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Links like you have never linked before
   February 6, 2014 (12:32 AM) by Matt Benson

Yeah, I am running out of ideas for titles for these posts.

Jurgen Klinsmann did a Q&A on US Soccer’s website and the door is still open for Timothy Chandler and others in Europe. : You have stated that the door is still open for players to make their case for the World Cup roster. There are several players in Europe who are experiencing new opportunities with their clubs and others coming back from injury. What do you need to see from them?

JK : “We just want them to be on the field and build their case. We communicate with them, players like Oguchi Onyewu, Tim Ream, and Danny Williams. You have Brek Shea, who went down into the Championship from Stoke to play games and is now playing 90 minutes almost every week. You have Timmy Chandler at Nurnberg, who for six months has been doing a very consistent, good job. Jermaine Jones goes to Besiktas and will pick up the rhythm of playing games again. We follow the players that have injury problems like Steve Cherundolo, who is still having issues, and John Anthony Brooks with Hertha Berlin who is hopefully back next week. Same with Fabian Johnson who broke his arm and is hopefully back next week as well. Being in February and a few months prior to the World Cup, you want to see them all play. You have to give them a clear message that only if you pick up a rhythm and play week-in, week-out, will you complete one of the big keys in order to make the World Cup roster. That’s why we are really happy some of them now are starting to get their rhythm. This all plays a vital role in evaluating them, and then we have to make the vital calls in May.”

Someone told Grant Wahl that US Soccer spent about $500,000 for January’s camp, including the trip down to Brazil.

Oguchi Onyewu had to leave Sheffield Wednesday’s game in the last few minutes of injury time on Sunday due to an injury.  Now we know that it was a calf injury, but no updates on how serious of an injury.

With one centerback hurt, another has returned to full training.  John Brooks returned to Hertha Berlin’s training on Wednesday after tweaking his knee in early January.

Freddy Adu played 45 minutes in a behind-closed-doors scrimmage against Blackpool’s youth team this week and it looks like he is going to continue to train with the club for the rest of the week.

Benji Joya is headed to the Chicago Fire after winning a weighted lottery.  The US U-20 midfielder joins MLS on a one-year loan from Santos Laguna.

Jozy Altidore talked to the Sunderland Echo about his frustration over not scoring much for Sunderland this season.

Juan Agudelo talked to Greg Seltzer about his first start with FC Utrecht from last weekend.  FC Utrecht host PEC Zwolle today, so Agudelo should get a chance for some more playing time/starts.

Besiktas’ twitter account likes Jermaine Jones and they have posted a few photos of Jones in the last week, including this fun one.

Free agent Euan Holden has been spotted training with the Houston Dynamo.  No word if Houston will extend a contract to him.

Some highlights of one of Andrew Wooten’s goals from last week has popped up on Youtube and you can check out his goal around the 3:15 mark.

Herbert Robinson has scored another goal for Santos Laguna’s U-20 team that is participating at the Viareggio Cup in Italy.  This one in a 4-1 win over Stabaek.

I know there was some talk last week about Kevin Hoyos being close to joining Olimpia, but it looks like he is still with Estudiantes de La Plata and scored a goal with their reserve team last Friday.

I posted earlier this week about Lynden Gooch recording an assist with Sunderland’s U-21 team and now you can check it out in GIF form.

After missing the last 10 weeks with a knee injury, Jon-Paul Pittman has returned to full training with Wycombe Wanderers.

It looks like goalkeeper Josh Wicks is trialing/training with Swedish third tier side AFC United.

And finally, Chris Tsonis is trialing with Cork City in Ireland.

Categories: Andrew Wooten, Benji Joya, Chris Tsonis, Euan Holden, Freddy Adu, Herbert Robinson Garcia, Jermaine Jones, John Brooks, Jon-Paul Pittman, Jozy Altidore, Juan Agudelo, Kevin Hoyos, Oguchi Onyewu, Timothy Chandler, US Men's National Team

Links for your Friday morning reading pleasure
   January 17, 2014 (12:19 AM) by Matt Benson

A bunch of USMNT to end the week.

