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A bit of this and that for Tuesday
   August 19, 2014 (12:42 AM) by Matt Benson
 

This weekend was a busy one with tons of players seeing the field throughout Europe.  Here is a quick rundown of how guys did over the weekend.  And as always, our goal tacker is updated with the goals from the weekend with some links to highlights to a few of them.

The big news of the weekend was the professional debut of Rubio Rubin.  Greg Seltzer also recently talked to Rubin about signing with FC Utrecht.

The other odd news of the weekend was the lack of Geoff Cameron in Stoke City’s gameday roster.  While there was first speculation that Mark Hughes was giving extra rest to Cameron and Peter Odemwingie due to the World Cup, it now looks like Cameron is wanting a transfer away from Stoke City.

This weekend also saw Brad Guzan make his 75th straight Premier League start for Aston Villa, the second-longest active streak in the Premier League behind Liverpool’s Simon Mignolet (now at 79 straight starts).

Through two games, Emerson Hyndman has completed 125 passes this season, the fourth most in the English League Championship.  And among Championship players who have attempted at least 100 passes, his 91% completion percentage is the second highest in the Championship.  And there has been a total of 1065 minutes played so far in the Championship by players under the age of 20 with Fulham accounting for 607 of those minutes (57 percent).

Aron Johannsson is going to be out another six weeks after having groin surgery to go along with his ankle surgery from last month.  It will be interesting to see who Jurgen Klinsmann calls into next month’s friendly at forward if he sticks with a European-based roster with Johannsson and Boyd both out with injuries.  Is it finally time to cap Matt Taylor?! (I am joking.)

Seattle Sounders general manager Adrian Hanauer spoke about DeAndre Yedlin’s transfer last Wednesday.  The deal is done, but he won’t be transferred until a later date (since the MLS transfer window is closed and he can’t be loaned back to Seattle?).  Tottenham will “evaluate the situation” at the end of the MLS season once the MLS transfer window opens back up (and see if he can get his UK work permit), although there is a chance he stays in Seattle through the summer of 2015.

People have been asking me a lot recently about anything on Juan Agudelo.  There is nothing new to report that I know of other than he continues to train with Orlando City off and on.

Alfredo Morales and FC Ingolstadt were knocked out of the DFB Pokal by Kickers Offenbach yesterday in a penalty shootout.  Morales went the full 120 minutes and made his penalty attempt.

Will Packwood didn’t play with Birmingham City over the weekend, but he did score a goal with their U-21 team on Monday.

Tony Taylor became a free agent this summer after his contract expired with Omonia Nikosia in Cyprus.  And now the former US youth international is headed to the New England Revolution after the Revolution acquired the forward through a lottery.

ESPN’s Doug McIntyre spoke to Chicago Fire manager Frank Yallop last week and Yallop thinks the Fire are close to signing Jermaine Jones.  McIntyre’s ESPN compadre Jeff Carlisle spoke to a league source who told Carlisle that Jones would “likely” be subject to regular MLS allocation order.  I never understand MLS roster rules.  It is like they are the producers of Paradise Hotel and make up stuff as they go.

Greg Garza did not play with Tijuana last Friday after suffering a nose injury in training which required surgery.  On the Tijuana U-20 front, tilt your computer sideways to see this goal by Amando Moreno from a U-20 game from Friday.

Sticking with odd videos of goals from the weekend, here is Joey Spivack’s first goal of the season for Víkingur Ólafsvík.

Brian Straus with some words on Tim Howard and Tourette syndrome.

US Soccer confirmed the friendly against Ecuador for October 10 last week.  Brian Sciaretta ‏is hearing that US Soccer will add a second game during that international week and it will also take place in the US.

While Germany had the DFB Pokal this past weekend, Borussia Dortmund II had the off week from official games, but both Junior Flores and Joe Gyau (Gyau also scored) played with the U-23 team in a friendly against Wattenscheid last Thursday.

Brooks Lennon made his Liverpool U-21 debut last Wednesday.

Jurgen Klinsmann’s son, Jonathan Klinsmann, did a training stint with VfB Stuttgart last week.

And finally, Timothy Weah, son of the great George Weah, joined Paris Saint-Germain’s academy.  Weah has trained with the US U-14 team recently.

