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Links from the last couple weeks
   July 21, 2015 (12:02 AM) by Matt Benson
 

I haven’t done a links post in a while but the last few weeks have been crazy on my end so some of this might be outdated a bit.  But some of this might still be new to you.  Anyways, here is what I have bookmarked over the last couple weeks.

I did a numbers/stats thing on the USMNT and Clint Dempsey this past weekend since it is easy to do one of those things when you win 6-0.

ESPN’s Doug McIntyre sat down with Clint Dempsey to talk about a couple things, including losing the captain’s armband.  It doesn’t seem like he minds that much.

Jozy Altidore told ESPN that he understands the Gold Cup roster swap that sent him home, but he thinks he could have still helped.

While we know Brek Shea did not get called into the Gold Cup due to injury, he ended up having hernia surgery last week.

Brad Guzan lost his starting job at Aston Villa for the last few games of the 2014-15 season, but his chances to re-claim it look a lot better as Shay Given has moved on to Stoke City.  And Villa manager Tim Sherwood recently told the press that Guzan will start this season as the team’s No. 1 goalkeeper.

I enjoyed the latest Total Soccer Show podcast, which featured Matthew Doyle as he continues his #FreeBenny campaign.

Julian Green wants to stay at Bayern Munich this season rather than going out on loan, but he does have some loan options.  Green is with the team over in Asia and you can see him scoring a goal in some 2v2 thing in Beijing in this video.

Slowly coming back from his ACL surgery, Terrence Boyd is working with a ball again for the first time since December.

Huddersfield Town manager Chris Powell thinks Duane Holmes will likely be loaned out again this upcoming season.

Free agent Conor O’Brien is getting some looks from teams in Denmark, Belgium and Austria according to his agent.

Jon-Paul Pittman scored a goal for Grimsby Town in a friendly last week.

Paul Arriola also scored a goal in a friendly in the last week.  He also recently talked to Tijuana’s website.

A report out of France says Quentin Westberg might be on the move to Tours FC in Ligue 2.  Westberg has started only four of Sarpsborg’s 16 league games in Norway this year, but he has been the starting keeper in three of the last four league games.

As for another goalkeeper, Leeds United’s site has a little story up on Charlie Horton.

Who wants some new kits for the upcoming season?  Here is what Tim Howard will be wearing this season, while Everton’s away kits are white.  Alejandro Bedoya and Nantes have pretty similar kits to what they wore last year.  Eric Lichaj and Nottingham Forest are going yellow for their 150th anniversary away kits.  And Jonathan Spector and Birmingham City have this nasty Belgium-looking away kit.

A few more player movement links for guys in lower leagues.

Royal-Dominique Fennell is staying within the German 3. Liga but switching up his Kickers, going from Stuttgarter Kickers to Würzburger Kickers.

After scoring 38 goals over the last two seasons with Greuther Fürth II in the German Regionalliga, Jann George has moved on to fellow Regionalliga side Jahn Regensburg.

After leaving Freiburg for Unterhaching last season, Eric Lickert has returned to Freiburg for this season.  He will likely play with Freiburg II in the Regionalliga.

Might have to bug Terrence Boyd for the lowdown, but dual national Ken Gipson is now with RB Leipzig.  Gipson is a 19-year-old German-American right back who had been with Stuttgart’s youth system.

Chukwudi Chijindu has made a move within Iceland, going from Thór to Keflavík ÍF.

And finally, Springfield College defender Ryan Malone has signed with Magdeburg in Germany.

