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Monday morning links
   March 24, 2014 (8:15 AM) by Matt
 

Haven’t done a links post in a while, so let’s dive in to start the week.

Geoff Cameron scored his second career Premier League goal on Sunday (highlights).  Cameron is the first US defender to score twice in a Premier League season since Carlos Bocanegra in 2006-07 and he has just as many career Premier League goals as Jozy Altidore.  His strong play in Sunday’s win over Aston Villa landed him on ESPN FC’s Team of the Week.  We also had a Brek Shea sighting this weekend!  Well, he at least dressed and made the gameday roster but did not see any game action.

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.

Top Draw Soccer’s Travis Clark gives us five “long shots” to keep an eye on for a last minute spot on the World Cup roster.

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?

 
Categories: Aron Johannsson, Bob Bradley, Bobby Warshaw, Brek Shea, Clint Dempsey, DaMarcus Beasley, Duane Holmes, Edgar Castillo, Erik Palmer-Brown, Fabian Johnson, Geoff Cameron, Herculez Gomez, Juan Ocegueda, Marc Pelosi, Michael Bradley, Michael Orozco Fiscal, Michael Stephens, Pat McCann, Timothy Chandler, US Men's National Team, Will John, Will Packwood
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Tijuana vs. Puebla Highlights
   March 22, 2014 (12:59 PM) by Matt
 

Edgar Castillo (90) and Herculez Gomez (15) played for Tijuana, while DaMarcus Beasley (90) and Michael Orozco (90) played for Puebla as Tijuana won 3-1.  Edgar Castillo assisted on Tijuana’s second goal, while DaMarcus Beasley assisted on Puebla’s lone goal.  Here are the highlights.

 
Categories: DaMarcus Beasley, Edgar Castillo, Herculez Gomez, Highlights, Michael Orozco Fiscal
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Tijuana vs. Cruz Azul Highlights
   March 15, 2014 (10:28 PM) by Matt
 

Paul Arriola, Herculez Gomez, Edgar Castillo and Alejandro Guido all started for Tijuana today with Arriola assisting on the Xolos’ lone goal in a 2-1 loss to Cruz Azul.  Here is his assist.

 
Categories: Alejandro Guido, Edgar Castillo, Herculez Gomez, Highlights, Paul Arriola
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Here is your US-Ukraine pre-game primer
   March 5, 2014 (12:01 AM) by Matt
 

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

» The game is at 2 PM Eastern on ESPN2, WatchESPN and UniMas.

» Ukraine is ranked #18 by FIFA and #21 by Elo, while the US is #13 by FIFA and #13 by Elo.

» Here are the official game notes by US Soccer.  As for some random stats/facts:

The US is 0-2-1 all-time against Ukraine with Ukraine winning the last meeting, 1-0, in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania on October 23, 1993.  This is also the first meeting between these two teams outside the United States.

This will be the US’s first neutral site friendly since beating Australia, 3-1, in Roodepoort, South Africa prior to the 2010 World Cup.

With 52 career wins, Tim Howard is one win shy of tying Kasey Keller for the most in USMNT history by a goalkeeper.

» The usual suspects, The Shin Guardian and The Yanks Are Coming, have some game previews up for you.

» Here is a US Soccer video on Edgar Castillo and his family.

» Some other goodies from around the interwebs to read:

Apparently all the cool kids are doing oral histories of the 1994 team as here is another good one by Seth Vertelney.

ESPN’s Doug McIntyre takes a look at Landon Donovan’s legacy with Donovan turning 32 yesterday.

Brad Friedel thinks, and I think most would agree, that the weak link position-wise for the USMNT right now is the backline.

While Aron Johannsson is having himself a nice little season, some people might be forgetting how well Terrence Boy has been playing this year as well.

Stuart Holden will undergo a scan of his knee in the UK before heading back to the US to meet up with his surgeon to check out his knee.

