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Friday morning links
   May 15, 2015 (12:25 AM) by Matt Benson
 

A bunch of stuff to get to so let’s dive in.

Brad Friedel announced his retirement yesterday.  The stat guys over at ESPN put together a few numbers looking back at his career.  Jeff Bradley also wrote some words on Friedel and his respect level in England.

With Friedel retiring, that means DaMarcus Beasley is the only player left from the 2002 US World Cup roster still playing.  And his Houston Dynamo did a nice prank this week.

The US U-20 team is headed to Australia to train before the U-20 World Cup in New Zealand.  In case you were living under a rock this week, Gedion Zelalem was cleared by FIFA to play for the US.

If you follow the U-20ers on a regular basis, you have probably noticed that Shaquell Moore has been listed as “unattached” for a while.  Tab Ramos said in a chat last week that the defender had been training with Huracan in Spain’s third division followed by Moore signing a professional deal with the club.

Another player on the roster, Desevio Payne, also signed a professional deal with FC Groningen.  And since Brian Sciaretta interviews everyone, of course he had an interview with Payne earlier this week.

CONCACAF announced some Olympic qualifying details yesterday.  The US will have two games in Kansas City and one in Commerce City, Colorado.  If they advance out of the group, they would be playing in Sandy, Utah at Rio Tinto.

Three Americans (Oguchi Onyewu, Zak Whitbread and Jay Denny) were released by their clubs in England in the last week.

Sebastian Lletget left England last week and his agent decided to fill us in on how complicated it was to get Lletget to LA.  Yay MLS roster rules!

Jurgen Klinsmann spoke to FIFA.com this past week.

According to Grant Wahl, Alejandro Bedoya could have some suitors in Germany and England, while Perry Kitchen is being looked at by teams in Germany, Belgium and Denmark.

Wahl is also hearing that Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood could be looking into getting a new goalkeeper, which wouldn’t be great news for Brad Guzan.

A lot of American greatness going on in Norway.  Bob Bradley has led Stabæk to a tie for first on points in Norway’s Tippeligaen.  The Fighting Bob Bradleys have won eight straight games across all competitions, including six straight shutout victories in league play, which is apparently a league record.  Also, ESPN FC took a look this week at the various players who have become coaches after playing for Bob.

That is not the only greatness in Norway.  Rhett Bernstein has had consecutive games with scoring the game-tying and game-winning goals.  His four goals are tied for the eighth most in Norway and the most among defenders.  Why the sudden outburst in scoring?  Having his dad in town to watch him play this week probably helped.

Apparently Bobby Wood was not a huge fan of his former manager at 1860 Munich.

John Brooks is questionable for this weekend’s game against Eintracht Frankfurt with a bruised hip.

Eric Lichaj was voted Nottingham Forest Player of the Month for April by NFFC’s supporters.

It looks like Tottneham’s home jersey was leaked earlier this week so this is what DeAndre Yedlin will be wearing next season.  Sort of looks like the LA Galaxy’s home jersey.

And finally, also in the jersey department, Stoke City’s jersey for 2015-16 is already out there, but here is a photo of Geoff Cameron sporting the new duds.

 
Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Bob Bradley, Bobby Wood, Brad Friedel, Brad Guzan, DaMarcus Beasley, DeAndre Yedlin, Desevio Payne, Eric Lichaj, Gedion Zelalem, Jay Denny, John Brooks, Oguchi Onyewu, Perry Kitchen, Rhett Bernstein, Sebastian Lletget, Shaquell Moore, US U-20 National Team, US U-23 National Team, Zak Whitbread
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A few more players released from clubs in England
   May 14, 2015 (8:20 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Last week brought us news of Will Packwood and Sebastian Lletget leaving their clubs in England and this past week has brought us three more players being released by their clubs in the annual May purge.

Oguchi Onyewu signed with Charlton Athletic back in October and extended his stay in late December, but the newly 33-year-old defender will be looking for a new home after being released by the Addicks.  While he signed in October, he only made three appearances on the season (only one of which was a start) and didn’t see the field after playing in a game in early February.

While most US fans would probably would like to see him come back to MLS at this point in his career, he does hold that ever important EU passport so it wouldn’t surprise me to see him stick around in Europe.

