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A bunch of link goodies for Thursday
   July 24, 2014 (12:02 AM) by Matt Benson
 

This summer has been a busy one and here are a bunch more links from the last couple of days.

The big news of yesterday was that DaMarcus Beasley signed a DP contract with the Houston Dynamo.  He becomes the 10th current USMNT player on a designated player contract with MLS.

Danny Williams had surgery on his knee earlier this week.  This is the second time in the last five months that Williams has had some form of surgery on his knee.  No word on how serious or how long he will be out.

Freddy Adu appears to be in talks with FK Jagodina in Serbia.  And he is also getting some interest from a team in Cyprus.

Juan Agudelo has been in Florida training with Orlando City, but much like Brek Shea a couple months ago, this is just a training thing.  He won’t be signing with Orlando City.

Jozy Altidore’s summer vacation is finally ending as he is expected to be back with Sunderland today.

Much like Jermaine Jones throwing out the first pitch with the Dodgers a couple weeks ago, Geoff Cameron did the same with the Red Sox last week and Brad Guzan did it with the Cubs this week.

Do you like stats and numbers?  I did a quick look at Tim Howard, Brad Guzan, Geoff Cameron and Alejandro Bedoya yesterday.  I plan on doing another one next week on a couple guys from the Championship.

A few of the younger US players (and prospects) will be making the trek to the US with their European teams in the next week.  Gedion Zelalem is on Arsenal’s roster which will take on the New York Red Bulls on Saturday.  Emerson Hyndman made Fulham’s squad which is headed to Jacksonville to take on DC United this weekend.  And we already know that Julian Green is with Bayern Munich as they take on the MLS All-Stars.  Pep Guardiola spoke to the US press about Green and how he doesn’t want to loan him out this year.

Another youth player, Lynden Gooch, has been receiving some praise from Sunderland fans this week.  Gooch came off the bench with Sunderland’s first team in a friendly against Carlisle United on Tuesday.  Then he made another appearance with the first team on Wednesday in a friendly against Hartlepool United and assisted on one goal (GIF highlights).

Alfredo Morales scored a goal for FC Ingolstadt in a friendly against Nurnberg earlier this week.  Here is a photo of Morales in action.

Sacha Kljestan is still with Anderlecht and went the full 90 minutes in a friendly earlier this week.

Brek Shea is receiving some praise for his play in Stoke City’s friendly against Borussia Monchengladbach.

Edgar Castillo (and his odd #1 jersey number) talked to Tom Marshall about still trying to keep the USMNT dream alive.

Bobby Wood came off the bench in 1860 Munich’s 3-0 win over SV Heimstetten in a friendly yesterday.  Here is a photo of him in action.

For those of you holding out to buy a Junior Flores/Borussia Dortmund jersey, you can go get those #22 jerseys now.  For those ultimate soccer jersey hipsters, Alonso Hernandez will wear #13 for Monterrey in Mexico.

Will Packwood played with Birmingham City’s U-21 team the other day in a private friendly.  Sounds like he missed a little time recently “after suffering from illness”, but he is now back in action.

The US U-20 team now knows the format for January’s CONCACAF U-20 Championship.  It will be two groups of six teams with the winners of each group clinching a spot in the U-20 World Cup, while the second and third place teams from each group doing a four-team playoff for the last two spots.

One player who might be on that U-20 team, Fernando Arce Jr., talked to Brian Sciaretta about selecting to play for the US over Mexico even though his dad played for Mexico.

Goalkeeper Phil Saunders has signed with Icelandic 1st Division side BÍ/Bolungarvik.

Former Bucknell product Conor O’Brien made the jump to Denmark out of college and now another Bison is headed to Denmark.  This time it is Mayowa Alli and he is signing with Vensyssel in the Danish First Division (second tier).

With Roma in Boston this week, Keith Costigan talked to Roma president James Pallotta and Pallotta claims that we can expect “an announcement in the next few weeks” in regards to an American going to the club.  Could the DeAndre Yedlin deal be back on or could it be another player?  Or could it be nothing?  I have no clue.

US Soccer and Sporting Kansas City are building a new National Training and Coaching Development Center in Kansas City.  Sounds like this would be the main training hub for coaches and refs, while I think they will also get some USMNT/USWNT/youth team camps at the complex (along with the StubHub Center in Carson, California) once it is completed.

