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Jurgen Klinsmann trims roster to 23 players for upcoming friendlies
   January 24, 2015 (10:32 AM) by Matt Benson
 

With the USMNT flying to Chile this weekend for Wednesday’s game, Jurgen Klinsmann has trimmed the USMNT camp roster down to 23 players while also adding DeAndre Yedlin into the mix.

Six players have been released back to their clubs:  Tesho Akindele, Alex Bono, Christian Dean, Dennis Flores, Julio Morales and Oscar Sorto.  Marc Pelosi did not make the trip to Chile, but will rejoin the group when it returns to Los Angeles.

GOALKEEPERS (3): Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Jon Kempin (Sporting Kansas City), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)

DEFENDERS (7): Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Steve Birnbaum (D.C. United), Matt Hedges (FC Dallas), Jermaine Jones (New England Revolution), Perry Kitchen (D.C. United), Shane O’Neill (Colorado Rapids), DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham Hotspur)

MIDFIELDERS (8): Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Mix Diskerud (New York City FC), Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake), Miguel Ibarra (Minnesota United FC), Lee Nguyen (New England Revolution), Dillon Serna (Colorado Rapids), Brek Shea (Orlando City), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew SC)

FORWARDS (5): Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes), Bobby Wood (1860 Munich), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy)

Surprised by the Yedlin addition?  Any other thoughts/complaints?

 
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USMNT camp tidbits
   January 21, 2015 (1:37 AM) by Matt Benson
 

A bunch of media have been in Los Angeles this week between the USMNT camp and MLS media day.  Here are a bunch of tidbits to come from that.

Jozy Altidore finally sat down with various members of the press since arriving at camp after moving to Toronto (somehow Jon Arnold was allowed at the big boy table?!).  From that talk, Jon Arnold and Jeff Carlisle each have stories with quotes from Mr. Altidore.

Jermaine Jones “leaked” to the media that the USMNT has been trying out a 3-5-2 (or at least a three-man back line) with Jones being the middle of the back three.

Jones also said that he would be open to a move back to Europe after his contract expires in December.  I hope he finds a way to stay in the US and someone finally gives him (and his family) a reality show.

Jurgen Klinsmann told Rob Stone that CONCACAF Olympic qualifying has been moved up six months to this fall.  Probably a reason why this camp is already using some U-23 players.  And just another tournament on US Soccer’s landscape for an already busy 2015.

Bill Hamid is rehabbing a shoulder injury and trying to avoid a surgery which is why he was forced to withdraw from January’s USMNT camp.

Another injured player who is not in camp, Graham Zusi, is battling a grade 4 stress reaction in his foot which has been bugging him the last two months.

Maurice Edu hasn’t had any recent talks with Jurgen Klinsmann about the USMNT.

And finally, Charles Boehm has a nice interview up with DaMarcus Beasley.

 
Categories: Bill Hamid, DaMarcus Beasley, Graham Zusi, Jermaine Jones, Jozy Altidore, Maurice Edu, US Men's National Team, US U-23 National Team
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Tuesday morning links
   January 20, 2015 (12:02 AM) by Matt Benson
 

A bunch of random stuff for you on this Tuesday.

The US U-20 team picked up a 2-0 win over Jamaica on Sunday (highlights).  They just need a win or a tie on Wednesday against Trinidad & Tobago to advance to the playoff round.  It was announced during the broadcast that Kellyn Acosta will miss the rest of the tournament due to a knee injury, while Junior Flores came off the bench and played after missing a game with an ankle injury.

Also over the weekend, Herculez Gomez scored his first goal for Puebla since returning to La Franja (highlights).

We posted the rumored 2015 USMNT away jersey back in December and now it looks like it could have some legs as Alex Morgan was recently seen in the shirt.

The USMNT’s friendly against Chile is listed on US Soccer’s website as being broadcasted on Fox Sports 2, but it looks like it might have switched to Fox Sports 1 along with a pre-game show.

Jon Arnold is in sunny SoCal for the USMNT camp and spoke to Tesho Akindele about his international options and to Bobby Wood about seeking an exit from 1860 Munich during this transfer window.

