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Fourth of July links
   July 4, 2013 (12:15 AM) by Matt Benson

Today is always one of the great days of the year.  Here are a few links to read between some beers and fireworks.

Jurgen Klinsmann has selected DaMarcus Beasley as the captain for the US for the Gold Cup.  A nice honor for Beasley.

US Soccer has not made any official announcements, but Ives is hearing that Josh Gatt’s knee injury is significant enough that he will miss the Gold Cup.  As for the other injured player, Corey Ashe, he returned to full training today.

The USMNT will hold a training session open to the public today at 5 PM Pacific at Qualcomm Stadium.  Admission is free.

The official US Soccer youtube page has uploaded some highlights from past games against Guatemala.  So here is a game from 2000 and one from 2005.

I don’t know if I will do a pre-game primer or not, but here are the game notes.  The US is 13-4-6 all-time against Guatemala (11-0-1 on American soil) and the game will be on at 8 PM Pacific on NBC Sports Network.

The latest run of wins by the US has moved them up to #22 in the latest FIFA world rankings, up six spots from last month and now only two spots behind Mexico who dropped from #17 to #20.

Leander Schaerlaeckens writes about US Soccer’s slowly building scouting network.

If you haven’t read this site in a while, Howie has been bringing the thunder this week with a bunch of posts.  He has posted about Jared Jeffrey joining DC United.  Mario Rodriguez’s move to Borussia Mönchengladbach U-23 team.  Derby County want to send Conor Doyle to MLS on a loan.  Mike Grella is not returning to Scunthorpe United.  And I threw up a post about our latest Jann George sighting.  So this site has been pretty busy this week during a normally slow period.

In some fun site news, I got confirmation that our first international order for a Sacha Kljestan mustache shirt successfully crossed the pond and landed in Beglium.  The buyer is hopefully going to get a photo with Sacha and the shirt at one of Anderlecht’s preseason sessions in the next few weeks.  You can buy your own shirt right here.

While things in Egypt seem to be acting up again, it is good to hear that Bob Bradley and his wife are currently safe and back in the US for the moment.

Greg Seltzer has the latest transfer gossip about Jozy Altidore right here and here.  Thoughts on Jozy at Sunderland?

The Wooten Clan, Andrew Wooten, continues to put the ball in the back of the net in preseason friendlies for Kaiserslautern, scoring another two goals in a 7-0 win over Slovenian champs Maribor.

Chukwudi Chijindu scored his fifth goal of the season in Thór’s 2-1 win over ÍA Akranes on Wednesday.  His five goals this season are tied for the second most in the Icelandic Úrvalsdeild.

And here is what Bobby Wood will be wearing next season at 1860 Munich.  1860 Munich always seem to have some shirts that I like.

Enjoy the day.

Categories: Andrew Wooten, Bob Bradley, Bobby Wood, Chukwudi Chijindu, Conor Doyle, Cory Ashe, DaMarcus Beasley, Jann George, Jared Jeffrey, Josh Gatt, Jozy Altidore, Mario Rodriguez, Mike Grella, Sacha Kljestan, US Men's National Team
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Jared Jeffrey joins DC United
   July 3, 2013 (12:12 PM) by Howie Michaels

Intent on recreating the spine of a U-23 team that couldn’t defeat Canada, DC United have acquried Jared Jeffrey, late of Mainz II, via the obscure MLS waiver draft. Don’t worry, I’m not exactly sure what it is either. I think Portland once got a year of Charles Renken via it.

EDIT: My unprovoked swipe at MLS roster rules has been answered. Jeffrey was in the waiver draft because no one entered the weighted lottery.

The 23 year-old joined Brugge out of high school before spending the last three seasons with Mainz’s U-23 team. He made 87 appearances with four goals during that time, but he is now too old for the reserves and will move from the Regionalliga to MLS.