Another defender being released is Derby County’s Zak Whitbread.  Whitbread appeared in only nine games for the Rams this past season after battling through random injury after random injury (shocker!).  After having a mini-breakout season with Norwich City in the Championship in 2010-11, Whitbread has failed to play more than 18 league games in any of the last four seasons, including a total of 16 over the last two seasons.

At 31-years-old, he would be an interesting player if he wanted to come to MLS, but while he was born in Houston, he grew up in England (and Singapore) for most of his life so I don’t know if he has any strong ties to the league like most Americans.

And lastly, I just wanted to post this video of him.

And finally, Jay Denny is probably one of the few players who has played for the most different teams in Europe among Americans that you have never of heard of before.

Denny was last seen scoring a goal with English Conference North (sixth tier) side Worcester City in April, but he was released this past week.  Denny appeared in eight games for the Blue and Whites after signing with the club in March.

Considering he has spent most of his career bouncing around lower level teams in England, I am guessing he will do more of the same if he wishes to continue his career.

 
Categories: Jay Denny, Oguchi Onyewu, Zak Whitbread
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Tuesday morning linkage
   October 28, 2014 (12:09 AM) by Matt Benson
 

FIFA announced its finalists for the FIFA Ballon d’Or and for the FIFA World Coach of the Year.  While no USMNT players made the Ballon d’Or list (how did Alan Gordon not get nominated?!), Jurgen Klinsmann is one of the 10 finalists for the Coach of the Year award.

FIFA also plans to show off its new logo for the 2018 World Cup later today.

It looks like the USMNT might play Switzerland in a friendly in Zurich in March.

Congrats to the US Women’s National Team for winning the CONCACAF Women’s Championship and clinching a spot in next summer’s World Cup.  Since 1990, the US is one of three countries to qualify for every men’s and women’s World Cup (also Germany and Brazil).

Michael Bradley is going to have surgery this week to correct a lingering nerve issue in his foot.  This is an injury that has been bugging him for most of the season.  Jeff Carlisle asked him if it was an issue prior to the World Cup, which he said no, but I guess it got worse as the season wore on.

I tweeted out a photo over the weekend of Terrence Boyd getting Randy Orton’s RKO (WWE wrestling move) preformed on him by a teammate and now we have video of the hilarity.

Jake Keegan went 90 minutes yesterday in Galway FC’s 2-1 win over UCD in the first leg of the Irish Premier Division promotion/relegation playoffs.  Galway FC scored two late goals to steal the road win and now host UCD on Friday for a chance at promotion.

Alejandro Bedoya missed Nantes’ 2-0 win this weekend due to a hamstring strain.

While there were some rumblings that Aron Johannsson might play this weekend for AZ Alkmaar, he did not as they want to give him a few more minutes with the reserve team.

Geoff Cameron returned to Stoke City’s starting lineup this past weekend as a holding midfielder, but the Potters fell to Southampton 1-0.  Here is a photo of Cameron in action.

Greg Garza had to leave Tijuana’s draw to Chivas on Sunday with a head injury.

After scoring 12 goals in 14 games with the U-23 team, Jann George finally saw some first team action with Greuther Furth’s senior team in their 5-2 loss to FSV Frankfurt.

We had some goals this weekend.  Matt Taylor scored twice in Saarbrücken’s 4-1 win over Pirmasens.  Christian King scored twice in Ararat’s 3-2 loss to Ulisses in Armenian Premier League action.  Jerome Kiesewetter scored his second goal of the season on Saturday in Stuttgart II’s 1-0 win over Unterhaching.  And over Tigres’ last two games, we have had goals by Jose Torres and Herculez Gomez.

We also had some assists/sort-of-assists.  Mix Diskerud had this pretty little chip assist in Rosenborg’s 3-1 win over Sandnes Ulf.  And in the sort-of-assist category, Tim Ream and Zak Whitbread each had one for their respective clubs.

Marc Pelosi was back in action with Liverpool’s U-21 team this past weekend.

It looks like the US U-20 team might be headed abroad for three friendlies in November.

