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Tuesday morning links
   September 1, 2015 (12:06 AM) by Matt Benson

We have reached the international week and the US has its last two friendlies before the CONCACAF Cup (more on that later).  Here is the roster Jurgen Klinsmann has called in for the friendlies, which is heavy on center backs.

You might have noticed that Timothy Chandler and DaMarcus Beasley were both absent from that roster and that is because they are both hurt and Chandler is going to be out for a while.

One player seeking his first cap is the Wooten Clan, Andrew Wooten.  Brian Sciaretta has some more on him.

While Clint Dempsey is not joining the team until the second game, Seattle Sounders manager Sigi Schmid thinks it is not a given that Dempsey will play with the US due to his hamstring injury.

Brian Straus has a piece up on on the current roster.

Some of the players went sightseeing yesterday.

Roughly 24,500 tickets have been sold for Friday’s friendly against Peru.

While CONCACAF has cut ties with Traffic Sports, it has partnered with SUM (Soccer United Marketing) to serve as commercial representative for the CONCACAF Cup, which is apparently the new name for the Confederations Cup playoff game.

The US is expected to have a friendly against Costa Rica after the CONCACAF Cup, although a venue hasn’t been selected yet.

Jordan Morris is getting back into form just in time for the CONCACAF Cup.

Darlington Nagbe is expected to become a US citizen in September (he is taking his naturalization test on September 10).

The US U-23 team is in England this week and you can check out that roster here.  US Soccer’s Twitter account has posted a couple photos from the camp (here and here).

The US U-20 team is also beginning a new cycle this month with a tournament in Serbia.  This current roster features two players who play abroad in Hannover 96’s Abuchi Obinwa and Chelsea’s Kyle Scott.

The end of the transfer window for most of Europe is upon us and a couple players have new teams while a couple others are still with their current teams when people thought they would be leaving.

DeAndre Yedlin is still with Tottenham at the moment despite loan interest from various teams across Europe, although signs point towards him ending up somewhere on loan.  My guess at this point would be a loan deal with some team in the English League Championship.

Fulham have decided to keep Emerson Hyndman despite several offers for the US U-23 midfielder.  While he has not featured for the Cottagers this season, he could also go out on loan to another English team.

Remember when the Colorado Rapids oddly sold Shane O’Neill to a team in Cyprus earlier this summer?  Well he has been oddly sold again this month to Belgian Jupiler Pro League side Royal Mouscron-Péruwelz after not appearing in any games for Apollon Limassol.

Bobby Warshaw has left Bærum in Norway for fellow OBOS-ligaen side Hønefoss.  He has already played in two games for Hønefoss over the last two weekends.

Conor O’Brien has a new home and it is with AC Horsens in the Danish 1st Division (second tier).

After six seasons with Helmond Sport, Charles Kazlauskas is now with De Treffers in the Dutch Topklasse (third tier).

The New York Times’ Sam Borden wrote some words on Ben Lederman’s situation at Barcelona.

We had some goals this past weekend.  Aron Johannsson opened up his account at Werder Bremen.  This is actually from last week, but Austin Berry scored his first goal in South Korea.  Christian Eissele now has four goals in four games since returning to Finland after scoring this past weekend.  Our updated goal tracker also has some info on other goals scored this past weekend, including three Americans all scoring for the same team in Malta.

We also had some assists this past weekend from some hype trains.  Gedion Zelalem looks like he is going to do well in Scotland and assisted on another goal.  Here is also a press conference from last week featuring him.  At the U19 level, Christian Pulisic assisted on a goal for Borussia Dortmund.

And no highlights of this one, but Maki Tall had a goal and an assist for FC Sion’s U21 team in a scrimmage.

And finally, Shaquell Moore made his first start for Huracán Valencia this past weekend, going 78 minutes and picking up a yellow card in a 1-1 draw to Valencia II.

Categories: Abuchi Obinwa, Andrew Wooten, Aron Johannsson, Austin Berry, Ben Lederman, Bobby Warshaw, Charles Kazlauskas, Christian Eissele, Christian Pulisic, Clint Dempsey, Conor O'Brien, DaMarcus Beasley, Darlington Nagbe, DeAndre Yedlin, Emerson Hyndman, Gedion Zelalem, Jordan Morris, Kyle Scott, Maki Tall, Shane O'Neill, Shaquell Moore, Timothy Chandler, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team, US U-23 National Team
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Just a few links
   November 7, 2013 (12:55 AM) by Matt Benson

Sorry for the lack of updates this week, but life (damn you, life!) has been getting in the way.  That said, here are a few links.

