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Transferpalooza in Mexico
   June 11, 2015 (7:12 PM) by Howie Michaels

Some of this information is a bit late, but we were generally busy (I was gone from 8 AM to 11 PM yesterday) so whatever.

The Liga MX draft was yesterday which means a ton of players move around in a short time in a way that vaguely resembles the much-maligned MLS re-entry draft madness.

Jonathan Bornstein, who was on loan to Querétaro and came from nowhere (he made 5 league appearances over three seasons with two different clubs and then made 11 last year) to become a key contibutor in their run to the clasura final, made a permanent move.Joe Corona has moved from Tijuana to Veracruz. He’ll actually have to live in Mexico now as I believe he (and most of the Tijuana guys) lived in San Diego. Per Tijauaja this is a loan deal.

Greg Garza just signed a new deal with Tijuana but was loaned to Atlas for the year. Not sure what’s up with Tijuana loaning out two regulars although they brought a bunch of guys in.

Edgar Castillo has moved to Monterrey which is his 8th different team in Mexico. He’ll be reunited with his manager from Tijuana so it should be a good move although Klinsmann doesn’t really seem to rate him (and he’s always been been a bit erratic with the national team to be fair).

Meanwhile Miguel Ibarra who Klinsi does rate enough that he was calling him up while in the 2nd division looks like he will be sold to Leon. I kind of thought that Minnesota would hold onto him so they could move up to MLS in 2017 or 2018 with a national teamer but that is a ways off. I haven’t been super impressed (small sample size obvs) and feel like Klinsi has called him up partly just to annoy MLS but apparently Leon is dropping $1M-$2M which is impressive. That’s a big jump from NASL (much worse than MLS) to Liga MX (much better than MLS) so I have no idea if he’ll play or make an impact.

Benji Joya and Daniel Cuevas have been at Santos for seemingly ever (Cuevas was loaned to Lobos BUAP this year and Joya the Chicago Fire last year). That bromance appears to be over as Joya who has struggled for first team minutes will be joining Necaxa of Ascenso MX.
Categories: Benji Joya, Edgar Castillo, Greg Garza, Joe Corona, Jonathan Bornstein, Miguel Ibarra

Seis de Mayo links
   May 6, 2015 (12:19 AM) by Matt Benson

Had one too many margaritas last night?  Nothing a few links can’t help.

As Howie posted yesterday, Birmingham City is letting Will Packwood go while offering Jonathan Spector a new contract.

I posted a couple tidbits on the USMNT, U-23 and U-17 teams earlier this week but I also forgot to include that the U-23 team will be holding a camp in England in September.  They will play friendlies against England and Qatar during the camp.

Jordan Morris made an appearance on the Men in Blazers podcast last and it was enjoyable.

The biggest smile you have ever seen on Michael Bradley?

Edgar Castillo made ESPN’s Liga MX Team of the Weekend.

The Guardian’s Jack Kerr interviewed Fabian Johnson.

According to Terrence Boyd’s Instagram, he is having minor surgery this week to remove a cyst from his calf and to clean out his knee.

It looks like Fulham (and Emerson Hyndman) will be wearing a 1975 FA Cup Final inspired shirt next year.  I believe this is the first collar on a Fulham shirt since 2007-08.

Amando Moreno really wants to make the U-20 World Cup roster as he scored two goals last Friday and followed that up with another goal yesterday with Tijuana’s U-20 team.

Marc Pelosi did not play with Liverpool’s U-21 team last week because he got to train with the senior team.

And it looks like Liverpool might have their eyes on another American youth player in Adolfo Trujillo.

Fox Sports is expected to land the TV rights to next year’s Copa América Centenario.

Danny Cruz might need to borrow Mike Conley’s mask at the current rate of getting cleats to the face this past week.

J.R. Eskilson spoke to Sam Strong about how an encounter with Jurgen Klinsmann in an airport helped him get his US U-23 call-up last month.

Steven Goff is hearing that Duke product Jeremy Ebobisse and Virginia’s Jake Rozhansky are headed to Europe for some trials.

I recently learned of another former US Soccer Development Academy player in Germany.  Faisal Almubaslat is a 17-year-old winger at Tennis Borussia Berlin playing with their U-17 team in the B-Junioren Bundesliga Nord/Nordost.  He had a few goals and assists in April as you can see in these highlights against RB Leipzig and Concordia Hamburg.

And finally, a little plug for our goal tracker.  There have been a lot of goals, especially in lower leagues, as of late and it will keep you up to date with who is scoring (and links to highlights when available).

