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Klinsmann names 22-man roster for Czech Republic friendly
   August 28, 2014 (11:41 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Jurgen Klinsmann has selected his 22 guys and there are some exciting young names on this list.

GOALKEEPERS (3) : Cody Cropper (Southampton), Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)

DEFENDERS (7) : John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Greg Garza (Club Tijuana), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Michael Orozco (Puebla), Tim Ream (Bolton)

MIDFIELDERS (7) : Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Julian Green (Bayern Munich), Emerson Hyndman (Fulham), Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt), Brek Shea (Stoke City)

FORWARDS (5) : Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Joe Gyau (Borussia Dortmund II), Jordan Morris (Stanford), Rubio Rubin (Utrecht), Bobby Wood (1860 Munich)

Thoughts/surprises/complaints?

 
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Only a few links for Thursday
   August 28, 2014 (12:52 AM) by Matt Benson
 

We have had a few goals over the last few days, including goals (with highlights) from Alonso Hernandez, Marc Heider and David Najem.  Matt Taylor also scored yesterday, but the Regionalliga Sudwest highlight show usually takes a couple days to appear on the internet.

Jozy Altidore did not score, but he was involved in Sunderland’s second goal yesterday when his shot was saved and Adam Johnson scored on the rebound (highlights).

Yanks Abroad has you covered with a recap of all the Americans who played in the Capital One Cup this week.

Geoff Cameron had to leave Stoke City’s game yesterday due to injury.  Greg Seltzer is also reporting that Cameron does have suitors, but Stoke City is hesitant to sell him.

Shifting to the USMNT, Landon Donovan’s final game with the US will be on October 10 against Ecuador.

The US roster for the Czech Republic friendly should be announced soon, possibly even later today.  Sounds like it could be up to 22 names according to Steven Goff.

One player who will not be there, and it is not that surprising between him being a veteran and him joining a new team, is Jermaine Jones.

John Brooks should have a better shot at more playing time at Hertha Berlin with Sebastian Langkamp picking up an injury.  Langkamp is expected to miss about a month.

Fresh off his goal from last week, Brian Sciaretta caught up with 22-year-old defender Ventura Alvarado.

Before he disappeared at Fulham over the last two weeks, Emerson Hyndman was doing well in the team’s first two games of the season.  ASN’s Laura Greene gives you a rundown of what people are saying across the interwebs on the young American.

And finally, here is a photo of Americans Charlie Butte and Mario Rodriguez going after it in German Regionalliga action last weekend.

 
Categories: Alonso Hernandez, Charlie Butte, David Najem, Emerson Hyndman, Geoff Cameron, Jermaine Jones, John Brooks, Jozy Altidore, Landon Donovan, Marc Heider, Mario Rodriguez, Matt Taylor, US Men's National Team, Ventura Alvarado
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Landon Donovan’s final USMNT game will be against Ecuador in October
   August 26, 2014 (9:29 PM) by Matt Benson
 

While Landon Donovan is retiring after the 2014 MLS season, he will get a proper send-off with the USMNT on October 10 against Ecuador.

CHICAGO (Aug. 26, 2014) – After a 15-year international career in which he became the most accomplished player in team history, U.S. Men’s National Team forward Landon Donovan (@landondonovan) will make his final appearance for the United States when the team plays against Ecuador on Oct. 10 in East Hartford, Connecticut.

Kickoff at Rentschler Field is set for 7 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN, WatchESPN, UniMas and ESPN Deportes Radio. Fans can also follow along on Twitter @ussoccer.

“For 15 years, Landon has thrilled us with his amazing abilities on the field and impressed us with his gracious approach off the field,” said U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati (@sunilgulati). “We are looking forward to celebrating his legacy during our next home National Team match and allowing fans the opportunity to thank him for all the memories he’s provided over the years.”

US Soccer also gives us a quote sheet, which does include a quote from Jurgen Klinsmann, and a tribute video.

