We have had a few goals over the last few days, including goals (with highlights) from Alonso Hernandez, Marc Heider and David Najem. Matt Taylor also scored yesterday, but the Regionalliga Sudwest highlight show usually takes a couple days to appear on the internet.
Jozy Altidore did not score, but he was involved in Sunderland’s second goal yesterday when his shot was saved and Adam Johnson scored on the rebound (highlights).
Yanks Abroad has you covered with a recap of all the Americans who played in the Capital One Cup this week.
Geoff Cameron had to leave Stoke City’s game yesterday due to injury. Greg Seltzer is also reporting that Cameron does have suitors, but Stoke City is hesitant to sell him.
Shifting to the USMNT, Landon Donovan’s final game with the US will be on October 10 against Ecuador.
The US roster for the Czech Republic friendly should be announced soon, possibly even later today. Sounds like it could be up to 22 names according to Steven Goff.
One player who will not be there, and it is not that surprising between him being a veteran and him joining a new team, is Jermaine Jones.
John Brooks should have a better shot at more playing time at Hertha Berlin with Sebastian Langkamp picking up an injury. Langkamp is expected to miss about a month.
Fresh off his goal from last week, Brian Sciaretta caught up with 22-year-old defender Ventura Alvarado.
Before he disappeared at Fulham over the last two weeks, Emerson Hyndman was doing well in the team’s first two games of the season. ASN’s Laura Greene gives you a rundown of what people are saying across the interwebs on the young American.
And finally, here is a photo of Americans Charlie Butte and Mario Rodriguez going after it in German Regionalliga action last weekend.
CHICAGO (Aug. 26, 2014) – After a 15-year international career in which he became the most accomplished player in team history, U.S. Men’s National Team forward Landon Donovan (@landondonovan) will make his final appearance for the United States when the team plays against Ecuador on Oct. 10 in East Hartford, Connecticut.
Kickoff at Rentschler Field is set for 7 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN, WatchESPN, UniMas and ESPN Deportes Radio. Fans can also follow along on Twitter @ussoccer.
“For 15 years, Landon has thrilled us with his amazing abilities on the field and impressed us with his gracious approach off the field,” said U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati (@sunilgulati). “We are looking forward to celebrating his legacy during our next home National Team match and allowing fans the opportunity to thank him for all the memories he’s provided over the years.”
US Soccer also gives us a quote sheet, which does include a quote from Jurgen Klinsmann, and a tribute video.
At the youth level, Gedion Zelalem went 90 minutes for Arsenal’s U-21 team in a 1-1 draw. Also at the U-21 level, Cody Cropper and Southampton defeated Sebastian Lletget and West Ham 2-1. Here are some highlights with Lletget getting an assist at the 3:22 mark. And Marc Pelosi has come back from his broken leg and started to play again with Liverpool’s U-21 team.
With yesterday’s news that Tim Howard is taking a year off from the USMNT, it is pretty clear that Brad Guzan and Nick Rimando are the top two guys at the moment. But who would you like to see as the #3 goalkeeper?
CHICAGO (Aug. 21, 2014) – Three-time FIFA World Cup veteran Tim Howard has asked to take a break from duties with the U.S. Men’s National Team until next fall, and after discussions with U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann the Everton goalkeeper will not be considered for selection to the U.S. roster until September of 2015.
Howard is not retiring from international play. The decision is driven mainly by the desire to spend more time with his family.
“Having played overseas for the last 12 years and missing out on spending time with my family, making this commitment to my family is very important at this time,” said Howard. “I am grateful for the willingness of both Jurgen Klinsmann and Everton manager Roberto Martinez to afford me the opportunity to spend time with my kids. It’s the right decision at the right time. Jurgen has always been up front with all the players in saying you have to earn your place, which is something I agree with, so I look forward to coming back next fall and competing for a spot.”
Howard will miss a few friendlies (up to about eight?) and the 2015 Gold Cup during his break. And Jurgen Klinsmann gives us some coach speech as he opens things up to both Brad Guzan and Nick Rimando to be the starter.
“This gives us a huge opportunity to see Brad Guzan and Nick Rimando going forward and fighting for the No. 1 spot,” said Klinsmann. “We have young talented goalkeepers with Sean Johnson and Bill Hamid, who have been brought along the last couple years, so this may give them a chance here and there to get some game time. Always when somebody steps aside for a moment, it gives an opportunity for the next ones in line.”
That said, I am pretty sure Guzan will be the #1 goalkeeper for the USMNT over the next year.
Let’s start with the Jermaine Jones late night craziness.
