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Links like you have never linked before
   February 6, 2014 (12:32 AM) by Matt

Yeah, I am running out of ideas for titles for these posts.

Jurgen Klinsmann did a Q&A on US Soccer’s website and the door is still open for Timothy Chandler and others in Europe. : You have stated that the door is still open for players to make their case for the World Cup roster. There are several players in Europe who are experiencing new opportunities with their clubs and others coming back from injury. What do you need to see from them?

JK : “We just want them to be on the field and build their case. We communicate with them, players like Oguchi Onyewu, Tim Ream, and Danny Williams. You have Brek Shea, who went down into the Championship from Stoke to play games and is now playing 90 minutes almost every week. You have Timmy Chandler at Nurnberg, who for six months has been doing a very consistent, good job. Jermaine Jones goes to Besiktas and will pick up the rhythm of playing games again. We follow the players that have injury problems like Steve Cherundolo, who is still having issues, and John Anthony Brooks with Hertha Berlin who is hopefully back next week. Same with Fabian Johnson who broke his arm and is hopefully back next week as well. Being in February and a few months prior to the World Cup, you want to see them all play. You have to give them a clear message that only if you pick up a rhythm and play week-in, week-out, will you complete one of the big keys in order to make the World Cup roster. That’s why we are really happy some of them now are starting to get their rhythm. This all plays a vital role in evaluating them, and then we have to make the vital calls in May.”

Someone told Grant Wahl that US Soccer spent about $500,000 for January’s camp, including the trip down to Brazil.

Oguchi Onyewu had to leave Sheffield Wednesday’s game in the last few minutes of injury time on Sunday due to an injury.  Now we know that it was a calf injury, but no updates on how serious of an injury.

With one centerback hurt, another has returned to full training.  John Brooks returned to Hertha Berlin’s training on Wednesday after tweaking his knee in early January.

Freddy Adu played 45 minutes in a behind-closed-doors scrimmage against Blackpool’s youth team this week and it looks like he is going to continue to train with the club for the rest of the week.

Benji Joya is headed to the Chicago Fire after winning a weighted lottery.  The US U-20 midfielder joins MLS on a one-year loan from Santos Laguna.

Jozy Altidore talked to the Sunderland Echo about his frustration over not scoring much for Sunderland this season.

Juan Agudelo talked to Greg Seltzer about his first start with FC Utrecht from last weekend.  FC Utrecht host PEC Zwolle today, so Agudelo should get a chance for some more playing time/starts.

Besiktas’ twitter account likes Jermaine Jones and they have posted a few photos of Jones in the last week, including this fun one.

Free agent Euan Holden has been spotted training with the Houston Dynamo.  No word if Houston will extend a contract to him.

Some highlights of one of Andrew Wooten’s goals from last week has popped up on Youtube and you can check out his goal around the 3:15 mark.

Herbert Robinson has scored another goal for Santos Laguna’s U-20 team that is participating at the Viareggio Cup in Italy.  This one in a 4-1 win over Stabaek.

I know there was some talk last week about Kevin Hoyos being close to joining Olimpia, but it looks like he is still with Estudiantes de La Plata and scored a goal with their reserve team last Friday.

I posted earlier this week about Lynden Gooch recording an assist with Sunderland’s U-21 team and now you can check it out in GIF form.

After missing the last 10 weeks with a knee injury, Jon-Paul Pittman has returned to full training with Wycombe Wanderers.

It looks like goalkeeper Josh Wicks is trialing/training with Swedish third tier side AFC United.

And finally, Chris Tsonis is trialing with Cork City in Ireland.

Categories: Andrew Wooten, Benji Joya, Chris Tsonis, Euan Holden, Freddy Adu, Herbert Robinson Garcia, Jermaine Jones, John Brooks, Jon-Paul Pittman, Jozy Altidore, Juan Agudelo, Kevin Hoyos, Oguchi Onyewu, Timothy Chandler, US Men's National Team

Friday AM links
   June 28, 2013 (12:01 AM) by Matt

The big news of Thursday was the announcement of the Gold Cup roster.  Jurgen Klinsmann also did his usual post-roster release Q&A with US Soccer’s website.  The guys over at American Soccer Now also invited me to select my own roster, so I did that for them.

Steve Cherundolo declined to be on the USMNT roster this summer to get some rest and now it looks like he is having some surgery on his left knee, the same knee that he had surgery done on back in February.

Some guys in lower leagues are returning to old clubs.  Howie posted about Jon-Paul Pittman going back to Wycombe Wanderers yesterday (and about Mike Grella likely returning to Scunthorpe United earlier this week).  You can also add Euan Holden to the mix as Holden has signed another non-contract basis with Bury.  And Jonathan Spector officially re-signed with Birmingham City.

With Alejandro Bedoya’s contract ending soon, he is likely looking for a new home.  And FC Twente seem to be interested according to this report out of Sweden.

Here is a video of Tony Taylor at AC Omonia.

Brad Friedel did an interview this week for the guys over at Soccer America.

Bobby Wood must have been mad about not making the Gold Cup roster as he scored twice in a 5-1 win over FC Zürich in a preseason friendly.

