Greg Seltzer decided to put together his top five uncapped players currently playing overseas. I think Zak Whitbread got injured just for being mentioned on this list.
Robbie Keane wants Ireland to call in Mike Magee. I still thought he should have been called in for the Gold Cup. He is not flashy by any means (nor do I see him as a long term USMNT player), but he always finds ways to put himself in great positions. If Alan Gordon can get a call in, so should Magee.
Two current USMNT players are working on their broadcasting chops this week. Tim Howard will return to the booth for NBCSN to call this weekend’s Tottenham-Manchester United match. And Landon Donovan will be bouncing around the Fox Lot this week to work on Fox Soccer Daily, Fox’s Champions League coverage and Fox Sports Live.
If you missed Will’s interview with Alan Mayer, go read it now. It is sort of long, but has tons of fun goodies about an American trying to play professional soccer in the 1970s.
And since I love GIFs, here is Sad Timbers fan being sad.
Steven Goff has his usual weekly roundup of Americans abroad to catch you up one what you may have missed.
We had some goals this weekend. Aron Johannsson had himself a peach of a game, scoring twice and setting up the other goal in AZ’s 3-1 win (highlights). Alejandro Bedoya came off the bench and scored the game-winning goal in Nantes’ 1-0 win (highlights). Terrence Boyd came off the bench and scored the game-tying goal from the penalty spot in a 2-2 draw (highlights). Shawn Parker got the start and scored the opening goal of the game in Mainz’s 4-1 loss to Bayern Munich (highlights). And Matt Taylor got the start and scored his fourth league goal of the campaign in Preußen Münster’s 4-0 win (highlights).
We also had some goals from guys in lower leagues, which we don’t have highlights for, but you can follow along with our goal tracker.
One huge positive was the debut performance of on-loan centre-back Will Packwood, whose mature display belied his years and the fact that he is looking to bounce back from a career-threatening broken leg.
The Birmingham City player looked a born leader, unafraid to issue instructions to more senior colleagues, and won most of his battles in the air and one the ground.
Duane Holmes also made an impact this weekend while coming off the bench for Huddersfield Town in a loss to Leicester City.
Death, taxes and Zak Whitbread injuries. His latest is a calf injury which saw him get subbed out in the first half.
Michael Bradley returned from injury and made Roma’s bench, but did not get in the game on Friday, a 2-0 win over Napoli. With a couple other teams losing in Europe, Roma is the only perfect team in any of the top European leagues.
Brek Shea and Maurice Edu both started for Stoke City’s U-21 team on Friday with Shea scoring a goal and picking up a red card.
The Americans Outlaws are getting some love this week with Founder and President Korey Donahoo making an appearance on the Men in Blazers’ SiriusXM show last week. And Brian Straus takes a quick look at the various chapter logos.
Mexico hired Miguel Herrera this weekend meaning they have gone through four managers over the last month. The US have had four managers over the last 18 years.
Grant Wahl gives us some USMNT goodies. It has been rumored, but it is looking like the US will face Austria in its second friendly in November to go along with the friendly against Scotland. Austria is ranked #47 by FIFA and #51 by Elo. And during January’s camp, the US will split time between Los Angeles and Brazil. They won’t have any games in Brazil, but they want to check out infrastructure before the World Cup.
ESPN’s Doug McIntyre spoke to Geoff Cameron about his struggles to see the field with the USMNT. Some good quotes in that story. Doug also informs us that some USMNT coaches were at Nottingham Forest’s weekend game against Derby County checking out Eric Lichaj.
Steve Goff gives us his American abroad roundup for the weekend. As for Monday, Tim Howard picked up an assist in Everton’s 3-2 win over Newcastle United. So there have been a total of two assists by goalkeepers in the Premier League this season and they were both by Americans (Howard and Brad Guzan) and both took place this weekend.
Also on Monday, Zarek Valentin and Bodø / Glimt earned promotion to Norway’s top-flight league with a win over Vard.
Zak Whitbread is headed to Derby County on an emergency loan. Whitbread had played in only four games for Leicester City across all competitions so far in 2013-14, so there will be a chance for more playing time.
Kris Lindsey tells us more about the somewhat-forgotten Mexican-American at Tijuana: Bruno Piceno.
Julian Green has been invited to play with Germany’s U-19 team for their upcoming first round of the U-19 Euro qualification. These would be official games, which means he would be provisionally cap tied to Germany.
And we told you last week about Will Packwood scoring a goal for Birmingham City’s U-21 team and here is some video of the goal:
A few more new shirts/kits have been released recently. I am really digging Roma’s unbranded look this year as they have one more year before switching to Nike. But here is a look at Roma’s white away shirts.
I know Tim Howard doesn’t play in the field, but here is Everton’s away shirt for 2013-14. Another thumbs up by me.
Eric Lichaj started Nottingham Forest’s season opener last weekend and they have new away shirts. Pretty meh.
