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A few links for Thursday
   October 16, 2014 (12:13 AM) by Matt Benson
 

The US is now unbeaten in its last 19 home games after Tuesday’s draw to Honduras.  Here are the highlights and here are some photos.  And I found this stat to be interesting from Matthew Doyle about Michael Bradley playing behind two true forwards.

While Brad Guzan and Nick Rimando seem to have the #1/#2 spots locked up over the next year, Will took a look at the depth behind them and gave some other options aside from Bill Hamid and Sean Johnson.  He also went USMNT hipster on us and gave us some other options at the U-23 level.

While Joe Gyau is out until January with his meniscus injury, Schwatzgelb.com takes a look closer at Gyau’s career.

Julian Green and Fabian Johnson are both back at their respective German clubs and training again despite their recent injuries.

It looks like Sunderland will listen to offers for Jozy Alitdore come January.  And I guess there was a Burnley rumor this week, but Jozy said it was news to him.

Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Kenny Jackett has confirmed that Juan Agudelo is at the club on trial for another week.

MLS commissioner Don Garber doesn’t agree with Jurgen Klinsmann on some things.

Joe Prince-Wright has a longform piece on Bob Bradley that is worth checking out.

According to this report, Reading decided to pass on signing Oguchi Onyewu.

Bolton and Tim Ream have a new manager and it is Neil Lennon.  He has spent the last five seasons at Celtic.

After his latest injury, Jon-Paul Pittman is back in training with Grimsby Town.

Jonathan Spector did a video for Birmingham City’s Youtube channel on his international career.

I posted some US U-23 highlights earlier this week of their 3-0 loss to Brazil, but here is a video from before the game where we learn that Emerson Hyndman is slowly becoming Brad Friedel.

Laura Greene wonders if maybe Zak Whitbread will get a look by Jurgen Klinsmann during next month’s friendlies in Europe.

And finally, don’t forget to check out RJ’s interview with Galway FC’s Jake Keegan.

 
Categories: Bob Bradley, Emerson Hyndman, Fabian Johnson, Jake Keegan, Joe Gyau, Jon-Paul Pittman, Jonathan Spector, Jozy Altidore, Juan Agudelo, Julian Green, Michael Bradley, Oguchi Onyewu, Tim Ream, US Men's National Team, US U-23 National Team, Zak Whitbread
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A few links for Thursday
   July 10, 2014 (12:33 AM) by Matt Benson
 

A few things posted on this site over the last day before the links.

Will took a look at Tim Howard’s 16-save performance to see what we could learn both good and bad.

A lot more teams are releasing their new jerseys for this upcoming season and I posted a few more for teams with Americans.

Bobby Wood went 45 minutes and scored the lone goal of the game in 1860 Munich’s 1-0 win over Karlsruher SC in a friendly on Wednesday.

Freddy Adu went 45 minutes in AZ Alkmaar’s 4-1 win over fifth division side AFC ‘34.  Greg Seltzer also got some quotes from Earnie Stewart and Bob Bradley about Adu’s trials at both clubs.

It looks like Sheffield Wednesday have decided to move on from Oguchi Onyewu after failing to agree on personal terms.  Onyewu appeared in 18 league games for the Owls last season.

In the UK-tabloids-are-hardly-ever-right department, Celtic appear to be interested in Mix Diskerud.

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.

And finally, it is shameless plug time for our social media as I haven’t done this in a while.  We are on Facebook, so go like us right now.  We are also on Twitter.  Here is my/the site’s main account.  You can also follow Howie, Will and RJ.

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Categories: Andrija Novakovich, Bobby Wood, Brad Friedel, David Chavez, Freddy Adu, Kevin Hoyos, Lynden Gooch, Mix Diskerud, Oguchi Onyewu, Romain Gall, Russell Canouse, Tim Howard, US U-20 National Team
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The return of links
   June 29, 2014 (11:17 PM) by Matt Benson
 

Finally back inside my OT mansion (apartment) in the humidity-free Los Angeles and was able to catch up on the internet and find some links for you guys from the last two weeks.

Thanks once again to RJ for keeping the site going while I was gone.  Feel free to join him in those World Cup prediction posts.