Categories: Adolfo Trujillo, Amando Moreno, Danny Cruz, Edgar Castillo, Emerson Hyndman, Fabian Johnson, Faisal Almubaslat, Jake Rozhansky, Jeremy Ebobisse, Jonathan Spector, Jordan Morris, Marc Pelosi, Michael Bradley, Samuel Strong, Terrence Boyd, US U-23 National Team, Will Packwood
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Tijuana vs. Atlas Highlights
   May 1, 2015 (9:48 PM) by Matt Benson

Greg Garza got the start and scored his first league goal since November 15, 2012 in Tijuana’s 2-1 loss to Atlas.  Edgar Castillo went 90 and picked up a yellow card for Atlas, while Joe Corona played 20 minutes off the bench for Tijuana.  Here is Garza’s goal.

Categories: Edgar Castillo, Greg Garza, Highlights, Joe Corona
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Friday morning links
   April 17, 2015 (6:24 AM) by Matt Benson

Remember when the US beat Mexico on Wednesday?  That was fun.  Here are the highlights and some photos.

Will did a real cool interview with former USMNT goalkeeper Victor Gerley.  He played for the US in the 1960s.  He was also nice enough to scan some old newspapers from his playing days.  So go check it out.

As always, Roderick keeps you updated with games at the club level from the past week.

We have a couple goal highlights from the last week.  Luca de la Torre scored for Fulham’s U-18 team last Friday.  Edgar Castillo assisted in Atlas’ win in Copa Libertadores action on Wednesday.  And Brian Span scored a goal in Finnish Suomen Cup action on Thursday.

There were conflicting reports online whether Bobby Warshaw scored in his team’s season opener two weeks ago so I decided to go to the best source to figure this out and he told me that he did.

I meant to post this before the Mexico friendly, but Jeff Carlisle talked to various US players past and present about playing in this rivalry.  It is also your monthly reminder that Franke Hejduk is awesome.

Earlier this week, Canada manager Benito Floro claimed that Tesho Akindele is “99.9 percent” committed to Canada’s national team.  But Akindele pumped the brakes a little on that statement later in the week.

Kristan Heneage wrote some words for The Guardian on everyone’s favorite NASL/USMNT player Miguel Ibarra.  He didn’t do much on Wednesday, but he did have a nice little run on Juan Agudelo’s goal which freed up some space.

The New York Times decided to look at the current status of the goalkeeper position for the USMNT.

One of those goalkeepers, Brad Guzan, is back at it with The Players’ Tribune and gave his Top 5 soccer stadiums.

Want some more goalkeeper talk?  Will has your monthly roundup of news and whatnot for April.

Granted you can’t believe about anything he says, Sepp Blatter is now in favor of CONCACAF getting another automatic spot for the World Cup.  And not shocking, UEFA president Michel Platini doesn’t agree.

Freddy Adu was finally cleared to play for KuPS on Wednesday, but he was a DNP on the bench in the team’s 2-1 win in the Suomen Cup.  This is also what a Freddy Adu/KuPS jersey looks like.

Tom Marshall tells us why Liga MX is becoming an attractive playing option for Americans.

The US U-20 team will have a camp in Austria with games against Qatar and Croatia next week.  While they haven’t announced a roster yet to the public to my knowledge, Seattle’s Cristian Roldan is one of the players making the trip.

And for you few yearning to follow an American in Portugal.  It looks like Maryland product Matt Oduaran has been with Tirsense in Portugal’s Campeonato Nacional (third tier) since last summer.

Categories: Bobby Warshaw, Brad Guzan, Brian Span, Cristian Roldan, Edgar Castillo, Freddy Adu, Juan Agudelo, Luca de la Torre, Matt Oduaran, Miguel Ibarra, Tesho Akindele, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team
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Atlas vs. Atlético Mineiro Highlights
   April 16, 2015 (8:24 AM) by Matt Benson

Edgar Castillo went the full 90 minutes and assisted on the lone goal of the game in Atlas’ 1-0 win over Atlético Mineiro in Copa Libertadores action on Wednesday.  Here is the assist.

Categories: Edgar Castillo, Highlights
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Links and other nonsense for Thursday
   February 26, 2015 (2:18 AM) by Matt Benson

A bunch of stuff from the last couple of days.

The US U-17 begins its World Cup qualifying quest on Friday and here is the roster that Richie Williams has called in.  And here are the rosters for all the teams at the tournament.

Brian Sciaretta talked to Williams this week about the roster and qualification.

Will Parchman wrote a lot of words on US U-17 starlet Christian Pulisic.

Club Tijuana’s website has a story up on forward Brandon Vazquez, who I was told by Mr. Parchman was sort of a surprise inclusion to the US U-17 roster.

Herculez Gomez likes scoring goals for Puebla and scored two more in Copa MX action earlier this week (highlights).

