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A few links for Tuesday
   September 23, 2014 (12:33 AM) by Matt Benson
 

A few things for Tuesday.

Steven Goff has your weekend roundup of the bigger-named players in Europe.  Julian Green came off the bench for Hamburg and played 15 minutes against his parent club Bayern Munich.  Brad Guzan, who had only given up one goal over the first four games of the season, gave up three goals to Arsenal over a four-minute stretch around the 30th minute.

Andrew Wooten scored the lone goal of the game in Sandhausen’s 1-0 victory at Aalen.  And Alfredo Morales assisted on Ingolstadt’s only goal in a 1-1 draw to 1860 Munich.  I really dislike the 2. Bundesliga as it is nearly impossible to find highlights from that league.  I can find goals from the Swedish fourth division or the U-19 league in Germany, but not the second division in Germany.

Speaking of the U-19 league in Germany, Junior Flores started for Borussia Dortmund’s U-19 team in a 3-2 win over Bayer Leverkusen.  I saw some chatter on Twitter that he assisted on a goal, but it doesn’t look like he did as he only played 45 minutes (two of their goals came in the second half) and here are some highlights from the game (they start around the 2:35 mark).

We did have some goals in some smaller leagues this weekend.  As always, our goal tracker has been updated with the information.  As for some highlights of the goals, Cesar Romero scored from the penalty spot in Pyunik’s 1-1 draw to FC Mika in Armenia.  Kyle Curinga scored his second goal of the season on Saturday in GBK’s 3-0 win over Kajaani in Finland.  Andy Lorei scored a goal on Saturday in Bodens BK’s 2-1 win over Söderhamn.  And Jake Keegan scored his 11th goal of the season on Saturday, tied for the third most in the League of Ireland First Division, in Galway’s 3-0 win over Finn Harps.

Also, Brandon Scott, Matt Horth and Leiknir Reykjavík clinched the Icelandic 1. Deild (second division) title this past weekend with a 4-0 win over Tindastóll.  And Horth contributed to the goals in the second half.

Here is an action shot of Fabian Johnson during Borussia Mönchengladbach’s 0-0 draw to FC Köln.

Joe Gyau made the bench for Borussia Dormund’s senior team yet again this past weekend, but he did not play again either.  Here are some photos of Gyau with former USMNT player and current Dortmund U-23 manager David Wagner.

Kyle Scott assisted on a goal for Chelsea’s U-18 team over the weekend.

According to ESPN’s Doug McIntyre, Jurgen Klinsmann plans on calling in a lot of guys into next month’s international break, possibly up to as many as 30 players.  Since it is a full international break, it will be both MLS/Liga MX and European-based players.

Since everyone and their mother does a “pick the USMNT roster for the 2018 World Cup” thing, Brian Sciaretta goes US Soccer hipster on us and picks his 21 players for next summer’s U-20 World Cup.

A new name to keep an eye on (courtesy of a Brian Sciaretta tweet from this weekend) is Björn Maars Johnsen.  He was born in North Carolina, but it looks like he grew up in Norway.  But he has nine goals in eight games for Atlético CP in the Portuguese Segunda Liga (second division) and two goals in three cup matches so far in 2014-15.  And he sort of has a Kid ‘n Play hi-top fade thing going.

Jon Arnold thinks it might be time for the Gold Cup to branch out and play some of its games outside the US.

And finally, FIFA Executive Committee member Theo Zwanziger doesn’t think the 2022 World Cup will be played in Qatar.  But FIFA wants to remind you that his comments are just his personal opinion.

 
Categories: Alfredo Morales, Andrew Wooten, Andy Lorei, Björn Maars Johnsen, Brad Guzan, Brandon Scott, Cesar Romero, Fabian Johnson, Jake Keegan, Joe Gyau, Julian Green, Junior Flores, Kyle Curinga, Kyle Scott, Matt Horth, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team
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Friday morning links
   September 19, 2014 (12:03 AM) by Matt Benson
 

A bunch of stuff before the weekend.

The latest FIFA rankings came out yesterday with the US moving up one spot to #17.  The US is still the third-highest ranked team in CONCACAF with Costa Rica at #15 and Mexico at #16.

According to Steven Goff, the US has sold about 25,000 tickets for the October 10 friendly against Ecuador in Hartford.

Yesterday was Thursday and Thursday means Europa League.  Tim Howard was a beast as he tied a Europa League record with 12 saves in Everton’s 4-1 win over Wolfsburg (highlights).  And Fabian Johnson started on the left wing for Borussia Mönchengladbach in their 1-1 draw to Villarreal.

