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A few more USMNT roster changes
   October 10, 2013 (11:18 AM) by Matt

There were some tweets that Eddie Johnson was hobbling off the field last night and now he has been officially ruled out for the upcoming games with a groin strain.

Chris Wondolowski has been called in to replace him, while Jurgen Klinsmann has decided to also call in Brad Davis and Clarence Goodson.  There was some speculation that Klinsmann was going to make some more roster additions since he only originally called in 20 players and he probably was making sure Davis and Goodson didn’t get hurt since they had MLS games last night and are idle this this weekend.

Categories: Brad Davis, Chris Wondolowski, Clarence Goodson, Eddie Johnson

Tuesday morning links
   October 1, 2013 (12:02 AM) by Matt

Some links for Tuesday.

Grant Wahl gives us some USMNT goodies.  It has been rumored, but it is looking like the US will face Austria in its second friendly in November to go along with the friendly against Scotland.  Austria is ranked #47 by FIFA and #51 by Elo.  And during January’s camp, the US will split time between Los Angeles and Brazil.  They won’t have any games in Brazil, but they want to check out infrastructure before the World Cup.

The injuries are starting to pile up for the USMNT even if they aren’t serious.  Clint Dempsey missed another game for Seattle with a hamstring strain.  Fabian Johnson was subbed out of Hoffenheim’s weekend game with an ankle injuryA report out of Germany claimed that Jermaine Jones needed a surgery on his knee, but Jones/US Soccer went all Lee Corso on that report, claiming that he is fit for selection.  And Clarence Goodson missed San Jose’s game on Sunday with a knee injury.

That all said, Michael Bradley is slowly getting back at it, training on a side field during a recent Roma practice.

ESPN’s Doug McIntyre spoke to Geoff Cameron about his struggles to see the field with the USMNT.  Some good quotes in that story.  Doug also informs us that some USMNT coaches were at Nottingham Forest’s weekend game against Derby County checking out Eric Lichaj.

Steve Goff gives us his American abroad roundup for the weekend.  As for Monday, Tim Howard picked up an assist in Everton’s 3-2 win over Newcastle United.  So there have been a total of two assists by goalkeepers in the Premier League this season and they were both by Americans (Howard and Brad Guzan) and both took place this weekend.

Also on Monday, Zarek Valentin and Bodø / Glimt earned promotion to Norway’s top-flight league with a win over Vard.

Zak Whitbread is headed to Derby County on an emergency loan.  Whitbread had played in only four games for Leicester City across all competitions so far in 2013-14, so there will be a chance for more playing time.

Aron Johannsson will have a new manager at AZ Alkmaar as the club has fired Gertjan Verbeek.

MLS Insider has the story of how Bob Bradley became coach of the Egyptian men’s national team.

Brek Shea and Maurice Edu both played with Stoke City’s U-21 team in a recent game against Sebastian Lletget and West Ham United’s U-21 team.

According to this report out of Denmark, Mike Grella is trialing with Superliga side Viborg FF.

Kris Lindsey tells us more about the somewhat-forgotten Mexican-American at Tijuana:  Bruno Piceno.

Julian Green has been invited to play with Germany’s U-19 team for their upcoming first round of the U-19 Euro qualification.  These would be official games, which means he would be provisionally cap tied to Germany.

And we told you last week about Will Packwood scoring a goal for Birmingham City’s U-21 team and here is some video of the goal:

Categories: Aron Johannsson, Brad Guzan, Brek Shea, Bruno Piceno, Clarence Goodson, Clint Dempsey, Eric Lichaj, Fabian Johnson, Geoff Cameron, Jermaine Jones, Julian Green, Maurice Edu, Michael Bradley, Mike Grella, Sebastian Lletget, Tim Howard, US Men's National Team, Will Packwood, Zak Whitbread, Zarek Valentin

Here is your US-Mexico pre-game primer
   September 10, 2013 (12:01 AM) by Matt

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

» The game is at 8 PM Eastern on ESPN, WatchESPN, UniMas.

