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Finally getting back to some links
   June 14, 2013 (12:53 AM) by Matt Benson

A few more USMNT tidbits before moving onto more club-based links.  The US-Panama game was the second-highest rated US qualifier ever on ESPN.  While it was only a 0.8, it was also a 10 PM Eastern start time on a Tuesday night.  Not bad.

It is starting to look like the US won’t be playing its road qualifier at the “lovely” concrete field at Saprissa when they travel to Costa Rica in September.  The stadium is not good enough for FIFA, who recently inspected Costa Rica’s stadium since they are hosting the Women’s U-17 World Cup there in 2014, so the US could be playing at Costa Rica’s new national team stadium in San Jose.

Mexico announced its roster for the Gold Cup, and as expected due to the Confederations Cup, it is a pretty weak roster.  It also features to Mexican-Americans in Miguel Ponce and the recently-found-out-be-an-American Isaac Brizuela.

The U-20 World Cup begins next Friday and Brian Sciaretta talked to Oscar Sorto while Ryan Bacic caught up with Danny Garcia.

Bob Bradley has Egypt one step closer to Brazil with a recent win over Zimbabwe.  And here is an extended look at the documentary on Bob Bradley on Egypt.

As for Michael Bradley, he now knows who his manager will be next season.  Rudi Garcia won the double (Ligue 1 and Coupe de France) in 2010-11 with Lille.

A couple new uniforms came out this week.  Here is Brad Guzan showing off Aston Villa’s new goalkeeper kit for next season.  And here is what Conor Doyle will hopefully wear a few more times on the field next season for Derby County.

If you are a regular of this site, you know that there was a little bit of chatter last week about Eric Lichaj and Nottingham Forest.  Well, it is picking up steam.

Greg Seltzer is hearing that the Ukrainian team interested in Jozy Altidore is Dinamo Kyiv.

Tim Ream’s agent also shot down some rumors to Seltzer about a possible Middlesbrough transfer.

DaMarcus Beasley was not sent to another Mexican league team before last week’s Liga MX draft/transfer deadline.  Puebla’s president recently tweeted that there is a 50 percent chance that they re-sign Beasley.

Another American who didn’t go anywhere in Mexico was Jonathan Bornstein.  Honduras’ favorite US player is still playing the waiting game and looking over his options.

Goalkeeper Caleb Patterson-Sewell has made the move from Vitoria Setubal to fellow Portuguese Primeira Liga side Gil Vicente.

Another player who made a move within his league is Bryan Gerzicich.  The defensive midfielder has switched from Hapoel Ironi Kiryat Shmona to Hapoel Tel Aviv in Israel.

The New York Cosmos have signed Jemal Johnson (not to be confused with Jamel Johnson).  Jemal last played in Europe for Tamworth in England before ending last season with the Fort Lauderdale Strikers.  I love looking as his wikipedia page.  So many different teams.  Octavio Dotel is impressed.

Greg Seltzer has some info on Tony Taylor as he is looking for a new home.

Goalkeeper Ethan Horvath, who has been training at Molde FK for a while, has signed a pre-contract with the Norwegian club and will sign a professional deal with the club once the window opens up in July.

While most of the bigger leagues are shut down at the moment, we still have seen goals in the last week from Christian Eissele, Chukwudi Chijindu and Jordan Seabrook.  Keep track of the lower leagues this season with our goal tracker.

And finally, with one game still left to go in the Polish II Liga (third tier), David Paul and Puszcza Niepołomice have earned promotion and will be playing in the I Liga next season.

Categories: Bob Bradley, Brad Guzan, Bryan Gerzicich, Caleb Patterson-Sewell, Christian Eissele, Chukwudi Chijindu, Conor Doyle, DaMarcus Beasley, Danny Garcia, David Paul, Eric Lichaj, Ethan Horvath, Isaac Brizuela, Jemal Johnson, Jonathan Bornstein, Jordan Seabrook, Jozy Altidore, Michael Bradley, Miguel Angel Ponce, Oscar Sorto, Tim Ream, Tony Taylor, US Men's National Team

CONCACAF is crazy and some other links
   February 7, 2013 (12:33 AM) by Matt Benson

If the World Cup was decided after one game of the Hex (sounds like a reasonable qualification process!), both the US and Mexico would be sitting on the outside.  While the US lost 2-1 in a pretty flat and depressing effort, Mexico tied Jamaica, 0-0, at Azteca, while Costa Rica needed a late goal from Bryan Ruiz to draw with Panama 2-2.  Here are the Hex standings after one game.

