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Hérculez Gómez signs with Toronto FC
   August 7, 2015 (8:13 AM) by Howie Michaels

It’s been speculated for a while that Hérculez Gómez was going to leave Mexico and return stateside, with speculation focusing on the New York Cosmos. Well, that speculation was wrong, as Gómez is only kind of returning stateside, joining Toronto FC after the Reds acquired his rights from Sporting Kansas City.

Gómez had a nice run in Mexico, leaving MLS with a cool name and no real national team profile but winning a league title and playing in CONCACAF Champions League finals. He also made his way onto the 2010 World Cup roster and became a fan favorite.

With his move to Toronto, the Reds now have the three guys in the box for one of the best team goals in US World Cup history (Herc makes a nice diversion run).

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Transfer watch reset
   August 3, 2015 (3:32 PM) by Howie Michaels

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:

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.

Categories: Aron Johannsson, Cesar Romero, Emerson Hyndman, Herculez Gomez, Omar Salgado
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It has been a while since we did one of these links posts
   June 23, 2015 (1:16 AM) by Matt Benson

Some of these links might be a little old.  Some of these links might be only a couple days old.  And some of these links will be new.

Good talk.

While we had one DeAndre Yedlin loan rumor last week, all signs are pointing to him going out on loan next season.

As Grant Wahl first reported when the Gold Cup provisional roster was released, Stoke City wanted Geoff Cameron to take time off to rest up.

Speaking of the Gold Cup roster, the final 23-man roster should be released today or tomorrow.  And before it comes out, take a look at John D. Halloran’s guess at the final roster.  And Clint Dempsey will not be suspended for the tournament.

Staying with the Gold Cup theme, Costa Rica will be without the services of goalkeeper Keylor Navas due to injury.

Also in injury news, Josh Gatt’s knee injury is not serious after a second opinion.

In classic silly season form, it looks like we are still waiting to hear whether Bobby Wood will sign with Stuttgart or not.  According to Greg Seltzer, Kaiserslautern is also in the running.

Seltzer has been dropping a bunch of other nuggets over the last couple weeks.  Everyone’s favorite Armenian Premier League Golden Boot winner Cesar Romero is getting interest from Serbia and Russia.

Also courtesy of Mr. Seltzer, Cody Cropper turned down an offer from one MLS team and he is getting some interest from a couple teams in England.

Zak Whitbread has also had some early talks with teams in England and back here in the US.

Down in Mexico, Michael Orozco made a fiscal decision and signed with Club Tijuana.

Good ol’ sources have told Ives Galarcep that Herculez Gomez is in talks with the New York Cosmos and he is getting some interest from MLS.

Shawn Barry has been kicking it with LASK Linz in Austria the last few seasons and he has parlayed his recent success to a move to German 2. Bundesliga side FSV Frankfurt.

Hertha Berlin has offered John Brooks a contract extension through 2019.

Here is some more coal to throw into the Gedion Zelalem hype train fire.

Shaquell Moore signed with Huracan in Spain’s third division back in May and they are one game away from playing in the second division.

Bobby Warshaw wrote some words on Michael Bradley.

Björn Maars Johnsen scored three goals in a friendly last week.

The second round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying finished up earlier this month.  The third round draw will take place in late July.

And finally, O When The Yanks introduces us to teenager Ian Hoffmann who is doing well at FC Köln.

Categories: Björn Maars Johnsen, Bobby Wood, Cesar Romero, Clint Dempsey, Cody Cropper, DeAndre Yedlin, Gedion Zelalem, Geoff Cameron, Herculez Gomez, John Brooks, Josh Gatt, Michael Bradley, Michael Orozco Fiscal, Shaquell Moore, Shawn Barry, US Men's National Team, Zak Whitbread

A few links for Wednesday
   April 8, 2015 (1:36 AM) by Matt Benson

A little of everything for Wednesday.

Missed out on this past weekend’s games?  Roderick has you covered with The OT Report.

A bunch of players changed teams/leagues in the smaller leagues in Europe the last couple months and I did my best to update you on some of the player movement.

Sounds like the USMNT roster for the Mexico friendly will come out on Sunday.

Jurgen Klinsmann told US Soccer’s website that he is using this time (between the World Cup and Gold Cup) to experiment with things, but the focus this summer will be the Gold Cup.

Berti Vogts thinks it is time for DeAndre Yedlin and Julian Green to step up.

