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Friday morning links
   September 11, 2015 (2:12 AM) by Matt Benson

I should be in bed as this week has sucked with work but here are some quick links before the weekend.

The US now knows the final two teams in its group for World Cup qualifying and those teams are Vincent & The Grenadines and Guatemala.  They will join the US and Trinidad & Tobago in Group C.

Well done, FUT Azteca.

The US U-23 team won their second friendly this week, a 2-0 victory over Qatar.  The goals were scored by Benji Joya and Gboly Ariyibi.  Here is also a video of their first half of the week in England.

Cody Cropper is going to miss up to six weeks after having some kind of knee surgery this week.  Looks like the U-23s will be going with Zack Steffen or Ethan Horvath next month.

Benji Joya’s ex-partner in crime, Daniel Cuevas, has a new home and it is with Indy Eleven.

Darlington Nagbe is officially a US citizen.  If he gets called up, I am guessing it won’t be until January.  I think Brian Sciaretta has pointed out in the past that only one MLS player has received his first call-up under Klinsmann in a camp other than January and it was Alan Gordon.

COMNEBOL is meeting up with CONCACAF on September 17 to figure out next summer’s Copa America.  As Jeff Carlisle points out, that date is conveniently a couple days after Loretta Lynch has a press conference in Zurich.  And some reports out of Mexico have the FMF supporting a Copa America in the US.  Basically everything comes down to money.

Could we potentially see a MLS vs. Premier League tournament in the future?  Maybe.

English-American goalkeeper Paul Rachubka has signed with Bolton.

Borussia Dortmund had a friendly against St. Pauli this week.  While most of the world wanted to see Adnan Januzaj‘s debut, Christian Pulisic and Junior Flores both came off the bench for Dortmund, while Fabrice Picault scored for St. Pauli.

Also in weird friendlies during the international week, Jann George scored for Jahn Regensburg in their win over Bayern Munich.

We also had a goal in a game that really counted this week.  Joe Broekhuizen came off the bench and scored the lone goal of the game in VPS’ 1-0 win over Ilves in Finland on Thursday.

And finally, here is a behind the scenes look at Christian Eissele’s club in Finland, Kemi Kings.

Categories: Benji Joya, Christian Eissele, Christian Pulisic, Cody Cropper, Daniel Cuevas, Darlington Nagbe, Fabrice Picault, Gboly Ariyibi, Jann George, Joe Broekhuizen, Junior Flores, Paul Rachubka, US Men's National Team, US U-23 National Team

Various Bundesliga kits for 2015-16
   July 29, 2015 (6:12 AM) by Matt Benson

I haven’t done one of these posts in a while, but here is a bunch of 2015-16 kits for Bundesliga teams featuring Americans this season.

There has been some talk that Julian Green could be headed out on loan this season, but he will have plenty of options of jerseys if he sticks around Bayern Munich (order – home/road/third).


While David Yelldell hasn’t played a league game for Bayer Leverkusen’s senior team since joining the team in 2011-12, he is still on their roster.  And Bayer Leverkusen have three options of kits for 2014-15 (order – home/road/third).


Borussia Dortmund has a few Americans throughout their system in Joe Gyau, Junior Flores and Christian Pulisic.  They also have three different jerseys for 2015-16 (order – home/road/third).


Borussia Mönchengladbach and Kappa always have “interesting” kits and this year will be no different for Fabian Johnson and Mario Rodriguez (order – home/road).


Timothy Chandler is in his second season with Eintracht Frankfurt and they will have a pinstripe shirt much like the Frankfurt team from 1972-73 (order – home/road).


John Brooks and Hertha Berlin will have pretty standard Hertha-like jerseys for this season (order – home/road/third).


Alfredo Morales’ Ingolstadt will be playing in the Bundesliga for the first time in club history and they only have a home jersey out right now.


While Hoffenheim no longer have Fabian Johnson or Danny Williams, Russell Canouse is still with the club and Lotto went a little crazy with their three kits (order -home/road/third).


While Bobby Wood never made it to Stuttgart, Jerome Kiesewetter is still with the club and Puma has three options for them in 2015-16 (order – home/road/third).


Terrence Boyd is slowly working his way back from ACL surgery and RB Leipzig have some pretty basic jerseys waiting for him upon his return this season (order – home/road).


Bobby Wood’s new home for 2015-16 is with Union Berlin.  Union Berlin switched things up this year going with Macron over kit supplier Uhlsport (order – home/road).


And finally, Freiburg boast Caleb Stanko, Eric Lickert, Ethan Sonis and now Zack Steffen among their various teams.  And they have three Nike kits for this season (order – home/road/third).


