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Club America vs. Motagua Highlights
   August 5, 2015 (9:07 PM) by Matt Benson
 

Ventura Alvarado went the full 90 minutes and scored the opening goal of the game in Club America’s 4-0 win over Motagua in CONCACAF Champions League action tonight.  Here is his goal.

 
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2014–15 OT XI
   May 25, 2015 (5:58 PM) by Howie Michaels
 

Holy smokes. Can you believe that this is the sixth edition of the legendary OT XI? When we started this thing there were actually a ton of American players in Europe. Of the original OT XI, only two (Alejandro Bedoya and Jonathan Spector) are still playing abroad, and five (Ryan Guy, Landon Donovan, Brad Friedel, Eddie Johnson, and Carlos Bocanegra) are retired. Crazy times.

Here are the past teams:
2009–10
2010–11
2011–12
2012–13
2013–14

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Goalkeeper
Brad Guzan, Aston Villa (England) [2nd appearance]

If you want to talk about the decline of American players abroad, look no further than goalkeeper (and talk to our friend Will, who wrote this pick.) Even though he didn’t have the greatest of finishes, it was Brad Guzan who carried Aston Villa through the first half of the season, when they couldn’t buy a goal. Guzan carried his team out of the relegation zone so that when it came to the meaningless games in the season, his poor performance didn’t matter. Admittedly, it’s a weak pick without glamour but of all the overseas goalkeepers, Guzan helped his team the most.

Defender
Greg Garza, Tijuana (Mexico) [1st]
Tim Ream, Bolton Wanderers (England) [2nd]
Ventura Alvarado, Club America (Mexico) [1st]
Eric Lichaj, Nottingham Forest (England) [2nd]

Two from Liga MX and two from the Football League Championship make up the backline. Garza basically made Edgar Castillo, the 2013 honoree at leftback, expendable at Tijuana as he also established himself as the likely national team heir apparent to the internationally-retired Edgar Castillo. Ream played a little of everywhere defensively for Bolton and earned his second consecutive team MVP. After time on loan, Alvarado blossomed with the CONCACAF Champions League winners and broke into the national team. Meanwhile, back in England, Lichaj had his healthiest season and made 42 appearances, more than the previous two seasons combined (since they play like 800 games in the lower divisions of England).

Defender
Fabian Johnson, Borussia Mönchengladbach (Germany) [3rd]
Danny Williams, Reading (England) [2nd]
Alfredo Morales, Ingolstadt (Germany) [1st]
Alejandro Bedoya, Nantes (France) [4th]

Guys, guys! We had a guy qualify to the Champions League out of a top five league! Johnson stepped up his team quality and managed to break in and do his usual thing of being a solid contributor at multiple spots on the flank. His former teammate at Hoffenheim, Williams, makes his second consecutive appearance as he continues to play well for Reading. Morales, who looked somewhat out of his element in early caps with the Nats, has blossomed into an legit prospect and helped Ingolstadt earn promotion, meaning he’ll join Johnson in the Bundesliga next year. Bedoya, meanwhile, continued his strong form in Nantes. With Bedoya’s 4th OT XI appearance, he ties Sacha Kljestan and Clint Dempsey for the all-time lead and is a solid favorite to hold the title by his lonesome sooner rather than later.

Forward
Matt Taylor, 1. FC Saarbrücken (Germany) [3rd]
Cesar Romero, FC Pyunik (Armenia) [2nd]

Taylor is basically one of our favorite OT players ever. He is a mortal lock to bang in double digit goals in any season that ends in an odd-numbered year (2011- 17; 2013- 16; 2015- 13) and takes advantage of the lengthy injury absences to Terrence Boyd and Aron Jóhannsson, two of last year’s forward honorees. Meanwhile, another OT favorite completely dominated Armenia, scoring 20 goals as Pyunik won their first league title since 2010. He also inspired us to make a ton of The Joker references, although we probably should have made more, because that’s an awesome nickname.

2014–15 MVP
Tim Ream, D, Bolton Wanderers

Ream has gone from MLS breakout prospect to national team disaster to Premier League overmatched to extremely useful Championship player. He has really excelled the last two years with Bolton, and he’s mostly a classic example of how a players can take a while to adjust to a new country.

Goal of the Year
Aron Jóhannsson really wanted to make this post despite missing so much time injured, so he won this late-season match against NAC Breda in the waning moments with this ridiculous strike from distance.