There is nothing really new with Gedion Zelalem, but Steven Goff reminds us where we all stand at the moment.

RB Leipzig announced yesterday that Terrence Boyd has resumed to jogging as he rehabs from his ACL surgery.  ESPN’s Doug McIntyre also saw Boyd jogging and riding the exercise bike while he was with the USMNT earlier this month.

It looks like Danny Williams picked up an injury while with the USMNT and his doubtful for this weekend’s game against Blackpool.

Jose Torres is not going to rush back from his herniated disc surgery and will be reevaluated at the end of the month.

Josh Gatt posted a little injury update on his Instagram account last week (along with a video of him doing squats).

Cameron Carter-Vickers and DeAndre Yedlin both played with Tottenham’s U-21 yesterday with CCV wearing the captain’s armband.  Here is also a photo gallery from the game.

Another week and another goal by Duane Holmes with Huddersfield Town’s U-21 team.  I believe that is the third straight week with a goal.  Highlights of their U-21 team usually emerge a few days after the game.

Everyone’s favorite CONCACAF hipster Jon Arnold caught up with Herculez Gomez last week for a few words.

Could Club Tijuana be poaching some more Galaxy academy players?  Possibly.

As for another former Galaxy academy player, US U-17 forward Haji Wright signed with the New York Cosmos AND talked to Will Parchman last week.  A pretty big week.

And finally, Brian Sciaretta has an interview up with Fulham midfielder Emerson Hyndman.

Categories: Cameron Carter-Vickers, Danny Williams, DeAndre Yedlin, Duane Holmes, Emerson Hyndman, Gedion Zelalem, Haji Wright, Herculez Gomez, Jose Francisco Torres, Josh Gatt, Julian Green, Terrence Boyd, US Men's National Team

Hump day links
   March 11, 2015 (1:54 AM) by Matt Benson

A bunch of randomness for Wednesday.

Herculez Gomez likes scoring goals for Puebla and he scored another one last night in a 2-1 win in Copa MX action (highlights).  I was also able to find some highlights of Devann Yao’s goal from the weekend (highlights).

Also scoring earlier this week was Jake Keegan in Galway United’s win in Irish League Cup action (highlights).  Here is the post-game press conference with Keegan and his manager.  Around the 2:50 mark, his manager talks about Kevin Garcia joining the team soon.  I am guessing he is waiting for a work permit as I believe it took Keegan a while to get a new one for this season.

Staying in Ireland, St Patrick’s Athletic has signed midfielder Morgan Langley.  Langley played in one game for the Philadelphia Union in 2011, but has mainly played his professional soccer with the Harrisburg City Islanders.

In case you missed it from yesterday, we found out that Conor O’Brien is going to be out three weeks with a broken rib.

Jerome Kiesewetter made his Bundesliga debut this past weekend and here is a photo of him in action.

Joe Corona started at left back for Tijuana this past weekend in replace of the injured Greg Garza and played well enough to make ESPN’s Liga MX Team of the Week.

Cameron Carter-Vickers played up with Tottenham’s U-21 team yesterday against a Manchester United U-21 team which featured Radamel Falcao and Victor Valdes.  And it sounds like he did well.

However, Bongani Khumalo and Cameron Carter-Vickers kept Falcao quiet all night and Carter-Vickers came closest to a winner in the second half when his header came back off the crossbar.

If you haven’t already, time to buy a lot CCV stock.

The US U-23 team will have a camp in Europe later this month with friendlies against Bosnia and Denmark.

According to sources of Brian Sciaretta, the CONCACAF Olympic qualifying will hold the semifinals and final at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah.

This is from last week, but Tijuana’s website has a little story up on US U-17 forward Brandon Vazquez.

Emerson Hyndman was last seen breaking his collarbone with the US U-20 team, but it looks like he has returned to training in some capacity at Fulham.

Gboly Ariyibi has signed an extension with English League One side Chesterfield until 2017.

I posted back in February that it looked like Alfred Koroma had joined some team in Austria, but he actually just signed with USL’s Austin Aztex.

Categories: Alfred Koroma, Brandon Vazquez, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Conor O'Brien, Devann Yao, Emerson Hyndman, Gboly Ariyibi, Greg Garza, Herculez Gomez, Jake Keegan, Jerome Kiesewetter, Joe Corona, Kevin Garcia, Morgan Langley, US U-23 National Team

Puebla vs. Merida Highlights
   March 10, 2015 (11:09 PM) by Matt Benson

You put Herculez Gomez in a Puebla jersey and all he does is score goals.  He got the start, went the full 90 minutes and scored the game-winning goal in Puebla’s 2-1 win over Merida in Copa MX action on Tuesday.  Here are some highlights with Gomez’s goal coming at the 1:35 mark.

