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Some links for Thursday
   April 17, 2014 (6:35 AM) by Matt

A couple USMNT notes to get out of the way first.  The pre-World Cup camp will begin May 14 with a full squad expected to report, including all MLS players who make the initial roster.  ESPN FC’s Jeff Carlisle wrote some words about life on the World Cup roster bubble.

The US U-20 team continued their success at the Dallas Cup with a 1-0 win over Tigres yesterday.  Rubio Rubin scored the lone goal and hopefully some highlights of this will pop up in the near future.  Speaking of highlights, here are some of the US’s first win from Sunday against River Plate.  With yesterday’s win, the US took all nine points from their group and advance to the semifinals where they will play Fluminense on Friday at 7:30 PM.

US Soccer also put up a little video of Tab Ramos talking about identifying players for this current U-20 cycle.

Staying with the U-20 theme, Brian Sciaretta has an article up on Lynden Gooch and his highlight-reel goals.

Continuing down the youth national team totem pole, the U-18 team lost to Mexico, 4-3, in a friendly at the StubHub Center last weekend and US Soccer has some highlights from the match.

Last we heard from Timothy Chandler, he was running on the side for Nurnberg and now we know that he has resumed training with a ball.  Chandler and Nurnberg are hoping that he can return to the field before the end of the Bundesliga season.  Here is also a video of Chandler rehabbing from February.

While Danny Williams returned to the field with Reading earlier this week, he is still managing his knee injury and the team is not sure how his knee will react to him playing 60 minutes.

John Brooks did not dress for Hertha Berlina’s game last weekend and it looks like he might be in the doghouse with manager Jos Luhukay.  According to this Google-translated article, Luhukay is annoyed by Brooks’ “lack of professionalism”, including getting an extensive back tattoo which is affecting his training.

I forgot to post this earlier this week, but due to some injuries at Southampton, Cody Cropper dressed as the back-up goalkeeper in the Saints’ 1-0 loss to Cardiff City last weekend.

A new name to keep an eye on down in Mexico, 19-year-old centerback Miguel Palafox made his professional debut with Club Leon last weekend.

Bodens BK in Sweden seems to have a pipeline to America as yet another American, Eddy Prugh, is now at the club and Prugh earned Man of the Match honors last weekend.

Categories: Cody Cropper, Daniel Williams, Eddy Prugh, John Brooks, Lynden Gooch, Miguel Palafox, Timothy Chandler, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team

A bunch of links for Tuesday
   April 15, 2014 (12:57 AM) by Matt

A lot of things to check out.

US Soccer’s website has a bunch of goodies from the last couple of days.  They stopped by Toronto to do a little Q&A action with Michael Bradley.  They also have the latest Road to the Roster podcast up with Jurgen Klinsmann.  He talks about the Mexico friendly and Jozy Altidore among other things.  And they also have a Q&A up with World Cup hopeful DeAndre Yedlin.

The US U-20 team is down in Texas for the Dallas Cup and is already 2-0-0 after the first two games.  They kicked things off with a 3-2 win over River Plate.  Here is a photo of Ben Spencer celebrating after scoring one of the goals.  On Monday, the team defeated Eintracht Frankfurt 3-0.  Here is a photo of Tijuana and US U-20 teammates Paul Arriola and Amando Moreno celebrating the win.  The US leads Group C with six points and will play Tigres on Wednesday as they look to advance to the semifinals.

While we are on the topic of the U-20 team, Brian Sciaretta caught up with Rubio Rubin before the Dallas Cup to talk about the tournament and joining FC Utrecht.  Rubin turned 18 in March, allowing him to sign a professional contract, but Utrecht can’t register his contract until July 1.

We had some goals this past weekend in Europe.  Alfredo Morales scored his first of the season in a 2-1 loss.  Juan Agudelo scored what turned out to be the game-winning goal in Utrecht’s 2-1 win.  And Michael Farfan came off the bench and scored the game-tying goal in Cruz Azul’s 2-2 draw.  The goal earned Farfan a spot on Medio Tiempo’s Team of the Week as a sub.