Mia Hamm was nominated for Roma’s board of directors on Monday.

I saw a Clint Dempsey rumor (loan deal back to the Premier League) has been circulating the interwebs in the last 48 hours, but it all came from a short “story” from the Daily Mirror with no quotes (except for an out of context quote from Klinsmann).  Come on people, I thought we were better than that.

And finally, no matter what happens with the rest of his career, Stuart Holden is still awesome.

 
Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Aron Johannsson, Christian King, Clint Dempsey, Geoff Cameron, Greg Garza, Herculez Gomez, Jake Keegan, Jann George, Jerome Kiesewetter, Jose Francisco Torres, Marc Pelosi, Matt Taylor, Michael Bradley, Mix Diskerud, Stuart Holden, Terrence Boyd, Tim Ream, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team, Zak Whitbread
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Derby County vs. Wigan Athletic Highlights
   October 26, 2014 (12:31 PM) by Matt Benson
 

Zak Whitbread went the full 90 minutes in Derby County’s 2-1 loss to Wigan Athletic.  Whitbread was able to get a piece of the ball with his head before his teammate scored.  Here are the highlights.

 
Categories: Highlights, Zak Whitbread
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A few links for Thursday
   October 16, 2014 (12:13 AM) by Matt Benson
 

The US is now unbeaten in its last 19 home games after Tuesday’s draw to Honduras.  Here are the highlights and here are some photos.  And I found this stat to be interesting from Matthew Doyle about Michael Bradley playing behind two true forwards.

While Brad Guzan and Nick Rimando seem to have the #1/#2 spots locked up over the next year, Will took a look at the depth behind them and gave some other options aside from Bill Hamid and Sean Johnson.  He also went USMNT hipster on us and gave us some other options at the U-23 level.

While Joe Gyau is out until January with his meniscus injury, Schwatzgelb.com takes a look closer at Gyau’s career.

Julian Green and Fabian Johnson are both back at their respective German clubs and training again despite their recent injuries.

It looks like Sunderland will listen to offers for Jozy Alitdore come January.  And I guess there was a Burnley rumor this week, but Jozy said it was news to him.

Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Kenny Jackett has confirmed that Juan Agudelo is at the club on trial for another week.

MLS commissioner Don Garber doesn’t agree with Jurgen Klinsmann on some things.

Joe Prince-Wright has a longform piece on Bob Bradley that is worth checking out.

According to this report, Reading decided to pass on signing Oguchi Onyewu.

Bolton and Tim Ream have a new manager and it is Neil Lennon.  He has spent the last five seasons at Celtic.

After his latest injury, Jon-Paul Pittman is back in training with Grimsby Town.

Jonathan Spector did a video for Birmingham City’s Youtube channel on his international career.

I posted some US U-23 highlights earlier this week of their 3-0 loss to Brazil, but here is a video from before the game where we learn that Emerson Hyndman is slowly becoming Brad Friedel.

Laura Greene wonders if maybe Zak Whitbread will get a look by Jurgen Klinsmann during next month’s friendlies in Europe.

And finally, don’t forget to check out RJ’s interview with Galway FC’s Jake Keegan.

 
Categories: Bob Bradley, Emerson Hyndman, Fabian Johnson, Jake Keegan, Joe Gyau, Jon-Paul Pittman, Jonathan Spector, Jozy Altidore, Juan Agudelo, Julian Green, Michael Bradley, Oguchi Onyewu, Tim Ream, US Men's National Team, US U-23 National Team, Zak Whitbread
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Tuesday morning links
   August 12, 2014 (1:29 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Let’s start off with some USMNT news.

The FA of Ireland officially announced the rumored November 18 friendly yesterday.  Still no official word from US Soccer.

Some details of the 2015 Gold Cup came out over the weekend.  It will feature 12 teams in 10 different US cities between July 7-26.  The 10 cities will be selected in “4Q 2014″.  And a third place match has been added this year.

Speaking of the Gold Cup, new contributor John D. Halloran took a look at some possibilities of the 2015 US roster last Friday.