 
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Some links and such for Tuesday
   August 26, 2014 (12:07 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Let’s get to it.

It is starting to become my super busy time of the year at work so I didn’t have time to do The OT Report.  That said, Steven Goff has you covered with some of the bigger name guys in Europe.

We did have some pretty nice goals this weekend between Conor O’Brien and Cesar Romero.  Shawn Barry also scored in Austria as did Ariel Lassiter in Sweden.  Brad Guzan became the first Aston Villa goalkeeper to record a clean sheet in each of the team’s first two games of a season since David James in 1999-00 with two saves against Newcastle United.  And Bob Bradley and Co took down the Norwegian defending champions Strømsgodset.

At the youth level, Gedion Zelalem went 90 minutes for Arsenal’s U-21 team in a 1-1 draw.  Also at the U-21 level, Cody Cropper and Southampton defeated Sebastian Lletget and West Ham 2-1.  Here are some highlights with Lletget getting an assist at the 3:22 mark.  And Marc Pelosi has come back from his broken leg and started to play again with Liverpool’s U-21 team.

US Soccer’s website put up a Q&A with Tim Howard after he announced his year-long break from the USMNT.  Tim Howard will publish a memoir in December.  And according to our poll from last week, most people think Bill Hamid is the current #3 goalkeeper for the USMNT with Howard sitting out the year.

According to this report out of Germany, Bobby Wood will be called into the USMNT friendly against the Czech Republic.

Jermaine Jones is now in New England.  Here is a photo of him hanging out it with Robert Kraft.

NBC Sports’ Joe Prince-Wright is hearing that Geoff Cameron is getting interest from Lazio and a pretty blah list of Premier League clubs.

Various teams across Europe are interested in a loan deal for Brek Shea according to this report.

The Baltimore Sun’s Ryan Bacic wrote some words on Joe Gyau and his family.

Rubio Rubin did not dress for FC Utrecht this past weekend, but here is a video interview about his debut from two weeks ago (including some highlights from the game).

Here is another story on Quentin Westberg and Luzenac’s current battle in France.

And finally, ESPN’s Doug McIntyre broke out his latest USMNT hot list.

 
Categories: Ariel Lassiter, Bill Hamid, Bob Bradley, Bobby Wood, Brad Guzan, Brek Shea, Cesar Romero, Cody Cropper, Conor O'Brien, Gedion Zelalem, Geoff Cameron, Jermaine Jones, Joe Gyau, Marc Pelosi, Quentin Westberg, Rubio Rubin, Sacha Kljestan, Sebastian Lletget, Shawn Barry, Tim Howard, US Men's National Team
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Poll: Who is the current #3 USMNT goalkeeper?
   August 22, 2014 (6:45 AM) by Matt Benson
 

With yesterday’s news that Tim Howard is taking a year off from the USMNT, it is pretty clear that Brad Guzan and Nick Rimando are the top two guys at the moment.  But who would you like to see as the #3 goalkeeper?

 

 
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Tim Howard to take a break from the USMNT
   August 21, 2014 (1:18 PM) by Matt Benson
 

The USMNT’s all-time goalkeeper leader in games and wins, Tim Howard, is going to take a year long break from the USMNT.

CHICAGO (Aug. 21, 2014) – Three-time FIFA World Cup veteran Tim Howard has asked to take a break from duties with the U.S. Men’s National Team until next fall, and after discussions with U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann the Everton goalkeeper will not be considered for selection to the U.S. roster until September of 2015.

Howard is not retiring from international play. The decision is driven mainly by the desire to spend more time with his family.

“Having played overseas for the last 12 years and missing out on spending time with my family, making this commitment to my family is very important at this time,” said Howard. “I am grateful for the willingness of both Jurgen Klinsmann and Everton manager Roberto Martinez to afford me the opportunity to spend time with my kids. It’s the right decision at the right time. Jurgen has always been up front with all the players in saying you have to earn your place, which is something I agree with, so I look forward to coming back next fall and competing for a spot.”