Back to Agudelo for a second.  Word on the street is that Stoke City manager Mark Hughes flew to Holland to watch him play this past weekend.  And Stoke City will be looking to get a second appeal on his UK work permit at the end of this month or the beginning of May.

Just in case people forgot, Jozy Altidore is one of the good guys.

ESPN FC’s Alex Labidou wrote some words (or typed them) after talking to FC Nantes’ Alejandro Bedoya.

Stuart Holden talked to the fine folks over at Fox Sports about trying to recover from yet another knee injury.  Stu’s sock game was on point.

Here is a really short film on Clint Dempsey by Degree Men, which was apparently directed by Mad Men’s Jon Hamm.  Dempsey also scored two goals this past weekend, giving him six on the season in only 303 minutes in MLS play after scoring only once in 922 minutes last year with Seattle.

A few guys saw the field on Monday.  After battling some swelling in his knee, Danny Williams returned to Reading’s starting lineup and played 61 minutes in a 1-1 draw.  Bobby Wood came off the bench, played 24 minutes and picked up a yellow card in 1860 Munich’s 4-2 loss to Dynamo Dresden.

Over in Sweden, Matt Pyzdrowski went 90 minutes between the sticks while Eric Pothast played 45 minutes and picked up a yellow card in Ängelholm’s 3-2 win over Jönköpings Södra.  And Alex Horwath started at goalkeeper and Brandon McDonald came off the bench for the final two minutes in Ljungskile’s 0-0 draw to Landskrona, which had Andrew Stadler and Paul Torres each go 90 minutes.

So I have decided to learn how to make GIFs since sometimes they are easier to post/watch than some of these weird video players that some highlight sites use (plus GIFs are just awesome).  I practiced a bunch this weekend making a few of the goals scored in MLS play by some World Cup hopefuls, so here they are:  Clint Dempsey 1, Clint Dempsey 2, Chris Wondolowski, Maurice Edu and Kyle Beckerman.  It is a learning process as I try to figure out size and quality while not trying to make these 10 MB files, but it went better than I expected.

Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Alex Horwath, Alfredo Morales, Amando Moreno, Andrew Stadler, Ben Spencer, Bobby Wood, Brandon McDonald, Chris Wondolowski, Clint Dempsey, Daniel Williams, DeAndre Yedlin, Eric Pothast, Jozy Altidore, Juan Agudelo, Kyle Beckerman, Matt Pyzdrowski, Maurice Edu, Michael Bradley, Michael Farfan, Paul Arriola, Paul Torres, Rubio Rubin, Stuart Holden, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team

Friday morning links
   April 11, 2014 (1:01 AM) by Matt

Some links before the weekend.

The long rumored Copa America Centenario appears to be coming to the US in 2016.  The 16-team tournament will feature 10 CONMEBOL teams and six CONCACAF squads, including the US and Mexico.

The US has moved up one spot to #13 in the latest FIFA world rankings.  As for the rest of the US’s group of fun, Germany is #2, Portugal is #3 and Ghana is #38.

Tab Ramos has named his 21-man roster for the Dallas Cup.  The US will face River Plate, Eintracht Frankfurt and UANL Tigres in Group C of the Gordon Jago Super Group.  Emerson Hyndman will also be in attendance at the tournament, but he will be playing with Fulham.

Jose Torres became the first American to win Mexico’s Copa MX earlier this week.  Torres has now won trophies in Copa MX, Copa Sudamericana, Liga MX Clausura, Super Liga and CONCACAF Champions League (three times).  Not too shabby.

Timothy Chandler has begun running again for the first time since his latest injury.

While Steve Cherundolo’s playing career has come to an end, he is about to begin his coaching career.

Hey US Soccer, go talk to Ado Jahic.

Howie already told us about Tyler Ruthven and Jon Okafor returning to the US with Arizona United.  You can now add Charles Renken to the list.

