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Tuesday morning links
   September 1, 2015 (12:06 AM) by Matt Benson

We have reached the international week and the US has its last two friendlies before the CONCACAF Cup (more on that later).  Here is the roster Jurgen Klinsmann has called in for the friendlies, which is heavy on center backs.

You might have noticed that Timothy Chandler and DaMarcus Beasley were both absent from that roster and that is because they are both hurt and Chandler is going to be out for a while.

One player seeking his first cap is the Wooten Clan, Andrew Wooten.  Brian Sciaretta has some more on him.

While Clint Dempsey is not joining the team until the second game, Seattle Sounders manager Sigi Schmid thinks it is not a given that Dempsey will play with the US due to his hamstring injury.

Brian Straus has a piece up on on the current roster.

Some of the players went sightseeing yesterday.

Roughly 24,500 tickets have been sold for Friday’s friendly against Peru.

While CONCACAF has cut ties with Traffic Sports, it has partnered with SUM (Soccer United Marketing) to serve as commercial representative for the CONCACAF Cup, which is apparently the new name for the Confederations Cup playoff game.

The US is expected to have a friendly against Costa Rica after the CONCACAF Cup, although a venue hasn’t been selected yet.

Jordan Morris is getting back into form just in time for the CONCACAF Cup.

Darlington Nagbe is expected to become a US citizen in September (he is taking his naturalization test on September 10).

The US U-23 team is in England this week and you can check out that roster here.  US Soccer’s Twitter account has posted a couple photos from the camp (here and here).

The US U-20 team is also beginning a new cycle this month with a tournament in Serbia.  This current roster features two players who play abroad in Hannover 96’s Abuchi Obinwa and Chelsea’s Kyle Scott.

The end of the transfer window for most of Europe is upon us and a couple players have new teams while a couple others are still with their current teams when people thought they would be leaving.

DeAndre Yedlin is still with Tottenham at the moment despite loan interest from various teams across Europe, although signs point towards him ending up somewhere on loan.  My guess at this point would be a loan deal with some team in the English League Championship.

Fulham have decided to keep Emerson Hyndman despite several offers for the US U-23 midfielder.  While he has not featured for the Cottagers this season, he could also go out on loan to another English team.

Remember when the Colorado Rapids oddly sold Shane O’Neill to a team in Cyprus earlier this summer?  Well he has been oddly sold again this month to Belgian Jupiler Pro League side Royal Mouscron-Péruwelz after not appearing in any games for Apollon Limassol.

Bobby Warshaw has left Bærum in Norway for fellow OBOS-ligaen side Hønefoss.  He has already played in two games for Hønefoss over the last two weekends.

Conor O’Brien has a new home and it is with AC Horsens in the Danish 1st Division (second tier).

After six seasons with Helmond Sport, Charles Kazlauskas is now with De Treffers in the Dutch Topklasse (third tier).

The New York Times’ Sam Borden wrote some words on Ben Lederman’s situation at Barcelona.

We had some goals this past weekend.  Aron Johannsson opened up his account at Werder Bremen.  This is actually from last week, but Austin Berry scored his first goal in South Korea.  Christian Eissele now has four goals in four games since returning to Finland after scoring this past weekend.  Our updated goal tracker also has some info on other goals scored this past weekend, including three Americans all scoring for the same team in Malta.

We also had some assists this past weekend from some hype trains.  Gedion Zelalem looks like he is going to do well in Scotland and assisted on another goal.  Here is also a press conference from last week featuring him.  At the U19 level, Christian Pulisic assisted on a goal for Borussia Dortmund.

And no highlights of this one, but Maki Tall had a goal and an assist for FC Sion’s U21 team in a scrimmage.

And finally, Shaquell Moore made his first start for Huracán Valencia this past weekend, going 78 minutes and picking up a yellow card in a 1-1 draw to Valencia II.

Categories: Abuchi Obinwa, Andrew Wooten, Aron Johannsson, Austin Berry, Ben Lederman, Bobby Warshaw, Charles Kazlauskas, Christian Eissele, Christian Pulisic, Clint Dempsey, Conor O'Brien, DaMarcus Beasley, Darlington Nagbe, DeAndre Yedlin, Emerson Hyndman, Gedion Zelalem, Jordan Morris, Kyle Scott, Maki Tall, Shane O'Neill, Shaquell Moore, Timothy Chandler, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team, US U-23 National Team
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A whole bunch of links for Tuesday
   July 28, 2015 (12:02 AM) by Matt Benson

Let’s get to it and start with the USMNT.

