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Tuesday morning links
   January 20, 2015 (12:02 AM) by Matt Benson
 

A bunch of random stuff for you on this Tuesday.

The US U-20 team picked up a 2-0 win over Jamaica on Sunday (highlights).  They just need a win or a tie on Wednesday against Trinidad & Tobago to advance to the playoff round.  It was announced during the broadcast that Kellyn Acosta will miss the rest of the tournament due to a knee injury, while Junior Flores came off the bench and played after missing a game with an ankle injury.

Also over the weekend, Herculez Gomez scored his first goal for Puebla since returning to La Franja (highlights).

We posted the rumored 2015 USMNT away jersey back in December and now it looks like it could have some legs as Alex Morgan was recently seen in the shirt.

The USMNT’s friendly against Chile is listed on US Soccer’s website as being broadcasted on Fox Sports 2, but it looks like it might have switched to Fox Sports 1 along with a pre-game show.

Jon Arnold is in sunny SoCal for the USMNT camp and spoke to Tesho Akindele about his international options and to Bobby Wood about seeking an exit from 1860 Munich during this transfer window.

I don’t think I posted this last week but Brad Evans left the camp due to a knee injury.

The Guardian’s Tom Gottlieb takes a look at the USMNT defense and why it might be the weak link at the moment.

The Toronto Sun’s Kurtis Larson writes how Michael Bradley is a big reason why Jozy Altidore is now with Toronto FC.

As MLSE CEO Tim Leiweke explained to the Toronto Sun on Friday, sacrifice for the crest is certainly one of those principles.

The club’s head honcho told me Bradley restructured part of his deal with the Reds to help bring Altidore back to MLS. The prospects of playing alongside Altidore brought back memories that made it an easy decision.

“I think about what it has been like to play on so many big days with Jozy,” Bradley said. “We’d be standing in the tunnel and you’ll look over at him and he’ll give you a little wink.

“You know he’s ready and you know you’re ready.”

For those of you that watched ESPN’s Inside: U.S. Soccer’s March to Brazil, you might remember Michael Bradley was recruiting Jozy back then.

Now that numerous teams in MLS are interested in Sacha Kljestan, Anderlecht general manager Herman Van Holsbeeck wants Kljestan to stay for at least a couple months since Anderlecht has lost a couple players due to injury and the African Cup of Nations.  Greg Seltzer is also hearing that some European teams are interested in him along with various MLS clubs.

We did have some other goals this past weekend that came in some friendlies.  Fabian Johnson scored a goal in Borussia Mönchengladbach’s 1-0 win over Rot-Weiss Essen (photo).  And Andrew Wooten scored a goal in Sandhausen’s 4-2 win over Jahn Regensburg.

Alejandro Bedoya did a video interview with BeIN Sports recently.

Jose Torres had back surgery and is going to be out for 10-12 weeks according to Tigres.

Dillon Powers just picked up his Italian passport last week.  And according to Greg Seltzer, there are some teams in Italy interested in the Colorado Rapids midfielder (Plano Senior High School represent!).

And as Howie posted yesterday, Northwestern goalkeeper Tyler Miller is skipping MLS for the German fourth division.

 
Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Andrew Wooten, Bobby Wood, Brad Evans, Dillon Powers, Fabian Johnson, Herculez Gomez, Jose Francisco Torres, Jozy Altidore, Junior Flores, Kellyn Acosta, Michael Bradley, Sacha Kljestan, Tesho Akindele, Tyler Miller, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team
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Interview: Brad Evans on World Cup Roster Decision
   May 25, 2014 (6:20 AM) by Matt Benson
 

The Seattle Sounders’ Youtube channel put this video up last night and Brad Evans had some interesting words about where he was playing during the USMNT camp at Stanford.  For those who don’t want to watch the video for whatever reason, The Seattle Times’ Joshua Mayers has the full transcript right here.

(Had you been training at center back?) “Yeah, I trained at center back the whole time at camp, so maybe I saw the writing on the wall initially when I got in. Omar was injured, so my versatility allowed me to play that position but maybe that bit me in the butt in the end. I only played 30 minutes at right back in one of the games and the rest of the time I was at center back.”

Brad also won the internet the other night with his first tweet after being cut.

 
Categories: Brad Evans, US Men's National Team
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A little bit over everything for Tuesday
   April 29, 2014 (12:01 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Another weekend with a bunch of goals scored.

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.

Not a goal, but Jose Torres assisted on Tigres’ game-winning goal this weekend.