 
Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Benny Feilhaber, Brad Guzan, Brek Shea, Charlie Horton, Chukwudi Chijindu, Clint Dempsey, Conor O'Brien, Duane Holmes, Eric Lichaj, Eric Lickert, Jann George, Jon-Paul Pittman, Jonathan Spector, Jozy Altidore, Julian Green, Ken Gipson, Paul Arriola, Royal-Dominique Fennell, Ryan Malone, Terrence Boyd, Tim Howard, US Men's National Team
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Huddersfield Town U21s vs Crewe Alexandra U21s Highlights
   April 10, 2015 (12:31 AM) by Roderick MacNeil
 

Another week, another Duane Holmes goal to talk about. We could get used to this routine. For the third consecutive game, Duane scored for Huddersfield Town’s U21s, scoring the game winner (again) in the 73rd minute. While the goal itself fell to his feet off a deflection, it was well earned. The entire sequence began with his own takeaway at midfield, and he made a nice lead pass to begin the attack in the final third. Skip ahead to 2:44 of the video to see it all unfold:

 
Categories: Duane Holmes, Highlights
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A few links for Wednesday
   April 8, 2015 (1:36 AM) by Matt Benson
 

A little of everything for Wednesday.

Missed out on this past weekend’s games?  Roderick has you covered with The OT Report.

A bunch of players changed teams/leagues in the smaller leagues in Europe the last couple months and I did my best to update you on some of the player movement.

Sounds like the USMNT roster for the Mexico friendly will come out on Sunday.

Jurgen Klinsmann told US Soccer’s website that he is using this time (between the World Cup and Gold Cup) to experiment with things, but the focus this summer will be the Gold Cup.

Berti Vogts thinks it is time for DeAndre Yedlin and Julian Green to step up.

There is nothing really new with Gedion Zelalem, but Steven Goff reminds us where we all stand at the moment.

RB Leipzig announced yesterday that Terrence Boyd has resumed to jogging as he rehabs from his ACL surgery.  ESPN’s Doug McIntyre also saw Boyd jogging and riding the exercise bike while he was with the USMNT earlier this month.

It looks like Danny Williams picked up an injury while with the USMNT and his doubtful for this weekend’s game against Blackpool.

Jose Torres is not going to rush back from his herniated disc surgery and will be reevaluated at the end of the month.

Josh Gatt posted a little injury update on his Instagram account last week (along with a video of him doing squats).

Cameron Carter-Vickers and DeAndre Yedlin both played with Tottenham’s U-21 yesterday with CCV wearing the captain’s armband.  Here is also a photo gallery from the game.

Another week and another goal by Duane Holmes with Huddersfield Town’s U-21 team.  I believe that is the third straight week with a goal.  Highlights of their U-21 team usually emerge a few days after the game.

Everyone’s favorite CONCACAF hipster Jon Arnold caught up with Herculez Gomez last week for a few words.

Could Club Tijuana be poaching some more Galaxy academy players?  Possibly.

As for another former Galaxy academy player, US U-17 forward Haji Wright signed with the New York Cosmos AND talked to Will Parchman last week.  A pretty big week.

And finally, Brian Sciaretta has an interview up with Fulham midfielder Emerson Hyndman.

 
Categories: Cameron Carter-Vickers, Danny Williams, DeAndre Yedlin, Duane Holmes, Emerson Hyndman, Gedion Zelalem, Haji Wright, Herculez Gomez, Jose Francisco Torres, Josh Gatt, Julian Green, Terrence Boyd, US Men's National Team
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Everyone’s favorite Friday morning link drop
   April 3, 2015 (12:01 AM) by Matt Benson
 

If not your favorite, we are in your Top 27.

As for some in-house linkage, our Will looked at another Will(iam)’s last two games at goalkeeper.

With the Norwegian Tippeligaen starting up next week, RJ caught up with Alex DeJohn to talk about his career and his move to IK Start.

While it might have been an international break, some lower level leagues kept chugging along and Roderick has you covered with what you missed over the week.

We did have one goal this week and it came from Duane Holmes (highlights).

US Soccer finally put up the US U-20 highlights from their 2-1 loss to England’s U-21 team from the weekend.

The goal scorer in that game was Maki Tall and he talked to Brian Sciaretta this week.

One thing that has been overlooked by many, myself included, until the guys over at Total Soccer Show (I’m guessing Daryl?) pointed out that Jozy Altidore will have to miss the Mexico friendly due to his red card against Switzerland.  I’m guessing most forgot about this since we haven’t had a red card in a friendly since January of 2012.  While I thought it was stupid on Jozy’s part and also pretty harsh by the ref, Alejandro Bedoya told Doug McIntyre after the game that the ref had warned Jozy at halftime about the language.

