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Youtube Flashback: US vs. Panama – 2004 World Cup Qualifier
   September 10, 2014 (6:26 AM) by Matt Benson
 

This international break is killing me.  We are almost back.  That said, here is a 2004 qualifier which features a Landon Donovan brace and a Eddie Johnson hat trick while coming off the bench.

The game was played at RFK Memorial Stadium on October 13, 2004 and ended with a US 6-0 win in the penultimate game of the Third Round of CONCACAF qualifying.

The US’s starting lineup looked like this:  Keller; Hejduk, Pope, Berhalter, Bocanegra; Zavagnin, Beasley, Donovan(c), Lewis; McBride, Wolff.

Enjoy.

 
Categories: Eddie Johnson, Landon Donovan, US Men's National Team, Youtube Flashback
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Here is your US-Czech Republic pre-game primer
   September 3, 2014 (12:25 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 2:15 PM Eastern on NBC Sports Network and UniMas.

» Czech Republic is ranked #35 by FIFA and #31 by Elo, while the US is #18 by FIFA and #17 by Elo.

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

The US is is 0-3-0 all-time against the Czech Republic/Czechoslovakia.

Nine players on the 2014 World Cup roster are in this squad, while five players are looking for their first USMNT cap.

The US has lost its last two games and is looking to avoid its first three-game losing streak since a three-game streak between 2009-10.

» Brian Sciaretta is in Prague and tweeted out a bunch of tidbits from yesterday’s training.  Brad Guzan and Nick Rimando will each get a half between the sticks.  Jozy Altidore will get the arm band tomorrow.  Rubio Rubin was initially called up for the U-20 team, but Utrecht declined so Klini decided to call him up for the senior team.  Here is Sciaretta’s guess at the starting lineup based on training.  Klinsmann is in “casual” contact with Shawn & Devante Parker.  As of today, Gedion Zelalem still doesn’t have US citizenship.  Klinsmann also spoke about Landon Donovan’s farewell game and Julian Green’s loan to Hamburg.

» Howie also has you covered with some other good reads from yesterday, including a photo of what numbers the guys will wear today.

I am not going to make a prediction other than this will be a disjointed game with a lot of subs.

 
Categories: Brad Guzan, Devante Parker, Gedion Zelalem, Jozy Altidore, Julian Green, Landon Donovan, Nick Rimando, Rubio Rubin, Shawn Parker, US Men's National Team
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Only a few links for Thursday
   August 28, 2014 (12:52 AM) by Matt Benson
 

We have had a few goals over the last few days, including goals (with highlights) from Alonso Hernandez, Marc Heider and David Najem.  Matt Taylor also scored yesterday, but the Regionalliga Sudwest highlight show usually takes a couple days to appear on the internet.

Jozy Altidore did not score, but he was involved in Sunderland’s second goal yesterday when his shot was saved and Adam Johnson scored on the rebound (highlights).

Yanks Abroad has you covered with a recap of all the Americans who played in the Capital One Cup this week.

Geoff Cameron had to leave Stoke City’s game yesterday due to injury.  Greg Seltzer is also reporting that Cameron does have suitors, but Stoke City is hesitant to sell him.

Shifting to the USMNT, Landon Donovan’s final game with the US will be on October 10 against Ecuador.

The US roster for the Czech Republic friendly should be announced soon, possibly even later today.  Sounds like it could be up to 22 names according to Steven Goff.

One player who will not be there, and it is not that surprising between him being a veteran and him joining a new team, is Jermaine Jones.

John Brooks should have a better shot at more playing time at Hertha Berlin with Sebastian Langkamp picking up an injury.  Langkamp is expected to miss about a month.

Fresh off his goal from last week, Brian Sciaretta caught up with 22-year-old defender Ventura Alvarado.

Before he disappeared at Fulham over the last two weeks, Emerson Hyndman was doing well in the team’s first two games of the season.  ASN’s Laura Greene gives you a rundown of what people are saying across the interwebs on the young American.

And finally, here is a photo of Americans Charlie Butte and Mario Rodriguez going after it in German Regionalliga action last weekend.

 
Categories: Alonso Hernandez, Charlie Butte, David Najem, Emerson Hyndman, Geoff Cameron, Jermaine Jones, John Brooks, Jozy Altidore, Landon Donovan, Marc Heider, Mario Rodriguez, Matt Taylor, US Men's National Team, Ventura Alvarado
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Landon Donovan’s final USMNT game will be against Ecuador in October
   August 26, 2014 (9:29 PM) by Matt Benson
 

While Landon Donovan is retiring after the 2014 MLS season, he will get a proper send-off with the USMNT on October 10 against Ecuador.

