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A bunch of links for Tuesday
   December 9, 2014 (12:30 AM) by Matt Benson

A bunch of random stuff for you.

The big news of the weekend was that Terrence Boyd tore his ACL again.  Talk about some crappy luck as he was just getting back into form.

Here is what the first half of 2015 looks like for the USMNT.

In the event you missed this post from last Friday, here are two things on DeAndre Yedlin.

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.

Howard has also been in the news lately due to his new book.  ESPNFC got some exclusive excerpts from the book.  In Part 1, he claims Brad Friedel didn’t help him get his UK work permit (The PFA came out saying Friedel didn’t send in anything with regard to denying Tim Howard a work permit).  In Part 2, he talks about Jurgen Klinsmann micromanaging the USMNT.

Greg Seltzer gives us some teams (or at least some leagues) interested in Mix Diskerud’s services.  Diskerud is also talking to Rosenborg.

The Fighting Bob Bradleys of Stabæk will be without Andrew Jacobson next season as he returned to NYCFC after his loan ended.  And it looks like Michael Stephens is leaving the club to sign with the Chicago Fire according to one report out of Norway.

Shane O’Neill returned to the US after training/trailing with Sheffield Wednesday.  They will keep an eye on him and he picked up a shoulder injury in the last training session.

Omar Salgado was traded from the Vancouver Whitecaps to NYCFC, but he is expected to be transferred out to an unnamed international club.

Josh Gatt has no timetable of an official return to the field, but he is expected to re-join Molde for preseason training and possibly miss the first few games of the season.  Gatt suffered a second ACL-related injury last season.

Fresh off one of the humorous moments of Sunday’s MLS Cup, A.J. Soares wants to test things in Europe and holds an Italian passport.

Soon-to-be-winter-silly-season rumor of the week, Southampton are eyeing Lee Nguyen.

The Liga MX Apertura final will feature Tigres (Jose Torres and Herculez Gomez) against Club America (Ventura Alvarado).

And here are two reminders that Jermaine Jones is awesome: Reason 1 and Reason 2.

Categories: A.J. Soares, Andrew Jacobson, Brad Friedel, DeAndre Yedlin, Herculez Gomez, Jermaine Jones, Jose Francisco Torres, Josh Gatt, Lee Nguyen, Michael Stephens, Mix Diskerud, Omar Salgado, Shane O'Neill, Terrence Boyd, Tim Howard, US Men's National Team, Ventura Alvarado, Zack Steffen

Here is your US-Ireland pre-game primer
   November 18, 2014 (12:51 AM) by Matt Benson

Here is a quick rundown of things you might want to look at before today’s game.

» The game is at 2:45 PM Eastern on ESPN2.

» Ireland is ranked #61 by FIFA and #36 by Elo, while the US is #23 by FIFA and #17 by Elo.

» Here are the official game notes by US Soccer.  As for some random stats/facts:

The US is 2-4-2 all-time against Ireland, including a 0-4-0 mark in Dublin.

The US has scored exactly one goal in five straight games, the longest such streak in USMNT history.

Ireland is hosting a team from CONCACAF for the first time since beating Jamaica, 1-0, on June 2, 2004.

Nick Rimando has made 16 appearances for the USMNT, going 10-0-1 in his 11 decisions, including four shutouts.

The Colombia match was the first time that the US has lost when Jozy Altidore has scored (15-1-4).  Hat tip to Grant Wahl on that one.

» As expected, Jurgen Klinsmann sent home Jermaine Jones, Lee Nguyen and DeAndre Yedlin due to the MLS playoffs.  He also sent home DaMarcus Beasley so he could deal with some personal matters in Mexico.  And on Ireland’s side, Robbie Keane was sent back to the LA Galaxy due to the MLS playoffs.

» US Soccer’s website has a bunch of photo galleries up from the last couple of days:  Being tourists in London, the game against Colombia and traveling/training in Dublin.  They also have a small interview up with Rubio Rubin.

» Speaking of Rubin, he missed Monday’s training due to illness.  Steve Cherundolo is in Ireland helping out/observing from the coaching side.  The Mayor of Hannover is close to completing his UEFA A license.  Klinsi suggested that Jordan Morris could make his debut.  It also sounds like Nick Rimando will get the start between the sticks.  Klinsi also talked about possibly playing in South America in the future.

» Some other USMNT tidbits from across the interwebs.  DeAndre Yedlin’s passport Latvian situation is still up in the air.  Mexico manager Miguel Herrera recently made some comments that a US-Mexico friendly could be taking place in April.  The Guardian recently ranked the US-Mexico rivalry as the #8 greatest in international soccer.  It looks like Graham Zusi is not taking part of this camp due to a foot injury.  Based on your voting, Tim Howard would win 2014 U.S. Soccer Male Athlete of the Year.  And here is an interesting read on what goes into scheduling friendlies with the USMNT.