Performance of the Year
Seriously, Jóhannsson got healthy and just wanted OT honors. Plus he has a desire to spend his Thursdays traveling across Eastern Europe in Europa League. So Gunner Stahl (time to resurrect that nickname) decided to dump two goals and an assist on Excelsior (fantastic club name, I’m glad they managed to stay in the Eredivisie) in a match to clinch Europa League for AZ. Highlights!

 
Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Alfredo Morales, Aron Johannsson, Brad Guzan, Cesar Romero, Danny Williams, Eric Lichaj, Fabian Johnson, Greg Garza, Matt Taylor, Tim Ream, Ventura Alvarado
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Klinsmann names roster for Mexico friendly
   April 12, 2015 (5:42 PM) by Howie Michaels
 

It’s time for the not-quite-annual USA-Mexico out-of-window cash grab friendly (Wednesday, 7:30 PM CT, Fox Sports 1/UniMas/Univision Deportes). The US released its roster today. It consists of 13 MLS players, 5 Liga MX guys, an NASL guy, a college guy, a guy who finally made his EPL debut, and whatever we classify Julian Green as these days.

GOALKEEPERS (3): Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake), William Yarbrough (Club Leon)

DEFENDERS (8): Ventura Alvarado (Club America), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Greg Garza (Club Tijuana), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Michael Orozco (Puebla), Brek Shea (Orlando City SC), DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham Hotspur)

MIDFIELDERS (6): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana), Mix Diskerud (New York City FC), Miguel Ibarra (Minnesota United FC), Lee Nguyen (New England Revolution)

FORWARDS (5): Juan Agudelo (New England Revolution), Julian Green (Hamburg), Jordan Morris (Stanford University), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy)

Notable absences are Clint Dempsey (injured) and Jozy Altidore (suspended). Juan Agudelo makes his triumphant return. Brad Evans also returns after a lengthy absence.

EDIT: We’ve already had a change.

 
Categories: DeAndre Yedlin, Greg Garza, Joe Corona, Julian Green, Michael Orozco Fiscal, US Men's National Team, Ventura Alvarado, William Yarbrough
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International break housekeeping
   March 28, 2015 (5:50 AM) by Matt Benson
 

A couple things on the USMNT, U-23 and U-20 teams.

Jurgen Klinsmann initially said earlier this week that no players with the USMNT would play with the U-23 or U-20 teams after the Denmark friendly.  Syke!

Klinsmann also did a Q&A with US Soccer’s website about the Switzerland friendly and the player pool.

Ventura Alvarado, who made his US debut last week but is not cap-tied, claims he is committed to the United States over Mexico.

Poor Miguel Ibarra.

The injured Terrence Boyd is hanging out with the team this week.

The US U-23 team won its game against Bosnia U-23s, 5-2, on Friday.  The US goals were scored by Jordan Morris, Mario Rodriguez, Benji Joya, Alonso Hernandez and Fatai Alashe.  Here was the starting lineup.

The U-23ers will next play Denmark’s U-23 team on Tuesday at Lyngby Stadion in Copenhagen.

The U-20 team will take on England’s U-21 team at Home Park in Plymouth, England on Sunday.

 
Categories: Alonso Hernandez, Benji Joya, Fatai Alashe, Jordan Morris, Mario Rodriguez, Miguel Ibarra, Rubio Rubin, Terrence Boyd, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team, US U-23 National Team, Ventura Alvarado
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Post green beer hangover links
   March 18, 2015 (1:12 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Work has been pretty busy for me over the last week so I haven’t done a links post in a while.  That said, a bunch of goodies for you while you wait that green beer hangover out.

Two US female goalkeepers squared off against each other in UEFA Women’s Champions League last October so Will decided to have a chat with both of them to find out more.

Missed out on the weekend’s games?  Roderick has you covered.

US Soccer is about to have a busy next couple of weeks with the USMNT, U-23 and U-20 teams all having camps and friendlies throughout Europe.  It looks like we should expect to see the various rosters over the weekend.

While we wait for the rosters, a bunch of names are kind of leaking out.  Thanks to Birmingham City’s site, we know that Will Packwood is going to be with the U-23 team.   Brian Sciaretta is also hearing that Jerome Kiesewetter will be with the U-23s, while Andrija Novakovich will be with the U-20s.  And while there has been speculation that Jurgen Klinsmann is going to call in Ventura Alvarado with the MNTers, there is at least one report of Leon goalkeeper William Yarbrough being called in as well.

