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Friday morning links
   March 27, 2015 (12:39 AM) by Matt Benson

It is an international week but we still have some links before the weekend.

We didn’t have a lot of midweek games this week but there was still action at some clubs and Roderick has all the details in The OT Report.

There was two goals this week and you can check them out from Duane Holmes and Morgan Langley.

In case you have been hiding under a rock this week, the US lost to Denmark, 3-2, on Wednesday.  Here are the highlights, while here are some photos.

Jurgen Klinsmann has appointed Berti Vogts as USMNT technical advisor.  Vogts helped out during the World Cup and with Andi Herzog focusing on the US U-23 team, it allows Klinsmann to bring in someone to help out with the USMNT.  And it allows me to post this photo of Vogts again.

Nicklas Bendtner’s hat trick on Wednesday was the first against the USMNT since Denmark’s Per Pederson scored four goals against the US in 1997.

Denmark’s manager Morten Olsen was impressed with Michael Bradley.

New York Red Bulls manager and former USMNT assistant under Bob Bradley, Jesse Marsch thinks the USMNT has a lack of an identity.

Jimmy Conrad was over in London last week and did some video interviews with DeAndre Yedlin at White Hart Lane for both KICKTV and Copa90.

Bayern Munich executive board chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge thinks Julian Green needs another season out on loan in 2015-16 to hopefully get first-team minutes.

Apparently most of Germany doesn’t like Terrence Boyd’s RB Leipzig because of the Red Bull ties.

Bobby Wood’s rehab is on schedule as Erzgebirge Aue’s website gives us a little update and video.

Lynden Gooch’s loan with Gateshead has officially ended.  Gooch scored one goal in seven league appearances with the Tynesiders.

Goalkeeper Matt Pyzdrowski is battling a foot injury and might have to miss Helsingborg’s season opener on April 4.

Kevin Garcia finally officially signed with Galway United FC and was thrown into the starting lineup earlier this week.

The US U-23 will take on Bosnia and Herzegovina later today and Andi Herzog called in two extra players (Boyd Okwuonu and Dan Metzger) earlier this week.

Categories: Bobby Wood, DeAndre Yedlin, Duane Holmes, Julian Green, Kevin Garcia, Lynden Gooch, Matt Pyzdrowski, Michael Bradley, Morgan Langley, Terrence Boyd, US Men's National Team, US U-23 National Team
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US vs. Denmark Photos
   March 26, 2015 (8:22 AM) by Matt Benson

Here are a few photos from yesterday’s game courtesy of Lars Ronbog / FrontZoneSport via Getty Images.  Slideshow fun time!

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US vs. Denmark Highlights
   March 25, 2015 (2:26 PM) by Matt Benson

Death, taxes and the US giving up late goals in a friendly.  It wasn’t pretty for the US in this 3-2 loss to Denmark.  Here are the US goals for now until the full highlights become available.

Categories: Highlights, US Men's National Team

Here is your US-Denmark pre-game primer
   March 25, 2015 (1:46 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 3 PM Eastern on ESPN2, WatchESPN, UniMás and UDN.

» Denmark is ranked #28 by FIFA and #28 by Elo, while the US is #32 by FIFA and #19 by Elo.

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

The US is 1-2-3 all-time against Denmark, losing the lone previous meeting on Danish soil, a 3-1 loss on November 18, 2009.

Since a 0-0 draw in 1994, US and Denmark have combined for 15 goals over the last four meetings.

The US has scored at least one goal in 14 of its last 15 games, including 2+ goals in eight of the 15 games.

Aron Johannsson scored 23 goals in 65 league appearances for AGF Aarhus in 2010-12 with seven of those 23 goals coming at NRGi Park, the venue for today’s game.

Under Jurgen Klinsmann, the US is 4-6-2 in games played on European soil with losses in four of the last five games played in Europe.

» In case you are still playing catch up this week like me, Clint Dempsey has been ruled out for the European friendlies this week due to a hamstring injury.  With Dempsey out, I hope Michael Bradley gets the arm band.

» Both US Soccer and ESPN have stories up on Aron Johannsson returning to Aarhus.

» Here are some photos of training from earlier in the week.

» Here is a Q&A with Michael Bradley.

» The Yanks Are Coming has your game preview as always.

Prediction time:  I am semi-sick and feel so out of the loop from the last week so I have no clue (yes, this is a cop out).

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Rosterpalooza: senior, U-23s, and U-20s
   March 22, 2015 (11:53 AM) by Howie Michaels

The US Soccer PR department was hard at work today, releasing three different camp rosters for three different levels as the senior team, U-23s, and U-20s prepare for upcoming camps.