» Mexico is ranked #20 by FIFA and #23 by Elo, while the US is #19 by FIFA and #17 by Elo.

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

The US is 4-2-4 all-time against Mexico in World Cup qualifiers on American soil, including a 4-0-2 mark in the last six.  The US hasn’t lost to Mexico in a home qualifier since a 2-1 defeat in Los Angeles on September 10, 1972.

The US is 6-0-3 all-time in Columbus, including a 3-0-0 mark against Mexico (all by the scoreline of 2-0).  The US has only allowed one goal in the nine games in Columbus, a 1-1 draw to Jamaica in 2004.

Tim Howard has notched four wins against Mexico throughout his international career, tied with Tony Meola for the most against Mexico for any USMNT goalkeeper.

Landon Donovan has scored five career goals in 15 matches all-time against Mexico.

» The US can clinch a spot in Brazil tonight with a win AND a win/draw by Honduras against Panama.

» Michael Bradley is likely out with an ankle injury.  I guess Jurgen Klinsmann was trying to talk up hope that Bradley is fast healer at the pep rally yesterday, but I doubt he will play.

» Klinsmann added four players (Joe Corona, Brad Davis, Clarence Goodson and Jose Torres) to the roster while Geoff Cameron, Matt Besler and Jozy Altidore have to sit due to yellow cards.  John Brooks was also sent back to Hertha Berlin (like the rumored pre-arranged deal from last week).

» The following players are carrying a yellow card and would miss the next qualifier if they pick one up tonight: Clint Dempsey, Tim Howard, Fabian Johnson and Jermaine Jones.

»  As usual, the guys over at The Shin Guardian and The Yanks Are Coming have you covered for game previews.

» And I leave you with some Dos a Cero’s:

Categories: Brad Davis, Clarence Goodson, Fabian Johnson, Geoff Cameron, Jermaine Jones, Joe Corona, John Brooks, Jose Francisco Torres, Jozy Altidore, Matt Besler, Michael Bradley, Tim Howard, US Men's National Team

Klinsmann adds four players to USMNT roster
   September 8, 2013 (12:44 AM) by Matt

As expected, Jurgen Klinsmann called in some reinforcements after all the yellow cards and Michael Bradley’s injury from Friday.

CHICAGO (Sept. 7, 2013) — U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has added four players to the roster for the upcoming FIFA World Cup Qualifier between the United States and Mexico, presented by AT&T.

Club Tijuana midfielder Joe Corona, Houston Dynamo midfielder Brad Davis, San Jose Earthquakes defender Clarence Goodson and Tigres midfielder Jose Torres will all join the U.S. squad in Columbus in advance of the Sept. 10 showdown

Categories: Brad Davis, Clarence Goodson, Joe Corona, Jose Francisco Torres, US Men's National Team

Inside the Numbers: Post-Charm City numbers
   July 22, 2013 (11:23 AM) by Matt


The US keeps winning and scoring goals, which provides me with a lot of interesting numbers.  Here is a bunch of them.

* The US extended its USMNT record winning streak to nine games on Sunday.  It was also the eighth straight victory on American soil.  The US record for consecutive wins on US soil is 10 done between June 15, 2008 and July 8. 2009.

* The current nine-game winning streak is the longest active streak in the world among the current FIFA Top 25 teams.  The Spanish stat guru Mr. Chip tweeted out that the nine-game winning streak is the second-longest active streak in the world among all teams.  The United Arab Emirates currently hold a 10-game wining streak according to Mr. Chip and (Soccerway has them at 11, while Elo’s site has them losing to North Korea earlier this year in a friendly.  Since it involves North Korea, Kim Jong-un could have made up that score.).

