having a camp next week in California and one player called into camp:  Jonathan Klinsmann.  Chelsea’s Kyle Scott also got called in.

Things I learned over the weekend:  Former LA Galaxy Bryan Jordan is in Germany with BSV Schwarz-Weiß Rehden in the German Regionalliga this season.

Brian Sciaretta talked to Boca Juniors prospect Joel Sonora with the Dallas Cup approaching.

Here is a recent interview with Borussia Dortmund’s Junior Flores.

 
Categories: Bob Bradley, Brad Evans, Bryan Jordan, Christian Eissele, DaMarcus Beasley, Joel Sonora, Jonathan Klinsmann, Julian Green, Junior Flores, Kyle Scott, Mario Rodriguez, Michael Orozco Fiscal, Michael Stephens, Tony Beltran, US Men's National Team, Will Hesmer
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Tuesday morning links
   March 4, 2014 (12:03 AM) by Matt Benson
 

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.

US Soccer officially unveiled their new golf polos home World Cup shirts on Monday.  Also, here is a closer look at the font that will be used for the names and numbers.

Sunil Gulati was unanimously re-elected as President of US Soccer.

Roger Bennett is doing a four-part series on the 1994 USMNT and here is part one.

With a lot of US players leaving Europe over the last couple months, Brian Sciaretta takes a look at one player, Geoff Cameron, who is becoming one of the best US players left in Europe.

ESPN’s Jeff Carlisle talked to Will Packwood about his past year which has seen him go from a broken leg to possibly getting his first cap with the USMNT.

There were some rumblings on Twitter over the weekend and now Brek Shea is under investigation over allegedly flipping off some Barnsley fans.

Stuart Holden made his return to the field on Monday with Bolton’s U-21 team only to fall to the ground clutching his knee about 22 minutes into the game.  He was able run off the field after being subbed off so fingers crossed that it is not anything serious.  Here is a whole photo gallery from the game courtesy of Lion of Vienna Suite’s Facebook page.

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.

We also had some goals scored with youth teams.  Paul Arriola scored for Tijuana’s U-20 team in a 3-3 draw on Saturday.  And Emerson Hyndman scored from the penalty spot for Fulham’s U-18 team over the weekend.

Ethan Horvath got the start between the sticks for Molde FK in a friendly against FC Lokomotiv Moscow and here are some highlights.

UMBC goalkeeper Phil Saunders is headed to English League One side Crewe Alexandra for a trial this week.

Speaking of goalkeepers, OT goalkeeper guru Will spoke with some other goalies on a variety of topics, including Howard vs. Guzan.  It is a decent read, so go check it out.

 
Categories: Brek Shea, Christian Eissele, DaMarcus Beasley, Emerson Hyndman, Eric Lichaj, Ethan Horvath, Mario Rodriguez, Paul Arriola, Phil Saunders, Stuart Holden, Terrence Boyd, US Men's National Team, Will Packwood
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Borussia Mönchengladbach II vs. Viktoria Köln Highlights
   February 7, 2014 (10:46 AM) by Matt Benson
 

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.

 
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Friday morning linkage
   July 26, 2013 (12:01 AM) by Matt Benson
 

A few links before the weekend.

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.

 
Categories: Ben Spencer, Danny Williams, Eugene Starikov, Geoff Cameron, Gregg Berhalter, Jonathan Bornstein, Julian Green, Junior Flores, Mario Rodriguez, Maurice Edu, Seth Moses, US Men's National Team
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Fourth of July links
   July 4, 2013 (12:15 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Today is always one of the great days of the year.  Here are a few links to read between some beers and fireworks.

Jurgen Klinsmann has selected DaMarcus Beasley as the captain for the US for the Gold Cup.  A nice honor for Beasley.

US Soccer has not made any official announcements, but Ives is hearing that Josh Gatt’s knee injury is significant enough that he will miss the Gold Cup.  As for the other injured player, Corey Ashe, he returned to full training today.

The USMNT will hold a training session open to the public today at 5 PM Pacific at Qualcomm Stadium.  Admission is free.

The official US Soccer youtube page has uploaded some highlights from past games against Guatemala.  So here is a game from 2000 and one from 2005.

I don’t know if I will do a pre-game primer or not, but here are the game notes.  The US is 13-4-6 all-time against Guatemala (11-0-1 on American soil) and the game will be on at 8 PM Pacific on NBC Sports Network.

The latest run of wins by the US has moved them up to #22 in the latest FIFA world rankings, up six spots from last month and now only two spots behind Mexico who dropped from #17 to #20.

Leander Schaerlaeckens writes about US Soccer’s slowly building scouting network.