The senior team, which faces Denmark on Wednesday (3 PM ET, ESPN2/UniMás) and Switzerland on the following Tuesday (12 PM ET, FS1/UniMás), sees 23 players called up. William Yarbrough of León (Mexico) and Ventura Alvarado of América (Mexico) get their first camp callups; Reading’s Danny Williams will be looking for his first cap in over a year. Cody Cropper will also be seeking his elusive first cap.

The U-23s, who face Bosnia and Herzegovina on Friday and Denmark on Tuesday, include a fair number of guys from the 2013 U-20s.

The U-20s will have a camp in England ahead of a Friday match with Tottenham Hotspur’s U-21s and a Sunday match with England’s U-21s. With the U-20 World Cup about two months away, Tab Ramos is bringing back about half of the squad that slipped through CONCACAF but bringing in some entirely fresh faces, including Desevio Payne of Groningen.

Categories: US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team, US U-23 National Team

Post green beer hangover links
   March 18, 2015 (1:12 AM) by Matt Benson

Work has been pretty busy for me over the last week so I haven’t done a links post in a while.  That said, a bunch of goodies for you while you wait that green beer hangover out.

Two US female goalkeepers squared off against each other in UEFA Women’s Champions League last October so Will decided to have a chat with both of them to find out more.

Missed out on the weekend’s games?  Roderick has you covered.

US Soccer is about to have a busy next couple of weeks with the USMNT, U-23 and U-20 teams all having camps and friendlies throughout Europe.  It looks like we should expect to see the various rosters over the weekend.

While we wait for the rosters, a bunch of names are kind of leaking out.  Thanks to Birmingham City’s site, we know that Will Packwood is going to be with the U-23 team.   Brian Sciaretta is also hearing that Jerome Kiesewetter will be with the U-23s, while Andrija Novakovich will be with the U-20s.  And while there has been speculation that Jurgen Klinsmann is going to call in Ventura Alvarado with the MNTers, there is at least one report of Leon goalkeeper William Yarbrough being called in as well.

We are still waiting for Gedion Zelalem’s waiver to go through with FIFA, but he has been called in by Germany’s U-18 team.  He has turned them down in the past and hopefully he does again.

Speaking of rosters, here is Denmark’s roster for the USMNT friendly.

If you hate yourself, here is another (and new) story on Jurgen Klinsmann and fitness.

Will Packwood scored his first professional goal yesterday in Cheltenham Town’s 2-2 draw to Portsmouth (highlights).  He had to be subbed out due to some kind of injury, but he tweeted after the game that he is “feeling groggy” but is OK.

DeAndre Yedlin is back on the field and played with Tottenham’s U-21 team on Monday.  Here is a photo of him in action.

Andrija Novakovich made his debut with Reading’s senior team over the weekend in Reading’s 4-1 loss at Watford.  Here is a photo of Novakovich about to come onto the field.

Reading and Danny Williams (went the full 90) won their FA Cup 6th round replay over Bradford City on Monday.  Reading is headed to the FA Cup semis for the first time since 1927.

Klinsi was impressed with Jozy Altidore’s Toronto FC debut.

I see you, Greg Garza.

A.J. Soares is going to be out 6-8 weeks after picking up a knee injury in training.

According to this report out of Philadelphia, Union midfielder Danny Cruz is headed to Norway to go on a season-long loan with Bodø/Glimt.  If true, he will become teammates with Zarek Valentin.

Greg Seltzer caught up with Helsingborgs IF goalkeeper Matt Pyzdrowski.

Galway United forward Jake Keegan was on Goal’s League of Ireland GoalMouth podcast last week.  He also spoke to Brian Sciaretta.

AZ Alkmaar have brought on Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane as an advisor.  I think I read the word “moneyball” in every tweet yesterday mentioning this news.

Here is a story from last week on Marc Pelosi and his return to the field over the last year.

Andrew Sousa and Ryan Maduro were both in Iceland last season with Fylkir and now both are returning to the US with the Rhode Island Oceaneers.

According to Will Parchman, US U-17 winger McKinzie Gaines is headed to Germany to trial with Wolfsburg.

And finally, FIFA announced the stadiums that will be used at the 2016 Olympics and somehow Arena da Amazônia in Manaus made the cut as one of the seven stadiums.  I still remember drinking two full glasses of water while just walking to my seat in the upper deck.  It was such a furnace.  I did snap this nice photo.


Categories: A.J. Soares, Andrew Sousa, Andrija Novakovich, Danny Cruz, Danny Williams, DeAndre Yedlin, Gedion Zelalem, Greg Garza, Jake Keegan, Jerome Kiesewetter, Jozy Altidore, Marc Pelosi, Matt Pyzdrowski, McKinzie Gaines, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team, US U-23 National Team, Ventura Alvarado, Will Packwood, William Yarbrough, Zarek Valentin

Complete schedule announced for 2015 Gold Cup
   March 12, 2015 (8:45 AM) by Howie Michaels

CONCACAF announced the full schedule for this summer’s Gold Cup today. The US already knew that it would be in Group A and its cities, but we learned their opponents.

