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2014–15 OT XI
   May 25, 2015 (5:58 PM) by Howie Michaels
 

Holy smokes. Can you believe that this is the sixth edition of the legendary OT XI? When we started this thing there were actually a ton of American players in Europe. Of the original OT XI, only two (Alejandro Bedoya and Jonathan Spector) are still playing abroad, and five (Ryan Guy, Landon Donovan, Brad Friedel, Eddie Johnson, and Carlos Bocanegra) are retired. Crazy times.

Here are the past teams:
2009–10
2010–11
2011–12
2012–13
2013–14

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Goalkeeper
Brad Guzan, Aston Villa (England) [2nd appearance]

If you want to talk about the decline of American players abroad, look no further than goalkeeper (and talk to our friend Will, who wrote this pick.) Even though he didn’t have the greatest of finishes, it was Brad Guzan who carried Aston Villa through the first half of the season, when they couldn’t buy a goal. Guzan carried his team out of the relegation zone so that when it came to the meaningless games in the season, his poor performance didn’t matter. Admittedly, it’s a weak pick without glamour but of all the overseas goalkeepers, Guzan helped his team the most.

Defender
Greg Garza, Tijuana (Mexico) [1st]
Tim Ream, Bolton Wanderers (England) [2nd]
Ventura Alvarado, Club America (Mexico) [1st]
Eric Lichaj, Nottingham Forest (England) [2nd]

Two from Liga MX and two from the Football League Championship make up the backline. Garza basically made Edgar Castillo, the 2013 honoree at leftback, expendable at Tijuana as he also established himself as the likely national team heir apparent to the internationally-retired Edgar Castillo. Ream played a little of everywhere defensively for Bolton and earned his second consecutive team MVP. After time on loan, Alvarado blossomed with the CONCACAF Champions League winners and broke into the national team. Meanwhile, back in England, Lichaj had his healthiest season and made 42 appearances, more than the previous two seasons combined (since they play like 800 games in the lower divisions of England).

Defender
Fabian Johnson, Borussia Mönchengladbach (Germany) [3rd]
Danny Williams, Reading (England) [2nd]
Alfredo Morales, Ingolstadt (Germany) [1st]
Alejandro Bedoya, Nantes (France) [4th]

Guys, guys! We had a guy qualify to the Champions League out of a top five league! Johnson stepped up his team quality and managed to break in and do his usual thing of being a solid contributor at multiple spots on the flank. His former teammate at Hoffenheim, Williams, makes his second consecutive appearance as he continues to play well for Reading. Morales, who looked somewhat out of his element in early caps with the Nats, has blossomed into an legit prospect and helped Ingolstadt earn promotion, meaning he’ll join Johnson in the Bundesliga next year. Bedoya, meanwhile, continued his strong form in Nantes. With Bedoya’s 4th OT XI appearance, he ties Sacha Kljestan and Clint Dempsey for the all-time lead and is a solid favorite to hold the title by his lonesome sooner rather than later.

Forward
Matt Taylor, 1. FC Saarbrücken (Germany) [3rd]
Cesar Romero, FC Pyunik (Armenia) [2nd]

Taylor is basically one of our favorite OT players ever. He is a mortal lock to bang in double digit goals in any season that ends in an odd-numbered year (2011- 17; 2013- 16; 2015- 13) and takes advantage of the lengthy injury absences to Terrence Boyd and Aron Jóhannsson, two of last year’s forward honorees. Meanwhile, another OT favorite completely dominated Armenia, scoring 20 goals as Pyunik won their first league title since 2010. He also inspired us to make a ton of The Joker references, although we probably should have made more, because that’s an awesome nickname.

2014–15 MVP
Tim Ream, D, Bolton Wanderers

Ream has gone from MLS breakout prospect to national team disaster to Premier League overmatched to extremely useful Championship player. He has really excelled the last two years with Bolton, and he’s mostly a classic example of how a players can take a while to adjust to a new country.

Goal of the Year
Aron Jóhannsson really wanted to make this post despite missing so much time injured, so he won this late-season match against NAC Breda in the waning moments with this ridiculous strike from distance.

Performance of the Year
Seriously, Jóhannsson got healthy and just wanted OT honors. Plus he has a desire to spend his Thursdays traveling across Eastern Europe in Europa League. So Gunner Stahl (time to resurrect that nickname) decided to dump two goals and an assist on Excelsior (fantastic club name, I’m glad they managed to stay in the Eredivisie) in a match to clinch Europa League for AZ. Highlights!

 
Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Alfredo Morales, Aron Johannsson, Brad Guzan, Cesar Romero, Danny Williams, Eric Lichaj, Fabian Johnson, Greg Garza, Matt Taylor, Tim Ream, Ventura Alvarado
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A bunch of links for Thursday
   May 21, 2015 (1:38 AM) by Matt Benson
 

This has been a busy week for me, but here are a bunch of links from the last week or so.

In case you have been away this week, Jozy Altidore is going to be out 4-5 weeks with a hamstring injury.

One player who could see some more playing time with the US without Jozy in the upcoming friendlies is Aron Johannsson.  He was named Eredivisie Player of the Week after his two goal/one assist performance over the weekend.  Here is also a little video on ArJo.