 
Categories: Alfredo Morales, Amando Moreno, Aron Johannsson, Brooks Lennon, DeAndre Yedlin, Emerson Hyndman, Geoff Cameron, Greg Garza, Jermaine Jones, Joe Gyau, Joey Spivack, Jonathan Klinsmann, Juan Agudelo, Junior Flores, Rubio Rubin, Tim Howard, Timothy Weah, Tony Taylor, US Men's National Team, Will Packwood
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Still catching on things links
   August 8, 2014 (1:13 AM) by Matt Benson
 

I am still catching up on life, but here are a few links from the last week or so while I was gone.

One of the most important players if not the best player in US Soccer history, Landon Donovan, announced his retirement yesterday.  He will play the rest of the 2014 MLS season before officially calling it quits.  The USMNT’s all-time leader in goals (57), assists (57) and games started (141), Donovan brought a lot of joy to US fans over the years.  He scored his first international goal against Mexico and he scored his last USMNT goal against Mexico (highlights of all 57 goals).  Never forget.

As I promised last week, we are starting to add new content to the site aside from links and RJ DeMello started us off last week with an interview with Joe Gyau.  There should also be something else USMNT-centric from another new contributor today.

Of course the weekend that I am gone has 12 goals scored by various Americans throughout Europe, so here are a bunch of GIFs of about half of those goals.  The goal tracker has also been updated with all the goals.

When I left town last week, it looked like Jermaine Jones was headed to Chicago and Sacha Kljestan was headed to the LA Galaxy.  Upon my return, Jones turned down a multi-million dollar deal and Kljestan was still in Belgium with Anderlecht.  Jones has also become friends with Charlie Sheen and Chuck Liddell.

Then Wednesday brought the Mix Diskerud-almost-going-to-Columbus madness.  While the Crew did not land Diskerud, they did sign French-American youth player Romain Gall.

In the never ending DeAndre Yedlin potential transfer saga, Tottenham are the new leaders according to Ives.

It looks like Brek Shea is likely to go out on loan again this season.  Staying at Stoke City, some teams have shown interest in Geoff Cameron, but he is staying with the Potters according to Greg Seltzer.

USMNT vets Clint Dempsey and DaMarcus Beasley both want to continue to play for the US.

Conor O’Brien signed with Austrian Bundesliga side Wiener Neustadt last week.

Aron Johannsson wants to lead the Eredivisie in goals this upcoming season.

Eric Lichaj is finally over his groin injury and returned to training with Nottingham Forest.

Death, taxes and Zak Whitbread injuries.  Whitbread has already injured his back in a friendly and Derby County are hoping he can return to training soon.

Jonathan Bornstein had to leave Queretaro’s Copa MX game earlier this week due to an injury.

ESPN’s Jeff Carlisle caught up with Stuart Holden as he continues to rehab his knee.

Hannover 96 is holding a Steve Cherundolo farewell match this weekend.

Also from last weekend, Bobby Wood assisted on a goal in 1860 Munich’s 3-2 loss to Kaiserslautern.

Sebastien Ibeagha is headed to FC Fredericia for the rest of the season on loan from AC Horsens.

The US U-23 and U-17 teams have been busy lately.  The U-23 team defeated the Bahamas national team 5-1 (highlights).  And the U-17 team are in the semifinals of a tournament in Mexico after winning their first four games (highlights).

In Europa League action yesterday, Pablo Punyed and Stjarnan are advancing to the playoff round, while Mix Diskerud/Rosenborg, Ethan Horvath/Molde and Sean Reynolds/FH have all been eliminated.

Here are some highlights of Ethan Horvath in action between the sticks for Molde II in a recent game.

Bobby Warshaw wrote some words about life as an American player in Europe.

Did you know that League of Ireland Premier Division side Cork City’s manager was born in the US?

 
Categories: Aron Johannsson, Bobby Warshaw, Bobby Wood, Brek Shea, Clint Dempsey, Conor O'Brien, DaMarcus Beasley, DeAndre Yedlin, Eric Lichaj, Ethan Horvath, Geoff Cameron, Jermaine Jones, Joe Gyau, Jonathan Bornstein, Landon Donovan, Mix Diskerud, Pablo Punyed, Romain Gall, Sacha Kljestan, Sean Reynolds, Sebastien Ibeagha, Steve Cherundolo, Stuart Holden, US U-23 National Team, Zak Whitbread
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Friday morning links
   July 18, 2014 (12:35 AM) by Matt Benson
 

A bunch of links for this Friday.

