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Friday morning links
   April 17, 2015 (6:24 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Remember when the US beat Mexico on Wednesday?  That was fun.  Here are the highlights and some photos.

Will did a real cool interview with former USMNT goalkeeper Victor Gerley.  He played for the US in the 1960s.  He was also nice enough to scan some old newspapers from his playing days.  So go check it out.

As always, Roderick keeps you updated with games at the club level from the past week.

We have a couple goal highlights from the last week.  Luca de la Torre scored for Fulham’s U-18 team last Friday.  Edgar Castillo assisted in Atlas’ win in Copa Libertadores action on Wednesday.  And Brian Span scored a goal in Finnish Suomen Cup action on Thursday.

There were conflicting reports online whether Bobby Warshaw scored in his team’s season opener two weeks ago so I decided to go to the best source to figure this out and he told me that he did.

I meant to post this before the Mexico friendly, but Jeff Carlisle talked to various US players past and present about playing in this rivalry.  It is also your monthly reminder that Franke Hejduk is awesome.

Earlier this week, Canada manager Benito Floro claimed that Tesho Akindele is “99.9 percent” committed to Canada’s national team.  But Akindele pumped the brakes a little on that statement later in the week.

Kristan Heneage wrote some words for The Guardian on everyone’s favorite NASL/USMNT player Miguel Ibarra.  He didn’t do much on Wednesday, but he did have a nice little run on Juan Agudelo’s goal which freed up some space.

The New York Times decided to look at the current status of the goalkeeper position for the USMNT.

One of those goalkeepers, Brad Guzan, is back at it with The Players’ Tribune and gave his Top 5 soccer stadiums.

Want some more goalkeeper talk?  Will has your monthly roundup of news and whatnot for April.

Granted you can’t believe about anything he says, Sepp Blatter is now in favor of CONCACAF getting another automatic spot for the World Cup.  And not shocking, UEFA president Michel Platini doesn’t agree.

Freddy Adu was finally cleared to play for KuPS on Wednesday, but he was a DNP on the bench in the team’s 2-1 win in the Suomen Cup.  This is also what a Freddy Adu/KuPS jersey looks like.

Tom Marshall tells us why Liga MX is becoming an attractive playing option for Americans.

The US U-20 team will have a camp in Austria with games against Qatar and Croatia next week.  While they haven’t announced a roster yet to the public to my knowledge, Seattle’s Cristian Roldan is one of the players making the trip.

And for you few yearning to follow an American in Portugal.  It looks like Maryland product Matt Oduaran has been with Tirsense in Portugal’s Campeonato Nacional (third tier) since last summer.

 
Categories: Bobby Warshaw, Brad Guzan, Brian Span, Cristian Roldan, Edgar Castillo, Freddy Adu, Juan Agudelo, Luca de la Torre, Matt Oduaran, Miguel Ibarra, Tesho Akindele, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team
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Tottenham vs. Aston Villa Highlights
   April 11, 2015 (4:12 PM) by Matt Benson
 

Brad Guzan and Aston Villa got the 1-0 win, but the bigger story for USMNT fans was that DeAndre Yedlin made his Tottenham debut.  He came off the bench and played 11 minutes.  Here is an every touch video courtesy of @RobUsry.

 
Categories: Brad Guzan, DeAndre Yedlin, Highlights
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Tuesday morning links
   February 17, 2015 (6:23 AM) by Matt Benson
 

A bunch of randomness for Tuesday.

I went to Tijuana this past weekend to check out Tijuana-Pumas and wrote some words about the trip.

Want to know how your favorite Americans did abroad this past weekend?  Roderick has you covered.

Want some highlights of some goals?  Bobby Wood scored twice and so did Andrew Wooten.  Brian Span scored in Finland while Junior Flores scored for Borussia Dortmund’s U-19 team.  It wasn’t a goal, but Timothy Chandler had a “deflected assist”.  And when in doubt, check out our goal tracker.

Those braces earned Bobby Wood and Andrew Wooten a spot on Kicker’s 2. Bundesliga Team of the Week.  And Wood was named Kicker’s 2. Bundesliga Player of the Week.

Not a shocker, but the rumored 2015 USMNT away jersey was officially announced by Nike and US Soccer yesterday.  And I officially added it to our USMNT jersey history page.

