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Nottingham Forest vs. Brighton & Hove Albion Highlights
   August 7, 2015 (5:14 PM) by Matt Benson
 

The English League Championship kicked off today with Eric Lichaj going the full 90 minutes and picking up a yellow card in Nottingham Forest’s 1-0 loss.  Lichaj was also defending the lone goal scorer.  Here are some highlights.

 
Categories: Eric Lichaj, Highlights
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A plethora of links for Friday
   August 7, 2015 (1:11 AM) by Matt Benson
 

A bunch of stuff before the weekend.

FIFA held the draw for the U-17 World Cup yesterday and the US is in a tough group.  That said, they have played Croatia and Chile already during this cycle and did alright.

The US moved up from #34 to #29 in the latest FIFA world rankings.

US Soccer might be getting a new crest in 2016.  From what I can see online, a lot of people think it is better than the old crest but nothing special.  I like it.

Nothing official has been announced yet, but it looks like the Confederations Cup playoff game is going to move from Friday, October 9 to Saturday, October 10.  I hope it doesn’t as I likely can’t go on Saturday, but can on Friday.  Also, if you have any extra money or are looking for a cool cause to donate to, help send some veterans to the game.

Aron Johannsson made the move to Werder Bremen earlier this week.  He will be wearing #9.

Over at Fulhamerica, Emerson Hyndman has turned down some contract extension offers from the SW6 club, while Luca de la Torre has signed his first professional contract with the club.

Staying in West London, QPR has made a couple unsuccessful offers to Bolton for Tim Ream.

The New England Revolution are being linked to centerback Zak Whitbread.  Whitbread is currently a free agent.

Eintracht Frankfurt manager Armin Veh doesn’t like Timothy Chandler playing for the USMNT.

Eric Lichaj told Nottingham Forest’s website last week that he is not focused on playing for the USMNT (if Klinsi knew he existed).

Galway United released Kevin Garcia last week.

This is from earlier in the week, but Howie updated a couple transfer things, including Cesar Romero signing with FK Vardar of FYR Macedonia.

We have a Anton Peterlin sighting!  He is now with Boldklubben af 1893 of the Danish third division.  No word if the club has any interest in Cody Arnoux (that joke is for Howie and like three other people who might get it).

Tyrone McCargo is back in Germany with SV Wacker Nürnberg after a season in Austria with SK Austria Klagenfurt.

Brown product Daniel Taylor has signed with Acharnaikos in Greece.  While recent Georgetown graduate Austin Martz has signed with Pembroke Athleta in Malta.

Top Drawer Soccer’s J.R. Eskilson has been killing it the past couple weeks with a bunch of information on youth players training/trailing throughout Europe (here and here).

 
Categories: Anton Peterlin, Aron Johannsson, Austin Martz, Cesar Romero, Daniel Taylor, Emerson Hyndman, Eric Lichaj, Kevin Garcia, Luca de la Torre, Tim Ream, Timothy Chandler, Tyrone McCargo, US Men's National Team, US U-17 National Team, Zak Whitbread
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Links from the last couple weeks
   July 21, 2015 (12:02 AM) by Matt Benson
 

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.

 
Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Benny Feilhaber, Brad Guzan, Brek Shea, Charlie Horton, Chukwudi Chijindu, Clint Dempsey, Conor O'Brien, Duane Holmes, Eric Lichaj, Eric Lickert, Jann George, Jon-Paul Pittman, Jonathan Spector, Jozy Altidore, Julian Green, Ken Gipson, Paul Arriola, Royal-Dominique Fennell, Ryan Malone, Terrence Boyd, Tim Howard, US Men's National Team
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2014–15 OT XI
   May 25, 2015 (5:58 PM) by Howie Michaels
 

Holy smokes. Can you believe that this is the sixth edition of the legendary OT XI? When we started this thing there were actually a ton of American players in Europe. Of the original OT XI, only two (Alejandro Bedoya and Jonathan Spector) are still playing abroad, and five (Ryan Guy, Landon Donovan, Brad Friedel, Eddie Johnson, and Carlos Bocanegra) are retired. Crazy times.

