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Here is your US-Peru pre-game primer
   September 4, 2015 (12:13 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 7 PM Eastern on FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports GO, UniMás and Univision Deportes Network.

» Peru is ranked #48 by FIFA and #17 by Elo, while the US is #28 by FIFA and #20 by Elo.

» Here are the official game notes by US Soccer.

The US is 2-2-1 all-time against Peru, although they haven’t played each other since a 1-0 win in Miami on February 16, 2000.

The US has played 22 games all-time at RFK Stadium (14-3-5 record), its most games at any single venue.

The US is unbeaten in its last eight games at RFK Stadium (7-0-1 record), scoring at least two goals in each of the eight games.

The US is looking to avoid its first three-game winless streak on American soil since 2011 during Bob Bradley’s last game and Jurgen Klinsmann’s first two games.

» If you want to get annoyed, read Steven Goff’s interview with Jurgen Klinsmann (here and here).

» Jurgen Klinsmann plans on using most/all of his subs over the two games, so get ready for some sloppy/disjointed second halves.  Jermaine Jones will play against Peru, although not for 90 minutes.

» The Yanks Are Coming have their usual game preview.

Prediction time: 1-1 draw with fans continuing to get annoyed with Klinsmann.

 
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A couple links for Thursday
   September 3, 2015 (1:36 AM) by Matt Benson
 

A few things for Thursday.

ESPN’s Doug McIntyre has some nuggets from the USMNT camp this week.  Jozy Altidore is playing well, while it looks like the starting fullbacks will be Tim Ream (LB) and Geoff Cameron (RB).  Also, Jurgen Klinsmann reiterated that Brad Guzan is the #1 goalkeeper through at least the CONCACAF Cup.

US Soccer put up a little fun video on whether Gyasi Zardes scored a goal or not on Tim Howard in training.  Looks like a goal to me.

Ben Lederman has been in the news a lot recently and Ives Galarcep is hearing that Lederman is joining the U.S. U-17 residency program in Bradenton, Florida.

Fresh off his assist with Borussia Dortmund’s U-19 team this past weekend (highlights), Christian Pulisic got to train with the first team this week.

Bob Bradley has been doing work in Norway this season with Stabæk sitting in second place with eight games left and now the Fighting Bob Bradleys will have to finish the season strong without their top goal scorer who was sold to Hull City.

Staying in Norway, Kenya Brown spoke to Viking FK defender A.J. Soares.

On loan from Orlando City, Adam Bedell scored three goals in HB Køge’s 6-2 win over Frederikssund in the Danish Cup on Wednesday.  Here is a post-game photo of Bedell.  And here is an intro video courtesy of HB Køge’s Youtube channel.

A couple other transfers to mention with deadline day this week.  Fabrice Picault is now with St. Pauli in Germany.  It looks like Mayowa Alli is on loan with Thisted FC in Denmark.  And Hardin-Simmons product Matt Pitcock has signed with FC Bern in Switzerland.

 
Categories: A.J. Soares, Adam Bedell, Ben Lederman, Bob Bradley, Brad Guzan, Christian Pulisic, Fabrice Picault, Geoff Cameron, Gyasi Zardes, Jozy Altidore, Matt Pitcock, Mayowa Alli, Tim Howard, Tim Ream, US Men's National Team
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Jonathan Spector added to USMNT roster
   September 2, 2015 (12:02 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Today was one of those really busy days at work so I never had time to get to this, but apparently Jurgen Klinsmann finally realized he didn’t have many fullbacks and has added Jonathan Spector to the roster for the upcoming friendlies.

CHICAGO (Sept. 1, 2015) – U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has called Birmingham City defender Jonathan Spector into training camp ahead of U.S. friendlies against Peru on Sept. 4 and Brazil on Sept. 8, Mass. The roster now includes 24 players, who will continue to train in Washington, D.C. in preparation for Friday’s match at RFK Stadium.

Spector’s last USMNT camp came during March of 2014 before the Ukraine friendly, but he hasn’t appeared in a game for the US since a 1-0 win over Italy on February 29, 2012.  It has been a while.

 
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Tuesday morning links
   September 1, 2015 (12:06 AM) by Matt Benson
 

We have reached the international week and the US has its last two friendlies before the CONCACAF Cup (more on that later).  Here is the roster Jurgen Klinsmann has called in for the friendlies, which is heavy on center backs.

