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Friday funday links
   February 28, 2014 (12:03 AM) by Matt

The big news of yesterday was Jurgen Klinsmann announcing his 24-man roster for the Ukraine friendly.  As usual, Klinsi did his post-roster-release Q&A with US Soccer’s website.  And we already knew the match got moved to Cyprus and now we know it will be played at Antonis Papadopoulos Stadium in Larnaca at 2 PM Eastern on ESPN2.

Klinsmann was able to get Julian Green into training (he won’t play in the game) and it looks like he is still recruiting Gedion Zelalem and Shawn Parker.

According to this BBC report, the US will play Nigeria in Jacksonville in the last of its three pre-World Cup friendlies.

Another photo of the new home US World Cup shirt is making the rounds on Facebook.  The guys over at Todo Sobre Camisetas also had this to say about the away shirt when I asked them earlier this week:

Word on the USA away (no pics) is “mainly red w a large blue and smaller white stripe on the front with star embossed design inside it.”

Greg Seltzer talked to Aron Johannsson this week about what it will take to make the plane to Brazil this summer.  ArJo went 75 minutes yesterday in AZ Alkmaar’s 1-1 draw (won 2-1 on aggregate) to Slovan Liberec, advancing to the Round of 16 in Europa League.

Not shocking, Blackpool did not offer a contract to Freddy Adu.  I still have no clue how he would get the work permit even if they did.

I posted earlier this week that Michael Stephens was back training again with Stabæk.  And now it looks like he is negotiating a deal with the Norwegian club.

This article is a couple weeks old, but Bolton manager Dougie Freedman had some nice things to say about Tim Ream.

In case you missed it, Alejandro Guido scored his first professional goal earlier this week for Tijuana second-division affiliate Dorados in Copa MX action.

The last time we heard from Jamel Johnson, not to be confused with Jemal Johnson, he was in Austria playing with four division side SV Gersthof.  And now he is participating with the New England Revolution’s preseason camp.

Brian Sciaretta decided to do a “18 tickets” type story, but for the 2016 Olympic team.

US youth player Danny Barbir scored a goal and had an assist with a Manchester City youth team recently.

Categories: Alejandro Guido, Aron Johannsson, Danny Barbir, Freddy Adu, Gedion Zelalem, Jamel Johnson, Julian Green, Michael Stephens, Shawn Parker, Tim Ream, US Men's National Team
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Linkage for Monday
   October 20, 2013 (10:49 PM) by Matt

A lot of stuff happening over the weekend.

Steven Goff has his usual weekly roundup of Americans abroad to catch you up one what you may have missed.

We had some goals this weekend.  Aron Johannsson had himself a peach of a game, scoring twice and setting up the other goal in AZ’s 3-1 win (highlights).  Alejandro Bedoya came off the bench and scored the game-winning goal in Nantes’ 1-0 win (highlights).  Terrence Boyd came off the bench and scored the game-tying goal from the penalty spot in a 2-2 draw (highlights).  Shawn Parker got the start and scored the opening goal of the game in Mainz’s 4-1 loss to Bayern Munich (highlights).  And Matt Taylor got the start and scored his fourth league goal of the campaign in Preußen Münster’s 4-0 win (highlights).

We also had some goals from guys in lower leagues, which we don’t have highlights for, but you can follow along with our goal tracker.

In case you missed it on Friday, Will Packwood was sent out on loan to League Two side Bristol Rivers.  Packwood found himself in the lineup over the weekend (photo) and apparently had a Man of the Match type performance in the loss.  The local press also had some nice things to say about Packwood.

One huge positive was the debut performance of on-loan centre-back Will Packwood, whose mature display belied his years and the fact that he is looking to bounce back from a career-threatening broken leg.

The Birmingham City player looked a born leader, unafraid to issue instructions to more senior colleagues, and won most of his battles in the air and one the ground.

Duane Holmes also made an impact this weekend while coming off the bench for Huddersfield Town in a loss to Leicester City.

Death, taxes and Zak Whitbread injuries.  His latest is a calf injury which saw him get subbed out in the first half.

Michael Bradley returned from injury and made Roma’s bench, but did not get in the game on Friday, a 2-0 win over Napoli.  With a couple other teams losing in Europe, Roma is the only perfect team in any of the top European leagues.

Brek Shea and Maurice Edu both started for Stoke City’s U-21 team on Friday with Shea scoring a goal and picking up a red card.

Steven Goff is hearing that Gent, Brugge and QPR are interested in Oguchi Onyewu.  Greg Seltzer is reporting that Gooch is currently training with QPR.

