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A whole bunch of links for Tuesday
   July 28, 2015 (12:02 AM) by Matt Benson

Let’s get to it and start with the USMNT.

As expected, CONCACAF announced that the Confederations Cup playoff will be held on October 9 at the Rose Bowl.  The US will also play a second game, this one being a friendly, during that same international week and it could be against Costa Rica.

One player who could be eligible to play for the US in that playoff is Darlington Nagbe as he is on course to become a US citizen this fall.

FIFA also held the preliminary draw for 2018 World Cup qualification over the weekend.  And US Soccer confirmed that the first home qualifier will be November 13 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis against the winner of St. Vincent & the Grenadines/Aruba from the third round.  Also in that link from US Soccer is the full fourth round qualification schedule although the rest of the game sites haven’t been determined yet.

I know I said we should never talk about the 2015 Gold Cup ever again, but Clint Dempsey won the Golden Boot while Brad Guzan won the Golden Glove.  And Michael Bradley led all players in assists for the tournament.

Chris Wondolowski is a freak.  He started and went 70 minutes for San Jose a day after starting for the US in a city nearly 3000 miles away.

Tim Howard is ready to return to the USMNT.

According to Mr. Chip, the US is projected to be No. 29 in August’s FIFA rankings, while Mexico will be No. 26.

Bobby Warshaw wrote some words on whether the US might have some players who are better suited to play CONCACAF opponents while others might be better against European teams.

In the “if it is on the internet then it MUST be true” department, some website claims Landon Donovan is going to sign with Atletico de Kolkata in India.  Sure. . .

I forgot to post this last week, but US U-20 forward Maki Tall signed with Swiss side FC Sion.

Howie posted about Quentin Westberg’s move to Tours in France last week and Greg Seltzer got some quotes from Westberg on the move.

Kenny Saief scored a goal this past weekend and Gent’s website had a mini-interview with him before the game.

Davis VanOpdorp of some website called Bavarian Football Works took a look at Julian Green’s situation at Bayern Munich.  I am mainly posting this for the chart at the bottom comparing Green to other players who came up through their youth system.

Mauricio Pochettino and Tottenham are in Denver to take on the MLS All-Stars.  Here is a video of Pochettino talking about DeAndre Yedlin.

We already know that Stuart Holden is awesome, but he wrote some words about rehabbing for The Players’ Tribune.  I would also check out the video on that page (as he “calls out” Michael Bradley!).

According to Greg Seltzer, Cesar Romero is no longer with FC Pyunik and is now in Russia training/trialing with Amkar Perm.

Kevin Dzierzawski played with Peterhead in Scotland on loan from Queen of the South last season.  Now it looks like he has permanently moved to Peterhead.

According to Will Parchman, German-American left back Koray Easterling is training with Manchester City.  And here is another tweet with some more information.

Western Washington goalkeeper Keegan Rogers has signed with IFK Lammhult in Sweden.

And finally, one of the early players we followed when we started this site in 2010 was Jeremiah White.  While he is no longer playing, it is fun when a name pops up that you haven’t heard in a while and he is now into coaching.

Categories: Bobby Warshaw, Brad Guzan, Cesar Romero, Chris Wondolowski, Clint Dempsey, Darlington Nagbe, DeAndre Yedlin, Jeremiah White, Julian Green, Kenny Saief, Kevin Dzierzawski, Koray Easterling, Landon Donovan, Maki Tall, Michael Bradley, Quentin Westberg, Stuart Holden, Tim Howard, US Men's National Team
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Confederations Cup playoff to be held at the Rose Bowl on October 9
   July 26, 2015 (8:38 PM) by Matt Benson

As expected.

MIAMI (July 26, 2015) – The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) announced today that the playoff match for a berth in the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup, which will determine the nation that will represent the region in the prestigious tournament, will be played between the United States and Mexico on Friday, October 9, at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA.

By winning the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup on Sunday, Mexico qualified for the match against the 2013 Gold Cup champions, the United States.

In April of 2013, CONCACAF announced the split of the region’s berth to the Confederations Cup between two editions of the CONCACAF Gold Cup, assuring that both editions of the Gold Cup in each 4-year cycle have the same importance from a competitive perspective.

Participating member associations and its supporter groups will have access to purchase tickets in advance of the public sale. Tickets will be available to the general public in September.

The Oct. 9 playoff game will be played during a FIFA international match window.

Categories: US Men's National Team

Preliminary draw for 2018 World Cup qualification
   July 25, 2015 (10:16 PM) by Matt Benson

FIFA held the preliminary draw for 2018 World Cup qualification earlier today and the US has found out its fate.  The US will enter in the fourth round and was drawn into Group C with Trinidad and Tobago.  The other two teams will come from the winners of the third round matchups of Saint Vincent & the Grenadines vs. Aruba and Antigua & Barbuda vs. Guatemala.

Considering the US faltered in the Gold Cup and CONCACAF looked a little tougher, this is still a somewhat favorable draw.  Trinidad and Tobago did win Group C of the Gold Cup, but Costa Rica was paired with Panama while Mexico got Honduras (games in San Pedro Sula are never fun).

And looking at the possible third round teams, Group A’s pool of teams has Canada and El Salvador, while Group B has potential Gold Cup winner Jamaica.  I don’t think the US would mind playing Saint Vincent & the Grenadines or Aruba.

The third round will be completed over two legs on September 2 and 6.  The US will begin play fourth round play with two games on November 13 and 17 and it looks like the first US home qualifier will be held at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.  The US hasn’t played in St. Louis since 1997 and hasn’t played a WCQ there since 1989.

Thoughts on the US’s draw?

