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Friday morning links
   April 17, 2015 (6:24 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Remember when the US beat Mexico on Wednesday?  That was fun.  Here are the highlights and some photos.

Will did a real cool interview with former USMNT goalkeeper Victor Gerley.  He played for the US in the 1960s.  He was also nice enough to scan some old newspapers from his playing days.  So go check it out.

As always, Roderick keeps you updated with games at the club level from the past week.

We have a couple goal highlights from the last week.  Luca de la Torre scored for Fulham’s U-18 team last Friday.  Edgar Castillo assisted in Atlas’ win in Copa Libertadores action on Wednesday.  And Brian Span scored a goal in Finnish Suomen Cup action on Thursday.

There were conflicting reports online whether Bobby Warshaw scored in his team’s season opener two weeks ago so I decided to go to the best source to figure this out and he told me that he did.

I meant to post this before the Mexico friendly, but Jeff Carlisle talked to various US players past and present about playing in this rivalry.  It is also your monthly reminder that Franke Hejduk is awesome.

Earlier this week, Canada manager Benito Floro claimed that Tesho Akindele is “99.9 percent” committed to Canada’s national team.  But Akindele pumped the brakes a little on that statement later in the week.

Kristan Heneage wrote some words for The Guardian on everyone’s favorite NASL/USMNT player Miguel Ibarra.  He didn’t do much on Wednesday, but he did have a nice little run on Juan Agudelo’s goal which freed up some space.

The New York Times decided to look at the current status of the goalkeeper position for the USMNT.

One of those goalkeepers, Brad Guzan, is back at it with The Players’ Tribune and gave his Top 5 soccer stadiums.

Want some more goalkeeper talk?  Will has your monthly roundup of news and whatnot for April.

Granted you can’t believe about anything he says, Sepp Blatter is now in favor of CONCACAF getting another automatic spot for the World Cup.  And not shocking, UEFA president Michel Platini doesn’t agree.

Freddy Adu was finally cleared to play for KuPS on Wednesday, but he was a DNP on the bench in the team’s 2-1 win in the Suomen Cup.  This is also what a Freddy Adu/KuPS jersey looks like.

Tom Marshall tells us why Liga MX is becoming an attractive playing option for Americans.

The US U-20 team will have a camp in Austria with games against Qatar and Croatia next week.  While they haven’t announced a roster yet to the public to my knowledge, Seattle’s Cristian Roldan is one of the players making the trip.

And for you few yearning to follow an American in Portugal.  It looks like Maryland product Matt Oduaran has been with Tirsense in Portugal’s Campeonato Nacional (third tier) since last summer.

 
Categories: Bobby Warshaw, Brad Guzan, Brian Span, Cristian Roldan, Edgar Castillo, Freddy Adu, Juan Agudelo, Luca de la Torre, Matt Oduaran, Miguel Ibarra, Tesho Akindele, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team
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Tuesday morning links
   January 20, 2015 (12:02 AM) by Matt Benson
 

A bunch of random stuff for you on this Tuesday.

The US U-20 team picked up a 2-0 win over Jamaica on Sunday (highlights).  They just need a win or a tie on Wednesday against Trinidad & Tobago to advance to the playoff round.  It was announced during the broadcast that Kellyn Acosta will miss the rest of the tournament due to a knee injury, while Junior Flores came off the bench and played after missing a game with an ankle injury.

Also over the weekend, Herculez Gomez scored his first goal for Puebla since returning to La Franja (highlights).

We posted the rumored 2015 USMNT away jersey back in December and now it looks like it could have some legs as Alex Morgan was recently seen in the shirt.

The USMNT’s friendly against Chile is listed on US Soccer’s website as being broadcasted on Fox Sports 2, but it looks like it might have switched to Fox Sports 1 along with a pre-game show.

Jon Arnold is in sunny SoCal for the USMNT camp and spoke to Tesho Akindele about his international options and to Bobby Wood about seeking an exit from 1860 Munich during this transfer window.

I don’t think I posted this last week but Brad Evans left the camp due to a knee injury.

The Guardian’s Tom Gottlieb takes a look at the USMNT defense and why it might be the weak link at the moment.

The Toronto Sun’s Kurtis Larson writes how Michael Bradley is a big reason why Jozy Altidore is now with Toronto FC.

As MLSE CEO Tim Leiweke explained to the Toronto Sun on Friday, sacrifice for the crest is certainly one of those principles.

The club’s head honcho told me Bradley restructured part of his deal with the Reds to help bring Altidore back to MLS. The prospects of playing alongside Altidore brought back memories that made it an easy decision.

“I think about what it has been like to play on so many big days with Jozy,” Bradley said. “We’d be standing in the tunnel and you’ll look over at him and he’ll give you a little wink.

“You know he’s ready and you know you’re ready.”

