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A couple links for Wednesday
   September 30, 2015 (12:53 AM) by Matt Benson

Getting caught up on the last couple days.

Michael Bradley made his Instagram account public and he is ready for the CONCACAF Cup.  More importantly, only eight photos exist of Bradley smiling throughout the world and six can be found on this account.

Roughly 30-35% of the Rose Bowl will be US supporters come October 10.  This is an improvement over the 2011 Gold Cup Final.

According to one report out of El Salvador, Joel Aguilar will be the ref for the game.  Aguilar was the ref for the SnowClasico in 2013.

Need to get pumped up from the game?  Here is a video for you.

Nothing overly new to report on Copa America Centenario, but leaked photos of the ball have USA on them as part of the logo.

Brad Guzan made’s Premier League Team of the Weekend after recording nine saves against Liverpool.

Aron Johannsson missed Werder Bremen’s game over the weekend due to an adductor strain.

John Brooks has been missing time with Hertha Berlin due to a thigh injury and he wants to sign a contract extension with Hertha Berlin.

Tim Howard and Everton came back from a two-goal deficit to beat West Brom on Monday.  It was only the second time Everton has some back to win after trailing by 2+ goals in the Premier League era.  The other time was in 1994 against Wimbledon.

Tim Ream was featured in Fulham’s match day program for last week’s game against QPR.

Bob Bradley is doing work in Norway as Stabæk sit in second place (Europa League) with five games remaining.  And now some reports out Norway having Molde FK (league champions in three of the previous four seasons) expressing some interest in Bradley’s services.

Here is a podcast interview with Joe Gyau.

The US U-17 team won one of their games down in Mexico, 1-0, with Joe Gallardo scoring the lone goal.

And finally, Kyle Scott scored a goal with Chelsea’s U-19 team yesterday.

Categories: Aron Johannsson, Bob Bradley, Brad Guzan, Joe Gallardo, Joe Gyau, John Brooks, Kris Scott, Michael Bradley, Tim Howard, Tim Ream, US Men's National Team, US U-17 National Team
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A bunch of link goodies for Thursday
   September 24, 2015 (12:12 AM) by Matt Benson

This week has been a crazy one for me and of course 2354356456 guys have scored goals this week.  As always, our goal tracker has a bunch of information on who scored and links to those available highlights.

As for some of the highlights of recent goals, we have had goals by Bobby Wood, Shawn Barry, Fabian Johnson, Björn Maars Johnsen (and again), Aron Johannsson, Mario Rodriguez, Christian Eissele, Eugene Starikov, Luca de la Torre, Nermin Crnkic, Jakeem Johnson and Russell Canouse.

Julian Green scored a goal yesterday with Bayern Munich II.  Haven’t found highlights yet, but here is a photo of him celebrating the goal.

To go with his goal from the weekend (linked above), Mario Rodriguez scored again yesterday.

Rubio Rubin came off the bench and scored a goal in the Dutch Cup earlier this week.

Cameron Carter-Vickers wore the captain’s armband and scored a goal for Tottenham’s U-21 team earlier this week.

As for Fabian Johnson’s goal linked above, it came in the fifth minute and according to Paul Carr, that would be the earliest Bundesliga goal by an American since Tony Sanneh in 1999.

DeAndre Yedlin made his Sunderland debut this week in a 4-1 loss to Manchester City in the League Cup.  He assisted on Sunderland’s lone goal.  Someone made a video of his performance.  Sunderland manager Dick Advocaat had some nice things to say about him.  Greg Seltzer also broke down his debut.

The Fighting Bob Bradleys were knocked out by Rosenborg in the semifinals of the Norwegian Cup yesterday in overtime.

Tim Howard’s shutout over the weekend was his 128th in the Premier League, tying him with Peter Schmeichel for ninth most all-time.

Speaking of goalkeepers, what if I told you Will Reno wrote some things on the US goalies?

With the CONCACAF Cup quickly approaching, Mexico looks to be without another player as Rafa Marquez is going to be out with a groin injury.  And there have been some rumors this week that Sao Paulo’s Juan Carlos Osorio will be El Tri’s next manager.

Brian Sciaretta talked to Tab Ramos about the US U-20 team and why US Soccer is creating U-16 and U-19 teams.

The US U-17 team is down in Mexico for its last camp before the U-17 World Cup.

If you have an ESPN Insider account, Doug McIntyre ranks his Top 21 US players under the age of 21.

Here is a two part (Part 1 | Part 2) interview with Terrence Boyd done in German (and Google Translate doesn’t want to work right now).