Here are the past teams:
2009–10
2010–11
2011–12
2012–13
2013–14

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Goalkeeper
Brad Guzan, Aston Villa (England) [2nd appearance]

If you want to talk about the decline of American players abroad, look no further than goalkeeper (and talk to our friend Will, who wrote this pick.) Even though he didn’t have the greatest of finishes, it was Brad Guzan who carried Aston Villa through the first half of the season, when they couldn’t buy a goal. Guzan carried his team out of the relegation zone so that when it came to the meaningless games in the season, his poor performance didn’t matter. Admittedly, it’s a weak pick without glamour but of all the overseas goalkeepers, Guzan helped his team the most.

Defender
Greg Garza, Tijuana (Mexico) [1st]
Tim Ream, Bolton Wanderers (England) [2nd]
Ventura Alvarado, Club America (Mexico) [1st]
Eric Lichaj, Nottingham Forest (England) [2nd]

Two from Liga MX and two from the Football League Championship make up the backline. Garza basically made Edgar Castillo, the 2013 honoree at leftback, expendable at Tijuana as he also established himself as the likely national team heir apparent to the internationally-retired Edgar Castillo. Ream played a little of everywhere defensively for Bolton and earned his second consecutive team MVP. After time on loan, Alvarado blossomed with the CONCACAF Champions League winners and broke into the national team. Meanwhile, back in England, Lichaj had his healthiest season and made 42 appearances, more than the previous two seasons combined (since they play like 800 games in the lower divisions of England).

Defender
Fabian Johnson, Borussia Mönchengladbach (Germany) [3rd]
Danny Williams, Reading (England) [2nd]
Alfredo Morales, Ingolstadt (Germany) [1st]
Alejandro Bedoya, Nantes (France) [4th]

Guys, guys! We had a guy qualify to the Champions League out of a top five league! Johnson stepped up his team quality and managed to break in and do his usual thing of being a solid contributor at multiple spots on the flank. His former teammate at Hoffenheim, Williams, makes his second consecutive appearance as he continues to play well for Reading. Morales, who looked somewhat out of his element in early caps with the Nats, has blossomed into an legit prospect and helped Ingolstadt earn promotion, meaning he’ll join Johnson in the Bundesliga next year. Bedoya, meanwhile, continued his strong form in Nantes. With Bedoya’s 4th OT XI appearance, he ties Sacha Kljestan and Clint Dempsey for the all-time lead and is a solid favorite to hold the title by his lonesome sooner rather than later.

Forward
Matt Taylor, 1. FC Saarbrücken (Germany) [3rd]
Cesar Romero, FC Pyunik (Armenia) [2nd]

Taylor is basically one of our favorite OT players ever. He is a mortal lock to bang in double digit goals in any season that ends in an odd-numbered year (2011- 17; 2013- 16; 2015- 13) and takes advantage of the lengthy injury absences to Terrence Boyd and Aron Jóhannsson, two of last year’s forward honorees. Meanwhile, another OT favorite completely dominated Armenia, scoring 20 goals as Pyunik won their first league title since 2010. He also inspired us to make a ton of The Joker references, although we probably should have made more, because that’s an awesome nickname.

2014–15 MVP
Tim Ream, D, Bolton Wanderers

Ream has gone from MLS breakout prospect to national team disaster to Premier League overmatched to extremely useful Championship player. He has really excelled the last two years with Bolton, and he’s mostly a classic example of how a players can take a while to adjust to a new country.

Goal of the Year
Aron Jóhannsson really wanted to make this post despite missing so much time injured, so he won this late-season match against NAC Breda in the waning moments with this ridiculous strike from distance.

Performance of the Year
Seriously, Jóhannsson got healthy and just wanted OT honors. Plus he has a desire to spend his Thursdays traveling across Eastern Europe in Europa League. So Gunner Stahl (time to resurrect that nickname) decided to dump two goals and an assist on Excelsior (fantastic club name, I’m glad they managed to stay in the Eredivisie) in a match to clinch Europa League for AZ. Highlights!