Have a favorite of the bunch?  Think one is really, really ugly?  As for my own taste, I like Bayern Munich Road, Dortmund Third, Eintracht Frankfurt Home and Freiburg Home.  I dislike basically all the Hoffenheim ones and Borussia Mönchengladbach Road.

Categories: Alfredo Morales, Bobby Wood, Caleb Stanko, Christian Pulisic, Eric Lickert, Ethan Sonis, Fabian Johnson, Jerome Kiesewetter, Joe Gyau, John Brooks, Julian Green, Junior Flores, Mario Rodriguez, Russell Canouse, Terrence Boyd, Zack Steffen

Catching up on links
   May 28, 2015 (1:24 AM) by Matt Benson

I am still playing catch up on the soccer world as work decided to kick me as soon as I got back into the office after the mini vacation.  Enough babbling.

In case you missed what happened on the field over the past weekend, Roderick has you covered.  I was finally able to go back to update the goal tracker from the few goals over the last week, including links to goals by Moises Orozco, Cesar Romero, Björn Maars Johnsen, Harrison Hanley and Jonathan Bornstein.

Also earlier this week, we unveiled the sixth edition of the legendary OT XI.  Plus we picked our MVP of the season as well as goal and performance of the year.  So go check that out.

The USMNT will face Germany on June 10 and will face a pretty tough roster (shocker!) although it is missing Manuel Neuer, Toni Kroos and Thomas Muller.

Also while glancing at rosters, Mexico’s provisional Gold Cup roster features 11 players who play abroad.

The US U-23 team opened up the Toulon Tournament with a disappointing 3-1 loss to France yesterday.  Here are some highlights.  Sounds like Jordan Morris was the only player who did somewhat well for the US.  Also, if you missed the roster of the team (since it came out while I was gone), here that is.  Luis Gil was apparently on the initial roster, but Real Salt Lake was able to keep him after a little talk with US Soccer.

One player on that roster, Cody Cropper, is searching for a new club after parting ways with Southampton.  While he is likely to stay in England, Ives Galarcep is hearing that Cropper is on the discovery list of at least three MLS teams.

The US U-20 team is getting ready for the U-20 World Cup in New Zealand and Tab Ramos had to make one roster change since Russell Canouse picked up an injury.  He was replaced by Orlando City’s Conor Donovan.  Landon Donovan also made an appearance at training this week.

Junior Flores is not on the U-20 roster and is now giving El Salvador a look as of last week.

A few players picked up new contracts in Europe over the last week.  Alfredo Morales will be playing in the Bundesliga next season as he signed an extension with Ingolstadt.  Geoff Cameron is sticking with Stoke City through 2018.  And Jon-Paul Pittman re-signed with Grimsby Town.

Nothing super new to report on Josh Gatt’s latest injury, but he is waiting on a second opinion to discover how good/bad the knee is.

DeAndre Yedlin went the full 90 minutes yesterday in Tottenham’s 2-1 win over the Malaysia XI All-Stars.  Here is a photo gallery from the game.

Oguchi Onyewu is training/trailing with NYCFC.

The man, the myth, the legend, Jonathan Bornstein was on MLS’ ExtraTime Radio this week.

Antonee Robinson was named Everton’s Academy Players’ Player of the Year.

Will recently interviewed Iranian-American goalkeeper Ashkan Khosravi.  He also updated his May goalkeeper post with a bunch of goodies.

Oh yeah, something happened with FIFA this week.

Categories: Alfredo Morales, Antonee Robinson, Ashkan Khosravi, Björn Maars Johnsen, Cesar Romero, Cody Cropper, Conor Donovan, DeAndre Yedlin, Geoff Cameron, Harrison Hanley, Jon-Paul Pittman, Jonathan Bornstein, Josh Gatt, Junior Flores, Luis Gil, Moises Orozco, Oguchi Onyewu, Russell Canouse, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team, US U-23 National Team

Borussia Dortmund U19 vs. Bonner SC U19 Highlights
   April 12, 2015 (12:20 PM) by Matt Benson

Junior Flores got the start and scored a goal in Borussia Dortmund U19’s 3-0 win over Bonner SC U19 on Sunday.  Here is a A-Jugend Bundesliga West highlight show with his goal coming at the 2:30 mark.

Categories: Highlights, Junior Flores
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Borussia Dortmund II vs. Stuttgarter Kickers Highlights
   April 5, 2015 (5:55 PM) by Matt Benson

Junior Flores made his Borussia Dortmund II debut on Saturday.  He came off the bench and played the last seven minutes in a 2-0 loss to Stuttgarter Kickers.  Here are some highlights and you get to see Flores running in the background (#22 in the orange cleats) during Stuttgarter Kickers’ second goal.