The Irish Times did a story on Jake Keegan last week.

According to one report, free agent Zak Whitbread turned down a deal with Blackpool.

San Diego-native Anthony Wright has joined Nottingham Forest’s youth academy.

And finally, Will Daniels finished the season in Iceland with Aegir with 12 goals in 17 games and took home some hardware.

Categories: Anthony Wright, Aron Johannsson, Björn Maars Johnsen, Bob Bradley, Bobby Wood, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Christian Eissele, DeAndre Yedlin, Eugene Starikov, Fabian Johnson, Jake Keegan, Jakeem Johnson, Julian Green, Luca de la Torre, Mario Rodriguez, Nermin Crnkic, Rubio Rubin, Russell Canouse, Shawn Barry, Terrence Boyd, Tim Howard, US Men's National Team, US U-17 National Team, US U-20 National Team, Will Daniels, Zak Whitbread
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Werder Bremen vs. Darmstadt 98 Highlights
   September 22, 2015 (11:09 PM) by Matt Benson

Aron Johannsson got the start and scored his second goal of the season in Werder Bremen’s 2-1 loss to Darmstadt 98 on Tuesday.  Here is his goal.


Categories: Aron Johannsson, Highlights
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Tuesday morning links
   September 1, 2015 (12:06 AM) by Matt Benson

We have reached the international week and the US has its last two friendlies before the CONCACAF Cup (more on that later).  Here is the roster Jurgen Klinsmann has called in for the friendlies, which is heavy on center backs.

You might have noticed that Timothy Chandler and DaMarcus Beasley were both absent from that roster and that is because they are both hurt and Chandler is going to be out for a while.

One player seeking his first cap is the Wooten Clan, Andrew Wooten.  Brian Sciaretta has some more on him.

While Clint Dempsey is not joining the team until the second game, Seattle Sounders manager Sigi Schmid thinks it is not a given that Dempsey will play with the US due to his hamstring injury.

Brian Straus has a piece up on on the current roster.

Some of the players went sightseeing yesterday.

Roughly 24,500 tickets have been sold for Friday’s friendly against Peru.

While CONCACAF has cut ties with Traffic Sports, it has partnered with SUM (Soccer United Marketing) to serve as commercial representative for the CONCACAF Cup, which is apparently the new name for the Confederations Cup playoff game.

The US is expected to have a friendly against Costa Rica after the CONCACAF Cup, although a venue hasn’t been selected yet.

Jordan Morris is getting back into form just in time for the CONCACAF Cup.

Darlington Nagbe is expected to become a US citizen in September (he is taking his naturalization test on September 10).

The US U-23 team is in England this week and you can check out that roster here.  US Soccer’s Twitter account has posted a couple photos from the camp (here and here).

The US U-20 team is also beginning a new cycle this month with a tournament in Serbia.  This current roster features two players who play abroad in Hannover 96’s Abuchi Obinwa and Chelsea’s Kyle Scott.

The end of the transfer window for most of Europe is upon us and a couple players have new teams while a couple others are still with their current teams when people thought they would be leaving.

DeAndre Yedlin is still with Tottenham at the moment despite loan interest from various teams across Europe, although signs point towards him ending up somewhere on loan.  My guess at this point would be a loan deal with some team in the English League Championship.

Fulham have decided to keep Emerson Hyndman despite several offers for the US U-23 midfielder.  While he has not featured for the Cottagers this season, he could also go out on loan to another English team.

Remember when the Colorado Rapids oddly sold Shane O’Neill to a team in Cyprus earlier this summer?  Well he has been oddly sold again this month to Belgian Jupiler Pro League side Royal Mouscron-Péruwelz after not appearing in any games for Apollon Limassol.

Bobby Warshaw has left Bærum in Norway for fellow OBOS-ligaen side Hønefoss.  He has already played in two games for Hønefoss over the last two weekends.

Conor O’Brien has a new home and it is with AC Horsens in the Danish 1st Division (second tier).

After six seasons with Helmond Sport, Charles Kazlauskas is now with De Treffers in the Dutch Topklasse (third tier).

The New York Times’ Sam Borden wrote some words on Ben Lederman’s situation at Barcelona.

We had some goals this past weekend.  Aron Johannsson opened up his account at Werder Bremen.  This is actually from last week, but Austin Berry scored his first goal in South Korea.  Christian Eissele now has four goals in four games since returning to Finland after scoring this past weekend.  Our updated goal tracker also has some info on other goals scored this past weekend, including three Americans all scoring for the same team in Malta.

