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Thursday morning links
   June 20, 2013 (12:01 AM) by Matt Benson

A hodgepodge of links for you on this Thursday morning.

I did a quick look at Jozy Altidore’s USMNT goal-scoring streak yesterday.  Josh Gatt also scored a goal yesterday and here are the highlights of that.

We had a couple other goals from Wednesday.  Daniel Stevens scored his sixth goal of the season in BK-46’s 1-0 win over SalPa in Finland.  And in Swedish Division 2 (fourth tier) action, Lester Dewee scored his first of the 2013 season in Bodens BK’s 3-2 loss to Morön.  And you can follow along with our goal tracker.

Jonathan Spector has re-signed with Birmingham City.  And he apparently “spurned” some Premier League interest to re-sign with the Championship side.

Since Oka Nikolov is headed to MLS, Steve Cherundolo is now the longest-serving active one-club man in the Bundesliga.

Want a photo album of random Clint Dempsey photos from the last 10 years?  Here you go.

Tuesday’s USMNT game against Honduras drew a 0.7 rating, which isn’t too bad since it was up against one of the better NBA Finals games in a while (Game 6 of the 2011 NBA Finals is still the best ever and I am only saying that as a Dallas Mavericks fan).

Not that we didn’t already know this, but Michael Bradley is important to the USMNT.

Want to meet the US U-20 team?  Here is a video for you.  Brian Sciaretta talked to Victor Pineda this week, while Danny Garcia signed a homegrown deal with FC Dallas.  The US U-20 team kicks off the U-20 World Cup on Friday at 2 PM Eastern against Spain on ESPN2, WatchESPN and Univision Deportes.

According to this Portuguese report, Tony Taylor may be headed to Cyprus side AC Omonia.  They would be playing in the second qualifying round of Europa League next season.

Junior Flores is headed back to Germany to train with Borussia Dortmund’s U-19 team in July.

Stuttgarter Kickers has extended Royal-Dominique Fennell’s contract through 2015.  Fennell appeared in only 12 games for the German 3. Liga side in 2012-13 due to a groin injury.

Paolo DelPiccolo is still on trial with the Montreal Impact since returning from Germany and recently played in a reserve league match.

USF left back Ben Sweat went on some trials in Europe last summer and he is at it again.  Another Reading United player, Patrick Slogic, is headed to Austria to train.

According to the Mirror (so you know it is 100% true!), Tottenham and Bolton are interested in 18-year-old goalkeeper Charlie Horton.  According to this youtube video from a couple years ago, he was born in England but grew up in the US and was/is committed to North Carolina.

Categories: Ben Sweat, Charlie Horton, Clint Dempsey, Daniel Stevens, Danny Garcia, Jonathan Spector, Josh Gatt, Jozy Altidore, Junior Flores, Lester Dewee, Michael Bradley, Paolo DelPiccolo, Patrick Slogic, Royal-Dominique Fennell, Steve Cherundolo, Tony Taylor, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team, Victor Pineda

Finally getting back to some links
   June 14, 2013 (12:53 AM) by Matt Benson

A few more USMNT tidbits before moving onto more club-based links.  The US-Panama game was the second-highest rated US qualifier ever on ESPN.  While it was only a 0.8, it was also a 10 PM Eastern start time on a Tuesday night.  Not bad.

It is starting to look like the US won’t be playing its road qualifier at the “lovely” concrete field at Saprissa when they travel to Costa Rica in September.  The stadium is not good enough for FIFA, who recently inspected Costa Rica’s stadium since they are hosting the Women’s U-17 World Cup there in 2014, so the US could be playing at Costa Rica’s new national team stadium in San Jose.

Mexico announced its roster for the Gold Cup, and as expected due to the Confederations Cup, it is a pretty weak roster.  It also features to Mexican-Americans in Miguel Ponce and the recently-found-out-be-an-American Isaac Brizuela.

The U-20 World Cup begins next Friday and Brian Sciaretta talked to Oscar Sorto while Ryan Bacic caught up with Danny Garcia.

