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Tuesday morning links
   September 1, 2015 (12:06 AM) by Matt Benson
 

We have reached the international week and the US has its last two friendlies before the CONCACAF Cup (more on that later).  Here is the roster Jurgen Klinsmann has called in for the friendlies, which is heavy on center backs.

You might have noticed that Timothy Chandler and DaMarcus Beasley were both absent from that roster and that is because they are both hurt and Chandler is going to be out for a while.

One player seeking his first cap is the Wooten Clan, Andrew Wooten.  Brian Sciaretta has some more on him.

While Clint Dempsey is not joining the team until the second game, Seattle Sounders manager Sigi Schmid thinks it is not a given that Dempsey will play with the US due to his hamstring injury.

Brian Straus has a piece up on SI.com on the current roster.

Some of the players went sightseeing yesterday.

Roughly 24,500 tickets have been sold for Friday’s friendly against Peru.

While CONCACAF has cut ties with Traffic Sports, it has partnered with SUM (Soccer United Marketing) to serve as commercial representative for the CONCACAF Cup, which is apparently the new name for the Confederations Cup playoff game.

The US is expected to have a friendly against Costa Rica after the CONCACAF Cup, although a venue hasn’t been selected yet.

Jordan Morris is getting back into form just in time for the CONCACAF Cup.

Darlington Nagbe is expected to become a US citizen in September (he is taking his naturalization test on September 10).

The US U-23 team is in England this week and you can check out that roster here.  US Soccer’s Twitter account has posted a couple photos from the camp (here and here).

The US U-20 team is also beginning a new cycle this month with a tournament in Serbia.  This current roster features two players who play abroad in Hannover 96’s Abuchi Obinwa and Chelsea’s Kyle Scott.

The end of the transfer window for most of Europe is upon us and a couple players have new teams while a couple others are still with their current teams when people thought they would be leaving.

DeAndre Yedlin is still with Tottenham at the moment despite loan interest from various teams across Europe, although signs point towards him ending up somewhere on loan.  My guess at this point would be a loan deal with some team in the English League Championship.

Fulham have decided to keep Emerson Hyndman despite several offers for the US U-23 midfielder.  While he has not featured for the Cottagers this season, he could also go out on loan to another English team.

Remember when the Colorado Rapids oddly sold Shane O’Neill to a team in Cyprus earlier this summer?  Well he has been oddly sold again this month to Belgian Jupiler Pro League side Royal Mouscron-Péruwelz after not appearing in any games for Apollon Limassol.

Bobby Warshaw has left Bærum in Norway for fellow OBOS-ligaen side Hønefoss.  He has already played in two games for Hønefoss over the last two weekends.

Conor O’Brien has a new home and it is with AC Horsens in the Danish 1st Division (second tier).

After six seasons with Helmond Sport, Charles Kazlauskas is now with De Treffers in the Dutch Topklasse (third tier).

The New York Times’ Sam Borden wrote some words on Ben Lederman’s situation at Barcelona.

We had some goals this past weekend.  Aron Johannsson opened up his account at Werder Bremen.  This is actually from last week, but Austin Berry scored his first goal in South Korea.  Christian Eissele now has four goals in four games since returning to Finland after scoring this past weekend.  Our updated goal tracker also has some info on other goals scored this past weekend, including three Americans all scoring for the same team in Malta.

We also had some assists this past weekend from some hype trains.  Gedion Zelalem looks like he is going to do well in Scotland and assisted on another goal.  Here is also a press conference from last week featuring him.  At the U19 level, Christian Pulisic assisted on a goal for Borussia Dortmund.

And no highlights of this one, but Maki Tall had a goal and an assist for FC Sion’s U21 team in a scrimmage.

And finally, Shaquell Moore made his first start for Huracán Valencia this past weekend, going 78 minutes and picking up a yellow card in a 1-1 draw to Valencia II.