We are still waiting for Gedion Zelalem’s waiver to go through with FIFA, but he has been called in by Germany’s U-18 team.  He has turned them down in the past and hopefully he does again.

Speaking of rosters, here is Denmark’s roster for the USMNT friendly.

If you hate yourself, here is another (and new) story on Jurgen Klinsmann and fitness.

Will Packwood scored his first professional goal yesterday in Cheltenham Town’s 2-2 draw to Portsmouth (highlights).  He had to be subbed out due to some kind of injury, but he tweeted after the game that he is “feeling groggy” but is OK.

DeAndre Yedlin is back on the field and played with Tottenham’s U-21 team on Monday.  Here is a photo of him in action.

Andrija Novakovich made his debut with Reading’s senior team over the weekend in Reading’s 4-1 loss at Watford.  Here is a photo of Novakovich about to come onto the field.

Reading and Danny Williams (went the full 90) won their FA Cup 6th round replay over Bradford City on Monday.  Reading is headed to the FA Cup semis for the first time since 1927.

Klinsi was impressed with Jozy Altidore’s Toronto FC debut.

I see you, Greg Garza.

A.J. Soares is going to be out 6-8 weeks after picking up a knee injury in training.

According to this report out of Philadelphia, Union midfielder Danny Cruz is headed to Norway to go on a season-long loan with Bodø/Glimt.  If true, he will become teammates with Zarek Valentin.

Greg Seltzer caught up with Helsingborgs IF goalkeeper Matt Pyzdrowski.

Galway United forward Jake Keegan was on Goal’s League of Ireland GoalMouth podcast last week.  He also spoke to Brian Sciaretta.

AZ Alkmaar have brought on Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane as an advisor.  I think I read the word “moneyball” in every tweet yesterday mentioning this news.

Here is a story from last week on Marc Pelosi and his return to the field over the last year.

Andrew Sousa and Ryan Maduro were both in Iceland last season with Fylkir and now both are returning to the US with the Rhode Island Oceaneers.

According to Will Parchman, US U-17 winger McKinzie Gaines is headed to Germany to trial with Wolfsburg.

And finally, FIFA announced the stadiums that will be used at the 2016 Olympics and somehow Arena da Amazônia in Manaus made the cut as one of the seven stadiums.  I still remember drinking two full glasses of water while just walking to my seat in the upper deck.  It was such a furnace.  I did snap this nice photo.

manaus

 
Categories: A.J. Soares, Andrew Sousa, Andrija Novakovich, Danny Cruz, Danny Williams, DeAndre Yedlin, Gedion Zelalem, Greg Garza, Jake Keegan, Jerome Kiesewetter, Jozy Altidore, Marc Pelosi, Matt Pyzdrowski, McKinzie Gaines, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team, US U-23 National Team, Ventura Alvarado, Will Packwood, William Yarbrough, Zarek Valentin
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Links and such for Friday
   March 6, 2015 (12:46 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Some links from the last couple of days.

The US U-17 team won their third straight game of the CONCACAF U-17 Championship over Guatemala yesterday.  Here are some highlights while here are some photos.  With nine points through three games, the US can clinch the group and a spot at the FIFA U-17 World Cup with a win over Honduras on Sunday even though they have one more group stage game after that.

We didn’t have any injuries this week, but we had a few goals from some not-so-usual suspects during the midweek games.  As always, Roderick has you covered on what happened with The OT Report.

As for some highlights from the past week.  Adam Henley scored his first professional goal (highlights).  Amando Moreno scored another goal in Copa MX action (highlights).  And fresh off his USMNT call-up in January, Julio Morales scored in Copa MX action (highlights).

Conor O’Brien was also credited with an assist this week, but the site that I have been able to get Austrian highlights in the past changed their settings and won’t allow the video player to start for people outside Austria.  We also had some other goals this week that don’t have highlights yet, but you can always follow along with our goal tracker.

Speaking of Copa MX, the group stage finished up this past week and the quarterfinals have been figured out.  The Tijuana contingent earned the #1 seed and will take on Gabriel Farfan and Chiapas.  Everyone’s favorite left back Jonathan Bornstein and Queretaro are the #4 seed and will take on Chivas.  Herculez Gomez, Michael Orozco and Puebla are the #2 seed and take on Merida.  And Alonso Hernandez and Monterrey (#3 seed) will face UAT.