We also had some assists this past weekend from some hype trains.  Gedion Zelalem looks like he is going to do well in Scotland and assisted on another goal.  Here is also a press conference from last week featuring him.  At the U19 level, Christian Pulisic assisted on a goal for Borussia Dortmund.

And no highlights of this one, but Maki Tall had a goal and an assist for FC Sion’s U21 team in a scrimmage.

And finally, Shaquell Moore made his first start for Huracán Valencia this past weekend, going 78 minutes and picking up a yellow card in a 1-1 draw to Valencia II.

Categories: Abuchi Obinwa, Andrew Wooten, Aron Johannsson, Austin Berry, Ben Lederman, Bobby Warshaw, Charles Kazlauskas, Christian Eissele, Christian Pulisic, Clint Dempsey, Conor O'Brien, DaMarcus Beasley, Darlington Nagbe, DeAndre Yedlin, Emerson Hyndman, Gedion Zelalem, Jordan Morris, Kyle Scott, Maki Tall, Shane O'Neill, Shaquell Moore, Timothy Chandler, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team, US U-23 National Team
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Werder Bremen vs. Borussia Moenchengladbach Highlights
   August 30, 2015 (11:22 AM) by Matt Benson

Aron Johannsson got the start and scored from the penalty spot, his first goal with Werder Bremen, in Werder Bremen’s 2-1 win over Borussia Moenchengladbach on Sunday.  Here is his goal.

Categories: Aron Johannsson, Highlights

Friday morning linkpalooza
   August 21, 2015 (12:02 AM) by Matt Benson

Links and whatnot for your reading pleasure.  A few USMNT nuggets to start off with.

Roughly 23,000 tickets have been sold so far for the friendly against Peru.

While we won’t know the full US roster for the September friendlies until the end of the month, Tim Howard and DaMarcus Beasley will be on the roster according to a release from US Soccer.  Howard will be making his first return since taking a year sabbatical, while Fabian Johnson’s injury (and Beasley’s veteran presence) probably opened things up for Beasley.  Klinsmann also says Brad Guzan will remain the US’s starting goalkeeper.

Toronto FC manager Greg Vanney has begun talking to US Soccer about not calling in Jozy Altidore and Michael Bradley for the Peru friendly (Toronto faces Seattle on September 5) then releasing them back to the USMNT for the game against Brazil.

Mexico has an interim manager for their next four games, including the Confederations Cup playoff, and it is Tigres’ Ricardo “Tuca” Ferretti.  Ferretti has managed El Tri once before in a friendly against Costa Rica in 1993.

Jurgen Klinsmann talked to US Soccer’s website about various players making moves this transfer window like Aron Johannsson, Bobby Wood and Tim Ream.

Speaking of Ream, he has officially signed with Fulham after a couple days delay.  He will become the ninth American to play for Fulham’s senior team once he makes his Cottagers debut.  Ream also told NBC’s Joe Prince-Wright that Fulham’s history with Americans was a factor in his decision to select Fulham.

Also at Fulham, Will Parchman wrote some words on Emerson Hyndman and his situation with the Cottagers.

According to this report out of Germany, Julian Green has been sent down to Bayern Munich II in the German Regionalliga.

We found out that Genk was interested in Gyasi Zardes earlier this week and it looks like you can add Reading and Brigthon to the picture.

There were some goals this week from Danny Williams, Miguel Ibarra and Lynden Gooch.  Gooch also spoke to Sunderland’s website about the goal.

Cody Cropper made his senior team debut earlier this month in MK Dons’ 2-1 win over Leyton Orient in the Capital One Cup.  As for the goal he allowed, it was awkward.  He looks like a baby deer trying to walk on ice.

Greg Seltzer did another numbers thing and this one is on Ethan Horvath and rookie American goalkeepers in Europe.  Horvath and Molde FK also defeated Standard Liège yesterday, 2-0, in the first leg of their Europa League matchup.

Eight by Eight magazine has an interview up with Bob Bradley.

The US U-17 team lost their opening game of the Vaclav Jezek Tournament, 4-2, to Russia.  The US goals were scored by Joshua Perez and Hugo Arellano.

Chelsea youth player Kyle Scott appears to be headed to a US U-20 camp in the near future.

And finally, Jay Denny’s career will continue in the lower leagues of England with AFC Telford being his latest stop.