In the random but awesome jersey department.  I want this jersey of a lower level Spanish team.  And if the Big Ten had pro-style jerseys with sponsors, here is what one person thinks they would look like.  Basically my Hawkeyes would be Borussia Dortmund.

And finally, this site has been receiving a lot more traffic this month (likely due to the World Cup fever) along with a lot more Twitter and Facebook followers.  If you are new to the site, thanks for checking us out.  If you are not new to the site, thanks for continuing to check us out.  It is nice to see this site grow with all of you.

 
Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Alfredo Morales, Alonso Hernandez, Bobby Wood, Brad Guzan, Brek Shea, DaMarcus Beasley, Danny Williams, DeAndre Yedlin, Edgar Castillo, Emerson Hyndman, Fernando Arce Jr., Freddy Adu, Gedion Zelalem, Geoff Cameron, Jozy Altidore, Juan Agudelo, Julian Green, Junior Flores, Lynden Gooch, Mayowa Alli, Phil Saunders, Sacha Kljestan, Tim Howard, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team, Will Packwood
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Inside the Numbers: A look back at last season
   July 23, 2014 (8:00 AM) by Matt Benson
 

As a new season approaches, I thought I would take a quick look back at last season.  I know I wanted to do something with numbers when I came across the website Squawka during the World Cup.  It has a bunch of numbers pulled from Opta data and puts it in a nice little stat search engine.

From there, I decided to play around with it until I was able to find some Americans on some top lists.  I will state this from the beginning, some of these are just basic numbers that make the various guys look good without any help from me, while some other things were edited down until I was able to get someone on a list.  I was trying my best to make the various Americans look good (USA! USA! USA!).  That said, here we go.

Tim Howard is coming off one of the best seasons of his career as he recorded 15 shutouts during the 2013-14 Premier League season, his second most in a single season since coming to Everton.  And the 15 shutouts were the third most in the EPL in 2013-14.  After looking at the Top 5 European leagues (England, Spain, Germany, Italy and France), he was in the Top 15, but most of the guys ahead of him were on teams who were really good and didn’t face a lot of shots.  After narrowing down the search some more, I was able to find that Howard was one of two goalkeepers from a Top 5 European league who registered at least 15 shutouts over the 2013-14 season while also recording 90 or more saves.  As for the other goalkeeper, CONCACAF pride.

howard

Moving onto another American goalkeeper in the Premier League.  Resident goalkeeper guru Will has said in the past when comparing Tim Howard and Brad Guzan, Howard is more a reactive goalie while Guzan is a little bit more aggressive at coming out to get balls, especially on crosses.  After a simple search, no goalkeeper from a Top 5 European league came close to claiming as many crosses as Guzan last season.

Guzan

Most of the time when you look at interception lists (when a player cuts out an opposition pass), it is usually filled with defensive midfielders and centerbacks, but Geoff Cameron has taken these skills to the right back position at Stoke City.  His 91 interceptions were the sixth most in the Premier League, fourth most among defenders and second most among right backs.

Cameron

Heading over to France, Alejandro Bedoya had a decent debut season at Nantes.  Squawka has a stat called shot accuracy percentage, which is shots on target (minus blocked shots) divided by total shot attempts (minus blocked shots).  And Mr. Bedoya ranked fourth in this category among Ligue 1 midfielders with at least 40 total shot attempts last season.  Basically he was putting his shots on frame.

Bedoya

That is it for this week.  I will be back next week with a English League Championship edition as that league starts up on August 8.

 
Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Brad Guzan, Geoff Cameron, Inside the Numbers, Tim Howard
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Some quick links for Tuesday
   June 3, 2014 (12:02 AM) by Matt Benson
 

I will keep these short and to the point.

Here are highlights and photos from Sunday’s 2-1 win by the USMNT.

Don’t forget to join our league on MLS’s Brazil Bracket Challenge.

Germany made their final cuts, so here is their 23-man roster.

Michael Bradley did a photo shoot with GQ magazine.

Aron Johannsson wants to lead the Dutch Eredivisie in goals next season.

Herculez Gomez is leaving Tijuana for Tigres.

It doesn’t look like Jermaine Jones will be returning to Besiktas.

It appears that Juan Agudelo is nearing a move to Hannover 96.

