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Tim Howard named 2014 U.S. Soccer Male Athlete of the Year
   November 21, 2014 (7:45 AM) by Matt Benson
 

The various actual voters must have read our poll as Tim Howard was named 2014 U.S. Soccer Male Athlete of the Year yesterday.

CHICAGO (Nov. 20, 2014) – Goalkeeper Tim Howard has been voted the 2014 U.S. Soccer Male Athlete of the Year, with the announcement taking place earlier today live on ESPN’s SportsCenter. This is Howard’s second time winning AOTY, previously earning the honor in 2008.

The three-time FIFA World Cup veteran becomes the fifth player to win Male Athlete of the Year on multiple occasions, joining defender Marcelo Balboa (1992, 1994), goalkeeper Kasey Keller (1997, 1999 and 2005), forward Landon Donovan (2003, 2004, 2009 and 2010) and forward Clint Dempsey (2007, 2011 and 2012).

“It’s an honor. I know the winners on the list who have come before me, so it’s special to have my name up there,” Howard said on SportsCenter. “The whole ride with the team for about a month and a half, when we got together for training camp and we flew down to Brazil, we had a really good time and that made 2014 so special to me.”

A new voting process took place this year, with votes collected from Men’s National Team players earned a cap in 2014, Men’s National Team and Youth Men’s National Team coaches, Major League Soccer and North American Soccer League head coaches and select former players, administrators and media members.

Howard received 64 percent of the tabulated votes, followed by Jermaine Jones (19 percent) and Kyle Beckerman (11 percent).

In honor of his win, US Soccer has put up this photo gallery and this video:

 
Categories: Tim Howard, US Men's National Team
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US vs. Ireland Highlights
   November 18, 2014 (11:03 PM) by Matt Benson
 

Sounds like I didn’t miss much, but the US lost 4-1.  Here are the “highlights”.

 
Categories: Highlights, US Men's National Team
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Here is your US-Ireland pre-game primer
   November 18, 2014 (12:51 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 2:45 PM Eastern on ESPN2.

» Ireland is ranked #61 by FIFA and #36 by Elo, while the US is #23 by FIFA and #17 by Elo.

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

The US is 2-4-2 all-time against Ireland, including a 0-4-0 mark in Dublin.

The US has scored exactly one goal in five straight games, the longest such streak in USMNT history.

Ireland is hosting a team from CONCACAF for the first time since beating Jamaica, 1-0, on June 2, 2004.

Nick Rimando has made 16 appearances for the USMNT, going 10-0-1 in his 11 decisions, including four shutouts.

The Colombia match was the first time that the US has lost when Jozy Altidore has scored (15-1-4).  Hat tip to Grant Wahl on that one.

» As expected, Jurgen Klinsmann sent home Jermaine Jones, Lee Nguyen and DeAndre Yedlin due to the MLS playoffs.  He also sent home DaMarcus Beasley so he could deal with some personal matters in Mexico.  And on Ireland’s side, Robbie Keane was sent back to the LA Galaxy due to the MLS playoffs.

» US Soccer’s website has a bunch of photo galleries up from the last couple of days:  Being tourists in London, the game against Colombia and traveling/training in Dublin.  They also have a small interview up with Rubio Rubin.

» Speaking of Rubin, he missed Monday’s training due to illness.  Steve Cherundolo is in Ireland helping out/observing from the coaching side.  The Mayor of Hannover is close to completing his UEFA A license.  Klinsi suggested that Jordan Morris could make his debut.  It also sounds like Nick Rimando will get the start between the sticks.  Klinsi also talked about possibly playing in South America in the future.

» Some other USMNT tidbits from across the interwebs.  DeAndre Yedlin’s passport Latvian situation is still up in the air.  Mexico manager Miguel Herrera recently made some comments that a US-Mexico friendly could be taking place in April.  The Guardian recently ranked the US-Mexico rivalry as the #8 greatest in international soccer.  It looks like Graham Zusi is not taking part of this camp due to a foot injury.  Based on your voting, Tim Howard would win 2014 U.S. Soccer Male Athlete of the Year.  And here is an interesting read on what goes into scheduling friendlies with the USMNT.

