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Links and whatnot for Tuesday
   October 6, 2015 (12:00 AM) by Matt Benson

We are closing in on the CONCACAF Cup and the game is officially a sellout.

In case you missed it on Saturday, here is the US roster.  While a couple guys are injured (Aron Johannsson and John Brooks), I guess the biggest “snub” would be Omar Gonzalez considering he started one of the September friendlies so you would think he would be “on the depth chart” at centerback.

Jurgen Klinsmann talked to US Soccer’s website about the roster.  He also talked to ESPN’s Doug McIntyre.

Jozy Altidore told ESPN’s Jeff Carlisle that the last two years have been rough.

This isn’t the first time the US and Mexico have met in a playoff.  They also played in a World Cup playoff in 1934.

As for Mexico, Andres Guardado was once thought to be out with an injury, but he is healthy now.  Although El Tri will be without the services of Giovani dos Santos due to an injury picked up this weekend.

Want some more info on Mexico?  Alicia Rodriguez has you covered.

The US U-23ers have opened Olympic qualifying with wins against Canada (highlights) and Cuba (highlights).  They take on Panama in the last group stage match tonight and I believe they only need a draw to win the group (and could even win the group with a loss depending on goal differential).

Over in Group B, Mexico and Honduras play on Wednesday with the loser likely facing the US in the all important semifinal (a draw would mean Honduras would finish second and play the US if the US can clinch their group).

One player joining the US U-23 team this week is goalkeeper Ethan Horvath since he was still in Norway playing for Molde FK.  He has seen his stock rise in the last couple months as he was named to’s Europa League Team of the Week and Edwin van der Sar had some nice things to say about him.  And Brian Sciaretta talked to Horvath recently about his rapid rise.

Sticking with goalkeepers, the last time we heard from Aleks Gogic, he was talking to our Will Reno about playing with the Nike Academy.  Now the 19-year-old has a new home and it is with League One side Fleetwood Town until the end of the season.  And the Cod Army already have an American goalkeeper on the roster in Brendan Moore.

Bobby Wood is off to a good start in Germany and he talked to Greg Seltzer about the season so far.

American Joe Enochs is now the manager of German 3. Liga club VfL Osnabrück.

We had a bunch of goals this weekend and some highlights from Danny Williams, Andrew Stadler, Erik Hurtado, Kyle Curinga, Jon-Paul Pittman and Conor O’Brien.  Plus Andrew Wooten dished out two assists.

And finally, Club Tijuana’s website has a little story up on US U-17 World Cup forward Brandon Vazquez.

Categories: Aleks Gogic, Andrew Stadler, Andrew Wooten, Bobby Wood, Brandon Vazquez, Brendan Moore, Conor O'Brien, Danny Williams, Erik Hurtado, Ethan Horvath, Jon-Paul Pittman, Jozy Altidore, Kyle Curinga, US Men's National Team, US U-23 National Team

A bunch of youthful links for Thursday
   August 27, 2015 (12:03 AM) by Matt Benson

It has been a good week for US youth players.

Lynden Gooch scored in his third straight U21 game over the weekend (highlights), which led to him making his Sunderland senior team debut in their Capital One Cup win over Exeter City (photo).  And he spoke to Sunderland’s website following his debut.

Gedion Zelalem officially went on loan to Rangers this week.  Rangers’ website has a photo gallery of his first training session and an interview with him.  Then he went out to make his debut in yesterday’s Scottish Cup match against Airdrieonians and end up with two assists (and a hockey assist on a third goal) in the 5-0 win (highlights).

Andrija Novakovich scored a goal over the weekend in Reading U21s’ 2-1 win over Liverpool (highlights).

Andrija Novakovich’s former teammate at Reading, Aleks Gogic, spoke to Will about his time at Reading and his current stint with the Nike Academy.

Julian Green scored a goal in Bayern Munich II’s 2-1 win against Bayreuth on Tuesday.  Still no highlights available just yet, but here is a photo of Green in action.

Amando Moreno scored another goal with Tijuana’s U20 team over the weekend.  That gives him three goals on the season at the U20 level.

Cody Cropper got the start and made a couple saves in MK Dons’ 2-1 win over Cardiff City in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday (highlights).

A slight break from the youth train.  Geoff Cameron scored the clinching penalty kick (and it was nicely taken) in Stoke City’s 1-1 (8-7 on PKs) victory over Luton Town in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday (highlights).  And Matt Taylor has been on fire for Saarbrücken, scoring over the weekend against Pirmasens (highlights) and this week against Spielberg (highlights).

But you don’t care about these vets, you want more information on youth players.

The last time we heard about the US U-17 team, they lost their first game of the Vaclav Jezek Tournament.  They followed that up with draws against Slovenia and Slovakia.  Then finished the tournament with a win over Ukraine.

