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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.

Read the rest of this entry »

 
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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The return of links
   June 29, 2014 (11:17 PM) by Matt Benson
 

Finally back inside my OT mansion (apartment) in the humidity-free Los Angeles and was able to catch up on the internet and find some links for you guys from the last two weeks.

Thanks once again to RJ for keeping the site going while I was gone.  Feel free to join him in those World Cup prediction posts.

And thanks to David for keeping me up to date on the goals from guys in Sweden, Finland and Iceland while I was gone.  Because of him, I was able to update the goal tracker last night.  Andrew Stadler has been going off in Sweden lately, including five goals in his last four games.

ESPN decided to do a seventh episode of Inside: U.S. Soccer’s March to Brazil before the Portugal game.  I was finally able to find a version online and updated the post with all the episodes in one convenient spot.

Algeria’s Djamel Haimoudi will be the ref on Tuesday in the US-Belgium game.  This will be his third game as the main ref in this year’s World Cup.

Yahoo Sports’ Martin Rogers wrote some words on how the USMNT is becoming a fan favorite in Brazil.  From my experience of being down there, the locals did enjoy the US fans and were getting into the “I Believe” chant.

Terrence Boyd is getting interest from Red Bull Leipzig, Sporting CP and Wigan Athletic according to Greg Seltzer.  While Boyd waits on his future, he scored twice in a 20-0 win in a friendly for Rapid Vienna over the weekend.

It also looks like Matt Besler has been linked to various teams across Europe, but I could see him staying in MLS.

Joe Gyau is moving from Hoffenheim and will be joining Junior Flores at Borussia Dortmund according to Steven Goff (and Gyau was basically tweeting out all the thanks on Twitter last night).  That is a pretty big move for the speedy 21-year-old.

Andrew Wooten signed a three-year deal with German 2. Bundesliga side Sandhausen.  Wooten played with Sandhausen in 2012-13 while on loan from Kaiserslautern.

Zak Whitbread has signed with Derby County on a one-year deal.  Whitbread appeared in four league games for the Rams last season after being sent out on loan by Leicester City.

There has been a Freddy Adu sighting while I was gone!  He is in Norway doing a trial with Bob Bradley and Stabæk.  And according to Greg Seltzer, there could be some interest in Switzerland for Adu as well.

Herculez Gomez scored a goal in a preseason game for Tigres last week.

The last we heard from Oguchi Onyewu, he was looking at a couple teams in England.  As for last week, he was back in Washington training with DC United.  No clue if this is a trial or just him training for a couple days with his hometown team.

Sacha Kljestan could be getting some interest from Greek side Olympiacos.

Russell Canouse and Hoffenhim’s U-19 team won the U-19 Bundesliga this season.

I will be back tomorrow with a pre-game primer post for the Belgium game.

 
Categories: Andrew Stadler, Andrew Wooten, Freddy Adu, Herculez Gomez, Joe Gyau, Matt Besler, Oguchi Onyewu, Russell Canouse, Sacha Kljestan, Terrence Boyd, US Men's National Team, Zak Whitbread
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Thursday morning links
   May 29, 2014 (1:07 AM) by Matt Benson
 

In case you have been kidnapped Taken-style over the last 48 hours, the US kicked off the Send-Off Series with a 2-0 win over Azerbaijan on Tuesday.  Here are some highlights and some photos from the game. Here is also a short video on the game and Chris Wondolowski from the San Jose Earthquakes Youtube channel.  Clint Dempsey was a late scratch with a groin issue, but it is not serious and he will only miss one or two days.

This Landon Donovan shirt is awesome.  And this song might be the only country song I like.  Jimmy Conrad/KICKTV have their latest Group G video up and this time Jimmy is in Ghana.  I want to have a beer with Jimmy at some point in my life.

As I posted yesterday, reports out of England have Tim Ream agreeing to a new three-year deal with Bolton.

Edgar Castillo is leaving Tijuana for fellow Liga MX side Atlas.

We posted Brad Evans’ comments about being cut from the USMNT and now Clarence Goodson is speaking out about the process.  And he doesn’t seem like he is happy.