Timothy Chandler should be signing with Eintracht Frankfurt in the next week or so.

Greg Seltzer is hearing that Red Bull Salzburg are possibly interested in Terrence Boyd.  If Boyd stays at Rapid Vienna, here is his away kit for next season.

Speaking of new uniforms, Aston Villa have a new home kit video, which has Brad Guzan in his new green goalkeeper kit.

In case you missed the pre-game show on Sunday, here is Julie Foudy’s interview/story on Julian Green.  FIFA also has a short video on Green up on their Youtube channel.

And finally, SI finished their Top 10 Most Significant Goals in US Soccer History yesterday with Paul Caligiuri’s “The Shot Heard ‘Round The World” as No. 1.

 
Categories: Aron Johannsson, Brad Guzan, Herculez Gomez, Jermaine Jones, Juan Agudelo, Julian Green, Michael Bradley, Terrence Boyd, Timothy Chandler, US Men's National Team
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Hump day links
   March 26, 2014 (12:01 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Some linkage for this Wednesday.

A bunch of guys saw the field yesterday, including one goal by Joe Gyau.  Hopefully I will have highlights of that goal in the next two days.  Tim Howard and Everton also moved into fifth place of the Premier League after defeating Newcastle United 3-0 (highlights).

Todo Sobre Camisetas has some more photos of the “bomb pop” away kits for the US.

Thanks to OT reader Ian for pointing this out, but Gedion Zelalem is no longer listed on Germany’s U-17 roster for their ongoing Euro qualifiers.  Jeff Carlisle did some more digging around and got some confirmation from Arsenal that he declined the invitation.  If he were to play with Germany in an official youth game, he would no longer be eligible to switch to the US at a later date since he is not a US citizen as of yet (and you can only file FIFA one-time switches to countries that you are eligible to play for when you played your first youth game, which would only be Ethiopia for him).

Now, if he were to get US citizenship, he would no longer be eligible to play for Germany, which would cause him to lose his European Union status and affect his ability to work in England with Arsenal.  So I don’t see him rushing out the door to get his US citizenship at the moment.  But there is still hope, although small, for him to possibly playing for the US in the future, especially with Nick Saban Jurgen Klinsmann as the US’s lead recruiter. (EDIT: Some of Zelalem’s situation noted above could be wrong, but that is how it was explained to me by others.)

As for the prized recruit that the US did land, Nate Scott talked to Julian Green’s dad about the move.

“Julian would get very defensive when his brother would make fun of [his English],” his father said. “So Julian would say to his brother, ‘Yeah, well, I was born in America and you weren’t. I’m from Tampa and you’re not. You’re German. I’m an American.’”

Here is a photo of Geoff Cameron scoring on Brad Guzan.  Cameron will have some bragging rights for a while.

Leeds United’s Gregory Ariyibi was sent out on loan to English League One side Tranmere Rovers for the rest of the season.  Ariyibi came off the bench and played 48 minutes in a 2-1 loss to Swindon Town on Tuesday.  I have also seen his first name as Gboly, but I reached out to him to see which one he wants to go by because that is how I roll.

Jose Torres was subbed out of a game due to injury this past weekend, but he was back in the starting lineup yesterday as Tigres defeated Veracruz in Copa MX action, so I guess it wasn’t serious.

It looks like Josh Gatt re-injured his knee last week and will be out indefinitely.

Former Real Salt Lake defender Brandon McDonald has signed with Swedish Superettan side Ljungskile SK.  He joins fellow Americans Aaron Nichols and Alex Horwath at the club.  The Swedish second division now has nine Americans for this upcoming season, the most of any foreign country.

And finally, Brian Sciaretta caught up with Sebastien Ibeagha as he begins his career with AC Horsens in Denmark.

 
Categories: Aaron Nichols, Alex Horwath, Brad Guzan, Brandon McDonald, Gboly Ariyibi, Gedion Zelalem, Geoff Cameron, Joe Gyau, Jose Francisco Torres, Josh Gatt, Julian Green, Sebastien Ibeagha, Tim Howard, US Men's National Team
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Stoke City vs. Aston Villa Highlights
   March 23, 2014 (11:32 AM) by Matt Benson
 

We had American-on-American crime in the Premier League on Sunday as Geoff Cameron scored his second goal of the season on Brad Guzan in Stoke City’s 4-1 win over Aston Villa.  Brek Shea also dressed and made Stoke’s bench.  Here is Cameron’s goal.