Howard will miss a few friendlies (up to about eight?) and the 2015 Gold Cup during his break.  And Jurgen Klinsmann gives us some coach speech as he opens things up to both Brad Guzan and Nick Rimando to be the starter.

“This gives us a huge opportunity to see Brad Guzan and Nick Rimando going forward and fighting for the No. 1 spot,” said Klinsmann. “We have young talented goalkeepers with Sean Johnson and Bill Hamid, who have been brought along the last couple years, so this may give them a chance here and there to get some game time. Always when somebody steps aside for a moment, it gives an opportunity for the next ones in line.”

That said, I am pretty sure Guzan will be the #1 goalkeeper for the USMNT over the next year.

 
Categories: Tim Howard, US Men's National Team
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Your Thursday morning link drop
   August 21, 2014 (12:00 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Let’s start with the Jermaine Jones late night craziness.

Orrin Schwarz first reported last night that Jones signed with MLS for 18 months at around $4 million and that MLS commissioner Don Garber gets to decide between the Chicago Fire and New England Revolution.  Ives then reported that Jones was close to a deal but the deal hit a snag after MLS couldn’t promise which club he would end up at.  They apparently agreed on a deal if he ended up with the Fire, but he wants more money if he ends up in New England, something MLS is not a fan of doing.  Then Jones himself took time away from hanging out with Charlie Sheen or Chris Brown to tweet out that he had not signed with MLS.

It was a fun time on Twitter late last night.

A report out of Germany earlier this week has 1860 Munich showing interest in Juan Agudelo.  I also like how the report brags about how many views one of his goals has on Youtube.

Also in the “showing interest” department, Greg Seltzer confirmed that FC Utrecht have contacted Stoke City about Brek Shea.

ESPN’s Jeff Carlisle did a little transfer roundup on Jermaine Jones, Geoff Cameron, Brek Shea and Juan Agudelo, some of which is already linked above.

Likely due to the increase in traffic from the US, FC Utrecht’s website has an interview up with Rubio Rubin done in English.

According to Gus Poyet, Jozy Altidore is the happiest he has ever seen him.  Yay for happiness.

Bundesliga.com has Julian Green has one of the Top 20 players in the league under the age of 20.

Jeffrey Donovan talked to Bobby Wood about his increased role at 1860 Munich.

As of last week, Gboly Ariyibi was still on trial at Burnley.

US U-20 defender John Requejo Jr. made his pro debut with Tijuana this week, playing in Copa MX with the senior team.

Kainoa Bailey has returned to the US to sign with LA Galaxy II (USL Pro).  Bailey had been in Germany with Bayer Leverkusen’s youth teams.

Roker Report is starting a “21 Under 21″ series on Sunderland’s U-21 team and here is a write up on Lynden Gooch.

Haven’t had a reason to start following the Guatemalan first division?  Now you do with Herbert Cojulun.

And finally, Brian Sciaretta gives us his 10 best uncapped potential USMNT players.

 
Categories: Bobby Wood, Brek Shea, Gboly Ariyibi, Geoff Cameron, Herbert Cojulun, Jermaine Jones, John Requejo Jr., Jozy Altidore, Juan Agudelo, Julian Green, Lynden Gooch, Rubio Rubin, US Men's National Team
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A bit of this and that for Tuesday
   August 19, 2014 (12:42 AM) by Matt Benson
 

This weekend was a busy one with tons of players seeing the field throughout Europe.  Here is a quick rundown of how guys did over the weekend.  And as always, our goal tacker is updated with the goals from the weekend with some links to highlights to a few of them.

The big news of the weekend was the professional debut of Rubio Rubin.  Greg Seltzer also recently talked to Rubin about signing with FC Utrecht.

The other odd news of the weekend was the lack of Geoff Cameron in Stoke City’s gameday roster.  While there was first speculation that Mark Hughes was giving extra rest to Cameron and Peter Odemwingie due to the World Cup, it now looks like Cameron is wanting a transfer away from Stoke City.

