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Archive for the ‘Benny Feilhaber’ Category


Thursday morning linkage
   June 12, 2014 (1:12 AM) by Matt Benson
 

The World Cup is finally here!

The USMNT is training away at Sao Paulo FC’s training grounds.  And there is a reason why they are staying so far away from their games (which I think is not that big of a deal), the place looks really nice.

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.

US Soccer’s website has a Q&A with Alejandro Bedoya.  Could Jermaine Jones and Michael Bradley be related?  (No.)

The big non-USMNT related news from yesterday is how bad 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.

Getting back to the USMNT, the official World Cup patches went on the jerseys last night.

Want some tactical breakdowns of the USMNT?  Zonal Marking and SI’s Liviu Bird have you covered.  Go read those, you will feel smarter.

Bob Bradley was kind enough to give his scouting report of Ghana in this MLS video.  Speaking of Ghana, OT Twitter-friend Zack Goldman wrote about the US’s need to beat Ghana for the UK’s Metro.

ESPN has decided to go “all-in” on the “I Believe” chant with this latest tribute/commercial for the American Outlaws.

In case you haven’t seen any or all of ESPN’s Inside: U.S. Soccer’s March to Brazil, here are all six episodes in one place.  Also, I brought back our US World Cup history posts from the 2010 World Cup.

Landon Donovan still has a good sense of humor.

Moving onto other/club news.

Travis Clark is working on a feature on Clint Dempsey and got a great quote about his time at Furman.

Greg Seltzer has some possible transfer goodies/gossip on Benny Feilhaber and Alejandro Bedoya.

Our latest British newspaper transfer rumor of the day involves Terrence Boyd and Wigan Athletic.  Yay silly season!

Reading FC officially announced the signing of US U-20 prospect Andrija Novakovich.

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.

 
Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Andrija Novakovich, Benny Feilhaber, Bob Bradley, Clint Dempsey, Jermaine Jones, Justin Moose, Landon Donovan, Michael Bradley, Ryan Gracia, Terrence Boyd, Timothy Chandler, US Men's National Team
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The middle of the week links
   January 29, 2014 (6:15 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Let’s do this.

The USMNT had a surprise addition at training today.  Stuart Holden has been cleared to do some (not all) of the training.  Stu told Grant Wahl that he is hoping to get back onto the field with Bolton’s reserves in late February.  Good to hear.

Wahl also sat down with Benny Feilhaber and Kyle Beckerman for some video interviews.

US Soccer’s website has been updated with some goodies.  They have a Q&A with Jurgen Klinsmann.  A quote sheet with stuff from Graham Zusi, Michael Parkhurst and Mike Magee.  And a video of some of the guys on the team participating in some graffiti with some youths in Brazil.

I posted on Tuesday about the US-Mexico friendly rumors and now there are some rumors of a game against Serbia in New York in May.  I have no clue how good/bad this Twitter account is (we are now entering Rumorville), but it would add fuel to that fire: Tweet #1 & Tweet #2.

Don’t forget to enter our Pick the US-South Korea score contest.  Free shirts on the line!

As Howie posted yesterday, Barnsley have extended their loan for Brek Shea for another two months.  Shea was one of seven Americans who saw the field on Tuesday.

Another one of those seven players, Tim Ream, had to be subbed off after five minutes after a clash with QPR’s Charlie Austin.  The official diagnosis:  a broken nose and three stitches.

I did a little Inside the Numbers thing on Aron Johnannsson’s 20 goals yesterday.  So check out where his 20 goals stack up in Europe this season.

After having surgery on the fractured metacarpal in his right hand on Sunday, Fabian Johnson is expected to return to training on Wednesday.

Molde’s website is saying Josh Gatt should be ready to return once the Norwegian season starts in two months.  Gatt is returning from a torn ACL.

Also at Molde, Ben Spencer is one of three Molde players training with Norwegian second tier side Kristiansund BK.

