It looks like Jozy Altidore has fallen out of favor at Sunderland at the moment as he didn’t dress on Monday with the senior team and actually suited up with the U-21 team.
A few guys played in the Championship yesterday, but Danny Williams missed Reading’s game with a knee injury, while Oguchi Onyewu picked up a rib injury and missed Sheffield Wednesday’s game on Tuesday.
Julian Green didn’t play with Bayern Munich II over the weekend due to the shoulder injury that he picked up in the US-Mexico friendly. According to his dad, he will be out a couple weeks.
Aron Johannsson scored his 26th goal of the season across all competitions today in AZ’s 2-2 draw to Roda JC. He also had a great chance to score the winner in extra time, but somehow missed. Here is his goals and his late miss.
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.
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?
The US fell from #13 to #14 in the latest FIFA world rankings.
Brek Shea can’t be loaned out to another team for another three weeks since he returned to Stoke City early after his “finger incident” with some Barnsley fans, but he is aware that he probably needs to head out on another loan to get playing time if he wants to make the World Cup roster.
The Bolton News got some quotes from Tim Ream about Stuart Holden’s injury.
DaMarcus Beasley and Michael Orozco (and the rest of Puebla) are not getting paid all their money at Puebla.
Jon Arnold “berated” me for not posting this the other day, but here is his article about Benji Joya and Daniel Cuevas going their separate ways. You happy now, Jon?! (For those three people that didn’t pick on up this, I am joking. Jon is a nice guy. Sometimes.)
Gedion Zelalem was called into Germany’s U-17 team for a Euro qualifier. If he plays, he will never be eligible to play for the US since you can only use your FIFA one-time switch on countries you are eligible for when you play your first official youth game (he is still not a US citizen yet). Boo.
Speaking of young players, Greg Seltzer takes a look at some first-team prospects of a few younger Americans playing abroad.
We had a few goals this past weekend. Aron Johannsson showed off some fancy footwork while scoring a brace in AZ’s 4-0 win (highlights). Jose Torres found the back of the net for Tigres in their 3-0 win over Cruz Azul (highlights). Mario Rodriguez, Jann George and Seth Rudolph also scored this weekend and you can always follow along with our goal tracker.
Howie posted this yesterday, but Brek Shea’s loan with Barnsley was cut short a few weeks early after an incident with a Barnsley fan where Shea gave the fan “the finger” after the fan was apparently yelling some things at a teammate.
Jozy Altidore did not travel with Sunderland’s team this past weekend and it sounds like it was some illness according to Grant Wahl.
Alejandro Bedoya’s FC Nantes were just hit with a 16-month transfer ban. While they will be able to sell and release players, they will not be able to sign any new players until the summer of 2015.
Josh Gatt is getting closer to fully returning to the field. While he thinks it would be possible to return in time for Molde’s season opener on March 28, they might wait a week or two more to make sure everything with his knee is good.
Staying in Norway, Stabæk’s website has a new video interview up with Bob Bradley.
The Men in Blazers’ website has a cool little write-up on two of John Brooks’ tattoos. Showing some love to both the US and Germany.
As of last Friday, about 35,000 tickets have been sold so far for the US-Mexico friendly in Phoenix.
Jurgen Klinsmann was down in Austin this past weekend getting his hipster on at SXSW. Also announced at SXSW this weekend is a “Hard Knocks”-type show by ESPN with the USMNT leading up to the World Cup. One of the co-producers is Jonathan Hock, who did two of my favorite 30 For 30s: “The Best That Never Was” (Marcus Dupree) and “Survive and Advance” (1983 NC State Basketball Team). Basically, this should be in good hands.
I know I linked Part 1 of Roger Bennett’s oral history of the 1994 USMNT last week, but here are Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4.
While Footy Headlines is not Todo Sobre Camisetas when it comes to leaked jerseys, it does have a better batting average than some sites out there and they are saying this is the road jersey for the US for the World Cup. If this is the real deal Holyfield (we are currently in Rumorville at the moment), I think I like it although it does look like a bomb pop.
Here is small interview with Jake Keegan, who is now with Galway FC in Ireland.
And finally, Yannick Smith is now back in the US with USL Pro’s Dayton Dutch Lions FC after playing in Finland with Narpes Kraft last season.