CHICAGO (Aug. 26, 2014) – After a 15-year international career in which he became the most accomplished player in team history, U.S. Men’s National Team forward Landon Donovan (@landondonovan) will make his final appearance for the United States when the team plays against Ecuador on Oct. 10 in East Hartford, Connecticut.

Kickoff at Rentschler Field is set for 7 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN, WatchESPN, UniMas and ESPN Deportes Radio. Fans can also follow along on Twitter @ussoccer.

“For 15 years, Landon has thrilled us with his amazing abilities on the field and impressed us with his gracious approach off the field,” said U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati (@sunilgulati). “We are looking forward to celebrating his legacy during our next home National Team match and allowing fans the opportunity to thank him for all the memories he’s provided over the years.”

US Soccer also gives us a quote sheet, which does include a quote from Jurgen Klinsmann, and a tribute video.

 
Categories: Landon Donovan, US Men's National Team
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Thursday morning linkage
   August 14, 2014 (1:56 AM) by Matt Benson
 

After a few weeks of speculation, DeAndre Yedlin’s transfer to Tottenham has become official.  He will spend the rest of the MLS season with Seattle before joining up with Tottenham for the 2015-16 season.  There is some confusion on what will happen to him between the end of the MLS season and 2015-16 as that is a lot of time (and you would figure that he would be in the USMNT’s plans for the 2015 Gold Cup).

Tottenham’s website has a video interview up with Yedlin.  Ives also got some words from Yedlin about the move.  Once he finally gets to North London, he will become he fourth different American to play for the Spurs in the Premier League.  And to top off the Yedlin links, Grantland did a feature on him earlier this week.

Earlier this week, the FA of Ireland confirmed the rumored USMNT friendly for November.  And now it looks like the rumored friendly against Colombia for September is no longer going to take place.

Michael Stephens, Andrew Jacobson and Bob Bradley are going streaking . . . to the semifinals of the Norwegian Cup after defeating Haugesund on Wednesday (highlights).

Howie posted some US U-23 vs. Bahamas highlights last week, but US Soccer have now put up their own highlights from the match with some post-game comments from Tab Ramos, Luis Gil and Dennis Flores.

Tab Ramos also recently talked to ASN’s Brooke Tunstall about the U-23 development.

According to this report, Thomas Dooley and the Philippines national football were unable to schedule a friendly with the USMNT, so now they are looking into a friendly with the US U-23 team.

Your monthly reminder that Landon Donovan has a great sense of humor.

Timothy Chandler recently took part in a crossbar challenge with some Eintracht Frankfurt teammates for the Bundesliga’s Youtube channel.

Today’s really silly season link of the day:  Barcelona are eyeing Fabian Johnson.

Grant Wahl did a quick video for SI.com about the few Americans in the Premier League.

San Jose Earthquakes goalkeeper David Bingham has been loaned out to Norwegian Adeccoligaen (second tier) side Strømmen.

US U-20 forward Andrija Novakovich scored three goals against AFC Wimbledon in U-21 action over the weekend (highlights).

Some new Americans in Europe.  Connor Brehm has signed with Carrick Rangers and has been loaned out to PSNI.  Both teams play in the Northern Ireland Football League Championship 1.  And goalkeeper Ryan Onwukwe is joining German sixth division club FCA Darmstadt.  Thanks to @WisconsinSoccer for the heads up.

 
Categories: Andrew Jacobson, Andrija Novakovich, Bob Bradley, Connor Brehm, David Bingham, DeAndre Yedlin, Dennis Flores, Fabian Johnson, Landon Donovan, Luis Gil, Michael Stephens, Ryan Onwukwe, Thomas Dooley, Timothy Chandler, US Men's National Team, US U-23 National Team
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Still catching on things links
   August 8, 2014 (1:13 AM) by Matt Benson
 

I am still catching up on life, but here are a few links from the last week or so while I was gone.

One of the most important players if not the best player in US Soccer history, Landon Donovan, announced his retirement yesterday.  He will play the rest of the 2014 MLS season before officially calling it quits.  The USMNT’s all-time leader in goals (57), assists (57) and games started (141), Donovan brought a lot of joy to US fans over the years.  He scored his first international goal against Mexico and he scored his last USMNT goal against Mexico (highlights of all 57 goals).  Never forget.