* Also according to Mr. Chip, the nine-game winning streak is the fourth longest in CONCACAF history.  The longest, according to him, is 11 straight victories.  Since he didn’t say who had the longest streak, I decided to waste my Sunday night digging through Mexico’s all-time results and found an 11-game winning streak that ran from March 27, 1935 to February 18, 1938.  They didn’t have any other 9+ game winning streaks in their history on

* With the win on Sunday, the US has now made the semifinals in each of its last seven Gold Cup appearances and has made the semis in 11 of its 12 all-time Gold Cup appearances.

* The US has now scored 5+ goals in 21 games all-time, with four of those games coming under Jurgen Klinsmann.  Three of those games have happened this year, all this month, and the US has never had more than two five-goal games in a single calendar year until 2013.

* Including yesterday’s five goals, the US is averaging 2.50 goals per game in 2013.  Only two years in USMNT history has the US averaged at least 2.00 goals per game for the whole calendar year:  2.18 in 2008 and 2.00 in 2000.

* The US has already scored 16 goals this Gold Cup, breaking the US single tournament record of 13, done in 2003 and 2007.

* While Landon Donovan extended his own Gold Cup record with his 16th career goal of the tournament on Sunday, he also tied a USMNT single-game record for any game with three assists.  Cobi Jones had three assists against the Cayman Islands in 1993, while Landon Donovan also had three assists against Trinidad & Tobago in 2009.

* Donovan has recorded six assists this tournament with each one going to a different goal scorer (Mix Diskerud, Eddie Johnson, Clarence Goodson, Brek Shea, Michael Orozco Fiscal and Stuart Holden).  Talk about getting others involved.

* His first assist on Sunday went to Clarence Goodson who scored his fifth career goal with the USMNT.  Three of his goals have come in a Gold Cup and Goodson is one of two players to score 1+ goal in each of the last three Gold Cups (also Blas Perez of Panama).

* Another one of Donovan’s assists went to Eddie Johnson who was on the field for a total of 15 seconds when he scored the goal.  While he looks like Sisqo, he has now scored in two different games in the same calendar year for the first time since 2007.

* Donovan’s goal was the 54th of his career, one shy of tying Carlos Ruiz of Guatemala for the third most in CONCACAF history.  Stern John of Trinidad & Tobago leads the way with 70, while Carlos Pavon of Honduras is second with 57.

* Probably the most impressive player on the field for El Salvador was Rodolfo Zelaya, who scored his fourth goal of the tournament on Sunday.  With him also scoring four goals in the 2011 Gold Cup, Zelaya joins Landon Donovan (2003 and 2007) as the only players in Gold Cup history to score 4+ goals in two different tournaments.  With Landon Donovan currently sitting on three goals in this year’s Gold Cup, he needs one more to become the first to do it in three different tournaments.

* And finally, I looked at Jurgen Klinsmann compared to other USMNT managers through their first six games back in 2011 since it wasn’t a pretty start.  With things turned around (and Sunday being his 35th game as head coach, a nice sort-of round number), I decided to look at things again.  Here is how he stacks up with the five other managers to reach at least 35 games in charge of the US.  He is right up there along Bob Bradley for one of the best 35-game starts.


Categories: Clarence Goodson, Eddie Johnson, Inside the Numbers, Landon Donovan, US Men's National Team

Clarence Goodson is a San Jose Earthquake
   June 28, 2013 (8:58 AM) by Howie

Perhaps starting a run on 30+ immobile national team central defenders, the San Jose Earthquakes have cashed in an asset from their 2007 expansion draft and signed former Brøndby captain Clarence Goodson IV.

Goodson had some success in Europe with IK Start in Norway (where he was a 2009-10 OT XI honoree) before moving to Brøndby. After some early success in the Danish Superliga (including an appearance on the 2010-11 edition of the OT XI), Goodson’s final year in Denmark was less memorable, with the club suffering through financial issues, fighting off relegation, and Goodson himself nearly making a cost-cutting move to Orduspor in Turkey.