Despite his time with various US youth squads and European clubs that people have heard of, Jeffrey has never made a first-team appearance so it’s hard to know what to expect of him. DC United is really really terrible so there’s no reason to think Jeffrey won’t get a chance to compete for playing time. He’ll be competing with/possibly joining former U-23 teammate Perry Kitchen in the center of the midfield (among others).

Categories: Jared Jeffrey
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Tuesday morning links
   June 25, 2013 (12:01 AM) by Matt Benson

The Champions League and Europa League draws for the first and second qualifying rounds were held yesterday and I broke down the five Americans who be starting action in those rounds.

One of those players mentioned is Tony Taylor.  We posted a link last week where it was rumored that he was headed to Cyprus side AC Omonia.  Greg Seltzer tells us that he is headed there this week for a physical then sign a two-year deal if everything goes well as expected.

Seltzer also tells us that Jared Jeffrey, whose contract with Mainz ends this week, could be headed to MLS.  The 23-year-old midfielder has mainly played with their U-23 team in the Regionalliga the last few years and was once an unused sub for Mainz’s senior team in 2009-10.

The US U-20 team came back to secure a 1-1 draw with France on Monday.  You can check out the highlights here and some post-game reactions here.  They play their final group stage game against Ghana on Thursday at 1 PM Eastern on ESPNU.  They likely need to win to advance, although four of the top six third place teams from each group move on to the Round of 16.

One player many of us wished was in Turkey with the U-20 team, Anthony Brooks, has signed a two-year extension with Hertha Berlin.

Sacha Kljestan, his mustache and Anderlecht have some new white away kits for next season.  Speaking of his mustache, you should buy this shirt.  Still have some available.

Geoff Cameron wonders where he should be on the field for the USMNT.  I think I liked him at center midfield.

Eric Avila has decided to “resign” from the USMNT so he can play for Chivas Guadalajara.  That said, Avila hasn’t played for a US team (U-20) since 2007.

Brian Sciaretta talked to US U-18 forward Romain Gall about playing with the U-18 team and FC Lorient in France.

RJ DeMello also checks in with the three Americans (Joe Funicello, Chukwudi Chijindu and Josh Wicks) at Thor Akureyri in Iceland.

Categories: Chukwudi Chijindu, Eric Avila, Geoff Cameron, Jared Jeffrey, Joe Funicello, John Brooks, Josh Wicks, Romain Gall, Sacha Kljestan, Tony Taylor, US U-20 National Team
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Some 2013-14 kits for some German teams
   May 13, 2013 (12:17 AM) by Matt Benson

With the end of the 2012-13 season, various 2013-14 kits are being leaked or are officially being released by clubs.  If you have followed this site for a while, you know that we like to keep you updated with some of the teams that feature some Americans.  That all said, a bunch of different Bundesliga teams had some kits come out this weekend.

Mainz (Shawn Parker and Jared Jeffrey) will be wearing these in home games next season.

Jermaine Jones will be collecting yellow cards in away games in this white shirt.

And Fabian Hurzeler will likely be playing with Bayern Munich’s U-23 team in this home kit.

Categories: Fabian Hurzeler, Jared Jeffrey, Jermaine Jones, Shawn Parker
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Stuff for Friday night
   August 10, 2012 (9:11 PM) by Matt Benson

A few guys scored goals today, but I can’t find any highlights as of right now.  Chad Barrett had a good game, getting involved in two of the goals.  As for the goal scorers, Charles Kazlauskas scored a goal in Helmond Sport’s season-opening 2-1 victory over Telstar.  And Jann George (Nurnberg II) and Andrew Wooten (Kaiserslautern II) each scored in their respective Regionalliga games.

Also while looking through the box scores from today, I noticed that Quentin Westberg is no longer with Evian TG.  He got the start at goalkeeper for US Luzenac in their 1-0 loss to Boulogne in the French National (third division) today.

Geoff Cameron made his debut for Stoke City in a friendly against Gruether Furth.  Cameron started the game in the midfield, but played the last 30 minutes or so at centerback.  Here are some highlights of the game.

