The US will have three fewer players for their upcoming friendly against Ukraine as Michael Bradley (injury), Mix Diskerud (injury) and Tim Ream (personal reasons) have withdrawn from the camp and friendly. Also, no replacements will be added.
Bradley will stay in the US/Toronto due to a minor issue, while Diskerud will rest a hip injury that he picked up 10 days ago. According to Diskerud, Rosenborg didn’t want to release him to the camp and US Soccer honored the objection. With the US not pushing the issue on Rosenborg, I am wondering if Mix’s spot is somewhat safe among the “fringe” players (or US Soccer is agreeing since Rosenborg allowed Diskerud to spend all of January with the USMNT).
Just received word from U.S. Soccer, re: Diskerud- “Injury is grounds for a club to request that a player not be released.” #USMNT
As the USMNT camp portion in Brazil nears its end, US Soccer gives us a quote sheet with some players raving about the facilitates and their off day. And the latest diary talks about the day off from training. And here is a short video of Kyle Beckerman talking about a lot of the same stuff.
Steven Goff has the latest on US Soccer’s budget for the next fiscal year (April 1, 2014 to March 31, 2015). Sounds like they might see a surplus due to the Seattle qualifier being held in such a large venue compared to the normal ~20,000 seat venue. And there is a proposal for 10 friendlies between April and November, including an April friendly which would likely see a MLS-heavy roster due to it not falling on a FIFA fixture date.
Twitter news-breaker Taylor Twellman is hearing that Nick Sakiewicz of the Philadelphia Union is headed to England/Stoke City to to finalize details on Maurice Edu’s transfer to MLS/Philly. I want Mo in Philly solely for the ability to post this video every so often.
Jerome Kiesewetter is headed to Hertha Berlin II on loan for the rest of the 2013-14 season. Kiesewetter hasn’t appeared in any games for Stuttgart II in the German 3. Liga this season so he heads back to Hertha Berlin (he grew up in their youth academy) to get some playing time in the Regionalliga.
Grant Wahl is reporting that Sporting Kansas City recently rejected a $1 million bid by Juventus for 16-year-old defender Erik Palmer-Brown. Wow. Palmer-Brown was one of 24 players who just finished camp with the US U-18 team in Florida this month.
Sebastien Ibeagha talked to Neil Morris of Indy Week about his decision to head to Europe over playing in MLS.
Brian Sciaretta caught up with promising US U-20 midfielder Romain Gall who currently plays with FC Lorient’s U-19/U-21 teams.
And let’s end this links post with a trick shot video where Mix Diskerud got involved in the fun.
All 26 guys currently in camp for the USMNT this month are headed to Brazil as I type this. Pleased with the fitness of everyone, Jurgen Klinsmann decided to bring everyone down there for 12 days of training and two closed-door scrimmages. While back in LA last week, it looks like they decided to play around with a GoPro camera for this training shot.
Once they return back to LA, they will do a little more training before taking on South Korea on February 2 at the StubHub Center. According to Steven Goff, about 18,000 tickets have been sold so far. I am wondering if the leaked USMNT shirt will be worn as they are rumored to be coming out in February and South Korea’s red shirt for the World Cup was also leaked this week. Maybe both teams will be wearing some new gear?
Four Americans (Edgar Castillo, Herculez Gomez, Paul Arriola and Joe Corona) saw the field down in Tijuana on Friday as the Xolos notched their first ever home victory over América with Castillo helping setup the game-winning goal (highlights). Here is also a better look at their new home and road kits for this season. It looks like their white kits that they wore in the opener were a one off since Atlas wear both red and black. Too bad as I liked those.
It took 12 days, but we finally had our first goal by an American abroad over the weekend. Tony Taylor came off the bench and scored a consolation goal in injury time in Omonia Nicosia’s 4-2 loss to Apollon in Cyprus (highlights). It was Taylor’s third goal of the season. We had four total goals by this point last year (and I will start up a 2014 goal tracker page this week).
Back in Mexico, Michael Orozco assisted on the game-tying goal in Puebla’s draw to Monterrey (highlights).
And Clint Dempsey made his official Premier League return in a 4-1 loss to Jozy Altidore and Sunderland. He got the start and played 79 minutes, while Sky Sports gave him a “7″ rating and said some decent things about his performance.