We had a few guys in action on Monday.  Pablo Punyed scored a game-winning goal from a free kick in the 90th minute to give Stjarnan the 2-1 victory in Iceland (highlights).  And Zak Whitbread was able to get through a game without an injury and he assisted on a goal in Derby County’s 2-0 win in League Cup action (highlights).

I already made a post highlighting Emerson Hyndman’s pro debut from the weekend, but Fulham’s website has put up the whole game for your viewing pleasure.  And Hyndman spoke to Fulham’s website about the game against Ipswich Town.

I finally had some time this weekend so I was able to write up The OT Report.  So check that out to see how some of your favorite players did this past weekend across Europe.  Even though the big leagues haven’t started yet, there were a ton of guys in action over the weekend.

One player who saw the field this weekend in a reserve game was Freddy Adu.  He started for FK Jagodina’s reserve team in a 1-0 loss in Serbia.  And here is photographic proof that he still exists.

Michael Orozco scored a goal this weekend.  But it was for the other team (highlights).

Junior Flores played this weekend for Borussia Dortmund’s U-19 team in a 4-0 win over Wuppertaler SV.  I saw some online chatter that he assisted on three goals.  I have no clue if that is true or not, but here are some highlights from the game, which has two of the goals.  One came from a free kick and I can’t tell if he assisted on the other or not.

Here is a photo of Alejandro Bedoya from Nantes’ 1-0 win over Lens.  And I think this is a photo of Bedoya leading the team in the “I Believe” chant, which I have seen him do before for Nantes after wins.

Brad Guzan and Aston Villa took on Parma over the weekend in a friendly and here is an action shot of Guzan making a save.

Some Norwegian press didn’t like Bob Bradley’s tactics, but Bob didn’t take kindly to the criticism.  Go get ’em, Bob.

Nothing new to report on DeAndre Yedlin over the last two days, but here is the latest that we know as of Saturday from Sigi Schmid.

Jozy Altidore saw the field over the weekend in Sunderland’s 2-0 win over Udinese in a friendly, his first game action since the Ghana game.

Here are some very long highlights from Hannover 96’s testimonial match for Steve Cherundolo.

Jermaine Jones is still without a home and it looks like the New England Revolution are interested in working out a deal.  And while Sacha Kljestan didn’t end up in Los Angeles, it looks like FC Dallas were trying to get the midfielder to Frisco as well.

Yanks Abroad has two new interviews up on their site, one with Bobby Wood and another with Jonathan Spector.

Terrence Boyd is not back yet from his knee injury, but RB Leipzig’s away shirts for this season are on fire.  I like them a lot.

And there was some other major transfer news this weekend.  The beloved Men in Blazers are moving from ESPN to NBC and will be getting a weekly Monday night show on NBC Sports.  Kung Fu Fighting.

 
Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Bob Bradley, Bobby Wood, Brad Guzan, DeAndre Yedlin, Emerson Hyndman, Freddy Adu, Jermaine Jones, Jonathan Spector, Jozy Altidore, Junior Flores, Michael Orozco Fiscal, Pablo Punyed, Sacha Kljestan, Steve Cherundolo, Terrence Boyd, US Men's National Team, Zak Whitbread
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Derby County vs. Carlisle United Highlights
   August 11, 2014 (2:02 PM) by Matt Benson
 

Zak Whitbread got the start, went the full 90 minutes and assisted on Derby County’s first goal in their 2-0 win over Carlisle United in League Cup action on Monday.  Here are the goals.

 
Categories: Highlights, Zak Whitbread
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Still catching on things links
   August 8, 2014 (1:13 AM) by Matt Benson
 

I am still catching up on life, but here are a few links from the last week or so while I was gone.

One of the most important players if not the best player in US Soccer history, Landon Donovan, announced his retirement yesterday.  He will play the rest of the 2014 MLS season before officially calling it quits.  The USMNT’s all-time leader in goals (57), assists (57) and games started (141), Donovan brought a lot of joy to US fans over the years.  He scored his first international goal against Mexico and he scored his last USMNT goal against Mexico (highlights of all 57 goals).  Never forget.

As I promised last week, we are starting to add new content to the site aside from links and RJ DeMello started us off last week with an interview with Joe Gyau.  There should also be something else USMNT-centric from another new contributor today.

