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A lot of linkage for Tuesday
   July 22, 2014 (12:01 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Want some links?  Well, here you go.

The big news of the weekend was that Matt Besler and Graham Zusi signed DP contracts through 2018 with Kansas City.  Besler wrote a letter to Kansas City fans explaining why he decided to stay in KC.  There are now nine current USMNT players with DP contracts in MLS.

MLS Insider did a video on the MLS players on the USMNT returning from Brazil.

No team ran more in the field (per game) than the US at the World Cup.

The US U-20 team won the NTC Invitational last week.  You can watch the entire game against Australia right here.  US Soccer also has a video up with some post-game reactions from Tab Ramos and Paul Arriola.

According to Greg Seltzer, DeAndre Yedlin to Roma is dead.  There are still other teams interested in him.

And according to Steven Goff, free agent DaMarcus Beasley is close to signing with MLS.  And something could be finalized by the end of the week.

Not really a surprise, but Julian Green was named to Bayern Munich’s roster for their US tour.  They will take on the MLS All-Stars in Portland on August 6.

Brek Shea played 45 minutes in the second half of Stoke City’s 1-1 draw to Borussia Monchengladbach in a friendly over the weekend.  According to reviews that I have read, he played well and you can watch the entire second half right here.

Joe Gyau scored Borussia Dortmund’s winning goal in a 4-3 win over Heidenheim in a friendly on Saturday.  Here are a couple photos of Gyau in action.  Kicker also listed Gyau in their top 20 players in 3. Liga for this upcoming season (if he stays with Dortmund’s U-23 team).

Duane Holmes scored one goal and assisted on another in Huddersfield Town’s 4-1 win over Guiseley in a friendly on Monday.

Shawn Parker scored the game-tying goal in FC Augsburg’s 3-3 draw to Ulm in some more friendly action on Monday.

Shawn’s brother, Devante Parker, picked up an ankle injury in a friendly against Kaiserslautern.

Rubio Rubin had to leave a game early this weekend after having a nasty collision which required some kind of facial surgery yesterday.

Sebastian Lletget assisted on a goal in West Ham U-21′s 4-2 win over a Espanyol youth team.

Danny Barbir continues to score goals for West Brom’s U-18 team.

Edgar Castillo made his Atlas Liga MX debut over the weekend and he is wearing the rare #1 for a field player.

After his World Cup vacation, Timothy Chandler is now in training with Eintracht Frankfurt.

Clint Dempsey will be on the North America covers of FIFA 15.

Jon-Paul Pittman’s quest to find a new team now sees him trialing with Grimsby Town.

Brandon McDonald and Swedish side Ljungskile have parted ways.

The Lancashire Telegraph has a story up about Adam Henley trying to earn a starting spot with Blackburn Rovers this season.

Nicholas Gaitan has been promoted to OFI Crete’s first team for this season.

The New York Daily News is reporting that 14-year-old Noah Leeds was offered a place in Sevilla FC’s youth academy.

That is it for links.  I should be posting a little stats thing tomorrow.

 
Categories: Adam Henley, Brandon McDonald, Brek Shea, Clint Dempsey, DaMarcus Beasley, Danny Barbir, DeAndre Yedlin, Devante Parker, Duane Holmes, Edgar Castillo, Graham Zusi, Joe Gyau, Jon-Paul Pittman, Julian Green, Matt Besler, Nicholas Gaitan, Noah Leeds, Paul Arriola, Rubio Rubin, Sebastian Lletget, Shawn Parker, Timothy Chandler, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team
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Poll: Favorite US World Cup goal?
   July 17, 2014 (8:00 AM) by Matt Benson
 

I posted this list yesterday, but Deadspin/Screamer ranked all 171 World Cup goals.  Now it is time to pick your favorite goal scored by the US.  You can go by any voting standard that you want.

Maybe you think John Brooks’ goal is the best since it won the game.  Maybe you like Julian Green’s goal since it came on his first touch.  Maybe you like Clint Dempsey’s goal against Portugal since you like pelvic thrusts.  Just pick your favorite below.

Clint Dempsey vs. Ghana

John Brooks vs. Ghana

Jermaine Jones vs. Portugal

Clint Dempsey vs. Portugal

Julian Green vs. Belgium

 
Categories: Clint Dempsey, Jermaine Jones, John Brooks, Julian Green, US Men's National Team
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Some links before the weekend
   July 11, 2014 (1:04 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Mix Diskerud and his majestic hair scored a goal yesterday in Europa League action.  You can check it out here.  Three other guys scored goals yesterday in Iceland and Finland.  As always, our goal tracker has all the information on those.