The Earthquakes, surprise winners of the 2012 Supporters’ Shield, are mired in 8th place in the Western Conference midway through the season (thank goodness for Chivas USA!), four points back of the last playoff spot (but with two more matches played than 5th-place Vancouver; they’re also three points back of sixth-place Seattle with three more matches played. So yeah, they’re struggling). Can Goodson partner with 2012 MLS Defender of the Year finalist Victor Bernarndez and fringe national team prospects Steven Beitashour and Justin Morrow to turn the Fighting Wondos season around?

Categories: Clarence Goodson

Coming back from vacation links
   May 21, 2013 (11:01 PM) by Matt

In the last 24 hours of a mini-vacation, but here are some links from the last couple of days.

First off, a plug for our annual OT XI.  So go check that out.

Jurgen Klinsmann announced the USMNT roster for the upcoming games last week and Nick Firchau gives a notebook of goodies.  Also, since the roster has been announced, Brad Evans has been added to the squad.

The last of the five upcoming games is against Honduras and here is their roster.  I also posted Belgium’s and Germany’s rosters last week.

Leander Schaerlaeckens looks at why US goalkeepers are awesome.

It was starting to look like Aron Johannsson was a no-go for the USMNT last week.  But he might not be a lost cause as of this week.  Hmm.

Tab Ramos named his roster for the upcoming Toulon Tournament earlier this week.  One name missing from that roster is Anthony Brooks.  He told some German press that he wants to pull a Timothy Chandler circa 2011 (rest over the summer since he is young and new to the Bundesliga) and sit out of national team competitions (but maybe he changes his mind if the USMNT come calling?).

Another name missing from the U-20 team is forward Villyan Bijev.  And now he has accepted a call by Bulgaria’s U-21 team for this summer’s Euros, which would provisionally cap-tie him.  Bijev’s last appearance with the US came with the U-18 team at the Lisbon International Tournament.

Speaking of the Lisbon International Tournament (I love easy transitions), the current U-18 team opened up the 2013 Lisbon International Tournament with a 3-0 win over the Czech Republic.

Going back to the U-20 team, Jose Villarreal’s name was missing from the Toulon Tournament roster because the Galaxy didn’t release him.

BBC Sport’s Garth Crooks selected Brad Guzan as his goalkeeper for his team of the season.

Stoke City and Tony Pulis have decided to part ways.  Geoff Cameron, Brek Shea and Maurice Edu will have a new manager to impress this summer.

Photo time!  Clarence Goodson and Brøndby avoided relegation over the weekend so they celebrated by taking a shirtless photo in the locker room (this is for the ladies).

Charlie Davies and Randers finished third in the Danish Superliga, so here is Davies showing off his bronze medal.

And congrats to Sacha Kljestan and Anderlecht on winning their second consecutive Belgian league title.  Here is a photo of Sacha and the cup.  Staying with Sacha, I should hopefully have the Sacha/mustache shirts up for sale later tonight/tomorrow.  It all depends on my travel schedule today.

Will Parchman thinks Terrence Boyd is the future of the American striker.

Following in the footsteps of Frank Simek, Mike Grella is currently on trial with D.C. United.

After a quick six months in Germany, it looks like Paolo DelPiccolo is probably headed back to the US/MLS.

Categories: Aron Johannsson, Brad Evans, Brad Guzan, Brek Shea, Charlie Davies, Clarence Goodson, Geoff Cameron, John Brooks, Jose Villarreal, Maurice Edu, Mike Grella, Paolo DelPiccolo, Sacha Kljestan, Terrence Boyd, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team, Villyan Bijev

Brøndby vs. AaB Highlights
   May 12, 2013 (2:18 PM) by Matt

Clarence Goodson got the start and scored the game’s opening goal in Brøndby’s 1-1 draw to AaB.  I can’t embed the highlights, so check them out here (his goal is around the 1:07 mark).

