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A whole bunch of links for Tuesday
   July 28, 2015 (12:02 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Let’s get to it and start with the USMNT.

As expected, CONCACAF announced that the Confederations Cup playoff will be held on October 9 at the Rose Bowl.  The US will also play a second game, this one being a friendly, during that same international week and it could be against Costa Rica.

One player who could be eligible to play for the US in that playoff is Darlington Nagbe as he is on course to become a US citizen this fall.

FIFA also held the preliminary draw for 2018 World Cup qualification over the weekend.  And US Soccer confirmed that the first home qualifier will be November 13 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis against the winner of St. Vincent & the Grenadines/Aruba from the third round.  Also in that link from US Soccer is the full fourth round qualification schedule although the rest of the game sites haven’t been determined yet.

I know I said we should never talk about the 2015 Gold Cup ever again, but Clint Dempsey won the Golden Boot while Brad Guzan won the Golden Glove.  And Michael Bradley led all players in assists for the tournament.

Chris Wondolowski is a freak.  He started and went 70 minutes for San Jose a day after starting for the US in a city nearly 3000 miles away.

Tim Howard is ready to return to the USMNT.

According to Mr. Chip, the US is projected to be No. 29 in August’s FIFA rankings, while Mexico will be No. 26.

Bobby Warshaw wrote some words on whether the US might have some players who are better suited to play CONCACAF opponents while others might be better against European teams.

In the “if it is on the internet then it MUST be true” department, some website claims Landon Donovan is going to sign with Atletico de Kolkata in India.  Sure. . .

I forgot to post this last week, but US U-20 forward Maki Tall signed with Swiss side FC Sion.

Howie posted about Quentin Westberg’s move to Tours in France last week and Greg Seltzer got some quotes from Westberg on the move.

Kenny Saief scored a goal this past weekend and Gent’s website had a mini-interview with him before the game.

Davis VanOpdorp of some website called Bavarian Football Works took a look at Julian Green’s situation at Bayern Munich.  I am mainly posting this for the chart at the bottom comparing Green to other players who came up through their youth system.

Mauricio Pochettino and Tottenham are in Denver to take on the MLS All-Stars.  Here is a video of Pochettino talking about DeAndre Yedlin.

We already know that Stuart Holden is awesome, but he wrote some words about rehabbing for The Players’ Tribune.  I would also check out the video on that page (as he “calls out” Michael Bradley!).

According to Greg Seltzer, Cesar Romero is no longer with FC Pyunik and is now in Russia training/trialing with Amkar Perm.

Kevin Dzierzawski played with Peterhead in Scotland on loan from Queen of the South last season.  Now it looks like he has permanently moved to Peterhead.

According to Will Parchman, German-American left back Koray Easterling is training with Manchester City.  And here is another tweet with some more information.

Western Washington goalkeeper Keegan Rogers has signed with IFK Lammhult in Sweden.

And finally, one of the early players we followed when we started this site in 2010 was Jeremiah White.  While he is no longer playing, it is fun when a name pops up that you haven’t heard in a while and he is now into coaching.

 
Categories: Bobby Warshaw, Brad Guzan, Cesar Romero, Chris Wondolowski, Clint Dempsey, Darlington Nagbe, DeAndre Yedlin, Jeremiah White, Julian Green, Kenny Saief, Kevin Dzierzawski, Koray Easterling, Landon Donovan, Maki Tall, Michael Bradley, Quentin Westberg, Stuart Holden, Tim Howard, US Men's National Team
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Random hump day linkage
   December 31, 2014 (1:08 AM) by Matt Benson
 

This will be the last ever links post of 2014.  Get excited.

The big news of the week is Gedion Zelalem getting his US citizenship.  While not everyone who reads this site is a US soccer fan boy like some of us, Steven Goff does a good job of breaking down who he is and his situation.

Fresh off his loan extension with Charlton Athletic, Oguchi Onyewu got injured while warming up and did not play yesterday while it was announced that he was going to start in Charlton’s 3-0 loss to Ipswich Town.

Speaking of injuries, Tim Howard will be out 5-6 weeks with a calf injury.

