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IK Start vs. Jerv Highlights
   November 25, 2015 (10:01 PM) by Matt Benson

Alex DeJohn went the full 90 minutes and scored a goal in IK Start’s 3-1 win (4-2 on aggregate) over Jerv in the Norwegian relegation/promotion playoffs.  With the win they are staying in the Tippeligaen next season.  Here are some highlights with DeJohn’s goal coming at the 1:15 mark.

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A bunch of youthful links for Thursday
   August 27, 2015 (12:03 AM) by Matt Benson

It has been a good week for US youth players.

Lynden Gooch scored in his third straight U21 game over the weekend (highlights), which led to him making his Sunderland senior team debut in their Capital One Cup win over Exeter City (photo).  And he spoke to Sunderland’s website following his debut.

Gedion Zelalem officially went on loan to Rangers this week.  Rangers’ website has a photo gallery of his first training session and an interview with him.  Then he went out to make his debut in yesterday’s Scottish Cup match against Airdrieonians and end up with two assists (and a hockey assist on a third goal) in the 5-0 win (highlights).

Andrija Novakovich scored a goal over the weekend in Reading U21s’ 2-1 win over Liverpool (highlights).

Andrija Novakovich’s former teammate at Reading, Aleks Gogic, spoke to Will about his time at Reading and his current stint with the Nike Academy.

Julian Green scored a goal in Bayern Munich II’s 2-1 win against Bayreuth on Tuesday.  Still no highlights available just yet, but here is a photo of Green in action.

Amando Moreno scored another goal with Tijuana’s U20 team over the weekend.  That gives him three goals on the season at the U20 level.

Cody Cropper got the start and made a couple saves in MK Dons’ 2-1 win over Cardiff City in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday (highlights).

A slight break from the youth train.  Geoff Cameron scored the clinching penalty kick (and it was nicely taken) in Stoke City’s 1-1 (8-7 on PKs) victory over Luton Town in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday (highlights).  And Matt Taylor has been on fire for Saarbrücken, scoring over the weekend against Pirmasens (highlights) and this week against Spielberg (highlights).

But you don’t care about these vets, you want more information on youth players.

The last time we heard about the US U-17 team, they lost their first game of the Vaclav Jezek Tournament.  They followed that up with draws against Slovenia and Slovakia.  Then finished the tournament with a win over Ukraine.

While he plays with Fulham’s U21 team, Emerson Hyndman has been called in to the US U-23s’ September camp.

US U-17 forward (and dual national) Kai Koreniuk has accepted a call-up with Netherlands’ U-18 team.

Josh Deaver has three different tweets about Ben Lederman’s current situation with Barcelona.

O When The Yanks gives us an update on Djair Parfitt-Williams’ citizenship.  He has become a regular with West Ham United’s U21 team.

Bayern Munich just spent €500,000 on 16-year-old midfielder Timothy Tillman.  He is a dual national of Germany and the United States.  He has featured for Germany’s U15 team, but he has told O When The Yanks that he would be interested in the US.

French-American forward Dylan Alexis Romney is now on loan with Savona from Inter Milan.

Former US international and youth coach Hugo Perez is now going to be an assistant coach for El Salvador.

Robbie Kristo spurned MLS for Italian Serie B side Spezia back in February and now he is headed out on loan to Fidelis Andria in Lega Pro (third tier).

Devann Yao finished last season with Neustrelitz and now he is still in Germany but with Kickers Offenbach.

Probably won’t know the USMNT roster for September’s friendlies until after this weekend, but here is Peru’s roster.

Copa America Centenario is taking place next summer.  We just don’t know whether CONCACAF will be involved or not.

DeAndre Yedlin is getting some loan interest from teams in England and Spain.

Tijuana’s website has a little story up on Paul Arriola.

San Diego State product Ata Ozbay has signed with Finn Harps in Ireland.

And finally, Kenya Brown caught up with Alex DeJohn about his season in Norway.

Categories: Aleks Gogic, Alex DeJohn, Amando Moreno, Andrija Novakovich, Ata Ozbay, Ben Lederman, Cody Cropper, DeAndre Yedlin, Devann Yao, Djair Parfitt-Williams, Emerson Hyndman, Gedion Zelalem, Geoff Cameron, Hugo Perez, Julian Green, Kai Koreniuk, Lynden Gooch, Matt Taylor, Paul Arriola, Robbie Kristo, Timothy Tillman, US Men's National Team, US U-17 National Team
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Bodø / Glimt vs. IK Start Highlights
   May 13, 2015 (6:23 PM) by Matt Benson

Danny Cruz and Zarek Valentin both started for Bodø / Glimt today in a 1-1 draw to IK Start.  Cruz scored the opening goal of the game, which was assisted by Valentin.  Alex DeJohn also went 90 for Start.  Here are some highlights with Cruz’s goal coming at the 0:55 mark.

