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Archive for the ‘Gale Agbossoumonde’ Category


Random news and notes from the weekend
   February 19, 2012 (11:48 PM) by Matt Benson
 

Just a few random things from the weekend to start the week.

Tab Ramos has selected 26 guys for the U-20′s camp, which begins today in Florida and will feature games against the reserve squads of FC Dallas and Montreal Impact.  One name of note:  Andrew Oliver.  Oliver is a promising forward who was dismissed from the U-17 residency program and kicked off the U-17 World Cup roster last summer.  But the squad also features Omar Salgado, Villyan Bijev, Alfred Koroma among others.

If you were paying attention to the FA Cup this weekend, you probably saw that League One side Stevenage tied Tottenham 0-0 on Sunday.  One of Stevenage’s subs from that game was forward Don Cowan, who I was informed by Brian Sciaretta, was born in New York City.

If you read The OT Report, you probably saw that Robbie Rogers was subbed in then out of his debut with Leeds with an apparent concussion.  You can read up more about his rough debut right here.

During this passage of non-play, Robbie Rogers was given an unenviable welcome to English football, first clotheslined by a Doncaster Rovers player before clashing heads with Tommy Spurr.

Worrying scenes followed as the two players laid barely moving for the best part of five minutes, before the stretchers came on and our new signing was taken to hospital. Reports since say that he has sustained a concussion and has absolutely no recollection of the incident. We wish Rogers a speedy recovery.

Gale Agbossoumonde will miss this month’s U-23 camp with a toe injury that he picked up in a previous U-23 camp.

And we had a Jemal Johnson sighting!  The 26-year-old who has been bouncing around the English League One and League Two over the past few seasons, including a stint in Bulgaria, scored a goal this weekend in the English Blue Square Bet South League for Dover Athletic.

 
Categories: Gale Agbossoumonde, Jemal Johnson, Robbie Rogers, US U-20 National Team, US U-23 National Team
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Some quick links and site updates
   February 7, 2012 (11:49 PM) by Matt Benson
 

Work is always busy the last day you are in the office before you have to travel.  That said, I am going to be gone for work then fun starting tomorrow through Sunday/Monday.  I might be able to post here or there, but Howie will be in charge of things the next couple days.  Moving on, here are a couple links from today.

Some sad news for a USMNT legend as defender Harry Keough has passed away at the age of 84.  Keough was a member of the 1950 World Cup team that defeated England.

For whatever reason, the Guardian has a photo gallery of photoshops of Clint Dempsey.  Enjoy.

Neil Morris of the Independent Weekly recently spoke to Gale Agbossoumonde about his move to the NASL.

Landon Donovan thinks Everton can compete with any team in the English Premier League.

And finally, Jonathan Spector went the full 90 minutes in Birmingham City’s 1-0 victory over Portsouth on Tuesday.

See you guys next week (unless I have some time to post some stuff at some point this week).

 
Categories: Clint Dempsey, Gale Agbossoumonde, Jonathan Spector, Landon Donovan, US Men's National Team
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Some former Americans in Europe have been found thanks to the NASL
   February 7, 2012 (9:10 PM) by Howie Michaels
 

The North American Soccer League, the 900th different fledgling attempt at second-division second stateside, released their combine list today. Included are a number of former OT-featured players:

- Vincenzo Bernardo (who actually finished last year with the Harrisburg City Islanders of USL Pro), who spent time in Italy and Austria

- Erik Opsahl who played briefly with Reading before landing in the Swedish 3rd tier for a spell

- Jamel Johnson, frequently confused with Jemal Johnson, who spent some in the Danish 2nd tier

Gale Agbossoumonde has also been said to be set to be loaned to the Carolina Railhawks (which would be different than showing up at the combine) although we’ll have more on that if it ever becomes official.

In semi-related news, Jeremiah White was released from camp by the New England Revolution today. Hard to believe  a guy once capped after a good season in Denmark now can’t make perhaps the worst team in MLS.

