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We are officially a World Cup cycle old
   January 31, 2014 (6:45 AM) by Matt
 

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Today is the site’s fourth birthday believe it or not.

Thank you to Howie, David, Jon, Will, Kim, Maxi, Andrew and anyone else who I might me forgetting who has helped out at some point over the last four years.  This site was started for fun in the build up for the 2010 World Cup and has grown a bunch over the last four years.

But thanks to you guys for coming back to the site.  I do this for fun.  There are no ads, I am not trying to make any money.  And with you guys coming back each day, it makes it feel like the work we (myself and the people mentioned above) do is worth it.

On to another fun year and World Cup!

 
Categories: Site News
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Over There Shirt Contest: Pick the US-South Korea score
   January 31, 2014 (1:00 AM) by Matt
 

We haven’t done one of these contests in a while, but now would be a good time to do one with our Sacha Kljestan mustache shirts as the prize.

It is pretty simple.  Pick the correct score for Saturday’s game against South Korea.  Whoever gets the correct score will have a chance at a Over There/Sacha mustache shirt.  If more than one person guesses the correct score, I will have a random drawing for the shirt (although I might give away more than one depending on how many winners guess correctly).

You have until before kickoff to post your score, so just leave your prediction in the comments.  I will e-mail the winner after the game.  Also, if you leave a comment and it doesn’t show up right away, that means your e-mail address hasn’t been approved by the site before and it will show up once I get around to approving it.  No need to panic.

Good luck.

 
Categories: Site News, US Men's National Team
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Happy Holidays
   December 24, 2013 (12:00 AM) by Matt
 

Happy Holidays to everyone reading this.

The site might be a little slow this week as I am spending some time with family (and recharging the batteries with a week off from work), while Howie has some stuff going on.  But there will still likely be a post or two in case something big goes down (like Dempsey to Fulham finally goes through) or some highlights if anyone scores on Boxing Day.

 
Categories: Site News
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Happy Thanksgiving from Over There!
   November 28, 2013 (12:55 AM) by Matt
 

I just want to say Happy Thanksgiving to all our loyal readers of the site.  Sorry for the lack of recent updates but I have been putting in 12-hour days at work this week (nearly the end of my “hell” time of year at work).

In the meantime, here is a video of Landon Donovan doing his impression of Jermaine Jones.

Enjoy the turkey.

 
Categories: Jermaine Jones, Landon Donovan, Site News
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We are going global!
   October 13, 2013 (2:23 PM) by Matt
 

What’s that?  Just a Over There/Sacha Kljestan mustache shirt on Belgian TV on a story about the potential World Cup hotels in Sao Paolo.

Boomtown.


For those interested, we still have some shirts left for sale and we are running pretty low on mediums and larges.

 
Categories: Sacha Kljestan, Site News
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Over There/Sacha Mustache Shirt Contest: Pick the US-Jamaica score
   June 4, 2013 (11:15 AM) by Matt
 

We haven’t done one of these contests in a while, but now would be a good time to do one with our Sacha Kljestan mustache shirts as the prize.

It is pretty simple.  Pick the correct score for Friday’s game against Jamaica.  Whoever gets the correct score will have a chance at a Over There/Sacha mustache shirt.  If more than one person guesses the correct score, I will have a random drawing for the shirt.

You have until before kickoff to post your score, so just leave your prediction in the comments.  I will e-mail the winner after the game.  Also, if you leave a comment and it doesn’t show up right away, that means your e-mail address hasn’t been approved by the site before and it will show up once I get around to approving it.  No need to panic.

Good luck.

***UPDATE***

Nine people got the correct score right, so I decided to draw two names this time around.  Congrats to Donald and Bob on winning, e-mails have been sent out to you guys.

 
Categories: Site News, US Men's National Team
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So this Super Secret Project X we have been talking about. . .
   May 14, 2013 (2:30 PM) by Matt
 

So we have been talking about this Super Secret Project X for the last month or so and we are finally going to show it off to you guys (in case you haven’t noticed it on the left hand side yet).  We decided to make a new shirt for the site and decided to showcase one of the site’s favorite things involving a player over there:  Sacha Kljestan’s mustache.

After getting the blessing from Sacha himself and finding a graphic designer who could pull off the design, we now have the shirts in our hands.  They were also printed on some awesome American Apparel tri-blend shirts which means they are super soft and of high quality (if I could marry a t-shirt, it would be the American Apparel tri-blend…….but I would also need help since I would be marrying a t-shirt).

They will be going up for sale starting next week with the price going to be in the $15-20 range (that price includes shipping as well).  Still working out all the pricing details (not looking to make a profit, just looking to cover costs).  And I am sure we will have giveaways and contests along the way for a chance at a free shirt.

But we are pretty excited for this shirt.

 
Categories: Sacha Kljestan, Site News
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Brad Guzan has been really good links
   May 7, 2013 (10:41 PM) by Matt
 

Aston Villa had their end-of-the-season awards dinner tonight/last night and Brad Guzan walked away with both Players’ Player of the Year and Supporters’ Player of the Year awards.  Congrats to Mr. Guzan.  He joins Stuart Holden (2010-11) and Clint Dempsey (2010-11 & 2011-12) among the list of Americans to win player of the year honors at a Premier League side.