The first leg of the FA Youth Cup semifinals were this week with Cameron Carter-Vickers’ Tottenham squad winning the first game, 2-0, over Kyle Scott and Chelsea.  By a lot of accounts, CCV was one of the best players on the field.  Carter-Vickers was also on the cover of the match program this week.  And here is a post-game video interview with CCV.

Sticking with Cameron Carter-Vickers for a second, here is an article from The Telegraph on Tottenham’s youth with Carter-Vickers getting some love.

Continuing with the hyphenated centerbacks, it looks like there is a good chance that Erik Palmer-Brown is headed to Juventus.

In his second game since going out on loan, Lynden Gooch scored a goal and was named Man of the Match in Gateshead’s 3-1 win over Wrexham earlier this week.

Friend of the site Jon Arnold was in Mexico City this week for Club America’s CONCACAF Champions League win over Saprissa.  After seeing Ventura Alvarado in the flesh, he wrote some words on the centerback.

Herbert Robinson trained with Santos Laguna’s first team this week.

FC Anyang officially announced the loan deal for Philadelphia Union defender Austin Berry.

There was some chatter this week that Bob Bradley was in the running for Aston Villa’s director of football position, but his agent squashed that thought.

New York Red Bulls second round (Super!) draft pick Stefano Bonomo looks to be in Italy on trial with SPAL.

Björn Maars Johnsen had scored 14 goals in 27 games for Atlético CP in Portugal this season, but he appears to be with Lovech in Bulgaria now.  For those out of the loop, he was born in North Carolina but grew up in Norway.

Brian Sciaretta talked to Desevio Payne this week about making his Eredivisie debut.

Here is an interview with SC Freiburg’s Ethan Sonis.

And finally, to end on a light note, here is a great video of Jermaine Jones struggling to name 1990s MLS logos.

 
Categories: Adam Henley, Alonso Hernandez, Amando Moreno, Austin Berry, Björn Maars Johnsen, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Conor O'Brien, Desevio Payne, Erik Palmer-Brown, Ethan Sonis, Gabriel Farfan, Herbert Robinson Garcia, Herculez Gomez, Jermaine Jones, Jonathan Bornstein, Kyle Scott, Lynden Gooch, Michael Orozco Fiscal, Stefano Bonomo, US U-17 National Team, Ventura Alvarado
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Links and other nonsense for Thursday
   February 26, 2015 (2:18 AM) by Matt Benson
 

A bunch of stuff from the last couple of days.

The US U-17 begins its World Cup qualifying quest on Friday and here is the roster that Richie Williams has called in.  And here are the rosters for all the teams at the tournament.

Brian Sciaretta talked to Williams this week about the roster and qualification.

Will Parchman wrote a lot of words on US U-17 starlet Christian Pulisic.

Club Tijuana’s website has a story up on forward Brandon Vazquez, who I was told by Mr. Parchman was sort of a surprise inclusion to the US U-17 roster.

Herculez Gomez likes scoring goals for Puebla and scored two more in Copa MX action earlier this week (highlights).

Edgar Castillo went the full 90 minutes last night in Atlas’ big 1-0 win over Atletico Mineiro in Copa Libertadores.  How rare was the win?  It was Atletico Mineiro’s first loss at home in Copa Libertadores play since 1978, a run of 20 straight games.

Club America president Ricardo Pelaez would like to see Mexico call-up Ventura Alvarado, but El Tri manager Miguel Herrera recently told some press that other players are ahead of Alvarado in his pecking order.  You know what to do next, Klinsi.

The Toronto Sun’s Kurtis Larson had a nice lengthy interview with Jozy Altidore.

“There were a lot of options,” Altidore said. “People were saying I was forced to Toronto or something like that. I just thought at this point in my life it was something that I was ready to do.

“I was ready for the public opinion and backlash. The project they have here excited me the most.”

Even more than the plethora of opportunities he had on Europe’s mainland.

Altidore explained why he chose Toronto FC over four German clubs, two French sides, two Italian teams and a potential loan move within the Premier League.

But there are a lot of goodies in that interview so go read it.

While he is not playing much for Hamburg, Bayern Munich is at least making money off Julian Green.  According to one report out of Germany, Bayern Munich is getting paid each time Green doesn’t make Hamburg’s gameday roster.  And that has happened a lot this season.

As for some injury news, Aron Johannsson returned to training earlier this week after missing a couple games for AZ Alkmaar.

Tim Ream is also expected to return to training this week after being subbed off last weekend with a back injury.

