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Finally getting back to some links
   June 14, 2013 (12:53 AM) by Matt Benson

A few more USMNT tidbits before moving onto more club-based links.  The US-Panama game was the second-highest rated US qualifier ever on ESPN.  While it was only a 0.8, it was also a 10 PM Eastern start time on a Tuesday night.  Not bad.

It is starting to look like the US won’t be playing its road qualifier at the “lovely” concrete field at Saprissa when they travel to Costa Rica in September.  The stadium is not good enough for FIFA, who recently inspected Costa Rica’s stadium since they are hosting the Women’s U-17 World Cup there in 2014, so the US could be playing at Costa Rica’s new national team stadium in San Jose.

Mexico announced its roster for the Gold Cup, and as expected due to the Confederations Cup, it is a pretty weak roster.  It also features to Mexican-Americans in Miguel Ponce and the recently-found-out-be-an-American Isaac Brizuela.

The U-20 World Cup begins next Friday and Brian Sciaretta talked to Oscar Sorto while Ryan Bacic caught up with Danny Garcia.

Bob Bradley has Egypt one step closer to Brazil with a recent win over Zimbabwe.  And here is an extended look at the documentary on Bob Bradley on Egypt.

As for Michael Bradley, he now knows who his manager will be next season.  Rudi Garcia won the double (Ligue 1 and Coupe de France) in 2010-11 with Lille.

A couple new uniforms came out this week.  Here is Brad Guzan showing off Aston Villa’s new goalkeeper kit for next season.  And here is what Conor Doyle will hopefully wear a few more times on the field next season for Derby County.

If you are a regular of this site, you know that there was a little bit of chatter last week about Eric Lichaj and Nottingham Forest.  Well, it is picking up steam.

Greg Seltzer is hearing that the Ukrainian team interested in Jozy Altidore is Dinamo Kyiv.

Tim Ream’s agent also shot down some rumors to Seltzer about a possible Middlesbrough transfer.

DaMarcus Beasley was not sent to another Mexican league team before last week’s Liga MX draft/transfer deadline.  Puebla’s president recently tweeted that there is a 50 percent chance that they re-sign Beasley.

Another American who didn’t go anywhere in Mexico was Jonathan Bornstein.  Honduras’ favorite US player is still playing the waiting game and looking over his options.

Goalkeeper Caleb Patterson-Sewell has made the move from Vitoria Setubal to fellow Portuguese Primeira Liga side Gil Vicente.

Another player who made a move within his league is Bryan Gerzicich.  The defensive midfielder has switched from Hapoel Ironi Kiryat Shmona to Hapoel Tel Aviv in Israel.

The New York Cosmos have signed Jemal Johnson (not to be confused with Jamel Johnson).  Jemal last played in Europe for Tamworth in England before ending last season with the Fort Lauderdale Strikers.  I love looking as his wikipedia page.  So many different teams.  Octavio Dotel is impressed.

Greg Seltzer has some info on Tony Taylor as he is looking for a new home.

Goalkeeper Ethan Horvath, who has been training at Molde FK for a while, has signed a pre-contract with the Norwegian club and will sign a professional deal with the club once the window opens up in July.

While most of the bigger leagues are shut down at the moment, we still have seen goals in the last week from Christian Eissele, Chukwudi Chijindu and Jordan Seabrook.  Keep track of the lower leagues this season with our goal tracker.

And finally, with one game still left to go in the Polish II Liga (third tier), David Paul and Puszcza Niepołomice have earned promotion and will be playing in the I Liga next season.

Categories: Bob Bradley, Brad Guzan, Bryan Gerzicich, Caleb Patterson-Sewell, Christian Eissele, Chukwudi Chijindu, Conor Doyle, DaMarcus Beasley, Danny Garcia, David Paul, Eric Lichaj, Ethan Horvath, Isaac Brizuela, Jemal Johnson, Jonathan Bornstein, Jordan Seabrook, Jozy Altidore, Michael Bradley, Miguel Angel Ponce, Oscar Sorto, Tim Ream, Tony Taylor, US Men's National Team

Here is your US-Germany pre-game primer
   June 2, 2013 (12:01 AM) by Matt Benson

Here is a quick rundown of things you might want to look at before today’s game.

» The game is at 2:30 PM Eastern on ESPN2.

» Germany is ranked #2 in both the FIFA and Elo rankings.

» Here is US Soccer’s official game notes.  They also did a mini-factoid thing on RFK Stadium.  Sunday will be the US’ 22nd game at the stadium, the most by any venue.  I also did my own stat thing earlier this week.

The US is 2-8-0 all-time against Germany (including two games against East Germany) with a 1-3-0 record against Germany on American soil.