Greg Selzter is hearing that Timothy Chandler is drawing some interest from Eintracht Frankfurt and Stuttgart.

Stoke’s The Sentinel is reporting that Hannover 96 might be going after Juan Agudelo.

Michael Farfan appears not to be in Cruz Azul’s future plans after some recent changes at the club.

Zak Whitbread is in contract talks with Derby County.  Whitbread finished last season with the Rams after being sent on loan from Leicester City.

Former US U-20er Villyan Bijev was released by Liverpool last week.

The Fighting Bob Bradleys advanced to the fourth round of the Norwegian Cup this week after defeating Grorud 3-0.

We have had a bunch of goals scored in the last two weeks in Iceland and Finland so go check out our goal tracker to stay up to date.

And finally, a reminder to sign up for MLS’s Brazil Bracket Challenge and join our league.

 
Categories: Bob Bradley, Chris Wondolowski, Clarence Goodson, Clint Dempsey, Edgar Castillo, Juan Agudelo, Landon Donovan, Michael Farfan, Tim Ream, Timothy Chandler, US Men's National Team, Villyan Bijev, Zak Whitbread
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Some more links for Friday
   May 9, 2014 (1:44 PM) by Matt Benson
 

I already did a links post this morning, but today has been so busy with little tidbits, here is another rather than save them for Monday.

It looks like the US-Belgium friendly/scrimmage that ESPN’s Doug McIntyre discovered yesterday has been confirmed by FIFA.  But it will be a closed-door scrimmage.

Here is the full schedule for the USMNT and their Send-Off Series.

Danny Williams is still having knee issues and his World Cup dreams are not looking great.

And with his knee showing no real signs of improvement, Williams admits that his prospects of making it to Brazil look bleak.

“At the moment it doesn’t look good,” said Williams, who has pledged his long-term future to Reading .

When asked if he would require another operation to try and fix the problem, he added: “I don’t know yet, I have to see.”

Zak Whitbread has been released by Leicester City.  Whitbread appeared in only three league games for Leicester City this season before heading out on loan to Derby County where he played in only four league games.  While some fans will probably want him to head to MLS, I am guessing he stays in England since he basically grew up there his whole life.

The rumors on Twitter have Juan Agudelo failing at his second UK work permit appeal.  If true, that means another loan is probably in his future for 2014-15.

Tim Ream was spotted at the New York Red Bulls’ practice today.  He told some press that he hasn’t been in contact with Jurgen Klinsmann, but he knows USMNT coaches have been scouting him.

Steve Cherundolo has become the new U-15 manager at Hannover 96.  Kicker also has a photo gallery up on Cherundolo’s career in Germany.

And finally, another plug for our official World Cup roster predictions since I am sure you are not tired of reading these across every other website this week.

 
Categories: Danny Williams, Juan Agudelo, Steve Cherundolo, Tim Ream, US Men's National Team, Zak Whitbread
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Post New Year’s Day Links
   January 2, 2014 (12:02 AM) by Matt Benson
 

A few links for the second day of 2014, but first a recap of yesterday’s games.

The big news of the day was Brek Shea’s rumored loan deal going through and he made the starting lineup on Wednesday.  Shea went 75 minutes in a Barnsley’s 1-1 draw to Birmingham City.  Here is a photo of Shea in action and here is a post-game interview.  As for the loan, it is only for 28 days, but should give him a chance to get some games in.

Jozy Altidore came off the bench and played 27 minutes in Sunderland’s 1-0 loss to Brad Guzan and Aston Villa.  Guzan now has six clean sheets on the season (tied for sixth most in the Premier League in 2013-14).

And in another battle of Americans, Geoff Cameron went 90 minutes (and picked up a yellow card) in Stoke City’s 1-1 draw to Tim Howard and Everton.  With the draw (and a Liverpool win), Everton have fallen out of a Champions League spot in the Premier League table.

As for the Championship, Danny Williams (90 minutes) and Reading had a 1-1 draw with Eric Lichaj and Nottingham Forest.  Tim Ream went 90 minutes as Bolton came back from a two-goal deficit to tie Middlesbrough, 2-2.  Duane Holmes came off the bench and played 38 minutes in Huddersfield Town’s 3-2 loss to Burnley.  And Gboly Ariyibi came off the bench again for Leeds, going 45 minutes in a 2-1 loss to Blackburn Rovers.

