A bunch of random stuff so let’s get into it.
Tim Howard has been out injured since December with a calf injury but he is expected to start for Everton today in their game against Chelsea.
Jermaine Jones’ hernia surgery was a success and he is expected to be out 4-6 weeks.
Julian Green has been demoted to Hamburg’s U-23 team in the Regionalliga. Green has appeared in only five games since being sent out on loan in August.
A.J. Soares is in Norway training with the Stabæk, but this is not a trial. Sounds like Bob Bradley is just helping him out before he heads out on other trials in Europe.
US U-17 international Christian Pulisic is now a member of Borussia Dortmund and he got to train with the first team yesterday. And here is a photo of Pulisic talking to Jurgen Klopp.
The US U-20 team found out its group for the U-20 World Cup earlier this week (SPOILER ALERT – It is a favorable one). Brian Sciaretta talked to Russell Canouse and Dembakwi Yomba to get their reaction. Tab Ramos also talked to Soccer by Ives to give his thoughts. Sounds like the U-20 team might have a friendly against England in March and friendlies against Greece and Qatar in April.
Danny Williams scored a goal this past weekend and now he wants to score a goal at home for Reading’s fans.
Will Packwood looks to be playing again with Birmingham City’s U-21 team for the first time since injuring his groin.
Joe Gyau talked to Vice Sports about his crazy last year of signing with Dortmund and battling injuries.
Cody Cropper is slowly working his way back into training after suffering a head injury during a collision during a game last month. This is what his eye looked like three weeks ago.
Michael Farfan is returning to MLS and has signed with D.C. United. Farfan left the Philadelphia Union for Cruz Azul after the 2013 season but only appeared in one league game for La Maquina in 2014 (although he did score).
Andrija Novakovich scored a late game-tying goal in Reading U-18’s 1-1 draw to Southampton last week. You can check out the goal at the 2:42 mark of this video.
Matt Horth is returning to the US and has signed with NASL’s Atlanta Silverbacks. Horth played the 2014 season in Iceland with Leiknir Reykjavík, scoring six goals in 17 games.
Brian Span looks to be in Finland on trial with IFK Mariehamn after being waived by FC Dallas last week. Span has European experience with Swedish side Djurgården in 2012 and 2013. He returned to the US with FC Dallas in 2014, but spent most of his time in USL Pro with Orlando City on loan or with FC Dallas’ reserve team.
Sebastian Troupe has signed a new contract with Bærum in Norway.
Will John was last seen with MAS Fez in Morocco and now he is Croatia trying to find a new home after a near deal with Shamrock Rovers in Ireland hit a snag.
I posted last week with a link about how Kevin Garcia was making the move to Ireland with Galway FC. Someone in Ireland e-mailed me that it is not true (“was news to the press officer”). Also, Jake Keegan isn’t with the club either at the moment as he is still waiting for a work permit. And former Yale and Portland Timbers U-23 defender Andy Hackbarth is on trial with the club.
Goalkeeper Zac Lubin was Kevin Garcia’s teammate at IFK Luleå last season and now he is on trial with Cork City in Ireland.
And completing the IFK Luleå news roundup, goalkeeper Alex Wimmer is on trial with IFK Luleå. If you are looking for a Swedish third division to cheer for, IFK Luleå has to be winner, right?