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Hump day links
   February 11, 2015 (1:32 AM) by Matt Benson
 

A bunch of random stuff so let’s get into it.

Tim Howard has been out injured since December with a calf injury but he is expected to start for Everton today in their game against Chelsea.

Jermaine Jones’ hernia surgery was a success and he is expected to be out 4-6 weeks.

Julian Green has been demoted to Hamburg’s U-23 team in the Regionalliga.  Green has appeared in only five games since being sent out on loan in August.

A.J. Soares is in Norway training with the Stabæk, but this is not a trial.  Sounds like Bob Bradley is just helping him out before he heads out on other trials in Europe.

US U-17 international Christian Pulisic is now a member of Borussia Dortmund and he got to train with the first team yesterday.  And here is a photo of Pulisic talking to Jurgen Klopp.

The US U-20 team found out its group for the U-20 World Cup earlier this week (SPOILER ALERT – It is a favorable one).  Brian Sciaretta talked to Russell Canouse and Dembakwi Yomba to get their reaction.  Tab Ramos also talked to Soccer by Ives to give his thoughts.  Sounds like the U-20 team might have a friendly against England in March and friendlies against Greece and Qatar in April.

Danny Williams scored a goal this past weekend and now he wants to score a goal at home for Reading’s fans.

Will Packwood looks to be playing again with Birmingham City’s U-21 team for the first time since injuring his groin.

Joe Gyau talked to Vice Sports about his crazy last year of signing with Dortmund and battling injuries.

Cody Cropper is slowly working his way back into training after suffering a head injury during a collision during a game last month.  This is what his eye looked like three weeks ago.

Michael Farfan is returning to MLS and has signed with D.C. United.  Farfan left the Philadelphia Union for Cruz Azul after the 2013 season but only appeared in one league game for La Maquina in 2014 (although he did score).

Andrija Novakovich scored a late game-tying goal in Reading U-18’s 1-1 draw to Southampton last week.  You can check out the goal at the 2:42 mark of this video.

Matt Horth is returning to the US and has signed with NASL’s Atlanta Silverbacks.  Horth played the 2014 season in Iceland with Leiknir Reykjavík, scoring six goals in 17 games.

Brian Span looks to be in Finland on trial with IFK Mariehamn after being waived by FC Dallas last week.  Span has European experience with Swedish side Djurgården in 2012 and 2013.  He returned to the US with FC Dallas in 2014, but spent most of his time in USL Pro with Orlando City on loan or with FC Dallas’ reserve team.

Sebastian Troupe has signed a new contract with Bærum in Norway.

Will John was last seen with MAS Fez in Morocco and now he is Croatia trying to find a new home after a near deal with Shamrock Rovers in Ireland hit a snag.

I posted last week with a link about how Kevin Garcia was making the move to Ireland with Galway FC.  Someone in Ireland e-mailed me that it is not true (“was news to the press officer”).  Also, Jake Keegan isn’t with the club either at the moment as he is still waiting for a work permit.  And former Yale and Portland Timbers U-23 defender Andy Hackbarth is on trial with the club.

Goalkeeper Zac Lubin was Kevin Garcia’s teammate at IFK Luleå last season and now he is on trial with Cork City in Ireland.

And completing the IFK Luleå news roundup, goalkeeper Alex Wimmer is on trial with IFK Luleå.  If you are looking for a Swedish third division to cheer for, IFK Luleå has to be winner, right?

 
Categories: A.J. Soares, Alex Wimmer, Andrija Novakovich, Andy Hackbarth, Brian Span, Christian Pulisic, Cody Cropper, Dembakwi Yomba, Jake Keegan, Jermaine Jones, Joe Gyau, Julian Green, Kevin Garcia, Michael Farfan, Russell Canouse, Sebastian Troupe, Tim Howard, US U-20 National Team, Will John, Zac Lubin
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A few links for Wednesday
   January 14, 2015 (12:33 AM) by Matt Benson
 

A couple things for Wednesday.

Mix Diskerud to NYCFC became a real thing on Tuesday.  Jozy Altidore to Toronto FC looks to be a real thing, but it sounds like Altidore still has to go through the allocation process (TFC is currently #6 and the other rumored teams interested in him are behind Toronto).

