I haven’t done a links post in a while but the last few weeks have been crazy on my end so some of this might be outdated a bit. But some of this might still be new to you. Anyways, here is what I have bookmarked over the last couple weeks.
I did a numbers/stats thing on the USMNT and Clint Dempsey this past weekend since it is easy to do one of those things when you win 6-0.
ESPN’s Doug McIntyre sat down with Clint Dempsey to talk about a couple things, including losing the captain’s armband. It doesn’t seem like he minds that much.
Jozy Altidore told ESPN that he understands the Gold Cup roster swap that sent him home, but he thinks he could have still helped.
While we know Brek Shea did not get called into the Gold Cup due to injury, he ended up having hernia surgery last week.
Brad Guzan lost his starting job at Aston Villa for the last few games of the 2014-15 season, but his chances to re-claim it look a lot better as Shay Given has moved on to Stoke City. And Villa manager Tim Sherwood recently told the press that Guzan will start this season as the team’s No. 1 goalkeeper.
I enjoyed the latest Total Soccer Show podcast, which featured Matthew Doyle as he continues his #FreeBenny campaign.
Julian Green wants to stay at Bayern Munich this season rather than going out on loan, but he does have some loan options. Green is with the team over in Asia and you can see him scoring a goal in some 2v2 thing in Beijing in this video.
Slowly coming back from his ACL surgery, Terrence Boyd is working with a ball again for the first time since December.
Huddersfield Town manager Chris Powell thinks Duane Holmes will likely be loaned out again this upcoming season.
Free agent Conor O’Brien is getting some looks from teams in Denmark, Belgium and Austria according to his agent.
Jon-Paul Pittman scored a goal for Grimsby Town in a friendly last week.
Paul Arriola also scored a goal in a friendly in the last week. He also recently talked to Tijuana’s website.
A report out of France says Quentin Westberg might be on the move to Tours FC in Ligue 2. Westberg has started only four of Sarpsborg’s 16 league games in Norway this year, but he has been the starting keeper in three of the last four league games.
As for another goalkeeper, Leeds United’s site has a little story up on Charlie Horton.
Who wants some new kits for the upcoming season? Here is what Tim Howard will be wearing this season, while Everton’s away kits are white. Alejandro Bedoya and Nantes have pretty similar kits to what they wore last year. Eric Lichaj and Nottingham Forest are going yellow for their 150th anniversary away kits. And Jonathan Spector and Birmingham City have this nasty Belgium-looking away kit.
A few more player movement links for guys in lower leagues.
Royal-Dominique Fennell is staying within the German 3. Liga but switching up his Kickers, going from Stuttgarter Kickers to Würzburger Kickers.
After scoring 38 goals over the last two seasons with Greuther Fürth II in the German Regionalliga, Jann George has moved on to fellow Regionalliga side Jahn Regensburg.
After leaving Freiburg for Unterhaching last season, Eric Lickert has returned to Freiburg for this season. He will likely play with Freiburg II in the Regionalliga.
Might have to bug Terrence Boyd for the lowdown, but dual national Ken Gipson is now with RB Leipzig. Gipson is a 19-year-old German-American right back who had been with Stuttgart’s youth system.
Chukwudi Chijindu has made a move within Iceland, going from Thór to Keflavík ÍF.
And finally, Springfield College defender Ryan Malone has signed with Magdeburg in Germany.