Of course the weekend that I am gone has 12 goals scored by various Americans throughout Europe, so here are a bunch of GIFs of about half of those goals.  The goal tracker has also been updated with all the goals.

When I left town last week, it looked like Jermaine Jones was headed to Chicago and Sacha Kljestan was headed to the LA Galaxy.  Upon my return, Jones turned down a multi-million dollar deal and Kljestan was still in Belgium with Anderlecht.  Jones has also become friends with Charlie Sheen and Chuck Liddell.

Then Wednesday brought the Mix Diskerud-almost-going-to-Columbus madness.  While the Crew did not land Diskerud, they did sign French-American youth player Romain Gall.

In the never ending DeAndre Yedlin potential transfer saga, Tottenham are the new leaders according to Ives.

It looks like Brek Shea is likely to go out on loan again this season.  Staying at Stoke City, some teams have shown interest in Geoff Cameron, but he is staying with the Potters according to Greg Seltzer.

USMNT vets Clint Dempsey and DaMarcus Beasley both want to continue to play for the US.

Conor O’Brien signed with Austrian Bundesliga side Wiener Neustadt last week.

Aron Johannsson wants to lead the Eredivisie in goals this upcoming season.

Eric Lichaj is finally over his groin injury and returned to training with Nottingham Forest.

Death, taxes and Zak Whitbread injuries.  Whitbread has already injured his back in a friendly and Derby County are hoping he can return to training soon.

Jonathan Bornstein had to leave Queretaro’s Copa MX game earlier this week due to an injury.

ESPN’s Jeff Carlisle caught up with Stuart Holden as he continues to rehab his knee.

Hannover 96 is holding a Steve Cherundolo farewell match this weekend.

Also from last weekend, Bobby Wood assisted on a goal in 1860 Munich’s 3-2 loss to Kaiserslautern.

Sebastien Ibeagha is headed to FC Fredericia for the rest of the season on loan from AC Horsens.

The US U-23 and U-17 teams have been busy lately.  The U-23 team defeated the Bahamas national team 5-1 (highlights).  And the U-17 team are in the semifinals of a tournament in Mexico after winning their first four games (highlights).

In Europa League action yesterday, Pablo Punyed and Stjarnan are advancing to the playoff round, while Mix Diskerud/Rosenborg, Ethan Horvath/Molde and Sean Reynolds/FH have all been eliminated.

Here are some highlights of Ethan Horvath in action between the sticks for Molde II in a recent game.

Bobby Warshaw wrote some words about life as an American player in Europe.

Did you know that League of Ireland Premier Division side Cork City’s manager was born in the US?

 
Categories: Aron Johannsson, Bobby Warshaw, Bobby Wood, Brek Shea, Clint Dempsey, Conor O'Brien, DaMarcus Beasley, DeAndre Yedlin, Eric Lichaj, Ethan Horvath, Geoff Cameron, Jermaine Jones, Joe Gyau, Jonathan Bornstein, Landon Donovan, Mix Diskerud, Pablo Punyed, Romain Gall, Sacha Kljestan, Sean Reynolds, Sebastien Ibeagha, Steve Cherundolo, Stuart Holden, US U-23 National Team, Zak Whitbread
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Even more new kits for 2014-15
   July 9, 2014 (9:45 AM) by Matt Benson
 

I have already done two posts before on this subject (here and here), but we have some even more new kits/jerseys/shirts/whatever you want to call them.

So check out after the jump to see new kits for many teams featuring Americans in 2014-15.

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Categories: Alfredo Morales, Aron Johannsson, Bobby Wood, Danny Williams, Eric Lichaj, Eugene Starikov, Fabian Hurzeler, Jonathan Spector, Jozy Altidore, Timothy Chandler, Zak Whitbread
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Some more new kits for 2014-15
   July 4, 2014 (9:00 AM) by Matt Benson
 

I posted a few the other day and some more new kits have come out in the last week or so.

So check out after the jump to see new kits for many teams featuring Americans in 2014-15.

Read the rest of this entry »

 
Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Caleb Stanko, Duane Holmes, Emerson Hyndman, Eric Lichaj, Jann George, Jozy Altidore, Zak Whitbread
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