Lots to get to so let’s dive in.
Bobby Wood left the USMNT camp so he could sign with FC Erzgebirge Aue. There seems to be some confusion among the American folk (thanks to trying to translate German reports) on whether he signed a permanent deal or if it is a loan deal (I think it is a permanent deal). I think the confusion comes from most articles talking about Erzgebirge Aue bringing in two players, Wood and Román Golobart, with Golobart coming on loan while Wood signed a contract through 2016-17.
In case you missed it at the end of last week, Joe Gyau needs another knee surgery and is out for the rest of the season.
Alejandro Bedoya has signed a contract extension with FC Nantes through 2018-19. Ligue1.com also has a nice article up on Bedoya.
The USMNT is now back in California training before Sunday’s friendly against Panama. Jurgen Klinsmann is not happy about the team’s fitness. Here is Panama’s roster for Sunday’s game. I will be there in the flesh to check this one out.
Also in USMNT news, more than 33,000 tickets have been sold so far for April’s friendly against Mexico.
This is probably recycled rumors from last August, but Sunderland might have been interested in Geoff Cameron this transfer window (I vaguely remember Cameron-to-Sunderland rumors last transfer window).
Eric Lichaj has a new manager at Nottingham Forest and it is someone with experience of managing Americans (Spoiler Alert: It is former Bolton manager Dougie Freedman).
New York Red Bulls midfielder Sacha Kljestan got a nice sendoff from Anderlecht this past weekend.
Bundesliga.com has an interview up with Julian Green.
bundesliga.com: Are you allowed to speak German in the changing room? Or does it have to be English? Or even American-English specifically?
Green: [Laughs] Well the coach [Jürgen Klinsmann] would prefer it if we spoke English as much as possible, but I have to admit that we do slip into German sometimes!
Ashton Götz has signed a contract extension with Hamburger SV through 2016-17.
We had some goals this weekend. Aron Johannsson scored his first goal of 2015 in AZ’s 3-1 win over Heracles (highlights). In Scottish League One action, Kevin Dzierzawski scored a goal in Peterhead’s 2-0 win over Stenhousemuir (highlights). And while it wasn’t a goal, Tim Ream was credited with an assist in Bolton’s 2-2 draw to Wolves on Saturday (highlights).
And we had a few goals in friendly action this weekend. Alfredo Morales scored a goal in Ingolstadt’s 2-0 win over Shawn Barry and LASK Linz. As for Shawn Barry, he scored a goal in LASK Linz’s 2-1 win over Trnava. Babajide Ogunbiyi scored a goal in Viborg’s 4-2 win over OB. And Paul Arriola scored a goal in Tijuana U-20’s 4-1 win over Morelia on Friday. Jon Arnold was there and got some quotes from Arriola.
Staying at Tijuana, Greg Garza had to be subbed out of Tijuana’s senior team’s win over Morelia after taking on a hard tackle. He tried to play through it, but it was bothering him too much.
While it was only a friendly, it was nice to see Zarek Valentin made his first start for Bodø / Glimt since his ankle injury from last season.
Brendan Rodgers recently said some nice things about Marc Pelosi.
Alex De John is now with IK Start in Norway’s Tippeligaen. De John has made a nice jump from Ekenäs IF (Finnish third division) to TPS (Finnish first division) to IK Start (Norway first division) in three seasons.
As Howie posted yesterday, Stephen McCarthy has signed with KuPS in Finland.
British-American dual national Calvin Crooks has signed with Icelandic side BI / Bolungarvik for the 2015 season.
It looks like Stefano Bonomo, a 2015 MLS SuperDraft second round selection of the Red Bulls, had a trial with Miedz Legnica in Poland and might have another in England soon.
And finally, Jeff Carlisle spoke to US U-17 international Christian Pulisic about trying to prove himself at Borussia Dortmund. In the article, it talks about him trying to get a Croatian passport through his dad’s ancestry and it looks like he did this weekend (and another tweet about it).