The UEFA Youth League also had some games this week with Gedion Zelalem going the distance in Arsenal’s 2-0 win over Junior Flores (71 minutes) and Borussia Dormund.  Here is a photo of them both in action.  Zelalem also had a pretty nice assist last week in an Arsenal youth game back in England.

Herculez Gomez scored a goal in Tigres’ 1-0 win over Queretaro in Copa MX action on Wednesday (highlights).  It was also Ronaldinho’s debut for Queretaro.

Emerson Hyndman will have a new manager at Fulham as Felix Magath has been sacked after the dumpster fire of a start by the Cottagers this season.

Sticking at Craven Cottage, remember when Clint Dempsey had his hand all wrapped up for a couple of weeks in 2010?  According to Danny Murphy, it was because Dempsey punched a window after finding out that he wouldn’t start in the Europa League semifinal.  Dempsey can still rap as well.

The English FA has proposed some changes about foreign players obtaining work permits in the UK.  And as Jeremiah Oshan points out, this could help Americans like DeAndre Yedlin if the US can continue to be a Top 30 team.  And here is your reminder that Yedlin is really fast.

Terrence Boyd has returned to some solo training this week.

Someone pointed out this tweet from August to me today, but it looks like Josh Gatt is hoping for a January return.

Greg Seltzer takes a look at some possible dual nationals for the USMNT as we begin the 2018 cycle.

Stoke City are setting up some academies in the US and Canada.

Jeffrey Donovan talked to Alfredo Morales about earning his second cap and some other things for ASN.

Right back Travis Brent signed with Heracles Almelo in the Netherlands last month.  He has played in at least one U-21 game over the last month.

Dembakwi Yomba assisted on a goal for one of Atletico Madrid’s youth teams this week.

Kenya Brown talked to Alex Rodier as he begins his second season in Poland with LKS Lomza.

And congrats to Jon Arnold for guest hosting Soccer Morning yesterday.  It seems like yesterday that he was writing about Christian Eissele for us.  He is all grown up.

 
Categories: Alex Rodier, Alfredo Morales, Clint Dempsey, DeAndre Yedlin, Dembakwi Yomba, Emerson Hyndman, Fabian Johnson, Gedion Zelalem, Herculez Gomez, Josh Gatt, Junior Flores, Terrence Boyd, Tim Howard, Travis Brent, US Men's National Team
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The weekend is finally here links
   September 12, 2014 (6:19 AM) by Matt Benson
 

A few things to get in before the weekend starts up.

Brek Shea’s loan to Birmingham City became official yesterday.  He will be with the club for three months.  Birmingham City’s manager Lee Clark also said he even tried to buy Shea permanently before the season, so it looks like Clark will give him a chance to play.  Here is also a short video interview with Brekken.

As for some bad news, Freiburg midfielder Caleb Stanko tore his ACL.  Stanko has been mainly playing with Freiburg II this season and was hoping to make his senior team debut this year.

US Soccer put up some highlights of the U-20’s trip to Argentina.  Here is the game against Racing FC’s reserves and here is the game against Argentina’s U-20 team.

Here are some fun photos of the US’s game against the Czech Republic from last week.

Noah Davis gives a basic rundown of the new youngsters on the USMNT.

Danny Williams is hoping to return to the field in November.

Brian Sciaretta introduces us to Israeli-American Kenny Saief, who is currently at Gent in Belgium.

Mike L. Goodman dives into the development of soccer statistics.

Have fun this weekend.

 
Categories: Brek Shea, Caleb Stanko, Danny Williams, Kenny Saief, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team
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Thursday morning links
   September 11, 2014 (1:46 AM) by Matt Benson
 

One day closer to the weekend.

The big news of yesterday was that Geoff Cameron underwent hernia surgery on Wednesday and will be out for an unknown amount of time.  This has been a disaster of an opening 2014-15 season for Cameron.

As for his Stoke City teammate, Brek Shea looks to be headed to Birmingham City on a loan and will be available for selection this weekend as the Blues take on Leeds United.  Shea will join fellow Americans Will Packwood and Jonathan Spector at the club.

Julian Green’s chances of making his Hamburg debut this weekend are decent as the club is battling a few injuries to some attacking players.

Berti Vogts doesn’t like when Borussia Monchengladbach manager Lucien Favre plays Fabian Johnson at positions that are not named right back.

Greg Seltzer broke out his stat notebook and has a bunch of random numbers for your viewing pleasure.  Based on the old MLS scoring system (two points for a goal, one point for an assist), Jozy Altidore’s 2012-13 was the best by any American in a top-flight league in Europe.

The US U-20 team ended their Argentina adventure with a 1-1 draw to Argentina’s U-20 team.  Zach Pfeffer scored the lone goal for the US.