Jurgen Klinsmann has been doing a lot of Q&A’s with US Soccer’s website and I approve.  Here is his latest.  Reading between the lines a bit, it sounds like we will see Terrence Boyd, John Brooks and Fabian Johnson for the upcoming USMNT games.  Brooks and Johnson are both coming back from injury.

Speaking of Johnson’s injury, it sounds like he is returning to training this week and could possibly play this weekend.

As for some highlights from this weekend.  Charles Kazlauskas scored a goal on Monday.  Sacha Kljestan picked up an assist and two yellow cards against PSG while Jermaine Jones went 90 minutes against Chelsea in Champions League action.

Still no highlights at the moment, but Jozy Altidore had an assist in Sunderland’s 2-1 win over Southampton in the Capital One Cup on Wednesday.  Sunderland’s website called the pass “unselfish”.  And they have some photos up from the game, including a couple of Altidore.

Brian Sciaretta gives us his thoughts on the Julian Green situation.

Want a Top 100 list of American goalkeepers?  Will is a freak and has this list for you.

Number 35 on that list, San Jose’s David Bingham, is headed to FC Copenhagen for an extended training stint.  With the MLS season coming to an end, it is that time of year where various MLS players head to Europe for training wither various clubs.

Categories: Charles Kazlauskas, David Bingham, Fabian Johnson, Jermaine Jones, John Brooks, Jozy Altidore, Julian Green, Sacha Kljestan, Terrence Boyd, US Men's National Team

Helmond Sport vs. Jong Ajax Highlights
   November 5, 2013 (11:33 PM) by Matt Benson

Charles Kazlauskas scored a goal on Monday in Helmond Sport’s 3-2 victory over Jong Ajax.  Here are some highlights, including Kazlauskas’ goal at the 3:20 mark.

Categories: Charles Kazlauskas, Highlights
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Tuesday morning links
   November 5, 2013 (12:02 AM) by Matt Benson

Time to catch up on the last few days.

While Julian Green won’t be headed to the USMNT camp this month since he can’t play in the games (unless he decides 100% to make the switch), he is now headed to a Germany U-19 camp this month.  I don’t think the door is shut on him quite yet, there is still a few years before he has to make a final decision.

That said, FC Lorient midfielder Romain Gall has been invited to the US U-20 camp in Italy for this month.  Gall last played with the US U-18 team this past summer at the International Juniors Tournament in Lisbon, Portugal.

The goal tracker has you updated on all the goals from the weekend.  As for yesterday, Charles Kazlauskas scored Helmond Sport’s opening goal as they came back from a 2-0 deficit to win 3-2 today over Jong Ajax.  I am still looking for highlights of the goal.

No highlights of Andrew Wooten’s goal in Kaiserslautern II’s 3-2 loss to Eintracht Frankfurt II in Regionalliga action, but here is a photo of The Wooten Clan from the game.

Bobby Warshaw’s loan with Angelholms FF officially ended this weekend after playing in the season finale.  He also scored (highlights), giving him eight goals in nine league appearances.

Patrick Hopkins has left Ljungskile SK for IK Sirius, who were just promoted to the Superettan (second tier in Sweden) after winning promotion in the Division 1 Norra (third tier).  Here is a video of Hopkins giving a little interview.  With Hopkins leaving, Ljungskile SK is still left with four Americans:  Patrick McMahon, Paul Tracy, Aaron Nichols and Charlie Campbell.

Also in Sweden, Nykoping have let go of Ryan Garcia while Paul Torres is still left at the club.

Steve Cherundolo is having more knee issues and did not play with Hannover 96 this past weekend.  He is only doing individual workouts at training and hasn’t been cleared to return to the full squad just yet.

Brian Sciaretta caught up with Conor O’Brien to talk about his move to Odense.

Tim Howard made one of the Top 5 saves of the week this past weekend in Everton’s 0-0 draw to Tottenham.

An update on Stuart Holden:  He is expected to return to Bolton in late December to check in with the team with hopes of reintroducing him into training in the early parts of 2014.

John Brooks had his Range Rover stolen while rehabbing his injury.  It looks like other Hertha Berlin players have had their cars stolen recently, which is sort of a problem.

And finally, here is a video interview with Will Packwood on adpating to life at Bristol Rovers.

