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A few links for Tuesday
   June 30, 2015 (12:33 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Want some links?  Well, here you go.

According to Steven Goff, the USMNT will be taking on Peru in a friendly at RFK Stadium in Washinton D.C. in September.  The US hasn’t faced Peru since a 1-0 win at the 2000 Gold Cup.

Want to impress your friends with knowledge of the US U-23 goalkeeper pool?  Thankfully we have Will to set us straight.

Brian Span went the full 90 minutes and scored his second league goal of the season in Mariehamn’s 1-1 draw to HIFK on Sunday.  Here are the highlights.  A couple other guys scored if you follow along with our goal tracker.

We also had some goals in friendlies over the last couple days.

Kenny Saief scored for Gent in a 2-2 draw to SK Deinze.  Nermin Crnkic scored a goal for Jablonec in a 2-1 win in something called the Minister Cup.  And Andrew Wooten scored a goal for Sandhausen in a 1-0 win over Würzburger Kickers.

Shaq Moore’s Huracán Valencia CF did not win promotion to Spain’s second division (lost 3-1 on aggregate), but you can learn more about his club here.

Desevio Payne looked pretty good for the US U-20 team earlier this month and he signed a professional deal with Groningen last Friday.

US youth player Brooks Lennon was able to get an Irish passport which is allowing him to sign with Liverpool.

The Seattle Times’ Matt Pentz talked to Jordan Morris about his possible future.

Aron Johannsson might be interested in playing in MLS at some point in the near future.

Steve Cherundolo has been named manager of Hannover’s U-17 team.

Joe Funicello’s career has taken a weird twist and he has been named to the coaching staff at BI/Bolungarvik in Iceland.

To go along with his Serbian/Russian interest, Cesar Romero is also getting looked at by some Mexican clubs according to Greg Seltzer.

And finally, today’s sketchy looking website silly season rumor of the day (so it must be true) has Swansea looking at Matt Miazga.

 
Categories: Andrew Wooten, Aron Johannsson, Brian Span, Brooks Lennon, Cesar Romero, Desevio Payne, Joe Funicello, Jordan Morris, Kenny Saief, Matt Miazga, Nermin Crnkic, Shaquell Moore, Steve Cherundolo, US Men's National Team, US U-23 National Team
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Links and such for Wednesday
   January 7, 2015 (1:58 AM) by Matt Benson
 

A bunch of little goodies from the last couple of days.

The latest and greatest Mix Diskerud rumor has him close to signing with NYCFC according to Ives Galarcep.

Goalkeeper Bill Hamid is drawing interest from Italian and English clubs according to Steven Goff.

Hamid along with DC United teammates Perry Kitchen and Steve Birnbaum apparently made the USMNT’s January camp preliminary roster.

Camp begins January 12 and we should see a roster in the next few days.  Jurgen Klinsmann/US Soccer released a video earlier this week to various members of the press where he explained that 2015 will focus a lot of attention on the youth teams, especially the U-23 Olympic team.

“The main task for 2015 is definitely the Olympic team, the U-23 team, to get that off the ground. To identify players, get camps on the agenda, get games on the agenda for that team, and help them to kind of build a core group towards the qualifiers. We want to make sure that what happened with London 2012 is not happening again. We put this on a higher priority level and I think that’s exciting.”

He also confirmed that Brek Shea will be in January’s camp.

Another player Klinsmann talked about was Bobby Wood, who continues to have a falling out with 1860 Munich and could be headed somewhere in January.

We know the US will be playing at the Netherlands in June and now we know they will likely being playing at Amsterdam ArenA.

Tab Ramos selected his 20-man roster for the 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship on Monday.  While Ben Spencer is on the roster, apparently CONCACAF’s website had Joel Sonora’s name on the roster at first.  It looks like Sonora originally made the team, but was pulled off due to an injury.

While the US U-20 team camped in Florida last week, they defeated a Florida select team 6-0 and beat Trinidad & Tobago 2-0.  Someone on the team also brought a selfie stick.  All five games of the group stage will be broadcasted on FS2, starting with Friday’s game against Guatemala at 5:30 PM Eastern.

Franco Panizo talked to Paul Arriola earlier this week about the U-20 team and we also learned that he might be headed to MLS on a loan deal to try and get more playing time.

