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Ben Spencer joins Toronto FC II on loan
   April 23, 2015 (7:20 AM) by Howie Michaels
 

Molde’s Ben Spencer, who spent last year on loan to Indy Eleven and has had some injuries, will spend this year on loan again, this time with Toronto FC II of the USL.

Spencer is in the mix for this summer’s U-20 World Cup. Of note, he played for Toronto FC senior team’s head coach Greg Vanney while with Real Salt and Lake Chivas USA’s (#NeverForget) academies.

 
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US U-20 vs. El Salvador Highlights
   January 24, 2015 (4:35 PM) by Matt Benson
 

The US U-20 team is headed to New Zealand for the U-20 World Cup after beating El Salvador 2-0 today.  Goals came from Ben Spencer and Paul Arriola, while Zack Steffen made a huge save on a PK with the score only 1-0 in the second half.  Here are the highlights.

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Categories: Ben Spencer, Highlights, Paul Arriola, US U-20 National Team, Zack Steffen
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Links and such for Wednesday
   January 7, 2015 (1:58 AM) by Matt Benson
 

A bunch of little goodies from the last couple of days.

The latest and greatest Mix Diskerud rumor has him close to signing with NYCFC according to Ives Galarcep.

Goalkeeper Bill Hamid is drawing interest from Italian and English clubs according to Steven Goff.

Hamid along with DC United teammates Perry Kitchen and Steve Birnbaum apparently made the USMNT’s January camp preliminary roster.

Camp begins January 12 and we should see a roster in the next few days.  Jurgen Klinsmann/US Soccer released a video earlier this week to various members of the press where he explained that 2015 will focus a lot of attention on the youth teams, especially the U-23 Olympic team.

“The main task for 2015 is definitely the Olympic team, the U-23 team, to get that off the ground. To identify players, get camps on the agenda, get games on the agenda for that team, and help them to kind of build a core group towards the qualifiers. We want to make sure that what happened with London 2012 is not happening again. We put this on a higher priority level and I think that’s exciting.”

He also confirmed that Brek Shea will be in January’s camp.

Another player Klinsmann talked about was Bobby Wood, who continues to have a falling out with 1860 Munich and could be headed somewhere in January.

We know the US will be playing at the Netherlands in June and now we know they will likely being playing at Amsterdam ArenA.

Tab Ramos selected his 20-man roster for the 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship on Monday.  While Ben Spencer is on the roster, apparently CONCACAF’s website had Joel Sonora’s name on the roster at first.  It looks like Sonora originally made the team, but was pulled off due to an injury.

While the US U-20 team camped in Florida last week, they defeated a Florida select team 6-0 and beat Trinidad & Tobago 2-0.  Someone on the team also brought a selfie stick.  All five games of the group stage will be broadcasted on FS2, starting with Friday’s game against Guatemala at 5:30 PM Eastern.

Franco Panizo talked to Paul Arriola earlier this week about the U-20 team and we also learned that he might be headed to MLS on a loan deal to try and get more playing time.

It is looking more and more like we can cross Diego Fagundez off the potential US list.

FIFA.com has a new interview up with DeAndre Yedlin.

Tom Marshall caught up with Omar Salgado to talk about his move to Tigres.

Jose Torres is going to miss Tigres’ opener against Atlas with a herniated disc.

Joe Gyau is expected to be back to full training with Borussia Dortmund in early February as he continues to recover from his knee injury.

Midfielder Cole Grossman is the latest American to head to Norway to join the Fighting Bob Bradleys of Stabæk.

Liverpool are trying to get a Home Office clearance/work permit for Brooks Lennon in order to sign the 17-year-old forward.

This is your monthly reminder that Jermaine Jones and his family are awesome.

With 2014 ending, we have closed off our 2014 goal tracker.  Jann George led the way with 20 goals across all competitions in the calendar year.  I have already setup the 2015 page as Jon-Paul Pittman scored a goal on January 1 while we were too busy watching the Big Ten beat up on the SEC West.

Two documentary recommendations for you guys.  If you haven’t seen it yet, Roger Bennett did a nice one on Southampton and their their pride in developing youth players.  And here is a fun one on the Crazy Gang, which is the Wimbledon teams of the late 1980s. (h/t Zack Goldman).