Who wants some Freddy Adu hot links?  He was introduced to the press yesterday and you can watch it here.  One of the interesting tidbits to come from it (and not that shocking with some of the lower leagues), he hasn’t been paid his salary by FK Jagodina in Serbia.  And I am doing my best from buying his jersey, but think about all the soccer hipster points you would get for it.

Roderick covered these in The OT Report, but a couple injury updates.  Zak Whitbread is one of a few injured Derby County players the team is hoping to get back on the field following the international break.  He has been out for a while with back and hamstring issues.

And Bobby Wood may be available to return this weekend in Erzgebirge Aue’s game against 1860 Munich.

Club Tijuana’s website has a story up with Paul Arriola and John Requejo Jr. following their trip to England with the US U-20 team.

Bobby Warshaw wrote some words on trying to figure out the mindset of Jurgen Klinsmann.

And let’s end this with some lower league transfer news.

Goalkeeper Keith Cardona is returning to the US after signing with NASL’s Indy Eleven.  Cardona spent 2014 in Austria with FC Leifering.

And while one player is returning, Creighton product David Abidor is headed to Sweden after signing with Division 1 (third tier) side Dalkurd FF.

 
Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Alex DeJohn, Bobby Warshaw, Bobby Wood, David Abidor, Duane Holmes, Freddy Adu, John Requejo Jr., Jozy Altidore, Keith Cardona, Maki Tall, Paul Arriola, US U-20 National Team, William Yarbrough
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Huddersfield Town U21s vs. Queens Park Rangers U21s Highlights
   April 1, 2015 (4:49 PM) by Roderick MacNeil
 

Duane Holmes played 87 minutes, scored a goal and assisted on another Monday for Huddersfield Town U21s in a 4-1 win at Queens Park Rangers U21s. Here’s a highlight video of both (goal sequence begins at 1:39, assist sequence at 3:10):

 
Categories: Duane Holmes, Highlights
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Friday morning links
   March 27, 2015 (12:39 AM) by Matt Benson
 

It is an international week but we still have some links before the weekend.

We didn’t have a lot of midweek games this week but there was still action at some clubs and Roderick has all the details in The OT Report.

There was two goals this week and you can check them out from Duane Holmes and Morgan Langley.

In case you have been hiding under a rock this week, the US lost to Denmark, 3-2, on Wednesday.  Here are the highlights, while here are some photos.

Jurgen Klinsmann has appointed Berti Vogts as USMNT technical advisor.  Vogts helped out during the World Cup and with Andi Herzog focusing on the US U-23 team, it allows Klinsmann to bring in someone to help out with the USMNT.  And it allows me to post this photo of Vogts again.

Nicklas Bendtner’s hat trick on Wednesday was the first against the USMNT since Denmark’s Per Pederson scored four goals against the US in 1997.

Denmark’s manager Morten Olsen was impressed with Michael Bradley.

New York Red Bulls manager and former USMNT assistant under Bob Bradley, Jesse Marsch thinks the USMNT has a lack of an identity.

Jimmy Conrad was over in London last week and did some video interviews with DeAndre Yedlin at White Hart Lane for both KICKTV and Copa90.

Bayern Munich executive board chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge thinks Julian Green needs another season out on loan in 2015-16 to hopefully get first-team minutes.

Apparently most of Germany doesn’t like Terrence Boyd’s RB Leipzig because of the Red Bull ties.

Bobby Wood’s rehab is on schedule as Erzgebirge Aue’s website gives us a little update and video.

Lynden Gooch’s loan with Gateshead has officially ended.  Gooch scored one goal in seven league appearances with the Tynesiders.

Goalkeeper Matt Pyzdrowski is battling a foot injury and might have to miss Helsingborg’s season opener on April 4.

Kevin Garcia finally officially signed with Galway United FC and was thrown into the starting lineup earlier this week.