Mix Diskerud wasn’t the only player in Europa League action on Thursday.  Sean Reynolds (FH) and Pablo Punyed (Stjarnan) are also advancing to the second qualifying round with Mix (Rosenborg), while Jordan Seabrook and VPS lost their first leg lead and were knocked out.

Clint Dempsey was on Late Show with David Letterman on Wednesday and here is the whole interview for those of you who missed it.

Birmingham City’s website broke some news yesterday.  They posted that Will Packwood was invited to the US U-23′s August friendly.  While this might also be the new U-21 team which is supposed to bridge the gap between the U-20 team to the Olympic and/or senior team, some form of a “Above-20″ youth team is having a quick camp and playing the Bahamas senior team in Nassau, Bahamas on August 6.  Hopefully US Soccer puts out a release on this game in the near future.

Speaking of young players to keep an eye on, Screamer came out with a Top 10 list of young players we could see on the 2018 World Cup team.  If you follow this site, you should probably know all of those guys.  If not, here is a chance to learn some more.

While everything has gone quiet on the DeAndre Yedlin-to-Roma front, Ives is hearing that the Roma deal is not as close as people think and that teams from Spain, Italy (including Roma) and England have expressed interest in Yedlin.

There was some talk earlier this week that teams from Europe were interested in Matt Besler and it looks like SC Freiburg might be one of those teams.

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet thinks, barring any hitches, Jozy Altidore should be good to go once he returns to the team’s preseason camp.

AZ Alkmaar manager Marco van Basten doesn’t appear to be overly impressed with Freddy Adu.  But it sounds like Adu did set up one of the goals in AZ’s friendly from Wednesday.

US U-20 midfielder Emerson Hyndman put in another 45 minutes with Fulham’s first team in a 4-2 loss to Rangers yesterday.

Jon Paul-Pittman is joining Dagenham & Redbridge’s training camp in Spain.  That is probably another step closer to potentially making the team.

Gedion Zelalem is back in preseason training with Arsenal and their new Puma gear.

Here are some more photos of Junior Flores playing with Borussia Dortmund’s U-23 team.

Brian Sciaretta caught up with Jeb Brovsky to talk about Brovsky’s loan to Norwegian side Stromgodset.

Jose Torres came off the bench in Tigres’ 4-1 loss to Morelia in the first leg of the SuperCopa MX on Wednesday.  Herculez Gomez was an unused sub on the bench.

Howie’s new favorite random player might be Tigran Tiraturyan (take that Alex Nimo and Fuad Ibrahim!) as he passed along this link to me about the Armenian-American signing with FC Pyunik in Armenian Premier League.

Enjoy the weekend.

 
Categories: Clint Dempsey, DeAndre Yedlin, Emerson Hyndman, Gedion Zelalem, Herculez Gomez, Jeb Brovsky, Jon-Paul Pittman, Jordan Seabrook, Jose Francisco Torres, Jozy Altidore, Junior Flores, Matt Besler, Mix Diskerud, Pablo Punyed, Sean Reynolds, Tigran Tiraturyan, US U-21 National Team, US U-23 National Team, Will Packwood
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Clint Dempsey on Late Show with David Letterman
   July 10, 2014 (1:33 PM) by Matt Benson
 

In case you missed it last night.

 
Categories: Clint Dempsey
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President Obama Calls Clint Dempsey and Tim Howard
   July 3, 2014 (1:30 AM) by Matt Benson
 

U.S. Men’s National Team players Clint Dempsey and Tim Howard got a call from President Obama on July 2, 2014 in São Paulo. The U.S. MNT players had just finished their 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

 
Categories: Clint Dempsey, Tim Howard, US Men's National Team
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Thursday morning linkage
   June 12, 2014 (1:12 AM) by Matt Benson
 

The World Cup is finally here!

The USMNT is training away at Sao Paulo FC’s training grounds.  And there is a reason why they are staying so far away from their games (which I think is not that big of a deal), the place looks really nice.

The big news from yesterday was that Belgium canceled Thursday’s closed-door scrimmage against the US due to concerns over traveling in Sao Paulo.  Belgium is staying 40 miles away from the US and doesn’t want to risk sitting on a bus for five hours due to traffic and the possible subway strike.

Timothy Chandler was held out of training on Wednesday after picking up a knock on Tuesday, but it sounds minor and was only precautionary.

US Soccer’s website has a Q&A with Alejandro Bedoya.  Could Jermaine Jones and Michael Bradley be related?  (No.)

The big non-USMNT related news from yesterday is how bad the field looks in Manaus.  A bad field in hot weather conditions?  Sounds like a typical CONCACAF game to me.  Oh yeah, Natal is struggling to get ready for Friday’s opening game between Mexico and Cameroon.  There is a decent chance that I will be sitting in one of those temporary seats in the upper deck on Monday.  Good times await.