Group A
USA (#19 ELO)
Haiti (#101)
Panama (#38)
Honduras (#74) or French Guiana (#140)

Group B
Costa Rica (#15)
El Salvador (#80)
Jamaica (#78)
Canada (#83)

Group C
Mexico (#12)
Guatemala (#71)
Cuba (#109)
Trinidad and Tobago (#71)

The US plays the winner of Honduras/French Guiana in Frisco, TX, on July 7; Haiti in Foxborough, MA, on July 10; and Panama in Kansas City, KS, on July 13. The Yanks will likely play a July 18 quarterfinal in Baltimore before a semifinal in Atlanta (July 22) and either a 3rd-place match July 25 or final July 26 in Philadelphia.

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A couple links for Friday
   February 20, 2015 (8:38 AM) by Matt Benson

Some last minute links before the weekend.

The US away jersey for 2015 came out earlier this week so a bunch of us got together and selected our three favorite USMNT jerseys of all-time.

This past week had a bunch of games and Roderick has you covered on all the goals in Copa MX and a couple Americans in Europa League.

Speaking of Copa MX, I missed this goal on Tuesday, but Sonny Guadarrama scored a goal in Atlante’s 1-1 draw to Toluca (highlights).

Tim Howard was one of those players in Europa League on Thursday and he earned his 21st career win in a UEFA cup competition (Champions League/Europa League), giving him on more than Brad Friedel for the most by any American goalkeeeper.

According to some reports, Julian Green had his meeting with Hamburg manager Josef Zinnbauer and director Peter Knäbel.  He apparently apologized for refusing to play with the U-23s and he is back with the first team.  Group hug time.

Vice Sports also recently wrote some words on Green.

Vice Sports also has a story up on Borussia Dortmund II manager and former USMNT player David Wagner.

According to reports out of Germany, Jurgen Klinsmann has been recruiting/talking to Hamburg fullback Ashton Götz.

Speaking of Götz, he is one of a few players on Brian Sciaretta’s recent list of potential dual-nationals who are out there.

And finally, Tom Marshall talked to Jonathan Bornstein about looking to rebound this season at Queretaro.

Categories: Ashton Götz, Brad Friedel, David Wagner, Jonathan Bornstein, Julian Green, Sonny Guadarrama, Tim Howard, US Men's National Team

What is your favorite USMNT jersey of all-time?
   February 20, 2015 (12:02 AM) by Matt Benson


US Soccer officially released its new 2015 away jersey earlier this week, so we decided to list our three favorite jerseys of all-time.  Also, take a look through history with our USMNT jersey history page.

Matt’s Picks


1) 2006 Third
2) 2013 Third
3) 2006 Home

The “Don’t Tread on Me” jersey of 2006 is my personal favorite.  Love the red with the two-toned sash and an old school crest.  And those are the colors of red and blue we should be using for all jerseys.

The 2013 Third is my second favorite.  Super clean and basic with a great throwback crest (which is way better than the current crest).

And the 2006 Home is my third favorite.  I sort of like sashs, but I like how it was slightly “different” than your normal sash or a horizontal/hoops design.  You don’t see the off-centered vertical stripe that often.

Howie’s Picks


1) 2006 Third
2) 2010 Away
3) 2006 Home

2006 Home – Back in the day when white-blue-white was the US’s home look (before the Wimbledon whites, possibly forced by FIFA) for a solid decade or so, this was the best, especially since they were the Allied jerseys from Victory.

2010 Away – Remember when Nike was going to make the sash our “thing”? Sigh. Good times.

2006 Third – You could easily put the 2011 third in here. Red, like we’ve always asked for, a sash….sigh.

John’s Picks


1) 2006 Home
2) 2010 Away
3) 2008 Away

The 2006 home kit has to be No. 1 simply because of those iconic images of a bloodied Brian McBride. The kit is great on its own, but the pictures of McBride—who went the full 90 in that titanic draw against Italy—put it over the top. Second place goes to the 2010 away kit. The dark navy blue with white sash is fantastic, plus it’s the jersey the U.S. wore in its epic comeback against Slovenia in the World Cup. Third place goes to the 2008 charcoal gray away kit. It’s not really an “American” color and there’s not a signature win in it (does a 3-0 win over Poland in Europe count?), but overall, it’s a good one.

Honorable mention: Centennial kit

If you want to make a fashion statement: 1972 Olympic white

Will’s Picks


1) 1950 Home (and 2004 Third)
2) 2012 Home
3) 1994 Away

While I am pro-sash, the 1950 – and the 2004 throwback – is a very strong white kit, which is tough to pull off. The sash runs at the shoulder instead of going over, feeling less like a pageant sash and more like someone is crossing the finish line tape. Plus that’s clean crest without a silly soccer ball shooting through the picture.