It is looking more and more like we can cross Diego Fagundez off the potential US list.

FIFA.com has a new interview up with DeAndre Yedlin.

Tom Marshall caught up with Omar Salgado to talk about his move to Tigres.

Jose Torres is going to miss Tigres’ opener against Atlas with a herniated disc.

Joe Gyau is expected to be back to full training with Borussia Dortmund in early February as he continues to recover from his knee injury.

Midfielder Cole Grossman is the latest American to head to Norway to join the Fighting Bob Bradleys of Stabæk.

Liverpool are trying to get a Home Office clearance/work permit for Brooks Lennon in order to sign the 17-year-old forward.

This is your monthly reminder that Jermaine Jones and his family are awesome.

With 2014 ending, we have closed off our 2014 goal tracker.  Jann George led the way with 20 goals across all competitions in the calendar year.  I have already setup the 2015 page as Jon-Paul Pittman scored a goal on January 1 while we were too busy watching the Big Ten beat up on the SEC West.

Two documentary recommendations for you guys.  If you haven’t seen it yet, Roger Bennett did a nice one on Southampton and their their pride in developing youth players.  And here is a fun one on the Crazy Gang, which is the Wimbledon teams of the late 1980s. (h/t Zack Goldman).

And finally, we can blame Alex Olshansky for bringing this to my attention, but here is the weird BBC intro for the US/Portugal match from last summer’s World Cup.  You can tell even Gary Lineker thought it was odd at the end of the video.

 
Categories: Ben Spencer, Bill Hamid, Bob Bradley, Bobby Wood, Brek Shea, Brooks Lennon, Cole Grossman, DeAndre Yedlin, Diego Fagundez, Jann George, Jermaine Jones, Joe Gyau, Joel Sonora, Jon-Paul Pittman, Jose Francisco Torres, Mix Diskerud, Omar Salgado, Paul Arriola, Perry Kitchen, Steve Birnbaum, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team, US U-23 National Team
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A bit of this and that for Tuesday
   August 19, 2014 (12:42 AM) by Matt Benson
 

This weekend was a busy one with tons of players seeing the field throughout Europe.  Here is a quick rundown of how guys did over the weekend.  And as always, our goal tacker is updated with the goals from the weekend with some links to highlights to a few of them.

The big news of the weekend was the professional debut of Rubio Rubin.  Greg Seltzer also recently talked to Rubin about signing with FC Utrecht.

The other odd news of the weekend was the lack of Geoff Cameron in Stoke City’s gameday roster.  While there was first speculation that Mark Hughes was giving extra rest to Cameron and Peter Odemwingie due to the World Cup, it now looks like Cameron is wanting a transfer away from Stoke City.

This weekend also saw Brad Guzan make his 75th straight Premier League start for Aston Villa, the second-longest active streak in the Premier League behind Liverpool’s Simon Mignolet (now at 79 straight starts).

Through two games, Emerson Hyndman has completed 125 passes this season, the fourth most in the English League Championship.  And among Championship players who have attempted at least 100 passes, his 91% completion percentage is the second highest in the Championship.  And there has been a total of 1065 minutes played so far in the Championship by players under the age of 20 with Fulham accounting for 607 of those minutes (57 percent).

Aron Johannsson is going to be out another six weeks after having groin surgery to go along with his ankle surgery from last month.  It will be interesting to see who Jurgen Klinsmann calls into next month’s friendly at forward if he sticks with a European-based roster with Johannsson and Boyd both out with injuries.  Is it finally time to cap Matt Taylor?! (I am joking.)

Seattle Sounders general manager Adrian Hanauer spoke about DeAndre Yedlin’s transfer last Wednesday.  The deal is done, but he won’t be transferred until a later date (since the MLS transfer window is closed and he can’t be loaned back to Seattle?).  Tottenham will “evaluate the situation” at the end of the MLS season once the MLS transfer window opens back up (and see if he can get his UK work permit), although there is a chance he stays in Seattle through the summer of 2015.

People have been asking me a lot recently about anything on Juan Agudelo.  There is nothing new to report that I know of other than he continues to train with Orlando City off and on.