 
Categories: Abuchi Obinwa, Andrew Wooten, Aron Johannsson, Austin Berry, Ben Lederman, Bobby Warshaw, Charles Kazlauskas, Christian Eissele, Christian Pulisic, Clint Dempsey, Conor O'Brien, DaMarcus Beasley, Darlington Nagbe, DeAndre Yedlin, Emerson Hyndman, Gedion Zelalem, Jordan Morris, Kyle Scott, Maki Tall, Shane O'Neill, Shaquell Moore, Timothy Chandler, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team, US U-23 National Team
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A bunch of links for Tuesday morning
   August 11, 2015 (12:04 AM) by Matt Benson
 

A bunch of random stuff for Tuesday.

The US U-23ers held their College ID camp (the college version of Camp Cupcake?) this past week and ended it with a 3-1 win over Tijuana’s Segunda Premier team.  The US goals came from Paul Salcedo (California) Mac Steeves (Providence) and Brandon Vincent (Stanford).  US Soccer has some highlights of the match, while here is a write-up from Tijuana’s website.

A couple people have recently asked me to do a “23 Names” type article on the U-23 team, but ASN’s Josh Deaver just did something similar so go read that.

One U-20 player who could be part of the U-23 team, Lynden Gooch, scored a goal and notched an assist in Sunderland U21s’ 3-1 win over Norwich City over the weekend.  You can check out both right here.

Another youth player, US U-17 midfielder Luca de la Torre, recorded an assist with Fulham’s U21 team over the weekend as well.

The German Cup had some interesting things happen this weekend to teams featuring Americans.  First we had someone shoot a gun at Hertha Berlin’s bus.  Luckily for John Brooks and his teammates, no one was on board when the shooting took place.  And while he is still out, Terrence Boyd’s RB Leipzig match against Osnabruck was abandoned in the 72nd minute after someone injured the ref by throwing a lighter at him.  Come on, Germany, you are better than that.

Geoff Cameron started at center back this past weekend in Stoke City’s loss to Liverpool.  Here is a photo of him in action.  He also spoke to Goal.com about why he missed the Gold Cup.

While his manager might not like it, Timothy Chandler told the press that he plans on accepting future USMNT call-ups.

Jann George scored a goal for Jahn Regensburg this past weekend.  I can’t find highlights of it yet, but here is a photo of him celebrating the goal.

Zarek Valentin had a nice assist this weekend (as well as a nice fist pump).  Greg Seltzer also spoke to him about playing in Norway.

We had a bunch of other goals this past weekend and you can check out all the highlights by looking at our updated goal tracker.

As for some goals we don’t have highlights for just yet, Danish-American defender Jamil Fearrington is now at Brønshøj BK and he scored over the weekend.

Will Daniels scored another two goals this weekend for Ægir in their 4-3 win over Sindri.  His eight league goals are the third most in the Icelandic 2. Deild (third tier).

Kai Koreniuk is a 17-year-old forward who signed with Dutch side Vitesse last August.  He scored a goal this weekend with one of their youth teams (3:55 mark).

Ethan Horvath, Josh Gatt and Molde FK will next face Standard Liège in the playoff round of Europa League.

SC Freiburg midfielder Ethan Sonis is headed out on loan to NASL’s Jacksonville Armada FC.

Defender Shane O’Neill is leaving the Colorado Rapids for Apollon Limassol of Cyprus.  Maybe Juan Agudelo can give him some real estate tips.

The Vancouver Whitecaps have sent Erik Hurtado on loan to Norwegian side Mjøndalen IF.  He will join fellow American Rhett Bernstein at the club.

After scoring 19 league goals for Landskrona over the last two years, Andrew Stadler has moved on to Östersunds FK.

After being cut by Galway United last week, Kevin Garcia has signed with Vasteras SK in Sweden.

Tristan Bowen is back in Europe and is now with Freddy Adu’s former Finnish team KuPS.  Bowen first experienced Europe in 2011-12 while on loan with Belgium side K.S.V. Roeselare.

Tijuana’s website has another story up on their Americans at the club.