US Soccer officially announced the friendly against Ukraine for March.  The US is 0-2-1 all-time against Ukraine and they are the highest rated FIFA team (#18) who did not qualify for the World Cup.

They had a scrimmage against Sao Paulo FC on Thursday with the Brazilians walking away the 2-1 winners, which also saw 24 different USMNT players seeing the field.  Here are some photos from the “closed-door” scrimmage.  [insert faux outrage over losing]

US Soccer also put up their second diary of the trip as well as some quotes from a couple different players.  They also did a video on the one US player who was born in Brazil:  Benny Feilhaber.

Finally on the US Soccer front, the National Soccer Hall of Fame Class of 2014 nominees were announced.  Brian McBride has to be a first ballot HOFer, right?

In the world of Juan Agudelo, Stoke City finally admitted that they “tied” to Agudelo and that they are looking for a loan destination for him.  Standard Liege seems to be the trendy rumored landing spot for him at the moment.

The MLS SuperDraft took place in Philadelphia on Thursday and some people pestered Don Garber about Maurice Edu.  Nothing new to report other than that discussions are ongoing.

Steve Cherundolo went 90 minutes and picked up a yellow card for Hannover 96 in a friendly against Fenerbahçe on Thursday.

Fabian Johnson (58 minutes) and Jeremy Toljan (32 minutes) each played for Hoffenhim in a 3-0 win over Bobby Wood (45 minutes) and 1860 Munich in a friendly on Thursday.  Here are some photos and some highlights.

And Timothy Chandler started and played 45 minutes in Nurnberg’s 2-1 win over FC Luzern in yet another friendly.

Euan Holden was one of five players released by Bury on Thursday.  Holden appeared in only two league games for the Shakers in 2013-14.

We have a new goal tracker up for 2014.  The 2013 goal tracker is still up there and Christian Eissele led all American goal scorers in 2013 with 29 goals across all competitions in Finland.  He also has a new highlight video up on Youtube.

Categories: Benny Feilhaber, Bobby Wood, Brian McBride, Christian Eissele, Euan Holden, Fabian Johnson, Jeremy Toljan, Juan Agudelo, Maurice Edu, Steve Cherundolo, Timothy Chandler, US Men's National Team

Tuesday morning links
   August 13, 2013 (1:14 AM) by Matt Benson

The big news of yesterday was the release of the USMNT roster for Wednesday’s friendly.  It was also announced later that afternoon that Michael Orozco Fiscal had to withdraw due to a hamstring injury.  Here is also the usual quote sheet from Jurgen Klinsmann talking about the roster.  And Klinsi talked to the Studio 90 people about Aron Johannsson and Anthony Brooks.

Random side tangent, you might notice that I always call him Anthony Brooks rather than John Anthony Brooks.  I have always done that since that is how he was listed on US Soccer’s website and referred by the US U-20 coaches two years ago (sort of like how everyone called Danny Williams by Daniel Williams until he finally came into camp and then everyone started calling him Danny).  But Klinsi calls him John in the video linked above, so I might be changing that in the near future.  Like I said, random.  Good talk.

Speaking of Aron Johannsson, here is a photo of him at camp all decked out in his US gear.  And Greg Seltzer got some quotes from Johannsson.

We are doing a guess the score contest for Wednesday’s game.  Anyone who guesses the correct score will have a chance to win one of our Sacha Kljestan mustache shirtsSo go enter.

The team trained in front of some retired train engine.

With Clint Dempsey absent this trip, Klinsi picked Tim Howard to be the captain.

Another name absent is Timothy Chandler and ESPN’s Doug McIntyre tackles that story.

Brian Sciaretta caught up with Cody Cropper to talk about being called into his first senior team camp.

Graham Ruthven is in Sarajevo and talked to some foreign press to get the Bosnian perspective.

Here are some post-training interviews with Tim Howard and Michael Bradley.

Another player not making this trip is Herculez Gomez.  His knee is still bothering him, causing him to get it cleaned out, which means he will be out the next 4-6 weeks and will likely miss September’s qualifiers.

Now onto some club news.

Anthony Brooks played so well for Hertha Berlin over the weekend that he made’s statistical European Team of the Weekend.  Not bad.

