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.
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.
More and more signs that Clint Dempsey is headed to Fulham on a loan, although nothing official. Fulham defender Sascha Riether posted a photo of him and Dempsey on instagram with the caption “Welcome back Clint Dempsey” which was deleted shortly after being posted.
Zarek Valentin has signed to Bodø/Glimt on permanent basis until 2015. Valentin played in 27 games last season for Bodø/Glimt, helping them to promotion into Norway’s first division.
Kaiserslautern are bringing in some new players this winter break and Andrew Wooten appears to be one of four players leaving the club.
I missed this a couple weeks ago but Daniel Cuevas has left Santos Laguna (mainly their U-20 team) for Lobos Buap in the Ascenso MX (Mexico’s second division).
Jonathan Bornstein is headed to Club Atlante on loan.
Brian Sciaretta caught up with Josh Gatt to talk about his recovery from his ACL tear. I know he had a knee injury, but I think this is the first time that it has been mentioned it was an ACL tear. That said, sounds like he is close to returning to the field.
Leeds United has signed Gboly Ariyibi to a short-term deal. Ariyibi is eligible to play for the US and was brought up through the Southampton youth acaedmy before being released this summer.
The USMNT have ended 2013 ranked No. 14 in the FIFA world rankings, up 14 spots from this time last year. And for comparison sake, the US is also rated No. 13 in the Elo ratings (they were No. 25 after their last friendly in 2012).
In case you missed it yesterday, US Soccer announced a friendly against South Korea for February 1. It sounds like January’s camp will start in Los Angeles for a week. Head to Brazil for a week or two before returning to Los Angeles for a final week and the friendly at the StubHub Center (RIP Home Depot Center naming rights).
Jozy Altidore was named US Soccer’s Male Athlete of the Year for 2013. Jozy finished 2013 tied with Landon Donovan with a team-leading eight goals, including a USMNT record with a goal in five consecutive games.
CONCACAF also has a bunch of awards that you can vote on right here. This will be the first edition of the soon-to-be annual CONCACAF awards. It says you have until mid-December to vote, whenever that is (CONCACAF gonna CONCACAF).
John Brooks has been having knee issues, although his MRI from last week showed nothing serious was wrong with it.
Jonathan Spector suffered a setback with his thigh injury and is now out until the end of January.
Southampton goalkeeper Artur Boruc will miss six weeks with a broken hand. Throw in an injury to Kelvin Davis and there is a chance that Cody Cropper could at least dress for a game or two in the near future for the Saints.
Birmingham City have denied Bristol Rovers’ request to play Will Packwood in their upcoming FA Cup match. If Packwood were to play, he would be ineligible to play for Birmingham City in the FA Cup for the rest of 2013-14.
Zach Pfeffer’s loan deal with Hoffenheim has officially come to an end. He got a lot of playing time with Hoffenheim’s U-19 team while he was over in Germany.
Benji Joya, Daniel Cuevas and Santos Laguna’s U-20 team won the U-20 Apertura this past weekend. And there is speculation that the two could be headed to other teams as they seek out playing time with first teams.
Terrence Boyd scored two goals yesterday. You can check out the highlights here and here is a photo of Boyd celebrating after one of the goals. That gives him 10 goals across all competitions this season. Only Aron Johannsson (12 goals) has scored more among USMNT players in Europe in 2013-14.
As Howie posted yesterday, Bahia has decided to not renew Freddy Adu’s contract once it it ends in December. He has appeared in only seven games across all competitions since joining the club in April. Bahia is Adu’s seventh team since leaving Real Salt Lake in 2007.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has just been put on Over There’s hit list. He doesn’t like Sacha Kljestan’s mustache (outrage!) causing our favorite mustached player to tell him to check out his own nose.
We posted earlier this week that Steve Cherundolo was still training on his own since his knee had a little setback, but now it looks like he has returned to full training with the team.
Danny Williams has also returned to full training with Reading this week. He hasn’t played in a game since September due to a bone bruise on his foot.