I don’t think I posted this last week but Brad Evans left the camp due to a knee injury.

The Guardian’s Tom Gottlieb takes a look at the USMNT defense and why it might be the weak link at the moment.

The Toronto Sun’s Kurtis Larson writes how Michael Bradley is a big reason why Jozy Altidore is now with Toronto FC.

As MLSE CEO Tim Leiweke explained to the Toronto Sun on Friday, sacrifice for the crest is certainly one of those principles.

The club’s head honcho told me Bradley restructured part of his deal with the Reds to help bring Altidore back to MLS. The prospects of playing alongside Altidore brought back memories that made it an easy decision.

“I think about what it has been like to play on so many big days with Jozy,” Bradley said. “We’d be standing in the tunnel and you’ll look over at him and he’ll give you a little wink.

“You know he’s ready and you know you’re ready.”

For those of you that watched ESPN’s Inside: U.S. Soccer’s March to Brazil, you might remember Michael Bradley was recruiting Jozy back then.

Now that numerous teams in MLS are interested in Sacha Kljestan, Anderlecht general manager Herman Van Holsbeeck wants Kljestan to stay for at least a couple months since Anderlecht has lost a couple players due to injury and the African Cup of Nations.  Greg Seltzer is also hearing that some European teams are interested in him along with various MLS clubs.

We did have some other goals this past weekend that came in some friendlies.  Fabian Johnson scored a goal in Borussia Mönchengladbach’s 1-0 win over Rot-Weiss Essen (photo).  And Andrew Wooten scored a goal in Sandhausen’s 4-2 win over Jahn Regensburg.

Alejandro Bedoya did a video interview with BeIN Sports recently.

Jose Torres had back surgery and is going to be out for 10-12 weeks according to Tigres.

Dillon Powers just picked up his Italian passport last week.  And according to Greg Seltzer, there are some teams in Italy interested in the Colorado Rapids midfielder (Plano Senior High School represent!).

And as Howie posted yesterday, Northwestern goalkeeper Tyler Miller is skipping MLS for the German fourth division.

 
Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Andrew Wooten, Bobby Wood, Brad Evans, Dillon Powers, Fabian Johnson, Herculez Gomez, Jose Francisco Torres, Jozy Altidore, Junior Flores, Kellyn Acosta, Michael Bradley, Sacha Kljestan, Tesho Akindele, Tyler Miller, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team
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Friday funday linkaganza
   January 16, 2015 (1:16 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Links and such before the weekend.

So Jozy Altidore is going to officially be with Toronto FC today (before heading to California to join the USMNT).  Here is some video of him arriving at Toronto’s Pearson Airport.  Toronto FC have already changed their Facebook page up a bit.  The official press conference to introduce him will be today at 11 AM Eastern.

Here is a little video of the USMNT training in California.  The team also made a trip to the Staples Center last night to watch the Lakers attempt to play basketball.

Speaking of the NBA, DeAndre Yedlin and Tim Howard both were in London to check out the Bucks-Knicks game at the O2 Arena.  Timmy has going full blown drifter with his look.

Back to the USMNT, FC Dallas defender Matt Hedges has been added to the roster for this month.

Jurgen Klinsmann also recently said that Robbie Rogers would have likely been called into camp if he didn’t split it up between vets and U-23 players.

If you are planning on going to the Gold Cup final, it looks like you can start looking into plans to head to Philadelphia.

Diego Fagundez played with Uruguay’s U-20 team last night at South American U-20 Championship, so he is officially cap tied and can no longer play for the US since he is not a US citizen yet.

According to the Digital Communications Manager at Southampton, Cody Cropper just has a black eye and is fine after his collision on Monday that sent him to the hospital.

The LA Galaxy traded midfielder Marcelo Sarvas to Colorado for the third spot in the allocation order and allocation money, making some people think they are still trying to sign Sacha Kljestan.

US U-18 midfielder Kyle Scott scored a nice goal for Chelsea’s U-21 team earlier this week.

According to Ives Galarcep, Sebastian Lletget is in Spain training with a second division team as he could be headed out (on loan?) this month.