And finally, we can blame Alex Olshansky for bringing this to my attention, but here is the weird BBC intro for the US/Portugal match from last summer’s World Cup.  You can tell even Gary Lineker thought it was odd at the end of the video.

 
Categories: Ben Spencer, Bill Hamid, Bob Bradley, Bobby Wood, Brek Shea, Brooks Lennon, Cole Grossman, DeAndre Yedlin, Diego Fagundez, Jann George, Jermaine Jones, Joe Gyau, Joel Sonora, Jon-Paul Pittman, Jose Francisco Torres, Mix Diskerud, Omar Salgado, Paul Arriola, Perry Kitchen, Steve Birnbaum, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team, US U-23 National Team
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US U-20 vs. Fluminense Highlights
   April 18, 2014 (7:59 PM) by Matt Benson
 

The US U-20 team is headed to the final of the Dallas Cup after defeating Fluminense 3-2 in added extra time.  The US had a 2-1 lead, but surrendered a goal in stoppage time to send it to overtime before Rubio Rubin scored the eventual winner.  Rubin finished the day with two goals while Ben Spencer scored the other goal for the US.  The US will next face River Plate on Sunday in the final.

 
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A bunch of links for Tuesday
   April 15, 2014 (12:57 AM) by Matt Benson
 

A lot of things to check out.

US Soccer’s website has a bunch of goodies from the last couple of days.  They stopped by Toronto to do a little Q&A action with Michael Bradley.  They also have the latest Road to the Roster podcast up with Jurgen Klinsmann.  He talks about the Mexico friendly and Jozy Altidore among other things.  And they also have a Q&A up with World Cup hopeful DeAndre Yedlin.

The US U-20 team is down in Texas for the Dallas Cup and is already 2-0-0 after the first two games.  They kicked things off with a 3-2 win over River Plate.  Here is a photo of Ben Spencer celebrating after scoring one of the goals.  On Monday, the team defeated Eintracht Frankfurt 3-0.  Here is a photo of Tijuana and US U-20 teammates Paul Arriola and Amando Moreno celebrating the win.  The US leads Group C with six points and will play Tigres on Wednesday as they look to advance to the semifinals.

While we are on the topic of the U-20 team, Brian Sciaretta caught up with Rubio Rubin before the Dallas Cup to talk about the tournament and joining FC Utrecht.  Rubin turned 18 in March, allowing him to sign a professional contract, but Utrecht can’t register his contract until July 1.

We had some goals this past weekend in Europe.  Alfredo Morales scored his first of the season in a 2-1 loss.  Juan Agudelo scored what turned out to be the game-winning goal in Utrecht’s 2-1 win.  And Michael Farfan came off the bench and scored the game-tying goal in Cruz Azul’s 2-2 draw.  The goal earned Farfan a spot on Medio Tiempo’s Team of the Week as a sub.

Back to Agudelo for a second.  Word on the street is that Stoke City manager Mark Hughes flew to Holland to watch him play this past weekend.  And Stoke City will be looking to get a second appeal on his UK work permit at the end of this month or the beginning of May.

Just in case people forgot, Jozy Altidore is one of the good guys.

ESPN FC’s Alex Labidou wrote some words (or typed them) after talking to FC Nantes’ Alejandro Bedoya.

Stuart Holden talked to the fine folks over at Fox Sports about trying to recover from yet another knee injury.  Stu’s sock game was on point.

Here is a really short film on Clint Dempsey by Degree Men, which was apparently directed by Mad Men’s Jon Hamm.  Dempsey also scored two goals this past weekend, giving him six on the season in only 303 minutes in MLS play after scoring only once in 922 minutes last year with Seattle.

A few guys saw the field on Monday.  After battling some swelling in his knee, Danny Williams returned to Reading’s starting lineup and played 61 minutes in a 1-1 draw.  Bobby Wood came off the bench, played 24 minutes and picked up a yellow card in 1860 Munich’s 4-2 loss to Dynamo Dresden.