 
Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Alfredo Morales, Aron Johannsson, Brad Guzan, Cesar Romero, Danny Williams, Eric Lichaj, Fabian Johnson, Greg Garza, Matt Taylor, Tim Ream, Ventura Alvarado
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Friday morning links
   May 15, 2015 (12:25 AM) by Matt Benson
 

A bunch of stuff to get to so let’s dive in.

Brad Friedel announced his retirement yesterday.  The stat guys over at ESPN put together a few numbers looking back at his career.  Jeff Bradley also wrote some words on Friedel and his respect level in England.

With Friedel retiring, that means DaMarcus Beasley is the only player left from the 2002 US World Cup roster still playing.  And his Houston Dynamo did a nice prank this week.

The US U-20 team is headed to Australia to train before the U-20 World Cup in New Zealand.  In case you were living under a rock this week, Gedion Zelalem was cleared by FIFA to play for the US.

If you follow the U-20ers on a regular basis, you have probably noticed that Shaquell Moore has been listed as “unattached” for a while.  Tab Ramos said in a chat last week that the defender had been training with Huracan in Spain’s third division followed by Moore signing a professional deal with the club.

Another player on the roster, Desevio Payne, also signed a professional deal with FC Groningen.  And since Brian Sciaretta interviews everyone, of course he had an interview with Payne earlier this week.

CONCACAF announced some Olympic qualifying details yesterday.  The US will have two games in Kansas City and one in Commerce City, Colorado.  If they advance out of the group, they would be playing in Sandy, Utah at Rio Tinto.

Three Americans (Oguchi Onyewu, Zak Whitbread and Jay Denny) were released by their clubs in England in the last week.

Sebastian Lletget left England last week and his agent decided to fill us in on how complicated it was to get Lletget to LA.  Yay MLS roster rules!

Jurgen Klinsmann spoke to FIFA.com this past week.

According to Grant Wahl, Alejandro Bedoya could have some suitors in Germany and England, while Perry Kitchen is being looked at by teams in Germany, Belgium and Denmark.

Wahl is also hearing that Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood could be looking into getting a new goalkeeper, which wouldn’t be great news for Brad Guzan.

A lot of American greatness going on in Norway.  Bob Bradley has led Stabæk to a tie for first on points in Norway’s Tippeligaen.  The Fighting Bob Bradleys have won eight straight games across all competitions, including six straight shutout victories in league play, which is apparently a league record.  Also, ESPN FC took a look this week at the various players who have become coaches after playing for Bob.

That is not the only greatness in Norway.  Rhett Bernstein has had consecutive games with scoring the game-tying and game-winning goals.  His four goals are tied for the eighth most in Norway and the most among defenders.  Why the sudden outburst in scoring?  Having his dad in town to watch him play this week probably helped.

Apparently Bobby Wood was not a huge fan of his former manager at 1860 Munich.

John Brooks is questionable for this weekend’s game against Eintracht Frankfurt with a bruised hip.

Eric Lichaj was voted Nottingham Forest Player of the Month for April by NFFC’s supporters.

It looks like Tottneham’s home jersey was leaked earlier this week so this is what DeAndre Yedlin will be wearing next season.  Sort of looks like the LA Galaxy’s home jersey.

And finally, also in the jersey department, Stoke City’s jersey for 2015-16 is already out there, but here is a photo of Geoff Cameron sporting the new duds.

 
Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Bob Bradley, Bobby Wood, Brad Friedel, Brad Guzan, DaMarcus Beasley, DeAndre Yedlin, Desevio Payne, Eric Lichaj, Gedion Zelalem, Jay Denny, John Brooks, Oguchi Onyewu, Perry Kitchen, Rhett Bernstein, Sebastian Lletget, Shaquell Moore, US U-20 National Team, US U-23 National Team, Zak Whitbread
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A bunch of links for Tuesday morning
   February 3, 2015 (1:12 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Lots to get to so let’s dive in.

