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Friday morning links
   September 11, 2015 (2:12 AM) by Matt Benson
 

I should be in bed as this week has sucked with work but here are some quick links before the weekend.

The US now knows the final two teams in its group for World Cup qualifying and those teams are Vincent & The Grenadines and Guatemala.  They will join the US and Trinidad & Tobago in Group C.

Well done, FUT Azteca.

The US U-23 team won their second friendly this week, a 2-0 victory over Qatar.  The goals were scored by Benji Joya and Gboly Ariyibi.  Here is also a video of their first half of the week in England.

Cody Cropper is going to miss up to six weeks after having some kind of knee surgery this week.  Looks like the U-23s will be going with Zack Steffen or Ethan Horvath next month.

Benji Joya’s ex-partner in crime, Daniel Cuevas, has a new home and it is with Indy Eleven.

Darlington Nagbe is officially a US citizen.  If he gets called up, I am guessing it won’t be until January.  I think Brian Sciaretta has pointed out in the past that only one MLS player has received his first call-up under Klinsmann in a camp other than January and it was Alan Gordon.

COMNEBOL is meeting up with CONCACAF on September 17 to figure out next summer’s Copa America.  As Jeff Carlisle points out, that date is conveniently a couple days after Loretta Lynch has a press conference in Zurich.  And some reports out of Mexico have the FMF supporting a Copa America in the US.  Basically everything comes down to money.

Could we potentially see a MLS vs. Premier League tournament in the future?  Maybe.

English-American goalkeeper Paul Rachubka has signed with Bolton.

Borussia Dortmund had a friendly against St. Pauli this week.  While most of the world wanted to see Adnan Januzaj‘s debut, Christian Pulisic and Junior Flores both came off the bench for Dortmund, while Fabrice Picault scored for St. Pauli.

Also in weird friendlies during the international week, Jann George scored for Jahn Regensburg in their win over Bayern Munich.

We also had a goal in a game that really counted this week.  Joe Broekhuizen came off the bench and scored the lone goal of the game in VPS’ 1-0 win over Ilves in Finland on Thursday.

And finally, here is a behind the scenes look at Christian Eissele’s club in Finland, Kemi Kings.

 
Categories: Benji Joya, Christian Eissele, Christian Pulisic, Cody Cropper, Daniel Cuevas, Darlington Nagbe, Fabrice Picault, Gboly Ariyibi, Jann George, Joe Broekhuizen, Junior Flores, Paul Rachubka, US Men's National Team, US U-23 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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Monday morning links
   January 13, 2014 (1:12 AM) by Matt Benson
 

All 26 guys currently in camp for the USMNT this month are headed to Brazil as I type this.  Pleased with the fitness of everyone, Jurgen Klinsmann decided to bring everyone down there for 12 days of training and two closed-door scrimmages.  While back in LA last week, it looks like they decided to play around with a GoPro camera for this training shot.

Once they return back to LA, they will do a little more training before taking on South Korea on February 2 at the StubHub Center.  According to Steven Goff, about 18,000 tickets have been sold so far.  I am wondering if the leaked USMNT shirt will be worn as they are rumored to be coming out in February and South Korea’s red shirt for the World Cup was also leaked this week.  Maybe both teams will be wearing some new gear?

Here is a video talking to a couple of the U-20 players from the last cycle who are in camp right now (Luis Gil, DeAndre Yedlin and Shane O’Neill).

A little recap of the weekend.

Four Americans (Edgar Castillo, Herculez Gomez, Paul Arriola and Joe Corona) saw the field down in Tijuana on Friday as the Xolos notched their first ever home victory over América with Castillo helping setup the game-winning goal (highlights).  Here is also a better look at their new home and road kits for this season.  It looks like their white kits that they wore in the opener were a one off since Atlas wear both red and black.  Too bad as I liked those.

It took 12 days, but we finally had our first goal by an American abroad over the weekend.  Tony Taylor came off the bench and scored a consolation goal in injury time in Omonia Nicosia’s 4-2 loss to Apollon in Cyprus (highlights).  It was Taylor’s third goal of the season.  We had four total goals by this point last year (and I will start up a 2014 goal tracker page this week).