As Howie posted last night, Matt Besler is in talks with Sporting Kansas City on getting a new contract, although he hasn’t totally dismissed the possibility of playing overseas.  While Greg Seltzer told us earlier this week that Sunderland was one of the teams expressing interest in Besler, the Evening Chronicle is hearing that the Black Cats have not made a bid and don’t plan on making one either.  All this said, I think Besler will probably end up staying in Kansas City and I really don’t have a problem with that.  Nothing wrong for him to have a Eddie Pope-like career.

If you want more transfer talk, Greg Seltzer was on yesterday’s episode of Soccer Morning with Jason Davis.  He begins talking about the 11-minute mark and goes over some stuff on DeAndre Yedlin, Matt Besler (before last night’s news), Graham Zusi, Mix Diskerud, Brek Shea and a couple others.

Speaking of Brek Shea, he was named to Stoke City’s 23-man roster for the Potters’ preseason tour of Germany.

The latest FIFA world rankings came out yesterday with the US dropping two spots to #15.  Costa Rica was one of the big winners, moving up 12 spots to #16.  And this month is the first time that CONCACAF has had three teams in the Top 18 since March of 2004.

For those few people that missed it earlier this week, the Ecuadorian Football Federation claims that the US and Ecuador will play in a friendly against each other in October.

As I post this, about 40% of you think Jermaine Jones’ goal vs. Portugal was your favorite US goal from the World Cup, which leads the pack.  Go vote here.

Mix Diskerud came off the bench and was first credited with a goal, which was later changed to an own goal, in Rosenborg’s upset 2-1 loss to Sligo Rovers in Europa League action (highlights).  Also in Europa League action yesterday, Sean Reynolds came off the bench for 20 minutes in FH’s 1-1 draw to Neman.  And Pablo Punyed went 90 minutes in Stjarnan’s 2-2 draw to Motherwell.  The second legs will be next Thursday.

According to Earnie Stewart, Aron Johannsson’s ankle injury was actually a long-term injury that has been bugging him prior to the World Cup.

“He’s had this injury for a longer while than at the U.S. national team,” Stewart said in an telephone interview. “It was something that you could play with; it wasn’t a problem to. I’ve played with the same problem myself. Once it’s time to rest, it’s something that can aggravate you every time you step out on the field.”

Jozy Altidore told the Sunderland Echo that his injury in the World Cup was the low point of his career.  He is expected to be almost fully fit once he returns to Sunderland.

If you are reading this before 1 PM Eastern on Friday, turn on beIN Sports as they will be showing Terrence Boyd and RB Leipzig taking on PSG in a friendly (h/t Jon Arnold).

Bayern Munich have updated their website and Julian Green is listed under the first team players.  His online bio also tells us that he is a Gemini.  Bayern Munich have also launched an English version of their site dedicated to the US.

The US U-20 team defeated Bermuda, 4-0, in their second match of the NTC Invitational on Wednesday.  The goals were provided by Andrija Novakovich, Zach Pfeffer, Tommy Thompson and an own goal.  Here are some highlights (I see you, Tommy Thompson) and some post-game reactions.  The US’s final game is tonight against Australia at the StubHub Center at 7 PM and admission/parking are free.  If I didn’t have plans already, I would be headed down there.

Liga MX also starts up tonight and Tom Marshall fills you in on where all the Americans will be playing this fall.

According to Sky Sports, Gboly Ariyibi is on trial with Burnley.  Ariyibi ended last season on loan with Tranmere Rovers then became a free agent this summer once his contract with Leeds expired.

Bobby Wood got the start and played 72 minutes on the wing in a 4-3-3 in 1860 Munich’s 3-2 loss to Borussia Möchengladbach in a friendly earlier this week.  Here is a photo of Wood in action.

Sebastian Lletget actually played with West Ham’s first team on Wednesday in a 0-0 draw to Ipswich Town in a friendly, coming off the bench in the second half.

Southampton’s website has an interview up with goalkeeper Cody Cropper.

Brian Sciaretta caught up with Caleb Stanko as he tries to break into Freiburg’s first team this season.

And finally, I personally think the ESPYs are really stupid, but the USMNT won this year for “Best Moment” for its win over Ghana.  And it looks like the guys who could attend had a good time, so good for them.

Enjoy the weekend.