The US is 8-22-2 against FIFA Top 5 teams since FIFA began the rankings in 1993.  The last win against a Top 5 team came against Spain, 2-0, in the 2009 Confederations Cup.

» One of the US’ wins against Germany was in 1999.  Here are some highlights from the game.  And here are some highlights from a random 4-3 loss to Germany from 1993.

» The Shin Guardian have their preview of the match up.

» As for some rumblings from today’s training session.  Jozy Altidore had the flu earlier this week and Eddie Johnson apparently picked it up.  Herculez Gomez was watching training with an ice pack on his knee.  It sounds like Brad Evans will be starting at right back.  Matt Besler might not be at 100% fitness, but is close.  Fabian Johnson thinks he might play some midfield during these upcoming games.  Edgar Castillo was working with a trainer on the side, so Joe Corona was playing some left back with the “second” unit.  Some of the German-Americans (i.e. Terrence Boyd and Jermaine Jones) are ready to play Germany.

» The US released the provisional Gold Cup roster earlier this week.  We enjoy some of the middle names.  The rumored friendly for the Gold Cup team against Guatemala in San Diego has been confirmed by US Soccer.  One of those players on that roster, Alejandro Bedoya, scored a goal and passed out an assist on Saturday.  We just found out that Isaac Brizuela is a dual citizen for the US and Mexico earlier this week.  Well, he is on Mexico’s provisional roster for the Gold Cup.  Jon Arnold called this.

» Roger Bennett and Jeff Carlisle came up with their “Most Influential XI” for US Soccer in its history.

» The US U-20 team won their first game at the Toulon Tournament yesterday.  Daniel Cuevas scored the lone goal.

As for my prediction on the game, I think Germany wins and people will freak out.

Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Brad Evans, Daniel Cuevas, Eddie Johnson, Fabian Johnson, Herculez Gomez, Isaac Brizuela, Jermaine Jones, Joe Corona, Jozy Altidore, Matt Besler, Terrence Boyd, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team

Here is your US-Belgium pre-game primer
   May 29, 2013 (12:01 AM) by Matt Benson

Here is a quick rundown of things you might want to look at before today’s game.

» The game is at 8 PM Eastern on ESPN.

» Belgium is ranked 15 by FIFA and 20 in Elo.  The US is 29 in FIFA and 25 in Elo.

» Here are some fun facts and stats from myself and US Soccer’s game notes.  Don’t forget that you can also look at all the USMNT all-time scores on this site and sort by different categories.

The US is 1-3-0 all-time against Belgium, recording the only win at the 1930 World Cup.

This will also be the second time that the US has faced Belgium under Jurgen Klinsmann (Belgium won, 1-0, on September 6, 2011).

And this will mark the first meeting between these two teams on American soil.

The US has played only one other game in Cleveland, a 2-0 win over Venezuela prior to the 2006 World Cup.  Here are some highlights from that game.

If DaMarcus Beasley plays, which is likely, he will become the 13th player in USMNT history to reach 100 caps.

Stuart Holden will be looking for his first cap since playing 58 minutes against Colombia on October 12, 2010.

» While it was mentioned yesterday how Geoff Cameron said he would be playing some centerback, but he was playing right back at training today.  And the speculated starting lineup based on today’s training goes something like this:

Howard; Cameron, Gonzalez, Goodson, Beasley; Kljestan, Jones; Zusi, Dempsey, Gomez; Altidore

» Sacha Kljestan spoke to the press today about potentially starting and actually playing for the US in his natural central role.  Kljestan also did an interview with Brian Sciaretta.  And you can buy a sweet Sacha mustache shirt right here (shameless plug!).

» Here is a general preview piece from Daniel Karell, while Franco Panizo looks at the centerback openings.

» I posted part one of MLS’ video following Herculez Gomez around Mexico yesterday and here is part two.  Some observations after watching part two:  We get a Jonathan Bornstein sighting!  And Santos Laguna has a really nice stadium and practice facilities.

» The US U-20 team opened up the Toulon Tournament with a 4-1 loss to France.  Benji Joya scored the lone goal for the US.  While the US sent a U-20 team, this is really a U-21 tournament and they looked like a team that was a year or two younger than France from the half that I watched.  They also only play 40 minute halves in this tournament.  Here are some really grainy highlights from the first half.  I bet Cody Cropper wishes he had that second goal back.  And here are some post-game reactions from Tab Ramos and Benji Joya.  Next up is Colombia on Thursday at 11:30 AM Eastern on beIN SPORT.

» As for two non-USMNT links, here is an interview with Club Tijuana’s Greg Garza.  Another day, another young Liga MX player is found who is a US citizen.

As for my prediction on tonight’s game.  I think it will be a 2-1 win by the Belgians.

Categories: Greg Garza, Herculez Gomez, Isaac Brizuela, Sacha Kljestan, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team