This weekend also saw Brad Guzan make his 75th straight Premier League start for Aston Villa, the second-longest active streak in the Premier League behind Liverpool’s Simon Mignolet (now at 79 straight starts).

Through two games, Emerson Hyndman has completed 125 passes this season, the fourth most in the English League Championship.  And among Championship players who have attempted at least 100 passes, his 91% completion percentage is the second highest in the Championship.  And there has been a total of 1065 minutes played so far in the Championship by players under the age of 20 with Fulham accounting for 607 of those minutes (57 percent).

Aron Johannsson is going to be out another six weeks after having groin surgery to go along with his ankle surgery from last month.  It will be interesting to see who Jurgen Klinsmann calls into next month’s friendly at forward if he sticks with a European-based roster with Johannsson and Boyd both out with injuries.  Is it finally time to cap Matt Taylor?! (I am joking.)

Seattle Sounders general manager Adrian Hanauer spoke about DeAndre Yedlin’s transfer last Wednesday.  The deal is done, but he won’t be transferred until a later date (since the MLS transfer window is closed and he can’t be loaned back to Seattle?).  Tottenham will “evaluate the situation” at the end of the MLS season once the MLS transfer window opens back up (and see if he can get his UK work permit), although there is a chance he stays in Seattle through the summer of 2015.

People have been asking me a lot recently about anything on Juan Agudelo.  There is nothing new to report that I know of other than he continues to train with Orlando City off and on.

Alfredo Morales and FC Ingolstadt were knocked out of the DFB Pokal by Kickers Offenbach yesterday in a penalty shootout.  Morales went the full 120 minutes and made his penalty attempt.

Will Packwood didn’t play with Birmingham City over the weekend, but he did score a goal with their U-21 team on Monday.

Tony Taylor became a free agent this summer after his contract expired with Omonia Nikosia in Cyprus.  And now the former US youth international is headed to the New England Revolution after the Revolution acquired the forward through a lottery.

ESPN’s Doug McIntyre spoke to Chicago Fire manager Frank Yallop last week and Yallop thinks the Fire are close to signing Jermaine Jones.  McIntyre’s ESPN compadre Jeff Carlisle spoke to a league source who told Carlisle that Jones would “likely” be subject to regular MLS allocation order.  I never understand MLS roster rules.  It is like they are the producers of Paradise Hotel and make up stuff as they go.

Greg Garza did not play with Tijuana last Friday after suffering a nose injury in training which required surgery.  On the Tijuana U-20 front, tilt your computer sideways to see this goal by Amando Moreno from a U-20 game from Friday.

Sticking with odd videos of goals from the weekend, here is Joey Spivack’s first goal of the season for Víkingur Ólafsvík.

Brian Straus with some words on Tim Howard and Tourette syndrome.

US Soccer confirmed the friendly against Ecuador for October 10 last week.  Brian Sciaretta ‏is hearing that US Soccer will add a second game during that international week and it will also take place in the US.

While Germany had the DFB Pokal this past weekend, Borussia Dortmund II had the off week from official games, but both Junior Flores and Joe Gyau (Gyau also scored) played with the U-23 team in a friendly against Wattenscheid last Thursday.

Brooks Lennon made his Liverpool U-21 debut last Wednesday.

Jurgen Klinsmann’s son, Jonathan Klinsmann, did a training stint with VfB Stuttgart last week.

And finally, Timothy Weah, son of the great George Weah, joined Paris Saint-Germain’s academy.  Weah has trained with the US U-14 team recently.

 
Categories: Alfredo Morales, Amando Moreno, Aron Johannsson, Brooks Lennon, DeAndre Yedlin, Emerson Hyndman, Geoff Cameron, Greg Garza, Jermaine Jones, Joe Gyau, Joey Spivack, Jonathan Klinsmann, Juan Agudelo, Junior Flores, Rubio Rubin, Tim Howard, Timothy Weah, Tony Taylor, US Men's National Team, Will Packwood
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USMNT to face Ecuador in East Hartford in October
   August 14, 2014 (4:07 PM) by Matt Benson
 

Another one of the USMNT friendly rumors has become official this week with US Soccer announcing a friendly against Ecuador for October 10 to be played at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Connecticut.