Categories: Andrew Wooten, Bobby Warshaw, Charles Kazlauskas, Conor O'Brien, John Brooks, Julian Green, Patrick Hopkins, Romain Gall, Ryan Gracia, Steve Cherundolo, Stuart Holden, Tim Howard, Will Packwood
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Tuesday morning links
   September 3, 2013 (12:01 AM) by Matt Benson

I did some USMNT housekeeping from the weekend in a post yesterday.  It looks like they checked out Jozy Altidore as Jurgen Klinsmann told the press in Miami that he should play on Friday.

The Miami Herald did a story on local boy Alejandro Bedoya.

The transfer window closed yesterday and Jozy Altidore’s move to Sunderland was the fourth most expensive transfer in the Eredivisie.

Conor O’Brien made the move to fellow Danish Superliga side Odense BK last week.  O’Brien spoke to Greg Seltzer about the move.

There were some rumors that sprung up on Sunday night that Oguchi Onyewu was close to a move to Club Brugge, but that didn’t happen.

There was also some late interest for Michael Parkhurst, but that might tabled until January.

Maurice Edu doesn’t want to go out on loan and wants to fight for a spot at Stoke City.

Stoke City also made some late attempts at buying Juan Agudelo from the New England Revolution, but Agudelo will have to wait until January to make the move to the Premier League.  And I missed this a couple weeks ago, but he is rumored to to be making around $600,000 once he gets there.

Finally found some highlights of Sacha Kljestan’s goal from the weekend in Anderlecht’s 4-3 loss.

Ben Spencer came off the bench and made his debut at Molde FK over the weekend.  The previous link also has some highlights with Spencer almost getting the assist around the 5:00 mark.

In some great to hear news, Will Packwood went 60 minutes with Birmingham City’s U-21 team over the weekend.

Despite being out with an injury, Tijuana’s manager Jorge Almirón fully expects Herculez Gomez to be a starter once he gets back.

Paul Torres signed an extension through 2014 with Nyköping.

Julian Green will be playing with Germany’s U-19 team in upcoming games against Greece and the Netherlands.

A couple guys in action on Monday.  Michael Nanchoff started and played 54 minutes in Jönköpings Södra’s 3-1 win over Örgryte.  Charles Kazlauskas went the full 90 minutes in Helmond Sport’s 5-2 win over Emmen.  And Andrew Wooten came off the bench and played three minutes in Kaiserslautern’s 2-2 draw to Energie Cottbus.

Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Andrew Wooten, Ben Spencer, Charles Kazlauskas, Conor O'Brien, Herculez Gomez, Juan Agudelo, Julian Green, Maurice Edu, Michael Nanchoff, Michael Parkhurst, Oguchi Onyewu, Paul Torres, Sacha Kljestan, US Men's National Team, Will Packwood
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2012–13 OT XI
   May 21, 2013 (7:00 AM) by Howie Michaels


With the major European leagues winding down, it’s time to renew an annual OT tradition: the OT XI. With our expansion into more coverage of Americans in Mexico, we’ve adjusted the eligibility for the OT XI. In the previous three editions, only Clint Dempsey has managed to be a mainstay. Will that continue this year?

Without any further delay…

Matt Taylor, Preußen Münster (Germany)
Jozy Altidore, AZ (Netherlands)

The 2012-13 OT XI features two forwards for the first time since the 2009-10 team with the lone forwards from each of the last two seasons (Taylor in 2010-11, Altidore in 2011-12) earning the honors. Taylor returned to the 3. Liga after a season in the 2nd Bundesliga and put up another 15+ goal season, scoring 16 as Preußen Münster jumped from mid-table to nearly earning promotion. He added a hat trick in a DFB-Pokal upset over top-tier Werder Bremen. Altidore, unsatisfied with his 19 goals across all matches in 2011-12, decided that he wanted the American record for goals in Europe to return to the Netherlands and shattered Clint Dempsey’s record from last year as he buried 23 league goals and another eight in cup matches.

Michael Bradley, Roma (Italy)
Sacha Kljestan, Anderlecht (Belgium)
Conor O’Brien, SønderjyskE/ Nordsjælland (Denmark)
Clint Dempsey, Totenham Hotspur (England)

After a solid debut season in Serie A with Chievo Verona, Bradley made the jump to perennial power Roma and became a fixture for the Coppa Italia finalists. Kljestan put in another strong season of central midfield play and great mustaches as Anderlecht repeated in Belgium. With that title, Kljestan will play in the Champions League group stage once again. After a decent debut season in the Danish Superliga, O’Brien flourished into full-blown World Cup sleeper with four goals in twenty matches with SønderjyskE. After his contract expired mid-season, he jumped to eventual runners-up FC Nordsjælland and became a regular there by season’s end. Dempsey overcame a slow start following his move to a bigger club to hit double-digit goals across all competitions for the third straight year.