A Swedish newspaper decided to do a story on the three Americans at Sandvikens IF: Seth Rudolph, Adam Kelemet and Yoni Berhanu.

And finally, we are just over 61 days away from the World Cup.  So enjoy this:

Categories: Adam Kelemet, Ado Jahic, Charles Renken, Emerson Hyndman, Jose Francisco Torres, Seth Rudolph, Steve Cherundolo, Timothy Chandler, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team, Yoni Berhanu
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US vs. Mexico – Field Level Highlights
   April 10, 2014 (7:00 AM) by Matt

Field level highlights from the U.S. Men’s National Team’s 2-2 draw against longtime rival Mexico in front of 59,066 fans at University of Phoenix Stadium.

Categories: Highlights, US Men's National Team
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Nick Rimando vs. Mexico (04.02.14)
   April 4, 2014 (1:41 PM) by Will

Wow did that feel like the 2011 Gold Cup final to anyone else?

Nick Rimando started for the US while Sean Johnson and Bill Hamid watched from the bench. It is almost certain that Rimando will be the third string for the World Cup as Klinsmann isn’t splitting halves anymore. For this review, I’m going to include the US’s goals against Mexican goalkeeper Moisés Muñoz just so this post will have a little more depth.

15′ – Michael Bradley goal (1-0 US)

Before Bradley gets anywhere near the ball, Muñoz is trying to draw a foul by running into Omar Gonzalez and then getting stuck on Chris Wondolowski.

This is pretty dumb. And I’m not just saying that because he’s the opposition as I’m clearly an American fan. I’m saying that because he has removed himself from the play and his defense for stopping the goal is hoping for a call from the ref. Omar Gonzalez actually starts moving away from Muñoz when he makes contact on him. Good no call by referee Roberto Moreno. Muñoz needs to focus on saving the ball here.

28′ – Chris Wondolowski goal (2-0 US)

Muñoz does a good job of recognizing the danger and unfortunately for Mexico the ball drops in an excellent place for Wondolowski. Check out Muñoz’s head check.

It’s easy to get tunnel vision on the upcoming cross but Muñoz picks a good time to peek to the middle as it’s a couple bounces until Beltran whips it in.

49′ - Rafael Marquez goal (2-1 US)

Déjà vu? Poor marking leads to another goal in the Battle of the Rio Grande (patent pending). At first glance, Rimando makes little effort to save the shot but look how far it is from Rimando.

As the ball is crossing the line

As the ball is crossing the line

Of course we’d always like to see the effort but Rimando would need to know where that shot is going ahead of time to make that save. So we’re going to give Rimando a pass there.

53′ – Nick Rimando tip over

Tip overs look cool because the goalkeeper goes from stationary to a full extension save but I wouldn’t go as far to praise him as Ian Darke did, “a very, very fine save”

Yeah, that’s just him doing his job. Nothing to glorify.

61′ – Nick Rimando save

A low shot from distance on a counter.

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Rimando once again doing his job but slightly more challenging than the previous tip over. He gets low to push it out. But if he were taller…

67′ - Alan Pulido goal (Tied 2-2)

A colossal failure on the defense’s part. Julian Green heads the ball to Mexico to set up a counter…

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Kyle Beckerman doesn’t follow his man and Nick Rimando makes little or no communication about the transition…

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 Clarence Goodson gets ‘megged on the shot…

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Rimando’s stance is too wide to shuffle then dive…

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…and Omar Gonzalez isn’t paying attention back post. Gonzalez is the easy goat here but I’d blame any of those previous four over Gonzalez.

But since we’re focusing on goalkeepers, let’s look at Rimando’s footwork. His jump set has his feet far too wide to be able to move to the ball. He has the time to shuffle and then dive but his wide stance removes that opportunity. It’s tough to do but that’s what needs to be done to get a fingertip on the ball.

Rimando is a good third string goalkeeper for the World Cup and Americans should be excited about his addition in Brazil, even though it is unlikely he’ll see the field. This game doesn’t exactly highlight his strengths but he is deserving of the spot.

