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An assortment of links for Tuesday
   January 13, 2015 (12:38 AM) by Matt Benson
 

A bunch of goodies to get into.

The USMNT has begun January’s camp this week in beautiful Southern California.  In case you missed it, Jurgen Klinsmann has called in 28 players for this camp, a mixture of vets and a bunch of youth as he looks towards the Olympic/U-23 team.

One player at this month’s camp that you probably don’t know that much about is Julio Morales.  Brian Sciaretta gets you caught up to date on Mr. Morales.  It looks like Morales might not be able to play in the friendlies just yet (although he can still participate in the camp) as he has to file a one-time switch with FIFA since he played with Mexico at the 2013 U-20 World Cup.

Much like Brad Friedel with the U-20 team, another former player, Carlos Bocanegra, is helping out as a coach this month.

Kyle McCarthy takes a look at the mixture of vets and youth as camp begins.

Daryl Grove came up with some humorous one-sentence descriptions for each of the players.  Brek Shea’s is easily the best.

Jurgen Klinsmann did not win FIFA Coach of the Year, but he did receive votes from 12 of the 544 voters, including five first-place votes.

In other USMNT news, CONCACAF has moved up the start of the final round of World Cup qualifying (a.k.a. The Hex) by three months to November of 2016 due to FIFA eliminating some international fixture dates in 2017.  The draw for the first round will take place on Thursday, but the US won’t enter qualification until the fourth round, beginning in November of 2015.  Yes, the whole cycle is about to start up again.

And we might know about two more friendlies for this year as Fox Sports ran this graphic during Friday’s U-20 game, which shows games against Australia and Ghana for later this year.

The US U-20 team is off to a rough start down in Jamaica, drawing to Guatemala (highlights) and losing to Panama (highlights).  Cameron Carter-Vickers has scored the only goal for the US so far and he spoke to Tottenham’s website about it.  Junior Flores had to leave the Panama game after getting his ankle stepped/rolled on and it sounds like he is in a boot and is on crutches.  That makes me think he will be out for a little while.  Want some goalie critique of the first two games?  Will has you covered.  And finally, Tony Meola spoke to Tab Ramos and Ramos claims Gedion Zelalem is “untouchable until March” when it comes to the U-20 team.

Speaking of Mr. Zelalem, the guys over at The Short Fuse have a little write- up on the savoir of American soccer Arsenal prospect.

Moving onto some club news.

All signs are pointing towards Mix Diskerud signing with NYCFC later today (or this week).

There was some more Jozy Altidore-to-MLS chatter over the weekend and Toronto FC appears to have the edge at the moment.  If this were to go down, I am just going to pretend that this was some mastermind of Klinsi to get Michael Bradley and Jozy practicing together everyday.

And both Steven Goff and Jeff Carlisle are hearing that a couple MLS teams are interested in signing Sacha Kljestan as well as an English League Championship side.

DeAndre Yedlin got the start and played 60 minutes with Tottenham’s U-21 team on Friday.  To go along with the video in the last link, here are some photos from the game.

Cody Cropper had to be taken to the hospital with a head injury on Monday after a collision in Southampton’s U-21 game.  Hopefully this doesn’t become anything serious.

Jonathan Spector is finally healthy again.  Although he didn’t play, he did make Birmingham City’s bench this past weekend in their 3-1 win over Wigan Athletic.

Heath Pearce didn’t come to terms with Orlando City after being taken in the expansion draft, so he might be looking to take his talents to Europe.  Pearce began his professional career in Denmark with FC Nordsjælland and also played with Hansa Rostock in Germany so he does have experience abroad.

Ventura Alvarado told Brian Sciaretta last week that he would be interested in a US call-up if Klinsmann called.

Since I get e-mailed one every other month by someone wanting to know Freddy Adu’s status, Steven Goff tells us that he is back training in the D.C. area since being let go from Serbia.

Justin Moose will no longer being playing in Finland with SJK as he signed with the Wilmington Hammerheads of USL Pro last week.

I can’t find much more on this, but Frank Simek’s wikipedia page has been updated that he is now with Sông Lam Nghệ An in Vietnam.  As one would expect, it is not easy to find solid information on this team or league.

Goalkeeper Alex Horwath (not to be confused with U-20 goalkeeper Ethan Horvath) is leaving Sweden and Ljungskile SK and signed with Norwegian second division side SK Brann.  Now Horwath and Horvath will both be in Norway.

Remember when David Yelldell had a hot minute with the USMNT?  He talked about it to Bayer Leverkusen’s website.

