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Here is your US-Ukraine pre-game primer
   March 5, 2014 (12:01 AM) by Matt
 

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

» The game is at 2 PM Eastern on ESPN2, WatchESPN and UniMas.

» Ukraine is ranked #18 by FIFA and #21 by Elo, while the US is #13 by FIFA and #13 by Elo.

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

The US is 0-2-1 all-time against Ukraine with Ukraine winning the last meeting, 1-0, in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania on October 23, 1993.  This is also the first meeting between these two teams outside the United States.

This will be the US’s first neutral site friendly since beating Australia, 3-1, in Roodepoort, South Africa prior to the 2010 World Cup.

With 52 career wins, Tim Howard is one win shy of tying Kasey Keller for the most in USMNT history by a goalkeeper.

» The usual suspects, The Shin Guardian and The Yanks Are Coming, have some game previews up for you.

» Here is a US Soccer video on Edgar Castillo and his family.

» Some other goodies from around the interwebs to read:

Apparently all the cool kids are doing oral histories of the 1994 team as here is another good one by Seth Vertelney.

ESPN’s Doug McIntyre takes a look at Landon Donovan’s legacy with Donovan turning 32 yesterday.

Brad Friedel thinks, and I think most would agree, that the weak link position-wise for the USMNT right now is the backline.

While Aron Johannsson is having himself a nice little season, some people might be forgetting how well Terrence Boy has been playing this year as well.

Stuart Holden will undergo a scan of his knee in the UK before heading back to the US to meet up with his surgeon to check out his knee.

And finally, as expected, Michael Stephens has signed with Bob Bradley’s Stabæk.

 
Categories: Aron Johannsson, Brad Friedel, Edgar Castillo, Landon Donovan, Michael Stephens, Stuart Holden, Terrence Boyd, US Men's National Team
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Ending the week with some links
   January 10, 2014 (12:41 AM) by Matt
 

For the four people who don’t know, Roma officially announced the sale of Michael Bradley to MLS on their website yesterday.  The $10 million transfer fee is tied for the second largest ever paid for an American.  And Roma made out with a nice little profit on Bradley.

There has already been about eleventy billion words written about Bradley and his move to MLS so I will spare you with my thoughts nor will I link every little rant/story out there.  That said, here are some quotes from Landon Donovan on the move.

Also from yesterday, Julian Green scored a goal with Bayern Munich’s first team in a friendly against the Sudanese club Al-Merrikh (highlights).  And Matt Taylor scored two goals in a friendly against Heracles (photo).

As expected after his contract was terminated by Randers last week, Charlie Davies signed a permanent contract with the New England Revolution.

Brian Span is returning to the US/MLS after two seasons in Sweden.

I posted last month that I got word from an OT reader about the USMNT’s World Cup kits and some more information has been leaked which seems to match up with it.  The change in crest (RIP centennial crest) matches all the new branding done by US Soccer’s website and Twitter account.  There was also a “leaked shirt” photo circulating around yesterday, but it looked pretty photoshop to me (it looked like someone just tried to create what it should look like based on the description from the new leaked information).

Speaking of new shirts, Tijuana revealed their new red shirt for this season at some party/presentation.  Kim Tate was also down there for the presentation and snagged a couple photos.

Sticking with Tijuana, Mexican international Fernando Arce has a son, Fernando Arce Jr., who is also on Tijuana (playing for their U-20 team) and he was born in the US.

Eric Lichaj picked up a “lower body” injury this past weekend, but it doesn’t appear to be anything serious.

With the US U-20 team currently camping down in Florida, Brian Sciaretta talked to Tab Ramos about how things are going.

Brooks Lennon scored a brace for Liverpool’s U-17 team this week (highlights).  He is #7.

And finally, I really can’t wait for this full video.  Klinsi being Klinsi.  Like a boss.

 

 
Categories: Brian Span, Brooks Lennon, Charlie Davies, Eric Lichaj, Fernando Arce, Julian Green, Landon Donovan, Matt Taylor, Michael Bradley, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team
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Links for Tuesday morning
   December 17, 2013 (1:19 AM) by Matt
 

Lets dive right into it.