Staying with the Mexican-American theme, the Total Soccer Show had Tom Marshall on this week to talk about El Tri, Liga MX and Mexican-American dual nationals.  No one covering Liga MX has a better British accent than Tom.

And finally, Will likes to rank goalies and has his updated Top 100 list for you as well as some bonus lists.

 
Categories: Andrew Stadler, Ethan Horvath, Ethan Sonis, Geoff Cameron, Jamil Fearrington, John Brooks, Josh Gatt, Kai Koreniuk, Kevin Garcia, Luca de la Torre, Lynden Gooch, Shane O'Neill, Terrence Boyd, Timothy Chandler, Tristan Bowen, US U-23 National Team, Zarek Valentin
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A couple links before the weekend
   February 13, 2015 (1:10 AM) by Matt Benson
 

A little bit of this and that before the weekend.

Roderick has you covered with the midweek edition of The OT Report.

Howie made a funny about Freddy Adu.

The USMNT fell four spots to #31 in the latest FIFA rankings.

The US will host CONCACAF qualifying for the 2016 Olympics.  It will take place October 1-13, although the host cities are unknown at this time.  The top two teams qualify for the Olympics while the third place team will face Colombia in March of 2016 for a spot.  The FIFA international window in October is between 5-13, so getting releases for some of the “better” players could happen for the second half of the tournament.

Wil Trapp talked to Andrew King about his experience at this past month’s USMNT camp.

It looks like Seb Hines is headed to Orlando City on loan.

Brad Guzan wrote some words for The Players’ Tribune about life as a Premier League goalkeeper.

LA Galaxy midfielder Juninho would be interested in playing for the US, but he would have to wait a few more years to apply for citizenship since he just got his green card in July of 2013.  So basically it would be a while.

The Irish Times has a story up about Ireland likely missing out on Shane O’Neill.

Continuing to come back from his ankle injury from last season, Zarek Valentin went 90 minutes in a preseason friendly this week.

Brian Sciaretta spoke to Nermin Crnkic, Danijal Brkovic, Cesar Romero and Jemal Johnson about playing in various leagues throughout Eastern Europe.

And finally, if you are a US Soccer twitter hipster, you are probably aware of @RobUsry.  He makes a lot of fun videos of US players and his latest is on new Borussia Dortmund youngster Christian Pulisic.

 
Categories: Brad Guzan, Cesar Romero, Christian Pulisic, Danijal Brkovic, Freddy Adu, Juninho, Nermin Crnkic, Seb Hines, Shane O'Neill, US Men's National Team, US U-23 National Team, Wil Trapp, Zarek Valentin
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A bunch of links for Tuesday
   December 9, 2014 (12:30 AM) by Matt Benson
 

A bunch of random stuff for you.

The big news of the weekend was that Terrence Boyd tore his ACL again.  Talk about some crappy luck as he was just getting back into form.

Here is what the first half of 2015 looks like for the USMNT.

In the event you missed this post from last Friday, here are two things on DeAndre Yedlin.

Steven Goff is reporting that US U-20 goalkeeper Zack Steffen is close to signing with Freiburg in Germany.  Freiburg currently have Caleb Stanko on their roster and used to have Eric Lickert until this past season.

Tim Howard was named Fútbol de Primera Player of the Year last week.  The award is given to the top USMNT player each year and voted on by various journalists.  This was Howard’s first year winning the award.

Howard has also been in the news lately due to his new book.  ESPNFC got some exclusive excerpts from the book.  In Part 1, he claims Brad Friedel didn’t help him get his UK work permit (The PFA came out saying Friedel didn’t send in anything with regard to denying Tim Howard a work permit).  In Part 2, he talks about Jurgen Klinsmann micromanaging the USMNT.

Greg Seltzer gives us some teams (or at least some leagues) interested in Mix Diskerud’s services.  Diskerud is also talking to Rosenborg.