The US U-23 will take on Bosnia and Herzegovina later today and Andi Herzog called in two extra players (Boyd Okwuonu and Dan Metzger) earlier this week.

 
Categories: Bobby Wood, DeAndre Yedlin, Duane Holmes, Julian Green, Kevin Garcia, Lynden Gooch, Matt Pyzdrowski, Michael Bradley, Morgan Langley, Terrence Boyd, US Men's National Team, US U-23 National Team
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Huddersfield Town U21 vs. Colchester United U21 Highlights
   March 26, 2015 (2:27 PM) by Roderick MacNeil
 

Duane Holmes scored a goal and assisted on the winner Tuesday for Huddersfield Town U21s in a 2-1 win vs. Colchester United U21s. Here’s video of both (goal sequence begins at 0:55, assist sequence at 3:07):

 
Categories: Duane Holmes, Highlights
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Huddersfield Town U-21s vs. Barnsley Highlights
   February 27, 2015 (9:42 AM) by Matt Benson
 

This was from earlier in the week, but Duane Holmes went the full 90 minutes and assisted on the lone goal of the game in Huddersfield Town U-21’s 1-0 win over Barnsley.  Here are some highlights with his assist coming at the 0:55 mark.

 
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Tuesday’s linkapalooza
   September 2, 2014 (12:01 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Lots of action this past weekend.

Steven Goff has you covered with a weekend roundup of the bigger names in Europe.  Good to see Rubio Rubin and Emerson Hyndman both made appearances again in their respective team’s starting lineups.  Hyndmann is 18 years old and completing 91 percent of his passes this season, fourth highest in the Championship among players with 100+ attempted passes.

As for some goals, Matt Taylor bagged another two goals in Saarbrücken’s 2-1 win over Nöttingen (highlights).  Taylor has put together a nice little career in the various lower leagues in Germany, scoring 55 goals in 162 league appearances since 2008-09.

Bobby Warshaw went the full 90 minutes and scored the opening goal of the game in Bærum’s 2-1 loss to Hønefoss (highlights).  Over in Sweden, Andrew Stadler scored his 11th goal of the season in Landskrona’s 1-1 draw to Sirius (highlights).  Down in the fourth tier in Sweden, Eddy Prugh and Andy Lorei both scored in Bodens BK’s 3-2 loss to Anundsjö (highlights).  And we don’t have highlights of these goals, but Matt Eliason, Drew Jeskey, Anthony Avalos and Christian Eissele also scored this weekend and our goal tracker has some more details.  Will Packwood also scored for Birmingham City’s U-21 team.

While we had some goals this weekend, the assists might have been even better this weekend.  Bobby Wood used his head to assist on 1860 Munich’s goal in their 1-1 draw to Darmstadt 98 (highlights).  Here is also a photo of Wood from that game.  And Alfredo Morales assisted on two goals in Ingolstadt’s 3-0 win over Sandhausen (highlights).  That second one was pretty slick.

The USMNT did some training yesterday at the headquarters of the Czech Football Association.   In case you missed the young roster, John D. Halloran broke things down on Friday.  Terrence Boyd is also there in attendance despite his knee injury and Geoff Cameron has been officially ruled out of Wednesday’s game due to his injury.  I forgot to post this last week, but here is Jurgen Klinsmann’s usual post-roster release quote sheet.  Also from last Friday, US Soccer announced an October 14 friendly against Honduras.

The US U-20 team is headed to Argentina this week to play Racing Club Reserves, Defensa y Justicia Reserves and Argentina’s U-20 team.  Here is the updated roster, which features John Requejo Jr., Fernando Arce, Russell Canouse, Junior Flores and Paul Arriola among others.  Another interesting name on the list is Chivas de Guadalajara’s Luis Martir since Chivas normally has a Mexican international only policy.

We had a pretty quiet Deadline Day on the American front (aside from a dildo going into a reporter’s ear, seriously), but we had a couple moves over the last couple of days.

As we posted over the weekend, Julian Green is headed to Hamburg on a season-long loan.  And for all those soccer jersey hipsters out there, Hamburg has a decent home shirt this year and Green looks to be wearing #37.