Landon Donovan spoke at a Galaxy town-hall meeting on Sunday and shot down any rumors linking him to Mexico and any winter loans to Europe.  Sounds like he wants to rest up before diving back into the MLS/World Cup grind.

As for Clint Dempsey and his rumored loan move to Europe, the latest and the most believable of the moment has him headed back to West London with Fulham for two months.  But nothing official has come out yet (The Guardian cites US sources yet everything in the US is citing The Guardian/various European sites.  Yay transfer rumors!).

CONCACAF announced the winners of the inaugural CONCACAF awards this past weekend.  Tim Howard won Goalkeeper of the Year, while Jurgen Klinsmann won Coach of the Year.

UEFA held its draw for the knockout stages of Champions League and Europa League.  In Champions League, Jermaine Jones and Schalke landed Real Madrid.  As for Europa League, Brad Friedel and Tottenham will play FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, while Aron Johannsson and AZ Alkmaar got FC Slovan Liberec.

Bob Bradley has turned down an offer with the Vancouver Whitecaps to seek opportunities overseas.  Bob also admits the interest from Norwegian side Stabaek which we posted about a couple weeks ago.  Bradley also did an interview recently with KingFut.com.

John Brooks was subbed out of Hertha Berlin’s game in the first half this weekend after being at fault for one of the goals.  His manager, Jos Luhukay, also told him (via the press) that he needs to grow up and become an adult.

Who knows if they will continue to scout him or not with the recent firing of Steve Clarke, but it looks like West Brom scouts have been paying attention to Timmy Chandler.

Brian Sciaretta spoke to German-American fullback Jeremy Toljan last week.  But from the sounds of it, it doesn’t look like he has a huge connection with the US.  Who knows though.

USMNT forward Eddie Johnson sounds like he is close to making a move to D.C. United.

Stuart Holden is back in the UK to finish up his rehabbing and poked his head into the Bolton locker room this past weekend.

For those of you that don’t follow Liga MX in Mexico, Leon just won the title this fall with Mexican-American goalkeeper William Yarbrough.

Staying in Mexico, Jonathan Bornstein could finally be on the way out at Tigres according to a couple different reports in Mexico.

And finally, in case you missed it yesterday, Steve Clark is returning to the US to play for the Columbus Crew.

 
Categories: Aron Johannsson, Bob Bradley, Brad Friedel, Clint Dempsey, Eddie Johnson, Jeremy Toljan, Jermaine Jones, John Brooks, Jonathan Bornstein, Landon Donovan, Steve Clark, Stuart Holden, Tim Howard, Timothy Chandler, William Yarbrough
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Tuesday morning links
   December 3, 2013 (7:00 AM) by Matt
 

Where in the world is Landon Donovan?

No, really, he is instagramming photos of being in Europe (Donovan to Eintracht Frankfurt!?!?!?) which is making people think he is working on getting a potential winter loan deal worked out, although Bruce Arena told the Galaxy All-Access podcast that both Donovan and Omar Gonzalez won’t be heading to Europe on loan in January.  So now we play the waiting game for more information to leak out.

In case you missed it yesterday, US Soccer announced a friendly against South Korea for February 1.  It sounds like January’s camp will start in Los Angeles for a week.  Head to Brazil for a week or two before returning to Los Angeles for a final week and the friendly at the StubHub Center (RIP Home Depot Center naming rights).

The US fell one spot in the latest FIFA world rankings from #13 to #14.  Mexico moved up from #24 to #20.

Jozy Altidore was named US Soccer’s Male Athlete of the Year for 2013.  Jozy finished 2013 tied with Landon Donovan with a team-leading eight goals, including a USMNT record with a goal in five consecutive games.

CONCACAF also has a bunch of awards that you can vote on right here.  This will be the first edition of the soon-to-be annual CONCACAF awards.  It says you have until mid-December to vote, whenever that is (CONCACAF gonna CONCACAF).

As for the latest on the Bob Bradley new job watch, he is now being tied to the Vancouver Whitecaps.  And here is an updated trailer/sneak peek at the PBS hour-long documentary on Bradley, which will come out in 2014.

