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Friday morning links
   October 24, 2014 (1:09 AM) by Matt Benson
 

A few links before the weekend.

The USMNT will have a second friendly next month in Europe as they will take on Colombia at Craven Cottage in London.

The latest FIFA rankings came out earlier this week and the US dropped six places to No. 23.  They are still the third-highest ranked team in CONCACAF as Costa Rica comes in at No. 16 and Mexico at No. 17.

Mix Diskerud had to be subbed out after 36 minutes in last weekend’s game due to an injury, but he just missed a couple practices this week and returned to training yesterday.  Sounds like a good chance he plays on Sunday.

Also in the injury department, Aron Johannsson is expected to dress with AZ Alkmaar this weekend.  Johannsson played with AZ’s reserves earlier this week and will get a chance to play in his first game with the senior team against Groningen on Saturday.

While those guys are coming back from injuries, Timothy Chandler will likely miss Eintracht Frankfurt’s game this weekend due to an abductor muscle issue.

After missing basically the entire season after tearing his achilles tendon, Zarek Valentin returned to full training this week in Norway.

Freddy Adu hasn’t done much at Jagodina in Serbia this season and could be making a move to Sweden come January.

Geoff Cameron is back from injury and is ready to fight for a position at center back or central midfield.

Ives Galarcep talked to Greg Garza earlier this week about the crazy three-year run Garza has been having.  I remember when he was sort of this mythical player stuck in Traffic Sports purgatory.

Franco Panizo caught up with Alfredo Morales to talk about the progress he is making at Ingolstadt and with the USMNT.

Jose Torres scored a pretty bitchin’ goal in Copa MX action earlier this week.

Gedion Zelalem went the full 90 minutes in Arsenal’s 4-3 loss to Anderlecht in the UEFA Youth League on Tuesday.  On Wednesday, Junior Flores got the start and played 77 minutes in Borussia Dortmund’s 3-2 loss to Galatasaray.

Marc Pelosi has been training some with Liverpool’s senior team this past week.

Brian Sciaretta talked to 16-year-old English-American defender Cameron Carter-Vickers about his trip with the US U-23 team down to Brazil and how US Soccer found him.

While we are learning about some new dual-national players, Tom Marshall introduces us to Leones Negros midfielder Jesus Vazquez.

Aleks Gogic signed with Reading last year, but it looks like the 18-year-old goalkeeper must be on loan with Southern League Premier Division (seventh tier!) side Slough Town F.C. as he played in a game with them last Saturday.

 
Categories: Aleks Gogic, Alfredo Morales, Aron Johannsson, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Freddy Adu, Gedion Zelalem, Geoff Cameron, Greg Garza, Jesus Vazquez, Jose Francisco Torres, Junior Flores, Marc Pelosi, Mix Diskerud, Timothy Chandler, US Men's National Team, Zarek Valentin
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Tuesday morning links roundup
   October 21, 2014 (12:24 AM) by Matt Benson
 

A bunch of links from the last couple of days.

The rumored USMNT friendly against Croatia at Craven Cottage for November (that their federation announced) looks to be no mas.  That said, US Soccer looks to be talking to Colombia about filling that void and still playing at Craven Cottage.  But if you remember, Colombia was the team that US Soccer tried to schedule for September for the second friendly and that fell through.  Basically nothing is official until US Soccer announces something.

This was the weekend of players returning to the field.  Geoff Cameron came off the bench and played 29 minutes (completing 15-of-15 passes) in Stoke City’s 2-1 win over Swansea City.  Stoke City’s website got a couple post-game quotes from Cameron.

Terrence Boyd made his return this weekend, coming off the bench and playing 29 minutes in RB Leipzig’s 1-0 loss to Nurnberg.  Here is a photo of Boyd in action.

Aron Johannsson played in his first game since the World Cup.  It was with AZ Alkmaar’s reserve team on Monday, but he scored from the penalty spot (highlights).

While he didn’t come back from injury, John Brooks appears to be out of the dog house as he came off the bench for Hertha Berlin in a 2-0 loss to Schalke.

And while we had those players coming back, we did have a couple Americans pick up injuries this weekend.

Joe Corona broke his foot in Tijuana’s 2-1 win on Friday and he will be out four weeks.