Sporting CP are trying to cancel their contract with Oguchi Onyewu, claiming he got his knee scoped in the US without telling them.

FC Dallas is sending Bobby Warshaw on loan to Swedish side Ängelholms FF for the rest of the season.  Ängelholms FF already has one American on the roster in goalkeeper Matt Pyzdrowski.

A couple more goals to add to the weekend tally.  I posted a photo of Julian Green from his game this weekend where he scored for Bayern Munich II in the German Regionalliga, but some highlights have popped up of his goal.  And here are some highlights of Tony Taylor’s goal in Omonia’s preseason friendly win over Aris.

Sebastian Lletget also found the back of the net on Monday, scoring in West Ham U-21’s 3-0 win over Aston Villa.  Here is a photo of Lletget celebrating one of the goals from the game with his teammates.

We had some more goals on Monday.  Lester Dewee scored a goal in Bodens BK’s 4-2 win over Assi in Swedish Division 2 (fourth tier) action.  Bodens BK also have a new American on the team, Matt Sanner, who also scored in the game.  Here is an interview with Sanner shortly after joining the team.  And Sanner scored another goal while Dewee scored two goals in a 4-1 win last week.

A couple more post-game interviews from the weekend.  Here is one with Euan Holden after Bury lost, 2-1, to Oxford United.  And one with Conor O’Brien after FC Nordsjælland’s 2-2 draw to Copenhagen.  Also of note, O’Brien’s teammate, Morten Nordstrand, had one of the better goals you will ever see in the draw.

And finally, here is a story on James Pallotta, an American who is AS Roma’s majority owner and president.

But don’t forget to enter our contest.

Categories: Aron Johannsson, Bobby Warshaw, Cody Cropper, Conor O'Brien, Euan Holden, Herculez Gomez, John Brooks, Julian Green, Lester Dewee, Matt Sanner, Michael Bradley, Michael Orozco Fiscal, Oguchi Onyewu, Sebastian Lletget, Tim Howard, Timothy Chandler, Tony Taylor, US Men's National Team

Friday AM links
   June 28, 2013 (12:01 AM) by Matt Benson

The big news of Thursday was the announcement of the Gold Cup roster.  Jurgen Klinsmann also did his usual post-roster release Q&A with US Soccer’s website.  The guys over at American Soccer Now also invited me to select my own roster, so I did that for them.

Steve Cherundolo declined to be on the USMNT roster this summer to get some rest and now it looks like he is having some surgery on his left knee, the same knee that he had surgery done on back in February.

Some guys in lower leagues are returning to old clubs.  Howie posted about Jon-Paul Pittman going back to Wycombe Wanderers yesterday (and about Mike Grella likely returning to Scunthorpe United earlier this week).  You can also add Euan Holden to the mix as Holden has signed another non-contract basis with Bury.  And Jonathan Spector officially re-signed with Birmingham City.

With Alejandro Bedoya’s contract ending soon, he is likely looking for a new home.  And FC Twente seem to be interested according to this report out of Sweden.

Here is a video of Tony Taylor at AC Omonia.

Brad Friedel did an interview this week for the guys over at Soccer America.

Bobby Wood must have been mad about not making the Gold Cup roster as he scored twice in a 5-1 win over FC Zürich in a preseason friendly.

Want a silly season rumor?  How about Dan Kennedy to Maccabi Tel Aviv?

Grant Wahl tells us about Nick Pugliese, an American playing professionally in Afghanistan.

And to end with today’s fashion column, here are some more new jerseys for next season.  Tim Howards’ new goalkeeper kit can be found here (along with Everton’s new home shirt).  No word if the smoke is optional or not.  If Carlos Bocanegra stays at Rangers, here are their home/away/third kits for next season.  And finally, Jermaine Jones and Schalke have a new international/third kit for next season.

Enjoy the weekend.

Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Bobby Wood, Brad Friedel, Carlos Bocanegra, Dan Kennedy, Euan Holden, Jermaine Jones, Jon-Paul Pittman, Jonathan Spector, Mike Grella, Nick Pugliese, Steve Cherundolo, Tim Howard, Tony Taylor, US Men's National Team
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Friday morning links
   May 31, 2013 (12:01 AM) by Matt Benson

Some links to check out while enjoying that morning coffee.