I don’t want to link to every depressing recap, but Noah Davis got a quote from Tim Howard which pretty much sums everything up from today.

“They were a much better team than us today. We looked flat.”

Sunil Gulati spoke to some reporters before the game to talk about future qualifier venues and some other things.

Moving on to some other links.

After leaving a reserve game last week after a rough tackle, Stuart Holden went 90 minutes in a closed-doors scrimmage at Euxton on Tuesday.

Brondby has avoided bankruptcy, so Clarence Goodson will get a paycheck for the rest of this season.

Fresh off a Jemal Johnson sighting at Arlesey Town last week, he will trial with the NASL’s Tampa Bay Rowdies.

US Soccer Development Academy product Cameron Thomas is headed to Germany to play with VfL Osnabruck’s U-19 team for the rest of the season.

In the dual citizens currently playing for other countries department, French-American Maki Tall scored two goals for France’s U-18 team.  And American–born Salvadoran Dustin Corea has signed with Skive IK in Denmark, the same club that signed American RJ Allen last week.

I am headed out of town this weekend, so the posting might be a little light on my end, but David should have the Weekend Commentary thread going.

Categories: Cameron Thomas, Clarence Goodson, Dustin Corea, Jemal Johnson, Maki Tall, Stuart Holden, US Men's National Team

Monday afternoon links
   January 28, 2013 (2:27 PM) by Matt Benson

Here is some stuff from the weekend.

The USMNT are now in Houston gearing up for tomorrow’s friendly against Canada.  Canada’s young and inexperienced team lost to Denmark, 4-0, on Saturday.

The Shin Guardian has their official preview up for tomorrow’s game.

Jurgen Kinsmann recaps the camp so far in this video.  Grant Wahl also informs us that Klinsi has been using a helicopter to travel between his Orange County home and the camp while it was in Carson.  If only I had one to avoid the 405 traffic.  Also while training at the Home Depot Center, the team hung out with the U-15 team.  Pretty cool idea.

Brian Sciaretta spoke to Houston Dynamo forward Will Bruin about the current camp.  While Andrew Keh talked to Alejandro Bedoya about being a free agent.

Hann0ver 96 are still unsure of when Steve Cherundolo will return to the field.  Cherundolo has missed the last couple games and did return to training last week only to have a set back.  But he did train today.

Geoff Cameron missed Stoke City’s game this past weekend, but it sounds like he should be back for tomorrow’s game against Wigan.  For those counting at home, the likely starting backline for the US (Cherundolo, Cameron, Bocanegra and Johnson) have all missed at least one game this month due to injury.  Hopefully they can get healthy before the Honduras qualifier.

Speaking of Honduras, here is their roster for that qualifier.

Brian Sciaretta also talked to Maurice Edu recently to talk about his start in Turkey.

It looks like Aron Johannsson is making the move from AGF Aarhus to AZ Alkmaar.  Maybe Jozy Altidore can convince him to play for the US?  That said, I am wondering if this move is about lining up a Jozy replacement since most pundits think he will be making a move to a bigger club this summer.

DC United midfielder Nick DeLeon declined a call-up with Trinidad & Tobago.  He is dreaming of a future USMNT call-up.

Eugene Starikov and Rostov defeated some team 17-1 (!) in a friendly this weekend with Starikov scoring two goals.

We have a Jemal Johnson sighting (not to be confused with Jamel Johnson)!

Jeff Carlisle gives us an update on Junior Flores.

And finally, some American named Patrick Otte is on trial at Leeds.

Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Aron Johannsson, Eugene Starikov, Geoff Cameron, Jemal Johnson, Junior Flores, Maurice Edu, Nick DeLeon, Patrick Otte, Steve Cherundolo, US Men's National Team, Will Bruin

Jemal Johnson has joined Arlesey
   November 20, 2012 (1:17 PM) by Howie Michaels

Jemal Johnson (not to be confused with fellow wanderer Jamel Johnson), moderately notable for his time with Blackburn Rovers a few years ago before beginning a journey through the lower tiers of England (with a brief trip to Bulgaria), has landed with a new club, Arlesey.

