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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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).
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.