John Brooks has been having knee issues, although his MRI from last week showed nothing serious was wrong with it.

Jonathan Spector suffered a setback with his thigh injury and is now out until the end of January.

Southampton goalkeeper Artur Boruc will miss six weeks with a broken hand.  Throw in an injury to Kelvin Davis and there is a chance that Cody Cropper could at least dress for a game or two in the near future for the Saints.

Birmingham City have denied Bristol Rovers’ request to play Will Packwood in their upcoming FA Cup match.  If Packwood were to play, he would be ineligible to play for Birmingham City in the FA Cup for the rest of 2013-14.

Zach Pfeffer’s loan deal with Hoffenheim has officially come to an end.  He got a lot of playing time with Hoffenheim’s U-19 team while he was over in Germany.

Benji Joya, Daniel Cuevas and Santos Laguna’s U-20 team won the U-20 Apertura this past weekend.  And there is speculation that the two could be headed to other teams as they seek out playing time with first teams.

Speaking of that speculation and other possible transfers in Mexico (possibly DaMarcus Beasley), Tom Marshall has you covered.

Jeff Cunningham has been spotted in Vietnam trialing with Hai Phong FC.

And finally, go read Will’s latest goalkeeper interview with Washington Husky Spencer Richey.  Hopefully you guys have been enjoying Will’s interviews as I think he has some more coming in the future.

 
Categories: Benji Joya, Bob Bradley, Cody Cropper, DaMarcus Beasley, Daniel Cuevas, Jeff Cunningham, John Brooks, Jonathan Spector, Jozy Altidore, Landon Donovan, Omar Gonzalez, US Men's National Team, Will Packwood, Zach Pfeffer
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Happy Thanksgiving from Over There!
   November 28, 2013 (12:55 AM) by Matt
 

I just want to say Happy Thanksgiving to all our loyal readers of the site.  Sorry for the lack of recent updates but I have been putting in 12-hour days at work this week (nearly the end of my “hell” time of year at work).

In the meantime, here is a video of Landon Donovan doing his impression of Jermaine Jones.

Enjoy the turkey.

 
Categories: Jermaine Jones, Landon Donovan, Site News
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A few links for Tuesday morning
   November 26, 2013 (12:08 AM) by Matt
 

A quick recap of Monday before the links.

Brad Guzan and Aston Villa had to come back from a 2-0 deficit to get a point in a 2-2 draw to West Brom.  Brad was happy.

Michael Bradley came off the bench and played nine minutes in Roma’s 0-0 draw to Cagliari.

Bobby Wood also came off the bench in 1860 Munich’s 1-0 win over Greuther Fürth.

Here are some field-level highlights of the US’s 1-0 loss to Austria.

The US U-20 team finished their November camp with a 4-1 win over Atalanta Primavera last week.  Josh Deaver takes a look at a couple of players from the camp as Tab Ramos’ first roster takes shape.

Geoff Cameron made ESPN FC’s Premier League Team of the Week.

Maurice Edu put in a 59 minute shift with Stoke City’s reserve team as they lost, 6-2, to Bolton’s reserves on Monday.

Greg Seltzer decided to put together his top five uncapped players currently playing overseas.  I think Zak Whitbread got injured just for being mentioned on this list.

Robbie Keane wants Ireland to call in Mike Magee.  I still thought he should have been called in for the Gold Cup.  He is not flashy by any means (nor do I see him as a long term USMNT player), but he always finds ways to put himself in great positions.  If Alan Gordon can get a call in, so should Magee.

A couple more MLS goalkeepers are already over in England training.  Bill Hamid is with West Bromwich Albion for a week, while Ryan Meara began training with Charlton Athletic on Monday.

A report out of Norway links Bob Bradley as a possibility for the manager job at Stabæk.

Two current USMNT players are working on their broadcasting chops this week.  Tim Howard will return to the booth for NBCSN to call this weekend’s Tottenham-Manchester United match.  And Landon Donovan will be bouncing around the Fox Lot this week to work on Fox Soccer Daily, Fox’s Champions League coverage and Fox Sports Live.