 
Categories: Andrija Novakovich, Aron Johannsson, Bobby Wood, Brek Shea, Caleb Stanko, Cody Cropper, DeAndre Yedlin, Gboly Ariyibi, Graham Zusi, Jermaine Jones, Jozy Altidore, Julian Green, Matt Besler, Mix Diskerud, Pablo Punyed, Sean Reynolds, Sebastian Lletget, Terrence Boyd, Tommy Thompson, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team, Zach Pfeffer
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Hump day links
   July 16, 2014 (1:12 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Just a couple things for Wednesday.

Greg Seltzer updates us on the latest on the Matt Besler front.  Looks like he is getting a lot of interest from England and we might know an answer about his friendly come Monday.

Mr. Seltzer also informs us that Olympiacos are no longer interested in Sacha Kljestan.

Omar Gonzalez was on Conan last night and here is a part of his interview.

Aron Johannsson had successful ankle surgery yesterday.  He is expected to miss 6-8 weeks according to AZ’s website.  ArJo appears to be in good spirits.

US Soccer put up a little video of highlights while Tab Ramos, Zach Pfeffer and Andrija Novakovich talk about the US U-20′s 2-1 win over Chile from Monday.

One U-20 player not in Carson at the moment is Rubio Rubin as he was busy playing with FC Utrecht’s senior team in a friendly on Tuesday.  Here are a couple photos of Rubin.

Another young player getting some action with a senior team in a friendly on Tuesday was Joe Gyau with Borussia Dortmund.  Gyau got the start and went the full 90 minutes in Dortmund’s 4-1 win over Hessen Kassel.  That link also has a photo of Gyau in Dortmund’s new jersey for this season.

Speaking of Borussia Dortmund, it looks like US U-17 forward Christian Pulisic has also signed (or will be soon) with Borussia Dortmund.

And finally, Screamer/Deadspin have ranked all 171 goals from the World Cup.  Obviously I am biased, but I think Jermaine Jones’ goal was much better than #40.  Also, I personally think James Rodriguez’s goal against Uruguay was the best of the tournament, which they do not.

 
Categories: Andrija Novakovich, Aron Johannsson, Christian Pulisic, Jermaine Jones, Joe Gyau, Matt Besler, Omar Gonzalez, Rubio Rubin, Sacha Kljestan, US U-20 National Team, Zach Pfeffer
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Even more new kits for 2014-15
   July 9, 2014 (9:45 AM) by Matt Benson
 

I have already done two posts before on this subject (here and here), but we have some even more new kits/jerseys/shirts/whatever you want to call them.

So check out after the jump to see new kits for many teams featuring Americans in 2014-15.

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Categories: Alfredo Morales, Aron Johannsson, Bobby Wood, Danny Williams, Eric Lichaj, Eugene Starikov, Fabian Hurzeler, Jonathan Spector, Jozy Altidore, Timothy Chandler, Zak Whitbread
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Friday morning links
   July 4, 2014 (12:05 AM) by Matt Benson
 

A bunch of random stuff for you before the weekend.

RB Leipzig’s website officially announced the signing of Terrence Boyd yesterday.

As Howie posted yesterday, Matt Besler and DeAndre Yedlin are getting some interest from Europe after their play in the World Cup.

According to Brian Sciaretta, Aron Johannsson is set to have ankle surgery before the start of the Eredivisie season.  It is unclear when he picked up the injury or how long he will be out.

Cody Cropper signed a new one-year deal with Southampton.

Puebla are trying to re-sign DaMarcus Beasley.  According to Eric Gomez, Puebla initially thought Beasley was asking for too much money but were impressed with his play in the World Cup.

Alejandro Bedoya gave all his USMNT teammates a nice gift after the World Cup.

Could Jermaine Jones be hinting at a move to MLS?

It sounds like Jurgen Klinsmann will be looking at a lot of younger players over the next year when it comes to the USMNT.

“A good thing about this next year is that we kind of have the opportunity to see a lot of young players coming to our platform, coming to the senior team,” said Klinsmann. “We can give them time to show where they are up to right now.

“The experienced players, or the older players, we can tell them for the next couple of months: ‘Go play in your club environment, we know you inside out anyway, we know what you bring to the table. But right now maybe there’s time for the next couple of friendlies that come up and over the next year that we want to see the young players grow and see how they can make it.’”