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IK Start vs. Lillestrøm Highlights
   April 7, 2015 (4:42 PM) by Matt Benson

Alex DeJohn went the full 90 minutes in IK Start’s 1-1 draw to Lillestrøm in their Tippeligaen opener today.  Start had the 1-0 lead and were playing up a man for most of the second half but gave up a late goal in the fourth minute of injury time.  Here are the highlights.

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Everyone’s favorite Friday morning link drop
   April 3, 2015 (12:01 AM) by Matt Benson

If not your favorite, we are in your Top 27.

As for some in-house linkage, our Will looked at another Will(iam)’s last two games at goalkeeper.

With the Norwegian Tippeligaen starting up next week, RJ caught up with Alex DeJohn to talk about his career and his move to IK Start.

While it might have been an international break, some lower level leagues kept chugging along and Roderick has you covered with what you missed over the week.

We did have one goal this week and it came from Duane Holmes (highlights).

US Soccer finally put up the US U-20 highlights from their 2-1 loss to England’s U-21 team from the weekend.

The goal scorer in that game was Maki Tall and he talked to Brian Sciaretta this week.

One thing that has been overlooked by many, myself included, until the guys over at Total Soccer Show (I’m guessing Daryl?) pointed out that Jozy Altidore will have to miss the Mexico friendly due to his red card against Switzerland.  I’m guessing most forgot about this since we haven’t had a red card in a friendly since January of 2012.  While I thought it was stupid on Jozy’s part and also pretty harsh by the ref, Alejandro Bedoya told Doug McIntyre after the game that the ref had warned Jozy at halftime about the language.

Who wants some Freddy Adu hot links?  He was introduced to the press yesterday and you can watch it here.  One of the interesting tidbits to come from it (and not that shocking with some of the lower leagues), he hasn’t been paid his salary by FK Jagodina in Serbia.  And I am doing my best from buying his jersey, but think about all the soccer hipster points you would get for it.

Roderick covered these in The OT Report, but a couple injury updates.  Zak Whitbread is one of a few injured Derby County players the team is hoping to get back on the field following the international break.  He has been out for a while with back and hamstring issues.

And Bobby Wood may be available to return this weekend in Erzgebirge Aue’s game against 1860 Munich.

Club Tijuana’s website has a story up with Paul Arriola and John Requejo Jr. following their trip to England with the US U-20 team.

Bobby Warshaw wrote some words on trying to figure out the mindset of Jurgen Klinsmann.

And let’s end this with some lower league transfer news.

Goalkeeper Keith Cardona is returning to the US after signing with NASL’s Indy Eleven.  Cardona spent 2014 in Austria with FC Leifering.

And while one player is returning, Creighton product David Abidor is headed to Sweden after signing with Division 1 (third tier) side Dalkurd FF.

Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Alex DeJohn, Bobby Warshaw, Bobby Wood, David Abidor, Duane Holmes, Freddy Adu, John Requejo Jr., Jozy Altidore, Keith Cardona, Maki Tall, Paul Arriola, US U-20 National Team, William Yarbrough

Alex DeJohn’s new start in Europe
   April 2, 2015 (7:42 AM) by RJ DeMello

“You did well. But we’re going to have to let you go.”

And just like that, Alex DeJohn’s dream could’ve been over.

It was late winter, the air cold as he stepped out of Jay Heaps’ office and off to the next step in his amazing soccer journey.

DeJohn grew up playing all different sports, as most normal American kids do. It wasn’t until late in high hchool that he began to realize soccer was the sport he had to choose to achieve a pipe dream of his and every kid, to be a pro athlete.

Part of this realization came with finding a true and permanent position.

“When I went to play with the regional team they put me at center back for one game and I did really well and then I just started to play center back from there ever since.” DeJohn told from Norway.

His play went on to earn him a spot on a Division I college roster at Old Dominion University. As has been the case ever since for Alex, the six foot tall defender couldn’t be kept off the field. By midway through his freshman year he was starting at right back. By sophomore year he was one of the starting center backs, and that never changed the rest of his time on campus.

He ended up with 61 starts in his four years in Norfolk, gaining the experience necessary to succeed in the center of defense.

By his junior year the thought finally crept in that just maybe he’d be able to make that idea about going pro a reality.

The fall after his senior year he attended a three day camp with the New England Revolution. His performance sticking out enough that the Revs took DeJohn with the 42nd pick in the 2013 Supplemental Draft.

Training camp ensued, a preseason tournament in Arizona, and finally the inevitable cuts that come every year.

