This summer has been a busy one and here are a bunch more links from the last couple of days.
The big news of yesterday was that DaMarcus Beasley signed a DP contract with the Houston Dynamo. He becomes the 10th current USMNT player on a designated player contract with MLS.
Danny Williams had surgery on his knee earlier this week. This is the second time in the last five months that Williams has had some form of surgery on his knee. No word on how serious or how long he will be out.
Do you like stats and numbers? I did a quick look at Tim Howard, Brad Guzan, Geoff Cameron and Alejandro Bedoya yesterday. I plan on doing another one next week on a couple guys from the Championship.
A few of the younger US players (and prospects) will be making the trek to the US with their European teams in the next week. Gedion Zelalem is on Arsenal’s roster which will take on the New York Red Bulls on Saturday. Emerson Hyndman made Fulham’s squad which is headed to Jacksonville to take on DC United this weekend. And we already know that Julian Green is with Bayern Munich as they take on the MLS All-Stars. Pep Guardiola spoke to the US press about Green and how he doesn’t want to loan him out this year.
Another youth player, Lynden Gooch, has been receiving some praise from Sunderland fans this week. Gooch came off the bench with Sunderland’s first team in a friendly against Carlisle United on Tuesday. Then he made another appearance with the first team on Wednesday in a friendly against Hartlepool United and assisted on one goal (GIF highlights).
Will Packwood played with Birmingham City’s U-21 team the other day in a private friendly. Sounds like he missed a little time recently “after suffering from illness”, but he is now back in action.
The US U-20 team now knows the format for January’s CONCACAF U-20 Championship. It will be two groups of six teams with the winners of each group clinching a spot in the U-20 World Cup, while the second and third place teams from each group doing a four-team playoff for the last two spots.
One player who might be on that U-20 team, Fernando Arce Jr., talked to Brian Sciaretta about selecting to play for the US over Mexico even though his dad played for Mexico.
Goalkeeper Phil Saunders has signed with Icelandic 1st Division side BÍ/Bolungarvik.
Former Bucknell product Conor O’Brien made the jump to Denmark out of college and now another Bison is headed to Denmark. This time it is Mayowa Alli and he is signing with Vensyssel in the Danish First Division (second tier).
With Roma in Boston this week, Keith Costigan talked to Roma president James Pallotta and Pallotta claims that we can expect “an announcement in the next few weeks” in regards to an American going to the club. Could the DeAndre Yedlin deal be back on or could it be another player? Or could it be nothing? I have no clue.
US Soccer and Sporting Kansas City are building a new National Training and Coaching Development Center in Kansas City. Sounds like this would be the main training hub for coaches and refs, while I think they will also get some USMNT/USWNT/youth team camps at the complex (along with the StubHub Center in Carson, California) once it is completed.
And finally, this site has been receiving a lot more traffic this month (likely due to the World Cup fever) along with a lot more Twitter and Facebook followers. If you are new to the site, thanks for checking us out. If you are not new to the site, thanks for continuing to check us out. It is nice to see this site grow with all of you.
The US U-20 team won the NTC Invitational last week. You can watch the entire game against Australia right here. US Soccer also has a video up with some post-game reactions from Tab Ramos and Paul Arriola.
Not really a surprise, but Julian Green was named to Bayern Munich’s roster for their US tour. They will take on the MLS All-Stars in Portland on August 6.
Brek Shea played 45 minutes in the second half of Stoke City’s 1-1 draw to Borussia Monchengladbach in a friendly over the weekend. According to reviews that I have read, he played well and you can watch the entire second half right here.
As Howie posted last night, Matt Besler is in talks with Sporting Kansas City on getting a new contract, although he hasn’t totally dismissed the possibility of playing overseas. While Greg Seltzer told us earlier this week that Sunderland was one of the teams expressing interest in Besler, the Evening Chronicle is hearing that the Black Cats have not made a bid and don’t plan on making one either. All this said, I think Besler will probably end up staying in Kansas City and I really don’t have a problem with that. Nothing wrong for him to have a Eddie Pope-like career.