Brian Sciaretta talked to Josh Gatt about coming back from his knee injuries over the last couple years.  And here is a short video of Gatt sprinting on his knee.

Despite some recent un-Tim Howard-like performances, Roberto Martinez still has Tim Howard’s back.

Jurgen Klinsmann is returning Robbie Rogers’ e-mails again.

After scoring some goals with both Tijuana’s senior team and U-20 team, Club Tijuana’s website has a little story up on Amando Moreno.

It looks like Philadelphia Union’s Austin Berry is being sent out on loan to South Korea’s FC Anyang.

Former DC United and Seattle Sounders forward David Estrada is on trial with Stabæk.

Speaking of the Fighting Bob Bradleys, here is a video interview with Stabæk midfielder Cole Grossman.

And finally, Sky Sports in England won the TV rights to MLS for the first time.

 
Categories: Amando Moreno, Aron Johannsson, Austin Berry, Brandon Vazquez, Christian Pulisic, Cole Grossman, Edgar Castillo, Herculez Gomez, Josh Gatt, Jozy Altidore, Julian Green, Robbie Rogers, Tim Howard, Tim Ream, US U-17 National Team, Ventura Alvarado
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Tuesday morning links
   February 17, 2015 (6:23 AM) by Matt Benson
 

A bunch of randomness for Tuesday.

I went to Tijuana this past weekend to check out Tijuana-Pumas and wrote some words about the trip.

Want to know how your favorite Americans did abroad this past weekend?  Roderick has you covered.

Want some highlights of some goals?  Bobby Wood scored twice and so did Andrew Wooten.  Brian Span scored in Finland while Junior Flores scored for Borussia Dortmund’s U-19 team.  It wasn’t a goal, but Timothy Chandler had a “deflected assist”.  And when in doubt, check out our goal tracker.

Those braces earned Bobby Wood and Andrew Wooten a spot on Kicker’s 2. Bundesliga Team of the Week.  And Wood was named Kicker’s 2. Bundesliga Player of the Week.

Not a shocker, but the rumored 2015 USMNT away jersey was officially announced by Nike and US Soccer yesterday.  And I officially added it to our USMNT jersey history page.

Julian Green’s situation with Hamburg is odd.  Bild reported last week that Green could possibly get fined for refusing to play with the U-23 team.  And now it looks like Green is supposed to meet with the team today to discuss whether he will or will not play with the U-23 team.

Are you one of the three people not tired hearing about the USMNT and fitness?  Matt Besler talked to the Kansas City Star about Klinsmann’s quotes and now Klinsi is tweeting with fitness talk.  Klinsmann also thinks the new jerseys are cool.

As expected, the US-Mexico friendly for April is now sold out.

One player we could be seeing in the upcoming USMNT friendlies?  Club America defender Ventura Alvarado.

The FA Cup quarterfinal draw was held yesterday and a couple Americans are still left in the competition.  Brad Guzan and Aston Villa will be facing West Brom, while Danny Williams and Reading will take on Bradford City.

After training with the Fighting Bob Bradleys, A.J. Soares looks to be on trial with Viking.

And finally, Christian Pulisic got to train with Borussia Dortmund’s senior team last week and manager Jurgen Klopp thought he showed signs of good quality.

 
Categories: A.J. Soares, Andrew Wooten, Bobby Wood, Brad Guzan, Brian Span, Christian Pulisic, Danny Williams, Julian Green, Junior Flores, Matt Besler, Timothy Chandler, US Men's National Team, Ventura Alvarado
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An assortment of links for Tuesday
   January 13, 2015 (12:38 AM) by Matt Benson
 

A bunch of goodies to get into.

The USMNT has begun January’s camp this week in beautiful Southern California.  In case you missed it, Jurgen Klinsmann has called in 28 players for this camp, a mixture of vets and a bunch of youth as he looks towards the Olympic/U-23 team.

One player at this month’s camp that you probably don’t know that much about is Julio Morales.  Brian Sciaretta gets you caught up to date on Mr. Morales.  It looks like Morales might not be able to play in the friendlies just yet (although he can still participate in the camp) as he has to file a one-time switch with FIFA since he played with Mexico at the 2013 U-20 World Cup.

Much like Brad Friedel with the U-20 team, another former player, Carlos Bocanegra, is helping out as a coach this month.

Kyle McCarthy takes a look at the mixture of vets and youth as camp begins.