John Brooks’ goal and strong play earned him a spot on Kicker’s Bundesliga Team of the Week.

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.

The Daily Mail did a worst XI for the Premier League season and while Jozy Altidore is not on it, he did get some consideration.

Selecting the worst forwards of this season was particularly tough, with the likes of Roberto Soldado, Kostas Mitroglou, Jozy Altidore, and Dani Osvaldo all making credible cases for inclusion.

CONCACAF and CONMEBOL have scheduled a press conference for Thursday and all signs point towards the long-rumored 2016 Copa America taking place in the US.

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.

Howie posted this on Friday, but Mike Grella is returning to the US after signing with the Carolina RailHawks.

 
Categories: Benji Joya, Brad Evans, Clint Dempsey, Emerson Hyndman, Eugene Starikov, Joe Gyau, John Brooks, Jordan Morris, Jose Francisco Torres, Jozy Altidore, Julian Green, Michael Bradley, Mike Grella, Miles Byass, Mukwelle Akale, Patrick Hopkins, Tim Howard, Timothy Chandler, US U-21 National Team
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A couple things for Tuesday
   April 1, 2014 (12:02 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Let’s start off with the USMNT since they only play Mexico on Wednesday.

In case you have been out of the loop in the last couple days, Brad Evans (calf injury) was replaced by Tony Beltran, while DaMarcus Beasley and Michael Orozco were denied their release by Puebla.  Jurgen Klinsmann is now angry.  And here is Mexico’s roster.

Klinsmann also made some managerial changes within US Soccer.  Tab Ramos has replaced Martin Vasquez on the coaching staff, while Vasquez looks to be headed into a scouting role.  Klinsi has also hired Berti Vogts to be a special advisor and Vogts was in Phoenix yesterday.  Klinsmann thinks the moves will only make the team better come June.  And there were mix reviews about Vasquez.

Now that we got all boring stuff out of the way, we can now focus on the important things.  The “bomb pop” jerseys are now on sale on US Soccer’s website!  It looks like they will be wearing those with red shorts and here is some more information on the fonts/numbers.  In case you don’t want to spend $150 for the real deal or $90 for a replica, you could always go the DIY method.  And I am guessing there are some people hoping that this jersey is some elaborate April Fools’ joke.

This was from last week, but Kristan Heneage takes a look at the recent recruiting of Julian Green and other players in Europe.  StatHunting.com also projects Green as a Top 100 player based on his small sample size of stats so far in his career.

On top of his work with ESPN, Kasey Keller is going to work with U-23 team in April.

Sticking with goalkeepers, everyone should check out Will’s lengthy interview with Will Hesmer.  There are some good stories in there, including the time he thought he was being pranked about being drafted by Toronto FC in the expansion draft.  Will also updated his Top 100 American goalkeepers list.

Stabæk’s fans had a great tifo for Bob Bradley in the season opener this past weekend, a 3-0 win over Sogndal.  Michael Stephens went 90 minutes in that game and Yanks Abroad’s Mathew Wagner caught up with Stephens last week.

Mario Rodriguez scored his fifth goal of the season over the weekend (shameless plug for our goal tracker!).  As Josh Deaver points out, he has been doing much better since the winter break.

After scoring eleventy billion goals for Kemi Kings, Christian Eissele is moving on to IK Brage in Sweden’s third tier.

The US U-18 team is having a camp next week in California and one player called into camp:  Jonathan Klinsmann.  Chelsea’s Kyle Scott also got called in.

Things I learned over the weekend:  Former LA Galaxy Bryan Jordan is in Germany with BSV Schwarz-Weiß Rehden in the German Regionalliga this season.

Brian Sciaretta talked to Boca Juniors prospect Joel Sonora with the Dallas Cup approaching.

Here is a recent interview with Borussia Dortmund’s Junior Flores.

 
Categories: Bob Bradley, Brad Evans, Bryan Jordan, Christian Eissele, DaMarcus Beasley, Joel Sonora, Jonathan Klinsmann, Julian Green, Junior Flores, Kyle Scott, Mario Rodriguez, Michael Orozco Fiscal, Michael Stephens, Tony Beltran, US Men's National Team, Will Hesmer
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USMNT roster & assistant coach changes
   March 31, 2014 (5:00 AM) by Matt Benson
 

US Soccer sent out a couple releases yesterday.

