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A couple links for Thursday
   September 3, 2015 (1:36 AM) by Matt Benson
 

A few things for Thursday.

ESPN’s Doug McIntyre has some nuggets from the USMNT camp this week.  Jozy Altidore is playing well, while it looks like the starting fullbacks will be Tim Ream (LB) and Geoff Cameron (RB).  Also, Jurgen Klinsmann reiterated that Brad Guzan is the #1 goalkeeper through at least the CONCACAF Cup.

US Soccer put up a little fun video on whether Gyasi Zardes scored a goal or not on Tim Howard in training.  Looks like a goal to me.

Ben Lederman has been in the news a lot recently and Ives Galarcep is hearing that Lederman is joining the U.S. U-17 residency program in Bradenton, Florida.

Fresh off his assist with Borussia Dortmund’s U-19 team this past weekend (highlights), Christian Pulisic got to train with the first team this week.

Bob Bradley has been doing work in Norway this season with Stabæk sitting in second place with eight games left and now the Fighting Bob Bradleys will have to finish the season strong without their top goal scorer who was sold to Hull City.

Staying in Norway, Kenya Brown spoke to Viking FK defender A.J. Soares.

On loan from Orlando City, Adam Bedell scored three goals in HB Køge’s 6-2 win over Frederikssund in the Danish Cup on Wednesday.  Here is a post-game photo of Bedell.  And here is an intro video courtesy of HB Køge’s Youtube channel.

A couple other transfers to mention with deadline day this week.  Fabrice Picault is now with St. Pauli in Germany.  It looks like Mayowa Alli is on loan with Thisted FC in Denmark.  And Hardin-Simmons product Matt Pitcock has signed with FC Bern in Switzerland.

 
Categories: A.J. Soares, Adam Bedell, Ben Lederman, Bob Bradley, Brad Guzan, Christian Pulisic, Fabrice Picault, Geoff Cameron, Gyasi Zardes, Jozy Altidore, Matt Pitcock, Mayowa Alli, Tim Howard, Tim Ream, US Men's National Team
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Viking vs. Varegg Highlights
   May 7, 2015 (12:41 PM) by Matt Benson
 

A.J. Soares came off the bench and scored his first goal in Norway today in Viking’s 9-0 win over Varegg in the Norwegian Cup.  Here is his goal in GIF form.

 
Categories: A.J. Soares, Highlights
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Post green beer hangover links
   March 18, 2015 (1:12 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Work has been pretty busy for me over the last week so I haven’t done a links post in a while.  That said, a bunch of goodies for you while you wait that green beer hangover out.

Two US female goalkeepers squared off against each other in UEFA Women’s Champions League last October so Will decided to have a chat with both of them to find out more.

Missed out on the weekend’s games?  Roderick has you covered.

US Soccer is about to have a busy next couple of weeks with the USMNT, U-23 and U-20 teams all having camps and friendlies throughout Europe.  It looks like we should expect to see the various rosters over the weekend.

While we wait for the rosters, a bunch of names are kind of leaking out.  Thanks to Birmingham City’s site, we know that Will Packwood is going to be with the U-23 team.   Brian Sciaretta is also hearing that Jerome Kiesewetter will be with the U-23s, while Andrija Novakovich will be with the U-20s.  And while there has been speculation that Jurgen Klinsmann is going to call in Ventura Alvarado with the MNTers, there is at least one report of Leon goalkeeper William Yarbrough being called in as well.

We are still waiting for Gedion Zelalem’s waiver to go through with FIFA, but he has been called in by Germany’s U-18 team.  He has turned them down in the past and hopefully he does again.

Speaking of rosters, here is Denmark’s roster for the USMNT friendly.

If you hate yourself, here is another (and new) story on Jurgen Klinsmann and fitness.

Will Packwood scored his first professional goal yesterday in Cheltenham Town’s 2-2 draw to Portsmouth (highlights).  He had to be subbed out due to some kind of injury, but he tweeted after the game that he is “feeling groggy” but is OK.

DeAndre Yedlin is back on the field and played with Tottenham’s U-21 team on Monday.  Here is a photo of him in action.

Andrija Novakovich made his debut with Reading’s senior team over the weekend in Reading’s 4-1 loss at Watford.  Here is a photo of Novakovich about to come onto the field.

Reading and Danny Williams (went the full 90) won their FA Cup 6th round replay over Bradford City on Monday.  Reading is headed to the FA Cup semis for the first time since 1927.