Categories: Highlights, Junior Flores
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A bunch of links randomness for Tuesday
   March 3, 2015 (12:35 AM) by Matt Benson

A bunch of good stuff for you on this Tuesday.

This past weekend had some action on the field.  Fabian Johnson scored his first goal with Borussia Mönchengladbach. Aron Johannsson and Tim Ream both returned from their injuries.  Roderick has you covered with everyone in The OT Report.

Want to see some highlights of the goals scored this weekend?  Here you go:  Fabian Johnson, Junior Flores, Conor O’Brien and Marc Heider.

The US U-17 team began play at the 2015 CONCACAF U-17 Championship with a 5-0 win over Cuba on Friday (highlights) followed with a 2-0 win over Trinidad & Tobago yesterday (highlights).  Joe Gallardo (four goals) and Christian Pulisic have been the US’s two best players in my non-expert opinion so far.

While the US U-20 team gets ready for the World Cup, they will face England’s U-20 team and Tottenham’s U-21 team in some friendlies at the end of the month.

One US U-20 player, Lynden Gooch, is now with English Conference Premier side Gateshead FC on loan for 28 days to get some playing time.  He already made his debut over the weekend and here is a photo him in a Gateshead jersey.

According to one report out of Germany, Jurgen Klinsmann might call up Ashton Götz for the US friendlies and camp this month even though he doesn’t have his US passport yet (he wouldn’t be able to play in the games but he could train with the team).

There were some rumors that Sebastian Lletget signed with the LA Galaxy this weekend, but his agent shot down those rumors.

It looks like Freddy Adu could be headed to Sweden to sign with a real team according to Ives Galarcep.  If true, this would be his 11th different team in his eighth different country since becoming a pro in 2004.  Over that same time, I have lived in two different apartments and have had the same job.

Continuing with the rumors, this report claims Fabian Johnson has been scouted recently by Barcelona as he is one of a few players on their list of potential fullbacks since Dani Alves’ contract ends this summer.

Jose Mourinho might want an American goalkeeper on Chelsea and apparently he is looking at Old Man Friedel among some other [non-American] veteran keepers.

According to Bild, Bobby Wood’s knee injury might not be as bad as first thought (his meniscus is not damaged as initially suspected) and he might only be out five weeks.

Tim Howard (and Everton) is the only American left in Europa League and the Toffees will face Dynamo Kyiv in the Round of 16.

Here is a recent video interview with Bob Bradley.  Speaking of Coach Sweatpants, I guess there was a rumor that he interviewed with Danish club Aalborg for their manager opening, but Greg Seltzer is hearing from a couple sources that this is not true.

Goalkeeper Brendan Moore has signed with English League One side Fleetwood Town.

Georgian-American midfielder Zourab Tsiskaridze has signed with NASL’s San Antonio Scorpions.  He was last seen with Bangkok Glass in Thailand.

Barcelona youngster Ben Lederman is currently in playing purgatory as part of the team’s injunction that retroactively disqualified many academy players.  Some guys just got cleared to play again but not Lederman.

And also thanks to Josh Deaver, I am now aware of a second American at Barcelona.  Konrad de la Fuente is a U-14 forward and he scored a goal back in early February for Barca’s Infantil A.

Categories: Aron Johannsson, Ashton Götz, Ben Lederman, Bob Bradley, Bobby Wood, Brad Friedel, Brendan Moore, Christian Pulisic, Conor O'Brien, Fabian Johnson, Freddy Adu, Joe Gallardo, Junior Flores, Konrad de la Fuente, Lynden Gooch, Marc Heider, Sebastian Lletget, Tim Howard, Tim Ream, US U-17 National Team, US U-20 National Team, Zourab Tsiskaridze

Borussia Dortmund U-19s vs. Köln U-19s Highlights
   March 2, 2015 (5:57 AM) by Matt Benson

Junior Flores got the start and scored his fourth goal of the season across all competitions in Borussia Dortmund U-19’s 3-2 win over Köln on Sunday.  Here are some highlights with Flores’ goal coming at the 2:38 mark.

Categories: Highlights, Junior Flores
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Tuesday morning links
   February 17, 2015 (6:23 AM) by Matt Benson

A bunch of randomness for Tuesday.

I went to Tijuana this past weekend to check out Tijuana-Pumas and wrote some words about the trip.

Want to know how your favorite Americans did abroad this past weekend?  Roderick has you covered.