With the end of the season, we now slowly turn to the silly season.  The Sun is reporting that West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce wants Guzan for next season.  Like most soccer transfer rumors on the internet, there is about a 5% chance it is true (if that).

RIP Gold Cup trophy.  It might have been weird looking, but as Howie put it earlier today, it was a part of CONCACAF’s strange charm.

There has been a little online chatter that Mikkel Diskerud might look back to Norway since he hasn’t been called into Klinsmann’s camps that much aside from January, but Mix turned down an offer to play with Norway’s U-21 team at this summer’s U-21 European Championship.  And I guess there is some speculation that Mix will play for the US this summer (my guess would be at the Gold Cup).

The US U-20 team will be at the U-20 World Cup this summer, but will be first playing at the Toulon Tournament in France at the end of this month.  Tab Ramos gave some quotes to US Soccer’s website about the tournament.

In the potentially really good news department, Anthony Brooks told Ramos recently that he is leaning towards playing with the US U-20 team at the Toulon Tournament in France.  My reaction:  good, good.

The fine folks at Top Drawer Soccer have some video interviews with U-20ers Benji Joya, Danny Garcia and DeAndre Yedlin.

And Ryan Bacic talked to potential U-20 forward Jordan Morris.  According to Brian Sciaretta, Morris had a really good camp last month and fits the current system well.

As for some things with this site, Howie, Jon and I are breaking down film (not really) and starting our process to select our annual OT XI for 2012-13.  Who do you think will deserves to be on the squad?  Let us know in the comments in case we are overlooking someone (if we are, I am blaming Howie).

And if you follow us on Twitter or Facebook (or have just looked to the left side of the side in the last 24 hours), you may have noticed a sneak peek of Super Secret Project X.  It is something that I am pretty excited about, does involve a player that is over there and should hopefully be revealed this weekend or next week.

 
Categories: Benji Joya, Brad Guzan, Danny Garcia, DeAndre Yedlin, John Brooks, Jordan Morris, Mikkel Diskerud, Site News, US U-20 National Team
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And we’re back….
   March 28, 2013 (11:52 AM) by Matt
 

I was finally able to switch the site to a new server/host and the site is up and back.  That said, I started the process last night around midnight, so we lost one Holden post (I will be posting a new one soon) and a couple comments since a couple things were posted on the old wordpress database before the switch became final.

It is nice to have a site that loads up in your browser in under 30 seconds again (I had flashbacks to the 56K modem days).

 
Categories: Site News
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Links and some updates on the site
   March 14, 2013 (12:01 AM) by Matt
 

Lets start off with some site-related issues.  You may have noticed that the site has been loading really slowly over the last 24 hours and has its moments like this every so often.  I am currently in talks with the hosting company on trying to fix these issues.

As for the next issue, I know some of you who check out the site on their cell phone will sometimes have some “pay day loans” ad scroll across the site making it tough to read.  This site is not supposed to have ads so something is secretly embedding the ads and I am still working on getting this fixed as well.

As for a minor change that is sort of “fun”.  The comments now give you some Spacer Invader-like icon next to your name instead of the silhouette of the head when you post if you don’t have your own gravatar.

And finally, we are looking for a graphic designer for help with a project that could be really cool if we can pull it off.  What we need help with is outside my level of expertise with photoshop.  Please use the contact page to e-mail us if you are interested.

Now lets get to the links.

Our goal tracker was busy yesterday with Bobby Wood, DaMarcus Beasley and Herculez Gomez all scoring goals.  Also in action on Wednesday was Clarence Goodson in Brøndby’s 1-1 draw in the Danish Cup.

Mexico released its roster for the upcoming qualifiers.  And Jon Arnold gave ASN a quick rundown of Costa Rica’s roster.

Brian Sciaretta took a guess at the names that will appear on the US roster.  While Neil Blackmon takes a look at the US midfield.

If you missed it yesterday, the Gold Cup groups and schedule were released.  And this has sort of been rumored in the past already, but it looks like the June 18th qualifier against Honduras will be in Utah at Rio Tinto.

The always good for a couple of laughs Jimmy Conrad did a video interview with Jozy Altidore.

Brian Sciaretta caught up with Terrence Boyd to talk about his progress at Rapid Vienna and where he stands in the USMNT picture.

It now appears that Juan Ocegueda will not be able to play for Chivas Guadalajara and he can’t be sent to Chivas USA since he would have to enter a MLS lottery so he is in limbo land.

And finally, Anthony Brooks might miss this weekend’s game due to a cold (or thanks to Google Translate, he is just really cold).  And Brooks was called into Germany’s U-20 camp, although some say the U-20 team is not that serious compared to the U-21 team (the U-21 Euros are this summer) in Germany, so this could be a good thing for his US hopes.

 
Categories: Bobby Wood, Clarence Goodson, DaMarcus Beasley, Herculez Gomez, John Brooks, Jozy Altidore, Juan Ocegueda, Site News, Terrence Boyd, US Men's National Team
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