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A bunch of link goodies for Thursday
   September 24, 2015 (12:12 AM) by Matt Benson

This week has been a crazy one for me and of course 2354356456 guys have scored goals this week.  As always, our goal tracker has a bunch of information on who scored and links to those available highlights.

As for some of the highlights of recent goals, we have had goals by Bobby Wood, Shawn Barry, Fabian Johnson, Björn Maars Johnsen (and again), Aron Johannsson, Mario Rodriguez, Christian Eissele, Eugene Starikov, Luca de la Torre, Nermin Crnkic, Jakeem Johnson and Russell Canouse.

Julian Green scored a goal yesterday with Bayern Munich II.  Haven’t found highlights yet, but here is a photo of him celebrating the goal.

To go with his goal from the weekend (linked above), Mario Rodriguez scored again yesterday.

Rubio Rubin came off the bench and scored a goal in the Dutch Cup earlier this week.

Cameron Carter-Vickers wore the captain’s armband and scored a goal for Tottenham’s U-21 team earlier this week.

As for Fabian Johnson’s goal linked above, it came in the fifth minute and according to Paul Carr, that would be the earliest Bundesliga goal by an American since Tony Sanneh in 1999.

DeAndre Yedlin made his Sunderland debut this week in a 4-1 loss to Manchester City in the League Cup.  He assisted on Sunderland’s lone goal.  Someone made a video of his performance.  Sunderland manager Dick Advocaat had some nice things to say about him.  Greg Seltzer also broke down his debut.

The Fighting Bob Bradleys were knocked out by Rosenborg in the semifinals of the Norwegian Cup yesterday in overtime.

Tim Howard’s shutout over the weekend was his 128th in the Premier League, tying him with Peter Schmeichel for ninth most all-time.

Speaking of goalkeepers, what if I told you Will Reno wrote some things on the US goalies?

With the CONCACAF Cup quickly approaching, Mexico looks to be without another player as Rafa Marquez is going to be out with a groin injury.  And there have been some rumors this week that Sao Paulo’s Juan Carlos Osorio will be El Tri’s next manager.

Brian Sciaretta talked to Tab Ramos about the US U-20 team and why US Soccer is creating U-16 and U-19 teams.

The US U-17 team is down in Mexico for its last camp before the U-17 World Cup.

If you have an ESPN Insider account, Doug McIntyre ranks his Top 21 US players under the age of 21.

Here is a two part (Part 1 | Part 2) interview with Terrence Boyd done in German (and Google Translate doesn’t want to work right now).

The Irish Times did a story on Jake Keegan last week.

According to one report, free agent Zak Whitbread turned down a deal with Blackpool.

San Diego-native Anthony Wright has joined Nottingham Forest’s youth academy.

And finally, Will Daniels finished the season in Iceland with Aegir with 12 goals in 17 games and took home some hardware.

Categories: Anthony Wright, Aron Johannsson, Björn Maars Johnsen, Bob Bradley, Bobby Wood, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Christian Eissele, DeAndre Yedlin, Eugene Starikov, Fabian Johnson, Jake Keegan, Jakeem Johnson, Julian Green, Luca de la Torre, Mario Rodriguez, Nermin Crnkic, Rubio Rubin, Russell Canouse, Shawn Barry, Terrence Boyd, Tim Howard, US Men's National Team, US U-17 National Team, US U-20 National Team, Will Daniels, Zak Whitbread
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A plethora of links for Friday
   August 7, 2015 (1:11 AM) by Matt Benson

A bunch of stuff before the weekend.

FIFA held the draw for the U-17 World Cup yesterday and the US is in a tough group.  That said, they have played Croatia and Chile already during this cycle and did alright.

The US moved up from #34 to #29 in the latest FIFA world rankings.

US Soccer might be getting a new crest in 2016.  From what I can see online, a lot of people think it is better than the old crest but nothing special.  I like it.

Nothing official has been announced yet, but it looks like the Confederations Cup playoff game is going to move from Friday, October 9 to Saturday, October 10.  I hope it doesn’t as I likely can’t go on Saturday, but can on Friday.  Also, if you have any extra money or are looking for a cool cause to donate to, help send some veterans to the game.

Aron Johannsson made the move to Werder Bremen earlier this week.  He will be wearing #9.

Over at Fulhamerica, Emerson Hyndman has turned down some contract extension offers from the SW6 club, while Luca de la Torre has signed his first professional contract with the club.

