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.
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.
Some of this information is a bit late, but we were generally busy (I was gone from 8 AM to 11 PM yesterday) so whatever.
The Liga MX draft was yesterday which means a ton of players move around in a short time in a way that vaguely resembles the much-maligned MLS re-entry draft madness.
Jonathan Bornstein, who was on loan to Querétaro and came from nowhere (he made 5 league appearances over three seasons with two different clubs and then made 11 last year) to become a key contibutor in their run to the clasura final, made a permanent move.Joe Corona has moved from Tijuana to Veracruz. He’ll actually have to live in Mexico now as I believe he (and most of the Tijuana guys) lived in San Diego. Per Tijauaja this is a loan deal.
Greg Garza just signed a new deal with Tijuana but was loaned to Atlas for the year. Not sure what’s up with Tijuana loaning out two regulars although they brought a bunch of guys in.
Edgar Castillo has moved to Monterrey which is his 8th different team in Mexico. He’ll be reunited with his manager from Tijuana so it should be a good move although Klinsmann doesn’t really seem to rate him (and he’s always been been a bit erratic with the national team to be fair).
Meanwhile Miguel Ibarra who Klinsi does rate enough that he was calling him up while in the 2nd division looks like he will be sold to Leon. I kind of thought that Minnesota would hold onto him so they could move up to MLS in 2017 or 2018 with a national teamer but that is a ways off. I haven’t been super impressed (small sample size obvs) and feel like Klinsi has called him up partly just to annoy MLS but apparently Leon is dropping $1M-$2M which is impressive. That’s a big jump from NASL (much worse than MLS) to Liga MX (much better than MLS) so I have no idea if he’ll play or make an impact.
Benji Joya and Daniel Cuevas have been at Santos for seemingly ever (Cuevas was loaned to Lobos BUAP this year and Joya the Chicago Fire last year). That bromance appears to be over as Joya who has struggled for first team minutes will be joining Necaxa of Ascenso MX.
One player who could see some more playing time with the US without Jozy in the upcoming friendlies is Aron Johannsson. He was named Eredivisie Player of the Week after his two goal/one assist performance over the weekend. Here is also a little video on ArJo.
Alfredo Morales helped Ingolstadt win promotion to the Bundesliga this past season. Kyle McCarthy wrote some words on Morales and his move to Ingolstadt. And according to Greg Seltzer, the club is currently working on a contract extension for Morales.
While Spector is staying at Birmingham City, Will Packwood is no longer with the club and was last seen training with the New England Revolution. But it doesn’t look like the Revs will be signing Packwood.
Grant Wahl is hearing that Rubio Rubin is drawing interest from other teams in Europe but he is staying at Utrecht.
Jordan Morris highlights a roster for a friendly I just learned about.
GOALKEEPERS (2): Cody Cropper (Southampton; Maple Grove, Minn.), Jon Kempin (San Antonio Scorpions; Leawood, Kan.)
DEFENDERS (8): Christian Dean (Vancouver Whitecaps; East Palo Alto, Calif.), Juan Pablo Ocegueda (Alebrijes de Oaxaca; Riverside, Calif.), Boyd Okwuonu (Real Salt Lake; Edmund, Okla.), Shane O’Neill (Colorado Rapids; Boulder, Colo.), Dillon Serna (Colorado Rapids; Brighton, Colo.), Oscar Sorto (LA Galaxy; Los Angeles, Calif), Sam Strong (UC Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, Calif.), Walker Zimmerman (FC Dallas; Lawrenceville, Ga.)
MIDFIELDERS (5): Fatai Alashe (San Jose Earthquakes; Northville, Mich.), Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake; Garden Grove, Calif.), Alejandro Guido (Club Tijuana; Chula Vista, Calif.), Benji Joya (Santos Laguna; San Jose, Calif.), Daniel Metzger (New York Red Bulls II; Holmdel, N.J.)
FORWARDS (5): Alonso Hernandez (C.F. Monterrey; El Paso, Texas), Alfred Koroma Shams (Unattached; Southlake Carol, Texas), Jordan Morris (Stanford; Mercer Island, Wash.), Mario Rodriguez (Borussia Mönchengladbach; North Hollywood, Calif.), Jose Villarreal (LA Galaxy; Inglewood, Calif.)
The US U-23 team won its game against Bosnia U-23s, 5-2, on Friday. The US goals were scored by Jordan Morris, Mario Rodriguez, Benji Joya, Alonso Hernandez and Fatai Alashe. Here was the starting lineup.
The U-23ers will next play Denmark’s U-23 team on Tuesday at Lyngby Stadion in Copenhagen.
I am guessing players like Aron Johannsson, Terrence Boyd and Danny Williams were left off due to just returning back from injury, while we did get confirmation last night that Clint Dempsey was left off to give him some rest during the MLS playoffs. Some other players still in the playoffs, like Jermaine Jones and Lee Nguyen, will be headed back to the US after the Colombia friendly.
Tesho Akindele was not on the roster despite various reports saying he had a good chance of making it last week, but it looks like he made the initial provisional roster. I am wondering if he might get called in for the Ireland friendly if some of those MLS players return to their clubs, especially with FC Dallas no longer in the MLS playoffs.
The US U-20 team is currently Spain for a mini-tournament against Russia’s U-21s, Ireland’s U-20s, and Canada’s U-20s. Here is that roster. And here are some photos from their training session yesterday. It looks like Tab Ramos is working with Brad Friedel to try and get Cameron Carter-Vickers’ release from Tottenham for the U-20 World Cup.
A couple dual nationals that the US can probably cross off their list: Columbus Crew’s Justin Meram and Stjarnan’s Pablo Punyed.