The Fighting Bob Bradleys of Stabæk will be without Andrew Jacobson next season as he returned to NYCFC after his loan ended.  And it looks like Michael Stephens is leaving the club to sign with the Chicago Fire according to one report out of Norway.

Shane O’Neill returned to the US after training/trailing with Sheffield Wednesday.  They will keep an eye on him and he picked up a shoulder injury in the last training session.

Omar Salgado was traded from the Vancouver Whitecaps to NYCFC, but he is expected to be transferred out to an unnamed international club.

Josh Gatt has no timetable of an official return to the field, but he is expected to re-join Molde for preseason training and possibly miss the first few games of the season.  Gatt suffered a second ACL-related injury last season.

Fresh off one of the humorous moments of Sunday’s MLS Cup, A.J. Soares wants to test things in Europe and holds an Italian passport.

Soon-to-be-winter-silly-season rumor of the week, Southampton are eyeing Lee Nguyen.

The Liga MX Apertura final will feature Tigres (Jose Torres and Herculez Gomez) against Club America (Ventura Alvarado).

And here are two reminders that Jermaine Jones is awesome: Reason 1 and Reason 2.

 
Categories: A.J. Soares, Andrew Jacobson, Brad Friedel, DeAndre Yedlin, Herculez Gomez, Jermaine Jones, Jose Francisco Torres, Josh Gatt, Lee Nguyen, Michael Stephens, Mix Diskerud, Omar Salgado, Shane O'Neill, Terrence Boyd, Tim Howard, US Men's National Team, Ventura Alvarado, Zack Steffen
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Catching up with some links
   December 2, 2014 (12:06 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Haven’t done some links in a while, but here are a bunch of random stuff from recently or two weeks ago (or sometime in the last little bit).  Hopefully my workload will ease up after this week and I could do these more often again.

I posted a couple USMNT tidbits on Friday.

We had some goals this past weekend from Matt Taylor, Rubio Rubin and Cesar Romero.  Two of those three players earned OT’s Player of the Week honors.  And check out our goal tracker for more goals from the last couple of weeks.

Will Packwood picked up a red card in his Colchester United debut over the weekend.

Jose Torres, Herculez Gomez and Tigres knocked out Edgar Castillo in the Liga MX playoffs.

This was like from two weeks ago but John Brooks made Kicker’s Team of the Week, while Timothy Chandler made Bild’s Team of the Week.

According to Lyle Yorks, Jozy Altidore’s agent, there is interest throughout Europe for Altidore.

Juventus is being linked to Erik Palmer-Brown again.

Eric Lichaj apparently has the nickname of “The Rash”.

Rhett Bernstein and Mjøndalen won their promotion playoff and will be playing in Norway’s Tippeligaen next season.

Club America’s Ventura Alvarado has apparently turned down US youth team call-ups in recent years as he holds out hope to play for Mexico.  But another report claims he would be open for a call from the US.

Shane O’Neill is training with Sheffield Wednesday.

Swedish side IFK Göteborg was interested in hiring Bob Bradley, but he wouldn’t be able to bring along one of his assistants so they stopped talking.

Fabian Johnson didn’t travel to Borussia Mönchengladbach’s Europa League game last week due to injury.

While it was first thought that he would be out until January, Joe Gyau has been playing again with Borussia Dortmund’s U-23 team.

Jeff Carlisle did a USMNT report card for 2014.

Gedion Zelalem and Junior Flores squared off against each other in UEFA Youth League action last week with Zelalem’s Arsenal winning 1-0.

The US U-17 team has won its first two games at this year’s Nike International Friendlies.  They take on Brazil later today.

 
Categories: Bob Bradley, Cesar Romero, Edgar Castillo, Eric Lichaj, Erik Palmer-Brown, Gedion Zelalem, Herculez Gomez, Joe Gyau, Jose Francisco Torres, Jozy Altidore, Junior Flores, Matt Taylor, Rhett Bernstein, Rubio Rubin, Shane O'Neill, Timothy Chandler, US Men's National Team, Ventura Alvarado, Will Packwood
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Some linkage for Thursday
   April 24, 2014 (12:29 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Let’s start off with some good news on the injury front.