It looks like Cal FC’s Danny Barrera is on trial at the moment with Derby County.  While Anton Peterlin is on trial at Oxford United.

Former Cal Golden Bear Jacob Wilson has signed with CD Feirense in the Portuguese Liga de Honra (second division).

Jurgen Klinsmann will announce his USMNT roster for the upcoming Mexico friendly via on Sunday at 4 PM Eastern.  Mexico announced its roster earlier today.

Brian McBride and Wembley FC will be playing in the FA Cup tomorrow against Langford FC.

UEFA held its draw for the playoff rounds of Champions League and Europa League earlier today.  Here is a breakdown of all the teams with Americans on them.

I haven’t done new jerseys/kits in a while, so here are a bunch more.

* Bolton Wanderers Third Kit (Tim Ream/Stuart Holden)
* Hoffenheim Away and Third Kit (Danny Williams/Fabian Johnson/Joe Gyau)
* Hannover 96 Away Kit (Steve Cherundolo)
* Roma Third Kit (Michael Bradley)
* Nurnberg Away Kit (Timothy Chandler/Jann George)
* Mainz Away Kit (Jared Jeffrey)

Categories: Andrew Wooten, Anton Peterlin, Brian McBride, Chad Barrett, Charles Kazlauskas, Danny Barrera, Danny Williams, Fabian Johnson, Geoff Cameron, Jacob Wilson, Jann George, Jared Jeffrey, Joe Gyau, Michael Bradley, Quentin Westberg, Steve Cherundolo, Stuart Holden, Tim Ream, Timothy Chandler, US Men's National Team

Catching up on life links
   May 7, 2012 (11:22 PM) by Matt Benson

I am still catching up on life (and I really should be in bed right now), but here are some various links of random things from the last couple days.

Congrats to Clint Dempsey for scoring his 50th Premier League goal of his career this past weekend.  As I posted a month ago when he was sitting on 49, only seven active Premier League midfielders have scored 50+ goals in their career, so Dempsey is #8 (with only Tim Cahill doing it in fewer games).

Congrats to Sacha Kljestan and Anderlecht for winning the Belgian Pro League title.

Two Americans clinched promotion this weekend.  Tony Taylor and Estoril locked up the Portuguese Liga de Honra title and will be playing in Primeira Liga next season.  And in Germany, Royal-Dominique Fennell and Stuttgart Kickers will be playing in the 3.Liga next season after winning the Regionaliga Sud division title.

Carlisle United have offered Frank Simek a new deal with the club.  Speaking of Mr. Simek, here is a teaser photo from my Manchester trip.

Dover Athletic have released Jemal Johnson.

Babajide Ogunbiyi returned to Viborg FF’s lineup this weekend and played 90 minutes in a 3-1 win over Brønshøj.

Keeping up on the leaked/released kits for next season, here are a few more from the last couple of days.

* AZ Alkmaar (Jozy Altidore) home shirt.  Also, this photo of Jozy is awesome.
* Hannover 96 (Steve Cherundolo) home shirt.
* Celtic (Dominic Cervi) away shirt.
* Mainz (Jared Jeffrey) home shirt.

I need some sleep.

Categories: Babajide Ogunbiyi, Clint Dempsey, Dominic Cervi, Frank Simek, Jared Jeffrey, Jemal Johnson, Jozy Altidore, Royal-Dominique Fennell, Sacha Kljestan, Steve Cherundolo, Tony Taylor

Caleb Porter announces the official roster for CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying
   March 20, 2012 (8:25 PM) by Howie Michaels

The only change from the originally announced preliminary roster is Sheanon Williams of Philadelphia Union replacing Josh Gatt, who was recalled by Molde.

