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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.