And finally, as expected, Michael Stephens has signed with Bob Bradley’s Stabæk.

 
Categories: Aron Johannsson, Brad Friedel, Edgar Castillo, Landon Donovan, Michael Stephens, Stuart Holden, Terrence Boyd, US Men's National Team
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Catching up with some links
   January 28, 2014 (12:29 AM) by Matt
 

A bunch of stuff from the last couple of days.

Some reports started to come out of Mexico about a possible US/Mexico friendly in Phoenix for April.  It looks like it has some legs as Steven Goff has also heard some things about this.  This wouldn’t be a FIFA fixture date so expect a lot of MLS and Liga MX players for both squads if true.  The last time the US played a game in the month of April was Jozy Altidore’s hat trick against Trinidad & Tobago in Nashville during a World Cup qualifier in 2009.  The last time the US played a friendly in the month of April was a 1-1 draw to Jamaica in Cary, North Carolina in 2006.

Grant Wahl and Brian Straus are both in Carson for the USMNT training camp and discuss in this video about some possible World Cup candidates with a lot to gain this week.  Grant is also a lot taller than Brian.

After what seemed like two months, Maurice Edu is officially headed to Philadelphia on a season-long loan.  Goff is hearing that his base salary is somewhere between $480,000 and $600,000, while Ives heard that Edu passed up some offers from Turkey and the English League Championship.

As for another member of the “Stoke Americans Loaned Out” 3×3 team (Howie gets all the credit on that one), Brek Shea’s loan with Barnsley ends on Thursday, so it looks like Tuesday’s game against Blackburn Rovers will be his last with the Tykes unless they extend the loan.  There is some speculation out of England that Burnley are also interested in Shea.

Juan Agudelo made his FC Utrecht debut over the weekend and I was able to find some highlights of the match.  He gets into the game around the 3:00 mark of the video.

Fabian Johnson had to be subbed out of Hoffenheim’s game this past weekend after picking up a hand injury.  Hoffenheim’s press officer told Brian Sciaretta that he will have surgery on his hand and he will be out a couple weeks, while Jurgen Klinsmann told Grant Wahl that he will have surgery, but he is expected to play this upcoming weekend.  Hopefully it is the latter.

Klinsmann also told Wahl that Jermaine Jones is more likely to transfer to another European team than an MLS team in the next four days.

Timothy Chandler scored a goal over the weekend.  He was rewarded by being named to three Teams of the Week:  Bundesliga Fanatic, Kicker and Who Scored.

Edgar Castillo also had a good weekend and was named to the MedioTiempo Team of the Week.

And Will Packwood was named Birmingham City’s Man of the Match by some match day sponsors for his performance for the Blues in the FA Cup over the weekend.

Speaking of the FA Cup, 16-year-old Gedion Zelalem made his Arsenal debut last Friday in the FA Cup.  He became the first player to feature for Arsenal who was born after Arsene Wenger became manager.  While he is likely a long shot to ever play for the US, here is refresher on his story.

No one might be hotter than Andrew Wooten right now.  He scored another goal for FSV Frankfurt in a friendly on Monday.  Granted these are only friendlies, but he has five goals in four games since his loan started a couple weeks ago.

The US U-17 team won the Aegean Cup Championship over the weekend.  Here is a photo of the team celebrating with the trophy, while here are some highlights of their win over Turkey.  Could we potentially see Haji Wright, one of the top players from this cycle, in Dortmund with Junior Flores in the future (let the speculation begin)?  Yay internets!

Kevin Hoyos is close to joining the Honduran side Olimpia.  The 20-year-old played with C.D. Victoria (also in Honduras) this past fall.

Brian Sciaretta is hearing that a player with MLS ties could be joining Bob Bradley and Stabæk on a trial in the near future.

To put a bow tie (or maybe a bolo tie since they are making a comeback in 2014) on the Michael Bradley to Toronto transfer, here is a good read on how his and Defoe’s moves all went down.