 
Categories: Erik Opsahl, Gale Agbossoumonde, Jamel Johnson, Jeremiah White, Vincenzo Bernardo
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Hump day links
   February 1, 2012 (5:55 PM) by Matt Benson
 

Here are some links and news now that we have paid the bills on time.

Clint Dempsey scored his 10th league goal of the season.  You can see highlights of the goal here.  He now has 16 goals across all competitions in 2011-12.  Only Robin van Persie (25), Wayne Rooney (18) and Sergio Aguero (17) have scored more goals across all competitions among English Premier League players.

There was some chatter earlier this week about the US playing Scotland and Brazil in May in some friendlies with US Soccer looking for one more opponent before World Cup qualification begins.  It is starting to look like that third opponent will be Canada.

As speculated yesterday, Edson Buddle will be returning to the LA Galaxy.  He will be sporting his old #14, which means there probably will be some angry Robbie Keane fans who will have to get new jerseys.

Gale Agbossoumonde is set to finalize a loan deal to the NASL’s Carolina RailHawks according to Ives.  Traffic Sports/Estoril still own his rights until his contract runs out in the summer of 2013.

Borussia Dortmund’s manager Jurgen Klopp told the team’s website that Terrence Boyd is one of two players from the reserve squad that is closer to first team action.  It is not every day that the US has a forward getting first team minutes with the defending Bundesliga champions.

 
Categories: Clint Dempsey, Edson Buddle, Gale Agbossoumonde, Terrence Boyd, US Men's National Team
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A little bit of this and a little bit of that
   January 19, 2012 (12:04 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Still no USMNT/U-23 highlights from the second scrimmage, as I post this late at night, but there are some photos here and here.

I tweeted this last night, but Grant Wahl was on some radio show/podcast in the UK talking about Tim Ream and Edson Buddle.  You can listen to it here.

Speaking of Edson Buddle, Phil Neville had the tweet of the day regarding the American invasion of Everton.

We’ve got howard donavon hannaman buddle at training today thought I’d joined an MLS team for a minute #yankseverywere

According to Ives, Tim Ream’s work permit hearing should be next week.  With Alejandro Bedoya and now Robbie Rogers able to get one this year, you would think that Ream should be able to get his.

Also coming from Ives today is that Gale Agbossoumonde turned down a move to the MLS this week in order to see out his final year of his deal with Traffic Sports.  Since his loan deal with Eintracht Frankfurt is now over, he is expected to play with the Carolina Railhawks of the NASL this upcoming season with an eye to move to Europe once he becomes a free agent.

Staying with the Traffic Sports theme, I missed that Tony Taylor’s loan deal with Atletico CP is now over and he is already back with the Traffic Sports-affiliated Estoril, logging 30 minutes off the bench on January 8, although did not dress in their next game this past weekend due to the U-23 camp.

As for Taylor’s now former teammate at Atletico CP, goalkeeper Caleb Patterson-Sewell, it looks like the New York Red Bulls are wondering about his availability.

As for another goalkeeper, Josh Wicks, reports out of Finland have some mystery European team contacting IFK Mariehamn about his services.

Continuing with the Google translate fun, this article from Germany has Hoffenheim manager Holger Stanislawski saying some nice things about Joe Gyau.

Billy Schuler talked to the Independent Weekly about choosing to play in Sweden over the MLS.

And finally, some tweets from Brian Sciaretta with some interesting tidbits.  First off, UMass midfielder Jason Villagomez is on trial with LKS Lodz in Poland.   And U-20 players Juan Ocegueda and Uvaldo Luna will be participating in a camp with Mexico’s U-20 team one week after participating in the US U-20 camp this month.

 
Categories: Billy Schuler, Caleb Patterson-Sewell, Edson Buddle, Gale Agbossoumonde, Jason Villagomez, Joe Gyau, Josh Wicks, Juan Ocegueda, Tim Ream, Tony Taylor, US Men's National Team, US U-23 National Team, Uvaldo Luna
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A few USMNT & U-23 links
   January 11, 2012 (12:09 AM) by Matt Benson
 

A few tidbits for the late night crowd.