DaMarcus Beasley left Puebla’s game last weekend with an injury and now it looks like it is only a right hamstring strain.  He could even return to the field as early as Sunday when Puebla hosts Morelia.

Jonathan Spector missed Birmingham City’s game on Monday after picking up a knock in the previous game, but there is a good chance that he will be fit for this upcoming weekend.

A week after being in the doghouse at Hertha Berlin, John Brooks is back in the starting lineup and general manager Michael Preetz is praising his play.

Jermaine Jones got a new tattoo and he is more patriotic than you.

I fully expect some USMNTers to be rumored with a move to NYCFC over the next year and we have our first rumor with Mix Diskerud.

Landon Donovan came out in support of now former Manchester United manager David Moyes.

If you want to go to the US-Turkey friendly at Red Bull Arena, you need to fill out a ticket application for that match.

Here is a nice write-up on the 1930 USMNT and their performance at the World Cup.  Once we get closer to this summer, I will re-post our little capsules of each World Cup that I did prior to the 2010 World Cup.

The US U-21 team played a Tijuana reserve team yesterday and TopDrawerSoccer.com was there for the friendly.  The US won 2-1 with Benji Joya scoring both goals for the US, while American Amando Moreno scored for Tijuana.  Here are the two lineups the US played with by half:  1st half & 2nd half.

Jurgen Klinsmann has been in Carson this week for the camp.  US Soccer’s website also did a Q&A with defender Shane O’Neill.

Brian Sciaretta caught up with Tab Ramos to talk about last week’s Dallas Cup with the U-20 team and this week’s camp with the U-21 team.  One good nugget of information from the interview, while Julian Green is now tied with the US, he can’t play with the US U-20 team since he played with Germany’s U-19 team, although he might still be eligible for the 2016 Olympics.

Borussia Dortmund’s Junior Flores will be sidelined for the next three weeks due to an ankle injury.

GAIS’s Bobby Warshaw writing for Deadspin tells us why tactics matter.

Here is what all 32 World Cup jerseys look like once they become pixelated.

 
Categories: Amando Moreno, Benji Joya, Bobby Warshaw, DaMarcus Beasley, Jermaine Jones, John Brooks, Jonathan Spector, Julian Green, Junior Flores, Landon Donovan, Mix Diskerud, Shane O'Neill, US Men's National Team, US U-21 National Team
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Monday morning links
   January 13, 2014 (1:12 AM) by Matt Benson
 

All 26 guys currently in camp for the USMNT this month are headed to Brazil as I type this.  Pleased with the fitness of everyone, Jurgen Klinsmann decided to bring everyone down there for 12 days of training and two closed-door scrimmages.  While back in LA last week, it looks like they decided to play around with a GoPro camera for this training shot.

Once they return back to LA, they will do a little more training before taking on South Korea on February 2 at the StubHub Center.  According to Steven Goff, about 18,000 tickets have been sold so far.  I am wondering if the leaked USMNT shirt will be worn as they are rumored to be coming out in February and South Korea’s red shirt for the World Cup was also leaked this week.  Maybe both teams will be wearing some new gear?

Here is a video talking to a couple of the U-20 players from the last cycle who are in camp right now (Luis Gil, DeAndre Yedlin and Shane O’Neill).

A little recap of the weekend.

Four Americans (Edgar Castillo, Herculez Gomez, Paul Arriola and Joe Corona) saw the field down in Tijuana on Friday as the Xolos notched their first ever home victory over América with Castillo helping setup the game-winning goal (highlights).  Here is also a better look at their new home and road kits for this season.  It looks like their white kits that they wore in the opener were a one off since Atlas wear both red and black.  Too bad as I liked those.