If you want more transfer talk, Greg Seltzer was on yesterday’s episode of Soccer Morning with Jason Davis. He begins talking about the 11-minute mark and goes over some stuff on DeAndre Yedlin, Matt Besler (before last night’s news), Graham Zusi, Mix Diskerud, Brek Shea and a couple others.
Speaking of Brek Shea, he was named to Stoke City’s 23-man roster for the Potters’ preseason tour of Germany.
The latest FIFA world rankings came out yesterday with the US dropping two spots to #15. Costa Rica was one of the big winners, moving up 12 spots to #16. And this month is the first time that CONCACAF has had three teams in the Top 18 since March of 2004.
For those few people that missed it earlier this week, the Ecuadorian Football Federation claims that the US and Ecuador will play in a friendly against each other in October.
As I post this, about 40% of you think Jermaine Jones’ goal vs. Portugal was your favorite US goal from the World Cup, which leads the pack. Go vote here.
Mix Diskerud came off the bench and was first credited with a goal, which was later changed to an own goal, in Rosenborg’s upset 2-1 loss to Sligo Rovers in Europa League action (highlights). Also in Europa League action yesterday, Sean Reynolds came off the bench for 20 minutes in FH’s 1-1 draw to Neman. And Pablo Punyed went 90 minutes in Stjarnan’s 2-2 draw to Motherwell. The second legs will be next Thursday.
“He’s had this injury for a longer while than at the U.S. national team,” Stewart said in an telephone interview. “It was something that you could play with; it wasn’t a problem to. I’ve played with the same problem myself. Once it’s time to rest, it’s something that can aggravate you every time you step out on the field.”
Jozy Altidore told the Sunderland Echo that his injury in the World Cup was the low point of his career. He is expected to be almost fully fit once he returns to Sunderland.
If you are reading this before 1 PM Eastern on Friday, turn on beIN Sports as they will be showing Terrence Boyd and RB Leipzig taking on PSG in a friendly (h/t Jon Arnold).
Bayern Munich have updated their website and Julian Green is listed under the first team players. His online bio also tells us that he is a Gemini. Bayern Munich have also launched an English version of their site dedicated to the US.
The US U-20 team defeated Bermuda, 4-0, in their second match of the NTC Invitational on Wednesday. The goals were provided by Andrija Novakovich, Zach Pfeffer, Tommy Thompson and an own goal. Here are some highlights (I see you, Tommy Thompson) and some post-game reactions. The US’s final game is tonight against Australia at the StubHub Center at 7 PM and admission/parking are free. If I didn’t have plans already, I would be headed down there.
Liga MX also starts up tonight and Tom Marshall fills you in on where all the Americans will be playing this fall.
According to Sky Sports, Gboly Ariyibi is on trial with Burnley. Ariyibi ended last season on loan with Tranmere Rovers then became a free agent this summer once his contract with Leeds expired.
Bobby Wood got the start and played 72 minutes on the wing in a 4-3-3 in 1860 Munich’s 3-2 loss to Borussia Möchengladbach in a friendly earlier this week. Here is a photo of Wood in action.
Sebastian Lletget actually played with West Ham’s first team on Wednesday in a 0-0 draw to Ipswich Town in a friendly, coming off the bench in the second half.
The World Cup is now over and FIFA have updated their world rankings through the tournament. The US has dropped two places to #15 while there was a lot of movement inside the Top 25 since the World Cup games give you/take away the most ranking points.
Here is the new Top 5 in the world (previous ranking):
CONCACAF had a great tournament and now features three teams within the Top 18 for the first time since March of 2004 (Mexico was #5, US was #12 and Costa Rica was #18). Here are the new Top 5 teams in CONCACAF:
15) United States (13)
16) Costa Rica (28)
18) Mexico (20)
33) Panama (31)
40) Honduras (33)
I posted this list yesterday, but Deadspin/Screamer ranked all 171 World Cup goals. Now it is time to pick your favorite goal scored by the US. You can go by any voting standard that you want.