» The Shin Guardian has a “mini-preview” for you.

» As for my prediction, I am saying a 2-1 win by the US.  Goals by Jozy Altidore and Alejandro Bedoya.

Categories: DaMarcus Beasley, DeAndre Yedlin, Graham Zusi, Jermaine Jones, Jordan Morris, Jozy Altidore, Lee Nguyen, Nick Rimando, Rubio Rubin, Steve Cherundolo, US Men's National Team

A bit of this and that for Tuesday
   November 11, 2014 (12:50 AM) by Matt Benson

The big news from yesterday was the release of the USMNT roster for the upcoming friendlies against Colombia and Ireland.

I am guessing players like Aron Johannsson, Terrence Boyd and Danny Williams were left off due to just returning back from injury, while we did get confirmation last night that Clint Dempsey was left off to give him some rest during the MLS playoffs.  Some other players still in the playoffs, like Jermaine Jones and Lee Nguyen, will be headed back to the US after the Colombia friendly.

Tesho Akindele was not on the roster despite various reports saying he had a good chance of making it last week, but it looks like he made the initial provisional roster.  I am wondering if he might get called in for the Ireland friendly if some of those MLS players return to their clubs, especially with FC Dallas no longer in the MLS playoffs.

I am guessing some fans are questioning bringing in some older players like DaMarcus Beasley, Chris Wondolowski and Kyle Beckerman, but it looks like Jurgen Klinsmann wants the older players to mentor the younger players.  Here is also a video of Klinsi talking about the roster and the upcoming friendlies.

Here is a photo gallery of the USMNT training in London.

While we have the US roster, here are the rosters for Colombia and Ireland.

Nathen McVittie created some cool posters for both friendlies that you can buy.

Miguel Ibarra found himself back on the US roster and he scored a pretty sweet goal this past weekend in the NASL semifinals.

Lee Nguyen will be looking to see the field against Colombia and there is a good chance that Brad Guzan will be the goalkeeper.  The last time he played for the USMNT?  In a 2007 Copa America match against Colombia with Brad Guzan as the goalkeeper.

The US U-20 team is currently Spain for a mini-tournament against Russia’s U-21s, Ireland’s U-20s, and Canada’s U-20s.  Here is that roster.  And here are some photos from their training session yesterday.  It looks like Tab Ramos is working with Brad Friedel to try and get Cameron Carter-Vickers’ release from Tottenham for the U-20 World Cup.

One player currently at that U-20 camp in Spain, Lynden Gooch, just signed an extension with Sunderland.

A couple dual nationals that the US can probably cross off their list:  Columbus Crew’s Justin Meram and Stjarnan’s Pablo Punyed.

Still haven’t learned anything new, but one report out of the UK claims DeAndre Yedlin is close to getting his Latvian passport, which means he could join Tottenham in January.

We had some goals this past weekend.  The Joker, Cesar Romero, notched a hat trick in Armenia (highlights).  Andrew Wooten assisted on the game-tying goal and scored the winner in Sandhausen’s victory over Nurnberg (highlights).  That performance by Wooten earned him OT’s Player of the Week honors by Howie and myself.  Read this and you will see that Wooten’s goals have come up big for Sandhausen this season.  Bobby Warshaw scored a goal (highlights) as Bærum advanced in the Norwegian promotion playoffs and will next play Rhett Bernstein and Mjøndalen.  And finally, Devann Yao got another start and scored another goal in German Regionalliga action (highlights).

Heading back to Norway for a second.  This past weekend was the last game of the season.  The Fighting Bob Bradleys had a 2-0 win over Sogndal and finished ninth in the 16-team Tippeligaen.  Not bad for a newly promoted team.

There is a chance that Mix Diskerud played his last game for Rosenborg, a 4-1 win over Strømsgodset, giving them a second place finish and a spot in next year’s Europa League in the event he stays at the club.  It looks like Mix is also participating in Movember.

And down in the Adeccoligaen, it was good to see Zarek Valentin return to the field after missing most of the season with an ankle injury.

Tim Howard was trying to be sneaky sneaky in Everton’s 1-1 draw to Sunderland.

Jozy Altidore did not get off the bench in that game, but he recently participated with SB Nation’s The Chivalry Playbook.

Brian Sciaretta talked to Aron Johannsson last week about returning to the field after two surgeries.

Michael Orozco left Puebla’s game this past weekend with what looked to be a calf injury.

And finally, Benji Joya is leaving the Chicago Fire (they declined the buy option in their loan deal with Santos Laguna) and he apparently has options in Argentina as well as some other teams within MLS.