While he plays with Fulham’s U21 team, Emerson Hyndman has been called in to the US U-23s’ September camp.

US U-17 forward (and dual national) Kai Koreniuk has accepted a call-up with Netherlands’ U-18 team.

Josh Deaver has three different tweets about Ben Lederman’s current situation with Barcelona.

O When The Yanks gives us an update on Djair Parfitt-Williams’ citizenship.  He has become a regular with West Ham United’s U21 team.

Bayern Munich just spent €500,000 on 16-year-old midfielder Timothy Tillman.  He is a dual national of Germany and the United States.  He has featured for Germany’s U15 team, but he has told O When The Yanks that he would be interested in the US.

French-American forward Dylan Alexis Romney is now on loan with Savona from Inter Milan.

Former US international and youth coach Hugo Perez is now going to be an assistant coach for El Salvador.

Robbie Kristo spurned MLS for Italian Serie B side Spezia back in February and now he is headed out on loan to Fidelis Andria in Lega Pro (third tier).

Devann Yao finished last season with Neustrelitz and now he is still in Germany but with Kickers Offenbach.

Probably won’t know the USMNT roster for September’s friendlies until after this weekend, but here is Peru’s roster.

Copa America Centenario is taking place next summer.  We just don’t know whether CONCACAF will be involved or not.

DeAndre Yedlin is getting some loan interest from teams in England and Spain.

Tijuana’s website has a little story up on Paul Arriola.

San Diego State product Ata Ozbay has signed with Finn Harps in Ireland.

And finally, Kenya Brown caught up with Alex DeJohn about his season in Norway.

Categories: Aleks Gogic, Alex DeJohn, Amando Moreno, Andrija Novakovich, Ata Ozbay, Ben Lederman, Cody Cropper, DeAndre Yedlin, Devann Yao, Djair Parfitt-Williams, Emerson Hyndman, Gedion Zelalem, Geoff Cameron, Hugo Perez, Julian Green, Kai Koreniuk, Lynden Gooch, Matt Taylor, Paul Arriola, Robbie Kristo, Timothy Tillman, US Men's National Team, US U-17 National Team
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Aleks Gogic Interview
   August 25, 2015 (6:03 AM) by Will Reno

Aleks Gogic is a nineteen year old American goalkeeper currently playing overseas in Europe. Originally coming from the Red Bulls academy, Gogic signed with Reading FC two years ago and is now playing with the Nike Academy after a successful trial in their Most Wanted setup.


What was your time with New York Red Bulls like?

When I look back at it, I enjoyed my time with the Red Bulls. I did have a couple of up and downs with them. We trained 3-4 times a week, the quality of the players was amazing, the coaching staff was good, and the Red Bulls was one of the few academies in the NJ/NY area that had a full time goalie coach that went to every session. Probably the only negative thing was that when I was with them, there were three keepers in the same age group and the coaches had split the playing time. So I didn’t get as much playing time as I hoped I could get.


Talk about your time with Reading. What stands out looking back?

My time at Reading was good in my eyes. Everything that happened in those two years helped me get better as a player and also helped me become more mature. I have to say the biggest difference between the two [New York and Reading] was that in Reading, all the players took the game to the next level because they were trying to make a living from playing the game. In NYRB, the players weren’t as serious to get better everyday.


How come you didn’t stay at Reading? Were they just not looking to re-sign or were you looking to move on?

I wanted to stay at Reading because the keeper training there was phenomenal and I felt like the coaches there could teach me so many things about football that I didn’t know. But unfortunately the club had too many keepers at that time so they didn’t resign most of them, and I just wasn’t good enough to make the cut.


How did signing for the Nike Academy come up? Since they’re not in a proper league, how is being on this team different than other teams you’ve played on?

My agent, Adam Jodoin, was looking for trials for me at the end of last season. He told me about an opening at the Nike Most Wanted trials. I thought it was a good idea to try it out so I spent a weekend at Saint George’s with 33 players from around the world. During that weekend, the Nike coaches liked me and they offered me a place at the Nike Academy. The only difference [between playing for Nike and a club in a league] is that instead of playing league games, we are only playing friendlies every week. But everything else is the same.


What’s the most impressive thing you’ve done with Nike?

Well I’ve only been with them for two months now, so not much has happened but I would have to say playing against PSG’s U19 team last weekend has to be the best thing that I’ve done with Nike. We traveled to France, toured around Paris, and saw the PSG first team play. Then we played the U19s at their training ground. They have to be best team that I’ve played against so far in my career.


How do contracts work with the Academy? Surely most of the players are looking to land to a club soon so how does Nike assist with that? Are you constantly looking to find another club or can you stay with the academy another year?