» The Shin Guardian has a “mini-preview” for you.

» As for my prediction, I am saying a 2-1 win by the US.  Goals by Jozy Altidore and Alejandro Bedoya.

 
Categories: DaMarcus Beasley, DeAndre Yedlin, Graham Zusi, Jermaine Jones, Jordan Morris, Jozy Altidore, Lee Nguyen, Nick Rimando, Rubio Rubin, Steve Cherundolo, US Men's National Team
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2014 U.S. Soccer Male Athlete of the Year nominees
   November 16, 2014 (9:15 PM) by Matt Benson
 

There are six nominees for 2014 U.S. Soccer Male Athlete of the Year with the winner being announced on Thursday, November 20 on SportsCenter:

Tim Howard
Fabian Johnson
Jermaine Jones
Kyle Beckerman
Alejandro Bedoya
Clint Dempsey

Vote below in our own informal poll.

 

 
Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Clint Dempsey, Fabian Johnson, Jermaine Jones, Kyle Beckerman, Tim Howard, US Men's National Team
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US vs. Colombia Highlights
   November 14, 2014 (2:04 PM) by Matt Benson
 

The US lost 2-1 to Colombia in London today.  The US went up 1-0 and that was cool.  But then Colombia scored twice in the second half and that wasn’t cool.  Here are the full highlights.

 
Categories: Highlights, US Men's National Team
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Here is your US-Colombia pre-game primer
   November 14, 2014 (1:56 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 2:45 PM Eastern on ESPN and UniMás.

» Colombia is ranked #3 by FIFA and #5 by Elo, while the US is #23 by FIFA and #17 by Elo.

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

The US is 3-9-4 all-time against Colombia, including a 0-3-0 mark in games played outside the US.

The US is 9-23-3 all-time against FIFA Top 5 teams and will be looking for its first win over a FIFA Top 5 team since beating No. 2 Germany in Washington D. C. in a friendly in 2013.

The US is looking for its first win over a FIFA Top 5 team in a game played outside the US since beating No. 1 Spain in the 2009 Confederations Cup in South Africa.

Brad Guzan is one shutout shy of becoming the sixth goalkeeper in USMNT history with 10+ shutouts.

Mix Diskerud has recorded 23 caps for the US with the US going 17-1-5 in his appearances.

» The Yanks Are Coming has your game preview.

» Jozy Altidore will wear the captain’s armband.

» Ticket sales look to be good.

» The team was a bunch of tourists in London yesterday.

» Brian McBride and Carlos Bocanegra talked to FIFA.com about “The Fulhamerican dream”.

» US Soccer has appointed Nelson Rodriguez as “Managing Director of National Team Advisory Services”.

 
Categories: US Men's National Team
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Quick link action for Wednesday
   November 12, 2014 (12:55 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Only a couple quick links for Wednesday.

It looks like the US will play Germany in a friendly next June, although no final agreement has been signed yet.

As expected with a report from the Daily Mirror, Greg Seltzer shoots down the DeAndre Yedlin is getting his Lativan passport in two weeks story.

US Soccer’s website has a Q&A up with Alejandro Bedoya.

ASN’s Brooke Tunstall talked to Bob Bradley as he finished his first season in Norway.

Landon Donovan talked to USA Today’s For The Win about retirement.

This was from a couple weeks ago, but Yanks Abroad’s Kenya Brown talked to Markus Dickerson about his first season in Norway with Second Division side Kongsvinger IL.

Real Salt Lake Academy midfielder Josh Doughty is close to signing with Manchester United.  The U-18 midfielder is eligible to play for the US, England and Canada.

 
Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Bob Bradley, DeAndre Yedlin, Josh Doughty, Landon Donovan, Markus Dickerson, US Men's National Team
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A bit of this and that for Tuesday
   November 11, 2014 (12:50 AM) by Matt Benson
 

The big news from yesterday was the release of the USMNT roster for the upcoming friendlies against Colombia and Ireland.

I am guessing players like Aron Johannsson, Terrence Boyd and Danny Williams were left off due to just returning back from injury, while we did get confirmation last night that Clint Dempsey was left off to give him some rest during the MLS playoffs.  Some other players still in the playoffs, like Jermaine Jones and Lee Nguyen, will be headed back to the US after the Colombia friendly.