For those of you that watched ESPN’s Inside: U.S. Soccer’s March to Brazil, you might remember Michael Bradley was recruiting Jozy back then.

Now that numerous teams in MLS are interested in Sacha Kljestan, Anderlecht general manager Herman Van Holsbeeck wants Kljestan to stay for at least a couple months since Anderlecht has lost a couple players due to injury and the African Cup of Nations.  Greg Seltzer is also hearing that some European teams are interested in him along with various MLS clubs.

We did have some other goals this past weekend that came in some friendlies.  Fabian Johnson scored a goal in Borussia Mönchengladbach’s 1-0 win over Rot-Weiss Essen (photo).  And Andrew Wooten scored a goal in Sandhausen’s 4-2 win over Jahn Regensburg.

Alejandro Bedoya did a video interview with BeIN Sports recently.

Jose Torres had back surgery and is going to be out for 10-12 weeks according to Tigres.

Dillon Powers just picked up his Italian passport last week.  And according to Greg Seltzer, there are some teams in Italy interested in the Colorado Rapids midfielder (Plano Senior High School represent!).

And as Howie posted yesterday, Northwestern goalkeeper Tyler Miller is skipping MLS for the German fourth division.

 
Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Andrew Wooten, Bobby Wood, Brad Evans, Dillon Powers, Fabian Johnson, Herculez Gomez, Jose Francisco Torres, Jozy Altidore, Junior Flores, Kellyn Acosta, Michael Bradley, Sacha Kljestan, Tesho Akindele, Tyler Miller, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team
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A bit of this and that for Tuesday
   November 11, 2014 (12:50 AM) by Matt Benson
 

The big news from yesterday was the release of the USMNT roster for the upcoming friendlies against Colombia and Ireland.

I am guessing players like Aron Johannsson, Terrence Boyd and Danny Williams were left off due to just returning back from injury, while we did get confirmation last night that Clint Dempsey was left off to give him some rest during the MLS playoffs.  Some other players still in the playoffs, like Jermaine Jones and Lee Nguyen, will be headed back to the US after the Colombia friendly.

Tesho Akindele was not on the roster despite various reports saying he had a good chance of making it last week, but it looks like he made the initial provisional roster.  I am wondering if he might get called in for the Ireland friendly if some of those MLS players return to their clubs, especially with FC Dallas no longer in the MLS playoffs.

I am guessing some fans are questioning bringing in some older players like DaMarcus Beasley, Chris Wondolowski and Kyle Beckerman, but it looks like Jurgen Klinsmann wants the older players to mentor the younger players.  Here is also a video of Klinsi talking about the roster and the upcoming friendlies.

Here is a photo gallery of the USMNT training in London.

While we have the US roster, here are the rosters for Colombia and Ireland.

Nathen McVittie created some cool posters for both friendlies that you can buy.

Miguel Ibarra found himself back on the US roster and he scored a pretty sweet goal this past weekend in the NASL semifinals.

Lee Nguyen will be looking to see the field against Colombia and there is a good chance that Brad Guzan will be the goalkeeper.  The last time he played for the USMNT?  In a 2007 Copa America match against Colombia with Brad Guzan as the goalkeeper.

The US U-20 team is currently Spain for a mini-tournament against Russia’s U-21s, Ireland’s U-20s, and Canada’s U-20s.  Here is that roster.  And here are some photos from their training session yesterday.  It looks like Tab Ramos is working with Brad Friedel to try and get Cameron Carter-Vickers’ release from Tottenham for the U-20 World Cup.

One player currently at that U-20 camp in Spain, Lynden Gooch, just signed an extension with Sunderland.

A couple dual nationals that the US can probably cross off their list:  Columbus Crew’s Justin Meram and Stjarnan’s Pablo Punyed.

Still haven’t learned anything new, but one report out of the UK claims DeAndre Yedlin is close to getting his Latvian passport, which means he could join Tottenham in January.

We had some goals this past weekend.  The Joker, Cesar Romero, notched a hat trick in Armenia (highlights).  Andrew Wooten assisted on the game-tying goal and scored the winner in Sandhausen’s victory over Nurnberg (highlights).  That performance by Wooten earned him OT’s Player of the Week honors by Howie and myself.  Read this and you will see that Wooten’s goals have come up big for Sandhausen this season.  Bobby Warshaw scored a goal (highlights) as Bærum advanced in the Norwegian promotion playoffs and will next play Rhett Bernstein and Mjøndalen.  And finally, Devann Yao got another start and scored another goal in German Regionalliga action (highlights).

Heading back to Norway for a second.  This past weekend was the last game of the season.  The Fighting Bob Bradleys had a 2-0 win over Sogndal and finished ninth in the 16-team Tippeligaen.  Not bad for a newly promoted team.

There is a chance that Mix Diskerud played his last game for Rosenborg, a 4-1 win over Strømsgodset, giving them a second place finish and a spot in next year’s Europa League in the event he stays at the club.  It looks like Mix is also participating in Movember.