The Americans Outlaws are getting some love this week with Founder and President Korey Donahoo making an appearance on the Men in Blazers’ SiriusXM show last week.  And Brian Straus takes a quick look at the various chapter logos.

Mexico hired Miguel Herrera this weekend meaning they have gone through four managers over the last month.  The US have had four managers over the last 18 years.

And Zlatan Ibrahimovic is really, really good.

Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Aron Johannsson, Brek Shea, Duane Holmes, Matt Taylor, Maurice Edu, Michael Bradley, Oguchi Onyewu, Shawn Parker, Terrence Boyd, Will Packwood, Zak Whitbread

Mainz vs. Bayern Munich Highlights
   October 19, 2013 (11:07 PM) by Matt

Shawn Parker got the start and scored the opening goal of the game in Mainz’s 4-1 loss to Bayern Munich.  Here are some highlights, including Parker’s goal.

Categories: Highlights, Shawn Parker

A plethora of links for Tuesday
   July 23, 2013 (12:33 AM) by Matt

The USMNT headed to Dallas (technically Arlington) on Monday after beating El Salvador 5-1 on Sunday (highlights here).  I did another fun stat thingie talking about their winning streak and all the goals they keep scoring.  Yay for numbers!  The US will be facing Honduras from Jerry World Cowboys Stadium at 7 PM Eastern on Fox Soccer.

Sunday’s game drew a 1.2 overnight rating, which is not bad for most soccer games shown in the US.  The previous week’s game against Cuba only drew a 0.6, while the Champions League final drew a 1.0 overnight rating on FOX earlier this year.  Baby steps.

While most of us were watching the US, we probably missed out that Freddy Adu came off the bench and played 13 minutes in Bahia’s 0-0 draw.  It was his first action since May.  Here are some highlights from the game, although Adu is not really in any of them (I think he is the smaller guy in the white jersey at the back post during the last free kick, but I can’t tell for sure).

Alfredo Morales made his debut with Ingolstadt as the German 2. Bundesliga season started up over the weekend, but he had a pretty nightmare debut.  A bad back pass led to a goal and he left the game with a red card and will miss the next game.  Ouch.

We had some goals in the lower leagues over the weekend.  Christian Eissele scored the game-winning goal and his 21st across all competitions in Kemi Kings’ 4-3 win.  And Chukwudi Chijindu scored his sixth goal of the season for Thor.  His six goals are tied for the second most in the Icelandic Úrvalsdeild.  As always, you can follow along with our goal tracker.

Also over the weekend, Aron Johannsson scored another goal for AZ Alkmaar in a preseason friendly against Getafe.

Some good news on the injury front as Fabian Johnson returned to some light training with Hoffenheim.

And Herculez Gomez is still about 2-3 weeks away from making his debut with Tijuana after picking up a knee injury in the Gold Cup.

Good to see that Jurgen Klinsmann and the USMNT coaching staff are still going after German-American forward Shawn Parker.

Another German-American, Julian Green, scored twice for Bayern Munich’s U-23 last week and I can’t find highlights, but his dad was tweeting out photos from the game.

We told you last week that Tim Ream played at left back for Bolton in a preseason friendly and here is a video interview with Ream talking about it.

Brian Sciaretta recently talked to Matt Besler and here is that interview/story.  I think Besler is probably our #1 centerback at the moment if I was doing my own depth chart.

Michael Bradley talked to MLS Insider about growing up in MLS.

Michael’s father, Bob Bradley, will be on The Daily Show on Comedy Central this Thursday, so set your DVRs (or watch it live).

Alejandro Bedoya was on Jason Davis’ The Best Soccer Show last week where he talked about his future and the Gold Cup.

Defender Babajide Ogunbiyi is returning to Viborg FF in the Danish 1st Division (second tier).  Ogunbiyi appeared in 12 league games for fellow Danish 1st Division side Vendsyssel in 2012-13 after playing for Viborg in the previous two and a half seasons.

We are inching closer to Copa America taking place in the US in 2016.

And finally, the Milk Cup is always a favorite of ours and Javier Perez named his 18-man U-18 roster yesterday.  It features some European-based players, including goalkeeper Ethan Horvath (Molde FK) and forward Lynden Gooch (Sunderland).  They will face Mexico next Monday in the first game then play Northern Ireland on Wednesday and Denmark on Friday.  The US has won the tournament twice before (2005 and 2010).

Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Alfredo Morales, Aron Johannsson, Babajide Ogunbiyi, Bob Bradley, Christian Eissele, Fabian Johnson, Herculez Gomez, Julian Green, Matt Besler, Michael Bradley, Shawn Parker, Tim Ream, US Men's National Team

Some 2013-14 kits for some German teams
   May 13, 2013 (12:17 AM) by Matt

With the end of the 2012-13 season, various 2013-14 kits are being leaked or are officially being released by clubs.  If you have followed this site for a while, you know that we like to keep you updated with some of the teams that feature some Americans.  That all said, a bunch of different Bundesliga teams had some kits come out this weekend.

Mainz (Shawn Parker and Jared Jeffrey) will be wearing these in home games next season.

Jermaine Jones will be collecting yellow cards in away games in this white shirt.

And Fabian Hurzeler will likely be playing with Bayern Munich’s U-23 team in this home kit.

Categories: Fabian Hurzeler, Jared Jeffrey, Jermaine Jones, Shawn Parker
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Mainz vs. Borussia Mönchengladbach Highlights
   May 11, 2013 (10:51 AM) by Matt

Shawn Parker got the start and scored the first goal of the game in Mainz’s 4-2 loss to Borussia Mönchengladbach.  Here are the highlights.

Categories: Highlights, Shawn Parker

Mainz vs. Hannover 96 Highlights
   May 4, 2013 (12:24 PM) by Matt

Shawn Parker assisted on Mainz’s game-tying goal as Steve Cherundolo watched from Hannover’s bench in this 2-2 draw.  Here are the highlights.

Categories: Highlights, Shawn Parker

Mainz vs. Hamburger SV Highlights
   April 15, 2013 (10:03 AM) by Matt

Shawn Parker came off the bench and scored Mainz’s lone goal in a 2-1 loss to Hamburger SV.  Here are the highlights.

Categories: Highlights, Shawn Parker

We are talking USMNT roster links
   March 19, 2013 (12:02 AM) by Matt

So good ol’ Klnisi named his 23 players for the upcoming qualifiers yesterday.  And boy is that back line inexperienced.  In the official release by US Soccer, it lists the sad list of injuries.

The U.S. team has been hit with a rash of injuries as eight players are unavailable for the matches. Edgar Castillo (facial fractures), Timmy Chandler (hamstring), Steve Cherundolo (knee), Tim Howard (back), Fabian Johnson (hip), Jonathan Spector (ankle), Jose Torres (hamstring) and Danny Williams (illness).

Brek Shea has been called in, but he claims that his foot is not fully healed.  And it looks like Jonathan Spector, who would be very helpful in the back right now, was headed to Denver until injuring his ankle this weekend.

Klinsmann spoke to the press following the roster release.

Nick Firchau is reporting that Brian McBride will be in Denver until Wednesday helping out with the team (coaching, not playing, although I bet he could still be helpful……FYI, I am/was a big McBride fan).

Tyson Hilgenberg looks at the relationship between MLS and the USMNT.

Want to see some highlights of the US’ 3-2 win over Costa Rica from 1991?  Why not.

How about a photo of the three Americans at Club Tijuana in the centennial kit?  Sure.

As for some U-20 stuff, Will Packwood is down to one crutch and will be back to walking in the next couple weeks.  And Brian Sciaretta caught up with midfielder Mikey Lopez.

Even though he hasn’t played in a long time, Bolton manager Dougie Freedman thinks Tim Ream has a future at the club.

Ross Dunbar writes about dual citizen Shawn Parker and his rising stock.  When it is all said and done, my “I know nothing behind the scenes and this is a total guess” hunch says he sticks with Germany.

It looks like Fred Adu (Howie likes to call him Fred instead of Freddy since he is not 15 anymore) is headed to Brazil.  If the deal goes through, that would be nine different clubs in six different countries over the last seven years.

And we end with a Anton Peterlin sighting!  He appears to be headed to Denmark to third tier side HIK.

Categories: Anton Peterlin, Brek Shea, Edgar Castillo, Freddy Adu, Greg Garza, Joe Corona, Shawn Parker, Tim Ream, US Men's National Team, Will Packwood
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Mainz vs. Freiburg Highlights
   February 26, 2013 (2:42 PM) by Matt

German-American Shawn Parker scored two minutes into the game in Mainz’s 3-2 loss to Freiburg in the German Cup.  Mainz went out to a 2-0 lead, but gave up two goals late and lost in extra time.  Here is Parker’s goal.

Categories: Highlights, Shawn Parker
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