Mix Diskerud had to be subbed off after 36 minutes over the weekend due to a leg injury, but it doesn’t appear to be too serious.

Joe Gyau had successful knee surgery last Thursday.

Fresh off his goal with the US on Tuesday, Jozy Altidore didn’t even make Sunderland’s bench this weekend.  It was probably a good thing as Southampton trashed the Black Cats 8-0.

Brek Shea was sent on loan to Birmingham City to get playing time, just probably not with their U-21 team like he did on Monday.

Sticking with Birmingham City, Shea, Jonathan Spector and Will Packwood will have a new manager as Lee Clark has been fired.

If you missed Howie’s post yesterday, Juan Agudelo is still without a job as Wolverhampton decided to pass on him after his trial.

Also from the weekend, Will talked to Quentin Westberg about the weird situation at Luzenac and his possible future.

We had some goals over the weekend.  Cesar Romero has now scored in six straight games.  Andrew Stadler scored a game-tying goal in the 87th minute.  Devante Parker scored his first goal at the U-23 level for 2014-15.  And Christian Eissele scored his 17th goal of the 2014 calendar year.

Jake Keegan and Galway FC beat Shelbourne 2-0 in the first leg of the Irish Premier Division promotion playoffs.  The second leg will be on Friday.  For more on Keegan, take a look back at RJ’s interview with him from last week.

Staying in Ireland, Yanks Abroad’s Kenya Brown talked to Pat McCann.

Also over the weekend, Dembakwi Yomba scored a goal with Atlético Madrid’s Juvenil División de Honor team.  Here is also a Google-translated interview with Yomba.

In the battle of American goalkeepers, Tim Howard (photo) and Everton defeated Brad Guzan (photo) and Aston Villa.  It was Howard’s 350th career Premier League appearance, trailing only Brad Friedel (450) for the most all-time by an American.

Alfredo Morales showed off some skills this weekend.

FC Utrecht manager Robby Alflen has been impressed with Rubio Rubin.

And finally, Stabæk’s fans had some fun signs for Bob Bradley this past weekend.

 
Categories: Alfredo Morales, Andrew Stadler, Aron Johannsson, Bob Bradley, Brad Friedel, Brad Guzan, Brek Shea, Cesar Romero, Christian Eissele, Dembakwi Yomba, Devante Parker, Geoff Cameron, Jake Keegan, Joe Corona, Joe Gyau, John Brooks, Jonathan Spector, Jozy Altidore, Juan Agudelo, Mix Diskerud, Pat McCann, Quentin Westberg, Rubio Rubin, Terrence Boyd, Tim Howard, US Men's National Team, Will Packwood
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A few links for Thursday
   October 2, 2014 (12:00 AM) by Matt Benson
 

A few links for your Thursday morning reading pleasure.

As we begin October, John gives us his current outlook at next summer’s Gold Cup roster.

The roster for next week’s friendlies should probably be released this weekend and various people online are making guesses at that roster, including Jon Arnold and Matthew Doyle.

Steven Goff gives us some more information about the next two weeks regarding US Soccer.  Sounds like all the names will be released at once, but guys might only go to one of the games due to MLS’s schedule next week.  Some of the young guns (Emerson Hyndman, Cody Cropper and Rubio Rubin) could be headed to Brazil with the US U-23 team instead of the senior team friendlies.  And US Soccer is trying to schedule another friendly next month in Europe during the international week when they play at Ireland.

One player who could potentially be on the US roster next week is Miguel Ibarra and Brian Sciaretta caught up with the Minnesota United midfielder about the rumors.

Aron Johannsson has returned to full training at AZ Alkmaar.  And here is a vine of him running around.

Julian Green has also returned to full training this week after picking up a rib injury which caused him to miss some games.

Danny Williams is slowly getting back from his knee injury and it looks like he is running around on grass now.

Adam Henley has finally returned from his ankle injury and logged some playing time for Blackburn Rovers earlier this week.

While those guys have returned from injury, Jonathan Spector is expected to miss some time with a thigh injury.

Gedion Zelalem scored a nice little goal for Arsenal’s U-19 team against Galatasaray yesterday in the UEFA Youth League.  The guys over at The Short Fuse also looked into the curious case of his citizenship.