And finally, if Zak Whitbread can stay healthy, he might wear this new away shirt for Leicester City at some point this season.
A few links for Wednesday. Some of these are newer while a couple of these are old and I meant to post before my vacation last week. Here we go.
Greg Seltzer has been dropping transfer goodies over the last two days. One post on Michael Bradley and Terrence Boyd. And another on Charlie Davies, Alejandro Bedoya and Maurice Edu. As for the possible French mystery team interested in Bedoya, it looks like it could be Nantes (and he could be signing a three-year contract).
Bosnia released its roster for the August 14 friendly. The US roster is not expected to be released to the public until Sunday or Monday. Some European reports have stated that Bobby Wood and Aron Johannsson are being called in by Jurgen Klinsmann. Not that it was likely that he would be called in, but Julian Green won’t be there since he was called in by Germany’s U-19 team.
Grant Wahl has some great details into Clint Dempsey’s move to Seattle. Also casually thrown in there is the fact that Omar Gonzalez is expected to be upgraded to a DP by the Galaxy with a contract extension.
Zak Whitbread had to leave last weekend’s game on a stretcher due to a concussion, but Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson has told the press that Whitbread is expected to return to training this week.
Billy Schuler’s contract with Hammarby doesn’t look like it will be extended when it ends in December. He has played in 10 of Hammarby’s 17 league games in 2013 with only one goal to his name.
Juan Ocegueda has decided to give up playing with the US so he can play for Chivas Guadalajara.
French-American youth player Maki Tall has signed a three-year contract with Lille. As for another youth signing, Arizona native Michael Haynes has signed with Reading’s youth academy.
So the US US-20 team started its quest to qualify for the U-20 World Cup with a 2-1 win over Haiti yesterday. You can check out the goals right here. Tom Marshall got some quotes from Tab Ramos after the game.
As for my own little observations on the game. Daniel Cuevas was by far the best US player on the field, while no one else really stood out. The back line was pretty shaky and it seemed odd that Caleb Stanko, a defensive midfielder, started at centerback, while two centerbacks started at the two fullback spots while Eric Miller (right back) and Pablo Ocegueda (left back) also sat on the bench. Who knows.
These are sort of a day late, but here are two previews/looks at the U-20 team by Brian Sciaretta and Josh Deaver. Southampton’s website also has a story up on goalkeeper Cody Cropper. I thought Cropper has the “yelling at the back line while clapping your hands” thing that Tim Howard does down after watching him last night.
As for some news on some former U-20 players. Joe Gyau did not make St. Pauli’s gameday roster on Monday and Steven Goff is reporting that Gyau sat out due to soreness in his knee, but he should be back next week.
Sebastian Lletget has agreed to a new deal with West Ham. And West Ham’s website has a story up on Lletget.
We were told over the weekend that Landon Donovan would be returning to training with the Galaxy in late March and now Bruce Arena is telling people that he expects Donovan to be ready for game action by late April. Once again, he is likely out for the USMNT qualifiers in March.
If you read this site, you know that we have been pretty on top of the centennial jersey rumors for a while. That said, here are some more photos of the jersey and other centennial-based gear which should be on sale soon.
We haven’t heard Zak Whitbread’s name in a while as he has missed Leicester City’s last nine games with a calf injury, but it looks like he is finally returning and could be available for their next game.
The USMNT kicks off the Hex on Wednesday against Honduras. The game will be at 4 PM ET on beIN Sport. It is being played in the afternoon since Honduras wants to play in the sun and heat. Apparently Honduras declared Wednesday a national holiday so the country can watch the game.
US Soccer gives us a video tour of Estadio Olimpico in Honduras (the video is from 2009, but it still gives you a look). US Soccer has also posted field-level highlights from the friendly against Canada.
Brent Latham (ESPN Insider) looks at the January transfer moves and their impact with the USMNT.
It doesn’t look like Tim Howard or Brad Guzan will have to look over their shoulder for Mix Diskerud moving up the goalkeeper ranks.
Nothing new to report on the financial situation at Brøndby, but Clarence Goodson played in a friendly for them this weekend.
Brian Sciaretta caught up with Sacha Kljestan to talk about about his rise in status at both the club and country level. And Daniel Renders gives Sciaretta a cool stat about Anderlecht’s record with/without Kljestan. And this has prompted me to start up on an Inside the Numbers piece, which will hopefully be up in the morning.
Kljestian has 18 months left on his contract, but there are on-going talks over a new deal/extension.
Julian De Martinis of ESPN writes about Michael Bradley’s first six months at Roma.
Noah Davis gives us 20 wishes for the USMNT in 2013.
The USMNT January/Camp Cupcake will now begin on January 7, not January 14. And expect the roster to be announced on Sunday, with the possibility of one small surprise.
Euan Holden has parted ways with Stockport County. Holden appeared in only one league game in 2012-13 after playing in 33 games last season.