Former US U-20 player Fabrice Picault has signed with Sparta Prague in the Czech Republic.

And finally, American-born Ghanaian Koby Osei-Wusu is playing with Ghana’s U-20 team.  And this website doesn’t think highly of US Soccer.

He is one of the young talents recruited and being groomed for the various US national soccer teams through their United States Soccer Development Association (USSDA).

The inclusion of Koby will be a major boost for US soccer which is regarded as a low competitive standard.

Hey Ghana, remember thisOr this?  I do.

 
Categories: Alex Horwath, Brek Shea, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Carlos Bocanegra, Cody Cropper, David Yelldell, DeAndre Yedlin, Fabrice Picault, Frank Simek, Freddy Adu, Gedion Zelalem, Heath Pearce, Jonathan Spector, Jozy Altidore, Julio Morales, Junior Flores, Justin Moose, Koby Osei-Wusu, Mix Diskerud, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team, US U-23 National Team, Ventura Alvarado
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A bunch of links for Tuesday
   April 15, 2014 (12:57 AM) by Matt Benson
 

A lot of things to check out.

US Soccer’s website has a bunch of goodies from the last couple of days.  They stopped by Toronto to do a little Q&A action with Michael Bradley.  They also have the latest Road to the Roster podcast up with Jurgen Klinsmann.  He talks about the Mexico friendly and Jozy Altidore among other things.  And they also have a Q&A up with World Cup hopeful DeAndre Yedlin.

The US U-20 team is down in Texas for the Dallas Cup and is already 2-0-0 after the first two games.  They kicked things off with a 3-2 win over River Plate.  Here is a photo of Ben Spencer celebrating after scoring one of the goals.  On Monday, the team defeated Eintracht Frankfurt 3-0.  Here is a photo of Tijuana and US U-20 teammates Paul Arriola and Amando Moreno celebrating the win.  The US leads Group C with six points and will play Tigres on Wednesday as they look to advance to the semifinals.

While we are on the topic of the U-20 team, Brian Sciaretta caught up with Rubio Rubin before the Dallas Cup to talk about the tournament and joining FC Utrecht.  Rubin turned 18 in March, allowing him to sign a professional contract, but Utrecht can’t register his contract until July 1.

We had some goals this past weekend in Europe.  Alfredo Morales scored his first of the season in a 2-1 loss.  Juan Agudelo scored what turned out to be the game-winning goal in Utrecht’s 2-1 win.  And Michael Farfan came off the bench and scored the game-tying goal in Cruz Azul’s 2-2 draw.  The goal earned Farfan a spot on Medio Tiempo’s Team of the Week as a sub.

Back to Agudelo for a second.  Word on the street is that Stoke City manager Mark Hughes flew to Holland to watch him play this past weekend.  And Stoke City will be looking to get a second appeal on his UK work permit at the end of this month or the beginning of May.

Just in case people forgot, Jozy Altidore is one of the good guys.

ESPN FC’s Alex Labidou wrote some words (or typed them) after talking to FC Nantes’ Alejandro Bedoya.

Stuart Holden talked to the fine folks over at Fox Sports about trying to recover from yet another knee injury.  Stu’s sock game was on point.

Here is a really short film on Clint Dempsey by Degree Men, which was apparently directed by Mad Men’s Jon Hamm.  Dempsey also scored two goals this past weekend, giving him six on the season in only 303 minutes in MLS play after scoring only once in 922 minutes last year with Seattle.

A few guys saw the field on Monday.  After battling some swelling in his knee, Danny Williams returned to Reading’s starting lineup and played 61 minutes in a 1-1 draw.  Bobby Wood came off the bench, played 24 minutes and picked up a yellow card in 1860 Munich’s 4-2 loss to Dynamo Dresden.

Over in Sweden, Matt Pyzdrowski went 90 minutes between the sticks while Eric Pothast played 45 minutes and picked up a yellow card in Ängelholm’s 3-2 win over Jönköpings Södra.  And Alex Horwath started at goalkeeper and Brandon McDonald came off the bench for the final two minutes in Ljungskile’s 0-0 draw to Landskrona, which had Andrew Stadler and Paul Torres each go 90 minutes.

So I have decided to learn how to make GIFs since sometimes they are easier to post/watch than some of these weird video players that some highlight sites use (plus GIFs are just awesome).  I practiced a bunch this weekend making a few of the goals scored in MLS play by some World Cup hopefuls, so here they are:  Clint Dempsey 1, Clint Dempsey 2, Chris Wondolowski, Maurice Edu and Kyle Beckerman.  It is a learning process as I try to figure out size and quality while not trying to make these 10 MB files, but it went better than I expected.