If you missed Will’s interview with Alan Mayer, go read it now.  It is sort of long, but has tons of fun goodies about an American trying to play professional soccer in the 1970s.

And since I love GIFs, here is Sad Timbers fan being sad.

 
Categories: Bill Hamid, Bob Bradley, Bobby Wood, Brad Guzan, Geoff Cameron, Landon Donovan, Maurice Edu, Michael Bradley, Mike Magee, Ryan Meara, Tim Howard, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team, Zak Whitbread
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Thursday linkage
   November 14, 2013 (12:39 AM) by Matt
 

The USMNT are kicking it in Scotland in preparation for Friday’s game.  One of the storylines this week has been DaMarcus Beasley’s and Alejandro Bedoya’s return to their old Rangers stomping grounds.  US Soccer has one video about it as well as something on the website.

The other big story of yesterday was that Clint Dempsey (calf strain) and Fabian Johnson (ankle) were dropped from the roster due to their injuries.  No replacements have been added.

Speaking of Dempsey, Grant Wahl thinks he is the likeliest to go on loan to Europe this winter, while it sounds like Landon Donovan and Graham Zusi might not.  But that could always change.

Here is the latest Q&A from Jurgen Klinsmann.

Tab Ramos has been named as US Soccer’s second youth technical director (on top of his U-20 duties).

Sticking with Ramos, he and the US U-20 team lost their first friendly in Italy yesterday, 4-1, to the Hellas Verona academy.

One player not with the US team in Scotland is Tim Ream.  Ream talked to Mr. Interview Brian Sciaretta recently.

And finally, Will Packwood’s loan with Bristol Rovers has been extended until January.  Packwood has played in four league games with the League Two side, including a couple man of the match performances.

 
Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Clint Dempsey, DaMarcus Beasley, Fabian Johnson, Graham Zusi, Landon Donovan, Tim Ream, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team, Will Packwood
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Thursday morning links
   September 12, 2013 (1:19 AM) by Matt
 

Sorry for the somewhat lack of updates and tweets recently (at least compared to normal).  September/October is my super busy time of year at work and the past two weeks have been crazy.  That said, lets get into some links from the last couple of days.

I posted last night some highlights of Julian Green’s hat trick from last week.  Our goal tracker has also been updated with a few goals from guys in smaller leagues.

Speaking of goals, Conor O’Brien scored a goal in his debut for OB in their 9-1 win over Udfordringen in the DBU Pokalen.

So the US won on Tuesday night and it was awesome.  The game also drew a 1.9 rating on ESPN, the highest ever rating for a non-World Cup/Confederations Cup US match.

Now that the US has clinched a spot in Brazil, Brian Sciaretta decided to pass out 23 tickets to the players he thinks will end up on the roster next summer.

Landon Donovan made an appearance on the Dan Patrick Show yesterday morning.

Here is a funny story about how FIFA might fine Costa Rica for its fans booing and whistling during the US national anthem last Friday, but we all know that is not going to happen.

This is from the weekend (and a report from the UK), but this story claims Michael Bradley will be out four weeks with his ankle injury.  Most everyone who was in Columbus said that he was walking around with no limp, so maybe he will come back sooner.

And it looks like Mikey might be underpaid, at least in my opinion, at Roma.

As for his dad, he did a Q&A with ESPN FC’s Roger Bennett over the weekend.  I believe Egypt is still the only team undefeated in World Cup qualification in the world.

We have had a Gooch sighting!  Apparently Mr. Oguchi Onyewu is training in France with his first professional club Metz.

American-English goalkeeper Paul Rachubka is now with League One side Oldham Athletic.  He played with Accrington Stanley last season.

US U-18 forward Patrick Tshiani has signed with the Belgian club Standard Liege.  He was last with Anderlecht’s youth academy.

The latest FIFA world rankings will come out today and Grant Wahl speculates that the US could jump as high as #13.

 
Categories: Bob Bradley, Conor O'Brien, Julian Green, Landon Donovan, Michael Bradley, Oguchi Onyewu, Patrick Tshiani, Paul Rachubka, US Men's National Team
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A bit of this and a bit of that
   August 29, 2013 (12:01 AM) by Matt
 

A few guys in action yesterday.  Fresh off a 45-minute performance with Stoke City’s U-21 team on Monday, Brek Shea got the start and played another 45 minutes on Wednesday in Stoke City’s 3-1 win over Walsall in the Captial One Cup.