Due to a calf injury, Brad Evans has been replaced on this week’s roster by Real Salt Lake’s Tony Beltran.  If I had to guess, I think Michael Parkhurst will start on Wednesday at right back with DeAndre Yedlin getting a chance at the position in the second half (after the 60th minute. . .Klinsmann rarely subs before the 60th minute).

Then later on Sunday evening, US Soccer announced that current Azerbaijan manager Berti Vogts will join the USMNT staff as a “special advisor”.  Vogts will stay on as Azerbaijan’s manager, which probably explains the Send-Off Series friendly, while helping the US out.

In his role as Special Advisor, Vogts will aid in the development of training plans, help prepare scouting reports, and travel to observe matches of the USA’s opponents in the lead-up to the tournament and in Brazil.

Vogts coached Germany from 1990-98 and led them to the title at the 1996 Euros.  He recently has been manager of a couple different nations, including a stop at Nigeria in 2007-08 (familiar with Ghana?).  And he used to rock a mustache that would make Sacha Kljestan and Herculez Gomez proud.

But we are not done.

Also nonchalantly thrown into that release in the fifth paragraph:

Along with the announcement of Vogts, Klinsmann has added U.S. Soccer Youth Technical Director and Under-20 Men’s National Team head coach Tab Ramos to the coaching staff and is transitioning Martin Vasquez to other responsibilities within U.S. Soccer.

Some people believe that Martin Vasquez being shifted to a new position is a big deal, while some think he is being moved to the rumored/new U-21 team, which Tab Ramos mentioned to Brian Sciaretta back in January.  What does this mean about Vasquez?  I have no clue right now.

 
Categories: Brad Evans, Tony Beltran, US Men's National Team
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Catching up on life and links
   February 19, 2014 (12:01 AM) by Matt Benson
 

A few links from the last few days.

Despite all the craziness going on in Ukraine, the US-Ukraine friendly is still on schedule for March 5 according to US Soccer, but they are monitoring the situation.

In the random USMNT stat department, Leander Schaerlaeckens crunched some numbers to see how much playing time MLS players have been getting for the US in each of the last four World Cups.  That number has dropped from 62.8% in France (1998) to 18.5% in South Africa (2010).  But that number should shoot up this summer with the return of about everyone over the past couple of months.

Jurgen Klinsmann did an interview with FIFA.com last week.

Inside World Foorball has an article about USMNT assistant coach Andi Herzog and his job of scouting/recruiting in Europe.

Here is the first ever The Brad Evans Show with guests (and fellow USMNT teammates) Matt Besler and Mike Magee.  It is not great, but it is not awful.  A lot of awkwardness.  But I am mainly linking it because it is really funny with how much Magee gets legitimately annoyed at Evans for comparing his hair to Landon Donovan.

After missing some time with a stomach virus, Brek Shea came off the bench and played 45 minutes for Barnsley in their 2-0 loss to Wigan Athletic on Tuesday.

Oguchi Onyewu is out of the training room and is running again.  He is not expected to return this weekend for Sheffield Wednesday, but he is getting closer to a full return after picking up a calf injury.

Jonathan Spector played with Birmingham City’s U-21 team on Monday.  Spector has been sidelined since October with a thigh injury.

After we were told that Eric Lichaj was about 7-10 days away from returning with Nottingham Forest, their website now has a story up saying that he is about 10-14 days away from returning after suffering a groin injury.

Kim Tate has a good interview up with Herculez Gomez and Paul Arriola.  We learn that Gomez used to coach a seven-year-old Arriola in San Diego once upon a time.

So the LA Galaxy sent Jose Villarreal on loan to Cruz Azul to likely get some playing time and now Cruz Azul is sending Villarreal to their second-division affiliate Cruz Azul Hidalgo.  Villarreal had appeared in two games with Cruz Azul’s U-20 team so far this season, scoring one goal.

Bob Bradley is working his MLS connections again as goalkeeper Matt Pickens is currently in Norway training with Stabæk.

US U-20 forward Lynden Gooch scored his 10th goal of the season for Sunderland’s U-18 team on Tuesday.

Goalkeeper Zac Lubin has signed with Swedish Division I (third tier) side IFK Luleå.  The Montana native last played with the Seattle Sounders’ U-23 team.

 
Categories: Bob Bradley, Brad Evans, Brek Shea, Eric Lichaj, Herculez Gomez, Jonathan Spector, Jose Villarreal, Lynden Gooch, Matt Besler, Matt Pickens, Mike Magee, Oguchi Onyewu, Paul Arriola, US Men's National Team, Zac Lubin
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A last few links for the week
   January 31, 2014 (7:15 AM) by Matt Benson
 

A few links to end the work week.

