As I promised last week, we are starting to add new content to the site aside from links and RJ DeMello started us off last week with an interview with Joe Gyau. There should also be something else USMNT-centric from another new contributor today.
Of course the weekend that I am gone has 12 goals scored by various Americans throughout Europe, so here are a bunch of GIFs of about half of those goals. The goal tracker has also been updated with all the goals.
The US U-23 and U-17 teams have been busy lately. The U-23 team defeated the Bahamas national team 5-1 (highlights). And the U-17 team are in the semifinals of a tournament in Mexico after winning their first four games (highlights).
In Europa League action yesterday, Pablo Punyed and Stjarnan are advancing to the playoff round, while Mix Diskerud/Rosenborg, Ethan Horvath/Molde and Sean Reynolds/FH have all been eliminated.
Here are some highlights of Ethan Horvath in action between the sticks for Molde II in a recent game.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The big non-USMNT related news from yesterday is howbad 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.