Tesho Akindele was not on the roster despite various reports saying he had a good chance of making it last week, but it looks like he made the initial provisional roster.  I am wondering if he might get called in for the Ireland friendly if some of those MLS players return to their clubs, especially with FC Dallas no longer in the MLS playoffs.

I am guessing some fans are questioning bringing in some older players like DaMarcus Beasley, Chris Wondolowski and Kyle Beckerman, but it looks like Jurgen Klinsmann wants the older players to mentor the younger players.  Here is also a video of Klinsi talking about the roster and the upcoming friendlies.

Here is a photo gallery of the USMNT training in London.

While we have the US roster, here are the rosters for Colombia and Ireland.

Nathen McVittie created some cool posters for both friendlies that you can buy.

Miguel Ibarra found himself back on the US roster and he scored a pretty sweet goal this past weekend in the NASL semifinals.

Lee Nguyen will be looking to see the field against Colombia and there is a good chance that Brad Guzan will be the goalkeeper.  The last time he played for the USMNT?  In a 2007 Copa America match against Colombia with Brad Guzan as the goalkeeper.

The US U-20 team is currently Spain for a mini-tournament against Russia’s U-21s, Ireland’s U-20s, and Canada’s U-20s.  Here is that roster.  And here are some photos from their training session yesterday.  It looks like Tab Ramos is working with Brad Friedel to try and get Cameron Carter-Vickers’ release from Tottenham for the U-20 World Cup.

One player currently at that U-20 camp in Spain, Lynden Gooch, just signed an extension with Sunderland.

A couple dual nationals that the US can probably cross off their list:  Columbus Crew’s Justin Meram and Stjarnan’s Pablo Punyed.

Still haven’t learned anything new, but one report out of the UK claims DeAndre Yedlin is close to getting his Latvian passport, which means he could join Tottenham in January.

We had some goals this past weekend.  The Joker, Cesar Romero, notched a hat trick in Armenia (highlights).  Andrew Wooten assisted on the game-tying goal and scored the winner in Sandhausen’s victory over Nurnberg (highlights).  That performance by Wooten earned him OT’s Player of the Week honors by Howie and myself.  Read this and you will see that Wooten’s goals have come up big for Sandhausen this season.  Bobby Warshaw scored a goal (highlights) as Bærum advanced in the Norwegian promotion playoffs and will next play Rhett Bernstein and Mjøndalen.  And finally, Devann Yao got another start and scored another goal in German Regionalliga action (highlights).

Heading back to Norway for a second.  This past weekend was the last game of the season.  The Fighting Bob Bradleys had a 2-0 win over Sogndal and finished ninth in the 16-team Tippeligaen.  Not bad for a newly promoted team.

There is a chance that Mix Diskerud played his last game for Rosenborg, a 4-1 win over Strømsgodset, giving them a second place finish and a spot in next year’s Europa League in the event he stays at the club.  It looks like Mix is also participating in Movember.

And down in the Adeccoligaen, it was good to see Zarek Valentin return to the field after missing most of the season with an ankle injury.

Tim Howard was trying to be sneaky sneaky in Everton’s 1-1 draw to Sunderland.

Jozy Altidore did not get off the bench in that game, but he recently participated with SB Nation’s The Chivalry Playbook.

Brian Sciaretta talked to Aron Johannsson last week about returning to the field after two surgeries.

Michael Orozco left Puebla’s game this past weekend with what looked to be a calf injury.

And finally, Benji Joya is leaving the Chicago Fire (they declined the buy option in their loan deal with Santos Laguna) and he apparently has options in Argentina as well as some other teams within MLS.

