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A couple things for Tuesday
   April 1, 2014 (12:02 AM) by Matt Benson

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. 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.

Mario Rodriguez scored his fifth goal of the season over the weekend (shameless plug for our goal tracker!).  As Josh Deaver points out, he has been doing much better since the winter break.

After scoring eleventy billion goals for Kemi Kings, Christian Eissele is moving on to IK Brage in Sweden’s third tier.

The US U-18 team is having a camp next week in California and one player called into camp:  Jonathan Klinsmann.  Chelsea’s Kyle Scott also got called in.

Things I learned over the weekend:  Former LA Galaxy Bryan Jordan is in Germany with BSV Schwarz-Weiß Rehden in the German Regionalliga this season.

Brian Sciaretta talked to Boca Juniors prospect Joel Sonora with the Dallas Cup approaching.

Here is a recent interview with Borussia Dortmund’s Junior Flores.

Categories: Bob Bradley, Brad Evans, Bryan Jordan, Christian Eissele, DaMarcus Beasley, Joel Sonora, Jonathan Klinsmann, Julian Green, Junior Flores, Kyle Scott, Mario Rodriguez, Michael Orozco Fiscal, Michael Stephens, Tony Beltran, US Men's National Team, Will Hesmer
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Will Hesmer Interview
   March 31, 2014 (8:00 AM) by Will Reno

Will Hesmer is a retired American goalkeeper. He played at Wake Forest University, where he was named a first team All-American his senior year, and spent almost a decade in MLS as a goalkeeper. In 2008, with Hesmer in goal, the Columbus Crew won the MLS Cup. He was called into the US Men’s National Team camp twice, is thirteenth all-time in games played in MLS and is one of the best penalty kick savers in MLS history. Hesmer took some time to walk through his colorful career, covering the highlights as well as explaining what it’s like sitting the bench early in his career, struggling with injuries, and leaving a club after playing for so long.

How did you get into goalkeeping? And when did soccer become your number one sport?

I got into soccer probably ages three to four. I grew up on a neighborhood with about ten other kids and I was the youngest out of all of them. So all the kids in the neighborhood played soccer and also I watched it grow up in a small town that, for whatever reason or another, was pretty dedicated to youth soccer. It was a small farming town in North Carolina where football and basketball were dominant compared to youth soccer, but we carved out a small group that loved soccer. There were tons of opportunities to play. As far as when I became a goalkeeper, my mom likes to claim that I came into goalkeeping because I got to wear a different jersey and I thought I was special because of the jersey. *laughs* But I didn’t really get into goalkeeping until when I went to college. That’s when I really focused 100% on goalkeeping. I was primarily a midfielder until college. I played goalkeeper for my club when we went to regionals or nationals. I was playing goal for state teams, regional teams, stuff like that. But the majority of my time I spent as a field player. And I would say soccer didn’t become my number one sport until college. I played five sports in high school so I didn’t really have much time to think about what would be number one.

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