 
Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Alex Horwath, Alfredo Morales, Amando Moreno, Andrew Stadler, Ben Spencer, Bobby Wood, Brandon McDonald, Chris Wondolowski, Clint Dempsey, Danny Williams, DeAndre Yedlin, Eric Pothast, Jozy Altidore, Juan Agudelo, Kyle Beckerman, Matt Pyzdrowski, Maurice Edu, Michael Bradley, Michael Farfan, Paul Arriola, Paul Torres, Rubio Rubin, Stuart Holden, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team
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Hump day links
   March 26, 2014 (12:01 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Some linkage for this Wednesday.

A bunch of guys saw the field yesterday, including one goal by Joe Gyau.  Hopefully I will have highlights of that goal in the next two days.  Tim Howard and Everton also moved into fifth place of the Premier League after defeating Newcastle United 3-0 (highlights).

Todo Sobre Camisetas has some more photos of the “bomb pop” away kits for the US.

Thanks to OT reader Ian for pointing this out, but Gedion Zelalem is no longer listed on Germany’s U-17 roster for their ongoing Euro qualifiers.  Jeff Carlisle did some more digging around and got some confirmation from Arsenal that he declined the invitation.  If he were to play with Germany in an official youth game, he would no longer be eligible to switch to the US at a later date since he is not a US citizen as of yet (and you can only file FIFA one-time switches to countries that you are eligible to play for when you played your first youth game, which would only be Ethiopia for him).

Now, if he were to get US citizenship, he would no longer be eligible to play for Germany, which would cause him to lose his European Union status and affect his ability to work in England with Arsenal.  So I don’t see him rushing out the door to get his US citizenship at the moment.  But there is still hope, although small, for him to possibly playing for the US in the future, especially with Nick Saban Jurgen Klinsmann as the US’s lead recruiter. (EDIT: Some of Zelalem’s situation noted above could be wrong, but that is how it was explained to me by others.)

As for the prized recruit that the US did land, Nate Scott talked to Julian Green’s dad about the move.

“Julian would get very defensive when his brother would make fun of [his English],” his father said. “So Julian would say to his brother, ‘Yeah, well, I was born in America and you weren’t. I’m from Tampa and you’re not. You’re German. I’m an American.’”

Here is a photo of Geoff Cameron scoring on Brad Guzan.  Cameron will have some bragging rights for a while.

Leeds United’s Gregory Ariyibi was sent out on loan to English League One side Tranmere Rovers for the rest of the season.  Ariyibi came off the bench and played 48 minutes in a 2-1 loss to Swindon Town on Tuesday.  I have also seen his first name as Gboly, but I reached out to him to see which one he wants to go by because that is how I roll.

Jose Torres was subbed out of a game due to injury this past weekend, but he was back in the starting lineup yesterday as Tigres defeated Veracruz in Copa MX action, so I guess it wasn’t serious.

It looks like Josh Gatt re-injured his knee last week and will be out indefinitely.

Former Real Salt Lake defender Brandon McDonald has signed with Swedish Superettan side Ljungskile SK.  He joins fellow Americans Aaron Nichols and Alex Horwath at the club.  The Swedish second division now has nine Americans for this upcoming season, the most of any foreign country.

And finally, Brian Sciaretta caught up with Sebastien Ibeagha as he begins his career with AC Horsens in Denmark.

 
Categories: Aaron Nichols, Alex Horwath, Brad Guzan, Brandon McDonald, Gboly Ariyibi, Gedion Zelalem, Geoff Cameron, Joe Gyau, Jose Francisco Torres, Josh Gatt, Julian Green, Sebastien Ibeagha, Tim Howard, US Men's National Team
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Tuesday linkage
   February 11, 2014 (12:02 AM) by Matt Benson
 

This video pretty much sums up US Soccer right now (minus the cheap shot portion).

I posted a bunch of injury news on Saturday.  As for some more updates, DaMarcus Beasley had to be subbed off the field on Sunday due to a foot injury.  Alejandro Bedoya sat out this weekend’s game with FC Nantes due to a hamstring injury, but he is hopeful he can play next weekend.  Jermaine Jones’ Besiktas debut has been delayed due to a groin injury.

We know Eric Lichaj is going to be out a while, but his groin injury could possibly be a hernia.  And Aron Johannsson missed this weekend’s game with AZ Alkmaar, but he should be returning to training this week.

Sebastian Lletget scored a goal for West Ham United’s U-21 team in a 2-1 loss to Manchester United on Monday.  The goal is Lletget’s fourth of the year with West Ham’s U-21 team.