Want a silly season rumor?  How about Dan Kennedy to Maccabi Tel Aviv?

Grant Wahl tells us about Nick Pugliese, an American playing professionally in Afghanistan.

And to end with today’s fashion column, here are some more new jerseys for next season.  Tim Howards’ new goalkeeper kit can be found here (along with Everton’s new home shirt).  No word if the smoke is optional or not.  If Carlos Bocanegra stays at Rangers, here are their home/away/third kits for next season.  And finally, Jermaine Jones and Schalke have a new international/third kit for next season.

Enjoy the weekend.

Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Bobby Wood, Brad Friedel, Carlos Bocanegra, Dan Kennedy, Euan Holden, Jermaine Jones, Jon-Paul Pittman, Jonathan Spector, Mike Grella, Nick Pugliese, Steve Cherundolo, Tim Howard, Tony Taylor, US Men's National Team
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Jon-Paul Pittman returns to Wycombe Wanderers
   June 27, 2013 (2:46 PM) by Howie

Jon-Paul Pittman, the Oklahoma-born forward late of Oxford United, has moved back across League Two to his old club, Wycombe Wanderers, on a one-year deal:

“Having known him from his last time here, he’s a great character but more importantly he brings a lot to the team,” said boss Gareth Ainsworth.

“He’s still got his best years ahead of him and I’m convinced he can flourish with us.

“He gives us another attacking option. He’s got pace, power and he’s exciting to watch, plus he’s a fans’ favourite.”

Pittman previously spent 2.5 years with Wycombe scoring 14 goals in 77 appearances (Soccerbase gives those numbers) and helping them earn a one-year stay in League One.

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Links from the last couple days
   May 7, 2013 (12:02 AM) by Matt

Lets get right to it.

Much like last year, it looks like AZ Alkmaar probably won’t release Jozy Altidore for the beginning of the upcoming USMNT camp.

It appears that Michael Bradley does know how to smile between this photo and this video.

Staying in the Bradley family, here is a trailer for the upcoming Bob Bradley/Egypt documentary.

Brek Shea made the travel roster, but did not dress in Stoke City’s 1-1 draw yesterday.  I guess Ian Darke talked about it more at halftime, but he also tweeted that they are working on getting him 100% match fit as he finally got over his foot injury.  Here is also a story from England where it mentions that Tony Pulis brought Shea to the club with next year in mind.

It is not quite the silly season just yet, but we have our first rumor on a possible Jonathan Spector move to newly promoted Cardiff City.

Jermaine Jones talked to about Schalke’s last couple of games.

Honefoss goalkeeper Steve Clark was fined for taunting opponents during the club’s Norwegian Cup match from last week.  He was fined 20,000 Norwegian crowns, which the internet tells me is about $3,500 or 1,000 Schrute bucks.

Jon-Paul Pittman was one of 12 players released by Oxford United this week.  Pittman scored two goals in 15 appearances in 2012-13.

I posted about Paul Arriola’s move to Tijuana last week and he recently talked to Tom Marshall about making the move.

Here is a photo of Junior Flores in his new Borussia Dortmund gear.

Finally, both Julian Green and Russell Canouse scored for their teams in German U-19 action and you can view the goals in this U-19 video recap of the weekend (their games are the first two games highlighted in the video).  Hell of a strike by Canouse.

Categories: Bob Bradley, Brek Shea, Jermaine Jones, Jon-Paul Pittman, Jonathan Spector, Jozy Altidore, Julian Green, Junior Flores, Michael Bradley, Paul Arriola, Russell Canouse, Steve Clark

A few more links before 2012 ends
   December 30, 2012 (10:19 PM) by Matt

Links and whatnot from the last couple of days.

Leander Schaerlaeckens has a nice little write-up on Sacha Kljestan finding his spot at Anderlecht.  Anderlecht have won their last 10 league games, tied with Barcelona for the longest active streak in Europe (or whatever European leagues follows).  Only Shakhtar Donetsk (15 straight earlier this season) have had a longer winning streak in league play in 2012-13.

Another (not) fun fact.  Sacha left Belgium to return to LA a few hours after I left Dallas on Thursday (according to twitter) and I think he beat me back to LA on Friday.  Lets just say that I hated life last Thursday/Friday.

Some good news.  Stuart Holden returned to the field this weekend in a closed-door scrimmage against Wigan.  Looks like he played about 60 minutes.

There is some twitter speculation that Eddie Johnson got called into the January USMNT camp.  Or it all could be some hogwash.  Yay social media!  I haven’t done a shameless plug in a while, but you can follow me or Howie (or even Jon Arnold) on twitter.

Brian Straus gives us his [insert something] of the Year awards.  He thinks it was the year of the Bradleys.

Despite getting roughed up lately (while also making some nice saves), Martin Keown selected Brad Guzan to his team of the half-season.  Guzan is also a backer of Paul Lambert (likely since Lambert gave him a chance to start).

Jon-Paul Pittman will be out at least three months after having surgery on his shoulder.

I don’t remember if I already posted this or not, but Brad Friedel has signed a one-year extension with Tottenham.

