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Links from the last couple weeks
   July 21, 2015 (12:02 AM) by Matt Benson

I haven’t done a links post in a while but the last few weeks have been crazy on my end so some of this might be outdated a bit.  But some of this might still be new to you.  Anyways, here is what I have bookmarked over the last couple weeks.

I did a numbers/stats thing on the USMNT and Clint Dempsey this past weekend since it is easy to do one of those things when you win 6-0.

ESPN’s Doug McIntyre sat down with Clint Dempsey to talk about a couple things, including losing the captain’s armband.  It doesn’t seem like he minds that much.

Jozy Altidore told ESPN that he understands the Gold Cup roster swap that sent him home, but he thinks he could have still helped.

While we know Brek Shea did not get called into the Gold Cup due to injury, he ended up having hernia surgery last week.

Brad Guzan lost his starting job at Aston Villa for the last few games of the 2014-15 season, but his chances to re-claim it look a lot better as Shay Given has moved on to Stoke City.  And Villa manager Tim Sherwood recently told the press that Guzan will start this season as the team’s No. 1 goalkeeper.

I enjoyed the latest Total Soccer Show podcast, which featured Matthew Doyle as he continues his #FreeBenny campaign.

Julian Green wants to stay at Bayern Munich this season rather than going out on loan, but he does have some loan options.  Green is with the team over in Asia and you can see him scoring a goal in some 2v2 thing in Beijing in this video.

Slowly coming back from his ACL surgery, Terrence Boyd is working with a ball again for the first time since December.

Huddersfield Town manager Chris Powell thinks Duane Holmes will likely be loaned out again this upcoming season.

Free agent Conor O’Brien is getting some looks from teams in Denmark, Belgium and Austria according to his agent.

Jon-Paul Pittman scored a goal for Grimsby Town in a friendly last week.

Paul Arriola also scored a goal in a friendly in the last week.  He also recently talked to Tijuana’s website.

A report out of France says Quentin Westberg might be on the move to Tours FC in Ligue 2.  Westberg has started only four of Sarpsborg’s 16 league games in Norway this year, but he has been the starting keeper in three of the last four league games.

As for another goalkeeper, Leeds United’s site has a little story up on Charlie Horton.

Who wants some new kits for the upcoming season?  Here is what Tim Howard will be wearing this season, while Everton’s away kits are white.  Alejandro Bedoya and Nantes have pretty similar kits to what they wore last year.  Eric Lichaj and Nottingham Forest are going yellow for their 150th anniversary away kits.  And Jonathan Spector and Birmingham City have this nasty Belgium-looking away kit.

A few more player movement links for guys in lower leagues.

Royal-Dominique Fennell is staying within the German 3. Liga but switching up his Kickers, going from Stuttgarter Kickers to Würzburger Kickers.

After scoring 38 goals over the last two seasons with Greuther Fürth II in the German Regionalliga, Jann George has moved on to fellow Regionalliga side Jahn Regensburg.

After leaving Freiburg for Unterhaching last season, Eric Lickert has returned to Freiburg for this season.  He will likely play with Freiburg II in the Regionalliga.

Might have to bug Terrence Boyd for the lowdown, but dual national Ken Gipson is now with RB Leipzig.  Gipson is a 19-year-old German-American right back who had been with Stuttgart’s youth system.

Chukwudi Chijindu has made a move within Iceland, going from Thór to Keflavík ÍF.

And finally, Springfield College defender Ryan Malone has signed with Magdeburg in Germany.

Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Benny Feilhaber, Brad Guzan, Brek Shea, Charlie Horton, Chukwudi Chijindu, Clint Dempsey, Conor O'Brien, Duane Holmes, Eric Lichaj, Eric Lickert, Jann George, Jon-Paul Pittman, Jonathan Spector, Jozy Altidore, Julian Green, Ken Gipson, Paul Arriola, Royal-Dominique Fennell, Ryan Malone, Terrence Boyd, Tim Howard, US Men's National Team
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A bit of this and a bit of that
   October 3, 2013 (12:39 AM) by Matt Benson

Jurgen Klinsmann was supposed to release the roster for the upcoming qualifiers later today, but it now looks like he won’t until this weekend due to injuries.  One thing we do know, Michael Bradley has been officially ruled out due to his ankle injury.  Klinsi also dropped some hints while speaking to the media before Tuesday’s US Open Cup final.