It took 12 days, but we finally had our first goal by an American abroad over the weekend.  Tony Taylor came off the bench and scored a consolation goal in injury time in Omonia Nicosia’s 4-2 loss to Apollon in Cyprus (highlights).  It was Taylor’s third goal of the season.  We had four total goals by this point last year (and I will start up a 2014 goal tracker page this week).

Back in Mexico, Michael Orozco assisted on the game-tying goal in Puebla’s draw to Monterrey (highlights).

In England, we learned that Geoff Cameron shaves his legs.  Cameron and Stoke City lost 5-3 to Liverpool and their horrendous looking shirts.

And Clint Dempsey made his official Premier League return in a 4-1 loss to Jozy Altidore and Sunderland.  He got the start and played 79 minutes, while Sky Sports gave him a “7” rating and said some decent things about his performance.

Making his first start since returning to Fulham and impressed, surging into Sunderland territory but often let down by teammates.

As for Jozy, he came off the bench and “won” a PK which led to Sunderland’s last goal.  Sunderland had only five goals in 10 away games coming into this weekend, yet scored four on Fulham at the once fortress known as Craven Cottage.  Fulham are such a mess this year.

We also had a couple transfers in the last couple days.  Oguchi Onyewu will be joining the 10th team of his career with Sheffield Wednesday.  While Billy Schuler is returning to MLS after two years in Sweden.

And it looks like Michael Parkhurst is also returning to MLS and will be headed to the Columbus Crew after a trade involving a draft pick and allocation money to the New England Revolution according to Ives.

German 3. Liga side Wacker Burghausen were interested in Bobby Wood for a loan deal, but 1860 Munich were not having it.

Despite making only three starts for Oldham Athletic this season, Paul Rachubka has signed a contract extension with the club.

Mix Diskerud told ESPN FC that he has pimped Bob Bradley to Stabæk’s management over the years.

Sticking in Norway, Brian Sciaretta talked to Zarek Valentin about earning promotion last season among other things.

 
Categories: Billy Schuler, Bob Bradley, Bobby Wood, DeAndre Yedlin, Edgar Castillo, Geoff Cameron, Herculez Gomez, Joe Corona, Jozy Altidore, Luis Gil, Michael Orozco Fiscal, Michael Parkhurst, Mix Diskerud, Oguchi Onyewu, Paul Arriola, Paul Rachubka, Shane O'Neill, Tony Taylor, Zarek Valentin
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Getting back at it links
   December 31, 2013 (1:06 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Finally back in LA after some family time in Texas.  A couple links from the last week or so.

Lets start off with some highlights from the English League Championship from over the last week.  Both Duane Holmes and Tim Ream picked up assists, so check those out.

Also in the Championship, 18-year-old Gregory (Gboly) Ariyibi made his debut for Leeds over the weekend, coming off the bench in a loss to Eric Lichaj and Nottingham Forest.  Here is a photo of Ariyibi and Lichaj going after a ball against each other.  Ariyibi was born in the US, but I believe he is also eligible to play for Nigeria.

Also over the weekend, Jozy Altidore had a really good chance to score a goal, but things didn’t go his way.

Juan Agudelo hinted at a new move to Europe (although he took the tweet down), but no one appears to have any clue on what team.

Also, can we just pretend that these Michael Bradley to Fulham rumors never existed?  It makes no sense (at least to me) and just smells of the lazy reporting overseas where they just lump an American at one of the same 3-4 clubs where previous Americans played.  Yay silly season!

Stuart Holden wants to be a leader at Bolton once he returns from injury.  And Bolton doesn’t want to rush to put him back in action.

Borussia Mönchengladbach are keeping an eye on Fabian Johnson as he will be allowed to leave on a free transfer this upcoming summer.

Also in Germany, Steve Cherundolo’s Hannover 96 have parted ways with manager Mirko Slomka.

I remember seeing a tweet at one point about Shane O’Neill training with Fulham (which he deleted), but finally some confirmation that he is in West London while his Colorado Rapid teammates Clint Irwin, Dillon Serna and Chris Klute were sent to Everton for some training.