Staying in West London, QPR has made a couple unsuccessful offers to Bolton for Tim Ream.

The New England Revolution are being linked to centerback Zak Whitbread.  Whitbread is currently a free agent.

Eintracht Frankfurt manager Armin Veh doesn’t like Timothy Chandler playing for the USMNT.

Eric Lichaj told Nottingham Forest’s website last week that he is not focused on playing for the USMNT (if Klinsi knew he existed).

Galway United released Kevin Garcia last week.

This is from earlier in the week, but Howie updated a couple transfer things, including Cesar Romero signing with FK Vardar of FYR Macedonia.

We have a Anton Peterlin sighting!  He is now with Boldklubben af 1893 of the Danish third division.  No word if the club has any interest in Cody Arnoux (that joke is for Howie and like three other people who might get it).

Tyrone McCargo is back in Germany with SV Wacker Nürnberg after a season in Austria with SK Austria Klagenfurt.

Brown product Daniel Taylor has signed with Acharnaikos in Greece.  While recent Georgetown graduate Austin Martz has signed with Pembroke Athleta in Malta.

Top Drawer Soccer’s J.R. Eskilson has been killing it the past couple weeks with a bunch of information on youth players training/trailing throughout Europe (here and here).

Categories: Anton Peterlin, Aron Johannsson, Austin Martz, Cesar Romero, Daniel Taylor, Emerson Hyndman, Eric Lichaj, Kevin Garcia, Luca de la Torre, Tim Ream, Timothy Chandler, Tyrone McCargo, US Men's National Team, US U-17 National Team, Zak Whitbread
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It has been a while since we did one of these links posts
   June 23, 2015 (1:16 AM) by Matt Benson

Some of these links might be a little old.  Some of these links might be only a couple days old.  And some of these links will be new.

Good talk.

While we had one DeAndre Yedlin loan rumor last week, all signs are pointing to him going out on loan next season.

As Grant Wahl first reported when the Gold Cup provisional roster was released, Stoke City wanted Geoff Cameron to take time off to rest up.

Speaking of the Gold Cup roster, the final 23-man roster should be released today or tomorrow.  And before it comes out, take a look at John D. Halloran’s guess at the final roster.  And Clint Dempsey will not be suspended for the tournament.

Staying with the Gold Cup theme, Costa Rica will be without the services of goalkeeper Keylor Navas due to injury.

Also in injury news, Josh Gatt’s knee injury is not serious after a second opinion.

In classic silly season form, it looks like we are still waiting to hear whether Bobby Wood will sign with Stuttgart or not.  According to Greg Seltzer, Kaiserslautern is also in the running.

Seltzer has been dropping a bunch of other nuggets over the last couple weeks.  Everyone’s favorite Armenian Premier League Golden Boot winner Cesar Romero is getting interest from Serbia and Russia.

Also courtesy of Mr. Seltzer, Cody Cropper turned down an offer from one MLS team and he is getting some interest from a couple teams in England.

Zak Whitbread has also had some early talks with teams in England and back here in the US.

Down in Mexico, Michael Orozco made a fiscal decision and signed with Club Tijuana.

Good ol’ sources have told Ives Galarcep that Herculez Gomez is in talks with the New York Cosmos and he is getting some interest from MLS.

Shawn Barry has been kicking it with LASK Linz in Austria the last few seasons and he has parlayed his recent success to a move to German 2. Bundesliga side FSV Frankfurt.

Hertha Berlin has offered John Brooks a contract extension through 2019.

Here is some more coal to throw into the Gedion Zelalem hype train fire.

Shaquell Moore signed with Huracan in Spain’s third division back in May and they are one game away from playing in the second division.

Bobby Warshaw wrote some words on Michael Bradley.

Björn Maars Johnsen scored three goals in a friendly last week.

The second round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying finished up earlier this month.  The third round draw will take place in late July.

And finally, O When The Yanks introduces us to teenager Ian Hoffmann who is doing well at FC Köln.

Categories: Björn Maars Johnsen, Bobby Wood, Cesar Romero, Clint Dempsey, Cody Cropper, DeAndre Yedlin, Gedion Zelalem, Geoff Cameron, Herculez Gomez, John Brooks, Josh Gatt, Michael Bradley, Michael Orozco Fiscal, Shaquell Moore, Shawn Barry, US Men's National Team, Zak Whitbread

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 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

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, 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

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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