Still haven’t learned anything new, but one report out of the UK claims DeAndre Yedlin is close to getting his Latvian passport, which means he could join Tottenham in January.
We had some goals this past weekend. The Joker, Cesar Romero, notched a hat trick in Armenia (highlights). Andrew Wooten assisted on the game-tying goal and scored the winner in Sandhausen’s victory over Nurnberg (highlights). That performance by Wooten earned him OT’s Player of the Week honors by Howie and myself. Read this and you will see that Wooten’s goals have come up big for Sandhausen this season. Bobby Warshaw scored a goal (highlights) as Bærum advanced in the Norwegian promotion playoffs and will next play Rhett Bernstein and Mjøndalen. And finally, Devann Yao got another start and scored another goal in German Regionalliga action (highlights).
Heading back to Norway for a second. This past weekend was the last game of the season. The Fighting Bob Bradleys had a 2-0 win over Sogndal and finished ninth in the 16-team Tippeligaen. Not bad for a newly promoted team.
There is a chance that Mix Diskerud played his last game for Rosenborg, a 4-1 win over Strømsgodset, giving them a second place finish and a spot in next year’s Europa League in the event he stays at the club. It looks like Mix is also participating in Movember.
And down in the Adeccoligaen, it was good to see Zarek Valentin return to the field after missing most of the season with an ankle injury.
Tim Howard was trying to be sneaky sneaky in Everton’s 1-1 draw to Sunderland.
Instead of linking all the ones that I have found highlights of so far, just check out the goal tracker for all of that. That said, Miles Byass scored one of the better goals you will see this season over the weekend. Patrick Hopkins also scored a goal for Sirius in a 3-1 win on Monday, but I haven’t found any highlights of the goal yet.
Staying in Germany, Joe Gyau made his Bundesliga debut over the weekend, coming off the bench and playing 21 minutes in Hoffenheim’s 0-0 draw.
And Timothy Chandler finally returned to the field for Nurnberg, seeing his first action since February in Nurnberg’s 2-0 loss.
Julian Green hasn’t returned from his shoulder injury, but it looks like he did some interview with Julie Foudy this week.
Fresh off his contract extension, Tim Howard told ESPN that he plans on retiring once his contract ends after 2017-18.
Toronto FC didn’t have a game this past weekend so Michael Bradley had a minor procedure on his foot to fix a nerve issue.
Clint Dempsey continued his scoring tear over the weekend by scoring two goals (Goal 1 & Goal 2). From what I can find, Dempsey is the first MLS player with 8+ goals through a player’s first six games since Edson Buddle in 2010.
One other MLS tidbit (on a fellow USMNTer), Brad Evans played 45 minutes with Seattle’s reserve team and played at right back as Jurgen Klinsmann wants to see him play there more.
Fulham’s U-18 team defeated Chelsea 3-2 in the first leg of the FA Youth Cup Final with Emerson Hyndman scoring a goal. Here is a photo of Hyndman celebrating the goal and hopefully highlights will appear in the near future.
The US U-21 team finished up their camp last week with a 2-1 win over Tijuana’s reserve team. Benji Joya scored both goals for the US and US Soccer put up some highlights from the friendly. SI’s Liviu Bird talked to Jordan Morris following the camp.
We have had a few U-18 players sign with teams in Europe in the last couple months and now you can add Mukwelle Akale to the list. The 17-year-old attacking midfielder is headed to Spain to sign a pre-contract with Villarreal.
Let’s start off with some good news on the injury front.
DaMarcus Beasley left Puebla’s game last weekend with an injury and now it looks like it is only a right hamstring strain. He could even return to the field as early as Sunday when Puebla hosts Morelia.
Here is a nice write-up on the 1930 USMNT and their performance at the World Cup. Once we get closer to this summer, I will re-post our little capsules of each World Cup that I did prior to the 2010 World Cup.
Brian Sciaretta caught up with Tab Ramos to talk about last week’s Dallas Cup with the U-20 team and this week’s camp with the U-21 team. One good nugget of information from the interview, while Julian Green is now tied with the US, he can’t play with the US U-20 team since he played with Germany’s U-19 team, although he might still be eligible for the 2016 Olympics.
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.
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.)
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.
ussoccer.com : You have stated that the door is still open for players to make their case for the World Cup roster. There are several players in Europe who are experiencing new opportunities with their clubs and others coming back from injury. What do you need to see from them?
JK : “We just want them to be on the field and build their case. We communicate with them, players like Oguchi Onyewu, Tim Ream, and Danny Williams. You have Brek Shea, who went down into the Championship from Stoke to play games and is now playing 90 minutes almost every week. You have Timmy Chandler at Nurnberg, who for six months has been doing a very consistent, good job. Jermaine Jones goes to Besiktas and will pick up the rhythm of playing games again. We follow the players that have injury problems like Steve Cherundolo, who is still having issues, and John Anthony Brooks with Hertha Berlin who is hopefully back next week. Same with Fabian Johnson who broke his arm and is hopefully back next week as well. Being in February and a few months prior to the World Cup, you want to see them all play. You have to give them a clear message that only if you pick up a rhythm and play week-in, week-out, will you complete one of the big keys in order to make the World Cup roster. That’s why we are really happy some of them now are starting to get their rhythm. This all plays a vital role in evaluating them, and then we have to make the vital calls in May.”
Someone told Grant Wahl that US Soccer spent about $500,000 for January’s camp, including the trip down to Brazil.
Oguchi Onyewu had to leave Sheffield Wednesday’s game in the last few minutes of injury time on Sunday due to an injury. Now we know that it was a calf injury, but no updates on how serious of an injury.