The US U-20 team lost to Colombia, 2-1, on Thursday in their second game of the Toulon Tournament.  Danny Garcia gave the US a lead in the seventh minute, but Colombia scored twice early in the second half to win.  Here are some highlights from the game and some post-game quotes from Tab Ramos and Danny Garcia.

Also in action last night, Edgar Castillo went the full 90 minutes (Joe Corona was an unused sub) as Tijuana were knocked out of Copa Libertadores in the quarterfinals due to away goals.  I also found this story pretty interesting on Tijuana’s travels since January.  They just traveled to Belo Horizonte, Brazil (6,020 miles), while the distance between San Diego and London is 5,470 miles.

Michael Bradley and Roma will be headed to Kansas City this summer to partake in the MLS All-Star Game.  Here is a video of Bradley talking about the game.

We are slowly entering the silly season and Greg Seltzer give us some goodies on Jozy Altidore and Clint Dempsey.

Jonathan Bornstein has been transfer-listed by Tigres with Liga MX draft next Wednesday.  If Bornstein doesn’t sign with another Mexican club by Wednesday, he will either have to stay with Tigres or leave Mexico.

Bury released Euan Holden last week, but he is interested in returning since the club has some new owners who have turned around the club’s financial situation.

Nottingham Forest might be interested in Eric Lichaj.

Geoff Cameron, Brek Shea and Maurice Edu will have a new manager to impress at Stoke City as the club has appointed Mark Hughes.  This will be Hughes’ fifth different club since 2008.

It looks like DC United have passed on Mike Grella after his trial.

I can’t remember if I posted this last week or not, but Kenya Brown spoke to Conor O’Brien about playing in Champions League next season.

And in some news that makes me happy.  Sky Sports News (likely on in the background when I am doing these posts late at night) will stick around on Fox Sports 1 once Fox Soccer shuts down.

Categories: Brek Shea, Clint Dempsey, Conor O'Brien, Edgar Castillo, Eric Lichaj, Euan Holden, Geoff Cameron, Jonathan Bornstein, Jozy Altidore, Maurice Edu, Michael Bradley, Mike Grella, US U-20 National Team

Memorial Day links
   May 27, 2013 (1:31 AM) by Matt Benson

A couple links before enjoying the day.

The biggest news of the weekend revolved around Robbie Rogers.  The ex-Leeds/Stevenage player came out of retirement after being traded to the LA Galaxy (from the Chicago Fire).  Then he made his debut last night, coming off the bench in LA’s 4-0 win over Seattle.  Good for him.

While that game was going on, Club America had a dramatic comeback over Cruz Azul in the Liga MX final, scoring two goals in the last few moments, including this diving header by America’s goalkeeper.  The game went on to extra time before America pulling out the victory in penalty kicks.  Although he didn’t play in the game, America does have 20-year-old Mexican-American Ventura Alvarado on the squad.  Alvarado only appeared in three games, but he is a champion.  Last night’s game also produced this great GIF of America’s manager.

Michael Bradley ended his season this past weekend with a 1-0 loss to Lazio in the Coppa Italia final.  Before that game, Greg Seltzer reported that recently promoted Hellas Verona (not to be confused with his former club Chievo Verona) tried to talk to Roma about a loan deal for next season, but Roma wants none of it.

As for some other end-of-the-season roster housecleaning.  Bury has released a bunch of players including Euan Holden.  Holden appeared in only one game for Bury in 2012-13.

Joe Gyau is headed back to Hoffenheim after St. Pauli declined on their option to buy once his loan came to an end.  Hoffenheim have their second leg of the relegation playoffs today, so we will find out if they are staying in the Bundesliga or moving down (they hold a 3-1 lead).

Tony Taylor won’t be playing with Estoril next season as he didn’t pick up a contract extension, although his agent claims there is other interest in Portugal.  Taylor scored one goal in 15 league appearances last season as Estoril earned an Europe League spot for 2013-14.