Bobby Wood left the USMNT camp so he could sign with FC Erzgebirge Aue.  There seems to be some confusion among the American folk (thanks to trying to translate German reports) on whether he signed a permanent deal or if it is a loan deal (I think it is a permanent deal).  I think the confusion comes from most articles talking about Erzgebirge Aue bringing in two players, Wood and Román Golobart, with Golobart coming on loan while Wood signed a contract through 2016-17.

In case you missed it at the end of last week, Joe Gyau needs another knee surgery and is out for the rest of the season.

Alejandro Bedoya has signed a contract extension with FC Nantes through 2018-19.  Ligue1.com also has a nice article up on Bedoya.

The USMNT is now back in California training before Sunday’s friendly against Panama.  Jurgen Klinsmann is not happy about the team’s fitness.  Here is Panama’s roster for Sunday’s game.  I will be there in the flesh to check this one out.

Also in USMNT news, more than 33,000 tickets have been sold so far for April’s friendly against Mexico.

This is probably recycled rumors from last August, but Sunderland might have been interested in Geoff Cameron this transfer window (I vaguely remember Cameron-to-Sunderland rumors last transfer window).

Eric Lichaj has a new manager at Nottingham Forest and it is someone with experience of managing Americans (Spoiler Alert: It is former Bolton manager Dougie Freedman).

New York Red Bulls midfielder Sacha Kljestan got a nice sendoff from Anderlecht this past weekend.

Bundesliga.com has an interview up with Julian Green.

bundesliga.com: Are you allowed to speak German in the changing room? Or does it have to be English? Or even American-English specifically?

Green: [Laughs] Well the coach [Jürgen Klinsmann] would prefer it if we spoke English as much as possible, but I have to admit that we do slip into German sometimes!

Ashton Götz has signed a contract extension with Hamburger SV through 2016-17.

We had some goals this weekend.  Aron Johannsson scored his first goal of 2015 in AZ’s 3-1 win over Heracles (highlights).  In Scottish League One action, Kevin Dzierzawski scored a goal in Peterhead’s 2-0 win over Stenhousemuir (highlights).  And while it wasn’t a goal, Tim Ream was credited with an assist in Bolton’s 2-2 draw to Wolves on Saturday (highlights).

And we had a few goals in friendly action this weekend.  Alfredo Morales scored a goal in Ingolstadt’s 2-0 win over Shawn Barry and LASK Linz.  As for Shawn Barry, he scored a goal in LASK Linz’s 2-1 win over Trnava.  Babajide Ogunbiyi scored a goal in Viborg’s 4-2 win over OB.  And Paul Arriola scored a goal in Tijuana U-20’s 4-1 win over Morelia on Friday.  Jon Arnold was there and got some quotes from Arriola.

Staying at Tijuana, Greg Garza had to be subbed out of Tijuana’s senior team’s win over Morelia after taking on a hard tackle.  He tried to play through it, but it was bothering him too much.

While it was only a friendly, it was nice to see Zarek Valentin made his first start for Bodø / Glimt since his ankle injury from last season.

Brendan Rodgers recently said some nice things about Marc Pelosi.

Alex De John is now with IK Start in Norway’s Tippeligaen.  De John has made a nice jump from Ekenäs IF (Finnish third division) to TPS (Finnish first division) to IK Start (Norway first division) in three seasons.

As Howie posted yesterday, Stephen McCarthy has signed with KuPS in Finland.

British-American dual national Calvin Crooks has signed with Icelandic side BI / Bolungarvik for the 2015 season.

It looks like Stefano Bonomo, a 2015 MLS SuperDraft second round selection of the Red Bulls, had a trial with Miedz Legnica in Poland and might have another in England soon.

And finally, Jeff Carlisle spoke to US U-17 international Christian Pulisic about trying to prove himself at Borussia Dortmund.  In the article, it talks about him trying to get a Croatian passport through his dad’s ancestry and it looks like he did this weekend (and another tweet about it).