You might have noticed that Timothy Chandler and DaMarcus Beasley were both absent from that roster and that is because they are both hurt and Chandler is going to be out for a while.

One player seeking his first cap is the Wooten Clan, Andrew Wooten.  Brian Sciaretta has some more on him.

While Clint Dempsey is not joining the team until the second game, Seattle Sounders manager Sigi Schmid thinks it is not a given that Dempsey will play with the US due to his hamstring injury.

Brian Straus has a piece up on SI.com on the current roster.

Some of the players went sightseeing yesterday.

Roughly 24,500 tickets have been sold for Friday’s friendly against Peru.

While CONCACAF has cut ties with Traffic Sports, it has partnered with SUM (Soccer United Marketing) to serve as commercial representative for the CONCACAF Cup, which is apparently the new name for the Confederations Cup playoff game.

The US is expected to have a friendly against Costa Rica after the CONCACAF Cup, although a venue hasn’t been selected yet.

Jordan Morris is getting back into form just in time for the CONCACAF Cup.

Darlington Nagbe is expected to become a US citizen in September (he is taking his naturalization test on September 10).

The US U-23 team is in England this week and you can check out that roster here.  US Soccer’s Twitter account has posted a couple photos from the camp (here and here).

The US U-20 team is also beginning a new cycle this month with a tournament in Serbia.  This current roster features two players who play abroad in Hannover 96’s Abuchi Obinwa and Chelsea’s Kyle Scott.

The end of the transfer window for most of Europe is upon us and a couple players have new teams while a couple others are still with their current teams when people thought they would be leaving.

DeAndre Yedlin is still with Tottenham at the moment despite loan interest from various teams across Europe, although signs point towards him ending up somewhere on loan.  My guess at this point would be a loan deal with some team in the English League Championship.

Fulham have decided to keep Emerson Hyndman despite several offers for the US U-23 midfielder.  While he has not featured for the Cottagers this season, he could also go out on loan to another English team.

Remember when the Colorado Rapids oddly sold Shane O’Neill to a team in Cyprus earlier this summer?  Well he has been oddly sold again this month to Belgian Jupiler Pro League side Royal Mouscron-Péruwelz after not appearing in any games for Apollon Limassol.

Bobby Warshaw has left Bærum in Norway for fellow OBOS-ligaen side Hønefoss.  He has already played in two games for Hønefoss over the last two weekends.

Conor O’Brien has a new home and it is with AC Horsens in the Danish 1st Division (second tier).

After six seasons with Helmond Sport, Charles Kazlauskas is now with De Treffers in the Dutch Topklasse (third tier).

The New York Times’ Sam Borden wrote some words on Ben Lederman’s situation at Barcelona.

We had some goals this past weekend.  Aron Johannsson opened up his account at Werder Bremen.  This is actually from last week, but Austin Berry scored his first goal in South Korea.  Christian Eissele now has four goals in four games since returning to Finland after scoring this past weekend.  Our updated goal tracker also has some info on other goals scored this past weekend, including three Americans all scoring for the same team in Malta.

We also had some assists this past weekend from some hype trains.  Gedion Zelalem looks like he is going to do well in Scotland and assisted on another goal.  Here is also a press conference from last week featuring him.  At the U19 level, Christian Pulisic assisted on a goal for Borussia Dortmund.

And no highlights of this one, but Maki Tall had a goal and an assist for FC Sion’s U21 team in a scrimmage.

And finally, Shaquell Moore made his first start for Huracán Valencia this past weekend, going 78 minutes and picking up a yellow card in a 1-1 draw to Valencia II.

 
Categories: Abuchi Obinwa, Andrew Wooten, Aron Johannsson, Austin Berry, Ben Lederman, Bobby Warshaw, Charles Kazlauskas, Christian Eissele, Christian Pulisic, Clint Dempsey, Conor O'Brien, DaMarcus Beasley, Darlington Nagbe, DeAndre Yedlin, Emerson Hyndman, Gedion Zelalem, Jordan Morris, Kyle Scott, Maki Tall, Shane O'Neill, Shaquell Moore, Timothy Chandler, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team, US U-23 National Team
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Klinsmann calls in 23 players for September friendlies
   August 30, 2015 (12:14 PM) by Matt Benson
 

Here is your 23-man roster for September’s friendlies.  Michael Bradley and Clint Dempsey will be added to the roster after the Peru friendly, while William Yarbrough will return to Leon after the first game (and will be replaced by Sean Johnson).

GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), William Yarbrough (Club Leon)

DEFENDERS (8): Ventura Alvarado (Club America), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Greg Garza (Atlas), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Michael Orozco (Club Tijuana), Tim Ream (Fulham)

MIDFIELDERS (7): Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Joe Corona (Veracruz), Mix Diskerud (New York City FC), Jermaine Jones (New England Revolution), Alfredo Morales (FC Ingolstadt), Danny Williams (Reading), DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham Hotspur)

FORWARDS (5): Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Aron Johannsson (Werder Bremen), Bobby Wood (Union Berlin), Andrew Wooten (SV Sandhausen), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy)

We have a Wooten Clan sighting!  With all the injuries at fullback, I am guessing Geoff Cameron will play right back while Greg Garza or Tim Ream will play left back.

Thoughts/Complaints/Surprises?

 
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A bunch of youthful links for Thursday
   August 27, 2015 (12:03 AM) by Matt Benson
 

It has been a good week for US youth players.

Lynden Gooch scored in his third straight U21 game over the weekend (highlights), which led to him making his Sunderland senior team debut in their Capital One Cup win over Exeter City (photo).  And he spoke to Sunderland’s website following his debut.

Gedion Zelalem officially went on loan to Rangers this week.  Rangers’ website has a photo gallery of his first training session and an interview with him.  Then he went out to make his debut in yesterday’s Scottish Cup match against Airdrieonians and end up with two assists (and a hockey assist on a third goal) in the 5-0 win (highlights).

Andrija Novakovich scored a goal over the weekend in Reading U21s’ 2-1 win over Liverpool (highlights).

Andrija Novakovich’s former teammate at Reading, Aleks Gogic, spoke to Will about his time at Reading and his current stint with the Nike Academy.

Julian Green scored a goal in Bayern Munich II’s 2-1 win against Bayreuth on Tuesday.  Still no highlights available just yet, but here is a photo of Green in action.

Amando Moreno scored another goal with Tijuana’s U20 team over the weekend.  That gives him three goals on the season at the U20 level.

Cody Cropper got the start and made a couple saves in MK Dons’ 2-1 win over Cardiff City in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday (highlights).

A slight break from the youth train.  Geoff Cameron scored the clinching penalty kick (and it was nicely taken) in Stoke City’s 1-1 (8-7 on PKs) victory over Luton Town in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday (highlights).  And Matt Taylor has been on fire for Saarbrücken, scoring over the weekend against Pirmasens (highlights) and this week against Spielberg (highlights).

But you don’t care about these vets, you want more information on youth players.

The last time we heard about the US U-17 team, they lost their first game of the Vaclav Jezek Tournament.  They followed that up with draws against Slovenia and Slovakia.  Then finished the tournament with a win over Ukraine.

While he plays with Fulham’s U21 team, Emerson Hyndman has been called in to the US U-23s’ September camp.

US U-17 forward (and dual national) Kai Koreniuk has accepted a call-up with Netherlands’ U-18 team.

Josh Deaver has three different tweets about Ben Lederman’s current situation with Barcelona.

O When The Yanks gives us an update on Djair Parfitt-Williams’ citizenship.  He has become a regular with West Ham United’s U21 team.

Bayern Munich just spent €500,000 on 16-year-old midfielder Timothy Tillman.  He is a dual national of Germany and the United States.  He has featured for Germany’s U15 team, but he has told O When The Yanks that he would be interested in the US.

French-American forward Dylan Alexis Romney is now on loan with Savona from Inter Milan.

Former US international and youth coach Hugo Perez is now going to be an assistant coach for El Salvador.

Robbie Kristo spurned MLS for Italian Serie B side Spezia back in February and now he is headed out on loan to Fidelis Andria in Lega Pro (third tier).

Devann Yao finished last season with Neustrelitz and now he is still in Germany but with Kickers Offenbach.

Probably won’t know the USMNT roster for September’s friendlies until after this weekend, but here is Peru’s roster.

Copa America Centenario is taking place next summer.  We just don’t know whether CONCACAF will be involved or not.

DeAndre Yedlin is getting some loan interest from teams in England and Spain.

Tijuana’s website has a little story up on Paul Arriola.

San Diego State product Ata Ozbay has signed with Finn Harps in Ireland.

And finally, Kenya Brown caught up with Alex DeJohn about his season in Norway.