Categories: Aron Johannsson, Bob Bradley, Bobby Wood, Brad Guzan, Cody Cropper, DaMarcus Beasley, Danny Williams, Emerson Hyndman, Ethan Horvath, Gyasi Zardes, Jay Denny, Jozy Altidore, Julian Green, Kyle Scott, Lynden Gooch, Michael Bradley, Miguel Ibarra, Tim Howard, Tim Ream, US Men's National Team, US U-17 National Team

Links and other nonsense for Friday
   August 14, 2015 (12:04 AM) by Matt Benson

The Bundesliga starts up this weekend and Bundesglia Fanatic has done a player profile on Aron Johannsson.  ESPN FC also did a phone interview with ArJo.  His new club, Werder Bremen, hosts Schalke on Saturday.

Brazil is bringing a pretty decent team to the US for September’s friendly.

While next summer’s Copa America Centenario is still up in the air, CONCACAF is proceeding like the tournament is still on as they have scheduled qualifiers for CONCACAF’s remaining two spots (US, Mexico, Costa Rica and Jamaica have already qualified).

Costa Rica will have a new manager as Paulo Wanchope has resigned after losing his mind at an U-23 match earlier this week.  As Howie pointed out, between him and Miguel Herrera, the Hex might come down to fighting coaches so the US might as well appoint Peter Vermes as manager.

US Soccer is trying to trademark “Dos a Cero”.

Greg Seltzer put together a random stat thingie on players in their second seasons in Europe in honor of Rubio Rubin.

While all signs point to Tim Ream going to QPR, nothing official has been announced yet and ESPN’s Peter O’Rourke is hearing that Fulham could still be in the hunt.

Bob Bradley has begun working on a contract extension with Stabæk.

Cody Cropper made his pro debut earlier this week in MK Dons’ 2-1 win over Leyton Orient in the Capital One Cup.  Cropper talked to Brian Sciaretta about the experience.

Brian Sciaretta also talked to Nermin Crnkic this week about FK Jablonec and Europa League.

Now for the Tijuana section of the links.  John Requejo Jr. scored a goal with their U-20 team this week, while Brandon Vazquez had two goals and an assist with their U-17 team.  Michael Orozco talked to Tijuana’s website about this weekend’s game against Cruz Azul.  Orozco is also on a cool poster outside the stadium.

Some more players are popping up on lower level teams in Europe.  Will John is now with RoPS in Finland.  Kevin Sawchak is back in Finland, but this time with Honka.  And Charlie Butte has left SF Siegen in Germany for SV Oberwart in Austria.

And finally, some youth players are making the move to Europe.  U-18 defender Sam Golan has signed with Brighton & Hove Albion.  U-14 right back John Hilton is getting close to a move to Ajax.  And why not have a 10-year-old (Troy McKee) sign with Aston Villa.

Enjoy the weekend.

Categories: Aron Johannsson, Bob Bradley, Brandon Vazquez, Charlie Butte, Cody Cropper, Fabian Johnson, John Hilton, John Requejo Jr., Kevin Sawchak, Michael Orozco Fiscal, Nermin Crnkic, Rubio Rubin, Sam Golan, Tim Ream, Troy McKee, US Men's National Team, Will John

A plethora of links for Friday
   August 7, 2015 (1:11 AM) by Matt Benson

A bunch of stuff before the weekend.

FIFA held the draw for the U-17 World Cup yesterday and the US is in a tough group.  That said, they have played Croatia and Chile already during this cycle and did alright.

The US moved up from #34 to #29 in the latest FIFA world rankings.

US Soccer might be getting a new crest in 2016.  From what I can see online, a lot of people think it is better than the old crest but nothing special.  I like it.

Nothing official has been announced yet, but it looks like the Confederations Cup playoff game is going to move from Friday, October 9 to Saturday, October 10.  I hope it doesn’t as I likely can’t go on Saturday, but can on Friday.  Also, if you have any extra money or are looking for a cool cause to donate to, help send some veterans to the game.

Aron Johannsson made the move to Werder Bremen earlier this week.  He will be wearing #9.

Over at Fulhamerica, Emerson Hyndman has turned down some contract extension offers from the SW6 club, while Luca de la Torre has signed his first professional contract with the club.

Staying in West London, QPR has made a couple unsuccessful offers to Bolton for Tim Ream.

The New England Revolution are being linked to centerback Zak Whitbread.  Whitbread is currently a free agent.

Eintracht Frankfurt manager Armin Veh doesn’t like Timothy Chandler playing for the USMNT.

Eric Lichaj told Nottingham Forest’s website last week that he is not focused on playing for the USMNT (if Klinsi knew he existed).

Galway United released Kevin Garcia last week.