Klinsi was impressed with Jozy Altidore’s Toronto FC debut.

I see you, Greg Garza.

A.J. Soares is going to be out 6-8 weeks after picking up a knee injury in training.

According to this report out of Philadelphia, Union midfielder Danny Cruz is headed to Norway to go on a season-long loan with Bodø/Glimt.  If true, he will become teammates with Zarek Valentin.

Greg Seltzer caught up with Helsingborgs IF goalkeeper Matt Pyzdrowski.

Galway United forward Jake Keegan was on Goal’s League of Ireland GoalMouth podcast last week.  He also spoke to Brian Sciaretta.

AZ Alkmaar have brought on Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane as an advisor.  I think I read the word “moneyball” in every tweet yesterday mentioning this news.

Here is a story from last week on Marc Pelosi and his return to the field over the last year.

Andrew Sousa and Ryan Maduro were both in Iceland last season with Fylkir and now both are returning to the US with the Rhode Island Oceaneers.

According to Will Parchman, US U-17 winger McKinzie Gaines is headed to Germany to trial with Wolfsburg.

And finally, FIFA announced the stadiums that will be used at the 2016 Olympics and somehow Arena da Amazônia in Manaus made the cut as one of the seven stadiums.  I still remember drinking two full glasses of water while just walking to my seat in the upper deck.  It was such a furnace.  I did snap this nice photo.

manaus

 
Categories: A.J. Soares, Andrew Sousa, Andrija Novakovich, Danny Cruz, Danny Williams, DeAndre Yedlin, Gedion Zelalem, Greg Garza, Jake Keegan, Jerome Kiesewetter, Jozy Altidore, Marc Pelosi, Matt Pyzdrowski, McKinzie Gaines, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team, US U-23 National Team, Ventura Alvarado, Will Packwood, William Yarbrough, Zarek Valentin
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A.J. Soares signs with Viking FK
   February 23, 2015 (10:31 AM) by Matt Benson
 

A.J. Soares finally has a new home and it will be at Viking FK in the Norwegian Tippeligaen.

Anthony J. Soares came first to La Manga to train and play matches with Viking. Then he was with Stavanger, before all agreed that Jåttåvågen the next venue for the central defender.

The American, who also holds Italian passport, comes from its domestic league (Major League Soccer) and over 100 games for New England Revolution.

Soares is 183 centimeters tall and born on 28 November 1988. He plays mainly defender and has in their home country has been described as tactically wise, but physically when necessary.

Soares has got costume number 5 in Viking. He has signed a contract that extends over 18 months.

After playing in last year’s MLS Cup, it looked like Soares was headed to Italy and Hellas Verona but those plans fell through (thanks to Rafa Marquez?).  After a training stop with Bob Bradley at Stabæk, Soares made his way to Viking where he has now signed a contract for 18 months.

Viking finished in 10th place in the 18-team Tippeligaen in 2014, three points behind the Fighting Bob Bradleys.  The club was founded in 1899 and has won eight league titles, third most in league history, but hasn’t taken home the league title since 1991.

And I can’t end a post on A.J. Soares without posting this GIF.

 
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A bunch of links for Thursday
   February 19, 2015 (12:19 AM) by Matt Benson
 

A bunch of stuff to get to today.

Camp Cupcake ended a couple weeks ago so John broke down the USMNT depth chart as we look towards this summer’s Gold Cup.

It has been a good week in Copa MX for various Americans, including goals by Amando Moreno, Stevie Rodriguez and Gabriel Farfan.

Remember this random graphic that aired during a US U-20 game last month that showed two unannounced USMNT friendlies for later this year?  US Soccer shot down the rumor of the Australia friendly.

The new USMNT away jersey became a real thing this week.  And this is what the pre-match and training tops look like.  Then while browsing World Soccer Shop, I stumbled across the socks and anthem jackets.

Winter is coming.  Multiple sources have told Grant Wahl that the 2022 World Cup moving to November and December is a done deal.

Fitness.  Fitness.  Fitness.  Matt Besler made some comments then Jurgen Klinsmann tweeted something out and now Besler has to make another comment.  I hate fitness-gate.  Moving on.

Julian Green scored a goal in a friendly yesterday as Hamburg U-23s beat some fifth division team 13-2.