Edgar Castillo went the full 90 minutes last night in Atlas’ big 1-0 win over Atletico Mineiro in Copa Libertadores.  How rare was the win?  It was Atletico Mineiro’s first loss at home in Copa Libertadores play since 1978, a run of 20 straight games.

Club America president Ricardo Pelaez would like to see Mexico call-up Ventura Alvarado, but El Tri manager Miguel Herrera recently told some press that other players are ahead of Alvarado in his pecking order.  You know what to do next, Klinsi.

The Toronto Sun’s Kurtis Larson had a nice lengthy interview with Jozy Altidore.

“There were a lot of options,” Altidore said. “People were saying I was forced to Toronto or something like that. I just thought at this point in my life it was something that I was ready to do.

“I was ready for the public opinion and backlash. The project they have here excited me the most.”

Even more than the plethora of opportunities he had on Europe’s mainland.

Altidore explained why he chose Toronto FC over four German clubs, two French sides, two Italian teams and a potential loan move within the Premier League.

But there are a lot of goodies in that interview so go read it.

While he is not playing much for Hamburg, Bayern Munich is at least making money off Julian Green.  According to one report out of Germany, Bayern Munich is getting paid each time Green doesn’t make Hamburg’s gameday roster.  And that has happened a lot this season.

As for some injury news, Aron Johannsson returned to training earlier this week after missing a couple games for AZ Alkmaar.

Tim Ream is also expected to return to training this week after being subbed off last weekend with a back injury.

Brian Sciaretta talked to Josh Gatt about coming back from his knee injuries over the last couple years.  And here is a short video of Gatt sprinting on his knee.

Despite some recent un-Tim Howard-like performances, Roberto Martinez still has Tim Howard’s back.

Jurgen Klinsmann is returning Robbie Rogers’ e-mails again.

After scoring some goals with both Tijuana’s senior team and U-20 team, Club Tijuana’s website has a little story up on Amando Moreno.

It looks like Philadelphia Union’s Austin Berry is being sent out on loan to South Korea’s FC Anyang.

Former DC United and Seattle Sounders forward David Estrada is on trial with Stabæk.

Speaking of the Fighting Bob Bradleys, here is a video interview with Stabæk midfielder Cole Grossman.

And finally, Sky Sports in England won the TV rights to MLS for the first time.

Categories: Amando Moreno, Aron Johannsson, Austin Berry, Brandon Vazquez, Christian Pulisic, Cole Grossman, Edgar Castillo, Herculez Gomez, Josh Gatt, Jozy Altidore, Julian Green, Robbie Rogers, Tim Howard, Tim Ream, US U-17 National Team, Ventura Alvarado
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My Xolos Adventure
   February 17, 2015 (12:02 AM) by Matt Benson

Like many American soccer fans over the last couple seasons, Club Tijuana has slowly become my favorite Liga MX side, especially living in Southern California and having games on TV at reasonable times (Friday at 7:30 PM) instead of setting an alarm for 4 AM in order to watch an English Premier League match.

It also doesn’t hurt when the team boasts Americans Joe Corona, Greg Garza, Paul Arriola, a treasure trove of US U-20 players and have featured other Americans in the past (Edgar Castillo and Herculez Gomez).

With the weekend free, I decided to finally make the three hour trek south to Tijuana to check out the Xolos experience in person in their Friday game against Pumas.

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Categories: Alejandro Guido, Edgar Castillo, Greg Garza, Herculez Gomez, Joe Corona, Paul Arriola
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Catching up with some links
   December 2, 2014 (12:06 AM) by Matt Benson

Haven’t done some links in a while, but here are a bunch of random stuff from recently or two weeks ago (or sometime in the last little bit).  Hopefully my workload will ease up after this week and I could do these more often again.

I posted a couple USMNT tidbits on Friday.

We had some goals this past weekend from Matt Taylor, Rubio Rubin and Cesar Romero.  Two of those three players earned OT’s Player of the Week honors.  And check out our goal tracker for more goals from the last couple of weeks.

Will Packwood picked up a red card in his Colchester United debut over the weekend.

Jose Torres, Herculez Gomez and Tigres knocked out Edgar Castillo in the Liga MX playoffs.

This was like from two weeks ago but John Brooks made Kicker’s Team of the Week, while Timothy Chandler made Bild’s Team of the Week.

According to Lyle Yorks, Jozy Altidore’s agent, there is interest throughout Europe for Altidore.

Juventus is being linked to Erik Palmer-Brown again.

Eric Lichaj apparently has the nickname of “The Rash”.

Rhett Bernstein and Mjøndalen won their promotion playoff and will be playing in Norway’s Tippeligaen next season.

