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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.

 
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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.

 
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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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Quick links for Tuesday
   October 7, 2014 (2:07 AM) by Matt Benson
 

I should be in bed now, but I wanted to post these links before tomorrow.

The US announced its roster for Friday’s friendly.  Jurgen Klinsmann did his usual post-roster Q&A.

Grant Wahl caught up with Landon Donovan about his post-career plans.  Expect to see a Landon Donovan tifo on Friday.  And Donovan doesn’t think his World Cup snub was personal by Klinsmann.

While there should be changes to the roster between Friday’s friendly and next week’s friendly, Fabian Johnson had to pull out due to a Achilles tendon problem.

A few goals this past weekend by Marc Heider, Andrew Stadler, Jordan Seabrook, Cesar Romero and Jerome Kiesewetter.  We also had assists from Fabian Johnson and Rubio Rubin.

Rubin’s two assists actually led to him to be on at least one Eredivisie Team of the Weekend.

Andrew Wooten doesn’t appear to be on US Soccer’s radar at the moment.

I see you, Clint Dempsey.

Doug McIntyre is hearing that Jozy Altidore turned down an MLS offer last January.

Steven Goff has a little update on Juan Agudelo.  I like the thought of vacant lots being owned by various soccer players trying to acquire a passport from Cyprus.

The US U-17 team is down in Panama and Christian Pulisic scored a nice goal.

Amando Moreno scored a goal over the weekend with Tijuana’s U-20 team.

US U-18 forward Mukwelle Akale is getting a lot of interest in possibly joining Villarreal in Spain.

Pablo Punyed and Stjarnan won the league title in Iceland this past weekend.

There was an American sighting at PSG this past weekend . . . but it was just Olympic Track and Field champion Carl Lewis.

And finally, various oddsmakers in the UK have the US as the favorite to host the 2022 World Cup.

 
Categories: Amando Moreno, Andrew Stadler, Andrew Wooten, Cesar Romero, Christian Pulisic, Clint Dempsey, Fabian Johnson, Jerome Kiesewetter, Jordan Seabrook, Jozy Altidore, Juan Agudelo, Landon Donovan, Marc Heider, Mukwelle Akale, Pablo Punyed, Rubio Rubin, US Men's National Team
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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.

 
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