 
Categories: Brad Guzan, Geoff Cameron, Highlights
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Everton vs. Aston Villa Highlights
   February 1, 2014 (11:56 AM) by Matt Benson
 

In the American Goalkeeper Derby, Tim Howard and Everton with the 2-1 win over Brad Guzan and Aston Villa.  Here are some highlights.

 
Categories: Brad Guzan, Highlights, Tim Howard
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Aston Villa vs. West Bromwich Albion Highlights
   January 29, 2014 (5:11 PM) by Matt Benson
 

Brad Guzan and Aston Villa fell behind 2-0 but came back to win 4-3 against West Brom in a wild game that saw six goals in the first half.  Here are some highlights.

 
Categories: Brad Guzan, Highlights
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Aston Villa vs. Arsenal Highlights
   January 13, 2014 (3:52 PM) by Matt Benson
 

Brad Guzan went the full 90 minutes in Aston Villa’s 2-1 loss to Arsenal today.  Here are the goals.

 
Categories: Brad Guzan, Highlights
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Post New Year’s Day Links
   January 2, 2014 (12:02 AM) by Matt Benson
 

A few links for the second day of 2014, but first a recap of yesterday’s games.

The big news of the day was Brek Shea’s rumored loan deal going through and he made the starting lineup on Wednesday.  Shea went 75 minutes in a Barnsley’s 1-1 draw to Birmingham City.  Here is a photo of Shea in action and here is a post-game interview.  As for the loan, it is only for 28 days, but should give him a chance to get some games in.

Jozy Altidore came off the bench and played 27 minutes in Sunderland’s 1-0 loss to Brad Guzan and Aston Villa.  Guzan now has six clean sheets on the season (tied for sixth most in the Premier League in 2013-14).

And in another battle of Americans, Geoff Cameron went 90 minutes (and picked up a yellow card) in Stoke City’s 1-1 draw to Tim Howard and Everton.  With the draw (and a Liverpool win), Everton have fallen out of a Champions League spot in the Premier League table.

As for the Championship, Danny Williams (90 minutes) and Reading had a 1-1 draw with Eric Lichaj and Nottingham Forest.  Tim Ream went 90 minutes as Bolton came back from a two-goal deficit to tie Middlesbrough, 2-2.  Duane Holmes came off the bench and played 38 minutes in Huddersfield Town’s 3-2 loss to Burnley.  And Gboly Ariyibi came off the bench again for Leeds, going 45 minutes in a 2-1 loss to Blackburn Rovers.

In case you missed it the other day, US Soccer put together a pretty cool video looking back at 2013.

The guys over at the Best Soccer Show (Jared) gave this site some love on their 2013 in Review show while talking about some of the top American soccer sites of 2013 (around the 45:00 mark).  Thanks guys!

The always good Steven Goff has a nice 2014 calendar up on his blog to keep you up to date on the big things happening this year.

Grant Wahl has 14 predictions for 2014, including a couple on the USMNT and USMNT players.

Greg Seltzer has a Team of the Year for 2013 for Americans playing in Europe.

While he hasn’t played much since he has been hurt (shocker!), Zak Whitbread has extended his loan with Derby County for the rest of the season.  He has appeared in three games for the Rams since beginning the loan in October.

Duane Holmes has been a hit for Huddersfield Town fans so far.

Juan Ocegueda has rejoined Tigres after his weird stint with Chivas Guadalajara where he had to release a statement rejecting future US national team calls due to their policy of only using Mexican players.  No word if he is back to being interested in playing with the US yet.

And finally, a good sight to see:  Josh Gatt training with a ball again.

 
Categories: Brad Guzan, Brek Shea, Danny Williams, Duane Holmes, Eric Lichaj, Gboly Ariyibi, Geoff Cameron, Josh Gatt, Jozy Altidore, Juan Ocegueda, Tim Howard, Tim Ream, US Men's National Team, Zak Whitbread
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Stoke City vs. Aston Villa Highlights
   December 21, 2013 (11:24 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Geoff Cameron assisted on Stoke City’s game-winning goal in a 2-1 win over Brad Guzan and Aston Villa.  Here are the highlights.

 
Categories: Brad Guzan, Geoff Cameron, Highlights
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