I’m assuming it was because I was in attendance, but Joe Corona was named to ESPN’s Liga MX Team of the Week.

Robbie Kristo has signed with Serie B side Spezia Calcio.

Alfred Koroma has signed with SV Lafnitz in the Austrian Regionalliga (third division).

A.J. Soares played 45 minutes for Viking FK while on trial in a preseason friendly against Vålerenga yesterday.

In the FA Youth Cup quarterfinals this week, Kyle Scott (started and played 97 minutes) and Chelsea defeated Newcastle United 3-0.  And Cameron Carter-Vickers (started and played 90 minutes) and Tottenham defeated Nottingham Forest 2-1.

Ariel Lassiter has been called up by Costa Rica’s U-23 team for the IMG Suncoast Pro Classic in Bradenton, Florida.

Greg Seltzer caught up with Rhett Bernstein as Mjøndalen begin play in the Tippeligaen in a couple of months after earning promotion last year.

Ryan Adeleye is now with the Fort Lauderdale Strikers, but he spoke to NASL.com about his time in Israel.

George Mason product Chase Miller has signed with Swedish club Bodens BK.  Here is a video of Miller talking while he was on trial a couple weeks ago.

And finally, it looks like the 2015 CONCACAF U-17 Championship will be on Fox Sports 2, while the US U-20’s games at the U-20 World Cup will be on Fox Sports 1.

 
Categories: A.J. Soares, Alfred Koroma, Amando Moreno, Ariel Lassiter, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Chase Miller, Esteban Rodriguez, Gabriel Farfan, Joe Corona, Julian Green, Kyle Scott, Matt Besler, Rhett Bernstein, Robbie Kristo, Ryan Adeleye, US Men's National Team, US U-17 National Team, US U-20 National Team
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Tuesday morning links
   February 17, 2015 (6:23 AM) by Matt Benson
 

A bunch of randomness for Tuesday.

I went to Tijuana this past weekend to check out Tijuana-Pumas and wrote some words about the trip.

Want to know how your favorite Americans did abroad this past weekend?  Roderick has you covered.

Want some highlights of some goals?  Bobby Wood scored twice and so did Andrew Wooten.  Brian Span scored in Finland while Junior Flores scored for Borussia Dortmund’s U-19 team.  It wasn’t a goal, but Timothy Chandler had a “deflected assist”.  And when in doubt, check out our goal tracker.

Those braces earned Bobby Wood and Andrew Wooten a spot on Kicker’s 2. Bundesliga Team of the Week.  And Wood was named Kicker’s 2. Bundesliga Player of the Week.

Not a shocker, but the rumored 2015 USMNT away jersey was officially announced by Nike and US Soccer yesterday.  And I officially added it to our USMNT jersey history page.

Julian Green’s situation with Hamburg is odd.  Bild reported last week that Green could possibly get fined for refusing to play with the U-23 team.  And now it looks like Green is supposed to meet with the team today to discuss whether he will or will not play with the U-23 team.

Are you one of the three people not tired hearing about the USMNT and fitness?  Matt Besler talked to the Kansas City Star about Klinsmann’s quotes and now Klinsi is tweeting with fitness talk.  Klinsmann also thinks the new jerseys are cool.

As expected, the US-Mexico friendly for April is now sold out.

One player we could be seeing in the upcoming USMNT friendlies?  Club America defender Ventura Alvarado.

The FA Cup quarterfinal draw was held yesterday and a couple Americans are still left in the competition.  Brad Guzan and Aston Villa will be facing West Brom, while Danny Williams and Reading will take on Bradford City.

After training with the Fighting Bob Bradleys, A.J. Soares looks to be on trial with Viking.

And finally, Christian Pulisic got to train with Borussia Dortmund’s senior team last week and manager Jurgen Klopp thought he showed signs of good quality.

 
Categories: A.J. Soares, Andrew Wooten, Bobby Wood, Brad Guzan, Brian Span, Christian Pulisic, Danny Williams, Julian Green, Junior Flores, Matt Besler, Timothy Chandler, US Men's National Team, Ventura Alvarado
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Just a couple things for Thursday
   February 12, 2015 (12:45 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Only a couple things for Thursday.

One of the “hot” stories from Wednesday was how Julian Green was demoted to Hamburg’s U-23 team.  But according to the club, that is not fully true.