It’s like a one year contract but at the end of the year the coaches can give you another year. Nike helps us get trials at other clubs by helping us making video clips of our games, sending resumes about us, and playing against teams. I could stay at Nike for another year cause the age group is up to twenty-one and I’m still nineteen. But, yeah, I’m always checking to see if any clubs are looking for a keeper and if there are any trials around.


Are you looking to stay in Europe long term or is a return to the US preferred at some point?

I haven’t really gave that much of a thought, but hopefully I can stay in Europe in the early stages of my career so I can make a name of myself and hopefully end my career in MLS. But then again, I wouldn’t mind signing with an MLS team at this point.


What’s a common question you’re asked about being American?

That’s quite a hard one. Some questions are “Why do you guys call it soccer instead of football?” and people always ask if America is the same as how the movies portray it.


Are you a dual national with Poland? Am I reading that right?

Yeah, I have an American and Polish passport.


I know you’ve spent a little time with the USYNT but is there any interest in playing for Poland? Is one preferred over the other?

To be fair I haven’t thought about playing In the international level, but I would edge more towards America because I’ve lived there most of my life and I have already been part of their set up.

Categories: Aleks Gogic
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Friday morning links
   October 24, 2014 (1:09 AM) by Matt Benson

A few links before the weekend.

The USMNT will have a second friendly next month in Europe as they will take on Colombia at Craven Cottage in London.

The latest FIFA rankings came out earlier this week and the US dropped six places to No. 23.  They are still the third-highest ranked team in CONCACAF as Costa Rica comes in at No. 16 and Mexico at No. 17.

Mix Diskerud had to be subbed out after 36 minutes in last weekend’s game due to an injury, but he just missed a couple practices this week and returned to training yesterday.  Sounds like a good chance he plays on Sunday.

Also in the injury department, Aron Johannsson is expected to dress with AZ Alkmaar this weekend.  Johannsson played with AZ’s reserves earlier this week and will get a chance to play in his first game with the senior team against Groningen on Saturday.

While those guys are coming back from injuries, Timothy Chandler will likely miss Eintracht Frankfurt’s game this weekend due to an abductor muscle issue.

After missing basically the entire season after tearing his achilles tendon, Zarek Valentin returned to full training this week in Norway.

Freddy Adu hasn’t done much at Jagodina in Serbia this season and could be making a move to Sweden come January.

Geoff Cameron is back from injury and is ready to fight for a position at center back or central midfield.

Ives Galarcep talked to Greg Garza earlier this week about the crazy three-year run Garza has been having.  I remember when he was sort of this mythical player stuck in Traffic Sports purgatory.

Franco Panizo caught up with Alfredo Morales to talk about the progress he is making at Ingolstadt and with the USMNT.

Jose Torres scored a pretty bitchin’ goal in Copa MX action earlier this week.

Gedion Zelalem went the full 90 minutes in Arsenal’s 4-3 loss to Anderlecht in the UEFA Youth League on Tuesday.  On Wednesday, Junior Flores got the start and played 77 minutes in Borussia Dortmund’s 3-2 loss to Galatasaray.

Marc Pelosi has been training some with Liverpool’s senior team this past week.

Brian Sciaretta talked to 16-year-old English-American defender Cameron Carter-Vickers about his trip with the US U-23 team down to Brazil and how US Soccer found him.

While we are learning about some new dual-national players, Tom Marshall introduces us to Leones Negros midfielder Jesus Vazquez.

Aleks Gogic signed with Reading last year, but it looks like the 18-year-old goalkeeper must be on loan with Southern League Premier Division (seventh tier!) side Slough Town F.C. as he played in a game with them last Saturday.

Categories: Aleks Gogic, Alfredo Morales, Aron Johannsson, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Freddy Adu, Gedion Zelalem, Geoff Cameron, Greg Garza, Jesus Vazquez, Jose Francisco Torres, Junior Flores, Marc Pelosi, Mix Diskerud, Timothy Chandler, US Men's National Team, Zarek Valentin

Friday morning links
   May 3, 2013 (12:02 AM) by Matt Benson

The big news from yesterday, which Howie already posted, is that Stuart Holden is back in the USMNT picture.  Holden also did an interview with Lion of Vienna Suite this week where he states that he feels 100%.

Steven Goff gives us the latest USMNT ticket sales update.  I really need to stop playing around and pull the trigger on a trip up to Seattle in June.

Jurgen Klinsmann doesn’t appear to be happy about Brek Shea’s lack of playing time at Stoke City.

Sky Sports is reporting that Maurice Edu might make a permanent move from Stoke City to Bursaspor, but the article really only has quotes from Edu about being happy in Turkey.

Here is a video of Geoff Cameron talking about Stoke City’s summer tour to play against Houston Dynamo.