Mix Diskerud’s current situation is sort of confusing, but this is what we know right now.  Rosenborg announced that the club and Diskerud were unable to come up with a new deal.  But his dad is saying that Rosenborg is one of four clubs who have emerged as the frontrunners to sign the free agent.  Tijuana was once rumored to be close to signing him, but Ives Galarcep is hearing that those talks are dead.  And the latest rumor of the day is that Celtic is interested in his services.  So basically we know nothing.

The US U-20 team begins its U-20 World Cup qualifying a week from Friday and here is a look at the provisional roster.  Top Drawer Soccer’s Will Parchman did a little breakdown of the roster right here.  Brad Friedel was cleared by Tottenham to come and help coach for two of the games.

In case you missed it last week, here is what the rumored 2015 USMNT away shirt will look like.  And here is a cool story on how the USMNT photo shoot with SI went for last summer’s World Cup edition.

It looks like Wil Trapp will be at January’s USMNT camp.

Jurgen Klinsmann did an interview with FIFA.com recently.

Eric Lichaj has signed a contract extension with Nottingham Forest.

Here is a video of Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino talking about DeAndre Yedlin.

Clint Dempsey talked to SI Kids about rapping.

Tigres officially announced the signing of Omar Salgado on Monday.

Herculez Gomez is already scoring goals for Puebla in a preseason game against Mexico’s U-20 team.

Jon-Paul Pittman had an assist over the weekend in Grimsby Town’s 3-1 loss to Lincoln City.

Hibernian manager Alan Stubbs wants to use Landon Donovan as an adviser on Jack McBean and other potential American players.

US youth player Kyle Scott signed a professional contract with Chelsea last week.

Here is a Google-translated interview with Quentin Westberg about where he stands today.

 
Categories: Brad Friedel, Clint Dempsey, DeAndre Yedlin, Eric Lichaj, Gedion Zelalem, Herculez Gomez, Jack McBean, Jon-Paul Pittman, Kyle Scott, Landon Donovan, Mix Diskerud, Oguchi Onyewu, Omar Salgado, Quentin Westberg, Tim Howard, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team, Wil Trapp
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A variety of links for Thursday
   December 18, 2014 (1:22 AM) by Matt Benson
 

A bunch of stuff from this week and other stuff from last week that I meant to post but didn’t, so let’s get after it.

Yesterday was a good day for Americans in Europe.  John Brooks continued his recent strong play by scoring his first goal since THAT goal against Ghana (highlights from yesterday).  Over in Belgium, Sacha Kljestan came off the bench and scored a goal in Anderlecht’s 3-0 win in the Belgian Cup (highlights).  Also in the Belgian Cup, Kenny Saief scored for Gent in their 4-1 win (no highlights found yet).  And back in Germany, Alfredo Morales was credited with an assist in Ingolstadt’s 2-1 win, but his teammate did most of the dirty work (highlights).

Catching up on some other goals from the past few days while I was gone this weekend.  Junior Flores scored in Borussia Dormund’s 1-1 draw to Anderlecht in UEFA Youth League action, but he had to be subbed off after 30 minutes after picking up a concussion and will miss a little time.

Rubio Rubin also scored his second professional goal over the weekend in Utrecht’s 3-1 loss (highlights).

Jon-Paul Pittman scored a goal for Grimsby Town in FA Trophy First Round action.

And while it wasn’t a goal, Alejandro Bedoya had an assist over the weekend in Nantes’ 2-1 win (highlights).

US Soccer confirmed seven friendlies for 2015 at some point last week.  Plus we have reports of a possible friendly against Brazil for September.

And CONCACAF announced the venues and dates of next summer’s Gold Cup.

Catching up on in-house links, Will had a good goalkeeper discussion with four collegiate goalkeepers prior to last weekend’s College Cup.  And RJ caught back up with Jake Keegan to see how the Irish promotion playoffs went (spoiler alert: they went well).

Howie posted some links about Brek Shea heading back to the US and Orlando City, but Greg Seltzer is hearing that some other Championship teams might be still interested in his services.

Herculez Gomez is headed back to Puebla.  This will be his seventh different stint with a Liga MX team in the last five seasons, but he would be returning to his original stint/team where he won his scoring title in 2010.

Ventura Alvarado and Club America won the Apertura title this past fall so here are two interviews for you, one in English and one in Spanish.

The latest Jozy Altidore rumors have Werder Bremen wanting him on loan in January.