As expected, CONCACAF announced that the Confederations Cup playoff will be held on October 9 at the Rose Bowl.  The US will also play a second game, this one being a friendly, during that same international week and it could be against Costa Rica.

One player who could be eligible to play for the US in that playoff is Darlington Nagbe as he is on course to become a US citizen this fall.

FIFA also held the preliminary draw for 2018 World Cup qualification over the weekend.  And US Soccer confirmed that the first home qualifier will be November 13 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis against the winner of St. Vincent & the Grenadines/Aruba from the third round.  Also in that link from US Soccer is the full fourth round qualification schedule although the rest of the game sites haven’t been determined yet.

I know I said we should never talk about the 2015 Gold Cup ever again, but Clint Dempsey won the Golden Boot while Brad Guzan won the Golden Glove.  And Michael Bradley led all players in assists for the tournament.

Chris Wondolowski is a freak.  He started and went 70 minutes for San Jose a day after starting for the US in a city nearly 3000 miles away.

Tim Howard is ready to return to the USMNT.

According to Mr. Chip, the US is projected to be No. 29 in August’s FIFA rankings, while Mexico will be No. 26.

Bobby Warshaw wrote some words on whether the US might have some players who are better suited to play CONCACAF opponents while others might be better against European teams.

In the “if it is on the internet then it MUST be true” department, some website claims Landon Donovan is going to sign with Atletico de Kolkata in India.  Sure. . .

I forgot to post this last week, but US U-20 forward Maki Tall signed with Swiss side FC Sion.

Howie posted about Quentin Westberg’s move to Tours in France last week and Greg Seltzer got some quotes from Westberg on the move.

Kenny Saief scored a goal this past weekend and Gent’s website had a mini-interview with him before the game.

Davis VanOpdorp of some website called Bavarian Football Works took a look at Julian Green’s situation at Bayern Munich.  I am mainly posting this for the chart at the bottom comparing Green to other players who came up through their youth system.

Mauricio Pochettino and Tottenham are in Denver to take on the MLS All-Stars.  Here is a video of Pochettino talking about DeAndre Yedlin.

We already know that Stuart Holden is awesome, but he wrote some words about rehabbing for The Players’ Tribune.  I would also check out the video on that page (as he “calls out” Michael Bradley!).

According to Greg Seltzer, Cesar Romero is no longer with FC Pyunik and is now in Russia training/trialing with Amkar Perm.

Kevin Dzierzawski played with Peterhead in Scotland on loan from Queen of the South last season.  Now it looks like he has permanently moved to Peterhead.

According to Will Parchman, German-American left back Koray Easterling is training with Manchester City.  And here is another tweet with some more information.

Western Washington goalkeeper Keegan Rogers has signed with IFK Lammhult in Sweden.

And finally, one of the early players we followed when we started this site in 2010 was Jeremiah White.  While he is no longer playing, it is fun when a name pops up that you haven’t heard in a while and he is now into coaching.

Categories: Bobby Warshaw, Brad Guzan, Cesar Romero, Chris Wondolowski, Clint Dempsey, Darlington Nagbe, DeAndre Yedlin, Jeremiah White, Julian Green, Kenny Saief, Kevin Dzierzawski, Koray Easterling, Landon Donovan, Maki Tall, Michael Bradley, Quentin Westberg, Stuart Holden, Tim Howard, US Men's National Team
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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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Random stat dump: Clint Dempsey is really good at soccer
   July 19, 2015 (8:09 AM) by Matt Benson


As I promised yesterday, I decided to look up a bunch of numbers and what not after the US’s 6-0 thumping of Cuba.  So below are some fun notes/facts courtesy of Paul Carr, Mr. Chip and a few things I found on my own.

* The US has now won nine straight games against Cuba, outscoring them 35-5 during the nine-game stretch.

* The six-goal victory is the largest by the US in Gold Cup history and the largest in any game since a 6-0 victory over Guatemala on July 5, 2013.  It was also the seventh win by 6+ goals for the US in team history.

* The US scored four goals in a first half for the first time since scoring four goals on their way to a 7-0 win over El Salvador on December 5, 1993.

* The US had four different goal scorers in the first half, the first time that has ever happened in a Gold Cup match.

* Clint Dempsey recorded the fourth hat trick by a US player in the Gold Cup, joining the likes of Brian McBride (2002), Landon Donovan (2003) and Chris Wondolowski (2013).