This is from earlier in the week, but Howie updated a couple transfer things, including Cesar Romero signing with FK Vardar of FYR Macedonia.

We have a Anton Peterlin sighting!  He is now with Boldklubben af 1893 of the Danish third division.  No word if the club has any interest in Cody Arnoux (that joke is for Howie and like three other people who might get it).

Tyrone McCargo is back in Germany with SV Wacker Nürnberg after a season in Austria with SK Austria Klagenfurt.

Brown product Daniel Taylor has signed with Acharnaikos in Greece.  While recent Georgetown graduate Austin Martz has signed with Pembroke Athleta in Malta.

Top Drawer Soccer’s J.R. Eskilson has been killing it the past couple weeks with a bunch of information on youth players training/trailing throughout Europe (here and here).

Categories: Anton Peterlin, Aron Johannsson, Austin Martz, Cesar Romero, Daniel Taylor, Emerson Hyndman, Eric Lichaj, Kevin Garcia, Luca de la Torre, Tim Ream, Timothy Chandler, Tyrone McCargo, US Men's National Team, US U-17 National Team, Zak Whitbread
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Aron Jóhannsson has been sold to Werder Bremen
   August 4, 2015 (6:39 AM) by Howie Michaels

As mentioned in yesterday’s reset, Aron Jóhannsson has been the target of transfer speculation over the past few days, with there being rumors both for MLS and the Bundesliga. After reportedly rejecting one offer from Werder Bremen, AZ announced today that it has reached an agreement with the German club. Aron will now talk with Werder Bremen about a contract.

“AZ has reached an agreement in outline with Werder Bremen over the transfer of Aron Johannsson. The club has given the 24- year-old striker permission to come to a personal agreement with the Germans. Johannsson will not be traveling Wednesday with AZ to Turkey .

“If AZ and Werder’s agreement works out completely, and Johannsson also reaches a personal agreement and passes the medical examination, the American International will sign a multi-year contract with Werder Bremen.”

Werder Bremen finished 10th in the Bundesliga last year. They’ve spent all but one year of their history in the top flight, dropped down to the 2nd Bundesliga in 1980 before earning promotion back up the next season. They won the league as recently as 2004, the start of six top 3 finishes in seven seasons, although they’ve since dropped off to be a mid-table club (13th, 9th, 14th, 12th, and 10th this decade).

Categories: Aron Johannsson

Transfer watch reset
   August 3, 2015 (3:32 PM) by Howie Michaels

Some of this stuff is a couple of days old, but Matt was on a mini-vacation and I was at a music festival or recovering most of the weekend so we’re going to hit some stuff up here in one fell swoop.

As I posted late last week, forward Omar Salgado, who is currently on the books (but not playing) at UANL in Mexico, has been loaned to the Tampa Bay Rowdies of NASL. With the Rowdies, he’ll reunite with his former U-20 coach, Thomas Rongen. With Salgado, Fred Adu, and Gale Agbossoumonde, the Rowdies are basically a US fan fiction team.

Cesar “The Joker” Romero, who did unspeakable, nasty things to the Armenia Premier League last year, has swapped out the Caucasus for the Balkans and joined FK Vardar of FYR Macedonia. Vardar is the three-time reigning champion of the Macedonian league. They’re still biggest fish in the small pond, although the pond is slightly bigger as Macedonia has the 40th ranked league in UEFA, eight spots ahead of Armenia’s. Vardar has already been eliminated from Champions League play, although I believe Romero’s qualifying appearance cap-tied him out of that regardless.

I sort of caught this Friday afternoon, but Aron Johannsson caused a stir with reports that linked him heavily to MLS. There was further speculation that it might be Real Salt Lake, with the general consensus being that Aron wanted too much money. Now, there is a report that Werder Bremen has made a bid that AZ rejected. At this point I’d like to see at least a few American attacking players in Europe, so I hope the Werder Bremen report is true and winds up being a deal.

Herculez Gomez tweeted just this this afternoon:

Sporting Kansas City holds his MLS rights offering him a new deal back in the fall of 2009, but there’s been more rumors circulating that it will be in fact be the NASL (the Cosmos specifically).

Finally, more late news has Emerson Hyndman receiving interest from clubs in Spain and Germany. The 19 year-old had a strong start to last year, while his minutes dropped off and he got injured he clearly still has a bright future. His contract is apparently up next summer which may explain why Fulham is considering parting with him.

Categories: Aron Johannsson, Cesar Romero, Emerson Hyndman, Herculez Gomez, Omar Salgado
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