Will Packwood is back at Birmingham City and out for a few weeks after injuring his groin on loan with Colchester United.

Vice Sports caught up with Aron Johannsson to talk about finally getting over his various injuries of the past six months.

LA Galaxy forward Jack McBean is doing his annual MLS-offseason-training-stint-in-Europe with Charlton Athletic.

Steven Goff talked to Brad Friedel about a variety of topics right here.  Tim Howard has also retracted some of his comments about Friedel blocking his move to Manchester United.

Dom Dwyer signed a new contract with Sporting Kansas City which will keep him in the US for a while longer.  Since he received his green card in 2012, he would be eligible to apply for citizenship in 2017.

Tab Ramos and the US U-20 team is down in Honduras this week for some friendlies.  The initial roster had Zack Steffen and Santiago Castano as the goalkeepers and they were both in the news this past week.  Steffen signed with Freiburg in Germany, while Castano turned down the US for Colombia’s U-20 team.

Brian Sciaretta introduces us to the next potential German-American on the radar, Hamburg fullback Ashton Götz.  But Götz has a ways to go before playing for the US.

Like I mentioned towards the top of this post, John Brooks has been playing well for Hertha Berlin recently and received some good praise from manager Jos Luhukay.

If you have been around this site from the beginning, you might remember the name Nate Weiss.  Weiss has played a little here and there (Lativa, Sweden and Germany to name a few countries) and now he is working on getting his UEFA coaching licenses.

The Fighting Bob Bradleys will be coming to the US in February to partake in the Portland Timbers’ preseason tournament.

Joe Gyau didn’t travel with Borussia Dortmund’s U-23 team this past weekend due to how his knee has reacted lately.  Probably in his best interest to take it slow and make sure everything is fine.

Bobby Wood doesn’t appear to in 1860 Munich’s plans going forward.

And finally, this photo of DaMarcus Beasley, Kyle Beckerman and Landon Donovan is awesome.

 
Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Alfredo Morales, Aron Johannsson, Ashton Götz, Bob Bradley, Bobby Wood, Brad Friedel, Brek Shea, DaMarcus Beasley, Dom Dwyer, Herculez Gomez, Jack McBean, Jake Keegan, Joe Gyau, John Brooks, Jon-Paul Pittman, Jozy Altidore, Junior Flores, Kenny Saief, Kyle Beckerman, Landon Donovan, Nate Weiss, Rubio Rubin, Sacha Kljestan, Santiago Castano, Tim Howard, US Men's National Team, Ventura Alvarado, Will Packwood, Zack Steffen
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Quick link action for Wednesday
   November 12, 2014 (12:55 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Only a couple quick links for Wednesday.

It looks like the US will play Germany in a friendly next June, although no final agreement has been signed yet.

As expected with a report from the Daily Mirror, Greg Seltzer shoots down the DeAndre Yedlin is getting his Lativan passport in two weeks story.

US Soccer’s website has a Q&A up with Alejandro Bedoya.

ASN’s Brooke Tunstall talked to Bob Bradley as he finished his first season in Norway.

Landon Donovan talked to USA Today’s For The Win about retirement.

This was from a couple weeks ago, but Yanks Abroad’s Kenya Brown talked to Markus Dickerson about his first season in Norway with Second Division side Kongsvinger IL.

Real Salt Lake Academy midfielder Josh Doughty is close to signing with Manchester United.  The U-18 midfielder is eligible to play for the US, England and Canada.

 
Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Bob Bradley, DeAndre Yedlin, Josh Doughty, Landon Donovan, Markus Dickerson, US Men's National Team
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Some links and whatnot for Tuesday
   November 4, 2014 (7:45 AM) by Matt Benson
 

If you haven’t already, you should check out John’s 23 Names for the 2015 Gold Cup Roster (November Edition).  He has 53 players on his radar for the 23 spots.

Let’s start off with some leftovers from last Friday.  Oguchi Onyewu is showing off the importance of having an EU passport as he continues to find work in England as he signed with Charlton Athletic until January.

CONCACAF held the draw for the 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship last week and the US U-20 team has learned its fate.

We had some goals this weekend.  Marc Heider seems to score every other weekend in Germany.  Devann Yao has popped up in Germany and scored in the Regionalliga.  Bobby Warshaw scored a nice game-tying goal in Norway on Sunday.  And it wasn’t a goal, but Rubio Rubin picked up his fourth assist of the season on Saturday (I might have more on this tomorrow).