Alfredo Morales helped Ingolstadt win promotion to the Bundesliga this past season.  Kyle McCarthy wrote some words on Morales and his move to Ingolstadt.  And according to Greg Seltzer, the club is currently working on a contract extension for Morales.

This is from last week, but Jonathan Spector is going to stay at Birmingham City.

While Spector is staying at Birmingham City, Will Packwood is no longer with the club and was last seen training with the New England Revolution.  But it doesn’t look like the Revs will be signing Packwood.

Grant Wahl is hearing that Rubio Rubin is drawing interest from other teams in Europe but he is staying at Utrecht.

The US U-20 team finished up its training in Australia with a 2-1 win over Australia’s U-20 team (highlights).  They then flew to New Zealand yesterday after the last few guys made their arrival down south where the U-20 World Cup will begin a week from Saturday.

While Gedion Zelalem made his US debut in that 2-1 win over Australia, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger told NBC’s ProSoccerTalk that Zelalem might be sent out on loan next season to get playing time.

J.R. Eskilson talked to US U-20 goalkeeper Zack Steffen about being one of the more experienced players on the U-20 team.

Here is a Bundesliga video on Timothy Chandler.

According to a report out of Germany, Alfred Koroma is currently training with Eintracht Frankfurt.

Christian Eissele scored one of the more interesting goals you will see on Monday.

Take this quiz on Premier League Americans.  I was able to get 14 out of 15 correct.

It looks like Benji Joya and Juan Ocegueda will be participating in the next US U-23 camp.

Sebastien Ibeagha is no longer with Horsens in Denmark and is already with Fram Reykjavik in Iceland.

Will has updated his US Soccer highlight video bank thingie.

Tim Howard and Everton have some new and pretty blah blue jerseys for next year.  At least Howard’s goalkeeper kit is kind of fun.  While Terrence Boyd and RB Leipzig have a new white home kit for next season.

And finally, enjoy this pawn shop commercial featuring Joe Corona.

I am headed out of town this weekend on Friday for some fun so the site might be a little light on updates on my end.  Enjoy your Memorial Day weekend.

 
Categories: Alfred Koroma, Alfredo Morales, Aron Johannsson, Benji Joya, Christian Eissele, Gedion Zelalem, Joe Corona, Jonathan Spector, Jozy Altidore, Juan Ocegueda, Rubio Rubin, Sebastien Ibeagha, Terrence Boyd, Tim Howard, Timothy Chandler, US U-20 National Team, Will Packwood, Zack Steffen
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AZ Alkmaar vs. Excelsior Highlights
   May 17, 2015 (11:16 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Aron Johannsson is ending his season on a high note as he scored two goals and assisted on another goal in AZ’s 4-1 win over Excelsior on Sunday.  Here are the highlights.

 
Categories: Aron Johannsson, Highlights
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AZ Alkmaar vs. NAC Breda Highlights
   May 10, 2015 (12:41 PM) by Matt Benson
 

Aron Johannsson went the full 90 minutes and scored a hell of a game-winning goal in AZ’s 3-2 win over Breda on Sunday.  Here is his goal.

 
Categories: Aron Johannsson, Highlights
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AZ Alkmaar vs. Twente Highlights
   April 26, 2015 (2:49 PM) by Matt Benson
 

Aron Johannsson got the start and scored AZ’s second goal in their 2-0 win over Twente on Sunday.  Here is his goal.

 
Categories: Aron Johannsson, Highlights
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Hump day link randomness
   April 22, 2015 (12:46 AM) by Matt Benson
 

A bunch of links that are all over the place.

Roderick is over in Europe on vacation so no The OT Report for this past weekend.  As for some highlights, we had goals by Cole Grossman, Evin Nadaner, Cesar Romero, Björn Maars Johnsen, Jay Denny and a brace by Christian Pulisic.  We also had assists by Joe Corona and Aron JohannssonFreddy Adu made his debut in Finland.  Bobby Wood returned from injury and started for Erzgebirge Aue.

As for the mid week so far, Gedion Zelalem help setup a goal for Arsenal’s U-21 team.  Michael Orozco had an assist as Puebla won the Copa MX final over Chivas (Herculez Gomez watched from the bench).  And Andrija Novakovich scored a goal for Reading’s U-21 team.

The US U-20 team is in Austria this week and here is their roster.  They had a 2-2 draw against Qatar yesterday with the US goals coming from Amando Moreno and Conor Donovan.

The US U-23 team will take on Mexico later tonight at the StubHub Center.  Here is their roster.  Apparently manager Andi Herzog asked Hamburg permission for Julian Green to stay after last week’s friendly against Mexico for this game but they didn’t respond yes to him until Green was already on a plane back to Germany.  Herzog also wants to create a pipeline to the USMNT with the U-23 team.  And  Liviu Bird’s random observation from training earlier this week, Jordan Morris has Type 1 diabetes and tests his blood sugar during training.

For those of you that miss watching grainy Youtube videos of Josh Gatt flying down the wings, we have some good news.  He has been cleared to play again after a couple knee surgeries.