 
Categories: Aleks Gogic, Alex DeJohn, Amando Moreno, Andrija Novakovich, Ata Ozbay, Ben Lederman, Cody Cropper, DeAndre Yedlin, Devann Yao, Djair Parfitt-Williams, Emerson Hyndman, Gedion Zelalem, Geoff Cameron, Hugo Perez, Julian Green, Kai Koreniuk, Lynden Gooch, Matt Taylor, Paul Arriola, Robbie Kristo, Timothy Tillman, US Men's National Team, US U-17 National Team
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Friday morning linkpalooza
   August 21, 2015 (12:02 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Links and whatnot for your reading pleasure.  A few USMNT nuggets to start off with.

Roughly 23,000 tickets have been sold so far for the friendly against Peru.

While we won’t know the full US roster for the September friendlies until the end of the month, Tim Howard and DaMarcus Beasley will be on the roster according to a release from US Soccer.  Howard will be making his first return since taking a year sabbatical, while Fabian Johnson’s injury (and Beasley’s veteran presence) probably opened things up for Beasley.  Klinsmann also says Brad Guzan will remain the US’s starting goalkeeper.

Toronto FC manager Greg Vanney has begun talking to US Soccer about not calling in Jozy Altidore and Michael Bradley for the Peru friendly (Toronto faces Seattle on September 5) then releasing them back to the USMNT for the game against Brazil.

Mexico has an interim manager for their next four games, including the Confederations Cup playoff, and it is Tigres’ Ricardo “Tuca” Ferretti.  Ferretti has managed El Tri once before in a friendly against Costa Rica in 1993.

Jurgen Klinsmann talked to US Soccer’s website about various players making moves this transfer window like Aron Johannsson, Bobby Wood and Tim Ream.

Speaking of Ream, he has officially signed with Fulham after a couple days delay.  He will become the ninth American to play for Fulham’s senior team once he makes his Cottagers debut.  Ream also told NBC’s Joe Prince-Wright that Fulham’s history with Americans was a factor in his decision to select Fulham.

Also at Fulham, Will Parchman wrote some words on Emerson Hyndman and his situation with the Cottagers.

According to this report out of Germany, Julian Green has been sent down to Bayern Munich II in the German Regionalliga.

We found out that Genk was interested in Gyasi Zardes earlier this week and it looks like you can add Reading and Brigthon to the picture.

There were some goals this week from Danny Williams, Miguel Ibarra and Lynden Gooch.  Gooch also spoke to Sunderland’s website about the goal.

Cody Cropper made his senior team debut earlier this month in MK Dons’ 2-1 win over Leyton Orient in the Capital One Cup.  As for the goal he allowed, it was awkward.  He looks like a baby deer trying to walk on ice.

Greg Seltzer did another numbers thing and this one is on Ethan Horvath and rookie American goalkeepers in Europe.  Horvath and Molde FK also defeated Standard Liège yesterday, 2-0, in the first leg of their Europa League matchup.

Eight by Eight magazine has an interview up with Bob Bradley.

The US U-17 team lost their opening game of the Vaclav Jezek Tournament, 4-2, to Russia.  The US goals were scored by Joshua Perez and Hugo Arellano.

Chelsea youth player Kyle Scott appears to be headed to a US U-20 camp in the near future.

And finally, Jay Denny’s career will continue in the lower leagues of England with AFC Telford being his latest stop.

 
Categories: Aron Johannsson, Bob Bradley, Bobby Wood, Brad Guzan, Cody Cropper, DaMarcus Beasley, Danny Williams, Emerson Hyndman, Ethan Horvath, Gyasi Zardes, Jay Denny, Jozy Altidore, Julian Green, Kyle Scott, Lynden Gooch, Michael Bradley, Miguel Ibarra, Tim Howard, Tim Ream, US Men's National Team, US U-17 National Team
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Links and other nonsense for Friday
   August 14, 2015 (12:04 AM) by Matt Benson
 

The Bundesliga starts up this weekend and Bundesglia Fanatic has done a player profile on Aron Johannsson.  ESPN FC also did a phone interview with ArJo.  His new club, Werder Bremen, hosts Schalke on Saturday.

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.

US Soccer is trying to trademark “Dos a Cero”.

Greg Seltzer put together a random stat thingie on players in their second seasons in Europe in honor of Rubio Rubin.

While all signs point to Tim Ream going to QPR, nothing official has been announced yet and ESPN’s Peter O’Rourke is hearing that Fulham could still be in the hunt.

Bob Bradley has begun working on a contract extension with Stabæk.