Here is a Google-translated story on Andrew Wooten and his coach Alois Schwartz.

Nermin Crnkic scored a goal earlier this week for Jablonec in a friendly against Atletico Victoria.

Former USMNTer Thomas Dooley has agreed to a two-year extension as manager of the Philippine national team.

And finally, a little poll before the weekend.  How many goals do you think Jozy Altidore will score in MLS regular season play in 2015?

 

 
Categories: Andrew Wooten, Cody Cropper, DeAndre Yedlin, Diego Fagundez, Jozy Altidore, Kyle Scott, Matt Hedges, Nermin Crnkic, Robbie Rogers, Sacha Kljestan, Sebastian Lletget, Thomas Dooley, Tim Howard, US Men's National Team
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US-Mexico friendly to be played in San Antonio
   January 14, 2015 (4:45 PM) by Matt Benson
 

We already knew that the US was playing Mexico in a friendly in April and now US Soccer has confirmed the site.

CHICAGO (Jan. 14, 2015) – The U.S. Men’s National Team will play its first game in the city of San Antonio, Texas, when it takes on longtime rival Mexico, presented by AT&T, at the Alamodome on Wednesday, April 15, at 7:30 p.m. CT. The match will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 1, UniMas and Univision Deportes Network. Fans can also follow the match live on Twitter @ussoccer and @ussoccer_esp.

Tickets go on sale to the public Friday, Jan. 30, at 10 a.m. CT through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout San Antonio, as well as the Alamodome ticket office (open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

Since the game does not fall on a FIFA international date, expect to see a lot of MLS and Liga MX players (granted, the USMNT basically all plays in MLS now).

The US has only played one game before in San Antonio, a 1-0 win over Costa Rica on June 14, 1988.

 
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A few links for Wednesday
   January 14, 2015 (12:33 AM) by Matt Benson
 

A couple things for Wednesday.

Mix Diskerud to NYCFC became a real thing on Tuesday.  Jozy Altidore to Toronto FC looks to be a real thing, but it sounds like Altidore still has to go through the allocation process (TFC is currently #6 and the other rumored teams interested in him are behind Toronto).

If/when Altidore joins MLS, seven of the 11 starting USMNT players from the World Cup opener against Ghana will now be in MLS.

With all this movement from Europe to MLS, Grant Wahl talked to Jurgen Klinsmann to see his thoughts on the moves of Diskerud, Altidore, Brek Shea and Jermaine Jones.

The USMNT continues training in Carson and Clint Dempsey apparently took over the homeless man beard look with Tim Howard not in camp.  And Mix Diskerud likes Brad Evans’ hair.  This is why you come to this site, for the hard-hitting journalism.

According to the San Antonio Business Journal, the US-Mexico friendly for April will take place at the Alamodome in San Antonio.  The US has only played one game before in San Antonio, a 1-0 win over Costa Rica on June 14, 1988.

Want an interview with Michael Bradley?  Here is one from the Toronto Sun.

Greg Garza did a TV interview with KUSI in San Diego on Tuesday.

Michael Farfan has left Cruz Azul and is now a free agent.  He told Tom Marshall that he is talking to MLS as well as looking at options in Scandinavia and Switzerland.

Sean Reynolds has left FH in Iceland and has signed with the new USL Pro team Louisville City FC.

And finally, at least one fan out there is worried about Juan Agudelo’s club situation.

 
Categories: Brad Guzan, Brek Shea, Clint Dempsey, Greg Garza, Jermaine Jones, Jozy Altidore, Juan Agudelo, Michael Bradley, Michael Farfan, Mix Diskerud, Sean Reynolds, US Men's National Team
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An assortment of links for Tuesday
   January 13, 2015 (12:38 AM) by Matt Benson
 

A bunch of goodies to get into.

The USMNT has begun January’s camp this week in beautiful Southern California.  In case you missed it, Jurgen Klinsmann has called in 28 players for this camp, a mixture of vets and a bunch of youth as he looks towards the Olympic/U-23 team.