Over in Sweden, Matt Pyzdrowski went 90 minutes between the sticks while Eric Pothast played 45 minutes and picked up a yellow card in Ängelholm’s 3-2 win over Jönköpings Södra.  And Alex Horwath started at goalkeeper and Brandon McDonald came off the bench for the final two minutes in Ljungskile’s 0-0 draw to Landskrona, which had Andrew Stadler and Paul Torres each go 90 minutes.

So I have decided to learn how to make GIFs since sometimes they are easier to post/watch than some of these weird video players that some highlight sites use (plus GIFs are just awesome).  I practiced a bunch this weekend making a few of the goals scored in MLS play by some World Cup hopefuls, so here they are:  Clint Dempsey 1, Clint Dempsey 2, Chris Wondolowski, Maurice Edu and Kyle Beckerman.  It is a learning process as I try to figure out size and quality while not trying to make these 10 MB files, but it went better than I expected.

 
Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Alex Horwath, Alfredo Morales, Amando Moreno, Andrew Stadler, Ben Spencer, Bobby Wood, Brandon McDonald, Chris Wondolowski, Clint Dempsey, Danny Williams, DeAndre Yedlin, Eric Pothast, Jozy Altidore, Juan Agudelo, Kyle Beckerman, Matt Pyzdrowski, Maurice Edu, Michael Bradley, Michael Farfan, Paul Arriola, Paul Torres, Rubio Rubin, Stuart Holden, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team
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Friday morning links
   March 14, 2014 (1:17 AM) by Matt Benson
 

So Aron Johannsson is pretty good and scored his 25th goal of the season yesterday.  It wasn’t the prettiest of PKs, but it went in.  Speaking of ArJo, Yanks Abroad’s RJ DeMello wonders about his club future.

Some other stuff posted on the site over the last couple of days.  This appears to be the USMNT away kit for the World Cup.  Will interviewed US U-17 goalkeeper Kevin Silva.  And Molde FK’s Ben Spencer is headed to Indy Eleven on a one-year loan.

The US fell from #13 to #14 in the latest FIFA world rankings.

Brek Shea can’t be loaned out to another team for another three weeks since he returned to Stoke City early after his “finger incident” with some Barnsley fans, but he is aware that he probably needs to head out on another loan to get playing time if he wants to make the World Cup roster.

Danny Williams did not play in Reading’s mid-week game due to some swelling in his knee.

Eric Lichaj’s injury woes continue as he will have to undergo a double hernia operation.

The Bolton News got some quotes from Tim Ream about Stuart Holden’s injury.

DaMarcus Beasley and Michael Orozco (and the rest of Puebla) are not getting paid all their money at Puebla.

Jon Arnold “berated” me for not posting this the other day, but here is his article about Benji Joya and Daniel Cuevas going their separate ways.  You happy now, Jon?!  (For those three people that didn’t pick on up this, I am joking.  Jon is a nice guy.  Sometimes.)

Brian Sciaretta introduces us to Dennis Flores, who just made his Liga Mx debut for Club Leon last weekend.

Gedion Zelalem was called into Germany’s U-17 team for a Euro qualifier.  If he plays, he will never be eligible to play for the US since you can only use your FIFA one-time switch on countries you are eligible for when you play your first official youth game (he is still not a US citizen yet).  Boo.

Speaking of young players, Greg Seltzer takes a look at some first-team prospects of a few younger Americans playing abroad.

 
Categories: Aron Johannsson, Ben Spencer, Benji Joya, Brek Shea, DaMarcus Beasley, Daniel Cuevas, Danny Williams, Dennis Flores, Eric Lichaj, Gedion Zelalem, Kevin Silva, Michael Orozco Fiscal, Stuart Holden, Tim Ream, US Men's National Team
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Ben Spencer will be coming to America
   March 11, 2014 (7:53 PM) by Howie Michaels
 

Ben Spencer, the not-quite-19 year-old forward who skipped out on a chance to play for UCSB in favor of joining Josh Gatt and Ethan Horvath with Molde in Norway, will be spending 2014 stateside as he joins Indy Eleven on a one-year loan.

Indy Eleven, for those unfamiliar, is an expansion team in the NASL (2nd tier) with (legendary?) US soccer executive Peter Wilt serving as president. The lower levels of ‘Merican soccer tend to be pretty mixed, but Wilt is a smart guy and the club seems fairly ambitious. Plus, they have a sweet logo.