Saturday’s friendly at the StubHub Center has officially reached sold out status.  It marks only the second time that the USMNT have sold out at the StubHub Center (also in 2007 in a Gold Cup match against Trinidad & Tobago).

It looks like one of the May/June pre-World Cup friendlies will be held at Red Bull Arena.  If I had to guess based on the other rumors out there, I would guess this would be the game against Serbia (but there are so many different rumors out there right now on location and opponents).

Grant Wahl has a video interview up with Graham Zusi about earning the nickname “San Zusi” among other things.  He also spoke to Michael Parkhurst this week.

Jeff Carlisle takes a look at the relationship of Brad Evans and DeAndre Yedlin as Evans helps mentor his club teammate while also competing against him for the right back spot.

As for some other USMNT tidbits, here is a video of the team having a BBQ at the U.S. Consulate in Sao Paulo during their trip last week.  And Will Parchman decided to put together an all-time USMNT XI based on guys who wore #1-11 at a World Cup.

Don’t forget to enter our Pick the US-South Korea score contest.  Who doesn’t like free prizes?

Roger Bennett decided to look into why Americans are not taken seriously in Europe.  There are some good quotes from Herculez Gomez.

I’m assuming most people know this by no, but Jermaine Jones is headed to Besiktas on loan for the rest of the season.  And they decided to post a video of Jones going through his medical because they are crazy in Turkey.

According to The Independent’s Ed Aarons, Crystal Palace put in a transfer bid for Fabian Johnson, but Johnson decided to stay at Hoffenheim.

There apparently has been a Freddy Adu sighting! at Blackpool.  So he is at least training in England.

I want to pretend that Who Scored read my Inside the Numbers scoreboard on Aron Johannsson and were inspired as they did their own numbers thing on Johannsson.

Mike Grella will be going on trial with Swedish side Falkenbergs FF according to this report.  Falkenbergs are new to the Allsvenskan in 2014 after winning the Superettan in 2013.

Pat McCann has re-signed with Finn Harps FC of the First Division of the League of Ireland.  The former Holy Cross product appeared in 12 games in 2013, scoring two goals.

Eric Lichaj went 90 minutes for Nottingham Forest on Thursday as they came back from a 2-0 deficit to win 4-2 against Watford.  While he has been playing left back lately, he played at right back in this game.

And finally, this random Youtube video of the day comes courtesy of Alex (@tempofreesoccer).  Here are highlights of the US U-20’s win over Uruguay in the 2007 U-20 World Cup.  The US has Michael Bradley, Freddy Adu and Jozy Altidore among others while Uruguay featured Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez.  And there is a shoving match/fight at the end of the game.  You don’t mess with a full head of hair Michael Bradley.  Good times.

 
Categories: Aron Johannsson, Brad Evans, DeAndre Yedlin, Eric Lichaj, Fabian Johnson, Freddy Adu, Graham Zusi, Herculez Gomez, Jermaine Jones, Jozy Altidore, Michael Bradley, Michael Parkhurst, Mike Grella, Pat McCann, US Men's National Team
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USMNT housekeeping
   September 2, 2013 (2:06 PM) by Matt Benson
 

I hope everyone is enjoying their Labor Day.  A couple USMNT things to keep you updated.

* Brad Evans picked up a calf strain this weekend, so Michael Parkhurst will replace him on the roster.  I am wondering if Geoff Cameron will now start on Friday.

* Jozy Altidore sat out this past weekend’s game for Sunderland with a hamstring injury.  He is still coming to Miami to be evaluated by the USMNT training staff to see if he can play or not.

* You can find Costa Rica’s roster in Steven Goff’s Monday roundup post.

* US Soccer has pretty cool looking poster for the qualifier against Mexico.  And much like the other home qualifiers in the Hex, they have a custom scarf for the game.

* And the last home match of the Hex against Jamaica in Kansas City has sold out.