We had a Freddy Adu sighting on Wednesday.  Adu got the start and played 71 minutes in Bahia’s 0-0 draw to Portuguesa in Copa Sudamericana action.

FC Dallas’ Bobby Warshaw made his debut with Ängelholm in Sweden on Wednesday and scored a goal in a 2-2 draw.

Tijuana defeated Firpo, 1-0, in CONCACAF Champions League action on Wednesday.  Greg Garza, Joe Corona, Paul Arriola and Bruno Piceno all started for Tijuana, while Edgar Castillo was an unused sub.

Going back to last weekend, Lester Dewee scored his sixth goal of the season in Bodens BK’s 2-0 win over Robertsfors.

After some talk that he was getting some European interest, Landon Donovan has reached an agreement with the LA Galaxy on a new multi-year contract.  The deal is rumored to be about $5 million a year, doubling his current contract.  And Donovan is not interested in going out on loan during MLS’s offseason.

Donovan’s Galaxy teammate, A.J. DeLaGarza, is committing his international future to Guam.  I remember this was talked about earlier this summer.

FC Nantes manager Michel Der Zakarian had some nice things to say about Alejandro Bedoya earlier this week.

Jozy Altidore talked to Sunderland’s website about scoring his first goal with the club on Tuesday.

A lot can still change, but it doesn’t appear as of right now that Eric Lichaj will be called into the USMNT’s upcoming qualifiers as he wasn’t mentioned on Nottingham Forest’s website as going on international duty.

Bob Bradley was on Dan Patrick’s radio show on Wednesday.

And finally, Huddersfield Town’s Duane Holmes won the inaugural Donald Bell Award by League Football Education.  The release also mentions that he scored with the U-21 team earlier this week.

 
Categories: AJ DeLaGarza, Alejandro Bedoya, Bob Bradley, Bobby Warshaw, Brek Shea, Bruno Piceno, Duane Holmes, Eric Lichaj, Freddy Adu, Greg Garza, Joe Corona, Jozy Altidore, Landon Donovan, Lester Dewee, Paul Arriola
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End of the week linkage
   August 23, 2013 (1:23 AM) by Matt
 

A few links for your Friday morning reading pleasure.

We had a couple of goals on Thursday.  Aron Johannsson scored in his fifth consecutive game for AZ, a 3-1 win in Europa League (highlights).  And a pair of Americans, Seth Rudolph and Andrew Stadler, both scored in Sandviken’s 3-2 win in the Swedish Cup (highlights).

We also had a Freddy Adu sighting on Thursday.  He came off the bench and played 25 minutes in Bahia’s 2-1 win over Portuguesa in Copa Sudamericana action.

A day after Landon Donovan told Fox Soccer Daily that he has received some interest from Europe, he tells TWC Sportsnet that he hopes to return to the Galaxy.

Jozy Altidore has his latest blog entry up over at ESPN FC.

Not really earth shattering, but Fabian Johnson wants “to achieve great things” this year at Hoffenheim.

This was sort of rumored on Twitter during the US-Bosnia game, but there is a good chance we could see these two teams playing each other in a World Cup tune-up in St. Louis in 2014.

Here is a German report from earlier this week on Bobby Wood returning to 1860 Munich after earning his first cap with the USMNT.

If you know German, here is a short video interview with Andrew Wooten.  Since I don’t know German, I am just going to pretend that he is talking about how Triumph is his favorite Wu Tang Clan song.

Greg Seltzer gives us a couple goodies on Terrence Boyd’s potential suitors.

Mathew Wagner caught up with Zarek Valentin to talk about his season in Norway.

 
Categories: Andrew Stadler, Andrew Wooten, Aron Johannsson, Bobby Wood, Fabian Johnson, Freddy Adu, Jozy Altidore, Landon Donovan, Seth Rudolph, Terrence Boyd, US Men's National Team, Zarek Valentin
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