Jurgen Klinsmann did a Q&A on US Soccer’s website about the young guns and last week’s game.  Remember how we beat the Czech Republic on their home turf?  That same team just beat the Netherlands, 2-1,  in a Euro qualifier this week.

Brian Sciaretta decided to do a transfer report card on seven key Americans.  He likes Johnson’s move to Borussia Monchengladbach the most and I can’t really complain.

Some horrible news for Quentin Westberg and Luzenac as the club has been denied access to Ligue 2.  The club is not even allowed to go back to the National (third tier) so it will now play in the the amateur seventh division with all current players released of their contracts.

Christopher McCollum caught up with Brandon Scott to talk about his debut season with Leiknir Reykjavík as they have earned promotion to the Icelandic Úrvalsdeild with two games remaining.

Mike Woitalla introduces us to the latest American teenager being courted by both the US and Mexico.

And finally, we are sort of a big deal in Taiwan.

 
Categories: Brad Guzan, Brandon Scott, Brek Shea, Edwin Lara, Fabian Johnson, Geoff Cameron, Jozy Altidore, Julian Green, Quentin Westberg, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team, Zach Pfeffer
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Youtube Flashback: US vs. Panama – 2004 World Cup Qualifier
   September 10, 2014 (6:26 AM) by Matt Benson
 

This international break is killing me.  We are almost back.  That said, here is a 2004 qualifier which features a Landon Donovan brace and a Eddie Johnson hat trick while coming off the bench.

The game was played at RFK Memorial Stadium on October 13, 2004 and ended with a US 6-0 win in the penultimate game of the Third Round of CONCACAF qualifying.

The US’s starting lineup looked like this:  Keller; Hejduk, Pope, Berhalter, Bocanegra; Zavagnin, Beasley, Donovan(c), Lewis; McBride, Wolff.

Enjoy.

 
Categories: Eddie Johnson, Landon Donovan, US Men's National Team, Youtube Flashback
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This international break seems really long links
   September 9, 2014 (12:02 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Only having one game this international break is making this week seem really long and boring (damn you, Colombia).  Here are a few links.

Julian Green is now at Hamburg and training (photo).  Greg Seltzer got a couple quotes from Green about the move before he headed into the USMNT camp last week.  Seltzer also looks at the playing time situation at Hamburg for Green.

Jurgen Klinsmann wants competition between Brad Guzan and Nick Rimando for the #1 goalkeeper spot.  OT resident goalkeeper guru Will has a couple words on Guzan/Rimando (plus a lot other information on everything US goalkeepers).

Aron Johannsson is hoping to return to the field in October.  And he answered some questions and went kayaking recently.

Jonathan Bornstein has a new teammate at Queretaro.  You might have heard about him before.

The 824234 guys at Tijuana have a new manager in Daniel Guzman.

Brian Sciaretta has talked to Jordan Morris and Andrew Jacobson recently.

Eric Lichaj is ready for the Ryder Cup.

Baltimore is in talks with CONCACAF to host some Gold Cup games next summer.  We should know the final stadiums/locations in the fourth quarter of 2014.

The US U-20 team takes on the Argentina U-20 team later today.  They are 2-0-0 on their trip so far with wins over Racing Club Reserves and Defensa y Justicia Reserves.  Bradford Jamieson IV has the best name ever.  I want him to make it to the USMNT so I can get his jersey someday.

While none of the big boys played this weekend, a lot of the smaller leagues still played and we had goals by Jake Keegan, Irvin Raul Parra, Matt Taylor and Royal-Dominique Fennell.  A couple other guys scored this weekend that I haven’t found highlights of yet, but check out our goal tracker for more information.

 
Categories: Andrew Jacobson, Aron Johannsson, Brad Guzan, Bradford Jamieson IV, Eric Lichaj, Irvin Raul Parra, Jake Keegan, Jonathan Bornstein, Jordan Morris, Julian Green, Matt Taylor, Nick Rimando, Royal-Dominique Fennell, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team
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US vs. Czech Republic Photos
   September 4, 2014 (7:30 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Here are a few photos from yesterday’s game courtesy of Matej Divizna/Getty Images Europe.  Slideshow fun time!

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Categories: US Men's National Team
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US vs. Czech Republic Highlights
   September 3, 2014 (1:42 PM) by Matt Benson
 

The US began the 2018 cycle with a 1-0 win over the Czech Republic.  Alejandro Bedoya scored the lone of goal of the game.  Here are the full highlights.

 
Categories: Highlights, US Men's National Team
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Here is your US-Czech Republic pre-game primer
   September 3, 2014 (12:25 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 2:15 PM Eastern on NBC Sports Network and UniMas.