Whilst with the Dons Johnson made almost 100 appearances and scored a dozen times.

He spent the first half of 2011 with Bulgarian side Lokomotiv Sofia, before returning to England in the summer to sign for Southend United.

He was released by Southend in December 2011 and two months later signed with Blue Square Bet South side Dover Athletic.

He joined Conference Premier outfit Tamworth in September 2012.

Unfortunately, it appears that Arslesey lacks the indoor skiing and Iron Maiden members that Tamworth had.

Categories: Jemal Johnson

Jemal Johnson has signed with Tamworth
   September 8, 2012 (7:22 PM) by Howie Michaels

Jemal Johnson, best-known for a short stint with Blackburn Rovers and formerly of about a dozen different minor English clubs plus a Bulgarian club, has signed with Conference National’s Tamworth FC.

Johnson spent 2011-12 with Southend United and Dover Athletic. His best professional season came in 2007-08, when he scored eight goals for MK Dons in League Two.

Tamworth the club hasn’t many players of note, but the market town did produce the band Wolfsbane, whose lead singer, Blaze Bayley, went on to sing for Iron Maiden in the late 90s.

Categories: Jemal Johnson

Unofficial Official OT’ers in England Prediction Time
   August 17, 2012 (3:34 PM) by Howie Michaels

Predict the following questions for various Americans in England in the unofficially official contest:

Brad Friedel, Totenham:
Totenham: Champions League, Europa League, or neither?
Yes/No: Does Fridel’s consecutive starts streak (a record 314 matches, meaning he could hit 350 this season) end?

Clint Dempsey, Fulham (?)
Who does Clint Dempsey wind up playing for?
Regardless of club, over/under on:
– 14.5 EPL goals (17 last year)
– 19.5 all competition goals (23 last year)

Geoff Cameron, Stoke City
–          15.5 starts (league only)
–          24.5 appearances (league only)
Does Cameron play more minutes at central defense or at defensive midfielder?

Brad Guzan, Aston Villa
Does Guzan make more appearances for Villa or for a hypothetical loan destination?
Which number will be greatest: Guzan cup appearances, Guzan league appearances, or Guzan national team callus?

Tim Howard, Everton
Yes/No: Everton: Europa League qualifiers?
Which Liverpool club finishes higher in 2012-13, Liverpool or Everton?

Eric Lichaj, Aston Villa
–          17.5 starts (league only)
–          26.5 appearances (league only)
Yes/No: Is Aston Villa safe from relegation entering Survival Sunday?

Tim Ream, Bolton Wanderers
National team caps through May 2013: over/under of 1.5?
Bolton: promoted, promotion playoffs, or outside promotion playoffs?

Stuart Holden, Bolton Wanderers
Over/under: September 15 for Stu’s first start (under is before [ie., if he starts August 25, say under])
–          22.5 starts
–          2.5 goals
–          5.5 matches missed due to injury

Jonathan Spector, Birmingham City
Birmingham: promoted, promotion playoffs, or outside promotion playoffs?
Most minutes: rightback, central midfield, or other?

Will Packwood, Birmingham City
–          5.5 league appearacnes
–          8.5 overall appearances
U-20s:  U-20 World Cup knockout rounds, U-20 World Cup group stage, or another DNQ?

Robbie Findley, Notthingham Forest
Over/under: 3.5 goals (3 last year)
Nottingham Forest: promotion playoffs contender, mid-table, barely surviving, or relegated (19th last year)?

Zak Whitbread, Leicester City
Over/under: 20.5 league appearances
Over/under: 2.5 different reported injuries (must be separated by at least 2 games)

Robbie Rogers, Leeds United
Transfer result: Championship club, League One club, League Two club, or still with Leeds?
Does he score a goal this year wherever he lands?

Conor Doyle, Derby County
–          5.5 appearances (six last year)
–          0.5 goals (zero for career)
Doyle’s club after this year is __________.

