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Friday morning linkage
   February 21, 2014 (12:02 AM) by Matt Benson

Let’s start with the USMNT.

We know the situation in Ukraine is not pretty right now, so US Soccer is “exploring alternatives” for the friendly on March 5 that is scheduled for Kharkiv.  Kharkiv is about 300 miles away from Kiev, which is where most of the violence is taking place.

Steven Goff is also hearing that the three pre-World Cup friendlies should hopefully be announced by the end of next week.  Still some last details being worked out.

Duane Holmes is headed to Championship side Yeovil Town on a loan until March 23.  This was sort of expected as Huddersfield Town have returned a bunch of players from injury and their manager wanted him to continue to get playing time.  Here is a video interview with Holmes about the move.  Yeovil Town are currently in last place of the Championship. has a blog/series up with Oguchi Onyewu talking about his emotions and thoughts with the World Cup coming this summer.

John Brooks returned to the field and played in a friendly for Hertha Berlin earlier this week.  He even scored a goal and you can check out some highlights of that right here (0:51 mark).

Babajide Ogunbiyi returned to Viborg FF’s training on Monday after missing some time with a knee injury.

Michael Stephens is continuing his training/trialing across Sweden.  His latest stop is with Falkenbergs FF.

New York Red Bulls homegrown product Amando Moreno is the latest American to sign with Club Tijuana.

Staying with the Tijuana theme, Bruno Piceno scored a goal for Tijuana’s second-division affiliate Dorados in Copa MX action earlier this week.  Here is a cool behind-the-goal look at his goal.

Goalkeeper Samir Badr has signed with USL’s OKC Energy FC.  Badr was last seen abroad with El Hodood in Egypt, but he never was able to play in a game due to the 2012 season being cut short because of the Al Masry-Al Ahly tragedy.

Kevin Hoyos scored another two goals for Estudiantes de La Plata’s youth team this week.

Former US U-17 forward Alfred Koroma is in Brazil trialing with Fluminense.  He will also be part of a Fluminense U-23 team that will be/is already in Orlando taking on MLS teams during the preseason.

Brazilian-American midfielder Luis Felipe is being called back into the US U-20 team for a camp and games in April’s Dallas Cup.  Felipe currently plays with defending Brazilian league champions Cruzeiro.

It looks like FC Dallas could be sending Bobby Warshaw out on loan again this year and Europe is one of the few spots mentioned over at Big D Soccer.  Warshaw did have some success last season in Sweden with Ängelholm, scoring eight goals in nine league appearances.

And finally, Brian Sciaretta caught up with new Philippines national team manager Thomas Dooley.

Categories: Alfred Koroma, Amando Moreno, Babajide Ogunbiyi, Bobby Warshaw, Bruno Piceno, Duane Holmes, John Brooks, Kevin Hoyos, Luis Felipe, Michael Stephens, Samir Badr, Thomas Dooley, US Men's National Team
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Tuesday morning links
   October 1, 2013 (12:02 AM) by Matt Benson

Some links for Tuesday.

Grant Wahl gives us some USMNT goodies.  It has been rumored, but it is looking like the US will face Austria in its second friendly in November to go along with the friendly against Scotland.  Austria is ranked #47 by FIFA and #51 by Elo.  And during January’s camp, the US will split time between Los Angeles and Brazil.  They won’t have any games in Brazil, but they want to check out infrastructure before the World Cup.

The injuries are starting to pile up for the USMNT even if they aren’t serious.  Clint Dempsey missed another game for Seattle with a hamstring strain.  Fabian Johnson was subbed out of Hoffenheim’s weekend game with an ankle injuryA report out of Germany claimed that Jermaine Jones needed a surgery on his knee, but Jones/US Soccer went all Lee Corso on that report, claiming that he is fit for selection.  And Clarence Goodson missed San Jose’s game on Sunday with a knee injury.

That all said, Michael Bradley is slowly getting back at it, training on a side field during a recent Roma practice.

ESPN’s Doug McIntyre spoke to Geoff Cameron about his struggles to see the field with the USMNT.  Some good quotes in that story.  Doug also informs us that some USMNT coaches were at Nottingham Forest’s weekend game against Derby County checking out Eric Lichaj.