A couple clubs are “cleaning up” their crests/badges and trying to make them more up to date.  Everton released this one, although their supporters are not huge fans of it.  And Roma did the same thing.

Brian Sciaretta recently talked to US U-20/Colorado Rapids defender Shane O’Neill.  O’Neill is on the US U-20 team that is in France for the 2013 Toulon Tournament.  The US U-20 team kicks off the tournament against France on Tuesday, although O’Neil won’t join the team until after Colorado’s June 1 league game against FC Dallas.

Staying with the U-20 theme, Tom Marshall talked to Monterrey’s Alonso Hernandez about trying to make the US U-20 World Cup roster.  Hernandez is also in France for the Toulon Tournament.

This has nothing to do with anything US Soccer related, but a documentary that I highly enjoyed is now on Youtube.  The Four Year Plan is an unbelievable behind-the-scenes look at QPR for a couple seasons as they attempt to earn promotion to the Premier League.  I believe it is on Netflix (if you want a high quality version of it), but for those without Netflix, you can check it out here.  It is amazing to see them earn promotion (spoiler alert!) while some of the people involved are batsh*t crazy.

We hit a milestone over the weekend.  The site is officially over the one millionth hit mark.  So thanks for reading the site the last couple years.

And finally, have your ordered your Sacha Kljestan mustache t-shirt yet?

Categories: Alonso Hernandez, Euan Holden, Joe Gyau, Michael Bradley, Robbie Rogers, Shane O'Neill, Tim Howard, Tony Taylor, US U-20 National Team, Ventura Alvarado

Links for your Tuesday morning
   February 5, 2013 (12:24 AM) by Matt Benson

Lets dive right into it.

The USMNT roster came out yesterday.  Franco Panizo got some quotes from Jurgen Klinsmann as he discusses the roster.

Speaking of Klinsmann, Roger Bennett looks at the various manager who have influenced Klinsmann throughout his career.

You want some previews for Wednesday’s game?  The Total Soccer Show breaks down the Canada friendly, while also previewing Wednesday’s game.  Leander Schaerlaeckens previews the final phase of qualifying.  And Jon Levy gives us his preview of Wednesday’s game.

I posted the US Soccer tour video of Estadio Olimpico from 2009 yesterday, but I was just reminded tonight that the US Soccer/Gatorade commercial from 2006 features the ceiling tiles shaking from that stadium.  Good times.

Will Parchman is doing a three-part feature on the US’ failed qualification run for the 1986 World Cup and here is Part 1.

Brian Sciaretta has an article up on Timothy Chandler.  And here is photo of a U-16 Chandler from the 2006 Dallas Cup.

David Keyes did a really interesting interview recently with Pachuca’s head of scouting Marco Garcés.  They talk about how Pachuca scouts the various Mexican-American players currently living in the US.

Stuart Holden’s younger brother, Euan, has signed a “non contract terms” deal with English League One side Bury.  Euan last played for Stockport County in the Conference National.

And finally, remember when Roma played Orlando City over the winter break?  I guess I missed his name in the match report, but Christian Eissele played in that game.  Here is Jon Arnold’s interview with Eissele from back in November.


Jon just let me know that he talked to Christian last month about that friendly and this is what he had to say.

“The opportunity was great and it was awesome to be able to see that kind of level first-hand. That will definitely benefit me in the future.”

Categories: Christian Eissele, Euan Holden, Timothy Chandler, US Men's National Team

Not quite as cool as a one-point safety, but some links
   January 3, 2013 (9:01 PM) by Matt Benson

That is a Fiesta Bowl reference.

Brian Sciaretta caught up with Sacha Kljestan to talk about about his rise in status at both the club and country level.  And Daniel Renders gives Sciaretta a cool stat about Anderlecht’s record with/without Kljestan.  And this has prompted me to start up on an Inside the Numbers piece, which will hopefully be up in the morning.

Kljestian has 18 months left on his contract, but there are on-going talks over a new deal/extension.

Julian De Martinis of ESPN writes about Michael Bradley’s first six months at Roma.