Bob Bradley has Egypt one step closer to Brazil with a recent win over Zimbabwe.  And here is an extended look at the documentary on Bob Bradley on Egypt.

As for Michael Bradley, he now knows who his manager will be next season.  Rudi Garcia won the double (Ligue 1 and Coupe de France) in 2010-11 with Lille.

A couple new uniforms came out this week.  Here is Brad Guzan showing off Aston Villa’s new goalkeeper kit for next season.  And here is what Conor Doyle will hopefully wear a few more times on the field next season for Derby County.

If you are a regular of this site, you know that there was a little bit of chatter last week about Eric Lichaj and Nottingham Forest.  Well, it is picking up steam.

Greg Seltzer is hearing that the Ukrainian team interested in Jozy Altidore is Dinamo Kyiv.

Tim Ream’s agent also shot down some rumors to Seltzer about a possible Middlesbrough transfer.

DaMarcus Beasley was not sent to another Mexican league team before last week’s Liga MX draft/transfer deadline.  Puebla’s president recently tweeted that there is a 50 percent chance that they re-sign Beasley.

Another American who didn’t go anywhere in Mexico was Jonathan Bornstein.  Honduras’ favorite US player is still playing the waiting game and looking over his options.

Goalkeeper Caleb Patterson-Sewell has made the move from Vitoria Setubal to fellow Portuguese Primeira Liga side Gil Vicente.

Another player who made a move within his league is Bryan Gerzicich.  The defensive midfielder has switched from Hapoel Ironi Kiryat Shmona to Hapoel Tel Aviv in Israel.

The New York Cosmos have signed Jemal Johnson (not to be confused with Jamel Johnson).  Jemal last played in Europe for Tamworth in England before ending last season with the Fort Lauderdale Strikers.  I love looking as his wikipedia page.  So many different teams.  Octavio Dotel is impressed.

Greg Seltzer has some info on Tony Taylor as he is looking for a new home.

Goalkeeper Ethan Horvath, who has been training at Molde FK for a while, has signed a pre-contract with the Norwegian club and will sign a professional deal with the club once the window opens up in July.

While most of the bigger leagues are shut down at the moment, we still have seen goals in the last week from Christian Eissele, Chukwudi Chijindu and Jordan Seabrook.  Keep track of the lower leagues this season with our goal tracker.

And finally, with one game still left to go in the Polish II Liga (third tier), David Paul and Puszcza Niepołomice have earned promotion and will be playing in the I Liga next season.

Categories: Bob Bradley, Brad Guzan, Bryan Gerzicich, Caleb Patterson-Sewell, Christian Eissele, Chukwudi Chijindu, Conor Doyle, DaMarcus Beasley, Danny Garcia, David Paul, Eric Lichaj, Ethan Horvath, Isaac Brizuela, Jemal Johnson, Jonathan Bornstein, Jordan Seabrook, Jozy Altidore, Michael Bradley, Miguel Angel Ponce, Oscar Sorto, Tim Ream, Tony Taylor, US Men's National Team

Here is the 2013 U-20 World Cup roster
   June 7, 2013 (8:17 AM) by Howie Michaels

GOALKEEPERS (3): 1-Cody Cropper (Southampton FC; Maple Grove, Minn.), 12-Kendall McIntosh (Santa Clara; Santa Rosa, Calif.), 21-Zach Steffen (FC DELCO; Downington, Pa.)

DEFENDERS (7): 13-Eric Miller (Creighton; Woodbury, Minn.), 3-Juan Pablo Ocegueda (Guadalajara; Riverside, Calif.), 5-Shane O’Neill (Colorado Rapids; Boulder, Colo.), 18-Oscar Sorto (LA Galaxy; Los Angeles, Calif.), 4-Caleb Stanko (SC Freiburg; Holly, Mich.), 14-Javan Torre (UCLA; Santa Monica, Calif.), 2-DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders; Seattle, Wash.)

