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Two USMNT roster/injury updates
   July 1, 2015 (5:35 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Two things for you on Wednesday.

Brad Davis has a knee injury which is going to rule him out of the Gold Cup.  Since the tournament hasn’t started yet, the US can fill out paperwork in order to replace someone on the roster with someone who was on the 35-man provisional roster.  That lucky player who gets to “come on down” is left back Greg Garza.  He is headed to Nashville to join the team for Friday’s friendly against Guatemala.

And while a lot of fans wanted to see Jordan Morris on the Gold Cup roster, we might know why he wasn’t selected for the final 23-man roster as he had surgery yesterday for a stress fracture in one of his legs.

 
Categories: Brad Davis, Greg Garza, Jordan Morris, US Men's National Team
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Some links for Tuesday
   June 10, 2014 (1:22 AM) by Matt Benson
 

We are getting closer and closer to the World Cup.

The USMNT landed in Brazil yesterday and began training at Sao Paulo FC’s training facilities.  Jurgen Klinsmann, Berti Vogts and Matthias Hamann stayed behind in Miami to watch Ghana defeat South Korea 4-0 at Sun Life Stadium (I think that is the current name, but it changes corporate sponsors every two months).

From my non-expertise of watching that game, Ghana look a little shaky in the back, so the US should get chances.  But they pounced on South Korea’s mistakes so the back line will need to be crisp with their passing out of the back.  Also while watching, I have determined that the key matchup will be DeAndre Yedlin’s hair vs. John Boye’s hair.

The US will face Belgium in a closed-door scrimmage on Thursday at Sao Paulo FC’s grounds.  We *might* get a score, but I highly doubt we will get lineups or any real details of what happened.  The other news to come out of training today is that Brad Davis is fully healthy after picking up a knock last week.

While I am sure it will feature on tonight’s episode of Inside: U.S. Soccer’s March to Brazil on ESPN (you can watch the first five episodes here), US Soccer put together a little video of players attempting to reach the green on the famous 17th island hole at TPC Sawgrass.  US Soccer also put together a great video series telling a quick story on each of the 23 players.  They are all pretty good, but Mix Diskerud is slowly winning me over with each little thing I find out about him.

If you are a soccer tactics nerd, you probably liked the tactical cam that ESPN has been using during these friendlies.  Will Parchman was able to use the screengrabs from it to break down Jozy Altidore’s goal going all the way back to when Tim Howard first touched the ball.

The US is one of six countries entering the World Cup on a 3+ game winning streak.  Brazil leads the way with nine in a row, Japan is next at five, Algeria is third with four and the US is tied with Spain and Belgium at three wins in a row.  Maybe that is why the Vegas odds for the US to win it all dropped from 200-1 to 125-1 recently.  Vegas is catching on that the US is going to win this easily. . .

You know we like random numbers here at OT and FIFA has some random numbers on the World Cup for us.  FIFA also has an interview up with Tim Howard.

Speaking of Howard, I quickly just scanned the rosters listed on Wikipedia and only Spain’s Iker Casillas (153), Italy’s Gianluigi Buffon (140), Honduras’ Noel Valladares (122) and Croatia’s Stipe Pletikosa (111) have more caps than Howard among goalkeepers at this year’s World Cup.

If you are awake early on Thursday morning (6 AM Eastern to be exact), ESPN2 is re-airing US vs. Algeria from 2010.  Or just set your alarm clock for 7:55 AM.

HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver is a great show and Oliver attacked FIFA on Sunday night in his usual witty/charming way.

Now onto some club news.

Brad Friedel has signed a one-year extension with Tottenham.  He will be a back-up goalkeeper as well as a “club ambassador”.  I believe he is also still finishing up getting his coaching licenses.

Philadelphia Union’s Amobi Okugo is apparently getting some interest from some teams in Germany.

Oguchi Onyewu wants to stay in the UK as he ponders his next move, which could still be re-signing with Sheffield Wednesday.