The guys over at Yanks Abroad have an interview up with American Dennis Lukens.  He is currently coaching at Ukranian team Krystal Kherson.

And Fulham no longer have any Americans at the club, but Jimmy Conrad did a tour of Craven Cottage, including a stop at McBride’s bar inside the stadium.

Categories: Bob Bradley, Brad Friedel, Brad Guzan, Eddie Johnson, Jon-Paul Pittman, Michael Bradley, Sacha Kljestan, Stuart Holden
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Wednesday night link action
   December 4, 2012 (11:04 PM) by Matt

We got links.  Click on them and read them.  Or not.

The Colorado Rapids have a few players currently training at Derby County with all four of them starting for Derby County in a scrimmage against Notts County on Tuesday.  Midfielder Tony Cascio even scored the first goal of the game.

Clarence Goodson has returned to training at Brondby this week after suffering a concussion last week.

Ryan Miller is currently weighing his options between re-signing with Halmstads BK versus some opportunities in Germany.

Jon-Paul Pittman will be out a few weeks (up to a couple months) with an arm/shoulder injury he picked up in a recent game for Oxford United.

Michael Orozco Fiscal is headed to Puebla next season on loan with the club having the option to buy after the season ends in June.

Possible (or maybe not) USMNTer Aron Johannsson scored a hell of a goal this past weekend.

Brad Guzan played so well this past weekend that he was named to ESPN’s and BBC Sport’s Garth Crooks’ teams of the week.

BBC Sport also has a nice story up on Oguchi Onyewu.

Categories: Aron Johannsson, Brad Guzan, Clarence Goodson, Jon-Paul Pittman, Michael Orozco Fiscal, Oguchi Onyewu, Ryan Miller, Tony Cascio

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

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

Oxford United vs. Hereford United Highlights
   January 22, 2012 (12:48 PM) by Matt

Down in League Two action, Jon-Paul Pittman scored the opening goal of this 2-2 draw.  Here are the goals.

Categories: Highlights, Jon-Paul Pittman
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Two player moves worth noting
   September 12, 2011 (1:23 PM) by Matt

Remember that article from the other day where Oxford United’s manager said that Jon-Paul Pittman hasn’t earned playing time?  Well, they figured out one way to get him more playing time by sending him to League Two side Crawley Town on loan.

It will be a 93-day emergency loan and Crawley Town’s manager Steve Evans has even mentioned interest in possibly making the deal permanent come January.

“Jon-Paul joins us initially on an emergency loan and subject to his performances in that period we may look at something more permanent in January,” he continued.

Pittman returns to Broadfield Stadium where he scored 22 goals in 61 league games with Crawley Town between 2007-09 before signing with Wycombe Wanderers in January of 2009.

Crawley Town’s website has some more quotes and stuff on the deal right here.

As for another move, former US U-18 midfielder Danny Barrera signed with Serbian SuperLiga club FK Spartak Zlatibor Voda last week.  Barrera recently was on trial with the club and impressed enough that they offered him a deal for the remainder of the season.

The 21-year-old midfielder will be transferring from the PDL’s Ventura County Fusion and will be joining a team that has two wins and two draws through four games in the Serbian SuperLiga so far in 2011-12.

Categories: Danny Barrera, Jon-Paul Pittman
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The return of the late night link action
   September 7, 2011 (9:56 PM) by Matt

The site should hopefully get back to normal soon, but here are some links from today and the last couple days.  I am not going to talk much about the US-Belgium friendly as apparently there wasn’t much to the game and I am guessing most people have already read up on it.  That said, here are two “catching up” videos US Soccer did with Sacha Kljestan and Clarence Goodson that I missed earlier this week.

Now for some more club-related news.

Stuart Holden logged another 65 minutes in Bolton’s latest reserve match.  There was also some talk that Jurgen Klinsmann was in the stands watching his progress.  Hopefully he can return to the first team in the near future.

David Smith talked to Daniel Williams recently about his move from SC Freiburg to TSG Hoffenheim.  On top of the move, he signed a new two-year contract that will have him playing with the club until the summer of 2014.

Jamie Hill caught up with Ryan Adeleye to talk about his goals for the new Israeli Premier League season.

While he hasn’t seen any first team minutes at 1860 Munich this season, it looks like Bobby Wood picked up a knock to his knee during a recent test match.  It is the same knee he injured at the end of last season and he will undergo some tests soon to see how bad of an injury it might be.

Another player who hasn’t been seeing the field a lot recently is Jon-Paul Pittman at Oxford United.  According to his manager, he hasn’t impressed enough to earn some playing time.

Villyan Bijev apparently has been scoring some goals with Fortuna Düsseldorf’s reserve team since going out on loan.  And he recently did an interview with some local press (you have to click the little red arrows for it to scroll to the next questions).

And finally, I missed out on Lester Dewee’s debut with Ängelholm this past weekend.  Dewee came off the bench and scored the game-tying goal in injury time.  Here is a random photo of him in action from the game.

Categories: Bobby Wood, Clarence Goodson, Daniel Williams, Jon-Paul Pittman, Lester Dewee, Ryan Adeleye, Sacha Kljestan, Stuart Holden, Villyan Bijev
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