And thanks to David for keeping me up to date on the goals from guys in Sweden, Finland and Iceland while I was gone.  Because of him, I was able to update the goal tracker last night.  Andrew Stadler has been going off in Sweden lately, including five goals in his last four games.

ESPN decided to do a seventh episode of Inside: U.S. Soccer’s March to Brazil before the Portugal game.  I was finally able to find a version online and updated the post with all the episodes in one convenient spot.

Algeria’s Djamel Haimoudi will be the ref on Tuesday in the US-Belgium game.  This will be his third game as the main ref in this year’s World Cup.

Yahoo Sports’ Martin Rogers wrote some words on how the USMNT is becoming a fan favorite in Brazil.  From my experience of being down there, the locals did enjoy the US fans and were getting into the “I Believe” chant.

Terrence Boyd is getting interest from Red Bull Leipzig, Sporting CP and Wigan Athletic according to Greg Seltzer.  While Boyd waits on his future, he scored twice in a 20-0 win in a friendly for Rapid Vienna over the weekend.

It also looks like Matt Besler has been linked to various teams across Europe, but I could see him staying in MLS.

Joe Gyau is moving from Hoffenheim and will be joining Junior Flores at Borussia Dortmund according to Steven Goff (and Gyau was basically tweeting out all the thanks on Twitter last night).  That is a pretty big move for the speedy 21-year-old.

Andrew Wooten signed a three-year deal with German 2. Bundesliga side Sandhausen.  Wooten played with Sandhausen in 2012-13 while on loan from Kaiserslautern.

Zak Whitbread has signed with Derby County on a one-year deal.  Whitbread appeared in four league games for the Rams last season after being sent out on loan by Leicester City.

There has been a Freddy Adu sighting while I was gone!  He is in Norway doing a trial with Bob Bradley and Stabæk.  And according to Greg Seltzer, there could be some interest in Switzerland for Adu as well.

Herculez Gomez scored a goal in a preseason game for Tigres last week.

The last we heard from Oguchi Onyewu, he was looking at a couple teams in England.  As for last week, he was back in Washington training with DC United.  No clue if this is a trial or just him training for a couple days with his hometown team.

Sacha Kljestan could be getting some interest from Greek side Olympiacos.

Russell Canouse and Hoffenhim’s U-19 team won the U-19 Bundesliga this season.

I will be back tomorrow with a pre-game primer post for the Belgium game.

 
Categories: Andrew Stadler, Andrew Wooten, Freddy Adu, Herculez Gomez, Joe Gyau, Matt Besler, Oguchi Onyewu, Russell Canouse, Sacha Kljestan, Terrence Boyd, US Men's National Team, Zak Whitbread
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Some links for Tuesday
   June 10, 2014 (1:22 AM) by Matt Benson
 

We are getting closer and closer to the World Cup.

The USMNT landed in Brazil yesterday and began training at Sao Paulo FC’s training facilities.  Jurgen Klinsmann, Berti Vogts and Matthias Hamann stayed behind in Miami to watch Ghana defeat South Korea 4-0 at Sun Life Stadium (I think that is the current name, but it changes corporate sponsors every two months).

From my non-expertise of watching that game, Ghana look a little shaky in the back, so the US should get chances.  But they pounced on South Korea’s mistakes so the back line will need to be crisp with their passing out of the back.  Also while watching, I have determined that the key matchup will be DeAndre Yedlin’s hair vs. John Boye’s hair.

The US will face Belgium in a closed-door scrimmage on Thursday at Sao Paulo FC’s grounds.  We *might* get a score, but I highly doubt we will get lineups or any real details of what happened.  The other news to come out of training today is that Brad Davis is fully healthy after picking up a knock last week.

While I am sure it will feature on tonight’s episode of Inside: U.S. Soccer’s March to Brazil on ESPN (you can watch the first five episodes here), US Soccer put together a little video of players attempting to reach the green on the famous 17th island hole at TPC Sawgrass.  US Soccer also put together a great video series telling a quick story on each of the 23 players.  They are all pretty good, but Mix Diskerud is slowly winning me over with each little thing I find out about him.

