More than few things from the weekend.
As I posted earlier this morning, Terrence Boyd picked up a knee injury over the weekend according to one German report. Hopefully it is nothing serious.
We had a couple goals this weekend in both real games and friendlies. Royal-Dominique Fennell probably had the goal of the weekend in Stuttgarter Kickers’ 3. Liga opener. Jake Keegan scored a pretty easy goal in Galway FC’s win in Ireland. Matt Horth scored his fourth goal of the year in Leiknir Reykjavík’s win in Iceland. His four league goals are tied for the third most in the Icelandic 1. Deild (second tier) by a foreign player. Yay for Icelandic second division stats!
As for some goals in friendlies, Shawn Parker scored a goal on Friday in Augsburg’s 2-1 win over French side Rennes. Bobby Wood scored a goal in 1860 Munich’s 2-0 win over Stoke City. Brek Shea also played the entire second half for the Potters. Here is a photo of Wood in action from the game. And here is video of the entire first half, but of course Wood’s goal is in the second half (as well as all of Shea’s playing time).
Joe Gyau went the full 90 minutes in Borussia Dortmund II’s 2-1 win over Rot-Weiß Erfurt in their 3. Liga opener. In the small chance he gets to play with the senior team in a Champions League game, Dortmund have some pretty basic third/Champions League shirts for this season, which is not like Dortmund.
As for Junior Flores, he is starting the season with Dortmund’s U-19 team. He played with the U-19 team in a 0-0 draw against VfL Wolfsburg in the Ruhr-Cup (apparently Flores didn’t get the snapchat about not smiling). There are some photos from that 0-0 draw right here.
Gedion Zelalem started and played 45 minutes for Arsenal this weekend in their 1-0 loss to the New York Red Bulls. I already posted last Friday that he is good at basketball. Someone already put together a “every touch” video of his 45 minutes. It was also the US press’ first chance to really talk to him about potentially playing for the US, but he didn’t really give up the goods.
“No decisions have been made,” Zelalem said of his national team future, later adding, “They’re both great countries. U.S. is on the rise, Germany is already a great country, so whichever country I choose will be a good choice.”
Zelalem confirmed to Goal USA that he has yet to secure a U.S. passport, but did tell media at Red Bull Arena that his application for one is in the works. He also confirmed that he has spoken to U.S. national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann.
“We’ve talked on the phone a few times, but nothing advanced,” Zelalem said. “Just hello.”
Jeff Bradley also got to talk to Arsene Wenger and Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis about Zelalem.
Emerson Hyndman went 90 minutes in Fulham’s 3-0 win over D.C. United. It sounded like both teams brought pretty weak squads to Jacksonville with the highlights coming from their new jumbotron, a pool and Carrie Underwood.
Sacha Kljestan came off the bench and played seven minutes in Anderlecht’s season-opening 3-1 win against Mouscron-Péruwelz.
John Brooks is back with Hertha Berlin and training after his World Cup vacation.
We saw the post-injury photo of Rubio Rubin last week and now we know more information on what happened. He ended up breaking his nose and having a concussion. He had the nose re-set and he will return to training this week without any contact.
For those of you wanting a Fabian Johnson/Borussia Mönchengladbach jersey, he will be wearing #19 this season.
One of the more likeable USMNT players of the last few years, Jay DeMerit, announced his retirement last week. DeMerit played in 25 games for the USMNT between 2007-2011, including starts in all four games during the 2010 World Cup. I will always remember him throwing his body in front of every shot during the US’s 2-0 win over Spain in the 2009 Confederations Cup and his somersault over the dog pile after Landon Donovan’s goal against Algeria at the 2010 World Cup.
As for a current player that I have done a complete 180 on over the last year and enjoy the heck out of . . . here is your weekly reminder that Jermaine Jones is oddly awesome.