Finally, Greg Selzter breaks out his stat notebook for a bunch of fun numbers.  I am also going to post a quick Inside the Numbers thing on Aron Johannsson later today.

 
Categories: Andrew Wooten, Bob Bradley, Edgar Castillo, Fabian Johnson, Gedion Zelalem, Haji Wright, Jermaine Jones, Juan Agudelo, Kevin Hoyos, Maurice Edu, Michael Bradley, Timothy Chandler, US Men's National Team, Will Packwood
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Monday morning links
   January 13, 2014 (1:12 AM) by Matt
 

All 26 guys currently in camp for the USMNT this month are headed to Brazil as I type this.  Pleased with the fitness of everyone, Jurgen Klinsmann decided to bring everyone down there for 12 days of training and two closed-door scrimmages.  While back in LA last week, it looks like they decided to play around with a GoPro camera for this training shot.

Once they return back to LA, they will do a little more training before taking on South Korea on February 2 at the StubHub Center.  According to Steven Goff, about 18,000 tickets have been sold so far.  I am wondering if the leaked USMNT shirt will be worn as they are rumored to be coming out in February and South Korea’s red shirt for the World Cup was also leaked this week.  Maybe both teams will be wearing some new gear?

Here is a video talking to a couple of the U-20 players from the last cycle who are in camp right now (Luis Gil, DeAndre Yedlin and Shane O’Neill).

A little recap of the weekend.

Four Americans (Edgar Castillo, Herculez Gomez, Paul Arriola and Joe Corona) saw the field down in Tijuana on Friday as the Xolos notched their first ever home victory over América with Castillo helping setup the game-winning goal (highlights).  Here is also a better look at their new home and road kits for this season.  It looks like their white kits that they wore in the opener were a one off since Atlas wear both red and black.  Too bad as I liked those.

It took 12 days, but we finally had our first goal by an American abroad over the weekend.  Tony Taylor came off the bench and scored a consolation goal in injury time in Omonia Nicosia’s 4-2 loss to Apollon in Cyprus (highlights).  It was Taylor’s third goal of the season.  We had four total goals by this point last year (and I will start up a 2014 goal tracker page this week).

Back in Mexico, Michael Orozco assisted on the game-tying goal in Puebla’s draw to Monterrey (highlights).

In England, we learned that Geoff Cameron shaves his legs.  Cameron and Stoke City lost 5-3 to Liverpool and their horrendous looking shirts.

And Clint Dempsey made his official Premier League return in a 4-1 loss to Jozy Altidore and Sunderland.  He got the start and played 79 minutes, while Sky Sports gave him a “7″ rating and said some decent things about his performance.

Making his first start since returning to Fulham and impressed, surging into Sunderland territory but often let down by teammates.

As for Jozy, he came off the bench and “won” a PK which led to Sunderland’s last goal.  Sunderland had only five goals in 10 away games coming into this weekend, yet scored four on Fulham at the once fortress known as Craven Cottage.  Fulham are such a mess this year.

We also had a couple transfers in the last couple days.  Oguchi Onyewu will be joining the 10th team of his career with Sheffield Wednesday.  While Billy Schuler is returning to MLS after two years in Sweden.

And it looks like Michael Parkhurst is also returning to MLS and will be headed to the Columbus Crew after a trade involving a draft pick and allocation money to the New England Revolution according to Ives.

German 3. Liga side Wacker Burghausen were interested in Bobby Wood for a loan deal, but 1860 Munich were not having it.

Despite making only three starts for Oldham Athletic this season, Paul Rachubka has signed a contract extension with the club.

Mix Diskerud told ESPN FC that he has pimped Bob Bradley to Stabæk’s management over the years.

Sticking in Norway, Brian Sciaretta talked to Zarek Valentin about earning promotion last season among other things.