Maybe you think John Brooks’ goal is the best since it won the game. Maybe you like Julian Green’s goal since it came on his first touch. Maybe you like Clint Dempsey’s goal against Portugal since you like pelvic thrusts. Just pick your favorite below.
Fresh off last week’s rumor that the US will play Ireland in November, this report out of Ecuador has the US playing the Tricolor in a friendly in October. The location is TBD and the game would take place between October 6-14 according to the Ecuadorian Football Federation.
The US is 2-5-4 all-time against Ecuador, losing 1-0 in the last meeting between these two teams at Red Bull Arena on October 11, 2011.
Ecuador is currently ranked #26 by FIFA and #19 by Elo. And they were unable to get out of Group E at the 2014 World Cup.
I came home from work last night to find out that my DVR didn’t record Episode 5 and it sounds like others have had trouble with recording them (or haven’t had a chance to see them yet). I linked the first four episodes the other day, but I thought I would post the first five after the jump so everyone has a chance to check them out in one place (and I will post any future ones in this post so bookmark away). Thanks to the kind people who have been putting them up on Youtube.
Now updated with the sixth and seventh episodes.
ESPN/Grantland released a final mini-episode for the final installment and I updated below with that.
I thought I posted this the other day, but I thought wrong. According to this report from the Irish Independent, the USMNT is headed to Ireland in November for a friendly against the Boys in Green.
This would be the ninth meeting all-time between these two teams and the November 18 game would be their first meeting against each other since Ireland won 2-1 in Dublin on April 17, 2002. The US is 2-4-2 all-time against Ireland. Ireland is currently ranked #70 by FIFA and #43 by Elo.
The game would fall four days after Ireland plays Scotland in a Euro 2016 qualifier.
Euro 2016 qualifier
Euro 2016 qualifier
If true, this would be the US’s second game scheduled post-World Cup. The US’s first game back will be on September 3 against the Czech Republic in Prague. If Klinsmann’s quotes from a couple weeks are to be held true, we should be seeing some younger players in the next couple friendlies.
It sounds like Jurgen Klinsmann will be looking at a lot of younger players over the next year when it comes to the USMNT.
“A good thing about this next year is that we kind of have the opportunity to see a lot of young players coming to our platform, coming to the senior team,” said Klinsmann. “We can give them time to show where they are up to right now.
“The experienced players, or the older players, we can tell them for the next couple of months: ‘Go play in your club environment, we know you inside out anyway, we know what you bring to the table. But right now maybe there’s time for the next couple of friendlies that come up and over the next year that we want to see the young players grow and see how they can make it.’”
Greg Seltzer is hearing that at least one Eredivisie team and Genk are interested in Sacha Kljestan as well as Olympiacos.
Stuart Holden will continue to work out with Bolton despite not being under contract. He will be allowed to play in any friendly, under-21 or development squad games but if he gets healthy again and Bolton want him back with the first team then he would have to sign a new deal.
A possible good sign on the Shawn Parker front? He lists Germany and US for his nationality on Augsburg’s website.
Here are some photos of Junior Flores and Joe Gyau in action with Borussia Dortmund’s U-23 team. Mario Rodriguez scored two goals for Borussia Mönchengladbach against Dortmund in this friendly.
Are you buying a Tijuana/Paul Arriola jersey this year? Heads up that he switched numbers from #47 to a more squad-friendly #20.
Adam Henley has returned to Blackburn Rovers early before training camp to finish rehabbing his ankle injury before the season starts.
Europa League started back up this week. Pablo Punyed went 90 in Stjarnan’s 4-0 win over Bangor City. A Mix Diskerud-less Rosenborg defeated Jelgava 4-0. Jordan Seabrook came off the bench for 21 minutes in VPS’s 2-1 win over Brommapojkarna.
And finally, one of the guys I hung out with during the World Cup put together a compilation video of the trip down to Brazil. Hopefully this weekend I can sit down and type up a post with a bunch of my photos and stories from the trip. It really was a once in a lifetime trip. If you are even on the fence about going to Russia in 2018, you need to go.