I posted a tweet the other day claiming that David Chavez had signed with Tijuana, but it looks like there have been some mixed signals. He is at the club, but it is nothing more than a training stint at the moment.
Brad Friedel has been doing some TV and radio for TalkSPORT and BT Sport recently and had some words on US Soccer, USMNT and MLS.
Kevin Hoyos’ latest stop appears to be with CSD Tristan Suarez in the Argentina 3rd division.
The US U-20 team is camping in Carson, California over the next week before some friendlies with Chile, Bermuda, and Australia. Here is the roster, which includes Russell Canouse, Romain Gall, Lynden Gooch and Andrija Novakovich as well as a bunch of guys from Tijuana. And for those of you living in Southern California, I am hearing that the friendly against Australia will be on Friday, July 18 at 7 PM at the StubHub Center and will be free to the public. A full schedule of the games is right here.
Nothing new to report on the USMNT roster or whether the game will even be played, although it sounds like we should be hearing something in the near future. That said, John Brooks should be one of the players heading to Ukraine friendly according to this German report.
While the new home World Cup shirt for the USMNT leaked last month, here is a new/slightly better view of the pretty basic polo-looking shirt. There was also a lot of buzz on Twitter over the weekend over a possible crazy blue/red away shirt, but it looked pretty photoshopped and came from someone who posted some bogus jerseys back in September. So we continue to play the waiting game.
ESPN released its full TV schedule for this summer’s World Cup yesterday. Also on the World Cup front, just over 125,000 tickets for the World Cup were allocated to people in the United States, the most of any country outside Brazil. Granted not all 125,000 tickets are for US games or for US fans, it is still nice to see the US up there. I was luckily able to get tickets for the USMNT games against Ghana and Portugal in the latest lottery. Any other OT readers score some tickets?
The National Soccer Hall of Fame announced its Class of 2014 yesterday and it is a good one. The three-person class contains two players (Brian McBride and Kristine Lilly) and one coach (Bob Bradley). Congrats to all three.
As Howie posted yesterday, Fabian Johnson has agreed to sign with Borussia Mönchengladbach this summer.
A few things from the weekend. Jerome Kiesewetter scored a goal for Hertha Berlin II (highlights) and Justin Moose scored for SJK in the Finnish League Cup (still looking for highlights).
The English League Championship is doing a great job of posting quality highlights the day after games on Youtube so here is a roundup of all the games featuring Americans from the weekend.
We know the situation in Ukraine is not pretty right now, so US Soccer is “exploring alternatives” for the friendly on March 5 that is scheduled for Kharkiv. Kharkiv is about 300 miles away from Kiev, which is where most of the violence is taking place.
Steven Goff is also hearing that the three pre-World Cup friendlies should hopefully be announced by the end of next week. Still some last details being worked out.
Duane Holmes is headed to Championship side Yeovil Town on a loan until March 23. This was sort of expected as Huddersfield Town have returned a bunch of players from injury and their manager wanted him to continue to get playing time. Here is a video interview with Holmes about the move. Yeovil Town are currently in last place of the Championship.
SI.com has a blog/series up with Oguchi Onyewu talking about his emotions and thoughts with the World Cup coming this summer.
John Brooks returned to the field and played in a friendly for Hertha Berlin earlier this week. He even scored a goal and you can check out some highlights of that right here (0:51 mark).
Staying with the Tijuana theme, Bruno Piceno scored a goal for Tijuana’s second-division affiliate Dorados in Copa MX action earlier this week. Here is a cool behind-the-goal look at his goal.
Goalkeeper Samir Badr has signed with USL’s OKC Energy FC. Badr was last seen abroad with El Hodood in Egypt, but he never was able to play in a game due to the 2012 season being cut short because of the Al Masry-Al Ahly tragedy.
Former US U-17 forward Alfred Koroma is in Brazil trialing with Fluminense. He will also be part of a Fluminense U-23 team that will be/is already in Orlando taking on MLS teams during the preseason.
Brazilian-American midfielder Luis Felipe is being called back into the US U-20 team for a camp and games in April’s Dallas Cup. Felipe currently plays with defending Brazilian league champions Cruzeiro.
It looks like FC Dallas could be sending Bobby Warshaw out on loan again this year and Europe is one of the few spots mentioned over at Big D Soccer. Warshaw did have some success last season in Sweden with Ängelholm, scoring eight goals in nine league appearances.
And finally, Brian Sciaretta caught up with new Philippines national team manager Thomas Dooley.
ussoccer.com : You have stated that the door is still open for players to make their case for the World Cup roster. There are several players in Europe who are experiencing new opportunities with their clubs and others coming back from injury. What do you need to see from them?
JK : “We just want them to be on the field and build their case. We communicate with them, players like Oguchi Onyewu, Tim Ream, and Danny Williams. You have Brek Shea, who went down into the Championship from Stoke to play games and is now playing 90 minutes almost every week. You have Timmy Chandler at Nurnberg, who for six months has been doing a very consistent, good job. Jermaine Jones goes to Besiktas and will pick up the rhythm of playing games again. We follow the players that have injury problems like Steve Cherundolo, who is still having issues, and John Anthony Brooks with Hertha Berlin who is hopefully back next week. Same with Fabian Johnson who broke his arm and is hopefully back next week as well. Being in February and a few months prior to the World Cup, you want to see them all play. You have to give them a clear message that only if you pick up a rhythm and play week-in, week-out, will you complete one of the big keys in order to make the World Cup roster. That’s why we are really happy some of them now are starting to get their rhythm. This all plays a vital role in evaluating them, and then we have to make the vital calls in May.”
Someone told Grant Wahl that US Soccer spent about $500,000 for January’s camp, including the trip down to Brazil.
