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

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

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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Sort of a pre-game primer & links thing
   July 16, 2013 (12:01 AM) by Matt Benson
 

The US has its last Gold Cup group stage game tomorrow against Costa Rica at 8 PM Eastern on Fox Soccer.  The US can win Group C with a win or draw and would likely face Martinique in the quarterfinals.  A loss would match them against Honduras in the quarterfinals.

Here are the official US Soccer game notes.  The US is 12-12-6 all-time against Costa Rica, although hold a 5-0-1 mark against the Ticos in the Gold Cup.  Landon Donovan is the only player on the current roster with a goal against Costa Rica.  And the last player to score on Costa Rica was Clint Dempsey during the Snow Clasico in March.  Costa Rica has gone 704 consecutive minutes without allowing a goal.  Hopefully that ends today.

Grant Wahl was at today’s press conference and gave us some goodies.  Jurgen Klinsmann plans on using his best squad instead of experimenting with lineups with a quarterfinal slot already in hand.  He also thinks Chris Wondolowski will start since he usually brings a starter to the pre-game press conference and Wondo was there on Monday.  And Klinsi decided to troll the Costa Rica fans.

US Soccer’s YouTube channel gives us the latest video on Tony Beltran.  And equipment manager Jesse Bignami instagrammed this great photo from today’s training.

I did a bunch of numbers and facts on Sunday about the USMNT and Wondo’s great run of play as of late.  Elias also added a couple things on Wondo.

Grant Wahl confirmed the game time for September’s World Cup qualifier against Costa Rica.  It will be on September 6 at 8 PM Eastern on BeIN Sport.

The injury bug hit on Monday.  First we heard that Fabian Johnson picked up an ankle injury.  Hopefully he should return by the end of the week.  Then the horrible news about Josh Gatt being out for the rest of the Norwegian season due to an upcoming knee surgery.  Then late in the day, I found out that Jonathan Spector fractured his right cheekbone during a behind-closed-doors training match against MK Dons last week.

I did some cleaning up of our goal tracker last night.  Found some more goals of guys in lower leagues that we missed.  Plus I found a couple decent YouTube channels with Finnish league highlights, so I linked a few more goals that we were missing.  If you ever find a highlight or know we are missing a goal, please let us know.

Terrence Boyd and Rapid Vienna were already knocked out of the Austrian Cup on Sunday in penalties to Shawn Barry and LASK Linz.  Boyd came off the bench and made his penalty, while Barry went the full 120 minutes of Linz.

Also over the weekend, Bobby Wood continues his strong push for playing time/starting spot with an assist in 1860 Munich’s 2-1 win over Bayer Leverkusen.  Here are some highlights, including Wood’s assist around the 1:40 mark.

While some reports came out last week that Tottenham transfer-listed Clint Dempsey, his agent says that he is not being shopped around.  And I don’t know if I posted this last week or not, but Dempsey was second on Tottenham only to Gareth Bale in fewest minutes played across all competitions per goals+assists.

A few more links to add about Jozy Altidore’s move to Sunderland.  I know there has been some discussion in our comments about how many goals would equal success in people’s eyes for Jozy, but Greg Seltzer is guessing 12 goals in league play for Altidore in 2013-14.  If you can understand the accents, here are some Sunderland fans commenting on Sunderland’s moves, including Jozy.  And here is short video interview with Altidore.

Everton have signed 23-year-old goalkeeper Joel Robles and Roberto Martinez has “warned” Tim Howard that he has to fight for his starting spot.

And staying with goalkeepers, Caleb Patterson-Sewell talked to Andy Schreur about his move to Gil Vicente.

I haven’t done a shameless plug roundup in a while so here I go.  Are you following me on Twitter?  How about Howie or Jon?  Did you also know that we are on Facebook and you can “like” us?  So do that now.  And you should probably also buy one of our Sacha Kljestan mustache shirts.  They are great and only $20 (That is including shipping too!  So you can just tell yourself that the shirt is only really $15).

Speaking of Twitter, I asked for some new music suggestions and a bunch of people told me some things to check out.  Some of the ones that I have listened to so far and liked include Bonbo and Chvrches.  Yay for social media!

 
Categories: Caleb Patterson-Sewell, Chris Wondolowski, Clint Dempsey, Fabian Johnson, Jonathan Spector, Josh Gatt, Jozy Altidore, Shawn Barry, Terrence Boyd, Tim Howard, Tony Beltran, US Men's National Team
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