 
Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Alex DeJohn, Alfredo Morales, Aron Johannsson, Ashton Götz, Babajide Ogunbiyi, Bobby Wood, Calvin Crooks, Christian Pulisic, Eric Lichaj, Geoff Cameron, Joe Gyau, Julian Green, Kevin Dzierzawski, Marc Pelosi, Paul Arriola, Sacha Kljestan, Shawn Barry, Stephen McCarthy, Tim Ream, US Men's National Team, Zarek Valentin
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Some links before the weekend
   January 23, 2015 (12:36 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Some reading material as you countdown until the weekend.

Coming off a 1-0 win over Trinidad & Tobago on Wednesday (highlights), the US U-20 team found out that it will be playing El Salvador on Saturday in the win-or-go-home playoff match to determine who will go to this summer’s U-20 World Cup in New Zealand.  The game will be on Fox Sports 2 at 5:00 PM Eastern.  The US will have a chance to get some revenge on El Salvador as they knocked out the 2012 U-23 team from qualifying for the 2012 Olympics. (UPDATE – Looks like the game is now on Fox Soccer Plus).

US Soccer also put up a video on Tommy Thompson yesterday.

Speaking of the U-23 team, Ives Galarcep decided to guess at a possible Olympic qualifying team of MLS players since some of the European-based played might not get released for qualification.

Joe Corona returned from his broken foot to score in Tijuana’s Copa MX match on Wednesday (highlights).  Jon Arnold (who has been everywhere this week) was at Estadio Caliente on Wednesday and got some post-game quotes from Corona.  Tijuana’s website also got some words from Corona following the game.

Jon Arnold also spoke to Mix Diskerud this week at the USMNT camp.

In case you missed it on Wednesday, Sacha Kljestan scored two nearly identical goals in Anderlecht’s Belgian Cup win (highlights).  And Eric Lichaj was subbed off after only 32 minutes in Nottingham Forest’s 3-2 loss to Fulham.

Still unemployed, but apparently Juan Agudelo is mulling over some offers.

For those of you with a Darlington Nagbe-to-USMNT countdown clock, you can probably move the time up a bit.  Most people thought he would become a US citizen at the end of 2015 but it now looks like it could be September according to Portland Timbers owner Merritt Paulson.

Brad Guzan did a little Q&A action with ESPN FC this week.

With the Bundesliga on winter break, Greg Seltzer decided to do a midseason report card on John Brooks, Timothy Chandler, Julian Green, Joe Gyau, Fabian Johnson and Caleb Stanko.

Mukwelle Akale turned 18 recently so he officially joined Villarreal this week.

Giuseppe Gentile, who bounced around USL Pro/NASL last season, has signed with Swiss Challenge League club FC Chiasso.

And finally, Kevin Dzierzawski is headed on loan to Scottish League One side Peterhead.  Dzierzawski has been with Queen of the South in Scotland since 2013-14.

Enjoy the weekend.

 
Categories: Brad Guzan, Caleb Stanko, Darlington Nagbe, Eric Lichaj, Fabian Johnson, Giuseppe Gentile, Joe Corona, Joe Gyau, John Brooks, Juan Agudelo, Julian Green, Mix Diskerud, Mukwelle Akale, Sacha Kljestan, Timothy Chandler, Tommy Thompson, US U-20 National Team, US U-23 National Team
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Random hump day linkage
   December 31, 2014 (1:08 AM) by Matt Benson
 

This will be the last ever links post of 2014.  Get excited.

The big news of the week is Gedion Zelalem getting his US citizenship.  While not everyone who reads this site is a US soccer fan boy like some of us, Steven Goff does a good job of breaking down who he is and his situation.

Fresh off his loan extension with Charlton Athletic, Oguchi Onyewu got injured while warming up and did not play yesterday while it was announced that he was going to start in Charlton’s 3-0 loss to Ipswich Town.

Speaking of injuries, Tim Howard will be out 5-6 weeks with a calf injury.