Oguchi Onyewu had to leave Sheffield Wednesday’s game in the last few minutes of injury time on Sunday due to an injury. Now we know that it was a calf injury, but no updates on how serious of an injury.
Some reports started to come out of Mexico about a possible US/Mexico friendly in Phoenix for April. It looks like it has some legs as Steven Goff has also heard some things about this. This wouldn’t be a FIFA fixture date so expect a lot of MLS and Liga MX players for both squads if true. The last time the US played a game in the month of April was Jozy Altidore’s hat trick against Trinidad & Tobago in Nashville during a World Cup qualifier in 2009. The last time the US played a friendly in the month of April was a 1-1 draw to Jamaica in Cary, North Carolina in 2006.
Grant Wahl and Brian Straus are both in Carson for the USMNT training camp and discuss in this video about some possible World Cup candidates with a lot to gain this week. Grant is also a lot taller than Brian.
After what seemed like two months, Maurice Edu is officially headed to Philadelphia on a season-long loan. Goff is hearing that his base salary is somewhere between $480,000 and $600,000, while Ives heard that Edu passed up some offers from Turkey and the English League Championship.
As for another member of the “Stoke Americans Loaned Out” 3×3 team (Howie gets all the credit on that one), Brek Shea’s loan with Barnsley ends on Thursday, so it looks like Tuesday’s game against Blackburn Rovers will be his last with the Tykes unless they extend the loan. There is some speculation out of England that Burnley are also interested in Shea.
Juan Agudelo made his FC Utrecht debut over the weekend and I was able to find some highlights of the match. He gets into the game around the 3:00 mark of the video.
Fabian Johnson had to be subbed out of Hoffenheim’s game this past weekend after picking up a hand injury. Hoffenheim’s press officer told Brian Sciaretta that he will have surgery on his hand and he will be out a couple weeks, while Jurgen Klinsmann told Grant Wahl that he will have surgery, but he is expected to play this upcoming weekend. Hopefully it is the latter.
Klinsmann also told Wahl that Jermaine Jones is more likely to transfer to another European team than an MLS team in the next four days.
Edgar Castillo also had a good weekend and was named to the MedioTiempo Team of the Week.
And Will Packwood was named Birmingham City’s Man of the Match by some match day sponsors for his performance for the Blues in the FA Cup over the weekend.
Speaking of the FA Cup, 16-year-old Gedion Zelalem made his Arsenal debut last Friday in the FA Cup. He became the first player to feature for Arsenal who was born after Arsene Wenger became manager. While he is likely a long shot to ever play for the US, here is refresher on his story.
No one might be hotter than Andrew Wooten right now. He scored another goal for FSV Frankfurt in a friendly on Monday. Granted these are only friendlies, but he has five goals in four games since his loan started a couple weeks ago.
The US U-17 team won the Aegean Cup Championship over the weekend. Here is a photo of the team celebrating with the trophy, while here are some highlights of their win over Turkey. Could we potentially see Haji Wright, one of the top players from this cycle, in Dortmund with Junior Flores in the future (let the speculation begin)? Yay internets!
Kevin Hoyos is close to joining the Honduran side Olimpia. The 20-year-old played with C.D. Victoria (also in Honduras) this past fall.
Brian Sciaretta is hearing that a player with MLS ties could be joining Bob Bradley and Stabæk on a trial in the near future.
To put a bow tie (or maybe a bolo tie since they are making a comeback in 2014) on the Michael Bradley to Toronto transfer, here is a good read on how his and Defoe’s moves all went down.
Finally, Greg Selzter breaks out his stat notebook for a bunch of fun numbers. I am also going to post a quick Inside the Numbers thing on Aron Johannsson later today.
Kevin Hoyos scored his sixth league goal in four games (seven goals across all competitions) in Victoria’s 3-2 win over Vida on Saturday. Here are the highlights with Hoyos’ goal coming at the 1:05 mark.
Kevin Hoyos scored two goals, including a pretty dirty bicycle kick for the game winner, in Victoria’s 4-3 win over Deportes Savio in Honduran Liga Nacional action on Sunday. Here are the highlights (h/t Brian Sciaretta).
Michael Hoyos, once a sort-of Rossi figure before a car accident basically robbed him of two years of his career, and his brother, Kevin, have popped up in the headlines recently. In July, Michael (22) was loaned to OFI Crete of Superleague Greece, where he has played some first-team minutes. And recently, Kevin (20) was loaned to Victoria in Honduras.
The brothers were born to Argentine parents and grew up in California’s Central Coast but moved to Argentina to join Estudiantes seven years ago. Michael, of course, rose to enough prominence to become a part of the Argentine youth setup (nine appearances with the U-20s) before that 2011 car accident derailed his career. Kevin has never really had the pedigree, but he’s been having success with Victoria’s first team. Recently, in two different interviews, Kevin suggested a return to the US (and MLS) interests the brothers:
Either way, however, Hoyos believes the opportunity at Victoria will open doors regardless of his status at Estudiantes.
“I was playing on the reserves at Estudiantes,” he said. “I wasn’t getting my chance. They told me there was an opportunity in Honduras and I wanted to play first team football. It was a tough decision to leave Argentina because I was used to it. I was there for seven years.”
“This was a good idea for me to get my career started,” he continued. “I still have lots of games here in Honduras. I know I can play at the first team at Estudiantes but I just haven’t been given the chance yet. Maybe when I get back I can play on the first team. If not, there are lots of possibilities—maybe in the United States or Europe.”
According to Steven Goff, Junior Flores will not be with the US U-18 team in California next month because of a commitment with Borussia Dortmund. Since it is only a training camp, I don’t think this will be a huge loss.