Making his first start since returning to Fulham and impressed, surging into Sunderland territory but often let down by teammates.
As for Jozy, he came off the bench and “won” a PK which led to Sunderland’s last goal. Sunderland had only five goals in 10 away games coming into this weekend, yet scored four on Fulham at the once fortress known as Craven Cottage. Fulham are such a mess this year.
We also had a couple transfers in the last couple days. Oguchi Onyewu will be joining the 10th team of his career with Sheffield Wednesday. While Billy Schuler is returning to MLS after two years in Sweden.
And it looks like Michael Parkhurst is also returning to MLS and will be headed to the Columbus Crew after a trade involving a draft pick and allocation money to the New England Revolution according to Ives.
German 3. Liga side Wacker Burghausen were interested in Bobby Wood for a loan deal, but 1860 Munich were not having it.
Despite making only three starts for Oldham Athletic this season, Paul Rachubka has signed a contract extension with the club.
Mix Diskerud told ESPN FC that he has pimped Bob Bradley to Stabæk’s management over the years.
More and more signs that Clint Dempsey is headed to Fulham on a loan, although nothing official. Fulham defender Sascha Riether posted a photo of him and Dempsey on instagram with the caption “Welcome back Clint Dempsey” which was deleted shortly after being posted.
Zarek Valentin has signed to Bodø/Glimt on permanent basis until 2015. Valentin played in 27 games last season for Bodø/Glimt, helping them to promotion into Norway’s first division.
Kaiserslautern are bringing in some new players this winter break and Andrew Wooten appears to be one of four players leaving the club.
I missed this a couple weeks ago but Daniel Cuevas has left Santos Laguna (mainly their U-20 team) for Lobos Buap in the Ascenso MX (Mexico’s second division).
Jonathan Bornstein is headed to Club Atlante on loan.
Brian Sciaretta caught up with Josh Gatt to talk about his recovery from his ACL tear. I know he had a knee injury, but I think this is the first time that it has been mentioned it was an ACL tear. That said, sounds like he is close to returning to the field.
Leeds United has signed Gboly Ariyibi to a short-term deal. Ariyibi is eligible to play for the US and was brought up through the Southampton youth acaedmy before being released this summer.
The USMNT have ended 2013 ranked No. 14 in the FIFA world rankings, up 14 spots from this time last year. And for comparison sake, the US is also rated No. 13 in the Elo ratings (they were No. 25 after their last friendly in 2012).
The World Cup draw is on Friday (ESPN2′s coverage begins at 11:30 AM Eastern) and US Soccer has a quick little guide on how the process will work. I have a feeling the US will be put in a tough group. Ric Flair, your thoughts on this.
If you haven’t noticed yet, we have one new addition to the site. You can now take a look at the various jerseys worn by the USMNT throughout the years. Some of those older photos are pretty cool. Also, we are going to relaunch our Top 5 Lists series this week. Howie has one that should be up later today or tomorrow and we will have other guest writers contributing to the series over the next few weeks.
I know there was some confusion about what channel/time for Friday’s qualifier against Jamaica, but it looks like it was finalized for 6:30 PM Eastern on ESPN, WatchESPN, UniMas.
ESPN’s Alex Labidou has a story up on Mix Diskerud. It also provides us this great stat.
He has never lost during his time as a senior U.S. national (his record in 11 caps is is 10-1-0) and hopes he can help lead the team to wins against Jamaica and Panama.
Even though most of his caps came in the latest not-as-strong Gold Cup, not too shabby.
And finally, this was brought to my attention yesterday and I thought I would pass it along as I am a fan of a few of these. Mark Yesilevskiy, the guy that runs Lion Of Vienna Suite, has some pretty cool soccer prints for sale.
Five Americans played in Tijuana’s 3-2 win over Victoria in CONCACAF Champions League. Paul Arriola opened up the scoring in the 10th minute (highlights).
While Landon Donovan told us that he is starting to get offers from outside the US for once his contract expires with the Galaxy, Greg Seltzer is starting to hear that some of that interest is coming from Italy, possibly even AC Milan.
Shawn Barry went the full 90 minutes and scored a goal in LASK Linz’s 2-0 win over SV Wallern in Austria on Tuesday.
Brian Sciaretta thinks Fabian Johnson’s best position for the USMNT is at midfield rather than leftback, so he dives into that topic.