Alfredo Morales and FC Ingolstadt were knocked out of the DFB Pokal by Kickers Offenbach yesterday in a penalty shootout.  Morales went the full 120 minutes and made his penalty attempt.

Will Packwood didn’t play with Birmingham City over the weekend, but he did score a goal with their U-21 team on Monday.

Tony Taylor became a free agent this summer after his contract expired with Omonia Nikosia in Cyprus.  And now the former US youth international is headed to the New England Revolution after the Revolution acquired the forward through a lottery.

ESPN’s Doug McIntyre spoke to Chicago Fire manager Frank Yallop last week and Yallop thinks the Fire are close to signing Jermaine Jones.  McIntyre’s ESPN compadre Jeff Carlisle spoke to a league source who told Carlisle that Jones would “likely” be subject to regular MLS allocation order.  I never understand MLS roster rules.  It is like they are the producers of Paradise Hotel and make up stuff as they go.

Greg Garza did not play with Tijuana last Friday after suffering a nose injury in training which required surgery.  On the Tijuana U-20 front, tilt your computer sideways to see this goal by Amando Moreno from a U-20 game from Friday.

Sticking with odd videos of goals from the weekend, here is Joey Spivack’s first goal of the season for Víkingur Ólafsvík.

Brian Straus with some words on Tim Howard and Tourette syndrome.

US Soccer confirmed the friendly against Ecuador for October 10 last week.  Brian Sciaretta ‏is hearing that US Soccer will add a second game during that international week and it will also take place in the US.

While Germany had the DFB Pokal this past weekend, Borussia Dortmund II had the off week from official games, but both Junior Flores and Joe Gyau (Gyau also scored) played with the U-23 team in a friendly against Wattenscheid last Thursday.

Brooks Lennon made his Liverpool U-21 debut last Wednesday.

Jurgen Klinsmann’s son, Jonathan Klinsmann, did a training stint with VfB Stuttgart last week.

And finally, Timothy Weah, son of the great George Weah, joined Paris Saint-Germain’s academy.  Weah has trained with the US U-14 team recently.

 
Categories: Alfredo Morales, Amando Moreno, Aron Johannsson, Brooks Lennon, DeAndre Yedlin, Emerson Hyndman, Geoff Cameron, Greg Garza, Jermaine Jones, Joe Gyau, Joey Spivack, Jonathan Klinsmann, Juan Agudelo, Junior Flores, Rubio Rubin, Tim Howard, Timothy Weah, Tony Taylor, US Men's National Team, Will Packwood
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Ending the week with some links
   January 10, 2014 (12:41 AM) by Matt Benson
 

For the four people who don’t know, Roma officially announced the sale of Michael Bradley to MLS on their website yesterday.  The $10 million transfer fee is tied for the second largest ever paid for an American.  And Roma made out with a nice little profit on Bradley.

There has already been about eleventy billion words written about Bradley and his move to MLS so I will spare you with my thoughts nor will I link every little rant/story out there.  That said, here are some quotes from Landon Donovan on the move.

Also from yesterday, Julian Green scored a goal with Bayern Munich’s first team in a friendly against the Sudanese club Al-Merrikh (highlights).  And Matt Taylor scored two goals in a friendly against Heracles (photo).

As expected after his contract was terminated by Randers last week, Charlie Davies signed a permanent contract with the New England Revolution.

Brian Span is returning to the US/MLS after two seasons in Sweden.

I posted last month that I got word from an OT reader about the USMNT’s World Cup kits and some more information has been leaked which seems to match up with it.  The change in crest (RIP centennial crest) matches all the new branding done by US Soccer’s website and Twitter account.  There was also a “leaked shirt” photo circulating around yesterday, but it looked pretty photoshop to me (it looked like someone just tried to create what it should look like based on the description from the new leaked information).

Speaking of new shirts, Tijuana revealed their new red shirt for this season at some party/presentation.  Kim Tate was also down there for the presentation and snagged a couple photos.

Sticking with Tijuana, Mexican international Fernando Arce has a son, Fernando Arce Jr., who is also on Tijuana (playing for their U-20 team) and he was born in the US.

Eric Lichaj picked up a “lower body” injury this past weekend, but it doesn’t appear to be anything serious.

