This week has been a crazy one for me and of course 2354356456 guys have scored goals this week. As always, our goal tracker has a bunch of information on who scored and links to those available highlights.
Brazil is bringing a pretty decent team to the US for September’s friendly.
While next summer’s Copa America Centenario is still up in the air, CONCACAF is proceeding like the tournament is still on as they have scheduled qualifiers for CONCACAF’s remaining two spots (US, Mexico, Costa Rica and Jamaica have already qualified).
Costa Rica will have a new manager as Paulo Wanchope has resigned after losing his mind at an U-23 match earlier this week. As Howie pointed out, between him and Miguel Herrera, the Hex might come down to fighting coaches so the US might as well appoint Peter Vermes as manager.
One player who could see some more playing time with the US without Jozy in the upcoming friendlies is Aron Johannsson. He was named Eredivisie Player of the Week after his two goal/one assist performance over the weekend. Here is also a little video on ArJo.
Alfredo Morales helped Ingolstadt win promotion to the Bundesliga this past season. Kyle McCarthy wrote some words on Morales and his move to Ingolstadt. And according to Greg Seltzer, the club is currently working on a contract extension for Morales.
While Spector is staying at Birmingham City, Will Packwood is no longer with the club and was last seen training with the New England Revolution. But it doesn’t look like the Revs will be signing Packwood.
Grant Wahl is hearing that Rubio Rubin is drawing interest from other teams in Europe but he is staying at Utrecht.
GOALKEEPERS (3): Jeff Caldwell (University of Virginia), Ethan Horvath (Molde FK), Zack Steffen (Freiburg)
DEFENDERS (6): Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur), Matthew Miazga (New York Red Bulls), Shaquell Moore (Unattached), Erik Palmer-Brown (Sporting Kansas City), Desevio Payne (FC Groningen), John Requejo (Club Tijuana)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas), Paul Arriola (Club Tijuana), Russell Canouse (Hoffenheim), Marco Delgado (Toronto FC), Emerson Hyndman (Fulham), Joel Soñora (Boca Juniors)
FORWARDS (5): Jordan Allen (Real Salt Lake), Bradford Jamieson IV (LA Galaxy), Rubio Rubin (Utrecht), Maki Tall (Red Star), Tommy Thompson (San Jose Earthquakes)
Ramos can add one more name by May 15. You’d assume Junior Flores, Geldion Zelaem, and Romain Gall might be considered for that. The U.S. kicks off the tournament May 30 against Myanmar, or Burma as some of our old school readers might think of them.
One notable absence explained:
U20 USYNT WC Roster TBA in about 30 minutes. My contact in England tells me that Novakovic will not be on roster. Reading declined release
The US U-23 team won its game against Bosnia U-23s, 5-2, on Friday. The US goals were scored by Jordan Morris, Mario Rodriguez, Benji Joya, Alonso Hernandez and Fatai Alashe. Here was the starting lineup.
The U-23ers will next play Denmark’s U-23 team on Tuesday at Lyngby Stadion in Copenhagen.
Former USMNT goalkeeper Frank Borghi passed away this week. He will probably be remembered most for his performance against England in the US’s upset at the 1950 World Cup. Resident goalkeeper historian Will did a good job of collecting news/links/information on Borghi over the last week.
We have had a couple goals so far this week. Herculez Gomez scored yet another goal for Puebla in Copa MX action on Tuesday (highlights). Dating back to his first stint with Puebla, it was his 13th goal in 22 career games across all competitions with Puebla
Nermin Crnkic scored a goal yesterday in Jablonec’s 2-0 win over FC Copenhagen in something called the Atlantic Cup (highlights). It appears to be a friendly/winter break tournament that no one attends.
Heading back to Mexico last night, 20-year-old Jesus Vazquez scored a goal in Leones Negros’ 2-0 win over Necaxa. Looking at our goal tracker, that is already the fourth goal scored by an American against Necaxa since January 21.
Sticking with Copa MX, Joe Corona wore the arm band for Tijuana last night in their 3-2 win over Coras de Tepic. Fellow Americans Alejandro Guido, John Requejo Jr. and Paul Arriola also saw the field for the Xolos. Jon Arnold got some quotes from Arriola following the match.
Also in action on Wednesday, Rubio Rubin went the full 90 minutes in Utrecht’s 1-0 loss to Willem II. While Tim Ream went 90 minutes in Bolton’s 2-1 loss to Liverpool in their FA Cup fourth-round replay.