Julian Green’s situation with Hamburg is odd.  Bild reported last week that Green could possibly get fined for refusing to play with the U-23 team.  And now it looks like Green is supposed to meet with the team today to discuss whether he will or will not play with the U-23 team.

Are you one of the three people not tired hearing about the USMNT and fitness?  Matt Besler talked to the Kansas City Star about Klinsmann’s quotes and now Klinsi is tweeting with fitness talk.  Klinsmann also thinks the new jerseys are cool.

As expected, the US-Mexico friendly for April is now sold out.

One player we could be seeing in the upcoming USMNT friendlies?  Club America defender Ventura Alvarado.

The FA Cup quarterfinal draw was held yesterday and a couple Americans are still left in the competition.  Brad Guzan and Aston Villa will be facing West Brom, while Danny Williams and Reading will take on Bradford City.

After training with the Fighting Bob Bradleys, A.J. Soares looks to be on trial with Viking.

And finally, Christian Pulisic got to train with Borussia Dortmund’s senior team last week and manager Jurgen Klopp thought he showed signs of good quality.

 
Categories: A.J. Soares, Andrew Wooten, Bobby Wood, Brad Guzan, Brian Span, Christian Pulisic, Danny Williams, Julian Green, Junior Flores, Matt Besler, Timothy Chandler, US Men's National Team, Ventura Alvarado
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A couple links before the weekend
   February 13, 2015 (1:10 AM) by Matt Benson
 

A little bit of this and that before the weekend.

Roderick has you covered with the midweek edition of The OT Report.

Howie made a funny about Freddy Adu.

The USMNT fell four spots to #31 in the latest FIFA rankings.

The US will host CONCACAF qualifying for the 2016 Olympics.  It will take place October 1-13, although the host cities are unknown at this time.  The top two teams qualify for the Olympics while the third place team will face Colombia in March of 2016 for a spot.  The FIFA international window in October is between 5-13, so getting releases for some of the “better” players could happen for the second half of the tournament.

Wil Trapp talked to Andrew King about his experience at this past month’s USMNT camp.

It looks like Seb Hines is headed to Orlando City on loan.

Brad Guzan wrote some words for The Players’ Tribune about life as a Premier League goalkeeper.

LA Galaxy midfielder Juninho would be interested in playing for the US, but he would have to wait a few more years to apply for citizenship since he just got his green card in July of 2013.  So basically it would be a while.

The Irish Times has a story up about Ireland likely missing out on Shane O’Neill.

Continuing to come back from his ankle injury from last season, Zarek Valentin went 90 minutes in a preseason friendly this week.

Brian Sciaretta spoke to Nermin Crnkic, Danijal Brkovic, Cesar Romero and Jemal Johnson about playing in various leagues throughout Eastern Europe.

And finally, if you are a US Soccer twitter hipster, you are probably aware of @RobUsry.  He makes a lot of fun videos of US players and his latest is on new Borussia Dortmund youngster Christian Pulisic.

 
Categories: Brad Guzan, Cesar Romero, Christian Pulisic, Danijal Brkovic, Freddy Adu, Juninho, Nermin Crnkic, Seb Hines, Shane O'Neill, US Men's National Team, US U-23 National Team, Wil Trapp, Zarek Valentin
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Just a couple things for Thursday
   February 12, 2015 (12:45 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Only a couple things for Thursday.

One of the “hot” stories from Wednesday was how Julian Green was demoted to Hamburg’s U-23 team.  But according to the club, that is not fully true.

“He’s not moving to the Under-23 team,” HSV press officer Lars Wegener told MLSsoccer.com on Wednesday. “Our sport director said that maybe he could play for the U-23s a couple times when he is not in the first-team squad. The reason is to get him some matches and more practice. He is still with the first team in training.”

Brad Guzan will have a new manager at Aston Villa as Paul Lambert was fired yesterday.  And for some reason, some bookmakers have Jurgen Klinsmann in the hunt as one of the favorites.

Speaking of Mr. Klinsmann, he is eager to call in his full USMNT squad for March’s friendlies against Denmark and Switzerland.

As expected, tickets are flying off the shelf for April’s friendly against Mexico in San Antonio.