And down in the Adeccoligaen, it was good to see Zarek Valentin return to the field after missing most of the season with an ankle injury.

Tim Howard was trying to be sneaky sneaky in Everton’s 1-1 draw to Sunderland.

Jozy Altidore did not get off the bench in that game, but he recently participated with SB Nation’s The Chivalry Playbook.

Brian Sciaretta talked to Aron Johannsson last week about returning to the field after two surgeries.

Michael Orozco left Puebla’s game this past weekend with what looked to be a calf injury.

And finally, Benji Joya is leaving the Chicago Fire (they declined the buy option in their loan deal with Santos Laguna) and he apparently has options in Argentina as well as some other teams within MLS.

 
Categories: Andrew Wooten, Aron Johannsson, Benji Joya, Bobby Warshaw, Brad Friedel, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Cesar Romero, Chris Wondolowski, Clint Dempsey, DaMarcus Beasley, DeAndre Yedlin, Devann Yao, Jermaine Jones, Jozy Altidore, Justin Meram, Kyle Beckerman, Lee Nguyen, Lynden Gooch, Michael Orozco Fiscal, Miguel Ibarra, Mix Diskerud, Pablo Punyed, Tesho Akindele, Tim Howard, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team, Zarek Valentin
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A bunch of links before the weekend
   November 7, 2014 (12:02 AM) by Matt Benson
 

It’s Friday and here are some links.

I posted yesterday the news that Tesho Akindele turned down an invite with the Canadian national team to keep things open with the US.  And now Ives Galarcep is hearing that Akindele will be called in by the USMNT next week.

Jurgen Klinsmann is not happy with the performances of many of the USMNTers since the World Cup.  Here are some short videos of Klinsmann talking about facing Colombia in London and the fan support at Craven Cottage.

Speaking of Craven Cottage, Kyle McCarthy looks at the connection between the USMNT and Craven Cottage.

Jozy Altidore’s agent, Lyle Yorks, is headed to Sunderland to talk to the club about his future.  HITC’s Andrew Gibney takes a look at why a loan to France would be a good move for multiple parties.  Jozy also turned 25 yesterday.  According to the always good Paul Carr, his 24 international goals are the second most in USMNT history before turning 25.  Some guy named Landon Donovan leads the way with 27.

Speaking of numbers, go check out where Rubio Rubin’s four assists rank in Europe among players 20 or younger.

Two Americans saw the field in Europa League action on Thursday.  Tim Howard recorded the 150th shutout of his European club career in a 3-0 win over Lille.  He was pretty happy.  Fabian Johnson got the start at right back in Borussia Mönchengladbach’s 2-0 win.  Here is a photo of him in action.

I posted some highlights of Anderlecht’s dramatic three-goal comeback to draw with Arsenal earlier this week and now Greg Seltzer broke down Sacha Kljestan’s performance of the game.

Danny Williams came back from his injury last weekend while coming off the bench and now he made his first start since the injury, going 67 minutes in Reading’s mid-weeek 3-0 win over Rotherham.

Michael Orozco went the distance in Puebla’s loss on penalty kicks to Santos Laguna in the Copa MX final on Wednesday.

I missed this earlier in the week, but Geoff Cameron made WhoScored’s Team of the Week for his performance from last weekend.

Orlando City’s Tommy Redding is headed to Benfica in December for yet another MLS offseason training stint.

Brian Sciaretta has a pair of interviews worth checking out this week.  One with Fulham legend Brian McBride and one with Nepal national team manager Jack Stefanowski.

Grant Wahl talked to Mia Hamm this week about her new role with Roma and LAFC.

Travis Clark caught up with David Najem about life in the German Regionalliga.

Here is a look at what could happen if the World Cup is shifted to the winter in 2022.

Who doesn’t life tifos?

And finally, the USMNT roster for the next friendlies will likely be announced on Monday.  In the mean time, here are some names on John D. Halloran’s radar for next summer’s Gold Cup.

 
Categories: Brian McBride, Danny Williams, David Najem, Fabian Johnson, Geoff Cameron, Jack Stefanowski, Jozy Altidore, Michael Orozco Fiscal, Rubio Rubin, Sacha Kljestan, Tesho Akindele, Tim Howard, Tommy Redding, US Men's National Team
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Tesho Akindele could be the next Sydney Leroux (or Teal Bunbury)
   November 6, 2014 (6:15 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Tesho Akindele was born in Canada, but has lived in the US since he was nine years old and apparently applied for American citizenship in September.

I can honestly say that I haven’t watched much of Akindele (or FC Dallas) this year, but he has recorded eight goals and two assists in 28 league games (regular season and postseason) for FC Dallas this season.

 
Categories: Tesho Akindele, US Men's National Team
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