MIDFIELDERS (5): 16-Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas; Plano, Texas), 10-Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake; Garden Grove, Calif.), 8-Benji Joya (Santos Laguna; San Jose, Calif.), 15-Mikey Lopez (Sporting Kansas City; Mission, Texas), 6-Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew; Gahanna, Ohio)

FORWARDS (6): 20-Daniel Cuevas (Santos Laguna; Sacramento, Calif.), 17-Danny Garcia (North Carolina; Dallas, Texas), 7-Victor Pineda (Chicago Fire; Bolingbrook, Ill.), 19-Alonso Hernandez (C.F. Monterrey; El Paso, Texas), 9-Mario Rodriguez (1. FC Kaiserslautern; North Hollywood, Calif.), 11-Jose Villarreal (LA Galaxy; Inglewood, Calif.)

It’s pretty similar to the Toulon roster, with Steffen, Villarrael, Gil, Rodriguez, and Yedlin added. Jordan Morris, Alfred Koroma, Marlon Hairston, Dillon Serna, Collin Martin, and Jeffrey Payeras have been dropped.

Here is an interesting piece from the NY Times on the various backgrounds of players on the roster.

Categories: Alonso Hernandez, Benji Joya, Caleb Stanko, Cody Cropper, Daniel Cuevas, Danny Garcia, DeAndre Yedlin, Jose Villarreal, Juan Ocegueda, Luis Gil, Mario Rodriguez, Mikey Lopez, Shane O'Neill, US U-20 National Team

Brad Guzan has been really good links
   May 7, 2013 (10:41 PM) by Matt Benson

Aston Villa had their end-of-the-season awards dinner tonight/last night and Brad Guzan walked away with both Players’ Player of the Year and Supporters’ Player of the Year awards.  Congrats to Mr. Guzan.  He joins Stuart Holden (2010-11) and Clint Dempsey (2010-11 & 2011-12) among the list of Americans to win player of the year honors at a Premier League side.

With the end of the season, we now slowly turn to the silly season.  The Sun is reporting that West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce wants Guzan for next season.  Like most soccer transfer rumors on the internet, there is about a 5% chance it is true (if that).

RIP Gold Cup trophy.  It might have been weird looking, but as Howie put it earlier today, it was a part of CONCACAF’s strange charm.

There has been a little online chatter that Mikkel Diskerud might look back to Norway since he hasn’t been called into Klinsmann’s camps that much aside from January, but Mix turned down an offer to play with Norway’s U-21 team at this summer’s U-21 European Championship.  And I guess there is some speculation that Mix will play for the US this summer (my guess would be at the Gold Cup).

The US U-20 team will be at the U-20 World Cup this summer, but will be first playing at the Toulon Tournament in France at the end of this month.  Tab Ramos gave some quotes to US Soccer’s website about the tournament.

In the potentially really good news department, Anthony Brooks told Ramos recently that he is leaning towards playing with the US U-20 team at the Toulon Tournament in France.  My reaction:  good, good.

The fine folks at Top Drawer Soccer have some video interviews with U-20ers Benji Joya, Danny Garcia and DeAndre Yedlin.

And Ryan Bacic talked to potential U-20 forward Jordan Morris.  According to Brian Sciaretta, Morris had a really good camp last month and fits the current system well.

As for some things with this site, Howie, Jon and I are breaking down film (not really) and starting our process to select our annual OT XI for 2012-13.  Who do you think will deserves to be on the squad?  Let us know in the comments in case we are overlooking someone (if we are, I am blaming Howie).

And if you follow us on Twitter or Facebook (or have just looked to the left side of the side in the last 24 hours), you may have noticed a sneak peek of Super Secret Project X.  It is something that I am pretty excited about, does involve a player that is over there and should hopefully be revealed this weekend or next week.

Categories: Benji Joya, Brad Guzan, Danny Garcia, DeAndre Yedlin, John Brooks, Jordan Morris, Mix Diskerud, Site News, US U-20 National Team

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