Caleb Porter has added three players to the U-23 camp roster (Matt Lampson, Brian Perk and Royal-Dominique Fennel), while two players (David Bingham and Gale Agbossoumonde) have withdrawn from the camp due to injuries.

The  U-23 camp has started up in Carson today and it looks like they will play two scrimmages against the USMNT before heading to Costa Rica next Wednesday for games there against Alajuela and the reserves of Deportivo Saprissa.

As for some USMNT news, Venezuela has released its roster for the game on January 21 in Phoenix.  Here are a couple of photos from training.  And Brek Shea looks up to Clint Dempsey.

Also, I have heard some rumblings that the USMNT will play one of its first qualifiers in the LA area (likely Home Depot Center).  My guess would be the game against Antigua and Barbuda in June, but that is just a rumor at this point.

And one non-USMNT link, but Brian Sciaretta has an interview up with Villyan Bijev over at the NY Times Soccer Blog.

 
Categories: Brek Shea, Gale Agbossoumonde, Royal-Dominique Fennell, US Men's National Team, US U-23 National Team, Villyan Bijev
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Moving back to the club picture (with links!)
   October 13, 2011 (7:39 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Before diving back into the world of the club scene, Howie took a look last night at the lack of offensive production by the USMNT over the last year and a half (as well as some quotes looking at the big picture).  If you really want a post-game recap of Tuesday’s friendly, The Shin Guardian has you covered.

Now for some club-oriented stuff from the past week.

Granted the quotes are coming from his own agent, but Brek Shea is being tracked by a few Premier League teams.

David Smith recently talked to Bobby Wood about his recent play with 1860 Munich’s U-23 team.

Jerome Kiesewetter scored two goals this past weekend Hertha Berlin II’s 5-0 victory over Oranienburger in a friendly.  Alfredo Morales and Anthony Brooks also saw the field for Hertha Berlin.

Andrew Wooten also scored this past weekend, notching his fourth goal of the season in a 2-0 victory over Schalke II.

After a couple speed bumps, Gale Agbossoumonde was finally cleared to play with Eintracht Frankfurt’s U-23 team.  He also made his debut this past weekend, playing the final 10 minutes in a 2-1 victory over SGS Großaspach.

Sebastian Lletget has returned to the field with West Ham’s developmental team after starting the season with some muscle issues.  He is hoping he can do enough on the field to make the Olympic team.

Some website called German Soccer Traveler has an interview up with Preston Zimmerman.

 
Categories: Alfredo Morales, Andrew Wooten, Bobby Wood, Brek Shea, Gale Agbossoumonde, Jerome Kiesewetter, John Brooks, Preston Zimmerman, Sebastian Lletget, US Men's National Team
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So many links you could build a fence
   September 20, 2011 (9:08 PM) by Matt Benson
 

Yay for cheesy post titles!

HB Køge defender Brad Rusin might return to full training this week after picking up a groin injury recently.  HB Køge are currently sitting in last place of the Danish Superliga table with only three points.

Bundesliga Fanatic have their part two of a recent interview with former USMNT player and current assistant coach Thomas Dooley right here.  You can also check out part one right here.

You want a video interview with Edson Buddle after scoring two goals this weekend?  Well, I have a link for you.

Or maybe you haven’t had your weekly Jurgen Klinsmann fix, so here are three links about Klinsi:  here, here and here.

Remember when Gale Agbossoumonde played with the USMNT down in South Africa for a friendly and looked like one of the bright spots for the future?  Then his career path got stuck in limbo land then he found an out in Germany with Eintracht Frankfurt?  Well, he is sort of back in limbo land.

Finally, Brian Sciaretta works his German magic and found another American playing in Germany with Nurnberg’s U-19 team.  Antonio Materazzo is an 18-year-old defender who spent time with the New York Red Bulls youth system in recent years.

 
Categories: Antonio Materazzo, Brad Rusin, DaMarcus Beasley, Edson Buddle, Gale Agbossoumonde, US Men's National Team
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Friday morning bullets
   September 8, 2011 (11:37 PM) by Matt Benson
 

Some news and nuggets to start your day.