Greg Seltzer is hearing that at least one Eredivisie team and Genk are interested in Sacha Kljestan as well as Olympiacos.

Stuart Holden will continue to work out with Bolton despite not being under contract.  He will be allowed to play in any friendly, under-21 or development squad games but if he gets healthy again and Bolton want him back with the first team then he would have to sign a new deal.

A possible good sign on the Shawn Parker front?  He lists Germany and US for his nationality on Augsburg’s website.

Here are some photos of Junior Flores and Joe Gyau in action with Borussia Dortmund’s U-23 team.  Mario Rodriguez scored two goals for Borussia Mönchengladbach against Dortmund in this friendly.

Are you buying a Tijuana/Paul Arriola jersey this year?  Heads up that he switched numbers from #47 to a more squad-friendly #20.

Tyrone McCargo is no longer with Nurnberg’s U-23 team.  He is now with SK Austria Klagenfurt in the Austrian Regionalliga Mitte (third tier).

Adam Henley has returned to Blackburn Rovers early before training camp to finish rehabbing his ankle injury before the season starts.

Europa League started back up this week.  Pablo Punyed went 90 in Stjarnan’s 4-0 win over Bangor City.  A Mix Diskerud-less Rosenborg defeated Jelgava 4-0.  Jordan Seabrook came off the bench for 21 minutes in VPS’s 2-1 win over Brommapojkarna.

Alfred Koroma has had an impressive start with Fluminese’s reserve team.

I don’t know if this link will work for everyone, but for those of you that missed PBS’s documentary on Bob Bradley, here you go.

This will probably be the best World Cup analysis you read during the entire tournament.

And finally, one of the guys I hung out with during the World Cup put together a compilation video of the trip down to Brazil.  Hopefully this weekend I can sit down and type up a post with a bunch of my photos and stories from the trip.  It really was a once in a lifetime trip.  If you are even on the fence about going to Russia in 2018, you need to go.

 
Categories: Adam Henley, Alejandro Bedoya, Alfred Koroma, Aron Johannsson, Bob Bradley, Cody Cropper, DaMarcus Beasley, DeAndre Yedlin, Jermaine Jones, Joe Gyau, Jordan Seabrook, Junior Flores, Mario Rodriguez, Mix Diskerud, Pablo Punyed, Paul Arriola, Sacha Kljestan, Shawn Parker, Stuart Holden, Terrence Boyd, Tyrone McCargo, US Men's National Team
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Which Americans could parlay this World Cup into big transfers?
   June 7, 2014 (10:25 AM) by Howie Michaels
 

Two guys are ineligible for this list. Fabian Johnson and Timmy Chandler have already signed new deals with teams in Germany, so they won’t be moving again this summer. There are also two guys who pretty much seem set to move— Jermaine Jones is done with Schalke and may or may not return to Beşiktaş. DaMarcus Beasley by most accounts will probably be moving to MLS this summer— so I’m not including them below.

While fans tend to overrate tournaments (small sample size) and owners/coaches can be irrational, scouts and coaches are pretty smart/watch a ton of games and probably aren’t going to rethink their thoughts on years of top-level games because of a handful of performances now . In that regard, playing a little off the beaten path could actually help a guy out here.

I tried to evaluate who might be set to make a big move, considering age, current league, current club, recent form with club, and likely playing time. League matters- it’s easier to make a jump from a lower league (like Mix Diskerud) than from a decent league already (like Alejandro Bedoya). I also assumed that any given player actually played well and to their ability.

We’ll begin after the jump.

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Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Aron Johannsson, DeAndre Yedlin, Graham Zusi, John Brooks, Jozy Altidore, Julian Green, Matt Besler, Mix Diskerud, Omar Gonzalez
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2013-14 OT XI
   June 3, 2014 (9:55 PM) by Howie Michaels
 

It wasn’t exactly a banner 12 months for the OT Faithful. Clint Dempsey, a three-time OT MVP and four-time OT XI honoree, moved to Seattle. Michael Bradley, another OT XI stalwart, stayed abroad but became ineligible. Stuart Holden got hurt and then for good measure got hurt again. Jozy Altidore made a move to Sunderland so disastrous that by the end of the year we were celebrating brief sub appearances as progress. Even Matt Taylor, an old OT favorite, had a down year by his 3. Liga Legend standards.

There were dark times, there is no denying.

