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Post New Year’s Day Links
   January 2, 2014 (12:02 AM) by Matt
 

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, Daniel 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
 

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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A few links for Tuesday morning
   November 26, 2013 (12:08 AM) by Matt
 

A quick recap of Monday before the links.

Brad Guzan and Aston Villa had to come back from a 2-0 deficit to get a point in a 2-2 draw to West Brom.  Brad was happy.

Michael Bradley came off the bench and played nine minutes in Roma’s 0-0 draw to Cagliari.

Bobby Wood also came off the bench in 1860 Munich’s 1-0 win over Greuther Fürth.

Here are some field-level highlights of the US’s 1-0 loss to Austria.

The US U-20 team finished their November camp with a 4-1 win over Atalanta Primavera last week.  Josh Deaver takes a look at a couple of players from the camp as Tab Ramos’ first roster takes shape.

Geoff Cameron made ESPN FC’s Premier League Team of the Week.

Maurice Edu put in a 59 minute shift with Stoke City’s reserve team as they lost, 6-2, to Bolton’s reserves on Monday.

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.

A couple more MLS goalkeepers are already over in England training.  Bill Hamid is with West Bromwich Albion for a week, while Ryan Meara began training with Charlton Athletic on Monday.

A report out of Norway links Bob Bradley as a possibility for the manager job at Stabæk.

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.

 
Categories: Bill Hamid, Bob Bradley, Bobby Wood, Brad Guzan, Geoff Cameron, Landon Donovan, Maurice Edu, Michael Bradley, Mike Magee, Ryan Meara, Tim Howard, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team, Zak Whitbread
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Linkage for Monday
   October 20, 2013 (10:49 PM) by Matt
 

A lot of stuff happening over the weekend.

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.

In case you missed it on Friday, Will Packwood was sent out on loan to League Two side Bristol Rivers.  Packwood found himself in the lineup over the weekend (photo) and apparently had a Man of the Match type performance in the loss.  The local press also had some nice things to say about Packwood.

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.

Steven Goff is hearing that Gent, Brugge and QPR are interested in Oguchi Onyewu.  Greg Seltzer is reporting that Gooch is currently training with QPR.

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.

And Zlatan Ibrahimovic is really, really good.

 
Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Aron Johannsson, Brek Shea, Duane Holmes, Matt Taylor, Maurice Edu, Michael Bradley, Oguchi Onyewu, Shawn Parker, Terrence Boyd, Will Packwood, Zak Whitbread
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Derby County vs. Ipswich Town Highlights
   October 2, 2013 (2:14 AM) by Matt
 

Zak Whitbread made his Derby County debut on Tuesday and used his head to score Derby’s first goal in this crazy 4-4 draw.  Here are some highlights.

 
Categories: Highlights, Zak Whitbread
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Tuesday morning links
   October 1, 2013 (12:02 AM) by Matt
 

Some links for Tuesday.

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.

The injuries are starting to pile up for the USMNT even if they aren’t serious.  Clint Dempsey missed another game for Seattle with a hamstring strain.  Fabian Johnson was subbed out of Hoffenheim’s weekend game with an ankle injuryA report out of Germany claimed that Jermaine Jones needed a surgery on his knee, but Jones/US Soccer went all Lee Corso on that report, claiming that he is fit for selection.  And Clarence Goodson missed San Jose’s game on Sunday with a knee injury.

That all said, Michael Bradley is slowly getting back at it, training on a side field during a recent Roma practice.

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.

Aron Johannsson will have a new manager at AZ Alkmaar as the club has fired Gertjan Verbeek.

MLS Insider has the story of how Bob Bradley became coach of the Egyptian men’s national team.

Brek Shea and Maurice Edu both played with Stoke City’s U-21 team in a recent game against Sebastian Lletget and West Ham United’s U-21 team.

According to this report out of Denmark, Mike Grella is trialing with Superliga side Viborg FF.

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:

 
Categories: Aron Johannsson, Brad Guzan, Brek Shea, Bruno Piceno, Clarence Goodson, Clint Dempsey, Eric Lichaj, Fabian Johnson, Geoff Cameron, Jermaine Jones, Julian Green, Maurice Edu, Michael Bradley, Mike Grella, Sebastian Lletget, Tim Howard, US Men's National Team, Will Packwood, Zak Whitbread, Zarek Valentin
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A few more new shirts/kits have been released recently
   August 8, 2013 (8:30 AM) by Matt
 

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.

 
Categories: Eric Lichaj, Michael Bradley, Tim Howard, Zak Whitbread
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Hump day links
   August 7, 2013 (2:23 AM) by Matt
 

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.

The US’s September 6 qualifier at Costa Rica has been pushed back from 8 PM to 10 PM Eastern.

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.

Stuart Holden had his surgery on Monday.  Get well soon, Stu.

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.

Hump day, woo wooo.

 
Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Aron Johannsson, Billy Schuler, Bobby Wood, Charlie Davies, Clint Dempsey, Juan Ocegueda, Julian Green, Maki Tall, Maurice Edu, Michael Bradley, Michael Haynes, Omar Gonzalez, Stuart Holden, Terrence Boyd, US Men's National Team, Zak Whitbread
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Mainly US U-20 related links
   February 19, 2013 (1:16 AM) by Matt
 

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.

 
Categories: Cody Cropper, Joe Gyau, Landon Donovan, Sebastian Lletget, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team, Zak Whitbread
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Monday morning linkage
   February 4, 2013 (12:08 AM) by Matt
 

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.

Eugene Starikov played in a friendly for Rostov this weekend and picked up an assist.

Michael Bradley will have a new manager at Roma since Zdenek Zeman was fired this weekend after their 4-2 loss to Cagliari.  Aurelio Andreazzoli is now the interim manager.

Zak Whitbread is making progress, but still not fully back from his calf injury.

Daniel Antunez was spotted in a Chivas USA friendly last week.  Antunez last played for Inter Turku in Finland in 2012.

That is it for the links.  The USMNT roster should be announced some time this morning as well.  One possible surprise name on the roster?  Kim Kardashian.

 
Categories: Clarence Goodson, Daniel Antunez, Eugene Starikov, Michael Bradley, Mikkel Diskerud, US Men's National Team, Zak Whitbread
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