If you are a soccer tactics nerd, you probably liked the tactical cam that ESPN has been using during these friendlies.  Will Parchman was able to use the screengrabs from it to break down Jozy Altidore’s goal going all the way back to when Tim Howard first touched the ball.

The US is one of six countries entering the World Cup on a 3+ game winning streak.  Brazil leads the way with nine in a row, Japan is next at five, Algeria is third with four and the US is tied with Spain and Belgium at three wins in a row.  Maybe that is why the Vegas odds for the US to win it all dropped from 200-1 to 125-1 recently.  Vegas is catching on that the US is going to win this easily. . .

You know we like random numbers here at OT and FIFA has some random numbers on the World Cup for us.  FIFA also has an interview up with Tim Howard.

Speaking of Howard, I quickly just scanned the rosters listed on Wikipedia and only Spain’s Iker Casillas (153), Italy’s Gianluigi Buffon (140), Honduras’ Noel Valladares (122) and Croatia’s Stipe Pletikosa (111) have more caps than Howard among goalkeepers at this year’s World Cup.

If you are awake early on Thursday morning (6 AM Eastern to be exact), ESPN2 is re-airing US vs. Algeria from 2010.  Or just set your alarm clock for 7:55 AM.

HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver is a great show and Oliver attacked FIFA on Sunday night in his usual witty/charming way.

Now onto some club news.

Brad Friedel has signed a one-year extension with Tottenham.  He will be a back-up goalkeeper as well as a “club ambassador”.  I believe he is also still finishing up getting his coaching licenses.

Philadelphia Union’s Amobi Okugo is apparently getting some interest from some teams in Germany.

Oguchi Onyewu wants to stay in the UK as he ponders his next move, which could still be re-signing with Sheffield Wednesday.

Goalkeeper Paul Rachubka has signed a one-year extension with League One side Oldham Athletic.  Rachubka appeared in 13 games last season for the Latics

Here is an interivew up on Hoffenheim’s site with U-19 midfielder Russell Canouse.

FC Dallas midfielder Ethan Sonis signed with SC Freiburg earlier last week.

Finally, I have updated our goal tracker with some more goals from guys in lower leagues.  And you still have time to sign up for our Brazil Bracket Challenge league.

Also, I am flying down to Brazil on Friday/Saturday (I am on the American Outlaws trip.  If you are also going on that trip, let me know so we can meet up for a beer).  I have no clue of my internet situation, but I will try my best to keep things updated as normally (and post some photos from my trip).  Howie and possibly some new people will also be helping out while I am gone.

 
Categories: Amobi Okugo, Brad Davis, Brad Friedel, DeAndre Yedlin, Ethan Sonis, Mix Diskerud, Oguchi Onyewu, Paul Rachubka, Russell Canouse, Tim Howard, US Men's National Team
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Friday morning links
   May 9, 2014 (6:15 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Some links before the weekend.

The USMNT 30-man provisional roster is coming out on Monday afternoon.  In case you are not tired of reading roster predictions, I was able to get Howie, Jon, Will and myself to make our guesses at the final 23-man roster, so go check that out.  Based on the comments over the last two weeks, I am sure there will be people who disagree with us, but we all pretty much agreed on a core 15-18 guys.

This is a pretty good bookmark-worthy link, but SI is keeping track of all the World Cup rosters as they get announced.

I did not get to watch Showtime’s 60 Minutes Sports piece on the USMNT, but I heard it was alright.  ESPN’s Dougie Mac (a.k.a. Doug McIntyre) was able to spot a potential USMNT friendly against Belgium on June 12 while down in Brazil on Jurgen Klinsmann’s whiteboard during the piece (screenshot).

This is also a reminder that ESPN’s Inside: U.S. Soccer’s March to Brazil starts up next Tuesday.  Here is the full schedule for the six episodes as they are all on different nights, while here is a short trailer.  As I have said before, Jonathan Hock and Roger Bennett are the producers so you know this is in good hands.

The USMNT fell one spot to #14 in the latest FIFA world rankings.  Not a lot of moves in this month’s rankings.