Adam Henley, Blackburn Rovers
–          10.5 appearances league appearances (seven last year)
–          13.5 overall appearances (seven last year)
In May 2013, is Adam Henley American, Welsh, or still undecided?

Jon-Paul Pittman, Oxford United
–          2.5 goals (3 last year)
–          15.5 appearances (15 last year)

Mike Grella, Scunthorpe United
–          15.5 league appearances (13 last year between Brentford and Bury)
–          3.5 league goals (4 last year total)
Yes/No: Is Grella still with Scunthorpe at season’s end? In August 2013?

Do the following players find a club in England?
–          Jemal Johnson
–          Marcus Hahnemann
–          Anton Peterlin
–          Cody Cropper
Over/Under on 1.5 Americans winding up in England in January (transfers & MLS free agents)

Categories: Adam Henley, Anton Peterlin, Brad Friedel, Brad Guzan, Clint Dempsey, Cody Cropper, Geoff Cameron, Jemal Johnson, Jon-Paul Pittman, Jonathan Spector, Marcus Hahnemann, Mike Grella, Robbie Findley, Robbie Rogers, Stuart Holden, Tim Howard, Tim Ream, Will Packwood, Zak Whitbread

Catching up on life links
   May 7, 2012 (11:22 PM) by Matt Benson

I am still catching up on life (and I really should be in bed right now), but here are some various links of random things from the last couple days.

Congrats to Clint Dempsey for scoring his 50th Premier League goal of his career this past weekend.  As I posted a month ago when he was sitting on 49, only seven active Premier League midfielders have scored 50+ goals in their career, so Dempsey is #8 (with only Tim Cahill doing it in fewer games).

Congrats to Sacha Kljestan and Anderlecht for winning the Belgian Pro League title.

Two Americans clinched promotion this weekend.  Tony Taylor and Estoril locked up the Portuguese Liga de Honra title and will be playing in Primeira Liga next season.  And in Germany, Royal-Dominique Fennell and Stuttgart Kickers will be playing in the 3.Liga next season after winning the Regionaliga Sud division title.

Carlisle United have offered Frank Simek a new deal with the club.  Speaking of Mr. Simek, here is a teaser photo from my Manchester trip.

Dover Athletic have released Jemal Johnson.

Babajide Ogunbiyi returned to Viborg FF’s lineup this weekend and played 90 minutes in a 3-1 win over Brønshøj.

Keeping up on the leaked/released kits for next season, here are a few more from the last couple of days.

* AZ Alkmaar (Jozy Altidore) home shirt.  Also, this photo of Jozy is awesome.
* Hannover 96 (Steve Cherundolo) home shirt.
* Celtic (Dominic Cervi) away shirt.
* Mainz (Jared Jeffrey) home shirt.

I need some sleep.

Categories: Babajide Ogunbiyi, Clint Dempsey, Dominic Cervi, Frank Simek, Jared Jeffrey, Jemal Johnson, Jozy Altidore, Royal-Dominique Fennell, Sacha Kljestan, Steve Cherundolo, Tony Taylor

Random news and notes from the weekend
   February 19, 2012 (11:48 PM) by Matt Benson

Just a few random things from the weekend to start the week.

Tab Ramos has selected 26 guys for the U-20’s camp, which begins today in Florida and will feature games against the reserve squads of FC Dallas and Montreal Impact.  One name of note:  Andrew Oliver.  Oliver is a promising forward who was dismissed from the U-17 residency program and kicked off the U-17 World Cup roster last summer.  But the squad also features Omar Salgado, Villyan Bijev, Alfred Koroma among others.

If you were paying attention to the FA Cup this weekend, you probably saw that League One side Stevenage tied Tottenham 0-0 on Sunday.  One of Stevenage’s subs from that game was forward Don Cowan, who I was informed by Brian Sciaretta, was born in New York City.

If you read The OT Report, you probably saw that Robbie Rogers was subbed in then out of his debut with Leeds with an apparent concussion.  You can read up more about his rough debut right here.

During this passage of non-play, Robbie Rogers was given an unenviable welcome to English football, first clotheslined by a Doncaster Rovers player before clashing heads with Tommy Spurr.