 
Categories: Billy Schuler, Bob Bradley, Bobby Wood, DeAndre Yedlin, Edgar Castillo, Geoff Cameron, Herculez Gomez, Joe Corona, Jozy Altidore, Luis Gil, Michael Orozco Fiscal, Michael Parkhurst, Mikkel Diskerud, Oguchi Onyewu, Paul Arriola, Paul Rachubka, Shane O'Neill, Tony Taylor, Zarek Valentin
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Tijuana vs. América Highlights
   January 10, 2014 (9:45 PM) by Matt
 

Edgar Castillo, Herculez Gomez and Joe Corona all started for Tijuana, while Paul Arriola came off the bench in Tijuana’s 1-0 win over América.  Castillo even help setup the game-winning goal when his pass was deflected to the feet of Cristian Pellerano for the goal and gave the Xolos their first ever home victory against América.  Here is the game-winning goal.

 
Categories: Edgar Castillo, Herculez Gomez, Highlights, Joe Corona, Paul Arriola
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A whole bunch of links for Monday
   January 6, 2014 (12:02 AM) by Matt
 

Lets start this off with some in-house stuff.  Will did another goalkeeper interview for the site.  This time with Notre Dame goalkeeper Pat Wall.  So go read it.

I also posted most of the highlights from this weekend’s FA Cup.  Finally was able to find Jozy Altidore’s assist, but in GIF form.

A couple photos from those FA Cup matches.  Clint Dempsey is back in a Fulham shirt and this just looks right to me.  Tim Ream is sporting a “milk was a bad choice” beard these days.  And Sebastian Lletget made his first team debut for West Ham in a loss to Nottingham Forest.

In the rare case you missed it, Jurgen Klinsmann selected his roster for January’s camp on Friday.  He also did his usual post-roster release Q&A on US Soccer’s website.  And he also did a video where he talks about the camp.

The US U-20 and U-18 teams are also holding January camps and their rosters were released this weekend.

One of those players on the U-20 team, Freiburg’s Eric Lickert, talked to Brian Sciaretta about his selection to the squad.

Time to strike up the rumor mill.  Juan Agudelo was spotted at Stoke City’s Britannia Stadium this weekend.  Maybe attempting another shot at a work permit?  While last week’s lazy rumor was Michael Bradley-to-Fulham, this week’s looks like it could be Aron Johannsson-to-Stoke City.  “What’s a team with a bunch of Americans…….yeah, put Stoke City down”.

Liga MX kicked off this past weekend with some Americans sporting some new shirts for the season.  DaMarcus Beasley played a little wing back and left back for Puebla in these new blew Kappa kits.  And four Americans (Greg Garza, Joe Corona, Edgar Castillo and Herculez Gomez) saw the field for Tijuana in these new white Nike kits.  I like the Tijuana shirts with the black/grey on the sleeves.  Speaking of Liga MX, we might have some new content on that in the near future.

Now that Bob Bradley is the manager of Stabæk, he is doing the US press tour with Brian Sciaretta and Greg Seltzer.  And here is an extended video interview with Bob.

Kicker is already rolling out its World Cup preview stuff.  Here is a Google-translated breakdown of the USMNT.  They also have a video on Jozy Altidore, which also includes some quotes from former USMNT player Thomas Dooley (the video is all in German).  And Kicker must be a huge Jozy fan as they have a photo slideshow of his career.  Won’t they be surprised when Aron Johannsson is starting against Germany instead of Jozy come World Cup time (I am joking……sort of).  And if you know German, feel free to let us know what is being said in the comments.

Brooks Lennon, a 16-year-old from Arizona playing with Liverpool’s U-17 team, was in the build-up of Liverpool’s goal in this video (I believe he is #7).

This video was done last September by MLS, but I am always a fan of American soccer history (and it is new to me), so here is a short video on the Bethlehem Steel.

