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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.