Scott French caught up with Herculez Gomez as he gears up for the Liga MX’s 2014 Clausura, which starts the first weekend in January.

Staying in Mexico, here is an interview with Jose Torres from the Record.

And with 2013 officially coming to an end, Brian Sciaretta gives us his best goals by Americans in 2013.  And while you are at it, take a look at our goal tracker for 2013.  I will start a 2014 one as soon as someone scores a goal on January 1 or later.

 
Categories: Chris Klute, Clint Irwin, Dillon Serna, Duane Holmes, Eric Lichaj, Fabian Johnson, Gboly Ariyibi, Herculez Gomez, Jose Francisco Torres, Jozy Altidore, Juan Agudelo, Shane O'Neill, Steve Cherundolo, Stuart Holden, Tim Ream
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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
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Memorial Day links
   May 27, 2013 (1:31 AM) by Matt Benson
 

A couple links before enjoying the day.

The biggest news of the weekend revolved around Robbie Rogers.  The ex-Leeds/Stevenage player came out of retirement after being traded to the LA Galaxy (from the Chicago Fire).  Then he made his debut last night, coming off the bench in LA’s 4-0 win over Seattle.  Good for him.

While that game was going on, Club America had a dramatic comeback over Cruz Azul in the Liga MX final, scoring two goals in the last few moments, including this diving header by America’s goalkeeper.  The game went on to extra time before America pulling out the victory in penalty kicks.  Although he didn’t play in the game, America does have 20-year-old Mexican-American Ventura Alvarado on the squad.  Alvarado only appeared in three games, but he is a champion.  Last night’s game also produced this great GIF of America’s manager.

Michael Bradley ended his season this past weekend with a 1-0 loss to Lazio in the Coppa Italia final.  Before that game, Greg Seltzer reported that recently promoted Hellas Verona (not to be confused with his former club Chievo Verona) tried to talk to Roma about a loan deal for next season, but Roma wants none of it.

As for some other end-of-the-season roster housecleaning.  Bury has released a bunch of players including Euan Holden.  Holden appeared in only one game for Bury in 2012-13.

Joe Gyau is headed back to Hoffenheim after St. Pauli declined on their option to buy once his loan came to an end.  Hoffenheim have their second leg of the relegation playoffs today, so we will find out if they are staying in the Bundesliga or moving down (they hold a 3-1 lead).

Tony Taylor won’t be playing with Estoril next season as he didn’t pick up a contract extension, although his agent claims there is other interest in Portugal.  Taylor scored one goal in 15 league appearances last season as Estoril earned an Europe League spot for 2013-14.

A couple clubs are “cleaning up” their crests/badges and trying to make them more up to date.  Everton released this one, although their supporters are not huge fans of it.  And Roma did the same thing.

Brian Sciaretta recently talked to US U-20/Colorado Rapids defender Shane O’Neill.  O’Neill is on the US U-20 team that is in France for the 2013 Toulon Tournament.  The US U-20 team kicks off the tournament against France on Tuesday, although O’Neil won’t join the team until after Colorado’s June 1 league game against FC Dallas.

Staying with the U-20 theme, Tom Marshall talked to Monterrey’s Alonso Hernandez about trying to make the US U-20 World Cup roster.  Hernandez is also in France for the Toulon Tournament.

This has nothing to do with anything US Soccer related, but a documentary that I highly enjoyed is now on Youtube.  The Four Year Plan is an unbelievable behind-the-scenes look at QPR for a couple seasons as they attempt to earn promotion to the Premier League.  I believe it is on Netflix (if you want a high quality version of it), but for those without Netflix, you can check it out here.  It is amazing to see them earn promotion (spoiler alert!) while some of the people involved are batsh*t crazy.

We hit a milestone over the weekend.  The site is officially over the one millionth hit mark.  So thanks for reading the site the last couple years.

And finally, have your ordered your Sacha Kljestan mustache t-shirt yet?

 
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