Some linkage for this Wednesday.
A bunch of guys saw the field yesterday, including one goal by Joe Gyau. Hopefully I will have highlights of that goal in the next two days. Tim Howard and Everton also moved into fifth place of the Premier League after defeating Newcastle United 3-0 (highlights).
Todo Sobre Camisetas has some more photos of the “bomb pop” away kits for the US.
Thanks to OT reader Ian for pointing this out, but Gedion Zelalem is no longer listed on Germany’s U-17 roster for their ongoing Euro qualifiers. Jeff Carlisle did some more digging around and got some confirmation from Arsenal that he declined the invitation. If he were to play with Germany in an official youth game, he would no longer be eligible to switch to the US at a later date since he is not a US citizen as of yet (and you can only file FIFA one-time switches to countries that you are eligible to play for when you played your first youth game, which would only be Ethiopia for him).
Now, if he were to get US citizenship, he would no longer be eligible to play for Germany, which would cause him to lose his European Union status and affect his ability to work in England with Arsenal. So I don’t see him rushing out the door to get his US citizenship at the moment. But there is still hope, although small, for him to possibly playing for the US in the future, especially with
Nick Saban Jurgen Klinsmann as the US’s lead recruiter. (EDIT: Some of Zelalem’s situation noted above could be wrong, but that is how it was explained to me by others.)
As for the prized recruit that the US did land, Nate Scott talked to Julian Green’s dad about the move.
“Julian would get very defensive when his brother would make fun of [his English],” his father said. “So Julian would say to his brother, ‘Yeah, well, I was born in America and you weren’t. I’m from Tampa and you’re not. You’re German. I’m an American.’”
Here is a photo of Geoff Cameron scoring on Brad Guzan. Cameron will have some bragging rights for a while.
Leeds United’s Gregory Ariyibi was sent out on loan to English League One side Tranmere Rovers for the rest of the season. Ariyibi came off the bench and played 48 minutes in a 2-1 loss to Swindon Town on Tuesday. I have also seen his first name as Gboly, but I reached out to him to see which one he wants to go by because that is how I roll.
Jose Torres was subbed out of a game due to injury this past weekend, but he was back in the starting lineup yesterday as Tigres defeated Veracruz in Copa MX action, so I guess it wasn’t serious.
It looks like Josh Gatt re-injured his knee last week and will be out indefinitely.
Former Real Salt Lake defender Brandon McDonald has signed with Swedish Superettan side Ljungskile SK. He joins fellow Americans Aaron Nichols and Alex Horwath at the club. The Swedish second division now has nine Americans for this upcoming season, the most of any foreign country.
And finally, Brian Sciaretta caught up with Sebastien Ibeagha as he begins his career with AC Horsens in Denmark.