Article republished from Everybody Soccer with consent. Everybody Soccer is a site focused on American goalkeepers and goalkeeping stats.

Categories: Nick Rimando, US Men's National Team
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US vs. Mexico Highlights
   April 2, 2014 (10:16 PM) by Matt

The first half was much better than the second half as this one ends in a 2-2 draw.  The US is now unbeaten in its last five games vs. Mexico (2-0-3), tying its longest unbeaten streak in series history (also 1993-96 & 2005-09).

Here are the highlights.

Categories: Highlights, US Men's National Team

Here is your US-Mexico pre-game primer
   April 2, 2014 (12:02 AM) by Matt

Here is a quick rundown of things you might want to look at before today’s game.

» The game is at 11 PM Eastern on ESPN, WatchESPN and UniMas.

» Mexico is ranked #20 by FIFA and #19 by Elo, while the US is #14 by FIFA and #13 by Elo.

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

The US is 3-0-1 all-time in the state of Arizona, including a 2-0 win over Mexico in 2007.

The US is unbeaten in its last four games against Mexico (2-0-2), one win or draw away from tying its longest such streak in series history. The US went unbeaten in five straight (4-0-1) between September 3, 2005 and February 11, 2009 and also had a five-game streak (2-0-3) between October 13, 1993 and June 16, 1996.

The US has held Mexico without a goal over the last three games, one game shy of the longest streak by the US in series history. The US held Mexico without a goal in four straight games between April 3, 2002 and April 28, 2004.  Mexico hasn’t scored a goal in its last 343 minutes against the US.

Landon Donovan has six goals in 16 career matches against Mexico.

With 52 career wins, Tim Howard is one win shy of tying Kasey Keller for the most in USMNT history by a goalkeeper.

» The Shin Guardian has a game preview that you should probably read.  He is much smarter than me.

» The Bomb Pop jerseys are official, but take a trip down memory lane with our USMNT Jersey History page.

» American Soccer Now have teamed up with Arch Rivals to do a three-part documentary on Maurice Edu has he tries to get on the World Cup roster.  Here is Part One.

» DaMarcus Beasley isn’t happy that he can’t come play in this game.

» Nothing earth shattering happened at yesterday’s presser with Jurgen Klinsmann, but we did learn that he plans on bringing in more than 23 players into the May camp and he won’t make his final cut until the deadline on June 2.

Prediction time. . . I am thinking it will be a 1-1 draw with Clint Dempsey finally scoring his first career goal against Mexico.

Categories: US Men's National Team

A couple things for Tuesday
   April 1, 2014 (12:02 AM) by Matt

Let’s start off with the USMNT since they only play Mexico on Wednesday.

In case you have been out of the loop in the last couple days, Brad Evans (calf injury) was replaced by Tony Beltran, while DaMarcus Beasley and Michael Orozco were denied their release by Puebla.  Jurgen Klinsmann is now angry.  And here is Mexico’s roster.

Klinsmann also made some managerial changes within US Soccer.  Tab Ramos has replaced Martin Vasquez on the coaching staff, while Vasquez looks to be headed into a scouting role.  Klinsi has also hired Berti Vogts to be a special advisor and Vogts was in Phoenix yesterday.  Klinsmann thinks the moves will only make the team better come June.  And there were mix reviews about Vasquez.

Now that we got all boring stuff out of the way, we can now focus on the important things.  The “bomb pop” jerseys are now on sale on US Soccer’s website!  It looks like they will be wearing those with red shorts and here is some more information on the fonts/numbers.  In case you don’t want to spend $150 for the real deal or $90 for a replica, you could always go the DIY method.  And I am guessing there are some people hoping that this jersey is some elaborate April Fools’ joke.

This was from last week, but Kristan Heneage takes a look at the recent recruiting of Julian Green and other players in Europe. also projects Green as a Top 100 player based on his small sample size of stats so far in his career.

On top of his work with ESPN, Kasey Keller is going to work with U-23 team in April.

