This past weekend had some action on the field. Fabian Johnson scored his first goal with Borussia Mönchengladbach. Aron Johannsson and Tim Ream both returned from their injuries. Roderick has you covered with everyone in The OT Report.
The US U-17 team began play at the 2015 CONCACAF U-17 Championship with a 5-0 win over Cuba on Friday (highlights) followed with a 2-0 win over Trinidad & Tobago yesterday (highlights). Joe Gallardo (four goals) and Christian Pulisic have been the US’s two best players in my non-expert opinion so far.
According to one report out of Germany, Jurgen Klinsmann might call up Ashton Götz for the US friendlies and camp this month even though he doesn’t have his US passport yet (he wouldn’t be able to play in the games but he could train with the team).
It looks like Freddy Adu could be headed to Sweden to sign with a real team according to Ives Galarcep. If true, this would be his 11th different team in his eighth different country since becoming a pro in 2004. Over that same time, I have lived in two different apartments and have had the same job.
Continuing with the rumors, this report claims Fabian Johnson has been scouted recently by Barcelona as he is one of a few players on their list of potential fullbacks since Dani Alves’ contract ends this summer.
Barcelona youngster Ben Lederman is currently in playing purgatory as part of the team’s injunction that retroactively disqualified many academy players. Some guys just got cleared to play again but not Lederman.
And also thanks to Josh Deaver, I am now aware of a second American at Barcelona. Konrad de la Fuente is a U-14 forward and he scored a goal back in early February for Barca’s Infantil A.
Speaking of the US U-20 team, in case you missed it, here are highlights of their 2-0 win over El Salvador to qualify for New Zealand. Romain Gall shared the Golden Boot with Mexico’s Hirving Lozano with each scoring five goals throughout the tournament.
At the youth level, Gedion Zelalem went 90 minutes for Arsenal’s U-21 team in a 1-1 draw. Also at the U-21 level, Cody Cropper and Southampton defeated Sebastian Lletget and West Ham 2-1. Here are some highlights with Lletget getting an assist at the 3:22 mark. And Marc Pelosi has come back from his broken leg and started to play again with Liverpool’s U-21 team.
The US U-20 team won the NTC Invitational last week. You can watch the entire game against Australia right here. US Soccer also has a video up with some post-game reactions from Tab Ramos and Paul Arriola.
Not really a surprise, but Julian Green was named to Bayern Munich’s roster for their US tour. They will take on the MLS All-Stars in Portland on August 6.
Brek Shea played 45 minutes in the second half of Stoke City’s 1-1 draw to Borussia Monchengladbach in a friendly over the weekend. According to reviews that I have read, he played well and you can watch the entire second half right here.
As Howie posted last night, Matt Besler is in talks with Sporting Kansas City on getting a new contract, although he hasn’t totally dismissed the possibility of playing overseas. While Greg Seltzer told us earlier this week that Sunderland was one of the teams expressing interest in Besler, the Evening Chronicle is hearing that the Black Cats have not made a bid and don’t plan on making one either. All this said, I think Besler will probably end up staying in Kansas City and I really don’t have a problem with that. Nothing wrong for him to have a Eddie Pope-like career.
If you want more transfer talk, Greg Seltzer was on yesterday’s episode of Soccer Morning with Jason Davis. He begins talking about the 11-minute mark and goes over some stuff on DeAndre Yedlin, Matt Besler (before last night’s news), Graham Zusi, Mix Diskerud, Brek Shea and a couple others.
Speaking of Brek Shea, he was named to Stoke City’s 23-man roster for the Potters’ preseason tour of Germany.
The latest FIFA world rankings came out yesterday with the US dropping two spots to #15. Costa Rica was one of the big winners, moving up 12 spots to #16. And this month is the first time that CONCACAF has had three teams in the Top 18 since March of 2004.
For those few people that missed it earlier this week, the Ecuadorian Football Federation claims that the US and Ecuador will play in a friendly against each other in October.
As I post this, about 40% of you think Jermaine Jones’ goal vs. Portugal was your favorite US goal from the World Cup, which leads the pack. Go vote here.
Mix Diskerud came off the bench and was first credited with a goal, which was later changed to an own goal, in Rosenborg’s upset 2-1 loss to Sligo Rovers in Europa League action (highlights). Also in Europa League action yesterday, Sean Reynolds came off the bench for 20 minutes in FH’s 1-1 draw to Neman. And Pablo Punyed went 90 minutes in Stjarnan’s 2-2 draw to Motherwell. The second legs will be next Thursday.