As I promised last week, we are starting to add new content to the site aside from links and RJ DeMello started us off last week with an interview with Joe Gyau.  There should also be something else USMNT-centric from another new contributor today.

Of course the weekend that I am gone has 12 goals scored by various Americans throughout Europe, so here are a bunch of GIFs of about half of those goals.  The goal tracker has also been updated with all the goals.

When I left town last week, it looked like Jermaine Jones was headed to Chicago and Sacha Kljestan was headed to the LA Galaxy.  Upon my return, Jones turned down a multi-million dollar deal and Kljestan was still in Belgium with Anderlecht.  Jones has also become friends with Charlie Sheen and Chuck Liddell.

Then Wednesday brought the Mix Diskerud-almost-going-to-Columbus madness.  While the Crew did not land Diskerud, they did sign French-American youth player Romain Gall.

In the never ending DeAndre Yedlin potential transfer saga, Tottenham are the new leaders according to Ives.

It looks like Brek Shea is likely to go out on loan again this season.  Staying at Stoke City, some teams have shown interest in Geoff Cameron, but he is staying with the Potters according to Greg Seltzer.

USMNT vets Clint Dempsey and DaMarcus Beasley both want to continue to play for the US.

Conor O’Brien signed with Austrian Bundesliga side Wiener Neustadt last week.

Aron Johannsson wants to lead the Eredivisie in goals this upcoming season.

Eric Lichaj is finally over his groin injury and returned to training with Nottingham Forest.

Death, taxes and Zak Whitbread injuries.  Whitbread has already injured his back in a friendly and Derby County are hoping he can return to training soon.

Jonathan Bornstein had to leave Queretaro’s Copa MX game earlier this week due to an injury.

ESPN’s Jeff Carlisle caught up with Stuart Holden as he continues to rehab his knee.

Hannover 96 is holding a Steve Cherundolo farewell match this weekend.

Also from last weekend, Bobby Wood assisted on a goal in 1860 Munich’s 3-2 loss to Kaiserslautern.

Sebastien Ibeagha is headed to FC Fredericia for the rest of the season on loan from AC Horsens.

The US U-23 and U-17 teams have been busy lately.  The U-23 team defeated the Bahamas national team 5-1 (highlights).  And the U-17 team are in the semifinals of a tournament in Mexico after winning their first four games (highlights).

In Europa League action yesterday, Pablo Punyed and Stjarnan are advancing to the playoff round, while Mix Diskerud/Rosenborg, Ethan Horvath/Molde and Sean Reynolds/FH have all been eliminated.

Here are some highlights of Ethan Horvath in action between the sticks for Molde II in a recent game.

Bobby Warshaw wrote some words about life as an American player in Europe.

Did you know that League of Ireland Premier Division side Cork City’s manager was born in the US?

 
Categories: Aron Johannsson, Bobby Warshaw, Bobby Wood, Brek Shea, Clint Dempsey, Conor O'Brien, DaMarcus Beasley, DeAndre Yedlin, Eric Lichaj, Ethan Horvath, Geoff Cameron, Jermaine Jones, Joe Gyau, Jonathan Bornstein, Landon Donovan, Mix Diskerud, Pablo Punyed, Romain Gall, Sacha Kljestan, Sean Reynolds, Sebastien Ibeagha, Steve Cherundolo, Stuart Holden, US U-23 National Team, Zak Whitbread
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Thursday morning linkage
   June 12, 2014 (1:12 AM) by Matt Benson
 

The World Cup is finally here!

The USMNT is training away at Sao Paulo FC’s training grounds.  And there is a reason why they are staying so far away from their games (which I think is not that big of a deal), the place looks really nice.

The big news from yesterday was that Belgium canceled Thursday’s closed-door scrimmage against the US due to concerns over traveling in Sao Paulo.  Belgium is staying 40 miles away from the US and doesn’t want to risk sitting on a bus for five hours due to traffic and the possible subway strike.

Timothy Chandler was held out of training on Wednesday after picking up a knock on Tuesday, but it sounds minor and was only precautionary.

US Soccer’s website has a Q&A with Alejandro Bedoya.  Could Jermaine Jones and Michael Bradley be related?  (No.)

The big non-USMNT related news from yesterday is how bad the field looks in Manaus.  A bad field in hot weather conditions?  Sounds like a typical CONCACAF game to me.  Oh yeah, Natal is struggling to get ready for Friday’s opening game between Mexico and Cameroon.  There is a decent chance that I will be sitting in one of those temporary seats in the upper deck on Monday.  Good times await.