» Czech Republic is ranked #35 by FIFA and #31 by Elo, while the US is #18 by FIFA and #17 by Elo.

» Here are the official game notes by US Soccer.  As for some random stats/facts:

The US is is 0-3-0 all-time against the Czech Republic/Czechoslovakia.

Nine players on the 2014 World Cup roster are in this squad, while five players are looking for their first USMNT cap.

The US has lost its last two games and is looking to avoid its first three-game losing streak since a three-game streak between 2009-10.

» Brian Sciaretta is in Prague and tweeted out a bunch of tidbits from yesterday’s training.  Brad Guzan and Nick Rimando will each get a half between the sticks.  Jozy Altidore will get the arm band tomorrow.  Rubio Rubin was initially called up for the U-20 team, but Utrecht declined so Klini decided to call him up for the senior team.  Here is Sciaretta’s guess at the starting lineup based on training.  Klinsmann is in “casual” contact with Shawn & Devante Parker.  As of today, Gedion Zelalem still doesn’t have US citizenship.  Klinsmann also spoke about Landon Donovan’s farewell game and Julian Green’s loan to Hamburg.

» Howie also has you covered with some other good reads from yesterday, including a photo of what numbers the guys will wear today.

I am not going to make a prediction other than this will be a disjointed game with a lot of subs.

 
Categories: Brad Guzan, Devante Parker, Gedion Zelalem, Jozy Altidore, Julian Green, Landon Donovan, Nick Rimando, Rubio Rubin, Shawn Parker, US Men's National Team
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Some pre-game reads for USA-Czech Republic
   September 2, 2014 (7:32 PM) by Howie Michaels
 

The roster for USA-Czech Republic, in addition to featuring some rising youngsters, features two old faces  Brek Shea and Tim Ream  who haven’t been around a US camp for a while.

Jeff Carlisle has a piece with Ream, who has (quietly?) resurrected a career that had stumbled a bit following some poor international outings and a rough start to his time at Bolton. It’s been nearly three years (!!!) since Ream made a US appearance – we were all so young and hopeful!

“It really depends on the person, whether you really want to stick your neck out there and try it and take your lumps along the way or develop at home in a comfortable situation,” he said.

“I think for me it was a case where I had kind of run into being comfortable at New York. Not that it wasn’t difficult, but I knew that for one reason or another I’d be playing week in and week out because there was nobody to step in and do the job. It was just a personal choice to make the move and see what it would be like.”

I’d argue that it wasn’t just the Bolton move turning sour early that derailed his US career (he was really bad for the Red Bulls and the Nats in the latter part of 2011), but he’s earned his way back.

Meanwhile, Brian Straus has a nice piece with Brek Shea on his time with Stoke. It’s not a hopeful read.

He’d come from a culture where camaraderie was celebrated and where playing in Europe was the stuff of dreams. But the Premier League’s slick packaging doesn’t reveal the challenges underneath the surface. Shea was slow to adjust and as he dealt with a broken foot and then an injured groin, the frustration mounted. Meanwhile, the coach who brought him to Stoke, Tony Pulis, left the club.

“It’s more like a 9-5 job over here. In America, you’re having fun and you’re with a group of friends. It’s still very serious – you want to win – but you have that camaraderie,” Shea said. “From what I’ve seen here, it’s just different. It’s a job. You go in and you go home and in MLS, you have a team barbecue once a week. You hang with people outside the facility. You don’t really do that here. Everyone has their family, their own friends.”

Jürgen Klinsmann is saying Jürgen Klinsmann things because he’s Jürgen Klinsmann. He declared that the US should have gone further at the World Cup and bemoans the players’ mentality, apparently forgetting about the really really conservative gameplans he put out. He also played MLS fantasy commissioner and took a (somewhat rightful) shot at the league for playing through international windows. He also says that Landon Donovan’s last appearance won’t be awkward (yeah, and it’s a complete coincidence that I avoid the place that an ex-girlfriend works).

The match (which is at 2:15 PM ET/11:15 AM PT) will see the US try once again to beat the Czechs. They throttled the US, 4-2, in East Hartford in the pre-World Cup tour in 2010 (RIP, Heath Pearce’s international career and the Maurice Edu at CB Experience). They also thrashed the US, 3-0, in the opening match of the 2006 World Cup. (Also, Czechoslovakia beat the ‘Mericans 5-1 back in Italy 1990.)

Remember the halcyon early days of the Klinsi regime when he was assigning numbers for friendlies based on position? US Soccer is now releasing those numbers ahead of time. Crazy times. You can see the team sheet below.

 
Categories: Brek Shea, Tim Ream, US Men's National Team
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