Daryl Grove came up with some humorous one-sentence descriptions for each of the players.  Brek Shea’s is easily the best.

Jurgen Klinsmann did not win FIFA Coach of the Year, but he did receive votes from 12 of the 544 voters, including five first-place votes.

In other USMNT news, CONCACAF has moved up the start of the final round of World Cup qualifying (a.k.a. The Hex) by three months to November of 2016 due to FIFA eliminating some international fixture dates in 2017.  The draw for the first round will take place on Thursday, but the US won’t enter qualification until the fourth round, beginning in November of 2015.  Yes, the whole cycle is about to start up again.

And we might know about two more friendlies for this year as Fox Sports ran this graphic during Friday’s U-20 game, which shows games against Australia and Ghana for later this year.

The US U-20 team is off to a rough start down in Jamaica, drawing to Guatemala (highlights) and losing to Panama (highlights).  Cameron Carter-Vickers has scored the only goal for the US so far and he spoke to Tottenham’s website about it.  Junior Flores had to leave the Panama game after getting his ankle stepped/rolled on and it sounds like he is in a boot and is on crutches.  That makes me think he will be out for a little while.  Want some goalie critique of the first two games?  Will has you covered.  And finally, Tony Meola spoke to Tab Ramos and Ramos claims Gedion Zelalem is “untouchable until March” when it comes to the U-20 team.

Speaking of Mr. Zelalem, the guys over at The Short Fuse have a little write- up on the savoir of American soccer Arsenal prospect.

Moving onto some club news.

All signs are pointing towards Mix Diskerud signing with NYCFC later today (or this week).

There was some more Jozy Altidore-to-MLS chatter over the weekend and Toronto FC appears to have the edge at the moment.  If this were to go down, I am just going to pretend that this was some mastermind of Klinsi to get Michael Bradley and Jozy practicing together everyday.

And both Steven Goff and Jeff Carlisle are hearing that a couple MLS teams are interested in signing Sacha Kljestan as well as an English League Championship side.

DeAndre Yedlin got the start and played 60 minutes with Tottenham’s U-21 team on Friday.  To go along with the video in the last link, here are some photos from the game.

Cody Cropper had to be taken to the hospital with a head injury on Monday after a collision in Southampton’s U-21 game.  Hopefully this doesn’t become anything serious.

Jonathan Spector is finally healthy again.  Although he didn’t play, he did make Birmingham City’s bench this past weekend in their 3-1 win over Wigan Athletic.

Heath Pearce didn’t come to terms with Orlando City after being taken in the expansion draft, so he might be looking to take his talents to Europe.  Pearce began his professional career in Denmark with FC Nordsjælland and also played with Hansa Rostock in Germany so he does have experience abroad.

Ventura Alvarado told Brian Sciaretta last week that he would be interested in a US call-up if Klinsmann called.

Since I get e-mailed one every other month by someone wanting to know Freddy Adu’s status, Steven Goff tells us that he is back training in the D.C. area since being let go from Serbia.

Justin Moose will no longer being playing in Finland with SJK as he signed with the Wilmington Hammerheads of USL Pro last week.

I can’t find much more on this, but Frank Simek’s wikipedia page has been updated that he is now with Sông Lam Nghệ An in Vietnam.  As one would expect, it is not easy to find solid information on this team or league.

Goalkeeper Alex Horwath (not to be confused with U-20 goalkeeper Ethan Horvath) is leaving Sweden and Ljungskile SK and signed with Norwegian second division side SK Brann.  Now Horwath and Horvath will both be in Norway.

Remember when David Yelldell had a hot minute with the USMNT?  He talked about it to Bayer Leverkusen’s website.

Former US U-20 player Fabrice Picault has signed with Sparta Prague in the Czech Republic.

And finally, American-born Ghanaian Koby Osei-Wusu is playing with Ghana’s U-20 team.  And this website doesn’t think highly of US Soccer.

He is one of the young talents recruited and being groomed for the various US national soccer teams through their United States Soccer Development Association (USSDA).

The inclusion of Koby will be a major boost for US soccer which is regarded as a low competitive standard.

Hey Ghana, remember thisOr this?  I do.