According to Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino, they plan to bring DeAndre Yedlin along slowly at the club.

A.J. Soares started for Stabæk in a friendly against Strommen and scored a goal yesterday.  But Bob Bradley confirmed to The Bent Musket that it is just a training stint and that Soares would be leaving the club this week for another trial elsewhere.

The US tends to be a more stat-driven country when it comes to soccer compared to England, but The Birmingham Mail used some stats to compare Jonathan Spector’s recent play at center back while filling in for injured Michael Morrison.

Jake Keegan officially signed a new contract with Galway United FC (that is their new name for this season after being called Galway FC the last few seasons after replacing the dissolved Galway United).

Tom Marshall talked to Juan Pablo Ocegueda about his past couple years after he was stuck in USMNT limbo while playing with Chivas.

While most know about Bob Bradley or David Wagner coaching in Europe, Greg Seltzer introduces us to Nurnberg U-19 coach Pellegrino Matarazzo.

 
Categories: A.J. Soares, Brad Guzan, DeAndre Yedlin, Jake Keegan, Jonathan Spector, Juan Ocegueda, Julian Green, Pellegrino Matarazzo, US Men's National Team
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Some links before the weekend
   January 23, 2015 (12:36 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Some reading material as you countdown until the weekend.

Coming off a 1-0 win over Trinidad & Tobago on Wednesday (highlights), the US U-20 team found out that it will be playing El Salvador on Saturday in the win-or-go-home playoff match to determine who will go to this summer’s U-20 World Cup in New Zealand.  The game will be on Fox Sports 2 at 5:00 PM Eastern.  The US will have a chance to get some revenge on El Salvador as they knocked out the 2012 U-23 team from qualifying for the 2012 Olympics. (UPDATE – Looks like the game is now on Fox Soccer Plus).

US Soccer also put up a video on Tommy Thompson yesterday.

Speaking of the U-23 team, Ives Galarcep decided to guess at a possible Olympic qualifying team of MLS players since some of the European-based played might not get released for qualification.

Joe Corona returned from his broken foot to score in Tijuana’s Copa MX match on Wednesday (highlights).  Jon Arnold (who has been everywhere this week) was at Estadio Caliente on Wednesday and got some post-game quotes from Corona.  Tijuana’s website also got some words from Corona following the game.

Jon Arnold also spoke to Mix Diskerud this week at the USMNT camp.

In case you missed it on Wednesday, Sacha Kljestan scored two nearly identical goals in Anderlecht’s Belgian Cup win (highlights).  And Eric Lichaj was subbed off after only 32 minutes in Nottingham Forest’s 3-2 loss to Fulham.

Still unemployed, but apparently Juan Agudelo is mulling over some offers.

For those of you with a Darlington Nagbe-to-USMNT countdown clock, you can probably move the time up a bit.  Most people thought he would become a US citizen at the end of 2015 but it now looks like it could be September according to Portland Timbers owner Merritt Paulson.

Brad Guzan did a little Q&A action with ESPN FC this week.

With the Bundesliga on winter break, Greg Seltzer decided to do a midseason report card on John Brooks, Timothy Chandler, Julian Green, Joe Gyau, Fabian Johnson and Caleb Stanko.

Mukwelle Akale turned 18 recently so he officially joined Villarreal this week.

Giuseppe Gentile, who bounced around USL Pro/NASL last season, has signed with Swiss Challenge League club FC Chiasso.

And finally, Kevin Dzierzawski is headed on loan to Scottish League One side Peterhead.  Dzierzawski has been with Queen of the South in Scotland since 2013-14.

Enjoy the weekend.

 
Categories: Brad Guzan, Caleb Stanko, Darlington Nagbe, Eric Lichaj, Fabian Johnson, Giuseppe Gentile, Joe Corona, Joe Gyau, John Brooks, Juan Agudelo, Julian Green, Mix Diskerud, Mukwelle Akale, Sacha Kljestan, Timothy Chandler, Tommy Thompson, US U-20 National Team, US U-23 National Team
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A few links for Wednesday
   January 14, 2015 (12:33 AM) by Matt Benson
 

A couple things for Wednesday.