Here is a photo of Bobby Wood and teammates enjoying Oktoberfest.

Brian McBride is one of five people selected by Fulham chairman Shahid Khan to help in Fulham’s search for a new manager.

And finally, we have a Devann Yao sighting!  He was last seen parting ways with UR La Louvière Centre in Belgium’s third division and now he has popped up on Neustrelitz in the German Regionalliga.  He has made one appearance for the club so far in 2014-15.

 
Categories: Aron Johannsson, Bobby Wood, Brian McBride, Cody Cropper, Danny Williams, Devann Yao, Emerson Hyndman, Gedion Zelalem, Jonathan Spector, Julian Green, Miguel Ibarra, Rubio Rubin, US Men's National Team, US U-23 National Team
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Tuesday morning linkage
   September 30, 2014 (12:01 AM) by Matt Benson
 

A bunch of news goodies came out in the last 24 hours.  So let’s dive into the links.

The USMNT roster for the next friendlies will likely come out this weekend/next Monday if I were a betting man, but ESPN’s Doug McIntyre is reporting that Minnesota United’s Miguel Ibarra will receive a call-up.  If true, Ibarra will become the first US player from a US second-tier league since Clyde Simms in 2005.  As for Ibarra, he is a 24-year-old midfielder who has scored eight goals in 21 league games for Minnesota this season.  Here are some highlights of Ibarra.

Speaking of rosters, here is Ecuador’s roster for the friendly.

The other big news of the weekend is that John Brooks has been demoted to Hertha Berlin’s U-23 team.  There has been some confusion over the translation as some people think the articles have said that he will be cut or waived, but he is not in good standing with Hertha manager Jos Luhukay.  But he has at least been demoted for now.

Aron Johannsson and AZ Alkmaar have a new manager in John van den Brom.  His last coaching stint was at Anderlecht with Sacha Kljestan the last couple of seasons.  It always seems like American players in Europe end up playing for a coach who just recently managed another US player.

FIFA has added 2016 Copa America to the international calendar, which means we should expect to see the best players at the tournament as clubs will have to release players for the tournament.

The US U-23 team is headed to Brazil to take on the Brazilian U-23 team during October’s international break.  No roster has been announced yet, but this will be the second camp for the U-23 team in the last three months after beating Bahamas 5-1 back in August.

DeAndre Yedlin was on ExtraTime Radio last week and said he is working on getting his Latvian passport.  If he can get it soon, he could join Tottenham in January otherwise he will have to go through the UK work permit process and likely won’t be able to join the club until next summer.

Tim Howard was named to ESPN’s Premier League Team of the Weekend after coming up with some big saves in the Merseyside derby.

Also this past weekend, we had goals from Edgar Castillo and Marc Heider (and our goal tracker has the other non-highlights goals).  We also had assists from Mix Diskerud and Michael Stephens, while Timothy Chandler basically had an assist.

At the youth level, Kyle Scott had another assist for Chelsea’s U-18 team.  And Luca de la Torre is getting some playing time with Fulham’s U-18 team.

If Cristiano Ronaldo leaves for Manchester United, who will be his heir apparent at Real Madrid?  ESPN asks this question then threw some names out there of some young players, including Julian Green.

Bolton manager Dougie Freedman hopes to manage Stuart Holden again in the future.  Holden is out of contract, but he is being allowed to rehab at his own pace (and hopefully correctly) then they will see where he stands with the club once he is ready to go again.

 
Categories: Aron Johannsson, DeAndre Yedlin, Edgar Castillo, John Brooks, Julian Green, Kyle Scott, Luca de la Torre, Marc Heider, Miguel Ibarra, Mix Diskerud, Sacha Kljestan, Stuart Holden, Tim Howard, US Men's National Team, US U-23 National Team
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Tuesday morning links
   September 16, 2014 (12:02 AM) by Matt Benson
 

This past weekend was a busy one throughout Europe.

We had 12 different players score goals for a total of 15 goals.  So far, I have found highlights of Jordan Seabrook, Andrew Jacobson, Kenny Saief, Pablo Punyed and Cesar Romero.  For more information on the other goals, check out our updated goal tracker.