The guys over at A Football Report put together their annual “The Best of Football Writing” list for 2013.  Some really good stuff in there.  Bookmark it and read many of those over the next couple weeks.

And finally, I haven’t done a shameless plug thing in a while.  We are on Facebook, so go “like” us if you want.  Not a Facebook fan?  We are also on Twitter.  The main account (also basically my account) is @socceroverthere, while Howie can be followed at @Howie_OT.  Why not also follow other guys who help out with the site from time to time:  Will (@letskillrobots) and Jon (@ArnoldcommaJon).

 
Categories: Aron Johannsson, Bob Bradley, Brooks Lennon, Clint Dempsey, DaMarcus Beasley, Edgar Castillo, Eric Lickert, Herculez Gomez, Joe Corona, Jozy Altidore, Juan Agudelo, Pat Wall, Sebastian Lletget, Tim Ream, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team
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Friday morning links
   October 25, 2013 (12:16 AM) by Matt
 

So stuff happened yesterday.

I was gone for most of yesterday so I missed out on all the Twitter-hoopla over the big news on Julian Green.  There is a report out of Germany that Green has accepted a call-up to the USMNT friendlies in Europe next month.  Green is currently provisionally cap-tied to Germany after playing in some UEFA U-19 qualifiers earlier this month, so he would have to file a FIFA one-time switch in order to play with the US (he could also just come into the camp and not play in the games without the one-time switch).  His dad has also confirmed the news on Twitter.  Green hasn’t played with Bayern Munich’s first team this season, but he has scored 13 goals in 14 games with the U-23 team in the Regionalliga so far in 2013-14.

If true, Jurgen Klinsmann has a message for Germany:

Jurgen Klinsmann did another Q&A with US Soccer’s website.  The big talking point is that he wants some of the MLS players to go on winter loans during the offseason or they will be involved in the January camp.  As it was reported before, the US will begin the January camp in Los Angeles and finish it up in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Steve Cherundolo (remember him?) also did a Q&A with US Soccer’s website.  He has been training with Hannoer 96 for the last two weeks and hopes to get back into a game in the near future.

The US U-18 team finished second at the Limoges Tournament in France last week.  Here are some highlights of their 1-0 win over the Czech Republic.  And head coach Javier Perez did a Q&A about the second place finish.  That team had three guys currently at youth academies in Europe, Fulham’s Emerson Hyndman, FC Utrecht’s Rubio Rubin and Chelsea’s Kyle Scott.

Another dual-national youth player could be headed to the USMNT, but not for a few years.  New England Revolution’s Diego Fagundez secured permanent residency status in the US and plans to seek US citizenship.  Now we play the waiting game for the next three to five years.

Mark Hughes made some comments last week that Brek Shea was wanting to go out on loan in search of playing time.  And now Shea spoke to some local press in the UK about the same and revealed that he was close to getting loaned out to Derby County until Nigel Clough was fired.  Imagine Shea being in this photo.

Brian Sciaretta talked to Edgar Castillo this week about his recent playing time with the USMNT.

Here is a story on Timothy Chandler’s new manager Gertjan Verbeek.

Here is a photo of Oguchi Onyewu with his new QPR jersey.

And finally, Greg Seltzer emptied his statistical notebook on American players in Europe.

 
Categories: Brek Shea, Diego Fagundez, Edgar Castillo, Emerson Hyndman, Julian Green, Kyle Scott, Oguchi Onyewu, Rubio Rubin, Steve Cherundolo, Timothy Chandler, US Men's National Team
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Tijuana vs. Querétaro Highlights
   October 4, 2013 (9:27 PM) by Matt
 

Edgar Castillo and Greg Garza started while Herculez Gomez and Paul Arriola came off the bench in Tijuana’s 1-0 win on Friday night.  Arriola was also involved in the build up to the lone goal.  Here is that goal.

 
Categories: Edgar Castillo, Greg Garza, Herculez Gomez, Highlights, Paul Arriola
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