In case you missed it yesterday, Omar Gonzalez is going to be out a week or two with his knee injury, while Clarence Goodson picked up a shin contusion and is questionable for this weekend’s game.  Doesn’t look like either will hurt their World Cup chances.

Two other players who could be arriving late to camp are Aron Johannsson and Timothy Chandler.  Johannsson and AZ Alkmaar could still have Eredivisie Europa League playoffs to deal with.  They are up 3-0 after the first leg of the semifinals with the second leg this weekend.  If they advance to the final, that would overlap with the beginning of camp.  As for Chandler, Nurnberg could have the Bundesliga relegation playoffs to deal with if they can finish above Hamburger SV and Eintracht Braunschweig this weekend.

Here is part two of Arch Rivals/ASN’s video series on Maurice Edu’s quest to make the World Cup roster.

Sacha Kljestan hasn’t played much in Anderlecht’s last third of the season and now a report out of Belgium has him not happy and that he wants to return to the US.  It even throws out the LA Galaxy’s name, but I don’t see that happening since they already have three designated players.

Continuing with the same theme, a report out of Mexico claims that DaMarcus Beasley wants to leave Puebla for a return to MLS.

It looks like Oguchi Onyewu is one of the few players that is newly out of contract at Sheffield Wednesday that the club wants to re-sign.

The English FA chairman Greg Dyke wants to make it tougher for non-EU players to play in England.  This obviously would hurt Americans if something like this were to come true.

Hey Seattle people, the documentary on Bob Bradley, We Must Go, is making its premiere in your fine city on May 26.  Go buy tickets here.

And finally, 8-bit Landon Donovan says “Deal With It”.

 
Categories: Aron Johannsson, Bob Bradley, Clarence Goodson, DaMarcus Beasley, Landon Donovan, Maurice Edu, Oguchi Onyewu, Omar Gonzalez, Sacha Kljestan, Timothy Chandler, US Men's National Team
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Catching up on life links
   April 9, 2014 (12:21 AM) by Matt Benson
 

I am still playing catch up on things, but here are a few links from the last couple of days.

Michael Bradley and Chris Wondolowski talked about their goals from last week’s draw to Mexico.

It looks like Jozy Altidore has fallen out of favor at Sunderland at the moment as he didn’t dress on Monday with the senior team and actually suited up with the U-21 team.

A few guys played in the Championship yesterday, but Danny Williams missed Reading’s game with a knee injury, while Oguchi Onyewu picked up a rib injury and missed Sheffield Wednesday’s game on Tuesday.

Julian Green didn’t play with Bayern Munich II over the weekend due to the shoulder injury that he picked up in the US-Mexico friendly.  According to his dad, he will be out a couple weeks.

I guess there might be some interest by West Bromwich Albion for Tim Ream.  Yay UK tabloids!

Marc Pelosi has finally returned to action with Liverpool’s U-21 team after breaking his leg 14 months ago.

On the US U-18 front, forward Dembakwi Yomba has signed with Atletico Madrid, while forward Andrija Novakovich has signed with Reading.

The Fighting Bob Bradleys are in first place of the Tippeligaen after defeating Brann, 2-1, over the weekend.

And finally, there were seven goals scored over the weekend.  I was finally able to update the goal tracker with highlights of six of the seven goals.  Aron Johannsson also got grabbed in the junk.

 
Categories: Andrija Novakovich, Aron Johannsson, Bob Bradley, Chris Wondolowski, Danny Williams, Dembakwi Yomba, Jozy Altidore, Julian Green, Marc Pelosi, Michael Bradley, Oguchi Onyewu, Tim Ream
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Sheffield Wednesday vs. Queens Park Rangers Highlights
   March 19, 2014 (10:41 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Oguchi Onyewu went the full 90 minutes and picked up an assist on Sheffield Wednesday’s second goal in their 3-0 win over QPR.  Here are the highlights, including Gooch’s Messi-like run.

 
Categories: Highlights, Oguchi Onyewu
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Various English League Championship Highlights
   February 23, 2014 (2:18 PM) by Matt Benson
 

I already posted highlights of Duane Holmes’ debut at Yeovil Town, but I thought I would do one post with a bunch of highlights of various Championship games featuring Americans since the league does a great job of posting official/quality highlights on Youtube the day after games.  So check out the highlights after the jump.