Greg Seltzer thinks outside the box for two possible left back candidates for the USMNT.  Don’t know if I totally agree, but worth a look.

Sacha Kljestan and Anderlecht were beaten 3-0 by Olympiacos in Champions League action on Tuesday.  I am no expert, but it is tough to win Champions League games when the average age of your starting lineup is 22.2 years old.

Herculez Gomez appeared in his first league game since coming back from injury on Tuesday.  He got the start and played 72 minutes in Tijuana’s 2-0 loss to Club América.

Joe Gyau and Fabian Hurzeler both started for Hoffenheim’s U-23 team on Wednesday with Hurzeler scoring two goals in a 4-0 win over Hessen Kassel in the German Regionalliga.  As you can see from our goal tracker, it was Hurzeler’s first goals since May 5.

Former Hoffenheim midfielder Danny Williams spoke to Brian Sciaretta earlier this week about finding his stride at Reading.

Duane Holmes is impressing Huddersfield Town’s fans with his play since making his debut over the last two games.

RJ DeMello caught up with Chukwudi Chijindu to talk about his big goal that saved Thor’s season.

Brian Sciaretta also talked to Nermin Crnkic recently.  Crnkic made some noise with the Michigan Bucks in last year’s US Open Cup and now he is in the Czech Liga.

I know I mentioned it last week, but a new USMNT project for the site should be going up on Sunday night/Monday morning.  Also, we might be relaunching a series that Howie and I did like three years ago that we quit doing for whatever reason.  There might also be some guest writers who participate.  So be on the lookout for that starting next week as well.  Just trying to add some newer stuff to the site.

Categories: Chukwudi Chijindu, Danny Williams, Duane Holmes, Fabian Hurzeler, Herculez Gomez, Joe Gyau, Michael Bradley, Nermin Crnkic, Sacha Kljestan, US Men's National Team

Monday morning links
   September 23, 2013 (12:04 AM) by Matt Benson

Some links to start off the week.

While I am working these 16-hour Saturdays this fall, probably won’t have time do weekend editions of The OT Report.  That said, Steven Goff always has a good rundown of Americans in the top leagues in Europe.

We did have 11 goals scored by nine different Americans over the weekend, which you can follow along with our goal tracker.  As for some highlights, Terrence Boyd has scored in three straight league games after this weekend’s goal.  Geoff Cameron scored his first career Premier League goal in a loss to Arsenal.  Matt Taylor continues to score for Preußen Münster in Germany.  FC Dallas’ Bobby Warshaw scored his second goal since being sent out on loan to Sweden.  And Brad Guzan was amazing, saving a penalty kick and made another diving save late to preserve a clean sheet.

Guzan’s strong play led him to be named to ESPN FC’s Premier League Team of the Weekend.

John Brooks had to be subbed out of Hertha Berlin’s 1-1 draw to Freiburg with a dislocated elbow.

DaMarcus Beasley did not play this weekend for Puebla due to a hamstring injury.

While some players picked up some injuries, Herculez Gomez is getting closer to seeing the field with Tijuana.  Herc played 45 minutes with Tijuana’s U-20 team on Friday.

Jozy Altidore will have a new manager soon as Sunderland have fired Paolo Di Canio.  Jozy also updated his ESPN FC blog about his disallowed goal from last weekend.

Also over the weekend, American-born forward Kevin Hoyos scored for CD Victoria in Honduras in a 2-1 loss.

US Soccer’s Youtube channel has been putting up random videos celebrating the centennial this year.  The latest is a look back at the US’s 3-0 win over Argentina at the 1995 Copa America.

And for a random read, here is an interview with 43-year-old English goalkeeper David James as he continues his career with IBV in Iceland (h/t Zac Lee Rigg).  This is the same league that Josh Wicks and Chukwudi Chijindu play in with Thor.

Categories: Bobby Warshaw, Brad Guzan, Chukwudi Chijindu, DaMarcus Beasley, Geoff Cameron, Herculez Gomez, Josh Wicks, Jozy Altidore, Kevin Hoyos, Matt Taylor, Terrence Boyd, US Men's National Team

Thursday morning linkage
   September 19, 2013 (12:40 AM) by Matt Benson

Some housekeeping from the last couple of days.

Tim Ream continues to play central/defensive midfield for Bolton and has an assist on Tuesday in a 2-2 draw (highlights).  Mark Yesilevskiy talked about his recent good play over at Lion Of Vienna Suite.