Mix Diskerud to NYCFC became a real thing on Tuesday.  Jozy Altidore to Toronto FC looks to be a real thing, but it sounds like Altidore still has to go through the allocation process (TFC is currently #6 and the other rumored teams interested in him are behind Toronto).

If/when Altidore joins MLS, seven of the 11 starting USMNT players from the World Cup opener against Ghana will now be in MLS.

With all this movement from Europe to MLS, Grant Wahl talked to Jurgen Klinsmann to see his thoughts on the moves of Diskerud, Altidore, Brek Shea and Jermaine Jones.

The USMNT continues training in Carson and Clint Dempsey apparently took over the homeless man beard look with Tim Howard not in camp.  And Mix Diskerud likes Brad Evans’ hair.  This is why you come to this site, for the hard-hitting journalism.

According to the San Antonio Business Journal, the US-Mexico friendly for April will take place at the Alamodome in San Antonio.  The US has only played one game before in San Antonio, a 1-0 win over Costa Rica on June 14, 1988.

Want an interview with Michael Bradley?  Here is one from the Toronto Sun.

Greg Garza did a TV interview with KUSI in San Diego on Tuesday.

Michael Farfan has left Cruz Azul and is now a free agent.  He told Tom Marshall that he is talking to MLS as well as looking at options in Scandinavia and Switzerland.

Sean Reynolds has left FH in Iceland and has signed with the new USL Pro team Louisville City FC.

And finally, at least one fan out there is worried about Juan Agudelo’s club situation.

 
Categories: Brad Guzan, Brek Shea, Clint Dempsey, Greg Garza, Jermaine Jones, Jozy Altidore, Juan Agudelo, Michael Bradley, Michael Farfan, Mix Diskerud, Sean Reynolds, US Men's National Team
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Happy Thanksgiving!
   November 27, 2014 (1:09 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Happy Thanksgiving to all our readers.  Sorry for the lack of updates the last two weeks but some stuff has gone down at work recently which has caused me to focus most, if not all, of my attention on it.  Hopefully it should clear up after next week.

In the meantime, enjoy this video of Alejandro Bedoya, Brad Guzan, DaMarcus Beasley and Geoff Cameron attempting to make half court basketball shots.  Who knew Geoff Cameron was a lefty shooter?

 
Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Brad Guzan, DaMarcus Beasley, Geoff Cameron
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Tuesday morning links roundup
   October 21, 2014 (12:24 AM) by Matt Benson
 

A bunch of links from the last couple of days.

The rumored USMNT friendly against Croatia at Craven Cottage for November (that their federation announced) looks to be no mas.  That said, US Soccer looks to be talking to Colombia about filling that void and still playing at Craven Cottage.  But if you remember, Colombia was the team that US Soccer tried to schedule for September for the second friendly and that fell through.  Basically nothing is official until US Soccer announces something.

This was the weekend of players returning to the field.  Geoff Cameron came off the bench and played 29 minutes (completing 15-of-15 passes) in Stoke City’s 2-1 win over Swansea City.  Stoke City’s website got a couple post-game quotes from Cameron.

Terrence Boyd made his return this weekend, coming off the bench and playing 29 minutes in RB Leipzig’s 1-0 loss to Nurnberg.  Here is a photo of Boyd in action.

Aron Johannsson played in his first game since the World Cup.  It was with AZ Alkmaar’s reserve team on Monday, but he scored from the penalty spot (highlights).

While he didn’t come back from injury, John Brooks appears to be out of the dog house as he came off the bench for Hertha Berlin in a 2-0 loss to Schalke.

And while we had those players coming back, we did have a couple Americans pick up injuries this weekend.

Joe Corona broke his foot in Tijuana’s 2-1 win on Friday and he will be out four weeks.

Mix Diskerud had to be subbed off after 36 minutes over the weekend due to a leg injury, but it doesn’t appear to be too serious.

Joe Gyau had successful knee surgery last Thursday.

Fresh off his goal with the US on Tuesday, Jozy Altidore didn’t even make Sunderland’s bench this weekend.  It was probably a good thing as Southampton trashed the Black Cats 8-0.

Brek Shea was sent on loan to Birmingham City to get playing time, just probably not with their U-21 team like he did on Monday.

Sticking with Birmingham City, Shea, Jonathan Spector and Will Packwood will have a new manager as Lee Clark has been fired.