It was so dark, I got really lazy and took my time doing this. I was all set to drop this on May 22, but then Landon happened so we needed some space.

But, without further delay, here comes the 2013-14 OT XI. As always, these are the best performances by first-team players (sorry, Julian Green) relative to respective leagues.

Goalkeeper
Tim Howard, Everton (England) [2nd appearance]

It wasn’t that long ago that many were calling for Brad Guzan to supplant the long-time Everton stalwart in goal for the national team, a sentiment no doubt boosted by Guzan’s inclusion over Howard in last year’s OT XI. However, Timmy had a bit of a bounceback year as the Toffees surged into 5th place in the Premier League. While some late losses left Everton a bit short of Champions League qualification, Howard was stellar throughout the year, with Everton finishing 2nd in the EPL in goals allowed. Also, I will be deleting my various tweets and other commentaries suggesting Guzan should usurp Howard with the Nats.

Defenders
Fabian Johnson, TSG 1899 Hoffenheim (Germany) [2nd]
Will Packwood, Bristol Rovers/Birmingham City (England) [1st]
Tim Ream, Bolton Wanderers (England) [1st]
Geoff Cameron, Stoke City (England) [2nd]

Johnson returns to the OT XI for the 2nd time (previously in 2011-12), nominally at LB on paper. The dual-national wrapped up his tenure with Hoffenheim with another season of playing pretty much everywhere wide as Hoffenheim surged from the relegation playoff last year to mid-table this year. Johnson himself will be bouncing further up the table and joining Borussia Mönchengladbach. Packwood returned from a broken leg by initially going out on loan to League Two’s Bristol Rovers before returning to Birmingham and fighting his way into the starting lineup, earning the Football League Young Player of the Month for February. After a rough first full season in England, Ream rebounded to earn Bolton’s player of the year award while playing both centerback and leftback. Finally, with Dempsey gone and Jozy struggling, Geoff Cameron did a fine job carrying the flag of American field players in England, appearing in all but one Premier League match for the Potters.

Midfielders
Sacha Kljestan, Anderlecht (Belgium) [4th]
Alejandro Bedoya, Nantes (France) [3rd]
Danny Williams, Reading (England) [1st]

Despite missing out on the World Cup roster, long-time OT favorite Kljestan had a career-high eight goals while helping Anderlecht win its third consecutive Belgian title. Bedoya, a two-time OT XI honoree from his first stint in Sweden, made his return to the list following a successful move to Nantes that saw him score five goals, keep Nantes up after being promoted, and give himself a shot at starting in Brazil. While an injury with the national team caused him to miss several late matches (and helped cost Reading a shot at promotion), Danny Williams enjoyed an otherwise strong debut season in England and makes his first appearance on this squad.

Forwards
Terrence Boyd, Rapid Vienna (Austria) [1st]
Aron Johannsson, AZ (Netherlands) [1st]
Christian Eissele Kemi Kings/Brage (Norway/Sweden) [1st]

What we have here is a trio of forwards who all hit 20 goals across all competitions last year. Boyd improved upon his Austrian debut total with 15 in league play and another five in Europa League. He also got two more sweet tattoos, making his old flag tattoo seem tame. Johannsson mostly picked up the slack with former teammate Altidore gone from AZ, scoring 17 in league play and 20 overall. Eissele, the only one of this group without a cap, dropped in 24 goals last season for Kemi Kings in Finland (mostly after the 2012-13 voting was tabulated) before moving to Brage in Sweden this year.

2013-14 MVP
Geoff Cameron, D, Stoke City

While the Premier League continues to grow in popularity stateside, American outfield players have become increasingly rare. However, the best of them had himself a stellar year with the Potters. The jack-of-all-trades played primarily at right back as Stoke became less boring than historically regarded and surged into 9th place.

Goal of the Year
We’re going back to Finland here and the sweet goal by Miles Byass in a 1-0 win for JIPPO over Vikingit in April. Check it out in GIF and YouTube (1:08) below.

Performance of the Year
Tim Howard had six saves in a 1-0 win for Everton at Manchester United, the Toffee’s first win at Old Trafford since August 1992 and undoubtedly a sweet win over former manager David Moyes.

Thanks for waiting (both you the readers and Matt). Fire away in the comments on who we snubbed.

