Steven Goff is reporting that US U-20 goalkeeper Zack Steffen is close to signing with Freiburg in Germany. Freiburg currently have Caleb Stanko on their roster and used to have Eric Lickert until this past season.
Tim Howard was named Fútbol de Primera Player of the Year last week. The award is given to the top USMNT player each year and voted on by various journalists. This was Howard’s first year winning the award.
Andrew Jacobson and Michael Stephens both started with Stephens assisting on the first goal of the game in Stabæk’s 2-0 win over Lillestrøm on Sunday. Here are some highlights with Stephens’ assist coming at the 0:30 mark.
Andrew Jacobson and Michael Stephens both started with Jacobson scoring his first goal of the season as the Fighting Bob Bradleys defeated Start 3-2. Here are some highlights with Jacobson’s goal coming at the 1:08 mark.
After a few weeks of speculation, DeAndre Yedlin’s transfer to Tottenham has become official. He will spend the rest of the MLS season with Seattle before joining up with Tottenham for the 2015-16 season. There is some confusion on what will happen to him between the end of the MLS season and 2015-16 as that is a lot of time (and you would figure that he would be in the USMNT’s plans for the 2015 Gold Cup).
San Jose Earthquakes goalkeeper David Bingham has been loaned out to Norwegian Adeccoligaen (second tier) side Strømmen.
US U-20 forward Andrija Novakovich scored three goals against AFC Wimbledon in U-21 action over the weekend (highlights).
Some new Americans in Europe. Connor Brehm has signed with Carrick Rangers and has been loaned out to PSNI. Both teams play in the Northern Ireland Football League Championship 1. And goalkeeper Ryan Onwukwe is joining German sixth division club FCA Darmstadt. Thanks to @WisconsinSoccer for the heads up.
Michael Stephens and Andrew Jacobson both went 90 minutes as the Fighting Bob Bradleys advance to the semifinals of the Norwegian Cup with a 1-0 victory over Haugesund. Here is the lone goal of the game.
Andrew Jacobson and Michael Stephens both started for the Fighting Bob Bradleys on Sunday with Stephens scoring Stabæk’s first goal in this 2-2 draw (Jacobson also assisted on both of Stabæk’s goals). Here are some highlights with Stephens’ goal coming at the 1:10 mark.
Michael Stephens was at it again on Tuesday, assisting on Stabæk’s opening goal of the game in a 2-1 win over Strømsgodset. With the win, the Fighting Bob Bradleys sit in third place of the Tippeligaen through 10 games. Here is Stephens’ assist.
Let’s start off with the USMNT since they only play Mexico on Wednesday.
In case you have been out of the loop in the last couple days, Brad Evans (calf injury) was replaced by Tony Beltran, while DaMarcus Beasley and Michael Orozco were denied their release by Puebla. Jurgen Klinsmann is now angry. And here is Mexico’s roster.
Klinsmann also made some managerial changes within US Soccer. Tab Ramos has replaced Martin Vasquez on the coaching staff, while Vasquez looks to be headed into a scouting role. Klinsi has also hired Berti Vogts to be a special advisor and Vogts was in Phoenix yesterday. Klinsmann thinks the moves will only make the team better come June. And there were mix reviews about Vasquez.
Now that we got all boring stuff out of the way, we can now focus on the important things. The “bomb pop” jerseys are now on sale on US Soccer’s website! It looks like they will be wearing those with red shorts and here is some more information on the fonts/numbers. In case you don’t want to spend $150 for the real deal or $90 for a replica, you could always go the DIY method. And I am guessing there are some people hoping that this jersey is some elaborate April Fools’ joke.
This was from last week, but Kristan Heneage takes a look at the recent recruiting of Julian Green and other players in Europe. StatHunting.com also projects Green as a Top 100 player based on his small sample size of stats so far in his career.
On top of his work with ESPN, Kasey Keller is going to work with U-23 team in April.
Sticking with goalkeepers, everyone should check out Will’s lengthy interview with Will Hesmer. There are some good stories in there, including the time he thought he was being pranked about being drafted by Toronto FC in the expansion draft. Will also updated his Top 100 American goalkeepers list.
Stabæk’s fans had a great tifo for Bob Bradley in the season opener this past weekend, a 3-0 win over Sogndal. Michael Stephens went 90 minutes in that game and Yanks Abroad’s Mathew Wagner caught up with Stephens last week.