The US is 2-5-4 all-time against Ecuador with Ecuador winning the last meeting, 1-0, in 2011 at Red Bull Arena.  This will also be the US’s first game at Rentschler Field since beating Costa Rica in the group stage of the 2013 Gold Cup.

Ecuador is currently ranked #21 by FIFA and #18 by Elo.

Speaking of the FIFA rankings, FIFA’s August rankings came out today with the US dropping three spots to #18 despite not playing a game.  This is likely because the 2013 Gold Cup is outside 12 months ago, so it is not worth as many points now.

Both Costa Rica (#15) and Mexico (#17) moved up a spot so the US is ranked the third highest in CONCACAF.  This is the first time ever since the rankings were created in 1993 that the US has not held one of the top two spots in CONCACAF.

 
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Thursday morning linkage
   August 14, 2014 (1:56 AM) by Matt Benson
 

After a few weeks of speculation, DeAndre Yedlin’s transfer to Tottenham has become official.  He will spend the rest of the MLS season with Seattle before joining up with Tottenham for the 2015-16 season.  There is some confusion on what will happen to him between the end of the MLS season and 2015-16 as that is a lot of time (and you would figure that he would be in the USMNT’s plans for the 2015 Gold Cup).

Tottenham’s website has a video interview up with Yedlin.  Ives also got some words from Yedlin about the move.  Once he finally gets to North London, he will become he fourth different American to play for the Spurs in the Premier League.  And to top off the Yedlin links, Grantland did a feature on him earlier this week.

Earlier this week, the FA of Ireland confirmed the rumored USMNT friendly for November.  And now it looks like the rumored friendly against Colombia for September is no longer going to take place.

Michael Stephens, Andrew Jacobson and Bob Bradley are going streaking . . . to the semifinals of the Norwegian Cup after defeating Haugesund on Wednesday (highlights).

Howie posted some US U-23 vs. Bahamas highlights last week, but US Soccer have now put up their own highlights from the match with some post-game comments from Tab Ramos, Luis Gil and Dennis Flores.

Tab Ramos also recently talked to ASN’s Brooke Tunstall about the U-23 development.

According to this report, Thomas Dooley and the Philippines national football were unable to schedule a friendly with the USMNT, so now they are looking into a friendly with the US U-23 team.

Your monthly reminder that Landon Donovan has a great sense of humor.

Timothy Chandler recently took part in a crossbar challenge with some Eintracht Frankfurt teammates for the Bundesliga’s Youtube channel.

Today’s really silly season link of the day:  Barcelona are eyeing Fabian Johnson.

Grant Wahl did a quick video for SI.com about the few Americans in the Premier League.

San Jose Earthquakes goalkeeper David Bingham has been loaned out to Norwegian Adeccoligaen (second tier) side Strømmen.

US U-20 forward Andrija Novakovich scored three goals against AFC Wimbledon in U-21 action over the weekend (highlights).

Some new Americans in Europe.  Connor Brehm has signed with Carrick Rangers and has been loaned out to PSNI.  Both teams play in the Northern Ireland Football League Championship 1.  And goalkeeper Ryan Onwukwe is joining German sixth division club FCA Darmstadt.  Thanks to @WisconsinSoccer for the heads up.

 
Categories: Andrew Jacobson, Andrija Novakovich, Bob Bradley, Connor Brehm, David Bingham, DeAndre Yedlin, Dennis Flores, Fabian Johnson, Landon Donovan, Luis Gil, Michael Stephens, Ryan Onwukwe, Thomas Dooley, Timothy Chandler, US Men's National Team, US U-23 National Team
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