Categories: Herculez Gomez, Highlights
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Links and such for Friday
   March 6, 2015 (12:46 AM) by Matt Benson

Some links from the last couple of days.

The US U-17 team won their third straight game of the CONCACAF U-17 Championship over Guatemala yesterday.  Here are some highlights while here are some photos.  With nine points through three games, the US can clinch the group and a spot at the FIFA U-17 World Cup with a win over Honduras on Sunday even though they have one more group stage game after that.

We didn’t have any injuries this week, but we had a few goals from some not-so-usual suspects during the midweek games.  As always, Roderick has you covered on what happened with The OT Report.

As for some highlights from the past week.  Adam Henley scored his first professional goal (highlights).  Amando Moreno scored another goal in Copa MX action (highlights).  And fresh off his USMNT call-up in January, Julio Morales scored in Copa MX action (highlights).

Conor O’Brien was also credited with an assist this week, but the site that I have been able to get Austrian highlights in the past changed their settings and won’t allow the video player to start for people outside Austria.  We also had some other goals this week that don’t have highlights yet, but you can always follow along with our goal tracker.

Speaking of Copa MX, the group stage finished up this past week and the quarterfinals have been figured out.  The Tijuana contingent earned the #1 seed and will take on Gabriel Farfan and Chiapas.  Everyone’s favorite left back Jonathan Bornstein and Queretaro are the #4 seed and will take on Chivas.  Herculez Gomez, Michael Orozco and Puebla are the #2 seed and take on Merida.  And Alonso Hernandez and Monterrey (#3 seed) will face UAT.

The first leg of the FA Youth Cup semifinals were this week with Cameron Carter-Vickers’ Tottenham squad winning the first game, 2-0, over Kyle Scott and Chelsea.  By a lot of accounts, CCV was one of the best players on the field.  Carter-Vickers was also on the cover of the match program this week.  And here is a post-game video interview with CCV.

Sticking with Cameron Carter-Vickers for a second, here is an article from The Telegraph on Tottenham’s youth with Carter-Vickers getting some love.

Continuing with the hyphenated centerbacks, it looks like there is a good chance that Erik Palmer-Brown is headed to Juventus.

In his second game since going out on loan, Lynden Gooch scored a goal and was named Man of the Match in Gateshead’s 3-1 win over Wrexham earlier this week.

Friend of the site Jon Arnold was in Mexico City this week for Club America’s CONCACAF Champions League win over Saprissa.  After seeing Ventura Alvarado in the flesh, he wrote some words on the centerback.

Herbert Robinson trained with Santos Laguna’s first team this week.

FC Anyang officially announced the loan deal for Philadelphia Union defender Austin Berry.

There was some chatter this week that Bob Bradley was in the running for Aston Villa’s director of football position, but his agent squashed that thought.

New York Red Bulls second round (Super!) draft pick Stefano Bonomo looks to be in Italy on trial with SPAL.

Björn Maars Johnsen had scored 14 goals in 27 games for Atlético CP in Portugal this season, but he appears to be with Lovech in Bulgaria now.  For those out of the loop, he was born in North Carolina but grew up in Norway.

Brian Sciaretta talked to Desevio Payne this week about making his Eredivisie debut.

Here is an interview with SC Freiburg’s Ethan Sonis.

And finally, to end on a light note, here is a great video of Jermaine Jones struggling to name 1990s MLS logos.

Categories: Adam Henley, Alonso Hernandez, Amando Moreno, Austin Berry, Björn Maars Johnsen, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Conor O'Brien, Desevio Payne, Erik Palmer-Brown, Ethan Sonis, Gabriel Farfan, Herbert Robinson Garcia, Herculez Gomez, Jermaine Jones, Jonathan Bornstein, Kyle Scott, Lynden Gooch, Michael Orozco Fiscal, Stefano Bonomo, US U-17 National Team, Ventura Alvarado
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Links and other nonsense for Thursday
   February 26, 2015 (2:18 AM) by Matt Benson

A bunch of stuff from the last couple of days.

The US U-17 begins its World Cup qualifying quest on Friday and here is the roster that Richie Williams has called in.  And here are the rosters for all the teams at the tournament.