Sticking with goalkeepers, everyone should check out Will’s lengthy interview with Will Hesmer.  There are some good stories in there, including the time he thought he was being pranked about being drafted by Toronto FC in the expansion draft.  Will also updated his Top 100 American goalkeepers list.

Stabæk’s fans had a great tifo for Bob Bradley in the season opener this past weekend, a 3-0 win over Sogndal.  Michael Stephens went 90 minutes in that game and Yanks Abroad’s Mathew Wagner caught up with Stephens last week.

Mario Rodriguez scored his fifth goal of the season over the weekend (shameless plug for our goal tracker!).  As Josh Deaver points out, he has been doing much better since the winter break.

After scoring eleventy billion goals for Kemi Kings, Christian Eissele is moving on to IK Brage in Sweden’s third tier.

The US U-18 team is having a camp next week in California and one player called into camp:  Jonathan Klinsmann.  Chelsea’s Kyle Scott also got called in.

Things I learned over the weekend:  Former LA Galaxy Bryan Jordan is in Germany with BSV Schwarz-Weiß Rehden in the German Regionalliga this season.

Brian Sciaretta talked to Boca Juniors prospect Joel Sonora with the Dallas Cup approaching.

Here is a recent interview with Borussia Dortmund’s Junior Flores.

Categories: Bob Bradley, Brad Evans, Bryan Jordan, Christian Eissele, DaMarcus Beasley, Joel Sonora, Jonathan Klinsmann, Julian Green, Junior Flores, Kyle Scott, Mario Rodriguez, Michael Orozco Fiscal, Michael Stephens, Tony Beltran, US Men's National Team, Will Hesmer
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Puebla denies release of DaMarcus Beasley & Michael Orozco
   March 31, 2014 (12:48 PM) by Matt

This is what happens sometimes when you play a friendly during a non-FIFA international week, but Puebla have declined to release DaMarcus Beasley and Michael Orozco.  Jurgen Klinsmann doesn’t seem too happy.

And Klinsmann will not call in any replacements, leaving the roster at 20 players.

I am now guessing that Michael Parkhurst will start at left back while DeAndre Yedlin will start at right back.

Categories: DaMarcus Beasley, Michael Orozco Fiscal, US Men's National Team

USMNT roster & assistant coach changes
   March 31, 2014 (5:00 AM) by Matt

US Soccer sent out a couple releases yesterday.

Due to a calf injury, Brad Evans has been replaced on this week’s roster by Real Salt Lake’s Tony Beltran.  If I had to guess, I think Michael Parkhurst will start on Wednesday at right back with DeAndre Yedlin getting a chance at the position in the second half (after the 60th minute. . .Klinsmann rarely subs before the 60th minute).

Then later on Sunday evening, US Soccer announced that current Azerbaijan manager Berti Vogts will join the USMNT staff as a “special advisor”.  Vogts will stay on as Azerbaijan’s manager, which probably explains the Send-Off Series friendly, while helping the US out.

In his role as Special Advisor, Vogts will aid in the development of training plans, help prepare scouting reports, and travel to observe matches of the USA’s opponents in the lead-up to the tournament and in Brazil.

Vogts coached Germany from 1990-98 and led them to the title at the 1996 Euros.  He recently has been manager of a couple different nations, including a stop at Nigeria in 2007-08 (familiar with Ghana?).  And he used to rock a mustache that would make Sacha Kljestan and Herculez Gomez proud.

But we are not done.

Also nonchalantly thrown into that release in the fifth paragraph:

Along with the announcement of Vogts, Klinsmann has added U.S. Soccer Youth Technical Director and Under-20 Men’s National Team head coach Tab Ramos to the coaching staff and is transitioning Martin Vasquez to other responsibilities within U.S. Soccer.

Some people believe that Martin Vasquez being shifted to a new position is a big deal, while some think he is being moved to the rumored/new U-21 team, which Tab Ramos mentioned to Brian Sciaretta back in January.  What does this mean about Vasquez?  I have no clue right now.

Categories: Brad Evans, Tony Beltran, US Men's National Team
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