GOALKEEPERS (2): Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire)
DEFENDERS (6): Perry Kitchen (D.C. United), Ike Opara (San Jose Earthquakes), Kofi Sarkodie (Houston Dynamo), Zarek Valentin (Montreal Impact), Jorge Villafaña (Chivas USA), Sheanon Williams (Philadelphia Union)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Fred Adu [captain] (Philadelphia Union), Joe Corona (Tijuana), Mix Diskerud (Gent), Jared Jeffrey (Mainz), Amobi Okugo (Philadelphia Union), Michael Stephens (Los Angeles Galaxy)
FORWARDS (6): Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bulls), Terrence Boyd (Borussia Dortmund), Teal Bunbury (Sporting Kansas City), Joe Gyau (Hoffenheim), Brek Shea (FC Dallas), Tony Taylor (Estoril Praia)

Categories: Jared Jeffrey, Joe Gyau, Josh Gatt, Mix Diskerud, Terrence Boyd, Tony Taylor, US U-23 National Team

Some links for Friday
   October 28, 2011 (4:59 PM) by Matt Benson

Wanted to get these in before the weekend (and tonight’s baseball game).

Bill Hamid is headed to England to train with West Bromwich Albion.  Some of you might remember Jurgen Klinsmann saying that he wants players in MLS to be playing more year round since the competition is not as tough as in Europe and training stints like this might be one way to fill the void.

Charles Kazlauskas scored his fifth goal of the season in Helmond Sport’s 3-0 victory over Telstar today.  You can check out highlights here (1:15 mark).  It also looks like he set up the first goal of the game.

I mentioned yesterday how Matt Pyzdrowski and Angelholms FF defeated Syrianska FC in the first leg of the Allsvenskan promotion playoffs.  You can find highlights from that match here.

According to Stuttgarter Kickers’ website, German-American fullback Royal-Dominique Fennell has been called into the US’ U-23 camp next month.  And Brian Sciaretta told me on twitter that he is hearing that Terrence Boyd, Jared Jeffrey and Cody Cropper have also been called into the U-23/U-20 camp.

And finally, 30-year-old goalkeeper Kellan Wilson is headed back to the US after playing with Finnish side HIFK this past season.

Categories: Bill Hamid, Charles Kazlauskas, Cody Cropper, Jared Jeffrey, Kellan Wilson, Matt Pyzdrowski, Royal-Dominique Fennell, Terrence Boyd
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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 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

A bunch of links for Monday
   February 21, 2011 (10:16 PM) by Matt Benson

Lets start off the links with some injury updates.

While it looked like Jozy Altidore was pulled from Saturday’s game with an ankle injury, the club is saying that Jozy was sick and worn out, but the team’s spokesperson thinks Jozy should be good to go for Bursaspor’s next game.

German club Mainz 05 has two Americans on their roster, Preston Zimmerman and Jared Jeffrey, but I haven’t seen Jeffrey’s name in the game recaps for the reserve squad the last couple months and now we know why.  The club was finally able to figure out what is wrong with him and he is set to have a hernia operation this week.  Looks like he will return sometime around mid-April if all goes well.

The New York Times has two things worth checking out.  First off is an article on Jonathan Spector.  And John Godfrey looks at the midfield depth for the USMNT.

The US U-17 team takes on El Salvador tomorrow in the quarterfinals of the CONCACAF U-17 Championship.  The game will be at 3 PM Eastern and you can watch live on  The winner of this match earns a spot in the 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup.  US Soccer has an official game preview up on their site, plus the U-17 blog has some other goodies and videos to check out.

Former St Patrick’s Athletic winger Ryan Guy apparently picked up an injury during his trial with the Portland Timbers, but he is healthy again and will now be trialing with Chivas USA.

And finally, some bad news for Anton Peterlin and Plymouth Argyle fans.  The English League One side were in 18th place and two points above the relegation zone after this weekend, but the club’s owners have filed for bankruptcy protection.  What does this mean?  League rules state that the club will be deducted 10 points, dropping them to last place and five points below Dagenham & Redbridge (the team that was in last place).  Fighting off relegation just became a lot harder.

Categories: Anton Peterlin, Jared Jeffrey, Jonathan Spector, Jozy Altidore, Ryan Guy, US Men's National Team

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