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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 previousthreeeditions, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A few guys scored goals today, but I can’t find any highlights as of right now. Chad Barrett had a good game, getting involved in two of the goals. As for the goal scorers, Charles Kazlauskas scored a goal in Helmond Sport’s season-opening 2-1 victory over Telstar. And Jann George (Nurnberg II) and Andrew Wooten (Kaiserslautern II) each scored in their respective Regionalliga games.
Also while looking through the box scores from today, I noticed that Quentin Westberg is no longer with Evian TG. He got the start at goalkeeper for US Luzenac in their 1-0 loss to Boulogne in the French National (third division) today.