“He’s not moving to the Under-23 team,” HSV press officer Lars Wegener told MLSsoccer.com on Wednesday. “Our sport director said that maybe he could play for the U-23s a couple times when he is not in the first-team squad. The reason is to get him some matches and more practice. He is still with the first team in training.”

Brad Guzan will have a new manager at Aston Villa as Paul Lambert was fired yesterday.  And for some reason, some bookmakers have Jurgen Klinsmann in the hunt as one of the favorites.

Speaking of Mr. Klinsmann, he is eager to call in his full USMNT squad for March’s friendlies against Denmark and Switzerland.

As expected, tickets are flying off the shelf for April’s friendly against Mexico in San Antonio.

According to Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino, they plan to bring DeAndre Yedlin along slowly at the club.

A.J. Soares started for Stabæk in a friendly against Strommen and scored a goal yesterday.  But Bob Bradley confirmed to The Bent Musket that it is just a training stint and that Soares would be leaving the club this week for another trial elsewhere.

The US tends to be a more stat-driven country when it comes to soccer compared to England, but The Birmingham Mail used some stats to compare Jonathan Spector’s recent play at center back while filling in for injured Michael Morrison.

Jake Keegan officially signed a new contract with Galway United FC (that is their new name for this season after being called Galway FC the last few seasons after replacing the dissolved Galway United).

Tom Marshall talked to Juan Pablo Ocegueda about his past couple years after he was stuck in USMNT limbo while playing with Chivas.

While most know about Bob Bradley or David Wagner coaching in Europe, Greg Seltzer introduces us to Nurnberg U-19 coach Pellegrino Matarazzo.

 
Categories: A.J. Soares, Brad Guzan, DeAndre Yedlin, Jake Keegan, Jonathan Spector, Juan Ocegueda, Julian Green, Pellegrino Matarazzo, US Men's National Team
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Hump day links
   February 11, 2015 (1:32 AM) by Matt Benson
 

A bunch of random stuff so let’s get into it.

Tim Howard has been out injured since December with a calf injury but he is expected to start for Everton today in their game against Chelsea.

Jermaine Jones’ hernia surgery was a success and he is expected to be out 4-6 weeks.

Julian Green has been demoted to Hamburg’s U-23 team in the Regionalliga.  Green has appeared in only five games since being sent out on loan in August.

A.J. Soares is in Norway training with the Stabæk, but this is not a trial.  Sounds like Bob Bradley is just helping him out before he heads out on other trials in Europe.

US U-17 international Christian Pulisic is now a member of Borussia Dortmund and he got to train with the first team yesterday.  And here is a photo of Pulisic talking to Jurgen Klopp.

The US U-20 team found out its group for the U-20 World Cup earlier this week (SPOILER ALERT – It is a favorable one).  Brian Sciaretta talked to Russell Canouse and Dembakwi Yomba to get their reaction.  Tab Ramos also talked to Soccer by Ives to give his thoughts.  Sounds like the U-20 team might have a friendly against England in March and friendlies against Greece and Qatar in April.

Danny Williams scored a goal this past weekend and now he wants to score a goal at home for Reading’s fans.

Will Packwood looks to be playing again with Birmingham City’s U-21 team for the first time since injuring his groin.

Joe Gyau talked to Vice Sports about his crazy last year of signing with Dortmund and battling injuries.

Cody Cropper is slowly working his way back into training after suffering a head injury during a collision during a game last month.  This is what his eye looked like three weeks ago.

Michael Farfan is returning to MLS and has signed with D.C. United.  Farfan left the Philadelphia Union for Cruz Azul after the 2013 season but only appeared in one league game for La Maquina in 2014 (although he did score).

Andrija Novakovich scored a late game-tying goal in Reading U-18’s 1-1 draw to Southampton last week.  You can check out the goal at the 2:42 mark of this video.

Matt Horth is returning to the US and has signed with NASL’s Atlanta Silverbacks.  Horth played the 2014 season in Iceland with Leiknir Reykjavík, scoring six goals in 17 games.

Brian Span looks to be in Finland on trial with IFK Mariehamn after being waived by FC Dallas last week.  Span has European experience with Swedish side Djurgården in 2012 and 2013.  He returned to the US with FC Dallas in 2014, but spent most of his time in USL Pro with Orlando City on loan or with FC Dallas’ reserve team.

Sebastian Troupe has signed a new contract with Bærum in Norway.