The Indy release doesn’t say anything about a purchase option. I kind of doubt that Molde is giving up on Spencer (hence the loan) so I doubt that he is never looking back again. He should receive plenty of playing time and managed to somewhat subvert ridiculous MLS player entry rules so I salute him for that.

 
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Tuesday linkage
   February 11, 2014 (12:02 AM) by Matt Benson
 

This video pretty much sums up US Soccer right now (minus the cheap shot portion).

I posted a bunch of injury news on Saturday.  As for some more updates, DaMarcus Beasley had to be subbed off the field on Sunday due to a foot injury.  Alejandro Bedoya sat out this weekend’s game with FC Nantes due to a hamstring injury, but he is hopeful he can play next weekend.  Jermaine Jones’ Besiktas debut has been delayed due to a groin injury.

We know Eric Lichaj is going to be out a while, but his groin injury could possibly be a hernia.  And Aron Johannsson missed this weekend’s game with AZ Alkmaar, but he should be returning to training this week.

Sebastian Lletget scored a goal for West Ham United’s U-21 team in a 2-1 loss to Manchester United on Monday.  The goal is Lletget’s fourth of the year with West Ham’s U-21 team.

Stuart Holden is starting to train again with Bolton Wanderers and he received some good news from manager Dougie Freedman last week.  It looks like Freedman and Bolton are going to give him a new contract this summer once his current contract expires.

Kicker is reporting that Fabian Johnson will sign with Borussia Moenchengladbach this summer once his current contract with Hoffenheim expires.

With a bunch of Huddersfield Town’s players returning from injury, manager Mark Robins told the UK press that they might send Duane Holmes out on loan so he can get some playing time.

Another “Jozy Altidore does more than score goals” type story out of Sunderland.  Teammate Adam Johnson had some nice things to say about Altidore’s performance against Newcastle from two weeks ago.

“There is a lot more to him than goals. Against Newcastle he must have been a nightmare to play against. Genuinely, I thought he was awesome.

Even though he scored two goals in a friendly for Bob Bradley’s Stabæk last week, Michael Stephens, as well as fellow American Christian Eissele, are trialing with Swedish side GAIS.

Goalkeeper Alex Horwath has been trialing with Ljungskile SK in Sweden over the last two weeks and he was rewarded with a contract with the club.

Here is a new interview with Fabian Hurzeler where we learn that he also holds a passport with Switzerland to go along with the US and Germany.

And finally, some new jerseys got released this week.  Josh Gatt, Ben Spencer, Ethan Horvath and Molde FK have some new home and away kits for the 2014 season.  While Eric Lichaj and Nottingham Forest have a new third jersey for this year.

 
Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Alex Horwath, Aron Johannsson, Ben Spencer, Christian Eissele, DaMarcus Beasley, Duane Holmes, Eric Lichaj, Ethan Horvath, Fabian Hurzeler, Fabian Johnson, Jermaine Jones, Josh Gatt, Jozy Altidore, Michael Stephens, Sebastian Lletget, Stuart Holden
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The middle of the week links
   January 29, 2014 (6:15 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Let’s do this.

The USMNT had a surprise addition at training today.  Stuart Holden has been cleared to do some (not all) of the training.  Stu told Grant Wahl that he is hoping to get back onto the field with Bolton’s reserves in late February.  Good to hear.

Wahl also sat down with Benny Feilhaber and Kyle Beckerman for some video interviews.

US Soccer’s website has been updated with some goodies.  They have a Q&A with Jurgen Klinsmann.  A quote sheet with stuff from Graham Zusi, Michael Parkhurst and Mike Magee.  And a video of some of the guys on the team participating in some graffiti with some youths in Brazil.

I posted on Tuesday about the US-Mexico friendly rumors and now there are some rumors of a game against Serbia in New York in May.  I have no clue how good/bad this Twitter account is (we are now entering Rumorville), but it would add fuel to that fire: Tweet #1 & Tweet #2.

Don’t forget to enter our Pick the US-South Korea score contest.  Free shirts on the line!