Right before the season was set to start, head coach Jay Heaps called him in for the conversation.

As DeJohn describes the talk, “He pulled me into his office and said ‘Alex, you’re a really good player, you did really well. We knew it was going to be a hard roster for you to make. We wanted to bring you in here, see what you did. You did well. But we’re going to have to let you go.’”

It’s a moment we all deal with at some point, whether at work or in our personal lives, rejection. New England already had the likes of defender’s Jose Gonçalves, AJ Soares, Stephen McCarthy, Andrew Farrell, and Darrius Barnes in the squad. With a deep list of either experienced or highly touted prospects, there was never really any room for him with the Revolution.

DeJohn could have handled the cut in one of two ways, positively or negatively. He chose the former, “I definitely didn’t second guess myself. I’m not a guy to ever give up, especially on my dream.” He continued assertively, “It just motivated me more.”

So here he was, a hard-nosed New Jersey kid with the first real setback of his soccer career.

With Heaps’ words as fuel and an agent with ties to Finland, DeJohn would soon find himself roughly 4,000 miles away from home for a chance to continue a dream.

His first stop overseas, EIF in Finland’s third tier. Apparently his agent’s ties to the country run VERY deep. The beginning of his time in this new place wasn’t always roses for Alex, “The first couple weeks I was there second guessing myself.”

EIF sits in a small Finnish town and at that third division level isn’t always the most professional of atmospheres. Despite the situation being less than ideal, DeJohn describes it as one he put his head down and worked through because it was necessary to achieve his goals.

In the end he got exactly what he needed, playing time.

26 appearances, all of them starts, later his successful season did enough to impress an assistant at an affiliated Finnish top division club.

When that assistant moved clubs to TPS, he made sure the team secured DeJohn’s services.

With year one a success, it was time for the former ODU Monarch to prove it in Finland’s big time.

He noticed an immediate step up in quality, as expected, and continued to adjust to the different style of play Finland offers from what he’s used to. “You (could) tell the players in Finland were a bit more technical and a little bit more tactical. Compared to the play in the college level where there are obviously technical players but it’s fast and physical,” he explained.

Once again he had no problem holding his own, remaining one of the club’s starting defenders the entire year.

While it may have been a successful year personally, the same can’t be said for the club as a whole. As DeJohn describes, “(the club) had some financial problems so we had a lot of young players, who it was also their first year playing in the league. We fought, we tried, but we wound up getting relegated.”

As a result DeJohn would not return to the club. Now without a team and after positive start to his European career, he was at a crossroads.

He knew he wanted to move once again to that next level, which meant leaving Finland for a country with a higher quality league.

The soccer world is a big one, with it impossible for clubs (let alone smaller ones) to be able to scout every player. In today’s day in age the most valuable tool for the undiscovered players like DeJohn is a short highlight tape on YouTube.

It’s how the 23-year-old is now a member of IK Start in Norway’s top division. He describes, “(my agent) sent a couple people my highlight tape, and that’s when he got a call from some guy at Start that wanted me to come.”

It all sounds much too easy but it’s the way many of the leagues outside the top level work.

Going off of roughly four minutes of tape the Kristiansand based Norwegian club that has seen Clarence Goodson and Hunter Freeman through its doors welcomes yet another American.

Now entering his third season as a professional, DeJohn looks forward to his newest challenge. Norway is universally considered a stronger league than Finland, and is perhaps the strongest in Scandinavia outside of Denmark.

He has already noticed the rise in competition, “it’s been good so far, definitely a big step (up). Everybody at the level is a lot higher, everything’s a lot more professional.” Quickly adding, “I’m excited to be here.”

It’s another step up, another step towards proving the Revolution that the club was wrong in letting him go. In the end, it’s another step in reaching his goal of playing at the highest level possible.

“I would love to play in Italy or one of the big countries.” able to hear the excitement in his tone. DeJohn continues, “I’m working on getting my Italian passport now which would be big.”

For now DeJohn keeps his feet on the ground, knowing he still needs vital playing time to continue to develop. All signs point to that not being a problem, “I have a good feeling. We’ve had four preseason games and I’ve started and played every minute.”

Back in 2013, as the conversation inside Jay Heaps’ office was winding down; DeJohn remembers one other particular statement the coach made. He looked at the Marlboro Township native and told him he thought he could “play at this level.”

All the Start man has done in his short career is prove Heaps right. At 23-years-old, about to embark on the next step in his young career, the question is how high will Alex DeJohn go?

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A bunch of links for Tuesday morning
   February 3, 2015 (1:12 AM) by Matt Benson

Lots to get to so let’s dive in.