One player at this month’s camp that you probably don’t know that much about is Julio Morales.  Brian Sciaretta gets you caught up to date on Mr. Morales.  It looks like Morales might not be able to play in the friendlies just yet (although he can still participate in the camp) as he has to file a one-time switch with FIFA since he played with Mexico at the 2013 U-20 World Cup.

Much like Brad Friedel with the U-20 team, another former player, Carlos Bocanegra, is helping out as a coach this month.

Kyle McCarthy takes a look at the mixture of vets and youth as camp begins.

Daryl Grove came up with some humorous one-sentence descriptions for each of the players.  Brek Shea’s is easily the best.

Jurgen Klinsmann did not win FIFA Coach of the Year, but he did receive votes from 12 of the 544 voters, including five first-place votes.

In other USMNT news, CONCACAF has moved up the start of the final round of World Cup qualifying (a.k.a. The Hex) by three months to November of 2016 due to FIFA eliminating some international fixture dates in 2017.  The draw for the first round will take place on Thursday, but the US won’t enter qualification until the fourth round, beginning in November of 2015.  Yes, the whole cycle is about to start up again.

And we might know about two more friendlies for this year as Fox Sports ran this graphic during Friday’s U-20 game, which shows games against Australia and Ghana for later this year.

The US U-20 team is off to a rough start down in Jamaica, drawing to Guatemala (highlights) and losing to Panama (highlights).  Cameron Carter-Vickers has scored the only goal for the US so far and he spoke to Tottenham’s website about it.  Junior Flores had to leave the Panama game after getting his ankle stepped/rolled on and it sounds like he is in a boot and is on crutches.  That makes me think he will be out for a little while.  Want some goalie critique of the first two games?  Will has you covered.  And finally, Tony Meola spoke to Tab Ramos and Ramos claims Gedion Zelalem is “untouchable until March” when it comes to the U-20 team.

Speaking of Mr. Zelalem, the guys over at The Short Fuse have a little write- up on the savoir of American soccer Arsenal prospect.

Moving onto some club news.

All signs are pointing towards Mix Diskerud signing with NYCFC later today (or this week).

There was some more Jozy Altidore-to-MLS chatter over the weekend and Toronto FC appears to have the edge at the moment.  If this were to go down, I am just going to pretend that this was some mastermind of Klinsi to get Michael Bradley and Jozy practicing together everyday.

And both Steven Goff and Jeff Carlisle are hearing that a couple MLS teams are interested in signing Sacha Kljestan as well as an English League Championship side.

DeAndre Yedlin got the start and played 60 minutes with Tottenham’s U-21 team on Friday.  To go along with the video in the last link, here are some photos from the game.

Cody Cropper had to be taken to the hospital with a head injury on Monday after a collision in Southampton’s U-21 game.  Hopefully this doesn’t become anything serious.

Jonathan Spector is finally healthy again.  Although he didn’t play, he did make Birmingham City’s bench this past weekend in their 3-1 win over Wigan Athletic.

Heath Pearce didn’t come to terms with Orlando City after being taken in the expansion draft, so he might be looking to take his talents to Europe.  Pearce began his professional career in Denmark with FC Nordsjælland and also played with Hansa Rostock in Germany so he does have experience abroad.

Ventura Alvarado told Brian Sciaretta last week that he would be interested in a US call-up if Klinsmann called.

Since I get e-mailed one every other month by someone wanting to know Freddy Adu’s status, Steven Goff tells us that he is back training in the D.C. area since being let go from Serbia.

Justin Moose will no longer being playing in Finland with SJK as he signed with the Wilmington Hammerheads of USL Pro last week.

I can’t find much more on this, but Frank Simek’s wikipedia page has been updated that he is now with Sông Lam Nghệ An in Vietnam.  As one would expect, it is not easy to find solid information on this team or league.

Goalkeeper Alex Horwath (not to be confused with U-20 goalkeeper Ethan Horvath) is leaving Sweden and Ljungskile SK and signed with Norwegian second division side SK Brann.  Now Horwath and Horvath will both be in Norway.

Remember when David Yelldell had a hot minute with the USMNT?  He talked about it to Bayer Leverkusen’s website.

Former US U-20 player Fabrice Picault has signed with Sparta Prague in the Czech Republic.