If you missed Howie’s post yesterday, Juan Agudelo is still without a job as Wolverhampton decided to pass on him after his trial.

Also from the weekend, Will talked to Quentin Westberg about the weird situation at Luzenac and his possible future.

We had some goals over the weekend.  Cesar Romero has now scored in six straight games.  Andrew Stadler scored a game-tying goal in the 87th minute.  Devante Parker scored his first goal at the U-23 level for 2014-15.  And Christian Eissele scored his 17th goal of the 2014 calendar year.

Jake Keegan and Galway FC beat Shelbourne 2-0 in the first leg of the Irish Premier Division promotion playoffs.  The second leg will be on Friday.  For more on Keegan, take a look back at RJ’s interview with him from last week.

Staying in Ireland, Yanks Abroad’s Kenya Brown talked to Pat McCann.

Also over the weekend, Dembakwi Yomba scored a goal with Atlético Madrid’s Juvenil División de Honor team.  Here is also a Google-translated interview with Yomba.

In the battle of American goalkeepers, Tim Howard (photo) and Everton defeated Brad Guzan (photo) and Aston Villa.  It was Howard’s 350th career Premier League appearance, trailing only Brad Friedel (450) for the most all-time by an American.

Alfredo Morales showed off some skills this weekend.

FC Utrecht manager Robby Alflen has been impressed with Rubio Rubin.

And finally, Stabæk’s fans had some fun signs for Bob Bradley this past weekend.

 
Categories: Alfredo Morales, Andrew Stadler, Aron Johannsson, Bob Bradley, Brad Friedel, Brad Guzan, Brek Shea, Cesar Romero, Christian Eissele, Dembakwi Yomba, Devante Parker, Geoff Cameron, Jake Keegan, Joe Corona, Joe Gyau, John Brooks, Jonathan Spector, Jozy Altidore, Juan Agudelo, Mix Diskerud, Pat McCann, Quentin Westberg, Rubio Rubin, Terrence Boyd, Tim Howard, US Men's National Team, Will Packwood
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Here is your US-Ecuador pre-game primer
   October 10, 2014 (12:43 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Here is a quick rundown of things you might want to look at before today’s game.

» The game is at 7 PM Eastern on ESPN, WatchESPN and UniMas.

» Ecuador is ranked #21 by FIFA and #17 by Elo, while the US is #17 by FIFA and #15 by Elo.

» Here are the official game notes by US Soccer.  As for some random stats/facts:

The US is 2-5-4 all-time against Ecuador, failing to score a goal in eight of the 11 games.

The US is 7-3-1 all-time in the state of Connecticut, including a 3-1-0 mark at Rentschler Field.  All three wins at Rentschler Field have come by the score of 1-0.

Landon Donovan enters Friday’s game as the USMNT’s all-time leader in goals (57), assists (58), games started (141) and minutes played (12,813), while his 156 caps are second to Cobi Jones (164).

Brad Guzan is one shutout shy of becoming the sixth goalkeeper in USMNT history with 10+ shutouts.

Landon Donovan will look to become the first USMNT player with 15+ career goals to score in his final game with the US.

» While this game is all about Landon Donovan for the most part, The Yanks Are Coming have you covered with a game preview.

» As for the last bit of news to come out of the camp yesterday, 33,000 tickets have been sold so far.  Jurgen Klinsmann doesn’t think Jozy Altidore’s situation at Sunderland is great right now.  Klinsi also thinks John Brooks will return to Hertha Berlin’s first team after the international break.  Brad Guzan will start Friday’s game, while Nick Rimando will start Tuesday against Honduras.  Bill Hamid will return to DC after Friday’s game and will be replaced by Sean Johnson.  Julian Green was sent back to Hamburg due to his rib injury.  While he is not with the camp (and has been MIA for a while). Juan Agudelo is headed to England to trial with Wolverhampton Wanderers.

» But this game is all about Landon.  SI.com has a fun little interactive with all 57 of his US goals.  And here is some more Lando fun.

 
Categories: Brad Guzan, John Brooks, Jozy Altidore, Juan Agudelo, Julian Green, Landon Donovan, Nick Rimando, Sean Johnson, US Men's National Team
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