Worrying scenes followed as the two players laid barely moving for the best part of five minutes, before the stretchers came on and our new signing was taken to hospital. Reports since say that he has sustained a concussion and has absolutely no recollection of the incident. We wish Rogers a speedy recovery.

Gale Agbossoumonde will miss this month’s U-23 camp with a toe injury that he picked up in a previous U-23 camp.

And we had a Jemal Johnson sighting!  The 26-year-old who has been bouncing around the English League One and League Two over the past few seasons, including a stint in Bulgaria, scored a goal this weekend in the English Blue Square Bet South League for Dover Athletic.

Categories: Gale Agbossoumonde, Jemal Johnson, Robbie Rogers, US U-20 National Team, US U-23 National Team
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Some tidbits for Monday
   December 19, 2011 (4:27 PM) by Matt Benson

The biggest news of the day has been Edson Buddle’s agent tweeting that the forward will be training at West Ham United this week.  For those out of the loop, Buddle was sent home from FC Ingolstadt a week early before the Bundesliga winter break, which prompted most people to think that he has had a falling out with new manager Tomas Oral.  Greg Seltzer is reporting that Buddle was able to leave the team a week early due since Ingolstadt “have been directed to trim the budget.”

I’m also hoping Klinsmann has Buddle on some secret recruiting trip for Danny Potts (where is Urban Meyer when you need him?!).

English League Two side Southend United have given Jemal Johnson notice that they plan to terminate his contract following an arrest outside some nightclub back in October.  Johnson has appeared in five league games for Southend United this season.

US U-17 midfielder Matthew Dunn is set to sign with Serbian club OFK Beograd when he turns 18 in January.  Dunn, who played in all four games at this past summer’s U-17 World Cup, will join fellow American Danny Barrera (FK Spartak Subotica) in the Serbian SuperLiga.

Jurgen Klinsmann has found another assistant coach for the USMNT according to the Austrian soccer federation.  That man is Andreas Herzog, who was coaching Austria’s U-21 team and is a former teammate of Klinsmann from his days at Bayern Munich (as well as a former LA Galaxy player late in his career).

That is it for today.  I will be traveling around the US tomorrow (fingers crossed for no huge delays) as I am headed back to my parents for the week, so don’t expect too many updates tomorrow.

Categories: Edson Buddle, Jemal Johnson, Matthew Dunn, US Men's National Team
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Friday morning news and links
   July 1, 2011 (10:49 AM) by Matt Benson

Jemal Johnson will not be playing in Europa League this upcoming season.  After appearing in 14 games for Lokomotiv Sofia and clinching a Europa League spot in 2010-11, Johnson has decided to return to England and signed with League Two side Southend United.  Southend United’s website also has some quotes up from Johnson.

The UK’s News & Star has a nice story and quotes from Carlisle United’s manager Greg Abbott on Frank Simek.

Do we have a new candidate for First Great American Left Back?  It looks like Celtic’s Charlie Mulgrew is considering switching from Scotland to the US for his international career.  Mulgrew was born in Glasgow, but could play for the US via his grandparents.  But it also looks like he would prefer to play for Scotland, but is at least considering the US. (Update – Upon further review, I don’t think he would qualify via his grandparents as mentioned by people in the comments)

Greg Garza will not be at Estoril-merica next season as he is a free agent and no longer connected to Traffic Sports or Estoril.  I am not a huge fan of Traffic Sports, so I like this move by Garza.

Brian Sciaretta has a good preview on a few younger guys in Europe that we should keep an eye on for this upcoming season.  I swear Sciaretta knows the family tree of everyone in Germany.

With that said, Sciaretta has an interview up with Tyrone McCargo, a German-American left winger that will play with Nurnberg’s U-19 team this year.

And sticking with youth in Germany, it looks like Wolfsburg could be interested in Bobby Wood.  A lot of people are expecting big things out of Wood this season after appearing in five games with 1860 Munich’s senior team last season and playing well with the US U-20 team.

Finally, I am bored at work today, so I started this discussion up.  Come join us in the comments and give us your thoughts.

Categories: Bobby Wood, Charlie Mulgrew, Frank Simek, Greg Garza, Jemal Johnson, Tyrone McCargo

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