Also this past weekend, Aron Johannsson made his return to league play, going the full 90 minutes in a 3-3 draw.  Here is a photo of ArJo in action.

Danny Williams also made his return to the field this weekend, coming off the bench in Reading’s 3-1 loss to Blackburn Rovers.

And Terrence Boyd continues to get more playing time after coming back from his injury, playing the last 36 minutes of RB Leipzig’s 0-0 draw on Monday.  Here is a photo of him in action.

Jake Keegan and Galway FC won their promotion playoff series against UCD last Friday (5-1 on aggregate) and will be playing in the top flight league in Ireland next year.  Here is a photo of Keegan celebrating the win.  If you are out of the loop on Mr. Keegan, RJ talked to him last month about his long adventure from the US to Ireland.

Greg Seltzer takes a look at some possible January transfer scenarios for Jozy Altidore, Mix Diskerud and Brek Shea.  One of the teams mentioned for Altidore is the French side Lille and there might be some more to this possible loan according to this tweet from a reporter who follows the French league.  I think we are all in agreement that Jozy just needs to get out of Sunderland.

Jonathan Bornstein (remember him?!) will be out at least two months after having surgery on his foot.

This is a fun read on former CONCACAF General Secretary Chuck Blazer.  He was an FBI informant at one point and he had a Trump Tower apartment for his cats.  I am not making this up.

I am not sponsored by World Soccer Shop, but they have a great sale going on right now for the US’s home jersey (only $39.99).  Too good of a deal not to post.

Tim Howard has an autobiography coming out on December 9.  You should buy it just for the front cover photo of his beard.

I was watching Monday Night Football last night when I spotted an American Outlaws shirt on a commercial for ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown.  Soccer has finally made it in America!

Want some Landon Donovan videos?  US Soccer has a nice video recap of his last game with the USMNT.  And Grantland has their second episode of their mini-series following Donovan at the end of his career.

Will has you covered with your monthly update of American goalkeepers all across the world.

And let’s end this with Howie giving you your monthly reminder.

 
Categories: Aron Johannsson, Bobby Warshaw, Brek Shea, Danny Williams, Devann Yao, Jake Keegan, Jonathan Bornstein, Jozy Altidore, Juan Agudelo, Landon Donovan, Marc Heider, Mix Diskerud, Oguchi Onyewu, Rubio Rubin, Terrence Boyd, Tim Howard, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team
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Grantland – The Finish Line: Landon Donovan | Episode 1: Soaking It In
   October 17, 2014 (6:45 AM) by Matt Benson
 

In the first episode of the Grantland Features series chronicling the twilight of Landon Donovan’s career, Grantland follow the American legend during his farewell game as a member of the U.S. men’s national team while he discusses the most memorable moments from playing for his country.

 
Categories: Landon Donovan
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Here is your US-Ecuador pre-game primer
   October 10, 2014 (12:43 AM) by Matt Benson
 

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

» The game is at 7 PM Eastern on ESPN, WatchESPN and UniMas.

» Ecuador is ranked #21 by FIFA and #17 by Elo, while the US is #17 by FIFA and #15 by Elo.

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

The US is 2-5-4 all-time against Ecuador, failing to score a goal in eight of the 11 games.

The US is 7-3-1 all-time in the state of Connecticut, including a 3-1-0 mark at Rentschler Field.  All three wins at Rentschler Field have come by the score of 1-0.

Landon Donovan enters Friday’s game as the USMNT’s all-time leader in goals (57), assists (58), games started (141) and minutes played (12,813), while his 156 caps are second to Cobi Jones (164).

Brad Guzan is one shutout shy of becoming the sixth goalkeeper in USMNT history with 10+ shutouts.

Landon Donovan will look to become the first USMNT player with 15+ career goals to score in his final game with the US.

» While this game is all about Landon Donovan for the most part, The Yanks Are Coming have you covered with a game preview.