Categories: Andrew Wooten, Aron Johannsson, Benji Joya, Bobby Warshaw, Brad Friedel, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Cesar Romero, Chris Wondolowski, Clint Dempsey, DaMarcus Beasley, DeAndre Yedlin, Devann Yao, Jermaine Jones, Jozy Altidore, Justin Meram, Kyle Beckerman, Lee Nguyen, Lynden Gooch, Michael Orozco Fiscal, Miguel Ibarra, Mix Diskerud, Pablo Punyed, Tesho Akindele, Tim Howard, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team, Zarek Valentin
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Friday Links
   June 3, 2011 (4:17 PM) by Matt Benson

I am not going to do my normal sentence or two describing each link as I am tired and on about three hours of sleep, but here are some links worth checking out.

* Dempsey’s career dotted by close calls, fortune [Fox Soccer]

* U.S. national team coach Bob Bradley shouldn’t experiment much in Gold Cup [Sporting News]

* U.S. vs. Spain preview [ESPN Soccernet]

* Transition time for U.S. back line [ESPN Soccernet]

* Chat with Jeff Carlisle [ESPN]

* News & notes for U.S. friendly vs. Spain [Soccer Insider]

* USA vs. Mexico Roster Analysis: Getting Defensive [The Yanks Are Coming]

* Hahnemann: It’s a totally different ballgame [Yanks Abroad]

* Spector hails US squad depth [Yanks Abroad]

* Rogers excited to return to USMNT [Yanks Abroad]

* Versatile Wondolowski ready for next step [Yanks Abroad]

* USA vs. Spain: Three things to watch [The USA 10 Kit]

* So Why Play Spain Again? [The USA 10 Kit]

* US prep for Gold Cup with big-time foe in Spain []

* Yanks lacking style ahead of Gold Cup []

* College star Rolfe to trial in Sweden []

* Nguyen deals with delays, decisions []

* Albrighton: Lichaj has what it takes to star for Villa [Aston Villa’s official site]

Categories: Chris Wondolowski, Clint Dempsey, Colin Rolfe, Eric Lichaj, Jonathan Spector, Lee Nguyen, Marcus Hahnemann, Robbie Rogers, US Men's National Team
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Some afternoon links: Grella loaned to Motherwell
   January 20, 2011 (1:43 PM) by Matt Benson

Leeds United has decided on Mike Grella’s fate for the rest of this season, sending him out on loan to Motherwell in the Scottish Premier League for the rest of the 2010-11 season.  Grella scored three goals in 11 appearances with Carlisle United, his last loan deal, but only has two appearances with Leeds this season.

Motherwell currently sit in sixth place of the 12-team Scottish Premier League with 25 points out of 20 games played.

Arch Bell caught up with Ryan Guy to discuss his decision to leave St. Patrick’s Athletic in Ireland.  He is hoping that a MLS team is looking for a wide midfielder.

Jonah Freedman talked to Lee Nguyen about his decision to obtain a Vietnamese passport.  The passport would allow his team to count him as a domestic player and enable the club to seek more foreign talent.  Plus, as we have discussed before, it would allow him to switch to the Vietnamese national team over the USMNT if Vietnam comes calling.

And finally, here is the latest installment of US Soccer’s “Inside the Lines”.

Categories: Lee Nguyen, Mike Grella, Ryan Guy, US Men's National Team
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Hump Day News
   January 12, 2011 (4:47 PM) by Matt Benson

As we reported earlier today, US U-20 midfielder Josh Gatt is headed to Norway to play for Molde FK after a deal between Molde and his former club, SC Rheindorf Altach, became official.  Greg Seltzer gets a couple quotes from one of Molde’s sports director right here.

Seltzer also talks to Stuart Holden about Bolton’s current season over at

Justin Braun and Ugo Ihemelu have been released from the USMNT camp due to injuries.

As for stories on a couple players in camp, Brian Sciaretta (Yanks Abroad) has one on Sean Franklin and Jack Bell (New York Times) has one on Teal Bunbury.

The US U-20 team ended its January camp with a 3-1 victory over Miami FC.  Gale Agbossoumonde, Kelyn Rowe and Omar Salgado supplied the goals for the U-20 team.

The latest FIFA World Rankings came out today, but there are hardly any changes since December since there were hardly any games over the last month.  The US are still sitting in 18th while their next opponent, Chile, are in 15th.

Matthew over at The Shin Guardian has some fun interviews with Eric Lichaj and Herculez Gomez.  Lichaj seems like a “lunch pail” type of guy (very Bob Bradley-like).

Sky Sports has learned that Jonathan Spector is now open to a possible transfer away from West Ham United.  His contract with West Ham is up after this season and it doesn’t look like West Ham is interested in extending his contract.