Eric Lichaj also had an assist on Tuesday in Nottingham Forest’s 2-2 draw (highlights).

Also in the Championship, Danny Williams assisted on Reading’s injury time game winner on Wednesday.  Seeing how more and more Championship teams are embracing Youtube (like the links above), hopefully there will be highlights of this tomorrow.

Alonso Hernandez help create Monterrey’s game-winning goal in their 1-0 win over Puebla Copa MX action on Tuesday (highlights).

Chukwudi Chijindu scored his eighth goal of the season in Thór’s 2-2 draw to Keflavík in Iceland on Wednesday.  His eight goals are tied for the sixth most in the Icelandic Úrvalsdeild.  As always, our goal tracker is updated with his goal and others from the last week.

Apparently Mexico are going after Luis Gil.  Oh hell no.

If you score a couple of goals in Europe, there is a good chance Brian Sciaretta will talk to you.  This happened to Babajide Ogunbiyi this week.

British-American youth player Kris Scott (not to be confused with his brother Kyle Scott who broke his leg in February) signed a two-year deal with Swansea City after being with Stoke City.

Mr. Sciaretta also spoke to Omar Thompson this week who recently signed a pro deal with Wigan.

Top Draw Soccer tells us about youth goalkeeper’s Al Simpson’s training stints with various teams in England in the last couple months.

Categories: Al Simpson, Alonso Hernandez, Babajide Ogunbiyi, Chukwudi Chijindu, Danny Williams, Eric Lichaj, Kris Scott, Luis Gil, Omar Thompson, Tim Ream

A couple links for Tuesday
   August 20, 2013 (12:01 AM) by Matt Benson

If you missed it yesterday, both Terrence Boyd (three weeks) and Steve Cherundolo (indefinitely) both have injuries that will keep them out for varying lengths.

I was also able to find Julian Green’s goal from the weekend.  Green now has five goals in seven games with Bayern Munich’s U-23 team this season.

Chukwudi Chijindu scored his seventh goal of the season yesterday in Thór’s 2-2 draw to Fylkir in Iceland.  Josh Wicks also started for Thór at goalkeeper.  Chijindu’s seven goals are the fourth most in the Icelandic Úrvalsdeild in 2013.

Sebastian Lletget scored a late game-winning goal for West Ham’s U-21 team in a 2-1 win over Everton on Monday.  Here is a photo of him celebrating with his teammates and another random photo of him from the game.

From this weekend, DaMarcus Beasley “assisted” on an own goal in Puebla’s 4-2 win over Chivas.  His pass was knocked into the goal by a Chivas defender.  You can check it out here at the 1:13 mark.

Here are some field-level highlights from the US-Bosnia game.

Tony Taylor talked to the fine folks over at Yanks Abroad about starting the season at Cypriot side AC Omonia.  They begin their season August 30 at Anorthosis, who finished second last year, one spot above Omonia.

And finally, Landon Donovan did an interview with Julie Stewart-Binks that aired on today’s first episode of Fox Sport 1’s Fox Soccer Daily.  The biggest news to come out of is that Donovan has received multiple offers from teams outside the US for when his contracts ends after this MLS season and that he would be interested if the Galaxy don’t make a competitive offer.

But over a 24-hour period between Sunday and Monday, I was able to watch NBC’s Match of the Day, ESPN FC and Fox Soccer Daily.  It really is a good time to be a soccer fan in the US.

Categories: Chukwudi Chijindu, DaMarcus Beasley, Josh Wicks, Julian Green, Landon Donovan, Sebastian Lletget, Steve Cherundolo, Terrence Boyd, Tony Taylor, US Men's National Team
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Fourth of July links
   July 4, 2013 (12:15 AM) by Matt Benson

Today is always one of the great days of the year.  Here are a few links to read between some beers and fireworks.

Jurgen Klinsmann has selected DaMarcus Beasley as the captain for the US for the Gold Cup.  A nice honor for Beasley.

US Soccer has not made any official announcements, but Ives is hearing that Josh Gatt’s knee injury is significant enough that he will miss the Gold Cup.  As for the other injured player, Corey Ashe, he returned to full training today.

The USMNT will hold a training session open to the public today at 5 PM Pacific at Qualcomm Stadium.  Admission is free.

The official US Soccer youtube page has uploaded some highlights from past games against Guatemala.  So here is a game from 2000 and one from 2005.