» As for the last bit of news to come out of the camp yesterday, 33,000 tickets have been sold so far.  Jurgen Klinsmann doesn’t think Jozy Altidore’s situation at Sunderland is great right now.  Klinsi also thinks John Brooks will return to Hertha Berlin’s first team after the international break.  Brad Guzan will start Friday’s game, while Nick Rimando will start Tuesday against Honduras.  Bill Hamid will return to DC after Friday’s game and will be replaced by Sean Johnson.  Julian Green was sent back to Hamburg due to his rib injury.  While he is not with the camp (and has been MIA for a while). Juan Agudelo is headed to England to trial with Wolverhampton Wanderers.

» But this game is all about Landon.  SI.com has a fun little interactive with all 57 of his US goals.  And here is some more Lando fun.

 
Categories: Brad Guzan, John Brooks, Jozy Altidore, Juan Agudelo, Julian Green, Landon Donovan, Nick Rimando, Sean Johnson, US Men's National Team
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Thursday morning linkage
   October 9, 2014 (12:01 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Let’s get into it.

Here are a bunch of tidbits from the first couple days of the USMNT camp in Boston.  The big news from yesterday was that Jozy Altidore said he is open to a move away from Sunderland if his situation doesn’t improve.  And Greg Seltzer breaks out the speculation-mobile on possible Altidore destinations.

In case you missed it, US Soccer made a great Landon Donovan tribute video.  Even without video of the actual goal, the goal against Algeria never gets old.  ESPN’s Jeff Carlisle takes a look at the early Landon Donovan days.

Ives Galarcep is at the camp and talked to Joe Gyau.

As for some injury news, Terrence Boyd was officially cleared to return to training with RB Leipzig earlier this week and here are a few photos of him back in action from yesterday.

Also, a Mr. Geoffrey Cameron is back to full fitness.

Tim Ream will have a new manager at Bolton as Dougie Freedman stepped down last week.  That is probably too bad for Stuart Holden, as even though he was wasn’t the manager who brought Holden over, Freedman seemed to like him.  Hopefully the new manager will give Holden a chance once he returns from injury.

Tim Howard wants to see more American goalkeepers in the Premier League.

Speaking of the Premier League, some clubs are now open to talking about possibly playing some league games outside of England.  If this were to happen, you would have to think a couple would be played in the US.

I posted a link to one earlier this week, but it looks like Rubio Rubin made multiple Eredivisie Teams of the Week.

According to a report out of Poland, NY Red Bulls’ Matt Miazga turned down a call-up with Poland’s U-20 team to play with the US U-23 team down in Brazil.

Jose Montes de Oca, a 19-year-old forward from Santa Ana, California, made his debut this past weekend with the Liga MX club Leon.

Jann George has been scoring a bunch for Greuther Fürth’s U-23 team this year in the Regionalliga and he scored with the senior team in a friendly on Wednesday.

Want your League of Ireland First Division fix?  Here are some things on Pat McCann and Jake Keegan.

And finally, US Soccer Development Academy goalkeeper Bryce Billington made the newspaper in Aberdeen.

 
Categories: Bryce Billington, Geoff Cameron, Jake Keegan, Jann George, Joe Gyau, Jose Montes de Oca, Jozy Altidore, Landon Donovan, Matt Miazga, Pat McCann, Rubio Rubin, Stuart Holden, Terrence Boyd, Tim Howard, Tim Ream, US Men's National Team
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US Soccer tribute video for Landon Donovan
   October 8, 2014 (10:54 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Ussoccer.com recaps the U.S. Men’s National Team history of Landon Donovan, tracing his rise as a U-17 MNT forward through the heights at the 2002 and 2010 FIFA World Cups. Along the way, Landon remembers some of the other big moments in his legendary career for the USA.

 
Categories: Landon Donovan
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USMNT camp tidbits
   October 8, 2014 (5:32 AM) by Matt Benson
 

A few things of note as the USMNT started camp yesterday.

* Landon Donovan has been named captain.

* Donovan will also start and play about 30 minutes.

* Donovan also thinks this last game is happening because of Sunil Gulati.

* With Julian Green’s ribs still a little sore, Jurgen Klinsmann has called in Chris Wondolowski.

* Klinsmann doesn’t plan on managing minutes of the various MLS players.

* John Brooks is friends with Ted Lasso.

* Here are some photos from yesterday’s training session.

 
Categories: Chris Wondolowski, John Brooks, Julian Green, Landon Donovan, US Men's National Team
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