But some other non-goal scoring noteworthy stuff happened this past weekend as well.  Brad Guzan now leads all Premier League goalkeepers in clean sheets this season after posting a 1-0 win over Liverpool at Anfield (highlights).  He was happy about the win.

Brek Shea made his Birmingham City debut and assisted on the Blues’ lone goal in their 1-1 draw to Leeds United (highlights).  His performance was also worthy of Man of the Match honors by Birmingham City’s fans.

Julian Green also made his Hamburg debut, getting the start but getting subbed out at halftime of their 2-0 loss to Hannover 96.  By most accounts, he was pretty so-so.  Here is a photo of him in action (I really do like those white shirts).  And Hamburg’s manager Mirko Slomka was fired.

Joe Gyau made Borussia Dortmund’s bench for the first time this season in their 3-1 win over Freiburg, but he did not get into the game.

On the youth team sides, Andrija Novakovich scored a goal for Reading’s U-18 team in a 2-1 win over Brighton & Hove Albion.  And Kyle Scott scored a goal for Chelsea’s U-18 team in a 2-2 draw to West Ham United.

Aron Johannsson will never get to play a game for new manager Marco van Basten as he has stepped down due to health issues.

Forbes’ Mark J. Burns writes about how Clint Dempsey and Jozy Altidore have seen an uptick in endorsement money following the World Cup.

Andy Schreur talked to Tab Ramos about the US U-20’s trip to Argentina.

It looks like Chivas USA’s Eric Avila is headed to Santos Laguna following the MLS season.

I posted a link last week about how Mexico was going after U-17 defender Edwin Lara and now it looks like Mexico’s U-17 team is going after a couple other dual nationals.

And finally, in the event you haven’t seen AC Milan’s Jeremy Menez’s goal from this past weekend, you need to check it out.  Just dirty.

 
Categories: Andrew Jacobson, Andrija Novakovich, Aron Johannsson, Brad Guzan, Brek Shea, Cesar Romero, Clint Dempsey, Edwin Lara, Eric Avila, Joe Gyau, Jordan Seabrook, Jozy Altidore, Julian Green, Kenny Saief, Kyle Scott, Pablo Punyed, US U-20 National Team
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This international break seems really long links
   September 9, 2014 (12:02 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Only having one game this international break is making this week seem really long and boring (damn you, Colombia).  Here are a few links.

Julian Green is now at Hamburg and training (photo).  Greg Seltzer got a couple quotes from Green about the move before he headed into the USMNT camp last week.  Seltzer also looks at the playing time situation at Hamburg for Green.

Jurgen Klinsmann wants competition between Brad Guzan and Nick Rimando for the #1 goalkeeper spot.  OT resident goalkeeper guru Will has a couple words on Guzan/Rimando (plus a lot other information on everything US goalkeepers).

Aron Johannsson is hoping to return to the field in October.  And he answered some questions and went kayaking recently.

Jonathan Bornstein has a new teammate at Queretaro.  You might have heard about him before.

The 824234 guys at Tijuana have a new manager in Daniel Guzman.

Brian Sciaretta has talked to Jordan Morris and Andrew Jacobson recently.

Eric Lichaj is ready for the Ryder Cup.

Baltimore is in talks with CONCACAF to host some Gold Cup games next summer.  We should know the final stadiums/locations in the fourth quarter of 2014.

The US U-20 team takes on the Argentina U-20 team later today.  They are 2-0-0 on their trip so far with wins over Racing Club Reserves and Defensa y Justicia Reserves.  Bradford Jamieson IV has the best name ever.  I want him to make it to the USMNT so I can get his jersey someday.

While none of the big boys played this weekend, a lot of the smaller leagues still played and we had goals by Jake Keegan, Irvin Raul Parra, Matt Taylor and Royal-Dominique Fennell.  A couple other guys scored this weekend that I haven’t found highlights of yet, but check out our goal tracker for more information.

 
Categories: Andrew Jacobson, Aron Johannsson, Brad Guzan, Bradford Jamieson IV, Eric Lichaj, Irvin Raul Parra, Jake Keegan, Jonathan Bornstein, Jordan Morris, Julian Green, Matt Taylor, Nick Rimando, Royal-Dominique Fennell, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team
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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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