I don’t know if I will do a pre-game primer or not, but here are the game notes.  The US is 13-4-6 all-time against Guatemala (11-0-1 on American soil) and the game will be on at 8 PM Pacific on NBC Sports Network.

The latest run of wins by the US has moved them up to #22 in the latest FIFA world rankings, up six spots from last month and now only two spots behind Mexico who dropped from #17 to #20.

Leander Schaerlaeckens writes about US Soccer’s slowly building scouting network.

If you haven’t read this site in a while, Howie has been bringing the thunder this week with a bunch of posts.  He has posted about Jared Jeffrey joining DC United.  Mario Rodriguez’s move to Borussia Mönchengladbach U-23 team.  Derby County want to send Conor Doyle to MLS on a loan.  Mike Grella is not returning to Scunthorpe United.  And I threw up a post about our latest Jann George sighting.  So this site has been pretty busy this week during a normally slow period.

In some fun site news, I got confirmation that our first international order for a Sacha Kljestan mustache shirt successfully crossed the pond and landed in Beglium.  The buyer is hopefully going to get a photo with Sacha and the shirt at one of Anderlecht’s preseason sessions in the next few weeks.  You can buy your own shirt right here.

While things in Egypt seem to be acting up again, it is good to hear that Bob Bradley and his wife are currently safe and back in the US for the moment.

Greg Seltzer has the latest transfer gossip about Jozy Altidore right here and here.  Thoughts on Jozy at Sunderland?

The Wooten Clan, Andrew Wooten, continues to put the ball in the back of the net in preseason friendlies for Kaiserslautern, scoring another two goals in a 7-0 win over Slovenian champs Maribor.

Chukwudi Chijindu scored his fifth goal of the season in Thór’s 2-1 win over ÍA Akranes on Wednesday.  His five goals this season are tied for the second most in the Icelandic Úrvalsdeild.

And here is what Bobby Wood will be wearing next season at 1860 Munich.  1860 Munich always seem to have some shirts that I like.

Enjoy the day.

Categories: Andrew Wooten, Bob Bradley, Bobby Wood, Chukwudi Chijindu, Conor Doyle, Cory Ashe, DaMarcus Beasley, Jann George, Jared Jeffrey, Josh Gatt, Jozy Altidore, Mario Rodriguez, Mike Grella, Sacha Kljestan, US Men's National Team
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Tuesday morning links
   June 25, 2013 (12:01 AM) by Matt Benson

The Champions League and Europa League draws for the first and second qualifying rounds were held yesterday and I broke down the five Americans who be starting action in those rounds.

One of those players mentioned is Tony Taylor.  We posted a link last week where it was rumored that he was headed to Cyprus side AC Omonia.  Greg Seltzer tells us that he is headed there this week for a physical then sign a two-year deal if everything goes well as expected.

Seltzer also tells us that Jared Jeffrey, whose contract with Mainz ends this week, could be headed to MLS.  The 23-year-old midfielder has mainly played with their U-23 team in the Regionalliga the last few years and was once an unused sub for Mainz’s senior team in 2009-10.

The US U-20 team came back to secure a 1-1 draw with France on Monday.  You can check out the highlights here and some post-game reactions here.  They play their final group stage game against Ghana on Thursday at 1 PM Eastern on ESPNU.  They likely need to win to advance, although four of the top six third place teams from each group move on to the Round of 16.

One player many of us wished was in Turkey with the U-20 team, Anthony Brooks, has signed a two-year extension with Hertha Berlin.

Sacha Kljestan, his mustache and Anderlecht have some new white away kits for next season.  Speaking of his mustache, you should buy this shirt.  Still have some available.

Geoff Cameron wonders where he should be on the field for the USMNT.  I think I liked him at center midfield.

Eric Avila has decided to “resign” from the USMNT so he can play for Chivas Guadalajara.  That said, Avila hasn’t played for a US team (U-20) since 2007.

Brian Sciaretta talked to US U-18 forward Romain Gall about playing with the U-18 team and FC Lorient in France.

RJ DeMello also checks in with the three Americans (Joe Funicello, Chukwudi Chijindu and Josh Wicks) at Thor Akureyri in Iceland.

Categories: Chukwudi Chijindu, Eric Avila, Geoff Cameron, Jared Jeffrey, Joe Funicello, John Brooks, Josh Wicks, Romain Gall, Sacha Kljestan, Tony Taylor, US U-20 National Team
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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