The biggest news of the day is the new USMNT jerseys, which you can check out/talk about here. So the replica has solid red stripes, while the authentic has a cutout in the front for a number and on the back for the number (and name if Klinsy decides to put them back on).
Grant Wahl gave us his Top 15 Yanks Abroad single seasons last Friday, but since I haven’t done a links post in a couple days, I have been holding onto this link. A good mix of old and more recent seasons.
The US Legends defeated the Mexico Legends, 2-0 (yes!), on Sunday at the Home Depot Center. The goals were scored by Roy Lassiter and Brian McBride. Seriously, that score couldn’t have been any better.
Michael Parkhurst didn’t play this weekend due to a broken toe. No word on how long he will be out.
Josh Gatt also didn’t play for Molde today, but I can’t figure out exactly why. But it doesn’t seem like it is anything too serious.
And nothing new on the Robbie Rogers front. He had x-rays today on his ankle, but no word on the extent of his injury.
And finally, Chris Rolfe is returning to the US to play for the Chicago Fire. Rolfe and Aalborg mutually decided to part ways. The last time we saw Rolfe playing for Aalborg, he was sent off with a red card after kicking an opponent.
Chris Rolfe came off the bench for Aalborg today, but was shown straight red for kicking out at an opponent after being tackled during injury time. Horsens held on to win 1-0, but here is his red card.
I’m still playing catch up from the past couple days, but here are some links for Monday.
The US U-23′s defeated the Atlanta Silverbacks, 3-0, on Sunday. The goals scorers were Brek Shea (x2) and Michael Stephens. I posted the Studio 90 video earlier today, which has a couple quick highlights (one of Shea’s goal looks real nice) and some post-game interviews. Here is a post-game recap from the Silverbacks, which has their starting XI, but I can’t find anything anywhere on what the US lineup looked like. If you have any clue, fill us in in the comments. Also, it looks like Freddy Adu has been voted by the players as the captain of the team.
I also posted this with The OT Report, but in case you missed it, Josh Gatt has been called back to Molde FK and won’t be with the U-23s due to various injuries at Molde and them starting their season this upcoming weekend.
Mr. Sciaretta also introduces us to Seb Hines, a 23-year-old centerback who currently plays at Middlesbrough. Hines has played with England in the past at the youth level, but would be willing to play for the US if he got the call. Since he would need to file a one-time switch with FIFA, we will keep our eye on him, but don’t expect us to post about him in future The OT Reports until he commits to the US (if he ever does). Sort of like Adam Henley.
I was busy tonight, so I didn’t get to follow along to the various people live tweeting from the second USMNT/U-23 scrimmage, but it sounds like this one ended in a 1-1 draw. The goal scorers were Graham Zusi and Jack McInerney. I am sure US Soccer will have some kind of post-game write up and highlights tomorrow or on Thursday. Here were the starting lineups:
Coming back from a hip injury, Eric Lichaj was able to log 45 minutes today in a reserve squad game for Aston Villa. I guess there have been some rumors that Lichaj might go out on loan to Leeds United once he was fully fit again, but this report out of England says he is staying at Villa Park.
Howie’s Pick - Michael Parkhurst (FC Nordsjælland – Danish Superliga)
While one former US international (Chris Rolfe) made headlines for his brace in Aalborg’s 2-1 win over Odense, I’m going to go with Michael Parkhurst, who went 90 minutes at rightback as FC Nordsjælland shocked FC Copenhagen on the road, 3-1.
Matt’s Pick – Chris Rolfe (Aalborg – Danish Superliga)
Chris Rolfe scored two goals in Aalborg’s 2-1 win over OB this weekend. The two goals gives him four on the season and my pick for player of the week.
Quentin Westberg continued to start in Bertrand Laquait’s absence and picked up a clean sheet in a 1-0 win over Nice. While Laquait will likely return to the lineup when healthy, Westberg is quietly making a case to Jürgen Klinsmann for a call-up.
Matt’s Pick – Chris Rolfe (Aalborg – Danish Superliga)
Speaking of potential USMNT call-ups, Chris Rolfe could be on his way if he continues to find the back of the net much like he did in Aalborg’s 2-1 victory over OB.
Still trying to catch up on some news over the last 24 hours then, BAM, US Soccer drops that Bob Bradley bomb on us. That said, here are some links/news for stuff that has nothing to do with Bob Bradley, US Soccer, Jürgen Klinsmann or Steve Sampson.
David Yelldell has been named starting goalkeeper for Bayer Leverkusen with Rene Adler still recovering from his knee surgery. There was some debate whether Yelldell or 21-year-old Fabian Giefer would get the nod, but Yelldell’s experience looks to have won out.
Staying with the goalkeeper theme, Brian Sciaretta recently talked to Josh Wicks about his first year in Finland with IFK Mariehamn. The former DC United keeper has Mariehamn currently sitting in fifth place of the Finnish Veikkausliiga table.
Greg Seltzer has an interview up with Aalborg forward Chris Rolfe over at MLSsoccer.com. Rolfe talks about playing with confidence after finally being injury-free.
The third qualifying round of Europa League kicked off this week and a few teams with Americans on them played today. A Clint Dempsey-less Fulham drew its first leg against RNK Split, 0-0. Jozy Altidore is still recovering from his hamstring strain, but AZ defeated Jablonec, 2-0, without his services. And Clarence Goodson went the full 90 minutes in a 2-0 loss to Austrian side Ried. Each team will have next week’s second leg to hopefully move onto the playoff round.