If/when Altidore joins MLS, seven of the 11 starting USMNT players from the World Cup opener against Ghana will now be in MLS.

With all this movement from Europe to MLS, Grant Wahl talked to Jurgen Klinsmann to see his thoughts on the moves of Diskerud, Altidore, Brek Shea and Jermaine Jones.

The USMNT continues training in Carson and Clint Dempsey apparently took over the homeless man beard look with Tim Howard not in camp.  And Mix Diskerud likes Brad Evans’ hair.  This is why you come to this site, for the hard-hitting journalism.

According to the San Antonio Business Journal, the US-Mexico friendly for April will take place at the Alamodome in San Antonio.  The US has only played one game before in San Antonio, a 1-0 win over Costa Rica on June 14, 1988.

Want an interview with Michael Bradley?  Here is one from the Toronto Sun.

Greg Garza did a TV interview with KUSI in San Diego on Tuesday.

Michael Farfan has left Cruz Azul and is now a free agent.  He told Tom Marshall that he is talking to MLS as well as looking at options in Scandinavia and Switzerland.

Sean Reynolds has left FH in Iceland and has signed with the new USL Pro team Louisville City FC.

And finally, at least one fan out there is worried about Juan Agudelo’s club situation.

 
Categories: Brad Guzan, Brek Shea, Clint Dempsey, Greg Garza, Jermaine Jones, Jozy Altidore, Juan Agudelo, Michael Bradley, Michael Farfan, Mix Diskerud, Sean Reynolds, US Men's National Team
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Thursday morning links
   May 29, 2014 (1:07 AM) by Matt Benson
 

In case you have been kidnapped Taken-style over the last 48 hours, the US kicked off the Send-Off Series with a 2-0 win over Azerbaijan on Tuesday.  Here are some highlights and some photos from the game. Here is also a short video on the game and Chris Wondolowski from the San Jose Earthquakes Youtube channel.  Clint Dempsey was a late scratch with a groin issue, but it is not serious and he will only miss one or two days.

This Landon Donovan shirt is awesome.  And this song might be the only country song I like.  Jimmy Conrad/KICKTV have their latest Group G video up and this time Jimmy is in Ghana.  I want to have a beer with Jimmy at some point in my life.

As I posted yesterday, reports out of England have Tim Ream agreeing to a new three-year deal with Bolton.

Edgar Castillo is leaving Tijuana for fellow Liga MX side Atlas.

We posted Brad Evans’ comments about being cut from the USMNT and now Clarence Goodson is speaking out about the process.  And he doesn’t seem like he is happy.

Greg Selzter is hearing that Timothy Chandler is drawing some interest from Eintracht Frankfurt and Stuttgart.

Stoke’s The Sentinel is reporting that Hannover 96 might be going after Juan Agudelo.

Michael Farfan appears not to be in Cruz Azul’s future plans after some recent changes at the club.

Zak Whitbread is in contract talks with Derby County.  Whitbread finished last season with the Rams after being sent on loan from Leicester City.

Former US U-20er Villyan Bijev was released by Liverpool last week.

The Fighting Bob Bradleys advanced to the fourth round of the Norwegian Cup this week after defeating Grorud 3-0.

We have had a bunch of goals scored in the last two weeks in Iceland and Finland so go check out our goal tracker to stay up to date.

And finally, a reminder to sign up for MLS’s Brazil Bracket Challenge and join our league.

 
Categories: Bob Bradley, Chris Wondolowski, Clarence Goodson, Clint Dempsey, Edgar Castillo, Juan Agudelo, Landon Donovan, Michael Farfan, Tim Ream, Timothy Chandler, US Men's National Team, Villyan Bijev, Zak Whitbread
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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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Cruz Azul vs. Pachuca Highlights
   April 12, 2014 (5:08 PM) by Matt Benson
 

Michael Farfan came off the bench and scored the game-tying goal in injury time today in Cruz Azul’s 2-2 draw to Pachuca.  Here is Farfan’s goal.

 
Categories: Highlights, Michael Farfan
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