I guess there was some British reports claiming Nottingham Forest interest in a loan for Brek Shea, but Greg Seltzer shoots down that report.
There was a story a couple weeks ago about MLS interest for Benji Joya and Daniel Cuevas. Tom Marshall is reporting that the teams interested seem to be the Chicago Fire, Philadelphia Union, San Jose Earthquakes and Chivas USA, while Mexican side Puebla are also interested in Joya. And you can add a “team from Denmark” and Mexican second division club Lobos BUAP as other suitors for Cuevas.
And finally, it appears that Swansea City’s U-21 player Kris Scott got invited to the US U-20 camp in Italy next week.
There was about 23435325457 different funny tweets after the game dealing with the US helping out Mexico. As for two of the better things, here is a Mexican announcer losing his stuff after Zusi’s goal. And here is Chicharito (a.k.a. ChicharitLOL) losing his stuff on the bench after hearing about Zusi’s goal.
If you haven’t read Will’s review of Tim Howard’s performance from last Friday, check that out here. His review of Guzan’s game against Panama will be up later today.
After the two wins, the US still stays at #13 in the latest FIFA rankings, but have jumped up to tied for #12 with France in the Elo ratings (they were #15 going into Tuesday’s game).
As for some random stats after Tuesday’s game:
+ The US has now scored a goal in 17 straight games, the second-longest streak in USMNT history (2004-05; 23 straight games).
+ The US is 15-1-0 in its last 16 games. Pretty impressive.
+ The US is averaging 2.43 goals per game in 2013, which would shatter the calendar year record of 2.14 in 2008. Even if the US is held scoreless in its last two games, it will still set a new record at 2.22 goals per game.
Timothy Chandler could have a new manager who has already coached Michael Bradley, Jozy Altidore and Aron Johannsson as Nurnberg are apparently interested in hiring Gertjan Verbeek.
Verbeek’s old job at AZ Alkmaar has been filled as Earnie Stewart has decided to appoint former PSV manager Dick Advocaat. So Aron Johannsson will have an experienced manager.
Bob Bradley and Egypt lost 6-1 to Ghana in the first leg of its African qualifying playoff matchup on Tuesday. There were some reports out of Egypt that Bradley was fired, but the Egyptian FA head told the BBC that he won’t be fired due to a $366,000 buy-out clause. Grant Wahl also spoke to Bradley via e-mail after the game and Bradley said he will stand with the team for the second leg next month if its up to him.
As for some news on some young players, 17-year-old Junior Flores went 45 minutes for Borussia Dortmund in a friendly with first teamers and reserves against Cologne. And there appears to be some interest from MLS teams for Santos Laguna’s Benji Joya and Daniel Cuevas.
GOALKEEPERS (3): 1-Cody Cropper (Southampton FC; Maple Grove, Minn.), 12-Kendall McIntosh (Santa Clara; Santa Rosa, Calif.), 21-Zach Steffen (FC DELCO; Downington, Pa.)
DEFENDERS (7): 13-Eric Miller (Creighton; Woodbury, Minn.), 3-Juan Pablo Ocegueda (Guadalajara; Riverside, Calif.), 5-Shane O’Neill (Colorado Rapids; Boulder, Colo.), 18-Oscar Sorto (LA Galaxy; Los Angeles, Calif.), 4-Caleb Stanko (SC Freiburg; Holly, Mich.), 14-Javan Torre (UCLA; Santa Monica, Calif.), 2-DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders; Seattle, Wash.)
MIDFIELDERS (5): 16-Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas; Plano, Texas), 10-Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake; Garden Grove, Calif.), 8-Benji Joya (Santos Laguna; San Jose, Calif.), 15-Mikey Lopez (Sporting Kansas City; Mission, Texas), 6-Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew; Gahanna, Ohio)
FORWARDS (6): 20-Daniel Cuevas (Santos Laguna; Sacramento, Calif.), 17-Danny Garcia (North Carolina; Dallas, Texas), 7-Victor Pineda (Chicago Fire; Bolingbrook, Ill.), 19-Alonso Hernandez (C.F. Monterrey; El Paso, Texas), 9-Mario Rodriguez (1. FC Kaiserslautern; North Hollywood, Calif.), 11-Jose Villarreal (LA Galaxy; Inglewood, Calif.)