As Howie posted yesterday, Barnsley have extended their loan for Brek Shea for another two months.  Shea was one of seven Americans who saw the field on Tuesday.

Another one of those seven players, Tim Ream, had to be subbed off after five minutes after a clash with QPR’s Charlie Austin.  The official diagnosis:  a broken nose and three stitches.

I did a little Inside the Numbers thing on Aron Johnannsson’s 20 goals yesterday.  So check out where his 20 goals stack up in Europe this season.

After having surgery on the fractured metacarpal in his right hand on Sunday, Fabian Johnson is expected to return to training on Wednesday.

Molde’s website is saying Josh Gatt should be ready to return once the Norwegian season starts in two months.  Gatt is returning from a torn ACL.

Also at Molde, Ben Spencer is one of three Molde players training with Norwegian second tier side Kristiansund BK.

Staying in the Tippeligaen, the rumored player with MLS ties who will be trialing with Bob Bradley’s Stabæk appears to be former LA Galaxy midfielder Michael Stephens.

Sebastien Ibeagha is now on trial with AC Horsens in Denmark after playing in two friendlies during a trial with Aalborg BK.

Ljungskile SK in Sweden have two Americans currently on trial:  goalkeeper Alex Horwath and defender Jamel Wallace.  And it sounds like they are leaning towards signing Horwath.

 
Categories: Alex Horwath, Aron Johannsson, Ben Spencer, Benny Feilhaber, Brek Shea, Fabian Johnson, Graham Zusi, Jamel Wallace, Josh Gatt, Kyle Beckerman, Michael Parkhurst, Michael Stephens, Mike Magee, Sebastien Ibeagha, Stuart Holden, Tim Ream
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Tuesday morning links
   September 3, 2013 (12:01 AM) by Matt Benson
 

I did some USMNT housekeeping from the weekend in a post yesterday.  It looks like they checked out Jozy Altidore as Jurgen Klinsmann told the press in Miami that he should play on Friday.

The Miami Herald did a story on local boy Alejandro Bedoya.

The transfer window closed yesterday and Jozy Altidore’s move to Sunderland was the fourth most expensive transfer in the Eredivisie.

Conor O’Brien made the move to fellow Danish Superliga side Odense BK last week.  O’Brien spoke to Greg Seltzer about the move.

There were some rumors that sprung up on Sunday night that Oguchi Onyewu was close to a move to Club Brugge, but that didn’t happen.

There was also some late interest for Michael Parkhurst, but that might tabled until January.

Maurice Edu doesn’t want to go out on loan and wants to fight for a spot at Stoke City.

Stoke City also made some late attempts at buying Juan Agudelo from the New England Revolution, but Agudelo will have to wait until January to make the move to the Premier League.  And I missed this a couple weeks ago, but he is rumored to to be making around $600,000 once he gets there.

Finally found some highlights of Sacha Kljestan’s goal from the weekend in Anderlecht’s 4-3 loss.

Ben Spencer came off the bench and made his debut at Molde FK over the weekend.  The previous link also has some highlights with Spencer almost getting the assist around the 5:00 mark.

In some great to hear news, Will Packwood went 60 minutes with Birmingham City’s U-21 team over the weekend.

Despite being out with an injury, Tijuana’s manager Jorge Almirón fully expects Herculez Gomez to be a starter once he gets back.

Paul Torres signed an extension through 2014 with Nyköping.

Julian Green will be playing with Germany’s U-19 team in upcoming games against Greece and the Netherlands.

A couple guys in action on Monday.  Michael Nanchoff started and played 54 minutes in Jönköpings Södra’s 3-1 win over Örgryte.  Charles Kazlauskas went the full 90 minutes in Helmond Sport’s 5-2 win over Emmen.  And Andrew Wooten came off the bench and played three minutes in Kaiserslautern’s 2-2 draw to Energie Cottbus.

 
Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Andrew Wooten, Ben Spencer, Charles Kazlauskas, Conor O'Brien, Herculez Gomez, Juan Agudelo, Julian Green, Maurice Edu, Michael Nanchoff, Michael Parkhurst, Oguchi Onyewu, Paul Torres, Sacha Kljestan, US Men's National Team, Will Packwood
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