Staying in the Tippeligaen, the rumored player with MLS ties who will be trialing with Bob Bradley’s Stabæk appears to be former LA Galaxy midfielder Michael Stephens.

Sebastien Ibeagha is now on trial with AC Horsens in Denmark after playing in two friendlies during a trial with Aalborg BK.

Ljungskile SK in Sweden have two Americans currently on trial:  goalkeeper Alex Horwath and defender Jamel Wallace.  And it sounds like they are leaning towards signing Horwath.

 
Categories: Alex Horwath, Aron Johannsson, Ben Spencer, Benny Feilhaber, Brek Shea, Fabian Johnson, Graham Zusi, Jamel Wallace, Josh Gatt, Kyle Beckerman, Michael Parkhurst, Michael Stephens, Mike Magee, Sebastien Ibeagha, Stuart Holden, Tim Ream
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A bit of this and that for Wednesday
   January 22, 2014 (12:02 AM) by Matt Benson
 

We had two goal scorers on Tuesday.  Aron Johannsson scored his 20th goal of the season across all competitions in AZ Alkmaar’s 2-0 win over Roda JC in the Dutch Cup (highlights).  Paul Arriola scored again for Dorados in their 3-1 win over Estudiantes Tecos in Copa MX action (highlights).

Stoke City’s website finally announced the Juan Agudelo loan deal yesterday.  According to that link, he/Stoke City have to wait four months from the date of the original work permit appeal hearing (his hearing was in late November) before he can re-apply for a UK work permit.  Grant Wahl also spoke to Agudelo about everything that has gone down this week.  As it says in the Wahl interview, it doesn’t sound highly that he will be able to play this weekend due to paperwork.

Grant Wahl also did a video interview with MLS commissioner Don Garber last week where he talks about a bunch of MLS stuff, including topics like Michael Bradley’s return, Maurice Edu’s potential return and how they haven’t been able to make it work financially to get DaMarcus Beasley back in the league.

Only a couple things USMNT-related for today.  A Q&A with Benny Feilhaber and a video with Brad Davis.

Some injury updates.

Fabian Johnson had to be subbed out of a friendly due to a bruised thigh over the weekend.  Hopefully it was just a precaution.

John Brooks has returned to training individually off to the side with Hertha Berlin.  He picked up his latest knee injury earlier this month.

While it was speculated back in November/December that Jonathan Spector and his thigh injury wouldn’t be able to return until January, it now looks like he won’t be back until the end of February.

Anthony Wallace has been spotted in Sweden trialing with Landskrona BoIS.  Landskrona have already signed Americans Paul Torres and Andrew Stadler this offseason.

Daniel Stevens has signed with FC Viikingit in the Finnish Ykkönen (second tier).  Stevens scored 12 goals last season with BK-46 in the Kakkonen (third tier).

Fulham’s U-21 team has gone unbeaten in 12 games this season with Emerson Hyndman coming off the bench in their latest 1-0 win over West Ham United.

Finally, Tom Marshall introduces us to two Americans (Joel Soñora and Ryan Palmbaum) moving up the ranks with Boca Juniors’ youth system.

 
Categories: Andrew Stadler, Anthony Wallace, Aron Johannsson, Benny Feilhaber, Brad Davis, DaMarcus Beasley, Daniel Stevens, Emerson Hyndman, Fabian Johnson, Joel Sonora, John Brooks, Jonathan Spector, Juan Agudelo, Maurice Edu, Michael Bradley, Paul Arriola, Paul Torres, Ryan Palmbaum
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Links for your Friday morning reading pleasure
   January 17, 2014 (12:19 AM) by Matt Benson
 

A bunch of USMNT to end the week.

US Soccer officially announced the friendly against Ukraine for March.  The US is 0-2-1 all-time against Ukraine and they are the highest rated FIFA team (#18) who did not qualify for the World Cup.

They had a scrimmage against Sao Paulo FC on Thursday with the Brazilians walking away the 2-1 winners, which also saw 24 different USMNT players seeing the field.  Here are some photos from the “closed-door” scrimmage.  [insert faux outrage over losing]

US Soccer also put up their second diary of the trip as well as some quotes from a couple different players.  They also did a video on the one US player who was born in Brazil:  Benny Feilhaber.