Back in Mexico, Michael Orozco assisted on the game-tying goal in Puebla’s draw to Monterrey (highlights).

In England, we learned that Geoff Cameron shaves his legs.  Cameron and Stoke City lost 5-3 to Liverpool and their horrendous looking shirts.

And Clint Dempsey made his official Premier League return in a 4-1 loss to Jozy Altidore and Sunderland.  He got the start and played 79 minutes, while Sky Sports gave him a “7” rating and said some decent things about his performance.

Making his first start since returning to Fulham and impressed, surging into Sunderland territory but often let down by teammates.

As for Jozy, he came off the bench and “won” a PK which led to Sunderland’s last goal.  Sunderland had only five goals in 10 away games coming into this weekend, yet scored four on Fulham at the once fortress known as Craven Cottage.  Fulham are such a mess this year.

We also had a couple transfers in the last couple days.  Oguchi Onyewu will be joining the 10th team of his career with Sheffield Wednesday.  While Billy Schuler is returning to MLS after two years in Sweden.

And it looks like Michael Parkhurst is also returning to MLS and will be headed to the Columbus Crew after a trade involving a draft pick and allocation money to the New England Revolution according to Ives.

German 3. Liga side Wacker Burghausen were interested in Bobby Wood for a loan deal, but 1860 Munich were not having it.

Despite making only three starts for Oldham Athletic this season, Paul Rachubka has signed a contract extension with the club.

Mix Diskerud told ESPN FC that he has pimped Bob Bradley to Stabæk’s management over the years.

Sticking in Norway, Brian Sciaretta talked to Zarek Valentin about earning promotion last season among other things.

 
Categories: Billy Schuler, Bob Bradley, Bobby Wood, DeAndre Yedlin, Edgar Castillo, Geoff Cameron, Herculez Gomez, Joe Corona, Jozy Altidore, Luis Gil, Michael Orozco Fiscal, Michael Parkhurst, Mix Diskerud, Oguchi Onyewu, Paul Arriola, Paul Rachubka, Shane O'Neill, Tony Taylor, Zarek Valentin
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Thursday morning links
   September 12, 2013 (1:19 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Sorry for the somewhat lack of updates and tweets recently (at least compared to normal).  September/October is my super busy time of year at work and the past two weeks have been crazy.  That said, lets get into some links from the last couple of days.

I posted last night some highlights of Julian Green’s hat trick from last week.  Our goal tracker has also been updated with a few goals from guys in smaller leagues.

Speaking of goals, Conor O’Brien scored a goal in his debut for OB in their 9-1 win over Udfordringen in the DBU Pokalen.

So the US won on Tuesday night and it was awesome.  The game also drew a 1.9 rating on ESPN, the highest ever rating for a non-World Cup/Confederations Cup US match.

Now that the US has clinched a spot in Brazil, Brian Sciaretta decided to pass out 23 tickets to the players he thinks will end up on the roster next summer.

Landon Donovan made an appearance on the Dan Patrick Show yesterday morning.

Here is a funny story about how FIFA might fine Costa Rica for its fans booing and whistling during the US national anthem last Friday, but we all know that is not going to happen.

This is from the weekend (and a report from the UK), but this story claims Michael Bradley will be out four weeks with his ankle injury.  Most everyone who was in Columbus said that he was walking around with no limp, so maybe he will come back sooner.

And it looks like Mikey might be underpaid, at least in my opinion, at Roma.

As for his dad, he did a Q&A with ESPN FC’s Roger Bennett over the weekend.  I believe Egypt is still the only team undefeated in World Cup qualification in the world.

We have had a Gooch sighting!  Apparently Mr. Oguchi Onyewu is training in France with his first professional club Metz.

American-English goalkeeper Paul Rachubka is now with League One side Oldham Athletic.  He played with Accrington Stanley last season.

US U-18 forward Patrick Tshiani has signed with the Belgian club Standard Liege.  He was last with Anderlecht’s youth academy.

The latest FIFA world rankings will come out today and Grant Wahl speculates that the US could jump as high as #13.

 
Categories: Bob Bradley, Conor O'Brien, Julian Green, Landon Donovan, Michael Bradley, Oguchi Onyewu, Patrick Tshiani, Paul Rachubka, US Men's National Team
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