ussoccer.com : 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 whoscored.com 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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.