With the US U-20 team currently camping down in Florida, Brian Sciaretta talked to Tab Ramos about how things are going.

Brooks Lennon scored a brace for Liverpool’s U-17 team this week (highlights).  He is #7.

And finally, I really can’t wait for this full video.  Klinsi being Klinsi.  Like a boss.

 

 
Categories: Brian Span, Brooks Lennon, Charlie Davies, Eric Lichaj, Fernando Arce, Julian Green, Landon Donovan, Matt Taylor, Michael Bradley, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team
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A whole bunch of links for Monday
   January 6, 2014 (12:02 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Lets start this off with some in-house stuff.  Will did another goalkeeper interview for the site.  This time with Notre Dame goalkeeper Pat Wall.  So go read it.

I also posted most of the highlights from this weekend’s FA Cup.  Finally was able to find Jozy Altidore’s assist, but in GIF form.

A couple photos from those FA Cup matches.  Clint Dempsey is back in a Fulham shirt and this just looks right to me.  Tim Ream is sporting a “milk was a bad choice” beard these days.  And Sebastian Lletget made his first team debut for West Ham in a loss to Nottingham Forest.

In the rare case you missed it, Jurgen Klinsmann selected his roster for January’s camp on Friday.  He also did his usual post-roster release Q&A on US Soccer’s website.  And he also did a video where he talks about the camp.

The US U-20 and U-18 teams are also holding January camps and their rosters were released this weekend.

One of those players on the U-20 team, Freiburg’s Eric Lickert, talked to Brian Sciaretta about his selection to the squad.

Time to strike up the rumor mill.  Juan Agudelo was spotted at Stoke City’s Britannia Stadium this weekend.  Maybe attempting another shot at a work permit?  While last week’s lazy rumor was Michael Bradley-to-Fulham, this week’s looks like it could be Aron Johannsson-to-Stoke City.  “What’s a team with a bunch of Americans…….yeah, put Stoke City down”.

Liga MX kicked off this past weekend with some Americans sporting some new shirts for the season.  DaMarcus Beasley played a little wing back and left back for Puebla in these new blew Kappa kits.  And four Americans (Greg Garza, Joe Corona, Edgar Castillo and Herculez Gomez) saw the field for Tijuana in these new white Nike kits.  I like the Tijuana shirts with the black/grey on the sleeves.  Speaking of Liga MX, we might have some new content on that in the near future.

Now that Bob Bradley is the manager of Stabæk, he is doing the US press tour with Brian Sciaretta and Greg Seltzer.  And here is an extended video interview with Bob.

Kicker is already rolling out its World Cup preview stuff.  Here is a Google-translated breakdown of the USMNT.  They also have a video on Jozy Altidore, which also includes some quotes from former USMNT player Thomas Dooley (the video is all in German).  And Kicker must be a huge Jozy fan as they have a photo slideshow of his career.  Won’t they be surprised when Aron Johannsson is starting against Germany instead of Jozy come World Cup time (I am joking……sort of).  And if you know German, feel free to let us know what is being said in the comments.

Brooks Lennon, a 16-year-old from Arizona playing with Liverpool’s U-17 team, was in the build-up of Liverpool’s goal in this video (I believe he is #7).

This video was done last September by MLS, but I am always a fan of American soccer history (and it is new to me), so here is a short video on the Bethlehem Steel.

The guys over at A Football Report put together their annual “The Best of Football Writing” list for 2013.  Some really good stuff in there.  Bookmark it and read many of those over the next couple weeks.

And finally, I haven’t done a shameless plug thing in a while.  We are on Facebook, so go “like” us if you want.  Not a Facebook fan?  We are also on Twitter.  The main account (also basically my account) is @socceroverthere, while Howie can be followed at @Howie_OT.  Why not also follow other guys who help out with the site from time to time:  Will (@letskillrobots) and Jon (@ArnoldcommaJon).

 
Categories: Aron Johannsson, Bob Bradley, Brooks Lennon, Clint Dempsey, DaMarcus Beasley, Edgar Castillo, Eric Lickert, Herculez Gomez, Joe Corona, Jozy Altidore, Juan Agudelo, Pat Wall, Sebastian Lletget, Tim Ream, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team
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