Brian Sciaretta talked to Williams this week about the roster and qualification.

Will Parchman wrote a lot of words on US U-17 starlet Christian Pulisic.

Club Tijuana’s website has a story up on forward Brandon Vazquez, who I was told by Mr. Parchman was sort of a surprise inclusion to the US U-17 roster.

Herculez Gomez likes scoring goals for Puebla and scored two more in Copa MX action earlier this week (highlights).

Edgar Castillo went the full 90 minutes last night in Atlas’ big 1-0 win over Atletico Mineiro in Copa Libertadores.  How rare was the win?  It was Atletico Mineiro’s first loss at home in Copa Libertadores play since 1978, a run of 20 straight games.

Club America president Ricardo Pelaez would like to see Mexico call-up Ventura Alvarado, but El Tri manager Miguel Herrera recently told some press that other players are ahead of Alvarado in his pecking order.  You know what to do next, Klinsi.

The Toronto Sun’s Kurtis Larson had a nice lengthy interview with Jozy Altidore.

“There were a lot of options,” Altidore said. “People were saying I was forced to Toronto or something like that. I just thought at this point in my life it was something that I was ready to do.

“I was ready for the public opinion and backlash. The project they have here excited me the most.”

Even more than the plethora of opportunities he had on Europe’s mainland.

Altidore explained why he chose Toronto FC over four German clubs, two French sides, two Italian teams and a potential loan move within the Premier League.

But there are a lot of goodies in that interview so go read it.

While he is not playing much for Hamburg, Bayern Munich is at least making money off Julian Green.  According to one report out of Germany, Bayern Munich is getting paid each time Green doesn’t make Hamburg’s gameday roster.  And that has happened a lot this season.

As for some injury news, Aron Johannsson returned to training earlier this week after missing a couple games for AZ Alkmaar.

Tim Ream is also expected to return to training this week after being subbed off last weekend with a back injury.

Brian Sciaretta talked to Josh Gatt about coming back from his knee injuries over the last couple years.  And here is a short video of Gatt sprinting on his knee.

Despite some recent un-Tim Howard-like performances, Roberto Martinez still has Tim Howard’s back.

Jurgen Klinsmann is returning Robbie Rogers’ e-mails again.

After scoring some goals with both Tijuana’s senior team and U-20 team, Club Tijuana’s website has a little story up on Amando Moreno.

It looks like Philadelphia Union’s Austin Berry is being sent out on loan to South Korea’s FC Anyang.

Former DC United and Seattle Sounders forward David Estrada is on trial with Stabæk.

Speaking of the Fighting Bob Bradleys, here is a video interview with Stabæk midfielder Cole Grossman.

And finally, Sky Sports in England won the TV rights to MLS for the first time.

Categories: Amando Moreno, Aron Johannsson, Austin Berry, Brandon Vazquez, Christian Pulisic, Cole Grossman, Edgar Castillo, Herculez Gomez, Josh Gatt, Jozy Altidore, Julian Green, Robbie Rogers, Tim Howard, Tim Ream, US U-17 National Team, Ventura Alvarado
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Puebla vs. Toluca Highlights
   February 24, 2015 (7:52 PM) by Matt Benson

Herculez Gomez likes scoring goals for Puebla.  He added two more to his tally in Puebla’s 4-3 loss to Toluca in Copa MX action tonight.  That gives him 15 goals in 25 career games across all competitions with Puebla.  Here are some highlights with his goals coming at the 0:20 and 1:00 marks.

Categories: Herculez Gomez, Highlights
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My Xolos Adventure
   February 17, 2015 (12:02 AM) by Matt Benson

Like many American soccer fans over the last couple seasons, Club Tijuana has slowly become my favorite Liga MX side, especially living in Southern California and having games on TV at reasonable times (Friday at 7:30 PM) instead of setting an alarm for 4 AM in order to watch an English Premier League match.

It also doesn’t hurt when the team boasts Americans Joe Corona, Greg Garza, Paul Arriola, a treasure trove of US U-20 players and have featured other Americans in the past (Edgar Castillo and Herculez Gomez).

With the weekend free, I decided to finally make the three hour trek south to Tijuana to check out the Xolos experience in person in their Friday game against Pumas.

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Categories: Alejandro Guido, Edgar Castillo, Greg Garza, Herculez Gomez, Joe Corona, Paul Arriola
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