If you haven’t read this site in a while, Howie has been bringing the thunder this week with a bunch of posts.  He has posted about Jared Jeffrey joining DC United.  Mario Rodriguez’s move to Borussia Mönchengladbach U-23 team.  Derby County want to send Conor Doyle to MLS on a loan.  Mike Grella is not returning to Scunthorpe United.  And I threw up a post about our latest Jann George sighting.  So this site has been pretty busy this week during a normally slow period.

In some fun site news, I got confirmation that our first international order for a Sacha Kljestan mustache shirt successfully crossed the pond and landed in Beglium.  The buyer is hopefully going to get a photo with Sacha and the shirt at one of Anderlecht’s preseason sessions in the next few weeks.  You can buy your own shirt right here.

While things in Egypt seem to be acting up again, it is good to hear that Bob Bradley and his wife are currently safe and back in the US for the moment.

Greg Seltzer has the latest transfer gossip about Jozy Altidore right here and here.  Thoughts on Jozy at Sunderland?

The Wooten Clan, Andrew Wooten, continues to put the ball in the back of the net in preseason friendlies for Kaiserslautern, scoring another two goals in a 7-0 win over Slovenian champs Maribor.

Chukwudi Chijindu scored his fifth goal of the season in Thór’s 2-1 win over ÍA Akranes on Wednesday.  His five goals this season are tied for the second most in the Icelandic Úrvalsdeild.

And here is what Bobby Wood will be wearing next season at 1860 Munich.  1860 Munich always seem to have some shirts that I like.

Enjoy the day.

 
Categories: Andrew Wooten, Bob Bradley, Bobby Wood, Chukwudi Chijindu, Conor Doyle, Cory Ashe, DaMarcus Beasley, Jann George, Jared Jeffrey, Josh Gatt, Jozy Altidore, Mario Rodriguez, Mike Grella, Sacha Kljestan, US Men's National Team
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Mario Rodriguez joins Borussia Mönchengladbach U-23
   July 3, 2013 (9:59 AM) by Howie Michaels
 

After having spent the last year with Kaiserslatuern’s U-19s, former LA Galaxy academy striker/U-20 World Cup veteran Mario Rodriguez will move on and join the U-23 setup at Borussia Mönchengladbach. Via our good friend Google Translate:

 In early May of the year hit the Californian-born striker with the U19 1 FC Kaiserslautern in the semi-finals of the DFB Junior cup on Borussia U19. There, the American junior national team stood out not only because of its playful qualities, but marked in the regular season a hit that ultimately ushered the young from the Foals on penalties. “Borussia is a great club that has an impressive history and is known for promoting young talent is good,” said Rodriguez says.

I don’t think it’s directly tied to his play in the U-20 World Cup, although I imagine others from that squad will make moves in the coming weeks.

Rodriguez will play in the Regionalliga West (4th tier) next season. I don’t believe there are any other Americans play in that division of the Regionalliga (Edit from Matt: American Kainoa Bailey should be playing at Bayer Leverkusen II in the Regionalliga West in 2013-14).

 
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Random Tuesday linkage
   July 2, 2013 (12:01 AM) by Matt Benson
 

The USMNT Gold Cup squad started up training yesterday in San Diego.  Josh Gatt left his game at Molde FK this weekend with a knee injury, but still no news to report on how bad (or good?) it is as they wait for the MRI results.  Cory Ashe is also day-to-day with a thigh contusion.

Here is a Google-translated article about Jurgen Klinsmann wanting Bobby Wood for the Gold Cup, but 1860 Munich persuaded that it was in his best interest to stay in Europe for preseason training.

As for another Wood(s), USMNT goalkeeper coach Chris Woods was officially named the goalkeeper coach at Manchester United.  Woods was the goalkeeper coach under David Moyes at Everton, and as for the good news, will get to continue coaching with the USMNT (although he won’t be with the team at the Gold Cup).

Jozy Altidore sat down with Grant Wahl recently for this video interview.  Greg Seltzer has some Jozy transfer goodies here and here.  He also has some more stuff on Alejandro Bedoya and Joe Gyau.  And he lets us know that US youth forward Rubio Rubin will sign a deal with FC Utrecht next spring once he turns 18.

Will Packwood is jogging for the first time since his nasty leg injury (and surgeries).  Good to hear.

Timothy Chandler has returned from his knee injury and started a preseason friendly for Nurnberg over the weekend.

As for some more preseason friendly stuff from the weekend, Alfredo Morales started for FC Ingolstadt in a friendly against Maccabi Tel Aviv.  And Julian Green had a hat trick on Saturday in Pep Guardiola’s first game with Bayern Munich, a 15-1 win over some fan club.  Then followed that up with a hat trick on Sunday in another friendly with Bayern Munich’s senior team against another amateur team.  In my opinion, there is a good chance the 18-year-old could be playing with Bayern’s U-23 team this upcoming season.  He scored 10 goals in 28 league games with their U-19 team last season.