Goalkeeper Paul Rachubka has signed a one-year extension with League One side Oldham Athletic.  Rachubka appeared in 13 games last season for the Latics

Here is an interivew up on Hoffenheim’s site with U-19 midfielder Russell Canouse.

FC Dallas midfielder Ethan Sonis signed with SC Freiburg earlier last week.

Finally, I have updated our goal tracker with some more goals from guys in lower leagues.  And you still have time to sign up for our Brazil Bracket Challenge league.

Also, I am flying down to Brazil on Friday/Saturday (I am on the American Outlaws trip.  If you are also going on that trip, let me know so we can meet up for a beer).  I have no clue of my internet situation, but I will try my best to keep things updated as normally (and post some photos from my trip).  Howie and possibly some new people will also be helping out while I am gone.

 
Categories: Amobi Okugo, Brad Davis, Brad Friedel, DeAndre Yedlin, Ethan Sonis, Mix Diskerud, Oguchi Onyewu, Paul Rachubka, Russell Canouse, Tim Howard, US Men's National Team
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A bit of this and that for Wednesday
   January 22, 2014 (12:02 AM) by Matt Benson
 

We had two goal scorers on Tuesday.  Aron Johannsson scored his 20th goal of the season across all competitions in AZ Alkmaar’s 2-0 win over Roda JC in the Dutch Cup (highlights).  Paul Arriola scored again for Dorados in their 3-1 win over Estudiantes Tecos in Copa MX action (highlights).

Stoke City’s website finally announced the Juan Agudelo loan deal yesterday.  According to that link, he/Stoke City have to wait four months from the date of the original work permit appeal hearing (his hearing was in late November) before he can re-apply for a UK work permit.  Grant Wahl also spoke to Agudelo about everything that has gone down this week.  As it says in the Wahl interview, it doesn’t sound highly that he will be able to play this weekend due to paperwork.

Grant Wahl also did a video interview with MLS commissioner Don Garber last week where he talks about a bunch of MLS stuff, including topics like Michael Bradley’s return, Maurice Edu’s potential return and how they haven’t been able to make it work financially to get DaMarcus Beasley back in the league.

Only a couple things USMNT-related for today.  A Q&A with Benny Feilhaber and a video with Brad Davis.

Some injury updates.

Fabian Johnson had to be subbed out of a friendly due to a bruised thigh over the weekend.  Hopefully it was just a precaution.

John Brooks has returned to training individually off to the side with Hertha Berlin.  He picked up his latest knee injury earlier this month.

While it was speculated back in November/December that Jonathan Spector and his thigh injury wouldn’t be able to return until January, it now looks like he won’t be back until the end of February.

Anthony Wallace has been spotted in Sweden trialing with Landskrona BoIS.  Landskrona have already signed Americans Paul Torres and Andrew Stadler this offseason.

Daniel Stevens has signed with FC Viikingit in the Finnish Ykkönen (second tier).  Stevens scored 12 goals last season with BK-46 in the Kakkonen (third tier).

Fulham’s U-21 team has gone unbeaten in 12 games this season with Emerson Hyndman coming off the bench in their latest 1-0 win over West Ham United.

Finally, Tom Marshall introduces us to two Americans (Joel Soñora and Ryan Palmbaum) moving up the ranks with Boca Juniors’ youth system.

 
Categories: Andrew Stadler, Anthony Wallace, Aron Johannsson, Benny Feilhaber, Brad Davis, DaMarcus Beasley, Daniel Stevens, Emerson Hyndman, Fabian Johnson, Joel Sonora, John Brooks, Jonathan Spector, Juan Agudelo, Maurice Edu, Michael Bradley, Paul Arriola, Paul Torres, Ryan Palmbaum
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A few more USMNT roster changes
   October 10, 2013 (11:18 AM) by Matt Benson
 

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
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Here is your US-Mexico pre-game primer
   September 10, 2013 (12:01 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 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
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Klinsmann adds four players to USMNT roster
   September 8, 2013 (12:44 AM) by Matt Benson
 

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
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