As for some other moves, Duane Holmes is now with League Two side Bury on a loan until January.  Seb Hines is now with Coventry City until January on a short-term loan.  Gboly Ariyibi signed with English League One side Chesterfield.  And US U-20 midfielder Kris Scott has made the move from Swansea City’s youth teams to Leicester City’s youth teams.

The bigger news on the American front were the moves that did not happen.  Stoke City decided to keep Geoff Cameron despite bids from Sunderland and Southampton.  Zulte-Waregem made a bid for Sacha Kljestan, but Anderlecht decided to hold onto him as well.  And I guess there might have been some rumblings of Southampton sniffing around Brek Shea, but nothing happened (and it was likely silly season nonsense).

And before multiple more people ask me, Juan Agudelo is still without a club and myself (and many others) don’t know anything more on his situation.

Brian Sciaretta, writing for multiple outlets, has you covered with some interviews with Brad Guzan and Greg Garza.  Jonny Rico also got some audio from Garza and Joe Corona about their recent call-ups to the USMNT.

And finally, Freddy Adu is still in Serbia, still hasn’t played for his new team and is suing his former Brazilian team Bahia over alleged unpaid wages.

 
Categories: Alfredo Morales, Andrew Stadler, Anthony Avalos, Bobby Warshaw, Bobby Wood, Brad Guzan, Brek Shea, Christian Eissele, Drew Jeskey, Duane Holmes, Emerson Hyndman, Fernando Arce, Freddy Adu, Gboly Ariyibi, Geoff Cameron, Greg Garza, Joe Corona, John Requejo Jr., Juan Agudelo, Julian Green, Junior Flores, Kris Scott, Matt Eliason, Matt Taylor, Paul Arriola, Rubio Rubin, Russell Canouse, Sacha Kljestan, Seb Hines, Terrence Boyd, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team, Will Packwood
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Inside the Numbers: A look at last year’s Championship
   July 30, 2014 (6:35 AM) by Matt Benson
 

I posted some numbers last Wednesday and I thought I would post some more this week with the English League Championship starting up a week from Friday.

As the same as last week, all these numbers are coming from the website Squawka, which gets its numbers from Opta.  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 Ream is coming off his best season at Bolton, winning Player of the Year honors by both the team and the fans.  While he shifted between centerback and left back, he did his job well and without fouling opposing players.  Ream committed only eight fouls on the season in 3675 minutes played.  His 0.20 fouls per 90 minutes was the lowest rate in the Championship last season among defenders who played in at least 35 games.

ream

Danny Williams will miss the beginning of the season after having an operation performed on his knee.  Much like Alejandro Bedoya, Williams did a good job of putting his shots on frame.  Squawka has a stat called shot accuracy percentage, which is shots on target (minus blocked shots) divided by total shot attempts (minus blocked shots).  Williams put nearly 60 percent of his shot attempts on target and this is with 27 of his 40 total shot attempts coming from outside the penalty area.

williams

Duane Holmes is one young player who is looking for more playing time in 2014-15 and will likely get it at Huddersfield Town.  The 19-year-old midfielder appeared in 21 games last season between Huddersfield Town and a loan stint with Yeovil Town.  In fact, only four players under the age of 20 logged more minutes last season in the Championship than Holmes’ 776 minutes.

holmes

Another young promising player in the Championship is centerback Will Packwood.  While Packwood appeared in only 12 games in the Championship (he did play eight games in League Two on a loan stint with Bristol Rovers), he was very active when he did play.  Packwood averaged 16.17 interceptions/blocked shots/clearances per 90 minutes in 2013-14, easily the most among players under the age of 22.  Also, his 12.83 clearances per 90 minutes was also the most among players under the age of 22.

packwood

We are one week away from the Championship starting up and hopefully those four players (and Jonathan Spector, Eric Lichaj and Zak Whitbread) continue to play well in 2014-15.

 
Categories: Danny Williams, Duane Holmes, Inside the Numbers, Tim Ream, Will Packwood
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