Finally on the US Soccer front, the National Soccer Hall of Fame Class of 2014 nominees were announced.  Brian McBride has to be a first ballot HOFer, right?

In the world of Juan Agudelo, Stoke City finally admitted that they “tied” to Agudelo and that they are looking for a loan destination for him.  Standard Liege seems to be the trendy rumored landing spot for him at the moment.

The MLS SuperDraft took place in Philadelphia on Thursday and some people pestered Don Garber about Maurice Edu.  Nothing new to report other than that discussions are ongoing.

Steve Cherundolo went 90 minutes and picked up a yellow card for Hannover 96 in a friendly against Fenerbahçe on Thursday.

Fabian Johnson (58 minutes) and Jeremy Toljan (32 minutes) each played for Hoffenhim in a 3-0 win over Bobby Wood (45 minutes) and 1860 Munich in a friendly on Thursday.  Here are some photos and some highlights.

And Timothy Chandler started and played 45 minutes in Nurnberg’s 2-1 win over FC Luzern in yet another friendly.

Euan Holden was one of five players released by Bury on Thursday.  Holden appeared in only two league games for the Shakers in 2013-14.

We have a new goal tracker up for 2014.  The 2013 goal tracker is still up there and Christian Eissele led all American goal scorers in 2013 with 29 goals across all competitions in Finland.  He also has a new highlight video up on Youtube.

 
Categories: Benny Feilhaber, Bobby Wood, Brian McBride, Christian Eissele, Euan Holden, Fabian Johnson, Jeremy Toljan, Juan Agudelo, Maurice Edu, Steve Cherundolo, Timothy Chandler, US Men's National Team
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Friday morning linkage
   August 16, 2013 (12:02 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Some links before the weekend.

Thanks to the nice road victory over a strong Bosnia squad, the US has moved up to #10 in the Elo rankings, one spot shy of the highest ranking ever by the US.  The US’s highest ranking by Elo is #9, last done in 2009.

US Soccer gives us some post-game reactions from a few different players.  Greg Seltzer also found some post-game video interviews with John Brooks (I will be changing his category on this site from Anthony Brooks to John Brooks soon) and Aron Johannsson.  Got to like hearing “my future is the USA team” from Brooks.

While re-watching the game last night, I noticed that we apparently traded Tim Howard for Asmir Begovic.

It looks like Jozy Altidore will be doing a blog for ESPN FC from time to time and here is his first entry.

Will Bruin spoke to John Kretlow about his time with the USMNT while at the Gold Cup.

Bob Bradley continues to keep Egypt trucking along as they defeated Uganda, 3-0, in a friendly on Wednesday.

I forgot to post this earlier in the week, but the German Cup had its second round draw last weekend, which will feature a couple American vs. American battles including Preußen Münster (Matt Taylor) vs. Augsburg (Michael Parkhurst) and Kaiserslautern (Andrew Wooten) vs. Hertha Berlin (John Brooks).

Conor O’Brien told bold.dk that Nordsjælland had him playing some right back during the preseason, although they still see him as a central midfielder.  I guess there is some decent competition in the middle of the field, so they are looking at other ways to get him on the field.

RJ Allen is no longer with Skive in Denmark and is currently on trial with DC United.

Devann Yao, who was last seen with Royal Boussu Dour Borinage in the Belgian Second Division last season, has signed a one-year deal with UR La Louvière Centre in the Belgian Third Division.

Greg Seltzer did a little English Premier League preview on all the Americans in the league.

And I don’t think this team is officially affiliated with US Soccer, but the US won gold for the first time ever at the World Maccabiah Games a.k.a. the “Jewish Olympics”.  As Howie pointed out last night, the US somehow didn’t win gold in 2005 despite having Jonathan Bornstein and Benny Feilhaber on the roster.