* Clint Dempsey’s 11 career Gold Cup goals are tied with Panama’s Blas Perez for the third most in Gold Cup history.  Only Landon Donovan (18) and Mexico’s Luis Roberto Alves (12) have scored more.

* Clint Dempsey’s six goals in this year’s Gold Cup are the most by any US player in any single Gold Cup tournament.  Only Mexico’s Luis Roberto Alves (11 goals in 1993) and Javier Hernández (seven goals in 2011) have scored more in a single tournament.

* Clint Dempsey is just the sixth player in Gold Cup history to record multiple 2-goal games in a single tournament, joining Chris Wondolowski (2013) as the only other American to pull off the feat.

* Clint Dempsey’s goal in the fourth minute is the third fastest by any player in a Gold Cup knockout stage game.

* Going back to 2012, Clint Dempsey has scored 23 goals in his last 35 US matches.  The most goals by any US player over a four-year span is Landon Donovan with 24 (2002-2005).

* Clint Dempsey now has 42 non-penalty goals, tying Landon Donovan for the most in US history.

Categories: Clint Dempsey, US Men's National Team
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There is a new USMNT sheriff (captain) in town
   July 2, 2015 (5:32 AM) by Matt Benson

Jurgen Klinsmann has named Michael Bradley captain for the Gold Cup.

After Dempsey and Klinsmann discussed Dempsey’s actions in the Open Cup and the subsequent fallout from his conduct, Klinsmann decided to name Bradley as captain for this tournament to allow Dempsey to concentrate solely on his performances over the next few weeks.

Klinsmann revealed the decision to the entire squad in a team meeting held here in Nashville on Wednesday night. There has been no decision made regarding the status of the captaincy after the tournament.

Dempsey remains an integral figure in the squad. He is expected to play a prominent role for the Americans as they attempt to retain the Gold Cup and secure a place in the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup.

“I had a very, very good conversation with Clint about what happened during the Open Cup, but also about how we want to approach things,” Klinsmann told “For the time being we thought it’s the best thing to give the captaincy to Michael Bradley and let Clint focus on what he’s all about. Clint is about scoring goals. We need Clint Dempsey badly with the National Team. We need him in a good spirit.”

Categories: Clint Dempsey, Michael Bradley, US Men's National Team
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It has been a while since we did one of these links posts
   June 23, 2015 (1:16 AM) by Matt Benson

Some of these links might be a little old.  Some of these links might be only a couple days old.  And some of these links will be new.

Good talk.

While we had one DeAndre Yedlin loan rumor last week, all signs are pointing to him going out on loan next season.

As Grant Wahl first reported when the Gold Cup provisional roster was released, Stoke City wanted Geoff Cameron to take time off to rest up.

Speaking of the Gold Cup roster, the final 23-man roster should be released today or tomorrow.  And before it comes out, take a look at John D. Halloran’s guess at the final roster.  And Clint Dempsey will not be suspended for the tournament.

Staying with the Gold Cup theme, Costa Rica will be without the services of goalkeeper Keylor Navas due to injury.

Also in injury news, Josh Gatt’s knee injury is not serious after a second opinion.

In classic silly season form, it looks like we are still waiting to hear whether Bobby Wood will sign with Stuttgart or not.  According to Greg Seltzer, Kaiserslautern is also in the running.

Seltzer has been dropping a bunch of other nuggets over the last couple weeks.  Everyone’s favorite Armenian Premier League Golden Boot winner Cesar Romero is getting interest from Serbia and Russia.

Also courtesy of Mr. Seltzer, Cody Cropper turned down an offer from one MLS team and he is getting some interest from a couple teams in England.

Zak Whitbread has also had some early talks with teams in England and back here in the US.

Down in Mexico, Michael Orozco made a fiscal decision and signed with Club Tijuana.

Good ol’ sources have told Ives Galarcep that Herculez Gomez is in talks with the New York Cosmos and he is getting some interest from MLS.

Shawn Barry has been kicking it with LASK Linz in Austria the last few seasons and he has parlayed his recent success to a move to German 2. Bundesliga side FSV Frankfurt.

Hertha Berlin has offered John Brooks a contract extension through 2019.

Here is some more coal to throw into the Gedion Zelalem hype train fire.

Shaquell Moore signed with Huracan in Spain’s third division back in May and they are one game away from playing in the second division.