And finally, American-born Ghanaian Koby Osei-Wusu is playing with Ghana’s U-20 team.  And this website doesn’t think highly of US Soccer.

He is one of the young talents recruited and being groomed for the various US national soccer teams through their United States Soccer Development Association (USSDA).

The inclusion of Koby will be a major boost for US soccer which is regarded as a low competitive standard.

Hey Ghana, remember thisOr this?  I do.

 
Categories: Alex Horwath, Brek Shea, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Carlos Bocanegra, Cody Cropper, David Yelldell, DeAndre Yedlin, Fabrice Picault, Frank Simek, Freddy Adu, Gedion Zelalem, Heath Pearce, Jonathan Spector, Jozy Altidore, Julio Morales, Junior Flores, Justin Moose, Koby Osei-Wusu, Mix Diskerud, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team, US U-23 National Team, Ventura Alvarado
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Two more possible friendlies for the USMNT
   January 9, 2015 (8:30 PM) by Matt Benson
 

The 2015 schedule is starting to get filled up for the USMNT and it looks like we have two more games on the horizon.

On top of this summer’s Gold Cup, US Soccer already confirmed seven friendlies for 2015 back in December.  Also, Grant Wahl has reported about a friendly against Brazil for September.

And now Fox Sports ran this graphic during tonight’s US U-20 game showing friendlies against Australia and Ghana.

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As always, nothing is confirmed until US Soccer officially announces the game.  The July 3 game against Australia would be a tune-up for the USMNT before the Gold Cup, while the friendly against Ghana would likely take place during the same international break as the rumored Brazil game.

 
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Jurgen Klinsmann names his 28-man roster for January camp
   January 9, 2015 (10:48 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Jurgen Klinsmann has called in 28 players for January’s USMNT camp.  It is a mixture of US vets and potential U-23 players.

GOALKEEPERS (4): Alex Bono (unattached), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Jon Kempin (Sporting Kansas City), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)

DEFENDERS (8): Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Steve Birnbaum (D.C. United), Christian Dean (Vancouver Whitecaps FC), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Jermaine Jones (New England Revolution), Perry Kitchen (D.C. United), Shane O’Neill (Colorado Rapids), Oscar Sorto (LA Galaxy)

MIDFIELDERS (10): Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Mix Diskerud (out of contract), Dennis Flores (Club Leon), Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake), Miguel Ibarra (Minnesota United FC), Lee Nguyen (New England Revolution), Marc Pelosi (Liverpool), Dillon Serna (Colorado Rapids), Brek Shea (Orlando City SC), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew SC)

FORWARDS (6): Tesho Akindele (FC Dallas), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Julio Morales (Tepic), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes), Bobby Wood (1860 Munich), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy)

Here is also Klinsi’s usual post-roster release Q&A.

Thoughts/complaints/surprises?

 
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24 potential cities to host 2016 Copa America
   January 9, 2015 (12:02 AM) by Matt Benson
 

CONCACAF, CONMEBOL and US Soccer announced yesterday the 24 cities vying to host 2016 Copa America.

Arizona (1): Phoenix
California (3): Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco
Colorado (1): Denver
District of Columbia (1): Washington, D.C.
Florida (3): Jacksonville, Orlando, Tampa
Georgia (1): Atlanta
Illinois (1): Chicago
Indiana (1): Indianapolis
Maryland (1): Baltimore
Massachusetts (1): Boston
Michigan (1): Detroit
Missouri (2): Kansas City, St. Louis
New York/New Jersey (1): Greater New York
Ohio (1): Cleveland
Pennsylvania (1): Philadelphia
Tennessee (1): Nashville
Texas (2): Dallas, Houston
Washington (1): Seattle

The cities above will submit a proposal to US Soccer before March 16, 2015, while eight to 13 cities are expected to host some of the games when it is all said and done.  The winners will be announced some time in May.

Since this tournament is all about making that money, they will be looking only at stadiums that hold at least 50,000 people.

If I had to guess a eight cities right now:  Los Angeles, Atlanta, Chicago, Baltimore, New York, Philadelphia, Dallas and Seattle.

 
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