Club America’s Ventura Alvarado has apparently turned down US youth team call-ups in recent years as he holds out hope to play for Mexico.  But another report claims he would be open for a call from the US.

Shane O’Neill is training with Sheffield Wednesday.

Swedish side IFK Göteborg was interested in hiring Bob Bradley, but he wouldn’t be able to bring along one of his assistants so they stopped talking.

Fabian Johnson didn’t travel to Borussia Mönchengladbach’s Europa League game last week due to injury.

While it was first thought that he would be out until January, Joe Gyau has been playing again with Borussia Dortmund’s U-23 team.

Jeff Carlisle did a USMNT report card for 2014.

Gedion Zelalem and Junior Flores squared off against each other in UEFA Youth League action last week with Zelalem’s Arsenal winning 1-0.

The US U-17 team has won its first two games at this year’s Nike International Friendlies.  They take on Brazil later today.

Categories: Bob Bradley, Cesar Romero, Edgar Castillo, Eric Lichaj, Erik Palmer-Brown, Gedion Zelalem, Herculez Gomez, Joe Gyau, Jose Francisco Torres, Jozy Altidore, Junior Flores, Matt Taylor, Rhett Bernstein, Rubio Rubin, Shane O'Neill, Timothy Chandler, US Men's National Team, Ventura Alvarado, Will Packwood
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Tuesday morning linkage
   September 30, 2014 (12:01 AM) by Matt Benson

A bunch of news goodies came out in the last 24 hours.  So let’s dive into the links.

The USMNT roster for the next friendlies will likely come out this weekend/next Monday if I were a betting man, but ESPN’s Doug McIntyre is reporting that Minnesota United’s Miguel Ibarra will receive a call-up.  If true, Ibarra will become the first US player from a US second-tier league since Clyde Simms in 2005.  As for Ibarra, he is a 24-year-old midfielder who has scored eight goals in 21 league games for Minnesota this season.  Here are some highlights of Ibarra.

Speaking of rosters, here is Ecuador’s roster for the friendly.

The other big news of the weekend is that John Brooks has been demoted to Hertha Berlin’s U-23 team.  There has been some confusion over the translation as some people think the articles have said that he will be cut or waived, but he is not in good standing with Hertha manager Jos Luhukay.  But he has at least been demoted for now.

Aron Johannsson and AZ Alkmaar have a new manager in John van den Brom.  His last coaching stint was at Anderlecht with Sacha Kljestan the last couple of seasons.  It always seems like American players in Europe end up playing for a coach who just recently managed another US player.

FIFA has added 2016 Copa America to the international calendar, which means we should expect to see the best players at the tournament as clubs will have to release players for the tournament.

The US U-23 team is headed to Brazil to take on the Brazilian U-23 team during October’s international break.  No roster has been announced yet, but this will be the second camp for the U-23 team in the last three months after beating Bahamas 5-1 back in August.

DeAndre Yedlin was on ExtraTime Radio last week and said he is working on getting his Latvian passport.  If he can get it soon, he could join Tottenham in January otherwise he will have to go through the UK work permit process and likely won’t be able to join the club until next summer.

Tim Howard was named to ESPN’s Premier League Team of the Weekend after coming up with some big saves in the Merseyside derby.

Also this past weekend, we had goals from Edgar Castillo and Marc Heider (and our goal tracker has the other non-highlights goals).  We also had assists from Mix Diskerud and Michael Stephens, while Timothy Chandler basically had an assist.

At the youth level, Kyle Scott had another assist for Chelsea’s U-18 team.  And Luca de la Torre is getting some playing time with Fulham’s U-18 team.

If Cristiano Ronaldo leaves for Manchester United, who will be his heir apparent at Real Madrid?  ESPN asks this question then threw some names out there of some young players, including Julian Green.

Bolton manager Dougie Freedman hopes to manage Stuart Holden again in the future.  Holden is out of contract, but he is being allowed to rehab at his own pace (and hopefully correctly) then they will see where he stands with the club once he is ready to go again.

Categories: Aron Johannsson, DeAndre Yedlin, Edgar Castillo, John Brooks, Julian Green, Kyle Scott, Luca de la Torre, Marc Heider, Miguel Ibarra, Mix Diskerud, Sacha Kljestan, Stuart Holden, Tim Howard, US Men's National Team, US U-23 National Team

Atlas vs. Monterrey Highlights
   September 28, 2014 (2:06 PM) by Matt Benson

Edgar Castillo scored his first league goal since 2010-11 on Saturday in Atlas’ 2-1 loss to Monterrey.  Alonso Hernandez also came off the bench for Monterrey.  Here is Castillo’s goal.

Categories: Alonso Hernandez, Edgar Castillo, Highlights
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