It’s pretty similar to the Toulon roster, with Steffen, Villarrael, Gil, Rodriguez, and Yedlin added. Jordan Morris, Alfred Koroma, Marlon Hairston, Dillon Serna, Collin Martin, and Jeffrey Payeras have been dropped.
» As for some rumblings from today’s training session. Jozy Altidore had the flu earlier this week and Eddie Johnson apparently picked it up. Herculez Gomez was watching training with an ice pack on his knee. It sounds like Brad Evans will be starting at right back. Matt Besler might not be at 100% fitness, but is close. Fabian Johnson thinks he might play some midfield during these upcoming games. Edgar Castillo was working with a trainer on the side, so Joe Corona was playing some left back with the “second” unit. Some of the German-Americans (i.e. Terrence Boyd and Jermaine Jones) are ready to play Germany.
» The US released the provisional Gold Cup roster earlier this week. We enjoy some of the middle names. The rumored friendly for the Gold Cup team against Guatemala in San Diego has been confirmed by US Soccer. One of those players on that roster, Alejandro Bedoya, scored a goal and passed out an assist on Saturday. We just found out that Isaac Brizuela is a dual citizen for the US and Mexico earlier this week. Well, he is on Mexico’s provisional roster for the Gold Cup. Jon Arnold called this.
» Roger Bennett and Jeff Carlisle came up with their “Most Influential XI” for US Soccer in its history.
» The US U-20 team won their first game at the Toulon Tournament yesterday. Daniel Cuevas scored the lone goal.
As for my prediction on the game, I think Germany wins and people will freak out.
Under-20 Men’s National Team forward Daniel Cuevas shined in the CONCACAF U-20 Championship but suffered a torn meniscus in the semifinals. He is back on the pitch for the 2013 Toulon Tournament and hoping to regain his qualifying form heading into the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup.
The US U-20 team takes on Congo today at 9:30 AM Eastern on beIN SPORT.
U-20 coach Tab Ramos has released a 22-man roster for the Toulon Tournament in Toulon, France, which will serve as the final tune-up before the U-20 World Cup begins in Turkey on June 21. It’s the usual mix of MLS, Mexico (Jeffrey Payeras from CSD Municipal in Guatemala thrown in), and a few Europe-based players.
People who know more than me predict “subtle changes” for the World Cup roster. Thirteen players from the CONCACAF qualifying squad are on this Toulon tournament squad; notable names not there (for various potential reasons) include John Anthony Brooks, Jose Villarrael, and Luis Gil.
GOALKEEPERS (2): Cody Cropper (Southampton FC; Maple Grove, Minn.), Kendall McIntosh (Santa Clara; Santa Rosa, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (7): Eric Miller (Creighton; Woodbury, Minn.), Juan Pablo Ocegueda (C.D. Guadalajara; Riverside, Calif.), Shane O’Neill (Colorado Rapids; Boulder, Colo.), Jeffrey Payeras (C.S.D. Municipal; Hawthorne, Calif.), Caleb Stanko (SC Freiburg; Holly, Mich.), Oscar Sorto (LA Galaxy; Los Angeles, Calif.), Javan Torre (UCLA; Santa Monica, Calif.)
FORWARDS (6): Daniel Cuevas (Santos Laguna; Sacramento, Calif.), Daniel Garcia (North Carolina; Dallas, Texas), Alonso Hernandez (C.F. Monterrey; El Paso, Texas), Alfred Koroma (Akron; Southlake, Texas), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders Academy; Mercer Island, Wash.), Victor Pineda (Chicago Fire; Bolingbrook, Ill.)