Read the rest of this entry »

 
Categories: Brek Shea, Danny Williams, Highlights, Jonathan Spector, Oguchi Onyewu, Tim Ream, Will Packwood
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Catching up on life and links
   February 19, 2014 (12:01 AM) by Matt Benson
 

A few links from the last few days.

Despite all the craziness going on in Ukraine, the US-Ukraine friendly is still on schedule for March 5 according to US Soccer, but they are monitoring the situation.

In the random USMNT stat department, Leander Schaerlaeckens crunched some numbers to see how much playing time MLS players have been getting for the US in each of the last four World Cups.  That number has dropped from 62.8% in France (1998) to 18.5% in South Africa (2010).  But that number should shoot up this summer with the return of about everyone over the past couple of months.

Jurgen Klinsmann did an interview with FIFA.com last week.

Inside World Foorball has an article about USMNT assistant coach Andi Herzog and his job of scouting/recruiting in Europe.

Here is the first ever The Brad Evans Show with guests (and fellow USMNT teammates) Matt Besler and Mike Magee.  It is not great, but it is not awful.  A lot of awkwardness.  But I am mainly linking it because it is really funny with how much Magee gets legitimately annoyed at Evans for comparing his hair to Landon Donovan.

After missing some time with a stomach virus, Brek Shea came off the bench and played 45 minutes for Barnsley in their 2-0 loss to Wigan Athletic on Tuesday.

Oguchi Onyewu is out of the training room and is running again.  He is not expected to return this weekend for Sheffield Wednesday, but he is getting closer to a full return after picking up a calf injury.

Jonathan Spector played with Birmingham City’s U-21 team on Monday.  Spector has been sidelined since October with a thigh injury.

After we were told that Eric Lichaj was about 7-10 days away from returning with Nottingham Forest, their website now has a story up saying that he is about 10-14 days away from returning after suffering a groin injury.

Kim Tate has a good interview up with Herculez Gomez and Paul Arriola.  We learn that Gomez used to coach a seven-year-old Arriola in San Diego once upon a time.

So the LA Galaxy sent Jose Villarreal on loan to Cruz Azul to likely get some playing time and now Cruz Azul is sending Villarreal to their second-division affiliate Cruz Azul Hidalgo.  Villarreal had appeared in two games with Cruz Azul’s U-20 team so far this season, scoring one goal.

Bob Bradley is working his MLS connections again as goalkeeper Matt Pickens is currently in Norway training with Stabæk.

US U-20 forward Lynden Gooch scored his 10th goal of the season for Sunderland’s U-18 team on Tuesday.

Goalkeeper Zac Lubin has signed with Swedish Division I (third tier) side IFK Luleå.  The Montana native last played with the Seattle Sounders’ U-23 team.

 
Categories: Bob Bradley, Brad Evans, Brek Shea, Eric Lichaj, Herculez Gomez, Jonathan Spector, Jose Villarreal, Lynden Gooch, Matt Besler, Matt Pickens, Mike Magee, Oguchi Onyewu, Paul Arriola, US Men's National Team, Zac Lubin
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Timothy Chandler out 8-10 weeks & other injuries
   February 8, 2014 (5:45 PM) by Matt Benson
 

Not a great week on the health front for a few USMNT hopefuls.

Timothy Chandler had to be removed after 10 minutes in today’s game.  The verdict:

That will knock him out of the Ukraine friendly and likely out of a good chance of making the World Cup squad.

Then we have this video of Nottingham Forrest manager Billy Davies saying Eric Lichaj will be out for “a number of weeks”.  With those two injuries, Michael Parkhurst and Brad Evans stock just went soaring on the USMNT stock market.

We know Oguchi Onyewu has a calf injury.  According to this report, he could out a while with a calf muscle tear.

It was not all doom and gloom today, Jonathan Spector is nearing a return to the field after returning to training with Birmingham City.  He has been out since October with a thigh injury.

 
Categories: Eric Lichaj, Jonathan Spector, Oguchi Onyewu, Timothy Chandler
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