Getting back to the USMNT, the official World Cup patches went on the jerseys last night.

Want some tactical breakdowns of the USMNT?  Zonal Marking and SI’s Liviu Bird have you covered.  Go read those, you will feel smarter.

Bob Bradley was kind enough to give his scouting report of Ghana in this MLS video.  Speaking of Ghana, OT Twitter-friend Zack Goldman wrote about the US’s need to beat Ghana for the UK’s Metro.

ESPN has decided to go “all-in” on the “I Believe” chant with this latest tribute/commercial for the American Outlaws.

In case you haven’t seen any or all of ESPN’s Inside: U.S. Soccer’s March to Brazil, here are all six episodes in one place.  Also, I brought back our US World Cup history posts from the 2010 World Cup.

Landon Donovan still has a good sense of humor.

Moving onto other/club news.

Travis Clark is working on a feature on Clint Dempsey and got a great quote about his time at Furman.

Greg Seltzer has some possible transfer goodies/gossip on Benny Feilhaber and Alejandro Bedoya.

Our latest British newspaper transfer rumor of the day involves Terrence Boyd and Wigan Athletic.  Yay silly season!

Reading FC officially announced the signing of US U-20 prospect Andrija Novakovich.

Justin Moose scored his third goal of the season yesterday in Finland and you can check it out here.

Ryan Gracia was last seen in Sweden with Nyköping last season, but it looks like the 24-year-old midfielder has moved on to Balma SC in France.

And this could be my last post for the next 48 hours as I head to Brazil on Friday.  We will have a new addition to the site who will be starting a new series throughout the World Cup beginning with later today, so be on the lookout for that.

 
Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Andrija Novakovich, Benny Feilhaber, Bob Bradley, Clint Dempsey, Jermaine Jones, Justin Moose, Landon Donovan, Michael Bradley, Ryan Gracia, Terrence Boyd, Timothy Chandler, US Men's National Team
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Some links for Friday morning
   May 30, 2014 (12:41 AM) by Matt Benson
 

A few links before the weekend.

Yesterday was the USMNT’s last day at Stanford as they flew to New York in the afternoon.  US Soccer gives us a video about their experience on campus.  Timothy Chandler apparently liked the golf carts.

ESPN’s Jeff Carlisle gives us his last camp notebook.  He is passing over the torch to Doug McIntyre for the east coast coverage.  If you are on Twitter and not following Jeff and Doug then you are doing life wrong.  Jeff also reports that Clint Dempsey is expected to be back in the lineup for the next friendly against Turkey.

I hope everyone is watching ESPN’s Inside: US Soccer’s March to Brazil (another “you are doing life wrong” if you are not) as it gave us a moment like last night:  Aron Johannsson doing his best southern accent to say he was born in Mobile, Alabama.  Now I want to see footage of him saying “Roll Damn Tide.”  It also looks like Johannsson has signed a new deal with AZ Alkmaar, which will keep him at the club until 2018.

I swear this is not one big plug for ESPN, but I forgot to post this last week.  They did some pretty cool posters for each of the 32 teams.

This link is very bookmark-worthy as it has the full TV schedule for the whole World Cup.

OT reader Ian sent this to me, so here is Goldman Sachs’ World Cup preview.  According to their numbers, the US has a 40% chance to advance past the group stage and a 0.5% chance to win the whole damn thing.  o.5% you say?

The Men in Blazers have been knocking their World Cup previews out of the park and yesterday was their Group G preview.

Top Drawer Soccer’s Will Parchman (another great Twitter follow) decided to ask some questions about Ghana, Portugal and Germany to people who follow the team a lot closer than most.

SI has been counting down the most significant goals in US Soccer history and #2 is Landon Donovan’s greatness against Algeria.  And I will link this video any chance that I can get.

Steve Cherundolo was on the ExtraTime Radio podcast and I guess he hinted that an American is close to signing with Hannover.  And Juan Agudelo was just linked to them earlier this week.  Hmm. . .

In case you missed it from yesterday, Brek Shea is reportedly in Orlando training with Orlando City.  Only a training stint at the moment, but something to keep an eye on.

Tijuana continues to raid southern California for talent and their latest signing is defender John Requejo Jr., who originally was headed to UCLA next fall.

Go join our Brazil Bracket Challenge league.

 
Categories: Aron Johannsson, Brek Shea, Clint Dempsey, John Requejo Jr., Juan Agudelo, Landon Donovan, Steve Cherundolo, US Men's National Team
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Thursday morning links
   May 29, 2014 (1:07 AM) by Matt Benson
 

In case you have been kidnapped Taken-style over the last 48 hours, the US kicked off the Send-Off Series with a 2-0 win over Azerbaijan on Tuesday.  Here are some highlights and some photos from the game. Here is also a short video on the game and Chris Wondolowski from the San Jose Earthquakes Youtube channel.  Clint Dempsey was a late scratch with a groin issue, but it is not serious and he will only miss one or two days.