Getting back to the USMNT, the official World Cup patches went on the jerseys last night.

Want some tactical breakdowns of the USMNT?  Zonal Marking and SI’s Liviu Bird have you covered.  Go read those, you will feel smarter.

Bob Bradley was kind enough to give his scouting report of Ghana in this MLS video.  Speaking of Ghana, OT Twitter-friend Zack Goldman wrote about the US’s need to beat Ghana for the UK’s Metro.

ESPN has decided to go “all-in” on the “I Believe” chant with this latest tribute/commercial for the American Outlaws.

In case you haven’t seen any or all of ESPN’s Inside: U.S. Soccer’s March to Brazil, here are all six episodes in one place.  Also, I brought back our US World Cup history posts from the 2010 World Cup.

Landon Donovan still has a good sense of humor.

Moving onto other/club news.

Travis Clark is working on a feature on Clint Dempsey and got a great quote about his time at Furman.

Greg Seltzer has some possible transfer goodies/gossip on Benny Feilhaber and Alejandro Bedoya.

Our latest British newspaper transfer rumor of the day involves Terrence Boyd and Wigan Athletic.  Yay silly season!

Reading FC officially announced the signing of US U-20 prospect Andrija Novakovich.

Justin Moose scored his third goal of the season yesterday in Finland and you can check it out here.

Ryan Gracia was last seen in Sweden with Nyköping last season, but it looks like the 24-year-old midfielder has moved on to Balma SC in France.

And this could be my last post for the next 48 hours as I head to Brazil on Friday.  We will have a new addition to the site who will be starting a new series throughout the World Cup beginning with later today, so be on the lookout for that.

 
Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Andrija Novakovich, Benny Feilhaber, Bob Bradley, Clint Dempsey, Jermaine Jones, Justin Moose, Landon Donovan, Michael Bradley, Ryan Gracia, Terrence Boyd, Timothy Chandler, US Men's National Team
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Friday morning links
   June 6, 2014 (1:14 AM) by Matt Benson
 

What do you know?  I have some links on the World Cup.

The final FIFA rankings before the World Cup came out yesterday and the US moved up to #13.  Germany stayed at #2 while Portugal dropped one spot to #4 and Ghana moved up one spot to #37.

SB Nation decided to rank all 32 teams based on their World Cup kits.  I can’t really complain with #1 or #2 as France and Holland have some solid shirts.  I know Bosnia’s are pretty basic (they are ranked #28 on this list), but I like the “classy” look, especially their blue shirts.

Someone over at Yahoo thought it was wise to have Maxi Rodriguez write for them and talk about the World Cup stadiums.  I kid, I kid. Maxi is good people.

Noah Davis decided to rank the 10 US teams to appear in the World Cup.  I know it was a much different time and people nowadays don’t really know much about them, but the 1930 team never seems to get much respect.

The Guardian has a funny little video animation on the US’s World Cup history.

Apparently Alexi Lalas is writing a song for every day of the World Cup and here is his first song and it is about Landon Donovan.

This year’s This is SportsCenter commercial for the World Cup features Michael Bradley.  The Guardian is also doing player profiles of various players and here is one on Mikey.

Fabian Johnson and Michael Bradley talk about Fabian’s goal against Turkey in this video.

ESPN’s Jeff Carlisle enlightens us a little more on Timothy Chandler and what he was going through when he was away from the USMNT over the past two years.  It looks like Nurnberg were playing a little head games with him.

In the it-totally-sounds-like-a-bad-British-newspaper-transfer-rumor department, The Metro are reporting that Tottenham are about to make a £5 million bid for Julian Green.  The silly season has begun.

Jonathan Bornstein (remember him?) is staying in Mexico after making a loan move to Queretaro.  He has played in a total of 10 league games since leaving Chivas USA in 2010.

We have yet another American to follow in the German Regionalliga after Iona product Charlie Butte signed with Regionalliga West club Sportfreunde Siegen.

And finally, apparently Beats by Dre took that new Apple money and made a commercial that is up there with the Nike one (Jozy Altidore sighting!)

 
Categories: Charlie Butte, Fabian Johnson, Jonathan Bornstein, Jozy Altidore, Julian Green, Landon Donovan, Michael Bradley, Timothy Chandler, US Men's National Team
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Some links for Friday morning
   May 30, 2014 (12:41 AM) by Matt Benson
 

A few links before the weekend.

Yesterday was the USMNT’s last day at Stanford as they flew to New York in the afternoon.  US Soccer gives us a video about their experience on campus.  Timothy Chandler apparently liked the golf carts.