* While it was reported earlier this week that Stuart Holden played another game with Bolton’s reserve squad, here are some more quotes by Holden in the Bolton News.

* On-loan defender Gale Agbossoumonde came off the bench and played 13 minutes in a recent test match for Eintracht Frankfurt.

* It looks like Bob Bradley is Egypt’s top choice for their head coaching job as they wait for an answer from him.

* According to an interview with Ridge Mahoney, Carlos Bocanegra was named captain by Saint-Etienne before his transfer to Rangers, which surprised the French club.

* Nick Leyden has an interview up at Yanks Abroad with American-Australian goalkeeper Caleb Patterson-Sewell.  The 24-year-old keeper made the move this summer to Atlético CP, the same club that Tony Taylor is currently on loan with.

* Terrence Boyd has scored six goals so far for Borussia Dortmund II this season.  For those scoring at home, that is tied for the most in the Regionalliga West with Schalke II’s Andreas Wiegel.

* Brian Sciaretta gives us his progress report of the USMNT so far in the Jurgern Klinsmann era.  I do agree with him that we, as fans, shouldn’t care as much about results at this point as Klinsmann is still feeling his way through the player pool.  Now, if the US starts losing/drawing a bunch during the beginning of next summer’s qualifying, then maybe we should start to worry.

 
Categories: Caleb Patterson-Sewell, Carlos Bocanegra, Gale Agbossoumonde, Stuart Holden, Terrence Boyd, US Men's National Team
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A bunch of stuff for Tuesday
   August 30, 2011 (9:55 PM) by Matt Benson
 

Today was a busy one.  It is always “fun” to finally eat dinner at 9 PM.  Anyways, on to some news. . .

Lost in the shuffle while everyone was trying to figure out if Clint Dempsey really has back spasms or not, Steve Cherundolo will be joining Dempsey as another player who will miss the Costa Rica friendly and head straight to Belgium.  I have also seen some online chatter that Jozy Altidore’s manager at AZ was not happy with him flying 11 hours for the first friendly only to fly back to Belgium for another a couple days later.

US Soccer put up some photos on Facebook of the first training session right here.  A couple of Fabian Johnson, who is in California for training, but can’t play in either game since his one-time switch paperwork hasn’t been finished with FIFA yet.

Adam Serrano has an article up on MLSsoccer.com with Klinsmann’s plan for the offseason for those MLS players in the USMNT player pool.

For those wondering why Eric Lichaj was not called into camp, he has a hip injury that could keep him out for a while.

Michael Bradley’s move to Chievo Verona has become official.  Eric Giardini of The Shin Guardian has some more words on the move right here.

Remember the rumors that French side Auxerre were interested in Maurice Edu?  That potential deal is dead.

Fernando Clavijo of Traffic Sports tweeted earlier today that Tony Taylor has been loaned out to Atletico CP, while Gale Agbossoumonde has been loaded out to Eintracht Frankfurt.

Greg Seltzer is hearing that Villyan Bijev will now be going out on loan to Fortuna Düsseldorf despite hanging out at Genk for the past couple weeks and appearing in a couple friendlies/reserve squad matches.

Good news/bad news for Stuart Holden today.  Good news:  he played 78 minutes in a reserve squad match today.  Bad news:  Fulham’s reserves won 7-0.  The bad news is really not that bad.  Good to see him on the field again.

As for a brief OT Report for today.  Andrew Wooten went 90 minutes in Kaiserslautern II’s 2-2 draw to Köln II.  Terrence Boyd scored three goals in Borussia Dortmund II’s 7-1 victory over Wiedenbrück.  Jared Jeffrey went 85 minutes in Mainz II’s 3-0 victory over Bayer Leverkusen II.  And Brad Rusin went 90 minutes in HB Køge’s 2-0 victory over HIK in the Danish Cup.

 
Categories: Andrew Wooten, Brad Rusin, Eric Lichaj, Fabian Johnson, Gale Agbossoumonde, Jared Jeffrey, Maurice Edu, Michael Bradley, Steve Cherundolo, Stuart Holden, Terrence Boyd, Tony Taylor, US Men's National Team, Villyan Bijev
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