As for the latest in the Mike Grella playing time “saga”, Leeds manager Simon Grayson claims that Grella is in the team’s long term plans, but is currently their fifth choice in the striker pecking order.  And it looks like Leeds is looking for another possible loan deal for Grella for the time being.

And finally, we have Lee Nguyen news in back-to-back days after not talking about him for many months.  It appears that he is applying for Vietnamese citizenship in order to be eligible to play with the Vietnamese national team.  Nguyen has made three appearances with the USMNT team (two at the 2007 Copa America and one in a friendly against China in 2007).  So if he does make the switch, we might be done talking about him on the site (we try to focus only on American players eligible for the USMNT).

Categories: Eric Lichaj, Herculez Gomez, Jonathan Spector, Josh Gatt, Justin Braun, Lee Nguyen, Mike Grella, Sean Franklin, Stuart Holden, Teal Bunbury, Ugo Ihemelu, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team

News and Links for 1/11/11
   January 11, 2011 (6:32 PM) by Matt Benson

Aside from the Oguchi Onyewu’s loan deal and Jonathan Spector/West Ham advancing in the Carling Cup, today’s news is sort of minor.

Starting in England, Wycombe Wanderers manager Gary Waddock says Jon-Paul Pittman is not fully ready to return to first-team action.  Sounds like Wycombe’s reserve match on February 8 against Crawley Town is the new target date for his return to the field for some actual game action.

Mike Grella has returned from his loan spell at Carlisle United and is now playing with Leeds United’s reserve squad.  Grella scored a goal in Leeds’ 3-0 victory over Scunthorpe United’s reserve team on Tuesday.

Forward-turned-defender Sebastian Harris is at the end of his loan deal to Stafford Rangers and should be returning to Northampton Town, although it sounds like he could be going out on loan again, but to another English Conference North team Nuneaton Town.

It seems like a million years ago since Clarence Goodson signed with Brøndby IF, but he finally trained with the team for the first time this week.  Here is a quick recap of that with some comments made by his new coach Henrik Jensen.

And it seems like a trillion years ago since we last talked about Lee Nguyen.  The Vietnamese V-League starts up soon and here is a little story on Nguyen’s current team Binh Duong.

The Yanks Abroad guys have a triple pack of stories on U-20 players:  Bobby Wood, Kelyn Rowe and Sebastien Ibeagha.

The USMNT blog is always updating with stuff with the current camp, so instead of linking each individual entry, just go to the blog and read whatever your little heart desires.

And finally, here is a look at some of the practice in US Soccer’s latest installment of “Inside The Lines”.

Categories: Bobby Wood, Clarence Goodson, Jon-Paul Pittman, Kelyn Rowe, Lee Nguyen, Mike Grella, Sebastian Harris, Sebastien Ibeagha, US Men's National Team
No Comments’s Joshua Robinson checks in with Lee Nguyen
   July 17, 2010 (4:02 AM) by Howie Michaels has a nice article about Lee Nguyen, who as we have written before, has moved from playing in the Netherlands and Denmark into becoming a star in the V-League.

Categories: Lee Nguyen
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Monday Link Action
   April 5, 2010 (4:45 PM) by Matt Benson

» Maurice Edu full of praise as James McArthur thrives at Ibrox [The Sunday Herald of Scotland]

» Feilhaber aiming for strong finish [Yanks Abroad]

» Nguyen Likes Binh Duong Ambition [Soccer365]

» meets…Marcus Hahnemann []

Categories: Benny Feilhaber, Lee Nguyen, Marcus Hahnemann, Maurice Edu
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Lee Nguyen’s club search has come to a close
   March 18, 2010 (5:52 PM) by Howie Michaels

via the indispensable Vietnam Football:

Lee Nguyen decided to sign a 18-month contract with an undisclosed fee for V-League 2009 runner-up Becamex Binh Duong yesterday. His monthly salary will stand at US$ 10,000, making him the best-paid player in V-League alongside Hai Phong’s Leandro. Since the register window was closed, Lee will make his debut for Binh Duong in the second phase of V-League which will start in June.

Binh Duong’s decision to approach Lee Nguyen was considered a reasonable one as the club is currently suffering lack of depth and creativity in the midfield. Moreover, Binh Duong needs new addition to its squad to gear up to challenges in V-League, AFC Cup and National Cup

Interesting that he is the highest-paid player in the V-League. Not that $10K/month is a huge salary for professional soccer (it would not even be big in Major League Soccer), but apparently he is fairly well-regarded if they are compensating him as such. Of course, having experience in the Eredivisie is probably a rare quality in the V-League.

The V-League runs January-August, so I’m not sure exactly how the different sessions (which the next one starting in June) works.

Categories: Lee Nguyen
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