2012 Home is the best at incorporating all of red, white, and blue. The shorts and socks really make the kit come together. It looks great with or without the number on it (relevant for buyers) and made Where’s Waldo totally relevant again, which we can all agree was great. However, I am disappointed in the American Outlaws for not making the obvious “American Odlaw” fan shirt.

I know it gets a lot of grief but there’s not a jersey that captures a time better than the ’94 away denim kit. It’s legendary. If someone poured acid on the American flag and then draped it across their body it would look just like this. The 90s were great and it fit the 1994 World Cup team well.

On a side note, if they remade the 2006 home jersey with replica Bride McBride blood then that’d clearly be the greatest US jersey of all-time.

Roderick’s Picks


1) 2012 Home
2) 1994 Away
3) 2013 Third

2012 Home – The great national teams of the world have iconic, traditional primary jerseys that are easily identifiable. Brazil, Argentina, Netherlands, Spain, Italy, England – there is no mistaking when watching these teams play. The Waldo is, and forever should be, the standard American look. Nothing declares “USA” more quickly and emphatically than red and white horizontal stripes. It’s simple, it’s unique, it’s us.

1994 Away – The obvious companion to the primary stars & stripes kit is an away jersey featuring a field of blue, with some representation of white stars. Is The Denim my ideal manifestation of this concept? I’d probably design one with more understated stars and a deeper shade of blue. But the vision is what counts here. Extra bonus points for boldness and brashness.

2013 Third – It was a tough call not including something with a sash in my top three. Though sashes have been featured in so many USMNT jerseys over the years, there aren’t any that feel just right to me. The 1950 red sash on white looks nice, but looks too similar to Peru in modern context. More recent versions position the sash to showcase the Nike logo ahead of the crest. The Centennial, on the other hand, is clean and dignified. Most importantly, it brought back that beautiful classic crest, which should never, ever go away.


Chime in with your favorites in the comments.

Categories: US Men's National Team

A bunch of links for Thursday
   February 19, 2015 (12:19 AM) by Matt Benson

A bunch of stuff to get to today.

Camp Cupcake ended a couple weeks ago so John broke down the USMNT depth chart as we look towards this summer’s Gold Cup.

It has been a good week in Copa MX for various Americans, including goals by Amando Moreno, Stevie Rodriguez and Gabriel Farfan.

Remember this random graphic that aired during a US U-20 game last month that showed two unannounced USMNT friendlies for later this year?  US Soccer shot down the rumor of the Australia friendly.

The new USMNT away jersey became a real thing this week.  And this is what the pre-match and training tops look like.  Then while browsing World Soccer Shop, I stumbled across the socks and anthem jackets.

Winter is coming.  Multiple sources have told Grant Wahl that the 2022 World Cup moving to November and December is a done deal.

Fitness.  Fitness.  Fitness.  Matt Besler made some comments then Jurgen Klinsmann tweeted something out and now Besler has to make another comment.  I hate fitness-gate.  Moving on.

Julian Green scored a goal in a friendly yesterday as Hamburg U-23s beat some fifth division team 13-2.

I’m assuming it was because I was in attendance, but Joe Corona was named to ESPN’s Liga MX Team of the Week.

Robbie Kristo has signed with Serie B side Spezia Calcio.

Alfred Koroma has signed with SV Lafnitz in the Austrian Regionalliga (third division).

A.J. Soares played 45 minutes for Viking FK while on trial in a preseason friendly against Vålerenga yesterday.

In the FA Youth Cup quarterfinals this week, Kyle Scott (started and played 97 minutes) and Chelsea defeated Newcastle United 3-0.  And Cameron Carter-Vickers (started and played 90 minutes) and Tottenham defeated Nottingham Forest 2-1.

Ariel Lassiter has been called up by Costa Rica’s U-23 team for the IMG Suncoast Pro Classic in Bradenton, Florida.

Greg Seltzer caught up with Rhett Bernstein as Mjøndalen begin play in the Tippeligaen in a couple of months after earning promotion last year.

Ryan Adeleye is now with the Fort Lauderdale Strikers, but he spoke to about his time in Israel.

George Mason product Chase Miller has signed with Swedish club Bodens BK.  Here is a video of Miller talking while he was on trial a couple weeks ago.

And finally, it looks like the 2015 CONCACAF U-17 Championship will be on Fox Sports 2, while the US U-20’s games at the U-20 World Cup will be on Fox Sports 1.

Categories: A.J. Soares, Alfred Koroma, Amando Moreno, Ariel Lassiter, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Chase Miller, Esteban Rodriguez, Gabriel Farfan, Joe Corona, Julian Green, Kyle Scott, Matt Besler, Rhett Bernstein, Robbie Kristo, Ryan Adeleye, US Men's National Team, US U-17 National Team, US U-20 National Team

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