Categories: Clarence Goodson, Highlights

Links and some updates on the site
   March 14, 2013 (12:01 AM) by Matt

Lets start off with some site-related issues.  You may have noticed that the site has been loading really slowly over the last 24 hours and has its moments like this every so often.  I am currently in talks with the hosting company on trying to fix these issues.

As for the next issue, I know some of you who check out the site on their cell phone will sometimes have some “pay day loans” ad scroll across the site making it tough to read.  This site is not supposed to have ads so something is secretly embedding the ads and I am still working on getting this fixed as well.

As for a minor change that is sort of “fun”.  The comments now give you some Spacer Invader-like icon next to your name instead of the silhouette of the head when you post if you don’t have your own gravatar.

And finally, we are looking for a graphic designer for help with a project that could be really cool if we can pull it off.  What we need help with is outside my level of expertise with photoshop.  Please use the contact page to e-mail us if you are interested.

Now lets get to the links.

Our goal tracker was busy yesterday with Bobby Wood, DaMarcus Beasley and Herculez Gomez all scoring goals.  Also in action on Wednesday was Clarence Goodson in Brøndby’s 1-1 draw in the Danish Cup.

Mexico released its roster for the upcoming qualifiers.  And Jon Arnold gave ASN a quick rundown of Costa Rica’s roster.

Brian Sciaretta took a guess at the names that will appear on the US roster.  While Neil Blackmon takes a look at the US midfield.

If you missed it yesterday, the Gold Cup groups and schedule were released.  And this has sort of been rumored in the past already, but it looks like the June 18th qualifier against Honduras will be in Utah at Rio Tinto.

The always good for a couple of laughs Jimmy Conrad did a video interview with Jozy Altidore.

Brian Sciaretta caught up with Terrence Boyd to talk about his progress at Rapid Vienna and where he stands in the USMNT picture.

It now appears that Juan Ocegueda will not be able to play for Chivas Guadalajara and he can’t be sent to Chivas USA since he would have to enter a MLS lottery so he is in limbo land.

And finally, Anthony Brooks might miss this weekend’s game due to a cold (or thanks to Google Translate, he is just really cold).  And Brooks was called into Germany’s U-20 camp, although some say the U-20 team is not that serious compared to the U-21 team (the U-21 Euros are this summer) in Germany, so this could be a good thing for his US hopes.

Categories: Bobby Wood, Clarence Goodson, DaMarcus Beasley, Herculez Gomez, John Brooks, Jozy Altidore, Juan Ocegueda, Site News, Terrence Boyd, US Men's National Team

Monday morning links
   March 4, 2013 (2:26 AM) by Matt

A few things to start your week.

You may have noticed in The OT Report that Clarence Goodson came off the bench for Brøndby IF this weekend.  Goodson has sort of fallen out of the lineup for the club and has voluntarily given up the captain’s armband as well.

I am still looking for highlights of Alejandro Bedoya’s goal from the weekend and this is the best I can do for now.  Someone forgot to zoom in.

Staying in Sweden, Paul Torres and Ryan Gracia helped Nyköping (Swedish third tier) upset Kalmar FF (Allsvenskan) in the Swedish Cup.  Torres assisted on the first goal of these highlights.

The New York Times has a story up on US U-20 head coach Tab Ramos playing in the 1983 FIFA World Youth Championship.

Dual-citizen Maki Tall has been called into the France U-18 camp/team that will be playing the US and Germany this month.

Devann Yao is continuing his trialing ways, now at English League Two side Chesterfield.

Bundesliga Fanatic has an interview up with Michael Parkhurst.

And finally, Bolton manager Dougie Freedman hopes Stuart Holden re-signs with Bolton when his contract ends this summer.

Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Clarence Goodson, Devann Yao, Maki Tall, Michael Parkhurst, Paul Torres, Ryan Gracia, Stuart Holden
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