Noah Davis gives us 20 wishes for the USMNT in 2013.

The USMNT January/Camp Cupcake will now begin on January 7, not January 14.  And expect the roster to be announced on Sunday, with the possibility of one small surprise.

Euan Holden has parted ways with Stockport County.  Holden appeared in only one league game in 2012-13 after playing in 33 games last season.

Tim Ream and Bolton are trying to find out why they can’t win two games in a row.

I hope Brian Sciaretta has PennyTalk as after he was talking to Sacha Kljestan, he got an interview with Eugene Starikov in Russia.  Maybe Sciaretta can teach me how to take a penalty kick…..

The always seemingly injured Zak Whitbread is out with a calf injury.

Robbie Rogers hasn’t played much as of late with Stevenage, but his loan ends on January 15.

Julian Green was nominated for some type of Sportsman of the Year award.

Categories: Euan Holden, Eugene Starikov, Julian Green, Michael Bradley, Robbie Rogers, Sacha Kljestan, Tim Ream, US Men's National Team, Zak Whitbread

Here is some news for Monday
   August 22, 2011 (6:07 PM) by Matt Benson

It is looking more and more like FC Dallas’ George John will be headed to Blackburn.  Since he is a Greek citizen, he just needs a Greek passport to be registered as a EU player and avoid the whole “he needs to have played in x% of USMNT games over the last two years” rule to get a work permit.

While he did appear in Europa League last week for Rangers, Carlos Bocanegra (and Alejandro Bedoya) did not play this past weekend in Rangers’ Scottish Premier League game since he hadn’t received his work visa yet . . . until today.

Mikkel Diskerud did an interview with some local Norwegian press where he talks about hoping Jurgen Klinsmann calls him in at some point and moving to a more central midfield role with Stabæk.

Speaking of Klinsi, Matthew from The Shin Guardian takes a stab at the USMNT roster for the upcoming friendlies.

And finally, it is not often we have highlights from the English Conference National (the fifth tier of English soccer), but here is Euan Holden’s goal for Stockport County against Kettering Town from last week.

Categories: Carlos Bocanegra, Euan Holden, George John, Mix Diskerud, US Men's National Team

A little news for Friday
   July 29, 2011 (4:29 PM) by Matt Benson

If you have been living under a rock in the last 24 hours, Bob Bradley got fired and US Soccer hired Jürgen Klinsmann today.  A full press conference will be held on Monday.

People are starting to write up their thoughts on the hire, but I will let Grant Wahl tackle this one.  And here is video of Alexi Lalas on today’s SportsCenter to talk about the hire.

As for my quick thoughts.  I have never been overly impressed by Klinsmann when compared to the rave reviews by the vocal anti-Bob Bradley crowd in recent years (not to say I don’t think he could be a good coach).  With that said, my biggest fear when they re-hired Bob was that the program would become a little stale.  Over the last year it looks like things may have been getting stale, so US Soccer probably needed a shot in the arm and this hire does do exactly that.  I am eager to see what happens over the next couple months.  No matter what, I want US Soccer to become better. has an interview with Alejandro Bedoya where he talks about Bob’s firing as well as his current situation with Örebro SK/Rangers.

Media reports suggested that Bradley lost the locker room during the Gold Cup. Is that true?

No, I don’t think so. As everyone knows, he is a very serious and disciplined kind of guy. Rumors are rumors. In general, I thought he did a good job of keeping the team settled.

After trialing with many different teams over the last year, Euan Holden has found a new home with English Conference National side Stockport County.  They were relegated from League Two last season.

The US ended its 2011 Milk Cup with a 2-1 win over Georgia (the country, not the state) to claim third place.  The US goals were scored by Jordan McCrary and Jerome Kiesewetter.

Reports out of Germany have Gale Agbossoumonde going on trial with German Bundesliga club FC Cologne.  His current loan deal with Djurgården ends this weekend.

I am headed to Chicago on Sunday for the next week and don’t know my internet situation, but I should be around somewhat next week (internet was functioning at my sister’s place earlier this summer when I visited).  Have a good weekend.

Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Euan Holden, Gale Agbossoumonde, US Men's National Team
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