 
Categories: Andrew Wooten, Aron Johannsson, Benny Feilhaber, Bob Bradley, Conor O'Brien, Devann Yao, John Brooks, Jonathan Bornstein, Jozy Altidore, Matt Taylor, Michael Parkhurst, RJ Allen, Tim Howard, US Men's National Team, Will Bruin
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More than a few days worth of links
   December 12, 2012 (11:15 PM) by Matt Benson
 

A bunch of goodies from the last week.

Clint Dempsey was named Fútbol de Primera’s US Soccer 2012 Player of the Year for the second straight year.  It was Dempsey’s third time winning the award (also in 2006), but Michael Bradley probably would have won my vote.

Speaking of Dempsey, Fulham have accepted Liverpool’s apology over their recruitment of Dempsey over the summer and have withdrawn their complaint.

Tim Howard will be making his 200th consecutive Premier League appearance on Saturday.  Timmy!

Steve Davis had breakfast with Jurgen Klinsmann recently and they talked about Carlos Bocanegra’s current role with the USMNT.

Bobby Wood has played his way into a new contract with 1860 Munich through the 2014-15 season.

Brian Sciaretta caught up with Sebastian Lletget to talk about breaking through with West Ham United.

Bryan Gerzicich has been cleared to play again for Ironi Kiryat Shmona after picking up a calf injury.

Benny Feilhaber signed with Sporting KC this week, but he apparently had some European suitors according to Greg Seltzer.

Seltzer also tells us that Alejandro Bedoya has been offered an extension by Helsingborg, while Swedish champions Elfsborg are also interested in his services.

A bunch of clubs are interested in Michael Parkhurst, who is now a free agent.

Jamie Hill ponders what a 2013 Olympic team would look like if there was one this year.

According to this report, Klinsmann has contacted Aron Johannsson about playing for the US and he “is now in doubt” over his decision.

Conor O’Brien has turned down a couple offers already and is meeting up with some more new teams according to his agent.

Rapid Vienna might be interested in Mix Diskerud.  Much like with Boyd’s move, USMNT assistant Andreas Herzog was the reference.  Speaking of Boyd, here is a Google-translated interview he recently did.

Adam Henley was invited to the upcoming US U-20 camp, but Blackburn nixed that idea.

San Antonio Scorpions defender Karsten Smith is currently on trial at Finnish side VPS.

Marc Pelosi is with Liverpool’s youth team in Singapore at the NexLions Cup.  And they were “mobbed” at the airport.

Conor Doyle made Derby County’s bench this past weekend for the first time since he had his appendix removed.

 
Categories: Adam Henley, Alejandro Bedoya, Aron Johannsson, Benny Feilhaber, Bobby Wood, Bryan Gerzicich, Carlos Bocanegra, Clint Dempsey, Conor Doyle, Conor O'Brien, Karsten Smith, Marc Pelosi, Michael Parkhurst, Mix Diskerud, Sebastian Lletget, Terrence Boyd, Tim Howard, US Men's National Team
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Some links to read between bowl games
   January 2, 2012 (12:54 PM) by Matt Benson
 

If you are like me, you are probably being lazy on the couch and watching 2343254 different bowl games after a nice morning of soccer.  Here are a few links from the last couple days.

We already know the Camp Cupcake roster, but Tab Ramos has called in 36 guys for the U-20′s January camp.  Some of the “bigger” names consist of Sean Cunningham, Luis Gil, Tyrone McCargo, Caleb Stanko, Villyan Bijev and Omar Salgado.

Just when we thought Eddie Johnson had found a home, he has already been let go at Puebla.  The club is claiming that he is out of shape/lacking pace.

Steven Goff has has a couple goodies over the last week.  He has one post with a bunch of stuff that has been covered here already, but also has a bunch of new information like Diego Restrepo moving to Venezuela plus some little tidbits on Charlie Davies.  He also introduces us to Gedion Zelalem.  Zelalem is a 14-year-old who is a German citizen of Ethiopian descent who has lived in the States for more than five years.  Just someone to keep an eye on as he gets older and gets closer to US citizenship.