“He’s had this injury for a longer while than at the U.S. national team,” Stewart said in an telephone interview. “It was something that you could play with; it wasn’t a problem to. I’ve played with the same problem myself. Once it’s time to rest, it’s something that can aggravate you every time you step out on the field.”
Jozy Altidore told the Sunderland Echo that his injury in the World Cup was the low point of his career. He is expected to be almost fully fit once he returns to Sunderland.
If you are reading this before 1 PM Eastern on Friday, turn on beIN Sports as they will be showing Terrence Boyd and RB Leipzig taking on PSG in a friendly (h/t Jon Arnold).
Bayern Munich have updated their website and Julian Green is listed under the first team players. His online bio also tells us that he is a Gemini. Bayern Munich have also launched an English version of their site dedicated to the US.
The US U-20 team defeated Bermuda, 4-0, in their second match of the NTC Invitational on Wednesday. The goals were provided by Andrija Novakovich, Zach Pfeffer, Tommy Thompson and an own goal. Here are some highlights (I see you, Tommy Thompson) and some post-game reactions. The US’s final game is tonight against Australia at the StubHub Center at 7 PM and admission/parking are free. If I didn’t have plans already, I would be headed down there.
Liga MX also starts up tonight and Tom Marshall fills you in on where all the Americans will be playing this fall.
According to Sky Sports, Gboly Ariyibi is on trial with Burnley. Ariyibi ended last season on loan with Tranmere Rovers then became a free agent this summer once his contract with Leeds expired.
Bobby Wood got the start and played 72 minutes on the wing in a 4-3-3 in 1860 Munich’s 3-2 loss to Borussia Möchengladbach in a friendly earlier this week. Here is a photo of Wood in action.
Sebastian Lletget actually played with West Ham’s first team on Wednesday in a 0-0 draw to Ipswich Town in a friendly, coming off the bench in the second half.
The US U-20 team opened up the 2014 NTC Invitational with a 2-1 win over Chile. The goals were scored by Andrija Novakovich and Zach Pfeffer. Here is who started and this is what they looked like. Next up is Bermuda on Wednesday at 4 PM Pacific.
Jozy Altidore and Jermaine Jones made the rounds at FOX on Sunday. They were on Fox Sports Live and did this podcast (which randomly features a Iowa Hawkeye helmet!). Jermaine also threw out the first pitch at the Dodgers game on Friday.
Jose Torres, Herculez Gomez and Tigres did not qualify for Copa Libertadores after losing to Morelia in the two-legged SuperCopa MX.
Sebastian Lletget had an assist in West Ham’s Development Squad’s 2-2 draw to AFC Hornchurch on Sunday. Lletget is in an interesting spot. He is probably getting too old for regular development squad minutes, but West Ham won’t play him with the first team or loan him out to get minutes.
We had tons of goals this weekend as you can see from all the highlight posts I made over the weekend. You can also see the non-highlights goals on our goal tracker. We also had some youth team/friendly goals this weekend with Danny Barbir scoring with West Brom’s U-18 team and Rubio Rubin scoring twice with Utrecht’s reserve team.
Remember when David Yelldell was a thing and looked like he might be the #3 goalkeeper for the USMNT? Well, he has been hiding on Bayer Leverkusen’s bench the last couple seasons, but he made a nice double save off a penalty kick in a friendly over the weekend.
I made a post about two things yesterday. I have heard from one of our Brazil Bracket Challenge winners, but still waiting to hear back from dmlacey. I also asked for help trying to find the video that they played in the stadiums before the World Cup games. Brian Straus then tweeted it out later in the afternoon and it was on FIFA’s own Youtube channel. Apparently I can find Icelandic third division highlights, but not something this simple on FIFA’s own channel. That said, enjoy the video. I like it.
Sebastian Lletget scored a goal for West Ham United’s U-21 team in a 2-1 loss to Manchester United on Monday. The goal is Lletget’s fourth of the year with West Ham’s U-21 team.
Stuart Holden is starting to train again with Bolton Wanderers and he received some good news from manager Dougie Freedman last week. It looks like Freedman and Bolton are going to give him a new contract this summer once his current contract expires.
Kicker is reporting that Fabian Johnson will sign with Borussia Moenchengladbach this summer once his current contract with Hoffenheim expires.
With a bunch of Huddersfield Town’s players returning from injury, manager Mark Robins told the UK press that they might send Duane Holmes out on loan so he can get some playing time.