Cody Cropper made his pro debut earlier this week in MK Dons’ 2-1 win over Leyton Orient in the Capital One Cup.  Cropper talked to Brian Sciaretta about the experience.

Brian Sciaretta also talked to Nermin Crnkic this week about FK Jablonec and Europa League.

Now for the Tijuana section of the links.  John Requejo Jr. scored a goal with their U-20 team this week, while Brandon Vazquez had two goals and an assist with their U-17 team.  Michael Orozco talked to Tijuana’s website about this weekend’s game against Cruz Azul.  Orozco is also on a cool poster outside the stadium.

Some more players are popping up on lower level teams in Europe.  Will John is now with RoPS in Finland.  Kevin Sawchak is back in Finland, but this time with Honka.  And Charlie Butte has left SF Siegen in Germany for SV Oberwart in Austria.

And finally, some youth players are making the move to Europe.  U-18 defender Sam Golan has signed with Brighton & Hove Albion.  U-14 right back John Hilton is getting close to a move to Ajax.  And why not have a 10-year-old (Troy McKee) sign with Aston Villa.

Enjoy the weekend.

 
Categories: Aron Johannsson, Bob Bradley, Brandon Vazquez, Charlie Butte, Cody Cropper, Fabian Johnson, John Hilton, John Requejo Jr., Kevin Sawchak, Michael Orozco Fiscal, Nermin Crnkic, Rubio Rubin, Sam Golan, Tim Ream, Troy McKee, US Men's National Team, Will John
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A plethora of links for Friday
   August 7, 2015 (1:11 AM) by Matt Benson
 

A bunch of stuff before the weekend.

FIFA held the draw for the U-17 World Cup yesterday and the US is in a tough group.  That said, they have played Croatia and Chile already during this cycle and did alright.

The US moved up from #34 to #29 in the latest FIFA world rankings.

US Soccer might be getting a new crest in 2016.  From what I can see online, a lot of people think it is better than the old crest but nothing special.  I like it.

Nothing official has been announced yet, but it looks like the Confederations Cup playoff game is going to move from Friday, October 9 to Saturday, October 10.  I hope it doesn’t as I likely can’t go on Saturday, but can on Friday.  Also, if you have any extra money or are looking for a cool cause to donate to, help send some veterans to the game.

Aron Johannsson made the move to Werder Bremen earlier this week.  He will be wearing #9.

Over at Fulhamerica, Emerson Hyndman has turned down some contract extension offers from the SW6 club, while Luca de la Torre has signed his first professional contract with the club.

Staying in West London, QPR has made a couple unsuccessful offers to Bolton for Tim Ream.

The New England Revolution are being linked to centerback Zak Whitbread.  Whitbread is currently a free agent.

Eintracht Frankfurt manager Armin Veh doesn’t like Timothy Chandler playing for the USMNT.

Eric Lichaj told Nottingham Forest’s website last week that he is not focused on playing for the USMNT (if Klinsi knew he existed).

Galway United released Kevin Garcia last week.

This is from earlier in the week, but Howie updated a couple transfer things, including Cesar Romero signing with FK Vardar of FYR Macedonia.

We have a Anton Peterlin sighting!  He is now with Boldklubben af 1893 of the Danish third division.  No word if the club has any interest in Cody Arnoux (that joke is for Howie and like three other people who might get it).

Tyrone McCargo is back in Germany with SV Wacker Nürnberg after a season in Austria with SK Austria Klagenfurt.

Brown product Daniel Taylor has signed with Acharnaikos in Greece.  While recent Georgetown graduate Austin Martz has signed with Pembroke Athleta in Malta.

Top Drawer Soccer’s J.R. Eskilson has been killing it the past couple weeks with a bunch of information on youth players training/trailing throughout Europe (here and here).

 
Categories: Anton Peterlin, Aron Johannsson, Austin Martz, Cesar Romero, Daniel Taylor, Emerson Hyndman, Eric Lichaj, Kevin Garcia, Luca de la Torre, Tim Ream, Timothy Chandler, Tyrone McCargo, US Men's National Team, US U-17 National Team, Zak Whitbread
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August’s FIFA world rankings
   August 6, 2015 (1:02 PM) by Matt Benson
 

FIFA released their monthly world rankings earlier today and as expected due to Gold Cup matches counting as more points than friendlies, the US has jumped from #34 to #29.  Here is this month’s Top 10 for the world:

world

And here are the Top 5 teams in CONCACAF:

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