 
Categories: Brad Evans, Jozy Altidore, Michael Parkhurst, US Men's National Team
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Rumored USMNT players so far for Bosnia friendly
   August 9, 2013 (12:44 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Don’t expect the USMNT roster to be officially announced until Monday, but thanks to the internet sleuthing of Grant Wahl, Josh Deaver and others, the following players look to be headed to Sarajevo:

Anthony Brooks
Aron Johannsson
Bobby Wood
Danny Williams
Alfredo Morales
Jermaine Jones
Eddie Johnson
Brad Evans
Terrence Boyd

One player not headed to Bosnia is Clint Dempsey according to Wahl.  This is not surprising since he just made a move to Seattle and everyone knows where he stands within the USMNT picture.  Paul Carr also tells us that Bosnia will be the 23rd straight US game that Dempsey and Donovan haven’t played together.  I also doubt Alejandro Bedoya gets called in after just making his move.

 

 
Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Alfredo Morales, Aron Johannsson, Bobby Wood, Brad Evans, Clint Dempsey, Danny Williams, Eddie Johnson, Jermaine Jones, John Brooks, Terrence Boyd, US Men's National Team
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Here is your US-Jamaica pre-game primer
   June 7, 2013 (12:01 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 9:30 PM Eastern on beIN SPORT.

» Jamaica is ranked #49 by FIFA and #72 by Elo.  The US is #28 (FIFA) and #25 (Elo).

» Here is US Soccer’s official game notes.  I also did another stat thing earlier this week, which included fun facts like:

The US is 11-1-8 all-time against the Reggae Boyz, but just 2-1-5 on Jamaican soil, including a 0-1-4 mark in World Cup qualifiers in Jamaica.  The last time the US won on Jamaican soil was in a friendly in 2003, a 2-1 victory on February 12, 2003.

The US has scored 1+ goal in each of its last 10 games against Jamaica.  In the 20 meetings all-time, the US has been held scoreless by Jamaica only three times, although all three took place in Kingston (1988, 1997, 2001), the site for Friday’s game.

Clint Dempsey has scored 10 goals in his last 11 games with the US.  Since June 8, 2012 (the beginning of the 11-game stretch), Dempsey leads all US scorers with his 10 goals, while the next person(s) are Carlos Bocanegra, Eddie Johnson and Herculez Gomez tied with just two goals each.

» It is not too late to sign up for our pick the US-Jamaica score contest.  If you guess correctly, you have a chance at winning a free Sacha Kljestan mustache shirt.  So go sign up for that before the game begins.

» Thank you to the readers who have been giving me (and others) tips on stuff to do/places to go in Seattle.  Speaking of Seattle, Simon Borg defends next Tuesday’s “attendance problems”.  I will say that I was slightly caught off guard at first when I saw that the cheapest ticket was $50.

» US Soccer was nice enough to put up field-level highlights for both the Belgium and Germany games.

» Steven Goff chimes in from Jamaica with some more news and notes.  It looks like Herculez Gomez’s sore knee will probably keep him out again.

» The following players are sitting on yellow cards and will miss Tuesday’s game if they pick one up tonight:  DaMarcus Beasley, Michael Bradley, Matt Besler, Brad Davis, Clint Dempsey, Fabian Johnson and Graham Zusi.

» You want some previews?  How about one from The Shin Guardian?  Not good enough?  Then how about one from The Yanks Are Coming?

» Yesterday was Jermaine Jones day in the press.  Jeff Carlisle and Leander Schaerlaeckens both had some words about him.  He has slowly looked much better in the middle with Michael Bradley these last few games.  Hopefully that partnership continues to grow.

» Want some more stories on players?  Here is one on Terrence Boyd and another on Brad Evans.

» Geoff Cameron, Eddie Johnson and Jermaine Jones might want to stick to soccer.

» As for some club news, Michael Parkhurst is happy at Augsburg.  Michael Orozco Fiscal is staying at Puebla.  As expected, Eric Lichaj was officially released by Aston Villa.  This summer is becoming the summer of the changed crest.  You can add Stuart Holden’s/Tim Ream’s Bolton Wanderers to the latest of the cool kids to do this.  Also, here is their new home shirt next season.

» The US U-20 team lost their final game of the Toulon Tournament, 1-0, to South Korea.  The 21-man roster for the U-20 World Cup is expected to come out soon, but there has been some online speculation on the final guys (speculation #1/speculation #2).

As for my prediction of tonight’s game, I am going with a 2-1 win by the US.  Goals by Clint Dempsey and Fabian Johnson.

 
Categories: Brad Evans, Eddie Johnson, Eric Lichaj, Geoff Cameron, Herculez Gomez, Jermaine Jones, Michael Orozco Fiscal, Michael Parkhurst, Stuart Holden, Terrence Boyd, Tim Ream, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team
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