Mix Diskerud’s current situation is sort of confusing, but this is what we know right now.  Rosenborg announced that the club and Diskerud were unable to come up with a new deal.  But his dad is saying that Rosenborg is one of four clubs who have emerged as the frontrunners to sign the free agent.  Tijuana was once rumored to be close to signing him, but Ives Galarcep is hearing that those talks are dead.  And the latest rumor of the day is that Celtic is interested in his services.  So basically we know nothing.

The US U-20 team begins its U-20 World Cup qualifying a week from Friday and here is a look at the provisional roster.  Top Drawer Soccer’s Will Parchman did a little breakdown of the roster right here.  Brad Friedel was cleared by Tottenham to come and help coach for two of the games.

In case you missed it last week, here is what the rumored 2015 USMNT away shirt will look like.  And here is a cool story on how the USMNT photo shoot with SI went for last summer’s World Cup edition.

It looks like Wil Trapp will be at January’s USMNT camp.

Jurgen Klinsmann did an interview with FIFA.com recently.

Eric Lichaj has signed a contract extension with Nottingham Forest.

Here is a video of Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino talking about DeAndre Yedlin.

Clint Dempsey talked to SI Kids about rapping.

Tigres officially announced the signing of Omar Salgado on Monday.

Herculez Gomez is already scoring goals for Puebla in a preseason game against Mexico’s U-20 team.

Jon-Paul Pittman had an assist over the weekend in Grimsby Town’s 3-1 loss to Lincoln City.

Hibernian manager Alan Stubbs wants to use Landon Donovan as an adviser on Jack McBean and other potential American players.

US youth player Kyle Scott signed a professional contract with Chelsea last week.

Here is a Google-translated interview with Quentin Westberg about where he stands today.

 
Categories: Brad Friedel, Clint Dempsey, DeAndre Yedlin, Eric Lichaj, Gedion Zelalem, Herculez Gomez, Jack McBean, Jon-Paul Pittman, Kyle Scott, Landon Donovan, Mix Diskerud, Oguchi Onyewu, Omar Salgado, Quentin Westberg, Tim Howard, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team, Wil Trapp
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Catching up with some links
   December 2, 2014 (12:06 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Haven’t done some links in a while, but here are a bunch of random stuff from recently or two weeks ago (or sometime in the last little bit).  Hopefully my workload will ease up after this week and I could do these more often again.

I posted a couple USMNT tidbits on Friday.

We had some goals this past weekend from Matt Taylor, Rubio Rubin and Cesar Romero.  Two of those three players earned OT’s Player of the Week honors.  And check out our goal tracker for more goals from the last couple of weeks.

Will Packwood picked up a red card in his Colchester United debut over the weekend.

Jose Torres, Herculez Gomez and Tigres knocked out Edgar Castillo in the Liga MX playoffs.

This was like from two weeks ago but John Brooks made Kicker’s Team of the Week, while Timothy Chandler made Bild’s Team of the Week.

According to Lyle Yorks, Jozy Altidore’s agent, there is interest throughout Europe for Altidore.

Juventus is being linked to Erik Palmer-Brown again.

Eric Lichaj apparently has the nickname of “The Rash”.

Rhett Bernstein and Mjøndalen won their promotion playoff and will be playing in Norway’s Tippeligaen next season.

Club America’s Ventura Alvarado has apparently turned down US youth team call-ups in recent years as he holds out hope to play for Mexico.  But another report claims he would be open for a call from the US.

Shane O’Neill is training with Sheffield Wednesday.

Swedish side IFK Göteborg was interested in hiring Bob Bradley, but he wouldn’t be able to bring along one of his assistants so they stopped talking.

Fabian Johnson didn’t travel to Borussia Mönchengladbach’s Europa League game last week due to injury.

While it was first thought that he would be out until January, Joe Gyau has been playing again with Borussia Dortmund’s U-23 team.

Jeff Carlisle did a USMNT report card for 2014.

Gedion Zelalem and Junior Flores squared off against each other in UEFA Youth League action last week with Zelalem’s Arsenal winning 1-0.