Yanks Abroad’s David Smith recently caught up with Benny Feilhaber about returning to the USMNT picture with January’s camp.

Landon Donovan recently did an interview with Colin Murray of the BBC.  You can listen to it right hereHere are some photos of Donovan back in training with Everton.  I am eager to see him playing again on Wednesday.

Not that we needed it, but here is video proof that Freddy Adu is training in Spain with Rayo Vallecano.

And finally, nothing is official, but it looks like the USMNT will be headed to Genoa in February to take on Italy in a friendly.

 
Categories: Benny Feilhaber, Charlie Davies, Diego Restrepo, Eddie Johnson, Freddy Adu, Gedion Zelalem, Landon Donovan, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team
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Some afternoon tidbits
   June 6, 2011 (3:23 PM) by Matt Benson
 

Some little nuggets of information for this afternoon.

* As expected, Alejandro Bedoya will officially replace Benny Feilhaber on the Gold Cup roster.  Feilhaber is expected to miss 3-6 weeks with an ankle injury.

* For those that care about these things, the US will be wearing their all white kits tomorrow against Canada, while our neighbors to the north will be wearing red tops with black shorts.

* And DaMarcus Beasley’s trial/workouts with Pachuca is apparently going well.

 
Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Benny Feilhaber, DaMarcus Beasley, US Men's National Team
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Memorial Day links
   May 30, 2011 (5:48 PM) by Matt Benson
 

US Soccer confirmed today that Alejandro Bedoya has been called into camp, but he is not officially on the roster yet.  They are going to continue to evaluate Benny Feilhaber’s injury before making a final decision.  Bob Bradley and Co have until 24 hours before their first game (June 7) to replace an injured player on the roster.

Also, with this weekend being an international break, Bedoya will not miss any games for Örebro SK (their next game is not until June 13), so no harm in bringing him in for the week even if they decide to stay with Feilhaber.

With the USMNT camp slowly beginning (I think everyone except for Clarence Goodson has arrived to Cary so far according to US Soccer’s twitter account), the USMNT blog on US Soccer’s website is starting to become more active.

Steven Goff is reporting that 57,000 tickets have been sold so far for the US/Spain friendly on June 4 (only about 10,000 remain).  I read somewhere (if I could find the link/story/tweet again, I would credit it) that this will be a USMNT attendance record for games at Foxborough.

You can throw Jermaine Jones name into the AS Roma rumor hat according to Greg Seltzer.  I was also going to do a post tomorrow about what Yanks will be on teams in Champions/Europa League for next season, but Mr. Seltzer beat me to it.

And here are some highlights of Jemal Johnson’s goal from Saturday (I dig the music).

Finally, a shameless plug to enter our Gold Cup Bracket Contest.  Have about  20+ entries already and the top five scores will win free OT shirts.

 
Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Benny Feilhaber, Jemal Johnson, Jermaine Jones, US Men's National Team
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Alejandro Bedoya added to USMNT Gold Cup roster
   May 29, 2011 (6:01 PM) by Matt Benson
 

Fresh off a 1-0 victory over GAIS in the Swedish Cup, a report out of Sweden is claiming that Alejandro Bedoya has been called in by the US for the Gold Cup.

Bedoya is more than likely taking the roster spot of Benny Feilhaber, who was injured late in the New England Revolution’s 1-0 loss to the LA Galaxy on Saturday.  He fell to the ground after tweaking his ankle and had to be helped off the field.

Feilhaber did not speak to reporters after the game and the team has not announced the severity of his injury, but he was seen wearing a boot and using crutches.

While we are on the topic of the Gold Cup, Brian Sciaretta talked to Timothy Chandler’s agent about his exclusion from the roster.  Howie has also started our 12-team preview of the Gold Cup by looking at Costa Rica.  And don’t forget to sign up for our Gold Cup Contest.

 
Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Benny Feilhaber, Timothy Chandler, US Men's National Team
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