Want some highlights of some goals?  Bobby Wood scored twice and so did Andrew Wooten.  Brian Span scored in Finland while Junior Flores scored for Borussia Dortmund’s U-19 team.  It wasn’t a goal, but Timothy Chandler had a “deflected assist”.  And when in doubt, check out our goal tracker.

Those braces earned Bobby Wood and Andrew Wooten a spot on Kicker’s 2. Bundesliga Team of the Week.  And Wood was named Kicker’s 2. Bundesliga Player of the Week.

Not a shocker, but the rumored 2015 USMNT away jersey was officially announced by Nike and US Soccer yesterday.  And I officially added it to our USMNT jersey history page.

Julian Green’s situation with Hamburg is odd.  Bild reported last week that Green could possibly get fined for refusing to play with the U-23 team.  And now it looks like Green is supposed to meet with the team today to discuss whether he will or will not play with the U-23 team.

Are you one of the three people not tired hearing about the USMNT and fitness?  Matt Besler talked to the Kansas City Star about Klinsmann’s quotes and now Klinsi is tweeting with fitness talk.  Klinsmann also thinks the new jerseys are cool.

As expected, the US-Mexico friendly for April is now sold out.

One player we could be seeing in the upcoming USMNT friendlies?  Club America defender Ventura Alvarado.

The FA Cup quarterfinal draw was held yesterday and a couple Americans are still left in the competition.  Brad Guzan and Aston Villa will be facing West Brom, while Danny Williams and Reading will take on Bradford City.

After training with the Fighting Bob Bradleys, A.J. Soares looks to be on trial with Viking.

And finally, Christian Pulisic got to train with Borussia Dortmund’s senior team last week and manager Jurgen Klopp thought he showed signs of good quality.

Categories: A.J. Soares, Andrew Wooten, Bobby Wood, Brad Guzan, Brian Span, Christian Pulisic, Danny Williams, Julian Green, Junior Flores, Matt Besler, Timothy Chandler, US Men's National Team, Ventura Alvarado
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Borussia Dortmund U-19s vs. Bochum U-19s Highlights
   February 16, 2015 (1:03 AM) by Matt Benson

Junior Flores got the start, played 87 minutes and scored a goal in Borussia Dortmund U-19’s 2-1 loss to Bochum this past weekend.  Here are some highlights of various German U-19 games with Flores’ goal coming at the 2:10 mark.

Categories: Highlights, Junior Flores
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Just a few things for Friday
   February 6, 2015 (1:09 AM) by Matt Benson

It’s almost the weekend, but here are a few things to check out.

First off, welcome Roderick MacNeil to the site.  He is going to helping out now and bringing back The OT Report from the dead.  He did a midweek edition last night.  We are probably going to tweak the format around a little bit.

Tired of fitness-gate yet?  If not, here are more quotes from Jurgen Klinsmann on it and his response to Alexi Lalas’ comments.

Want some photo galleries of the USMNT training this week?  You are in luck here, here and here.

We posted the first rumored leak of the USMNT away jersey for 2015 back in December and another actual photo has leaked, so I updated the original post.

It is likely going to be a sellout, but the US-Mexico friendly in San Antonio has sold more than 50,000 tickets already with less than two months left.

Aron Johannsson scored the game’s lone goal in AZ Alkmaar’s 1-0 win over Ajax yesterday.  Here is his goal in highlight form.  Here is also a photo of him celebrating the goal.  He had to be subbed out due to injury later in the game, but it looks to be a minor ankle injury.

John Brooks is going to have a new manager as Jos Luhukay was fired by Hertha Berlin.  Brooks always seem to butt heads with Luhukay so maybe a new manager will be a nice change of pace.

Not surprising, but after possibly being “screwed over” by Rafa Marquez, A.J. Soares and his agent are scrambling to find a new home.

The Daily Mail (your first sign that it likely wasn’t true) had a report in January that Tim Howard was looking into a possible MLS move.  Everton’s manager Roberto Martinez is expecting Howard to see out his contract at Everton and told the press that Howard is still his #1 keeper.  Nothing to see here.

ESPN’s Jeff Carlisle talked to Tim Ream as he continues to put in solid efforts for Bolton.

Brian Sciaretta caught up with Heath Pearce to talk about his move to Sweden.

And finally, a rumor to keep you pondering over the weekend, Deporte Total USA (I have no clue how good/bad they are, so don’t kill me on this) is reporting that Junior Flores is headed to D.C. United on loan for the 2015 season.

Categories: A.J. Soares, Aron Johannsson, Heath Pearce, John Brooks, Junior Flores, Tim Howard, Tim Ream, US Men's National Team
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