In case you missed it the other day, US Soccer put together a pretty cool video looking back at 2013.

The guys over at the Best Soccer Show (Jared) gave this site some love on their 2013 in Review show while talking about some of the top American soccer sites of 2013 (around the 45:00 mark).  Thanks guys!

The always good Steven Goff has a nice 2014 calendar up on his blog to keep you up to date on the big things happening this year.

Grant Wahl has 14 predictions for 2014, including a couple on the USMNT and USMNT players.

Greg Seltzer has a Team of the Year for 2013 for Americans playing in Europe.

While he hasn’t played much since he has been hurt (shocker!), Zak Whitbread has extended his loan with Derby County for the rest of the season.  He has appeared in three games for the Rams since beginning the loan in October.

Duane Holmes has been a hit for Huddersfield Town fans so far.

Juan Ocegueda has rejoined Tigres after his weird stint with Chivas Guadalajara where he had to release a statement rejecting future US national team calls due to their policy of only using Mexican players.  No word if he is back to being interested in playing with the US yet.

And finally, a good sight to see:  Josh Gatt training with a ball again.

 
Categories: Brad Guzan, Brek Shea, Danny Williams, Duane Holmes, Eric Lichaj, Gboly Ariyibi, Geoff Cameron, Josh Gatt, Jozy Altidore, Juan Ocegueda, Tim Howard, Tim Ream, US Men's National Team, Zak Whitbread
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Thursday linkage
   December 19, 2013 (1:01 AM) by Matt Benson
 

A quick recap of yesterday’s games before the links.

Aron Johannsson scored twice (and converted on his PK) in AZ’s win over Heerenveen in the Dutch Cup (highlights).  The brace gives Johannsson 17 goals across all competitions in 2013-14.

In the Capital One Cup, Geoff Cameron plugged away another 90 minutes at right back in a 2-0 loss to Manchester United.

And in Austria, Terrence Boyd picked up a red card in Rapid Vienna’s 2-0 loss to Sturm Graz.

DaMarcus Beasley is staying at Puebla as the deal with Querétaro fell through.  And Puebla’s president Jesús López Chargoy claims it is because Puebla’s fans demanded that Beasley stay with the club.

Joe Corona and Herculez Gomez both scored for Tijuana in a friendly against Dorados.  Gomez apparently has had some interest from Club Atlas recently but he wants to stay at Tijuana.

After winning the Liga MX title this fall with Leon, it should come as no surprise that William Yarbrough is starting to get more attention, especially when it comes to national team talk.

Jurgen Klinsmann is still in contact with Julian Green, but Green has decided to play with Germany’s U-19 team for now.

Now for your injury updates.

Josh Gatt is ahead of schedule on his road to recovery.  We just don’t know exactly what that schedule is at the moment.

Zak Whitbread has missed eight games due to a calf injury, but Derby County manager Paul Simpson is hoping he can return to the field next week.

Bolton manager Dougie Freedman told the team’s website that he is happy that Stuart Holden is back in the UK, but that he still has a long way to go.

US Soccer finally put up the full match of the US U-17’s win over Brazil in the last game of the Nike International Friendlies.  Will Parchman, who was in attendance, wrote about Brazil quitting on the match with about 5-10 minutes left.

If you look at some WhoScored.com numbers, it would tell you that Tim Howard and Brad Guzan are among the top five goalkeepers in the Premier League this season.

Apparently Michael Bradley will be wearing these Nike shirts at Roma next season as they have already leaked.  Both are pretty solid.

And finally, it is never too early to preview the World Cup!  Yanks Abroad is looking at the Group G teams and has already done Germany and Portugal.

 
Categories: Aron Johannsson, Brad Guzan, DaMarcus Beasley, Geoff Cameron, Herculez Gomez, Joe Corona, Josh Gatt, Julian Green, Michael Bradley, Stuart Holden, Terrence Boyd, Tim Howard, US Men's National Team, William Yarbrough, Zak Whitbread
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