Orrin Schwarz first reported last night that Jones signed with MLS for 18 months at around $4 million and that MLS commissioner Don Garber gets to decide between the Chicago Fire and New England Revolution. Ives then reported that Jones was close to a deal but the deal hit a snag after MLS couldn’t promise which club he would end up at. They apparently agreed on a deal if he ended up with the Fire, but he wants more money if he ends up in New England, something MLS is not a fan of doing. Then Jones himself took time away from hanging out with Charlie Sheen or Chris Brown to tweet out that he had not signed with MLS.
This weekend was a busy one with tons of players seeing the field throughout Europe. Here is a quick rundown of how guys did over the weekend. And as always, our goal tacker is updated with the goals from the weekend with some links to highlights to a few of them.
The other odd news of the weekend was the lack of Geoff Cameron in Stoke City’s gameday roster. While there was first speculation that Mark Hughes was giving extra rest to Cameron and Peter Odemwingie due to the World Cup, it now looks like Cameron is wanting a transfer away from Stoke City.
Through two games, Emerson Hyndman has completed 125 passes this season, the fourth most in the English League Championship. And among Championship players who have attempted at least 100 passes, his 91% completion percentage is the second highest in the Championship. And there has been a total of 1065 minutes played so far in the Championship by players under the age of 20 with Fulham accounting for 607 of those minutes (57 percent).
Aron Johannsson is going to be out another six weeks after having groin surgery to go along with his ankle surgery from last month. It will be interesting to see who Jurgen Klinsmann calls into next month’s friendly at forward if he sticks with a European-based roster with Johannsson and Boyd both out with injuries. Is it finally time to cap Matt Taylor?! (I am joking.)
Seattle Sounders general manager Adrian Hanauer spoke about DeAndre Yedlin’s transfer last Wednesday. The deal is done, but he won’t be transferred until a later date (since the MLS transfer window is closed and he can’t be loaned back to Seattle?). Tottenham will “evaluate the situation” at the end of the MLS season once the MLS transfer window opens back up (and see if he can get his UK work permit), although there is a chance he stays in Seattle through the summer of 2015.
People have been asking me a lot recently about anything on Juan Agudelo. There is nothing new to report that I know of other than he continues to train with Orlando City off and on.
Alfredo Morales and FC Ingolstadt were knocked out of the DFB Pokal by Kickers Offenbach yesterday in a penalty shootout. Morales went the full 120 minutes and made his penalty attempt.
Tony Taylor became a free agent this summer after his contract expired with Omonia Nikosia in Cyprus. And now the former US youth international is headed to the New England Revolution after the Revolution acquired the forward through a lottery.
Greg Garza did not play with Tijuana last Friday after suffering a nose injury in training which required surgery. On the Tijuana U-20 front, tilt your computer sideways to see this goal by Amando Moreno from a U-20 game from Friday.
US Soccer confirmed the friendly against Ecuador for October 10 last week. Brian Sciaretta is hearing that US Soccer will add a second game during that international week and it will also take place in the US.
While Germany had the DFB Pokal this past weekend, Borussia Dortmund II had the off week from official games, but both Junior Flores and Joe Gyau (Gyau also scored) played with the U-23 team in a friendly against Wattenscheid last Thursday.
Another one of the USMNT friendly rumors has become official this week with US Soccer announcing a friendly against Ecuador for October 10 to be played at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Connecticut.
The US is 2-5-4 all-time against Ecuador with Ecuador winning the last meeting, 1-0, in 2011 at Red Bull Arena. This will also be the US’s first game at Rentschler Field since beating Costa Rica in the group stage of the 2013 Gold Cup.
Ecuador is currently ranked #21 by FIFA and #18 by Elo.
Speaking of the FIFA rankings, FIFA’s August rankings came out today with the US dropping three spots to #18 despite not playing a game. This is likely because the 2013 Gold Cup is outside 12 months ago, so it is not worth as many points now.
Both Costa Rica (#15) and Mexico (#17) moved up a spot so the US is ranked the third highest in CONCACAF. This is the first time ever since the rankings were created in 1993 that the US has not held one of the top two spots in CONCACAF.
After a few weeks of speculation, DeAndre Yedlin’s transfer to Tottenham has become official. He will spend the rest of the MLS season with Seattle before joining up with Tottenham for the 2015-16 season. There is some confusion on what will happen to him between the end of the MLS season and 2015-16 as that is a lot of time (and you would figure that he would be in the USMNT’s plans for the 2015 Gold Cup).
San Jose Earthquakes goalkeeper David Bingham has been loaned out to Norwegian Adeccoligaen (second tier) side Strømmen.
US U-20 forward Andrija Novakovich scored three goals against AFC Wimbledon in U-21 action over the weekend (highlights).
Some new Americans in Europe. Connor Brehm has signed with Carrick Rangers and has been loaned out to PSNI. Both teams play in the Northern Ireland Football League Championship 1. And goalkeeper Ryan Onwukwe is joining German sixth division club FCA Darmstadt. Thanks to @WisconsinSoccer for the heads up.