It’s the mid-season break in Mexico, and with the spring-to-fall leagues like MLS in the off-season, we’ll see some movement in the coming weeks. We’ve already seen a few transactions, but there have been a few more in recent days.
OT hero César “The Joker” Romero, who tore up Armenia before moving to FY Macedonia, has joined Deportivo Tepic. Romero was linked to Guadalajara, which was interesting as he had an unsuccessful run with their former MLS affiliate a few years ago, before settling with the club frequently known as Coras de Tepic. Tepic serves as an affiliate to Chivas. They finished 11th in Ascenso MX, missing the Apetura playoffs.
Meanwhile, it sounds like another Luis from Real Salt Lake may be heading to Mexico. Luis Gil, who never really put things together with RSL, may be joining Luis Silva south of the border (assuming that move still happens).
I've heard a Liga Mx club is stepping up their interest for Luis Gil. The US U-23 mid is traveling to Mexico for negotiations this week
As always, check out our goal tracker for the latest goal information and highlights. But here are a couple other goals from about two weeks ago that have either popped up in the last week or I completely missed them.
Everyone’s favorite Armenian Premier League Golden Boot winner is now in Macedonia and Cesar Romero scored his first goal of the season on August 16 in Vardar’s 3-1 win over Shkendija. Here is his goal at the 0:17 mark.
Christian Eissele is back in Finland and scored his third goal of the season on August 16 in Kemi Kings’ 4-0 win over FC Jazz. Here is his goal at the 3:05 mark.
And finally, Rhett Bernstein scored his fifth goal of the season back on August 16 in Mjøndalen’s 2-1 win over Haugesund. Here is his goal in GIF form since I can’t embed the video.
US Soccer might be getting a new crest in 2016. From what I can see online, a lot of people think it is better than the old crest but nothing special. I like it.
Nothing official has been announced yet, but it looks like the Confederations Cup playoff game is going to move from Friday, October 9 to Saturday, October 10. I hope it doesn’t as I likely can’t go on Saturday, but can on Friday. Also, if you have any extra money or are looking for a cool cause to donate to, help send some veterans to the game.
We have a Anton Peterlin sighting! He is now with Boldklubben af 1893 of the Danish third division. No word if the club has any interest in Cody Arnoux (that joke is for Howie and like three other people who might get it).
Some of this stuff is a couple of days old, but Matt was on a mini-vacation and I was at a music festival or recovering most of the weekend so we’re going to hit some stuff up here in one fell swoop.
As I posted late last week, forward Omar Salgado, who is currently on the books (but not playing) at UANL in Mexico, has been loaned to the Tampa Bay Rowdies of NASL. With the Rowdies, he’ll reunite with his former U-20 coach, Thomas Rongen. With Salgado, Fred Adu, and Gale Agbossoumonde, the Rowdies are basically a US fan fiction team.
Cesar “The Joker” Romero, who did unspeakable, nasty things to the Armenia Premier League last year, has swapped out the Caucasus for the Balkans and joined FK Vardar of FYR Macedonia. Vardar is the three-time reigning champion of the Macedonian league. They’re still biggest fish in the small pond, although the pond is slightly bigger as Macedonia has the 40th ranked league in UEFA, eight spots ahead of Armenia’s. Vardar has already been eliminated from Champions League play, although I believe Romero’s qualifying appearance cap-tied him out of that regardless.
I sort of caught this Friday afternoon, but Aron Johannsson caused a stir with reports that linked him heavily to MLS. There was further speculation that it might be Real Salt Lake, with the general consensus being that Aron wanted too much money. Now, there is a report that Werder Bremen has made a bid that AZ rejected. At this point I’d like to see at least a few American attacking players in Europe, so I hope the Werder Bremen report is true and winds up being a deal.
Herculez Gomez tweeted just this this afternoon:
For those asking: Finighing up final details on my Xolos deal (exit). I’ll have news on my final destination soon. 😉 ✌🏼️
Sporting Kansas City holds his MLS rights offering him a new deal back in the fall of 2009, but there’s been more rumors circulating that it will be in fact be the NASL (the Cosmos specifically).
Finally, more late news has Emerson Hyndman receiving interest from clubs in Spain and Germany. The 19 year-old had a strong start to last year, while his minutes dropped off and he got injured he clearly still has a bright future. His contract is apparently up next summer which may explain why Fulham is considering parting with him.
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.
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.
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!).
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.
While Cesar Romero is getting interest from various teams around the world, he also had Champions League action to play in this week. Romero came off the bench and scored what turned out to be the game-winning goal in Pyunik’s 2-1 win over Folgore / Falciano on Tuesday. Here are some highlights with Romero’s goal being the second one that you can barely see since the video gets all choppy during the middle of it.
According to Steven Goff, the USMNT will be taking on Peru in a friendly at RFK Stadium in Washinton D.C. in September. The US hasn’t faced Peru since a 1-0 win at the 2000 Gold Cup.
Want to impress your friends with knowledge of the US U-23 goalkeeper pool? Thankfully we have Will to set us straight.
Brian Span went the full 90 minutes and scored his second league goal of the season in Mariehamn’s 1-1 draw to HIFK on Sunday. Here are the highlights. A couple other guys scored if you follow along with our goal tracker.
We also had some goals in friendlies over the last couple days.
Kenny Saief scored for Gent in a 2-2 draw to SK Deinze. Nermin Crnkic scored a goal for Jablonec in a 2-1 win in something called the Minister Cup. And Andrew Wooten scored a goal for Sandhausen in a 1-0 win over Würzburger Kickers.
Shaq Moore’s Huracán Valencia CF did not win promotion to Spain’s second division (lost 3-1 on aggregate), but you can learn more about his club here.
The draw for the early qualifying rounds of the UEFA Champions League and Europa League were held yesterday, giving us the summer plans for a few Americans in the lesser-known first divisions of Europe.
For the Europa League first round, Danijal Brokovic and FK Olimpic, fresh off a 6th-place finish in the Premier League of Bosnia and Herzegovina, will take on Slovakia’s Spartak Trnava. Jordan Seabrook, whose VPS finished 4th in the Finnish Veikkausliiga, will take on AIK of Sweden. Meanwhile, Morgan Langley’s St. Patrick’s Athletic, 3rd in the League of Ireland last year, will face off with Latvia’s Skonto (not to be confused with Tonto).
The leagues of the Europa League first qualfiying round will take place July 2 and 9.
Meanwhile, in the early stages of the Champions League, Cesar Romero and Pyunik will take on San Marino’s Folgore, assuming that the Joker doesn’t depart for interest from Russia or Serbia. If they are successful in winning that tie (the dates aren’t set, but they will either be June 30 or July 1 and July 7 or 8), they will actually force Molde, who of course have Josh Gatt (injury dependent) and Ethan Horvath. So we could be in for a little Armenia-Norway American clash.