Another “Jozy Altidore does more than score goals” type story out of Sunderland. Teammate Adam Johnson had some nice things to say about Altidore’s performance against Newcastle from two weeks ago.
“There is a lot more to him than goals. Against Newcastle he must have been a nightmare to play against. Genuinely, I thought he was awesome.
Even though he scored two goals in a friendly for Bob Bradley’s Stabæk last week, Michael Stephens, as well as fellow American Christian Eissele, are trialing with Swedish side GAIS.
Goalkeeper Alex Horwath has been trialing with Ljungskile SK in Sweden over the last two weeks and he was rewarded with a contract with the club.
And finally, some new jerseys got released this week. Josh Gatt, Ben Spencer, Ethan Horvath and Molde FK have some new home and away kits for the 2014 season. While Eric Lichaj and Nottingham Forest have a new third jersey for this year.
After some delays and what not, the USMNT finally made it down to Brazil. Apparently Brad Evans has “taken over” US Soccer’s Instagram account for a while.
The always good Steven Goff dropped a bunch of nuggets for us. The US is likely to play three friendlies on US soil between May 26 and June 7. The venue and opponents are to be determined. There was a rumor once upon a time about a US-England friendly down in England, but that looks like a no go now. After about 10 different people told me that (I apparently missed that story last week), some told me (including Jon Arnold and Josh Deaver and they are good peeps) that the latest rumor is a friendly against Serbia. We shall see.
Goff was also your source for all things Sebastian-related on Monday. Sebastian Lletget might go on loan this spring. He hasn’t been getting any playing time at West Ham this season. And Duke defender Sebastien Ibeagha is expected to go on trial in Denmark. Ives also mentioned that Ibeagha turned down a homegrown with the Houston Dynamo to head to Europe over the weekend.
Like the rumor from Sunday night, Michael Parkhurst is returning to MLS and his rights were traded to the Columbus Crew.
Since all the cool kids are returning to MLS (and there will soon be no one left for us to cover on this site), Maurice Edu is apparently in negotiations with MLS for his return to the league. Also, Taylor Twellman is becoming the man when it comes to breaking these USMNT-related transfer rumors/stories.
Nothing really new to report on Juan Agudelo. There is speculation that Stoke City might sign him, but send him out on loan until the work permit thing gets figured out. I guess one of the rumored teams, Anderlecht, shot down that rumor over the weekend. Yay silly season!
Julian Green continues to score goals for Bayern Munich’s first team during their winter friendlies. He bagged another in a a 8-0 victory over Kuwait SC (highlights).
DC United’s Michael Seaton is headed to Italy to train with Inter Milan. Another one of these MLS-to-Europe offseason training stints.
According to this Swedish report, Seattle Sounders’ Corey Hertzog is on trial with Falkenbergs FF.
Christopher McCollum tells us the story of Sean Reynolds. Reynolds went from working at Home Depot this past year to now playing with Icelandic Premier League team FH, who will be playing in Europa League in 2014-15.
And finally, be on the lookout for a small Inside the Numbers thing on Matt Besler later today.
Time to strike up the rumor mill. Juan Agudelo was spotted at Stoke City’s Britannia Stadium this weekend. Maybe attempting another shot at a work permit? While last week’s lazy rumor was Michael Bradley-to-Fulham, this week’s looks like it could be Aron Johannsson-to-Stoke City. “What’s a team with a bunch of Americans…….yeah, put Stoke City down”.
Liga MX kicked off this past weekend with some Americans sporting some new shirts for the season. DaMarcus Beasley played a little wing back and left back for Puebla in these new blew Kappa kits. And four Americans (Greg Garza, Joe Corona, Edgar Castillo and Herculez Gomez) saw the field for Tijuana in these new white Nike kits. I like the Tijuana shirts with the black/grey on the sleeves. Speaking of Liga MX, we might have some new content on that in the near future.
Kicker is already rolling out its World Cup preview stuff. Here is a Google-translated breakdown of the USMNT. They also have a video on Jozy Altidore, which also includes some quotes from former USMNT player Thomas Dooley (the video is all in German). And Kicker must be a huge Jozy fan as they have a photo slideshow of his career. Won’t they be surprised when Aron Johannsson is starting against Germany instead of Jozy come World Cup time (I am joking……sort of). And if you know German, feel free to let us know what is being said in the comments.
Brooks Lennon, a 16-year-old from Arizona playing with Liverpool’s U-17 team, was in the build-up of Liverpool’s goal in this video (I believe he is #7).
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