Stuart Holden is starting to train again with Bolton Wanderers and he received some good news from manager Dougie Freedman last week.  It looks like Freedman and Bolton are going to give him a new contract this summer once his current contract expires.

Kicker is reporting that Fabian Johnson will sign with Borussia Moenchengladbach this summer once his current contract with Hoffenheim expires.

With a bunch of Huddersfield Town’s players returning from injury, manager Mark Robins told the UK press that they might send Duane Holmes out on loan so he can get some playing time.

Another “Jozy Altidore does more than score goals” type story out of Sunderland.  Teammate Adam Johnson had some nice things to say about Altidore’s performance against Newcastle from two weeks ago.

“There is a lot more to him than goals. Against Newcastle he must have been a nightmare to play against. Genuinely, I thought he was awesome.

Even though he scored two goals in a friendly for Bob Bradley’s Stabæk last week, Michael Stephens, as well as fellow American Christian Eissele, are trialing with Swedish side GAIS.

Goalkeeper Alex Horwath has been trialing with Ljungskile SK in Sweden over the last two weeks and he was rewarded with a contract with the club.

Here is a new interview with Fabian Hurzeler where we learn that he also holds a passport with Switzerland to go along with the US and Germany.

And finally, some new jerseys got released this week.  Josh Gatt, Ben Spencer, Ethan Horvath and Molde FK have some new home and away kits for the 2014 season.  While Eric Lichaj and Nottingham Forest have a new third jersey for this year.

 
Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Alex Horwath, Aron Johannsson, Ben Spencer, Christian Eissele, DaMarcus Beasley, Duane Holmes, Eric Lichaj, Ethan Horvath, Fabian Hurzeler, Fabian Johnson, Jermaine Jones, Josh Gatt, Jozy Altidore, Michael Stephens, Sebastian Lletget, Stuart Holden
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The middle of the week links
   January 29, 2014 (6:15 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Let’s do this.

The USMNT had a surprise addition at training today.  Stuart Holden has been cleared to do some (not all) of the training.  Stu told Grant Wahl that he is hoping to get back onto the field with Bolton’s reserves in late February.  Good to hear.

Wahl also sat down with Benny Feilhaber and Kyle Beckerman for some video interviews.

US Soccer’s website has been updated with some goodies.  They have a Q&A with Jurgen Klinsmann.  A quote sheet with stuff from Graham Zusi, Michael Parkhurst and Mike Magee.  And a video of some of the guys on the team participating in some graffiti with some youths in Brazil.

I posted on Tuesday about the US-Mexico friendly rumors and now there are some rumors of a game against Serbia in New York in May.  I have no clue how good/bad this Twitter account is (we are now entering Rumorville), but it would add fuel to that fire: Tweet #1 & Tweet #2.

Don’t forget to enter our Pick the US-South Korea score contest.  Free shirts on the line!

As Howie posted yesterday, Barnsley have extended their loan for Brek Shea for another two months.  Shea was one of seven Americans who saw the field on Tuesday.

Another one of those seven players, Tim Ream, had to be subbed off after five minutes after a clash with QPR’s Charlie Austin.  The official diagnosis:  a broken nose and three stitches.

I did a little Inside the Numbers thing on Aron Johnannsson’s 20 goals yesterday.  So check out where his 20 goals stack up in Europe this season.

After having surgery on the fractured metacarpal in his right hand on Sunday, Fabian Johnson is expected to return to training on Wednesday.

Molde’s website is saying Josh Gatt should be ready to return once the Norwegian season starts in two months.  Gatt is returning from a torn ACL.

Also at Molde, Ben Spencer is one of three Molde players training with Norwegian second tier side Kristiansund BK.

Staying in the Tippeligaen, the rumored player with MLS ties who will be trialing with Bob Bradley’s Stabæk appears to be former LA Galaxy midfielder Michael Stephens.

Sebastien Ibeagha is now on trial with AC Horsens in Denmark after playing in two friendlies during a trial with Aalborg BK.

Ljungskile SK in Sweden have two Americans currently on trial:  goalkeeper Alex Horwath and defender Jamel Wallace.  And it sounds like they are leaning towards signing Horwath.

 
Categories: Alex Horwath, Aron Johannsson, Ben Spencer, Benny Feilhaber, Brek Shea, Fabian Johnson, Graham Zusi, Jamel Wallace, Josh Gatt, Kyle Beckerman, Michael Parkhurst, Michael Stephens, Mike Magee, Sebastien Ibeagha, Stuart Holden, Tim Ream
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