This Landon Donovan shirt is awesome.  And this song might be the only country song I like.  Jimmy Conrad/KICKTV have their latest Group G video up and this time Jimmy is in Ghana.  I want to have a beer with Jimmy at some point in my life.

As I posted yesterday, reports out of England have Tim Ream agreeing to a new three-year deal with Bolton.

Edgar Castillo is leaving Tijuana for fellow Liga MX side Atlas.

We posted Brad Evans’ comments about being cut from the USMNT and now Clarence Goodson is speaking out about the process.  And he doesn’t seem like he is happy.

Greg Selzter is hearing that Timothy Chandler is drawing some interest from Eintracht Frankfurt and Stuttgart.

Stoke’s The Sentinel is reporting that Hannover 96 might be going after Juan Agudelo.

Michael Farfan appears not to be in Cruz Azul’s future plans after some recent changes at the club.

Zak Whitbread is in contract talks with Derby County.  Whitbread finished last season with the Rams after being sent on loan from Leicester City.

Former US U-20er Villyan Bijev was released by Liverpool last week.

The Fighting Bob Bradleys advanced to the fourth round of the Norwegian Cup this week after defeating Grorud 3-0.

We have had a bunch of goals scored in the last two weeks in Iceland and Finland so go check out our goal tracker to stay up to date.

And finally, a reminder to sign up for MLS’s Brazil Bracket Challenge and join our league.

 
Categories: Bob Bradley, Chris Wondolowski, Clarence Goodson, Clint Dempsey, Edgar Castillo, Juan Agudelo, Landon Donovan, Michael Farfan, Tim Ream, Timothy Chandler, US Men's National Team, Villyan Bijev, Zak Whitbread
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Thursday morning links
   May 15, 2014 (12:01 AM) by Matt Benson
 

I was going to post these yesterday, but my cloud-based bookmarks type site was not working so I couldn’t access the links that I had saved up over the last few days.  So here they are.

In case you have been living under a rock, here is the US’s 30-man provisional roster for the World Cup.  Jurgen Klinsmann did his usual post-roster release Q&A on US Soccer’s website.  The final 23-man roster will be named after the friendly against Turkey at Red Bull Arena.

Most of the team met up in Stanford yesterday, 21 of the 30 to be exact.  Maurice Edu is being limited right now due to some concussion-like symptoms while Omar Gonzalez might be ready to return from his knee injury in a few days.  And Terrence Boyd wants to be a tank up front at forward.

SI.com is counting down the 10 most significant goals in US Soccer history and the first few are already up.

MLSsoccer.com’s Devin Pleuler takes a look at the last 25 years of the USMNT and its history with the defensive midfielder.

The witty Men in Blazers guys are starting World Cup previews on the Grantland Youtube channel, starting off with the USMNT.

I am going to start doing “Youtube Flashbacks” from time to time and here is a great hour-long documentary of the US at the 2002 World Cup.

This has to be a “must buy” for all the serious US Soccer fans.

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet was on The Football Show on SiriusXM FC 94 to talk about Sunderland’s season and Jozy Altidore.

Brian Sciaretta caught up with Alejandro Bedoya before he joined up with the USMNT camp.  And here is a great video of Bedoya leading the Nantes’ fans in the “I Believe” chant.

Now we know why Clint Dempsey always looks pissed off on the field . . . he has to listen to Stephen A. Smith all day.

Here are some quick numbers showing you that Tim Howard is awesome.

Since his second UK work permit appeal was denied, Stoke City and Juan Agudelo have mutually terminated his current deal.  With that said, Agudelo does have “considerable interest” around the Dutch league after his performances with FC Utrecht over the last couple of months.

Jon-Paul Pittman was one of eight players released by Wycombe Wanderers earlier this week.  Pittman missed a lot of this season due to a knee injury.

Here is what John Brooks and Hertha Berlin will wear in home games next season.  And here are Julian Green and Bayern Munich’s home shirts for next season.

Junior Flores will play with Borussia Dortmund II in the German 3. Liga next season.

US U-17 defender Danny Barbir has signed with West Bromwich Albion.

In more youth news, Alonzo Clarke has been in England with Manchester United the last couple weeks.  And he has some interest from Blackpool as well.

 
Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Alonzo Clarke, Clint Dempsey, Danny Barbir, John Brooks, Jon-Paul Pittman, Jozy Altidore, Juan Agudelo, Julian Green, Junior Flores, Maurice Edu, Omar Gonzalez, Terrence Boyd, Tim Howard, 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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