Will John was last seen with MAS Fez in Morocco and now he is Croatia trying to find a new home after a near deal with Shamrock Rovers in Ireland hit a snag.

I posted last week with a link about how Kevin Garcia was making the move to Ireland with Galway FC.  Someone in Ireland e-mailed me that it is not true (“was news to the press officer”).  Also, Jake Keegan isn’t with the club either at the moment as he is still waiting for a work permit.  And former Yale and Portland Timbers U-23 defender Andy Hackbarth is on trial with the club.

Goalkeeper Zac Lubin was Kevin Garcia’s teammate at IFK Luleå last season and now he is on trial with Cork City in Ireland.

And completing the IFK Luleå news roundup, goalkeeper Alex Wimmer is on trial with IFK Luleå.  If you are looking for a Swedish third division to cheer for, IFK Luleå has to be winner, right?

 
Categories: A.J. Soares, Alex Wimmer, Andrija Novakovich, Andy Hackbarth, Brian Span, Christian Pulisic, Cody Cropper, Dembakwi Yomba, Jake Keegan, Jermaine Jones, Joe Gyau, Julian Green, Kevin Garcia, Michael Farfan, Russell Canouse, Sebastian Troupe, Tim Howard, US U-20 National Team, Will John, Zac Lubin
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Just a few things for Friday
   February 6, 2015 (1:09 AM) by Matt Benson
 

It’s almost the weekend, but here are a few things to check out.

First off, welcome Roderick MacNeil to the site.  He is going to helping out now and bringing back The OT Report from the dead.  He did a midweek edition last night.  We are probably going to tweak the format around a little bit.

Tired of fitness-gate yet?  If not, here are more quotes from Jurgen Klinsmann on it and his response to Alexi Lalas’ comments.

Want some photo galleries of the USMNT training this week?  You are in luck here, here and here.

We posted the first rumored leak of the USMNT away jersey for 2015 back in December and another actual photo has leaked, so I updated the original post.

It is likely going to be a sellout, but the US-Mexico friendly in San Antonio has sold more than 50,000 tickets already with less than two months left.

Aron Johannsson scored the game’s lone goal in AZ Alkmaar’s 1-0 win over Ajax yesterday.  Here is his goal in highlight form.  Here is also a photo of him celebrating the goal.  He had to be subbed out due to injury later in the game, but it looks to be a minor ankle injury.

John Brooks is going to have a new manager as Jos Luhukay was fired by Hertha Berlin.  Brooks always seem to butt heads with Luhukay so maybe a new manager will be a nice change of pace.

Not surprising, but after possibly being “screwed over” by Rafa Marquez, A.J. Soares and his agent are scrambling to find a new home.

The Daily Mail (your first sign that it likely wasn’t true) had a report in January that Tim Howard was looking into a possible MLS move.  Everton’s manager Roberto Martinez is expecting Howard to see out his contract at Everton and told the press that Howard is still his #1 keeper.  Nothing to see here.

ESPN’s Jeff Carlisle talked to Tim Ream as he continues to put in solid efforts for Bolton.

Brian Sciaretta caught up with Heath Pearce to talk about his move to Sweden.

And finally, a rumor to keep you pondering over the weekend, Deporte Total USA (I have no clue how good/bad they are, so don’t kill me on this) is reporting that Junior Flores is headed to D.C. United on loan for the 2015 season.

 
Categories: A.J. Soares, Aron Johannsson, Heath Pearce, John Brooks, Junior Flores, Tim Howard, Tim Ream, US Men's National Team
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A.J. Soares to Verona is reportedly off
   February 3, 2015 (7:17 PM) by Howie Michaels
 

Via NESoccerToday:

Another source with knowledge of the negotiations says that the club is no longer actively pursuing Soares. An attempt to reach Soares’ agent for comment was unsuccessful.

Rafael Marquez, the former New York Red Bulls defender who joined Verona last summer following a sterling performance at the World Cup, reportedly has a clause in his contract that states he will be paid a significant sum of money if the club signs another defender. Thus, the signing of Soares — even as a free agent — would trigger the clause.

While the transfer window is no longer open, Soares, as a free agent, would be able to sign anywhere, although teams don’t tend to make a ton of signings outside the window (see: Agudelo, Juan). He could also return to MLS, where the Revolution will enter as popular favorites to repeat in the Eastern Conference. That would mean not letting this be his final moment in MLS though.

 
Categories: A.J. Soares
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