The US U-17 team has won its first two games at this year’s Nike International Friendlies.  They take on Brazil later today.

 
Categories: Bob Bradley, Cesar Romero, Edgar Castillo, Eric Lichaj, Erik Palmer-Brown, Gedion Zelalem, Herculez Gomez, Joe Gyau, Jose Francisco Torres, Jozy Altidore, Junior Flores, Matt Taylor, Rhett Bernstein, Rubio Rubin, Shane O'Neill, Timothy Chandler, US Men's National Team, Ventura Alvarado, Will Packwood
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Lots of links before the weekend
   September 26, 2014 (12:01 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Here are a bunch of things from the last couple of days.

Joe Gyau made his first team debut with Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday.  He came off the bench and played the last 16 minutes.  Here are some highlights and an every touch video of his performance.  As for that hugging photo with Jurgen Klopp, that came right after Dortmund scored their first goal right as Gyau was about to sub into the game.

According to NBC’s ProSoccerTalk, Geoff Cameron is expected to return to full training today at Stoke City.

Alejandro Bedoya didn’t play in Nantes’ game over the weekend due to the flu, but he came back and played 84 minutes in a draw to Bastia on Wednesday.  Bedoya also did an interview with FIFA.com this week.

Julian Green missed Hamburg’s mid-week game due to some injured ribs.

Clint Dempsey talked to the website Made Man about his goal against Ghana from the World Cup.

Freddy Adu still exists and finally played for Jagodina in a Serbian Cup win over BSK Borča (highlights).

Stabæk and the Fighting Bob Bradleys were knocked out of the semifinals of the Norwegian Cup by Molde FK this week.  Grant Wahl talked to Bob prior to the game.

While he has a caretaker manager at the moment, Emerson Hyndman went the full 90 minutes in Fulham’s 2-1 win over Doncaster Rovers in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday.

Both Paul Arriola and Alejandro Guido went the distance in Tijuana’s win over Chivas in Copa MX action on Wednesday.  Amando Moreno also came off the bench for the Xolos.

Herculez Gomez and Jose Torres also both went 90 in Tirges’ 1-0 win over Queretaro in Copa MX during the week.

Here are some Nottingham Forest fans singing a song about Eric Lichaj.

Robbie Keane thinks Robbie Rogers should get a look at left back for the USMNT (No Gregory, I am not posting this as a shot at Timmy Chandler.  Just wanted to get that out there in advance. 😉 ).

MLSsoccer.com posted their Top 24 players under 24 yesterday.  A few USMNT players (DeAndre Yedlin, Bill Hamid, Luis Gil) on there as well as some possible USMNT hopefuls in the near future (Gyasi Zardes, Wil Trapp).

It might be tough for some of the MLS players to play for the USMNT in the October 10 friendly due to the MLS schedule that week.

Steven Goff has our updated ticket sales numbers for the two October friendlies.  Come on, Boca Raton.

Zarek Valentin is back on the field again as he recovers from his ankle injury.

Marc Heider scored his third goal of the season earlier this week and here are some highlights.

Brian Sciaretta gives us a “scouting report” on West Bromwich Albion’s Danny Barbir.

Don’t have FIFA 15 yet?  Here are some of the ratings for USMNT players on the game.

And finally, we are nearly out of our OT/Sacha Mustache t-shirts, but here is your last chance to get your hands on one.  Some of the ones listed in that post have already been claimed, waiting to hear back from some others, but send me an e-mail if you are interested.

 
Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Alejandro Guido, Amando Moreno, Bill Hamid, Bob Bradley, Clint Dempsey, Danny Barbir, DeAndre Yedlin, Emerson Hyndman, Eric Lichaj, Freddy Adu, Geoff Cameron, Gyasi Zardes, Herculez Gomez, Joe Gyau, Jose Francisco Torres, Julian Green, Luis Gil, Marc Heider, Paul Arriola, Robbie Rogers, US Men's National Team, Wil Trapp, Zarek Valentin
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