The OT XI Archives

2009-10
2010-11
2011-12
2012-13

 
Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Aron Johannsson, Christian Eissele, Danny Williams, Fabian Johnson, Geoff Cameron, Sacha Kljestan, Terrence Boyd, Tim Howard, Tim Ream, Will Packwood
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Some quick links for Tuesday
   June 3, 2014 (12:02 AM) by Matt Benson
 

I will keep these short and to the point.

Here are highlights and photos from Sunday’s 2-1 win by the USMNT.

Don’t forget to join our league on MLS’s Brazil Bracket Challenge.

Germany made their final cuts, so here is their 23-man roster.

Michael Bradley did a photo shoot with GQ magazine.

Aron Johannsson wants to lead the Dutch Eredivisie in goals next season.

Herculez Gomez is leaving Tijuana for Tigres.

It doesn’t look like Jermaine Jones will be returning to Besiktas.

It appears that Juan Agudelo is nearing a move to Hannover 96.

Timothy Chandler should be signing with Eintracht Frankfurt in the next week or so.

Greg Seltzer is hearing that Red Bull Salzburg are possibly interested in Terrence Boyd.  If Boyd stays at Rapid Vienna, here is his away kit for next season.

Speaking of new uniforms, Aston Villa have a new home kit video, which has Brad Guzan in his new green goalkeeper kit.

In case you missed the pre-game show on Sunday, here is Julie Foudy’s interview/story on Julian Green.  FIFA also has a short video on Green up on their Youtube channel.

And finally, SI finished their Top 10 Most Significant Goals in US Soccer History yesterday with Paul Caligiuri’s “The Shot Heard ‘Round The World” as No. 1.

 
Categories: Aron Johannsson, Brad Guzan, Herculez Gomez, Jermaine Jones, Juan Agudelo, Julian Green, Michael Bradley, Terrence Boyd, Timothy Chandler, US Men's National Team
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Some links for Friday morning
   May 30, 2014 (12:41 AM) by Matt Benson
 

A few links before the weekend.

Yesterday was the USMNT’s last day at Stanford as they flew to New York in the afternoon.  US Soccer gives us a video about their experience on campus.  Timothy Chandler apparently liked the golf carts.

ESPN’s Jeff Carlisle gives us his last camp notebook.  He is passing over the torch to Doug McIntyre for the east coast coverage.  If you are on Twitter and not following Jeff and Doug then you are doing life wrong.  Jeff also reports that Clint Dempsey is expected to be back in the lineup for the next friendly against Turkey.

I hope everyone is watching ESPN’s Inside: US Soccer’s March to Brazil (another “you are doing life wrong” if you are not) as it gave us a moment like last night:  Aron Johannsson doing his best southern accent to say he was born in Mobile, Alabama.  Now I want to see footage of him saying “Roll Damn Tide.”  It also looks like Johannsson has signed a new deal with AZ Alkmaar, which will keep him at the club until 2018.

I swear this is not one big plug for ESPN, but I forgot to post this last week.  They did some pretty cool posters for each of the 32 teams.

This link is very bookmark-worthy as it has the full TV schedule for the whole World Cup.

OT reader Ian sent this to me, so here is Goldman Sachs’ World Cup preview.  According to their numbers, the US has a 40% chance to advance past the group stage and a 0.5% chance to win the whole damn thing.  o.5% you say?

The Men in Blazers have been knocking their World Cup previews out of the park and yesterday was their Group G preview.

Top Drawer Soccer’s Will Parchman (another great Twitter follow) decided to ask some questions about Ghana, Portugal and Germany to people who follow the team a lot closer than most.

SI has been counting down the most significant goals in US Soccer history and #2 is Landon Donovan’s greatness against Algeria.  And I will link this video any chance that I can get.

Steve Cherundolo was on the ExtraTime Radio podcast and I guess he hinted that an American is close to signing with Hannover.  And Juan Agudelo was just linked to them earlier this week.  Hmm. . .

In case you missed it from yesterday, Brek Shea is reportedly in Orlando training with Orlando City.  Only a training stint at the moment, but something to keep an eye on.

Tijuana continues to raid southern California for talent and their latest signing is defender John Requejo Jr., who originally was headed to UCLA next fall.

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Categories: Aron Johannsson, Brek Shea, Clint Dempsey, John Requejo Jr., Juan Agudelo, Landon Donovan, Steve Cherundolo, US Men's National Team
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