ESPN’s Jeff Carlisle gives us his last camp notebook.  He is passing over the torch to Doug McIntyre for the east coast coverage.  If you are on Twitter and not following Jeff and Doug then you are doing life wrong.  Jeff also reports that Clint Dempsey is expected to be back in the lineup for the next friendly against Turkey.

I hope everyone is watching ESPN’s Inside: US Soccer’s March to Brazil (another “you are doing life wrong” if you are not) as it gave us a moment like last night:  Aron Johannsson doing his best southern accent to say he was born in Mobile, Alabama.  Now I want to see footage of him saying “Roll Damn Tide.”  It also looks like Johannsson has signed a new deal with AZ Alkmaar, which will keep him at the club until 2018.

I swear this is not one big plug for ESPN, but I forgot to post this last week.  They did some pretty cool posters for each of the 32 teams.

This link is very bookmark-worthy as it has the full TV schedule for the whole World Cup.

OT reader Ian sent this to me, so here is Goldman Sachs’ World Cup preview.  According to their numbers, the US has a 40% chance to advance past the group stage and a 0.5% chance to win the whole damn thing.  o.5% you say?

The Men in Blazers have been knocking their World Cup previews out of the park and yesterday was their Group G preview.

Top Drawer Soccer’s Will Parchman (another great Twitter follow) decided to ask some questions about Ghana, Portugal and Germany to people who follow the team a lot closer than most.

SI has been counting down the most significant goals in US Soccer history and #2 is Landon Donovan’s greatness against Algeria.  And I will link this video any chance that I can get.

Steve Cherundolo was on the ExtraTime Radio podcast and I guess he hinted that an American is close to signing with Hannover.  And Juan Agudelo was just linked to them earlier this week.  Hmm. . .

In case you missed it from yesterday, Brek Shea is reportedly in Orlando training with Orlando City.  Only a training stint at the moment, but something to keep an eye on.

Tijuana continues to raid southern California for talent and their latest signing is defender John Requejo Jr., who originally was headed to UCLA next fall.

Go join our Brazil Bracket Challenge league.

 
Categories: Aron Johannsson, Brek Shea, Clint Dempsey, John Requejo Jr., Juan Agudelo, Landon Donovan, Steve Cherundolo, US Men's National Team
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Thursday morning links
   May 29, 2014 (1:07 AM) by Matt Benson
 

In case you have been kidnapped Taken-style over the last 48 hours, the US kicked off the Send-Off Series with a 2-0 win over Azerbaijan on Tuesday.  Here are some highlights and some photos from the game. Here is also a short video on the game and Chris Wondolowski from the San Jose Earthquakes Youtube channel.  Clint Dempsey was a late scratch with a groin issue, but it is not serious and he will only miss one or two days.

This Landon Donovan shirt is awesome.  And this song might be the only country song I like.  Jimmy Conrad/KICKTV have their latest Group G video up and this time Jimmy is in Ghana.  I want to have a beer with Jimmy at some point in my life.

As I posted yesterday, reports out of England have Tim Ream agreeing to a new three-year deal with Bolton.

Edgar Castillo is leaving Tijuana for fellow Liga MX side Atlas.

We posted Brad Evans’ comments about being cut from the USMNT and now Clarence Goodson is speaking out about the process.  And he doesn’t seem like he is happy.

Greg Selzter is hearing that Timothy Chandler is drawing some interest from Eintracht Frankfurt and Stuttgart.

Stoke’s The Sentinel is reporting that Hannover 96 might be going after Juan Agudelo.

Michael Farfan appears not to be in Cruz Azul’s future plans after some recent changes at the club.

Zak Whitbread is in contract talks with Derby County.  Whitbread finished last season with the Rams after being sent on loan from Leicester City.

Former US U-20er Villyan Bijev was released by Liverpool last week.

The Fighting Bob Bradleys advanced to the fourth round of the Norwegian Cup this week after defeating Grorud 3-0.

We have had a bunch of goals scored in the last two weeks in Iceland and Finland so go check out our goal tracker to stay up to date.

And finally, a reminder to sign up for MLS’s Brazil Bracket Challenge and join our league.

 
Categories: Bob Bradley, Chris Wondolowski, Clarence Goodson, Clint Dempsey, Edgar Castillo, Juan Agudelo, Landon Donovan, Michael Farfan, Tim Ream, Timothy Chandler, US Men's National Team, Villyan Bijev, Zak Whitbread
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