Steve Goff gives us his American abroad roundup for the weekend.  As for Monday, Tim Howard picked up an assist in Everton’s 3-2 win over Newcastle United.  So there have been a total of two assists by goalkeepers in the Premier League this season and they were both by Americans (Howard and Brad Guzan) and both took place this weekend.

Also on Monday, Zarek Valentin and Bodø / Glimt earned promotion to Norway’s top-flight league with a win over Vard.

Zak Whitbread is headed to Derby County on an emergency loan.  Whitbread had played in only four games for Leicester City across all competitions so far in 2013-14, so there will be a chance for more playing time.

Aron Johannsson will have a new manager at AZ Alkmaar as the club has fired Gertjan Verbeek.

MLS Insider has the story of how Bob Bradley became coach of the Egyptian men’s national team.

Brek Shea and Maurice Edu both played with Stoke City’s U-21 team in a recent game against Sebastian Lletget and West Ham United’s U-21 team.

According to this report out of Denmark, Mike Grella is trialing with Superliga side Viborg FF.

Kris Lindsey tells us more about the somewhat-forgotten Mexican-American at Tijuana:  Bruno Piceno.

Julian Green has been invited to play with Germany’s U-19 team for their upcoming first round of the U-19 Euro qualification.  These would be official games, which means he would be provisionally cap tied to Germany.

And we told you last week about Will Packwood scoring a goal for Birmingham City’s U-21 team and here is some video of the goal:

Categories: Aron Johannsson, Brad Guzan, Brek Shea, Bruno Piceno, Clarence Goodson, Clint Dempsey, Eric Lichaj, Fabian Johnson, Geoff Cameron, Jermaine Jones, Julian Green, Maurice Edu, Michael Bradley, Mike Grella, Sebastian Lletget, Tim Howard, US Men's National Team, Will Packwood, Zak Whitbread, Zarek Valentin

A bit of this and a bit of that
   August 29, 2013 (12:01 AM) by Matt Benson

A few guys in action yesterday.  Fresh off a 45-minute performance with Stoke City’s U-21 team on Monday, Brek Shea got the start and played another 45 minutes on Wednesday in Stoke City’s 3-1 win over Walsall in the Captial One Cup.

We had a Freddy Adu sighting on Wednesday.  Adu got the start and played 71 minutes in Bahia’s 0-0 draw to Portuguesa in Copa Sudamericana action.

FC Dallas’ Bobby Warshaw made his debut with Ängelholm in Sweden on Wednesday and scored a goal in a 2-2 draw.

Tijuana defeated Firpo, 1-0, in CONCACAF Champions League action on Wednesday.  Greg Garza, Joe Corona, Paul Arriola and Bruno Piceno all started for Tijuana, while Edgar Castillo was an unused sub.

Going back to last weekend, Lester Dewee scored his sixth goal of the season in Bodens BK’s 2-0 win over Robertsfors.

After some talk that he was getting some European interest, Landon Donovan has reached an agreement with the LA Galaxy on a new multi-year contract.  The deal is rumored to be about $5 million a year, doubling his current contract.  And Donovan is not interested in going out on loan during MLS’s offseason.

Donovan’s Galaxy teammate, A.J. DeLaGarza, is committing his international future to Guam.  I remember this was talked about earlier this summer.

FC Nantes manager Michel Der Zakarian had some nice things to say about Alejandro Bedoya earlier this week.

Jozy Altidore talked to Sunderland’s website about scoring his first goal with the club on Tuesday.

A lot can still change, but it doesn’t appear as of right now that Eric Lichaj will be called into the USMNT’s upcoming qualifiers as he wasn’t mentioned on Nottingham Forest’s website as going on international duty.

Bob Bradley was on Dan Patrick’s radio show on Wednesday.

And finally, Huddersfield Town’s Duane Holmes won the inaugural Donald Bell Award by League Football Education.  The release also mentions that he scored with the U-21 team earlier this week.