 
Categories: Alex Horwath, Brek Shea, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Carlos Bocanegra, Cody Cropper, David Yelldell, DeAndre Yedlin, Fabrice Picault, Frank Simek, Freddy Adu, Gedion Zelalem, Heath Pearce, Jonathan Spector, Jozy Altidore, Julio Morales, Junior Flores, Justin Moose, Koby Osei-Wusu, Mix Diskerud, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team, US U-23 National Team, Ventura Alvarado
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A variety of links for Thursday
   December 18, 2014 (1:22 AM) by Matt Benson
 

A bunch of stuff from this week and other stuff from last week that I meant to post but didn’t, so let’s get after it.

Yesterday was a good day for Americans in Europe.  John Brooks continued his recent strong play by scoring his first goal since THAT goal against Ghana (highlights from yesterday).  Over in Belgium, Sacha Kljestan came off the bench and scored a goal in Anderlecht’s 3-0 win in the Belgian Cup (highlights).  Also in the Belgian Cup, Kenny Saief scored for Gent in their 4-1 win (no highlights found yet).  And back in Germany, Alfredo Morales was credited with an assist in Ingolstadt’s 2-1 win, but his teammate did most of the dirty work (highlights).

Catching up on some other goals from the past few days while I was gone this weekend.  Junior Flores scored in Borussia Dormund’s 1-1 draw to Anderlecht in UEFA Youth League action, but he had to be subbed off after 30 minutes after picking up a concussion and will miss a little time.

Rubio Rubin also scored his second professional goal over the weekend in Utrecht’s 3-1 loss (highlights).

Jon-Paul Pittman scored a goal for Grimsby Town in FA Trophy First Round action.

And while it wasn’t a goal, Alejandro Bedoya had an assist over the weekend in Nantes’ 2-1 win (highlights).

US Soccer confirmed seven friendlies for 2015 at some point last week.  Plus we have reports of a possible friendly against Brazil for September.

And CONCACAF announced the venues and dates of next summer’s Gold Cup.

Catching up on in-house links, Will had a good goalkeeper discussion with four collegiate goalkeepers prior to last weekend’s College Cup.  And RJ caught back up with Jake Keegan to see how the Irish promotion playoffs went (spoiler alert: they went well).

Howie posted some links about Brek Shea heading back to the US and Orlando City, but Greg Seltzer is hearing that some other Championship teams might be still interested in his services.

Herculez Gomez is headed back to Puebla.  This will be his seventh different stint with a Liga MX team in the last five seasons, but he would be returning to his original stint/team where he won his scoring title in 2010.

Ventura Alvarado and Club America won the Apertura title this past fall so here are two interviews for you, one in English and one in Spanish.

The latest Jozy Altidore rumors have Werder Bremen wanting him on loan in January.

Will Packwood is back at Birmingham City and out for a few weeks after injuring his groin on loan with Colchester United.

Vice Sports caught up with Aron Johannsson to talk about finally getting over his various injuries of the past six months.

LA Galaxy forward Jack McBean is doing his annual MLS-offseason-training-stint-in-Europe with Charlton Athletic.

Steven Goff talked to Brad Friedel about a variety of topics right here.  Tim Howard has also retracted some of his comments about Friedel blocking his move to Manchester United.

Dom Dwyer signed a new contract with Sporting Kansas City which will keep him in the US for a while longer.  Since he received his green card in 2012, he would be eligible to apply for citizenship in 2017.

Tab Ramos and the US U-20 team is down in Honduras this week for some friendlies.  The initial roster had Zack Steffen and Santiago Castano as the goalkeepers and they were both in the news this past week.  Steffen signed with Freiburg in Germany, while Castano turned down the US for Colombia’s U-20 team.

Brian Sciaretta introduces us to the next potential German-American on the radar, Hamburg fullback Ashton Götz.  But Götz has a ways to go before playing for the US.

Like I mentioned towards the top of this post, John Brooks has been playing well for Hertha Berlin recently and received some good praise from manager Jos Luhukay.

If you have been around this site from the beginning, you might remember the name Nate Weiss.  Weiss has played a little here and there (Lativa, Sweden and Germany to name a few countries) and now he is working on getting his UEFA coaching licenses.

The Fighting Bob Bradleys will be coming to the US in February to partake in the Portland Timbers’ preseason tournament.

Joe Gyau didn’t travel with Borussia Dortmund’s U-23 team this past weekend due to how his knee has reacted lately.  Probably in his best interest to take it slow and make sure everything is fine.

Bobby Wood doesn’t appear to in 1860 Munich’s plans going forward.

And finally, this photo of DaMarcus Beasley, Kyle Beckerman and Landon Donovan is awesome.

 
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