Categories: US Men's National Team

US vs. Panama Highlights
   July 25, 2015 (4:54 PM) by Matt Benson

Let us never speak of the 2015 Gold Cup after today.  Here are the highlights.

Categories: Highlights, US Men's National Team

US Soccer officially announces September friendly against Brazil
   July 23, 2015 (1:23 PM) by Matt Benson

It has been rumored for a couple weeks now, but the US will face Brazil on September 8 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts.  This will be the second game for the US during that international window as they will take on Peru in Washington D.C. on September 4.

CHICAGO (July 23, 2015) – The U.S. Men’s National Team continues its competition against the top talent in the world when it hosts five-time World Cup champion Brazil on Tuesday, Sept. 8, at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts, presented by Liberty Mutual Insurance.

Kickoff for the match is set for 8 p.m. ET, and the game will be televised on an ESPN Network as well as UniMas and the Univsion Deportes Network.

The US is 1-16-0 all-time against Brazil and this would be the first meeting between the two nations since Brazil won 4-1 in Landover, Maryland on May 30, 2012.  Brazil is currently ranked No. 6 by FIFA and No. 3 by Elo.

Thoughts on the friendly?

Categories: US Men's National Team

Confederations Cup playoff to be played on October 9
   July 23, 2015 (12:14 AM) by Matt Benson

Since the US was knocked out of the Gold Cup, there will be a playoff for CONCACAF’s spot in the 2017 Confederations Cup between the 2013 winner (US) and the 2015 winner (Mexico or Jamaica).  And CONCACAF announced that the playoff will be on October 9.

There is some speculation that the game will be at the Rose Bowl if it is US-Mexico, but at some smaller venue if it is US-Jamaica.

Categories: US Men's National Team

US vs. Jamaica Highlights
   July 22, 2015 (6:03 PM) by Matt Benson

So that sucked.

Categories: Highlights, US Men's National Team

Here is your US-Jamaica pre-game primer
   July 22, 2015 (12:07 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 6 PM Eastern on FOX Sports 1 and UniMás.

» Jamaica is ranked #76 by FIFA and #57 by Elo, while the US is #34 by FIFA and #14 by Elo.

» Here are the official game notes by US Soccer.  I also did a stat dump on the last game.  As for some random stats/facts:

The US is 13-1-8 all-time against Jamaica, including a 3-0-0 mark in the Gold Cup.

The US is 20-6-4 all-time in knockout stage matches at the Gold Cup, including an 8-2-1 mark in the semifinals (they are credited with a draw for going to PKs against Canada in 2002 despite advancing).

This will be only the third US game ever played in Atlanta and the first game in Atlanta since a 1-0 victory over China on October 10, 1977.

Michael Bradley has played every minute of the USMNT’s 12 games so far in 2015.

Clint Dempsey’s 11 career Gold Cup goals are tied with Panama’s Blas Perez for the third most in Gold Cup history.  Only Landon Donovan (18) and Mexico’s Luis Roberto Alves (12) have scored more.

» US Soccer’s website has some updates/stories from the last couple days, including stuff on Brad Evans, Aron Johannsson and a photo gallery of training from this week.

» Based on Jurgen Klinsmann’s praise of Fabian Johnson at right back during the World Cup, I am going to guess he starts at RB and DaMarcus Beasley starts at LB.  Doesn’t look like there are any health concerns as everyone should be available to play.  Michael Bradley is happy with the US fans turning out in great numbers for games over the last couple years.

» Matthew Doyle has a tactical game preview worth checking out.

Prediction time:  A 1-0 win by the US with the lone goal coming from Clint Dempsey since all he does is score.

Categories: US Men's National Team

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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Random stat dump: Clint Dempsey is really good at soccer
   July 19, 2015 (8:09 AM) by Matt Benson


As I promised yesterday, I decided to look up a bunch of numbers and what not after the US’s 6-0 thumping of Cuba.  So below are some fun notes/facts courtesy of Paul Carr, Mr. Chip and a few things I found on my own.

* The US has now won nine straight games against Cuba, outscoring them 35-5 during the nine-game stretch.

* The six-goal victory is the largest by the US in Gold Cup history and the largest in any game since a 6-0 victory over Guatemala on July 5, 2013.  It was also the seventh win by 6+ goals for the US in team history.

* The US scored four goals in a first half for the first time since scoring four goals on their way to a 7-0 win over El Salvador on December 5, 1993.

* The US had four different goal scorers in the first half, the first time that has ever happened in a Gold Cup match.

* Clint Dempsey recorded the fourth hat trick by a US player in the Gold Cup, joining the likes of Brian McBride (2002), Landon Donovan (2003) and Chris Wondolowski (2013).

* Clint Dempsey’s 11 career Gold Cup goals are tied with Panama’s Blas Perez for the third most in Gold Cup history.  Only Landon Donovan (18) and Mexico’s Luis Roberto Alves (12) have scored more.

* Clint Dempsey’s six goals in this year’s Gold Cup are the most by any US player in any single Gold Cup tournament.  Only Mexico’s Luis Roberto Alves (11 goals in 1993) and Javier Hernández (seven goals in 2011) have scored more in a single tournament.

* Clint Dempsey is just the sixth player in Gold Cup history to record multiple 2-goal games in a single tournament, joining Chris Wondolowski (2013) as the only other American to pull off the feat.

* Clint Dempsey’s goal in the fourth minute is the third fastest by any player in a Gold Cup knockout stage game.

* Going back to 2012, Clint Dempsey has scored 23 goals in his last 35 US matches.  The most goals by any US player over a four-year span is Landon Donovan with 24 (2002-2005).

* Clint Dempsey now has 42 non-penalty goals, tying Landon Donovan for the most in US history.

Categories: Clint Dempsey, US Men's National Team
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