Bobby Wood left the USMNT camp so he could sign with FC Erzgebirge Aue.  There seems to be some confusion among the American folk (thanks to trying to translate German reports) on whether he signed a permanent deal or if it is a loan deal (I think it is a permanent deal).  I think the confusion comes from most articles talking about Erzgebirge Aue bringing in two players, Wood and Román Golobart, with Golobart coming on loan while Wood signed a contract through 2016-17.

In case you missed it at the end of last week, Joe Gyau needs another knee surgery and is out for the rest of the season.

Alejandro Bedoya has signed a contract extension with FC Nantes through 2018-19. also has a nice article up on Bedoya.

The USMNT is now back in California training before Sunday’s friendly against Panama.  Jurgen Klinsmann is not happy about the team’s fitness.  Here is Panama’s roster for Sunday’s game.  I will be there in the flesh to check this one out.

Also in USMNT news, more than 33,000 tickets have been sold so far for April’s friendly against Mexico.

This is probably recycled rumors from last August, but Sunderland might have been interested in Geoff Cameron this transfer window (I vaguely remember Cameron-to-Sunderland rumors last transfer window).

Eric Lichaj has a new manager at Nottingham Forest and it is someone with experience of managing Americans (Spoiler Alert: It is former Bolton manager Dougie Freedman).

New York Red Bulls midfielder Sacha Kljestan got a nice sendoff from Anderlecht this past weekend. has an interview up with Julian Green. Are you allowed to speak German in the changing room? Or does it have to be English? Or even American-English specifically?

Green: [Laughs] Well the coach [Jürgen Klinsmann] would prefer it if we spoke English as much as possible, but I have to admit that we do slip into German sometimes!

Ashton Götz has signed a contract extension with Hamburger SV through 2016-17.

We had some goals this weekend.  Aron Johannsson scored his first goal of 2015 in AZ’s 3-1 win over Heracles (highlights).  In Scottish League One action, Kevin Dzierzawski scored a goal in Peterhead’s 2-0 win over Stenhousemuir (highlights).  And while it wasn’t a goal, Tim Ream was credited with an assist in Bolton’s 2-2 draw to Wolves on Saturday (highlights).

And we had a few goals in friendly action this weekend.  Alfredo Morales scored a goal in Ingolstadt’s 2-0 win over Shawn Barry and LASK Linz.  As for Shawn Barry, he scored a goal in LASK Linz’s 2-1 win over Trnava.  Babajide Ogunbiyi scored a goal in Viborg’s 4-2 win over OB.  And Paul Arriola scored a goal in Tijuana U-20’s 4-1 win over Morelia on Friday.  Jon Arnold was there and got some quotes from Arriola.

Staying at Tijuana, Greg Garza had to be subbed out of Tijuana’s senior team’s win over Morelia after taking on a hard tackle.  He tried to play through it, but it was bothering him too much.

While it was only a friendly, it was nice to see Zarek Valentin made his first start for Bodø / Glimt since his ankle injury from last season.

Brendan Rodgers recently said some nice things about Marc Pelosi.

Alex De John is now with IK Start in Norway’s Tippeligaen.  De John has made a nice jump from Ekenäs IF (Finnish third division) to TPS (Finnish first division) to IK Start (Norway first division) in three seasons.

As Howie posted yesterday, Stephen McCarthy has signed with KuPS in Finland.

British-American dual national Calvin Crooks has signed with Icelandic side BI / Bolungarvik for the 2015 season.

It looks like Stefano Bonomo, a 2015 MLS SuperDraft second round selection of the Red Bulls, had a trial with Miedz Legnica in Poland and might have another in England soon.

And finally, Jeff Carlisle spoke to US U-17 international Christian Pulisic about trying to prove himself at Borussia Dortmund.  In the article, it talks about him trying to get a Croatian passport through his dad’s ancestry and it looks like he did this weekend (and another tweet about it).

Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Alex DeJohn, Alfredo Morales, Aron Johannsson, Ashton Götz, Babajide Ogunbiyi, Bobby Wood, Calvin Crooks, Christian Pulisic, Eric Lichaj, Geoff Cameron, Joe Gyau, Julian Green, Kevin Dzierzawski, Marc Pelosi, Paul Arriola, Sacha Kljestan, Shawn Barry, Stephen McCarthy, Tim Ream, US Men's National Team, Zarek Valentin

TPS vs. Inter Turku Highlights
   July 2, 2014 (9:10 PM) by Matt Benson

Alex De John got the start, went the full 90 minutes, picked up a yellow card and scored his first league goal of the season in TPS’s 3-2 loss to Inter Turku earlier today.  Here are some highlights with De John’s goal coming at the 1:02 mark.

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