Hannover 96 did some shuffling around of their coaching staff and Steve Cherundolo has been promoted to an assistant.

Greg Seltzer took a look at Danny Williams’ performance in the FA Cup semifinals from the weekend.

The USMNT’s 2-0 victory over Mexico last week did well ratings-wise for Fox Sports 1.

Pele thinks the US should host the 2026 World Cup.

Cameron Carter-Vickers and Gedion Zelalem made The Telegraph’s Top 35 hottest prospects in who play in England list.

Mukwelle Akale and Villarreal won the División de Honor Juvenil de Fútbol Group 7 title.

And finally, Tim Ream is better than Jordan Spieth at golf.

 
Categories: Amando Moreno, Andrija Novakovich, Aron Johannsson, Björn Maars Johnsen, Bobby Wood, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Cesar Romero, Christian Pulisic, Cole Grossman, Conor Donovan, Danny Williams, Evin Nadaner, Freddy Adu, Gedion Zelalem, Jay Denny, Joe Corona, Jordan Morris, Josh Gatt, Julian Green, Michael Orozco Fiscal, Mukwelle Akale, Steve Cherundolo, Tim Ream, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team, US U-23 National Team
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AZ Alkmaar vs. ADO Den Haag Highlights
   April 19, 2015 (3:50 PM) by Matt Benson
 

Aron Johannsson went the full 90 minutes and had another assist for the second straight game in AZ’s 3-1 win over ADO Den Haag on Saturday.  For whatever reason, highlights of this game are not popping up much online except for some Vines/Instagrams videos which are quickly deleted so here is his assist in GIF form.

 
Categories: Aron Johannsson, Highlights
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AZ Alkmaar vs. Heerenveen Highlights
   April 11, 2015 (3:19 PM) by Matt Benson
 

Aron Johannsson got the start and assisted on the first goal of the game in AZ Alkmaar’s 5-2 loss to Heerenveen.  Here is his assist.

 
Categories: Aron Johannsson, Highlights
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A few links for Monday
   March 30, 2015 (12:04 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Here are a few links to start your week.

Aron Johannsson has been ruled out for Tuesday’s game with a toe infection.  Jordan Morris has been called in from the US U-23 team in Bosnia to replace him.

Jurgen Klinsmann told ESPN’s Doug McIntyre that he plans on calling in the Euro-based players for the June friendlies against Germany and Netherlands even though most of the European seasons end in early May and the Gold Cup is not until July.  So much for any vacation.

Normally a wing player for the US but he plays centrally at the club level, Alejandro Bedoya is willing to play wherever on the field for the USMNT.

The US finally found out its first opponent of the Gold Cup as Honduras overcame a 3-1 first leg deficit to beat French Guiana 4-3 aggregate.  The US will face Honduras at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas on July 7.

Here are highlights of the US U-23’s 5-2 win over Bosnia from Friday.  And here are some photos from training with the U-23ers.

The US U-23 team will be taking on Mexico’s U-23 team at the StubHub Center on Wednesday, April 22.  Tickets will go on sale this Thursday.  I might have to pick up a ticket for this.

The U-20 team lost their game against England’s U-21 team, 2-1, on Sunday.  Here is the game report.  Hopefully the highlights will become available in the next couple of days.

In case you missed it, Freddy Adu signed with Finnish side KuPS.  He won’t be the only American at the club as former New England Revolution defender Stephen McCarthy signed with the club in January.

Also in Finland, former Santa Clara forward Harrison Hanley signed with Mikkelin Palloilijat.  He has already played in a couple Suomen Cup matches.

Chris Tsonis was last seen in Iceland with Fjölnir last season but he is now with USL’s New York Red Bulls II.

Devann Yao scored a goal and had an assist in Neustrelitz’s 2-0 win over Greifswalder SV in the semifinals of the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Regional Cup last week.

Luca de la Torre scored two goals with Fulham’s U-18 team this weekend.  Still looking for highlights of the brace.

US U-17 forward Haji Wright has trained/trialed with some teams in Europe over the last two years but it looks like he is going to sign with the New York Cosmos.

Quentin Westberg finally found a new home in Norway with Sarpsborg 08.

Caleb Stanko looks like he is getting closer to returning to the field/training after tearing his ACL in 2014.

Want some more Google-translated interviews?  Here is one with Devante Parker.

And finally, it looks like a couple Americans (Tomas Buchmiller and Samuel Strong) are on trial with Eintracht Frankfurt.

 
Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Aron Johannsson, Caleb Stanko, Chris Tsonis, Devann Yao, Devante Parker, Freddy Adu, Haji Wright, Harrison Hanley, Luca de la Torre, Quentin Westberg, Samuel Strong, Stephen McCarthy, Tomas Buchmiller, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team, US U-23 National Team
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AZ Alkmaar vs. Utrecht Highlights
   March 8, 2015 (6:59 PM) by Matt Benson
 

Aron Johannsson and Rubio Rubin both came off the bench for their respective teams with Aron Johannsson scoring a goal in AZ’s 6-2 loss to Utrecht.  Here is ArJo’s goal.

 
Categories: Aron Johannsson, Highlights, Rubio Rubin
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