Greg Seltzer updates us on AZ Alkmaar’s all-time single-season goals list (plus gives us some other numbers and stats).  Jozy Altidore is fourth with 30 goals and has three games left to add to that tally.  Kees Kist holds the top three spots with 39 goals (1981-82), 36 (1978-79) and 35 (1977-78).

Want some other numbers?  Conor O’Brien leads all Danish Superliga players in average kilometers covered per game this season.

Steve Cherundolo talked to US Soccer about soon becoming the fourth player in Bundesliga history to play 300 games and playing the most games in club history after his next appearance.  Cherundolo is also close on a new contract with Hannover 96.

This is from last week, but this story has some quotes from Tab Ramos on the US U-20 team, including why DeAndre Yedlin didn’t make the CONCACAF U-20 Championship roster.

A player that was on the CONCACAF U-20 Championship roster, Mario Rodriguez, scored a goal for Kaiserslautern in the semifinals of the U-19 German Cup the other day.

US U-17 forward Junior Flores is headed to Germany to train with Borussia Dortmund up through their Champions League final appearance.  Flores signed a pre-contract deal with Borussia Dortmund back in October and can’t sign a professional deal until he turns 18 in March of 2014.

We have another American at Club Tijuana as former LA Galaxy youth academy player Paul Arriola has signed with the Liga MX club.

And finally, here is a local paper type story on Aleks Gogic signing with Reading.

Categories: Aleks Gogic, Brek Shea, Conor O'Brien, DeAndre Yedlin, Geoff Cameron, Jozy Altidore, Junior Flores, Mario Rodriguez, Maurice Edu, Paul Arriola, Steve Cherundolo, Stuart Holden, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team
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Get your links on
   April 10, 2013 (10:32 PM) by Matt Benson

Want some links?  Why not.

Stuart Holden is close to signing a new deal with Bolton Wanderers.  That article references an interview with ESPN and you can find that here.  And you may have noticed that Holden sat out of the mid-week game for Sheffield Wednesday after playing over the weekend, but there is some speculation that part of the loan deal was for him not play multiple games over a week.  Probably would be a smart thing.

Mikkel Diskerud took on some grand master in chess.  And lost.

On the USMNT friendly front, nearly 30,000 tickets have already been sold for the friendly against Germany in DC.  And the US are looking to play in Europe during the August international window.

Remember when I told you earlier this week that Freddy Adu went to a team who just fired their manager?  I guess Bahia have made 25 (!) managerial changes over the last 10 years.  Yikes.

Here is what Jozy Altidore will wear in home games next year if he ends up staying at AZ Alkmaar.  I like the Alkmaar flag in the V-neck.

J.R. Eskilson got some quotes on 17-year-old goalkeeper Aleks Gogic signing with Reading.  I know a couple people were wondering about the work permit, but it appears that his parents are Polish, which makes things easier.

US U-20 forward Danny Garcia is headed to Mexico to train with Club America.

Another youth product to keep an eye on in Mexico:  Herbert Robinson Garcia.  He is a 17-year-old Mexican-American at Santos Laguna who dressed for the senior team last weekend and is the captain of their U-17 team.

And another youth player who still has a ways to go to before ever playing for the US (a.k.a. he is not a US citizen but did live in the US briefly), but we can dream is Gedion Zelalem.  Zelalem made his debut with Arsenal’s U-21 team over the weekend.

Categories: Aleks Gogic, Danny Garcia, Freddy Adu, Gedion Zelalem, Herbert Robinson Garcia, Jozy Altidore, Mix Diskerud, Stuart Holden, US Men's National Team

A few links for Friday morning
   April 5, 2013 (12:08 AM) by Matt Benson

Want a podcast to pass the time today?  Jurgen Klinsmann spoke to the Mens in Blazers this week.

CONCACAF has made some changes to the Gold Cup regarding the rosters and tiebreakers.

Jason Davis has some words on Herculez Gomez over at  It is pretty crazy that all nine of Gomez’s CCL goals have come against MLS teams.

Doug McIntyre wonders (ESPN Insider) if Steve Cherundolo’s USMNT future is murky.

The USMNT has had some width issues under Klinsmann so Matt Wagner writes about possibly moving Timothy Chandler and Fabian Johnson up to midfield.

Brian Sciaretta caught up with Juan Ocegueda this week to talk about the U-20 World Cup draw.

Continuing with the theme of English teams searching far and wide for American goalkeepers, Reading is signing US U-17 goalkeeper Aleks Gogic.

Enjoy the weekend.

Categories: Aleks Gogic, Fabian Johnson, Herculez Gomez, Juan Ocegueda, Steve Cherundolo, Timothy Chandler, US Men's National Team