Categories: AJ DeLaGarza, Alejandro Bedoya, Bob Bradley, Bobby Warshaw, Brek Shea, Bruno Piceno, Duane Holmes, Eric Lichaj, Freddy Adu, Greg Garza, Joe Corona, Jozy Altidore, Landon Donovan, Lester Dewee, Paul Arriola
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Tijuana vs. Victoria Highlights
   August 20, 2013 (11:27 PM) by Matt Benson

Five American-born players saw the field tonight in Tijuana’s 3-2 win over Victoria in CONCACAF Champions League action.  Paul Arriola (who also scored), Greg Garza and Bruno Piceno all started while Joe Corona and Edgar Castillo came off the bench.  Here are the highlights, including Arriola’s goal at the 0:03 mark.

Here is also a photo of Arriola celebrating his goal courtesy of Tijuana’s press office.

Categories: Bruno Piceno, Edgar Castillo, Greg Garza, Highlights, Joe Corona, Paul Arriola
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USMNT oriented links
   May 28, 2013 (12:08 AM) by Matt Benson

We are now one day away from the first of five upcoming USMNT games which means most of these links will be about the USMNT.

If you missed this yesterday, Maurice Edu and Corey Ashe have withdrawn from camp due to injuries, while Brek Shea is currently rehabbing an injury in Dallas and will hopefully re-join the team in the near future.  That link also has an updated roster for Wednesday’s game as some other players have joined the squad and won’t be available for Wednesday (i.e. Fabian Johnson, Edgar Castillo, Michael Bradley).

With Ashe no longer in camp and Johnson/Castillo currently not with the team, I fully expect DaMarcus Beasley to get the start at left back.  If/when he plays, he will become the 13th player in USMNT history to reach 100 caps (here is the list of 12 from back when Carlos Bocanegra was closing in on it).  Beasley spoke to Daniel Karell and Franco Panizo about the benchmark.

While we are talking about the back line, I would have guessed that Geoff Cameron would be at right back, but Cameron is telling people that they brought him in to play center back.  If true, I am guessing Michael Parkhurst or Brad Evans will get the start at right back on Wednesday.

With the team back together, US Soccer is back to updating its MNT Blog.  And I am sure the Studio 90 videos will pick up.

We have some updated ticket numbers for some of the upcoming games.  About 22,000 for Wednesday’s game.  Just over the 40,000 mark for Sunday’s game against Germany.  And just short of 33,000 so far for the Panama qualifier in Seattle (I did my part and bought three).  I would have guessed more, but there is still time.

Another popular player in today’s meeting of the players and the press was Stuart Holden.  He spoke about returning to the team.

US goalkeeper coach Chris Woods will be following David Moyes to Old Trafford.  I have no clue whether this will change his side gig with the USMNT or not.  Also, I wonder if some younger US goalkeepers will be making the trip to Manchester to work out with United like some have done at Everton under Woods.

Brad Friedel thinks Brad Guzan could be Aston Villa’s number one goalkeeper for the next decade.

Ever wanted to follow Herculez Gomez around Mexico for a day?  Here is part one of a MLS video that is doing that.

Michael Parkhurst wants more playing time so he might look into leaving Augsburg.  He appeared in only two league games for Augsburg after moving to the German club in December.

Staying in Germany, here is an interview with Timothy Chandler from last week (I may have already linked this last week, but that was a long time ago).

Fabian Johnson and Hoffenheim were pretty excited to avoid relegation yesterday.

Start up the internet speculation machine as Leeds United might be interested in newly free agent Eric Lichaj.

This is from a week and a half ago, but since Finnish league highlights are not usually on the front page of Youtube, you are getting this now.  But Jonathan Okafor had an assist (3:20 mark) in MYPA’s 2-0 win over Lahti on May 17.

We gave you an Alonso Hernandez interview yesterday in the links post and here is another one with Brian Sciaretta.

Club Tijuana must really want everyone in the US to love them as Tom Marshall tells us that youngster Bruno Piceno was actually born in the US, not in Mexico like it says on the Liga MX website.

Categories: Alonso Hernandez, Brad Evans, Brad Guzan, Brek Shea, Bruno Piceno, DaMarcus Beasley, Eric Lichaj, Fabian Johnson, Geoff Cameron, Herculez Gomez, Jonathan Okafor, Maurice Edu, Michael Parkhurst, Stuart Holden, Timothy Chandler, US Men's National Team