Fabian Hurzeler is training with Hoffenheim’s senior team to start out the preseason.

It looks like Borussia Mönchengladbach could be interested in signing US U-20er Mario Rodriguez to their youth team.

Here is a video interview with Aubrey Perry and Charles Renken about their trial at Nyköpings BIS in Sweden.

And finally, OT reader/frequent commenter Daniil let us know that 15-year-old Elbert Green of the Pacific Soccer Academy is down in Honduras training with Olimpia.  Green was born in San Jose, California.

 
Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Alfredo Morales, Aubrey Perry, Charles Renken, Cory Ashe, Elbert Green, Fabian Hurzeler, Joe Gyau, Josh Gatt, Jozy Altidore, Julian Green, Mario Rodriguez, Rubio Rubin, Timothy Chandler, US Men's National Team, Will Packwood
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Here is your US-Honduras pre-game primer
   June 18, 2013 (12:01 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Here is a quick rundown of things you might want to look at before today’s game.

» The game is at 9 PM Eastern on ESPN, WatchESPN and UniMas.

» Honduras is ranked #52 by FIFA and #49 by Elo.

» Here are the official game notes by US Soccer.  Some fun stats from it (as well as a couple from my own research).

The US is unbeaten each of its last 24 World Cup qualifiers on American soil (22-0-2).  The last loss was against Honduras, 3-2, on September 1, 2001 at RFK Stadium.

The US is 12-4-3 all-time against Honduras, although Honduras has won two of the last three meetings.  The US is 9-2-2 against Honduras on American soil.

The US has scored 1+ goal in 18 of the 19 meetings against Honduras, including in each of the last 15 games.  The lone game where the US failed to score was a 0-0 draw, which was won 4-3 in PKs by the US in the 1991 Gold Cup Final.

The US 2-0-0 all-time in the state of Utah, beating Costa Rica in Salt Lake City in 2005 and El Salvador in Sandy in 2009.

With his shutout against Panama, Tim Howard now has 30 in his USMNT career, joining Kasey Keller (47) and Tony Meola (32) as the only American goalkeepers with 30+ clean sheets.  Howard also now has 48 career wins, two shy of joining Keller (53) in the 50-win club.

If Jozy Altidore can score tonight, it will be his fourth consecutive game with a goal, tying a USMNT record done six previous times:  William Looby (1954-55), Eric Wynalda (1996), Brian McBride (2000-01), Eddie Johnson (2004-05), Landon Donovan (2005) and Landon Donovan (2007).

» Graham Zusi can play after sitting out the Panama game due to yellow card accumulation.  DaMarcus Beasley will miss this game due to yellow cards.  Jermaine Jones has also been cleared to play after missing the last game due to a concussion.  The following players are holding a yellow card and would miss a game if they pick one up tonight:  Jozy Altidore, Michael Bradley, Matt Besler, Geoff Cameron, Brad Davis, Clint Dempsey, Brad Evans, Tim Howard and Fabian Johnson.

» US Soccer tweeted out that they will be wearing their white Centennial kit.  They should wear them all the time as they are great in my opinion.  Tonight’s game is also a sellout.

» US Soccer gives us video of the players talking about the two goals from the Panama game and a nice little piece on Nick Rimando.  And here is the latest Road to Brazil video.  And here is a cool photo of Tim Howard showing off his ups with a scenic background.

» Want some game previews?  The fine folks at The Shin Guardian and The Yanks Are Coming have you covered.

» Now for some random links/reading to close this out.  DaMarcus Beasley is staying at Puebla.  Kris Lindsay talked to Matt Besler and Omar Gonzalez about their centerback pairing.  Jon Arnold also spoke to Gonzalez about round two against Honduras.  Brian Sciaretta talked to DeAndre Yedlin about making the US U-20 World Cup roster.  And Sciaretta got confirmation that fellow U-20 teammate Mario Rodriguez will not be at Kaiserslautern next season.  And finally, this is a funny read on some Seattle Times intern from New Zealand who meant to go to a Mariners game and ended up at the US-Panama game.

As for my prediction, the US control the game, but have one of those nights where they can’t seem to score until Jozy Altidore finds the back of the net for the fourth consecutive game in a 1-0 win.

 
Categories: DaMarcus Beasley, DeAndre Yedlin, Graham Zusi, Jermaine Jones, Jozy Altidore, Mario Rodriguez, Matt Besler, Omar Gonzalez, Tim Howard, US Men's National Team
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