 
Categories: Andrew Wooten, Aron Johannsson, Benji Joya, Bobby Warshaw, Brad Friedel, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Cesar Romero, Chris Wondolowski, Clint Dempsey, DaMarcus Beasley, DeAndre Yedlin, Devann Yao, Jermaine Jones, Jozy Altidore, Justin Meram, Kyle Beckerman, Lee Nguyen, Lynden Gooch, Michael Orozco Fiscal, Miguel Ibarra, Mix Diskerud, Pablo Punyed, Tesho Akindele, Tim Howard, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team, Zarek Valentin
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US Soccer releases roster for Colombia/Ireland friendlies
   November 10, 2014 (7:14 AM) by Howie Michaels
 

Goalkeepers (4): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
Defenders (9): DaMarcus Beasley (Houston Dynamo), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Greg Garza (Club Tijuana), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Jermaine Jones (New England Revolution), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC)
Midfielders (6): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Julian Green (Hamburg), Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt), Lee Nguyen (New England Revolution)
Forwards (6): Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Miguel Ibarra (Minnesota United FC), Jordan Morris (Stanford), Rubio Rubin (Utrecht), Bobby Wood (1860 Munich), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)

Jermaine Jones and DeAndre Yedlin are defenders. Miguel Ibarra and Jordan Morris are back. Rubio Rubin is back. Chris Wondolowski is back. Lee Nguyen makes his first appearance on a roster since the Bush administration. Tesho Akindele is not on the roster despite reports saying he was.

Commence thy reaction.

 
Categories: US Men's National Team
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A bunch of links before the weekend
   November 7, 2014 (12:02 AM) by Matt Benson
 

It’s Friday and here are some links.

I posted yesterday the news that Tesho Akindele turned down an invite with the Canadian national team to keep things open with the US.  And now Ives Galarcep is hearing that Akindele will be called in by the USMNT next week.

Jurgen Klinsmann is not happy with the performances of many of the USMNTers since the World Cup.  Here are some short videos of Klinsmann talking about facing Colombia in London and the fan support at Craven Cottage.

Speaking of Craven Cottage, Kyle McCarthy looks at the connection between the USMNT and Craven Cottage.

Jozy Altidore’s agent, Lyle Yorks, is headed to Sunderland to talk to the club about his future.  HITC’s Andrew Gibney takes a look at why a loan to France would be a good move for multiple parties.  Jozy also turned 25 yesterday.  According to the always good Paul Carr, his 24 international goals are the second most in USMNT history before turning 25.  Some guy named Landon Donovan leads the way with 27.

Speaking of numbers, go check out where Rubio Rubin’s four assists rank in Europe among players 20 or younger.

Two Americans saw the field in Europa League action on Thursday.  Tim Howard recorded the 150th shutout of his European club career in a 3-0 win over Lille.  He was pretty happy.  Fabian Johnson got the start at right back in Borussia Mönchengladbach’s 2-0 win.  Here is a photo of him in action.

I posted some highlights of Anderlecht’s dramatic three-goal comeback to draw with Arsenal earlier this week and now Greg Seltzer broke down Sacha Kljestan’s performance of the game.

Danny Williams came back from his injury last weekend while coming off the bench and now he made his first start since the injury, going 67 minutes in Reading’s mid-weeek 3-0 win over Rotherham.

Michael Orozco went the distance in Puebla’s loss on penalty kicks to Santos Laguna in the Copa MX final on Wednesday.

I missed this earlier in the week, but Geoff Cameron made WhoScored’s Team of the Week for his performance from last weekend.

Orlando City’s Tommy Redding is headed to Benfica in December for yet another MLS offseason training stint.

Brian Sciaretta has a pair of interviews worth checking out this week.  One with Fulham legend Brian McBride and one with Nepal national team manager Jack Stefanowski.

Grant Wahl talked to Mia Hamm this week about her new role with Roma and LAFC.

Travis Clark caught up with David Najem about life in the German Regionalliga.

Here is a look at what could happen if the World Cup is shifted to the winter in 2022.

Who doesn’t life tifos?

And finally, the USMNT roster for the next friendlies will likely be announced on Monday.  In the mean time, here are some names on John D. Halloran’s radar for next summer’s Gold Cup.

 
Categories: Brian McBride, Danny Williams, David Najem, Fabian Johnson, Geoff Cameron, Jack Stefanowski, Jozy Altidore, Michael Orozco Fiscal, Rubio Rubin, Sacha Kljestan, Tesho Akindele, Tim Howard, Tommy Redding, US Men's National Team
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