Bobby Warshaw wrote some words on Michael Bradley.

Björn Maars Johnsen scored three goals in a friendly last week.

The second round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying finished up earlier this month.  The third round draw will take place in late July.

And finally, O When The Yanks introduces us to teenager Ian Hoffmann who is doing well at FC Köln.

Categories: Björn Maars Johnsen, Bobby Wood, Cesar Romero, Clint Dempsey, Cody Cropper, DeAndre Yedlin, Gedion Zelalem, Geoff Cameron, Herculez Gomez, John Brooks, Josh Gatt, Michael Bradley, Michael Orozco Fiscal, Shaquell Moore, Shawn Barry, US Men's National Team, Zak Whitbread

Clint Dempsey will not be missing any Gold Cup games
   June 19, 2015 (12:20 PM) by Matt Benson

Clint Dempsey will be eligible for the Gold Cup as MLS has suspended Dempsey for only three games for his conduct during the US Open Cup match against Portland where he ripped up a ref’s notebook.  He will be able to sit out those three games with Seattle prior to the Gold Cup.

Here is the official statement by MLS.

Categories: Clint Dempsey, US Men's National Team

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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Random hump day linkage
   December 31, 2014 (1:08 AM) by Matt Benson

This will be the last ever links post of 2014.  Get excited.

The big news of the week is Gedion Zelalem getting his US citizenship.  While not everyone who reads this site is a US soccer fan boy like some of us, Steven Goff does a good job of breaking down who he is and his situation.

Fresh off his loan extension with Charlton Athletic, Oguchi Onyewu got injured while warming up and did not play yesterday while it was announced that he was going to start in Charlton’s 3-0 loss to Ipswich Town.

Speaking of injuries, Tim Howard will be out 5-6 weeks with a calf injury.

Mix Diskerud’s current situation is sort of confusing, but this is what we know right now.  Rosenborg announced that the club and Diskerud were unable to come up with a new deal.  But his dad is saying that Rosenborg is one of four clubs who have emerged as the frontrunners to sign the free agent.  Tijuana was once rumored to be close to signing him, but Ives Galarcep is hearing that those talks are dead.  And the latest rumor of the day is that Celtic is interested in his services.  So basically we know nothing.

The US U-20 team begins its U-20 World Cup qualifying a week from Friday and here is a look at the provisional roster.  Top Drawer Soccer’s Will Parchman did a little breakdown of the roster right here.  Brad Friedel was cleared by Tottenham to come and help coach for two of the games.

In case you missed it last week, here is what the rumored 2015 USMNT away shirt will look like.  And here is a cool story on how the USMNT photo shoot with SI went for last summer’s World Cup edition.

It looks like Wil Trapp will be at January’s USMNT camp.

Jurgen Klinsmann did an interview with recently.

Eric Lichaj has signed a contract extension with Nottingham Forest.

Here is a video of Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino talking about DeAndre Yedlin.

Clint Dempsey talked to SI Kids about rapping.

Tigres officially announced the signing of Omar Salgado on Monday.

Herculez Gomez is already scoring goals for Puebla in a preseason game against Mexico’s U-20 team.

Jon-Paul Pittman had an assist over the weekend in Grimsby Town’s 3-1 loss to Lincoln City.

Hibernian manager Alan Stubbs wants to use Landon Donovan as an adviser on Jack McBean and other potential American players.

US youth player Kyle Scott signed a professional contract with Chelsea last week.

Here is a Google-translated interview with Quentin Westberg about where he stands today.

Categories: Brad Friedel, Clint Dempsey, DeAndre Yedlin, Eric Lichaj, Gedion Zelalem, Herculez Gomez, Jack McBean, Jon-Paul Pittman, Kyle Scott, Landon Donovan, Mix Diskerud, Oguchi Onyewu, Omar Salgado, Quentin Westberg, Tim Howard, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team, Wil Trapp
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2014 U.S. Soccer Male Athlete of the Year nominees
   November 16, 2014 (9:15 PM) by Matt Benson

There are six nominees for 2014 U.S. Soccer Male Athlete of the Year with the winner being announced on Thursday, November 20 on SportsCenter:

Tim Howard
Fabian Johnson
Jermaine Jones
Kyle Beckerman
Alejandro Bedoya
Clint Dempsey

Vote below in our own informal poll.


Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Clint Dempsey, Fabian Johnson, Jermaine Jones, Kyle Beckerman, Tim Howard, US Men's National Team

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