Charles Kazlauskas, Helmond Sport (Netherlands)
John Anthony Brooks, Hertha BSC (Germany)
Geoff Cameron, Stoke City (England)
Edgar Castillo, Tijuana (Mexico)

The Milwaukee native rightback Kazlauskas put in another strong season in the Eerste Divise, scoring five goals across the board as Helmond Sport made the promotion playoffs again. Brooks, in his first full professional season, was dominant as Hertha cruised to the 2nd Bundesliga title. In a crazy centerback stat, he did not receive a yellow card all season. Cameron made the jump from MLS to the Premier League and featured all across the backline in making 35 appearances. Castillo, having made a permanent move to Xolos, put in the strongest season of his previously-troubled career as Tijuana won the Apetura in just their second season in the top flight.

Brad Guzan, Aston Villa (England)

After years of languishing on the bench, Guzan finally got the chance to start regularly in 2012-13. Despite not having a great goals allowed record, Guzan single-handedly kept a dreadful Aston Villa defense afloat. With Villa frequently starting 3+ defenders under the age of 23, Guzan came up with critical save after critical save, earning his teammates’ vote as their player of the year.

2012-13 MVP
Jozy Altidore, F, AZ

Altidore becomes the first person to win this award not from Nacogdoches, Texas, to win this award. His 31 goals, as stated, broke Clint Dempey’s American-in-Europe record of 23 from last year while stealing the MVP award away from him as well. AZ, despite a poor Eredivise campaign, won the KNVB Cup for the first time in 31 years behind his winning goal in the final. Altidore will almost assuredly leave the Netherlands this summer after finishing 4th in the Dutch scoring charts.

Goal of the Year
It may have looked awkward, but Clint Dempey’s 35-yard goal against Stoke City late in the season was simply splendid.

Performance of the Year
In a critical late season match against Manchester City, Clint Dempsey sparked Tottenham’s dramatic comeback with a goal and an assist in Spurs’ 3-1 victory that kept their Champions League hopes alive for the time. It was exactly the type of match and performance that we people wanted to see Deuce come up with after his move from Fulham.

Categories: Charles Kazlauskas, Clint Dempsey, Conor O'Brien, Edgar Castillo, Geoff Cameron, John Brooks, Jozy Altidore, Matt Taylor, Michael Bradley, Sacha Kljestan

OT Player of the Week
   April 1, 2013 (10:40 AM) by Matt Benson


Howie’s Pick – Charles Kazlauskas (Helmond Sport – Dutch Eerste Divisie)

Charles Kazlauskas scored a goal and drew a penalty that was converted for another goal in Helmond Sport’s 2-1 win over Eindhoven that kept them alive in their title chase (highlights here).

Matt’s Pick – Tony Taylor (Estoril – Portuguese Primeira Liga)

Tony Taylor scored his first top-flight goal over the weekend in the seventh minute of stoppage time to give Estoril a 1-1 draw (highlights here).  If Taylor can bag a few more, maybe he can make a run at making the Gold Cup roster.


Categories: Charles Kazlauskas, Player of the Week, Tony Taylor
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Helmond Sport vs. Eindhoven Highlights
   March 30, 2013 (4:17 PM) by Matt Benson

Charles Kazlauskas scored a goal and drew a PK which led to another goal in Helmond Sport’s 2-1 win over Eindhoven on Friday.  That gives Kazlauskas four league goals (five across all competitions) this season.  His goal is around the 4:10 mark.

Categories: Charles Kazlauskas, Highlights
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Goals by Charles Kazlauskas and Preston Zimmerman from the weekend
   December 3, 2012 (1:21 PM) by Matt Benson

Just wanted to post some links to the other goals this weekend since I am unable to embed them on the site.

On Friday, Charles Kazlauskas scored a goal for Helmond Sport in their 1-1 draw to MVV.  Here is his goal.

And Preston Zimmerman scored two goals in Darmstadt 98’s 2-2 draw to Unterhaching.  You can see highlights of that game right here.

Categories: Charles Kazlauskas, Highlights, Preston Zimmerman

Helmond Sport vs. Telstar Highlights
   August 11, 2012 (12:21 PM) by Matt Benson

After scoring seven goals last season between the regular season and playoffs, Charles Kazlauskas opened up the 2012-13 campaign with a goal in Helmond Sport’s season-opening 2-1 victory over Telstar.  I can’t embed the highlights, but you can find them here.

Categories: Charles Kazlauskas, Highlights
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